Five years ago today, my first romance was released. PRIVATE ENCORE was not the first book I wrote, but it was the first one that was published by a digital publisher. I’m still thrilled with Rick and Eloise’s story.
I’ve always written. My first bestseller was “Sammy and Sandy the Skunks” in the fifth grade, also illustrated by yours truly. It was in the Manordale Elementary School library and some of the other students signed it out. *puffs out chest proudly.* I wasn’t an athlete in high school, but my school jacket had “Writer” on the sleeve. It took me a while to get here, but I made it.
Since that first romance, I’ve written five Hollywood to Olympus books, three short romances set in resorts, a sci-fi shifter short (which I have back and may do something with someday), two (and a half) romantic suspense novels, two Christmas romances (one to be re-released this year), and a partridge in a pear tree. I was, and still am, tremendously excited ever time a new book comes out.
It’s a process. Each of my books is a step forward in my career. Five years later I am finally getting some momentum, so when you read a book that says it takes two to five years to establish yourself, they aren’t kidding (and I’ve been doing this full-time for 3 years!).
So here is to you, wherever you are on your journey. Five years is a drop in the bucket. I love writing and hope to be doing this for another fifty.
“What’s the movie?” Mike asked their agent.
“A veterinarian studying endangered pandas discovers they’ve been infected with an incurable virus and creates a cure to save them from extinction,” Fiona said.
Glinda closed her eyes for a moment. She pictured herself as a blonde Sigourney Weaver a la “Gorillas in the Mist”, only with a Chinese setting rather than an African one. Lush green scenery, a heroic doctor battling to save an adorable yet doomed species. She could imagine exactly how it could play out. Then, remembering her luck, she reconsidered how it likely would play out. She opened one eye and stared at Fiona. “Mike would be the vet, wouldn’t he?”
“Yes, Glinda, Mike is the panda doctor. But I promise, you are nothing like a damsel in distress.”
“Rival scientist?” Glinda guessed.
“Black market panda procurer?” Mike offered.
“Traveller from the future sent back to save the species?”
“Oh, good one,” Glinda said.
“You’re the bodyguard,” Fiona interrupted before they could get really imaginative.
“Whose bodyguard?” they both asked.
“The panda doctor’s.”
Not being the damsel in distress? That was something Glinda could work with. “Still in.”
Fiona’s smile returned. “Mike’s right. You should read it before you commit. I promise you, it’s a feature film, but it doesn’t have a blockbuster’s budget. Obviously, I think you should do it or I wouldn’t have brought it to you. But as I said, it’s the two of you or nothing, so you both need to agree.”
Glinda shared a look with Mike. “Give us the scripts.”
I’m very excited to announce that ACTION HERO is available on Amazon for pre-order for its June release. It’s lots of fun, and hotter than a veterinarian and his bodyguard running from bad guys in a jungle!
Nobody in Hollywood takes cable television star Glinda Crawford seriously, and that’s not going to change with her next movie. What started off as a serious drama has descended into a cheesy flick about rabid, cyborg, panda assassins, and she can’t escape the insanity.
Mike Mosley has it all worked out. He’s leveraged his teen-age TV heartthrob days into a successful adult acting career. But the first week on the set of his new movie with his Olympus co-star Glinda has him second-guessing everything: the plan, his single status, and just how dangerous robot pandas can be.
When script shenanigans spill into the real world, the attraction Glinda and Mike have been faking turns into a hot, real-life adventure. If they can survive this movie, they can survive anything together. However, the shocking finale surprises them both.
After a brief disappearance, Nick Thurston has been seen back around town in the presence of Ashleigh Jessup. That’s right – the digital version of LEADING MAN is back up for sale. (Kobo is not cooperating at the moment , but the rest of the vendors are good.)
It’s time for spring cleaning. You know what that means. It’s time to clean up your Kindle (or iPhone or Kobo or Nook) and make room for MORE FREE ROMANCES. Over 100 romance writers are inviting you to Spring Into Love with 100 free titles, so please check them out, and stock up for March Break. Or whatever other excuses you come up with.
Sydney Richardson should have trusted her instincts and locked the door when a Greek god appeared on her doorstep at sunrise. After months of work, she needs every second of the day to wrap up a two-part fundraiser for burn victims like herself and she can’t afford to waste time with a TV hunk, no matter how good he looks in a toga.
Chris Peck, worshipped by millions as Zeus on the hit drama Olympus, desperately wants to prove to the producers of a soon-to-be-cast romantic comedy that he doesn’t need fight scenes or special effects to make the jump to the big screen. Acting as the slave-for-a-day in the show’s fan appreciation contest was supposed to cement his everyman credibility but the winner wants nothing to do with him.
Chris is captivated by the woman who refuses to fawn over his looks and fame, and he promises to put her fundraising efforts over the top if she’ll spend the day with him. However, just when he convinces Sydney they could have a chance together, the movie’s producers offer him an audition that would mean breaking his promise and leaving Sydney in the lurch. The king of the gods has until sunset to prove to his new off-screen love interest that Hollywood magic and reality can co-exist.
Hey, my romantic suspense readers! Have you heard about Booksweeps? You have the chance to win over 40 romantic suspense books. Check out this link for details. One of these books is PURSUIT, and the third and final book of the Calendar Killer trilogy will be out later this year.
Part of this contest is newsletter sign-ups. The good news is that a lot of these authors will likely be offering a free book in their emails, so check them out.
(If you sign up for a newsletter and decide you don’t want to receive it anymore, please UNSUBSCRIBE instead of marking it as spam. Thank you, from someone who has to deal with the back-end of a newsletter subscriptions service.)
If you need a break from digging out after the latest snowfall, or want to escape to someplace warm and margarita-filled while your little darling has you sitting in the arena for practice, may I suggest taking a quick $0.99 trip to the Dominican Republic.
All Julie Beresford wanted was a vacation fling, something to distract her from the most important decision of her teaching career. What she gets is a man who not only captures her heart but pushes her to face her fears.
Contractor Dennis Wilson is supposed to be on a father-son bonding trip, but after that turns into a solo vacation at the last minute, Julie is an intoxicating distraction from the disappointment.
When his son arrives unexpectedly, Julie’s presence throws a spanner into an already tense situation. Can Dennis salvage both relationships, or is one doomed to break?
In the interest of getting you hooked on as many new authors as possible, I’m happy to spread the news about BookSweeps. You can enter to win all kinds of free e-books, you can check out a bunch of authors at the same time.
It’s sorted by genre, so you can get tailor-made choices delivered right to your inbox. Romantic suspense? They’ve got that. Sports romances? Sci-fi? Pick any and all you want.
I’m going to be upfront with you. It is a promo site. You do have the chance to win free books, and get free books from authors, but you’ll be signed up to authors’ newsletters. They tell you this when you sign up, so it won’t be a surprise. I still recommend you go for it. Open the first newsletter, see if you like it. If you don’t, unsubscribe. Please don’t mark it as spam because that causes problems for the author (and you did agree to get the newsletter.)
Not even a whole dollar. Just $0.99. A ton of $0.99 stories – including Cuban Moon – are on sale for the next two days (Feb 12 and 13). Get yourself a Valentine’s present! Check out this site for a complete list of books and vendors that you can get for a dollar, a buck, a loonie.
(Speaking of Cuban Moon, I have news for you. Dominican Stars, the third book in the Resort Romance series, will be out later this month, also for $0.99. Why don’t you check them all out?)