Saturday, February 13, 2016
A number of years ago, like many authors, I began a website. And after a few years, my webmistress left and I needed a new one, and I found another webmistress and we began again. Then she decided to move on to other things, and I got another website, and another webmistress and -- guess what! -- it's that time again.
I don't know if it's me, or webmistresses, but my marriage has lasted several decades longer than my forays into social media. Maybe they just get bored because I don't spend a lot of time there (mea culpa).
Anyway, as I -- and my newest webmistress -- are tangoing around my multitude of books (I'm writing number 70 right now. Gulp!) and she has suggested that we streamline things a bit, I am looking for advice.
You're readers, right? Or writers? Or both? So, let me ask you: How do you look for books?
On my current site at www.annemcallister.com you can get at my current books and my backlist through Publishers, Lines, Mini-series and with a Printer-Friendly Booklist. Honestly, that's a lot of linking. We'd like to cut it back.
So, how would you look for a book? What are the other things you find useful, entertaining, inspiring, worthwhile on an author's website?
Do you use social media like Twitter or Facebook or Instagram more than you check websites? Do you like blogs? Newsletters? Hate 'em?
Anne's most recent title, The Return of Antonides was out in October. She's eagerly awaiting the return of three other books of hers, the Tanner Brothers trilogy, beginning with the reprint of Cowboys Don't Cry. She'll post the cover on Facebook as soon as she's got it.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
- Write 2K words a day and wrap up revisions by January 20? Failed.
- Limit my time online? Failed.
- Resolve to not let online discussions bother me? Double fail.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
|My only release in 2015!|
I'm not gonna lie to you, it was a stressful and not all that productive time writing-wise. There's nothing like the failure of a line that you loved writing for to really knock your confidence. Suddenly I was asking myself questions like, can I really still do this? Was I mad deciding to take time out to write a longer book? Maybe I should jack this in and go back to journalism? Fun stuff like that. Seriously The Prince of Denmark had nothing on me and my voice of doom.
Abby Green, Fiona Harper, Iona Grey and Scarlet Wilson - who were kind enough to tell me to stop being an idiot! And the massive ego boost of getting a RITA nomination for 10 Rules to Sex-Up a Blind Date didn't hurt either - and also gave me an excellent excuse to go to the RWA conference in NYC and re-immerse myself in why I wanted to do this job in the first place...
But I also learned an important lesson over those six months... Ultimately the only thing you can control is your writing. Everything else is in the hands of the writing gods (who just happen to look like Jamie Dornan and Chris Hemsworth btw). And after half a year of panic and procrastination and false starts things finally started to look up. All in the space of about a week...
I got the cover and blurb for my women's fiction novel now called So Now You're Back. Yum! It was actually happening....
Tule invited me to write a Bad Boy Short.... Hell Yeah!
|My Tule short...|
Now it's February and I've got that Presents to my editor, Daring the Bad Boy is out and proud, my website is about to launch, So Now You're Back will be out on 25th and I'm looking forward to two more projects to finish this year - the second Presents and the second women's fiction book - not to mention a glitzy trip to the RNA awards do in March to cheer on my super brilliant writing mates Scarlet and Iona...
So thank you Chris and Jamie, for finally pulling your oars out! About time too...
Have you had any major ups and downs in the last year? How is the new year looking writing wise? I'd love to know I'm not the only one riding this rollercoaster.
Heidi is currently writing her second women's fiction book, doing promo on her two new releases... And looking for a new posh frock for the RNA awards in March. Not necessarily in that order.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Zaria Richardson is determined to make her event planning company, Precious Moments, the most sought after on St. Simons Island, Georgia. When Dr. Garrett Braxton approaches her with shocking information about their rendezvous last year to Las Vegas, the perfect life she’s created for herself comes crashing down. All of her mixed emotions over the suave, irresistible doctor rise to the surface, and now she’s faced with a life-changing decision.
Garrett has been in love with the ravishing, sassy beauty since he first laid eyes on her. However, with an unexpected circumstance, he now knows more than ever that Zaria has always been the one for him. Can he convince her that they’re truly meant to be?
For the Love of You is the first novella in the Precious Moments Series.
Monday, February 08, 2016
Greetings, everyone! I’m Lindsay Evans, a new columnist for The Pink Heart Society. I’m chatting about one of my favorite men today, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a big piece of perfection.
He can be the ideal Alpha top, his delicious Dorito-shaped body tattooed and bulging with muscles as he sweats and grunts his way through any action he runs into. And I imagine him being a more than serviceable Beta baby. His smile is to swoon for, a thing of beauty that can drop panties at a thousand paces while he’s being all sweet and accommodating, singing adorable songs as he calls you “darling” and runs the perfect temperature bath water. He’s a versatile man and that’s one of the many things I enjoy about him.
The Rock DJ, as I call him in my sometimes complicated fantasies, has been on my radar for years. Wrestler. Actor. Daddy. All around Good Guy. He plays many parts and plays them incredibly well, and while also being incredibly well-dressed. From tailored suits to sweat-drenched workout gear, he just makes you want to strip him down and lick the salt taste from every possible surface, nook, and cranny. A rock of love, if you will.
I've enjoyed DJ in everything I've seen him in, even those wrestling outfits (maybe especially those). For years now, I've been teasing a friend of mine that I'll write a romance novel about him or RPF (real person fan fiction) with his name just thinly veiled enough for me to avoid a law suit. In these fictional scenarios, I can never decide whether or not to make my friend his love interest or take that role on myself. I suppose I can always make us co-lovers. I’m pretty sure The Rock DJ can handle both of us. He strikes me as a man who can multitask well.
In addition to being able to successfully complete more than one task at a time, in real life, I also adore a lover with a sense of humor. Make me laugh and the panties are already half way off. The Rock DJ’s got jokes for days. Whether hilariously posing with his cheat day meals or rescuing a puppy from certain death at the expense of a (wet) shirt, The Rock DJ is my man.
The other thing about DJ that makes him like no other is that grille. His teeth are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! That smile and the way he effortlessly flashes it and seems authentic and warm even in the most canned of publicity shots makes all the basements flood. I’m a teeth lover from way back, so this man and his gorgeous set of pearly whites are the very definition of perfection.
And while I can’t always smell what The Rock is cookin, I’m fully ready and eager to receive whatever he serves up.
But what do you think? Do only Alpha guys do it for you? Would you kick slimmed-down and sweet DJ out of bed? Leave comments and/or pics of your favorite Beta men below.
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Telling people that you write romance often means you’ll be asked the following:
- Is it like 50 shades of Grey?
- Is it a trashy Mills and Boon novel? (to which I delightfully reply ‘yes, but it’s not trashy’)
- Are you writing romance so you can break into real fiction?
- Do you have to do a lot of research? *wink wink nudge nudge*
- Don’t you think you’re setting false expectations about love/sex/marriage/life?
- How much do you get paid for a book?
Thankfully there are also questions that I love getting asked: ‘where can I buy a copy / will you sign it for me?’ I want to hug those people.
|At the Niagara Falls Library|
But do I ever get sick of being asked questions? No way, not even the ones that make me cringe. Honestly, I could talk about my job all day. I love it more than anything I’ve ever done.
This week I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at a library here in Ontario. Meeting aspiring authors is always a treat—I love their enthusiasm, their passion for the genre and their excitement at what the future may hold for their writing.
It’s food for my writer’s soul.
It’s on that note that I must let you all I know I’m no longer going to be doing regular columns for Pink Heart Society. I’m very sad about this, but my workload is getting bigger and one of my personal goals for 2016 was to make sure I have time off.
Like some time off…any at all. Which is not what it was like last year.
If you’re interested in what I’m working on and what I have coming up, then here’s a snapshot:
- My ‘Dangerous Bachelors Club’ series for Harlequin Blaze is growing! Book #2 (A Dangerously Sexy Affair) is out in April and I am currently working on Book #3 (A Dangerously Sexy Secret). There will be six books in total.
- I’m continuing to write romantic comedies for Entangled Lovestruck and my next one is out in March! Details below.
- I’m also kicking off a new series with Entangled Indulgence, which is based around a super wealthy family in Melbourne who own a luxury department store company.
There will be more, I’m sure. But I’m trying to learn how to pace myself. It’s not easy, let me tell you. My husband jokes that I only have two speeds: sleeping and pedal to the floor.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the amazing PHS editorial team and all the other wonderful authors who blog here. I’ve enjoyed working with you all so much. Thanks for making me feel so welcome and for giving me space on this fabulous blog.
Loving the Odds, is out in March!
Risk analyst Bailey Reuben might be in Las Vegas, but the last thing on her mind is sin. She’s there to find her jerk of an ex and get her grandfather’s watch back. Instead, she finds a smoking hot stranger. A stranger with a crazy plan to help her retrieve her family heirloom and get revenge. It’s a bad idea—she calculates risks for a living, after all—but she can’t say no.
Bad boy PR guru Lance Fulton is all about helping the gorgeous, quirky Bailey. She’s in desperate need of some fun, and pretending to be her new boyfriend is the perfect way to help her see how sexy she is, get the watch, and show her ex what he’s missing. But the more they get to know each other—and the hotter their attraction burns—the higher the probability one of them will end up with a broken heart…