Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spotlight: Lynne Roberts


Today, we have Erotic Romance Author Lynne Roberts visiting us at Just Write!  Let's ask Lynne a few questions . . .


~  What kind of stories/books do you write?
I write paranormal, fantasy, and romance, but, so far, only my erotic romance has sold.


~  How long have you been writing?
 I’ve been writing for six years now.


~   How long have you been writing and seriously pursuing publication?
I submitted my first query about five years ago—I didn’t know what I was doing, but I learned. After that I took some time off to edit another writer’s work. I started writing, again, about 2 years ago.


~  How many manuscripts did you complete before you sold?
 I’d completed three full length manuscripts and three shorts when I contracted two shorts to The Wilder Rose Press.


~  Please tell us about receiving “The Call.”
It was actually an email. : ) The Acquisitions editor had sent me an email stating that she liked the story but wasn’t offering a contract. She suggested some changes and asked me to resubmit. I did. A few weeks after that, I received an email stating I’d nailed the changes and a contract was on its way.

~  To expand on your "Call Story"— What did you do when you got the call or read the email?  Scream?  Faint?
I actually grew very quiet. Speechless. After so many years, I was going to see my name on a published book. It was a bit surreal.


~  How did you feel when you found out you sold?
 Almost relieved. I’d worked so hard, for so long, it was like a weight off my shoulders that a publisher would want my work.


~  Who was the first person you told?
My oldest daughter. At the time, my significant other lived overseas and it was in the middle of the night there.


~   How did you celebrate?
Oh, I’d always thought I’d open a bottle of champagne when I sold my first story, but I didn’t. I sat down and buried myself in edits.

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AFTER HOURS
by Lynne Roberts
The Wild Rose Press

Here’s a blurb:
Elle Simpson doesn’t deny that the new intern is sexy as hell but he’s also ten years her junior--and she doesn’t date men from the office. Of course, dating isn’t what comes to mind when David Nelson enters a room. When Elle’s boss assigns her to work an important account, she’s thrilled—until David volunteers to help. Working one on one with her desirable new assistant is bound to test the limits of her restraint.

Everything about Elle, from her professional savvy to her hot body, turns David on, but first he has to unravel her mixed signals. After a few late nights alone with Elle in the office, David is at the end of his tether. It was hard enough during the day; keeping his hands off her after hours is proving impossible.


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You can reach Lynne at www.lynneroberts.net.

Thanks for a great interview, Lynne!!!

AM   :) 

Monday, March 29, 2010

BICHOK!!!

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Happy Monday morning!!!  Hope everyone survived the weekend!!!  Hubby and I helped our daughter move.  Whew!!!  What a job!!!  But we had good weather and good luck and now she's getting settled in the cutest little house.

My writing goals for the week:

*  Get through one half of final polish/tweak of manuscript.

*  Write synopsis.  (ugh!)

*  Post reviews on Amazon and B&N and TWRP. (I was supposed to do this last week)

*  Order toner cartridge for printer.

Here's to a productive week for all of us!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

TGIF: Check In!!!

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Friday again!!!  How did everyone's week go?

I had a pretty good one.  Got a lot of editing done on the older manuscript.  Starting to get it in shape to submit.

I updated my website and blog, sort of.  Still needs updating.  It's a never ending project, isn't it?

Still need to post reviews on Amazon and B&N.

I worked on a little side project this week, too.  Made a bound booklet on writing lessons to have on hand when I start presenting programs to libraries and book clubs.  I reminded myself of when I was a little kid.  I have always liked "making" books.  I guess some people never grow up.  *smiles*

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spotlight: Tiffany Green

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Today, we have Romance Author Tiffany Green visiting us at Just Write!   Let's ask Tiffany some questions . . .

~  What kind of stories/books do you write?
I write historical romantic-suspense. My favorite era is Regency and I am focused on that time period right now. In fact, I am working on a seven-book series based in Regency England, so I’ll be there for a while. Innocence Lost is book one.

~  How long have you been writing?
I have been writing about ten years now. However, I have been making up stories since I could remember (much to my parents’ consternation when I was young.)

~   How long have you been writing and seriously pursuing publication?
The same.  About ten years.

~  How many manuscripts did you complete before you sold?
I started out writing a contemporary, but it was terrible. When I read Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught, I knew the Regency historical was what I really wanted to write. So I wrote Innocence Lost and it sold. I learned that you must write where your heart is.

~  Please tell us about receiving “The Call.”
It was more like “The Email.”  I was at a Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference and heard that The Wild Rose Press was meeting in a certain location in the hotel. Well my friend and I decided to crash the party. We went and met some of the editors who were there. They asked what we wrote and we told them. After buying us a glass of wine, they asked us to submit our manuscripts. Of course, as soon as I got home, I did just that. I got “the email” less than two weeks later.

~  To expand on your "Call Story"— What did you do when you got the call or read the email?  Scream?  Faint?
I actually raced through the house yelling, “I did it!  I did it!” Then my husband took me out for a three pound prime rib steak and lots of champagne.

~  How did you feel when you found out you sold?
Sort of tingly all over and light as air. It was kind of like how you would feel if you won the lottery.

~  Who was the first person you told?
My husband, John. Then my dear friend, Fleeta Cunningham.  Then the whole world.

~   How did you celebrate?
Afore mentioned steak dinner.  Huge steak.  Lots of champagne.

~ Where can readers reach you?
My website is www.tiffanygreen.net.
I am also on Facebook.



INNOCENCE LOST
by Tiffany Green
Available NOW
The Wild Rose Press


ABOUT INNOCENCE LOST…


From her first glimpse of his portrait, Lady Megan is smitten.  Unfortunately, the handsome face belongs to her brother’s enemy—the Duke of Claremont, Nicholas Bradshaw.  Nicholas learns a little too late that the beautiful girl he met at the stream is not at all who he thinks.  And now, he must keep her safe from the enemy lurking close to home.  When the kidnapper does strike, it takes the assistance of Nicholas, his former foe, and a pirate captain to save Megan.  But will it be enough?


A GLIMPSE INTO INNOCENCE LOST…

“My lady, come quick.”

Megan frowned at the closed door. She set aside her volume of Catullus’s poetry and rose from the chair in her sitting room. Calmly, she opened the door. If it was another man threatening suicide because she hadn’t agreed to marry him…

Julian’s furious voice rang through the house. She gasped and ran down the stairs.

Wentworth bowed and opened the drawing room door, as if he’d been expecting her.

Her heart took a crazy leap at the sight of him standing there. Nicholas. She glanced at her brother and grew worried. The two stood face to face with their fists balled and ready to strike.

As Julian moved forward, she flew between them. Her blood pounded hard in her ears. She stood so close to Nicholas, she could feel the heat of his body. She yearned to step into his arms. Had he come to see her? “What are you doing?” she demanded, looking from one wrathful face to the other.

“Leave, Claremont, now,” her brother said.

“Not until I have some answers concerning this.” Nicholas threw a crumpled newspaper down. “Damn you, Julian, you had no right.” Then his gaze shifted to her. Her heart surged up in her throat. He looked flushed with anguish. “How could you do this, Meg? Why didn’t you choose me?” His voice grew hoarse, full of pain. Then he went still. “Or did you choose me and your brother did not honor our agreement?” He jerked his head up and nailed Julian with a glare.

Confusion boiled within her. “What agreement?”

A muscle ticked in Nicholas’s cheek as he kept his eyes on her brother. “Tell her,” he demanded.

She turned to her brother and caught the unease in his eyes. “Julian?”

He heaved a sigh. “Moppet—”

“Don’t you dare call me that, Julian!” She poked a finger into his chest. “Tell me everything. Now!”

With a sigh, he nodded at Nicholas. “He was not to see or speak to you until you selected a husband. And I would not oppose your decision.”

She kept her eyes locked on her brother. “Even if I had named Nicholas?”

“Yes,” he said.

She wanted to kill Julian.

“Your brother also insisted that you were to know nothing of this agreement,” Nicholas added.

A sick knot of despair rose up from the depths of her stomach. She started to tremble. Her hands fell limply to her sides. “Are you telling me,” She turned to Nicholas, “that the only reason you’ve been ignoring me is because of a pact you made with Julian?”

His brows were drawn and his eyes filled with pain. He lifted his hand to touch her but halted and lowered his arm.

“Yes, love.”

Her eyes prickled as she turned to her brother. “I cannot believe you did this.”

“Megan, I did it for you—”

“No, Julian. You did it for you.” Oh, God, she had been so wrong about everything. Nicholas. Her brother. Everything. She trembled in earnest now.

Nicholas moved closer. He reached out as if to steady her, but didn’t touch her. “Are you all right, Megan?”

She glanced up, her vision swimming. “You were trying to find a way for us to marry?”

“Yes, my little nymph.”

 A tear skidded down her cheek. “I-I can’t. I’m betrothed to another.”

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Thanks for a great interview, Tiffany!!!

AM   :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

BICHOK!!! NOW!!!

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Happy Monday Morning!!!  Time once again to sit down and get some writing done!!!

Here are my writing goals for this week:

Finish editing the manuscript I started in on last week.  Polish it up and get ready to submit.

Start writing synopsis.

*  Update website and blog.

*  Post reviews on Amazon and B&N.

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

TGIF: Checking In!!!

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I almost forgot to check in today!!!

This week I worked on an older manuscript that is dear to my heart.  I edited over thirty pages and I'm getting it ready to submit to my editor.

Other than that, I mostly prepared for my book signing tomorrow at Read It Again & Again with some of my fellow Roses of Houston. It's from 1-4 pm and if you are in the Houston area, please drop by!!!

I hope everyone had a lovely writing week!!!

AM   :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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Even though my family is so NOT Irish, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day each year by eating corned beef and cabbage.  We love it and it's become a family tradition.

Way back when I was a teenager, my dad decided we would eat corned beef on St. Patrick's Day.  He told my mother to cook some.  Well . . .  my mother is a pretty good cook, but she didn't really like it; she did it because she had to.  Anyway, she bought the meat and prepared it and it turned out like a small hard brick. My dad ate it anyway.

The next year, she called Mrs. Shannon (a friend from church and school) and our corned beef tradition came into being.  I've continued the tradition for the last thirty years, and my kids wouldn't know what to do if we didn't have corned beef on St. Patty's Day.

This year, I waited for the grocery store ads to advertise sale prices for corned beef.  I don't know if I missed them or what (cabbage didn't go down very much either), but yesterday I went to Kroger and OMG! they were out.  The butcher didn't even realize that Wednesday was St. Patrick's Day!!!  Luckily, there was a shipment due this morning.

I called bright and early and the butcher was unloading the truck and sure enough, the corned beef shipment had arrived.  He promised to set aside three packages for me.  When I got to Kroger, they were just putting on the labels and price tags.

My quest for corned beef was a success.  Now, all I have to do is get it on to cooking by noon, so it can simmer all afternoon.  I've invited my mother and daughter over for the feast.

Needless to say, we will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in style and taste!!!

AM   :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

BICHOK!!!

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Butt in chair; hands on keyboard!!!  You would think I could follow my own advice, wouldn't you?  But NOOOOOOO!!!  I must do better!!!  I WILL do better!!!

This week's writing goals:

*  Write 3 pages on WIP.

*  Attend RWA Chapter meeting.

*  Update profiles/author accounts on Amazon, B&N, and TWRP.  I need to put reviews and add meta tags to help facilitate sales. 

*  Begin "advertising" for the April Madness 2010 BIAM Writathon!!!

Let's hope this week is a successful writing week for us all.

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

TGIF: Check In!!!

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Where does the week go?  Time is just flying, isn't it???

I didn't get all of my goals met, but I've had some family crises to deal with and I've been lucky to just keep up with my online class.

I started rereading one of my books on craft:  Writing the Novel from Plot to Print by Lawrence Block.  It's about first novels, but it has some good stuff in there.  I was actually reaching for another book, when my hands found this one.  I said to myself:  "What the heck?"

The first line of Chapter One cracked me up:  "If you want to write fiction, the best thing you can do is take two aspirins, lie down in a dark room, and wait for the feeling to pass."

It still makes me chuckle.  

I've decided to reread my writing books.  Now that I've written several novels, I think I'm in a better position to understand more and perhaps, there will be a few "aha" moments for me.  I sure need something to light a fire under me.

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spotlight: Christine Columbus

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 Today, we have Romance Writer Christine Columbus here at Just Write!  She's promoting her latest release, The Perfect Country and Western Story.

Let's ask Christine some questions . . .

Did you always want to become a writer?

Yes, I always wanted to be a writer, although there were times when I would lose track of my vision and goals, but someone would always remind me.  Thirty-three years ago, I was seventeen and didn’t even know who I was let alone what I wanted to be.

When the guy I was dating in high school said, “You’re so lucky because you know what you want to be?”

I eagerly asked, “What?”

Tom replied, “A writer.”

“Oh yeah, I do want to be a writer.”

“Promise me you’ll always write under your name,” he said.

I gazed into Tom’s eyes. He had deep set eyes with giant bushy eyebrows and he looked like the Wiley Coyote. “Sure, I’ll always write under Christine Columbus, but why?”

“Because someday when I am at the grocery store waiting in line to check out, I’ll glance up and see a novel. If you’re married and using a different last name, I’ll never know that it is your novel.”

 Of course my first thought was What?  If he’s not in the grocery store with me, who is he with?  I thought we were going to be together. Thoughts of who was standing next to his cart were soon displaced with the vision of my novel on display in the racks by the checkout counter at the super market.

What is the most, and the least interesting fact about writing?

There are twenty-six letters in the English alphabet and whenever anyone writes a story they only have the same twenty-six letters – yet by stringing the letters in different combinations you can create non-fiction, romance, adventure or horror – which I find intriguing.  What I find less interesting is misplaced modifiers, dangling participles.  

How did you celebrate your first release? What was it like to see your book in a bookstore/internet? Do you have a special ritual for celebrating a book release?

When my children were small I had a children’s story included in Half Price Books Bedtime Stories series. My mom and I were in the car driving out to the book stores, I had no idea what the book was going to look like, would it be a hard cover book that was four inches thick, or a bunch of pages ran off and stapled together… I remember being on highway 100 head towards Half Price Book store, when she turned to me and said, “I’m so excited my hands are shaking.”

My mother is no longer alive, but when The Perfect Country and Western Story was delivered to my house and I opened the box, I vividly remember that day in the car, when my mother was just as excited as I was.  And as I held my book, I could hear her voice: "Look my hands are shaking."


Do you prefer stand-alone books or series?

I like series books because when the next book comes out it is like meeting old friends for dinner or a cup of coffee.  It’s exciting to see what they’ve been up to.


Where can readers find you on the web?

www.ChristineColumbus.net

Of course my short stories and novel is available at www.TheWildRosePress.com.  Just type in author name Christine Columbus.


The Perfect Country and Western Story
by Christine Columbus 
The Wild Rose Press

(232pages) Sensual

Alexandra has the Stetson hat, now all she needs is the cowboy.  But with three days and over 50,000 faces to search, will she be able to find the man who stole her heart? 

Ben still can’t believe he was foolish enough to let the beautiful thief walk away with his autographed cowboy hat.  If the heart breaker dares to show up at Country Time again this year, he’ll not only be looking to get his hat back, but aiming for a little payback as well.



How The Perfect Country and Western Story came to be… 

I like the idea of a backwards Cinderella story where the woman had a cowboy hat and was looking for the cowboy that could wear it.  So, sitting around the campfire at WE Fest I began to plot.  When I left the concert all I knew was I had a woman with a Toby Keith autographed hat and she needed to find her cowboy at an outdoor concert.

I also wanted to tie the story to …“You Don’t Have To Call me Darlin’,Darlinnnnnn…” by David Allan Cole. The song is perfect because it has trucks, momma, gettin’ drunk, prison, and trains. 

So I decided that The Perfect Country and Western Story has romance, country music, and Alexandra trying find the cowboy whose head fit an autographed Toby Keith hat. 

Excerpt 

Ben descended down the trailer steps. His stone-cold brown eyes were clouded in anger and focused directly on her.

The hairs on Alexandra’s arms bristled; her lip drew up into a snarl. What right did he have to be mad? He got his damn hat.

His gaze traveled slowly over her body. Alex’s heart beat faster. Her body might be weak, but her mind was strong. Her lazy gaze moved from the frown in his brow, down to the tips of his toes and back to a spot beside his right eye. The words he said last night played in her head. It doesn’t matter. I have the hat now. It’s all over.

Anger narrowed her eyes, flared her nostrils and burned the back of her throat. With valiant effort, she shook her head and rolled her eyes, dismissing him like yesterday’s news.

“Thanks for the shampoo, Laurie.” His voice was too cheery and exuberant.

From under her lashes Alex watched him hand a bottle to the curly-haired woman.
Her heart pounded harder and her mind screamed louder. If he was any type of man, he’d at least say, ‘Thanks for returning the hat.’ Or apologize for his obnoxious behavior the night before.

She hadn’t meant to glance up into his brown eyes. He blinked, and for half-a-second, she wondered if he could read her mind. Her heart paused along with her breath. Maybe...

Then his eyelids narrowed and his lip curled up. “What? Stealing my hat wasn’t enough? Now, you have to stalk me?"

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Thanks for a great interview, Christine!!!


AM   :)

Monday, March 08, 2010

BICHOK!!! This week!!!

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Monday, Monday . . . hmmm, there's a song there, me thinks. *grins*

Another writing week starts today.  I've already spent the morning doing writerly pursuits, but not any "real" writing. YET!!!

My writing goals for the week:

* Write ONE page on the WIP. Surely, I can manage that.

* Read the novella that needs revising.

* Keep up with online class.

* Keep up with blog.

* Update website.

Here's to a productive week for everyone.

Happy Writing!!!

AM :)

Friday, March 05, 2010

TGIF!!! Checking In!!!

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Gosh!  I almost forgot about checking in.

I've had a challenging week.  I didn't get any writing or revising done.  Bad Anne Marie.

In my defense, I had a migraine at the beginning of the week.  Then I've had technical difficulties with Yahoo!  and with my online class for the past couple of days.  On top of all that, I thought my computer crashed yesterday.  Talk about panic mode!!!

All's well with the computer, thank goodness.  And the class is coming along.  It's very small, but people are finally asking questions.

Monday, I plan to start on a writing project.  I can feel the DWB (deadly word buildup)  growing.   If I don't write something, no telling what will happen.  KABOOM!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Tea Time in Texas

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I'm a tea drinker.  Iced tea, pure and simple.  Plain old Lipton or Luzianne is my favorite.  I don't much care for flavored teas.  I don't even drink sweet tea anymore.  Strong, yes.  Very strong.  A tall glass of strong iced tea on a hot summer day is pure heaven to me.

Because of health reasons, I drink decaffeinated tea most of the time.  And decaf tea is very expensive; almost twice as much as regular tea.  Many years ago, I found a tip on how to decaf your own tea.  It's very simple.  You pour boiling water over regular teabags, then pour it off and about 95% of the caffeine is washed away. 


Here's my recipe for making a 2 1/4 quart pitcher of delicious iced tea:

3 family sized teabags
2 cups boiling water/ divided

Place the 3 teabags in a Pyrex measuring cup and pour 1 cup boiling water over them.  Let them sit for 45 seconds, then pour off water.  Add 1 cup boiling water and let the tea steep for 20 minutes or longer.

Pour tea into a 2 1/4 qt pitcher, fill measuring cup with cold water and press teabags, then pour into pitcher.  Repeat until pitcher is filled.  Refrigerate.

Enjoy!!!

AM   :)

Monday, March 01, 2010

BICHOK!!! Monday!!!

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Wow!!!  Can you believe it's already March???  Where does the time go?  How are you doing on your writing resolutions?  I'm not sure how I'm doing.  Not very well, I think.  I need to buckle down and get some serious writing done.  How about you?

Here are my writing goals for the week:

Start to work on expanding the novella as recommended by editor.  I need to add three or four chapters, maybe more.

Keep up with the online class I'm teaching.

*  Work on new proposal to submit.

*  Update blog and website.

Hope everyone has a productive week!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)