For the last several months my husband has been working on a special project. He built me an office in the garage, complete with a/c, heat and a door that locks! (With three kids, a door that locks is the best part!) My office is my own space that I can decorate however I want (Doctor Who, pictures of sexy men, superheroes, and cute animals), listen to music at the highest volume without complaint, and write until my wrist hurt. Heaven! Today was move in day and when I walked in there were flowers on my desk. Thank goodness I married my very own romance hero!
My book is finally out in the wild!
When I started writing I set a goal of being published before I was 35. My birthday is next Saturday and, you guessed it, I will be turning 35. I managed to hit the goal I set for myself exactly one week before my deadline. Sure, I technically signed the contract over a year ago, but I didn’t really consider myself published until my copy arrived from Amazon. It is quite a feeling seeing your name on the cover of a book for the first time.
There is something very frightening about putting something you worked so hard on out there for everyone to read. I reviewed books for a lot of years and now I find myself on the other side – waiting to hear what others think of words I chose carefully and characters I care about – and I’m nervous. (It totally doesn’t help that my MOTHER keeps texting with updates – Oh wow! Chapter 13 was their first time! Sexy!)
Since I wrote MAKE ME A MATCH, I have finished two more books which are in the process of being submitted and I’m almost finished with a third. I’m sure as time goes on and I have more books that find their way out into the wild I will get used to others reading my work, but I hope the feeling I felt when I opened that box from Amazon and saw my name on a book cover never goes away.
MAKE ME A MATCH is available in both digital and print
Ugh – today started off rocky. My oldest kid’s bus was over thirty minutes late and it was raining. I finally got a hold of the bus barn and the kids got picked up. Then tragedy struck! I ran out of coffee creamer before I even made one cup of coffee. It’s hard to get three kids ready for school on a rainy Monday morning without coffee. So, instead of posting my goals for the week (which is my plan for Monday’s blog post, although I haven’t done a great job of keeping up with it) I’m going to post 5 things I’m grateful for this morning to remind myself that even to be happy even on icky mornings with no coffee.
- All three of my kids are healthy enough to go to school – even if we have to wait in the rain for a bus that’s late 🙂
- My wonderful husband promised to buy coffee creamer on his way home from work so that I don’t have to get out on the one day there isn’t a kid related reason for me to leave the house.
- The words are flowing.
- I have a new episode of Doctor Who to watch once I hit my word count for the day.
- I have a new USB drive and it is Olaf from Frozen (Olaf is replacing Wonder Woman who is finally full!)
I started a new book yesterday! A new book means a new music playlist. Here are the first ten songs on the playlist for THE PRINCE OF HEARTS!
- Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
- Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
- Sweet as Whole – Sara Bareilles
- Lost Stars – Adam Levine
- Forever Like That – Ben Rector
- It’s Always You – Kris Allen
- I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
- Wise Up – Aimee Mann
- Danglin’ – Laura Osnes
- Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
This week I’m listening to:
What are you listening to?
Today’s Random Thoughts:
- Monday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. Now that all three kids are riding the bus and we don’t have soccer practice or school activities at night, I don’t have to leave the house for the entire day!
- I will be chained to my computer finishing first round edits on MAKE ME A MATCH today and starting (hopefully) the first draft of PRINCE OF HEARTS. I love starting a new book. This time I’m even more excited, because there is a lot of world building with a fictional country and monarchy.
- I’m also starting a new exercise program today – so tomorrow I might not be able to move. After my foot surgeries in March and June I gained some weight and I’m finally cleared to exercise. I’m going to give PIYO a try. I have several friends that love it and supposedly it is very low impact.
- This week’s goal is to blog every week day and I picked themes so that I would have an easier time writing something…so far it’s working 🙂
My first blog hop as an official author…exciting! Thanks to Tierney James, a fellow Black Opal Books author, who invited me to participate in this tour. So the gist of this is I answer a few questions and then list the authors who are following me on the tour next week. (But the two people who promised to follow me on the blog tour backed out at the last-minute so I don’t have anyone…yet. I will update when/if I get the info on the next person on the blog hop!)
Here is the question and answer section:
1 – What am I working on? Well, that’s a hard one to answer actually. I’m currently working on three different projects. I’m finishing up revisions on my muse story for a revise and resubmit I got from a publisher. I’m also hard at work writing book 2 in the Hollow Moon series – KISS ME. As if that wasn’t enough, today I’m starting Publisher’s BluePrint. BluePrint is an event through Savvy Authors where you work with a publisher to plot your book and then in July I will write it in a NaNoWriMo fashion of 50k in one month. I do best if I have a lot of pressure and deadlines so setting myself up to have a lot to do is just right for me.
2 – How does my work differ from others of my genre? My paranormal romances really focus very little on the paranormal. I like to call them light paranormal romances. In MAKE ME A MATCH, Maddy is a witch and it definitely affects the story, but the true focus is on the romance between her and Sean. The romance is the most important part of the story for me.
3 – Why do I write what I do? Um, I don’t know – I just do. I actually write in several different genres. The book I’ve contracted to publish is a paranormal romance, but I’m going to be working on a contemporary romance in July. I just love telling a good love story.
4 – How does my writing process work? I am an extreme plotter. I do character sheets, a beat sheet and scene/sequel cards. I tried to write without plotting once and wrote myself into a corner that I couldn’t get out of without deleting most of what was written. My day-to-day process is fairly simple. I sit down with my coffee and browse the web or thirty minutes or so and then get to work. During the summer I write in the afternoon (morning is playtime with the kids). It’s pretty much the same thing, but with iced tea instead of coffee.