Archive for January, 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Gothic Passions

Tonight I set GOTHIC PASSIONS free. It should be up everywhere in a few days. I’m very fortunate to have gotten a kick-ass cover. Feast your eyes on the gorgeousness. 😉 Here is a quick blurb:

Vampire Richard Sebastian Stuart, the sixth Earl of Lyon has supped from the finest necks in England, but when he encounters an innocent maiden named Lily, desire turns to lust, lust to passion, passion to obsession. He will do anything to possess her, even strike a deal with the devil himself. One taste will never quell his aching hunger for the one and only woman, strong enough to tame the insatiable beast within and become his eternal mate.

Lady Lily Devlin has no intention of being anyone’s possession. She saw how that kind of love destroyed her mother. Lily hasn’t met a man that she couldn’t thwart. She’s determined that Lord Lyon will be no exception, but she didn’t count on his single-mindedness or his…insatiable appetites.

My edits on Atlantean’s Quest: The Arrival continue. They are going FAR better than I had anticipated. I am adding more than I thought, not changing, ADDING. Right now the book is just shy of 55K and I still have half to go. :-O It will be a beast by the time I’m finished. I have to admit that I am having fun putting these books up. (Well, when I’m not stressing through the process.) It’s great to finally have a little control. (wg)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
New Book Releases YAY!

No, I’m not talking about my books. I’m still working on that. I am talking about the new books by Sylvia Day and Kaz (Karen) Mahoney. It has been a while since Sylvia has released a historical romance. If you’ve read any of her previous historicals, you know that they tend to have atypical stories/characters and a lot of steam. Pride and Pleasure is no exception.

THE IRON WITCH is Karen Mahoney’s first book, a young adult urban fantasy. The story revolves around Donna Underwood, a young woman who loses her parents and has her life turned upside down due to the nature of the loss. I’ve read other work by Karen. She writes entertaining stories that are strongly character driven.

You cannot go wrong with either author. In fact, why choose when you can buy both. 🙂

Monday, January 24th, 2011
Thought This Was Pretty Cool

Ellen Fisher wrote a blog about how she was able to pay her mortgage with her ebook sales for the last couple of months. Very cool!

I’m not sure what I’d do if I could pay our mortgage with my ebook sales. (And yes, I realize it’ll take a lot more books to come close to doing that, but a girl can dream.:) Today, I did a little bit of everything. I worked on formatting Gothic Passions. Hopefully I got it right. If I did, then within the next few days I’m going to put it in the queue to publish. Rose’s Rapture (the follow up to Gothic Passions) will be released in four weeks. I’m shooting for a four/five week release schedule since I have a lot of books to re-release. We’ll see if it works like planned. *ggg I also did exciting things like workout and laundry. I know you’re jealous. To make sure you stay pea green, you should know that I also vacuumed. You heard me. I vacuumed. Top that. (Crosses arms and nods.) 😉

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
A Link

Hey Guys,

Here is the link to Paris After Dark. The price isn’t up yet, but hopefully that will change soon.

On a separate note, has anyone seen the Green Hornet? I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth seeing. I’d love a few reviews.

Friday, January 21st, 2011

It has taken two days, but Paris After Dark (my story from the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances 2) is finally up everywhere (or will be in a few hours/days). I’ve decided to start with the .99 cent price point. Hopefully that will tempt a few readers my way. We’ll see. It’s truly an experiment at this point. Much thanks goes out to Sylvia Day for spending nine or ten hours on the phone with me for the past two days. I honestly could not have done it without her. She deserves a medal for her patience. Seriously. She assures me it will get easier the more I do. I sure hope so. My head was hurting by the time we finished today and I’m sure hers was, too. She’s going to hold my hand through one more (Gothic Passions), then the training wheels will come off and I’ll have to steer on my own. I have no doubt there will be some crashes along the way. LOL! Yes, I am thinking of what I should get her to say thanks. I have a few ideas. 😉

So without further ado, please welcome my first indie book. 🙂

Here is the cover a little larger.

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Random Thoughts

As you can see from my sidebar, I’m beginning to get the new covers up for my previously published books. I’m filling out stat sheets to have more covers made. Today, Sylvia will be walking me through the process of how to upload my work. I have two books ready to go and another one on the way. If some reason I don’t get how to do this whole process (always a possibility, since I’m a slow learner), then I have a lovely lady willing to do it for me. I just thought I should give it a shot first. I never thought of myself as an Indie publisher. I’ve worked hard to get the book deals that I’ve landed. I’d always figured that I would continue to pursue N.Y. publishing, but now I’m not so sure. I am enjoying the short story market. I hope I continue to sell my work there. But I’ve been thinking a lot about what Stephen King said about when an author should approach an agent. Please forgive the paraphrase. He said, “An author shouldn’t worry about getting an agent until they are making a lot of sales. Until you are, the author isn’t worth the agent’s time.” Right now, I’m curious if that’s the case. I am hearing a lot of stories from friends and acquaintances about agents dropping people because they aren’t ‘bestseller enough’. WTF?

I’m entering the Indie market with several previously published books. They will be re-edited, but I have no idea how well they will do. The whole experiment might be a bust. I don’t think so, but you never know. I will be curious to see how it progresses. I have three original pieces that I will probably add to my re-releases. One will be coming out for sure, since it ties into one of the books I’m releasing. My plan is to keep you updated on my progress. The ups and downs of self-publishing my backlist and the lessons I learn along the way.

I was getting my hair done the other day and overheard the woman next to me talking about her dog. It was a rescue animal. Apparently, someone thought that putting a litter of puppies in a sealed plastic bag and dumping them in the trash was an okay thing to do. Most of them died. Three survived. Her dog was one of the three. As I listened horrified, I realized something: How someone treats animals truly reflects what kind of person they are on the inside.

And I personally don’t want to be anywhere near that rotting flesh. Sometimes people really piss me off.

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The short story is finished and well on its way through edits. I hope to have it sent off by Monday. (Fingers and toes crossed it’s accepted.) I’ve also started editing my ebooks to get them ready to release on Kindle and Nook. I plan to take all next week to work through all the manuscripts to make sure there are no glaring issues. I know this sounds easy, but I’m one of those writers who HATES to read my work once the edits are done and the book has been published. Just thinking about it makes me green around the gills. I ‘finished’ (okay, I’ll probably go through the excerpts one more time) Gothic Passions tonight. I added excerpts from Rose’s Rapture (the follow up to GP) and Paris after Dark in the back. They aren’t all the same time period, but they are all vampire stories. I’ve decided to trim back some of the language in the books. I know I wrote Gothic Passions and Rose’s Rapture a LONG time ago when I was publishing erotic romance regularly, but there was certain language in those books that I never liked (ie I was told it had to be in there.). I figure now is my chance to change things. Once I finish editing Rose’s Rapture, Tears of Amun, Atlantean’s Quest 1,2,3,4, and Atlantean Heat, I’m going to dive into my next book. Right now, I’m leaning toward the dark urban fantasy romance, but my dystopian YA started talking to me today so who knows what I’ll write next. It may very well be multiple projects at once. Yay me. *ggg

Which brings me to my next dilemma. At the end of last year, I put together a list of agents to query. I divided the list into tiers, but given what’s been happening in the industry I’m not sure if I should bother querying. Borders is teetering on the bring of bankruptcy. If that happens, the publishing houses will have another shake up. I guess I’m trying to decide whether I should wait until after the next shake up or plow ahead. Right now, I don’t have a story ready to query with. I need to edit my YA before it can be sent out and it’s going to take me a few months to finish the whole urban fantasy romance (or whatever I write next). I’ve started the manuscript, but from what I’ve been hearing agents no longer want to see a partial. Thoughts? Ideas? Tips? I’m open to all comments. 🙂