Pleasure Me With Sarah MacLean

>Sarah MacLean is a brand-new star in the romance industry. She hit the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers list her first time out the gate with her book Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake. That is amazing for a debut book. Take a lot of writers years and many books to land on a list. Congrats to Sarah for her wonderful achievement. Now then, please welcome Sarah for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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Ten Ways to Procrastinate Without Actually Looking Like You’re Procrastinating 

Hi Monica! Thanks so much for having me over on your blog for the party! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Pleasure Me!

My most recent romance, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord came out in November, with the next in the series, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart, out April 26th, and I have lists on the brain! I’m also working on the first book in my next series, so I’ve got writing on the brain, too and with it, procrastination. And so, I give you, Ten Ways to Procrastinate Without Actually Appearing to Procrastinate —help for writers and others alike!
1.    Organize your workspace. You never know when you might need a full stapler or a brand new pack of Post-it notes. It’s best for you to be prepared, and a run to the closest office supply store might well be in order. Actually, the closest one might not have those file folders that match the paint on your office walls. Yep. You’re going to have to go to the other office supply store. The one 30 minutes away.

2.    Make tea. You should get this out of the way, as the worst possible thing that could happen would be for you to have to get up from a burst of productivity to make tea because you are parched and/or cold. Make tea now. Obviously, you’re going to need to boil water in a kettle, as everyone knows that microwaved tea doesn’t taste the same at all.

3.    Check your calendar. Be sure that you’ve sent all those anniversary cards, shopped for all the upcoming birthday gifts, and made all those catch up calls that make you a good friend. You wouldn’t like your work to overshadow your life. You don’t want to be that girl. 

Ten Ways To Be Adored
When Landing a Lord

Since being named “London’s Lord to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!
The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though she is used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.
But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless and foolish…like falling madly, passionately in love.

4.    Go to the bookstore. Whether a writer, a marketer or a mortician, there is always a reason for you to be researching . . . if only to make sure you are up-to-date on the trends.  Obviously you need that book on 21st Century embalming practice. This is an entirely necessary trip.
5.    Catch up on email. While you’ve been working so hard, people have been trying to reach you! It would be rude not to reply. After all, they need you. Which brings me to . . .

6.    Start a blog. Everyone’s doing it. You make the very best chocolate chip cookies/toilet paper roll bird feeders/file folder labels out there. You must share your knowledge with the Internet. It’s only right.

7.    Schedule that doctor’s appointment. You need your teeth cleaned, your son needs to get his physical if he’s going to be able to play football (in September) and the twins have a funny matching mole that should be checked out. Also, the dog should get his shots this week. No, he’s not due for his checkup until May . . . but you like to be on the ball. Obviously.

8.    Volunteer for another project. Of course you’ll help with the school bake sale. Obviously, you aren’t going to say no to assisting with the church pancake breakfast. And when your husband gets up to take the dog out for his evening walk . . . obviously, now’s the time to remind him what a fabulous wife he’s got.

9.    Talk the Project Through. Clearly, with something of this size and scope, it would be irresponsible to just jump right in, feet first. You’re going to need a meeting to discuss it with some of the best and brightest in your circle. Then you’ll absolutely be ready to get to work. You’ll be unstoppable.

10.     Put Your Feet Up and Read a Romance Novel. Phew! Look at all the stuff you did today! You couldn’t possibly be expected to work any more than you already have!

Ok, procrastinators . . . I know you’re out there. What’s your best procrastination tactic?

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book. Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

49 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Sarah MacLean

  1. >Why stop at organizing the desk, how about the bookshelves, the linen closet or the junk drawer. Do not want to distracted by series books not in alphabetical order.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com

  2. >It's not procrastination…it's being easily distracted…you know, by your turn at "Words" (a scrabble type game)…the book you're reading…picking up the mail…looking to see what is coming out during the next couple of weeks so you can place your online book order…checking the library to see what's come in…oops, was I supposed to be posting a comment? (-:
    wksworld at msn dot com

  3. >Hi Sarah,
    I enjoyed reading your list of ways to procrastinate. Not that I needed to add to my own list but…you never can tell when you need to give a new method a try. My usual prefered method is to simply stay in bed, under the covers, all day long, either sleeping or reading. I can happily while-away the day in bed, especially during the winter. Otherwise surfing (TV or internet).
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  4. >Congrats, Sarah, on another success! I am a huge fan of yours! My rule on procrastination: If it wasn't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done! This is one rule I have no problem sticking too! 🙂


  5. >Hi Sarah! I loved your books and can't wait for "11" to come out.
    I am a procrastinator queen, but I am not going to worry about it until later. Right. I also make list after list after list. Sometimes I even check things off. Most often I throw them away when cleaning out my purse. Achh!!


  6. >Sarah,

    I haven't read your books, but after seeing all these outstanding responses to your work, I'm going to have to go out to the bookstore and get them. They are sure to be as enjoyable to read as your list.

    My "best" procrastination tactic has to be the snooze button. I really, really hate mornings.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  7. >Hello, Sarah!

    LOVE your books!

    And this blog post definitely made me laugh. I can see myself doing most of the things on your list and more!

    Try organizing your research books by category. Then changing your mind and organizing them by author's last name.

    Then try organizing all of the articles you've printed on writing craft into notebooks by subject. Then do the same for all of the articles of historical research you've done as well.

    Oh, and get up periodically to check on the basset hound who has been sleeping on the couch for the past 8 hours while you sit and procrastinate, I mean, do all of this important stuff. You need to check on him every now and then to make sure he isn't dead and to remind him he might want to go outside or maybe eat or drink something or just move around for Pete's sake! People keep asking if he is real!!

  8. >What a great list, I really got a good laugh! I tend to play around on the computer, read, let the dogs out and go out with them, I need fresh air too!

    Best wishes!

    Chris Mead from Missouri
    christin.mead at att dot net

  9. >If I'm stalling on something I tend to distract myself with my computer and rename and reorganize hundreds of gigs of music and ebook and tv files. And if I want to avoid that little chore I can always play one game of Minesweeper or Freecell only takes a couple of minutes…and one game turns into Solitaire and Spider Solitaire and Hearts and Mahjong Titans. And did I mention I have to win a game before moving on to the next one?

    jbrink83 at hotmail dot com

  10. >I procrastinate when it comes to homework. I will pick up a book to read after my classes and will not be able to put it down until it is finished and then finally start working on my homework and other chores.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  11. >Just one more chapter.
    Just one more chapter.
    Just one more chapter, etc.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  12. >I procrastinate by munching on snacks and watching my favorite shows on TV.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  13. >Procrastinating is easy it's working that difficult. That's why I love books and blogs so much! Books because they are so much more fun that working and book blogs because they give you so many more wonderful books to read and books are the very best reason to procrastinate. RI

  14. >Hey Sarah *waving madly*

    I can't wait to read ELEVEN! I think it will be the best one of the entire series.

    As far as procrastinating, oh man is your list perfect! I tend to do them all. I am forever wandering from room to room "picking up" things, cleaning or reorganizing. But my biggest time stealer is the computer. I can always find something I need to research on the web. Or visit an author's site. Or Facebook. Or play some game that I haven't played for two hours. LOL!

    buffiebook AT yahoo DOT com

  15. >I think probably reading. I can say, "Oh, I'll just read one more chapter, so I can find out what happens…" *Five hours later* "Oops." 😉


  16. >Ten Ways to Procrastinate Without Actually Looking Like You’re Procrastinating

    Love it! I'm going to print it and take it to work. If someone asks me what I'm doing, I'm going to look at the list and say, "I'm doing a number 7!"

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  17. >HI! I absolutely LOVED Nine Rules to Break and Ten Ways to be Adored! I also have them both, so no worries about entering me in this particular drawing. I cannot wait for Juliana's story! You have the most fabulous writing style and I love your characters. 🙂

    As for procrastinating, the internet is my big time vacuum. Family research, news, Facebook, email, whatever, I can sit down for 5 minutes and look up two hours later. The only thing that saves me is my 4 year old, you know, because she wants to be on the computer. 😉

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  18. >Hi, Sarah! Can't wait for Juliana's story!

    My favorite method of procrastination is checking blogs and news sites. Got to know what's going on.


  19. >Hi Sarah,

    I really enjoyed your post. I'm also a pro at procrastinating. It's problem that I identified in myself a while ago and still have not found a cure. I will read a book or serf the internet to avoid tasks. For some reason, I need the pressure of a deadline to buckle down and get going. So, I try and create deadlines for myself with various degrees of success. Oh well, it a work in progress.

    jend451 to gmail dot com
    from the US

  20. >I procrastinate in a subtle way by making lists. You know, "Of course, I am going to do that. It's on my list!" 🙂

    castings at mindspring dot com
    Georgia, USA

  21. >I am the biggest procastinator. I will do anything to put something off. May it be playing computer games, watching television, browsing blogs or even checking my facebook and twitter obsessively. Please don't enter me into Sarah's drawing. I already have a signed copy of Tens, which I loved!!!

  22. >Me and my daughter share the same one, I CAN DO IT TOMORROW 🙂

    Works for everything, good and bad. Is a brilliant excuse really.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN – USA

  23. >Hi Sarah,

    Love this post today…love the titles of your books too! So funny. How did you ever come up with them?

    Anyway, procrastination..well, since I'm retired now I don't really have a lot to procrastinate about…except housework. My thoughts on that subject are: 'Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow!' I'm a neat person who lives alone in a relatively small house,,,how much housework can I have? Not much but it will be there when I get a round tuit!

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  24. >Oh Sarah, this is such a great post!

    My favorite way to procrastinate is to accidentally forget to turn off my web access. I write on my trusty netbook and if I don't watch it, tweetdeck will fill me in on current discussions. I absolutely cannot ignore the goings on! Even if it means RT'ing review posts or Monica's PleasureMeEvent (TM) posts. 😀

    My second favorite procrastinating trick is to arrange my desk then finding how dusty it is. Once I'm done cleaning off the desk, my eye spots my husbands disaster area (aka desk) and I set to cleaning that too! Next thing I know it's fourty five minutes later and the floor's been vacuumed, the kitchen sparkles and the bathroom smells of Mr. Clean. I'm so exhausted by that time that I decide a leisure activity such as knitting in front of the tv will help refresh me.

    My friend has told me so much of your series that I must read it now!

    lmdershem AT gmail DOT com

  25. >Procrastinating, my favorite pastime! My methods are very simple: I open up a web browser. No matter how much time I spend on the Internet, there's always something new and shiny to be distracted by (hello, Twitter).

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  26. >#1 Way to Procrastinate: Flip channels between HSN and QVC to see what they're hawking that day.

    And, oh, yes, I do need to start that blog. I have the best gardening, canning, preserving ideas to share……

    Love this series, must go read now.

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  27. >Sarah, Thank you for guest blogging today, and thanks for such a terrific post. I can tell by everyone's comments that they're enjoying the post a lot!

    Thanks for being here!

  28. >Lol…Perfect blog post! I have actually read Nine Rules to Break wWhen Romancing a Rake and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord and thought they were both hillarious and romantic! So please don't enter me in the contest.

    I procrastinate by reading email and using Google Reader to catch up on blog posts from authors that I follow…lol

  29. >@Barbara – I totally hear you. I always feel like I do my best work with my back against the wall. And every time I do that, I *swear* I won't do it again. *rinse* *repeat*

    @Kris – LOL! "I need a mellow yellow!" Yes. *adds that one to her list*

    @Virginia – I'm saving this comment for two weeks from now, when I'm moving into my new office, and have a book due immediately. Obviously, it will be the perfect time to go shopping for things that are lavender.

    @Andrea – Hi! Thanks so much for saying such lovely things about 9 and 10! Obsessive cleaning is the BEST procrastination…because you feel so productive while doing it!

    @Stacie – Oh, I don't like the idea of tackling the walk-in closet. Not at all. That sounds like you absolutely have more pressing things to do.

    @Mary – Now that you mention it, my linen closet needs to be packed…we are moving after all. I should definitely do that instead of writing.

    @gamistress – OMG! I do that research thing, too! Instead of just writing XXX in my manuscript, I have to read 12 pages of the OED about the word gourd. Or email my friend about hunting dogs.

    @Cindy – Come sit by me!

    @Linda – I hear you. I have to literally BLOCK the internet from my computer using a program called Self Control when I'm working. I'm THAT addicted to email.

    @April – Thanks so much! So happy you like the books! And I'm not a little bit jealous of your lack of the procrastination gene!

    @Cid – The internet! Gah! SO TIME CONSUMING! (And can't wait to hear what you think of 11!)

  30. >I do one of two things – get on the computer and read blogs or pick up a book. So much better than doing what I'm supposed to be doing ;).
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com OH, USA

  31. >Reading blogs and various book sites is my worst procrastination enabler. Also, doing laundry…I NEED clean socks right now!! LOL.

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

    NY, USA

  32. >I must admit that I'm also a procrastinator too. I too use the internet when I want to put things off. But then again, there are times I don't procrastinate at all. I'll get right to it.

    Thanks for the guest post. I do enjoy them!

    brnterri at gmail dot com, Virgina resident

  33. >What a great list. I find that checking e-mail is a great way to put off what you don't want to do. There are often many things that need to be addressed when you do this.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  34. >Oh no! I need to go make my dental appointment!! Which is actually true!

    My favorite way to procrastinate… twitter, doing reviews for books that I've read but somehow forgot to review, organizing my books or my list of upcoming releases, sometimes I actually clean to procrastinate.

    So excited about 11 Scandals! I already own both of the other books in mass market and ebook. Shhh!

  35. >Good Morning everyone! What a great post.I have to say I don't usually procrastine,if it is something I really don't want to do I do it first(get it over with),but I guess we all do procrastine a little at some time or the other.I have to say I highly recommend your books. I have read both "Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord, and Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake".They are wonderful. What a delight to read.Have a great day/week/

  36. >I have so many ways to procrastinate. I guess my most-used one is to check email… I always go off on a tangent and will end up at various websites and not get my original task done.
    I love your list of ways to procrastinate and could see myself in almost all of them. Obviously you're not guilty of them as you get great books written!
    Thank you for being here today and please enter me in your contest.
    Linda T.
    Florida, USA

  37. >Oh Sarah…I am the worst procrastinator! I think it's because I work well under pressure. I love #8…I am a "yes" person and I always take on more projects that I wait until the last minute to do. Why I continue to do this to myself, I will never know.


    New York

  38. >procrastination — never 😉

    surf the net — just gotta find that particular answer to that question or double check on that one thing that keeps popping up in my mind before I forget about it again which of course always leads to other things that need checked on 😉

    the dog just insist on having some attention paid to her even if it doesn't seem like it. she's only pretending to be sleeping but really is doing cute to get a kiss/cuddle or a treat.
    gamistress66 (at)
    aol (dot) com

  39. >Good Morning Sarah and Monica,

    Love this blog post and it's so true. Everytime I sit down to do some writing I find another drawer that needs organizing, the refrigerator needs to be cleaned out of all those leftovers, my rat's cage needs cleaning, or I need to re-arrange the towels in the linen closet.

    There are just to many ways to procrastinate and with those mentioned above, email and blogging are my big ones.
    Nevada, USA

  40. >Great list! I have been procrastinating dealing with my walk-in closet for months now. It has been a disaster since I had to pack for a trip to Italy last October. I pretty much keep the door closed. Whenever I think that I might start to re-organize it I can always find an easier task to do. Workin my way thru my huge TBR pile usually wins out. I'm terrible about putting it off.

    GeishasMom73 on twitter
    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  41. >*waving* Hi, Sarah! Congrats on all your much deserved success. Obviously, you don't procrastinate all the time or you wouldn't have had TWO books that ended up on my Top Picks for 2010! 😉 Can't wait for Eleven!

    Oh, what a great list you've shared. I have used several (okay, maybe all) of them at one time or another. I always seem to "need" to clean something when I have others things to do, like grocery shop. But then, I use other tactics (I really need to write this review…today) when I really do need to clean something. LOL!


  42. >Hello, Sarah! Best wishes for continued success! I will expand on your rule number one. Don't just organize and color coordinate your workspace. Feng Shui it. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive energy from balancing the physical with the metaphysical. Achieving this type of balance will surely improve efficiency, and must be carefully attempted for the most successful result. Every aspect of your workspace must match–even paperclips and staples come in designer colors. Lavender is the perfect color and scent for peace and harmony. Some artisan chocolates are infused with lavender flowers. Placing a lavender candy dish full of such chocolates on a tastefully designed lavender coffee table will definitely ensure your placement in the procrastinator's hall of fame ; )

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  43. >Welcome Sarah!
    I can't wait to add your books to my read list! I love finding new and exciting authors to read about and loved getting sucked into new worlds.

    Dhester23 AT yahoo DOT com

  44. >hI sarah welcome! if this isnt the most perfect blog for a cold snowy monday morning! 🙂 since I dont have to be to work till 8 today it works out well! LOL
    umm usually i Just say i'll do it tomorrow I dont need a reason other than I dont want to today and well there are bookd and the farm that can get in the way! usually a book but you know sometimes I am not near a book and have to think of other things like I need a mellow yellow before I start then I ran out of time!
    ahhh your books look fun! though my funds are limited this week I am making a list to take to the bookstore with me!

    Kris b indiana

    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  45. >Oh good grief, I've got so many ways to procrastinate — I am one of THOSE people who needs the extra adrenalin rush fueled by the panic that procrastination causes to get things done!

    Checking email, doing a load of laundry, picking up the nearest book or magazine "just for a couple of minutes," playing with the dog, making a cup of tea…it goes on and on and on.

    But now, thanks to my Kindle, the one that probably happens most is reading a book!