Monday, February 17, 2014

Writing, Writing, Writing

Happy Monday!

We are hard at work on editing EMERALD KEEP, the sequel to EMERALD FIRE, and plan to submit it to the publisher by the end of this month.

Also on deck is the next book in the Chicagoland Shifters series, CAT'S CRADLE, starring none other than Mitchell Brayden.  Will he finally settle down?  o.O...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Seeking Hearts, a Charity Sip from Torquere Press

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Happy Autumn!  I know, I know, it's a tiny bit early.  But the bite of Fall is in the air and that brings us to the best part of all - the release of this year's Charity Sip Blitz by Torquere Press!  In 2013, all profits will benefit OutServe, which seeks to assist service personnel and the families affected by Don't Ask, Don't Tell legislation.  Rachel Wilder and I are pleased to bring you "Seeking Hearts", our short story that brings us back to the Persis Chronicles.

When Torquere issued the call for stories to focus on men and women in uniform, we considered returning to the world of Jay and Chance from Taking a Chance, our charity sip for 2012.  We have a small town sheriff whose story is begging to be told, but it really will fit a novel-length scope and is actually Book 2 in that series as we have it planned.  We couldn't get Book 1 done fast enough for the call, so then what?  We batted around some ideas and then hit on Persis.  Why not use our science fantasy world that we created in Emerald Fire?

We'll grant that it's not what comes immediately to mind when one says "men and women in uniform," but we believe that every society has a need for peacekeepers, lawgivers, and warriors.  On Persis, the Seekers are a combination street judge and FBI Agent and have broad authority to pursue wrongdoers.  Much mystery has built up around these people and they've attained a legendary status.  But, as they say, "They put their pants on one leg at a time, same as everybody else."  Granted, that's not really a Persis saying, but it fits.

And want some even better news?  It's the Tenth Anniversary of Torquere Books!  Happy Anniversary, Torquere!  In celebration, they are offering a 20% off coupon good through Wednesday, September 18th - coincidentally, the date the Charity Sips release.  Just put '10years' in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere Books before midnight on Wednesday to get 20% off your order.  You can save when you purchase "Seeking Hearts" and any of the other sips of your choice.

Blurb for "Seeking Hearts:"
On the harsh desert world of Persis, most of the inhabitants flee to the cliff cities during the searing heat of Daymonth. A young hosteller and his grandparents choose to remain in their waystation as caretakers. This proves to be a wise decision, as a Truth Seeker is stranded there with them. Isolated, the Seeker and the hosteller begin to develop feelings for each other, but the discovery that they are not alone could threaten more than their relationship.
Sale good now through Wednesday September 18 at Midnight est.

Discount codes are provided as a courtesy to our customers. Torquere Press Inc. cannot be responsible for discounting purchases made before coupons/sales are announced, and cannot issue discounts to customers who fail to use the coupon or discount code during the purchase process.

The only question left is, which one will you buy, or will you buy the whole set?

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Tigers Are Coming!

Only one week remains before TIGER TIGER is released to the world.  You can pre-purchase your copy now directly from the Samhain website!

In the process of writing it, we learned a lot about writing, editing, and life in general.  Here are our five favorite things we learned:

1. Writing a novel is like anything else that requires a lot of sustained effort over time (weight loss, marathon running, etc.).  Learn how to put small, consistent work in on the project so that you don't burn out, but that you keep the momentum going.

2.  Editing can be tough.  Allow yourself the time to do it, and use tools like 30 On/30 Off to make it doable.

3.  Collect a master document of things to look for in edits.  If you make consistent errors with something (spelling manger instead of manager, etc.) then put that in your document so you know to look for it during edits, and you don't have to be paranoid about it during the writing stage.

4.  Remember that it's play.  Relax and enjoy the project and keep foremost in your mind that you're doing this because you love the characters and the story.

5.  Trust your Inner Storyteller.  Trust that the Story should be told and give yourself enough time to get the whole thing out onto the page.

Check out TIGER TIGER today!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Tauruses Go A-Visiting!

Fans of M/M know the name of Sean Michael is synonymous with quality stories, tempting characters, and awesome writing.  We're tickled pink and purple to be invited over to Sean Michael's LiveJournal for her author spotlight!  Help show Sean some Taurus love and stop by to check it out.  While you're there, you can check out her newest release.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Using Prompts to Expand Your Repertoire

Join me during the month of April for "Using Prompts to Expand Your Repertoire", a free workshop I'm teaching at Coffee Time Romance.  During the entire month, we'll play with prompts, experiment with new ideas, develop personalized resource lists, and come away with our pumps primed for production.  I hope you'll come on by!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tasty Tuesday - Interview with Kimberley Troutte

One of my compatriots in COOK LIKE A WRITER, Kimberley Troutte, consented to let me track her down in the midst of a busy writing schedule and interview her.  I'm excited to bring you my results!

N&W: With your love of ghosts, how did history inspire your choices of recipes?

KT: My trip to Spain to write about ghosts inspired me to include Spanish tapas in our cookbook. The food there was amazing.

N&W: If you could go to any kitchen in any period in time, past or present, where would it be and with whom would you cook? What would the menu be?

KT: I have recently gotten on a Thai food kick. Oh, my gosh the sweetness of the coconut milk mixed with the zip of curry is like a party in my mouth. I think it would be pretty cool to take a trip to Thailand and eat in some of the local’s finest restaurants.

N&W: How has your relationship to food and eating changed in the process of doing the cookbook?

KT: I have been checking out ingredients and recipes a lot more now. Just yesterday, I was in a bookstore and stopped to read a food magazine. There was a recipe of how to make bread stuffed with a whole chicken! I soooo have to try that.

N&W: Living in Southern California, you're exposed to many cuisines. What do you think of as "your" cuisine, as "comfort food"?

KT: I really love ethnic foods. Thai, Indian, Japanese, and Italian, Mexican, you name it we’ve got it nearby. Except Greek. Oh, wow, I love Greek food. My husband and I love this amazing Greek restaurant that’s in the middle of the desert called the Mad Greek and will drive out of our way to go there for lunch when we are traveling to Las Vegas.

N&W: Your newest release, SAVING MINER'S GULCH, is a children's fiction story. If you had to design a menu for the characters, what would it be?

KT: The miners during the Gold Rush had lots of salt pork, beans, and my favorite—Sourdough Bread. My characters would have loved clam chowder in a hot, fresh Sourdough Bread bowl.

N&W: What are your favorite must-use cookbooks?

KT: The cook book I simply adore is called Cook Like a Writer. It’s fun, easy to use and has the best recipes. :)

N&W: What's the best cocktail to drink while reading CATCH ME IN CASTILE?

KT: Sangria, most likely.

N&W: What advice would you give a writer just starting out?

KT: First there has to be LOVE—a deep passionate burning desire to write stories. If you’ve got the love then go forth and learn all that you can about your craft, which includes understanding yourself as a writer. Take classes and write as much as you can. Experiment. Become acquainted with your best, closest friend—your voice. It is like your fingerprint and is uniquely yours. Once you are more familiar with your voice, you will be able to sort out the genre and style that are best for you. And then write like crazy, as many days a week as you can. Surround yourself with true believers—other writers who are on this crazy path to publication too. Try not to get impatient because this writing journey takes time to prefect. Don’t be one of those people that quit too early. Keep loving, keep learning, keep writing.

N&W: If you could have a meal with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would be served?

KT: This is going to sound mushy, but my favorite time of the day is when my hubby comes home from work and we sit down with the kids to eat dinner. Special events like good report cards and birthdays necessitate fancy dinners out on the town with some sort of chocolate decadence for dessert. I love and savor these moments with my family.

N&W: What do ghosts eat?

KT: Sadly, ghosts don’t eat. But then they don’t gain weight either.

Kimberley Troutte

Check out SAVING MINER'S GULCH, available at your favorite online retailer.

And download COOK LIKE A WRITER, available for free today.  You'll be glad you did!