Posts tagged Romance author
Digging Out of Distraction: Quality Over Quantity

The Physicist & I have been participating in a program called Naturally Slim. Frankly, this is the first time I've been completely happy with a lifestyle change because it's not about counting points, carbs, or calories. It's about learning how to eat like a True Thin and how to live a fit and full life. This has been revolutionizing the way we think about ourselves and our future. We're not just losing weight, we're gaining valuable insights about ourselves. 

In addition to the Naturally Slim program, I've been involved in a new Life Makeover Journey. Many years ago, I and a few close friends decided to go on the journey together. That journey led to my writing my first novel and now, all these years later, I'm published and continuing to write books, edit, and present workshops to other writers about how to stay focused and in the chair. I figured I had the program locked in place, but a new friend propelled me to revisit the Life Makeover with her. I'm so glad I did. I'd forgotten some of the valuable lessons within the program and I needed a mental and emotional reboot. 

Both programs, along with really good articles I've read in the Romance Writers of America's monthly magazine RWR by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, have reinforced my desire to live a quality life over chasing a life filled with quantity. 

My desire to have a quality life has given me a brand new perspective on the choices I make as an author, a wife, a friend, a mother, and for me. I believe that as I lost the weight I gained and as I rebuilt my fitness, I also discovered my spirit needed a little help. I'd smothered her in a pile of fat and frustration. I'd allowed negative words to creep back into my vocabulary. I started to believe I might be a failure because I didn't excel at marketing my books and I wasn't taking on enough projects and I didn't get everything completed on my to-do lists.

But my best friend gave me a wake-up call in January 2017 that began my transformation physically, emotionally and spiritually. I needed this wake-up call. Then the hard work began both physically and mentally. First, I identified what my spirit didn't need.

Just as my body doesn't need to stuff itself with food to bury her negative emotions, my spirit doesn't have time for pettiness, mean words, or people using her confidences as weapons against her. My spirit doesn't want to be attacked when she can't or won't say yes to other people. My spirit doesn't want negativity in her life. 

My spirit doesn't chase dollars or write twenty books in a year in an effort to remain relevant. My spirit doesn't need to eat food that isn't delicious and special. My spirit craves physical activity. My spirit yearns for quality one  on one time with quality people who edify her and make her stronger. 

In searching for the things that fill my spirit, I've actively been gathering strong and supportive people in my life. I've focused on building the relationships that matter to me. Some I've had for decades, others are new and special too. And in focusing on the positive, I've been given a fabulous new treasure trove of stories to write in my time and in my way and with the support of people who believe in my ability to do so. This brings me so much joy! Now my spirit is full, happy and determined to live a centered, quality life.

Doing something I love in the time I want while nurturing special relationships and bringing others support and encouragement is my passion. My sincere wish is for all the people in my corner of the world to find their passion too.

 

Digging Out of Distraction: Learning to Pivot in Author World

Romancelandia has been very noisy during the last several weeks. Many negative things have happened which have made sitting down to write words difficult. Romance authors have taken a lot of hits, myself included, and I bet most of us are questioning why we're even doing this anymore. I know I have questioned sitting down for hours alone in a room to write stories which, quite frankly, are part of an ocean of romances that are underpriced and many of us are struggling to sell a book for less than a high priced mocha latte. 

The biggest hit to my career was Amazon's sudden announcement that they were closing down Kindle Worlds in July 2018. This came out of nowhere (I had just blogged about how much I loved writing romantic suspense in this world less than a month ago) and the World Author owners along with the many writers who contributed to these worlds are still trying to figure out what to do. I was ready to start working on my third story for Elle James' Brotherhood Protectors' Kindle World, but decided to park until my wonderful leader, Elle, made some decisions about what to do next. We all love the world. We all adore Elle. There is good news on the horizon, but that's a blog post for another day.

I had to pivot away from my stories that I'd planned and refocus my energy in a new direction. What would I work on after I finished my current boxset novella for the Royal & Reckless Boxset? And where did I want to put my energy for the next several years to come if Romancelandia continues to become more difficult to navigate? 

The first thing I did was reevaluate my strengths and what I loved doing the most. I love writing, editing, and encouraging/motivating people. Deep content editing as a Drill Sargeant at Bootcamp Edits along with story coaching gives me the opportunity to encourage and motivate romance novelists to improve their craft and stories. Writing my romances fulfills me and I love creating new worlds with new people. Exploring how two people grow to be the perfect people for each other despite their flaws and developing their journey toward their happily ever afters is something I enjoy despite how much work goes into the process.

Because these stories aren't easy to write. They're hard work. Every book presents a different challenge. The same process goes into developing a well-crafted long romance as into a short romance. The only difference is the number of words required to complete the story. Add to that I have become 100% independently published. I'm all Indie all the way. This means getting my own work to editors, hiring cover artists, formatting, and uploading every book I write myself along with marketing the books prior to and after publishing. I wear a LOT of hats. I say NO to a lot of things because I wear a lot of hats. 

Every cut into my income stream impacts how and when and what I can do for my stories. I also want to deliver quality love stories to my readers. To be honest, I'd love some help with marketing these books because it's not really in my wheelhouse to check algorithms and make perfect Facebook Ads (I don't even try anymore where that's concerned) and doing the marketing stuff kills my creative brain as quick as a person stepping on a bug.

I'm pivoting and dancing along the writing road to my own beat with my own rules. 

I'm pivoting and dancing along the writing road to my own beat with my own rules. 

But I am trying some new things, out of the box things, that might reach readers in a different way. Hopefully, these methods will translate into more sales and more reach via using a strength that is in my wheelhouse: connecting one-on-one with people in real life and via other media outlets. 

However, for now, I have to get back to where do I need to focus my energy today so I can sustain a lifelong career as an author? First, I gave myself a little Royal Wedding Break, then gave myself permission to take a break from writing romances during the month of July. I've got a non-fiction project I want to work on instead. My dad's memoir about his life which includes being interred in a Japanese Concentration camp during most of his adolescence. So that's what I'm going to do and I'm thrilled to dig into this project. And, fun fact, I alluded to this memoir in TEMPTING THE HEARTBREAKER: Hollywood Heartbreakers Book 1.

Then, as I waited to hear about what would happen regarding my Kindle World books' future, I continued working on my fun, sexy Reckless & Royal story and made plans to revise another story for an October/November release this year. I also dusted off a story I'd written last year that was going to be part of a small town series I had in mind for future publication. 

A funny thing happened along the Brainstorming Trail. An older idea I had for the small town series began bubbling to the surface and wouldn't stop pinging me. I let the idea continue to germinate and opened my mind to ALL the possibilities. Voila! A new, different, fun, exciting series is being discovered. This is GOLD! Platinum. The best part is I don't have to rush it. Because I've decided to pivot in another way which is the polar opposite of what I'm "supposed" to do in Indie Romancelandia.

I'm taking my time. I'm not rushing this series. I'm thinking long term. I'm still writing some standalone romance novels and going to participate in other cool romance writing projects, but this series is going to carry me through a lot of years if I remain focused on the end game. Best of all, I'm very excited to work on this ongoing project/series.

I'm not pivoting to chase the next "this is what's hot in romance now" stories. I'm pivoting to create a series that'll sustain my creativity and my writing soul while actively pursuing other projects and enjoying my personal life too.

 

 

Indulge in Sensual Romance: THE MAVERICK'S RED HOT REUNION #sale #newlook #Entangled #Indulgence #99cents

Exciting News!! Entangled Publishing has revamped all the INDULGENCE line's covers and the books are ON SALE for only 99 cents!!! Check out my fabulous new cover for THE MAVERICK'S RED HOT REUNION!! I LOVE IT and I LOVE this story because it's the first book I sold!

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Isn't he dreamy???? 

Here's more about the story...

Corporate Maverick Zach Tanner returns to North Carolina to rebuild his dying friend's resort. He's got the money, the power, and the will to transform Sweetbriar Springs into a premier spa for the glamorous, but he doesn't count on the woman he once loved…and lost…to handle the construction contract. Zach thought he'd buried his desire for Kennedy five years ago. He was wrong, and now he’s determined to satisfy his craving... 

Construction company owner Kennedy Gibson is eager to restore Sweetbriar Springs, but when she realizes Zach is her new boss she's terrified he'll learn the truth about their breakup so long ago. She vowed never to hurt him again, but she can't deny the passion he reignites in her. She wants to believe she has a chance for a different future with him, but will her secret threaten to destroy their red-hot reunion?

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THE MOVIE STAR'S RED HOT HOLIDAY FLING #ModernRomance #Empowering #Sexy #FREE

Recently, a Washington Post interview pulled a quote from Hillary Rodham Clinton that painted romance novels in an unflattering light. And given the #metoo #enough movements along with the recent sexual misconduct allegations against many men in power, I feel that it's important to address this topic. I'm a romance author. Before I became a romance writer, I was a huge fan of romance novels. They gave me hope and a belief that I could achieve anything I set my heart on doing and that I deserved to be treated with dignity and respect by my life partner. 

I met my real life hero a long time ago. He isn't perfect. Neither am I. But we are strong together and we support each other through good times and bad. He is why I believe in love even with all the bumps in the road and having to come back to the table a few times to reset our commitment to each other. 

A lot has changed in the romance industry since I started reading and writing these novels. One thing I know about my own books is my heroes are honorable alpha males. Why? Because they don't believe in coercing a woman to do anything she is not comfortable doing even though they are physically attracted to them. And they often hold back because they don't want to take advantage of the heroines' vulnerability. They want the heroine to find a man she deserves and he mistakenly believes he can't be that man. Together, they learn they deserve each other. And certainly, that is the case in THE MOVE STAR'S RED HOT HOLIDAY FLING

Blake Johnston, AKA Hollywood Hottie and Action Hero Quinn Sawyer knows Jessie Sullivan is wounded inside and out. So when her mother asks him to help her prepare for her grueling fire academy's application, he agrees. When he first meets Jessie, he's attracted to her. But he's not going to act on that attraction because he knows he's leaving in a few weeks and he doesn't want to hurt her. But surprise--Jessie's attracted to him too. And when the first kiss happens, it is at HER request, not because he pushed himself on her. That is an honorable, good man who also happens to be sexy, hot, and delicious. 

Here's a sneak peek from THE MOVIE STAR'S RED HOT HOLIDAY FLING

Jessie was special. She deserved someone who wouldn’t leave her behind. All he could offer her was a temporary fling. And he refused to engage in a shallow holiday affair no matter how much his hormones said to pull the trigger and go for it...

Later, after Jessie confesses what's bottling up inside her heart, she says...“I’m tired of doctors and hospitals and well-meaning, encouraging words. I don’t want to be treated like a specimen in a petri dish. I don’t want people poking and probing and prodding me anymore. I want...” She closed her eyes and two rebel tears traveled down her cheek, dampening his fingers.

The rustling of the trees, the heat of the sun on his back, and the mountains in the distance evaporated. There was only this time. This space. And this woman standing before him with the strength of a warrior, but with her heart vulnerable and exposed and anticipating.

“What do you want?” he asked.

She opened her beautiful gray-blue eyes and tears glistened on her black-as-night lashes. “I want someone to hold me,” she said. “Not because I’m wounded. Not because I’m alive. But because I’m me.”

Something shifted inside Blake.A fierce desire to protect Jessie, to offer her more than the comfort of his arms around her, rushed through him. He fought to suppress the force of his attraction and contain the forbidden, emerging emotions.

This proud, obstinate, and fiery woman deserved a worthy man. It wasn’t him.

With his life at a crossroads, he couldn’t offer her more than a brief escape. But damn it all to hell, he couldn’t deny her, or himself, any longer. Not when she’d flayed her soul.

His heart punched him in the solar plexus. She’d called him a hero. Though he was wrong for her, and he shouldn’t act on his attraction, Blake wanted to be the man who lived up to her expectations. At least for now.

He pulled her to him, wrapped his arms around her shoulders. “I’ve got you, Jessie.” Blake kissed the top of her head, inhaled her unique scent, felt the spasm of sorrow travel through her slender frame.

Her arms coiled around his waist. “Don’t let go.”

The sound of her soft keening, the desperation of her grip on him, undid him. “I won’t.” He tilted her face upward and swiped the tears from her cheeks. Her chin wobbled, and her breath misted the air between them.
 

Time slowed. He heard every rough beat of his heart, felt the fire building in his groin, and the desire he’d banked roared to life. “I couldn’t stop even if I tried.” He lowered his lips to touch hers and tasted the salt of her sorrow.

Blake is a real hero. And he's perfect for Jessie. And she's the perfect woman for him. They'll get their happily ever after ... and you can read their story for FREE. Get your copy from one of these fine online booksellers TODAY!!

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THE MOVIE STAR'S RED HOT HOLIDAY FLING is FEATURED as a SPOTLIGHT BOOK on ENTANGLED PUBLISHING's website,  December 12, 2017. Check it out and all the other fabulous FREE holiday books available this month from ENTANGLED PUBLISHING! 

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Holiday Readers' Extravaganza #BOOKBEFOREBAGS #GIVEAWAYS #ROMANCE

Hello Holiday Readers!

Wow, Thanksgiving is over and my belly is still full. Now I need to spend extra time at the gym to work off all these delicious calories so I can make room for more!! I'm super excited because the next four weeks will be jampacked with fun, books, giveaways and more. And it's all for YOU!! My fabulous readers... I can't wait to share every new opportunity you''ll have to make your days a little brighter during this season. First, there's still time to enter for a chance to win my Surprise December Giveaway Prize Pack of swag and goodies from me and my author friends. This is an exclusive newsletter subscriber prize package. Just fill in the Google doc and find out if you're the lucky winner next week! 

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BOOKS BEFORE BAGS
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We all know this time of year is notorious for overstuffed trunks and getting elbow checked in the parking lot. Keep it calm and stay home with a book! Steamy Book Bargains has over 30 free to $2.99 to keep you entertained over your holiday weekend! My story REFORMING THE HEARTBREAKER is available in this package of awesome books for ONLY 99 Pennies!!


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HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!!

I'm still running this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Chasing Christmas Eve: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel (Kindle Edition) by one of my favorite authors--Jill Shalvis. What a fun way to get into the Christmas Spirit!! You can enter for your chance to win one of 4 e-books on Amazon. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Dec 19, 2017 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules and hope you win one of these books! 

Notes from the Writer's Chair

There is soooo much happening right now, I'm dizzy. My first story in my new series is almost finished, I'm brainstorming the second book in my Kindle World series along with a "secret project" I'll tell you more about in the new year. I'm also participating in a lot of fun Entangled Publishing parties and blog posts to celebrate a FREE BOOK from my SWEETBRIAR SPRINGS' series. THE MOVIE STAR'S RED HOT HOLIDAY FLING will be free from NOW until January 8, 2018, from all your favorite online booksellers. Still haven't got a copy of this sexy novella? Now's your chance to get it for FREE!! 

My next release is in January. That'll mark my 10TH published book!! A big milestone! I'm sending out the ARC sign up forms in December for my very first bodyguard story FALLING FOR HER BODYGUARD. I can't wait for you to read Ethan and Delaney's love story! The cover reveal will be next month! Woohoo!! 

As always, I hope you are all well and that you are enjoying your family and friends. I want to continue spreading joy and sprinkling good cheer every day from now until the New Year. 

Meanwhile, you can check out all my current releases on the following sites:

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Christine