Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Suspension of Disbelief

As a romance writer, I adore the happily ever after warm fuzzies I get from reading romance...and writing it too :) I love the struggle to earn that HEA and the elation when they finally get their crap together and make it work! Even when it's a bit far-fetched.

But yes....most times life and romance novels do not mirror each other. Life does not always work out and not everyone gets a tidy HEA. (Though I do believe if you want a happy life, you need to go out there and make it happen! But that's a post for another day!) And I know there are a lot of people out there who scoff at the romance genre because it's not really always like real life. I've seen my fellow authors get completely slammed on Goodreads and Amazon because there was too much suspension of disbelief. Well.....it's romance....what did they really expect? It's an escapist genre.

I read romance for an escape from real life. I want to be swept away and I don't care one bit that it might not ever be able to happen like that for real for anyone. I like the fantasy. And just like readers who love to dive into paranormals, sci fi, and fantasy and any other form of fiction that can't happen in the world as we know it, I love being taken somewhere other than real life.

My new book, Try Me On for Size, definitely takes some suspension of disbelief. It's a far-fetched plot, and I was totally aware of that when I wrote it. But it's fun as hell, and sassy and if you know me and my other books, you know it fits right in with my style. But I'm worried about getting slammed in reviews. Will people hate it because it probably wouldn't happen in real life? Most likely. But I hope there are many many more who love it and get it and enjoy the wacky ride I take them on. That's all any author of escapist fiction can ask for.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Meet Bryn Harper!


Try Me On for Size releases in just over a month!! Woo hoo!!!!!! If you haven't gotten it yet, and would like to take advantage of the special presale pricing of only $1.99, click here! Or go to the ebook retailer of your choice!

Today I want you to meet Bryn Harper! When I was writing TMOFS, I envisioned a blonde who's lots of fun. And the perfect one- Becky Newton! (If you don't know who she is, she was Quinn the stripper and Barney's fiancé on How I Met Your Mother! Check out her IMBd page here!)

Bryn is Mia's BFF and has been since they were kids. They are opposites in so many ways, but Bryn always has Mia's back and enjoys pushing her to do things she is unsure about. She's a mama bear who knows what's best, and what's best for Mia is to get out there and live life. Bryn knows all too well how short life can be.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Meet Oliver Christiansen!


Try Me On for Size releases on August 11th!!!!! Click here for the presale on Amazon- only $1.99!!!!! (And it's also up for presale everywhere else too!) So let's continue with the introduction of my characters!!

The next character I'd like you to meet is Oliver Christensen! He's tall, dark and handsome, and has money out the wazoo. But he's not a stuck up snob. He actually hates people like that. While writing him, I envisioned Colin Egglesfield....oh...my...yummy!!!!!

Click here for his IMDb page! :) (And trust me, you want to do click over. He's HOT!)

Oliver is a good guy who makes bad decisions. He's in an impossible situation, forced to choose between what he should do and what he wants to do. And it's real hard to keep a clear head when he can't stop thinking about Mia.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Meet Mia Montanari!


As nearly everyone in my world knows, my new book, Try Me On for Size, is due to release on August 11th!! Woo hoo! And you can order it now for a special presale price of only $1.99! Click here, or visit the ebook retailer of your choice!

So I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the characters who make up this crazy story!

First up is my main character, Mia Montanari!

As I wrote the book, I envisioned a laid back kind of woman, 32 ish, with long dark hair. I saw a sweet girl-next-door with simplistic beauty, like Natalie Portman :)

Photo byGordon Correll http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Natalie_Portman_at_TIFF_-a.jpg
She isn't a frilly materialistic woman, she doesn't give a ton of time to looks or clothes or any of that. Just not her thing. She's part owner of a lingerie shop, called Classy 'n' Sassy Lingerie, and she is the classy part of the team. Mia is the one who brings her BFF back down to earth when she gets a little too wacky.

But Mia has a hard time letting herself go. It's all business for her, most of the time. ;)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Superiority

If there's one thing I detest, it's superiority. In anything. I don't understand why anyone needs to act like they are better than anyone else. There are a million different paths in life and why is one person's better than another? Yes...it may be the best for them, but not for others, and implying that it is the ONLY way is just plain wrong.

I see superiority in all facets of life. People think their lifestyle choices for health and diet are better than others. People think having name brand and designer clothes makes them better. Expensive cars, fancy vacations, etc... In the career world, people who do manual labor are often looked down upon. They work harder than most of the ones in office jobs with cushy chairs. I even see it in the most stupid places, like the ones who think they are better because they send their kids to a bigger and more expensive dance school. The one that gets me the most is the people who think they are better because of their resort choice when visiting Disney World. I mean, come on. Seriously?

Why can't people just be content with their lives and not feel the need to be better than others? Are they insecure? I feel sorry for the people with no ability to feel confident with themselves and need to belittle others to make themselves feel better.

Why can't we all just appreciate each other and support one another? Support the different paths that people choose? I think everyone wants to be happy and successful, to enjoy life and make the most of it. I don't think it's necessary to put people down in order to get there. #justmytwocents

Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life! You only get one! Be good to yourself, and be good to others :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Baton Blog Hop!

HUGE Thanks so Juliette Cross, my agency sister, for inviting me to participate in this fun event! Juliette is a southern writer with a love of sensual settings, snarky heroines, and dangerous men! Sounds fab to me! Book one in her Nightwing Series releases in September!! Check out her site here!!

So, for this blog hop, I have to answer some questions.... Get ready to learn a little bit more about me ;)

What am I working on?

I am currently working on book one of what I hope to be a three book series. It's called Lemonade in Hell! And I came up with that title way before I had characters or a plot, which never happens! My story is about Callie and the company she built- Lemonista's Lemonade. Her beverages are flying off store shelves, but she needs to come home to the small town she grew up in to finish up a new deal that will expand her blossoming company. She didn't expect to meet a guy...or fall for him. But her new life--and the company that saved her from heartbreak years ago-- are on the other end of the country. And to top it all off, she's face to face with the guy who broke her heart and set her on this path to lemonade domination, battling her conflicting emotions for him. Callie made lemonade out of lemons, but she's in hell anyway.

(Wow....I think I might need to refer back to that paragraph when I start writing the blurb!)


How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

In my books, there's always sass, there's always comedy. There's tears and heartbreak, there's sexiness and steaminess. I think my books are fun, but there's always a real story, a real romance. I don't know if that sets me apart, but I'm told people fly through my books cause they can't put them down :)


Why do I write what I do?

I love to laugh. I love to feel the flutters of a new love. I even love to cry along with the characters in a book. I write what I write because it's what I love to read. I love making people smile. I love giving people a story to lose themselves in.


How does your writing process work?

My process is a pretty simple one. When I'm in active writing mode, I aim for a daily word count goal, but I worry most about the weekly total. Usually it's 1500 words a day. It's a modest goal. I know I CAN do more and often do. But I'm a mom and a wife and have a lot of things I do for myself too. I know I can't write every day and some days I can't hit that 1500 goal. If I get to 10,000 words for the week, I'm a happy girl. If it's more, great. I know I can do that too. I did NaNo. My goal is usually to finish a first draft in about 2 months. I am good at not editing while I write. I usually am able to just read over the last scene to get my bearings and then move forward. I have also become a plotter and that helps. If I spend a couple weeks just plotting out the book, every scene, the writing part is very smooth. (But for some odd reason I did not plot out the new book I am working on and I HATE that I didn't. Very slow going.)

So that's me!! And next Monday you can read all about my friend Jessica Topper!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Star Ratings on Reviews

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. So many authors out there seem to think if a reader gives a book anything less than 5 stars, it's a bad review. I don't get that AT ALL.

Let's look at how Goodreads describes each star rating:

5- It was amazing
4- Really liked it
3- Liked it
2- It was ok
1- Did not like it

And here is Amazon's:

5- I love it
4- I like it
3- It's okay
2- I don't like it
1- I hate it

So...what's so wrong with a 4? And on Goodreads, a 3 is lovely too. I only review on Goodreads, so I see nothing wrong with 4s and 3s. Amazon's system is a little different, so a 3 isn't really ideal there, but it's still not horrid.

Let's face it, I do not adore every book I read. No one does. If they gave every book a 5 they'd be lying. If I see a book listed on Amazon or Goodreads with all 5's, I am pretty positive the reviews are all friends and family. And we all know mommy isn't gonna give her baby's book a 1 or 2.

So if I give a book a 4, or even a 3, why is that so bad? A 4 is still really good. It means I really liked the book and had a lovely time reading it, even though I didn't want to kiss every word. And a 3 is pretty good too. It says that I liked it. Which is a hell of a lot better than not liking it. Maybe it just didn't give me quite as many warm fuzzies as other books have. Not every book will.

Very rarely do I even find a book so amazing it deserves the highest rating. Usually there has to be crying involved, either happy or sad. It has to leave me completely breathless and wanting to read again. I did a quick scroll through my Read folder on GR and there are 24 out of 141 with 5 star ratings. But some of those I know are not true 5s. They are authors I know and I was afraid they'd be mad if I gave a 4.

Of course I want good reviews of my books, but I never expect people to adore every word I write. And I sure don't want fake reviews. I've read it's actually far better for a review to have mixed star ratings, as long as there aren't many 1 and 2's.

I have always rated books on Goodreads with star ratings and a text review. I used to write my negative thoughts as well as positive, but once I became a published author, stopped the negative stuff. It's not my place to point that stuff out. So I would type a lovely review focusing only on the good things in the book, but the general star rating would reflect my overall thoughts. And 9 times out of 10, it was a 3 or higher. If I really didn't like something, I usually left the star rating blank and tried to write at least one positive thing in the text portion of the review. But now...after hearing how so many other writers think anything less than a 5 is horrid, I am afraid to give star ratings. I don't want my writer friends to think I hated their book because I gave it a 3 or 4. That is soooooo not the truth. So I guess I will go forward and leave the star ratings off.

This has been said So. Many. Times. But it needs repeating. This business is SO SUBJECTIVE! All art is, whether it be paintings, sculptures, music, movies, even fashion. People have different thoughts and opinions on all these things. And no two people will get the same thing out of the same book. And nobody's opinion is wrong.