I really hate starting off monthly wrap-up with, “Wow, look how much time has flown by!”
But seriously, half the year is over, people. Who has approved this accelerated pace and would greatly appreciate it those decision makers decided to slow it down now. At least give the rest of us a weekend to catch up!
Either way, June is over and I have to admit that, due to a few unexpected health issues, my pace slowed down a lot. And that pace is probably going to persist for July as well. I’m working on some things that I’m excited about which I will share with you towards the end of this email.
Either way, here’s a round up of what you may have missed this month:
At the beginning of the month we celebrated the release of Cherishing the Goddess, by Lucy Eden. Lucy is one of my clients and this is the second book I’ve edited of hers. I really love this book! And I’m not just saying that because we worked on it together. Make sure you grab a copy and LEAVE A REVIEW!
Here’s the blurb:
“This woman possessed some kind of magic over me that I couldn’t understand, but I never wanted to end.”
Billionaire CEO Alexander Wolfe has spent years putting in 120-hour weeks in the office and adding zeroes to his net worth. But lately, work has left him feeling burnt out and uninspired. Then he is given the chance to go head-to-head with a legendary corporate raider and the man he’d idolized his entire career. He seizes the opportunity, immediately jumping on a plane for Barbados to close the deal in person. If he’s successful, it’ll be the biggest win of his career.
He had no way of knowing that meeting a mesmerizing beauty would have the power to derail everything...
“Spending time with this man was easy but I had to force myself to remember that he was also actively trying to ruin my life. This would be a lot easier if he wasn’t so charming.”
Calypso Sterling has no time for men who value her beauty over her intellect. Instead, she focuses all her energy on her studies and career aspirations. But when her home—and a closely guarded family secret—is threatened, she’s ready to defend all she holds dear.
She had no way of knowing a handsome stranger had the power to take away everything she’d ever loved...
This standalone, workplace/ enemies to lovers romance features characters from Everything’s Better With Kimberly, is full of alphas and steam and has NO cheating.
This is the novelized, extended version of the previously published novella of the same name.
I continued the Making Your Characters Feel Feelings series with Affection.
This series is still interesting and fun, and I will continue to write it, however, I’m only going to post them once a month from here on out. I was getting a little bored with this being my only posts on here and if I’m bored, you’re bored, and we can’t have that. But do check out this emotions post. It focuses on defining love between friends, which is a relationship I love to write and read!
From now on, I’m going to follow up these emotions posts with ways to apply it to your own writing.
I thought it would be cool to show you all how I’m using emotions as a theme in my writing. Knowing how your characters feel at the beginning of the story/scene will make it easier for you to know where you want them to be emotionally at the end of the story and may make it easier for you to outline your book in a way that doesn’t feel as aggressive as a strict three act approach.
It’s definitely a tool I’ve added to my kit and I hope it will be super useful for you.
I shared a character sketch for Marcelo Santiago one of the main characters in my new spin-off series.
Marcelo Ignacio Santiago is Yves’ older brother and Ava Marie’s ex-boyfriend. Marcelo and Ava are attempting to find a friendship after an on again, off again relationship that has spanning six years. If you' haven’t read The Truth Duet yet and you plan to, you should know that this character study contains spoilers.If you don’t give a damn about spoilers, feel free to read and weep. It’s a little emotional, but I mean, it’s written by me, so what else would it be? That Marcelo, he’s shaping up to be another cinnamon roll. I think I’m kinda in love with writing guys with gooey sweet centers.
The last post in June was a #SampleSunday post of The Way Things Are.
Both Levi and Ava live with anxiety and they use various things to manage it. Meditation is one of the things they do together.
These two are navigating some high stress situations and even though they check in with each other often, sometimes they argue and don’t check in to make sure they’re on the same page. This scene takes place after one such occasion.
I hope you enjoy it!
Me and Kate had a few really cool guests on Lady Books
Long time friend, and author of BDSM romance, Annabel Joseph chatted with us about a new way she found to market her books and find new readers. Give Game Changing with Annabel Joseph a listen and get to know our funny and awesome friend!
We also spoke to Rachel Kramer Bussel who is a veteran author of erotic fiction and the amazing editor of more than 60 erotic anthologies, and you guys, this episode was a masterclass. She’s going to launch an e-course on writing erotic fiction so keep an eye out for that because we’re definitely going to share (and purchase) it1
Here’s what I’ll be getting up to in July:
At the beginning of the month, I listened to an episode of My Taught You, a podcast by Myliek, the creator of The Curl Box, and big boss ass entrepreneur. If you want to find out more about her, you can find it here, but I want to discuss the episode I listened to entitled, Summer Refresh. The topic of this episode was about things you can do to refresh your business. Business often slows down over the summer, it’s just the nature of things. We’ve been programmed to take summers off and that definitely goes for those of us who have client based businesses. Any way, that podcast got me thinking. I like to think of myself as a life long student, but admittedly, I haven’t done it with any real focus in the last few years. So I decided to spend the summer working my way through Chris Fox’s nonfiction writing books. I’m starting with 5,000 Words Per Hour which is basically a training session for your brain to help you learn how to fast draft. I’ve already started this one and I’ll be updating once a week on IGTV so make sure you follow me on instagram to witness my shenanigans.
Also, I'm taking most of August off from editing! I'm still scheduling through the month of July for September - November so if you need to get on my books, get in touch!
And that’s about it! I’ll be back next week with another Making Your Characters Feel Feelings. I’ll be focusing on passion. That should be fun to write. (waggles eyebrows)
Until next week, happy writing and reading!