While RAGT is a chance for me to get to meet my readers, and meet new ones, and for me to play fangirl and get to meet my favorite authors (because, hey, I’m a reader too), it is also a chance for me to talk with other authors and catch up on what’s going on in the industry. It gives me a chance to compare our writing processes which makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one who sometimes feels like “all I write is crap” and needs that little push in the right direction.
The authors I’ve met at RAGT are all super. They’re upbeat, they’re helpful, they’re supportive of everyone else, no matter whether they’re a big name author like previous attendees Jade Lee or Beth Kery or a newly published author with a smaller press…and they’re that way not only to readers but to other authors no matter where we are in our careers. (It’s one reason why I love the romance industry—I’ve been a member of a literary group and OMG such a different attitude.)
This year I had the good fortune to meet author Lori Wilde. I’d seen her around at last year’s RAGT – she’d sat at our breakfast table but she was at the far end away from me and I never got to actually talk to her. This year she sat right across from me and amongst other topics, naturally we talked about the writing process. I mentioned I had been struggling for a while with my writing. That I felt like I knew the basics enough to get published but there was something I was missing to take my writing to the next level. Lori said it’s normal to reach that point about every ten books. Which means I’m right on schedule.
During the book signing, she popped over to say she’d bought one of my books and had some suggestions of how to take that leap—could we get together later in the evening? Talk about jaw-dropping. Lori Wilde had bought one of my books? And read some of it? Cue fear mixed with excitement.
So after the Carina Press Pictionary game that night, I met with her once again in a quiet corner of the restaurant. We talked deep POV and themes and motifs for over an hour, maybe longer. Some of the things I’ve already been doing innately, but she’s shown me how to take those themes and points of view to the next level. She even gave me four pages of notes she’d written out so I could take them home and study them. She gave me that push I needed.
Now it’s up to me to put her advice into action and whip my manuscripts into shape.
So to thank her for taking the time out of her busy schedule to help a struggling and fledgling author, I’m going to give away a paperback copy of Love at First Sight, the first in Lori’s new contemporary western series with Avon.
In the first in a dazzling new series, Lori Wilde welcomes us to Cupid, Texas, where every wish for love comes true . . .
“When it hits, you just know . . .”
Natalie McCleary couldn’t believe her eyes—a lean-muscled, darkly tanned, nearly naked man stood in her path . . . and then it hit her: love. Everyone always told her it would hit like a thunderbolt, and she never believed them. But now she knew: practical, sensible Natalie was head over heels in love—with a stranger.
But ex-Navy SEAL Dade Vega wasn’t about to be a stranger for long. He’d ridden into Cupid on his motorcycle, vowing to keep a promise he’d made to a military buddy. But a single glimpse of Natalie—soaking wet and unexpectedly tempting—changed his life forever.
But how can he offer her his love, when he can’t even promise to stay in one place for longer than a week?
Leave a comment telling me if you’ve ever met someone who has taken the time out of their busy life to give you advice that’s helped you. Or some other way someone has paid it forward.
(You must leave a comment to be eligible, but you can also like Lori’s FB page, or mine, to earn extra entries. Contest closes Tuesday, June 18th at 12 AM — for those of you like me who have trouble figuring out when that is, in other words between Monday and Tuesday morning. I’ll announce the winner Tuesday morning.)