Category Archives: Anderson Stables

To Change

108This year has been difficult, to say the least. I’m sure many people feel that way. It certainly didn’t go the way I wanted it to.

Some things did go well. I put out two books, which is more than I usually put out. Some years I didn’t put out any, which explains quite a bit.

Other things have not gone well. I, like many other authors, felt the challenges of the Dreamspinner situation. For those who don’t know, Dreamspinner has been struggling to pay its authors, editors, and artists, for pretty much the entire year. I am personally not very heavily impacted by this because I don’t have the quantity of books or the amount of success as other authors do. It still, however, has been something that has been on my mind frequently.

Earlier this month I requested the rights back for my four-book Anderson Stables series. I had given Dreamspinner the benefit of the doubt for as long as I was able to. For personal reasons, I chose to pull out.

It wasn’t an easy decision. I haven’t made tons of money off these books. I don’t think they have the following of other series. But Dreamspinner gave me, a baby in the m/m genre, a chance and published my first four books. For that, I will always be grateful. I have no ill will against them, I just did what I felt was right for me because I personally was unhappy with how the situation was being handled.

But I’ve wanted to rewrite those books almost since the day they each came out. I always wished I had written Dustin’s point of view into every book. Now I have the chance to rewrite and rerelease them on my own time. I don’t know when that will be, as I have other books I’m currently working on, but it will happen.

As for 2020, I am planning to release two books again, and I will definitely be starting a newsletter. I got a new job this fall that is less stressful and doesn’t drain me of my creativity as severely, so I’m optimistic and believe I won’t just be setting false goals for myself. I’m feeling good.

By Heart now on Pre-Order!

ByHeartFS_v1The final book in the Anderson Stables series, By Heart, is now available for pre-order through Dreamspinner Press.

What can you expect in this final installment?

In this final book in the Anderson Stables series, Vince Anderson and Dustin O’Brien are approaching the end of their show jumping journey, and their ride off into the sunset as a married couple is within their grasp.

But they won’t get there without facing challenges both personal and professional.

Vince has been working hard for years to make the Olympic Equestrian team with his horse, Sir Galaxy. Now, with Dustin by his side, his dreams are about to come true as he enters the selection process. But making the team isn’t as easy as simply winning shows, not when a very wealthy and powerful name in the sport is holding a grudge against Vince. Despite attempts to damage Vince’s reputation, Vince pushes on while supporting Dustin, whose past is pushing into his future. And making the team will only be the beginning of an arduous endeavor against elite competitors. But Vince and Dustin will see each other through to the end, through the Olympics and to their wedding, because supporting each other is something they know by heart.

Coming Soon – By Heart!

The final book in the Anderson Stables series will officially be released on July 13th. I don’t have a pre-order link yet, but I will post one as soon as I have it.

But here is the cover! Woohoo!

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How I Research New Ideas

824Right now I’m working on researching my current project (the vaulting one, yes). This is exactly the same system I used when researching Anderson Stables, too. So I thought I’d share my process for anyone who may be curious.

Usually the first thing I do when I get an idea for a story in a sport I’m not personally experienced with, is to watch as many videos of and about that sport as I can find. For Anderson Stables that involved watching lots and lots of Grand Prix livestreams and Olympic playbacks. For this new book I’m watching as many vaulting videos as I can find on Youtube.

Next, I always go online and find the official rulebook for both national and international competitions. And then, because I enjoy spending lots of money on paper and ink, I print those out so I always have something physical to reference. And then I read them. In their entirety. Usually to help me fall asleep at night.

Not really though. I do read them, and they can be dull and difficult to read at times, but I find it a very informative experience. I want to make sure I know the little details before I start seriously working on a story, even if all those little details don’t make it into the book.

That’s usually my research strategy for anything I decide to write in my equestrian romance genre. For Anderson Stables I also took a trip down to Florida to experience part of the Winter Equestrian Festival, but I don’t expect to do that very often. Full time jobs and money tend to restrict one’s abilities to take a bunch of trips even when it’s technically for work.

Hey everyone, don’t forget that you have until June 15th to get in any questions you would like to ask of the Anderson Stables cast of characters so I can interview them!

Time for some fun!

108In honor of the final Anderson Stables book being released this summer, I’ve decided to do an interview session – with the characters from the Anderson Stables books.

What kinds of questions will the characters be answering? Well, that depends on what you want them to answer!

That’s right, you get to ask the questions! You can ask whatever questions you want of whichever character you would like.

Submit questions right here as a comment, or via a comment or message on Facebook. Submissions will be closed after June 15th, and I’ll be posting the interview right here on July 1st.

Let’s have some fun!

On Having Multiple Identities

089When it comes down to it, I essentially have three identities I keep up on a regular basis. There is the “real world” me, the one who works the full time job she thought she would quit someday but she now suddenly wants to turn into a real career. Then there are the two writer versions of me.

One, of course, is the version of me who writes m/m equestrian romance. But my truest love is actually fantasy. When I’m not working on a romance story, I’m usually working on a fantasy one. I’ve been mostly absent here because the publishing process is actually pretty slow paced. The final Anderson Stables book is in the production process as we speak and will be out this summer. Over the last couple months I’ve gone through several rounds of edits with it, and instead of waiting around to hear back from the editing team between rounds, I’ve been working to self-publish some of my fantasy writing (when those books are actually ready I’ll share my alter-ego for the curious).

I ran into an interesting problem with Amazon during this process. I have had my fantasy books available on Wattpad for quite some time, so when I decided just to publish better edited versions of the same stories, Amazon flagged my titles for being stolen because they were freely available online.

I cleared the situation up with them, but I can’t decide if I’m annoyed or appreciative. It’s definitely good that they make sure people aren’t publishing things they don’t have rights to, but I know I’m not the only one following this strategy. It does amuse me that I was more or less accused of stealing my own writing though. Made for an interesting couple of days.

I am of course still planning to write my vaulting book, but the fantasy itch came over me very abruptly and it doesn’t let go very easily.

On Plotting, Music, and Creative Magic

648So tonight I sat down with the intention to start writing Book 4. Until now I had been plotting out the major scenes, which can be a process.

What took so long was the research I needed to do to properly plot the entire book. Not a ton of research, but enough to delay most of the work.

So I finally sat down to start writing the first scene or two. I pulled up my writing playlist on my phone and hit “shuffle.” Immediately, instead of getting the first scene to start flowing, I got other creative magic flowing. I started thinking through the other major scenes in detail.

Which can be good, but I wasn’t writing those scenes yet. Eventually I forced myself to focus on the beginning (which is always the hardest thing to write anyway) and got just short of 2,000 words out in two hours.

But it’s so interesting to me how music can inspire so much. I spent a while before I finally got to work just trying to get myself to sit down and write. Then I started the music and BOOM. I was in the super zone.

Moral of the story: music is a creative potion and a fantastic muse.

Free Read: Dustin’s Book 1, Part 2

I can’t say I’m very happy with how this story turned out, and I intend to redo it when I finish the other stories I have planned. I just wanted to share something with you. The goal of this piece is just to give readers an idea of how Dustin was feeling during the first book.

So here is the first version of Dustin’s Book 1.

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Quick Update

678Just a quick update for you tonight.

I will have another short free read for you all this weekend. I’ve been slowly working on the next installment.

Writing is, unfortunately, going very slowly for me in general. I’m pretty sure that part of the reason is the miserable New York winter. It just puts everyone in that blah, tired mood.

The other issue is that I recently started a new full time job that is rather exhausting. The stress of learning new things and dealing with new people makes me just want to go straight to bed or mindless TV when I get home – or both.

But my New Year’s resolution was to keep my self-imposed deadlines as strictly as my publisher-imposed ones, so I’m getting ready to give myself a kick in the butt this weekend. Days off from the “real” job will be marathon days for my eventual full time job. Won’t get there if I don’t work for it.

I hope you all have a great week!

Free Read: Dustin’s Book 1, Part 1

Here’s probably the most important scene of Book 1 from Dustin’s point of view. Enjoy!

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