A Release! Coming Clean by Inez Kelley

Looking for something spicy to read? Try Inez Kelley’s latest release! I had the pleasure of beta reading this and it was *wonderful*. So glad to see it sold and the reviews on it have been wonderful!

COMING CLEAN never felt so good…

Grant and Vivi Michaelson share everything in their marriage: love, commitment—and their wildest sexual desires. But their relationship is tested when Vivi admits she wants a threesome with Grant’s old friend Cade, proposing their annual trip to the lake as the perfect opportunity to fulfill her fantasy.

All three of them are aroused by the idea. Vivi and Cade have long felt a smoldering attraction to each other…and Grant and Cade have hidden an illicit desire for decades. Going through with the ménage will test their boundaries, reveal old secrets…and maybe tear them apart. After all, there might be room for Cade in bed, but is there room for a third in their marriage?

Rated Top Pick, 4 Stars, 5 Blue Ribbons and called ‘the best menage of the summer’ by reviewers!

“The characters are adorable, the storytelling is perfect and Mrs. Kelley’s voice is something I will never forget.”

HOT! WET! STEAMY!

COMING CLEAN by Inez Kelley BUY it now.

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I Sold! …Oh, Lord Have Mercy, What do I do next???

I know a lot of people wonder about what comes after the sale. I’ll do my best to give you a quick inside peek of how things are going down for me.After I signed my contract with Turquoise Morning Press I entered the  INFORMATION HIGHWAY and I sucked up as much of it as I could. There’s publisher author loops to join, publisher reader loops to join, information about future submissions to review! My publisher had not yet released their first books when I signed on, so I went to the author loop and reviewed all the past messages. It gave me a good feel of how they operated and answered many of my questions. I filled out cover sheet information, tax information, and something else so I can get money when those royalties start rolling in!My publishered urged me to pitch her more ideas, to not feel like we had to wait until my book was edited and everything before we could get more going. So I did! I worked up a proposal to take Through The Wall into a series and pitched her the idea. And she loved it!  We launched right into contracts for the second in the series On The Fence and I’m looking at four more novellas to pitch her.So while those ideas are steaming and sizzling and coming together in the back of my mind, I moved on ahead into a few promo things. I began work on a book trailer, picked at updating my website, and just all over, tried to get prepared and stay ahead of the game.And cover pretties came! It was a whoose all over again of website updating and celebrating. I have to say, it took me longer than I expected to get my cover up at the various places I visit online…and I didn’t even change my avatar photo at twitter, facebook, blogger, word press, Romance Divas…or oh, my! There seems to be so many! And how in the world am I ever going to keep up! But I pushed through and kept forward movement going.Remember that book trailer I was working on? I said, no way am I waiting. Now that I had my cover, I jumped in there and got myself busy and got that thing finished. It’s a bit early to be flashing that thing around and trying to draw attention to it–my book doesn’t come out til end of December!–but I decided having something doesn’t mean I have to run around all over the internet shouting it from the rooftops.I quietly sent it to my publisher and she linked it, I put it on my website and am sending it to an interview next week. Oh, and since you’re here and if you’re curious, here’s my trailer below. Low cost was the name of the game here. I created it myself in Windows Movie Maker. If you can work MS PowerPoint, you can do Movie Maker. I bought pictures from istockphoto.com and in all, I spent about $18.00.

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Uninhibited In Apple Trail, Arkansas

Last week I made my first sale! A sexy little novella titled Through The Wall to Turquoise Morning Press for the Sapphire Nights Line. Through The Wall is due for release Early Winter 2010.For Stephanie Faulker, in Through The Wall, she  doesn’t want wild and raunchy, just a little spice…. She’s been hearing her neighbor’s nightly sexcapades through her bedroom wall and she wants a turn!But Parker Madison isn’t so easily swayed. He wants Stephanie all right, but not just in the bedroom. He wants commitment and long-term, not a quick roll. Short-term does not lead to long term. Or can it….hmm…we’ll have to wait and see what these two can do!It’s story one in the Uninhibited In Apple Trail, Arkansas series. These sexy novellas feature heroines who are tossing their inhibitions to the wind and finding the guts to go after what they want.My wonderful editor said don’t feel like you have to wait, pitch me something else when you have it. I didn’t wait! I had a couple stories in mind to make the series, so I shot her off a pitch for novella number two in the series, On The Fence and she wanted it! That’s right! After five years of writing, I sold two stories in less than a week. I don’t think I’ll ever catch my breath!In On The Fence, if Shellie has to hear one more condescending comment from her mother about life or men, she might scream. She packs up and takes a trip to see her long-missed high school friend, Jack. But instead of the girl-chasing jock she remembers from their youth, Jack’s gone country, keeping up a farm of his own.Jack’s settled down on a farm his uncle left to him. Not the life he ever envisioned, but after getting a girl pregnant in college and then watching helplessly as the baby was aborted, he learned the hard way it was time to settle down. Shellie’s reentry into his life reminds of his wild past and it’s a fight to ignore the tempting woman Shellie has become.I can’t wait for these to come out! My publisher is launching next week and have some super awesome prizes to give away! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS TO WIN!!

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I’m Being Interviewed Today!

Julie Lindsey asked me to be part of a Writer Wednesday series. I was thrilled and said yes! “Rejections are part of the business. Yes, they suck like wow, but again, part of the business. They can be for any number of reasons. Such as taste, for example. Your voice and style. A reader’s book taste is like their food palate. Reading a book you don’t like is the same as being told to drink Coke and enjoy it when you’re a die-hard Dr. Pepper fan.”for more head over to Julie’s blog…Musings From The Slush Pile

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First Application!

For those asking what in the heck is going on, I’m product testing Neutrogena UltraSheer® Liquid Daily Sunblock. It includes posting reviews and this is my first! This also means you’re getting pics of me with no makeup, no touch ups–nothing but my face. Today I used the Neutrogena UltraSheer® Liquid Daily Sunblock for the first time. I was fresh out of the shower with a scrubbed clean face.The bottle design itself was interesting. I was pleased when I took the cap off, the lotion did not ‘vomit’ out of the bottle as some are known to do.The scent was soft, but the natural smell of sunblock was there, making that aspect a touch disappointing as I don’t want to smell like I’m heading to the beach all the time.The lotion itself was somewhat watery. I was worried this would be greasy on my face. And it was. Not giving up on it, I patted my face with a towel and it came out just right for my normal skin. In fact, after toweling off, I couldn’t get over how soft my cheeks were.Would you like to review UltraSheer®, too? Then go to http://www.giantwavepool.com/ultrasheer!Or get $2 off your UltraSheer® purchase at http://www.neutrogena.com/suncoupon.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes from Tidal Labs. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Editor Panel from Lori Foster 2010!

At Lori Foster’s Readers and Authors Get Together 2010, I sat through a Q&A editor panel with Monique Patterson from S. Martin’s Press, Margo Lipschult from HQN and then Laura Bradford from Bradford Literary Agency joined us! Here’s my notes on that session. Beware—any misspellings or confusion you might get from this are mine and mine alone. The questions were firing off in this workshop and I was just barely keeping up! So let’s get started:Monique Patterson (St.Martin’s Press): MPMargo Lipschultz (HQN): MLLaura Bradford (Agent): LBMP: editorat SMP. Wide range bks, commercial, thriller, romance, diet bks, mem. anything. No-acadm. 650titles per year. women’s fic: suspense, paranormal. No inspy/sweeter–Other SMP editors do those. Select amount of literary fiction and nonfict new voices. Next star. ML: editor HQN. Singletitle line. Mira, Luna, HQTeen. Diverse amt of books. New stuff: Hqnnonfiction, hqteen: ages 12-19. RS-short on those. Hist:fab authors there. Looking for any romance: upmarket women’s fiction such as: WEIGHT OF SILENCE (MIRA), YAprojects-Do you work through agents?MP: both. Signed some non-agents, but they usually get one soon. Recommended.ML: Recommended. Series (category) editors will work directly w/authors. Accept queries, but when she’s seriously ready to work w/authors they find an agent, or are already talking w/on.-What’s your work load? Meetings vs. email vs. reading?MP/ML: in office: no reading. Instead, meeting, phone calls, email. Mngment of everything outside of editing. Nights and weekends is when the editing gets done. -How many edits does a book usually go through? How long will you keep working w/author on that book?ML: it can vary. 5 or 6 revisions on one author in one book. Next book same author, one. On their current authors, they’ll turn in proposals and chapter outline for upcoming booksthose early stages are most collaborative. MP: dittoWhat do you look for in a synopsis?ML: over arching, main points, internal/external conflicts-Do you monitor other houses? What about when there are 2 similar ideas?MP: kind of know of various things other publishers are doing through publisher’s lunch. Market can bear…any number of Scottish historical at once. On things like nonfiction, then it becomes a race to get to the market first. People are not likely to buy the same topic of nonfiction book like they will in fiction. ML: we also monitor (or are aware) of things like covers. Not only of what’s coming up but what’s been out. I can see an author at SMP and wonder, how can we find someone like for us at LUNA? Identify trends, why they’re working and how can we tap into them?-What about trends? And how much longer do you think it’ll work?MP: paranormal, YA, historical are in. Contemp romance (contemp comedies) market to come back. Bubbling about steam punk romance. Post apoplectic. ML: ANGELS are huge right now w/JR Ward’s new series. Vampires not going anywhere. Steampunk YA. Steampunk: less sophisticated, more mainstream it’s becoming–can make for bigger potential. -Will steampunk last?MP: don’t really know. Everybody’s just watching. Lots of interest. 10years ago? Couldn’t give away paranormal. Now it’s everything anybody wants. It’s all on timing and hoping it’ll happen.-What about YA steampunk authors?ML: 2011 at HQTeen.LB: just sold steampunk due out in 1012. Not very sciency. Mash-up of fairy and steampunk. Set in California/San Fran around earthquake. Has steampunk mood/sensibility. Author: Suzanne Lazer. -WHAT IS STEAMPUNK???Short definition: historical setting, sometimes w/historical fantasy, but with technology beyond their standard means. Airships, computer like machines—but clockwork base or steambase. Example: WILD WILD WEST (will smith)-Women’s fiction. Definition, commercial, others?ML: Jodie Picoult. …there you go. Can be romance, but more about one/multiple women’s character arcs and how they change. Marriage breakup, health issue. Relevant topics people like to discuss. Emily Griffen (SMP author)—she’s good about asking ‘what if’ LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH (couple happily married. One didn’t want children and convinced the other not to. And then one morning wakes up and realizes that kid is wanted.). Many are 1st pov and telling the story of how they do it. Community oriented books. -Professional Editor? Recommended for debut?ML: can’t make blanket statement due to the different kind of editors. Likes to say yes, since she used to be one don’t think it can hurt, but do your research before you agree.-What authors you work with?MP: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kristen Warren, Cheyenne McCray, Francis Ray, Susan Donovan, Celeste Bradley, Lora Lee. -Does HQN have series that stretches as far as Kenyon (she’s at 12-14books?)ML: Gina Showalter put HQN on the map for paranormal. LORDS of Underworld: 6 more next year and hopefully more. Probably their longest going. Suzannah Mallory tends to write tril. Lori Foster. And Victoria Dahl doing back-to-back tril. (caters to instant gratification) -Any cool new creatures?ML: banshees in HQTeen. Girl realizes she is one and she’s learning to predict death.MP: depends on your imagination and what you can do. -How do you decide deadlines?MP: decided at contract stage: such as when 1st draft due. It comes in and it all depends. Likes to take about a month w/the mss. Sometimes quicker or longer, depending on what else is due.-Ebooks?MP: loves them. Got a sonye-reader before they started giving them to editors. Very exciting. Nobody knows how it’ll all look when the dust settles. No idea of end result. We know ebook sales are on the rise. -When are you ebooks released?MP: no windowing. Ebook released the same as print. *most of the time if there is a delay, there’s a glitch.ML: HQN is the same. Sometimes there’s a gap of few days or week of when HQN ebooks are available and kindle. At HQN: doing ebook prequels to get the buzz going. Mini novella’s to be linked to first book. -What format do you edit?MP: Printed page. If she knows the author is clean, then she might do an electronic.ML: Printed page. Houses are going to all electronic, so she doesn’t know how much longer it will last.-Any new contemp authors?MP: Susan Donovan. Looking for smart, sexy, funny.ML: Lori Foster, Suzanne Mallory (series, small town. Family/group of friends), readers love a sense of community. Kristen Higgins (stand-alones describe as rom. Comedies/cute sweet, but feels they’re so much more).-Small town or big for contemporary?MP/ML: either one.LB: I don’t get a ton of contemp submissions. (would like something like Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips)-On settings. Main town is fictional. Is it all right if I mention real towns?ML/MP: yes. You can base your fiction town on a real place and give it a spin. -Is it better for real or fictional?ML: depends. A lot depends on what the name sounds like. Sometimes, just the name of a town will draw her in.-Any new authors you’re excited about?MP: new to SMP Donna grant. Writing historical/Scottish. Historical romance authors: Tiffany Claire (oct, nov) THE SURRENDER OF A LADY. Very bold, set in a harem. Husband gambles her away and she’s sold into a harem. Hero is her 1st love, but neither families supported it and they went separate ways. Sees her again at this harem. He bids and gets her for 6months. Julie Anne McQueen: Scottish historical series back-to-back CLAIMED BY THE HIGHLANDER. Suzanne Enoch tentatively called HUSBAND HUNTER. ML: Eve Silver. New to HQN. Back-to-back tril in oct. gods/goddess, sexy, lot of fun. DEBUT paranormal: Lori London in sweet blood series BONDED BY BLOOD (Feb 2011). Good vampires and not so good ones. Good ones in a guardian. Guardians protect vampires existence. Taking vampires and making them her own. They never launch too many new authors at once to test the market on taking new voices.

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Jinxed!

Contest to win a copy of Jinxed is going on NOW! Two ways to enter!1-Leave a comment on the blog, I wanna be Jinxed by Inez Kelley! OR 2-Tweet me: @KeriFord I want to be #Jinxed by @Inez_KelleyContest closes at 9:30CST 4-7-2010Good luck!My good friend, Inez Kelley has her first print release today: Jinxed —a contemporary romantic comedy!But…she’s having to move across the country! Seriously, some 600 miles, last minute and she doesn’t have Internet access to celebrate her release. Is that not sad? Make her feel better by picking up a copy. I promise, you won’t regret it!I’ll have a Twitter contest later this evening, so be sure you’re following me on Twitter to get in on the action!When opposites attract, they are screwed three ways from Sunday.Frannie learned the hard way that a McHottie doesn’t always equal marriage material. Besides, she’s happy with her vanilla life. She has friends, a career and a double-D-powered vibrator. Then Fate shoves her, literally, into Prince Charming’s lap. His declaration of love at first sight is cute—and spikes her bullcrap meter into the red zone.She’s more than willing to give in with her body. But she’s barricaded her heart behind castle walls—and permanently welded the gates shut.Tragedy taught Jinx that time is too precious to waste, so when a series of uncanny coincidences thrusts Frannie into his life, he holds on tight. He knows she thinks he’s several fries short of a Happy Meal, but he’s determined to breach the fortress around her heart and give her a Happily Ever After.Even if he has to carry her fanny-first into his kingdom.WARNING: Includes jelly shoes, a narcoleptic cat, and meatloaf. The steamy sex scenes may lead to fogged windows and wet panties, so proceed at your own risk. Do not attempt to read without the following items: tissues, napkins for spewed beverages, and a booty call on speed dial.

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Help RWA PROs!

RWA Nationals is coming up in July! Wa-hoo! Every year at Nationals there’s an annual PRO-Retreat for RWA’s PRO Members. This year, each member will get a ticket for a chance to win a door prize–free when you show up! There’s no money exchange, nothing like that. Like I said, free when you show up!But….but what are the door prizes? That’s where hopefully YOU come in! Agents, Editors, Published Authors —Please, if any of you can donate a critique, we’d have some serious love for you. Query letters, synopsis, manuscript pages, whatever you’d like and feel comfortable with, we want! (we’re greedy. not picky.)If you’re interested, drop me an email:keriford @ hotmail. com (no spaces)Or my good buddy, Cynthia D’Alba (ArkansasCyndi), AKA POWERHOUSE behind everything RWA PRO at:cynthiadalba @ sbcglobal. net (no spaces)Thanks so much for the generosity I just know you’re wanting to dish out!

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Shiny Happy

Welcome to the official launch of my website and blog.I’m happy to announce the new re-design of my website is finally implemented and I can start posting regularly! In the coming days my webmistress will be adding data and doing the final touches.Thanks for stopping in for a look. While you’re here, be sure to pick up a copy of my free Valentine Read!I hope you come back soon to see what I’m up to.

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