Teresa Noelle Roberts

Thanks for having me here, Leah. It’s been a busy summer so far. I’ve had a print release and a brand new ebook in the Duals and Donovans paranormal series come out in the last four weeks. I’ve just finished the first draft of the book that wraps up my Seasons of Sorania Cycle for Phaze and am in the thick of the next Duals and Donovans title for Samhain.

Luckily, or maybe unluckily, I’ve had plenty of time to deal with all this writerly goodness. I got laid off recently. I’m far from alone in this predicament, of course, but as a writer, I mind it less than most. I’m busily looking for a day job because while my last name is Roberts, my first isn’t Nora and I still need that paycheck. Time to write is a wonderful thing, though, and I’m taking advantage of it.

But perhaps not as much as I would if the layoff had happened in November. You see, I’m also a vegetable gardener. In July and August, a vegetable garden can easily become a full-time job. This is especially true when one’s characters are being uncooperative. Right now, one of my works-in-progress is sticky, and I don’t mean the kind of sticky that goes along with sweaty, steamy and sexy. That stickiness would be a good thing, since I write erotic romance and I love having my characters get down and dirty. I mean the kind of sticky that happens when you’ve piled so much angst and so many challenges on the hero and heroine that you’re not sure how they’re going to survive the book, let alone find their HEA. You know how it’s supposed to end, but the obstacles on the way seem almost as insurmountable to you the writer as they do to the beleaguered characters..

That’s where I’ve been lately.

And that’s when the garden gets really attractive. I could be wrestling with my uncooperative novel or I could be out among the beautiful, ripe tomatoes, listening to the birds sing and the cicadas buzz, watching butterflies, smelling the sun-heated basil. And then I need to do something with all that yummy produce to preserve it for winter! Since I’m unemployed and saving money is a good thing, “putting food by” is a useful task, not just an avoidance technique—but no one ever said you can’t procrastinate while doing something useful.

The good news is that garden-time can sometimes clear my head. I think I’ve just figured out how to tie up the main plot line in the WIP—and the solution even ties nicely back to Lions’ Pride, the first book in the series. And it came to me while I was watching a monarch flit among the sweet pepper plants.

Anyone else out there a gardener? Do any other writers fall victim to productive time-wasters, the kind that leave you feeling like you’ve put in a good day of…something important that wasn’t writing?

And now, for something completely different. I mentioned a new release. Here’s the blurb for Foxes’ Den: Duals and Donovans—The Different, Book 2. It’s also available in Kindle format.)  If you’d like to read an excerpt, there’s one over on my LeahBraemelExcerpts page that you can read here.

Foxes’ Den
Dual and Donovans: The Different, Book 2

Love has a trick up its sleeve…

Duals and Donovans: The Different, Book 2

Some guys just don’t take rejection well. Sure, Akane’s affair with an uptight sorcerer’s boy toy backfired, but two hundred years locked in a mortal body is cruel and unusual punishment for a Trickster avatar. To free her fox form, she needs sex magic with a male of her own kind. Except none exist.

Adorable Trickster-touched fox dual Taggart Ross-Donovan is the closest she’s found. Even better, he’s married to Paul Donovan, whose red magic sizzles the air around him. One night with them will generate the extraordinary power needed to set her free.

The last thing Tag and Paul expect to find under a sorcerer’s curse is a kitsune, a beautiful one who gets under their skin without even trying. Tag is more than ready to take the risk she needs. Paul has reservations, but it’s nothing Tag can’t overcome with a little sensual persuasion.

No one goes into the ritual with more hope than Akane…or more fear. Failure will leave her forever entrapped. Worse, she’s falling for two mortals. And there’s only one thing that can kill a kitsune—unrequited love.

Warning: Contains sly fox men (with tails), foxy fox women (with multiple tails), sexy witches chasing tail, Trickster magic, cranky sorcerers, and enough gay, het and MMF sex to torch your Kindle.

To thank Teresa Noelle for taking the time to visit my blog, I’m going to give away an e-copy of either of her Samhain books, Lions’ Pride or Foxes’ Den. But you have to answer Teresa’s question — are you a gardener? do you have any timewasters that leave you feeling you’ve put in a good day avoiding…whatever it is you’re avoiding?  Tell us in the comments for a chance to win. Contest will be open until next Monday, August 16 at 9 p.m.

Guest blogger: Teresa Noelle Roberts

16 thoughts on “Guest blogger: Teresa Noelle Roberts

  • August 11, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Time wasters definitely have to be "researching" online. Oh, yes, so-so easy to keep loading those favorite sites …

    Enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor 😉

  • August 11, 2010 at 4:29 am

    That sounds amazing. Brings to mind the wonderful farmer's markets we have in the city. Have you ever incorporated gardening into your writing? Or had a character make a living from it? (Perhaps it's because of breakfast waiting in the toaster, but making jam popped into my head!)

    As for me, time-spenders that don't make me feel *as* guilty would be time spend with close ones, reading a great book, a good workout, research (as said above) and my number one favorite… sleeping in!

  • August 11, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Louisa, "research" is definitely a danger. I'll often find myself researching something that has nothing to do with any projects at hand just because it caught my eye.

    Tarra, the heroine of Lions' Pride is a green witch–a garden witch, basically–who does agricultural research. Of course, it's a paranormal romance, so before long she's using that green magic to save herself and her loved ones, not to grow tomatoes. Maybe someday I'll do a short in which we see Elissa doing what she actually wants to do, which is using her talents to produce fruit and flowers.

  • August 11, 2010 at 5:31 am

    My guilty productive time waster is learning and practicing new and different crafts, as you know. This year I have picked up Tatting, and Trichinopoly wire weaving, and still hope to get a handle card weaving before the year is out.

  • August 11, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I'm a gardener, but more of a flower/herb gardener than an actual veggie gardener. I'm also in the process of laying a patio on the side of the house to hold the man's BBQ grill! (Why is it *I'M* laying bricks for HIS grill?? 😉 )

    My guilty productive time waster is reserching period garb and fabrics online. As I'm a costumer as well, I spend hours looking at all the pretty fabrics and fibers and patterns and pictures. The productive part is that at least I'm getting ideas and sources while I'm doing this!

  • August 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Oh man sorry about you being laid off. My hubby gets laid off evert winter and we struggle during those months.

    I however do not have a garden. I have the worst greenthumb you would ever believe. everything I touch dies I swear so I don't even try lol. Plust here in town unless you are constantly watching them the squrils make off with about half of everything lol.

  • August 11, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I'm not a gardener because I don't have a garden. I wish I did. I would love to grow vegetables, flowers, fruits…sigh.

    As it is, I have some window boxes where geraniums are blooming. Gives the apartment block where I live some colour.

    Your books look really interesting by the way…;)

    in Germany

  • August 11, 2010 at 7:39 am

    My husband and I joke that that instead of green thumbs, our household is one of the brown thumb of death… Alas, we're definitely not gardeners! I truly admire those of you gifted in helping green things grow, and our kids are curious to try growing stuff in the backyard, but the soil's pretty terrible and I've been too lazy to try to amend…

    As for timewasters, plenty of those! Some useful (laundry! sweeping the floor! running the vacuum again!) and others definitely NOT! (Just one more round of Bejeweled, or Word Scramble…)

    Your books sound lovely, Teresa! Glad you're able to enjoy the research and get "lost" in it, as it were 🙂 See? It's work! 😉

  • August 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

    The gardner (and chef) in the family is my hubby. It got inspired after he retired last year, and though he hasn't been that successful, I can see how much it relaxes him.

    As for time suck, for me it is the computer. Love visiting favorite blogs, adding to my ebook collection, and tracking down coupons for fun shopping spree's.

    Congrats on your new release, Teresa, I loved reading Lion's Pride.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • August 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

    My gardening is mostly restricted to herbs, but I do have a sour cherry tree that delights me beyond words.

    My favorite time waster is embroidery. The motion of the needle is so soothing and I love seeing the patterns emerge, but I can't justify it as "useful".

  • August 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I do have gardens all around my house (but not a vegetable one) and I find its what I'm trying to avoid.The weeds have taken over and I just don't feel like taking care of them this year.

    So being online is a good time waster or TV.

  • August 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I just had to pop in with my timewasters after seeing some of yours. I am totally with the flchen1 about Bejeweled, that game is addictive!

    Like some of the rest of you, I'm not a gardener either. My thumb is black black black. Unless you count growing weeds. Then I'm a gardener extraordinaire. But I have no patience for gardening — since my boys have grown up and have full-time jobs, I can no longer order um, ask them to cut the grass and weed for me as part of their chores. Which means I may have to pay someone because my lawn shouts "neglected" compared to my neighbors' gardens.

    (Oh, and I do embroidery too. When I am not writing.)

  • August 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I was a gardener but in Feb. I move to a 55 and over community so that is out. I truly miss it.


  • August 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I have been gardening(flowers and veggies) for 50+ years. Also can the veggies and fruits.

  • August 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

    I started "gardening" this year by starting tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers and zucchini from seed. Only the zucchini survived, and they're doing okay. I've bought tomato plants and they look like they might sprout a few fruits. Pretty much all of my gardening consists of is "I don't know what this is, so I'm pulling it out."

    My number-one time waster: Escape games. These are infuriating online computer games where you're trapped in a room and need to solve a series of puzzles in order to leave the area/room you're trapped in.

  • August 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I'm definitely not a gardener. I don't have much luck getting things to grow.

    And my biggest time waster is watching episodes of Doctor Who online–particularly the David Tennant era. I'm utterly obsessed with him.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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