Category: Writing (page 2 of 12)

The Twisted Mosaic books get two award nominations!

Two of my books are up for awards in the Ménage Romances 2014 Fan’s Awards.

*Their Twisted Love – Straight Characters in Menage Romance
*The Twisted Mosaic – Book Cover Menage Romance (by Mallory Rock)

twisted omnibusI’m so excited! I love this series, and I’m so happy to see it and Mallory get some recognition.

2014-nominee-badgePlease vote! There’s a long list of categories and voting is unlimited. Poll closes February 8. Thank you for your support!

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Like reading my trashy books?

Soon you can hear them in all their steamy goodness. Evolved Publishing is venturing into audio books with several titles out now and more coming soon, including my most popular romance, Tell Me You Want Me. I listened to some great auditions and chose one I think will bring my characters to life. I’ll post the release date as soon as I get it, and let you know when the rest of my books will be available.

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Title Reveal! Plus more trashy news.

Exciting things happening for Trashy! First, I have chosen a title for my upcoming erotic romance….

Home is Where the Heat Is – coming May 19, 2014!

Dependable paralegal Claire O’Connor knows the man of her dreams is out there waiting for her, and she’s ready for him. Imagine her surprise—and delight—when she discovers not one but two men who lust for her. One adores her; the other challenges her. One makes sense; the other is a gamble. 

Despite the family tragedy that shaped his past, JT Luck has only known professional success. His personal life, however, is a failure. He doesn’t want a relationship, and while his ‘let it ride’ attitude keeps most women at a distance, Claire is eager to roll with him.

But when she finds out Kurt Langston, the office’s resident computer geek, harbors a secret crush for her, she wonders if he’s the safer bet. Kurt doesn’t get close to people, and his feelings for Claire make no sense in his carefully ordered life. His unexpected bond with JT pushes him to take chances he never imagined.

Go all-in or go home? Either way, the heat could be more than they can handle.

I’ll reveal the cover next month. I can’t wait to see what Mallory Rock will do with it.

And second, I’ll be keeping Mallory busy this year designing new covers for all my books! I can never find photos that resemble my characters, so I’m going to focus on images that represent ideas from the story.

For example, I’m thinking of putting an ice cream scoop on the cover of The Devil Made Me Do It. If you’ve read it, you’ll know why. Hehehe. If you haven’t, it’s just 99 cents.

The new covers for Tell Me You Want Me and Secret Storm will be revealed before their sequels are released, so stay tuned for updates.

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2014 Goals and 2013 Accomplishments

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I make goals for the year. If I don’t reach my goal, I carry it over to the next year. I’ve been doing this for several years and it works for me.

I went into 2013 flying high off of 2012’s achievements. By February reality (i.e. the market) slapped some sense into me. But I still pulled off some amazing things last year. Here’s a recap.

2013 Accomplishments: (What I wanted to do. What I actually did.)

Publish The Twisted Mosaic, books 2 and 3: Their Twisted Love and His Twisted Lesson. Done. Released the omnibus edition too.

Start writing Ramsay series. (Meet Billy Ramsay in The Devil Made Me Do It: Under His Kilt.) Well, this got postponed indefinitely. Austin and Jack want their sequels written first.

Do book signings and appearances. Go to RomCon 2013 as author. RomCon was awesome! Going again in June 2014, and I’m going to Pure Textuality in October.

Get Secret Storm into Amazon’s Romance Top 100. Done. And Her Twisted Pleasures made it to #1 in Erotica on both Amazon and B&N, temporarily knocking off you know what shade of crap.

Erotica bestsellers 101313Erotica bestsellers BN 101313

One major achievement that wasn’t on my list was my feature on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog.  Awesome doesn’t even begin to cover it.

2014 Goals:

Release Tell Me You Want Me sequel by December.

Start writing Secret Storm sequel for release in 2015.

Work on getting current titles into brick and mortar stores. (Carried over from 2013.)

Release current titles as audio books.

Continue to build Trashy brand, name recognition. Expose myself! Um… wait. Or as my publisher calls it, the long slow grind.

Upgrade my blog/website. Actually, that’s geek-in-training’s (Hubs) project.

Lesson learned in 2013: The only thing harder than making the #1 spot is staying there. I’ll be back. 😉

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ANNOUNCEMENT: More of the trash you loved coming soon!

A writer goes through lots of ideas, some good, some bad, and some too exciting to keep to myself. I’ve been sitting on this one for months because 1) I wasn’t sure how to pull it off, and 2) because I had to finish JT and Claire’s story before I let other characters back in my head again. But I can’t resist them anymore. I’m surprised my boys behaved this long. So here it is:

I am writing sequels to both Tell Me You Want Me and Secret Storm! Ta-da!

tell me and secret 2 Tell Me 2 should be released in December 2014 and Secret 2 is planned for Summer 2015. I’ll post more details about the stories as I write them.

Tell your friends! Tell your loved ones! Tell all the trashy book lovers you know! Woohoo! This is gonna be fun.

Austin and Jack are back. 😀

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How Trashy puts Words on a Page

I’m guest posting at Evolved Publishing today. Come read about my unusual writing process. And more details about my holiday sale!

Pardon me, my geek is showing. This actually fits my process. Go figure.

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Trashy’s Tips for Writing the Baddest Bad Boys

I don’t like to give advice because I’m just not very good at it. I don’t like to write about writing because even though I’ve been writing since the 3rd grade, I still feel like I’m winging it. But every once in a while I like to share what I’ve learned. And since one of the things I’m pretty good at is writing bad boys (the other is writing hot sex), I think I can share what I’ve learned. Keep in mind this is what works for me. It may not work for anyone else, but I had fun with it and that’s important to me when I write—loving what I do.

My two best bad boys, Austin Sinclair and Alex Sheridan, were inspired by the same evil bastard. For Alex, I played with his dark, twisted side. I took his manipulative skill and fed it to Alex who turned it into a gift for enticing Talia.

I played ‘what if’ to write Austin. What if this same man hadn’t become an ethically challenged schemer? What if he’d chosen to walk out that posh office door instead of closing it? I think he would’ve turned into a playful heartbreaker, searching for love in all the wrong beds until he met the one girl who couldn’t say no to him.

Who’s the guy who inspired two very different bad boy heroes? Actually, he’s a villain. My all-time favorite evil bastard, Lindsey McDonald from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off, Angel.

Lindsey McDonald31 AlexLindsey was a lawyer with the firm Wolfram and Hart. W&H served demonic clients, and the senior partners were demons themselves, I think. (My memory isn’t so great here. I need to ‘research’ this. Heh. 😉 ) Lindsey stood out not just because of his skill in the courtroom, but because he often went against the firm’s evil agenda. Lilah followed it to the letter and could be seen coming a mile away, but Lindsey couldn’t be trusted—by anyone. His unpredictable nature made him what is, in my opinion, the best kind of character: conflicted. (He was created by Joss Whedon, so that’s no surprise.) And he’s gorgeous. The best kind of evil is impossible to resist.

Lindsey and LilahThat’s why I used a villain to inspire my bad boys. They’re attractive, dangerous, completely irresistible and most of all—conflicted. Yes, I love that word. Conflict is what drives a character’s actions (or inaction). Conflict can tear a person or a couple apart. It can strengthen and bind them—right or wrong. I took my villain’s corrupted soul and sent him through hell and back, leaving just enough wickedness to make him the perfect bad boy for the woman of his dreams… whether he knew it or not.

Tip #1: Find a villain you love to hate. Star Trek’s Kahn is a good one, too, both in the original series and Into Darkness. And Loki from The Avengers. Rawr.

Tip #2: Understand his conflict. Know what he wants and what he’ll do to get it. Then decide whether or not he should. How does he react when he succeeds or fails? This one choice can change him from villain to hero.

Tip #3: Play ‘what if?’ This is the fun part. Let the possibilities play. Never throw out a bad idea because it could lead you to a great one.

Tip #4: Keep him bad. True love may heal his heart, but a good bad boy never dies. Wickedness is his nature, but that’s why we love him.

Tip #5: Enjoy!

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The Twisted Mosaic – Cover Reveal!

twisted omnibusAll three Twisted Mosaic books in one volume, plus a deleted scene, and three exclusive bonus stories!

Dirty little secrets.

Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless, and she craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe, and she needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man?

All the wrong reasons.

Alex has everything he wants. He loves the power that comes with his job, and fooling around with his boss provides the illicit kink he needs. He’s in charge and trusts no one.

When Alex’s case forces them back together, Talia discovers she still craves both her former lovers. Can only one love her enough to satisfy her twisted desires and provide the stability she needs?

Love takes an unexpected twist.

Will loves Talia, and he’s willing to give up everything to be with her. Their future hinges on her answer to one simple question. But when he leaves his life behind to pursue her, he’s confronted with choices he didn’t expect.

No more secrets. No more lies. Old love? New love? Or do they have a third option?

Coming September 23 from Evolved Publishing!

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Not one but TWO trashy announcements!

Ta-Da! #1

You may have heard me mention an omnibus edition of my menage romance series, The Twisted Mosaic. Well, what the hell is an omnibus? (I had to look it up, too.) Basically, omnibus is Latin for ‘all together’. So on September 23, 2013, Her Twisted Pleasures, Their Twisted Love, and His Twisted Choice will be released all together in one volume! You get three times the trashy sex in a single book. How’s that for awesome?

The Twist MosaicBut wait, there’s more. Not only do you get all three twisted books, but you also get three brand spanking new stories: Never, A Simple Kiss, and Owned. That’s one for Alex, Talia, and Will. These stories reveal dark secrets that run deep. Oh, and I added a scene my editor cut from the final version of Her Twisted Pleasures.

I’ll reveal the cover and post some steamy excerpts in the coming weeks because I’m a tease like that. 😉

I know some of you were hoping for more from Alex’s assistant, Claire. Well, Trashy doesn’t disappoint. I’d started plotting a 4th story, but the men I created for her told me they needed more than a few pages to satisfy her. And so….

Ta-Da! #2

Claire is getting an entire book! Greedy little tramp. 😉

Dependable paralegal Claire O’Connor knows the man of her dreams is out there waiting for her, and she’s ready for him. Imagine her surprise—and delight—when she discovers not one but two men who lust for her. One adores her; the other challenges her. One makes sense; the other is a gamble.

Despite the personal tragedy that shaped his past, JT Luck has only known professional success. His personal life, however, is a failure. He doesn’t want a relationship, and while his ‘let it ride’ attitude keeps most women at a distance, Claire is eager to roll with him.

But when she finds out Kurt Langston, the firm’s resident computer geek, harbors a secret crush for her, she wonders if he’s the safer bet. Kurt doesn’t get close to people, and his feelings for Claire make no sense in his carefully ordered life. His unexpected bond with JT pushes him to take chances he never imagined.

Go all-in or go home? None of them know which hand to play. So maybe they’ll let it ride….

Let it Ride – Coming March 2014.

One more thing—two—actually. In December 2013, I’m releasing two NEW short stories featuring Austin and Jack from Tell Me You Want Me and Secret Storm. And… they’ll be available everywhere FREE!

Tell me secretPlenty of trashy to look forward to. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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4 Tips for Writing in the Presence of Young Children #MondayBlogs

I’d like to think I did pretty well. In the three years I’ve had my daughter, I’ve published two romance novels, written and released an erotica trilogy, and established a career as an author. I’d set up a writing schedule that worked great for my daughter and me. Then, two weeks after her third birthday, we put her in a big girl bed, and my carefully arranged schedule (and my sleeping habits) got shot to hell.

We figured out a new routine, but that only lasted a week, so while I struggled to find another way to work, I came up with a list of things I’ve learned during the last three years as a writer-mom:

1. Be flexible. Learn to write at every opportunity. If my daughter gets up with me at 5:00 a.m., it’s a pretty sure bet she’ll take at least an hour nap during the day. So I just wait for her eyelids to drop and then fire up the laptop.

2. Be patient. The one constant with young children is change. This will pass and then we’ll have to deal with an entirely new challenge. (That’s why flexibility is #1.)

3. Do something else. Writing fiction requires my complete attention and focus. I must have quiet, no distractions. So if she gets up during my writing time, I switch gears and work on something that takes slightly less concentration: planning promotion, writing blog posts, answering emails and other administrative tasks. At least I’ve accomplished something.

4. Give her something to do. My daughter is completely obsessed with Madagascar 3, so if I can get her engrossed in that, I can work undisturbed for an hour or so. Or until it drives me crazy.

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Put that on repeat for an hour and see if your sanity hangs around. You’re welcome.

5. I’m open to suggestions. How do you write, or accomplish anything, with children, pets, or spouses demanding your attention?

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