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Digging Out of Distraction: Rediscovering the Fun in Writing

Long ago, in The Land Before Publication, I blogged regularly about my writing life. The ups, downs, in-betweens... conquering the demons of Doubt & Despair despite ongoing rejections and a host of other roadblocks to selling my first novel. I wrote about craft, developing stories, my daily life. I also celebrated the writers who sold their first books in a regular feature. DIGGING OUT OF DISTRACTION kept me going, brought me friends from all over the world, and eventually, after I sold my first novel THE MAVERICK'S RED HOT REUNION to Entangled Publishing, I compiled many of those posts and self-published them in a book by the same title along with developing an interactive workshop that I've presented to local writing chapters, at regional conferences and at the Romance Writers of America's annual conference. You could say... "you've come a long way, Christine." BUT... I haven't. I still struggle with the same distractions, the same doubts and fears, and battle the ongoing noise in my post-publication world. 

Photo by  Nick Morrison  on  Unsplash

Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash

Fast forward from what we in writerly world like to say THE CALL. Or in my case, THE EMAIL from my future editor at Entangled Publishing. I sold! Woohoo! I freaked out about delivering my first ever novella after that but I did it! I wrote more words, but I wasn't gaining traction. THERE WAS SO MUCH TO LEARN about publishing after I published. Before I published was a lot like before I had the Career Girl. Exciting. A time to plan. Decorating a baby's room. Baby showers. Reading How To Books. Then along came my girl... and it was a whole new world and a lot of what I thought I knew about raising a child had to be revamped. Personally, I think she raised me... forced me to grow and change in so many ways. And I'm so glad! 

That's what selling and publishing a book is like to me. It hasn't been a Jackpot score at the casino experience. It's more like pulling the slot lever at a penny arcade and not getting too many lucky sevens in a row. The first two years out were tough. But I learned. I grew. I discovered marketing and how much I totally stink at it LOL. But I keep trying to learn how to do it. I self-published a few books, then decided to go all Indie to gain control over my time two years ago. 

I busted my tush. But you know... I started feeling like it wasn't fun. The constant chasing of the trends, the evaporating money (that's a blog for another day), and the loss of real connections with people I trusted in real time began to take a toll on my happy writer heart.

I wanted to have fun again! Writing was a chore, not a passion I pursued. Yes. I know... this is my career... really, it's a business without a real business model because who knows why some people have breakout hits while most of us keep plodding along? At first, I thought I'd missed the friends I'd made along the way. We're all busy, most of us are published which means we're working even harder now than before, and the opportunities to gather and meet have dwindled. But it wasn't just that... I missed the fun of crafting stories because I was too busy figuring out where they'd fit and who might actually spend money to read them.

Then I got invited into a cool Kindle World featuring bodyguards and suspense and everything changed thanks to Elle James and THE BROTHERHOOD PROTECTORS. I stepped out of my comfort zone. My critique partners, Pam Mantovani and Carmen Falcone, helped me get through the struggle of finessing a suspense plot into a romance.

I'd never done that kind of writing before. The challenge was daunting, scary... could I pull out a bodyguard story with a suspense hook all in under 30,000 words? And you know what happened as I finagled this story and wrestled with the problems I had crafting it? I rediscovered the fun in writing! 

I released my first romantic suspense FALLING FOR HER BODYGUARD January 11, 2018. It's my 10th book and a milestone for me. But more than that, it's a book that saved my writing soul. Truly saved it. What's my takeaway? Well, if you want to have fun writing in this crazy business, try something new and don't worry about marketing and all the other competitive, ugly noises out there. I'm definitely going to write more bodyguard stories. 

I'm also revamping DIGGING OUT OF DISTRACTION. This will primarily be for my writer peeps, but I know there are readers out there who might be curious about what goes on in a writer's head... well at least this writer's head.

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Christine

★•**•★FALLING FOR HER TEMPORARY BODYGUARD is LIVE!!★•**•★ #giveaways #romance #brotherhoodprotectors #kindleworld

FALLING FOR HER TEMPORARY BODYGUARD: A Brotherhood Protectors' Novella is LIVE!!!

Super excited to bring you the second book in my Lawson family Brotherhood Protectors' Kindle World series as part of Elle James' sexy new world. You can get your copy from Amazon Kindle TODAY!! It's only 1.99 or FREE from Kindle Unlimited. 

FALLING FOR HER TEMPORARY BODYGUARD

My sexy ginger bodyguard... Jacob Lawson meets his match in Eagle Rock, Montana in this action-filled, sexy story.

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Blurb: 

Navy SEAL Jacob Lawson returns to Montana to receive physical therapy for a bum shoulder that might permanently put him out of commission. When his sexy physical therapist is threatened by a dangerous criminal, he volunteers to guard her as a favor to the Brotherhood Protectors’ leader. Jacob’s attracted to her, but he won’t take advantage of the situation. He won’t touch her… though he wants to do that and so much more.

Claire Murray once put a madman away with her testimony against him. Now he’s free and she’s terrified he’ll follow through on his threats against her. The Brotherhood Protectors are a man short, so her muscular, powerful patient offers to fill in. She accepts his help only if he’ll let her treat him for free. Soon spending her days and nights with this hot protector ignites tantalizing fantasies she craves for him to fulfill. 

Unfortunately, Jacob’s keeping his hands to himself… that is until she realizes the attraction is mutual during a sizzling after-hours physical therapy session. And though she usually doesn’t make the first move, Claire dares her gorgeous temporary bodyguard to act on their desire. 

When he does, they unleash their sexual chemistry, but when the danger escalates, Claire insists on luring her stalker out of hiding so she can stop him. Now Jacob must put the woman he’s grown to love in the line of fire to save her life…

Available from AMAZON

BROTHERHOOD PROTECTORS' FACEBOOK LAUNCH PARTY!!
Today: 1:30-10PM CST
Join the fun and enter for chances to win prizes from 17 Brotherhood Protector Authors as we celebrate our releases!

Become a member of the Reader Group here. We're partying all afternoon!
BROTHERHOOD PROTECTORS' READER GROUP

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

I'm so stoked about the launch of these 17 books that I'm giving away 4 Brotherhood Protectors' e-books by any author of your choice in this month's launch. Here's the lineup authors and links to their books too! Enter for a chance to win a free book by commenting on this blog with the title you want to read! Easy!!

Paige Yancey, Hot Colorado Nights - https://amzn.to/2Ekt9hE
Delilah Devlin, Reaper’s Ride - https://amzn.to/2HbIPqu
Regan Black, Lost Signal - https://amzn.to/2Elciem
Heather Long, Wrangling Wanda - https://amzn.to/2GxdqBP
Ilsa J Ilsa J. Bick, Soldier’s Heart Part 3 - https://amzn.to/2uQaSt0
Jen Talty, Rough Justice - https://amzn.to/2GCSK7z
Jesse Jacobson - Author, Rainhorse - https://amzn.to/2GUPjfu
Silver James, Montana Moon - https://amzn.to/2JmpJym
Kris Norris, Carved In Ice - https://amzn.to/2uSnakI
Margaret Madigan, Broken SEAL - https://amzn.to/2GyZ8Rf
Beth Colleen Beth Williamson, Sawyer - https://amzn.to/2uSngc4
Desiree Holt, Hidden Danger - https://amzn.to/2GzdRLI
Kat Mizera, Catching Lana - https://amzn.to/2JiYzbM
Aliyah Burke, Spring Rain - https://amzn.to/2H9V9rc
Mary Caelsto-Lenker/Mary Winter, Roped and Rescued - https://amzn.to/2H9epoD
Layla Chase, Ranger Loyalty - https://amzn.to/2H9Kgpt

Notes from the Writer's Chair

So much excitement this week!! I love new releases. Once this busy day is over, I'll be working on my fun new modern fairy tale romance set in a lush fantasy kingdom located in the Mediterranean Sea. This Marriage of Convenience love story is sexy, edgy and has a hint of suspense! But today? I'm partying!!! Join us and say hello!

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Christine

★•**•★FALLING FOR HER BODYGUARD is LIVE today!!★•**•★

FALLING FOR HER BODYGUARD is LIVE!!

My brand new Romantic Suspense FALLING FOR HER BODYGUARD is out today!! This super hot novella is part of Elle James' Brotherhood Protectors' exciting new Kindle World. You can get your copy for ONLY $1.99 or FREE if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber. 

Here's an excerpt... 

“Can it wait until morning?” She lifted her head, her beautiful green eyes glittered with unshed tears. “I just want one night where I can pretend no one is after me. That no one wants to hurt me. Please. Ethan. Just hold me. Don’t let me go.” 

“You’re tired.” He didn’t break their fragile contact. But he should. He really needed to create some distance between them. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to stop himself from acting on every wild impulse he had about being with her. “You need to get some sleep.” 

“I’m afraid. What if John comes here?” 

“Don’t be. I’ll be right outside your bedroom door.” Fuck. She looked so damn vulnerable, but he couldn’t take advantage of her fear. “He’d have to get through me first.” 

“I don’t want you outside my bedroom door.” She stroked her hands up his back until they reached the base of his neck. “I can’t stand the idea of being alone tonight.” 

He shouldn’t. No. Nada. No way should he agree to be with her. There had to be some code in the Brotherhood Protectors’ manifesto against crawling into bed with their clients. But he understood all too well the aftereffects of dodging danger. The adrenaline rush followed by the realization that death nearly caught you in its snare. 

“I’ll stay with you,” he said. “Hold you. But nothing more. I won’t take advantage of you.” 

“That’s okay, as long as you don’t stop me from taking advantage of you,” she said, kissing his jaw and moving her lips closer, closer still to his mouth. 

Hungry for more? Grab your copy of FALLING FOR HER BODYGUARD from AMAZON today!! 

Notes from the Writer's Chair

I'm thrilled to share this new release with all my readers! It's my 10th romance which is a pretty awesome milestone. I hope you enjoy the Brotherhood Protector's Kindle World. There's a great Facebook party today to celebrate this brand new world's 3rd launch starting at 4PM CST. You can check it out here:

Brotherhood Protectors' Launch Party

I hope I see you there!! There'll be lots of prizes, Man Candy and more!!

 

 

He’d thought he’d be babysitting a spoiled movie star, not a sexy and feisty woman who ticked all the boxes in his I- want-to-do-you column… 

He’d thought he’d be babysitting a spoiled movie star, not a sexy and feisty woman who ticked all the boxes in his I- want-to-do-you column… 

Check out all the BROTHERHOOD PROTECTORS' new releases from these fabulous authors too!! I'll be featuring them in upcoming blogs!!

Texas Marine Mayhem – Cynthia D’Alba – http://amzn.to/2qUJg44
Moving Target – Regan Black - http://amzn.to/2D1Hxzq
Falling for her Bodyguard – Christine Glover - http://amzn.to/2EvDdoz
Rescuing Reya – Tiffani Lynn - http://amzn.to/2EsHEAw
Winter Flame – Aliyah Burke - http://amzn.to/2Dk7d7a
Conrad – Anne L Parks - http://amzn.to/2AOCBrA
Midnight Ranger – Kris Norris - http://amzn.to/2FohLD7
Chasing Katie - Heather Long - http://amzn.to/2COpcSr 
Guardian Ranger – Jesse Jacobson - http://amzn.to/2FnCarT

 

9 BROTHERHOOD PROTECTORS novels by 9 Romance Authors in ELLE JAMES' exciting new Kindle World!! Grab them all today!!

9 BROTHERHOOD PROTECTORS novels by 9 Romance Authors in ELLE JAMES' exciting new Kindle World!! Grab them all today!!