Category Archives: Work-In-Progress

Shifters, Dragons & Witches, Oh My #WritingProcess Blog Tour #amwriting

Hey, I was tagged by my friend, A. S. Fenichel to participate in this Writing Process Blog Hop. Each author answers questions about their work in progress and how they write. I thought this would be a great idea as I get a lot of questions about what I’m working on. I tagged Harlie Williams and Helena Harker. Check out their blogs for their posts on April 7, 2014. Without further ado, on to the questions.

What am I working on?

Right now I’m slowly working on four projects. I‘m writing a paranormal erotic romance featuring a shifter detective protecting a curvy witch even though, in their town, supernaturals don’t mix with each other. Ever.

I have another futuristic erotic romance in the works featuring a powerful dragon shifter. This one has been reworked three times with the same two main characters. I know they want to be together forever. I hope I got it right this time.

My goal every year is to enter a short story contest. I never make it as my work always starts to run long. This year I’m determined and the story is a third of the way finished and all planned.

Finally, for you fans of Enslaved in Desire and Battling Rapture, Guntar just told me he’s ready for his story. This one might take a while. I’ve met his lady love and she is extremely complicated. The story won’t unfold into an erotic romance so I’m still in the concept stage.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I literally have no idea. Right now, I’m writing sci-fi erotic romance, paranormal erotic romance and urban fantasy (under another name).  My characters are usually interracial (or interspecies *wink *wink). My leading ladies are for the most part, African-American. I hope that what I write is unique to me.

Why do I write what I do?

I read everything as a child and teen. At a certain age, I noticed my tastes running toward fantasy, and science fiction. I read and watched a ton of science fiction. In my late teens I discovered romance novels and a love affair was born. It just made sense to combine them all.

How does my writing process work?

I started out as someone who marinated over an idea, made a few notes, then began to write. This was joyful and creative, but I felt I could spend less time on revisions if I knew everything up front. Edits and revisions are my arch enemies and I hate them beyond reason. My teenager can tell you how I monologue against them before she’d tell me, “You can do it, Mom.”

So I researched how to become a plotter. Why did I do that? I had my shifter story blocked out to within an inch of its life. And I couldn’t write it. My mind felt, well, done with it. It was now boring because I knew everything. I suffered a gripping case of writer’s block for months.

Then I began to write by a small word count, forcing myself to push out a certain number of words each day. I even began to write an urban fantasy for my alter ego. I flipped back and forth between three stories. It got easier when I automatically changed a plot point in the shifter story. Suddenly I wasn’t tied to my outlines and timelines. I could use it as a guide. I learned a major lesson with that one.

I do keep information from intersecting stories in a notebook so that I can flip back to them when I am unsure of something. When I create a new animal I may sketch it out.

And that is my crazy process.

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to comment or ask questions in the comments section. Here is a little more about the fabulous authors I’ve tagged. Check out their posts to find out what they are working on and how they write.

Harlie Williams is a reader of everything and a writer of romance. The story must have a HEA or she will put it down. A HFN can apply but it must make sense. She grew up in Dallas, TX and now lives in East Texas with her hero and their son.



Helena Harker is a teacher by day, writer by night, a daydreamer who loves to escape to other worlds. Her fiction is populated by strong men, passionate women and lots of paranormal creatures. In her free time she enjoys photography and curling up with a good book.


Cosmic Bliss Coming Soon! #coverreveal #futuristic #eroticromance

Hi all,

The edits for my new ebook, Cosmic Bliss, are all done and the release date is August 14th! Like my other two books, this one is from Ellora’s Cave Publishing. What I really want to show you is my cover. It is another hot one from the wonderful Syneca. She did the cover for Battling Rapture, as well.

Drum roll please…


Isn’t it lovely? I just want to rub it and say, “my precious.” Here is the unofficial (might be official soon) blurb.


Earth freedom fighter, Shunyuan, vows to rid Earth of its alien oppressors even as he is abducted into space to be a slave. Rescued by a band of female pirates, he agrees to sexually pleasure their lovely captain in return for help returning to Earth. He never expected to end up the beautiful alien’s mate—or to find bliss in her arms.

Captain Acia must use a man’s body for sex during the seven days of her fervor or suffer debilitating pain.  She makes a deal with Shunyuan, never imagining he is the one man in the cosmos she will be united with forever. She finds herself bound to a mate who wants to return to his world—without her.

The mate bond and sizzling passion tie them together even as Shunyuan’s duty to Earth’s rebellion threatens to tear them apart?


What do you think? I want a black leather suit now. Look for it August 14th from Ellora’s Cave!

Battling Rapture Cover Reveal


Trumpets blow. Confetti swirls in the air.

Isn’t it beautiful? Here is the brand new cover for my upcoming release Battling Rapture. The cover art was created by the seriously gifted Syneca who writes as Ciana Stone. I already want to be the female model and have him all to myself. (I am so looking forward to Romanticon 2013.)

I have been very lucky with covers. The cover for my first EC title Enslaved in Desire was created by the talented Fiona Jayde. It is very beautiful and I’ve enjoyed loving on it for a full year.


Now I have one more cover to love. Here’s to having many more. 😉


Goal Accomplished:My First Short Story

I did it. On October 18, 2012, I declared I would attempt to finish a short story within 30 days. The first draft was sent off to be critiqued yesterday. I was really excited.

Then I woke up in the middle of the night realizing I needed to change something. I’m okay with it. It is a first draft, and I’m glad I caught the faulty plot element before I tried to send it to my editor. So, three cheers for editing and revision. And as Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory says, “Thank you brain.”

I didn’t post a Zen Sunday post today. With Frankenstorm Sandy, day job deadlines, edits, writing deadlines and other random foolishness, there really wasn’t anything Zen about the week. Maybe next time.


The Next Big Thing/Stormie’s Way

Thanks so much to A.S. Finechel for tagging me in this game, The Next Big Thing. Writing can be a solitary business, and I’ve found this game useful because I can follow each author’s tags, and trace the author’s who have tagged them. It also gave me an opportunity to extend the opportunity to other authors.

The Next Big Thing is a game where authors spend a bit talking about their books, works-in progress, likes and dislikes.

Here is the link for A.S. Finechel’s blog. Don’t forget to check it out. She’s an awesome writer and great talent.

So, let’s get to it.

The Next Big Thing

What is the working title of your book?

The working title is Battling Rapture.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Battling Rapture was in my head from the moment I wrote my first title for Ellora’s Cave, Inc., Enslaved in Desire. At the end of Enslaved in Desire, Camryn and Venn begin a search for Camryn’s sister Niki. In Battling Rapture, they find her.

What genre does your book fall under?

I’m really bad with this, but I’m going with futuristic erotic romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Gina Torres from Firefly fame would play Niki. Clean faced and blonde, either Jason Momoa or Chris Hemsworth could be Rhine.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

A tough, capable resistance fighter captured by hostile alien invaders, battles alongside her handsome rescuer to outmaneuver beast shifters and a crazed killer in order to reunite with her family and seize the promise of rapture she feels in her deliverer’s touch.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I don’t have an agent, but I hope my book will be published by the same publishing house as my first published work. (Fingers crossed.)

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I edited along the way, with the help of my critique partner, A.S. Finechel. It was about 2-3 months. I started and stopped a few times. Then I joined a writing group on Facebook. I cleared 50,000 words in a month. I had to sit and stare at the computer when nothing would come to me, but I got it done.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t know. I need help with this one. Maybe, something steamy with a capture fantasy edge. Give me an example if you have read, Enslaved in Desire.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

When I finished with Enslaved in Desire, I knew Rhine needed someone too strong to be ruled by his growing cynical nature. Niki was perfect because she needed someone who understood the pain from her childhood, and someone patient enough to find the real Niki under her layers of armor.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, if you like a capable and feisty heroine you will love this book. Captain Rhine, the hero, is what I call a modern alpha. Maybe he’s an alpha/beta hybrid. He’s protective, patient, caring, but completely willing to take charge. Even if that means someone gets tied up, and receives a tongue lashing.


Now for those I tagged. Be sure to check out their The Next Big Thing Blog the week of November 5, 2012.

Gerri Bowen

Michael Mandrake

Aliya Griffin

 Harlie Williams

Message for the tagged authors and interested others:

Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Be sure to line up your five people in advance.


Short Story and Structure (or Not)

So I posted last week that I would be trying my hand at a short story. I bought a few “how to” books, including Let’s Write a Short Story! by Joe Bunting. In the book he writes about three main types of story structure.

The Basic Three-Act Structure

Act One- The character discovers he has a problem.

Act Two- The character tries to solve the problem and fails until trying one last time.

Act Three- The character sits with the failure or success so wee know it is the end.

The Book Jacket Structure

The story echoes the beginning (theme, a phrase, a location, or action) at the end, with a twist.

A Story With A Hole In It

The story is really two stories. The first part is the character up to her transformation (called a transformative experience in the book) and the last part is the character after the transformation.


I wondered which structure to choose? I hate choosing. AND, since I keep writing and then shredding/deleting parts of the story  my structure is unclear. This weekend, after I take care of the family, I am applying butt to chair and writing! No more shredding/deleting. I’ll get to the deleting and shredding in the revision process.

If you write, do your actively think about the story structure before you begin? If you are a reader, can you think of any stories you love with these structures? I would love to hear from you while I’m being tortured, no, I mean while I’m writing this short story.





30 Days To A Short Story Or Bust

Well, while I wait on a definite response regarding the manuscript I submitted a couple of months ago, I’ve started another manuscript, and decided to dip my fingers in writing short stories. I am a little afraid of them I think, but I’m committing to writing one within the next 30 days. I picked up a copy of Let’s Write a Short Story, by Joe Bunting. In it, he encourages the writer just getting started with short stories to declare their writing intention.

Here it is. I want the story written in 30 days.

My issue is, whenever I begin a short story it ends up growing into a novella or a novel. Not this time. I shall perservere! Wish me luck. I’ll try to post on the progress each week just to keep myself honest.


Mountain View



Last week I sent a copy of my new manuscript off  to my editor. In it the humans are forced to take refuge in the mountains. Aliens have invaded and conquered Earth. The mountains are human’s last line of defense. The heroine of my manuscript patrols somewhere in these mountains in VA. Of course, in her world, they aren’t so green and lush.

This is a distant shot. I want to hike Skyline Drive in the near future and see what she would see.