Friday, September 1, 2017

In September, How do you celebrate Autumn?

There is a lot to love about this month including the fact that the first day of Fall comes on September 22nd.

 I love the change in weather when a cool breeze sweeps over you and the trees shiver, dropping their leaves as they prepare to hibernate. That's how I see the changeover anyway.

Then there are those trees whose leaves turn yellow, red, and gold for the season. It's all so beautiful. It's the perfect month for changes, in my opinion. Do you want to paint a room? Do it. Have a closet to clean? Yes, now's the time.

Many would tell me to finish writing, at least one of, my books. I smile. I do intend to do just that. I'm thinking Clandestine Engagements. The story is so close to being finished, if only the characters would cooperate. We'll see what happens. We all know how characters can be. Sometimes, they just want things to keep going on and on, they are having so much fun.

How do you celebrate Fall? Do you decorate, change up your furniture, clean out the garden or a closet? Do you have a trip you are ready to take? What does the month of September hold for you?

We'll talk books and anticipated reads another day. For now, go out and treat yourself to something a little different. Change something up. Have some fun and remember to….

 Sexify your life,

Mary

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Does Real Life Choke Your Writing Life?

It's almost funny how I'm struggling with writing at the moment. I have so much else going on that I feel torn to be more in the reality of life than in the fantasies I create on the page. I can't imagine my life without writing, yet it's my writing that is suffering. I wonder if it's because I want more in my real life that my characters aren't feeling the love.  

Don't get me wrong, I love the day job and my coworkers. It's a matter of what I am needing and not getting anymore.

I love projects. I love to be challenged mentally to create something from a singular idea. The problem is that in real life I'm nearly stagnate.

Writing has always been my refuge, as reading is my relaxation time. I sometimes even reread my own stories again, and still love the characters. I remember how it was to write a certain scene and I'll smile. There is nothing like words flowing together perfectly on the page to make you fall in love with writing. The characters, their flaws and struggles are all a part of the story of their lives. They are an escape. Their adventures are exciting as I cheer them on to a happily ever after.

I suppose I have to accept that the realities of real life will always be, but if not for those realities I wouldn't have the great escape of writing. One is not independent of the other, but rather facets of the same sparkling gemstone.

My writing is not limited to fantasy, paranormal, erotica or otherwise. I am a writer. I create moments, weaving together words to build a portrait. Whether that image depicts my own life accomplishments, a fictional story, or just a shared thought, it's words that bring it to life.

Happy reading. I'm off to write.

Mary



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Mary Corrales is a multi-published author of erotic romance stories in genres including paranormal, contemporary suspense, fantasy, and dystopian. She's constantly on Twitter, so give her a shoutout and follow.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Intimacy of a Lover's Arms #writerslife #Romance

Just to be held can be far more intimate than sex. Why? Because the ability to provide a person with a place to take a breath and be safe is extraordinarily precious.

How many times have you ever had your lover's arms around you, while the two of you stood together, just holding one another? You ask him to squeeze you and he does, providing for your needs without question.

That type of loving moment is what makes touch so intimate. For a quiet moment while the two of you hold one another, the drama and doubts of the world fade away and all becomes manageable again. It's a powerful gift to give another person.

As females we'll curl up next to a man on the couch, snuggling in until he puts his arm around us. There's no need for us to speak. He knows our affectionate nature and it's only him who provides for us.

Men aren't as easy to read when they need to be held. They're stoic about such needs at times. Luckily, sometimes just our company is enough to thaw their exterior.
A woman must never take for granted what her company and touch mean to her man. It's all about the intimacy of touch.

To be held safely in the arms of another, while the storm of life swirls around, is a precious moment. It may be for one minute or one hour, but what matters is the touch and sense of security those loving arms bring.

Happy reading,

Mary Corrales

Mary Corrales is a multi-published erotic romance author who brings to life the most wicked of characters to fall in love. She's most active on twitter and loves to hear from readers.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day, America


Patriotism means a lot of different things to people, but to me it's always been about doing right by others as a show of who we are as Americans. This country was born from the blood of people who desired freedom from oppression. 

Throughout our history this country has fought. First to become an individual country, then for the rights of its various groups of people, and today we send our bravest out into the world to protect others who find themselves the victims of violent tyrants.

It's amazing how blessed we are today to have freedom to be our own individual selves without fear of government suppression. Dreams can become reality with hard work and perseverance. The rights we have in this country are special and not be taken for granted.

 

I hope everyone has a safe holiday and remember to be kind and patient with one another in your travels. This holiday isn't about the food, fireworks or parties, it's about the people.

We as Americans, together as one.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE.
Mary Corrales

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Deciding on a new website host, or nothing at all

"An author website is a must."

We've all heard the advice, and there are many choices to make when dealing with such things. If you aren't tech savvy like me, the choices narrow. When the choice is also made out of necessity because your current website provider is terrible, the choices are endless.

Looks like I'll be losing my current website hosted by Yahoo's Aabacco small business because I can't get on their main site anymore. Don't ask me why, but definitely a technical glitch on their part. So I'm hunting for a new website provider.

I'll be honest and tell you that I hate this. I picked yahoo years ago because it was easy to drag and drop in text and pictures. Well, nothing is easy now.

How much does it matter that an author has a website when there are blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon author accounts to maintain? I really can't say. The book industry has changed so much. It's a centralized location of all an author's books, but so is Amazon nowadays.

Do readers regularly go to author website or do they browse their other more exciting social media accounts? I pick up paperback books at the store, but I can't say I've ever visited the website of those same authors when there is other social media.

Well, just a head's up while I decided on a path forward. My www.authormaryc.com website will go dark on July 1st 2017. Keep up to date with me on Twitter,  or my Amazon author page.

I'll let you know if July whether I'm going to get a new website with another company or wing it and just have my social media accounts.

Mary Corrales
Mary Corrales is a multi-published erotic romance author whose love of stories brings to like mystical creatures and their darkest of desires. She's the author of Love's Demon Ways and the sequel Sindriel. Check her out at your favorite online retailer today.

Monday, February 13, 2017

When Opportunity knocks, do we run away #WritersLife

Ever notice that when opportunity comes knocking, so does fear?

I have an opportunity in my day job for a new position with additional income, but I'm drowning in "what ifs". I already think I'm a bit commitment phobic, so the uncertainty of the unknown is getting to me.

What if I can't handle the hours?

What if I don't like it?

What if it doesn't give me time for family and friends?

What if I fail?

These are all completely stupid fears, but the mind doesn't always recognize reality from fiction. The one thing that sticks out the most though is that this is a great opportunity. I wanted to say yes when it was first offered, but my fear of commitment won out.

As an author we work from the 'what ifs' of life to create engaging characters, exciting plots, and twists and turns no one expects. We put our characters through these fearful things, because they make for great stories. When it's us authors who have these fearful things thrust upon us though, it's not so much fun.

The 'what ifs' of life can plague you to the point of becoming stagnant and not growing. That's not good for anyone's future.

I have a sign up on the wall of my office that says, 'Everything you want is on the other sided of fear'.

Such true words. If I'd let fear rule, I'd never have published a book. I'd miss all the awesome authors that I've come to know, and I'd never had met my best friend and fellow author, Kari Thomas.

I wish I knew the outcome of my decisions, but I guess that's not life. Living is about free will and the adventure that comes when you choose a path.

So, with all this in mind, I took the new job position and am off on another one of my adventures. Wish me luck!

Mary

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Importance of Edits #WritersLife #AmWriting

Editing is one of the most important things you can do to make your book a success. Whether you are going with an established publisher or self-publishing, your book is an impression of you that lasts.

I recently bought a self-published book that had so many editing mistakes, including the heroine's name, that I didn't read beyond page fifteen. I can ignore punctuation or small mistakes but some mistakes were so elementary as to show the author didn't read her own story. She made quite the impression on me. While I will never again buy her books, I wish her well in her career and hope she improves.

Publishing your work is a business. As such, readers expect a certain level of professionalism, which means your work must be as free from common spelling errors as possible.

Working with a publisher.

Publishers use professional editors to improve your story. This is not to say that during the editing process you shouldn't reread your book. You may catch spelling mistakes an editor misses. Most every published book will have a mistake. That is forgivable to a reader. Multiple careless mistakes that take away from a story are not.

Don't rely solely on an editor to catch every mistake. Likely it's been a while since you've read the story when you first get back your edits. Use the opportunity to read, line by line and word by word, what is written. Small mistakes involving the use of he/she are quite common. Spell check doesn't catch these but you can.

Don't be afraid to correct an editor if they aren't understanding your use of a word. Their job is to make your book the best it can be, so work with them so that both parties publish a work that reflects the highest degree of perfection achievable.

Self-publishing your work.

I will state right off that I am not a self-published author. That said, I know many successful authors who are traditionally and self-published. In some ways self-publishing takes more work, time and consideration. You own every mistake in the book you release, without exception.

As I said before, readers will forgive small mistakes, but constant, simplistic mistakes make it harder for the reader and thus they will toss aside your story. You've lost an important person, because they now know you for the wrong reasons, and likely will avoid your books in the future. Let's not forget word of mouth, as well, when it comes to readers.

I recommend using an editing service if you intend to self-publish. Make sure to use one with a good reputation so that you get your money's worth. If you can't afford such a service, use your beta readers.

Lastly, print out your story before publishing. Why? You'd be surprised how many mistakes can be found on a printed version of your book that you wouldn't notice on the computer.
 
Final Thoughts

Editing is an essential part of your work and a reflection of your respect for your readers. Don't rush the process just to get your book published. Readers won't thank you for sub-par writing and your reputation is important in this business.

The same care you put into working characters and plot, should also be put into editing. In this sea of tough competition, from the thousands of books released every day, yours can only stand the test of savvy readers through engaging characters and exceptional editing.

Your book will likely contain a mistake or two, noticed once published. Don't stress, it happens to the best of writers. Readers will forgive. Remember though that even bestselling authors are not immune to readers turning their backs for lazy/no editing.

Publish when your work is clean and as error free as possible. It's part of the professionalism of being an author. Take pride and respect your readers. 

Mary