Doubt

I’m re-reading Zero Day by David Baldacci, which is the introduction of his John Puller character. As I get into the story, one overwhelming thought continues to loom:

Why can’t I write like this?

My next Bastille novel is not progressing as I’d like, though I am loathe to admit it. I can tell because I’m finding too many other distractions. When a book is flowing for me, I focus on it and little can detract me from getting the words on the pages. Nowadays? I’m obsessing over tracing my family tree and going through boxes of old books, and thinking about whipping up a homemade batch of eggnog (’tis the season!). This effortless distraction is a clear sign that all is not well in the Tiffverse.

Why can’t I write like Baldacci?

I’m in awe of the way his words flow across the page, how he brings John Puller (and even Puller’s cat, named AWOL) to life, how even the scenery of the book leaps off the page. And I wonder how I can get to that level, or even a fraction of it, within the next month or so. Granted, Baldacci has been writing for almost half of my lifetime, and has many more books published to his credit. I’m a rookie author, he’s a veteran, and thus I should not really expect myself to be on his level right now. But I’m an overachiever, so of course I expect that of myself. 😀 Seriously, I don’t know how to be a rookie because I’m used to being around veterans. That being said…

Why can’t I write like that?

I am beginning to wonder, especially in light of feedback on my first novel, The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille, if I am forcing myself to write in the romance genre; by that, I mean forcing myself to write within the carefully proscribed parameters/formula of the romance genre. Which would explain why I am having such a problem making progress on this installment of the Bastille Family Chronicles. My writing tends to naturally cross genres, so it’s difficult for me to stick to one or the other–which really irritates me when it comes time to classify my book for sales purposes (although at least most sellers offer the options of choosing different categories at once, so as not to pigeonhole in one genre). Still, I may be trying too hard to be one thing, instead of letting my writing be what it is. And that’s where I’m getting hung up.

That may be why I’m writing different books in different genres so early in my writing career; I don’t want to be pigeonholed, since the stories I write aren’t always about love and romance. My writing style is as eclectic as my reading selections, and I want to represent that to the fullest. I enjoy writing thrillers and suspenseful novels, and commercial fiction; more, dare I say, than writing romances. Then why am I writing romances? Simple: I like those too, and I read those, and that was the first book that I completed that was ready for publication. Plus, I’d already planned a six-book series around the Bastilles and their love lives. However, I am not solely or primarily defined as a romance author, as authors such as Nora Roberts or Brenda Jackson are.

Perhaps if I focus less on the “romance” label  (e.g., The Bastille Family Chronicles) and just write the story (e.g., A Bastille Family novel), it will take care of itself.

I will ponder that as I embark on yet another session of procrastination.

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It’s HERE! And new directions

It’s here! It’s here! Or, to be more grammatically correct, they’re here: the hard copies ordered during the pre-release offer of The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille (informally known as The Camille Chronicles).

 

The Camille Chronicles shipped box 080614

I have been basking in the wonder that occurs when your published book is held in your hand. This is a culmination of a lifelong dream, and of over fourteen years of active and not-so-active work on my craft. And it’s here, in my hand.

Of course, part of my joy is dulled by the anxiety of hoping that the book is well received, but that was already covered in a previous post.  So I’ll move on. 🙂

I have more books on the way (the pre-release did REALLY well), so my weekend will be spent autographing books and packing them for shipment. The autographs will be personalized, of course, and will be emotional because I will try to convey to each person who ordered a pre-released copy how grateful and appreciative I am for their support and love. Most of the people who ordered have known me for at least ten years, and most have known me for over twenty. That’s a lot of sentiment to squish into relatively few words. But gratitude is good for the soul. 🙂

In other news, one of my character’s story started gelling in my head, and I had to get it down. And then a plot twist came to mind, so I abandoned the draft of what I’d initially planned to be the next release, to work on this one. A writer’s work is never done, and we cannot control when The Muse decides to visit. It’s when S/he doesn’t visit, that there’s a problem. 😀

 

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It’s Almost Here! The Camille Chronicles Pre-Release

Hi all,

It’s almost here! The release of The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille (informally known as The Camille Chronicles ) occurs on August 4, 2014

 

Camille ebook cover

I’m excited, nervous, and glad. It’s been a long time coming…fourteen years, to be exact. The print copy will be available via CreateSpace/Amazon, and the e-book versions will be available in Kindle and NOOK.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’m giving my readers the opportunity to get a FREE autographed copy of The Camille Chronicles. You just pay shipping, and I will send it to you as soon as the book arrives to me from the printer.

On the day of release, the regular price will be $14.95, no autographs. Or $16.96 plus s/h, if you want it autographed.

Free…$14.95…no-brainer! 🙂

If you’d like your FREE autographed copy (you just pay shipping), you can order securely here. Please make sure that you specify the proper shipping address, and how you’d like your name spelled. Please understand that this offer will ship after the August 4 release date.

You have six (6) days to take advantage of this offer!

Offer expires Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

**the listed shipping price is for USA orders only. If you are ordering from another country, please send me an email so that your shipping costs will be calculated accurately.

Thank you all for following my brain droppings over the past couple of months and, as always, thanks for stopping by.

A Surgeon and a DEA Agent Walk Into A Hospital…

A surgeon and a DEA agent walk into a hospital…

Camille ebook cover

(well, it’s better than a bar!).

How does that work, anyway? A forty-something neurosurgeon who is as beautiful as she is brilliant, and a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration who tends to talk in song lyrics?

Who does that? 🙂

The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille (which is informally known as The Camille Chronicles) is a story about a demographic that is usually overlooked within the contemporary romance genre: women (and men) of a certain age (40 years old and up). Instead of twenty-something, nubile young women without much life experience who hook up with thirty-something, world-weary men, The Camille Chronicles offers a different take on love and dating past your thirties.

Set primarily in Baltimore, Maryland, The Camille Chronicles shows what happens when two people of two very different temperaments, from different backgrounds and vastly different professions, meet and sparks fly. See what happens when Camille Bastille, MD, a neurosurgeon from New Orleans meets Special Agent Andrew Paxson, a DEA agent from Chicago. To add a fun twist, the story incorporates the type of real music that is not often played on the radio anymore, and is usually relegated to Pandora, Spotify, or satellite radio. I’m talking Jodeci, Susan Tedeschi, Maxwell, Fleetwood Mac, Sly and the Family Stone, even The Sound of Music!

Save your shekels this weekend, because the pre-sale of The Bastille Family Chronicles happens MONDAY, July 28. How cool is that?

In case you missed it, learn a little about Dr. Camille Bastille and her five medical siblings in “Introducing the Bastilles“, a short story crafted especially for my readers.

See you Monday, and thanks for stopping by.

I’m so excited!

I got the final cover for my book today. WHEE!

 

Camille ebook cover

I am so excited! I have been nailing down the details for my pre-launch, and regular launch. I just added another spot for my fall book tour.  And I’m back to exercising regularly.

As you can see, a lot has been going on.

I’ve only done a few hundred words on my Camp NaNoWriMo project, and none on the Clarion project. Camp NaNoWriMo ends in two weeks; I highly doubt that I’ll make the 50K mark. I have a little more time with Clarion, and half as many words to achieve.

I plug away bit by bit, but I have not worked on them as I should have. Accountability has gone out the window.

Right now, I’m basking in the closeness of the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Won’t you join me? 😀

Thanks for stopping by.