Read it here! What really stands out for me is this:
Where The Longest Night stood out by demonstrating that consent is sexy, this smashing sequel shows that respectful communication is downright scorching.
For me, consent and respect are two of the most important parts of a relationship. I don’t want to read about a character — hero or heroine — who can’t take no for an answer or who puts down their love interest at every turn. There’s nothing sexy about “you say no, but you mean yes” or being disrespectful.
While I know that a lot of people enjoy “forced seduction” books or say “but it’s just a fantasy, not reality!” that’s not for me.
I really hope that you guys enjoy The Deepest Night. Remember, it’s out on December 6 (the day after my birthday!) but you can preorder it now at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, iTunes, and other major retailers. And it’s been recorded for audible.com by the same narrator who did The Longest Night, Nichol Zanzarella!
Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 11:00-12:00 (first workshop), 12:00-1:00 (lunch), 1:00-2:00 (second workshop)
Location: Prescott Country Club, 1030 Prescott Country Club Blvd., Dewey, AZ 86327 (928.772.8812)
Cost: Free for the first meeting, guests $5 thereafter, according to their website
My first workshop will be on Natural Dialog, helping writers refine dialog to sound… well, more natural. My second will be on Consent & Condoms, helping writers integrate both into sex scenes without sacrificing spontaneity and heat.
I’m registered for the RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas next May! I’ll have more details later, but so far I’m signed up for the book signing event and for two appearances at Club RT.
Currently, I’ll be at Club RT on Thursday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. and Friday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. This is subject to change, though, so don’t mark your calendars yet.
Who else is going? This is a convention for readers, authors, and industry pros, so there’s something for everyone.
Since I can’t talk about my upcoming projects just yet (except to say that there’s some exciting stuff coming up soon!) I’m going to talk about the burgers that I had today at the husband’s company “burger burn,” as they called lunch. Read on for the recipe…
Sorry for the silence! Lots of things have been going on over this past month, both good and bad.
First off, my darling Darian has been having seizures again. He’s averaging one every five days, almost precisely, so it’s time to go back to the vet.
I’ve finished proofreading The Deepest Night and sent it back to Sourcebooks, so we’ll be seeing ARCs soon. There’s also a Goodreads giveaway for ten copies, so go sign up for a chance to win! The Bookish Babes featured The Deepest Night in this week’s Waiting on Wednesday, too.
And The Longest Night is now available for preorder as an audiobook from audible.com! I had a fantastic time working with Nicol Zanzarella, the narrator.
Other than that, I’ve been busy writing. It seems to be a toss-up — writing books or blogs — and books will win most every time.
How about you? What’s going on in your lives right now?
Sourcebooks is giving away ten signed ARCs of The Longest Night over at Goodreads!
Click here to enter.
We all have to reread our work. Self-editing is tough and should never be the only edit pass your writing gets. But if you’re looking to do a first pass on your zero draft, there are a few things you can do to help yourself.
For one thing, you need fresh eyes. You (hopefully) know exactly what you meant when you chose those words to convey that idea. Fresh eyes will help you spot the parts where nobody else knows what you’re talking about, especially if you were writing at 3:00 a.m. Not that I’m guilty of that… Timing will help with the ‘fresh eyes’ issue. After you finish your work, put it down and walk away. The longer you can let it sit, the more fresh your eyes will be.
So, you’ve finished your work. You put it down and walked away for a week or a month. Now what?
This is Darian, our buffalo dog. He’s okay now, but a few months ago, he’d been having seizures. He had another one just this morning. If he follows the same pattern as last time, there may be several others over the next week or so, increasing in frequency, followed by nothing else again for a few weeks or a few months.
I have a prescription for phenobarbital that I can fill, but I’d rather not. It carries risks I’m not willing to take unless we have no other choice. I actually almost put him on it after his last set of seizures — the set that ended with months of seizure-free good health. The phenobarbital would have masked that.
We’re all very lucky to have access to the fantastic vet at Luke Air Force Base. He’s not one to recommend potentially unnecessary or invasive (or expensive!) tests without cause, and he’s great at quickly getting in touch.
Do any of you have experience with dog seizures? They’re apparently more common than one might expect.
In November, 2012, I got the tweet that changed my life, when Sourcebooks told me they wanted to turn one of my stories into a novel.
Read all about what happened next.
Take a look! This is so exciting!