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Over at Love Bytes chatting about Beating the Burnout.

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Hello all! Today's my monthly column over at Love Bytes and I'm chatting a little about burnout and how important it is to step away from the computer and do something different, something to soothe the heart, mind, and soul. Authors aren't the only ones in danger of burnout. So what do you do to get away from it all? Drop by and share.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2016/05/24/beating-the-burnout/  

LoveBytes Monthly Author Post - Charlie's Writing Space

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Hello all! Later today, I'm over at Love Bytes Reviews for my monthly author post, and this month, I've decided to show you all where the mayhem writing happens. Stop by and check out my little corner of chaos.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2015/01/24/charlies-corner-of-creative-chaos/


Fabulous Five Blog Hop

Fab 5 blog hopHello all! I’ve been tagged to answer these five fabulous questions on the Fabulous Five Blog Hop by the lovely Anne Barwellauthor of gay romance. Anne's published with Dreamspinner Press with titles including Shadowboxing, A Knight to Remember, and the upcoming Winter's Duet.

1. What am I working on?

Right now I'm working on Healing Hunter's Heart, book two in the Little Bite of Love series--the first being An Intrepid Trip to Love. It's been on the schedule for a long time but was temporarily put on hold while I worked on the first four THIRDS books. With those completed, I'm back on getting Hunter and Ari together again for their happily ever after.

I'm also working on some THIRDS series flash fiction and Against the Grain which is the fifth book in the THIRDS series from Ash and Cael's POV. There's also edits for Rack & Ruin, the third THIRDS book (due out in Nov) and Vixen's Valor the third North Pole City Tales book (due out in Dec). A Rose By Any Other Name is out in less than three weeks! It's been a pretty busy year.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I think every author has a unique voice, including me. I believe my readers know what to expect from my stories. There's always a sweet romance with plenty of humor. I don't think I could write something that didn't have some humor in it. I love writing banter and comedy. Always happily ever afters, even if the guys have to stumble along the way to get there. I also tend to write stories with pretty large casts.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I've been writing romance since I can remember, but I started writing m/m romance through the historical genre because I love the 20s and 30s, but it was tough finding stories with gay characters of the time that didn't end in tragedy. I wanted the fellas to get their happily ever afters. I found Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen by accident on Amazon while browsing. It was one of my first m/m romances and it stayed with me long after, not to mention inspired me to write my own historical m/m romance. I write what I do so my characters get their happily ever after and maybe touch a few hearts a long the way.

I've broken out into other genres because I love writing whatever catches my fancy. I also write to entertain. To sweep folks away to another time or world for a little while. Make them smile, laugh, and maybe shed a few tears. We all need to get away for a while sometimes.

4. How does my writing process work?

I get my best writing done on a deadline. Yep, I'm one of those people. It took me a while to figure out my pace and what I wanted to accomplish. Starting this year, I've been writing full-time, so I have a schedule I put together of what I'm writing and when. This helps me keep true series books especially from being released too far apart, which is a mistake I've made in the past. When inspiration strikes, I start asking questions, start listening to characters who start speaking to me. I begin planning and plotting, developing characters before I move onto a rough outline of what's meant to happen when. If I get stuck, I work on dialogue which helps me get unstuck.  I only work on one book at a time, unless I'm editing.  There's usually a lot of coffee and *headdesk* moments involved.

5. Who’s next on the blog hop? Some personal faves and awesome authors whose books I love: Lex ChasePiper Vaughn,  Kim FieldingMichael Rupured, and Sarah Madison

Heigh ho, Heigh ho, it's off to write I go

Hello all! As you may have noticed, things are starting to get a little busy around here, and they're about to get busier. This year, my writing career has officially kicked off. I've had to make some sacrifices, but certain circumstances have allowed me the opportunity to write full-time. It's terrifying yet exciting. Like any job, if I don't work, I don't get paid. Unlike every other job I've had in the past, this is the first time I don't wake up in the morning with a groan. (They don't call it an evil day job for nothing!)

small_7829361646A lot of folks don't understand this crazy life of mine, especially friends of the family. They think I lounge around all day in my pajamas, chilling, and doing little else. Although I may indeed lounge around in my yoga pants or pajamas, I'm doing a heck of a lot more than chilling. A part of this misconception has to do with the culture I grew up in. To a lot of these old-school folks, unless you're doctor, nurse, lawyer, secretary, in pharmaceuticals, or just making a ton of cash, it's not a real job. It can get frustrating, but I've learned not to pay attention to it.

When I decided I was going to take the plunge and do this full-time, I knew I'd be giving it my all. I work from 8 a.m. until midnight, making sure to take appropriate breaks, play with my puppy, make human contact, get exercise, and eat healthy and so on. I take the weekends off, though sometimes when I have a tight deadline I might have to work. See writing full-time, means writing all the time, and I'm not talking about writing books. Before I was published, I wrote, so I've been building a book list, plotting out stories, and starting manuscripts.

I now have a writing schedule and tentative release schedule for this year and the whole of next year. This year the releases start in July through Dec (except for Oct), next year they start in Jan through Dec, so there (hopefully) won't be any big gaps between releases. I've learned a lot in the two years I've been published and I'm putting that knowledge to use. Like I said before, writing isn't the half of it. So what's my to-do list look like? Brace yourself.

  • Edits for Blood & Thunder (we're on round 3, followed by Galley edits with a tentative release date of Aug 4th)
  • Edits for A Rose By Any Other Name (we're on round 1, release in Sept)
  • Write blog posts for Hell & High Water release day party
  • Write 10 blog posts for Hell & High Water Blog tour
  • Edits start on Rack & Ruin end of June
  • Rise & Fall manuscript due July 1st
  • Set up he Blood & Thunder Blog Tour & Cover Reveal
  • Facebook chats in July & Aug
  • Twitter Takeover in July
  • Finish the THIRDS website
  • Sort out GRL swag
  • Writing deadlines Jul-Dec
  • Blogging

Aside all that, there's the emails that come in, my social media accounts I need to manage, and maintain a presence on, several other guest posts and I'm sure there's stuff I'm forgetting.

small_6574317555I know what some of you may be thinking--those who aren't hyperventilating--I don't have to do a good deal of what's on that list, or I could release less books, but like I said, this is my career. When I worked in management, I worked my butt off, so why would I give any less to something I'm so deeply passionate about? I love writing fiction and love sharing those stories with readers.

Despite all the work that goes into it, I love what I do and I'm lucky to have the support I do--the ones who don't think I should get a real job. I also have an amazing publisher that works things through with me. If anything gets to be too much, they're there to help. I make sure to rest and take care of myself, though I have plenty of amazing folks who remind me to come up for air should I need it. So yes, it's getting busy around here. I hope you'll join me along for the ride!

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Weekly Update & Fur Baby Pics

Hello all! So I'm a bit behind on Rack & Ruin, THIRDS book 3 but for a good reason. I've just had a little bundle of adorableness arrive. His name is Olly and he's a seven week old pup. The breeder was supposed to have given Olly over at eight weeks but for personal reasons had to give the pups away a week ahead of schedule. He's tiny. A toy poodle/dachshund mix.

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Today's his fourth day with me and he's settling in nicely, though as you can imagine, pup wants to be with his new mommy at all times and protests to his crate training. He thinks it's play time all the time and I'm resisting coddling him because I don't want him to develop bad doggie habits. There's potty training going on though he seems to be a quick learner and by day two he knew exactly where to go to find his water and food bowls. He answers to his name by bouncing over to you and he's even scratched at the back door to go outside.

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It's hard to get work done with that little face staring up at you but I'm learning to resist the puppy kryptonite. Hopefully I can catch up this week with major word countage during the day. Olly's forcing me to be a morning person which is quite a feat considering how often I have to get up in the night to let him out of his crate to go potty. And then of course there's the hour or so of protesting once I put him back in.

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Okay, on to the update. There's still time to enter my giveaway over at The Hat Party. Contest ends this Thursday, April 10th at 11:59pm (EST). Just drop by and leave a comment for a chance to win.

On Friday, April 11th is my RainbowCon Blog Tour post over at Joyfully Jay's and I'm also giving away a swag bag of goodies. So make sure to check out the post and leave a comment.

This week at the Purple Rose Tea House we have guest authors Julie Lynn Hayes and B. Snow with chats on everything from comedy to cats.

Well that's it for today! There will be a THIRDS update this week.


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