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Sale! Ivory!!

A belated announcement, but I’ve sold the second installment in my Manhattan 10/superhero romance series to Samhain! It will be released sometime in April 2013. If you’re so inclined, you can add it on Goodreads.

The story takes place BEFORE Temptress, and will let you know why the guys made that trip to Vegas.

Already working on the cover art and blurbs. Can’t wait until I can share : )

 

 

August Critique Giveaway!

What a hectic summer! I’m  done teaching summer camps, and finally getting back to my desk. I’m working on sequels to TEMPTRESS and getting back to edits on other projects. Having a million things to do is the best part of being a writer : )

In an effort to be a better blogger, I’ve decided to start a monthly critique giveaway. Each month, I’ll offer up a first chapter critique. Anyone can enter, and I’ll critique any type of genre fiction. Whether romance, YA, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or what have you, I’d love to take a look at your story!

And who am I to be offering critiques?

I do have that whole M.F.A. thing going on. But mostly, I like critiquing. It helps me keep my own writing sharp, and knowing how much a good critique can help, I like passing the favor along to other writers. We all need an objective second (and 3rd, and 4th, and 5th…) set of eyes, and that’s not always easy to find. I promise to give the winner’s chapter the time and attention it deserves.

This will be a monthly event, with one winner chosen each month. I may also choose to pick additional winners or add book prizes to the winner’s haul : )

Hope you’ll enter! Looking forward to checking out your story ; )

 
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Contest Winners and Updates from Taiwan

Belated congrats to the winners of my giveaway for the Shameless Summer Blog Hop: @Foretta @PandoraSWolf and @BookAttict! Since I slacked on announcing, there are three winners instead of one. Y’all get free copies of Temptress : )

I’m also slacking on the writing front, with a crazy summer well underway. Summer camps are insane here in ESL world, but I’ve snuck out of town a time or two to do some exploring.

Here are some  highlights from my recent travels : )

The sunrise over the mountains in Central Taiwan. The morning after a heavy rain, the sun rises onto a sea of clouds!

 

Sun Moon Lake is gorgeous in the morning. It’s an amazingly peaceful place…just wake up early and see the sights before the rest of the tourists come out!

 

You read right. It’s a pancake ice-cream sandwich. Isn’t Taiwan great?

Shameless Summer Blog Hop & Temptress Giveaway!

 

Welcome to the Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop sponsored by Red Hot Books, Romance Around the Corner & Michelle’s Book Blog!

To celebrate the release of my novella TEMPTRESS, I’m giving away a free e-book copy. Entry is simple–just fill out the rafflecopter entry form. For additional entries, follow me on Twitter or FB, and add Temptress to your TBR on Goodreads!

Thanks for visiting and make sure you click the the hop link to check out the awesome participating blogs : )

 
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Best Job for a Writer? TEFL!

I’m always Googling “best jobs for writers.” I dislike the idea of technical writing—what if my day job bled into my fiction? The next best search results suggest working in security or as night auditor at a hotel, where down time equals writing time.

I propose something better: TEFL. Or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. The job description varies by country and school, but I can’t imagine a better situation than the one I have at my job here in Taiwan. I don’t teach more than 20 hours a week, but I’m provided with national healthcare and housing, so my salary goes a long way, especially since the cost of living is so low.

My go-to teppanyaki meal costs NT$60 or US $2.00.

Money aside, I have time, time, time! My school is an English “buxiban” or cram school, so I teach after school hours, mostly 5pm to 9pm. Sure, I have lesson planning and grading, but not much, and foreign teachers at my school aren’t required to sit office hours.

I have all day to write. I also get a good chunk of vacation time, and there’s nothing better for my creativity than travel!

Obviously there’s a downside. I miss out on writing conferences, and local writing groups. My only contact with the community is online. There’s also the distance from friends and family to deal with, so TEFL isn’t for everyone.

If you’re an aspiring writer and you’re not happy with where you are, think about it. It’s particularly easy to get jobs in Asia, and you can seek out a situation that will let you balance work and writing. There’s always Skype for keeping in touch with the folks at home.

I’m happy to chat if anyone is interested in the TEFL/writing life!