I really am a writer

It’s been a little more than four years since my first novel was published. There are times when it seems a lifetime ago but, more often than not, it seems like just yesterday. That first novel came about from something very much like a dare. Sarah A. Hoyt, mentor and friend and she with the pointy boots she isn’t afraid to apply to my posterior, and I had gone to the annual RWA conference and had been having a lot of fun picking apart some of the books tat were being given away from free. There was the one with the vampire wedding — during the day,in a church, complete with faux blood champagne — that culminated with the vampire groom (who was also a lingerie designer, iirc) and the human bride flying off to their honeymoon sans airplane. Then there was my friend Kate Paulk’s favorite one where the male character was secured by having the favorite parts of his anatomy chained because, as she surmised, those parts were wild and might get into trouble if left on their own. Out of a fit of sheer meanness, Sarah challenged me to write something better than what we’d been laughing at. What I did know was it was all part of her plan to bring me out of the writing closet. There are even days when I thank her for it.  😉

The result of that challenge was Wedding Bell Blues. A romantic suspense novel, it was unlike anything I had ever written before. Until then, most everything under the bed and in the closet had been science fiction or fantasy. Oh, there had been a couple of mysteries but nothing with even a hint of comedy in it — which WBB had. Frankly, the lead character drove me batty as I wrote the novel. She acted before she thought half the time and, while not exactly too dumb to live, there were times I wanted to strangle her because she got herself into trouble because of her impetuous nature. Despite all that, I pushed through and handed it off to Sarah, confident she’d read the first few pages, maybe a chapter, and then throw her hands up in the air and let me go back into the writing closet without protest.

Boy was I wrong. Not only did she like it but she insisted that it needed to be published. Enter Naked Reader Press and the rest is history. Except for the fact that WBB did much better than I ever expected and it was enough to not only keep Sarah on me to write more but to encourage me to keep writing.

What brought on this bit of a stroll down memory lane is the fact that I’ve been working not only on the sequel to Vengeance from Ashes (Honor and Duty Book 1) — and yes, Jason, the prequel as well — but I’ve also been doing the preliminary plotting for Nocturnal Challenge (working title), the sequel to Nocturnal Interlude (Nocturnal Lives Book 3). That’s been going on amid a rash of doctor’s visits, hospital visits, plumbing disasters, vet visits, and more. In between all that, I’ve been going through the Nocturnal Lives books, as well as the Hunter’s Moon series, cleaning them up and bringing new editions out under my own imprint. That doesn’t mean I’m leaving Naked Reader, far from it. All it means is that I am making sure all my eggs aren’t in a single basket. I still have the utmost faith in NRP and support it fully. I will continue publishing through NRP even as I put out work on my own.

HuntedTo that end, I’m running a countdown this week on Hunted (Hunter’s Moon Book 1). It is only 99 cents today. If you haven’t had picked up a copy of it yet, this is the perfect time to try it out. Don’t let the fact that it’s classified as paranormal romance run you off. While there is romance in it, I promise there is actually a plot and some suspense and shifters. Lots and lots of shifters. Also, new digital editions of Nocturnal Origins (Nocturnal Lives Book 1), Nocturnal Serenade (Nocturnal Lives Book 2) and Nocturnal Interlude (Nocturnal Lives Book 3) are now available. Coming soon — probably the first of the month — will be a digital boxed set of all three Nocturnal Lives books.

As for the sequel to Vengeance from Ashes (Honor and Duty Book 1) — Duty from Ashes — I expect that to be available around Sept. 15th, give or take a week. When it comes out, it will mark my 9th novel since Sarah pulled me, kicking and screaming, out of the writing closet. There are even more that I’ve started but have put to the side during that time. Some will, eventually, see the light of day and others were failed experiments that may serve as fodder for later works. We’ll see. All I know for sure is that I can no longer deny that I’m a writer. 😉

Oh, yeah, help the writer feed her kitties and dog. Go check out the countdown on Hunted (Hunter’s Moon Book 1) or any of the other books I have out there. You can follow the links in this article or go to the “Publications” tab above. Keep my animals happy, especially the Kitten from Hell. He gets really scary when he gets hungry.

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