Defining Successful Writing.

My Writing Life (2)

How do you define your success?

Success is defined in the dictionary as: degree or measure of succeeding; favorable or  successdesired outcome. As writers we define success as a contracted book but there are more ways for us to count our successes.

One of the ways I count my success is writing 100 words a day. They have to be new words so when I do editing I still have to write my 100 words a day. Now you might say that’s not much of a challenge but I usually don’t stop at 100. I get two or three pages done each day, more on days I don’t have to go to work but if all I get is two pages every day for 7 days then I have fourteen pages or more than a chapter every week. At the end of the year, I’ve written over fifty-two chapters. Woot, woot, for me.

Accountability is another way to measure success. How many words have you written? Have you entered a contest? Have you submitted to an editor or an agent? In other words, what have you actually done for your writing career for that week?

We all fall off the wagon from time to time. Yes, I’m guilty of that too, but it’s easy to see you haven’t done your word count if you keep track of it.

I try to incorporate classes in my definition of success. I truly believe you can always learn more. Last month I took a social media class because I needed to conquer my fear of technology. I’m not perfect at it, but I’m much better than I was.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas that you can incorporate into defining your success as a writer.

How do you define your successes?

Amy Ruttan interviews Thomas Ashwood from UNWRAPPED BY THE DUKE

Welcome Amy. Please introduce yourself.

Hi Everyone,

I’m Amy Ruttan and I write for Harlequin Medicals. I write contemporary romance, but in a amy-ruttan-bookpast life I wrote erotic romance and hopefully will get time (if the deadlines allow it) to fix them up and re-release them again.

My hero’s sometimes are not the most talkative, but one is quite charming and dashing. He was willing to come back and visit me for a interview. Please kindly welcome one of the premier cardio thoracic surgeons on Harley Street, his grace, The Duke of Weatherstone Thomas Ashwood.

AMY: So glad that you’ve decided to join me again, your grace.

THOMAS: *smiling in that dashing charming way* You know that I love to spend time with you.

AMY: So you’re book is coming out in November 2016. The last time I spoke with you was during revisions in January of 2016.

THOMAS: Yes, this process of publishing can take quite a long time.

AMY: Well, in all fairness, your story is a Christmas story…

THOMAS: Touché. Now, what would you like to know?

AMY: I think I know a lot about you.

THOMAS: *leans forward* Yes, indeed you do.

AMY: I also have a great fondness for Geraldine.

THOMAS: As do I. *winks*

AMY: Do you want to tell the lovely readers about your book coming out in November?

THOMAS: It’s a sexy tale of a gorgeous rake who finds happiness in the arms of a woman his mother would have a thousand fits over.

AMY: Your mother wouldn’t have liked Geraldine? She is a daughter of a lord…

THOMAS: Ahh, but she’s illegitimate.

AMY: This isn’t a historical romance. It’s set in 2016.

THOMAS: My mother still had high aspirations and Geraldine might not have fit the bill, but then again…my mother died when I was young.

AMY: I know. I’m sorry about that.

THOMAS: Plot device. I understand, love.

AMY: What made you decide to be a surgeon?

THOMAS: I wanted to save lives. My father wanted me in politics or possibly as a barrister, but I was fascinated with medicine .Loved the hospitals and the intricate workings of the heart. So delicate, but strong as well. It’s remarkable.

AMY: Why do the ladies call you the Dark Duke?

THOMAS: I’m a bit of rogue. A love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy.

AMY: You were…

THOMAS: Don’t give the plot away!

AMY: It’s a romance …readers know what they get when they read a romance.

THOMAS: I suppose they do. Tell me, why did you choose to become a writer?

AMY: You’re changing the subject off of you.

THOMAS: Well, I don’t know much about you. I do know you like coffee, you stay up late to write …there was a dog I believe that took up a lot of your time when you were writing my story.

AMY: Yes, my puppy. Although she’s a year now. She’s a cockapoo.

THOMAS: Ahh, yes.

AMY: And you’re not wrong about the coffee and the staying up late.

THOMAS: You also like Christmas movies like my beloved. White Christmas is your favourite.

AMY: Indeed. You’re still changing the subject.

THOMAS: Well, I do have to rush off. I mean, I am a surgeon and I do have rounds to make.

AMY: Go then. Everyone will find out about you soon enough.

THOMAS: *grins in that impish way he always does* And they’ll adore me. I know it.

Thomas and Geraldine’s story is coming out in November 2016. It’s my 12th book for Harlequin Medicals and their story is titled UNWRAPPED BY THE DUKE.

An unexpected inheritance…

When Geri Collins learns she’s the daughter of a lord her world changes in an instant. Running from a relationship gone wrong, she seizes the opportunity to help her gravely ill father by running his Harley Street clinic.

If only she didn’t have to deal with the sensual temptation of her new partner—the notorious “Dark Duke”!

Thomas Ashwood unnerves her with every burning look and suggestive word. And as Christmas approaches Geri finds herself contemplating the consequences of a kiss under the mistletoe…

ABOUT AMY:

Born and raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams.

After the birth of her second child, Amy was lucky enough to realize her life long dream of becoming a romance author. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three wonderful children who use her as a personal taxi and chef.

http://www.amyruttan.com/contact.html#newsletter

@ruttanamy

http://www.amyruttan.com

 

Beading Beat

Beading Beat (2)

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I loved beading and wanted to share my new bracelet.

I had never made a multi strand bracelet and it was easier than I thought it would be. Although I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the guides of Pam Hearn from BeadFX.

I left the middle strand a chain, but in the future, I would put a few stones on it to balance the weight out. The chain seems to get lost with the beads. Maybe I should have used a chunkier chain.

This was the first time I worked with stones. I choose two types of green and a brown to contrast with them. I think this bracelet looks perfect for autumn.

What do you think?

Interview with Christina Tetreault featuring her new release BIDDING ON THE MILLIONAIRE

Welcome  Christina. Please tell us where you get your story ideas from.

My stories ideas come from different places. Sometimes I will see something and it will spark an idea. Other times I will hear a song and a light blub goes off. For this newest book, the idea came from the song “The Search If Over” by Survivor.

 Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

Most of the time I am in control of my characters. Every once in a while, they will do something unexpected by not to often.

How much of your personality  and life experiences are in your writing?

My personality and life experiences influence every book I have written. I also draw on the personalities of people I know or that I have met.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

I love bringing stories to life that people enjoy reading. There is nothing better than getting an email from someone saying how much they enjoyed a book.

Tell us a little about your latest book.

My newest release is the eighth full-length novel in my Sherbrookes of Newport Series. This book features Derek Sherbrooke. Readers have seen him in other books, so he is not a complete stranger tot hem. After agreeing to participate in a bachelor auction, which is a fundraiser, he enlists the help of his long time friend Brooklyn Novak. During the course of the book he realizes his true feelings for Brooklyn.

Fast Round Questions

Fruit or Chocolate?

Chocolate

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee

Go to the movies or watch TV?

Stay home and watch TV.

What is your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation mark is the period because I know when to use it unlike a comma.

 

Blurb:  BiddingOnTheBillionaireFINAL600 (2)

 

Rather than disappoint his beloved aunt, billionaire Derek Sherbrooke has reluctantly agreed to participate in her foundation’s fundraiser: a bachelor auction. Concerned about who the lucky winner will be, he devises a plan and enlists the aid of his longtime friend Brooklyn Novak. All she has to do is make sure no one outbids her. It was a simple plan… until they kissed.

 

Successful attorney Brooklyn Novak met Derek in college, and has loved him ever since—despite her father’s disapproval. Rather than risk their close friendship, she’s constantly kept her true feelings buried. When Derek asks for her help, she knows it’s a disaster waiting to happen, but can’t say no. But what was supposed to be a simple charade quickly puts her on an emotional roller coaster ride to a place she never wanted to go.

 

Can these longtime friends find their happily ever after together?

 

 

Buy links

http://amzn.to/2adCZ8X Amazon

http://apple.co/2aDPmK8 Itunes

http://bit.ly/2a3zL5I Kobo

http://bit.ly/2ajlYNu NOOK

 

Book Trailer

 

 

Author Bio:

 

I started writing at the age of 10 on my grandmother’s manual typewriter and never   Christinastopped. When I am not driving my 3 daughters (ages 9, 7, and 7) around to their various activities or chasing around our two dogs, I am working on a story or reading a romance novel. Currently, I have two series out, The Sherbrookes of Newport and Love on The North Shore. You can visit my website www.christinatetreault.com or follow me on Facebook to learn more about my characters and to track my progress on my current writing projects.

 

Author Links:

Website:  www.christinatetreault.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinatetreaultauthor

Twitter: @cgricci

BEADING BEAT – OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Beading Beat (2)Today I’m sharing a necklace that I call Opposites Attract. I love the way the delicate crochet contrasts with the chunky blue beads.

The first thing I did was crochet the blue collar. For this, I used the blue crochet cotton that I purchased in a craft store. This took me about an hour to crochet, but the time it takes you to do it will depend on your skill as a crocheter.Jewelry 002

Then I sewed the ends in and attached the button. I couldn’t find a button the same color as the thread so I used a black button.

I used a silver headpin and strung a silver bead, then a clear hexagon bead then the chunky blue bead, the hexagon bead, and then a silver bead. I took my plyers, make a hoop through the earring, and then closed the hoop.

I repeated the same method but on the last step and looped the hoop threw the crochet cotton then closed the loop.

I love this necklace and every time I wear it a receive compliments.

If you are interested, give it a try. I think you love wear this set as much as I do.

Interview with Ana E. Ross author of DESIRE’S CHASE

Welcome Ana. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, I’m Ana E Ross a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. I currently liveVersion 2 in the northeast, but I was born and raised on the Caribbean of Nevis, where I began reading romance novels at a very early age. BTW: Alexander Hamilton was also born on Nevis. He’s my fellow countryman. Yeah!

I’m a former Writing and English Literature teacher, but I resigned from the classroom in 2014 to pursue my dream of writing full time. I now write and self-publish steamy, contemporary multicultural and interracial romances featuring sexy, alpha heroes and strong, feisty heroines who fight and love with equal passion.

My published works include three short stories, five books in my Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls series, and one of three books in the spinoff series, Beyond Granite Falls. Desire’s Chase – Book 2 in my Beyond Granite Falls series will be released on August 29, 2016. The third book in this series will be coming out in December 2016.

Once my Beyond Granite Falls series is completed, I will begin work on my Billionaire Island Brides series. The sky’s the limit when it comes to my writing career.

Facts about me: I love travel, tennis, yoga, meditation, everything Italian, big cats, horses, and spending time with my gorgeous daughter. Visit my website at www.anaeross.com to learn more about me and my work.

Q: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing plays, poems, and songs at a very early age for the Youth and Sunday school programs at my church. Later, I wrote love poems and short stories in high school. However, when it comes to romance, I got my inspiration from Mills & Boones, Regencies, and Historical Romance novels. I devoured them, sometimes four in a week from the time I was twelve years old.  There was one point when I’d read all the romances in the library, and had to wait for new shipments—a very frustrating period for me.

I love happy endings. That’s why I became a romance author.

Q: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

My books are filled with a variety of themes: Love and romance foremost of all, but my characters have to fight their way through, grief, pain, deceit, loss, and revenge before they can reach that Happy Place. But I think forgiveness and healing are the second and third themes that are prominently portrayed in my books. I try to send the message that Love does indeed conquer all.

Q: What authors have most influenced you? Why?

Brenda Jackson, the pioneer of black/multicultural romance, has been my greatest inspiration. I think she was the first author to write black romance. I grew up reading Harlequin and Silhouette romances where all the characters were white, even the secondary ones. I always wondered why there weren’t any romance stories about black people falling in love. Hope was born when I read Brenda Jackson’s One Special Moment. I had the honor of meeting Brenda in New York at the RWA National Conference in July 2011, and then again in Las Vegas at the RT 2016. Now, I have my own special moments, writing and publishing romances that women of all cultures can enjoy.

Q: What are you reading now?

I’m not reading anything right now. This year has been very difficult and trying for me. Lots of personal and health issues kept me from writing, but I think the worse is finally over. I look forward to producing more books in 2017, and reading from some of my favourite authors.

Q: What is your favorite punctuation mark and why?

My favourite punctuation mark is the period. I like it because it means that I have completed a sentence, and face it, books comprise of a series of sentences that grow into paragraphs. I love finishing sentences and paragraphs, and then moving on to the next.

Q: Tell us about your new release.

DESIRE’S CHASE (Chase and Desire) Book 2 of my Beyond Granite Falls series will be out Desire's Chasce SMALL (2)on August 29, 2016. Desire Summers was introduced as the wedding planner in With These Four Rings, Book 5 in Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls series. Desire’s journey begins with Chase Hunter, the bad boy she loved as a teenager, but who left town in a hurry due to a scandalous affair. Chase returned home immediately following Desire’s engagement to his brother, so there will be a lot of tension and drama in Evergreen—the neighboring town of Granite Falls where the Billionaire Brides series is set. It will be interesting to see how Chase and Desire overcome their obstacles and finally express their feelings and passion for each other. Bryce and Kaya Fontaine and their children from The Mogul’s Reluctant Bride – Book Two in my Billionaire Brides series will make an appearance in Desire’s Chase, since Bryce is a friend of Chase. You, Bryce lovers will not want to miss him!

Blurb: When Chase Hunter returns to his hometown of Evergreen to avenge the wrong done against him twelve years earlier, he becomes easily distracted with the unexpected news of his younger brother’s engagement to the girl Chase had been forced to leave behind—a girl, who has now blossomed into a stunning, desirable woman. As the wedding day approaches, Chase must find a way to stop the nuptials and win the heart of the only woman he’s ever loved.

After her older sister committed an unspeakable crime that tainted their family name, Desire Summers has lived her life trying to redeem it. But when Chase, her fiancé’s older brother returns to Evergreen, looking sexier and raunchier than she remembered, Desire fears that one look into his sexy gray eyes would shatter her good-girl façade into tiny little pieces.

Will these two souls be able to admit their love for each other before it’s too late, or will they let pride and circumstance stand in their way to Happily Ever After?

Desire’s Chase is currently available for pre-order at the discounted price of $1.99, but the price will increase to $3.99 on September 1, 2016, so grab your copies now. Read an EXCERPT and Purchase your Pre-Order Discounted copy here: http://www.anaeross.com/desires-chase-chase-desire/

I would like to take a moment to thank Karen for hosting me today, and to thank you, my hopefully new readers, for stopping by. You can follow me at the following social media sites. Blessings!

Website: http://www.anaeross.com

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ana-E-Ross/221431434575148

Twitter: Ana E Ross: https://twitter.com/anaerossauthor

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Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ana-e-ross

 

Buy Links for Desire’s Chase:

Amazon:http://a-fwd.com/br=Anaero-20&in=Anaero-20&cn=Anaero-20&jp=Anaero-20&es=Anaero-20&it=Anaero-20&fr=Anaero-20&de=Anaero-20&uk=Anaero-20&ca=Anaero-20&com=Anaero-20&asin-com=B01IGAY6C8&asin=B01IGAY6C8

iBooks: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/desires-chase/id1098938657?mt=11&at=1000l9Ii

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/desires-chase-ana-e-ross/1123670080?ean=2940158120602

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/desire-s-chase

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=oQr9CwAAQBAJ&PAffiliateID=1101lmTd

Crochet Beading Necklace

When I heard about a Crochet Beading Course offered by BeadFX in Toronto I was so 003excited. I love to crochet and I love beading so it was a win – win.

To my surprise it wasn’t easy. The tension for crocheting and crochet beading are as different as night and day. It took me weeks of crocheting, then ripping it out and doing it over again until I got the hang of the tension.

I’m thrilled with the result. The necklace is heavier than I thought it would be, but then it used three tubes of beads.

What do you think?

Please share your hobby.

 

My Writing Life – REJECTION

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REJECTION

All writers receive a rejection letter sooner or later, and it hurts. Some will make you re-examine your story and do a much-needed edit on it. Those are beneficial because they help us grow as authors. Those I honestly like to receive.

But every now and again, you get one that makes you laugh out loud. My very favorite rejection was from a judge in a contest. I submitted a story about being trapped in a store. It was based on the idea write what you know. I worked in a store, so I thought it had relevance. I am sure I’m not the only one who considers being trapped at work their worst nightmare.

Here is the comment I received from the judge. “I’ve never worked in a store, but I know they don’t work the way you described. You should do more research into what it is like to work in the job before you write about it.” And yes, she gave me a score of 1 out of 5. Guess I have to pay better attention to what goes on around me while at work.

So I did some research about rejections and found these other authors were rejected too.

Stephen King’s novel, ‘Carie’. “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.”

William Golding’s novel, ‘Lord of the Flies.’ “An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.”

Joseph Heller’s novel, ‘Catch 22’. “I haven’t the foggiest idea about what the man is trying to say. Apparently the author intends it to be funny – possibly even satire – but it is really not funny on any intellectual level.”

George Orwell’s novel, ‘Animal Farm’. “It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.”

And my personal favorite, Tony Hillerman’s Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels. “Get rid of all that Indian stuff.” Yes, that would make Tribal policing more realistic.

I am glad these silly rejections did not stop these wonderful authors from writing. Every time I get a silly rejection, I read over this list and smile as I realize I’m in good company.

What are your favorite rejection stories?

Gluten-Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I love cookies, so when I was told no more wheat I was really upset. My friend shared this recipe with me and I love it. Hope you do too!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed  Image result for pictures cookies
  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 2 c. oats
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. raisins or chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined and the consistency of cookie dough.
  • Place spoonfuls of mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes.
  • Makes appx. 20 cookies.

 

Beading – Stringing 101

I started a new hobby and I love it. Making my own jewelry is so much fun to do and then 008you have a new necklace to wear.

This is my first attempt at making a necklace. It’s pretty basic, but I am very proud of it. I wear a lot of blue so I thought adding the little red beads made the necklace more vibrant. I was a little disappointed at how the white bead looked a little plain, but I learned a great lesson. Arrange the beads on the  multi-strand bead design board and leave it for a few days. Then you can rearrange them until you get the perfect design.

Next week I’ll show what my newest creation is.

Please share any jewelry you’ve made.