April 2015

Waiting for “Lie” to pop or flop before moving on to…

April 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

Before moving onto whatever book comes next. Officer Joe is in research mode but, Ryan the Escort has suddenly decided to start telling me his story. Trick is, I have to dovetail that book’s plot with both the ending of “Lie” AND events in “Lie 2,” so I have to outline TWO books at once to keep them all synced up… Not sure how Lie 2 will fit/fold in to Ryan’s book, or vice versa, but it’ll come to me, it always does 🙂 Dammit, I went looking for Ryan the Escort pictures on the stock sites and what happens? I find MORE JESSE. So of course I spent $$ on pix I may never use on covers, but…I just hadda have. OF COURSE he’s a Francesco Cura model, right? If not my muse on the cover, then his muse… I’ll definitely use the “wide screen” ones as banner fodder, of course.   So this a.m, Ryan’s story started writing itself.  I have quite a lot of high level outline, to my surprise.  I [MORE]

“Would I Lie to You?” Buy Now! http://amzn.to/1J43hTL

April 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

I know, I know…but the post title is what gets tweeted etc.  So I need to make sure I’m logging as much flogging as I can, with a new title out.  Did I mention I have a new book out? http://amzn.to/1J43hTL (That keeps WordPress from hogging my page with a giant Amazon link, esp. since I dont’ get paid for the referral.) I’m having a better time this round with the “post-pubbing depression” phase.  It’s always a series of death agonies when your book has been out for TWO DAYS and you’re not #1 yet, because obviously it never will be, and nobody’s gonna read it because successful authors all have 50 5 star reviews on release day, and so, it was all for nothing, I might as well quit :).  (I actually did see an author on Facebook who announced his retirement, since some publisher rejected his latest works…I thought, what’s wrong with you!  Just self publish, dummy!  You’re better off anyway!) But unlike when [MORE]

It’s DONE! “Would I Lie to You?” on sale soon…

April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

I finished the edits this a.m.  Funny, when I finished writing it, I was…unmoved.  No tears, no relief, like I usually feel.  But this a.m., when I’d gone through the whole story, felt the flow, saw how fucking perfect it was for what it is?  I cried.  “Apollo’s Curse” will always be my best novel, its layers and hidden meanings and resonance just can’t be beat.  But “Lie,” for what it is, romance qua romance?  Fuck.  Yeah. I got it right this time.  It’s fucking CLOCKWORK it’s so good.  If this doesn’t get me my triple #1, I give up. I’ve got to format it all into chapters, etc. tomorrow.  Then it’s off to press… No rest for the wicked of course, it’s on to “Officer Joe” asap after that.  In “The Right Stuff,” the astronauts threaten the scientists’ funding in their quest for a window in the space capsule, by saying “No bucks, no Buck [MORE]

Finishing “Mad Men” and thinking about writing for “TV”

April 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

So I binged all of “Mad Men” in about two weeks.  I’d never seen it because I worked in an office and did NOT want to come home and turn on the TV and watch people working in an office.  Now that I’m free, it’s different!  The first three seasons, it was good, but nothing to worship.  Then season four…holy shit!  This is great!  Suddenly it was funnier, faster, more involving. Watching so much of it in quantity over a short time, you can’t help but pick up the rhythm of the scenes, the episodes, at least subconsciously.  I started to ask myself, how do they do that?  How do you write scenes for a TV drama? What I saw was that there’s a particular place in each scene that you just…leave off, when two or more characters have said or done the essentials.  Sure, they’re still there after that, but you don’t need to show it.  It’s not like a play where you have to choreograph entrances and exits. [MORE]

Black Wednesday! Is the KU program crashing? Or just the reporting software?

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yeah, I’m not the only one to look upon ye works and despair, Lord Bezos.  A number of writers I know have seen their KU borrows cut in HALF OR MORE in the last few days.  WTF?  Did Amazon roll out new software that’s fucking up the counts in the reporting tool?  Did a shit ton of people who had free KU suddenly fail to renew?  Amazonology is, as always, like Kremlinology – a whole lot of guesswork and not a lot of facts. It’s making a lot of folks [MORE]

IT’S DONE! “Would I Lie To You?” draft complete!

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Whoo!  Man, do I ever need a new novel out soon, too.  Sales are kaput!  Thank the FSM I had such a magnificent February and am now reaping the benefits.  Hell, Amazon loves their All Stars so much I got my February bonus a week earlier than they pay the regular royalties!  WHOO MAKE IT RAIN! I’ll need a serious breakthrough hit to ever get another bonus, though, the way the number of total program borrows has exploded in the last two months. (In February, my 14.8k units was just shy of the Top 50, but for March, I’m told that 12k units was no longer enough to even crack the top 100.) Anyway 🙂  A few days of cooling off, then edits, then…LIVE in less than a week!  I’m very happy with it, but not as exhilarated as I’ve been at the end of some novels.  But then, this hasn’t been the emotional obstacle course that some of the others have been, with their traumatic childhoods and religious claptrap and abusive boyfriends.  This is a [MORE]

“Would I Lie to You?” coming SOON to an Amazon shelf near you!

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

And by soon I mean, a week or so!  Yeah, I’m way ahead of schedule on this.  I’ve been pumping out 2000-2500 words a day, seven days a week.  Amazing how much you can accomplish without a day job to get in the way.  My stepfuckers makin’ bacon are still bringing home the bacon, but the big buxx come from novels now.  “Have a Little Faith in Me,” despite my no longer promoting it, still hovers around the 6,000 ranking on Amazon.  Not bad! And I know this one will do even better financially.  Yeah, Jesse’s backstory got away from me, BUT this time it wasn’t just psychological development, it was plot development.  All the shit that happens in both Marc and Jesse’s backstories is relevant to what happens next.  There’s more excitement in this one than in any novel I’ve done – not, you know, “Sam and Derek” level Argosy-magazine action and killin’ and fightin’ and shit.  But definitely [MORE]

So close I can TASTE IT! ONE MORE SCENE to write in “Would I Lie to You?”

April 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

There seems to be some kind of magical automated clicker in my head that makes every one of my novels come out around 70k words.  No matter what.  Go figure!  Well, this one should make (most) everyone happy.  There’s a HFN, because this story needs another book  – “instaHEA” is just as bad as “instalove.”  And these guys still have…issues to resolve, in a good way 🙂 So yeah.  One more scene, the big finish, the HAWT SEXIN’ to go out with a bang.  May take me two days to do that.  We’ll see.  It’s definitely a different vibe in this book.  You’ll see!  I’m really happy with it.  I don’t think I’ll ever write another novel as good as “Apollo’s Curse,” to be honest, but I know that was an outlier, a one-off, a departure.  As far as your non-outlying romance novels go, I think this one really delivers.  There’s backstory, yep, but it’s not the majority of [MORE]