Did you know that my characters are finally talking to me? It’s taken them about 5 years to start up again, but I’m thrilled. When my mom got sick, they were nice enough to slow down their talking. When she died, they stopped. I think partially because they knew how sad I was, but partially because I think they knew part of me was hitting a wall. I’m not talking about writers block. Oh no, writer’s block would have been easy compared to the wall I hit. More »
The past couple of months have been very hard. At the end of January, I was going through a hard time emotionally and physically. It wasn’t anything I wanted to share except to close friends. Then I got a call from my fiance, letting me know that we going to lose our jobs at the beginning of March. Not good. Considering we are getting married this year, this wasn’t good. So, since early February, I’ve been job hunting, writing, getting myself healthy and trying not to go insane. Unfortunately, none of these things seem to be easy. The hardest part is the job searching. I wish I could make a living from writing alone, but that’s not always possible. Especially since I rely on health insurance for pesky medical issues I have. So that’s why you’ve seen me rarely online. More »
Today is both bittersweet and joyful. My mom died 5 years ago today from lung cancer. She was my biggest cheer leader when it came to my writing. I miss her so much. At the same time, my books are doing well–something that would make her so proud. So today, I celebrate her life and my books. She’d be thrilled with that, I think. Looking back, I know my mom was a huge influence on why I write. More »
So, I, like so many other authors– have managed to get tagged (or targeted) in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. I get to thank Jet Mykles for the tag. So, this is how it works:
Each author answers ten questions about their book — either a work in progress or an upcoming release — and tags five other authors who talk about their own books the next week, link back to the author who tagged them and tag five new authors. And so on, and so on, and so on. This could be the never-ending story. Seriously. LOL
So let’s get to the questions! Then I’ll start tagging some of my author buddies.
1: What is the working title of your book?
Pirate Queen’s Rebellion
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
Believe it or not– my male. *grins* He had this fantasy– one I wanted to make happen for him. Then as we talked on it, the story grew into something more. And instead of the high seas, it ended up in outer space! Personally, I like it better that way!
3: What genre does your book fall under?
Space opera with some elements of BDSM, menage, and BBW. The heroine is curvy and not ashamed of who and what she is. I love that about her. The space opera is a time honoured tradition and one I love upholding!
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
*blinks* Why you ask me this? Sheesh….first I need to find the right red-head for the hero….then the right curvaceous woman for the heroine. Okay, I will say if we can dye Steve Amell’s hair red, I’m all for him being Sir Alan Robertson. *nods happily* For the heroine, I’m not so sure about. I’ll have to think on that one.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Pirate Queen isn’t who she seems, but she’s willing to risk it all to make the Gamma Quadrant Overlord Alan Robertson see the truth about the Federated Planets while risking her heart in the process.
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Not sure yet. I’m hoping to get it out to one of my publishers.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m on the last stage of the first draft. I’m enjoying it more now I’m finally able to focus more since my breakdown. It’s been a long time coming.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I haven’t really seen any books quite like this. There are other fantastic futuristic/space opera romances out there, but none quite like this.
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My male. He gets full credit for being the inspiration for this book. Which means he thinks he’s getting the rewards– which he will– privately. LOL
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book is about a growing romance, hidden secrets, a government conspiracy, righting wrongs and how two people manage to be part of it all. Basically, what our dreams of being more than we think we can possibly ever do. It’s a story that is more than life, but just like life itself. You often wonder how big your life is, right up until you find yourself involved in these types of things. So, I think most readers will find it intriguing in some fashion.
Now onward… who can I tag for this? *thinks*
1: Selena Illyria – partner in crime, and writer of many a fine IR story
2. Dawn Montgomery– one of my fave people, and writer of stuff I wish I could write!
3. Belinda McBride– one of my favourite author people.
I don’t often talk about my life outside of writing and being an author. There are reasons for that– most people wouldn’t be interested in that. But I am a football fan. So, I’m watching today in anticipation to see who will be in the Super Bowl. Though I’ve been a Patriot fan for a long time, I’ve lived in Florida for over a decade– so part of me wants the Ravens to win because Ray Lewis is from where I live currently. (Go Ray! Go Ray!) The 49ers have won– and I have many fond memories of them winning when I was younger. I admit, I enjoyed watching Montana and Jerry Rice play. They were just amazing to watch. I love football. I am still a Bears fan– they’re my hometown team– the team I grew up with– the team my core heart holds tight. Baseball–my beloved Cubs. Still adore my Red Sox, but the Cubs will still be number one. There is the belief by some that once they win the World Series, it’ll be the end of the world– I’m on the fence about this one.
My dog, Shango sits at my feet, my bestest bud, Selena Illyria, is on the phone with me. This is not a new occurence. *grins* This is how I plan out what’s coming up for my next couple of weeks. I’ve been plotting and planning some things– including what I’m going to write next.
I’m finishing up Pirate Queen– and I’m happy. I am. It’ll need some deepening, I think, but overall, I love it. The story sings, which is what I wanted. So, onward I go!
Then will be the next P3 project. That one is plotted and only needs to be written. The first couple of chapters are done– so I’ve got a base to work with! Go me!
Selena tells me we’re going to do some promotion at Love Romances Cafe. This is a good thing. I’ll get dates and let you all know. She also tells me I’m part of a top secret project for this fall. *blinks* So top secret, I didn’t know til now. Okay…..
The next Marauder book is being formatted and getting a cover. *does happy dance* Then it can be released. The fourth book is being written as well. This is a good thing. Yay!
See, planning of a sort does help me. It’s not much, but it’s more than I’ve done in a while. Now I’m exhausted. But you’ve got an update. Whoo hoo!
I’m having new adventures in writing. I am! How? When I was diagnosed with ADD after my breakdown, I discovered I had to relearn all the things I had been able to do before– like sitting and writing for long stretches at a time, reading for long periods, even focusing minutely without letting other outside noises interfere. This hasn’t be easy, especially since I’ve always been able to do it before– so why not now? Yeah– sometimes the blondeness shows! More »
I sit here this week and I’m working on a couple of projects. My dog, Shango sits next to me on the floor. This will change shortly. Why? Because my dog does NOT like me on the computer. After a while, there will be a nudge with his nose against my arm. I will pet him and continue working. Then a few minutes later, there will be another, followed by a few more. This in turn will then be met by him jumping up and his front paws landing on my arm. This is his way of saying, “Enough of that computer thing! It’s about ME!” What does this have to do about writing? More »
It’s a new year. It’s like a new piece of paper– there’s nothing on it- you’re starting fresh. Yes, you have a past, you have ideas, but you can do anything you want and make new choices as of this moment. That’s how I view this new year, this new epoch according to the Mayans. For me- it’s time to do new things, finish old things and to move forward, expanding myself in ways I’ve wanted to do but had been too afraid. What does this mean? More »
Happy 2013! I hope everyone has a safe and happy day today! This is the first day of the new year and today I’m spending it organizing. Well, organizing and doing some promoting of my books. Why? Because that’s my plan this year– more writing, more promoting and honestly, I’m planning my wedding as well. *gasps* Yeah, I know– who knew! LOL
But the other thing I plan on doing this year is a blessing jar– any time that things go well, something good happens, any blessing that happens go in that jar. Then if I feel bad and when the year ends, I’ll be able to see just how blessed I truly am. Sometimes we need this reminders to see just how well off we are– maybe not in a monetary way, but in other ways.
The other thing I plan for this year is to expand on my crafting skills. Why? Because doing things like my jewelry, my crochet, and some of my other crafts seems to help me with my writing as well. It gives me pleasure and it helps deepen myself in another way. I like that.
Dictation is hit and miss still– but that’s because I need to train Dragon better. I need the latest Dragon. I’m saving up for that. I figure that will be my March purchase. Once I have that and train it– it’ll be better for me in the long run to help me with my writing. Go me! I can’t wait to be able to get back on track and on target. It’s a slow, methodical process, but if I can do it one step at a time, I can get it done. Which is the plan for this year– to do it and to make it more streamlined by year’s end. Go me!
And I want to start the year with a THANK YOU. This is for the readers, the reviewers, the authors who have stood by me, hugged me, and walked by me side the past few years as I’ve struggled with many personal issues– health and otherwise. So thank you. Thank you so much as I make this year my comeback year.
Remember you can find my books at my publishers– Etopia Press, Loose Id, Changeling Press– or at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ARe, or Kobo. Through the year, you’ll see more contests, releases and more– I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on this past year– hopefully, you’ll enjoy the new books that will be coming out.
Love and blessings to you all!