Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cover Out ....

The cover is out for book 2 in the series.

I love it, it is perfect for the story.  The Club 2 - Uncollared will be out electronically on May 22nd.  You can read a teaser on my author website.  



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On a Roll .....

Whoohoo!!

I'm on a roll!

My fourth book in the series had just been accepted.  I got an email from them saying they could not accept it because of a few paragraphs on one page that contained a reference to childhood abuse.  So I rewrote it and re-submitted it on Friday afternoon - got an email this morning that it is accepted!

It will be electronically published in July!

PS - in case you are wondering what significance the bear has to the book - the heroine does like to strip .... ;)

I have two more in the series completed but I am doing an edit on them at the moment, making sure I have no spelling errors or grammatical ones.  Also no HH (see previous post).   Once that is done I will submit them; I am kind of thinking they will be accepted too.

I have started Book 7 but am also working on Book 2 of the Hunter series.  Have 45,000 or so words completed on it.

Haven't done much in the way of painting recently, have a few ideas for subjects but not 100% sure.

On top of that grandchild #6 is on his way .... I have started knitting some things for him.  I love the fact that nowadays you can put colours on babies.  When I had mine you chose white, cream, pastel pink or pastel blue.  If you were daring you could do pastel lemon or pastel green.

Now anything is the go.  I am making a little cardie - brown with a few teal stripes - and have some other colours for some jumpers and jackets/cardies.

I do a lot of aran and cable knitting so when I found this little marker sets I grabbed them.  Makes it so much easier than tying little bits of wool here and there to mark or having marks on paper.

For those who knit or crochet out there - these are great!  Under $10, free postage on Ebay.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Final Edit .....

Just approved the final edit on my manuscript so it is full speed ahead for May 1st publication date!

I must admit I learnt some new things about writing with the editing process.

The main peeve is 'head hopping' - apparently 90% of writer's head hop (HH) and it is a no-no.  I spent some time researching all about it.

I was very happy to learn I had not HH'd a great deal so there was only a few little sections to repair.  
So just what exactly is head-hopping?
Head-hopping is a mistake that writers usually fall in to because they want to be able to show what each character within a scene is thinking. The Omniscient narrator can indeed do that.
To be head hopping, a passage needs to meet two criteria:
(1)   The viewpoint shifts between characters without a proper transition (e.g. a scene break).
(2)   The thoughts/feelings of the characters are given in their voices rather than in the author’s voice.

Now that you know the definition of head hopping, you’ll be able to run everything through its filter to decide if a passage is head hopping or genuinely omniscient POV.
Omniscient POV will be written in the author’s voice. The characters’ feelings and thoughts will be filtered through the author narrator.
Head hopping will be in the characters’ voices, and you’ll go back and forth without a proper transition. 
So I re-read the manuscript (and the other's I have written) to find I did HH but thankfully not much at all.  
Now that I know what to look for, I have managed to avoid doing it with the remaining books that I have written but not submitted yet.
Apart from that I got very good feedback from the Editor on the content, flow and characterisation.  So all in all I am a very happy little author!

Still on antibiotics - have another month and a half at the very least!

I am so sick of popping pills even if they are antibiotics!  I think it is because they remind me that I am still fighting this bloody infection.


Crazy to think it has been since the end of December and I am still on them, although these are a different type.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Keeping Busy ...

Slowly coming down to earth after the past few weeks of excitement. The thought that I will soon have three books available for sale is still making me giggle at odd occasions.


I have written a couple of teasers on my Author website, if you like risque novels that are explicit and designed to tittilate and tempt why not drop over and have a read?


                http://suzyshearer.wix.com/suzy


I have been working hard on the series and have now completed 6 books in total. The first three have been accepted, the fourth one has just been submitted and the remaining two are with my guinea pig readers.

They are fabulous people, they read all my books and give me the thumbs up or down and point out any errors.

So a big thank you to my guinea pig readers - you know who you are ;)

I have Book One of the Hunter series with two different publisher's but have not heard anything back from them. They both state that they take around three months with submissions so I am not concerned. One has only just gone in and the other has been in four weeks.

My inspiration for the hero in the first book was this guy. I just doctored the pic to give him green eyes and longer hair.

I have started Book Two of that series. It will be a long novel like book one so will take me a while. It is a break from working on the Club ones too. They run between 25,000 and 30,000 words whereas the Hunter series run from 75,000 to 95,000.

Searching through the Internet I found this guy. He has become my inspiration for the Hero in the Hunter book two. Once again I doctored the pic to give him green eyes and long hair. The two men are brothers in the two books ..... immortal vampire Hunters.

I find it easier to write when I can visualise my heros .... on the wall in front of my computer I have all my heroes hanging - so they all look down at me when I write .... lol.

Still have a medical problem, been on antibiotics since the new year and now started a new one. Fortunately this one I only have to take one each night rather than the four a day of the others. I will be so glad if I am finally get well.

At least writing and painting takes my mind off my illness.

Still I am very lucky compare to others. Some people are wrestling with terrible illnesses and now I know mine is only minor since I have had all my tests and rules our the Big C and a few other nasties.

I can't believe it is April already!

The year is zooming past .... they say the older you get the faster it goes and whoever they are, they are bloody right!

Soon the Easter bunny will be hopping around for my grandchildren. I miss the fun of easter egg hunts that I did for my kids when they were little. Used to get up early and paint huge glitter rabbit footprints everywhere with glitter mixed in water., then hide eggs all through the yard. They loved it.

My late husband was never one for buying gifts or treats so if I wanted Easter eggs I bought them for myself, mind you the kids used to eat most of them.

Now it is quiet, just the cats and me .... lol.

Think I may indulge in some Ferrero Rocher this year, my favourite indulgence -them and Guylian Seashells.... mmm yummy!    Probably because that have that delicous filling inside them.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Cover ......

I wasn't 100% happy with the cover, so my Publisher has created a new one - it is perfect!!!   The old cover did not reflect the ages of the main characters.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy Dancing Again and Again ...

Doing another happy dance.   Just so excited - overjoyed - ecstatic - overwhelmed - you get the idea ... lol.

Just got an email from my publisher to say they have accepted the next two books!!!

So now they are going to publish the first three novels in my 'Club' series!!

I have a sneaky suspicion that they will accept the others as I write them - I have one more completed and two half done - this is just so amazing!

I have received my first manuscript back for editing and sent back the revised copy.  The feedback from the editor was great.  Waiting to see the cover design .... wonder what it will be like?

Have been working on a website - it just needs to have the covers and it will be up and running.  It will be included in my books, I will also have a page on the publisher's website.  It just keeps getting better and better.

So now I am not just the author of one book - I am the author of THREE!!!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

OMG .......

OMG!!!!

I am over the moon!

They accepted it!!!

My very first submission to the very first publisher - and they accepted it!

My first in a series - "The Club - Bound" is going to be published!   The publisher is hoping to have it ready for May 2014 in electronic form.

Whoohooo I am an AUTHOR - a real one!   LOL.

I read in the contract that they (the Publisher) have first dibs on any book in a series and seeing how I have written the 2nd one and 3/4 way through the third there is a good chance they may get picked up also!

I honestly thought it would be rejected; actually commented to my best friend that I will probably be able to wallpaper the house with reject slips .... lol.

99% of unsolicited first time submissions get rejected so to get a 'yes' on the first submission is unbelievable, and to the first publisher!   Not only that; on their website in the submission details they say it takes between 6-8 weeks before you hear whether you have been accepted .... I got an acceptance letter after 10 days!!!

Now I will have to submit my really long novel as well.

Still doing the happy dance around the house!!!!

UPDATE :  Now I know it is real; I have just signed the Publishing Agreement!!!   Read the publishing schedule and my book will be available through the publishers website, Amazon & KINDLE, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Googleplay and Borders KOBO.   This is so exciting!

And I have discussed the cover art work and blurbs!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Painting Subject and Kālachakra ......

Remember I mentioned I am in a Facebook group - Photo-a-Day ... there are some great photos that get posted each day; mind you, there are almost 14,000 members worldwide in it so you would expect some great ones.

Anyway, I have managed to get permission to use some of the photographs for paintings.  So far I have used 5 photographs and today there was another posted that was fabulous.

The ones I have used so far have turned into paintings called "The Old Lock"; which won me a 6 page spread of my artworks in a magazine, "Sabir", "Nasturtiums", "Campfire Days" and "Ju".


My latest choice is an elderly Buddhist gentleman in Leh, in the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh.  The person who took the photograph said he continued to pray, oblivious to her presence.  To me, he looks at peace and introspective.  I always love painting the elderly, so I got permission from her to use the photograph.  I have called it "Living Buddha".

The people of Leh are ethnic Tibetan who speak an East Tibetan dialect.  In July this year the Dalai Lama will preside over the Kālachakra in Leh.
Kālachakra Mandala

The Kālachakra - Wheel of Time - tantra is the most detailed and encompassing system of theory and practice within Tibetan Buddhism. It has been popularized in recent times by the 14th Dalai Lama, who publicly gives the Kālachakra initiation every year all around the world.   

Although the teaching is very advanced, esoteric, and difficult to comprehend, there is a tradition of offering it to large public audiences. 

The Kālachakra initiations empower the disciple to practice the Kālachakra tantra in the service of attaining Buddhahood.   A tantra is a style of meditation and ritual.

There are two main sets of initiations in Kālachakra, eleven in all. The first of these two sets concerns preparation for the generation stage meditations of Kālachakra. The second concerns preparation for the completion stage meditations known as the Six Yogas of Kālachakra. Attendees who don't intend to carry out the practice are often only given the lower seven initiations.
Kālachakra Statue -Wheel of Time

The Kālachakra sand Mandala is dedicated to both individual and world peace and physical balance. The Dalai Lama explains: "It is a way of planting a seed, and the seed will have karmic effect. One doesn't need to be present at the Kālachakra ceremony in order to receive its benefits."

During the first three days of the Kālachakra, from July 3 to 5, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue.

These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals. From July 6 to 8, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings. On July 9, the Kālachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery. His Holiness will confer the Kālachakra Initiation from July 10 to 13. On July 14, a long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.

Being a Buddhist it would be so wonderful to be able to travel and see this.   Okay, so time to buy a Lotto ticket and cross my fingers ..... lol 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fingers Crossed ..... UPDATE at the bottom.

Finger crossed all.

Submitted a manuscript to a publisher last Friday and I have to wait and see.

Anyway, the publisher has said they usually take 6-8 weeks to give you an answer so maybe I will get an great Easter present ..... lol.

It is the shorter manuscript, 26500 words, 'The Club - Bound'.  I figured I would try it first and then try the longer novel (75000 words).  I would expect it to be rejected; I don't know if anyone ever got their first novel accepted by the first publisher.  But all the same it is exciting just to know I have actually submitted something.

Got a review in from the longer novel, 'The Hunters Heart' and it was all positive; the reader loved it - thought the storyline was great, loved the characters and the steamy side of it. So happy that so far all the readers have given me positive feedback.

Another reason to like Facebook - I asked among my few hundred friends who would be prepared to read and review and lots put up their hands!

My son and his wife are having a scan next week and they hope to find out the sex of their baby - don't know if they are going to tell the rest of us or leave it as a surprise - but either way it is exciting.  Has been a horrid pregnancy so far but the last scan showed that everything is going well and the baby is doing exactly as it should.

Done a little 'baby goodies' shopping but I will definitely get more in before it arrives.

Met up with a couple of girls I used to work with many years ago; haven't seen or heard from them for ages.  Anyway, out of the blue I got a phone call from one and we met today for a coffee. Three and a half hours later we figured we had better call a halt but plan the 3 of us will meet up again soon and do it on a regular basis.

Have you ever caught up with old friends or colleagues and then spent hours and hours laughing and giggling?

Been raining and more is expected so I didn't get to drive up to Glenbrook; although I did have a Doc appointment yesterday, and have to go to the dentist tomorrow (hate the dentists but it is only for a check up so fingers crossed they don't find anything).

I have been known to chicken out and run out of the dentist's chair on a couple of occasions .... so big deep breathe tomorrow and keep my fingers and toes crossed.

So with the Doc, the Dentist and meeting up with friends I couldn't have gone to Jellybean even if the weather had been okay.  Will see what next week brings on both the weather and the health front.

UPDATE  :  Knew there was a reason I hate going to the dentist; now I have to have a root canal done on a tooth starting next month ..... aaarrrrrgggghhhhh!!!!

Knew I shouldn't have updated my home & mobile phone numbers with them when I got my new ones ..... silly me ..... lol.  I wouldn't have got a reminder for a checkup and I could be in blissfull ignorance still.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy, Happy, Happy .....

Doing a happy dance!

No brain tumour!  No bladder cancer!  No kidney disease!

Shit what a f**king 4 months; especially after the bloody great lump they removed last January!

Been thinking the worst, down so low.  At least now I can just get better without all those things hanging over my head!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Whoohoo! - Who's Normal?

Wow .... how exciting - got my results back, nothing nasty and I am 'normal'; well a small part of me is .... that's a first - the rest of me is happily abnormal.....lol. 

I am hoping by next week I can start getting out ... want to go up the Mountains and take some pics.

When I went to Jellybean last year, there was a great ford that was very scenic but because it was on a weekend there were a few cars around so couldn't stop; hopefully if I go through the week there won't be any cars and I can stop and take photographs.


Of course the other problem will be if it rains; the river rises very quickly and the track gets closed so just have to wait and see. Mind you we have not had decent rain in many, many months but the BOM have said today that decent rain is expected over 95% of Australia in the next week.  But whether that happens is another story.

Going good transferring my music to my ipod - have almost 7000 songs on now - around 500 hours so I think that may keep me occupied for a little while .... rotfl.

Happy Valentines Day to all my friends with partners - to those who don't have one .... Happy S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day)..... lol.

On this day you are encouraged to celebrate in your own way - so join me!  

You could treat yourself to lots of chocolate, go to the movies, stay in bed all day, watch DVD movie marathons, buy yourself something special.

I indulged in some new undies - nothing like sexy underwear to make a girl feel happy when she is down .... lol.    Of course the only people who see them are me and anyone who looks over the back fence when I wash them and they are on the line but who cares?

Just the knowledge that you have something exotic underneath the jeans and shirt is enough to bring a smile to the face of any woman ....lol.  Next time you see a woman with a secret smile and you wonder why, it may just be because she is feeling oh so good.

I will also buy myself some yummy chocolates - either Ferrero Roche or Guylian Seashells ... my two favourite chocolates.  So have a very happy S.A.D!

Got a few calls from the guy I had dinner with a couple of times; told him I wasn't interested in taking things any further and thanks for the two dinner dates.  He rang and kept asking to go out again and I had to get firm in the end and tell him I just wasn't interested in him.  Hopefully he got the message - there has to be a spark, some chemistry for things to work and it was only on his side.

Got another request for contact and accepted; talked for a number of days and we got around to discussing a coffee date then he dropped the clanger - he was a cross-dresser and could only have sex if he was dressed as a woman and the woman he was with was also fully dressed.

Ooookkkaaayyyyy - whatever floats your boat is fine by me - this just doesn't float mine.  Now if he had said he was into bondage or wax or something I may have been interested enough to meet for coffee but a crossdresser?  

No - sorry but no thanks. 

I seem to attract all the weirdos, the rock trolls, the scammers, the way-out kinksters and the just plain yuk uglies out there.  I have no idea why; my friends call me 'the weirdo magnet' ... lol.   

Just once it would be nice to get contacted by a genuinely attractive nice tall guy who I am attracted to and who is attracted to me in return - haven't met one of them for a hell of a long time, probaby since I was in my 20s ..... lol.  Would be nice to fall madly in love just once.

Still I have found it another way - I don't like ice-cream; never really have.  Anyway, the other day I had a craving for some, beats me why but a girl should never ignore cravings.  So I bought some Connoisseur Murray River Salted Caramel with Macadamia - I am in LOVE!!!

OMG - it is out of this world!

Tried the Sumatran Coconut and it is almost as good.  They just may just change my mind about eating ice-cream.  So now sitting in my freezer is a box that is calling my name; just like a siren sitting on a rock singing and calling to me ...... beckoning .... eat me!   eat me! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Drugs .....

Spoke too soon.  Had to go back to the Docs today - more drugs and have to have an ultrasound next week.

Aaarrrrggggghhhhhhhh.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Books, Dinners, Sweets and Music ....

Getting into this writing lark.

Have a number of people reading my longer novel, A Hunter's Heart,  and the feedback so far is very good.  Really happy, 75000 words is a lot and if no-one liked it I would have been disappointed.

Dragged out some other partly finished ones, some I deleted and a couple have possibilities.  Started writing an anthology of short stories all set in a BDSM club, the book is called The Club.

Have finished three each with around 10,000 words, and my test readers have given me the thumbs up for them also.  If anyone reading this blog enjoys Erotic Paranormal Romances or Alternative Lifestyle Romance Erotica please send me an email as I am looking for more guinea pigs to give me feedback.  At the moment I have 10 people reading 'A Hunters Heart' - waiting patiently for their feedback.  I will also need readers for 'The Club'.

Drop me an email if you are interested with the words 'Guinea Pig Reader' as the subject ..... lol.  But remember only if you enjoy and the read the genres mentioned above.                                     sooziii@optusnet.com.au

Looking into publishing them as ebooks rather than hard copies.  It works out cheaper; packages start at $150 and go to $650.  Of course, if I can find a publisher who will accept them that will save all my problems.

Finally turning the corner on illness. I am actually feeling much better, about 85% and each day is better than the one before, although I did have to go back to the Docs today (Saturday) - more drugs :(

Had a coffee date the other day, then dinner and then a second dinner with a very nice man.   But I am not sure I will take it any further, too many differences and not much in common, it is nice to have differences but you do need some common ground and to be honest there really wasn't much.  Still it was lovely to get out and have some normal conversation with someone other than my cats and dog.

Haha knowing my luck it will be my last dinner date for the rest of the year ....... :) .... but who cares?

Still going crazy for jellies; weird I know.  I usually go crazy for chocolate but amazingly I have had a box of maltesers in the fridge since Christmas day and have only eaten a couple.  Normally I adore sweets and they would be gobbled up in a few hours.  Still I imagine my craving for sweets will return.

Lets be honest, a girl can live without a lot of things but chocolate is definitely not on that list for me.

Finally got all my music from my computer onto my Ipod; now I have to tackle the 150 CDs that are in my car.  Amazing what a long job it is; of course it doesn't help that I keep finding other music I like to add on.  Thank goodness I bought the Ipod that had 160gb; that should keep me happy.

Got the soundtracks from all the Cirque de Soleil acts, fabulous music and also managed to get my hands on the complete Beatles discography.

PS - wonder if anyone notices the subliminal message in the post title?  It is the initials covering the subject of the second book....lol.  Didn't realise it until I went to post.