Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Virgin Kiss from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.
Virgin Kiss, a very short story, is a pet project of mine. It's based on a true story and I've been playing around with it, trying to decide if it would make a good YA novel.
So I wrote it as a short story first...here's the basic plot:
Riley Murphy is a kissing virgin, waiting for the right guy to come along. Until she joins the Drama Club at Holywell High and has to kiss the class dweeb on stage in front of the whole school on Valentine’s Day.
Riley is a fun character, embarrassed by her lack of kissing experience. Especially when there's a sexy hottie she's just dying to practice on.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm finishing up a novella at the moment, but then I thought I'd dive into Virgin Kiss and see what happens. For the moment, it's $.99 over at Amazon. It's a really fast read...if you want to relieve the pain of that first kiss, give it a try. Let me know what you think.
Virgin Kiss is available as a short story at Amazon Kindle
Music: Sweeter Vermouth Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
Friday, March 21, 2014
I'm so excited to be part of this romantic suspense boxed set! It officially releases Apr 6, but you can pre-order your copy now!
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I'll Be Watching You by Tina Wainscott, New York Times Bestselling Author. Kim left her Everglades town under a cloud of scandal. Her grandmother's murder brings her back to reclaim her home and unearth the truth...while a killer watches her every move.
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Protective Custody by Paige Tyler, USA Today Bestselling Author. Someone is stalking reporter Paisley McCoy, and police detective Gray Beckham is the only man who can protect her. While the chemistry between them is undeniable, there's no way he's going near the captain's daughter, and she had a hard and fast rule that says she doesn't date cops. Can they both survive the stalker who's coming after them long enough to realize how good they are together?
There's a New Witch in Town by Tawny Weber, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. Her magic, his town, their love... is it enough? Or will a witch just regaining her powers have to choose between saving a cursed town, or giving up everything she's come to care about?
In His Control by Nina Bruhns, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. A rogue detective will do anything to catch the sexy international thief he's fixated upon. When their titillating game of cat and mouse grows shockingly intimate, he must make the impossible choice between honor and duty...and the notorious woman he has unwittingly come to love.
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Dark Tide Rising by Kristin Miller, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. Police Sergeant Mark Thurgood is all work and no play, but he's harboring secrets that tie him to the vengeful sea. Free-spirited Emily McAllister is haunted by premonitions, and the latest shows her death in a dark coastal cave. Can they put their desires aside to focus on the task at hand and find the killer before he finds her?
Big Bad Wolf by Gennita Low. On the run from shadowy enemies, a secret agent finds sunlight and love while working undercover for a female roofer.
Found Wanting by Joyce Lamb. She's been on the run for 14 years. He's been sent to bring her home, dead or alive. A boy's life depends on what happens next. Can they overcome betrayal, lies and violence to find what they've always wanted?
High Tide by Maureen A. Miller. A couple locked in a struggle to protect the coast...and their lives.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
If you’ve been there, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Why am I bringing this up now? Or at all? Pick one:
* Because my body is starting to hate me. I mean, hurt me.
* Because I go to conferences with hot young guys who have muscles on their muscles.
* Because I had walking pneumonia for over 2 weeks and lost a grand total of 3 pounds.
* Because Stud worked his ass off and won us a cruise that departs in 2 months - where I’ll be wearing a bathing
suit in front of his coworkers, who are 10 - 20 yrs younger.
Sigh. Vanity never had me running for exercise equipment before, unless it was to grab a piece of laundry draped across it. For some reason that last bullet is hitting home, and I think it’s because I’m not as good as I could be. There’s a difference between trying to hold off aging and being healthy about aging, but the latter isn't going to happen either, if I don't get off my ass.
So as of Monday, I’ve been eating even smarter and dug out the Total Gym. I’ve walked every day. The only thing that hasn’t changed is my morning coffee because that would just be insane.
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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iTunes: Available Soon
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
It's been a weird cycle for me with writing. I want to write, but can't seem to get more than a chapter or two into any story before I lose interest. This is not how I work. When I started this gig 8 years ago, I couldn't stop writing. I'd always have multiple projects going, and they'd have to drag my laptop out of my hands at the end of the night. Now? Meh. I have two 3-book proposals out with editors, so I need to get my butt in gear, even if just one of them sells!
This isn't writers' block. This is self-doubt at its finest. I'll admit I'm not as far along as I'd hoped to be by this point in my career, and I'm angry at myself. I've also lost most of my confidence. I've gotten to the point that it really hurts to congratulate other authors when they get good news--even if I like them and know they genuinely deserve it.
When the career slump and the house nerves slammed into each other, it made for a very stressed out Cindy. But it might have also just given me the kick in the pants I needed. So with the help of a fair bit of chocolate and several gallons of Diet Coke, here's a few things I've come up with.
1. I don't NEED to be an NYT bestseller with six-figure advances. Sure, it would be nice, but I was happier when I was writing steadily and selling fewer copies of more books. So I need to quit putting pressure on myself to advance. If my current niche is as far as I get, then that's still not a bad place to be. I get to speak at Cons and do the occasional signing. I get a nice fan letter now and then. It's all good.
2. I need to stop fighting with myself about genres. Should I write YA? Would I sell better in SF? Is paranormal over? Bugger that. After my current contract is fullfilled, I'm gonna write what I feel like writing. And if nobody's buying that, maybe I will self-publish. Maybe I won't. But it's going to be story first, marketing later.
3. Writing is my job. Sitting at my desk playing computer games isn't. I'm going to cut myself a little slack between now and the move, but even for the next ten days, the rule is, I have to write at least ONE PAGE on my contracted project.
4. March 28 is not only moving day, but also my birthday. I don't do New Year's resolutions, but this year, I'm determined to make a new start on MY new year. I want to love writing again. And I'm going to do whatever it takes to get there.
Erm--encouragement or well-deserved butt kicking is always appreciated. Thank you!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Imagine if you’re a Princess and you’re out of work. What do you do? Pawn your tiara? Sell your glass slipper on eBay?
What if a fairy tells you a magic shamrock can give you the courage you need to find a job? Find out what happens in “The Princess and the Magic Shamrock.”
The Princess and the Magic Shamrock from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.
Happy Patrick's Day!!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
I guess it depends on how you look at them. For me, if 1 or 2 people comment, it was a lot of extra writing for nuthin'. Boo Hiss. I could have spent that time writing my next book.
But here's the thing. You might get 20 comments. Five from people who have never heard of you and are suddenly interested in what you write. You never know. It's like word-of-mouth advertising, which is the best by far.
Well, here's how I chose to solve the problem, and it was all inspired by a sprained thumb. I came back from my January vacation with a couple of annoying, but not life threatening injuries. I told my publicist it would be a pain (literally) to type all those blogs for the usual release tour she was scheduling for March. I proposed an excerpt tour.
She agreed to try it and went in search of bloggers who wouldn't mind allowing this new concept. The result is my abbreviated March blog tour. Only 6 stops, but each one posts a scene from my new book in chronological order! Followers get to read the first two chapters--free!
Not only that, but we sweetened the pot prize-wise too. Instead of 1 book, we're giving away all 3 books in the Flirting with Fangs series, including the brand new one. Just comment to put your name into the drawing. I'll offer the same prize here today, even though this is my own blog home and not part of the excerpt tour.
I think the idea is already showing signs of success. So far, there have been 20+ comments at the first two stops. So...without further ado, here's the deets:
Scene 1 is posted on Amazon in full, so I started the tour with scene 2 and put scene 1 on my website for those who don't use Amazon. Also, for those people, there are 5 Buy Links are on my website www.ashlynchase.com, and my news blog has the whole schedule.
Here's what you've missed so far:
Next week, we'll pick up with the 4th scene and continue the tour:
http://www.thereadingcafe.com/The Reading Cafe
Anyone who comments on each stop is eligible for yet another prize! A $10.00 B&N gift card to buy my next book!
So...what do you all think of my wildly innovative new concept?
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Then the rodeo itself:
And the Darius Rucker concert that followed. I refrained from yelling “Hootie” at the top of my lungs, and was rewarded when he sang my 3 fave songs by Hootie and the Blowfish. Woo-Hoo! At that point, Sam and I had been up for almost 24 hours and the others took pity on us and dropped us back at the Menger to rest up for the Wild Wicked Weekend.
Watching Cole and Avery act out an emotional scene in Illegal Moves.
Asking the banquet manager to bring in a rollaway bed, two forks, two wine glasses and a candle. Then seeing his face as I added it to the pile of props for Sex Position Gumby, which already included a feather duster, a whip, a cowboy hat, two long scarves, and a slice of chocolate cake I filched from the dessert bar.
And one notably bad moment!
Thank God Shayna ended up winning the contest!
The stuff listed here is only the tip of the iceberg. It was an amazing week from start to finish. Sam and I did something smart and stayed one extra night to decompress before we headed back to this:
I can't wait for Wild Wicked Weekend '15!