Rebel Yell…

If you follow this blog, then you probably know that I write. (Maybe?)

If you have not read my books, you might wonder what genre I write. I always have the hardest time with this one. I wish I didn’t have to categorize my stories, because quite frankly, I don’t know how.

At the Houston signing a couple of weeks ago, I was asked, “What do you write?”


Do I write New Adult? Contemporary Romance? Chick Lit?

New Adult:

The genre itself was coined to capture that time after YA – college and things like that. So if I break it down – my first 2 books fall into this category….BUT I believe my readers would disagree. So, herein lies my dilemma – if I say “New Adult,” there are certain expectations:

  • According to Goodreads – ” New Adult fiction bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult genres. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 26.” (Check.)
  • The story focuses on the protagonist’s experience with love, career, changes, etc. (Yep, got that one.)
  • For readers (not always) but there is an presumption of sex, not quite erotica, but definitely some heat. (Um….yeah, not so much.) :/

So then, can I say I write Contemporary Romance?

Contemporary Romance:

For me, when I think “Contemporary Romance,” I think of the books my mom used to read when I was growing up. Flowery covers, swirly letters and heaving – or something like that. Well…..let’s see what I can find about CR:

  • Goodreads says “Romance with a contemporary setting. Contemporary romance is set after World War II.” (Yep, got that part covered)
  • Typically set in the time in which they are written. (Okay, yeah, pretty much.)
  • Usually feature a happy resolution. (Yeah, I think I have that one covered too.)

Do I write Chick Lit?

Chick Lit:

Okay, so when I hear this term, I think “Chick Flick,” and I love to watch these! When I look for descriptions about what Chick Lit entails, this is what I find:

  • Modern women stories that are light and funny. (Not sure if I have much humor, but they are light.)
  • Can contain romance, but the female lead and her overall relationships are the focus. (Yes.)

After all of that, I come back to the same question: What do I write?

Can I say I write New Adult Contemporary Romance Chick Lit? Or maybe, New Contemporary Lit? I had a couple of readers say that my stories are “sweet reads,” which I like. Ultimately, they are about love. They are about finding yourself. They are about growing up. 

Whatever it is I write, I like writing it. It’s fun to watch where these characters go and where they end up. They make me so mad when they’re immature and irrational – but then again, aren’t we all at some point? Hell, I’m 36 and I can still be these moments.

So maybe I need to worry less about the category and focus on the writing because at the end of the day, the writing is the part I love the most.

But then again, I do know where my current story falls! Yep, I’m all “not worried about categories,” but “here’s the next.” 😀 In case you were wondering, my current story is Finding Laila – and it is a YA novel. Inspired by numerous conversations I’ve had with my own girls – Finding Laila is most definitely young adult. If you want to add it to your TBR, click the Goodreads link here —-> Finding Laila

If you stuck around to read this entire thing….well, I kinda love you and think you’re pretty awesome. (Perhaps I should have titled it, “Are You My Genre?”) I’d love to hear your thoughts on genres and if you read a specific one or read anything and everything?

XO ❤

😎 “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol was playing when I wrote this. I’m so NOT a rebel, but it made me laugh that this actually played. 

We’re Not Gonna Take It…

I see it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Actually, I’ve been spending the remainder of the summer hanging with the family and doing what moms do. (I love it.) But I miss writing.

I went to dinner with the family tonight and planned on coming home to write….but is that what I did?  Nope.

Instead of writing the YA story that I’ve been working on for the last few weeks, I spent the last hour and a half gathering information to send to google regarding pirate websites who are hosting copies of my books.

Yep – an hour and a half.

That really sucks, especially when there are so many other things I’d rather be doing like… watching TV, sitting with my kids, WRITING….all of those sound so much better than hunting down lowlifes who are insistent upon STEALING copies of my and other authors works – uploading them to sites where others can down-load them…FOR FREE!!

So you might wonder…

  • WHY? Why would you spend time sending DCMA Takedown notice after notice?? – Because STEALING is wrong and to ignore the issue would disappoint me.
  • Is it about the money?  Nope, not at all. It’s about stealing.
  • But, I can’t afford the $___ (name-a-price here) book and it’s easier/cheaper to get it…FOR FREE. – Yeah, and it’s easier to swipe the candy at the checkout counter instead of waiting in a long line to PAY FOR IT!
  • But the site I down-loaded it from said that it was legal! – WRONG! Absolutely FALSE. They will host thousands and thousands of books and allow down-loads UNTIL they get caught. Of course, it will be taken down, but for every one that comes down, more go up.
  • It’s only $___ (name-a-price) and the author makes so much money anyway. It’s not like they’re going to notice. – OMG….I can’t even begin to explain how incredibly INCORRECT this is! Allow me to explain.

AUTHOR INCOME on a $3.99 e-Book sold via Amazon:

  • For every $3.99 book a Indie author sells, we get approximately 70% – which is about $2.79
  • Out of that $2.79 – we have to pay for
    • Editing – Starting around $200 and up
    • Cover design – $200 and up
    • Cover photography sessions – Prices range from around $150 for 30 mins and up
    • Formatting – $100 and up
    • Proofing – Starting at $100
    • Advertising (including blog tours, release parties, swag for parties and giveaways, etc…) – AT LEAST $60 and up.
  • Oh yeah – did I mention we also have to pay taxes? Yep, because you know Uncle Sam likes to take a hefty chunk for himself.
  • This leaves us with mere pennies to save and spend on our next book. You know, the one we are hoping and praying is loved by readers because we bled and poured our soul into the story.

Let me state that I know the majority of readers buy the books they love. I also realize that many of us are on a budget so we can’t buy all the books we’d like. I’m in that category, too! There are so many books that I want to read right now, but I simply cannot afford to buy ALL of them right now. But, I’m not about to go and find a pirated copy. Nope, I’m going to wait until my next binge happens and buy them then.

In perusing the aforementioned pirate websites to gather information, I was beyond frustrated. If only there was a way to track down the offending individual(s) who shared the files to begin with so others could steal them. However, there are so many twists and turns these sites take to protect themselves and stay out there. All we can do is stay vigilant. But when I came across an ACTUAL person who was sharing a file of my book – my anger really grew. To put a name and face with someone who is actively stealing from me and so many others – well, let’s just say it took a lot of effort not to go after her and scold her with my words. Yeah, I agree….she probably wouldn’t have cared.

I know that I may offend some with this post, but those are probably the ones who have down-loaded illegal copies of books from myself and others. What I have to say to those individuals – IT IS STEALING. IT IS NOT RIGHT. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

Real readers – real fans – don’t steal. These are the ones that authors rely on to share their love of our books. YOU are the ones that I want to thank because you respect the artist’s work and understand that $.99, $2.99, $3.99, etc… is not a lot of money to spend on hours of entertainment that you get lost in. THANK YOU for being true supporters and mostly – for being honest.

And if you stuck around to read this post in its entirety – well I ❤ you and think you are even MORE amazing! 😉


😎 “We’re Not Gonna Take It”- Twisted Sister….ummmm, yep.