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Sparkling New Year and a New Direction with @MeganSlayer

Normally when I start the year, one of the first things I do is make up a general plan for the year. What am I going to write? What’s talking? What’s the best use of my writing time for the year? Who am I going to write for? Seems like quite a few valid questions, right?

The thing is, this year is different than the last few. One of my cherished publishers has opted to close. They’re going about it a very professional way, but still…they’re closing. That means two of my series are in limbo…what do I do with them? I’m still deciding. Another publisher is allowing the writers to put the books into print. That’s great, but that’s a whole slew of cover art that isn’t ready… Makes my mind boggle.  Yet another publisher switched over to a new company. I’m thrilled. I like the change, but I’m not wild about change in general. I’d rather things stay the same. I know, I know. Life doesn’t work that way.

So that’s where I’m temporarily stuck and sorting out what I want to do. I’ll get there. Promise. I’ve got plenty of books in the pipeline for this year and the characters never take a day off.

So the new direction I mentioned in the title? That’s not kicking myself for not writing when I want and giving myself some wiggle room. If the story isn’t talking for a day, I’m not going to push it. If it’s talking a lot, I’ll have a notebook handy.

What are your plans for 2018? Did you make resolutions? Why? Why not? Let me know. Speaking of New Years…

Here’s a little bit about my latest release, Sparkling New Year!

Sparkling New Year by Megan Slayer 
Contemporary, Sweet Romance, New Adult
M/M interaction
From MLR Books
New year, new relationship?
Dating and Aydin Madison haven’t been good friends. He’s shy, bookish and would rather be with his set designs than most people. He knows his way around the theater, but his love life is non-existent. He knows whom he’d like to date–Brandon Kidd, the boy du jour of the art school. He’d love to rub Brandon the right way. It’s too bad Brandon doesn’t seem to know Aydin exists.
When freak circumstances throw these two together, they’ll have to decide if the sizzling connection is the key to their happy new year or just a fluke.

Get your copy here:

https://www.mlrbooks.com/Bookstore.php?bookid=MSSPRKNY

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B077K3VLFP/

Looking Forward to 2018 #goals #writing

Hi everyone,

Wow – I can’t believe this is my last post here for 2017. This year seems to have gone so fast! But it was a vast improvement on 2016, so I’m definitely not complaining.

As is usually the case at this time of year, I’m thinking about my goals and aspirations for next year. The writing market is growing tougher and tougher, publishers are closing, readers can be difficult to find… and yet, I’m not giving up. Far from it. I still love writing, and I’m still doing okay. Far from making a living from it, sadly, but it supplements what I’m earning. Most importantly, though, I’m still getting great feedback. I get messages from readers saying how much they’ve enjoyed my books, I receive positive reviews, and that keeps me going.

At the same time, though, I’ve got to adapt to stay in the game. I have to do dull adulting stuff like pay bills, and buy groceries, put petrol in my car, feed the dog, so earning money is a must. Which is why I’ve started to turn, as I mentioned in an earlier post, to writing to market. There’s no way I’ll suddenly drop everything and start writing sci-fi (if I do, someone should probably send me to a doctor, as there’s a good chance I’ve been given a lobotomy), but my upcoming reverse harem series was written to try to entice the seemingly rabid readership of reverse harem romance fans. But I wouldn’t have done it if the genre didn’t appeal to me in the first place. It did, though, and Mia’s Men is coming next month – what a start to the year! I’m so excited about it!

So, for early 2018 at least, that’s where my focus will be. I have a couple of projects I’ve committed to, but otherwise, I’ll be working on Mia’s Wedding, book two in The Heiress’s Harem series, and then Mia’s Choice, which is book three. After that – who knows? I do have potential other reverse harem romance ideas bubbling away in the back of my head, so I guess we’ll have to see what happens! If people enjoy Mia and her bunch of gorgeous guys, then I’ll let my Muse decide. I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent with Mia and the boys so far.

I’ll also be going through old contracts and possibly getting rights to other books back, so there may well be more re-releases dotted in amongst the new releases. Just a little housekeeping! 😉

Other that that – keeping my head above water, earning enough cash to go on a couple of holidays… anything beyond that is a bonus! So if you’ve bought one of my books in 2017, I say a hearty thank you, hope you enjoyed it, and that you’ll check out others.

Here’s to an amazing new year for all of us!

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves, Hiding in Plain Sight and Mia’s Men (The Heiress’s Harem Book 1). Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter

Writing to Market – What are your Thoughts? #writing

Hi everyone,

Today I’d like to do a quick post on writing to market. I’ve been writing for quite a few years now, and I’ve always either written whatever I felt like, or answered calls for submissions and so on. My readers are used to me having tales that are M/F, F/F, M/M/M, menage, paranormal, contemporary, long, short, etc… But I’ve never written to market – i.e. looked at what’s selling well and deliberately written a book on that topic.

Until now.

Probably the main reason I’ve never done this before is because those “crazes” for want of a better word (huh – you’d have thought a writer would be able to come up with a better word!) have never really appealed to me. Alternatively, in the case of Fifty Shades of Grey and BDSM, I was writing BDSM long before E L James hit big. Another reason is that generally I just can’t write flipping fast enough to keep up with the trends.

But now, after much encouragement from one of my writer buddies, I’ve gone and done it. I signed up for NaNoWriMo when I previously had no intention of doing so, and with barely a book idea in my head. And now, with two days to spare, I’m under 2,500 words away from “winning” NaNoWriMo (which for those of you that don’t know, the aim is to write 50,000 words in a month). With a reverse harem romance book. The first in a series of three (with potential for a fourth). Reverse harem is insanely hot right now, but the question is… will folks buy my reverse harem books? Guess there’s only one way to find out.

I’ve actually really enjoyed writing this genre – though admittedly it wasn’t something I’d given any thought to beforehand. I figured it was basically menage with a few twists and turns and differences along the way and just held on for the ride. It’s not too much of a departure from what I’ve written before, so fingers crossed my existing readers will check it out, too.

So… what are your thoughts on writing to market? Does it make a writer a sell out? Would you read a book from one of your favourite writers if you knew they’d deliberately written it to hopefully capture a piece of a large market?

Would love to know your thoughts on this!

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter