Monday, March 30, 2015

Keeping It Real: I've Improved

When I first entered the world of indie writing, I chatted with many seasoned authors. I was trying to learn the world of self-publishing, find the secrets, get to know more people in the community, and just generally trying to figure out WTH I was doing! I don't recall who told me this but I remember someone saying, "Your first piece of work is always your worst and everyone after will only improve." Honestly, that thought made me sad because I loved Katy and Nick. I didn't want them to be the worst part of me, I wanted them to be the best! Then I created Jules & Bentley, Colie & Grant, Mia and Tate, Sloan & Smitty and I fell in love with all of them until Katy and Nick were just a faint memory. You know kind of like your best friend from eighth grade that you swore you'd be BFF with for life and she'd be one of your bridesmaids in your wedding and then high school hits, you go your separate ways, meet Mr. Dreamy, get married, don't even invite her, and occasionally see her FB status updated in your newsfeed. Yeah, that's Katy and Nick. :-/

I'm going to be putting Love is a Fire in a boxed set at the start of 2016. I knew the book needed some more editing so as I sat down to read the story again, I one-fell in love and two-cringed at every page. I'd missed them just like I miss that bestie from eighth grade! I smiled as I remembered the good times they had, the ups, the downs, and most importantly all the love they shared. But then I cringed at some of the head hopping and typos-definitely NOT my best work!

My writing style has changed so much since I started and I think that's part of the reason I'm really struggling with Jeremiah's book because I have to get back in that mindset. Oh well, eventually I'll get his book done and just think, it'll be better than Katy and Nick's!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Frozen Afflictions (Afflictions #2) by Racquel Reck

Frozen Afflictions (Afflictions #2) by Racquel Reck
Release Date: June 2015Cover Design: Amanda Simpson at Pixel Mischief Designs
GoodReads TBR: http://bit.ly/19A05E6


 Blurb:

Frozen emotions of the afflicted...
Tryst Kelly's parents made him want for nothing growing up, except their love. It turned him into an emotionally closed off man. But it's not just their lack of care that's made him this way. He did something in his past. Something unforgivable. Nothing can banish the hallucinations that plague him. Not his band. Not his new found friends. 

When the dead start to rise, can Tryst protect himself, and the woman he loves, from the truth?

A burning desire for love...

Bebe Wiseler parties her way through life. From one bed to the next she's completely content with being alone. Until an old crush awakens a need in her she didn't know she had. She's prepared to put her heart on the line to obtain her shot at happiness.

When a past lover resurfaces and his sole intent is revenge, will Bebe break through Tryst's frozen exterior in time?

Bebe is the only one who can make him feel.

Tryst is the only man who truly cares.

The past isn't done with either of them...and it's about annihilate everything.

Already available in the series - Razor’s Edge (Afflictions Book One):

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1GvAN40 
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Oan8EU 
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1BD3yaC 
Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1xk6yO7 

About the Author:

Always a fan of books, Racquel began reading at the age of six.  Yes, she started early.  It fueled her imagination and she began writing her own stories at the age of ten.  Then her writing took a backseat when she discovered drama class in high school.

Becoming an actor was what she wanted to do with her life, but she changed her mind.  “I felt like I needed to do something more meaningful and planned on becoming a nurse’s assistant.”  She went to college for her CNA, but again not the career choice for her. 

When she turned twenty she met her husband, and shortly after, their daughter came.  All the while she had these voices in her head, these characters begging her to tell their stories.  “I put the mute button on them until I became pregnant with my son, now I can’t get them to shut up.”  She wrote five unpublished novels before her son turned three.  She hopes that her stories will be inspirational for people going through the same problems as her characters.

Instead of going the traditional route, sending out querys and receiving rejection letters, she decided to take on the world of indie publishing.  She writes contemporary and paranormal romances and hopes to one day step out side her genre and write a horror novel.

She resides just outside Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog.  Summer days are spent at the race track and when night time falls, her secret worlds come alive.  

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Keeping It Real: Poor, Misunderstood Colie

Oh Colie Adger! Some people love her while others hate her. In fact, some thing she's TSTL! It broke my heart when I heard that readers couldn't stand her, thought she was self-absorbed, and of course, was TSTL. Let me tell you how I picture Colie, who seems to be misunderstood!

Colie is the younger, single sister. Meg seems to have it all, the perfect supportive man who she is about to marry. Colie on the other hand can't find a man so instead she chooses to focus on her work. Nothing that she's working in a man's world, she has to give more than most other trainers in the field. She doesn't want anyone thinking she was "given" anything along the way because of her friends.

When Jace comes into her life, she's beyond thrilled. A lot of readers HATE Jace (I wrote him that way) and said Colie let him control her and to a point, he did. Has no one out there ever wondered or thought about the crush that never happened? You've put him on a pedestal and honestly, if you came face to face with him again, hell he wanted to date, I think most of you would react the same way Colie did. Here's this gorgeous "perfect" man that wants her undivided attention, the man she wanted so many years ago. Yeah, he's a scoundrel but she eventually learn. Sometimes when things involve your heart, you don't really think with your mind, do you? And then there's Grant, one of her best guy friends. I know we all love Grant, I sure do, but Colie had to see what it was like with Jace. She couldn't just turn away from him without giving it a go.

Life isn't a straight road from start to finish. I don't know about you but I've deviated off the "obvious" choice a few times, I've done stupid stuff because of a man, and I've overlooked the good guy more than I care to admit. Did you know that I met my husband in May 2006 and we didn't have our first date until December 2006? Yeah, there may have been a Jace-type guy in that gap. So the point of this post is that Colie is just like you and me. She may not have been your typical heroine but she had to give love a chance. It bit her in the ass but hey, in the end, she got the good guy which is all that matters, right?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Intercepted by Love #1 by Rachelle Ayala

What would you do if you threw away the Super Bowl on a last minute end-zone interception? Meet Cade Prescott: backup quarterback for the Los Angeles Flash in their new Hollywood Stadium. He alone is responsible for his team losing the Super Bowl, so he escapes to a small college town in upstate New York to hide and lick his wounds. Meet Andie Wales: Research librarian. She and her archaeologist family share a vivid interest in King David. In addition to his official history, she's also an expert on his love lives [plural, because of his multiple wives]. She works in a library in a small college town in upstate New York.
“… enchanting story of two people from completely different worlds” – Keli Morgan
~ Description ~
Pro quarterback Cade Prescott’s last play was to lose the Super Bowl for his team. To escape the bad press and recover from the disastrous season, he changes his appearance and hides away at a sleepy university town. Andie Wales’s first love is researching ancient bad boy kings. She is blissfully unaware of the Super Bowl and modern day bad boys. When her dog meets and mates with Cade’s dog, Andie’s first concern is to get her dog to a vet. She gets waylaid by Cade and his hunky good looks and has no idea just how out of her league Cade is. Despite his secrets, Cade feels differently about Andie and thinks he might be falling in love. Unfortunately, his past catches up with him, and he is forced to make a difficult decision. Can a professional athlete and a research librarian truly prove the axiom that opposites not just attract, but were meant for each other?

Intercepted by Love #1 is available at Amazon, Read FREE if on KindleUnlimited or buy for 99cents
Intercepted by Love #2 is available for Pre-order
and #3 is in the works. :)
~About Rachelle ~ 

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.
Subscribe to her mailing list for upcoming books and giveaways: http://bit.ly/RachAyala and find her books at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, and Smashwords.
Books by Rachelle Ayala
Sánchez Sisters
Jewells in Love
Sports Romances
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Keeping It Real: My Head Shot

I hate having my picture taken. What can I say? I'm a woman. Tell me one woman who likes to have their photo taken. One of my motivations for losing weight, especially around AR's birthday, is that I want to be in some photos to create memories for her down the road. Then I published a book and SOB, I had to have a headshot. Well, no way was I going out to get a professional headshot done, so I cropped myself out of our family picture from October 2013. I actually kind of love it and it's worked well!
Then in November 2014, we had our annual family pictures and I asked the photog to snap a pic of me for my headshot. Eh, it's okay, I'm not in love with it, but I do think I used it in the back of Fear of Striking Out. However, it's the current, real me. By real I mean, it's not a photo from a couple years ago when I was skinny, it's how I actually look!
Then the other day I was perusing old photos and came across this gem. It's from February 2014. As you can tell, I'm always BEHIND the camera but we were at a Valentine's Playdate and one of the other moms hiding behind the camera snapped this pic of me. I.LOVE.IT!!! 
It's totally me, cheesy smile (rarely do I just smile normally, ask any of my friends, family, co-workers) and camera in hand. It's not posed, it's just me chillin' with my friends and their kiddos and being a mom. I've never been a fan of posed pics, I'd much prefer photo journalistic style pics (hey, I was in the "in" with our wedding photos before that was really "in"). I mean I'd prefer a photo to tell a story about what's really happening, not what the photographer/models want you to think. You know like life is hunky dory while I plaster this fake smile on my face although I'm about to rip my husband's head off because he won't stop complaining about the tag in his shirt... just an example, not that it's ever happened. ;-). So although it's a year old, watch out for this beauty as my new headshot.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Keeping It Real: Covers in Hand

Back at Christmas, Carey from Safari Heat was having a cover sale and I ended up buying six covers!!! So far, I've only used one for Loved by the Linebacker and another matching cover (kind of, thank god Erney can work some magic!). Anyway, I still have five covers that I need to write stories for, here they go...

I think this one is going to be Oliver Pennington's cover, you'll read a wee bit about him in My Favorite What If
I bought this one because I'm wanting to do a military story but have no real concept. I have a good idea for a military AND Christmas story but it doesn't really fit this cover or the next one...any ideas???
How could I NOT pass this one up? But again, no story idea...
I bought this one with my steamy Christmas story in mind but the story I'm leaning toward doesn't really fit this one either. :-/
And lastly, I wanted to write a cowboy story and I'm thinking this just might be Abe Tomko's story (that's Mia's brother!).
So, I'm one for six with a possible second idea and then four book covers and no stories!!! Feel free to pass on suggestions and help me brainstorm!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Keeping It Real: Story Ideas!!!

So I've started keeping a list of stories I want to write. I make notes by them of objects, habits, scenes, etc...I want to write. I didn't realize how LONG my story list idea was until recently. Here let me run it by you, they are in no particular order...

1. Jeremiah's story-For those of you in the Lovers of Lyssa Layne, you know it's a major struggle bus with this story, but I'm finally making some headway.

2. Jace Richards-Yep, the bad guy from The Right Pitch is getting his own story thanks to my muse Dawn. I'm actually super pumped about this story as it's a bit of a Mighty Ducks theme where he falls for a single mom who wants nothing to do with him. Don't worry, I won't take it easy on him.

3. My Steamy Christmas story for the boxed set! I think I have a good idea. Westley and Tia were old boyfriend/girlfriend when Wes left town. Now he's back for Christmas for the first time in years and Tia takes him on a walk down memory lane.

4. Meg and Mark-Remember them from The Right Pitch? This is Colie's sister and their journey to become parents. It is not a romance story but it will be based off my infertility journey.

5. Country Singers-KK is the new up and coming country singer on tour with the big name and well-known Maverick. This story has been stewing since last summer!

6. Mia's brother is briefly mentioned in Fear of Striking Out. Well, in Abe's book we'll follow his story with Jordan-best friends forever and ready for something else?

7. Gavin and Kiera-Gavin is Sloan's brother & cop from My Favorite What If, Kiera is Sloan's business partner. The two pair up for a romantic suspense!

8. Patrick Doyle-The proby from Love is a Fire. Also, I'm actually super pumped about this book and would write it all ready except that I have to finish Jeremiah's first...ugh!

9. Oliver Pennington-brother of another character in one of my books (not out yet). He owns his own vineyard in Italy. No idea who his love interest is...

10. Benny and Isabel-Benny is Grant's best friend back in New York. Benny and Izzy have a teenage son together but never married. Benny is happy in their relationship but Isabel is ready to tell him to shape up or ship out!

11. Kip Deevers-Camila's colleague from Loved by the Linebacker. No idea on who his love interest is...a client's wife, a female athlete, who knows????

12. Gregg Turner-Camila's friend-with-benefits. Again, no clue on his love interest.

13. Solider and Airport Girl-He's home on leave, she's back to clean up her deceased uncle's affairs. Forced to share a cab, they go to his family's house on Christmas Eve and she's introduced at the girlfriend.

14. Blake Purser-Evan's older brother from Loved by the Linebacker. Can't tell you his love interest or it'll give it away!

15. Rich from Burst Into Flame???

Oh, so many ideas, and so little time!!!