I spent last weekend in Houston, Texas surrounded by my rock stars. Not people that play music, but people that write worlds.
Being lucky enough to attend Romance Author Mastermind for the second year in a row, I was not surprised by how much information I was given. I knew from last year that industry icons were going to tell us all how to build our businesses. Not write better, longer, funnier. Just to manage our writing like a job and hopefully make a living at it. Now not everyone attending were full time authors. Most had a day job still that brought home the necessary money and only a few could support themselves with writing alone.
I'm lucky that my partner works full time and my writing is not relied on to support us fully. But many in the audience this weekend were looking at the presentations as a way to survive. It's not something talked about often, because usually we talk about stories, worlds, romance, and how they make us feel. Which is why we all started writing in the first place.
The other side of that hearts and flowers is that drive behind those words. It's rent money, car payments, groceries, and healthcare of children. You can love writing books, but still need to make money doing it. I realized that my drive to make a living writing is slightly hampered by the fact that my partner makes a good living. But what if that went away? Could I step up and do the hard work to be the main wage earner.
So if you start to see me posting more, engaging more, and over all promoing my books more, just know it's because I'm trying to make sure that if life happens, which it usually does, I won't be be starting at the beginning.
2020 for me is going to be there year that I create the security and comfort my family needs. I'm going to be doing that by writing. I'm going to finish my 7B7B series. I'm starting a new series, and I will be ahead of anything the world can throw at me. Skip the resolutions this year, instead create a plan of attack. How are you going to change your world?
I can imagine your confusion. Why is Moxie showing off her very tidy and efficient storage unit she's currently using? That's because this is how I recently sorted and organized my pre-orders for my two author signings this year. I sold my house a few weeks ago. It was much quicker than I was expecting so I had to shift gears rather quickly. With my signings and summer trips already planned I decided that house hunting needed to be postponed a few months.
August is looking like my time to get organized and find a place to permanently rest my head. Until then, I have fun and exciting things planned. My first event, Kinky in Kansas city is June 22nd. This is my first mid-west-ish even and I'm looking forward to meeting some readers that I haven't been able to before.
July is Readers and Writers in Seattle. I've done this event before and had a great time. Home town signings are always a blast. I'd love to see you if you're in the area or can make the trip. Tickets are still available for the events and links are on my front page here.
In between these signings I'm trying to get ahead of some books that are due later this year. Currently I'm working on my next installment of the Mountain Mermaid series that will be coming out in September. After that I will be working on Book 5 in the 7 Brides for 7 Bears series. I'll also have two more books to add to Milly Taiden's PDA world this year. So just because the suns out, doesn't mean I won't be writing. I hope you all have an amazing first few months of summer. I'll be posting my adventures on my Facebook page so you can come along with me.
Sending warm thoughts to all my awesome readers in the US that are struggling to stay warm this week. I've been lucky to be missing out on the cold weather. I'm getting regular reports on just how miserable everyone is in the midwest. Cozy up with a good book and some cocoa!
To my Aussie readers, all I can say is think cool thoughts :)
Little update on this week for you. I'm working on finishing up Forbidden Bride so it can start going through alpha/beta read throughs before the editor. My plan was to start right into book 5 in the 7 Brides for 7 Bears series, but I think I'm going to give myself a couple of weeks off. I'll still be working, I want to invest that time in getting my former Kindle World books back into print.
The two books I had for Southern Shifter Kindle World will be rewritten into my PNW Cougars series. Super excited about this. Then I will be republishing my One True Mate World book as a one off. Lisa Ladew has graciously allowed us to re-release these books as long as we don't right anymore into her world. I'm thrilled I got the chance to add to her amazing story line and am proud to put the book back out.
I'm going to put on some fuzzy socks so I can keep writing.
I may not have turkey for you this month, but I do have two new books!
Her Cougar Sunrise by Moxie North and A Purrfect Trifecta by Rebel West are releasing on November 16th! I had such fun continuing my journey in Milly Taiden's Paranormal Dating Agency World. These books are short, sweet, and sexy. They are quicker reads than my usual novels, but add in an extra dash of instalove and you get a great story.
I'm also halfway through writing my third installment in the 7 Brides for 7 Bears series. Unexpected Bride doesn't have a release date yet, but I will put it up for pre-order once it goes to the editor. This book is a tiny deviation from the idea of 7 Brides for 7 Bears, but you will get your mates, your bride, and kiss ass heroine.
With so many holidays this time of year, I hope everyone has the time to spend with family or friends and enjoy the season.
Release Day is always so exciting and nerve wracking. You've worked so hard on a new book and the moment comes when you have to press the publish button. Will they like it? Will they hate it? And how many people will they share that news with?
Luckily I have finally made it to a happy place that I soak in all the good vibes and ignore the bad. I loved writing this book. Being a huge scifi lover, space stories are my jam. If you've ever seen the back of my travel trailer you know I show my scifi love with pride. #bringbackfirefly
With the release of Tangle Me, it will be added to a group of others all retelling fairytales in the future in their own way. Little Red Riding Hood, Hook, and many others. I'll be posting links for those soon.
I hope you enjoy my version of Rapunzel, who doesn't love hair that moves on it's own? I know I do :)
I survive three new releases in two days. I'd have to say it's not something I want to do again. Poor Misty Stark managed to keep everything running smoothly.
Thank you to everyone that has read and reviewed. Being able to join Milly Taiden's Paranormal Dating Agency was something I'd been looking forward to. I loved being able to write two totally different stories under my name and my pen name Rebel West. It was a great way to shift gears between the stories. My story, Wait for Me Mountain Mermaids was a fun break too. I have another story planned for this year too.
I will be writing two new stories for the next Paranormal Dating Agency release at the end of the year. Along with that I will have another story that is slated to come out as a group project in the fall.
The next installment of the 7 Brides for 7 Bears series will also be out this year. This will be a bigger book and take a little longer than my current WIPs. I want to give you the best story I can in the series. I hope everyone is having an amazing summer, before you know it I'll be posting pumpkins!
Oddly this is a question I receive from readers and interested parties as well as one I ask myself.
I usually stammer a bit and try to think of an answer quickly so I don't look like a writer that hasn't a clue. But sometimes, we really don't. There are those stories that wake you up in the middle of the night or the scenes that come to you in the shower. They are tiny flashes of something so much bigger.
Then there are the times, for me usually when I've committed to a project or a deadline, that the "muse" disappears. Though I don't believe this muse is something outside myself. It's years of reading, watching, imagining. Our brains always ticking away with the stories we've seen and the stories we've kept going in our minds.
As I've said before, I have three finished books that will be out in August. That doesn't mean I'm not working, there are always more books to write. Some times I need to take a break, turn off the little hamster in my head and not dream of new romances.
A short break often brings back the "muse". I have a story plotted, as I stare at the screen I wait to hear the voices start to tell me their tale. I really hope it's a good one.
Writer by day, Netflix junky by night. Fueled by Red Vines and Coke Zero. Distracted by social media when I'm supposed to be working.