Word Wranglers is happy to welcome erotica author Cheryl Brooks today. She gives us a new look at time management. Welcome, Cheryl.
I recently cut back my hours at my real job, working 3 twelve-hour night shifts a week in the ICU, thinking I’d have all the time in the world to write, but I’m finding that there are still only 24 hours in a day. I started this new schedule the second week in December, and though it was nice to have the extra time to prepare for Christmas, I was a little worried about the money aspect. Believe it or not, mid-list authors like myself do not exactly bring home the bacon! At least, not like nurses do. Scheduling myself for one night a week made a huge difference in my paycheck, and also the time I had to write…at first.
Then the weather turned warm. I’d given up on a lot of yard and barn duties—we have 30 acres and two horses—but with the lovely weather and the extra time, I found myself doing things I hadn’t done in years. The paddock around the barn now looks like a lawn. The fence row is clear of wild roses and last year’s weeds. The concrete drainage ditch around the barn is as pristine as it was the day it was finished.
But have I written anything? It doesn’t seem like it—at least, not as much as I’d hoped to write. I finished the manuscript for The Cat Star Chronicles: Wildcat on time, even sent it in early, but I’d intended to have another self-published novel up on Amazon and B & N by the time Stud (book 8 in the CSC series) came out in February. No such luck. I’m also in the process of rewriting some early manuscripts, converting them from first person to third—not an easy task, by the way—and adding new characters and situations to link three of those stand-alone books into a series. I’ve done so much revising, I might as well have started from scratch—something else that takes time.
Somewhere along the way, the group of erotica authors who called themselves The Sextet (of which I was one) disbanded, leaving me with an unpublished story that was one of the hottest things I’d ever written. So I submitted it to Siren as a solo act, and they agreed to publish it. I’ve already been through the edits and revisions and one version of the cover that I hated and one that I loved, but the release date always seemed so far away. Not anymore. Time has eluded me once again, and the release date is today! I’ll tell you about it, but first, let me warn you, it is NOT for the faint of heart!
The Sextet Presents… Small, Medium, and Large: A Toy Story
By Cheryl Brooks
Passion ignites when Toby Lawrence meets Renee Swarovskiin a sex toy shop. But when he introduces her to his roommate, LanceSvahnstrom, she uncovers the latent attraction between the two men. She’s fallen for both of them, but will they need her now that they have each other?
Have you ever thought you had all the time in the world to complete a task, only to find yourself scrambling to finish it as the deadline approaches? I’m giving away a PDF of Small, Medium, and Large and a print copy of Stud today. For your chance to win, tell us your tales of timely woe. I’m sure everybody has at least one! Two winners will be drawn, one for each book.
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