Monday, June 29, 2009

Decisions, Decisions....

So if I'm going to stick to my writing plan I need to start on the fourth installment of the Blood Revelation series on Wednesday.
The prob?
I'm undecided whose story to tell.
I come across so many authors blogs and/or interviews where they mention writing a particular character's story because of the requests of their fans. It must be nice having such large scale feedback to help you decide which way to go.
My problem is that I'm starting on book number four, and book numero uno has not even been released yet. It's not due out until the last day of this year. It makes it very hard to determine which character the readers will be dying to know more about at this point.
Of course there's an overall story arc to this series, but I can still highlight one of two possible hero/heroines pairs. Whichever one I choose at this point won't harm the story arc in any way, so this makes my choice tougher.
So... without having readers to guide me where they want me to go, I thought I'd just give brief details of each choice and let some folks decide. I'll becareful not to give away anything to ruin the story for those who wish to read the series.

Option 1: Seta's Story
Seta has been in each of the first three books. She looks like a gorgeous Hispanic future Playboy Playmate, but she's actually a couple centuries old. She's a vampire. And a witch. A powerful combo. Though she's small in size (except for all those curves) she's the last person you want to miss with. Despite a fierce protectiveness of children, she's known to rip off body parts when her ire is raised. Especially if someone misses with her family. The hero to capture her heart? Eron. Gorgeous, Irish vampire older than dirt. Her sire. The man who makes her (traitorous)heart sing, and her claws come out.


Option 2: Christian's story

Christian has also been in all of the first three books. He owns a church--yes, a church--in Baltimore. A very ancient and powerful vampire, but he doesn't show his full power, thanks largely in part to the fact he prefers to drink bagged blood over power-giving fresh blood. He has been friends with Eron since long before Seta was around, yet nobody knows the vampire minister's true origins... or the depth of his power.
The woman to capture his heart? Well, she'd have to be something. You see, Christian doesn't date. Not in the many centuries he's walked the earth. And despite his age and fact that he's a vampire, he's never actually killed anyone. Of course he has destroyed people... but not by murder.


So... Whaddaya think? Who's the most intriguing?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dark Angel - Eye Of The tiger

Found on Youtube... I loved Dark Angel (should have never been canceled), and always thought Max and Alec should have gotten together.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

David Cook Covers!!!!!

Whoo-hoo! Love it when I find these gems on Youtube ( - ;

Here's David doing Shattered Dreams:



and here he is doing one of the songs from when he was with MidWest Kings (MWK):



Go to the actual Youtube site for the video and the poster put the lyrics on there.

Taylor Swift Gets Gangsta

Not really a fan, but this was really cute.



It was for the CMT awards. She also did a song with Def Leppard. I loves me some Def Leppard.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cowboys, Vampires, and the Writing Plan

COWBOYS

I finished my submission to the Wayback, Texas series! Whoo-hoo! I'm still sorting through ideas for a title, but this was the first cowboy romance I've written so it's a bit of a milestone for me. I've always loved cowboys in romance novels, and was totally in love with Harry Connick, Jr's character in Hope Floats. Naturally I'd want to write a romance featuring a hunky cowboy of my own creation but ideas always escaped me, or I'd get an idea and it wouldn't really work out.
I discovered the Wayback series while scouring the submission guidelines at The Wild Rose Press's website and purchased the first book... then the second... then the third. I plowed through that series and absolutely loved it and the town created by the authors. I knew I had to be part of it and my characters came right to mind along with a great story. It came together pretty quickly, which I'm thankful for since TWRP will no longer take submissions for the series after September 1st. I hope they love mine as much as I do. If they don't, I don't know if I can take my hero & heroine out of Wayback to submit somewhere else. It really feels like they belong there.


VAMPIRES

When I write, I tend to try and read material in the same theme of what I'm writing so I can stay on track. So... since April I've mostly been reading cowboy themed romance and contemporaries with some suspense thrown in. I have a huge pile of vamp & other paranormal books just waiting for me to dig into. Now that I've finished writing my cowboy-themed romance I can get started. I have the new Anita Blake (Yay!) and some more of Gena Showalter's books. I love everything that woman writes, especially the LOTU and Atlantis series. I'm still debating whether I want to bother getting into the Twilight series. I'd love to jump back into writing LSAYD, a paranormal-chick-littish-hilarious story written in first person. I was really getting into it but then I saw the deadline for the Wayback submissions and changed course. Now it doesn't immediately fit into my writing plan.

THE WRITING PLAN

I wrote up a plan for how I would accomplish completing 3-4 books a year AND manage to stay on track with the deadlines I have for my Blood Revelation books which are already contracted. I gave myself through the end of March to finish Blood Revelation Book #3 which I did. I gave myself through the end of this month to complete the Wayback submission. It's done, and is being critiqued before final edits. According to the plan, July-November is to be spent writing Blood Revelation Book #4. This will be quite a challenge as it normally takes me about 9 months per BR book, and this particular one will be one of my most challenging. I'll be doing a lot of flashback in it, and the vamp is Spanish. Lived in Italy. In the 1800s. That's a lot of research, and I've never been a history buff. I was able to kind of skim over the details during flashbacks in the other books, but I can't do that this time as so much of her story needs to be told from that time period. I'd planned on telling her story last, and doing it as a prequel to the series, but it's not going to happen that way. This series has a habit of kicking my plans right out the window and now what would have been a prequel written during that time only is going to be a story spanning two different eras. Fun.

I truly love it, and adore this heroine, but by the time I'm done I'll be ready to write about cowboys again. ( -; Hopefully I'll keep to the plan, finish on time, and be able to complete LSAYD early next year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Racing To The Finish Line

According to my 2009 Writing Plan, I have to start on Blood Revelation Book #4 On 7/1/2009. This means I only have until the end of this month to get my Wayback submission completed and polished. Problem? I'm in the molasses spot. You know, that spot where you know where you're going but you've hit this spot you just can't get through. You're screaming at your characters to just move their butts and get back on track. Ugh. Wish me luck. I'm diving in and I'm going to get these two moving if it kills me.

Monday, June 1, 2009

I Heart Joan Johnston

Well, her books, anyway. If you enjoy contemporary romance novels, and you really enjoy cowboys, you've got to check out her Hawk's Way series.

I received Hawk's Way Grooms as a free bonus book the last time I ordered from eHarlequin.com and it had just been sitting in my To Be Read pile forever, but I took it out earlier his week... and devoured it. It contains two stories in her series, and I read each one in about 3-4 hours. Could. Not. Put. Down.

I just ordered the next in the series and am now faced with the dilemma of trying to decide if I should read the earlier books in the series. I normally don't read the earlier books if I start a series mid-way or near the end, but I lurved these! Most are no lnger in print so I'll have to find them at the library or on eBay anyway. Hmmm. Wh did Harlequin re-release some of the newer ones and not the whole series? Are they taunting me?