July 27, 2014 · 6:32 pm
New erotic writer Lynn Michaels. First release just out….
This is the first installment of the new M/M Paranormal Romance Series Universe from my publisher. Here’s a blurb and an Amazon link below. Share if you know anyone into it:
WARNING: Sexy m/m romance adventure with hot bounty hunter and dangerous elemental mages.
Party-boy mage Kelly O’Malley has a bounty on his head. Graham, the bounty hunter after him, is a hard rider that likes his women, booze, and his Harley. Picking up O’Malley changes him in ways he could never anticipate, changes his heart and changes the world…
“Think about the drive, not about that green-eyed, hot-bodied, trickster.” -Graham
Already has one 5-star review – so read it and leave a review if you like!
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May 7, 2014 · 6:25 pm
I’ve been doing a lot more writing lately. It’s been so great! Part of my journey has been hooking up with a super editor who gets me and is great to work with. It has made a great difference in the quality of my writing – even at the rough draft stage… even at the idea generating stage! It’s quickly become a vital relationship for me! I think this is even more important for indie authors that self-publish like myself. I want to be able to put out the best stories I possibly can. I chose to go the self publish route primarily because I tend to be a bit anal and I feel like with my dual background (business vs. creative) that I could manage this more comfortably than letting a publishing house just take over everything. Plus, it is so much faster. I only have to wait for my own approval! Ah… and that of my editor!
With that said, here are my reasons that I love my editor! Thanks Kathleen – for making so much better!
I LOVE MY EDITOR BECAUSE…
- She knows what a ‘dirk’ is
- She knows the significance between a creaky door and slamming it open
- She is a living breathing Thesaurus
- She deplores redundancy
- She deplores redundancy (had to say it twice!)
- She KNOWS her homophones
- She is pushy when asking me to explain/describe more
- She catches it when I use the wrong character name
- She is never afraid to give me an opinion
- She compliments my writing style and lets me be me
- She questions my weirdest word choices
- She helps me capture the right “attitude” in the words
- She makes me think about what I’m writing
- She makes my writing better
- She digs my vampire bites – vv
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June 18, 2012 · 7:32 pm
I just read a blog on how well the “50 Shades of Gray” books are faring… very well I might add. http://thatfantasyblog.com/2012/06/18/erotic-book-beats-potter-to-be-fastest-selling-paperback/
After reading this blog and spending the last two weeks hearing about the Gray book from all of my friends and co-workers who just HAD to read it, I’m wondering what it says for all of us struggling writers. Is it hope? Is it frustration? Jealousy? Inspiration? Do we have to write smut books (or mummy porn as the other blog says) in order to get our books to sell? [not that there is anything wrong with that – a lot of my all time favorite books are smutty and favorite authors write them] Aside of the sex and the curiosity factor, why has this book done so well?
Ok – I have not read the book. I don’t know if it is well written, if it is intriguing, if it is complete crap, or what. I have to think if it sold 100,000 last week alone that it can’t be all crap. There has to be something more than sex here. Is it timing/luck/well written and a bit of elbow grease all rolled into one mega-success-pack?
Don’t you just love blogs that ask all the questions, but don’t provide any answers?
I don’t have any. If I did, I would have written and published a 50 Shades of Book Sells already myself!
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March 10, 2012 · 7:22 pm
I had all but given up on Facebook. I don’t like the changes they made and I was beginning to think it was useless. Perhaps I felt like it just wasn’t moving fast enough. Twitter is like Facebook on steroids – right!!~?!@? So, I was hardly ever on Facebook and when I was on, I just checked on family and close friends, which is great, but I like to use my on-line time to network with other writers and to try to promote my own writing. So, Facebook was feeling pretty dead for me. But, the salvation was right before my eyes! Woot!
Do I sound excited? Well, I got very excited when I realized that one of my Twitter friends, Patti Roberts, was hosting a Facebook page for writers. So, I checked it out. So glad I did! Patti and another writer, Lenore Wolfe, do a fabulous job on this awesome site:
This is an Authors Critique Group where authors can help each other. The object is stated as: “We’re trying to catch typos, plot holes, all the things that readers pick up on.”
What a great way to share your work and get help from others doing the same thing. I really needed this and hope I can get some great advice.
The other great thing about this is that spending time reviewing the work of others helps writers review their own work. I know from past experience that my work improves when I’m regularly critiquing others. I used to belong to another online group www.critters.org. This is still an active site, and I’m sure it is fabulous. I just never had enough time to do enough reviews to keep my ratings up high enough long enough to get my work reviewed (yeah – that is a mouthful). They have too many writers now so it takes forever to get your work up in the queue and meanwhile, you have to keep your review rate up. It became too much work for too little pay back for me. But, the advice I received was fabulous, and the reviews I did helped me as well. So, if you have the time, this is a great group.
Patti and Lenore’s group is a lot more loosely based and relies on reciprocity of the writers. So, I’m in… I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!
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March 1, 2012 · 2:27 am
Apparently, I’m not. What?! How can that be, you ask! Well, I have no idea. How does someone just starting out become relevant? Further, don’t you lose your relevance if you are trying to be relevant? That’s like an oxymoron or something, right?!
I think that I’d much rather write what interests me, than to try to be something I’m not. If I cross the line over to relevant somewhere along the way, good on me! If not, I’m not sure I’m going to be overly concerned. Afterall, I think there are a lot of people out there like me that want to be entertained or read something they are interested in, maybe check out a new perspective, and I don’t think they are concerned about whether it’s relevant.
If you’re looking for relevant, maybe check out some political sites. I’m going more for, uh, you know… fun!
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January 20, 2012 · 1:33 am
With my novel, Summer Blood, finally finished and sitting with my Alpha-Readers, I’ve decided to write a query letter to send out to potential agents. So, what goes in a query letter? How do I capture the attention of a good agent when I know 50,000,000+ other writers are trying to do the same thing? I have to stand out somehow, right?!
So, I google’d it. Of course…. I found a decent website right away. Thanks Google!
This site says there are five points to a good query. They are as follows:
- The hook
- The pitch
- The body
- The credentials
- The close
I think the hook is the most important. If you don’t grab the agents attention in the first two sentences, I think you’re screwed. RIGHT~?!~!?
So, what’s my hook? According to the writing-world website there are many ways to grab the agent’s attention, and many ways not to. The “don’t do this” section seems pretty common sense to me. So, what about the “do this” part? None of these really work for me. These seem to be good ideas for non-fiction writing. But, I get the idea.
Be real, be interesting, but don’t come across like every other ding-dong writer begging for attention. Then, the right agent will pick me!
Here’s my first paragraph:
Stories like True Blood and Twilight have been breathing life into the old classics making vampires HOT right now. My adult novel, Summer Blood, takes some elements of the classic vampire stories and adds new twists. These vampires leave blood, violence, and sex in their wake, and readers that love that will also love Summer Blood.
Does that grab your attention?
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