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November 26, 2013 | Real life
In between edits for A Scarlet Past and Simply Irresistible , I’ve been working on Joon’s Temptation, which turned into a much bigger project than the light edit I’d imagined.
Naturally, after a week of agonizing over important points (a week on Enyo is four days long instead of the three I mistakenly thought) I did the sensible thing and set the story aside until after the third mech adventure is complete. Instead I fell into the seductive trap of redoing covers. One of the fun aspects of indie releases is the ability to change covers, text, just about anything without interrupting availability.
After much deliberation I added a green outline to the text for Dalila’s Choice. Uh, probably not visible.
Here’s the softer French Script version:
September 6, 2013 | Real life
Coming soon from Ellora’s Cave!
August 23, 2013 | Real life
Head hopping (more about what it is and why it’s unpopular here) and here) usually refers to the distracting business of changing the viewpoint character without notice. Many readers find the practice irritating and editors usually advise against it.
While reading for pleasure, I prefer one point of view for a scene, chapters and even entire books in a single POV are fine with me.
The kind of head hopping plaguing me at the moment is similar, but more properly known as story hopping. There are writers who work on multiple novels at the same time. Not me. Well, not on purpose.
Simply Irresistible and A Scarlet past are both in edits while the third mech adventure is still unfolding, plus the usual background clamor from the dozens of unwritten stories continues to rumble.
Of course, I can only actually work on one story at a time, but my brain flits from one to the other since all three are active. Even with the mechs set on simmer I’m in overload mode.
Do you prefer to concentrate on one task at a time or do enjoy juggling projects?
August 9, 2013 | Real life
This is a mock cover to help immerse me into the WWII era along with lots of big band, swing, and boogie-woogie, here’s a sample from the play list:
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Andrew Sisters
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy by Red Foley
Is You Is Or Is You Aint My Baby? by Louis Jordan
Oh Look At Me Now by Tommy Dorsey
In The Mood by Bette Middler
Smooth Operator by Sarah Vaughan
Too Damn Hot by Ella Fitzgerald
Easy To Love by Billie Holiday
Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
I Got It Bad And That Aint Good by Duke Ellington
August 2, 2013 | Real life,Teaser Tuesday
Ellora’s Cave contracted Simply Irresistible for their Taboo Line. It should be released later this year…
July 26, 2013 | Real life
While outfitting the current heroine I skimmed through dozens of pictures or various dog breeds. Now looking at puppies, even digital images of adorableness, is dangerous for this dog lover. I need to remember puppies grow very fast and teenage dogs require a great deal of time and effort before then become wonderful adult companions.
July 23, 2013 | Real life
In the early days of writing for publication, I hungered for hard information. I regularly visited Show Me The Money read A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing like I’d paid for it and studied Piers Anthony’s Internet Publishing report along with pouring over writing advice and craft books for hours.
I still love information, but I’m less obsessed after a few years of experience. The other day I ran across The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing . I learned a few things. Did you know Thomas and Mercer is a new Amazon publishing label?
Take a look and let me know what you think…
July 16, 2013 | Real life
Characters pop into my head on regular basis. As with meeting people in the 3-D world, first impressions can be very misleading. Charlie the heroine of the third mech adventure, seemed tentative, submissive, even a little shy when she began talking to me.
She is cautious, at least so far, with good cause. Post-pandemic Earth teems with dangers and only the wary survive. However, she’s definitely not tentative, submissive or shy. If mech warriors trying to rescue her don’t watch their step they’re going to be serving her. Perhaps this is how the story is supposed to go. I’m always the last to know…
July 9, 2013 | Real life
There’s a natural human tendency to overvalue what we lack and undervalue what we have. I always envied my poplar opposites. Learning to appreciate who I am is ongoing journey.
As recently as the pre-writing stage of the third mech adventure, I longed to add humor to this installment of the seduction mission series. Seriously, a lighter version of the dystopian world seemed like a brilliant plan. Deciding to compose an upbeat blues number would be equally ridiculous.
I love reading frothy romances and I admire authors who write delight romantic commedies, but I’m not one of them. This is okay, because my absolute favorites to read and to write are dark fantasies.
Do your reading preferences run to the light or the dark side?