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Sunday, January 6, 2019

I'm Not Saying It's a Resolution

2019 is here, and with the New Year most people make resolutions. However, a lot of people don't keep resolutions past the first two weeks or so, including me. Therefore, I'm not making "resolutions" this year. I'm making determinations.
 I am determined to:

  • exercise for at least 30 minutes every day
  • eat healthier so I can stop taking at least one of the too many medications I'm currently required to take. I've decided to cut out bread from my diet and eat less candy for starters.
  • write, write, write, every chance I get. I haven't written a single thing in weeks, but this blog post is step one!
  • Slow down on the political posts. I know there are many people who are sick to death of them, but some things still need to be magnified as much as we are able. But, I'm going to try to tone it down a bit. As it is, I mostly post the political stuff on Twitter instead of Facebook anyway.
  • Self-publish at least two books this year. I have Born of Stone almost ready to go. I may also get Born of Magic ready, and then go from there.
I started out pretty well on January 2nd with eating healthy and exercising. Right now my legs are sore and I really, really, really miss chocolate, but I'm doing okay otherwise. Have you made any resolutions for 2019? Leave a comment to let me know what you're determined to accomplish this year.

Monday, November 19, 2018

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It's almost Christmas! If you're like me, then you love to shop for family and friends on Black Friday. Which is great, except (if you're like me) then you wind up being left out of the gift buying frenzy. I'm here to help you out. This Black Friday, November 23rd, I will be hosting a day in the Winter Romance Reads Facebook group. There will be bad holiday jokes, there will be yummy holiday recipes, and there will be GIVEAWAYS!

Please join me here as I pop in between my own holiday shopping adventures and post comments. Every comment will be entered into my drawing, as well as the event drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card! You do have to join the group, however, you can turn off notifications and/or leave the group once you're finished enjoying the posts. So, please join me this Friday and GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Comicpalooza 2018

It's that time of year again for Comicpalooza in Houston! This year I'll have a table in the Artists Alley section of the hall, along with Cornelia Amiri and Raven Raye. Our booth number is 3337. Come visit us to see what new books we have to offer.


I'm also going to be participating in two panels and an open mic reading session. 


Friday: Beyond Hogwarts: What's new in the Potterverse 2-3 pm.

Saturday: Open Mic reading session starts at 4:30, I'm 5th in line.

Sunday: The Business of Writing: 1:30-2:30 pm


 For the open mic I'm going to read from an unpublished manuscript, the sequel to They Call Me Death. I will also have the very last four copies of They Call Me Death available, for the time being. This is one I plan to self-pub in the very near future.


On Sunday, my panel The Business of Writing will cover tips and tricks for the aspiring and/or newly published author. If you can't make it, the handout full of useful info can be found here.
I hope to see all y'all there!


Friday, April 27, 2018

Happy Independent Book Store Day!

April 28, 2018 is Independent Bookstore Day, celebrated the last Saturday in April every year. Who knew? If you live under a rock like me, you might not have a hand list of indie bookstores to support this weekend. Well, you're in luck! If you live in the greater Houston area then this list is for you:

Good Books in the Woods
25915 Oak Ridge Drive
Spring, Texas 77380
Phone (281) 298-2497
This store has a good selection of first editions and rare finds for the literature collector.

Once and Again Books
385 Sawdust Rd.
Spring, Texas 77380
Phone (281)367-2116
This store has a good selection of romance paperbacks, as well as religious texts.

Glow Worm New & Used Books
311 B Main Street
Spring, TX 77373, in Old Town Spring
Phone (281)253-0782
This store is small but has a great selection of literary merchandise and children's books.

Copperfield's Books
8220 Louetta Rd., Suite 106
Spring, TX 77379
Phone (832)761-5559
This store is a tardis! From the outside you'll never believe how many books they've fit inside.

Katy Budget Books
2450 Fry Rd
Houston TX, 77084
Phone (281)578-7770
Great store with many customer events.

Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
Phone (713)524-8597, (888)424-2842
If mystery is your preferred genre then this is definitely the store for you. They also host authors of various genres all throughout the year.

Kaboom Books
3116 Houston Avenue
Phone (713)869-7600
Quirky little book store with a good selection of unique and artsy books.

Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
Phone (281)497-8675
This is the place for kids!

If you'd like to take a road trip:
Book People
603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512)472-5050
This two-story store has an awesome collection, including my Archangel series!

In a city the size of Houston I'm certain there are a plethora of other book stores, however, the ones listed above are ones I've actually visited and can recommend in good conscience. However, please feel free to comment below on other stores in the area that I might have missed.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Writing to Write

I'm the first to admit that I'm a terrible businesswoman. I'm also very lucky and hardworking. The luck comes in the form of a hardworking husband who doesn't mind that I spend money on books. The hardworking part of me takes care of the rest. What does this mean for me as a writer? Well, I don't write to make money.

This might be considered a good thing for most things, but it's a bad thing when it comes to actual production. I feel no rush to get books published. I write when the urge to write takes me, and hopefully I have time to write at those moments too. 

When I began this crazy journey to be a published author I wrote the stories I wanted to read. That hasn't changed. However, now that I'm not under deadline with a publisher I find myself writing those stories in my head more often than on my computer. I can't even list how many different stories I've written in my head. So, lately actual writing has taken a backseat even though I have at least four series to finish. 

I'm also trying to quiet my daily life enough to hear my characters' voices again. I'm going to start carving out more time to concentrate on my worlds. I'm also going to try blogging more because the act of writing in any capacity helps keep the wheels spinning.

I would also like to point out that just because I don't depend on my royalties to eat doesn't mean I'm cool with anyone stealing my books. Piracy sucks, so don't do that.  

Another struggle right now is deciding which stories to finish. I'm decent at starting books and getting close to the middle, but then the ending eludes me. A lot of times that's because another idea pops in my head and takes over before I decide how the first one should end. What I really need to know is: are erotic stories in just as much demand as non-erotic romance? I'm writing mostly paranormal with a medium heat level but I have contemporaries started that are highly erotic. What to do, what to do? I also have eleven books that were with EC and are now fully my property again that are collecting dust. 

So, overall I've been a very lazy author. I very much want to write. I just need to remember to actually publish books too. Maybe someone needs to come over and delete spider solitaire from my computer. Couldn't hurt.