Saturday, December 28, 2013

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

In my last post I mentioned that I was about to head off on an adventure. Well, that adventure is now over but not forgotten. I am now home, having arrived just in time for Christmas. In case you are wondering, I had an absolute blast!  

Honestly is there anything better than a good holiday? 

What did I bring back from my trip (besides a fuller suitcase than I left with)? 

Well, I brought home quite a few things: 
  • My first tattoo;
  • A deeper love for Shakespeare--which admittedly was pretty huge before I went;
  • A profound appreciation for just how young a nation Australia actually is; 
  • A few ideas of new stories that are beginning to percolate; 
  • Great memories of a wonderful city; and 
  • The experience of meeting one of my heroes (David Tennant)--even if it was just a brief stage-door meeting. 

Now that I'm back home, I am trying to recover from jet lag and am working on getting back into the swing of regular writing and editing.

In a few days time, the new year will be on us. I have yet to decide exactly what my resolutions will be but I do I know that 2014 will be a great one in our household if only for the fact that my publishing journey should take some significant and very exciting leaps and bounds during the year.

Hopefully your own holidays were great. Without getting too sappy, this time of the year is definitely good for catching up with family and friends alike.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

London Calling

In just a few short days, I am heading on a big adventure. It's not the publishing adventure, which is still bubbling away in the background as I write and edit, but a real life adventure. Shortly, I am going to be undertaking the longest solo journey I've ever been on. Call it my gap year, except I'm too old for one of those and it's only 11 days, but it is as thrilling and scary for me as I can imagine it is for those young ones about to undertake that trek.

My big adventure started with a bit of a whim. A few years ago a friends went to see David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing. I was jump out of my skin, insanely  appropriately jealous about her getting the opportunity to both see him perform live and actually meet him at the stage door. Anyone who knows me knows I am slightly obsessed with a fan of his work. I'd long ago watched & adored him in Hamlet. When Digital Theater released Much Ado About Nothing, I downloaded that too. Seeing him perform Shakespeare live and in person became a bucket list item for me. When the news filtered through that he was performing Richard II in 2013, I made a random comment about how desperately I wanted to go. Some friends replied that they'd love to see him perform live too and then suddenly we were doing it. We were flying over 10,000 miles to watch a play. It's my first trip to London, but I'm hoping it won't be my last.

It was one of those spur of the moment things that wasn't real, only now I fly out in a few days. My publishing journey has been much the same so far and I would say will continue to be until a few days before my book is due out. It's scary, exciting but still mostly surreal. I can't wait!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Sunrise Release Day Blitz

Bottom Drawer Publications has released Sunrise as a permanent free read, available from their website and also a range of online booksellers.

Sunrise gives a sneak peek at some of the lead characters from Morgan Emerson's new series "Moonlit Nights", the first of which, Talk to the Moon, is due out in early February.  The book can be read as a stand-alone short story at 12,500 words. 

Summary:

A woman who is scared to trust, and a man who thought he’d never love again.

Katherine Niccoli is a successful accountant with an impeccable reputation. She’s worked tooth and nail to improve her life, so she doesn’t have to depend on anyone again. She learned the hard way that men can’t be trusted—having been a teenage mom and suffering through an ugly marriage. She doesn’t risk getting involved anymore. She’s happy dating young, uncomplicated arm candy.

Miles Chase never thought he'd find love again. One steamy weekend in Cabo changed all that. Away for a weekend of playing golf with friends, Miles blew off his plans and enjoyed a passion-filled encounter with a gorgeous woman. When she was gone the next morning, he was left feeling empty and alone all over again.

When Miles meets Kat again at a charity fundraiser six months later, how can he convince her that she can trust him with her heart?
  
Excerpt:

Chapter One
The Favor

Miles Chase easily spotted his son standing with the other families at the bottom of the escalators at the arrival terminal. The eager look everyone wore as they waited for their loved ones coming off the planes was always a joy to see. Kyle, though, stood at the outer edge of the large group, looking dapper in his sleek suit, and was looking down at his phone.
Watching a frown mar Kyle’s face, he worried that his son worked too much. He was too young to be so serious already. Just as Miles reached the bottom of the escalator, Kyle tucked his phone away and looked up. Miles lifted his hand, and Kyle stepped forward to embrace his dad. Miles patted his son on the back a few times before stepping back and studied him some more.
Even though Kyle was the spitting image of himself, Miles could still see some of his wife in him. A pang of sadness hit him when he thought of her not seeing how Kyle had turned out.
“You didn’t have to pick me up. I could’ve taken a cab, son,” Miles offered with his hand on Kyle’s shoulder.
“I know, Dad, but then who would’ve taken you to lunch?” Kyle smiled.
They had left the airport and climbed into Kyle’s Audi before they spoke again, making small talk about the local weather and what was happening back home in Georgia. Miles couldn’t help but notice his son jumped anytime his phone made a noise and was a bit distracted the whole drive.
They were finally settled down to eat at Miles’s favorite restaurant near the beach in Malibu before Kyle inquired about his sudden visit.
“It’s not that I don’t love seeing you, Dad, but this is your third trip in six months. Is everything okay? Something you’re not telling me?” Kyle asked with a concerned look.
Miles chewed his bite of steak and considered how to explain his feelings. He found it difficult since he couldn’t pinpoint anything specific, only that there was something bothering him. The usual loneliness and boredom that had plagued him since his wife died were there, but it was more than that lately. It was a soul-deep feeling of something missing from his life.
“If I’m being honest with you, son, I’d have to say I’m probably missing your mother. She’s been gone awhile now, but being near you always makes me feel closer to her, I guess,” he explained.
“I miss her too.” Kyle’s voice broke. Miles patted Kyle’s shoulder.
“Is that all that’s going on? How’s the business doing?”
“It’s great. We’re finally seeing a pretty solid upswing after the market took such a hit from the GFC. Robert and I were lucky we got into commercial real estate as well as the residential, so we're turning a pretty nice profit.
"That's great, Dad," Kyle said. "So with business booming how are you able to get away so much?"
Miles smiled. "We’ve got some good people in place, son, we've been planning for this for a while now.”
Miles thought back to the conversation with his business partner about taking some time away, and Robert had been all for it. They’d set up some great managers a while ago to assist them, and they were both comfortable enough now to leave things in their capable hands.
“I suppose I’m feeling a bit restless, but that’s not really it either. It started, I guess, when I returned home from the weekend in Mexico six months ago where I met that woman,” Miles said. “It’s not everyday someone can touch you that deeply in such a short time.” Kyle nodded.
Miles would never forget Kat, the woman who’d rocked his world one steamy weekend in Cabo. At the resort for a weekend of golf with friends, all it had taken was one glance at the woman by the pool, looking like a movie star in her white bikini and sunglasses, and he’d forgotten all about golf.
He had never known her last name and was unable to track her down as Kyle had suggested he do when Miles told his son about her previously. He stared out the window of the restaurant as memories of that weekend flooded him. The smell of the lotion she used, the sound of the waves as they lay on the bed with the balcony doors open.

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 The e-book will be available for download on the Bottom Drawer Publications website and on All Romance, Book Strand, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Other Booksellers (Barnes & Noble, Apple, Diesel Bookstore and Sony) will be available shortly thereafter.
  
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There will be a giveaway to celebrate the release of the book.


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About the Author

  
 Morgan Emerson’s a zoo keeper, a maid and a chauffeur on top of being a reader, writer and a daydreamer.  Morgan lives in the desert, on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona where she and her husband try to wrangle their three small children.  Her passion for reading started as a teenager, leading her to write poetry and short stories as an adult. She was inspired by another stay-at-home mom turned author to start writing herself, and her favourite characters are Alpha males and sassy women. 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fantasy Casting

I'm going to put my hand up for another slightly embarrassing admission. I often fantasy cast my novels.

Fantasy casting, as the name suggests, is the idea of, "if a movie was to be made of this story right now, who would best represent the characters?".

There are two ways this can happen. The first way is that a certain photograph of an actor will spark a moment of inspiration. Aiden, one of the characters in Through the Fire was, for example, inspired by this photograph:


Before seeing this picture, the character was semi-sketched out, but this picture cemented his role and his look in my head. It was the eyes in particular which screamed out loudly for a certain direction for the story.

There is also a supporting character in my the novel who bears a somewhat uncanny resemblance to a certain skinny Scottish bloke--in my mind at least. Anyone who knows anything about me needs no guesses as to Who that skinny Scottish bloke might be (and for those who don't know me personally, the 'Who' is a hint).

Ethan
Sometimes, it works the other way around. A character will present themselves, I'll write a bit about them, getting parts of their story down and then I start to see a better picture of them in the back of my mind. Suddenly, while watching a TV show or movie an actor or actress will pop up and I'll just think wow, they could totally play <character>!

Louise
I am incredibly lucky to have a friend who fantasy casts right alongside me (for her own stories as well as mine). In fact, she was the one who suggested two perfect people for Ethan and Louise (two more characters in my story). Ever since she pointed them out to me, they are the only people I can see in the 'role'.

The strange thing about all of this fantasy casting is that very rarely have I been able to cast my main character. There are a number of people who have similar traits to my protagonists. Maybe they have the same eyes, their face shape might be just right or their hair exactly as I described, but there's always something slightly wrong about them. I think this is a product of my main characters being such a product of my mind that no one is exactly right. Whatever the reason, my main characters in Through the Fire still remain cast-less.

When the book is out, I'd love to hear who other people mentally cast in the role. Maybe I'll have to bust out this post again then. Because the thing is, I do this for books I read too. I spend almost as much time wondering who would be right to play so-and-so as I do just enjoying the story. Does anyone else have this problem? Or am I alone in my role as a fantasy casting director?