Should I feel different now?

So, here I am, a bona-fide published author-(albeit an ebook author which apparently for a lot of the population doesn’t count)-am I different? Has fame affected me?
Not really. I still had to clean the house, do washing, remember a million appointments for the kids and feed everyone. I have to admit, I spent most of Wednesday feeling a bit sick. the thought that complete strangers might be reading my book freaked me out. What if they hated it and demanded their money back from Ellora’s Cave? What is no one bought it at all except the lovely people I know?
The weird thing is I can’t do anything about that. It’s totally out of my control. All I can do is put my head down and keep writing the next one.
It also feels strange to have achieved a dream. The older you get the harder it becomes to believe in yourself. I am proud to have done this.
Of course, now I want more-I want to be the next Nora Roberts….

I’ll be off to England on Thanksgiving (I wonder if they’ll give me turkey on the plane?) to visit my family. I hope everyone has a great holiday!

Holiday Fun below!

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YIKES!

So much for slowing down and taking things easy…

Ellora’s Cave have decided to publish “Eden’s Pleasure” next week (November 16th) as opposed to next March. So much for a leisurely meander into promo’s and reviews and publicity.

Now I’m running around like a headless chicken trying to organize stuff.

My lovely pal Wendy whose book,”Lessons and Lovers” was due out the same day as mine in March, is in the same position. We’re both thinking about emigrating or going to work stacking shelfs rather than being writers. Luckily we’ve been able to bounce ideas off each other too.

So, I’ve got ad space booked at ‘The Romance Studio’ and ‘The Road to Romance’ for late November and December. I’ve posted an excerpt over at Ellora’s Cave chat-a great and busy list and I’m blogging up a storm. One nice thing I’ve realized is that I have made a lot of contacts over the past three years and that romance writers are some of the nicest people in the universe. (Big shout out to Sylvia, Mandy, Julia and Daisy here for info and encouragement)

Now all I have to do is hope that I sell a few copies…and that people like it and that I get even one nice review I can put on my website-even if it’s only one word! It’s terrifying, but kind of exciting as well.

I haven’t written much, although I did finish the latest erotic romance-badly-but at least it’s done. I’m still trying to take some time off despite the pressure!

Slowing down…Promoting others

I’ve written myself into the ground this year…I thought I’d completed three full ms, but it dawned on me today that it’s actually been four. I’ve been trying so hard to achieve my dream that I’ve managed to drain the creative wells dry. So for this month, I decided to cut back my writing and concentrate on myself. I’m going to read lots of books. Get out and spend some time with our paint horse, Prince and generally give myself a break.

When your lip starts trembling when someone you trust critiques your stuff and one more rejection from an editor makes you blub-it’s time to review and slow down. That’s where I am at the moment. I’m taking a class on ‘voice’ just for myself, no pressure, no re-writes, no editors.

So instead of blogging about boring old me, I decided to share some current book releases by some fantastic historical authors, all of whom have helped me with information, hugs and other useful stuff along the path to publication. I’ve also put up a link (well Mr Kate did) on the left hand side of this page to YOUR VIRTUAL BOOK BAG where you can go and look at some interesting blogs, (including mine) and some fine book releases.

I particularly like the fine young man featured on Teresa’s book cover, don’t you?

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Loving Miranda

Loving Miranda Cover

Author: Teresa Bodwell
Title: Loving Miranda
ISBN: 0-8217-7816-1
Publisher: Kensington, Zebra Historical Romance
Release: October 2005

Teresa Bodwell announces the release of her second western historical novel, a sequel to her debut, Loving Mercy.

Benjamin Lansing is on his way to paradise with a short detour to nowhere. His brother left some unfinished business when he died. Ben aims to set things right and get out. He has no intention of allowing a pretty little distraction like Miranda to keep him from his goal. Even if that spark of life in her eyes threatens to melt the layers of reserve he’s taken a lifetime to build . . .

Miranda Chase knows exactly what she wants–a settled life with a steady man who will treat her right. She has no time for a smooth talkin’ city slicker who makes her heart race like a wild stallion when he touches her. Only a fool would try to lasso and break a man like Ben. Or a woman reckless enough to follow her heart . . .

Reviews“LOVING MIRANDA will bring a lump to your throat and tears to your eyes.”
Betty Cox, NovelTalk Reviews www.noveltalk.com

“Sweet and touching, yet as rugged as the wild west . . .”
Kathe Robin, Romantic Times BookClub.

“Ms. Bodwell has created a riveting story in this sequel to Loving Mercy.” LA (Leanne Davis), Rendezvous.

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Debut historical by bestselling author Lucy Monroe

Touch Me by Lucy Monroe
1st in Sensual Regency Historical Trilogy
ISBN 0-4252-0531-2
Berkley Sensation touch me cover

In her newest love story, bestselling author Lucy Monroe invites you into a world of dazzling beauty, daring adventure, and sensual delight…

Outspoken, opinionated Thea Selwyn is no ordinary lady. Raised in the exotic West Indies, she has none of the starchy propriety Pierson Drake is accustomed to—rather, there is a lush sensuality about this impulsive beauty that tempts him unmercifully. Her delectable curves and wide, innocent eyes are enticing enough, but her breathless response to his touch is a lure he can’t resist.

On a voyage that takes them from tropical paradise to the glittering ballrooms of London, Thea and Drake are pulled into a firestorm of illicit passion. Thea knows that once they reach England, the secrets she’s been keeping will kill whatever Drake feels for her. But Drake’s own history has taught him the value of acceptance and the desolation of loss. Thea is the one women Drake has ever trusted with his heart, and he has no intention of losing her— not to the ghosts of the past or the threats of the present. But can he convince Thea to forget the hard lesson she’s learned and take a chance on love?

Reviews:

Lucy Monroe has once again captured the essence of love and put that into a book that will keep you glued to your seat. Touch Me is the perfect title for this tender romance. 5 Stars ~ A Romance Review

TOUCH ME is the quintessential historical romance with exceptionally drawn characters and a unique, absorbing plot. ~ Carolyn Crisher, Romance Reviews Today

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I’m getting so flashy with the links now, that I’ve also added one for the RWAOnline cybersignings which you can click on and it will take you to a place where you can buy a signed copy of some of my chapter-mates latest books. The book will be signed personally to you, or whomsoever you want, (if you are still in denial about your romance reading habit and pretend they are for your Auntie Flo).

Random things that worry me….

I couldn’t think of a nice meaty subject for my blog over the weekend. And today, I realized why. I’m a bit like the last bit of butter in the dish-being spread too thin. That’s probably why I can’t focus on one single blog worthy subject-so instead I’ll give you a few random thoughts to chew on.

Food is on my mind as it’s Halloween tonight. I’ve eaten too much candy and I feel a bit hyper but not in a good way. My daughter who is three is finally getting the hang of the whole “Trick or Treat” spiel-she sounded quite professional-her little friend who is only two kept shouting “Chuckie Cheese!” instead which confused a few people.

I’ve been reading Daisy’s blog and enjoying her take on the whole diet thing. I gave my little rant about jeans over there and I’ll repeat it here. Everyone knows that boot cut jeans are the best shape for almost every woman who is shaped like a woman-they balance out the curves. But a lot of us have had kids and displaying our belly buttons is not a good idea unless we want to scare people. (Well I mean me here but I’m sure there are others!) I want a decent pair of jeans that sits just below my waist and is boot cut-please!

I made the mistake of dripping a bit of tea on my keyboard today-when I removed said tea, I realized that the rest of the keyboard was yucky-one clean bit does that sometimes doesn’t it? Then in yet another effort to avoid writing anything, I got a big paper clip and started fishing ‘stuff’ out of the cracks-eeew. tomorrow I’m going to have to clean it properly.

For some reason, writing at the moment is like pulling teeth. I’ve almost finished the first draft of my latest erotic romance, thanks mainly to my KIA month which really helped me force out the pages. But the month has ended and I’ve run out of steam. I gave myself the weekend off and hopefully, this week I’ll finish the thing. I’m actually quite pleased with it overall, although I seem unable to write a simple straightforward story-they always become dark and complex. I can’t just leave things-I have to go back and layer and layer to get it right. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to!

My three friends, Gina B, Maria G and Debra P are gearing up for the American Title II contest. It’s going to be fun cheering them on!

My British friend, Wendy aka as Portia Da Costa, has her Ellora’s Cave book “Lessons and Lovers” coming out on the same day as mine-what a coincidence! We both get a nice color add in Romantic Times which will hopefully make our books sell gazillions of copies.

I added a new print to my Regency Gallery. I bought it through ebay because she reminded me of Eden the heroine of my novella. Such a beautiful face with such a naughty twinkle in her eye!

Still waiting on many ms. Still writing although it’s not feeling great at the moment. Any body else feel like that these days?

Oh and Mr Kate, the big sweetie said OK to the Duo boots for Xmas-you have to love him really!