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Author Photos–The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

I took my “official” author photos yesterday, and I thought it might be interesting to share the process with everyone. My best friend and brilliant stylist, Kristen Blonn, did my hair and makeup just for the occasion. She spent FOUR hours highlighting my hair, blow-drying, and doing up my makeup. She’s a true artist. I’m telling you, I don’t normally look like this.

So after all that prep work and over 100+ pictures, there are maybe two decent pictures in the whole bunch. Two. To help you understand why I’m having so much trouble picking one, I’ve posted a few of the shots below…

(These pics are coming out a bit grainy and I’m not sure why. I’ll have to figure that out later).


Here I am “fluffing” my hair like Kristen instructed me to do.


Blinking is not a super great look for me.


Here I am itching my nose. Classy, I know.


This one is great, except, uh…what’s up with my right eye?! It looks…droopy.


This is my pretty face. Tell me it wouldn’t make an awesome author pic! The pink background really brings out my immaturity.


And finally, one that might be decent if we can fix the lighting. It looks a little blown out.


And this one is okay too, except my head is tilting to the side and back a little too much.

So, that’s done and I’m so relieved. I hate taking pictures, I really do. It’s right up there with going to the dentist or doing laundry. Holding that fake smile is a special kind of torture and I’m SO glad it’s over. Phew!

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Quick update!

I’m here! I’m alive! I’ve been swamped with deadlines, but now that novella #3 has been turned in to my editor, I can rejoin the world! Whew.

And in the spirit of fun, this is the unofficial blurb for the as-yet-to-be-named third novella:

Bold and adventurous, Gabriella Weatherfield has a bevy of suitors…and all of them, quite frankly, bore her to tears. Until, at her best friend’s house party, she is introduced to the handsome recluse, Nicholas Montgomery, coldly known as the “unseducable” duke of Somerset. During a night of fun and revelry, Gabriella’s friends challenge her to a dare…with nothing but her irresistible charms; she must win a kiss from the duke!

Nicholas is secretly intrigued by Gabriella, but when he overhears the reckless beauty accept a scandalous dare involving him, it’s a temptation he simply can’t ignore. Someone needs to teach the vixen a lesson and he’s just the man to do it. Trouble is, Nicholas craves more than just a kiss–he hungers for Gabriella, body and soul. But when she discovers his painful secret; a secret he has been keeping his entire life, he is forced to make a choice that could mean certain ruin or losing Gabriella forever.

I don’t have a firm release date yet, but I believe it will be out in the fall/winter of 2013. Woot!

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Good News Friday!

Good news! The second novella is done and ready to send to my agent! Woot! And I just found out the first novella, The Accidental Countess, will be released June 2013! So keep your eye out for that.

And Jennifer Haymore is giving away copies of A Season of Seduction over at her blog! Fun all around and just in time for Xmas!

http://www.jenniferhaymore.com/blog/

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Critiques, critiques and more critiques!

Welp, the second novella has been sent off to my amazing cp, Brenna Aubrey, for a thorough thrashing, er, I mean critique. Once I’ve gotten her comments back and I’ve made the necessary changes, it’ll go to my other, equally amazing cp, Jennifer Haymore. Once her comments come back, I’ll make more changes, and by then the novella might, maybe, possibly be ready to send to my agent, who will most likely make more comments. Then it will go to my editor, who will send me editorial notes.

It takes a village, people! This writing business isn’t for the faint of heart.

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Romantic Times Mention!

I’m so excited, I just had to share…my very first mention in Romantic Times!

Historical Romance – Time to don your corset and petticoats because author Kate McKinley is taking readers to a house party in Regency England. The yet-to-be titled anthology will let readers discover all of the guests’ secrets, by allowing us to see the entire event through three different couples in three interconnected novellas. On your mark, get ready, and flirt!

Here’s the link, if you’d like to check out the whole post:

http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/forewords-books-buzz-83

Squee!

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RWA Chapter Meeting

One of our local chapters had a workshop and pajama party last night, and I went with a couple of my writing buddies. So much fun! The workshop was about infusing emotion into our writing, and in the afternoon, an agent came to speak with us—which was very timely for me. I’m still trying to get a handle on what the agent/author relationship looks like, and the talk was very helpful.

After, we had dinner. Here’s a pic of our table, and a pic of my fruity “sunrise” drink.

This was the beginning of a very alcohol-fueled evening. There was much giggling, and plenty of testicle jokes. It was so much fun. The OCC ladies really know how to party.

Here’s a pic of me, in my pjs at the pajama party (sitting in the corner shyly, as usual).

Here we are this morning, all sobered up, gathered around the table for breakfast. We chatted for another couple hours about the business, craft, marketing. It was great!


So that was my fun-filled weekend. Now, back to proposal writing!

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Progress is progress!

Okay, the blurbs for novellas 2 and 3 have passed the critique partner and agent tests. Whew! Now, they’re off to my editor (love saying that!). Keep your fingers crossed! If she approves, she might still need a synopsis for each—we’ll see.

In the meantime, I’m still thinking through the full-length series idea. Thinking in terms of series is HARD for me. I can think up a single-title idea, no problem—but connect them together?! Gah!

So that’s my challenge for the next few days. Luckily, I get to spend the weekend with my critique partner (a slumber party—yay!!), so things will be flushed out…er, fleshed out, soon.

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Onward and upward

Okay, the blurbs for novellas 2 and 3 are off to my agent! Cross your fingers she likes them! They’re sexy and fun, right up my alley—so I’m hoping they get the thumbs up! If all is well, then she’ll send them to my editor—who may or may not need a full synopsis for each before I can start writing. I’m not quite sure how this process works yet.

So while I’m waiting to hear back, I’m be working on a proposal for a full length novel—which I’m hoping I can develop into a three book series. I have a pretty fun idea for the first book, but it’s just in the beginning stages now. Motivations and conflicts haven’t been fully fleshed out yet. That’ll take some time.

This is the best stage of writing—when an idea is new, so full of promise! No snags in the plot, no stubborn characters to whip into submission…not yet, at least. The challenges will come, I know. But for now, I’m having fun daydreaming.

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Exciting News!!!

I can FINALLY announce my good news! Last week, I sold three Regency novellas to Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Yours imprint!! I’m so unbelievably excited! The first novella will be out spring of 2013!

And just when I thought things couldn’t get better, I signed with an AMAZING agent, Helen Breitwieser of the Cornerstone Literary Agency! I’m so over the moon!

So, you’ll see the blog design has changed a little. Since I’ll be focusing on historicals for the foreseeable future, I thought the blog should have a more historical feel. It’s simple and sleek! I hope you like it!

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Man Candy…Wednesday!

I’m late, I know. I’m sorry. I got the final edits in for Siren, which means I’ll hopefully have a release date to announce soon. Can’t wait! But we both know that’s not why you’re here. It’s Man Candy…er, Wednesday!

This is Joe. In his spare time, he’s a werewolf on the show True Blood. He’s just gotten out of a really painful relationship, and I thought you might be willing to comfort him. :c)

Careful though. He bites.

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