Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winner and a Hero

Happy Tuesday all!

First, I want to thank everyone who entered the Impossible Dream giveaway. I adored reading all of your visual suggestions for "Bryce"--the hero of Marry Poppins. All great suggestions. ALL inspiring. ;)

That said the random winner of the ID tote bag, copy of Beauty & the Biker, and the Kelly Rae Roberts Dream Journal is....

I only have a first name, but "Dina" suggested Chris Evans. (yum). Dina please send your mailing address to beth@bethciotta.com

As for Dina's choice for Bryce.... Oh, yeah. This works :)

And now that I'm properly inspired.... Back to MARRY POPPINS!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

For those who are (im)patiently waiting...

I've received a couple of very polite queries asking for the release date of MARRY POPPINS, the 3rd book in my Impossible Dream series. In a perfect world this story would have been in readers' hands already. Unfortunately, my world was less than perfect last year, hence the delay. I appreciate your patience, or even impatience, and although I cannot provide you with a specific release date, I can say soon.

Writing wise, I'm in the final stretch and then it is a matter of production--edits, formatting, and such. I very much hope you'll find this installment of Impossible Dream worth the wait. Some stories take longer than others to root and blossom and this was one of them.

As I close in on the final chapters, I find I am rediscovering my love of this tale. That's a magical thing. When writing and rewriting a story over the course of several months, one can easily "fall out love" with your premise. It's easy to lose perspective and to worry the story is drek or the writing is drek. You wonder, "What was I thinking? and "Where am I going?" and "Will this story never end?" But then something clicks and suddenly your fingers fly. You're no longer thinking. You're living the story via the characters. That's where I am right now and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing. For me. And you.

So again, I thank you for hanging in. Below is a teaser. A small something to hold you over until I get the full story into your hands. Read and enjoy and chime in for the subsequent GIVEAWAY!

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a teaser from MARRY POPPINS

Even though Bryce had assured her not all people dressed up for the theater, Georgie couldn’t resist going all out. Fortunately, Angel had supplied her with two dresses suitable for finer entertainment. Georgie had settled on a simple black halter dress and strappy red heels. The same heels she’d worn to Bryce’s non-wedding. The difference was, her non-wedding dress had skimmed her knees. This hemline stopped mid-thigh. So, yeah, her legs were on prime display.
Feigning innocence, she asked, “Anything wrong?”
“I should go.”
“Anywhere. I need to walk this off.”
It was all she could do to stay seated, to feign calm. He looked gorgeous and miserable and she wanted to tackle him to the floor. “Walk what off?”
Bryce palmed the back of his neck and rubbed. He blew out a breath. A tense breath. A really tense breath.
Georgie practiced extraordinary patience.
“That dress. Those shoes. You. The past few days.” He stuffed his hands in the pockets of his trousers, studied the toes of his boots.
Georgie waited.
“You look hot, dammit.”
Her pulse kicked. If only he didn’t sound so disappointed. “Thank you. I think.”
“I can’t be here. This—and don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about—can’t happen.”
Heart pounding, Georgie made a judgement call. Enough patience. Time to initiate derring-do. She rose to her bare feet and closed the distance between them. “Okay. No pretending. Let’s face this head on.” She inched closer, pressing her body to his, acknowledging his oh-so-noticeable package. “Why can’t this happen?”
He remained frozen, staring down at her in stoic silence.
“Because I’m Ryan’s sister?” she prodded. “Because you’re on the rebound? Because you don’t love me and you don’t want to complicate matters with meaningless sex? Because you’re conflicted about the twins and your future and you need me to be there for them and for Arlo so you can honor your charity commitments and pursue whatever?”
She rattled off everything she could think of because there wasn’t one forthcoming bone in Bryce’s infuriatingly hunky body. The man guarded his innermost thoughts as if they were a flipping national secret.
He worked his jaw. “Yes.”
“To what?”
“To everything.”
She wanted to punch him—the big stubborn, noble, ex-jock. “What if I told you meaningless sex is all I’m interested in? What if I told you I have no intention of bailing on your nanny job—no matter if this happens or not—because that job is the only thing keeping me afloat until my dream job comes through. Which—in case I didn’t mention it before—should be soon.”
If she said it often enough, maybe it would happen. Maybe she’d get that golden email from Impossible Dream alerting her of a wondrous opportunity. As it was, the only notices she’d been getting were from bill collectors.   
Jerking her thoughts back to pleasant ground, Georgie dug in. “Here’s the thing. Ignoring this attraction won’t make it go away, Bryce. Addressing it might. If it helps,” she lied, “I meant what I said that day at Grace Chapel. This isn’t a matter of the heart. This is purely physical.” 
And that was about all she could muster in the derring-do department without sacrificing her pride.
Bryce closed his eyes and cursed.
When he reached for his jacket, Georgie turned her back. He was leaving. Fine. “Go for your walk. Forget I said anything,” she said while fumbling with the zipper at the back of her dress. “I’ll be in bed by the time you get back, sleeping this off.”
She heard the door open…
Don’t cry. Don’t cry. Do. Not. Cry.
…and shut.
“Dammit,” she swore when the zipper wouldn’t budge and her temper overflowed.
            “Screw it.” Bryce cupped her shoulders and turned her in his arms.  

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Featured GIVEAWAY!

*An Impossible Dream Tote Bag
*A signed copy of Beauty & the Biker (book 1)
*A Kelly Rae Roberts "Dream" Sketch/Notebook
Winner announced here on 1/26/16 
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Bryce is a former pro football player with a heart of gold. Dark hair/dark eyes. I'm looking for some "Hollywood" inspiration! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year, New Look, New Worlds

2015 was a year of transition for me. I only had two new releases--OBSESSED and ON THE NAUGHTY LIST--but, trust me, I was hard at work. I divided my time between revising and reinventing my indie-pubbed backlist, writing new story proposals (three in all) to submit to traditional publishers, and working on the next novel in my Impossible Dream series. Not to mention all the hours I dedicated to the business side of my career.

Still, I felt oddly unproductive. And frustrated. As much as I love writing and reading romantic fiction, I found it difficult to progress at my normal speed on my latest novel. This was a source of angst and depression and I spent too much time wondering "why" when the reason was obvious. After writing nearly thirty romance novels (and a dozen more romance proposals), I'm itching to conquer new worlds. The proposals I wrote and pitched to my agent in 2015 prove it.

Two of these new proposals are supernatural mysteries and one is a supernatural Young Adult. Yet another series idea--one that I've dabbled with over the last few months is also a supernatural mystery. All of these projects have a romantic element (I can't help myself) and a degree of sexual tension, but the focus of the story is on the mystery and adventure and the supernatural aspects.

Even though I knew my passion had shifted to a new genre, I spent the last year wrestling with how to handle a transition without committing career suicide. Should I adopt a pen name for the mysteries? Should I maintain separate websites and social media homes? These and several other business related questions stifled my progress and spirits.

Last night I surfed the websites of several authors who write in multiple genres. Some under one name. Some under pen names. I'm not sure what tripped my light bulb moment, but it occurred to me that I am not abandoning "romance" or my romance readers. I'm simply taking my love of romance and adventure to a new level. With that exciting and freeing thought in mind, I gave this blog a quick makeover. Something to inspire me, something to push me forward into the new year and new worlds. At some point I need to invest in a new website, a home that will celebrate all of my creative endeavors, but for now I'm focusing on my writing. after finishing and releasing MARRY POPPINS, the third book in my Impossible Dream series, I'm committing to finishing and releasing a story that's had its hooks in me for a very long time. I even have the cover--a delicious confection designed by Elle J Rossi of EJR Digital Art. It's now featured on the "Supernatural Mysteries" page of this blog, but I'll share it here, too. Another form of my commitment.

Amazing. I feel so much better now.  Onward and upward! I hope you'll join me for the ride.

Fact and fiction collide...

.....when literary characters from an alternate universe infiltrate the real world intent on global domination. Zoe Albright, a storybook author who hears disembodied voices, teams up with Gabriel Bennett, a dimension-traveling assassin in order to prevent universal mayhem. Backed by the Elite Society of Character Assassins, Zoe and Gabriel battle literary monsters in a quest to save reality from the onslaught of maniacal illusion.