for shopping, wrapping presents, putting up lights, singing carols, drinking cocoa, and so much more. It’s hard to keep writing and blogging when things get so busy, but I’m making progress. I’m starting to think of finishing my current work-in-progress as a Christmas present to myself. That would be joyous, if I can make it happen. What about you? Do you sneak in a present for yourself this time of year? What’s your self-indulgent treat?
I’ve been busy with spring cleaning, which is always a chore. Still, it’s nice to brush the dust off things and see reminders of the past. One of the items on my chore list has been going through my book collection. As you can imagine, I have drawers filled with books. Shelves are stacked high with paperbacks. I have boxes of books, waiting to be read. I’m trying to weed through these and find a better organization system. I’ve received a lot of books at conferences, and then there are always the stacks of books I get to judge for the RITA contest every year. Those books are fun to investigate, but they aren’t the ones with which I have a connection.
I have books that I will keep forever, no matter what fantastic technology comes along. I have the old Linda Howard Silhouette books. (Yes, all of them.) I have a lot of Sandra Brown’s early works. I found an Anne Stuart thriller that I remember reading on vacation. My friend asked to read it, and I warned her it was dark, but she gobbled it up, too. There’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, all in paperback (except the last two, which I bought in ebook form because I couldn’t wait for the paperbacks. Who started that stupid trend?) I have Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series (same for that one.) Dare I go on?
The point is, it’s very hard for me as a reader to try to downsize. I get pulled into back cover blurbs. I hold onto unread books, because I might have liked something the author wrote before. I want to keep weak books by my favorite authors, just because. Do you see my problem?
How have you handled the switch to digital? Or have you even tried? I’m looking for pointers to try to get me through this project, or I’m going to end up with even more books than I started with! 🙂
I checked on my website this week and, to my dismay, discovered nothing but a white screen. What happened? Had I been hacked? Had I not paid some bill? Had I done something wrong with the administration? In the end, I found out it was none of those things. A plug-in provider had made an update that had taken down thousands of websites. 🙁
A plug-in is something that’s supposed to enhance a website. It’s supposed to help. It’s definitely not supposed to wipe out a website entirely, because someone didn’t do proper testing before releasing it out into the wild. To say I’m miffed is putting it mildly, because this is the second time it’s happened in the past six months. Different providers, but same white screen of death.
Fortunately, I’m back up and running. No content was lost. Still, with “friends” like this, who needs enemies?
Where did February go? It’s March Madness time already? Once again, I have lost time. When I’m writing, especially when I’m trying to finish something, I seem to go into a deep dark cave. Recently I was finishing up a new manuscript so I could submit it to a publisher. Then Samhain returned my titles. Unfortunately, they closed their doors as of March 1, so my focus then turned to getting those books back out into the marketplace. I think I’ve got Lexie and Maxie back out there for sale now. Yet once again, February has disappeared without me seeing it. I’m only now emerging from the cave.
Does this happen to you when you get immersed into a project? Or am I entering some weird time warp?
Congratulations to Raeline, who won the Dreamer Starlight Clock giveaway from my winter newsletter contest. Want to have a chance to win next time? Join my newsletter group.
Thanks for voting on what cover you liked best for my upcoming release, High School Reunion. The majority of you liked Cover B!
Finally, here’s how you responded to the poll question: What do you think of free reads?
I only download free books. 5%
They’re a nice way to keep up with a series between larger books. 9%
If they’re free, they must not be any good. 0%
They’re a nice way to try out a new author. 86%
The Romance Studios is having a New Year Party! Drop by and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card and lots of other author donated prizes! The party runs Jan. 13-16. See you there!
Genre: Sexy romantic comedy
Tara Hanson is having a crisis – a common crisis for a twenty-eight year old woman, but a crisis nonetheless. Her problem? Her ten-year high school reunion is approaching fast, and she’s not ready. It’s shallow, she knows, but she wants to set her old classmates on their ears. She’s got a good job, but she needs the whole package if she’s going to succeed. That would, of course, include a killer outfit, a toned body, and a mouthwatering hunk on her arm. An eventful visit to the gym shows her that she may be able to get two birds with one stone. Personal trainer Jake Logan is a spine-tingling, knee-weakening, hunk of burning love. She just has to find a way to convince him to be on her arm when the boasting at the reunion begins!
High School Reunion excerpt
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Releases January 25!
What kind of books are grabbing your attention right now? I feel like I’m in reading void. Usually there’s some big phenomenon out there. Most recently, it was The Girl on the Train. Before that, it was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… The Hunger Games… Fifty Shades of Grey… the Twilight series… But what’s the book flavor of 2017?
I’m in the mood for something different, that I know. I tried something that was supposed to be a funny romantic thriller recently. It was none of those things, and I made it about one-third of the way through before giving up. As for writing, I’ve switched from concentrating on erotic romance to paranormal romance. (I’m on Chapter 4 of Book 3 in the Dream Weavers series.) I think I’m in the mood to read romantic suspense. I’m judging for the Rita competition in the upcoming weeks. Maybe that will point my way to something new!
What about you? What kind of books have you been one-clicking? Erotic romance? Historical? Biographies? Paranormal? Anime? Got any recommendations?