When I started writing, hitting this publishing milestone was a distant dream. Though I’d been an avid reader all my life, I knew nothing about how to write a novel and spent months trying to reinvent the wheel. Then I realized it wasn’t enough to have an idea for a story. I needed to master the craft of writing.
I joined my local RWA chapter, went to the meetings and started educating myself. (See my Recommended Reading at the bottom of my Workshops page.) I started winning writing contests and then my 2nd full manuscript sold. (My 1st manuscript richly deserves the obscurity it enjoys with the dust bunnies under my bed!)
One of the things I had to learn was how to write a “first kiss” scene that was unique to each story. In Plaid to the Bone, Adam Cameron and Cait Grant were pledged to wed without having even met each other. Here’s a bit from their first private conversation:
She met his gaze then, her eyes enormous. “Maybe ye should fear me.”
Adam laughed again, a little surprised by the number of times she’d managed to make him do that in the space of their short acquaintance. “Maybe I should, but I dinna think I will.”
He cupped the back her head and bent to kiss her lips.
At first, he meant to only brush her mouth with his, but her lips were so soft, he lingered. She stiffened, but didn’t object. Then he felt her melt. Her lips parted and he dived into the warm wetness of her mouth.
What a shame Cait is oath-bound to send her new husband to an early grave!
If you can’t wait, Plaid to the Bone is at: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
And for my international friends: AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonDE
When I let my writing friends know I was planning this 20Days/20Books reader appreciation event on my blog, one of the first to offer to help me was Norah Wilson. A national bestseller, she’s a Rock*It Reads author, like me. (Rock*It Reads is a group of traditionally published authors who are committed to bring the same professional standards to their self-publishing work.) Norah writes romantic suspense and sexy vampire romances, as well as the popular Dix Dodd mystery series as N.L. Wilson (Janet Evanovitch fans take note!)
Norah is kind enough to offer a random commenter one of her Rock*It Reads ebooks, Guarding Suzannah (which I have read and loved!) Thanks, Norah!
There’s no love lost between criminal defense lawyer Suzannah Phelps and the Fredericton City Police Department. Now she’s being stalked, but she won’t turn to the police, fearing a) they’re behind it; or b) that she’ll lose face and it’ll cost her in court. But when Det. John Quigley learns of it, he’s determined to protect her no matter who is harassing her, and despite the flak he takes from colleagues.
They’ve struck sparks off each other in the courtroom, and now he’s burning to see if they’ll do the same in the bedroom.
You might win a copy, but why trust to chance? Buy it here: Amazon
Plaid to the Bone is my 20th book. Maidensong was my first. It was originally published by Dorchester in 2006 and when that house went under, my agent retrieved the rights for me. Maidensong is out again now as a Rock*It Read .
Maidensong—a love story. Forbidden in some realms, skalds who are brave enough to compose one risk death, for love is the most powerful force on earth. And often, the most treacherous.
When Rika sings the Norse legends, every other voice falls silent. She lives for the joy of her art, until the terrible day when she’s taken captive and made a slave to Bjorn the Black. She vows to hate him forever, but love doesn’t always recognize the enemy.
Today your comment enters you to win Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing, Guarding Suzannah from Norah Wilson or Maidensong from me. You’ll also be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize–a Kindle Paperwhite!
Here’s the question: Cover art is so important to readers & authors alike. Please click over to Norah’s book page and my Book Page to check out our covers. Then come back here and share your two favorites! Enjoy!