Friday, April 01, 2011

Friday Fun Facts: Win a Nook or a Kindle!

Happy first day of April! Whether you have any "fools" planned for today, Mother Nature already played one on those of us in the northeast. We were predicted to be walloped by a storm, up to 1 foot snow by this morning! But in my corner of the woods, all we ended up with was a little dusting. My daffodils are awfully happy!

In other exciting news, The Long and the Short of It is holding a "Spring is Busting Out All Over!" giveaway - every day this month, you can comment on their guest blogs for a chance to win a Nook, a Kindle, OR a $150 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble! And mark your calendars: my guest blog will appear Sunday, April 9th. Happy Spring!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Mentionables: A New Story!

So I started a new story last week! I'm planning it to be a novella, aiming for about 18K - 20K words. I don't have anything published that length, but I know there's a market for it especially in the e-book venue, so I'm going to give it a try. It's a different sort of challenge, because you don't have the luxury of a full-length novel to develop your characters and your subplots. You have to get right to it!

However, I have to say that so far, I'm chugging right along and enjoying the process. I'm about 12K words in after this weekend (started mid-last week). Hero and heroine have met on a cruise ship, enjoyed a torrid affair (she's getting over a divorce, he was on a bachelor party - not his own haha), and are now back to the regular lives about 1000 miles away. I have a decent sense of where I'd like the story to go, plot-wise, and so far it's behaving itself pretty well! It's a contemporary romance, the genre I feel most comfortable writing in, with a sensual heat level.

I am coming to realize, from talking to writers, that what you market and deliver is what they will expect. My most recent release, Summer's Song, had a higher heat level than my earlier ones, and more than a couple readers commented on that. Not negatively per se, but they were surprised to see it there. So live and learn and write on!

Now back to my draft......tentatively titled "Tequila Sunrise."