Where it Comes Together – A virtual tour of Misty Dietz’s office

Hey gang, thanks for taking time out of your busy day to hang with me here at M.J. Schiller, Author!!! A big thanks also to M.J. for hosting me on my debut tour for COME HELL OR HIGH DESIRE!

Today I thought I’d do something a little different and peel back the curtain on where I spend most of my time writing. I love this space because it’s my private little domain. In fact, it’s probably my fav room in the whole house.

When I plot, I do so at our dining room table with big sheets of butcher block paper so I can lay the sequence of scenes out in a timeline format. Then I input this information into Scrivener in a rough outline, and I roll from there.

Yes, I’m a super organized person. But I pretty much blow at this video business. So, here goes: (if you want to skip any of it, may I suggest the beginning when I talk about the bookcase. Good God, I drone on there (stupid nerves), but I thought if I started over take two would suck worse.)



So that’s where all this shit goes down. You deserve a medal for sitting through all that! Now, I’d love to know, what’s YOUR favorite room? And/or…what do you think I should put on my blank wall?

At the end of my blog tour we’ll be drawing the name of two commenters from all of the blogs to gift not one, but two fantastic prize winners. See below for details, and thanks for being here! xo, misty ;)

About Come Hell or High Desire

Torn between dangerous desires…

Framed for a series of brutal murders, rebel-turned-CEO Zack Goldman must go to ground. When he discovers that sexy boutique owner Sloane Swift has a shocking gift—terrifying visions that connect her to his mentor’s missing daughter—he can’t believe her refusal to help him. Nor can he believe he’s actually falling for the frustrating woman.

Their chemistry will either find its perfect equation…

Helping an accused killer ranks low on Sloane’s to-do list, no matter how hot the attraction burns between them. But putting to rest her overwhelming guilt over the missing girl’s fate proves more difficult than she ever imagined…that is, until her heart and conscience begin to align.

…or detonate everything in its path.

As the real killer locks in on Sloane, Zack will stop at nothing to keep her safe. And as they earn each other’s trust—with danger in hot pursuit—they may just lose their hearts in the process…

The Excerpt

Her fingernails suddenly raked at her skull. “Lord! I almost forgot. We have to go back to Ann’s. She has a diary!”

He swerved into an empty parking lot and swiveled to face her, blood pounding in his ears. “What are you talking about?”

“Ann keeps a diary. We have to find it.”

“You’re just telling me this now? You should have goddamn said something right away!”

“Don’t you dare curse at me like that, you seismic jackass!”

He had to get out. He flung the truck door open and strode onto the cracked asphalt. Her door slammed shut moments later, and within seconds she was wagging a finger in his face. “And don’t you walk away from me, either!”

“Then don’t be such a damn shrew.”

Color flooded over her cheekbones seconds before she punched him in the gut. Hard. An ancient fire lit up his nerve circuits and adrenaline had him widening his stance. His heart gunned.

His groin tightened.

And she was still shrill.

“I’m not a shrew! How am I supposed to act in a situation like this? You think I’m enjoying this? I hate it! But unfortunately I have a conscience which would haunt me for the rest of my life if I don’t follow this through until we have some answers. You came to me and wanted to rule out the church first. Then with everything that happened, I forgot about the diary until right now. That clear enough for you, you—”

Clear enough, honey.

He vised her head between his palms and kissed her. He hadn’t meant to, but the moment her mouth opened to his, he was lost. Not breaking contact with her mouth, he wrapped one arm around her, his hand splaying across her ass, locking her hips against him. Her hands were in his hair, her hips grinding, driving him crazy. They feasted on each other’s mouth, tongues dueling, daring, seeking. He felt her fingers between their bodies, slipping underneath the waistband of his jeans, pulling at the hem of his shirt. Her fingernail scraped his abs and he groaned. She leaned away from his mouth, her eyes dead sexy. Liquid brown. He was gonna—

A car horn blew, jerking him back to life. Back to the parking lot. He looked over to see a man in a black minivan at a stoplight giving them the thumbs up. He honked twice more, waved, and drove on.

Sloane burst into a fit of laughter that quickly dissolved into tears.

And that clinched it. He’d woken up this morning in some creepy-assed Twilight Zone.


About Misty Dietz

Misty’s love affair with words started in middle school when she penned dark stories set in exotic locales she knew nothing about. In college, her boy-angst spilled over into disturbing reams of poetry. After grad school, real life hit, and the writing went into hibernation until she found her own happily-ever-after with an ultra linear man who is the long-suffering counter-balance to her zig-zagging tendencies. Now, she spends her days writing emotionally complex, adrenaline-fueled stories, teaching Zumba, and praying her children don’t come home with math homework.

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  1. Welcome, Misty! I enjoyed your video and having you on today!

    1. Hey MJ, I'm pumped to be here. Thanks so much! :)

  2. Oh, and I loved this excerpt! Feel like I know your characters already. And if the rest of the book is as hot as this scene...! I also identified totally with your bio. I have myself my own linear man and my zigzagging is a true art form! Thanks again for joining us!

    1. LOL! I love it - yes, zig zagging IS an artform! Hahaha! I'm glad you can totally relate!

      And glad you liked the excerpt! Zack and Sloane have a very intense connection that extends beyond the normal sensory realm - and yes, things definitely get steamy. ;)

  3. Awesome, awesome, Misty. Best wishes on your tour!
    -R.T. Wolfe

    1. Thanks so much, RT! The tour has been so fun so far! :)

  4. It is 2:00 CST and Amazon is down right now. If you are having trouble buying Misty's book, the link above IS a good link. As soon as Amazon figures out what's going on, she'll be back up. Please don't forget to go back and purchase this wonderful book!

  5. Such a cool office :) Mine is the dining room table lolz.

    Other than a cool design over your desk, you could do a large decorative mirror which would be the feng shui thing to do since your back faces an opening.

    Good luck with your novel, it sounds amazing.

    1. Mine is the corner of the couch closest to the lamp! :) It was great watching your video, Misty, and dreaming of the day where such an animal might exist in my house! For now I could do a big arm sweep toward the couch and say, "And HERE, my friends, is where the magic happens!"

    2. Ooo, a feng shui girl! I love the decorative mirror thing, Andrea. I'm thinking that has very strong possibilities. Maybe the more ornately scrolled the better....Hmmmm. Thanks so much for taking the time to watch the super long video and comment! And sorry I'm a bit late. I'm in Las Vegas at my publisher's conference and it's been a busy day! :)

    3. LOL! MJ, if you tell your man the couch is where you want a different kind of magic to happen, he might do everything in his power to get you an actual desk...?? Wait, is that totally inappropriate? ;)

      Actually, I think chillin' on the couch with my laptop is actually a nice change of pace. We're not supposed to work in the same spot all the time...kinda like we're not supposed to drive the same routes every day either. We gotta keep our brain stimulated and those synapses firing. Helps with creativity...or I could just be talking out of my ass, too. Your call. LOL

      Thank you SO much for having me. It's been a blast! :)

    4. I've loved having you as my guest, Misty! Come back any time!

  6. Love the excerpt. Good luck with your novel!

    1. I know! I love those I'm-gonna-kiss-her-to-shut-her-up-cause-she's-driving-me-crazy-on-so-many-levels kisses! Thanks for reading, Brenna!

    2. Thanks Brenna! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting! Have a super week!

    3. LOL, MJ - you totally nailed what Zack was thinking in that moment! :)

  7. Great excerpt. I will totally be reading this book.

    1. Hayson!! Thank you for stopping by! I am so happy to have had a chance to meet you at the conference, and will look for your books as well. :)

  8. Loved the excerpt.. very much into wanting to read this book now. Thank you for sharing!

  9. My pleasure, Valerie! People like Misty make blogging fun. I have had many authors on, with many wonderful books--from a book with Edgar Allan Poe as a character, to a book with shapeshifters, to a book about love on the Scottish Highlands! They are all vastly different. That's what I think is so cool!

    Thank you for taking the time to drop by and also for leaving a comment. Sometimes people don't comment and then the writer feels like they've done a lot of work and no one even read it. You can have a hundred views but it doesn't seem like it when no one speaks up. And I'm going to let you in on a little backstage secret. Writing is a lonely business and we writers crave feedback. So you can see why it is much appreciated when people do add their thoughts! :) Have a great weekend!

  10. Loved finding you in the tour.. love this site and can see how appreciative you all are.. and I'm glad to be a follower now. ;)


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