As some of you know, I’ve been working on the 2nd novel in the Diamond J series. The working title is Diamond in the Rough. Though it still needs a lot of revision, it is coming together quite well.
The story takes place in the Diamond J world, shortly after Denim & Diamonds occurs. The male lead is Aidan, who was a ranch hand in the first book. The female lead is Gina, who makes a brief appearance in the first book as owner of the local scrapbook store. Want a peek into what I think the Diamond J world looks like? Pop over to Pinterest and look at my Rough board.
And I’m happy to announce that CaryPress has indicated that they are interested in publishing it.
So . . . help me celebrate this little accomplishment this evening.
Seems like everywhere I’ve gone to online for the past week has been papered with cheers and jeers for Fifty Shades of Grey. I haven’t read the book (too many of my writer friends have commented on how poorly written it is – I’m struggling to improve my writing – don’t need to read examples of poorly written stuff!) and have no intention of seeing the movie. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a prude. Whatever two consenting adults do is okay with me. But I do worry about the romanticism of what sounds like an abusive relationship. A BDSM contract? Stalking? Control?
Um, no thanks.
Instead, I love books and movies that tell the reality of relationships (but not too much reality). Everything isn’t all roses and champagne and limo rides and opera. That’s probably why I used to read LaVyrle Spencer books. Her heroines were real, lived in regular houses, and had a little meat on their bones. Her heros had baggage, sometimes did the wrong thing, but always treated the heroine with respect and kindness.
That’s what I strive to do in my writing: create a bit of romance without it being saccharine or fake. That said – it is nice to add a little money to the mix to make the reality of life a bit more fun! ;o)
But I digress. What is it about Fifty Shades that is so attractive? What is fantasy? What is reality?
The hero is a millionaire.
The hero is a hard-working man.
The heroine is a partner at a high-powered law firm.
The heroine is a paralegal at a small law office.
They live on a beautiful horse ranch, in a big, beautiful, rustic lodge.
They live in a modular home with three miniature horses in the pasture.
Ah, yes. Pretty easy to figure out what is fantasy and what is reality, isn’t it? Perhaps Fifty Shades is intriguing because it is something we will never experience. But don’t confuse fantasy and reality. If you are in a relationship and the man stalks you, follows you, controls you, isolates you from friends and family. Run. Quickly.
For the record, all the reality above is MY life. And I love it. 🙂
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I popped onto Amazon yesterday to check on my Author Page and was surprised to see this on my page! Yup – Denim & Diamonds is available on Amazon!
I don’t want to be one of those buy-my-book authors. That kinda drives me crazy. Still – I need the support of readers if I’m ever going to claw my way up the best seller charts (it could happen, right?). But what does that mean? How do readers support writers?
I’ve been feeling very Zen over the last year, and truly feel that what goes around, comes around. In that spirit, I thought I’d share what I do to help support and encourage the writers I like:
Like and share their Facebook posts (those with book-related links, not their pics of the tropical drink they’re enjoying while lounging on the beach)
Like their Amazon author page
Like their Goodreads author page
Mark their books to-read on Goodreads
As I’m reading their books, I TELL people what I’m reading – in person, on Facebook, on Twitter
After I read their books, I leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads
I know a lot of my friends are readers. What else can we do to support and encourage writers?
I’ve been living with lupus for many years now. That’s the reason my kiddo was born at 28 weeks. Lupus was lurking, but didn’t rear its head until I was preggers. I can’t complain (well, I can, but it doesn’t do any good . . . ) – I live a normal life and do pretty much what I want. But I’m able to do that because I take care of myself, and take the disease seriously. Part of that is keeping regular appointments with my docs. Last week was my annual exam with my regular doc, which involves doing my impression of a human pin cushion, and this week was my semi-annual exam with my rheumy.
It was good news/bad news. My vitamin D levels were low, and my white blood count was low. Not dangerously low, just enough to notice. I joked today that the prescription should be laying by the pool and napping. That should totally be a real prescription, right?!
Whether it was prescribed or not, I’m going to make time for that in the next few days. 🙂
How ’bout you? What do you do to take care of yourself?
I just got an email from CaryPress. They are mailing a proof copy to me. I can’t wait to actually hold this book in my hands.They had no further changes after my last round of edits – but I bet I find something else when I read through the book again.
There’s something about reading something in a new format. If you have to proof something, print it out in another font or print it on colored paper. The human mind is an amazing thing. It sees what it wants to see. It knows what you meant to say. So, sometimes you have to trick it. That goes for writing of any kind – fiction, non-fiction, stuff for work.
Try this trick the next time you need to proofread something, and I bet you find something you’ve missed before.
Denim & Diamonds is my first novel. Please join me in celebrating!
Though I’ve been writing for over a decade, the world of publishers is new to me. Pre-orders are very important to writers, because they help determine how much effort the publisher will put into the author. Denim & Diamonds is based on a novella I wrote in 2004 for National Novel Writing Month. After 10 years of fleshing out and polishing, the full-fledged novel will be released around July 1. If you are looking for a sweet romance, about a woman who is searching for home and family, who moves away from the city to her father’s horse ranch to begin rebuilding her life, please consider pre-ordering a copy of Denim & Diamonds.
Thank you so much for sharing this excitement with me!