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  • Ladies of the 80s September 20, 2014
    The book takes place in 1980. I’m a total 80′s child, but I was young in the 80′s and only vaguely remember Reagan’s election. John Lennon’s shooting, I remember not at all. It was really fun doing the research for this book, because there were certain mindsets and mores I had to stick to. ForRead more...
  • Guest- Tina Donahue August 22, 2014
    I’m so thrilled to have one of my co-authors of the Brought to His Knees anthology here today. Tina Donahue has another release called Carnal Takeover! (Love the title) During the day, she’s in charge—at night, he’ll take command of her body, their desires…   Dominance and discipline. Alexandra hungers for both from Daniel, theRead more...
  • 5 Reasons to participate in an anthology/Box set August 20, 2014
    I’ve said it before, this summer is the summer of the box set. Some authors hit some big best seller lists and loads of authors are jumping on the bandwagon hoping to replicate their success. I’m one of them. In fact, I was asked to participate in no less than 3 sets in one weekRead more...

Posts for:  April 2012

Are you a Flitter or a Sitter?

I returned home yesterday after one of my favorite annual weekends of the year, the Washington Romance Writer’s Annual Retreat. I wish I had photos to share, but alas I forgot my camera, and I was so busy chatting, I didn’t have time to stop and pose. And that’s why today’s blog post is entitled Are you a flitter or a sitter.

Because I’m a flitter. When I go to a conference or even a party, I flit from person to person excited to talk and connect with all the familiar and new faces I see. “Oh, there’s Lavinia, I want to hear about her son’s college applications” “And there’s Robin, I wonder how her book edits are going.” “Oh, and I haven’t met Allison yet, but I keep reading her posts on the chat loop and would love to meet her in person”

And off I go…

But maybe it would be better to be a sitter. To find one or two people and sit and really connect. Maybe I’ll return home at the end of the weekend regretting that I only waved at some people, but I’ll feel strong bonds with the fewer people that I did make time to connect with.

And speaking of connections… CONNECT was the buzzword of my weekend. I self Selected out of the craft workshops to attnd the marketing and industry ones. Connect was my takeaway buzz word. Connect with readers, other authors and the community at large.

So talk to me…Are you a flitter or a sitter? What is your conference strategy?

From past to present

As you know I write regency erotic romance. Or rather I USED to write regency erotic romance. But I had these story ideas in my head that would not leave and so I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and got them down. And guess what? You’ll be able to read them soon! Keep checking back here for blurbs, cover art and release dates. For now I can’t give you much more. Sorry.

As a reader, will you follow an author to any genre? Or does it throw you too much? For example, I didn’t read much of Christina Dodd’s historicals, but when she jumped to her contemporary paranmoral, I gobbled them up like whoa! And I will read anything Lisa Kleypas puts out in historical, but I have yet to pick up one of her contemporaries. I’m not sure why I haven’t. I love her voice and her writing.

Sherrilyn Kenyon is one example that comes to mind as someone who leaps all over the time spectrum. Her Kinley Macgregor books are medieval (sp?), Dark Hunters are contemporary paranormal, and her Born In books are Sci Fi. Kresley Cole also very successfully made the leap from Scottish historical to contemporary paranormal and I’ve heard she’s got a YA coming out too.

These authors leap around and fans seem to follow them. And yet can you imagine if JR Ward announced she was going to write a regency romance? Or Stephanie Laurens announced a forthcoming paranormal YA? It’s jarring. As a fellow writer, I would applaud and encourage every author to write books that are important to them no matter the genre, and yet I understand that business branding doesn’t always allow for that. And then again Ward and Laurens have rabid fans who would probably follow them into middle grade graphic novels as long as the voice was true.

So do you follow favorite authors or for you is it all about the story no matter the author?