Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Do's and Don'ts of Writing While Staying Home With Chipmunk

I am back to work at the paying gig today, surrounded by this most uninspiring of things:
Gray gone bad.  And I'm surrounded by this all day.  EEK!
I've been home the last couple of days with Chipmunk.  Per doctor's orders, she couldn't return to school for a couple of days.  So Monday and Tuesday, I was at home.  I picked up a couple nuggets of knowledge.

DO take advantage of being at home from the paying gig.  That means an extra hour or two of sleep.  WOOT!

DO check out extra blogs and comment.

DO read a book while Chipmunk is catching up on rest.

DO write, revise and edit as needed

But, it's the Don'ts that sort of plagued me.

DON'T drink an entire bottle of Moscato, by yourself, before a Monday.  An impromptu celebration of not having to go in to the office and finally knowing what's been ailing your child is great, but this was a bad idea.  For one with a low alcohol tolerance, this resulted in the following day being a total FAIL due to a non-stop headache.  When your biggest accomplishment at the end of the day is finally getting rid of the headache before bed, well, you know you've been extremely non-productive.

DON'T lose control of your eating habits.  Remember, you did not lose a few pounds by chomping down on chocolate chip cookies throughout the day.  A hangover is not a good reason to dive into your chocolate craving head first.  Now, put the cookie back down and step back.  Step back some more, like out-of-the-kitchen-far-away-back.

DON'T shop at a bulk size store -think Costco or Sam's - when you know you're going to be home, surrounded by all those goodies, goodies you normally don't get to see until you've drained most of your energy working during the day and helping Chipmunk with homework and reading.  By the time you do see them, you don't have the energy to crave them so much.  At home all day, those goodies are like the Borg.  Resistance is futile.

Okay, so enough of my Do's and Don'ts.  What are some of your Do's and Don'ts if you are home all day, with or without your kiddo(s)?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Catch Fire! - CassaFire Blog Party

What do you do when you have a party?  Have LOADS of fun, mingle with all the friends and strangers that show up and dance until your toes are sore from your three-inch wedge heels.  Then you take those off and boogie some more!

Well, today is party day everyone!!

*Throws confetti!*

It's a Catch Fire! Blog Party for blogger extraordinaire, movie guru, guitar rocking, Ninja Captain - Karate Chop!! - Alex J. Cavanaugh.  The goal is to help CassaFire “catch fire” on the best seller charts and achieve the success of the first book, CassaStar. There’s also a special package of prizes being given away at the author’s blog (copies of CassaFire, CassaStar, tote bag, mug, and bookmarks) as well as book giveaways during his two-week blog tour. See Alex’s site for details: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/

CassaFire
by Alex J. Cavanaugh

CassaStar was just the beginning…

The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.

The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities. 

To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

Available today!
Science fiction - space opera/adventure
Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, $15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 240 pages
EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9, $4.99, available in all formats


CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller:
“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal

You can visit Alex's site at http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
Book trailer available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa6VINRGtyE.
But because I'm just tickled pink about this book launch, here's the trailer:

Are you ready to Catch Fire?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Birth of a Novel and #writemotivation

"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Hufstedler (thinkexist.com)

Who knows this better than doers? The inventor designing the next big thing. The engineer designing the next big technological advancement. The writer working on their novel.
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Working on the Birth of a Novel angle, MINGLED is in the next stage of the process.  With the first draft done, it is time to organize, reorganize, shift, add and take a little away from the gathering of words.  Then off for it's first round of beta reviews.  I hope to get this done by mid-next week.  It's a lofty goal, but I'll see if I can make it happen.

#writemotivation
I'm still working on goals for March 2012 - almost done and will post them on my #writemotivation page in the next day or two.

As for the goals for February 2012:

1: Complete first draft of MINGLED and continue first draft of UNCOMMON - First half done.  Second half, not so much
2: Post 3 blogs a week - Done!
3: Read 3 books - Almost done.  Read and reviewed Everneath for my 2012 YA/MG Debut Author Reading Challenge, completed The Book Thief and am almost done with Send One Angel Down.
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week. - Done!


I want to thank everyone who commented on Friday.  It's a whole lot of us who would love to visit New Zealand.  If I could afford it, I'd make my way there quick, fast and in a hurry :-)  Also, you guys gave me some interesting input regarding the good/bad attraction.  Gives me some interesting stuff to work with.

Now, something else that has me curious.  Would you consider taking a dive into a genre that you're not familiar with if the novel idea came to you begging to be told?

Friday, February 24, 2012

A to Z, One, Two, Three, Boy Meets Girl


April 2012 will be here soon. Are you joining the A to Z fun? Click here to check out the deets.

The very lovely and funny Angie Cothran tagged me.  I'm It!  Here are her questions.  Yes, I'm okay if you roll on the floor uproariously at something that I should have been much smarter NOT to attempt or do. :-)
  1. Do you write your books out long hand with paper and pen or typed on a computer? Okay, so here's the deal.  I usually start off with Post it notes (not numbered so I have to make sure to keep them in order) or with my daughter's Spongebob and Patrick stationary.  For some reason, the first paragraph or first lines like to get worked out when I'm not in front of my personal laptop or I'm in the middle of something else and the Chipmunk's stationary is the first thing I grab to jot down the first lines.  Otherwise, typed on my laptop.
  2. If you had to live your life without one of these which would you pick—Underwear or Shoes? Why? Um, the ground has things like glass, pebbles, gravel and it gets really hot or really cold.  Wearing a pair of pants or a long skirt, no one would ever know that I was "wilidng out" with no underwear.  So yeah, no underwear lol!!!
  3. Where is the best place to vacation? In reality, my bed where I can disappear beneath the blankets and sleep, sleep, sleep.  In my fantasy, it would be a toss up between France and New Zealand.  Wine in the countryside or natural beauty that steals your breath away.
  4. What would the world be better without?  Defining one's life by the misery of others.
  5. If you could live in one fairy tale, which one would you pick?  As much as I adore fairy tales with their Happily Ever Afters, I'm not sure I'd be able to live in any of them.  My brain would rebel on me.  I could try under the sea with Ariel where I'll immediately be distracted by every shiny thing in sight.  Or I could try in the heart of Nawlins with Tiana.
  6. What is your strength as a writer?  How I wish I could say it's my perfect word choice, revulsion to passive voice and adverbs and the ability to get the story right in the first draft.  Given my word choice sometimes causes head scratching, my penchant for abusing -ing words and adverbs like they're the only words available and the fright that echoes through my frame when I attempt a read-through of my first draft, I'd have to say my strength is my stubborn nature.  Despite it all - or in spite of it all - I just keep trying.
  7. Night Owl or Early Bird?  Night owl
  8. Favorite cosmetic product? Lip stick that doesn't dry my lips and make them all flakey and ugh.  Not fun when you have full lips.
  9. If you could be friends with one published author who would you pick?  J.K. Rowling should be the obvious answer but instead, I'd choose Brodi Ashton.  No, not for her book, Everneath, even though I enjoyed it.  It's because she's as hilarious as hells-bells.  You have to check out her blog.
  10. Hollywood star you look most like?  Queen Latifah, at least that's what I've been told.
  11. What is one thing you miss about your childhood? Gosh, I miss not being an adult, having constant responsibility for something or someone else.  Go outside and play.  Sit down and read a book.  Do homework.  Those don't seem so tough now.
Now here's my question, something to help me with this A to Z Challenge I've latched myself to - Heaven help me - why do you think many good girls have a leaning toward bad boys or good boys hunger for bad girls?  Or maybe you can share why we seem to have a special enjoyment of the forbidden romances:  Buffy and Angel, Edward+Bella+Jacob, Marianne Dashwood and John Willoughby, Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Day in the Life and Progress in Various Ways

I have many facets of me.  I'm a mom, a writer, a blogger, a bookworm with a growing TBR list, a fan of countless authors and a full-time cuber (worker stuffed in a hayworth cubicle).

The beautiful Sophia Chang has given me a chance to share a day in my life posted at her blog, Sophia The Writer.  Come check it out here.  Try not to laugh too hard :-)

Now, I can't speak for others, but I haven't done the best job of taking care of me.  Actually, I've been rather pathetic.  Guess that comes as part of that whole sacrificial bit of putting kids first or something.  But as part of my main goal of "finding balance in my life" in 2012, I slipped something important into the mix.  Take better care of myself.
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Toward this end, I've started making better eating choices.  I no longer squee with zealous joy at finding whatever chocolate, deep fried, smothered concoction I got my hands on.  Paying attention to portion size has been a huge help.  And I've been very realistic about my results.  My waistline hasn't always been a jolly replica of the Buddha belly.  It took some time to get to this point.  And the tasty food along the way has been scrumptious.

As with my writing, I'm making slow but steady progress in the weight loss area, having dropped fifteen pounds since the beginning of the year.  What are some other facets of YOU that may need a little more attention?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Channeler's Choice

You all know how I love to support authors.  So check out what's coming very soon:


Releasing (officially) February 27th in hardback and eBook, Channeler's Choice, the sequel to Heather McCorkle's earth-conscious urban fantasy, The Secret Of Spruce Knoll. To celebrate she's doing a blog tour from February 27th through March 15th along with a giveaway. Here are the prizes:

Winner #1:
An eBook of Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
An eBook of Running Wide Open by Lisa Nowak
An eBook of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll (if you don’t have a copy yet)
A paperback of Born Of Fire & Dies Irae (novella combination by Heather McCorkle and Christine Fonseca released through Compass Press)
And of course, Channeler’s Choice swag (bookmarks, postcards, etc.)

Winner #2
An eBook of Beautiful Demons & Inner Demons by Sarra Cannon
An eBook of Bound by C.K. Bryant
An eBook of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll (if you don’t have a copy yet)
A paperback of Born Of Fire & Dies Irae (novella combination by Heather McCorkle and Christine Fonseca released through Compass Press)
And of course, Channeler’s Choice swag (bookmarks, postcards, etc.)

If you don’t have an eReader then you’ll definitely want to stay tuned on Heather’s blog for a HUGE giveaway taking place at the end of the Channeler’s Choice tour.

To enter stop by her blog for official details. http://heathermccorkle.blogspot.com  

Here is a bit about Channeler's Choice:

With her parents’ murderer’s dead, Eren can finally concentrate on fitting in at Spruce Knoll High, not to mention figuring out what it means to be a channeler. If only it were that easy. It turns out she isn’t normal even among channelers - she may be a legendary warrior meant to protect the earth in a last great battle. 

But Mayan prophecies are the least of her worries as she involuntarily starts to gather her own Society, another girl moves in on Aiden, her powers rage out of control, and worst of all, someone is stalking her. To top it all off, Eren discovers she doesn’t have to be a channeler after all - she has a choice. 

As an old threat closes in and she risks ending up like her parents, she is forced to decide. Be a normal teenager and leave the legendary warrior stuff to someone else, or embrace a dark destiny?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Double-Tap

I've been touched, not once, but twice, with some blog love.  Raelyn Barclay passed me the Kreativ Blogger award and Jess over at Write. Skate. Dream gave me the Dream Launcher award.  I want to thank them both so much.  I heart you guys!!!
Now for the Kreativ Blogger award, Raelyn did something that made me drool - err - that ruled.  She listed ten sexy men with their pictures.  Saying I really enjoyed that post is such a pathetic understatement lol!!!

So I want to try something, like listing five guys that I can stare at ALL.  DAY.  LONG.  No breaks, just let my eyeballs shrivel up.  For the men checking out the blog, don't skip out, just scroll down.
1. Johnny Depp - Did I ever mention I have the most ridiculous crush on this man?  If I haven't, I just did :-)
Dear Johnny, I love you!
2. Bi Rain (Jung Hi Hoon) - I can't understand a single word he says when he speaks his native language (S. Korean), but he can sing and dance and well, Le Sigh
Let it Rain
3. Boris Kodjoe - Some men do bald so well it should be banned :-)
Stop being sexy already lol!!
4. Idris Elba - Deep, dark eyes...I'm falling...still falling.  Wait...nope...still falling
You guessed it, still falling.
5. Daniel Henney - Thank you to Alessandra!
Is there a doctor in the house?
I am an equal-opportunity drooler - err - individual, so guys, I think some of you may like these ladies.
1. Sofia Vergara
From Modern Family
2. Salma Hayek
Lasting Beauty
3. Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Eureka
4. Angelina Jolie
A Chick and Her Gun
5. Lucy Liu
Kill Bill, anyone?
Well, now.  After all that, I think it's safe to wish you all a very wonderful rest of the weekend :-)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Race Horses Had it Right All Along

Some of you were probably smart enough to see Secretariat when it first came out back in 2010.
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As one slightly ignorant of the ways of horses beyond their ability to walk and crap at the same time - that's multitasking for you - I delayed in viewing this movie.  Didn't watch it until some time last year.  I loved it, but that's not the main reason I bring this up.

See, I took a break after writing The End on the first draft of MINGLED.  I stepped away from it and let it breathe, let my mind wander and enjoyed the extra reading time.  But now I understand what those horses understood.  They were bred to run.  They knew that sidling up behind that stall door meant they were going to stretch their legs, plant their hooves and pound the dirt until one horse bore the flowers of glory.

Now that I've given myself the time to just...BE...I can feel it.  That thundering drive like the revving of a muscle car itching to let it loose on a straightaway.  That excitement building like pressed down energy, sparks flaring.  The joy of writing made physical by the jolt in my heart as I prepare to get back down to the business of writing.

Not sure if I've been this excited before.  How about you?  Have you ever had a situation where you were physically overjoyed to work things out with your MS?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Interview With An Aspirer

I've been given the privilege to share a little about me over at Myself as Written, Charlie Holmberg's wonderful and often helpful blog.

Before you go to check that out, I've been tagged!

So here are the questions posed by Alessandra Hinlo
1. What's the most interesting place you've visited?  Well, although not together anymore, me and Papa Chipmunk got married and honeymooned via cruise ship.  We stopped in Cozumel and I LOVED it.  Beautiful, warm sand that trickled through your fingers like spun silk.  Clear, dazzling water.  Did I mention I LOVED it?  Yeah, just making sure :-)
2. Favorite food?  I can take chicken the way Forrest Gump did shrimp: broiled, baked, fried, grilled, kabobbed, casseroled and on and on.
3. Horror: yes or no? Goodness no.  I'm such a scaredy cat.
4. What is one thing you absolutely must do before you die? As long as I get to tell my daughter I love her before I die, then all the rest is just bucket-list icing, like visiting the UK, France, Japan, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa.  I'd also like to visit New Zealand because some great movies were filmed out in that beautiful nature.
5. Do you write in the morning or in the evening?  I write in the evening.
6. What's your favorite urban legend or ghost story? I don't know how many other people have heard of this, but I've heard that when you're in bed and you awaken but feel like you can't breath or sit up, that it's a hag sitting on your chest.  If someone reading this knows what I'm talking about, please mention it in the comments because you'll probably describe it much better.  Just creepy.
7. Are you left-handed or right-handed? (I ask this because I'm a leftie!)  I'm right handed :-)
8. What's your favorite mode of travel? (by car, plane, train, ship, etc)  I'm so going to cheat and say the Internet.  I can go anywhere I want, and see lots of things with Google Earth from the comfort of my chair and PC.
9. Do you have any scars? How did you get them?  I have quite a few.  Some from chickenpox as a kid, others from random bumps, knocks and "When did that happen?" moments.  One scar I got from not listening to my mother.  She warned me NOT to toss my brother's football up in the house.  So what did I do?  I tossed that bad boy high toward the ceiling, where there was a glass covered light, then "Oooohhhed" as it crashed into the light.  Broken glass tumbled with sharp edges and malicious aim.  One shard lodged in a finger and another stuck itself on the outer edge of my eye, a slit's width away from my eyeball.  I ran about the house like a child possessed.  Ended up needed stitches.  No longer had a desire to toss that football up ever again.  Didn't get a whipping for that.  I think my mom knew I'd endured enough punishment :-)
10. Favorite author?  A battle between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
11. Apple or PC?  I'm a PC

Okay, now go check out  my interview:-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Literary Legends and Dimensions

Dr. Maya Angelou
Click here >>>
Say that name anywhere and you'd be hard pressed to find someone that hasn't heard of her.  In a brief description on her site, she is described as "a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou's unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race. Angelou captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics."

I was first introduced to her work as a teenager, reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  I remember thinking, "what a silly title"...until I read the book.  Yeah, it stopped being silly and I wanted to know more about her.  At this point, she's pretty iconic.  If I met her, I'd probably pass out, but hopefully I'd shake her hand before doing so :-)

On a note less embarrassing than admitting Maya's presence in my general vicinity could cause me to faint, I'd like to mention a movie that folks in the Boston area will get to see.  It is called Dimensions.  It will be at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival on Saturday, February 18th.

Here's what it's about from the movie's site:

Dimensions:  A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads
Stephen is a brilliant young boy who lives in England, in what appears to be the 1920s – but nothing in Stephen’s life is quite as it seems.  His world is turned upside down upon meeting a charismatic and inspirational professor at a garden party, who demonstrates to Stephen and his friends what life would be like if they themselves were merely one, or two, dimensional beings.  He then proceeds to explain that by manipulating other dimensions, time travel may actually be possible.
As Stephen’s life unfolds, events lead him to dedicate himself to turning the Professor’s theories of time travel into reality.  Jealousy, love, obsession, temptation and greed surround him, influencing his fragile mind and the direction of his work.
So I'm admittedly curious, if time travel were real, you can control the WHEN of your trip but your return to the present was not guaranteed, would you take this chance to reshape your world?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Mash Up

Cupid's arrow has stricken some of you with heart palpitations at the sight of that special someone.  Wings collide in a fluttering cascade within the core of your being when they approach you, whisper your name, trace their fingertips along your jawline.  The mere thought of being in their presence, even after weeks apart, warms your neck, heat flashing to the tips of your ears as you gasp.  After ten, twenty, thirty years together, the words, "I love you," carry more value than all the Queen's jewels.  You know a diamond can be replaced, an emerald bought again, rubies dug up and fashioned as needed.  But that love of your life is, well...

Irreplaceable and Unforgettable.

On this Valentine's Day, I want to wish all the lovers and couples a marvelous Day of Love.

On to the rest of the Mash Up :-)

In His Eyes anthology winners, please stand up:

Barbara Ann Wright
J. C. Martin
1000th.monkey
Tracey J.
Peggy Eddleman
Tiffany Mahaffey
Leslie Rose

If you have not received your e-mail notification from me, please contact me at tomewriter(at)gmail(dot)com so I can make sure you receive your prize.

Heather McCorkle has tagged me in something too cute to pass up on.  Make sure to stop by here to check out the questions she had and the answers she provided.  I loved them!

So, here I go:

What is your favorite book, and why?  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, though I fancy the entire Narnia series.  Epic good vs. Evil, traveling to fantasy worlds where two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve could make a difference.
Who do you admire most, and why?  Okay, so this may be a bit sappy, but I admire my late mother most of all.  She, to me, was the epitome of commitment to hard work and spiritual encouragement.  She was a prayerful woman and always had a smile, even in the hardest of times...which there were a lot of those growing up.
Music, or movies?  Hmmm...both (I know, such a cheat move ::hangs head in shame::)  lol!!!
Ebook, or printed book?  I do love you printed books.  I really do, but I'm leaning toward more e-books.
Best book you've read this year?  So far, I'd have to go with Under the Never Sky.  Mainly because I'd fallen in love with the idea of a Never Sky and violent storms that can burn you to a crisp.  I've been absolutely thrilled with everything I've read thus far.

I think that's enough mashing up for today.  Off you go now.  Enjoy your Day of Love.  By the way, other than candy and flowers, what do you think makes a good Valentine's Day gift?

Monday, February 13, 2012

It's My Birthday and I'll Share If I Want To :-)

I won't dive into how many years ago it happened, but I made my way into this world, a screaming little thing, hollering from the tap on my bottom meant to ensure I was breathing and alive.  All the while, I'm sure my newborn self was quite angry nobody asked if I wanted to leave the warmth and comfort of the place I'd called home for nine to ten months.

Now all grown up - well, sort of :-) - I'm a lot quieter about my birthday.  Not the big partier or gift seeker.  So, I thought it would be great to give this time around.  So what is it I want to share with you?

Smashwords or Amazon 


In His Eyes is FREE at Smashwords, and $0.99 at Amazon and Barnes&Noble - hopefully to go free there as well by the release date on February 14th for Valentines Day.

You could also add In His Eyes to yourTBR list on Goodreads.

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Stories included in the Anthology:

Surprise, Surprise by Stacey Wallace Benefiel, author of Glimpse: Half the women in Melody's family can see the future, which makes it nearly impossible for Raleigh to surprise her. What's a guy to do for Valentine's Day when his girlfriend is always one step ahead of him? 

First Kiss or First Kill? by C.K. Bryant, author of 
Bound: Love isn't always rainbows and kittens, sometimes it can be downright deadly. (A deleted chapter from Bound.) 

Shattered by Ali Cross, author of 
Become: James and Desi use each other in an effort to cling to the darkness in each of them, but in the end they discover that love changes everything. (A short story from James’ POV) 

Before by Jessie Harrell, author of 
Destined: When a younger Eros is exiled to a land that doesn't believe in the Greek gods, he finds the first love of his immortal life. Read Eros' first person account of his romance, and heartbreak, in the time before he met Psyche. 

The Qualm Before the Storm by Karen Amanda Hooper, author of
Tangled Tides. Yara Jones doesn’t want to be a mermaid. Treygan doesn’t want to be the monster who turns her. You can’t always get what you want. (A short prequel to Tangled Tides.) 

Unspeakable by S.R. Johannes, author of 
Untraceable: When Mo sees a strange girl in the woods, he follows her. He soon realizes they are both in a dangerous position and might not get out alive. 

In the Beginning by Katie Klein, author of 
Cross My Heart: Seth is falling hard for Genesis Green, but the guardian angel is determined not to interfere, until an accident changes the course of their lives forever. (A short prequel to The Guardian.) 

A Chance Encounter by Cheri Lasota, author of 
Artemis Rising: Finnian's eyes hide a terrible secret. But a girl on the train home, the girl in tears with a secret of her own...She sees right through him. A scene from the upcoming novel, Echoes in the Glass. 

Family Bonds by Heather McCorkle, author of 
The Secret of Spruce Knoll: A Halloween party filled with teens who can channel energy and use it to kill, what could go wrong? For Spruce Knoll fans who are dying to read more about Fane. 
Getting Closer by Lisa Nowak, author of Running Wide Open: Megan is smart, hot, and an upperclassman—in other words, way out of Cody’s league. So why did she choose him? (An excerpt of Getting Sideways.) 

Precalculus by Cory Putman Oakes, author of The Veil: a re-telling of the fateful class period that changed Addison Russell’s life, from Luc’s point of view (a.k.a. Chapter 2 of The Veil from Luc’s perspective) 

The Almost Assassin by Laura Pauling, author of A Spy Like Me, releasing Spring 2012: Malcolm tries his hand at the family business but his conscience and a beautiful "spy" may be his downfall. 

Mind Games by Susan Kaye Quinn, author of 
Open Minds: Raf wants to take Kira—the only girl in school who doesn’t read minds—to the mindware Games, but his friends have other plans. (A short prequel to Open Minds.) 

By The Firelight by Elle Strauss, author of 
Clockwise: When Nate McKenzie asks an unpopular girl to dance on a dare, he's in for the time of his life. 

A Very Alien Valentine’s Day by Magan Vernon, author of 
How To Date An Alien: After surviving confinement and an intergalactic war for his human half, Alex, now he has to live through the biggest challenge of them all: Valentine's Day. 

Aligned by RaShelle Workman, author of 
Exiled: A half-Eternal boy and an Eternal girl must free millions of tortured souls from a creature whose been feasting on their pain and suffering.

***So what I want to do is give a Kindle version (currently priced at $0.99) to seven lucky commentors.  That's right.  Leave me a comment below and I'll pick seven of you to pass along this romance-filled-lovefest by a group of extremely talented authors.  If your e-mail address is not part of your profile, please be sure to add it in your comment.*** 


EDIT:  Thank you to all interested commentors.  The giveaway has now closed.

So what I want to know is: What is your idea of romance or a romantic act?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Everneath, What One Rash Decision Can Do

Check it out here
Here's the description from Brodi Ashton's blog:

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

So I finished reading this book.  I know I just mentioned that I was reading it but yeah, it's done.  I finished it a couple of days ago.  What could I possibly think of it:
 - page turner
 - emotional roller coaster
 - made me sniffle a little
 - romance boiling under the surface and brimming out of the cup
 - some love triangles work, like in this story

Now, there is one thing that I had to work through.  I won't go into details because I don't want any spoilers here.  I'll just say that I'm a fan of loving hard, just on the fence about certain things done in the name of love.

As much as I enjoyed Cole and could really feel for Nik, I really loved Jack.  I keep wondering if it is possible to find a grown up, real life version of someone like him.  Brodi Ashton's description of him is wonderful but it's his actions that made him swoon-worthy, if he were much older that is.  If there was a team, I would be Team Jack all the way.  At least I wouldn't want to form a Team We Hate Nik.  Her character displayed a reasonable amount of angst...and who wouldn't after being sucked down to Everneath to be fed upon by an Immortal only to Return to the Surface and have six months to...what, try to make things right after suddenly vanishing?  Actually say goodbye to family and friends?  Make up missed homework?

Brodi's premise is strong, allotting room for a lot of tension.  Her writing was almost conversational, pulling you in and carrying you along until you found it hard to put the story away.

My mind is now ready for an Everneath #2.  I want to know.  I have to know.  No.  I need to know what's in story for Cole, Nik and Jack.

So, what good read are you checking out right now?

****By the way, tune in Monday for something special  :-)****

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sunshiney Day

So, how special am I feeling today?  Well, I'm blushing at a blog award I was given by a darling Southern belle I often visit.  When you visit Christy Farmer's blog, she greets you with a bright, inviting smile.  It only gets better from there with helpful tips and some pretty funny posts as well.  Here's the award she's given me:

Here's the To Do:

Favorite Color: purple
Favorite animal: felines, they're just so darn graceful, most of the time 
Favorite number: 2
Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Wild Cherry Pepsi
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook, me and Twitter are still feeling each other out
Passion: Writing and Reading
Getting or Giving Presents: I love giving but do I really have to choose? :-)
Pattern: Hmm...got to think on this one.
Day of the week: Saturday
Flower: roses, I'm a pathetic romantic at heart
Now the rule is to pass it along to 10 bloggers that make you smile.  Well, I'm pretty horrible with this part but there is one blog I want to point out because her eye for beauty shows in the photos she shares:
1. Olga at Artful Nuance

Thank you, Christy, for passing this on to me.

The gorgeous Sophia Chang at Sophia The Writer also gifted me with an award:

I don't get to comment as often as I did last year.  But when I do, I want you to know that I gave your post some thought, even if all you posted was "Peanut butter: the best protein EVER!"  So this award was quite touching.  Thank you so much, Sophia.

I'd like to end this post, not with the normal question I ask, but with a spotlight on an African-American scholar:  Alain LeRoy Locke, the first black Rhodes scholar.  He was an educator, journalist and philosopher.  You can click here for more on his bio.

Thanks for stopping by and have a FAB-U-LOUS Wednesday :-)