Congration! You Done It!

This is going to be a packed month.

For one thing, we're moving at the end of June. We'll be heading back to Colorado, where my husband and I were both raised. This is both good news and bad--good because our families are there, and they mostly like us, and bad because moving sucks, especially when you're crossing a third of the country. Driving one of those big trucks while towing a car is basically my worst driving nightmare (I'm a nervous driver--too many accidents because of other peoples' mistakes. Teenage boys fiddling with the radio, I'm glaring at you.). 

Moving means packing, of course. And cleaning. Which is the sort of thing that can definitely be done in a month, except for the fact that both my husband and I are sort of career-having at the moment, and our careers sometimes take up a lot of time.

My husband is in the final stages of getting his Ph.D, which means he's running around half-panicked trying to finish his dissertation and preparing for graduation and setting up his defense. There's booze in the evenings these days, but because he's a lightweight, his commitment to abusing alcohol is shaky at best, so that typically means two or three hard cider bottles to recycle in the morning and a few tipsily-sent pictures of fuzzy baby animals to wade through in my email because he knows I like those.

Finally, according to my schedule, I need to have my first draft done by June 30th or risk missing my deadline, and right now, that's looking easier said than done. It takes time to put together a comprehensible draft, even a first one, and my betas deserve more than a bunch of pages of nonsense interspersed with lines of text that say "INSERT FIGHT SCENE HERE. IT'S GONNA BE SUPER DRAMATIC. YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT. ONCE I'VE WRITTEN IT. WHICH I HAVEN'T YET. OBVIOUSLY. THANKS, BYEEEE."

I'm also supposed to be doing promotion for Loose Cannon, and blogging and tweeting and, well, none of that stuff comes particularly naturally to me, so it's all sort of a stressful mess at the moment. I love talking to readers, truly,  but I'm always worried that I'm going to say something that reveals how deeply un-cool I am, and that's, well, a bit nerve-wracking unless I've had a lot of caffeine.

Plus the Stanley Cup Final isn't over yet, and let's be honest, short of homelessness, nothing's getting me to turn that TV off early. 

I feel like I'm complaining. That wasn't my intention. I was aiming for more of a whiny vibe, you know? Hmm. Note to self: practice whining.

So to some it up, let me just say that I am busy as a bee, and I would welcome any volunteers who are willing to 1) do my job for me, 2) pack up my house and 3) shepherd me across state lines in some measure of luxury. Any takers? No?

Sigh. Being an author is hard. (A-HA! Nailed that whine perfectly!).

This is the cake equivalent of what my draft will look like if I don't budget my time well.

This is the cake equivalent of what my draft will look like if I don't budget my time well.

Loose Cannon Post-Book Content

I really have fun producing post-book content for my newsletters. And for Bad Judgment I just let the wind take me wherever it felt like going. Apparently it went in the direction of Brogan being ridiculously sappy and Embry disapproving of pretty much everything. So...basically the same stuff that was in the book.

But the whole point of post-book content is to give you guys a chance to see stuff that you're excited about, so in the interest of doing that, I'm going to ask a couple questions. Sort of an informal poll dealie. And you can comment here or on Facebook or on Twitter. Whatever's most convenient for you. 

Bear in mind that I've never done a poll before, so there might be flaws. A softball question might've snuck in. That sort of thing.

Question the First! Which of the following would you like to see most? (Try not to pick more than three if you can, to avoid breaking my brain with too much information).

a) Deleted scenes/altered versions of scenes/behind the scenes stories about the crafting of the book.

b) Happy, fluffy time stamps of Miller and Church's relationship down the road, i.e. holidays, birthdays, private time (ahem). 

c) Angsty time stamps (though ultimately reassuring ones), i.e. being able to see them work through problems together, hurt/comfort scenes where they take care of each other, etc.

d) Off-screen past moments, such as the scene in which Church came out to Miller as a teenager.

e) Secondary Character stuff. Now, before anyone starts getting excited about Ghost's backstory, you should know that ain't gonna happen. That would be spoiling stuff that'll show up later in the trilogy. BUT! I'd be open to showing little scenes from the guys' time together in Woodbury. There's also stuff with Shelby and Em I could write about. Or Church's mom, who has a whole character arc that I put together mainly because I couldn't bear the idea of letting her story end where it does in Loose Cannon.

f) Or give me your suggestions. Did I miss something you'd like to see? Let me know. I reserve the right to say no (nicely, I promise), because I've got to follow my muse to a certain extent, but who knows? I might be deeply inspired by something someone comes up with. 

Question the Second!

Which one is cuter? Kitty?

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Or birdies?

Ha! It's a trick question, because the actual answer is C, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby teaching little kids how to hockey! 

Obviously this is the softball question, and doesn't really have a place in this quiz, but I somehow doubt anyone would prefer that I left it out. ;D

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5 Obscure Facts About Loose Cannon

1. I got Church's name from overhearing the phone conversation a random girl was having while walking past my office window. She was complaining about the misspelling of a band named Churches, which apparently spelled their name with a V somewhere. I don't know how you end up spelling Churches with a V, and I never looked it up because I was too busy thinking "I wonder if I can make that work as a name--minus the V." I'm clearly not cool enough to know about bands, but regardless, the name stuck.

2. I wrote the first half of Loose Cannon in present tense, back before I knew that most romance readers prefer past tense. Changing it was far more time consuming than I'd thought it would be. My knowledge of grammar is not flawless, I'll admit. 

3. The ebook is out on April 3rd! The paperback is out on April 4th! Okay, this one isn't obscure, but it's important, so we'll both have to come to terms with the fact that I'm a teensy bit of a liar. Sorry.

4. It took a gazillion years to come up with the title of the book. A gazillion. I'm not exaggerating. Not even a little. (Maybe a little). There were definitely a gazillion bad titles that were dismissed before we got to the right one. The original working title was Runners. I knew I wasn't going to use that one almost the moment I came up with it, but I didn't have anything better, so I stuck with it for months.

5. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you'll get access to some additional Loose Cannon content after the book comes out. All the scenes and story stuff end up on the website eventually, but others (like the embarrassing story behind Miller's favorite song) do not. Sign up now so you don't miss a thing! Scroll to the bottom of my news page for the big, red sign-up box.