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Welcome to the website of Mindy Klasky, author of fifteen novels (including Fright Court, the As You Wish Series, the Glasswrights Series, Harlequin Special Editions, the Jane Madison Series, and Season of Sacrifice.)

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A Most Wonderful Discovery

When I was a kid, I read constantly — on the family room couch, in bed before (and after) lights out, in the car on trips of any length whatsoever.  My brother got carsick.  My mother couldn’t read in cars (but didn’t otherwise get carsick).  I couldn’t begin to understand what was wrong with them.

Flash forward mumble-mumble years.  When I used to commute downtown to work (which I haven’t done in the six years since I started writing full-time), I almost always stood in the full subway cars, reading a book and enjoying the uninterrupted book time.  I had my preferred reading spots, of course, and I sometimes chose books based on their dimensions and weight, but I got a lot of reading done on the subway.

About five years ago, there was a horrible crash on the subway and some people died.  The investigating authorities concluded that the crash was caused by an automatic braking system that didn’t, and all trains were immediately set to run on driver-applied braking.  To this day, the hand-braking continues.

The vast majority of drivers are *terrible* at controlled braking — they accelerate and decelerate multiple times, and they frequently jerk in an out of stations.  For the past few years, I haven’t been able to read a word on a subway train (including the ads in the trains — just studying them makes me ill).  Sometimes, I become nauseated just sitting there, with my eyes closed, and it’s not unusual for me to exit a subway station and take half an hour or longer before I feel tummy-steady again (an annoyance because most of the time that I take the subway, I’m going to meet someone for a meal!)

A few weeks ago, I had a particularly rough ride home.  Mark was with me, and he was a champion as I sobbed out my frustration and misery.

And the next day, I decided things had to change.  I won’t take drugs — they’d take too long to take effect and they’d linger too long after an at-most 30-minute ride.

But I remembered those anti-nausea bracelets many of my friends wore when they were pregnant.  I stopped at CVS and bought a pair. (They’re elastic bands with plastic buttons sewn in; they work by holding the button against an acupressure point in the wearer’s wrist, where the point triggers an anti-nausea … reaction.)

And reader, I was converted.

I slipped the bands on for my next ride downtown, and I took out my book, and I read.  I could feel the train lurching and swaying.  I could feel the motions that would have left me miserable just a day before.  But I could read without any problem at all.

I’ve now worn the bands half a dozen times.  Once, on a very long, very rough ride, I had to stop reading.  But the overall improvement has been astonishing.  I’m buying extra pairs to keep around so that I’m never without them.  I am converted.

(And, as a bonus extra, I’m reading a bit more!)

 

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Pics of Hot Men (and More!)

I’m not a big believer in “Man Candy Monday” and “Friday Man Wars” and the like – I understand what they’re doing on a sociological basis, as women take back their sexuality and proclaim that they can be sexual creatures before anyone can shame them for such and all that academic stuff, but it’s just not me, to post lots of pics of naked and near-naked guys.

That said, I *had* to looks at lots of pics of naked and near-naked guys to evaluate the covers for the Diamond Brides Series.  In fact, designing cover art was a major challenge for the nine-book series — and I’ve written about it at the Romance at Random blog today:

http://www.romanceatrandom.com/the-art-of-a-pitch-perfect-book-cover/

I’ve also drawn on my deep, dark past as a trademark lawyer to write another blog post — about trademarks, Major League Baseball, and how the Raleigh Rockets came to be.  You can read all that over at Nancy C. Weeks’ blog:

http://nancycweeksauthor.blogspot.com/2014/04/welcome-mindy-klasky-and-perfect-pitch.html

And, finally, I chatted about CATCHING HELL over at Book View Cafe (disclosing the not-so-secret truth that Zachary Ormond is my favorite of the Diamond Brides heroes… so far…)  You can read why here:

http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2014/04/15/catching-hell-or-knowing-id-arrived/

So, stop by, see what I have to say, make comments of your own…  You know the drill!

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Past posts about the Diamond Brides Series include:

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The Magic of Promotion

I’m back at Magical Words today, talking about the trials and tribulations (or should I say the *joy*!) of promoting a nine-book series.  Like, you know, my Diamond Brides Series :-)   Here’s the post – I’d love to see you stop by, read, comment, etc!

http://www.magicalwords.net/mindy-klasky/on-the-writing-life-nine-novels-in-eight-months-or-insanity/

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Past posts about the Diamond Brides Series include:

 

 

 

 

 

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See You at AwesomeCon!

So, with all the flurry of activity around here, I kinda, sorta forgot to tell you that I’m going to be on three panels at AwesomeCon!  This large, new media convention is in DC at the downtown Convention Center over this coming weekend — it’s only the second year of the con’s existence, but it’s growing by leaps and bounds!  You can find me here:

Friday, April 18, 4:00 – 5:00 – Worldbuilding and Magic, Room 201.  I’ll join Jon Skovron, Lea Nolan, Stuart Jaffe, Jessica Spotswood, Gail Martin, Matthew Bowman, and Eric Menge to discuss what makes a believable fantasy world and a realistic magical system.

Sunday, April 20, 1:45 – 2:45 – Preparing a Manuscript for Submission, Room 209C.  I’ll join Tanya Spackman to discuss how to prepare a manuscript so your words are more likely to be read by editors and agents.

Sunday, April 20, 3:00 – 4:00 – Young Adult Literature, Room 209C.  I’ll join Cristin Terrill, Lindsay Smith, Jon Skovron, Lea Nolan, and Jessica Spotswood to discuss, um, young adult literature!

I hope to see you there!  It’s gonna be awesome!

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Visiting Eight Ladies

And lest you think I’m sitting here eating bonbons and twiddling my thumbs on a launch day…

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I’m over at Eight Ladies Writing today, talking about rapid-release publishing and why it’s tailor-made for the Diamond Brides (because, really, what better topic is there, on a day when I’m celebrating my second book release in two weeks?)  There’s already a fair amount of discussion, with lots of questions and answers, so I hope you’ll join in!

Here’s the post:  http://eightladieswriting.com/2014/04/14/mindy-klasky-guest-blogger-rapid-release-publishing-or-one-writers-tale-of-madness/

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Past posts about the Diamond Brides Series include:

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CATCHING HELL in Stores Today!

The second volume of my Diamond Brides Series, CATCHING HELL, is in stores today.  Each of the Diamond Brides books is a fully self-contained hot contemporary romance — you don’t have to read the other short novels in this series to enjoy the one in your hands (or on your ebook reader!)

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Here’s what CATCHING HELL is all about:

Anna Benson is an eager “May” to Zach Ormond’s downright sexy “December”.

At age thirty-seven, Zach is a veteran catcher in the last years of his contract, grateful for a no-trade clause that will let him retire a star in Raleigh.  Twenty-five-year-old Anna has grown up in the Rockets’ front office; her grandfather has long groomed her to take over the team.

When Zach finally realizes Anna is no longer a star-struck kid, their passion flares like a game-winning grand slam.  But after a freak accident injures a young phenom and forces the team to land a new player, Anna must sacrifice Zach for the Rockets, convincing him to forfeit his hard-won no-trade guarantee.

There’s hell to pay. He’s doing everything in his considerable seductive power to make her keep him—on the team and in her bed. How can Anna and Zach live happily ever after when their romance will destroy the team they love?

I know authors aren’t supposed to play favorites among their literary children, but I have to admit that Zach is my favorite of the Diamond Brides heroes… so far :-)

You can read a snippet here:  http://www.mindyklasky.com/index.php/books/passion/diamond-bride-series/catching-hell/

And you can buy your electronic or print copy here:  http://www.mindyklasky.com/index.php/books/buy-books-here/#catch

We’re two weeks into the baseball season.  How are you celebrating spring?

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The Best-Laid Plans

Often, I’m asked what it’s like to write full-time.  Generally, I answer by explaining that I write on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and I do all my admin work (publicity, promotion, marketing, website updating, etc.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I restrict my socializing to Tuesdays and Thursdays as well, and I fold in grocery shopping, laundry, and other errands on those days.

But that’s only part of the story.

Every day, I have a to-do list, outlining the specific tasks I need to accomplish.  But some days, new emergencies arise, knocking that to-do list to hell and back.  Take yesterday as an example.

Interruptions

Yesterday was a packed day.  I had my exercise class first thing in the morning, and then a long list of publicity and promotion items for the Diamond Brides Series.  I intended to knock off work early, at 2:15, because I had tickets for my first Nationals game of the year, which had a 4:00 start.  (Spoiler: They won, 7-1!  Yay!)

So, I settled down to work quickly and efficiently after my exercise class.  And in my inbox (newly arrived since my scan of my inbox upon awakening) was a new contract to review.  The contract is for me to grant new rights to a publisher for works previously published; it’s an interesting opportunity, but it requires some reading, parsing of options, and decision-making.  I squared away that document and got back to work.

And a new thing hit my inbox:  a new writer who I’ve been mentoring was getting ready to launch a book on Nook Press (Barnes & Noble’s ebook publishing arm.)  He needed an .epub version of his document — stat.  (And for a variety of reasons, including the amazingly cool volunteer work he’s doing in Sierra Leone, I’m generating his ebooks for him.)  Time out to create an .epub of his book.  I squared away that project and got back to work.

And then the phone rang.  A recruitment company was calling to ask for my reference for a woman who worked for me several years ago. (The woman had recently asked if I would serve as a reference, which I agreed to do, gladly.)  The recruiter wasn’t expecting me to be home, apparently, because she’d only left herself ten minutes before she had to go to a meeting.  She begged my indulgence, rang off, and then called back half an hour later.  I squared away that interview and got back to work.

Ultimately, I completely my to-do list, even with those three fairly substantial additions to the morning.  But a writer’s life is never calm and boring and predictable.

I have strategies for dealing with the interruptions — I close my inbox for chunks of time during the day; I only answer phone calls from known numbers during the day, etc.  But sometimes, the best-laid plans…

How about you?  How do you cope with interruptions in your daily work?  Do you protect your creative work with the same vigor?

So I’m going to hit “publish” on this post, before something can interrupt me :-)

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When is a Character More Than a Character?

One last blog stop this week – I’m over at Maria V. Snyder’s blog, talking about how to make stock characters (e.g., a hero and a heroine in romance novel!) interesting and unique.  Here’s the post – I hope you’ll stop by, read, comment, etc!

http://officialmariavsnyder.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-post-creating-pitch-perfect.html

(Maria was one of my first published-writer-friends, and we still get together several times a year for writing retreats.  She was present at the creation of most of the Diamond Brides Series, even when she didn’t know the details of what I was writing, while we were tucked into our various corners of writing getaways!)

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Past posts about the Diamond Brides Series include:

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Under the Mango Tree

One of the real pleasures of working as a writer is meeting new writers who are just starting to figure out their way around the publishing world.  I talk to several dozen new writers a year, advising them about how to finish their books, how to get published, and how to find the reading audience for their work.

Over Christmas break last year, I met with another one of these eager new craftsmen, Michael Gibbs.  Although Michael is the adult son of a friend, I’d never met him before.  He’s currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone.

Michael had an ambitious plan.  In his effort to teach his students English, and to help them understand their own rich cultural heritage of storytelling, he wanted to collect stories from Sierra Leone’s oral tradition.  (Much of the oral tradition is dying, as the country struggles to recover from years of brutal civil war.)  He envisioned his students learning enough English (which, for many of them is a third, fourth, or fifth language) to write their stories.  They would learn about revising their work.  They would learn about computers, as he typed and formatted their work.  And the collected stories could be made available to a broader audience, with all profits from sale going to the students’ village, to help build desperately needed infrastructure and supplies.

I listened to Michael’s plan, and I was impressed.  I also though he didn’t have a chance of completing his project — there were too many barriers with regard to his students, and those didn’t even begin to take into account the obstructions from local government, Peace Corps bureaucracy, and the challenge of creating an electronic book when electricity typically wasn’t functioning!

But Michael did it.  And the stories he edited are now available in Under the Mango Tree:  Tales of Kamakwie, which can be purchased at Amazon.  All profits go to the people of Kamakwie.

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When I read these stories, I was most struck by how much people reveal their culture when they tell their stories.  Even the fables that were familiar to me took on a different tone when viewed through the Kamakwie lens.  This collection of stories is an excellent educational tool for any writer struggling to illustrate “the other.”

I hope you’ll buy the book.  And spread the word.  And support the fine work of Michael Gibbs and the people of Kamakwie.

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Pin the Veil on the Bride

Hello there!  Today I’m over at the blog of my good friend Deborah Blake, talking about Pinterest, and how I use it in connection with the Diamond Brides Series:  Pinterest Pleasures

Stop by, read, comment (and say wonderful things to Deborah, who is busily launching FOUR books this year!)

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Past posts about the Diamond Brides Series include:

Book View Cafe:  How I Learned to Stop Worry and Love Baseball

Patricia Burroughs:  How a Baseball Virgin Becomes a True Fan

Doranna Durgin:  It’s Not the Length, It’s What You Do With It (Writing Short Novels and Long Novels)

Pamela Freeman:  What’s in a Name? (Writing Fantasy Adventure for Kids and Spicy Romance for Adults)

Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit

Magical Words:  On Characters (Baseball Players and the Women Who Love Them)

Magical Words:  On Plot (Baseball Games and Beauty Queens)

Joshua Palmatier:  Author Interview

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