It’s HERE!

front cover 1My 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

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

 

Tuesday Tunes – 9/2/14

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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!

  1. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
  2. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
  3. Sweet as Whole – Sara Bareilles
  4. Lost Stars – Adam Levine
  5. Forever Like That – Ben Rector
  6. It’s Always You – Kris Allen
  7. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  8. Wise Up – Aimee Mann
  9. Danglin’ – Laura Osnes
  10. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Manic Monday – August 25th

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 🙂

Busy Bee…That’s Me!

I’ve been so busy lately and (of course) the first thing to fall to the side is blogging. My birthday was at the beginning of the month and it was wonderful. I was spoiled by my husband and kids – starting with waking up to the whole house decorated with streamers and balloons! This past weekend my Mom and I got away for a girl’s weekend and saw Christina Perri. The concert was fantastic and it was wonderful to get a break from being mom for a bit and just have fun. In between these two things I’ve been doing the normal soccer practice, soccer game and homework thing with the kids. We are at that end of the year things with a million activities time when there is something every night (sometimes two things!) and not a moment of down time in between.

I’ve also been writing and taking writing classes. My new book is coming along nicely and the classes are really helping me in the areas that I have issues with. Savvyauthors.com is a fantastic site for learning craft and getting down to the basics of writing. This week I started a class on writing sex and I can’t wait to see how the class plays out!

 

Today I had planned to start a new book…

Actually, I was planning on starting April 1st and then some things got in the way (exciting things – the contract for MAKE ME A MATCH and something else I hope to share soon), and I didn’t start writing anything new till today. Usually when I start something new it just flows right out of my fingers for the first ten thousand words, then I have to start thinking about where the story is going and if I’m going to end up where I want to. This time I have sat in front of my computer for several hours  and….nothing. I have a plot, characters, setting – everything I need to get started, except for the first sentence and it isn’t coming. When my oldest came home from school, I told him my problem and he said that I had to just walk away and try again tomorrow. I’m going to take his advice (he’s smart like his Mom, lol). After soccer practice, dinner, baths and bedtime, I’m going to curl up in bed and watch my go-to movie for vegging out – the Avengers. I watch mostly for Loki 🙂

You should be Writing Loki

So…

Obviously I’m not great at updating my blog. I’ve learned something about myself. Unless there is something definite for me to post about the blog gets pushed to the side. I’m going to work on that and try to pose at least three days a week from now on. The posts may be short and sweet, but I will post something!

Today I’m starting Camp NaNoWriMo and a new book! I’ve spent so much time with the last one and I am more than ready to start working on something new. This time I’m writing a little differently and I’m curious to see how it will all work out. I have a very vague idea of how I want to story to progress, but no detailed outline like I usually do. My hope is that the story will flow better if I don’t feel boxed in by my own plot points. Of course, I might cave in a few days and start furiously plotting so I have a security blanket beside me while I write. Only time and the words will tell…

 

I’ve been editing like crazy and listening to the playlist I made while writing MAKE ME A MATCH in November. I love how music can remind me of the characters or a moment that I wrote. I heard this song last week and it sparked a new idea that is so different from anything I have ever written before. I’m now working on MAKE ME A MATCH during the day and Georgia #1 at night. The books are so different and it is refreshing to step into the new world and take a break from Maddy and Sean.

Guest Post – Molly Harper

I got this blog post in an email this week from Molly Harper’s publicist. It hit home since I’m stuck in the middle of a blizzard and haven’t been able to leave the house in 4 days. I’m posting it here, hoping that you guys will enjoy it as much as I did!

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Pocket author based new book on 2009 ice storm experience

An ice storm. Stranded in a strange, isolated place without power. Children with an unsettling ability to win staring contests. This is how horror movies start.

Watching the news coverage as cities across the Midwest are pelted by the much-touted historic blizzard, I’m having strange sympathy pangs. In January 2009, an ice storm ripped through Kentucky, taking out power and phone lines for thousands of homes, including mine. The first night I spent camped out in my in-laws’ darkened living room with my two young children, I was sure this was just a temporary blip.  It was going to be a funny story we could tell the next winter. As in, “Remember that night we had to sleep on an air mattress in front of Grandma’s fireplace and cook on a gas grill in the garage?”

By the sixth night, I was no longer amused.

Over the next week, Kentuckians were cold, cranky and progressively ill-groomed. I returned to my dark, cold house to forage for supplies one afternoon, only to find my neighbor shaving his head in his driveway. I sincerely hoped that was related to the lack of electricity and not just a personality quirk I’d never noticed before. Neighborhood block parties have been stilted and awkward since.

But I managed to channel my cabin fever, before going the full fire-ax-through-bedroom-door and elevator-full-of-blood route. I started writing. Having recently published the Nice Girls books, a vampire romance series about an undead librarian in small-town Kentucky, I’d already decided that I wanted to write a werewolf story. And being isolated, in the dark, in an increasingly crowded, enclosed space, I decided to set the story in the frozen regions of Alaska.

While we waited for the power to come back on, I wrote about twenty pages of notes by candlelight.  What emerged was the story of Mo Wenstein, a woman who moves across the country to escape her intrusive hippie parents and make a life for herself in the remote town of Grundy, Alaska. Cantankerous neighbor Cooper has been giving Mo a hard time about her place in her new community since day one. But when Cooper stumbles onto her porch, naked, with a bear trap clamped around his ankle, she realizes there’s more to him than a surly- though attractive- surface. A series of werewolf attacks, for which Cooper may or may not be responsible, dysfunctional werewolf clan drama, and romantic hijinks ensue.

The manuscript grew over the next few months and became HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF, which is due to be released by Pocket Books on Feb. 22, wherever books are sold.  The sequel, THE ART OF SEDUCING A NAKED WEREWOLF, will follow on March 29.

So, while the encroaching claustrophobia is frustrating, make the best of your snow days. Use the milk, eggs and bread you hoarded to make French toast. Plow through the To-Be-Read pile of paperbacks on your nightstand.  Write journal entries about the sights, sounds and emotions you’re experiencing as a blizzard survivor.

You never know.  You could turn this experience into your first manuscript.

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Look for these books by Molly Harper:

HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF

AND ONE LAST THING…

NICE GIRLS DON’T HAVE FANGS

NICE GIRLS DON’T DATE DEAD MEN

NICE GIRLS DON’T LIVE FOREVER

NaNo Update 2

So, I still haven’t written much and am loosing the hope that I will win this year. I think the problem is that I don’t LOVE what I’m writing and it just isn’t flowing the way it should. I think that I am going to work on another idea and come back to this one at some point later.

That’s about it for NaNo, but I am excited about something else…New Books!!

Lauren Dane and Megan Hart’s new book No Reservations was released this week! I am going to pick up my copy this weekend and can’t wait to settle in and read it. Also, I have a galley of Lauren’s next contemporary, Coming Undone, that I plan on reading tonight and tomorrow.(I’m beginning to see that I’m reading too much and not writing)

There are so many holiday books out now and I have a huge love of all things Christmas including romances set during that time. I picked up several anthologies and harlequins this past weekend to get ready for December!

What books have you bought this week?? Any books you’re looking forward to in November or December?

NaNoWriMo Update

nanowrimo_1_normalI thought that I would post an update every Wednesday with my progress and such.

So far I haven’t been keeping up, but I know that I will still finish. I have written about 3,ooo words and the story is finally starting to flow. Usually when I write the beginning comes really easy, but not this time. Zoe and Alex (my main characters) aren’t behaving the way I think they should and my muse when on strike due to a head cold. Everything is going better now and I hope to catch up on my word count tonight!

For others that are doing NaNo: How’s it going? Is the muse cooperating?