Welcome back! If you missed week one's post, you can find it HERE.
And if your ready for the story to continue, then let's go. :)
****For the rest of that evening Jenny did as a typical pissed off and depressed woman did when she had too much on her mind. She finished off her wine coolers and ate all the ice cream in the freezer. She really wasn’t that upset about Jeff, it was the call from Nick that sent her over the edge.
Eight years ago when he left, he’d taken a piece of her heart. As much as she hated to admit it, every man she’d been with since had been compared to him.
Sure it had been eight years, but the wound was still fresh. It wasn’t exactly easy to get over being left without an explanation. If he thought he could just waltz right back in and think she would talk to him, well he had another thing coming.
Now as the morning sun beamed through her windows begging her to get up, Jenny rubbed her forehead trying to massage the headache away. She didn’t remember dragging herself to bed. She also wasn’t sure why on her pillow sat her phone.
Groaning loudly, Jenny sat up into a sitting position. She unlocked the phone and scrolled through looking for any sign of why the phone was in bed her actual bed and not on the night stand.
There was an unfamiliar number that had been dialed, 555-6782. Please tell me I didn’t. Leaping from her bed she jetted to the answering machine. Skipping Jeff’s message she went right to Nicks.
She did. “Oh God.”
Looking back at her cellphone she saw they’d had a twenty minute call. What the hell had she said in that time? Her head hurt to bad to think about it. She needed to pop some ibuprofen and start the coffee. Right as she entered the kitchen her phone dinged that a text message had come in.
Looking forward to lunch today See you at noon at our spot on the beach. - Nick
Damn, this day had just started and already she wanted it over.
I hope you come back next Friday.
Tomorrow Ella Jade continues her story, Waves of Change
1. Welcome Marissa Dobson. Please tell us a little about yourself.
There isn’t a whole lot to tell. Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, I now reside about an hour from Washington, D.C.I am a lady who likes to keep busy, and am always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, I believe you are never done learning.Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave me the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read I have always had my nose in a book. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I started writing down the stories I came up with.
I am blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He is my other half and allows me to stay home and pursue my writing. My writing buddies Max (a cocker spaniel) and Dawne (a beagle mix) are always around to listen to me bounce ideas off them. They might not be able to answer, but they are helpful in their own ways.
I am the owner of Sizzling PR and co-owner of Ruby Lioness Press.
I love to hear from readers, you can email me at email@example.com Or visit me athttp://www.marissadobson.com/
2. What genre do you write?
I started out writing sweet romance but Snowy Fate and my upcoming Live series are paranormal romances
3. Your latest release is titled Snowy Fate. Please tell us a little about it.
Fate always knows when you’re ready for love.
The past is catching up with Aspyn Layton. The father she never knew passed away and she is left to deal with his estate.
An unexpected snowstorm has her stranded at the one place she didn’t want to be —her father’s house —with a naked man.
Damon Andrews has a secret, one he shared with Aspyn’s father. He must convince Aspyn there is more to life then what she knows. How will she react when she finds out he is a mountain lion, and she is his mate? Their fates are intertwined.
4. What was the easiest thing and what was the biggest challenge when writing this story?
The easiest thing for me is once I am involved in the story the words just flow, however starting a new story is the hardest. I always have a hard time with the opening and it normally changes a few times. But once I get past that it’s hard to get me away from the story.
5. You have an exciting year ahead in 2012. Tell us a little about what you have going on with upcoming releases.
Yes 2012 is going to be an exciting year. I have the Live series that will be releasing the first three books. Learning to Live, book one, on January 20th. Live and Learn in February, and Fighting to Live in March. I don’t have approved blurbs yet but they are a paranormal romance series with shifts. I hope to write more in this series, and have an idea for at least two more books. For more information on this series please watch my website and blog at www.marissadobson.com
6. Advice for those who are actively trying to get published or dream to be.
My best advice is don’t give up. Prefect your writing and keep writing. You will get there. Join a writing group, they can be instrumental in helping you polish your work to submit to publishers.
7. What is your current work-in- progress?
My current work in progress is the third book in the Live series, Fighting to Live. It is the story of Chase, Jay’s second in command (you will meet Jay in Learning to Live). He finally gets his story and finds true love, but it might be too late. The woman he is meant to be with is dying. Chase makes her want to fight to live; he refuses to allow her to give up. Can Chase save her? Or will he lose her to a battle he can’t win?
8. And lastly, is there anything else you'd like to share today?
I want to thank you for having me and for my readers. Without you and your support I wouldn’t be where I am today. I love what I do both when it comes to writing and my work in publishing. Thank you.
Also be sure to like my facebook page and follow my blog for all the latest information.www.marissadobson.com
To get your own copy of Snowy Fate check out the buy links:
Ruby Lioness Press / Kindle / Smashwords / Nook / 1 Place for Romance
For the whole month of January my first novella Amber's Muse is on sale! That's right, you can get it for $1.99.
What's even better, my books are now listed on Coffee Times Romance and they always discount them when first added. So if you pick up Amber's Muse there, you can also get Fool Me Once at a sale price also.
Wait...there is more! My publisher Beachwalk Press is having a sale too! Almost all their books are on sale. (on their website and third party sites such as amazon and nook)
So what are you waiting for, go shopping?
Buy: Amazon / Nook / BeachwalkPress / ALLRomance/ Bookstrand
Welcome! I'll be posting the beginning of my story, Forget Me Not. Each Friday I will be posting another excerpt until this story is completed. At the bottom you will find a link to the author who is going next and a link to who was before me.
*Please note, while I'm an erotic romance writer, this story will be PG-13 since I can't control who comes on this blog and reads.*
Forget Me Not
At the beach, Jenny watched as the tide rolled in. He hadn’t shown—once again. Jeff had been standing her up a lot lately and she was beginning to think it just wasn’t worth it.
She sat on her towel, picnic basket by her side, and toes bear in the sand. A young couple to her right shared kisses, as they enjoyed the sun setting. Jealousy swept through her since that was exactly what she had hoped her and Jeff would be doing right about now. She’d packed strawberries and whipped cream and a bottle of Jeff’s favorite white wine. They would now sit in the basket untouched. Tonight was supposed to be special.
Letting out a loud sigh, she stood and decided there was no point in just sitting there looking stupid. She picked up her black strappy heals, looked back at the towels and basket. Screw it. She walked away from it with a hope Jeff just might show up and find it. As far as she was concerned, she was done with him and done with men. All they ever seemed to do were let her down.
Back at her condo, she was greeted by her calico cat Callie. Perhaps she should have taken the sign when Callie didn’t like Jeff. Jenny had always heard cats had a knack for knowing when people were evil. And as far as she was concerned, he was.
A light blinked on her answering machine. It showed two messages. Rolling her eyes, she didn’t know if she even cared to listen, but what the heck. She first grabbed a wine cooler from the fridge. Sure, someone could call her pathetic for drinking alone, but she’d just been stood up, for what seemed like the millionth time.
Jenny popped the cap off and took in a long sip. The cool bubbly liquid felt good as it went down her throat. Taking in a deep breath, she finally hit play.
Jenny, you aren’t there, shit! I’m not going to make it tonight. I’m sorry.
That was Jeff, of course. He didn’t even have the courtesy to call her cell phone, knowing it was always on her. Asshole.
Hey Jen, it’s me Nick. I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. I’m home now. I’ve returned from duty and I’ve decided not to reenlist. I’d love more than anything to catch up. Please call me at 555-6782.
Nick had broken her heart a few years back. They’d been exclusive for several years in high school and had all these plans to go to college together. They’d even gotten accepted to the same schools. They had everything planned out. Then one day, Nick decided to join the army and before she even had a chance to find out why, he was gone. She sent letters in the beginning, but never heard back. Now he was back and he wanted to see her. Who the hell did he think he was? What the heck was wrong with men?
Be sure to stop by next Friday!
Tomorrow: Tamaria Soana
Yesterday: Patricia Bates
**This hop has ended.**
*Winner of my giveaway was Tammy Ramey*
Happy 2012! I hope this year is full of everything you want it to be. Before I give you all the details to this awesome giveaway, I'm going to share a memory with you from a New Years I've had. Don't worry, I'll make it quick.
My favorite New Years is actually one from a year, maybe two ago. Geesh, I can't remember. We let both the kids stay up with us. My husband is from an Italian family, so we made lentil soup and ate it with money in our pocket for good luck. This is something his family has always done and we continue to do it. We watched several movies with the kids and finally got to watch the ball drop. Now I just painted a nice rosie picture to the evening. When in truth, my husband and I ate the soup, the kids complained. And by 10:30 my kids were so cranky I was ready to turn in, but they begged to stay up and they did. Right after the ball dropped, I loaded them into bed and crawled into mine with my husband. However, I wouldn't have had it any other way. I enjoyed letting them stay up and experience it, that way I have the rose colored glasses story to tell.
So, onto the giveaway. I am part of the New Years Blog Hop, so that means you get to comment on my blog and all the others one time on each blog. So I think that is 65 blogs. And what are those two grand prizes?
1. Kindle Fire!
2. (another winner) An $80 Amazon Gift Card
Two awesome prizes for two very lucky commenters!
And since you stopped by, I am also offering to one lucky commenter on my blog their choice of either of my book, Amber's Muse or Fool Me Once (each in ebook format). So be sure to leave your email so I can contact you if your the winner. **Both books are available now for purchase. Amber's Muse is currently on sale for $1.99!*
Today I wanted to write a little about novellas. As a reader you either love them or hate them. They aren't quite a short story and they aren't quite full-length. They range from 15k-45k in length. They are typically to the point. You don't have tons of filler story. You get the story between the heroine and hero.
When I wrote Amber's Muse, it was a shorter novella at 15k. I just wrote their story. The reader met Amber and Jax at that moment, saw her ask him to be her sex guinea pig, and then got to read about how they fall in love. There was no background story (okay there was a little since she disliked him in the beginning). I didn't write about Amber's past or childhood and same with Jax. For some readers, they want that. That's why I think their is a love/hate relationship to novellas.
I personally love them. I enjoy being able to sit down and read something in an afternoon. I have a busy schedule with taking care of kids and finding time to write. And to be honest, many times as a reader in longer books I will become a skimmer. I like my books to keep the story going. And while it is nice to know a character in more depth sometimes I don't always find it necessary. If the characters keep it interesting and continue heating up the pages in their personalities, I don't feel as though I'm missing anything. I think you can learn a lot about them just from their thoughts and dialect.
Currently I am just a novella writer. I like knowing I don't have to get the book to a certain word count. I can let me characters have their story and do their thing. And if it ends at 20k, so be it. Hopefully I've filled those pages with heat and action that will leave me reader satisfied after they spent their afternoon or evening reading it.
So tell me. Do you love a novella or hate it?
A few of the Beachwalk Press authors and I are going to be doing a round robin.
What is a round robin?
Every week we each will have a day where we post a small excerpt from 100-500 words right here on our blog. We then link you to who is doing their story next. Each story will start with At the beach. And each week you will get an continuation from that authors story.
My first post will be this Friday the 6th. I hope you come back to visit and follow my story until its completed.
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