Friday, December 30, 2011

Lets Pretend This Never Happened

Two days away from the big year made me want to end this year with a BANG.

April 17, 2012 is going to be a big day.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson will make it's debut in the world.

If you don't buy a copy of this novel you're insane. Or maybe you're insane to buy this novel. Either way insanity will happen so buy the AWESOME.

If the name Jenny Lawson doesn't sound familiar but The Bloggess should (and if it doesn't, I suggest you move your ass right over there... she's brilliantly insane <-- that's the biggest compliment, trust me).

Enough gushing. Here's the scoop...

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris-Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

Lawson's long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments-the ones we want to pretend never happened-are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.

AUTHOR BIOS: Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Jenny Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity, as they found themselves admitting that they, too, often wondered why Jesus wasn't classified as a zombie, or laughed to the point of bladder failure when she accidentally forgot that she mailed herself a cobra. Her blog ( is award-winning, extremely popular, and she is considered to be one of the funniest writers of our generation by at least three or four people.

TOLD YOU. TOTAL ROCKSTAR. Now you know her... you're welcome.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I NEED HELP... not the clinical kind, yet

Hermione Granger.

You know... she's that muggle who just so happens to have some of the coolest wizard talents known to mankind?

You're right, obviously not to mankind... after the Wizarding World is a fluke to some, but we know that in the Wizarding World she's an all out rockstar.

You also know she's won two brackets in the YA Tournament of Heroines.

I'd like today to be no different.

This one will be a little tougher. After all, we're going against Tris from Divergent, and I know a ton of you enjoyed that novel (I sure did), but I'm hoping that Hermione is still your all time favorite girl and it'll garner a vote our way.


Today that's the kind of help I need. Tomorrow it might be clinical... but for today I'm counting on your vote to bring Hermione to the final four. I know it won't be easy, but I'd like to at least show her we give a damn.

Reasons to vote for her? Sure... I'll pass them along.

Loyal: She can get you out of a quick bind. If you some bullies bother you, she knows the spells (without speaking) to use to get them to shut up.

Girl: She has the biggest handbag known to the entire world. That girl makes spells look as easy as chewing gum. Oh, you want chewing gum? Just have her put it in her put it in her ever expanding handbag. (I wonder if it also has a weightless charm to it).

Family: She saves her family by making them forget they ever had a daughter. This was the saddest part but also the most powerful me. She's the ultimate sweetheart.

Access: Chocolate frogs, bertie bots every flavor beans, and pygmy puffs. This girl has the absolute best access to all things Harry Potter. She could hook you up in a second... who knows, now that Viktor Krum is single, maybe she'll even introduce you.

There you have it. Your superstar ready to move to the next level... if you so allow.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Is standing out the key?

The other day I sat at my computer contemplating what to start next.

Here are my stats:

I've written six novels. Some young adult, some adult.

I've queried two.

One was too unique of an idea. In agreement I decided to step back and write another.

The other I queried for awhile, received a few requests, but overall the query didn't cut it. Agents weren't biting. I felt defeated.

Then, while staring at my computer, I changed my tactics. I went different, unique, quirky even. I decided to be myself. I rewrote my query.

It paid off. I gave myself the guts to take a chance. I emailed my query to an agent whom I adore and they asked for a full within the hour. It was thrilling. My quirkiness had paid off. I didn't ask anyone to look at it, I realized by doing so I was questioning the work I knew was good.

Now, I will note, it was later rejected but the euphoria that came with me being myself made it worth while. The agent also rejected it, not for my content, but due to the age of what she normally represented. The agent gave me hope, and without her even knowing, she gave me the courage to be myself.

Where do you gain courage? How do you pick yourself up when you've fallen? I want to hear your story!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Christmas Story by ME

Google and I wish you a very Merry Christmas (I'm only mentioning google because this is where I got the photo).

Are you traveling? Staying in? What are your plans this fabulous holiday season?

Mine? Gosh, you're so sweet... thank you for asking.

I'll be sitting with the in-laws sipping my mother-in-laws amazing Vodka Slush and watching the snow fall (oh lord I hope it snows!!!).

And since you asked... why not a holiday story! Jen style of course. Every year I'm asked what I want for Christmas and each year I run empty, so two years ago I decided to be ridiculous (is there any other me? No...)

Hubs: What do you want for Christmas?
Me: A pony.
Hubs: *blank stare* (probably waiting for the real answer... which isn't coming).
Me: Still want a pony, or polly pockets - the old school version.
Hubs: I'm not buying you polly pockets.
Me: Guess it's a pony then.

Few days later

Sister(s): What do you want for Christmas?
Me: A pony.
Sister(s): Anything more... realistic?
Me: Ponies are real
Sister(s): *silence*
Hubs: Where would you put it?
Me: Outside, duh. There is so much grass at the apartment complex. It could be their mascot.
Hubs: Apartments don't have mascots.
Me: Maybe they should.

Naturally,I expected a pony. Can't people just put their money together? If you've seen 2 Broke Girls they have a horse in the city. It's not impossible.

There was no big box. I didn't panic, what person would put a poor helpless animal in a box... not to mention, do they make boxes that big?? Wrappable boxes that is. No, my gift was outside. I would wait... the anticipation, my excitement, it'd be worth it.

There I was, everyone had opened their gifts and were passing the remaining one's my way. I looked at the beautifully wrapped boxes reminding myself to open quickly so we could go outside.

Guess what happened?

I got ponies alright. My little ponies... five of them.

Next time I'll specify real.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

YA Tournament of Heroines - Round Two

Update: Hermione won!!! We're up again December 28th... this one will be TOUGH! Get your wands ready!

We're up again! VOTE 4 HERMIONE HERE!

This round Hermione is against Emerson from Hourglass.

This one is going to be tough.

I'm hoping each and everyone of you can help out! Vote, tweet, facebook, or blog. I'm going to need quite a few votes. The author of Hourglass, the lovely Myra McEntire gave away the first ending last round.

She's ruthless... (probably not true), but her fabulousness is kind of awesome. I can't blame those for voting for Em... after all, I've read the novel and it's FAB.

But we're not here for Emerson. I'm hoping each and everyone of you will help Hermione make it one step closer to the finale!

Any who, that's enough of my blabbing. I've wrote over at YA Sisterhood why I think Hermione should pull a win in all her awesome. Check it out and share with others!

Monday, December 19, 2011

For the love of Chocolate...

I’ve come across an amazing blogger and author, please welcome the fabulous Juliette Sobanet (fabulous name, is it not?)… She blogs over at Chocolate for Writers (I know, what’s not to love), and her novel Sleeping with Paris was released this fall! You’ll want to snag a fabulous copy!

Of course I asked her some super fun questions! Aren't you curious as to what they are??? Here.We.Go.

1. What makes you unique?

I danced for most of my life taking ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance, and since I'm not currently taking any dance classes, I get these extreme urges to bust a move. So, be it in the car with my husband or at home on a boring weeknight, you may find me doing wild, interpretive dance moves to whatever song happens to be playing. Sometimes I can convince my husband to join the party, but usually he just thinks I'm crazy. Lucky for him, I don't this in front of anyone else. Well, maybe it's not so lucky for him . . .

2. What do you have handy at your bedside?

The most important thing would be earplugs. I have a 20 lb. and a 14 lb. cat who both love to start meowing at the bedroom door and swinging from the doorknob (the smaller one actually does this!) around 4am every morning. Earplugs are essential. I also usually have two or three good books for before-bed reading, but I'm usually so tired I can only get through a page or two at the most before passing out.

3. Do you like your handwriting?

I do. I actually love my handwriting. I've kept a journal since I was really little, and one of the things I've always loved most about journaling is seeing my handwriting on the page. My husband always makes me write things because he loves it too:) Plus his is a little messy . . .

4. Do you think Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

Definitely. For most people, tea doesn't cut it. I also think they take breaks to drink other types of tea, because with all the tasty tea options out there, why would they drink just plain old Lipton? Well, probably because it's free, but still.

5. Where else would your characters sleep besides Paris?

They would sleep in a few other select towns in France: My personal favorite being Lyon, a beautiful city about two hours south of Paris by train. And they would also sleep in a gorgeous town in the French Alps called Annecy. Maybe in a future book they'll be sleeping at the French Riviera or in a chateau in the Loire Valley. And of course, they will always be sleeping next to their sexy French lover;)

Five one-word randoms

1. Winter or Summer in Paris: Summer definitely. But I do love the decorations on the Champs Élysées at Christmas time. So beautiful.

2. Croissant or Cinnamon Roll: Tough one. I'll have to go with a croissant. Can I fill it with chocolate though?

3. Neon or Pastel: Pastel. After we painted our condo (I chose the colors), my husband's friend told me our place looks like an Easter egg. So Pastel it is.

4. Do you cook or bake: Cook. I would love to bake more, but who has the time? Plus I have to save room for the croissants.

5. Bear or Mountain Lion: I'll have to go with mountain lion. I have two miniature mountain lions on either side of my computer right now staring me down. Looks like the lions are hungry.

Have questions you want to ask Juliette? How about other authors? What interesting questions do you have up your sleeves??

Friday, December 16, 2011

Reader Twists

Happy Friday! I've decided that even though I'm not blogging on Tuesday's that won't take me away from some fabulous reads! Instead of sharing the first line I've switched it up!

I've asked several readers and authors to partake in this funky idea. They've given me their favorite lines in novels and I'll have you decide if it's something you'd read!!! You can also weigh in on who you think wrote it and the title!!!

Most of all it's a way to get more readers into more novels (as if our TBR list isn't BIG enough).

Here's Talli Roland's favorite lines!

The year began with lunch. --> I LOVE this for its simplicity. (Title Here)

A man from the town of Negua, on the coast of Columbia, could climb into the sky. (Title Here)

On the coach, Lev chose a seat near the back and he sat huddled against the window, staring out at the land he was leaving: at the fields of sunflowers scorched by the dry wind, at the pig farms, at the quarries and the rivers and at the wild garlic growing green at the edge of the road. (Title Here)

Here's Jolene's favorite lines!

"My Mother is totally nuts." (Title Here)

"She may dress like a girl, but her romantic sensibilities are on par with most men I know - Jaron, excluded here, of course." (Title Here)

"I understand how easy it would be to lose yourself in the heart of another. It‘s frightening. Exhilarating. An ocean with no lifeguard." (Title Here)

What would you read? Any you're dying to jump over and read more about it?!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Who's on the Naughty List...

Today I have the fabulous author Liberty Blake stopping. She has a fun short story out with Still Moments Publishing on Christmas Treats #1 - The Naughty List... (intrigued, aren't we)!

Let's not waste time... let's get to know this spicy girl!

1. Favorite holiday drink? Mulled cider
2. How do you eat your Christmas cookies? slowly
3. Would you rather be trapped in an elevator or a small room? (Depends on who I’m with, but) Small room
4. How many drinks does it take for you to get drunk? blush
5. Favorite spot to watch the snow fall? The woods of New England

Five One-Word Randoms

1. Egg Nog or Hot Cocoa: Hot Cocoa
2. Peppermint or Fruity Candy Canes: Fruity Candy Canes
3. Slippers or fuzzy warm socks: Fuzzy warm socks
4. Heat on OR heated blanket: Hot man
5. Hotel or Motel: Depends (On who I’m with. ;~}} )

Special treat: Here's the scoop on her delectable short story!

Christmas Treats #1

Santa’s Naughty List
Christmas Spirit

Genre: Contemporary Heat


Cross a Christmas phobic male with a caterer with Christmas bells on...can she ignite the Christmas spirit in him?


What the hell had just happened? One minute he was in heaven tasting the sweet nectar of the gods. The next the little vixen was running down the subway stairs. Harry pulled his wits together and gave chase. The turnstile wouldn’t budge. He was about to jump it when a voice said, “I wouldn’t if I was you. It’s a serious crime to steal from the Commonwealth. Buy a pass if you want to ride the train.”

Harry turned to find a T officer standing directly behind him. The man pointed a nightstick toward a row of machines. “You can get one over there in the Charlie machines.”

Card in hand, he was back at the turnstile in time to see the train Elle had jumped on pulling away from the station.

Damn. He didn’t know her last name.

Liberty Blake's Whereabouts!

She's a little bit nice and a little bit naughty, isn't she? Stop in and say hello to her! Or stop and order her book over at Still Moments Publishing and give yourself a treat this Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011

In which I objectify men... or just Ryan Gosling

For those of you who follow me on twitter (I won’t apologize for random dating advice – which I have no reason to give, seeing as I’m married and the dating game has probably change). Any who, you know I started this thing called #chicklitchat. If you didn’t notice, I suspect your still nodding your head to avoid looking like the one and only idiot in the back of the class (only to later google #chicklitchat to see what you missed).

What do we talk about?

Men. Ridiculously hot sexy, men. Sorry Erik… Alex… Matt… (and any other male that stops in whom I’ve failed to mention). Then again, who says we’re not actually ogling over them and just using code names (that’s right, you’ll never know).

This post is not about my twitterites or my blog buds, this is about…

Ryan Gosling and his all too perfect pectoral muscles. It’s not right. I need to put an end to this madness. My poor husband. My poor male readers (Erik…Alex…Matt…Other men).

Stop looking at me like that... *blushes*... stop it.

I figured in the form of a letter was most appropriate.


Crazy.Stupid.Love has turned into a Crazy.Stupid.Infatuation. Emma Stone wasn’t joking in reference to your photo shopped six pack. I don’t believe it. I can’t believe that someone so freaking hot isn’t in my presence right this very minute. Haven’t you ever heard of the Make A Wish Foundation? Yeah, well, I’m not on it… but if I could be, your name would be at the top of my list.

You think of no one else do you?

We watch you saunter in the bar with your ridiculously high priced clothing and all you do is taunt us with your sweet and over confident attitude. Not cool, Ryan. Not cool. And what’s with your ability to make us forget everything we were talking about the minute your face appears on the big screen. We’re woman. We have thoughts, feelings, and emotions. *stares at Ryan Gosling’s body… his lips move but my eyes are still on that glistening six pack*

Wait a minute? How the hell did you manage to break a sweat in the twenty seconds it took you to get undressed? Don’t tell me you use a spray bottle to keep those core muscles appearing tighter than they really are.

That’s disrespectful.

And hot.

Keep up the good work.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Twists with YA Sisterhood

Today I've invited YA Sisterhood to stop in! They have a kickass blog where there are tournaments with hot boys, and your favorite heroines. If you're not a part of this awesomeness now is the time to hop over. The YA Tournament of Heroines is going on and you'll want to get your votes in! These ladies are fabulous.

I've even asked them to partake in the usual Tuesday Twist! Obvs, it's Friday, but nonetheless I know you all enjoy it, why not get some readers involved! So let's interview them in our super weird and quirky way!

1. What made you start your blog? Why the tournaments?

We always sort of thought of ourselves as the resident book fairies. No matter where we lived, we were constantly giving people book recommendations, in college, at church, the students we taught, moms at grocery stores or teenagers in the YA section of our local bookstores. Finally one day we decided to compile all of our recommendations into one place and as they say, the rest is history.

In reference to the tournaments, we are a family full of coaches and sports fans. Our father was a coach before he retired, our uncles are coaches, and the rest of the family, husbands, cousins, and grandparents are all hardcore sports fanatics. Last year, during March Madness, we were casually joking around, how the only way this would be interesting for us is if it were a tournament of book characters pitting it out against each other (preferably our fictional crushes!) And, from there, our Crush Tourney and now our Tournament of Heroines was born!

2. What heroine would you have over for a sleepover? Why?

Luna, definitely Luna from the Harry Potter Series. Things are always bound to be interesting with Luna around-- from nargles to thestrals-- we will never be bored! Then maybe just maybe, after our sleepover, she'll paint our faces on her ceiling!

3. If you were to share your seat at lunch with your favorite hero who would it be?

Harry Potter for conversation & Jace for ogling!

4. What character are you most relateable to? Male or female....

(Amy) I would have to say Emerson from Myra McEntire's Hourglass. Not that I am an amazingly, beautiful blonde that can time travel, but more for her personality. Her internal monologue and her constant ability to nickname everyone or everything, mirrors my own. Several times while reading Hourglass, I was literally yelling out loud, "I would so say that!" Plus, I just love the name Emerson!

(Brittany) For me, I'd say either Mara Dyer or Hermione. Hermione because I've always been a know it all (ask my sister, she had to live with me). I identify with Mara because we have the exact same sarcastic, mildly violent sense of humor. Seriously, reading that book felt like reading my diary (if I wrote a diary, that is).

(Amy) BTW- so true! What 3rd grader would actually know the difference between affect & effect then have the gall to correct her high school age sister when using them improperly!

5. Three of your favorite one liners.
"It has a shiny buckle with PRADA on it, which is Italian for insecure." -Andy from... Find out here!
"I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting." -Jace from... Who is this hottie??
"One little joke involving hemorrhagic fever and they brand you 'unstable'" Jamie from this crazy awesome book!

Do you know what book these quotes are from? Guess in the comments!

Five one-word randoms

Hero or Heroine (readers POV): Hero
Vampire World or Wizarding World: Wizarding World of course!
Save the world WITH powers or WITHOUT: WITH
Peanut Butter and Jelly or Ham and Cheese: Ham and Cheese
Prep School or Public School: Public School

Visit YA Sisterhood. You won't regret it. They are awesome.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Writing Changes Lives

Happy Wednesday! I love reading stories about those who started out in an impressive profession and moved to writing. Taking a huge change and watching it pay off. Today I have a very special story. Isabelle Lafleche is the author of J'adore New York and her courage and ambition is one that leaves me breathless.

This fabulous author once worked 14 hour days hoping for a corner office. Through her success she still felt empty and it wasn't until one day a psychic stopped her and told her she was an artist and she was missing her calling as successful writer.

Author Note: WHAT? Can I have her Pyschic?

Now of course it was months down the road before she took note... but, look at where she's at now. A published author who filled the void she'd always wanted filled.

These are stories that inspire. This is the exact reason I'm a writer and I love showcasing such amazing people on my blog. People like this are worth the space. She's incredible and you'd be wise to buy her book!

The cover is magical isn't it??? Head over to Goodreads, check out the blurb, and then head over to Amazon and buy this beauty!

You want more fun? You should! Here is her fabulous trailer! Also, if you want to hear the full story of how she became a writer check out her story!

What's your writing story?  Do you have an author that inspires you because of their story?

Monday, December 5, 2011

YA Tournment: Hermione vs. Claire


Today is the day. TOURNAMENT OF HEROINES where Hermione battles Claire from the Morganville Vampire series for the next 24 hours. I'm FREAKING out *eats her weight in cupcakes*.

Yeah. I'm that terrified.

I've never had so much pressure to impress.


Hermione Granger needs your vote!! Why? Because we're voting in the Tournament of Heroines and she's top notch!

What do I need from you?

Grab your wands. Apparate to YA Sisterhoood. Click the Vote Hermione button!

You want to help some more? *blushes* You guys really are the greatest bunch!!!

Blogging would be amazing! I know, most of you plan ahead, but just in case you don't a blog post would be great. Let your people know the awesomeness that's going down! Here's the link for voting --> YA Sisterhood!

TWEET YOUR HEARTS OUT. Now there are logistics. Please! Please, provide a link for them to have the opportunity to vote! (Here's the link again -->

For some extra fun make these 140 characters ROCK! Want some help with that writer creativity? Here are some examples:

You haven't voted yet? *throws pygmy puff* Now, go wrong your right! Vote #TeamHermione #HeroineTourney --> (ADD LINK)

It's raining pygmy puffs! Let's pull a win for our girl Hermione! Vote --> (ADD LINK)

AGAIN don't forget the link! Also if you add #HeroineTourney @YaSisterhood OR @jenunedited I'll be retweeting like a crazy wizard!
What are you waiting for?

Why haven't you left yet?

For Wizard Sakes GO!

WAIT! Don't forget to grab your chocolate frogs and a pygmy puff before you head on out. That is my gift to you! :D Thank you for your soon-to-be-votes! (PS - You'll get to read my advocate post over at YA Sisterhood so be sure to see the awesome I wrote. Yes, I'm that full of myself).

Friday, December 2, 2011

Three Days A Week

I've decided to take the plunge. That's right, I'm following the blogging brick road and jumping down to a mere three days a week. You love substance, heck, so do I. That's what I plan on giving you. In blogging Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I hope to keep the blogging ideas fresh and more time to visit all of you!

I'm sure I'll have slip ups, and with the YA Heroine Tournament the days are most likely going to be screwed up this month. Alas, that's where the focus will be. Having fun in the blogging world and reminding myself why I joined in the first place.

So, is there anything special you'd like to see on Unedited? Favorite posts? More funnies? Just share in the comments and I'll make sure notes are taken!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Mindy McGinnis stops by Unedited today. She's fabulous and everyone should know it! She's the owner of the awesome blog Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire. You all know when someone stops by we don’t ask the usual questions. That’s right, because I’m an unusual being (once seen as a negative, now viewed as a positive). So let’s get started on all things random.

Showing the Real Mindy

1. What guy’s name do you find sexy? Jack. It’s a ROMANCING THE STONE thing.

2. Do you like that manhole covers are always round? If you were to be more creative what shape would you choose and why? A triangle. It’ll add to the whole Illuminati mystique.

3. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, what would be the plot? No idea on plot, but I can say genre-wise it would definitely not be a romantic comedy. And it would have be animated. Just cause I say so.

4. If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you be? Ranch. Yum-yum calories!

5. If you were forced to steal something, what would it be? Why would you choose it? A book. A really old one that there was only one copy of or something. Because I’m qualified to care for it much better than whatever museum it’s in.

One-Word Randoms

Elevator or Escalator: Escalator
Black or Striped Cat: BUH-lack
Writer or Reader: Ouch
Dancer or Singer: Neither
Query or Synopsis: Query!

Isn't she amazing? If you don't follow her, you should do so now... she's AWESOME!

Monday, November 28, 2011

YA Tournament of Heroines

The YA Tournament of Heroines hosted by the YA Sisterhood (they really rock your socks off) is about to begin! Now this is beyond awesome but there is even more exciting news:

I've been selected as the advocate for Hermione Granger!
To see a list of the other advocates and their competitors click here.

You all know I'm a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, even more so I love Hermione as if she was my best friend. In this, I'll be asking for your assistance. As an advocate I'll be doing the during work... telling you (even though I don't need to) how awesome she is and why she deserves to win each match.

Wanna really show your support? Here are some ways:

VOTE! This is where it all counts. For each 24 hours the characters will be battling it out so watch out for Hermione and make sure you cast your vote for every match. Your votes do count!

Follow me on twitter! This will give you constant updates on where the matches are at and when our girl is up to bat!

Tweet with us using the hashtag #HEROINETOURNEY

Tell your friends! The longer the list of friends the better chance Hermione has! Don't be shy, this is our time to shine!

Post about the awesome! If you are a part of a Harry Potter fansite tell them about it! If you just have a love for Hermione, give a shout-out! Everything counts for our dear Heroine! Let us not disappoint!

Support with banners! I've made some super fun Hermione badges and banners! Grab them, utilize them! Stick them on your cats, your dogs, or just your blog... that's cool too! Just make sure they're plastered over the blog universe. We want her to shine! This is, after all, her debut! (link them back to YA Sisterhood so EVERYONE can join!)

The tournament begins December 1st, starting with two matches:

Clary vs. Kate
Juliette vs. Cammie

Don't forget to head over and vote! A new match will take place each day until the final victor is chosen. Hermione knows, statistically speaking, her odds are great.

Hermione's first match will be against Claire from the Morganville Vampire series. We're up December 5th, where we'll go head to head for 24 hours! SAVE THE DATE! Tweet it out! Tell your fan pages!

Keep your wands at the ready! The battle is about to begin and I'll want your help! Let's dominate the competition! Thank you for your future votes for the future champion, Hermione Granger!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Hello? *knocks on computer screen* Are you there? I have something to share and the NEWS is HUGE!

TANGLED TIDES by Karen Amanda Hooper has been released and your hands NEED to be on this delicious tale!

There are so many amazing sea creatures but I've chosen Team Merfolk. You'll have to read the book and decide where you'd like to stand. So what better way to entice you then to share a blurb of this sea journey!

Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.

I know... I know... it's that awesome!!!

Now, the reason I chose Merfolk? First off... who doesn't want to have MER in their name? That's a given! Second, they are of the sun, need warmth, gifted singers, and can control water.

What? You want to know if possess any of those? Sheesh! Of COURSE NOT! That's why I want to be on their side. After all, I'm always cold so would love to be warm! The ability to sing?? I'm just looking for the ability to not be tone deaf... and can control water, I mean, that's just one bad ass ability!



So go buy this book! Karen is a doll in the blogging world and should be shown appreciation for all the hard work and dedication she gave to this book. She's a knockout role model and I know would be honored to have you snag a copy!

Here's her details:
Rhemalda Publishing
Barnes & Noble

Enjoy your Black Friday and get your hands on this book! You won't regret it!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Why do I share my secrets?

Statistically speaking... (no, really, the statistics for this blog say so)... you guys adore Thursdays posts. And though some of you are lurkers (i love you so), those who comment always tell me to keep at it. So I do. And I'm not sure why. I'm airing out the dirty laundry that normally should be swept under the rug. Though, I can't help myself. Your longing as me longing to share. That is our twisted relationship in a nutshell, isn't it?

Let's not waste time on introductions. If you're new WELCOME, if you're seasoned WELCOME.

1. I never, and I mean NEVER, use the end of a the toilet paper roll. I would be the one who throws just enough for one more use, and yet, I don't like too. Thank God for husbands.
2. I'm a sucker for the street corner needy people. When they gaze into my eyes and I have cash on hand by the end of the transaction I'm broke. I don't know what it is, after all, I'm not rolling in the dough here, but they get to me. What's frustrating is when I see them at the same corner every day... (that's when they're shoveling a wad of cash to someone else who needs more then they do.)
3. I saw Twilight: Breaking Dawn and I'm not afraid to tell the world. I was the nerdy girl in line at the special preview 8pm showing mocking all the midnighters for having to wait in line (I felt slightly guilty). It was delicious. Since I'm also a Harry Potter fan I giggled with joy when I saw it still had the highest midnight showing (yes I love HP more than Edward & Jacob...)
4. I have too many idea notebooks and not enough time. This could be fixed if I stopped baking so many delicious pies for the upcoming holidays, or put down the cookie dough... alas, I love my sweets, therefore I must learn to multi-task. Outline while eating cookie dough. Why hadn't I thought of that before?
5. I've never had a week long vacation (until two weeks ago). This isn't counting those family vacations, when you're sixteen, you'd like to forget about. No, I'm talking a delicious pool side vacation, mixed with amusement park fun (HP WORLD YO!) It was amazing and I can't wait to do it again... in ten years.

So, what are your truths? Are they as detailed and boring as mine are this week?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Self-Publish Lifestyle

Today I've brought in Heather Thurmeier, who has graciously decided to share with us, the reason she self-published! After all, as writers we should keep all our options open and dive in when we feel the timing and opportunity is right!

Heather has it all, from agented to published to self-published. She can tell you what each phase feels like and why she's recently taken the road to self-publish town.

Take it away Heather!!

Why I Self-Published

No it wasn’t for the fame and fortune of it. LOL. Do those things exist for people who are new to the business and go it alone? I don’t know. Ask me in a year and maybe I’ll have an answer. So far I can buy a fancy coffee at Starbucks, but not a fancy car. ;)

There’s been a lot of chatter around the web about self-publishing and whether it’s bad or good or great or will end the publishing world as we know it. Mwhahahaha! (Evil laugh.) I don’t know the answer to that. All I can offer is why I decided on this route for this book.

I’ll give you a hint… It’s not because I can’t sell my work to publishers or because it’s too crappy to land me an agent.

I am agented. I am published with an epublisher. I am actively perusing traditional publishing with New York. And I just self-published a novel. Why?

Because I can.

Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords are available options for authors looking to get their books into the hands of readers. Not every book written will get picked up by an agent and then picked up by a big publisher—that’s a fact. But does it mean that particular book is garbage? Nope. Well, I’m sure agents and publishers see their fair share of not-so-good manuscripts in the slush pile. But it could also be as simple as that particular book not fitting a specific mold. Is it possible that book still has a market and a readership out there somewhere? Yep. And you might be able to find it on your own.

I’m not a die-hard self-publisher on a mission to convert you. I’m not a die-hard traditionalist either. Heck, I haven’t been around long enough to have a solid opinion on either of them! Since I’m new to this whole writing and publishing business, I figured why not try out all the options available. The fact is self-publishing is an accessible, viable, and sometimes a lucrative option. And it’s definitely one that’s worth exploring.

Pros: You have full control over content, cover, price, and distribution. And you have potential to earn high royalties.

Cons: You have to do the work to polish that content, produce a good cover, monitor your price in the marketplace, and spend the HOURS it takes to format, upload and distribute your book. And you have to put up the cost for those things out of your own pocket.

Now that I’ve self-published one book, I’m not sure if I’ll do it again or not. It was hard and time consuming but also satisfying and rewarding. For me, exploring all options in publishing is important so that I can make the most educated decision for my books, for my career, and ultimately for my readers.

What you have to consider now is what’s best for your books, your career, and your readers. What option will you choose? Or will try them all?

Heather Thurmeier
~Heart, humor and a happily ever after

Twitter: @hthurmeier
Facebook: Heather Thurmeier, author


Amelia Brooks agrees to a weekend retreat in California, thinking it will be held in sunny Malibu only to find out she’s stuck in chilly Lake Tahoe for four long days—just what a girl from Minnesota wants to hear in the middle of winter. Now instead of wiggling her toes in the sand, her feet are squeezed into her new manufactured-by-Satan-himself-uncomfortable boots. If that’s not enough, Amelia’s obnoxious colleague William has decided this is the weekend they'll finally be together and he won't keep his thoughts—or his hands—to himself.

Amelia’s ready to kick off those boots and peel off her wooly sweater once she meets Nate Miller—the workshop’s hunky presenter. But Nate's not ready to settle down. He's seen his workshop buddies fall in love then fall out of the running for being promoted to the big city workshop circuit and he's not about to let that happen to his life's dream—until he gets involved with Amelia. Now he's not so sure he can walk away at the end of the weekend with his heart intact and his promotion in hand.

Now Amelia's got four days to stave off William's persistent advances long enough to fall in love with Nate and possibly…learn to ski the bunny hill.

Available at: -- --

Go check out Heather! She's amazing!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giving Credit

Do you give credit where credit is due?

I love to thank people. I think it's the most rewarding thing in the world that often people forget about. From the person who allowed you to pull in front of them out of a gas station to someone who might of saved your life, all deserve kindness.

I always wonder at what point someone gives thanks. With the holidays approaching I know that we can get stressed out on gift buying, setting up plans for who's house you'll visit and how long you'll stay, but don't get rude in the process.

Yes, this does relate to writing...

When writing my stories I'll start by outlining, then writing, and then asking someone to beta read. Those people I keep close to home. I send chapters to those I trust and when they send their feedback I thank them immediately. Why wait until the acknowledgements when you'll be thankful so many times that you better start now because you'll never think it's enough!

When do you give thanks?

Monday, November 21, 2011

E-books... Are you jumping?

For those of you who don't know e-books are taking over the world of writing as we know it.

Think about it, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, JK Rowling, Stephen King, all of these writers sent our paper manuscripts to publishing houses, waiting silently without twitter, facebook, blogs, and such. COULD YOU IMAGINE? Here we're given free rein to follow our prey... stalk them even. All we want is to make sure they're still alive in their slush pile. Once we get word we are once again calm. What did they do? Fly to New York and drive in front of the building hoping to see anything... anything at all?

All of their short stories and novels were put in print. It's what I want. It's what a lot of writers want. Getting that can be a lot harder at times. With Kindles, Nooks, and iPads a reader is given a lot more options. Rather than leaving their couch to go to their local library they're scanning amazon for the latest 99 cents books.

Isn't our goal as a writer to be seen? If less readers are going in the bookstores then shouldn't we also be available online?

I won't lie, at first I was against all of it. However with people like Talli Roland, Anne Gallagher, and Juliette Sonabett I don't want to miss the chance at their amazing novels because I chose to boycott something that I shouldn't be against. That's right people, I'm giving in. I'm buying myself a Kindle Fire, and you want to know something? I'm actually excited! I can't wait to read an e-book on my ereader. I never thought I'd conform but I realized from the standpoint of a writer I was ruining my chance to- be heard and seen.

Could someone change your mind to pick up an e-book (like me *winks*)? Are you still not convinced at the awesomeness that is simplicity?

Don't get me wrong I will always love print and when it is available I'll always buy it but for all my friends who are going the self-publishing route I'm not about to miss out on awesome reads because I wanted to pretend I was stubborn.

So go ahead... buy your first e-book, you can thank me later.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Writers Support Groups

Us as writers are naturally lonesome creatures. At least when it comes to writing that one last chapter - unless of course you buddy up while writing.

However one thing I love about blogging is how caring all the writers are. I've never felt more alive and complete then when I stop by each of your blogs and comment. The heartwarming feeling is unmatched by anything in the real world. Here writing is not only understood it's appreciated and welcomed.

The publishing world wants us to be better networkers and right now we're obliging. Each post is well thought out along with making new connections. We're finding that it's more than just for the agent or big publishing house, we're making life long friendships.

That doesn't mean we don't have off days. What does one do when this happens? Well email is a fabulous place to start, after all we are all friends. Venting is welcome because we as writers are here for one another, pushing each other to strive for the goals we set for ourselves. However sometimes we want advice that email just doesn't seem to get through fast enough to a good amount of people.

Writers Support Groups are amazing. After all we all need one another at one point in our lives. If you're not part of one you should be! There everywhere! Yahoo, NaNaWriMo, Facebook, Twitter, or all around the blog. The connections are everywhere. We need to continue to connect with one another and remember that we're in this together. There isn't a competition amongst us all because we all have our own unique voices. Kindness is what makes this profession one I look forward to always being a part of.
Join us in the support system us writers call home. Anything troubling you? Do you have a support group? How do you cope when you're stuck or just need some advice?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Destined for Greatness

Today is Jessie Harrell’s BOOK BIRTHDAY (and REAL birthday)! It’s a double whammy people! Wake up! Wake up!

So, naturally, I’m going to interview her… cuz I’m cool like that.
She’s been on a blog tour (for details Jessie's place) so rather than ask typical writing questions (that you’ll find anywhere else) we are getting personal.

So here is the fabulous cover art of DESTINED... it's GORGEOUS!

Let's get personal with Jessie!

1. You find yourself in Greece, what’s the first stop? It's cliche but Santorni. The 1 day I spent there was a tease.

2. You are not allowed to be a lawyer or a writer… what do you do now? Open a high end bridal boutique. I <3 wedding gowns.

3. What do you eat most often for breakfast? Same thing M-F: Fiber One caramel granola bar.

4. If your girls flushed your most prized possession down the toilet what would it be? "hands down" it'd be my engagement/wedding bands.

5. If your husband told you he had a supernatural power how would you react? What would hope the power would be? He does and I'm totally cool with it. He's Super OCD Cleaning Man & thanks to him our house is perpetually spotless.

Fun & Random questions

1. Heels or flats – flats

2. Mermaid or Princess – princess

3. Bagel or donut – DONUT

4. Color of your umbrella – multi

5. Most common item hidden in your fridge – pickles.

How does this pertain to writing? It doesn’t. Duh. We don’t always have to ask the serious questions. But for the main event you MUST purchase a copy of DESTINED. It’s out today and it’s sure to be a fabulous read… based on the cover alone!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


No, this will not be a talk about the five senses (six if you’re lucky). It’s a song that I’m addicted too. You know when you find that one song that describes everything you’re feeling at that exact moment? It’s captivates you, holds you and never lets go.

This one’s titled Touch by Natasha Bedingfield. I don’t know what it is about the song but it has me hitting replay every time.

It also had me thinking about my writing and how I feel all the emotions when a certain song hits me. Touch is definitely one that added the missing ingredient while I was writing.

I’m starting a new short story, this one is wedding related and this song just seems perfect. It’s like a story leading up to the love of a lifetime. While writing women’s fiction I do love feel good music, normally a beat that you can dance too. That doesn’t mean it’s the only thing that drives me, it just pushes me through the lighter portions of the story.

I also apply this to my reading. When I’m looking for strength I go for Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love she empowers women to make a change in their life if needed. If I’m looking for a poetic read I go for Jessica Bell’s String Bridge. She’s amazing at weaving her characters through very complicated situations and coming out a winner. These women touch my heart just like Natasha Bedingfield.

Who’s touched your heart lately?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Young Adult is BACK!

It's been awhile since I've shared some awesome YOUNG ADULT first sentences so I figured since it's my first week back from a nice long vacation I should take it easy and share some of my favorite reads of 2011. You're welcome.

First Sentences:
1. It starts with a crack, a sputter, and a spark.
2. The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway-no pun intended.
3. The eyes of London were watching Claire Jenkins.

1. Young Adult
2. Young Adult
3. Young Adult

What one's have you read? Is it at least on your TBR LIST?

Monday, November 14, 2011

If I were Coraline...

So a few weeks ago I watched Coraline on ABC Family's 13 Days of Halloween.
For those of you who don't know it's about a girl who moves with her parents who are writers (how appropriate), they're stuck with deadlines and Coraline feels unappreciated. She meets her "other" family who's perfect. Obviously there has to be drama but you'll have to watch the film to find out.

For this post it just got me thinking on families. How do you write parents? In YA they have to be figured out before the story starts but in Adult stories they don't play as big of a part. I still like to account for mine though.

My question is how do you portray the parents? Do you make them what you wish you had growing up? Do you make them complicated to get rid of them?

I'm always curious how ones dig down deep to utilize the parent role. And for those who have their parents play a key part in the story, what made you go that route?

For me I love the complicated. The mom that means well but no matter what she does seems to complicate matters further. It makes an even messier path for my character to figure herself out before she reaches the terrifying age of thirty.

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's in your blood.

You were born a writer. You may not be in fifth grade writing your first poem, or twenty attempting your first novel, but you're a writer.

I love writing. I'm a late bloomer, at twenty-five I found this beautiful opportunity to write novels and have never looked back. Looking back I saw all the tendencies, the lies, the storytelling before bed, buying as many books as money could buy.

I couldn't help myself, I wanted to write. I feel like I lost time with all the years I missed, then again I think they've given me years of ideas. I have a lot of catching up to do!

I figure there's no time like the present! I'm off to watch the latest chick flick for inspiration!

So when did you realize you want to be a writer?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's about to get weird

As you know my husband and I have several random conversations throughout the week. If I shared them all it’d be a daily blog about the ramblings of a writer and her poor husband. I figured today, based off of our conversations in the past I’ll give you answers to the many questions that have been asked in our house. I won’t tell you the question, you can guess if you’d like, this way it’s going to be fun.

It’s about to get weird in here.

1. I’d choose a purple couch out in Edward and Bella’s favorite chill spot.

2. If I had to be involved it’d definitely be a jewelry heist.

3. Every state has to have a ma and pa cupcake shop, if not that’s the saddest town ever.

4. It’s a burn pile because I pretend to burn it with my eyes.

5. Our cat is testing distance not attempting to commit suicide.

Yes, each one of these was a conversation my husband and I had and every one of them was as interesting as ever. Last night at dinner we played the “What would you do for 5 million dollar game,” I think our waiter thought we were nuts. Actually, truth be told, he’d have been right.

Care to add your conversations to the list? Want to take a crack at our crazy conversations?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cruising Toward Love

Christi Barth has dropped in for her newest novel Cruising Toward Love! As usual my quirky self has come up with some fun and silky questions!!!

1. Who is the last person you usually think about before you fall asleep? Cheesy, mushy answer, but true - my darling husband.

2. If you opened a Treasure chest what would you hope to find? A teleportation machine, because I hate to fly. And then ten million dollars. And the memory (pre-marriage, of course) of a one night stand with Daniel Craig.

3. If you had to choose to not ever wash your bed sheets again or not wash your bath towel, which would you rather not wash? Easy - my towel, because I'm always clean when I use it. Scares me that someone might actually choose sheets!

4. What's the weirdest thing you have done while driving? I'm originally from LA where all of life revolves around your car, so I've done just about everything while driving, including the alltime no-nos of reading and applying makeup/nail polish. The all time weirdest, though, would be changing into my various costumes back when I did singing telegrams. Nothing like driving down the road 1/2 in and 1/2 out of a harem girl outfit!

5. How do you eat your cookie? Very carefully. I abhor crumbs, and in fact avoid cruncy cookies pretty much for that reason.

Fun & Random (provide a one word answer)
Cruise or all inclusive resort: Cruise
Stilettos or Tennis Shoes: Tennies
Pilot or Doctor: Doctor
Grape Jelly or Strawberry Jelly: Strawberry
Choice of caffiene: Tea
Stop in and say hello to Christi! She's fabulous!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wedding Love

This week my father is remarrying. Him and his soon-to-be wife are marrying on 11/11/11 and we're in Florida enjoying the fabulous weather, swim time, and a few blogging buddies!

So, it's only natural I share with you wedding inspired novels for this weeks secret reveals!

First Sentences:
1. Grief came in waves, hard and choppy, buffeting and breaking the heart.
2. Sam LeClaire was a good-looking son of a bitch.
3. Maddie drove the narrow, curvy highway with her past still nipping at her heels after fourteen hundred miles.

1. Adult
2. Adult
3. Adult

Any catch your eye? One intrigued me the most, personally, but I love her writing style!

Monday, November 7, 2011

String Bridge Tour

Jessica Bell is on her tour and by far this is one of the most special days for me. I love the blogging community, the outpouring of support for every beautiful writer that crosses our path.

Today is a very special day for me... Jessica is one I've adored from the get go. Constantly captivated by her handiwork I can never get enough. If you've never read her poetry you must, the rawness cannot be matched.

I'm not here to talk about her poetry though, unless you want to chat about how poetic her debut novel String Bridge is.

The cover art is brilliant, is it not?

The Blurb:

Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a 'proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage--and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits, and she realizes she's been seeking fulfilment in the wrong place.

My thoughts:

Several of us understand giving up something for a family. In this case Melody puts down her guitar to raise her family. At the moment she knew it was the right thing to do. Having no idea that she'll lose everything that she is, her passion starts to dwindle as the emptiness creeps in. This is as story of pushing through what should have been comfortable and breaking through the barrier to find yourself again.

I simply could not get enough of this book. Bell's ability to show emotion from every character is what keeps me coming back for more. The rawness in the words had me feeling every emotion as each page turned. It may be cliche to say that it was one you couldn't put down but when you feel it, you feel it. The poetic nature of the read makes you feel like your floating on clouds through the whole thing.

I will always love Jessica's works. I cannot wait for the next novel of hers, it'll be just as captivating as everything else I've devoured.

This is a novel that must be read. Go on, get your copy.

Here's where to grab a copy of her book: - ebook - ebook
Barnes & Noble - Print

The soundtrack you MUST have with the book:

What was the last novel you couldn't put down?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Research is Fun!

Inspiration can come in many forms. Here I sit talking to a friend that's newly engaged! We're texting back and forth and I'm over the moon excited for her! She's dove into conversations about gowns, location, food.

I'm not sure if it's the time of year for engagements but I plan on finding out! In fact, it's gotten me excited to write about a wedding. That's right, I'm planning on a short story about a woman's wedding day. That one beautiful moment in time! Remembering those feeling I felt on mine!

I love research because you have the opportunity to experience something new or enjoy the old.

As a chick lit/romantic comedy writer I get the constant excuse to watch trash television, buy wedding magazines, the works!

Of course there are moments not everything is peachy. My characters do have their issues. Average divorce rate, worse dates, places where it snows continuously.

In saying that I still very much enjoy every aspect of the research, it's just not peachy for my characters.

What's your latest research project? I love to hear the depth one will go for a story!
Happy Writing! Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Grape Candy is Weird... or am I?

It has been far too long since I’ve talked with you about myself. I don’t know why you want to know more about me… it makes me sound into myself (maybe I am… maybe I’m not). Regardless seeing as I heart you like a fish hearts water I’ve decided I’ll share with you some random facts about myself.

You know the rules though, you must share as well.

1. I don’t eat grape candy. At all. Weird or not it won’t happen.

2. My purse is like a snack machine. I’m unstoppable. You’d think I have a kid but it all actuality there for me when my tummy is empty.

3. I love random people and randomly introduce myself to them. People in real life think it’s embarrassing but I’ve made some amazing friendships by talking about someone’s crazy socks and we learn we have a sock obsession in common. It pays to be random (you’ll make a new friend – ME!)

4. I don’t listen to a lot of music but when I do I’ll wear out the CD. Yes, I’ve yet to use or even understand iTunes. I’m pretty sure I’m broken.

5. I’ve given up my klout addiction. I was checking it every damn day and having nightmares worrying if someone would stop listening to me. Since letting go (after the 12 step I went through) I feel amazing. Now I only worry about who will mention me on twitter. Sometimes my mention box gets lonely.

There you have it. I’m a little rusty on the truths but I hope to be back in full effect come next week, after all I’ll be in the Wizarding World living it up while you’ll be here… reading my kick ass blog (I’ll try to keep you interested).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Even those with a black thumb (like myself) we know those with a green thumb spend their days picking weeds so their favorite flowers bloom every year.

The same goes for novels. We have to spend our days cleaning up punctuation, grammar, and plot to make sure their the best novel they can be.

We want to be proud of our work. Those green thumbs are looking for yard of the month as us writers are looking for a place to call home.

Every one of us has certain problem areas that, no matter how hard we try, it still seems to catch up with us. I work hard on character development but sometimes they still come out as cardboard cut-outs.

Flat characters is something I'm working on and improving. Every time I write they get deeper. For me, outlining is the key. Reading my old stories shows how far I've actually grown.

I now, to help myself, do pages and pages of character development. Half my journals are intricate details about them. From foods they're allergic to, all the way to why they like on polka-dot socks! Every thing may not benefit the reader but it helps me connect on a deeper level.

Watch out flat characters, you won't survive a day in jenland.

What are the weeds you pick out the most?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Twist: Fall is Here

Even though it's a day past Halloween I know some of us still like to be on the spookier side of things so some of my Tuesday Twist is still for those who like to be scared or love some suspense!!!

Let's check out this weeks awesome first sentences!

First Sentences:
1. My name is Kinsey Millhone.
2. What year these transpired is of no consequence.
3. The knocking at her door early Thursday afternoon might have sounded angry to an ear unschooled in the difference between panic and a bad mood, but Marie Toussaint knew better.

1. Mystery
2. Suspense
3. Suspense

What do you think of these? Any catch your eye? I'm not much for horror, watching movies scares me enough... picking up a book with  my imagination? FORGET ABOUT IT!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fight to Write

Blogging and writing go hand in hand for me. I for one couldn't imagine not blogging five days a week OR not being able to write when the moment strikes.

When you feel like your blocked the world crumbles all around you. I, personally, find it hard to bypass the stress to get to the de-stresser.

For the first time in a long time I started running last week. I never felt more alive. My feet hitting the pavement put life back into me. It put the fight back into me. The needed inspiration to get my butt in gear.

I'm still querying for 30 GUYS IN 30 DAYS, and in doing so I lose the ability to write anything I like. It wasn't until a month ago I found that if I have faith in myself I can write anything.

Suddenly short stories have crept in my life. Little moments of heaven creeping in. I love writing about holidays and the small moments allow me to capture all my favorite parts!

I also love it because I don't feel pressure. I'm not having to submit to anyone. I do it for the love of writing.

I'm getting back my fight to write and those are the days that make me the happiest!

Have you dabbled in anything lately? How do you fight to write! Taking little moments to write a few words?

Friday, October 28, 2011

I is gonna be published

So, like, today is a big day. I'm still floating on the clouds that started carrying me on the 26th of October. I received my very first contract!

Still Moments Publishing is compiling short stories for the upcoming holidays and I've been accepted for a Valentines Anthology to debut in February 2012! I'm over joyed by the opportunity and can't say enough things about how sweet they are to work with.

It will be an e-book which means I need to kick my butt in gear and get a Kindle (FIRE) that is released in just a few weeks. I need to be making up for lost time!

Anywho rather than the original post I had scheduled I hijacked it to share my good news. I know you wanted to hear it.

So a big thank you for Still Moments Publishing taking a chance on me, and a big thanks to YOU for always keeping me on my toes, supporting me, and HECK for just listening.

Have any good news to share?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Quirky Bucket List

People have been fascinated by my make-shift bucket list so I thought I'd share today. Consider this my truth Thursday.

1. I want to own hand towels that have every day written on them (Mon, Tues, etc). I want to then place them in the guest bathroom when a visitor arrives and see if they'll keep up on the days.
2. Watching someone get lips tattooed on their ass. (This one has already been completed... which is why it made my list).
3. Every place I visit (state wise) try a new cupcake shop. (This will really be until I hit the bucket so it's ongoing for life!)
4. Getting back into in-line skating... (my version of being a safe and chicken shit roller derby girl).
5. Create a haven for writers/bloggers that I'll one day be able to open and we'll get to have a weekend retreat... (this one I'd obviously need all my besties to join in on, but I'd love to do it before I die).

So it's small for the moment, but it'll continue to grow.

What's on your quirky bucket list?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Temps make awesome writers...

As a temp you walk into a world of the unexpected. From dog walking, mental institutions, floral designer assistant, office receptionist, there really is everything in the world of temping.

How does it make you an awesome writer?

You see the world differently. I was a temp for years. When I got bored from one job I moved to the next. Something I've noticed in the world of the creative (singers, artists, painters, writers) we often say "I work four jobs" and I think it's because we don't want to feel tainted. Being stuck inside four white walls asked to push paper sounds depressing and the last thing you want to feel before writing a thousand words is depressed.

I temped for years and even though I now work in an office (for the past three years) I wouldn't change my life for anything. Those temp jobs were fabulous. They gave me great stories for the future, allowed me to learn a lot about people, and character quirks have never been a problem with all the people I've met.

Now that I've settled down I've noticed I chose a job where there are so many personalities that every day truly offers it's own individual story. It has never tainted my creativity, in fact, it is here that I first realized I wanted to be a writer.

Maybe settling down has it's positives too.

What route do you go? Do you that moving around a lot makes for better stories?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Special

Today I thought spookiness should be brought forth on this special week! My husband's birthday is Halloween and we'll be having a big costume bash this weekend (if you're in HOUSTON email me... I'd love for you to stop in)!

Enough about my awesome 'off the blog' life... let's get to the sentences.

1. Three months.
2. There was stillness in the September-morning air that was like stillness in the heart of a gliding submarine, engines extinguished to elude the enemy's listening devices.
3. Jones Cooper feared death.

1. Spooky #1
2. Spooky #2
3. Spooky #3

I'm so used to writing women's fiction that when I fell across amazon's choices this week I was already a little freaked out. Each of these I read a little further... one of which (#1 to be exact) I've read all the way through and loved. She's a blogger and she's fabulous.

So what order will it be this week?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Self-Pubbed: Scary or Inspiring

I know everyone's wondering. What's funny is I don't think as writers we ever used to consider it. So why now?

Lately a lot of my friends have gone the self-pub route. Several of them are chick lit authors just looking to make their mark in the world. Unfortunately a lot of them are having trouble interesting an agent with the current market not being well received because of the name.

So when do you call it quits in the agent world?

Simple answer: Go with your gut.

Hard time figuring out what your guts telling you? Gosh, if it were easy everyone would do it. For me I don't feel it's time. I'm still having fun writing, querying, and just trying to find out the perfect route for me. No method is a cake walk but I have to be honest, hearing my friends are self-publishing terrifies me. As if I'm in their shoes hoping not to drown.

I find them so inspiring. That might actually be the scariest part. Here I'm watching them take a leap of faith into a side of publishing that used to not be well received and I've yet to decide what's right for me. That's admirable, they're courageous and strong.

So what's your take on those who self-publish? Are you one stepping into the waters?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Short Story Endeavor

I'm going to attempt to write a short story. My humorous womens fiction novel 30 GUYS IN 30 DAYS is still in the querying world and seeing as the novel ideas are still being perfected and I'm dreaming of a white christmas a short story was the perfect way to feel a void.

I might fail. Then again, I  might soar. The point is I'm going to try it. I see so many fabulous bloggers who write poetry, short stories, and novels. I commend you, it cannot be easy but with your talents I'm sure you'll go far.

I'm not looking to publish anything, this is actually just my chance to get to write the christmas story I've always dreamed of. It also allows me not to butcher it too much with a much smaller word count.

How do you start to write a short story? Yeah, you won't get that advice here... when I'm finished I'll share, but for the meantime I'm still learning.

What random writing projects have you started? Working on holiday projects? Any advice on what to do about this short story I'm writing?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Muse it Up

So rather than bore you with another edition of my truths I figured I'd talk about something close to my heart... my muse.

Let's talk muses. I'm fascinated by who inspires people, what you do to keep the inspiration alive. Is your muse music, an individual, a book? I wanna get to know you.

I'm imagining that you'll want to know about mine... one of those "I'll tell you mine, if you tell me yours," sort of deal.

Julie Andrews. Sandra Bullock. Muse.

No not necessarily in that order. However they each serve their own purpose. I like to have them all around at my beckon call, and they all oblige.

Julie Andrews is up first. I love her singing and dancing ability. She really does warm the heart. I just imagine us sitting down for a spot of tea while she tells me the writing will come and not to worry.

Sandra Bullock is my go-to-idea-girl. When I'm feeling alone, sad, and pitiful I stock pile all her movies and watch them from start to finish. By the end I'm raring to write my next novel.

Muse are Gods. They're genius rock out music keeps me pumped in the novel. They're my in the moment Muse and they've never let me down. I love them. I mean like really LOVE them.

So what's yours? Do you have more than one?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ideas don't grow on trees

There needs to be a store that has packets of idea seeds in the backroom. What? You seriously thought it'd be out in the open... I still want to maintain my writer status and not have everyone stealing our ideas. No, this would be the elite (meaning any writer who reads this blog).

I'd go home, plant them, and watch my fabulous idea tree grow. It'd be marvelous on days I'd run low!

Too bad that's not realistic.

So how does one come back with ideas? What are your  little quirks that you do when saying good-bye to an old story and starting new?

I buy notebooks. The prettiest ones I can find so when inspiration strikes it gets the best of the best. I think drown myself in chick flicks, starting with the oldies (but goodies) like While You Were Sleeping and Sleepless in Seattle, then I move to more recent ones like The Proposal.

I then dive into new chick lits/women's fiction to see what the world of publishing is pushing on to it's fabulous and devoted readers. It is then the ideas normally flow... but during this season I'll drink apple cider for added inspiration.

What about you? What brings the ideas out in you? Is it all superstition?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Delicious Reads

I haven't done a Tuesday Twist in a while but I know that everyone really enjoys them. For those unaware I'll share three first sentences of novels I find interesting and see in what order you'd read (if any), all by just sharing the first sentence.

The Sentences
1. He was running for his life.
2. The end came quickly, and there wasn't any pain.
3. "Keep in Touch," I called, waving a not-so-tearful goodbye to my co-workers for the last time.

The Reveal
1. Contemporary Fiction
2. Young Adult
3. Chick Lit

I love number one. I haven't read it but already ordered it. She's a well known author and has everyone at her fingertips!

Number two I had the honor of not only reading and enjoying, but got to meet the author as well at the Austin Teen Book Festival.

Three is a new author whom I adore, she joins me as frequently as she can over at my new hashtag #chicklitchat on Thursday evenings and I adore her. Seriously get to know her, she's amazing!

Monday, October 17, 2011

The many hats of a Writer

Oh the responsibilities of a writer. I've noticed the networking world is being overtaken by so many fabulous writers as a way to make sure their books are being taken seriously. It's here I wondered what part of the process they started first.

Most blogger will tell you that starting your blog BEFORE your novel is out is key. I agree with them. It's a lot of work to up keep, it's a lot of work to gather an audience and keep them captivated. Though your main goal is to sell your book you can't overflow them with BUY ME! SERIOUSLY BUY ME! In doing that you'll alienate yourself completely and no one will want to even look in that direction. Nope, you need to look for friendships, long term relationships for book number two even.

Then shows up Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more. When does it end? How does one keep up with it all? For me, it's impossible. In fact, just last week I gave up watching my klout score, the battle of the up and down was intense, the pressure to stay connected was too tough.

I forgot what I loved to do most. Comment and visit other blogs. It's where I want to spend my time. As well as writing. It's not easy juggling all the hats of a writer but when you start to juggle them all no one notices your trying to reach perfection because you're drowning in your own need to be everywhere.

I guess what I'm saying is focus on the loves and let the others go.

How do you handle all the hats of a writer? What's your number two (since I know #1 is writing.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thinking Outside the Laptop

Most of us use our laptop as our guide to the outside world and the stories we want to write, but how many of us take it outside the laptop?

As you all know I'm newest to the outlining world but rather than mapping it out on the computer I'm a notebook kind of girl.

I've heard of scrivener and several other places where you can map out chapters, sequences, the works, but for me the notebook does the same. Not to mention it's much easier access when sitting on the couch with ice cream in hand...  less distractions.

Right now I have six notebooks, each with their own story idea. I fill the notebook full, the ideas, the plots, the character development. Anything and everything that comes to mind is in that notebook.

Also, for me, once I've written the book on the computer (yeah, that's NOT happening in the notebook), I'll add the dedication and acknowledgements to let me know that I've completed the work and thanked everyone for all their hard work and thoughts!

So... do you ever think outside the laptop? If not TRY it also keeps you away from all the distractions you'll find online!

HAPPY WEEKEND PEEPETTES (I would have said peepers for the guys but that would have been weird)!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

When All Things Random Fall Here

Happy Thursday, Happy People. It's been a while since I've done a truth post and seeing as I've needed a break from all things writing related what better than to dump some truth on you!

As you all know, if you read this, you must add your own truths. I hate to do it alone!

1. If I could have holiday decorations out all year round I would. My hubby already knows that when we buy a house half of the garage will need shelving for all the holiday decorations I already own... and plan to add.

2. I'm bummed knowing this weekend is the last Roller Derby Bout I'll see for several months. It's the championship and I hope my lovable team wins! And for kicks I'll show you just how addicted my husband and I are... This week we'll add red & black in our hair! (isn't my hubby the cutest!)

3. The Renaissance Festival began last weekend and we were there ALL DAY LONG. Oh the people you come across, it really is one of those disturbing, but you can't look away sort of events! If you ever visit Houston come in October or November to experience the fun!

4. This week my friend Rose Cooper's latest book Rumors from the Boys Room is out and she added me in  her ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS! Talk about being overwhelmed by all the awesome! She's a rockstar and I feel privileged enough to be included!

5. It rained! For those of you not living in Houston it's been AWFUL not having rain. Fires everywhere and as I write this post it's thundering, lightening, and yup, it's raining. Joy to the world. Now if only it'd cool off so I can enjoy some apple cider!

So what are all your truths? Set me up on some of the fun, awkward, and memorable truths!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Facebook and poetry, do they go hand in hand?

I have the fabulous Angela Felsted stopping in for a guest post on how facebook status updates can be like poetry! Why waste time with my blabbering... take it away Angela!

Five ways facebook status updates are like poetry:

1. A punch line is key.

“A transcript of the fight my girls had this morning.
Lainey: Look, Donna. My strawberry's bigger than yours.
Donna: No, it's not!
Me: Stop fighting girls. Size doesn't matter.”

2. Both are more effective if you leave a few things up to the imagination.

“You know you're a mom of little kids when you hear yourself saying stuff like this. ‘Keep your clothes on, please!’”

3. Sometimes the best stuff is the dirtiest.

“Took my kids to the pediatrician today. This is me, ‘Don't touch the equipment. No, stop, don't crawl on the floor. What are you doing? Don't ever play in the trash can!’”

4. Good things happen when you let your creative babies run free.

“Who knew the key to potty training my son was letting him run around naked? My eyes have been opened: naked children are happy children.”

5. Dialogue is good, but only if it has a purpose.

“Donna (age 6): Mom, can I have milk.
Me: You can have water.
Donna, stomping her foot: You're supposed to say yes or no!
Me: Just get your water and stop criticizing me.
Donna: Criticizing isn't even a real word!"

And just for fun, here’s a poem that makes use of my ‘status update’ guidlines:


some say a happy marriage is
based on patience . . . roses
diamonds, strawberries dipped
in warm gooey chocolate.
but I say the state of a
marriage rides on the utterance
of one simple sentence,
“honey, where are my socks?”

Now for the other fun part... her poetry chapbook is being released in January!!! So, if you love Angela and you love poetry you should pre-order it! Aren't they adorable on the cover? There is also a nice little book trailer/music video too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When comma's destroy you...

So all those who read my work know that my lack of comma usage can be annoying. I write run-on sentences like nobody's business. If you met me, you'd get it.

The good thing about avoiding comma's is that I don't make silly mistakes. Here are some of the fun one's I made it and came across while searching Google!

1. My interests include:
Cooking dogs, shopping, dancing, reading, and watching movies.

Yeah, not sure how I feel about cooking dogs.

2. Slow children crossing.

I don't think that's for us to decide.

3. Let's eat Grandpa.

Let's eat, Grandpa. <-- Correct punctuation can save a person's life.

Care to add any to the list?? I am still giggling.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kick A** Author Debut Spotlight - Lauren DeStefano

Christina Lee got a bunch of us together to participate in a Spotlight for 2011 Debut Authors!!! We were each to choose a delicious book that is easily devoured and share with our awesome bloggers!!!

What did I choose? Well, it was tough to choose one, and several pounced at some of the first one's that crossed my mind, BUT I beat them when choosing WITHER!


Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive.

Lauren DeStefano is brilliant! This is not a happy story but a story of survival! This wonderfully written tale is about a girl named Rhine, she is a deeply developed character that will leave you wanting more. Her raw emotions allows her to see the world for exactly what it is. She struggles not only what she wants to believe in but also with feelings she'd like to deny.

This dystopian novel was unique in every sense. Walking into a situation with sister wives in the adult world is definitely breaking molds so DeStefano using it in young adult was daring, but it paid off. Rhine is kidnapped and taken from her twin brother, she's forced to marry Linden Ashby. In doing so, she also finds Linden is wed to Jenna and Cecily. At the beginning their worlds collide, the only connection is Linden, but in time they create a very strong bond, leaving every reader to connect and understand them as they understand themselves. Throughout the story Rhine struggles against set­tling for future as a pam­pered but caged wife and escap­ing to her free­dom and return to her brother.

As a reader you'll struggle on what life you want for Rhine. Here she's created such a unique bond and friendship with Linden and her sister wives you don't want to see it broken a part. However, the life she lived before still exist, and with the connection to her brother you'll understand why she's torn, because you will be as well.

THIS IS A MUST READ! So why are you still at my blog? BUY IT! Or... since I loved it so much why not do a GIVEAWAY? That's right, one lucky winner (yes this is international) will walk away a winner! Add your email in the comments and I'll choose  winner this week!

Check out the other 2011 Debut Authors chosen!