Release day | My Paradise Is You

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Happy release day to My Paradise Is You! I’m so happy with how this novella turned out, and I hope everyone who picks up a copy enjoys it as much as I do.

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When two very different men are stranded on a deserted island, will opposites attract, or will they end up killing each other—if the elements don’t get them first?

Marc Reed is an expert scuba diver and leads underwater tours of the infamous shipwrecks scattered around Bermuda. When a robbery forces him and his boss’s son—a man he despises on principle—to take shelter on an uncharted island, he might have to reassess his opinion of the spoiled snob.

Ian Blythe-Darcy II lives a life most would envy. He’s a trust fund kid being groomed to take over his father’s empire of hotels and resorts. But it’s not a life that matches what’s in his heart. He’s in the closet and engaged to a socialite he doesn’t love, but he’s about to get a crash course in being true to himself—and maybe learn money can’t buy happiness after all.

My Paradise Is You: Blog Tour

 

myparadiseisyou_fbbanner_dspAs spring approaches, what better way to shake off the winter blues than with two guys stuck in the most pristine of paradises. That’s what you’ll get with My Paradise Is You. The tropical setting of Bermuda is just what the scuba instructor ordered. So let’s dive right into the blog tour and get things heating up.

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My Paradise Is You – Now available for preorder

myparadiseisyouorig_final_01My DPS World of Love novella is now available for preorder ahead of it’s March 1st release! I’m super proud of this story,  and isn’t the cover just gorgeous? Bree Archer does amazing work. Be sure to reserve your copy today:

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When two very different men are stranded on a deserted island, will opposites attract, or will they end up killing each other—if the elements don’t get them first?

Marc Reed is an expert scuba diver and leads underwater tours of the infamous shipwrecks scattered around Bermuda. When a robbery forces him and his boss’s son—a man he despises on principle—to take shelter on an uncharted island, he might have to reassess his opinion of the spoiled snob.

Ian Blythe-Darcy II lives a life most would envy. He’s a trust-fund kid being groomed to take over his father’s empire of hotels and resorts. But it’s not a life that matches what’s in his heart. He’s in the closet and engaged to a socialite he doesn’t love, but he’s about to get a crash course in being true to himself—and maybe learn money can’t buy happiness after all.

2 for 2

glasses-213156_960_720Last night I inked my second contract with Dreamspinner Press! I’m so excited to be working with them again on my second novella, My Paradise Is You.

It’s set in Bermuda for their World of Love series, and after having such a good time on Taming the Wyld, I can’t wait to get the ball rolling on it.

I’ve had a pretty trying few months. My grandmother has been in and out of the hospital and rehab, and as her primary care giver, the burden and responsibility has fallen on my shoulders. It’s been hard, but I think she’s finally on the road to recovery.

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Wish I was here!

I need a vacation. I hear Bermuda’s nice!

Understandably, I haven’t had much time to write, but I’m looking forward to getting back into some kind of routine. I’ve missed writing terribly. A couple of times, I wondered if I’d ever get back to it, but getting news of an acceptance has lifted my mood astronomically. I’m hoping I can build on that momentum and get back to the writing desk. *fingers crossed*

Even though I haven’t had time to write, I’m still bombarded with plot bunnies and fic ideas left and right. I need to share them all before my head explodes! I honestly don’t know how I’m ever going to get all these worlds and characters out of my head. I think that is the biggest burden of being a writer, but it’s also a tremendous gift.

 

Character Study

owl-158417_960_720I just squeaked in at the deadline, but I got my second novella, My Paradise Is You, turned into Dreamspinner Press. Now it’s time to play the Waiting Game. I’m pretty sure this is the hard part, but I struggled with this fic in the beginning.

As of late, I seem to have a love/hate relationship with my stories. I hate them until about the halfway point, then I fall head over heels. I think it has to do with setting up the characters. It takes a while for me to get to know them, and until I’m comfortable, the story seems boring to me. My beta readers like them, but I can’t seem to get into them. I don’t think they are very good. Maybe I’m too close.

But then something magical happens. The characters become clear in my head and I see them as actual people. It’s the most incredible thing. And what do you know? I go back and reread the beginning and I love it! So strange.

With Taming the Wyld I loved Jake from the beginning, so I really didn’t have this problem. It took me about half the book to get to know JD though, but having that buffer in Jake made me love the fic from beginning to end. I really grew to love JD, and the two of them are such a perfect match.

I also love what became of My Paradise Is You, so much so that if it gets rejected, then I will seriously consider turning it into a novel. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I will be grateful if it’s accepted.

My first novel, that I hope to finish by the end of the month, followed a similar pattern. I originally blamed that on NaNoWriMo. Their whole “editing is a sin” mentality doesn’t jive with my writing style, and I’m not sure if I’ll be participating again, but I think I can now attribute that frustration to my character building.

I am a panster through and through. I don’t plan anything apart from random scenes I think up and jot down in bullet points, but I think I might try to do more character building exercises before I began my next project. Or maybe me and my fics will continue to star in our very own enemies to lovers trope.

It may take us a while, but when we fall, we fall hard!

Bermuda Basics

800px-bermuda_aerial_overall_view_1993After having a ridiculous amount of fun writing “Taming the Wyld,” I jumped at the chance to do it all over again with a novella set in the breathtaking isles of Bermuda. Its natural beauty offers the perfect backdrop for romance to flourish.

Here’s a very brief overview of the incredible setting I was lucky enough to procure!


Bermuda is an island chain and an archipelago, which is essentially the high outer rim of an under water volcano. It consists of 181 different islands-the biggest of which is usually referred to as Bermuda-that jet out from under the Atlantic Ocean. The collection of islands were formed by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that spits molten magma out from under the Earth’s tectonic plates. (Can you tell I was a Geology Major for 2 semesters?)

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6-inch Mk VII gun, by AodhdubhCC BY-SA 3.0

The island was first discovered in 1505, but wasn’t immediately settled. It was sometimes used as a place to resupply ships on the passage over to the New World, famously to the failed Jamestown colony in Virginia, but it was officially claimed for the British crown in 1612.

It’s still a British Territory today and sits in the middle of the Atlantic where it makes up the top point of the Bermuda Triangle. Due to it’s strategic location, the island has a strong military history, both in regards to the United States and the world.

Bermuda has had many names in its past including La Garza, Virgineola, and my personal favorite, the Isle of Devils. It seems fitting considering the mysteries surrounding the infamous Triangle that bares its name. Though if you dig a little deeper, the reason for it being called the Isle of Devils was due to strange noises early visitors wrongly attributed to spirits and devils, noises that are now thought to have been made by birds.

It has a diverse population that includes decedents of Indigenous peoples from the East Coast of the United States and other islands in the West Indies, some of whom ended up in Bermuda after being sold into slavery. Africans and decedents of slaves and indentured servants were also brought to Bermuda during the slave trade. And being a British Territory, it’s not surprising that Europeans make up a good chunk of the population. Due to this variety, its culture has been influenced by many others including Native American, Caribbean, and cultures from the British Isles.

loggerhead-turtle-123402_960_720The barrier reef that incircles the islands is responsible for sinking dozens of vessels and is the reason Bermuda is known as the shipwreck capital of the world. The crystal clear waters offer amazing opportunities for scuba diving, a fact I intend to use in my novella. One of my main characters is a dive instructor that leads tours of varies wrecks around the island. (He may or may not be pictured on the right!)

I’m kind of jealous because Bermuda has been on my must visit list for ages. But one of the wonderful things about being a writer is that you can live vicariously through your characters. 

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