Friday, October 3, 2014
Ciro, my first Paranormal baby
About a year (could be two) I had the inspiration to create a species and what better place to do that, than in Greek Myth! I wrote a short story titled SHIVERS and subbed it to a small publisher I thought would be going places. But things didn't work out quite as I planned and soon that publisher hit the skids and my SHIVER didn't have a chance to shine. Now I have the rights back for this short story and I had no idea what to do with it. I debated scrapping it until someone gave me the bright idea to expand it, edit it, change some things around.
It was right around that time I was reading the submission pages for Harlequin and what the editors had to say to authors who wished to submit to Harlequin. One editor said "no word is sacred." I took that to heart and I went into the short 19, 000 word story like a woman on a mission. I slashed and slayed and re-wrote and turned around and move things up and moved things down and by the time I was finished I had a novel. Whew....45K. I edited it a few tmes, further slashing and slaying and adding. Finally I was around 48K and it was ready to be submitted. I submitted it to one place and it was rejected - That was okay because I knew the story had two things going against it.
One - It was published before.
Two - It's different than most things I'd ever written for them or that was out there.
I took it back - read it again and edited again and for about a month or so I held on to the story, silent freaking out until one day a friend of mine suggested I try Totally Bound. They like "the different and entertaining," he said. "They understand that romance and erotica doesn't fall under the same boring lines."
I took those words and ran with them. I wrote SHIVERS up again and submitted it.
The wait was killer. In the mean time, I continued working on Captive to his Wonder which at that The Monster and tried not focusing on the late night checking of my email. But eventually I received an email back asking if the story was going to be a series. I had to seriously think about that for a second - I mean for those of you who read my stuff you know I am no good at writing series. Sure, I did Sons of Eros but those were short, fun little treats. They were nothing to this magnitude. And a paranormal series? Good grief what were they asking?
time I tentatively called
Yet I thought about it and decided...well, there ARE a few characters that could use a lil lovin' so sure, bring it on! I emailed back and quick stick I had a contract. I had to change the name of the story to SHIVERS: Ciro but I didn't mind. So the second monster has come!
Ever since I received the cover and showed it off, you wanted to know when you can get this book in your hot lil hands. Today, I am happy to announce that CIRO is here in eBooks and can be pre-ordered in print! Totally Bound gave it a wonderfully, beautiful cover and you can get your hands on it finally!
Yes, I am very excited because this is my first try at paranormal!
NOW AVAILABLE in PRINT and eBOOK!