Category Archives: Thoughts
As most people know or don’t know about me, I was born in the great state of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner baby! I know, people actually think that I’m from Texas but I’m not. I bleed Sooner Red, not Teasipping burnt orange. It was drilled in my head from the cradle that the Texas Longhorns are the devil and that the Sooners are the bomb. Respect Tom Osborn, coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, just don’t cheer for them. And its okay to cheer for Oklahoma State University when they AREN’T playing OU. LOL! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the state of Texas at all. I married here in Texas, my son was born in Dallas and we now live in East Texas.
Everyone in the family went to OU except for my dad. My grandparents didn’t have the money to send him. Shoot, my mother was a Gamma Phi Beta at OU. One of my uncle’s was an OU football cheerleader and a Lamda Chi. My other uncles were Delts and my aunts were Chi Omega’s. Yes, Norman got a lot of money from both sets of grandparents. Then I had cousins that went there, too. Yep, more money.
Anywoos…the purpose of the family history is because when I was thinking of my “brand”, I had to figure out some things about myself and what stories I am writing. So here’s the short list:
1. Small town Oklahoma is the setting for my books.
2. My most cherished childhood memories are with my family and extended family and friends in Oklahoma. My books feature real honest to goodness people. The names of the *cough cough* innocent changed. Sorry cousins and friends…
3. When I think back to what I remember most about growing up, is Oklahoma. Yes, I have spent 43 of the last 46 years of my life in Texas but Oklahoma is where my heart lives. I can close my eyes and still remember places, things, people, smells from my childhood like it was yesterday.
4. Since my stories aren’t erotic in nature going forward, I needed a name that reflected that. Oh…in my family on the farm…pigs rule but that didn’t look good on the banners, so I opted for horses. The paint is the perfect picture of our neighbor’s horse when we lived in Gun Barrel City. I still miss walking out everyday and seeing Trinidad. *sigh*
As you can tell, Oklahoma is where my heart lies, so Sweet Heat from Oklahoma is my brand.
Again, I love Texas. Love my Riggins, Coach Taylor, Friday Night Lights, Houston Texans, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and the Dallas Stars. Shoot, my husband is an Aggie fan.
We vacation in New Brunsfels and float the Comel River for a week every year in July. Our condo is right on the Comel River with Schlitterbaun Water Park on the other side. Yes, can literally walk across the Comel River and we are at the park. We can see Master Blaster water coaster from our balacony. Come on July 19th!!!! Woo hoo! I digress…
So there you have it. My reasons for my branding and the new banner. Be honest, what do you think?
I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA lately. Its been a difficult year so far for me on the writing front. My debut (in my mind) bombed. Yes, I’ve written about promoting my debut, the troubles that I have had with getting reviews, being taken seriously…blah, blah, blah. Well guess what? There has been an upside to me writing and publishing book. Yes, something positive as happened to Harlie…the review blog has exploded. Something that I never expected was that people finally discovered the reviewer site of me.
Let’s back up a bit…when I realized that my debut was not going to go anywhere, anytime soon, I put my energy into the review blog. I hired an assistant (LOVE HER), we set a schedule of what the blog would do every day, cleaned up the review form, emailing the authors that sent requests and basically slowed down. Well, I didn’t slow down on the blog. I decided to do a spotlight that is exclusive on Thursday. I figured why not do a Harlequin Spotlight on Thursday. I mean, I did pick my pen name and name my review blog in honor of Harlequin.
Okay, it has already exploded. Yes, the Harlequin Spotlight has exploded. I’m completely booked until May now. Oh and I have a very special guest that will be on the Thursday spotlight for the next couple of months…Sherryl Woods. I nearly fainted when her PR person emailed me to set up some spots for her new trilogy that starts releasing in March. I mean, really? Me…Harlie…the reviewer that most people ignore or sneer at times? I fist pumped so many times that my husband that I was crazy. After setting up the schedule with her and just basically pinching myself over this coup, I’m still in the clouds.
I realize that I’ve been too hard on myself as a writer but there has been silver lining to this all. People are starting to notice me and seek me out. In fact, I recently signed a contract with Secret Cravings to work as their Promotions Manager for the Southeast Region. It’s in the pilot program stage now but so far, I love it. I work with about 10 authors with their releases and basically helping them set up their blogs, FB pages, helping them with promotion and helping them any other way I can.
Don’t think that I have abandoned my writing. Oh no, I have to finish a book in about 4 weeks before my chapter conference. I’m pitching it to two different editors and it has to be done. The synopsis is done and the first three chapters are done. Still need to write about 7 more chapters or 15k in words left. I can do this, I know I can. The worst is over…the synopsis.
So now, did my debut do what I wanted it to? No, it didn’t but its very slowly being reviewed and the reviews have been excellent so I’m getting out of my funk as an author. But the flip side to all of this is that the review blog is getting its due and more.
To all the readers, authors, PR people and publishers, I can not thank you enough for the consideration and positive feedback that Harlie’s Books has gotten from my debut novel.
Keep it coming and get the fingers crossed about my two editor appointments in March. Maybe I’ll be a published author again.
Wow, do I wish it were Spring. Its cold and rainy in my part of Texas. I would like to see the sun soon. I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. Now, the cold hard truth of the new year is upon us. I’ve taken some stock in my life and here’s what I’ve come up with, so bear with me.
1. I have to finish my current WIP in the next few weeks. I’m pitching it to a well known publisher mid-month and I need to be prepared.
2. Re-work my synopsis on my romantic suspense for submission. This is going to be a tough sell for me. Its got a paranormal element that runs through it and its sweet.
3. My release came went with a wimper and a gasp. I got sick over the holidays and was out of town for it. Plus, it released two days early. To everyone that liked, tagged and bought it, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot to me.
4. Write a couple of more blog posts for my two upcoming blog tours.
5. Spend more time on Facebook and Twitter as a writer and not my “real” self.
6. Try to find some help on the review blog. I need it badly right now.
7. Realize that what I really want to be when I grow up is to be a writer. Say it to myself every morning when I wake up.
8. Also, realize that I’m not going to please everyone and that I’m sure I’ve pissed some people off and that’s okay. I can’t make everyone happy and lately, more people have disappointed me than I have fingers and toes to count on. That’s life and a harsh reality to learn from.
9. To realize that I’m not one of the cool chicks and be okay with that. No one is beating down my door asking me to join their group, co-write with them or hang out with them. It hurts but I’ll get over it. I got over it in high school so why should now be any different.
10. Lastly, remember that I do matter and count in this world. I don’t have to everyone’s approval for everything that I do. Most people don’t but for some reason, *head slap*, I thought I did. Wrong0…I, Harlie, make my own happiness.
Whew, that’s a bunch and I’m sure that I’ve hit some nerves, too. But a few people have told me to live my life and be happy for me. Its okay to be selfish.
To the people that are still around reading this, thank you. I’ll be better in 2013 on the blog. Trust me, Coach and Riggins are not happy with me right now. Illness is NO excuse in their book. Damn it! I hate that a football coach and player has so much influence over me but hey, just look at them. They can do whatever they want and I don’t mind them anyway. Their punishment is…
Oh…in the next few days, Tammi and the teachers will have their review of The Couple.
In honor of my debut releasing today, I’m offering a $15 GC from either Amazon, B&N, MuseItUp, or Book Depository. Just tell me what all 7 seven themes were during the week and on my actual release day just write them in the comment section. Easy peasy. Good luck!
OMG!!!! I found out yesterday that my debut was already on Amazon and people were buying it! Woot!!! I’m still in shock.
Since I’m a bad newbie author, I’ve never shared an excerpt from the book so here goes:
Excerpt (PG-13 for language)
“What’s a girl like you doing at a bar like this?” he asked.
Her voice was a purr, like a cat well satisfied with its stolen pitcher of cream. “I’m looking for someone special.”
Hoping that she meant him he asked, “Did you find him yet?”
“Maybe.” The glint in her eye told him he was definitely in the running. However, I’m not looking to hook up with just any old cowboy. He must be able to go the full eight seconds and come back for more.” She eyed him from head to toe. “Think you can handle that?”
Oh, I can most definitely handle you sweetheart.
Not wanting to seem too eager he replied, “I’m not sure but I’m willing to try.”
“Do or do not. There is no try.” He struggled not to let his grin escape. The fact that she was trying to seduce him made his dick twitch.
“Let’s just say I’m looking to burn off some pent up frustration. A little excess energy. And I’ve got plenty to burn.”
The way she shivered at his words, he knew he almost had her. He winked as she licked her crimson lips and blew out a small breath. Damn what this woman is doing to him.
He pushed her knees apart with his left leg and was rewarded with the amazing scent of her arousal. The knowledge she was wet for him had him close to going off in his jeans.
Houston, we have lift-off!
“Why don’t you have a seat cowboy and we’ll talk about it.”
She gasped when he shocked her with a brush of his lips against hers; fighting with everything he had not to deepen the kiss.
He would play her game for the moment but sooner or later, she would be his. Tied up and begging for more.
He asked her, “Now about that eight second ride?”
So what do you think? Trust me, its gets hotter! If you are reading today’s post, thank you. The contest will run until January 4th. My author links and the buy links are listed below.
Author site: www.harliewilliams.com
Buy Link from Publisher: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=636&category_id=69&manufacturer_id=295&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
In honor of my debut releasing in 7 days, I’m offering a $15 GC from either Amazon, B&N, MuseItUp, or Book Depository on my release day. Follow my posts for the next seven days. On each day, they will be themed. Just tell me what all 7 seven themes were during the week and on my actual release day just write them in the comment section. Easy peasy. Good luck!
The official countdown has begun. Only 1 more day until my debut releases from MuseItUp Publishing. I still can’t believe it. The world didn’t end and the Mayans were wrong. So, I will definitely be around on Friday.
Did you get the themes from the earlier days? Still with me? Hate me? Tomorrow it releases! Woot!
I want to thank everyone that has read the blog this week and left a comment or two. Its been weird being at the in-laws this week. I’ve warned them about the book but they don’t seem to care. They just want to buy it and read it. We were over at my husband’s best friends house last night. Interesting conversation with his wife, who I adore. She’s read 50 Shades and I told her to read Cherise Sinclair and Shayla Black now. Much better books but I digress. I showed her my book on my Kindle and she is buying it, too. Today, my SIL is coloring my hair so the Kindle will go to her shop, too. Can’t wait to pimp it out there. A bunch of naughty women there.
Today’s topic is just a simple one…THANK YOU! There are certain people who I can not thank enough for their support and encouragement. My acknowledgment page is long but heartfelt. There is one particular person that deserves my undying love to and that person is Delilah Devlin. She rejected this story over a year and then I was crushed. I was in her crit group and I didn’t understand at the time why it was rejected. Well, I do know. It wasn’t ready. I need to revise, rework and resubmit it to the group again. I owe so much to her and to the writing classes that she and her sister, Myla Jackson/Elle James over the year. I took those classes; paid attention and learned about the craft of writing. Many authors talk about the craft but I didn’t have a clue back then but I do now.
As my release day nears…Eek!, I’m not as nervous as I was last week. Its done, finished and my one hope is that no one laughs at me. I’m proud of my story and I have re-read it this week. I can’t wait for you to read it and see if you can get the twist. I’m evil and a tease.
So, do you think you know what the topics were this week? Remember, share on FB, Tweet and the winner will be drawn next week.