Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sometimes You Have To Kiss Frogs...

Happy Tuesday All,

This once a week blogging seems to be working for me so far. Whether or not I stick to Tuesdays remains to be seen. I might choose to jump around. But for now, it works.

For Christmas I received Book 8 of the Enchanted, Inc. series by Shanna Swendson. I've loved this series since I stumbled upon it one day some years ago, and waited and waited for Book 5, and then waited a little while for Books 6 and 7. I thought she had left the series behind after Book 7, but was happily surprised when she announced that in December 2016 there would be another one. I received this new one for Christmas and wanted to write a blog book review to tell you all about it.

Katie Chandler and Owen Palmer are back! Freshly engaged, and glowing with that "I'm-in-love-and-narrowly-lost-my-soulmate-due-to-crazy-elves" glow, but unfortunately, their happiness isn't meant to last.

Once more evil magic is in the air. People are disappearing and Katie is determined to find out what's going on.

Unfortunately, that means she has to leave her job at MSI, and infiltrate the elusive and secretive Collegium.

What she hadn't bargained for was an executive with goals far and away beyond "ambitious", and her own beloved Owen disappearing.

The gang is all (plus some new, fun characters--both magical and immune) and their up to their eyeballs in Frogs & Kisses.

Enchanted, Inc. fans hurry and get your copy so you can enjoy another fun escapade from the incredibly imaginative and talented Shanna Swendson!

Available at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble for your reading pleasure.

Have A Tantalizingly Trick-Free Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Are You Embraced?

Happy Tuesday One & All,

So, are you all ready? Today I have an official blog book review for you...the very first one of 2017. Pretty cool, huh? I think so, anyway.

This one came about when I requested the ARC of her upcoming book one of her new series. I agreed to do a review in exchange for the ARC (Advanced Readers Copy). 

When March 2017 hits, readers and Kerrelyn Sparks fans will embark on a brand new journey into a Fantasy Romance.

Kerrelyn weaves a world of imagination, magic, adventure, suspense, danger, intrigue, and romance. As always, her story is well-mapped out and she handles the details well. 

Lord Leofric (Leo) is an interesting leading man--he can be hit and survive a lightning strike, while absorbing the power and in turn, wielding it for his own purposes. Unfortunately, he can't TOUCH anyone.

Luciana's character arc takes the journey of her taking a step that looks brave, and showing her actually becoming determined and brave. She's no "Mary Sue" or "damsel in distress".  Sure, she can be rescued, but she's also going to rescue the hero in the process. And she learns How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days.

I can see readers and fans embracing (pardon the pun) Kerrelyn Sparks' new The Embraced series.

How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days will be on sale in March, but you can pre-order it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Now I just have to wait until August to see what happens next!

Have A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's 2017!

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

The last time I posted was in November. That's pretty bad, but getting to post a blog is tough. Blog posts take a lot of time because I have to think of a topic, write it up, edit it, add graphics/pictures, and make sure any relevant links are set up. I'm thinking that I will go to once a week or once every other week for blog posts. Also, apparently there are some kind of European laws and Blogger is posting Cookie notices, but I don't know where they are and I don't
know if they're showing up, so if they are, please let me know where to look because the directions weren't clear.

Christmas in the Averie Household was eventful. On Christmas Eve we went to Mass and the Averie Offspring was rather rambunctious much to me and Mr. Averie's chagrin. I'm chalking it up to the excitement of the season, but despite the goofiness on the part of my offspring, it was a lovely service and we sang one of my favorite Christmas hymns (Joy To The World--Christmas Mass just never seems complete without it).

Christmas Day was celebrated at my sister's house, with her crowd and my parents. The Averie Offspring made out like bandits (thank you Gran and Grandpa!) And, I must say, I was happy with what I got. My siblings and the spouses do an assigned name gift exchange--so one couple will have another couple and so forth. We got some nice things we wanted and some lovely surprises, too. (I won't go into all the details, but we got books, movies and other things we had wanted--plus a couple of cool mugs).

The week following Christmas, my younger brother and his wife and family arrived and we had official Turkey Christmas Dinner on the Thursday after Christmas. It was fun and delicious. My sister-in-law took some Brussels Sprouts, coated them with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted them. They had this yummy nutty type flavor. I'd never had Brussels sprouts like that before and I really enjoyed it. I actually always liked Brussels sprouts, but it'd been a long time since I had them and never roasted.

New Year's was quieter for us, which is just as well since excitement has reigned in this house for several days. Now we're getting back into our usual routines.

I'm finishing up reading the ARC of Kerrelyn Sparks' March release, How To
Me with Kerrelyn Sparks October, 2016
Tame A Beast In Seven Days
and will post a review on the blog at another time.

I'm also working on pre-publisher run-through per the request of my publisher (not that they had a problem with my manuscript, they just said they've found and extra run-through before the official editing process helps, so that's what I'm doing). It's a bit on the slow side, but I'm making progress. Publisher wants to start edits either at the end of February or the beginning of March. This novel is scheduled to release in June.

There is another novel I'm working on, but it's still too early to say much about it. It's going okay. We'll see what happens with it. I have a few ideas so we'll see if I can pull this one off.

The audio version of Divine Love is moving along. My narrator is working on some polishing of the earlier chapters, and I have to listen to a chapter he sent me. We're moving forward and hoping to release the audio version in March. (We'll see, we may have to push it back, but maybe not. We're going to have to crack down on that one!)

One of my nieces is married and is expecting a baby in May, so I'm on the road to Great-Aunt-hood. I'm so excited and thrilled. I know she and her husband are excited. It's the first great-grandchild for my parents and they are also thrilled.

So, 2017 is going to be a rather busy year for me (but that's okay and relatively normal). There are several exciting things in the works, so I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together.

I wish you and yours a wonderful, blessed, safe, and healthy 2017 and hope you had a great Holiday Season. Happy New Year!

Have A Thrillingly Terrific Tuesday!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Autumn Glory & More...

Happy Thursday All,

I still need to set up some kind of schedule for posting on here, but I haven't gotten there, yet, so bear with me.

It's November, and Texas is finally slowly--here and there--showing signs of Fall. We're under 90 degrees these days, which is great. Also, we're getting under 80 on some days, so that's also a good thing--yay!

Things are still moving along for the audio-book. I'm pleased with the results so far and look forward to it being completed and available to my readers.

I've started doing live videos on Facebook. What's surprised me is how much I've enjoyed it. I'm usually shy, so I wasn't sure what I would do, but I'm starting to get more comfortable with it. What I really need, though, is feedback from YOU, darling readers, to know what you want me to talk about. My narrator and I are working on an idea of Skyping and doing a live video during the Skype so that you all can meet him and ask questions about the audio book and such. He's extremely talented so I think it'll be fun. We haven't set a date for that, so stay tuned.

Next week is Thanksgiving and one of my aunts is coming into town. I'm looking forward to seeing her because we always have a good time. My dad is planning to cook and bake and he's awesome at both, so I imagine it will be a wonderful dinner.

Do you have big plans for the holiday? 

P.S. If you haven't been on Facebook and see my videos, I'm going to put them on my author page. Also, if you're a cat lover, check out my friends at The Magnificats and Floppycats.com . :-)

Have A Thrillingly Terrific Thursday!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Your Presence Is Requested At The Midnight Hour....

Happy Friday All,

Before you go off on your exciting weekend adventures, I've got an official blog book review for you all:

Author C.C. Hunter signing the first Shadow Falls book,
Born At Midnight at an event celebrating
Born At Midnight's release
Fans of C.C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls series-- the long awaited end to the highly imaginative series has arrived in the form of our favorite dyslexic witch's story.

The gang returns for one last adventure in Fallen, Texas. Miranda and her half-sister, Tabitha, visit the house of a fortune-telling witch, only to almost be blown to smithereens. Rushed to the hospital, they find out that while they’re going to live, a strange tattoo has taken up residence on Miranda, and climbs up her arm and covers her, only to disappear at some points and reappear at other times.
Besides that, Miranda is riding the emotional roller coaster that is her family dynamics, romantic highs and lows, and unless she can raise her SAT scores, facing a future without her two best friends, chameleon, Kylie and vampire, Della.

While all this is going on, Shawn the warlock, and Perry the shapeshifter are vying for Miranda’s affections. Shawn, while working with the FRU, works to keep Miranda and her sister safe, and Perry tries his best to spend time with Miranda while walking a dangerous line uncovering the facts of why his parents abandoned him.

Perry finds out is his parents are entrenched in a massive crime organization that the shapeshifter vows to take down. That is, if he can convince a certain FRU agent not take him off the case.

And Shawn? Shawn is having a bad day. A girl, who may or may not be a victim, beats the heck out of him and the poor guy faces the razzing of his fellow agents (namely a certain werewolf sweet on Kylie and Della’s vampire sweetheart).

Life is never boring when you’re a supernatural being.

The action-packed, suspense-filled Midnight Hour--the conclusion to the bestselling series--will hit shelves on October 25th. Preorder by October 24th to get your hands on C.C. Hunter’s special Kylie-Lucas story, Fighting Back. You can preorder at Amazon and also preorder at Barnes & Noble.

Have A Fantastically Fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Conference, Announcements, & More...

Happy Wednesday, Thursday, or whenever you read this, darling readers!

IMMORTAL DREAMS basket (bag of goodies)
I donated for the conference raffle
Things have been super busy in the Averie Household (although, when are they not?) And also busy in my writing life, too.

This past weekend, I attended the Northwest Houston chapter of Romance Writers of America (NWHRWA--which I am a member of this chapter) Lone Star Writer's Conference.

The conference consisted of being broken up into 2 parts, a morning speaker and an afternoon speaker.

basket I donated for the raffle
Kerrelyn Sparks speaking at
the 2016 Lone Star Writer's Conference
In the morning we had the incredibly talented, NY Times Bestseller, Kerrelyn Sparks (of the Love At Stake series fame). Kerrelyn is someone I know personally and haven't seen in more than a year, so it was great to see her again, catch up, and hear what she had to say. She talked about different hooks, and about the different parts of writing and how to work within each part. She likened writing to the 4 quarters of a football game (the football part goes over my head, I'm not a football fan, but she broke it down nicely, so I wasn't lost). She also said "You're not JUST a writer. You're never JUST anything." she said that instead of comparing yourself to another writer and their successes or whatever they've done, to compete with yourself. To be the best writer, plotter, or whatever part of writing is your strength.

She gave away some copies of her novels, as well as copies of the ARC of her March 2017 release, How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days.

Me & Kerrelyn
at the 2016 Lone Star Writer's Conference
I really enjoy Kerrelyn's writing and speaking. She's so sweet, funny, and generous. She's a great friend, talented author, and very supportive of other authors. So, yeah, I recommend her for speaking or checking out her work. 

I missed the announcement of the Lone Star Writer's Contest finalists, but they should be listed on the website soon if they aren't already (link is near the beginning of this post).

Sandra Beckwith speaking
at the 2016 Lone Star Writer's Conference
In the afternoon, the extremely helpful Sandra Beckwith from Buildbookbuzz.com spoke, and she had a lot of helpful hints and tips for marketing and promoting. Some ideas I've heard, and some of them I hadn't. There are a few I intend to try and see what happens. She says she has a lot of information on her website, so that's good for those who have or haven't heard her speak. If you get a chance to attend any of her workshops, I recommend it.

If you haven't been following me on Facebook, you probably missed my news!

I recently signed a contract with my publisher for a new Immortal Dreams novel. This novel, entitled Perfect Love is Laney's best friend, Hailey's story. (That's right Immortal Dreams fans, I've finally written Hailey's story!) I don't have a release date, yet, but I'll update when I have more information.

C.C. Hunter will have a brand new release THIS MONTH. Miranda's story, which has been highly anticipated, arrives Oct. 25th. This is the last book in the Shadow Falls series It should be quite an exciting finish to an incredibly imaginative and fun series.

Also, those of you who pre-order Midnight Hour will be able to get a brand-new Kylie-Lucas story entitled, Fighting Back, so get those pre-orders in BEFORE the release date! Click here to Pre-Order from Amazon. Click here to Pre-Order from Barnes & Noble. I'll have to do a more in-depth post about this, but right now, go pre-order Midnight Hour. :-)

Anyway, as you can see, there is a lot going on. I'll update more at another time, and give more of a look at C.C. Hunter's Midnight Hour in a different post, but for now, darling readers, (and for my Immortal Dreams fans, Immortals) I wish you the best of the rest of the week and hoping you're having a great start to October!

Have A Wonderfully Whimsical Wednesday!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Conference, Fall, & Holiday Fun...

Happy Wednesday All,

We're almost done with August, in fact, September starts tomorrow. Writers have until September 23rd to register for the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Writer's Conference. All writers, of all genres are welcome. We open up the conference to all writers of all genres, so take advantage of that.

Morning Speaker will be NY Times Bestseller, Kerrelyn Sparks. The afternoon speaker is going to be Sandra Beckwith from Buildbookbuzz.com. We'll have raffle baskets to raffle off, there will be pitch sessions going on, and more. 

Some writers have said they couldn't make this year. Very well, if you, a writer, can't make it this year, then put us down for next year. Generally we have the Conference the first Saturday in October. That's the date it's been ever since I started going to the conference back in 2009. So see, the time of year hasn't changed, just when the first Saturday of October is changes (some years it's not the 1st of October).

As Summer slips past us, and Fall starts in, I get a sense of an anticipation. Not just for the Conference, but also for cooler weather...for Holidays and fun. Anybody who knows me well knows that Halloween isn't my favorite Holiday. Thanksgiving is all right, but I'm really a big Christmas fan. My husband puts up with Hallmark Christmas movies from the moment they begin until the moment they end (then he deals with the Valentine's ones in February, because let's face it, I consider myself hopelessly romantic).

One of the things I love about Christmas are the lights. I like seeing houses and buildings lit up in a festive glow. We're hoping to make it out to Disney World sometime (not this year) during the Christmas season in part for that reason. I hear so much about how beautiful and wonderful it is. This year, we're looking at San Antonio for a little visit during the December month and I'm looking forward to seeing the lights along the Riverwalk (I've been to San Antonio and the Riverwalk several times, but not during the Christmas/Advent Season). We're also looking at going to Sea World--we've been there in the Summer, but never for their Christmas events. I had no idea they were even open during that time!

After the Conference on October 1st, we'll probably start gearing up for Halloween. Generally my kids go Trick or Treating with the cousins, but due to some changes this year, I'm not sure what will be happening. Eldest already knows what he wants to be for Halloween, Youngest is pretty laid back and goes with the flow.

For Thanksgiving, I think one of my aunts is coming into town, which will be fun. I always enjoy seeing her, and having Thanksgiving at my parents' house is a treat.

This year, I'm hoping Texas gets cooler than last year. Last year we pretty much were wearing shorts at Christmas, which just felt completely wrong to me. Even in my part of Texas we generally can wear warm clothing at Christmas. I love wrapping up in blankets and watching Christmas Specials at home. Making hot cocoa or tea is always fun, too.

What do you like about the Fall months and the holidays during Fall and Winter?

Have A Whimsically Wonderful Wednesday!