Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Trying something new.

Last week, someone on one my loops sent out this link to a blog by Elizabeth Gilbert. It's a great read and I'd recommend reading the full article, but basically it's about focusing on one project without distractions or interruptions for only thirty minutes at a time.

I've also at some point read another writing article about a copy writer and his suggested work period length of around 33 minutes at a time. I don't have a link for that one, because I can't remember which article it was.

I decided to give it a try. What was the harm? It was 30 minutes or so and it couldn't hurt. I've been in a bit of a word count slump lately and any boost to the tiny numbers I've been putting on my chart would help. The plan was: set the timer, start it, type away until it goes off, take a short break as suggested and then try again.

I set my timer for 35 (an internet timer by the way not the kitchen timer there). Yes, I'm differing from the suggested time, but sometimes, it takes me a little while to catch where I left off and actually start typing. I gave myself a little cushion for think time.

I may be the last one to catch on to this, but woah, it's a great tool and it's having results. The first time I tried it was late in the work day and I cranked out about 1300 in around 45 minutes. That's the initial 35 I set the timer for and part of another one. That day, I got distracted with a spreadsheet I was filling out and stopped to put in something I'd thought of on it. Bad idea. I got sucked away from the story into filling in the spreadsheet. A necessary bit of work which still needs to be completed, but once I realized how good I did, I was kind of kicking myself. The number could have been higher

The next day I pounded out 3k over a few periods of 35 minutes a pop. It felt great. The smaller bites and enforced time limit gave me incentive to type, to produce something, whereas staring at the screen without a limit and only a vague word count expectancy frustrated me. The next two days were the weekend and I kind of fell off the 35 minute wagon. I rested and typed what I wanted. I started again tonight and so far over 2k. I hoping for 3k again, but I'll be happy with 2.

It has helped me gain a little more discipline lately. I've tried other methods which seem to work at first, but end up not fitting with my work style, but so far, it's going extremely well. I'm hoping the number count increases to a little more than 3k with more repetition and that I can make this a habit which sticks.

Happy Reading,

Rebecca

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guest Blog-- Scultptor's Desire by Kerry Adrienne

Today, I'd like to welcome Kerry Adrienne to the blog. Her book Sculptor's Desire releases soon and she's also giving us a heads up on a great sale! Welcome Kerry!


To celebrate the release of Sculptor’s Desire, Artist’s Touch (book one in the series) will be on sale for 99cents from August 25-31.







Sculptor’s Desire by Kerry Adrienne releases August 27~


 Rocco Lazzaro is on a mission to find the perfect male body to sculpt. His inability to find “the one” has affected his creativity and he’s frustrated by his failure. With a Guild charity auction coming up, he’s expected to provide high quality sculptures, but the pieces he creates feel soulless.

When Devin, a yoga instructor, approaches him and offers to help, Rocco can’t quit thinking about the red-hot ginger. Devin’s New Age beliefs push Rocco away—he can’t deal with reality, much less mysticism. No auras and rainbows for Rocco—just stone and chisel and hammer.

 But Devin is persistent. He knows he’s supposed to help Rocco find his muse—and he’ll stop at nothing to show him that the line between art and skin is very thin and a true muse can provide inspiration in many ways.

This story contains hot, sexy artistic scenes of M/M interaction as our sculptor goes hands on in more ways than one.

A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave 

I'd love for you to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads


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An Excerpt From: SCULPTOR’S DESIRE

Copyright © KERRY ADRIENNE, 2014 
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

Rocco clutched the purple fliers and stared out at the busy park from his seat. He’d posted enough of the papers for the day, not that it mattered. He’d never had luck distributing them before—the responses had never lived up to his expectations. He set his backpack on the ground and leaned back against the wooden bench. Why bother? Not like the perfect man was going to walk up, pick up the flier and actually respond. Not in this lifetime.
He lowered the sunglasses over his eyes. The late afternoon sunlight didn’t thread through the full-summer trees in this part of Central Park, but his shades allowed him to “bulge watch” as the throngs of tourists and New Yorkers paid homage at the mosaic shrine to John Lennon. The circular black and white medallion with “Imagine” scripted across its center was a place of reverence. Disciples had outlined the medallion with a peace sign made of fresh-cut flowers, and tourists took turns posing and taking pictures in front of the makeshift altar.
Rocco scanned the visitors. The place was a people-watcher’s dream, and for a Monday, the crowd was huge. Summer in the city always brought the tourists in droves of asinine clothing and hats and noise. Still, he had hope he’d find the one he was looking for.
The man who’d make his dreams come true.
He set the fliers on the bench beside him, then picked up one purple sheet and folded it into a fan, carefully creasing each fold. He tried to breathe out the hot air, but no doubt about it, the June day was steaming. New York was a sweltering change from the Adirondack cabin where he’d spent most of his time in the last month. Still, he was happy to be back in the city—his second home. The cabin was great as a quiet place to work, even though it was small, but its remoteness made it impossible to people-watch and gain inspiration.
Rocco crimped the last crease. His apartment in one of the Guild’s brownstones felt like home away from home. The Guild’s large studio provided the best space he’d ever had to work—tons of light and plenty of quiet. And his guildmates were like brothers, always ready to support each other through any artistic struggle, though he supposed they too were growing tired of his search for a perfect man. No one had actually voiced it, but he felt a distinct difference in the tone of the conversation when he brought the search up in conversation. With the upcoming charity auction in October, most of the artists would be working overtime and even less inclined to listen to his plight.
He fanned himself with the folded flier. Nothing to see at the moment. Not a single possibility in the groups of people gathered in the small courtyard. He scanned the area. The top edge of the Dakota Apartments peeked over the trees and Rocco glanced over the rows of tightly curtained windows. He’d never been inside the lavish building, though he knew several Guild members had been to private parties there. Rocco had been invited many times but had always declined. Wealth and showmanship weren’t his thing. He preferred the simple life where nature set the style, not John Varvatos and Marc Jacobs.
Strawberry Fields was a prime tourist spot. Too bad today’s mob held few specimens worthy of a glance, much less a stare. I’d think the simple math odds would warrant at least a couple prospects. Add in summer shorts, and there should be at least a good bulge or two…
He glanced at the stack of fliers—about fifty of them left. He’d put up as many papers as he could around the park over the last hour. Who was he kidding? After years of searching, he might as well give up on finding the ideal male. He set the fan on the bench and shoved the stack of fliers into the front pocket of his backpack and zipped it up.
He’d held several open calls with no luck. Something inside him pushed him to keep looking, keep trying, no matter how many times he failed. The same something kept him awake at night and tore apart his thoughts during the day. He’d find what he was looking for and he wouldn’t stop until he did, no matter what it took. It didn’t matter if it cost him his friends, his guildmates, his sanity. That was art, wasn’t it?
“May I sit here?”
The soft, lilting voice wove through Rocco’s thoughts and he paused. He looked up and his breath caught in his throat when he saw where the voice originated. Broad shoulders and a flat abdomen encased in a perfectly tight white T-shirt. Tall, but not overly so. Blue jean shorts, snug. Red cropped hair that glistened gold at the tips and fell over in a lock of bangs. Rocco gazed from top to bottom and licked his dry lips. Red, white, blue, and all American.
“May I?” the man repeated.
“Sure.” Rocco fumbled with his pack and slid over to make room on the wooden park bench, pushing his folded fan behind him and out of the way so the stranger could sit down.
“Thanks,” the man said, dropping onto the bench.
No, thank you. But not so close. The vibrations of the man sitting raced through the wood of the bench into wood between Rocco’s legs. He swallowed hard, pushing back the anxiety. “No problem,” he said, half-whispering. He peeked then gazed down again. Finally, someone worth looking at. Only the man was so freaking near, Rocco felt as if he could feel the heat emanating from the man’s hotness.
Too close. No comfort.
The man scooted back on the bench and stretched out his legs. “Long day. I’m exhausted. Didn’t expect there to still be such a crowd here this time of day.” He blew out a long breath and closed his eyes.
Despite the heat, a shiver raced through Rocco and he eyed the fluid line of the man’s form. If he’d had a sketchpad, he’d do a quick gesture drawing of the long stroke of torso and limbs.
Not knowing what to say, Rocco turned away. A group of noisy teens descended on the mosaic like a swarm of bees, laughing and shouting and taking photos of themselves in stupid poses. Rocco blinked away the distraction and looked back to the man sitting beside him.
Not bad. “Yeah.” Hell, not bad at all. “It’s crowded.” He squeezed his thighs together to control his body’s reaction. Why couldn’t the man have chosen to sit on the other side of the path where Rocco could observe without having to talk?
“Such a loud crowd, at that.” The man opened his eyes and peered at the teen spectacle then shook his head. “They need to relax. Chill. You’d think they’d never been outside before.”
Rocco nodded and followed his gaze. A teen had picked up one of the flowers from the medallion and was tossing it into the air and catching it. “Tourists. New York can’t live with them, or without them.”
“Tourist?” The man asked. “Aren’t you? I can’t place that accent, so I assumed you were. Where are you from?”
“Italy.” Rocco sat up straight, trying to not be obvious in staring at the man’s muscular legs. He must be some kind of athlete. Was this man a candidate or had the hour of staring at subpar specimens clouded Rocco’s judgment? “Well, born in Italy, but I’ve lived in the city for several years. Many, actually. I consider myself a New Yorker now.”
“Ah, so Italian with some city dialect. Not a tourist. What’s your name?”
Rocco flipped his sunglasses up onto his head. “Rocco Lazzaro. Not a tourist.” He forced a smile. Meeting new people in person wasn’t something he was used to doing.
“But very Italian, I see. Nice to meet you, Rocco.” The man held his hand out. “I’m Devin Johansson. Also not a tourist. I live on the East Side.”
Rocco took Devin’s hand in his own and shook it firmly, aware that his own hand was clammy with anxiety. “Good to meet you too, Devin.”
Devin clamped down on Rocco’s fingers and held on. “Oh. You have working hands,” he whispered. He pulled Rocco’s hand closer and rubbed Rocco’s palm with long, soft fingers. “And your aura shows great creativity.” He looked up. “What is it you do?”
The teens moved on down the park path, giggling and talking loudly as they went. Rocco glanced over at them, trying to still the shudder that played along his arm as Devin rubbed his hand. A calm, warm feeling flowed up through his arm and into his chest. Even in the summer heat, the warmth felt good. Too good. Wait, what did he say? What the hell?
“My what? My aura?” Rocco yanked his hand away, immediately aware of the loss of warmth. Great. The first good-looking guy he’d met this week was a fruit loop New-Ager.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Massive revisions and updates

I'm currently writing, well trying to get back into writing after a hiccup, but I've also pulled out an old manuscript that I'd put to the side. It's finished, but there was something a little off with it which kept me from submitting it. I knew it needed major work, but never could put my finger on what exactly needed to fixed so I let it sit.

Realizing what was holding back one of the characters in another project gave me a hint about what might be wrong with this manuscript. So I'm in the process of taking it apart ripping away the broken parts and putting it back together in a hopefully better arrangement.

At the moment, I've read through it again. It's been a long time since I've touched it so it was almost as if I was reading a new book. I was able to identify a few weak spots right off. Wrote them down on the legal pad I'm using for physical random notes and to do lists at the moment, although earlier in the month it would have been a spiral.

Cue heavy equipment and construction hats, because this is going to be ugly. The beginning almost completely gone. The heroine--getting a new attitude, new history, new way of life, new way to act because she was simply too nice, too accepting, too BLAND. And that will be the beginning. The heroes need a little roughing up--too nice and not enough character. The plot needs a little more conflict, both interpersonal and physical.

I also need to go over this and make sure I haven't reused the names, specifically group names, in other books written since then. I have a suspicion I've done this and I'll need to rename because this is not connected to any other story.

On the easier side of things, I'm making progress (even if it has been slower than I want lately) in all the WIP I've been working on, although I'm thinking of altering my schedule now. I'll leave it as it is for the moment while I give it more thought. I've even managed to get some hand writing done on the Bears WIP. Soon, I will share a snippet of the bears world.

Until next time,

Happy Reading

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Guest Blog: The Dancing Vampire Series by Cornelia Amiri

I'd like to welcome Cornelia Amiri to the blog today as she tells us a little about her latest release. Enjoy!



The Dancing Vampire Series by Cornelia Amiri

The Dancing Vampire series with Ellora’s Cave is  based on unique vampires, the baobhan sith. The baobhan sith really aren’t vampires at all, they are vampirc fey that roman the Scottish highlands in packs and all of them are women, no men. Voluptuous and enticing, these beauties are always wear green gowns. Also, they have talons. No fangs. Like other vampires, they drink human blood and fry in the sunlight. Often referred to as dancing vampires, they target young men coming from pubs at night. The baobhan sith dance with them until the men grow exhausted. Then the vampiric temptresses transform their long nails into talons and rake them across the men’s backs. Clawing at their victim’s skin, draining their blood, then drinking it. So the baobhan sith are always female and their victims are always men.

For a modern take on the baobhan sith, enter Ellora’s cave and step Underhill to visit these dark fey in the Dancing Vampire series. The first three are Dance Of The Vampires, Vampire Highland Fling, and Ever So Bonnie A Vampire. The forth in the series,  One Dance With A Vampire will be released August 22. 

Blurb: Sexy Scot Angus is consumed with dreams of the fiery vampiric fey Tearlag. Their dancing steps came to a halt a year ago when they almost killed each other. Angus comes upon the alluring woman again and despite the danger, he has to have one dance with her. Angus’ muscular arms clasp Tearlag tightly as they dance across a field of heather. An insatiable hunger rises in her and it isn’t for his blood.

From different worlds, fey and human, her sisters and his brothers threaten at every turn to keep them apart. http://www.ellorascave.com/one-dance-with-a-vampire.html
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Drawing on her love of a happy ending, Cornelia Amiri, who also writes under the name of Maeve Alpin, is a mulit-published romance author of twenty published books. She is known for her Celticparanormal tales. Cornelia lives in Houston Texas with her son, granddaughter, and her cat, Severus. http://CelticRomanceQueen.com


Thank you so much for stopping by, Cornelia!

Happy Reading!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Guest Blog: Cover Reveal--Wine Service by Zenobia Renquist

I'd like welcome Zenobia Renquist to the blog. Today, we're revealing the gorgeous cover of her upcoming release Wine Service with Musa Publishing!




Title: Wine Service (Professional Courtesy 1)
Author: Zenobia Renquist 
Publisher: Musa Publishing, Eros
Genre: Contemporary Erotica, BDSM, MF, MFM
More Info Link: http://zenobiarenquist.com/bookshelf/pro-courtesy/wine-service

Blurb:
She offers satisfaction above and beyond what is requested.

Lexie's job as a housekeeper at a five-star hotel doesn't normally include the unique and risqué form of room service that important hotel guest Mr. Malena has requested, nor the generous tip he's offered. Lexie can't resist, and what should have been a one-time thing turns into an introduction into the sensual world of customer satisfaction. She finds much enjoyment in her "work," but is it worth risking her job?





Author Bio:
Zenobia Renquist is an Air Force brat turned Air Force wife. She and her husband are owned by two demanding cats of the long-haired persuasion. Born in Europe and currently stationed in Hawaii, Zenobia has been traveling all her life. "Where are you from?" is not a question she likes to be asked but will usually answer Virginia, because it's the one place that feels like home.

Zenobia's stories range from steamy to scorching and she writes whichever genre catches her interest at the time. When not coming up with ways to torture her characters, she enjoys knitting and crochet (both regular and Tunisian) as well as reading shoujo and yaoi manga.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, Zenobia!

Happy Reading!