Just a Little Fun

As a writer, we all have a tendency to fall in deep with our writing that we sometimes forget the world outside of our writing cave. Either from a deadline, or the story is so gripping that the only way to not drown in your own head, you have to write it out.

I have been in the grips of two of my stories. One I just finished editing and the second, a erotic suspense that has me tied up (hehe) that I don’t even know what day it is. So much so that my poor family has to fend for themselves.

Though, as a writer, we do need a break, and come out of our cave once in a while and have a little fun.

img_2919For example, I was a part of a writers forum at the La Grange Public Library, where we read our stories that was set in the City of Chicago. We also talked with the audience about our experiences and life as a writer. I have to say, the audience was engaging, which added to the excitement of the night.

51fohvmwzklI read an excerpt of Sweet Cupids, a short story from the Windy City Anthology A Lovely Meal. And just a note, Sweet Cupids is expanding into a novella, which will be a part of a duet later this spring.

 

Anyway, I had a terrific time. Not only with the event, but I was in great company with four fabulous authors from the Windy City RWA chapter.

 

J. Leigh Bailey, who writes Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance. She read her latest book, Guyliner, which I have to say is Awesome!

 

Nicole Leiren is a USA Today best selling author who writes Sweet Contemporary Romance and Mysteries. She read her first book of the Heroes of the Night series, More Than One Night, which started the evening with a bang!

 

Measha Stone, who write steamy Erotic Romance. She read her first book in the Windy City series, Hidden Heart. All I have to say is…HOT!!

 

Pauline Gruber, who is a Indie author who writes Young Adult Paranormal Romance. She read her first book in her series, The Girl and the Raven. It was spellbinding!

 

Well, as you can see, it was a magnificent night with these wonderful talented women. And I can’t wait to do it again.

I hope to see you next time!

Thanks for coming by!

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CJ

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Make Room For a Trailer

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a visual person. I’ve learn and absorb greatly with images. Visuals helped me through high school and cosmetology. I learned along the way many people are the same.

So when my editor suggested that I would benefit in having a book trailer for Forgetting Jane, I thought it was a fabulous idea, but didn’t have a clue where to begin.

I watched many trailers on youtube, talked to many author friends–I even went on line to see how much it would cost me to have it made by someone else…Can I say HOLY COW!

As a debut author, my budget minded brain eked out in pain when I saw the cost. Therefore, I decided to tackle the trailer myself. I have a Mac, which included IMovie, and using that application was a breeze.

Within reach of my fingertips, I had all the tools I needed. So without hesitation, I dug deep into the right side of my brain and slammed it overdrive. I began piecing together images I’ve collected from various sites my fellow authors had suggested-some were free and some were paid for.

Once I got my picture collage together, I then broke them down to where they would best describe my novel. I have to say, as a novice, I did pretty damn good.

By the end of it, I got quite acquainted with my computer and learned a great deal more than just putting together pictures.

Don’t be afraid to make a trailer. Yes, it’s time consuming but in the end, it’s worth it and your budget brain won’t cry out in pain.

So without further ado…Let the trailer speak for itself.

 

Happy Thursday!

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It has been a while

Yes, It has been a while since I blogged. Busy writing, kids, running around doing all the mom things. And… I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the beginning of the year. Excuses? Maybe, but they are good ones.
Through it all, I’m still writing and editing. I am currently finishing up my last round of editing for Jane and writing my next book(temporarily called Mirror Image). I also have drafted an outline for a detective series I’m really digging. Also I have been workshopping–bettering my craft.
Crazy busy year so far. And by the way, I am free and clear of cancer. And in the processes, I received a new set of breasts and a new respect for life and family–who have been by my side the entire time.
So I’ll pop in every so often and post my thoughts and news.
Smooches
CJ