I’m being featured today over on the Harlequin Junkie blog with a Q&A about EXPECTING HIS SECRET HEIR! There are some cool excerpts, behind the scenes info, and a giveaway of books 1-3 in the Mill Town Millionaires series. Come check it out!
And see what else Sara has to offer on the cool site she’s put together. They’re very supportive of the romance genre and its a great place to hang out!
Growing up, I never had a real close group of girlfriends growing up. I didn’t need one—I had a twin sister. We had friends, but that wasn’t the same.
When I decided to try my hand at this writing thing, my sister was a 13-hour drive away. I had no choice but to go it alone. It was hard for me—my first solo venture—but I was blessed to find 4 friends who have made this the best 10 years an author could ask for!
The picture below is from the website pics my mother-in-law took for us to use to launch our blog 10 years ago. We call it our “rock star” look. Though we no longer have our joint blog, we’ve remained close through rejections, contracts, book releases, and story problems.
To celebrate our 10 year birthday, we’re having a big party and a blog hop. As part of our birthday celebration, we’re giving away a $50 gift card to Out of Print clothing. To enter, visit all five of the Playfriend’s websites (listed below). Each has posted a picture with a theme word. Enter all five of the theme words at www.andrealaurence.com/contest and we’ll pick a random winner from the correct entries.
My theme word is: ROCK STAR. Gather the other words at the websites below:
It’s more #MySexySaturday fun over on the Nice Girls Writing Naughty blog! Go enjoy some naughty sexiness, maybe some new-to-you authors, and comment for a chance to win prizes! Our August event is going strong. Check it out here.
A couple of weeks ago, I packed my bags and headed out of town. No hubby or kids. No girlfriends. No fellow authors. Just me, my computer, and my characters for 4 days. Like a writing retreat, but solo.
At first, it always feels a little weird. But I’ve spent so many years writing out by myself or with author Ella Sheridan than I’m used to it. To feel the complete silence of the hotel room, and know that I wouldn’t be interrupted was a relief. I’ve been pushing pretty hard over the past year, through working with kids in the room, scribbling notes at the day job, pushing through to write in short periods of time where its hard to immerse myself in my characters. Yeah, relief was an understatement.
I took Nate and Sara’s novella with me. My goal was to finish it, which I didn’t. But I made really good progress. Even more important, I was able to sink into the characters and reacquaint myself with them. Spend time thinking about what they would do and say, without the pressure to finish before someone needed something.
I think this is a great way to refill our creative well. I talk often about “refilling the well” in terms of renewing our energy, etc., but this is about the creative part of our lives. It reminded me to find ways to reconnect with this part of my life also, which will improve my writing, and also my enjoyment of my writing. That was a happy thing!
Another happy thing is going on today! I’m sharing on 2 other blogs and I hope you will join me. I’m over with the Nice Girls talking about, guess what, refilling the well. 🙂 And my latest hero, Jacob Blackstone (The Blackstone Heir), is being featured on the USA Today Happily Ever After blog with some other chivalrous heroes.
Today I’m heating up this cold winter day with some hunky goodness, sizzling scenes, and fantastic prizes at the Nice Girls Writing Naughty January Facebook Event. I’d love for you to join me and lots of other authors for our reader party, where we always have a great time! Just click here to join us (may have to sign into FB along the way…).
I’m excited to be over at The Writer Zen Garden today with A. Catherine Noon to hopefully offer some encouragement to my fellow writers who have to juggle their dream with a day job. Join us with your own ideas or just to be encouraged today!
Photo used courtesy of イーアン正 モール from Dearborn, United States on WikiCommons