A New Story for a New Year (on a New Platform)

Just a Taste

I like deadlines. Well, no, I don’t like deadlines. I need deadlines. If I have no deadline, then nothing gets done.

This is not a great way to live, but some things aren’t worth fighting.

So, what’s a writer to do when she needs a deadline, but doesn’t yet have a book contract that would place one on her? Invent one, of course.

Or, more to the point, a series of deadlines. By placing her latest book up on Wattpad—and committing to putting new material up every Saturday.

At least, that’s what this writer did.

I released the first chapter of Just a Taste (which is most definitely not what it will be called if Harlequin ever does agree to be publish it), into the wilds of Wattpad this morning.

Next Saturday I’ll post the next one and the next one the week after that…and so on and so forth until it’s actually done.

It’s not perfect. Far from it. I’m still just telling myself the story at this point. But you guys can listen along with me—and hopefully, help me make it better by the time I hand it to my editor.

So what the heck is Wattpad?

Basically, it’s a social media site, where writers post their stuff, for free, and people who like to read stuff, read it. For free. And they comment and converse and have a good time doing it (I think).

You can follow people, and put their stories in your library, and read them from wherever you happen to be, on whatever device you happen to be on. Did I mention it’s free? I do hope you’ll come find me there.

And what’s Just a Taste about?

I’m so glad you asked! Here’s the description I posted.

When YouTube star Lily Sands returns to Dolphin Island for some much needed R&R, she runs smack into her old flame and first love. She has no time for love these days…but a vacation fling? That could be just what the doctor ordered.

Dan McGowan has no business getting involved with Lily again-he still has the scars from the last time he had to let her go. She can’t have his heart again. But his body? That’s another story.

After they’ve had a taste, the real question becomes…can they walk away when their time is done?

It will be a little bit silly, a little spicy, and hopefully, a lot of fun. Won’t you join me?

Check out Just a Taste.

 

Boom. I’m Calling This New Year’s Resolution Done.

makeover

You guys, I don’t know if you know this, but I make websites for a living. Nice websites. Mobile-friendly websites. Websites that work wherever and whenever you see them.

So, needless to say, my website has been driving me crazy for a good long while. While I loved my logo to the moon and back, the rest of it was looking (and acting) a bit outdated.

I knew I needed to fix it, but it was one of those things that kept getting moved to the bottom of the list. There was always something else that needed to come first.

So I made a New Year’s Resolution to give it a little love. Bring it up to speed. And make it work on my phone.

And guess what? I kept my resolution. Last night I gave it the facelift it needed.

There aren’t any fancy bells and whistles. But it’s done. On January 9, no less.

I told you. This year is going to rock.

So, what do you think?

It’s a New Year (Thank Goodness).

2016 unicorn

The last few years have been, well they’ve been something.

In 2013, I was all, “Look at me! I can work fulltime and freelance and be a good mom and WRITE A BOOK IN FIVE DAMN DAYS!”

In 2014, I was like, “Five days, huh? Well I can work fulltime and freelance fulltime and rewrite that first book twice and hey, write ANOTHER book (although the first draft took me a month that time) and stillbeagoodmomandwifewellokaymaybenotbutlookatmeimpublished!”

Then 2015 arrived, along with all the tools it needed to thoroughly kick my ass. Which is exactly what it did.

But, Internet, you know me. I’m nothing if not stubborn. So every time 2015 knocked me down, I got back up and kept moving as fast as I could.

In fact, it wasn’t until November, when I was downing 4000 milligrams of antibiotics a day to get rid of an ulcer and feeling like a raggedy stray cat on its last life, that I realized I was just being dumb.

I’m lucky. I’m smart, talented, and can do ALL THE THINGS. But I am not a superhero or an X-Men-type mutant (although I do have a pair of Wonder Woman socks, complete with capes).

And that means I can’t do all the things, all the time, and expect to stay healthy and sane (or do anything particularly well).

Most of you are probably going, “well, duh.”

And you’re right. It is pretty obvious—at least in retrospect. But I’ve always had to learn things the hard way. Plus, I’ve never been good at accepting limitations.

But now it’s 2016! And I’ve learned my lesson! Which means this year is going to be full of glittery rainbows and sparkly unicorns and fuzzy kittens and delicious cupcakes and, and, and… (okay, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little).

It’s going to be a good year. An awesome year. The kind of year that has me wishing for another one exactly like it when I blow out my birthday candles.

Or at least, that’s what I’m hoping. Fingers and toes crossed.

Happy New Year, everyone. May the force be with us all.

 

 

 

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