What is your definition of dysfunctional?
According to the dictionary, dysfunctional means something isn’t operating properly or normally.
My definition? It’s down to perspective and how you view ‘normal’. We know it has a different meaning to everybody else so by definition, does that mean everybody views us as dysfunctional? Probably? Maybe? I don’t have the answer and I’m pleased I don’t.
What I do know, however, that I write deliciously dysfunctional romance. I hit the tropes eventually and yes, I do believe in HEA’s, but it’s the grit and guts of a romance story that I enjoy writing. What’s the point of eating honey all the time? Vinegar may make you wince but it has great cleansing properties.
The story so far … Definition of Flawed.
On 31 October 2017, I released Definition of Flawed with no promotion behind it. Making a small, plosive sound, I uploaded it to Amazon with a rapidly beating heart and prickling skin. I couldn’t believe I’d actually done it. In the space of about a month, I’d written a 38k novella, had a cover made, had it beta read and edited, opened an Amazon account, and learned to format via Kindle Create. Click here and it’ll take you to your local Amazon.
That was just the beginning, unfortunately.
A technophobe, with very little patience, I was on the phone for hours to various technical helplines. I got there in the end though, and the one thought that kept me going was that I’d only have to go through the various trials of fire once.
Everything seems to be sorted now. Out of the way. Over and done with. And thank goodness for that, because I got very little writing done over the next month.
November and December were busy. I spent those opening Instafreebie and Book Funnel accounts, making mistakes, joining Facebook promo groups, making more mistakes, and getting the word out there. I wanted the people who read my genre people to know that that somewhere among those 30 million books on Amazon, I have one too.
December came around and I decided to write a short story called Definition of Lust with the intention of sending it to my lovely reviewers and email subscribers. It came in at 9.5k words and it was completed so close to the wire that I sent it out on Christmas morning before everybody came downstairs. To those of you who downloaded it, thank you and I hope you enjoyed it. I know I spelt ‘throwing’ as ‘throating’ (not sure where that came from!) Sorry about that! It’s been corrected now. If you spot anything else, please let me know and I’ll change it.
Definition of Lust is about Sian, Scarlett’s best friend. Everybody loves her. She’s Scarlett’s best friend and when she isn’t orbiting around her world, believe it or not, she has her own life. I gave her a bittersweet weekend she won’t forget. It’s a standalone story but it’s probably best read after Flawed.
Thanks to my reviewers!
What I’m really amped over are the fab reviews Flawed has been getting. I’ve been reaching out to reviewers and there are so many people out there willing to help me – an unknown British author. It’s pretty fab, actually, and humbling! If you downloaded Flawed and it’s languishing on your TBR pile, it’s a short read coming in at 38k words. This one is fighting above its weight though because it’s a novella that thinks it’s a novel. If you haven’t already, a review would be lovely. Just sayin’, <large grin>
This year’s plan …
Okay so this is the plan and I’m having sleepless nights wondering how I can do it, but I promise to give it my best shot. Definition of Stripped is the next book in series. It’s Book One and this will be released on 5 March 2018. It will be going into pre-production ARC editing next week. Call me daft but I intend to release Craving, Redemption, and Absolution every month after that.
I created a Facebook group called Lia’s Lair – The Home of Lia Peele’s Imagination – especially for everybody who enjoys my writing. Please click the link above and join me. I haven’t used it yet, but it’s a little lonely over there on my own, lol!
My last snippet of news is that I’ve had a book trailer of Definition of Stripped made and I’ve dropped it underneath. I actually squealed when I saw it. Thanks to Elisabeth at Books Go Social for organising this for me. It rocks!