Tuesday, May 27, 2014

And this is what I'm up to...

Hey everyone!!

Okay - so this is what I'm up to. This is my something new. I really hope you can join this journey with me. I'm both nervous and excited about this new venture.

Starting June 2nd, I'll be posting weekly episodes of "Laugh, Cry, Swoon - An Author's Journey."


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's Time for Something New

I have been blogging for a few years now. It's been a fun experience that I've really enjoyed, but just lately, it's started to become a drag. Not because I don't want to keep sharing my journey. I love writing up my posts...I just think it's time for me to shake things up a little...try something new.

I have something that I'm working on and YES, I'm going to keep it a surprise and make you wait, but it's going to be a little time consuming setting it all up. So for now, I'm going to stop blogging until my big announcement.

I hope to be back to here in a few weeks to let you know what I'm up to. In the meantime, if you'd like to keep up with new book releases, cover reveals, book discussions, etc. you can check out my YALICIOUS BLOG as that will continue to run for now.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour

Thank you so much, Fiona Pearse for approaching me about doing this blog tour. I'm very excited to be a part of it.

If you'd like to read Fiona's post about her writing process, you can check that out HERE.

What am I working on?

I have two projects on the go at the moment. The first is Fever, my first New Adult Contemporary Romance. This is in the final editing stages and will be published on June 15th. I'm really excited to release it. It's been cool to write in a completely different genre and so much fun.

My other project is Two-Faced (The Masks Series, #2). All my planning is complete and I'm hoping to start the 1st draft today. This story is going to stretch me, I think. It's quite complex with a few story threads that I'm going to have to keep up with. Hopefully I'll pull it off :) It's going to be cool working with Caitlyn and Eric again. I really loved them together in the first book. It's also fun to write the next stage of a couple's relationship. They got together in the first book and now I can have a play with their relationship six months down the track.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don't like to get tied down to one genre. I like so many different ones that the only genre I can really guarantee my readers is romance. My books have to have a love story running through them. I asked my Street Team a few months ago which authors they would compare me to. None of them could think of anyone. They all said my stories and writing style were unique. Whether they were just being nice, I'm not sure. LOL. I'm not sure how or why my stories are different, but it is nice to be unique :)

Why do I write what I do?

I'm all about relationships and love. I really enjoy exploring humans and the way they tick and why they behave the way they do. So I like writing stories that explore human nature. I also love stories that are full of tension and excitement, which is why most of my stories will involve some type of mystery or suspense. I love the combination of romance and action.

How does my writing process work?

Because I have limited time due to parenting commitments, I'm very regimented with my time. I get up early to clear my emails, Facebook and Twitter. I try to make sure that all marketing and admin jobs are complete by the time I have to get my kids ready for school. After I've dropped them at the bus, I'm back home and straight into a 3-hour stretch of writing before I have to collect my youngest from morning pre-school.

Depending on where I'm up to in a writing project, those 3 hours are used planning, researching, writing, editing or formatting. I enjoy every aspect of a book's journey. I usually find I'm ready to move on to the next phase by the time it comes around. I also try and co-ordinate it so that while one book is with my critters I'm working on final edits for the previous book and then when the next book goes off to my copy editor, I'm working on planning for the next book on my list. It sounds like a scheduling nightmare, but it's surprising how smoothly everything ticks over :)

And now it's time for me to pass the baton on to two new authors so we can keep this tour going...

First up is Ella James...

Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising two children who will probably grow up believing everyone's parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella's books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon's Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

To find out more about Ella's projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, www.ellajamesbooks.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at ella_f_james@ymail.com.

Ella is represented by Rebecca Friedman of the Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency.

Next up is T. G. Ayer...

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes... I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It's a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves - it works wonderfully...

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands - I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

You can find T. G. Ayer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TGAyerAuthor, and follow her blog: http://tgayer.wordpress.com/