Top Three Ways to Make Editors Love You!

Editors, one of the most important ingredients in a professional writer’s career. Whether you’re traditionally published or an indie author, working with an editor is part of every author’s life. So here I present, for your reading pleasure, The Top Three Ways to Make Editors Love You! 1. Edit Yourself: One of the biggest mistakes…

Horror & Cozy Mysteries: The Common Denominator

If I had to pick 2 of my favorite genres to read & write that would be horror (NOT of the Saw variety) and cozy mysteries. These are two genres that seem completely different. On the one hand you have some supernatural force strutting it’s diabolical stuff all over town and wreaking havoc, on the…

Check out Suz deMello’s newest, sexy release!

Blood is Thicker… a short story (previously Immortal Hunters) Genre: Paranormal action-adventure. A century-old vampire, Rama is used to shadows and loneliness. She uses the name Hestia White and lives in a coastal town working as a private investigator. If some bad guys disappear on her shift, no one cares…until John van Helsing shows up. Bearing the name of…

New Release from my friend Adriana!!!

It’s All About the Research Authors of erotic romance often get teased about what kind of research they might delve into for the sake of their books – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it…**snicker, giggle, knowing wink.** The research my husband and I engaged in for this spicy romantic suspense is…

Out of Darkness – Update

So, I have another request on Out of Darkness! One step closer…maybe…requests are never guarantees, just interest to read your entire manuscript. Which is a good thing. This right here is why I’m sharing the author journey on FB. It’s a long one that requires patience and thick skin. I’ve gotten a number of passes…

Late night scouting

One thing about writing, when you’re writing a fantasy in a word entirely of your creation, places in the book look exactly how you want them to look. No questions asked because you’ve created that world and everything in it. But when you’re writing in another genre and using a location that exists, you have to get your location…

Author Shame

You’re a published author and you’re at a writer’s conference, mingling with your peers when someone asks the question, “So what do you write?” You say erotic romance, and receive a look that makes you feel like you’ve just admitted to a pastime of killing babies. Among certain groups, admitting to writing horror isn’t much…

Breakups!

Breakups. Wrote a song about it. Like to hear it, here it go: Breaking up is never an easy thing to do. It’s miserable, painful, and heartbreaking. When you meet someone and fall in love the last thing you envision is that one day you’ll choose not to have that person in your life, or…

More Than Writing

One thing many would-be writers don’t account for when they dream of seeing their name on the NYT Bestsellers list is the fact that to sell books you have to do a lot more than write a great book. You have to know how to sell that book. The publishing house (if you have a publishing…

Keeping it Real

I recently finished reading Stephen King’s On Writing for a second time. This book is a great resource for writers. I’ve been writing professionally for about ten years now, and it reminded me of some things that I’ve forgotten. One of those things is Honesty. Writing with Honesty seems like an easy thing to do,…

VIrginia Festival of the Book

Super excited today to go to the Virginia Festival of the Book! Tonight I’ll be at a panel featuring a brilliant urban fantasy author, Kim Harrison (http://www.kimharrison.net/). I’m going to miss tomorrow for a road trip to Raleigh, but love this time of the year. As the weather warms up, the book festivals and conferences…

New England Crime Bake

 So I’ve done it! I’ve registered for the New England Crime Bake in November! This will be the first mega conference I’ve been to since the 2007 RT. That was a great experience because I not only went, but I got to be on 2 panels. Since restarting my writing career as Heather Elizabeth King…