On a Roll: Dream Walker off to Copyeditor

Things are cruising so well right now, I don’t want to jinx them.  I dove head first into Dream Walker, the follow-up to Dream Man, and I love the way it turned out.  I’ve sent it off to the copyeditor to make sure I’ve crossed all my t’s and dotted all my i’s.  Copyeditors are the detail-oriented editors who correct your grammar, spelling, and continuity.  They are super-helpful.  After I’ve looked at a manuscript for too long, I can’t see the forest for the trees anymore.

Keep an eye out here for more information about Dream Walker.  It will be coming your way soon.

Courting Danger off to Copyeditor

I’m so happy. All the content editing has been completed on Courting Danger and it’s off to the copy editor.  Soon, it will be real book.

Just for fun, I’m sharing my flash cards for both Courting Innocence and Courting Danger.  This is a technique I’ve developed to help me organize my thoughts and (knock on wood) prevent writer’s block.  Courting Innocence is on the left.  You can see that some of the cards were labeled “no” and weren’t used.  When I’m writing the cards, I start by creating a card for each idea.  Most of the time, it’s a plot point.  Sometimes it’s a point about the characters.  The idea is to brainstorm as much as possible.  Those rejected cards were trails the story could have taken, but were rejected.  Think of them as the road not taken.

Courting Danger has a more intricate story line, and I started with fewer flash cards.  The brain just wasn’t storming.  For that story, I had to spend more time figuring out cards to insert to carry the plot from Point A to Point B.  In the end, it needed more cards and more detail than the other book.  But it made it to the end, and the editor just approved it.  Yay!  You’ll see the end result soon.

2015_0207CI0004_web - Copy

Courting Innocence Contest Winner & Survey Results

Congratulations to Diana for winning the Lenox Opal Innocence vase set giveaway!

I’ve also collected the results of the survey.  I just find these things so interesting.  Here is a breakdown of how you responded:

Poll: When do you post an online review of a book?

38% – All of the above (except never)
27% – When I love it
14% – I never post reviews.
12% – When it causes an emotional reaction (love or hate)
5% – When the book is original or different
3% – When my opinion differs from all the other reviews already posted.
1% – When I hate it.

 

Avoiding the Sophomore Slump

Series are fun to write, and readers love them, but writers need to have a plan.  There are so many things to consider.  Are you creating a world and exploring how people live inside it?  Is there an over-riding story arc that carries throughout the series?  Do characters appear in multiple books?  Can each book stand alone?

Book 1 needs to set the stage.  Characters are introduced and the series premise is set.  There’s a lot to cover in Book 1, and you want readers to get hooked on the whole series.  But how do you keep that interest going in Book 2 and avoid the dreaded sophomore slump?

Courting Innocence is the second book in my Courting series about Luxxor Limited, a high-end escort service.  The first book, Courting Trouble, told the story of Sienna, a young woman who joins Luxxor to pay her bills, but ends up falling for the man she’s escorting.   To keep things interesting, for Courting Innocence, I chose a storyline that came from the exact opposite direction.  The heroine, Erin, is naive and doesn’t know the score.  She’s not coming to Luxxor as an escort, but as an unknowing client.  Sienna and Jason, the hero and heroine from Book 1, appear as supporting characters.  It was a blast to continue their relationship.  I also gave hints about relationships that will appear in future books to make the whole series cohesive.  I’m really happy with the result, and Courting Innocence has been getting great reviews.

How do you like your series?  Do you like visits from old characters?  What do you like to see in connected books to keep you interested in reading?

Courting Danger Up for Pre-sale

Courting Danger is now available for pre-order!  For those of you who’ve already finished Courting Innocence and have been curious what Book 3 in the Courting Series is about, here you go:

Rielle Sands ventured too close to the fire once and got burned. Now when it comes to men, she’s vowed to play it safe. But then a dashing, mysterious man shows up at Luxxor Limited after hours, the agency she manages, needing an escort.

Darien Scott isn’t what he appears to be. Beneath the sexy smile and wicked charm, he’s hiding secrets. Yet the sizzling chemistry between him and Rielle is real. He tries to stay away, but his attraction to her keeps pulling him back. When he discovers that he’s not the only one haunted by danger, he changes tactics. To protect Rielle, he may need to stay close. Super close. Exclusive Luxxor contract close.

The reward is more than worth the risk.

——————-

Available for pre-order: Kindle USKindle UKNook Google PlayiBook Kobo All Romance Ebooks

Chatting tonight at Night Owl Reviews

I’ll be chatting tonight at Night Owl Reviews.  Chats start at 5:00 PM Pacific time and run about an hour.  There are some other fantastic authors who will be there with me, so come join all the fun.

Readers can RSVP now at the below link.
 
RSVP Benefits:
 
* The RSVP gives readers entry into the evenings prizes (must be an active chatter at the event)
* A reminder email around 30 minutes before the event starts
logobannerpurple

Courting Innocence Bonus Excerpt

CourtingInnocence_webCourting Innocence – coming July 30!

Only one more day until Courting Innocence releases.  Until then, here’s a short scene to tie you over.

Courting Innocence Excerpt

The Apple Tree Grille was busy on Friday mornings. Working stiffs from all the nearby office buildings dropped by for a hearty breakfast to power them to the weekend. None of today’s patrons was as anxious as Erin, though. She followed the restaurant’s hostess to a booth, but stepped aside when Colton directed her out of the way of a waitress delivering an order.

His touch at her side was warm and protective, and she wanted to curl into it.

He’d been quiet in the car on the ride over. Too quiet. It made her worry that he was upset or angry again.

A table of diners stood, blocking their path, and his hand slipped all the way around to her stomach. She leaned back against him and savored the butterflies that rose under that touch. No, he didn’t seem angry.

‘I’m sorry,’ one of the men said when he saw them. ‘Excuse us.’

Erin was disappointed when the group moved out of their way. Colton’s touch left her, but he helped her with her coat. ‘Thank you,’ she said, glancing over her shoulder.

A thrill went through her when she caught him looking somewhere other than her face. The jeans had been a good idea.

His gaze jerked away. He hung up her jacket and slid into the opposite side of the booth. By the time they were both seated, his jaw had firmed and his lips had flattened.

Erin sighed. She really didn’t want another apology, and she’d thought after last night’s intimate call . . .

She cocked her head. Wait a minute.

He was quiet, and he was moving carefully. That expression on his face wasn’t grumpiness. It looked more like pain.

‘Are you hung over?’

His eyes narrowed, which must have been difficult to do, given the way he was already squinting against the sunlight coming through the window. ‘What was your first clue?’ he grumbled.

A grin pulled at Erin’s lips, lifting the corners until she was smiling like a lottery winner.

‘It’s not funny,’ he said.

‘I’m not laughing at you.’ No, she was just tickled pink. He’d gotten drunk over her.