Ericka Scott
Snow Update
Friday, December 8th, 2006
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Mammoth mountain has a snow update every morning during ski season — but I figure once every few weeks will be often enough to keep up with MY snow update.

I completed most of the snowflake for my novel. I skipped writing the story out in narrative form– I have trouble going from the narrative to scene structure. Instead, I hopped right into writing the first draft.

I’m almost 1/3 of the way in and I must admit, the snowflake method has been one of the easiest to implement and made the most sense to me as to how I plot/outline/write.

TWW (The Werewolf Whisperer) is turning out to be more of a suspense than a mystery, so I’ll be using Carolyn Wheat’s “How to Write Killer Fiction” to check the story arcs for a suspense/thriller.

I’m excited to get this finished and start polishing. I’ve been sending off chapters to my critique group. They’ve been asking some challenging questions but have been reaffirming that it’s working ~ so I’m happy about that.

Can’t wait to start writing tonight. I’ll be working on the “good” part~ the love scene between my hero/heroine!!

Critique Groups — Should you or shouldn’t you
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
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I belong to several yahoo lists and the talk on two of them have lately revolved around critique groups. Whether they help or hinder or don’t make any difference a’tall.

Well, I belong to two critique groups. One is a mystery group that meets at a local bookstore once a month. One chapter a month is too slow of a critique for me personally. I write faster than that. I do enjoy reading what everyone else has written, the critiques are honest and challenging, and I always come home recharged and ready to write.

The second is an online critique group made up of women who write erotic romances running the gamut of genres: Sci-fi, chick-lit, historical, suspense.

What I look for in a critque group is a sample audience. I try out my words on them, they tell me if it works or not for them, and then I go fix parts that I agree are wrong and hopefully make it better. I dont’ expect everyone to like and admire every word I write. Heck, I know I write crap at times. But, I do expect them to be honest and tell me that it’s crap. That whole feedback loop breaks down when no one gives an honest assessment (good or bad).

I’d say join, try one out, if it doesn’t work for you, try another one.

Writing is such a lonely occupation at times that it’s great to have a group of people sharing the same experience.

Researching Markets
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
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I had no idea when I started researching a market for Crystal Clear that I would find such a huge selection of erotic romance e-book publishers!

I made my first publisher selection on short turnaround time, cover art (yeah, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but. . . ), well-written excerpts, reviews, and the fact that I know several authors who publish with them. I’m hoping that they are as pleased with my submission as I was with finding them~

Now, if I could only find the time to read everything I’ve found of interest on their “shelves”– I’ve purchased a few (my husband thinks they are for research, I haven’t the heart to tell him they are for fun!) and hope to read them over the Christmas holidays.

So, what do you think? Are e-books here to stay or is it a passing fad like VHS tapes?

Dreaming of snow. . .
Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Well, the weather here in Southern California is gorgeous, especially up in the high desert where it’s warm enough for the neighborhood kids to play outside this afternoon.

I should be raking leaves. Instead, I’m thinking about snowflakes. I’m not talking about the white stuff here. . . I’m talking a paper and ink snowflake design of my new novel. (For more information about the snowflake design and how to use it, see

Here’s the first flake of The Werewolf Whisperer:

A celebrity dog trainer takes on the ultimate challenge: to use her skills to tame the biggest dog of them all — the werewolf.

Now Playing . . . The Waiting Game
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
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My reader had just a few comments, so I incorporated them, ran the evil spell check & grammar check.

I tinkered with my cover letter all day yesterday until I destroyed it (talk about flat and lifeless), then put it back to its almost original state with only one change.

Then, with a deep breath, I pressed the submit button.

Now, on to my next ideas — a spicy Regency mystery — an idea originally submitted for the Avon Fanlit contest (and no, the characters names WILL NOT be Patience and Damien!) OR a paranormal romance starring a lone wolf (werewolf that is!)

The Story Behind The Story
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
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Crystal Clear is a spicy romantic suspense.

Park Ling just met the woman of his dreams and didn’t even catch her name. Too bad, because now he suspects that she’s a serial killer’s next victim.

Park would never dream of poaching on another man’s girlfriend. So, when he meets the woman of his dreams in a Santa Clarissa sushi bar, he passes up the chance to even find out her name. It’s a situation he immediately regrets when he sees two dead women who resemble the woman he met. With an urgency Park hopes isn’t just raging hormones, he races to find her before the killer does.

Sexy psychic Serena Killian is a board-certified psychologist who threw away a six-figure salary to open a candle shop in Santa Clarissa. When her bank account took a nose dive, she began giving advice to her customers and found her calling as a life coach. Things are really looking up for Serena until she is hired by Tony Markham, a soap-opera star needing career advice. Unable to foresee Tony’s future, she has no trouble at all seeing her own death. Is the sexy stranger from her visions her lover or her killer?

I finished writing it earlier this week and have it out to my first reader. When the comments come back, I’ll incorporate them and hit the submit button.

Making Mischief with Ericka Scott
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
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I’m Ericka Scott – a romance writer. Stay tuned to this spot for breaking news about releases, contests, and more!