Publishing is akin to a birth or an exorcism.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

I'm a writer, so this is more than book bellyaching. In days, I'll be free of demons or a clingy child, or maybe both: an attention hog, devil child. Aka a story. Have you been there? If not, let me say, each time is the first time when an author receives a proof. It's a roller coaster ride of emotional highs and lows.

        Sure, the ebook is already out. Yet I'm diving into the world of formatting sleek interiors.  Note to self: THIS IS  NOT EASY! Createspace has rules and for a ruler breaker it was time to up my game. The interior is very 'purdy' and the hot stud on the cover is about to get a run for his money. Here's a PDF of the cover for Breaking a Bad Boy.
          Still... regardless of how immediate an ebook is, there's a weight to the written word. If you ascribe to the full-length novel, then more is more. My stories are bricks. And hey, not for nothing, could be used as a book stop or a weapon if thrown just right. But I do love them, bloodsuckers, soul suffered creations.
       How to go from zero to insane in six seconds? Inbox email reads: the proof is on the way! This is the moment, right before separation. NASA countdown. It's hard to be objective, good God is it hard.

       Reflective, too. A writer writes alone, lives alone within a story world, and kinda dies alone at the end. It's bittersweet and part of the process of birthing a book. Whether this is your first time at bat or not, there's a head rush in doing a face-off with a print copy of a manuscript. The birth of a book is real in a way that can only be understood by those who've walked the walk. That isn't pretentious BS, it's simply a truth and a pinnacle. Sure, anyone can write. No big deal. As the saying goes, just sit down and open a vein.

      Come Dec 8, I'll step back, severing the cord, saying a silent goodbye as a horde of characters leave the nest. This isn't the moment to rest on one's laurels. Suck it up.
       Before an author can say, 'Adios' and safe travels, as gatekeepers, we've got a few duties. In days, I'll have the proof for Breaking a Bad Boy. Before hitting 'approved,' there is a STRUCTURED routine to follow. A surefire set of steps for success, a writer's dance and I'll share how it goes. Stay tuned as I pop the box and hit the ground as published, again. Up next: How to birth a book, proof the proof.

Sexy Driven. Don't Mess With Texas!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Stephen McLemore isn't about to let Jillian go a second time.

When she's offered the chance to star in a TV dance reality show, this Harley-riding rancher
finds that falling for the girl just might require the ultimate sacrifice.

International best-selling author, Susan Arden writes sweet and sexy romance
 that appeals to readers all over the globe.
Bad Boys Western Romance Book #1

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Sexy, driven, and intense: Brandon McLemore

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Romance readers:
 If a dirty-talkin' cocky cowboy lights your fire,
you've come to the right ranch!

Series: Bad Boys Western Romance
By Susan Arden
Genre: Erotica Western, humor, suspense

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“What is this place?” Mia asked. “One of the private rooms?”
“You might say that.” Brandon turned the pad to her. “There. That should cover it.”
Grabbing hold of the pad, she knitted her brows as she read. Agreement Contract. Rule: What Brandon McLemore deems appropriate stands and Mia Santero will follow. With two signature lines below it. “Wait. Are you nuts?”
“I think that rule covers everything that will go on between us.”
“That rule isn’t a rule. It’s a diktat. How am I supposed to abide by a command that gives you complete freedom and authority to do as you see fit? You’ll have all the power. Over me.”
“Little researcher, you asked if I’m good,” he began, incrementally closing the distance between them. The power he exuded stole the thoughts right from her brain. His gaze dipped to her mouth, then rebounded to her eyes. “Darlin’, I’m not good. I’m a machine. I like it rough, raw, and I don’t hold back. I’ll make it my job to know what you want, but more importantly, what you need. There’s a huge difference, and that’s what distinguishes who commands and who pretends. I don’t pretend.”
“But…” She swallowed, believing every word he’d said. “You’d have to pretend with me.”
He reached out and cupped her chin in his warm hand. “No, I won’t. That’s not what you need for this project or otherwise.”
“Then what will you do?” Her body hummed from the heat in his eyes. “I need to be certain I know what to expect.”
“That’s fair,” he murmured. “We can both get what we want. You want privacy and so do I. Out there. But when we’re alone, there won’t be any games.”
“Don’t crucify me because of last night. I said—”
“I’m not.” He held her gaze. “But I expect you to be honest with me. Can you?”
Could she? “I think so.” She glanced down, pondering what it might entail.
“You aren’t sure?” he growled.
She jerked her attention to him. “That isn’t what I said. I want to be honest with you and I will. Completely transparent!” Under his brooding glare, she twisted her fingers, waiting for him to say something.
“Mia, I’ll give you everything you need, until you tell me to stop. Between you and me, there’s something brewing. You said you wanted to be honest. Then let’s. I could fuck you right now! God knows, I’d like to. Eventually, I’m going to spread your legs, lick and suck on your clit. Baby, I’m going to make you come like you’ve never come before. And that’s a promise I intend on keeping. So if you return tonight, I’ll be here. But you’d better come back knowing the truth. In short order, I’m going to have you under me as I bury my cock inside you for hours. My name will spill from those luscious lips of yours, and it won’t be pretend.”
Brandon crushed his mouth against hers. He nipped her bottom lip before tracing the seam of her mouth with his hot wet tongue.

Bad Boys Western Romances
Her ForeverCowboy ~#1 (Second Chance Love Story)
Girls’ Night Out ~#2 (Football Sports Rom.)
Collared by the Cowboy ~ #3 Bad Boys (BDSM Erotic Rom. Suspense)
Breaking a Bad Boy Takes a Bad Girl ~#4 (Virgin Hero Rom. Suspense)
Bad Boy in Paris ~#5 (Sports Holiday Romance)
Too Hot To Handle (Dirty Hookup) ~#6 Bad Boys (Military Suspense Romance)
Check out the McLemore Bad Boys on Amazon

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