Hello all! I’m so excited to be a Carina author now! I just celebrated my 39th birthday in June and I feel like I’m at a turning point in my life. At 29, I was a new mother and a new writer. That was a time of change and challenges and crossroads, too. I chose to stay at home with my kids and follow my dream of being a published author. Now, ten years later, I’m ready for a day job again.
There are some unique issues for me as a jobseeker. I’ve been out of the game for so long I don’t remember how to play it. Applying for positions online is remarkably like submitting your work to publishers without an agent. I’m back in the slush pile! But my main concern is that I’ve written all of my books under my real name. Anyone who does a cursory search for me will find my web site and this provocative tagline:
I’m proud of my books and I love my web site design (by Amber Lin of Book Beautiful). I’m not shy about expressing my opinions on various topics, from politics to female sexuality to LGBT rights. I don’t want to tone down my personality or reduce the sexual content of my books, and I can always work or teach under a pseudonym. I can’t apply for jobs under any other name, however. I can’t hide my book covers or my web site.
What I’d like to do, job or no job, is rewrite the tagline on my site. I’ve been thinking about changing it for several months. Some readers feel that “dirty” has a negative connotation, and not all of my books are “dirty.” My Aftershock series is merely sexy. I have a New Adult romance coming out next year that isn’t as explicit as my MC series.
I’d love your help with new ideas! I write romantic suspense with a California twist. I might continue to branch out into other subgenres. Most of my stories are set in San Diego. Many are multicultural, with Latino/a heroes and heroines. I write characters from both sides of the border and both sides of the law. Police officers, park rangers, gang members, criminals, outlaws, etc. A lot of my books have a rescue/natural disaster/outdoor theme as well. I like flawed characters, strong women and protective heroes. I like gritty realism.
Here are a few ideas for a new “cleaner” tagline. Please take a minute to vote for the one (or two) you like best, or drop me a note in the comments with your thoughts.
Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole “Shank” Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband’s killers—members of Cole’s rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it’s already too late…
Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell the club out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she’s evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body…until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they’ll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that’s dangerously real.
Book one of the Dirty Eleven MC series
Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels, including the Aftershock series by HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her family. She’s a soccer mom who loves nature, coffee, reading, twitter and reality TV.
Riding Dirty is her first erotic suspense novel.