Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Feature welcomes Lisbet Sarai on Plans AND GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!

Today I have fellow TB author, Lisabet Sarai! She's a multipublished author of some awesome reads!

She's blogging about planning and organization. I could TOTALLY learn something here, I'm not all that organized. Or...not at all. Haha!

***Make sure to scroll down and answer Lisabet's question. You will be entered to win a copy of one of her books!***

Meet Lisabet!

Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – more than fifty single author titles, plus dozens of short stories in various erotic anthologies, including the Lambda winner Where the Girls Are and the IPPIE Best Erotic Book of 2011, Carnal Machines. Her gay scifi erotic romance Quarantine won a Rainbow Awards 2012 Honorable Mention.


Lisabet has more degrees than anyone would ever need, from prestigious educational institutions who would no doubt be deeply embarrassed by her chosen genre.  She has traveled widely and currently lives in Southeast Asia with her indulgent husband and two exceptional felines, where she pursues an alternative career that is completely unrelated to her creative writing.






The Best Laid Plans

I've always been the organized type. I make lists. I make outlines. I make plans. I divide up my week into time slots, each one allocated to a different task. That's the only way I'd every get anything done, and I have to say, it has worked for me for most of my life. In all my years of education, I never once pulled an all-nighter. I've almost never missed a deadline. I'm a firm believer in starting things early and working steadily, partly because I can't stand the stress of frantic last minute scrambles to get something done.

I try to be equally organized about my writing, but you really never know what's going to happen. Sometimes the Muse strikes. Sometimes a publisher makes a request that up-ends all your plans, but which is too tempting to refuse.

During September I had planned to write a story about pirates, for the Totally Bound anthology “Jolly Rogered”. Then I intended to finally start work on the sequel to my Rainbow Award-winning M/M science fiction novel Quarantine.

Instead, I was invited to contribute a story for the new Totally Bound imprint What's Her Secret? My editor told me they were looking for light, sexy, almost frothy, erotic romance, with a touch of humor if possible. M/F/M was okay, perhaps a bit of BDSM, but no angst and definitely no M/M interaction. (These specifications came in response to my first proposal, a M/M/F tale about a woman who likes to cross dress...)

Not my usual style at all! Still, I took the challenge, partly because the publisher planned all sorts of special marketing efforts (which believe me, I really need!).

The result was Her Secret Ingredient,  the tale of an ambitious and resourceful woman who discovers that, indeed, plans often go awry.

When the Tastes of France food channel offers Mei Lee “Emily” Wong a series of guest spots, she jumps at the opportunity to take her culinary career to a whole new level. Ultimately, she wants a show of her own, but first she has to prove herself to Michelin-starred network founder and effective dictator, Etienne Duvalier. A legend in the world of classic French cuisine as well as a domineering perfectionist, Etienne is sceptical about the culinary abilities of a woman from Hong Kong. To make things more difficult, the master chef is also so gorgeous that Emily can't help being attracted to him.

Emily tries to solve both problems by spiking her luscious profiteroles with an ancient Oriental aphrodisiac. Unfortunately, Harry Sanborne, the low-key, bespectacled producer for Emily's show, samples the delicacies she intends for Etienne's consumption. His powerful reaction to her secret ingredient comes as a pleasant surprise to them both. Harry turns out to be far more impressive in bed than on the set. However, he can't do nearly as much to advance her ambitions as Etienne. Emily tries once more to tempt the exacting M. Duvalier with her special cooking as well as her feminine charms. The outrageous results threaten to end her TV career forever - until Harry steps in to save her reputation and claim her heart.

Once I turned in the story, I tried to get my writing back on the planned track, only to be approached once more by my editor. Would I be interested in writing a novel featuring the same characters? But I already have a novel in the works, I wanted to protest. I couldn't help turning over some ideas, though, and before long I had an outline. So I had to say yes, even though writing Her Secret Weapon is definitely not what I'd planned to be doing over the holidays! I hope it will be done by January and published sometime during the spring of 2014. At least, that's my plan!




Blurb:

Stir in a pinch to stir up his passion…


When the Tastes of France food channel offers Mei Lee “Emily” Wong a series of guest spots, she jumps at the opportunity to take her culinary career to a whole new level. Ultimately, she wants a show of her own, but first she has to prove herself to Michelin-starred network founder and effective dictator, Etienne Duvalier. A legend in the world of classic French cuisine as well as a domineering perfectionist, Etienne is sceptical about the culinary abilities of a woman from Hong Kong. To make things more difficult, the master chef is also so gorgeous that Emily can't help being attracted to him.

Emily tries to solve both problems by spiking her luscious profiteroles with an ancient Oriental aphrodisiac. Unfortunately, Harry Sanborne, the low-key, bespectacled producer for Emily's show, samples the delicacies she intends for Etienne's consumption. His powerful reaction to her secret ingredient comes as a pleasant surprise to them both. Harry turns out to be far more impressive in bed than on the set. However, he can't do nearly as much to advance her ambitions as Etienne. Emily tries once more to tempt the exacting M. Duvalier with her special cooking as well as her feminine charms. The outrageous results threaten to end her TV career forever—until Harry steps in to save her reputation and claim her heart.

 

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I want to thank Chrissy for having me as her guest. It's been fun! And now I want to hear from all of you who are reading this.

((You're welcome!))

Are you a planner? Ever had one of your plans go terribly wrong? Tell me about it in a comment and I'll enter you into a drawing for your choice of my contemporary ménage Wild About That Thing or my sci fi ménage Bodies of Light (an LASR Best Book).  (Don't forget to include your email in the comment so I can find you.)




6 comments:

  1. Thanks for giving us that "behind the scenes" look into your writing Lisabet! Glad to know you're writing more with those characters. :)

    I plan what I want to write and basically when, but it usually takes longer than I think it's going to. Something is always going on with the kids that sidetracks me. This week I've had to change birthday plans for three people in my family (three of them have the SAME birthday which can be good and bad) due to a stomach virus and now I've got one with a concussion and two basketball games tonight. Of course they're at the same time and one's an hour away. So I just TRY to plan and schedule things, but I have to be flexible too or I'd pull my hair out. I dream of organization, but I live in chaos. Lol.

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    1. Hi, Normandie,

      I have it easy. No kids. A highly self-sufficient husband. Just a job that takes a lot of my time, but at least provides flexible hours with a few exceptions. I am awed by my fellow authors like you who juggle so many family commitments and still manage to write!

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  2. I am famous for making plans and they go wrong. I dragged everyone to this museum once that turned out to be something you can see in 5 minutes. We traveled two hours.

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    1. Hi Debby!

      Honestly, nobody could blame you. How could you have known? Anyway, they always say it's the journey that counts, not the destination!

      Thanks for joining in the fun!

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  3. By the way - because I'm so long-winded (;^) Chrissy had to cut out my excerpt. But you can read it at:

    http://www.lisabetsarai.com/secretingredientex.html

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  4. Hi everyone,

    Since I only had two people comment - I'll send books to both of them!

    Happy holidays!

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