The Writer’s Life for me! ***Prizes***

RWI February 2007 010 (1)The winners of the free downloads are DEBRA PRICE, ELAINE SWINNEY and Joye. Thank you all for commenting on my blog. You all have crazy busy lives as well. We are all so fortunate. Happy days!

These past couple weeks have been K-razy! For those who haven’t been following me closely, you might not realize it, but I’m two writers–Myla Jackson and Elle James. In order for me to write under both pen names, I have to keep writing, and writing, and writing to satisfy the voracious appetites of my readers. Oy! So this is an ongoing challenge. As Elle James, I write for the Intrigue, Romantic Suspense and Nocturne lines, sometimes as many as 7 books in a year. Deep breath…As Myla Jackson, I write for Samhain Publishing writing 4 shorter books a year. Then as both Myla and Elle, I write books for Independent Publishing. All these tasks take time. Add in the occasional conferences like Romantic Times, Romance Writers of American and Novelist Inc, and top it off with owning a business and family commitments and vacations, I never know if I’m coming or going.

And if the writing isn’t enough to keep up with, as an author, we have to let people know what books are out there and when they are being released. I update my own website, sometimes make my own covers, draft newsletters and send them and hop on Facebook and Twitter whenever I have a spare moment…cough, cough, haha!

That being said, I’m always behind, never doing enough with my FB and Twitter and behind on my updates for websites and promo to let people know I have books out.

MeganERLast week, I took an entire week to go to a writer’s retreat and wrote my fingers off. This week, not a word. I’ve been playing catch up all week. My daughter had an ATV accident and I’ve been spending time with her in the ER and at home medicating away the pain. Today I’m headed to Romance Writers of America conference and will be there until Sunday.

I need another me to do all the work I have to do. I’m seriously considering hiring a personal assistant to work at my side every day (or at least part time).

This month alone, I’ll have had 3 books come out, one of which I had to gather 12 authors’ input for the formatter, changes and load to various publishing venues.

I barely had time to look at the clothes and promo I need to take to RWA before I was throwing them into my car. When you read this, I’ll be driving to San Antonio. It’s an 11-hour drive. Oy!

Leave a comment telling me about your K-razy life for a chance to win a copy of SEAL’S HONOR, SEAL’S DESIRE or SEAL’S EMBRACE. There will be three winners so don’t miss your chance to win and please check out these new offerings:

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Anne Elizabeth~ The Kiss of a SEAL
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Cindy Dees ~ Hot Bayou SEAL
Cristin Harber ~ Delta: Retribution
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Elle James ~ SEALS’s Obsession
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J.M. Madden ~ Unbreakable SEAL
P.T. Michelle ~ Mister Black
Sabrina York ~ Stone Hard SEAL
Sharon Hamilton ~ SEAL’s Promise
Teresa Reasor ~ Breaking Ties

About Myla Jackson

Twenty years of livin' and lovin' on a South Texas ranch raising horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus left an indelible impression on Myla Jackson, one she likes to instill in her red-hot stories. Myla pens wildly sexy, fun adventures of all genres including historical westerns, medieval tales, romantic suspense, contemporary romance and paranormal beasties of all shapes and sexy sizes. When she's not wrangling words from her computer she's out snow-skiing, boating, riding her ATV or spending time with her family. She lives in the tree-covered hills of Northwest Arkansas with her husband of 20 years and her muses— the human-wanna-be canines—Chewy and Sweetpea. To learn more about Myla Jackson and her stories visit her website at www.mylajackson.com.
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23 Responses to The Writer’s Life for me! ***Prizes***

  1. wyndwhisper says:

    Hi Myla,
    I am so sorry that your daughter is hurt, i hope she gets well soon. from the picture it looks like she hurt her neck/back. i can sympathize, i hurt my back almost 10 years ago and still have not recovered my mobility(i walk with a cane and have an injured spine).

    Around our house the typical day starts out like this:
    3:30am Mom gets up and has coffee with me and gets ready for work while i get the dogs outside for the 1st time(we have 3). At 6am my sister gets up and gets ready for work and her and daughter for school (she goes to the college for an advanced kids course in the summer). There is a fight over the bathroom and/or the kitchen,and then they all leave. I send the dogs out again and start cleaning the kitchen and bathroom mess up.
    I then have to chase the dogs down and drag them back into the house so they will stop barking every time the train goes by, which is every 15 minutes or so.
    Then i usually have a doctor’s appointment at least 1 or 2 times a week so i have to get ready for the ridesource(medical transport) people to come, they are always really early. Go to my appointment which is nerve wracking for me because i have PTSD and severe anxiety around groups and strangers. Come home and let the dogs out again and then chase them back inside when they start barking.
    Everyone comes home and either i start dinner or my sister does. Two of them will usually be arguing about something at least once before bed. Then we all go to bed and start it all over again. The weekends are a lot more relaxed thank God. 🙂

    Tammy Ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  2. Sabine says:

    Well you already know I love your books and I am just posting not entering the draw as I already have those books and it’s someone else’s turn to win and read your books!

    My crazy day is actually a 10 days of overseeing 100 plus markers and the examiners in charge and making sure we get the right amount of essays marked per day so that we can get three papers done. This doesn’t include coping with adverse weather conditions like a typhoon that came close, a computer system that has bugs and slows us down and the list goes on!

    At least I have a three day weekend this week so I can do some relaxing. Sure hope your daughter gets better and is up and about soon.

  3. Terri says:

    I have to admit my really crazy days are behind me. The kids are finally grown and pretty much on their own. Back in the day though it wasn’t unusual to have a couple of kids with sports practice around the same time but in different places, having to work overtime, hubby traveling out of town and something not working or someone sick. Oh yeah, don’t miss that at all. Now, I get up around 6, drink my coffee in peace while playing online, around 8 I get myself motivated to get ready for work, leave between 815 and 820, do chaos at work (post office), home around 530 to supper usually already cooked by hubby, do a few household chores and they relax with a book. Gee what a difference a few years makes.

  4. Debra price says:

    Wow your life is mayhem, mine is to. I’m a self employed mobile hairdresser, I live on a cattle farm, I have one adult child living at home which is wonderful but she thinks mum is her cleaner, washer woman maid ect. My mother in law lives on the property she is 84, I look after all her needs such as shopping Doctors, I mow her lawns as well as our own, her gardens windows and anything else she needs doing. We also have a share farm which is a 3 hour drive away which we run beef cattle there as well so every Friday Saturday Sunday we spend there fencing, slashing and cattle chasing ect. So my enjoy ment is being able to sit back with a good hot steamy read. So thank-you for all the time you put in we love it xxxxxxx

  5. DebraG says:

    We just finished up a wedding and a college graduation. I am waiting for the next crazy.

  6. laineslite says:

    You just may have a daunting daily life to manage writing so seamlessly well under nom de plumes. I love your stories and appreciate just how well you manage to keep on doing what you do so well and write. Thank you for doing your best and I hope your daughter is better now. Lainey

  7. TraceyReads says:

    Wow! I hope your daughter is doing well now! I have a full-time company that I own and operate from home, where I chase three kids, aged 2-10, I volunteer at school and I am writing 2 books, one fiction and one Non-fiction about the area of law I practice…..all of this with a husband who travels all week…EVERY week…..we ladies are AMAZING!! Thank you for all of your wonderful stories!

  8. Jodi Knecht says:

    Good morning. Glad to hear your daughter is on the mend! Funny how you never see a writers life portrayed as “hectic” on TV, in the movies, or even in books! I always envision lazy days sitting by a secluded lake or mountain cabin by a fire, just writing or researching as your heart desires!…HA! guess you told me! LOL As for MY crazy days, I have four (mostly grown) kids who drive me crazy constantly but I love it, we have a working farm in NEPA where we raise natural beef & breed Gypsy Vanner horses, I work full time in the office for my husbands construction company(usually 60 hours a week or so in the summer), We sell horse hay during the winter to offset the slow construction time, so, during the summer if we are not on a construction job site we are in the hay field. I try to keep up with my friends by line dancing twice a week just to get out, & now we have 2 grand babies due before fall so I am busy doing the grandma thing by making each a handmade quilt during my spare time (which is when I should be sleeping! LOL)…a grandma at 41…..EEKK!! Well, that’s a quick over view of my crazy life! It is crazy 98% of the time, but It’s mine & I love it!!

  9. Irma Jurejevčič says:

    I’m so sorry because of your daughter. Hope she’ll be fine real quick. My crazy life isn’t so crazy. I have a job (tg), beautiful 6-year old daughter and partner that I love and he loves me back. The only dark spot in our lives is my dad an alcoholic. He ruined a relationship with my mother, ruined my childhod, everything. He has no job. Othervise we try to get out of our lives as much as we can. It’s working so far.

  10. Tanya Brown says:

    My K-razy life has been hectic this last week. Trying to get my lawn ornaments repainted and the foyer all before Aug 9th AND my youngest son got married in Gettysburg last saturday which was a 4 hr trip one way for us. We got home Sunday afternoon and I am still suffering from “car-lag’. We’re getting down to the wire to get the foyer finished and I just can’t gather up any ambition to move. Been catching up on FB and Book Parties online. It’s 11:30 A.M. right now and I haven’t even managed to get dressed yet.

  11. ronnie c says:

    I’m a busy grandma to 3 beautiful girls!!! I have 3 sons (the baby is in college) , my only daughter I lost to open heart surgery (always in my heart). Between babysitting the ‘grands’, reading, reviewing books (before they come out), and writing ….yes I do write and have several books out to publishers…my 1st was rejected but one of my author friends told me to put it in with another publisher. busy…busy….busy!!! by the way…..LOVE your books!

  12. Clare O'Beara says:

    Really sorry to hear of your daughter’s mishap. I hope she is well soon and can steer clear of accidents in future.
    The amount of activity here varies, right now, we have a brand newborn kitten and are keeping the other cats separate from mother and baby. Trying to use the good weather to wash duvets and dry them outside. keeping up to other issues takes a lot of time and we hope to plan a break away sometime.

  13. Shirley Long says:

    Good Heavens lady ~~ when do you find time to sleep??? Hope your daughter is doing better.
    Have to say that my life is much simpler and tamer than yours. My life has totally slowed down since I retired a year ago. The most stressful part of my day is deciding which book to read on my kindle. Yes, life is good here in East Texas.

  14. Joye says:

    This pst week in my Krazy life I dropped a large can of tomatoes on my big toe. It hit just at the base of my toe nail. wow Talk about hurting! I have done a lot of reading while sitting with my foot up.

  15. JanaB says:

    Hope your daughter has a speedy recovery! I’m lucky in that my life is boring right now. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. ELF says:

    Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, lol) my life is not nearly as crazy as yours. Please give your daughter my good wishes for rapid healing, looks like that was a very scary accident. Congrats on all of the new releases, the ones I have read have been very entertaining…and I seem to think I have seen even more titles with your moniker on them that I have added to my ‘want-to-read’ list! Busy, busy, author!

  17. Crystal B says:

    I just wanted to say I hope your daughter is healing quickly and feeling better. That did not look like any fun at all.
    You are one busy lady. Thank you for all the great books though, I’m really enjoying all the new releases you are awesome!

    My busy days come from taking care of my family. I have a husband who was in an accident about 3 years ago and still has issues. My Mom has bad knees which result in falls from time to time. Then there is me who has MS that likes to throw me a curve ball every now and then.

  18. OMG…..I did not realize you write under two pen names but I am so glad you let us know…..I do know your sister writes also…..I love your books(all of them!!!!)

  19. My life is going fine….I keep my grand daughter and she is keeping me young….I cook for her and her daddy…he is my one and only child…… and he is my heart!!!! He is keeping me young…and I love it!!!!
    ..

  20. Romance Reader Enthusiast says:

    My crazy life starts by getting up between 4:30 and 5am, getting my father (who’s 85) up and then getting him ready so that I can get to work for 7 (which I stop at my local DD for a large iced coffee). I come home for lunch, then back to work for 1:15 to 1:30 and work until 4 to 4:30. Come home and feed my dad his supper, try to get some reading done, get at least one review written, and get a little blog work done before he needs my attention again. He’s got an ulcer on his ankle that needs tending and then we get him ready for bed. He doesn’t like it when I don’t attend to him right away but I have my own things I try to accomplish as well as getting laundry and things around the inside and outside of the house done. Never mind having to take him to appointments, run errands, grocery shop and attempt to get to my own appointments. Vacation? Doesn’t exist. I only have so many hours I can claim for dad’s medical appointments so now I’m using vacation and comp time. No time to relax before bed time which most nights is around 11 and then the day starts all over again and this goes on seven days a week.

  21. carol L says:

    My extremely Kraaaaazy life has finally mellowed with the fact that my 7 kids are all adults now with families of their own. I’m still recovering from the non stop running around through the years. 🙂 I finally have the time to just relax ad read all my favorite Authors with no real demands on my time anymore. I’m sending wishes for your daughter’s speedy recovery. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  22. Mina Gerhart says:

    Oh wow, I hope your daughter is feeling better,
    My crazy life?? HAH! I work 3RD Shift at an MR center. I go in to work at 11:15 at night, stay awake caring for Developmentally Disabled people till 7:15 AM. If I’m lucky I don’t get mandated for another shift. I get home , eat breakfast, exercise, do a little house fun, take a bath & sleep from about 1:00 PM till 10:30 PM. Eat & back to work by 11:15. 18 years of it! (total of 33 years & a few months. Currently on leave (2 weeks) due to partial thyroid removal so I’m relaxing? and trying not to sing till MD. say OK.

    Mindy 🙂
    Birdsooong@comcast.net

  23. Stephanie O. says:

    Goodness! I hope your daughter is recovering from her accident!

    My craaaaazy life is, thankfully, not always as crazy as it could be. During the school year is especially busy when I’m subbing a lot and have a lot of jobs for my merchandising “2nd job”. On weeks like that, we’ll get up by 6:30, take my kids to two different schools with different start times–the first one depends on how early I have to be at school and where I’m subbing, get myself to school. Then when school’s out I hurry to get my youngest from school and check on PTO stuff, then a bit later get my eldest, go home, fix supper, help with homework, and then go to work for my 2nd job as a merchandiser. On meeting/class nights things are even crazier!!

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