The Muse Won’t Shut Up

I’ve been trying not to write a story. The reasons are plentiful and valid: I’m in the middle of editing Choice and Consequence. I have another novel ready to be edited. And mostly, this particular story is the third book in a series. A series that I am currently querying the first book. Which means there are no guarantees what the outcome of the series will be.


So I shouldn’t be writing the story. Not one valid reason to write it.


Except that my muse grabbed a chair, stood on top of it, and yelled in her loudest voice: THIS NOVEL NEEDS TO BE WRITTEN. Then, when that failed to light a fire under my ass, she yodeled. She’s not very good at yodeling. Even with my hearing aids off I could still hear her. There was only one way to shut her up.


I began writing. And the words flowed. The story flowed. I kept my focus pulled in other directions, took it light.


Then about a week or so ago (I’m awful with real life time lines) my muse and the story found their stride. The puzzle pieces of the story clicked into place and I was powerless to resist.


Now here comes the other complication: I have a deadline to get this done. Mainly because if I don’t get it done by the deadline I will be forced to put it aside for a week. No big deal, I can finish the novel in… a week and a half?


No, it didn’t seem possible. But I gave it a try, and threw myself into writing. And my novel threw herself into being written. And suddenly I was writing between 3,000 and 5,000 words a day. In four days I spit out 20,000 words.


It’s an amazing feeling when the muse is working and the words are flowing. There are parts I’m sure are crap. And my dyslexia is acting up as my muse goes into hyper drive. If it wasn’t for my spellchecker my novel would be a mess of p,b,d mess ups. Not to mention the pronoun mistakes I’ve caught in brief read throughs. Yes, this story will have me banging my head against the wall when I get to editing. I’m sure I’ll turn to my muse and ask “WTF?” And she’ll just smile sweetly at me, and ignore my request.


I’ll worry about that later. Because in the meantime I see the light at the end of the tunnel, the story may just be finished on time. And with any luck, my muse will be sated for a while.

Poem: Angel of Death in the Backseat

This is a poem I wrote in college, back in 1999. It has two titles, one is the one I am showing here: Angel of Death in the Backseat. The other involves the name of my poetry class professor in place of Angle of Death. I’m not one to use real names in my writing, so I will refrain from sharing here. This particular professor was very much into over analyzing. I know many poems have multiple layers, but analyzing runs the risk of splitting hairs over something the author may or may not be intending.

Take that for what it’s worth. The only thing true in this poem was that this professor had me frustrated, a teenage college student level of frustration.

Angel of Death in the Backseat

One highway
Four wheels
The wind tearing against the glass.
Five promises
Two kept
Twenty-two miles to go.
Two fathers equals two lovers,
Two haters, two fighters
One long list of broken dreams.
Three childhoods, three nightmares.
Three friends
Two dead
One standing on the bridge.
Two pathways, two dead ends
Eleven miles to go.
One hundred miles per hour
No turning back now.
Three best friends, three dead friends
Last one finally jumped.
One last chance to join them all.
Two miles
Two choices
One cliff.

Cover Reveal: Melting Into You

I am so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Melting Into You! Make sure to read through to the end for a Giveaway! You can win a $10 or $5 Amazon gift card AND a copy of In Too Deep, the first book in the amazing Due South series!

Available on June 16 2014, the second book in the Due South series.

Melting Into You

Book Blurb

Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply…

Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust people not to let you down, it’s easier to not get involved—and getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be una pazzia—crazy! Four years ago while Kezia’s daughter, Zoe, battled leukaemia, a tragic accident stole her husband’s life. Starting over in the little town of Oban where she’s adopted into the close knit community on Stewart Island, Kezia and her daughter are all the family the other needs. Except Zoe yearns for more.

New Zealand’s worst candidate for instant fatherhood…

Ben doesn’t do gooey emotional stuff.  He doesn’t do cosy home and family. And he sure isn’t the big teddy-bear Kezia Murphy, the woman he secretly fantasises about, thinks he is. So when Jade, his surprise eight-year-old daughter arrives on his doorstep, he’s a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting.

They’ll either melt or raze their lives to the ground…

When the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesn’t know how much longer the layers of resistance around his heart can resist melting into the gooey mess he fears. The more he fights it the harder it is to make the choice that will destroy the family he now longs to claim.


He moved like a much smaller, lighter man. A runner or a gymnast—all coiled power that could switch from casual swagger to lightning-fast action in a heartbeat.

She licked dry lips as he stalked closer, a witty response swallowed by the slow burn kindling low in her body. Both English and Italian deserted her, and she simply drank him in. Too good-looking, too confident—too much of everything that eroded her determination to resist him.

Bracing her spine as he stood alongside her, she waited for the punch line or another double entendre.

But he said nothing.

Just gazed down with a small half smile. Which was another word for a smirk—a baby, you know you’re impressed smirk.

She fanned herself with the edge of the board. Did she need a reminder of why she hated Alpha males? After growing up in a home full of five bull-headed Alpha brothers, no, she did not.

Ben’s arm brushed hers as he moved to let Noah past. Beneath her summery dress, her nipples puckered against her lacy bra cup.

Oh, no! Not again.

Kezia hugged the clipboard to her chest and closed her eyes. Please St. Paula, let the clipboard base be wide enough to cover my boobs.

A soft, rumbling sound next to her—Ben chuckling.

Sweet Mother! Had she spoken aloud? A quick glance confirmed her worst fears unfounded. Ben stared blandly into the crowd, as if he had no idea how much his closeness affected her.

Honestly, she should ask the Patron Saint of Widows for more than boob coverage. She needed strength—brute strength—to resist either the urge to murder the man, or the almost-as-terrifying urge to jump his bones until he begged for mercy.

Due South Series

Visit the wild and beautiful Stewart Island and the Due South world by reading Book 1 of the Due South series, In Too Deep.

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Author Bio.

Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.

When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, she can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.



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Celebrate International Chick Lit Month with 99 cent eBooks!


I am so excited to be part of International Chick Lit Month! Twenty-six lovely books are on sale for 99 cents, including my own. Stock up on your summer reading now.

May is finally here! The weather’s warming up, your cute new bathing suit’s all ready to go, and you’ve got the kitchen stocked with fixins for your favorite fruity cocktails. The only thing missing is the perfect book to read while you’re soaking up some Vitamin D at the beach or pool. Good thing May is also International Chick Lit Month! To celebrate, some of the genre’s funniest and most talented authors are offering their lighthearted, romantic reads for $0.99 each! So, load up your eReader and slather on the sunscreen, because your new book boyfriends are waiting for you under the umbrella…

To shop through all participants by cover, click on the Pintrest Board (I admit to judging a book by a cover, I love seeing an interesting cover and picking it up, and these covers are great!)

Or you can judge a book by its title below. (Note: all titles are clickable to Amazon. LILA’S CHOICE is also available on sale at B&N and others may be as well, click on the tab above for my B&N link.) Either way you play, act fast, these sales are only available for one week:

A Heat of the Moment Thing by Maggie Le Page

A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March


Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body by Jennie Marts


Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr


Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie


Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman


Divine Moves by Ellyn Oaksmith


Exactly Where They’d Fall by Laura Rae Amos


For the Love of Cupcakes by Anita Kushwaha


French Twist by Glynis Astie


Good Intentions by Kathryn Biel


Hard Hats and Doormats by Laura Chapman


Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda


In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister


Let’s Be Frank by Brea Brown


Lila’s Choice by Laura Brown


Mail-Order Groom by Cindy Flores Martinez


Mr Right and Other Mongrels by Monique McDonell


Open My Eyes by Jennifer Collin


Reframing Emma by Missy Kierstead


Speaking of Love by Ophelia London


Tear Stained Beaches by Courtney Giardina


The Accidental Prophetess by Michelle Lam


The Bad Girls’ Club by Kathryn O’Halloran


When Girlfriends Collection (Books 1-3) by Savannah Page


Whiskey and Gumdrops by Jean Oram