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Skye Michaels is giving away EBooks on my blog today!

by on August 27, 2014

As part of this blog appearance I am giving away ARC copies of the first book of each of my first THREE series, to the four random readers.  Just leave your email address in the comments, and I will draw winners on Friday August 29!   That would be The Le Club series set in Ocala, Florida (horse country), The Golden Dolphin series set on a 300 foot mega yacht, and The Black Iris Club series set in a BDSM club and a police/legal background in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  They are all fun and sexy, so be sure to leave a comment.

 

SOME ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE WRITERS – Which Applies to All Genres – Certainly Not Just Erotic Romance

15579968_s (2)Recently I have spoken with several people who told me they also wanted to write and asked how to get started.  My best advice is just TO START.  Write something.  Open a directory on your computer and start a Notes page.  Think about your plot as you drive to and from work.   Jot down character studies, location ideas, plot ideas.  Get something – anything – on paper.   That’s what editing is for, to make sense of your crazy first draft.

Some writers outline every nuance and plot twist chapter by chapter spending days or weeks getting it just right before they ever write a word.    I have written nineteen books, and I have never done an outline.   I might have an idea for a plot:  Girl goes on BDSM cruise with her girlfriend.   Across the deck she sees the guy who stood her up for prom fifteen years ago and broke her little teenage heart.   That’s it.  Write Chapter One and GO.  That is the plot for Cassandra’s Revenge, Book 4 of The Golden Dolphin Series.  I have to say it’s one of my favorite books.  Who among us hasn’t had her little heartbroken at one time or another and wanted some payback.  Well, here I got it for all of us.

In Violette’s Vibrato, Book 3 of the Golden Dolphin series, my heroine (First Violin with the NY Philharmonic) was in trouble with the Russian Mob.  The story was coming along well.  The Hero and heroine were great together.  AND THEN I didn’t know how to finish it off.  How the heck was I going to solve the problem?  How do you get rid of the Russian mob?  It wasn’t any easier in my book than I expect it would be in real life.  I thought and thought (this is the part where I wish I’d outlined) and then one morning I woke up early and just knew what to do.  My subconscious had worked out a solution.  I rushed to jot it down – if I don’t my brilliant ideas drift off into space never to be seen again.

It really doesn’t matter how you approach the project.  The outliner spends a ton of time getting ready to write.  The pantster just goes for it.  Either way, you have to spend the time.  I sometimes find that in the middle of a book I don’t know where I’m going or what to do next.  Then I have to spend the time figuring it out that the outliner has already invested.   Six of one – half a dozen of another.   The trick is to JUST DO IT.  Find the method that suits you best.  Try both and see how it goes.  Just get started if it has always been your dream.

Writing is fun.  Every day is something new, and I get to share the adventures of all my characters (whom I love like children).  My new series, The Black Iris Club, starts with Kaylin’s Pursuit, the story of a homicide detective in Fort Lauderdale (my home town) who during the course of an investigation of a serial killer meets and falls in love with the sexy and rich (they always are – who wants real life?) Dom, Jack Dalton Brown.  He owns a BDSM club in the penthouse of the building where the body was found.  Kaylin goes into the club undercover to root out the serial killer.  That’s all I knew when I started.  The four books of the series are now finished and also include:  Chloe’s Rescue (human trafficking), Gabriella’s Prosecution (gang violence), and Nicollette’s Defense (PTSD and veteran’s issues).

The one thing you really need is a good story.  Without a story, you don’t have a book.  If it’s only about sex, the reader (and I include myself in that group because I also read) gets bored and loses interest.  If you have a good story, they will want to read the story even if some just glance over the sex.

Another saying is “write the book you want to read.”  Well I have done that nineteen times and I’m not tired of it yet – so give writing a try if you think you might like it.  I hope you will check out my fan page on Facebook, Skye Michaels Books, where you will find covers and first chapters of all the books.  I love to hear from readers, so drop me a line and let me know what you like and what you don’t (not so much the what you don’t – LOL).   – Skye Michaels

 

 

Other books by Skye Michaels

Available on Bookstrand.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com:

The LeClub Series:  Calleigh’ Collar, Kelly’s Challenge, Anne’s Courage, Paula’s Commitment, Madison’s Choice and Belinda’s Crown

The Golden Dolphin Series:  Ivorie’s Surprise, Harper’s Submission, Violette’s Vibrato, Cassandra’s Revenge, Pandora’s Box, and Hannalore’s Treasure

The Black Iris Series:  Kaylin’s Pursuit, Chloe’s Rescue, Gabriella’s Prosecution, and Nicollette’s  Defense

The Black Dahlia Hotel Series:  (Coming Soon)  Mikaela’s Debut, Vaughn’s Awakening

The Horsemen Series:  The Appearance of Impropriety (Not a BDSM book)

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SKYEMICHAELSBOOKS Fan Page for covers and first chapters

E-MAIL:  SKYEMICHAELSBOOKS@YAHOO.COM

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24 Comments
  1. Well, this was a nice turnout guys. Thanks for stopping by. I am going to wait until tomorrow to close the contest. I have chosen the four people who will be getting the 3-book prize: Becky Schoelich, Lisa Mancl, Debbie Westlake and Melissa Weeks. Since I am not sure such big emails will go through, I will be sending 3 separate emails to each of you.

    In addition, I will be sending out a random book from my back list to all the other participants who left email addresses as a thank you for participating. It may take me a few days to get all this out.

    The following 3 people did not leave email addresses: Karen H, Cindy Graham and Heimy R. Please send me your email addresses either here or to my email address below.

    Hope you all enjoy the books. I sure love writing them. Please feel free to check out my Facebook fan page, Skye Michaels Books for covers and first chapters and email me at skyemichaelsbooks@yahoo.com. I love to hear from readers. – Skye Michaels xoxoxo

  2. Gaby Il. permalink

    Awesome! email: grabs64(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. rsiller226 permalink

    Love your books rsiller226@yahoo.com

  4. Gina Kamai permalink

    📘📙📔Love the books. Ginalkamai@gmail.com

  5. Becky Schoelich permalink

    I’m a huge fan of both of you! Thanks for the opportunity. My e-mail address is beckysheart@hotmail.com

  6. JanaL permalink

    Enjoyed the post. Thanks for the giveaway. janaleah64@yahoo.com

  7. Great advise but so simple people think there’s got to be more to it…believe me the “just write something is HARD to do but it is the best advise you’ll ever be given. Love the books but I’ve already got or read most of them so don’t put me in the drawing. 😉

    • Thanks, Mardi! I started your Zane’s Choice today, and already read To Love and Obey! Love them – Skye

      • Barbara, this is old but I just now remembered and discovered I have a blog over here. lol I am so darn disorganized. Forgive me.

  8. Lisa Mancl permalink

    Me please. lisa.mancl1@gmail.com

  9. Debbie Westlake permalink

    I could really use a pick me up, pretty please. Thanks for the opportunity. Good luck everyone!
    badbobsgirl@gmail.com

  10. Karen H permalink

    I’d love the opportunity to read these.

  11. Janka Dustan permalink

    Thank you, would love to read your books dustanga@aol.co.uk 🙂

  12. Cindy Graham permalink

    I would love to try out your books!

  13. I would love to win these 😀. Good luck everyone xx Lisasamuel79@googlemail.com

  14. Heimy R permalink

    Adding to my TBR list 🙂

  15. Hi, Lori and Skye! I would love to win a book! Thanks for the great writing advice! My email is: traceytax2@hotmail.com

  16. Vanessa N. permalink

    You’re a new author for me. All three series sound cool. Thanks for the chance.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  17. Kelley H. permalink

    Love your books and Lori King’s too! khopkins131@frontier.com

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