4th of JulyThis Friday is the 4th of July celebration here in the U.S., so Happy 4th to all of my U.S. readers. Enjoy the holiday, the barbeque, and the fireworks!

I’ve received quite a few mails and messages lately about the proper reader order for the books, novellas and vignettes. So I’ve added a new tab on my blog header for a page that’s just for THE READING ORDER.

And now on to the touring and hopping.

First up is the mini-blog tour I’m doing this week for the re-release of the novellas, including the new covers, which I can’t show you here yet, because we’re doing a reveal on the tour. There will be interviews, a new story, and a giveaway. Here’s the tour schedule and dates.

July 2nd – Q&A with Wendy (She Hearts Books)
July 3rd – Interview with Stephanie (Paranormal Haven)
July 4th – Q&A with Elizabeth (Expressions of a Hopeful Romantic)
July 5th – Q&A with Tiffany (Gothic Moms)
July 6th – Blog with Cassandra (Cassandra Lost in Books)

Also this week, I’m participating in a Writing Process Blog Hop. I was tagged by my fellow ImaJinn author Crystal-Rain Love. You can check out her books and her writing process blog post ON HER WEBSITE HERE. CHECK IT OUT!

And now for my part in the blog hop, answering four questions about … what else? My writing process!

1) What am I working on?
As you all know, I just finished VINCENT and sent him off to my editor, Brenda Chin, (sob) so I’m taking a few days to sleep and do some blog tour stuff (like this!) and then I’ll start Book 9, which doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s a brand new full-length Cyn & Raphael story.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my vampires are a bit more violent and aggressive than some others in the paranormal romance genre, and I don’t flinch from showing the bloodthirsty aspect of who they are.

3) Why do I write what I do?
Because paranormal stories are what I love as a reader, and one should always write what one loves!

4) How does your writing process work?
I always have a good sense of the story in my head before I put anything on paper. I know the general plot and the outcome. The first thing I write is an extensive outline for the entire book which includes several key scenes, as well as very complete back stories on my major characters. Much of the back story will never actually appear in the book, but it fleshes out the character in my mind, and it informs every decision that the character makes. And then I start writing. I generally write in a linear fashion. That is, I write from beginning to end without skipping chapters. There are times when a scene will pop into my head before it happens in the book. When that happens, I open a separate file, sketch out the scene with as much detail as I can, then go back to the main manuscript. My outline isn’t written in stone, however. It almost always happens that the story will veer away from the outline, sometimes in significant ways. But I follow the story, so I’m adaptable. And finally, when I finish the first draft—and my first drafts are very, very clean and complete—I go back and do edits and continuity for the entire manuscript, again working in order, beginning to end. And then it’s off to my editor!

cursedAnd now, you need to check out the next terrific author in the Blog Hop. Every day is Halloween for ANGELA ADDAMS. Enthralled by the paranormal at an early age, Angela spends most of her time thinking up new story ideas that involve supernatural creatures in everyday situations. She believes that the written word is an amazing tool for crafting the most erotic of scenarios. Angela’s next book, CURSED, which is a fantastic story of werewolves and rock and roll, is now available for PRE-ORDER on AMAZON.Angela will be posting her writing process ON HER WEBSITE next Monday, July 7th.

Don’t forget to visit me on the mini-blog tour, have a great week, and I’ll see you back here next Sunday night.


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