Posted in fiction, Guest Post, romance on January 27, 2016

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In a Tel-Aviv hospital during Operation Desert Storm, Sharon Lapidot, a beautiful young nurse, is having an affair with a married doctor.

Sharon’s colorful and exciting life is ultimately destroyed by powerful and eroding mistakes. But her courage and wisdom lead her to an unregretful commitment.

Vividly told, this compelling journey of love and lust, honor and betrayal, loss and redemption, will move you — and perhaps even change you.


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Thoughts from the Author

How Effective Is Social Media To Promote Your Book

Ahhh, the writer’s life. We’ve all imagined how the greatest writers of our time complete their projects. I envision them escaping to a house on the beach to watch a glorious sunrise as they type away, taking breaks to be inspired as they walk along the sands.

Even when I first had the desire to write, I could see myself rising in the morning and writing for a few hours, fully inspired by the story I held tight in my chest. After getting a few pages of copy, the day would be my own, and I could have fun doing the things I wanted to do.

Alas, dreams rarely match reality. As evidenced by Stephen King who wrote Carrie in the laundry room of his apartment on a manual typewriter balanced on his lap. He supplemented his income at the time with a dirty job doing laundry for restaurants and hotels. Of course now he has the luxury of time in the way that I’d imagined it. But the time it takes to get to that point isn’t all sunsets and roses.

With the changing face of publishing, the writer’s job is evolving as well. Some of the tasks of being an author have surprised me. When I saw myself writing books, I imagined finishing a book, giving myself a much needed rest, then diving into writing the next book. I never imagined the process would have me marketing and promoting the book as well.

But as I learn more about sharing my story with the world, one thing has crept into my life that I never anticipated enjoying as much as I do—using social media. Back when I wrote my very first story, Facebook and Twitter weren’t even companies. Now they are two of the major tools an author can use to connect with readers and fans.

While social media offers hundreds of thousands of different channels, I feel the two biggest opportunities for an anthor lie with Twitter and Facebook. Why? Because that’s where readers hangout. That’s where I find a lot of my information in today’s world, and I know that’s how a lot of my readers find theirs as well. So why fight the system. Why not join it instead?

The key to being successful on social media is to remember it’s all about sharing, not selling. If you’re an author, of course you want people to buy your book. But there are so many books released today with new publishing programs all the time. You cannot stand out in the sea of titles just by promoting. In order for you to connect with your reader, you want people to see who you are, to be able to get into your mind and find out the secrets behind your book. Find out the secrets that allow you to write the way you do. And you can do that in so many ways.

Take, for example, my recent blogs about my favorite holiday dinner recipes. I shared with you my love for cooking and eating beautiful food. Something that shines through in my writing as well.

The experiences I share are a part of who I am. Will I use them to sway the way I write when writing one of my next Pinnacle books? Maybe.

Yet the fun of it comes from being able to share all of those experiences with you. To give you, my readers, a taste of what I use every day to influence my writing.

Does social media work? Is it an effective way to promote a book? I would argue it’s more effective as a way to promote an author. Because as we build a relationship with the people we enjoy reading, we want more. When they release a new book, we want to read it. Because we’ve developed a relationship with that person over time, and we’re ready to continue the relationship, through the stories that they share.

That’s how you sell books. That’s how you become better as a writer.

About the Author

Michelle-Dim-St-Pierre-AuthorMichelle Dim-St. Pierre was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she spent more than half of her life before relocating to the United States.

She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she spent her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart.

After graduating from nursing school with a BS in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, she practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU – along with many other duties.

Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Recently she left nursing and became a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, starts the Pinnacle trilogy.

Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes.

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