Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Liar by Nora Roberts

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from Nook page 31 of The Liar by Nora Roberts:

Maybe Richard hadn't meant to, and she didn't know what it all meant, but he'd provided for his daughter's future after all. And he'd given her room to breathe, so she'd think about the rest later.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Teaser Tuesday's: Causing Havoc by Lori Foster

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from Nook page 14 of Lori Foster's Causing Havoc:

They were grown women now, well past the age of needing a big brother. If they'd ever needed him.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

 
Happy Easter to all who celebrate the holiday. I hope everyone had a wonderful day.
 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Teaser Tuesday's: No Limits by Lori Foster

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from Nook page 243 of Lori Foster's No Limits:

One pane was missing, broken out, the glass crunching underneath his feet. Broken so an intruder could reach inside and open the lock.

Monday, March 30, 2015

California Dreamin' Writer's Conference

This past weekend I went to my first writers conference. I can guarantee that it wont be my last. In fact, I wish I had taken the chance on attending one far sooner than I did - years ago would have been great. The California Dreamin' Writers Conference was held from Friday night through Sunday afternoon - March 27th - 29th. There were workshops galore, opportunities to meet with agents and editors, keynote speakers and so much wonderful networking! I learned so much and had an incredibly good time at this conference. I had to call my husband a couple of times just to squeal and get some of the extreme amount of excitement out in order to continue acting like a professional adult while I was there. I'm only exaggerating a little bit. I have taken the time to thank him for encouraging me to go to this conference. He has already agreed that it would be beneficial for me to go to writers conferences in the future - but more on that in a bit.

Friday, when I first arrived at the conference I was so nervous but excited, too. Little things were in my head bothering me - like whether I was parked legally in the hotel underground since I wasn't actually staying there all weekend. What if there was some sort of problem and they didn't show me registered for the conference? What if I didn't find anyone to talk to? You know, things that turned out to be silly but seemed like a big deal in my amped-up, nervous state. Check-in went just fine and I immediately found someone to have a chat with. She was a very nice woman who had done the conference thing before and put me at ease. She suggested the First-Timers Orientation which I had already planned to attend. I went to that and am so grateful that I did. There were a lot of people attending a conference for the first time and a lot of great advice was given - like relax, have fun, learn as much as you can. Yeah, I know, it all sounds obvious - now.

Over the weekend I attended eleven workshops, met with agents, an editor and a lot of other writers! Many were already published and many were pre-published. I don't know what the exact ratio of each was but I didn't feel like it really mattered, either. Every single person I talked to was nice, welcoming and willing to talk about writing no matter where they were at in their career. People were so generous with advice, too. I did come across one person who acted a little bit uppity about the fact that she was already published but I didn't let it bother me. So many others had been kind before her that it made it easy to shrug off her attitude.

While I learned a great deal this weekend and found something useful in each workshop I did have my favorites. Black Moments (the point in the book where all seems lost), Ten Rules for Writing Love Scenes That Readers Don't Skip, Query Letters - An Editor's Perspective and The Alpha Hero were so incredible and filled with information that I was able to immediately put to work in my head. I'd love to share some of what was taught in the workshops but I'm going to make sure that's allowed before I do. I will say that the Black Moments workshop completely changed my perspective as a writer, though. There were so many phenomenal sounding workshops at the conference that it was hard to choose which ones to go to. I am so grateful for the fact that I went to the four I mentioned, though.

While at the conference I was asked to submit a portion of the manuscript I was pitching four times. I have no idea if that is 'normal' within the conference atmosphere but I am super excited. Of course, due to how much I did learn this weekend I know I need to do some more revision on my manuscript in order to make it even stronger. I was honest about that fact each time and that seems to be all right. For the first time ever I'm not looking at revision as a chore. I'm looking at it with excitement and possibility.

A big part of the reason my husband encouraged me to go to the conference was for networking purposes. He also said, "Honey, you need to make some writer friends that you can actually meet-up with in real life, on a regular basis." I knew he was right and I'm happy to say, goal accomplished. In fact, there is a group of five of us who met this weekend and we immediately clicked. We decided to keep in touch with one another. We also made a pact to attend the national RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference next summer (2016) in San Diego. This year's conference, which is in New York City, is already sold out. So we're all going to SD together and we've agreed to be supportive to one another so we can all have completed manuscripts to pitch. I'm all for that but have to add that I intend to be published by then. I will have another manuscript ready to pitch but I'm planning for it to be to an agent and/or editor that I already have in my corner as I advance my career. And no, I don't think I'm being big-headed. I've planned all along to make writing my career and the conference is sixteen months off. My plan is totally doable.

Friday, March 27, 2015

It's almost conference time

This evening I (and throughout the weekend) I will be going to my first ever writers conference! I am very excited about it but also a little bit nervous. I figure the nerves stem from the unknown. I also figure that once I get there, get signed in and figure out where I need to be for my first workshop I'll be fine. Thankfully the first workshop I've chosen to attend is specifically designed for first time conference attendees. I'm so happy the organizers of the conference have something like this. Not only will it be helpful there will also be other new people there.

I'm sure everything is going to be great. I will definitely be posting about the experience here in the near future.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday's: Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from page 60 of Stephanie Evanovich's Sweet Spot:

"I remember everything my parents taught me. Do the right thing and everything turns out right. Stay loyal to those you want loyalty from."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Teaser Tuesday's: Cherished by Lexi Blake

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from Nook page 36 of Lexi Blake's Cherished:

"I don't think about getting married much." Her parents' marriage was so bad she often couldn't stomach the idea.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Teaser Tuesday's: Nemesis by Lisa Clark O'Neill

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from Nook page 87 of Nemesis by Lisa Clark O'Neill:

Kathleen thought he was chopping down the fence because he felt guilty? About what? Surely no what had happened last night?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lay Low - Video and Inspiration

We LOVE this song around my house. In fact, I love it so much that it inspired an entire novel that I am currently editing. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Teaser Tuesday's: Deception by Lisa Clark O'Neill

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from Nook page 48 of Deception by Lisa Clark O'Neill:

Josh Harding had just asked her to move in with him. For all the wrong reasons.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five Musicals on Friday

A couple (maybe a few) weeks ago I did a post about five books on Friday. Since then I have read and loved two of the five books. I want to read the other three and will. Today I thought it would be fun to write about musicals. This is most likely due to the fact that my daughter is in her school musical and therefore they are on my mind.

Do you like musicals? I LOVE them and have since I was a small child. I used to watch musicals with my grandma. She loved Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire and others who had talent like theirs. She loved Julie Andrews and Doris Day so I did, too. Now that I'm an adult I love musicals because I think the singing, dancing and costumes are fantastic. My kids have a love for musicals, too. Now that one of my children has had a taste of being a part of a musical I expect they will become a bigger part of our family life for a while. In fact, there is a summer production put on at a local community theater every year. My kids are already talking about taking part in it this year.

I would love to know if you like musicals. If so, what are some of your favorites?

I LOVE:

1. Mary Poppins - I adore Julie Andrews! Mary Poppins has been a special part of my life as long as I can remember. As I said, I used to watch musicals with my grandma. She introduced me to Mary Poppins and I introduced my kids.

2. White Christmas - I know it's technically a Christmas movie but it is still one of my all-time favorite musicals. I especially love the dance scenes in this one.

3. Grease - I've seen this on Broadway. I really enjoyed it on Broadway but of course, my favorite version of this is the movie with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. In fact, the soundtrack to the movie was the first album I owned as a child. My mom and dad got it for me one year for my birthday. I still have it and my kids listen to it over and over again.

4. The Sound of Music - Julie Andrews again. However, I love everything about this story and it is done so well.

5. Singin' in the Rain - Here's another one that makes me think fabulous! This is also another that I remember watching with my grandma. She liked Gene Kelly.

I could easily go on and on with this list but I will stop with five. Please feel free to share your favorites.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday's: Serendipity by Lisa Clark O'Neill

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

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- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from Nook page 52 of Serendipity by Lisa Clark O'Neill:

"I just wanted to be sure all that bran and oatmeal mom's been feeding you hadn't muddled your brain." He jerked his chin toward the pantry. "I hid the Thin Mints in the bottom of the box of Wheaties."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bliss

Have you ever read or heard something that you felt was somehow written just for you to help you through something? I just read a post on another blog about writing that spoke to me on so many levels. Of course I know that post wasn’t actually written for me but still I felt like the author was in my head, reading my thoughts and giving me her opinion. It was a tiny bit creepy but cool at the same time.

I mentioned about ten days ago that I am going to my first writer’s conference at the end of March. At the conference I am supposed to have the opportunity to pitch my writing. The thing that hasn’t been clear to me as of yet is whether I can pitch more than one book. I’m hoping to find out really soon because this is an important detail to me. The reason being, I have two books that I feel are really strong contenders at this time. They still need a little bit of polishing and I am currently working on that. If I can pitch both of them then no problem. Well, there is the detail about needing to have them both as perfect as possible and ready to go but that definitely is not a bad thing. What I have been in my head about – and mentally driving myself a bit crazy as I go back and forth and back again – is which manuscript do I take along if I can only pitch one story? The thing is I love both of them. I mean I seriously LOVE both of them and am really amazed that both of these books came from me. I followed my heart and I went with my personal bliss in writing these books. So if I can only take one I have a feeling I’m going to feel bad about not taking the other. It’s kind of silly, I know, but it’s still true.

One book, and the one I wrote first, is set in a small town and has a lot of the quirks and somewhat eccentric characters you might expect in such a story. This is the book that kick started my series. I’ve written before about never intending to write a serial but this first book had secondary characters who wanted their own stories and I felt the need to write them. I am nearly done with the revision process of this book and still adore these characters as much as I did when I first wrote them. I may even like this book more now.

The second book I really want to take along to the conference with me is a story about a married couple and their family. I love romance stories. I must since that is mainly what I write. However, I often find myself wanting more once the couple has figured out they do indeed want a lifetime together. I want to know what happens after the ‘happily ever after’. I know for a fact that this is part of why I love J.D. Robb’s In Death series so much. I get to read a little bit about Eve and Roarke’s ‘ever after’ with each installment in the series. Anyway, my book is about a couple who have been married for some time but they’ve drifted apart a bit and there are some problems that need addressing but neither wants to bring them up. They know they need to in order to stay strong but how do they do that? I’m incredibly proud of this book, too.

I follow my bliss every day when I write. I followed my bliss with these two books by writing what I would like to read. I’m proud of these stories and would like to share them with others that would like them, as well. Hopefully I can take both books with me to the conference. I’ll let you know how this turns out.