Thursday, September 18, 2008

Siren Publishing released Winning Virgin Love last Friday!

Siren Publishing released Winning Virgin Love last Friday!

Mondays and Fridays. Recently, I have so much to do on Mondays and Fridays that I’ve actually contemplated adding hours to each day.

I’m serious here. It can be done.

I’ve thought about combining Sunday with Monday and Thursday with Friday. Then, I could work straight through like there’s all the time in the world to accomplish what needs to be accomplished on these two days.

Ultimately, that’s the only excuse I have for missing out on the opportunity to tell you about the new release of Winning Virgin Love! It was a busy-busy day but that’s not a legitimate excuse. Blogging should, by all means, come first on release day!

We did chat a lot on Friday. There were two chats actually—one at Siren and one over at my loop. Some might even agree we never stopped chatting. My loop has been nonstop action since Friday which has been pretty neat because we’ve met a lot of new members over there too.

With all the chit-chat here lately, I shouldn’t be surprised that I woke up this morning and felt a shift in things. No, I’m not talking about a shift in weight where everything settled into my padded backside.

I’m talking about an ‘inner shift’—you know, change in mood. I ‘felt it’ in my bones, even though there's a lot to write, deadlines galore and a short time to get everything finished if I want to be ‘on-time’ (and who likes to be late or behind?). Anyway, this morning, I woke up drawing a blank.

My son came in my room early, just like he always does before he leaves for school and he said, “So, what are you going to do today?” This is the same question he will ask every morning and I generally give him the same answer—“Write. What are you going to do after school?”

Today, it was different.

He said, “So what are you going to do today?”

I said, “Hmmm…I don’t know.”

(And I realized my answer immediately tossed him a curve ball)

“What do you mean, you don’t know?” He asked with a frown.

I said, “I don’t know. For the first morning in a long time, I honestly don’t know. I can’t think of what I want to write because I can’t think of one thing I want to say today.”

He said, “Oh.”

(At this point he immediately jumped up and sprinted to the kitchen to find my husband)

And I hear him:

He said, “Dad, Mom is sick. I don’t know if it’s depression or the flu but she is sick.”

My husband said, “What’s wrong with her?”

(Not at all concerned, I might add)

He said, “I asked her what she was going to do today and she said, ‘she didn’t have anything to say’ today.”

My husband said, “Son, I’ve been married to your mother for 18 years. If she doesn’t have anything to say, she’s not only sick, she’s on her deathbed. Call 9-1-1.”

So, I’m motivated again. It didn't take much.

I’m going to start a new book today and write my husband into the plot. Unless he changes my mind before six o’clock tonight, I’ll have wild women chasing him through the prairie with tomahawks. Wait, he might like that. Never mind.

Actually, today I’m working on several different things and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I just finished another edit on Winning Virgin Lust and it is coming soon to the new Ménage Amour Collection at Siren so that’s exciting. There’s news to note here too—I am T-totally in love with Gabriel Sabbat in Winning Virgin Lust.

For those of you who know me, Almonzo is ‘my hero’. He’s the sexy rogue in Winning Virgin Love and I pretty much tried to write him “perfectly flawless even with his flaws”. Now, I’m trying to do the same thing with Gabriel and I’ve decided to leave it alone—everyone will probably love him because he is simply bad-boy rotten. You’ll have to read Winning Virgin Lust to find out more.

Winning Virgin Love surprised me. It’s on the best seller list right now at Siren and ladies and gentleman, if you look at this best seller list, you’ll see why I’m not only honored to be on it but completely giddy. The list is packed with very talented Siren/BookStrand authors.

Today, vampires are going to the backburner though and the focus is going to be on athletes and cowboys. Yes, I’m back to that. After my husband’s little remark earlier, I’m going to churn out a hefty word count somewhere and then print out a few pages to leave at his dinner plate, along with that tomahawk. He’ll get the hint.

I’m really in the mood to write more about Gabriel. This alpha-male is hell-hot. When I first finished Winning Virgin Lust, I had to go ahead and write the first chapter of the next one because he more or less commanded it. Writers, you know what I’m talking about. Those imaginary friends of ours will often demand more of our attention than our teenagers.

I’ll resist the temptation to tell you more. I’ll wait to hear what you think about him in Winning Virgin Lust first (which is coming soon—did I tell you that?)

In the meantime, I really hope you’ll check out Winning Virgin Love. Tabitha (the heroine) is a little wishy-washy but everyone who reads her, really loves her spunk (even though her personality leaves her somewhat volatile). And then there’s Almonzo, love his heart, I wish this vampire would come to life in my world. Then, my husband would never have to worry about seeing me on my deathbed again—unless of course, Almonzo (or Gabriel) carried me there!

Oh, and by the way, I have a new promo pack full of excerpts from all of my books and novellas from Siren/BookStrand (RTF file) so if you’d like to receive it, check out my website and leave a comment at Make sure to request it in your comment and include your email addy so I can send it to you! There are new excerpts for Winning Virgin Blood, Winning Virgin Love, A Matter Among Men, and Love, Lust and Scandal in Professional Football.

Also, while you’re there at the website, check out the link for the Australian Romance Readers Convention and check out the countdown to convention. I’m booked for the February convention and I was invited to sit on one of the author panels so that’s really neat.

I just found out I may ‘work’ on a casino-related article while I’m there too which means I may get to stay in Melbourne for a few extra days after the convention. If you’re a Melbourne resident, let me hear from you so you can tell me about the best book ‘dives’ in town.

Finally, I want to mention my recent purchases. Let’s see here, I just bought Lara Santiago’s Menagerie, Jenny Penn’s Patton’s Way, and Samantha Cruise’s Devil’s Pact. For those of you who don’t know, I have a HUGE file of TBR books and a very long TBB wish-list. This is what happens when you’re a Siren/BookStrand author!

I’m off to go write! There’s a lot of misbehaving left to do now that I’m rejuvenated. My husband truly knew exactly the right thing to say to get my creative juices flowing and he’s about to become my next hero!

Until next time,



Romantic Heretic said...

Congratulations on your new release, Destiny. :)

Savanna Kougar said...

Destiny, congrats for being on the bestseller list! No surprise to me with your talented story telling.

Yep, those characters, espcially the heroes -- they can keep a gal on her writing toes...and be utterly demanding until they win their way.