Saturday, 28 April 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

It's that time of the week again. For those who've never played, each Sunday you post six sentences on your blog from your current wip or book. If you want to see other authors who participate, you can find them here.

This week, my six is from Annabelle's first audition. Miles has just told her, among other things, that he won't be putting her through to the next stage in the competition.

It’s a no from me.”
The words rang again and again in Anna’s head, each time cutting her a little deeper. She straightened her spine and locked her knees to avoid falling to the floor, and tried very hard to hold back the sobs bubbling up in her chest.
Anna tore her gaze away from Miles’ penetrating emerald eyes and returned her attention to an irregular floor board in front of the judges table.
Miles!” the female judge, Safri, chided. “You can’t be serious?”
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Social Networks and the Author

I don't see myself as technology-challenged, but I'm not an expert either. With all the ways to connect with fellow writers and fans, one could spend all her free time keeping up to date with what's happening where.

Maisey Yates (the wise one) once suggested that you pick a social network site you love and stick to it. Me, not one for listening to wise advice, has joined them all!

As you all probably know, I've just signed a contract with Beachwalk Press (btw what do you think of my author bio?) for my contemporary romance, The Monster of Fame. (Still jumping up and down). The thing is, when I announced I'd sold, I had to log into four – yes four! - places to announce it. Very time consuming, especially when one is trying to write the next book in the series as well as work two jobs! I know 'have a life' comes in there somewhere, but I'm not sure where...

I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Blogger. I love them all for different reasons, but lately I've let Twitter slide, haven't worked out how to use Pinterest to its full potential, and only had time to 'like' status posts on Facebook. Not to mention the Harlequin forums; I've barely managed to figure out the new layout.

So, which form of social networking will benefit me most? The verdict's still out, folks.

Twitter

Pros – Love, love, love the witty one liners. Plus, the fact you have limited space spurs your creative juices. Oh, and the #1k1h tag has encouraged me to write more than I ever have!

Cons - That said, its hard (for me anyway!) to find profiles, add pictures (if anyone knows how, I'd appreciate if ya'd let me know) or, if you follow loads of peeps, to keep up with everyone.

Facebook

Pros - I'm comfortable with it. I like that most peeps I know are on it, I love being invited to book releases, I can work it for the most part!

Cons – Still, its hard to log onto from my work pc (Yes, I know. I should be WORKING!) – think the bosses have put a block on it :o).

Pinterest

Pros – I don't fully understand the potential of this site yet, but I bleedin love it! LOVE IT! People can be so creative, whether they are writers or not. I love scrolling through all the pics. Oh, and Avis Exley has created a board with pictures of her hero, heroine and other things related to the story. She's posted snippets underneath each picture, which, by the way, I think is genius! I can't see any cons to this yet, other than I'm still figuring out how to work the damn thing!

Blogger

Pros – Well, as you can see from the make-over, I'm getting better at the whole Blogger thing. I like venting, I love ranting, and I'm a serial natterer so this suits me fine. Blogger is not something I'll ever give up. Sorry, but you're all stuck with me for a long, long time :o) No cons as yet. Can follow all the blogs I love, yak on about anything and everything – nope, don't see Blogger as having any cons.

The purpose of this post was to see which network I should give up. Honestly, I don't think I can drop any of them. Love them all in their own special way.

Which brings me to, what form of social networking do you prefer?

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Squeeeeee!!!!


I'm thrilled to announce that today I signed a contract with Beachwalk Press for my book, the Monster of Fame. I'm so excited I'm going to be one of Beachwalk's authors, I adore the books they publish.

Still waiting on more details, but I'll let you know more when I do. In the meantime, you can check out their new releases here. FYI, some of the authors have written short stories and the free ebook, At The Beach, can be downloaded here.

xxx

Monday, 23 April 2012

Nailing Motivation


This is something I struggled to show in my last work in progress, possibly them all so far to be honest. You see, I never really took the time to get into my hero and heroine's heads before I started a story, never questioned 'why' to their every reaction. I realise now that the reason for this was because I've been trying to fit my characters and their reactions to the external plot – a no, no for me if I want to write an emotionally intense category romance with believable characters.

This time around, I've done character sheets. Explored every detail I can think of and even interviewed them. It really helped, or so I thought. Then I sent off a short synopsis to my cp for her opinion and realised that although I knew my characters, I wasn't showing the conflicts and motivations exactly as I envisioned them. Thank you Michelle, I must owe you a good few gallons of wine by now ;o)

So now I'm back to the drawing board, or the Word Document, and trying again.

The editor who requested the synopsis based on a pitch I sent her way asked me to focus on the conflicts, turning points and motivations – no easy feat fitting all that onto one page! But I'm going to work at it some more and get it away later tonight.

Anyway, the point of this post is to share a few things that finally sunk in.

First, dig deep into your character's past. It will tell you more about the kind of person they are today and why they are more likely to do the things they do.

Second, try not to stick to an external plot. Let the character's conflicts lead the story, that way their actions and reactions will be more believable. (That's the theory anyway, I'll let you know how that goes when I start writing!)

Third, I now understand why people say interviewing your characters help. Not only did it give me a better idea of their 'voice', but also helped me learn some things I didn't know.

Lastly, an honest set of eyes on your story to help you spot your blunders is worth their weight in gold!

How does everyone create their characters?

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

I hope everyone has had a good week! Its been a little hectic here.

Here's the follow on from my post last week.

He reached over and pulled her up to her knees. His lips crushed down on hers as Anna's hands explored the hard planes of his chest. Lean muscles bunched beneath her tingling fingers as she ran her hand across the light scattering of hair leading down to the waist band of his trousers.

Miles sucked in a breath when her hand froze at the belt buckle. Anna felt anxiety trickle through her veins. She had no idea what she was doing or how to do it.

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Saturday, 14 April 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Happy Sunday all!

This is my first post from a story I'm revising at the moment called The Monster of Fame. I thought I'd do something a bit sexy for my first time. It's completely PG though, well, a 15 certificate at least!

My hero and heroine are making love for the first time, and the hero has just asked her if she's sure she wants to ya know ;o)

“Yes, Miles. This is what I want.”

His lips moulded to hers and she closed her eyes, relishing in the tingling sensations his mouth roused.

She barely noticed when he began to walk, focused more on his tongue dancing sensually with hers and the broad strength of his shoulders. After breaking the kiss, he laid Anna on the bed.

The room was dark, illuminated by the soft moonlight shining in from the window. She couldn't see much else other than the dark sheets, Miles and his glorious chest – now that he'd removed his shirt.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Tuesday check-in Week 2, and a freebie

I was shocked, then thrilled this morning when I stood on the scales and realised I'd lost just over 6lbs. Since Tuesday! Slim Fast really does work! (Even though I cheated a bit this weekend and had a Chinese take-away and bottle of wine, but shhhh its a secret).

Although its not all great, don't get me wrong. I'm not a lover of milkshakes, although the chocolate one is quite nice. Still, I was feeling a bit sick after my shake at lunch time today. I'm not arguing with the results though. So, lets see how the next week goes...

Oh, almost forgot about the freebie. On the 20th and 21st April my friend Melissa Blue is letting you download her short romance, Talk Nerdy to Me, from Amazon for FREE. That's right, free! Can't knock a free book :o)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Tuesday check in...

I had writing resolutions this year, and I've more or less stuck to 'em. Posting my writing goals publicly has helped me move forward. Oh, the revisions were a good ol' kick up the butt too :o)

There was another resolution I made. Lose weight. Yes, with my ass in front of a desk for eight hours a day - and lets face it, no one can write staying active - I promised myself to shift the pounds I've added. To fight the flab. To pretend I'm this years UK's biggest looser.

My motivation? My dad booked me a surprise holiday to Lanzarote for my birthday. Haven't  been abroad since my midrift started to spread. So, I've been hitting the gym when I can, climbing mountains, like this one...
Well, thats Ben Cleuch in the distance (haven't been up it for over a year), but I took the picture from the top of Dumyat (the second biggest hill in the Ochils next to Ben Cleuch). You can see more pics on my facebook.

Anyway, the point of this blog was, I've shed 15lbs since January, but its nowhere near enough. The size 12 girl in me is screaming to break free, so I decided to do something radical. I've joined Slim Fast. Yup. Really.

Honestly, from my research its not so faddy anymore. I need to lose and my exercise is good, just the food thats fecking it up. So I'm hoping with a controlled diet, I can get to where I want to be, quicker. Wish me luck!

P.S. Yes, I'm hoping naming and shaming myself will give me motivation :o)