Blast from the Past

It’s a very busy time of the year for me. Not only are the holidays upon us, but I have a new book about to release and I’m deep in my Dream Wreakers project. As my newsletter recipients know, I’m reviving the series.  The first thing I’m doing is reading the original manuscripts.  I plan to edit and update the books before moving on to write something new in the series.

It’s been a trip so far, let me tell you.

It’s been a long time since I read these books.  At some points, I’m able to slip into the story and just read. At others, I’m noticing things that need to be changed. The really interesting thing has been to analyze the change in writing style.  My author’s voice is definitely there, but I can see old habits.  It’s like looking at old pictures of yourself.  Yes, it’s still you, but a different version of you.

Anyway, I’m enjoying myself and hope to get past the reading stage soon.  Then I’ll be editing and, finally, writing new material again.  It’s fun diving back into the world of dreams and sleep – and the paranormal!

Courting Trouble Blurb

Courting Trouble is almost here.  Just a couple weeks to go before release day.  I’ve also posted an excerpt!  Just click on the link below.

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Genre:  Contemporary erotic romance
Release:  November 27, 2014
ISBN 9780007579549

When times get tough, how bad does a good girl have to get?

Sienna Blakely is bright, articulate, underemployed and forced to rely on the one asset she vowed never to use – her looks.

With bills piling up, Sienna signs a contract with Luxxor Escort Services. A contract that strictly forbids any sexual contact with clients… And then she’s assigned to companion Jason Sloan. Just meeting the man causes a full-body jolt. Arrogant, powerful, and sexy, he’s trouble. And he can see through the facade she’s erected, right down to the intelligent and sensual woman underneath. He challenges her wits, and he challenges the rules.

Courting Trouble excerpt

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Newsletter Giveaway & Poll Results

Congratulations to Susan and Justine, who were the winners of my newsletter giveaway.  Both will receive a print copy of In Her Wildest Dreams.

I also have the results of the poll that asked which genre of my stories you like best.  The way the numbers fell out was super interesting.  To me, at least!

  1. All of the above = 33%
  2. Never read a Kimberly Dean story = 22% (Hi, new readers!)
  3. Paranormal = 18%
  4. Contemporary = 12 %
  5. All of the above (except erotica) = 12%
  6. Erotica = 4%

Thanks for participating!

Getting Cultured

This was a busy weekend.  I attended both an arts fair and a play.  That covers a lot of the creative spectrum.  It’s so interesting to see how people create.  At the arts fair, there was everything from ceramics to metal working to photography.  Even there, I tend to look for the most unique and different.  I ended up buying a sterling silver bracelet made out of a 1940’s spoon and a glass pedestal that refracts sunlight into colors.  Who could have thought to make a bracelet out of a spoon?  Not me, but it’s super cool.

Today was spent at the local community theater.  It was a very young and energetic play called, “No Sex Please, We’re British.”  It was a farce with lots of confusion and people running in and out of rooms.  It reminded me a lot of a Three’s Company episode.  It was a good effort, but comedy is hard.  I thought that the title was funny myself, because I write for an English publisher and they like the spicier stuff.  Ha!

All in all, it was great exposure to a lot of different input.  New sights, sounds, smells and taste.  Did I mention the super spicy green chili chicken dish I got from a street vendor?  Yummy.  It was a great weekend, but busy.  I’m looking forward to getting back to my keyboard this week, so I can flex my creative muscles, too.

Recharging

I had a deadline on August 31.  It doesn’t matter how well I prepare or how well I schedule, I always hit a big push right before a book is due.  This time was no different.  When I’m in deadline mode, I hunker down and tune out the rest of the world (the things that I can).  It’s all-consuming, and it’s not fun.  My time is booked, and things like cleaning, socializing, and yard work fall on the back burner.

But now I’m free!

I feel so light. I’ve got no deadlines weighing me down right now. I’ve been shopping the past two days. Clothes shopping, shampoo shopping, Blizzard shopping, etc.  This morning I’ve been cleaning up emails and outdated bookmarks.  I plan to tackle some gardening later.  It’s silly how all these normal activities are suddenly fun.  It’s really showing me how balance in everything is key.  If only I could figure out how to do that…

I’ve committed myself to just getting caught up this weekend — and I’m not putting together one of my infamous “to do” lists. I’m just going to do what I want to do or what needs to be done.  Yet in the back of my mind, I can feel myself turning through stories.  I need to nail down my writing schedule for next year.  Short stories are popping into my head, eager for me to make space for them.  I’m going to let them simmer for a little while.

In the meantime, I’m taking control of my life again and am waiting for my editor to send feedback on Courting Trouble.  It’s coming November 27 to an on-line retailer near you!

Plotting-Go-Round

plotting_process_webWhen I write, I have a bunch of scenes in my head or points that I know need to be made.  Sometimes they come in orderly fashion, but often they’re a jumble.  There are always holes on how to get from one place to another.  That’s when I know I have to sit down and think everything through before I write one more word. Today was one of those days.

When I started writing this story, I followed the same process.  I wrote down a bunch of high points on index cards.  I haven’t looked at them for a while, but I’ve followed them really closely.  I had six cards left when I started today.  Quickly, I began to add all the new things that have come into my head.  They’re all scenes that need to take place to close out the book.  Threads need to be tied together. Characters need closure. Climaxes need to be hit. (Excuse the pun, but the sex scenes are on the index cards, too!)

Then I stare and sort. Add a card here, move a card there.  Stare some more.  Get rid of something that’s cool, but doesn’t fit. Save it for another time. Take care of a supporting player, add some foreshadowing, shuffle the remaining cards… Etc. etc.  And so it goes until I’ve got a pretty darn good map to get me to the end of the book.  Sometimes it works well (like today).  Other times I just want to throw the cards at the wall.  Then I have to figure out another way to get the thoughts out of my head and onto paper.

And yes, whatever method I end up using, peanut butter-filled pretzels do help.

MAXIE contest winners

Congratulations to Cynthia M., Alex C. and Kayla O.  They all won print copies of Maxie through the contest I held here on my site.

Hint:  If you look around, there might be a new contest up and running.  ;-)