Monday, January 26, 2015

Overwhelmed: compartmentalizing, and not being successful at it

Can't seem to concentrate today, which is a common thing for Mondays.  This weekend was absurd, and my mind was too focused on terrifying things to even contemplate my work week, so this morning, I'm having a hard time getting on track.

So here I am.

I've decided I have too many projects ongoing at once.  I'm not sure what to do about that, except work on them to completion and de-clutter my mind.  Except the one I need to be working on today isn't coming, so I'm taking a break from it right now.  *waves*

Currently, I have three rough drafts in the works.  I'm working with model/photographer trio on a new series (two of my current rough draft).  And I have half a dozen other stories floating around in my head.  I have no idea how many outlines I've got.

And then there's the incidental stuff, things I like to call administrative promo junk.  I need to move my books over to Draft 2 Digital, organize blog tour stuff, swap author interview/guest posts with as many authors as possible, and facebook like a madwoman, networking and creating contacts.  I know I don't have to use facebook for that, but it's what I'm most familiar with.

I was contacted by someone last night, asking me about the rights to one of my books.  That was exciting, but has instigated a bunch of research that I wasn't planning on doing today.

There are a ton more things on my to-do list, all of which are important.  But none of which are really taking the majority of my attention today.  Today, I'm overwhelmed and trying to recover from the emotional roller coaster of my weekend.

It's hard to compartmentalize today.  Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Spotlight and Interview with Lea Barrymire- PNR, shifter romance--1/16




Tempering Steel
Book 2 ~ Coyote Bluff Series


Erotic/Hot paranormal romance
M/F HEA
55K words
Self pubbed

Preorder 12/3/2014
Releasing 12/17/2014

Blurb:
After months of aching to be with grumpy Sheriff Connor Manning, Margarete Barrie finally gets her chance when a coyote shifter takes refuge in her home. She burns with need every time they’re close, but even she can only take rejection so many times before giving up.

Connor’s resolve to stay away from Margie weakens when she takes in his packmate. Fighting his inner animal and jealousy makes him question his decision to leave women and love alone.

They’re thrown together to catch a trapper or hunter threatening the pack. But once things start to heat up even the possibility of danger doesn’t cool the tension between them.



Series Teaser:
Coyote Bluff is a small, quaint town in the mountains of Virginia. With its diner run by Mama, the police force of one and a single stop light it's much like every other small town in America. Well, until you take a closer look.

Feel free to come visit Coyote Bluff... but keep an eye on the wildlife.


Links:
Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHDMK5W
All Romance eBooks- https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-temperingsteel-1689858-340.html
Smashwords- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/498214
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iBooks-
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What motivates you to sit down and write?

My motivation is completely and totally inside my head. My Muse, characters, plot lines and scenes nag me if I’m not writing. I’ll dream about the stories, find myself day dreaming about them. Sounds a little crazy, and perhaps it is, but it seems to work for me.


Where does your inspiration come from?

I find inspiration in pretty much anything. Standing in the grocery line and glancing over magazines, an interaction between a couple in an aisle of Dollar General, a commercial, a dream. It doesn’t take much to tempt my brain with an idea. That’s probably why my idea folder has close to 50 documents so far.


Do you have any writers that you consider mentors?

Absolutely. I’m a newbie of sorts in the field and definitely wouldn’t be where I am without a fabulous group of writers keeping me on the right path. Danica Avet, Anya Richards, Amy Ruttan, and A.M. Griffin are my core group of mentors. We banded together a couple years ago and I can’t imagine life without them. When I’m stuck, down on myself, hating a given WIP, or just need a swift kick in the ass they are there to help.


Do you ever experience writer's block?  How do you get through it?

Writer’s block is one of the worst things that can happen to an author. It’s like getting a head cold for your creativity. Everything gets stopped up and you end up with nothing flowing. If I truly can’t writing on a given project I usually set it aside for a while, work on something else, or read. Reading, especially something in a completely different genre from what I’m writing, seems to loosen up the words a little. Sometimes changing up my location, putting different music on, or digging out an idea I haven’t touched yet makes the characters a little easier to deal with.

Name some authors who have influenced or inspired you?

Wow. There are a lot. But the first authors I read who really got me started in erotic romance are JR Ward, Laurann Dohner, Jeaniene Frost, and Julie Walker. I still preorder everything from these ladies and LOVE their work.


Tell a little about your most recent work. 

I’ve been working on a series of shifter books based in a small town on the mountainside of Coyote Bluff, Virginia. They are typical people, doing normal things… well, other than the fact that they can shift into animals. Each book is centered around a single couple, but you get to meet other folks from the town and hang out with the sexy men of Coyote Bluff.

The first book, Accidentally Yours, brings together a shunned wolf shifter with a human woman. They are funny, cute and downright sexy together. The second book, which released a few weeks ago is ‘Tempering Steel’. You get to meet Margie and Connor in the first book, but we take a walk on the grumpy side in the second installment.

I love each and every one of these characters. The series is a blast to write because I introduce so many of the town’s people. I can’t wait to work on the third book which will finally bring Zeke, the town’s comic relief, to his knees.


Tell us about your favorite character from the book
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Favorite characters…. Hmmm…. I love them all, but I would have to say Zeke is my favorite. He’s childish, strong, loyal, funny… I adore him.


What makes a good story?

To me a good story pulls me into the world almost immediately. I want to read the first sentence and get excited about the adventure to come. There needs to be emotion not only between the hero/heroine, but within the other characters, within the environment.

How do you market your work?

Ha. Good question. Right now I’m doing some different things. I’ve tried blog tours, which I still use, FB ads, ads on different websites and using my social media for reader interaction. I enjoy the interaction time more than the rest of my methods just because I love talking to readers. I’ve met some amazing people doing that. I try to glean as much advice and information from other authors as I can and employ different tactics depending on what I want to try. Guess you could say I’m a fluid promoter, using different techniques each time and testing them out.


Do you have a current work in progress?  Can you tell a little bit about it?

I’m currently working on two books. The first is book one of a brand new series for me. The book is called Penemaue. Looks strange, right? That is the hero’s name. He was a Watcher which is similar to an angel. Watchers were discussed in the Book of Enoch, a biblical writing that isn’t currently in the bible. It’s an action-packed novella about Pen’s journey of forgiveness and love. This will release in late January/early February.

The other book I’m working on is the third in the Coyote Bluff series. Zeke finally finds his match and his mate. The book is called ‘Switching Gears’ and should release in the end of March/early April.


Tell us about yourself, outside of writing.

I am a black hole of nothingness outside of writing. Wait. No. LOL I’m a mom to three kidlets ranging from 15 to 7. They keep me running and laughing. I’m married to my middle school sweetheart and will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in May. I’m also a fulltime data guru. I write scripts, run reports, show off my talents in Excel and generally roll around in corporate data. Oh, and I play in science education as well. J So, I’m pretty busy and don’t spend nearly as much time writing as I’d like to.

Thank you so much for taking a minute to learn about me and my work. Hope to find out you’ve read something and loved it. ~ Lea


Author Bio:
Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rug rats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She's slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life's adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.

Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.

When Lea isn't reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.

Twitter- @leabarrymire
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First kiss:

“You… you shot me.”

“I did.”

“Why?”

He was already listing to one side and she rushed forward to help me sit against a tree. “Because you needed to calm down. I need to look at this wolf and I can’t do that if you’ve got him all pissed off.”

“Dangerous.”

His eyes drooped. She leaned down and kissed the lines of confusion between his brows. “I know. That’s why I gave him a little more than you. He’ll be sleeping like a cub in about two minutes.”

“Sorry about being mad. She called me that before she left.” Connor mumbled.

The slurred words had her ears perking up like a fox’s after hearing the squeak of a mouse. She. Margie squashed the questions bubbling up. Instead she turned, gathered her gear and slowly approached the downed wolf. In the back of her mind Connor’s words swirled. Someone had hurt him. Some female. A growl of her own laced with jealousy and anger vibrated in her chest.


Excerpt:

His gaze swung back immediately and she could see the resolve gleaming from the dark depths of his eyes. “Sorry, Margie. I don’t mean to worry you. I came by for two reasons. First I was going to check on Zeke, but as you’ve said he’s gone. I also wanted to know if you’d accompany me to Cammie and Ian’s mating ceremony on Saturday.”

Her mind froze. Mating ceremony. Go with him? Together? “Um.”

“You don’t have to, but I thought seeing I’d be driving by your house and you don’t know the way to the farm I could pick you up.”

The small flutter of hope died a tragic, fiery death in her chest. “Right. You’re going to be driving by anyway, and me, being a woman and all, might have a tough time following directions. I see.”

Something that sounded close to ‘stupid moron’ fell from his lips, too quiet for Margie to hear. It didn’t matter. She’s taken as much shit from the man she’d craved for over two years as she could take.

“Connor Manning. You will leave my property right now or you’ll be held responsible for my actions. I’ve had enough of your redneck, condescending, male-chauvinistic bullshit to last me a lifetime. I have a fucking GPS in my car and know damn well where the farm is. I’ve been treating you people ever since I moved here. Hell, Skip has a tab account now because I spend so much time out there. And anyway, Zeke already asked me if I wanted to go with him. You don’t need to take care of lil’ ol’ me.”





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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Andrew Hess--The Campus Killer Review and Spotlight




Synopsis:
Ali Ryan has dreamed of being a hot shot detective that solves high profile cases. Her love for crime novels and police dramas was her inspiration to become a cop, but it was her pushy demeanor and sassy impulsive attitude that earned her the detective promotion she coveted. But is your dream job worth sacrificing the ones you love?

The fall semester for New Paltz has begun complete with a dead body turning up in the dorms. Police claim the case is open and shut, but Detective Ali Ryan doesn’t think so. She throws herself into the case desperately searching for answers as the death toll on campus rises; each made to look like a suicide.

With Ali getting closer to uncovering the truth, the killer wants to make his attacks more personal. His sights are set on Detective Ryan and her sister. Police are forced to place them under their protection, but Ali is determined to hunt down the killer and stop him before he kills again. But how far is Detective Ryan willing to go to protect her sister and take down the sadistic killer?



My Review:
While not my usual genre, as of late, I'm trying to get more into suspense/mystery novels since my next release will be a series of romantic suspense stories.  This had elements of romance in it, but the primary focus was the suspense, which was well done.  Mr. Hess has pulled together a chilling story of revenge from the madman's perspective and his final descent into lunacy.  Told in multiple POVs, in first person from the detective as she unravels the clues, and third person from the killer as well as various other characters, it is a risky writing style, but done effectively.  In fact, Mr. Hess is as effective with this technique as some of the bigger names in the genre.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a change from the erotic thrillers out there, as it was refreshing to me to not read all the sex (I know, I blaspheme!).  This was an enjoyable read, and lovely departure from my norm.  There were a few typos/editing mistakes that could have been improved upon, but they didn't detract too much from the story, in my opinion.


Author Bio:
Andrew Hess is a resident of Long Island New York who likes to spend much of his time traveling between Long Island, New York City and the Dutchess County areas. In 2011 he debuted with his first book Chamber of Souls, a small book of free verse poetry which depicted the struggles of a man who thought he had everything in the world only to feel like he lost everything after a rough break-up. In 2013, Andrew debuted his novel The Phoenix Blade: Project Justice; the first in The Phoenix Blade series. Andrew is also a blogger atTheWritersRevolution13.
blogspot.com where he interviews and promotes other authors in order to assist indie authors get more exposure. Andrew is also a frequent guest on the Anthony Charles Podcast, a show dedicated to creative professionals as they give insight into their works and the lives they lead; guests have included authors, comedians, musicians, stuntmen, actors and producers.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Falling for Cyn and its difficulties

I'm in the middle of a rough draft that is kicking my ass.  Hard.

Readers of my Four Winds series have spoken, and I am trying to comply with others' wishes.  If you haven't read any of those books, the first one's free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Throughout the course of writing this series, I would get emails from readers wanting to know if I planned on writing Damien's story.  I politely replied, no.  Damien is the antagonist throughout the series, and by the fourth and final story, I had gotten so many enquiries, I decided to go for it.

It took months for me to wrap my head around it, since Damien is also known as THE DEVIL.  Why people want Satan to get his own HEA was beyond me, and I wondered if maybe I hadn't done a good enough job of making him EVIL in the series.

But I see their point.  The series is about redemption, and holds a lot of Christian ideals in it, mixed with tons of sex, cuz that's how I roll.  So why not?  Of course, now I'm committed (or should be anyway) and here we go with Damien's story.

I'm not great at writing bad guys.  It's not my strong suit, hence, I believe, my dilemma.  I'm not even good at alpha men, because I think alpha men are possessive, controlling, borderline abusive jerks.  So Damien's story is being difficult.

I have an outline, and I'm trying to follow it.  But I cannot relate to this particular story.  It's not mine.  And here is where I think my problem is.

Working through it will be fun, time consuming, and probably brutal.  But I'm a woman of my word, and Damien will get his.

Hopefully.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Author Spotlight - Lisa Rayns


Wanted: Vampire – Written in Blood

Book 3 in the Wanted: Vampire Trilogy
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: Adult
When Annabelle Cox is forced to return to her hometown of Medford, she is anxious to tell a certain vampire he’s had her heart for years. Malik Drake is sexy as hell and completely irresistible, but the bad boy is also engaged to marry her mother the moment her father dies.
Ignoring the complications, she’s determined to tell him how she feels in hopes of changing his plans for the future. But the closer she gets to him, the more powerful a hidden adversary becomes, and their sizzling attraction may not stand a chance in Hell.


(Read an Excerpt - click here.)

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Interview:


1.  Describe your writing process. 

First, thank you so much for having me, Anne. I’m so happy to be here. J

My writing process is elaborate. When a muse hits me for a story, I write down as much of it as I can. When that process finishes, I look at the story, the basic plot, and find ways to make it better. I plot out the story and get that written out. Then I go back to writing. At this stage, I mostly cringe when my characters don’t want to follow the wonderful plot I’ve created, but I let them be who they are and adjust as I go until finished.

So, okay, maybe it’s not elaborate, but it really keeps me busy.

2.  What motivates you to sit down and write?

Time. I’ve never had to force myself to write because I love creating stories. It is truly my favorite thing to do. I’m either hoping for time to do what I love or I’m writing.

3.  Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from everywhere. My past and present experiences, the news, articles, pictures, music, etc. One of my favorite things about writing is when I hear or see a glimpse of something and a “What if…” question pops into my head. I can’t even count the number of story ideas that have started that way.

4.  What is your biggest challenge?

This is the easiest question – Marketing! Always marketing.  

5.  Do you ever experience writer's block?  How do you get through it?

Yes, I experience writer’s block like every other author. For me, I think it’s from overworking. I just get to a point where I need to cool down and let my brain relax. I never stress about it unless I have a deadline. I veg on movies for two or three days without accessing my computer and it goes away on its own. After that, I can’t wait to get back to my computer and write.

6.  Tell a little about your most recent work.  Title, genre, and tag line.

My most recent release, Wanted: Vampire – Written in Blood, is the final book in the Wanted: Vampire trilogy. It’s a full length paranormal romance.

Tagline: Malik Drake is sexy as hell and completely irresistible, but the bad boy is also engaged to her mother.

7.   Is/are there specific themes that you would like your reader to grasp while their reading your novel?

“Overcoming fear and weakness” is a big one in the Egyptian Duet (which I just completed). In the second and final book, Wrath of the Egyptian Goddess, Cleo has a lot of problems dealing with the horrible curse from her past, and to make matters worse, it seems to be resurrecting itself. As it slithers, drawing a wedge between her and Calvin, her self-destructive tendencies don’t help the situation. Temptation is calling to her, and ultimately, she must learn to overcome not one but two demons which haunt her. I’m hoping to release this book in January or February of this year!

8.  What makes a good story?

If it’s interesting, brilliant in some way, and it sticks with you – I call that a great story.

9.  Do you have a current work in progress?  Can you tell a little bit about it?

Yes, I always do. I’m really excited about this one because it’s an entirely new genre for me – psychological suspense. Like all my books, it will contain a paranormal element so I’m not straying too far from my base. I started writing it several years ago, and it’s been sitting in a lonely file, unfinished. Luckily, the muse has returned in full force.

10.  Tell us about yourself, outside of writing.

I live in a small town, and I work full time. I have three beautiful boys at home, two dogs, and a Siamese cat. Spending time with my family is important to me, and it’s also a lot of fun because we all share a similar interest in the paranormal.