February 12, 2015

Everything He Does

I just read this great post from fellow author Leah Braemel and found myself appreciating what she spoke about--her super-supportive husband who's been with her throughout her writing journey.

While I read it, I thought how nice it was to have a supportive husband like that.

It's not easy to get support like that from your partner when you write. Writing is a very solitary job. It's still important for you, as a writer, to be able to go into the office, the closet, where ever and work for a while, without issues.

 I am lucky enough that I have a husband who's just as super-supportive. Hubby will re-tweet my posts, like, comment, and share anything I put promoting my books on social media.

He's been known to say "Honey, I've got the kids. Go write." (He would do this a lot, especially when the kids were littler. Now that the kids are a little older, they know how to entertain themselves if Mommy goes into her office to work for a while.)

Now, he goes to the store for me when I have a house to-do list that is making me nuts, on top of writing work, or will do anything I need to get done, in order to give me more writing time. (Like laundry, dishes, and feeding the kiddos.)

More than once, he's been my rock, when I've been ready to throw in the towel, to give up all together on writing, and remind me that I have to do this. I can't quit, even when it looks like the world's against me accomplishing anything.

His undying faith in my writing has never wavered. Not once in fifteen years of marriage.

I don't know what I'd do without him. I sure as hell wouldn't be able to write like I do.

People talk about big, romantic gestures that guys do--hell, I write about them all the time in my books. But sometimes, it's the little things that make my heart melt more than any large, grand gesture.

Because my husband going to the store, or just taking something off my always-mile-long to-do list, is one of the most romantic things he could do for me. Because he wasn't asked to do it, he just does it.

Because he loves me.

Thank you Hubby. I love you. For everything.

February 6, 2015

To Break Tradition or Not

Somewhere, back in the early days of my writing--I think this came from the fan fiction days, to be quite honest--I developed this "tradition" or maybe in my case, more of a superstition about my writing, that I still follow to this day.

I don't talk about anything I write publicly until I've finished it, and I have a release plan for it.

It started way back in the day when I would write fan fiction, or rather, when I would start a project, and send little bits and pieces of it to my fellow fan fic writers, we'd all coo over it, talk about how awesome it would be when I finished it, and they couldn't wait to see the finished product.

And then, I wouldn't finish the story.

It was like this weird jinx I'd do to myself--I'd want to finish said story, I'd even work on it, but for one reason or another, it wouldn't get finished. Then I'd have friends asking if I'd ever finished the book, and it would embarrass me because, no I didn't finish it.

And I hated that.

So I made a point of not talking about projects while I was working on them, because, well, if I didn't get them done when I wanted to, then, well, no harm done. No one had to know.

Now, however, I'm coming to this very weird place, where I want to talk about unfinished projects, because I know I'm going to get them done, yet I hate to break my traditional "radio silence" about books, just in case something didn't work out like I planned.

I have several listed right now on my website -- now I must add to this, that while the projects are still in the writing phase, they HAVE TO be done, and all have hard deadlines attached to them, so I WILL get them done on time. But the other projects on my "to do" list are just dancing in the background, pretty much screaming for me to talk about them, but I hesitate.

After all, they don't have the hard deadlines, so I hate to talk about them until I know exactly when and where they're coming out. Also, I would hate to disappoint anyone if I didn't hit a release that I'd promised to my readers.

Decisions, decisions.

February 3, 2015

New Book Cover Coming Soon!

Coming this summer, a new print book! 
And I have a feeling you all will love it! 

(This is only the first of several I have coming out this year, so 
get ready for plenty of pretties this year!) 

February 1, 2015

Sunday Reads

Today I'm going to list, instead of a couple of books, some really great sales sites for reader.

I only recently became aware of these sites, and let me tell you what, they're great. When I'm in a reading mood, I will tear through books in a day. I have been known to ignore my entire family for a weekend just to read a new book series.

So when I read, I read a lot, and I read fast. As a result, I tend to buy a lot in bursts, like pick up one book in a series, love it, and buy the rest of the series.

These newsletters are really helpful, because many times, the books listed are book one in a series, and I can try it out, at a good discount, and decide to buy the rest of the books.

Most all of them only list books on sale (something that always makes me grin, because I love a deal) and you get daily emails in your inbox. You can pick the genre of books you like, whether it's romance, mystery, science fiction, historical fiction, even non fiction--whatever you prefer, and they give you links to your preferred retailer -- Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes. (I have mine set up to send me books with Barnes and Noble links, because I have a Nook, just one of the preferences you can set.)

All these listings are free to sign up, you just need a valid email to get your daily newsletter with books in it. (4-6 books a day, depending on your preferences, and how many genres you're interested in)

BookBub  has all sorts of titles in quite a few genres. So if you read several genres, this one is a good one to start with.

The Midlist Again, lots of genres to pick from.

BargainBooksy / FreeBooksy (just like the name suggests, one site does bargains -- usually $0.99, the other does free books)

Ereader News Today

The Fussy Librarian

Romance centered:
My Romance Reads

So go check them out, see what you can find. You never know, you might find a new series you love. :) And all the sites are free, by the way.

January 29, 2015

Getting Back into the Groove

Well, my last two weeks have been very interesting. In that whole, I was working a ton last week, and now, this week, I'm sick, and have no voice.

Okay, so it's not that interesting. It's actually quite depressing. I've been reworking a book that I was within 1500 words of finishing, because I realized that the side plots I'd created for the story were too big for the word count requirements of the story. (In other words, I was too complicated -- surprise, surprise).

And then I wind up putting in a lot more hours at the salon--a coworker got the flu, so I covered her hours--and then, because Fate has a sense of humor, I got sick.

So while today, I'm starting to feel better -- the nausea is backing off somewhat -- I'm realizing just how much writing time/time around the house I've lost, and what all needs to be done to make it all back up.

It seems sometimes that I've got more stories and ideas than I have time to get them all written. I break it down in my head, trying to figure out exactly how long they should take. Plan schedules and everything.

But unless I have a true, straight-up hard deadline, I find that these times are rather fluid.

Perfect example is the book I've got coming out in June of 2015 with Samhain Publishing -- Saving Her Destiny. It's a spin-off from the Guys and Godmothers series. I came up with the idea while I was writing Just His Taste, and it was SUPPOSED to be short, simple, and easy to write.


What should have taken me 3 months max wound up taking 8 months. Maybe 9. I can't remember. It gave me fits, in all the awful ways--world building, rules, complex plots, nasty characters, questionable motivations by my hero and heroine...

It was a mess. Truly.

I figured it would be the book my editor said "No thanks" to. That's how much I hated it when it was done.

And again, because Fate has a sense of humor, what does my editor say? It's by far her most favorite story I've ever written. Granted, editing was harsher than previous books, because there were things that weren't right in the story, and I did wind up reworking several key scenes in the end to make it all come together better, but the fact is, it did come together.

Now I actually like it, and it has a ton of spin-off potential too, which my muse likes as well. :)