Monthly Archives: April 2013

Guest Blog Goodness…Rebecca Royce–Writing Outside My Comfort Zone

I’m pleased as punch to feature an author I’ve known for what seems like forever.  Crap, did I just suggest we’re old?  LOL.  Well, maybe in the game of digital publishing we are.

Soooo, with no further ado, meet Rebecca!!


portraitWriting Outside of My Comfort Zone

When I was first approached about writing a Prepper story (more on that in a moment) it floored me a little bit.  As a rule, I tend to write Paranormal Romance novels. Why is this? Well, it’s really a two-fold reason.  First, I really like to write Paranormal Romance.  Second, there is a lot of discussion in the industry these days about finding a brand and sticking to it.  Apparently, it helps us with selling.

But this story would not be a Paranormal story. A pure contemporary and about a subject I didn’t know that much about at that time.  Still, I heard myself agreeing to do it even as my hands started to shake thinking about it.

I visited websites and started to read about end of the world preparation. Some of it seemed simple and things I did without realizing I was ‘prepping.’ For example, we live in an area that can burn easily if a fire is started. Two years before we moved here, the whole subdivision we live in had to evacuate because part of it had gone ablaze.  So, I have a bag packed for all of our irreplaceable stuff.  Pictures. Papers.  Things I can’t get replaced at a discount store.  For us, it just made sense to have this done.

Then there were larger sites. Things dedicated to really living under ground if you had to in bunkers.  A story formulated in my mind and out of it this really fun contemporary (non-Paranormal story) that I felt excited to write! Now, I have no idea if anyone will want to read a pure contemporary by Rebecca Royce.  I promise I’m back to writing about things that go bump in the night.  But, I hope some people will want to check out some real life tales by me too because I really loved doing it.


And now, a special treat…the blurb *and* excerpt fun!

Melanie is a woman who prepares for disasters.  If the world as she knows it were to come grinding to a disastrous halt, her Sustainable Living Community will be ready and able to take care of the people in their area. She doesn’t have a man in her life anymore but she has her daughter and that’s enough.

Until a tall, dark stranger drives into her life.

Griffith is on a mission to find Melanie’s ex-husband Victor, who has stolen a very expensive new drug from a pharmaceutical company.  Griffith is a man who can find what others can’t.  He never backs down from a fight and he’s never afraid until he sees Melanie.  She steals his breath and makes him wish for things he’s never wanted before.

They are two people who can prepare for everything except the depths of their own need for each other.


Love-In-One-Night-mockup“I married him because I got pregnant.” She put her hands on her hips. “And I won’t take his money because I won’t take money from the pharmaceutical companies. No offense.”

“Gee, why would I take offense when you meant to insult me?” Melanie’s face turned a lovely shade of cherry as he spoke.

“Truth is, I meant to say something nasty about Victor. I forgot, momentarily, what you do and who you do it for.”

He shrugged like he words hadn’t stung a bit. The pharmaceutical companies did both good and bad things. Griffith didn’t have to feel one-hundred-percent comfortable all the time to still know he worked on the right side of the law.Love in One Night 7

“Theft is theft. I give them back things they’ve lost.” He moved along the edge of the room. Melanie must be organized. Everything had a label, down to the box holding sponges. “And I’d bet when you get a headache, you take a Tylenol.”

“I’d try magnesium and zinc, but your point is taken. I shouldn’t be generalizing. I don’t like when it’s done to me.”

Griffith had to get out of there before he did anything really asinine, like give the blushing woman a hug. He pulled out his card. “If you hear from Victor or you think of anything, give me a call. I’ll be staying in Austin overnight.”

“Right.” She took his card. “I’m sorry you had to come all the way down here for nothing.”

“I’m not.” Her eyes widened, and he had a moment of sheer male satisfaction. He’d been able to shock her.

“You haven’t asked me why I do this. Why I’m so prepared for a disaster? You haven’t asked. Everyone does.”

“I’ve been a lot of places. I think preparing for things, even if they might never occur, makes pretty good sense. I guess we all have our own reasons for why we do what we do.”

She bit down on her lower lip, chewing on it as she regarded him with narrowed eyes. “So you want to know why I married Victor but not why I formed a whole community dedicated to organic farming in the desert, self-sustaining living, and disaster preparedness?”

“Melanie, if you want to tell me, I’d be really amenable to hearing.” Anything she wanted to say would be fine by him. She could read the phone book aloud, and he’d sit like a good little boy and listen to her.

“Maybe I could. Over dinner tonight.”

His heart skipped a beat. Had she actually asked him out? His mouth opened and closed. When he’d gotten off the plane in Austin, he’d had no idea he’d be stepping onto a sustainable farm, a converted bomb shelter, and asked to dinner by a hot redhead.


Check out Rebecca’s other works (and there are LOTS!!) at:!/rebeccaroyce

Goals Update…

TreadmillSo March was a meh month for me when it came to meeting my goals.  I think it was the pre-springtime blahs, or maybe it’s because we had a ton of personal stuff (all good) going on.  Anyway, here’s this month’s progress.

Jan Feb Mar
Lose 13 pounds (total lost to date) 3/13 7/13 7/13
Drink 90 oz of water a day, a minimum of 13 days a month 13 6 5
Walk 13 miles/week 14.35 11.4 11.9
Blog 13 times/month 8 6 3
Write 1300 words/day at least 13 days/month 0 1K/16.9K 2K/16.9K
Review 13  books 2/13 3/13 3/13
Read 13 reference books 0 0 0
Watch 13 movies I keep putting off (and review them) 1/13 0 0
Find at least 13 new music artists 0 0 0
Wine Reviews 1/13 0 0
Log foods 13 times/month 28 28 0
Find 2 other things I’d like to do…      

When it comes to blogging, I’ve been doing this blog for a long, long time, and honestly don’t want to blog just to blog, so from now on, it’ll be for any kind of writing announcements, guest bloggers, any book reviews I decide to do (especially now that Amazon has hoovered up Goodreads, and I won’t be able to post there), and stuff like that.

The writerly stuff will also include things like contest announcements (which I’ll be starting up again with the release of my latest book in July), so stay tuned!