Hello again, friends! Can you believe it’s November already? I can’t really… and yet here it is, with another monthly “Guest Author & A Giveaway” feature! As you can see, this month’s special guest is Vivian Arend! She’s here sharing a fun post about writerly stuff and her journey, and sharing a bit about her new books!
Also- because of this post… well you know I normally don’t interject in posts – but I couldn’t resist here!
I started writing on a dare. Well, not true. I started because I had a friend who had challenged herself to participate in the Nanowrimo event—30 days to write 50K words [National Novel Writing Month]—and she’d decided she needed backup. She enticed me with the idea of weekly get-togethers with the rest of the crazies in our area who were trying it, Location? The local coffee shop that had the best treats and coffee anywhere. SOLD! I, of course, said I would love to hold her hand (drink coffee) and encourage her (eat brownies) in her adventure (not take care of my children for a few hours).
So for a month I wallowed in supporting and giving to my buddy. And a strange thing happened. I wrote not only on the weekends, but during the week. I started to enjoy visiting with these characters, and by the time the month was over, I had not only finished the book while encouraging my friend to do the same, I’d fallen in love with writing.
The learning curve on any new job can be a bitch (can I say that word here?) [isn’t she so cute for asking, you guys? ;-)] And even though I was having fun (see point #3) this was a new job for me. I was spending hours a day writing. And then promoting. Researching, and filling in forms. OH THE FORMS!!! For a person who had never held a 9-5 before, this was craziness to the nth degree, and I loved every minute of it. Every time I turned around there was something new to learn. Setting up an Amazon author page. Making a book trailer. Sending in an ad for a print book. Planning and revising and edits…oh, funny story.
I had never used track changes before I got my first set of edits from my Samhain editor of awesomeness, Anne Scott. She explained that I had to leave it on and do XYZ…and I learned. Well, we were on our 11th book together before she realized that I didn’t know about the ‘next’ button to FIND the additions/comments she’d made. I was scrolling through by hand. Yeah, two years after starting I finally got that step right. And THEN, I did edits with a different editor at Samhain, and Jennifer asked me why I wasn’t accepting the inserts she’d done, like the million commas that I seem to miss every story. OH! There’s a button for me to do that as well? Yeah, I’m still learning…
The bottom line is that entire trip has been a trip. From me deciding spur of the moment to write a book for the anthology call at Samhain, having no idea what a cover letter should look like, to seeing the first cover art. To attending my first conference and having someone (OH LORDY, I LOVE YOU, WOMAN) say- “Yeah, Vivian. I know you! You wrote that book about the deaf werewolf!”
Heart stopping, cheek to cheek grinning fun. Writing great lines in a book. Opening the box of author copies of my first print book…I can go on and on and on. Because that’s what ends up motivating me. The letter from a reader who said I made them laugh out loud. The fellow author who blows me kisses on twitter. My daughter announcing she’s proud of me. (Thanks darling, and no, you still can’t read my books.)
So here I come to the point of having published over 20 books. This month my sixteenth ebook with Samhain releases—and it’s a special special occasion for all those three reasons all over again.
Rocky Mountain Heat was written with the help and encouragement of friends. It was friends/readers who liked it enough the first time out of the chute that I approached Samhain to see if they’d like to take over the series. I had to learn about reversion of rights, and removing books from sales sites. I had to figure out how to revise and expand a book by over 20K words and still keep the flow and the feel. And I had fun while I was doing it.
That’s how it should be. How I hope it always will be.
Rocky Mountain Heat
Six Pack Ranch, Book 1
He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.
Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.
Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.
When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.
Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride?
First Chapter: Excerpt
What’d you think? Have you ever read anything by Ms. Arend before? Are you an author? If not, would you ever consider being one? Are you trying now? Got any questions for Vivian Arend? What do you think the “author journey” would be like?
And of course, as it’s the monthly feature, there’s a giveaway. Vivian Arend is crazy generous and is giving away four books today. Three e-books (electronic), and one print copy of Turn It On. Winner’s choice of Ms. Arend’s backlist for the ebooks. So – let me know if you want to be in the drawing for the print book, or one of the ebooks when you answer the questions. 😀 Winners will be drawn on Saturday.