Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last four years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my mom who has Dementia. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and am trying hard to get back to my blog.

In case you weren't aware Phaze and HSWF which where under the Mundania Umbrella have closed. I was smart enough to get my titles back before all this happened. I'm happy to say the three books I sold to HSWF have been picked up by Melange Books and are available through their Satin Books imprint. I have even sold a new title to them called Magical Quest due out in 2022

I have also been lucky enough to find a publisher for my Vespian Way series. I'm now with Blushing Books under the name of Bethany Drake. I have five titles out with them right now and am close to submitting two more. There's Desire's Destiny, Desire's Duty and Desire's Promise. Then there is two in my werewolf series, Tears of the Queen and Legend of the Tears. I have just finished the rough draft of the third book in the series and have plans for a fourth one the moment I submit it.

I'll probably still be sporadic here on the blog. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Technical Stuff - updating my Blog

Hi All!

I'm updating this blog and am adding pages to it - I don't know if anyone has noticed it yet but I have already added a page with my contact stuff as well as inexpensive promo's and I'll be adding more.

My goal is to make it easy for writers to find what we're looking for all in one place. It's not easy to scour the web to find place to advertise your particular baby. Maybe this will make it a little easier.

I'm putting a list together for free advertising as well as well a couple of pages for where an author can blog. I have been blogging everywhere lately and I found them because of the yahoo groups I'm on. I don't think I would have found them if I hadn't been on those groups.

I'll be adding to these lists as I learn of new blogs or places to advertise. If you know of some feel free to let me know about it in the comment section.

Same thing goes for being listed on the blog hosts pages - if you host authors and you're interested in being added leave me a comment with the name of the blog, blog address, what your requirements are, and contact info. I do have this blog set for approval by me before I release it so if you're afraid sensitive material will be released don't be - just let me know not to post it and I won't.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Shameless Promoting: I'm at it again

Boy have I been busy!

I've been lucky enough to do all these different blogs and I can't thank the hosts enough!

Today you'll find me at KMN talking about how the writing world has changed over the years - come by and say hi! http://kmnbooks.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-writing-world-has-changed.html

I'm also doing a cover reveal for Forgotten Desire at Alisha Robinson's site sometime today - It's a gorgious cover please stop by and see it - http://alisharobinson.com/


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Shameless Promoting: I seem to be everywhere

Promoting is a way of life with writers. I have been a bit busy with it. I have been lucky enough to do several blogs this week and I have one more to make everyone aware of. Please check out Katya Armock. You'll get to read the blurb and excerpt of Hesitant Desire. Come by and say Hi!



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Shameless Promoting: My Author Interview and BC Brown's Blog

Well I'm at it again. With the recent release of Hesitant Desire I've been interviewed by B.C. Brown. I had a lot of fun answering the questions and hope you'll stop by and say hi!

Here's the Link:


I'm doing a few more blogs over the next few weeks and will post them as I get the webpages.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Writing Down the Bones: A Set of New Eyes

It doesn't matter if you're working on your very first book or your fiftieth you can always use another set of eyes on your manuscript. Having someone else to read your work helps you catch the words you 'think' you see. They find those awkward phrases and run-on sentences. I don't think anyone is immune.

I just finished with the edits for Forgotten Desire and my editor caught several of those stupid little words that I missed. And when you see what they are you'll think she should have known better and you're right, but I 'saw' the right one even though it was wrong.

breaks - brakes My heroine was riding a motorcycle - and every time I read it I saw brakes but had written breaks. How goofy!!!

dear - deer - Aw come on! Don't I know the difference? You know what - I didn't even see the a - I was blind to it.

then - than - Goodness gracious! This one too?

If it wasn't for my editor that would have been published!

Before you ask, no, I don't have a critique group anymore. In the beginning of my writing career I did. Members of my local RWA chapter got together after our meeting once a month and helped each other out with our WIPS. It worked out great for a while, but as people came and went in the chapter I found it wasn't working for me.

Then I became a member of another wonderful critique group. We worked well together and of the six of us four of us were published. I ended up stepping away from the group when it became too much for me. I miss my partners, but we do keep in touch.

When I first started writing I wondered why there weren't that many published authors in the critique group, but now that I 'm the one published I do get it. Between writing, editing those works and trying to promote I don't have the time to be part of a critique group and help the way I want to. Working a day job and focusing on my writing takes up all my time. I think that is why I'm doing this writing down the bones series. My way of giving back.

As I was working on this blog an author on one of the many loops I belong to posted this information on critique groups. I don't know anything about these groups but decided to include it because it could help those looking for a critique group who might not belong to RWA or aren't close enough to a chapter to meet on a regular basis.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Shameless Promoting: TRS End of the Summer Bash

All this week The Romance Studio is doing an End of Summer Bash. There are lots of wonderful authors posting (including me). I'll be posting excerpts from each of the five books in the Vespian Way plus a sneak peek at book 6 - Forgotten Desire through out the week.

Here's my first post! http://trsparties.com/2013/08/11/the-vespian-way-series-book-one-dominated-by-desire/

Come and check it out and leave a comment!



Monday, August 5, 2013

Shameless promoting: Hesitant Desire is out!

I'm excited to announce that the fifth book in my series Hesitant Desire is now available at Phaze! It's available in print and download. Check it out! www.phaze.com/author.php?author=21
And Phaze has a 20 % off right now too - all you need to do is use promo word is SUN when you check out!

Here's the blurb:

Heather swore she’d never go back to Aruka after a mission had gone bad. The planet had an archaic view of women and Heather fought against those views, angering one man to the point of whipping her. Now Earth has requested she rescue a missing woman on that planet. She wants to say no, but Storm has already accepted for her, as long as he accompanies her. They hoped it would be a quick in and out assignment but didn’t expect to run into the man carrying such hatred for her all these years. Now they have to try to finish their mission while evading the man who’s only goal is to make Heather pay for her crimes.

Here's to cover:

If you wish to read the excerpt I'm going to ask you to go to the phaze website. I haven't locked this blog with the adult content and the book has a few spicy scenes I can't post. Just go to www.phaze.com/auhtor.php?author=21 and enjoy.