Sunday, November 25, 2012

To Release or Not to Release? That's the Real Question

After a crazy October/November, the Thanksgiving four day weekend became a time of recuperation for me. Here it is, Sunday, and I'm still not feeling my usual energy. To be honest, I didn't leave the couch all day Saturday (which gave me the opportunity to catch up on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills--OMG!--but that's a story for another time.)

With all this downtime, I decided to start formatting my January release, Chasing Adonis, for its eventual uploading to Amazon. Well, guess what? I was done in less than thirty minutes! So there it sits, on my Bookshelf, in "Pending" status, ready to go with just a push of the button.

The question now becomes: Do I leave it there until January? Or release it a month early? What do you think? Here's the blurb:


Every girl sees her thirtieth birthday as a milestone, but in Adara Berros's case, her entire life has turned upside-down. She may not know it, but Adara is actually the reincarnation of Greek mythology's Adonis. And she's about to be drawn into a centuries-old game between the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, with her eternal love as the grand prize.

Detective Shane Griffin senses trouble when he investigates an accident involving Adara and a mysterious stranger named Ted. Having lost his sister to domestic abuse, Shane suspects Ted is not the charming guy he appears to be. After he discovers Adara is the key witness for a murder trial, Shane vows to put his life and career on the line to protect her.

When Adara's life is threatened, she and Shane go on the run. Now, mortals and immortals alike are all...


...Chasing Adonis.


Is there a reason to wait?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Re-Releasing Today!

Two of my prior Avalon releases are being re-released through Amazon today.


The Bonds of Matri-money is the story of Renata Moon and Connell MacAllister: two friends who need cash fast and opt for a quickie marriage to appear on a Survivor-style game show for newlyweds. There's just one catch: they'll have to remain handcuffed to one another the entire time they're competing for the million dollar prize! You can purchase The Bonds of Matri-money through this link:  http://amzn.com/B00A22FETS


In A Run for the Money, Nicole Fleming and Dante LaPalma only have one thing in common: an old man who has named them as heirs in his will. To gain their inheritance, they'll have to work together as they solve a series of riddles that will lead them to a great treasure. You can find A Run for the Money through this link: http://amzn.com/B00A9S4RYI


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Monday, November 19, 2012

The Next Big Thing: Reunion in October

I've been invited to participate in a blog game called The Next Big Thing by Jill Hughey. The idea is to answer a few questions about my work in progress. In this case, I'll be discussing Book II of my Calendar Girls series, Reunion in October. Let's hit it!

What is your working title of your book?
Reunion in October

Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is the second book in my series, so the main characters were already established in Book I: Duet in September.

What genre does your book fall under?
Lighthearted contemporary romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm...I have two heroes and two heroines in this story. So for Francesca, I'd choose Salma Hayek. For Emily, Cobie Smulders (from How I Met Your Mother).
For Josh, I'd go with Ben Barnes and Roy is all Ben Affleck. (Two Bens! How'd I do that?)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Two women at crossroads in their lives must decide which path will lead to their Happily Ever Afters.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I haven't decided yet, but I've been enjoying the freedom of self publishing so I'm leaning heavily in that direction.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm still writing it, though I hope to have it complete within the next few weeks. For me, there really is no first draft. There's just the draft and the final.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I'd compare this series to something by Barbara Freethy or Jill Shalvis.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The characters had small roles in Book I and their backstories intrigued me enough to decide I had to tell their journeys to love.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Like in most of my stories, these are characters you'll love to spend time with in a town you'll want to visit over and over again. I hope you'll come by and discover Snug Harbor and all its wonderful inhabitants!



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Monday, November 12, 2012

Miss Me?

It's been almost a month since I've posted here. And what a month it's been!
I had set a self-imposed deadline for my latest WIP, Reunion in October (Book II of The Calendar Girls series), of the week before Thanksgiving. After such a hectic year, I wanted to take the holidays off from writing, guilt-free, to spend some quality family bonding time. I was right on target too. Until...

...Sandy blew into my life.

By now, unless you live under a rock, you've seen and heard about the devastation, the aftermath, the people still suffering. My family and I were lucky. We were without power, heat, and hot water for nearly two weeks, but aside from a few hundred dollars' worth of food and some inconveniences, we're all okay. My thoughts remain with those less fortunate who lost so much more. For me, Hurricane Sandy was not a pity party. It was a time to rejoice that we remained whole, an outcome many others did not achieve.

Today, I've just returned from a trip to Maine where I presented my body language workshop to the Maine RWA over the weekend. Now, I'll get to buckle down and do some writing. Will I finish before Thanksgiving? Probably not. But I'm going to come as close to the end as possible so I can still achieve my more important goal of quality family bonding time. Because if it's one thing Hurricane Sandy taught me, it's this: Cling to those whom you love, for all in life is temporary.


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