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I’m a lonely writer

This is a slight whine.

I knew when I left New Orleans to take care of my mother that I would be leaving behind the close connections with the women and men who helped fuel my writing fire. Whether it was the monthly local RWA meeting or meeting in a coffee shop for writing sprints, I’d found amazing friends who supported each other in this crazy creative endeavor that is writing. We keep in touch when we visit, through social media, phone calls, and emails. Yet, it nearly wasn’t enough.

WrightPlaceWrongBed_w8746_750Writing Wright Place Wrong Bed became a type of torture. It reminded me daily of the writing retreats my friends and I would attend. One of the places we stayed became the inspiration for the plantation in the story. Each time I would open the document, I’d remember the laughs we had over wine on the porch or the deep discussion of plots held late into the night. We had such a bond. I am grateful for that.

Here, in the panhandle of Florida, I’ve not found the same support. I’m even nervous about letting others know that I write. It’s like my dirty little secret kept in the dark in the Sunshine state.

In August, I came the closest I’ve ever come to stopping. I wrote two of my buddies, quite intent on quitting. I wanted to give my writing a good, swift kick in the arse or set it aflame on a paper boat for it to sail off the Valhalla.

I’m still not sure what turned me around. I’m lonely. I’ve no one with which to discuss writing on a regular basis. But, here is the truly odd part of this journey that I’m on. The night I wrote my “Fuck this. I’m quitting.” email, a flood of ideas rushed into my head, keeping me awake that night. I dutifully typed the whacked-out plots and character ideas in files before making my brain shut off for the few hours of sleep left to me.

I’ve not opened those files. I’m not sure I’ll get to them, ever. They were essentially waking dreams, and we all know how weird dreams are.

I do have two stories to release in 2016. The first is part of the Candy Hearts Series for The Wild Rose Press. My title is Je t’aime, French for “I love you.” Love is its own language. The hero and heroine don’t speak each other’s language. But, as that rather catchy song says, some things “don’t need explaining.” slide1_a (1)

The second story is Catching the Cajun. It’s been in the works for ages. I took a while to find just the right tone for it. It’s a departure for me. I’m heading into paranormal territory with it. I plan to follow it up with another story in a similar vein. Well, I will when I finally get this story revolving around a man in a kilt completed.

600044_10151112831017027_24373396_nThat gets me back to being a lonely writer. For four weeks in November, I wasn’t lonely. I had support from other writers trying to get in a certain word count. I’ve returned to a normal routine, typing in obscurity in my corner of paradise.

Perhaps I’m becoming more comfortable with being lonely.

Big Bad Easy is available from #TWRP

Paperback or e-book of a hot romance set in New Orleans, my former home. I enjoy where I live now, but there really isn’t a city quite like the Big Easy, NOLA, N’awlins. Don’t expect the sterotypical Cajun or Creole in this story. Get a copy of Big Bad Easy now.

ImageA grueling unsolved murder case is the tipping point for detective Jameson Kelly. He’s ready to hang up his holster for early retirement when Zara Robinson walks in to his precinct, the victim of a car break-in. She’s everything Jameson likes in a woman—tall, blonde, beautiful and athletic. More than enough woman to take him down and make him beg for more. One more case can’t hurt to help pass the time, especially one he knows he can solve.

Zara is a woman who knows what she needs, and top of her list is closure on this spree of car break-ins. And there’s Jameson—he’s big with an air of bad despite being a cop and all man. Man enough to easily make her feel soft and womanly. But when clues to the theft lead to something bigger, she’s glad to have his brains as well as his skills on her side.

Big Bad Easy by Ursula Whistler is a #FreeRead on #Kindle Starting Today

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A grueling unsolved murder case is the tipping point for  detective Jameson Kelly. He’s ready to hang up his holster for early retirement when Zara Robinson walks in to his precinct, the victim of a car break-in. She’s everything Jameson likes in a woman–tall, blonde, beautiful and athletic. More than enough woman to take him down and make him beg for more. One more case can’t hurt to help pass the time, especially one he knows he can solve.

Zara is a woman who knows what she needs, and top of her list is closure on this spree of car break-ins. And there’s Jameson–he’s big with an air of bad despite being a cop and all man. Man enough to easily make her feel soft and womanly. But when clues to the theft lead to something bigger, she’s glad to have his brains as well as his skills on her side.

Why did I write Behaving Badly? I have no idea.

I told you the whole story in the title. Well, not the plot of Behaving Badly, but I did divulge the story behind the story right up above.

I didn’t have a reason why I wrote Behaving Badly. I just knew I had to write another erotic romance after I’d had one published, because that is what you should do as an author–brand yourself.  So, Behaving Badly was the statement, “Hi, um, I’m um Ursula, and I um write erotic romance. I’m not bad. I just write that way.”

From The Wild Rose Press

From The Wild Rose Press

But, y’all, I don’t even write the naughty bits, not like other authors. In fact, the more I write, the closer I get to knowing exactly what I won’t write.

Maybe I was getting out my emotions about being a transplant to New Orleans. There are so many ways to make a misstep in that city if you happen to find yourself in certain circles. Yet, there’s a freer world where expression is in your costume, your music, your art. Maybe I wrote Behaving Badly to let my own self free.

That certainly sounds good. Doesn’t it. Let’s stick with that. I set myself free.

And, bonus, this title is just $2.00 through the Wild Rose Press. Just click on the cover.

Man of Few Words Reviewed: 4/5 Stars from Night Owl Reviews

Night Owl Reviews gave Man of Few Words 4 out of 5 stars.

Man Of Few Words is a good read for all the military romance readers. It is fast-paced. It is also a love story that should be awarded to all the men and women in the service. Thank you for all your sacrifices, determination, and the will to protect our country.

You can get it for whatever device you use for reading. Check out all the retailers below:

The Wild Rose Press | All Romance E-Books | Amazon.com | Barnes&Noble | Bookstrand |Google Play Books