NaNoWriMo 2012: Final Update

Another year done and NaNoWriMo has officially ended. How did I do? Well, I didn’t win, but I actually did a lot better than all my previous years of participation. By midnight I was at 45,191, a shortage of just 4,809 words. I was, of course, kicking myself for playing around on Facebook and Twitter so much. I am a horrible procrastinator and if you follow me on either social network you saw the moment when I realized I simply wasn’t going to make it. I had to leave the computer to pick my child up from work with two hours to go and knew there was just no way I’d get back with enough time to finish.

Now, for the actual numbers. Within the month of November I worked on final edits for my newest Ellora’s Cave novella, Too Hard to Break. I’m not sure of the release date for that one just yet. I also worked on the “cougar” story that’s been tormenting me for months. The plan was to leave that one shelved until today so I could work just on the NaNo WIP but those characters weren’t having it. Then of course I also worked on the NaNo WIP, tentatively titled Too Hot to Handle. So in essence, I wrote quite a bit more than 50,000 words within the month of November, just not all on one manuscript.

Am I disappointed? A little. But only because I started out so strong and could have finished if I’d just kept my butt in gear. It’s totally my fault that I’m so easily distracted. However, next year I will once again try to get it done. We’ll see, maybe I’ll have my internet connection disabled for the month to make it easier on myself. 😉

Meet Me Online Today!

What are you doing today? Me, I’m hanging out at Bitten By Books and giving away a Samhain Publishing tote bag full of goodies! There will also be one $5 Samhain gift card up for grabs. All you have to do is join me over there today after 2pm CST. I’ll be answering questions, asking question, and generally just chatting about my books here. See ya there!

*Print copy of Day Shift will be replaced with print copy of The Second Book of Grimm by Shiloh Walker.*

You can enter the contest here:

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It’s NaNo Time!!

Today is November 1st, time for NaNoWriMo. Are you ready? Wait, do you know what that is? It stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is November, and is a “contest” to complete a novel within one month. I’ve participated for a few years but never “won”. This is my year. I can feel it! 

Wanna be my NaNo buddy? You can find me here:

Good luck and Happy Writing!!

Hi! How Have You Been?

So how have ya’ll been? Other than my set weekly posts on Stephen King and various photographers, I feel like I haven’t done much here lately. There will be more of the usual this weekend and a guest author post in a couple of weeks. For now I think I’ll just update everyone on what’s been keeping me busy.

If you heard the screams of “Hallelujah!” coming from down here in my part of the world, it’s because school started back up on Monday. Now, I love my daughters with all my heart and soul. But damn it’s good to kick them out of the house for a few hours a day again. I haven’t gotten any writing done in almost two weeks as we prepped for back to school and it’s driving me crazy!

On the writing front I’ve got a couple of things going. I’m waiting to hear back on one submission, got a contract offer on another, and am now working on edits for a short story. The short and the approved submission are both going to be with Ellora’s Cave’s Blush line. If you’re not familiar with that one it may be because it’s the tamer side to the romance genre. It’s also apparently not as popular as the steamy erotics. However, I feel the stories and characters I’ve written don’t necessarily need the hot sex. Now don’t worry. This doesn’t mean I’ve gone from writing erotic to sweet exclusively. I actually have a very hot cougar story I’ll be finishing once I’m done with the edits for my short story.

The not so erotic novella is going to tie up a pseudo-trilogy. If you’ve read Two-Week Trial and Two Dates Max then you know what I’m talking about. This next one (title pending) will be Elle’s story. I really love this one and hope ya’ll will too. I also hope you understand that Elle needed her knight in shining armor more than a hot stud to ride all night long. Which is why this will be a Blush title rather than an Exotica. There is definitely closure in this book, which she sorely needed, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I call it a pseudo-trilogy because each book can definitely be read alone and they’re mostly tied together by common characters rather than plot.

So that’s about it. Just more writing to come as well as a few public appearances in October when Day Shift is released in print. Don’t worry, that will be a whole other post. 😉

Benefit Today For Ali

As a mom one of my biggest fear is losing my children. This can happen in many forms, but the idea of one of them disappearing without a trace is absolutely horrifying. So when this happened so close to home it not only brought tears to my eyes, but made me angry. How dare someone take one of the children in my neighborhood? It’s been two years and Ali still hasn’t been found.

“On April 26, 2010 Ali got off the school bus at about 3:00 PM and walked to her new job a few blocks from home. There has been no communication with her since. This page represents her family, friends, loved ones and outstanding supporters determined to find her and bring her home to her beloved family.”

Today there will be a benefit to help raise money for the continued search for Ali. If you’re in the Houston are, I encourage you to attend. It’s a family event with food and fun. Pets are also welcome.

And the Winner is…

First I’d like to thank everyone for following along on my blog tour for Two Dates Max. I had a lot of fun writing the book, and reading your thoughts on the story has been awesome. Second, I’m sorry I don’t have enough prizes for everyone. Some of you are very loyal and I sincerely appreciate it. I plan to keep giving stuff away all year.
So, without further ado, the grand prize winner of the tote full of books pictured to the left is…
She was a wonderful blog hopper, commenting 15 separate times. It’s no wonder chose her, lol.

Lucky 7!

Cristal Ryder tagged me in Lucky 7, so now I have to play along. 😉
The rules are, the seven authors open their current WIP, go to page 77, 7th line and copy the next 7 lines/sentences and post them. So, here’s mine from my current WIP Blood Rush:

What the hell is she doing here?
“Babe, is that you? I can’t see you. Can you get closer?”
She sniffed again and I imagined the worst. Black eyes, busted nose, swollen lips and face. Had they burned her? Cut her? What the hell had Marco done to her? Staying still grew increasingly difficult when all I wanted was to touch her skin.
“I-I’m not too bad, I guess. I mean…they could have done a lot worse.”

One small foot extended into the pool of light near my feet until we were toe to toe. 

Oooh, that turned out to be a great teaser, lol.
Now my turn to tag 7 authors. Hmmm…
Dakota Cassidy 
Sidney Bristol
Cassandra Carr 
Karla Doyle  
Shelly Munro 
Del Dryden 
Carl Purdon
Tag you’re it!