Tami's Thoughts (Blog)

I’m IT! Thanks, Colleen Meyers (Myers Musings), for tagging me! I’ve never participated in a blog hop before. The idea is basic, so I think I can handle it. There are 4 questions, all the same for each blog, and I have to answer them and then tag a couple other authors to do the same. You, the Reader, gets to learn a little bit about each of us. Pretty cool, eh?

Let’s begin…

 

Question 1: What am I working on?

Beside this blog? And fitting in a little time to play mom? And attempt to keep my house some semblance of reasonably clean? And walking the dog? And being a wife? And reading other authors’ books because yeah, I really do like to read? Oh, right, what I’m working on… Well, Into the Light, the first release in a paranormal series, comes out on MONDAY!! That’s July 14. Four days from now. I’m a little giddy, because beta readers are crazy about this book, and each review (Goodreads reviews) asks, when does the second book come out?

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So in my spare time (see above), I’m working on book two, which for those who have read Into the Light (and those who will, on Monday), is Finn and Cecilia’s story. I’ve rewritten the beginning three times and have now gone back to the first version and am officially sticking with it this time, so hopefully, it won’t take too long to get this one out to you… (Not too long in the writing world is measured in months, just FYI.)

Question 2: How is my work different from others in its genre?

I write two genres – contemporary and paranormal romance. There are two answers to this question, based on the genre. For my paranormal books, I try to always come up with something unique, something that hasn’t been done before (i.e. Lightbearers), yet still maintain the concept of tried-and-true paranormal beings, such as shifters, faeries and the like. I think (hope) readers like something new, mixed with a nice dose of familiar, and that’s what I’ve tried to give you.

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In regard to my contemporary romance books, I think it’s my voice that makes them stand out. Truthfully, I think practically everything has been done, when it comes to contemporary romance. I mean, come on, we’re living in reality, right? Since we can’t deviate too much from real life, it’s hard to come up with new concepts. We just need to write the concepts we love to write in our own voice, and make sure that voice is interesting and exciting to the reader. I think that’s what’s different about me: it’s my voice. I try to incorporate humor, sexiness, and suspense, along with a guaranteed happily ever after. Oh, and good writing. That’s kind of important.

Question 3: Why do I write what I do?

Hmm… This is a good question. I guess I write paranormal because I LOVE to read paranormal. And it’s fun to create your own world, to make all the rules (and then break them as I see fit). But I also love a good old fashioned happily ever after, with real people, in real world situations. I tend to look at practically every experience in my life as a potential storyline, so maybe it’s just the voices in my head that compel me to write what I do?

Question 4: How does my writing process work?

Funny question. I tend to come up with amazing story lines or even specific dialogue between characters, while I’m in the shower or driving or doing some other activity where it is not terribly convenient to drop everything and write down whatever is going on in my head. Because of this, I tend to mull over an idea for a few days before I actually write it down. Often, nearly the entire book has been worked out in my head before I even sit down in front of the laptop. The downside to this is it becomes an obsession. Once I start writing that particular story, I can’t stop until I have at least the basic concept down on, er, saved in my computer.

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Okay, that’s it. Now it’s Ariel Bernstein (@A3Bernstein) and Sasha Abernathy’s (@EarthRelic) turns. Be sure to check out their blogs, so you can learn a little more about even more authors.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog!

 

 

It’s finally here, it’s finally here, it’s finally here! Release day. Naked Truth is officially on sale, available to the public, on display for the world, should the world choose to read it. It is so surreal to me that a day I have been working toward for five years is actually here. It is actually happening.

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So this is a release day post. Since this is my first non-self-published release, I’m not really sure of the protocol or etiquette or really anything, actually. Since I don’t know what I’m supposed to or not supposed to do, I’m going to do what I want to do. And what I want to do is share a little bit of bonus material with you.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, Jack and Kennedy’s story wasn’t supposed to be first. Cullen and Sabrina were supposed to be first. But as much as I loved the two of them, their story just wasn’t ready yet. I still have hope that someday, I can turn it into a prequel.

In the meantime, I thought it would be appropriate if I gave you a little bit of the interaction between Cullen and Jack, from this prequel, from back before Jack ever meets Kennedy, and Cullen is trying to wrap his head around the idea that he might be in love with this girl named Sabrina. (It isn’t a spoiler if I tell you that Naked Truth starts at Cullen and Sabrina’s wedding, right?)

I love both Jack and Cullen. I love the way they interact, and I thought the scene below would be particularly entertaining and enlightening, especially as you read Naked Truth. It’s from Cullen’s perspective, and it’s after he and Sabrina have slept together, but he isn’t sure if they are really together, as in exclusive, dating, maybe something…more? The problem with Cullen, when it comes to Sabrina, is he’s really pretty clueless. So Jack steps in and offers help, in typical Jack fashion. I hope this scene will make you chuckle, if not right now, then definitely as you read Naked Truth.

Enjoy! And thank you for sharing this release day blog post with me!

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They were getting along at the moment. Getting along really well. He didn’t want to ruin whatever was happening between them by pressing a subject such as, “What about the future?” Hell, he wasn’t even sure what exactly he wanted in the future, other than to have Sabrina in his bed every single night for, well… the foreseeable future.

And then what? She lived in Dallas, he lived in New Orleans. He travelled pretty frequently for his job, and it didn’t seem like she took much vacation time at all from hers. How the hell were they supposed to make a go at a relationship?

A relationship.

They would have to live in the same town. It was the only way. Would she consider moving to New Orleans? For him? Would he move to Dallas, to be with her?

Jack would be unhappy, or at least annoyed. Their boss would be pissed off. Cullen and Jack worked well together, really well. They solved a lot of cases, made a pretty impressive difference, and he wasn’t stupid enough to believe it had anything to do with one or the other. It was the two of them, working together. They were a damn good team.

Maybe Jack would be willing to move to Dallas.

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“Would you ever consider it?”

Jack looked at his partner as if Cullen had just announced he had started smoking crack.

“Is she that good in bed?”

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?” Cullen demanded. “I just asked you a damn question.”

“You just asked me if I would move to Dallas so that you could be closer to your most recent lay. Because you know damn well our boss would be pissed if he had to split us up. So you want me to move to Dallas so you can get laid regularly. As you would say, un-fucking-believable.”

“Jesus. It was just a question,” Cullen muttered. “All you had to say was no. Or yes. I didn’t need a damn lecture.”

“You need something. You need to tell that woman how you really feel. Maybe she’s open to moving to New Orleans. You don’t know, because you’ve never asked.”

“This isn’t about her.”

“Bullshit.”

“Can we focus on the case? I’m supposed to be at her place at seven for dinner.”

Jack snorted. “You have it so bad, you’re utterly fucking oblivious.” He shook his head. “Fine. What did you find out today?”

They discussed the case. They narrowed their list of suspects. They expressed their mutual frustration that they could not figure out a case that seemed so damn obvious.

“Focus on the ED,” Jack finally said. “I know you’ve been avoiding him because you thought he only looked suspicious because he was a dick to Sabrina, but we’re running out of options here. It’s either him, the receptionist or Sabrina. I hope to hell it isn’t Sabrina, since you’re fucking her at the moment.”

As if it was the most natural thing in the world, Cullen turned to his partner and best friend and punched him in the face.

“What the hell was that for?” Jack demanded as he rubbed his jaw and glared at his partner.

“I’m not fucking her,” Cullen growled, and then he turned and stormed from the hotel room.

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Naked TruthsmallPersonally, I think that is a phenomenal introduction to Jack and Cullen’s relationship, not to mention Jack’s personality. If you enjoyed that little excerpt, you know the only logical thing to do, right? Read Jack and Kennedy’s story!

Before we part ways, I ask that you consider leaving a review wherever you purchase the book, and let me know what you think. And, I’d like to know, in the comments below, what you think about the idea of a prequel, to tell Cullen and Sabrina’s story.

Thank you and happy release day!

Read Naked Truth now!