Ask Me Stuff (Giveaway)

*taps mic* Is this thing on? *clears throat*

Facebook does this thing where they show you what you posted on this day in previous years, and I find it kinda funny sometimes to look back and see what I’ve done. Last year tomorrow, I became a full time writer. So that’ll be fun to see.

Today, however, I saw a Q&A post I’d done for a review site interview and giveaway, and one of the questions was about Gavin’s mindset in the process of realizing he was a sub. Because I was already in Gavin’s head with having just released Consent the month prior, I answered as Gavin. Someone in the comments asked if other characters I’ve written would be available to answer questions, and I said of course.

So here’s your chance. I’m doing another Q&A. You can ask me stuff, or you can direct your questions to a character in one of my books if you’re so inclined. I’ll be happy to answer them (as myself or the character involved) in an upcoming post, as well as giveaway a copy of Reaping Havoc to one lucky commenter.

Reaping HavocNo one asked Mitch Seeker if he wanted to be a grim reaper. He didn’t sign up for the rumors, the lack of friends, or the erratic schedule. He doesn’t want to go through life watching people die. Especially not a man he loves. Mitch’s solution is simple—don’t fall in love. He’ll never have to explain why he doesn’t age or why he’s around death so often. Most of all, he will never be a widower.

But when his head is turned by world-class skier Nate Koehn, Mitch believes he may have the answer. If the soul attached to Nate is any indication, Mitch has found himself another reaper, in which case, his undeniable feelings don’t have to be suppressed. However, the spectral tag-a-long is only the beginning of Nate’s burdens. After a catastrophic loss, Nate is no stranger to grief and the hole it leaves behind.

The question they both must answer is loud and clear: is the pain of losing love worse than the pain of never having loved at all?

The Details: Reaping Havoc will be available Thursday, November 12 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks, and iTunes. I will accept questions until 8pm CDT Thursday, November 5th. Over the weekend, I will post the answers and choose the winner, who will receive the book before it’s available to the general public. Wanna be the first to read it? Ask me (or any of my characters) a question for a chance to win! Comment on this blog post with questions, or send them to my email address Either way gets you entered.

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The Meat of a New Story

If I’m not writing, I’m a wreck. Without the focus of plots, details, characters, settings, and motivations, I am at a loss. I’m exhausted after each book release, because it’s another baby out in the world and there are a lot of things that go into book promo, and I often feel the need to take a break. Watch some TV for a change. Maybe sleep in on a weekend until *gasp* 9 am.

My days are planned to the minute. I’m at work for 9 hours. I write on my lunch break, or read so I can keep up with what’s going on around our genre. An hour to work in the car and an hour home. Dinner. If my kids are at their dad’s, write from around 7 pm until I can’t keep my eyes open. Up the next day at 5:45 to do it again. Kid-free weekends = writing weekends. The nights I do have my kids, I don’t look at the book or the research or the emails so I can concentrate on my time with them. Read at bedtime until I can’t keep my eyes open. Lather, rinse, repeat.

A new book release throws off my routine, but I’m so fried I can’t immediately dive into the next one. I need a minute to regain ownership of my brain from the characters who ran it for however many months.

Luckily, this time, I’m ready to sink my teeth into the next one a lot faster than usual, and I have a lot of options to choose from off my plot bunny list. But I have a question to ask you, lovely readers. A story grabbed my heart and has been squeezing for months, but I have ignored it for reasons. It’s not one I thought I’d ever put to paper, so I didn’t bother to plot, no matter how compelling the characters and their scenario pulled at me. Now that I have given myself permission to write it, I have no plan. No plot, and no outline. I have a vague inkling, and it’s pretty nebulous. A thought occurred to me, but I want to pose to you a question.

I have always wanted to write a non-linear story, where the events happen out of order. The best example of this I can think of is The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. For a non-linear story to happen, and this idea to work the way I’m thinking, the past timeline and the present timeline would be happening simultaneously, either with alternating chapters (my preference) or flashbacks. I’ve seen, however, some people who don’t like this type of story. Thus, my question.

What’s your opinion on non-linear stories? If you don’t like them, or if you aren’t a fan of flashbacks, what are your reasons? If it’s something you haven’t had a problem with before, what are some things you like about those kinds of stories?