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Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Texas Cowboy 

About the Book

Title: The Texas
Genre: contemporary cowboy romance, modern western
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the problems.
When Vicky flies into Texas,
she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However,
her wealthy Dallas
cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky
away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.
Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose
only female company is his horses–that is, until he meets Vicky. However,
Vicky isn’t the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn’t always alone
and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.
Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy’s past is about to destroy
his future.

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Interview with Katheryn Lane

Why did you write this
I love Texas
and I’ve been lucky enough to visit it several times. The Texas Cowboy begins with
Vicky seeing the cowboy, Jack, for the first time while she’s out shopping with
her cousin and this opening scene was inspired by something I saw one afternoon
in Dallas. I was
in Highland Park Village and across the road I saw a cowboy
standing outside Hermes, holding one of their trademark boxes. Unlike Vicky, I didn’t
have the nerve to take a picture of him (I wish I had), and he didn’t wink at me,
but I did begin to wonder about who he was and who the orange box was for.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I love to read a wide range of books, but my favorite has to
be romance. I love classic authors, such as Jane Austen and Shakespeare – Romeo
and Juliet must be one of the greatest love stories of all time – but I also enjoy
reading books by more modern romance writers, such as Nora Roberts and Jackie Collins.
In addition, ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved reading fairy tales. I guess
my love of romance started with stories like Sleeping Beauty and I have ‘borrowed’
several ideas from fairy tales for my own books. For example, the first part of
my latest sheikh romance, A Bride For The Sheikh, is loosely based on Cinderella.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
That’s a difficult question! There are so many wonderful characters
in literature that it’s like asking me to pick a favorite from a box of chocolates!
However, a couple of people do stand out. I love Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the
Wind and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Although they are from different
eras and places, they are both witty, willful, beautiful women who are willing to
stand up for themselves in a male dominated world. At the beginning of each book,
they make the wrong choices and decisions, but in the end they discover who they
are and what they really want in life.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I’m afraid I don’t have much free time to watch TV as most of
my time is taken up with work (I’m a high school teacher), looking after my children
and writing. However, when I get the chance I do like to go to the cinema and see
a good movie. I live in the Middle East, so the
cinemas here only show a limited range of films and they’re often heavily censored
which can sometimes make it hard to follow the plot! However, we get cable and occasionally
I’ll find the time to watch a great movie on TV. I’m not sure if I have a favorite,
but I always love watching anything with Antonio Banderas in it. He was a great
sheikh in Day of the Falcon and gorgeous in Zorro. I also love Johnny Depp – so
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I have several things in the pipeline, including another possible
sheikh romance, but the main thing I’m working on at the moment is a potential sequel
to The Texas Cowboy. Although I originally wrote The Texas Cowboy as a stand-alone
novel, several readers have started to ask me about the hero and heroine’s future.
I don’t think I’d be giving too much away if I said that The Texas Cowboy ends,
like all good fairy tales and romance novels, with the hero, Jack, and heroine,
Vicky, overcoming the many obstacles that have confronted them and telling each
other how much they love each other. As with many romance novels, it’s implied that
they will get married and live happily ever after. However, readers have been asking
about their wedding and if Vicky’s rich Dallas
cousin will take over their wedding plans. Therefore, I might write a sequel and
perhaps call it The Texas Bride.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
The Texas Cowboy is my first cowboy romance; most of my other
romances have been sheikh romances inspired by what I see and hear where I live
in the Middle East. However, like my other novels,
The Texas Cowboy has lots of action, unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of
heartache, before the hero and heroine end up in each others arms, happily ever
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the problems.
When Vicky flies into Texas,
she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However,
her wealthy Dallas
cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky
away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.
Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose
only female company is his horses–that is, until he meets Vicky. However,
Vicky isn’t the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn’t always alone
and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.
Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy’s past is about to destroy
his future.

Author Bio

I’m a wife, teacher, author and mother of two boisterous boys,
so most of my days are taken up with finding lost school shoes, getting stuck in
traffic and wondering why I always join the queue that doesn’t move in the supermarket.
However, I try to forget these daily problems (and the fact that I burnt the toast
again this morning) by losing myself in a good book and writing novels that give
readers a break from everyday life.
Open one of my books and escape on a romantic adventure, because
it’s easier to buy a book than it is to book an air ticket.
Have a break, read a book!

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Bug Stuff and Other Stories 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy,
and fun. Today’s guest is Vicki Batman.
What is your go-to meal
to order when you dine out? Your favorite “I know it will hit the spot”
A really great burger. I call it meat for the week.
What were you like when
you were in school?
Incredibly shy. Hard to believe now, isn’t it?
Would you rather stay
inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
I never
have enough snow to build a snowman; so stay inside with a huge bag of Cheetoes, great movie on TV, and doing needlepoint.
What is your favorite
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention
of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid
in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used
up, totally worn out and screaming Woohoo, what a ride!
What was the last movie
you watched (home or theater)?
The Thin Man

About the Book

Title: Bug Stuff…and Other Stories
Genre: romantic comedy
Author Name: Vicki Batman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
From sassy writer gal, Vicki Batman, comes three romantic comedies
sure to tickle your fancy. “Just Desserts”: a political dinner gone disastrous
brings together a reluctant attendee and her handsome seat-mate.
“Bug Stuff”: An accountant unites with his co-worker
to exterminate a pesky adversary. “With This Ring”: When a wife forgets
the all-important little black dress, everything turns into something utterly romantic
and unforgettable in the end.

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Publisher: Vicki Batman
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Tax Tips for Authors 
In my real life I’m a tax and finance professional and I’ve been
sharing my knowledge with other writers for the past three years. I find many people
have problems with the same issues year after year. Are you making these mistakes?
If so, you’ll find more ways to solve these problems (and more) in my book Tax Tips for Authors 2014. (Available from
Amazon, Barnes
and Noble
, iTunes, Smashwords ARe/OmniLit
and in print)
1. Calling your hobby
a business – or vice versa
The IRS has a pretty strict line between hobby and business,
because businesses get to write their losses off against other income (W-2 or investment
income) which lets them lower their taxes. To be considered a business you need
to have profits in 3 out of the past 5 years. It you’re having more years of losses
than profits, the IRS may want you to prove you’re a real business, which means
show that you are trying to make money. They look at the ratio of expenses to earnings
and the type of expenses you claim: advertising and other promo help you, but travel
to conventions may hurt you if you’re not earning enough to justify the expense.
Businesses that claim to be a hobby are seen as avoiding self-employment
tax, so if you have increasing hobby income, the IRS may force you to file Schedule
C and pay SE tax. Make sure you classify your writing correctly.
2. Not filing quarterly
estimated tax payments
This is one of the most confusing aspects of self-employment
and for authors it’s even more complicated: earnings and expenses fluctuate wildly
during the year. Some people just ignore it, then get both a big surprise balance
due in April, plus a penalty for not paying quarterly. There are ways to avoid this,
the easiest being to pay at least 110% of last year’s tax bill in quarterly installments.
If you overpay, you’ll get a refund, but you’ll definitely avoid a penalty. I go
over how to calculate the correct quarterly payments in my book, Tax Tips for Authors
3. Paying too much self-employment
How do you pay too much? By not taking all the deductions you
can, and by not keeping a careful running balance of profit and loss during the
year. You only pay SE tax when you have over $400 of profits, so if you can reduce
profits (by increasing legitimate spending during the tax year) you can save some
money. Make sure to do a tentative P and L calculation in early December. It may
make sense to register for expensive conventions then rather than waiting till January.
Buy a new computer or pre-pay for advertising. Shift only planned spending rather
than simply spending down your profits carelessly, so you can build your business
rather than just avoid taxes.
4. Missing out on deductions
Most authors I work with don’t keep good records of their spending.
This includes mileage driven for “business.” Did you write down every
time you drove to the library, book store, airport, etc.? Get in the habit of writing
down your mileage and other expenses every day or two—before you forget—and you’ll
see how much more you are able to claim. Keep receipts for books, index cars, notebooks,
stock photos, domain names, lunch with your writing partner, swag, etc. This will
also help you keep a running P and L for filing quarterly payments and making good
year-end spending decisions. I have much more information on proper recordkeeping
and deductions in the book.
5. Mixing business and
personal expenses
Along with the hobby/business issue, this is one of the things
IRS loves to investigate. The best way to keep everything separate—even for sole
proprietors—is to have separate bank accounts and debit or credit cards. It’s easy
to have a separate PayPal account just for your writing business, and you can get
a PayPal debit card. An Ally bank account is free and requires no minimum deposit
and they issue debit cards as well. Have all your payments made into the separate
accounts, and spend only from the business PayPal/Ally debit card. If you need to
use a credit card, ask for an additional card from your credit card company and
use the new one only for business. At the end of the year you can get a separate
statement of your business expenses, which makes recordkeeping and organizing deductions
a snap.
Want even more information? Sign up for my Tax Tips Newsletter, or visit
the Tax Tips for Authors website. Best of all, pick up a copy of my book Tax Tips
for Authors 2014
. It’s got new information for filing 2013 returns, a Schedule
C walkthrough, chapters on self-employment taxes and quarterly payments and a whole
lot more.


Out of the Gate

Ask a tax question and be entered to win a free registration
to an author-oriented Tax Workshop held by EM Lynley.

About the Author

EM Lynley is a former investment analyst and White House economist.
Now she writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and
the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. Her Precious Gems series is best described as
“Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone”—only gayer. The Delectable series
is Gay Romance with Taste. Her books are available in print and e-book from Amazon
& other book distributors.

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