Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hang On, We're In For a Ride

Posted by Bethany at June 30, 2011 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday Everyone,

I had trouble with this site earlier, so I'm posting a little later in the day than I normally would...

I'm going to verbally jump up and down for a moment here, so just bear with me. Finally, finally, finally! Tess St. John, one of my illustrious Critique Partners, is starting to release her Romantic Suspenses! Yesterday she released onto Amazon Kindle and Barnes &Noble Nook Don't Let It Show. This looks good and if it's anything like what I've read of her other work, it's going to be awesome!

Okay, now that you've seen me be total fan girl (not the first time, right?) I can get into today's discussion:

Yesterday I finished reading Lauren Oliver's Delirium. Can I just say, WOW? This dystopian novel took me on one wild ride. Even when there wasn't any running or looking over one's shoulder I had this feeling that any minute someone was going to jump out and yell "Boo!" (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Delirium asks the question:  "What if society/government thought love was a disease and had found a "cure" for it?"  People react in a myriad of ways in this novel. Some resist ("sympathizers"/"invalids"/"resisters") and some are forced to comply and others just go ahead with the procedure on their own--those are the "cureds". The idea is without the "disease"--the "deliria"--people are able to live happy, rational, and secure lives. The fear of being "infected" before you're "cured" is perpetuated by the "New Religion" and the "Book Of Shh"--all put out by the government, scientists, and those in the medical field associated with administrating the "cure". 

I found the book utterly intriguing and totally unforgettable. It's one of those things that you have to take a step back and digest before moving on to the next book on my reading list.

The second book in this series, Pandemonium, is due to release in March of 2012. So far the series is slated to be a triology and it looks like it promises to be quite the adventure.

My impression: the book is intriguing and thought provoking.  It took me out of my "comfort zone" so to speak and had me contemplating its question and deciding that I'm very glad that the government/scientists don't have a "cure" for love and that I'm free to love my husband, offspring, friends, and family to my heart's content.

Anyway, if you haven't already, pick up a copy of Tess St. John's Don't Let It Show (from what I understand this novel will eventually go into print, but I don't have an exact date at this time). Also, you might want to check out Lauren Oliver's Delirium for yourself. She's got quite the imagination.

What books have you read that just stick in your mind--ones that maybe took you out of your comfort zone, or ones that you just can't forget because you loved them so much?

Have A Thoughtful Thursday!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's An Extravaganza!

Posted by Bethany at June 29, 2011 2 comments Links to this post
Hey Everyone,

I'm behind on reporting on a couple of contests. I apologize to the contests hosts and to you, my readers, as well. I hope you all will forgive me. Anyway, TA-DA! Here's some information on a couple of contests I know about...

Here's info on the contest that C.C. Hunter's holding. The deadline is September 1, 2011 and there's all kinds of prizes. Please go to her blog for more information. C.C. Hunter is the author of Born At Midnight. Her second one, Awake At Dawn arrives in print in October of 2011. It looks like a really fun contest, so I hope you'll take the time to go check it out.

Fortunately the owner of the blog that's hosting this contest just posted about it on Tuesday, so I'm not far behind--I hope. Anyway, I need to tell you all about the contest Suzan Harden, author of Blood Magick and Seasons Of Magic: Spring (both novels available on Amazon Kindle  and Barnes & Noble Nook) is holding on her blog. The prize is a copy of Jane Carver's Mind Rider (which looks so good!)  Deadline for this contest is this Thursday, June 30, 2011 so get moving and head on over to Wild, Wicked & Wacky (Suzan Harden's Blog) to get details.

 A Cupcake And A Latte often hosts giveaways, so if you haven't checked out that blog, go see. It's a really nice blog. I've enjoyed several posts on there and I only just found out about it earlier this month (I think? Maybe it was May) in any case, it often has contests.

Next giveaway/contest I'm having? Well, if the author I'm interviewing still plans on giving away a book copy, then that's when I'll do it. So far the interview is due to be posted on July 21, 2011 (At this point I haven't heard any different, if that changes, I'll let you know).

I'm actually hoping to do another giveaway that's not connected with any author interview in the near future. I have a couple of ideas, but I don't think they'll happen in July--that could change, so don't forget to come back here for updates.

The other thing is, a reader of this blog could approach me about doing a giveaway/contest. You never know...someone might say to me, "Bethany, may I give this away on your blog?" (Hey that's what happened when Tonette emailed me about the Janet Evanovich booklets--which by the way, if you haven't been to your local bookstore, Smokin' Seventeen is released and out and ready for you to pick up your copy).

So don't be a stranger and be sure to go check out the blogs that I mentioned are having contests. You don't want to miss the deadline for Suzan Harden's blog contest (it's tomorrow!) You have about 2 months to enter C.C. Hunter's blog contest--and that one is more involved, so you might want to hurry. A Cupcake And A Latte has contests on and off and I don't know Mocha's schedule, so be sure to go check out that one. Links are posted above with their respective paragraphs--any lavender/blue words are links to blogs/websites.

Have A Wondrous Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Who Do You Run With?

Posted by Bethany at June 28, 2011 8 comments Links to this post
Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Bet you never thought you'd see that on my blog, huh? "Bethany runs with lions? What in the world? Is she a safari fanatic and just didn't tell us?"

No, I'm not a safari fanatic. In fact, I've never even been on a safari. It's just a reference to my novel, Surreal, which brings me to today's questions:

Who do you run with? Who's company do you keep? What type of characters do you have running around in your head?

Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you have all kinds of characters running in your head. Those characters are the people/creatures you run with. They are your company and companions through a story. They are your safari tour guides and help you navigate the world of the book you're either reading or writing.

Sometimes those tour guides are all contemporary human beings. Sometimes they're extraordinary humans, like for example, knights in shining armor, wooing a damsel--the only person who can bring the knight to his knees.

On occasion it might be a werewolf sniffing around you trying to figure out if you're friend or foe.

You might find yourself in the company of vampires who are deciding if you're a snack or just there.

Every now and again a nymph might make an appearance or Greek gods and goddesses threatening all kinds of destruction (or, in Cupid's case, causing you to fall in love while reading whatever tale features him).

A fairy could alight by you and decide to tell you her story. Or an angry magician cast a spell on you.

Whatever or whomever you're reading or writing, they become your companions. They're the folks you'll look back on either with love or hate or both. Somehow, though, for a moment (or longer) they touch your life.

So who are these people/creatures you run with and in what stories?

Have A Tantalizing Tuesday!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Posted by Bethany at June 27, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
Hey All,

I know, I posted for the day, but since I'm such a total fan of Lesley Livingston's work I just had to report on this. Apparently Once Every Never has released in select stores. I've checked USA Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites and it's not up, yet (color me disappointed). Hopefully it becomes available there, soon. Until then, you can look up where this new novel is available on Lesley Livingston's Once Every Never section of her website and enjoy an interview on A Cupcake And A Latte blog has posted with Lesley Livingston.

Hopefully before long, I'll be able to report that it's available across the states, but for now all us Lesley Livingston fans must gaze longingly at the beautiful cover and wait.

Have a great day and don't forget to go check out today's post on here entitled: A Rose For Your Thoughts?

A Rose For Your Thoughts?

Posted by Bethany at June 27, 2011 8 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday All,

Okay I'm loving my new background...the header is still something I'll have to toy with, but I love the rose background. Roses are my favorite flower (yeah you couldn't see that coming a mile away LOL).

I've actually gone to a website to check out the meanings of different kinds and colors of roses. Through various ways, I've confirmed most of what this website says.

It's a little blurry but those are roses
this is a picture of my wedding bouquet
Red roses generally mean love and desire, which is fantastic for me since I write fantasy/paranormal romance. (Although, if I find a lavender/purple rose background, I'll probably use that since purple roses mean fantasy).

Anyway, to see what I'm talking about, head over to this website and have a peek. Even if you're not a rose fanatic it's an interesting site.

Roses play an interesting role in romance and courtship. In the fairytale, Beauty & The Beast it's Beauty's desire for a rose that triggers her father to steal one of the Beast's roses and thus angering the Beast. 

So what is it about this flower that yells, "Romance!" For me I think the flower is beautiful. I love it's fragrance and I love it has so many meanings, colors and variations.

But what do you think is the reason a rose seems to yell, "Romance!" whenever it shows up?

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Friday, June 24, 2011

New Design!

Posted by Bethany at June 24, 2011 6 comments Links to this post
Hey Everybody,

I'm trying a new design out. I like the background, I don't know if the header works, but after trying other colors out for header it's what I found works best. Every now and again I like to try something new just to see how I like it and how others respond.

Hopefully it's not too big a shock.

Have A Great Day :-)

Reading And Electronics

Posted by Bethany at June 24, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday All,

Wow, is it Friday already? Time flies when you're having fun (or reading a good book as the case may be). I've been focusing on a Lynn Kurland novel, One Magic Moment--it's pretty good. I'm not done with it, yet, but it's good.

This weekend I have a couple of things planned, so that'll be fun. Our cordless phone's base (with our answering machine) decided to stop working. So it looks like we have to get a new phone. Not fun, but it happens. I already have my eye on a couple of phones that I think we can use. We have another phone to use in the time being, so that's good.

What's your plans for the weekend?

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It Won't Let Go Of Me

Posted by Bethany at June 23, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday All,

Before I get started, you all might want to check out this explanation of High Concept done by Josin on her blog--I thought it was excellent.

Okay back to our regularly scheduled  blog post...

What makes a killer scene? Is it the emotions behind it? Not knowing what's going to happen next? The surprise plot twist? Perhaps all of the above.

Authors are constantly working to put that "certain something" into their books to nail each scene. Whether it's an emotion they didn't know they had,  going to a dark place they never wanted to visit, or thinking outside the box. Every author wants their books to be unforgettable in the most positive way and one of those ways is having those scenes that grab hold of the reader and refuse to let go.

An author also works on having scenes a reader will want to read again and again (hopefully read the whole book over and over, too). Scenes that strike a chord with the reader somehow--whether it invokes the happy/satisfied emotion, or sad (some sad books are really good despite not having happy endings).

There's several scenes like that in Lurlene McDaniel's novel, A Rose For Melinda(YA novel). The story centers around a teenage ballerina who faces life and death. The story is told through notes, journal entries and emails and the like. It's sweet and moving.

The author also wants to make their book impossible for the reader to put down. (Yes, that's done on purpose, you weren't imagining things). I don't know how many times I had trouble putting down a book (even though I had to for sake of getting sleep, or taking care of other needs, or family needs). I remember with one book I was thought, "Oh crap, I have to go do thus-and-such thing, and I really don't want to. I want to find out what happens!" It's agonizing. But it's the mark of good storytelling.

All of us writers aspire to write the story where the reader thinks: "I-have-to-put-down-the-book-but-I-don't-want-to". To present that dilemma means you've grabbed hold of your audience and refused to let go.

Here's just two examples of that happening to me (please note, these are not the only authors to have accomplished making it hard for me to put the book down, these are just two examples that I got off the top of my head):

I told Melissa Ohnoutka from page one of Faithful Deceptions until the end, my heart was in my throat (I honestly thought the heroine was going to die and she just couldn't...she had to succeed...she just had to...and I had to know what happened).

I've email corresponded with Nancy Gideon to tell her "You write so tight, I never know what's going to happen next."  (I don't know how many times she's hit me between the eyes with something I had not seen coming my direction).

What books have grabbed hold of you and refused to let you go? What was it that made you have to find out what happened next?

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Conference Time!

Posted by Bethany at June 22, 2011 6 comments Links to this post
Happy Wednesday Everyone,

There's a lot of people gearing up for Conferences. Romance Writers Of America (RWA)--the writers' group I'm a member of, is hosting it's annual conference in New York City this year. Unfortunately, I will have to miss it, but I know several people from my chapter are going, many of the authors I've mentioned here (I don't know all who are going, I don't have the final count, but several of them are).

My friend and fabulous author, Jane Heller was talking about on her blog, Mainly Jane about a conference she's attending, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

In the Fall, I plan to attend the annual NWHRWA Lone Star Conference (October 15, 2011).

So are you attending a writer's conference? If so, which one?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Posted by Bethany at June 21, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
I did post Tuesday's blog post, but this is one fun contest that I think a number of my readers wouldn't want to miss (and I didn't know about it until just now).

C.C. Hunter's character, Kylie, and Suzan Harden's character, Sam are having a debate on who's life is harder. Come read the conversation and make your own decision. Christie Craig is sponsoring it on Killer Fiction and giving away prizes. The conversation was a lot of fun. Go see:

HURRY! It ends at MIDNIGHT (I'm guessing Centeral time).

Have A Great Day!

Mythologically Speaking...

Posted by Bethany at June 21, 2011 6 comments Links to this post
Happy Tuesday All,

Raise your hands if you like Greek and/or Roman Mythology! *raises hand and waves it*

I first was exposed to Greek and Roman Mythology when I was in Middle School. I was homeschooled at the time by my parents (5th through 8th grades).

We listened to a dramatization on tape (yeah, this was back before CD players were the norm) of the Odyessy, Agamemnon and of Socrates death. I read about the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses (essentially the Greeks and Romans had the same sorts, just different names and the Roman ones tend to be fiercer, which is actually saying something considering how tempramental the Greek ones could be). 

My favorite myth is Cupid & Psyche (yes, I have a romantic heart). I've read a couple of re-tellings of this story: 

Cupid by Julius Lester (pretty close to the original myth, mostly from Cupid's point of view)

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors (offers a different pespective and told from a third party's point of view).

Aphrodite's Blessing by Clemence McLaren (it also includes other retellings)

I've also read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books and the first book in Heroes Of Olympus, The Lost Hero. (Heroes Of Olympus comes after the Percy Jackson series and it has some of the characters from his previous series).

Do you like mythology? What's your favorite one?

Have A Terffic Tuesday!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Grab A Bagel & A New Release

Posted by Bethany at June 20, 2011 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday All,

A relative of mine gave me a heads up about someone she knows who put out a novel (looks like a Romantic Suspense) I haven't yet read it, but it looks really good. His name is Stephen Younts and his novel, Sweeper is available both on Amazon Kindle and on Barnes & Noble Nook.

Anybody like bagels? I'm suddenly in the mood for bagels. There's a shop (still in business) that my father would go to often when I was growing up and living at home. These were awesome bagels. My favorite flavor is Cinnamon Raisin (it's been my favorite since I was a kid. I'll eat other flavors, but to me, there's not a better flavor and it's absolutely fabulous with cream cheese--plain cream cheese, you don't want anything messing with the Cinnamon Raisin taste).

Anyway, now that I made everyone hungry, go pick up a bagel and check out Stephen Younts' novel. While you're at it, go ahead and tell me what's your favorite bagel flavor?

Have A Miraculous Monday!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Daddy's Princess

Posted by Bethany at June 18, 2011 4 comments Links to this post
Happy Saturday All,

I don't normally post on the weekend, but there's a couple of things to mention...

Before I get started on today's topic, Meb Bryant, the author of Harbinger Of Evil (Amazon Kindle ...also available in print at Amazon  and available on Barnes & Noble Nook) has put out a new one called Monster Spray available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Now, let me explain the title of today's post:

Father's Day is on Sunday, so I thought I'd take the time to devote this post to my father and to all of us who want to pay tribute to our dads.

My father has always been one of my biggest supporters. He's the one who took me to the park and taught me how to ride a two-wheel bicycle without training wheels. He tutored me in Geometry my Sophomore year when I was struggling to understand what a Theorem was and how in the world all this pertained to real life.

I may have passed up 21 years ago, but Dad still calls me "princess". It doesn't matter I'm a married woman and a mother, I'm still his princess. In fact, all my sisters and I are his princesses.

These days Dad is still a hero of mine. He's a wonderful grandfather, an counselor, guide, and support. He still loves my mother dearly and he has a great relationship with all his sons-in-law.

My hope is that one day our own offspring will have as many wonderful memories of my husband as a father as I do of my own father.

So Happy Father's Day To All!

Friday, June 17, 2011

June Doesn't Just Mean Summer...

Posted by Bethany at June 17, 2011 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday All,

Well, she's done it again! Melissa Ohnoutka has another story coming out. This is a suspense/thriller (not romance). Shattered Souls Of Innocence is on Kindle and she plans to make it available on Nook soon. This is a short story that's a teaser to link between Faithful Deceptions and the next novel.

What else is out this June? Well, let's take a look:

I found out about Janet Evanovich's Smokin' Seventeen from Write By Bethany Blog follower, Tonette. (Thank you for the heads up, Tonette!)  Smokin' Seventeen will be available on June 21st. I don't know much about her series, so I can't offer many details (but if you click on her name it'll take you to her website).

The rest of these I found on my web travels...

Author Ann Brashares of the Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants recently released a brand new book in the series, Sisterhood Everlasting.

James Patterson is putting out a book for kids called Middle School The Worst Years Of My Life and a book for adults, a thriller called Now You See Her. Both coming out June 27th.

Earlier this month an author named Ann Patchett (who has several other titles out) released a book called State Of Wonder.

Also earlier this month, bloggers Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan put out a novel called Spoiled. Because I can't seem to find anywhere on their blog that mentions anything about their novel (maybe I missed it, but I looked), so here's 3 places you can find it:   Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Borders

That's what I know of June releases for now...however, given that I am not perfect at keeping up with who's releasing what, I'd ask that you, my dear readers, please give me a hand. If there's any June releases you want to let me know are out (that I didn't mention here) please feel free to add them to the comment section.

So what releases (whether for this month or later this year) are you looking forward to?

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Whispering Muses

Posted by Bethany at June 16, 2011 9 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday All,

Who or what is your muse and inspiration?

To be honest, I don't know if I have the same muse for everything I write. I haven't figured that out, yet. I know for certain different things inspire me--it's not always the same thing. 

When I started Surreal I had this thought in my head:  I like the paranormal genre, I like dark brooding male characters for my heroes. I missed a character I had written years before that got lost when computer crashed and I only had bits and pieces saved on diskette. Anyway, eventually I figured out I wanted to write Fantasy and Paranormal.

But then I did something I never had done with my writing:  I listened to music while I wrote. I had to turn it on low, and I had to make sure it wasn't too distracting. That's when I  discovered my muse for Surreal. It was Chris De Burgh's music. Sure, I listened to other music, but if you look at my list in the margins, you'll notice there's several Chris De Burgh titles. Everything from Lady In Red to an instrumental or two. His music put me in the right mood for writing the story.

As for my other stories, the inspiration for each of them is unique--not the exact same things inspire the characters and plotline. At this time, I don't think Chris De Burgh's music is my muse for these novels--I'm not sure exactly what is. When I figure that out, I'll probably tell you.

So, what's your muse/inspiration?

Have A Thoughtful Thursday!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fall Destination: Lone Star Conference

Posted by Bethany at June 15, 2011 8 comments Links to this post
Happy Wednesday All,

All right, before I get on topic, I got a quick question (and of course the question at the end of the post, too):  anyone keeping up with the show Castle on CBS? I used to, then I got interested in other things on TV. So now I don't know what's going on with Castle.

Now that I got that out of the way...

Okay, maybe I'm just being a little ahead of myself, but I'm already gearing up for the NWHRWA's annual Lone Star Conference (October 15, 2011). Three agents, and an editor are coming, not to mention the keynote speaker sounds very interesting. I am hoping to finish my edits for Surreal so I can pitch. I have a draft of a pitch written up to help me get started, but I'll have to go over it. You do not, and I repeat, you do not have to write romance to come to our conference.

I had a rhyming sales pitch for the Lone Star Conference written up here, but it got out of hand and very cheesy, so I deleted understand. Ahhhh! I can't get away from the rhymes. I feel very The Princess Bride -ish--if you click on the title of the movie it'll take you to The Princess Bride Official Website--who knew there was one? I didn't! Anyway, Fezzik and Inigo would be so proud!

Some details about the Conference:  As far as I know, it's okay if you don't write Romance. For instance, as far as I know, if you don't write Romance, but you write thriller or mystery or YA or westerns or suspense or women's fiction or literary fiction--it's may attend the conference (so far I haven't been told otherwise, and we often have non-romance writers come). Just keep in mind the agents and editor do have their preferences so what you write will determine who you can pitch to.

So, while we're on the subject...if you're a writer what do you write and are you published? If you're a reader, what do you like to read?

Have A Western-Wear Wednesday! (you know you wanna wear cowboy boots).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Need A Helpful Hint?

Posted by Bethany at June 14, 2011 5 comments Links to this post
Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Before I get into today's topic, two things:

1--I was made aware that yesterday William Graham put out a new novel entitled, Sometimes, There Really Are Monsters Under The Bed available on Kindle and Nook

2--Do you watch the Food Network? Have you ever seen the Food Network Challenge show? While writing this post it came on and it was Romance Novel Cakes was theme. It's interesting to see the different perceptions people have of Romance Novels. One contestant wanted to take a more tragic approach as opposed to the Happily-Ever-After. By the way... Romance Writers Of America President, Dorien Kelly was one of the judges.

Now for our feature presentation:

Every writer (no matter who you are) needs that break at one time or another. Whether it happens when they sign that contract with an agent and/or editor, or when they find something that assists them in their journey as a writer. The two websites I want to mention today do just that. They offer support, encouragement, assistance, and opportunities for writers.

Two writing friends of mine can be found on MuseTracks--Stacey Purcell and Jennifer Bray-Weber. This site offers articles, opportunites to pitch to agents and information.

I haven't given this website as much attention as it deserves. But, I'm going to try and make up for that now. Diane Holmes works tirelessly to help authors who are working on pitching and querying. There are so many opportunities at Pitch University thanks to Diane's work.

Have A Tremendous Tuesday!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Book Is Singing!

Posted by Bethany at June 13, 2011 8 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday All,

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was pretty good.

The Tonys were last night, so in honor of that and some things I've thought about...I've got a question...

Lately it seems like everything is becoming a musical? Now, don't get me wrong...I love musicals. In fact, some of my favorite movies are musicals. However, I never thought so many movies, and books would become a musical. I mean, I don't have a problem with it, I love musicals, but it makes me wonder what story is next? 

Cases in point regarding books and musicals:

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy became a musical in the late 1990's.

I recently learned that back in 2000, the book by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre became a musical.

Jekyll & Hyde is based off of the book by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Some people aren't aware that Phantom Of The Opera is based off the book by Gaston Leroux (I read the book before I saw the musical, and I ended up reading the book like 2-3 times).

Wicked was a book by Gregory Maguire before Idina Menzel donned green make up and belted out Defying Gravity.

But now the newest thing is pop culture...including movies (that are less than 60 years old) and comic books...

Sister Act is a musical. Based on what I can tell it seems to follow the movie's storyline pretty well.

Here's the comic book one:  Spider-Man is one of my favorite super-heroes. Not too long ago I found out there's a musical being made centering around the Spider-Man story. I've heard some of the music, which sounds good. So, we'll see what happens.

Now, maybe I'm living under a rock or something, but recently I found out Ghost is becoming a musical. It looks like it's following the movie's storyline and has good singing, so I could see it doing well.

So...what books would you like to see become musicals? If you're a writer, would you want to see your book as a musical? (Somehow I'm no sure I can picture the hero of my novel, Surreal, dancing across the stage...but, hey, anything's possible!)

Have A Melodious Monday!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Spotlight On Author: Melissa Ohnoutka

Posted by Bethany at June 10, 2011 23 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday Everyone,

A special shout out to my parents who are celebrating 45 years of marriage today--congratulations!

Today I'm happy to introduce to you a friend of mine and a very talented author, Melissa Ohnoutka. Melissa's Faithful Deceptions, which I reviewed and definitely enjoyed when I read it. She's incredibly nice, cheerful, and a lot of fun to know. She also has a blog, where you can go and see what's happening in her world. 

Anyway...introducing Melissa Ohnoutka:

Me:  Faithful Deceptions came out in March, do you have plans for future releases? If so, what and when?

Melissa:  Yes, I'm working on a short story called "Shattered Souls of Innocence." It will tie my first two books together and should be released soon. Then "Target of Betrayal" will follow this summer.

Me:  What made you choose human trafficking for your novel?

Melissa:  I watched a Lifetime mini series back in 2005 or 2006 with Mira Servino and Donald Sutherland called "Human Trafficking." I had no idea this went on in America or to what degree. When the movie ended, I sat down and didn't stop till "Faithful Deceptions" was finished.

Me:  What are the pros and cons of "indie" or self-publishing?

Melissa:  Pros - control over storyline, cover, page count, price, promotion, and the direction I want my career to go.

Cons - Haven't found any yet. LOL One might say marketing, but from what I've learned, unless you are a best selling author you end up doing most of the marketing yourself anyway.

Me:  For Fun: what's your favorite breakfast food?

Melissa:  Fruit & nuts. I know, I'm boring. LOL

Me:  What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Melissa:  Never give up, trust in yourself and learn all you can.

Me:  Do you plan to only write Romantic Suspense, or do you plan to write in other genres, as well?

Melissa:  I have no idea why, but I love suspense. I have a young adult suspense and middle grade already written, but in need of major edits. They too have their fair share of suspense. To be honest, I've tried writing a simple sweet romance. I just can't keep my heroine out of trouble. LOL After I finish up the three dealing with human trafficking, my plan is to challenge myself to work on something light.

Me:  For Fun: what flavor donut do you like?

Melissa:  Chocolate filled. Okay, now I want one really bad! :)

Me:  Have you thought of writing a sequel to Faithful Deceptions, or is it a stand-alone?

Melissa:  "Faithful Deceptions" started out as one book, but has somehow evolved into a three book sequel. Although each book will be tied together with the human trafficking, they will also be able to stand on their own as well.

Me:  What do you think defines a person as a writer?

Melissa:  Sitting down and writing. I've come across lots of people who want to write, but having the dedication and determination to actually sit down and do it is a whole different story.

Me:  Anything else you'd like to add?

Melissa:  Just a big thank you to you, Bethany! Your support has been awesome through all this!

Faithful Deceptions and you'd like to check out Romantic Suspenses, be sure to check out either  Amazon Kindle / Barnes & Noble Nook (in-prints are or will be available). 
Have A Fascinating Friday!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

What Would Yesterday Think Of Today?

Posted by Bethany at June 09, 2011 3 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday All,

Sorry I didn't post yesterday. I guess I needed a day off. Technically I didn't really take much of a day off--I had a doctor's appointment (went well) and I finished reading a book--Debbie Macomber's An Engagement In Seattle (2 novellas). Good stories, I checked the copyright and they were from the early 1990's--I had read them back then, in fact I don't remember exactly what I was reading in the early 1990's. Do you remember what you were reading in the early 1990's?

Speaking of the early 1990's isn't amazing how far technology has come? Laptops have gotten smaller, phones have gotten smarter, and the Internet has WiFi and all kinds of fancy options. What do you think our early 1990's selves would've thought? Would we have believed it?

What do you think? If you could go back in time and tell your early 1990's self what to expect in the 2000's what would your other self have said?

Have A Thoughtful Thursday!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Books, Movies, & Winners YAY!

Posted by Bethany at June 07, 2011 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Instead of my usual The Nanny watching while I write this, I'm watching reruns of What I Like About You. Yes, I'm very delighted reruns are a part of cable networking.  

Congratulations goes out to yesterday's winners of the Plum Crazy Janet Evanovich Giveaway--Kerrelyn, Tess, Barbie, Jeff and Stacey. Congratulations you all!

Exciting stuff is coming up here. Friday is an author interview! No, I'm not telling you who the author is, you're just going to have show up on Friday.

I finally finished reading Lady Of Quality by Georgette Heyer and it's fun, funny, and a good read. I recommend it!

Over the weekend I saw Gnomeo & Juliet. (It's brand new release on DVD & Blu Ray).  Very cute! It's basically a retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, but it's adorable and has a happy ending. Anyway, I recommend it if you're trying to choose a movie.

So what new movie have you seen?

Have A Tip-Top Tuesday!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Are You Plum Crazy?

Posted by Bethany at June 06, 2011 15 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday Everyone,


One of my regular followers, Tonette, has 5 booklets with the first chapter of Janet Evanovich's newest Stephanie Plum novel, Smokin' Seventeen to give away. In order to enter the drawing you need to do the following:

1. There's some adult content in the booklet, so Tonette requested that only 17 or 18 year olds and up enter. No offense to the younger readers, just don't want any angry mothers after us.

2.  Either email me or leave your comment on here. If you can't post a comment, email me. Include your email address and first name.

Please note:  Blogger sometimes acts up for some people and not so much for others. If you can't post a comment, just email me   

3.  Have your entry posted in the comment section are emailed to me no later than 10:30 p.m. Central Time. I will email the winners and Tonette will send the winners their prize.

Like I said there are FIVE (5) booklets of chapter 1 to give away, so I will draw 5 names in tonight's drawing.

Thank you to Tonette for this!  

Have A Magical Monday!                       

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Nitty Gritty

Posted by Bethany at June 03, 2011 12 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday All,

I'm a bit late posting this. Last night my Internet went nuts and decided to see if I was paying attention.  Today I got it to work despite electrical sockets deciding to go on vacation and not work for me. (And we just had the electrician come and check out these same sockets!)

Here's what I came up with:

You get to ask ME questions. What do you want to know about me? (Please note:  I reserve the right to not answer any question I deem too personal--this includes information on my age, personal information on family members and my sexual life).

However feel free to ask about my writing, inspiration, the NWHRWA, reading, movies I like, and things like that. You can also tell me if there's something in particular you want me to blog about or ask me about author interviews--make suggestions if you'd like.

So whatcha wanna know?

Have A Fun Friday!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Books and A Big Comfy Chair

Posted by Bethany at June 02, 2011 7 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday Everyone,

There's a few releases that I've seemed to have missed, plus a contest (these are all novels that are now available):

Jane Carver is making her mark with a new novel, Moonlust & Majick is available on Amazon Paperback. It's also available from Barnes & Noble in Paperback. Very pretty cover, that one!

Yesterday Suzan Harden, author of Blood Magick (available at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble), posted she's having a contest on her blog (it ends June 7, 2011). Check out Wild, Wicked & Wacky (Suzan's blog) for further information.

Teri Thackston put out a new novel--a Western Romance. The Abduction Of Miss Jenny Chandler is available at her publisher, Ellora's Cave website. It's also available in paperback from Barnes & Noble (you can also get it on Nook on that link). It's also available at Amazon in Paperback and on Amazon Kindle. (She doesn't just write Westerns, she has written in other genres, too).

I'm still reading Georgette Heyer's Lady Of Quality. It's a fun book, and I could see it as an enjoyable movie, but I feel that way about a lot of Heyer novels.

So, what's the perfect compliment to the perfect book? A big comfy chair/couch? A cup of tea, perhaps hot chocolate? Or a mug of coffee? 

Better yet, since it's Summer, a glass of iced tea or lemonade?

As for me...when it's cold, I like hot tea or hot chocolate, in the summer, depends on what I'm in the mood for. For a sweet treat...a good piece of chocolate (if I'm lucky, it's a Godiva Truffle) is often a yummy compliment to any book I'm reading.

Anyway, so tell me what compliments a good book?

Have A Tasty Thursday!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hot Summer Cool Fall Releases

Posted by Bethany at June 01, 2011 8 comments Links to this post
Happy Wednesday Everyone,

Riverboat Ride in Frankenmuth, Michigan

It's June! Which means, it's Summer time. School's out. There's heat, humidity, vacations...and there some Summer-y type feeling novels being released and some Summer releases coming out:

Jennifer Bray-Weber Blood And Treasure (a romance novel with pirates. Being out on the ocean--what's more summery than that?) (This one is already out).

Christie Craig's Don't Mess With Texas (August 2011) If any place knows summertime weather, it's definitely Texas (as a Texan I can speak from experience). (You can actually find this one on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites already).

Lesley Livingston has a new novel coming out July 2011, Once Every Never (I haven't even seen this on Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites, yet).

Of course this isn't to say that Summer is the only time for exciting new releases. Fall will be on the heels of Summer and bring with it...

Kerrelyn Sparks will be revealing Gregori's story in Sexiest Vampire Alive coming September 27, 2011. (Squeal! I'm very excited about this one).

Fountain in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Rick Riordan will be bringing out the sequel to his Heroes Of Olympus series (sequel series to the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series). Come October 4, 2011 Percy will be The Son Of Neptune (but wait, you thought it was Poseidon...well, we're dealing with the Roman side of the Olympians now...and they are more violent and aggressive than their Greek side). You can get a sneak peek here (the first chapter).  He's got an Egyptian series out (the first 2 books have been released). I haven't finished reading the first one, but I can tell you what I did read was very exciting and engrossing.

And I can hardly wait for C.C. Hunter's next ShadowFalls book,  Awake At Dawn, to come out in October 2011.

What Summer and Fall releases are you looking forward to?

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

*note:  Photos (except for the heart picture) are from a vacation I took a couple or so years ago.  Frankenmuth, Michigan is a great little German town that has wonderful food (I recommend eating at the Frankenmuth Brewery-- ), the biggest Christmas store I ever seen (Bronner's--   I'm not sure where you'd find a wider selection of tree ornaments). It's lots of fun for young and not-quite-so-young-but-young-at-heart. (NOTE: My computer won't let me "highlight" words right now so I'm unable to directly link you, however if you copy and paste each link they will take you to the websites. I apologize for my computer's temperamental disposition and the inconvenience).

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