Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday's: Night Shift by Nora Roberts

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 page 93 of Night Shift by Nora Roberts:

"If there's been no one in Denver, we'll start working our way back. But I want you to think, and think hard."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays: River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

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 page 22 of River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz:

The surface of the water appeared to move in slow motion, but the languid-looking ripples were deceptive. Summer River was deep in some places, and the currents were strong.

Monday, June 30, 2014

250,418

I know making the blog post is a little different but that number, 250,418, is the number of words I have written during the first half of 2014! I began this year with the goal of continuing to write every single day. My daily writing goal is one thousand words per day. I knew going along that I was over my goal on a lot of days. I am a little speechless at the number but the amount is still not my overall goal. My goal continues to be daily writing. My goal also continues to be improving myself as a fiction writer. I know that I am accomplishing the daily writing. As a matter of fact, I am up to link number 292 in my WriteChain. I also feel that I have become a better and stronger writer through my daily practice.

What's in store for the second half of this year? Of course, I will continue to write everyday. It is simply a part of who I am now. I am also going to focus on revising the most of the books I've written since beginning the WriteChain Challenge in September of 2013. I am also going to start sending out query letters again. I feel an entirely new level of confidence about my writing. I already feel successful and want to take that to a new level, as well.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tease Tuesday: The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas

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 page 1 of Lyn-Genet Recita's The Plan.

Weight gain is nothing more than your body's chemical reaction to foods. You're not eating too many carbs, or too much fat or too many calories. You're simply eating certain reactive foods that are triggering an inflammatory response.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Teaser Tuesday's: It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

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 167 of It Happened One Wedding by Julie James:

"I need your help."

That caught her off guard.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teaser Tuesday's: Black Rose by Nora Roberts

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 148 of Black Rose by Nora Roberts:

For the second time that night, she watched surprise run over his face. Then he lifted her hand to his lips. "Would this be serious business?"

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Review: When We Met by Susan Mallery

I love Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series. I discovered it last summer and flew through it. Her latest in the series is When We Met. It came out on Tuesday (yes, two days ago) and I had it pre-ordered and ready to read the moment it was available to download to my Nook. I tried to read it slow, I swear! I wanted to savor it and make it last. Are you laughing yet? Obviously I flew through the book. I have been intrigued by Angel since he was introduced. Then there's Taryn who is super smart, driven and a major fashionista. I knew they were going to be wonderful together as soon as I learned that Susan Mallery was pairing them up and letting them have their love story.

Here's the blurb straight from GoodReads:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery invites you back to Fool's Gold, where a newcomer to town might finally meet the man she never knew she needed…

Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can't be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool's Gold, California, he's cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he's not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe to toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.

Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.


The blurb is good but it doesn't even scratch the surface of the depth of these characters. Angel and Taryn both have serious trust issues but for distinctly different reasons. Taryn doesn't trust other people (for a heartbreakingly good reason) while Angel doesn't trust himself (also for a heartbreakingly good reason) but they are wildly attracted to one another.

So, what do two distrustful people that are attracted to one another do? They get involved with the community, of course. I can't spoil it and tell you what Angel signs up for but he needs Taryn's help. As it turns out she needs his help with a client who is a major outdoors enthusiast - the exact opposite of Taryn. So they team up and the results are hilarious and heartwarming.

I'd also like to say that Taryn and Angel are so sexy together. Sparks between them fly off the page from the first sentence of the book. I completely love and adore them together. The secondary characters in the book are also fabulous! It's fun to catch up with the residents of Fool's Gold and get peaks into their ongoing HEA's. It's also fun to get glimpses of the people and couple's whose stories are coming up. Before We Kiss is Sam and Dellina's story and comes out on May 27th. Until We Touch is Jack and Larissa's story and comes out on June 24th. I know I can't wait!







Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Zone

It's the final day for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. So obviously today's letter is Z.

Zone: This word means two things to me as a writer. It means to be 'in the zone" and to 'zone out". Both of these are equally important to me, too. Being in the zone as a writer is the most fabulous thing. It means the words are flowing, the characters are being cooperative and the writing is going better than I imagined it would. I love, love, love being in the zone with a story. It happens more frequently than it used to now that I write on a daily basis. It must be that whole practice thing.

To zone out is a great thing for me, too. If I am having trouble with a story and a break or exercise hasn't helped zoning out will. What do I mean by zone out? Well, for me, zoning out is like daydreaming except I'm consciously thinking about the story and the characters and whatever problem or situation they're facing. It's amazingly helpful.

Thank you so much to any and everyone who has stopped by my blog during this challenge. I have loved this so much! I have found a few new blogs myself. And there are more I will still visit. I will definitely participate in this challenge again. I am also happy to say that I have a renewed love and inspiration for my blog.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yarn

Today's Blogging From A to Z Challenge letter is Y.

Yarn: There are two definitions for the word yarn that apply to me.

1. thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.

2. a tale, especially a long story of adventure or incredible happenings: He spun a yarn that outdid any I had ever heard.

I crochet on a fairly regular basis and I love it. Crocheting is an artistic art form in my opinion. It's also something that calms and relaxes me. I can crochet and let my mind wander and often times I can work out plot problems in this way. It helps me to be more of a creative writer.

Of course, spinning a yarn or a tale is what I do almost every time I write. I love to tell a good story!

Teaser Tuesday's: When We Met by Susan Mallery

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 12 of When We Met by Susan Mallery:

"What makes you think I'm the least bit interested?" she asked.

"You're still here."

A good point.

Monday, April 28, 2014

X

Today's Blogging From A to Z Challenge letter is X.

X: I am completely stumped. There, I've said it - or rather, I've typed it. I cannot for the life of me think of a word that begins with the letter X that relates in anyway to my writing. The words I keep thinking of - excited, excellent, examine - actually begin with E and not X. I've even gone as far as searching for words related to writing that begin with X. Guess what? My search turned up absolutely nothing! Depending on the source there are 120 to 400 words that begin with the letter X. It does seem that the vast majority of the 400 words are no longer used in the English language, though. So the 120 is probably more accurate. It is also a popular consensus that a lot of the X words have their origin in the Greek language.

I don't have a specific X word for this post but I do feel I have learned something. For me, as a writer, I often find myself researching something for my books because I want them to be authentic. Now, I absolutely must find a way of including this information on X words in one of my books sometime soon. And yes, I am completely tickled that I have managed to create a post about the letter X after all.

Thank you for reading it.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

WriteCLub and WriteChain

Today's Blogging From A to Z Challenge letter is W.

WriteClub: I've been waiting excitedly for the letter W because I get to post specifically about the two things have changed me as a writer and I believe helped make me a better one. Since I found WriteClub first I'm going to start with this group. As I've written about before, I needed a major boost to my writing and my attitude toward being an author at the end of last summer. To put it in a slightly crass fashion, it was time for me to put up or shut up as a writer. I was unmotivated and therefore not producing much. I wrote nearly nothing for the entirety of the summer last year. It was depressing. One of my best friends (hi Julia!) was happily telling me all about Twitter and different aspects of it that she loved. Of course, I knew about Twitter and even had an account but it wasn't something I was in to at all. However, in a moment of desperation, I started searching hashtags about writing. I found #WriteClub. Which is @FriNightWrites if you are interested. Anyway, I was immediately intrigued by this concept of writers all over the world writing together on Friday nights. The camaraderie of a group of like minded people was incredibly appealing to me. The idea is to write in thirty minute sessions and share how much you write during that time. Sometimes people even share lines from their WIP's and that is always awesome. It was incredibly inspiring and I thought, I can do this. I should do this, darn it, I'm doing this! I told my husband about it and he thought it was funny. Then he realized I was serious about it when my writing became a priority again - on Friday nights. He was understanding, he was supportive. He was (and still is) happy for me for finding and becoming a part of something important to me. Another benefit, seeing the numbers other people put up in regard to how much they were writing really got me going. It's not a competition at all. It's just that I personally am motivated by seeing other people succeed. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, I love WriteClub! I love being a part of something so amazing!

WriteChain: I wiill say right here and now that I LOVE the WriteChain Challenge just as much as I LOVE WriteClub! There, it's said, done and in writing, out to the public. I found WriteChain through people from WriteClub posting about it in September. The challenge is to do something writing related everyday and earn a link and make a WriteChain. Write everyday? Well, that was something I had just started doing anyway. Would this challenge make a difference to me? I knew immediately that the answer was yes. Again, it was the camaraderie and the inspiration of success (for others and myself) that drew me to this challenge. I love seeing the participants WriteChains grow. I love the people (Hi Skye!) I've come to know in a writerly way through the challenge. It's the best thing to see people achieving their goals, setting new ones and having success. It's a mixture of inspiring and humbling.

So, I am so, so thankful to these two groups. I know that I am a better, much more focused writer as a result of having found them.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Voice

Today's Blogging From A to Z Challenge letter is V

Voice: The other day I wrote about style and voice came into my post a little bit. It's a topic often spoken (or rather, written) about my authors or those who claim to be experts. For a period of time I worried about whether or not my voice was being interpreted the way I wanted it to be in my writing. I have, thankfully, stopped worrying about how my voice is perceived. The reason is fairly simple, I'm true to myself with my writing. I write what I enjoy and I write what I hear in my head. As a result, I no longer feel any pressure to come across 'a certain way'. I am who I am and I write what I write. I imagine (meaning I really hope!) I come across the way I hear myself and my characters as I write their stories. The last thing I ever want to seem as a writer is a phony hack. I attempt to write entertaining stories with strong characters that are often overcoming something within their lives. I hope my writing voice tells their stories well.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Understanding


Today’s Blogging From A to Z Challenge letter is U.

Understanding: This is an emotion and a sentiment I am extremely grateful to have and be able to give in my life. I am ever so thankful for the fact that my husband and children are understanding to the fact that I must write. I also appreciate that they show an interest in what I am writing. My husband even likes to give me story ideas and plot twists. Of course, the majority of them crack me up and usually have nothing to do with anything I’m writing, but still. He understands me, I understand him and it’s all good.