AuThursday – Jannifer Hoffman

Please join me in welcoming Jannifer Hoffman to The Clog Blog.  Welcome Jannifer, we are so happy to have you back!  On to our questions…

Q: How long have you been writing?

I started Ceremony of Deception in 1974 (Yikes) after reading The Flame and the Flower and Sweet Savage Love.  The 1972 Robert Redford movie Jeremiah Johnson inspired it. I did spend 15 years in there were I gave up writing. I started again in 1998 when I did Secrets of the Heart.

 

Q: To date which of your books was the hardest to write and why? 

Definitely Ceremony of Deception.  Writing historicals takes a lot of research. But more important after the first two or three drafts I realized I didn’t know anything about writing. I joined a writers group and started taking every writing class I could find. Did I mention Ceremony probably had 25 drafts!
Q:  Which country would you most like to visit and why?

I’ve been on 26 cruises. So I’d have a hard time naming a country I haven’t been to. (Did I mention I love to cruise?) On second thought, I guess maybe Egypt. I haven’t seen the Pyramids. By the way, nearly all my trips were paid for by sewing.

 
Q:  Which author would you most like to meet and why?

Going to writers conferences I’ve met a lot of authors. I loved meeting Jennifer Cruise and Bob Mayer who did a workshop together. I would like to meet Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I even like yellow books after reading “Nobody’s baby but Mine” I guess that’s what inspired Random Fire.

 

I think Bob Mayer is a genius when it comes to explainining the biz and how to plot. 

 Q:  What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both? Do you use mood music, candles, no noise, when you write?

I can sit down and write in the middle of a wild party. I’m a pantser. I envy people who can do outlines. It just doesn’t work for me.  I do have some goals I head toward but they don’t go too far in advance. I read a quote the other day that I love. “Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights but you can make the whole trip that way.” That describes me perfectly. I don’t remember who said it.

 

 Q:  What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories?

Patience and perseverance and don’t quite your day job. And don’t expect to become rich unless you can come up with a gimmick like Harry Potter. It could take a long time to get to where Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, etc, etc. are.  . I can’t believe myself I’ve written nine books. When people ask me how they should start writng I say, “One word at a time.”

 
Q:  What do you think is the biggest misconception in erotic romance fiction?

Frankly, I don’t understand the popularity of the genre. They must be geared for people who are younger than I am. They do sell is all I know. I have one planned for that reason, but I won’t be publishing it under my own name.

 

I understand perfectly…it’s the reason I have a pseudonym.  And I’m always happy the genre is popular.   🙂   

Q:  What is on tap for 2012?

I have one book due in February for a September release and another due in July for a December release.

 

 Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

I have a website:  www.janniferhoffman.com

Join me on Saturday when we read a Sexy Excerpt from Jannifer’s Book, Blood Crystal.

Until then…be Naughty,

Tina

Saturday Sexcerpt – Leap of Faith by JL Wilson

Leap of Faith by JL Wilson

Dru Delaney, a planetary Leader on Delmorna, has her work cut out for her: save a hidden race of humans from a deadly virus, stabilize her shaky government, thwart a merciless woman’s scheme to take over the leadership, and avoid Jak Exo–her lover, her enemy, and a man-machine “blend.” Along the way she may have to fight a war, adopt a small child, be kidnapped, and escape…and discover her own humanity among the cloned humans she’s vowed to help.
 
 
 

Here’s a snippet where Dru decides she might forgive Jak.

 “I haven’t slept with anyone,” she whispered. When she raised her eyes and met his, he saw tears making her eyes glisten. “Not since the night we slept together.”

“Neither have I.” He lowered his head. “I was afraid if I did…”

Their lips touched. I was afraid to lose the memory, she whispered in his mind.

The touch of her lips ignited something in him. Jak tightened his hold, her body melding against his. He was consumed by her nearness, her taste, her scent. Everything about Dru seemed to fill him until he was drowning in her.

“I can’t.” She drew back with a gasp. “Jak, I can’t. You lied to me. I don’t know—”

Jak pulled her gently toward the bed. “Please, Dru. Please.” He moved his hand under her shirt and touched her breast, so warm and soft in his palm. She moaned with pleasure and Jak remembered the feeling of his hands on her body. He leaned back and she went with him, falling back on the bed and staring at him with a look that reflected his own hunger and desire

Jak, she murmured, her voice like a whisper touch on his psyche.

He stared into her eyes and for a heartbeat he felt as if he’d lost track of himself. Something was happening to him as he touched her. He knew with a certainty that if they made love, his life would be forever changed. Her mind, her body, and her spirit would be meshed with his and his with hers. This would change them forever. Jak started to pull away then he saw the love and wanting in her eyes.

All rational thought flew out the window as a burning heat ignited in his belly. Hands fumbled with clothing and soon Dru was lying next to him on the bed, his hands caressing her now naked body, her hands caressing him. The need to experience her was overwhelming. He’d thought about this all during the long, cold season past. Jak started to prop himself up on his elbows to cover her when she moved down his body, tasting his chest, his stomach, his thighs. Her soft hair brushed against his chest then his stomach as her tongue and lips nipped at him.

Double Trouble Tuesday!

Welcome to the first Double Trouble Tuesday!  This is where I compare two items that are similar in this case it’s book trailers with something in common.

Alien Sex 101 by Allie Ritch

Over My Undead Body by Debbie Cairo

Join me for more Double Trouble next Tuesday!

Love,

Tina

Happy Naughty New Year!

New format for the New Year!
Tuesdays: Double-Trouble Tuesdays. Check out the first Tuesday of the new year to see what it’s all about.

I’ll also continue my free blog story at Nightlight.

I’ve taken over Editorial Blog at Evanston Writers Workshop as well.
AuThursdays are returning where we interview your favorite Authors
Friday (Night) Videos – I’ll post a video from our visiting author or one of my choosing.
Saturday Sexcerpt – for your weekly dose of Naughty.

I’ll continue writing the Second Wednesday of the month over at Nightlight and I’ve taken over Editorial duties at ShopNotes so check that out as well.

Love,

Tina

Blog HOP Winner

And our Winner is Dark Reader D!  Dark Reader will be winning her choice of my backlist on the side over here ~>

 

Thanks to all for their comments,

Tina

P.S. We’ll do it again soon.

 

 

 

Halloween Hop!

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a little Halloween Movie Monsters.

Dracula

Van Helsing

Dorian Grey

Vampires & Werewolves - oh my!

I’m a huge fan of paranormal movies and especially classic monsters.  I’m not as big on the slasher movies…eww.   Leave a comment on you’re favorite type of Halloween movies for a chance to win one of my backlist books.

Overcoming your FEARS to get published

From the Evanston Writer’s Workshop

Have you finished a manuscript and have no idea where to shop it? Do you wish you could just type THE END? FEARS is an acronym for Finish, Edit, Analyze, Research, Submit. Tina will talk about tricks to overcome writers block, Basic Editing, Analyze your manuscript and Research where it fits in the market. Finally she will show you how to write a kick-butt query letter and the needs of a basic submission package.

Class is free to EWW Members and $35 for non members. To learn more about EWW go here:

www.evanstonwritersworkshop.org

Hope to see you there,

Tina

Time to get back to it…

It’s been such a busy few months with multiple releases, conferences and joining a local critique group as well as taking on some fun with Terry Prey at next years CoreCon.

I’m planning on keeping some items the same and expanding others.  Back by popular demand will be AuThursdays and the Saturday Sexcerpt.  Of course we’ll have Trailer Tuesdays for those interested and I’m adding Word Weaver Wednesday in deference to my new Critique Group.  Here I’ll share some things I’m learning to share with all of you.

Of course I’ll continue sharing EWW, Nightlight & SEx posts along with Blog Hops and Tours. 

Thanks for checking in,

 Tina