Saturday, June 30, 2012

Waiting For You

Someone sent me a note about this book after they read it.

Just finished this book. It's...I can't think of a word large enough to describe it. It is a beautiful love story and the writing is off the charts good. Wow. It also has the most evocative love scenes I've ever read. They're like music."

For traditional publishing, this book was unpublishable.  It was rejected by everyone.  Diane Reverand  at St. Martin's (yes, I'm naming names now) said it wasn't raunchy enough.  It's a love story not porn, Ms Reverand.

So you feel like Alice Through The Looking Glass.  Up is Down.  Black is White.  Your mind reels as it attempts to make sense of it. 

Then you get lucky and someone gets it and you think "If one other person understands what I'm doing, I'm not nuts."   Of course, it could just mean there are two nuts.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Amazon To Buy Dorchester Publishing

Well it's really nothing to me personally but yay!  Go for it!  And it's a good excuse to post this photo I took this morning.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

No News Is No News

Maisie & Emer Update:  I'm thinking.  I was remembering that scene in the hospital.  That was cute, wasn't it?  One thing I love about Tru is how he can be clueless while being incredibly perceptive.  That's probably what everyone loves about him.  Emily tried so hard with him!

I can multitask, so I'm thinking about a new book.  I think I've put aside the next one on the schedule and can't really explain why.  I once read an interview in the NY Times with some writers who had just gotten $11,000,000 dollars for a book (that flopped) and maybe, in that case, their advice should be ignored but they said whenever you get bogged down kill someone.  But I did just kill someone so shouldn't be stalled.  I think I need something else between the death and where I wound up.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Love In The Air

When such things were important because they were the only game in town, I wrote a "romance" novel and submitted it to traditional publishers.   No, it was off-genre even though I tried terribly hard to behave and make it like all the other ones out there.  It was about an airshow using antique planes.   Another romance novelist read it and noted "The airplanes are the main characters."  Yeah, you noticed that.

No one wanted it.  Then for some reason, besides that it's cute and well-written (which doesn't matter to traditional publishers), it was published.  By a publisher not really all that interested in selling books.  I don't know of one of their authors that ever earned back their advance.  I figured it was worth it.  Now I have a hardcover book published by a real publisher in NYC and that should be (should be!) credibility to other NYC publishers and agents who are ignoring me.

That part didn't really work and I had another "romance" novel that wasn't selling so I submitted it to them.  They were going to take it.

And right at that moment in time, digital publishing became viable.  I decided to jump in, I asked for the 2nd book back.  Luckily I couldn't get the 1st one back although up until about 2 weeks ago I did regret it.

What changed?  Amazon bought out this publisher!  3000 books.  We're all going to be published by the Amazon imprint Montlake.  I don't know when but Amazon is going full-steam ahead.  It will be available digitally and in paper.  Is this great or what?

Now if Montlake would consider the 2nd book, which is Nothing Serious, I would be thrilled.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ari and the Doctor

I gave Sweeps a facelift.  This book is close to me because (sshhh!) most of it is true.  It's up to readers to determine which parts are true.  I worked on a soap opera/daytime serial and you get a lot of material.  There's a lot of emotion in the building both genuine and fabricated, really dreamy guys--yes, I'm talking about you, Roscoe!-- and real nightmares (I'm not naming names, God, they're still alive, some of these people would sue!).

Ariel Robbins is not me--unfortunately, because she's so much smarter than I am.

Here's the blurb

As a staff writer for the daytime serial, Tryst, Ariel Robbins finds herself between feuding headwriters, the show’s need for good ratings during the all important tri-annual sweeps weeks, out of control producers, and actors who can’t act.  Let the matchmaking begin.  Attractive and simmering with unexpected passions, Dr. Dorsey Rees is brought on board the show as the medical consultant.  He’s as perfectly imperfect for Ari as she is for him.  So they fall in love perfectly and predictably.  And that’s when the real chaos begins.

For the time being, this will only be available at BN.  If you would like a mobi copy, please contact me--that goes for anyone who'd like an epub, too--and I'll be glad to send you one for free.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bad Apple 1 New Cover

What do you think?  No, no, you can't hurt my feelings by telling me the truth on this one.

Kobo, a Canadian/Japanese Amazon I guess is how to describe it, will be opening up to indie publishers in a few weeks and I'm thinking about tweaking some of the covers.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bad Apple Has A Facebook Page

And I'm going to tell you how I came to start the series.  Grim piece of business.  Like with Neal, it started with a murder.

Bad Apple on Facebook

Friday, June 1, 2012

Apple Blossoms Freebie Weekend Is Here


12 photos, no text.  So go download it and share it and enjoy the flowers.  2 days only because the 3rd day seems like overkill.