Archive for September, 2007

Megan Hart Contest!

September 27, 2007

For the Megster because I lurves her…

The fabulous Megan Hart is having a contest!

Check out the trailer contest info shtuff:


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Okay, so the infoage is: make a video trailer for Tempted, enter the contest, and if your name is drawn, you win a signed copy of Tempted AND a $100 gift certificate from Everyone who enters has a chance to win fun prizes just for entering!

Like hot, hot men. Right? Right?


You can also find the video trailer information here:

So here’s how you can win just by being a blogger…

The first ten bloggers who post the information will get a signed copy of Tempted (when they become available to Megan in the next couple months). Anyone after number 10 will be put in a drawing for a signed copy. Woot. Way generous, methinks.

All you have to do is:

1. Post all the contest info from this post on your blog (can use the links if the videos won’t embed on your blog).
2. Email Megan: Tempted @ (no spaces) with the link to your blog/post to let her know you posted it.

AND… you are more than welcome to enter the contest with the video trailer too!


Thursday Thirteen

September 26, 2007
Thirteen Reasons I’ve Been A Neglectful Blogger

  1. I’ve been working a lot… A LOT!
  2. I’ve been dealing with self doubt.
  3. I’ve resolved self doubt.
  4. I’ve had to decide which way I wanted to go as far as my writing.
  5. I figured out the right way.
  6. I’ve been writing! Woot!
  7. I’ve been reading Julie Garwood…historicals. *holding up hands in surrender* You all were right, yes, yes, yes, you were, and I was wrong. I can admit it.
  8. I’ve been answering the gazillion phone calls from girls for my oldest son. *sigh*
  9. Have I mentioned I’ve been working a lot? Lots of physicals, sports physicals, illnesses, flu shots, and people wanting to get in before the end of the year and before their deductible restarts. Can’t blame ’em.
  10. I’ve been trying to catch up on sleep. I love Sunday mornings. 🙂
  11. I rearranged my office.
  12. I read a book for one of my crit partners. FANTASTIC!
  13. I’ve been helping others with their daily life issues. Wuvs them!

Contest: Erotic or Just Hot?

September 22, 2007

Hey, all you Great Scotts readers! I’m struggling with a question in my current MS (manuscript, for the non-publishing world), and could use your help. From all the comments on this post, I’ll choose one random person who’ll win a $15 gift certificate to either Amazon or Borders, winner’s choice.

So, what are the rules, you ask? I just need your opinion! I’m going back and forth with my MS as to whether to keep it erotic or lower the explicitness to hot. There are many, many reasons I’m having this conundrum, but regardless of the reasons, I’d like to see your opinion on the two.

1. What is the percentage of books from NY (I only stipulate this because that’s what I’m targeting) you buy that are erotic? Hot romances? Sweet romances?

2. I hear that some readers are embarrassed to buy an erotic romance from the store. Do the covers of erotic romances turn you away (again, not talking Changeling here, think NY), or do you just love the sexy bodies on many of the covers?

3. Do you, after reading erotic romances, find yourself bored with general romance?

4. Do you flip back and forth between erotic and general romances without a problem?

5. Have you NEVER read an erotic romance and never plan to? Any reason why?

6. Any other thoughts about the two that I haven’t asked?

So, for your chance to win a $15 GC to either Amazon or Borders, post your opinions! Winner will be chosen next Friday, September 28.

We Have A Guest Blogger Today…

September 21, 2007

at The Bradford Bunch.  She’s guest blogging in my spot today.  Her name is Marie Sullivan Force and she’s another of Laura’s talented authors.  Head on over.  She’s blogging about perseverance, and it’s a great post.

Suspense and POV

September 19, 2007

Last week there was a minor kerfluffle where someone got rejected from a publisher and part of the reason was because she used  the villian’s POV.  To this author, it seemed right, correct, and I think she’ll defend this perspective forever.  But…

To me, adding the villian’s POV is the easy way out, the lazy way of getting the “why” out there.  This is a situation/technique that can easily be avoided by utilizing proper writing technique and story structure.

I must admit that when reading, I get extremely annoyed when the villian’s POV is in a story. We don’t need to know his motivations until the end of the story… UNLESS it’s just his thoughts of the person he’s stalking at that moment and nothing to do with they “why” of it all.  It’s the “why” of it all that keeps the suspense going strong!  And if you’re writing a romantic suspense or just a straight suspense, this is going to kill your whodoneit and ultimately your story.

The villian’s  POV could be avoided by simply adding one or two sentences here and there as the victim(s)/target(s) begin to discover the motives of their victimizer.  You don’t want to give too much away too soon.  PACE YOURSELF.  Revealing too much too soon is what I’ve come to know as “purging” and “purging” is very, very bad.  Give away too much too soon and the reader will quickly figure out the whodoneit and the story will ultimately be over for them. To me, if I can figure out the whodoneit early on, the story loses it’s appeal.  One exception is Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts… but La Nora is the queen and she could make a grocery receipt look interesting.  But in reality, there is only one Nora.  And honestly, what is the point in reading on if you already know all the dynamics of the suspense? There is none.

The book that landed me my agent, the lovely Laura Bradford, is a contemporary romantic suspense.  I learned that when writing suspense, pacing is critical.  My suspense started out subtle, almost as if it were just a coincidence that something happened, then built from there, gradually getting more intense and obvious that there was a whodoneit.

A writer needs to build the suspense gradually before getting to the climactic point and revealing all at the very end of the story.  If you don’t follow this technique, in most cases the story will fall flat, leaving your readers disappointed and sometimes very pissed off.

I am by no means an expert, but this is what I’ve come to learn from reading and then by writing.  You do not need the villian’s POV.  In my opinion, if you feel you have to have it in there, the only acceptable way to do it is to be vague about it.  Maybe have the villian watching the victim.  He can have thoughts of him/her but never, ever reveal the motivations until the climactic end.

Agree?  Disagree?  Thoughts?

Wanna Win An ARC? Here’s Your Chance…

September 17, 2007

As found here.

Hell’s Eight

Bloggers are you ready?

(readers who don’t blog can win an arc by entering my .net site contest that will start later- 10/1/07)

My first NY Western Historical series is releasing from SPICE in just over one month. It’s a super-hot, fast-paced romance with a strong heroine, a hero to die for, and a happily ever after that will touch your heart. Like my Promise series, Hell’s Eight probably is not what a reader thinks of when they think Western Historical, but each of these stories is a slice of life rich with emotion, spiced with passion, and filled with moments I hope will make your heart twist. The men of Hell’s Eight are unpredictable and fascinating. They’re definitely a law unto themselves, as wild as the West in which they live. Determined, and single-minded, they’ve planned for every contingency that could complicate their goals except for the one they never saw coming: the extraordinary women that will capture their hearts.

Read an excerpt.

Think you’re ready?

Okay, here it is, your chance to win one of the six ARCs of Caine’s Reckoning, first in the Hell’s Eight series.

The goal of this contest is to spread the word far and wide of the upcoming release of Caine’s Reckoning.

To enter:

1. Copy and paste this post on your website, blog, MySpace, or wherever you wish, including a link to the excerpt.

2. Once you’ve completed #1, email SarahMcCartyContests @ (no spaces) with the link to your site and you are entered. It’s as simple as that.

3. If you are the lucky winner of an ARC, simply be ready to read the book and review it during late October. You can review it on your blog, MySpace, online websites like Amazon, etc.

That’s it.

Blog. Email. Read. Wait till the last couple of weeks of October. Review.

To enter, EMAIL me at SarahMcCartyContests @ (without the spaces), with:

1. Caine’s Reckoning ARC in the subject line.

2. The link to your post about the ARC contest.

3. Your name and address.

4. Where you intend to review the book.

Contest (open to US and Canadian residents) closes September 30th, 12 midnight, EST US.

Good luck!

New Writing Inspiration

September 17, 2007

I LOVE the Plain White T’s. Their music has everything – fast, slow, sad, romantic.

They just completely rock, and I’ve found inspiration for my writing for the first time in a long time. I needed that. 🙂

Just checking in…

September 17, 2007

Completely forgot to check in on the 70 Days of Sweat blog, but really, I didn’t have much to report. I managed a grand total of 250 words (I think), which are still written on my small notebook in my purse. Just haven’t had the time to type it in.

I’ve been working really hard on a new book I’m editing, and I’m loving it. I can’t wait until you all get a chance to read it!  This is a new author for me, which can sometimes be good, sometimes bad. It takes some time to really understand how one another works, but I truly believe that this time is going to be great. Her book was polished to begin with, and though she’s plagued with those pesky adverbs (oh, aren’t we all), her writing is beautiful, adding yet another talented author to those for whom I edit.

Sigh. I’m busy, but life really is good. 🙂

Thursday Thirteen

September 12, 2007

Well, Marissa and I have been busy, busy bees lately, so we haven’t have the time to talk much. So we thought a nice TT about each other would be just the ticket. 🙂

Thirteen Things We Love About Each Other

1. Kate: I love that Marissa always knows how to fix Blogger issues.

2. Marissa: I love that Kate likes how my mind works… warped and weird as it is. 🙂

3. Kate: I love that Marissa loves my characters as much as I do. 😛

4. Marissa: I love Kate’s kind and generous nature.

5. Kate: I love that Maris finds solace in a good book. And sheiks.

6. Marissa: I love that Kate likes my writing and supports me no matter what… even if I were to write a sheik book.

7. Kate: I love that Marissa loves people so much and always puts them first. But I would love to see her put herself first more. Because she’s worth it.

8. Marissa: I love that when we chat Kate understands all my abbreviations when most people wouldn’t. She so gets me!

9. Kate: I love that Marissa pushes me through my writing boundaries, and I strive to be able to do the same for her.

10. Marissa: I love that Kate likes my characters, especially one really hot, sexy sheriff that is dedicated to her. 😉

11. Kate: I love that Marissa put me in her book! Woot! To honor her, I put her in my first novel (as yet unfinished), but only a few knowing people will recognize her…

12. Marissa: I love that Kate is always there for me and always feel comfortable talking to me about anything and everything in her life as well. True sisterhood.

13. Kate and Marissa: And to end this completely cheese-filled post, we’d like to thank all our BLOG READERS! Woot! We know there are only a few of you, but we appreciate that you take the time to read about our boring, boring lives, lol. *hugs*

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!


September 8, 2007

Well, I haven’t been able to narrow the name down (go figure) but I did choose winners, and more than two!  I chose SIX!  Woot!


Wicked Writes

Crystal B

Jennifer McKenzie

Sue A

Christy H

 I will be giving away a bunch of books off my shelf, either Blaze or Temptation.  So, if you would all please email me your snail mail addresses at Marissa @ MarissaScott .com (no spaces) I’ll get the books out to you this week!  

Congrats to the winners and THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR HELP!