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Friday, July 29, 2011

Chocolate, Writing, & Reading

Happy Friday All,

Thursday I didn't post, I decided to take that day off. But, I'm back now.

I made cupcakes Thursday night--from Hershey's Cocoa recipe (I'm sorry I don't have pictures). I had these first at my sister's house and fell in love. Very rich, but totally yummy and with chocolate icing. Another way to get to my "happy place".

I'm finishing up reading a novel, and I've gotten some editing on one of my manuscripts, and working on another project, so things are moving along.

So, as always, lots going on and a lot coming up. What's going on on your end?

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

August Releases, Anyone?

Happy Wednesday All,

Robin Badillo's second Blood Hunter book, The Betrayal is available on Amazon now. The 3rd book in the Blood Hunter series, The Return is available from Extasy Books.

So are you looking forward to August releases? I've been waiting and waiting for Christie Craig's Don't Mess With Texas--although that one doesn't come out until later in August, but still.

Are there any August releases you're looking forward to?

Have A Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

TV, YA & Pizza

Happy Tuesday Everybody,

If you haven't watched TLC's Surprise Homecoming I recommend it. Service Men and Women come home and surprise their family members. I usually end up with tears streaming down my cheeks. It's a heartwarming show.

Has anyone read any Jennifer Echols books? I saw a book of hers online and I was intrigued. It's called Love Story and it looks good (was released July 19, 2011). The blurb made me curious about her work.



Okay, so who likes pizza? Raise your hands!

I love pizza. Favorite topping is plain cheese (yeah, I know, boring). But I also like Hawaiian (Canadian Bacon with pineapple) and I'll eat pepperoni and I'll eat mushroom, but I really do like plain cheese pizza best.

I also like pizza rolls and calzones, too. Emeril on the Food Network was talking about calzones one time when I was watching his show and I thought "Hmm, I wonder if that's something I could do." So I got some ingredients, put it together and voila! Homemade (in a manner of speaking) calzones (my husband loves them).

What about you? Do you order pizza, make it yourself or a combination? What's your favorite pizza?

Have A Tasty Tuesday!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mermaids, Mythology & Relaxing

Happy Monday All,

I finished reading over the weekend Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs. As with the first one, Forgive My Fins I loved it. I wonder if she's going to have a third mermaid book (I hope so) but I don't know and her FAQ hasn't been updated to say yes or no about it. Love these two books, by the way. They're a lot of fun!

Last week I finished reading Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed. I can hardly wait for the sequel, but I heard it's not out until next year. I can tell you, that's one I will definitely be planning on reading again. I heard about Starcrossed on A Cupcake And A Latte (Mocha Latte Reads) Blog (A YA Review Site).  Starcrossed is kind of a retelling of the Helen Of Troy story from The Iliad. It's updated and modernized for YA audiences. It focuses on the notion that the three Fates like to replay the story over and over throughout history.
Anyone who's into Greek/Roman Mythology I recommend you give this novel a chance and seriously check it out. I was fascinated with the author's imagination in reinventing this story. Would Homer be proud? I don't know, I never met the guy, but he just might be intrigued if he read it.


This past weekend I got to hang out with a friend of mine. It was a lot of fun and a great way to relax.

So how do you like to unwind on the weekends?

Have A Magnificent Monday!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Computers With Minds Of Their Own & Playgrounds

Happy Friday All,

Congratulations to Harvee for winning the Nancy Gideon interview drawing last night!

Last night I wrote up a fun post about playgrounds. About how I like to play on the swings (when they have ones that will work for adults). I clicked on the "Publish Post" button and all of a sudden it took me to some sort of search page or whatever and when I came back to my blog the post wasn't there at all!
Now when I'm typing up the post it automatically saves it every few minutes. So I can't figure out where it went.

So anyway I had asked what every one's favorite thing to do on the playground was and if you still did go to playgrounds?

Have A Fabulous Friday and a Great Weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Spotlight On Author: Nancy Gideon

Happy Thursday All,

**Contest portion of this post is now officially closed.**

I enjoy every author interview I post on here for different reasons. This author's writing is what I term "tight". She writes in such a fashion that not only does she keep track of the main story, but she's able to weave several side stories without getting lost. You never quite know what's going to happen next when you enter this author's world of New Orleans Mob, a sassy strong-willed dectective, "preternatural" creatures...it's enough to send shivers down your back. And all of it is from the talented pen/keyboard of author Nancy Gideon.

So, let me introduce you to Nancy Gideon, author of the Moonlight series (Adult Romance), which has a brand new one coming out July 26, 2011. However, Nancy has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of her up coming release, Bound By Moonlight as well as a "book thong" to one lucky blog commenter (I'll tell you at the end of the interview how to enter). Please be sure to read the contest information at the END of the interview--I'm doing the contest slightly differently than I normally do, so you don't want to miss some information.

So without further ado, here's Nancy Gideon...

Me:  Bound By Moonlight is your newest release and number 4 in the By Moonlight series. Can you tell us a little bit about it and about the By Moonlight series in general?



Nancy: The first four books in my dark paranormal series for Pocket follow the same hero and heroine. Sexy shape-shifter Max Savoie inherits a criminal empire from his former mentor and a clan of New Orleans Shifters who believe he’s their prophesied leader. Charlotte Caissie is a tough-as-nails homicide detective who is trying to reconcile her devotion to duty with her love for Max. Coming to terms with their dark pasts and the threat of Max’s secret escaping are complicated by Cee Cee’s undercover work to catch a serial killer. BOUND BY MOONLIGHT can be read independently of the earlier books, but readers be cautioned: You’ll want them all.


Me:  You have 4 books in the By Moonlight series so far, how many are you planning to have total?


Nancy:  I’ve got two more written and sold: HUNTER OF SHADOWS which will be out November 29, 2011 and Book 6 which isn’t titled yet that will be out in July, 2012. These books feature the same By Moonlight world but have different heroes and heroines the readers will recognize from the earlier books. And Max and Cee Cee will make appearances as strong secondary characters.


Me:  For fun: What's your favorite way to unwind?


Nancy:  I’m a Netflix addict. I take to the couch with a warm cat and a good movie to lose myself in someone else’s imagination. Working out and cleaning house also free up the creative muse, but Netflix is more fun. Unless there’s a warm beach handy.


Me:  What sparked the By Moonlight series and is there a particular muse involved?


Nancy:  I had a publisher interested in a werewolf proposal I’d submitted. They loved the prologue . . . but wanted everything else changed, from the characters to the plotline. While I was brainstorming a new Chapter One, I started writing the scene with Cee Cee at the grisly crime scene where the Prologue left off, and just started typing. The story unfolded so fast, I was three books in before I realized it, all without the kind of outline I’d always structured my books upon. The thought of my ADD/OCD self wandering about in the creative realm without a road map still mystifies me to this day. But there was something about Max . . .


Me:  What advice do you have for aspiring authors?


Nancy:  Butt in chair, first and foremost. You have to get it written before you can edit it and send to out. Stick with it and don’t get discouraged. Sometimes rejection is just a matter of trend or timing, and has nothing to do with the quality of the work. Have a good support system of either a writers or critique group or online buddies, someone who knows what a writer goes through and who can talk you off the ledge of discouragement.


Me:  You have other books you've written both under your Nancy Gideon and other names. Are there any among them that stands out in your mind and why?


Nancy:  I’ve enjoyed all of my 50+ books and each is special in its own way. My favorite characters will always be Max from the By Moonlight series and Harm Bass from my Dana Ransom historical Texas series for Zebra that helped me get a Career Achievement for Historical Adventure award from Romantic Times Magazine because they were so unpredictable. And then there’s the silkily vicious Gerard from my Midnight vampire series. I probably had the most fun writing the upcoming HUNTER OF SHADOWS book because the hero and heroine play so wonderfully off each other. He’s an intense Shifter cop and she’s an assassin. Lots of sparks and action.


Me:  For Fun: What types of movies do you like?


Nancy:  I’m an action/adventure junkie. I love the mindless adrenaline rush, but it’s got to have enough plot and character development to ground my attention. I also enjoy a twisty tale like LA CONFIDENTIAL, the slick paranormal gloss of CONSTANTINE, and the always heart-tugging THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT. I’ll watch anything that can snag my restless ADD eye, but my inner-editor won’t always let me stick with it.


Me:  Can you tell us a little about your journey from unpublished writer to published writer?


Nancy:  I’d always written stories but had never completed a book until after I quit the work force to have my first son. I started out in the early ‘80s when romance was huge. I’d written four complete historical novels before finding the courage to pick the best one to send in. This was before the Internet, and the only thing I knew about the publishing industry was what I read in the Fiction Writers Market at the local library. I can’t believe I made that first sale as ignorant as I was about the craft and the business. (I wrote my first six books out in long hand than typed them up on my Smith Corolla complete with correction tape.) The proposal for that first book went out to four publishers at random, and in two weeks Zebra called to ask for a complete. It wasn’t even typed! In less than two months, I got The Call to buy it and they wanted to see anything else I had. I sold another of those original four books, and consistently thereafter, starting out without a writers group or an agent or with any contact with any other author. Now I’ve got a great critique group and am plowing my way into the Social Media arena.


Me:  What's does the future hold for you as far as you and your writing?


Nancy: I’m up for anything. I’m hoping to go back to contract with Pocket soon for more paranormals and would like to continue expanding the BY MOONLIGHT world. I’m also looking at ways to get my 50+ book backlist into at least e-format for readers who may have missed them.


Me:  Do you have any upcoming appearances?


Nancy:  Next week is the release week for BOUND BY MOONLIGHT, which will be on the stands on July 26. I’ve got tons of fun stuff planned and will be all over the blog-verse. I’ve got lots of contests and giveaways in the works!


Check for times and places on my website at http://nancygideon.com or on FaceBook and Twitter. To launch my blog at http://nancygideon.blogspot.com as well as my book, I’ve got a weeklong scavenger hunt planned with a mondo prize attached. Check the blog for details!


Me:  Anything else you'd like to add?


Nancy:  I’d like to thank my editor and Pocket Books for letting me go outside the box with the first four books of this series. These were the Books of My Heart and I so appreciate the risk they took!


Thank you so much, Nancy Gideon, for the interview...now onto the contest:



***CONTEST IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED***
Please be sure to include first name and email address if you enter by commenting on here.


EMAIL ENTRIES:  If you want to email your entry, there is only ONE email address I will be accepting emailed entries and that is:  bethany.averie@yahoo.com  Put NANCY GIDEON CONTEST in the subject line.


All you have to do is comment in the comment section or email me to enter.


I'll close the contest at 10:30 p.m. CENTRAL Time.


Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Candy Memories

Happy Wednesday All,

Recently I had Nerds (the candy) again. I haven't had those things in years. I can't eat too many of them now, but I remember now how good they are. Definitely a trip down memory lane.

I remember walking into the CVS when I lived in New Jersey (this was many moons ago). We'd walk from our house downtown. The CVS had lime green carpet and bright fluorescent lights. I always felt like I had just woken up and someone turned on a light and shined it in my eyes when I walked into that store.

What triggers memories for you? What candy takes you back to your childhood? Is the candy still available in stores? (For the record, you get Nerds at different stores--they were at my grocery store).

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

Take Off On A Dream Trip

Happy Tuesday All,

Sorry for the late posts. We've had a friend over the last couple of days and so I've been spending time with her.

I put some Oreos in the freezer, per my illustrious C.P. (Tess St. John) recommendation. I haven't tried them, yet, but I plan to, soon.

Thursday I'll have an author interview and giveaway of an adult Romance--brand new release. I hope all of you will drop by and have peek.

Do you have a pipe dream vacation (that may or may not come true one day)? My husband and I are hoping to go back to St. Croix (USA Virgin Islands) during the year of our 10th wedding anniversary. We went there on our honeymoon and had a blast. The water was awesome, pristine beaches, and we fell in love with a French-Mediterranean Restaurant (there's something about fresh Seafood, with little white lights on a patio that just makes for great atmosphere and eating experience).

So what about you? Do you have a dream vacation? If so, where?

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Announcements!

Happy Monday All,

Last week Robin Badillo put out the 3rd novel in her Blood Hunter (adult*) Paranormal Romance series, The Return available from Extasy Books.

*I put this there as a reference to a post I posted last Friday about genre age groups.

This Thursday I'm having an (adult Romance) author interview and a giveaway, so be sure to come back on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

I'm on an Oreo kick again...the Reduced Fat ones actually taste like the regular (even though the fat is a little lower).

Currently I'm reading Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (a YA fantasy/paranormal novel--that has Greek Mythology mixed in it). Just released this year from HarperTeen. Pretty good so far.

What are you reading?

Have A Mythical Magical Monday!

So what are you reading now? 

Friday, July 15, 2011

What The Genre?

Happy Friday All,

Sorry about not posting on Thursday. I was exhausted Wednesday evening, so I decided to just go to bed--then I was busy today, so I took the day off.

I thought I'd cover age genre types and what they mean. Some people have asked me about genres. One question I got was, "What's YA?"

So, I'll start with the youngest age group and work my way up (as a Romance author I'm going to talk a lot about that when I get to the adult section):

Children's Books:  These are anything from infant to 7 years old. (Some bookstores will have a section that says:  "3-5 Year Olds") Typically you'll find board books and easy-to-reads. There's a lot of Disney books available in this section. Titles like Brown Bear What Do You See? Caps For Sale, Splat The Cat, Berenstin Bears, Thomas The Tank Engine, I've found a lot of Dr. Seuss books in this section as well.

Mid-Grade:  Most of these books are geared toward kids between children and young adult (generally 7-12 year olds). You'll find the Percy Jackson, Heroes Of Olympus, Kane Chronicles (by Rick Riordan) in this section. Several Gail Carson Levine books can be found there, as well (of Ella Enchanted fame).  This is where I found the re-prints of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books as well. Beverly Cleary books (Ramona ). There's several other books, of course those are just a few examples. (I've found Noel Streatfield reprints there, too. She wrote all the "shoe" books:  Ballet Shoes, Dancing Shoes, Theater Shoes, Ice Skating Shoes). Also this would be the section you'd find the Maud Hart Lovelace Betsy-Tacy books I've mentioned on here. 

Young Adult (YA):  These are generally geared towards 13 through high schoolers (although I'd say a lot of these books are more high school aged books than younger than that--but that's my personal opinion). This is where you'll find the Twilight books (Stephenie Meyer), Tera Lynn Childs (I did a review of one of her books called Forgive My Fins--look in the right hand margin of this book, arrow down until you get to the part that says "Book Reviews By Bethany"). (Note:  MaryJanice Davidson, who writes several adult novels has a series out with her husband, Anthony Alongi that's a YA series entitled:  Jennifer Scales--there's several out and I think on the bottom of the cover will say:  A Jennifer Scales Novel).


Adult:  Almost all Romance out there is adult (MaryJanice Davidson's Undead, Mermaid, Royal series are all adult Romance....Kerrelyn Sparks, Christie Craig, and a slew of other authors).  There's Thriller/Horror (I think of Stephen King whenever I think of those genres--although someone who's read more of his work will know more which genre it fits in), there's a lot of genres in adult fiction.

When it comes to the Romance genre there's not many authors who write for anyone younger than adults.


There might be some books in the General Fiction sections in bookstores that maybe okay for younger than adults but it's important that readers realize that there are age groups that an author has in mind when they write their novels. Unless it's found in the mid-grade/YA section chances are it's for adults. There are exceptions of course, but this is a general rule of thumb.

In each age group genre type you can also find a variety of genres everything from fantasy, contemparary, there's paranormal (even mid-grade sometimes has some paranormal), thriller, horror, contemporary, women's fiction, literary, westerns, general fiction (I think that's usually where literary is put), historicals, sports, science, art, reference. Some YA has romance, as well, but there is a difference between YA romance and adult romance. (Generally adult romance is more sensual than YA).

When in doubt, you can always ask a bookstore worker. They know quite a bit about what's out and what genre and what age group. They know what's hot and what's available. Use their knowledge. You can even search by age group and genre online.

I'm sure some of my other readers who are in the business of writing and publishing can add their input. If you have any questions you can certainly put them in the comment section.

Have A Fabulous Friday And Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It's Magical!

Happy Wednesday All,

From mermaids to dragons, I'm enjoying the fantasy/paranormal (when am I not?)

So that makes me wonder...if you had magical powers what would you do with them? Fly instead of drive? Wave your hand and be showered, dressed and ready for the day?

Housework and laundry would be done in record time in my house. Shoot, I could cook up a very involved dinner in seconds!

The sky's the limit...what would you do with magical powers?

Have A Wand-er-Full Wednesday!

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Fin-Ish Delight

Happy Tuesday All,

A good story always makes me extremely happy. I love being taken to "another world" so to speak (whether it's actual other world, or just the author's world).

The other day I finished reading Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs. This book makes me so happy. It was a lot fun, plus there was enough romantic scenes to make a mushy romantic like me happy.

Forgive My Fins was an extremely fast read for me. I just had trouble putting it down. I started it in the afternoon and finished at 2 a.m. (there long  breaks in between when I had to do other things--like take a nap, and be with my family). Awesome book and I just can't wait until I get to read the sequel.

In Forgive My Fins, Lily (Princess Waterlily when under the sea) is half-mermaid/half-human (merman for a dad, human for a mom). For 14 years she lived in her father's kingdom, until her dad finally told her that her mother (who died when Lily was still a baby) was a human. So, Lily's made her way onto land, to live with her mother's sister, Rachel.

As heir to the throne, Lily has to choose a mate--that is, kiss a boy and that starts the bonding process. Lily has the perfect boy in mind--swimming wonder Brody Bennett. He's comfortable in the water and on land, gorgeous, and her knight-in-shining armour.

Unfortunately Lily is plagued (and thwarted in her goal) by next-door-neighbor motorcycle bad-boy, Quince Fletcher. Quince doesn't care what others think of him and thinks Lily shouldn't either. But Lily sees Quince as an annoyance, a real "blowfish".

But what happens in a dark library will change everything. Including what Lily thought she saw in those around her.

This is a fun YA Fantasy (with comedy sprinkled liberally) that I've fallen for hook, line, and sinker. I'm very excited to read the sequel and I love Tera Lynn Childs' breezy style. So get your tail fins over to your nearest bookstore and hook yourself a copy. Last one there is a guppy!

Have A Tantalizing Tuesday!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Calling All Heroes!

Happy Monday All,

What do you look for in a hero? Someone larger than life? Super-Man, maybe? *EDIT as of 9:37 a.m.:  (I'm talking about FICTIONAL heroes. As Tess points out in the comments there are real life heroes that make this world a better place, and they have my respect, admiration and gratitude for what they do, but for this post I'm talking about heroes in novels, I apologize for being unclear).


  Or perhaps you're for someone a bit more "untouchable"--a little more "forbidding", like Mr. Darcy. Maybe you go for swashbuckling pirates like Captain Jack Sparrow.

One thing I was told about heroes is that they should be "larger than life".  

Heroes do have to be believable but they aren't likely to necessarily be someone you'd meet walking down the street. I don't know about you, but I've never run into Edward Cullen (or any other vampire) as I walked out of my house (maybe I wasn't looking hard enough?) I have yet to meet Mr. Darcy at the grocery store (kind of the wrong time period). Or Captain Jack Sparrow anywhere (not that I'd want to, I'd rather read about pirates, not encounter them in real life).

Last time I saw a shape shifter was...never. So, yeah, in a sense they have to be larger than life and unrealistic. But they also have to be believable, someone people can relate to. Now granted, most of us aren't going to believe that a demigod is existing in our swimming pool, like Percy Jackson, but believable in that a person can suspend their disbelief. That is, they have traits we can relate to.

Heroes have to have some kind of honor code. Something that makes them heroic. For Darcy, one of the things that made him heroic was helping Elizabeth Bennett's sister--and saying he only thought of her while doing so. That's not only heroic, but entirely romantic. (Now you men understand why we women swoon when someone brings up Fitzwilliam Darcy).

For Edward Cullen, I'd say a heroic gesture on his part was how he prized Bella's humanity. He treasured it. He didn't treat her as expendable as the other human-blood drinking vampires were prone to doing, he and his "family" treated her humanity as something to guard.

I don't know enough about Captain Jack to say what makes him heroic. 

My favorite heroes are the ones who did things because they are just so passionate over the heroine they couldn't help themselves. Yes, I'm that mushy-romantic. I'm sort of the "knight-in-shining armour" type heroes.

What defines a *edit as of 9:38 a.m.:  FICTIONAL or in a novel hero for you? (Like I said above, there's many real-life heroes I totally respect and agree that they truly DO make the world a better place, but I'm talking about fictional heroes that appear in novels, that's why I brought up Mr. Darcy, Captain Jack and Edward Cullen, rather than real-live people.  I apologize if I wasn't clear).

Have A Magnificent Monday!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pirates Take Over My E-Reader

Happy Friday All,

Before I get started on today's topic, I want to give you all a heads up about a post I enjoyed on another blog. This post was done by Will Graham, author of Street Heat and Sometimes There Really Are Monsters Under The Bed. I highly recommend you check out the post, it's called Can't Never Did Anything and it's on MuseTracks.

But, first, before you go to MuseTracks to check out that awesome blog post, come on board a pirate ship with me in Jennifer Bray-Weber's Pirate Romance, Blood And Treasure.

I've been interested in reading this one because pirates are one of those mysteriously fascinating things that I've sort of dipped my foot into every now and again (plus I'd heard great things about it). I don't know much about them, but I know some of the legends and stories out there. After all, my husband's a big fan of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies and of course, Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mystery had some pirate lore in it.

So, I purchased and downloaded to my e-reader Jennifer's book (she plans to have it available in-print at some point).

From page one she had my attention. She took just a short paragraph to have me picturing a street behind a tavern in the 1700's. I stood there with her heroine, Lianna Whitney, as she's startled by a French man who slides a medallion down her dress. I could see pirates, Captain Zane Fox, and his best mate, Blade, burst through and make off with her.

Jennifer's imagery is so fantastic. You sail the seas right with her characters, you duck the British soldiers, deal with betrayal, contemplate the hangman's noose, and a host of other adventures you'd only find on Captain Fox's ship.

The book is an adventure, romance, suspense, and thrilling ride all wrapped up into one novel.

If you haven't sailed the high seas with Captain Zane Fox and tavern-maid, Lianna Whitney, I suggest you get up that gangplank, weigh anchor, and set a course for one of the websites that offers the novel immediately!

Blood And Treasure by Jennifer Bray-Weber is currently available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Have A Festive Friday!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It's Summer--Take A Trip!

Happy Thursday Everyone,

Summer's still going strong--July's not even half over and there's some of August, too.

This year we weren't taking any summer vacation trip, but my husband took a little time off and that was nice.

Growing up my family often headed up north to Michigan to visit relatives. We'd load up the car and drive through several states. We often stayed at friends' house in Kentucky. One year we went out to the Kentucky Horse Park, visited Churchill Downs (and the Kentucky Derby Museum there). That was a lot of fun. I had been taking horseback riding lessons at the time, so I knew how to hold the reins (learned both Western and English saddles/bridles).

Another year my mom, younger brother and I were in Ohio and Mom took us to the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame. This was back when it hadn't been open real long. When I was there they had 1950's and 1960's cars hanging from the ceiling. I was so terrified the cars would fall on my head (thank goodness they didn't!)

That's just a few of some of the trips I've been on (I have other stories, of course).

So what did you do for vacation this year and what about past vacations? What memories stand out in your mind?

Have A Tremendous Thursday!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Release & Blog Update

Happy Wednesday All,

Yesterday MaryJanice Davidson just put out her brand-new book in her Undead series, Undead And Undermined. Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing MJ and her husband, Anthony Alongi. The interview centered around their YA series, Jennifer Scales. But MJ has written several series for adults, as well.

I'm working out some details for this blog, so please bear with me :-)


Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Release Updates & A Question

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Just thought I'd let you know...

Chuck Emerson, a fellow writer friend of mine, has a new e-book out called Guys And Stuff (Short Stories) available on Barnes & Noble Nook. He also has another story out called Journeys Of Mid-Life Relationships (Short Stories). This one is available on both Barnes & Noble Nook and also on Amazon Kindle. I'm a little late reporting on these two e-books (I'm sorry, Chuck). Guys And Stuff was released a couple of days ago and Journeys Of Mid-Life Relationships came out in March.

Oh and update on Suzan Harden's Zombie Love:  When I first posted about the release, it hadn't come up on Barnes & Noble Nook, yet. Well, that's changed. Zombie Love is now available on Barnes & Noble Nook. Zombie Love is the sequel to Blood Magick.

Okay, here's hypothetical question for you:  Suppose you had something in a story you wanted to put in--a big reveal--when is the best time to put in the big reveal? Near the beginning? The Middle or the end? What's your opinion as a reader (and/or writer)? 

I'd say it depends on the story and what direction you want to take it. Some people like the story to say how their characters resolve the big reveal, and others want it to lead into the next story (in a series). So what do you think?

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Go Fourth And Sparkle!

Happy Monday All,

A very happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans! Happy Birthday to the U.S.A!

Will Graham is celebrating the 4th all the way through July 15th with a very special offer on his novels, Street Heat and Sometimes There Really ARE Monsters Under The Bed. Up until July 15th both novels are on sale on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook for just 99 cents each! Be sure to stop by his blog for links to both novels on Kindle and Nook.

So do any of you all have special plans for today? Me and my family are going to have a laid back 4th.

Have A Fabulous Fourth!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Zombies, RWA Twitters, Paperback, and It's Friday!

Happy Friday All,

It's been a rather quiet week with RWA Nationals going on (catch up on RWA Conference news by way of Twitter). I'm not there--wasn't in the cards for this year, but I've seen pictures from a couple of chapter mates of mine.

But wait! Maybe it's not as quiet as I thought...

This just in...Suzan Harden has released the second novel in her Bloodlines series (this release is the next one after Blood Magick) The new release is entitled Zombie Love. It's available now on Amazon Kindle It's also available on Smashwords, and XinXii. (Should be available on Barnes & Noble Nook soon).  Gotta say, I don't envy Suzan's heroine, Samatha "Sam" Rideway. Although, Sam sounds like she can handle anything thrown at her.

 
Also, yesterday Will Graham's book, Street Heat went in-print through Amazon. It's been available on Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook for awhile now, but now you can also get it in print.




I hope everyone has a great weekend, I'll see you Monday (yes, I know that's the 4th of July, but I'm still planning to post on here) For those in the USA, do you have big plans for the 4th of July? 

Have A Fascinating Friday!