When I sat down to think through how I was going to start writing Asher’s book, I found myself wishing I had a bullet-list style form. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for on the interwebs–too many of them were complicated, or several pages long, or done in boxes drawn together with lines and arrows.
Uhh. No, thanks. 😯
So, I designed one to suit my needs. It had to be:
- Plotable. (Not a word, but I needed one more “P”. Work with me, here.)
So I give you: THE PLOT THICKENS! My scene idea form. I jotted down all the scenes knocking around in my head, and even used the “Don’t Forget” circle to write down the theme/feeling I wanted to give the book. The blank box at the bottom left was used for overflow as well as tracking the ages of Lyon and other characters’ children–darn babies! You have to age them up as they do grow. What a pain.
So here you are! I give you: THE PLOT THICKENS. A loose, adaptable, easy-peasy form. Think of it as a To-Do list for writing your book.
Click here to download and print:
Today is the day!
IF YOU DARE is available for purchase everywhere e-books are sold! For a fun, fast, summer read, get your mitts on these two! The bantering, the betting, and the super sexy encounters won’t let you down.
Also, make sure to go to one of the Blog Tour stops and read reviews and special excerpts. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win an autographed copy of The Millionaire Affair and Bringing Home the Bad Boy, as well as a $10 Amazon gift card!
I’m so excited to announce a new series coming from Grand Central in the Summer of 2016! Here is the write-up from RT Reviews:
“Jessica Lemmon’s new Billionaire Bachelors series kicks off next summer from Grand Central. Three hotel magnate brothers will meet their matches, but can they handle these feisty heroines? Also look for the author’s fourth Second Chance novel, coming in spring of 2016!”
Book 2 Inspiration
Book 3 Inspiration
What do you think? Do these guys make your heart pitter-pat?
You can see more on my Pinterest page.
Today our reader Q&A comes from Traci Westling who has been seeing double…
Last week, my friend Anne borrowed my copy of The Millionaire Affair and mentioned she’d discovered Jules Bennett has a cover that looks like yours. How does this happen? Do authors have a say in the covers chosen, or is it the publisher?
Ah, I know just the book you’re talking about!
I guess you wouldn’t believe me if I told you that Jules’s heroine and mine have very similar taste in jewelry? 😉
Okay, okay, here’s the real scoop. Some images are purchased from what’s called “stock art”. Since both publishers and self-published authors have access to these images, there are overlaps. The most stunning images tend to be used and reused (and I’ve seen the one above often), so it’s up to the designer to give the image a different treatment to represent the author’s brand.
My bad boy books are another story. The men on the covers are models photographed by my publisher, so those photos are unique to my cover. Unless the publisher decided to use those shots on another of their books, the duplication thing probably won’t happen.
To answer the second part of your question, authors submit an art sheet describing our hero (& heroine) in detail, and the art department tries to come close to matching both the character and our specific author “brand”, but when it comes to the final say, it’s the publisher all the way.
Do you have a question for me? Don’t hesitate to CONTACT ME and I could choose your question to share in a future blog!
I woke up today to find we are somehow in the middle of July.
JULY, you guys.
I’m regrouping from last week, which felt like it lasted about a month. I’m sure because I’m still recovering from the trauma of losing such a near and dear family member. Right now I’m sort of living in two places. Being sad because of the loss and trying to celebrate the life that is still here.
In that spirit, I share with you today’s Teaser Tuesday for IF YOU DARE!
ONE MORE WEEK and this sizzling, slightly spooky tale will be yours!
Pre-order today for just $2.99!
Most of you have probably seen my Facebook posts on a recent horrible loss we had in my family. My cousin, Brad was more like a brother than a cousin. He and his sisters and me and my brother have always been very close. We have seen them at almost every cookout, and we get together around Christmas and Thanksgiving whenever possible. Brad was one of those people in my life that was just always there. Now that he’s gone–a fact that is still sinking in, and not being very nice about it–I think the most difficult times will come from feeling his notable absence.
Whenever someone is taken from us unexpectedly, dealing with it is so hard. Yesterday at his funeral, I experienced a specific brand of epic, difficult, weighted sadness. The kind that hangs there and you can’t unload it, so you haul it around with you. Yet at the same time, I experienced so much love from friends and family. We cried on each other’s shoulders and said “I love you” over and over and over again. I got to thinking about grief and how it has two sides. Everyone has experienced this, right? The way you can cry in one moment and laugh in the next. The way you can lose someone who meant much to you that you have a hole in your chest, but at the same time, feel a special tie and connection to someone else because they lost him, too.
There is still laughter in tears and there is still joy while you experience grief. I think this is one of those tools God gave us so that we wouldn’t be completely insane while we are mourning those who are gone. I’m not saying this transition has been easy. Grief has stages (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) and none of us get out of going through them. We transition through, and sometimes back through, them. Sometimes quickly, sometimes for way too long.
My sister-in-law lost her husband in an accident several years ago. He was young and both their children were very young. Her loss was a big one, so when she offered her insight, I sat up and listened. She said the most profound thing: that everyone thinks grieving is an action, but it’s not. Grief is a state of being you’re in whether you’re crying or smiling, sleeping or working. Hearing that helped me understand how you can be at once filled with joy and devastated.
Brad, my sweet cousin. I will miss you forever. I will miss your smiling face, and your silly antics, and I will miss the way you inhaled food like it was a sport. I’ll miss you showing up and sharing a beer with John and me. I’ll miss your hugs. I’ll miss your dance moves. I will miss you at Christmas and at Easter and whenever there was a cookout at my mom’s house. I’ll just miss you, dammit. Everything about you. I love you. Jess
***Thank you for your prayers and love during this difficult time. It’s so hard to express the gratitude for those of you who have lifted my family up, and some of you, I’ve never even met.
How about another sneak peek at IF YOU DARE, coming July 21 from Entangled Lovestruck?
Yeah, I thought you’d say that. 😎
“This is good,” he told her.
She gave him a slow blink. “You like wine?”
“You strike me as a beer-from-the-can kind of guy.”
In case you didn’t hear me screaming with joy from your phone or computer this morning, I will also announce here:
ASHER KNIGHT IS GETTING A BOOK!!!
At first I was like:
Then I was like:
And now I’m a little:
While I try and pull myself together, feel free to peek at the Pinterest board and get some Asher goodness while you wait.
What do you think? Is this the news you’ve been waiting for, or what?! 😛 😎 😀 😈 😆
I know, I know.
It’s supposed to be shared as Teaser *Tuesday* but yesterday was my birthday, so you get this a day late. Better to get a wink from Marcus a day late than not at all, I say. 😉
And don’t miss your chance to enter to win the HUGE prize pack! I’m drawing a winner on July 4th!
Happy Monday, everyone!
If you haven’t read my newsletter yet, you may not know about a new release I have hitting on July 21!
Who wants to see the cover?
Sharing in 3…
Aren’t they gorgeous?
And the colors! I love the mint green and the pop of yellow!
Keep your eyes peeled for teasers and an excerpt coming soon. And if you’re thinking this title sounds familiar, click HERE for my Dear Reader letter…
Pre-order links are being updated HERE as I find them!
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