Groupie: by Susan Daugherty

Groupie: by Susan Daugherty

Saturday, October 21, 2017

COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU??

GROUPIE IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR FILM PRODUCTION!!!

As if winning a Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite International Book Competition wasn't already amazing enough... it was also chosen as ONE OF TEN books out of the thousands entered that has made the final cut for consideration by WIND DANCER FILMS!

You know this production company... they are responsible for Home Improvement TV show and What Women Want with Mel Gibson. Basically, this is a BIG HONOR!

Final word may not be given until December, but I appreciate all the good thoughts and crossed fingers until then.

And for those countless readers who kept telling me "This book needs to be a movie!," I really hope that this comes true!!!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

GROUPIE WINS A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD!

I remember thinking when I entered my debut novel in this award competition that it was just a shot in the dark. I knew thousands of entries from all over the world would be serious competition. The dream of going to Miami and walking on stage at the Awards Gala entered my mind briefly, but I didn't take myself too seriously. There are so many amazing books out there... but I had to believe that Groupie had a decent chance since I had three rave reviews from Readers' Favorite.

Winning the Silver Medal for Chick Lit is honestly still sinking in! I am over the moon and so grateful. Authors love to have validation that the labor of love they worked so hard on and put out for the world to consume has found its place. What an honor that I will always cherish and thank you so much to Readers' Favorite. I can't wait to make a dream come true in Miami, y'all!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

GROUPIE BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS!

I'm very excited to release these questions to guide book club's through discussions of my novel! I have attended as the guest author at some amazing book clubs and had so much fun! 

Groupie Book Club Discussion Questions: 
 
1.The quote from the Morrisons plays an important role. "The secret is not finding the perfect someone you can live with, it is finding the imperfect one you cannot live without."
Do you believe in this quote yourself? How do you feel it affected Lexie throughout the book?
 
2. Lexie judges Jack by his image as a celebrity. We know this is often the work of tabloids, gossip, PR stunts and image creation for Hollywood. It is also widely accepted that celebrity comes with a price. Do you have these pre-conceived notions of some celebrities and it is fair for Lexie to have judged him?
 
3.The author considers the soundtrack to this novel to be a very important layer to the story. Did you identify with the music and what role did it play for you and the emotions of the novel?
 
4 .As readers learn more about Lexie's past with her parents and boyfriends, how did you think these experiences shaped her views on love and commitment?
 
5.The author found the Ashley's character essential to the novel. Did you connect with the best friend and why do you think her role was vital?
 
6.The author's desired to keep the sexual scenes in this book at a 'sweet' level- did the book succeed in giving romance, angst and butterflies without being explicit?
 
7.The supporting cast brought a variety of personality to the novel. Some were friend and some were foe. Who stood out to you and why? 
 
8.What as your favorite scene in the book?
 
9. What was your favorite line in the book?
 
10.Lexie's underlying issue is lack of self esteem and her loss of confidenceafter the alterations in her life. This makes her feel unworthy of Jack andlove in general. Do you think most girls can identify with this at someage/stage of their life? How can it cause a ripple effect in their choices?
 
11. At the end of Volume One, Lexie has made a decision to choose work/career over a relationship. Is it a valid problem for women today? Did she just use this as an excuse to end things before she got hurt or did she truly feel she had no choice?
 
12. Jack retaliated to hurt Lexie after she ended their romance. Who was most at fault?If you were in each person's shoes, could you forgive?
 

 IF YOU WOULD LIKE MY THOUGHTS ON THE QUESTIONS, CHECK THIS OUT: 
 Book Club Discussion Insights from Susan Daugherty for each question:

1.     Lexie admits to having done the opposite of this quote… she was looking for perfection and if there was any noticeable flaw, she was running away from any date. Her expectations were impossible to meet, yet she wondered why she was  having a hard time dating. This quote from a couple who had made it through so many years together really opened her eyes that it was okay to have flaws but to find the one your heart truly wanted.

2.     Lexie’s anthem could have been Maddie and Tae’s song “Girl in a Country Song.” She was personally offended by the turn of country music into the Bro Country era. She took this out on Jack, as the most shining example of what she felt was degrading treatment of women. I do think the public tends to put celebrities in a box to label and can be harsh to judge every word they say or outfit they wear. I do also think they sign up for this and must get used it as they seek stardom and the money that comes with it. While I don’t envy them the scrutiny, there’s no real way to avoid it!

3.     The music honestly shaped the book as I thought of songs I wanted to used in different scenes throughout the book. I knew that each one would have a special part and the novel was partly shaped around these songs. They speak the emotion of the time or provide a means for Jack to show Lexie that she is inspiring change in him!

4.     Ashley was the best friend we all need! She provides levity and comic relief. I think she was important to give Lexie the sounding board she needed to work through her emotions. Ashley was also there to say what the reader is thinking in their head… like, ‘are you crazy, you can’t turn this down’ and ‘this is not a BAD problem to have!’ While Lexie is cautious, Ashley gives the positive light and encouragement needed.

5.     Lexie started with the dream of a soul mate and perfect marriage. When she was hit with several major let downs from those she loved most, she felt like it had all been an illusion and that she was better off to be realistic. If her parents couldn’t stick to their vows and her boyfriends showed only cheating and using her, she felt the dream slip away and decided to hide behind a wall of caution. I think its very much believable that this can happen to a young woman and that she uses defense to keep anyone away who could hurt her again.

6.     I wanted my teenage niece and my ninety year old grandma to be able to read this novel! I tried to convey all the delicious tension and sweet romance to give chill bumps and butterflies and then let the readers mind do the rest!

7.     Some choices would be: Andy, Kate, Charlie, Ric, Trina, Fitch, Lee, Gloria. I adored Charlie the most! The unapologetically country to the bone Uncle with a great sense of humor and the immediate affection for Lexie. Supporting cast villains include Amos and Delilah- which are always fun to write as we need someone to hate!

8.     I had so many! I love when she accidentally eavesdropped on Jack talking to Amos and got busted by dropping the cups. I adored the scene when they danced to Wonderful Tonight. Her birthday was hard to beat because who doesn’t want a day (and night) like that?! I also love when she is first meeting to join the tour and realizes she riding on Jack’s bus. The repetitive scene of good luck kisses before the shows always  makes me smile, too.

9.     My favorite line is one that still makes me giggle and made my editor write a special note about her love for it. From the night of the riverboat cruise:  “By all means, I’d love to undress you with something other than my eyes anytime.”

10. I really wanted to address this issue of self esteem for girls of this age. I think it can really make or break your future when you don’t feel worthy of love or success or are just too scared to put yourself out there as a young woman. I know I made many mistakes in my  youth that I can clearly attribute to lack of confidence at certain ages or maybe just in specific situations. I hope Lexie’s journey will help other girls see they are not alone and you can move past to grow and become who you want to be!

11.This is a tricky question that I shall answer with one word. Both. She truly did value her career and had big dreams of success that she felt needed to come first. However, her career was so important to her because she was afraid of love and therefore, threw all her hopes and goals into work. So, in choosing her career, she was also giving into her need to protect herself from hurt. Quite honestly, she was well outside of the acceptable lines of patient relationship and her boss was not understating the trouble she could be in!

12. This continues to be a circular question… she hurt him first with a questionably bad decision. He feels the need to strike back because he is angry and heartbroken. His indiscretion, in my eyes, was MUCH worse than hers. She did have very valid life decisions to make (but should have talked to him about it and not been rash and so easily dismissive) and thought she didn’t have much of a choice. His was terrible because it validated every fear she had and she had to see it with her own eyes. However, one can argue that his retaliation would never have happened if she had just handled her situation better in the first place. She truly hurt him and set the ball in motion. Therefore, I think they are both to blame. As far as forgiveness, it is much easier to forgive what she did because it was not physical and her choice could have been reversed and she could have explained her fears and confessed she was wrong and changed her mind to bring them potentially closer together. His physical cheating can’t be undone and though driven by hurt, was much more unacceptable. Though both would have to build trust back again, I do think the fact that he’s the primary one begging forgiveness is natural.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My Slanted Bookish Ramblings: Groupie Blog Tour!

Love this blog review of Groupie because she talks about how it can be hard to try out a new author that you aren't familiar with... believe me, the debut authors of the world really appreciate you taking a risk on us! So very  happy that she fell in love with Groupie!



My Slanted Bookish Ramblings: Groupie Blog Tour!: Today is our stop for the Groupie blog tour! We are so excited to host Groupie and Susan Daugherty! Check it out and be sure to grab yo...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions: Groupie Blog Tour

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions: Groupie Blog Tour: Today is our stop for the Groupie blog tour! We are so excited to host Groupie and Susan Daugherty! Check it out and be sure to grab you...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Blog Tour Highlight

Time to highlight another stop on Groupie's Blog Tour! I'm thrilled for my debut novel to reach so many readers out there and hope everyone will enjoy this fast, fun read.

I had to share the 5 Star Review from KDRBCK on her fabulous book blog.

Check out Groupie and Muse on Amazon!

KDRBCK BOOK REVIEW- 5 STARS

Monday, April 24, 2017

Groupie is on a Blog Tour!

Groupie is going on a BLOG TOUR! 
Check out all these amazing blogs that all book readers need to know about. 
Groupie will be stopping by each one with a review or excerpt.
There is even a fabulous giveaway at each blog stop! 

Follow the Blog Tour:
April 24th
Booknerd1107 Review
Under the Cover Book Lovers Review
The Phantom Paragrapher Review
Love Between The Sheets Review
April 25th
Ramblings From This Chick Review
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium Excerpt
Books,Dreams,Life Excerpt
April 26th
Book Sniffers Anonymous Excerpt
Sweet & spicy reads Review
Jordan’s Romance Reviews Review
April 27th
kdrbck Review
Mama She’s Crazy about Books Review
Hello Beautiful Book Blog Excerpt
April 28th
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Review
The Lovely Books Review
Best Book Boyfriends Review
Zili in the Sky Review
April 29th
What Is That Book About Excerpt
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess Review
Reflections Of A Book Geek Review
April 30th
Hike2Forty and beyond Excerpt
Crystal’s BookWorld Review
Southern Vixens Book Obsessions Excerpt
May 1st
The book slayer Review
Simply Infatuated Playlist
a geordielass honest blog on reviews Review
May 2nd
My Favorite Things Review
All Is Read Excerpt
Book Haven Book Blog Review
May 3rd
Bitches N Books Excerpt
My Slanted Bookish Ramblings Review
Quesarasera Book Blog Review
May 4th
Adventures in Writing Excerpt
Book Briefs Review
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs Review
May 5th
Sweet Reading Review
Jax’s Book Magic Excerpt
Angel Reads Review
The Ordinary Housewife Book Blog Review
My Girlfriend’s Couch Review
May 6th
Tania’s Book Blog Review
Aisha Reads Books Review
AC Squared Book Blog Excerpt
I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore Review
Read-Love-Blog Review
May 7th
Cutting Muse Blog Review Review
Dog-Eared Daydreams Review
Jeri’s Book Attic Review
G & T’s Indie CafĂ© Excerpt


Check out the link to this rare Five Star Review from Under the Covers Book Lovers

Under The Covers Book Lovers Blog Review

Sunday, April 23, 2017

MUSE JOINS THE CLUB OF 5 STARS ON READERS' FAVORITE!


So pleased to share the Groupie's sequel has also been awarded the prestigious 5 Stars from Readers' Favorite! Lets be honest... it would stink if only one of the two books in the series won this honor! Very happy to say that the second novel lived up to the first one. Check out my very own page on Readers' Favorite website.

5 STAR REVIEW ON READERS' FAVORITE

Saturday, March 18, 2017

What's the Deal with Reviews, Anyway?


Groupie has reached over 100 reviews on Amazon! 

Just had to write a quick post to share the fantastic news. This was a milestone that was a big goal of mine. Groupie was released December 3rd, 2016, so to reach this goal in just over 3 months is amazing. 

What does it  mean, really? Reviews... 

It means people are reading my book! Obviously, I see the sales numbers but to be able to relate those to real people who actually read it and have taken the time to review it, that is very different to an author. Each review is so appreciated! 

Did you know only 2% of readers will leave a review? As authors, we would love everyone to reach out and give us feedback and let us know how the book affected them. But, sadly, very few actually do that. I can relate, as I very rarely give reviews on my Amazon product purchases. BUT, for books, I do try to give reviews! It is so much more personal than buying a vacuum cleaner... 

Reviews are so helpful because choosing a book is so personal and there are so many to choose from. Hopefully, the more customers who know how much it is valued, the more that will take the extra minute to leave a review. And honestly... it should only take a few moments. The book is already in your orders and there to click on. All that is needed is a few sentences to describe what you liked or didn't like and click on the star rating. No one is asking for a full synopsis or play by play. So, don't feel intimidated! 

Often times, the sites selling books will also start to promote your book by recommending it when it has a lot of reviews. This is a huge help to an author! 

I'm extremely grateful that Groupie not only has a lot of reviews... but that is averages at 4.7 STARS! Knowing that my readers have loved this book is so very rewarding. All the time and energy and emotion spent writing it and the fear and anticipation of releasing it is all worth it to hear the fabulous feedback!

Keep the reviews coming and remember how important they are to authors! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

MUSE HAS BEEN RELEASED ON AMAZON!

It's a truly exciting day that I can tell you that my SECOND NOVEL has been published on Amazon. MUSE, the sequel to GROUPIE, is now available. I appreciate all of the support and would love to hear your feedback.

MUSE ON AMAZON!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In honor of the fast- approaching Valentine's Day 2017, remember to grab your favorite book and #readromance! If you take your date to a romantic movie, please remember that 99% of the movies out there first came from books! Share your favorite books with your friends and reach out to the authors- they love to hear feedback.
Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

ANNOUNCING A FIVE STAR REVIEW FOR GROUPIE!

One of the most touted ways for a novelist to get feedback and create buzz for their book is through editorial reviews. Instead of your average customer reviewer in which a reader gives their opinion, these specialized reviews come from legitimate sources involved in the book industry. Many of these options with big names (such as USA Today) are not open to indie publishers. Many also want your book before it is published, but it can take weeks and delay your ability to put your book out on a timely schedule. Others will accept submissions but it is few and far between that they chose to review and authors just keep their fingers crossed. 

On the same token, the review could be bad...and then it is out there for all to see! Gasp! It truly is a gamble and you must hope that the reviewer that does wind up (hopefully someone does choose it) likes your book and gives a great line or two to use in marketing. 

I am so pleased to announce that Groupie was chosen by Readers' Favorite... and it received the FIVE STAR SEAL!!! I am very grateful for the insight of this reviewer and that she enjoyed and understood my novel so well. HERE IT IS, FOLKS!

Reviewed By Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers’ Favorite

Groupie by Susan Daugherty revolves around a developing romance between Dr Lexie Travis and music sensation Jack Morgan. Lexie doesn't appreciate Jack's brand of country music much and has a low opinion of his lifestyle. When Jack has an accident on stage and hurts his leg, Lexie is brought in as his therapist. Turns out Jack Morgan isn't the uncouth womanizer she believed him to be. Their healing sessions bring them closer and Jack is forced to take a good look at his life since his stardom. For Lexie, travelling with Jack on his tour is a dream come true. Jack may just be the man to make Lexie hope again. Just one problem; she didn't believe in true love and Jack is ready to jump all in.

When it comes to exploring a character's emotions, Susan Daugherty hit the nail on the head. I felt the fear, the excitement, and the love between Lexie and Jack. Both characters have been scared by the past and are scared to commit, but as they get to know each other better, their friendship turns into something more meaningful. This book is filled with "awww"-inspiring sweet moments and nail biting suspense (sometimes more than I could take). I especially loved that it still managed to convey the romantic atmosphere without the overblown sex scenes so prevalent in romance books nowadays. The book ends in a cliffhanger, but was totally worth the read. I can't wait to read the conclusion of Lexie and Jack's story in Muse. Fans of Colleen Hoover will definitely enjoy Groupie.


https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/groupie

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Step 6 in My Writing Process: Writers' Convention

In the midst of navigating the whirlwind that is querying, I also decided to attend the Atlanta's Writers Conference with a writer friend,  Michelle. We had heard about the great networking opportunity as well as the ability to submit your first 50 pages to agents/editors for critique and to pitch your novel to other agents and editors. There were also numerous panels to attend and with Q and A with these top agency representatives and workshops for marketing and fine tuning your writing.

I was in the limbo stage, where I had received some 'passes' on my query and also some positive feedback. I felt that I needed to know if my query letter was in good shape (because as you know, there is such a small window to grab that agent's attention and your letter better be amazing!) and to get some kind of idea if my only my few trusted friends who had read Groupie thought it was good... or if professionals thought I had something promising.

It turned out to be a great experience, overall! Michelle and I met some inspiring fellow writers and were able to swap stories of our author lives and our journeys. We heard successes and failures. We were inspired and renewed. Many of us swapped information but I truly only kept in touch with one writer, but she has proved to be such a valuable friend to me as we both continue our processes. The mixer felt like the Hunger Games to try to meet and talk to the agents and editors- it was interesting to say the least.

My review sessions with two agents who had read my first 50 pages went very well- one was very enthusiastic and said she wanted me to send my 'full' (the entire manuscript) to her office. The other said I had a good start but cued me on some styling and structure to improve. Then I met with to editors to pitch my book to, and they both showed intrigue. One asked for the 'full' and the other for a 'partial'  manuscript. (Partial requests come with querying if they are interested but not fully sold yet and full requests come if they are very interested.) I did not win any awards at the ceremony, but my brand new friend did and I was so happy for her. Michelle got some positive feedback but not as many requests as I did, so I left feeling encouraged and as though I got my 500$ conference fees worth for sure!

Unfortunately, at the end of several more weeks, none of my leads from the conference panned out. The heartbreaking journey of querying, sending the manuscripts and waiting for the replies continued for weeks. Perhaps my  hopes were too high, as I left the conference with my feedback. I truly expected one of interesting parties to work out. One agent never, ever got to back to me after requesting a full... this was  unprofessional I thought. I sent the materials and followed up twice and also reached out to another person at the agency due to the lack of response. It continues to feel very odd. The other requests fell into the eventual 'pass' pile and left me feeling that I had perhaps been duped into false hope. I may never know if those reps at a conference try to boister you up at the time and let you down later, or if it was genuine interest that just didn't wind up fitting.

In the end, I still believe it was a nice rite of passage for a new author. I gained knowledge, networked, made a friend, gained feedback from many sources and met in person many of these agents and editors who can make or break us. They are human, too!  It set me up to continue my adventure of finding the right place for my novel.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Readers' Favorite Five Star Seal

Very excited to share the news that Groupie received the Readers' Favorite Five Star Seal! This is as great honor and I am proud to display my new seal. Most authors write books for the shear reason that we hope readers will enjoy them... that they will get a true escape, become part of a new world. The feedback from our readers is the reason why we write and what keeps us going. In this day and age, you are able to reach more readers when you have achieved special reviews and seals like this one. I'm very happy that the seal came from Readers' Favorite... because, as I said, authors want nothing more than their readers to enjoy their novel! If this helps me reach further readers who also love the book, then this is a wonderful thing. Thank you for the honor, Readers' Favorite!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The True Reward for Writing Comes from the Readers

Reflecting today on what it means to be a published author.
I find that it's not the act of saying my book is now out there in space that is rewarding... it's the feedback that you get from reviewers that makes me smile!
Knowing that I have been able to touch someone's life, give them a fun escape from the daily grind, or make them feel part of a new world is all the reward that is needed.

 I have to share just a few short quotes from a fraction of the Amazon reviews for Groupie that make me so happy to be a writer!

 *“This book is humorous, big-hearted, passionate, and suspenseful. It will have you from the first page and keep you there, turning page after page.” 
*“If you like Nicholas Sparks books, you will really love this book!” 
*“What makes Daugherty’s debut so irresistible is its heroine Lexie—she’s smart, spunky, assertive, flirty, and authentic.” 
*“If you are a hopeless romantic looking for a fast paced easy read that leaves you wanting more then this is the story for you!” 
*“The book was totally unpredictable, and I had no idea what would happen in the end. When I finished the book, I was actually sad to be done.” 
*“This is the kind of writing that makes you feel like you're watching a good movie.” 
*“I literally could not put it down because I had to finish before reality set in and I had to go to work the next morning.” 
*“Loved this book. Stayed up way past my bedtime because I couldn't put it down!” 
*“The interaction between Jack and Lexie…their quips, their banter, and their character development throughout the story made it difficult to put the book down. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romance, friendships and adventure.” 
*“You know those very special books that make you call into work and use a sick day because you just HAVE to finish the book? This is definitely one of those books!”