Monday, April 28, 2014

23 Days and Counting

I'm taking a coffee break before I zonk out at my desk. I've written approximately a thousands words today, and I'm about to dive in for another thousand before Mini gets home.

Over the weekend, I dragged out my calendar and flipped through it. There are roughly 23 days til the end of Mini's school year. Yikes! I'm ready for summer, but I want to knock out this draft before vacation gets here. That way Mini and I can do fun stuff and go places without me having to worry about the manuscript waiting on me when I get back home.

So, it's time to roll up the shirt sleeves. I have a draft to K.O.

Wish me luck!  

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ghost Cats

Ghost Cats painting hanging in my office.

Hurray for Friday! This week has been...challenging. That's putting it mildly. But things are looking up. Hubby managed to wrangle a W2 out of his former employer, so we'll now be able to have our taxes prepared. What a relief. We've made an appointment to have the taxes taken care of, and I have all the paperwork ready to go.

Also, this morning, MiniBeast woke up and started gabbing about the book fair going on at school. There's a Minecraft book he wants to buy. I told him not to worry if the staff is still out of copies (they are supposed to restock today). If he can't nab a copy, we will order one off of Amazon. I'm just happy he wants to read something. Those who know about the earlier AR fiasco and Mini's declaration of "Mom, I hate reading" will understand why this turn around has made my day.

Speaking of making my day... I received several pretties in the mail today. I received my Never Say Never contributor copies. Yay! They are so gorgeous. Starting in May, there is going to be a Never Say Never Blog Tour. I'll be blogging about the inspiration for my extremely smutty micro story "Bad Kitty" on the 18th. Meow.

While I'm on the topic of books, I managed to get A Trick of Light uploaded to CreateSpace yesterday. That was not fun. I'm not even gonna kid ya about that. But it was my first time dealing with CreateSpace, so I'm declaring it a success. I'm waiting for the proofs to arrive so I can do a quality check. Can you tell I'm excited about it? (Hint: I'm very excited!) At any rate, the print edition will be available in May. Woot! That's one less book on my to be revised/edited/uploaded stack. ☺

Now my big bonus happy for today... Hubby gave me the okay to buy an early Mother's Day gift, and it arrived a few hours ago. I bought a painting from Billy Martin, aka author Poppy Z. Brite, called Ghost Cats. It's beautiful. My iPod photo doesn't do it justice. The colors are amazing. The first time I saw the painting online, the black cat lured me in. I know it's a cat, but it reminds me of my Chancey dog, which crossed over the rainbow bridge in 2008.

I've had so many dreams over the years where Chancey Bear has shown up to comfort me. Usually, I'll see him out of the corner of my eye, or from a distance. There's this one dream I had about him that really stands out. I wrote it down here on the blog, but I've done a few searches and can't find it. I'll link it up later, if I manage to come across it again.

Anyway, in that dream, I was walking on a red dirt road near my aunt's house in Texas, when I turned and saw Chance standing there watching me. I was thrilled to see him, then I realized he must've come for Kinz, who at the time, wasn't doing so well. I ran inside to tell hubby that Chance had come home, and Chance followed me inside. We all petted and hugged him, but then I tried to hold on to him in order to "hold him to this world", I guess you could say. He wouldn't let me, and I knew it was because he couldn't stay. After a few minutes, he wiggled out of my arms, and as he raced out the door, his fur turned white.

After I woke up from that dream of Chancey, I knew it wouldn't be much longer for my Kinzey dog. I was right. He passed away a few days later. I still hold on to the belief that Chancey Bear came home to walk him across the rainbow bridge. It makes letting them go a lot easier.

When I saw Ghost Cats painting, I had to have it. For me, it's a painting of Chancey Bear, my guardian angel pup, with one foot in each world while he watches over me.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Territory :: Getting My Feet Wet

Indeed I got my feet wet yesterday. Friends and family who really know me, they'll tell you I circle the pool a couple of times to study the waters, but when I jump in, I dive head first into the deep end. Well, yesterday was no exception. I did a lot of firsts yesterday.

My ebooks have always been uploaded to Amazon by the publisher, but yesterday, that all changed. First thing Tuesday morning, I reformatted Wave Rider and uploaded it to Amazon.The Kindle edition is now available here.

I also reformatted A Trick of Light for CreateSpace, another first for me, which wasn't a terrible experience, except for that hour or so when I was foaming at the mouth and shrieking dirty words while trying to set the page numbers. But we're going to forget that happened, right? Right.

CreateSpace rejected my preexisting cover, the one currently up at Smashwords, so I had to make a new one. That was no easy task. I had to repurchase the main stock image, which wasn't expensive or a problem, but the photo I had used for a light filter was from a stock site that no longer exists. I searched for the photographer on several other stock sites, but I couldn't find her anywhere. So I wasn't able to repurchase the filter image, and the one I have is only 72 dpi. Nevertheless, I've managed to cobble a new cover together. It's the same, but a little different. More black toned than brown, which is fine. It suits the book well. I'm going to add the text and all that jazz today, and use the cover creator to work up the back cover. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes this step will be easier than formatting page numbers.

Now to get back to editing and rewriting. I have a stack piled high with projects I need to tackle. Front and back list. One day, probably after I win the lottery, I'm going to hire a personal editorial assistant to help me sort through all this mess. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;o)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wave Rider :: Now Available At Smashwords

Wave Rider, my sexy summer vacation erotica story, is now available on Smashwords for .99 cents. Yay! This backlist story is one of my personal favorites out of everything I've written. It's been re-edited and repackaged for 2014. This book makes me think of sun, sand, surf, hot bodies, and tan lines. If you're just looking for something to read with a sultry summertime vibe, check out Wave Rider. 

About the book:
Sunny Richards' vacation at an exclusive Bonaire resort takes an adventurous turn when she meets a sexy Venezuelan surfer staying in one of the oceanfront chalets. He invites her to his suite where he introduces her to his equally handsome friend, Matteo. The three spend a scorching hot evening together riding wave after wave of pleasure. It's a sexy summer vacation Sunny will never forget.

To read a sample or purchase the book:

Monday, April 07, 2014

Never Say Never :: Early Release Sighting

The paperback edition of Never Say Never, edited by Alison Tyler, is in stock at Yay! I have a micro/snippet story in this book called "Bad Kitty".  Meow, meow. If you read it, let me know what you think.

Also, if you see this book on the shelf at your local bookstore, please send me a pic! With your pic (and your permission), I'd love to feature your "in the wild" snapshot of Never Say Never here on my blog.

A quick note: The official release day for Never Say Never is April 15th, so if you check the kindle page, it shows it's still up for pre-order. Never fear! That is on track and as it should be.

View Never Say Never on Amazon

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Spring Fling Winner!

With no further ado, the winner of my Spring Fling contest is... 

Susan Yuen-Lee! 

Congratulations, Susan! The Spring Fling prize package includes one Sinful Colors nail polish in the color Nail Junkie, and one Hard Candy Single and Loving It eye shadow in the color World Peace

I'll be in touch with you shortly to get your shipping address.

Thanks, everyone, for a great March Madness event.  I'll be doing more events like this in the near future.To be among the first to know when another giveaway launches, or if you'd simply like to be informed when my upcoming new releases come out, subscribe to the Cora Zane newsletter. There's a little black button here on my blog that will take you to a subscription page. Or simply visit my website at and click on the newsletter tab. 

Happy wishes!