A Funny Thing Happened On My Road to Publication

Today I’m over at Beyond the Veil talking about the funny thing that happened to me on this road to publication. Come join me!

Unique Book Cases

I’m not one of those people who think books are disappearing in this digital age. After all, we still use pencils even though we have computers. I definitely have a bookcase full of books as well as a Kindle full of books–I believe there’s room for all kinds of media. Which leads me to today’s post. Unique book cases. For some reason I was Googling book cases the other day and came upon a plethora of very cool ways to display your physical books. Here are a few I found and wish I could have:

Alphabet book case. How cool would this be in a classroom?

Staircase bookshelf. Except I would need a banister or I’d fall off the steps.

A book tree!

A Rubiks Cube bookcase! I so want these!!

Put a refrigerator in this for my diet root beer and I wouldn’t have to move all day!

I’m not really sure what this is. It looks cool but isn’t too practical. Plus I’d be afraid a book would fall on my head.

This doesn’t seem very safe. I’d feel like a gerbil on one of those exercise wheels. Come to think of it, maybe this is what I need 🙂

Now this is something I’d put in my house. Very cool!

Six Sentence Sunday

“You may never return to police work, Mr. Juran. I’m sorry.”

Alex closed his eyes. Oh, yeah, there were different kinds of pain, and his had just taken a whole new turn.

He opened his eyes and stared at the happy-face balloons and the banners on the flower arrangements demanding he “get well soon”.
In one day, he lost his wife, his career. His life.

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Sweet Saturday Sample

From my romantic suspense, Redemption. Enjoy!

“What bad things have you done?” she asked.

“This isn’t about me, Hope. This is about your father.”

“My father’s dead.” Grief flashed across her face, but she contained it.

“Yes, and we need to find out who did it.” He was desperate to get the conversation back on track. Hope had a way of derailing him, making him think of things other than their purpose. He knew she did it as a defense mechanism against the emotions battering her.

“We will. You will. I trust you.”

“Don’t.” He took another step back, his hand going out in a motion to stop her words.

“Why does that scare you?” She tilted her head, the waterfall of hair sliding over her shoulder and shimmering in the late-afternoon sun spilling in from the window.

“It doesn’t scare me. It’s just not wise to trust me.”

“My father seemed to think it wise.”

“Hope, please—”

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I am extremely excited to announce that I have accepted a two-book deal with Random House’s Loveswept line. Loveswept will publish two historical romances of mine. As of now I have no release dates but as soon as I do, I will let you know.

I’ll be working with the fabulous Sue Grimshaw and can’t wait to get started!

I owe a huge thanks to my agent, Jessica Alvarez, for all of her hard work.

If you’d like to check out Loveswept, you can visit their new site, Romance at Random.


9 Questions Every Author Should Ask

I’m a panster. For all of you non-writers that means I write by the seat of my pants. The story unfolds with each new letter on the page. I don’t know where its going to go until it gets there. Is it the best way to write? No. But it was the only way that worked for me. I found that I didn’t like knowing the entire store before I wrote it because it lost some of the magic. That’s not to say I wrote completely in the dark. I always knew what the next two scenes were going to be. But it does mean I wrote myself into quite a lot of corners that took a bit of rewriting to get out of.

Recently I found myself in the position of having to write a synopsis before the story was written–on deadline no less! Can we say pure, unadulterated panic? Luckily I have wonderful CPs (critique partners) who remained very calm and talked me off the ledge.

After I stopped hyperventilating, I sat down and thought really hard about what I needed to know about my characters that would drive the story forward. If you’ve been in the writing community for any length of time you’ve heard of Debra Dixon’s GMC. Each character must have a goal, a motivation to reach that goal, and a conflict that arises that they have to overcome to achieve the goal.

Being a panster, I never really paid attention to GMC. Oh, I had it in the back of my mind but it wasn’t something I wrote down on paper and referred back to occasionally. So, when it came time to write my synopsis, I had to find something that worked for me that would focus the story.

I came up with nine simple questions that ended up being my lifesaver. After answering each of these questions I had my character arcs down pat and half my synopsis written:

What happened to the hero in his past that makes him the way he is now?

What happens to the heroine in her past that makes her the way she is now?

How does what happened to the hero affect his relationship with the heroine?

How does what happened to the heroine affect her relationship with the hero?

What is it about the hero that helps the heroine grow?

What is it about the heroine that helps the hero grow?

What does the hero learn in the end that facilitates his HEA?

What does the heroine learn in the end that facilitates her HEA?

I’m not saying this is the perfect-one-size-fits-all way to write a synopsis, but it helped me so I’m hoping it will help someone out there.