Lucky Seven – I’ve Been Tagged

on April 8, 2012

There’s something fun going on right now where authors are tagging other authors.  If you get tagged, you have to put page 77, line 7 and the next 7 lines on your blog.  Bronwen Evans tagged me.  So here’s my entry:  it’s from HUNTED and it looks like seven lines in the book, though more here

She jumped up.  The bedroom door probably held a lock.  “Yes.”

The plane rocked when he slid to his feet, blocking her path to the bedroom.  “Then apparently I’ve ignored my responsibilities long enough.”

He loomed over her.  She had two choices – either knock him aside or take a step back – and only a split second to decide which one to make.  The rational decision was to step back and reason with him.

F*!* reason.

Now, I think I need to tag some folks.  So I’m going to tag Sayde Grace, Bonnie Paulson, and Lynn Rush.

Rawhide Angel has been Released!

on February 6, 2012

Hi all!  A huge congrats to Sayde Grace for her new release!  Rawhide Angel is a fun, sexy, cowboy romance.  Here’s the info:

With her father’s gambling debts about to ruin the family ranch, Saige Thomely is determined to do whatever or whomever it takes to cover the debts. Unfortunately for her, one man is a sure bet, the one cowboy she’s tried to ignore for six months. The same cowboy who makes her body and heart flame to life with each look. Saige is prepared to offer herself in exchange for the money to cover the debts, but what she’s not prepared for is losing her damaged heart to another cowboy.

Night after night, for half a year, Chet Haskins has dreamed of having the blonde and sexy as sin Saige Thomely in his bed, writhing under him. At long last his dreams might become reality, only Chet’s heart wants more than just a few nights of steamy sex. But will the ghost of past relationships come between them? Or can Chet show the passionate Saige he’s truly the one to save her ranch and her heart?

Click on the book cover for more info and for a buy link!

Scavenger Hunt – win print books, e-books and ARC’s!

on September 2, 2011

Hi all!  Sorry about the dual post today – I don’t usually do that.  But…had to let you know…there’s an awesome scavenger hunt going on today and tomorrow where you can win tons of stuff.  Several of us paranormal authors have formed a group blog called DARKER TEMPTATIONS, and we’re starting things off with a bang.  GIVEAWAYS!

Go to the blog for directions on how to win.  To tease you, here’s a list of prizes:

  • From Sayde Grace – two digital copies of her books
  • From Cynthia Eden – an ARC of Angel of Darkness or a digital copy of Never Cry Wolf
  • From Danica Avet – digital copy of any one of the Veil series and a set of Romance Trading Cards
  • From Rebecca Zanetti – signed copy of Fated
  • From Kristin Miller – digital copy of Intervamption
  • From Marcella Burnard – signed copy of Enemy Gates
  • From Katie Reus – digital (or audio) copy of Deadly Obsession and a digital copy of Destined Mate when it comes out in October
  • From Erin Kellison – signed copy of your choice from the Shadow series

FATED releases today

on February 22, 2011

Hi all!  So, today is the release of FATED.  The e-edition will be available on March 1st for kindle, nook, sony, etc.  For anyone in the area, we’re having a launching party tonight at the Gourmet Way from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm…regardless of the winter storm warning just put out.  🙂  I hope to see you there!

I’ll post tomorrow or the next day about the launching and how it went.  Today I need to go help unpack books for the launching, and I thought maybe I’d drop by Hastings and Borders to see, ah, my book on the shelves.  I’m also over at Savvy Authors talking craft in the terms of layering and lasagna.  And…I have some friends with releases today:  (And for the life of me, I can’t get the books to be of equal size!  WordPress is being difficult today.)

 

How Sayde Grace keeps two publishers happy…

on February 10, 2011

So, if you’ve read my blog before, you know that Sayde Grace is my critique partner.  We finally met face to face in Orlando last year and had a ball.  When you read her answers to my interview questions, make sure you throw in a mental “y’all” once in awhile since Sayde has a BIT of a southern accent.

She’s branching out into the paranormal world (I knew we’d bring her over to the dark side) and her first paranormal novel, UNTAMABLE, will be released by Siren Publishing on February 23rd! 

1)      So, your cowboy stories have been so succesful.  What made you start writing paranormals?

Actually, I think a combination of cowboy and werewolf would be the ultimate Badass. Ive always wanted to write shifter stories but usually stuck with my cowboys since they are what know.

2)  Speaking of cowboys, what is the big draw toward cowboys?  You write them so well…and they’re so darn hot!  What made you decide on westerns?

My first book was a western suspense. But when that didn’t go well in the agent/editor world I wrote a paranormal romance, that one didn’t go so well either. But my third book was a combination of the paranormal world and cowboys. That one was better. After that I decided to write about what I know, rodeo and the equine industry.

I’m glad you think I write them well. I don’t know if that’s the truth or you building me up so I’ll be nice.  🙂  NOT.  Sayde knows I don’t build up…and she’s always nice.  Even when asking if I wasn’t paying attention when I wrote a particular scene.  HAHA

But for me the cowboy draw is that cowboys hold all the things that women want in a man. Sometimes those traits are things that as a proud female we might not want to admit liking, but it’s a dirty secret we keep. Some of the traits are ones that most good men have, loyalty, compassion, protectiveness, sense of humor and honor.

3)      What do you like better:  when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?

Finished!! THE END is the sweetest phrase ever!

Truthfully, I get really excited when I start a book, but then I fade out. Things get out of hand and I lose focus, so when I get to the end I’m thrilled. Each book is a huge accomplishment in my opinion and to be honest the last half of 2010 sucked for my writing. I didn’t finish two of my manuscripts that I started that year and it really drove me crazy. So I’m going to enjoy typing THE END on several manuscripts this year!

4)      You have your successful cowboy series with The Wilder Rose Press and just sold a paranormal series to Siren.  (Congrats, by the way!)  How are you managing writing for two publishers?  What is your key to time management?

It has to do with personal taste.  🙂 I don’t know much about one of my editors, but the other editor I know better. I am more excited to work with someone who I know how they operate than someone I don’t know. One is very hands on while the other is aloof, which is not to say she’s not nice, but just more withdrawn. I like the hands on style and tend to spend more time working on things for that editor.

Time management? What is that? Never heard of it.

5)      What’s next for you?

This year is going to be a busy year for me. I want to wrap up my Built Cowgirl Tough Series, finish my second Moonlight Cravings book, and finish a few other manuscripts that I have at 25k or higher. And I’m organizing some ways to raise funds for my local RWA chapter.

6)      How long did you submit work before being accepted by a publisher? 

I started writing about a year before I got my first big bite. So maybe about a year and a few months before I got my contract for Riding Double.

7)      I know you donate a lot of your time to judging contests.  Based on what you’ve seen this last year, is there any advice you have for new writers?

My best advice is to get a critique partner (just not mine, she’s wonderful! Even if she tries to kill me sometimes) or participate in a critiquing group. Please don’t rely on contests to give you feedback. I know that’s a huge draw for why people participate in contests, but honestly contests should be where you showcase your work. I get so many entries that have wonderful settings, plots, or characters…yet they are rushing the plot, starting in the wrong place, or in some cases don’t hit the genre they feel they should be in.

Contest judges can be harsh, more so than a critique partner. I don’t fall into this category of judges, but I will tell you the truth. In some cases judges can say things that hurt you personally and cause many writers to stop writing for an amount of time, which is a shame.  I say this because, if you are relying on critiques from a contest judge, your feelings may end up severely damaged.

I’ve read two entries in the last six months that I really, really enjoyed, more so than most of the books I’ve read lately, but they did not place well because of pacing, editing, or starting in the wrong spot. It’s not fair for me to place those entries higher than some who have perfected their pacing or editing regardless of how intrigued I am by the other story. This is where having a critique partner to help catch those things would have paid off. I always sign my judge’s sheet so that authors who have questions about comments I made on their entry can contact me. I am open to answering those questions, as are most judges who sign their sheets. Feel free to contact me if I’ve judged something of yours and you have questions.

8)      Tell us something no one else knows about Sayde Grace.   

I’m always scared I’ll never finish another book. 🙂 It’s my secret fear each time I start a book. And something quirky, I never drink from a container after anyone else, not my kids, my husband, my mom, NO ONE! And if I’m at a family event or party and I leave my cup for a minute, I get a new one cause I’m freaky scared that someone will have sipped out of it while I was gone.  (Ah, so next time you nail me in a critique, I need to come up with a plan to mess with your drinks at the national conference next year, huh?)  🙂

Here’s an excerpt from UNTAMABLE:

Jasper nodded. “All right, tell me she’s going to wake up any second and be perfectly fine.”

Doc grimaced. “I can’t tell you that, but be prepared for her to be back in heat when she does. She needs to complete the cycle.”

Damn it, that was not what Jasper wanted to hear, although her still being in heat would definitely be a good thing. He couldn’t wait to mount her.

Sidda wanted to roll her eyes. All he thought about was “mounting” her. For fuck’s sake, she’d almost been killed by Brockton’s dumb ass, and all Jasper wanted to do was mount her. “Is that all you think of?” Her croaking voice flowed through the room.

An instant later, a rush of footsteps had Jasper on one side of her bed and Doc on the other. She shook her head, biting back a groan of pain. Dammit, her head still hurt.

She opened her mouth to complain but stopped short when another figure appeared at the foot of the bed. Tears began to pour from her eyes. She slowly sat up, holding her hands out to Zeke, sobbing as he eased his way to her. “Oh my god.” She grasped Zeke’s hands, tugging him to her. Sidda’s breath caught in her chest. She’d been so sure she’d never see him again, yet here he was alive with her.

“What happened? I saw what Brockton…” She shook her aching head, holding onto him for dear life. He’d saved her from Brockton. “I thought…I…”

“Yeah, he beat me up pretty bad, but Stephan got there.” Zeke smiled. “He’s a good guy after all.”

Sidda forced a smile for her brother. Her hand trembled, burning from the mark on her palm. It looked like a small scratch, but the hum of energy from the spot told her it was more.

She cleared the thoughts of Stephan from her mind. “I can’t believe you’re all right.”

“Yeah, I’m gonna be fine. Your mate said if I didn’t get better, he’d be forced to beat me back to health.” Zeke laughed.

Sidda smiled at Jasper, releasing her brother’s hands to pull Jasper’s head toward her. She kissed his cheek, and he winked.

“Gross.” Zeke’s lips curled. “I should not know what you are feeling, or him. It’s disturbing. Come on, Doc, I want to take these rags off my forehead.”

Zeke and Doc slipped from the room. Sidda grinned at Jasper and pulled the covers back so he could slide into bed with her.

He tugged his pants and shoes off, followed by his shirt. “I should be mad at you for running off, not trusting me to handle the situation, and going into heat while I wasn’t there. I really should be pissed, but all I want to do is hold you. To make sure you’re safe and all right.” Jasper wrapped his arms around Sidda, dragging her close to him.

Sidda sighed with contentment. She’d been so scared when Brockton had come after her, but here in her mate’s arms, she was safe again. “Just hold me. Later we can fight. Right now I just want to hold you.” She yawned against his warm chest.

“Whatever you want, babe.” His hands stroked her back, sending her into a blissful sleep.

If you’d like to know more about the fabulous Sayde Grace, head over to her website:  http://saydegrace.com/

So, I hoped you read with a southern accent echoing in your head.  Do you have any questions for Sayde about writing for different publishers…or anything else?  Or just a comment on cowboys or…