Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY LATEST PROJECT

Happy Gwensday! Today we're chatting about our latest writing projects. But First . . . MHW


Okay, so the project I'm working on is the bane of my existence. I have been writing on this book forever. I started it, abandoned it and came back to it. I have rewritten the beginning of it like . . . 4 times, which is what I did with Dark Promise. Thankfully, I love these people and am not tired of them. I'm 60k into it with maybe another 15-20k to go. I've been working on it so long it already has a cover. Created by the incredible cover goddess, Kris Norris.


I know. It's gorgeous!! I just need to finish the book so it can get the cover.

So, the main characters are Rowan Haggerty, Vladimir Rodzianko, and Sergei Bukolov. She is a forcibly retired government agent and the two men are Vitala. That's a fancy name for vampires, though these guys aren't dead. They're another species that live a long time and drink human blood. Vlad is the head of the Russian Enclave and Sergei is his second.

At the beginning of the book, Rowan discovers humans holding Vitala captive - two adult males and a child. She ends up rescuing the child, which kicks the book into gear. Chases, assassination attempts, and hot hot sex follow. There will be a happy ending, though I'm not there yet. Hey I'm only on page 141 so it has a bit to go. I can't wait for you all to read it, since I've been working on it for so so long.

Now, run out and check what the rest of the bloggers have going on. Oh, and give a warm welcome to the newest member of the blogger family Torrance Sene!!

Bronwyn
Jessica
Kris
Jessica D
Paige
Kayleigh
Torrance



Sunday, August 21, 2016

THE LIEBSTER AWARD


My amazingly, awesome friend Bronwyn Green was given a blogging award by Tumbling Words. Wooo hooo!!! She was then asked to nominate 11 other bloggers for this same award and here I am. Thank you, Bron!



What do you feel is the most criminally underrated movie or TV show? 

This one is tough since I don't watch a lot of TV and rarely go to the movies anymore. But, I think the new GhostBusters was so utterly amazing and it just didn't do that well. I was bummed about it since I loved it.

How do you feel about clowns? 

I can't stand them!!! They scare the crap right out of me. 

What’s your favorite book? 

Of all time, my fav book is The Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett. So much awesome. I have like 6 or 7 different copies of it, one being the very first one my grandmother gave me.

Where is your happy place? 

In my own head. I love crafting stories and coming up with characters. Now, if I had to chose someplace to go it would be Disney World. That place just makes me smile. I've been 3 times and would love to go again.

Growing up, what was your favorite toy? 

Paper dolls. My Sis and I had a ton of them and we'd set them up as if they were living in this huge apartment building. We had long running story lines for every character.

What was the worst job you ever had? 

I worked at a mortgage place for like three days. I found out that I was hired over someone else who had way more experience. One of my co-workers told me about it as if it was somehow my fault. It was not a good situation. 

What fact about you surprises people the most? 

I'm an introvert. The people I work with are stunned since I'm all sparkling and chatty, but it's an act. I learned to put it on when I taught school and now that's what works at the bookstore.

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known as a freshman in college? 

I was an adult when I started college. I didn't go right out of high school so my freshman year happened when I was working full-time and was 25.

What are two of your bucket list items? 

I want to go to Scotland and tough Hadrian's Wall. And, I want to go to Glastonbury to visit the Tor and Chalice Well.

Do you play any instruments? If so, which one(s)? If not, are there any you wish you could play? If so, which ones? 

No, but I really wish I'd learned to play guitar.

What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever been given?

I didn't think so at the time, but the most wonderful, amazing gift I've ever gotten is my younger sister. She is my best friend and I can't imagine my life without her.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NOSTALGIC NOTES: MOVIES


I love movies. Always have. When I was a kid we rarely went since the drive-in was the cheapest, but I'm sure Mom and Dad didn't want to be trapped in the car with me and Sis all night long. The first movie I remember going to see, tragically for the parents, was Dirty Harry. LOL


It was I think part of a double feature and Sis and I fell asleep on the first movie, which is what the parents wanted. Yeah, I didn't stay asleep. I woke up for the second movie and sat quietly so they wouldn't know I was awake. I was 5 or 6 and still remember, "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

The first time we went to the fantastic inside cinemas was a huge deal. It was expensive and seemed very far away from home, which it wasn't. Mom and Dad took us to see Disney's Robin Hood.




We had so much fun and Sis found her first crush. Yep, a cartoon fox. She still loves foxes to this day. 

They built a two screen cinema right near us (Yay!!) so now movies were more affordable. I remember my entire extended family going to see Star Wars. I was 11 and utterly loved it.

At the time, the special effects were like nothing we'd ever seen before. I was transfixed and probably went back to see the movie, at least, 4 or 5 times. 

We went back to the big expensive theater when Star Trek The Motion Picture came out. Dad was a HUGE Star Trek fan.

Unfortunately, I didn't make it past the million year beginning of the movie when they did the fly around the Enterprise. I fell asleep  and missed most of the movie. When I finally did see it, I realized I didn't miss much. Whoops.

A movie I can't stand, but can't forget, is the one a cousin took a bunch of the kids in the family to see. She packed us in a car one spring night and we went to the drive-in to see the child scarring movie Old Yeller. To this day, I have no idea what she was thinking. Did she set out to see if she could traumatize a huge group of children? You know, as an experiment? Whatever it was, it wasn't good.

Yep, a car full of crying kids is not the way I'd want to send an evening. You?

My dad was an alcoholic, so was emotionally absent, but for some reason he took me and my sister to see the Jungle Book.

I don't remember why, but it doesn't matter since it was just him and us. 

Of course, nothing can compare to my go-to, watch-a-million-times-move, GhostBusters!
I saw it opening night, I was on a horrible date. The movie was amazing though and it's the movie I can watch over and over and never get tired of it. It always makes me laugh, no matter what.

And these are the movies from my childhood. Now run out and see what movies the other bloggers talk about. I'm going to bet at least one of mine, is on someone else's list. 

Bronwyn
Jessica
Kris
Jessica D
Paige


Thursday, August 4, 2016

IF YOU COULD REWRITE ANY BOOK (YOURS OR SOMEONE ELSE'S) WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Okay, before we jump into the Randomness of Wednesday, let me share with you the male hotness of the day.



Wow, he's pretty daggone athletic. Huh? 

Anyway, rewriting a book. The book I'd chose to rewrite is one of my own and it's called Blood Bond. I really loved the characters in the book - Keller, Khalid, and, of course, the ever fabulous Jaz. 

The book was too short and didn't have enough detail to flesh anyone out. Yes, it was written to be included in an anthology, but the characters need more. The story needs more. I read it now and cringe since the plot has enough holes you can drive a freight train through them.

Thankfully, the book belongs to me now and I AM going to rewrite. It's no longer the first in a series and it won't be called Blood Bond. Right now I'm working on the first called Entanged and the rewritten book will probably be called Bound and it will be second. I can't wait to reshape the story into what I know it can be. 

Now run over and check out what the other bloggers have to say.

Bronwyn
Jessica D
Paige

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO WRITE

Before we being let's have some Wednesday Male Hotness


So, the topic this week is what motivates me to write. And, I might say, if I knew, I'd be cranking out the words, but that's a downer attitude to have. And, I've actually been writing so that's a huge positive for me. I have over 56k on the book I'm working on so I am major stoked.

Normally, a number of things can flip that writing switch. The first would be a really awesome writing idea. I once wrote a book in 2 weeks. Yeah, I know, I'm stunned too. My utterly amazing friend Jessica was an editor for a publishing house and she called me. She was heading up a Valentine's anthology and she'd gotten no submissions and she wanted me to write one. No pressure, but she needed it in a month. *cue dramatic music* 

I jumped on that and whipped out the book Be Mine. I already had the germ of an idea and it just flowed. It was my first contemporary erotic romance and I still think it's pretty good.

The second thing to motivate me is the love of the story. I love the men in my Promises books. I love the overarching story arc and being able to come back and visit the same characters over and over. I have over 10k on the next book in the series, Broken Promise, so as soon as I finish what I'm working on now I am so back to it.

The next thing that motivates me is the need to escape. I suffer from chronic depression and it so sucks. Escaping into one of my stories where the women are totally kickass and the men are hot is often the only thing that gets me through a day. I need the escape. Unfortunately, when the depression is at it's worst I can't write. I don't have the energy or the brain power to be creative. 

Deadlines are a huge motivator! If I have a deadline, like the two weeks, I will flip into gear. It's like writing papers for college. I know when they're due and they have to be done. End of story. When I was in college I refused to lose a letter grade because I couldn't get my stuff done. 

When I visit my amazing friend Jessica Jarman, I write the entire time we're together. She motivates me, since she's writing too. We go to a coffee shop or B&N and just sit and write. There's nothing better than to sit with someone who is engaged in the same thing you are and work together. It's awesome.

Last, getting emails from readers totally motivates me. I read about how much my books are loved and it just makes me want to write. Yay!!

And that's what motivates me. Now hop on over to the other bloggers' pages and see what gets them writing.

Bronwyn
Paige



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: ANGER/RAGE

Hello! Before I get to the wordlessness let's share some WMH

So, today's topic is anger/rage and, let me tell you, there are tons of things that get me ragey, especially with all the crap going on in the world right now. If I did those, this would so be a big downer, so I'm going to share some things that make me angry/ragey, but with a light-hearted spin to them. 

So here are things that make me feel:



Now check out what the other bloggers have to share.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BRAIN DUMP: WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?

Once again, I totally had a "brain dump" yeah see what I did there?? And forgot to write the blog. *sigh* I will admit that I had a valid excuse. I was actually writing.On my book. O_O (stunned look) I know! I'm stunned too.

Oh, wait, let's give out WMH


Soooo, there are many things on my mind. The big one is a huge pet peeve I have and this involves the bookstore I work at. 

*clearing throat*

Attention Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and everyone else who brings kids in:

The bookstore is not a playground. The people who work in the bookstore are not there to watch your kids. The merchandise that sit on the shelves is not a free-for-all to give your kids something to do. It is for sale. Which means, you have to buy it before your kids play hell out of it. 

And this all means, that no one listens. I cannot tell you the number of times I see kids tossing, playing, running and screaming through the aisles with the things the bookstore has for sale. Okay, take today for instance. This kid is throwing a fit and tosses a book on the floor and steps on it. Can we say OH HELL NO!

Yeah, I instantly said something to him about it. And dad was on him like a shot, but it doesn't often happen that way. If I had a dollar for every kid that's basically dumped back in the kids department to "play" while the parent is up hanging out in the cafe drinking a coffee talking on the phone. Really??? Have you no sense of responsibility?? Do you really imagine that the employees pay attention to your darling? If someone were to snatch that kid up you know that parent, who isn't parenting, would be the first one crying a bucket of tears. 

Also, the parents with the phones. Can you not spend any time talking with your kids? Reading to your kids? Nope, obviously not since your phone is sooooo much more important than your spawn who is running around acting like they're at a park. I'm sure you don't watch them there either. You know, you took the time to have the kids, could you spend a little bit of time interacting?

In all this craziness, I never blame the kids. I'm a teacher and I know how kids are. They need to be taught. I put all the blame where it belongs, on the adult. As my Mom once said to me, "Once you have a child, you no longer get to be the number one priority. Your child is." And this is why I never wanted kids. I made that decision. I wish some of these other people had made the same one. 

And that was my Wednesday soapbox. Now run out and check out what the other bloggers have on their minds.

Bronwyn
Kris
Jessica D
Paige