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My Writing Process

I was tagged by the uber awesome super ninja Keith Melton, who is a fantasy writer and part time were-sloth. To read his post on his writng process click HERE to read his post:

1)     What am I working on?

Right now I’m working on the second book in an upcoming Halloween trilogy as well as revising a

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menage featuring a healing witch and tiger shifter brothers who claim her as their mate.


2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

All of my stories are Interracial but that’s only one aspect of the stories. I try to change up the rules of the worlds I’m in to make them stand out. For example in  a recent WIP I had to figure out a way change the rules of vampires. I’ve written vampires before but I’ve put them in a more traditional respect but for this particular story I wanted to try something different to explain their origins.

 


3)     Why do I write what I do?

I love the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and contemporary. I grew watching TV shows and movies set in those genres. I write because the characters in my head refuse to stop talking to me, demanding their stories and ambushing me when I’m most vulnerable to give me bits and pieces of their lives. Then they withhold their stories from me until I give them what they want whatever it is. So I must write to ease the voices in my head and satisfy my curiosity as well as contribute to the genres that I love.

 


4)     How does your writing process work?

My writing process can change sometimes depending on whether or not the words are flowing.  I need background noise whether Rainy Mood (Thanks Aurora Black for introducing me to the site) or music from my iTunes Writing Playlist or You Tube. Sometimes when stuck I send bits and pieces to writing friends or just bounce off ideas and scenarios. In between spurts of writing I play FB games to keep my stress level from rising. Coming off of writer’s block I’ve had problems with the flow of wordage and because they don’t come out as they used to to temper that stress I turn to distraction. Sometimes it helps and sometimes it adds to the issues it all depends on how things are going with the WIP.

 

For Mon June 23rd continuation of the tour I tagged Jodi Redford : Jodi Redford pens wicked hot tales and surfing the interwebs for sexy male eye candy, strictly for research purposes, of course.

 

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Updates

Happy October!

Several things happening right now. First up my new release:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

Halloween Heat II
An Anthology of Erotic Paranormal Ménage

Three stories of blazing paranormal ménage. Hot dragons, sexy wolf shifters, and scorching threesomes to make an unforgettable Halloween night.

“Master Me” by Rachel Firasek
“Dragons at Samhain” by Selena Illyria
“Witchvine Seduction” by Dawn Montgomery

For now it’s only available at ARe, but will be available at other eStores by Monday, Tuesday at the latest. 🙂

My contribution to the antho is a story that takes place in the Dragon New Year world. It’s an offshoot of Dragon Ugly, as the fulfillment of a fantasy mentioned in that story. I’m really honored to be part of such a sexy antho and I get to be in it with my bestie Dawn Montgomery! How cool is that?

I’ve turned in copy edits on Seven Sins Inn: Pietro & Callisto and I’ll let you know when we’re ready to rock and roll on that story. I’m working on edits for Dragon Ugly right now and will let you know more when more info is ready. Also, I finished my second book in the Draven’s Crossing world that will finish off the serial killer storyline. I’m so sorry it took so long. Right now it’s in pre-edits with Cynnara Tregarth before I sub it officially to Purple Sworld. The story is darker than what I usually write and it took on an interesting dimension. I need time to really think things out, a break from the darkness. This story’s relationship revolves around Torger (werewolf Chief of Police) and Isadora Jones (DC News Reporter).

I’m also working on the first story for the Bachelor Auction series and plotting out a new series with some of my author friends, more mischief and mayhem and steaminess I assure.

As to the Offerings group, I’m putting together a Gluten Free, Healthy Recipe and of course Dessert exchange. Interested, let me know in the comments.

I also want to let you know that I’ve taken back my rights on the story Last Call: Chocolate Shock, which for now, will be known as Chocolate Shock. I’m trying to decide whether to slot it into my Shadow Bay world or my Seven Sins World, it’d work for each setting. I do plan on expanding the series to include more on Eros, how the fairies became his servants and more on Garrison and his brother.

So I have lots on my plate including finishing a shifter kitty story that could spawn a new series. All right, that’s all the news fit to print.

Se

Another Small Update

Another small update. I’ve requested and received the rights back to my books Hades Helmet Crew: Carnevale and Mating Fever. The latter book was part of the charity antho Firestorm. I’ll be looking over Mating Fever and deciding if I want to lengthen it or re-releasing it as is.

Please bear with me during this process and thank you for all your support. More news to come.

Also, I’ve just signed a contract with Etopia Press for a Halloween Quickie set in the Dragon New Year World. The story is called Dragons at Samhain. I’m so excited.

 

Se

Updates

Happy September!

So here’s some updates. I’ve finished Dragon Ugly (a menage) the second in the Dragon New Year series and have turned that into my editor. I’ve also turned in the genie story that I’ve had on backburner for over two years. And I’ve turned in a Halloween Quickie (a menage) to Etopia Press. This month I hope to finally finish my next Draven Crossings book, the first in my Bachelor Auction series and do some revisions on the stories that I’ve taken back, such as add up to 15k to With His Mind. You’ll be getting more news about some stories and their rights later on in the week, hopefully it’ll be good news.

 

This month I’ll be appear at:

Sept 12th- Talking Two Lips Yahoo Group

Sept 15th- Love Romance Club Yahoo Group

Sept 30th- Etopia Chat at LRC Yahoo Group

 

And this month’s pick for the Offerings Book Club, in honor of Cynnara Tregarth’s birthday is:

 

Holding The Cards by Joey W. Hill!

 

I’ll also be trying to convince Cynnie to do a BDSM workshop for the Group. And I’m mulling over a few other workshops for the month.

My foray into self-pub has been put on hold. I’ve learned that I can’t bounce back as quickly as I used to when I accomplish finishing two books back to back. So, I have to, much to my annoyance, take it slow and take my time. Not that great an idea when your brain keeps dumping plot bunnies in your lap.

 

What I’m reading for this month on Bertha (my Nook):

Holding the Cards by Joey W. Hill

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Letting off Steam by Sahara Kelly

Menage on a Train by Alice Gaines

Crazy in the Blood by Lucienne Driver

Napoleon’s Pyramids by William Dietrich

 

A long list, I know, but I’m almost done with Kim and Menage on Train. :-). So whats on your reading list? Authors what are you working on? I do need more books to read and I see that Lissa Matthews and Miranda Baker have new books coming soon. *Grins* As well as Rhian Cahill. New yummies to read. 🙂

Until Next Time!

Se

 

Updates and Such

So much to update on and yet not enough time. Seven Sins Inn: Pietro & Callisto has been pushed back, when I have more info I’ll let you know. Right now I’m in the middle of re-writing Dragon Ugly, this time around is smoother but the characters weren’t talking as much before, it was like forcing blood from a stone. Now I have a better feel for the story. I’ve also got a good start on on Bachelor Auction: Mate Not Wanted?, at least 10k on that. I’m hoping it will get up to 30k and over. I know Dragon Ugly will at least be 40k. I’m going for writing longer books now.

As to other series, I’m really thinking about doing a prequel for Tartan Werewolves, a look at what happened at the wedding as well as a more formal introduction to some of the characters you know and love as well as some characters you have yet to meet and some you don’t even know about, which will include a new shifter and a vampire. I also have a genie story that I need to rip apart and redo and turn into my LI editor as well as a shifter story that I need to finish for anther publisher. So I’m really busy. My goal for July is to turn into both Dragon Ugly and Mate Not Wanted? as well as my genie story and if I’m lucky do the shifter story as well.

I’m also turning my attention to my Christmas story which has been talking a bit, that Jack Frost is in for a surprise. Or maybe it’s his heroine. I also have to finish The Hunt which is proving to be a bigger book than I thought.

As to the Offerings Group, we’re planning on doing a Christmas in July event with giveaways and if possible doing a BIG giveaway at the end of the month. Once that plan is cemented I’ll update you. To join click here. As to news for the Offerings Loop this month’s Book Club pick us: Lexxie Couper’s- The Sun Sword. I’ve wanted to read this book for a bit but I’ve never had the time. So with the Book Club I’m taking the time. Last month’s pick was The Princess Bride and Pink Butter Cream Frosting by Lissa Matthews, an excellent read that really made my understand the sub/dom relationship. I highly recommend it. Currently I’m catching up on old reads by tackling Cassandra Carr’s Talk to Me. A HOT little read that’s sure to heat up an already hot summer! I also highly recommend Cat Marsters’ Mad, Bad & Dangerous. I laughed, I cried and I could relate a lot to Kett.

I still need to do my newsletter, which is three months over due, sorry about that. I’ve been waiting for things and then other stuff got in the way.

 

All in all I had a good June, with a restful Birthday and now I’m looking forward to a productive July.

 

The recipe for the month is Lemon Mint Tea courtesy of Mr. Dawn Montgomery:

http://cbsop.com/recipes/lemon-mint-tea-a-turkish-delight/

 

Also, Cynnara Tregarth has informed, i.e. insisted, that I tell you that she will be at Dragon Con Atlanta this year.

 

Until Next Time,

Se

 

The Death of a Character

The reason for this post is because of a death on the series Being Human (UK). The death wasn’t a surprise to me, I knew it was coming and yet it still hurt because the character was so beloved, one of my favorite characters on the show. That death was necessary to advance the storyline but also as a way to prevent bad things from happening. I respect the writers of the show for going there and taking that risk.

Anyway, My first visceral experience of an author killing off a character, something that really shook me was J.K. Rowling *Spoiler Alert* Killing off Sirius. It was shocking, emotionally jarring and something that shook me to the core. I was right there with Harry when Sirius died. I still get a bit teary when I think about it.

Death in a story should progress the plot, it shouldn’t be just something for shock and awe. Another series that comes to mind that involves a lot of death is Game of Thrones. Each death progresses the story, pushes the characters and creates some new and sometimes odd dynamics. Death in a sense is a character itself, haunting each character whether it will come about due to political machinations or a battle or a situation of something they shouldn’t have seen you’re reminded that someone could die. No one is safe in that world even if we’d like to think that our personal favorites are.

I’ve read stories where the deaths of characters fits into the story perfectly. It doesn’t necessarily drive it but reminds of the setting the characters are in and just how wrong things can go if someone isn’t careful or things really hit the fan. One story that comes to mind was a Book Club pick for the Offerings group, The UnTied Kingdom by Kate Johnson, what happened fit in perfectly and was very well written. Another case for the death of a character is to really set the story off. The series that comes to mind is JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. In the first book, within the first few pages boom there it was. Both shocking and yet it sets the tone for the war between the Brotherhood and the Lessers. And another death that I thought of that was both necessary and emotionally sad was from the Vampire Babylon series by Chris Marie Green.

I’ve been thinking about death and characters and my own work both old and new. Don’t worry your favorite characters are safe…for now. But it’s still on my mind. I really admire authors willing to really go there. Killing off a character can really explode in your face if done wrong. So the question to authors is: How do you decide to kill off a character? What makes you decide to go that route?

And Readers here’s a few questions for you: How do you feel when a character is killed off? Does it make you not want to read the rest of the book? Not support the author? Do respect the author for making the decision they did?

To both Authors and Readers: What makes a death stand out? When it comes to villains do you feel that their death should be slow and painful or quick and creative? Are there any stories that stand out in your mind that involve the death of a character?

A bit of a warning: As Game of Thrones is really popular right now and in Season 2, which would set it in the second book, please avoid spoiling the other deaths for readers who are watching the show and don’t know. If you must discuss the death put Spoiler Alert in the comment before you discuss the death.

Writing Updates

Hi!

Just a bit of an update on my writing. I have at least 5 commitments to Etopia Press and at least three books aimed at Loose-Id along with finishing up Isadora’s story for the Draven’s Crossing. As to my other series such as Tartan Werewolves or Hades Helmet Crew they’re on the backburner until I can give them the time they deserve. I have several ideas on where to take the Tartan Werewolves including a possible spin off series. I also have ideas for the Hades Helmet Crew series. So, for now I’m focusing on other series first and giving them attention and then will turn my attention back to my other obligations.

My release schedule with Etopia Press is as follows:

June- Seven Sins Inn- Pietro & Callisto

August- Dragon New Year- Dragon Ugly

September – Bachelor Auction- Mate Not Wanted

November- Christmas Story

December- Dragon New Year- Fletch’s Story

January- Ringed City Tales- The Hunt

 

If there are any changes and updates I’ll let you know.

 

Se

The Artist’s Way, Progress Update

So I’ve been doing The Artist’s Way, I said in my last post. I discussed a bit about Morning Pages and Journaling. One of the things that I’ve found is that when I do My Morning Pages my mind clears and I’m less stressed about writing. Lately, I’ve been feeling very iffy about my writing. Not in the, I’m going to stop writing, but less confident about it. It’s something that writers do go through. But when you’ve been through burn out and re-approaching writing you feel that sense even more so because it goes beyond being rusty. It’s like re-starting something you’ve put down after a long time of neglect.

I’ve been taking it slow but that doesn’t seem to help. When I don’t write my stress level goes up, but when I do write I’m not confident about what I’m writing. Am I going deep enough into POV? Am I giving the reader enough to connect with the characters? Does this sentence/phrase make sense? Will a reader get what I’m trying to say. One of the things that I really didn’t need until now was a solid base. I needed people around me to be honest about my writing. I’ve been talking to Cynnara Tregarth a lot lately but when I re-connected with one of my besties Shara Cooper something clicked. I felt more confident and a peace. I had a good feedback loop to draw from that helped me weed out the crap or the confusion to get to clarity.

Combine that with My Morning Pages and I feel more stable. More confident. It will take some time to get equilibrium but I have a good base around me. As I’m progressing with The Artist’s Way I’m also finding that it will help me really define my characters. As suggested by Missy Welsh in her fantastic post (see previous post for the link), doing a character interview. This was also suggested in The Artist’s Way.

Also, since my stress level is lowering my blood pressure is better. I’m losing weight but I’ve still got a ways to go. It’s a bit of a pendulum. Going back and forth but I’m getting there.

I still have to tell you my news and I have a bit more but I can’t tell you just yet. I know, I know TEASE! But it’s good news. But I have to say a big THANK YOU to Etopia Press and to you my wonderful Readers. Thank you!

 

Se