Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kaidan's SWEET TEMPTATION Playlist!!


Last year when I wrote Sweet Temptation I wanted to highlight a "Now Playing on Kaidan's Playlist" song at the beginning of each chapter, seeing as how Kai Rowe is the drummer in a rock band, and his life  & moods seem to revolve around music.  I needed help finding plenty of Kai-inspired music and you guys came to the rescue!  The majority of the songs featured in the book are reader-chosen and I can't thank you enough.  Even my husband's suggestions made it into the lineup!  :)  It is my hopes that you will go out and buy these songs to support the artists.  I just bought them all today, and I want to share the list with you.  This list is in chronological order of when they appear in the book.  It is subject to change in the last stages of editing (it's already had to change quite a bit from the tentative list I posted last year) but there's a good chance this will be the final list.  Yay!  I LOVE IT.  The only song mentioned in the book that's not on the playlist is "Trouble" by Taylor Swift, because that song was being hummed by Anna, so it would be on her playlist, not Kai's.  (And no, I haven't made an official playlist for Anna yet - sorry guys.)

Thanks again, sweeties!!!  Much love and many hugs!  Enjoy…



 
*Artist for Let It Rock is Kevin Rudolph


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Title Reveal: When You Want To Write It, But…Yeah...


I wish, wish, wish I was one of those authors with lots of ideas. Those prolific writers often complain about how they can't decide what to write next because they have so many stories knocking around in their heads, and I'm sitting here like…




Yeah, I know, poor me, lol.  But seriously, I always wanted to be a writer, loved writing, and it took me THIRTY TWO YEARS to get my first full book idea!  Some things in life are simply unfair.  ;)  But enough whining.  Everything happens for a reason, right?  Le sigh.

Let me tell you a little about writing my Irish fantasy, See Me.  I had so much fun writing it.  I giggled and swooned and just enjoyed myself.  And then I got to the ending.  I only had 2-3 more chapters to write, and my brain froze up.  I knew my characters would have to go into the land of faerie, but the details would NOT come to me.  My imagination turned to fog.  Guys, it took me an entire year to write that ending.  And then when I knew I needed to revise it and add a new layer before I could publish it, I froze up again.  It took me another whole year to revise it and work up the nerve to indie publish!  I'm a mess, y'all.  That book came out more than a year ago, and I've been wanting to write a sequel ever since.  

I really, really, really want to give Cass and Rock their story - but, yeah.  Issues.  I literally have the title and a first chapter and no solid story idea.  I even got Jennifer Munswami to make a cover for it, which I freaking LOVE, hoping it would spur me on, but it's just sitting there looking pretty in my files.  I refuse to share it until I know for certain it's being written and published.

When people write me and ask me if I ever get writer's block and how I deal with it, I want to laugh maniacally.  I don't know how I've managed to write six complete books.  I'm the queen of writer's block, and let's just say I don't deal with it well.  I sit in front of my computer for hours, daydreaming, praying, sometimes crying, sometimes feeling depressed.  I have brainstormed with my husband and writing friends (they're probably so sick of me).  We have come up with a few very cool ideas for the sequel, but each path leads to some huge roadblock.  It's like, "Ooh, this can happen! But wait…then how will this other part work?"  I just cannot come up with a cohesive plot that's not full of gaping holes.  It makes me so sad and frustrated.  

I promise I'm working on it.  I'm shuffling through ideas every day.  I'm determined, but this is the part of the writing process that's hard for me.  Outlining.  Plotting.  Once I get the basic story idea in my head, I can run with it, hair in the wind and all that good stuff.  Until then, I'd like to share with you the title of said hopeful story.  Big hugs to you all.  And thanks for the encouragement along the way.

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(The "Coming Soon" part is wishful thinking!)

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