Ines Johnson

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Winter Warm Up Blog Hop


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Its time to celebrate LOVE and WINTER with the Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop sponsored by

Hops with Heart Rafflecopter

To enter the Hops With Heart Rafflecopter giveaway, simply click this link and you could win the Grand Prize of a $75 Amazon Gift Card!

But wait, there’s more! You could also win a free copy of The Pleasure Hound Part I and Part II. Read on to learn how.


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I’m not a fan of the cold. Winter means writing time for me. I stay inside, light scented candles that remind me of spring, and burn frankincense on coals.

This winter I’m working on the third full-length novel in my bestselling Pleasure Hounds series. As you read this, I’m fast drafting Act One. Here’s how my writing process goes.

The first time I tried to write a book it took me one year to write the first three chapters because I agonized over each word choice. Now, I believe in fast drafting. Vomit the story onto the page without a care for comma placement. All told, it takes me about six months from the first drafted word to the final polished manuscript.

I take three to four weeks for the first draft, which I call The Dirty. I let The Dirty breath for as long as I am able to be parted with it -usually a week or two. Then I come back and Sweep up the grammar, spelling and plot holes, which usually takes another three to four weeks.

Next, I send The Swept draft out to my trusted critique partners. When it comes back I Clean it up for another three weeks focusing on my weaknesses which is setting. I’m a screenwriter, and so for years, setting only consisted of a Scene Slug. For example:


The Director would take it from there. But fiction readers seem to like more details, so I’m constantly working on giving them more setting description.

Finally, I send The Clean manuscript off to the copy editor for two to three weeks. When it comes back I Polish up all the commas and rethink my overused words. Then I hit publish, and start all over again!

If you’re interested in seeing the fruits of my labors, post a comment. I’ll pick a random commenter and send them a free copy of The Pleasure Hound: Part One as well as a free copy of The Pleasure Hound: Part Two.

In the comments, tell me: What book is keeping you warm this Winter? I’ll announce the winner on December 22nd.

Good luck!

[update: December 22, 2014] Contest is closed. The winner has been announced! Please sign up for the mailing list to learn about future giveaways!

Author: Ines Johnson

Ines writes romance novels for women who suck at love. Check out her catalog on

9 thoughts on “Winter Warm Up Blog Hop

  1. I just finished J.S. Scott’s The Billionaire’s Christmas. I’m currently reading Claire Adams’ Broken series and Melody Anne’s Baby for the Billionaire series. Then I’m moving on to J.S. Scott’s Vampire Coalition. I would love to read your Pleasure Hounds series!! Happy Holidays!!!!


  2. I would love copies of the Pleasure Hound . I just finished with Home for Christmas, about to start Throttle Me. Happy Holidays.


  3. I would love copies of the Pleasure Hound. it sounds like a great read


  4. I am currently reading More Than a Rancher. Would love to read your books.


  5. merry christmas and thanks for the chance


  6. Lots of coffee is keeping me warm this winter šŸ˜‰ Thank you so much! Have an Very Merry Christmas


  7. I would love to win them!


  8. Hi! Happy holidays! Thank you all for the fun!! Hope you have a blast with your family! Your book sounds awesome! Id love to read it! This winter im keeping warm, with so many book boyfriends! lol Right now ive got Carter Reed by Tinjan.


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