Manic Monday – 9/15/14

Ugh – today started off rocky. My oldest kid’s bus was over thirty minutes late and it was raining. I finally got a hold of the bus barn and the kids got picked up. Then tragedy struck! I ran out of coffee creamer before I even made one cup of coffee. It’s hard to get three kids ready for school on a rainy Monday morning without coffee. So, instead of posting my goals for the week (which is my plan for Monday’s blog post, although I haven’t done a great job of keeping up with it) I’m going to post 5 things I’m grateful for this morning to remind myself that even to be happy even on icky mornings with no coffee.

  1. All three of my kids are healthy enough to go to school – even if we have to wait in the rain for a bus that’s late :)
  2. My wonderful husband promised to buy coffee creamer on his way home from work so that I don’t have to get out on the one day there isn’t a kid related reason for me to leave the house.
  3. The words are flowing.
  4. I have a new episode of Doctor Who to watch once I hit my word count for the day.
  5. I have a new USB drive and it is Olaf from Frozen (Olaf is replacing Wonder Woman who is finally full!)

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Tuesday Tunes – 9/2/14

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I started a new book yesterday! A new book means a new music playlist. Here are the first ten songs on the playlist for THE PRINCE OF HEARTS!

  1. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
  2. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
  3. Sweet as Whole – Sara Bareilles
  4. Lost Stars – Adam Levine
  5. Forever Like That – Ben Rector
  6. It’s Always You – Kris Allen
  7. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  8. Wise Up – Aimee Mann
  9. Danglin’ – Laura Osnes
  10. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Manic Monday – August 25th

Today’s Random Thoughts:

  • Monday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. Now that all three kids are riding the bus and we don’t have soccer practice or school activities at night, I don’t have to leave the house for the entire day!
  • I will be chained to my computer finishing first round edits on MAKE ME A MATCH today and starting (hopefully) the first draft of PRINCE OF HEARTS. I love starting a new book. This time I’m even more excited, because there is a lot of world building with a fictional country and monarchy.
  • I’m also starting a new exercise program today – so tomorrow I might not be able to move. After my foot surgeries in March and June I gained some weight and I’m finally cleared to exercise. I’m going to give PIYO a try. I have several friends that love it and supposedly it is very low impact.
  • This week’s goal is to blog every week day and I picked themes so that I would have an easier time writing something…so far it’s working :)

Big Easy Blog Hop

My first blog hop as an official author…exciting! Thanks to Tierney James, a fellow Black Opal Books author, who invited me to participate in this tour. So the gist of this is I answer a few questions and then list the authors who are following me on the tour next week. (But the two people who promised to follow me on the blog tour backed out at the last-minute so I don’t have anyone…yet. I will update when/if I get the info on the next person on the blog hop!)

Here is the question and answer section:

1 – What am I working on? Well, that’s a hard one to answer actually. I’m currently working on three different projects. I’m finishing up revisions on my muse story for a revise and resubmit I got from a publisher. I’m also hard at work writing book 2 in the Hollow Moon series – KISS ME. As if that wasn’t enough, today I’m starting Publisher’s BluePrint. BluePrint is an event through Savvy Authors where you work with a publisher to plot your book and then in July I will write it in a NaNoWriMo fashion of 50k in one month. I do best if I have a lot of pressure and deadlines so setting myself up to have a lot to do is just right for me.

 

2 – How does my work differ from others of my genre? My paranormal romances really focus very little on the paranormal. I like to call them light paranormal romances. In MAKE ME A MATCH, Maddy is a witch and it definitely affects the story, but the true focus is on the romance between her and Sean. The romance is the most important part of the story for me.

 

3 – Why do I write what I do? Um, I don’t know – I just do. I actually write in several different genres. The book I’ve contracted to publish is a paranormal romance, but I’m going to be working on a contemporary romance in July. I just love telling a good love story.

 

4 – How does my writing process work?  I am an extreme plotter. I do character sheets, a beat sheet and scene/sequel cards. I tried to write without plotting once and wrote myself into a corner that I couldn’t get out of without deleting most of what was written. My day-to-day process is fairly simple. I sit down with my coffee and browse the web or thirty minutes or so and then get to work. During the summer I write in the afternoon (morning is playtime with the kids). It’s pretty much the same thing, but with iced tea instead of coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

Busy Bee…That’s Me!

I’ve been so busy lately and (of course) the first thing to fall to the side is blogging. My birthday was at the beginning of the month and it was wonderful. I was spoiled by my husband and kids – starting with waking up to the whole house decorated with streamers and balloons! This past weekend my Mom and I got away for a girl’s weekend and saw Christina Perri. The concert was fantastic and it was wonderful to get a break from being mom for a bit and just have fun. In between these two things I’ve been doing the normal soccer practice, soccer game and homework thing with the kids. We are at that end of the year things with a million activities time when there is something every night (sometimes two things!) and not a moment of down time in between.

I’ve also been writing and taking writing classes. My new book is coming along nicely and the classes are really helping me in the areas that I have issues with. Savvyauthors.com is a fantastic site for learning craft and getting down to the basics of writing. This week I started a class on writing sex and I can’t wait to see how the class plays out!

 

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What I read in April…

Because of the read-a-thon I managed to read a lot in April!

  1. THE ACE – Rhonda Shaw
  2. THE BAD BOY BILLIONAIRE – Maya Rodale
  3. BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND IAN EVERSEA – Julie Anne Long
  4. BEYOND JEALOUSY – Kit Rocha
  5. CATCHING CAMERON – Julie Brannagh
  6. GOOD GIRL’S DON’T DATE ROCK STARS – Codi Gary
  7. HER BEST LAID PLANS – Cara McKenna
  8. HOW TO SEDUCE A VAMPIRE (W/O REALLY TRYING) – Kerrelyn Sparks
  9. IMAGINARY LINES - Allison Parr
  10. ONCE UPON A BILLIONAIRE – Jessica Clare
  11. PLAYING IT CLOSE – Kat Latham
  12. BEACH BAR BABY – Heidi Rice
  13. BECOMING THE PRINCE’S WIFE – Rebecca Winters
  14. MAI TAI FOR TWO – Delphine Dryden
  15. ONE NIGHT WITH AN EARL - Jennifer Haymore
  16. PERFECT 10 – Erin McCarthy
  17. STOLEN KISS FROM A PRINCE – Teresa Carpenter
  18. WED AT LEISURE – Sabrina Darby
  19. WOO’D IN HASTE – Sabrina Darby