Yesterday, I spent the day cooking and enjoying some time in the kitchen. I am a foodie. I make no bones about enjoying food. But by enjoying food, I’ve learned that my life with food is also linked to my writing. Sometimes, when you’re chopping veggies or fruits, focusing only on dicing them properly– you hear your characters whispering. Sometimes, a difficult plot point gets resolved while I’m dealing with a complicated dish because focusing on the steps of the dish force my subconscious to go point by point on my story, showing me where it went wrong. Afterwards, it opens up my mind to what’s to come later on in my writing. More »
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the art of expanding genres in writing. Sometimes as we write, we can get stale in the genre we often write in. It’s not something we like to think about, but it does happen. Many authors will think about expanding their horizons by writing in sub-genres in their chosen fields, which allows them to benefit from their audience, but also gives them a bit more room to stretch and grow. Others will sometimes take the plunge and venture into a brand new genre– one they love to read but hadn’t considered writing before. Both ways are useful and I think can often bring a deeper appreciation to the author. More »
Let me tell you, this week has been a crazy week. I’m already proofing my next two releases– Shades of Fyre and the second Marauder book, Call of the Wylde. I can’t wait for them to come out and I think you will like both books. But beyond that, I’ve been working on new stuff. New stories. Yay! Which brings me to the joy of transcription. More »
Today is release day for me! Go me! Ride Me, Baby goes live at your online retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, AllRomanceebooks and soon to Kobo! I’m so excited!
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!