Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sex and the small town scandal...

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Sizzling sex, humor, relatable characters and heart wrenching conflicts, Unfinished Business, my recent novel, has all of these.  Add in a devastating small town scandal and the woman who wants to hide it and you have the latest book in Totally Bound’s bestselling What’s Her Secret line.

From an author’s perspective, the fun challenge of writing a book centered around a secret is, obviously, coming up with a secret. The trick is the secret must be compelling and tension building but also something understandable and relatable. To achieve that satisfying balance in my story, I created the character, gave her a goal and then used her motivation to dig around in her past to uncover her secret. I say uncover because I didn’t know what her secret was until I got to know her first.

At the start of the story, Hayley, the main character, wants to reinvent herself. She’s left her small, country hometown and moved to the city to a fresh start. She has a new job and new friends who know very little about her past.  At the heart of her desire to reinvent herself is a search for her own identity. As a member of a small community, she had been surrounded by people who knew most everything about her. They influenced her in ways she didn’t realize. It was only after she moved to the city, away from everyone and everything she’d ever known, that she understood how much she’d been influenced by their values and lifestyle. Once she’s on her own, the freedom to become who she wants is both thrilling and intimidating.  As she struggles to find herself, she does a couple crazy things. Lucky for her, Nick, her guy friend, is looking out for her.

Better still, Nick is that sweet, sexy guy-next-door type who know when to be gentle and encouraging and when to be tough and demanding.

What Country Girls Know

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There are a couple things city girls can learn from their country sisters.

Like what?

How to kiss a guy with a beard without getting a ‘tash rash, for starters.

Everyone knows the trend of guys having beards--long, short, full, trimmed, totally wild, you name it--came from the country. County dudes have been wearing beards for forever. Don’t believe me? Try watching any movie or television show set in the country. Then compare what you see on the screen to what you see on the city streets. Nuf said, ‘cause there’s your proof. So, it makes sense that country girls have the 411 on dealing with this itchy situation.

Here’s what you do:
Coat your face with lotion before for the smooching starts.

Sound unromantic? No worries. Embrace some hipster irony and use the country cure-all for skin irritations--Bag Balm. Yep. Bag Balm. The stuff that comes in the cute green and red square tin. Yep, with the clovers and cow head on top. Don’t have any on hand? No worries. Just go ask a dairy farmer for some. He’ll have it on hand because what Bag Balm is actually for is treating cow udders after milking. Bonus to rubbing it all over your face before you start locking lips? If you have any stitches the Bag Balm will loosen them up so you can pull them out yourself. Later, of course. There are many other very practical uses for this awesome ointment but you’re getting the idea.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Signings, Promo Events and Other Writerly Stuff, photos from this 'n that

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Unfinished Business, pre-order now from Totally Bound

She ran away from the town that wouldn’t forget, to a city that doesn’t forgive, right into the arms of the guy who insists she set things right.

Less than a year ago, Hayley Jones made a scandalous decision that sent her packing. She left her country hometown, moved to the city and made a new life for herself. But it’s hard being someone else when the real you has some unfinished business.

Hayley knows taking care of the unresolved piece of her past could stir up more trouble and humiliation, so she dodges the truth and puts her energy into her new friends and job. That strategy works for a short while but people from her past start showing up in her present.

Life gets even more complicated when she realizes she’s falling for Nick Noel, a guy who knows she’s running from something, and continually challenges her to be herself. But Hayley is afraid of what will happen if Nick finds out who she really is and what she did back home.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Killer Query Quick, a Madlibs style template to get started

A little something for writers...

Need a query letter in a hurry? Try out this template.
Here's how it works:

  • Select one of the 1's to start the letter. If you have 2 main characters, you may want to fill out the section for each main character.
  • 1A is an alternative start or an alternative add-on.
  • Pick one of the 2's.
  • Add 3, the closing.

1~Character & Conflict
{Adjective}_________________ {adjective} _________________________ {noun}_______________________, {character name} _____________________, wants{goal} __________________________________________________because{motivation}______________________________________________________but{conflict}_______________________________________.

1~Character & Conflict
{Adjective} ____________________ {adjective} ____________________ {character name} _________________________ is {describe character}_________________________________. When {state initial conflict} ______________________________________________. Then {state what intensifies conflict} ________________________________________________. The only way out is _______________________________________, but {conflict}__________________________. Unwilling to give up because {motivation} ________________________________________________, {character} ___________________, must {state what character must learn/do/change/learn/accomplish} _______________________________________________________________________.

1A ~ Setting & Conflict
{Adjective} ____________________ {adjective} ____________________ {setting} ___________________________ is {describe setting}___________________________________. The place that or A place where ___________________________________. But {state initial conflict} and {what intensifies conflict}___________________________________.

2 ~ Manuscript Details
{TITLE} ________________________ is a {genre} _______________________, _________________________ words in length.

2 ~ Manuscript Details
{TITLE}_______________________________, tells a/the story of {theme} _______________________ and shows that {what changes/how character grows/what learned} _________________________________________.

3 ~ Closing
I {tell a bit about yourself} ___________________________. If you’d like to see {TITLE} __________________, I’ll be happy to send it.