First off, you must check out this spectacular logo that Heidi Sutherlin created for my self-publishing business. I am completely in love with my little serpent here – who started as a custom sketch *by hand*, which blows me away. Serious talent here, folks!
This is the image (or one iteration) and name you’ll see on all of my self-published work from here on out, no matter what name I use or genre it is. Branding is important – this will be my “umbrella” brand to encompass all my work.
Thanks again to Jody Hedlund for joining us last week. This week another wonderful author, Christine Fonseca is joining us Thursday to talk about intense emotions in relationships. She’s promoting her new book, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Children, which I’m sure will be a great resource not only for parents and teachers, but for writers as well. The better we understand all types of human personality, the more real our characters will become.
I don’t normally do book reviews here, but Sunday I’m reviewing a horror novel that I really wanted to read, and could get for free in return for a review. Since I don’t have my thriller blog set up yet, I’m doing it here – if you’re like me and enjoy a little horror in your reading diet, drop by Sunday for something quite a bit different.
This Week on The Variety Pages
Tuesday: Ch. 11 of The Biker’s Wench
Wednesday: Everyday Romance – Sleeping Arrangements
Thursday: Guest Post by Christina Fonseca
Friday: Ch. 12 of The Biker’s Wench
Sunday: Review of Draculas (A Novel of Terror) by Blake Crouch, Jake Kilborn (J.A. Konrath), F. Paul Wilson and Jeff Strand
Thursday at Beyond the Words
I didn’t do too badly last week – started off slow, but I’m about half-way done with the Desert Heat revisions now, and got one extra scene done for TBW, along with the first scene of my horror novel (Jan. 2011) and a new start for my big pen name project. The new project is going to work better if I have reader input, so I’ve decided to serialize it much like I do with my novels, though it’s decidedly different in many ways. I’ll tell you about it, and then you can decide if it might be something you’re interested in helping me out with.
First, it’s full-on erotica. It will delve pretty deeply into darker, fetish-type lifestyles in graphic terms, so if that’s not your thing, it’s not for you. Secondly, it’s written in second person/present tense, which is remarkably different than my normal third-person/past preference (I’m quite enjoying the challenge). In the style of choose-your-own stories, the reader is the main character, choosing which direction to take at the end of each scene. My plan is to craft paths through the story for both men and women, and to that end, the first choice is one of gender. I’m still not sure of how this will work in a blog format, but it will be a fun experiment, I think. I’ve decided trying to keep my pen name secret is futile (mostly because I screwed up several times just establishing it, and will undoubtedly do it again), but because the work is so different from the romantic suspense I write under my own name, I’m keeping it to clearly distinguish between the two genres.
All that said, if you’re interested in participating or just like to watch, go here . Comments are moderated for obvious reasons, 18 and older only.
As far as the business side goes, I’ve got the Brazen Snake Books web site and blog about half-done, and still need to get back to my spreadsheets. And on the personal side, no workouts done, and now that serious decorations are coming out I won’t get any workouts in now for a couple weeks as the workout room/TV is part of the “haunt”. We’ve done a lot of cleaning and now it’s just a matter of getting the haunt scenes set up – we’ve got less than two weeks to the party, so everything’s kicking into overdrive!
Goals for the Week
Finish the DH revisions and send ms to editor (yay!)
Two new scenes for TBW
One more scene for NE (pen name) story
Finish the basic blog/web site design for BSB
Send two review requests out
Finish basement decorating
Sort and donate unneeded decorations
Finalize all food plans/menus/table layouts
Finish reading Draculas and post review here Sunday.
That’s what I’m up to – it’s crunch time! What’s going on in your world? Read any good books lately?