Preorder today: THIRSTY

September 13, 2017

My first title with Loveswept, THIRSTY, will be released in ebook on March 13, 2018. Click here to preorder it today.



About THIRSTY... 


A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom fighting for her future. Can she show this bad boy the man he’s meant to be? 

My name is Salvador Rosas. Back in the barrio, my past is written on the walls: ESHB. Short for East Side Hollenbeck, my father’s gang—my gang. Hell, it’s a family tradition, one that sent both my brothers away. They used to call me “Ghost” because I haunted people’s dreams. Now I’ve got nothing going for me except a hipster gringo mentoring me in a new career. An ex-con making craft beer? No mames. 

 Still, people in this neighborhood look out for one another. That’s how I became Vanessa Velasco’s unwelcome tenant. Chiquita pero picosa. She’s little, but with curves so sweet they’re dangerous. I remember Vanessa from the old days, the straight-A student with big plans. Plans that were derailed by another kid stupid enough to think he was bulletproof. Now Vanessa knows better than to believe in empty promises. There’s fire in her . . . and if I touch her, I might get burned.

I’m trying everything I can to go straight. But when East Side Hollenbeck comes calling, I might have to risk it all to find out if there’s a future for Vanessa and me. Because she’s the only one who can quench my thirst for something real.

Click here to preorder today! (All retailers.)

Cover reveal: THIRSTY

August 8, 2017


Hey, everyone! I'm thrilled to share with you the cover of THIRSTY, my first book with Loveswept/Penguin Random House. Isn't it hot?

This steamy contemporary romance series is about a family of ex-gangsters who open a craft brewery in East Los Angeles.

THIRSTY will be released on March 13, 2018, but it is available for pre-order now on Amazon, Kobo, GooglePlay, Nook, and other retailers. Blurb coming soon!

THIRSTY
An Eastside Brewery Book
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: March 13, 2018

PRE-ORDER LINK (all retailers)

Writer's Workbook: True North, Character Development, and #notRWA17

July 27, 2017

The RWA National Conference is currently in full swing in Orlando, Florida. My author friend Oliva Dade has put together a virtual conference with giveaways, threads, and sprints. On Twitter, follow the hashtag #notRWA17 to join in the fun until Saturday!

Today I gave a mini-workshop on character development. My thread got a little scrambled, so I'm including the text of the thread in order below. Enjoy!



True North: Character Development Twitter Workshop for #notRWA17

Howdy all. I’m here to talk a little bit about how I approach character development as a romance author. #notRWA17

I’m a hybrid author. I write contemporary and erotic romance. #notRWA17

For me, the engine behind character development in romance novels is the relationship. #notRWA17

Whenever I tried to apply the standard hero’s journey to my early plots, I’d stall out. One character would overpower the other. #notRWA17

One character’s arc would outpace the other’s. The two characters would fall out of step & I just couldn’t get them dancing again. #notRWA17

Then I read Gwen Hayes’ Romancing the Beats. This craft book taught me to look at a romance novel as the story of a relationship. #notRWA17

A romance novel is not the story of an individual hero, nor is it the story of two individual characters developing side by side. #notRWA17

A romance novel is the story of an intertwining relationship. #notRWA17

Everything satisfying to me about a romance novel emanates from this developing relationship. That includes character development. #notRWA17

Any external plot is a subplot. The relationship plot is the main plot. True North. Everything else must be aligned to it. #notRWA17

In 5th grade, our teacher taught us about negative space by showing us this image. Is this a goblet? Or is this two people? #notRWA17




I’m here to talk about the goblet, not the two people.  #notRWA17

When I start a book, I create loose sketches of each main character—name, basic appearance, job, external problem. Loose is key. #notRWA17

Next, I design the relationship. I map out its conflicts, its milestones, its turning points. #notRWA17

Third, I flesh out the characters based on how they react within this developing relationship. #notRWA17

To help me find my book’s True North, I’ve created a worksheet. (Yay! Worksheets.) #notRWA17

It’s pretty simple, and you can use it wherever you are in the writing process to help clarify your characters’ relationship. #notRWA17

You’re going to fill out one of these puppies for each of your main characters. Imagine each one directly addressing the other. #notRWA17

TRUE NORTH WORKSHEET #notRWA17
(Fill in one for each main character to help you map out their developing relationship.)
I say I hate you because…
But I really love you because…
The thing I dread most is…
Because I crave…
But you provide a better substitute, which is…





Here’s an example of how I have used this True North worksheet for a WIP. #notRWA17

Character Sketch 1. #notRWA17
Marco is an inhibited and hard-working farm manager, in charge of managing labor for a family-owned vineyard in Central California. He’s taking over the business and he wants to make his father proud, but he’s having trouble luring skilled laborers away from Napa, where the wages are far higher.

Character Sketch 2. #notRWA17
Genesis is the free-spirited daughter of the vineyard owners, a recent art school graduate who’s convinced her parents to transform the vineyard into a wedding venue. She’s working on a new website for the vineyard filled with colorful photographs.

Here’s Genesis on Marco. #notRWA17
I say I hate you because…you’re stubborn and closed-minded
But I really love you because…you stand for something
The thing I dread most is…failure
Because I crave…being taken seriously
But you provide a better substitute, which is…deep purpose

Here’s Marco on Genesis. #notRWA17
I say I hate you because…you are spoiled and sheltered
But I really love you because…you make your own path, and I’ve never had the freedom to do that
The thing I dread most is…disappointing my father
Because I crave…his approval
But you provide a better substitute, which is…confidence in my own abilities

Every decision your characters make, either in relationship to each other or while operating within their external plots…#notRWA17

…must reflect your worksheet. This is True North. #notRWA17

For example, when Marco has an argument with his father, he will acquiesce to his father’s wishes because he craves approval…#notRWA17

…even though he knows he’s probably right and his father is wrong.  #notRWA17

For example, when Marco and Genesis express regrets the morning after they sleep together, Marco will be driven by… #notRWA17

…his fear that he’s jeopardized his job and Genesis will feel guilty for…#notRWA17

…taking advantage of her position, acting impulsively. Now no one will take her seriously. #notRWA17

Your characters’ actions must always point toward True North in such a way that your readers understand WHY they behave the way they do. #notRWA17

True North helps readers feel like insiders. Of course Marco would behave that way—he craves his father’s approval. #notRWA17

Of course Genesis would feel that way—she deeply wants to be taken seriously. #notRWA17

The character might not know why they’re behaving the way they do, but the author and reader both do.  #notRWA17

That’s the beauty of True North—a shared understanding of WHY. #notRWA17

Okay, that’s my thread! Please add any questions, comments or your own tips about character development. I’ll be around to chat. #notRWA17

P.S. You can get a copy of Gwen Hayes’ book here (highly recommended): http://gwenhayes.com/romancing-the-beat/ #notRWA17

Thank you, everyone! #notRWA17

Two Giveaways and an Online Event

July 25, 2017

Hello, everyone!

Just dropping by to let you know about a few cool things going on this month.

This year, I'm sad about missing the RWA National Conference in Orlando. However, my friend and fellow author Olivia Dade has arranged a virtual conference on Twitter starting tomorrow and ending on Saturday.

If you follow the hashtag #notRWA17, you can participate in threads, discussions, sprints, and giveaways with 45 different romance authors. I'll be leading a mini-workshop on Thursday, July 27 at 1pm EST on character development. Come say hello! For more information, please check out Olivia's website.


If you subscribe to my newsletter, this month's giveaway is a signed print copy of my book Deep Down and a bottle of my favorite summer nail polish, All the Wave by Essie. You can enter the contest by clicking here and subscribing: Mia Hopkins's Newsletter. Contest ends August 31.


Last but not least, I’ve teamed up with 20+ contemporary cowboy romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet to the Grand Prize winner! You can win a copy of my book Cowboy Rising, plus books from authors like Delilah Devlin, Cynthia D'Alba, and Tara Lain. Enter the giveaway by clicking here. Contest ends July 31. Good luck!



 

New Release: BLUE COLLAR, A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology

June 14, 2017

It's here! Yesterday was release day for Blue Collar, A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology, edited by Delilah Devlin.

My story, "We Drill Deep While Others Sleep," is about the supercharged reunion between an Alpha roughneck and his sexy wife. The collection is now available everywhere. It's only 99 cents.


Would you like to participate in our release week celebration? Here are two opportunities!

First, I'm blogging over at Delilah's today and offering a $10 Amazon gift card giveaway to celebrate the launch. You can enter that giveaway by clicking here.

Second, to celebrate the launch of Blue Collar, the Boys Behaving Badly authors are hosting a Facebook party! That's seven hours of eye candy, lively banter, and giveaways galore. Drop in any time. I'll take over at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Come say hello! Click here to join.


Available now in ebook

Amazon | Amazon UK | Nook | Kobo | IBooks | GooglePlay


When it comes to love...Blue Collar is better!

It's time to set aside those sexy billionaires and enjoy stories about the everyday, even sexier bad boys you meet in real life. They may have dirty hands and wear tool belts and jeans instead of Rolex watches, but they're earthy alpha males unafraid to get down and dirty when face to face with a woman in need—whatever her need may be! Just a few of the titillating stories inside...

In "Elevation" by Megan Mitcham, an always-in-control policewoman trapped in an elevator shaft gets a sexy rescue from the handsome repairman. A lonely woman drives a thousand miles to meet an oil field roughneck ready for a long night of laying pipe in Mia Hopkins' "We Drill Deep While Others Sleep". Jennifer Kacey shows the lengths to which an enterprising gal will go to get the owner of an oil change shop to check her fluids in "The Boss". And those are just a few of the sexy stories inside this collection about the everyday hero next door.

These are men who've built their powerful muscles with hard work rather than inside any gym, and they sure know how to use their hard-earned skills to pleasure a woman...

Coming Soon: BLUE COLLAR, A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology

May 23, 2017

I'm happy to announce that I've got a story in the upcoming short story collection, Blue Collar, A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology, edited by Delilah Devlin.

My story, "We Drill Deep While Others Sleep," is about the supercharged reunion between an Alpha roughneck and his sexy wife. The anthology is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. It's only 99 cents.


Available June 13 in print and ebook

Amazon | Amazon UK | Nook | Kobo | IBooks | GooglePlay


When it comes to love...Blue Collar is better!

It's time to set aside those sexy billionaires and enjoy stories about the everyday, even sexier bad boys you meet in real life. They may have dirty hands and wear tool belts and jeans instead of Rolex watches, but they're earthy alpha males unafraid to get down and dirty when face to face with a woman in need—whatever her need may be! Just a few of the titillating stories inside...

In "Elevation" by Megan Mitcham, an always-in-control policewoman trapped in an elevator shaft gets a sexy rescue from the handsome repairman. A lonely woman drives a thousand miles to meet an oil field roughneck ready for a long night of laying pipe in Mia Hopkins' "We Drill Deep While Others Sleep". Jennifer Kacey shows the lengths to which an enterprising gal will go to get the owner of an oil change shop to check her fluids in "The Boss". And those are just a few of the sexy stories inside this collection about the everyday hero next door.

These are men who've built their powerful muscles with hard work rather than inside any gym, and they sure know how to use their hard-earned skills to pleasure a woman...

Writer's Workbook: I Got "The Call"

May 10, 2017

Chaucer's Bookstore in Santa Barbara, CA.

I'm thrilled to announce I am now represented by The Knight Agency. I will be co-agented by Heather Tebbs and Deidre Knight.

We signed the agreement yesterday and I'm still reeling. Things happened fast. The agency held its Twitter pitch event #TKA20 on April 9. I got a request from Deidre and submitted a new project I started last November. I got "the call" from Heather in the form of an email last week.

I signed my first book contract in 2015 and have been flying solo ever since, guided by generous, savvy colleagues as well as by my own (sometimes tremendous) mistakes.

Having an ally in my corner--a team of allies, really--is a new and exciting change. I'm also proud to join an amazing, star-studded group of authors represented by TKA. I can't wait to see what's around the corner.