New Book, New Series, New Cover

Hey, look! I’ve been writing and I’ll actually have a new book for you to read in May.

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Diving In (Open Door Love Story, #2)

Due to heavy subject matter, Diving In is recommended for readers 17+.

Brynn Garrett is unsure about a lot of things. Unsure whether taking a year off between high school and college to learn the family dry cleaning business was a smart move or a stall tactic. Unsure if she’s maintaining a long distance relationship with her boyfriend Andy because she loves him or out of habit. Unsure if her family of four will ever be in the same room again since her older brother Liam broke their mother’s heart by simply following his own.
What she is sure of is, ever since Gabe Riley rolled into her life with his beautiful smile and his easy confidence, Brynn is seeing herself less as a lost little girl and more as an independent woman who goes after what she wants.
And what she wants is Gabe.

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So, what’s this Open Door Love Story subtitle all about? You might notice some similarities between the Diving In  and  Crossing covers. Originally, there were going to be only two books – Crossing and Diving In and I was calling them companion novels, but then I had a good idea for another book about a character in Diving In, and a series was born! Expect at least four novels in this series, maybe more. After I publish Frayed and Fearless – the last two Penny Black books – I’ll be focusing on New Adult Contemporary Romance. I love my paranormal/sci-fi books, but they are nerve wracking to write! I make everything way too complicated and then wanna die digging myself out of the plot holes I’ve created. :) (I’m maybe being a tad dramatic.)

Please feel free to tell everyone you’ve ever met that I have a new book coming out. And if you feel like being a tad dramatic, I think sky writing would be a nice touch.

My Writing Process Blog Tour

My friend J.R. Pearse Nelson invited me to participate in this here thang. We’ve been friends and crit partners for a couple of years now and I think her books are most excellent. :)  You can check out more about her writing process by clicking on her name.

I was supposed to invite three other authors to participate and post next week, but I didn’t deal and it’s Spring Break, so I’m feeling even less dealier. Author buds, if you want to participate, just let me know and I’ll add your info to the end of this post!

Here goes:

1. What am I working on?

Currently, I’m working on Diving In, a companion novel to Crossing. I was supposed to be finishing Frayed, the second Penny Black book, but it was driving me super crazy and I was fixin’ to blow up the whole world if I worked on it one second longer, so I decided writing a contemporary romance might take the edge off. Unfortunately, my hero has an issue that I don’t know anything about, so I’ve got a lot of research ahead of me after I finish the 2nd draft this week. I don’t know why books can’t just have witty dialogue and kissing scenes, but apparently there’s this thing called substance that you reader people enjoy. :)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

First, the guys on my covers are wearing shirts. You’ll recognize my contemp romances by the distinct lack of visible abdominal muscles. Sorry, not sorry.  Secondly, the issues that my characters have are not your usual issues…also, the heroes aren’t bad boys and the heroines aren’t good girls that need taking care of. The couples help each other figure out the world together.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write about what interests me. I write what I feel like writing and reading about.

4. How does my writing process work?

My writing process is basically doing what I can when I can. I kind of plot, but usually throw all of that out as soon as I begin writing the book. I head plot.I come up with brilliant ideas in the middle of the night that I don’t write down. My writing process is scattered and messy and fun and frustrating. It’s devoid of rules, even though I impose rules on it every time I sit down to work. I am not a writer you learn something from. Ha! Don’t do what I do.

If you ever want to ask me questions about how a writer is supposed to do things, I can tell you, but then you’ll just go and muck it up in your own unique way.

As you should.

 

I’m off to do writing sprints/garage cleaning sprints for the rest of the day. Have a good one.

St. Patty’s Day Pinning Party!

Join your favorite YA and NA authors as we celebrate being Irish for a day and play on Pinterest. There will be over 45 e-book giveaways! 

 

You can join the Facebook party HERE!


You won’t want to miss it!



Participating Authors:

 

Lila Felix   A. W. Exley  Melissa Pearl   
Jessica Gibson  Cindy M. Hogan  Sarah Ashley Jones  
Marie Landry  Rachel Morgan  Jennifer Snyder 
Stacey Marie Brown  Jessica Therrien  D.L. Raver 
Stacey Wallace Benefiel  Marilyn Almodóvar  Angee Taylor 
A.O. Peart  Devyn Dawson  Rick Chiantaretto 
Raine Thomas  L.P. Dover  Tamara Hart Heiner  
Leigh T Moore  Meradeth Houston  Amber Argyle 
Tawdra Kandle  Carlyle Labuschagne  Lisa Collicutt
Christy Dorrity  Stephanie Fowers  Kristina Renee
Faith McKay  Charlotte Abel  Jamie Ayres
A.M. Hargrove  Charli Webb  Amy Harmon  
Alyssa Rose Ivy  Kristie Cook  Lani Woodland
T.M. Franklin  Laura Howard  Sharron Riddle
Eliza Tilton  S. M. Boyce  Bethany Lopez 
Dawn Leigh  L.A. Casey  Emma Adams  
Amber Garr  Liz Long

 

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Guest Post by Lisa Nowak, author of The McCall Initiative

Almost a year and a half ago, while my husband and I were driving to a friend’s house, he told me about a story he’d read in the Portland Mercury. According to the article, fifty years from now much of the United States will be devastated by climate change. The Pacific Northwest will remain relatively unchanged in comparison, which will result in an influx of climate refugees.

“That sounds like a great set up for a dystopian YA novel,” I said. Within minutes, I had the basic premise outlined. The Pacific Northwest, disgruntled over the population boom, secedes from the United States to form its own country with a closed border. Wealthy Americans want to buy their way in, so poor people begin disappearing off the streets. Naturally, I needed a romantic aspect, but I wanted to give it a twist. I decided my protagonist would be a girl whose family had disappeared, and the love interest would be the boy whose family had displaced hers.

Over the coming weeks, the idea grew to include an existing political movement to form a bioregion called Cascadia, Portland’s major league soccer team and its rowdy band of fans, the Timbers Army, and a rock star-turned-activist who becomes the first president of the new nation. My husband, friends, and fellow writers supplied me with myriad excellent ideas and educated me about the subjects of history, politics, computer science, medicine, and soccer.

Several writers I know have been experimenting with serialized stories, and this idea seemed perfect for that venue. I envision it much like a season of a television series. Each short episode gives you part of the story, with the entire plot-line playing out over a nine-book “season.” I currently have the first three episodes published, (you can buy them individually, or as a box set) and the fourth will be released in early March. If you aren’t sure this is for you, fear not. You can try the first episode absolutely free at any of the retailers listed below.

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What if the Pacific Northwest seceded from the United States? In 2063, it has.

The climate change that’s devastated all but the Northwest corner of the U.S. has been around since before Piper Hall was born. She doesn’t spend much time thinking about it, the secession that created Cascadia, or the closed border, erected to keep out climate refugees. All she wants is to get through high school and earn a medical degree so she can pull her family out of poverty. Piper’s sure her little brother’s stories about poor people vanishing are just rumors-until she comes home to an empty house. Losing her future, her family, and her freedom and forced into hiding, Piper has to find a way to get to the bottom of the disappearances. But the only one who can help might be the very boy whose family has displaced her own.

Branding

Ouch! Okay, I didn’t mean that kind of branding.

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Coming Soon!

Out now!

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ZELLIE WELLS TRILOGY

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I think we can agree that I like to write all the things. Paranormal, YA, NA, Contemporary, Memoir, erotic romance, short stories, novellas, novels, poetry…

and I’ve got an audience for all of these genres, but they are so not the same audience.

This leaves me with a career that’s a bit scattered. So, I’m thinking about branding this morning. Who am I as a writer?

The Zellie books are my most popular books – they’ve also been out the longest. Everything I write is fun to write or I wouldn’t write it. Am I first and foremost an Upper YA Paranormal Romance author? I don’t really think so, because even my paranormal is very reality-based. Sure, the characters can rewind time, but they do so while being perfectly normal, trying-to-figure-it-all-out teenagers.

Author Chanda Hahn says I write misfits – that’s my thing. No matter what genre I’m working in, my characters are square pegs desperately trying to jam themselves into round holes. (Even in the memoir essays. Ha!)

I wholeheartedly agree with that. I’d also say that there is an element of romance in everything I write. I mean, what’s the point if there isn’t any kissing? :)

But, how do I turn that into something that readers identify as Stacey Wallace Benefiel? Should I just adopt a tagline of some sort?  For a while there, I tried to make Write Free or Die my thing, but readers don’t care about that. Next I thought, “Well, all of my books are funny…” So I came up with the tagline, Funny Enough…

That just makes me sound like I’m unsure as to whether my characters are funny – and that’s the only thing I know for sure to be true!

“Crafting Loveable Misfits since 2010!” Barf. Penny Black and Flora Hamilton kick that tagline in the face.

“Not quite right.” Now, I kinda like this one, except it makes me sound nuts.

“Misfit Matchmaker”  Huh?

This is seriously worse than coming up with titles and I think we all know I just fall back on alliteration for that bidness.

Help me! Let me know in the comments what you think of when you’re telling people about my books. (Uh, assuming you do that…and cheers to ya for it!)

15 Winter Reads for $1.99! Two weeks only, yo.

 

That’s right! FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY the Indelibles has put together an incredible set of fifteen complete best-selling novels by Indelibles authors including Addison Moore, Susan Kaye Quinn, RaShelle Workman, Chanda Hahn, Magan Vernon, Laura Pauling, Elle Strauss, LM Preston and more! As if the deal couldn’t get any better, the Indelibles is offering this limited-edition for an even-more amazing price -

$1.99 

That’s right. For less than a cup of your favorite coffee you can get fifteen full-length YA novels to feed those readers you got for the Holidays. The deal is only good until 1/11/14, so get your copy TODAY! 

Sit back, relax in your favorite reading chair and enjoy 15 Winter Reads from 15 bestselling YA authors. There is something to delight every reader in this box set – paranormal romance, futuristic sci-fi, historical, time travel, and contemporary.

15 Winter Reads includes:
The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn: Escaping an experimental prison, Thalia tries to hide her past and her gifts, from her friends. But her past isn’t always easy to escape, especially when it hunts you down.

Tremble (Celestra Series) by Addison Moore: Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking. When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.

Exiled by RaShelle Workman: Venus wakes to find herself no longer on her home planet of Kelari, but on Earth with a week to get back or she’ll die.

Dragonfly by Leigh Talbert Moore: Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser.

Open Minds and Closed Hearts by Susan Kaye Quinn: When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Untraceable by S.R. Johannes: When Grace’s forest ranger dad disappears on patrol, she fights town authorities, tribal officials, & nature to prove he’s alive. Torn between a new hot boy and cute ex, she heads into the wilderness to find her dad. Soon, she is caught in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder.

 
How to Date an Alien and How to Break Up With an Alien by Magan Vernon: Alex Bianchi takes an internship at an alien operations center to pad her college applications but doesn’t plan on falling in love with one of its residents. But as Alex’s senior year progresses, everything changes and she can’t figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an alien.

Flutter of Luv by L.M. Preston: Dawn, the neighborhood tomboy, is happy to be her best friend’s shadow. Acceptance comes from playing football after school with the guys on the block while hiding safely behind her glasses, braces, and boyish ways. But Tony moves in, becomes the star Running Back on her school’s football team, and changes her world and her view of herself forever.

Watched by Cindy M. Hogan: It takes more than a school trip to change Christy’s life. It takes murder.

Clockwise and Clockwiser by Elle Strauss: A follow up to Clockwise, Casey and Nate travel back in time and race against the clock to rescue Casey’s rebellious brother Tim from frontline battle in America’s civil war.

Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1) and Glimmer (Zellie Wells #2) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel: While working together to figure out what their shared vision means, Zellie discovers that Benjamin is a worthy friend and mentor. If only he could keep his hands off of her – if only she wanted him to…

A Spy Like Me by Laura Pauling: After dodging bullets on a first date, Savvy must decide how far she’ll go to protect the ones she loves.

Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper: An eternal soul mate, a supernatural family who has known her for centuries, and lifetimes of erased memories: this is Maryah Woodsen’s life. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Lacrimosa
 by Christine Fonseca: In the world of angels and demons, one thing is clear – some sacrifices should never be made. Even for love.

The Secret of Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle: The town of Spruce Knoll hides many secrets–and many dangers, among them are that the untimely death of Eren’s parents was no accident and that she is far more than she realizes.
So pick up this beauty between now and January 11 at these retailers:

AMAZON

Barnes and Noble



And enjoy all of the wonderful reading you’ll be doing as you ring in 2014!

 

As it turns out, I kinda suck at pretending to be more than one writer.

I’ve tried having pen names. At first, it was because I’d only written Glimpse and Glimmer and I was solidly a YA AUTHOR, who just wanted to put more sex in her stories. (Some of you all are like, SWB you totally write the smuttiest YA around, WTH?) But, I still wanted people to know it was me…just a more adult (not that kind!) me. That’s why I wrote the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus as S.W. Benefiel.

Guess what? No one gave a crap. Most of the people that read YA are adults or kids that are smart enough to know that reading above their age level is the sweetest, nerdiest rebellion in the land.

Hold up! I don’t mean that twelve-year-old’s should read Fifty Shades…but, y’all, twelve-year-old’s are reading Fifty Shades…and it will scar them for life way less than the YA that sexed up fanfic came from.

Anywaaaaaaay, back to me. So, when I decided to publish The Toilet Business, which is a book of essays mostly written prior to my ever having attempted to write a novel, there was slightly less hand wringing over people associating my name with YA, and slightly more hand wringing over my mom reading the book and finding out all the stupid shit I did when I was seventeen.

Again, no one gave a crap. (Like, really. I think 100 people have read that book and my mom wasn’t one of them.)

Surely, though, people would care if I started writing erotica as SWB. That HAD TO BE taking things too far!!

Like with anything I write, I mostly started writing erotica, well, erotic romance, really ’cause it turns out I’m not as pervacious as I thought I was, just to see if I could and if anyone would read it. My entire career is based predominantly on my comfort with winging it. Never written a novel – whatevs! Want to write a serial two years before everyone figured out how to properly write a serial? Sure! Got a bunch of essays burning a hole in your hard drive – pretend you’re a Sedaris and publish that shit!

Therefore, when my brain said, “Dude, you can’t put all of these horndog ideas you have in any of your other books, even if you do write a Ben Fontenot spin-off,” I decided to become Reina Stowe.

Writing the Reina stories was fun. No pressure, no one waiting on the next. I even found another writer friend who was doing the same pen name thang to swap dirty story beta reads with. What wasn’t fun was having another e-mail, website, twitter, Goodreads, and facebook account to maintain. What sucked was talking to people on social media as Reina that I was really friends with as Stacey, and having to pretend that I hadn’t been chatting with them online for over a year. I felt like a big, gross faker and I hated it.

So, I threw the stories in KDP Select and stopped promoting them and didn’t write any more. That was a year ago.

I just looked at the Reina blog today and my last post was December 24th. I was happily promising to publish one short story a month and a full-length novel by December 2013. I’d say that plan went to hell about four minutes after the post went live.

Rewind to the beginning of this month. I’m freaking over not being able to write Frayed and I want to write, but I just can’t seem to get it together enough to write something complicated with powers and futuristic worlds and teenagers. I re-read these two short stories I’ve got sitting on my desktop. They’re easy. They’re set in the present. They’re set in the fictional city of Upton which is pretty much Portland.

Here’s what else – tons of YA authors trying on NA for size happened this year. Erotic Romance serials happened this year. I’m sitting on four completed, related stories, with two more half-finished ones that I could just…finish and I’d have a series.

And I could also just be myself and say, “Yeah, I write some pretty hot, funny short stories as Reina Stowe and if you’re not twelve, you should totally check them out.”

Really, you should:

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Complete series available February 1, 2014!

Complete series available February 1, 2014!

Many thanks to the awesome Steven Novak for creating these covers for me in five seconds flat. :)

Yo.

Greetings and Salutations! Happy Holidays! What’s up?

It’s been awhile. I realize that. I haven’t had much to report. I’m still working on Frayed, which was gonna be out this fall, and then this month, and…welp, it’s not finished yet. I even did NaNo in some dumbass attempt to yank it out of me. Guess what? SWB doesn’t work that way. (But she does, apparently, call herself SWB in the third person like a douchette.)

I’ve been having a bit of a hard/weird/new/whatevs time of it lately. I got divorced, I lost a bunch of weight, I became a person who lifts weights and runs, I redecorated my entire house, I hired a nanny I can’t afford, I got a new boyfriend who has three kids, I bought a hot tub and couldn’t figure out how to do the chemicals right and gave myself a staph infection. I went to New York for the first time since I was fifteen and saw a Broadway show. I’m headed to the New Adult Sleepover Weekend in Savannah this weekend to meet writer friends from all over the US in person, and eat biscuits. All the biscuits.

So, writing. I’ve been doing it…sometimes. I’ve been thinking about it constantly.

Penny’s stories are still in here. And Brynn’s. And dozens of others that I can’t seem to sit down and focus on.

It’s not like being alone with myself is difficult. I just have a problem being still now. I can’t even relax enough to sit down and watch a TV show.

I’ve kind of become a different person over the last year, but I remain a person who loves writing. I just have to figure out how this version of me gets things done. What motivates me now to get my butt in my chair every day?

My goal for December is to start small. I’m going to finish and publish the two short stories I’ve had sitting on my computer since this time last year. When those are completed, I’m going to update the back matter on all of my books. I’m not  sure that the folks who are finishing the Zellie books even know that FOUND exists and is related.

All of my stories that were in KDP Select will be off by the end of January, so I’ll put those up everywhere again and box set them. (If you like Contemporary Erotic Romance and haven’t read any of my Reina Stowe stories, they’ll all be free on Amazon sometime between tomorrow and January 25th. Keep an eye out for that.)

What I ask of you all is this: please give me a little understanding.

I know you want to read Frayed NOW. What kind of asshole author writes a cliffhanger like that and then doesn’t deliver the next book immediately?

This one.

And I’m sorry.

We’ll all be happier when I publish a decent book, though, instead of the hurried, scattered mess that Frayed is at the moment.

Thanks for bearing with me while I have a mid-life crisis/find myself/rock my suburbanite vision quest/recover from hot tub folliculitis.

Love you guys! You’re the tits.

New Author Glam Shotz

And the winner is…

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Photo 31! Photos 9 and 66 (the close up head shot in color and black and white) were tied for the lead in the poll, with 31 and 3 close behind, but extra votes on Facebook pushed 31 to the front. This is the photo you’ll be seeing all over the land, except inside the books or on the back covers. I’ve decided that #9 belongs there. :)

Thanks for voting! It was a lot of fun having you all help me decide. <3 <3

Help me choose my new author photo!

Hello! You guys. I FINALLY got new author photos taken by the awesome Aaron Buck at PDX503photo.

I haven’t looked like this in FOREVER:

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This photo was taken by my mom on Valentine’s 2011, in my kitchen as my ex-husband and I were on our way to visit my sister and new niece in the hospital before we went out to dinner. I literally thought, “I’m wearing make up and a turtle neck sweater, that’s super author-y,” and the decision was made.

Here’s the deal. This photo is everywhere on all the things. I like my hair long, but while I kind of resemble a young Angelica Huston, I’m not crazy about what the angle does to my long ol’ nose. I’ve only worn this sweater once, on this night, and my ex and I kind of forced ourselves to go out to dinner even though I’d been with my sister at the hospital through her many hours of labor. I was so tired!

It was time for a new author pic, and also time for some new family photos of me and the kids, so I did a combo session a few weeks ago. I decided this time around that I would put more thought into the photo, since I now realize that it’s going to follow me everywhere I go for the next few years.

Here’s the thing. Aaron took so many great photos, I can’t decide! Will you help me choose? Check out my favorites and vote for yours in the poll below!

 

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