When I started writing BODY OF WORK, I intended it to be a 15k word quickie novella. Yeah, that plan didn’t happen. It finished at 69,864 words, and only because I reined it in to keep it from jumping into the next price bracket with my publisher. (Anything over 70k retails $1 higher.) In truth, I would like to have added another 10k, namely a couple more scenes with secondary characters. Anyway, I’ve ventured way off track here.
My point was, I loved writing this book. These characters. The secondary characters. As happy as I was to be finished so I could publish it, it was like crashing from a really big sugar-rush. So, when I found a notice in my email, pointing me to a 4.5 star, TOP PICK review, I was thrilled. The reviewer totally “got” everything I poured into the book. That’s an awesome feeling.
Thank you, M. Harvey and Night Owl Reviews! You made my day! 🙂
←Click that fancy badge to go to the review site.
Here’s my favorite part of the review…
“Body of Work” is a wonderful story about how two people wary of trusting the wrong person again can’t help but keep coming back to each other, first for lust and then for love.
Everybody loves a sale, so here you go. Until the end of September, you can buy any of my books for 50% off at Kobo!
Click the link to go to my books on Kobo.
At the shopping cart, you will see a spot where it says “Have a gift card or promo code? Use it here”. Click that line and enter code: B2S50 in the box, then click to apply the discount. Boom, the price will be reduced by half.
Happy reading! 🙂
Coming ( 😉 ) this August… the Sex Scene Championship over at Scorching Book Reviews. If you enjoy erotic romance, this is an event you won’t want to miss. I always find lots of new books for my TBR list during this event. Plus, tons of great prizes are up for grabs.
I hope you’ll check out the daily contestants, and yes, I hope you’ll vote for my scene on August 11th! 🙂
Over on Facebook, three of my awesome author friends — Cara Bristol, Stacey Kennedy and Siobhan Muir — tagged me to participate in a “7” meme. In this game, you go to page 7 or 70 in your Work in Progress and post 7 lines that include dialogue. Well, if you know my writing style, you know I love dialogue! But since this my blog, I decided to cheat a little…don’t count the lines, because there are a lot more than 7. 😉
So here goes. An unedited excerpt from page 7 of my untitled, almost-finished WIP:
“Hey dream girl.”
That voice. She turned—gravitated, really—toward the rich sound. Several people stood between her and the owner’s twinkling, deep-blue eyes. She silently mouthed the words ‘hey asshole’, but her face betrayed her yet again by smiling. Without apologizing, he detoured around the customers separating them and deposited his armful of products behind her heaping pile.
“You just cut in front of four people.”
“I wanted to be behind you.” He took his time perusing her body before meeting her eyes again. “I’m sure nobody blames me for that.”
“She does.” Paige pointed at the somewhat-shrunken woman chirping at him in Italian. Or maybe Portuguese. Hard to tell which, but the lady was definitely peeved.
He showed zero concern, didn’t even bother to look. “Did my t-shirt keep you warm last night?”
“Very.” She leaned closer to him. “Especially when I was lying on my sheepskin rug…watching it burn in the fireplace.”
He barked out a laugh, attracting the attention of everyone in their line and beyond. “That was my favorite t-shirt.”
“I don’t think you’ll miss it.” She nodded at his current apparel—an identical, plain black t-shirt.
He shook his head, still smiling. “Big attitude for such a tiny thing.”
“I’m not tiny.”
“No?” He stepped closer. Invaded her space with his massive everything.
“I’m average. You’re just—” Her eyes drifted across his shoulders, then down. “Huge.” Heat flared in her cheeks as the last word slipped from her mouth in a breathy tone that belonged in the bedroom, not the superstore checkout line. Shit. “Don’t even go there.”
He shrugged, a wolfish grin spreading across his stubble-shadowed face. “You said it, not me.”
And now they both knew she was thinking about his cock. Awesome.
That’s all for now. What you think… Like it? Hate it?
It’s the first full week of summer vacation for the kids. And it rained this morning, meaning lots of sitting on our collective bottoms, staring at computer screens. But the rain stopped and the sun (sort of) came out, so I took my dogs out for a walk. And while I was at the park, I pulled out my phone and texted my almost-twelve-year-old daughter. The following is a transcript of those texts:
Me: It’s actually pretty warm outside now. I’m going to make you do something active when I get home.
Tween: No mommy, it’s crummy outside.
Me: I’m out here in a tank top and shorts and it’s fine.
Tween: But I don’t want to. Mommy no.
Me: Sorry, you’re going out.
Tween: But mommy, I have all summer to be active.
Me: Starting today.
Tween: No mommy please.
Me: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. You’re funny.
Tween: No mommy, I don’t want to start today.
Me: See you in five minutes. Put your shoes on.
Summer fun, right? 😛
It’s giveaway week!
First up, I’m giving away one e-copy of any of my books in the Tattoo Week event over at Riverina Romantics blog. (Draw closes June 8th)
The second offering is courtesy of my lovely friend, Violet Duke. She’s giving away a copy of BODY OF WORK on her Facebook page, so head over there for a chance to win. (Draw closes midnight, Hawaii Standard Time, June 4th)
Having a new book out in the world is a nail-biting time. Has it hit all the major e-tailers yet? Is anybody buying it? Will people love it…or hate it? It’s enough to make an author (at least this one) go a little bit bonkers.
But, the first few reviews are in for BODY OF WORK, and I’m so thrilled, I keep reading them over and over.
There’s this awesome one from Nina of Nina’s Literary Escape. (Click the link to read the full review.)
“In the end, reading Body of Work was a total enjoyment for me. Readers looking for a hot book with explosive sex, a sexy six-foot-two ginger-haired alpha hero, and a fun & flirty story, Body of Work is the book for you.”
And this one from MaggieReadsRom. (Click the link to read the full review.)
“I really enjoyed Karla Doyle’s third book. I was expecting Cassie and Brian and their story to be just as good as the other books and I am happy to report it was. It was definitely hotter than the other books (this is always a good thing) and with every book Doyle’s writing is getting even better.
What doesn’t change is the playful, humorous voice that comes through via her characters and their interactions.”
Thank you, Nina and Maggie, for taking the time to read and review BODY OF WORK, and for the huge smiles you gave me!
On Twitter today, author Cara McKenna (who is awesome in so many ways) posted a link to a site called How Many of Me. It’s kind of cool. Type in a name and the find out how many people in the USA share that name.
First I searched Karla Doyle. There are 19 “of me” out there. Go ahead, make a joke about that. You know you want to. 😉
HowManyOfMe.com There are
people with the name Karla Doyle in the U.S.A.
Then I decided to search some of the characters from my books and works in progress.
From MORE THAN WORDS:
There are 189 people named Travis Graham and 1 named Calli Yates.
From GAME PLAN:
There are 4 people named Mason Lang and 1 named Andie Finch.
From my book currently on submission, tentatively titled BODY OF WORK:
There are 647 people named Brian Black and 250 named Cassie Johnson.
And from my current work in progress, as yet untitled:
There is 1 person named Matthias DeWitt and 4 named Caroline Jamieson.
Neat, right? 🙂