Ready for bite-size reading? Coming soon @ Cafe Nix

14 Escape Publishing authors (including me!), one contemporary romance, 15 happy endings. Welcome to Cafe Nix.

31140939-256-k709664Cafe Nix is a collaboration between 14 Escape authors to bring readers epilogues, extra scenes, and all-new material featuring favourite characters from Escape contemporary titles. Each chapter is an original short story of its own, dropping you straight back into the lives of characters already let loose in the world in previously or soon to be published Escape books as they spend time at Sydney’s harbourside cafe, Cafe Nix.

My story is called Angry Birds and Turtle Doves, and it features Seth and Remy from my next Escape Publishing title, So Far Into You. (No release date unfortunately – this book won’t be out till much later in the year).

Who are the Cafe Nix authors?
In order of appearance they are:
Elizabeth Dunk – The Silver-haired Saviour:  In the style of The Lies We Tell
Juanita Kees – Under His Persuasion:  Characters from Tag Raiders Series
Sandra Antonelli – Niagara Falls at Cafe Nix:  Characters from Driving in Neutral
Jane O’ReillyHunk of the Month:  Characters from The Holiday Survival Guide
Nicole FlocktonBound by Their Wedding Plans:  Characters from Bound By His Desire
Cate EllinkDeeper Diving:  Characters from Deep Diving
Ros BaxterStand and Deliver:  Characters from Lingerie for Felons
Jenny SchwartzKissing Time:  Characters from Hero Duty
Ainslie PatonNo Dick Moves:  Characters from Insecure 
Jennie Jones12 Bells and a Baby:  Characters from Swallows Fall series
Lee ChristineIn Safe Company:  Characters from Grace & Poole series
Lily MaloneAngry Birds and Turtle Doves:  Characters from So Far Into You
Rhian CahillChristmas Wishes Do Come True: Characters from Christmas Wishes
Amy AndrewsRisqué Business:  Characters from Risky Business

Where can you get It Happened at Café Nix?
It will be released on Wattpad on April 2 and later will be available as a complete volume through Smashwords.

I’ll let you know when my story comes up!

 

 

“I Loved It From Chapter 8”

So, remember how last time on the blog I was feeling “nostalgic” and “zen”?? And, remember in the blog post before that, I was so close to finishing my fourth book, So Far Into You?
My feeling of zen lasted about a week, until my Beta readers started sending me their feedback for the book I’d just finished.
You see, I was so sure I’d wave that book into the world of Beta readers… and welcome their glowing feedback as it flooded back in lucious waves of WOW, WOW, WOW!!
Or not, as it turned out.
It wasn’t that my Beta partners didn’t like my book, they just didn’t love it. They didn’t get my hero… they didn’t particularly like him. They didn’t like the start.
Some of the comments were:

  • Gina has to go. (Gulp. Gina was the opening scene).
  • Seth is too nasty. We have to like your hero too.
  • I loved it from Chapter 8.
  • The ending is rushed.
  • The antagonist rolls over too quickly.
  • Something worse has to happen at the end.
  • I want another scene with Seth and Remy at the start.
  • We love Remy. (Everybody loves Remy).

So I cursed the world for about 24 hours, and then I re-read all the gold they’d sent me, and thought about how right they were.
So, with my very best pair of slash/hack editing scissors, I lopped off Gina’s head, and started again.
One of the hardest things I find is to get good distance from my writing. Because I know the story inside and out, and I know what my characters are feeling and why they do what they do, it gets very easy to not take readers with me… to make leaps and jumps that feel like they’re perfectly reasonable, while readers who don’t know the story are left floundering in a world of: “WTF just happened there?”
So tonight, I’ve finished this book AGAIN. Four years, three weeks and one day in gestation. I don’t know how much more of this pregnancy I can take!