Monday, November 6, 2017

Looking for a new editor because I am a horrible person

Crazy bad news, my editor is going through health issues. I love my editor, she gets me and I know she's made me a better writer, made my stories better, stronger. She just found out about what she's going through, it's tough really fucking tough. There is no way I could truly imagine what she is going through. When she gave me the news she offered to let me out of the scheduled date of 12/7 for my next story, I didn't even consider going with someone else. As she offered me the out she told me she wasn't expecting to stop working. With that I told her, I wanted to keep her as my editor and the date of 12/7. 

Now comes the part where I am a horrible, shitty person. The edit I got back left me completely underwhelmed and frankly unhappy. She's usually very thorough with insightful, fit for me comments and suggestions. Basically once I'm done with either accepting, usually, or rejecting her changes it's good to go. This time I have had to print out and edit once I finished her edits. As I was printing I was telling myself I was over thinking it, of course it was good but before I even got to page 30 there was something on almost half the pages. It's completely understandable she has her mind on things more important like her health but I spent half a recent paycheck for my edit. I paid for a clean manuscript, and I didn't get it. 

I'm going to hell because I don't want to keep the December scheduled date for my next one. I feel like shit at the thought of telling her that I changed my mind. For the first time in practically ever I'm going to lie for a good reason. I'm going to tell her that I'm no where near done. I suck, this sucks the whole thing is shitty and I wish it were different. But I just do not have the time and money  to edit, yes I do actually edit myself twice then send it to someone paying half my check and then still need to  edit again. 

I hate this, I love my editor and the relationship we had the idea of trying to capture something like that again...I don't know. I don't want to do it but this next year is incredibly important, five books at least that need to be done and out and with them I should be able to make my move to France and to writing full time. But it only works if the books I put out are as good or better than what I have already done. 

So, yeah I'm looking for a new editor. Any suggestions?





Monday, October 30, 2017

Going with a paid promotion service this release and hoping it isn't a waste of money

I'm doing something different this time around that for once I'm not worried about. My neurotic, control-freak, perfectionist ass is letting someone else handle my new release promotion. Shocking. For me it is. The thing is, I actually did this once and it was a train wreck, a dumpster fire, craptastic. The only good thing is it didn't cost a whole hell of a lot but still more than what I got for it. It was a blog tour and dear lord it was a mess of blogs that had only a handful of followers and I'm convinced it was only for this blog tour company. At the time I promised myself I wouldn't do anything like it again. 

I think, see can't even really remember, at the time I had just the first seven out. It was nothing, it came to nothing and as I tried to let go of my anger and frustration I told myself I'll handle it all by myself from now on. For the last few years I have with uneven results. Actually the results weren't uneven. When I got bloggers to share and tweet me the response was huge. The problem came with bloggers willing to share my sales and promos. Many times I was ignored and I only had about a five percent response rate. Pretty deflating.

I get it, many of them had never heard of me so why bother sharing me. Still, it's a very frustrating, time consuming thing to do. I've seen promotion service sales before and usually the price was such a shocker I clicked right off of it. The few times it didn't I looked at the promotion being offered and been incredibly underwhelmed and noped right off the page. 

Then on my last release I did my usual round of emails to bloggers begging to be shared and got the usual uneven responses. When my release shot to number one and stayed in the top 50 on Apple ibooks for a few weeks I was shocked. It took a few days to figure out where the sales were all coming from. Then I saw them, they were coming out of Australia. What? I looked though the bloggers who shared and there was a blog out of Australia. Holy shit. They had a huge number of followers, I'd liked their blog and followed them on Twitter for a few years. I remember being excited when they said they would share but honestly had no idea the response would be so huge. But over the next few months the sale on the new release and then sale of my other titles were enormous and more than a third were from Australia because of that one blog. That whole thing of building your catalog so readers who find you and like you have more to read was paying off. Readers were reading all fourteen titles, for a good three months the sales rolled in before slowly tapering off. 

As the buildup to this latest release has been coming up I kept going to the blog and checking their offers of shares, and promotions as I wondered how I could get them to share again. The longer I thought about it and thought of all the stress and angst and how I couldn't get more than 2 fucking people to sign for an ARC I thought fuck this shit. I went to the website of the Australian blog and thought it couldn't hurt to at least find out how much it would cost for them to do a promotion. 

They came back and the price wasn't insane considering what they would do. If their one tweet and Facebook post had made such a huge impact then I'm willing to take a chance on having them run a promotion for me. Even if the response isn't more than what I had last I'll be happy. Fingers crossed this isn't a waste of money, who knows. We'll just have to see. 

If the response is what I hope it is I'll share the details and the blog as their due. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Author Spotlight: Emma Haven


Author Spotlight

Emma Haven


Emma Haven has a new release that looks delightfully naughty. I wanted to know more about the release and Ms. Haven. 
She  writes stand-alone Erotic Romance amd Erotica with elements of BDSM, menage, suspense, and mystery – sometimes all at the same time. All books are entirely stand-alone, and no books are part of a series. Each story is a unique journey through two (or more) characters blossoming (or raging) relationship. No cliffhangers. No series. No 500,000 word commitment to find out whether they will or won’t. Just one hot story from beginning to end.

Now that we’ve got the marketing drivel out of the way.
Trixie Belden. The first book series that I loved when I was a child was the Trixie Belden series. After reading every book in the series I could get my hands on, I knew what the next book should be. So, at eight years old, I borrowed my Dad’s old Royal typewriter and banged out my first book. That typewriter followed me through school to college, where I majored in English and decided I would write the next great literary novel.
That was twenty-seven years ago and as I am sure you suspect, it didn’t happen. I wound up in IT, started a business. I did write lots of memos, web copy, and blog posts, though. It was something.
In 2016, my twenty-plus year career in IT came to an end in a particularly callous and brutal company layoff. As I struggled with making sense of what I had just watched, participated in, and had happened to me I turned back to writing to work through the emotions. Eventually, that lead me back to my original dream as an eight-year-old girl to write for a living.
I chose erotic romance because I love exploring the emotional complexities of one or two damaged people finding one another and struggling to make it work with all the fear and desire and over the top emotions new love entails. My books usually contain something outside the norm of “accepted” experience as I am fascinated by people that work to make their place in the world while celebrating their differences.
And I write standalone stories because I truly, truly despise cliffhangers. There is nothing more frustrating to me than to get to the end of a book and not having a complete resolution.


This woman is  after my heart. A writer who despises cliffhangers, sign me up. Check out her latest. 





Excerpt:

She shook her head, mimicking his pose. “Obey me, and you’ll be rewarded.”
He stiffened. “I’m not a dog, signorina. I do not heel to anyone—man or woman.”
Rather than take offense at his haughty tone, Regan trailed her fingers across the smooth skin of her cleavage, glancing at him from the veil of her lashes. “Have you ever tried?”
“Yes, for a woman I cared about enough to try something new.” He shrugged. “Submission doesn’t suit me.”
She cocked a brow. “Perhaps you didn’t have the right Domme.”
“Do you practice the lifestyle?”
She shook her head. “No, not as such. You said it yourself. I’m simply used to being in control of every situation.”
Dante took a step toward her, and then another. He reached out to touch her cheek, ignoring her attempt to dart away. “You are obsessed with control. Look where it got you.”
His other hand rested on her chest, near her heart. He patted gently. “You need to surrender control sometimes, mia piccola tiranna.”
She grinned at his silly nickname for her, rather pleased to have made such an impression on him. She ignored his suggestion. “I never surrender.”
“You will surrender to me.”
She frowned. “Never.”




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Friday, October 27, 2017

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sneak Peek of His Sugar Baby






Blurb

Grant

I made my first million at sixteen, my first billion before I was thirty. I get what I want how I want it, and I have no problem paying for it, that includes women. Hell, I’ve already been doing it with the women I’ve been dating. They enjoy my credit cards during the day and I’m supposed to be able to enjoy them at night but as the weeks go on the excuses pile up but they still spend my money. So I’m done with dating. It’s time for a woman who knows the deal and signs on the dotted line. I’m looking for a sugar baby, it's instant lust when I find Anne and see her curves that should come with a warning sign. Until I find out she hasn't just been a sugar baby before; she's sold herself by the hour in Las Vegas. It's one step too far for me, only I can't stop thinking about her. I find out she had her reasons for what she did, like I have mine. Her past is her past; I want her for what she is now. Besides, this is just sex, a simple exchange for time and money. Except, little by little, it becomes far from simple as I find out money doesn't buy everything.  

Anne

I thought I was done with being a sugar baby, of selling myself for security and a better life than the one I grew up in. Even though I'm a plus size, not a size two, men were more than willing to buy what I was selling. I tried to go white collar, to be normal. For four years I worked my ass off to get a degree in accounting; only, things don’t always go as planned. The instant attraction to Grant is a cherry on top; he's gorgeous and very generous. Is that why all my rules begin to blur, blend, and break to please him? I'm not ashamed of my past and all I’ve experienced, but it doesn't prepare me for Grant and all the things he wants and needs from me. I don't believe in forever, in happily ever after. What happens when he wants more than I give?

Excerpt

“Fifty thousand a month for a year, whether we make it the entire twelve months or not. You’ll also get a credit card for personal use, whatever you want to use it on, no limit.”
Her reaction isn’t what I expect. Taking a step back, she shakes her head. “What are you expecting from me?”
I follow her. “You, all of you. I’m not into kinky shit or anything. You make the rules. I’ll accept what you are willing to give or not give. You don’t do blow jobs, fine, but I’ll need to taste you, that preview in the car wasn’t enough.”
“If you want to.” The words come out of her in a rush. Her grey eyes begin to glow as my hands catch her hips to keep her where I want her, close to me.
“You’ll spread your pussy wide for me to feast when I want.” It’s not a question. I can smell her wet for me; I need to taste her again. Sliding my hands down over her beautiful round ass, I squeeze what has been tempting me.
“Yes, yes.” Her hips rock against my straining cock.
Fuck, her breathing flutters as she rocks against me again. Needing to know before I tear her clothes off and fuck her where we stand; I almost groan as I ask. “Any other no-gos for the bedroom?”
“Anal.”
“You mentioned it already, I’ll live without it. Tell me more, any other limits?” Her hand comes up to my arm to steady herself. Her breathing does that thing again, then her other hand is at my waist. Her eyes are hypnotic pools of silver.  
Her voice is trembling. “I agree to sex at least three times a week, but I have the right to say no to more than five. The right to my own space and to sleep in it instead of with you. No pimping me out or trying to share me with other men or women. No fondling me in front of people. No discussing our arrangement publicly, if you talk to your friends about it privately I’m fine, but just not putting it on blast to just anyone.”
“When you say three times, is that each time I fuck you or every time I take you.” Fuck, she’s panting for me to be inside her. Her hands go around my neck then pull me down to her mouth.
“Take me.” She groans into my mouth.
Clinging to my last shred of sanity I ask the last question that matters, “Are you protected? I fuck bare and I want to come inside you.”
“Yes, yes.” She moans as she presses her breasts against my chest.

“You’re mine.” It’s not a question. Question time is over. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Crazy like a fox or just plain crazy, only time will tell

I struggled, I cursed, I typed and then deleted and then freaked out over what I deleted. I didn't get much sleep, I was cranky, I was irritable, I was a downright bitch. Then almost out of nowhere it was done, complete and I actually threw up my hands and yelled out, "It's done! The end!" 

Yep, my latest was the hardest to get the end right I think I've had of any of my books. His Under Contract was the toughest throughout, it went through two intense rewrites as it was being written, it was a mess but the last quarter was easy as pie and the end was something that just came and was right. I don't know maybe I'm making excuses, trying to justify my decision. When I don't really need to, I'm doing it because I want to. 

I haven't heard back from Entangled Publishing on if they would have accepted my latest. They still have a good three weeks to come back. But I'm not waiting, I don't want to publish with them even if they came back and said they wanted it. I've tried to talk myself into it but it just didn't feel right to me in the end. I'm going with they would have said no anyway. The truth is I picked them because there was a higher probability of them saying no, there are epublishers I could have gone to and know they would have said yes but I didn't. I told myself it was because Entangled was the better publisher, maybe yes, maybe no. It was really about buying time while not feeling like I wasn't doing anything. That's one of the hardest parts about self-publishing you feel like you always have to be doing something, writing, hustling, editing, and those moments when you aren't you feel guilty. With the whole not having a job or one on the horizon and zero extra dollars I felt like submitting it was doing something. I had done what I could and it was in someone else's hands. 

Then I started writing again and it was coming hard and fast so I reached out to my editor, the editor who usually doesn't have an opening for 2-3 months and she came back with an opening of 5 weeks. I swallowed my fear and said yes. Commence freak out and hitting a brick wall. While I was starting to wonder if I could score some pot to calm the fuck down it came to me. I already have something finished I can give her. There was also the fact she penciled me in for December-that 2-3 months I was thinking I would have. It hit me instantly, I do not want anyone else to publish my work. Period. 

If they come back and say they want it, I know I'll feel like an idiot. I know I'll feel like I screwed up, I know I'll feel like I missed my chance....for about five minutes, okay maybe a day or two tops. Then I'm going to feel relief, I'll know I made the right decision by not having the option. There is no one answer on how to do this self-publishing thing, life is not a one size fits all. This is the thing that fits for me. 
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So there it is. I give it to her on 10/17, I should have the edits in a few weeks and so begins the cycle of teasers, promo hell and I'll be releasing it on 11/21. It will be my 15th book in the erotic romance genre and 16th overall. I'm proud of what I've written. I like what I've written and I hope my readers do too. This isn't easy but it's what I want to do, it's all I want to do. And doing it on my own is the way I want to do it.  (Don't ask me about it during the run up to release though because I'll be heavily drugged and my answer will probably be something completely different.)


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Author Spotlight: Rosanna Leo

Author Spotlight

Rosanna Leo 
and  her  latest release Vice





Vice deals with the themes of addiction, specifically gambling addiction in a Las Vegas setting. How did you come up with this topic?

My husband and I visited Las Vegas a few years ago and it was so different from any place I'd ever visited. Of course, being a writer, I kept a notebook handy and began to take notes of my impressions. I knew it would make a colorful setting for a romance. As far as the topic of gambling addiction, unfortunately, I have personal experience. My own father is a gambler, just like my heroine Kate's father. The addiction had a huge impact on my family and I always knew I would write about it.


Did you ever doubt you could give your characters a "happily ever after?'

I sure did but that was part of the allure. Knowing what I know of gambling addiction, I understand not everyone living in that world gets to live "happily ever after." That's why it was important for me to provide one for my characters. I wanted the book to end on a hopeful note. However, I didn't make it easy. My main characters Liam and Kate are basically enemies when the book begins. I had to work hard to get them to fall in love. After all, he owns casinos and she runs support groups for the families of gambling addicts. 


Vice is book 1 in a series. What else do you have planned?

I'd like to do at least 3 books. Currently, I'm hard at work on book 2. It will pick up where Vice left off but will feature a new couple. I like to write series so that readers can pick them up anywhere along the line. Each one will be a complete romance with a resolution. 


The hot and sexy hunk Liam Doyle, the hero of Vice, was there a real life man who inspired him?

Well, you didn't hear it from me, but I may have found some inspiration from the gorgeous Henry Cavill. In fact, he's all over my Pinterest board for Vice so I think it's safe to say my Liam looks just like him. Whether Henry behaves the Liam does is another matter altogether... ;)


Dive in ladies (and gents) it's a great read. 
Blurb:

Las Vegas has it all—casinos, gambling, money, and women. For a handsome business entrepreneur, it’s paradise. 

Wearing success like a well-tailored suit, it’s business as usual for Liam Doyle while he runs his multi-million-dollar empire…until a pesky protester catches his attention.

Staging a one-woman demonstration, Kate Callender has the potential to be a huge pain in his ass. If he doesn’t take care of her soon, there will be bad publicity slapped all over Vice, the newest addition to his chain of casinos.

But there’s one tiny problem Liam didn’t count on—the feisty redhead isn’t about to go down easily. She’s fighting him every step of the way…and he’s starting to like it.



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