Monday, July 13, 2015

Newsletter, I conquer you.

I'll admit it. I sometimes beat my head against a wall wondering what to put on my newsletter. I mean, I write all day. I sit in front of a screen and type what characters tell me to type. After that, I do laundry and listen to the woes of a teenage son and the imagination of a six-year old daughter. That's my life. I love it. I wouldn't trade it. But it's not very exciting for a newsletter! Yes, I can talk about upcoming books, signings, and fill my newsletter with other normal *yawn* information but I can only do that so many times before I get bored. There's always been this overwhelming urge in me to give you more and more on the newsletter but I just couldn't figure out what.

Then one day it clicked.

I'm in this business because I love to write. (If there's a stronger word for love I would use it but at the moment I'm drawing a blank). I write all the time. I write random stories that may only be 1,000 words and no one will ever see. I write scenes that happen to characters before the story told in their books. I write stuff that makes my support peeps say, "What were you thinking?" I write because I have to. On a daily basis, I switch between the major manuscript I'm working on to the other little side projects that will be the next big manuscripts I work on. If I'm not working on those two, then I'm writing little scenes that pop into my head that may or may not turn into full-fledged books. (You should see my computer files! What a mess!) The bottom line is I'm constantly writing. So instead of hitting my head against a wall, trying to figure out what to include on the next newsletter, I found out the answer is simple - do what I love. Write.

So starting in August, my newsletters will include little short stories. They may be long or short. Sweet or dark. Sexy or clean. They may be one scene or they may continue on to the next newsletter, telling a complete story. They will be uncut, unedited. unbetaed (I just made up that word), unapproved, unseen by others, and all the other un's you can think of. If you hate them, well, all I can say is that they are free, so stop complaining. They may be about Maddie, Ryder, Eva or Brody. They may touch on Walker and Sam or any of my other main characters. They may be about secondary characters also or strangers you don't know yet. They may be stuff that happen before PMD or after PML. They may be about Walker and Sam after they moved in together or...well, I don't know. I'm just going to write.

My plan is to release the newsletter and thus the free shortie (that's what I'll call it because why the he** not) once a month starting in August so if you are not a subscriber to my newsletter and want to read extra little stuff you won't find anywhere else from me, go get on my mailing list! Do it now because I'm not going to remind you again. (Sorry. That's the mother of a teenager coming out in me.) JK. Here's the link:


And thank you again for being such wonderful readers! <3

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Deletes mean a sneak peak

I'm constantly deleting paragraphs or even scenes from books I'm working on. Sometimes it adds up to a lot. I can't help it. I get delete happy. The bad thing about it is sometimes the stuff is good. Darn good. (At least I think so!) So I thought, why not share it. Post it. Just throw it out there and see if anyone reads it.

So here goes.

This is a little tidbit that I deleted from an early scene of the upcoming book, Promise Me Forever. Let your imaginations run wild... ;)

Things were different now. I had found Cash. I had found love. I wanted to live and experience this thing between us. I wanted to wake up every morning next to him and go to sleep every night in his arms. The problem was, every time I loved someone they were taking from me. Luke. Jenna. My older brother, Nathan. Their deaths were on me. It was like I was cursed or something, forever bound to lose those I loved.
So I made a decision. If I didn't love, I didn't lose. I didn't feel pain or sorrow. I didn't hurt. I didn't have to end my suffering with whiskey and bad decisions. I could walk away unscathed. Cold and heartless just like my grandmother said I was. But I broke my own rule. I fell in love. Now I was afraid he would die. The darkness that hung over my head would strike him down. Take him from me as punishment for the hell I always caused. But I was wrong. He wasn’t going to die.
I was.

Monday, June 1, 2015

GIVEAWAY!

What's better than a book signed by one author? A book signed by over 50 authors! Enter to win a signed paperback of Promise Me Once signed by over 50 authors! Also included is swag signed by various authors. Giveaway ends on June 8th so hurry and enter! (U.S. residents only. Sorry international fans!)


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Promise Me Once Release!

On April 19th, Cash's book, Promise Me Once, will be released. Are you ready for him? I can't wait to share his story. It was fun to write and dive back into the Promise Me world.

Below are the links to order Promise Me Once. Thank you in advance for purchasing Cash's book. And remember to leave a review once you are finished! Thank you!

Amazon
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Barnes and Noble will release on April 19th. Check back for that link.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

5 advanced copies of Promise Me Once! Who wants one?

Enter to win and read Cash's story before anyone else! I'm giving away five copies! Be one of the first to cuddle up with Cash. :D


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Promise Me Once cover and synopsis is here!


Once with him was never enough.

I am the girl you dislike. The girl you snub at parties. I am the one who flirts with men and knows no boundaries. I am the one you whisper about. The one who has no rules. I am the one who takes and uses without any regret or excuses.

On the outside I am perfect. I have money, looks, and a personality that makes people stand up and take notice, but on the inside I am broken and hurting.

Then I met Cash Marshall.

He wasn’t what I needed, but I wanted him anyway. It was Cash’s carved, muscular body I thought about. It was his cool, confident touch I craved. I swore he would only be a one-night stand, another distraction to take away the pain.

But then our world changed.

Our story is not about love. Love is pretty and sweet and full of niceties. Those no longer exist. Our story is about finding each other again in a world gone crazy. It’s about surviving the impossible when war ravaged our land. It’s about saving each other from the darkness and finding out just how strong we could be.

And maybe, just maybe, along the way, we’ll find love…

Once and for all.

Promise Me Once

Release Date - April 19, 2015
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Questions and my truthful answers

Recently I was at a dinner party when my friend informed some of the people that I was a writer. I was bombarded with questions almost immediately. How do you write? Do you use an outline? What is your word count per day? Where do the stories come from? Do you ever get writer's block? Some of the questions were from people who had never met an author before and were curious about the process. Others were wannabe writers who wanted to know everything there was about writing a book. I shouldn't have been surprised by all the questions. Almost every single day I receive emails, messages, etc. about being an author. Please give me advice. How did you make the New York Times? Tell me how to market. Are you a planner or seat-of-pants writer? The list goes on and on. I'm always happy to answer any questions. (Okay, I admit. I get giddy answering them because I'm a book nerd.) But the truth is I remember being in their shoes, looking for answers and wondering how other writers worked. I still find it fascinating to hear other authors' processes and I'm not afraid to ask what they are so it's only fair that I tell you mine.

I can't possibly answer every single question that I get, but I thought I would answer a few common ones...

~How do I come up with stories? This question always surprises me. I don't understand how someone cannot have an imagination. I've lived with mine too long to know anything different. My imagination kept me entertained when I was little and preoccupied when I should have been studying. It was my friend when I was lonely (I was a very, very shy child) and gave me something to daydream about when I was bored. I have never understood people that can't imagine. How can you not? My mind just doesn't comprehend that! The people that don't have an imagination look at me weird when I tell them that my stories play out in my head like a movie. My characters tell me what to write. They can pop in my head out of nowhere. I don't come up with stories. They just appear.

~How do I write? (Aspiring writers ask me this but so do other authors. It's just interesting to know how we each work.) When I start a new book, I open up Word and start typing. It's that simple. Blank page. Chapter One. Go. I write linear, meaning I start at the beginning and write scene by scene until the end. I VERY rarely skip ahead. It's just how my mind works.

~Do you use an outline? Good god, no. If I did it would be a mess. I would probably pull all my hair out and end up curled up in a corner rocking back and forth, crying. That's how much I hate outlines. I do have an idea in my head on where I want the story to go but when my fingers hit the keys everything flies out the window.

~What is my word count per day? It depends. Sometimes I'm lucky if I hit 500. Other days I can easily write 5,000. My best day was @10,000. On average I strive for 2,000 a day. That's my goal.

~Do you write everyday? Yes. I am a full time, this-is-my-job writer. I take my kids (a kindergartener and a teenager) to school, return home, grab some coffee, and start writing. I sit down at my computer around 9:00 a.m. I scan social media, reply to people, answer emails then I get to writing. I break for lunch and stop at 4:00 p.m. to do family stuff. I don't open my laptop again until 10:30 p.m. when everyone has gone to bed. I write until 1:00 a.m. or sometimes later then start all over again at 6:30 a.m. I survive and thrive on five hours of sleep or less. (My mother can testify that I've been this way my whole life.) (And no, I don't drink any Redbulls or Monster drinks. Only two cups of coffee a day.) But those kind of hours aren't for everyone. I do that seven days a week. Sometimes I take a day off but that's rare. I write every single day but weekends are a little slower for me. Sometimes I only write two hours if I have a lot going on Saturday or Sunday. That being said, I don't churn out a book every two months despite spending most of my waking hours writing. I know, you're asking why the heck not. Your guess is as good as mine.

~Do I ever get writer's block? No. There is always something for me to work on. If I get aggravated or stuck on a scene in a book, I'll close it and work on another ongoing book. Somehow that clears my mind and helps me focus.

~You're a New York Times bestselling author. How can I be one? Here's my answer - if I knew I would tell you. Really I would. But please, please, please just write because you want to, not because you're looking for a big paycheck. This is a tough business. Be here because it's your passion. Not because you think you can get rich quick.

~How do you market? I don't. I focus on the writing. Books are marketing. Giveaways, contests, Facebook parties...you are taking a gamble on if they will pay off. Your best bet is to write. That is just my opinion. I don't normally talk sales numbers but honestly, my books sales are crazy good and I don't do any marketing. The only time I market is around a book release (and I've been known to not do it then either.)

~I'm a new writer. Any advice? I get this open-ended question a lot. A LOT. So here's my short and sweet answer - write what you love and what you want to read. Period. Don't write something just because it's selling. Don't write about rocker duds because every blooming author out there is writing about them. Write to entertain yourself. Write what you love. You will never, ever, ever make everyone happy so you might as well only make yourself happy. In the end someone will love your book. Just make sure you do first.