My Writing Process: Blog Tour

Welcome to the Writing Process Blog Tour, wherein authors share a little bit about their writing process, then tag three victims friends to share some info about theirs.

First, a big thank you to my critique partner, Brighton Walsh for tagging me.

About Brighton Walsh:

brightonwalshBrighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping–maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

Her New Adult debut, Caged in Winter, will be published November 4, 2014 from Berkley/Penguin. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Agency.

Find Brighton here:

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Catch her post about her writing process here.

My Writing Process:

What am I working on?

Right now, I’m finishing up a new adult contemporary romance. A naïve art student travels to Paris looking to find herself and recover her muse. She’s swept off her feet by a charming ex-pat who’s running from family drama.

Sex, lies and self-discovery ensue.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write smart, sexy romances about people who don’t quite feel like they belong. I bring a literary flair to stories of everyday romance. And I often center my stories around people from slightly different walks of life – scientists, artists, academics. They might not always be your typical romance heroes, but they are real people, needing love and acceptance, and who find it over the courses of my stories.

Why do I write what I do?

Because if I didn’t, I’d go insane.

I have a lot of feelings about love and acceptance and all the ways that people hurt themselves and each other. Writing stories about those feelings, creating worlds where all the lonely people find the other lonely people who fill up the holes in their hearts…it fills up the holes in my heart.

I’m not sure what I’d do if I didn’t let those stories out.

How does my writing process work?

I’m a something of a modified plotser?

I typically start with a germ of an idea. It might be a character, or a moment between two characters, or an idea about a scene. I take the time to flesh out the highlights of the story: where it begins, where it ends, and a few of the important turning points that happen along the way. I do some basic character sketching: appearance, motivation, weaknesses.

And then I start writing. Usually, I figure out the story and the voices of the characters somewhere in the first 10-25k words. I modify my plan for the story as needed—usually, whatever I discover in the process of writing adds another layer of subtext or symbolism to how I originally conceived the plot.

Not infrequently, at a round the 80% mark, I stop and go back to re-read the book from the beginning, cleaning it up and adding in the seeds for any plot arcs that emerged while I was writing the second half of the story. It’s also a great chance to remind myself about what the heck the book is supposed to be about, which tends to lead me to the conclusion the story needs.

Once drafting is finished, I give it a few days, then take one more editing pass. Then it’s off to critique partners, who help me see the things I missed when I was too deeply involved in writing. I incorporate their feedback into the final manuscript, then send it off into the world.

Next On The Tour:

Amanda Weaver

amandaweaverLike many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood constantly telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again strictly as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.

Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

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Anna C. Bowling

Anna C. Bowling read her first historical romance at age eleven and knew she’d found what she wanted to read and write for the rest of her life.  She considers writing historical romance the best way to travel through time and make the voices in her head pay rent.

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Heather McGovern

heather-mcgovern-225x300Mild mannered corporate employee by day, glitter bomb throwing author by night, Heather McGovern writes humorous, heart-warming and hotter than hell contemporary romance. If she’s not working or writing, she’s playing superheroes with her son or working out. She loves to talk books, fandoms, fashion, make-up and men. You can find her blogging about these things, sometimes all in one blog post, at BadGirlzWrite.com.

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Take What You Want is a RITA® Finalist!!!

So, a funny thing happened back in November. I saw entries open for RWA®’s big contest for published romance novels and novella, the RITA®s, and I chuckled to myself, thinking haha, maybe someday.

And then my critique partner, the inestimable Brighton Walsh slapped me upside the head, and said, “Why the hell are you not entering???”

Fifty bucks and an agreement to judge later, I was no longer being slapped, at least by Brighton. It seemed like a longshot that Take What You Want would go anywhere in the contest, but what’s life without taking a couple of chances?

Well, ladies and gentlemen. Today, I got the call.

Take What You Want by Jeanette GreyTake What You Want is one of nine finalists in the romantic novella category of the RITAs competition. I am beside myself. I am so grateful to my critique partners, Brighton Walsh and Kat Watson, to my incredible editor, Jennifer Miller, and to my publisher, Samhain, which has been so supportive.

And even more, I’m grateful to every single one of my readers. The whole crazy point of this writing thing is getting stories to you. So thank you.

Best Erotic Romance 2014 Giveaway

Guys. Guys. I cannot even tell you what has happened to the first quarter of this year. Honestly, it’s been a mess. Between personal (thankfully not-serious) health issues, major illnesses in my family, snow, more snow, seasonal affective disorder, and then more snow, it’s just sort of disappeared.

But in the midst of all that crap, there’ve been some good things.

My next book, Get What You Need, has made it through edits and is on target for a July 2014 release date from Samhain Publishing. It’s my first full-length novel and my first male/male book in three years. I cannot tell you how excited I am about it, and it’ll be in your hot little hands in just four months.

bre14AND…drumroll please…my new short story, A Singer Who Doesn’t Sing, was included as part of Best Erotic Romance 2014.

Best Erotic Romance 2014 was officially released in late January, but I just got my author copies last week. To help brighten up somebody else’s March (seriously, can we stop it with the snow already?) I’m giving away one paperback copy of the book to a lucky reader.

To enter, just leave a comment below. Include your email address (so I can contact you about your mailing address), and tell me how you’ve gotten through this yucky, nasty winter. (If you live somewhere nice, please don’t rub it in. Just tell me it was unbearable. It’ll make me feel better.)

This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18+. The drawing will close one week from today, on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST, and the winner will be selected using the random number generator at random.org.

Last but not least, IF the randomly selected winner happens to also be a subscriber to my mailing list, I’ll throw in a set of these super-awesome Be Calm And Drink Wine magnets I found at Target last month. (If you’re not already a subscriber, sign up using the form in the top right corner of this page, or via this link.)

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So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment :)

Cheers!

Coming Up On New Year’s Eve: When It’s Right Blog Tour Wrap-Up + Giveaway

When It's RightMy new book, When It’s Right, just finished up a successful blog tour. I’m pleased to announce the winners: Amanda S.was the recipient of the Rafflecopter $25 gift card prize, and Jenna Allen picked up the $10 gift card host prize.

 

While the tour is over, it’s pretty much the perfect time to pick up a copy of When It’s Right. After all, what better time for a friends-to-more New Year’s Eve romance than, well, right before New Year’s Eve?

Leave a comment below to be entered to win a free e-book copy of When It’s Right. Tell me about your favorite New Year’s or New Year’s Eve memory. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win! I’ll select a winner on 12/31/13 :)

Happy holidays!

When It’s Right Blog Tour – Two More Days To Enter!

Happy Saturday, ladies and gents. I’ve been blog touring all around the internet for the past two weeks in support of my new novella, When It’s Right. It’s been a blast, but sadly all good things must come to an end. On Monday, I’ll be picking one lucky person from the tour to win a $25 gift card to the winner’s choice of either Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com.

Every stop on the tour has a chance to enter, and you can also pick up Rafflecopter entries by following me on Twitter or Liking me on Facebook.

So in between getting everything else on your to-do list accomplished this weekend, consider taking a moment to check out the great sites who were so kind as to host me these past two weeks.

December 2: All I Want and More
December 2: Long and Short Reviews
December 3: Snarky Mom Reads…
December 4: Booklover Sue
December 5: The Muse Unleashed
December 6: Susana’s Morning Room
December 9: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
December 10: Books on Silver Wings
December 11: Jenna Allen
December 11: It’s Raining Books
December 12: Fantasy Powered by Love
December 13: Sharing Links and Wisdom

Thanks again for all your support. Happy holidays, and a very, very happy New Year!

When It’s Right Release Day!

I’m so excited to announce that my latest book, When It’s Right, is here!

When It's RightHe’s the last resolution she intends to break.

Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year’s Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.

Fun as it sounds, Cassie is reluctant to accept Nate’s invitation. Little does he know, she’s made resolutions of her own—resolutions about finally getting over her long-standing crush on him. Telling herself this trip will be the perfect “last hurrah”, she packs her bag.

The trip is a fiasco from the outset. A car that won’t start, a freak storm that strands them on the side of the road, and a long drive with too much time for true confessions. Cassie’s rocks Nate to the core, leaving him wondering if the best thing that ever happened to him has been right in front of him all along.

Warning: Contains two best friends, a secret crush, and a road trip that leads to tow trucks, unexpected hotel-room sharing, epiphanies, sex, and more.

Amazon – Barnes and Noble - Samhain

 

Get your copy at any major seller of e-books, and don’t miss out on the When It’s Right blog tour! I’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card at the end of it, and you can earn entries at every stop!

December 2: All I Want and More
December 2: Long and Short Reviews
December 3: Snarky Mom Reads…
December 4: Booklover Sue
December 5: The Muse Unleashed
December 6: Susana’s Morning Room
December 9: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
December 10: Books on Silver Wings
December 11: Jenna Allen
December 11: It’s Raining Books
December 12: Fantasy Powered by Love
December 13: Sharing Links and Wisdom

Library Journal Names ‘Take What You Want’ One of the Best Books of 2013

Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey

Happy, exciting news! Library Journal released its picks for top books of 2013 yesterday, and Take What You Want made the list for best e-book romances!

“This sex-into-love romance is about the power of positive thinking, or at least the power of turning lemons into very wicked lemonade.”

See the whole list–as well as everything reviewer Marlene Harris had to say about Ellen and Josh–at LibraryJournal.com

My Sexy Saturday :: Friends to Lovers Edition

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen. My new novella, When It’s Right, releases in just two and a half weeks!

As a sneak preview, my entry for this week’s My Sexy Saturday is seven (short) paragraphs from the moment when my hero and heroine, Nate and Cassie, finally slip from being the best of friends to being a whole lot more.

When It's RightHis hips grazed hers, his arousal clear, and her body felt like it was giving off sparks. But just as quickly as he’d started kissing her, he stopped. Her eyes flew open as he pulled lips and hips away, his face flushed and breath heaving. With one hand tangling in the scruff at the back of his neck, she tried to pull him back down, but he held firm.

“Cassie…” There was a pleading to his tone, like he was asking her for something. Or like he didn’t even know what he wanted.

“Don’t overthink this.” When he still refused to budge, she lifted herself up to put her lips to his throat, making him shake.

He laughed, but the sound was dry. “How can I not? It’s you, Cass. You.”

“Do you not want to…?” It hurt to even ask, and she froze with her mouth open at his pulse point, her abdomen twisting as she braced herself.

“Fuck.” He moved one hand from the mattress to her hip, his thumb sneaking above her waistband. It was so warm. “I do. But…”

She shook her head. “Then let it happen.” She closed her lips on the salty flesh where his shoulder met his neck and sucked, feeling his answering moan as a blooming heat between her legs. “Let it happen.”

When It’s Right is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through the Samhain store.

Kitchen Sink News Update: Website Revamp, Workshops, and Upcoming Releases!

All has been pretty quiet over here for a while, but suddenly I have a whole bunch of stuff to talk about. So, here goes…

First, as you may or may not have noticed, I’ve revamped my website. It’s still a little bit of a work in progress, but after a couple years, I figured it was well past time for a face lift. Also, tattoo guy up in the banner just makes me happy. (Unf.) Enough said.

Second, and related, is that I’m starting to branch out into leading workshops. My first ever one will be taking place at my local RWA chapter in December, and it will be all about the basics of setting up an author website using WordPress. So, if you’re going to be in the Capital Region of Upstate New York on December 7, come on over. Or give me a shout if you’re looking for a workshop presenter. :)

When It's RightAnd thirdly, I’m delighted to announce that my upcoming novella, When It’s Right, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Samhain store. It’s a quick, sexy friends-to-lovers story set around New Year’s Eve and a debacle of a road trip, and I’m super excited about it! There will be a bunch of promotional stuff happening for it in early December, including contests and giveaways, so stay tuned.

That’s all for now. I have several other projects in the works, with one hopefully going to contract shortly. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I can divulge!

Confessions of a Fangirl

Ladies and gentlemen: My name is Jeanette Grey, and I…am a fangirl.

What is a fangirl, you may ask? Much like its opposite gender counterpart, the fanboy, a fangirl is someone who is unapologetically fanatical about something. A book, a TV show, a movie, a comic, a celebrity. Maybe several of these. Maybe lots of these. She reads the fansites—maybe she creates the fansites. She can tell you her favorite actor’s filmography, salient points from his personal life, her favorite character’s entire life story and birthday, and the date when the next movie in her favorite series will be released, even if it’s three years out. She has Opinions about every casting choice and every minute detail that wasn’t exactly the same in the movie as it was in the book. She reads obsessively, rewatches episodes hundreds of times, can recite dialogue word-for-word, and maybe even writes fan fiction or draws fan art.

And maybe, just maybe, she goes to fan conventions. And dresses up.

I write this missive to you on the heels of my second ever Dragon*Con, where I had an absolute blast, communing with my people and giving myself a break from writing to just revel in my obsessive love of fictional worlds—the very obsessive love that led me to want to be a writer in the first place.

I went to panels on writing fight scenes, and heard comic book authors talking about their experiences. I saw the original puppeteers of Fraggle Rock performing as Red and Moki and the nine year old girl inside of me had a complete and total mental breakdown from sheer joy. I hung out with people in cool costumes and people-watched for the best geeky T-shirts.

And yes. I dressed up.

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Me as The Winter Soldier (left) and Nick Fury and the Avenge-bears (right).

Before I ever wrote, I read, and I watched movies. Before I made up love stories about attractive men, I ogled attractive, famous men. At heart, I’m a fangirl. And every now and then, there’s absolutely nothing like letting that particular part of me have free rein. :)