Monthly Archives: July 2014

♫ Musical inspiration for book #2 ♫

I recently downloaded One Republic‘s album ‘Native’.  I knew a couple of their songs but bought the entire album instead of just the ones I liked, and I’m so glad I did.  I recognized most of the songs (‘I didn’t know they sung that!’) and was surprised that there weren’t any ‘fillers’.  All the songs are fantastic and it has been the best album I’ve bought in years.

Here’s one of my favorites for book #2:

<3 RJ x



I wrote a book.  I didn’t intend to write a book, it kinda just happened.  A scene (yes it was hot and dirty) popped into my head without much prompting.  The characters were so helpful as they guided me through each motion and emotion.  I don’t know how I knew, but I knew I had to write it down so I would be able to concentrate on the other aspects of my day, and get the two hotties in my head to shut up.  I kept thinking ‘this must be what it’s like for authors.’

So with the hubby and boys away on a camping weekend I had the house to myself. Lovely peace and quiet… It was the most intense weekend of my life.

I wrote the hot and dirty scene with the intent to stop the voices in my head.  It didn’t work.  After that scene they told me their whole story. In the first few days I didn’t sleep and I drank copious amounts of coffee – although I don’t think that’s different from any other day.  Emoji  I slept with a notebook and pen by my bed. It was that bad.

Eventually as their story was coming through and I was able to write, the men in my head started to realise that an RJ without much sleep isn’t much fun.  I learned how to shut them up – temporarily at least – well maybe not shut them up, but quieten them down somewhat.  They’re always present.

Their book is now in the hands of the publisher and I’m waiting to hear if they will accept it or not.  I have my fingers crossed.  The feedback from my beta’s so far as been extremely encouraging and my confidence has been boosted by their praise.

So this brings me to what I wanted to say in the first place.  This website.  Am I being presumptuous? Possibly. My husband has been extremely encouraging – despite vowing to never read my books – and said “back yourself.” And his other favorite, “start as you mean to go on.”

With his words ringing in my ears I’m starting as I mean to go on.  I may not be published yet but I’m hopeful I will be.  My bio states I’m an author of MM romance and I questioned the truthfulness of this statement.  One of my best friends said I am an author, I’m just not published yet.

<3 RJ x