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Monday, May 28, 2012

MIA? Nah, Just BUSY!

Happy Memorial Day / Monday Everybody,

Again I find myself apologizing for the silence on this blog. I really have been super busy.

This past week was the last week of school for offspring, so I had that going on, as well as getting back to full speed after having a virus AND infection the week before.

Now of course, you'll have to pardon more silence on my part as I prep this week for some family events I have coming up next week! I'm hoping after June 9th to be able to keep up better with the blog and every other "every day" thing I do. Life has been incredibly busy (some good ways, and some ways I could do without; i.e. virus/infection), but I have not forgotten my loyal readers! Not at all.

The Lone Star Contest is coming to the deadline for entries (deadline is June 9, 2012). Please check it out and get your entry in. The prizes are really great, and an opportunity to come out to our annual conference is NOT to be missed (believe me, this is my 4th year going to the Conference and I can attest that the other 3 years were AWESOME!)

I've been working on one of my WIP manuscripts (Work In Progress) and there's some tweaking and stuff to do, of course, as well as finishing the manuscript. I like the story; although, Surreal still occupies a particularly special place in my heart. I'm going to have to learn some Blogger stuff so I can create an area for my characters so you can get to know them better--that's one of my goals is to have that up at some point (don't know when, though).

I'm also going to be working on setting up more author interviews. I haven't been doing that because there's been so many other things demanding my attention, but I have a few ideas of people I'd like to ask.

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini comes out tomorrow and I've already ordered my copy which is supposed to ship tomorrow YAY!

I hope all is well on your end and you're having a happy and safe holiday.

I will try to post again before June 9th, but if I don't get to, look for me the Monday after!

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Quite Quotable!

Happy Tuesday All,

It's so rainy and gloomy today, which is not cool. The rain is good, but the gloom? Not so much. So we're going to have to find ways to brighten things up in spite of the grayness outside.

Yesterday, a writer-buddy of mine (and fellow blogger), Marsha, posted a fun post with quotes. So I thought today I'd pull some of my favorite quotes from various sources and post them here:

"Give me this moment. This precious chance."--Dr. Jekyll from the musical Jekyll & Hyde (song:  This Is The Moment).


"Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?" "If there are, we'll all be dead!" -- Inigo and Fezzik from movie, The Princess Bride.

"I'm too sexy for my fangs."-- Gregori, from Kerrelyn Sparks' book, Sexiest Vampire Alive.

"We would call Monroe something else, except we don't want to want to insult donkeys." -- Bastian "Bast" Cantrell from my novel, Surreal.

"I have better things to do than to sit here and listen to you quote yourself." -- John Adams  "No, that was a new one." -- Ben Franklin, from 1776.


I would include quotes from Christie Craig, except I don't have them all memorized (yet)! She has some FUNNY ones.

Anyway, what are some of your favorite quotes?

Have A Tip-Top Tuesday!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Rumpelstilskin, Why?

Happy Monday All,

Before I forget, Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the Moms. I hope it was great! Mine was nice--mostly relaxing.

Congratulations to Tiffany, who won a copy of Beth Fantaskey's Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side last Friday!

Sunday wasn't just Mother's Day, either. It was a Church day, also, of course, but, later in the evening in was the Season 1 Finale of ABC's Once Upon A Time. Yes, I watched it. Yes, I loved it, and I can't wait until the next season! I can sense this is going to go way deeper than I originally thought. Wouldn't you know? Rumpelstiltskin is causing trouble again. Not only did he create original curse, but he's also manipulated other situations. I think he suffers from a lack of confidence and self esteem--considering that before he came into his power, he wasn't looked upon very well by those in his village. However, he gave up his son, and the woman he met later (and fell in love with) for the sake of his power. So you have to wonder, is love enough to save him? Is he redeemable? I guess we'll have to wait to find out!

Did anyone else catch the Season 1 finale of Once Upon A Time? What did you think of it?

Have A Magical Monday!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Spotlight On Author: Beth Fantaskey

Happy Friday All,

I'm sorry for all the silence! This week I was helping a friend with something and it took longer than I anticipated. But it's okay, I was happy to help her and well, what are friends for, right?

***GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS INTERVIEW IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED, THANK YOU TO BETH FANTASKEY AS WELL***


Today I have a special treat. This author has fast become one of my favorites. The two books of hers (she's got more than 2 published, but I've only read two of them so far--she does have a novella that is published on her website that is a prelude to the 2nd book I read by her), are very romantic, fun, suspenseful, and I really enjoyed them. Here's the great thing:  she's graciously agreed to not only do an interview, but also agreed to giveaway a copy of the first one that I read by her on my blog today. After the interview, I will post details about the giveaway and how to enter. Please be sure to read everything carefully--there's some things that are very important to know in order to be entered. ***GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS INTERVIEW IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED, THANK YOU TO BETH FANTASKEY AS WELL***

Anyway, without anymore delay, I give you the awesome Beth Fantaskey!

Me:  What made you choose Romania for your vampires' location?


Beth Fantaskey:  To me, there was really no other choice. It’s the classic vampire locale, and the source of the great “undead” myths. I had to have royal Lucius and Antanasia hail from the true “motherland.” Plus, I love the whole vibe of Eastern Europe. It’s very mysterious and beautiful. I think the entire region has a lovely gothic feeling that’s very suitable for vampires.

Me:  Will Mindy and Raniero have their own story?

Beth Fantaskey:  No, but if I write a third book in the “Jessica” series, as is now under discussion – a scoop for you! – I will definitely continue, and of course, complicate, Mindy and Raniero’s romance.


Me:  For fun: Coffee or Tea?

Beth Fantaskey:  Coffee. Tea = Ugh.

Me:  What advice do you have for aspiring authors?


Beth Fantaskey:  My advice is to treat writing like anything else you want to be good at, which means practice every day. I get the sense that some people think writing is a “gift” that you either have or don’t have. But it’s also a talent that you can develop with hard work and practice. So I always encourage aspiring writers to sit down and work, just like you’d practice piano if you wanted to be a concert pianist or do soccer drills if you wanted to be a soccer star.


I was a professional writer for nearly twenty years before I tried a novel, and I learned something every day that I worked.


Me:  You have another YA story, Jekel Loves Hyde. What made you choose The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde as a foundation for this story?


Beth Fantaskey:  I actually came up with the title first. The phrase “Jekyll Loves Hyde” just popped into my brain one day, and I sort of latched onto it. And the more I thought about the original story, the more I believed it was suited for adaptation as a YA novel. After all, the original tale is about a person who’s torn between being good and bad, and isn’t that exactly what teenagers are dealing with? The whole struggle to set your character and determine who you want to be? In my book, I chose to have tortured Tristen try to become a better person, while goody-two-shoes Jill learns that even the best individual can harbor a dark side.


Me:  What's your favorite thing about writing?


Beth Fantaskey:  Spending time with my characters. I honestly start to believe that the people in my books are real, and at a certain point, I look forward to hanging out with them every day. And when a book is over, I miss them for awhile, like when a friend moves away. I’d say that’s kind of weird, but I think anybody who’s ever become attached to characters, as a reader or writer, will completely understand.

Me:  When you're not writing, what do you like to do?


Beth Fantaskey:  I’m kind of an exercise fiend – that’s when I psych myself up to write or get ideas, usually while I run on the treadmill. I also like to cook, watch awful reality TV shows, and hang out with my three kids. They keep me pretty busy – enough that I ditched most of the hobbies I used to have.


Me:  For fun: What's your ideal vacation spot?


Beth Fantaskey:  I like cities, the bigger and crazier the better. Wandering the alleys of Shanghai or exploring Chennai are my ideas of the perfect escape.


Me:   Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why is that one your favorite?

Beth Fantaskey:  It seems almost awful to say it, because my characters really do become like my children, but I’d have to say Lucius Vladescu. I love his wit, his courage and the way he’s so protective of Jessica, but knows when to let her stand on her own. He also battles those darker aspects of his personality, which I find compelling.

Me:  Can you reveal anything about future stories?

Beth FantaskeyI’m afraid that – aside from the aforementioned possible third book about Jessica – I don’t have anything to report right now!

Me:  Can you reveal anything about future stories?



Beth Fantaskey:  I’m afraid that – aside from the aforementioned possible third book about Jessica – I don’t have anything to report right now!


Me:  Anything else you'd like to add?


Beth Fantaskey:  I’d just like to say thank you for hosting me on your blog, and thanks to everyone who’s supported my books. I am a very, very grateful author. Readers have been incredibly kind and generous to me, and I hope I do my part to return that favor. Keep in touch!

***GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS INTERVIEW IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED, THANK YOU TO BETH FANTASKEY AS WELL***


Now that you know a bit more about Ms. Fantaskey, here's an opportunity for you to get to know her favorite character, Lucius Vladescu. Today ONLY Ms. Fantaskey is giving away a copy of the first book in the 2-book series entitled, Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side. 
Please note:  ONLY open to USA Residents. Giveaway will close on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:45  p.m. Central Time. Any entries received AFTER that time will NOT be entered.

There are TWO ways to enter. Here's your options:

Option 1: You may leave a comment in the comment section of my blog. You MUST leave a FIRST name and an email address where you can be commented (I will notify the winner by email). **Please note that ALL comments go through moderation BEFORE they are published on the blog. If you don't see your comment within 2-3 hours of posting it, please send me an email.**  Any comment that does not leave a first name and an email address will be disqualified (however, you can still enter if you go back and put in a new comment with a first name and an email address, but I will not enter people without a first name and an email address).

Or, if you prefer you may use:

Option 2:  You may send me an email at bethany.averie@yahoo.com Please include a first name. I will send you an email in reply letting you know I have received your entry. If you do not get an email from me stating that I've received it within 2-3 hours of emailing me, please re-send your entry.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE USA RESIDENTS ONLY. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 10:45 P.M. Central Time today, May 11, 2012.

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED***

Have fun :-)

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Laugh & Enjoy

Happy Monday Everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was relaxing--which, I desperately needed.

This week I hope to post the author interview I did recently. It's a really good one and I was very excited this author agreed to do it.

If you're in need of a good laugh, I highly recommend hot-footing it over to Query Shark for her most recent post. Click here to see it. I laughed and laughed.

Other than that, I'm gearing up for another week.

I'll have more later this week, for now...

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pardon The Silence...

Happy Wednesday All,

So sorry I've been so silent lately! Monday offspring came home with a bug bite on the foot. We went to the doc's office and got some advice. Yesterday offspring had to stay home to stay off of the foot, but offspring is doing much better so back to school today! Whew. It wasn't fun, but at least it's better than it was.

I'm over-the-moon happy because I have an author interview all set. Just trying to figure out what day to post it (the author gave me free reign for a date). Very good interview and I'm looking forward to posting it.

At the end of this month Josephine Angelini's Dreamless (the sequel to Starcrossed) will be out! Yep, I've pre-ordered it. The first book was so good I read it 3 or 4 times already and I'd read it again!

I finished reading Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One. It's a pretty good story. I still like A Walk To Remember and The Notebook best! I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.

Other than that, I'm hoping to do more writing this afternoon on my WIP.

What's going on in YOUR world?

Have A Witty Wednesday!