Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Musings--There's an APP for "that"!

Calvin and I are at Bob Evans, having a late breakfast. The whole staff knows us here by name. As soon as I take a seat, one of the waitresses hooks me up to an IV of coffee and I get to work. Calvin reads his iPad and shares headlines and stories he finds interesting or kooky. Like just now. "Headline," he says. "Want to get pregnant? Now there's an app for that."

Well! That's certainly going to make writing my sex scenes easier. Hug, hug, kiss, kiss, touch, sigh, undress, ogle various parts, kiss, kiss, insert app. BOOM! Done.

Think of it. No more men with erectile dysfunction, having to resort to taking the pill also referred to as the Pfizer Riser. Although we will have problems with DA--dead apps. "What do you mean you forgot to charge the phone? How will the app work?"

I'm sure the article was referring to keeping track of a woman's fertile period and not the craziness my mind just whipped up. But that's how a writer's mind works, you see. Give us a serious fact and we'll create havoc with it...every time.

My Calvin is a writer, too, so you can imagine the amount of laughter at our house. He has a fabulous sense of humor. He has to to live with me.

That's all from me this Monday. I'm back to the writer's cave. Working on Shifters of Sonas Isle: KENDRIC.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Bit of Wednesday Writerly Wisdom

In the past five years, I've written eighteen books. I've learned a lot about the craft. Mainly, that I've got a lot more to learn. To say nothing of bad habits to correct. Honestly? Sometimes I feel as if my writing gets worse and worse. It can be damn depressing.

One of my biggest "flub-ups" is repetitious use of words. I can even pen the same word twice in one paragraph without noticing. I suppose I'm just too into the story I'm writing to realize I've already used house or door or flames more than once. Someone recently told me I had too many ands in a paragraph, AND I suppose there were.

I've been told my plots are too complicated. Or that they're too boring. My characters speak too old. They speak too young. I have too many secondary characters. That my secondary characters are awesome. My editor says I use too much humor while my readers say they love the humor in my stories. I've been told by my publisher to dummy down my writing. Meanwhile, reviewers have accused me of writing on the third grade level.

DO YOU SENSE MY CONFUSION?


Too many opinions can sour our word soup. Muddle the waters. Make us want to throw up our calloused fingertips and yell, "I just can't write anymore. I suck monkey balls."

Wouldn't it be better if we--me included--ignored everyone's opinion and concentrated on writing a good story? For a little while, just set aside all those craft rules and write? Then, once the main story was completed, go back and look for all the items of craft we're been taught. After all, craft makes our work shine.


There's only one thing:  My need to have a near perfect chapter before I can move onto the next. It's a sickness, I tell you. I will rewrite that chapter a dozen times, still using repetitious words, until it feels right. 

Do you see my conundrum?

I want to improve. I want to write a good story. I want to recall and automatically use the elements of craft I've learned. For some reason, the three won't coalesce. Even so I keep trying, because I won't give up. Somewhere I have to reach the land of improvement. I have an idea, we'll all get there by taking our own mode of transportation. Each writer's journey will be different. Let's hope it's not too difficult--or long.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Musings--Facing Something New

Doing something new puts me in a panic. I can't say it's an age-related issue. I mean, we all know I'm barely 39.  *shifty eyes*  Truth be told, I've always been that way. Fearful of trying and failing. I like my comfort zones, thank you very much. Although I've been known to push those limits, expanding them like my jeans size.

Promo experts--and I have no clue what puts a person in that category--say the best thing for a writer to have is a newsletter. I ignored it the first time I heard it. As the experts kept pushing the issue, I got an itch in the middle of my back. How would I put one together? More importantly, WHO would I send them to? I won't do spam.

I put a page on my website to sign-up for my newsletter. I offered a couple prizes to those who would, the winners chosen at random by a third party. I looked at newsletter sites. I wanted quick and easy. I kept telling myself I didn't have time for a big learning curve on how to put one of these things together. It had to be simple for a simple-minded fool. A skeptic, I still wondered if anyone would even read the darn thing. Or would I be wasting my time.

Saturday I fiddled with writing my first newsletter. I had no clue what to put in it. I briefly told what sub-genres of romance I write, mentioned my various series, and wrote about my newly released Indie book, showing its cover. I talked about my humor in my writing, too, as well as hinted at my heat levels. Looked good to me. Then I rewrote it 5 times.

Yesterday, I entered the people who'd signed up for my newsletter into the mail program I was using. It took me all day and several eye drops to enter all 1408 email address and names. Initially, I had signed up for the free program which was for under 1000 people. I scoffed at the time. Pfffftttt, I'll be lucky to get a couple hundred. This should do fine. Suddenly I was updating to a version with a higher limit at a cost of $10. a month.

I reread the newsletter. Thought it was lame, but by then all I wanted to do was get it off. So, I hit the send button. I'd faced the fear of doing something new. I can't say it was fun. I can't say I learned much. Will it prove as fruitful as all the "experts" claim? That remains to be seen. 

Today, I can go back to fictitious Sonas Isle off the eastern coast of the Scottish Highlands and my bear shifters. In my comfort zone of kilts, annoying bear halves of dual personas, and that delightful Scottish burr.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Intercepting Daisy by Julie Brannagh


Her heart may be in more danger than her job.


INTERCEPTING DAISY
Love & Football #6
Julie Brannagh
Released Sept 6th, 2016
Avon Impulse


From USA Today bestselling author Julie Brannagh comes the next fun and incredibly sexy novel in her beloved Seattle Sharks series.

When Daisy Spencer wrote an erotic novella about the Seattle Sharks' backup quarterback and her #1 crush, Grant Parker, she never expected it to become a runaway bestseller. If anyone discovers she wrote the sexy story, her days as a flight attendant for the Sharks would be over. But once she gets to know the real man behind the fantasy, her heart may be in more danger than her job.

Having Seattle fans think squeaky clean Grant is wild in bed is the last thing he needs-even if it might be closer to the truth than he will ever say. As he spends his days, and nights, with the gorgeous Daisy, he's not interested in going back to the lonely life he once led. But when the real author of the novella is finally outed, Grant and Daisy must both reveal the secrets they've hidden away or risk losing a love that's better than any fantasy.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cover Reveal for Raindrops on Roses--a 99 cent Deal






BLUE SATIN SASHES

Favorite Things Trilogy #2

Millenia Black

Releasing November 28th, 2016






From
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What happens when you fall in love
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Paris, France. Corporate brand
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professional illustrator Priscilla Bauer, the granddaughter of a legendary
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Favorite Things Trilogy #1

Millenia Black

Released Nov 18th, 2014






What happens when his ex just won't let go? 

Mayfair Island, Florida. Grief-stricken after the sudden loss of her beloved
grandmother, an enduring but reclusive Hollywood icon, young Priscilla Bauer
finds herself adrift and looking to find solace in the arms of her vast
inheritance, when she meets the kind and considerate corporate brand designer,
Michael Frost—a drop dead gorgeous beacon of light in her all too dark night. 

Falling hard and falling fast, Priscilla has no
idea she’s stepped into dangerous territory...someone else has already branded
Michael Frost her very own—with no intention of letting him go! 

Love. Loss. Jealousy. Vengeance. Passions are high but bitter vengeance gets even
higher in this razor-sharp love triangle you won't forget! 

With Raindrops
on Roses
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 like
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Millenia
lives in Florida where she's currently unmarried and has never dated anyone
living a double life...



She
thinks.