Friday, February 13, 2009

Author Spotlight: Renee Knowles

Today's author in the spotlight is Renee Knowles! And you're in for a special treat! Not only is Ms. Knowles an exceptional romance author, but she also has a fabulous how-to book out for writers. Today I'm featuring her Regency romance, Courting Trouble and Savvy Business Skills for Writers: Nuts and Bolts. Check them out below!

Ms. Knowles' Bio:

Renee Knowles is an award-winning historical and contemporary romance author. She is also a published freelance writer and columnist whose work has appeared in national consumer and trade magazines, as well as newspapers. Besides fiction writing Renee is a freelance editor and writing coach.

In her business life, she’s the owner and president of Total Confidence Image Consulting, LLC, a full-service image and business-etiquette-coaching firm. She has spent over fourteen years as a business manager and successful entrepreneur, during this time serving as a board member of the Arlington LeTip International Chapter, as well as being active in many chamber of commerce organizations. She has presented workshops to writing groups all over the country.

For more information, please visit her coaching site at http://www.totalconfidenceimage.com/ and her fiction website at http://www.reneeknowles.com/.


Lord Anthony Darby is determined to marry a wife with an exemplary reputation. Then he sees his childhood companion, gorgeous, scandalous, Lily Kennyon again. And all he wants is her in his bed. He decides to avoid her. Until her father makes him an irresistible offer: he'll sponsor Anthony's entry into an exclusive club, if Anthony will accompany his outcast daughter to society events. Can Anthony resist Lily's sensual lure? Or will his hunger make him lose control?

Lily has always rued her impulsive nature. Never more than when her defiance led to an accident, which paralyzed her sister. Afterward, she decided if her sister would never marry, neither would she. Yet she wants to experience lovemaking. So, when Anthony courts her, she devises a plan to seduce him. But she fears she's falling in love. Then she discovers Anthony's attentions were all part of a pact with her father…

5 Divas and A Recommended Read From Dark Diva Reviews!

"Ms. Knowles has weaved a very emotionally provocative and hot read. My heartstrings were pulled along the path of this couple, and I shared all of their passion, laughter, pain and enduring love.

I wholeheartedly recommend Courting Trouble and give it 5 Delightful Divas. If I could I would give it ten! I look forward to reading many more works by this talented author."--Eliza, Dark Diva Reviews


This is the first book in a series on developing business skills to grow and thrive in the challenging publishing industry. Make no doubt about it, to agents and editors, writing is first and foremost a business. Publishing generates billions of dollars every year. How can a writer find their slice of the pie? That's what this book will help you accomplish.

Of course, having a salable project and great writing ability is ultimately what will sell your book or article and keep your readers coming back. Yet, in this competitive time, you need more. You need an extra edge. Building your business skills will make you shine to editors and agents and help you build an audience. This is what will set you apart from all the other writers who haven't been savvy enough to learn the business end of writing. Ms. Knowles discusses how to creating a dynamic career plan, networking and promoting on a budget, shining at a writers' conference, time management, and no fear public speaking.

Are you ready to take your writing career to the next level?

A note from the author...

‘I’m writing this series because I saw the need was great and there wasn’t really a good how-to resource out there for writers to learn the business end of publishing. Agents and editors at conferences often speak about how they feel the one area many writers can improve on is the business and marketing side. And, as an editor myself, I've noticed many authors are not as comfortable dealing with promo and networking and career plans as they are with plotting and craft. I’ve seen fabulous writers struggle and I wanted to help them discover all the opportunities that could open to them if they were to expand their way of thinking.

Growing up in an entrepreneurial atmosphere—my family has owned a florist business for over thirty-seven years—I’ve gained a lot of business knowledge even from an early age. I’ve helped many authors find their bearings in this challenging publishing business.”

Reader quotes:

"Savvy Business Skills for Writers: Nuts and Bolts is a book that every writer MUST have! Not only is Ms. Knowles' material extremely helpful, the way she writes made me feel like she was sitting right beside me. She really drew me in, captured my attention, and got me moving on the right track. Being a writer, I don't always find myself excelling on the business end of things, but with this book, I feel a lot more confident. Not only does Ms. Knowles present a great wealth of knowledge, she makes learning fun!"--Eliza Knight, historical romance author and owner of the History Undressed blog.

"Ms. Knowles’ common sense approach to mapping out a thorough business plan is a must have for every successful author!"--Juliet Burns, Harlequin and Red Sage author.