Monday, April 30, 2012

Man Candy & Videos

 Sometimes when looking for something to write about one has no idea what the topic is going to be. So today I thought I'd talk a little bit about man candy and other sources of inspiration. Let's take a look at Bounty Hunter, it has become something of a series without me trying to make it so. I started writing and realized the book I'm writing could very easily be set in that world. So let's recap. Who was my first hero in the Bounty Hunter series? Why that is easy. Daniel. Daniel Craig of course. Here is an idea of what I saw.

Mmmm, man candy indeed. Love the intensity behind those blue eyes. The rippling muscles, the large hands. The whole bad ass attitude that comes with this picture is enough to inspire anyone. But really, whoever doesn't see Daniel that's okay with me as long as you read my book I'm fine with it.

Here's the link to the trailer that inspired me to embrace my sci-fi/f inner geek and run with it.

Love me some Cowboys & Aliens.

So who is the hero in the second book, why that honor belongs to Ryan Gosling. Yes, another yummy, yet wonderful actor who rings my estrogen and creative bell. Here's a picture of him. Doubt his bad ass cred, check him out in Drive. Awesome flick.

This man has some serious acting chops and a certain vulnerability that makes for an interesting take on a Bounty Hunter. Be on the look out for book 1 later this year.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A-Z, or How to Fail Epically

At the beginning of the month I committed to doing what got me started off on such a great foot when I did digicon with Savvy Authors last year and earned my first publication contract. Start my own blog. Then I came across the A-Z Blogging Challenge. And boy did I rack up the followers. I thought wow, this is awesome, this is great, I could do this forever. And then it happened. I had a major case of burnout hit right as Fandom Fest hit last year. Around the end of July and didn't recover until around the middle to the end of September.

I tried to push through the burnout this time around February, but failed miserably and ended up sleepwalking through March and April. Thus my epic fail at the second go round. My apologies to the good people at A to Z and to all those who may have been coming by my blog to read my daily entries. I just haven't had any gas in the tank. But today I think I may have found my blogging mojo again, well, at least for the next three to four months lol.

After a couple of setbacks, a publishing house folding just as my book was to drop, and a tepid review of my award winning No Ordinary Love, I have to admit I was burned out. But from October to February I wrote GLADIATOR, SET FIRE TO THE RAIN, and BOUNTY HUNTER. GLADIATOR I've completed content edits on. SET FIRE TO THE RAIN was the book I had to resubmit because of a publishing house folding. Still waiting to hear on that one.

But today was a good day. Today I received word that BOUNTY HUNTER had been accepted for publication by Hydra Publications. That made me feel better as a writer. Not that I'm a best selling author by any stretch these days, but maybe one day right lol?

How to deal with burnout? I also wrote ORACLE which got a revise and resubmit (Book Two in the Gladiator Chronicles). So I had written a lot in that time. Now what? I'm seeking that magical combination of hero and heroine in a storyline which compels me to write, forces me to think about it non stop, and makes me slightly obsessive about the person I see as the hero. And I can feel it just there right beyond my fingertips. Which is the worst feeling but it also means I'm close to a breakthrough.

So what can one do about burnout? Nothing really. Relax, see movies, read books, magazines, hibernate, I have to start a million different stories to find the one that finally sticks. Not fun, but it's my process. In the process other things fall by the wayside. The house cleaning, the blog, the twitter, the FB, I'm on the phone more. I catch up on my soaps. Hey, I love a good melodrama. Anyone for Dark Shadows? I think I hear my Muse calling...

Monday, April 23, 2012

No Ordinary Love

No Ordinary Love was released in October of 2011, at the end of the year it was awarded 2nd place in the Preditors & Editors 2011 Readers Choice Poll. And today I received my icon to place on my webpage. I also placed 10th in the authors division. It is a completely awesome feeling and I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made it possible. My content editor Tanja Cilia. My line editor Greta Gunselman. And my publisher Lea Schizas and everyone at MuseItUp Publishing.

Of course with a special nod to Jon Favreau, Harrison Ford, and especially Daniel Craig who gave me the inspiration to write science fiction and romance together. Here's the award:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

B is for Backlist

So I haven't been very religious about my A-Z challenge. I've been a little distracted. Between the storms and the UK Wildcats 'Don't Hate, We Got 8' National Championship I haven't been all that disciplined in making myself sit down and put pen to paper when it comes to my blog. But today I want to feature something we should all be a little bit more diligent about if we have one. I have a backlist and promoting it should be of a bigger concern to me. So here are the blurbs to the books of my backlist and if you leave a comment with your email address in it I'll be sure to send you a promo sampler with excerpts from both stories and the first chapter of my upcoming series, The Gladiator Chronicles!

Another Way to Die
A Short Story by: Amy McCorkle
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release: January 20, 2012
Editor: Lea Schizas
Line editor: Greta Gunselman
Cover artist: Delilah K. Stephans
Words: 12773
Pages: 45
ISBN: 978-1-927085-51-6
Price: $2.50
Almira Sands has been running all her life from her abusive father Jack. She knows one day the running will end and only she or her father will be left standing. What she doesn’t expect is to be kidnapped by Daniel Logan.
Daniel Logan is a mercenary who only intended to use Almira long enough to get to safety, but when she takes a bullet and almost dies he finds himself questioning who he is and what he does and saves her life.
On the run and falling in love they are forced to decide: a life on the run together, or face her father, the man who has the power to separate them forever. 

No Ordinary Love A Short Story by: Kate Lynd
Genre: Sci-Fi Erotica Romance
Release: October 28, 2011
Editor: Anita Baron
Line editor: Greta Gunselman
Cover Artist: Delilah K. Stephens
Words: 5802
Pages: 22
ISBN: 978-1-927361-04-7
Price: $2.50
A human rebel against the Capturian Forces, Caliope was enslaved for five years and tortured. She never expects to meet James, a half-breed too human for his own good.
Their connection is electric.
Their love is forbidden.
Their daughter may be Earth’s only hope.