Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

To old friends, Barb, Fred, Cate, Laurie, Dawn, Chrys, Chris, Alicia, Julie, everyone at CC, SFP, Museitup, a zillion others,  and to new friends at Decadent, FB,GR, and a zillion others, thank you!!! for being in my life.

Monday, December 19, 2011

12-21-11 Happy Release Day for Taking Down Mistletoe!!!

This has been one whirlwind month with Rebel showing Christmas through an unique point of view, House of Seven bringing the color series closer to a finale, and last but not least my first release with Decadent Publishing has me thrilled from cover to end line.

Decadent Publishing

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Word Cloud! House of Seven

There's this program you can insert a word doc, such as a 115K novel, to see if you over use words.
Couldnt figure out how to save, so I took a picture of the screen.
Damon's pissed he's only a bit larger than Mal and Aaron and he's (snicker) green.
Like, back, hand, arm seem to be words for me to watch out for.

Happy Release Day for Rebel!!

The story that opened the first door into the publishing world for me is out there again.

I wrote it for a friend who I worked with in a greenhouse of course, years ago.

After reading this short and strange tale, it's pretty certain you'll not look at plants the same.

Amazon

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hot Angels & Cold Demons Blog-hop Continues

From writings scratched on papyrus, manuscripts of cloistered guys with ink and quill, to famous authors like those on this tour, humans have been fascinated with polar opposites. Yin &Yang. Good & Evil. Dark & Light.


Sparkling creatures of goodwill and decency would be taken for granted and become seriously boring without evil to contrast with. Monsters filled with twisted desires who concentrate on self-centered survivalism would be mundane without anything better to compare them to.
Thankfully in this awesome era, more and more authors are messing with the grey areas.
Just because the angel emits white light when being killed, doesn’t mean the angel isn’t a dick.

The conflicted demon who’s portrayed as stunningly beautiful, despite the horns and tail, makes for one sexy read.
I wrote a series based on a concept where white is evil and black is good. With twisted physics to back this up, there were so many options for humor and subtle sarcasm when a bar of white soap sends fear rocketing through the hearts of superbeings.
Because my angel and demon story is in the submission process, I decided to pimp book one in my color series which introduces a hot character who’s seriously pissed when everyone who meets him cries that he’s a demon, even when his burning eyes are hidden behind shades.


Despite Damon’s reluctance to sit around and chatter, he agreed to a character interview:

What’s your name and are you happy to be here?

My name’s been Demon, Freak, Red, Monster, and nine more too mean to say to anyone I’m not knocking unconscious. I answer to Damon. No, I’m not happy to be here.
How did you first meet your writer, Damon?
I have a writer? Where? I’m trapped in a man’s body without a clue. I’d like to strangle her.
Did you ever think your life would end up in a book?
I don’t belong in a book or on this Earth. I don’t understand how to go fast enough to find my home.
What are your favorite scenes: action, dialog, romance?
Forget action. Jaylynn ruins the fun. She has a problem with dead people. It’s not easy. Everyone’s fragile, very slow, afraid. Makes me want to kill them.
I don’t like excessive dialog. Finally, Jaylynn played language tapes. I learned 988, 966 words. I use them sparingly, but she understands me better.
Romance? That’s love. My favorite is when Jaylynn rubs my hurting head under a pine tree. Says to imagine where I should be. I want to be there. With her.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Shower. Feels right. Helps bullet wounds. Or holding Jaylynn under a red blanket, my hand over her mouth so she can’t yell about what I did wrong.
Are you currently engaged in a relationship?
Not sure. I’m between one and three days old in book one and Jaylynn, she’s a woman I forced to teach words, water, fire, things of great value, takes forever to explain one word. Attraction. She’s frightened of how I’ll react.
Are you happy with the genre you’re in?
Yes. If romance means Jaylynn isn’t afraid of my demon eyes. If science means I can return to where ever I came from. If suspense means I can…talk to police and confiscate all weapons.
If you could rewrite anything, what would it be?
Don’t know. The story isnt over. There’s four books.
Do you like the way the book one ends?
No. I should be driving to this place where answers are. Jaylynn and Caream yell I’ll break the car. It’s difficult not to break them.
Would you be interested in a sequel?
Try to listen. There’s four books before I find out why this has happened to me.
Do you believe you are suitable portrayed in electronic books or would you rather be in paperback?
Electronic. I belong in a world moving at lightspeed. But paper is easier to hold. Metal problems like computers, cellphones, steering wheels break in my hands.
Did you have any input into the book cover design?
No. Or it’d be my face instead of an ugly blue man.
What’s the lamest characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
I’m the strongest on Earth. She also gave me tremendous hearing. Hurts my head. I know when words ring false. But the lamest thing, I don’t understand nuance. Jaylynn yells I’m like an impatient caveman, which isn’t fair. I’m not a cave, not a man, and I wait two, three long seconds before I break a liar’s jaw.
If you could give yourself a superpower, what would you choose?
My writer says I have superman sydrome already, and not to give me more ideas. Thanks for talking with me. Bye.

A big thank you to all the authors who participated in this demon and angel get together. Make sure you check everyone out, and comment for a chance to win some fun and fascinating reads.

Jay Di Meo http://jaydimeo.wordpress.com/
Ellis Carrington http://elliscarrington.wordpress.com/
Daniel Christian Juris http://dcjuris.blogspot.com/
JK Coi http://www.jkcoi.blogspot.com/
Kiki Howell http://authorsbyauthors.blogspot.com/
Michael Mandrake http://tabooindeed.blogspot.com/
Angel Martinez http://www.freewebs.com/angelwrites
Marie Dees http://mariedees.com/   
Sara York http://sarayork.blogspot.com/
Barbara Elsborg http://www.barbaraelsborg.blogspot.com/
Hayley B. James http://www.hayleybjames.com/
Ryssa Edwards http://www.ryssaedwards.net/blog
Andi Anderson http://andiandersonauthor.blogspot.com/
Kiernan Kelly http://kiernan-kelly.blogspot.com/
Tour Wrap Up Jay Di Meo, Misty Malone, & Marie Dees http://jaydimeo.wordpress.com/

                         Fantastic News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
11-13-2011 is a much anticipated birthday. Look what just released from Jay Di Meo:

Buy Link

Smile. After you've clicked on a fantastic author's latest, Idriel's Sin, check out these links. Like and a review down the road if you buy would be sweet.
Splintered-Energy
The R Word
House of Seven...coming soon!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Yes! A Great Review from a Science Fiction Reader

Sift Book Reviews

This review site is swamped. I've been patiently waiting for months, and am thrilled to have a reviewer who understood the mix of science and romance is a character driven journey involving some intense word count. I've also had the covers tweaked so it's now clear this is a series, and yippee book two, The R Word sits in their que.

Monday, November 7, 2011

MuseitUp Booksigning/Family Reunion. Montreal Nov 2011

 Lea. An remarkable woman, the founder of this Muse family.
 There's Litsa, co-founder of Muse, the gorgous brunette at the end of the table. Karen Cote is looking at Lea and the other lovely brunette directly behind Lea is Natisha, an editor who's known Lea forever and finally they got to meet in person.






Kevin has a fantastic smile. He wrote a young adult, Summer on Fire. He and his wife are fascinating Canadians I was lucky enough to be seaten close by at dinner the second night.
 Barbara, the blonde who looks like a movie star wrote, If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor. She sold a zillion copies and had one young reader return after going home to read the book in order to get her picture taken by Barbara's side. It doesnt get any sweeter than that with the fans.

 Nancy, author of Laurel's Miracle is one of the nicest women I've had the honor of getting to know. Professional and thoughtful, her work organizing authors helped to made this event so special.
I dont know how many times Karen heard, oh my god, you're a goddess who looks exactly like your avator. Her husband, Cody sits behind her. The pair are not only adorable, I really hope they host next years event. Karen has a laugh that comes straight from the heart and a smile that looks like she swallowed a sunbeam. If you havent seen her website, the avators she's created of Lily and Jet, two hot characters from the pages of Erotic Deception, are so worth checking out in Karen's lounge.
Below, Joanne Elder holds a copy of her book, Spectra, one I can't wait to read and yippee, I have a signed print copy. Her husband Jim is as brillant as she is and we had such fun riding to the comedy club with them. If they hadnt been kind enough to offer us a ride, Natisha and I would certainly still be driving in circles in downtown Montreal.


Christine London is a romance writer. If you're ever heading out to a comedy club you must have her with you. Funny and sharp, she knows exactly what to say. No wonder she sells so many books.




Madeline had us all spellbound at dinner on Saturday, telling us of her childhood in rural Canada. She delighted me with the occasional eh at the end of a sentence. She should have smacked me when I giggled, instead of laughing.

Sara Durham is someone I can't wait to meet up with again. She sold way more copies than I did and didnt even get mad when I said damn werewolves and witches after each of her sales.  Lycan Moon is on the top of my pile to be read, asap. Her daughter, Michele is as sweet as she is beautiful. I had a picture of Michele in the red (yes red, not pink) dress she wore to the comedy club but it sizzled right out of my camera.
This stunning girl, Alex, is Lea's youngest daugher. And yes, she's wearing a tutu and wearing it well.

Good thing Ashes has a photogenic cover!
For some reason the shots I had of Heather Haven, Murder is a Family Buisness, and a good dozen or more amazing Muse authors who made the booksigning seem to have disappeared. I blame it on the picture of Michele in that red dress that burnt up a good portion of my pics it seems. I wish all the couple hundred in this family could have made the trip but maybe next year.

 
And the best for last. Litsa and Lea. The pair who make so many dreams come true.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another Awesome Cover

How lucky can a girl get?
I have three spectacular publishers (Shadowfire Press, MuseitUp, Decadent) and a seriously talented artist (Greg Elsborg) for my inde-published series. Each of my covers has been special and my latest doesnt disappoint. I love how the title slants, a tie in to what the story's about and yep, mistletoe heading south isn't easy to take down.

Friday, October 21, 2011

5 Author Anthology. Very Cool

I'm lucky enough to be included with 4 of my favorite authors. We each wrote a 3000 word short. Angels, gargoyles, dragons, magical little girl whose head must spin, and vamps that don’t even come close to glittering. This is priceless to me, so after no debate at all, we agreed the price would be free.

CHECK IT OUT

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nov 4, 2011 MuseitUp Book Signing/Get Together

Check List:

1) Get all the damn flower debris out of car
2) Find your passport
3) Remember your passport
4) Go back in house and get your kindle
5) Go back in house and get Myles Logan. Hide him under the seat
6) Idiot. Put the box of print copies of Ashes in the back, under overnight bag with hopes customs doesn’t read a page and cart you in for questioning
7) Remember, canadian guards nice, american have no sense of humor. Do not mouth off. Try to let Natasha, editor for MuseitUp, do all the talking
8) Yippee!!! 7-8 hours across NYS, and then meet some awesome people in person. Life doesnt get much better

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

World's Collide

Very cool to meet up with an online crit partner of five years or so.
DL Jackson is a lovely friend, amazing writer and a great person to tromp around a mall with while discussing plots, publishers and life in general.
The weekend doest get any better when I can spend the evening and a morning with my son, and then he goes off to watch some football game while I head to B&N.

Of course, next time I swear the camera battery won't be dead, or I'll at least have a spare AA or have figured out how I'm not turning the damn thing off correctly and draining it.
Maybe I'll even have a pen to sign the print book, and then Dawn won't blush all prettily when she pulls out one with bubble gum wadded through out it.
One thing I’m sure of, there will be a next time. Just a state between us, and so many worlds to chatter about.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Love The Latest Book Cover

I havent gotten the edits or the release date yet, but I do have a sweet cover for a novella releasing from Decadent. This is a rewrite of a story that Shadowfire did a fantastic job with a few years ago, so the edits will be just on any tweaks I made.

Got a cool banner, too

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fact or Fiction?

Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in our galaxy is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. Once it runs out of fuel, it’ll go supernova and a second sun will shine on humanity. For a time there should be endless day (vamp hunter heaven) and either a black hole or a neutron star will form.

If Betelgeuse does go supernova, Earth will be showered with harmless particles, according to Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland. "They will flood through the Earth and bizarrely enough, even though the supernova we see visually will light up the night sky, 99 per cent of the energy in the supernova is released in these particles that will come through our bodies and through the Earth with absolutely no harm whatsoever,"

No harm? Hmm. If Splintered Energy has its roots in solid science, it may be proven otherwise. Sweet. Well, that is, if you’re not one of the fallen when a fractured arc smacks into your skull.
This could happen as soon as next year, 2012. Two suns, a couple weeks of endless day, and the year to see the color series finally wrapped. Oh my. Life is good.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yippee

After 6-8 years of work, 9-11 and 9-13th past, an hour to get the !@#$ file to load, not sure if the cover is on the doc like it's supposed to be, lame blurb, can't remember if I want dram stuff but said no, I just clicked publish.
The R Word releases any day now, and book three weighs in at a sweet 112K with an awesome cover in the works.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Book 2 has a Cover!!!

Many thanks to Greg Elsborg, an artist who can take an author's ramblings and turn them into reality.

Friday, August 12, 2011

2:10 AM 8-12 Welcome Son.

Every August I look to the night sky and think back. My son burst into my life and has been a sparkling delight ever since.

One year I lay on top of a car roof, Gates Pass in Tucson, and watched a zillion stars streaking.

In the year of 2011, the Perseid meter shower will be muted, accompanied by howling four and two legged creatures. I do hope my son isn't one of them. Shrug. Always the chance he'll catch a falling star one of these b-days, right?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sweet. Pages 10 & 11 Rock

                                                                                                     http://www.wix.com/cocktailsmagazine/fictionandgossip#!issue8
 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Update: Demise of the Nut

Coconut sounds empty inside. Mold means it's going into the silver can to the side, and then off to the dumpster.
Crap. Why won't it die? The damn spud isn’t even soft. No water, no dirt, it's not normal. And, sigh, with this much determination to flourish, I'll either soon have to admit it deserves more than a green bowl, or remember I don’t have roots. I could abandon this home to the potato, pack up my laptop and hit the road.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chatting Tuesday

It's wonderful how many fun, interesting people I've meant on this difficult and relentless journey as a writer, and Rebecca Rose is someone who makes your smile grow wider and wider, you can't help but have a sparkling day if you're lucky enough to be invited to visit with her.

Chat with Rebecca

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Contented Realism nestles beside Sci-fi. Romance in a Bowl.

The coconut doesnt care. It's not branching out, surviving on who knows what, or reaching for a different level of being.
I can't begin to guess who'll rot or go sour first. Hard skinned nut who's happy to simply exist, or exploring sweetie who tries for infinity and beyond.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Is A Picture Worth 92, 000 Words?

No doubt in my mind. There I am, on Main St, USA.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dreams do Come True. Ashes in Print.

Last night, I faced the tragic truth I’d have to shop when I found my green apple dish soap was completely gone, and yep, no back up bottle. Forced myself to leave dishes in sink, not use laundry soap.

Went to grocery store after work.
Got home. Unpacked. Had forgotten soap. Swore. Went to garage to store case of water.
Found two boxes. Heart stopped. Cell rang. Dad had tractor crisis, needed ride home.
Debated opening boxes. Didn’t. Ran Dad home.


Came back. Held my first print book with my name on it. Sat down for a private moment with the Logan twins. Thought, I wrote that? Interesting. Maybe I’m possessed.
Time froze. Don’t know how long, until I realized I hadn’t stolen dish soap from parents.

Went to nephew's. Not home. Debated breaking in. Didn't. Left copy of Ashes for nephew's girlfriend propped against door.
Drove to friend’s home near my parent’s house. Said sorry for disappearing at her daughter’s wedding the other day and popping home to edit 40-50 pages of a beta read for a crit partner. Put a copy of Ashes in her hands, made her smell the scent of a freshly made print, and to swear not to let her mom read it. Forgot to steal her dish soap, but remembered to take cookies.


Went to parent’s, left copy of Ashes and told them not to read it. (blush) Took their dish soap and went home. Sat down with the twins. Thought, I did write that.
It’s been a good night.




Monday, July 4, 2011

Inde! A Fan! Life Rocks!

It's happened. The moment I've worried about, the reason I have yet to hop into Create Space where print books are set up, and figure out what the hell a wrap around cover is and how to spell out the formatting, whatever to my wonderful cover artist. I got a text a few minutes ago.

Can u fix an error end of chapter nine. The word, through, the r is missing.

I have a fan who cares. He's reading Splintered Energy, found a typo, and he made his wife text me, under the assumption I can do something to fix the problem.
Of course I can't. But I didnt give birth almost 27 years ago for nothing, and my son will surely figure out how to stick one letter in a word so I can reload it on Amazon. But I'll wait in case there's more text messages to come.
The main thing is, I have at least one reader who not only claims to love the book so far, he gets that need to strive for perfection to the very letter.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gulp. Ashes, coming soon in PRINT

 I'm supposed to be a writer but I find myself at a loss for words. Not good, right? But what's right around the bend seems as unreal as a guy being staked in the Nevada desert to die, close to myrrth scented scrubs. I know the future isn't electric, the present is. The digital age is here, now! Yep, I've come to love my kindle. Yet the jitters in my stomach tell me I will feel like maybe, honest to god, I am a writer, once I hold my first print copy in hand.
Publisher said final formatting is done, Lightning Source is contracted, the press will be clicking, ink splattered to make legible a world that used to be only in my head. How cool, and strange, and wild, is that???

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Virtual Interview!! How Cool is This!

http://www.karencote.tv/?page_id=814   

I was lucky enough to be invited to Karen's website.  Karen, a MuseitHot author releasing in October, guided me every step of the way and made this 90 second clip of me chattering about my debut novel, Ashes so much fun.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Published! Book One of the Color Series



Happy birthday, Splintered Energy.
Speechless and thrilled pretty much sums it up for me, and the pressure is on. Book 2, Rain Word follows in (gulp) August.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/66190

amazon buy link

SSS. Splintered Energy. Sci-fi Suspence


“Good Lord, son, can’t you find pretty shells like normal people?” Aaron dropped to David’s side.


“She wasn’t completely in the water, but shouldn’t her skin be bluish? Why’s she green?”

“Maybe she’s an actress or something.”

Erotica no less, starring Aphrodite dipped in food coloring. Her skin wasn’t Exorcist-vomit pea soup, nor gingerbread-trim lime, but a soft, immature apple—almost the same shade as the shirt David wore.

http://www.sixsunday.com/

Thank you for the comments, they mean the world to me.

Friday, June 3, 2011

SSS with a Twist. On Friday. Featuring Chosen, by Barbara Elsborg

Before she’d finished turning the handle, the door slammed open and sent her crashing to the floor, flowers raining over her. The door closed and the blond guy dropped to his knees at her side. Kate opened her mouth to scream, and he smiled.

“Marry me, Kate.”

Shock killed the scream in her throat. “What? Who are you?”

“Your future husband.”

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http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com/
 
Barbara will see your comments here, but why don't you pop over to the above blog link? You'll have a chance all weekend to win an e-book. After all, we're celebrating an author who just released her 20th novel. Yes, that is not a typo. 20 novels, each a masterpiece.
I, for one, can't wait until Barbara adds another 0 and hits 200 novels!!!
 
Here's the link to all the other awesome SSS players (who are taking a website remodeling break this sunday, June 5th) but will be live on Sunday, June 12.
http://sixsunday.blogspot.com/