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Romance Author Marries, Totally Neglects Publishing Schedule

Romance Author Marries, Totally Neglects Publishing Schedule

We’ve been chugging along with the Erotic Destination series; and according to my personal plan and Overarching Publication Timetable, the next installment (Book #3, Turkish Delight) is due out in approximately five days. But you know what? I underestimated what August would be like. I am, once more, a victim of my own overachieving.  I’ve realized that when I look ahead at my schedule, I turn dangerously optimistic–the sort of optimism that pumps through my veins like heroin, and makes me…

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Top 5 Ways To Kill Your Productivity

Top 5 Ways To Kill Your Productivity

By now, we all know how to stroke our muse into a frothy creative fervor. But how do we stifle it? What if we want to stomp on it, quiet it, and otherwise murder it? Not all of us have access to this information. Especially productive people probably don’t even know how to slack off or piddle away their precious time. So I’ve decided to volunteer my lifelong note-taking, live from the trenches of procrastination and work avoidance, to share…

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The Perfect Travel Companion

The Perfect Travel Companion

Ever heard of companion planting? It’s where you place certain plants alongside specific other plants so that they grow better or discourage pests. Like, for instance, planting tomato alongside basil helps improve growth and flavor. Beets are helped by lettuce and onion, while broccoli companions are bush beans, cucumber, radish, and a ton more. How does this have anything to do with travel? I think that travel can be enhanced in a very specific way, much like how basil helps…

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A Re-Released Gift!

A Re-Released Gift!

Today’s guest post is courtesy of Ishabelle Torry, one of my beloved beta readers and a fellow author I met through Breathless Press. She’s here today to talk about her adventures with self-publishing for the first time, in the wake of Breathless Press closing. There’s no surprise in this world when businesses come and go. Especially in this day and age.  We live in a fast paced society, and are constantly keeping up with the motto “kick out the old,…

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Back to Square One

Back to Square One

Now that my first publisher, Breathless Press, has officially closed, there’s a sad sense of finality there. No longer are my or my fellow author’s books available on their website, or on Amazon. It’s all gone, torn down, packed away, returned to sender. I can’t help but feel like, as an author, I’ve gone back to square one. With a lull between my next release and the re-release of my former Breathless Press titles, there’s nothing available to purchase. As…

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When the Publishing Tides Change…

When the Publishing Tides Change…

On 1 May, Breathless Press will be closing following a year of declining sales. This decision has not been an easy one to make and has not been made lightly. We have always put our authors first and so we have chosen to close now, on our own terms, while we are still in a position to meet our financial obligations. We are closing with heavy hearts, but with our heads held high. To all our talented authors, dedicated staff…

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When The Waiting Game Ends…

When The Waiting Game Ends…

Being a writer involves a lot of WAITING. In fact, there is nothing speedy about this profession. Writing a regular-length novel, at it’s quickest, can take a month — but that’s only when you have the biting flame of NaNoWriMo under your ass. For me, a novel can take anywhere from a month to 9 months to complete, first draft only. And then once the novel is done, it has to sit for awhile. You know, congeal. Gestate. Like a jello…

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Chetan Bhagat’s “Half Girlfriend” Is Only Half Good

Chetan Bhagat’s “Half Girlfriend” Is Only Half Good

I’m not a big book reviewer – in fact, this is the first and perhaps last review you’ll see on this blog. But a recent read hit very close to my romance core, so hard that I felt compelled to shout my thoughts into the blogosphere. I found Chetan Bhagat’s “Half Girlfriend” when I was in India, a donated book to the yoga shala’s collection of fiction where I was studying Ashtanga. One morning I found myself waiting for a…

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When We’re Stuck in Non-Places…

When We’re Stuck in Non-Places…

Airports are classified as non-places, according to Marc Auge, a French anthropologist. His premise is as follows (pasted from Wikipedia): Marc Auge coined the phrase “non-place” to refer to anthropological spaces of transience that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as “places”. Examples of a non-place would be a motorway, a hotel room, an airport or a supermarket. These non-places are all frighteningly similar, no matter where you go. The airport in New Delhi this week was almost…

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Warning: Writer On The Loose!

Warning: Writer On The Loose!

For those of you that know me or do any perusing at all of my life on social media, you’ll know that I travel. A lot. Like, a lot a lot. I don’t know why this is — it’s just a primordial urge that bubbles hot and fervent deep within me. I write about the slow travel over here, on my travel blog, which has been going for over two years. And now I’m facing a new trip. As a resident slow…

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