Thanks, Val, for letting me crash your blog today. I really appreciate it!
Writing isn’t an easy job. Anyone who tells you differently only wishes they were writing a novel. First, you actually have to make time to do it. (I dream of a day where I can quit the day job and spend all day writing in my pajamas.) Then there’s what to write. Anyone who’s tried (I think) can tell you about getting everything together and sitting down at the computer, hands poised over the keyboard…and then nothing happens. Words do not fall from fingertips like rain. You sit and stare at that very scary white screen.
The key is to write. Anything. Even if it’s just “the cat sat on the mat” over and over again. Sometimes just breaking into that white space helps. It makes it less intimidating. Don’t worry about what you’re writing. That’s what editing is for. Get the words out. Shudder over your grammatical errors and comma splices later. For now, let it flow.
Somewhere along the way, you’ll discover that your characters will do things you hadn’t intended. They’ll throw something into your plot you never intended to be there. And you’ll sit back, scratch your head, and then shrug and go with it. Some of the best ideas are accidents.
But it’s worth it. There is nothing like the thrill of receiving an offer from a publisher. The only thing that tops it is receiving a great review, or better, a comment from a reader about how much they love the story. That is a rush I’ve yet to find anywhere else.
So I’m pleased to be able to announce that my novella, Soul Mate, has been released as part of the 1 Night Stand Series from DecadentPublishing. I’ve included the cover (isn’t it GORGEOUS?!) and the blurb. I hope you’ll check it out!
When her friend buys her a date from Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand service, Nora isn’t sure she can go through with it. Especially when she sees her date walk in. He’s way out of her league in more ways than just looks.
Angus MacInnes knows his time as Enforcer of his vampire clan is slowly driving him mad. When his brother sent him on a date, he assumed it would be a bust from the beginning. He didn’t expect to find the one woman he’s been hoping would appear for the last few centuries.
But can a vampire Enforcer smooth his rough edges enough to convince Nora that they’re Soul Mates?