On Vacation!

That’s right faithful readers, the Naughty Quillers are taking a three week vacation – virtually speaking. With the end of summer approaching, and for some of us the return to school for the little ones nearing, we decided to take a well deserved break. We’ve been going at this strong for over a year now, I think we deserve one don’t you?

But we will be back!

We’re going to enjoy these last days of the summer months before everything gets back into the swing of things. We shall return to action on September 4, 2017. So don’t go too far y’all, and mark the date on the calendar. We shall see you then, rested and bushy tailed – at least that’s the plan.

The Naughty Quillers (Doris, Jules, Kacey, Moira & Raven)

Life… #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Happy Tuesday, lovely peeps. Well, I tell you life is never dull, is it? The week started off with something of a bang.

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Our youngest had a nasty allergic reaction over the weekend, the second in three days, so I thought it was wise to take him to the doctors. We are, of course, none the wiser, as to what he is suddenly reacting to, only that he is definitely reacting to something.

So antihistamine follows us wherever we go, just in case… fun, not. Neither is the talk of EpiPens and rushing him off to A&E if need be. Worst case scenario, that, obviously, but still. Not what you want to hear.

Add to that that I was up at the crack of dawn to take one of our daughters to said hospital to have the metal plate taken out of her collarbone (you may or may not remember she broke it over a year ago, falling out of a tree!) and… yeah… life…

Not all that conducive to meeting your writing goals. However, I’m pleased to report that I did manage to finish that story I was banging on about last time.

*phew*

It remains to be seen if the powers that be like it, of course.

I didn’t finish the other story I was writing. My muse, god bless her, decided to take me down the rabbit hole and to write something else entirely.

This one is MMF, interracial, and BDSM to boot.

 

Then again with these two hunks for inspiration… can’t say I blame her.

 

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My heroine is one lucky lady… just saying…

 

*smirks*

So, there you have it. One rambling post from me. To be honest, I’m struggling with keeping up my Naughty Quills commitment of posting every Tuesday so I might have to rethink that at some point. But not today. I have some very hot sex to write.

Do stay naughty, folks,

 

D x

 

 

When is the time to walk away? #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Hello, lovely peeps, Doris here. As the title says I’m pondering when enough really is enough and you throw in the towel, walk away, hit the high road… whatever you want to call it.

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I’m talking publishers, of course.

When you realize that for whatever reason, you and that particular publishing house are just not a right fit anymore.

I’ve talked about not all publishers being created equal on the Quills before here.

Suppose, however, that a publisher you’ve been previously happy with, is just… well insert a reason of your choice here.

What do you do, when on the face of it everything is fine? You sell reasonably well, they pay on time etc, so no red flags as such, and yet, there are small things that niggle. Those small things get persistently more annoying. Not so much of a niggle, but a giant thorn in your side which you simply can’t ignore anymore?

Well, you have a choice to make. Do you carry on ignoring your concerns, especially when you see other authors voicing said concerns to the publisher in question, and they get shot down, or do you stop subbing to that publisher.

The easy answer is, of course, if you’re not happy, stop submitting to them. What, if you have series to finish, however. Typically, any publisher has first refusal on any sequels, so then what do you do?

It’s a dilemma, for sure, and there are no easy answers. Only incredibly hard choices. No author likes to leave their readers hanging, knowing they’re eagerly waiting for more stories in a series. However, that may just have to happen, or at the very least wait out the contract terms until you can get your rights back and sub the series elsewhere.

Sometimes you can re-name characters and fit them into a series elsewhere, or, start a spin off series of sorts. Either way it’s a mess, not to mention that sinking feeling at leaving something behind that was once a good thing.

Then there is the whole, not trying to commit professional suicide thing. The publishing world is small and you don’t want to be known as the author who always complains, etc.

However, your concerns, no matter how small or big, are worth listening to, and when your publisher is not willing to do that… it really only leaves you one option.

Pack your bags and leave onto pastures new.

Another very good reason to never put all of your eggs into the proverbial basket, because you never know what the future holds.

Whatever you decide to do, do it in a professional manner, however. Especially, as this whole thing is so subjective. What really bothers you, might not even register on another author’s radar. If you find your concerns echoed, however, by several authors in the same house… well, you have your answer.

There you have it, me at my most philosophical self.

Do stay naughty, folks.

D xxx

 

Gah, the pressure… #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Hello, lovely peeps, Doris here with just a short post, as I’m literally feeling the pressure.

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Entirely self-inflicted too, but we have our son’s wedding coming up on Saturday, which means I’ll be pretty much out of this writing thing for three days.

I want to have my current WIP finished by Thursday at the latest so that I can relax at the wedding and forget about it. That’s a total of 13 K I have to write in three days.

Doable, yes certainly, even if I do look like this.

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Oh, the joys! I should add that the kids are off on their school hols (I wrote a sex scene yesterday while listening to my youngest bashing about his bedroom, next door to me, killing baddies – he was Batman).

Not quite the inspiration I needed for this particular scene….

Add to that last minute errands to run, and the general UN peace keeping duties having the kids off entails, and yeah.

Still, I will do it. I must.

I left my heroine ogling a half naked Logan, and well… such a hardship. This is the hunk Logan is based on, Adan Gonzales. I think he works rather well for my bad boy CEO 😉

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What do you think?

 

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Right, I best get back to writing and getting them to their HEA.

Stay naughty, folks.

 

D xx

Mean Girls #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Happy Tuesday, folks. I should probably warn you, this might get a tad ranty. As the title says, I’m talking mean girls today, specifically those in the author playground.

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Hmm, yes. I heard something this week, which left me stumped, namely authors in one publishing house talking trash about a fellow author in the same house.

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Come on now, peeps that is so not cool. Now, I get, it, personalities clash,  things said are taken out of context, the ugly green-eyed monster rears its head…. we’re human… I. Get.It.

But for the love of all that is holy try to keep things professional, especially when you’re voicing such opinions in front of readers. It makes us all look bad and like the mean girls. Really, haven’t we left those antics behind on the playground?

We’ve said it many times on here, there is room for all of us. This is not a competition. Sure we’d all like to sell tonnes like some authors seem to do so effortlessly, and yeah, it can grate if you perceive your stories to be that much better than the ones that sell.

Here is the rub, though, that is just your perception. What sells, what doesn’t, what grabs a reader’s attention is all so very subjective and that is as it should be.

There are as many different stories and authors out there as there are readers, and that is a good thing.

Variety is the spice of life and all that. There have been plenty of times I read something and shaken my head in wonder, and asked how the hell?

That’s fine, we’re all entitled our opinions. What none of us is entitled to do is voice those opinions at the expense of some one else’s feelings, especially when they’re not in the room, so to speak to give their side of the story.

And this is the other thing. There are always, always two sides to every story, or more if more than two people are involved.

And here is the other rub, both sides of that story might be right. So much is down to individual perception of things, after all. Rarely do two people see exactly the same thing, or take away the same impression from a book, painting, even a conversation.

What has sparked all this, you might ask. Well, if you’re one of the people involved and you’re squirming in your seat right now, take a good long hard look in the mirror, that’s all I’m going to say.

None of us is perfect. We all make mistakes, that’s a given, but there is never, ever an excuse for being one of the mean girls.

To further clarify, as far as I know, no-one has been spouting rubbish about me, or if they have I’m blissfully unaware.

*smiles*

And you know something else, knock yourself out if you are. That sort of thing always says more about the person who’s doing it then the person they’re talking about.

It reminds me of when I first started what you would call high school in the UK back in the day in Germany. I very quickly fell in with the popular crowd. I was tall, reasonably pretty, skinny, and sporty if a tad quiet.

I was happy with the status quo, why wouldn’t I be, until the new girl started. She was on the chubby side, with dark hair and ugly glasses, none of which were her fault, and of course, the popular crowd picked on her straightway.

Well, I’m happy to say my gran raised me better than that. I couldn’t just stand by and join in with the taunting. I stood up for that girl, and we became the best of friends.  Naturally, that also ended my spell as the popular girl. I became the picked on one, but you know what?

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and all that. I learned a valuable lesson back then, to be myself, to not be a sheep, to not follow any bandwagon and to stand for what I believe in.

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What you see is what you get with me, and that can be brutal honesty at times. It’s a shame most folks don’t seem capable of extending that same courtesy.

*side note… Jamie…. Outlander….drool*

Erm, where was I? Oh, yeah, I was ranting, as I do. 😉

Seriously, though, let’s stop the playground mentality and support each other. Don’t be the mean girl. We’re all better than that.

And another side note, with all this drama seemingly going on behind the scenes all the time, how does anyone find time to, you know, actually write.

Baffles me, I have to say.

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Anyhoo, that’s enough from me today and my attempt at putting the world to rights. ( I wish!)

Stay naughty, folks.

D xx

You should be writing! #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Hey peeps, Doris here with a very short and sweet post today, as I really shouldn’t be here at all. I’m on a tight deadline. Nothing like a bit of pressure to get the fingers flying and all that.

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For once I know the story. Heck, I have a synopsis and everything….

*passes the smelling salts*

Yes, I know, unheard of, but necessary for this particular submission process. I’m waiting to hear back on a first chapter and just in case the powers that be will want more…. well, I kinda need the rest of the story, right?

Hence the deadline.

I tell myself I work well under pressure…. yeah, right… erm…

So, with that in mind, I best get off here and crack on. I left my hero with a severe case of blue balls and the heroine has just turned up, so there is a whole lot of different pressure going on.

*snort*

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Erm right, that’s my cue.

(Incidentally, Rhett Butler, so wonderfully portrayed by Clark Gable here, was the first literary hero I ever fell in love with.)

*swoons*

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Eeek, def going now!

*catches one last glimpse of Idris*

Stay naughty, folks!

 

Dxx

 

Just do it already! #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Hello, lovely peeps, Doris here. First off let me wish all you Americans out there, a very Happy 4th July, or as we Brits would say.

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist, and I’m only joking, of course.

You can probably tell what tone this blog post will take, right? I literally had no clue what to put in today’s post.  So what does one lil author do, when she has run out of things to say?

First off, moan to my fellow Quillers–naturally.

Kind of essential that one.

Then, squeal in delight at the critique of a first chapter you got back – thanks, Jules and Raven, you both rock!

Then, ponder this thorny question of what to blog about some more, and then it came to me. Not unlike writing, really, the answer is rather obvious. Just sit down and do it already, and something will come to you. Or not, but that’s where inspirational quotes from Pinterest come in…

So, without further ado, here are some of my favourites.

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I don’t think this just applies to new writers, to be fair. When you’re struggling to find that unique spin, it can seem as though you’re just running around in circles. Well, you may well be but that will be your circles and thus unique to you! Bear that in mind when you’re doubting yourself, and, you know just do it!

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Good lord, yes, this. If only there was some sort of technology which would enable us to transfer our thoughts/dreams straight onto paper. It would be a jumbled mess in my case, but it sure would speed up the process, wouldn’t it?

 

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Like I said, just do it already! 🙂

 

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Isn’t that the truth! Well, no one ever said it was going to be easy, right? Oh, wait, you thought it was? You thought us writers just moan for nothing? Well, sorry buttercup, but until you actually try to write a story yourself, you have no clue.

*smiles*

 

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Oh yes, it is beyond nerve-wracking when you first show your work to other people, but ya know, unless you’re just writing for yourself, there comes a point when you have to. You’ll also have to swallow your pride, be humble, accept constructive criticism, and be willing to learn from your mistakes. This writing lark is a journey that never ends and there is always, always room for improvement.

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Oh, how true is this? I never really understood that until I started writing myself and my characters simply took over. Darn ornery, mine tend to be, so I’ve learned to simply let them get on with it. After all, it is their story and they should know how it goes, right?

 

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And that is the worst thing that can happen. If they’re anything like mine they’ll start talking again at the most inopportune moment when I have zero chance of getting words on paper.

*sighs*

Anyhoo, for someone who had no idea what to blog about, I seem to have rambled on a bit, so I shall take myself off here and sort out my characters.

Do stay naughty, folks!

D xx

Grammar Police… #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Happy Tuesday, peeps, Doris here with what may well turn into a slightly ranty post. You have been warned….

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As the title says I’m talking about the grammar police today. Whether you’re a new author or a seasoned one, you will encounter these oh so self-righteous individuals who seem to live for pointing out the slightest error an author makes.

Now, don’t get me wrong, when it comes to our books, of course, we should strive to make them as correct and fault free as we possibly can, but here’s the rub….

Brace yourself now, this might come as a shock to some of the aforementioned grammar police sorts.

 

Authors are human. Editors are human. Mistakes happen.

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I know right? Unheard of! Never is that more in evidence than on social media. While we all strive to not let typos creep into our statuses, they do occasionally happen, especially when we’re in a hurry, and you know, this is the thing.

When I post a status, especially a non-promo related one I don’t think too much about how grammatically correct it is, nor whether the odd typo creeps in. If I notice them, and nine out of ten times I do the minute I’ve posted the darn thing, I’ll go back and edit it. Suppose, however, the author in question hasn’t noticed and the grammar police then come along and point out said typo LIKE THIS. Not only that, when the author makes a joke about it, said police then decide to inform the author that authors should be held to higher standards.

Okay then, just chill the heck out for one blessed minute here.

I should add here this hasn’t happened to me, but it still annoyed the crapola out of me, because, really, hand on heart now, you never, ever, post a status with a typo?  What is served by being a dickwad about it, other than outing yourself as such of course?

*smiles sweetly*

Here on the Naughty Quills, we have pointed out numerous times that authors need editors, and they need to be aware of what they put out there on social media. With the best will in the world, mistakes happen, however, and berating an author over them… yeah, don’t do that.

Especially if this author normally has error free statuses. We all know the ones, who can’t seem to spell for toffee, and I roll my eyes as much as the next person. I will also be far less likely to give that author’s work a shot because no one needs a book riddled with errors.

The odd one that creeps in, however? Come on now, be gracious and smile. Some typos can be pretty hysterical too. And you, know, if you really feel that strongly about it, send that author a  private message and let them know.

Easy, see, and far more polite.

So, how then do you, the author deal with these wonderfully righteous and always correct individuals… *insert a sarcastic smile*

Well, you could ignore them. My favorite method of dealing with them, especially if turning the whole thing into a joke doesn’t work. Harder to do when they send you a pm. I recall one reader who took it upon herself to point out every tiny error in my books, down to page number… I wouldn’t have minded too much, but a lot of the supposed errors were simply differences in US Grammar and spelling vs UK Grammar and spelling. What’s more, she wouldn’t accept this…

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Well, the air was rather blue in private. I simply thanked her for her opinion and left it at that, cause, really, what else can you do?

Don’t get me wrong, if a book of mine is littered with errors, I want to know. Not least, because something may well have gone wrong in formatting, and my publisher needs to be aware of that, but the odd typo?

I recall one hysterical conversation I had with a reader when she pointed out to me that the dog in the story changed names half way through.

Yeah… *hangs head in shame*

To this day I have no idea how we all missed that in editing. Besides from mine, four other set of eyes looked over that story and we all missed it.

I refer you back to my earlier statement of being human.

These things shouldn’t happen, but they do. All, we as authors can do is try our utmost to present a finished product as error free as possible.

As for the grammar police out there…

Humor them, I gather they can’t help the big stick up their you know whats.

*smiles*

And if you’re one of those people, who just must point out these things, then for the love of all that is holy, do so with grace and good humor. Us authors are far more likely to listen and take note then. 🙂

That’s all from me today, you’ll be glad to hear.

Do stay naughty, folks!

D xx

 

Series and that pesky muse #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Hello, lovely peeps, Doris here with my thoughts on series and how muses can frustrate not only us authors but also the readers.

I’ve touched on this subject before here, but it bears repeating, especially if you’re a panster like me.

I’m very, very aware that I have numerous series which still need completing, and yet, today sees the release of another new series, and I’ve had the acceptance on….. yep, you guessed it… anther new series.

*ducks the flying shoes*

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I can’t help it, readers, I really can’t. As it happens I’m writing book two of the new series now, and then I will make a concerted effort to get to all my other series and add to them. I’m well aware how frustrating it must be when you, the reader, are waiting for the next one in your favourite series and the author goes off on a tangent and writes something else.

I can only speak for myself, but we don’t do it on purpose. I promise, we don’t. Well, I certainly don’t. I would love to be able to write a series in order, but it’s just not the way my muse works.

If it did, it sure would make my life easier. What I can promise is that all of my outstanding series will, eventually, be added to.

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Now, I best get off here and carry on writing. Contrary muse permitting…

And big thanks to all my awesome readers.

Stay naughty, folks,

D xxx

 

Ten Ways to tell…. #TuesdayThoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Happy Tuesday, peeps, Doris here with what I hope will be a fun post. I may have mentioned before that I never set out to be an erotic author.

Oh no, not me. So, what happened? My characters knew better, that’s what.

Here are ten ways to spot an erotic author…

1.) Your characters never can keep their hands off each other.

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2.) You roll your eyes at purple prose.

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3.) You know every different way there is to say penis, without actually using that word.

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4.) Pussy, cunt, clit… etc. have long since lost the ability to make you blush.

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5.) You can’t help but check out hot bods you encounter… for research purposes of course.

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6.) Your google history is interesting.

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7.) Porn becomes research, even if it’s just what not to do… 😉

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8.) People make this face when they find out what you write.

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9.) You blush when your child’s teacher wants you to come in and talk about being an author.

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10.) You have very sexy dreams!

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Feel free to add your own observations to that list.

That’s all from me today.

Do stay naughty, folks.

D xxx