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Mailing list/Drawing for Signed Paperback

Email/Mailing List

I am starting an email/mailing list* for anyone who would like to be notified when books from my new series, Trouble with Men, are available in eBook and print. By joining my mailing list, you will automatically be included in a drawing for a signed copy of The Trouble with Snowmen whenever the paperback is available.

If you would like to be added to the list, email me at:  dorlana(dot) vann at gmail.com with the following information:

  • Your name and email address.
  • Your snail mail address if you would also like to be on my mailing list to receive a postcard and bookmark by mail. (You do not have to include your snail mail address to be eligible for the paperback drawing– winner will be notified by email, and I can get your info then.)

*The list will not be used for any other purpose other than emailing/mailing when the eBooks and print books are available and emailing the winner of the drawing.

About the Series: Trouble with Men

My upcoming contemporary romance series has fun, new dating terms and concepts, outrageous shenanigans, a touch of magical realism, twists and turns, broken hearts, chemistry, fashion, seduction, food, and – of course – romance.

Even though there will be returning characters who make minor appearances and minor characters who become our heroes and heroines, each book is a stand-alone read where new couples get their own stories. Characters move in and out of a downtown Houston multiplex – a 1920s house (some say it’s haunted) that has been renovated into four separate apartments. And my favorite trope “opposites attract” is the theme that also ties these books together.

Trouble with Men series will be published by Soul Mate Publishing starting as early as August of this year.  Right now (May 2015), book 1 (The Trouble with Snowmen) and book 2 (The Trouble with Scarecrows) are in the editing stages – see below for more info on each book. I had a lot of fun writing these two books and am very excited to share them. I hope you will find them fun, flirty, and entertaining. And, after a lot of refiguring characters and concepts, I have officially started book 3 (title TBA).

Book 1: The Trouble with Snowmen (August 2015 – Soul Mate Publishing )

Book 2: The Trouble with Scarecrows (Winter 2015 – Soul Mate Publishing)

Book 3: TBA

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Finding Myself … as a Writer

A few weeks ago, we were cleaning our storage room, and I found box after box of my writing stuff – some of it dated back twenty years, some of it was awful, and there were some beginnings without endings. But what I found more interesting was the variety of topics and genres I’d explored early on: poetry, short stories, cookbook ideas (I’ve always been somewhat of a foodie), children’s crosswords, nonfiction articles, and on and on it went – Clearly, I was trying to find myself as a writer.

My first novel was in there; I probably spent ten years on that thing, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever pursue it further. I was a huge V.C. Andrews fan at the time, and I infused family saga with my love of the 1920s. But over the years, when I tried to reopen it and edit, I realized the story just wasn’t me anymore. Maybe it never was – it was V.C. Andrews’.

About ten years ago, I started the rough draft of my second book, Jaclyn’s Ghost, and started out the same way I had with the first book. At the time, I was reading Anne Rice, and I’ve always loved paranormal. I was going to write a scary ghost story … but I did something different, I let my characters lead the way and it came out as a romantic comedy – and that was when I finally found the genre that inspired me – quirky paranormal romance.

My short stories started out kind of simple and pointless, and now I know exactly which story sparked a turning point:  “Phone Calls and Dwarfs.”  I had discovered fairy tales and how to purposely use something as inspiration to ignite my imagination. I started a website, Supernatural Fairy Tales, and, for a couple of years, I gave myself a challenge each month to write and post a short story with two criteria – fairy tales and paranormal. (Later, I wrote four YA novels inspired by some of these stories.)

A couple of years ago, I decided to go a different route and write a contemporary romance (The Trouble with Snowmen) without fairy tale inspirations or anything supernatural … wrong. Albeit they aren’t the main genre of the book, but they still snuck in there.

So, after many years of trial and error, I believe I have found myself as a writer – or it found me and won’t let go. And if you happen to pick up a copy of The Trouble with Snowmen  (Soul Mate Publishing Summer 2015) you’ll know the origin of all the elements (romantic comedy, fairy tales, and paranormal) that wiggled their way into my story.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Spring for Love: Blog Hop and Giveaway

spring for love blog hop

Hi friends,

I will be participating in the Spring for Love Blog Hop and Giveaway Friday March 27, 2015 through Sunday March 29, 2015. This is going to be an awesome event featuring novels by Soul Mate Publishing authors, and there will be a drawing for a fabulous prize!

The authors who will be visiting my site this weekend are:

Friday: Dale Ibitz
Saturday: J.R.Richardson
Sunday: Densie Webb

Be sure to stop by to find out about their books, what they love about spring, and enter the drawing.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

My Poor Neglected Back-Burner Story

I started writing the rough draft for my Hansel and Gretel inspired young adult book back in February 2010. I’ve worked on it off and on throughout the years – although most of 2014 past without me even opening the file – but my progress keeps getting interrupted by different projects, like in 2012 when the idea for The Trouble with Snowmen (Trouble with Men series summer 2015) hit me, and it wouldn’t let me go until I finished writing it … and then, you know, I had to write book 2 (The Trouble with Scarecrows).

A few months ago, I dusted it off and read over it, and these were some of my thoughts:

  • I should have taken better notes.
  • My rough drafts are more like outlines. Unfinished, vague outlines …
  • It doesn’t matter where I intended this story to go before, it will either come back to me or new ideas (better ones hopefully) will emerge.
  • The concept is solid, I can work with this.

This has been my main project but now I have something else tapping me on the shoulder – book 3 of the Trouble with Men series – But I want to at least get finished with a solid rough draft … or at least take better notes. Well, hopefully one day this poor story will make it to second draft!

Love and Laughter,
Dorlana

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