Monday, May 29, 2006

Last Minute Tweaking

Well, it's down to the wire now. I printed a copy of my Bonding Experience yesterday, and I'm currently doing last minute corrections before I ship this puppy off on the 1st. I can't even begin to say how happy I am about getting this story out the door! *_* I've struggled with it on and off, but it's about where I want it...finally! I'm glad I didn't scrap the idea; I truly love these two characters. Even so, I'm definitely looking forward to a day of rest once their story is out of my hands.

On another note, I spent an hour or so today ordering my promotionals for Crossing Borders. Woot! That was actually a lot of fun. Now the waiting begins. The first week in June, I'll be posting my excerpt, and making contest plans. Sometime in the next two weeks, I'm going to have to give my website a tune up so my excerpt will show there. Darn moveable type!

As for up coming projects, I have two manuscripts I really need to get crackin' on. I spent way too much time on B.E. I hate it when I do that! Why must I nit-pick? It's such a curse! Anyway, my story to Triskelion has been put on hold so long now I'm not sure they'll accept it. At any rate, that's my next priority. Getting Right of Discovery completed and sent.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

It Gives You Wings

In case you missed it, the Cobblestone Coming Soon author chat last night was a blast! The house was packed with a myriad of talented authors, including Cobblestone's June 2nd line up, plus authors from multiple e-publishing houses: NCP, Liquid Silver books, and more. Some of Cobblestone's cover artists also made a show, as well as Dawn (owner) and Sara (managing editor) of Inara Press.

Here's to a sucessful grand opening!

Breakthrough

Woot! I did it. This morning, I managed to repair chapter two without a brain hemorage. *dance, dance* So now I can get on with the rest. It won't be long now and Bonding Experience will be ready to go out. Needless to say, I'm thrilled!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Cobblestone Press Chat Tonight!



Starting tonight at 7pm central time, there will be a Coming Soon chat going on at Cobblestone Press! The chat will feature authors scheduled for June 2nd release dates, but there will be other authors present as well--like me! Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Chapter of Doom

Here I am, revising the chapter of doom (chapter 2) again. Yesterday I rewrote it for about the sixth time. I think I finally have it on track this time--no really! The story needed a boost to bring the action and *achem* action along sooner, so I stripped Chapter 2 out completely and restructured it completely. By doing this it seems to have fixed any POV problems. Hm.

Anyway, it finally, finally blends with the rest of the story, but I'm thinking it will still need some clean up later on. I added a lot more character interaction and I always tweak snogging sessions to death before submission.

Well, maybe I'll be able to rest a bit easier now. This is the one chapter holding me back from finishing this thing, and good god! will I be glad when it's done.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Do Pass Back To Bayou Teche

This weekend has been a bit of an editing bust, however I have an idea how I'll probably rewrite chapter two of Bonding Experience.

Nine times out of ten, when I'm having trouble with a chapter it's because I'm having POV problems, and subconsciously I recognize it--sometimes it just takes me a while to figure out where the issue lies.

This go around, correcting the mistake is a huge challenge.

I originally wrote the chapter from the heroine's POV, but something felt very stunted and forced when I reread it. I rewrote the scene and reread it about five times, and each time it just felt... wrong. It didn't seem to be the same quality as the other chapters.

The story itself is a twist on the old "reluctant suitor" type romance, and you can see when reading that deep down the heroine loves the hero. Her thoughts and anxious habits when she's around him give it away. However, when going back and reading, I kept wondering why the heck would the hero stick around for so long trying to win his lady love if she made it such a habit of giving him the shut out. He'd have to've seen through her smoke screen at some point, even if that point is prior to the start of the book. But how could I make this understood without adding a ton of backstory--which I hate! There's only one way to fix this so I could keep the chapter. I had to go back and write it from the hero's POV.

The downside to this: I'd written some really good introspection on the heroine's part--stuff that becomes necessary for you to know later on in the book. anyway, I fixed it by going back and turning all her introspection into choppy dialogue with the hero, and had the hero interpret her physical expression as a way for him to understand her motives.

I will say right now, my friend: This is all easier said than done. I'm not sure this is going to work yet. I'm still playing with options, but this is what I have so far.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Editing Woes

I'm still working on my final edits for Bonding Experience. I had hoped to have this finished only, um, last week! :*( I am stuck on this one section in chapter two. I'm just not sure what I want to do with it. The section really enhances the enhances the story, but I'm not sure if I should include it because it's the only chapter out of the book that is from the hero's perspective. I tried to rewrite it from the heroine's pov, and to use his thoughts as dialogue later on in the story, but I'm just not sure if the scene is working. I could cut the scene out entirely--the novel would survive without it, but!!! there are some key elements in it that show that the heroine (for all her brave talk) is really not so secure as she lets on to be. And I love that!!

Arg! Back to the drawing board...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Squeeee!!!

I went to get my hair trimmed yesterday, and when I got home, hubby had a Mother's Day present parked in the driveway for me!!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Crossing Borders--new blurb!



A lonely howl in the night draws Laney Parker out of her cabin. Determined to warn the rogue werewolf away from her pack’s territory, she heads into the wilderness unprotected. Little does she know, old wounds are about to be opened, and she will soon be forced to revisit her heartbreaking past.

Two years have passed since Cole Holbrook was exiled from his pack. Now he’s back, determined to claim Laney as his mate, even if it means trespassing onto enemy territory to take her. Nothing will stop him. Not even his old rival--Laney’s pack leader brother, Seth.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Fresh Stuff and News

Well, as you can see, I gave up on templates. I was working on one, but I've got so many things to do already, I have to prioritize. I took Faith and Silma's advice, and just put up a simple banner. Erm, well, a suggestive banner, as Silma calls it. *wink, wink*

Okay, now for credit, I got the art through Isnaini. The template--complete with art--is available for download there. The picture is by Steven. Sorry, I have no links for this guy. If you have one, I'll be happy to add it. Thanks for directing me to that blog, Lori!

On another note, Corazane.com went live last night. Yay! I plan to make some changes to it eventually, but the main thing is, it's working. Thank you, Batty! I grovel at your feet. :D

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Plagarism Kills Student Bookdeal

Harvard Author Loses Book Deal Over Scandal
Caps Stunning Downfall of Kaavya Viswanathan
By HILLEL ITALIE


There's been a lot of buzz about this story along writer's loops, but not everyone has access to the story. Click the subject header to be taken to the AOL version.

Cookies for Breakfast

I think I've finally found a blog template I like. It's so hard to get stuff that looks like grown ups would use it. I love anime as much as the next person, but not for touting erotic romance novels. That is seriously creepy. Anyway, I've been tinkering with the new look, but it's not ready yet to move here. I haven't figured out how to transfer all my posts yet, etc.

Oh gee... while I've been wasting all this time, I should have been working on my 100 word blurb. I'll do that while the baby is napping today. I think I'll just add to the existing one, if it's possible. The 50 word one, I had to chop and and rechop...blurbs are probably one of the hardest parts of the job.

I also need to get a bit of editing done. I managed only one chapter in all the chaos that happened yesterday. More on that later...