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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Updates Galore!

Happy Thursday Folks,

Well, Easter's coming fast (are Lent and Holy Week already almost over.? Wow, time flies). I probably won't post a blog for Friday since it's Good Friday and I observe the day. But, don't worry, I plan to be back.

Now onto this week's updates:

Fellow blogger, author and friend, Marsha, gave me a new award--the Blogger Buddie Award. Very nice and thank you very much, Marsha! :-) (You can see this new award in the margin on your right).

I'm still working on this new story idea. Right now trying to formulate the beginning. It's slow going, but I'm sure eventually everything will "click" into place.

Oh and we have a huge amounts of contests happening:

Fellow blogger and author, J.J. has reported on some contests happening.

Fellow blogger and author, Shannon O'Donnell also is reporting on a contest (arrow down to her March 29, 2010 post).

Fellow blogger and author, Bane reported on this contest happening (looks like a pretty hefty prize there, by the way).

REMINDER: The NWHRWA's Lone Star Contest is in full swing (deadline for entries is June 6, 2010...early entry discount ends in May). Click here for more details. (The NWHRWA is a chapter of the RWA--Romance Writers of America).

Book Releases:

The following authors are members of NWHRWA with new books that came out in March or ones that are coming out in April:

Suspense author, Colleen Thompson has a new one that came out in March. Check out Touch Of Evil.

John Foxjohn has a new book out that was to be released in March. Check out Tattered Justice

Kim Lenox has a April 6, 2010 release for her new Shadow Guards series (book number 3), Darker Than Night. Check out information here.

Carla Rossi, has a new Inspirational coming out in April 2010.

The following authors are not NWHRWA members:

Author Lynn Kurland has a brand spanking new site up. Her other site reports on a new book, called One Enchanted Evening, coming out. Set to be released on April 27, 2010. (I really like her de Piaget family and MacLeod family novels!)

Richard Paul Evans has a book coming out April 6, 2010. I've read several of his novels and he just has a gentle way of telling a story. The Walk is his new novel.

Now, if I've missed any contests that you all know about, please put them in the comment section of this post so that others can look into them...thanks!

Oh and by the way, if you have an author you like and they have a book coming out in April, and I didn't mention them, you can put that in the comment section, as well.

If I have anything awesome to report over the weekend, I'll post it Saturday or Sunday, otherwise, I'll see you all on Monday. Have a very happy and Blessed Easter!

Have A Terrific Thursday!



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Book Reporting

Happy Wednesday Everybody,

Hope all is well with you. I'm doing okay. I just finished today a mystery that I was reading.

As mentioned in a previous post, I read Laura Childs' The Teaberry Strangler, number 11 in her Tea Shop Mysteries series.

So as not to spoil the fun for those who follow (or might follow her books), I won't give out too much information, but I will say Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, amateur investigator extraordinaire strikes again! Not only does she see a murder in progress this time, but come to find out the house she wants to buy undergoes an archaeological dig, thus setting her back on the progress of buying said house.

We are whisked back to the historical parts of Charleston with Theodosia's friends and employees, Haley (amazing chef), Drayton (expert tea blender) and the usual suspects of people that have neighboring shops to her, in particular, Delaine Dish (of the Cotton Duck--clothing store).

Amid the aroma of tea, scones and other delectable food, take a ride with Theodosia as she investigates the crime, avoids an ex-boyfriend, deals with a pesky photographer, and tries her best to work with condescending Detective Tidwell.

I definitely have recommended the series to others. Laura Childs also has Scrapbook Mysteries (set in New Orleans, amid Mardis Gras--at least in one book, Cajun cooking, and Jazz) and The Cackleberry Club Mysteries (eggs, murder and fun).

Have A Wondering Wednesday!

Monday, March 29, 2010

My Brain Ate It

Happy Tuesday One And All,

The other day an idea for a story was "tickling" and "itching" at my brain. I kept thinking about different things to do with the idea, but nothing was "fleshing out".

Finally, at night, I sat down in front of the keyboard and thought, "That's it, I have to flesh this idea out or else it's gonna make me crazy."

I built up character names and some background information and began work on plot line ideas. I left enough holes for "wiggle room" and began writing. I'll probably chuck what I wrote (2 pages). I might even change one of the names, but at least I got started.

What is it about inspiration and when it hits that you feel like you're twisted up in knots until the whole thing comes together?

And if you don't get it down on paper, sometimes you lose that spark of inspiration, or an idea.

So...flesh out the ideas, make yourself work it out. The rest of the details will come later, but without that initial idea more than just a spark, you don't have a whole lot to work with.

How do you flesh out ideas?

Have A Tremendous Tuesday!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Book Reporting

Happy Monday Folks,

Over the weekend (and maybe slightly before the weekend) I reminded myself as to why I like Lynn Kurland's de Piaget and MacLeod families.

I read When I Fall In Love (by Lynn Kurland) and it was really good. I wish I had read it when it first came out, but I didn't. I should've because this book really did turn out great.

The book centers around Nicholas de Piaget (1229) and Jennifer MacLeod McKinnon (present day). Yes, it's a time travel one (which hers are awesome).

Nicholas is trying to fix the roof of one of his castles (he's very wealthy) and happens upon a woman who found a time gate (that would be Jennifer).

I won't say much else because it's part of a series of books (and I don't want to ruin the story for anyone who might decide to dive into her series--which I definitely recommend). Like I said, I reminded myself why I love the books she writes of those 2 families.

You can get the reading order here for Lynn Kurland's books and look up her books here...or just go to her website. I highly recommend them.

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Whatcha Reading?

Howdy All,

It's Friday! Yay :-) My husband isn't working this weekend, so I'm happy :-)

So anyway...what are you reading currently?

I've got 2 books I'm reading:

1. Laura Childs' The Teaberry Strangler: Number 11 in the Tea Shop Mysteries series

and

2. Lynn Kurland's When I Fall In Love: One of her De Piaget/MacLeod family novels (I think this one might have time travel in it...cool!)

What about you? What are you reading?

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This Week's Updates

Hey Everyone,

Well...here's what's going on around me...

I'm still working on the first pass of edits on Surreal. Normally I do a chapter per day, but I decided to break up one of the chapters, so it'll take me 2 days for that one. I'm having to add some action and up some of the tension, which isn't a bad thing (plus it's more true to the villain anyway).

I'm reading Laura Childs new Tea Shop Mystery novel, The Teaberry Strangler. It's pretty good so far. I'll give more of a report when I'm done. (It's number 11 in the series).

I got my DVD copy of Twilight Saga: New Moon. I really like the 6 part featurette on it about how the filming came together. It was very interesting. Parts of the commentary were funny, but I really liked the Featurette best. No, I don't have Blu-Ray, so I didn't get that, nor did I get the 3 disc set, I got the 2 disc one from Barnes And Noble online.

For those interested in Atlantis and paranormal romance, check out Alyssa Day's series. Her newest one, Atlantis Redeemed, book number 5 in the Warriors Of Poseidon series was released on March 2, 2010. I liked the first book, I haven't really read the others, yet, but they're quite imaginative. Her books are listed in reverse order on her site (meaning the newest one is listed first and book number 1 is listed last).

Author Kim Lenox has the third novel in her Shadow Guards series, Darker Than Night coming out April 6, 2010. I own (and have read) the first two. If you like historicals and paranormal, suspense and romance, I recommend checking them out. I've liked them.

I'm going to be reading one of Lynn Kurland's novels (I like her Macleod/De Piaget family novels) titled When I Fall In Love. I've read most of the others. My favorite is Stardust Of Yesterday. I also really liked A Dance Through Time. Kendrick (Stardust Of Yesterday) is just fun. She has a new book coming out April 27, 2010 called One Enchanted Evening (also a De Piaget family book) that looks good. I'll probably have to read that one. Her website is full of information and even has advice on the reading order of her books. I recommend them, they're good and a lot of fun. (Think knights, England, France, Scotland, Time travel, ghosts, sword fights, romance). She also has a fantasy series out, but I pretty much stick with the other series I mentioned.

CONTESTS:

REMINDER: The Northwest Chapter of the RWA is hosting their Lone Star Contest. Check here for details.

If you all know of any other contests, please say so in the comments section. Thanks so much :-)


Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What Happens When...

Happy Wednesday Folks,

So...okay..like I said, I have a goofy sense of humor, and I thought a fun post just for the sake of laughter. I'm asking your opinion this time on some "just for fun" questions:

What happens when a writer has too much coffee? Do their characters end up dancing some weird Twister / Funky Chicken / Hokey Pokey dance because the author's so hyper they can't make sense?

Is there such a thing as too much chocolate? (I think so...I've eaten things where I just felt it was too much...but this is your chance to voice your opinion).

Would sleep deprivation be called a requirement for a writer?

Are weird ideas just weird ideas or jumping off points for a good story?

What do you think?

Have A Wondering Wednesday!

Book Reporting

Hi Everybody,

The other day I finished reading Kerrelyn Sparks' new book to her Love At Stakes series, The Vampire And The Virgin. Once again, another good one.

For those unfamiliar with her series, the first one is How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire.

She sprinkles her books with suspense, romance, humor, witty characters and dialogue. I happen to like her character, Gregori--he makes me laugh. (Although, I noticed Gregori doesn't really make an appearance in The Vampire And The Virgin, but that's okay, it was still good!)

I don't want to give too much away, especially for those who have not read the series, but if you like Greek things, there's some Greek things in this book :-)

The nice thing is, her books have action and humor, too, so there's a whole round of "What's going to happen next?" intertwined with the romance and the heat.

Plus, there's some dialogue that just makes me laugh out loud and if a book can make me laugh out loud I like it even more.

Anyway...if you like vampires, romance, humor, suspense, action, good guys fight bad guys I think you'd like this series.

I think it's pretty much adults, only. Some books can be either YA or adults, but this is pretty much just adults.

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Authors In Labor

Happy Monday and Welcome To A New Week...

So you know it's occurred to me. Writing is one of the few places both men and women get to experience pregnancy, labor and delivery (not to mention being a parent).

Here's how I figure this:

Pregnancy: You get this great idea...I mean truly fabulous. You're all excited and nervous too. Maybe a little "morning sickness" as you review that first draft, but seriously, it's all beginning to start to come together. Little by little the pages pile up...and you begin to "show" through the progress you've made. (Maybe even to others).

Labor: This happens as you go through draft after draft, fight writers' block, get new ideas, cross out old ones, and begin "polishing" up your manuscript (also known as editing). It can be rewarding and painful at the same time. The process might even take awhile. (You might even do a little screaming if things aren't quite working out, however, I recommend getting an "epidural" instead--like say having some tea, coffee...maybe chocolate...perhaps singing some silly song you love).

Delivery: This is when finally through all your hard work, revisions and everything, you get a contract with a agent and/or publisher. You begin delivering your work to these people, and hopefully have something exciting to show for all that hard work. All kinds of emotions flash through you, but on the whole, you're proud of yourself for going through the whole process and sticking with it and believing in your work and yourself.

Of course, this also ties in with parenthood. Sometimes authors are a little nervous to have their work critiqued. Even if you want honest feedback, sometimes it's not always easy to swallow...especially since this is your "baby". You have to learn to find the good advice and sort through your emotions. Don't be impulsive, don't fly into a tizzy, take a deep breath and remember, every other writer is doing the same thing.

Take a deep breath, have an "I can do it!" attitude and you just never know...perhaps one day you'll see your name up on one of those bookshelves of the newest best seller and people fawning over your characters.

All because you dared to put in some sweat, tears, imagination, inspiration and dedication.

Best wishes!

Have A Miraculous Monday!

Friday, March 19, 2010

I Was Only Joking!

Happy Friday Folks,

I figured since we've had some rough things happening around lately (my uncle's death, Bane's grandfather's death--for which, Bane, I'm truly sorry about the loss of your Grandfather. People being sick, that kind of thing) that we all needed a laugh.

So, I thought today would be a day to post some jokes.

This one my junior year of high school History teacher told us:

"A mushroom walks into a bar and the bartender says 'We don't serve your kind here.' The mushroom says, 'Why not? I'm a fungi.'"

"Knock Knock"
"Who's there?"
"Boo!"
"Boo who?"
"Don't cry!"

My Dad told me this one:

"Jesus, Moses, and Peter were out golfing one day. Moses went up first and hit his into the water trap. He goes out, parts the water, gets his ball back and redoes the shot. Peter's up next. He hits the ball, it lands in the water trap, he pulls out his net and brings it back. Then it's Jesus's turn. He hits the ball, it lands in the water, he walks out onto the water to get it. This happens again. Another group is waiting their turn and says to Peter, 'Who does this guy think he is? Jesus Christ?' Peter says, 'He IS Jesus. He THINKS He's Tiger Woods."

Out here in Texas, Aggie jokes are popular because of Texas A&M Aggies, so in the spirit of supporting the local colleges I give you this Aggie Joke:

How many Aggies does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: Three. One to hold the light bulb and 2 to turn the one holding the light bulb.

(I actually am not for or against Texas A&M or UT at Austin. I don't care who wins. I have a brother who's in Grad school at Texas Tech, so for his sake, I hope Tech does well at its games, but otherwise, I don't have an opinion).

One time I wasn't watching where I was going and tripped over a tree stump. The funny thing was, a friend of mine had tripped over the very same one some time before. I guess it's true what they say about good friends: they do nearly everything together. Including tripping over tree stumps.

Feel free to share your jokes!

Have A Funny Friday!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Updates News & Read All About It

Howdy On A Thursday,

Just got my copy of Laura Childs book, The Teaberry Strangler. I haven't gotten very far into it, yet, but don't worry, I will. I own and have read all the others in the Tea Shop Mysteries and Laura knows I'm a loyal fan of hers :-)

I'd like to have more interviews for y'all to get an "inside" look into the talented heads of those out there, but for now, the only other interview planned isn't until May. So...I've got a couple of ideas of a couple of authors to email to ask if they'd be willing to take pity on me and appear for an impromptu interview on my blog.

You will get to see the progress on the "Manne-Vamp" story Ryan and I are working on together. Ryan's got some more details I'm sure he'll share sometime in the near future and in return I'll share them with you.

I worked on some edits for Surreal on Wednesday afternoon and plan to do some more.

For all you "Twilighters" the next movie comes out June 30, 2010 and from the first trailer looks pretty cool.

Robin McKinley has a new book coming out in November titled Pegasus (which looks pretty interesting).

Have you all seen that trailer for the new movie based on the books of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid? Anyone read the books?

I know that Alex Flinn's Beastly is being turned into a movie and set to release in July of 2010. (Book was awesome by the way!)

So, I've got a question for you: What book would you like to see become a movie (that isn't already one)?

Have A Thrill-Filled Thursday!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Invansion Of The Manne-Vamps

Happy Wednesday (St. Patrick's Day) Folks,

Hope y'all are wearing green today!

Well...I am on a parody trend again. I took the idea I had for manne-vamps and approached fellow author (and follower of this blog), Ryan, with the idea of us writing a parody featuring manne-vamps together. Ryan graciously agreed, and since then we've had some brain storming sessions.

In an effort to involve my awesome readers, we decided we'd share our ideas as the story evolves with you.

So here's part 1 of the road to the manne-vamp parody being written:

The story will focus on 2 vampires (one male one female) who had the misfortune to be cursed by a warlock and transformed into mannequins that come alive every Tuesday.

Here are the characters' backgrounds:

Cristoph St. Louis (pronounced the French way, "Lou-ee"): Male vampire. Tall, dark, semi-handsome, and a complete klutz. He looks to be in his thirties, although he's over a hundred years old (exact age unknown). Example of his klutziness: One time (some time after he was transformed into a vampire) he fell INTO the Grand Canyon. Cristoph has a deep voice, could be considered sexy by some, but soft-spoken by others. Reasonably good manners, but really not light on his feet. (I'll have to scratch out more specific details, but for now, this is what I know about him...I'm working on this character).

Josephine Dreyfess ("Joey" to her friends): Female vampire. Orthodox Jew, refuses to bite into anyone who isn't kosher (she has to follow her faith, she's Orthodox, remember?) Has an annoyingly nasal voice. Was transformed into a vampire by Cristoph (an accident, he assures everyone) and has decided he's her soul mate, even though he has other ideas about who might be his soul mate. At 5 foot 3 inches, she's petite but feisty. (for further info on this character, I'll rely on Ryan to clue y'all in more. He's working on her background and personality).

Joshua Steinmeister: Warlock Extraordinaire...except when his spells go wrong. He's Jewish, like Josephine-uh, we mean, Joey, which leads to Cristoph and Joey's troubles in the first place. In retaliation for the insult of being bitten by a rather forward vamp (Joey is the one who bites him), he curses them to live like mannequins in a Mall department store except on Tuesdays when they come to life (and scare the heck outta the shoppers and clerks). (Ryan, if you have anything to add to him, let me know).

There you have it, the cast...now we just have to get the title and story going.

Have A Winsome Wednesday!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Language

Happy Tuesday Folks,

Thank you to everyone who expressed condolences and sympathy regarding my uncle's death. I truly appreciate all the kind words and support.

Thank you everyone for the fabulous comments regarding the interview with Elizabeth Pina. It was great the way everyone supported her. I was hoping I was asking good questions to help folks and glad to know that through her answers both myself and Elizabeth were able to do you all a helpful service :-)

In visiting with my brother and his fiancee recently we got to talking about writing and their own kind of writing. They're music composers (and musicians). She's working on her Doctorate and my brother is finishing up his Masters before he starts his Doctorate. My brother was explaining his Thesis music composition to me and half the terms went over my head.

That's got me thinking about how in the writing world we have our own terms that others might not understand (I had someone outside the writing business ask me what a "query" was one day, just to give an example).

I don't know about you, but that's what I think is so fascinating about language. Depending on what you're talking about words and terms can mean different things.

For instance, in a story if it says: "Julie queried." it means Julie asked a question. But if a writer queries it's more than just a simple question, it's a whole letter to an agent or publisher asking them if they're interested in representing them and working on the novel (or non-fiction work) with them.

WIP might not mean anything to a person outside the writing world, but to an author it means "Work In Progress", which can mean anything from writing the manuscript to editing.

So what about you? What terms have you picked up that illustrate this?

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spotlight On Author: Elizabeth Pina

Happy Monday Everybody,

Before I get to the interview with Elizabeth Pina, I ask your further thoughts and prayers. My uncle died over the weekend. Thank you.

Now, onto the interview...

Introducing Elizabeth Pina, author of Learning To Let Go and an awesome person to boot. I met her at the Todd Stone Conference, and she's a member of the local RWA chapter I'm a member of and we have a lot of fun talking and laughing and hanging out at the meetings.

Anyway, so I emailed her some questions about her book and the craft and she was kind enough to write back with her answers and you all get to see what I asked and she said:

Elizabeth: Hi Bethany and thanks so much for inviting me to stop by.

1. What triggered you writing Learning To Let Go? Was it a personal situation or just one of those flashes of inspiration?

Elizabeth: It must have been a flash! I’d had the idea of someone with problems being inspired by music coming from a church for a long time, but where the rest of the story came from I’m not sure, it just grew. Fortunately I borrowed a lot of eyes along the way to help me cut out the ‘junk’ and shape the story.


2. How did you end up with White Rose Publishing as your publisher?

Elizabeth: A contest win! [Insert plug for contests here.] LTLG had been on the contest circuit for a year. It began in Gotcha! 2008 where it was ranked almost at the bottom, a year (and a lot of work) later it won that contest. At the same time it also won the Southern Heat contest where it was spotted by a WRP editor. They asked for a full and very quickly I had a contract in hand. Very exciting.


3. What made you decide to make the male character, Keith, a neurosurgeon? Did you do a lot of research for his character? Was it hard writing his conversion experience or did you feel it come to you as naturally as it comes across on the page?

Elizabeth: I wanted him to be a doctor, and make it plausible he’d be tired and hoping he could get someone else to change his tire. Enter neurosurgery! Which I knew absolutely nothing about. I did a lot of research, added information, found my research was out-of-date, and started over! It is fascinating and I spent hours reading books and Googling medical web sites. I tried to make him more ‘returned’ than converted. Very often people are bitter and blame God for their tragedies. I wanted Keith to trust God enough to know that when people’s lives are in the balance he should allow God to guide his actions.

4. In Inspirational there is a balance between the personal life of the characters and their faith in God. Your character, Emma, exemplifies this balance by who she is. Did you find it hard writing this kind of a balance in someone who had real, deep human emotions, but also a devout, and loyal faith in God?

Elizabeth: To be honest, Emma is based on my cousin Gill. Gill is a nurse and a more loving, caring, and cheerful person you could not wish to meet. She is also one of the most faithful people I know, despite having been through a lot of personal tragedy. Also, I had a moment in that book when Emma was not so nice. A wonderful friend of mine, Tracy Ruckman, told me to cut that out! So I did and Emma went back to being Gill.

5. Do you plan to write more Inspirational novels or are you looking to cross genres?

Elizabeth: I love writing Inspirational and have a novella under contract at White Rose (they ROCK!!) and several more WIP’s. I also have a couple of straight contemporary stories and a romantic suspense novel, but even they have some Christian elements and/or characters. I don’t want to be preachy but faith is part of who I am and it will eventually show up on the pages.

6. What has been the most rewarding part of being published (aside from having your story in print)?

Elizabeth: The knowledge I can do anything if I try hard enough, and the confidence to offer advice to others.

7. Is there a piece of advice that you found particularly helpful that you can share?

Elizabeth: Keep trying, don’t give up, learn, and listen. Not only to your inner voice but to others that really know what you need to do to get published. If I hadn’t listened to those first Gotcha! judges then I’d still be struggling. Not that all my contest judges have been as – um – encouraging, but the majority have all contributed to my success in one way or another. Hey people, if I can do it anyone can!

8. What helps you overcome writer's block?

Elizabeth: Sometimes it’s not so much block as over-crowding. I rarely work on one manuscript at a time and my head is always full of ideas (and people) and trying to hush the characters I’m NOT working on is a battle. In those rare times I need a little extra I use music or will print and read what I’ve written so far. When I’m relaxed and in tune with my characters the ideas flow!

9. For fun: What's your favorite color?

Elizabeth: Blue. No, purple. Maybe black. Maroon? Hmm. Not yellow.



10. Also for fun: What's 3 of your favorite novels?

Elizabeth: I have to put Pride and Prejudice as it was reading that (again) that got me writing in 2007. Only three? Eek! Sorry, can’t do it. I grew up reading Biggles and Agatha Christie novels, and remember desperately waiting for each release of the Left Behind series not that long ago. But lately I like anything by John Foxjohn or Bill Crider so go figure!


(11) Finally, is there anything you'd like to add that I haven't asked you?

Elizabeth: Yes I would LOVE a piece of apple pie!

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

I’d like to thank the Academy and…

Couldn’t resist that either. To be honest, probably not. But I would like to put in a plug for all the writer’s groups (especially RWA and ACFW) and the local and online chapters of each. Plus all of the wonderful VOLUNTEERS that hold everything together. To you I owe my success.

Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for taking the time to answer my questions and allowing me to share this on my blog! You're so cool :-)


Everybody Have A Marvelous Monday!




Thursday, March 11, 2010

Writers Anonymous

Happy Friday Folks,

In my writers' group we always stand up, introduce ourselves and talk about the things we're working on. This past meeting I sat there thinking about how this sounds like some sort of addicts meeting. So, of course, being me, I stood up and said "Wow, this sure feels like some sort of AA meeting or something." That got a laugh.

Some of the people actually did stand up say their name and say "And I'm a writer."

So it makes me wonder...for those outside of the book publishing industry and those who aren't writers or agents or any of that, what do we all look like? A bunch of addicts? Maybe people who had a few too many cups of coffee?

Regardless, I don't think, even if I could quit writing that I would. I'm happily addicted to my craft and I plan to stay that way. In fact, I'd venture to bet the majority of us feel the same...either that or our characters refuse to leave us alone. (Others would it's our voices in our heads, but we all know those voices are really our heroes and heroines telling us we just have to sit down and write their stories right now or they aren't gonna shut up...ever).

Seriously, next to chocolate, coffee, and reading, writing is my favorite addiction. I just love making up worlds and characters and immersing myself in their stories. It's just plain what I want to do.

Who cares if we get some really odd looks when we come up with a suggestion like the Manne-Vamps I talked about in a previous post. Doesn't matter...if we weren't writing these stories what would the readers out there do? They'd be lost! People depend on us to come up with these tales. I mean, I can't even imagine a world without books. (Don't want to, either).

So, when people give you odd looks, take it as a compliment. After all, one never knows when those same people might turn around and say, "I just loved your book!"

Oh yeah and by the way...my name's Bethany, and I'm a writer.

Have A Fun Friday!

The Writer's Fashion

Hey Everyone,

All right...first off...correction to yesterday's post (entitled "Shorts") Kerrelyn Sparks' new book, The Vampire And The Virgin has already been released. Also, Laura Childs' mystery novel, The Teaberry Strangler has also already been released. Both books are available at a variety of locations online (and probably at local stores near you) including Barnes & Noble, Target, online at Amazon and probably available at Borders, as well. Both very good authors.

For all you Twilight fans out there...there's discounts available at several places (including Borders, Barnes & Noble and Amazon) for pre-ordering the DVD/Blu-Ray of The Twilight Saga: New Moon which is set to be released on March 20, 2010.

Okay, now for today's topic.

I believe somewhere writers are fashion conscience, but since I happen to not have the money nor particularly follow fashion very closely, I'd say that for myself (and probably for some other authors out there) I'm not one of those who knows a lot about what's "in" in terms of fashion. Oh, I see indicators here and there, but, I don't follow fashion seasons very carefully.

We're lucky enough to be in an industry where, while working at home, you don't have to get out of your pajamas if you don't want to. Those old sweats that you'd never wear in public 'cause they're falling apart? Wear 'em while you write! Generally the computer and computer screen don't care what you wear. (At least, I don't think so).

I'd say in that respect we authors are some of the luckiest beings on Earth. We can sit in front of the computer (or a pad of paper) wearing a robe and a towel on our heads with the fresh-from-the-shower look and spend hours hanging out with our characters.

So...what would an authors' fashion catwalk look like? Probably a bunch of frazzled looking people in slippers, PJs, and a huge mug of coffee in their hands, while the rest us writers cheered them on saying "Oh man, I wish I had those slippers...they'd be perfect for when I'm writing that fight scene!"

Feel free to chime in with what you think Fashion Week for Writers would look like :-)

Have A Tremendous Thursday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Shorts

Happy Wednesday Folks,

Today is a series of "shorts" meaning short updates about different things.

I've emailed Elizabeth Pina the interview questions and when she replies with her answers I'll pick a day to put them up here.

I just finished reading Robin Palmer's YA novel, Geek Charming. It was a cute and fun retelling of The Frog Prince. She has some other novels out...her first one in this set being Cindy Ella. She also has a mid-grade book coming out.

REMINDER: The NWHRWA is having its annual Lone Star Contest. Be sure to click here to get details and information on the rules of entering. There's a price cut for early entries which ends in May.

If anyone hears about any other contests be sure to let me know so I can put them up on my blog.

Drum roll please...

Two authors I really like have new novels coming out:

Mystery writer, Laura Childs has another one of her Tea Shop Mysteries coming out this month. The book is called The Teaberry Strangler, which I will be getting as soon as I can (after it's released) because I've bought every single one of her Tea Shop Mysteries and read them all. (I even got my mom and one of my aunts into her series). She has 2 other Mystery series out: Scrapbooking Mysteries and The Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

The other author is Paranormal Romance author, Kerreyln Sparks, who's next novel in the Love At Stake series was to be released yesterday (March 9, 2010). The novel is called The Vampire And The Virgin. I've read most of the ones in that series and she has very witty dialogue and fun characters.

Anyway...as for myself I'm pretty caught up in what's going on with my uncle, who's not doing very well. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Have A Witty Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Book Review: "Learning To Let Go" (book by Elizabeth Pina)

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Well, yesterday I finished Elizabeth Pina's Learning To Let Go.

Genre: Inspirational (Christian Romance)

Number of Pages: About 216.

Publisher: White Rose Publishing

Elizabeth has a very nice balance with Christianity and the character's every day life. The characters are those I could see myself coming across (even see a bit of myself in the female main character, Emma). There is a kind of conversion story in there, but it's a gentle sliding into deeper faith. The story is not any specific Christian Denomination and doesn't get into too much doctrine, so, there's a sense that any denomination could read it and see something of their own faith in there.

I ended up really liking the main characters, Keith and Emma and believing in their personalities and story.

The romance was sweet and made this hopeless romantic go "Oh, that's sweet!" (well, at least in my head).

There was also a couple of funny lines in the dialogue (which, for me is always a big plus--I love it when books make me laugh with their humor).

Elizabeth Pina has affirmed that she would do an interview for this blog (Yay!), so I'm going to be writing up the interview and emailing it to her. At this point, Christie Craig's interview will be closer to May when her new novel, Shut Up And Kiss Me comes out, but she's still on for the interview (Yay!)


Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ooooo, Goodies!

Hello Everybody,

Well, it's another Monday, and I have plenty to report:

Elizabeth Pina's book, Learning To Let Go is now in print (not just in E-book, but actual print) for your reading pleasure. It's an Inspirational (Christian) Romance. So far it's very nice. I'm in the middle of chapter 3. It's a little over 200 pages. You can look it up here on Amazon. She's in the chapter of the RWA I'm a member of. She's a real sweetheart and a lot of fun to talk to. Elizabeth said yes to doing a blog interview with me, so hopefully that will be able to get going soon. I want to finish reading her book first. (Don't worry, I'm a pretty fast reader). You can find Elizabeth on her website and on this blog site.

In other really cool news, I'm hoping to get with fellow author, Christie Craig to have her either do an interview or a guest blog post on here at some point. I have to email her and work out the details. She's written such things as Gotcha!, Weddings Can Be Murder, the Divorced and Deceived series (which starts with Divorced, Deceived And Delicious) as well as many works, including some non-fiction. She does have an Amazon page as well as a website. Christie is also a member of the RWA chapter I'm a member of and she's so much fun and really sweet. (Don't I say that like all the time about the chapter? Well it's true!)

So I'm hoping to be able to get those two things going sometime in the near future (I hope they're still willing).

I've read Gotcha! of Christie Craig's novels and she's got some really witty dialogue. She has a new one coming out in May called Shut Up And Kiss Me (She's got some really great titles for her work...very clever).

Anyway...yet another reason to network and join writers' groups. You never know what jewels you'll find (and I've found several in the chapter of the RWA I've joined) also in just emailing Mystery author, Laura Childs (who's Tea Shop Mystery series is AWESOME!)

If all those things fall into place, there's some really cool things to look forward to. Hope you have a great week :-)

Have A Merry Monday!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Other Half

Happy Friday Everybody,

Not everyone is married, but a lot of us do have significant others (mine happens to be my husband).

Sometimes these people in our lives (spouses, children, other people otherwise connected to us) don't always understand this world we call being an author.

Occasionally, people don't understand the time, energy, and everything else that goes into writing. Somehow, in the age of technology we have not bypassed writer's block, or editing.

At the same time, technology that would take out writer's block or editing might even take away some of the creative process that also helps hone our ability to establish the worlds in our stories in the first place.

How do we explain that it's our other vocation and sometimes unpredictable or go beyond usual work hours? It's like breathing air. We do it sometimes without thinking.

For instance...you might wander around the mall with the thought, "Okay, now I need to get socks and oh shoot, my jeans are a mess." But then all of a sudden you might also think "What if my heroine sprained her ankle while shopping because she's a complete klutz and didn't watch where she's going?"

Or, perhaps, "What if the mannequin's really a vampire that comes to life every Second Tuesday of every third month of the year?" (The vampire would come out about 4 times in a year).

Seriously, nobody ever knows when an idea will hit (whether outrageous or not) so we keep going. We keep going back to that manuscript that's still in the editing process working out how to make it the absolute best we can. We keep visiting ideas that bounce around in our heads or even things we wrote down to see what might work.

The thing is, we're always on the job one way or another. Whether it's actively writing, editing or if it's reading, attending a book club or a writers' group (or conference). We're always considering what's a great idea, what will help us, what will work and what doesn't.

While other people get to stop thinking about work when their shift is over, some of us are waking up in the middle of the night thinking: "AHA!"


Have A Fabulous Friday!

"Patience Is A Virtue"

Happy Thursday Everybody,

Let's face it, when you're an author you need patience.

For example:

Patience with yourself.

Your inspiration.

And, patience with the process.

Sometimes patience means not calling up an agent (or editor/publisher) to find out if they did, in fact, get your query instead of just letting them answer you in the time that they will.

Sometimes it means not ripping yourself apart when the ideas aren't flowing as well as they would at other times.

Sometimes it means going through the writing, the editing, the querying process without jumping ahead of yourself.

Some people decide to self publish or print on demand. For a select few this works out. However, everything I've read about publishing, generally recommends doing things the conventional way.

Ultimately, though, it's up to the writer to decide what direction he or she will go: self publishing or the usual way.

Have A Terrific Thursday!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Weekday Update

Happy Wednesday All,

Side note here...my uncle is gravely ill...if you pray, please pray for him. Thank you.

So, what's everyone working on these days?

I have ideas bouncing around in my head, but nothing "solidifying" so far. I'm still working on edits (that's on-going).

I'm reading a book called Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett. Parts of it are very funny.

I'm getting blood work done this Friday (nothing real serious, just checking up on some things). Then I'm picking up my son's God-sister from my high school alma mater, and later that evening my husband and I are going out while my son's God-sister baby-sits (her mom, my son's Godmother is gonna come baby sit, too).

So, what's new with you?

Have A Wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, March 1, 2010

I Don't Do Pink Polka Dots

Happy Tuesday Folks,

Those of us who have been through the wedding planning process know how weird things can get. The dreams, the anxiety. Do these things ever make into novels?

I suppose even Paranormal has it's paranormal limits. I mean I had a dream that the sleeve of my wedding dress was torn a few months before my wedding. That was a bit creepy. And why I was wearing my wedding dress just to walk around the house in my dream still escapes my comprehension.

Not to mention the fact that a friend of mine had a dream that her dress was like pink with purple polka dots or vice versa. She was not happy...but she was relieved that it was just a dream and not real. Although, I suggested maybe that would've been funny...she wasn't amused. Go figure...I found out later when I was a bride (11 months later) why those kinds of things are not amusing to brides.

So...I wonder...has anyone put those wedding dreams into a story? Because so far, in all the books I've read I've never seen it.

I wonder if those dreams would go into a horror novel or if that would fit paranormal?

Your thoughts?

By the way, I'm happy to report that my dress had no tears in it on my wedding day and my wedding day was wonderful and I was married to my wonderful husband looking like a princess, just as I meant to. This May 8th will mark 6 years of me being married to the love of my life and as far as I know my wedding dress still doesn't have any rips in it. :-)

Have A Thrilling Tuesday!

Happy March!

Howdy Everyone,

Well, it's March. Kinda feels like it took awhile, but it also feels like it came fast. We're already 3 months into the new year, can you believe it?

Anyway, I hope everyone has a nice March :-)



Have A Marvelous Monday!