Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Seasons Of...

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

To those observing Ash Wednesday, hope you have a good beginning to Lent.

What's your favorite season?

Since I love sunshine and cool weather, anything happy like Christmas and Easter attract me. I love the lights at Christmas, the carols, presents, everything. It's about anticipation and joy. Easter is about new life, second chances, and redemption.

So what's yours and why?

Hope everyone has a good Lent.

Have A Wonderfully Winsome Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Running The Averie Marathon...

Happy Tuesday Everybody,

Whew! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to update this blog. Things are chaotic in the Averie Household and some days I feel like I'm running a marathon.

Recently I was talking with a friend of mine who mentioned she was starting a writers' group somewhere. I'm not able to be a part of the group, but she wants me to come out and do a talk. I'm very flattered and thrilled to be asked, so I inquired what she'd want me to talk about. She mentioned networking. We chatted a bit about that and my wheels have been turning ever since. (We're looking at me doing the talk sometime in the summer, we haven't set a date, yet). I'm looking forward to it.

My illustrious critique partner, Tess St. John, has just released the 5th and final book in her Undercover Intrigue, romantic suspense series. The novel is entitled Eyes Of A Stranger and for a limited time it's on sale for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle. I haven't read this one and am really looking forward to seeing how she wraps up the series. The romantic suspense have been my favorite out of all the many genres she writes. I like her other work, but this series has been my favorite. I'm so happy for her. She works so hard and has done some incredible things with her work.

Another new release that I am excited about (and have read--and enjoyed) is Stacy Hoff's Desire In The Arctic (sequel to Desire In The Everglades, but you can read them out of order, but I recommend reading the first one before picking up this one). What can I say about this novel aside from fun, adventure, suspense, and romance all rolled into a heart-warming novel is worth sitting down with a good cup of coffee (or tea, or wine, or whatever drink you prefer) and enjoying. Stacy has an incredible imagination and never ceases to intrigue me with her ideas. This one is also available on Amazon Kindle.

I continue working on my WIP (Work In Progress) as much as possible and I'm making some progress on it. I'm not sure when I'll be done, but I'm hoping before too many more months go by I'll have it written and working on editing and getting it critiqued. 

I'm also working on critiquing a fellow author's work. We've worked with each other before and I really want to help her out. She's a very imaginative author who nails emotion in her novels quite well.

What are you reading these days?

Have A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Note Of Sympathy 2016...

I wish to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of:

David Bowie (singer/musician/actor)
Alan Rickman (actor)
Glenn Frey (member of The Eagles group)
Rene Angelil (Celine Dion's husband)

And anyone else famous or not famous who has passed recently.

Loss is hard. I've had several loved ones in my life pass on. And while nobody can (or SHOULD) take their place, there are healthy ways to mourn. I hope everyone who is mourning has people and healthy methods to help them through their mourning process. My heart and prayers go out to you.

All my best,
Bethany Averie

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dancing Along

Happy Tuesday All,

Are you a good dancer? Or do you just freelance?

When I was younger I took ballet, tap, and jazz for several years. I
never danced en pointe in ballet, but I did enjoy it. Growing up, I felt sort of awkward, and sometimes a bit on the klutzy side. Ballet made me feel graceful and beautiful. I wasn't very good at tap or jazz, but some of it was fun.

Fountain in Frankenmuth, Michigan
Nowadays I'm not doing too many arabesques, shuffle-ball-changes, or shimmying my way across the floor. Usually I have one of my offspring with me and I dance around the room with them (while they giggle incessantly--generally with me, thank goodness!)

Sometimes I turn on country music and try to 2-step around the living room. Other times, I turn on children's songs, or rock n roll, sometimes folk-rock. Music is always a good way to boost your mood, and dancing can be fun (and good exercise, too!)

When you want to "cut a rug" what do you do?

Have A Twirl-Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Romantically Defined

Happy Monday All,

Did you have a good weekend? A great one? Mine was full of recovering from my ear/sinus infection. It sounds like a blast, doesn't it? Well...it wasn't what I'd call the most fun I've ever had. But I did enjoy a little time with my husband, so that was a plus.

Interesting question occurred to me as I was watching a Hallmark Channel movie (Love By The Book):

What is your idea of Romance? What is something that happened to you that you consider romantic?

This is interesting to me on more than one level. For one thing, I'm hopelessly romantic. I even like some of the cheesier stuff. Or heartwarming.

It's also questions Romance novelists (such as yours truly) strive to answer when they write their novels.

So, you tell me. What do you consider romantic?

Have A Marvelously Magical Monday!

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Little Humor...

Happy Friday All,

I hope your week has been awesome. Yes, as I said, Jason and Laney (from my Immortal Dreams Trilogy) are still playing around in my head. "Awesome" is one of Jason's favorite words. If you asked him, he'd tell you HE'S awesome. And, in some ways, he was subconsciously modeled after my husband (I never intentionally model any of my characters after anyone I know). Here's proof (this is from a conversation we had a while back):

Me:  I think I subconsciously modeled Jason after you.

Husband (grinning): That's why he's such an awesome character.

Me (in a dry tone): I shouldn't have told you that the first time I told you.

Husband just continued to grin and laugh. Go figure, right?

But I can't deny my husband has some pretty awesome qualities. He's a really good Dad, and pretty considerate of me. He'll take the Offspring somewhere just so I can write. He goes on walks and things so I can nap (whenever he's got a day off from work). So let's say, yeah, he's pretty darn awesome. But he also has the poke-fun qualities Jason possesses. So, yeah, in some ways, Jason is a bit like my Husband. Main differences? Husband is not an Immortal, and he's not considered 18 (he's actually quite a bit older than that, but I'm younger than him--HA!) Yes, we have a very playful marriage, and I guess that playfulness seeped into my novels. Not that I mind. I love incorporating humor into my work. It makes it more fun.

What sort of things do you like to find in novels?

Have A Fabulously Fun Friday!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Million Story Directions

Happy Thursday All,

I'm late posting this because I wasn't able to schedule it ahead of time to post automatically for me. Real life keeps creeping into my writing/blogging time, but that's just the way things are right now. The good news is, I am getting writing in. Not as much or as often as I'm used to, but it's happening. That in itself is a really good thing.

The other day I talked about word-of-mouth and how important that is to authors. Yes, I can't emphasize this enough. You have no idea how incredibly powerful it is. You readers make or break our careers. I love writing and publishing and sharing my imagination with you all. It brings me a lot of joy and satisfaction. It's a dream come true.

On another note, the Immortal Dreams Trilogy is completed and all 3 books are available, yet I still have Jason and Laney playing around
in my head. I guess I'm not completely ready to say goodbye to that world. Where it will lead...well, I'm not total sure, yet. I'm working on another WIP (Work In Progress)--a new series--and I really have to focus on that. That story deserves my attention. But I'm tucking the Immortals in the corner of my mind for future reference.

My WIP is definitely a story I want to complete. It has been patient while I've been immersed in the Third Realm (All's Fair In Love & Lion) and silently waiting its turn while I navigated the world of the Immortals (Immortal
Dreams Trilogy). Now it wants my attention...it wants to be completed, and the other two stories in that series deserve the same consideration.

So, what's a writer to do when he or she is being pulled in more than one story direction? One thing I do is to write up notes for the other stories, and go back to the WIP. That way the author doesn't lose the ideas, but can also keep going on the WIP.

Do you read more than one novel at a time? How do you keep each story straight?

Have A Tremendously Terrific Thursday!