SUPERNATURAL ♦ URBAN FANTASY ♦ CONTEMPORARY/SUSPENSE ♦ EROTIC ROMANCE


June 29th, 2009
Wish I Was More Exciting

I’m still researching and charting the YA. Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho! It is coming along. I’m currently having to rearrange the Acts. Move things from Act 2 to Act 1. I know a lot of writers follow the mythical structure, which is seven acts. For some reason, I can’t think about books in those terms. It messes with my head.

I think when I’m done writing the YA I’m going to try my hand at a Nocturne Bite. I have a few partials that I think would fit. 😀

What is everyone reading? I’m definitely on an urban fantasy kick. I just picked up Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland. I plan to read it once I finish Relentless by Lauren Dane and Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.

16 comments to “Wish I Was More Exciting”

  1. Nocturne Bites sound fun. I’ve pondered Spice Briefs, too.

    I do 3-act structure, period. KISS. It works.

    Just finished Koontz’ The Darkest Evening of the Year. Now to read Relentless. Then I shall be caught up on Koontz.


  2. Charli, I thought so, too. I’ve thought about the Spice Briefs, but they don’t seem to allow paranormals. Too bad really.

    It does work, but I know a lot of people who swear about the seven acts.

    I like Koontz. He’s good at scary and hopeful, which is impressive.


  3. I’m teetering between reading Fire by Kristin Cashore and Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors…that’s in addition to (finally) starting Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries, Eve of Destruction by S.J. Day and Unusual Suspects edited by Dana Stabenow XD

    I try to keep myself in every genre whenever possible. I need to start reading more gothic romances though…


  4. Lexie, That’s a very smart thing to do. Keeps your mind fresh and probably staves off reader burnout.


  5. I’ve seen Spice Briefs that are paranormal, unless they’ve recently changed their guidelines. The one I’m thinking of was a lynx shifter…I could probably find the link if you’re interested. 😉

    I stopped by here b/c of your post about EC checks. I’m targeting them and Blaze and writing a UF and have been going back and forth with my CPs about the need for a separate pen name. Ideally, I’d like to keep the same name throughout, because I’m me regardless if I’m writing hot or not. Good to see others have done the same.


  6. Cari, I’m actually really interested in that link. I didn’t know that they had done any paranormals with Spice Briefs.

    The problem with keeping the same pen name with romance and urban fantasy is that if you sell to romance first the stores will stock all your books (including your urban fantasies) in the romance section. This of course wouldn’t be a problem if UF readers would step a toe into the romance section of the bookstore, but they won’t. So you may want to pick a name for the erotic/romance books and one for the urban fantasies. Obviously there are a few exceptions that have been able to make the crossover, but I can count them on one hand and still have fingers left over. 😯

    As for the checks, I received one. I’m still waiting for the other one. Sigh.


  7. http://www.crystaljordan.com/books/wild/

    Apparently it’s not for sale any longer on eharlequin, but I’m pretty sure it was released sometime in the last year. Luckily I remembered the author so I could find it on her site.

    Thanks for the info on pen names. The UF shelving in romance angle is definitely one I hadn’t considered. Silly me, I assumed books were shelved according to genre. 😉 I appreciate the food for thought.

    Oh, and I hope you get to write your paranormal spice brief. I’ll be sure to pick it up if and when.


  8. Cari, Thanks for finding that. 🙂

    You would think that would be the way things are shelved, but it’s not. *ggg*

    I’m going to try for Nocturne Bites first, but it’s always good to have a backup. 😉

    Thank you!


  9. I’m the Riley Jenson series by Keri Arthur. After reading the first book I just had to read the rest of the series. I’m reading Dangerous games now.


  10. Delitealex, I’ve only read a novella in that series, but I quite enjoyed it. Very good sexual tension and lots of action.


  11. I’m reading Larry McMurtry’s ‘Comanche Moon’ and Dean Koontz ‘Relentless’. I’m not very exciting either. 🙂


  12. Bernard, That’s a good cross section. We are a party in the making. *g*


  13. I’m currently reading my programming text book and Falling for Mr. Dark & Dangerous by Donna Alward and Model Behavior by Janie Mason.


  14. Karin, Are you enjoying them? I mean all but the text book. 😉


  15. I haven’t gotten far enough into Model Behavior to know if I’ll really like it or not. So far, what I have read intrigues me and I’m anxious to find out how the main characters react when secrets are revealed.

    As for Falling for Mr. Dark & Dangerous, I’m really enjoying it. Donna Alward has done a really good job creating emotional depth in the hero and heroine, especially as they struggle against their feelings for each other.


  16. Karin, I’ll have to check out Fall for Mr. Dark & Dangerous. Thanks!:)