Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Releasing before New Years -
12/29 Bound by Sin by Jenna Maclaine - who doesn't love a vampire that is also a witch?
12/29 A Highlander's Destiny by Melissa Mayhue - found this series by accident and love them! Time travel and the Faye.
Coming in January -
1/19 Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - the next in her Immortals After Dark series.
1/26 Highlanders Homecoming by Melissa Mayhue
1/26 Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione - the fourth book in her Demonica series. Each of the brothers I've loved best when I read their book. Can't wait for Lore's.
Coming in February
2/2 Bliss Factor by Penny McCall - she writes amazing Romantic Suspence.
2/9 Viking in Love by Sandra Hill - just saying Sandra Hill is enough of a plug for this one. If you like humour then you'll love her. She cracks me up!
2/9 First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost - I found her by the cover of Halfway to the Grave and have devoured everything she's put out since! Adore her vampires.
2/23 Defeat the Darkness by Alexis Morgan - I originally found her books at the local library and now she's an autobuy. Since then she's become a friend and a hand written little note from her encourages me when I get down. But, this book is Hunter's and he's such a tortured hero that I'm bouncing waiting for the release.
2/23 Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison - This is her Hollow's series which I found courtesy of a buy 2 get 1 sale. This one I'm going to be fighting hubby to read first! But think I'll win cause I read faster.
Coming in March and what lovely birthday presents they will be!
3/1 Possessing Morgan by Bonnie Edwards - Bonnie is another writer I've become friends with this year. Her Perdition House stories are Hot Hot HOT!!! Can't wait for this one.
3/2 Ladies Prefer Rogues Anthology - Sandra Hill is in it.
3/2 Master of Fire by Angela Knight - The return to her Mageverse series.
3/2 Born To Be Wild by Christine Warren - Hot sexy shifters! This is the next one in her Others series - looks to be lion shifters...
3/2 Serpent Moon by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp. New Tales of the Sazi book! YUM!
3/2 Black Jack by Lora Leigh - This is in her Elite series. Special agents from around the world that the world thinks are dead. But when they meet their ladies they burn up the page~
3/9 The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrilyn Sparks - Like Sandra Hill, Kerrilyn makes me laugh.
That's my list for the first quarter - I'm sure there will be some I'll find later.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Well it takes time to get a book written, edited, submitted and in the line up for publication. So, have three to finish.
1. Tales of the Rikashi book 4 with my buddy Antonia Tiranth - we've got some shockers planned for this one.
2. Afternoon Surprise - this one is closest to completion. The rough is done but decided to add another scene. Then a final edit and submission.
3. The Escort - this one like Envoy has been on my plate for a long time and I think it needs to be finished.
4. No title - I want to write a Steam Punk. Because I think it will be fun just need to figure it out.
Then there's going back to school. I can't believe I'm doing it, but I'm also excited about it.
Last but not least are all the wonderful books coming from my favorite authors! Now if my husband discovers exactly how many I've got on preorder.... well I'll be cut off from the bookstore! But, Alexis Morgan, Kim Harrison, Bonnie Edwards, Kresley Cole, Lori Handland, Christine Warren, Kerrylyn Sparks and more have books coming out! Not to mention my favorite special agent - Pendergast is getting a new book!
I also plan on being better about updating here. Going to try for weekly... would love to do daily but I'm just not that interesting.
So, 2010 will be very busy!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I'm trying to finish up Afternoon Surprise an under 2k erotic short and the first rough of Tales of the Rikashi book 4. So, why is it no surprise that I get a great opening for a Steam Punk story? Because that is what Musie does....
The weight of the derringer in her pocket calmed (don't know her name yet) as she walked towards the docks.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sarah's Story by Delilah K. Stephans - available at http://www.redrosepublishing.com
Black Velvet by Antonia Tiranth and Delilah K. Stephans available at http://www.lyricalpress.com
The Quickening by Antonia Tiranth available at http://www.lyricalpress.com
The Gathering by Antonia Tiranth available at http://www.lyricalpress.com
In Darkness Redeemed by Alexis Morgan available at http://www.fictionwise.com
Midnight Confessions 1 & 2 by Bonnie Edwards available at http://www.fictionwise.com
Holding on to Hope by Nancy O'Berry available at http://www.redrosepublishing.com
The Reluctant Dom by Tambra Dalton available at www.lyricalpress.com
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The file sat there for a couple years unfinished. I'd go back to it and add a chapter here and there. Finally finished it a few weeks ago. Did a tiny bit of editing and submitted it to one of my publishers.
Yesterday - I signed the contract to have The Envoy published!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
1) Migraine headaches - They seem to be a common malady of writers. I've figured out why. All these characters are screaming for your attention. Wanting their story told. It can be quite annoying really. My only fear is that one day my husband will force me into psychiatric counseling for them.
2) The muse will send cravings for all types of food. I have had folks smile at me knowingly when I'm in the checkout line. Guess they think I'm pregnant. I guess in a way I am - writing a book, for me, takes about the same length of time.
3) The other night I wanted to scream = "I'm going to kill you, Character Name." I stopped myself in time - the neighbors might have called the police. That could have caused a serious delay in my writing.
4) The other day hubby was looking at the credit card bills and hit the roof! I had to try and explain it's just for the essentials. You know, research materials, promotional materials and music. That every writer needs at least three Thesauruses, a couple of dictionaries, the entire Howdunit series and the entire series of Writer's Guide to Everyday Life, right?
5) Course he does like most of one series of research books. Those for writing erotica. His favorite is Going Down. He's not too sure of The Mistress Manual, or The Loving Dominate.
6) Hubby and I almost had to go to Marriage Counseling. He just couldn't understand why I kept getting furious when he interrupted me while writing.
So if you are thinking about becoming a writer - consider yourself warned of the unexpected hazards.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
#6 on Once Upon A Bookstore Fantasy Best Sellers
#8 on Once Upon A Bookstory Paranormal Best Sellers
#6 on Fictionwise.com for Lyrical Press.
Thank you! Every one of you who have pulled out your credit card to purchase it.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The day after the public memorial for the Victims of the Fort Hood shooting, can any of us not look at a soldier, sailor, marine, or airman and not think of the loss of their brothers and sisters in arms. Yet feel pride that they still get up and put on the uniform ready to give their lives to protect us?
Can we not think of the military wives and husbands who keep the home fires burning while their soldier is deployed to faraway places. Those heroic men and women who kiss their spouse good bye and pray daily for their safe return.
And we should remember than unlike soldiers of the past – there is no draft now. All those wearing the uniform now, the veterans of the future volunteered to take on that burden. The veterans who were served in the past, deserve our respect and that we never forget what they’ve done for us.
So, today as you go about your life here in the U.S. remember that somewhere probably sitting next to you at the traffic light or waiting in a doctor’s office or at the office is a veteran who took the time to fight for the rights we all take for granted. If you happen to know a veteran – tell them thanks. I think they deserve it.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I'm doing NaNo. This years story is a murder mystery and a paranormal romance. It's coming along great and I'm hoping I don't lose interest in it because it's really a good story.
I've also applied for a Copy Editor position and I'm hoping that I get it. Waiting on that and word on my last submission.
Also working on a project that is driving me crazy organizing - but that's half the fun! That's the news for the week. Talk to you next week.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Jett: Del! Get your lazy butt to your computer. You ain't going to believe this - crap.
Me: I'm up. I'm up. What has your boxers in a twist?
Jett: Pirates! Nasty little ebook pirates.
Me: Yeah, they are a pest but why do you care?
Jett: Because, they are pirating ME! And Blue Boy. And the Prick.
Jett: Yeah. So what are you going to do about it.
After a google search I locate the site - ahh them.
Me: Well what I'm going to do is send the information to Tir and Lyrical since my name isn't listed.
Jett: (Huffing he leans against a wall in the office) It just pisses me off. You can't afford to have your work given away like that. You struggle every month and don't complain. Don't like someone thinking they can take the money out of your budget.
Me: Thanks Jett. And yeah it's tight living off disability and the little I get for the books. But these folks seem to be under the impression I make big bucks and them getting it free won't hurt because the economy is bad.
Jett: You know where that door to your reality is? I'll come kick their asses for you - bring the others with me even Eddie. That should scare the shit out of them.
Me: Jett what have I told you about cussing on my blog?
But he's gone obviously to find the doorway to this reality. Wonder if he'll find it?
Monday, October 26, 2009
Lena has been the Angel of Death since the beginning of time. Drawn to the murders she breaks the rules and allows the handsome Detective to see her.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Of course in 2 weeks I'll have to put aside learning the program to concentrate on NaNo. NaNo is National Novel Writing in a Month. It happens every November and writers from around the world try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I've done it two years - won once. But the year I didn't make it - I wasn't thrilled with my story idea. This year I am! I'm going to spend the next 2 weeks brainstorming and researching so I'm ready to go on November 1st.
And top it all off with November 2nd being the release date of Black Velvet from Lyrical Press!
November should be a good but busy month!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Before I signed my first contract I'd been a reviewer. The truth is I recieved maybe 5 comments from the multitude of authors I did reviews for. When the thank you notes came through the review sites group, every reviewer was thrilled that they or someone else got a thank you from the author. That's how rare those emails are. After that review site closed the reviewers got together and founded of another review site. Again, we may recieve 10 responses from authors for the 40 reviews a month that we do. As reviewers we do get the occassional temper tantrum from an Author who believed they deserved a higher rating than they got.
Now why did I mention the thank you's and complaints - believe it or not a response on one review influences your next review. If a book is teetering on going up one level - a thank you from the author on the previous review might push it up. Throwing a fit to the reviewer could result in no reviewer taking your book. One more thing to remember - most reviewers aren't paid.
We must face that a good portion of our sales come not from our exhaustive and expensive promotion, but from those multitude of review sites that say something about our book. It takes two seconds after you read the review to either send an email or click the comment button. If it's a great review - thank them; if it's a not so great review - thank them and sincerely apologize that the book wasn't to their taste. That's it.
So Authors - remember to be kind to your reviewers. Good or bad they did take the time to read your book.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
My first true love started one day while I was at work. I walked out of the store room and there he stood, wearing a brown sweater, khaki pants and boat shoes. Blonde hair cut military short and beautiful blue eyes and a nice tight ass. Then I noticed who he was talking to, unfortunately I thought that the guy he was talking to was a class A jerk. I had completely forgotten what I’d come out for and had to go back into the store room.
A few weeks later the blonde guy started talking to me and we became friends. Then one night he invited me to dinner. I didn’t know him that well, so made some excuse why I couldn’t. I admit it was a lame excuse. He said “What is it about women? I just don’t want to eat alone and would like company.” With an invitation like that, what girl could refuse? So we went to McDonalds and talked and talked and talked. Mostly about this girl he was interested in “Patty” and how he should go about getting her interested in him. I gave him great advice. Really great advice.
It wasn’t until we’d been married two years and I met his family face to face for the first time that I realized how sneaky he was. It was when I met his sister Patty that everything clicked. And after 21 years together – I’m still glad he was sneaky.
Follow the Trail
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Here's a sample of the three that are in progress - Comment on which you like best and I'll move it to the top of the pile.
Finding A Keeper
Is she gone now, Dane? She sent to her keeper through the link forged through years of training, natural ability and a life long companionship, as soon as she heard the front door shut.
Yes, Saivya, she’s gone.
Saivya loved her Keeper, as all dragons did, but Dane’s habit of finding women irritated her. Dragon Keepers, like dragons, were to mate for life and Dane insisted on not seeking out a female Dragon Keeper. Typical male, afraid of commitment. She wanted hatchlings. Hatchlings that would bond with Dane and his mate’s children and damn it he wasn’t getting any younger.
You need to seek a female Dragon Keeper and stop bringing home these women you meet in singles bars.
Quiet Saiv, or I’ll find a Dragon Hunter to slay you.
She snorted. As if, Dane. You wouldn’t allow a scale on my lovely hide to be harmed by a hunter.
Maybe. Maybe not.
She could hear Dane moving around in the kitchen. Can I come in?
Yeah, just remember to put clothes on this time.
Saivya shimmered to human form and paused allowing herself a moment to adjust to this smaller form. She grabbed her silk robe off the hook by the door as she entered the comfortable house. She stopped at the freezer in the storage room, opened the door and pulled the turkey roast out of the door. She tossed it into the air and blew a carefully controlled stream of blue flame at it. The butcher paper and twine burned off under the heat. It was done by the time she caught it.
“Damn it Saiv!” Dane’s voice roared from the kitchen. “We have an oven.”
“Yes, but my way is so much quicker.” As she entered the kitchen, she placed the roast on the cutting board and reached for a knife. “This way we don’t have to wait an hour and a half to eat.”
Behind her Dane made a sound of agreement.
Saivya turned to look at her Keeper, for a human he was attractive she supposed. He compared favorably with the male models she’d seen in magazines and online. Dane was muscular without being bulky, a nice flat stomach with a nicely developed six-pack, and a firm ass. She liked his wheaten colored hair and brown eyes best. Eyes that at the moment were looking at her questioningly. She shrugged and refocused her attention on the roast.
“What?” His voice rumbled, filled with his frustration.
“Nothing. I was just wondering if you were considered attractive by human females.” She began slicing the roast into thin even strips. “So are you?”
“Never had any complaints about my looks.” He tapped her hip. “Scooch over, I need to get a pot to make the stuffing.”
Saivya stepped back to let him into the cabinet. “Well, then you shouldn’t have a problem finding a female Keeper.”
Unnamed at this point
She turned back to look at the man beside her. “That guy,” was the only explanation she offered.
She shook her head, “Worse. Ryan raise your glass, tonight is supposed to be my wedding night to that jerk and the woman he’s feeling up was my best friend and maid of honor.”
Ryan glanced over at the couple practically fucking each other in the bar then back at then her. “Want a little revenge?”
Her eyebrows shot up, but the idea really appealed to her and that vindictive slice his tires part of her she was desperately trying to suppress. “What did you have in mind?”
He gave her a mischievous grin and leaned closer. “Well, you could slap me.”
“And why would I do that?”
Ryan stood and pulled her up against him, molding her body to his. “Because I’m going to do this.”
His mouth crashed down on hers at her gasp his tongue plunged into her mouth possessing her. She tensed for a moment then relaxed molding herself tighter to him, her arms going around his neck as she surrendered. Her head reeled as she tasted the bourbon on his tongue and the wildness of him. His chest rumbled in a growl, the soft sound vibrating through her.
“Damn, Ryan! Get a room.”
Ryan broke the kiss, and Gypsy took a shuddering breath but didn’t release her hold of him. It was either hang onto the man or fall on her ass her legs were so wobbly. She opened her eyes to find him smirking at her.
“So, are you going to slap me?”
An hour and ten minutes later, Francisco pushed open the exterior door to the restaurant. Diana waited beside the host’s podium, arms crossed, her foot tapping angrily. “Forgive my tardiness.”
“I was about to leave.” Her eyes were not flashing, so he knew she wasn’t furious with him.
“And I would have understood.” He looked at the hostess, “Table for two, non-smoking.” He returned his attention to Diana. “The statement took longer than I expected.”
“If you’ll follow me.” The hostess gathered two menus and started through the restaurant, weaving between tables filled with diners, not waiting to see if they followed.
Seated, orders placed and drinks in front of them, he found himself the subject of Diana’s intense scrutiny.
“I am assuming you wish to know why the statement took longer.” A raised eyebrow and tilt of her head indicated that she did. “One of the gentlemen ended up with two broken bones in his right forearm.” He expected she might be offended at the violence and was unprepared for her reaction.
“I wish it had been his neck.” She mimed breaking something with her hands. “Not really. Thank you again for being outside and I apologize for chewing you out. I was just angry…”
“Dare I hope you held some small concern for my safety?” Her face flushed with color at his question.
The waiter placed their orders on the table and refilled their glasses in the silence that descended between them.
“Yes, a little.” She answered, lifting her glass when the waiter had moved away. “I’ve never seen you in the mall before, are you new to town?”
Francisco noticed the deliberate change of subject and allowed it. “No, I have lived in Mobile for many years now. I rarely come to the mall though.”
“That explains it.” She cut into her grilled chicken. “I’m here forty plus hours a week. What do you do for a living?”
“I am a liaison between D. C. and H. and the local government.”
“Ah, a lawyer.”
“I was once. Now I am a liaison.” He leaned forward, looked around the restaurant quickly then crooked a finger at her. She leaned forward, eyes searching. “That means I do less actual work but I am paid more.”
He smiled when Diana bit her lip trying to hold back her laughter then leaned back against her seat, her shoulders shaking with suppressed mirth.
She couldn’t stop herself. “Can I have your job?”
“I am afraid the position is not available. It also has some very specific job requirements that you do not meet.” He thought for a moment. “There is an assistant’s position open but I would prefer not to offer it to you.”
“Because you don’t know me?”
“D. C. and H. has a very strict no dating policy for executives concerning their assistants.” He placed his napkin beside the plate of half-eaten steak and pushed it back. “I find, Ms. Matthews that I very much wish to become better acquainted with you outside of the professional world.”
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
1. Tell us about your upcoming/recent release.
The Gathering released on Monday, July 20th. It's the second in my Tales of The Rikashi Series. This installment follows Aer's brother, Shirak as he tries to figure out a puzzling prophecy and his feelings for the daughter of an enemy.
2. What gave you the idea for your upcoming/recent release?
I kinda got the idea from a Dragonforce song.
3. How much time does it take you to finish a book?
It depends. For The Quickening, I wrote the first draft in 30days for NaNoWriMo. It took a few months to edit that on my own and then a few more with Lyrical. The Gathering was written in about three months. The same is happening for a new series I'm working on. The first book I finished in about a month but the second is a little slower.
5. What is your favorite part of being a writer?
I love plotting. There is no greater feeling than talking out your ideas with your writing buddy, learning about your new world and characters.
5. What is your least favorite part of being a writer?
I really don't like coming up with blurbs and excerpts. I would say that's the hardest part.
6. What are you working on now?
Mulling around in my brain is the fourth installment in the Rikashi Series and what I'm actually writing is the second of my new series, The Tarot Kings
7. All writers started out as readers - who're your favorite authors?
Anne McCaffery and Stephen King are my two oldest favorites. My newer favorites are Angela Knight and Elizabeth Hoyt
8. What are your goals as a writer?
Hmm…I would have to say that my goals are to grow as much as I possibly can and maybe one day be able to write full-time. I would love to be able to focus 100% on my writing but right now, still working for The Man LOL.
Sorry about the formating - Can't seem to get blogger to work right today.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
My third release in the Special Agent Series, The Darkhorse Conspiracy, which was released on July 9th, at Red Rose Publishing, will introduce you to the sexiest special agent to date. James Kelly is charming, witty, and very good at his job. But he’s got his hands full with the Stephanie Alexander case.
Stephanie Alexander is an international journalist who is missing, and under suspicious circumstances. The beautiful blue-eyed blond and ex-fiance of Simon Fox, owner of The Darkhorse Stables, who raises Kentucky Derby winning thoroughbreds, has vanished. James must find her, if she’s still alive, and finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a terroristic conspiracy that is a threat to the security of the entire eastern seaboard of the United States. Will he find her in time? Can they work together to find the answers they need so that the State Department can defray The Darkhorse Conspiracy? You can find out all the answers to these questions when you read, The Darkhorse Conspiracy, available NOW at Red Rose Publishing (http://www.redrosepublishing.com/).
Before James Kelly and The Darkhorse Conspiracy came about, there were two other sexy agents and great books in this series. First came the spellbinding romantic suspense story, Eureka Point, and the most romantic and caring agent, Tom Owens, who is assigned to protect a breathtakingly beautiful and talented woman, Katie, who is being hunted by her jealous and deceitful husband, as well as by a dangerous South American drug cartel. Next was the deeply dark and twisted story of best-selling romance author Maggie Tyler who is being stalked. My Very Special Agent has the sexy and ruggedly handsome FBI Special Agent Michael O'Leary on the case, who has eyes for the beautiful author, but whose first priority is to keep her safe. There is a definite sensual and emotional chemistry between them and the reader desperately wants them to get together! All the books in this series are available at Red Rose Publishing, http://www.redrosepublishing.com/
To find out more about me, please visit my website: http://www.bettyannharris.com/ and feel free to befriend me (PLEASE!) on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/baharris
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
at the Espan Blog RWA President Diane Pershing said:
Here’s another pair of glasses: The newer members, not yet PRO, but working on their craft and trying to learn all they can about the industry. And how about the unpublished-but-working-on-it PRO members who have chosen not to go the digital route and keep submitting to print publishers, as they feel that is their best chance of earning good money? Lastly, there are PAN members who have been print-published recently or for years, who like their “advance-paying/lower royalty rate” choice, who look at the business model of “no advance/high royalty rate,” and have trouble understanding why anyone would gamble that way with a book that took so much time and effort.
By her statement Ms. Pershing has implied that those of us who choose the digital publishing route or the no advance/high royalty rate are not serious about their writing career. Thank you Ms. Pershing for saying I don't take writing seriously. Apparently thirty years of working on my craft, reading everything I can get my hands on to improve my craft, and the time and money I've invested on writing classes - I'm not serious. Funny, I thought I was.
You, Ms. Pershing, have belittled not just me but hundreds of others that have chosen the ebook route. You have belittled Angela Knight, Lora Leigh, Christine Warren, Anya Bast and other authors who started in the ePublishing world. Ladies that I respect, admire and use as a standard for myself.
It is not the RWA's place to set monetary standards that every author must follow. There should be a single standard for all publishers. Most professional organization require a set number of years in the business and recommendations of other members that have already joined.
Ms. Pershing, I am extremely serious about my writing career. I have chosen the ePublishing no advance/high royalty route because that fits my financial needs at this time. I have a goal of eventually being contracted with one of the NY Big Boys - but as in all things, I need time to grow. Grow a fanbase that will buy the books. Please do not imply that I or my publisher aren't serious because we do not fit in your box. Maybe we prefer to think and create outside of yours.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
1. Tell us about your recent release.
A Summer’s Hope is the story of Briar, the innkeeper, who is losing her mother’s B&B thanks to a run of bad luck. She holds out hope that summer will bring answers. It comes in the least likely package when haunted, divorced Cole rides in on his motorcycle to book the bay suite. He falls in love with the view and the innkeeper. Though she’s never dared offer more than breakfast in bed to any guest, she can’t resist breaking all the rules with Cole. In his arms, she finds solace in her crumbling world and they embark on a passion as hot as the southern sun and as unstoppable as the bay tide. But can it be enough to rescue Cole from his past or give Briar the strength to forge on alone?
2. What gave you the idea for your recent release?
I grew up in Fairhope, Alabama where A Summer’s Hope takes place. It’s a beautiful small town on the picturesque Eastern Shore of the Mobile Bay. Although I moved twenty minutes away, I desperately needed to share this inspirational place with the world. So many of the places described in the text really do exist. Basically, it’s everything I love about Fairhope combined with the dreams of love I once conjured there. A Summer’s Hope was released, coincidentally, on my third wedding anniversary. This is the closest story I’ve written to my own love story so it made the launch all the more special!
3. How much time does it take you to finish a book?
A maximum of three months. I draw the line after that because there are just too many stories floating around in my head to spend anymore time than necessary on one manuscript. If a story really drives me to completion, it should only take two months to write it plus a few more weeks on the editing process.
4. What is your favorite part of being a writer?
Getting the fan letter. One reader admitted she never liked the western romance genre but my western novella Blackest Heart went a long way toward converting her. Knowing I could do something like that for someone fuels me to write even more.
5. What is your least favorite part of being a writer?
The promotion, of course. It takes valuable time away from writing but it has to be done. Just because you’ve published a story doesn’t mean you’re finished. My debut novel Fox & Hound was published in February 2008. I’m still pushing it out there, posting excerpts and plugging the story wherever I can. So long as the story is available, a smart writer never stops pushing his/her story further out into the world!
6. What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on my second paranormal in a five-part series. It’s about a shape-shifter and a psychic. It’s a lot of fun!
7. All writers started out as readers – who’re your favorite authors?
Nora Roberts turned me onto the romance genre and I read her for years and years. Then I branched out and fell in love with J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I’ve read all of Larissa Ione’s Demonica titles. I also love Sandra Brown’s old romances. Breakfast in Bed is one of my favorites – a short, sweet, rainy day read. I read the J.D. Robb In Death series religiously. Betina Krahn is absolutely amazing just as Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is always a classic choice. As you can see, I’m not picky at all! I’ll read anybody as long as the story appeals to me and there’s some good lovin’ to be found in the pages ;)
8. What are your goals as a writer?
Just to never fall out of love with what I do. It’s a job, but I still put my heart into it everyday. I’d really love to write romance for the rest of my life and I hope by the end of it my heart’s as deeply entrenched in the genre as it is now!
“These are for you.”
“Thank you,” she whispered, taking them. Her heart tugged and her lips curved as she stared down into their wide, bright faces. “They’re my favorite.”
He smiled. “I was hoping. They made me think of you.”
Awed, she lowered her nose to sniff the blooms. “You got them from Adrian?”
He shrugged. “Only the best.”
She nodded in agreement. “I’ll just set them here.” She put them on a bench in the shade of the magnolia tree, and then faced him awkwardly.
“Are you ready?”
“When you are.”
He held up the helmet. “I have to take precautions. I don’t want anything to happen to your pretty face although it’s a shame to cover it up.”
Her insides turned to dough and her heart pattered giddily as he slipped the helmet over her head. She lifted her chin when he motioned for her to do so.
It took him several seconds to secure the strap. “Feel okay?” he asked when he was done, lifting the visor so she could hear him.
She nodded, feeling nerves jump into her stomach again. “Um, Cole? There’s something you need to know.”
He chuckled as he went back to his bike. “I know.”
She stiffened. “You do?”
He nodded, grinning at her as he strapped on his own helmet. He lifted the visor to speak. “You’ve never ridden a bike before.”
“Is it that obvious?” she asked, rubbing her damp palms on her thighs.
He shrugged, tying the strap under his chin. “Just a little. It’s okay.” He took her hand and pulled her close. She could smell fresh aftershave and the underlying spice of motor oil. It was downright seductive. “Just lean with me into the turns and hold onto me real tight.”
Her knees quaked. “I’m a little nervous.”
He put a hand on her shoulder. “You’ll do fine.” He threw a leg over the seat to straddle it. He gunned the engine and the machine roared to life, stunning her with its raw, wild power. As exhaust smoke tickled her nostrils, she didn’t know if she was really going to be able to go through with this.
He motioned for her to get on.
Now or never. She took a steadying breath, putdown her visor and stepped forward. Gripping his offered hand for balance, she crawled on behind him and put her feet on the passenger pegs. She hesitantly put her hands on his waist and clutched his shirt as he backed out from under the magnolia.
He looked both ways down Scenic 98 then turned to look at her. “You ready?” he shouted.
She nodded and gave him the thumbs-up.
She saw his quick grin before he hit the accelerator. The force of it sent her back. Her heart pounded with terror as she grabbed him around the waist tight to keep from flying off the open seat.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Oh he's not the roses, chocolate and candlelight type. But, he can be romantic. Take for example the other day. We were in line at Subway, I was wearing a tank top and he started kissing my shoulder. My shoulder had been hurting and he said he was "kissing it and making it better."
He knows me too. We were at a jewelry store to have a ring his mother left me sized, she had tiny fingers. The clerk noticed I had no rings on and told hubby he should buy me a diamond. He smiled, looked at me and told the clerk "No, I'll get her some computer stuff. She'll enjoy that more." I'm not a jewelry person, don't even wear a wedding ring. I'm married in my head, heart and soul - I don't require a ring to prove it. On the other hand computer stuff? Oooh Baby!
So, don't allow what the mass media says is romantic to color your view of it. Romance is the little things that tell you that you are important to your significant other.
Tomorrow Amber Leigh Williams will be visiting!
Friday, June 12, 2009
You take classes. Yup, you take classes. There are a couple of ways to take writing classes. At Conferences or Online. I prefer the online classes. Why? Travel is hard for me and an online class brings the lessons right to my email. I can save them and print them out to refer back to over and over again. In person classes, I'm sure, give handouts... but I've never attended one.
What kind of classes are available? Good question! Here are a couple I've taken:
From Mild to Wild: Creating Sex Scenes that are more than the same old bump and grind
Deep Point of View
Writing the Action Heroine: What a kick ass character knows and the writer should
Writing Action Sequences
Writing from the Male POV and Creating Better Heroes
So where do you find these courses?
Carolina Romance Writers http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/index.htm
Kiss of Death http://rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.php
Low Country RWA - http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/
Those are the groups I've taken courses through. Learning doesn't stop when you pick up your diploma - make yourself a better writer take some classes. Some are really good, some are ok and some aren't. But reguardless of how good the course is - you'll learn something in every one of them.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
My definition of love is based on twenty-one years of marriage and can be summed up in one word. Acceptance.
How many times have you heard a bride-to-be say “I love him except for (insert irritation) but I’ll change that once we get married.” Whenever I hear that, I shake my head. I know I have habits that irritate my husband and he has ones that irritate me. But, I’ve learned to accept them. They make him who he is. I’m not saying it’s all roses and romance, but we’ve accepted that each is who they are. He knows I’d rather write than clean house. I know he’d rather watch movies than sports. He and I both need our time for ourselves and respect that. We accept that no one on the planet can push our respective buttons like the other. We’ve accepted that we are two individuals with our own unique needs and wants.
So how do I bring this into a romance novel? For me it’s easy. Every person has their own personal fantasy of the perfect person. Mine was a dark haired, six foot plus man. I married a blonde that is a few inches shorter than me. So when meeting my characters I decide what would be their ideal mate to them. Then I take the internal characteristics and mesh them with the person they meet but change the external. I make sure that the personalities are different enough that they will indeed have moments of wanting to strangle the other.
But isn’t that why we all read romance novels?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
When Kitty Beebe, a famous romance author, arrives at The Inn, his desire for success becomes a struggle of wills with love.
Monday, June 8, 2009
First up is Kim Smith. She has a new book coming from Red Rose Publishing on the 11th. "A Will To Love" so please stop by and make her feel welcome. Kim is also the host of an internet Radio Show, and she is a lovely hostess - made me feel right at home.
Next will be Amber Leigh Williams.
In other news I'm guest blogging over at Rochelle Weber's blog today - http://rochelleweber.blogspot.com/ so stop by and say hi!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
In the past that was paper, pen and a typewriter. Now - it's a computer with a word processor. Some still use the paper and pen then transfer to the computer. But, years ago I figured out that my brain works faster than I could longhand the words. I'd miss sentences. Computers help - now I miss words.
I have two computers. A desktop that is right now in need of reformatting to fix some annoying slowness and errors. I also have a 17inch Laptop which goes on trips with me - in fact I named it Portable Sanity.
I thought I was set. But those damn computer manufacturers came out with something new! A NetBook. A tiny little 10inch laptop that has a tiny harddrive and is under 2 pounds. Now being a techno geek - I'm really interested in them. As a writer that is often in doctor's offices multiply that interest by a factor of ten.
Why? They are small, light and can easily hold a wordprocessing program - with a flash card (which I have) I can work on a book anywhere. They are under $400.00 which is a huge plus. The downside? Convincing the husband I need a third computer.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
So today, I thought I'd share my list of research books.
The Writer's Thesaurus
Webster's New World Dictionary
The Phrase Finder
The Synonm Finder
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
The Chicago Manual of Style
Passionate Ink: A Guide to Writing Erotic Romance
GMC: Goal Motivation and Conflict
Write Great Fiction: Description and Settings
Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self Editing
Write Great Fiction: Dialogue
Write Great Fiction: Character's, Emotion and Viewpoint
Write Great Fiction: Plot And Structure
English Through The Ages
The Romance Writer's Phrase Book
The Writer's Digest: Character Naming Sourcebook
The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the Middle Ages
World Almanac of Fact - for several different years
Travel Guides for several cities and countries
The Loving Dominant
Now, where do I get all these books? Bookstores (online and off) and my favorite spot - ebay! Yes, ebay! I've picked up several from there less than bookstore prices.
Which one's should a new author have? There are three must haves in a starting writer's library. These three items are essentials of the trade. They are like a microscope to a scientist, a blackboard for a teacher, or a stethoscope for a doctor.
1. A good Dictionary - not one of those pocket deals - no a real thick dictionary - it doesn't have to be the huge college dictionary but Webster's New World Dictionary 1984 edition works for me.
2. A good Thesarus - The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is the one that works best for me, I like the way it is set up.
3. GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict - This book by Dixon is a must have whether you are a plotter or a pantser. Unless you understand the basic reasons for a character's actions the reader never will accept them.
If you must have a number 4 - then a good naming book. I like the Character Naming Sourcebook - it is seperated by nationality and has the definitions of the name as well as the top 10 going back to 1880.
Thanks to the internet and research books - you can kick the "Write what you know" axiom by learning what you need to write your books!
Monday, April 20, 2009
My book sells for $2.99 of that I make just over a dollar on every sale. So if say 50 people download the book those 50 people have reached into my wallet and removed a $50. What if it was a hundred? A thousand? Now, ask yourself would I reach in a stranger’s pocket and take a fifty? Of course you wouldn’t. Recently a fellow author found his book on a pirate site – there were 150 downloads. That’s 150 books or in his case $300.00 that was stolen from him.
Unlike the print houses that give the authors advances, an e-book author’s total income is from sales of the book. E-book authors don’t have massive Public Relations departments behind them, they have to pay all marketing cost themselves. Unlike print houses, e-books don’t sit on shelves of bookstores across the country – well some do the lucky ones that went to print.
Before you click that download link at a torrent site or megaupload or sendspace ask yourself one question. If I was in a bookstore, would I just drop this book in my purse and walk out of the store? Because that is exactly what you are doing when you download a book without buying it.
I know of one e-book author that is disabled and on social security disability, her book sales are how she makes ends meet. Every time I hear of one of her books being pirated it saddens me, because I know that the folks downloading it don’t realize the ramifications to her life.
Do I think you are evil if you pirate a book? Of course not. I think you are unaware of the consequences to your favorite author. If they can’t make what they need writing, they’ll stop writing. So I ask again, before you click that download button – consider the money you are pulling out of the author’s wallet.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
My favorite part of the garden has always been the mermaid fountain. She looks so serene and graceful. It's actually a pretty quiet spot there. It doesn't hurt that I've always been a fan of mermaids. There are times of the year that she's prettier because of the flowers around her.
This is the boathouse that sits on Fowl River and where the climactic scene will take place.
There is a quiet serenity to the gardens and if you ever make the trip to Mobile, AL take an afternoon - no matter the season and walk through the gardens. If it's during the Holidays - go late in the afternoon so you can enjoy both the mums AND Christmas in Lights.