Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday Reads and Dragon*Con

Good thing I’m 3 books ahead in my goal. Writing has definitely slowed my reading. Although…I had hoped to finish my novella by now. Argh!! Here’s what I read this week:

Aug 27: “Best Laid Plans” by Allison Brennan, #9 in the Lucy Kincaid series, a suspense/thriller at 437 pages. Blurb from book: Newly minted FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is settling into her job in San Antonio, Texas, when the corpse of Harper Worthington, the husband of a sitting congresswoman, is found naked in a motel on the wrong side of town. It’s up to Lucy to locate the last person to see him alive: a teenage prostitute who seems to have vanished into thin air. When Forensics determines that Harper was poisoned, Lucy and her new by-the-book partner dig deep into his life to find out who might want him dead. Why did Harper lie to his wife and his staff? Was he involved in an illicit affair? Embezzling money? Laundering money for a drug cartel? Or was he simply a pawn in someone else’s dangerous game? Lucy’s boyfriend Sean Rogan is hired by Harper’s company to run a security audit, causing friction between Lucy and the FBI. But when Sean finds a high-tech bug in Harper’s office, an entirely new threat emerges—a far-reaching conspiracy run by a ruthless killer who will do anything to get what he wants, and kill anyone who gets in his way. And the person between him and victory is Lucy Kincaid. Oooohhh, I sooooo did love the ending (before the Epilogue—which is pretty much setting up the next story). This was a complicated read for me because I sometimes have trouble remembering who is doing what (and there are a lot of characters in this story—oh heck, there are lots of characters in all her stories!). Even though it was a challenge, I loved it. Every bit of it. Can’t wait for the next one.

Most likely, by the time you read this, I’m on my way to Atlanta and Dragon*Con! Yay! I’m so excited about going. The weather looks like it will be pretty decent during the Con, too. Good thing. I do a LOT of walking outside between hotels, as well as stand in line outside for a popular panel. And what popular panels do I plan on attending? Arrow and Flash!!! Okay, mostly Arrow. Stephen Amell and John Barrowman will be there. Whoo hoo!!

So… You all have a fun week (and a fun three-day weekend!!) and I’ll see you back here next Wednesday!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, August 31, 2015

Getting Ready for Dragon*Con

I can’t believe another Dragon*Con is almost here. This will be my sixth time attending and I’m starting to feel like a pro, now. Last year I got my picture taken with Karl Urban. This year I don’t plan on doing any kind of photo ops. They’re just too expensive and there really isn’t anyone there I want to spend that kind of money on.

Well, except maybe for John Barrowman. I’ve heard he’ll do almost anything you want in the picture (he’ll even surprise you). Still, it’s extravagant (gotta pay for the photo and then pay to get it signed) and I’d rather spend my money elsewhere.

I leave on Wednesday, so I’ll still post my Wednesday Reads. I won’t post anything on Friday and Monday, though. I always say I’ll try, but I never do, so I’ll just say I won’t. That way I don’t have to hit myself for forgetting.

Last year I didn’t take many pictures at Dragon*Con. This year my hubby is going and he’s taking his camera. His main purpose is to take pictures. So if I slack off and don’t get many pictures again this year (which is a good possibility, knowing myself), I’ll just show you some of his. I’m sure they’ll be way better than anything I would take anyway.

I still have a lot of packing to do. Actually, I gotta figure out what it is I want to take. I probably should already know, but I’m the great procrastinator, remember? I always wait until the last minute.

So… Do you pack weeks in advance or wait until the day/night before you leave on an extended trip? I know one thing. I’ll only have three days after Dragon*Con to get ready for my cruise. Busy, busy, busy!

Happy Monday!

Stacy

Friday, August 28, 2015

I Need a Title

I’m writing a novella featuring John and Sarah’s wedding (they’re the couple in Bite Me, I’m Yours). Actually, a lot of this story was written in my second book, Sarah’s Turn, but I ended up revising Bite Me so much, it made Sarah’s Turn obsolete. Still, it had this nice wedding scene (and another event) I wanted to keep.

Of course, now that I’m reading Sarah’s Turn, I see what utter crap it really is (okay, maybe not utter crap—just plain old crappy). My writing has improved tremendously since I wrote that story. I’d like to think I’m making Sarah’s Turn a whole bunch better (not just shorter).

However, I’m stuck with a title. I can’t use the title of Sarah’s Turn, because that event has already been revealed in Bite Me. I’m currently calling it Vampire Wedding, but it just doesn’t sound good enough. Someone suggested Dark Nuptials. I kind of like the Nuptials part, but it’s not really Dark. Although the wedding does take place in Vegas.

Perry is in this novella (I love writing him, he definitely keeps it from being dark), and there’s this bachelor party scene that includes an accidental ingestion of Viagra. I’m hoping I write it as funny as it is in my head.

I tell you, coming up with a short paranormal title for this novella is really frustrating me. Every time I think of an appropriate title, it sounds more contemporary than paranormal. If you have any suggestions, lay ’em on me. I could use all the help I can get.

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Learned something recently about gift cards. We’ve had two incidences in two different restaurants, so I’m guessing it’s probably the same in all. So BEWARE:

If you run your gift card under $1.00, you’ll most likely lose whatever cents are left on it.

Even though we had the receipt showing we had 70 cents on the card, when the waitress ran it, the balance showed zero.

I know, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it was MY 70 cents! And they took it. It doesn’t seem right. Why would it drop? I can see it dropping if the card wasn’t used in a year or something, but this had only been a week. The thieves!

From now on we’ll make sure not to run our cards down to less than $1.00 (or at least give the money as part of a tip).

High School football starts here tonight. And yes, we’re going to the game even though our youngest graduated 12 years ago. Days are just flying by now. Flying by!!

So… Do you use gift cards? Have you ever noticed balances of less than $1.00 drop off?
 
Stacy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Reads

My reading has slowed down, but I’m still four books ahead in reaching my reading goal. And I have a cruise coming up really soon (more reading!!). Here’s what I read this week:

Aug 23: “The Bourbon Kings” by J.R. Ward, first book of the series, a contemporary soap opera (for want of a better genre) at 418 pages. Blurb from book: For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth as afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford fa├žade. And never the twain hall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instinct were right. Now, after two years proof staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets. As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the rip of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive. While reading this book, I discovered that NBC has decided to create a television series based on this book. I don’t know if I’ll watch it or not. You see… this book started out slow. Waaaaaay slow. Half-way through, though, it picked up speed and I became invested. Will I read the next one? Possibly. But I doubt I buy the hardback. I’ll probably wait until it’s in a cheaper paperback. This isn’t one of those series where I’ll anxiously anticipate the next installment. But if you enjoyed Dallas or Falcon Crest or Dynasty, you’ll probably enjoy this book.

I can’t believe September is almost here. Which means Dragon*Con is almost here! Whoo hoo! I don’t plan on getting my picture taken with a celebrity this year, but I sure plan on having fun. And this time my hubby will be attending. Hope he survives it (sometimes I wonder).

So… have you taken a vacation this year yet or are you waiting until the kids go back to school? The kids have started here already (so early in my opinion, back when I was a kid, we didn’t go back to school until after Labor Day). I’m looking forward to our vacation, but I bet there will still be kids on that cruise. Just not as many. J

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, August 24, 2015

I'm a Rising Star!

I was notified by Kensington that I was a Rising Star for paranormal romances on iBooks. I had no idea what this meant until a friend on Facebook posted THIS.


 
Well, hell. Ghostly Liaison is listed FIRST! Color me shocked.

I know that Bookbub ad helped tremendously. That, and the fact it’s drawing lots of positive reviews. And boy, does that make me happy!

Maybe I do know how to write! J

On Saturday, the hubby and I went up to Chicago. Not for any particular reason. Just for fun. We used our freebie hotel, stayed at a place near the Midway Airport, which had free parking and a free shuttle to the airport, and thus the subway/train station. We walked all over and had dinner at Giordano’s. No, we didn’t get deep dish pizza (one of these days we’ll have to, I think), but their sandwiches are pretty awesome, too. At least mine was.

But man, I sure got a good workout. I wanted to stay at the Navy Pier until the fireworks show (at 10:15), but I just ran out of juice. Thankfully there was a FREE shuttle to the subway (I love these free things), so I didn’t have to walk anymore. Well, I had to walk, just not as far. J

My body is still trying to recover. We’ll see if I’m up to going to the fitness center in the morning.

Oh, and then on Sunday, we jaunted up to Wisconsin and bought a LOT of Kringles!!!! Are we crazy? Sure! But our freezer is full of some yummy Danish. And who knows when we’ll make it back up that way.

So… how was your weekend? Do anything fun?

Have a great Monday!!
 
Stacy