Sorry for the long absence lately! We’ve been crazy busy with back to school and Princess’s non-stop band practices. Starting this weekend, she has something every single Sat. through the end of October, plus every home football game. Several trips later in Oct will require an overnight stay in St. Louis. Plus Middle is hoping to make the Jr. High basketball team, and Littlest just made honor choir.
Which means our after-school pick up routines are CRAZY.
But the real stressor going on right now is the upcoming deadline. I’m deep into the next Billionaire book, due by 9/30, and it’ll be a push all the way through. I’m really happy with most of what I have so far since I’ve revised quite a bit as I went. My speed has been really slow, but steady, shooting for 1K a day. As I slide into the home stretch, I have a feeling that pace will go up considerably, but then I’ll have more editing I need to do.
To make sure I have plenty of time, I took off this Monday and the following Monday from the Evil Day Job. Short sprints have been working well for me. With all the craziness going on, my mind has a hard time focusing for long. 15-30 mins, and then take a break.
If I can get 5K tomorrow, I’ll be extremely happy!
Oh, the title for the next Billionaire book? At least pending final approval. THE BILLIONAIRE’S INK MISTRESS.
If you love audio books or snippets, the BDSM group on GoodReads has a sultry audio snippet of The Billionaire Submissive available by the sexy-voiced Sirly Eric!
Then stop by the interview with La Crimson Femme for a chance to win three e-copies any format.
The Billionaire Submissive kicks off my brand new contemporary BDSM series, Billionaires in Bondage. To celebrate, I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to any online bookstore(s) (multiple okay). To enter, just comment on this blog post as many times as you want. If you post a review online anywhere, please share the link in comments!
This giveaway will stay open until Sunday, June 22. That will give several days to enter – but also let me pick a winner before the last frantic week before we move!
It’s finally time to kick Lilly and Donovan out into the world and share their story! Read Chapter One and sign up for my newsletter to read Chapter Two. As reviews come in, I’ll be sure to post some snippets. If you have one to share, please send me the link!
I’ll post a giveaway in a separate post later today!
Thank you to everyone who picks up a copy! I hope you enjoy it!
Her Grace’s Stable is now available in print on Amazon and following soon other places (official release date is June 3rd). To celebrate, I’m giving away a signed copy, along with a custom make-up-size bag filled with RT swag. I’ll mail these goodies anywhere on the planet. Enter via Rafflecopter below!
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I’ve gotten lazy… or lucky… with the last few books. When they were ready, they just dumped out of my head without me having to do a lot of plotting. It was all in my head and I just took dictation. At times I couldn’t type fast enough (and I’ve been clocked at over 120 wpm in my heyday). Remember how fast The Billionaire Submissive roared out of me? 70K in like 40 days and I didn’t have to revise a ton (unlike my original Fast Draft ms which I still haven’t ever done anything with).
However, the downside to this is that sometimes the book had to marinate in my head a long time. Either I was working on it subconsciously (Mama C) for years or I managed to just miraculously tap into the Great Ether of Story (Billionaire). I can’t count on that happening every time and I don’t want to let Billionaire #2 marinate. I want it done, signed sealed and delivered as quickly as possible.
I know how to plot. I just haven’t done it in a while.
So I opened up Scrivener tonight and went through all my various plotting templates I’d started and never really used. I have a Snyder’s Beats template, a Hero’s Journey template, the old original “Block” the Witch first taught me. Some of each technique is here or there or not really useful. And the MOST useful thing that I used to use all the time but haven’t in awhile: The Emotional Toolbox. It’s nowhere in my templates.
Today, I started a Master Plotting template. I’m going to have a folder for each bit of plotting technique I’ve learned that makes sense for me. That way I can copy, paste, delete, move whatever makes sense for each story. Then I also went through the Character Map questions today to refresh my memory and created a cool little graphic/worksheet that will jog my memory.
Before I lumber off to bed tonight, I’m going to take a first stab at running Jackson Montgomery Warring through the Character Map to figure out what’s going on in his head. (If you’re wondering who I’ve cast in this role, take a peek.)
At least I already know the first song in the playlist: Willie Nelson’s Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.
And yeah, Jackson is the Angel who crashed and burned.
Proof positive that I’m insane:
I’m making my promo for RT.
Yes, making. As in by hand. Each one is slightly different for the most part. I bought a bunch of chunky beads and smaller glass beads at Jo-Anns, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby. Cute mask charms from Etsy. I printed some heavy, glossy business cards at VistaPrint.
And watched some tutorials to figure out how to bead.
Middle and I got busy today. We worked off and on for probably 6-7 hours and I have a whopping… 65 made. I ran out of my black chunky beads and used up one roll of cord. I have several yards of 4mm silk ribbon on its way along with some more charms, this time handcuffs.
Snickers. Okay, I’m punchy and half blind after making so many book thongs. Some are doubled, some are single. Some have beads on both ends. After nearly crying because the first 10 tangled up so badly I had to cut them apart (even though I put them on the door knob to keep them organized), I started taping them to cardboard. Because yeah, I’m going to have to figure out how to get these suckers down to New Orleans!
65 made. Only at least 135 more to go! More if I can make them in time.
I’ll also be making more to give away via the newsletter and here on the blog as we get closer to The Billionaire Submissive’s release date, June 17th.
Happy birthday, Lord Regret! To celebrate Lord Regret’s Price’s release from Samhain, I’m offering several prizes, including:
A free electronic copy (any format) of Lord Regret’s Price
A free electronic copy (any format) of Lady Doctor Wyre (book 1, if you need it)
A custom Her Grace’s Stable make-up size bag created by Haut Totes filled with pens, bookmarks, etc.
Winner’s choice $25 gift certificate to any online ebook retailer (Amazon, B&N, etc.).
I’ll ship the bag anywhere on the planet and you can comment on this blog post as many times as you’d like. BONUS: Post a comment on this blog post with any online review or rating you post for an extra entry.
Just enter using Rafflecopter below!
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It feels like his day has been a long time coming, but Lord Regret’s Price is just around the corner! (Next week, dies!!) If you enjoyed Lady Doctor Wyre, I hope you’ll give Lord Regret a chance. There are more hijinks and inventions, a new world to explore, and yes, more relationship exploration between Charlie, Sig, and Gil. Yes, they had their “happy” ending in Lady Wyre, but committed relationships take a lot of work to keep healthy and strong, even more so in a ménage.
Did you ever wonder exactly who Sig was? Which House he could claim? How exactly did ladies come to rule in Britannia? It’s all revealed in Lord Regret’s Price!
So if you’re able to post a review anywhere online, please drop me a note with your desired format and I’ll gladly provide a review copy.
Here’s what Vivian Archer had to say on GoodReads:
Burkhart can be depended on to deliver strong characters and a high level of sensuality and that is evident here. The one great torment? Gil. The tension between Gil and Sig is killing me. Sweet mercy above.
He had the distinct longing to touch those marks and see what else she’d done to Sig.
This is beginning to feel like the Dance of the Seven Veils, and being the barbaric heathen that I am…I want to rip them all off at once.
Recommended for steampunk devotees, cultural melange lovers and polyamory fans
Coming December 17th from Samhain, book 2 of Lady Wyre’s adventures and book 3 in the Jane Austen Space Opera series!