Website updated!

After submitting my updates to my awesome webmistress, Rae Monet, my website has now been updated! It had definitely been a while since I’d had it updated, especially since I haven’t had much news in terms of new contracts, but I hope those will come soon! As noted, my novel Melody of Love has been no longer available for a while since Firedrakes Weyr went out of business toward the end of last year. It received some great reviews, but I’m interested more in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy market. And I like a bit more heat to my novels than that these days. *grins* It was a great experience to be work with the publisher though.

Anyways! The website shows that change as well as a small peek at my upcoming project, Jungle Heat, which is in active submission at the moment. There are a few other tweaks here and there, like the fact that I’m no longer on the Gulf Coast (been in Central Florida for almost two years now… lol). And a few out of date link trimmings.

I’m so happy with my website, so make sure to check it out.

Musical Inspiration

Music has always played an important part of my life. So, it fit that my debut release, Melody of Love, dealt with the music industry. It also was a lot of fun to write. It’s not uncommon in my household for someone to break into song at any given moment, whether human or feline.

When I’m at my computer, I can almost always be found with my headphones on. I rarely write without a “soundtrack” to the novel. Most of the time with a band that seems to portray a mood or emotion that resonates with the novel or even a specific character. I have gotten more ideas from listening to music than almost any other source, and in this way, it’s almost like a muse to me. I love all kinds of music. It merely depends on the mood I’m in at the time.

The hero for Melody of Love came through listening to a band I was crazy about at the time called Trapt. Ever since I started going to concerts when I was pretty much in middle school/jr. high school, I’ve wondered what if I could one day meet my favorite singer, and what would happen if he happened to fall in love with me. The story brewed in my head for several months, while I consumed the band’s music, focusing on the lyrics and relating them to my story idea, as if Alex Brown, the hero, was talking to me.

Finally, I wrote out the outline, which happened to be the first one I ever outlined, and the book came together in one month as a steady flow of words. The outlining helped a lot, but I also believe that just having the creative input of music helped ideas to keep soaking into my subconscious.

And to finish up my blog, I want to ask you guys, does music have as much influence in your writing as it does for me? If not, what inspires you while you’re writing or pursuing creative endeavors?

Due to unforseen circumstances and severe weather, Gracen Miller won’t be able to guest blog with us today, but we will reschedule and let you know when she will be able to come on by.

Besides from that, I had a good time at the Love Romances Cafe chat, and you can still comment on my guest blog over at Romance Reader at Heart for your chance to win a copy of MELODY OF LOVE.

Congrats to Amelia for winning a copy of Melody of Love at the Love Romances Cafe chat. I will post the winner for Romance Reader at Heart tomorrow. =)

Melody of Love is available for purchase, and so far things have been going excellent! Thank you to everyone who posted a comment yesterday at Simply Romance Reviews and to those who attended the chat at Romance at Heart last night! Congrats to Raven on winning a copy of Melody of Love! Visit me at The Deadly Vixens for my blog today. I am discussing my favorite kind of paranormal creature. Make sure to leave a comment! =)

I have more events coming up soon, too, if you missed yesterday! Tomorrow I will be guest blogging at Romance Reader at Heart and chatting at Love Romances Cafe alongside other authors and readers. I will be giving away prizes at the events, so make sure to check them out!

We will also have Gracen Miller here with us tomorrow guest blogging! Make sure to come back by and leave her a comment! She will also be blogging tomorrow at The Deadly Vixens.