Writing Savage Penance

Some books are hard to write. Just…difficult beasts, with the words fighting me the whole way.

I wouldn’t say writing Savage Penance was easy (in fact, I remember whining about Chapter 21 being a pain in the ass), but it was certainly fun. Doug’s transformation was a challenge, that’s for sure.

In the previous book in the series, Savage Redemption, Ben’s transformation was already on its way–he not only needed to change, he wanted it. Doug, however, was a lot harder to redeem. He doesn’t want redemption; in fact, his mantra in Ben’s book and in the short prequel, “Irredeemable,” is “Fuck redemption.”

So how do I take a big, potty-mouthed, unlikable guy and turn him into a hero?

With the same special sauce that drives all romance novels–love.

While Doug doesn’t recognize it immediately, he falls prey to the pitter-patterings of his deeply-buried romantic heart and starts falling in love and falling in line. There’s some growing to do, sure, for both him and Gwyn, but this is a dance heroes and heroines of romance novels have danced millions of times. It finally becomes more painful for the alphahole to walk away. The proud, snarky heroine must admit that she’s self-sufficient…but hell, she needs his love. Evil is overcome, and love wins.

Love wins, y’all.

And that’s why I keep writing these stories. They give me hope–and that’s what I want to give you, too. ❤

Savage Penance is coming out in just two weeks (you can pre-order it on your favorite retailer), and I am so excited to share it with you! While you wait, there’s a free prequel up on Apple Books. If you don’t have an Apple device, you can grab it on BookFunnel.

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Recent Reads

Every so often I like to round up my favorite recent reads and shout to the world about them. Here’s a selection of favorites from the past couple of months—

Liza's Recent Reads April 2019

And a typed-out list:

Circe, by Madeline Miller. Historical fantasy.

The Risk, by Elle Kennedy. Contemporary sports romance.

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty. Thriller/mystery.

The Sexy One, by Lauren Blakely. Contemporary romance.

Chef Sugarlips, by Tawna Fenske. Contemporary romance.

Have you read any of these? Do you have other recommendations for me?

What I’m Reading…Gmorning, Gnight!

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So first of all, if it has Lin-Manuel Miranda’s name on it, I’m definitely interested. We’re huge Hamilton fans in my house.

Gmorning, Gnight! did not disappoint. It carries the positivity and the solid rhythms I’ve come to associate with Lin-Manuel Miranda. This is the kind of book you can read in an hour for an ultra-concentrated burst of positivity, or you can keep it on your nightstand (with a stack of fifteen or so other books, she says, side-eyeing her own nightstand) to pick a couple of Gmorning-Gnights to read each day.

During some recent stresses in my life, I found these little pep talks to be perfectly-sized and perfectly-timed. The illustrations were cute and poignant, and although I read a library copy, I’ll be getting this for myself at some point to flip through in the years to come.

Planners, Calendars, and Goals!

Yes, honey, I know. It’s January 1st and could we please just recover from staying up too late last night instead of talking about resolutions?

Nope. I didn’t stay up late, mwahahaha, and I’m ready to kick some ass this year!

My tools include books, two calendars, and a publishing schedule that will probably have me hiding under the bed come March. Oh, and my phone’s yoga app, because a set of resolutions isn’t complete without some kind of promise to get in shape.

Four books are on my January reading list, two of which I’ve already read at least once (twice, in the case of Deep Work).

  • You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
  • Your Best Year Ever, by Michael Hyatt
  • The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • Deep Work, by Cal Newport

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Two calendars–one is my planner. I’m branching out this year and moving beyond my 3-ring binder with the removable calendar pages. Instead, I’ll be using a Simple Elephant planner. I like the space it has for a mini vision board and goal-setting–not only for the beginning of the year, but for each week. Also, lots of pages at the back for notes and scribbles about how I might take over the world and spread the joy of paranormal romance throughout the land. (The downside is it doesn’t lie flat and I’m already fighting with it. I was giving the Happy Planners at Michael’s a longing gaze last week. My next planner will be spiral-bound!)

The other calendar is a boring 8.5×11 monthly agenda. I need a spot to keep track of what I’m publishing and when, with a nice big view of each month. I can also keep track of when I’m sharing friends’ books, and when they’re sharing mine, as well as giveaway start and end dates.

The publishing schedule has me releasing a Fierce Mates book every other month. This isn’t too ambitious on its own…but when we factor in all the reverse harem projects I’m writing and publishing with Keira in 2019, it might start to feel like a lot. We shall see!