Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Love Over Kpop by Marilyn Vix

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Love Over Kpop by Marilyn Vix. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I am spotlighting this story. There's also the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Enjoy!
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Title: Love Over Kpop
Author: Marilyn Vix
Genre: Young Adult Rockstar Romance
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Trish Russo has just started a job at an agency in LA that is paired with a Korean agency to help with managing the band, Friends5, in the States. But the finicky Woo In-ho won’t come out of his trailer to film the current music video. Trish is asked, as the new assistant, to talk to him. She tries to talk to him like a regular person. He responds to the normal treatment, but on one condition. She needs to help out and be in the video. What is a girl to do when a gorgeous K-pop Idol asks you to be in his video? Then, she reads the scene she is to appear in. There’s a scripted kiss. Will it all just be acting? Or will she let her feelings get entangled with In-ho threatening her new career?

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ABOUT KINDLE VELLA:
What is Vella? A Rundown of the New Platform for Readers
by Marilyn Vix

What is Vella? It’s a new reading platform by Amazon available through their website or the Kindle iOS app. It works very similar to other online serial platforms like Wattpad and Radish, with a coin or token pay system to unlock episodes. Each story has 3 FREE episodes to get the flavor of the story, and then can be unlocked further after purchasing tokens. The tokens can be purchased in different packages, with more given for the more expensive bundles.

Paid episodes are priced by word count. For example, 3500 words in an episode would be 35 tokens. The word limit on Vella per episode is 600 to 5,000 words. So, no episode can be more than 50 tokens or at the very least, 6 tokens. When logging into Amazon’s website or through the iOS app, you can get 200 free tokens to start reading. You can follow stories and like individual episodes. After purchasing your first bundle of tokens, you are awarded a weekly “Fav” which you can bestow on your favorite story you’ve read that week. The likes, favs and follows all help stories become more visible in the system like many other platforms.

The fastest and easiest way to find stories are to follow direct links to them. Each story is assigned an ASIN, but I have found that search abilities on Vella can be hard to isolate. The easiest way to find Vella stories by your favorite author is by doing a search with their author name, a combination of their story title and their author name, or just the story name. Seaching for just Vella doesn’t seem to bring up much yet. But the system is still new, and things are being sorted out daily as the platform gets more use.

To find “Love Over Kpop” by Marilyn Vix:

• Search for Marilyn Vix, Love Over Kpop Marilyn Vix, or Love Over Kpop

• Use the direct story link.

• Pick up your 200 FREE TOKENS!

• READ THE FIRST 3 EPISODES FOR FREE!

• Follow and “Fav” to stay on top of new episodes posted weekly.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Marilyn is a paranormal romance novelist. She enjoys the characters that just don't fit in. From witches to time traveling researchers, she is letting her imagination soar to explore new worlds and write all the details down. Marilyn has traveled to Paris, London, Sydney, and Munich. She loves to include these in her settings as much as can allow. Best of all is letting her reader enjoy them through the perspective of a character. Here love for K-pop has produced her current rock star/K-pop romance project, Love Over Kpop, available on Kindle Vella. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and cat. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.

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GIVEAWAY:
Marilyn Vix is awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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75 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Sounds like a very good book.

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  3. How long was the writing process?

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    1. I've been working on it for 2 years, with one year lost last year due to the pandemic zapping my creative juices. So, I'm up to 3 years now with this draft of the manuscript going up on Vella.

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  4. Love the title - have to share it with my grandchildren.

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  5. Do you have a favorite character from the book?

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    1. I do like my main female lead. She's a reflection of my younger self had I gone full time into music promotions. And I just love rockstar romances. So, developing my Kpop idol has been fun. He's a combination of several idols that I've followed and one Korean actor.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. David HollingsworthOctober 6, 2021 at 5:18 PM

    What's your favorite book?

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    1. I think this is a hard question for any avid reader. But I'll fall back on some of my favorite genres, sci-fantasy and paranormal romances. And pick my favorite authors, Anne Rice, Anne McCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey, Melissa Marr, Jen Lancaster, and Monique Martin. I had to go to Goodreads and review through. So many authors, so many books. Not enough time.

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  8. Oh me, oh my, this sounds so darn cute!!!!!

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  9. This sounds like a fun read and the cover is cool.
    heather hgtempaddy

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    1. Thank you. I'm getting a lot of people loving the cover. It really helps to hear the feedback.

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  10. Thank you. It's been fun writing it.

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    1. Nope. I try to avoid jail whenever possible.

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  12. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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    1. Knowing people are going to read and eventually enjoy my story keeps me going. Plus, there are times that I want to know what happens next, and all I see is a blank page. So, I have to keep going to find out. ;-)

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  15. I have heard of K-pop, but I really don't know anything about it!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. You'll learn some things about this fabulous music in my novel. Kpop really came out of Nsync and other late 80s boys bands. A group did their own thing in the late 90s and started a Korean version. It was then built on from there and created a new pop music. There are different generations now, a lot being used in k-dramas, and churned out similar to Hollywood studio system in the early and mid-20th century. The industry has big agencies that sign "trainees" to work on their skills of dancing, singing, acting, etc. until they debut as a band. There's a kdrama that shows this that's like "Glee" called "Dream High". It has a member of 2pm and the owner of one of the big agencies, JYP, is a teacher in it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_High

      There is a whole culture, language, and names for a lot of Kpop, within the fan culture too. I'm constantly learning more, and the music is addictive. The research I've done is for self-interest as well as for the novel. It's like I had to get it out of my system too, to write about a kpop idol. I've become a bit obsessed with the music since 2015. Though it's hard to see bands live in the States, I was lucky enough to see SuperM before the pandemic hit, like weeks before, beg. of Feb. 2020. But there is now a lot of events and concerts online due to the pandemic. So it's taken Kpop in a new direction. But nothing beats a live show. Anyway, I could go on, but I've got a lot of info reflected in my novel too. You'll learn more from the interactions of the characters. BTS inspired some of In-ho's band too, but I used a friend's story from being at a MTV award backstage to do a backstage scene with In-ho's band. It's coming up in future episodes.

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  16. Sounds interesting. Haven't used Vella yet.

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  17. David HollingsworthOctober 7, 2021 at 6:23 PM

    I like the cover. It makes the book look very interesting.

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  18. What would you pawn on Pawn Stars?

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    1. Jewelry. I've actually been in the Pawn Stars shop in Vegas. I've bought a ruby ring and other jewelry in the shop. They've actually got really nice items in the shop, esp. jewelry. None of them were there, but shopping in the store was cool.

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  19. The colorful modern style graphic on the cover really is very eye catching.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Not really. I'd love to though. I did write a comment on Twitter during the Grumpy Cat Christmas special several years back, and it was quoted on People Magazines website while they reported on the premiere. Everyone was commenting as they watched the show, and I guess people liked my humor. And it ended up being used in their review of the show. That was pretty cool.

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  21. David HollingsworthOctober 8, 2021 at 11:12 PM

    What's the next book going to be about?

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    1. I have considered a sequel, where another couple would be featured. But I don't want to reveal too much or it will spoil the ending. How I'd do it will give away the ending of the current serial right now.

      But I am working on a third installment in my "Thankful in Vegas" series. Once it's done, I'll turn it into a novel. I usually write shorter novellas and get put together into a novel like I did for the "Beware of Warlocks" series. The writer's block has been bad though, and slowed down other projects of mine. But the Vella project is helping me to get back into my writing routine. I spend a lot of 2020 writing nonfiction and a children's picture book. I have a whole book on how to get started in self publishing, which was great to get down my own truth. So, now I've been returning to my fiction writing. The pandemic really has cut me off from the ability to recharge and stimulate the creative part of my mind. I've read and heard other writers having that problem, including Stephen King. So, I'm happy to be back to working on a project again in fiction. So, more books are coming. The pandemic is definitely affecting my writing process and many other writers.

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    1. I fractured an arm when I was a child. I twisted and sprain and arm in 2019. But luckily, no breaks in my life. I did have a heart attack though. Maybe made up with that. I don't know. I was usually pretty careful as a child.

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  23. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

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    1. Yes. I keep several writing projects going at once. It helps with writer's block that if I get stuck in one, I move to another. I also can wake up and think, "What story do I want to work on today?" I also have a lot of ideas that sometimes it's good to just start a project and see if it forms into something. That way I don't loose any creativity.

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  24. I was wondering - how long has Kpop been popular?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. The modern Kpop is credited to have started with a band called "Seo Taiji and Boys" in the early 90s. They were inspired by the boy bands of the late 80s in the States, like Nsync. The members went on to start some of the biggest agencies that make a lot of the current Kpop today. So, modern Kpop has been around for 30 years.

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    1. I worked in a yogurt shop. ;-) I've had a varied amount of jobs before I became a teacher including working in a nightclub, radio station, and high tech PR.

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  26. This looks interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. David HollingsworthOctober 10, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Sounds like a really elightening book!

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  28. A question for the author: DO you have a favorite Kpop group or solo artist?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Yes. I have a lot of favorite groups, but my current favorite idol is Taemin. He debuted in a band called Shinee. He's referred to as my bias, favorite idol. There is a whole terminology that goes with Kpop too. He's currently doing his Korean military service which all men in Korea are required to do by the age of 28. I also like SS501, 2PM, SuperM, Boyfriend, 9Muses, Blackpink, BTS, Twice, and Red Velvet.

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  29. What are your plans for Halloween?

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    1. I've recently moved to a small town and now live in a court. Our street is planning a block party on Halloween. So, I'm kind of excited about that. Plus, pretty much, the whole street is vaccinated, except for the children yet. But with all the kids masked, it should be pretty safe. I'm actually looking forward to it. I love Halloween! I don't know what I'll wear yet, but I'll figure something out. I have a costume closet. I'll likely pull out one of my steampunk outfits. I haven't been able to go to a con in awhile. So, it would be nice to wear one.

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  30. Typically, what instruments do Kpop musicians play?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. The bands often have different types of singers and talents, like a rapper, vocalists and sub-vocalists, a band leader, dancers, visuals (like there to look good), matnea and maknae, which are oldest and youngest members of the group. They often don't need to play instruments, though some might. The music is written and performed often by hired staff in the agency. So, the concept of a band is a bit different than what we'd normally have in the States. It's more based on what we'd call "Boy Bands" and "Girl Bands". A lot of idols have varied musical abilities, but those above are ones used the most in a Kpop band. It's very controlled by the agency, which is why it's compared often to the studio system of Hollywood from the 50s.

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    1. Yes. I like role play/fantasy games the most. Currently have been playing Octopath Traveller and Baldur's Gate.

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  32. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.


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  33. Do you dress up for Halloween?

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    1. Sure do. Planning my outfit already. Thinking of doing a steampunk theme of some sort this year.

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  34. David HollingsworthOctober 13, 2021 at 2:10 AM

    Do you celebrate Halloween?

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    1. Oh definitely. It's one of my favorite holidays. Just ordered some decorations for my new house. Got neighbors already decorating. Really excited to be getting Trick-o-Treaters this year. Last year was just, so sad. Got to make up for it this year. My street is even having a block party. So, really looking forward to it.

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  35. What is the name of a Kpop song that you really like?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Like a lot of songs right now. I've been into a lot of Boyfriend songs lately. So, "Janus" and "Iya" are always planning in my head these days.

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  36. looks like a fun one

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  37. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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    1. I actually do a lot of Renaissance fairs. So, I have more of a Ren Fair nickname which is Mary. Some people didn't know my real name for years. At fair, I mostly respond to that. ;-)

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  38. I am wondering (since I am running out of Kpop questions) : Do you have a favorite desert?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Cheesecake! I try to get my birthday cake made with cheesecake these days. Gelato is also quite nice. And then there is wine. A nice port makes a lovely after dinner desert. Especially with cheesecake.

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  39. The book sounds fun to read and the cover is cute.

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  40. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  41. David HollingsworthOctober 14, 2021 at 7:42 PM

    I love the cover; it's colorful.

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  42. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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