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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Blog Tour & Contest with Eden Summers

A Day in the life of a romance author

Hi everyone.
A day in my life isn’t overly exciting. I’m not a full-time writer so my days vary a lot. But when I do get a day to dedicate solely to myself, this is what it usually looks like:

5:40am - 6:30am – Wake up for the last time. My three year old is still in the habit of waking a few times a night and usually says “to hell” with sleep at around this time. If I’m lucky he will turn the television on and let me lay in bed for a while. During this time I like to plot story lines. Now if I wasn’t a writer this would simply be called “fantasising about strangers whilst laying in bed with my husband,” but because I’m a writer I can call it “plotting.”

6:30am - 8:50am – This is the mad dash to get the children ready for school. It involves a lot of repetitive shouting, growling and death stares. Very glamorous.

8:50am – I open the door to a silent house with a smile on my face. If I’m in an extra special mood I might giggle a little at how awesome it is to be alone. First stop is the bedroom where I get into my comfy, daggy clothes, then I make a coffee and sit in front of my life support – my fabulous laptop that I can’t live without.

9:00am – 10:00am – This is “start up” time and usually dedicated to PR and emails. I have three email accounts – my author email, a separate email for my RWA loops and another for my review/author promo blog (yes, I really need to consolidate). I action as many emails as I can, while simultaneously updating Twitter and Goodreads.

10:00am – 2:00pm – Writing time!! Or on a bad day – Procrastination time! Apart from taking pee breaks, I sit at the laptop and write or edit for four straight hours. Some days I can write a couple thousand words, on others I will only be able to edit three or four pages, which can be hard to take. I can get to 2pm with a sore back and strained eyes, and only have four pages of polishing done. It’s time consuming, but I’m very critical of my work and could spend years trying to perfect my stories.

2:00pm – 6:30pm – This is mad rush time. I get myself something to eat, tidy the house a little, then go to pick my eldest up from Kindergarten. While waiting in the car I listen to my kindle (text-to-voice) or make plot notes on another story (fantasising about more men). I then get my youngest from pre-school. When we get home I help with homework, cook tea and go over emails all at the same time.

7pm - 7:30pm –If the planets aligned my children will now be in bed and hubby is home from work. If I decide to have a night off I will watch television or a movie with my spunky man while doing more emails, research (looking up sexy men on Pinterest) or promo. Otherwise I put in my earplugs and sit on the couch to do more writing/editing.

9:30pm – 10pm – Aka the best time of the day, when I get to go to bed and “plot”. I go to bed relatively early so I can think about storylines, first kisses, the dramatic peak or a happily ever after. This is when plot issues get resolved and concepts deepen. Most of my ideas come at this time, when I finally stop stressing and let my brain relax.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the outline of my riveting life. If you would like to check out my latest release – Sneaking a Peek, here are the details:

An innocent peek could cause her to fall...Every hot blooded woman loves to drool over a sexy piece of man flesh. But watching from the shadows when the man in question has no idea you’re spying on him? Yeah, that’s totally illegal.

...right into the arms of the hottie next door.Tarney Jensen has been crushing on Ethan Reid, her best friend’s brother, since her sixteenth birthday. She knows acting on her attraction will ruin the friendship, but she can’t fight the temptation of his sweat-slicked skin as he does his weekly workout.
Spying may have been innocent, but the aftermath is anything but…  


$15 Amazon gift card and 5 swag packs


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Blogger Catherine Lee said...

You make it sound so glamorous--getting to spend lots of time looking at men, dreaming about men, and fantasizing about men. Nice job! LOL.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

November 3, 2012 at 5:32 AM  
Blogger Eden Summers said...

Lol Catherine. The best part of the job is finding the right character look on Google...oh and the research. Erotic research is quite fun too :)

Thanks for commenting.

November 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Melinda Dozier said...

Love the premise of your book (and the cover!)

November 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Ana♥ said...

Love the cover ^_^ super sezzy. ;)

Answer for rafflecopter: No. Lol. Maybe in my mind, because it's totally legal there. But I don't think I have big enough balls to do something sneaky lol.

Q for the author: Does your hubby get a say during your "plotting" time? xD

Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

November 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger chey said...

No, I haven't.

November 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Eden Summers said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.

@ Ana - No hubby doesn't get much say in the plotting - he is usually snoring. But he is an integral part of the "research" Seeing as though my first two releases were erotic romance there were a few things that needed to be practiced...well I told him that anyway ;)

November 3, 2012 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger linett said...

intersting contest, keeps one alert and the cover is grat, thanks

November 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Ana♥ said...

@Eden - lol @ things that need to be practiced. That's one way to put it! Definitely looking forward to reading your books ^_^

I have another Q if that's okay. I've seen this question circling around and you're an author AND a mother, so I had to ask. What's your take on the phrase "mommy porn"?


November 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Eden Summers said...

Not a problem Ana. I'm on a bit of see-saw with the "mommy porn" term.

In a way I agree. Sometimes I read highly erotic romance for the excitement level - to get me all hot and bothered so I can scare the shit out of my husband. So yeah, it's like the woman's version of porn I suppose. However, it's a more emotional experience than watching porn on tv.

The term doesn't bother me. My problem is the negative way it's used. People say it in a derogatory manner.

Nobody has the right to judge what someone reads - or the reasons they read it. To each their own. I tend not to take notice of the nastiness. I have no time for people who disrespect others.

Hope that answers your question. :)

November 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Ana♥ said...


Yepps, this answered my question :) Thanks! I agree, though I'm not a mom myself, I don't see the word or use it in a derogatory manner. And I do like my smutty reads EXTRA smutty with a dash of smutty on top of that xD I think there' a massive difference between literary porn and books that special in erotica.

I just about laughed @ "so I can scare the shit out of my husband" lol. too funny.


November 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Martha Lawson said...

Enjoyed the day in the life post! Love the cover on the book. No, can't say I've done anything sneaky for love! thanks for the chance.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

November 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM  

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