Monday, January 21, 2013

Make Good Art

Neil Giaman is a writer of novels, comic books, children's books, screenplays and many other things in multiple genres who has made a career of his writing for decades. He spoke at a university commencement last spring about being a creative person, making mistakes and sticking with it anyway. This is so inspiring to me and fits not just writers or artists, if you're not just heading into the real world, fresh from college, but have a dream you want to pursue, it still applies to you--not matter how old you are or what kind of dream it is.

 So go forward, and make good art.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pistols & Pies teaser

Yes, the release of my second Sweet Bites Bakery book is growing closer--before the end of the month for sure, though the date is a little hazy as I'm waiting for my cover to be finished. With much luck I'll be able to do a cover reveal next week. In the meantime, here's a little teaser:

When I didn’t find the mayor on the main floor, I went upstairs where there were rooms organizations could rent. I checked a couple of meeting rooms, then pushed on the door to the closet-sized kitchen, which could be rented to portion out snacks for events. The door stopped when it was halfway open and I looked down, seeing a big, brown men’s shoe blocking the way. It appeared to be attached to a pair of men’s dress pants.
My heart raced and I caught my breath as I looked around the edge of the door, already knowing I was not going to like what I saw.

Eric Hogan lay on his back, the boxes of pie I’d made for him lay next to him, one on its side with the pie falling out onto the floor in chunks. His hands splayed at his side and a big red bullet hole marred his forehead, blood still oozing out of it into a pool around his upper body and trickling down under the oven.
My stomach clenched as I grew nauseated. The smell of peaches and spice assaulted my nose along with the coppery scent of blood (though that might have been my imagination). I took two quick steps back, holding my stomach, hoping I wouldn’t vomit.  A few more steps and I ran into the railing that overlooked the main floor. Turning I saw the mayor and a woman passing below me. “Mayor, help! Call 911.” My voice failed me, and he looked up at me, confused. “It’s Eric Hogan,” I said.

“What’s wrong with him? Is he hurt?” He started up the stairs toward me fast.

“He’s dead.” I slid down the railing to sit on the floor and pulled my legs to my chest, dropping my head between my knees, hoping I wouldn’t pass out. What was it with me finding dead bodies?

And now, back to edits.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Starting the DiCarlo Brides series

I'm excited to reveal the start of a new book that I've been working on for the past two years, the DiCarlo Brides series. Bill spent an entire day tweaking and playing with my cover until it came out just right, isn't it cute?

Cami DiCarlo has always known what she wanted and where she belonged, but when her father dies, his will reveals huge secrets—four of them in the form of half sisters she never knew about—and his plans for her future, which aren’t at all what she had in mind.

She finds herself working alongside her sisters as they get ready to open the hotel for business, dealing with personality conflicts, and trying to find out who is trying to destroy the family name and ruin the hotel’s reputation before it even gets started.

Vince Talmadge, local landscape architect, seems miles away from the kind of man she usually dates, but the attraction flares between them from word one. Learning her father picked him out to be her future husband, she is not amused, but neither can she back off the path they’ve begun together. But can two people miles apart in so many ways really make things work? 

I published this series under a pen name, Heather Tullis, because it's geared more toward a national audience with a light PG-13 rating instead of the super squeaky clean romances under my real name. To celebrate, A Perfect Fit is available on Kindle and Nook for 99 cents for this week only. That right, Saturday night it'll revert to the normal $4.99, so don't put it off.  (It should also be popping up on iBookstore, Sony, Kobo and other sites, but it takes a couple of weeks to trickle through their systems).

I won't be making regular announcements for the books under this pen name on this blog, but you can become a fan of my Heather Tullis Facebook page, or contact me here to be added to my Heather Tullis newsletter.

What do you think?