Love For All Seasons

Greetings! I have another release to share with you! This one includes two of my favorite ladies in my chatty chicks morning sprint group.

(Morning sprint group: individuals who meet online for a set amount of time (length of time varies) and write while drinking coffee, or in Emily’s case cocoa.

Drumrolll please!  * buzz your tongue like the wife in Christmas vacation waiting forChevy Chase to  plug in the lights*

Love for all Seasons

Love stories for all seasons.

RJ Scott brings authors together in an MM anthology that reveals true love always deserves a happy ending, whatever the season.

With characters who find love in a New York park, or on a college campus, in the middle of a snowstorm or in the heat of summer, ‘Love for all Seasons’ delivers romance for everyone.



Including stories from three authors, new to the world of writing MM romance.





This is a charity anthology with all proceeds going to The Albert Kennedy Trust ,

and The Matthew Shepard Foundation


The price is  $2.99 with all proceeds going to the above charities.



RJ Scott – The Last Chance

V.L. Locey – Brioche for Two

Annabelle Jacobs – Beach Boys

Chris McHart – Favorite Flowers

DJ Jamison – Special Nights

Cathy Brockman – Winter’s Chill

EJ Smyth – Who do you love, My Valentine

CM Valencourt – Sweeter than Honey






Barnes and Noble: to follow…

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iBooks: to follow…


 Love for all Seasons, anthology

RJ Scott – The Last Chance | | | | |

V.L. Locey – Brioche for Two  | | |  |

Annabelle Jacobs – Beach Boys – | | | |

Chris McHart – Favorite Flowers | | | | | |

DJ Jamison – Special Nights – | | | | | | |

Cathy Brockman – Winters Chill | | | |

EJ Smyth – Who do you love, My | | | |

CM Valencourt – Sweeter than Honey |

Who doesn’t love some romance, right?

Write on my friends, write on!



A String of 30 Lights

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Over on my friend’s blog, she’s talking about NaNoWriMo. I left her a comment at Cathy Brockman’s blog. You’ll find my comment below,  only expanded because sometimes, I have a lot to say about a specific thing.

This is what Cathy asked: When you are choosing a book, how important is the title to you?

I know that was the main point of her post,  but my mind went in a different direction because you know, one idea leads to another, then another, then you have a chain and pretty soon  it’s like a string of Christmas lights. She started off her post by discussing the difference  between a plotter and a pantser. This is what fueled the ignition, that started the  train moving.

I am a plotanser. I’ve used both methods in the past. The first time I did NANO in 2011, I totally pantsed it. Just off the top of my head, all I had to work with was an initial scene that a conversation with my eldest daughter had sparked about a dragon complex, hoarding gold. The light bulb went off, the writing frenzy began, and I exceeded the word count by a LOT. I mean a LOT. The goal is 50000 words,  I hit somewhere in the 90000 range.  However, I had to throw out a bulk portion of that wordage because it didn’t progress the story. It helped me to get to know my characters, it helped to understand their world, and it helped me in the practice of writing. It is painful to cut out large chunks of what you ‘have written’. It was discouraging. The next time, I plotted. I plotted to the nth detail. No deviations. I had a map and I had a destination but somewhere along the line, the thrill of writing the story, letting it unfold was lost in completely planning it and that story still sits unfinished.

Now, I use a skeletal structure plot with key points, which allows me to be creative. That’s what works for me. Let me expound for a moment.

I try to  think through my story using the 3 Act method. Of course, I can’t just follow that so I end up with a four act  method.

Act 1 – Establish the character, show the MC in their before life. This is how they are now.  There is something missing that they need to change. At the end of the first act is the inciting incident that launches the story.

Act 2 A – the MC tries to deal with inciting incident in their old ways and fail, something has to change. they fumble, meet with failure, get frustrated, angry,  and  by midpoint – MC has a false sense of comfort because they  think they can handle it but can’t. This is the point that they come face to face with the fact that change must happen.

Act 2B – things get worse. Consequences to the not changing are happening. They feel the squeeze. The only thing that makes us change is force. How is the MC handling that force? Emotional overload, stress overload. Change is forced.

Act 3 – They are either resolved to change or fight it every step of the way then reluctantly changing. If they have made the change then they overcome.  If they have not then they ultimately fail. Happy ending? OR Noir?

Think about it. Next time you sit down and watch a movie,  or  a tv show, test  it against the above.

From this I develop my skeletal outline breaking out into chapters.  Each chapter is a point that progresses the story.  Within a chapter may be multiple scenes that occur. On the current WIP I had 18 chapters. I broke these chapters down to 30 points, following Lazette’s method  for her 30 points of light! My points aren’t as laser focused as hers. I’ve made it my own.

For Valkyrie’s Curse: Trial of Aegir, the second book in my Valkyrie’s series, here’s a brief look at Act 1.

Act 1

  • Chapter 1
  1. Glowing Amber
  2. Super Hero Dreams
  • Chapter 2
  1. Playing Catch Up
  2. Discovering the gifts
  • Chapter 3
  1. Recurring dreams of paradise/Giant snake
  • Chapter 4
  1. Relationships
  2. Aella’s map
  • Chapter 5
  1. Atlantis

Keypoints that give me  a prompt for the day,  that keep me on track for the story, and  point in the general direction of the end. For the most part,  it works. But  sometimes I end up spending more time on one point than simply covering that point. For November 2nd, I wrote a volume of words to open the scene and set the stage, before I ever got to point one. Stage setting is important as well.

And in all of that,  I never did get to the point that Cathy asked about covers.  As to purchasing books –  I’ll buy a book if I like the title and conversely won’t buy a book if the title sounds lame.  As to my own books,  sometimes the title comes easily, other times I toil over them.  While revising my next to be released book Valkyrie’s Curse, I was inspired to expand it. It has now blossomed into a  7 part series. I’m using nano to get the first draft down for book 2 of that series. I toiled over the titles for quite some time on this, aggravating my close circle of friends until they were sick of me. While I was lamenting, trying to be oh so clever with titles one of those friends made a suggestion that was absolutely Brilliant.

I latched on to that puppy with both hands!

By the way,  the recipes will continue tomorrow.  I’m feeling rather ill today, and the idea of food pictures is . . .  even writing it made my stomach lurch.

Write on my friends, write on!






Interview with Cathy Brockman

My guest today for  my Wonderful Women Writer series is my friend Cathy Brockman, a talented erotica/romance writer.  Storytime Trysts is Cathy’s brain child, and I think it’s brilliant!  Free stories online.  Come on, we all like free, right?  Plus I have to admit I am a bit partial as she is hosting my story on there.  THANK YOU CATHY!

Give it up for my friend Cathy!  ( The crowd goes wild!!!!!)


1. Tell me a little about yourself.

I have recently retired to chase rainbows and follow my dreams of writing as well as doing interviews on my blog.


2. What genre do you write?

Wow great question.  I write all things romance, whether it be M/M, contemporary, chick lit, a little humorous or just downright nasty (erotic),  paranormal and even some suspense and mystery. If there is romance involved I like to read and write it. But mostly paranormal and contemporary.
3. How did you get started?

One night I had a strange  man visit me in my dreams. He was hotter than hell and a werewolf. By the time I got to know  a little about him I had the ideas and quick outline for a paranormal  series. Once I let him in my head, the stories just came flooding in.  It’s like  a line at  the theater on a blockbuster  grand opening sometimes with characters trying to get  a story!
4. Describe your writing routine.

I wish I had one. I had several but all have failed. The muses won’t visit on schedule.  It’s always late at night, like 1-3 am or early am is my best writing time. And I need to turn everything off but me, a candle and some music.
5. How do you manage writing with the rest of your life as wife, mother, grandmother, employee and/or any other hats you wear?

I am a wife, husband is retired also but he is more the spontaneous type when I’m a scheduler so I get my plans interrupted a lot.  My kids are both grown, 31 and 26 and live an hour and half away.  Same with the three stepdaughters.  I have 10 grandkids  counting the step ones also, and just got a new one on June 6th. Though the only ones I see are my sons very often. I get my granddaughter when she isn’t at her dads most weekends. She is my mini me.  Of course, when the grandkids are around not much writing gets done, though she loves to help  me with my children’s books, which I forgot to mention in the writing question.
6. How long did it take you to have your first book published?

Actually not too long. It came as a shocker to me. I had just contracted the paranormal series through a pitch. I wrote a story for a charity project called the Gage Project and my publisher loved it and  surprised me with a contract and had it published  for ebook sales in a matter of weeks.

The Gage project in paperback:

The Gage project in ebook:

7. What method did you choose and why?

For Luke’s Dragon, and  book one of my paranormal series I  am contracted by Saga books,  though a couple of friends of mine are helping me edit and format my first Blog short story,  ‘Love Bites’.  We are self publishing that one.  I would like to see which way works best for me and I have two publishers in mind for the other two works in progress.   I am hoping to at least get them sent to one of the publishers this year.
8. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Write!  No matter what write, friend  authors, editors , anyone you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
9. Who are your favorite authors? 

I have so many. I love Laurel K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Biggs; where a lot of my paranormal inspiration came from. I  have recently met and started reading Michelle L Montgomery (self published) and Sara York, Richard Benegas and Ellen C. Maze; all fabulous writers .

You can find Cathy and her work at the following links.

Luke’s Dragon  by Cathy Boyd (me):


Storytime Trysts for free samples of my work in short story serial form new stories bimonthly;  where I also feature 4 other authors plus weekend spotlights:

Cathy’s website that features a Thursday interview:

Cathy’s children and YA website: