Round Robin–The Writing Bug

The Writing Bug Round Robin topic for January: Everybody wants to write a book, but most do not. Writing is hard work. When did the writing bug bite you, and what helps you get through a complete story? Hm… Writing, creating a world and characters, even when the world is contemporary, fires the imagination and allows us experience things we normally wouldn’t. We escape for a brief time. Some days, the words flow from my fingers onto the screen like an open fire hydrant. Other days, they seep out in a painful ooze. Every day I manage to add to the words that build my stories I consider a good day. The Beginning An avid reader at an early age, perhaps my desire to write was inevitable. The writing bug bit me around ten. It made itself known in a fan fic piece that will never see the light of day. (Not only because I’m not sure where it is, but also because I have no desire to share it…ever. LOL) A dystopian story has been floating around in my brain since that time. I have so many others clamoring to be written I doubt I will ever write it. It’s probably for the best. More than likely, that story has been told a million times over. Other than poetry, I didn’t write more than essays until I opened Wild Child Magazine in 1999. I adopted a few pen names (Kit Wylde and Rosa Orrore) and wrote a couple of stories. Two of them, Last Chance and Hieroglyphs, eventually became eBooks published by Wild Child Publishing and/or Freya’s Bower. My...

A Bad Review–How to Survive

Yesterday, I received a less than stellar review for my book The Whispering House. It was 3 stars, which isn’t a bad review, per se. Having some critical reviews can be helpful to sales. Even if the 4 and 5 star reviews are from readers and not your friends and family, those who’ve never read your books won’t know that and may be suspicious of them. As an author, we know this… logically. However, our emotions flare from the prick of criticism, it stabs at our ego, and our creative side wants to crawl under a rock and disappear. How could anyone possibly not enjoy my book? But it happens. You can’t expect to please everyone. Even Shakespeare had critics. Tolstoy found his writing to be drivel and boring. (I’m not comparing myself to Shakespeare by any means, merely using him as an example.) Sometimes, bad publicity makes a person famous. Perfect examples are Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Look how they used bad publicity to launch their careers, although Paris has disappeared from the limelight. Then take the musical Wicked. It received mixed to negative reviews when it first debuted, but something about it captured the hearts of those who went to see it. Ten years later, it continues to draw an audience. So how do you survive the bad review with your ego intact? Assume fetal position, gnash teeth, obsess over that one review, pick it apart line by line anal-yzing every word, commiserate with friends, eat an entire pint of your favorite ice cream… All good options. (Except 3 and 4. Those aren’t helpful.) Seriously, allowing yourself a few moments (hours) to wallow in your feelings is...

Books Worth Your Buck–Infiltrating Her Pack by Dominique Eastwick

Books Worth Your Buck—Infiltrating Her Pack by Dominique Eastwick Today is Books Worth Your Buck day on my blog. I apologize for getting this up so late. This can be a blog hop if you follow the link at the bottom and find out what other books people are recommending.  Today’s Books Worth Your Buck is Infiltrating Her Pack by Dominique Eastwick. I have enjoyed every eBook from the Black Hills Wolves series that I’ve read, and Ms. Eastwick’s Infiltrating Her Pack is no exception. Blurb The mysterious and intimidating lone wolf, Z, has returned to Los Lobos. Descended from a long line of gifted yet secretive shifters known as Infiltrators, his people are the spies of the shifting world, rarely seen and harder to track. Ripley Greystone has a big problem—her pack is Alpha-less and a local coyote band knows it. The safety of her pack rides on trusting Drew, the new Alpha of the Black Hills Wolves. But, admitting the reason for needing his help isn’t something she’s quite ready to do. Drew senses there’s more to Ripley’s request to join his pack than what she leads him to believe. There’s only one way to know for sure—send an Infiltrator to spy on Ripley and her pack. Forced to infiltrate her pack to discover the its hidden secrets and protect it from the coyotes determined to claim the she-wolves for themselves, Z finds more than he expects—all the while fighting the need to claim Ripley as his mate. Review The heroine, Ripley Greystone, is independent and strong. She also knows when to ask for help. This characteristic...

Books Worth Your Buck–The Heart of the Matter by James Greer

Books Worth Your Buck — The Heart of the Matter by James Greer Today is Books Worth Your Buck day on my blog. This can be a blog hop if you follow the link at the bottom and find out what other books people are recommending. It’s currently my plan to do this every Friday. We shall see, though. ☺ This week’s Books Worth Your Buck is The Heart of the Matter by James A. Greer. I first discovered Greer’s work with his short A Parasol in a Hurricane where he introduces Karen O’Neil (now Sorenson in Heart), an ethical, badass, female cop dealing with an unethical, abusive asshole of a husband. I fell in love with her immediately, wanted to be her best friend, and didn’t want the story to end. Karen is my she-ro. (grin) Luckily for me, he has written two more books with Karen as the heroine, Heart being one of them. In this installment of Karen’s story, we step into her life when she has moved with her new husband to Florida, is becoming a first time mom (unplanned), and has joined a small town police force. We follow her through the trials that all officers face when they join a department new to them, except, as a woman, she has to prove herself even more. She knows what to expect. This isn’t her first rodeo as the new policewoman. She expects to have to prove herself and deal with prejudice. But she’s also dedicated to her job and really good at it. Oh, and she isn’t going to let some Neanderthal prevent her from...