Friday, January 10, 2014

A Writer's Life And One Red Shoe Worldwide Release Tour! #TWRP #romanticsuspense

Today we are celebrating the worldwide release of Diane Burton's The Wild Rose Press release, One Red Shoe! To celebrate, she's giving away a tour-wide $20 e-gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You'll need to stay tuned to see how to enter! Good luck and enjoy! 


A Writer’s Life
Diane Burton 

I used to think authors had easy jobs. They just told a story, somebody published it, and it ended up in a bookstore where people bought it. I thought “piece of cake; I could do that.”

How na├»ve. I can say that now, but when I started writing (with the purpose of being published) twenty years ago, I had no idea what I was getting into even though I researched publishers and agents, discovered Romance Writers of America (and a local chapter), all while writing my very first romance novel. I sent that manuscript off with high hopes, only to have those hopes dashed. I was crushed, but I didn’t give up. I submitted more manuscripts and received more rejections. Some were form letters and others had nice things to say about my writing—just not that story. And then the best of all: a request to send something else.

It’s a good thing stories abound in my head. I’ll read an article in the newspaper or online and my imagination takes off. Same with documentaries on the Science or History channels. Ideas have never been a problem. In fact, it’s the reverse. Too many ideas, not enough time. Choosing which idea to write first is a bigger problem.

I’ve never faced a blank screen, not knowing how to start. A first sentence always jumps into my head. It may not end up as the first sentence in the finished product, but it sparks the story. I’m what’s called in the business a “pantzer”—writing by the seat of the pants—as opposed to a plotter who plans out every step of the story. Along about chapter eight, I get bogged down. Where is this story going? Most importantly, how am I going to get there? Plotters don’t have that problem. So I have to stop writing (which I wasn’t doing anyway) and plot. Otherwise that story will go off on tangents. And then there’s research. Some writers do it ahead of time. I do it on the fly. Hey, it’s what works for me.

Finally, the story is done. Unfortunately, that’s only the first draft. Along the way, my critique partner has pointed out the good parts and the flaws. I almost wish she’d stick to the former. Note, I said “almost.” If someone didn’t point out uncharacteristic behavior or plot holes, I would blithely assume the story was perfect.

Now comes the hard part—revisions. As I read through the first draft, along with my critique partner’s notes, I revise. Since I have a hard time looking at the big picture only, I fix the typos or tweak sentences here and there. With old (I mean, former) English teachers, old habits die hard. Then I read the story again. And again. Until I’m satisfied then it’s off to the editor. If I’m self-publishing this novel (as I do with my science fiction romances), I send the manuscript to a free-lance editor. With my romantic suspense, One Red Shoe, an editor from The Wild Rose Press edited it.

I was very fortunate with One Red Shoe that my editor thought it didn’t need much work—a little cleanup, a few tweaks and corrections. While waiting for the original acceptance from the publisher and until the edits came back, I was writing my next story. A writer never rests.

After completion of edits and cover art approval, the book is ready to be published. I can sit back and relax, right? No way. Promotion comes next. If nobody’s ever heard of my book, nobody will buy it. And, seriously, the point is to make money. Not that most writers will ever make a living wage from their writing. <big sigh>

Meanwhile, it’s on to the next story and the one after that.

So here I am, hanging out at Mia’s blog, hoping I’ve intrigued you a little about my new romantic suspense, One Red Shoe. If you’re curious, here’s more.

Blurb for One Red Shoe...

Wannabe writer rescues wounded spy while risking her heart.

Daria Mason’s life is too predictable. Nothing ever happens in her small Iowa town where everybody knows everybody else. But when she travels to New York City looking for a little excitement, she never expects to bring home a wounded spy.

From the moment agent Sam Jozwiak steals intel vital to US security from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist.

Sam and Daria flee cross country with the assassins right behind them. Sharing danger and excitement—and a few kisses—with Sam soon has Daria convinced he’s the man for her. He thinks she’ll be better off once he’s out of her life for good. With their lives on the line, can she convince him they belong together?

Excerpt for One Red Shoe:

The guy with the itchy trigger finger had to be Korioff’s son. If so, the syndicate was in big trouble. Oh, darn. Sam smiled for the first time since the wee hours of Saturday morning when he found Yuri in his hotel room and rolled down the stairs with the bumbling partner. Only sheer dumb luck enabled Sam to escape then. Luck wasn’t with him now.

The two made no effort to conceal their locations. Yuri was searching one side of the room and Junior the other. Since they were separated, Sam could take them out one at a time. Christ, he hated hand-to-hand combat. Too close, too personal. Unlike a bullet. Though trained in self-defense, Sam was no assassin.

Unlike Yuri.

Zzt-ping-ping-thud. Christ, the kid was shooting again. Bullets ricocheted off the industrial shelving and penetrated boxes. Yuri yelled at him again. From the vantage point of height in the center of the huge room, Sam watched the shadows of the men searching for him. One, big and clumsy. The other shorter with the stealth of experience. And no Teller. Could the day get more screwed up than this?


Fire streaked across Sam’s butt. He clenched his teeth to keep from sucking air or, worse, crying out in pain. Carefully, he looked over his shoulder.

Damn. Those were his favorite jeans.

One Red Shoe is available at:
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About the author:
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic
fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched series, she is the author of The Pilot, the first book in a series about strong women on the frontier of space. One Red Shoe is her first romantic suspense. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website:

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Diane Burton said...

Mia, thank you so much for having me here and helping me celebrate the worldwide release of my new book. Best wishes for a great year.

bn100 said...

Interesting blurb

JanD said...

Nice sound effect: Zzt-ping-ping-thud.

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, bn100 and JanD. So glad you stopped by.

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