Monday, February 1, 2016

My Process

Just recently, I became a USA Today Bestselling author. That has been a dream of mine as long as I can remember. I listed in an anthology and now I'd like to list on my own. So, the goal post is always moving! Hitting this goal has made me think about 

"My Process"
As long as I've been in writing groups, everyone has spoken about their "process".  As far as I'm concerned finding how your write is just as hard as the elusive concept of "voice".  In the past couple of years, I've written five novels. I'm working on a sixth right now. And that has helped me to streamline my process. 

Let me break it down for you...
  • Plotty Pantsing. Writers will identify themselves as plotters (those who outline everything happening in a book) and pantsers (those who sit down at a keyboard and let 'er rip).  I'm somewhere between. I like a general outline. I use three act structure and I pinpoint major plot developments. Because I write romance, I always plot out major romantic relationship moments as well.
  • Writing Schedule. You need one. Muses might not need to pay bills, but writers do! it helps keep me on target and on time.
  • Write out of Order. Get stuck? No problem. Divide your manuscript into chunks. For me: romantic relationship, suspense subplot (bodies are dropping!), set ups for future books (because I write a series), club scenes (I write MC romances and I always progress other couples relationships...marriages, babies, and other developments). Doing this allows me to move forward and to also keep track of the action. I have everything in one neat file. I also label scenes, so it isn't a word jumble: couple's first kiss, villain robs the heroine's apartment, etc. 
  • Revising as I go. I used to first draft and then go through and add in things, but that takes forever. Now, I go through and add layers as I'm working. I set aside some time each week to add words to my manuscript.
  • Read through. After I assemble everything, I give it a read through and determine if anything is mission (transitions, plot holes, etc.).  Because I write a series, I'm also looking for continuity...or did I screw anything up?
  • Editing. You can't edit yourself. No, you can't. I pay for both line editing and proofreading. It's worth it!  
Finding your own process is difficult and it used to drive me bonkers when other authors would say that, but it's true. As a writer, you have to determine what works for you. I've found that trial and error is the best method for this.  Happy writing!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Announcement: The Dixie Mafia Series

Announcing the Dixie Mafia Series!

Introducing the Dixie Mafia Series by Cynthia Rayne! 

If you read my Four Horsemen MC Series, you'll note that the Dixie Mafia keeps showing up and causing havoc in Hell, TX. Well, the DM guys will be getting their own series. In fact, I'm currently writing the first book as we speak. Don't worry, I'm still continuing to write the Four Horsemen MC series. 

The Sexy Cover Model for the first book

Book Blurb:

Sometimes it takes a bad guy to catch a killer…

Annabelle Nunn is a desperate woman. Someone’s following her, watching her. To make matters worse, she was fired six months ago and hasn’t been able to get a job since.  Annabelle's down to her last ten dollars and thirty-three cents and has no idea how she’ll make the rent when she's abducted by Dixon Wolf’s henchman. Annabelle’s estranged father borrowed money from the Dixie Mafia for his latest get rich quick scheme and…big surprise…he skipped town, leaving her holding the proverbial bag.

Dixon Wolfe is a loan shark and launders dirty Dixie Mafia money. Since his wife died ten years ago, he’s devoted all his time and energy to the organization.  And being bad pays pretty damn good. Until he meets Annabelle.  Suddenly, his priorities shift and his icy heart is starting to thaw.

Dix makes Annabelle a job offer her empty wallet won't allow her to refuse – Mob Mistress. But working for a mobster is dangerous. Doubly so, when a hitman is hot on her tail and she doesn’t know why. Can Dix catch the killer? And will Dix and Anabelle have a real relationship, one that isn’t based on sex and commerce?

Cover Reveal
I have a cover reveal scheduled for March 2nd. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

For the First Time Anthology has been released!

For the First Time is available for only .99 for a limited time!


You never forget your first time...

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Kim Karr, Jen Frederick, Sarah Castille, Nina Lane, CJ Roberts, Anna Zaires, Alessandra Torre, Alexa Riley, Lynda Chance, Nikki Sloane,Cynthia Sax, Avery Aster, Pam Godwin, Skye Warren, Julia Sykes, Cynthia Rayne, Jenika Snow, Debra Presley, Shoshanna Evers, Tamsen Parker, and Nina Levine!

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A sampling of the all new stories in this limited-time set...

Sole by Alessandra Torre ~ What happens when a movie star marries a country girl? This.

Heartbreak by Skye Warren ~ She's stuck in another foster home. He's the new boy with a bad reputation. Falling in love in the wrong place and the wrong time never felt so good...

Delay of Game by Jen Frederick ~ She loved her best friend for years; she didn't realize he loved her back.Their happy ending is finally here.

Heart of Eve by Pam Godwin ~ My vow of celibacy has never been broken nor tempted, not even when the plague thrust me into a lawless, brutal world. So why did God send the only surviving woman to a priest? To test me? Or to save me?

Sympathy for the Devil by Cynthia Rayne ~ Dolly has a drink with the devil himself - a reluctant hit man

His First and Only by Alexa Riley ~ After they were torn apart as teenagers, he became obsessed to the point of insanity and built an empire just to find her. When he sees her on a casino's billboard, he drops everything to claim her, and their story finally begins.

Find it here: