Self-published writer? Hybrid author? Marketing guru? Wife, Mother and Grandmother?: Three secret questions that keep me sane while writing and publishing

Self-published writer? Hybrid author? Marketing guru? Wife, Mother and Grandmother?: Three secret questions that keep me sane while writing and publishing

Self-published writer? Hybrid author? Marketing guru? Wife, Mother and Grandmother?: Three secret questions that keep me sane while writing and publishing

I approach every day with way too much to do and too many things I haven’t a clue as how to do. So, every day I ask myself these three magic questions...

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The Accidental Bridegroom: Romance inspiration from the Day of the Dead

This Halloween, I decided to republish The Accidental Bridegroom as an ebook because of it's paranormal elements tying it to the mystical Day of the Dead celebration. 

The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday occurring around Halloween.  Those who celebrate this holiday pray for their departed loved ones, give them gifts, and create altars helping them along their spiritual journey. We in South Texas celebrate The Day of the Dead along with the sugar-high Halloween.

I was inspired to write The Accidental Bridegroom after traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico and celebrating the Day of the Dead with friends.  Those celebrating this mystical holiday make sugar skulls and decorate them with vibrant colors. They build beautiful shrines for the dead and festoon them with marigolds; these vibrant flowers are also used to decorate their homes, businesses, streets, and cemeteries.

This holiday of remembrance dates back to the Aztecs. A beautiful woman, Mictecacihuatl, was Queen of Mictlan, the underworld and fabled land of the dead.  She watched over the bones of the departed and presided over ancient festivals of the dead. During modern times, she is known as the Lady of the Dead. Despite her role, she had a tragic life; it is believed that after she was born, she was sacrificed as an infant.  Images of Mictecacihuatl show a fashionable woman with a defleshed body and with her jaw agape.

To others, this holiday and its celebration may sound gruesome, but on our trip to Oaxaca, we went to a cemetery and celebrated with friends at the graves of their loved ones. We chatted and drank, left gifts for the spirits to enjoy, and listened to tranquil symphonic music and mariachis play.  We had an exceedingly merry time celebrating those who have come before. This joy and celebration is evident in The Accidental Bridegroom as the characters find their true love during this unique holiday season.

Lookalike Covers?? Why I can't Wait to Read Carole Mortimer's CHALLENGING GABRIEL (Knight Security 2)

I would have been intrigued by Carole’s new novel even it didn’t look almost exactly like the cover I chose for I Will Find You. I mean, I’ll take any association with the fabulous Carole Mortimer, who just completed her 200th novel for Harlequin and has recently embarked on a career in Indie publishing. She is the most amazing writer.

Recently I enjoyed The Duke’s Mistress (Regency Unlaced 1) and Claimed by the Marquis (Regency Unlaced 2) which she wrote.

So, why are our covers nearly identical? Maybe because we both fell in love with the same premade cover from the same cover designer, the super-talented Kim Killion.

Carole’s stories in her Regency Unlaced Series as well as her stories in the Knight Security Series are so hot she posts a warning.

I’m so glad I didn’t heed the warning because I thought the two novellas were delicious. 

Challenging Gabriel 

When Angel’s son is taken, there is only one man she can turn to for help. Gabriel Knight, CEO of Knight Security. Unfortunately, he’s also the last man she should go anywhere near, ever again. He’s hard and cynical, utterly ruthless, and the last time the two of them met did not end well. 

When Angel Sinclair walks back into Gabriel’s life, utterly beautiful, and just as much of a threat as ever to his ordered life, his first instinct is to tell her to leave and never come back. 

But no matter what happened between the two of them in the past, or how badly it ended, Gabriel isn’t cold enough to turn his back on Angel when she explains her son, Daniel, has been kidnapped. She has been warned not to go to the police, and given a limited time to come up with the ransom money. If she fails to follow either of those instructions, she will never see Daniel again. 

Can the two of them forget the hurts of the past, and work together to save the life of an innocent seven year old boy? 

When I asked Carole why she chose our cover for this passionate tale, her reasons were nearly exactly the same as mine—even though our stories are our own.

To quote Carole: “Because it's lush and ultra-sensual. The hero looks so dangerously sexy, and yet I like the idea of the woman on top, as the guy is confident enough in his own sexuality and skin to allow that impression of domination. It is so, so sensual. Loved it from the moment I first saw it, and I knew I had to use it as the cover for the 3rd book in my contemporary Knight Security series.

Back to me. I chose it for I Will Find You, a short story version of one of my favorite novels, Night Child (Bk 3, Texas: Children of Destiny) which I wanted to publish free for my fans and as a teaser for new readers. I, too, felt this sensual story needed as equally sensual cover.

I Will Find You

Warning: besides being a version of Night Child, this short story has been published recently as one of the stories in Fantasy Lovers

If you haven’t read Night Child or Fantasy Lovers, and you want something short and free, you won’t want to miss this fiery, suspenseful romance! 

Haunted by her past, world-famous ballerina Dawn Hayden has no memory of being torn from Kirk MacKay’s arms and abducted as a child. 

Years later when she’s in danger again, the mysterious stranger, who rescues her seems so dazzlingly familiar on a soul deep level, she can’t resist him. He, however, is on his guard because he remembers all too well. 

So, identical artwork. But two very different stories. Enjoy…