AuThursday – Colleen S. Myers

Please welcome Colleen S. Myers to the Clog Blog.  Colleen, what is your latest news?

I am so happy to announce the second book in my Solum Series is coming out June 6th, 2016.  Available everywhere in eBook and print!

Q:  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

This may sound odd but I don’t feel I had one mentor, I had dozens! Every author I have read help make me the writer I am. Plus, I was a Harlequin Teen junky when I was little.

Q:  What is your process for writing a book? For example, are you a plotter or a pantzer? Do you start at page 1 and write your book sequentially or do you skip around? Do you start with your characters or the plot?

I always have a basic Idea for a plot before writing. Sometimes I do free write to stimulate ideas but right now I have 5 separate series in my head so it has been a while since I have done that.

After I get the idea, I generally plot it out and organize it in Scrivener.  My first draft is in scrivener, then I do all my editing in Word once I have the plot ironed out.

Also while in scrivener, if I am having trouble writing scenes or characters, I tend to do Point of Views or little excerpts about the characters so I get to know their motives.

Q:  What inspired you to write your book, MUST REMEMBER?

I love fantasy. In real life I am a doctor which can be very stressful and very grounded in reality. I like to imagine what it would be like elsewhere sometimes and thus Must Remember was born.

Q:   Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learn from everything I do in life.  Even if you fail, you have learned something!

Q: How did you deal with rejection letters, if you received any?

I take everything with a grain of salt. Not everyone is going to like everything I write, just like I don’t like everything I read.

Q:   Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?

Oh, well I totally missed mine!  My husband was sick that day so It went to voicemail and they didn’t talk to me, they just left an email, so mine is pretty anti-climatic.

Q:   What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract – besides receiving your first check as a published author?

Getting my first fan, someone who is completely separate from my family who told me how much she liked my book.

Q:  Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am currently working on the third book in the Solum series over halfway done. I am also working on a Contemporary romance novel dealing with a wounded veteran finding love with his high school sweetheart after coming home from Iraq with a missing limb.

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

Social Media links:

Website:  http://www.colleensmyers.com/

BLog: http://www.csmyersmusings.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColleenSMyers

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColleenSMyers

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/csmyers3637/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/csmyers3637/

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114862374558510360435/posts

Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-myers-883a66b6?trk=hp-identity-name

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Colleen-S.-Myers/e/B016XCBKA2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14553363.Colleen_S_Myers

Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Colleen’s 

 

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AuThursday – Glenn Maynard

Author PhotoPlease welcome Glenn Maynard to the Clog Blog.  Glenn, I have to ask, what was the most difficult aspect of writing Wayward Soul?

This story is a sequel to my paranormal romance book, Desert Son. The most difficult part of Wayward Soul was figuring out where to begin and finding paranormal elements that would WOW the readers like in Desert Son. Then I had to upgrade the side shows that occur between scenes in order to keep the reader hooked. When I was able to create that WOW moment, I knew that I had created something special that would rival Desert Son.

Q:  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Wayward Soul is what one reviewer called a “stand-alone sequel to Desert Son.” You can read the second book and survive because much of the backstory is rehashed during the sequel, but it would do you well to start with Desert Son, and as an incentive, the Desert Son ebook has just been reduced to $2.99 on all online platforms, so now is the time.Desert Son blb cvr

Q:  Do you use any techniques, tools, or aids to help you write?

My writing process has changed with each book. With Desert Son, I wrote every scene on an index card, and then methodically flipped the cards over once I completed the scene. Wayward Soul was more of a loose outline with a list of scenes on a sheet of paper. For the third book of this Desert Son trilogy, in which I just completed the first draft, I started with nothing. I just wrote and let the characters take me wherever they wanted me to go. I was lost the entire time, and ended up writing my biggest novel yet (over 100,000 words).

Q:  How do you make time to write?

I stay up late at night or write whenever I can in order to reach my writing goals. One day this summer I wrote while on the beach. I took notepad and pen with me. It was great for my weekly goal, but terrible for my sun burn quota.

Q:  Who has had the most influence on your writing?

I believe Stephen King has a way of creating total darkness and doing it more effectively than anyone I’ve read. He creates tension, horror, and fear like nobody else, and I marvel at his ability to alter human emotions with his writing. I tend to gravitate towards his books, and I learn from his writing, so I guess I’d have to say that Stephen King has had the most influence on my writing.

Q:  What advice do you have for other writers?

Keep writing books. You will find that your time will be consumed by marketing your books, but you also need to keep writing them. It may seem daunting at first, but you have to budget your time between writing your current book and marketing your published books. If there is any time left, then you can live. How many words are you going to write this week?

Q:  What books can we expect to see in the near future?

I have finished the first draft of my third book of the Desert Son trilogy. Carter and Brenda are just trucking along, but I’ve created a wild finish to my series. I still have a lot to do, but it’s shaping up to be just as intense as the first two books of the series.

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

http://www.glennmaynard.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/#!/GlennMaynardFanPage

http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Son-Glenn-Maynard/dp/1612963129

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20505634-desert-son

Join me on Saturday as we read an excerpt from Wayward Soul. 

~Tina

AuThursday – Bella J

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Please welcome my fellow LSB author, Bella J Bella,  can you tell us where you hail from?

Hi, Tina, and thank you so much for hosting me.  I hail from the sunny city of Cape Town, South Africa—also known as the Cape of Storms and home of the beautiful Table Mountain.  People here in Cape Town—including me—always seem to be in vacation mode, especially during summer.  In winter we just hide and wish we could hibernate.  There’s a reason Cape Town is also known as the Cape of Storms.

Q: Tell us your latest news?

Resplendent Rush (Resplendence #2) is due for release on January 11th 2016, and I can’t wait for Lexi and Levi’s story to be out there.  I had so much fun writing this novel and putting these two characters together.  Rush is a fast paced, funny, hot and heartwarming story of two people finding love when they really weren’t looking for it.  They are two opposites, but whenever they are together it’s explosive.

Resplendent Rage (Resplendence #3) just got signed up, and is scheduled for release in March 2016.  Rage is a romantic suspense, but old characters are sure to make an appearance to bring a little ‘funny’ into the mix. 😉

Q: What inspired you to write your first book?

I can’t say that there was one specific thing that inspired me to write Resplendent Ruin, but I had this image of a sophisticated, refined and reserved character in my head—Juliette—and she just kept on pacing around in my mind for months. So eventually I started thinking that what if I throw a bad-boy, tattooed, biker with attitude in Juliette’s way?  How would she react to a beer drinking, cocky, arrogant man that hates responsibilities?  And when Knox’s image started floating around in my head, I just knew this was a story that needed to be told.  But since I love drama so much, I decided to add an ambitious, sophisticated, classy and stylish fiancé who from the outside seems perfect for Juliette.  That’s how Daniel became part of the story, and a very emotional love triangle was born.

Q: How did you come up with the title?

Coming up with the title was easy.  I knew I wanted ‘Ruin’ in there somewhere and I’ve always liked the word ‘Resplendent.’  If you ask me, it’s a word that doesn’t get used nearly enough.  When those two words got added together, I knew I was the perfect title for the story.

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 don’t outline—at all.  Usually I start out with a character in my head, and I always know how I want that character’s story to end.  So I basically start with a hero or heroine—or sometimes both—and then an ending.  The rest in between consists of 80% ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ writing, while 20% is more planned to fit into the plot.  A lot of my scenes—especially the love scenes—I get my inspiration from music.  But other than that, I just write when I get the time. Since I have two kids and a full-time job, time isn’t something I have a lot of.  So when I do manage to have an hour or so, I know I have to make it count since there’s no telling when I’ll have that gap again.

Q: Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

Well, mine wasn’t a call—it was an email.  I got the email at 5am in the morning, and when I saw the words ‘CONGRATULATIONS’ and ‘CONTRACT’ I squealed like a teenage girl, and jumped on my husband like a crazy person.  Now, me acting crazy isn’t exactly a strange or rare occurrence, so my husband just kind of went along with it.  I’m thinking that maybe he thought I had something else in mind—*wink—but when I shoved my cellphone in his face he knew it couldn’t have been that since I’m not that kinky. LOL.

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

Twitter:      @BellaJ_Author

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BellaJ1983

Website:    http://bellajauthor.wix.com/sassy

AuThursday – Cheryl Dragon

Please join me today  welcoming fellow RP writer Cheryl Dragon.  Welcome Cheryl.  So Cheryl, how long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing in various genres since after college. I dabbled to find my voice and strengths. Finally I found erotic romance and sold my first book in 2006.

 Q:  Do you have a specific writing style?

I tend to write tight and fast paced. Lots of hot stuff…

Q: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Not usually. If I hit a wall, I’ll change books and usually that works.

Q:  How much of your books are realistic?

Lol…well, I write a lot of ménage stories but I think that people could do that if they wanted toJ With the exception of my paranormals…I think my books/characters are fairly realistic. A lot of people experiment with sex, be it BDSM play or other ways. It’s just not something people talk about openly.

Q:  Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

 I never got a call, but I got an email from my first EC editor. I’d had a request for a full before a big conference. I had a pitch appointment with EC at the conference. Talk about crossed wires! After the conference, a day or two, I got the email that EC wanted the book! That was the summer of 2006 so there were fewer epubs back then.

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

The biggest misconception is that it’s all sex and basically porn for women. There is a lot of sex but also a lot of emotion as well. The romance is a big part of it. Readers want an emotionally satisfying ending! They want the fantasy of the perfect partner who understands AND sexually thrills the heroine.

 Q: Have you ever been asked to “sex-up or sex-down your books”?

No, I’ve never been asked. Normally I have a lot of sex in my books but no complaints.

 Q:  What is on tap for 2013?

 Tons! The first book in my new Masters Wanted series—Love & History — released January 9th! It’s M/F Light BDSM contemporary erotic romance. I don’t write hardcore BDSM and I wanted a series that reflected the BDSM stuff that I enjoy/write. So the series is centered on heroines who aren’t necessarily new to being submissive. They knew how they want to play and are looking for Masters…specifically Bedroom Doms who don’t need to frequent clubs, groups, or show off in front of others to enjoy satisfy their subs.

 Love & History is the first book in Masters Wanted and available at Resplendence Publishing and All Romance eBooks

 Also at the end of January, I have my first Siren release with two things I love! Ménage + erotic romance and wine… Make sure to check out Pinot Noir Nights!

 2013 is already pretty busy!

 Don’t miss my All Male Nudes! Series. Book one is out, Hot Rivals, and more are coming. MM yummy stripper fun.

 Plus I’m up for a CAPA award over at TRS. Keep your fingers crossed that 4 Bikers & A Witch wins for Best Paranormal Romance!

 Q:  Where can readers find you on the world wide web?

 www.cheryldragon.com

http://www.facebook.com/cheryldragon

http://cheryldragon.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/cheryldragon

Join me Saturday for Sexcerpt from Love & History by Cheryl Dragon.

Until then be Naughty,

Tina