Guest Author Livia Quinn/Marcella Rose with Giveaway

I’m pleased to welcome my friend and fellow author – Livia Quinn!

Livia Quinn writes paranormal and contemporary romance and sensual romance as Marcella Rose. A DC native, she traded the rush-hour traffic and eighty hour work weeks for the hot sultry Louisiana bayou where she watches the wildlife, deer, alligators, herons and more, amble by her outdoor writing space. 

Serendipity…or Stuff Happens by Marcella Rose

I’m hooked on organizer products, programs, planners, calendars. I’m always organizing. That’s because I want so badly to be someone who can plan her life, and have life respond in a predictable fashion. Fortunately for me, I’m better at just ‘winging’ it.

Take last year for example…

April 26th. I was preparing to submit my manuscript in response to some requests at a conference when a friend called and asked, “Do you think it’s too late to rent a storage unit? I heard the River is going to 65ft in three weeks.” Ack! I’d had my head buried in our new business and my Scrivener workshop and wasn’t paying attention. Now all the storage units within 100 miles had been rented and 70% of the population was moving their valuables, livestock, farming equipment, entire households to high ground because the River had never been to 60ft much less 65!  Within a week we moved everything to higher ground, then lived on pins and needles for the next two months.

When things settled enough to begin thinking about writing again, my creative well had completely… dried… up.  And now the task of responding to those requests was overwhelming. I needed a light paranormal version, a contemporary version, a short and a long version, two of them partials and two fulls. Everyone seemed to want it to be something else.

While my critique partner and I were living this “adventure”, the world of publishing was turning on its head. More and more authors were finding degrees of success in selfpublishing and sharing their knowledge with the rest of us. When I looked at the time and momentum we’d lost and the turnaround time for the traditional process I realized it could be years, if I ever saw my story published. The prevailing feeling among so many seemed to be that you just had to live with years of rejections, and the chances of being one of the small percentage who wound up with a contract were slim. I started asking myself, “Why was I writing? What was my goal? Was it to make big bucks? Well, that would be nice but no. I wanted to see my stories in print (or e-print), get something back for all the hard work, and ultimately to have a reader write me and say, “I loved your book. I can’t wait for the next one.”

My CP remembers the exact day I said to her, “We need to self publish these books.” My reasons are even clearer now than they were then.

  • Turnaround time. We weren’t getting any younger. How long did we have to pursue this dream the traditional way when you consider the lag time between correspondence and edits and revisions and possibly still not make the sale.
  • Creative license. The story is what it is, whatever word count, whatever elements, whatever label I and my readers attach to it. No more worrying about specific word count, whether my heroine was kickass enough, whether the romance and suspense was 60/40 or 40/60. Did it have a bit too much of this element or was it a bit to long for this publisher?
  • Control. Owning my writing business – it’s not only familiar but preferable to me. Revision, quality, artwork, writing and publishing deadlines, pricing are all my responsibility. So are promo and expense. (New traditional authors are up against increasing responsibilities and decreasing royalties.)
  • Availability and market. My book is available immediately and globally for as long as I choose to leave it published. And I can have print versions as well if it makes sense to.

Once I had a picture in my mind of the published book and knew I could make it happen, I worked toward my goal with more fervor and concentration than ever before, learning something new at every turn. It was exciting working with the cover artist to bring my sexy hero Cass to life.

Years ago, I looked across the auto parts counter at the twenty year old salesman and said, “Isn’t anything ever easy?” He looked at me with old eyes and said, “Should it be?” He was right. Nothing worth pursuing and doing right is easy.

Well, it’s been hard work, long hours and I’m not getting rich. But I don’t think anything has ever been as rewarding. I hope my readers enjoy my books and see improvement with each one as I continue to work on being a better writer.

But if it hadn’t been for that Mississippi River…I may have still wound up on this path but perhaps not this soon.

What about you? Was there some event that turned you from the direction you were going? And were you better for it?

I’ll be giving away a copy of my new release, a hot romantic adventure, Fire in My Blood under my pen name Marcella Rose.

Here’s the blurb:

Aussie gem hunter, Cass McKay intends to win back the woman he loves and he has the perfect bait, the “Blood” opal. When Cass appears unexpectedly at Elektra Charpentier’s New Orleans design shop, her reasons for sending him away become…complicated; their passion for each other and her dark secret, intricately entwined. One year ago on the eve of Carnival, Elektra broke their engagement after the “Blood” opal was stolen from them. Now, staying out of Cass’ bed isn’t an option if she’s going to keep him safe, but coming clean might make things worse. Elektra is walking a tightrope between desire and deceit, and the truth will will put their love and their lives in peril.

Fire in My Blood is available from Amazon, Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, and Itunes. Connect with Marcella Rose on Facebook or Twitter @marcellarosewri .To learn more about Livia Quinn’s paranormal series coming in April, go to  connect with her @liviaquinn or on Facebook.

About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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19 Responses to Guest Author Livia Quinn/Marcella Rose with Giveaway

  1. Hi Livie! I’m old enough that I can look back on my life and see the forks in the roads. A different decision (take the left road instead of the right road), and my life would be totally different. There were a couple of guys in my life. I chose one over the other and married him. If I hadn’t married my first husband, I wouldn’t have moved to Memphis. If I hadn’t moved to Memphis, I wouldn’t have met my second (current and last husband!). If I hadn’t married my first husband and moved to Memphis and met and married my dh, I probably wouldn’t be writing. So yeah. The road I took brought me here. Maybe the other road might have circled in such a way to have brought me here also. Maybe writing is my destiny and I’d be writing this note regardless of my earlier life choices. We’ll never know.

    I worry about the publishing industry, specifically the traditional publishers. They are dinosaurs in the age of flying cars. They’re slow, cumbersome, and apparently deaf. I’ll admit that I’d love to see my name on the spine of a book in a bookstore, but I don’t want to be on my deathbed when that happens. I understand (and share) your frustration with years of waiting for a book to be accepted or rejected. I understand your decision to try indie-publishing. I wish you sales beyond your wildest dreams!

    Thank you for being so kind as to comment on my posts during my Texas Two Step Blog tour. Your support is truly appreciated.

    • Livia Quinn says:

      I’m seeing a trend here, Cyndi. If I hadn’t turned down my college sweetheart to marry the jerk who brought me to the South I wouldn’t have met my DH and be living by the bayou. I agree with you about many parts of the industry being deaf and dumb and I see counter attacks, like uh, incendiary devices that put in our way to stall the momentum.

      Thanks for dropping in. And best of luck with Texas Two Step. One of these days I’d like to get to Texas to actually dance the TTS.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    First, I love your colorful picture! Second, my decision to go indie came was I was collecting publishing news for the RWA/WF column. In my search for publishing news, I started to read Joe Konrath and Dean Wesley Smith’s blogs. After about three weeks, I realized traditional publishing was not the only way – or even the best – way to go. So the decision to do the column is the reason I became an indie author when I did. More and more authors are joining me, and good for them!

    Congrats on your release! I’m going to check out your book. Great cover!

    • Livia Quinn says:

      Lol, my verification word was ‘broad’ Either way I think I’m offended…

      Thanks Evie. My cover artist, Laura Morrigan, is truly talented. She captured Cass and inspired even me to get his story right.

      Thanks for everything you do to help poor newbies like me.

  3. Livia Quinn says:

    Thanks for having me, Dale. There must be something serendipitous about my title 😆 since I noticed Cynthia and Misty Evans posting this week about it. After I wrote my blog. 😉

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Good morning Livia! Welcome to Magical Musings!

      Gotta love West Coast time! Love the new picture of you, and WoW on the river picture. We forget the power of Mother Nature sometimes!

      I love the cover on this book. Laura did a wonderful job!

      Defining moments?? Yeah, there’s been a bunch of them, but deciding to self publish is definitely one of them.

      So glad to have you here, too.
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …2 books up for free for the 22nd and the 23rd of February!!

  4. Misty Evans says:

    Hi Livia, and welcome to Magical Musings!

    Congrats on finding a publishing path that works for you. It’s a great time to be an author with all these various avenues. I’m glad you survived the flood. I live along the Mississippi up North and luckily, we have a dike that usually keeps our yearly spring flood somewhat controlled. But it does still flood in many areas around us and can be devastating.

    Turning points in my life…hmm. There are many, both in my family life and career. Rejection has often turned out to be my friend. 🙂
    Misty Evans`s last blog was …Welcome to my website!

  5. Welcome to MM, Livia/Marcella! No defining events for me. I always knew what I waned and went for it! 😎
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …CAPA Winner!

  6. Livia Quinn says:

    Guess I really need to look in the mirror – that’s the second time I got the BROAD spam word. Somebody’s trying to tell me something.

  7. What a great cover! I’m like you, I love the idea of planning, but am better at winging it. As for an event to change my plans… One, when I was sixteen I read a Julie Garwood historical and I was completely addicted after that. It was really because of her books that I wanted to write romance. And second, Edie Ramer told me about the new self publishing about a year almost two years ago and that def. changed my life for the better!

    • Livia Quinn says:

      Thanks, Lori. He is SO Cass.

      Edie is a great friend to other writers. Have you made use of her advice? I hope so. Thanks so much for stopping in.

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    Glad you were able to join us here at MM, Livia/Marcella. Great blog. Thanx for sharing.

    I’d this conversation just recently with a client of my day job. It’s a tough decision to go indie. You’re right in that it’s sometimes the best road, but that’s a decision each individual author has to make for her/himself.

    • Livia Quinn says:

      Hi, Liz. You are so right. This is just another option and authors who choose to go this route should be prepared. Edie and Dale told me what to expect and still it’s been overwhelming. And I haven’t ruled out the traditional way for future books but these books weren’t quite right do to some elements so the decision was right for me.

      Thanks a lot for commenting.

  9. Welcome to MM, Livia. I loved hearing your story. And everything of the best on your path. I love your cover, too 🙂
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Announcing Dangerous Sanctuary, a Susanna and Parker short story

    • Livia Quinn says:

      Thanks for the warm welcome, Michelle. I was excited about the invitation to Magical Musings. I was looking at your covers yesterday, especially Keeper of the King’s Secrets. Lovely.

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