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Apologies and a brand new book!

Ok, I admit it, I’ve been MIA for quite awhile now. I could try to explain why and tell you everything that happened, but it is probably more believable and more interesting if I just tell you I was abducted by aliens, had really weird anal tests ran on me and then was dumped naked in a nearby field where local farmers came upon me. It may not exactly be the truth, but hey, it is an entertaining story.

Anyhow, I have finally made my way back to the land of the living, so I wanted to say hello to all my blog readers and thank you for sticking with me even though I fell off the face of the planet for many months. On the positive side, I did release a new romance/erotica book during the time that I was gone. So for those of you who liked my first ebook, “Sexy Little Bites”, I would invite you to try out my new collection, “Erotic Dreams & Fantasies”.

If you haven’t read any of my books, this is a great time to try them out since both ebooks are only $.99 per download! “Sexy Little Bites” is available both for Kindle on Amazon and for Nook on Barnes & Noble. “Erotic Dreams & Fantasies” is currently only available for Kindle, but I will definitely let everyone know if it makes its way to Nook.

I will try to post some more cool, sexy subject posts here soon, but just wanted to drop by today to let you all know I am back from outer space 🙂

Stuck for your next story idea?

As probably all writers know, occasionally when you are plotting a new story or novel, you will get stuck.  Whether it’s the perfect character name, plot points or the words themselves that elude you, perhaps you just need a change of pace or a different perspective on things.

That is why as a writer it is so important to have other hobbies and activities to turn to when you need a break.  Some writers make the mistake of focusing exclusively on their writing, allowing all of their other interests to dwindle away.  Unfortunately, this kind of single-minded obsession can actually have a detrimental effect on your creativity.

So what kind of things can you do to recharge your batteries and give your muse the freedom to speak to you again?  Any kind of activity can be helpful if you enjoy it, but here are a few that I have found especially helpful to me, perhaps they can help you too!

  • Reading.  This one is a no-brainer.  Every writer needs to read broadly and frequently to be good at their job anyway.  However, when you are looking to distract yourself from your current writing block, perhaps you should consider looking to books entirely different from what you are writing.  For instance, if you are writing a romance story, sit down and enjoy a good horror story, children’s book, memoir or other non-fiction subject that interests you.  Thinking outside of  the “genre box” may be just what you need!
  • Going for a walk or exercising.  There is just something about physical activity that really clears the mind and refreshes us to return to the task at hand with renewed enthusiasm.  It doesn’t necessarily need to feel like a workout either.  Often I play Wii dance games or go roller skating because I really enjoy it.  Not only does it help my writing, but it keeps me in good shape as well!
  • Grab your partner and go have some wild, dirty sex.  If no partner is available, pleasure yourself.  I know it may sound funny, but having a few great orgasms can really enhance your creativity!  It’s no surprise this works for erotica/romance writers, but this has also helped me in other genres.
  • Be a kid again.  Pick up a coloring book and crayons.  Do a jigsaw puzzle.  Watch some cartoons.  Play with your kids.  Read some comic books.  Just do something that gets you in touch with your inner child.
  • Indulge your artistic side.  Draw, paint, sculpt, make jewelry, knit, etc.  We all have some kind of artistic talent, so use it!  Even if you are convinced you are hopefully inept with artistic stuff, you can visit the local art museum or gallery and appreciate the amazing creativity of others.  The same could be said of other art forms like music, poetry, drama, dance and cooking/baking.  You might be surprised how focusing on another area of creation will inspire new heights in your writing.

Well, I guess that is enough for tonight.  Do you have any special activities that really help you with writer’s block?  If so, please feel free to leave a comment below and share your ideas with us!

Happy Holidays! Thanks for all the support!

Just a quick note to wish everyone who celebrates the season in some way a very happy holiday!  Our family celebrates Christmas, so we will be opening our gifts tonight (on Christmas Eve) as is our tradition.  I’m hoping I get some goodies, but more than anything I just hope to have a nice, relaxed evening with my loved ones.

This time of year really makes you reflect on life, and I must say that I am one lucky little girl.  Thank you so much to all of my fans out there who have supported my writing over the past year.  I’m hoping the next year will bring even greater things, including a few new book releases, the first of which is planned for January or February, so keep an eye out!  I will say this, if you liked my first ebook, “Sexy Little Bites: Short Stories to Excite”, I think you will find my second release to be even more exciting!  If you haven’t had a chance to read “Sexy Little Bites” yet, stay tuned to my blog, because I hope to do a giveaway or two soon!  Of course, you can always buy it for yourself from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords (only a 99 cent download).

Again, Happy Holidays and I wish you all the best for the coming year!

Got my first real Kindle!!!

This week I received my first real ereader in the mail!  I have read ebooks on the Kindle app on my laptop and read many ebooks in PDF format, but it just isn’t the same as having an actual ereader.  I have been obsessed the last few days with my new gadget, trying to figure out exactly what it can and can’t do.  I should probably admit up front that I don’t have the fancy new Kindle Fire.  I figured it would be easier (and cheaper) to start out with the regular model and see if I even like it.  So far, here are my thoughts on the Kindle:

*I love being able to change the font style, size and other things like that.  I am one of those people who will not read a book if the print is too tiny or annoying.  For that reason, I think the Kindle will be great for reading some books I might have passed up otherwise.

*I hate the fact that I can’t read the Kindle in the bathtub…at least not safely that I can figure.  I do ALOT of reading in the bathtub, probably because my preferred method of relaxing includes surrounding myself in a big pile of bubbles.

*I like the free games that you can download on the Kindle…maybe a little too much.  I find myself wasting time that I should spend writing, playing games like Thread Words, Jigsaw Words and Grid Detective.

*Although they did a good job of making the Kindle thin, small and fairly light, it still doesn’t feel as good between my fingers as a new paperback novel.

*The selection of free or cheap books on Amazon is really pretty good, you only have to know where to look and give authors a chance, even if you have never heard of them.  The quality of indie books seems to be improving, and you can often tell by using the “Look inside this book” feature whether an author has written a quality book or not.

*An electronic device just isn’t as comfy to curl up with.  Maybe in time I will get used to it, but so far I do miss the smell, feel and look of a classic book.  In no way have I given up on my Kindle, I really do like it, but in some ways I am just an old-fashioned girl at heart.

What about you?  Would love to hear what others think of the ebook revolution.

The Writing Roller Coaster

I am currently reading “The Art of War for Writers” by James Scott Bell.  This book is filled with useful inspiration and straight shooting about what writing and living the author life are all about.  Today I read an entry that especially inspired me (and made me chuckle a bit).  Here is a short excerpt from that section, which was actually written by the successful novelist Terri Blackstock and was reprinted in “The Art of War for Writers” with her permission.

“I think one of the things unique to the writer’s life is that we do seem to be on a roller coaster…book comes out, good review, I dance again and sing for joy and write all my friends and make copies for my mother.  Then I go on Amazon and read one lousy review from some hostile reader, and I notice that I’m ranked 6,000,342,786, and I go around the house looking for my gun or the Valium I threw away when I was dancing for joy the last time.

But before I pull the trigger or toss those pills down my throat, I start thinking, ‘What if some guy had a gun and a bottle of anxiety pills and before he offs himself a shot rings out and he hits the floor and suddenly wants to live, only others want him dead,’ and woo-hoo, my spirits soar and my eyes glaze over, and like a homing robot (if there is such a thing) I stumble back to that keyboard and start typing.”

Is that the truth or what?  I could so relate to all the parts of this, the endless ecstasy and the bottomless pit of despair.  How about you?  Are you also on the writing roller coaster, trying to hold back your barf?

Welcome to my blog!

I will keep this post short, but I just want to welcome everyone to my brand new blog!  You can check out the “About Me” page for more information about me, but please think about taking a look at my new romantic erotica ebook, “Sexy Little Bites: Short Stories to Excite”, which is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only $.99.  I am also looking for willing folks to read and review “Sexy Little Bites”, so if you are interested, please leave a comment on this post or visit me on Facebook or Twitter.