Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lovely Louisville Wedding & More!

Happy Tuesday All,

Whew! It's been a very busy week:

On Tuesday, September 9th husband, offspring, and I boarded a plane for Louisville, Kentucky in anticipation of my eldest niece's wedding. The flight was mostly uneventful (although some turbulence, but nothing serious). We landed at the airport and had to wait to get to the jet way because there was a police car there. Apparently there were two airplanes that had to push back and leave before we could get dock there. It was about 20-30 minutes wait, but then finally we docked and exited the plane.

**Warning:  I didn't take very many pictures--sorry!**

At the rental car counter there was a huge line, which meant offspring and I had to wait with the bags while husband got our reservation. I was hungry and a bit on the dizzy side, but finally husband got the keys and we went and found our rental (a royal blue Chevrolet Cruze, not sure what year--anyone own one or driven one?) Husband opted for GPS system since we didn't know our way around.

The hotel wasn't real far from the airport, so that was good. We got our room and settled in.

My family arrived the following days and activities ensued.

One day, myself, husband, offspring, one of my sisters, her two offspring, my younger brother and his wife, all walked down to a
coffee house called Mrs. Potter's Coffee Lounge & Cafe. We stayed in the lounge area, which had couches and chairs. I got a decaf Mocha (so yummy) brother opted for drip coffee, sister-in-law got some kind of tangerine tea (sounded good), my sis got a regular coffee Mocha, offspring got a Strawberry Smoothie, and sis's kids got ice cream and chocolate chip cookie respectively (the chocolate chip cookies were HUGE!)

On the way to the coffee house, we passed the KFC Yum! Center. I
didn't know such a thing existed until I saw it. Apparently they hold
all kinds of events there, like Disney On Ice. So, it's basically a stadium of sorts. I think there was some kind of a rally going on in front of it. We never found out what the rally was about, though.


Thursday morning I got to meet author Katie McGarry (of Pushing The Limits, Dare You To, Red At Night, Crash Into You, Crossing The Line, and Take Me On fame!) Unfortunately, that's one picture I should have gotten, but I have a picture of the autograph. I haven't read Take Me On, yet, but I plan to.

Thursday night was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner--but most of my family didn't have to be a part of that (except my parents, my younger brother and his wife, and of course, one of my sisters, who is my niece's mom and my sister's husband and my niece's brother and some other people--most of which I didn't know). So the rest of us got together and went out to eat at a place called Champions Bar & Grill that has really good food and wasn't at all far from the hotel (we walked). It was fun.

Friday we hung out doing various activities until it was time to get ready for the wedding--which was at 7 p.m. (Eastern time). The
My niece & her new husband
during their first dance
wedding was really lovely and the reception was a ton of fun. (
Link to the Cathedral where the wedding was held).


They had a photo booth, so a bunch of my siblings and I crammed into there and took some photos. I'm pretty sure that booth was not meant to hold quite so many people, LOL! The reception was held at a place called Ice House which was a nice location.
Yep, we crammed into that photo booth!

Saturday husband and offspring went with a bunch of others on the Louisville Slugger tour. I stayed at the hotel and did some edits, and then later that evening we all went to Mass at the Cathedral where the wedding ceremony was held. That night we went to the Troll Pub Under The Bridge for dinner--very good food.

Most people left Saturday and Sunday, but we weren't scheduled to leave until Monday (September 15th). So we remained behind an extra day.

Sunday I didn't feel good, so I rested in the hotel bed while husband and offspring went off to the zoo and to play putt-putt.

Monday morning we got up early. I showered while husband and offspring went downstairs for breakfast, then joined them when I was dressed. We got squared away with the hotel, and left. Traffic wasn't bad, and we made it to the airport with plenty of time. Husband turned in our rental, and then we all went through security, found our gate, and waited to board. When the time came, we boarded the plane and the flight went really well (much better than the one over). We got back to Texas early. My dad picked us up at the airport and brought us home. We had several things to do (such as grocery shopping) and I rested while the husband and offspring went off on an evening excursion after dinner.

Anyway, we had a lovely time. Today husband went back to work and I'm doing edits and various other things.

Offspring and I have some kind of cold/allergies thing we're dealing with, but no fevers (thank God!) so hopefully we'll be all well, soon (which would be really good).

Hope you all are doing well! Please be sure to pass the word along
about Divine Love and the upcoming release of Astral Love.
 

Speaking of Divine Love, I got a wonderful surprise Sunday morning in the form of an Amazon email. I get email recommendations from them, and lo and behold, at the top of the email for Fiction & Literature was Divine Love! I was so excited, I cried. It really was a thrill.

You all have a good week. I've got edits and writing to finish up, so I'll probably be pretty MIA for a while. I'm gearing up for the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Writer's Conference (which, if you're a writer and you haven't registered, please do! It'll be a great conference!) For more information please click here.

See y'all around!

Have A Totally Terrific Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm Being Interviewed!

Happy Tuesday Everybody,

Hope you all had a great Labor Day! Mine was pretty relaxing. I'm super busy these days with first round edits of Book Two, Astral Love, writing Book Three, and family stuff.

However, I was interviewed by Susan B. James for her blog. It was a fun interview and there might be a few things there you didn't know about me...like whether or not I remember my first kiss with my real life hero (my husband)...what my favorite ice cream is...among other things. To check it all out, please click here.

This week is full of editing and trying to get some writing in, so I doubt you'll see much of me for a while, but I'll try to get an update at some point!

Have A Totally Terrific Day and week (if I don't get a chance to check in again before the end of the week!)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Updates & Guest Blogging

Happy Friday Everybody!

I know I've been very MIA lately. There's been a ton going on in my real life, and I've been working on Book Three. I expect edits for book two, Astral Love, any day now. Very exciting things on the horizon, and I'll have to update you as each item comes along.

I'm hoping you all have had a good week. Mine has been busy (they usually are LOL) but pretty good.

Today I'm on CD Hersh's blog for their Friday Features post talking about the characters from Divine Love, Book One in the Immortal Dreams Trilogy. If you have a chance, please click here and go check it out. 

Meanwhile, I hope you all have a great weekend. Stay tuned for when Book Three's cover gets revealed!

Have A Fantastically Fabulous Friday!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cover Reveal! IMMORTAL DREAMS Book Two: ASTRAL LOVE!

Hello Darling Readers,

This is actually for Monday, but because I'm writing, and doing a bunch of other things, I wanted to make sure I got it up in plenty of time.

Hope everybody had a great weekend! I was sick on Saturday, but got better on Sunday, so that was good. I'm working on Book Three of the Immortal Dreams Trilogy, but I figured everybody would want a little peek at what's to come (especially for anyone who has already read Immortal Dreams Book One, Divine Love).

So here we are, the cover art for Immortal Dreams Book Two, Astral Love! I love it, don't you?


Book Two is due to release Fall of 2014 (yes, this year!)

Here's wishing you a great work week/new school year!

Have A Marvelously Magical Monday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Updates, New Releases, & More...

Happy Tuesday Everybody,

Status report:  Book Three, Immortal Love (of the Immortal Dreams Trilogy) is over halfway written. It's not yet as far along as
I'd like, but it's making progress, which is good. Unfortunately sinus/migraine headache issues, and some other stuff got in the way this past week of me getting much writing in, so I'm trying to do much better this week. I'm relieved to tell you my headaches are better.

Book Two of Immortal Dreams Trilogy:  Book Two, Astral Love, will release in the Fall of this year. From the schedule I received from my publisher it looks like some time in October (Ooo! Looks like a birthday present for moi. What do you all think?)

Facebook:  There is now a Facebook page for the Immortal Dreams Trilogy. If you "Like" the page you will be able to keep up with updates. Things that will be exclusively posted there! (Such as Teaser #2 is already posted there) and cameo appearances from characters Laney and Jason. Who knows? Maybe one of the Immortals will take over my keyboard and make an appearance. But you will need to "Like" the page to get those updates. I may even do a sneak-peek-before-big-reveal cover reveal there (that's something I still have to make a final decision about, but I'm giving it very serious consideration).  Click here to get to the Immortal Dreams Trilogy Facebook page.

Nationals:  I will NOT be at the 2014 RWA National Conference. I just can't swing it. However, I do know there will be MANY other great authors there, so if you're going, be sure to check them out.

Conference:  I'm waiting for registration for the NWHRWA's annual Lone Star Writer's Conference to open up. It's taking place the first Saturday in October. To check the details please click here. It looks like it's going to be another good one.




There are a TON of new books out there. If you're interested in the new books my publisher is releasing, check the SMP website here.

My talented critique partner, Tess St. John released Last Chance in June. To check it out, click here for Amazon, for Barnes & Noble, click here.

Author pal/critique-er/word-sprint partner/awesome person, Patti Korbet, released This Year's Love in June. To check this novel out, click here for Amazon, and for Barnes & Noble, click here.

Recently the oh-so-talented Marie Hall released Hood's Obsession (a novel connected to her Kingdom Series--it features The Big Bad
Wolf and Red Riding Hood's daughter!) To check it out on Amazon, click here. For Barnes & Noble, click here.

The amazing Christie Craig released a novel with two other authors called Three Southern Beaches, which looks like  fun. To check this novel out, click here for Amazon. For Barnes & Noble, click here.

I know I'm forgetting probably more than one person, so if you or another author you know had a novel released this year (that is from January to now) feel free to post about it in the comment section of this blog post!

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Hope everyone has a Tremendously Totally Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Guest Post & Book Sale With Joanne Guidoccio...

Happy Monday All,

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good. I've been working on getting Book Three in my Immortal Dreams Trilogy written. So while I'm working on that and you my darling readers are awaiting the release of Book Two, Astral Love, how about another kind of story while you wait?

Today I've got author Joanne Guidoccio with me and she's here to talk about her novel, Between Land And Sea, which is on sale for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle (Links can be found at the end of the blog post).

So I'm going to let Joanne tell you about writing her novel and a little bit about the novel itself...


While planning Between Land and Sea, I considered different fantasy elements.

What advantage could I bestow upon a beautiful mermaid who had
given up her tail and lost her mermaid powers?

A magic wand came to mind, but I quickly dismissed a possibility often associated with fairy godmothers and benevolent elders. In this case, there was no such elder. Her grandmother (and chief elder of the Mediterranean Kingdom) had reacted quickly and savagely to her granddaughter’s defection, aging her thirty years and adding twenty pounds to her slender frame.

I let several ideas percolate and then settled on a magic tablet with online mermaid support. For twelve months, Barbara would have access to Lisa738, a Numbers Mermaid programmed to provide basic and Specialist Skills.

Excerpt

Barbara picked up the tablet and pressed the green button.

Lisa738 appeared. “Greetings, Isa— Barbara. What can I do for you today?”

“I’m giving my first dinner party and I’m not certain—”

Lisa738 interrupted, “You need a Specialist Skills button. No problem, but I think you should know that you are only entitled to two more of these buttons during the coming year.”

Barbara made a mental note to ask Gillian for more information regarding the tablet. “Of course. What will I be able to do with this button?”

“You will be able to whip up any dish in any cuisine. You will also have an extensive knowledge of the ingredients and nutritional value of any meal you create.”

“Like Martha Stewart?”

Lisa738 laughed. “Martha Stewart. Rachel Ray. Nigella Lawson. You will be able to hold your own with any of them.” She pointed to the new button that appeared below the screen.

Barbara picked up the button, peeled off the coating, applied it to her left temple, and waited for the unsettling sensation. This time, the experience was more intense. Barbara lost her balance and had to hold on to a nearby chair for support.

Lisa738 winced. “I forgot to warn you about the power of the Specialist Skills buttons. You may need to lie down for an hour or so. Are you planning a large dinner party?”

It must be very lonely for Lisa738 in the underwater kingdom. Barbara recalled her few interactions with other Numbers mermaids. She knew that they spent long hours in front of terminals and did not socialize with the other mermaids. She decided to be kind. “No, it will just be Graham and me.”

Lisa738 nodded in approval. “How is that progressing?”

“We’ve been going out for almost two months now. Our relationship is a comfortable one.”

“Is that enough for you? In spite of all that has happened, you are still a Bella. You need and deserve passion.”

Blurb


 After giving up her tail for an international banker, Isabella of the Mediterranean kingdom is aged beyond recognition. The horrified banker abandons her on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England, leaving her to face a difficult human journey

as a plain and practically destitute fifty-three-year-old woman.

With the help of a magic tablet and online mermaid support, Isabella evolves into the persona of Barbara Davies. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, among them former mermaids, supportive and not-so-supportive women, deserving and undeserving men, and several New Agers.



You can find Joanne at the follow links:

Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BetweenLandandSeaJG
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jguidoccio/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joanneguidoccio
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Between-Land-Sea-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B00F9U5Q50
 YouTube (Trailer #1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xipZ6quZDOs
YouTube (Trailer #2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfiKOQe_yuU
BETWEEN LAND AND SEA


JULY 20 TO JULY 27


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Hope everyone has a Marvelously Merry Monday!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog Swapping & Spotlighting Author Katie Hamstead!

Happy Tuesday Everybody,

Today I'm delighted to blog swap with author Katie Hamstead! I'm on her blog giving a behind-the-scenes look at writing a novel with Greek Mythology and she's appearing on here to talk about her novel (released by Soul Mate Publishing) Branded, a Teen/Romantic Suspense novel that looks intriguing.

So without further ado, take it away, Katie!


Branded: Set in Australia 
by Katie Hamstead

Branded is set in the Sydney area, mostly the western suburbs and Blue Mountains. I set most of my contemporary books around there simply for the fact that it is where I grew up.

I heard somewhere once that you should write what you know. So when it comes to things that involve high school, university etc I set my stories in the schooling system I am familiar with. My time as a foreign exchange student and the few years I have lived in the USA have taught me the basics of the American school system, but I don’t know it the way I do the Aussie one.
For Branded, the concept also originated when I lived in Australia still. I came up with the concept in 11th grade English, and wove ideas together while staring out at the bush on hiking and road trips. The bush is a place that has this ancient spirit to it, it’s hard to explain, but I am completely in love with it. So Branded has some beautiful settings that I wanted to showcase.

Knowing the bush like that, I know how easy it is to disappear. So with a map for my characters to go by, it was the perfect place to provide refuge to the people who escaped the carnage of the “invasion”.

Plus, not many books are set in Australia, so why not? J

Branded released on the 5th of February. 

(Note from Bethany:  That's February 5 of THIS year, folks! This means the novel is available for your reading pleasure). :-) 


Blurb for Branded

Terrorists have invaded Sydney, and Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee, but their parents are killed by firing squad. 

Now Ali’s on the run and terrified. While searching for other survivors, she is captured by the General who leads the invasion. He’s smitten by Ali, and when she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Marking not only him but also sealing her fate. Ali manages to escape and flees into the bush once more where she finds a group in hiding. Even with the scars left by the General, Ali learns to love and falls in love with the young man who found her—Damien Rogers. 

But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man—Damien—his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Ali must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her, and most significantly, the man she loves.


You can purchase Branded on Amazon, by clicking here. 

Add it to your TBR (To Be Read) Pile on Goodreads by clicking on here.


Author Katie Hamstead's bio:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of day dreaming in the "bush", and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. 

She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

You can find Katie at...


Katie, thank you for coming by and telling us about Branded! It sounds like a fun read. Best wishes to you. :-)

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Hope Everyone Has A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!