Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's a mat. It's a rug. No, it's a corgi!

This is me after getting ready for two book release blog tours in two months. Done. Just done.  We have all kinds of fun guest blog appearances coming up and we're ready! Here's the schedule for a bunch of fun coming up. Please come and see us for bits and pieces on partner writing, our publishing journey, and lots of new book stuff.

Remaining stops on our Healer release blog tour:

November 21, 2014 Guest spot with Joanne Guidoccio 

November 25, 2014 - Guest spot with our fellow RWA chapter member Bonnie Paulson

December 5. 2014 Guest spot with CD Hersh

We're having company:

December 5, 2014 We're hosting fellow Soul Mate author Ryan Jo Summers for her November release When Clouds Gather.  Welcome Ryan Jo.

Sweet Fire release blog tour:

January 2 Happy New Year!  Happy Release Day!  Interview with J. Scott Coatsworth at

January 3 - All day blog takeover of the Dreamspinner Press blog site. Entries every few hours with lots of excerpts and fun info.

 January 4 Visit with Tracy St. John, Queen of Kalqorians at Wicked Words, (Sexiest aliens ever! I own every book.)

January 5 Guest blog with Tara Lain, creator of the Harker Pack series,  a new twist on shifters, among other awesome books
January 6 Guest blog with Dreamspinner author Anne Barwell at Drops of Ink

January 7(?) This date's not for sure yet.  Guest spot with Tempeste O’Riley, (wait a minute while I go all fangirl over her Designs of Desire series. OK, we can go on now.)

 January 12 Guest spot with Elizabeth Noble on Emotion in Motion



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

You write WHAT with your mother? EEEEWWWWW!

Between writer’s conferences and blog tours, we get that kind of question a lot. “How could you write sex scenes that your daughter’s going to read?” or “My mother would wash my mouth out with soap if I wrote that for her. How can you do that?”  People simply can’t imagine how a mother/daughter team can write steamy romance together.  The answer is, “Pretty damn easily.” We trust each other, and that’s all it really takes to make this work. Who better to trust that much, since I’ve known her literally all her life.

Successful co-writing is all about trust. You have to trust your partner’s skill, her work ethic, her judgment,  and her morals.  You have to trust that she’ll do what she says she’ll do, share the load and the spotlight and that she’ll judge your words on the merits of the work, not on some weird pre-conceived notion of what “normal people” (read “anyone except us") would do.

I’m not sure I even know what “Normal” is.  My own mother is a little woman with snow-white hair who looks like everyone’s grandmother, makes lovely quilts and crocheted hats in her spare time, and has a rap-sheet for civil disobedience and political activism a mile long. (Give ‘em Hell, Grandma!) My daughter, while barely old enough to drink in our state, is a purple-haired bi-sexual who writes hot gay and straight romance when she’s not taking on the establishment as an award winning journalist.  I may look like a mild-mannered accountant/soccer mom on the surface but only to people who don’t really know me.  Screw Normal. It’s over-rated.

When Shannen and I first decided to write a book together, we did have a few awkward moments.  Neither one of us had ever written romance, and the first sex scenes that each of us wrote were a little traumatic.  Those pages underwent a lot of revisions before the final product that you see in Healer. The point is that we trusted each other to think of the work first and foremost, and to judge the words only on how they contributed to the book. Any weirdness passed quickly and now we can trade our pages back and forth without any squikiness at all.  I can let her know, without blushes, when she needs to slow down and give us more details, because we’re writing a love story, not a journalistic exposé.  And she doesn’t hesitate to lay it out for me when my mild-mannered alter ego gets the upper hand for a moment (“No, Mom, a guy living in an apartment over his mom’s garage is NOT sexy. Ever!)

We felt a little bit notorious at the Emerald City conference last month as other writers marveled that we could do this sort of thing together. People we’d never met introduced themselves and couldn’t wait to hear how we do it, comparing it to their own family relationships and just shaking their heads.  All I could tell them is that it does work.  My co-author is smart, talented and driven and we’ve been working together on one project or another all her life. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and there’s no one I trust more.  That’s everything.  That’s how it works.