Daily Writing and Goal Setting

I’m so lucky to be an author. Writing allows me to tap into my creativity. It stretches my mind. (It drives me bonkers.) I can do a writing binge and type my fingers off attempting to put everything whipping around inside my brain onto the page. But, I can also have terrible bouts of nothingness where words Just. Won’t. Happen.   At my local RWA meeting, we were asked to write a goal that we would try to reach by the end of three months. I chose a goal I think I can achieve which means I didn’t go for something easy and I didn’t reach too high for fear I might just give up. Do any of you feel like that when you set goals? via GIPHY So, this post is essentially my–> How I am going to achieve this goal (OHMYGOD what did I agree to do) list. 1st up: I will attempt to write 3 thousand words at least 5 days a week. Next. I will turn off the television/netflix/streaming/tablet– anything distracting– from ten in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. Also, I WILL NOT SELF EDIT each and every scene I write. Finally, I will … Continue reading

Kan Asma Christmas Tradition

Merry Christmas! Here is a little glimpse into the Kan Asma- style Christmas tradition. I hope you have a wonderful and merry Christmas day! ~ “It’s time for the blooding.” Mikhail launched from the second-floor banister and did a tight somersault landing on the main floor with hands up like a gymnast. The loud stomp of his boots echoed through the vaulted atrium as he rushing into the kitchen. “Who’s it going to be this year?” Lucas flashed his fangs. “Should we do a lottery or pull names from a hat?” Tray waved a long, serrated knife in the air.  “This should do the trick.” Anna slipped through the open doorway, her mate Dimitri right on her heels. “I’m partial to using fangs.” He winked but mostly just for Anna. Therese shook her head and backtracked through the kitchen moving through the crowded dining room to where her mate waited with a glass of sparkling wine. She sipped it and savored the sweet bubbly Moscato as it danced on her tongue. “You’d think they’d want presents and Christmas Carols. Instead, they are stuck in the middle ages, still.” Davran nuzzled her throat, a scrape of fang teasing along the pulse … Continue reading

When you type The End!

I did it! After a 5 year hiatus–thanks rebellious body– I have started a new series and finished two books in it. The Kan Asma Vampires series is going to be coming soon. This is an exciting moment for me. I feel almost giddy. These vampires are truly like my own family, minus the fangs and biting and stuff. A few things happened when I wrote those awesome words. First, there was EUPHORIA— via GIPHY Then there was a bit of PRIDE: via GIPHY I’m pretty sure I CONGRATULATED myself:     via GIPHY I felt a bit ADORING:   via GIPHY Then I got ready to start flexing my author muscles and begin the editing WORKOUT:   via GIPHY Then a little WORRY crept in: via GIPHY There might have been a little DOUBT floating around my thoughts: via GIPHY But I squelched that and got myself back to the YIPPEE I DID IT phase of finishing a novel (2 actually): via GIPHY Blurbs to come. And, hopefully, publishing details to follow soon! Christa

Inspiring Myself: Day 3

Well, I am still working on the scene from yesterday. I spent a lot of time searching for images and not as much time writing. Before I knew it, my kids were home from school and the afternoon rush had begun. So today I am not going to go overboard on the image searches. I will only search for one photo and it will be my proverbial carrot to finish the scene I am working on. This “carrot” is going to be highly sensual and embody the scene that comes next. It involves a tight space. A wall. And the romantic couple engaged in something sensual. (This should be easy. Easier if I turn off safe search mode, too. Probably could be time consuming. Okay must limit myself to searching for only 15 minutes. Right now it is 12:02. I have until exactly 12:17 to get this post done and back to writing.) Ready. Set. Go……             Oh and because I am nice, here’s a bonus picture:     Okay. Now I really have to get back to the scene at hand, erm, I mean, the scene I’m writing. Share your sensual wall kiss images … Continue reading

Inspiring Myself Day 2

Wow, yesterday’s inspiration seems to have done the trick. I wrote 7 pages and finished the scene that so needed completing. Mind over matter? Or Subject matter over mind? Hmm. Today we must think of inspiration for one of two scenes. There’s dastardly and bad. And, there’s naughty and sensual. The romance author in me wants to go look at pretty sensual photos of a couple in complete abandon. The realist in me says get to the difficult stuff, first, then you can play. So, as I drag my feet to Google Image Land, I reluctantly decide we must search for the bad stuff. Search Tags: Eerie parking garage, man in the shadows, daybreak–hey that’s a no-go for vampires, evil bad guy (who is sexy), men in suits talking–that can be sexy too… Alright, now on to the searches. Like yesterday I will post my top favorites and get to writing. On my first try, Google rewrote my search as Erie Parking Garage. Nope Google. We are not in the Midwest here. We are in Los Angeles. I want eerie. Scratch eerie. Only a few popped up and they were all copyrighted. So, changed search to “scary.” Seems a lot … Continue reading

Inspiring Myself!

I am so close to the finish line with Sevastian and Thalia. So. Close. I know what is happening next in the story. I know there’s going to be a supply closet used for some interesting moments between Sevastian and his female. I know that there is still going to be something dastardly afoot. I know what is going to be the turning point of everything the female is experiencing. I know what is going to occur right before I type the words: The End. But…Those are all fragmented thoughts in my mind. It is difficult to admit that I have struggled for several years completing this story and the one before it: Mated in Treason. I am sure I could list my reasons here but I do plan on doing that in a separate post…someday. The biggest issue I have come up with is lack of creativity. I  WANT IT TO BE PERFECT Side note: Does anyone else struggle with this perfection affliction? So, in order to combat this debilitating road block in my writing I am going to post daily inspiration for some of the scenes I am working on. In a way, it could be a bit … Continue reading

Preorder linkage

With our release in T-minus 8 days we have been working doubly hard for pre-order status of Beaux. Ballrooms and Battles. As the links go live, I will be adding them here. This morning we had the pre-order link for Amazon become available so here it is:

Cover Reveal Goodness

If you weren’t able to join us for the cover reveal party on Wednesday the 18th of March, you are in luck. I have the cover here for your perusal! If you were unable to join and are bummed you missed out on winning possible prizes like gift cards and coffee and tea and books galore, fear not, for on April 1st, we are going to have another smashing party on facebook for our release day! You can join us there: Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles Release Day Party One of the most exciting and anticipated moments of an author’s writing experience comes when that book cover arrives in the in-box. I have had this great experience many times now. A few of my covers have made me feel ecstatic and thrilled. A few of my covers came with a smidgen of disappointment.  As you write the story, things form in your mind’s eye and you begin to see the world, the backdrop and the people of your creation. Sometimes it is hard to convey that to a cover artist. Other times you don’t even get a say in what the book cover will look like. I am super picky about historical covers. I do not really like … Continue reading

Waterloo-palooza!!

There is something exciting about having a stunning book cover and keeping it under wraps until there is a big party to celebrate the unveiling. Well, that’s just what we decided to do for our upcoming Waterloo-themed anthology releasing on April 1, 2015. Our party will be held on Facebook. You can join it here: Beaux, Ballrooms and Battles Cover Release Party There will be prizes, many many shiny fun prizes. For five extra entries check out this link: Rafflecopter extra entries And here is a teeny glimpse of of the cover scheme: Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles For Readers who enjoy a bit of history with their Romance… A historic confrontation Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles is a celebration of the bicentenary of the showdown between Wellington’s “Infamous Army” and Napoleon’s Grande Armée. Wellington’s Allied Army consisted of a hastily organized mélange of inexperienced men from several countries who didn’t even speak the same language. A backdrop of war While life in Regency England continued much as it had been, the war with Napoleon was a constant source of preoccupation as young men who eagerly set off to become heroes in battle sometimes returned with life-changing injuries or worse, didn’t return … Continue reading

Release Day: Cue the mistletoe and merry making!

Today, my second sweet Regency novella, co-written by the lovely and talented Vivien Jackson, has been released into the wild. It features a plethora of yuletide scheming which can be summed up nicely like this: The 12 tidbits of A Christmas Scheme In the 12 tidbits of A Christmas Scheme, you are in for these treats: (Feel free to hum along in the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas!) 12 Language lessons 11 Nursery knickknacks 10 Snowflakes a-snowing 9 Christmas traditions 8 Sweet meats a-cooking 7 Charades a-crafting 6 Diners a -dining 5 Se-cret schemes 4 Innuendos 3 Notes of import 2 Lonely lovers And A Foreign lord from Ben-ga–li (Just a note, there may or may not be an exact amount of each of these tidbits, I did not in fact count them for accuracy!) Blurb: With her brother’s recent marriage to the daughter of an earl, Kate Avery is no longer needed to keep his house or look after their younger sister. She’s free. But for what? Secretly she wishes for purpose and adventure, but finding it seems unlikely. Then her brother arrives home from London just in time for Christmas…with an exotic and mysterious visitor. A displaced … Continue reading