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No Dragon, No Problem Release Day!!

In Publishing News on April 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

No Dragon, No Problem (WTF Dragon #1)

Genres: Dark Fantasy, Erotic Romance, Humor and Satire

WTF Dragon: In the fairytale kingdom of Werthing Ton Fallorian (or WTF for short), fairytale folk have gone insane. With the imps of lust and wickedness on a rampage, no one is safe. Five Princesses, Five Dragons. A coincidence? I don’t think so.

One bound man. One desperate princess. A curse. And dragons? WTF may never be the same.

The Motive: Princess Tasminia deSoto has had it with her stepmother’s horrid matchmaking. Tricking the princess into a surprise wedding with the narcissistic Baron Winterwood from a neighboring kingdom (of the same name) is the final straw. If only there was a dragon to be sacrificed to!

The Idea: Desperation forces her to enlist the aid of the notorious Dash Ryan, illusionist and con artist for hire. Surely the wildly entertaining (and sexy) rogue can come up with something believable. And if a princess can find a little sexual education on the side… well… that’s just a plus.

The Twist: Dash Ryan has a few secrets of his own. Secrets he’s more than willing to exploit for just a taste of the princess’s sexual awakening. But will one taste be enough?

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If you have at least one of my titles in the mix (any one of these), make sure to enter the code WTFDragon10 to receive 10% off your entire purchase at Changeling Press. Enjoy. 😀

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Don’t Chase the Genre

In #amwriting, Write Talk on April 8, 2012 at 6:51 am

Well hello reading and writing public! It’s been a minute. As the day dawns on a new quarter, we at Casa de Montgomery want to welcome you to a new level of insanity. Tina Donahue’s contest was a phenomenal success. Thank you all for commenting. So many great and supportive readers out there. Tina resonates with her readers in a way that draws the normal lurkers out of the woodwork. Her books and characters are engaging. Her style is unique. And I love her humor.

As writers, it becomes so easy to fall into the pit of despair (Princess Bride reference. Betcha didn’t see THAT one coming!). If we surround ourselves with writers and other writerly types, how can we reach out to those who want to read our works? By isolating yourself away from your reading public, you’re setting up the board for a dangerous game of clique lit. What is that, you ask?

While some would liken clique lit to the forest for the trees metaphor, I prefer the Emperor’s New Clothes as a reference. Vain Emperor is swindled by two “tailors.” These tailors had no references, no proof of their skills, just a haughty arrogance that the Emperor took as authority. The tailors told the Emperor that the clothes were enchanted so that only those who were best suited for their positions of authority and of intelligence would be able to see its magnificence. So, of course, everyone close to the Emperor saw the beautiful (invisible…aka NON EXISTENT) clothing. The rumor spread far and wide that only the most loyal of subjects and diligent workers could see his clothes. The Emperor was so impressed with the apparently divine craftsmanship that he wanted to show them to his subjects. After all…if his staff could see it and they loved it…there’s no way he was going to tell them he was unfit to be Emperor because HE didn’t see them. So he goes out in a parade, and everyone sees him in the buff, strolling along with all the dignity and haughtiness of his office. When suddenly, from out in the crowd, a child points to the Emperor saying that the Emperor has no clothes…

So where does this jive with my point? It’s simple. Too often I see authors convinced to jump on the genre train. They get together, discuss trends, chat with “genre experts” and come up with the perfect formula for the next best seller. So everyone starts writing that new genre in a mad rush. Soon the market is flooded with that new genre.

Two examples that come to mind are zombie romances and steampunk. Editors were pushing for zombie apocalyptic romances about four years ago. That was going to be the next big thing. Unfortunately for the authors who wrote those romances (I’ve chatted with five or six), readership wasn’t as open to zombies as the “market experts” had believed.

Don’t get me wrong…I adore zombie movies and some of those books were fantastic! I also know that I’m a minority in the romance readership.

The market is currently flooding with steampunk romances. I love steampunk. Adore it. I’m fascinated with the sounds, the mechanisms, the incredible clothes… I am, however, an author whose fingers itch to write it. Too often I’ve overheard (or read) readers ask…what is this steampunk thing? Where are my (insert favorite author’s name here) sexy contemporary romances about military heroes? Quite a few of the vocal readers have decided to skip the genre completely.

Now…does this mean you shouldn’t branch out? No. Explore your writing creativity. Travel the worlds of your imagination. Write. Keep WRITING! But take some sage advice while you’re at it…don’t trust that your editor has her fingers to the pulse point of readership. She may ask for a zombie romance, and you’re thrilled to give it to her, but don’t be surprised if a genre doesn’t do well. Expect that you’ll have good ideas and bad ones. Good books and bad books. Terrible story ideas and fantastic ones. Don’t let the “next big” anything push you to rely on one book.

So…why am I going on and on about this? Listening to industry professionals is very important, but don’t forget who butters your bread. Your readers are just as important (I believe they are far more important).

Real life stories for you guys. My husband, SuperChef (of Cooking by the Seat of Our Pants fame) had built the first four years of his site based on other people’s suggestions. They were good suggestions, mind you, but the focus was in the wrong place. Post every day and you’ll get more readers, more comments, more, more, more. The food trends would be the next big thing and drive everyone to seek your blog. It went on and on. SuperChef surrounded himself with industry professionals, and while they got his creative side going, he didn’t temper it with the everyday cook. It wasn’t until he started posting simple, down-home recipes that his blog exploded with traffic.

The end of 2011 tossed my world upside down. I was facing sudden medical retirement, a forced move, and the uncertainty of a new future. After all, I’d been an Airman for most of my adult life. In the midst of all this, I needed an escape. A fun story that I, as both a reader and an author, would want to read. One that made fun of itself and me. The kingdom of Werthing Ton Fallorian (or WTF 😉 ) was born. It was completely tongue-in-cheek and in one of my favorite genres of all time to read: fantasy. I was sure it was going to be a complete failure.

Several industry professionals (genre chasers, themselves) told me it would never work. Close supporters of my work told me not to expect anyone to be interested. Through it all, however, Kim Knox was there, pushing me to try. Dakota Cassidy and Lacey Savage were laughing at my blurb quirks and giggling over the title (No Dragon, No Problem). Those naysayers, however, grew louder and louder until I stopped talking about it all together.

I was worried. Really worried.

But while I wrote this little story, I was laughing. It was releasing some of my pent up tension and worries. I could escape into it without effort and enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. When it was finished, I polished it up and submitted it, expecting a sound rejection. What I didn’t expect was for my editor to open up the document and read the first two paragraphs (like she always does) and get sucked in to reading the entire thing. Nor did I expect an email twelve hours after submission telling me she wanted it and the series. Or the huge readership response from advanced reader copies and first chapter excerpts. Suddenly this little story is becoming the most anticipated jewel in my career to date. I’m in complete shock about it.

So there you have it…industry professionals are important, necessary even, but they don’t know everything. So take the “next big thing” and “exploding new genre” statements with a grain of salt. Don’t hang all your hopes on it, because you might just be surprised by what the readers REALLY want to read.

Keep Writing!

Sinfully Wicked Winner

In Write Talk on April 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thank you to all the amazing comments on Tina Donahue’s Sizzling Post. I couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome to our fantastic guest! Thanks to our random number generator, we have our winner!

** Amber, the VampedChik **

Congratulations, and I’m completely jealous of your prize. So many great options in the list!

Amber, please contact Tina at email: tina@tinadonahue.com to claim your prize!

Don’t forget to check out Tina’s sites, and her newest release, Sinfully Wicked

Website/blog: www.tinadonahue.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tinadonahue

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000458023097

Tina, thank you for a wonderful post. I have loved getting to know some of your fans through their comments. You are a classy lady with wicked flavor. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Muah!

To the writers out there…Keep Writing! Tina’s story proves that you never know where writing may take you. Stay tuned for more writing posts on what’s coming next.

Dawn

Sinfully Wicked with Tina Donahue

In Write Talk on April 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

Today I have the lovely and vivacious Tina Donahue with me. Her books are scorching hot, and I do mean HAWT! So please give her a warm welcome!  (Did I mention she has a contest as well?) Enjoy!

xoxo,

Dawn

How I Got to be Sinfully Wicked

by Tina Donahue

I didn’t always write erotic romances.

When I first decided I wanted to write for a living, I tried my hand at thrillers. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lawrence Sanders. His Love Songs and Caper are two of the best novels I’ve ever read. My god, that man had style. I loved him. I wanted to be him.

I wrote a number of thrillers with two of them getting me New York agents that were eager to represent me. Unfortunately, none of that initial interest panned out. I thought I was doomed.

My current agent, who is much, much wiser than I am (thank goodness) suggested I try my hand at writing romances. After all, my thrillers had very moving love stories in them as integral parts of the plot.

I gulped at his suggestion. I may have even gasped at having to try a new genre, but I thought – why not. I love romances. Kathleen Woodiwiss has always been one of my favs. Not that I was about to commit to an historical. I wasn’t that assured.

I studied the market and started to write. My first effort wasn’t what I’d expected…a romantic comedy. My friends know I have an irreverent sense of humor and did it ever get a work out in my first title. However, I still wasn’t certain of how it would come off to my agent or an eventual publisher, so I wrote two more. When I finished the last of the three, I sent it off to my agent and four days later I had a contract not only for it but my brand new editor wanted to know if I had any more romantic comedies. I did…the other two I’d written but had been afraid to submit to my agent. In one week, I’d sold three novels. Wow.

And thus, my romance writing career was born. I stayed in romantic comedy for awhile, but then the erotic scene was exploding. My editor asked if I’d be willing to write something like that. Always game, I plunged right into the subgenre. My stories got hotter, my fantasies wilder, which brings me to where I am now – ménages

My first ménage SiNN was released last year by Ellora’s Cave. Sinfully Wicked, which just came out a few days ago (also from Ellora’s Cave) is my second contemporary ménage. And it’s even hotter than SiNN. 🙂

For me, it wasn’t easy to reconcile a woman loving two men equally or for the guys to be willing to share her. But my characters spoke up, told me what’s what and I listened to them. Glad I did. 🙂

Here’s the blurb.

Two brothers—one woman—unforgettable passion…

Years before Nikki fell in love with Mitch and Connor, betraying them as only a high school girl could. Now, she’s back and needs their help.

Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition by stripping for them.

Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, unless he and Connor are the ones mounting and enjoying her.

On a sultry weekend, Nikki surrenders to their lust, dominance and exquisite discipline, reawakening their timeless bond and the beginning of forgiveness.

Buy Link (with excerpt): http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9983-sinfully-wicked.aspx 

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and/or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. Three of her erotic novels were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights; and Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) recently received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

Email: tina@tinadonahue.com

Website/blog: www.tinadonahue.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tinadonahue

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000458023097

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000458023097

*** CONTEST ***

 

To celebrate the release of Sinfully Wicked, I’m offering a contest. One lucky commenter on this blog will have her choice of one of my following ebooks**:

  1.  Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT 
  2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
  3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
  4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
  5.  Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
  6.  The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
  7. Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books 
  8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR

** Winner chosen at random on April 6.**

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