June 25th, 2015
I love London in the summertime. You never really know what you’re going to get weather-wise in the UK, but when it’s nice, it’s genuinely beautiful. It isn’t until I get here that I realize how much I miss dappled lawns, ancient trees, cool breezes, playful fountains, and birds chirping. And although Londoners will rush by you (they’re always in a hurry), they’re quick to chat and laugh when engaged. It’s a genuine friendliness that I find refreshing.
There’s just something about this old, yet futuristic city that draws people from around the world. It certainly draws me again and again. It’s no wonder that two of my upcoming books have this barking, brilliant city as their backdrop. How does that old saying go? If you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life.
I can’t imagine ever being tired of London. Enjoy your summer.
June 17th, 2015
I promise I will get better at blogging. I know I’ve said that before, but I do mean it. I’m in the process of redesigning my website. It’s slow going because frankly I have no idea what I’m doing. LOL! Sigh. Hopefully once it’s done things will level out. In the meantime, if you want to know about upcoming books, events, and/or free reads, it’s best to sign up for my newsletter. I’m not one of those authors who send out a newsletter a month (shocker, I know). I only send them out when I have announcements to make or free reads to share.
Anyway, I’m currently in London, England. Really enjoying the change of scenery, the weather (stop laughing), and all the crazy accents. I’ve been coming here for years. It’s interesting to hear the change in the local London accent that’s taken place in the last ten years. It’s now this odd combination of typical British mixed with immigrant. What I mean by that is it’s English, but like anyone familiar with the south and New York in the states, there’s a distinctive accent change. In this case, it’s like the typical British accent has become flavored with the mix of immigrant accents that have joined the soup that is London. It’s especially prevalent in the young males of all races running about the capital. It’s going to be interesting to see how the ‘sound’ changes in another ten years. I feel like I’m fortunate to be witnessing the change in a language firsthand. Quite fascinating.
On a completely different note, I was in Foyles’ bookstore yesterday (A fantastic five story bookstore near the heart of London’s theater district.) and picked up a ‘Improve Your Handwriting’ book. Like a lot of people these days, I don’t do much long-hand writing outside of editing my books. Because of that my handwriting has become atrocious. We’re talking shaming doctors’ prescription scribbles here. I’m pretty sure five year olds could do better and a lot of them aren’t even being taught to write anymore. I don’t like that, so I’ve decided to work on improving it, if for no other reason than to be able to read my own notes. Snort!
While I’m here, I am also going through the partials in my dropbox account. I know I did this a few months back, but that was to see how old the ideas were. This time I wanted to count how many partials I have written. There are currently 27 partials sitting on my computer. They range from a page to over 15K in length. For those without an author decoder ring on, that’s 27 books that I’ve started and haven’t finished yet. :-O
Today I plan on plotting a few of those stories. I noticed while going through them that I have large chunks of the plots done on some, but they’re missing a few vital pieces that prevent me from finishing them. (I used to write by the seat of my pants (and can still at a push), but I find the stories are much stronger if I take the time to plot.) That doesn’t mean that the stories won’t change once I get the plot done. They often do. I read something the other day that Ilona Andrews wrote about her/their writing process. She said that her plots don’t change because for her storytelling is a dictatorship. What she says, goes. I LOVED that. But my brain don’t always work that way. Of course, that’s probably why her stories are so frickin’ amazing. Anyway, those are my plans. Once I get a decent amount done on them, I’ll work on craft. Show vs. Tell here I come. *ggg
May 12th, 2015
I began the next group of After the HEA’s (newsletter subscribers know what I mean). I wrote a little over 2K on Bacchus and Carrie, but I’m not done yet. Had no idea their After the HEA would turn out to be so…heartbreaking. For those who think I planned it that way, I got news for you. I didn’t know it was going to go that way until I started writing. Surprise! The rough draft should be done tomorrow. If I can get it edited, it will go out in the newsletter. Stay tuned!
I’m also editing a horror story I wrote. I think it’s okay, but I’m a little worried it is skating a cliche. Either that or I’m trying to subconsciously re-write Cinderella without all that prince charming and HEA stuff. LOL! Sigh.
Forgot to add, I’m currently reading Larissa Ione’s Azagoth Demonica book. It says it’s a novella, but that’s a lie. It’s actually a category length novel(Think Harlequin size.), which for readers is a GREAT THING!!! This story ROCKS! Oh, did I forget to mention that’s it’s ONLY .99? AHHH!!!! I love Larissa’s writing, always have. (Us gritty paranormal girls have to stick together.) I also think she’s a cool chick. With Azagoth’s story, Larissa has outdone herself. Words cannot describe. Go! Pick up this story! Savor it! I dare you not to drool.
May 10th, 2015
I finished writing the sci-fi romance novella today that will be in the upcoming Across the Universe anthology. The story came out a lot different than I expected, but I’m happy with it. The reunion story is sexy and oddly sweet. We’ll see what the second pair of eyes think. Although I’ve put together a writing schedule, I’m not sure if I am going to stick to it. As much as I’d like to jump right into the next Pit Fighter book, I think I need to write in another genre for a while. (i.e. not romance) I want my brain to be fresh when I come back to Pit Fighters: Control and the only way to do that is to work on something else, something different from my last five books. I hope you understand.
On the reading front, I’ve been getting through a lot of books, but I can tell a wave of dissatisfaction is about to hit. When that happens, I have to start re-reading old favorites. I know, so much suffering. LOL! 😉 Hope everyone is having a Happy Mother’s Day.
April 22nd, 2015
I just wrote up a long post and it completely disappeared. No idea how or why. I was going to try to duplicate it, but to be honest, I have to get some real writing done. So I’ll give you a quick summary, you’ll notice a new Sumome pop up on my website to encourage visitors to sign up for my newsletter. (Thank you Tim Grahl for the heads up on this product and for helping me be a little less sucktastic when it comes to marketing my books.) I’ve made a change to my ENDLESS SUMMERS’NEWSLETTER, so that when you sign up you immediately receive a FREE READ in PDF of HEAT OF THE NIGHT. (You get other free reads following the initial one, but they come in the third Welcome Letter. 😉
Anyway, that’s all my news for now. On the reading front, I’m working my way through a Vanguards box set by Tina Folsom. So far I’m really enjoying it. (Confession time: I’ve already read Samson’s Lovely Mortal, but I decided to re-read it since it’s been a while. Up next will be Amaury’s Hellion (bk 2).
April 16th, 2015
I decided a while back to send ALL my books to a proofreader–even the ones that had been published by New York. It’s been a SLOW ongoing
expensive process, but I’m finally down to the last two books. It is disheartening to see how many mistakes she’s been able to find, especially in my professionally published books. I expect one or two, but each manuscript has been way more than that. Nothing that would ruin the reader’s enjoyment, but stuff that makes me cringe like someone scratched a chalkboard.
I’ve been uploading them. Well, most of them. There are still a few that I’m not sure I am going to republish. I think I need to read through them again and see how I feel about the books. If after re-reading them I still don’t think they’re representative of my work, then I’ll keep them unpublished. (And that includes one that was professionally published.)
Anyway, there’s a lot going on IRL right now, so I’ll probably continue to be fairly quiet. Just know that I am working on new stuff, while I wade through the old.
March 30th, 2015
I must be in a ‘MOOD’ when it comes to reading lately. For some reason over the last week, I haven’t been able to pick up any of the new books I’ve purchased. (Please don’t tell my DH. Shh!) Instead, I find myself reaching for old favorites. In the past week or so, I’ve re-read the Belong to the Night anthology, Midnight’s Master by Cynthia Eden (a favorite), and the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology. I’m currently re-reading Marked by the Vampire by Cynthia Eden. I’ve read it twice already and liked it so much that I bought it in paperback to keep along with my well-used e-copy. I’ll probably read Unchained by J. Lynn when I get finished–even though I’ve read it three times or maybe Burn For Me by Cynthia Eden (one of my all time favorite books of hers), which I’ve only read twice. Snerk! Anyone else in a reading rut?