Friday, February 28, 2014

Wrangling Twitter and Facebook: There's an app for that....

When I’m writing I try to stay off Twitter so I can actually get some work done.  This does not always work but occasionally I have stayed off for a day or two.  Since I don’t want to completely drop of the earth I decided to try scheduling some Tweets. While I thought at first this might be a little too marketingish I got to thinking that reviews and retweets don't have to go out within seconds of me reading them.  In fact, if I wait and retweet them later in the day and entirely new set of eyes might see them. 

I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled onto Bufferapp but I am so glad that I did. Not only does Bufferapp schedule Tweets it also schedules Facebook posts.  So you can space things out during the day without overwhelming your followers tweet streams or timelines.  (I have my Facebook set up to Tweet for me. I have no idea how I did this and I can't seem to replicate it, so if anyone knows what I did, I'd love to hear from you.)

Bufferapp is crazy easy to use.  I installed it in my web browser and it gives me the option to Buffer a RT.

I just click the green button and it send it to my buffer.  The free account I have allows me to have ten tweets at a time in my queue.  I can go to my bufferapp dashboard and assign custom days and times for these Tweets.  Or just let buffer space them out for me.

I’ve also found it useful when I want to add a remark to RT.  I use Twitter in my web browser and I can’t figure out how to quote a RT.  If I buffer the Tweet, I can turn it into a quote, add my comments and share it immediately.  It will also automatically shorten any links in the tweet. 

I’ve used it more for RTs and quoting RTs than actually scheduling tweets.  But you can schedule tweets ahead of time and assign it a date and time.  

Another cool think it does is buffer an image.  If you right click on an image you want to share on Twitter or Facebook, you'll find an option to buffer the image.  It will pull it into a Facebook Post or a Tweet then you can either share immediately or let the buffer send it out later.

Bufferapp also offers you five suggested Tweets a day that usually involve social media marketing advice, quotes, and links for life hacks and positive articles.  I do check out the articles before I let them go out to my tweet stream.  I’ve learned so much in the past month just reading the suggested content buffer offers.  For example infographics will get more response than just plain graphics.  Or people are more likely to engage your tweet or Facebook post if you add an emoticon.  :D  is by far the most popular one.  I was using this one way before I found that out but it’s nice to know I got something right for a change. 

This is not a paid advertisement for the app, I promise.  I just so rarely run across something this useful that actually works better than I expected, I just had to tell someone about it.  You can find buffer app at .  

Have you found a particular useful or fun website or app lately?

Lexxi Callahan writes contemporary romance set in the Deep South.  The first book in her Southern Style series was released in June 2013.  Book 2 is due in spring.  You will most likely find Lexxi on Twitter at @callahanlexxie 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How to Tell Your Friend Her Baby is Cute (Even If He'd Make Stevie Wonder Flinch!)

Critiquing a fellow writer's work can be a bit tricky. Kind of like team bungee jumping over an alligator pit. Nobody's coming out with nice hair and somebody could end up with sharp, pointy teeth in their ass.

Constructive criticism, like tact, is an art form. And like all art, some forms are prettier than others. There are amateurs and professionals and both can give you the confidence to walk through fire or the desire to down a 12 pack of beer and write a really bad country song.

I've been subjecting myself to professional criticism since I was nine years old. I started piano lessons at the London College of Music at that age and my very talented and dictatorial piano teacher, Mrs. Wright, made the Dowager Duchess of Downton Abbey sound like Mary Poppins. In addition to her ruler knuckle-rapping (unlike MC Hammer, she DID touch this! And it smarted!)  and subtle insults approach (I've seen bahnahnahs play Bach with better skill. If she saw bananas playing Bach she must have been smokin' some primo weed!) I also had to subject myself to examinations in music theory and piano performance twice a year before a committee of piano professors in order to be allowed to continue taking lessons. The British do not believe in wasting time or money on people who can't at least fake talent. (I'm a great musician. I am CRAPTASTIC as a pianist.)

As an adult I auditioned and sang for some of the nastiest conductors, bitchiest opera directors, and most knowledgeable and picky opera audiences on the planet. Trust me, when it comes to my singing my hide is tougher than a rhino's. (We will NOT get into any other similarities between myself and the rhino. That is another blog post entirely.)

Here are some things I've learned about critiquing. They may or may not apply to you. They may or may not make sense. (I speak several languages. Nonsense is one in which I am fluent.)

1. The tone and level of criticism changes (or it should) with the nature or the relationship between
    those people involved. There are things you would say to a really close friend you would not say
    to someone you just met at a writing conference workshop. In your enthusiasm to help someone
    remember they may not know you well enough to get your sense of humor. (Were you drunk when
    you wrote this?) (You stubbed your toe when you hit the comma key, didn't you!) (Why is the gay
    hero hitting on a woman? He isn't gay? My bad.)

    My best friend in college was Mary Nell Bare. She was a cross between Lauren Bacall and Atilla
    the Hun. We went to Lily Rubin to find a dress for me to wear for my senior recital. The
    saleswoman was declaring I looked exquisite in the brown satin and sequined gown I tried on first.
             Saleswoman : "This gown looks incredible on you, Miss."
             Mary Nell :     "Are you kidding me? It makes her look like a brown cow walking away
                                      after wallowing in a pond."

   I still crack up when I think about that poor woman's face! I didn't buy the dress. And for years
   I didn't shop for an evening gown without Mary Nell. If you have a critique partner with whom
   you have that sort of relationship, hang on tight. Don't abuse the privilege. And remember if
   a snarky comment stings, it probably hit something you need to take a look at once or twice.

2. If you go to the trouble of mentioning an issue you have with something someone has written,
    be specific, give a good reason or two why it bothers you, and offer some suggestions as to
    how it can be fixed. Statements like :

             "This didn't work for me"

             "This is confusing."

             "Make this bigger."

             "This doesn't make sense."

    Aren't helpful if you don't offer reasons for your reaction and suggestions for improvement.    

    I run a bakery and we often get customers who order a cake with the instructions "Make it
    pretty." or, my favorite "Make it for a man."

             "Make it pretty?" No, we only do ugly cakes here. How pretty? Pretty enough to date,
             pretty enough to marry, pretty enough to win Miss America? It's a cake!

             "Make it for a man." Sorry, ma'am. We aren't allowed to make cakes with boobs, butts,
              and beer cans on them.

    Be specific. And more important, be generous enough to accept the person you are critiquing
    has the right to throw away any and all of your advice. Your job is to critique, offer suggestions
    and then back away. NOT to remake the book in your own image. The job of remaking things in
    one's own image is already taken. I don't look for Him to retire anytime soon.

3. Learn to take criticism. Even when it ticks you off. Especially when it ticks you off. All babies
    are beautiful, except when they aren't. Read a critique hot and then go back a day later and read
    it cold. Just because someone tells you your baby isn't perfect, or has a smelly diaper, or fell out
    of the ugly tree and hit every limb on the way down, doesn't mean you pitch the critique out
    and "Take your earrings and shoes off to give that heifer an All Day Alabama Ass-Whoopin' !"
    Remember, in all likelihood you asked for this critique. You asked this person for a reason. This
    person may be a fellow writer, but they are also a fellow READER, and as such, their opinion is
    just as viable and important as any other person who picks up your work.

    We've had a new manager at our store for a little over a year. I have come to the conclusion
    Walmart is currently shopping for store managers at ASSHOLES R US and we got the deluxe
     model. This guy couldn't give a genuine compliment if you super-glued it gift wrapped to his hand
     and splinted his arm in the gift offering position. My coworkers have got to quit muttering "Could
     this guy be a bigger jerk?" because I think he's taking it as a challenge. The other day he walked
     through my department and offered the following comment :

               "Gee, I haven't seen this department look this good in a month."

     That's kind of like saying "You don't look nearly as fat in that dress as you did in the one you
     wore yesterday."

You're going to get critiques like that. Hell, you're going to get reviews like that. Some of you probably already have. Deal with it. The fact I still have a job and this guy hasn't disappeared in a
mysterious trash compactor accident (followed by a trip to a nearby alligator farm - Hey! I'm a writer. I KNOW how to make a body disappear!) is a testament to either my rhino hide or my desire to
continue to pay for little luxuries like food, toilet paper and living indoors.

Decide what it is you are willing to put up with in order to make your writing better and find a critique partner or partners who can deliver it. I am beyond blessed in my critique partners. They pull no punches, they take no offense, they are specific, and they make me a better writer every day.

So get out there and critique and be critiqued. And remember, tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way they ask you for directions.

What other tips can you give writers, especially new writers, about giving and receiving criticism of their work?  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Release Day: Secrets Gone South

Who knew that while everyone in Merritt, Alabama was at Luke Avery and Lanie Heaven’s wedding reception celebrating, that Luke’s sister, Dr. Arabelle Avery, had stolen away to the Merritt Country Club bar to cry and drink wine? It had been a rough day for her. Sure she was happy for Luke, and who didn’t like Lanie? But Arabelle was still in mourning for Luke’s first wife and it was hard to hear Carrie’s child call Lanie mommy.

Will Garrett hadn’t seen Arabelle in years. Now a much sought after artisan woodworker, he’d come a long way since his days of teenage poverty in Mill Town. Arabelle was still as elusive to him as the Hope diamond but nothing could have stopped him from offering her comfort.

Now, it’s two and a half years later and Arabelle is back in town—and she’s not alone. She is determined that Will never learn that the child she claims to have adopted it actually their biological son.

But all it takes is just one look…

Arabelle and Will find themselves on a bad road paved with guilt, fury, blame, and maybe just a little love.

Release day is always exciting and wonderful but this one is also bittersweet because Secrets Gone South is the last book in the series.

It’s all over but the crying and there was some of that, too. After four books and a novella, Stephanie and I knew it was time to say goodbye to Merritt, Alabama and the Gone South gang. It would be so easy to stay.

Even now, Lou Anne is standing in the door of the diner saying, “Come on in, girls. I’ve got a hot peach cobbler and a fresh pot of coffee.” Nathan’s team hasn’t won a State Championship yet and that would be sweet to see. Marcia, down at the Blossom Shop, has always got some new gossip and Lucy never was able to get Sophie Ann McGowan a tea service to suit her.

Yes. It would be easy to stay but hard to live with because we know it’s time to go.

But before we wave goodbye for good, we are going to take more walk down Main Street with our readers and introduce them to Will and Arabelle.  Maybe we’ll stop in at Heavenly Confections where it all started. If we’re in luck, Missy, Lucy, Tolly, and Arabelle will be there to have a treat and pay Lanie a visit.

We hope you’ll join us.

Have you ever read a series and felt the author should have ended it five books back?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Finding Your Tribe

I'm sure I've written about this before, about a moment when I realized sitting in the middle of an RWA meeting I'd found my tribe.

Fats-forward two years and I'm still knee-deep into writing YA (moving back to Middle Grade) and still on the track to be published (this October!) and I've moved (quite literally, across multiple state lines), and the whole tribe thing pops up again.

I have to say, I got really lucky. Exceptionally, amazingly lucky that the first writing workshop I ever sat in was Southern Magic's. That the first time I ever drummed up enough courage (hello painful shyness) to go to a meeting was a Southern Magic meeting. I got wildly lucky that Jennifer Echols walked up to me during that meeting to hear more about the YA I was writing, to say I was so close and to keep at it. I got insanely lucky that the first group of writers I ever met were so unbelievably warm and welcoming and helpful and supportive.

When I moved out of Birmingham, those writers were the one thing I really missed.

But I'm in a new place and a new position with a new book about to come out and trying once again to find a tribe.

I mean, don't get me wrong, my tribe is on Twitter. They're the amazing writerly people who I'm lucky to call friends. But you need people on this side of the screen, too, and MAN am I realizing how lucky I was with Southern Magic. Super lucky. Because stick an introvert who would rather be on Twitter in a room full of strangers and...awkwardness.

Finding your tribe is a tricky thing. And then tribes change and shift. You change and shift.

I started out wanting to write romance. I'm not sure that I can write romance. Sure, there is kissing in my books and all, but a heck of a lot of people end up dead. Oops.

So I've been wavering about which tribe(s) belong to. I've been wavering about renewing my RWA national membership (especially in light of the YA RITA being cancelled). I've been wavering about paying to join SCBWI (because I'm tired of paying for things). I've been trying to get involved in the local writing scene. I've been wondering why I'd want to (isn't a day job and 2 kids enough?).

I've been writing books I never set out to write and loving it more than I ever expected. I've been trying to find a new tribe and feeling again like the new kid in High School.

It's exciting. It's hard. It's like starting over. (I hate starting over.)

And maybe in another two years I'll look back and wonder what I was looking for at all. Until then, I'm still working on finding my tribe. Until then... good luck finding yours.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Late to the Partay!

Hey everybody, there's nothing like being late to the partay, is there? I know a lot about that these days. You see, I've been diagnosed with the flu and am in quarantine. Ordinarily, being forced to stay home because of snow (the south experienced that last week) or because of vacation, would be a very good thing. But add flu to the mix and well... let's just say, "Blah," fits here oh! too well.

Lethargy + illness = not priceless.

To showcase how awful this is, I'll share with you about last night. This month, my contemporary Lost Treasure, Captive Princess was the featured book at the Tillman Library. Last night, I was supposed to be present for the book club get together. Was I able to attend? ARRRGH! That be a NO. Did I want to attend? ARRRGH! That be a much delighted and shouted, "YES" as you can see below!

Jean Zeiler, former Librarian for the Tillman Library, brought in  Chef Jone with her specialty, a Double-Chocolate Cake with Raspberry sauce and presented it to the group. If y'all know how much I LOVE chocolate, you'll know what a sacrifice this was for me. Not to mention, each book club member had spent the month not only reading my book, but creating their very own masquerade mask to celebrate Carnivale along with Gian-Paolo and Carolina. There were Mardi Gras beads and more at that partay, my friends. And where was this pirate? Camped out in her recliner asleep, missing all the fun. Boo and Bilge Rats!!!

Behold the glorious gifties the ladies at the Tillman Library so graciously gave me, even though I couldn't be present! (Mwah! Throwing kisses their way!)

Now for more great news! The relaunch for Duke by Day, Rogue by Night is underway. Duke is up for pre-order at Smashwords and All Romance Books. Reviews from ARCs are pouring in and I'm participating in The Romance Reviews 3rd Anniversary Celebration March 1-31st. New promotional items are being designed. My updated website will be going live, just in time for Duke's relaunch. Oh, me hearties! Darling Daughter #2 has really outdone herself this time! I can't wait for you to see Rogues, Rebels & Rakes new look! My blog is now connected to my website and I'll have a newsletter readers can sign up for to learn about my next release. Huzzah and Hoorah!!! (Gotta be careful not to get too excited or I'll go into a coughing fit. LOL!)

So... in honor of Duke's relaunch, I give you the new book cover and blurb. Woot!

CONSTANCE DANBURY is desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a man nearly twice her age. Her only hope is to board a merchantman bound for Spain to enlist her aunt's help. Her plans go awry when she’s captured by pirates. Even more alarming, her traitorous body longs for the man who’s returning her to England! Pushed into a marriage of convenience, she’s caught between two men—one owns her heart, the other is bent on stealing it.

PERCIVAL AVERY is a member of Nelson's Tea, an elite group assigned to protect England's shores at any cost. On a mission to avenge his sister’s death, Percy infiltrates the gang of cutthroats responsible. When his vessel attacks a merchantman, Percy must choose between vengeance and saving the life of his commander's niece. His only choice is to mutiny, but mutiny obliterates his well-laid plans. Forced on a new course that leads straight back to Constance Danbury, Percy has to make a decision—chase revenge or allow himself to love again.

So I ask you, if you could have a do-over, what would you wish for?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Yes, I Write Romance

"You write? How wonderful!" The spark in their eyes suggests I am more interesting than they first suggested. The banal cocktail banter turned away from the latest Rambo lawyer tactic someone had experienced in court and veered directly toward my second career. I knew the next question and braced myself.

"What do you write?" They expected me to wow them with literary fiction, or at least, commercial fiction in the form of a legal thriller. This was going to be fun. Oh yes, they wouldn't see this juicy morsel coming.

"I write romance."

Their lips twitched. Several took polite sips of their drinks while they struggled for something intellectual and polite to say in response. Silence. Oppressive silence. The man to my right cleared his throat and said, "So what do you think of the recruiting classes this year for Alabama and Auburn?"

This scenario has played out several times in the last few years. I don't hide that I write romance, but without fail, the reactions I get when the big reveal happens suggest people are surprised I am as open about it as I am. Romance is the most popular fiction genre. Doesn't it make sense that if all these people are reading romance, there are lots of people writing it? Seems logical to me. And I'm not alone. Last week, the American Bar Association's publication, the ABA Journal, published an article about why lawyers make great romance authors. Some pretty big names fall among those ranks.

Yet, the reaction I get in legal circles is the same. While they may not want to admit it, their supposition of what I write is more like this:

Their loss. I am a romance writer, and darn proud of it.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Keeping Love Alive

Happy Valentine's Day! This is Winter Song by Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson. It's apropos considering our recent winter weather down south and the holiday we celebrate each February.

As a married woman, I’ve been given lots of advice over the years about how to keep the fire burning and keep love alive. As a romance writer, I’ve had to invent some ways to keep love surprising. Here’s a list of some practical things couples can incorporate into their daily lives.
             -   Start every day with a hug.

            -   Never go to bed mad.

             - Choose to love, even if you don't feel like it.

             -   Laugh together.

             -   Offer a genuine compliment.

             -   Say “I love you” every time you part.

             -   Kiss like you mean it.

             -   Never say no to sex.

             -   Lock the door and turn out the lights (and not just when the in-laws are in the driveway).

How do you keep love alive? What advice can you add to this list?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What you like vs. what you write


I recently took a class where the instructor suggested we take a look at what we like and see how it meshes with what we write. Here's what I came up with:

5 Favorite Books:
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Dune series (the original one by Frank Herbert)
The Wrinkle in Time series
A Land More Kind Than Home
The Hunger Games series/Eleanor & Park (tie)

5 Favorite Authors:
Harper Lee
Frank Herbert
Madeleine L'Engle
Wiley Cash
Rainbow Rowell

5 Favorite Movies:
Godfather I
Godfather II
L.A. Confidential
Bull Durham/The Princess Bride (tie)

5 Favorite TV Shows:
True Detective
The Walking Dead
Breaking Bad/The Wire (tie)

What do you notice? Not a lot of romance there. A lot of violence and angst. Quite a few antiheroes. More sci-fi than I would have thought. Less YA than I would have thought. But definitely not much romance.

So, should I write more dark stuff and maybe throw in an anti-hero or a society-upending catastrophe? I don't know. I know I like my characters to be happy in the end. I get attached to them, and I don't want them to be hurt. But other people's characters? Go for it.

Take a few moments and list your favorites. Do they reflect what you write? Or are you like me, doing the exact opposite?

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Monday, February 10, 2014

P is for Productivity

I work a full time day job.  I write four to six books a year.  You can imagine the primary question I get when people learn these two facts about me. Where do I find the time?

Productivity is an issue for all writers, whether your write one book a year or six.  Whether you work a day job or you write full time. Producing good, solid writing is a challenge in any circumstance, and everybody who writes has to find his or her own system that works.  But I think there are a few good working habits of productive writers, so I thought I'd share what works for me and open up the discussion about what works for you.

For me, it's the three Ps - Preparation, Practice and Perseverance.


Preparation is key for most writers, even those who write by the seat of their pants. It just takes a different form for different writers.  But we all prepare to write in some way.

For pure plotters, the preparation happens before they even start the book.  They've outlined their characters' lives, pasts, goals, dreams, family and friend connections, eye color, hair color, favorite color, etc.  They know how the romance will progress and if they're writing a subgenre such as romantic suspense, they know how the mystery plot will progress. Paranormal writers may, additionally, plot out entire worlds and the rules of those worlds, the hierarchies and the politics and the sexual mores. 

For hybrid plotters (I fall in this category), some parts of the book will be carefully plotted out, while others are sketched in lightly, allowing room for growth and discovery during the writing phase. 

Pantsers - those brave folks who sit down to write without any sort of outline - may seem unprepared to the more obsessive of us plotters, but in truth, pantsers are prepared as well.  They're just prepared for a different experience - the discovery phase, if you will, their minds open to a wide range of possibilities and their hearts in tune to the story they want to tell.

But even before the first word is written, the first character conceived, the first plot inspired, writers must prepare themselves for the task.  This means learning what stories really are, the elements and the patterns that all stories follow in one way or another. We can read great books by great writing theorists such as Dwight Swain, Debra Dixon or Christopher Vogler.  We can read great books, books that people love, books we've experienced that made us want to write in the first place.  But we should always be in a place of learning, whether we've written fifty books or no books at all.


Yeah, this is the part of writing nobody really wants to think about.  The part where you sit your backside down in front of a keyboard (or paper and pen or whatever) and put in a few hours getting words down on paper.  This is the discipline part of the equation.

As was true of preparation, every writer has to find his or her own path to discipline.  Whether it's a certain number or words or pages a day, or certain number of hours a day spent creating, writers need to form a plan of attack that allows them to produce words and pages and, finally, entire stories or novels. 

For me, I prepare a spreadsheet that acts as a work calendar.  I know how many pages it takes to get 55-60K words, which is the word count for the kind of books I write.  I know how many days/weeks there are between the time I start my book and the time it's due to my editor.  And I know I like to give myself a one-month padding between finishing the book and submitting it, in case I need to do extra polish or need extra writing time.  So for me, it's a simple math equation - Divide the number of pages needed into the number of writing days I have available.  I add extra pages to days when I know I'll have more writing time, such as weekends and holidays, and fewer to days when I know I won't, such as Mondays and Fridays, my busiest days at my day job.

For you, the schedule may work around your home life, your family, your job, your own interests—every writer is different.  The key is coming up with a plan that allows you to work at a comfortable but productive pace and meet your deadlines without stressing yourself to death.


Even when you prepare, even when you practice, there are still going to be unexpected things to arise.  Personal life gets in the way. Your day job goes crazy and requires even more of your time than you expected.  Or the book you're writing simply won't cooperate.  I've had all of these things happen to me, but you know what?  I still had to deliver the book on time, because I'm a professional writer and that's my obligation to the people who pay me money to do what I do.

Now, clearly, there are times when you can't avoid the need to adjust your deadline, such as an illness or injury that makes it impossible for you to write.  Or a family death that paralyzes you with grief for a few weeks.  But anything short of that? You have to work through it and deliver on time.  Your reputation as a professional is at stake, so you have to learn how to keep pushing through the chaos and get the work done.

I have a book due this coming Friday. I finished it yesterday.  That is waaaaaay too close for my peace of mind, but I had a few things happen over the last two months that conspired to put me behind.  One of those things was a book that never did decide to cooperate. But I can't afford to let a book dictate my productivity that way. I have to produce, even if it's difficult.  Even if it's more of a chore than a joy.  Thankfully, that is a rare situation for me. I mean, every book has uncooperative moments, but there's usually more enjoyment than despair.

But it doesn't matter that this time the book was a pain in my backside. I still had to finish it. I still have to submit it.  So I just kept plugging along, working through the messes, until I had a book that I maybe didn't love like chocolate but I wasn't ashamed to turn in.  Plus, I know I'll have two more chances to edit it before I'm done.

Perseverance also goes for your career in general. Unless you're a genius or lucky, you're not likely to make a big splash with your first book or even your fourth or fifth book.  But you can still build a satisfying, rewarding career as a writers just by sticking to it and paying your dues.  My first three or four years as a writer weren't exactly boons for my bank account.  But the past three or four years have proved to be much more rewarding from a financial standpoint.  I stuck with it. I didn't give up.
So those are my tips for productivity. Do you have any tips of your own?

Oh, and, by the way? I have a new book out this month: BLOOD ON COPPERHEAD TRAIL.  Check it out! 

Friday, February 07, 2014


A while back I told you how the idea for Rescued came about. I was watching a music video, twisted one of the lyrics, and created a tiny scene dancing around in my head. So of course every time I heard the song, the scene began frolicking again.

Another song mentions a Slick Rick type in a bar assisting a female patron with a shot at the pool table. A totally independent scene flickered to life and filed itself away, popping in every now and then to remind me it was still there.

I was home alone one day and decided to write a few words on a new project. The two scenes were so loud in my head I decided to use them, and Rescued was born.

Now I'm in the first round of edits, shooting for a March release (please don't mention POV, it makes my head hurt) and I thought I would give you a glimpse of the scenes I've been talking about.

Excerpt one:

The last thing she remembered was going into the bar after she received a tip that her suspect had slithered inside. She kept an eye on him and his cohorts for a couple of hours while she maintained her cover of a regular customer by shooting a couple of games of eight ball with some of the old guys who were regulars.

Then, she remembered the asshole from the pool table that thought it acceptable to sidle up way too close behind her and score points by giving her shooting tips. She had stretched up on her tiptoes and leaned across the end of the table to line up and sink the winning shot when his groin pressed tight against her bottom. He slid his hands down her arms to her wrists as he whispered, “Let me give you a hand there, little lady.”

Excerpt two:
She slowly rolled over to face her companion, only to find the asshole from last night propped on one elbow. He sported a sly smile. “Morning, little lady.”
“Again with the little lady? I thought I made myself perfectly clear last night, I am not little and I can kick your ass with one hand. Now, how about you tell me how I got here and . . . oh no . . . did we . . .?” She lifted the covers and stared down at bare breasts matching every other body part she possessed, bare. She clutched the sheet high under her chin and squeezed her eyes shut as she moaned, regretting whatever she may have done.

These images are used only to get your imagination started. I have the actual cover that I'll show off in a few weeks but for now it's back to edit land.