First signing! Book Announcement!

One month, you guys! I haven’t blogged in a month!

This is going to be a long one, so buckle up!

Of course, I haven’t blogged because I have been busy promoting This Love (thank you to all the bloggers and readers who left a review) and I started writing my next book!
Also, in a twist of events, I’ll be attending my very first BOOK SIGNING!!!
I’ve been invited to attend the “Black & Gold Author Event” in Pittsburgh, PA, organized by Southern Belle Book Blog. Not only I’m over the moon about attending, but I’ll be surrounded by so many authors I adore and admire. I hope to not embarrass myself too much fangirling all over them! The event is SOLD OUT!
Since I’m going to bring some swag about my next book to the signing, I thought this would be a good time to reveal what my next book is about.

A few months ago, I started having a lot of breast pain and I went in for my first mammogram.
Before I went to the doctor, my breasts had been aching for a couple of weeks. At first, I thought it was due to my period coming up, but when it didn’t go away, I got worried. I had other symptoms that were suspicious too.
For a few weeks, it felt like my skin was on fire. My mammogram was negative, thankfully.
My symptoms didn’t go away and they extended to my lymph nodes, arms, and at times, legs. My joint would be inflamed from time to time. I would start my days perfectly fine and then my body would ache so much I basically felt miserable the whole time I was at work. By the time I got home in the evening all I wanted to do was to curl into a ball and rest.
I had a solid 3-4 months of test after test, during which I found out absolutely nothing. Every single test came back negative.
The only “discovery” was a severe Vitamin D deficiency, for which I was put on an eight-week supplement regimen.
My symptoms, which had started late March, improved around July. I felt better, almost going back to my “old self”.
My doctor still couldn’t find a reason to explain what I “had” and nothing came up from the various CT scan and MRIs she ordered.
Today, I still don’t know what caused all that. I’m starting to think it was stress related, because, when I overdo it and don’t get enough rest, I start feeling the same pain in my joints and my arms. I should probably go see my doctor again, but I don’t know what else is really to test (I have been tested for autoimmune diseases a couple times, and both times the test was negative).

Although I still don’t understand what “had gotten into me”, I’m so glad to feel better. For weeks though, I felt terrible.

When I started having breast pain, coupled with other symptoms typical of breast cancer, I thought it was “my turn”.
I remember sitting in the room waiting for my mammogram response and thinking “This is it”.
I remember lying on the bed and wishing I could feel like myself again.
I started thinking about the people who do get diagnosed with cancer. I started thinking about working moms like me, who have to go through breast cancer and still manage to keep their life and family together.

At the same time, I came across this article about Emily McDowell’s line of “no bullshit” empathy cards.

McDowell, a breast cancer survivor herself, had designed the kind of cards she’d wished she had received herself.
Not only I was impressed by McDowell’s witty design, but the comments to the article were really eye-opening: so many cancer survivors or friends and family of cancer patients shared their experience openly. Many complained about how people “disappeared”. Some talked about how a lot of people didn’t know how to be supportive in the right way.
I think it was a mix of my “condition” at the time and this article that sparked my interest and got me thinking about a new story. I kept trying to think when was last time I had read a romance novel where the cancer patient was a woman my age, maybe a mom with kids. A woman who was looking forward a new beginning and not a death sentence.
Sure, there are quite a few books out there about cancer, but I wanted one that encompassed humor, fear, love. One that made you shed a few tears, but that didn’t completely wreck you (I can’t read those books, you guys).
It was from my pained ramblings that Lucy was born. I can’t wait to tell her story and I hope I do her justice.
Wish me luck!
If you want to tell me your F U Cancer experience and you want to do it anonymously, fill this form. I would love to hear from patients, survivors, or anyone who’s had a dear one fighting cancer.

Hilaria Alexander (3)

Hello from your lazy blogger!

THIS LOVE FRONT

Hello!

I know I’m the worst blogger EVER, but I’ve been BUSY!

My kids went back to school this week and I released a new book, This Love! What was I thinking, right?😉

So far is available on  Amazon and Kobo and I’m just waiting for those links on B&N and iBooks to go through!

I want to thank everyone who’s been posting about This Love, especially bloggers and friends. I owe you everything. But PLEASE don’t stop telling your friends about it!❤

I love hearing back from you, so let me know what you think about the story and please leave a review! Even a short one just saying you liked it and would recommend it it’s sufficient. It would help SO MUCH this little Indie Author.

PAPERBACK NEWS:

I was all ready to get the paperback straightened out before release day, but at the end of July I entered the Romance Writing Life contest with Kobo, so I’m just waiting to hear I didn’t win the contract with Mills & Boon (possibly by mid-August) and then I can just click publish on that Createspace draft. I will probably have them for sale by late August.

If you’re reading the novel right now, there’s a playlist! You can find it on Spotify

These are some of the songs:

John Frusciante – Regret

Feist – So Sorry

Sam Cooke – Bring it on Home to Me

Ray Charles/ Jeff Buckley – Drown in My Own Tears

R.E.M. – Low

Ella & Louis Armstrong Love is Here to Stay

Ryan Adams – Desire

Ella Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots – I’m beginning to see the light

Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love

Billie Holiday – Them There Eyes

Sam Cooke – Tennessee Waltz

BlackStreet ft. Dre – No Diggity

Colapesce ft. Meg – Satellite

Billie Holiday – I’ll Be Seeing You

Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues (EP Version)

Jessie Ware – Keep on Lying

Nickel Creek – Destination

Kelly Clarkson – Invincible

Banks – Warm Water

Tom Odell – Another Love

Verite – Wasteland

Gary Clark Jr. – Please Come Home

Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love

Bahari – Wild Ones

Amy Winehouse – Wake Up Alone

I would love to answer a few questions about This Love, so ask away! If I can get around to it, I will soon make a post about “fun facts” about the book!

Love y’all!

A “DISCLAIMER” plus a few ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!

Hi!

I never write on this blog because:

1) I’m positive no one reads it

2) I don’t have much time and, in general, I’d rather be writing than blogging

It’s been six months since I published Prude, and although the response has been slow (trying to keep it real here!), it has also been consistently positive. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me when someone I don’t know personally BUYS the book, READS it, REVIEWS it and RECOMMENDS it to other people. It feels like being SHOWERED WITH PIXIE DUST. I can’t even begin to tell you how it feels when people you know or have friended online have GIVEAWAYS for your book.

To all the people who have been so kind and helpful in the last six months: THANK YOU!!!

I COULD NOT do it without you.

Now, onto the bittersweet stuff:

I, like the majority of my fellow indie writer (and published writers too), have been pirated. Copies of my book are all over the internet AVAILABLE FOR FREE. If you are one of those people who think you aren’t doing anything wrong by stealing a 99 cents or 3 dollars from an indie author, think again. We rely on our own income and our day-jobs to work towards our DREAM of being a writer.

Do you think you’re Robin Hood?

Uh-uh. You’re like King John stealing from the poor. Shame on you.

When I’ll explain this to my Italian mom, she’ll curse you every imaginable way. You’re welcome.

Another thing I want to address, is that every once in a while I get this “observation” about the plotline in Prude. 

It resembles something that the great Colleen Hoover has done in real life (not in a book). While the majority of the readers doesn’t seem to mind, others seem to have a real problem with it, as if I’ve stolen something from The Queen (that’s how my friends and I refer to Colleen on a day-to-day basis. No irony: we’re huge fans).

Anyway, before I clicked on “publish”, I made sure to ask for Colleen’s approval. As you can imagine, because she is made of pure awesome, she told me not to worry about it.

colleen's approval

So, dear readers, stop fretting over that plot line. Besides, “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery”.

NOW, ONTO THE FUN STUFF!!!

My next book, THIS LOVE, will release on August 4th!

I’m so excited! I hope y’all love it as much as my beta readers have. I consider this “the story that wasn’t supposed to happen”. I have been thinking about it for almost two years and it was in my pre-writing phase, so I actually tried to write a few scenes and then abandoned the idea. For those who have read Prude, the story is mentioned as one of Prudence’s. The reason behind this is that when I actually started writing Prude, I had no clue what kind of stories she’d be writing or even be interested in writing. I had no intention to ever publish this story.

But toward the end of 2014 these two characters made a comeback and a more concrete storyline started shaping up: pretty soon I couldn’t ignore Ella and Lou anymore and as their world became more and more populated, I had to write it.

THIS LOVE is actually on pre-order on Amazon right now for $0.99 and it will be available at this price until August 11th! Grab your copy before the price goes up!

http://www.amazon.com/This-Love-Hilaria-Alexander-ebook/dp/B011EV77M2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437102637&sr=8-1&keywords=this+love+hilaria+alexander&pebp=1437102640884&perid=04E68SMF5N3Q67YCA016

I’m working with Southern Book Belle Promotions for the cover reveal, release blitz and blog tour.
Erin Spencer, you rock and I love your random messages!😉

You can sign up here:

Cover Reveal:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vVefk3Ua24haCDZ0Plk6y6NDNEHl7Qwk7vx3mEm8Js4/viewform

Release Blitz:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UUcov_5iJkIjH7BtS1AehCglJCeA4NIlBrEdEYAlkY0/viewform

Okay, if you actually comment on this post I might be tempted to write soon another post.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE!

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FREE! Get your copy now!

Hello to whoever reads this or stumbles upon this blog (probably nobody! HA!).

I’m running a promotion on Amazon and my book, Prude, will be FREE for a few more days! So far, 957 copies have been downloaded and it’s sitting at No. 21 in the Womens Fiction section of the “Top 100 Free Books” on Amazon!

Get your copy now and if you could be so kind, please leave a review on Goodreads and Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Prude-Hilaria-Alexander-ebook/dp/B00S7KKBWM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427055747&sr=1-1&keywords=prude

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