Wednesday, October 1, 2014

No longer blogging weekly

For those of you who haven't noticed, I've quit blogging here on any sort of regular basis. In fact, I've decided to limit my blogging to guest spots and blog tours.

I'm sure some of you will be upset by this, but I truly believe it's better for me to focus on the books than on blogging.

However, I am still available via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Tumblr, as well as my street team, The Renegades. Hope to see you one of those places!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My Writing What?

I was tagged by the lovely Kristina L. Martin for this little tour about writing processes.

I'm going to admit, my post is going to be much more "just the facts, ma'am" than hers. Mainly because I've gotten swallowed up by edits and RT planning, but also because I'm a pretty simple girl who doesn't like to get overly wordy.

1) What am I working on?
This is kind of a weird question because there are two of me and I'm not entirely sure at the moment which me is publishing the book I'm editing. (A decision should be made by the end of the month.) So I'm just going to answer for BOTH of me. Right now I'm editing a novel for Entangled's Brazen line. It's tentatively called My Fiance, the Hero and it's about a divorcee and a movie star. Fun times are had by all (after all, it's a Brazen :P ). In addition, Seleste has Agents of TRAIT 3: Fighting for Keeps in the midst of edits (I believe that one is slated for June). AND Julie is working on an outline for a follow-up to Fall with Me. It's kind of a busy time right now, but busy is good.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Uh... I hate this question. I'm sexier than some, not as sexy as others. My stuff is snarky as hell, so depending on which of the sub-genres we're talking, that's either different or completely ordinary. I don't write to try to be different than other people, I write to be me. So you get a lot of me in my books, and no one else can give you that.

3) Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do for a lot of reasons. One of the key ones is that I like to stretch different writing muscles. I don't want to just write one thing all the time. I need the shake up offered between contemporary romance and the spy stuff and then I might hop over and see how my vampires are faring. I also tend to fall in love with my characters. They're what drives me to complete a story (or start one for that matter.) So I write for them, to get their stories onto the page to share with others. (Yes, I know they aren't "real," but that's beside the point :P Also, no, I'm not crazy. At least not that kind of crazy.)

4) How does my writing process work?
I don't take time off well, so I tend to work on SOMETHING every day for at least a little while. Right now it's editing which is a totally different animal for me than drafting. I actually love editing in general. I love seeing something rough transition into the final product. (I imagine it's a little like cutting and polishing gemstones.) But it's a slower, more tedious process too. Right now I'm on "two chapters a night" as an editing goal. Some nights things go more smoothly than others, so I'll get more done. Other nights...

When I'm drafting though, I aim for 2500 words a day. That's more than some authors, less than others, but I figure 10 pages is a solid amount of work. I believe the most I ever wrote in a day was something like 12,000 words. My eyes felt like they were bleeding by the time I was done. I really don't recommend that.

I prefer to work at night in near darkness. Without the extra lights on, I'm less distracted by all the other things around me that need doing. Also, less distracted by my own reality as opposed to the fantasy I'm spinning. I love to have a cocktail when I write, but I don't do that very often anymore--usually I stick to water or tea (spicy rooibos) these days. I'm actually pretty boring in this regard, and I've been known to occasionally make up something outrageous when interviewers ask about weird things I do when drafting since I don't really have anything weird.

That's it. That's me in four questions or less. Now I need to get back to those edits I was talking about. And from here, I nominate the following authors to give you a peek into their writing worlds next week (please check out their sites and books!):
Margo Bond Collins
Jodie Griffin
Damon Stewart Pren

Monday, April 28, 2014

It's Here!

It's midnight, and you know what that means? Fall with Me is out! 
*happy dance*
*muppet flails*

Since I know you all want to get your copies immediately (especially since the 99 cent price is limited time only), here are a whole bunch of links to help you on your way:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon IT
Nook US
Nook UK

I think that just about covers the main e-railers.

Also, for those of you who haven't joined my street team yet (and why not?)... I'm holding a special contest this week for the Particka Gang, but you have to join to play.

FIND SUTTON!Here's the deal. You know my character model for Sutton, and you've (hopefully) read the book. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to find me a real life Sutton and share his picture with the gang. No old year book photos, I want this to be someone you know or randomly find. The shot can be clandestine or posed. (The "best" of the bunch will be chosen--by someone other than me--for a $5 gift card.)

There is also a second $5 gift card up for grabs in a random draw--details on the street team

I'm also doing another something special with the team, but it's only being announced there today. It involves tattoos. :P 

Also, don't forget to attend the Entangled Embrace Spring Break Blast with me, Tessa Bailey, Erin Butler, and Reese Monroe! Yes, you guessed it, even more prizes there. Also shenanigans :) 

Finall, in case you missed it, here are the dates/locations for my blog tour the next two weeks (and more prizes!):

Apr 28deea reads

Apr 28Books Over Boys

Apr 29Perusing Princesses

Apr 29Reader Girls

Apr 30Bookcrastinators

Apr 30My Reading Room

May 1The Lusty Literate

May 1Trips Down Imagination Road

May 2Lisa Loves Books

May 2Ramblings of a Book Lunatic

May 5Manga Maniac Cafe

May 5kimberlyfaye reads

May 6Book Angel Booktopia
May 6Becky on Books

May 7Talking Books Blog

May 7You Gotta Read Reviews

May 8Sizzling Hot YA Books

May 8Ramblings of a quirky, slightly mad journalist…
May 9Book Purses & Reviews

May 9Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

May 9Nerissa Luna

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Is This Thing On?

*taps mic*

Apologies. One really shouldn't sell a book and then leave their blog dormant. That's totally bad juju.

But I am back and for those of you who have been waiting for news (but haven't been following on Twitter or Facebook), I have a book coming out in TWO WEEKS! 

That's right, my first new adult novel, Fall with Me, is releasing with Entangled Publishing's Embrace line. 

In the game of love…Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF's hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no--even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again.
Someone's going to get hurt…Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.

Fall with Me is new adult, not YA. It is much sexier than Pretty Souls, so be aware of that if you are one of my younger readers.

I'm really excited about this book, so I hope you'll check it out:

I've also revamped the website and have created a street team for all things related to my books. Please check out the site and send a request to join the street team if you are so interested. I give advance peeks and ARCs and such there. Plus, we have cupcakes. ;-) 

I'll be updating with blog tour dates as soon as I have them!