Psst! Hey, you. Yeah, I’m talking to you. That writer in the corner with the bloodshot eyes and caffeine shakes. Okay, so I know you’re “super busy” with that book you’ve been slaving over. (btw, I totally air quoted as I wrote that–proving I can defy psychics & reason)

BUT, can I just offer a teensy, weensy revelation about that Work In Progress (aka: WIP) that could alter the course of your life???

IT. DOESN’T. SUCK.

Oh for sure, parts of it do. I’m not a complete sunshine blower. But trust me, it doesn’t suck nearly as much as you think. So why can’t we seem to help our obsessive WIP-picking? Why must we compare them to the polished, refined magnificence before them? Well, WIP’s are easy targets–what, with all that frizzy red hair, freckles, and gangly awkwardness. But there’s beauty there, I swear it! You just need to see it with gentler eyes. You need to be reminded that your ugly ducker of a story, will one day be swan. And it will. However…

IT NEEDS TIME TO MATURE.

This is where you come in with your Mother Theresa well of patience. Yep, I just broke out the P word. Because. You will need to love that WIP even if no other human in the history of ever could. Why? That other P word–potential. You know that behind the head-hopping, stilted dialogue, and cardboard characters aimlessly meandering from one page to the next, there is something special. And it is the promise of ‘something special’ that keeps you up at night wondering…what if? Isn’t that every writer’s aphrodisiac? So I’ll pose a mind blowing question.

WHAT IF…WE CELEBRATE THE GOOD?

What if instead of lamenting the awful shortcomings of our WIP, we take a moment, to see the good in it? You all know what I’m talking about. It’s that sentence…or two or three, that holds you captive enough to finish an entire manuscript. Or maybe just a chapter. :) Whatever it is and whatever the reason, you adore it. And it’s worthy of celebrating because those are the precious lines that will sustain you during writing drought and famine.

So why not celebrate those sentences together?! I’ll go first. I’ll even try not to throw up! A generous bargain if you ask me. 😉 Here are a few lines from my WIP, (W)HOLEHEARTED…

I run my fingers along the bumps of my scar. It reads like braille. And the message is so achingly clear—never fall in love.  ~Lark Salinger

As to keep the scales balanced (emotionally & chromosomally), I’ll leave you with some parting words from my hero…

And since I don’t know my ass from an ashtanga hole in the ground—I’m having to fake my way through every one of these yoga classes in hopes of spotting her before I openly wail like a baby. Because it’s downright unnatural to have your bellybutton that close to your mouth. ~Seth Walker

  DO YOU HAVE A LINE OR TWO TO CELEBRATE? I’d love to bask in your words!

Write on, lovelies! Write on!

 Darcy

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I declare this…THE SUMMER OF THE COVER! Want proof? Welp, this is my THIRD post in a row featuring an utterly fantastic cover! I believe they call that an ocular trifecta.

Today’s habanero hot cover reveal features my super talented, Lucky 13 darling, and #WorldDominator, AE Jones. Her Golden Heart winning paranormal romance debut, MIND SWEEPER (Book 1) graces virtual shelves September 15th. You guys, that’s less than one month away! I’ll wait here while you mark your iCals for what promises to be a witastic, heeelarious, and sexy paranormal feast. Me smells another trifecta. 😉

Without further ado, AE’s gorgeous cover for MIND SWEEPER!!!! (and blurb and a whole bunch of wondrous links below…)

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An angel, a demon and a vampire walk into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s just another day in the life of Kyle McKinley.

Kyle was born with the ability to erase memories, and the inability to keep her opinions to herself. She and her teammates – a vampire who looks like a sexy pirate with fangs, and a Shamat demon with a penchant for Italian pastries – provide supernatural damage control when humans see too much. Today’s problem? A sword-wielding angel and a demon had a supernatural smackdown during happy hour in a Cleveland bar, leaving behind a headless vampire and a dozen human witnesses.

This latest supernatural slip-up is attracting all kinds of attention. So much attention that the police step in, and Kyle has to deal with Joe Dalton, a know-it-all human with the sexiest turquoise eyes she has ever seen. Kyle has no room in her life for yet another human who will treat her like a freak. However, Dalton definitely makes her naughty parts sit up and take notice, and it’s more than mutual. But before they can act on their attraction, they must join forces to solve a dangerous puzzle. And when they uncover the truth, the apocalyptic ripple effect forces Kyle to make a choice. Learn to trust again, or risk losing everyone she cares about, including Dalton.

about AE…

10505456_687526714649368_3721813619467390985_n-170x170-1Growing up a TV junkie, award winning author AE Jones oftentimes rewrote endings of episodes in her head when she didn’t like the outcome. She immersed herself in sci-fi and soap operas. But when Buffy hit the little screen she knew her true love was paranormal. Now she spends her nights weaving stories about all variation of supernatural—their angst and their humor. After all life is about both…whether you sport fangs or not.

AE lives in Ohio with her eclectic family and friends who in no way resembles any characters in her books. Honest. Now her two cats are another story altogether.

author links… Goodreads  Website • Blog • Twitter • Facebook

Hey, thanks for stopping by to celebrate AE’s cover with me!

 Darcy

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I’ll admit it. When my wildly talented friend and author, Caitie Quinn (aka Bria Quinlan), first mentioned she was rebranding her Brew Ha Ha series, I was skeptical. I mean, the previous cover to her terminally adorable romcom novella–THE LAST SINGLE GIRL–was pretty damn fabulous. And how do you improve upon that?

Well…she did. :)

So please join me in swooning over the ocular glory that is…THE LAST SINGLE GIRL!!! *tosses heart-shaped confetti everywhere*

 

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I think we can all agree. This cover is fabulous on steroids!!! So if you’re in the market for a sweet and hysterical romantic beach read, you won’t want to miss this little gem! 😉

the blurb…

One month. That’s all Sarah has to find a date for the Big Night or earn the honor of being the last single girl in her inner circle. Actually, in all her circles. So with four weeks to find Mr. Right and a frienemy already counting her out, Sarah joins eLove.com hoping that – just like the perfect purse – the internet and online dating can help her find the perfect man.

The problem is, love isn’t always where you think you’ll find it and Mr. Right may not be the one with the shiniest profile.

Page Count: This Romantic Comedy novella is 23k words, or by NY standards 92 pages.

author links…

AMAZON: http://tinyurl.com/lbgunjz

GOODREADS :https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18364242

WEBSITE: http://www.caitiequinn.com/

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Everybody loves a great reveal. The word “reveal” can’t help but inspire intrigue and an innate sense of anticipation. It has us sitting up a little taller, leaning in a little closer, bracing ourselves for the inevitable–TA DA! *cymbal crash* moment.

Today’s great reveal is no exception! I’m featuring my dear friend and award-winning NA author, Amy Patrick (alter ego Amy DeLuca). She’s sharing her simply magnifique (great, now I want a croissant) cover for the upcoming release of her spanking new series, CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING!!!

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I think Amy’s might just be the exception. 😉

So. Are you ready? Can you handle it? Drum roll please…

TA DA!

CTS FINAL COVER

ISN’T IT FABULOUS?!?! I know! And you can find out more about this awesome August 12th release below!

the blurb…
22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
 
Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
 
Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.
 
He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.
 
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric—he’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend news. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the scenes is the real news. 
 
all about Amy…
Amy Patrick grew up in Mississippi (with a few years in Texas thrown in for flavor) and has lived in six states, including Rhode Island, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. She’s been a professional singer, a DJ, a voiceover artist, and always a storyteller, whether it was directing her younger siblings during hours of “pretend” or inventing characters and dialogue while hot-rollering her hair before middle school every day. For many years she was a writer of true crime, medical anomalies, and mayhem, working as a news anchor and health reporter for six different television stations. Then she retired to make up her own stories.
Hers have a lot more kissing.
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Darcy-eHappy Memorial Day, darlings! Must be kismet (as a US Army veteran) that I was chosen to blog on such a special day! So please, take a moment between flipping burgers to honor the memory of all who courageously sacrificed to preserve our freedom and way of life. THANK YOU.

Now I am ecstatic to be participating in The Writing Process Blog Tour that’s pandemic-ing blogs across the nation! I was tagged by my cup-runneth-over-with-talent, agent sis, Sarah Tomp. (Her delightfully messy process can be found here.) Sarah’s ahhhhmazing YA contemporary, MY BEST EVERYTHING, debuts from Little, Brown Books, March 2015. Check it out on Goodreads! Are you feeling the tingles? Of course you are. I cannot wait to devour this literary feast!

Alrighty, without further preamble, let’s dive into the infamous 4 questions, shall we? *triple-somersault-jackknife-swandives* Which I can TOTALLY do…virtually.

What am I currently working on? This hot minute, I’m working on another YA contemporary romance with a dash of metaphysical wonderment titled, (W)HOLEHEARTED. A companion novel to SUMMER OF SUPERNOVA, this story is about a brokenhearted guy seeking escape, and a guarded girl born with a heart that is broken. Tea leaf divination, serendipity, and swoon aplenty, all steep together to brew the tale of two teens who couldn’t be more wrongly right for each other.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I had to let this question marinate for a few days because my first instinct was to scream and run. It’s like asking me to identify how my snowflake is different from all the other magnificent snowflakes. Um…??? So I’ll go against my inclination to offer a slow, exaggerated full body shrug and attempt to explain.

Elapsed time: 12 hours later.

Okay I’m back. I believe it’s the combination of humor, heart, and a breath of paranormal that compose my literary snowflake. Every story I write, no matter how deceptively cotton candy its surface, has depth. These characters face very REAL struggles–death, alcoholism, broken families, disfigurement, destitution. I just choose to use humor to make the life pill a little less bitter. A little easier to swallow. And I love to add that dash of paranormal to my work. Because sometimes we need to be reminded of the magic in the world. Oh, and many of my characters tend to be wildly unconventional mold-breakers with atypical family models. Because there is beauty in diversity.

Why do I write what I write? See above sugarcoating on bitter pills. :) Plus I just ADORE reading young adult romance. I’m addicted to those heady “firsts” in life. There is no more glorious, confounding, and exhilarating time than when you’re trying to figure out WHO you are. Then you spend the rest of your existence questioning if you got the answer right. I write romance because there is no greater miracle or complex emotion than love. Love doesn’t just make the world go round—it makes it worth the revolutions. It puts the human in being. Connections. Dig ’em.

How does my individual writing process work? Haphazardly and usually in the morning. That’s when the lattes happen. Like many writers, I begin with a spark of an idea—a character I “see” in my mind, a ridiculous scene, a freak medical condition—and then I drive to Home Depot and purchase a huge bucket of Word Spackle and fill in all the story cracks. (No. But wouldn’t that be freaking awesome?!)

Turns out, I’m a pantser-plotter hybrid. I like having a 500-ish word outline (which is truly the extent of my outlining) before I really toss myself into the story maelstrom. But I need that wide lens to keep me focused as I draft, otherwise I want to ooze in every cardinal direction. Did I mention I’m a slow drafter? Hi. I’m Darcy and I’m a slow drafter. I’m here to make you lightning fast drafters feel even better about yourselves. 😉 But really, it’s mainly because I edit as I go. And I stare. A lot. I compile CRITICAL music playlists for my demanding muse. I make jewelry out of office supplies. I knock over my words like a Jenga tower only to build them back up again. Sometimes I diabolically stroke my chin until I break out with a giant zip then rue my manuscript for the acne. You get the idea. It’s a process. A very winding, intuitive, and often ludicrous process. But it’s mine and it’s the only one I have. So I’ll love it like the two-headed hellhound it is. :)

Craving more craft? Next week join my 2013 Golden Heart YA co-finalist, Amy Amy DeLuca AuthorDeLuca, as she demystifies her writing process! Can’t wait! Her blog can be found here. Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist writing YA as Amy DeLuca, and NA romance as Amy Patrick. Look for the release of her CHANNEL TWENTYSOMETHING New Adult series this summer. *more tingles* Besides being an extraordinarily talented author, she also makes her own laundry detergent. Carbon footprint? Minuscule. You will want to hug her as much as the earth does. You should follow her on Twitter.

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