Another Year Behind Us. Hello, 2019.

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m so glad to have made it through another year, and I’m glad you guys made it with me. May not be a big deal for some, but for me, that’s enough reason to celebrate. Cheers!

At the beginning of 2018, I made a resolution. Though I tried, I wasn’t able to reach my goal. Part of the reason was due to something that happened in my personal life, and the other part was due to my lack of drive to make it happen. Earlier last year, my hubby fell ill, right after my boys got over a bad flu. It caused a big scare. As a result, I directed all of my attention to my better half’s health, totally disregarding my chatty characters and even my own health. I was so concerned about him, I didn’t even realize I was sick myself. It was a respiratory infection, which truly sucks for someone with bronchitis asthma. *sigh* Thankfully, I caught it before it got really bad.

Nevertheless, throughout it all, my writing suffered. Life happens so it couldn’t be helped. That just means I have to push harder to get ahead just in case life throws another monkey wrench my way.

That said, I’m going to do things differently this year. Instead of announcing my new year’s resolution, I’m going to keep to myself and make it happen. I won’t TALK about it, I’ll BE about it. That’s my motto this year and I plan to stick with it.

I have high hopes that you’ll be able to stick with your plans to reach your goals as well. Let’s do it together!

My Plot Bunnies Are At It Again! #YNWrites #Romance #ASMSG

I came across an image online that brought a story to me in a flash!

If you follow me on FB, you saw the post below.

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Well, I wasn’t just typing it because it sounded good. The plot bunnies were definitely stirring and as a result of this gorgeous picture, I came up with a hella sexy tale.

You’ll be happy to know the plotting for this story is complete! I was so moved by this pic that I was able to get it done in a couple of hours. Now, all I have to do is flesh it out! That’s the fun part.

Thanks to all the readers and authors who encouraged me to write this story. I didn’t think I would have time, given my tight writing schedule, but this baby wants to be written, badly.

I was going to name the characters after the actors, Duke (Winston Duke), Dana (Danai Gurira) and Stanley (Sebastian Stan). I may still go with those names, but as alternates, I came up with Lester, Nyah and Ethan. I’m open to suggestions!

Stay tuned for snippets of this WIP.


Thanks for reading!

7 Things About My Writing #IndieAuthor #AuthorReveal #AmWriting

On Facebook, fellow author—Dawn Montgomery challenged me to share 7 things about my writing. Honestly, I thought I didn’t have much to tell until I started writing them out. I have many knacks and quirks that you may or may not find interesting, or at the very least, amusing.

Needless to say, challenge accepted!

Okay, here we go…

1. My stories never end the way I thought they would, or more so, the way I want them to end. In my mind it plays out a certain way, but when I start typing, a different story comes out. This is the main reason I refuse to write from an outline, or a drawn out synopsis. I’ve tried to stay on the beaten path, but I always veer off. Does that make me a rebel? *giggle*

When I say my stories writes themselves, I’m not kidding.

2. While writing a love scene, I have to have a glass of wine in reach. Red or white, it doesn’t matter. I sometimes light scented candles as well and play some soothing, baby-making tunes. Sade, Floetry, Jill Scott, Jhene Aiko—just to name a few artists on my “Falling in Lust” playlist… The ambiance gotta be right for the scene to work, just like with foreplay and sex. Wine encourages my sexy thoughts and makes my muse happy.

I suppose I could say, I go all out to seduce my muse and get her in the mood. 😉

3. I write out action and love scenes before I tie the story together. The story never comes to me in order, but when certain scenes emerge, I have to get it out, especially battle scenes. They play out so vividly in my mind… every move, every swing, every strike. Sometimes it takes me days to perfect a fight scene. There’s emotion and a cause that has to scream from the words. If I read it later and I don’t feel that emotion during the scene, I’ll go into rewrite mode. It has to feel like I’m there with the characters or it gets tossed in the bin and I start over.

Hmm… Starting over… There’s a process that happens often during my writing. To make it right, sometimes that’s what it takes.

Alrighty, moving on…

4. I never write for word count. When I used to write for a publisher, I paid attention to word count because I was expected to, and I hated it, with a passion. Even as I type this, I’m grinding my teeth at the notion. In my opinion watching word count hinders my creativity. It can cause me to get too wordy or over-write a scene…

Now that I’m an indie author, word count can kiss my ass. I write the story and however many words I end up with, so be it.

5. When going back through my chapters, I read them aloud. During the dialogue read-overs, I change my voice to sound like the characters. *giggle* I used to do it just to rouse my own amusement. Now, I do it unconsciously. While it sounds intense and dramatic to me, it cracks my sons and hubby up. They love to listen to my read-overs.

6. I make characters out of people I meet and people in my life. Yes, if you’ve met me and made a lasting impression, you’ve probably made an appearance in one of my stories, OR, you’ll show up in my novel in the near future. I’ve only had one friend to see characteristics of herself in one of my characters. Funny thing is, I patterned that character after her. I just never told her. One of these days, she gonna figure it out and kick my butt for it. LOL!

7. I’m always writing, even when I’m not on my computer. My iPhone is my best friend. When a thought for a story, or a scene comes to me while I’m out, Siri jots it down for me. 40% of my writing is done through my iPhone. Thank you, Siri.

And that’s all she wrote folks! Thanks for swinging by my blog. *sips coffee* See you next time. 😉

A Teaser Of My Latest WIP #ASMSG #interracialromance #eroticromance

This is a clip of a tale I’m working on with the brilliant and very talented Pachet Burson. She’s a new author in the game. Once you read her work, I guarantee you will not forget her. 🙂

Deadly Desires

“What have I done?” I stared at my phone, chuckling as I made my way down the hall. My stride was unhurried, even though every nerve in my body vibrated in eagerness of my impending rendezvous. I wanted to run, but I kept it cool.

A brunette sashayed in my direction as I headed for the bank of elevators. A thigh-high dress hugged her lean curves; six-inch pumps made her claves look kissable.

Pressing the up button with my thumb, I winked at her.

The clack of her heels on the tiled marble floor slowed, her smile widened and her bright blue eyes glimmered in what many would call pure lust. By her strut alone, I could tell those panties were soaking wet, if she were wearing any at all. She looked like the type who went commando every now and then.

I inhaled deeply, imagining her ripe scent beneath the expensive perfume.

“Hi, Mr. Devarati,” she breathed out on a sigh that lingered like a moan. “I’m wondering if you have a moment…”

“Not today, darling.” Smiling at her, I stepped onto the elevator. On any other day, I would’ve invited her up to the suite just to see how wet her panties were, but I had a dangerous lady assassin waiting for me.

Or at least, I hoped.

Copyright © Yvonne Nicolas 2013


The passage I’m writing today is of a darker nature. It’s for a steampunk story, one I have yet to name.

I’m inspired by the song Get Along with You by Kelis