Playing With Pinterest

So I’ve gotten around to creating a Pinterest page. So far, I’ve only got three boards going, but they’re loads of fun! It got me thinking about what kinds of things I would want to “pin” or that would make me go back to spending time on the site.


My current three boards are the following:

1. Books I Love – You can see my favorite romance books that I have loaded on my Kindle. I’ve been able to find a few fun teasers that go with them as well.

2. Inspiration – Let’s face it…a cute guy helps inspire my writing whenever I feel a bit stuck. Or at least it gives me something to gawk at!

3. My Books – A place to collect and showcase my covers and teasers.

Right now, using Pinterest is a bit of an experiment for me. I like seeing what I can find based on what I’ve already pinned. And I like to see what others re-pin from mine or who follow my boards. So far, I’ve learned that pictures of hot celebrities and guys get a lot of attention!

What’s really interesting to me is going to the general Pinterest page that gets customized for me after every use. Based on the interests I entered when signing up and the pins in my boards, I get other recommendations. I’ve already found 4 other romance books to try out based on this technique.

But I’m wondering how much more social Pinterest can become. I see that there’s an option of making a board private. Could you have a reader-writer private board where a writer can interact with just the readers? Would such a thing be interesting? Perhaps “casting” my books with celebrities would be an interesting board to come up with. Would love it if readers contributed to that as well!

I’m at the beginnings of my experiment, but so far it’s fun. And as far as I’m concerned, anything that’s fun is worth trying!

Happy Valentine’s Weekend & FSoG Day!

The time is upon is. We’ve waited a long time to get to the most romantic day of the year. There’ve been previews and posts in anticipation of the day we go all hearts and mushy stuff. It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend, y’all!! And to make it hot and steamy, we’ve got the Fifty Shades of Grey movie ready to whisk us off our feet!

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There’s definitely no real GREY area about the movie. Either people are really excited to go see it because they loved the book or they definitely do not want to see it because they loathe the book and the whole idea of the alpha male sex plot. I can’t lie—I really want to see the movie, but probably not for the typical reasons.

One, I read the book and the entire trilogy. Many times. The first time, curiosity drove me because the news reported Ms. James was making over $200K a DAY on it. Also, I wanted to see if I could spot the Twilight elements. About half way through, I wondered how anyone couldn’t see the similarities to Twilight. Take out the vampires, insert the rich billionaire, and it’s basically the same plot. I didn’t want to like the book. I wanted to ridicule it. But dammit, by the end, I had to read the next book. And by the end of that one, I had to finish the entire trilogy. What the hell happened?

There are a lot of people decrying the poorly written narrative. How James didn’t go out of her way to lose her British-isms, like “Laters”. How there are grammatical errors riddled throughout, which there are. And how the BDSM depicted in the book isn’t close to safe or what the BDSM community deems acceptable. It’s an abusive relationship between an unpredictable controlling man and a simpering victim of a girl.

I cry bullshit. Not that there aren’t valid points to the criticism, but that people are using the criticism to say it’s a horrible romance book. It’s not that bad, and it’s better than Twilight. But there’s another reason why I appreciate FSoG. James unknowingly pushed romance stories that involve hot and heavy sex into the mainstream.

Perhaps it was the dawn of the e-readers and e-books that helped the wave. But all of a sudden, we didn’t have to be afraid of having that racy romance book hiding under our pillows. We could read it out in the open. We could talk about it out in the open. Yes, it might be scandalous to do so, but didn’t that make it even more elicit and fun?

I’ve now put out four pieces to my Rock & Rodeo series: Sweet Melody: Book 1Warm Body: Book 2, Sweet Thing: Tease 1and Warm Thing: Tease 2. I readily admit that I don’t think I’d be able to get any eyes on my sexy stories if James hadn’t broken the dam and helped romance storytelling evolve into a new age that allowed us women to say, “Hell yeah, we like sex, we are sexy, and we’re not afraid to talk about it or show it!”

Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. And in some ways, the black and white take on FSoG, both the book and especially the film, will show up in the ultimate financial numbers. If so many disapproved of the book, why has it grossed so much? And over this weekend, I’m betting the movie will end up being number one.

Why am I going to see it? Well, for one, it’s kind of part of my job as a romance writer to see a huge movie based on a book from my genre. Okay, that’s a total cop out. I WANT to see the movie. I want to see if Jamie Dornan, whom I loved in Once Upon A Time, can do justice as Christian Grey (I really wanted Matt Bomer). Or if Dakota Johnson pulls off a better awkward brunette than Kristen Stewart from Twilight. But mainly, I want to see if the movie has any heat. My curiosity’s getting the better of me…and you know I’m gonna give in. Stay tuned for a review!

For those who crave the heat or are not interested in FSoG this weekend, might I pimp, I mean suggest, my Rock & Rodeo books as a steamy alternative? They’re all available for FREE with Kindle Unlimited. At just $.99, starting with Sweet Melody would be a great way to dive into the romantic world of the Rock & Rodeo.

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Surprise! New Rock & Rodeo Romance Tease Live!

Sometimes, being an indie author takes me by surprise. I uploaded my latest piece to Amazon assuming it wouldn’t go live until tomorrow. But the Valentine’s Day Romance gods are smiling on me, and I get to pass on my good fortune to you! Warm Thing: A Rock & Rodeo Tease 2 is ready to read FREE on Kindle Unlimited or $.99 on Amazon!


Like the first Tease, Sweet Thing, the romantic short features the characters Justin & Kali from Warm Body: Rock & Rodeo Book 2, and gives you a “tease” of their romantic life. The action takes place between the end of Warm Body and the upcoming Honey Bee: Rock & Rodeo Book 3.

Even if you haven’t read any of the other Rock & Rodeo books, you can enjoy Warm Thing as it stands alone on its own. However, reading the other books will help enhance your experience.

I’m excited for this 2nd R&R Tease because the story’s told from Justin’s perspective. I can admit to you that writing in a guy’s point of view was a welcome challenge. Getting to know Justin from the inside just makes me love him even more. Here’s the blurb:

Justin McIntyre, the hot CEO billionaire, can’t find time to romance his girlfriend Kali, the hard rocking bartender at the Rock & Rodeo. Will his busy schedule and the growing distance between them ruin their relationship, or will they be able to make better choices and set their love back on course with a second chance?

There’s more Rock & Rodeo to come with Bethany’s book Honey Bee releasing in February, and Shane’s book Body Shots coming in March! Sign up for the Rock & Rodeo Mailing List to keep up with the latest releases by clicking on the button!

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