Friday, May 31, 2013

Fun Friday Special Announcement!


Just wanted to let you know about some real fun that starts tomorrow. I am participating in The Romance Reviews gigantic June giveaway.
 
      More than 400 participating authors and publishers!!!

        More than 400 prizes to be won!!!

 
 
Click here to go directly to the site: http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php
 
 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Paradigm shift

Ever since I wrote last Thursday's post, I been doing a lot of thinking about my writing career. There's nothing I love more than creating stories from my imagination. It gives me more joy than anything else at this point in my life.

The key phrase in that last sentence is "at this point in my life." As a result of all this recent musing, along with the comments of my authors friends and associates, I've come to the conclusion that I have been putting too much pressure on myself - pressure to be prolific (at least two novels and one short a year). Pressure to make my books available with every profitable retailer. Pressure to promote my books on as many sites as possible. Pressure to do interviews and book features around the Internet. Pressure to post regularly to my blog. Pressure to stay connected with readers on thirty plus Facebook groups. Pressure to retweet for an endless number of Twitter followers. Pressure, pressure, pressure...


At my age, I realize that I can't look at my writing career, or what's left of it, in the same way my colleagues who are in their twenties, thirties and forties do. Neither should I pattern my writing and promotion plans after theirs no matter how successful they are.

I have released and promoted seven books in less than three years, and each one has made a Kindle bestseller list. Next month will be my third anniversary of being an indie author.

All I want to do is write books that my readers love, whether or not they make the Kindle bestseller lists. Since I don't have an author assistant, and still can't financially justify paying one, it looks like I either need to scale back and let things happen as God sees fit or continue trying to do everything myself and face the consequences to my health and sanity. Lately my blood pressure has been out of control. So far, everything the doctor has prescribed has given me some kind of ugly side effect or failed to control the numbers. I also need to lose 50-60 pounds, which is nearly impossible when you sit on your butt 10-12 hours a day and have two bad knees.

I guess all of this boils down to one thing -- I need to be me and stop being concerned about making a certain number of sales every month. Thank God I have a working husband....



Friday, May 24, 2013

Fun Friday

This is movie weekend for me! I'm going to get my Diesel/Rock fix. 
 
 
Those of us in the U.S. will be enjoying the Memorial Day holiday, so if you happen to be going to the lake, take heed to this story:
 
NEVER ARGUE WITH A WOMAN
 
One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to 
take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. 
She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book. 
Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, 
"Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?? 
"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?") 
 
"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her. 
"I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading." 
"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start any moment. 
I'll have to take you in and write you up."
"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman. 
"But I haven't even touched you," said the game warden. 
"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any 
moment." 
"Have a nice day ma'am." He left. 
 
MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.

 
 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Author instability

I made the decision to limit my blogging until A Woman’s Worth is completed, but today I felt the need to post.

For the past few days, I’ve been frustrated, discouraged and slightly depressed. Everything is getting on my nerves. I feel unproductive, unsuccessful, unmotivated, isolated and lonely. Yesterday, I even experienced an ugly moment of writer jealousy for which I am not proud.


My sales are in the toilet this month, because I stepped back from doing promotion in order to write - one of the miserable things about being an indie author without an assistant to do the grunt work for you.

Thought I'd hooked up with a new critique partner, but that didn't work out. I need someone to interact with on a regular basis, and after she agreed, she realized she didn't have the time.
Still haven't written the big initial love scene, because I seem to have a mental block against it.


After I read my devotionals this morning, God gently reminded me that I go through this syndrome with every book. He said if I didn’t believe Him, I needed go back through my blogs (this one and the old one) and see proof.

Sure enough, when I did I found entries entitled, “Frustrated,” “Overwhelmed,” "Distractions," and “Obsession.”

This valley experience seems to just be part of my process, but I hate it and would love to find a way to avoid it completely. I just want to get back to being the happy writer…


 

 
 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fun Friday: Music for the Muse

Doing something a bit different today. My writing sister, MJ Kane, has a great blog post today about writing and music, so I decided to steal her idea. You can read her post here:  https://authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/music-to-fuel-the-muse/comment-page-1/#comment-2023

I'm getting ready to write the first major love scene in A WOMAN'S WORTH, and I need the right mood music in order to do it. Myproblem is that very few new songs appeal to my "old school" nature. They're too graphic and not the least bit romance. I want romance not just sex. There are a couple out there now that do the trick though.

This song by Alicia Keys and Maxwell is the perfect background music for this scene. It's one of the sexiest songs out there right now that's not raunchy. Every time I hear it, I think of Marc and Gianna. Sigh...

 
John Legend gets very close to erotic in Tonight, but I like it.
 


Writing love scenes is always hard for me, because it's difficult to find the line between sexy and pornographic. :D  When I try too hard to keep from being vulgar, I often go to the other extreme and end up with a watered down unsexy bedroom scene.

Here are two of my favorites from back in the day:

 
 

It will probably take me all weekend to write this scene...

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

#Amwriting

I am trying my best to reduce my time on the Internet so I can concentrate on writing A  Woman's Worth. It's going pretty well, just not as fast as I'd like.


It's 12:30, and I'm just getting started writing for the day. Here's where the meter stands right now:

 
 

 
See you on Friday...

Friday, May 3, 2013

No Fun Friday post today...


 
 
 
I am way behind on finishing my August release, so I’m making myself scarce around here. If you haven’t read all seven of my books, you have three months to catch up.

Kindle: http://amzn.to/rNa7RI