<![CDATA[TXwriters.com - Blog]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:10:59 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[We ran out of time for a post this week]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 03:55:12 GMThttp://www.txwriters.com/blog/we-ran-out-of-time-for-a-post-this-weekPicture
ye were spending time bathing our elephants this week

No, that's not right...

Bathing our husbands (yeah that's more like something we'd do, they do get kind of dirty...) so we didn't come up with an amazingly awesome post for you this week so we decided to give away something instead.

​So really, our laziness, I mean busyness (is that a word?) is your gain! 

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​What are we giving away? 

A mystery book! It's all nice and wrapped in a zebra print wrapping paper and we might've thrown in some swag pieces too. 

​To enter, comment on this post about what you think we could have been doing! A winner will be pick on 3/12/16! Good luck, and make us laugh!

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<![CDATA[We heart audiobooks!]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:23:09 GMThttp://www.txwriters.com/blog/we-heart-audiobooksAs readers, sometimes it's hard to find time to read. With work, school, writing, and research little moments are left to sit down and crack open a good book. We've decided to take any chance we can get and allow the book to do all the reading for us.

We wanted to experience the book together so we could go through all of the laugher and heartache simultaneously. And while we did this, we texted about it... a lot. We had tons of fun and we sincerely hope everyone gets a chance to read a book with their best friend. It is truly an experience we would like to repeat over and over.

Overruled by Emma Chase

Renee's review

​Being from the south, you know if someone gets southern sh!t right. Emma Chase did just that, she got it right. It wasn't over the top sappy with darlin' and ma'am being every other word, they are in there, but just sprinkled in. 

I really enjoyed this book, the story flowed beautifully. Stanton is a cocky southerner living the life in Washington D.C. He has an open relationship with his high school sweetheart / baby mama back in Mississippi and a friends with benefits in Washington, bless his heart! (That was not used the whole book, which was disappointing.) 

Stanton made me laugh one moment and infuriated me the next. But don't most men do that to us in real life? Stanton received a wedding invitation from Jenny, a.k.a the high school sweetheart and baby mama, so he takes his friend with benefits, Sofia with him back to his hometown to stop the wedding. 

Stanton is the kind of guy that always has a plan but sometimes even the best plans go haywire. He's so worked up over stopping the wedding that he's missing things that are smacking him in the face. Again, isn't this the problem with all men, none of them can take subtle hints.

The main question here is, will Stanton wake the crap up before it's too late? I guess you'll need to read Overruled and find out for yourself.

I recommend Overruled to anyone who likes a little steam with their romantic comedy.

Kris' review

I loved this book. I listened to the audio book while driving to work and school and let me tell you, the guy reading for Stanton should read and record every book known to man. His voice is heavenly southern and I could listen to it all day! But I digress.

Stanton is your typical blind male and has tunnel vision for most of the book. He believes that he is in love with his high school sweetheart but many events occuring in the book beg to differ. Jenny is the old flame who he thinks he is still in love with after so many years, most of them spent apart. She has become engaged and he decides it is his duty to break up the marriage and claim the woman who is rightfully his.

Sofia is Stanton's best friend and colleague. Aside from the massive amounts of clothes she has, she would be any man's ideal woman but to Stanton, she is only a friend with some pretty awesome benefits. Stanton enlists Sofia's help in getting Jenny back and takes her home with him to do the job. Sofia was quite possibly my favorite character. She is strong willed and can command the attention of a room plus she's an attorney and that's pretty awesome in and of itself. She was kind and caring and loved deeply with her whole heart regardless of whether or not her head was in agreement.

This story had me laughing so hard I might've veered off the road a time or two but don't worry, no vehichles were harmed during the listening of this book. I would reccommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh and a steamy, heartwarming story!
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<![CDATA[Keeping the Romance Alive]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:30:00 GMThttp://www.txwriters.com/blog/keeping-the-romance-alive
Let's face it, most guys are NOT like we read in romance novel. Well, we aren't like the women either. Sometimes, especially after many years being in a relationship, a lot of people tend to slack off in the romance department. Couples begin to take each other for granted, or at least that's how it's been for us. 

So, we thought it would be nice to come up with a series of posts of different things we could do to help keep the romance in our relationships. Not all of these will be something that will blow you down awesome, but we think little things add up. It's the little things in life that truly count anyway, are we right?

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This week, the two of us found a recipe online for Love Lotion: Homemade Lubricant Recipe, you can get the recipe here.

Since we don't live close-by, we had to make our own love lube separately. Renee's turned out great as you can see in the lower right hand picture, looks like it's had some fingers digging in it. *wink wink* Mine on the other hand, not so much.

I just couldn't get the stuff to whip right and ended up with a few hard balls (pun definitely intended) of lube, although I guess "lube" isn't the right word since there's not much it can be rubbed on in it's solidified state. My hands are nice and smooth from handling all of the coconut oil though so that's a plus.

I told my husband about this little idea and he didn't seem all that enthusiastic. You see, I get these great ideas and he just nods along as I tell them to him. Sometimes they come to fruition but most of the time there is a little something left to be desired with my "concoctions."

Here's a little secret: I'm not that good at making things using a stove.

As I was adding the aphrodisiac to the coconut oil and beeswax my husband walks in, sniffs the air and says, "what's that smell?" Reminding him about the lubricant and showing him the bottle he says "it smells weird," then "I think I'm allergic to coconut, well I was when I was a kid but I can eat Samoas."

So even if the lube had turned out more luby, lubie, lubey... we might not have been able to use it. We did enjoy a box of Samoas before bed.



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Renee's experience?

​Yes, my experience! The great thing about writing with Kris is that I get to live vicariously through her. She's almost.... well lets just say a few years younger than me. I think we make a great writing team because we look at things differently, but still similarly enough that she doesn't make me fell too old.

​I made my personal love lotion on Friday night with high hopes of it giving Mr. Renee a hint. After being married over 20 years, sometimes they need a nudge in the right direction.

​I made the fluffy concoction. I brought the essential oil bottle for him to smell. I ask Mr. Renee, "What do you think about this smell honey?"

He paused whatever stupid show he was watching on the t.v. with a big sigh. He just answers, "yeah, that's nice." So the scent that's supposed to be "aphrodisiac" didn't bring on spontaneous desires, as I had hoped (oh, I didn't mean to type that.). ​As we went to bed that night, I said, "feel the texture of this stuff, it's awesome." (Yes, I'm a little too enthusiastic.)

​He sticks his fingers in it and rubs it in his hand, "It's a little greasy," He tells me.
I told him it was supposed to make "things slick".

​So, without anymore details, it does make things slick. He didn't like the oily feel on his fingers. I, on the other hand, love the texture of this stuff! If you rub it in your hands really well, it leaves them baby soft!

​I love using Coconut Oil, it has so many benefits:  Increase your energy expenditure, helping you to burn more fat. So, my thoughts are this; use coconut oil for your love lotion and burn more fat while keeping the romance alive!

Keep the romance hot and electrifying this Valentine's Day!
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<![CDATA[First book vs. Second Book]]>Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:39:10 GMThttp://www.txwriters.com/blog/first-book-vs-second-bookWhen I hit publish on my first book, The Ascension of Laney, I had no clue what I was doing. I had written the book the year before and had gone through self-edit after self-edit thinking my book was perfect and ready to go. It wasn't. My mom had worked hour upon hour trying to create the cover image I had in mind and looking at the finished product, we realized we just weren't good enough at graphic design.

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A few months before publishing, I went to the RT Convention in Dallas. This is where I met my current editor, Tiffany with Beyond Def Lit, and cover designer, Regina with Mae I Design, and let me tell you, I am so glad I went.

I had originally contacted my now editor for her beta reading services and she informed me that my book, that I had worked to the point of near hatred on, still needed an edit. I took her word for it and hired her to edit my supposedly final draft. If there is only one thing an author decides to spend money on, it should be a professional edit!

My current cover designer was nice enough to offer some guidance in building our own cover but after more countless hours of failing at making a bestselling cover, I hired her and it was one of the best things I've done. Her covers are to die for!

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On the cusp of publishing my third book, I can truly say I knew a lot more about publishing and what needed to be done prior to hitting that Publish button but I am by no means an expert. The months running up to the pub date of book two, The Fall of Kass, went much more smoothly than those of book one but they weren't without their battles.

Each book is different, from the writing to the publishing. Nothing goes exactly as planned and everything is different. You may love one book more than the other just as your readers do and one book may tear you to pieces, figuratively and literally. Keep going because once you hit that button on release day, it is all worth it.

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I'm extremely fortunate that I was in blogging before I decided to be an author. I supported indie authors because they were the people who would appreciate any tiny thing you did for them. I got to know several authors and became Facebook friends with them. Some indie authors started coming to me for advice and help. These were the "greenies", they were the new kids on the block, they didn't have a clue on what they were doing. I didn't have a clue on a lot of it but I had author friends that were nice enough to answer questions. I got to be somewhat knowledgeable enough to answer basic questions and point them in the right direction. I felt like I could give more to these authors. I wanted a place where these indie authors, who didn't have the luxury of a publishing company to do everything for them, to be able to ask questions. I set up the Facebook Group, Waking Up Indie Authors, I asked every author I ever reviewed books for to join. I wanted to have a mixture of seasoned indie authors along with the new guys. Needless to say, I learned so much being in that group by merely reading other authors post.


At the beginning of 2015, I decided I wanted to try to write a book. I wrote five or six chapters and gave them to my best friend (who is a PA for NYT best selling author) to read and give me feedback. Well, her feedback almost made me cry and stop writing my book altogether. If it wasn't for the reasoning behind wanting this one story published, I probably would have said to hell with it. That combined with my hard head and not liking when I'm told I can't do something.


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I 100% totally agree with Kris when she says to hire a good editor! It's money well spent. I've gotten the best of the best in my honest opinion, Lorrie Anson of Flaming Pen Editing. She sent my first draft back to me all marked up in red. I've been out of school a long time and am a stay at home mom, so keeping up on my writing skills wasn't a high priority.  With Lorrie's help, I feel like my debut novel turned out fairly well. (I really don't care if any friends of mine like it or not, it wasn't written to make them happy.)
 

My biggest issue was when I went to upload my book for pre-order. I'm blaming it on my husband. Because, why not? No, really he was rushing me to leave and I was in the middle of putting in the information on Amazon. I could have sworn I hit the pre-order button, but I guess in my haste, I didn't. I'm lucky that it was 100% ready. It uploaded and published without me having a clue. It was two months ahead of my scheduled release date, THAT I MENTION IN THE BOOK! But, I didn't have any anxiety over an upcoming release day. Yay! 

My second book will release this Friday, I did in fact upload it to Amazon correctly this time. This second time around, my issues are purely physiological. I worried if people will like it as much, if the cover similar enough to the first without being the same? Is anyone going to buy it? But, in all honesty, it did go much more smoothly.
I'm currently typing my little fingers down to the nubs on book three. I've got story issues going on in it, I'm trying to redeem the antagonist of book two. It's hard to simultaneously show this guy as the jerk he is and redeem him. What was I thinking? I'll work it out somehow, I'm too stubborn to give up!

Anyone ever needing any help in the indie publishing community, please don't hesitate to contact me or Kris. We've been where you are and know how hard it can be sometimes. Even if you need to vent! Your welcome to contact us via Facebook or Email. 

​Sorry I was so wordy this time, I just had a lot to say.
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<![CDATA[Celebration Giveaway!]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:45:48 GMThttp://www.txwriters.com/blog/celebration-giveawayTo celebrate our joint venture, we wanted to do a giveaway! Sing up!!!
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<![CDATA[Meet the TX writers!]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:19:52 GMThttp://www.txwriters.com/blog/meet-the-tx-writersWe are two best friends who love to read and love to write. Both of us found our passion in the written word and we can't wait to share it with the world.

Renee has published one book in the Love Me Series, a New Adult Romance Series, and will soon be hitting that PUBLISH button on the second!

Kris has published two books in the Ascent Series, a Paranormal Romance Series, and will soon be publishing the third!

We love to read almost as much as we love to write. Reading is how we discovered our passion and our talent. Take a look around and if you like what you see, feel free to stalk us on all platforms and visit our seperate websites.

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