About Becky Black

Writer of m/m (and a little F/F) romance, published by Loose Id, JMS Books and Dreamspinner Press.

Linky Birthday to me

Okay, so the actual birthday was a couple of days ago, but close enough. Enjoy some lovely links for August!

Perfectionism is Murdering Your Muse
Veronica Sicoe’s excellent post about how to face and slay that dread beast, perfectionism.

Perfectionists are so obsessed with the fear of failure (which always follows them, since it’s nearly impossible to plan and work for that 1% of stellar success) that they become paralyzed. They constantly overplan, overthink, overprepare, second-guess, change their minds, backtrack and “correct,” then change their plans again, because they can’t face the possibility that their efforts might not lead to absolute success. That they might just be another writer, instead of THE Author.

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Lucky 7th Giveaway August – contest now closed

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Stevie Carroll. Thanks to everyone who took part. Come on back next month for another chance to win.


Feeling lucky?

Time for my monthly backlist giveaway!

It’s simple enough.

  • I’ll post the list below, specifying if they are print or ebook. Maybe I’ll ask a silly question too.
  • Enter a comment below, answer the question, or write a limerick, tell a joke, whatever and say what you’d like to win.
  • If ebook, tell me your preferred format.
  • If print, I’ll only ask you for your postal address if you win.
  • Make sure to put your email address in the email field of the comment form so I can contact you.

Once they’re gone they’re gone! Some might only have one to give away, others more. I’ll run these posts until I’ve whittled down the list and have none left. I’ll run each contest for a week.

Read on to see what’s up for grabs this month. Click on the cover to see more details on the book page.
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Monthly Books Post

I have a pretty feeble number to report for my books read total this month. I could claim I’ve been super busy writing, but that would be a total lie. I have been writing, steadily, and I’m nearly done with the draft of a sequel to Patient Z (but more about that in another post!) But I’ve also been on holiday from the day job for two weeks of July, so could have got in a load of reading. Instead what I got in was a load of podcasts and colouring in – my new favourite way to relax.

But I’ve got a few read or listened to and I’m still on track to meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year.

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Lucky Seven(teenth) – Monthly backlist giveaway contest – contest now closed.


CONTEST NOW CLOSED – thanks for entering. Come back on the 7th of each month for another chance.


Feeling lucky this Friday?

It’s time for a new feature on my blog. I noticed I still have a few ebooks and paper books from my backlist hanging around that I’m entitled to give away. So I’ve decided to have a monthly giveaway on my blog. It will usually be on the 7th – so watch out for Lucky Seventh posts from 7th of August. But I couldn’t wait to start, so thought I’d kick it off today, the 17th.

It’s simple enough.

  • I’ll post the list below, specifying if they are print or ebook. Maybe I’ll ask a silly question too.
  • Enter a comment below, answer the question, or write a limerick, tell a joke, whatever and say what you’d like to win (specify print or ebook if the same book is available in both formats.)
  • If ebook, tell me your preferred format.
  • If print, I’ll only ask you for your postal address if you win.
  • Make sure to put your email address in the email field of the comment form so I can contact you.

Once they’re gone they’re gone! Some might only have one to give away, others more. I’ll run these posts until I’ve whittled down the list and have none left. I’ll run each contest for a week.

Read on to see what’s up for grabs this month. Click on the cover to see more details on the book page.
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