Wow. Starting off the 2018 Blog Challenge with bang, right? Asking me to choose between the 21 books, unfinished WIPS, and several unpublished poems is like asking which of my three kids I like best!
Do I pick the one I wrote first, or the one which wrote itself, or the one that has the most ‘fun’ character to write? Then there’s the dual pen name issue. Which pen name’s book do I choose?
*Clutches hair* Oh the dilemma I face!
Okay; to be fair, there are two stories which rank higher on my ‘Love’ list (yes, I said it….pick yourself up off the floor!)
But since I *love* one slightly better, let me tell you WHY before I reveal it.
I wrote this story as my very 1st NaNoWriMo project. (If you’ve read my regular blog, then you know which story I’m talking about, so bear with me….) I worked up the nerve to submit it in 2010, and it was finally published a year later. Sadly, when this publisher closed last year, I discovered the cover artist could not be found, and in order to get the logo removed from all four of the abandoned books, it was going to cost more than what I had on hand. (I’m not proficient at photoshop; no judging please!)
So I sat on it, hoping sales would miraculously skyrocket, and I could repub them myself.
No such luck.
Six months later, I learned a friend of mine who was a publisher was opening up his company to romance writers. I queried him, updated this story, and sent it off. Since it had already been edited, I didn’t have to re-edit it, and it was repubbed in Sept.
While updating it, I fell in love with the story and characters all over again. It’s amazing when you re-read your own work after 5 or 6 years, there’s either the ‘ugh, what-the-hell-was-I-thinking-when-I-wrote-this?’ reaction, or the ‘Wow-I-really-have-a-wonderful-story-here!’ kind. After I’d first written it, I ‘PG-ed’ it down for my mom, who objects to certain words, but I apparently didn’t do a very good job; she quit reading after the 3rd chapter. So with this new updated version, and since I now know my way around Create Space, plus the fact I love love LOVE my original cover and my new pub had to create a new one, the wheels decided to spin. (wow, was that a huge run-on sentence? Sorry; it’s how my mind works. Kudos to you if you had no problems following it!)
If I think my story is so amazing, and since there is an entire population of readers who won’t read anything with *gasp, I know* SEX in it, why don’t I take out ALL the graphic stuff and make the entire bedroom scenes more left to the imagination? Since I can’t have two stories with the same title, I’ll re-brand it.
So yes, the very first fully-explicit erotic romance I wrote under the Kenzie Michaels pen name is thus dubbed ‘Favored Child’. After all, it was my first ‘best seller’, the one which scored me double-figure royalty checks four times a year. Here are both covers, the original one with the new title. I still need to rewrite the blurb for ‘Winning Her Heart’, and pay for the cover wrap. What do you think?
Here’s the Teacher’s Pet Blurb:
What happens when you discover that the man you had mind-blowing sex with three months ago is your son’s teacher? Tammy Saunders is horrified when she finds out the man who set her heart racing is her son’s favorite teacher. After one bad relationship, can she trust her heart? What will her son Danny think?
Kevin Taylor has made some bad choices in his life. But sleeping with not only one, but two, of his students’ mothers has got to be the worst mistake he’s ever made. Especially when he’s lost his heart to one of them. When Danny begins to rebel in his classroom, will Kevin and Tammy’s relationship be in jeopardy?
Want to know if other authors had issues with picking their favorite child? Click here for the links to the others.
*Another Confession: I don’t have much experience with using my WordPress blog, and can’t seem to continue writing text under the pictures. I tried to click under them, but nothing happened. In Blogger, the cursor appears, and I can continue writing. Can someone help me out, should I decided to add pictures again in the future? Thanks*