As you all know, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to write a book. For the Rogue Protectors series, I dug deep down about what I wanted to read if I was the reader. Truly writing what you want to read is the key to inspired writing, and I wrote PROTECTOR OF CONVENIENCE’s first draft in 6 weeks. I know I promised to post about my writing tools, but they apparently continue to evolve and as I write THE BOSS ASSIGNMENT, I’m experimenting with Jessica Brody’s Fast Drafting Technique and using Trello to keep track of my invisible revisions. If the technique works, then I’ll know I have a winner because I’ve been averaging 800 words/40 minutes and they are good words. I’m also not pushing myself beyond 2k words a day except on weekends to avoid burnouts. I continue to use Aeon Timeline to track the series timeline, and I’ve somewhat replaced Scapple with GoodNotes. I also wanted to post here part of what was in the afterword of PROTECTOR OF CONVENIENCE and some of the challenges I encountered. One of the challenges of Protector of Convenience was considering which foreign words to italicize and which ones to […]
Yes, Uncle Stevie (like most constant readers call Stephen King), I’m following your advice in your book, On Writing. Stephen King maintains that the only way to improve in your writing is to read, read, read. Read good books, read bad books. Just read. Find out what works for you and find out what doesn’t. It’s really no shirt off my back because I love reading and it’s a perfect excuse to do so in … ahem … the improvement of my craft. Anyway, we’ve all had them. The book slumps. It could be because one reason or another. This makes a successful reading streak all the sweeter and I’m riding that high right now. The Silent Wife – this is gritty, and I’d recommend it more for crime fiction readers. A Touch of Stone and Snow – Oh my gawd, this was angsty, but the hero was so devoted to the heroine, I was like 😍😍😍. The only caveat is there was a ton of world building. A ton. But the character of a certain sabre tooth snow cat made it totally worth it. ❤️ I picked up Shades of Twilight on a whim. The writing is definitely […]
I’m only getting around to reading again. When our world turned upside down earlier this year, I admit to being lost in what to read or write. I even had a side project where I wrote all my thoughts into those pages. What I really wanted to do was bake and eat. It’s no wonder folks like me had turned into frontier woman at some point. After I picked up my ereader again, I think this was sometime in April, I’ve been finding comfort in old romantic suspense novels by the likes of Linda Howard and J.D. Robb. One of my favorite reread this year was Mr. Perfect. It was a relief knowing I still loved to read, and it only reinforced my belief that I’m just a moody reader. 😃 A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane was one of the books I’ve stocked up my Kindle with at the beginning of the lockdown but never got around to reading until April. With my restored reading mojo, it’s become my favorite new read so far this year. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something different. Think Vikings mixed with Witcher, add in some […]
I like to evolve as a writer. I like to learn what works and what doesn’t for me to produce the best work possible, with efficiency, and without sacrificing craft. I always thought I couldn’t write more than 1k words a day and be able to do it consistently. But I’ll get back to that point. There are many books on writing fast and there’s undeniable proof that rapid releasing is the way to go. And yet, the ghost of that year when I released three books and promptly burned out haunts me. Still, it’s so easy to get caught up in the next writing trend. I am awed when I see my author friends say they churn out 5k words in 3 hours, or 9k words in one day! I can barely eke out 4k words an entire day and then I’m down for the next few days. Ha! But I tried it anyway. Set a timer, turn off the wi-fi and go! Lo, and behold I wrote almost 800 words in forty minutes. I sprinted with some author friends and was quite proud of myself. I closed out the day with 3k words in 3 forty-minute sprints. However […]
It was really strange looking back at the books I’ve read in 2019. This year was the year I stepped outside my comfort zone and my usual genre. I’m not sure if this was to avoid a burn out in an attempt to keep my brain fresh and not fully immersed in the same kind of stories I like to write. Because of this, I rarely had a book slump. I mean, I have a whole backlist of Stephen King I can go through. His book 11/22/63 cemented him in my head as one of my favorite authors and I’m slowly building my SK bookshelf. Jewel Ann’s book, Perfectly Adequate gave me all the feels and laughs plus one of my favorite heroines I’ve read this year. Proof is that I remember the heroine’s name—Dorothy Mayhem— while I forgot the hero’s. Another book that gave me all the feels was Jill Shalvis’s book, Rainy Day Friends. This book was perfect in every sense. More than women’s fiction, it had a central romance that was swoony and believable in the way it developed. It was hard to choose a favorite J.D. Robb or Kendra Elliot book since I’ve read several […]
Title: The Princess and the Mercenary (Fractured Heroes, #1) Author: Victoria Paige Genre: Military Romance Release Date: May 18, 2019 Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC. It was hate at first sight. She is the daughter of rock royalty. He is a scarred, grumpy former Green Beret. She thinks he’s an amoral, uncouth soldier of fortune. He thinks she’s a limelight-grabbing goody two-shoes. When Yara Emerson embarks on a humanitarian mission to Yemen, her company hires a security team for her protection. Everything is business as usual until she meets Kade Spear. Kade wants nothing to do with daddy’s spoiled princess, but he needs the cover of the humanitarian mission to hunt down a terrorist. Wills clash. Tempers flare. But their unwanted attraction burns hotter than the Yemeni desert. Trust fractures. Friendships break. The aid mission unravels and danger comes after Yara from every corner. Could the man who betrayed her be her only hope for survival? Available in Kindle Unlimited Buy Now Amazon Victoria Paige writes romantic suspense with badass alpha males and smart, feisty heroines. Her heroes are possessive, overprotective, and frequently the obsessed, jealous type with a penchant for strong language. Her heroines are strong-willed and […]
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I did a lot of google maps both in 3D and satellite views for TPATM (The Princess and the Mercenary) and on a country like Yemen, I was afraid I’d be receiving a visit from the Feds or even the CIA. Anyway, in my research, I’ve encountered its rich history and I decided why not a map! And what about Kade, a sunset and a waterfall. A perfect setting for emotional moments.
Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I have to apologize. Life got in the way, but I hope to post more regularly. I’m excited for my upcoming release because it’s unlike anything I’ve written before. This book is both character and plot driven and the story just exploded from me. I love that when it happens. It’s an enemies-to-lovers trope so you can be sure sparks will be flying and sexual tension is high. Release date: May 21, 2019 Oh, and here’s a teaser! More to come.