P.S. 8/8/11 – I got an email this morning saying Rottweiler Rescue is going to be featured on Daily Cheap Reads tomorrow to look for it at noon. I know those of you who read here come because of the romances, but DCR asked me to put out the word on my blog, etc., and just in case….
I’ve been kind of among the missing again, haven’t I? This time I have an excuse. I’ve been going like a madwoman on the next romance and if I don’t have any more bright ideas am only a couple of chapters from done. Now that doesn’t mean done as in ready to publish. If I were a more organized person I could tell how long it took for Sing to get from this stage to published, but I’m not, so my estimate is still October or November.
When I’m what I call “done,” it’s not really a first draft. I believe the people who advise sitting down and pouring out the story any which way and then going back to shape it up are right and that would be the most efficient way. However, I’m incapable of it. Every time I sit down to write more new words, there I am going over the last old words — tweak, tweak, pick, pick. The terrible truth is that I find getting the story out of my head and into the computer the first time hard work. Everything after that is my idea of fun, so of course I’d rather tweak and pick and have fun than sit and get the original words out, which is work, and my talent for procrastination is limitless.
I am, however, trying to be a more disciplined person and write at least 1,000 new words a day and while I can’t claim 100% success, I’m managing something like 80%, which is a great improvement over Me Not Trying. During one of my last procrastination fits, I worked on the blurb for the new book, and with a little help from a friend (thanks again), came up with this:
After escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, “I jumped from the fryingpan to the fire. Before long I’ll be dancing on the coals.” The highwaymen were the fryingpan; the handsome young Apache who saved her from them was the fire; and the coals? Gaetan.
Rage against the enemies of his people has consumed Gaetan from boyhood. The only use he ever found for any white was to test the sharpness of his knife. Forced by his brother to endure Katherine’s company, Gaetan tries to deny what he sees — the white woman has a man’s temper and a lion’s courage. She has an Apache heart.
In spite of hate, distrust and fear, surviving in the rugged country of southern Arizona and northern Mexico forges a strange bond between Katherine and Gaetan. When the bond turns to love, can they admit it? Can they bear the consequences?
I would, of course, appreciate any input from anyone on your reaction to this, good, bad, indifferent.
Tidbit: McD recently pointed out to me that Barbara Samuel has released her backlist Native American romance book Dancing Moon for $.99 for Kindle. I haven’t read it, but did download it. She’s also the author A Bed of Spices, which I did read and thought was pretty good in spite of a time period and setting that don’t usually appeal to me (Medieval and Germany).
Yay! Looked like links are working for me again. Do you have a word you can’t spell no matter how often you look it up? Medieval is the one for me.