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.
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.
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.