Writing Update: A Million Butterflies

Life in my neck of the woods has been hectic in the most exciting way. Many of you have followed my journey from the beginning, cheering and supporting me along the way. On December 14th, I published my very first novel, Crazy Beautiful Lies. All of my hard work was set free for the world to read.

CBL 1st revision

While I may have listened to others who have already experienced this roller coaster ride, I never dreamed the different emotions I would feel. The night before release day, I couldn’t sleep. Each time I closed my eyes and drifted off, the peace only lasted minutes. I stared into the darkness worrying if readers would buy a book from little ‘ole me, a writer from a small southern town.

I chose InkSlinger for my release day launch, cover reveal, and they lined up blogs to review and share the word. (They’ve been amazing, by the way.) On the morning of, I can’t even begin to express how I felt the moment I saw the cover pop up on facebook, twitter, and blogs. And then, there was my first review on Goodreads and Amazon…FIVE AMAZING STARS, and the great reviews kept coming. I giggled like a young school girl when I received my first message from a fan. An overwhelming amount of happiness, giddiness, and joy filled my heart. Tonight as I write this, I’m still in awe.

February 1, 2016, the same million butterflies that have been fluttering around in my stomach for the last few weeks will be back. Crazy Beautiful Kiss, my second official published work will be birthed in A Story of a Kiss, an anthology. Thirteen authors with thirteen amazing stories that will make you smile as you read about toe curling kisses.

 

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CBK revised

With each publication, I would like to think the nerve-racking anxiousness, heart palpitations, and stress would get easier, but for me I don’t think it ever will. AND  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my insight on what it’s been like going from a writer/author to a happy published author.

Until next time,

Kathryn L. James

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Here it comes Romance World…

December 14th, 2015 is the big day…My big day…Crazy Beautiful Lies will be available for you to read.  It’s available for pre-sale now on Amazon and KOBO and I’m working on Barnes & Nobles.

I’m very excited InkslingerPR (http://www.inkslingerpr.com/)  will be handling my release day blitz starting Monday and blog tours lasting 2 weeks will be helping spread the word about bad boy Blake DeLuca and Jenna Capwell.

Until next time,

KJ

 

Taking one step back, for ten steps forward!

“Take a deep breath.”

“Take a deep breath.”

“Take a deep breath.”

For all the right reasons, the release date for Crazy Beautiful Lies is being pushed back. Why? Because I’ve chosen to do a release day blitz and maybe even have a week-long blog tour. The company I want to use read the first five chapters and responded back how much they liked it! So why the delay? Because they already have so many others ahead of my Blake and Jenna. So in six to eight weeks, my dream will finally happen and we’re going to have one hell of a party releasing it. I’m so excited and once everything is finalized and we have a date, I’ll be shouting out it out for the world to hear!

In the meantime, I’m working on a book trailer, teasers, and getting ready to send out ARC’s…this is getting so real, I can taste it.

Enjoy another little teaser. Blake’s a bad, bad boy…and likes to rip those panties off…

Background from lingerie

Until next time,

Kathryn L. James (KJ)

Another Piece of My Journey Writing Crazy Beautiful Lies

IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT. WALT DISNEY

Next month my status will change from aspiring author to published author. Crazy Beautiful Lies will be going into the wild for the world to read. I had hoped it would be ready for publication in October, but I didn’t have a clue how much preparations are involved. Currently it’s in its last round of editing.

I thought I would share some surprising facts of what I’ve learned along the way. First, my journey started out fun with endless ideas firing around in my brain. I went to bed thinking about my characters only to wake up with them still doing the tango in my mind. Honestly I can’t recall when the tears came or subtle groans tampered with my excitement..but they came. Still, I trudged on and kept writing. I had a story to tell about Blake DeLuca and Jenna Capwell.

The delete key became my friend, and then my enemy. I remember deleting a particular chapter several times before I finally reaching satisfaction. And then another set back when approximately half way through the novel, I changed a few minor details. It affected so many chapters and caused me a lot of grief. I didn’t regret that decision and still don’t, yet I can’t begin to tell you how many times I wondered if I’d lost my mind. I spent hours, upon hours, upon hours, combing through, making sure I edited all the changes.

And then there’s commas. I sprinkled them in my work, and after all the critiques and beta reads, I found I didn’t have a clue about basic rules of use. The tiny puntuation mark caused me to grit my teeth and increase my font size to find all the itty-bitty highlights to either add or delete. And to think once upon a time English was one of my favorite subjects, always making good grades.

Receiving critiques and forming a circle of talented friends on Sribophile made my story blossom and shine. I will forever be grateful for all the support in helping make my baby shine. Fresh eyes picked apart and found little things my own missed. . .even after I’d read it time after time. If you’re writing a novel, I strongly suggest becomming involved in a critiquing community. I recommend you checking out Scribophile!

Last but not least, in the art of creating a novel, there is no such thing as instant gratification. (Maybe in your world, but not mine.). At times one sentence took hours and one paragraph took a week. Learning to juggle writing between family and the day job made me dig deep for patience…something I wasn’t born with. I tried making a writing schedule. It failed. Often times I made plans to write, only to have unexpected obligations arise. Adapting to accepting ‘when it happens, it will was painful, but I did it.

The day I typed the last period, I cried. It was a bittersweet moment. It felt like a break-up, like I had to separate myself from my characters since the story was finished. Little did I know I was going to spend hours with rewrites and editing. The main characters, Blake DeLuca and Jenna Capwell will stay in my heart forever.

I leave you with a couple of teasers!

CBL teaser 2

CBL Teaser 3

Sunday Snippets

Publishing Crazy Beautiful Lies is so close I can taste it. . .

The cover reveal is coming soon, but I’ll share a sneak peak at my baby.  It’s amazing!!!

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And another little teaser. . .

close up portrait of young caucasian couple kissing

Today’s a family day at the KJ house, so not much writing or editing going on until tonight. Hope you all have a fantastic day!

Until Next Time,

Kathryn L. James (KJ)

Teaser Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  Life has been busy in the KJ house.  In between the day job, I’m sitting in the comforts of my recliner finishing up the edits of Crazy Beautiful Lies.  (And believe me, this isn’t an easy job…I’m exhausted, but having a blast!)  My baby goes to a professional editor in about two weeks and I’m pushing to have it in my reader’s hands by the end of October.  I’ll be sharing snippit’s on my blog, facebook and twitter with Teaser Tuesday’s.

“You’re late, and I don’t like waiting.”  He moved aside for me to enter.

Late?  Kept him waiting?  I tried to snap out out of my mesmerized stupor.

“Honey, come in. I don’t bite. Unless you’re into that.”  He dragged his hand through his hair.  The song changed and the tune was slow and sexy.

Like the fly drawn to the spider web, I stepped inside.

Finding my wits, I managed to ask, “Is Colin here?”

“No threesome tonight honey.  Just me and you.  The money’s on the bar in an envelope.  Once we’re done you can see yourself out.  I only want to fuck.  I don’t want to get personal.  This is just a fuck.  Understand?”

Money?. . .Only  want to fuck. . .just a fuck. . .He thinks I’m a hooker!

Until next time,

Kathryn L. James (KJ)

Crazy Beautiful Lies…Coming soon!

My baby a/k/a novel Crazy Beautiful Lies is in the final editing stages.  The cover is sitting in a file on my computer waiting to be revealed!  To say the least, I’m super excited. . .yet, scared to death!  My characters Blake DeLuca and Jenna Capwell have given me one hell of a rollercoaster ride!  I’ve yelled at them, cried with them, slammed the laptop closed and put them in time-out while lying awake until wee hours of the morning because I couldn’t stop thinking about their chemistry.

What’s this story about?

Jenna Capwell has the perfect life with Ryan Williams, or so she thought.  To give her closure on his betrayals she has a chance meeting with Blake DeLuca who mistakes her for a call girl from an elite escort service.  On a whim she makes the decision to be reckless and carefree with her immediate attraction to Mr. Hot and Sex On a Stick.  Six months later he learns her true identity by a chance meeting and the bad boy makes an offer for a no strings “friends with benefit” relationship.  Why not?  Sizzling sparks fly in their wild affair and hearts become involved. . .Until she makes a decision bringing Mr. Bad Ass Blake DeLuca to his knees, one that changes the rules and suffers consequences.  Can she survive another heartbreak and can he survive her betrayal?

Enjoy a few teasers from Chapter One:

Teaser #1

Absently, I twirled my engagement ring still on my left ring finger. He was my best friend, my lover, my soul mate. Tears streamed down my face onto my black silk blouse and I didn’t try to stop them. This would be the last time I would be this close to his body, before they lower the elegant bronze casket into the ground. I squeezed my eyes closed, trying to block out the sounds of sobbing surrounding me. People mourned, but none were as broken as me.

Teaser #2

Webb’s voice spat liquid poison, “There are circumstances that will change your mind. Make you love him less.”

There are several others I wanted to share. . .like the circumstances.  I’ve been told by some who have critiqued my story it’ll bring you to edge of your seat.

More posts coming soon and I cannot wait until the cover is revealed!!

Until next time,

Kathryn L. James (Kj)