Monday, March 10, 2014

My Writing Process - Blog Tour

My very sweet friend, Jodi Linton, has invited me to participate in the "My Writing Process" Blog Tour.  Jodi is another Entangled author whose book, Pretty Reckless, debuts later this month.  To learn more about Jodi and her release, visit her website.  You guys are going to love her!

By the way, my romance, Rules of Protection, is also debuting with Entangled Publishing and will be released Summer 2014!  To learn more about me or my work, follow me on my social media networks.

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 Now, onto the questions...

1.  What am I working on?
Rules of Protection is the first book in my Tangled in Texas series and will be released Summer 2014.  So I'm currently working on my second book in the series and am about halfway done with the first draft.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write fast-paced, sexy contemporary romances that are laugh-out-loud funny.  For me, it just seems that sex and humor go hand-in-hand.  Both are major factors in my stories. 

3.  Why do I write what I do?
I love writing hot scenes, but also love funny stuff.  And there's nothing better than someone fanning themselves after reading one of my sex scenes or laughing at something I wrote.  I'm not sure which one makes me smile more.  But my absolute goal is to be as entertaining as possible.

4.  How does my writing process work?
I've noticed that my writing process has varied with each book I write.  I outlined Rules of Protection in twenty-four hours and then wrote it in two and half months (from start to finish).  My current WIP is not cooperating exactly how I'd hoped.  It's only half written at this point, but I've had to skip scenes and start back at the beginning more times than I care to admit.  I know it will get there, but it's definitely making me put in the work.


Okay, guys, that's a wrap!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my writing process.  I am passing the Blog Tour torch over to three of my writer friends, and on Monday, March 17th, you can visit their blogs and read all about their writing process.  Their information is below!

Thanks for hanging out with me!







Elizabeth Hayley

Bio:

Elizabeth Hayley is actually "Elizabeth" and "Hayley," two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels.  This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own.  The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel.  They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands' chagrin). "Elizabeth" lives with her husband, one and half year old daughter and nutjob of a dog.  "Hayley" lives with her husband and their own crazy dog.  They are hoping to adopt a newborn soon.  Elizabeth Hayley's writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis:  "I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind."
 
Website / Blog: http://www.authorelizabethhayley.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/piecesofperfect

Facebook: https://facebook.com/elizabeth.hayley.1



Kelly O'Dell Stanley

Bio:

A little quirky and a whole lot frazzled, Kelly O'Dell Stanley is a writer and graphic designer.  Her book, The Art of Praying Upside Down, will be released by Tyndale Momentum in 2015.  In the meantime, she continues to wrestle with doubt and with faith, maintain a calendar that fills up way too fast, and enjoy these crazy moments with her husband as her kids (20, 17, and 13) grow up way too fast.

Website / Blog: http://prayingupsidedown.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellyostanley

Facebook: https://facebook.com/KellyODellStanley


Ella Martin

Bio:
Ella Martin is a prep school survivor and a Southern California native. She writes books about spunky teenagers who are way cooler than she ever was, and she totally believes in love and happy endings. Her debut, Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? will be out Summer 2014 from Astraea Press. She likes sunny places and is terrified of snowy winters, so she now lives in Florida with her husband and son.


Website / Blog: http://www.ella-martin.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EMCaines

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pure Bliss Street Team

Hey, everyone!

I am currently building my Pure Bliss Street Team and would love for you to be a part of it!
 
My street team members will be entered in awesome member-only giveaways, earn special prizes, and participate in fun contests!  They'll also be privy to insider information and get to read my books BEFORE they are available to the general public!

The tasks I assign my street team will be very simple and never take up much time.  If you have any questions, please read more about my street team by clicking HERE.

Otherwise, consider this your personal invite to join Pure Bliss Street Team and become an official member.  At any given time, registration may close to the public without warning, so sign up today.  I have lots of fun stuff planned ahead, and I hope you'll join me! 

Sign up in two easy steps by clicking the link below and then clicking the "Join" button.

Yes, sign me up!


Thanks for all the support!



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!



Happy New Years, people!

Gosh, I can't even begin to tell you how great this year has been for me.  Best. Year.  Ever.  And 2014 is looking to be promising, as well.

I have some fantastic news to share with you, but first I want to capture the spirit of New Year's Eve and relive some of my favorite writerly moments of 2013. 

The year started out fantastic when I received my first offer of publication.  An offer I turned down, mind you, but still...it was the first time I felt validated as a writer by a publishing professional.  Way to start the year off right, huh?  And it only continued to get better from there.

Shortly after my offer of publication, I received not one, not two, but THREE offers of representation by three amazing literary agents.  And lucky me, my dream agent happened to be one of the three offering agents.  So yep, I signed with Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, Inc.  I'm still pinching myself over that one, but you can read about it here (my first announcement) and here.

Not long after that, a fellow PichWars mentee and I started chatting.  Before I knew it, we were exchanging emails daily and CPing for each on a regular basis.  She was my first official critique partner, but not the last.  As the months went by, I ended up adding a total of nine more critique partners to my "beautiful friends" list.  All ten of these ladies are fantastic writers, and I thoroughly enjoy reading for them as much as I enjoy reading their comments on my own work.  These terrific peeps of mine make me a better writer.  And smile.  A lot. 

As if I wasn't blessed enough already for the year, I received news that changed my "writer" status to "author" status.  My book had not only been picked up, but I was being offered a two-book deal by Entangled Publishing.  Yay! Yay! Yay!  Making that announcement publicly was one of the proudest, most fun days I've had all year long.  I couldn't stop smiling at all the support and congratulations I received from the entire writing community, as well as my family and friends. 

By the way, my debut book releases with Entangled Publishing
in Summer of 2014!!  I'll keep you posted.

So today, as the year is wrapping up and coming to a close, I want to share one last bit of fabulous news I received earlier today.  I was invited to be the newest "chick" on Chick Swagger!  If you don't know what Chick Swagger is, then you are missing out!  These sassy, sexy ladies make me smile with every post.  I love them and am so happy to be joining their hen house!  Come check us out!
 
As you see, I've had an awesome year!  And I hope you all have, too. 
Now bring on 2014 and let's get crazy!

Happy New Years, everyone!