This month, I intend to get caught up on a lot of little things that affect productivity...email that needs to be sorted and replied to, filing - both virtual and physical - and spring cleaning. But most importantly, this month I'm going to WRITE! No more letting that slide. So my goals are...
1) To write a 10-15,000 word Nocturne Bite, tentatively titled Moonfever, along with the synopsis and two paragraph pitch. Update...pitch written and submitted!
2) To write my approx. 10,000 word erotic short Type Dirty To Me, along with the synopsis and query
That's it! I will post at least weekly with updates on my progress, or maybe a little more often if I need a boost. Or to vent. ;)
Here's to a productive April!
Krista, please email me your contact info at cari.m.quinn at gmail dot com and I'll forward your info on to Michelle! Thanks to everyone who came by...it was a lot of fun! And don't forget to pick up Stakes & Stilettos!
Next month, I'm interviewing my good friend and critique partner, Helen Hardt, to celebrate her upcoming Scarlet Rose release, Passion in Paris. So please stop by!
In the meantime, I have so many goals I want to accomplish that I'll be starting April early. LOL This weekend, I'm hoping to post next month's goals, and this time, I intend to meet them!
Not only is Michelle an entertaining writer of paranormal romances, YAs, and hot paranormal contemporaries, as well as edgy futuristic romantic suspense novels as Michelle Maddox, she's also a terrific person. I've asked her numerous writing questions over the past couple years, and she's always been helpful and encouraging. She's also pretty damn funny, too. ;)
Here's the blurb for Stakes & Stilettos, which Michelle is generously giving away a copy of to one lucky commenter!
Staked, cursed, and still single…
Newly-vamped Sarah Dearly wants her normal life back, but fate is fighting against her. She tries to get a nice, regular job and gets staked at the interview, only to be rescued by a masked vampire who calls himself the Red Devil. Then a wallflower-turned-witch curses her, making her a bloodthirsty, sun-allergic nightwalker — the worst vampire there is. As if all that weren’t bad enough, she can’t get married because her 600-year-old boyfriend, Thierry, is in a centuries-long marriage of convenience he can’t escape.
…it’s enough to make a girl start biting.
As Sarah’s nightwalker tendencies make her more dangerous, even to those she loves, she’ll have to counteract that curse, unmask the increasingly intriguing Red Devil, and — oh yeah – get a commitment from her man. But if that’s what it takes to secure her happiness, Sarah is ready…even if it means embracing her inner vamp to do it.
I've read Stakes & Stilettos, and it's a great book! Any book featuring Thierry makes the top of my list...I have a wee bit of a crush on him. *blushes*
Now without further delay... Michelle
1) Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Almost always. Since I was about ten and I started rewriting the ending of books I read to suit my own tastes. I originally wanted to be a movie star (movie star, not actress, mind you), but that evolved to writing. Less paparazzi.
2) Are you writing in your "dream" genre or sub-genre, or is there another you'd love to try?
3) If you'd never gotten published or if the contracts dried up tomorrow (God forbid) would you continue to write anyway?
4) In the Immortality Bites series, why is Thierry the right man for Sarah? Other than being sexy, sophisticated, and protective, that is. That you've said you always imagined he resembled Hugh Jackman doesn't hurt either, but that may just be me. ;)
5) What writing irons do you have in the fire right now? And what can we look for next from you?
6) Now the fun stuff...If you had to pick, would you rather date a vampire (and which one) or be a vampire yourself? (For the purposes of this question, Twilight's Edward Cullen is a viable choice, even if his portrayer is a wee bit young. ;))
Now it's your turn. Comment on this post by midnight Eastern time on Wednesday, March 25th and you're in the running for a copy of Michelle's latest novel, Stakes & Stilettos. As someone who is lucky enough to have already read S&S, I can tell you you're in for a treat!
Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! To commemorate her visit, here's a pic of one of her favorite vampires, Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. He's pretty, even if he is young. ;)
Want to find out more about either of Michelle's alter egos? Visit http://www.michellerowen.com/ or www.michellemaddox.com
Thanks for everyone's congratulations for finishing VT last week! I'm in hardcore editing mode tonight, under a strict deadline to get the bleeping thing out the door.
But ideas are percolating for my next full length project, my Urban Fantasy, Damned. Shea's an empathic former nun who can connect with the dead, and Gabe's a murdered rockstar stuck in Purgatory who needs to save human souls to finally save his own. I found Shea while watching TV tonight, and her name is Christina Hendricks. Apparently, she stars on Mad Men, though I don't watch much TV, so I had no clue. For Gabe, I picked the late Michael Hutchence of INXS, the perfect broody singer to inspire my own.
Here are a couple pics for your viewing pleasure. See what you think!
Monday, March 23rd is my first author interview. Michelle Rowen, fantastic author of paranormal romances and YAs, along with writing futuristic romantic suspense as Michelle Maddox, will be stopping by to answer a few of my questions. Best of all, she'll be giving away a copy of Stakes & Stilettos, her fabulous March 31st release, to a lucky commenter! Please stop by!
Until then, I'm happy dancing! WOOOHOOO!
And to celebrate... a lil Henri. ;)
I've been watching basketball regularly for about six years now, and I've seen a game go into 2 OT's maybe twice. Never seen one go into three. But SIX? That's unheard of, especially in a tournament quarterfinal between two top 20 teams.
It was an absolutely amazing, exhausting historic game, and I watched all four hours. Can't get me to sit still for a two hour movie, but a basketball game that goes until 1:20 in the morning? No problem!
Not everyone loves sports, or basketball in particular, but I think there are positive messages that anyone can take away from a game like this. First and foremost, hope is at the backbone of everything we do - from reading to writing to watching a nail-biter game. We hope to be transformed, even in some small way, by the experience. We hope that the underdog CAN win or the "mousy" girl CAN get the guy of her dreams. We hope that maybe THIS is the manuscript that will get us sold or get us noticed by that great editor or agent.
Hope is what keeps you going when you're so tired you're ready to drop. Hope is what motivates you when you're about to throw in the towel, but that little voice says, "Just one more try..."
Hope is the backbone of life.
Your destiny, in some ways, is exactly what you think it will be. Every thought and deed you choose to project brings you one step closer.
Pretty weighty stuff I got out of one terrific basketball game!
Weekly Goal Report: My goal this week is to finish VT! That is the goal. The ONLY goal. LOL I wrote 19.5 pgs this weekend, so the end's in sight. I see it, I see it... ;)
In other news...tomorrow's Friday the 13th, and I know what I'll be doing. Reading! Christina Phillips has a great new erotic release from The Wild Rose Press, Touch Of The Demon. She's doing a blog tour all over cyberspace, so I'll be partying with her in spirit. To get you warmed up, here's her book trailer.
I don't think I'd mind her demon, Rafe, touching ME anytime! ;) Happy release day, Christina!
For me, that's an easy question. Yes, I'd keep writing. I can't NOT do it. I haven't been paid yet, but I've been writing since I was a kid. Literally. My first stories were Bible stories in 2nd grade. (Yes, I went to Catholic school.) What a journey I've taken, writing-wise, since then! ;)
This week's goal: To finish VT and all its accompaniments (query & synopsis.) Since I've been promising to complete this goal for a while now, I need to get on it. I also owe my two wonderful CPs critiques.
Today I attended my local romance writers' meeting, which provided lots of food for thought. Writing workshops always get my wheels cranking. Almost as soon as the speaker starts talking, I start scribbling.
Off to accomplish some goals...
Your result for The What type of MAN turns you on Test...
You scored 60% masculine, 59% athletic, 36% exotic, and 31% refined!
I'm not a huge Vin Diesel fan, but Vince Vaughn and Henri Castelli weren't options, apparently. Still, I agree with the assessment...I'm not into girly men. Usually. I'm sure there are exceptions to that, there usually are with me. ;)
I didn't get everything accomplished that I wanted to this week, but I'm finding lots of wisdom in the old adage, "just finish the damn book!" Because I've thought I've been finished with VT before, and it turned out I wasn't, at least if I wanted a shot at selling to Blaze, the nearer I get to THE END now, the more antsy I get. I keep adding pgs to my UF, Damned, rather than working on VT, though I did do some more work on it this weekend. But the new, shiny idea has to wait until VT's done. And then there's that pesky synop and query I've yet to send to Harlequin (or even finish, LOL.) But it's a new week, and I'm staying committed to my goals. Or maybe "recommitting" is a better word.
Tomorrow, I have 2 last GH entries to judge. And yes, tomorrow's the deadline. That's me, always giving myself room to spare. Ahem.
Hopefully, this week I'll get to pass on my "Lemonade" award to 10 other deserving blogs. Gotta have a little fun around here to break up the writing drudgery! ;)
Have a good week, writing and otherwise!