Monday, November 14, 2016

Eeeek!!! Way behind schedule

Pretty much the story of my life.

Behind schedule.

Ummm...Waaaay behind schedule.

But, the book is coming, and so the saying goes, patience is a virtue.

Writing is a procrastinator's nightmare. When I'm asked why my book is so far behind, the first thing I say is "I'm a procrastinator". The toilets need cleaning. Wow! Look at that pile of washing. Oooh! Facebook is pumping this morning. Coffee with friends? Why not????

I could give you many reasons why my book is late:
1.   I've been doing extra shifts at work
2.   I've been studying a) a degree b) Cert IV in training
3.  My daughter chose the busiest time of the year to get married in my backyard
 4.   A little bit of self doubt (maybe more than a little)

But! I have finally finished Dominic: In the Shadows of Angels Book 2 and here is the cover to remind you of my yummy pirate laird.

Oh, here's Lucius: In the Shadows of Angels Book 1 to whet your appetite for tortured Scottish lairds.

Aren't they pretty? **Sigh**

OMG. Am I procrastinating? Gee, it doesn't take much.

Off I go, then, to pick up where I left off on Book 3. Rory should see the light of day early in the new year. I have the cover. Wanna see?

Nah, just kidding. Just be warned that he's very pretty, too!

Oh, and buy my books so I can work less and procrastinate...I mean write...more.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

10 things you didn't know about Silent Memory

As I sat on the lounge, gazing at my Facebook page
Romance-Writer-276144898615 I thought to myself "Gee I haven't entertained everyone with my 10 Things You Didn't Know for a while."

Well...Lucky, lucky you. Here are 10 riveting things you didn't know about my novella Silent Memory.

1.   It was originally a time travel. Shocked? Nah. It was a creepy time travel, too. Blaze Storm was pretty wicked as a baddy.

2.  Matilda once graced the pages as an antagonist. She was Fortune's best friend, but she loved Phoenix. And the love triangle continues...Matilda was betrothed to Blaze. Confused? You all know how much I love these love octagons.

3.   There was another slimy baddy - Benjamin - who found Fortune without her memory and convinced her she had married him. When he tried to have his gruesome way with her, she killed him. Fortune Storm. In the bedroom. With the candlestick.  Benjamin convinced Fortune her name was Gerty. I would have killed him too.

4.   Fortune had an ally and her name was Rachel. Blaze fell in love with Rachel and I wrote one of my favorite scenes. It was liberating, as the author, to know that one of my characters had the ability to change. Blaze Storm was human - but he wasn't the main character.

5.   There are three scenes in the original that didn't make it into the novella simply because I blushed every time I read them. Yes...there was a menage-a-trois. The "in bed" type of menage-a-trois. I just couldn't...Come on! I blushed. I took the scenes apart and used them in the current version. If you read very closely, you may be able to tell.

6.   Fortune and Rachel lived in contemporary time. Phoenix and Blaze lived in the mid 1800s. Fortune was lured back in time by memories and a doorway that opened after a seance. This is where the plot became a bit strange: Fortune was originally from the mid 1800s and something Blaze did sent her forward in time. Rachel found her unconscious. Fortune also had amnesia.

7.   Rachel used a psychic to travel back in time.

8.   Everyone wanted to kill Fortune. There was no Peggy Sue Syndrome in this book!
      Attempt # 1: Blaze tried to do the Victor Frankenstein on her
      Attempt # 2. Benjamin tried to suffocate her
      Attempt # 3. Matilda tried to shoot Fortune while she was at the theatre with Phoenix
      Attempt # 4. Blaze tried to set Fortune on fire while she slept
      Attempt # 5. Blaze hired two mercenaries to do her in
      Attempt # 6. Matilda tried to stab her to death
      Poor Fortune.
      Poor Phoenix I should say. He had to put up with all this insanity.

9.   At the end Blaze was banished to the future where he married Rachel and lived happily ever after. Remember, he was a reformed baddy.

10.  And finally, Phoenix Storm was based on the old style 80s romantic hero which wouldn't go down well at all today!

You can buy Silent Memory here for 0.81c. Go on. I know you're curious. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Publishing Woes # 3

OMG! is an accurate exclamation. Especially when it comes to the (alien) world of self publishing. Last week, I sat at my desk, all shiny and new and ready to create, post, publish. Last week, you would have seen me sitting at my desk with my head in my hands sobbing uncontrollably... Not really ...However a few choice expletives left my mouth.

Publish on Createspace they said. It'll be fun they said. Createspace is a great tool for self publishing, once the user figures out how to use it. So there are instructions. Great instructions. Until you get to creating the cover.
A word from the wise - If you haven't used Createspace cover creator before, give yourself at least three days.

Now, I had a cover. A very tasty morsel of artwork by the very talented Tamra Westberry. But I had to add a back. You see, I didn't realize I had to sell hard copies as well. I had no intention of selling hard copies...Anyway, I'm lucky I have very basic Photoshop skills. Very basic, let me tell you.

So, my first attempt, I used the dimensions and tried to calculate it myself. I Googled. I calculated. I expletive-d. A LOT. I left it for a while. I had other pressing engagements - like coffee and chocolate cake. I returned revitalized - and made the cover to what I thought the dimensions should be. Then I waited. Twenty-four hours I waited for the email to tell me that my files needed reviewing. Not just my cover file, but my internal file as well. OMG!

 I fixed the internal file. Remember to use your "show formatting" and get rid of all those nasty returns. Instead of returning between chapters, insert a page break.
Nearly every self publishing tool requires page breaks instead of returns. (INSERT - PAGE BREAK). It makes a very clean manuscript.

Well, after more coffee...and a bit more...I actually READ the cover instructions on Createspace. Yes, I know, my husband fell over, too. The instructions told me to upload the template onto Photoshop - because the dimensions I'd been trying to calculate were from that template. I know...Don't say it...I've always been one to make life so much more difficult for myself. OMG!

I upload the template and slide everything into place. Gee it looked pretty. So, so pretty. I was happy so I sent the cover to Createspace. Twenty four hours later I got another email. My cover file needs reviewing but my internal files are good. OMG! What had I done wrong this time? Some vital information had bled into the red section (which was actually orange but who's splitting hairs?). I
thought "OK. I'll just use the cover I created yesterday." However, I'd flattened all the layers and not saved the original. Anyone with Photoshop experience will be laughing at me. Once you save a flattened image in Photoshop, you can't unflatten. So I had to start again.

Third time was a charm. By now I knew the template and I understood what Createspace asked of me. In the end the task wasn't quite as difficult as I made it out to be. I did it, but it took me three days, and a lot of over thought.

Moral of the story - Read instructions!