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Canadian romance

Writing for Fun or Profit

Fun or Profit-

 

It’s no secret that I write mostly for women.

Mostly. Not entirely.

When I was little and read books written for boys–and there were many–in my head, if there wasn’t one, I always inserted a girl. IMHO, girl perspectives brought something extra to those stories. While boy books made me think, I looked for books that also made me feel. Those weren’t as common as you’d expect.

As a teenager I was reading westerns I borrowed from my father and Harlequin romances supplied my grandmother. That’s how I got my thinking/feeling fix. (I once referred to Louis L’Amours as romances for guys and I thought the male librarian was going to have a stroke.)

I got my start reading fantasy a little later in life with Thieves’ World. Those books had female protagonists. They were kickass. I was hooked. I moved on to Piers Anthony’s Chronicles of Immortality. After that it was Guy Gavriel Kay, David Eddings, and Terry Goodkind.

But that’s not all I read. Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and M.M. Kaye all factored in.

These days, as a writer, my optimal mix is 50% romance and 50% plot. While I write primarily for women, I want my books to also appeal to those male readers who want a story that makes them feel as well as think.

This book is about cowboys and aliens, and a kickass female sheriff who’s also a retired gunfighter.

There aren’t any cowboys, aliens or demons. There are Canadian spies!

This cover is so misleading. It’s about cowboys and demons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of this brings me to the point of my post. Yes, I write for profit. This is my career and I love it. But I also write for fun. I want to share what I love with my reades, and I love ideas  (and apparently cowboys). I love exploring “What ifs.” I have enough story outlines to take me through the next decade.

I hope you’ll join me.

 

Deadlines are Hell

This is how I feel when a deadline approaches, but this is my sister, not me.

This is how I feel when a deadline approaches, but this is my sister, not me.

Don’t get me wrong.

I’m thrilled to have writing contracts while working on projects of my own. I love both my publishers. A part of me secretly loves the adrenaline rush that comes with working under pressure, too. But deadlines have to be met.  I think it’s written in some law somewhere. The thought of missing one gives me anxiety attacks.

I’m a slow writer. I try to write the cleanest first draft possible so my editor and I can concentrate on making the story the best it can be, not have to fiddle with grammar and spelling. I dawdle. I polish. I choose my words carefully.

This week however–the one before the book is due–all that goes out the window. Things get ugly. I’m currently resorting to pen and notebook so I can clean up the important scenes as I add them to the electronic file. This process keeps me off Facebook and away from spider solitaire. (My win percentage is 25%, btw.)

I’ve got spreadsheets, story outlines, and cheat sheets for scene structure. I have an awesome critique partner as a fresh set of eyes who keeps me accountable. She’s waiting for new pages. I’m super organized at this stage because I have to be. There’s no time to rewrite the major turning points or change character motivations. I don’t get to play with my word choices. (I wish I could say the same about spider solitaire.)

While the deadline itself can be hell, especially when the countdown on this last week has started, the day after that deadline is sweet.

I have two sets of revisions already lined up to keep that adrenaline pumping.

Recipe news:

We had another recipe win this week. Black bean and sausage chili. Just swap out the kidney beans and hamburger, cut the sausage into bite-sized chunks and cook it, (or what the heck, crumble it up and fry it like you would hamburger), and voila! It’s pretty darned tasty. Not to mention easy. And easy is the biggest seller for me when it comes to cooking.

New Release May 18th

Isn't my name big?

Isn’t my name big?

May 18th is the big day!

My new contemporary romance is releasing. It’s called I’ll Love You Forever and as you can imagine, I love it. It’s about a singer in the Canadian music industry:

Lovers reunited. Nobody promised love would be easy.

Singer/songwriter Danielle Jackson, a bright star in the Canadian music industry, appears to have it all—until a tragic accident takes it away. With contract obligations to fulfill and deadlines looming, she really needs the friendship and support of the one person she could always rely on.

Unfortunately, he’s also the person who’s hurt her the most.

Single dad and small town farmer Christian Hunter used to believe if you love someone you should let them go and trust they’ll return, but ten years is a long time. When Danni comes home to recover from the car crash in which her fiancé and fellow band mate was killed, he knows he should leave well enough alone. He’s done with comforting broken-hearted women. These days, he’s saving his love for his young son.

Sometimes love, however, deserves a second chance.

 

Right now it’s available for preorder on these sites: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters/Indigo.

I’m still running and still at 6k. I have a book due to editing on June 1st so life is a little crazy this month. Exercise is the first thing to go. Sleep is overrated too.

And is anyone else excited about The Voice final four? Any favourites? I have to say, I love them all. So much talent!

 

 

Side-lined by Spring and other things

Spring has been anxiously anticipated in my part of the country. This was the hardest winter I can remember in years. (Everyone says that, right?)

When it landed, all my good intentions for running went straight out the window. It turns out that my virus-induced asthma–mild as it is–doesn’t like extreme season changes, either. Now that I can somewhat breathe again, as far as exercise, I’m back to square one. I kept up with the yoga. (And yes, I still hate it. I have no idea why.)

So. Starting over, and taking things slow… I’m planning to get out for 6k of running/walking today, weather permitting. First I have some writing related things to take care of. I have a few deadlines looming, meaning work takes precedence.

We’ll see how things go.

I also have news to share on the writing front. My first self-published release, I’ll Love You Forever (Book 1 in the Broken Hearts series) is coming soon!

Isn’t the cover pretty?

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Lovers reunited. Nobody promised love would be easy.

Singer/songwriter Danielle Jackson, a bright star in the Canadian music industry, appears to have it all—until a tragic accident takes it away. With contract obligations to fulfill and deadlines looming, she really needs the friendship and support of the one person she could always rely on.

Unfortunately, he’s also the person who’s hurt her the most.

Single dad and small town farmer Christian Hunter used to believe if you love someone you should let them go and trust they’ll return, but ten years is a long time. When Danni comes home to recover from the car crash in which her fiancé and fellow band mate was killed, he knows he should leave well enough alone. He’s done with comforting broken-hearted women. These days, he’s saving his love for his young son.

Sometimes love, however, deserves a second chance.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat level: Sensual

Pages: 216 (50,000 words)