Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Final Cut (2)



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. 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 198 of The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison:

He closed the book and she saw the title. She didn't realize the significance until much, much later. He was reading Invisible Man.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lovely Spring

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I took this picture at the park today. To me it perfectly illustrates how lovely Spring truly is! Of course, it is super windy here right now and all of our allergies are acting up like crazy. Still, it's such a beautiful season!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Take the Risk

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I love this quote and believe it to be absolutely TRUE! I attended the California Dreamin' Writers Conference this weekend and it was amazing! Robyn Carr and Sarah MacLean were the Keynote speakers and both had wonderful and inspirational things to say about this writing life! The crux of both of their speeches was to WRITE! What a surprise, right? It was nice - and well-timed - to hear it, though. Another thing I took away from this weekend was a reminder to stay true to myself, my writing style and what I want to write!

I have been told a couple of times recently, "You can't write that. No one will want to read that." It was discouraging, to say the least. I was reminded during Sarah MacLean's speech today to "Take the Risk!" So I'm going to do just that - Take the risk! I'm excited, nervous and hopeful!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Epiphany

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I've had a major epiphany about my writing and where I want to go with it! I've been so stressed out about it - well, for a while now - to the point that it hasn't been something I enjoy anymore! I've been trying to stay within others' parameters and that hasn't worked for me. I'm going back to writing what I love for the pure and simple fact that I love it! My hope is that this will bring me back to my joy in writing! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Night One

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Tonight was great fun and informative! Now I need to get some sleep because tomorrow is going to be a long day!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Writers Conferences

A writers conference is something I used to want to give a try. Now that I've been to two I know that I LOVE them! I will be going to my third one this weekend! Two years ago I went to the California Dreamin' Writers Conference for the first time and fell in love with the event! It was so nice and truly amazing to be surrounded by people - mostly women but some men, as well - on the same journey as me. We're all at different places in our career but the end goal is to be a published author and that camaraderie felt - and still feels - AMAZING!

Last summer I went to my first national conference for the Romance Writers of America. THis is an annual event and at some point I'd love to go every year. Hopefully that will happen before too much longer. However, I can't make the national RWA conference this year so I will go to California Dreamin' Writers Conference once again this weekend. The keynote speakers are Robyn Carr and Sarah MacLean. I'm looking forward to hearing both of them.

There are also several workshops I am looking forward to. Such as, Self-Editing: Ten Tips to Make Your Words Pop, Working Past the Fear, Writing the Romance Novella, Mastering the Art of Great Conflict and Pros in Your Prose t name a few!

I am looking forward to a great weekend with writer friends, possible new friends to be made and a lot of learning about this writers life that I love!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Sunny Log Cabin square number one

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Teaser Tuesday: The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. 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 119 of The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison:

"Nicholas and I need to get up to the exhibit room before the crowds are allowed up. Two of our top techs are there with Dr. Browning , collecting evidence. I'm hoping our forensic team has turned up something concrete."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring

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It's a wonderful and beautiful time of year and I am happy that Spring is here! Although, I must admit, it doesn't exactly feel like spring here today. it's a bit chilly and the sun has been going in and out all day. Last wek felt like summer with our temperatures in the high 80's and low 90's. Tomorrow we're expecting rain. LOL Goofy weather, I tell ya! 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Brit in the FBI

I love discovering a new series of books! I love it even more when I actually like teh first book in the series and want to continue on with said series. I am currently reading The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison. It is a really enjoyable book so far. It is the first of four books at this point and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of them!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beauty and the Beast



My kids and I have been excited about the remake of Beauty and the Beast since we first learned about it. We all went to see it and I think Emma Watson and Dan Stevens did an amazing job in their respective parts as Belle and the Beast. I love how strong Belle is in this making of the movie! There's a point in the movie where she proclaims, "I'm not a princess." I have daughters and I want them to be strong, independent women. I actually LIKE that they're portraying Belle as a strong woman and not a princess! Anyway, we highly recommend Beauty and the Beast!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. 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 3 of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan:

"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely at a time when we need it most! I mean, what'll be disabled next? His beloved bell ringers? Church on Sundays? Christmas? I expect not!"