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Progress always involves risks.  You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.  ~Frederick B. Wilcox

Yes, I’m having one of those days with doubt.  I’ve turned in my contracted books and am out of contract.  This means…time to go out on proposal, which is both an exciting and frightening time.  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the publishing industry is in a bit of a flux.  🙂

I golfed last week for the first time in about five years–and I was very doubtful before.  But hey…I guess it all comes back.  While I wasn’t a star by any means, I did all right.  Sure, my slice returned, but then I remembered how to deal with it.

Publishing is like golfing.  You need the right equipment, a good attitude, and tools to deal with that slice.  A stiff drink doesn’t hurt, either.  But no matter what…you have to take the shot, or you’ll never make it to the clubhouse and the amazing brunch.  🙂

So this summer I’m taking the shot…and I’ll let you know how it goes.  For now, I’ve finally seen the back cover copy of CONSUMED – and here it is:

Sometimes You Mate For Life 

Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She’s good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won’t back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there’s no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she’s ever cared about–a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .

Sometimes You Mate To Stay Alive

For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan’s guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .

Also…when I get 100 ‘likes’ on the Consumed Amazon page…I’m going to post the first chapter on my FaceBook page.  Hint…Hint…

Consumed is available now for pre-order:

Everyone have a wonderful rest of the week!

Give Me a Hero with an Edge

Hi all!  I revealed the cover for Consumed this week – what do you think?  Nice abs, huh?  🙂  The tough body fits the hero (Jordan, a lion shapeshifter) perfectly, and I started thinking about heroes.  Well, and heroines.  I like ’em all with an edge.

Nothing against the clean-cut, boy next door, good guy…but I like a bit of darkness in a character.  (And I’d rather not examine too closely why).  LOL

Take Raylan Givens from Justified.  Sure, he’s the good guy.  But man, he shoots a lot of people, and he has his own code.  There’s nothing too clean-cut about this guy…yet I root for him every week.  He also makes some terrible mistakes, but you can see why he makes them.  Even better,  you can see how he learns from them.  I guess it comes down to having a hero who isn’t perfect.  What fun is perfection?  (Unless you’re talking about abs, of course).

Mary Shannon from In Plain Sight is another great example.  She’s sarcastic, snide, and lacks patience.  But she’ll do anything for her friends and family…including taking a bullet.  And even though she really doesn’t want to care, she cares deeply about the witnesses she protects.  So deeply it really ticks her off.  🙂

I guess flaws are what make people interesting…and why we cheer so hard for certain characters.  Overcoming those flaws makes for a good hero or heroine.  What do you think makes for a good character?  (Besides rippled abs?)   🙂

I’m Heading to the Big Easy…

Happy February!  I just pulled up my calendar to see where I’ll be when and guess what?  The FF&P conference is in New Orleans at the end of the month.  The conference actually starts on March 2nd, but I’m going a day early to play in the French Quarter.  This conference worked out with my college schedule this year, and I’m so glad I get to go.  I have never been there before.

In fact, I’ll be giving a workshop on “Ten Craft Blunders that may be Holding You Back.”  Sound like fun, right?  Here’s the outline and a handout.

What’s awesome is that the beginning few chapters of Consumed (Dark Protectors Book 4) take place in New Orleans.  So we’ll see how close I came to reality.  Plus, I think copy edits won’t arrive until after I’m home, so I can tweak if necessary.

One night a bunch of us are going on a vampire tour.  I also want to take the cemetery tour while I’m there.  Maybe the vampires will be in the cemeteries.  I’m hoping!

There will be a public book signing at the conference, so if you’re in the area, please drop by.  It’ll be on Sunday, March 4th from 9am until 11am at the New Orleans Marriott.

 And you find as a writer there are certain spots on the planet where you write better than others, and I believe in that. And New Orleans is one of them.  –Jimmy Buffett

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