Today is my monthly visit to Slash & Burn. Drop by and say hi.
Today is my monthly visit to Slash & Burn. Drop by and say hi.
Apparently My Ghost is on sale this week (along with a bunch of other Halloween titles) only at Silver Publishing’s website.
Click here to view and buy: Silver Publishing — Halloween
Happy Halloween, dear Readers!
Hopefully you’ve noticed I haven’t been around much. The blog, Crank, Goodreads, Twitter… you name it, I’ve been either spotty in posting, or completely absent.
It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally admitted to myself that my back, shoulders, and neck need more than just intermittent breaks from the laptop. When it comes down to it, these breaks can’t be enough when I’m still working a full time job at a computer. I’m still working that day job. It pays the bills where writing, in its best months, might cover my groceries. So I can’t cut back on non-writing computer hours.
Backing off on the writing has been as painful as the muscle issues. My wonderful editor still sends me emails asking how things are going. She hasn’t given up on me, but there are days I feel like I have.
So now I’m officially in physical therapy, spending more money than my books have earned so far, in hopes that I can get my body to cooperate with my mind’s desire to tell a story. It’s the best option so far. I can’t cut back my hours at the job that pays the bills, and I have to get back to writing regularly for my own sanity.
If my blog continues to suffer, please forgive, and Facebook, well, I should probably delete that one outright. I have a new CRANK chapter to share this weekend, but I can’t promise I’ll return to the bi-weekly additions. I’ll finish their story, definitely, just how quickly remains to be seen.
Be patient, dear readers, and please, be like my editor. Don’t give up on me. I promise I won’t either.
PS I am not earning any money on ads popping up on this site, or on the CRANK site. Please see WordPress’s new rules about ads. Either I pay to go ad free, or they put ads up to supposedly keep my usage free. Oh, WordPress, I pay you already, just to use my own domain name, so I’ll be looking for a new hosting site. Anyone with web experience willing to be hired at a reasonable price want some work to set up my website on its own?
My apologies for the late announcement, but I took a much needed and sorely unplanned weekend off from the computer.
As for the raffle, I’m surprised at how few entries I received. Okay, so I haven’t been the best self-promoter, and I haven’t published anything in the past year, but still… FREE.
Ah, never mind, it’s okay with me. It’s something I’ll work on as time permits.
Anyway, given the turnout, those that did drop by mean all that much more to me. All three of you are winners! Yep, that’s right. I’m giving a copy of Hounded By Love to all three of you. Congratulations to Antonia, Gigi, and Cynthia!
Dear ladies, please email me your format choice at email@example.com (All standard ebook formats are available, and I may have a paperback copy too, assuming shipping isn’t a crazy customs circus or a million dollar bill.)
In the meantime, dear Readers, don’t forget to check out the charity auction: Shut the Book on Child Abuse.
(Cross posted at Slash & Burn)
Finally, a writing update. It seems like it’s been forever since I told myself it was time to refocus on a new story. Usually, the day job slows down before July, and here we are with July well on its way, and I’ve still not seen that free time at the office.
But that’s neither here nor there. I’ve managed to leave work at work more often lately, and have news of two new works in progress. Yay!
First, I’m working on a new light and fun contemporary M/M. I’m not ready to reveal more, because these two men are being stubborn and making me work hard to drag a story out of them.
The second project is a deviation from my norm. At the encouragement of the lovely Dorothy Shaw, I’ve been writing a M/F paranormal story with her. Dorothy’s first M/F erotic romance is due out in August, and can be pre-ordered HERE for only 99 cents.
To celebrate finally rediscovering my muse, I’m giving away a copy of my last book, Hounded By Love from Loose Id. Leave a comment to enter, and then check back here next Sunday to see if you’ve won. As usual, you must return to claim your prize, and choose your format, including, potentially, paperback.
Make a note on your calendar for July. A Twitter friend of mine is running an auction to raise money for two organizations that fight child abuse. Up for grabs will be a bunch of signed books in a variety of categories, including a signed paperback of Hounded By Love.
I’ll post again when the time grows closer, but earmark some of your book budget for July to bid at this auction. If you’d like to learn more about the charities benefiting from the auction, click the logo above.
I wrote this post on Marathon Monday, but then I took it down after a bomb shattered what has always been an amazing event. It still was — amazing, that is — but for a different reason. Boston natives, runners and their family and friends, and the entire country banded together in the face of tragedy to show that we, as a people, are stronger than one or two dissenters. We are Boston Strong.
(Reposted in its entirety.)
Today is Marathon Monday, the annual running of the Boston Marathon. Oh, no, I’m not going to advocate a marathon as part of our Hunger series. I’m a runner and I think 26 miles is insane. Yet, tens of thousands of people run every year, not to mention all the other marathons across the US, and internationally.
Why do they do this? In one word, passion. Marathoners are passionate about running. Not just running, but long-distance, physically-exhausting running. I can support this. I may not have any interest in running that many miles in one try, but I am passionate about running. It’s not something I’ve ever been able to explain to non-runners successfully, but it’s there. The endorphin high, the comfort of tired, well-worked muscles, the wind in my face, the sweat in my cleavage, the rhythmic strides, each foot hitting the road/trail briefly to bounce back up and propel me forward, all of my own volition, all through my own power.
Get it? It’s okay if you don’t. The theme to this post isn’t to convince you to run. It’s to guide you into finding the exercise that inspires the same passion. Maybe for you it’s swimming, or biking, or belly dancing. If you dread your daily visit to the gym, you’re going to find excuses not to go, and/or you’re not going to work as hard and efficiently as you would if you enjoyed the routine.
I truly believe that if you find that activity (or activities) that you enjoy with the passion of a marathoner, you’ll look forward to the exercise instead of dreading it.
Don’t just go through the motions. Love what you do.
Healing energy to all the victims, their families, and their friends, and everyone who watched with pain in their hearts as the events of day unfolded. If you haven’t already, please consider donating to The One Fund to help those affected by this tragedy, and if you have, Thank You.
Learn more about The One Fund here: https://secure.onefundboston.org/