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The mysterious case of the missing royalty checks from Ellora’s Cave Continued

September 30, 2014 | Real life


Earlier this month I wrote about not getting paid and asked readers not to buy my Ellora’s Cave titles. Here’s the link to that post in case you missed it. I removed the covers and excerpts for those books because there’s no way I’m promoting a publisher who’s selling my work and not paying royalties due.

There’s also nothing practical I can do to stop them.

I’m not wasting any more of my time and energy on something I can’t control. What I’m doing is writing the best stories I possible can and giving daily thanks I’m living my dream–writing for a living. :heart:

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Meanwhile back in the real world…

July 22, 2014 | Real life

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When I first started writing for publication I spent every spare hour tapping away at the keyboard blissfully unaware there would ever be anything else involved. All those boring bits, edits, covers, formatting,and marketing were handled by expert specialists. This was actually fairly true for my early works. Cover art with no relationship to the story, glaring text errors–all mine :blush: and formatting that jarred the reader’s tender eyes left me weeping in frustration, desperate for a chance to improve the publication process.

Now I spend hours designing covers, revising, editing, proofing, formatting, and marketing those same books. To my amazement, none of these tasks are a bit boring. Every pass with a manuscript improves the story and that’s still my driving force–a passion to give readers the best story I possibly can.

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Happy Fourth of July !

July 4, 2014 | Real life


The quivering guard dogs and I are inside, watching Independence Day, Tootsie, Jaws, and Live Free or Die Hard until the fireworks end. :lol:

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New Eden Chronicles

May 27, 2014 | Real life

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A few years ago when I begin writing Camille’s Capture I debated setting the story in same storyverse as Dalila’s Choice and Joon’s Temptation. I’d changed publishers and decided to create a new world for Camille although her adventure followed Joon’s in my head.

Now and then I do remind myself this is fiction, but I live in an alternate reality peopled with friends I know better than I do anyone in my “real” life. The decision to change worlds never felt quite right.

After the rights to all three stories reverted to me, I considered revising the setting of Camille’s Capture to match the first two installments in the series, but that didn’t click either. As I worked on revising Joon’s Temptation, which entailed changing parts of Dalila to make the reality more cohesive, it hit me Camille’s world is the most fully realized. So I made the necessary changes to Dalila and Joon’s stories. Now all three books are set in the lush tropical paradise of New Eden. Another benefit of indie projects–the stories are ever evolving and never ending. :heart:

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Random musings on writing and reality

February 18, 2014 | Real life

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Every now and then I reflect on why I write. Lots of authors say they write for their fans. Although I’m thrilled and humbled when readers enjoy my stories, I write because the wonderful, flawed, complex characters that spring to life from the murky depths of my subconscious need their stories told. Even knowing my craft is never worthy of their adventures, they share their stories with me, so I have to do my best.

Since last year, I’ve spent a great deal of time polishing previously published stories. This has been a delightful chance to revisit old friends and, with luck and the help of an excellent editor, give them a second chance to enchant readers the way they do me. :heart:

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014 | Fan Friday,Real life


May your Valentine’s Day be dangerously sexy! :heart:

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Real Life

February 11, 2014 | Real life

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So in between working on the next Mech adventure, polishing the backlist, oogling, and evaluating cover art I signed up for an editing class. Autocrit does a super job catching unintended repetitions, hackneyed phrases, and overused words. Edit Your Novel (in twenty minutes a day) picks up where Autocrit leaves off, tackling structure, plot, characters, setting, themes,point of view, and dialogue with a lot of real world techniques. Some of the material is familiar to anyone who’s read Swain’s Techniques of a Selling Writer.
For me the reminders were welcome, the approach usable, and checklists alone worth the price of the class. :heart:

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Review of COLIN Demon Hunters I

January 24, 2014 | Real life

Colin 500 x 750

For those who can’t get enough of the Treeland Pack world, like me, there are the demons…

Jacque said: “The connection between Colin and Holly was hot and their longings for each other were fairly intense. And the sex, YOWZA! The sex is smoldering hot yet still tastefully written. I know some would call this a BDSM story but I feel it was more of a D/s love story with some kinky rope play thrown into the mix.”

There’s nothing better than a reader, who gets the story the way I envisioned it and shares! Makes me warm and fuzzy for hours. :heart:

You can read the rest of her review here

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A Taste of Scarlet Free!

January 17, 2014 | Fan Friday,Real life

Treeland Pack I 500 X 666

A Taste of Scarlet is FREE today, tomorrow and Sunday, hurry!

Here’s the download link!

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A Taste of Scarlet Release Day!

January 9, 2014 | Real life

Treeland Pack I 500 X 666

A Taste of Scarlet is back better than ever and at a new bargain price!

Release days make me crazy, but it in a fun way :lol:

Buy Link

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