Another Wednesday!

Okay so let’s get the wicked part of this Wednesday out of the way.  Today’s yummy has gotten a lot of shit over a bit of facial hair and while I am not really a fan of mustaches usually, I didn’t think his was half bad (compared to, let’s say, Chris Evans recent lip rug eek!).

It’s Henry Cavill!  Who just celebrated a birthday so Happy (Belated) Birthday Superman! Henry also shared the trailer for the new Mission Impossible movie coming out this July (and the reason for aforementioned mustache). It looks really good (as does he).

Now on to writing updates – This post won’t be as long as last week’s LOL.

I was all set to submit HOWL OF THUNDER to my current publisher, but I was told that unfortunately they aren’t accepting single title submissions at the moment and they’re not sure when they will.

This leaves me at a bit of a crossroads, I can wait until after summer when they might be accepting submissions again, OR I can self-publish it, OR I can try to find a new home for it and maybe the entire series.

Right now I am juggling my options there is a lot to think about with options 2 and 3.

In the meantime, the preparations for ENCHANTMENT are moving full steam ahead. Book bible is done!  Character Sheets are prepped and inspiration has been found. I think all that’s left is, well, writing! Of course, I still have to print up everything and get a new binder for it all, but that shouldn’t stop the writing process. 

Well, there you have it! Until Next Time,

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It’s Wednesday!!

And it should be wicked … umm, I wasn’t planning on it, but let me find a pic …

There ya go – I thought I had done an Evans hottie post, but I hadn’t so here ya go.

Actually, this ties in with what I was going to post about anyway. No, it’s not about #cockygate – that’s been talked about to DEATH and it’s everywhere on the net so I’m not going to rehash it here and give anyone more press. Not sure why I would think Chris Evans would bring up #cockygate maybe because of the word … gate? Hmm, maybe? No?

Moving on …

So I know I’ve been saying book 3 of the Dark Wolf Series is done and almost ready to be submitted annnnd – it is LOL. I think it’s probably going out next week (fingers crossed). That said, I  have also mentioned that I am researching for the next series, a steamy regency. Annnnd while that also remains true, I don’t think it will be the next series I write ugh.

As you know if you’ve been reading the blog, I am going to take part in a common elements romance project. I thought it would be a fun challenge to keep me busy until I finished researching and outlining the new series. Well … what had happened was … we received what are going to be our common elements this week – 5 things that each story regardless of genre had to have – and before we got them I tried to think up how I could write a novella that would tie into the Dark Wolf books and I was okay finding a way to tie them all together into that world when suddenly one of the elements threw a wrench into it.

So I thought, “Okay, I’ll write something new with ties to nothing.” But that was when a character from a previous short story said: “I know how you can make this work AND tie it into a series that you want to write.” So, I’ve decided that this next story will be a part of my Boudoirs and Broomsticks series. If you’re thinking “What’s that?” well, it’s the series I may have mentioned in passing as the witches books. The first story in that series was a short I wrote in the Time Out of Darkness anthology a couple of years ago.

Also, the common elements project was supposed to be short stories and since the initial idea was hatched it has now grown into a however long story you want to write. So, while I am still probably going for about 50k, I won’t worry if it grows substantially longer. Again, it’s not due for release until November 2019 so I have until at least June of next year to write it, edit it, get a cover done and have it all ready for release by November (yes, it will be available in ebook AND print).

So how does Chris Evans factor into all this? Well, he’s the inspiration for my hero. You know a regular guy from Massachusetts (which thank god for spellcheck because I cannot spell it for the life of me). I know what you’re thinking HE’S a regular guy? Sure, why not? Have you seen him in interviews? Sure he’s got an above average body when he’s playing Cap, but when he’s not he’s just really fit. So yes, regular guy from Massachusetts (I am going to learn to spell this really quickly, I hate that red line of nopeness).

I have an overall plotline for the story (yeah!) and I even have a title – which let’s face it, is probably one of my biggest issues when it comes to writing. I cannot title for shit. That said, I suppose I should announce that my next project will be called …

ENCHANTMENT

It’s a paranormal with witches in the world of SPELLBOUND and will lead into the trilogy – BEWITCHED, BOTHERED, AND BEWILDERED – yes I went there. And once again the series is called BOUDOIRS AND BROOMSTICKS. Yes, this is me laying claim to my ideas so no one can come and … well, I guess #cockygate has gotten to me. Whatevs …

This doesn’t mean the Regency will be forgotten about, I will still research it as I write this one and it will go into the rotation of stories I plan to write – and I promise the 4th Wolf book will be in there too.

This turned out to be a much longer blog than I intended. Thanks for sticking with me.

Until Next Time,
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May The Fourth Be With You

It’s not a Star Wars post – I just needed a title for the blog and as it is Star Wars Day I thought why not?

Actually, this is more of an update blog – something really quick with no pictures attached – sorry LOL.

So let’s get to it …

First I want to say that if you can tell an author you like their work DO IT, it really does make a difference. I was told this past week that someone my cousin works with has heard of me and likes my books. It surprised me, it made my day, but most importantly it gives me an extra push to want to write more. Sometimes you wonder if anyone likes what you do, writing is really done in a vacuum and without hearing from anyone it can be a little bit disappointing. So, if you like a book, let the author know it. Now on to the fun stuff …

HOWL OF THUNDER is currently with Beta Readers so I’m waiting to hear back from them as far as tone and such, meanwhile, I am going through it one final time and editing out various things – just another quick pass through – I will be submitting it later this month (wish me luck!)

Research for the next series is still ongoing (albeit slowly), but I’ve managed to get a rough idea on plots for the series as well as characters.  I should be putting the story/world bible together soon and once that happens writing will quickly follow – I’m hoping to start this one in late summer (research takes time LOL).

While I research though, I did find a great opportunity on Twitter. There was a call to authors to collaborate on a Common Elements Series so I signed up to see what it was about. Turns out a LOT of other authors did the same. It does sound like it’s going to be fun. There will be TONS of short stories available where there will be common threads throughout – and there will be an amazing amount of genres to go through. Some are writing paranormals, some historical, some contemporary and everything in between.  The stories aren’t due until November 2019 so it gives me PLENTY of time to figure out what my story will be about and get it written ha! I will probably work on this before the new series.  Another plus is a few of my writer friends have also signed up so I’ll have people to bounce ideas off of. It should be a fun outing for all involved.

I think that’s all the updates I have for now – I’m really excited to be working on new projects and just writing again in general.  I hope you are as well.

Until Next Time,
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Wicked Wednesday Is Here Again

Hey lookie here, I’ve managed to get a Wicked Wednesday post up on time!

And because I haven’t done a real one in a few weeks I am going to give you a twofer.  In honor of the fact that I will be headed to MegaCon here in Orlando (in advance of hoping to get to go to NY Comic Con in October – so much fun!) I am going to feature the two amazing actors (and let’s face it – pretty damn hot) actors I am going to meet.

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It’s Avengers Week

Are you a fan of comic book movies? I LOVE them!  And in all honesty I will say I like a certain studio’s movies better than the other. However, I will sit and watch both – I own movies from both – it’s just that one is slightly lighter than the other.

I will say I can watch shirtless Henry Cavill for HOURS – and I probably have – he’s a great Superman and to be completely honest and not such a horndog – I’ve actually watched fully clothed Henry Cavill for hours too so there! I LOVED Wonder Woman – it was like a dream come true to see her on the big screen and my 5 year old, running around in underoos, self had a blast watching it annnnd I will even admit to having a great time watching Justice League (though it needed MORE shirtless, angry Cavill amirite? … Just me? Okay moving on …)

However, my heart and my cash have unrelentingly gone to Marvel. I will admit I wasn’t a huge Iron Man fan – in fact I hadn’t seen Iron Man before moving to Florida and going to see Iron Man 2 with my brother and his family (we watched the first one on DVD before going to the movies to see #2) – and again admittedly I wasn’t completely bowled over – but I liked it. Since then, the movies have gotten better and better and by the time Captain America: The First Avenger came along I was in it for the good (Cap) and bad (Thor 2) and everything in between (Hello a talking Racoon?).

So now it’s come to this – 10 years and one HUGE movie that is everywhere. I’ve been doing Avengers week on Facebook – highlighting one character a day until Friday when the movie opens for everyone.  I started with Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and today put up Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange). Tomorrow it may be one of the Chris’s or Anthony Mackie, I’m not sure, but I will probably end the week on Sebastian Stan (Bucky). On my personal page I have threatened anyone who would dare spoil this for me, and am pretty much staying far away from anything related to the film. I want to go into this knowing NOTHING.

So, are you excited for this? Just meh? Are you a Marvel fan or does your heart belong to DC? Let me know.  

For now, I’ll be hiding under a rock – keeping busy with reading and researching the next book until I can go see the movie for myself 😉

Until Next Time,
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I was doing so well ….

Well not really, but for a quick moment there I was actually posting pretty regularly. Alas, like most things I fell off the wagon and I know I say it’s because I’m writing – well editing – but it was true, I promise.

In fact, I can now announce that Howl of Thunder the 3rd story in the Dark Wolf Series has been finished (for the fourth time) and is now in the hands of some beta readers. That’s right I typed THE END. It’s officially done! I’m hoping to get some feedback soon so I can tweak anything that doesn’t make sense and just clean it up a bit. I am crossing fingers that the wait was worth it, this one turned out to be the longest story in the series so far :).

If all goes well, the book will be submitted in May and I hope to have an answer about it in the early months of the summer.

In the meantime, I am continuing my research into the Regency and getting that all set up and I am reading for pleasure – something I haven’t done in AGES. 

Well that’s my short, but sweet update. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Until Next Time,

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Late as always

So I haven’t done a Wicked Wednesday post since St. Patrick’s Day, but I have good reason … I’m actively working on getting the final, I mean latest Benandanti book finished!

I’m about 2 chapters from the final rewrite edits and then I’ll have a read through to polish it up before it goes to Betas and being submitted to my publisher and hopefully accepted.

In the meantime I have been ALSO researching the next series which I will start once this book is off to the publisher. I’m very excited about this series, which is good because I write better (and faster) when the story excites me. If you follow me on social media you will see I’ve bought a vulgar language dictionary – which if I am being honest I thought meant dirty, but I forgot that vulgar in the regency period just meant more common – not there aren’t euphemisms in there, follow me to find out each week when I post a random word and its meaning. I’ll post more about the research part as I get to plotting and writing this one (SOON!).

My plan after writing that book is to plot the next Benandanti book which I can say will be Dante’s story – my High Alpha needs some love too and his heroine plays a minor part in this next book.  I hope you like her.

I will be going back and forth after that. The regency series is slated for 3 books and I think I have maybe 3 or 4 more wolf books – I’m not sure, I might combine two into one book.  After that?  Who knows? I do have a witch series that I want to write which is connected to my short story in the Time Out of Darkness Anthology and a contemporary series which is connected to The Second Time Around. So I don’t have a shortage of ideas, just a shortage of time – but I promise to make more of it.

Well I guess that’s all I have as far as updates go.

Until Next Time!!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It’s a bonus hunk day!

Pull up a chair, have some corned beef and cabbage and pour yourself a pint of green beer because coming at you are some of my favorite Irish actors …… Ready?

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It’s Time for Wicked Wednesday …

I hope everyone up north weathered this last storm with no damage and the least amount of trouble possible. I can honestly say the only thing I miss about living in New York are snow days – and to be honest, they weren’t given as freely as they are now. I remember having to get to school on blizzard days (sometimes for an hour before they sent us home LOL).

That said, I hope that you find this post warms your heart, toes and whatever else needs some warming up.

Today’s Wicked Wednesday hunk is someone I could have SWORN I would have posted about before, alas I have not. If you follow my Pinterest boards you’d have seen him on the inspiration board for Howl of Thunder and since I am working REALLY hard on that MS, I figured I’d feature the actor I am using as inspiration for the hero, Niko.

images (1)I’d first seen Steve Bacic in the early 2000s on the show Andromeda. There, he played Telemachus Rhade (and his great, great, great, great grandfather Gaheris – seriously, it’s all timey wimey stuff) a genetically engineered humanoid species that had bone blades sticking out of his forearms. I know it sounds weird, but trust me he made it work.

More recently, he can be seen on the ongoing Hallmark Movies series The Garage Sale Mysteries, playing Lori Loughlin’s very understanding husband, Jason.

 

However, if you’ve never seen him on either one of those shows, you might know him downloadfrom his varied guest appearances on several prominent television shows such as: NCIS: Los Angeles, Arrow, When Calls the Heart, Smallville, Big Love, Battlestar Galactica, & one of my other favorites Stargate. Or maybe from some of the movies he’s been in like The 6th Day, or X-Men 2 (where he played Hank McCoy pre-Kelsey Grammer).

So, I chose him for Niko for a few reasons, firstly he’s of Croatian decent and though nationality really doesn’t play into how I get inspired by actors, it helped that he and my hero share that trait. Next, c’mon the man is sex on legs – he’s sexy as all get out, as I hope are all my heroes. And lastly, I actually met him (years and years and years ago at a con) and he’s funny and sweet –  I’m sure I have a picture of the two of us somewhere LOL – at his panel he actually had a Black Lace Novel – Black Lace was one of the first erotic imprints of a major publisher – which he said he would read from if the panel got boring LOL. How could I not make him a hero?

So there you have it Wicked Wednesday’s hunk of the week and future hero … Steve Bacic.

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Until Next Time,
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Of Researching, Editing, and Finding That Perfect Title

Well I couldn’t let a week go without blogging about something, so I figured I would just sort of check in and let you know where I’m at. I know I missed Wicked Wednesday, I promise to bring it back next week.

First of all, I am continuing to edit book 3 of the wolves – have I said what the title of that is? I’m sure I have – well, in case I haven’t it is THE HOWL OF THUNDER – I guess I can stop calling it book 3. I am hoping to make a huge dent in it this weekend as I don’t have anything planned except cleaning out my closet and tidying up my bathroom (woohoo – yeah that’s sarcasm). I will be blasting music from my Amazon Echo (providing Alexa doesn’t laugh at me – creepy) and dancing my way through my chores before immersing myself in Croatia and Italy with the ladies and gents of the Benandanti.

On the research front, if you follow me on Facebook and really you should (click the link) I posted a pic of the book I’m currently researching from. But if you don’t follow me, here it is:27867317_1750499808314020_6600353672894686516_n

I am researching Regency England for my next series.  The book now is filled with pink highlight and lots of small tags – it looks like a porcupine LOL.  I am a HUGE fan of Historical Romance and I don’t really ever write it, unless you count the copious amounts of Fan Fiction I’ve written which takes in the 1860’s.  Of course 1860’s American West is very different from 1812ish England so I need to sit and dedicate myself to learning as much as I can about it. I LOVE research, I really do. So if the editing is going a little slower than I’d like it’s because I am also trying to research the next series which I will then alternate writing between the wolves.

I am very excited about the new series which I hope means that I will write it a lot faster than I have in the past.  Part of my prewriting ritual also consists of finding who the characters are and looking for that perfect inspiration for them.  That means tons of time spent on the net searching for pictures and when I know that I want to write 3 books that means 3 sets of couples and the various people around them. Of course I don’t search for pics for EVERYBODY because that’s just tooooo much, well I could, but I really need to do other stuff too. However, it means pinning to Pinterest!  Right now, because the books aren’t written, I have my boards private, but they are full of handsome men and pretty women all ready to inspire me to write their stories. You can see some of my other inspiration boards right now if you click the link (there’s also tons of other stuff I like – go see how random I can be).

Part of researching means I’ll have to get my World Bible together – it’s a binder filled with Character Notes, ideas, research items, etc.  It’s one of the best things ever! My Benandanti bible has everything I need to know in there including – the end of the series. Of course a lot of what I wrote in there initially has changed soooo who can say if the ending will remain?

This also means that I need to find titles, I am one of those weird writers who titles my stories before writing them and woe to me if I can’t find a title, because I can’t write. It’s not that I refuse to write, it is I just cannot do it. I drift and my concentration is nonexistent. I spent a large chunk of my free time this week trying to find not only a series title for the regency stories, but book titles as well. I am TERRIBLE at this, it is the bane of my existence – well this and writing query letters and submitting – but that’s all post writing when the hard part is done, amiright?

A friend said titles are the gateway drug to your story, isn’t that great? And she’s right (And she’s a writer, Reina Torres go read her, seriously, she’s GOOD). I think that’s why I put so much pressure on myself to get the perfect one – well perfect for me anyway. I can’t just start writing without a title, how am I supposed to save it? Regency 1, that just will not do, especially since I save chapter by chapter as well as the story as a whole so Regency 1 could mean chapter 1 and then what would I do, Regency 1 1? Regency Book 1 Chap 1? It’s just odd to me, so I’d rather have a title – ex. Howl of Thunder is saved as HOT (Heh) and HOT1, HOT2 … see? Sometimes I think if I just write it then maybe something in the book will inspire a title, but we go back to that small problem of not being able to write it without a title, see? Yeah, it’s weird.

Luckily, I’ve managed to find that elusive Series title AND the book titles for all three stories and while one may change, I am happy with it for now and that’s all I need to continue on.

Boy, this post has run longer than I thought – babble babble on that’s me.

So that’s all for now, until next time!
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