Monday, June 9, 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour!


Hey there! I'm Mandy Rosko, an immature woman-child who still plays videogames and loves getting stuck in my own head. Writing can be a pain in the ass sometimes, especially when the words just will. Not. Come (lol, see what I did there?), but I'd rather be doing that any day of the week than, say, working a traditional job ;)

Seriously, though, I love what I do. If I couldn't read or write, I think I'd die. I need the people inside of my head in order to function properly. I need fictional characters to function, period. They give me a harmless escape that I really need. I write paranormal, M/M, and have recently started dipping my toes into erotic (I'm a bad girl :3)

Maureen Fisher brought me this blog hop, she's a great lady and she and I are in the same writing group that's affiliated with RWA. Check out her awesome blog here.

You can also read up on her latest books, and on her post about her Writing Process as well. Here, you will read all about mine.

What am I working on?

Okay, so, as for what I'm working on, right now my new erotic trilogy is a bit on the darker side of things that I normally do. The first book is a little less than 45,000 words at the moment, and the first draft is finished and currently with a reader. The premise is kind of x-men-ish, even though I'd wanted it to be paranormal. The heroine is a fire-starting pyro (I called her Cindy. Yay for originality!), and the hero, Jack, is from a family of hunters who are trained to track down paranormals and sell them for any kind of government study. Cindy and Jack used to be in a relationship and were very much in love, until the hero's house burned down around him while he and his father and brothers were still locked inside of it, leaving him terribly scarred, and his father and brothers dead 0.o I'm mean, I know. Obviously Cindy is responsible. She's a pyro, and the night of the fire happened to be on the same day he told her that his family hunts down her kind for a living, and when he tried to find her afterward, she was just gone.

Stupid him for trusting that she would understand, and to believe him when he told her that he wouldn't ever hurt her and wanted no part of that life. Now Jack wants nothing but to be a hunter, and his mission is to find Cindy and bring her in. When he catches her, he has a whole lot of time to do whatever the hell he wants to her—whatever he wants—until she's picked up, and he doesn't believe a word of it when she claims to be innocent.

How is it different from other stories in my genre?

It's hard to make anything in paranormal that's really different anymore. It seems like it's all been done, so there's not going to be any special powers that no one has ever seen before. I want this to be about the two of them getting back together despite all the anger and accusations. As far as being different from other romances, then I'd say it's different in the way that Jack treats Cindy a little rougher than some other hero's would in his position. But only a little. I don't want to make it too dark @_@ And Cindy's not going to lie down and take it either. Not in the end. She'll let Jack be as rough as he needs to, and she'll manipulate him to the best of her abilities to get him to see that she was innocent in the whole thing. This includes offering up her body in the hope that he'll remember how good they used to be together, and then let her go.

Why do I write what I do?

I have no idea. I'm still trying to figure out what I like best when it comes to my writing. I've written paranormals, medievals, books with a lot of sex and books with little to no sex, and when I was younger, a really dark teen contemporary (which is lost forever I'm sure, since I can't find it anywhere >:( grrr...) but it seems I'm a little drawn to angsty stories lately, or maybe I always have been. I love reading about when a character is down and been kicked in the head so much that you think he, or she, will never get up again, but then they do, despite wanting to lay down and just disappear. These stories usually involve help from another person, which is where my romance comes into play, but keeping the underdog an underdog and not a whining victim is challenging, and I'm working to make sure this new series prevents Cindy and Jack from either of them being whiny victims.

How does my writing process work?

Very on and off. I have a couple of different pen names, and one of them is getting more attention than the others at this point, so I can only get my writing in for this new series when I get the time. Having my iPad is great for this, because I can be lying in bed, and I'll want to crank out a few sentences before sleep takes me. So I'll open up my file and start typing on the touch screen. I get a lot of spelling mistakes in by doing that, but I also can get in 500 or 1000 words where I otherwise wouldn't have gotten any. Another great big help is the Write or Die app. I love that thing. It's basically a program you can put on your computer, put a time limit on it, the number of words you want to get done, and then click go.

If you stop writing for more than a few seconds, then the screen will start flashing a bright red, and depending on your settings, it will even screech at you as it eats your words. Really good motivation to keep writing even when you don't feel the words. Also very masochistic >:)

I've also recently discovered that I enjoy certain types of music for certain scenes. Really sad and depressing scenes get sad songs. Sex scenes get sexy songs, and light hearted scenes get light hearted songs.

etc etc. But a good example of this would be Barcelona's Please Don't Go. I used that song while writing under my different pen name to get the feel for a death scene. It was awesome. Another song I used for a love scene was Sleeping with a Friend, by Neon Trees. That's the sort of lovey song you'd expect to listen to as the credits rolled and the HEA finally got there, or right before two drunk friends were about to start making out, which was where the trouble would occur in the story.

The only thing I really know for sure is that if I don't write every day, if I miss a few days, then by the time it comes to get me back on the wagon it's that much harder. Writing every day isn't just great for word counts, but also to keep you in that groove you need to be in to get shit done. If you're not writing that day, then you'd better be editing or rewriting something, because the longer you go without writing, the harder it gets to start back up.


Stay tuned for the update on who will be writing in next week!

Also, be sure to sign up for my Newsletter to get info on free stuff when I release it!

Cheers and happy writing ;)

-Mandy/Rizzo

Friday, June 6, 2014

Got Pics at RT

I learned so much at RT that it was unbelievable, I'm so happy I got to go this year, and now I'm thinking that I can't *not* go next yet :3

I met Sylvia Day, the women behind the Beautiful Bastard Series, Desiree Holt and so many others that I would have to create a list just to name them. I bought so many books at the book fair that the bag Sylvia day gave everyone...well, it's wheels broke off :)

I took that as my sign that I should stop buying books because I wasn't even paying attention to the prices. I was at several different panels were Mark Coker was speaking, and I was so busy taking notes that I didn't think to get him to sign any of the smashwords self publishing papers he gave out.

Next year, next year...

Oh man, I was so excited. Still can't get onto Audible because ACX isn't in Canada, but I learned a lot about it, enough to get the feeling that they're thinking about coming over :) Until they do, I've got other major plans in the works.

The Princess' Dragon Lord is going to be translated into German, and I already found a translator that I love, who has so far been very helpful in explaining how certain things sound. Apparently, The Princess's Dragon Lord isn't very elegant sounding in German, so she sent me a different suggestion:

Der Drachenprinz

I can't wait until the first round of edits comes back. I'm going to be getting in touch with my cover artist soon and have her put that on the cover so I can see how it looks. I'll be posting that once I get it :3

And now for the really fun part, here is the new cover I commissioned for The Vampire's Curse:


Oh my God, it looks so good, I love it. I was actually still at the airport when I was on 99designs (and yeah, that's a referral link) and sent out the request for designers, which was pretty interesting since I was in such a hurry to do it before I no longer had wifi to work with. I tried to put the spine and back on here, but I'll have to do that later, or get it on my facebook page, which can be found here if anyone wants to check out my pics of RT :3

Also, be sure to sign up for my Newsletter, don't worry, I'm not going to spam your email with a ton of posts about nothing, as people who have already signed up know very well. (Translation: I haven't figured out what to write to anyone so I haven't written at all yet) but, the more people I get signed up, the better the chances will be for me to start doing random giveaways and handing out free books and such. I feel that everything I'm doing already gets put on my blog or Facebook, so the newsletter should be for when I want to give you free stuff  ;)

Cheers,

-Mandy





Sunday, May 11, 2014

Going to RT! Yaaay... oh crap, I have to get on a plane

I'm heading off to RT tomorrow, and the idea of getting on a plane and travelling is killing me, but I really want to go to this :D

Also, it's already paid for, so I can't talk myself out of it now :S

Anyway! I'm on the list of authors giving away a free ebook on the smash words USB drive that's being handed out to 2000 attendees. The story being handed out is The Princess' Dragon Lord, and I've got my business cards and other goodies ready to go. I ordered about a thousand, but that was a lot more than I thought it would be, so I'm only bringing roughly 500 or so. Hopefully that will be enough.

Maybe I should get off my lazy ass and actually write that sequel to The Princess' Dragon Lord that I've been meaning to get on for like, ever. God, it's super hard to get stuff done when you're a lazy hermit...

Here's the link to the smashwords blog post where you can learn more! http://blog.smashwords.com/2014/05/smashwords-romance-authors-promoted-at.html


And don't forget to sign yourself up to my newsletter! Don't worry, my laziness prevents me from spamming you. This will only be to learn about new books and giveaways ;)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Congrats to the Goodreads Giveaway Winners!

The giveaway is over, the three winners were chosen, and the prizes were shipped. Thank you to everyone who entered for a chance to win a print copy of The Legend of the Werewolf!


 The printed version also comes with Westley and Chris's story included, The Dragon and the Wolf, which is still free on Amazon for everyone who missed out. I'm still not done celebrating, however. April is over, but I got a lot more sign ups than I thought I would considering the contest was only a short two weeks long. So I'm going to be handing out free ebook versions of The Legend of the Werewolf, or The Vampire's Curse, or even any book in my catalogue, to random people who sign up for my newsletter.

Don't worry, I'm not going to spam your inbox. In fact I'm way too lazy to do something like that. The only times you'll ever hear anything from me will be regarding new releases, or to give away free ebooks like I'm doing now. Right now I want to hand out a lot, and for almost any book in my catalogue. The books published under Siren I'm only allowed to give away ten free copies or so, but you can still get them if they're the ones you want :) I don't want to give out books that people already own, so I'm thinking a request system will be better. Here's some of the books in my catalogue:



I'll be working more on the details of this later, but you'll be hearing more about this as the mailing list grows.

Happy reading!

~Mandy

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Website Down Temporarily, But Hey, A New Release!

The website's going to be down for a few days, what a pain, I know so many people other than myself and my mom are going to miss it :) But until it's back up and running I thought I'd share that my new release is out. Actually it's been out for a few weeks now and being the king of laziness that I am, I'm only just posting this up here right now.

Check out my sweet new cover :D

I love it so much X3 An interesting thing I've noticed about getting book covers is how people tend to compliment me on them, as if I was the one who designed this, but hey, I won't complain <3 p="">
Even cooler than that is it's in print, too, just like the others, with the exception of The Dragon and the Wolf, which is printed in the back of The Legend of the Werewolf as a bonus since it was too short to print on its own.

Check it out here, though the ebook version is cheaper:

The Shepard's Agony


I'm also looking for some reviews of it, trying to draw attention to the series, so if anyone wants a free copy of this or any of my other books in exchange for an honest review, let me know and it's all yours. I'm working on the honor system here BTW


Okay, enough about me, I've been getting strangely addicted to Shannon West's Dark Hollow Wolf pack lately. They're really good :3 I suggest checking them out for anyone who wants to read M/M



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Dragon and the Wolf is a Bestseller on ARe!

 I woke up to am email this morning saying that my new novella in my Things in the Night series, The Dragon and the Wolf, is on the bestseller list on All Romance ebooks!

Above is the Amazon link, and here is the one for ARe: The Dragon and the Wolf

The cover was done by my same cover artist, and I'm just as in love with it as the others. There's one more book in the series coming, but I'm thinking of writing a fourth one since there are some characters that I could go further with.

Check out the stamp that ARe gave me :) : 



Just go for it...

Westley Stone didn’t expect to survive being kidnapped and tortured by hunters, but he did, and only because a dragon literally dropped out of the sky to save him, and after waking up in the man’s house, he can’t help but feel grateful, and very attracted to his rescuer. 

Chris Knucker has a thing against werewolves ever since his family was killed, but he’s willing to put old fears aside for the handsome man he’s just saved. The problem is that Westley seems a little shy to his advances, which makes sense when Chris discovers that Westley has to get married and produce a litter of wolf pups for his pack. 

That’s fine. Chris knows the other man won’t go through with it, so it’s just a matter of waiting him out, and since Chris is the pack hero for saving Westley’s life, he has all the access he needs to slowly wear down Westley’s defenses. When Westley does finally come to him, he reveals another reason why he held back, something that could make them both very happy if only Westley can put his trust in Chris.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Angels and Demons down from Amazon

   Noble Romance has left the business, so my book Angels & Demons is down from the retailers where people would normally buy it. The good thing about this is that I got my rights back, so I can self publish it, and I'm in contact with my regular cover artist, the same lady who made my two Things in the Night covers, as well as The Princess' Dragon Lord, and Just One touch, along with my historicals.

   I'm hoping she'll be able to do it, I really love how the covers turn out. The title will also be changing since I don't think Angels & Demons was really doing it, and I think I'll give it away for free for a while to try and draw some attention to it :D

In other great news, The Vampire's Curse, and The Legend of the Werewolf are now available on Amazon, and I'm working on the edits for the third book in the series now. Can't wait to get that done :3