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*reposted from Sweet N Sexy Divas*
I’m so boring right now. Between baseball games/practice, getting my 3rd grader to not have an anxiety attack over a state mandated test and life in general…yes, I’m boring.
I used to not be boring. My 20’s were wild as hell. A sometime marvel at how I manage to survive them at times. At 47, I look back now and realize that my 20’s were a romance book. But without the HEA…just a HFN. Some people have asked me to write a book about it but I promised my brother that I wouldn’t until after our parents are buried. They don’t need to know just how wild I was. I was considered the good kid. Never got in trouble, went to church, taught Sunday School, never missed a family event. Underneath all that, yep, I was wild.
The stories I could tell about hanging out with the regional rock bands of the 90’s in the Dallas music scene. Yes, ladies and gents…it would make your toes curl. Plus, just not at this time. Yes, hanging out with Zak Wyde from Ozzy’s band, watching my friends from Drowning Pool finally make it and then the lead singer and friend of mine dying of a weak heart. The stories I could tell you about Pantera. Yep, lots of stories. Great guys but I couldn’t hang. LOL!
Why am I telling you this right now? Well a couple of reasons. The biggest is that I’m writing again. I know, shocker. I’m taking the summer off from reviewing (still blogging and promoting) to finish some stuff that I’ve started. This is what I have to finish:
1. An anthology call for a publisher. Its a Bad Boy story at least 5k. So far, I’ve written 2k and my hero/heroine haven’t had sex yet. Word count limit is 12k. Woot! Oh and the hero might be a “bad boy” but the heroine is the one that takes the lead in the bedroom.
2. Finish the outline to a YA/NA crossover series. I’ve outlined book #1 (YA/high school). Book #2 is the college based book (mature YA) and then the NA after college story. Need to finish the last one and polish the second one. Hint: these books are semi-autobiographical. At least the first one is and the characters are based on real people that I grew up with. *sigh* Nothing worked out, so this is my way of making it work out. LOL! But I will tell you, the hero and heroine stay the same. Each book will be able to stand alone.
3. Finish a short romantic suspense w/paranormal elements. I’ve waited too long to NOT finish it. Think Andrew Dice Clay (don’t judge) as the hero as an angel. Yes, as an angel. But he doesn’t smoke (much) or treat women like dirt. ;) But he does drive a 1985 Black Trans Am with t-tops.
4. If I have time, write some on the small town contemporary that has some people interested. This one is a tough one for me. It deals with my uncle’s death and the fallout but with different occupations. I’ve already cried during one scene.
So there you have it. What I planned for the summer in terms of writing. Yes, reviewing has to take a backseat. I can’t be put under that much calendar restraint right now. I don’t have an assistant anymore, just me so it was a decision that I had to make.
Meanwhile back in Lindale…Only 4 more weeks of regular baseball and then the month of June is All Star baseball. Yes, baseball takes over from February until the end of June.
Perfect for the newbie or seasoned author. I’m participating. Are you?
Be sinful each Saturday!
The concept of Sinful Saturday is simple, just post 7-10 Sinful Sentences each Saturday on your site!
Each week a new sign up form goes up on Sundays and ends on Thursdays for the following Saturday.
All you have to do is fill out the form then post that Saturday!
Post must be live by 9 am EST. You must include 7-10 sinful sentences.
Our banner and link to this blog must be in the post.
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.
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