Romance vs. Reality

Alright, Ladies and Gents, I want to know what you think about a topic that was recently brought to my attention. The other night I asked my husband if he would read the beginning of my book and give me an objective opinion. *Before I go any further, let me point out that my darling hubby is extremely forthcoming with all of … Read More

Top Ten Reasons I Suck at Blogging

I can’t help but wonder…Did I do something wrong? Say the wrong thing? Bore you to death? Something had to have happened. I feel like I’ve lost you. You don’t visit me anymore. You don’t write. And when we talk, your eyes glaze over like a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Heck, you’re probably thinking about Krispy Kreme doughnuts while I’m talking. (You’re certainly … Read More

The Creative Process…Revealed

**I’d like to apologize in advance for the sub-par quality of this post. It’s really late and I think my brain is broken.** So as you all know (or you may not if you haven’t read my earlier posts, in which case, shame on you) this blog was started as a journal of sorts to share my experiences while writing … Read More

Tanking and Taglines and Titles – OH MY!

** Author Note: Hey there, everyone. I’m sorry I’ve been MIA lately. I’ll try to make up for it in the coming weeks here. Don’t give up on me yet!  Oh, and you’ll want to make sure you read this one all the way to end. Trust me. ** Tanking Well, first thing’s first. In regard to the ABNC (see previous … Read More

Meet Dominic…

Dominic (Dom) Anthony Russo (Model Pic: no-idea-who-he-is-but-he’s-so-yummy-i-can’t-stand-it) Birthday: September 5th, 1980 Age: 29 (22 mortal years, 6.5 vampire years) Hair: Black, Shaggy Eyes: Steel-Blue Height: 6’ 3” Dominic (preferably called Dom) was placed into the Illinois State foster care system as an infant. He knows nothing of his biological parents. The foster homes he was placed in were less than … Read More

Chapter One: And now for something completely different…

For those of you interested in the long and grueling writing process, you can compare my earlier “Final” draft of Chapter One to this version. Notice the differences in the “showing vs. telling” and what I chose to do to correct those problems. Instead of telling you what Dom looked like, I now show you through conversation with other characters, … Read More

CPs: A Wondrous Discovery

“I’d love to work with you as a CP…” says a lady in the Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers (WPRW) group on Yahoo.“I’d love to work with you as a CP, too!” I respond enthusiastically. “What’s a CP?”“Crit Partner,” she explains with a big computer ‘smiley face.’After I LOL I type, “Ah, yes, Crit Partner! I was right – I would … Read More

Visit me over at Fang-tastic Books!!!

Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m so excited to announce the arrival of my very first guest blog spot on Roxanne Rhoads’ blog spot, Fang-tastic Books. <—-(click here) I’m discussing my fascination with the unique origins authors give their vampires. At the end I throw in a taste of the origins for my own vampires, which I believe to be pretty unique in … Read More

The Neverending Story

Okay, so I’m not really writing the Neverending Story (I totally loved that movie as a kid. I still cry when Artec the horse sinks into the Swamp of Sadness!), however I AM starting to feel like I’m in a whirlpool of Neverending Editing. During my short time as an amateur-writer-attempting-to-be-a-professional-author, I’ve visited so many great blogs and websites chock full of … Read More

Chapter Two Excerpt (Final Revisions 1/13/10)

Dom spotted Angelica, no longer in her pink sundress, but in her usual sleepwear: A tank top and lounge pants. Both light pink, of course. How she managed to make casual loungewear look so damn sexy was beyond him. She paced back and forth in her bedroom, clearly very agitated. Although his vision wasn’t completely in-focus and his hearing was … Read More

Chapter One (Final Revisions 1/13/10)

This is as far as I’m taking this chapter on my own. There may be additional changes in the future from professional editors, but I’m (pretty) sure this is MY finished product. I hope you like it. June 2003 ~ Evanston, IL Dom Russo had the ability to drink any one of his college buddies under the table and still … Read More

C’est Fini!

It’s true! I can hardly believe it. My goal was to finish it before the end of the year and, at approximately 2:30 pm today, I completed the rough draft of my manuscript! It’s been a long and crazy ride, my friends. I started this crazy idea sometime in February or March (I can’t remember exactly) of this year. It … Read More

New Moon and Wrenches

Happy Saturday everyone! Well, I saw New Moon last night. After a long day of working two jobs my daughter and I went to go see it at the last show of the night. Everything about it made Twilight look like a low-budget independent film. The special effects were awesome – particularly with the wolves – and my daughter and … Read More

Full Steam Ahead!!

Hello Everyone! I just wanted to send a quick update to let you know that I’ve gotten A LOT of writing done the last several days. I’m finally at the home stretch and closing in fast on the end of the book. Of course, that will only be the first draft and after that I’ll have to go back over … Read More

Time to Buckle Down

I want to send out a huge Thank You to all of you have signed on to be Followers of my blog, or even just stop by to visit and check it out once in a while. Now that I’ve started the blog and the Facebook Fanpage (if you’re on Facebook you can look up my page by searching Gina … Read More

Scam Artists Suck

Yes, I realize that the title of this post is less than poetic, but it aptly describes my feelings on the subject. I’ve been trying to shop around different publishing companies and methods so I can be ready for when I finish my book (which will hopefully be in only a couple more months). I found a publishing group called … Read More