by Amanda Lance
Summary From Goodreads:
Emilia Ward is being watched.
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.
Thoughts from Amanda:
The Best (and worst) of being an Author
It may sound cliché, but for as long as I can remember (literally as long as my little mind can remember) I have wanted write books. Now, in my adulthood, that I have the opportunity to do that, I’ve found living the dream is about as awesome as I could expect. Unfortunately, however, there are a few downsides to living as an author that I hadn’t anticipated. If you’re considering taking on the written word as your profession, maybe you should consider the best and the worst before you throw yourself in it.
-Working in your PJ’s—my fellow author friends can’t deny this. ;)
-Creating your own hours—With the ability to work from home, most authors have the privilege to pick and choose the times they work, a situation ideal for young mothers, and artists trying to work day-jobs.
-Tax-deductions—When you’re an “artist” and you have a decent accountant, everything is tax deductable. (Including trips to the bookstore!)
-You can work almost anywhere—really… anywhere.
-You can call reading “checking out the competition.”
-The income—Lets be honest. Unless you’re J.K Rowling or Stephen King, you’ll never be a “rich” writer. In fact, the term itself is something of an oxymoron. Most authors who support themselves work 60+ hours a week and are supported by dual incomes. Even then, many of them struggle from royalty check to royalty check so they work additional jobs to supplement their income.
-Isolation—The average author spends many hours by themselves which can create a sense of loneliness for those who aren’t used to it. For writers who are more extroverted than introverted, working in a café rather than at home might be a healthier solution.
-The Waiting—Waiting for contracts, e-mails from editors, graphic artists, and reviews can be nearly as painful as your impatience for that first acceptance letter. Many writers have succumbed to checking their e-mail every five seconds instead of getting any work done. To avoid this, you might have to take drastic measures and turn off the internet altogether.
So while the good outweigh the bad, be sure to take all elements into consideration before resigning yourself to the author life. After all,