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Poll: Contest Prizes

I want to do a giveaway contest, but I’m divided on what I want to give away. So, since sticking up a reader poll seemed to work well the last few times I did them, I’m doing another one.

Thanks in advance for your participation. 😀


 


Dear, Sweet Death: Quote from Forever Black (Nightwalkers #2)

 


WIP Wednesday

I think I’m taking the week off from editing/writing starting today. Like, a forced break. I’m burnt and it’s making me grumpy. I’ll be online doing updates and the like, so if you have a question for me about book related stuff, or just want to stop by and say “hi”, I’ll be available to chat on FB messenger and through email. 🙂

Here is my email and FB:

email: sieverding007@gmail.com

FB messenger: https://www.facebook.com/HnSieverding/


I’m an Author….

I read a FB post from an author the other day and it really bothered me. I won’t use a name, but it was a fellow SCP author (my former publisher), so I know the author well.

This author was talking about being out somewhere, and, in casual conversation with a stranger, the subject of “where do you work” came up. The author, of course, said, “I’m an author” because, it’s true, that’s their job. The other person laughed at the answer and said, “What’s your real job”?

Whether you’re an author, musician, artist, etc (anyone in a creative-type career path), you can probably relate to this kind of thing happening.

Has anyone else had an experience like this? And how did you handle it?

 

 


July Updates

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done an update, so I apologize. I’m doing well with my promise to blog more, which I hope I can keep up with.

My current projects and book updates….

ck1fabricatedbeautyI’m focusing on Christian’s Kisses edits/rewrites. I’m debating whether or not to take huge chunks out of books #3 and #4 and make them one book, or tweak it and add a bunch to both books. Book #2 is ready to go, I just haven’t committed to a release date, yet.

CK is a big project, so I haven’t had time to work on much else. I’m getting a little burnt out from editing, but I’m trying to take a little break here and there so I stick with it. CK is something I’m doing on my own, so I have to make my own deadlines. It’s easy to slack when you get to do that. Thanks to the readers that have been nudging me to finish the next book, it helps give me the drive to trudge through edits. Besides that, I really don’t have any writing/editing goals.

A little side event….

One of my cover designs (not for my books, one I did for a publisher I work for) was in a cover art competition. Sexy men or something. It was an awesome design, but it didn’t win 😦 I think there’s another one of my covers in a competition coming up, too, but I can’t remember what. If I find out, I’ll mention it.

When I do a cover commission, I don’t always get to see where it goes after I hand it over to the author (or publisher), so it’s always nice when the authors keep in touch with me to tell me things like that. I’ve had a few of my designs win competitions, and one was even used in a convention as an example of great cover art (that was cool). These are my warm fuzzy moments hee hee.

Outside of writing…..

It’s summer time, so I’ve been busier. Last month, we went on vacation to upper Wisconsin and spent some time at the lake. I love the state of Wisconsin. If I could choose to move somewhere, it would be Wisconsin. Though…it’s only a few miles from where I live, so I go there a lot, anyway, so there’s probably no need too lol.

I picked my own strawberries this year, too, something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do. And yes, they were yummy. Strawberries are my favorite food, by the way 😉

My boys are getting bigger every day, little Tank is going to be two already next month. How crazy! My oldest, Kyle, turned eight last month.

Also, it’s butterfly season, which means Kyle is looking for caterpillars. It’s a big thing around our house lol. Last year, we raised a few monarchs and released them.

It was a neat thing to see and I learned A LOT about monarchs. I’d encourage anyone to do it with their children. It helps keep the population up, which I hear is going down a bit.

You’re supposed to be able to get these tags to put on them to track where they go, which we may do this year. It would be neat to see where they go after you release them.

I’m going to a Starset concert on the 29th, which I am REALLY excited about. They are my favorite band so having them come here is frickin’ awesome. Hinder and Pop Evil are going to be there, too, and they’re okay, but…seeing Starset is the ONLY reason I’m going 🙂

I hope the rest of you are enjoying your summer and doing lots of fun things, as well.

 


Embarrassing Author Moment

An older woman, who I don’t know, but knows one of my friends or something, had read one of my books and comes up and says to me loudly (in front of lots of people, mind you), “Oh, you’re that famous writer! The one who writes all those dirty books.” Then I get the naughty smile and the eyebrow raise like I’m a bad girl or something. “So, ‘vampires’, eh?”

*Facepalm*

Can people just learn to call me “a writer” or a “romance writer”? Though I do like the famous part lol! It’s really funny though because I’ve gotten called that A LOT, ha ha, the “dirty book writer” not the “famous” part. The worst time was at my brother’s funeral last summer where tons of people said it to me. Thank you, but…ouch, that’s an awkward subject to talk about when you’re standing in a line with all your siblings greeting people. Especially next to my big brother, who looks over at me and snickers every time.  Awkward. So, since this happens often, if you meet me, don’t describe me, or any other romance writer, as “the one who writes the dirty books”. Jeeze….come on, give me a cooler nickname already….


Teaser Tuesday: Omen (from CK#2)

This comes from Christian’s Mate (CK#2). A little background tidbit (Don’t read this if you don’t like spoilers because I mentioned a few things from future books in the series)…

The vampires sometimes refer to a bite from a vampire as a “kiss”, hence the title, “Christian’s Kisses”. The term usually isn’t used when they talk about biting to kill, it’s used to describe a “friendly” bite, which is usually between other vampires or lovers. Though Addison’s classic line, “With this kiss, I’ll send you home” (or to heaven), means she intends to kill. Shadow, the villain in book 6 uses a similar line to mock her when he kills the vampires.