Musings Over Coffee: A Motorcycle Club Anthology and the 12-Week Year

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LOVE, LOYALTY & MAYHEM: A MOTORCYCLE CLUB ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY
99¢ FOR RELEASE WEEK ONLY!

Nineteen of your favorite MC authors come together to bring you brand new, never released stories from some of your favorite motorcycle clubs.

Love-

Life with a biker is an adventure full of twists and turns. When love is involved, MC men never back down from what they want—they fight for it.

Loyalty-

Loyalty is the foundation in any motorcycle club. Break it, they break you. There isn’t a line they won’t cross to protect who or what they claim as their own.

Mayhem-

These men live a life made by their own set of rules. Chaos tends to always find them. You cross them, the consequences are swift.

Hold on for the ride as this talented group of authors come together to bring you an anthology like no other.

Your favorite clubs, new clubs, and everything in between can be found in this collection filled with suspense, action, adventure, romance and so much more!

**All profits from the Love, Loyalty & Mayhem: A Motorcycle Club Romance Anthology will be donated to Bikers Against Bullies USA.

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Snagged this from Facebook and bought my copy from iBooks. I normally don’t read MC (motorcycle club) books but they had me at Bikers Against Bullying receiving all profits from this anthology. And for 99¢ during release week, it’s a great way to be introduced to the MC genre — and help a good cause.

On the writing front, I’m kinda taking the summer off. I’ve wiped my slate clean of projects and started from scratch. Right now, I’m doing the 12-week year patterned after Brian Moran and Michael Lenington’s The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months.

The premise basically goes like this: “This book redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn’t enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.”

So I’ve set up a 12-week schedule for myself. No more “I have to get a book out every 4 weeks” mindset. Now, I’m going by 12 weeks. That’s 12 weeks to write, edit, and publish ONE book out. Yes, it will take me forever to get a book done that way but there’s a little add-on to the list of things I’ve set out for myself. It’s that when that first book is done before the 12 weeks (six to eight weeks is likely), then I start working on the second book. It gives me breathing room and less pressure.

It’s also summer vacation.

What about you? What are your plans for the summer? For fellow authors, what are your writing plans? For readers, what are you reading?

 

 

When Real Life Gets in the Way of Books… As It Should

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Two more days before my latest book goes live and I’m starting to get really excited about its release. Unfortunately, I’ve been too busy to be enthusiastic about it because of deadlines for my Naughty Pen—deadlines that I realized I didn’t really need to add to my already cramped schedule—and most recently, issues with my son’s behavioral aide provider that’s been outsourced by the school district. If it’s in the IEP (Individualized Education Plan), it needs to be followed, period.

No wonder he’s been having issues at school this week and I couldn’t figure it out from the teacher’s daily report that I get at the end of every school day. He was doing so well last week and then suddenly this week, it’s been inconsistent, with notes that my kid was being disruptive in class and rude to the teacher. It wasn’t until I saw a different aide’s name on the daily report because the teacher was out and my son told me that the regular aide was going to “clean houses” instead and that he had a new one. The next day he said he got a different one from the second woman and that she didn’t show up until noon (school starts at 9 am).

When I emailed the school coordinator, she had no idea it was happening and CC’d the head of the outside company who then emailed us back to say he’s “looking into it” and will get back to us. I haven’t heard from anyone since.

Such things really don’t take over my whole day to the point that I can’t pop in on social media and say hello to my readers. But it’s like a dark cloud that hangs over me, added to the other dark clouds called the current situation in the country. I’ve actually stopped posting on Twitter—or visiting Twitter, for that matter—because I have never felt more scared about stepping out my door than when I go through my Twitter timeline and see all the hate. I’ve had readers ask me where I am or if I’m okay since they haven’t heard from me and honestly, I’m NOT okay.

And so I write. It’s where I find solace and peace. But the marketing and promotions have had to take a back seat because I just can’t do it anymore, not even when I know I have to do it because it’s the only way I can get books sold. It’s also the worse time not to do it—during a book’s release—but it is what it is. It’s bad enough that I burned a lot of bridges along the way for standing up for what I believe in (I’m triggered enough these days not to take a stand and say, I can’t do this anymore. I have to step away even if it means ending our professional relationship. I’m also too fucking old to keep saying yes to everyone even when my whole body screams NO MORE), it’s worse when you know you’re doing harm to your main pen name when you take a stand.

But it is what it is.

It’s called life.