Writing hours in February 2016

Even though February had one day more than usual, the month is over. And boy, it’s been a busy month! I’m very happy to say that I wrapped up my historical romance Shaken to the Core. It ended up at 126,000 words, which I think is a perfect length that will satisfy my readers and not make my publisher want to jump out of a window. All that remains to be done is the copy editing and proofreading. Other than last-minute revisions for Shaken, I have worked mostly on the translation of Just Physical last month. The German title, Affäre …

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Writing hours in September 2015

Fall is always a busy time for me. At Ylva Publishing, we’re gearing up for the publication of our Halloween anthology and the holiday anthology. This year, I’m also working hard to get two of my books out in time for Christmas: Just Physical, my new lesbian romance, and then next book in my writers’ guide series, Time Management for Writers. I’m looking forward to the publication of Just Physical in particular. I’ve been working so hard to get this book and its main character, Jill, right, and I can’t wait to hear what my readers will think. The feedback …

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Giveaway: Win my vampire short story “Coitus Interruptus Dentalis”

I never thought I’d write a vampire novel, but when I co-authored Good Enough to Eat with fellow Ylva author Alison Grey, I realized how much fun it was. Fun is not usually something I associate with a visit to the dentist, but it provided a great setting for my newest short story, “Coitus Interruptus Dentalis.” In this short story, vampire-like creature Robin bites her girlfriend during a passionate encounter … and ends up with a chipped fang. If you haven’t yet read the story, here’s your chance to win an e-book copy. All you have to do is to …

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Writing hours in March 2015

It’s April’s Fools’ Day today, and our weather is playing tricks on unsuspecting people here in southwestern Germany. We had hail this morning, and five minutes later, the sun was shining. Typical April weather. Thank God I’m more consistent than the weather when it comes to my writing :-) My first nonfiction book and the first one I published under my own name, Goal Setting for Writers, has been published in March. I wrapped up my newest romance novel, Damage Control, which will be published later this month! My beta readers had wonderful things to say about the novel, so …

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Writing Hours in February 2015

March has begun and with it, spring. Maybe not all over the world, but we had gorgeous sunshine here in southwestern Germany today. February seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. I had two new books out within one week–the paranormal romance novel Good Enough to Eat, which I co-wrote with fellow Ylva author Alison Grey, and Auf schmalem Grat, the German version of my romantic suspense novel Conflict of Interest. I was also busy working on my work-in-progress, Damage Control. I’m excited to say that I’m very close to finishing the novel–just two more chapters to …

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Writing hours in January 2015

February is halfway over, and I just realize that I haven’t posted the numbers for January yet. Well, better late than never, right? January was incredibly busy, as anyone I still owe an e-mail can attest to. I got started on writing my new romance novel, Damage Control, on January 1. Now I’m almost 97,000 words into the story…and the two main characters haven’t even kissed yet! I think it’s safe to say that this is going to be one of my longer books. I also wrote a new short story in January. “The Snow Liger” is part of my shape-shifter …

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Jae, killer of computer mice

My computer mouse went to the Eternal Hunting Grounds yesterday, joining half a dozen other mice that I killed over the last two years. Or is it “mouses” when speaking about devices for computers? Anyway, I used my laptop mouse for the rest of the day, but it’s too small for my liking and my wrist started to hurt within a few minutes. I prefer a big mouse that I can rest my hand on—like the Logitech Performance Mouse MX or the Logitech G500. These were perfect for my hand, but sadly, they never last very long. So I went …

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Writing hours in March 2014

Wow, what a month! I recently moved into a new (bigger) apartment. Even though it’s in the same house where I lived before, it’s insane how much work was involved, so I again didn’t get as much writing done as I would have liked. When I thought a full-time writer would write full time, I must have been delusional Still, I can’t complain too much. After all, I published a new novel, Cabernet und Liebe, (the German translation of Something in the Wine), wrote a new short story (which will be published in an anthology edited by Andi Marquette and …

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Interview with fellow author Laurie Salzler

Today I’m interviewing Laurie Salzler, who publishes with Blue Feather Books. You might be familiar with one of Laurie’s books—her debut novel, A Kiss Before Dawn, (which was a finalist for a Ann Bannon Readers Choice Award) and her second novel, Right Out of Nowhere—or with some of her beautiful photographs that she posts on Facebook. Laurie has a degree in Natural Resources Conservation and Outdoor Recreation, which she probably put to good use for her second novel. Her newest novel, Positive Lightning, will be released in early 2014. She and her wife, whom she legally married in 2011, celebrate …

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Interview with fellow writer Lori L. Lake

Today, I have the honor of interviewing Lori L. Lake. Lori was one of the first authors whose books I read when I first started reading lesbian fiction years ago, and her Gun Shy novels are still among my favorites. Lori, who now lives in Portland, Oregon (where I hope to meet her at the GCLS con next year!), is the author of ten published novels such as Gun Shy, the amazing historical fiction Snow Moon Rising, Buyer’s Remorse, and—her newest release—Jump the Gun. Her books won the Ann Bannon Award, two GCLS Awards, and an Alice B. Reader Appreciation …

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