Friday, April 17, 2015

More Diary Fun

Nothing new to report (well, except to grumble that the Penguins lost the first game of Round 1—grrr). That tends to happen when I’m busy writing, or in my case re-writing. Whatever it’s called, it’s working and I’m a happy camper (except where the Penguins are concerned—grrr). But… that doesn’t help my blog any. So, here’s some more diary fun (I love that I have this to fall back on).

Wednesday, December 12, 1973

Well, long time no write! Who’s ever reading this must be terribly bored (especially with all the misspellings). Some time I would love to right pages of stuff like on “The Waltons.” For you young people-It’s a television show which is my favorite right now (along with a lot of other shows). Today was a minimum day and I saw Rick (which I didn’t think would happen). He came into the band room to see the time (which he could have done outside. Maybe he wanted to see me. FAT CHANCE!). I will not have a diary after this maybe a book. P.S. I love you Rick!

Some comments:

1) I was 16 when I wrote this.

2) The “long time no write” remark was made because the last time I had written in that diary was October 28. In fact, this diary has a LOT of blank pages!

3) I like how I mentioned the misspellings and then misspelled “write” after I had spelled it correctly earlier!

4) My memory is faulty and I don’t remember what minimum days were (either shortened classes or some classes were eliminated), BUT… I do remember Rick coming into the band room (because I had a HUGE crush on that guy, as you can tell from the P.S.).

5) I think it’s funny that I wrote I will have a book next, when I couldn’t even write in the small yellow diary every day. But I did use spiral notebooks starting in 1974, and I was able to write more, just not more often (I still had problems with that).

Maybe next time I’ll post one of those longer ones. I’ll have to find one that’s interesting.

So… Starting Saturday I’ll be hosting the Sizzle and Sass Facebook page. My week always seems to catch me off guard. What catches you off guard? The weekend? Monday? Hmmm…

Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday Reads

I’m reading lengthy stuff AND that whole re-drafting is going well, so my quantity has decreased. Good thing I’m still 3 books ahead of my goal (yay!). Here’s what I read this week:

killing fear by allison brennan
Apr 11: “Killing Fear” by Allison Brennan, the first book in the Prison Break trilogy, a romantic suspense at 421 pages long. Blurb from book: Theodore Glenn loves to inflict pain…both on his victims and on those who later find the mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars. When a catastrophic disaster sets Glenn free, he blazes a freshly bloodied path across San Diego County. But the death he craves most is Robin McKenna’s. Putting aside their past troubled relationship, Will rushes to protect Robin, now a savvy businesswoman operating an upscale club. As the killings mount and Glenn proves a master manipulator, Robin and will become snared in a twisted web of horror. But the shocking truth is even worse: the evil they are to face is even deadlier than they fear. This book has lots of suspense, a sensual romance and one wicked villain. I also enjoyed seeing characters from her other books. Can’t believe I hadn’t read this trilogy before. I’m finding I enjoy everything from Allison Brennan so I plan on reading everything she has to offer. I’ll start with what I have on-hand (which are the other two books in this trilogy).

Sales for Blind Temptation are going slow (just like all my other books—surprise!). Might help if I advertised, but I haven’t found anything worthwhile that will take a book without reviews. I only gave the book to a few people to read for review and I’m still waiting for them to finish reading it. If you’re interested in reviewing the book, I’ll gladly give you a copy (and my eternal thanks). Just let me know what version you’d prefer: mobi or epub.

So… Any movies you’re looking forward to seeing this year? I’ll be watching the new Avengers movie shortly after the release date. Oh yeah!

Happy reading!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Blind Temptation Buy Links

Blind Temptation is released! Yay!!! It’s currently on sale at an introductory price of $2.99. Eventually it will go up to $4.99. When? Well… I have submitted this book for a BookBub ad. If it gets selected (and I’m not holding my breath—I’d rather be pleasantly surprised), then the price will stay at $2.99 until 4 weeks after the ad airs. If it’s not selected, then the price will probably go up after June 1st (and seeing how long it took me to get all these sites to actually show the book, I’m assuming it will take awhile before they all show the higher price—Amazon going last, of course).

Anyway, here’s the blurb (in case you haven’t gotten sick of it yet!):

Dreading the prospect of losing her position on the Vampire Committee, Victoria is forced to integrate with the mortal population. She hasn’t stepped outside since her husband died over 40 years ago and the thought of being treated like the 17-year-old she resembles frustrates her. But when she discovers that Ben, her hot & sexy driver’s ed teacher, is blind, she gives into temptation and flirts. She never expects to fall in love.

Ben knows he shouldn’t get involved with Victoria—she’s his student. But something compels him toward her. She makes him feel young, alive, and more importantly, whole.

Victoria would love nothing better than to have Ben as a mate, but fears he wouldn’t want to be blind forever. As she struggles to keep her identity hidden from him, an old acquaintance of Victoria’s turns up and is willing to do anything to win her love, including disposing of her boyfriend.

And this is where you can purchase the digital version:
Not a sale site, but if you want to add the book to Goodreads, click HERE
Eventually, it’ll show up on Kobo; it’s just being slow. Next I have to format it for print. Okay, I have to get my formatter (aka Enterprise Book Services, aka hubby) to format it for print.

In other news…. The Penguins made the playoffs! YAY!!! Talk about waiting until the last game to do it (and yes, it was the very last game of the season). Now they’ll face the Rangers in the first round. I’m hoping the games show on television here, because I really need to burn off some calories. How? From the stress (and I’m sure the games will stress me out, but I’m addicted and can’t give them up). Let’s go Pens!!!

So… When you buy books, what format do you buy and what store do you buy them from? I’m a Barnes & Noble on-line shopper and I prefer paper, but will buy the Nook version if it’s a new author. Then, if I really, REALLY like their books (like I’ve fallen in love with M.Q. Barber’s books), I’ll purchase the paper version. Just doesn’t feel like I OWN it if I can’t see it on an actual bookshelf.

Have a great day!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Birthday to my Daughter!

I can't believe it's been THIRTY years since I gave birth to this wonderful person. That's her, with her wonderful brother, back in 1988. Wasn't she the cutest little thing???

Awww, what am I saying. She's STILL cute.

Happy Birthday, Sweetie!! I love you!!!!!


I know I was going to post buy links for Blind Temptation, but seems publishing is like the military: hurry up and wait. I should see the book pop up on B&N really soon and I set up an account with iTunes (my husband knows someone with an Apple computer so I can upload direct instead of going through Smashwords), and while it's available on Smashwords, I'm still waiting for it to get sent to other distributors. It's all taking sooooo much time, and I just want this book out there everywhere so I only have to send out one notice (the newsletter is pretty much ready to go, just waiting on those links).

Hmmm... Maybe I SHOULD have done pre-orders. If only so that all the books are available at the same time. I'll have to remember that the next time. If there is a next time. I still haven't decided if self-publishing is for me. Now, if the money starts rolling in.... Haha! I crack myself up at times.

So... Do you leave reviews on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, or some other site after you read a book? How about ratings? Before I got into this business, I never really thought about reviews. Now? I try and remember to leave something on B&N and Amazon, especially if there aren't many there to begin with. I always rate or say something about a book on Goodreads (although I didn't start out that way). But I just wonder how many other people do this? Is the old "me" the way it is for most readers and am I the one who has changed because I'm now an author? Hard to tell sometimes. What are your thoughts?

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wednesday Reads

Hey there! Blind Temptation HAS shown up on Amazon (I've got the link on the book tab for now). Nothing on B&N yet, and my husband still needs to format for Smashwords (so it can go to other vendors) and for print (because…PRINT!). I plan on posting whatever links I have and whatnot on Friday (so it’ll be visible ALL weekend!) and update as necessary. Anyway, reading’s been good, too (I’m 4 books ahead of my goal!!!), BUT so has the writing (completely re-did the second chapter—yay!). Hoping I can keep them both up. Here’s what I read this week:

kiss of midnight by lara adrian
Apr 4: “Kiss of Midnight” by Lara Adrian, book 1 in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance at 402 pages long. Blurb from book: He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite. Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands. Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasure of all… Well, it happened, damn it! I have fallen in love with another series (like I really needed to do that). This one currently has 12 books out, but is expected to end with #18. I like the fact that Lucan is an alpha hero, but he’s not an ass. In fact, I like him a lot. There’s a war going on that doesn’t end in this book, but there’s no cliff-hanger, which won me over right there. If you love wounded heroes and a hot couple (or if you love JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books), then this is the book for you. I know it was for me!

a touch of midnight by lara adrian
Apr 5: “A Touch of Midnight” by Lara Adrian, book 0.5 in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance novella at 124 pages long. Blurb from Goodreads: Savannah Dupree is halfway across the country from her Louisiana bayou hometown, a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Savannah’s gifts. She possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, Savannah can see an object’s past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden within the blade’s history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare. In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago on that blood-soaked night in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There’s one certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity… This prequel novella to the first book was free and, of course, I couldn’t resist getting it and reading it right away (that’s how much I loved the first book). Enjoyed this just as much as the first one, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy them all. I do plan on reading them in series order (even if they weren’t written that way).

So… Who here is happy baseball season has started? The Reds won their first game (yay!) and I realized how much less stressful it was to watch than hockey. Don’t get me wrong. I love hockey. But lately, the Penguins have been nerve-racking to watch (well, maybe not watch—I don’t have the ability to watch all the games, but I do get updates on my phone). Man, if they would ONLY play the whole game like they do the first period, they’d have already clinched a playoff spot. It’s so frustrating. I certainly hope the Reds don’t frustrate me this season, too. I’m not sure I can handle that.

Happy reading!