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!)

PS - check out my blog post before this one if you're interested in bidding on a signed set of ALL my books to benefit Nepal Earthquake Relief!  

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nepal International Benefit Auction




Hi sweeties.  This is a special post.  My heart is broken over so many things this week, primarily the destruction in Nepal after their 7.8 magnitude earthquake.  I've decided to do a silent auction to help raise funds for the disaster relief. My husband and I will match the highest bidder's donation. 



Here's what I'm offering to the single highest bidder: Autographed copies of See MeSweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning, and an ARC of Sweet Temptation, each with bookmarks, along with a Kaidan Rowe button. I'm also going to throw in a set of drumstick pens and a Sweet Temptation Playlist CD! This pack is a $50+ value.






Here's how it will work: This is a silent auction, which means you will not know how much others are bidding. You will simply bid the highest amount you're willing to pay in the document link below (bids received in the comments are not counted).  If you bid once and decide you want to bid more, feel free to bid again.  If you win, I will email you next Friday.  The next step, if you win, will be for you to donate your bid amount directly to the American Red Cross (On the donation form you'll need to click "Nepal Earthquake Relief" under the "Use My Donation to Support" tab.)  Then you email me the receipt, provide me with your mailing address, and I will mail your prize pack and match your bid.  This is open internationally.

Though the bidding is technically "silent," I will update the post at the end of each day to let you know what the highest standing bid amount is at that point so you can have an idea.


***Day 9  - May 7 (final night!) - Highest bid $400.00


Bidding will close Friday, May 8th, at 2:00 p.m. EST.


Good luck, and thank you so much!


Bidding is over! I am so grateful to everyone who placed bids. Thank you so much to our highest bidder at $485!!!  WOW!  So generous.  (She wishes to stay anonymous.) I will round up my match so we're donating a total of one thousand dollars to Nepal Relief. They certainly need it and I urge everyone to give, even a little, if you can.
Much love, Sweeties. 
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SWEET TEMPTATION April Teaser!



Five more months until Kaidan's story hits bookshelves!  In this companion novel to the Sweet Evil trilogy, Kai's thoughts will be all yours. You'll finally get to see a little of Kai's life before he met Anna, and during their times apart.  Kai, Kai, Kai!  This excerpt from Sweet Temptation is a fun moment - you might remember it from Sweet Peril...enjoy!












Image by Jennifer Munswami


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