Sunday, May 11, 2014

1 Year Blogiversary Guest Post by Justine Elvira

Woohoo! Let's party!!!

I can't believe it's Reading by the Book's One Year Blogiversary. This blog has meant so much to me over the past year. Mayas has been a wonderful support system for me and other authors, and she deserves all the success she is receiving. She is truly passionate about reading, reviewing and the book community. I know she is going to be around for a long time because she brings something special to every book she recommends.

When Mayas contacted me about her blogiversary, she wanted me to write about a one year anniversary that's special to me. After carefully thinking it through, I'd say my one year author anniversary is what's special to me. It was a huge deal for me. I had been on one hell of a rollercoaster that first year, but it was the best f***ing rollercoaster to be on.

On March 30th, 2013 I hit publish on my first book. As an author, I had high hopes for the book I wrote. I would sit and daydream about my book being read by thousands and thousands of people. I thought I'd hit publish and the readers would snatch up my story. I was so naive.

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears those first few months, and I made a lot (and I mean A LOT) of mistakes. There were times I wanted to give up, but I didn't. I had a wonderful support system and Mayas was one of the ladies who believed in me from the very beginning. Deep down I knew that all I wanted to do was tell stories for a living so that's what I've continued to do.

In the past year I've met some wonderful authors, bloggers and readers. The women in the indie book community are so special to me and I know I've made some lifelong friends, even if I haven't been able to meet some of them face to face. I have some of the most loyal readers in the world and they are my cheerleaders. I've had some great success on the charts and in articles, but I'm not going to focus on that. Chart and mainstream success isn't what matters to me. The stories are what matter. The readers are what matter. Bloggers like Mayas are what matter.

I consider myself a lucky woman to have found such a great indie community. A community that is so open and loving. That's what makes my one year author anniversary so special to me. I've finally found a place where I completely belong.

xx Smooches, 

Justine Elvira

Changing His Game by Justine Elvira

*Warning: This book is for mature readers ages 18 and up. It contains sex, sex, and more sex with a porn star. It briefly touches on M/F/M and M/F/F.

Adult Films. XXX Movies. Porn.

These are the kind of movies I've never planned to watch. It was a taboo topic where I grew up. As a kid I had only heard of it in passing. In middle school my parents would talk about my creepy uncle Frank and how he should look for a job instead of watching "those movies" all day. In High School boys thought it was funny to ask my friends and me to star in the amateur adult films they were making. In college most of my guy friends watched them, but I never had. When I moved to California that changed.

After surprising my fiancé at home and catching him screwing another woman, I hopped in my car and started driving. I was running away from my old life and I needed a change. I remembered my friend Tawny inviting me to visit her in Los Angeles, so that's where I went.

I didn’t find Tawny when I got there, but I did find her gorgeous roommate, Jared. Our friendship started out rough, but he gave me a place to stay and helped me get back on my feet. He became my best friend. My best friend who millions of women happened to lust over.

Jared plays by a different set of rules, where anything goes. His lifestyle is unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before and it scares me. When you live your life on the edge, eventually you'll fall over. I didn't want to see that happen to him.

At night he’s just Jared, my Jared, and I’ll deny it to anyone who asks, but I’m completely in love with him. During the day he’s Brandon Boner, and the world is in love with him.

Oh yeah, did I mention he’s a porn star?

*Available at Amazon, B&N, Apple, and Smashwords.

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