Author Guest Post: Goal Keeper by Sarah Nego

Title: Goal Keeper
Author: Sarah Nego
Genre: NA Sports Romance
Publication Date: May 21st, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb: Plan the work. Work the plan.
Luci Ryder is determined to make the most of her college education. Armed with a partial scholarship to play soccer at Pearson University she knows the next four years are going to be a lot of hard work. Long hours in the gym will be paired with even longer hours in the library. So when the team captain lays down a new rule: No dating the men’s soccer team, Luci couldn’t care less.
Freedom. Sweet Freedom.
Over the summer Ryan VanKamp finally realized that his long-time girlfriend was going to drive him to an early grave. So he cut her loose, along with all the connections her family could offer him after graduation. His future is up in the air, but the guys on his soccer team are ready to help him forget all about his ex.
One little rule.
Neither Luci nor Ryan are interested in settling down with a happy ever after. But as their attaction for each other moves out of bounds, they’ll have to decide if they’re willing to risk a red card for a potential big score.
Goal Keeper is a laugh-out-loud stand-alone college romance. If you like quirky heroines, alpha males, and skinny dipping, then you’ll love Sarah Nego’s New Adult sport romance debut.
Buy Goal Keeper and kick off a swoon worthy romance today!

Author Guest Post:
Six simple steps to writing a book...Sarah Style
There are people out there who will tell you that writing a book is hard work and something only a few individuals chosen by the gods will ever accomplish. I'm here to tell you that's a load of hogwash. Writing a book isn't any harder than learning to ride a unicycle, which everyone knows is pretty easy. So here are my six simple steps to get you on the road to your own finished book.
1. The idea
This is the bright shiny idea for a new book. The form it takes is always different. Sometimes it's a character that won't stop talking. Other times it's a vague idea that waits for me to flesh it out into an actual story. What is always consistent about the idea is when it comes. A bad time. This can be right when I'm starting another story that I need to write first or when I'm desperately behind on edits that are killing me, and I know writing something new and shiny would be more fun. New ideas never strike when I'm actually at a point when I have time to work on something new. Because my muse is a bit of a witch, if I'm being honest.
This is why I have a random file on my computer labeled story ideas. It's a hot mess of random sentences that inspired me, odd characters that are still nameless, and nebulous ideas that rarely sound as cool six months later.
2. Plot like a mofo
Some authors can just sit down with a great character and write their story without any idea of where it's going. I am not that author. I can't write a single word until I know exactly what's going to happen in the whole book, including the ending. No ending, no beginning, no exceptions.
I've become very ritualistic about this part of the process. I must have index cards to plot. If the stationery world ever decides to stop making index cards, my writing career will be over. I start with exactly forty notecards, lay them out into a 4x10 grid and sculpt my story with the precision of
a brain surgeon. For some authors, that takes all the creative fun out of writing. For me, strictly timed notecard plot points are fun. I've been told this makes me a weirdo.
3. Write two scenes
I wish I had a good reason for why my brain needs exactly two scenes. I wish I could sit down with my plot and just write until the story is done. I don't and I can't. But this always happens. I write two scenes and then I can't write anymore. I know what happens next. My color-coded, numbered index cards tell me what to write. But I can't.
4. Procrastinate like a mofo
Since I can only write two scenes when I first start, I have to fill this time with something. This is when I look around my house and realize that I'm living in complete chaos. I take a few days here to clear my desk, do mountains of laundry, scrub toilets and basically bring my house back from the brink of an apocalypse.
Then I procrastinate by working on non-writing author tasks. Important stuff like tweaking my newsletter format, changing my profile pic, and creating yet another new web banner that I won't actually use. Super important stuff.
But while all this is going on, my characters make a little nest in my head and start to whisper sweet nothings to me. Actually, this is a lie. There's usually a fair amount of yelling and cursing. Regardless, they are teaching me about who they are which is crucial for the next step.
5. Write all the words
Since stage four can take a while (depending on how dirty my house is or how obstinate my characters are), by step 5 I'm usually way behind schedule when it comes to writing. This is when I get my butt into the chair and write all the words. I tend to work better under a deadline, because I can turn my inner editor off and tell the story like I know it needs to be told. I grab my index cards
and get to work, sometimes writing scenes exactly like I plotted them and sometimes tearing those cards into tiny pieces and going rogue.
I love plotting (see above) but this stage when the words are flying and the story feels 100% real and the characters are taking me on a journey and...This is my favorite part.
6. Everything else
Honestly, up until this point, the process is pretty straightforward and easy. It's everything that comes after the first draft that turns someone from a writer to an author. Luckily, I have an amazing team of people who help me turn my pile of words into something that you might want to read. I trust my baby with ONE carefully selected beta reader who loves me enough to tell me when a scene totally sucks and I need to start over. I also have a cracker jack editor who gracefully puts all my commas in the right place even though she's already explained comma usage to me a hundred times. And my cover designer never fails to amaze me with her ability to reach inside my head and pull out the images I didn't know were there.
This is absolutely the hardest part of creating a book and that's why most people get to step 6 and stop. But this is also the point when it all starts coming together. When the words become more than strung together sentences and the character are real people that take up residence in my world.
The book comes out and the characters don't belong to me anymore. When readers start talking about the people I created as if they were real, that's when I know my work is done and it's time to start all over again.

Sarah Negovetich knows you don't know how to pronounce her name and she's okay with that.
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
Sarah divides her time between writing books that her husband won’t read and performing on stage at BE Theatre. Her goal in life is to never grow up.


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