Sunday, September 30, 2007
See? It was destined for me to be a person that puts things off until the very last minute. I did it in high school, in college, at work, and now in my writing.
Not all the time, mind you, but more often than I should.
For example. I have known about the Brava Contest since before it started. I knew what I wanted to write about, so I knew I had plenty of time, and then waited and waited. My niece was going to be with us for three weeks this summer, but I knew I could get it done while she was here. Nope, didn’t get it done. Didn’t even try. So then she left, and I tried Only to find that I couldn’t write it. The idea I had just fizzled and wouldn’t go anywhere. Every time I tried to force words, it came out crappy. Racked my brains and decided, oh, I have another idea. Same thing happened with that one.
Then my mom came to visit for two weeks. She knew I had to work. That wasn’t the issue. But I have realized writing nookie/mushy/romance just doesn’t work when your mother is smoking cigarettes across the table from you so you can’t breathe in your own house, and giving you the eye, since she knows you write porn and she doesn’t like it.
So I thought – oooh, wait, I have something that will be perfect. I will fix that up a little. Guess what? Yup, same issue. Just didn’t work.
So, by now I was less than two weeks from the deadline and nothing in hand and school starting again, I have been trying to think of a new idea.
Nothing came to me. Until a friend suggested something totally different. So I tried it and I loved it. Although I had to cut down the 1000 words to 750.
So, I have it done and ready, and it will be submitted today.
Along with my attempt at a Caveman that I just gave my Crit partner THURSDAY to edit. (Yes, it is also due today)
How long have I known about these things? At least 6 months. Did I do anything for them? No. What did I do? I procrasTINAted. Yup. That’s me. ProcrasTINAtor Bendoni.
Friday, September 28, 2007
So It's been a roller coaster of a week
2 of my books were added onto Fictionwise and 1 of them (The Prophecy) Skyrocketted to the top of the mainstream charts.Check it out:
Fictionwise Best Seller List It's # 5 here.
All Short Stories Best Seller List It's # 1 here.
Then I sold 2 more books. LOL
The first to Aspen Mountain Press Called Del Fantasma: Black Dragon
Blurb: What is an assassin to do when she finds herself protecting her mark instead of killing him? She sends him to Del Fantasma, where she hopes her old friend Cody will take care of him until she can resolve the mess she’d gotten herself into.
Will her Vampiric abilities be enough to keep Remi Dragonsblood alive? Or will the dragon shifter’s seductive charm get them both killed?
And the 2nd to Red Rose Publications called Bare Bones
Blurb: On the run from the Lycan who turned him during the full moon on All Hallows Eve, Christian Clarke isn't happy when he finds Joanna wandering through the woods searching for him. His inner wolf refuses to leave her side, yet his inner man wishes to keep her at arm’s length for fear that he won't be able to control his inner demons.
Hearing her whispered profession of love, he reveals himself. Can he keep her safe from the pack that hunts him? Will Joanna love the beast he's become?
I'll be posting excerpts on my blog soon. Hope you're all having a amazing day.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
More Exciting News...
Fictionwise Best Seller List
Can you say OMG? My hands are shaking from the shock LOL
Also I sold 2 more books. One to Aspen Mountain Press called Black Dragon that will be a part of the Del Fantasma Series.
and One to Red Rose Publications call Bare Bones. A romantic Paranormal Halloween Love story.
I'll post blurbs and covers when I get them.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Chat at the romance Galleria
Monday, Septemeber 17th at 9pm.
You will need to download the chat software.
Hope to see you there.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Diamonds are a girls Best Friend Contest!
Hey there everyone! Guess what??? There is this wonderful contest going on right now at Red Rose Publishing!
See the wonderful 1 caret Diamond Bracelet up above? Well, that is what you could win! That's right you could be walking around with this best friend around your wrist. This is all you have to do go to http://www.redrosepublishing.com/ and buy six books from the bookstore and you will automatically be entered into the dawing that will end on Nov. 30th for this beautiful Tennis Bracelet.
On that note, The Perfect Hero has reached best seller status at RRP. Pick up your copy today and see why?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I've been spotlighted on Jade Twilight's Blog
Ladies and Gentlemen-
This Weeks Featured Author is Aline de Chevigny and I hope I spelled her name right. lol. Her book is The Perfect Hero.
Heres the Blurb:
Experiencing the worst case of writer's block she'd ever faced, Cassandra Daniels feared she'd never finish her novel by deadline. In walked Nicolas Henry making her hopes rise. Will he be the answer to her Hero problems?
Or the end of her career and hope that true love actually exists.
You can find the showcase at
and just set up she's my frist featured author there Live Journal. Oooo.
Love prefers Twilight to daylight.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Heroes in our lives
Heroes in romance novels are wonderful, but who do you know that's a hero?
My son is in the Army, so I think he's a hero. Being in the military is tough on the families. Right after Christmas, Brandon will be sent overseas and it makes me sick to think about it.
How many more men and women have to die for a country that still can't manage their police and military forces?
Anyway, the point of this blog is to remind you to tell the heroes in your lives how much you love them.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Things that make me write
To prevent me from not writing I had a look at my wip list. It turned out I had a number of wips-in-waiting and some new ones that just popped out of nowhere. So I jumped between them, writing synopses here, brainstorming plots there, day dreaming scenes as I sorted out my cupboards. I added a thread to my forum at Coffeetime Romance so that I could write my word count in yet another place, LOL
I ended up writing and subbing a short story for an anthology in four days and I'm now enjoying my current wip Weaving Words. Well, I just discovered my baddy is based on Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse now (I wish my subconscious would warn me about these things!) so that should be fun.
I'm over my rejection and that story is out in the world again.
So... how do you find your focus when you hit a set back?
Oh and this I have to share. My new cover for 7% and Rising out with Samhain 27 November 2007. I love it.
Monday, September 03, 2007
My new "advice" column Ask Ash is live at the Night Whispers Authors blog! Every Saturday I answer "dilemmas" with creative yet practical ideas your momma would never give you.
I give advice based on what the asker really wants and not necessarily on the politically correct thing to do. For instance: Want to get the neighborhood kids out of your yard while having them think you're the coolest people ever? Give out six-packs for Halloween! Their parents won't let them near you again!
I'd love to hear your questions! You can even begin with... "I have this friend who..." And just to keep it perfectly anonymous to the public, I opened a new email addy to be used for only this purpose. Ask anything you want. Sign your name any way you like. Just Ask Ash! Every Saturday I'll publish the best from the mailbag that week!
Send letters to:
(Disclaimer: This column is merely for the purpose of entertainment and should never be misconstrued as real advice for real problems or in any way taken seriously.)