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The Servants and the Beast cover

thumbnail_SatB Cover teaser2 flatToday is the day to unveil the beautiful cover for The Servants and the Beast novella that I and my fellow authors have worked hard on for the last year. Are you ready? Click here!

 

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Cover reveal is almost here!

Mystery CoverThe cover to what, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Last year, my good friend Karen was smacked in the head with a brilliant idea and she asked rallied some authors to give her a hand bringing the idea to fruition.

And we did!

Five of us writers, Karen Blakely, Cheryl Mahoney, Kelly Haworth, Jenniffer Lee, and me, came together to write a Beauty and the Beast story with a twist. Her idea was basically,  why would the Beast be expected to fall in love with the first person to come along? Pretty unreasonable, right? So, in our story more than one love interest comes to the castle.

To get around having 5 writers writing in 5 different styles and voices, we have the story told through different POVs. Each chapter is told through the eyes of a different servant who were also cursed along with the Beast.

I was quite impressed how well it worked out. We worked so well together, bouncing ideas off of each other and encouraging one another to do our best. I love how the story turned out. And I hope you will too.

The book is titled, The Servants and the Beast and will be released on Friday, June 28, 2019. Come back Friday to see the amazing cover and get your preorder!

 

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Upcoming appearance in Reno

96b7abfd-50c6-451c-9d1a-447e89293616It’s almost here! This week marks my 7th RT Convention. This convention holds a special place in my heart because its where I finally met one of my favorite people, Rene, in person. We’d met online at fanfiction.net, becoming fans of each others stories. My username is ruthless527 and she is DaphneRene.

When I saw that the convention was close to her in Southern California and they had a 2 day beginning writers workshop, I asked if she would be willing to attend with me. We’ve gone together almost every year since. *I missed the one in New Orleans a few years back due to life getting in the way.

formalRT2013The second year we went was in Chicago and that’s where we met our fabulous friend, Amanda. We’ve been the Three Musketeers at RT ever since. This is where we get to let loose and party and geek out at all the amazing authors we’ve been admiring for years. I thought I was going to pass out when I met Richelle Mead and then Cassandra Clare.

This year RT is in Reno, NV which is only a 2 hour drive from my home. Which means I can bring home as many books and swag as I can fit in my car, not just my suitcase. Whoo hoo!! A couple of my favorite writing buddies are also going this year so we’re going to have a blast!

So, if you’re in the Reno area, come to the Giant Book Fair on Saturday, May 19th at the Peppermill Resort. The cost is only $10 for the fair or free with a library card. Or stay the whole day for $55 and mingle with a room of amazing authors and then party with us in the evening. And make sure you find me in YA Alley and pick up some swag, buy a signed copy of Pucker Up in the original cover which is going to be a collector’s item, or just say Hi! I’ll also have copies of Mr. Whiskers to sign.

Stop by and get a sneak peek of the next book in the Damsels of Distress series, Sucking Face, coming out in late July. I’ll have pre-order information and details about a Goodreads giveaway I’ll be launching soon. You can also check back here for the 411.

I can’t wait to meet you at RT Reno!

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It’s NaNoWriMo time!

It’s almost November and you know what that means…National Novel Writing Month! The goal is to complete a 50,000 word novel by the last day of the month. Or is your like me, the FIRST 50K words by the end. I’m very excited to get started on my project this year. It’s a story I wrote a couple years ago but never fully finished. A stand alone that wasn’t standing very well. It’s called What the Fae? One day, my dear friend Karen mentioned making it a series.crest_square-b23dbe8d9b80265765b27ccd9b5d4811

At first I was like…no, it couldn’t be a series. But then the thought wouldn’t go away, sticking around in my head, nagging me to take it seriously. And then I saw it. Not a series but a trilogy. My heart exploded with excitement. (not literally or I wouldn’t be here to tell you about it) The part I had already written was basically book 2, with the first scene of book 1 and the very last scene of book 1. So for NaNo, I plan to write the middle of book 1. I’m finishing up a class at SavvyAuthors.com where I plotted out all 3 books so hopefully the writing part will go smoothly.

So, I’m doing my best to finish Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up, by the end of October. I don’t think I’m going to completely finish it but I’ll come close. In December, I plan to finish the missing scenes and then edit it so that I can send copies to my awesome beta readers.

Are you participating along with the thousands of other writers all over the world? I’m all signed up at NaNoWriMo.org so if you are participating and want to add me as a writing buddy, my username on that site is ruthless527. We can encourage each other on those days you just don’t think you got it in you.

Good luck to those brave writers taking up the challenge. Write on!

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Writers of the Future book signing

photo (22)One of my favorite aspects of being a writer is all the creative and talented people I’ve been smart enough to surround myself with. Andrea Stewart is one of those people. She truly is gifted in imagination and the craft of writing speculative fiction. She is a recent first place winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest and had her short story published in the annual anthology. And yesterday, she and a few other winners—Stephan Sottong,Tina Gower, and Timothy Black— had a book signing at the local Barnes & Noble.

I read her short story, Dreameater, as soon as I got home last night. Wow! It’s about the relationship between a young daughter and her dysfunctional, supernatural mother. Of course after reading her other work I wasn’t surprised at how good it was. To read a review of Dreameater, check out Kody Kline’s blog20130501-095631

Andrea is one of those people that when you meet her, you just know she’s going to make it big in this industry. Her stories are unique and fantastical and totally gripping. Plus, she’s also one of the most humble and thoughtful people I’ve ever met.

You’ll also love her book, Dragon Maiden: A Short Story. Andrea Stewart, remember her name. She will be big one day!

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RT Convention 2013 – the workshops

As I mentioned in my last post, I attended the RT Convention at the beginning of the month and had a fabulous time. Not only were the parties spectacular in the evenings, but the afternoon was filled with wonderful workshops, and not just for writers, but readers and booksellers as well.

This is Len, the cover model I've been stalking since my first RT convention

This is Len, the cover model I’ve been stalking since my first RT convention

One workshop I attended mainly out of curiosity was one about writing realistic BDSM. Now, I never read past the first few chapters of 50 Shades of Grey( I was beginning to wonder if the character had a real medical condition with all the blushing she did) but I thoroughly enjoyed a BDSM Snape/Hermione fanfic story, For the Potion Master’s Amusement. It’s a long but gripping story and if you also ship this couple – 50 points to Slytherin! The presenters of the workshop debunked a lot of myths society has about this lifestyle that some books have perpetrated.

Speaking of 50 Shades of Grey, the author E. L. James was at the RT Convention to support a friend and I heard from the Twitter rumor mill that she stood up during one of the workshops and demanded the panel to stop trashing her book. I wasn’t there and have no idea what was said, but I applaud her for standing up for herself. She could’ve sat back and smiled, counting in her head all the millions of dollars in her bank account now because of her books and just ignored the obvious petty jealousy of the others. That’s probably what I would’ve done.

Another workshop I attended was American Idol – Writers Edition. It’s a contest held by the Seymour Agency that awards the winner a one year contract/mentorship with literary agents Nicole Resciniti and Louise Fury of the L Perkins Agency. Before the convention, I sent in my first 3 chapters of my current WIP, What the Fae?. The contest is about finding a unique writing voice. Out of over 80 entries, I made the top 20. And after reading the first pages of all the finalists and being scored by a panel of judges(agents and editors) and votes from the audience members,  I was awarded the prize, and a bouquet of flowers. So exciting!!

Me being an author

Me being an author

Then, if that wasn’t exciting enough, I was able to sign and sell my book Pucker Up at the Giant Book Fair along some amazing authors like Richelle Mead. I totally talked to her and got her autograph, too. It was a surreal experience to autograph my book for readers. I also autographed a few shirts, tote bags and even someone’s Kindle. One person wanted to get her picture taken with me, too. You’d think people actually knew who I was. So much fun.

I know this is just the beginning. Soon I’ll have a mile long line of fans waiting to see me and have their own fangirl(or boy) moments. So now, I am busy writing away to get What the Fae? finished and in the hands of my two new agent mentors and hopefully have it ready by the next convention. Life is good!

 

 

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RT Convention 2013 – The Parties

Me, René and Amanda

Me, René and Amanda

Last week I embarked on my yearly pilgrimage to the RT (Romantic Times) Convention held in Kansas City. I attended with my friends, René and Amanda. It’s 4 days of being submersed in books and romance and people who “get” you. Writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, agents, and publishers get together to celebrate the written word and have a great time. During the day we attend workshops, but at night, we party!

Amanda, Me and the Cave Men

Amanda, Me and the Cave Men

The first night’s party is always hosted by publisher Ellora’s Cave. Considering they are known for their hot erotic romance books, they know how to throw a party. The tables are full of SWAG (Stuff We All Get) based on the party’s theme. This year was disco. This year, some of their cover models, or Cave Men, danced the Hustle on stage. Many attendees wear costumes and everyone has a blast when the DJ cranks it up!

René and I in our pretty dresses

René and me in our pretty dresses

Night 2 is always the Fairy Ball. This year it was combined with RT’s 30th Anniversary. Everyone wore formal attire and a presentation of Romance Author Legends took precedent. It always amazing me at the elaborate and beautiful costumes people show off.

The third night belongs to Heather Graham and the vampire ball. The night starts off with a skit performed by Heather and friends and then the dancing starts. Of course, more costumes and great times. There were a lot of zombies this year too.

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

The final night belongs to Harlequine. It’s a little tamer than the others, most likely because by this point, everyone is partied out. But, the bags of books they give away is pretty cool. René won a bag this year, only to worry later about how she was going to get her stash home. Don’t worry, she managed.

Amanda getting her groove on.

Amanda getting her groove on.

Next year my friends and I plan on dressing up in costume for each party. We said that last year, too, but we really mean it this time. RT Convention 2014 is going to be in New Orleans. I’m so excited because I’ve always wanted to go and now I have a good excuse. So, if you want to go to a convention to learn about writing or party with some fabulous authors, RT is the place to be.

Next post I’ll talk about the wonderful workshops I attended, what I learned, and what I won.

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