Help Me Think of a New Tagline! Prizes!

So, my current tagline “Sexy, funny, smart romance” is nice, but it’s a bit . . . boring. When I ordered some swag last week, I didn’t use a tagline at all, instead focusing on Return to Sender’s theme of receiving naughty mail with some great “Got Naughty Mail?” swag.

But I’d like something similarly catchy for my homepage. I’ve been kicking around a few ideas, but I’m not the best at little one liners. Here’s my brainstorming list, but feel free to chime in with others. I’ll select one commentor at random to get a swag pack with Got Naughty Mail? goodies. (Your “naughty” mail will arrive in a plain brown envelope and has nothing *too* scandalous in it.) And since it’s Halloween season, you can bet I’ll toss in a few other goodies to.

Here’s my current ideas:
1. Got Naughty Books?
2. Different pairings, same happy endings
3. Erotic Romance for Discerning Prudes
4. Smart readers, sexy books
5. The lighter side of erotic romance
6. ????????????

Thoughts? Votes? Like the current one best? Think taglines are silly?

Return to Sender is out . . .

I didn’t pre-schedule a release day post because I’m a big dork and I didn’t want to jinx things. But it did indeed go live yesterday! I’m still giddy and excited and impossible to calm down . . .

Right now it’s only up at the EC site. I’ll update in the next few days as Ellora’s Cave adds the book to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. HUGE thanks to everyone who’s shared the link and given me good wishes!

Return to Sender

The Power of Goals! ROW80 and More!

Today I’m guest blogging over at the lovely Sidney Bristol’s place about setting goals that change over time–both our own and our characters.

Tomorrow, I have a real, live book coming out. *cartoon flail* Return to Sender is releasing almost 10 years after I first started writing a romance novel, 7 years after I joined RWA, and is the 6th book I completed.

In the last 18 months, I finished five books. FIVE. I am in a little bit of shock. I know there are plenty of writers out there who do 6+ stories in a year without cracking a sweat, but for me, where the previous six years had yielded three books, the transformation has been amazing.

And it’s all about the goal setting. I do #1k1hr . I do every challenged Shoshanna Evers dreams up. I do the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival. I won’t do NaNoWriMo this year because if I’ve learned one thing in the last 10 years it’s that goals have to be realistic.

So I’m signing up to do the latest ROW80 challenge.

My goals for the next 80 days:

  1. Finish my WIP. Two cute guys. One reality singing show. Lots of heat. If you enjoyed my hot Olympic swimming story, I think this one will also appeal. I hope.
  2. Open my WIP everyday and spend at least 15 minutes with it. This is it. That’s the key for me. Not 50k in a month (I’ve done that now, even in non-November months, but it doesn’t happen when I do big resolutions like 2k a day every day. It happens when I endure the 400 word days to earn the 4k days.) This for me is the sort of measurable goal where real progress comes from.
  3. Do at least one thing related to promo everyday, even if it’s tiny.
  4. Aim for one round of #1k1hr OR 1k words a day,  4 days of the week. I know I’ll probably easily reach that one, but I need to be realistic and give myself an out for those smaller word count days where opening the file is my big victory.
  5. Get something out on submission.

What are your goals? If you’re reaching this through the ROW80 linky plug-in, be sure to drop a comment so I can come cheer you on too!


Book Review: Love Games by M. Jules Aedin

My CP Edie Danford and I were both in a mood for angst last week, and I told her about M. Jules Aedin’s Paper Planes. Which, of course, made me need to re-read it. I love how Aedin takes so many elements of angst in Paper planes–Amputee hero, grief-stricken heroes, dead boyfriends, 13 year age gap, and long-distance relationship and makes them all work together in concert where no one element overshadows the others–it’s not an amputee hero book any more than it’s a long-distance book or a second-chance-at-love book.

And of course, re-Reading Paper Planes made me need to go buy Love Games post haste as I loved the brief mention of threesome loving rocker Keith and his actor boyfriend Adam. If you want addictive, hot smexy scenes with deep angst and a little kink, this is the book for you. And if you read it, I desperately want to know as this is one of those books that begs for deep discussion on everything from Keith’s issues to the ending to Sebastian’s future.

And now, of course, I need more angst to feed my addiction. What have you read lately that took you on an emotional roller coaster?

LovegamesLovegames by M. Jules Aedin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars. This is an addictive book. It’s Aedin’s sexiest book yet, and it is HAWT. I’m not a big menage reader, but it truly works here. Adam, Keith, and Sebastian are deep, real characters and their dynamic absolutely works. Despite being a meaty length, the ending felt a tad rushed, with a more HFN ending. I’m hoping like crazy she has a sequel planned as I want more Seb, Keith, and Adam. NOTE: Listen to the Loose Id warning on dubious consent–there is a scene very late in the book that might raise your hackles if that’s a very sensitive area for you. It all works out in the end, but I could see some readers having issues with it. However, Aedin’s realistic treatment of Keith’s issues is amazingly well-done.

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Project Get Faster

The awesome Kaylea Cross asked on twitter how I’m working on getting faster. Way back when I started writing fiction, I spent several (okay five) years setting unrealistic goals–50k in a month, 5k a day, 4 hours a day–things that just didn’t take into account my real life. And I’m the kind of person both with life and writing that once I fall off the wagon, it takes me forever to get back on–whether it’s exercise or eating right or keeping the kitchen clean or my WIP. So how to write faster?

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Happy Release Day to Me!

Last night,  I got to do something I’ve waited 30 years to do. I got to buy a book with my writing in it. I’m not gonna lie, I got a little misty. Okay. A lot misty.

Going for Gold


Going for Gold is now up for purchase at MLR–they have nook, kindle, and pdf formats there. It should also be up at All Romance Ebooks and Amazon soon.

Tomorrow, after I finish reading the other stories, I’m going to talk more about the other authors in the collection and their great heroes.

Cover Reveal! Going for Gold

I’m so excited! Less than a week until the Going for Gold anthology is out from MLR Press!

And . . . .

We have a cover! Isn’t it pretty?

Going for Gold

And we’re now up at Goodreads, so you can the anthology to your TBR pile! 

In which Annabeth unveils…

The shiny new site!

And a new fresh start. I’ve shared my call story below and I look forward to sharing more on the blog and to hosting guests!

My Call Story

When I joined RWA in the Spring of 2005, I had just finished my first manuscript. I really believed I’d be a published author by the end of the year. Then by the end of the next year . . . And now seven years, two children, five finished manuscripts, a hard drive worth of first three chapters, and 100s of rejections and several almost-sales, I’d almost started to believe it just wouldn’t happen.

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