IT’s HERE!!!! My cover for The Scientist and the Supermodel, the prequel to Genetic Attraction. This book tells how the heroes of Genetic Attraction, Jake and Roan, meet and fall in love. I say about the book “Before two guys can get the girl, they have to get each other.”.
The Scientist and the Supermodel releases from Loose Id on May 31 which seems like a long time to me. So, to help shorten the hours, i think we’ll have a contest.
Leave a comment on this blog post with your description of the cover –it can be one word or a short book, i don’t care. A drawing will determine the winner of — YOUR CHOICE of an ecopy of Genetic Attraction NOW or an ecopy of The Scientist and the Supermodel when it comes out on May 31.
Got it? Just tell me something about the cover and leave me a way to contact you if you win! And you may win a copy of The Scientist and the Supermodel or Genetic Attraction.
Thanks for entering! : )
Anyone who reads the blog knows that i have an affection for “pretty boys”. I even have a book coming out sometime this year with pretty boys in the title. Androgynous men are often pretty boys. They may be men like Adam Lambert who is handsome and chooses to style himself in an androgynous way.
Hi everyone. Welcome Carolyn Rosewood with her very first release, The Last Soul. Seducing the soul of an honest financier? Sounds like yummy fiction to me.
Here’s where you’ll find it:
Here’s a blurb and excerpt:
Faina has been dead for one hundred and fifty years, but she’s about to become human again. All she has to do is seduce Jace Blackmon, the most honest financier ever to grace the city of angels, into signing away his soul.
Please excuse me in advance for a little shameless self-promotion! I usually reserve this blog for guest authors, discussions of craft and some wonderfully naughty videos and photo essays. The book stuff happens over at http://beautifulboysbooks.blogspot.com. But sometimes i just cant help but share some cool stuff –and that would be the passel of wonderful reviews that Genetic Attraction has been garnering.
I got one of those this evening. Genetic Attraction was just named a five star Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews. http://www.nightowlreviews.com/nor/Reviews/Terri-reviews-Genetic-Attraction-by-Tara-Lain.aspx
Here’s a bit of what Reviewer Terri says:
The hashtag #amwriting is one you see a lot on Twitter. It likely means a thousand different things — am writing poetry, a new blog post, a historical novel, a doctoral dissertation. In my case, it means i’m writing a new erotic romance. Right now, i’m working on two, and i thought i’d share a little of the writing process involved in their creation.
Today, i’ve been working on one of the most interesting and challenging writing processes — rewriting. Some of you know that i’m working on my first-ever romantic suspense novel. It’s called, tentatively, Golden Dancer, and, because it’s me, it’s also a M/M/M menage! I finished the first draft two weeks ago and sent it out to my beta readers for comments. My principal reader is a renowned writer herself and a real master of romantic suspense, so i’m a lucky duck. Today, i got the notes back and, since i want to get this to my publisher in a couple weeks, i plunged in.
Weak opening. Always a tough note but a vital one because if you don’t grab your reader in those first few lines you may lose them forever. Funny, i had changed the opening to make it more “suspenseful” before i sent it to beta and my reader came back and said to start right where i had originally begun before the change. Sometimes those first instincts are best! Beef up the inner conflict. LOL Conflict, inner and outer, is tough for me. Once i go back in and work on it, however, i can usually make it pretty compelling. Reinforce your clues. Ah yes, you can’t make it hard for your readers to follow your plot, even if it is called a mystery. But bottom line, she loved the story and said i had great instincts for suspense. Wow, music to my ears.
In order to plunge back into the rewriting process today, i had to give up (for a short time) the most fun writing process on another book, at least for me — writing the rough draft. Drafting a story is a magical process of discovery, where everything you planned shifts and grows and colors itself in amazing ways. I’m a “plotser”, a writer who prepares a very basic synopsis and then pantses the rest letting it happen as it will. This gives me the best of two worlds for my personality. I get enough structure to be sure i have a story, which is important in light of my conflict avoidance. I have to decide at least some in advance what the conflict points are going to be. But, most of all, i get enough wonder and surprise to make the unfolding of the story a constant delight. I adore drafting. Plus, i’m working on my first ever paranormal romance which is a blast. The idea for this story was inspired by a submission call that got me thinking about –well, i’ll wait a little while before i tell you too much more. Don’t want to spoil the surprise.
There’s lot’s more parts of the writing process. Some authors rewrite a dozen times, some only once or twice. I know writers who love working with their editor after the book has been submitted, others hate that part. Some writers even love line edits!! LOL What about you? If you are one of those #amwriting people, what is your favorite part of the process? And if you’re a reader, which part sounds the most fun?
I’m having trouble giving away a copy of Genetic Attraction –NOT usually a problem! The first winner didn’t reply. She may have written down her email wrong. Now, for my next winner i have more than one JoAnna on my email list and i don’t know which email address is right. SOOOO, JoAnna who commented on the blog post below, please email me at email@example.com. YOU WON!! If you have already read the book, we’ll find another prize. So email me now. I’m feeling rejected. Mwaaaa. LOL : )
My guest today is friend and super-author, Cassandra Carr who is introducing her new release Talk to Me now available from Loose Id. Authors talk about having a “voice” when it comes to writing. Cassandra gives whole new meaning to the power of voice in the steamy excerpt you’ll read below. But first, Cassandra did some talking to me:
Uniform Behaviour, out now from Andrews UK!
Writer website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
Here’s Talk to Me, an erotic contemporary novel about a radio producer and an ex-hockey player turned host. Sexy as hell, he also happens to be her boss:
Yoga in Outer Space!! Oh my. It’s my delight to welcome new friend and fellow Loose Id author, Jan Irving, to the blog to help launch her new release, Loving Kindness. You’ll find this package of deliciousness HERE.
Jan has combined one of my favorite subjects — yoga — with a wonderful, erotic outer-space adventure. Here’s a description:
Kealton James has possibly the most beautiful body Gwendolyn Thompson has ever seen-no wonder he does katas in the nude, flaunting himself–but that doesn’t change the fact the man is keeping secrets. Anyone with any experience with alliance agents can tell he is not who he seems to be, mild mannered martial arts teacher aboard the Loving Kindness, an interstellar cruise ship.
Kealton mocks Gwen about the way she lives her life,a perky cruise director with a thing for professional suits and the occasional tepid affair with gentlemen passengers. Gwen likes her life, likes it predictable and more importantly, under her control. But despite how much Gwen tries to keep Kealton at a distance, when pirates take over their ship, her warrior keeps Gwen safe and gives her a taste of his own loving kindness.
Here are some comments from Jan and an excerpt from this exciting new release:
I’m baaaaaaaccccck from RT11 and i had a blast. What a fun week. I attended a bunch of great workshops like one on writing romantic suspense, and one on increasing heat in urban fantasy. I got to sit in on a terrific editors panel, and listen to experts talk about the best way to write powerful fight scenes. But the place i learned the very most was from the wonderful writers i met who shared information and friendship generously. One evening i literally “sat at the feet” (at a cocktail party with too few chairs) of the great erotic romance writer, Lynn Lorenz, and listened to her talk about setting up your spreadsheets to keep track of your books and their success. I heard about the power of gender fluidity in paranormal worlds from Belinda McBride, the use of graphics from Lex Valentine, and writing BDSM from Cherise Sinclair. Z A Maxfield talked about writing her first vampire story, the fantastic Notturno, which was the best-selling ebook at MLR Press for 2010 and one of my all time favorite vampire novels. And then i walked up to my idol and mentor, Jet Mykles, to introduce myself and she said, “Hi Tara, i’m reading Genetic Attraction“. Talk about your highpoints!! I would have gone to RT just for that!.
Everyone was so nice to me and i had so much fun, i wish you all could have been there. But i would like to share. I have a bunch of Genetic Attraction bookcover postcards left over from the show and also some magnets. If you have a book club, reader’s group or even casual group like of fellow college students who enjoy erotic romance and you would like some of these to share, let me know and i will mail them to you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me your snailmail address. Or, of course, you can leave a comment here.
Also, if there’s anything you would like to know about RT, just leave a comment and i’ll try to answer. : )
I just returned from RT in Los Angeles and one of the big topics of discussion, both formally in workshops and informally in conversations, was “do you need an agent?” Opinions were all over the map. I talked to everyone from writers who adored their agents and couldn’t imagine living without them to those who passionately stated “why would i give someone 15% of my earnings to do what i can easily do without them!”. Those in the middle usually said, “I have an agent for anything i want to pitch to the New York publishers, but i do all my own ebook pitching and negotiating myself”.
And therein lies the crux of the argument. Yes, if a writer wants to do multi-book deals with traditional New York publishers, an agent is an advantage — but these days isn’t absolutely required. In a panel of editors i sat in on, the moderator asked were there any of the pubs represented that would NOT accept an unagented submission and not one person raised their hand. These editors represented everything from the large traditional pubs to the smallest indies. So submitting to traditional publishers is possible without an agent, but if you want to feel secure about getting the best deal for future books, usually an agent is important. But lets face it, the future is in digital. Print won’t go away, but any publisher ignoring digital is a dinosaur living in neverland.
Currently, agents have little place in digital contracts with indie publishers. These agreements are usually generous in terms of royalties, promise little in the way of advances, and require relatively little of the author except to produce a quality product and give the publisher first right of refusal on sequels and series.(That’s not to say that really successful e-pubbed authors don’t do a lot more in terms of self-promotion, creative submissions, business planning, etc, but it’s not required by the contracts.) Those terms that are at all questionable in e-contracts are generally negotiable between the author and the publisher. If a writer wants to submit to a digital-first publisher, they can usually go to the website and read the guidelines, follow them and submit. A very few e-publishers are “by invitation only” but there are so many others to choose from, authors don’t have to care. Successful e-published authors make substantial annual incomes without the need for an agent.
But what about the future? Already, a few agents are starting to stake their claim in the digital turf. As New York pubs become more aggressive in the digital arena, agents will find their roles becoming more important again. BUT, agents must wake up and smell the future. The future agent will understand digital publishing, respect it, and create ways to add value to the author’s work. Above all, they will be partners with the author in ways that today’s traditional agent can barely appreciate. A friend that went to an agents’ workshop at RT said that some of the agents were sneering and joking at authors who submitted to them. I can’t imagine that that attitude works well for them today. I feel very certain it won’t work in the publishing world that’s coming — a world in which truly creative and collaborative agents will find ways to stand with their authors at the top of the digital heap.