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Monday, August 26, 2013

Waiting For Fall & This Week's Releases...

Happy Monday All,

It's back-to-school for a lot of people (including my offspring) and I'm looking toward Fall. I love Fall and Winter (just not snow and ice) and fortunately I live in a place that can get cold but generally doesn't snow and hardly ever has ice. Warm sweaters, long pants, cozy blankets. Sign me up!

I'm also looking toward the first weekend in October. Why? It's the Northwest Houston RWA's annual Lone Star Conference and it's my 5th year going! Contrary to previous years that I've gone, it's going to be the FIRST weekend in October, rather than the 2nd. Saturday, October 5, 2013 all day long. If you haven't signed up, go check it out and see if there's still room! You do NOT want to miss this opportunity. This year Donald Maass is our keynote speaker.

There are so many great books coming out this week, I just know I'm going to miss one (or more) but I'll do my best...

Elvis Is A Keeper by Shauna Allen (book 3 in The Cupid Chronicles)

The Witch On Twisted Oak by Susan C. Muller (author of The Secrets On Forest Bend)

The 25th Hour by Jaye Garland (debut Romance Time-Travel novel)

The Vampire With The Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks (part of the Love At Stake series)

Descendant by Lesley Livingston (book 2 in the Starling series)

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (part of the Lux series)

I'm sure there's many others coming out, but this was off the top of my head.  What ones are coming out this week that you're looking forward to?

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What's Going On?

Happy Tuesday All,

Strep throat decided to visit my house. Offspring has it, but he's doing well. He's on antibiotics. I've got a touch of it or something like it. So I'm on antibiotics, too. I'm tired, but other than sore throat, doing okay.

Revisions continue on Immortal Dreams Book 1:  Dream Weaver. We'll see what happens with that. Started Book 2 of the series, but I won't reveal the title right now.

Working on writing book 2 in the Third Realm books. All's Fair In Love & Lion is the first one. The second will follow Loralyn Xavier and is currently titled Out Of The Flames. Once that's all set, we'll see what happens next. 

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Currently reading book 3 in the Starcrossed Trilogy (by Josephine Angelini). I loved the other two, so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one.

New Releases this month (August 2013) from the following authors:

Susan Muller  (The Witch On Twisted Oak)

Jaye Garland (debut release, a time travel Romance:  The 25th Hour)

Shauna Allen (Elvis Is A Keeper)

Lesley Livingston (Descendant)

Kerrelyn Sparks (The Vampire With The Dragon Tattoo)

Jennifer L. Armentrout (Origin)

And if that wasn't enough to pique your interest...Exciting cover reveal from C.C. Hunter on her blog today.

And if that's still not enough...check out these authors I recently got interested in:

Shona Husk  (read The Goblin King)

Marie Hall (read Her Mad Hatter)

What's going on in your world? What book releases are you looking forward to?

Have A Terrifically Thrilling Tuesday!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Girls' Night Out

Happy Friday All,

Almost a year ago, Girls' Night Out was born for me and 3 of my friends, Sarah, Lesley, and Prescilla. Once a month, we got together, went out for dinner, and coffee. It was our chance to hang out with each other, catch up, and have a good time. As a wife, mother, and writer, it was a chance for me to be with my friends, and just kick back and relax. 

A few months ago, Prescilla had moved out of town. With Sarah's death in February, Prescilla had been a bit "off the grid" to receive the comforting presence of having Lesley and I around. We both kept in touch with her through phone, but she hadn't been to a Girls' Night Out in a while.

Wednesday I got a call, and I knew one of two things. Either Prescilla was in tears missing Sarah (who was like another big sister to her) or she was on her way into town. Turns out, the latter was correct. She said, "I'll be in town in about two hours."  I've gotten used to her spur-of-the-moment decisions to come out and flew into action.

Lesley was free that night, and my husband would be home in time for me to head out. So we plotted and off we went.

Originally our plan was to go to TGI Friday's, but the location we wanted to go to was closed, so we decided on Chili's.  Dinner was awesome. 

While waiting on our checks, I contacted Sarah's widower, Stephen, whom I've known for 17 years. I informed him Prescilla was in town and he had to get himself to the coffee shop. So he met us there. After we got our coffee, we headed over to Stephen's apartment. I had my camera on me because I knew all three of us girls would be together and wanted a picture. 

Stephen has a senior portrait of Sarah hanging above his television. We decided to stand in front of the TV so that Sarah could sort of be in the picture, since we never had a photo of all of us together. 

In honor of Sarah, and the fact that these girls keep me laughing, and enjoying life, and are super supportive of me and my writing, I decided to pay them the respect they deserve and share the photo with y'all (yes, they are aware I was going to post it and gave me permission):

from left to right:  Lesley, Prescilla, (Sarah's portrait) and me

Having supportive people in your life is important. It helps us get through the rough times, and enjoy the good times.  These ladies are a real gift to have as friends. Prescilla is like a little sister to me (she's younger than me) and Lesley and I have known each other since Freshmen year of high school (back in the dark ages before everyone had a cell phone LOL).

It's hard to see, but I was wearing my All's Fair In Love & Lion Monroe necklace. I love that necklace. I wear it a lot, and the girls loved it.

Who is in your life who keeps you smiling?

Have A Fabulously Fun Friday!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thank yous, WIPs(Works In Progress), & Favorite Character...

Happy Thursday All,

I'm sorry I've been neglecting the blog. It seems like I haven't had too much to say that I don't already say on Facebook and/or Twitter, so I wondered if it mattered. However, I thought about it, and I figured if there were people who weren't on Facebook or Twitter, and wanted an update, then it would be a really good idea to post here.

Besides, some stuff I post on the blog is too long for a Facebook update or Twitter. :-)

First of all, thank you to everyone who has read and enjoyed All's Fair In Love & Lion. Some of you left very nice comments in a review on Amazon, and some of you have contacted me through Facebook or Twitter. You don't know how much that means to me. :-)

Currently I've been working on revisions to a novel that is the first book in a YA/New Adult Paranormal Series.  I'm also working on the Romance novel that comes after AFINL&L.

The YA/New Adult novel ties in my love of Greek/Roman Mythology with romance and other elements. I really enjoyed writing this story. It's very different from my Romance novels, and it was a lot of fun to write. I wrote the novel as a challenge to myself, and it took on a life of its own.

The Romance I'm working on follows Loralyn Xavier's story. For those who have read All's Fair In Love & Lion, you'll recognize her as Monroe's fellow Council member. Her story will uncover several surprises. 

In the very early planning stages is book 3 of the Third Realm stories, which will come after Loralyn's story. It will be Council member, Quin Erone's story. I found Quin fascinating from the get-go. Nightshades were creatures of my own imagination, and I'm really looking forward to exploring his kind and story in depth. Plus I just plain liked the guy.

I don't know if they'll be any other Third Realm stories after Quin. We'll just have to wait and see.

The lovely ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE & LION necklace
Kathy of Beadmore Designs made me
I am planning a giveaway this month. Kathy of Beadmore Designs made a gorgeous necklace in honor of All's Fair In Love & Lion. I've ordered one that she's graciously agreed to make and send to one lucky winner. I'll let you know when that giveaway is, I haven't set a date, but I do plan for August.
Me wearing the beautiful necklace
Kathy of Beadmore Designs made
in honor of ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE & LION

Other than that, just reading and tinkering away as always.

For those of you who have finished All's Fair In Love & Lion, do you have a favorite character (aside from Sasha and Monroe)? 
Let me know in the comments! 

(Please note:  All comments go to me first. Once I push the "publish" button, they'll show up on the blog under the proper blog post. I apologize for the confusion, it's just cut down on the problems I used to have on here).

Have A Thrillingly Terrific Thursday!