Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Wherever you are this weekend, please take a moment to remember those who died while serving in our country's armed forces.

We are truly grateful!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Edit Mode

Editing makes me happy. Well, sort of.  I'm in the middle of edits of a story that is frustrating me. Why? Because I can so clearly see the finish line and yet...not quite there.

To make matters worse, my brain is hopping with energy to return to one of my current WIPs.  I'm in a battle with myself--needing to focus on edits and yet the creativity of writing is literally making me salivate.

The hardest thing I deal with when editing is controlling the voice that questions whether a scene is finished.  Can I make it better? What if it's too much description? Not enough?  AARGGH!  It's enough to drive me crazy(ier). Editing generally is one of those processes for me which creates the answer when I least expect it. Sometimes I know when a scene isn't working but just can't put my finger on why it's not. I mull it over when going about my day and then BAM! the answer hits.

I'll keep plugging along because editing is a necessary process, I just hope the WIP stays in a holding pattern.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Draft 2 Digital

Home, Hearth & Heaven is now available at the following sites:

I used Draft 2 Digital to upload to these sites and I'm pleasantly pleased with the ease in using D2D.  I'll definitely use them again. I believe creating my account used the longest amount of time and even then it wasn't terribly.

I uploaded my files and that was it. I received emails each time my book was uploaded to a site. Easy Peasy. Can't ask for more than that. Especially when I need to use as much time writing as I can.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Home, Hearth & Heaven

I had a lot of fun creating the following teaser for Home, Hearth & Heaven.  Let me know how you like it.

Although, several times I had to make myself stop studying images and get back to writing! 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Home, Hearth & Heaven

Home, Hearth & Heaven is now live at Amazon. It will be uploaded to other retailers soon.


Cancelled flight? Alexa Jordan hadn’t expected to hear those two words during a layover. When her Caribbean vacation is put on ice due to a snowstorm, her coworker Lucas Massino offers to help. But will his assistance cost more than she can afford?

Alexa is no fan of the holiday season—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—doesn’t matter. She has no use for the celebrations because they stress family and that’s the one thing she doesn’t have. When her brilliant plan to travel on Christmas Day backfires due to a snowstorm in Atlanta, Alexa is in no mood for any more mess. The absolute last person she wants to see is the one man who makes her feel out of control.

When Lucas Massino spies his pretty coworker acting like the last kid selected for a team, he jumps at the opportunity fate provides and offers her a place to stay. He’s had a man-size crush on Alexa since they first met, but no matter how he turns on the charm she keeps him at arms’ length.

Alexa is no fool and spending time with someone she knows is preferable to being in a hotel with strangers. But alone, the two cannot fight their mutual attraction. Alexa chalks their behavior up to one of convenience, but Lucas knows better. He just has to make Alexa realize she’s his heaven and he’s her home.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

If It's Not Clean, Is It Dirty?

Sweet romance vs. Dirty romance?

I've noticed a disturbing trend. Well, disturbing to me anyway. Why are we categorizing or labeling sweet romances as "clean?" I'm not talking inspirational romances either. No, the "clean" romances I've read were not tagged as inspirational. What resulted in the "clean" designation was that there were no described loves scenes.

By calling sweet romances "clean," aren't we somehow implying that sensual or erotic romances (the hotter, steamier counterparts of sweet) are somehow dirty? Yes, I'm well aware what is meant when people say they like to read "books with the dirty parts." We're calling sex dirty. I get that. I don't totally understand it but I get it (Got it?).

What's Clean about Sweet?

Sweet romances are considered "clean" because the hero and heroine only kiss and the author:
  1. doesn't describe any further intimacies between the H/H; or, 
  2. the H/H do NOT engage in further intimacy
 Isn't this still misleading? To be honest, what's clean about kissing? It's an exchange of bodily fluids (And sometimes germs--mono, anyone?).

Even if the author divulges that the H/H made love, the author still leaves the reader facing a closed bedroom door, impatiently waiting while the deed is done. What's clean about the act of lovemaking? Are there not say...towels or other items to clean up certain stickiness? Even if you engage in a little lovemaking in the shower, there is still a certain amount of cleaning up one has to do. You know what I mean.

Hotter Romances Deserve a Break

Sensual and/or erotic romances invite the reader to keep right on reading and enjoying the H/H relationship without ever closing the door. Heck, maybe there isn't even a door to close!

Seriously though, who hasn't read a few love scenes and wondered, "Hmm. I'll have to try that."  Does that automatically make the story "dirty?"

My Ending Thought

I enjoy plenty of sweet romances and steamy ones too. I just wish we didn't promote one as clean while subconsciously implying all other romances are...well, dirty.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Life after EC

By now I'm sure you're aware my publisher, Ellora's Cave (or EC as it was rebranded) is closing.  So Painted Passion will remain available for sale until the end of the year.  At that time, I will republish it as an indie author. I'm happy to have my rights back as well as rights to unpublished work.

So what have I learned by working with a publisher? It is always beneficial to have someone versed in contracts to review yours before signing. Also, weigh the ultimate advantages and disadvantages of going it alone versus having a publisher. Obviously, there is more freedom in being an indie author and frankly, you can't put a price on being given carte blanche for your own creativity.

On the other hand, there is something to be said for an established network on which to have your work promoted. But the best barometer is to do your research and talk with authors who are already published at the publishing house. Certainly, not every author will be a satisfied one but again, forewarned is forearmed. Then, there are wonderful sites such as Absolute Write or Writers Beware

Since I was an indie author before signing with Ellora's Cave, I feel like I'm coming home again. That being said, there is quite a lot of work on my plate to accomplish...time to roll up my sleeves and hop to it.