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Jude and I are thrilled to be the last stop on an awesome author-filled blog hop. We were tagged by Mary Palmerin, an up and coming writer you don’t want to miss! Her first book, Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. It is an emotional story of secrets, fear, love and passion. It is getting incredible reviews and it is highly recommended!

Mary is the sweetest person ever and a fellow Midwest gal. I (Rebecca) have had the pleasure of getting to know her over the past few months via Twitter. You will not meet a more supportive and encouraging fellow writer. Jude and I are so happy for her success! You rock!!

She sent us the following questions to answer about our lives as writers. Check out her answers to the same questions here.  While you’re visiting her blog, stay for a while and read some of her fabulous author interviews. Didn’t I tell you she was supportive? And once you read her book, I’m sure you’ll be back to her blog to read some of Lyla’s backstory. It’s really gripping. You can also follow Mary on Twitter @palmerin_mary.

Now on to our questions!

1. What are you working on right now?

We are busy, busy, busy! Our first book, Free to Leave, is in the final editing stages. We have received some great feedback from our beta readers and we’re making some minor changes based on that. Our anticipated publication date is December 21st, so we’re also working on some publicity. In addition, the first draft of book #2 in the Free Girl series, Free From Fear, is well underway. And of course we’re trying to keep up with our blog and Twitter!

2. How does it differ from other work in its genre?

Although our books are erotic romance novels, the stories feature the strong friendship shared by four amazing women- Jana, Rylie, Maura and Vanessa. Most books we have read focused on the romantic relationship between a man and a woman. We love that and think it’s great, and of course our books have some of that, too. But we also felt strongly that we wanted our characters and plot to be driven by something else, something maybe even more powerful- sisterhood.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Because we have dirty minds? That, and we’ve just always thought we could. So now we are! Nothing more profound than that.

4. How does your writing process work?

The Free Girls is slated to be a four-part series. After discussing what kind of books we wanted to write and getting an idea for the series, we sat down one weekend with butcher paper and post-it notes and sketched out the highlights of each book.  We did the same thing, only more detailed, for Free to Leave, then Jude got busy writing. We meet bi-weekly to hash out character development, plot inconsistencies, or other issues. During those meetings we also talk about blog posts and other promotional, “business” type stuff. In between meetings there are texts, emails and phone calls to discuss anything and everything– what if Jana did this? I think this would be great about mid-way through the book. I’m having trouble with fill-in-the-blank, etc.

One HUGE part of our writing process is Pinterest. The two of us share hidden boards where we pin things that inspire us. Right now each “Girl” has a dedicated board filled with clothing, things about her home, work and personality, and of course the type of man she goes after! We have found it really helpful having a visual reference when writing.

Once the first draft of Free to Leave was done, Rebecca did some heavy editing. Once Jude made corrections, the manuscript was off to the betas! For the second book in the series, our process will be the same only the major duties will be reversed.

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Writing With Kids

Writing erotica has its challenges. One of those challenges is finding time to write when you have kids in the “under-18” crowd. You almost HAVE to wait until they’re in bed to write some of the juicier scenes. A while back, I giddily exchanged a few tweets with one of our FAVE authors, CD Reiss, on this very topic. (insert girly squeal here- I’m a total fan geek over her!)

@CDReisswriter:  Every try writing erotica when the kids are up and roaming around the house? No? Well, then you’ve never experienced true stress.

@RRaines_Writer: Haha just stalking and saw this. So true!! And my kids can READ. Yikes!

@CDReisswriter: I got my 9YO sneaking up behind me after he’s supposed to be in bed. Kinda hard to let Jonathan lay down his business at that point.

@RRaines_Writer: Right! Mommy, What’s a …..?

@CDReisswriter: Why does he keep touching her cat? And they keep coming but where are they going?

@RRaines_Writer: omg I’m dying! Haha.

But seriously, even if your kids aren’t leaning over your shoulder trying to sneak a peak, it’s just a buzz kill to have their crappy cartoons blaring in the background or to interrupt a hot blow-job scene to referee a sibling argument.

Hey you writers…do you have a solution, other than becoming a night owl??

You’re Hot. We’re Hot. Our Contents R Hot!!

Welcome to our blog! We’re really happy and excited that you found us. “We” are Jude and Rebecca, best friends since college, and now writing partners…you can read more about us here. Please bear with us as we build our site. Photos and a blog roll are just a couple of the things we have in store over the next week or so!

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

 This quote certainly speaks to how our writing adventure began. We had been talking about writing for at least a year, but almost joking. We share a passion for erotic fiction, and would often discuss books we had read. Often our response was, “We could do that!” This eventually turned into, “We SHOULD to that!”, and finally, “LET’S DO THAT!”

So we began tossing ideas back and forth. One thing we decided immediately was that we wanted our first books to have strong female characters that shared the same kind of amazing friendship that we do with each other and other strong women in our lives. That’s how Jana, Rylie, Maura and Vanessa were born, the main characters in The Girls series.

Explore– Wow. We have explored more about our own personal fantasies for book fodder, as well as exploring the technical side of writing, editing and publishing. We have learned so much!

 Dream– This whole journey started with a shared dream. Without dreaming big, neither of us would have ever written a sentence, let alone be well on our way to completing a 4-book series! One step in our journey will be realized when Free to Leave is published, scheduled for December 2013.

Discover– We’ve known each other for years, but you really learn so much more about another person when you enter into a creative and business relationship with them. We’ve discovered new ways of relating to each other- and that’s a good thing!

Again, thanks for stopping by.  You can expect future posts from us to include bits and pieces of all things erotic and sexy… excerpts from our books (of course), product reviews, sexy photos, and general writing updates from us both. Hope to see you back soon!

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