Monday, February 17, 2014

Writer's Group, Meeting Gena Showalter, Writing Romance

This past weekend was chock full of writerly goodness. I attended 2 writer group meetings. There is something so rejuvenating about hanging out with others who love the same things you do. If I've hit a bit of a slump, I always come away motivated to write. And there's always something new about the writing world that I learn.

The 1st meeting was my multi-genre group. The speaker, author William Bernhardt. He spoke about the business side of writing. Specifically, the trend toward self-publishing. Lots of charts showing the numbers between traditionally published writers and indie authors were passed around.

I have to say, indie publishing does seem to have control of the market for the most part. Though I still would prefer to start with traditional publishing, I'm definitely not opposed to eventually self-publishing my books. Maybe.

It seems for every 1 indie book I read that is amazing, I get hold of 5 that shouldn't have been published until they'd seen several more drafts. Writing takes loads of time and I feel like most indie authors are people who wanted to bi-pass some of that. Believe me, the impatience shows.

The 2nd meeting was for the Oklahoma Romance Writers meeting. One of my current projects is a paranormal romance(that's the fantasy section of romance for those unfamiliar), and I was excited to learn that one of my favorite paranormal romance authors, Gena Showalter, would be doing a Q&A session there this month.

I love to read paranormal and have several ideas for novels in the genre, but I've always hesitated. There is such a negative stigma with the romance genre in general as a writer and I was afraid of pinning myself into it and not being allowed to write anything else. Not being one who let's others opinions dictate my life, I've since decided that I'll write anything I please. Hence the paranormal romance work-in-progress and the RWA meeting.

Other people also feel this way, because Gena Showalter was asked to address how she handled the stigma. In the end, if you just cannot handle people raising their eyebrows at you for writing 'those trashy books' or the idea of writing a sex scene makes you writhe in embarrassment should anyone who knows you read them, then this probably isn't the genre for you.

It's a good point. I've gone a pretty graphic scene in my epic and I've let my grandma, the most important person in my life, read it. I guess I don't have the embarrassment problem. My Shine novella is an urban fantasy, my completed MS is an epic fantasy, one of my current WIPs is a paranormal romance, and I have a future idea for a women's lit piece. I've even written a literary vignette for a contest in which I made it to the top 14. I don't plan to be regulated into one genre.

Do you belong to a writing group? Do you have an idea for a romance, but are afraid to go there? What favorite famous author would you like to meet?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cover Reveal, Blogfest and Bloghop...Whew!

I announced last summer that I was asked to write as a contributing author for the Shine miniseries by William Bernhardt. You've seen the promotions for the first novellas released in the series as you've followed me the last 6 months.

Today, I'm thrilled to announce that my Shine story, Shine 7: Lost Haven will be published on Amazon as an e-book in April 2014.
Coming April 2014
Please check out Shine 1-5 on Amazon and stay tuned for more news on my upcoming contribution!

I'm participating in the Moonless Book Release Blogfest celebrating Crystal Collier's paperback release of her novel, Moonless.

What I have to do: If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, who would you beg your parents to set you up with? (Literary characters and celebrities welcome) Who and why?

Hmmm, well, I'm honestly not into the arranged marriage thing. I love the man I picked very much. So I'm going to pretend that I'm 18 again, many years before I ever met my wonderful husband, and my parents are seriously looking at who to choose for my arranged marriage. If I could steer them in any direction, I'd have asked them to look at 2 options:

Option 1: celebrity: Leonardo DiCaprio, because he captured my heart in Titanic, then ran away with it in Catch Me If You Can.

Option 2: literary: Dragos Cuelebre from Thea Harrison's Dragon Bound because, helloo fantasy author here, and he's a dragon shifter. A smokin' hot dragon wyr whose loyalty is unbreakable once he's decided to make you his.

I have my theme set and about a third of my posts for the 2014 A to Z Challenge ready to go. I'm excited to participate this year. I can't wait to reveal my theme. My theme for 2012 was much more difficult and I felt serious stress during the whole ordeal, but this year's theme is so much more fun and I can't wait to share it.

Are you participating in the Moonless Blogfest or the 2014 A to Z Challenge? Have you read the first Shine novellas by William Bernhardt? If not, I hope you'll consider checking them out. Don't forget to leave a review on Amazon to let everyone know what you think!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It's a Happy Dancing kind of day!

Woohoooooo! I woke up to my phone ringing at 5:30 in the A.M. and I. AM. PUMPED.
(Can't you just hear the sound of Kesha's Tik Tok while you happy dance? LOL)

I know, I know. Not the usual reaction to something so wrong, was my kiddo's school calling to say school is canceled. Which means, my darlings, that I am up writing and I'll get an extra hour while the hub and kiddo sleep in. *fist pump*

Before I move on to the actual writing part of my day, I'd like to share my new favorite meme:

I've been using this endearment since forever. How awesome to find out it's meaning is spot on.

I hope you day begins as fabulous as mine!

Before you go, have you checked out The Shine miniseries by William Bernhardt? The first 5 installments are available and the 6th will be out on March 10th. You'll also be supporting your's truly as I'm writing in the series and will have my work published as installment #7 in April! Eeeekkkk! Please check the series out!