Tuesday, 27 December 2011

mind dumping again.....

Ok, you know how this works....my mind gets full of rubbish and it needs to dump it so here goes!

It is Tuesday December 27th 2011 and Christmas is over.....boooo... But New Year is just around the corner...yay!!!

I had a great Christmas! Being the baby of five kids and the aunt or great aunt to 13 has its benefits come present day!!

The one present the reminded me most that I was a baby sister was this from my biggest brother and his wife.....Talk about picking on your little sister!!

Stop laughing! He is mean!! I told my mum and she said "Cherie you are 33...man up!" it's so not fair!!!!

Ok that's enough of me reverting to a child! Seriously the family do it to me every time!!

I have been in tinsel hibernation for the last few weeks, nose deep in Christmas celebrations and preparations so I have done NONE WRITING! But I am getting back into it, I will conquer A to Zane if it kills me and at this stage it just might!

This coming year will see at least, yeah I said it AT LEAST, two of my books being published! Yay!

Several of my writing mates have their first, second, fourth or more release out in the first 6 months of this year too! In the last 12 months we have all gone from dreamers to proper grown up, boot wearing, gun totting authors. Got to say I have had worse years...2008 to be exact but we won't go into that.

So we can only guess at what 2012 will bring!!

For those of you who don't know I live in London, England so next year we will have the Olympics on our doorstep, the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations...no doubt more free holiday days for us like we had when Prince William and Kathrine got married and the Para-Olympics.....so for those of us UK based it will be party time!

All in all I think it will be a great year.....I don't make new years resolutions so none of that "I am going to lose weight" or "stop doing this thing or that" but if I did it would probably be "I am going to be a more productive writer" like Doris and Raven........they seriously know how to write a book man!

OK don't forget to enter the Nuthouse Scribblers giveaway....check the red advert on the right...you still have time to get one of 6 free ebooks from the inmates there!

Until next time.....remember (I was inspired by my editor on this one) replacing your Dom/me's flogger with wet noodles....just isn't big or funny......don't say you ain't been warned!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Turkey Time!!!

OK first off Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It's that time of year where I get far too excited about the presents under the tree. I like to have a nose to see if I can guess what could be in there....you would think at my age that I would be over that but nahhhhh it's all part of Christmas.

Some people get melancholy about the past year and what has happened and I have to say that this has been one of the better years I have had in a while. Publishing contracts, no recurrence of the cancer for my mum and my family as a whole seem to all be healthy for a change. We lost my mum's best friend in April and I know my mum misses her a lot but I know she is happy now, back with her husband and her parents. It is thoughts like that that make me smile.

Now can I just share a little bit of a Christmas laugh for you....recently in my day job we had our staff party....I was asked to be "Secret Santa" I agreed I just hadn't expected there to be a costume...

As you can, as one of my best friends said, I look more like a slutty super hero then a Santa but hay it's all in the spirit of fun! *hangs head in shame*

I have done little to no writing over the last few weeks, my current wip needs loads of reworking and with all the craziness with Christmas and I have had that nasty tummy bug going around *shudders*

This is just a quick note to say:

Don't forget that you still have time to enter the Christmas give away over at the Nuthouse! The link is on the right!!

Merry Christmas and I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Here's to a great holiday season!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

A little Squee of excitment

So remember I have told you about the random idea I had a while ago to help myself and my crit group through a "quiet" period. For those late to the show: Basically the idea was for us all to take character sitting around the table and write their story. It was for fun really, just something to while away the hours and days whilst we waited to hear from different publishers or editors or were simply dealing with writers block.

Then Breathless Press got wind of what we were doing and asked to have a look at the first four stories. We laughed and said "sure but we won't be holding our breaths." We hadn't really put any thought into it, like I said it was just for fun.

We did some work, did a little editing and sent them off to the publisher. And promptly forgot all about it.....well mostly a writer never really forgets when they send a book to a publisher.

A few weeks passed and we had an email that basically said..."eeerrrrr we love it!!"  Now I am paraphrasing I know, artistic license and all that.

Now a little while later still we got another email.....DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!

TA DA!!!

This is the cover of the first book in The Blood Bar Chronicles - The Alphas.!! To be released on March 16th 2012!

We currently have 3 books planned in the series. This book was written by Jorja, Me, Doris and Arya.

The second book will be written by JP Stevens, Xandra James, Raven McAllan and Chellie Edwards.

The third book will be written by Kiru Taye, Caledonia St James, Yazmin Subha and Alyssa Fox.

The second book is currently with Breathless Press and we are cautiously optimistic!  We should hear any day now.

Remember from a tiny acorn grows a mightly oak and from a random idea a publishing career can grow.

Dreams are not meant to be hidden in the dark but brought out into the light where you can live them.........

Now before I go, just to put a small smile on my mate Xandra's face.....

It is never a wise idea to tut, roll your eyes and tell your dom/me "pfft call that a spanking? A wet noddle could hit harder"....don't way you weren't warned!


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How the book makes you feel

At the moment I am in the middle of writing Shifters of Hillside 2. I love my hero, Zane, and heroine, Abby, but for the love of all that is holy and true their story is killing me. It is like walking through melted toffee!! The story is there it is just hidden, deep, deep, deep with all the rubbish I have already written.

I sent the first few painful chapters to a couple of my crit partners, for which I am still apologising for, and I got some feed back from them.

I have to fix the descriptions, of which there are none! The dialogue is funny when it needs to be and the sex is hot but there isn't enough of it! Seriously they both said that! But the best feed back I got was about the villain of the piece, a woman called Sally, well let me show you.

Crit one gave me: Grrr I wanna rip her apart myself! 
Crit two gave me: but I just wanna slap that bitch's face

Now, there were other much more in depth and useful pointers that they gave me but these two gave me the biggest smile because it meant I was doing my job right. I wanted Sally to come across like a "Mean Girl" and it worked because both of my mates were ready to hang, draw and quarter her!  Yep, might not have a great story by I can write a villain baby yeah!
I am reading a book at the minute and the heroine escaped a jail and left another woman there, that had clearly been abused for a while by those who ran the jail, because it wasn't "part of her orders". The heroine still had nightmares of that events and the woman's screams to save her and you know what I did, stopped reading. That one small event in the whole book made me decided I no longer cared if the heroine lived, died or spent eternity in hell. 

I think the event was there to show that she was different now and she had regrets. I think it was meant to be a small scene but to me it dragged me out of the book and made me stop caring. I have to be able to care about the heroine otherwise why would I carry on reading until she got her "happy ever after"? 

Right now it is 11pm on a Thursday night and I should be heading to bed because I have to deal with my EDJ tomorrow, but, even though I read that bit of the story this morning on the journey to work, I just can't let it go.

Books, stories, characters all make you feel and I don't think an author is doing their job unless they make you feel something. Whether is it anger, or love, or lust. If the story doesn't make you want to be the woman who is ravished by the handsome hero, or headbutt the baddie or cry when someones heart is breaking then really what's the point of reading?

This is clearly the ramblings of an author who is trying everything and anything so she doesn't have to go back to her WIP......but I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

Wanna know something else about my current wip? I made me teary, yep that's right I teared up. Sometimes the characters take over and the things that appear on the page aren't from me but directly from them.

Before you all call the men in white coats I don't mean that I become possessed. I mean that the characters have their own plan and they tell you exactly what is going to happen and when no matter what you had originally planned. Sometime you are writing and suddenly you realised you are in the middle of a scene that leaves you teary eyed and heart broken and it came out of nowhere.

But again it makes you feel. 

At the end of the day if the story doesn't make the writer feel something how can we expect the readers to be emotionally invested in the story?

So although I now dislike the heroine of the story I was reading I can confirm the author made me feel, and I am still feeling hours after reading that scene. Granted I feel anger towards the heroine but still it is a feeling.
I will fixed Shifters of Hillside 2 if it kills me. I am determined to have this ready but the time Leashed By a Wolf, Shifters of Hillside 1 comes out, tentatively in February 2012.

Oh before I head off let me just mentioned that on the right hand side you can see an advert for the Nuthouse Scribblers! We are having a HUGE giveaway the is running all through December. Just click on the link, comment on the post, like the facebook page or follow the Nuthouse on twitter with the chance to win 1 of 7 ebooks!

With that I shall leave you with this one thought.......not matter how much he/she annoys you sticking your Dom/mes paddles on the table with super glue is never going to help!

Don't say you ain't been warned!!