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August Recap

August 31, 2010

In the midst of all that’s going on, I thought I’d do a recap of my little world over here.

August has been a very productive month for me. And I thank you all for sharing my joys and successes and of course, the little road blocks that only keep me going.

It’s been almost 6 weeks since I’ve been home in Hawaii and I’ll be traveling in a few weeks again.

For this month, I’ve had much wonderful news. Love By Action came out with Decadent Publishing yesterday, I’ve had a partial requested from Harlequin Medical that I’m still working on at this point, a few agent requests, and also the biggest one today is One Unexpected Night has been contracted by Cobblestone Press.

I’ve had a few rejections like any author, but those are only stepping stones to the next level.

Hope you guys hang around. I’ll be out and about these next few weeks, and may appear in the most random places. Please come celebrate my milestones with me! And check out Love By Auction. You won’t be disappointed!

Love By Auction is here!

August 30, 2010

It’s here! It’s here! Read all about it!

Love By Auction from Decadent Publishing.

Come meet Rebecca Hathaway and Mark Passmore as their love is reunited…under extraordinary circumstances.

About:

Intent on leaving the Date for Charity Auction, billionaire Mark Passmore vows not to bid, until he sees the gorgeous blond strut across the stage. Need overwhelms his senses and he has to have her.

With an etiquette drill sergeant and society snob for a mother, Rebecca Hathaway a.k.a Ice Princess accepts an extraordinary dare—one that lands her in the arms of her ex, except he doesn’t know it’s her.

After an explosive passionate night with Mark, Rebecca sneaks back to her mundane life of tea parties and book clubs. But she knows she’ll never be the same again.

Although he’s ended their relationship three years ago, Mark has never stopped loving Rebecca. When he learns the truth of Rebecca’s role in the action, will he forgive her for her betrayal or walk away again?

Excerpt:

Slave? Laughter bubbled to her throat. “What do you mean? Slave for what? Like a chauffeur or butler for the day?”

Erin shook her head. “A slave, Bec. Anything you want him to be. The rest of the night alone with this person to fulfill any fantasy you have.”

Rebecca gasped and shot off the seat. “Why didn’t you tell me this before?”

Erin smiled, a nervous glint in her eyes. “If I had told you, then you would have backed out, and Kelly would have won.”

Rebecca started to pace the small patch of carpet behind the chair to the door. Her life was over. Her mother was going to kill her and she’d never be able to show her face in public.

Oh, God. Her brother. She whirled around to face Erin. “You have to get Lucas out of here.”

Erin’s eyes widened. “I can’t. Then he’ll go and tell my parents.”

She glared. “Look, if I’m going down, you’re going down with me.”

“Bec, if your mother finds out I was involved, my mother is going to disown me, especially if she can’t go to any of Catherine’s garden parties.” Erin moved to the vanity table and threw the rest of the make-up back in the cosmetics Caboodle. “You’re right. We should just get out of here before Lucas and Mark sees us. At least, I know neither of them won the bid with Kelly.”

Rebecca froze. “You’re telling me that Mark bid on Kelly?”

Erin met her gaze in the mirror. “I heard one of them yell out a number from the back.”

Anger turned to rage. Her hand clenched a fistful of fishnet and lace as she stared at her reflection. Her blonde wig shined under the dressing room light, her done-up face emphasizing sultry eyes. Bright red lipstick covered her full lips. The swells of her breasts pushed to her chin, and fishnet garters peaked from under the frilly short layers of her skirt. The image in the mirror reminded her of Marilyn Monroe without the mole at her mouth. Though she looked more like a tramp in high-heels than an ice queen, her costume screamed seduction.

Power bloomed in her gut like a fierce energy uncapped.

A knock sounded at the door. “You’re up!”

Rebecca jerked her head toward Erin, whose gaze filled with dread. “Give me my tiara.”

“Yo—you’re going out there?”

With newfound confidence, she smiled at Erin.

“I’m taking Kelly down.”

And Mark Passmore is going to see what he gave up.

Hope you enjoy it! And thanks for stopping by!

Come Share Your Dreams!

August 26, 2010

Wanna know a little more about me? Come play!

I’m blogging today at Passionate Critters.

Share your dreams, drop me a note, or just say hi!

The Countdown Begins…Love By Auction

August 20, 2010

It’s coming, it’s coming! Quick, run and hide! No, don’t do that. The countdown begins and only ten more days till release. August 30th! Doesn’t seem too far away, but let me give you a little nibble.

Blurb:
Intent on leaving the Date for Charity Auction, billionaire Mark Passmore vows not to bid, until he sees the gorgeous blond strut across the stage. Need overwhelms his senses and he has to have her.

With an etiquette drill sergeant and society snob for a mother, Rebecca Hathaway a.k.a Ice Princess accepts an extraordinary dare—one that lands her in the arms of her ex, except he doesn’t know it’s her.

After an explosive passionate night with Mark, Rebecca sneaks back to her mundane life of tea parties and book clubs. But her mother has different plans for her: Marriage.

Although he’s ended their relationship three years ago, Mark has never stopped loving Rebecca. When he saves her from a disastrous date, he realizes he’s made a mistake in letting her go and risks another chance, until he learns the truth of Rebecca’s role in the action. Will he forgive her for her betrayal or walk away again?

Look out for any contests coming up! Join the excitement. Be a part of it. Countdown with me!

Editor hat off…Author on the run.

August 12, 2010

It’s one thing to be an editor and make an author’s life hard, but it’s another to see edits from another editor and try to rationalize and accept the rightness of their suggestions.

I’ve been drowning in edits, mine, his, hers, just everyone’s. Is it possible to compartmentalize your brain in different sections while spending time with so many different characters?

Sometimes it’s hard to see eye to eye with another editor. There are authors out there who are positive their way is the right way, but when your work is put in front of an editor, consideration needs to be taken seriously. I’m not telling you to accept everything the editor says, but seriously think about it. Will the suggestions progress the story forward? Does it fit? Can you prove them wrong? Or is it really just a stubborn monster in you that wants to hold onto what you have?

Yes, sure, it’s your baby that’s on the table, but wouldn’t you rather that story be the best you’ve ever written?

I have a great editor for my upcoming release, Love By Auction and working on my own revisions has seriously opened my eyes. Sometimes when you read your own work, you don’t spot these things that the editor does. You don’t see the careless mistakes you make, but you’re able to find them in someone else’s MS.

After receiving my first round of edits, I contemplated the suggestions made. I dwelled on them for a few days, waiting for the answer to come to mind. And then there it was. For the first time in months, I wrote, adding more to my baby that’s coming out at the end of the month. It’s stronger, better, and much more reader friendly.

There is ALWAYS room for improvement.

Excitement is rising, knowing that the final product is coming to an end and into the hands of my readers. The amount of blood and sweat spent laboring over a story to make sure that it’s perfect, a piece of art, and the best ever written takes a lot out of a person. But the final result/response is the best thing that can ever come out of the process.

It’s funny when you hear people say that the hardest thing to do is write ‘the end’ of the story and finish, but I seriously think the real work starts after.

Don’t you agree? What are your thoughts?

Love By Auction coming to Decadent Publishing

July 27, 2010

It’s finally coming! I can’t stop gushing at my beautiful cover. Thank you very much Decadent Publishing and awesome cover artist, Dara, for putting up with me!

It’s one thing to be on the wall, helping writers find their dreams and improve on their writing, but another to actually cross the line and celebrate with them as an author. I remember I’ve been writing since I was nine and it’s a tough industry to break into. Nothing seems real until you lay eyes on a cover and a sense of rightness strikes you and you say, “Yes, they are my characters in my story.” It’s a profound feeling. The people in your stories start to become more and more real and the excitement of being able to share them with other readers are even more exciting. Alright, so maybe some of you are not only thinking about your characters, but the literal fact of having your name on a cover as pretty as mine.

I have to say, it took some time getting used to, but it’s all so much fun. (Even though I am probably driving people crazy. Hey, I’m entitled.)

Love By Auction will be out sometime next month. Will keep everyone posted. I just had to share my pretty cover.

I have great friends, authors, and crit partners. I revel in their success and admire people’s hard work and willingness to learn. And each time one of them shows off their covers, I HAVE to look. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. (Cliche, I know)

But what do you look for in a cover?