Alzheimer’s: The silent predator.

July 22, 2013 in Dear Reader

TheInkMeTourBanner02So Inked LogoDear Reader,

Friday the latest installment in my So Inked series released from Ellora’s Cave. I’m beyond excited about this book. The Harder He Falls was a labor of love and a very personal journey for me.

When I wrote Under His Skin, I expected it to be a stand-alone book. Just something I wrote in a burst of inspiration with a cast of characters I would never revisit, so I drew a lot from my life, using experiences and things to make the characters more vivid. I wound up giving life to a set of women people wanted to read about. I’d backed myself into a corner, and as intimidating as it would be to write these books, I knew I wanted to.

underhisskin_msrThe Harder He Falls is the story of Kellie, one of the co-owners of the So Inked tattoo shop. She’s a unique cookie in the jar, and a lot of people gravitated toward her in Under His Skin. She’s half-Korean, comes from a home where she was raised predominately by her grandmother, and has now become the caregiver to her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s.

I got a few questions about why I’d include something like that in my story.

My only answer was: Because I’ve experienced the heartbreaking reality of a family member with Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that impacts the way a person remembers things. In advanced cases, a person’s body can forget what it’s supposed to do. And the terrifying reality is that there’s not a lot we know about fighting or curing it.

When I wrote Kellie, I never expected to or wanted to write a book about her. That was a tough road that was better left in the realm of secondary characters. But that clearly didn’t happen!

The writing of The Harder He Falls was touching and hard and difficult and for the first time in my life I cried several times during the writing of this book. I haven’t talked about this part of the book in the promotional material, and it’s only referenced vaguely in the blurb, but the heroine’s journey with her grandmother is a big part of who she is. And that journey resonates with me.

theharderhefalls_msrI never really got to know either of my grandfather’s. My dad’s father passed away when I was fairly young, and my mother’s father has had Alzheimer’s since around the time I was born. I’m currently 28 and he succumbed to his body when I was 20. So for 20 years my family and I lived with the reality of having a grandfather, father and husband who didn’t know us.

There wasn’t a day in my grandfather’s life when he knew my name.

As a child it was difficult to connect with him, to understand why he said things so many times in a row and could never remember that I was related to him. Growing older, I saw and experienced the slow deterioration of his quality of life and ability to care for himself.

Eventually my family had to make the hard choice to put him into a 24/7 care facility because he no longer knew any of us, including his wife. Everyone who loved him, knew him for years was gone from his memory. It was and still continues to be a difficult decision our family lives with. I was both old enough and young enough that I was around for the decisions, but didn’t carry the weight of making them. But I felt it. He never had the chance to know me, but I knew him. And I’d grown to love him for all his quirks.

As hard as all of that was to live through, I’ll fully admit I folded that into Kellie’s experiences with her grandmother. You don’t see a lot of the nitty-gritty in romance. We want to escape, and I know some people won’t like that Kellie has to figure out what to do for her grandmother through the course of the story, but that was the journey she needed to make through the book. Alzheimer’s is tough. It’s ugly. And so is life.

This isn’t a warm and fuzzy blog, and for that I’m sorry. I knew I wasn’t going to talk about the Alzheimer’s portion of the book widely, but I figured taking a day on my blog wasn’t a bad idea. It’s a facet of reality, and fiction imitates life, so I hope you’ll forgive me for it.

Sidney Sig

The Harder He Falls is coming sooner than you think!

June 24, 2013 in Let Me Tell You, My Books

So Inked LogoI have the official word from my editor at Ellora’s Cave. The second book in my So Inked series, The Harder He Falls, will be out July 19th! How awesome is that? In addition, I have the blurb to finally share. I’m so excited!

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A woman who doesn’t have time for love…

A hot night full of hotel-destroying sex was all Kellie wanted from her client-turned-sex god. Between family and work, there isn’t room for love, just hot, sweaty lust. An arrangement for mutual gratification is exactly what Kellie wants, but every kiss, each mind-blowing orgasm twines her heart around a man she cannot have.

A man building a new life…

Quinton’s assumptions about the So Inked shop owner are turned on their head after one session under her tattoo machine. Kellie’s not the vandal he’s looking for, but she’s the woman he wants. In his bed, on the desk or under the stars, he’ll take her any way he can get her. But Quin has secrets and someone is out to destroy him. Someone who has their sights set on Kellie now.

I’m so beyond excited about this. Stay tuned for more information about blog tours, prizes and more books! There’s a lot going on in my little world, so I hope you visit me again.

Here’s another teaser for the upcoming release. How about the official excerpt?

Heart Divider

Kellie  shifted on the wooden bench, still restless. The evening breeze was cooler than normal thanks to a cold front blowing in. It was ridiculous that dropping into the nineties was considered a cool spell, but in the height of Texas summer, you took what you got. She swept her hair up into a knot and tipped her head back. The slight dampness of her skin, courtesy of the ever-present humidity, was a small price to pay for being able to sit outside. She’d shed the formfitting dress for jeans and a tank top and felt more like herself for it.

“How hot does it get here?” Quin plunked down their dinner and sat on his side of the picnic table. Behind him the food truck was starting to pack up.

“Can’t handle the heat?” It was too much to ask that the man be able to cope with everything. He’d sat through the tattoo yesterday without complaint, being a heat weenie wasn’t terrible.

His brilliant blue eyes stood out in the dim illumination of the parking lot light. “When you have A/C, why should you?”

“You do realize that it’s going to get at least ten degrees hotter and stay there, don’t you?” She unwrapped the tacos and inhaled the spicy aroma of peppers and onions mixed with tender beef.

Quin made a show of wiping his forehead with a napkin. “I’m going to melt.”

“Why the hell are you still here then?”

He hefted his burrito and wrapped the tortilla tighter. “Family.”

She nodded, understanding that reason above all others.

They descended into companionable silence while they ate. The garbled sounds of a Tejano station melded with the distant sounds of Highway 75 and the light street traffic up and down Greenville Avenue.

“What are you so wound up about, doll?”

Her head snapped around. Quin watched her with one brow arched.

“What?” she asked.

“Your knees are bouncing and you keep looking around. Are you expecting someone I don’t know about?” He glanced over each shoulder.

The bubble of anger swelling in her breast burst. It wasn’t Quin’s fault she was suffering from a case of bitchitis.

Instead of snapping at him, she put her taco down and massaged her temples. “No, I’m just sitting on too much energy and not enough time to expend it.”

“Ah.” He nodded as if he understood. “We used to call that the fight or fuck stage.”

It was her turn to quirk a brow at him. She shivered despite the heat. He had a point; one or the other would help. “Fight or fuck stage? What did you used to do?”

“First I was in the Marines, then I used to fight MMA, semipro.”

Her eyebrows crept upward. Mixed martial arts? She saw Quin in a whole new light, and when she looked at him in this proverbial light, he looked damn good. Fighters came with their own set of issues, but as an MMA hobbyist herself, Kellie had to admit that her bad boy draw was sitting across from her. Growing up around the gym meant she’d become more than competent in a few martial art forms. As an adult, branching out into the grappling, wrestling and more violent aspects had given her a much needed outlet.

Kellie grabbed her drink, the cup covered in condensation, and gulped it down to get moisture back in her dry mouth.

“Why’d you stop?”

“I got hurt. Fractured a few vertebrae. Everyone was amazed I could walk after that. Realized there was little to no chance of me coming back from the injury, so I switched over to training. I like it.”

“Do you train around here?” An invisible fist clenched her heart. There had been a time when she would have known the different gyms, who trained where, which ones were worth going to and so forth.

Quin didn’t answer immediately. He chewed his food without haste and took a drink before replying. “I’m transitioning locations. Parting with someone. It’s a little messy.”

Her nose wrinkled. “Yeah, I’ve been there. I’m lucky to have Mary as my co-owner. The guy I worked with before her was a man-child.”

He snorted. “Man-child?”

“Yeah, you know. Frat boy types.”

He tilted his head back and laughed. “That’s a good one, doll. Man-child. I’ll have to remember that.”

The pet name slid over her nerves as if it were sandpaper. “Do you have to call me that?”

“What?” He blinked as if he had no clue what she was talking about.

“Lay off the doll crap already.”

He shrugged. “You look like a doll.”

Her scalp itched and her hand balled into a fist. “You think I look like a whore?” she growled. Moments like these she felt as if she were a passenger in her own body.

The urge to do something, or even the man across from her, had her muscles too tense and her nerves strung too tight.

Quin jerked his face away from his cup. “What? No. That’s not what I meant. You’re attractive and exotic-looking. You look more like a doll than a real person.”

Heat crawled up her neck and she was thankful the parking light was their only illumination. It was the most convoluted compliment anyone had ever paid her, and it turned her on even more. She folded her taco wrapper into a neat square.

“You realize the term china doll is what men called Asian prostitutes and war brides?”

“The fuck—no. No, that’s definitely not what I meant. Hey, guys probably hit on you all the time. I figured I had to be a little creative.”

She rolled her eyes. “At least you don’t talk to my boobs.”

His gaze dipped to her chest and her nipples perked up at his inspection. She squeezed her thighs together. This was ridiculous. She was not an animal in heat ready to throw herself at some random guy.

“Well, in their defense, most guys probably only come up to your chest, so it’s not entirely their fault.” One side of his mouth kicked up in a roguish smile.

She chuckled and rolled her eyes. “Yeah, blame it on me because I’m tall.”

“It’s not your fault you’re tall. It’s their fault they’re short.”

Her phone buzzed against her hip. Conversation forgotten, Kellie dug it out of her pocket and unlocked the screen. The home-care provider always texted her when Grandma finally went to bed. She breathed a sigh of relief when nothing else was mentioned, which meant the day had passed without incident. She had all night before she would need to go home and face those troubles. For now she was her own woman.

“Everything okay?”

She glanced up from the phone. “Yeah.”

“Good.”

“So you moved here for family. Wife? Girlfriend?”

“None of the above.”

He was unattached and available. She went very still, the possibilities running through her head.

Quin cleared his throat. “My schedule right now doesn’t lend itself to dating.”

Even better. She laid her palms on the rough wooden surface of the table. “Neither does mine.”

His stillness echoed hers. A predatory awareness came over him, but she wasn’t prey. “That’s a shame.”

She looked him over, even as he did the same. He wouldn’t be the first client she slept with, she wasn’t a saint. But neither did she know him.

“Excuse me.” The food truck cook had walked up on them without either noticing. “I need to load the table, sorry.” He smiled and wiped his hands on the dirty apron.

Kellie swiped the napkin across her face. Had she really inhaled the burrito? Judging by the sad remnants left, yes she had. “That’s fine. Thanks for the food.”

She rose, gathered up her trash and tossed it in a recycling bin, then leaned against the front of Quin’s truck, out of the way while Quin lent a hand to their cook and helped load the table. Too many thoughts spun around in her head, she needed a minute to get her head screwed on straight, but she wasted those watching Quin’s arms and the way his t-shirt stretched across his back. She pretended she hadn’t been staring when he headed for her, perching her elbows on the hood  and leaning back. The truck’s grille pressed into her back but with her elbows perched on the edge, it thrust her breasts out. As if she needed to draw any more attention to them.
Quin’s gaze roved freely over her body and she could already anticipate his strong touch. He would be an energetic lover, but would he be gentle? Or rough? Did he always have to stay in control? Because sometimes she liked to put a man through his paces.

“I can’t tell what you’re thinking and I’m dying to know.” He stopped less than a foot away.

She smiled slowly, already having a pretty good idea what his answer to her question would be. “I was wondering if you would like to get a room?”

Sidney Sig

Coming Soon, more So Inked!

May 16, 2013 in Let Me Tell You, My Books

Hello my Dear Readers!

underhisskin_50Today I get to share some very exciting news I’ve been sitting on. For those who are fans of Under His Skin and are looking forward to The Harder He Falls, you’ll be excited for this.

Ready?

I’ve signed contracts for the remaining three books in what is now officially the So Inked series! It’s fantastic to be able to say this out loud. I never anticipated last year when I wrote Under His Skin that it would spawn five books and so many great memories.

The titles for the series are as follows:

Book 1: Under His Skin

Book 2: The Harder He Falls

Book 3: His Marriage Bargain

Book 4: More than He can Handle

Book 5: His Little Fighter

theharderhefalls_50There’s so much work to be done, research to do and words to write, but for today I’m going to just allow myself to be excited.

As you know, The Harder He Falls is in production now. I’ll begin writing So Inked 3, His Marriage Bargain, very soon. Hopefully by the end of the month words are on paper. After that, we’ll have to see how the time-table pans out. I won’t make promises right now when to expect the books, but they will happen. I have lots of plans for these girls!

Those of you who are fans are probably counting up the books and thinking, “But there are only four tattoo artists, right?”

Right.

I made the decision after finishing Under His Skin that Carly would continue to be a big part of the So Inked world. Such a big part that I want to write a book focusing on her and how her life has been changed by the shop and where she’s going. Anything other than that is a spoiler, so I’ll zip my lips and pass around the virtual cake in celebration of So Inked.

Sidney Sig

Coming Soon: The Harder He Falls, So Inked 2!

February 8, 2013 in Let Me Tell You, My Books

 I’m so excited!!!!!!

I’ve been a complete spaz since I saw this little tweet from my editor on January 16th:

Jilly 3am tweet

Those who are familiar with Under His Skin know that Kellie is one of the co-owners of the So Inked tattoo shop that Pandora works for. I’ve not made a secret of the fact that I want to write my way through all the women’s lives who work there, and Kellie was the next victim – ah – heroine for my books.

Sidney NewsNeedless to say, I’m very excited to now announce that The Harder He Falls has been contracted by Ellora’s Cave.

WOOHOO!!!!

I think these contract announcements are getting less professional each time I make them.

This is now my 8th book sale and I just keep getting more excited about each one. I never thought I’d be here, and I secretly (or not so secretly now) hope that this excitement never goes away. It’s part of what makes this whole process so addicting!

But on a serious note, The Harder He Falls was an emotional journey for me. Following in the footsteps of Under His Skin, I do talk about issues near and dear to my heart. I spent a lot of time mulling over the past and coming to terms with the death of my grandfather who had Alzheimer’s. I talk a lot about Kellie’s grandmother who was mentioned in book one.

So Inked LogoAs always, these books don’t happen without a lot of support and input by Team Awesome. Suzan, Jessica, Rebekah, Carolyn, Alice, Lea, Sophia and Linda. Thank you to all of the readers and reviewers who loved the hell out of Under His Skin and kept me excited about the series and pushing forward. Kat, you’ll get the book you want eventually, hope you like Kellie enough for now. Thank you to Kelli Collins of Ellora’s Cave who started this crazy train going by pushing me to write something else when I would have settled. And to my editor. Jilly, you’re going to give me a panic attack. I’m convinced you’re secretly a sadist, and well, that would make me a masochist because I keep coming back for more.

Those who frequent these posts often know that with each book I sell I get a new, sterling silver charm for my bracelet. I like to chose something that factors into the books and really captures the heart of the couple. In Under His Skin, it was Brian’s tattoo of a ship. For The Harder He Falls it’s a pair of boxing gloves. They were as close as I could get to mixed martial arts gloves. Both the hero and heroine really enjoy recreational fighting as a way to blow off steam, which also brings them together. So here’s to the newest addition to my bracelet!

Okay, time to get my work shoes on, The Harder He Falls will need some rough love in the editing department and I have yet more to roll out that I can’t talk about!

Thank you to everyone who keeps coming back for more.

Sidney Sig

Under His Skin out in print!

November 12, 2012 in Let Me Tell You, My Books

 

This was supposed to go out early today but it never posted!

Today is the print release date of Under His Skin!

In the beginning of October I got to hold the very first print copies at Romanticon, and it felt so wrong to not be able to share it with people. But as of today you can buy Under His Skin in not just digital ebook, but print as well!

[Go buy Under His Skin in print now]

A woman who doesn’t believe she deserves love…

Toe-curling kisses and enough sex to fill a weekend were all Pandora wanted from a fling with her teenage crush. She’s never forgotten how he played the knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She’s ready to say thank you in several naughty ways, so long as she can walk away when it’s over with her heart intact.

A man moving on from tragedy…

Brian has no intention of allowing the feisty tattoo artist to leave him after one taste. He hasn’t had enough of her inked curves. The packaging might have changed, but Pandy is the woman he hasn’t been able to excise from his memory. He’s ready to put together a new life, one that includes her. But he’s not the only one vying for her attention. Someone else wants her, dead or alive.

[Read More Here]

Jumping tracks.

November 4, 2012 in Blog Meme

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series ROW 80 4th quarter 2012

I’m determined to do more check-in’s! Last Sunday I did a major recap of everything I’m doing and touched on a lot of stuff I’m juggling. Since I’ve been talking about stuff in two groups, why don’t I start that way?

Pen Monkeying.

For my sake, here’s my original list I started with:

  • Get So Inked #2 out the door and to my Critique Partners.
  • Hammer out So Inked #2 per my Critique Partners feedback.
  • Submit So Inked #2 to my editor.
  • Write a short story #1 for an anthology.
  • Edit the short story #1.
  • Send the short story out to my Critique Partners for feedback.
  • Write my 2nd science-fiction romance.
  • Begin writing So Inked #3.
  • Revise short story #2.
  • Submit short story #2.

Ah lists. How much I love them. And how much they change.

While I was out for my day job conference, I did some line edits for A Kiss for a Cure. This is getting so close to being finished. It’s pretty exciting! I also just adore the cover. They did a great job on this at Lyrical Press.

I should get my critiques for So Inked #2 sometime in the next week. I’m waffling on if I will stop drafting to do the edits, do them after I finish drafting or try to do a multi-job, trading hours of writing and editing. I’ll have to evaluate the feedback I get and make a game plan then. I’d love to have this book sent off and rolling before the end of the year, which is totally do-able.

Since it’s now NaNoWriMo, I’ve begun writing my the follow up to A Kiss for a Cure, which is my sci-fi/rom series. The first two days were a bust and I just could not get the dang book moving. I wrote five or six different opening scenes. I’m so frustrated with myself, but I’m also not working with all cylinders firing. There’s just something missing from the book or characters or whatever that it hasn’t clicked.

Yesterday in the really early morning hours I decided I needed to write something else.

A while ago, after Romanticon, I was kicking around the idea of writing an erotic horror for the Ellora’s Cave Shivers line. They’re actively seeking more submissions and I like some horror. I started a book and I’m liking it. I’m sort of afraid to jinx it so I’m not saying a whole lot about it except that it’s begun well and I have a good idea where it’s going.

I have a history of deviating from my plan to do something either really great, Under His Skin for example, or really awful. Maybe this will be a great novella to add to my backlist? I’m hoping it doesn’t turn into a novel. I’d be nice to get this erotic horror and the seekrit project finished for NaNoWriMo in place of Sharks #2.

So how about a new list since the one I’ve started with seems to be falling apart?

  • Get So Inked #2 out the door and to my Critique Partners.
  • Hammer out So Inked #2 per my Critique Partners feedback.
  • Submit So Inked #2 to my editor.
  • Write my 2nd science-fiction romance.
  • Begin writing So Inked #3.
  • Revise short story #2.
  • Submit short story #2.
  • Write erotic horror.
  • Write seekrit project.

I’m leaving Sharks on the list simply because I would really like to write it this year, even if I write it during December. I can push So Inked #3 back to January and it’s not a big deal to me.

The first short story has also been removed. I imagine I’ll write it during January or later once I’m more prepared for it.

I’ve added both the erotic horror and the seekrit project, which I can’t talk about since it’s, ya know, seekrit. Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to blab all about it!

Health.

I added health goals after ROW80 began. For those that don’t know, I’m on a Jenny Craig diet and my goal is to stay consistent with the progress I’ve been doing. I somehow managed to drop almost a pound while I was at a work trade show. Considering all the greasy food we ate, I’m thrilled.

In not so great news, I’ve had some bad gallbladder attacks so I’ve made an appointment with a surgeon my doctor referred me to for Monday to talk about having the pesky organ out. Chances are it will be at some point during the next week. This blows because it’s going to knock me off my stride for NaNoWriMo, but oh well. My health is more important and words can happen later.

That’s all folks!

I believe that’s a wrap for this week’s ROW80 recap. How’s everyone else doing?

#ROW80 stands for A Round of Words in 80 Days. It’s a flexible writing and lifestyle challenge that allows the participants to set goals at the beginning of an 80 day span of time — and change them if you so desire.

 

A week of editing.

October 28, 2012 in Blog Meme

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series ROW 80 4th quarter 2012

Hello lovelies!

I started this blog post on Tuesday, and now it’s Sunday. It’s been a week.

Since I’ve been so busy and I haven’t done a true, full on ROW80 post since the beginning, I’m going to try to hit it all in this post.

First, what is ROW80 and why am I doing it?

ROW80 is actually, A Round of Words in 80 Days. It’s a flexible challenge to just do stuff during 80 days. A lot of the people doing this are also setting goals for health things, life improvements and whatever — as well as writing. Since I’m a big fan of goals, and this makes goals a social experience, I figured why not join in?

What are my ROW80 goals?

There’s a big list, but the stuff I posted from my initial statement of intent was:

  • Get So Inked #2 out the door and to my Critique Partners.
  • Hammer out So Inked #2 per my Critique Partners feedback.
  • Submit So Inked #2 to my editor.
  • Write a short story #1 for an anthology.
  • Edit the short story #1.
  • Send the short story out to my Critique Partners for feedback.
  • Write my 2nd science-fiction romance.
  • Begin writing So Inked #3.
  • Revise short story #2.
  • Submit short story #2.

I’ve since added some about my health, which I’ve posted about apart from the initial posting. Basically, I want and need to eat low fat foods so I can keep my gallbladder. I posted earlier this week, I think, all about my health stuff, so if you really want to know, here’s that post.

What’s been going on?

Last time I checked in was in the wake of Romanticon, which I don’t think I’ve recovered from yet. I haven’t had the opportunity to. This month is all go-go-go do stuff! It’s exhausting, but things are going well-ish. Romanticon was so much fun. I can’t say enough good things about my experience there, and that’s before you start talking about the Cavemen and all the very naughty fun that is hand in hand with the Ellora’s Cave brand.

Left you can see a shot done during the "Fantasy Book Cover Photo Shoot". Yes, that’s me and those are my legs, but I’m wearing stockings. It wasn’t nearly as sexy as it looks. At least not for me. I’m all of twelve years old, so I was giggling like a loon during the shots. The guys are incredibly professional, polite and super nice.

Besides the conference, I’ve been able to scratch off one of the things on my big list up there. I posted already about being able to check off the first items on my list, which is to scratch off the short story #2 lines. It’s off to the editor so cue the blinders. Out of sight, out of mind!

I’m a little sad because the short story #1 on the list might not happen this year. I might need to push it off until January or so. It’s okay, the deadline isn’t until March, but I need to do more research and hands on training I think before I can really get it right, and for a book like this, it needs that tender loving care. So short story #1 is a possible shelf item.

But how about some good news?

The last time I posted about ROW80 I was working on edits for A Kiss for a Cure. Those are done! I’m getting really excited about that book. I’m actually going to start writing the follow up book to that one in November, or next week. Whichever works out with the work stuff this weekend and my on-going edits. I’m going to try to write most of this book during NaNoWriMo. It should be a full length novel, whereas A Kiss for a Cure is a novella. It’s also the big To Do for this ROW80.

Almost as soon as I turned that book in, my Ellora’s Cave editor sent me the edits for Bound with Pearls. I was expecting these since she’d told me at Romanticon she was working on them. Talk about evil! Nah, I adore my editor there, even if these are rough edits. That’s my fault. I wrote this book way last year, I should have sub’ed it early this year, but nerves and other deadlines pushed it back and pushed it back and I didn’t want to mess with it. It by no means excuses those mistakes from happening, but now I know. I really do enjoy this book and the series it’s spawned. But, that’s all honey and roses while right now I have the thorns. Edits. Edits are thorns, but a necessary evil for something really awesome. These were a bit slower going than I’d liked, but I had them turned in on Saturday before I left for the work tradeshow I’m at right now. No, I’m not sitting at my laptop right now. Kinda wish I was, but shhhh, we’ll keep that between us.

Something that isn’t on the list, my book tour just wrapped up, so I’ll be doing follow up’s and thank you’s this coming week. The tour was great, got some really fantastic reviews that made me feel like a rock star and has me even more excited about getting to work on So Inked #3 late this year.

What’s on deck for this week?

Sleep.

Really, I need sleep. After a month of crazy and ending with a tradeshow, I’d like to sleep some this week.

In reality I’ll begin working on revisions to So Inked #2. I have two critiques back and I’m expecting several more sometime between now and next weekend. I’ll probably comb through the two I have and mull them over. I’d hoped to cut about 5,000 words from the book but so far no one sees anywhere to cut stuff, so I could just end up with a monster of a book. I really love this book, I just wish it was shorter.

With NaNoWriMo kicking off this week, I also need to go back through my notes for Sharks #2. No, that’s not the real series title, it’s just what I call it. I have the characters and plot set to go, but it’s been a few weeks since I did all the brainstorming and figuring out of stuff. I need to revisit it and commit myself to writing something that isn’t overtly erotic, just sexy. It’s a fun change for me, since I often get dinged for having too much plot in an erotic romance. Oopse! My bad.

I think that’s it for me. This is a long update, but I haven’t really participated in the last few. There’s either been nothing to say, or else I was away or swamped. Now I’m still gone, but at least I’ve been able to prepare for it this time! I’ll check back in next Sunday probably and report back on my NaNoWriMo progress.

Anyone else doing NaNo this year? What are you working on?

Kicking off A Round of Words

October 1, 2012 in Blog Meme

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series ROW 80 4th quarter 2012

Today is the day.

ROW80 is beginning and it’s been so long since I’ve done this dust has gathered in my hair and I doubt anyone remembers me. That’s okay, I was a different writer then.

I’m the kind of person who sets pretty lofty goals, but because of the large amount of conferencing I’m doing in October, this has to be reined in a little.

In October I will be attending a reader-writer conference, Ellora’s Cave Romanticon, as well as a conference for my day job, which I won’t mention because I draw the line there. This limits what i can do during October, but I knew that when I made these commitments what it would be like.

I like goals. I like to do them in everything, not just writing. For me, they’re something you can aim for. Something you can work toward. When I write, this helps me meet deadlines, gauge which projects need to be completed over others, and so on. In work, it helps me keep track of priorities, things that are time sensitive and needs to be moved up the cue to complete faster. In my non-writer life, goals help me figure out which domestic chores need to be wrapped up first, financial plans to aim for and just plain getting stuff done. There’s something about scratching through a goal that gives me a thrill. Does that make me a pencil thrill junkie? Maybe?

Anyways, goals for writing the rest of the year all push existing series further along. I don’t know if I have a book coming out in the next few months besides the print release of Under His Skin, but I’m stacking them up for next year already.

The short of the writing list is:

  • Get So Inked #2 out the door and to my Critique Partners.
  • Hammer out So Inked #2 per my Critique Partners feedback.
  • Submit So Inked #2 to my editor.
  • Write a short story #1 for an anthology.
  • Edit the short story #1.
  • Send the short story out to my Critique Partners for feedback.
  • Write my 2nd science-fiction romance.
  • Begin writing So Inked #3.
  • Revise short story #2.
  • Submit short story #2.

Of these, the first one is going to be the easiest and first to get scratched off the list. I’m doing final passes through the book now. For those who are unfamiliar with my work, So Inked refers to the tattoo shop introduced in my summer novel,Under His Skin. When I submitted it to my Ellora’s Cave editor one of the first things she asked me was, "Is this a series?" I’d kicked the idea around in my head and decided that yes, I really wanted to tell the other stories. Altogether I’m planning on five novels there. [see the series page]

I have some plan to write a short story for an anthology call out from a new-to-me publisher. I respect their staff and I really would like to write the idea. In short it’s an erotic romance with strong BDSM elements. I would again write a female Dominant and male submissive, but I would be writing a new area of kink I haven’t messed with before. There are plans in the works to go observe some demonstrations to see if it’s something I can write.

The science fiction romance book will be a follow up to my 2013 release from Lyrical Press, Kiss for a Cure. There’s not a lot to say about this as of yet except it follows in the same vein as the first, featuring sharks and space and aliens and adventure. On Twitter I’ve called it my Sharks in Space series. Again, not a lot to say because things are still not official or nailed down and I don’t want to misspeak. As far as the book I will be writing, I hope to do a full 80K novel, written mostly in November during NaNoWriMo.

I want to start writing the third installment in the So Inked series. I would expect this book to wrap up somewhere between 80K and 90K, though if it rivals So Inked #2 in length I would not be surprised. Because I leap frog projects, I will write the science fiction book, write the So Inked #3 book and circle back to edit the science fiction.This is the process that works best for my writing, it’s not for everyone!

Lastly on my list, I added this one last night, but I want to wrap up another short story I wrote last week for an anthology call that landed in my inbox middle of last week. It’s been surprisingly fun. Won’t hear back on this one until sometime around January, which is kind of a bummer, but if I made it, would be a nice addition to my bookshelf.

I’m editing to add this after visiting a bunch of the ROW80 blogs, I didn’t realize a lot of people were rolling their other goals into ROW80. I think Wednesday I’m going to visit my health goals, and Sunday I’ll visit some misc goals. By next Wednesday I’ll be able to do a recap and wave as I lift off for Ohio. So, stay tuned! There’s more coming!

Under His Skin has a print release date!

September 10, 2012 in Let Me Tell You, My Books

 

I just found out the official release date for the print version of Under His Skin! I knew this was coming. The unveiling of the print book is scheduled to debut at Ellora’s Cave Romanticon in early October. I’ll be doing a blog tour after the conference where I’ll hopefully be offering print versions of the books.

So the release date, ready for it?

November 12th!

It’s already up on the Ellora’s Cave site on the Coming Soon pages.

You can also check out all the information on the book page, here.

I’m so very excited about this! I’ll get to mark something off my bucket list, and that’s something I don’t get to do often.

Six Sentence Sunday: Under His Skin

September 2, 2012 in Blog Meme

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Under His Skin

 Welcome back to Six sentence Sunday! I’m doing the last share from my July release, Under His Skin. This book is part of the Ellora’s Cave Pricked series, and is the first book in what I hope will be a really cool series all about a team of tattoo artists. Check back for more information about the book and the rest of the series!

Our heroine, Pandora, is getting ready for a tattoo competition and has just had a verbal confrontation with the man you might consider her arch-nemesis.

How had she endured being engaged to him? The memories alone had a cold sweat breaking out along her hairline and down her spine.

She rubbed her fingers over the scars on her left palm. She’d been weak once. Never again.

“Dude, you’ve got balls.” Kellie’s voice brought her out of the dark memories.

And that’s it. Tune in next week when I’ll begin a short series of shares from my contribution to an anthology featuring hot foreign guys!

You can pre-order Under His Skin at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or go pick it up at Ellora’s Cave. I just got news that it will be up for purchase in print sometime in October!!!

A woman who doesn’t believe she deserves love…

Toe-curling kisses and enough sex to fill a weekend were all Pandora wanted from a fling with her teenage crush. She’s never forgotten how he played the knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She’s ready to say thank you in several naughty ways, so long as she can walk away when it’s over with her heart intact.

A man moving on from tragedy…

Brian has no intention of allowing the feisty tattoo artist to leave him after one taste. He hasn’t had enough of her inked curves. The packaging might have changed, but Pandy is the woman he hasn’t been able to excise from his memory. He’s ready to put together a new life, one that includes her. But he’s not the only one vying for her attention. Someone else wants her, dead or alive.

If you would like to check out the rest of the Six Sentence crowd, visit the official website at SixSunday.com.