Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reforming the Cowboy and Marisa Cleveland

Give a big, warm welcome to Marisa! She's giving her past self some writing advice.

Dear Three Years Ago Me:

It's September of 2010, and you "retired" from teaching back in June. You plan to write full-time, supergluing your fingertips to the keyboard, indulging in your wildest fantasies. But here's what the three-years-ago me should have done:

1. Get and train your Dragon. Since you've started using Dragon, your life is so much easier. First drafts fly from your lips to the computer's blank page. It took you about a week to really train the voice recognition software, but once you did, first drafts were smooth sailing. You tried out a couple different headphones and microphones, and you still alternate between the corded ones and the wireless, but you love it. You "write" and pace and sit and stretch and lie on the floor. So, yeah, don't wait so long to get and train your Dragon.

2. Buy stock in your favorite hand lotion. You will go through more bottles of lotion than you ever did while coaching gymnastics or living in the cold northern states. Lotion will keep your skin feeling soft, and even though it's not proven to anyone outside of then-you and now-me, lotion will help your fingers feel more nimble during those long stretches of revisions and more revisions and late night edits.

3. Enjoy every bit of this journey, because you will never be at a lower point or a higher one than the one you are at right now. You will have days when the words won't flow, but you will make them, because you have finally admitted that you are a romance writer (even though you still haven't finished writing a romance novel). You will have days of glorious triumphs, when strangers admire what you are doing and where you are going in life. Take the good and forget the bad - if you can figure out how. But remember, this is your journey alone to make, and comparing yourself to others might help you mark your progress, but don't let it destroy your dream. You will get there.

All my love,

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.

Lacey Durant can't believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he's dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe's image and she can't afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.

Billy's charms and Lacey's sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

About Marisa:
Marisa loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. She married her best friend, and her adult romance novels focus on sensual relationships developed through friendship. She loves to connect with readers.

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