>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!
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.