Monday, 22 August 2016

This week's writing plans: The Case of the Missing Phone

I have spent the last few days rewriting Morning My Angel. I've added 2k to it so far, thanks to my beta pointing out I needed to expand a scene... which turned into a whole new chapter.

I'm working from combined documents, and I giggled madly at a chorus of 'his phone is at the bottom of the Thames', when I had my hero switch off his phone after it had been dropped in the river.

I've promised to get it to my editor by the 25th so I have to pull my finger out to get it finished. None of the betas, bar one. liked the start, but I'm struggling to think of a new start that conveys what I what to say about my hero. I need to add 4k as a rewritten start. Not impossible as a word count but hard when you like your start and no one else does. #writerswoes

After the rewrites I want to focus on one of my het books. I'm loathe to talk too much about it until I have at least half the book the book written. At the moment it's more a nebulous theory than a proper story. Then I have an alpha male novella to finish. I've paid for the covers for these books so I want to get them out.

These are my plans for this week. Tomorrow I have another ducks in a row  post and I want to do a Have you read for my Arches series this week.

Have a good week and much love,

Sue xx

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Dreamspinner Standalones


 

Nothing Ever Happens

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Final Admission

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Falling for Ramos

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The Next Call

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Stolen Dreams

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Chance to be King

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The Sky is Dead

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The Layered Mask

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Waiting

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Have You Read Chance to be King?

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After working nonstop for two years, actor Eric Pawlowski desperately needs a respite from his grueling schedule and the crippling migraines that come with it. Thinking that a few weeks in a secluded cottage is just the thing, his vacation gets off to a rough start when he almost mows down the only other guy who lives on the remote road. Fortunately Thomas is quick to forgive, and soon he, Eric, and Eric's two dogs are palling around like they've known each other for years.

But when Eric witnesses Thomas coldly order a lost stranger off his property, he starts to question how well he knows him. Despite a mutual attraction that has Eric cursing every time a well-meaning member of the nearby small town interrupts their attempts to get intimate, Eric wonders if acting on his desire for Thomas will get him involved in a situation he shouldn't be in. When his rented cabin catches fire in the middle of the night and the firemen call it arson, it confirms Eric’s suspicions.

To keep Eric with him, it's up to Thomas to come clean about who he is... and his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge into which Eric has unwittingly walked.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Have You Read Letters From a Cowboy?



Letters from a Cowboy is in the Morning Report universe, but set in 1954. If you've read Luke's Present, you'll understand the significance of the letters.

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Ebooks: Dreamspinner: Amazon: All Romance

Paperback in Letters From a Cowboy: Dreamspinner | Amazon

Bundle: Dreamspinner | Amazon| All Romance



Blurb:



Simon Wood arrives at Tamar Ranch looking for a job after being fired from his last position for seducing the boss's son. It doesn’t take much for him to prove his skills with horses, so he’s taken on, but soon he clashes hard with Chip Henson.

The animosity between them hides something very different, but not for long. No matter how hard they try to resist their attraction, eventually they give in to their need. They start leaving notes for each other, and others notice and warn them to be more careful.

Fearful of discovery, Simon leaves Tamar Ranch to save Chip’s job. When he learns that his departure sent Chip off the rails, he knows he needs to risk everything and go back for him.




Morning Report Series

Morning Report
Complete Faith
Papa's Boy
Luke's Present
Letters From a Cowboy


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Excerpt

One year earlier. January 12, 1954. Tamar Ranch

“THIS IS Simon. He’s taking Mickey’s bunk.”

The foreman introduced Simon to the rest of the hands, a mixture of Anglo and Mexican. The young Mexican boy in the corner narrowed his eyes and every muscle in Simon tensed, prepared for a confrontation. Simon didn’t recognize him. He looked barely wet behind the ears, but the hand just nodded at him and went back to his food. Simon relaxed a fraction, praying he hadn’t forgotten the kid in some drunken fumble somewhere dark. He had to be careful and keep his cock in his pants. He couldn’t afford to let the rumors start again.

“They can introduce themselves.” The foreman left him standing awkwardly at the table.

No one seemed that interested in him. They grunted and went back to their dinner.

“There’s food left over if you want some.” The missus waved a ladle at one of the huge pans.

“Please, ma’am,” Simon said respectfully, and his stomach growled in response. He hadn’t eaten more than some bread in three days, and the smell of stew and fresh-baked biscuits made his mouth water.

One of the men got to his feet. “Sit here. I gotta check on Li’l Daisy. She was favoring her leg.” He took his plate over to the stone sink in the corner.

Simon muttered his thanks and sat down. The missus placed a huge plate of food in front of him.

“I wish we had Mickey here,” the foreman said. “He knew what he was doing with the horses.”

Simon paused midmouthful. “I know some about horses.”

“We all know some, cowboy,” said one of hands. “We just don’t know enough.”

Simon looked at the hand who’d spoken. Solid body, weathered face, dark hair, piercing blue eyes, and a sardonic expression aimed at him. The guy had one of those movie star chins—like… what was his name? That Kirk Douglas fella.



The print cover for Letters From a Cowboy



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Morning Report Stories

On a ranch, there’s plenty to stand in the way of two men finding romance and their happily ever after—long hours of work, lack of communication, and the expectations of others. But for these cowboys, no obstacles can keep them from realizing their passion and love.

Luke’s Present
Luke Murray and Simon Bryan have been running the Lost Cow Ranch together for twelve years, sharing a bed and a life, but since the aftermath of the flood, Simon is afraid they’ve lost their way. A wedding on the ranch makes them realize they want a deeper commitment to each other—one with rings.

Letters From a Cowboy
When Simon Wood comes to Tamar Ranch, what begins as animosity between him and Chip Henson soon evolves into something very different. They give in to their need, but they’re taking a big risk leaving letters for each other. Soon Simon must choose between leaving the ranch to save Chip’s job or taking an even bigger risk and going back for him.

Reviews for Letters From a Cowboy:


5* from Bayou Book Junkie: I was almost automatically transported back in time as I started reading, as if I were in a movie like Giant, perhaps. The writing style, language, the descriptions and all that the characters had to go through in the book just made the experience richer, fuller and definitely better all-around.

5* from Becky Condit: There is an HEA to this book, although it is not an easy road to get to it. Sue Brown writes us back in time and then forward again to take us full circle in the Morning Report series. Beautifully done and a book that was needed to provide a backstory for not only the characters of the series but also an important part of the history of gays in America. It may make you cry and cringe but in the end we come back to love is love. I highly recommend this book, which can be read as a stand alone novel, and the entire Morning Report series.


4 1/2* from Love Bytes: At the end of the book, we have a tie back to the present day Morning Report stories. I will say Ms. Brown that you made me teary eyed at the end of the book! Great job!I highly recommend this book. It is not necessary to read the other books in the Morning Report Series first, but I would highly recommend them all!




Ducks In a Row: Branding

I've decided to call this one of my ducks in a row posts. I'm putting my ducks in a row, and sorting things out. See? It does make sense (sort of). 


This is usually my life.

In this case I'm in the middle of sorting out branding and marketing. If you're an author and you haven't considered your branding, I really recommend talking to other authors about the subject. It was a chance discussion a few years ago with the great Poppy Dennison that made me first think about it. There are plenty of articles on author branding. My suggestion is start simple. Talk to authors and get their advice. You can conquer the world later!

Anyway, it was time I updated and gave Sue a new face. You've seen my new face for a while now but this my official opening. Ta da!

I don't have mad artistic skills and I find it very difficult to articulate what I desire in a cover. I'll discuss that further in another ducks in a row post. When I look through advertising my favourite brands are always very simple. I don't know if it's a consequence of epilepsy or just me, but too much detail make my eyes and head hurt.

Thanks to Meredith Russell I updated my brand image to something simple and elegant, just using my initials and a hat which reflects my utter fondness for cowboys. I don't think that'll ever go away.



EDIT: I've added in a picture of my new business cards as they arrived today.



I've also used this same brand for when I finish my het stories. I will introduce her in another blog, coming soon... when I actually have a book to talk about.



I am determined to keep my ducks where I can see them. Wish me luck!







Thursday, 18 August 2016

Have You Read Nothing Ever Happens?


Nothing Ever Happens

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E-books: Dreamspinner | Amazon ARe
Translations: Spanish | French | Italian
Audiobook: iTunes | Amazon | Audible

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Andrew’s life is a cliché: he’s a gay man trapped in a loveless marriage, thanks to his religious, overbearing mother. Then a new couple moves in down the street, and Andrew finds himself falling for Nathan in a big way. Nathan is straight, married, and just about to be a father, but after one fateful night out together at a club, Nathan has to face the fact that his feelings for Andrew go way beyond that of a friend and neighbor.

When Andrew’s wife asks for a divorce, both men’s lives are thrown into disarray. Arguments about their responsibilities to their wives and children, doubting themselves and each other, and some harrowing lies pull them apart… but they never leave each other’s thoughts.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

WIP snippet

Monday was extremely productive and I worked until 11pm. Of course, that meant I was shattered today. I really have to learn to pace myself. Today I spent the morning walking the doggies and playing Pokemon Go. My doggies aren't that keen on the stop-start nature as I catch Pokemon but the walk takes twice as long.

I did make a yummy macaroni cheese with mushrooms, bacon and onions. Delicious...

But I should have been writing... these are the boys talking to me at the moment. Unedited etc.