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Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Snowmen

The Trouble with Snowmen by Dorlana VannI am super excited to share the cover for my upcoming romantic comedy, THE TROUBLE WITH SNOWMEN (Trouble with Men series book 1). It will be available in eBook August 2015 (Soul Mate Publishing) the print book to follow (date TBA).

Here’s what it is all about:

A case of mistaken identity sets the stage for opposites to attract in my new contemporary romance. Add a large scoop of humor and a pinch of paranormal and you get:

The Trouble with Snowmen

by Dorlana Vann

Snowmen drift into your life like they were sent from above. The relationship is great, rolls right along, and builds. Everything seems perfect … until a little heat is introduced. Then they melt, leaving only their hat, their scarf, something to remind their victims of what they’d lost.

Urban cowgirl Haley Monroe is told that the fabulously hot guy who just dumped her was a snowman. Her friend, Maximilian, convinces her that the only way she’ll ever stop being played by snowmen is to become one. It takes a lot of drinks to work up the nerve, but Haley gets her sexy on and goes on the prowl.

Famous horror author Larry White drops everything to attend a midnight séance at Maximilian’s apartment where he meets Haley. By the way she’s dressed—and just propositioned him—he assumes she’s a hooker. Larry can’t pass up the chance to get inside her head, especially since prostitution is the character’s occupation in his next book.

After spending the weekend together, unexpected sparks surprise both Haley and Larry. The trouble is Haley is dead-set on snowmanning the unkempt “starving artist” she met at the séance, and Larry doesn’t think he could have a real relationship with a woman with a past, so they go their separate ways.

The real fun begins when they meet again and find out neither one of them were who they thought they were. Can they reignite the flame? Or will they have a snowman’s chance in hell?

GO HERE if would like to join the mailing list for the series release dates (email will not be used for any other purpose) and to be in the drawing for a signed print book.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Rough Draft Diary Entry #1

So I decided to work on the rough drafts of two books at the same time.  I do like being able to have another book to go to if I get stalled on the other – but they are so different that it’s a huge mindset change whenever I do go to the next book. This is how the first week went with each book.

Trouble with Men Series book #3 – words written May 31st – June 7th  – 3821

This one has been tough so far. It’s like pushing through wet cement. I have a few major scenes I am working towards, but I have no clear plan of how my characters are going to get there, so I’m really winging-it right now. I have to keep in mind that I can sort it all out better once I get my character’s interacting (I’m still getting to know them.) and something on the page. It is a lot easier for me to see what to change one there is something to change.

YA Fairy Tale Inspired – words written May 31st – June 7th3946

This is the story I’ve been working on for years – I wrote a post about it here – I already have about half of the rough draft finished. I don’t know if that is why this one is going smoother or not. I guess I do know my character’s a lot better and I know how it is going to end, etc. I was able to give a description of three chapters in advance so when I got to the next chapter, I already knew where I wanted the story to go. One problem that I do see is that this might not even be a 50k word story. Most of my YA fairy tale stories tend to end up 35-40k – so IDK but I’m hoping.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

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

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