Contest & an Interview: Cocktails and Cock Tales

In celebration of my second release, I have two links to share:

  1. Today Reviews by Jessewave is hosting a giveaway. One commenter will win a free ebook of BREATHE.  Stop by for a chance to win and be sure to check out the site’s awesome new look.
  2. Also, I’m honored to be the first author interview at writer Deanna Wadsworth’s blog. She’s starting a new series titled “Cocktails and Cock Tales.” Isn’t that a great title? She’s looking for more authors to feature for any of you writers out there who are interested. Deanna recently had her first m/m release, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Congrats, Deanna!! Stop by if you can. I’m talking about my inspiration for Breathe, the easiest part to write, and the hardest, as well as what I’m working on now. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section at Deanna’s blog. I’d love to hear from you!

Good luck to all who enter Jessewave’s contest!

Brainstorming Retreat – I needed this!

I just finished working with my editor on Breathe, and we’ve sent it off for line edits and proofing. Perfect timing too because I’m spending today and the rest of the weekend at a writing retreat with a group of fellow romance writers who are some of the most creative, fun people I’ve had the privilege of hanging with. Today we are all writing and doing a bit of brainstorming. Tomorrow is our meeting and a full day of brainstorming to help each other with plot points and new story ideas.

I need weekends like this. I spend a lot of time in my writing cave, and it’s good for me to send time with others who know what it means to be a writer. Who get why I’m crazy sometimes. Who get the need to spend hours working on rewriting chapter 1. Who understand my dreams and disappointments.

Here are a couple of quotes already heard during the first half of the day:

“I can’t help it if your crack was in my face.”
“artificial immaculate insemination”
“We should have brought a blow up doll.”

I’m getting a little worried. Who knows what will happen once we dip into the booze.

Have a great weekend!

Quote I Love: Plotting is like sex

“Plotting is like sex. Plotting is about desire and satisfaction, anticipation and release. You have to arouse your reader’s desire to know what happens, to unravel the mystery, to see good triumph. You have to sustain it, keep it warm, feed it, just a little bit, not too much at a time, as your story goes on. That’s called suspense. It can bring desire to a frenzy, in which case you are in a good position to bring off a wonderful climax.”

– Colin Greenland

The Spark of a New Idea

I’m the guest blogger today at Loose Ends, the Loose Id Author blog.  I’m talking about the spark of a new idea. Hope you can stop by.


Guest Blog: Stretching the Creative Muscles

I guest blogged at Loose Ends (the Loose Id author blog) today. I talked about creativity and where it comes from. Stop by and let me know where you think people get their creativity. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Stretching the Creative Muscles