Sunday, March 19, 2017

WHAT'S A SOAP OPERA MAFIA ROMANCE?



      Last time I blogged I shared with you that Samhain Publishing had closed and I would be self-publishing the two novels I had contracted with them. Well the first of them is available now, Dirty Little Secrets: A Soap Opera Mafia Romance. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Little-Secrets-Opera-Romance-ebook/dp/B06XPKYR92/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ZM37GFV2A5FWDQQRVWCV

     So that brings me to what I'm sure some are wondering, what exactly is a soap opera mafia romance? Well it's actually a term I came up with. After Dirty Little Secrets was published the first time naturally I was proud of it, but I soon came to realize my novel was not authentically mafia based. What do I mean? I mean that there are a lot of rules and traditions when it comes to writing true to life, authentic Cosa Nostra fiction or otherwise. Dirty Little Secrets is not one of those novels, mainly because it was inspired by my love for one particular soap opera, General Hospital.

     Anyone who has ever watched General Hospital knows who the divinely handsome mob boss, Sonny Corinthos is. I first became interested in the mafia from watching his storylines on TV. Let's just say after 20 something years of watching I got a little hooked. I loved the over the top stories, the resurrections from the dead, the danger and rivals determined to take Sonny down, not to mention the ladies that captured and lost his heart. Needless to say I wanted to write something just like that. From that desire Dirty Little Secrets was born.

    So what are the ingredients that make up A Soap Opera Mafia Romance? Equal parts sizzling romance, equal parts over the top somewhat unbelievable drama with a dash of modern mafia thrown in for good measure. So if following the life of a sexy mob widow who may or may not fall for her possible stepson appeals to you, then Dirty Little Secrets: A Soap Opera Mafia Romance is exactly the novel you're looking for!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Saying Goodbye & Keeping It Moving

 
 


 Hi Everyone,

       Yes. I'm making another sporadic post. I'm sorry. I'm trying to do better. As some of you may or not know Samhain Publishing has officially closed their "doors," for good. Yes Samhain is no more. As of yesterday, their website had gone completely dark. So what happens to the two novels I have published with them, Dirty Little Secrets and Devious Little Lies? For now both are still available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million but they will soon be removed from those vendors as well. The print copies of both books will remain on Amazon until they run out of stock.

      This sounds like a hot mess, doesn't it? It is. But me and all the other writers that have published with Samhain have no choice but to say goodbye, thanks for the opportunity and keep it moving. As for my two novels, I am currently waiting to receive my rights back and then both Dirty Little Secrets and Devious Little Lies will be self-published with brand new covers and new and improved content on Amazon. So stay tuned for the rebirth of my sexy, mafia soap operas and if you didn't have a chance to enjoy the older woman/younger man romances the first time, catch them on the next go-round.

Live. Love. Stay Fierce.




Saturday, January 7, 2017

RECAPPED AND READY TO GO

 
         Hi All,
 
 
I'm back. I've been off the grid for a while and we are days into a new year that none of us have any idea what to expect. (I'm looking at you America.) 2016 was a year of extreme highs and extreme lows for me. For starters, in February I dissolved my relationship with an agent that was no longer working for me. It was tough and not something I took lightly. To be quite honest, I was terrified. I worried that I had killed my chances of ever seeing my books in print on a shelf. Then there was the fear of going it on my own. Ultimately I decided to take a leap of faith and go where my heart lead me to go.
 
 
2016 also saw the publication of three novels with my name on them. Yes, 3. Cue Extreme High. This was a big deal for me. At the same time I was also confronted with the reality that one of my publishers was closing and I had no idea what in the hell was going to happen to my books with them, including the recently released, Devious Little Lies. Ultimately after many cuts and layoffs the publisher was able to stay open. However, the back and forth did absolutely nothing for my books sales which suffered tremendously. Cue Extreme Low.
 
 
But the show must go on and on the positive side of things I dipped my toes into the wonderful world of self-publishing by teaming up with the amazing Bethany-Kris to create the Gun Moll series. Cue Extreme High for two best selling books. Not only is Bethany-Kris, a supremely talented writer, but she is also an acute businesswoman and good friend. I've learned so much from working with her. Again, Cue Extreme High.
 
 
I never make resolutions because I never keep them, but I want to do more as far as my writing career is concerned. Here are my tentative plans:
 
 
1. Madame Moll-Book 3 of the Gun Moll series will be published and conclude Mac and Melina's journey.
 
 
2. Bethany-Kris and I are also planning at least 1 standalone story set in the same world as Mac and Melina, so look out for it.
 
 
3. I'm currently working on my first contemporary African American romance, Crossing Lines. I plan to self-publish it sometime this year. Cue big leap for me.
 
 
4. I'm currently in the process of revising my #ownvoices fairytale romance to submit to agents and publishers. Let me just say this is not your Disney fairytale. Shit happens.
 
 
5. Complete my third and final Demi-God Daughters novel, Goddess by Surrender.
 
 
So yeah, let's see if it all comes to fruition between nursing jobs and school. Fingers crossed.
 
Also if you haven't had a chance to experience the various works I've created, they can all be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Erin-Ashley-Tanner/e/B00FWZN9AG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1483813565&sr=1-2-ent