Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday's Get Motivated: Featuring Guest Author CC Mackenzie

My secret dream was to write a romance - a good romance, a great romance. When I think of the years I secretly wrote little romance stories and hoarded them in boxes and fiddled around with them, I could weep. I couldn't stop making up stories and tales and fantasies. And that is what a writer does. You can't stop writing. And I think that's the key point.

Three years ago I had a mastectomy. Sounds horrible. And it was. BUT I lost the fear of failure and went for it and wrote from the heart, dug down deep and, thank you God, connected with readers.

I doubt I'll ever reach dizzy heights, but that's okay because readers got the stories.

Readers will get you, too. So, just keep on going. Take a breath and write what you want to read and cannot find.

And one by one your readers will find you. Do not hold back  Forget what editors and publishers ever told you and follow your heart.

This whole business is so overwhelming, but at the end of the day, readers want more stories that they love.

CC MACKENZIE is the author of three completed contemporary romances due out this year. Reckless Nights in Rome, A Stormy Spring.  Run Rosie Run is due out before the end of 2012.  She released a vampire romance novella Big Trouble in China  in September 2012 the first of three in a series.  Capturing Coco’s Heart another contemporary romance  is out in early 2013.

A born storyteller, she creates a fast paced blend of humour, poignancy and a deep sensual warmth that speaks directly to her readers. The eldest of two children, Christine lives in South Cheshire, United Kingdom. She has two daughters and one son.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

"There are a lot of things that happen beyond your control. Your goals should be within your control."
                                                           ~Joe Konrath

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Best Friends

"The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you ever had."~Unknown

Monday, March 10, 2014

Writing Tidbits

"Heaven is where you'll be when you are okay right where you are" ~ Unknown.

There is such great truth in this statement. It is something you should ask of your characters. Are any of them okay right where they are in your story? Unlikely. So, what it would it take for them to be okay right where they are? Whatever the answer, that should be on your character's list of goals.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Check out Jesse Gage's Post on Publishing

Jesse Gage is a romance writer who was published by Lyrical Press. As most of you know, Lyrical was bought by Kensington and Jesse was offered a contract with them. This blog post is about her decision about pursuing a different path. If you are weighing options, this is a must-read blog post!  Click here:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Good Things Today

One of the best things you can do to make your day better is to start out the day by making a list of positives in your life that day. Here is my list:

1. The sun is shining and it is going to warm for a change!

2. I feel good. Some aches and pains, but I can get around.

3. I don't have to go to work at the dreaded day job today. Yeah, baby!

4. I have a lot of stuff to get done and I like being busy.

5. I may splurge and make beignets today.

Okay, so that is my list! What is the best thing about your day today?

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Great Change

The Great Change is altering the publishing industry the way it altered many other industries on the heels of technology.  

To me, the Great Change is hugely positive for writers. Writers have unheard of options now. Choices.  There are dozens more publishing opportunities available now than in the past. Many writers want to go the traditional route where publishers choose what they will publish and distribute. Others do not.

I would say to writers not to be discouraged by the divisive arguments regarding publishing today. The Great Change is difficult, and when your business model has been safely entrenched for over a century, change creates fear and economic uncertainty.

Of course, all this is due to one simple thing: writers now have a feasible way to reach an audience using technology instead of distribution in a brick-and-mortar store.

 "Publishers used to be the gatekeepers," says Mike Shatzkin, a New York publishing consultant and editor of the Shatzkin Files (, a blog about the book industry. His most recent post is about The Great Change. "Going through the gate still has certain benefits, but it's no longer the only way for authors to get to where they want to go."

For any author to get where they want to go, the most important thing is to write a terrific story. Don't worry about the Great Change. Work hard. Polish the hell out of it. 

Make it the best book you can write, and above all else: Entertain.

Because if your story is entertaining, the true gatekeepers of great stories, the readers, will open the gates and welcome your characters into their lives.  And that, my writer friend, is the essence of Great Change.