New Cover!!

Hello everyone. I am posting from my phone again so hopefully everything shows up. I’ve been working on my last Built Cowgirl Tough book for awhile. Finally after months of edits, galleys, and tears Rawhide Angel is ready for release. Late last night I received all the final details as well as my gorgeous cover. My last two covers were for books with a different publisher and well, not as sexy as my covers from The Wild Rose Press. So here you all go, all the nitty gritty details as well as the cover !!

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Rawhide Angel is scheduled to release 1/27/2012 for a steal at 2.99!!

http://www.wilderroses.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=182&products_id=863

Blurb:

With her father’s gambling debts about to ruin the family ranch, Saige Thomely is determined to do whatever or whomever it takes to cover the debts. Unfortunately for her, one man is a sure bet, the one cowboy she’s tried to ignore for six months. The same cowboy who makes her body and heart flame to life with each look. Saige is prepared to offer herself in exchange for the money to cover the debts, but what she’s not prepared for is losing her damaged heart to another cowboy. Night after night, for half a year, Chet Haskins has dreamed of having the blonde and sexy as sin Saige Thomely in his bed, writhing under him. At long last his dreams might become reality, only Chet’s heart wants more than just a few nights of steamy sex. But will the ghost of past relationships come between them? Or can Chet show the passionate Saige he’s truly the one to save her ranch and her heart?

Rwhid

Erotic Romance vs. Erotic. What’s the Difference?

Recently at my local Romance Writers of America’s meeting I explained the difference between erotica and erotic romance. Several members informed me that they’d never known there was a difference. That brings me to today’s post. Months back I expressed an interest in writing an inspirational novel about a woman losing her first love to drugs and him coming back clean as a preacher. At the time I got a lot of negative feedback because I was told there was no way I could write something so tame.  The thing most people don’t understand is that erotic romance and inspirational novels have one huge thing in common, emotions.

Both inspirational and erotic romance stories are based off of the emotions and feelings that drive the characters forward in the book. Inspirational writers must stop at a kiss, while erotic romance writers can let their characters do just about anything. While inspirational and erotic romance have that one base in common that’s how erotica differs. Erotica does not have to have any emotional involvement from the characters. In erotica the story is pushed forward by the physical and mental desire for sexual experience. I’m not saying that in order to write erotica that you can’t have a story line with a great plot but it’s not about the emotions in erotica. In this genre your characters are open to explore themselves, their sexuality, and others without having to have an emotional journey along with the sexual journey. Most times at the end of an erotic romance you get a happily ever after. At the end of an erotica you don’t. The heroine or hero does not need to be in a relationship, only the promise that the main character has found him or herself sexually and grown from the experience is required in erotica.

Before you classify your books please make sure you read the “rules” for each genre. If you are querying an erotic romance as an erotica you are hurting your chances of getting a yes from an agent or editor who is interested in erotic romance. That goes the other way too.

This week I’m on vacation and don’t have cell or internet service so I’ve posted this early and won’t be able to respond to comments until the weekend. If you ever have questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Asking is just one way we learn and in the competitive writing business we need all the knowledge we can get.

Also, my erotic romance UNTAMABLE has been scheduled for an early release. This story wasn’t supposed to be out until mid April but I’m very pleased to say that on February 23, 2011 you’ll be able to purchase UNTAMABLE at http://www.sirenpublishing.com/saydegrace/

Here’s my new cover as well as a bit of a teaser, in this one I hope you can feel the emotion behind these characters:

Jasper nodded. “All right, tell me she’s going to wake up any second and be perfectly fine.”

Doc grimaced. “I can’t tell you that, but be prepared for her to be back in heat when she does. She needs to complete the cycle.”

Damn it, that was not what Jasper wanted to hear, although her still being in heat would definitely be a good thing. He couldn’t wait to mount her.

Sidda wanted to roll her eyes. All he thought about was “mounting” her. For fuck’s sake, she’d almost been killed by Brockton’s dumb ass, and all Jasper wanted to do was mount her. “Is that all you think of?” Her croaking voice flowed through the room.

An instant later, a rush of footsteps had Jasper on one side of her bed and Doc on the other. She shook her head, biting back a groan of pain. Dammit, her head still hurt.

She opened her mouth to complain but stopped short when another figure appeared at the foot of the bed. Tears began to pour from her eyes. She slowly sat up, holding her hands out to Zeke, sobbing as he eased his way to her. “Oh my god.” She grasped Zeke’s hands, tugging him to her. Sidda’s breath caught in her chest. She’d been so sure she’d never see him again, yet here he was alive with her.

“What happened? I saw what Brockton…” She shook her aching head, holding onto him for dear life. He’d saved her from Brockton. “I thought…I…”

“Yeah, he beat me up pretty bad, but Stephan got there.” Zeke smiled. “He’s a good guy after all.”

Sidda forced a smile for her brother. Her hand trembled, burning from the mark on her palm. It looked like a small scratch, but the hum of energy from the spot told her it was more.

She cleared the thoughts of Stephan from her mind. “I can’t believe you’re all right.”

“Yeah, I’m gonna be fine. Your mate said if I didn’t get better, he’d be forced to beat me back to health.” Zeke laughed.

Sidda smiled at Jasper, releasing her brother’s hands to pull Jasper’s head toward her. She kissed his cheek, and he winked.

“Gross.” Zeke’s lips curled. “I should not know what you are feeling, or him. It’s disturbing. Come on, Doc, I want to take these rags off my forehead.”

Zeke and Doc slipped from the room. Sidda grinned at Jasper and pulled the covers back so he could slide into bed with her.

He tugged his pants and shoes off, followed by his shirt. “I should be mad at you for running off, not trusting me to handle the situation, and going into heat while I wasn’t there. I really should be pissed, but all I want to do is hold you. To make sure you’re safe and all right.” Jasper wrapped his arms around Sidda, dragging her close to him.

Sidda sighed with contentment. She’d been so scared when Brockton had come after her, but here in her mate’s arms, she was safe again. “Just hold me. Later we can fight. Right now I just want to hold you.” She yawned against his warm chest.

“Whatever you want, babe.” His hands stroked her back, sending her into a blissful sleep.

 Thank you everyone! Remember that Jillian’s new book SURFER BRIDE is also being released early on February 22, my wonderful critque partner Rebecca Zanetti’s debut novel FATED is also being released that same day. Then the next day, February 23 is the release of UNTAMABLE.

Now go forth and be productive!

Sayde

Dealing with Disappointments as an Author

Dealing with Disappointments as an Author

Every day in real life we are all faced with some sort of disappointment or challenge. In our writing lives this isn’t much different. Sometimes we hit the send button on a query letter thinking this is it, this query will be the one. Only a few days later disappointment fills us. I wish I could say that disappointment ends once you get that contract we all strive to get as writers.

As a reader I never imagined that writers go through so many ups and downs with bottomless pits filled with disappointment. But now, I have to say those damn pits suck!

Once I got my contract for my first novella I wondered if I’d be done dealing with the ups and downs and everything in between.  What I’ve found is that the bar of expectations is raised and now disappointments feel harsher.

On a whole I enjoy the writing process but there are times that I wonder what publishers are thinking. Sometimes it feels like you’re a cow being prodded through the chutes to slaughter. Right now everywhere I turn there seems to be a lot of negatives out there about the writing industry. I know for me, that I’m not as happy as I once was with the editing process and having no options at all when it comes to covers. From what I hear through the grapevine I’m not the only writer feeling this way.

Dealing with these feelings is so hard. I want to rant and rave about everything I’ve heard and seen lately but that’s not the thing to do. Even though we are mostly all grownups in the writing industry feelings get hurt easily. Words can be said in the heat of an argument that you can’t take back and then you may be “labeled” for the rest of your writing career.

Whenever I’m feeling disappointed and angry about writing I put those emotions into my characters. Maybe there is something that they are discontented about, maybe they can rant and rave for me.  So today while I’m writing I will be releasing pent up frustration and hopefully letting my characters grow.

How do you deal with the disappointments in writing or life?

Thanks all

Sayde

A Time of Thanks

Hello everyone! So I can’t believe I forgot today was Tuesday! I’m going to set an alarm. But I had a rant I was going to share with you all about my brother but today I opted out of ranting. I’m writing on a book which I loved the first time I wrote it but no one else did. Now I love it even more and I can’t help but wonder if that means editors and agents will hate it twice as much this time or if it’ll pass. I’m not going to worry about it. Sometimes I get a little blue over projects that don’t go as well as I think they should but then I remember I’ve got two novella’s published and my editor is still wanting more. Then I sold a book which I thought I’d never sell. And then my editor emailed me and informed me that my latest novella is making it above the 50 mark in best sellers on two ebook sellers. It’s ranked 3 for books sold by The Wild Rose Press. I’m thrilled, and extremely thankful to all those who have helped me.

Another thing I’m thankful for, which I don’t say it enough, is my friends here on the blog. Liz was the first of the sizzlers that I met and I will always remember her intriguing me with her book. Then I spoke to Rita and Paula. Paula is probably the most patient person I know and you all have no idea how thankful I am about that as I’ve had her synopsis for nearly two months! Time issues coupled with computer meltdowns have slowed me down so much! Rita brought to the bunch order and a schedule! I love it. Then come in my lawyers. These ladies cracked me up from the get go with their love of men like Collin Firth and Alan Rickman. I’m so proud to say these ladies have had a great year too. And last but soooo not least I have to be especially thankful for Runere Mclain. This lady emails me out of the blue to encourage me or tell me how proud of me she is and I gotta say those emails make my day!

So I’m beyond thrilled today to thank all these ladies for being my friend. What is the theme song for the Golden Girls? Maybe that should play or better yet we can be Designing women. I want the tiara and the gun like Susan!

Ok so we need one more. Who wants to play Anthony?

When Does One Say, “Yes, I’m an Author”

Hello everyone! So the last few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of career planning. My youngest child will be ready for Pre-K within the year and I’ve been wondering if I should send him to daycare early and get a job. As a stay at home mom I sometimes get the urge to go get a job just so I have a conversation with an adult other than my husband and my mother, not that I don’t love them both but still.

But then if I did go through with it when would I write? As it is I’m very limited now with my three-year old becoming pure BOY!! Mischief all the time! So I began really thinking about my writing career. I enjoy writing novella’s but I haven’t had much success with my full length novels which are paranormals and not my wickedly wild cowboys.

But today I have news that I owe to several people. Let me just give a HUGE shout out to Rebecca Z. for sticking with my paranormal stories and always telling me they’re good no matter what I think. And for always reminding me why my cowboy stories seem so much stronger(which let me just say she LAUGHED at me but she did make it clear to me 🙂 ). Then I need to give a HUGE FREAKIN thank you to Jillian Chantal(SFCATTY!!!) for telling me to send to her publisher as she’d love to have me as a sister in the publishing house.

Friday night, Saturday early morning I hit the send button on my email thinking that in two months I’d get a generic rejection on my Urban Fantasy that has kicked my rear-end. I was getting ready to get my daughter from school yesterday and saw I had an email on my phone. I clicked the little button and began reading, “Thank you for sending us UNTAMABLE, we really enjoyed it.” Now here is where my eyes glazed over because all my rejections on this story start this way and end in “while the story is strong and the characters are terrific we just feel that it’s missing something.”

So I got in my Tahoe and began driving down my driveway when I picked my phone back up and decided to read the entire email. It went like this, “BLAH BLAH BLAH, you’re publication date will be….” I stopped the truck and went WTF ?? Rejections don’t include publication dates. “April 2011 and print in September 2011.” WHAT?????

After closing my mouth and shaking my head I realized I’d just been offered a contract for the urban fantasy that I’d almost given up on, well to be honest I had given up on it. I’d decided to send it two more times then put it to bed for good. Siren Publishing has offered and I’ve accepted! I’m thrilled to be a fellow Siren author with Jillian. Thank you so much for encouraging me to send to them! I never share news until I have signed the contract but this time I actually did get excited after I sent the editor my answer! LOL, I think it drives my friends crazy when I get good news and I just shrug and say “Yeah, I’m happy.” So I guess now I’m at a point where I can say, “Yes, I’m an author.” YAY, maybe that’s what I’m really excited about! Who knows.

Thank you ladies for all your support and I hate to do this but I imagine on Thursday or Friday I will be interrupting our regularly scheduled programing for a smaller announcement. OH OH I almost forgot, THE HARDER THEY BUCK is a featured title on BookStrand and is currently ranked 51 in their best sellers list! YAY!

Jeez, I almost forgot!

Hello everyone! Jeez, my brain is going a hundred miles an hour! I almost forgot today was my day to blog here! I was sitting here going over guest bloggers that I’ve invited and it hit me “Today is TUESDAY SAYDE!!” Opps.

So this past week my husband has been on vacation. What does that mean? No writing. Seriously I have not written in 9 days! The world is still spinning though so it must be all right. But while I was not writing I managed to help start a new group blog I’ve joined. It will be 14 authors who write all about cowboys and their wild and wicked ways! I’m excited about it! I’ll let everyone know the details later when we’ve got it all ironed out.

And while I was not writing I had a release, The Harder They Buck came out and today I got my first review back. To see it go here, http://sensualreads.com/?page_id=35 Also I got word that my free read which leads into a whole new series I have been toying with was accepted by All Romance Ebooks as a free read for their newsletter and their website. I’m excited about this because I’ve been wanting to get a free read out there and well now I have.

And one more thing that I’ve done while not writing? I made book trailers!! Most of you know by now if you’re ever read any one of my posts that my critique partner is Rebecca Zanetti, author extraordinaire :). Well what you may not know, and yes I’m telling secrets here, Rebecca is a clicker! When she gets bored or wants to avoid something she starts clicking away redoing her website, blog, etc. I always know when she’s avoiding writing because I’ll get emails that say “Hey, look at my website, or Hey, check this out” Lol, I love it, she cracks me up and she always does a great job with her sites and then she ends up nailing the writing she’s avoided! Makes me a bit jealous!

 Well this week she did it all! She messed around so much that she inspired me to make book trailers as that was one thing she clicked away on! I’m adding her trailer on this post as well since it’s what inspired me to do mine. Don’t forget that you can already pre-order Fated! It’s so worth it to have it shipped to you as soon as it releases! I’m pre ordering mine! And as always The Harder They Buck is always around if you want something steamy 🙂

New Release

Hello everyone! Well, guess what??? The Harder They Buck was released with The Wilder Rose Press on Friday. Now I love to go to the Amazon site or to novelrank and check my sales for my books, and was a little disappointed when The Harder They Buck was not up on amazon. I emailed my editor to see how long it’d take, because you know I was checking novelrank like every two minutes! She explained that it’d take her a few days to get it on there but that if she were me she’d push buying from The Wild Rose Press. I usually do that anyway but I really wanted to see it on amazon. She went on to explain why it was so important for me to encourage people too buy direct. Why you ask? I”ll break it down in numbers 🙂

If Amazon buys your book at wholesale for $2.50 you get royalties from that price which at 35% is $.88. Now lets see what it’d be if you bought direct from the publisher. At full price your book may be $4.50 so you’d get 35% of that which is $1.58! WOW what a difference that is.

Also when buying ebooks read the formatting guidelines. You may not realize it but most all epublishers have a program you can download that is compatablie with you reader. Usually you will see a page that says “Which format to use?”. Give it a second before you decide you can’t buy from that publisher. Read the information given and try it. If it doesn’t work email the publisher and complain, most will understand(from my experience).

So now I give you The Harder They Bcuk 🙂

The Harder They Buck

 

 

WARNING: This book contains the use of whips, ropes, and handcuffs by one sexy cowboy looking to win the ride of his life.  

Raised by parents who don’t believe in affection, Melanie Brantley developed a hard-edged outlook on life…and love. But then along comes a cowboy who makes her blood boil, and not only with anger. A fact that scares the hell out of her. Enough that she seeks solace at Minx, a club that caters to the more carnal pleasures. 

After recovering from a bull ride gone wrong, Lance Wright is ready to move forward and he’s set his sights on Melanie. Her temper tells him all he needs to know about the passion he’d find in her bed. The wildcat fights him every step of the way, but she’s in for a surprise. The harder Melanie bucks, the more Lance wants to ride.

Excerpt: 

The alarm on Melanie’s cell phone vibrated, thank god. She’d stayed the hour and a half she’d promised. Time to get the heck outta here. 

“Someone important?” Lance’s low voice whispered behind her.

Melanie tensed. She’d been just about to run for the hills. “Kinda. What do you want?” She turned and stared at him. His deep brown hair was half hidden under his black cowboy hat, and his long sleeved orange and white plaid shirt stood out in a sea of red and green shirts. His eyes danced with mischief, and she fought not to dance with them. One thing she did love was a guy to play with, and Lance was always ready to play.

“I’m glad you invited your sister up for the holidays. She’s nice. I was worried when Billie said she was coming up.” He smirked. “It’s hard enough around here with you, but I sure didn’t need another woman threatening me with bodily harm.”

“Leave my baby sister alone,” she nearly growled.

“Can’t do that—unless you’d like to take her place. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings a bit if you’d hold off on hurting me to go out with me, at least once.” He leaned close, his spicy cologne filling her nose and setting her on path to sure destruction. “All that passion you have, I can help you put it to good use.” He nipped her ear.

She wanted to lean into him, to press her body against his and do just what he’d said. Yes, she knew he’d use her passion to drive her to the brink of madness, and what was more, if she let him, she would drive herself further. There was something about Lance Wright that upped her emotions. Never before had a man stirred such hate and love. She’d always heard the line between love and hate was thinly veiled, and standing so close to Lance, feeling his body heat against hers, she knew it was the truth.

 Thanks everyone and don’t forget to stop by Rebecca Zanetti’s blog where we are giving away three books on Friday! Leave a comment before Friday to enter to win!

thanks

Sayde

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