My next release, Mr. & Mrs. Jones, drops in 30 days which means it’s time to divulge a little information.
The writing process for this book was one of the most enjoyable processes I’ve ever experienced since I began my journey as an urban erotic romance writer. Life was still happening outside of my computer. I won’t lie and make it appear as if everything was easy.
But writing a love story starring two of my favorite characters… yeah, I had fun.
For me, creating projects around the holidays is significant because holidays are markers in time that are consistent making a holiday project something you can return to every year and not get bored with reading… hopefully.
Last Christmas, I released my short story Unsilent Knight and made it available for free for five days. I knew I didn’t want to publish another short via Amazon this year so I decided to come up with something else.
At first, I thought about blogging every day for the month of December. But the way my patience is set up, I wouldn’t make it past day ten. Plus, when I actually sat down to plan the blog posts, the topics were all over the place and I didn’t find them interesting which led me to believe you wouldn’t either. If I can’t enjoy writing it I will not commit to it.
So then I thought about writing a blog post every day from the 1st to the 25th. Youtubers and some bloggers do something similar called Vlogmas or Blogmas where they create content every day until Christmas day.
But again, the way my patience is set up… nah.
And that’s when I came up with the idea for Drinks on Me.
Your new guilty pleasure is now LIVE on Amazon and FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Every time I release a book, I feel a rush of excitement and nerves. It’s like a cocktail of anxiety. This is one book I had to step out of my comfort zone to write and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
Check out the synopsis and click the link to read a sample and download your copy today. Happy Halloween 🎃.
12 characters. 5 short stories. 1 book
In two weeks I’ll release my 12th self-published book on Amazon. Well, technically, it’s my 5th actual book since most of what I self-publish are short stories but I digress. The book is Forbidden, and it was one of my most challenging books I’ve worked on. The process was tedious but I’m ecstatic with what I’ve created. Months of research and creating character profiles has resulted in well-told stories that offers the one thing I search for in books, the perfect escape. So, since we’re inching closer to Halloween, the release day for my Forbidden Anthology, I’m ready to talk about the creative process behind it.
It’s been 2-years since I self-published my first story on Amazon, No Fraternizing, PT. 1. This story was never supposed to be a series. It was supposed to be a short novella that brought readers into a different world of characters with a different story concept.
It’s that time again! I’ve started writing a new novella, and this is just not any ol’ novella. It’s a book where I’m writing about two of my favorite characters… Melodee and Amir. I fell in love with these two during the planning and writing process. Now, I love all my characters as I’ve said before but there’s something about the evolution of Amir and Melodee’s love that I admire the most. So, after two months of outlining, researching, blah, blah, blah… I’ve started writing it and I’m more than halfway through it.
When I first wrote this blog post, it was during the outlining phase of the story. Since then, I’m close to finish… yesss! The words have been flowing these past few days and I’ve been surprising myself at how far I’m getting with this work. And trust me, I’m not breezing through it. I’ve been taking my slow ass time. This is what’s baffling. So, I wanted to share what I’m doing hoping it can help another writer who may need tips on getting to their “end.”
Via social media like Facebook and Instagram, if you’re following me, you’ve noticed the hashtag I’ve got going, #MakingMrAndMrsJones. I wanted to try something new and to bring you guys along for the ride of creating this novella. A behind-the-scenes glimpse at what’s happening. This will also help keep me motivated and held accountable to finish this baby of mine.
For the readers, I think it will be fun for you to see a book come to life and evolve from nothing into something. And for my fellow writers, you’ll find the BTS (behind-the scenes) stuff resourceful… or at least that’s what I hope.
So, how am I doing it?
As I begin work on a new novella, I’m thinking about my “brand.” You hear that a lot as an author (or anyone really) offering a product or service.
As an author, I’m a small business owner. I’m in the business of words. My products are my stories and novellas. Your reviews are my testimonials. And my business location is in your mind.
So, when I think of my “brand” and what I want people to think of when they hear or read my name, 5 things come to mind:
Lila wasn’t ready… and neither are you.
The final novella of the series!
My new release is here! I’m so excited to announce that my new novella, Girl Code, is available now on Amazon, FREE with Kindle Unlimited.
Brainstorming this story was a lot of fun and it was even more enjoyable penning the story. My favorite kind of stories to read and write about center around friends turned lovers. There’s just something about witnessing the evolution of a friendship transitioning from platonic to romantic *swoon*.
And that’s what you’ll get from my newest novella, Girl Code.
Check out the synopsis…
And now Amir…
I must have fucked Melodee at least a dozen times in my mind as a teenager. I likened it to teenage hormones but as an adult I see that I was just feeling her harder than I could express. We met our first day of high school as freshman. Girls were already flocking to me without me even trying, doing subtle things like glancing at me over their shoulders or smiling at me whenever our eyes met. But Mel, she kept to herself. She’d only say something to me when I asked her what she was reading.
I love giving readers more insight into the characters that I create since I have so much fun creating and fleshing them out. So, step inside the mind of my characters Melodee and Amir from my December 23rd release, Girl Code. Beginning with Melodee…
I started calling Amir A.J. after I heard his mother, Ms. Anita, refer to him by the nickname. I thought it was so cute because every time she’d call him that; it looked like his eyes would light up and he’d be his happiest self. So, I started calling him that to tease him because he was such a mama’s boy. But then it stuck, and I found it weird to call him Amir. A.J. was the coolest guy I’d ever met. He oozed charm and was a gentleman even at the tender age of 14. He’d hold doors open for girls, grab their hand to climb high stairs, say good morning instead of what’s up when we’d see each other in the morning during homeroom. And he wasn’t phony about it, it was just in his nature. But he was still cool and smooth with it. Able to fit in with the “it” crowd without compromising who he was.
The Tables Will Turn, And A Shocking Secret Will Be Revealed
As the cover suggests, this one is all about Lila and the choices she’ll have to make starting in Chapter 1.
With each novella in this series, my goal has been to bring you, the reader, closer to the main character of the story, Lila Moore. This is also evident by the covers, with Lila going from being out of sight to moving closer to the front of the cover for part two.
So I started the series with narration at a distance from a third person’s view, then I gave her the wheel to narrate the story herself in part two. Now in part three, not only is she narrating, she’s bringing you into her mind, sharing her unfiltered internal dialogue as she goes through each life altering experience. Like all my characters, Lila has flaws, but like a boss chick she doesn’t hide it, especially in this final novella.
You’re going to have to read it to see what I mean!
Stay tuned for more news!
I’m taking part in this year’s Nanowrimo! It’s a month-long event in November where writers are challenged to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30-days. Yes, girls and boys… 30 days. Now for me, I write A LOT, but I usually write novellas. Though I’ll be aiming for 50K, my real goal is just to complete the body of work.
To make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, I’ve planned out EVERYTHING. I wish I was that person who could write by the seat of her pants (off the dome, making it up as I go) but the way my focus is set up… yeah, no. I have an A-Type personality when it comes to my fiction writing. I don’t understand why this personality doesn’t trickle down to other parts of my life, but hey… I get in where I fit in. Because of this need to always have everything in order, I’ve already planned out my novel (or novella, only time will tell) from start to finish. I’ve researched as much as I could, have the links needed for reference, know how the story will end, and I have the cover ready. I’ll post the cover by mid-November.