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Guest Blog

While it was quite some time ago, I guest blogged at Victoria Janssen’s. I didn’t want to lose track of it.


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Diva Book Release

Jenna Bayley-Burke
contemporary romance

He’ll let her have control…until he’s ready to make his move.

The only things Lily Harris inherits after her father’s untimely death are debt, scandal and loneliness. She doesn’t protest when her father’s business partner, Jake Tolliver, steps up to help with the mess she finds herself in—until Jake reveals the last promise he made to her father.

Jake may be as compelling to look at as a marble statue—and stir a frighteningly powerful desire within her—but no way will Lily agree to be his socially acceptable bride while he continues to bed his string of beautiful women—not without getting him to agree to a deal of her own first.

With a well-earned reputation as a feral hunter who goes after what he wants, Jake has his sights set on Lily, and her lack of options puts her right where he’s wanted her from the first moment he laid eyes on her.

Jake’s not above making Lily think she’s having it her way if that’s what it’ll take to have his way in the end. But once he grows tired of playing beast to her beauty, he’s not above changing the rules of the game until they’re both playing for the same prize.

Warning : This title contains a hero used to getting what he wants, a heroine determined not to give in to him, some indecent proposals, a fair amount of pride, and enough passion to burn up everyone’s control.

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New Release – Louisa Edwards

On the Steamy Side by Louisa Edwards hits bookstores today!

She’s Never Met A Man So Mouth-Watering

When Lilah Jane Tunkle fled her dull life in Virginia for the bright lights of New York City, she didn’t expect to wind up a nanny to a gorgeous celebrity chef’s ten-year-old son. Working for the delectable Devon Sparks is a sure-fire recipe for disaster, especially after Lilah gets a tantalizing taste of his perfectly seasoned kisses . . .

And He Can’t Resist Her Down-Home Spice

Devon’s not sure he can handle one more surprise ingredient in his life—he left his popular TV show, his culinary reputation is on the line, and now the son he barely knows is back for seconds. Lilah’s Southern sass is supposed to keep the boy in line, but soon enough she’s teaching Devon a thing or two about homespun food . . . and turning up the heat.

This is the second Recipe for Love novel, and it’s packed with just as much delicious food, restaurant drama, and hot chefs as my debut culinary romance, Can’t Stand the Heat!
Here’s a little taste to get your mouth watering for more.

Now available at Amazon, Borders, B&N, BooksAMillion, Indiebound, and Target!

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5 Year Plan

Bria blogged about her 5 year plan and it started me thinking about mine. I have only been able to focus on one month at a time so far, but in 2010 I want to start being more deliberate. So here’s my stab –

2010 (Aidan starts preschool in the fall)

1. Complete Starskipper (90K) and begin submitting to agents.

2. Complete Thigh Noon (55K) and submit to agents and contests.  Start sequel – Golddigger Inc. (55K)

3. Complete THE LIST (90K) and begin submission process.

4. Join DARA and attend at least 7 meetings.

5. Attend RWA if a GH finalist.

6. Attend at least 2 writing workshops.

7. Decide on pen name and create a web presence.

8. Apply for RWA-PRO membership.

9. 2010 WC = 175,000   Edited = 175,000 (14.5K per month)

2011 – Continue writing. Decide which stories to focus on based on 2010 successes, IE contemp, inspirational or SFF. If agent not secured in 2010, create new plan of attack. Sell something by end of year. Complete 3 new books. (Aidan second year of preschool)

2012 – Secure additional two or three book deal.  Begin higher level promo, like autographings, appearances, interviews, etc. Complete 3 new books. Make at least 35K from writing by EOY. Begin “giving back” by conducting classes, etc. (Aidan starts kindergarden)

2013 – Settle into a 2-3 book a year release pattern. Make at least 10% more income than in 2012.

2014 – Get at least one book on a national bestseller list. Increase income 10% from 2013. Tell at least 3 people I’m an author who have actually heard of me.

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Things NaNo has taught me…

  1. I am a plotter. If I think about my story and characters ahead of time, use one of the many plotting methods out there and complete it before I start, I do not get “stuck”. The story flows really well.
  2. I cannot complete a book in one draft. I am more of a four-draft person. I think I have to write the whole book to really even understand the story. Then I can go back and layer the emotions and motivations back in. One more draft to polish and tighten and the last one, I’ll put away and come back to later to clean up the errors I missed the first three times.
  3. I can write an entire Harlequin length novel in 30 days during my regular writing time, while also focusing on my Golden Heart entry and doing regular family things. If I were to put my entire life on hold, I could write it in half the time. Or less.
  4. It’s ok if it’s not perfect the first time. Getting it down on the screen in the critical part. I gave myself permission to write something not so great just to get the words out. This is big for me because I’m such a perfectionist.

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Australia Character Study

We just finished watching the movie Australia and I was so impressed with the character development.  The villain in particular struck me as very well drawn. 

Fletcher wasn’t trying to steal Lady Ashley’s land; he wanted to pay fair market value.

He didn’t want the land just because; It was a part of his heritage.  He was a third generation rancher.

His hatred of Nullah stemmed from his inability to deal with his own weaknesses.  Additionally, he had been raised to believe the half and half people were inferior. 

He never came right out and threatened Lady Ashley.  His comments were much more sinister and full of innuendo, such as noting the spear collection on the fireplace and saying “Oh, look.  One is missing.”  The missing one had been used to kill her husband so the intent was clear.  Fletcher would either kill her too or implicate her in the murder instead.   This makes his threats much more believable and scary.

His obvious love for Cathy is what puts him over the edge.  I would not have expected him to truly care for his wife, but I believed it because he had me convinced he wasn’t completely evil.  Then deciding the “creamy” had cursed him was brilliant and fitting in his character, as well as the cultural norms.

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Can I be a writer without a pseudonym?

I have been wondering what it means for my future as a writer that my screen name for online communities is always my name. Why can’t I be more creative than kkw or katrinawilliams? Even my email address is katrinakwilliams. I tell myself it’s because I like to maintain professionalism. Also because the first thing I usually think of is too…personal. I don’t want all those cyber-strangers to know intimate things about me the second they view my screen name. You have to wonder about someone who thinks likes_big_butts doesn’t cause others to make snap judgements. And would those judgements even be wrong? Then there are the times I actually think, “This time, I’m gonna go for it. Figure out the most deeply rooted part of myself and put it out there.” Only to find I’ll have to be stargazer12564 because its just not such an original part. My name turns out to be the best identity I’ve got. And I spent most of my life not liking my name. The hurricane did not help, BTW. Now what am I going to do if a publisher wants me to write under a pseudonym? Any suggestions on a good pen name? I’m sure I’ll be scouring the phone books looking for something, anything to define not only myself, but my career. Oh, the pressure…

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