It’s LAUNCH day!!!!!! Let’s CELEBRATE!!!! How about a giveaway, in honor of our delicious hero, Chris Camden?????
Here’s to Chris, the Adonis and certifiable charmer with more lines than a supermarket before a snowstorm. With a panty-melting smile, ridiculous body that oozes pheromones, and a hot car, he’ll have your knees weak within minutes. I promise. ❤
Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of ‘Unlikely Venture,” Book One of the Venture Series.
The contest closes on 9/22/2015 and the winner will be notified by email. GOOD LUCK!
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I love spinning tales of romance in the Silicon Valley setting. I’m told I seriously over-glamorize the lifestyles of my heroes and heroines but whatever. I write FICTION so isn’t that kind of a requirement? I mean, I have to keep things interesting. right? WINK, WINK
As an entrepreneur, I am fascinated with goings-on in the Valley. There’s such an aura over Sand Hill Road; it’s just bubbling over with innovation, creativity and energy. Being part of that atmosphere, collaborating with fellow creatives and networking with famed venture capitalists must be so charging to a budding startup CEO. And coupled with the drive to build the next big thing? Well, the possibilities seem endless. Sounds like a dream (this is where my romanticizing comes into play)…but what companies really get to LIVE it?
Y-Combinator provides seed money to a certain number of startups deemed worthy to relocate to Silicon Valley for a three-month period. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding for a company and it helps pay expenses, allowing startups to focus on development with no added stresses.
If selected for the program, startups have access to proven innovators who will help shape and bring early ideas to fruition. They will learn how to deliver a polished pitch to investors and how to close a deal and acquire more funding, if needed. It all culminates in a Demo Day, where the elite group is granted an opportunity to present their work to carefully selected audiences.
All this in exchange for a small financial stake in each company. Sounds like small potatoes, considering most startups would never get this opportunity on their own. Networking is so key…sometimes you need to give a little to get a lot.
Just as an aside, Hubby has already advised me not to get any bright ideas about applying. LOL.
Gillian Flynn is living my dream. Not only is she an A-list New York Times best-selling author, but she’s also headed for the Oscars with the film adaptation of “Gone Girl.” Red carpet, designer gown, borrowed Harry Winston jewels…yes, she is a freaking rock star in my opinion.
My books take me about three-four months to complete. I don’t outline or plan…I just write. I let the characters take me along for the ride. Sometimes I’m surprised at their decisions, sometimes elated at their realizations, sometimes saddened about events for which they lack control, but I’m always excited to find out what happens next.
During the writing process, I get to know my characters. For example, I wrote a nine-page character sketch on the hero in my latest novel (which is about four scenes away from being in completed draft mode – YAY!). I needed to get inside his head so I could convince my readers who and what he is and why. I crafted a picture in my mind. I hear his voice in my head as I read his exchanges with other characters. I know his expressions and his mannerisms. He is as real as I am.
So naturally, I can see him on the silver screen. I’d love the chance to make him as real to the world as he is to me, to create the alternate reality I’ve lived for the past several months. Gillian Flynn had her chance…and it’s paid off royally….to the point of $77.9 million (as of press time for the 10/24 issue of Entertainment Weekly).
Ahhh…like I said…THE DREAM.
But first things first…gotta hit the lists before I can collect my own Oscar…in Valentino. =)
I’m officially stuck. I’ve written exactly 6 pages of Venture Forward and…screeching halt! Why? Because although my hero fascinates me, I don’t know where the hell I’m going with his story. I’ve played the “What If” game for DAYS and nothing! But this is my normal process. I just write, sometimes hitting 100 pages before figuring out where the story is headed. No outline. It’s just not how I work. =)
So now, I’m seeking inspiration wherever I can find it.
I need a Blue Moon Summer Ale for some clarity.
But I’m too afraid to leave my house because there’s some lunatic with a knife on the loose in my neighborhood?! What the HELL??? Where are we living these days?? I wonder what HIS backstory is…I guess someone must have messed him up pretty bad.
I write complicated, dark, brooding but not moronic. This brainiac evidently pulled a knife on a woman in her front yard in broad daylight when her dog attacked him and sent him packing into the woods. What a freaking idiot. Obviously common sense didn’t factor in when he opted NOT to case the house before his novice attempt at an armed robbery. No amount of backstory would make that jerk hero-worthy.
It is very rare that I pick up a book (or rather, my Kindle) and lap up the words on the page (or screen) like a parched dog at a water bowl in hundred-degree weather. VERY rare.
But last night, I sprinted through Taint by SL Jennings like a woman possessed…or more appropriately, obsessed.
Courtesy of Amazon.com
I had to finish it. Raw is the first word that comes to mind when I’m describing it. It’s told from the point of view of the hero and the author’s ability to spin the story through the eyes of an emotionally tortured 29-year old guy whose life pretty much revolves around sex followed by self-imposed solitude is impressive, to say the least. While I can’t say for certain that she hit the nail on the head with the way a guy would think, speak and react to precarious situations, in my humble opinion she did a pretty damn good job.
As an aside, guy-speak is always the thing I struggle with the most when writing. I run a lot of stuff past Hubby for validation. He likes to remind me that guys have their own dialect and that they aren’t extensions of my female characters. LOL.
Taint is not a typical contemporary romance. It had edge and depth and intense passion, much more so than most. Surprisingly, I liked the heroine, also not typical (at least for me). So often the heroines fall short; they’re weak and pathetic or just single-dimensional and boring. But not Ally. I felt her emotional struggles and while she was constructed to be completely opposite the typical object of desire for the hero, that made it all the more understandable why he’d fall for her and vice versa.
I don’t typically review books here but I just had to share. Also the cover art…YUM. It’s what initially sold me. Check it out at Amazon.
Maybe one day when my books are published (hopefully in the not so distant future) SL Jennings might return the favor. =)
As I write this post, I am actively fighting the urge to devour the remaining Russell Stover chocolate marshmallow eggs in the pantry.
Just saying. I really need to get rid of this leftover Easter candy. Sugar comas = lost productivity! I get way too fidgety to write compelling dialogue when I’m all amped up on sugar. Caffeine is another story. I can drown in coffee and it only makes my stuff more compelling. LOL!
Today, I finished the first draft of Nothing Ventured. I love it. If you’ve been on my Facebook page or seen my recent tweets, you already know this. We’ve established that it’s narcissistic but, whatever.
The plot twists didn’t come easy…I drew a lot of inspiration from Fuel’s greatest hits, but it worked. =)
I’m hoping my beta readers enjoy it just as much as I did, three times over. Of course, there are certain scenes I might have read more than three times, but we’ll just leave it at that…
I love the characters that really evolve the most throughout a novel. The more they change, the more invested I become. That’s one of the reasons why I’m totally crushing on my latest hero, Chris Camden, who bears a striking resemblance to this young gentleman below.
And here is my heroine, Mia Bradshaw. They look so good together, don’t they? =)
So now I pretty much have two-thirds of The Venture Series written. And it feels awesome. I’ve still got editing to do (hopefully not as much as I did for Unlikely Venture!), but I’m excited!
I can’t wait to share them with you! Bear with me as I prepare to navigate this whole publishing universe!
Regardless of the publishing method I ultimately choose for Unlikely Venture, one thing is certain. I need a cover. But not just “a cover” – the right cover, the one that will stop potential readers and cause them to click into my virtual world so they can determine if my story is worth their time and money.
So many romance novels have covers graced with half-naked swarthy tanned males with pecs that seem to ripple as you stare at them. Sometimes, they include the half-naked female counterpart as well, whose very perky boobs are usually popping out of her dress, ready to wave hello. Just as an interesting aside, very rarely, if at all, do you see a heroine by herself on a romance cover…?
Every book and article I’ve read on the subject stresses the fact that the cover is equally as important as “the blurb,” especially if a potential reader is purchasing an e-book. Of course, you can always sneak in some free sample content to gently nudge them toward a purchase. But really, readers need to be sold on the eye candy.
I don’t want to go against the grain here, but I’ve always preferred a different type of cover, one full of innuendo. I want to create the images of the characters as I read; I don’t want to be told what they look like. I prefer the use of inanimate objects over flesh to convey the mystery of what lays within the pages of a romance novel. I don’t need heaving breasts to tell me that there will be intimacy laced into the story. It’s a romance novel so I expect it!