Thursday, January 15, 2015

News Roundup in African American Romance

Hi, y'all,

I want to make sure you can find useful info here in Hot MAMA Land- so I've gathered some for you and placed it in this post. Several times a month I'll update you with news that matters to you as a reader of African American romance. Be sure to follow the blog so you can stay in the know- and so you can keep up with all our Hot MAMA shenanigans ;)

 Recent Hot MAMA Releases:

New/ Upcoming Releases:




Popular Romance Project Event
February 10-11 @ the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
This event will feature a screening of Laurie Kahn's documentary on romance, "Love Between the Covers," as well as a full day of discussions on romance related topics- "What is Love." Among the speakers will be Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson. Registration is required but the event is free. Click HERE for more info.

The Red Hot Romance Reception
February 21 @ Montgomery County Public Library, Troy, NC
A great group of romance writers descent on MCPL, including Kianna Alexander, Yvette Hines, Di Topaz, Bridget Midway and more! FREE and open to the public. Click HERE for more info.

Good Stuff  From Around the Web

Did I miss anything? If there are other events, releases, reviews, or links you'd like to share, just drop them in the comments below.

Until Next Time,

Friday, January 9, 2015

Grinding It Out

At the end of year I took some much needed time off. It was wonderful to relax, spend time with my family, walk the neighborhood and enjoy quiet moments of solitude. 

Now the holidays are past, school has begun again and I have client obligations, in addition to the aggressive publication schedule I've set for myself. Getting back into the groove hasn't been easy. The past few days it's been a struggle to plant my butt in my chair and write.

Today's attempt was particularly pathetic. It reminded me of an especially ugly professional basketball game I saw recently. Both teams committed turnovers, took ill-advised shots, allowed the opposing team second and third shot opportunities and went scoreless for long stretches. Eventually one team got it together, tightened up their defense and found the offense needed to win the game.

Sometimes writing is like that.

Our cast of characters misbehave, refusing to follow the script. Our minds refuse to cooperate. We're not motivated to write. We'd rather be checking email or reading a book. Our bodies rebel. The chair is uncomfortable. Our lower backs ache. We're suddenly hungry. Again.

But we push through. Make adjustments. Refocus. Call on the support of friends. We do whatever it takes to make it through and eventually get the win.

Writing isn't always pretty. It's hard work, and sometimes it feels like all that hard work may never pay off. But if we put our heads down and grind it out, we can make it through. Even when it's not pretty.

We finish a page, then a chapter and eventually make it to the end of the book.

For me, there are few things more beautiful than that. So I'm putting my head down and working through the ugly moments and grinding it out.

Is there a project that you are working on (or should be working on) where you need to grind it out?