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Friday, April 29, 2011

Guess What!

Happy Friday All,

Sorry I didn't post yesterday. At night I've been going to bed instead of posting. Last night I had some sort of allergy reaction to something (not sure WHAT triggered it, yet) and I had shortness of breath. I'm doing better today (thank you humidifier and Tylenol--and a very helpful doc whom was on call last night and called me back almost right away--I love my doctors' office, they are so awesome and I am NOT a fan of going to the doctor).

Anyway, it looks like next week (unless I'm told otherwise) will be the next Write By Bethany giveaway event. Yep, this is a big event...this time I'm giving away jewelry, made by someone I know (who I'll reveal her name and company next week--but it's really awesome and beautiful work).

Yours truly (meaning me) is sponsoring a necklace and earrings set representative of something one of my heroes would give one of my heroines. No, I'm not published yet, but this is how much I love this person's work, that I'm willing to sponsor a piece to giveaway. I've got some published authors who are sponsoring pieces and I'll be featuring a different one each day (I'll reveal which authors on their giveaway day).

This is quality jewelry, folks. It's all made by hand. This person puts in their love, time, and talent into each piece and it shows by how lovely it is. One most awesome thing about having this next week is that it's just before Mothers' Day, which is on May 8th (my wedding anniversary!)

Anyway, so far the plan is to have this give away next week. I'll be giving more details then.

For now, have a great weekend and...

Have A Fantastical Friday!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Mind Is Willing But The Body Isn't!

Happy Wednesday All,

Yesterday I woke up around 5:45 a.m. for the second or so time in the night. Why? I have no earthly idea. My offspring decided after hearing my husband's voice that it was time to get up. I stayed in bed. Then I found out husband was taking a sick day (turns out he has inflamation in his throat and is on an antibiotic and a thing to soothe his throat). My throat was dry and sore, but I figured based on previous experience--allergies!

So all day long I was tossing back water and hot tea. I discovered my throat does not like Ocean Spray's Cran-Raspberry Juice when it's sore (usually I love this juice, but apparently not when I have a sore throat). So I stuck with water and Apple Cinnamon Tea. The bathroom and I became very well acquainted thanks to all these liquids being forced down my throat with regularity.

The sad thing? I got a new Critique Partner and she sent me her manuscript. I hadn't the energy to sit at the computer and critique it. I sent her the first 8 chapters of my novel and by late evening she already had it back to me! Hopefully today I will feel up to getting a good start on it.

In fact, I took a little nap (not nearly long enough) and mostly laid around reading (aside from the frequent bathroom visits and getting more water and/or tea). I also got to remember why I like Hall's Fruit Breezer Cough Drops.

On a high note, I finished reading Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red. Not bad, but be prepared for very dark, mysterious novel if you choose to read it. I like her As You Wish YA novel best, myself. I found it extremely imaginative (hey, how often do you find a genie in novels these days??) But anyway, she's a good writer--imaginative and talented.

So, have you experienced days where you think you're gonna do one thing then your body decides "No way, jose, get thee to a bed right away!"?

Have A Wondrous Wednesday!

Pucker Up!

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Do you remember your first kiss? Was it awkward? Romantic? Early in life?

The first kiss (on the lips) I remember was senior year of high school.

It was very awkward. The second kiss I had when I was young I heard This Magic Moment playing in my head. Cheesy, I know, but I'm telling the absolute truth. I was 19 years old, so I'll blame it on being 19.

First kisses in books are usually so much more romantic and fun than in real life. But, they wouldn't be half so much fun to read if they weren't written the way they are.

So, what about you? What was your first kiss like?

Have A Tremendous Tuesday!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Happy Monday All,

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and Easter! I'm back from my mini-vacation and will be returning to posting.

I have some big plans coming up, so don't be a stranger!

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Reopening On Monday

Hello Everyone,

Due to Holy Week, the Easter Festivities, and family obligations, I'm going to take a mini vacation from posting. I'm returning on Monday (I'm not going anywhere, just not going to be posting any new posts until Monday).

In the meantime, you can check out the review I did for Second Chances, and the post I did on Historical Novels this week.

I'll be checking comments and emails, so if you have anything to say, feel free to comment here or email me.

Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week and a very Happy Easter!

Take Another Chance

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

Today is Tess St. John's release day! YAY! It's also my day to review said release, Second Chances. (By the way...you can purchase her book on Kindle / Nook--my computer started misbehaving, so for Nook click here: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/SECOND-CHANCES/Tess-St-John/e/2940012305152/?itm=1&USRI=tess+st+john / or Smashwords...and soon you can get Second Chances in print through Amazon).

Second Chances tells the story of Emma Easton, a not-yet-21 year old wife/care giver to the much older Harmon Easton, who is on his deathbed. When Harmon dies Emma fears her father will come and claim her...after all the estate wasn't left to Emma, but to Harmon's children and Emma is underage. By Regency rules, Emma is back under the guardianship (and control) of her father who has no love for her and until she is twenty-one she's at his mercy.

Knowing that Emma's father was a threat, Harmon's dying wish was for Emma to marry long-time friend, and young widower, Drake. However, after having lost his wife from complications while giving birth, Drake vowed never to marry again. He agrees to bring Emma to his house under the chaperonage of his mother and aunt to protect her from her father, but has no interest in marriage.

While waiting for the funeral and reading of the will, Drake and Emma's years of friendship and genuine rapport develops into something much more than just esteem. But will they be free to embrace this second chance at love, or will Emma's father put an end to their new found joy?

Tess has a way of weaving a story that you feel emotion for the characters--whether sympathy, hatred, or concern. She makes you care about her characters and their stories.

I look forward to all of Tess St. John's releases with excited anticipation. She's an author to keep an eye on--missing her adventures would mean missing great fun.

Have A Winsome Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Historicals! What A Novel Idea

Happy Tuesday All,

Thank you so much for all the support for Tess St. John in yesterday's post. It was wonderful to see everyone backing her up. She rocks! Wednesday is her release and on that day I will be posting my review of her release, Second Chances.

Since this is the eve of the review and Tess's release, I thought I'd go along with the genre. Tess actually writes in more than one genre, but since Second Chances is a Historical Romance, I thought I'd go with that.

I haven't read a lot of Historical Romances...well, unless you count the 13 Georgette Heyer or the 14 Lynn Kurland novels I've read.

Georgette Heyer's Historical Romances are typically set in the Regency Era...complete with the ton and everything--fashion, dances, young girls being introduced into society and all that.

Here's a list of the Georgette Heyer books I've read (by the way, they've reprinted pretty much all of hers and some of her mysteries, too). (You can get her novels at Amazon or Barnes & Noble) I've read:

Sylvester, Or The Wicked Uncle
The Black Moth
These Old Shades
The Devil's Cub
The Toll-Gate
Friday's Child
The Grand Sophy
The Masqueraders
The Foundling

The Grand Sophy is probably my number one favorite. It's really funny and a fun story. Beauvallet is fun because it has pirates/privateers. These Old Shades is really good as well. Friday's Child I've read at least 3 times, if not more--I really like that one, too. I wasn't sure what I'd think of Sylvester at first, but it ended up making my top 5 Heyer novel favorites. 

Lynn Kurland's MacLeod/De Piaget novels also sort of writes historical, but hers tend to be more paranormal--time travel and ghosts--but with strong Historical elements (Knights and Scottish Clansmen--Medieval times...usually between the 1100-1300's). She also writes fantasy historical novels, but I haven't read those. A few of her MacLeod/De Piaget novels are contemporary, but not many.

Here's a list of Lynn Kurland novels I've read:

Stardust Of Yesterday
A Dance Through Time
The More I See You
From This Moment On
This Is All I Ask
Dreams Of Stardust
The Christmas Cat (anthology)
Opposites Attract (anthology)
Tapestry (anthology)
Another Chance To Dream
If I Had You
When I Fall In Love
Till There Was You
One Enchanted Evening
The Very Thought Of You
With Every Breath
A Garden In The Rain

You can see Lynn Kurland's complete bookshelf (including the fantasy book list) here from the bookshelf portion of her website. You can also get Lynn's books at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Several of Lynn's novellas that appeared in the Anthologies I mentioned have been reprinted into a full book on their own (it's called Love Came Just In Time). and some of them have been reprinted individually, as well.

Question for the day: Do you read Historicals or History books of any kind?

Also, remember: Wednesday I'll be posting my review of Tess St. John's Historical Romance, Second Chances.

Have A Timeless Tuesday!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Get Ready, Tess St. John Is Coming Soon!

Happy Monday All,

This week is a special week. My incredibly awesome Critique Partner, Tess St. John, is getting ready to release some of her stories. I'll be reviewing one of them on here this week and giving you information on how to get your hands on them.

Tess and I belong to the same chapter of RWA (which is how I met her). At the time I was joining the chapter, she was the treasurer. I was signing up for the annual Conference (which just so happens to take place around my birthday--so it's my birthday present from my husband the last couple of years and this year it's ON my birthday).

We started emailing back and forth. I met some of the other chapter members at a couple of meetings before the Conference happened, then I met Tess at the Conference.

Those first few emails have sparked a friendship plus Critique Partnership that I feel very blessed to have. She's encouraging, smart, and extremely helpful.

I am thrilled she's releasing her work. I've read several chapters of various novels of hers and readers, the woman's got talent!

So do not be a stranger as I'm going to be talking about Tess St. John over the course of this week--reviewing one of her novels, talking about her website and letting you know how to get your hands on her work.

Before I forget, how was every one's weekend?

Have A Merry Monday!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Giants Of Our Time

Happy Friday All,

Thinking back on all the books that have been popular, it makes me wonder what we're going to leave behind.

Some of us grew up reading such literary giants like JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters.

Ray Bradbury and Beverly Cleary come to mind as literary giants (for different reasons than the ones mentioned above) with a more contemporary feel, but ones that will be recognizable for a long time.

Who will this next few decades be remembered for?

I'd like to think folks I've come to know and gotten to be friends with will be mentioned in the same conversations as the success stories of JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer (those authors will go down in history as things that caught the fancy of the late 20th and early 21st centuries...if not, I would be surprised--simply because there's been so much ado over them--whether you like them or not, you can't fail to notice).

There's so many wonderful authors I'd love to name, but can't (because I'd be sure to forget someone and besides, that would make this post insanely long), who I'd hope would be mentioned in the same breath as some of the more popular ones.

So for today and the weekend, let's contemplate that question. Who are the literary giants of the late 20th and early 21st centuries (whether by your opinion and/or by success)?

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hang Out With Your Imaginary Friend

Happy Thursday Everyone,

I just read Sundays At Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet.

I first found out about this story from the Lifetime Channel Movie, starring Alyssa Milano and Eric Winter, Stockard Channing and Ivan Sergei. I liked the movie quite a bit (it's going to be showing again on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.). I wanted to see what the book was like...and I ended up really liking the book.

The book follows the story of Jane Margaux, daughter of big time Broadway producer, Vivienne. Who doesn't have much to do with her daughter, aside from taking her to the Tiffany's store every Sunday.

Lonely and pretty much ignored by her mother and her estranged father, Jane finds solace in the company of Michael, a man who appears to be somewhere in his thirties. Although, not everyone can see him. Michael is an imaginary friend, assigned to Jane as a companion, comforter, and support until she turns 9 years old.

On her 9th birthday, Michael bids the tearful Jane a sorrowful goodbye, because those are the rules of Imaginary friends.

Fast forward 23 years later. Jane is dating a self-absorbed actor, working for her mother, but has never forgotten Michael, despite his assurances she'd forget him the day after he left.

Michael believes he's on vacation since he's in between jobs. During this time everyone can see him and he can do pretty much as he pleases. He feels pretty good about his place in the world.

Then he sees Jane. Michael hasn't changed at all, but Jane's all grown up.

When they're reunited sparks will fly...but are they meant to enjoy a happily ever after together?

Like I said...that's the book. The movie is a bit different:

Jane's last name is Claremont in the movie.  When Michael and Jane first meet, Michael is about Jane's age (instead of being an adult). When Michael sees Jane again, they're both grown up.

There are some other differences. Both stories are sweet in different ways.

If you have an opportunity, I recommend immerse yourself in this very imaginative, sweet and heart-warming story.

Have A Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Furry Stories

Happy Wednesday All,

Sorry I didn't post yesterday. I had something I had to do and I was hanging out with my family. (Both things went well, by the way, no worries).

Two things before I get to today's topic:

1.  If you're a Kerrelyn Sparks fan and you haven't read Vampire Mine It's a good one. I won't give anything away, but Connor has met his match. (I stayed up until 4 a.m. the other night to finish this one).

2. Be sure and check out the NWHRWA's Lone Star Contest. It looks like it's going to be a good one this year. Looks like they got some awesome final judges. Early entry means you get a $5 discount. Best wishes to those who enter his contest.

Okay, so today's topic is also the Question for the day: 

What's your favorite animal?

Mine are cats. I like horses, too, but mostly cats. I prefer the fluffy ones, although I generally don't gravitate towards Persian cats. I do like Maine Coons as well as some other breeds. Growing up I had a couple of cats. One of them might have been a Maine Coon because he had big feet and a big head--but I don't know for sure. His name was Muzzy (MOOTS-ZEE). He was a light orange/tan color with white. He used to sleep in my bed. One time I got up to go to the bathroom, came back and Muzzy was in the middle of my bed. I told him that was my place and he looked at me like "Yeah, so?" I ended up having to move him over. He wasn't impressed, but when I petted his head he started purring. He had a loud, motorcycle/motor boat sounding purr and would let me lean my head against his side to hear it. The cat before him was a smaller, darker orange cat (female) named Taboo. Originally my parents weren't going to let us have cats, but Taboo was a special case. She was a stray and well things didn't look good for her future. We adopted her, got her "fixed" and she became one of the family. She didn't like other cats or dogs. I was about 12 or 13 when she died (not sure of the specifics, we think lightning had something to do with it). I liked Taboo, but Muzzy was my pal. We got him some time after Taboo's death. He was also an exception to the "no cats" rule, but we had already used the name "Taboo" so we decided on a different one. He was named for the Muzzy Language Videos (the German version). Anyway, I still like cats. I don't own any now, but I still have a picture of Muzzy I kept all these years. (I don't have it on computer, sorry). 

So tell me about your favorite animal and why it's your favorite?

Have A Winsome Wednesday!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekend And Chocolate Addictions

Happy Monday Everybody,

Did you all have a good weekend? Mine was pretty good. I watched the Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nickolson, How Do You Know. It had a cute ending but it was a very different kind of romantic comedy. I also finished reading Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. It was interesting and I'll have to pick up the next one just so I can see what will happen. Sunday night I watched on ABC Family, My Future Boyfriend. It's a sweet romance (yes, I do like those). I liked it.

Today I'm thinking in chocolate. (Thanks to a Ghirardelli Chocolate commercial). I am a big chocolate fan. Favorite Godiva truffle: Cappuccino.  Favorite Grocery Store Truffle:  Lindt Milk Chocolate Truffles. Favorite Chocolate Candy Bars:  Twix and Three Musketeers. Favorite Chocolate Ice Cream:  Baskin Robbins' World Class Chocolate. 

Growing up used to have chocolate cake with chocolate icing decorated with M&M's candy. Then I switched to a Baskin Robbins chocolate cake next to World Class Chocolate ice cream with white icing.

And, yes, I do like Ghirardelli Chocolate, too.

So, what chocolate do you like?

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spotlight On Author: Jane Heller

Happy Friday All,

Awhile back I picked up a book called The Secret Ingredient. Not sure of what to expect, I read it. I laughed and had a fun ride. Then I looked at the author's bio. Jane Heller. Hmm. I picked up more by Jane. Some Nerve became my favorite and I enjoyed Lucky Stars (I haven't read all her books, yet, but I've definitely enjoyed the three I mentioned here). Then I got to talking to Jane in email and over on her blog, Mainly Jane. I'm pleased to count her among my author friends and I am excited to introduce her to you:

Me: Can you tell us a little bit about the difference between your fiction and non-fiction writing?

Jane: The great thing about writing fiction is having the opportunity to create characters and stories entirely out of my imagination. It’s so liberating to make things up! And because I write romantic comedies, I get to make people laugh, which is such a joy for me. And then there’s the happy ending. I’m a big fan of happy endings. I like to see characters resolve their problems, find a satisfying relationship, learn something new about themselves. In “real life,” that’s not always the case. The beauty of writing nonfiction, on the other hand, is that you don’t have to make anything up! The material is all right there in front of you. But that has challenges too. When I wrote my nonfiction book about baseball, “Confessions of a She-Fan,” I turned in a 600-page manuscript because I wanted to show my editor I was all about “reportage.” She said, “Cut the manuscript in half. We don’t need to know everything. We just need to know what matters and, as the author, it’s your job to decide what that is.” Best advice I ever got. As I write my new nonfiction book, “You’d Better Not Die Or I’ll Kill you: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping YOU in Good Health and Good Spirits,” I’m keeping her words in mind every day.

Me: Have you thought of writing anymore fiction?

Jane: Yes. I have two novels in the computer. One is the first in a possible series of novels with a heroine who solves mysteries. Some of my early novels (“Cha Cha Cha,” “The Club,” “Princess Charming,” “Sis Boom Bah,” “Name Dropping”) all had a mystery that had to be solved by the heroine and I’d love to get back to that combination of humor, romance and suspense. The other novel I’m playing with has an element of the supernatural. It’s something different for me, so I’m taking it very slowly. I hope to get back to both projects once I turn in the caregiver’s book.

Me: On your blog you mention An Ex To Grind is in the process of maybe being made into a film. Can you tell us what's going on with that?

Jane: Yes, I’m very excited about this one, because I’ve had eight novels optioned for movies and television in the past and none of those options ever turned into anything. So frustrating! “An Ex to Grind,” however, has two stars attached. It was optioned last year by 20th Century Fox with Cameron Diaz and Benecio Del Toro agreeing to play the leads if they like the script, which is being written by Jeremy Garelick, who wrote “The Break-Up” with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn and also “The Hangover.” The two producers are Laura Bickford, who produced “Duplicity” with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, and Julie Yorn, who was responsible for “Bride Wars” with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. So everybody involved has great credentials. Will this one happen? I’m crossing all fingers and toes.

Me: For Fun: What's your favorite way to relax?

Jane: I try to take an hour’s walk in the afternoons after I finish my writing day. We have beautiful beaches here in Santa Barbara, so I love to power walk near the shore and soak up the scenery. And I’ve become addicted to the Food Network. When I want to zone out, I turn on “Iron Chef America” or “Chopped” and am fascinated by the creativity of those chefs. And I love to read. I recently bought a Kindle, so now I’m downloading books like crazy.

Me:  What's next for you since you've conquered the world of being a publicist, fiction, and non-fiction writer?

Jane: I’m writing a nonfiction book (see title above) that will be published by Chronicle in 2012. My husband has Crohn’s disease, a chronic illness, so I know a thing or two about being a caregiver. I’ve been interviewing people who care for a spouse, a child, an elderly relative, you name it, along with experts in the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, diet, health, nutrition, meditation – all in an effort to find ways we caregivers can stay sane. It’s been a fascinating journey so far.

Me: For fun: Do you have a favorite hobby?

Jane: I love going to movies. We have the Santa Barbara International Film Festival here and I belong to an off-shoot group called Cinema Society. We get screenings of upcoming movies throughout the year as well as visits from their stars, directors, screenwriters, etc. I’m able to see all the Oscar nominated films well before they open in other parts of the country.

Me: What's easier to write for you? Fiction or non-fiction?

Jane: They’re equally hard. You’re telling stories. You’re creating a structure. You’re spending hours a day at the computer trying to get every sentence right. I don’t know a single professional writer of either fiction or nonfiction who thinks the process is fun. It’s grueling work but oh-so-satisfying when you finish a manuscript.

Me: Your site mentions you're a public speaker...do you still do that and what topics do you speak about?

Jane: I’ve been a hospital volunteer ever since I wrote my 13th novel, “Some Nerve,” which is about a celebrity journalist who signs up as a hospital volunteer to get the scoop on a movie star patient. I’m on hiatus from volunteering at the moment, because I have a book deadline, but I’ve spoken to many groups about the joys and rewards of hospital volunteering and I try to recruit others. I’ve also been on numerous panels talking about writing romantic comedies. I’m told I’m a funny speaker, which is very flattering to me. I love to entertain and make people laugh.

Me: Anything else you'd like to add?

Jane: Nope. I think you’ve covered it. Great questions, Bethany!

Thank you, Jane, for the interview :-)

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Happy Thursday Everyone,

Wednesday evening I finished reading Firelight by Sophie Jordan, which center around a type of dragon.

Speaking of dragons, I've found out Ciara Gold just put out a new novel. Dragon King is now available on Kindle. (It's got a gorgeous cover, by the way).

Firelight was an interesting YA novel. It was based on the idea of Draki--a type of dragon shifter. They can shift into human shape (which they generally keep unless threatened or under the cover of night). Their main enemy are the hunters, who hunt them for their blood (which has incredible healing powers for humans), their ability to find jewels, and their skins. Jacinda comes face to face with a young hunter near her age one day when she's disobeying her pride when she "manifests" (as their shape shifting is called) into their dragon form and the hunters ambush them. The young hunter (whom she finds out is named Will) lets Jacinda go, but she never forgets him. 

Her mother is worried about the pride's plans for Jacinda--because she can breath fire (a rarity) they want to mate her with the Alpha's son, Cassian. Fleeing the pride, Jacinda's mother takes her and Tamra (Jacinda's twin sister) out of the protective mists right into the desert amid the humans. Hoping the desert will make Jacinda's draki disappear (the mother got hers to die when she stayed there and Tamra has never manifested), she figures Jacinda will be safe from the pride's plans and they can lead a "normal" life.

Jacinda finds out Will attends the high school she and Tamra are enrolled in. Sparks fly and there's an undeniable Romeo & Juliet type attraction between them.

Unfortunately, danger looms in the form of Will's cousin, Xander and Cassian's surprise appearance in the town. In order to save Will from Cassian, Jacinda manifests. Too bad it's right in front of Xander, which puts herself, Tamra, and her mother in danger.

This first book in the series is an imaginative ride, told in first person, present tense (which doesn't interfere with the story...that type of format means all the action is immediate--happening right at that moment). I'm looking forward to the next one, Vanish, which is due to release in September of this year. It'll be interesting to see what happens next.

Have A Tantalizing Thursday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

You're Just In Time For A News Flash...

Happy Wednesday All,

First of all, right now out of physical books I'm reading Firelight by Sophie Jordan. I just started, but it looks good. (Apparently it's been optioned for a movie, here's the article by Variety). On my E-Reader I've started reading Nina Cordoba's Not Dreaming Of You.

My friend, Loretta Wheeler has just put out a short story available on Kindle and Nook. It looks really good (I plan on getting and reading it, believe me). She told me the god, Pan is involved. It's entitled, The Pan Man. That sparked my interest (I love Greek/Roman Mythology. My hopeless romantic side has read several versions of Cupid & Psyche).

Tess St. John (my marvelous CP) is working on getting her novels ready for release, so don't put away those Kindles and Nooks anytime soon! You won't want to miss out on her work.

Oh and Kerrelyn Sparks fans...September is only 5 months away...then we finally get to see Gregori's story! (He's my favorite Vamp out of her series).

If you like vampires, take a peek at Robin Badillo's work. She's got 2 series available on Kindle.

So what are you reading now?

Have A Wondrous Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Whistle While You Work"

Happy Tuesday All,

For those who are wracking their brain about where the quote from my title comes from, it's from Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarves.

I know this post is a bit late in the day for me to post, but at the time when I normally post I wasn't completely satisfied with any of the ideas that I had. (Although, I think some of you might've enjoyed talking about cakes, ice cream and donuts, right?)

In any case, looking at the margin of my blog sparked any idea. If you look on the right hand side (where my big margin is on here) and arrow down a bit, you'll find my play list for my novel, SURREAL. 

Now, I don't always listen to music while I work, but every now and again it comes in handy. Like one day I was listening to The Cure's Friday I'm In Love while I worked on one of my novels. (Yeah, I really like 1980's music...I like some other music, too, of course, but there are several titles from the 1980's that I really like).

Another position music holds in my writing is encouragement/motivitation. Anyone who's been to my Facebook page (and viewed it last week) knows I really like a song from the musical, Jekyll & Hyde called This Is The Moment. I find it very motiviating (and thrilling). I haven't seen the musical (I don't know if I will, but I do like that song from it).

In any case, music is very important to me. It envokes emotion, it inspires, it thrills. Although I will never been a concert pianoist, or a famous singer, I do love music and I'm glad to have it be a part of my life :-)

What music do you like and why?

Have A Thrilling Tuesday!

Monday, April 4, 2011

3, 2, 1 Launch Party!

Happy Monday Everybody,

Here's hoping everyone had a great weekend. I had an awesome one.

The NWHRWA annual Lone Star Contest is now open for entries! There's an early bird discount for those who are interested. So come on and check out NWHRWA Lone Star Contest page. There's some really great final judges, so come check it out.

As I mentioned last week, Friday was Christie Craig (C.C. Hunter) launch party for her YA book, Born At Midnight, book one in her new Shadow Falls series.

Even if you couldn't make it to the launch party at Katy Budget Books, I thought I'd provide you, my readers, with a taste of it, so you can get a little taste of what it was like (a lot of fun). I don't have a lot of pictures, but here they are:

Christie (C.C.) answering questions

More of Christie (C.C.) answering a question.
Christie (C.C.) signing copies of Born At Midnight

Christie (C.C.'s) cake--it looks just like the cover of Born At Midnight (isn't it gorgeous?)

Triple "threat"! From left to right:  Bethany Averie (me), Kerrelyn Sparks (author of Love At Stake series and For Love Or Country) and Christie Craig (C.C. Hunter).

Anyway it was fun and hope you all get to attend a book launch party one day :-)

Have A Merry Monday!