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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Need a Character Worksheet

On Select Wednesdays, I post tips and strategies for writers. 

3 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A CHARACTER WORKSHEET
by J. Rose Allister
Whether you're the type of writer who is a careful planner or a free-wheeling pantser, taking the time to create a worksheet for each of your main characters can be a vital help to the writing process. The "worksheet" can be a simple notepad file peppered with random facts, an actual spreadsheet or worksheet taken from the many that are available online, or a full-on, fancy dossier complete with photos, a birth natal chart, and a family tree. Either way, there are three main reasons why you should consider using one:

1. Real Greetings are Dull and Expected

When two acquaintances meet up in real life, their initial exchange involves a volley of social niceties that are routine, required...and boring. If you're sitting nearby, you'll hear something like this:

This might go on for another couple of minutes, depending. The exchange happens automatically, with little thought on the answers. Ever greet someone and responded with, "Fine, you?" only to realize they hadn't actually asked how you were first? You're on autopilot. A great place to be if you're flying a plane, but fiction should never put a reader on automatic. "Routine, required, boring," are three words we don't want to see pop up in reviews.

2. Insight into their Next Move

Have you ever built up a scene or the overall plot to a point where you're struggling with what your character would do next? Have you ever had critique feedback or reviews where people didn't find a character's actions plausible? A worksheet can offer you a sort of "sketch" of the character, with tidbits of information that can inform you about their likely reaction to a situation. 

For instance, two characters are in a room when an earthquake hits. One grew up where they happen all the time. The other has never experienced one before. Which one is likely to panic? Would the first-timer, who has never likely been drilled in quake safety, automatically go into a "cover and hold on" posture? 

3. As a Continuity Catcher

There have been many times when I've accidentally changed a character's eye color, age, or a vital fact from their past.  By keeping track of vital details, I can maintain a story's continuity. This has proven especially valuable when writing a series or a book where you're juggling a number of major characters.


So consider tossing together a worksheet ahead of time and add to it as you go along. This can be a time-saver in both drafting and editing alike. Happy writing!
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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance/erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Berry Yummy Yogurt Pops

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


Ice cream is a frequent downfall of my diet, especially since summertime in my locale means frequent temperatures above 100 degrees. I can pack away a lion's share of ice cream-and all the calories and sugar that goes with it.  So this year I decided to cool off with a healthier alternative. 

These super easy yogurt pops can be made with plain yogurt and no added sugar, sweetened with a bit of honey, or just use your favorite flavor. I like Greek yogurt with a swirl of organic honey, or else some organic vanilla yogurt.


Berry Yummy Yogurt Pops

Ingredients
6 strawberries, chopped fine
1/4 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup yogurt

Directions

Combine ingredients in a bowl and spoon into popsicle molds. Freeze a few hrs until firm. Makes 8-12 pops.



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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Friday, June 9, 2017

More Beginnings -Guest Author Iris Blobel

On occasion, I spotlight other authors and books on my blog. 

Today I'm pleased to welcome Iris Blobel, a fellow Weekend Writing Warrior (Snippet Sunday participant) who has a blog tour going for her book More Beginnings. Welcome, Iris!

MORE BEGINNINGS

Zach Taylor, an escort in Sydney, living in Hobart, enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away. He soon finds out that the ‘dragon’ is really more of a kitten. And although Natasha, Mia’s teacher, is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach’s occupation.

Will Zach’s job keep him from a chance to be with Natasha?

Life is good for teenager Mia Levesque. But when Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart, she knows something is up once Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry, and feeling alone, Mia runs away.

Will life settle back into a routine for Mia once she finds out about the stranger in her life?


New Beginnings have given the Levesque girls a new start in life, will More Beginnings be another chance for them?

STORY EXCERPT
Zach Taylor’s young neighbour, Mia, let out a long sigh as she joined him on his front porch and sat next to him on the swing. Enjoying a cool lemonade, he invited her to grab a soft drink from the fridge as well. It was a warm summer day, and the air showed no sign of cooling down. A lot of people in Hobart were weary of the unusual hot spell for the very southern Australian city.
With another hefty sigh, Mia raked through her long, blond hair and stared into the distance. “Honestly, Zach, she’s a dragon. I’m sure she does it on purpose. She doesn’t like me. She thinks I’m spoilt.”
The dragon in question was Miss Peterson, Mia’s high school English teacher. There was no doubt that Mia liked school, and she enjoyed her classes. And even though English wasn’t her worst subject, it certainly was the toughest one, with Miss Peterson piling on homework one after the other.
Zach took a sip of his drink before he replied, “Hey, pumpkin, settle down. What’s that supposed to mean you’re ‘spoilt’?”
She lifted her shoulder in a slight shrug. “You know!”
Raising his brows, he replied, “Actually I don’t know! Isn’t she Sophie’s good friend?”
Another shrug. “Kind of, I suppose. They used to do the boxing stuff together, and since Soph’s carrying a baby, they go and enjoy coffee and cake instead every once in a while.”
Ignoring his chuckle, she went inside and helped herself to cold lemonade. She opened the can with a simple click as she returned outside and took a long sip.

About the Author
Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.
Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Vacation Dreams, New Books, Life is Good

On the first Monday of the month, I gab about what's going on with me, my writing, and life in general.

Summer is here! A writing retreat vacation is just around the corner, just in time after some very busy spring months. Time to make packing and to-do lists!




Vacation Dreams

A view from the cabin deck last summer
Last summer, I took my daughter along on a writing retreat in the mountains. (My husband was away speaking on panels at San Diego Comic-Con.) We loved it so much that we vowed to return. So I've just booked another mountain cabin, this time big enough for the whole family (including one of my grown sons and Tina the wonder dog). I can already picture early mornings spent out on the deck, working on my book while sipping coffee among the forest splendor. Squee! I can't wait.

New Books

I finished the exclusive bonus book that will be offered as part of the Sons of Herne box set! Final edits and cover art are in progress, and then the bundle will be readied for release.

Meanwhile, I'm excited to announce the upcoming re-release of my bounty hunter title Nature's Bounty!  And what do you think of the smokin' hot cover?

Expect to see this out in the next month.


Life is Good


Books and stories have been whipping out, the dog is getting bigger by the day, and we're all looking forward to that trip to the mountains! As cray-cray busy as things have been, including a brief health issue for my husband involving multiple trips to ER/Urgent care (he's fine now, thankfully), life has been great. Here's the latest photo of Tina, who fell asleep in my daughter's arms. I've dubbed this "dog day afternoon."

Until next time...


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On select Mondays, I like to gab about whatever's going on with me. For more gab, please join me on Twitter or Facebook. I love talking to people!

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Their Secret Paradise -Freebie Friday

On select Fridays, I offer a freebie...usually a book (but not necessarily). The books will either be one of mine or some other erotic romance that is available for free at the time of my post.

This month's freebie IS a book, and it's one of mine. Their Secret Paradise was the first book I wrote set in the Immortal Paradise world, and this series midquel is now available free!

More about this Friday freebie:

Can she trust their feelings for each other when she knows the island's seductive, supernatural secret?

Parapsychology grad Gina Munson finds her uncle's island resort fascinating but romantically dangerous. Supernatural passion gave her a harsh lesson in the past, and now her only interest is to study the phenomenon without falling victim to the resort’s special “charms.”


Contractor David Gilroy wouldn’t believe in the island’s alleged power even if he knew about it. He’s only interested in his building job...until he sees Gina sunbathing topless. Gina knows she can’t trust what they feel. How can David convince her his passion is real? What if it isn’t?

The Immortal Paradise series: Where the gods Love and Lust reside, no one will leave untouched.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

3 Reasons Why Real Speech Makes For Poor Dialog

On Select Wednesdays, I post tips and strategies for writers. 

3 REASONS WHY REAL SPEECH MAKES FOR POOR DIALOG
by J. Rose Allister
How to pen good dialog is an element of fiction that gets talked about a good deal among writers. No book on writing is complete without a section about dialog, and many entire books have been dedicated to the subject. I hear many writers advise others to write "realistic" dialog by listening to the way people talk and emulating it. Unfortunately, this is advice that cannot be left on its own, or the results are lackluster. I recently did a beta read for someone who used that approach, and it reminded me that realistic fiction dialog is clever deception, not emulation. So here are my three reasons why real speech makes for poor dialog:

1. Real Greetings are Dull and Expected

When two acquaintances meet up in real life, their initial exchange involves a volley of social niceties that are routine, required...and boring. If you're sitting nearby, you'll hear something like this:

"Hey!"
"Hey!"
"How are you?"
"Fine. You?"
"Fine. The kids?"
"Good. How's work?"
"Same old same old."
"Yeah."

This might go on for another couple of minutes, depending. The exchange happens automatically, with little thought on the answers. Ever greet someone and responded with, "Fine, you?" only to realize they hadn't actually asked how you were first? You're on autopilot. A great place to be if you're flying a plane, but fiction should never put a reader on automatic. "Routine, required, boring," are three words we don't want to see pop up in reviews.

2. Hemming and Hawing Spoils Pacing

I did a brief training stint doing transcribing. Listen to a recording of someone's speech or conversation and you'll hear a whole lot of hemming and hawing. "Uh," "huh," "and then," "so anyways," etc. are peppered through human speech on an epic scale. Some people insert these into almost every sentence. Check out this baby:

"Uh, yeah, what? So, anyways, like I was saying, he told me to go."

This is actual conversation. Put a ton of this into your "real" dialog and you'll slow pacing to a crawl. Readers will be snoring in no time. On the other hand, getting to the point packs a fictional punch:

"He told me to go."

3. Lack of All-Important Conflict

You probably have a friend, family member, or co-worker with a colorful, conflict-riddled personality. Every story includes dread dire circumstances and over the top drama. However, the majority of people aren't like this. Their "real" conversations avoid conflict like the plague. They tap dance over social niceties, deal in small talk, and hem and haw...anything to skid around emotional hot topics. In fiction, skirting an issue *can* be written masterfully to increase suspense.  For the most part, however, small talk and chit-chat lack vital conflict that makes for good fiction.

Which is more intriguing to read:

SMALL TALK

"Hey! How are things?"
"Fine. You?"
"Okay. Pretty wet out there. Crazy weather."
"Yeah. But we needed the rain."
"Yeah."

....or:

CONFLICT

"You stole him from me."
"How? You two never even dated."
"But you knew how I felt and asked him out anyway."
"We both know you never would have. And just because it's raining outside doesn't mean you have to throw your wet blanket on me."

So remember, when writing dialog based on "realistic" conversation, keep these three reasons in mind. Using them on occasion to boost suspense and cutting the rest will make your "real" dialog more fun.
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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Superfood Salad

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


My daughter wanted to hit up the local burger joint recently, but I wanted something a bit lighter. On their menu, they offered a salad that was loaded with superfoods. I loved it and wanted to try it at home. Thought I'd share my version with you after last month's fry-heavy tempura recipe!

Superfood Salad

 Ingredients

1 cup of baby spinach
1 cup of chopped kale
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup baby carrots, chopped
1/4 cup craisins
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 Tbsp Chia or flax seeds
1/2 cup cooked quinoa


Your choice of salad dressing (I like raspberry vinaigrette, a spoonful of plain yogurt, or lemon juice tossed with olive oil.)


Directions

Combine greens in a bowl, toss in remaining ingredients except quinoa if you prefer to serve it in a scoop on the side. Drizzle with dressing. Serves 2.


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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Movie Binges, Sticky Plots, and Puppy Power

On (usually) the first Monday of the month I gab about what's going on with me, my writing, and life in general.

Happy May! The past month has been about overhauling my schedule and feeling exhausted. Luckily, I did make some progress on projects I have in the works, plus I took some time off to have a bit of downtime R and R.


Movie Binges


Speaking of R and R, I caught up with some movies I'd been wanting to see. Partly this is because two of my prime April TV shows are starting late this year (Game of Thrones and Fear the Walking Dead). Harumph. So  Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Beauty & the Beast (2017), and the film version of The Girl on the Train were some of my recent binges. All of these were entertaining and worth a view. I did have a few mixed feelings about Beauty and the Beast. It was one of those things where I didn't want them to deviate too far from the animated version, but it was so close to it that I felt it was "copying" the original almost to extreme. It's a tough thing to pull off. That said, I greatly enjoyed the musical numbers, most of the performances, and the interpretations of characters like Lumiere and songs like Be Our Guest.


Sticky Plots

The good news is, I made some serious progress on the (sooper sekrit) exclusive bonus novella to my Sons of Herne series. Not so much on Almost the Bride, my Janell Michaels contemporary romance. I came screeching to a halt when I realized I was missing a key bit of motivation to advance the romance storyline. Sometimes, writing gets "stuck" like this, and I can't seem to get around it. I've tried scowling at the manuscript, sitting deep in thought, walking away for a while (hence the movie marathons), and even-gasp-bringing it up. I don't usually talk much about my works in progress, but I'm so puzzled over why the heroine is going to do The Thing she's about to do that I very nearly surveyed a group of coworkers the other day. I do believe the answer is...she's not actually going to do The Thing, at least not at first. Hm. Still plugging along at this.

Puppy Power


Saying hello to her new toy
News of our latest addition to the family, Tina the wonder dog, was met with an outpouring of email from readers offering well wishes and much-needed puppy care tips. I was put under strict orders to offer up more photos and updates about her, so here's a cute one we snapped of her. She is just so CUTE! ...and I'm still wiped out from all that energy. If only I could harness it! She is still in the process of being housebroken, leash trained, and all that jazz, but I'm pleased to report we're making progress. She also eats better than I do. Heh.

Until next time...


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On select Mondays, I like to gab about whatever's going on with me. For more gab, please join me on Twitter or Facebook. I love talking to people!

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

First Book Gets a New Look: Throwback Thursday

On select Thursdays, I like to share a throwback to past writing, book trailers, or randomness about me and/or writing life.

I'm so excited about today's throwback! 

My very first novel, a contemporary romance titled Visions, has just celebrated the 10th anniversary since its release. In honor of this, I added a chapter, extended some scenes, and gave it a brand new cover. Released under my alternate (mainstream) pen name, it hit #27 in Contemporary/Romance in its first week.

The story was based on a dream I had where a celebrity bumps into a stranger and suddenly develops their psychic ability...and in that moment, he sees a future involving the two of them. But romance isn't the only thing that lies ahead.

About Visions:

Her “gift” turns a hot movie star into a real-life hero…


Actor Trenton Dane is researching his next role when he bumps into a beautiful stranger—and suddenly develops her psychic powers. When his enchanting benefactor disappears in the crowd, Trenton launches a search for the woman who invades his dreams and may hold answers to his new ability.
Single mom Glory Windsor would rather hide from the man who reawakened the “gift” she thought she’d buried. She’s as determined to steer clear as Trenton is to explore the visions, as well as his feelings for her. But his movie-star smile and unique pull makes it hard to stay away. Between bills to pay, the paparazzi intent on publicizing their psychic bond, and a jealous ex-husband who wants to ruin everything, she’s got more on her plate than she can handle.
Convincing Glory that the visions shouldn’t be ignored won’t be easy, but Trenton must succeed to fulfill premonitions of their future as well as to save Glory and her child from danger. He will fail at one of these tasks.
Finding a happy ending will prove the most challenging role he’s ever undertaken.



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I'm J. Rose Allister, wife, working mom, and the author of over thirty books. Somewhere in between one and the next, I love hanging out here on my blog and over on Twitter. Give me a comment or follow-I love chatting with people!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Setting the Stage: Feng Shui Tips for Your Writing Space

On Select Wednesdays, I post tips and strategies for writers. 

SETTING THE STAGE: FENG SHUI TIPS FOR YOUR WRITING SPACE
by J. Rose Allister

Setting the stage for your next book begins before you ever sit down to outline a character, setting, or plot. Writers  often hear talk about the right "mindset," that elusive state of thought that plunges one into a world where creativity and productivity soar. One of the best ways to set the stage for a writing mindset is to surround yourself with a writing space that is conducive to workflow. Let's consider two scenarios to demonstrate.

Scenario 1: A mystery writer is eager to work on their first book. They have pages of notes that they wrote while making dinner the night before. They sit down, ready to work...but first they have to move stacks of mail to make room for their coffee. On top of the pile they see the gas bill and remember that today is the deadline to pay it. Now for those plot notes...where are they again? Oh right, they're in the other room. The writing area is a nook without any dedicated "business" space. The writer hops up and grabs them from the kitchen table, spotting the unwashed dishes on the way back. The space where the laptop is set up at needs dusting, but it's only somewhat noticeable because the light bulb in the nearby lamp is burned out. They set their notes on top of Junior's baby toys and start organizing their thoughts. The cluttered space and all the things that need doing vie for attention. Two halted paragraphs into the writing session, the baby wakes up from his nap and starts crying. The writer sighs and heads off, thinking, "Maybe tomorrow."
Let's consider another scenario.  A writer is tackling a romantic suspense novel. Coffee in hand, they wander to their writing space. The area is dusted, brightly lit, and already set up as a dedicated writing zone. There's a corkboard on the wall with story cards and representative photos of the main characters. An inspirational quote for writers hangs nearby. A scented citrus-scented candle, meant to awaken and sharpen the mind, wafts a nice fragrance in the air. Nothing in the "zone" diverts attention from the work at hand. The writer sits down and brushes off a casual thought about the errands that need to be done later. It's writing time. They get an entire scene hammered out before the baby wakes up.

Thinking of these examples, which writing space would you prefer to tackle your next project in? Having a set space you not only write in, but have set up as a zone conducive to the creative mindset can help immensely. Does this mean a corkboard and aromatherapy guarantees a book finished in thirty days? No. Does this mean you can't finish a book while surrounded by household distractions? No again. (I've done it myself--many times over.) But taking a little time in advance of your next writing project to give your spot a "feng shui" makeover can help put you in a more writerly frame of mind. Even the action of setting up the space is important. You're demonstrating how serious you take your commitment to the craft.

There are many factors that go into feng shui philosophy, but here I'm just going to give you some basic makeover advice. 

Feng Shui Tips for Your Writing Space:

1. Make sure your area is brightly lit with no burned out bulbs.
2. Clear all clutter.
3. Dust/mop/vacuum whatever is in your view from the space.
4. Place writing items in this space-neatly.
5. A writing "inspiration" piece or two can help you mentally "purpose" the space for writing. This could be a mug with a writer quote, a wall hanging, your lucky writing hat. Just don't overdo it. Clutter is Enemy #1 for a feng-shui-friendly, mentally enriching environment.
6. Engage the senses-lightly. Include a scented candle or diffuser with a light, pleasant scent (avoid those that are meant for relaxation and sleep, though).
7. Add music or a water feature as pleasant white noise. Music, either themed to the genre of your book or a generic instrumental, can help stimulate the creative side of your brain. Alternatively, you can add a small fountain to the area 
8. Real plants produce brain-stimulating oxygen. A healthy living plant is nice to look at, but also helps clean the air and releases oxygen, so consider adding one to your space. (If you have a brown thumb, however, you might want to skip this. Stressing out over yellowing leaves and watering schedules isn't going to be conducive to writing.

By setting up your writing area like this, even if it's just a tiny corner of a bedroom, you may find you get an immediate mental lift. I hope you find it useful!

What tips do you have for setting up a writing area?
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For more gab, please join me on Twitter or Facebook. I love talking to people!

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Homemade Tempura Batter

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


While I do try to highly restrict the amount of fried foods I eat, I am a sucker for a good tempura. The combo of crispy skin and barely tender vegetables or meat inside is hard to resist. So of course I had to learn to make it at home.
Lots of veggies work for this. My favorites are sweet potato, zucchini, and whole mushrooms. 

Homemade Tempura Batter

 Ingredients

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
4 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 c. milk
1 tbsp. melted butter
Your choice of items to dip in batter: veggies cut in uniform pieces, peeled/deveined shrimp, whitefish.


Directions

Beat eggs briefly, then stir in milk and butter. Combine flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a medium bowl; stir into egg mixture and combine all until batter is smooth. 

For deep fryer:
Heat fat to 360 degrees. Dip vegetables/shrimp/fish in batter and place in strainer in fry basket. Fill only 1/3 full to keep batter from overflowing basket. Lower into oil and use spoon or tongs occasionally to keep items from sticking together. 

If you don't have a deep fryer, use a wok or saucepan filled with a couple inches or so of oil. 

Fry for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Note: if doing both seafood and veggies, do the veggies first so they don't pick up a fishy odor.


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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Books, New Puppy, TV Endings

On (usually) the first Monday of the month I gab about what's going on with me, my writing, and life in general.

April is here! April Fools, Easter, taxes...April tends to be a hoppin' busy month, and I feel like I got a running start on  that during March. Lots of things going on!


New Books


I've got not one but two new releases. Even better, both are free! For urban fantasy fans, I've re-released Their Secret Paradise, a little-known spinoff title to my Immortal Paradise series. Written for a tiny digital press, this is the book that inspired a series set on an exclusive resort island whose guests aren't always human. 

Also, under my new contemporary romance pen, I released a special 10th anniversary expanded edition of my first novel ever, Visions. This is the book that Barnes and Noble accidentally listed as having been written by Dr. Seuss! Imagine that happening to a new author with her very first book launch, heh.

New Puppy

Naptime is when I can write!
In last month's update, I mentioned I was suffering from a lack of time. Well, if there's one thing that can bring any carefully crafting writing schedule to a screeching halt, it's becoming the proud owner of a four-month-old furball of energy. But after a long time of waiting and wanting to add a canine companion to our family, we finally went to a nearby rescue shelter and came home with Tina, a beagle-daschund mix. Life is full of puppy kisses, walks, long naps (for her, not me), and for now, keeping her "cone" on and her stitches intact following her spay surgery. But I'm pleased to say I'm still getting *some* writing done in the meantime. Some. Usually during naptime.


TV Ending


The shows I watch have been wrapping up, some for now, some forever. The Walking Dead is done until fall, Grimm and Bones forever. Sigh. Then Game of Thrones won't be starting until July, so I'm getting impatient. At least Fear the Walking Dead starts up soon. I binged Vikings so fast that I'm already out of episodes, drat. At least there's still a few more of Reign, but I was bummed to hear that's ending too. All good things, I suppose.

Until next time...


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On select Mondays, I like to gab about whatever's going on with me. For more gab, please join me on Twitter or Facebook. I love talking to people!

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.