Today I am delighted to welcome Morgan K. Wyatt to Delighted Reader. Turning over the reigns for her to talk more to you about her book, The Reluctant Cougar. Please help me welcome Morgan!
Guest Post by Morgan K. Wyatt
I heard about a submission call from one of my writing groups. It was for a cougar series. I wondered if I could do it. Never tried a cougar story before, my forte was historical romance with traditional couples with the man being the older one. Still, why not, I’d decided to give it a go.
For about two weeks, I typed like mad, chucking my tale full of real life touches from our local landscape. My limited experience with dating younger guys got thrown in too. Once I got up to the needed word count I sent it in not really expecting to hear anything.
Imagine my surprise when I heard from the publisher. Before long I was looking at cover designs, and getting notes from my editor, Larianne. The story I thought was so wonderful seemed to be full of mechanical and logic mistakes. I rewrote it with the help of Larianne’s suggestions. I felt lucky to have such a good editor who helped me make my story tighter. Not everyone is so fortunate.
After about three revisions, Cougar was sent to a proof reader. Ironically, the proof reader disagreed with the changes the editor originally made. This was a little upsetting since I already changed my story once. I stood by some of the changes because I felt Larianne helped to make my story better, and tighter. In hindsight, I realize not everyone will agree with how a story unfolds. That’s okay too.
The hardest part of the whole process was getting motivated to write in a different subgenre. The best part is the support I received from Secret Cravings.
The Reluctant Cougar by Morgan K. Wyatt
Genre: Erotic Romance
Heat level: 4
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Release date: December 1, 2011
The very last thing Ashlee expected was to meet a hot, younger guy Nick, at her boyfriend’s funeral. The tall, soft-spoken man comforted her with stories of her boyfriend since he studied under him. Grateful for Nick’s help and the shared connection they both shared with the deceased, they kept in contact.
Ashlee managed to ignore his hints for drinks and meetings putting it down to politeness. He felt sorry for her. There was no way he could be interested in a woman at least a decade older than him. That was until her work posse caught scent of the story and urged her to give the man a chance. Ashlee knew she had to be the most reluctant cougar in the history of womankind, but what did she have to lose?
About the Author:
Morgan as a child had to suffer through movies with clueless heroines rescued by smart men. Her mother dutifully read her stories where princesses waited for princes to jumpstart their lives. There were no proactive female role models in the media at that time, with the exception of Wonder Woman. It is for this reason, and that it is fun, Morgan writes about strong women going after what they want, which is often a delectable cub. Those who wonder if the cougar tales have any reality to them should remember that writers often put themselves into every story they pen, even if it is a secondary character.
You can find Morgan online at the following places:
Examiner.com: M. Carole Wyatt–Indy Dating Examiner
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