Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

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 43 of Suddenly One Summer by Julie James:

A few minutes ago she'd launched into a speech, speaking passionately about something to her two girlfriends. The investigative journalist in him had been intrigued, wondering what it was that had her so fired up.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: Black Hills 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 page 299 of Black Hills by Nora Roberts:

"I'm not sleeping on the couch."

"No."

She sighed when he went out. Choices, she thought again. It seemed she was making hers.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Time Flies

Where did May go? I swear it was the beginning of the month yesterday but here we are at the end of it. I know I've been writing every day and have accumulated nearly 42,000 written words this month. I've been revising my manuscript but not as much as I should have. That needs to be my main writing focus for June.

With summer vacation kicking in for my kids (yay!) our entire routine changes and shifts. And I am completely all right with that. I enjoy the longer days and easier pace of summer. That usually means that my writing focuses shift to night time and I am all right with that, as well. I am and always have been a night owl. It's like a different part of my brain kicks in once it's dark outside and our home is quiet. I'm not sure why this is but I happily embrace it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress

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 26 of Victoria Alexander's The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress:

"Every experience, every new person you meet, every new situation you observe is all fuel, Cameron. Muses are notoriously hungry but if you feed them they will shower you with inspiration."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: Heart of the Sea 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 page 103 of Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts:

She liked that he thought of the legend. She'd been giving it considerable thought herself just lately.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Readathon Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. I'm ready to go and so are my kids. We have piles of books and snacks and plan to mostly veg out tomorrow reading. I say mostly because we are going to take a trip to the library. We already have books, as I said, but we have some due tomorrow so we might as well pick up some more.

I am excited to read the Enola Holmes series with my kids. These are books that have Sherlock Holmes' little sister as the main character. I didn't even know this series existed! I was a HUGE Sherlock Holmes fan as a kid (and yes, I also LOVE the modern British TV version). My kids are enthralled with the prospect of these books too which is always a good thing. I'm also looking forward to finishing Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts. This is an older book by but I love it! I will also be reading from Gone With the Wind as I am reading it for the first time with one of my best friends.

I'm going to make Crock Pot lasagna (yes, that is a thing, a DELICIOUS thing!) for dinner tomorrow. So my home will smell fabulous all day, too. This is one of my kids' favorite things to eat so they are extra happy. Win win.

So yes, I am excited for tomorrow. Who else is participating?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: Jewels of the Sun 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 103 of Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts:

"Sure there's a catch if the story's a good one. Now this witch had a black heart and the powers she had she abused."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Another round of Dewey’s 24-Hour readathon is quickly approaching. In fact, the next adventure is this coming Saturday, April 25, 2015. In case you are unfamiliar with this it is a challenge to read as much as possible and as much as you want during the twenty-four hour period. There are also a lot of challenges and other fun things happening within the book lover’s community. So, if you feel up to it, sign up and enjoy the crazy fun.

I will be participating along with my children. They have come to enjoy this almost as much as I do. Of course, none of us make the entire twenty-four hours but that’s okay. The amount of enjoyment we get out of reading together during the readathon is what makes it worth it to me. Of course, I do continue reading on my own once they’ve gone to bed but that’s me every night.

Another fun part of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (at least for my children and I) is preparing for it We go to the library and stock up on books to read. That means we always have far more books than we actually complete but I think that’s perfectly all right. Who knows what you’re going to be in the mood to read when you’ve finished one book, right? Another thing we love is going shopping for our food. I usually like to cook something in my Crock Pot on readathon day. We get to smell the delicious scents while we’re reading during the day and then dinner is easily served and cleaned up afterward. In fact, we have even continued with our reading a couple of times. This isn’t always the case though as we like to talk and spend time as a family during dinner. Then there are the snacks. I think this is what my kids love the best about the food aspect of the readathon. And okay, it’s my favorite part (besides the reading, of course), too. We usually have chopped, raw vegetables and dip, chips and salsa and something sweet. I don’t go completely overboard but I do let my kids choose something they aren’t allowed to have on a regular basis.

So, it is six days until the next readathon and we are eagerly anticipating it.

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.