A Push for Captured by Mandy

First off, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Now, moving on, I imagine that people are getting a little sick of this by now, but I’m going to talk about the super cool box set that I’m in again. It being super cool because it happens to be the first one that I’ve ever been in :D


Anyway, sometime on the 21st, there’s going to be a big push to try and get that set to hit a list, USAT or NYT, either or would be super cool, and both would be probably one of the best things to ever happen. Anyway, on the next post I make, and definitely on the 21st, I’m going to put out an all access bulletin on Facebook, Twitter, and even my blog that gets almost no love from me. I neglect it like a terrible blogger <3

Aside from my next plan on posting a soundtrack for Burns Like Fire, I will also being giving away a super cool necklace as part of a prize pack, both for captured, and for Burns Like Fire, though I'm still trying to figure out how I'll be giving the extras away. I found the necklace on Etsy, and then asked my cover artist to personalize it for me :)

Because I'm on my iPad right now and don't have access to my computer, I have to wait before showing how cool the necklace looks. It's a picture of a fire heart inside of a glass pendant with a small quote from the book surrounding it. I seriously can't wait for them to come in so I can start wearing mine all over the place.

Anyway, I guess aside from stroking my own ego about all this cool stuff that's been going on, I should quickly say thank you to everyone who picked up their copy of Captured, left a review and shared, all that stuff is so amazingly helpful. Everyone who helped out is amazing :) Even the people who left the one stars.

Here's the link for Captured on Amazon if anyone wants to check it out. It's also available on Nook and Apple, but right now I'm a little paranoid that if I open a new window I'll lose all this stuff I've written, so here you go for Amazon:


Mandy Rosko

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The Winds of the World Paranormal-Scope by Susan Hanniford Crowley

The winds are blowing the world around. I can feel the excitement coming. Can you?

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Elves are closing their barriers to reserve energy and rest. Build in extra sleep and down time. You are going to need it.

Shapeshifters are collecting resources to better plan for the future both at work and at home.

Werewolves are looking how they can make their home cozier. Put in some extras so you won’t have to go out in bad weather.

One dragon is never enough.  You’ll have to pull out all stops and soon.

Pixies are mischief-makers.  Keep a sense of humor and roll with the flow.  Be a team player and that includes smiling..

Leprechauns are naturally shy but you have the opportunity to make a wonderful friend. Don’t pass this up.

Vampires seek out kindred spirits to go on an adventure.  Are you ready for a change?

Mermaids are calling your name. A little time spend by the sea or a lake is very calming to the spirit.

Temple cats sense you are a person with a mission and they respect that.  But to be at your best, it’s important to have a healthy diet. These cats know what they’re talking about.

A dragon brings you to its nest to be nurtured and taught how to fly.  In the night, listen to what the old ones say.  It’s invaluable wisdom and will help you.

Hobbits are crazy crafters. Indulge your creative side. Have fun and meet new people.

Vampires think you have an understated charm.  People are noticing you in a good way.

Susan Hanniford Crowley

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This week has been an especially hard one for me.  My day job has consumed almost every waking hour since last Monday. I work in a theatre department and we had a  production going up yesterday.

Not a normal production either, a fashion show which is much more time consuming and stressful than a normal play to produce. Longer hours in a shorter amount of time, working with mdels who have no clue about the dedication required to put on a production, plus factoring in dealing with the designers who often promise clothes on one day and deliver them days later. Then the show itself is a day-long affair:  I began at 9am yesterday and did not stop until almost midnight.

Needless to say I have gotten no writing done in almost a week. Even if I had an hour here or there, I was so exhausted or distracted about the different components I was in charge of, that mentally I had nothing left with which to be creative.  Juggling teaching and writing is not that difficult.  Throw in a production and suddenly its like juggling chainsaws.  It’s going to bite you unless you pay attention only to the chainsaws.

These are the days when I most envy the full-time writers. I long to have my entire day dedicated to writing and all its attendant functions of promotion, social networking, marketing, etc. I know that full-timers have their own attendant issues, but you path to success as a writer seems smoother, more focused, more fun.  I’d love to be consumed by my day job if my day job was writing.

Today, after all the stress of the past few days, I’m taking the day for myself.  I don’t plan on getting out of bed except for the most necessary things.  My daughters are serving my meals in bed, except for dinner when they’re taking me out. I plan to read, sleep, and watch TV and re-charge. Since writing must be done sitting at a desk for me, I’ll start some of that at midnight.

For those of you who have the necessary evil of a Day Job, how do you cope with the time suck? Does your family life suffer?  Do you sacrifice sleep to get those writing hours in? ow do you manage to get it all done?

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Writers and Desires by Susan Hanniford Crowley

First, I want to talk about what writers desire.  Some would say chocolate.  Not really.  Okay, sometimes.  But what writers really desire is to write all the wonderful tales that flood into their minds. I remember reading that Maurice Sendak said that everything just takes such a long time to get done.

That is very true. A novel for instance, not only takes the time that the author needs to write it but after the book is accepted by a publisher, there are the rewrites given by the editor and there are more than one.  Even the final version, the author has to read again.  At the publishing house, there is the book cover and the back cover copy and the for formatting.  There’s the choosing of the title if they feel the first title is weak. Then there is the advertising.  That has changed over the years.  Depending on the publisher, the author may do a little or may do a ton.  And while you’re on a book tour or doing signings, you are also writing the next book.

What does a writer desire?  To write faster. LOL  I find it all fascinating but I have to admit to you that the work involved from the time the book is thought of until it is published and readers can read it is more than most people can imagine.

Writers, writers like me that is, would love to just submerge themselves into the book.  The fun part in writing romance is in the so many ways the stories revolve around desire. For one character it may be revenge.  For another character, it may be to find true love.  Desire is the root of everything and from those roots relationships and even families grow.

Some of you may know I’m writing about the Vampire King of New York’s daughter Vampire King of New YorkNoblesse.  In Vampire King of New York, the reader not only saw King Max’s love story but also met some of the members of his family.  Noblesse, his “daughter”, is a tough Arnhem Knight, often her father’s bodyguard, and when Max is out of town, she runs VMeer Industries. Her brother, David Hillliard, is the captain of the Arnhem Knights and protector of the Arnhem Society.  A lot of this about David comes out even more in the next book. Noblesse has to face that in a crisis when Max is away, everyone turns to her, and she is a figurehead and a leader, her life changes.  Being torn between two men doesn’t help either. In this book, the focus is on Noblesse, where she came from, how she met Max, and what she really desires in life. Her past haunts her.

I was looking at the family of vampires and realized recently that I really need a family tree to keep track of everyone.  And to keep track of their desires.

Though I’m very pleased with the overall story, I ran into a chapter today that was just wrong.  So I’m rewriting it.  I want this book to be just as exciting and fun as the first book.  The story lines for other family members are already lining up in my brain.  So it makes sense that I would desire the ability to write well and faster.

There are times when it’s just easier to desire chocolate.  What do you desire?

Susan Hanniford Crowley
Vampire King of New York is available in Amazon Kindle and Print, Barnes and Noble Nook and Print and at Kobo.



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Columbus Day Can Trigger Our Own Voyage by Stacy Hoff


Happy Columbus Day, everyone! Back in 1492 Columbus took a daring risk—sailing around the world when most people believed the Earth was flat. The consequences of Columbus being wrong would have been a death sentence to him, and the crewmen of three ships, as they literally fell off the edge of the world.

Is risk taking worth it? Even when people think your idea is crazy? If it’s a belief inherent to your core, then the answer is a resounding “yes.” For me, the risk I took was writing. Deciding to become a romance author instead of just continuing to doggedly pursue my career as a lawyer.

There are some who might think my decision is crazy. “But law is a safe bet,” people could howl. “But you could make so much more money as a lawyer,” people may shout. I understand my decision may sound a bit nuts. Then again, that’s what many people thought of Columbus, too.

From now on, each time I sign a book deal, I’m going to think of Christopher Columbus. I’ll picture the brave, stubborn, possibly crazy, captain flying his largest sail with a slogan written across it, “India or Bust.” Because sometimes you’ve got to lay everything you’ve got on the line, if you want the outcome bad enough.

Does Columbus Day resonate with you?

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Lost in Words, What Would You Do? by Gerri Brousseau

In the spring I started to write a contemporary romance, something new for me since I generally write historical romance. It was moving along at a good clip and my beta reader loved it. She said the story was good and the writing was tight. I also felt this was my best writing to date.

Then I got invited to participate in writing for a special project. I put my contemporary on the back burner and dove in, head first, to writing for the special project. The words for the new work flowed and that project came into being in no time flat. I was very pleased with the way it turned out, but what happened next was perplexing. I picked up on the contemporary again. I read it from the beginning to get the flow of the story back, but I got nothing. I sat before the computer, with my fingers upon the keyboard staring at a blank page with the cursor blinking and . . . still nothing. Someone once told me to just put words on the page because you can always go back and edit, but you can’t edit a blank page. Still the words that were coming out were, well, crap that even edits couldn’t save.

So now what? Now what happens? How can I get my head back into the story? Take a walk someone said. I did that. It was a lovely, crisp autumn day and I enjoyed the foliage very much, but still had no words. Do something else that you enjoy, said another. So, I made stew, chili, baked bread, apple pie, apple cake, and pumpkin muffins, but still no words flowed. Another suggested doing writing sprint, but that didn’t help either. How can I wrap my brain around that story once again? I’ve apologized to my main characters, but apparently they’re still upset with me for leaving them in the lurch and they refuse to cooperate. 

Has this ever happened to any of you? What did you do to get back on track with your initial story? It’s not really “writer’s block” because I am writing other things. It’s just this particular story. Maybe that’s my answer. Maybe I will just let them be for now and work on another project. What would you do?

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Our Obsession with Perfection

“I’m a bit of a perfectionist.” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard these words—in interviews, from my peers, employees or even from my bosses. I’ve probably said it a time or two myself. After a couple children and a few more years under my belt, I have to say that perfection is highly overrated. Quite frankly, I can’t understand our obsession with perfection and despite our majority acceptance of “perfection” in many different aspects of our lives, we also rebel quite a bit, hence movies like Bridget Jones Diary, books like Jemima J (Jane Green), parades that celebrate our differences and straight out protests against unrealistic portrayals of men and women alike.

As you’re reading this, many of you are probably agreeing with what I’m writing. After all, who doesn’t love the “I like you just as you are” line from good ol’ Mark Darcy, eventual love interest of Bridget Jones? And yet, when it comes to our own writing, we strive and expect perfection. I’ll admit that even saying this and even though I know perfection is impossible and not really necessary, this is an area that is really hard to part from. When it comes to writing, I want the best for my readers and even going back to what I have written and published, there is always something I could imagine better, always an area I need to improve and it truly drives me nuts. Then again, I have learned something on this journey, and that is that I will always be able to improve. It may be in the next book or after the next one hundred books, but it’s important to keep working toward a goal of improvement—not so much perfection.

Happy writing this week!

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