To celebrate, Ylva Publishing is rolling out the red carpet and offering my Hollywood series at a reduced price.
Each book can stand on its own and has different main characters:
Departure from the Script is a novella (short novel) about Amanda, an actress who struggles to get her career off the ground. At an anti-Valentine’s party, she meets butch photographer Michelle. She has never been attracted to butch women before, but Michelle has her consider a departure from her dating script.
Damage Control is a slow-burn romance in which world-famous actress Grace is caught in a seemingly compromising situation with another woman. She hires PR expert Lauren to convince the world that she’s straight. But for that plan to succeed, she really shouldn’t fall in love with her…
Just Physical stars spunky actress Jill who has taken herself off the romantic market after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. At the set of a disaster movie, she meets stuntwoman “Crash.” Despite their growing feelings, Jill is determined to let Crash into her bed, but not her heart.
“Dress-Tease” is a short story that shows a sexy moment between Grace and Lauren from Damage Control.
You can get these books at a reduced price at the Ylva webstore this weekend.
I hope you enjoy the books and the Oscar ceremony!
The Ylva wolf has a new sibling… Well, more a temporary guest in her den.
This cute little stuffed lynx is identical to the one that Grace Durand, the main character of my new romance novel Damage Control, gives to Lauren after winning it at the arcade.
Since wolves and lynx probably don’t mix well, I’m giving the lynx away along with a signed paperback copy of Damage Control.
To make things a little more interesting, here’s what you have to do to win the lynx and the paperback:
Send me an e-mail with the name that Lauren gives the little lynx in Damage Control. Not quite incidentally, it’s also Grace’s real first name. In case you haven’t read my latest novel or just can’t remember the name, take a look at this excerpt from Damage Control before e-mailing me.
Important: Feel free to leave a comment as well, but please DON’T mention the name there.
Best of luck!
Since I had a new novel out this month, I thought I’d answer both of these questions.
I came up with the idea for my contemporary romance Damage Control in February 2014, while I was working on Departure from the Script, book 1 in the Hollywood Series. Michelle, the butch main character of Departure from the Script, expresses her admiration for Grace Durand, an actress who, according to Michelle, is “sizzling hot.” On the surface, it sounds as if Grace has it all: she’s rich, famous, and beautiful.
But fame in Hollywood is fleeting. I started wondering: what’s the worst thing that could happen to a world-famous actress like Grace? Her success is based on her ability to believably portray the girl-next-door characters in romantic comedies. What if something happened to threaten that? What if she got caught in a seemingly compromising situation with another woman? She would, of course, immediately hire a public-relations expert to convince the world that she’s straight. Which she is…until she falls in love with her new publicist.
That’s the core idea that I came up with in February 2014. I set out to do research, mostly on publicists in Hollywood and how they work. Since I had already written another book set in Hollywood, I didn’t have to do much additional research into movie making and the everyday lives of actresses. From February to December 2014, while I was working on other projects, I put in a total of 163 research hours.
During that time, the characters started to take on shape in my mind, so I sat down to put together biographies and character sketches for each of them. How did they grow up? What weaknesses do they have to overcome? And, of course, the most important question: What kind of ice cream would they prefer?
Once I had a good idea of who my main characters were, I outlined the novel, using the index cards in Scrivener, a software for writers. The great thing about it is that it allows for an organic development of the plot since you can always add, delete, and change scenes and rearrange their order. I prefer to know the major events and turning points of a story before I write it, but I also want to leave enough room for spontaneous ideas.
Plotting took me about ten hours during the last week of December.
I started writing the first draft of the novel on January 1, 2015. Until the beginning of March, I had written 141,000 words, which took me a total 376 hours. I wrote every day, aiming for a daily word count goal of at least 2,000 words.
When I typed the last sentence, what I had wasn’t really the first draft, though. I work with a great team of beta readers. Three of them read each chapter as soon as I wrote it, and then I immediately revised it according to their feedback. Then three more beta readers went over the complete novel, and I revised it again. So what I ended up with was more like a seventh draft, which went to the editor and then to the proofreader, who both went to work immediately.
Because of their quick (yet thorough) work, we were even able to publish Damage Control early, in April instead of June.
All in all, it took fourteen months from the moment I came up with the idea for Damage Control to its publication. I spent more than two of these months writing—and keep in mind that I write full-time. It would have taken me twice the time if I still worked in my old job.
Not counting promotion, I spent a total of 549 hours working on this novel.
I actually consider that pretty fast. I’m sure the next books, especially my historical romance, will take much longer to write. Each book is different, and that’s very much okay with me. It’s part of what makes being a writer so exciting.
So, to sum it up, the answers to the above-mentioned questions are: it depends.
Have a great rest of the week,
To read an excerpt of Damage Control or to buy the book, please visit Ylva Publishing’s website, where you’ll find all the links.
My tenth novel, Damage Control, has just been published, and I’ve been grinning like a fool ever since Astrid, my publisher, told me she had just uploaded it to the major bookstores.
For some reason, this book feels special. Not that my other books aren’t near and dear to my heart—they are. But this one is extra special. Maybe because at 140,000 words it’s one of my longer works after I wrote a couple of slightly shorter ones (well, shorter for me, not necessarily for the writing community in general).
Or maybe it feels like such a special book because it was so easy for me to like my main characters and to empathize with them. Even though the lives of Lauren and Grace, a celebrity publicist and a world-famous actress, are very different from my own, they are going through some struggles that anyone can relate to:
Trying to be good at their chosen profession while at the same time not losing themselves in the expectations of others, overcoming preconceived notions of yourself and others, getting up the courage to step outside of your comfort zone and going after what you really want.
It just occurred to me that this was exactly what I did when I gave up my day job to become a full-time writer and editor. So maybe I did write a little bit of my own experience into the book, without even realizing.
So, give Damage Control a try. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!
Have a nice Easter weekend, everyone.
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