Written by Layna Pimentel
As we all head into a new year with a ton of goals to accomplish, it seems that I've done an obscene amount of thinking in what direction my own writing is going. I mean, we all have aspirations of hitting big right out of the park, but honestly, the percentage rate of how often that happens has to be under 5%.
The last few years have really put a dent into my writing time, killed some of my creativity and drained me to an extent. Now, here I am, early 2017 and ready to hop with two secret anthologies, and a few other indie titles later this year that I have yet to announce.
At this point I'm writing what I love which is historical, paranormal and contemporary. The contemporary project had been set aside for quite some time, but I'm ready to pull it out of the darkness and get back to work it. Now if only I can finish my two historical projects first. That said, my paranormal romances too, have sat in the sidelines waiting for the right opportunity. They were all written when I was a beginner writer, not to mention the market was unbelievably flooded with so many similar stories, and I didn't want to be categorized as fan fiction. Can you tell I've had lots of time to think about these projects? Now that sufficient time has passed, I'm stoked to get back to work on all of them. Rewrite them as needed and shape them into the beautiful and sexy stories they deserve to be.
It's rather amusing though, to see how much one's style and composition changes over the years. I've done quite a bit of reading on organizing, drafting and planning manuscripts to the point that it was the only subject I was reading instead of my ginormous TBR pile of paperbacks (romance, mysteries and non-fiction). Yes. I really do read non-fiction from time to time.
If you're new to romance writing I would highly recommend giving the following books, websites and workshops consideration. Publishing is a vast sea of networking, constant education and fluctuations in trends. You'd do well to have these tools under your belt before considering how to get published, or honing your craft.
I really wish I had known about all this stuff when I started back in 2009. If only we could roll back the clocks that far....
On that note, I have a manuscript to turn in on the 27th so I better get cracking. I hope everyone has a smashing year in accomplishing your goals for this year.
Handcuffs arenât just part of their job...
Filthy Dirty Love #1
Releasing Jan 31st, 2017
Handcuffs arenât just part of their job in this sizzling new standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy.
Veteran cop, Maddox Hunt, is all about the job. Sure, there are womenâlots of women, truth be toldâbut thereâs no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss OâNeil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her.
Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad heâs nothing but a distraction. Especially since heâs as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.
Now that Joss is back in Maddoxâs life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame . . . but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure, Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law heâs set for himself. Donât fall in love.
STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When sheâs not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee . . . strong and hot!
Release Blast for CARNAL OBSESSION by Reily Garrett, Monday, January 30th, 2017. @TastyBookTours @reily_garrett
A romantic suspense with a twist.
HIS HEART'S PRISONER
Releasing Jan 30, 2017
Life on the street molds emotional athletes.
Three years ago, her brotherâs death marked the beginning of Kendraâs new life, an existence with no home, no family, and no friends. Time in the underground byways toughened her emotional shell with the loose association of like-minded street rats where survival meant compromise and constant vigilance.
Before he died, Billy had sent her a package in care of his teammate, Conner. For Kendra, re-entrance into polite society comes with a deadly price, as betrayal comes from both sides of the grave.
Conner Crofton owns the BDSM club Ambrosia. After failing to protect his teammate on their last covert mission, penance takes form as a promise to safeguard Billyâs little sister, a girl heâd unknowingly remanded to a world of darkness and uncertainty, deception and psychopathic stalkers.
The past will always haunt us. Each must earn forgiveness and trust as passion, guilt, deception, and betrayal, interweave a destiny formed long ago. A romantic suspense with a twist.
Reily Garrett is a West Coast girl transplanted to the East Coast. Past employments as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and military police officer has given her a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her writing.
Though her kids are her life, writing is her life after. The one enjoyedâ¦after the kids are in bed or after theyâre in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop, surrounded by her shepherds, to give her imagination free rein.
In life, hobbies can come and go according to our physical abilities, but you can always enjoy a good book. Life isnât perfect, but your imagination can be. Relax, whether itâs in front of a fire or in your own personal dungeon. Take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions over a coffee with your best friend (even if heâs four legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.