Just thinking out loud…

With the unpredictable weather lately, and the tornadoes that have been tearing through the Midwest/South, it’s really made me sit back and think on things.  Every day I take things for granted. Little things, like having electricity, running water, food for my family to eat… Seeing the devastation in Oklahoma this week has reminded me that things could always be worse.  I couldn’t imagine having a home, a vehicle, and belongings all ripped away from me in the blink of an eye.  I can’t even begin to fathom losing family in such a sudden way.  I can’t comprehend starting all over from nothing, but that’s what the people who were affected by these events are going through.  Priceless photos, heirlooms, and memories, all gone.  It’s heartbreaking to even think about, and because of that, I go to bed tonight, counting my blessings and saying an extra prayer or two.  I go to bed remembering how truly fortunate I am.  Be thankful for what you have.  You just never know what lies around the corner. ❤

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Indigo’s 21 with TL Reeve 5/18/13

Well, today I have the pleasure of interviewing my good friend and writing partner, TL Reeve!  This girl is as crazy as they come,and I love her to death. She writes some SMOKIN’ M/M books, and rocks the BDSM. Sit back and get to know TL!

 Image1. Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
This is the part of the interview where I just give you the droll stare and say, really? *enter droll stare* LOL, I’m a single mom with a beautiful 11 year old daughter. I love to write just about anything, but I seem to have a knack for writing Alpha males in seriously hot situations.
Indigo: Well I know everything about you, but your readers don’t, silly. Just answer the questions and stop being difficult!

2. What genre(s) do you write?
BDSM, LGBT, Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Menage, and Suspense

3. What was it like to see your first book published?
Wow, that was something. I remember opening up my email at work to check in and saw my first contract. I couldn’t believe it. I think I was sick to my stomach at first, then excited, then sick to my stomach all over again. LOL, but it was the moment I knew I could be a writer and always enjoy what I do.

4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
Pretty near and dear. I can see myself at seventy or eighty sitting at a computer, or whatever we have in the future, telling some tale of misfortune or love. Erotica included. I think I’ll be a hip grandma.

5. Do you ever lock up?  Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
All the time. I have my killer days where it’s like nothing can stop me from writing. To, what the heck was I thinking? I’m walking through sludge right now. I need to stop. So I shut it down do something else and try again later that day or the next.

6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
Again, haven’t we been over this? *droll stare* LOL, it just takes a word or phrase, a picture or snipit of a conversation and I have a story idea. I live in my imagination.
Indigo: Ah yes, and Skype calls, where you are bold enough to get mouthy, and then blush when my husband catches you.  Yes, you heard right people, TL still has the ability to blush!

7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
Characters are a little harder. I have a hard time with keeping names fresh and unique. Personalities though, I can do that. Every character has a piece of my sarcasm in them. It’s hard not to, but the majority of time, I let them do the talking and just build from there.

8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
Sometimes, I always want to one up myself. I guess that is the competitor in me. My next book must be better than my last. And most certainly must be better than my very first. So I sometimes put tons of pressure on myself to produce.

9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
Depends on how into the book I am. If it’s a short book, a week. If it’s longer maybe a month or two. It just depends on the size.

10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
After the book is finished I have a sweet treat. I buy a book I’ve been wanting and I read. During the time I’m writing, I must have music. It pushed the pacing of the books for me.

11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
Usually late at night after everyone is asleep or early in the morning when nothing is on and I can concentrate the most.

12. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
Quirks? Hmm, I don’t think so. Do you think I have any quirks, Indigo? 
Indigo: Too many to name, but this is for the readers to get to know you…so I’ll keep your raging addiction porn a secret.

13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
I try to do everything when my daughter is at school or when she is asleep. That way if she needs me, I can stop what I am doing and help her out. It’s pretty easy to balance when you get the hang of it.

14. How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
Um a few days, mostly. Unless the book series is really good, then I move right into the next.

15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
I like to RP. I like working with my hands. If I get the chance, my hands are under the hood of a car tinkering. Or I like building stuff. Power tools are my friend. (So sexy, huh?)

16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I think I would love to go to Scotland and Ireland.

17. What’s next on your agenda?  Any new books in the works?
I have a series going with you. We’re writing Legal Dom and I’m putting the finishing touches on two more of my On the Set books.

18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Keep writing. The more you write, the better you get. Don’t argue with your editors, they are only trying to better your work. Even the best authors have editors. Also never give up.

19. What authors inspire you?
Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Cherise Sinclair, Lynsay Sands, Nina Bangs, Hannah Howell…do you really want me to list them all? LOL

20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
Er, um? I can beat box…no wait, that was Will Smith. Er, I can paint happy trees…no, that’s Bob Ross. I don’t know…My brain is like a sponge when it comes to movie quotes and music lyrics. I would have been a wiz at Name that Tune. I could’ve named stuff in 3 bars.

 21. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
All of us struggle and all of us have our good and bad days. You just have to keep swimming. Always look forward and know that it does get easier and it does become more fun than work, even at your darkest moments. Never give up and never surrender. (Did you see what I did there?? Yeah, I’m cool like that! LOL)

And there you have it folks! Spunky, sassy and weird, that’s my TL! Tell us, TL, where can your readers stalk you?

Website: http://authortlreeve.wix.com/tlreeve

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tl.reeve.1

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tl_reeve

Blog: http://www.tlreevesplace.blogspot.com/

Indigo’s 21 with Rayne Bexley 5/11/13

I had the opportunity to sit down with Miss Rayne Bexley, to pick her brain about being a new author.  Rayne is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the fortune of meeting, and I hope you will all give her a warm welcome as my FIRST guest ever on the blog!

Author Bio: Rayne Bexley was born and raised on Long Island NY where she resides today with her husband and four children. She is an avid reader of all genres, especially contemporary romance novels. After years of writing down small blurbs, characters, and story line ideas, she has finally taken the time to bring them all to life.

Let’s get to know her a little more, shall we?

Image1. Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
Me? Ah, this is always such a hard question for me. I’ve spent so much time being a wife, mother, daughter, and caregiver that I am only really starting to figure that all out. I’m finally striking out on my own, doing what I want to do, no matter what anyone thinks.
My books, well they are my imagination gone a little wild.

2. What genre(s) do you write?
I don’t have a specific genre. You Only Love Twice and License to Thrill are contemporary romance, but I also have a ménage that’s under contract as well as one in the BDSM genre.

3. What was it like to see your first book published?
It was awesome, definitely one of the highlights of my adult life! I felt like I was flying high for days.

4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life? 
I love to write, and I do think it’s something that I will continue.

5. Do you ever lock up? Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
Oh yeah! I think those are the times you just need to walk away and clear your mind. Take a few days off and then come back hopefully renewed.

6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
The ideas just come. I can be in the middle of the most mundane things and my mind just wanders. I’ve learned to make some quick notes in my iPhone so I don’t lose them.

7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
I love choosing character names. Personality, I really have to sit down and think about what kind of a person do I think they are.

8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
I do, I tend to doubt myself a lot. I’m getting better at that though, all part of my “new attitude”

9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
It depends on the book. It took only a few weeks once I buckled down to write both You Only Love Twice, and License To Thrill. The ménage too less than one week to write, that one I literally couldn’t stop myself.

10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
Nope.

11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
I write when I have a block of time all to myself. I love to write in my room in my pajama’s in bed.

12. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
I’m totally normal, so no quirks, although my family and friends will tell you otherwise!

13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
My kids are not babies anymore, so it’s a bit easier than someone who has young children. My youngest is very active fifteen year old, so that’s tough at times because she needs rides everywhere she goes, and is into sports, and clubs at school. I mostly write at night when the house calms down.

14. How much down-time do you take between book? Or do you just jump right into the next?
So far, I have had multiple projects going on at one time, so there has always been another one to jump to.

15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
I don’t know if it’s considered a hobby, but in the spring, summer and fall I love to go to yard sales, tag sales, and estate sales. My girlfriend and I hit the local coffee shops early on a Saturday morning, and head out with the local newspaper, and yard sales listings on craigslist. There are many interesting things to be found!

16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
Sicily, I have relatives there and would love to go there.

17. What’s next on your agenda? Any new books in the works?
I actually have four in the works right now, and a few on the list to start.

18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Just do it. Believe in yourself enough to start. It’s a learning process and you have to start somewhere.

19. What authors inspire you?
There are so many. Kallypso Masters, Maire Force, Bella Andre, Shayla Black, Lorelei James, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks are only the tip of the iceberg.

20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
I don’t know if it’s unique, but I love to laugh, and I love to make people laugh. I’m a bit of a joker. People are just too serious. Life can be grueling; you need to have a sense of humor.

21. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
So far, my publishing experience has been wonderful. I don’t know about any other publishing house, but I can’t say enough about the care and support that I have received at Horny Devil, so, I would say, make sure you find a good publisher. Network with other authors, I have found so much support in the author community, and last, promote, promote, promote, not only yourself, but other authors as well!

Thank you so much for talking with us! So now that your readers have gotten to know you…where can they stalk, err, find you?

Website: http://www.raynebexley.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rayne.bexley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RayneBexley

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7043339.Rayne_Bexley

Blog: http://raynebexley.blogspot.com/

Hotness Abounds!

Well, TL and I finished UNDERCOVER DOM, the first book in the Crimson Heat Series, and it has been submitted for publishing.  Now, while we are patiently *twitches* waiting to hear on if it will be accepted, we are starting book two, LEGAL DOM.  Legal Dom is the story of Rune and Eliza, a sexy interracial couple who are destined to burn up our laptops (Dallas and Taryn succeeded in actually blowing up TL’s, so maybe I’ll get a new one next) After that…there will be three (possibly four) more books in the series.  DIRTY DOM, DOUBLE DOM, and RESTLESS DOM will follow, in that order.  I had to really step up my game writing with TL, and I can honestly say that Undercover Dom is my best writing yet.  If you haven’t checked out the teasers we posted on our facebook ‘like’ pages, PLEASE do!! Hotness abounds!

ImageNow…If only I could remember where I put my notebook that had all of the notes in it for Rune’s book.  Stay tuned for updates!