Weekly News & Goals, April 23, 2012

Prompt o’ the Week: A young man is out jogging, ear buds in, digital player blaring loudly.
The sun is shining and it’s early, so the dirt path is quiet. A woman
approaches, sporting a body that garners a second look. As she passes,
the music stops abruptly and a voice begins to speak…

Last
Friday was more like a Monday for me, so here’s hoping that Monday will
be more Friday-like this week. That’s a fair trade, right?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the new cover for The Biker’s Wench
is finally finished. Yay! And thank you to the two people who bought
copies when the new cover/blurb went up too – the best validation I
could get on the new design. I hope you enjoy the story too.
I’m
happy to say that the new print cover is done too, and the printer
approved it, so any print copies of TBW should be shipping with the new
cover from now on. Which means your old-cover copy could be a
collector’s item someday, if I ever get famous. I do have a few books
with the old cover still in inventory, and I think I’ll give them away
as opposed to selling them. So watch for more on that later this week.
I’ll have books with the new cover for signed copies in just a couple of
weeks.
I’m still trying to decide whether Desert Heat needs a new cover or not…any comments either way? The Tempest
cover stays…I love it, and I’m also a bit nostalgic about it since it
was my first book/cover ever (it helps that it’s still the best-selling
book I have out under this name). I will be designing a new cover for The Minister’s Maid before it comes out, as well as Falling in Public
(which will probably get a new title too, now that I’m well into the
story and it’s gone places I didn’t really see it going). So…much
cover swapping going on…do we call that a book orgy? Anyone object?
In any case, a nice cover deserves an even better story, so focus is back on the writing this week, as usual. The Minister’s Maid
took a rather shocking turn last week that completely changes the
psychological game…and now I’m second-guessing my strategy considering
how difficult it’s going to be to bring everything back into alignment
for the necessary happy ending (yes, both kinds…geez! You guys have
dirty minds…). Ah, well. The thing about serial writing is that you
can’t exactly just change your mind once a piece of the story is written
down…one has to keep moving forward, so forward we’ll go, and with
any luck, it will all work out in the end. It usually does, somehow. A
new chapter Tuesday for Betsy & Ian at FantasyRanchNovels.com.
Falling in Public is getting a bit
freaky…Holly’s in an off-kilter, grounded airplane with her
not-so-friendly stalker, and she’s got to figure out how to survive
until Eddie can get back to her with help. If you guys knew how this
story was originally supposed to go, you’d be pretty shocked right
now…never in a million years did I see this coming. This was supposed
to just be a lighter contemporary romance, but I think I’ve effectively
proven that I *can’t* write one of those to save my life…they *always*
turn into some sort of suspense/romance blend. As with TMM, it will all
work out eventually, but at the moment I’m trying to figure out how
Holly’s going to deal with this whole mess, and whether her stalker has
to die or not. Good stuff, people – check back here Friday to see what
happens with her. 
Wednesday is, of course, my thriller serial day, and Animal is
Alex’s latest rather freakish and unpredictable story. Read at your own
risk – there are quite a few rather disturbing things going on in this
one… 
And then there’s Thursday – where things have gone from confusing to dangerous in Irish Cream, Trinity’s latest ownership/submission story.
Yes, I do believe this is going to be a good week…
What’s on the to-do list? Let’s look:
– Four serial chapters
– 2 newsletters
– New web site graphics
– A little editing
– Possibly start a short story
– Cover art image search contest (?)
– Send out some review copies
– Rearrange my writing time (again)
– Household chores (been neglecting those)
I
think that’s plenty, really. My husband has pneumonia with a side of
gnarly antibiotics, so we’ve got that going on too, which is a bummer,
but hopefully he’ll start feeling better soon. I swear sometimes the
cure is worse than the disease…

Here’s to a great week!


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