Hey, all! I’m over at Plotting Princesses today. I hope you can stop by!
Today I’m over at Magical Musings talking about my upcoming release, ONLY FOR A KNIGHT. There’s a giveaway! Click here.
Today! I’m at Sky Purington’s blog talking about Christmas. There are giveaways. Lots and lots of giveaways! Hope you can stop by. Click the graphic above!
I’ve been nominated for a minor award! The very awesome Jami Gray bestowed the One Lovely Blog Award to me and I’m ever so grateful. So grateful in fact, I had to accept her tagging challenge and continue the long-standing tradition. The object of the game is to list seven things about yourself then nominate other bloggers for the award.
At first I thought I would list my seven favorite movies but then everyone knows what a movie freak I am so that’s really not interesting. Then I thought about listing my favorite accessories but that’s a pretty short list and everyone knows I’m a shoes and handbags addict. And then I thought what if I talked about something writing related? And immediately decided nah. That’s boring
Okay, so what’s left? I pondered this for a bit and finally came up with something. I decided to do Seven Totally Random Things I Love That Are Awesome.
And they are. Awesome that is. So here we go.
1. Popup Books. I was lying in bed the other night looking at my crammed bookcase and I spotted the popup books. I totally admit this: I adore popup books. I mean there is some serious love there. I could look at them all freaking day. And they never not (yes, I know that was a double negative and totally improper grammar but I’m not writing a novel here) delight me when I turn the page and a new thing pops up. The running joke with my sis-in-law was every Christmas I got a popup book. I have Disney Princesses and Fairies. If you give me a popup book, I will be your best friend FOREVER. I better get one for Christmas, just sayin’.
2. Fantasy Art. This is somewhat of an obsession with me. I have discovered the wonderful Deviant Art website and this really cool page on Facebook called Fantasy Art Addiction. These artists who draw fantasy art astound me. I could spend—and have spent—hours looking at all the art and combing through the Deviant Art website look for things. If you follow me on Facebook or Pinterest, then you know this already about me. I try to post a new fantasy art picture every day. Mostly because I’m already there looking at the art. It’s a feast for the eyes. And joy for my soul and I totally, utterly adore it.
3. Fairies and Angels. Yes, I know this could fall under the “Fantasy Art” category but I have a special love for fairies and angels. You’ll probably see lots and lots of fairies and angels on my Pinterest board. It’s an obsession really. I have not begun to be fully obsessed by them yet. Just wait until I start bringing home artwork and awesome things from Scarborough Faire (don’t tell my husband). My next cross-stitch project will be a fairy with gossamer wings sitting on a concrete ledge surrounded by moonlight. It’s breathtaking. I can’t wait to get started.
4. Brighton Charms. Oh my stars. SERIOUS love here. My husband deemed last Christmas as “Accessory Christmas.” He made the grave error of purchasing me a Brighton charm bracelet with charms and beads that you can customize. OH! I’m in love. Since last Christmas, I have spent, uh, we won’t talk about that. Suffice to say I’ve spent a small fortune on new beads and charms for my lovely bracelet. I have a wish list on Brighton, too (hint hint) for future purchases.
5. Man Candy. Don’t judge. I like looking at half-nekkid pictures of men. I have a fine appreciation for a well-tone male physique. And hairy chests. Yes, I have a board on Pinterest for Man Candy, too. (Curse you Pinterest for being so fun and joyful.) My niece and I share a board where we can pin hotties to our hearts’ content. Good times.
6. Cookies and Cupcakes. I don’t think an explanation is necessary.
7. Books and Electronic Gadgets. These are two totally unrelated things but there is a method to the madness and why I lumped them together. You see, in my town, Best Buy is next door to Barnes & Noble. It’s heavenly really. Not only can I go into Best Buy and sniff electronics and pet the iPads, but I can also go to the bookstore and sniff the books and the coffee. They both give me an unnatural high. What can I say? I’m weird like that. I love walking into both stores and browsing for hours upon hours. In the bookstore, I like to see what’s new on the Romance and Sci-Fi/Fantasy shelves. In Best Buy, I like to drool over the iPads and the appliances. And the husband likes both stores, too. It’s win-win!
Okay, there’s my list. And now I’m gonna tag the following:
Can’t wait to read your lists!
I’ve been busy blog hopping this week, so I thought I’d do a weekly wrap-up. Ya know, just in case you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook (and WHY NOT? Shame on you). I hope you’ll indulge me and stop by a few of these places.
Over at Sharon Buchbinder’s blog with an in-depth (sort of) interview. Check it out here.
At Wicked Romance, another inteview that’s even more in-depth (kind of). You can find that here.
At Star-Crossed Romance, in which I talk about plotting and finding new ways to do it. You can read that here.
At Plotting Princesses with my monthly post about how to schedule your writing time. Click here.
And last, but certainly not least, I’m participating in the Long & Short Reviews Scavenger Hunt this week! Lots of fun and prizes! So be sure and check that out here.
See you lovlies next week!
I’ve been a busy bee. Yesterday, my regular post over at Plotting Princesses was up where I talk about the decision I made to write full-time. I hope you’ll find it as inspirational as others did. Check it out here.
I was also a guest at Paranormal Romance Fans For Life. This is a great blog for paranormal romance readers. I talk about my love of movies there, so be sure to leave a comment and follow the blog.
Since I’m doing this full-time gig now, I’ve had to figure out the schedule of my day. In the mornings, I usually do blog things. I’ve scheduled a whole lot of them to promote for me upcoming. Which is great because I actually have time to do that now. I make a to-do list every morning of the things I want to accomplish and stick to it. I’ve also started a progress tracker where I can keep track of everything I’m doing during the day. Sort of like a timesheet. I guess you can take the girl out of Corporate, but you can’t take Corporate out of the girl. Plus, it really keeps me honest. I’ve found it helps me see exactly what I’m doing everything. I guess I need the visual.
I’m currently rewriting the “girl in the brothel” book I started last summer and finished up in early fall. A funny thing happened while rewriting–I realized this is a shifter book. My first one. Sniff. A tear. Seriously, though, I had no idea I’d be writing about wolves and stuff so I had to do a little research on the matter. I like the story, though, and the characters finally gel with each other. And by that I mean the heroine is finally with the right in the story and the hero is not the hero of the story after all. I got about 1700 words revised yesterday. Most of that is new material.
I have some other opinions I’d like to share with you, but I that’s going to have to wait. I need to get on with the day. I have more revision to do, some guest posts to write, and brainstorming for a novella.
Hey, y’all. I’ve been doing a semi-blog tour but I haven’t posted it here. Today, I thought I’d share some places I’ve been. If you have time to check them out, I would be ever so grateful!
Show Don’t Tell: Over at author Melissa Groeling’s blog
Hello, My Name Is…: Imagination is a terrible thing to waste over at fellow Princess, Alisha Page’s blog
Today I’m over at Plotting Princesses talking about my love of Star Wars. Come on by!
I’m actively promoting ONE KNIGHT ONLY this week and next, so I hope you’ll bear with me as I send you on a blog tour.
First, I’m over at Vicky Burkholder’s blog with a post about how the story came about. Click here.
Second, I’m at the Long and Writing Road with an interview and a juicy excerpt. Click here.
Third, today I’m at Otherworldly Passions with another inteview AND a giveaway! Click here.
Hope to “see” you there!
Today, my historical/paranormal releases from Ellora’s Cave! You can buy your copy here.
EC Cover Price: $5.20
My blog tour begins today and will go throughout the month of October, plus I’ll be making some other appearances in November and December to talk about the book. Today, you can find me at:
Want to know what the book is about? What’s that? You don’t know already? Well, allow me to tell you!
Here’s the blurb:
A snarky Faery princess, a Scottish knight with a gambling problem, and a murderous earl all add up to one thing: Trouble. Maggie’s medieval education never prepared her for life in the Middle Ages!
Do-gooder Maggie Chase throws her thesis out the window when she wakes up in the arms of a hot Scottish knight. When she realizes she’s somehow ended up back in time, she embraces the persona of Lady Margaret. But she may be in over her head when she realizes she has to keep the sexy knight alive during a jousting tournament in order to get back to her own time.
Sir Finian “Finn” McCullough is a gambling man and owes a very large debt to an evil earl who is after his family estate. When the beautiful and outgoing Maggie arrives in his bed, he can’t remember tupping her the night before and thinks she’s a spy for one of his neighboring clans. He intends to find her kinsman and return her safely but he can’t resist her charms, her smart mouth or her sex appeal. Instead he keeps her close, taking her with him to an important jousting tournament—one he has to win or lose his castle forever.
I had a great editing experience and discovered that I had a serious exclamation point problem. Apparently, I love me some exclamation points when it came to this book. I guess there was a lot of emotion.
So, to whet your appetite, here is a snippet from the book. One of my favorite scenes:
Elyne sat Maggie at the long table in the Great Hall, the very room she had fallen asleep in the night before. Or rather, six hundred plus years in her future. There were the two giant fireplaces on either side of the room, both featuring a cheerful fire. The wood table Maggie feasted upon was scarred from longtime use. Faded tapestries hung along the stone walls. Maggie smiled. Here she was in a working medieval castle and she longed for a pen and paper to write everything she saw, heard and smelled.
Her breakfast was a thick porridge in a bread bowl and various dried fruits. The servants who placed the meal in front of her stared at her with big round eyes and gave her a look that said she had no business there. Maggie wondered if Finn was notorious for having strange ladies in his keep and she was another one in a long line of bonnie lasses.
Elyne poured her a tankard of a pale liquid and slid it her direction. Sniffing the honey sweetness sent her stomach plummeting. She wasn’t fond of sweet drinks, especially early in the morning, and she wrinkled her nose.
“It’s mead.” Elyne rolled her eyes.
“I’d rather have a cup of coffee with cream.”
“I’m not a short-order cook. You better get used to it if you plan to survive here. I thought you knew about history?”
“I do. But I studied medieval literature. Not food and drink.” Maggie waved toward the feast in front of her.
Elyne snorted in response.
“I don’t understand why you can’t just snap your fingers and send me back,” Maggie said, taking a bit of the steamy porridge.
“It doesn’t work like that,” Elyne said, an edge of impatience creeping into her voice.
“How does it work then?” Maggie was truly interested. She’d never laid eyes on a Fae, much less a royal one, and she wanted to know more about her.
“That’s none of your concern.”
“It is my concern. You brought me here. Besides, I’m not all too sure you’re really Fae. Prove it to me.”
Elyne’s mouth pulled into a sour grin. “I don’t have to prove anything to you.”
Maggie shrugged. “Have it your way.”
The princess puffed out a short breath. “Fine, then. I’ll prove it to you.”
Elyne clenched her fists at her sides, her body shimmering in gold and silver hues while Maggie watched. Her blonde hair sparkled with an otherworldly light, making Maggie shriek and drop her food, shielding her eyes from the blinding brightness. But not before she spotted the distinct pointed tips of Elyne’s ears.
“This is my true form,” Elyne informed her. “But you humans cannot look upon us for very long.”
“Because it’s like looking directly at the sun.”
Meaning, it would burn my eyeballs right out of their sockets. I get it.
“Turn it off.”
“Are you sure? Have I proven myself, then?”
“Yes, yes. Turn it off.”
Elyne’s image muted, the tips of her ears and the rest of her returning to normal, and a smirk appeared upon her face.
“All Fae wear a glamour to protect us from those who would harm us. Satisfied?”
Maggie nodded, clamping her open jaw shut. “I am, your highness. But you’re still coming with me.”
“Am I?” she asked, cocking her head in a sort of mocking way to one side.
“You are,” Maggie confirmed as though it fact. “And you’ll like it.”
“I agree it would not be proper for a lady to go without an escort, but—”
“Good, then it’s settled. I’ve never had a maidservant before. This should be fun.”
At Elyne’s grimace, Maggie flashed the brightest smile she could muster.
Blogging elsewhere: I’m over at Plotting Princesses! Come say hi
Does anyone else feel like this? I can’t believe September is nearly over. I don’t even have my fall decor out yet! Of course, it’s still in the 90s here and not feeling very fall-like. I wish October would get here with lovely temps. And rain! We still need that.
Yesterday I had to take the car in for service. Nothing major, just a tune up. My tune up cost $530. It was painful. The windshield washer had stopped working as well. That was another $168. I also had to have a fog light replaced. Add $49. All told, it was an $800 day. Money I could have spent on a new Coach bag. It was painful signing that check, let me tell you. But it needed to be done and the car seems to be happy. However, my clutch and rear brakes will need service soon.
At least the car is paid for and I have a job that allows me to pay for the service. See? Silver lining.
In other news.. I finally finished the read-through of the latest WIP. I made lots of long-hand notes on what scenes I wanted to add, rearrange and revise. I’m ready to get started on that but since there isn’t 36 hours in the day, I’m running out of time. Plus, with the release coming up, I need to get my promo spots done. Most of them are scheduled which is great.
Have you seen my website lately? If you haven’t, it looks much like the blog. I like the way it’s turning out. I don’t have a lot of fancy graphics in the headers, mostly because I don’t have the time to figure out how to expand the header (yet). When I do, though, I’m going to try and hire a freelancer to make something snazzy for me. In the meantime, I’m focused on writing and editing at the moment (and promoing!).
I decided to come to grips with the fact that one of my books wasn’t selling so well and terminated the contract. I’m waiting for reversion of rights. As soon as I get them back, I’m going to edit that book and self publish it. I already have a smokin’ hot cover for it (I hired someone to do it for me). Think I’ll beef up the sex scenes in that book, too. Self-publishing is an experiment for me right now. The two short stories aren’t selling that well (if at all) but that’s okay. They’re shorts. Hopefully something with a sexy cover will sell like hotcakes.
And I can’t believe it’s Wednesday. I have so much to do…and so little time!
Hey everyone – today is the launch of a new group blog (of which I’ll be participating in) called Plotting Princesses. I hope you’ll stop by and say hi!
We spent Tuesday evening at the Ballpark watching the Texas Rangers play. That was the fun part. The not so fun part was sitting in 100+ degree heat. It was still 100 degrees at 9 pm. I’d finally reached my maximum level of hotness (no jokes please) so we left after the 6th inning. My heart was racing and I had a really hard time walking back to the truck afterward. I was VERY glad to be in some AC and get home. I slept like the dead.
But woke up feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. I’ve come down with some sort of allergy/nasal/stupid thing. My sinuses have been bothering me the last two days. Yesterday was really bad. I felt like I could lay down and sleep for a week. And I get no more mid-day naps. hehe
This heat is nearly unbearable. We’ve had 20+ days of being in the triple digits. And virtually no rain. Everything is dead or dying. The lawns are practically brown. I’m sick of it. I’m ready for Winter. I’ll take 30 degrees ANY day next to 110. (My husband would disagree – he’s so not a winter guy.)
Hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon. In the meantime, my progress has been at a snails pace. Sadly.
My alleriges are kicking my butt today so no blog for me. But I am over at my other place, if you want to read about my closet adventure.
Okay, not really. But I’m over at my other blog talking about my new favorite thing. Come see!