So…there may have been some misadventures in the Temple household this evening. These misdaventures may have involved a microwave, an incinerated sweet potato, a distracted writer on a deadline, and the local fire department.
The end of the story is we’re all fine. Except the sweet potato. I don’t think he’ll be coming back from this.
The good news is I now have a really cute plot bunny hopping through my head. It involves a well meaning and somewhat overweight main character who, on a quest to eat healthier, learns the hard way that sweet potatoes should not be left in microwaves unattended. Fortunately, there is a hot firefighter there to help him learn this lesson safely. Love and general adorableness ensues.
Sounds like a true-to-life bestseller, no?
Actual photo of me, right now. (but not really)
As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s been busy around here lately. True story, I got my first publishing offer on March 31, which was immediately followed by a flurry of agents, more publishers, emails written with shaking hands and, if we’re being honest, a certain amount of hurry up and wait.
I wrote a more concise post about how it all went down on Medium, and it was picked up by the good folks at Art + Marketing. If you’re a Medium user, I’d love it if you read it and leave me a little green heart.
Next steps? Well, we’re in uncharted territory now. I need to have a polished MS for The Pick Up to Riptide in two weeks. Then I have to have book 2 done by the end of the year! I picked that deadline myself. Brave or stupid, as my husband would say. There’s a lot of writing in my future.
I’ll be in Denver in October for the GRL Retreat. If you’re a m/m romance fan and planning on going, I’d love to see you! I’m going as a reader, not an author, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends 🙂
Well, here it is. The big news. I’ve been a lousy blogger, but that’s because every week, when I think about writing, I think ‘no. You’ll be able to tell them soon. Just give it a few more days’.
And now I can tell you!
About a month ago, Laura Zats, an agent with Red Sofa Literary tweeted the following, and I got really excited:
Because guys, guess what? She was tweeting about meeeeeee!!!!
Meet Laura. She’s my agent. My Agent!! She’s about as keen on The Pick Up as I am. She likes Kyle. I might be Team Adam. We’re going to have a lot of fun together.
You know what’s scary? Asking people to read your books. Writing is safe. Writers are their own worst enemies, and if we get out of our own way, we can write some pretty good stuff. But asking other people to read it? Releasing those characters that you have loved and nurtured and kept safe in the warm cocoon of your brain? Trusting other people with those fragile words?
You know what’s scarier?
Giving those words and those characters to strangers who are going to read it out loud and share it with the internet.
Mr. Temple and I are leaving on a cruise on Friday. We’ve known each other for 11 years, and we have never taken a vacation like this. We’re much more of the ‘go somewhere and do stuff’ type of traveler. Lounging by the pool will be new for us. Given all that free time, I thought I should stock up on my reading. Thank goodness for ebooks, because my suitcase would definitely be over the weight limit if I had to bring all these in paper. Here are some of the titles I’m bringing.
It’s time for another giveaway! You can get One Night Stand and a bunch of other stories in so many different genres, all totally free. Mystery, thriller, sci-fi, romance. You want it? Ninja Writers have got it!
If you’re one of those people who enjoys correcting people who mix up ‘their’, ‘there’ and ‘they’re’ in social media posts, stop reading here.
Seriously, there are lots of great posts on this blog (try this one, have you met Kyle?), but this one is not for you.
Still there? I assume you’ve been warned.
Look, I understand that no one likes a grammatically weak book. Or blog post. Or status update. But the very term of Grammar Nazi makes my skin crawl. Here’s why.
This is a short but VERY IMPORTANT POST!
My short story, One Night Stand, is going to be part of a big Ninja Writers giveaway next week. There will be a tonne of great authors participating, and lots of stories for you to pick up.
I’m excited. Like super excited. I want you to read One Night Stand now! So here’s the deal. I’ll be sending out a newsletter tomorrow that includes a link where you can get One Night Stand for free. This is only available to subscribers! All you have to do is sign up here, and you’ll get the link tomorrow!
See how easy that is?
Also, I’m super super excited about this cover. Who wouldn’t want to read this?
Kyle is just a mild mannered event planner trying to do his job when Olivia stomps up to him at a charity art auction and accuses him of ruining her painting. Kyle has no way to know that tonight is going to change his life forever.
See? You want to read this story. Sign up here.
I’ve got a new story over on Medium (when it rains it pours!). Writing’s great because it lets me control everything.
Until I don’t.
Wanna see what I mean? Click here and let me know how you feel about plotting your stories!