Sunday, December 02, 2007

Guest Blogger - Cynthia Eden

Please join me in welcoming author Cynthia Eden to Star-Crossed Romance this week. A talented author, Cynthia has a number of books that you'll want to be sure to check out (see the blurbs and the covers at the end of the post for her latest books).


The Holiday Hustle

Hi, everyone! I am so excited to be guest blogging here at Star Crossed Romance! Thanks so much for the invite!

Today, I’d like to talk a bit about the Holiday Hustle. And, no, I’m not just talking about the frantic days in December when we all cook, clean, shop, and gift-wrap until we think we’re gonna fall on our faces. I’m talking about the writing hustle.

If you’re like me, then you know that the few precious days of the year are trickling by in a cold haze. As a writer, I set yearly goals for myself. For example, at the beginning of January, I decide that I’d like (big keyword here, “like”) to write three novels or, I decide I’d like to pen two novels and two novellas (you get the idea). As the year starts to wind down (beginning around October for me), then I start to review my writing progress. By the time December arrives, I know I’m in the final countdown. Often, the very fact that I only have a few days left in the year inspires me to write—and write fast!

I’m currently deadline free, so I’ve decided to use December as my mad, bad writing month. In between the craziness that passes for my Christmas preparations, I’m going to try and churn out as many pages on a new paranormal suspense story as I can. I’d love to get an actual book written (Ha! Doubtful!) or perhaps manage a novella (should be a possibility). That way, when I look back over my last month of ’07, I can have a tangible writing project to review.

So, I’m going to hustle. I’ll do the decorating (I’m so not Martha Stewart, so it won’t be anything fancy) and I’ll do the cooking (I love the cookies that come frozen and just need a simple heating in the oven), but I’ll also get some writing done—no epic saga, of course, but some pages that I can feel good about having created.

And what about you? Do you add writing into the mix of your Holiday Hustle? Or do you just generally (sorry for the pun!) write off the month of December?

Happy Holidays!

Title: "New Year's Bites" in A RED HOT NEW YEAR
Release Date: 11/27/07
Publisher: Avon Red
ISBN: 0061451479
Blurb: After good-girl Anna Summers is bitten by a wolf-like creature on New Year's Eve, her life changes--and she takes a walk on the real wild side with her sexy rescuer, Jon York, a man who is much more than he seems...

Title: "Caged Wolf" in SECRETS, VOLUME 21: PRIMAL HEAT
Release Date: 12/07
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
ISBN: 1603100016
Blurb: Alerac La Morte has been drugged, kidnapped, and taken to some hole in the wall far from civilization. To make matters worse, Alerac realizes that his captor, Madison Langley, is actually…his destined mate. Madison hates his kind–she blames Weres for the death of her father, and she wants vengeance. But when captor is turned captive, will Alerac be able to convince her that he’s not the monster she thinks, that wolves are true, and when they mate…it’s forever?

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