Oh the trials and tribulations of being a romance writer. If it’s not one social media site refusing to let you post your content because it’s too sexy then it’s another. Now it’s TikTok’s turn! I spent ages putting a post together for The Games We Play only to be told it’s “inappropriate” and promptly had it banned. So, I figured rather than waste all my efforts and since this is my space, then I’ll post it here! Enjoy.
Hey there! It’s the first day of Spring here in Toronto and it’s the most gloriously sunny day with an endless sky of blue. It’s a real lift to the spirits after what’s been a very cold winter and one that has seemed extra long due to “the virus that shall not be mentioned.” I’m going to dust off the cushions in a little while and sit on the deck with a good book. I might even choose one from the freebies on offer in the March / April Romance Superstars Giveaway currently being run on Bookfunnel. With two hundred books to choose from there’s something for everyone and they’re all full of steamy sexy times – just the way I like ’em! If you fancy finding a new author or are just looking for your next great read, then click the image below and have a look at what’s on offer – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Included from me in the giveaway is an extra long excerpt from Someone To Come Back To – Book One In The Omega Security Series. This excerpt is meant as a “try before you buy” sample, so that you get a good idea if John and Maggie’s story is one for you without having to buy the book. Enjoy!
It’s official! Book three in the Omega Security series is in production and it has a title! I can’t tell you much about it at this stage, only that we are headed back to the Adirondacks (where the series began!) and book three will focus on Sam (the Little Creek mechanic from book one who lends Maggie his old F150 truck) and Gina (Maggie’s defence lawyer). The sparks are already hopping off the page between these two!
Of course some of the other Omega characters will make various appearances and that pain in everyone’s ass – Joker – will be up to his usual tricks.
I can tell you that book three has even more romantic suspense elements and a nasty piece of work who is hellbent on getting his revenge on Gina. However, he doesn’t bargain on going through Sam Taber and the Omega Security crew to get it. Oh and then there’s Gina’s Nonna and her four-legged fur ball of fury!
The publishing date has yet to be set and there’ll be an update on that soon but in the meantime I can reveal the title of Book Three in The Omega Security Series is – drumroll please! – The Games We Play.
So, I released another book… yup, All The Little Pieces – Book Two In The Omega Security series released on 19th July 2018. Hadn’t heard? Well that’s no surprise really because I didn’t tell anyone!
In keeping with my reverse marketing approach, I hit the publish button and that was it. This wasn’t intentional and as a matter of fact I had a totally different release strategy planned for this book (yes, I had an actual plan this time). However, my impulsive nature got the better of me (again…) and I changed the plan about three quarters of the way through and decided to set up a pre-order on Amazon. Unfortunately, when I did this, I didn’t realise it would then lock me in to the date I had set for publication – the 19th of July.
Then, of course, life decided to kick my ass and things other than writing had to take priority, so it was all I could do to just meet the publishing deadline. Marketing and promotion efforts went out the window and things became quite manic!
Throughout it all I had my lovely editor – the wonderful Sheryl Lee – waiting patiently for the finished product. I thank heavens for her incredible understanding and patience!
In keeping with tradition, I asked her to give her editorial opinion of All The Little Pieces on release day. It’s a bit late but here it is.
“Nobody writes a book about damaged people finding their way better than Roisin.
From the very beginning your heart bleeds for Ruby and you’re in her corner, willing her to let out her pain so she can heal.
It’s finally here! In just a few hours Someone To Come Back To is live!
In honour of the day that’s in it, lets have an excerpt.
“The cabin was illuminated by a number of lamps and the fire was crackling to life in the hearth. Maggie came around by the side of the fireplace when she stopped dead in her tracks. Over beside the bed, his back thankfully to her, stood her rescuer, totally naked. Maggie clamped her hand over her mouth to stifle the gasp that was rapidly making its way up her throat. She had seen thousands of bodies in her time but never one quite like the one before her now.
Christ, thought Maggie, even this guy’s muscles have muscles.
She knew she should retreat in to the bathroom to give him enough time to get dressed but she stood transfixed. The breadth of his shoulders and the way his muscles flexed as he reached down to the bed for his shirt held her spellbound. The perfect form of his back as it tapered flawlessly down to his hips and the tightness of his ass, followed by the incredibly toned muscles in his legs all combined to immobilize Maggie into a state of almost euphoric appreciation.
She had never seen a man quite like this before and she couldn’t help but gape. However, as she looked closer, she began to notice scars and the more she looked the more she realized the embodiment of male perfection before her was covered in them. Some seemed a few years old but her medical knowledge told her some were quite recent. Worryingly, she noticed a few were gunshot wounds.
Oh God, she groaned to herself, who is this guy?
He threw the shirt over his head and she started to back up towards the bathroom when he turned around.
“No need to leave because of me,” he grinned at her.
Maggie blushed the color of her hair.
“I….I….I’m sorry,” she stuttered as she tried to look anywhere except between his legs.
“It’s ok, I’m not the shy type,” he chuckled as he pulled on a pair of boxer shorts and slung a pair of jeans across his hips. He left the shirt hanging loose and it was then Maggie realized, as she looked into his laughing brown eyes, just how incredibly handsome he was, like Henry Cavill and Eric Bana all rolled into one. She didn’t think it was possible but she blushed even more.”
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They say time flies when you’re having fun but let me tell you it completely disappears when you are trying to launch a book! I can’t believe my last post was on Valentine’s Day – which seems like a lifetime ago. Since then I’ve had the big Cover Reveal for my upcoming novel Someone To Come Back To and the response was so phenomenal I’ve hardly had a second to spare since. The irony wasn’t lost on me, however, that my cover was out there on a plethora of blogs across the globe and not on my own! So, let me correct that right now. Here it is – the cover (ebook and paperback) for Someone To Come Back To – releasing April 13th 2016.
In my next post (which shouldn’t take as long as this one!) I’ll be talking about the amazing people involved in the production of this beautiful cover but today I’m going to introduce you to another person who has been crucial to the development of my story – editor extraordinaire – Miss Sheryl Lee.
Sheryl very kindly stepped in at the last minute when another editing arrangement I had organised didn’t work out and am I so glad it didn’t because I could not have imagined a better editor for me!
Sheryl is quick and efficient and my goodness does the woman know her stuff. Misplaced modifiers and dangling participles – watch out when Miss Lee is about!
On top of being a superb editor Sheryl is a very warm and kind-hearted person and deeply respectful of another author’s work but she’s kinda hard-ass when she needs to be (I’m still smarting over one particular scene!) She makes the gruelling editing process almost bearable and Someone To Come Back To is all the better for having had her sharp editor’s eye thrown over it.
As I was sending out ARCs the other night it occurred to me that I should ask her to write a few lines about the story – considering she was the only other person in the whole world, apart from myself, who had read it! And this is what she had to say:
“A couple of days ago Roisin asked me to write a few lines about what I thought of her new book, Someone To Come Back To. An impossible ask, for how can you write a few lines about a book you loved?
As her editor I got to read this book before almost everyone else and that’s one of the perks of the job!
I love this book, I loved it so much that I kept forgetting to do my job with it. In the end I had to read the whole thing and then go back to edit. That’s how compelling this story is.
The main protagonists, John and Maggie, are wonderfully and realistically complex. Essentially good people, they are shaped by their environment and circumstance. They both have a lot to learn about themselves and what is important to them, and they don’t learn the easy way.
This is a love story, between the main characters, between friends, between family. It has love, romance, action, humour, tears, good guys and bad guys. It has a lead man who will have you swooning, a feisty female lead you’ll be cheering on, and supporting characters you will want to know more about, and will once Roisin gets her writing mojo on with the rest of the books in the series.
I had planned to give out a few teasers, but you know what? I’m not. This is a great book, read it and be enthralled. It’s a world you will not want to leave.”
So there you have it, the Editor has spoken!
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My journey to being a published author has been a long and colourful one and many manuscripts were consigned to the trash box along the way. Most of them consisted of stories for children, fantasy and crime fiction. None of them featured any major sex scenes and since my dreams for international novel- writing stardom mostly consisted of crime fiction, then I thought coming up with interesting and engaging sex scenes wasn’t something I was going to have to worry about. So it came as something of a surprise to me, when I finally decided on self-publishing, that my first three stories all slotted into the romance genre. And each one of them very much involves sex! Remember Me, in particular, has sex as being central to its storyline with Flynn Murphy presenting himself as bait to Annabel Smith, a woman who uses sex as a weapon. More than one friend messaged me whilst reading it to let me know how much it made them blush!
Now, don’t go getting your panties all in a twist – it’s not THAT explicit and it doesn’t flirt with Erotica or BDSM – even though I’m sure Flynn wouldn’t have minded landing a few spanks on Miss Smith’s perfect buttocks. However, it does have quite a sex scene in it – with two characters like Flynn and Annabel – how could it not and I have to admit to a blush or two when I wrote it.
This is the thing about writing sex scenes, they push you outside of your comfort zone and the problem with writing a sex scene in a post Fifty Shades Of Grey world is that the standard, run of the mill, sex scene just doesn’t cut it any more. The euphemistic Mills & Boon type scenes of throbbing excitement (erect penis) and crashing waves (female orgasm) are gone the way of the dinosaur. Just look at this for a book cover from Mills and Boon! Judging by our heroines hairstyle and sexy as all hell jumpsuit I’m guessing this was published sometime in the eighties. Our hero is, after all, showing some skin, which would have been considered somewhat avant-garde at the time.
Writers have a choice in a post FSOG world – write a sex scene and be red-cheeked or avoid the issue altogether. With sex being so crucial to the storyline of Remember Me, I felt I would be cheating my readers if I baulked at putting an authentic sexual encounter in the book.
I read a great book earlier this year where the young heroine dreamed of making love with the object of her affections, (who she ended up with in the story and they went on to live happily ever after, despite the horrific effects that war had wrought upon him). Her fantasies about the two of them being together had formed a crucial part of the storyline and yet the author never included even their first time together. I felt very much cheated and didn’t want my readers feeling the same way after reading one of my stories.
The problem was that here I was faced with crafting a sex scene in a post Fifty Shades Of Grey world. Now, I might be wrong but I feel the ante has very definitely been upped when it comes to your average sex scene. Perhaps I’ve lead something of a sheltered reading life but it’s not so long ago oral sex was a taboo subject, never mind a man performing oral sex on a woman! Shocker! Nowadays, oral sex is just part of the picture and light bondage is even entering the mainstream.
Whereas I’m not a massive fan of FSOG myself, (I have issues with it from many perspectives) it has definitely brought erotica into mainstream fiction and legitimized female sexual desire like no other piece of published work before it. There has been an explosion in erotic literature since and it seems the average female reader can’t get enough of the stuff! Which brings me back to my dilemma – when writing my story – in which the two main characters engage in sexual relations – I considered sparing my blushes and going with a standard, run of the mill sex scene. Will this keep my readers happy I wondered? Or should I introduce more risqué or even controversial aspects? Hmmmm….. what’s a girl to do I thought?
At the end of the day, with Remember Me, I let the characters decide. I just went with what I felt was right between them and appropriate for the story. Flynn might be a man intent on revenge but he’s not a tortured soul like Christian Grey and so many of the leading male characters featured in the other erotic blockbusters. And Annabel Smith certainly isn’t anything like Anastasia Steele! God only knows what she’d do to Christian Grey if he took her into The Red Room. Now there’s an enticing prospect!