It's been TWO WEEKS since FIERCE released. Thought I would pop in and give a reminder about upcoming Fierce events and what's been going on the past two weeks.
Those two weeks have been awesome, terrifying, nausea-inducing, joyous, and, occasionally, frustrating. Fierce is my first work that's out there (besides a few poems and some articles), and there are so many components to that.
I tend to be a worrier, and have a pretty logical-thought process. I've been called methodological like five times by various people over the past week, so yes, I tend to make decisions based off logic. Which means, publishing can be downright terrifying, especially when you know the market and you know that the market can both help and hurt you, and you're publishing a book that is not cookie-cutter in the current market. I had a few days rough days mixed with the good.
But, today has been a revelation. I started working on Shane's novel, and within typing the first sentence, all those worries and negative thoughts vanished. I've been so caught up in the marketing and business side and worry side over the past week. I feel back in balance now.
I'll tell you more about Shane's story soon, and my other projects. I'll give you a hint: Think the authenticity and originality with Fierce, and add some new dynamics, new subcultures, and increase some steaminess.
Please, please, please, if you enjoyed Fierce and want to lend your support, consider writing a review. Reviews and word of mouth are what helps allow us to keep writing, so please post your reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. Don't forget, ebooks and print are also available there. There are some really nice reviews, so check 'em out :) If you write a review and want some swag, email me :)
I consider Fierce to be diverse contemporary NA, and definitely diverse MMA fiction. It's been called original, unique, and authentic. There is a lot of MMA erotica out there--please be aware that Fierce is not erotica. If you're wanting something different, please check the book out. I know we all want diversity in NA, ranging from diversity within genres to more genres.
And a reminder: Fierce's Blog Tour will be happening from September 15th-26th. Check out this link for more info or to take part.
Also, I'll be involved in some #NALitchat fun in a few weeks. Stay posted, I'll give you more info as the date gets closer.
Oh, and I'm sending out swag the next few days, so if you have won stuff or asked for swag, keep an eye on your mail.
If you've been following my blog, you'll know that for the past two weeks, I've been hosting interviews and guests post that share common threads of being a girl in a male-dominated sport/hobby/art and passion. I have one more post for tomorrow, but here is a recap of the past blogs post in the Squishing Gender-Stereotype series:
- Professional female fighter Jodie Esquibel, discusses fighting and being a girl in the gym- Part One and Part Two. ""When it comes to comparing myself to guys, I think, maybe my takedown doesn't look like your takedown, but I still took you down. You're still on your back, and you can't deny that. It fuels you a little bit to have that chip on your shoulder, the will to try to prove yourself"- Jodie
- Author Diana Gallagher discusses coaching gymnastics and "girl pushups"
- Fighter Andrew Tenneson discusses his passion for MMA and working with girls.
- Author Carrie Butler discusses being a girl with a gun.
- Writer and blogger Bailey Knight discusses ballet and soccer, and how her gender influences these.
- Coach Ben discusses the differences between coaching men and women in fighting, and how jiu-jitsu impacts his life.
- And tomorrow, female coach and women's fighting pioneer Arlene Sanchez will share her thoughts on fighting in an all-male gym, being in a girl in the gym as a fighter and then as a coach.
If you think you would like to be featured in a future Squishing Gender-Stereotype program, send me an email.