Friday, June 07, 2013

Guest Blog by Tammy Falkner and Giveaway - June 7, 2013

Please welcome Tammy Falkner to The Qwillery. The Magic of "I Do", the second novel in the Fae series, was published on June 4, 2013.

As a writer, I am commonly asked questions about my writing rituals. Do I have a soundtrack for my books? Do I have a special place where I write? Do I have a special coffee blend that keeps me feeling inspired? The answer is really no. I need three things in order to write –
  1. Quiet
  2. No internet
  3. To put my butt in the chair and get it done.
Number three is more important than the first two. I’d like all three, but I don’t often get all three.

Number one: My husband is really good at providing the quiet when he’s at home. I hear him often say “Mommy’s writing a book. Let’s leave her alone.” Or “Mommy’s busy. Let’s don’t talk to her right now.” Or my teenager says to my nine-year-old, “I’ll make your freaking sandwich.” Ok, so he’s not quite as good at running interference. But husband is really good at it. He’s also really good at getting me back on track. (See number two above.) I don’t know if every writer experiences this, but I get ideas all the time for new stories. I sometimes post about them on Facebook. And they come to me a lot when I’m on deadline. A few second after my Facebook post, I’ll get a text like this:

See what I mean? It’s annoying as all get out at the time it happens, but then I meet my deadline and I have to give him a little bit of credit. (He would take all the credit if I let him.)

Oh, wait. He did take all the credit one time. Here’s a little sidebar: He has a t-shirt that has a cover of my book on it, and it says, “I’m married to the author. And I inspired pages 321-333.” (Those pages just happen to be a passionate love scene.) He wears it to the grocery store. So, not only is he wearing a shirt with a passionate love scene cover and page numbers, and usually a naked man-chest, he’s also talking with people from church, scouting, and others from our community while wearing it. And he never blinks an eye over it. He just wears it proudly.

Back to what I need in order to write – we’ve talked about my need for quiet, and no distractions like the internet. But in the end, the only thing I really need is to put my butt in the chair and get it done. I can’t write while I play on Facebook. I can’t write while I dream up my next story. I can’t write while people talk to me. I can’t write unless I put my butt in the chair and write. Seems easy, doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s sometimes a struggle to just make it happen. But every time I do, I’m really happy with the results. And I hope you will be too!

How about you? Do you ever procrastinate?

About The Fae Series

The Magic of "I Do"
Fae 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, June 4, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Desperately Seeking Excitement...

With the temporary prohibition on magic on the land of the Fae, Claire Thorne might as well go back to the Regency world. The haut ton has just as many annoying rules as her world, but at least they have parties and dances. Plus, the roguish Lord Phineas "Finn" Trimble is there...

When the feisty faerie tumbles into his room through a magical portal, Finn can't believe how completely unpredictable she is. Even before the two stumble into a dangerous intrigue that threatens both their worlds, Finn discovers that his hitherto carefree life is about to go up in smoke...

A Lady and Her Magic
Fae 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, September 1, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Rules Are Made to be Disobeyed...
Sophia Thorne is new to the Regency's glittering high society, which resembles her magical homeland only insofar as both places are filled with ridiculous rules. Which means no matter where she goes, she's bound for trouble...

And Scandals Are Meant to be Shocking...
The Duke of Robinsworth has flaunted and shocked society for years. In a moment of fateful mischief, Robinsworth encounters the enchanting and distinctly scandalous Sophia. Between her streak of magical mischief and his penchant for scandal, they're about to take rule-breaking to a whole new level...

And coming in 2014, The Magic Between Us:

About Tammy

As half of the Lydia Dare writing team, Tammy Falkner has co-written ten books, including A Certain Wolfish Charm and In the Heat of the Bite. A huge fan of Regency England, her regency paranormal series combines the magical elements of both mystical faeries and the glittering regency ton. Tammy lives on a farm in rural North Carolina with her husband and a house full of boys, a few dogs, and a cat or two. Visit her website,, for more information.

Facebook  ~  Twitter @TFalkner

The Giveaway

What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Lady and Her Magic from Sourcebooks. US/CANADA  ONLY

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on June 15, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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  1. I honestly never used to. However, I find that the older I get the more procrastination suits me! ;o)

  2. lol... all the time... in fact, I should be getting ready for work instead of reading blogs :) Congrats to Tammy on the new release! Thanks for the fun post!

  3. As often as possible! Like now. I should be editing photos for a friend. Can't wait to read books #2 & 3.

  4. All of the time! Wether its at home or planning things for my girl scout troop. But somehow it all comes together.

  5. Procrastination has given me many battles over my lifetime. I have not yet conquered it. Yes. I procrastinate about far too many things.

  6. I often procrastinate. I am actually paying the price for that now.

  7. I think everyone procrastinates about something. Mine is house cleaning. I'd much rather be out mowing the grass or building something rather than picking up, doing dishes or vacuuming.

  8. All the time! I find that there other things to do like reading and knitting!


  9. I have been procrastinating big time over a home project, which is typical for me. I bought new unfinished bifold closet doors and all the supplies needed to finish them. I finally got plastic laid down, one of the doors set up all ready to be stained, and that was weeks ago. I swear I'm going to try to get started this weekend, honest. :D

  10. Yes all the time. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

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  12. All the time. It started in senior year of high school and hasn't really stopped since then.

  13. I try not to procrastinate, but sometimes, it can't be helped! There are too many books to read!

  14. I don't consciously procrastinate but I always seem to push things away saying 'I can get to that later after I finish this'~ luckily I have a wonderful husband who jumps in and usually does what I have put off...