Update – What Have I been Doing?

I know, it’s been a week, I think, since I’ve posted. And it might be another simply because I’m getting a new site!

I’ve wanted a new site for a long time. This one is okay but it doesn’t really illustrate what I write. For a while now, I’ve been on the waiting list for this amazing designed, Rachel, her handle is Parajunkee and you can find her here.  Well, last week she emailed me and it’s my turn! I feel like it’s Christmas in March. Or at least, an early birthday gift to myself. So, that’s the first bit of news and why I’m not posting too much right now. I want to leap into my new site which will combine this site and my Relic Defender site. Yes, I’m getting exhausted trying to think about posting to three sites (this one, Relic Defender and See Jane Publish – this last one which I share with Nancy Brophy and Susan Lute. Haven’t seen it? Go check it out. I’m far more prolific there.).

In other news, I just sold my fourth book, Blood on the Moon, a paranormal action romance that is Tomb Raider meets The Librarian, to Champagne Book Group. Even better, it comes out this October! So, the end of this year, I have two books coming out:  The Death Skull, book 2 to Relic Defender series and Blood on the Moon, book 1 in the Children of Egypt series.  All I can say is wow! Life is good and I couldn’t be happier. And that is almost scary.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on right now. When my gorgeous new site is up, I’ll be back to posting.

This entry was posted on March 7, 2012. 1 Comment

Hit Me With Your Best Shot Releases Soon!

I’ve spent so much time focusing on promoting and discussing Key of Solomon, the first book of my Relic Defender series with Samhain, that I keep quiet about Hit Me With Your Best Shot.  I’d like to remedy that today.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot was originally released in 2007 by New Concepts Publishing. This was before I knew anything about epublishing or even how to promo. Writer tip – don’t wait until you have a book published to learn about promotion and marketing. When they say it’s too late, it really is too late. By that, I mean, bringing yourself up to speed on promoting is a nightmare. Learn what you can now.

Back to Best Shot. It made a little. Not much. It’s not erotic, and I didn’t promo. That was okay. I learned and I had the experience. Last year, after I got the rights back, I found a home for it with Lyrical Press (www.lyricalpress.com).  On February 20, it releases with a new cover and updated story thanks to my terrific editor. And to give myself a little credit, let’s say I’ve learned a lot since 2007. Show, don’t tell anyone? 😀 It’s definitely a better told story.

To celebrate my newest release, starting on the 20th, I’ll have some giveaways and goodies for you to share in the re-launch of a new and improved Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

Click on the page above to read the blurb and the first chapter.


Write What You Know

For years, writers were told to “write what you know.”  And this was something I heard when I began writing in 1997.  It came up again and since I was surprised that little gem was still being bandied about, I did some research on who said it. While that little statement is most frequently attributed to Mark Twain, there is a general consensus that no one really knows who said it but more than that, it’s something that should be banned.

So, what does it mean, really? Well, some believe it should be taken literally – to mean writers should not write about things we have not personally experienced. This is actually the definition I heard many years ago. Now, I find it very amusing and my reaction to it can be summed up by a quote from Robert Duncan (writer for Rolling Stone, Circus, Hit Parade and Life among a few), “If I write what you know, I bore you; if I write what I know, I bore myself, therefore I write what I don’t know.”

Isn’t that great? Here’s another by Howard Nemerov (an American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) that made me laugh – “Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.”

So true. Now, I don’t consider myself uninformed. I’m smart. I know stuff. But I don’t know enough about places and things to infuse my stories with the atmosphere and depths readers are looking for. Because while we read about characters, we also read for places and things. If I were to write only about what I know, I’d be writing short, flat stories.

I write paranormal stories. I have yet to meet a fallen angel, demon or a shape-shifting rock. I have yet to travel to another planet. I have yet to visit Egypt and see the pyramids at Giza. I have yet to explore the Mayan ruins in South America. Yet, these are all places I have visited in my research.

I’d like to leave you with another great quote on author’s writing what they know. This is from Valerie Sherwood (romance novelist): “Don’t write what you know – what you know may bore you, and thus bore your readers. Write about what interests you – and interests you deeply – and your readers will catch fire at your words.”

Would my writing be any better if I experienced some of these things? Maybe. I don’t know. I think what makes it great is that I haven’t been there so I can infuse my stories with the passion of discovering something new. And that’s what I try to do.

I hope you agree.

Congratulations Jamie & Mary!

Ladies, thank you very much for posting on my blog and I appreciate what you have to say. You both get your pick of one of the three giveaways. Just send me an email at rwakw@yahoo.com and tell me which one you want. For the book, I only have one so that’s first come, first served. If you choose digital, let me know what version.

Again, thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate my book!

This entry was posted on February 8, 2012. 1 Comment

Blog Re-Launch Giveaway!

Hi all!

Okay, I’ve been so, so bad at updating this blog but I’m really going to try and post at least two-three times a week. To kick-off my re-launch of, shall I say, getting off my rear-end and being a much better blogger about what’s happening with me and my writing, I’m doing a giveaway for the following:

* Digital copy of Key of Solomon

* Printed copy of Key of Solomon (trade paperback, releases on February 7 but I happen to have a copy :-D)

* Digital copy of my upcoming release from Lyrical Press, Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

What do you have to do to be entered for a chance to win? It’s easy. Simply leave a comment telling me what kinds of things you like to read on authors’ blogs and leave your email address. That’s it. Aw, come on, it’s easy. You don’t even have to subscribe (although, that would be lovely – and appreciated).

Questions? Leave them in the comments too.

Oh, and here is a blurb for Hit Me With Your Best Shot. I actually released this in 2007 with another publisher and it did okay; however, I have a wonderful new publisher at Lyrical Press and she helped me make it nice and shiny.

Sidra will do whatever it takes to find her target. Even if it means pairing up with an operative who has more secrets than she does.

Sidra is tough, street-smart and independent. And she’s living a double life. As an agent for Triad, she follows orders and gets the job done. But as Norah Rainwater’s surrogate daughter, she’ll do whatever it takes–even defy Triad–to find Norah’s missing daughter and save Norah’s life.

She plans for every eventuality…except Gideon, who lives a triple life beyond Sidra’s wildest suspicions. Sidra knows him as a charming playboy more intent on conquering women than saving the world. But he’s more than that. Under another identity, he fights to destroy the five men who lead the criminal organization called the Alliance–the same men who murdered his father for trying to leave the group.

With Norah near death, Sidra can’t let anything get in her way. Not even Gideon, who reminds her so much of Ranger, the only man she has ever loved. But Gideon can’t let Sidra reach her goal without crushing any chance he has of reaching his.

One More Day on Tour and Giveaway!

Tomorrow, October 28 is the last day of the book tour. I can’t believe a month has gone by. The tour was a lot of work but well-worth it as I had a lot of fun and ‘met’ some new people. Plus, the reviews have been awesome for Key of Solomon. For a book that almost wasn’t, the positive reviews mean even more.

To those who have subscribed to this blog recently, huge WELCOME! I’m thrilled you are here!

Now that the tour is over, I plan to spend more time on my blogs and of course, finishing book 2, The Death Skull plus prepare for the release of Hit Me With Your Best Shot, my post-apocalypse romance coming from Lyrical Press. I’m going to do a launch party so they’ll be chances to win some great prizes and the book itself. Stay tuned!

More importantly, tomorrow is the last day to enter the giveaway for $20.00 gift certificate to use at Samhain Publishing!  If you haven’t followed the tour and would like a chance to enter, please leave your name and email address below and you can have a chance too!

Thanks for stopping by!