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Does it really matter? Flawed Philosophy #1

I picked up a craft book recently, Matt Bird’s, The Secrets of Story where he states that a hero must go into the story with a ‘flawed philosophy’. And throughout his or her journey, change will come from fixing that flaw. It made me think about my ‘flawed philosophy.’ I have a few, folks.

The one that is most relevant because I’m getting on a plane tonight to fly to Florida, revolves around the ‘idea’ that I don’t need to walk around with a pristine appearance all the time. Of course, that’s the ideal. Pristine. All the time. One of the ‘passes’ I had always given to myself was for personal travel. Why get dolled up to get on a plane? I have two reasons for this. First, the odds I would run into anyone I knew, was a million to one. So why bother?

Changing my life to pursue writing full time, has skewed right into my flawed philosophy head-on. Being a published author means that at any time now, someone could recognize me. But that only cuts the odds down to  999,999 to 1. I did have a moment in my town when someone asked me, Are you the one who wrote the book? It put “Stars without makeup” into a new light for me.

In addition to that, writing full time, as with any ‘work from home’ position, became dangerously easy to skip all that shampooing and makeup nonsense on a daily basis. I have books to write, I don’t have time for a hairdryer. I started this journey in October 2016, and by that December I’d gone so far off the rails, that I had to actually make a New Year’s Resolution to step it up. Like most resolutions, I didn’t really stick to it.

But recently, I motivated myself with an odd carrot (that I won’t reveal, it’s too bizarre) and have been ‘hanging in there’. What I figured out, while it’s instant gratification to just towel off (Btw, what saves me, is that I go the gym every morning. So, I am FORCED to shower), throw my hair in a messy bun, pull on a pair of sweats, a tee-shirt and get to work. What I’d found though, that was short lived. And when I spent the day, even if I didn’t have to leave the house, not only showered but with styled hair and some color on my face, I felt good all day. As opposed to the five minutes of euphoria.

I still dress casually. Lounge wear can be stylish. And I love that Victoria Secret has (or had) a “supermodel sexy’ line of lounge wear. Those girls work so hard, that they deserve to be comfortable, while still looking sexy. Thank you Victoria Secret 😊

So, I’d said there were two parts to my flawed philosophy. The “who cares”, being one, the other is similar but different. The second part of the philosophy is/was, why bother getting all dolled up, when I’ll get off the plane looking like I sat on the wing anyway. There’s definitely a shorter distance to fall if you get on a plane with your hair in a bun and no makeup to when you get off. More than likely, you’ll look the same. Anyone who’s had their hair flatten out spectacularly or their mascara clump under their eyes and blush disappear has had that ‘Good God’ moment when they get into the arriving airport’s bathroom. That’s a tough blow.

The show Everyone Loves Raymond had some great moments and small scenes that stick with me. I remember the scene where Robert’s Italian long distance girlfriend Stefania visits. Robert brings her to Ray and Debra’s house right from the airport, where she looks flawless. And Debra says: “This is you after a nine-hour flight? Now I want to kill myself.” Right??? No one walks off a commercial flight out of coach looking like a million bucks. Still, it’s become a small challenge, let me give it a try.

So, as I try, like a hero in a novel to get over my flawed philosophy, that it just doesn’t matter. It feels good, that maybe, just maybe, it does matter.

 

 

 

 

 

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Let me catch you up…

Happy Friday!

I realized I hadn’t written a blog post on all the exciting upcoming releases scheduled.  I know readers are choosy about what they will read and want to invest their time in an author who will not leave them hanging. My first Darling Cove book Must Love Fashion was released August of last year and I’m guilty of the hang! Just a note about Must Love Fashion, it reached 50 Reviews on Amazon (click HERE to read), which was my goal. Thank you to everyone who was a part of that number. I’d like to add, that all reviews were either 4 Star or 5 Star, most being 5 Star.

 

Darling Cove Release News:

Book 2, Must Have Faith will be released June 4th (Sorry for the lag!). BUT…

Book 3, Must Be Crazy will be released October 22nd!  So the wait this will only be 4 months. AND…

Book 4, A Must for Christmas, a Darling Cove Novella is set to be released on November 19th! How’s that??

I intend to keep the Darling Cove series going. There are many secondary characters itching to have their own stories told. There might also be a Mallory surprise guest at a family event soon. Maybe 🙂

 

Who Likes Sexy Vampires?

With so many Darling Cove books ready to be released, I diverted to another path: Paranormal romance. My sexy vampire romance, Drawing Bloodlines, Book 1 in the Princeton Allegiant series is under contract with another publisher and can expect to be released in April 2019. (So I may slip in another Darling Cove book in February maybe, to keep everyone’s belly full, LOL). This series will at least four books, and Book 2, Guarding Bloodlines is currently a healthy 60K word Work in Progress.

 

Wait there’s more!

I submitted a 50K word Erotic Romance, That’s Not Me,  to Harlequin Dare this week! Originally intended as a stand-alone, of course, a handsome intriguing brother reared his head and this may be a Duet.  Keep your eyes out for that one. If Harlequin passes, I’ll submit to some other houses and or maybe release on my own.

And if you can believe it, I have two more novellas sitting on my laptop in WIP format. For so many years, I ignored the ideas that came into my head, thinking… I’ll get to it one day. No more. One day is here!

 

Final Thoughts…

For those who loved Must Love Fashion and especially those who either told me in person, sent me an email, or put it in their review that they hoped the next book was about Gwen’s brother Greg, I’m really happy to give the people what they want. Yes, Must Have Faith features jilted groom/good guy Greg Mallory and his runaway bride, Faith who has come back to Darling Cove.  So I hope Must Have Faith is worth the wait. I’m sorry for the ten month lag between releases, but I hope I detailed here, that I have a lot of good stuff coming and I can be an author who will be on your #mustread list.

Come along with me…I don’t think you’ll be disappointed

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Author Spotlight- Jennifer Wilck and review of her new release, “Five Minutes to Love”

Last summer I had the pleasure of getting to know Jennifer during another book release of hers. She’s a fellow member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Chapter. I’ve met so many great writers from that chapter and Jennifer is one of them. I’m proud to spotlight her and her new release, “Five Minutes to Love” on my blog.

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Get to know Jennifer and take a minute to hear about, “Five Minutes to Love”:

Aviva Shulman has had enough of the dating scene. Her father valued his high-powered career over his wife and family. She wants something more, someone who values her. But her roommates are determined to find her the perfect match.

Jacob Black doesn’t have time for relationships. A third-year law student, he’s focused on studying and getting a high-paying job with a top-notch law firm. But his overbearing mother wants him to find someone and settle down.

Their paths cross at a speed dating event and sparks fly. But is five minutes long enough to determine a future together?

 

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Bio: When Jennifer was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, her mother had to tell her to make up a story. Soon, her head was filled with stories and characters. One day, she started writing them down. It was that or check into the local mental hospital. Now she’s published author. Her first book, “A Heart of Little Faith”, was a Finalist in the Fiction: Romance category of the 2016 Best Book Awards.

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My Review of “Five Minutes to Love”

While Five Minutes to Love is the second book in Wilck’s Serendipity Series, it can be read as a stand-alone. The setting is Northern New Jersey, particularly Hoboken and Jersey City. This appealed to me, since I used to live in Hoboken and worked in Jersey City. Wilck nicely captured the feel of two twenty-somethings who are trying to find their place in the workforce and balance a social life. For some young people that may be easy. But when you throw in a couple of ‘endearing’ Jewish mothers, the stakes rise considerably. The story flowed nicely starting with Aviva (love that name) and Jacob’s chance meeting at a speed-dating event they were both forced to attend. After escaping together, a small spark ignites. They both initially ignore it, but as much as they don’t want to be in a relationship because of work commitments, they can’t stay away from each other. It’s what I liked the most about this story. The way they struggled with the balance and sacrifices they made for each other. And Wilck argues both character’s cases for and against falling in love, beautifully. Five Minutes To Love, took a few turns I didn’t expect, so it kept me guessing. The final twist, I never saw coming, sending Aviva and Jacob right into a satisfying happy for now, but I have a feeling it will be forever.

Happy New Year!

I said goodbye to 2017, long before midnight on December 31st.

Perhaps, it was even weeks before that.

If you’ve been ‘following’ me, you know 2017 was both a great and horrible year. Which makes me eager for 2018.

In my Long Island RWA chapter last January, we were encouraged to pick a word to guide us through the year. I had chosen Finish. I needed to finish what became my first published novel, Must Love Fashion. I also wanted to finish my paranormal romance, Drawing Bloodlines, which I did and it’s currently out on submission. The surprise of 2017 was that I completed 2 more novels, Must Have Faith, Darling Cove Book 2, which will be released this June and Book 3, Must Be Crazy, which is in final editing stages and ready to go to the publisher. (But it was written in 2017!)

I had a few meltdowns in 2017 as well. And when I looked back and glossed over the tragedies of that year, I also noted something important… I hadn’t shown up for my life…much. I was in front of this laptop most of the year. And my phone. Nearly every waking hour, weekends included was devoted to my writing. I dragged my laptop on vacations and snuck away often in search of WiFi to check emails and chase down any and all possible marketing leads for the release of Must Love Fashion.

So 2018 is where I search for balance. #balance 2018.

I’ve set realistic goals and a writing schedule that works for me and my family.  That schedule includes NO writing on weekends. And fill those hours with reading. Thanks to Book Bub, I’ve been snatching up some great reads. And I want to get at them. Yes some of them, are for pure research purposes (Vampires and Rock Stars), some just looked darn interesting.

That brings me to a new feature for 2018. Besides being behind on my reading, I’m behind on reviews. For all the begging and pleading I have done to get people to write reviews for my book, I’ve been lax in writing reviews myself. (So I get it) There is a bit of a backlog and I don’t want a mass exodus of subscribers by bombarding you all with a deluge of posts and emails. If you see a review and you’re not interested, by all means, delete the email, but please don’t unsubscribe.

 

 

Merry Christmas from Darling Cove!

And Happy Holidays!

While Must Love Fashion is not a “Christmas Romance”, one of my favorite scenes takes place Christmas Morning.

Enjoy:

On Christmas morning, the roads were back open. Andrew decided to go to the end of the earth for Gwen—he just didn’t realize she lived there. His eyes bulged at his phone when he put her address into Google Maps.

“Are you even going to call her to let her know you’re coming?” his mother asked, pouring hot coffee into a to-go cup.

“No, I want to surprise her,” he said pulling his phone off the wireless charging pad on the counter.

Sarah stopped mid-pour. “Hasn’t that got you in enough trouble already?”

He raised a warning look at her.

Rolling her eyes, she said, “A least take the ring with you.”

Shaking his head, he bit out a quick, “No.” He didn’t care to propose in a house she shared with another man. But he’d keep that objection to himself. “I’m just driving out there to bring her back here.”

“This Darling Cove got a lot of snow. Take my car, so I can at least not worry about you two.” Sarah handed him the keys to her Cadillac.

The roads should have been jammed, but the blizzard must have changed millions of plans for the holiday. Still the Time to Destination on his phone made him cringe. And it hadn’t taken into account he was only going forty miles an hour in the one lane that had been plowed.

“Jesus, Gwen. Even the Expressway didn’t want to go out as far as Darling Cove,” he said getting off at the last exit. And he still had forty minutes to go.

Once he was on Sound Avenue, Andrew’s breath escaped him taking in the beauty. Even covered in white, the landscape was incredible. The storm released inches of heavy wet snow and all the trees looked like its branches were holding little snowballs ready to engage in a winter battle.

The white puffs of smoke from the houses he passed made him fondly imagine families were opening presents, laughing and snacking on cookies. And a little hungry. The blankets of powder in front of all the homes were untouched, clean and smooth.

The lady in the map app told him he needed to make a right in about a mile. Looking at the screen, swaths of blue on both sides meant he was surrounded by water. The little red upside down teardrop appeared and Andrew shuddered. There was his destination.

Gwen lived right on the water.

Turning onto her street, brought a rush of anxiety he wasn’t expecting. He stopped the car to catch his breath. A cop car was in front of the address on the GPS. Andrew’s hackles rose on his neck, worried. But a man bundled in a cop’s leather bomber jacket and hidden under a hat came to the car. He released a quick siren blast and put the lights on. But only for a brief moment and drove off. Andrew’s cheeks ticked up, remembering Gwen’s heart-filled story in Milan about how her father used to do that.

Her father! Andrew slapped himself in the forehead.

He threw his car into drive and raced past Gwen’s house to follow the cop. As the police cruiser drove through the town, Andrew admired all the lampposts which were decorated in lights and wreaths. Darling Cove was not what he had expected. Every corner was a picture of elegant charm…like Gwen.

The car he’d been following turned and parked in front of a station house. Crap! There were several police cruisers. The cop who he’d been following got out of his car and took off his hat. That couldn’t have been her father, though. Too young. Greg. Andrew recognized him from the pictures. He became a cop…like his father.

Andrew blew out a puff of air, got out of his mother’s Cadillac and stepped into the precinct.

Inside, it smelled of fresh paint and metal. A man in a uniform stood behind a wood paneled desk, his hands resting on a shiny granite countertop. The man threw a look at another officer and turned back to Andrew.

“If you’re looking for the Hamptons, you took a wrong turn about an hour ago,” he said with a sly smirk.

Andrew accepted that he looked like the typical Hamptons visitor. Not all of eastern Long Island was created equally. The North Fork was very different from the Hamptons. But he’d rather fit in and be accepted here. “Actually.” He wrung his hands to keep them from shaking. “I was wondering if I could speak to one of your officers.”

“Who are you looking for?” a voice echoed from a side doorway.

Andrew glanced to his left; the cop he was following approached him. “Greg?”

Officer Mallory,” the desk captain said in a stern voice.

“Excuse me, yes. Officer Mallory. I’m actually looking for the other Officer Mallory.”

Martin Mallory is in the—”

“I got this, Carlin.” Greg was formidable in his dark long sleeve shirt and matching tie held down by an American flag clip. But it was the two guns on his waist, a set of steel handcuffs dangling from his pants and a long brown stick tucked into another holder that stood out the most. Greg’s chin lifted defiantly to meet Andrew’s eyes, which were a few inches above his. “Who are you and what do you want with my father?”

If he’d not been surrounded by several guns, one of which Greg’s hand rested on, Andrew’s answer might have been a stout, That’s my business. Instead he said, “My name is Andrew Morgan. I’m a… It’s about your sister, Gwen.”

Greg’s probing words may have been tough, but his mouth curved and his lips trembled. “Gwen? Has something happened to my sister?”

“No, she’s fine.” Andrew brought his hands forward to dismiss Greg’s panic. “In fact, she’s more than fine. She’s wonderful.” He wanted so much for Martin to hear what he had to say first. That was the proper thing to do. But Andrew had to improvise, if for no other reason than to get out of that station house in one piece and not end up on the news. Man dressed in Prada gets pounded by North Fork police officers. He cleared his throat and continued. “I’m here to ask your father’s permission to marry her.”

“You have my permission!” Martin answered from the opposite corner.

Andrew breathed in relief. Ignoring the others, he walked toward Martin who was beaming. “Sir, Andrew Morgan, sir. Thank you. I promise to make her happy and do the right thing by her always.”

“Hey Mallory, looks like you’re getting a new brother-in-law,” the officer named Carlin said. “You may not want to pick on this one so much. He’s taller than you.” The officers jolted with laughter at Greg, their polished silver badges gleaming with reflected light.

Andrew walked toward Greg in an effort to be the bigger man and stuck his hand out toward the officer.

Greg’s eyes trailed over Andrew’s shoulder. His father was probably giving him a stern look by how his expression changed. A reluctant sigh escaped Greg’s tight lips. His gaze trailed to Andrew’s hand. The firm grip made Andrew wince slightly. He nodded and turned back to Martin.

“I’d like to go to her house now and get her.” Andrew tugged on his coat. “I have a ring for her in the city.”

Martin touched Andrew’s shoulder. “Why don’t you let me give you an escort to her house. I think that would make up for a ring. Gregory, get your coat.”

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International bestselling author London Saint James’ first installment from Two Hearts, One Soul Duet is the epic tale of abiding love, heart-wrenching loss, and an astonishing bond that will find a way to endure.

Winter Perri never truly understood love until she met Austin Carlyle, the man who would rock her world to its foundations and give her something to believe in. But the night before they were to be married, the fairytale shattered.

Thirteen years later Winter is pulled out of her seclusion only to have a painful past confront her, and when it does, she’s left questioning reality, because the impossible is looking back at her with the face of a destroying angel, and piercing eyes in too familiar shades of blue.

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As an award-winning, international bestselling author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.

A complete list of London’s books can be found on her website http://www.londonsaintjames.com. You can also e-mail London with any questions or comments at London@londonsaintjames.com. She loves to hear from her readers.

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There’s Still A Stigma Y’All…

I’d been saying for weeks/months I have to start blogging again. Then ‘stuff’ happens. I won’t whine about how hard it is to juggle daily tasks needed to have a successful writing career. (According to ‘someone’, it ‘aint happening anyway). Still I’m trying. In between writing new books, I need to promote the book that’s been published. You all know it, Must Love Fashion…blah blah blah.

In my marketing efforts, I reached out to some local book stores here on Long Island. No surprise, there aren’t many. So far, I’ve been turned down by one, because “I’m not famous enough” to bring in a large crowd. They also wouldn’t give me a date to see if I can scrounge up the forty people they said I had to ‘guarantee’. What is this a wedding? Oh… and books I don’t sell… I still have to pay for. So I’m not sure what the downside was for them. Other than maybe an author reading/signing with no attendees. But isn’t that part of their responsibility? Don’t they have customers they can reach out to? It’s another example of so much of the marketing  responsibility falling on the author. What’s amusing is that I looked up some of their other events. They did have a singer scheduled. And according to Facebook, over 200 people were listed as GOING. Newsflash… they don’t have space for 200 people.

Anyway… I emailed a few other stores. One store wrote me back. A store I’ve seen other local writers like me promote that they were doing signings. In the email, the woman who responded said, “because Roane Publishing (my publisher) is a self-publisher (it’s not), their terms don’t work for us.” Since joining LIRW, I’ve met and gotten to know a lot of great “Indie” authors. Legit, talented and most who’ve chosen the Indie road and didn’t end up there because they had no other options. But if I was to be dismissed SOLELY because I was being perceived as being ‘self-published’ I’d felt it necessary to correct the woman. In the end it didn’t matter. You only have one chance to make a first impression. After I corrected her, she asked what other events I was doing, I gave her my meager list and I never heard from her again.

This was a few weeks ago. Why am I complaining about this now? The heart of the bookstore woman’s issue was that because she’d ‘found-out’ my publisher uses CreateSpace for the print copies of my book, she didn’t think there was a retail method in which her store could purchase my books. And here’s where I messed up. Neither did I. While nosing around on my publisher’s website this morning, I saw there is a “Retailer” link. And sure enough my Publisher will sell to retailers and bookstores with the same terms other publishers will. (Not the exact same discount- but close). AND they will take returns.

But here’s what the woman obviously did. In my email, I have a link (Thanks Bitly) to Amazon to buy my book. She clicked on that Amazon link (Again, thanks to Bitly tracking when and where links are clicked from) and scrolled down, saw CreateSpace, assumed oh, self-published author, and immediately dismissed me. She obviously didn’t go to Roane’s website. Instead just made up an excuse saying Roane wouldn’t give her the terms she needed.

At least now I know to include that ‘Retailer’ link for future requests.

So sadly, “self-publishing” is still highly stigmatized. It’s funny because Amazon…who started as a ‘bookseller’, said BRING IT ON to Indie authors and many are doing fabulously on their platform.  For all the little stores who say Amazon is putting them out of business, here’s another reason. Traditional book stores are shunning a large % of authors today (Indie and Small Press) while Amazon is embracing them. (While also screwing some of them, but that’s the topic of another post).

Must Love Fashion- Now Available!

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Set in the exciting world of Prada about a former male model turned brand manager and the beautiful small town public relations specialist he doesn’t think he needs.

Go behind the scenes in the fashion industry as Gwendolyn Mallory sets out to prove that she has what it takes to promote a prestigious brand like Prada. Andrew Morgan is already struggling to accept that his PR responsibilities have been taken away from him, but the intense attraction he has for Gwen, is just plain getting in the way of rational thinking—sleeping with a co-worker has always been on his to-don’t list.

Follow the sparkling fuse slowly burning with sexual tension as Gwen brings to life a sexy devil…who just happens to wear Prada and she challenges everything Andrew believes about love and relationships…he has to have the woman he never knew he needed.

Must Love Fashion is Book One in the Darling Cove Series. Book Two, Must Have Faith will be released June 4, 2018. It  features Gwen’s smoldering older brother Gregory who has to face his runaway bride when she returns to Darling Cove. Finishing the series, their sister Skye falls for a single dad in Must Be Crazy

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So, it’s been a little more than a month without Zoe.  For those who have pulled my husband aside and whispered, “How’s she doing?”, I’d like to report, I’m doing okay. So is Harley. Me being home has made a big difference and I am so glad I made this decision. And another thank you again to my husband who is supporting me while I take this time for myself.

It’s bittersweet, but I’ve been able to get a lot of writing done this month. Zoe was almost 15, and became quite the cranky pug in her old age.  There were many days I just had to stop what I was doing and give her attention. And if given the choice, I would stay up a few extra hours each night and pass on the glass of wine with dinner to get that writing time in, if it meant she was still with me.

But… alas she’s gone. And of her own accord. Right until the last minute, Zoe marched to her own drum and decided to pass away at home, alleviating me of the gut-wrenching decision to put her down.

So in these past 30 or so days, the following exciting things have happened: MOST exciting, is that the cover to Must Love Fashion has been finalized. The reveal is May 18th!

 

shutterstock_176627798I’ve finished the first draft to Drawing Bloodlines, my first Paranormal Romance.  I’ve completed one full edit and it’s in the hands of my wonderful critique partner right now. I’m sure there will be more edits and I’m looking forward to her comments. This novel grew into something I didn’t expect. I set out to write a simple First Person, erotic romance about a woman and a vampire. But, these characters weren’t having it once I got my hands on them more thoroughly. Their relationship became much more than sexual. And as per my tweet a few weeks ago, if you’re writing about vampires, it can’t be simple. And depends on whether or not I think this story actually has any merit, I might have the beginning of a new series on my hands. The other vampires, who were to be mere tangent and props came to life as I wrote about them. Each intriguing with their own back story and  plots waiting for them in future books. Maybe.

 

Slide1Must Have Faith, Book Two in the Darling Cove Series and the follow up to Must Love Fashion is officially in progress and added to my roster of More Love Stories. I introduced the characters in this book, police officer Greg Mallory (Gwen Mallory-Morgan’s brother) and his runaway bride, Faith Copeland in Must Love Fashion. And ever since I finished that book, I’d been dying to write their story. But also afraid. I’d plotted the whole thing weeks ago. And it’s been in my head, scene by scene. It even has its own Soundtrack on my iPod. But could I write the masterpiece story I’d made up in my head? I have two chapters written and I think I’ll be okay. I’m even making my husband read this one. He’s not much of a “book” reader, and needless to say not a fan of “Romance”.  My technique is to appeal to his nature to want to “help” me. As a retired cop, I’ve told him, I “need” him to read it to make sure I’m portraying Greg (and his father, Martin- also a Darling Cove cop) correctly. So far so good. Just not sure how he’ll react to the upcoming gratuitous love scenes.