The events in Dance with Me take place three years after Dimitri and Natasha first meet, so here’s a bonus scene showing how that moment went down. I shared this on Facebook last week, but I wanted to give this scene a permanent home on my site. I’ll be sharing more like this with my newsletter subscribers, so make sure you’re signed up!
I recognize him immediately.
Dimitri Kovalenko, one of the judges, a dancer who catapulted to stardom thanks to a dance movie made almost 15 years ago.
He’s so hot I can’t stand it.
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I have a bunch of writing-related blog posts planned, but for now, here’s a links roundup of my latest interviews, lists, and guest posts. (These are also posted on the Press page.)
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Let me know if you have any questions you’d like me to answer here! Or better yet, send me a tweet. 😉
I’ve got a few interviews posted in different places, so I’ll link to them here (and on the Press page).
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RT Book Reviews featured me for their Debut Author Spotlight, where I talked about getting “The Call” and attending the Fame school. Read it here.
USA Today’s HEA blog included me in an interview with Priscilla Oliveras, Mia Sosa, and Sabrina Sol, three awesome Latina romance authors. We talked about the influence Latinx culture has had on us as writers, cultural stereotypes we hope to dispel in our writing, and made some book recommendations. Read it here.
I also answered questions about my writing process and publishing journey for 17 Scribes, the website for authors debuting in 2017. Read it here.
Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions you’d like me to answer here! Or better yet, send me a tweet. 😉
For the first time ever, I’m on deadline, so I’m putting everything I’ve learned about writing fast and writing a lot to the test. In June 2017, I wrote 22 days out of the month and added 62,298 words to the Project Roommates manuscript before hitting “The End” on June 30th. Since a few people have commented on my word counts, rather than blaming it on “desperation” and discounting all the research and work I’ve put into learning how to increase my output, I made a list of tools, suggestions, and resources to share.
As with all writing advice, take what works for you and junk the rest.
Know your best writing time
For me, that’s early mornings. It’s quiet. No emails. Noisy kids upstairs aren’t up yet. By hitting my word count first thing in the morning, I approach it fresh and rested, and it’s out of the way so I’m not worried about it for the rest of the day. Know what works for you and stick to that time. If early mornings are your thing, check out #5amwritersclub on Twitter. Bonus tip: Make sure you’re getting enough sleep!
I have a hard time remembering the books I’ve read. Ask me for a recommendation, and everything flies out of my head, leaving me wondering, “Have I ever read a book?”
If it weren’t for Goodreads, I don’t know how I’d get through the May #RomBkLove challenge started by Ana Coqui. The goal is to get people talking about romance novels across social media, and it’s certainly doing that. I’ve been participating on Twitter (my favorite platform), but I wanted to include the info here, for the next time someone asks for recommendations and I immediately forget every book I’ve ever read.
The last two months were pretty eventful, writing-wise, which is why this blog is overdue for an update!
At the end of every month, I like to do a recap of the books I read. April was all about graphic novels and shifters, with a fun historical romance to round off the month. (The thumbnails look so weird together, I might consider dividing these posts up differently in the future.)
Every month, I do a recap of the books I read the month before. This month, I’m including movies in the recap. Since my A to Z goal is quick, short blog posts, I’m doing one-sentence reviews of each.