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I'm a contemporary romance author that can't help adding a little snark to my stories. I'm obsessed with music, television, and reading...the order changes day by day. The only thing in my life that remains constant is the need to build a story.
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REVIEW: Defying the Odds, Kele Moon

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts, #1)Defying the Odds by Kele Moon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(4.5 Stars)

I really enjoyed this book. I do love a big, grouchy guy that falls hard for the girl. And I really loved that Melody, our heroine, was so focused on making sure she could take care of herself. I understand that. When you’ve been dependent on a man for any length of time, I think you end up doing the exact opposite when things don’t work out. And for her, it REALLY didn’t work out.

Clay’s used to being alone and when Mel shows him a simple kindness he realizes just how dark and lonely his world has become. They both strengthen as people the more they fall in love. Mz. Moon does it so slowly and sweetly in such small ways. It’s filled with hard lessons and a love that makes this reader want to believe that’s out there for all of us.

The only thing that held this back to a 5 star was the southern slang dialogue. I understood it suited the majority of the characters, but I don’t think it needed to be used for everyone. A small qualm, but it kept nagging at me by the time I hit the end of the book.

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REVIEW: Unlocked, Courtney Milan

Unlocked (Turner, #1.5)Unlocked by Courtney Milan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well then. That was my first Courtney Milan and I daresay it will NOT be my last. Everyone talks about her books, but sometimes hype falls flat for me. Yep. The hype is deserved. It was a short story, but Evan and Elaine resonate. Mz Milan knows how to rip your guts out and gives just enough detail in off subjects–in this case, mountaineering and astronomy–that you are interested, but not bored.

The characters were delightful and the love grew between the characters organically, even in a short story setting. (and being an author myself, I applaud that feat. One, I’m still attempting to figure out.)

This was a great introduction to Mz. Milan and I’ve been told to read Unraveled next. Now, all I have to do is dig out from Christmas so I can have my book budget back…

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REVIEW: No Dress Required, Cari Quinn

No Dress RequiredNo Dress Required by Cari Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

The friends to lovers trope is always good for me. And this one adds in friend’s brother! BONUS. This was a quick romp through past mistakes, present mishaps, and the oh so beautiful possibilities of the future. Nellie and Jake have been circling each other for ages, both too afraid to face the idea of getting together.

Jake’s a little shaky thanks to a surprise break up with his longtime girlfriend a few months before and Nellie is fed up with waiting for her shot with the man she’s loved longer than she can remember. Add in a car-jacking, fuzzy bunnies, and a snow storm and you get a ton of fun before the ball drops.

With a little convincing and a whole lot of creativity they find their way to a happily ever after that leaves you smiling and wishing your New Year’s Eve ended the same way.

Did I mention I loved it?

If not…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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#amwriting

New Year’s resolution is a goal-a-palooza. I’ve got lots of great things going on for the new year and some news that I can’t quite share yet. (damn paperwork) But it will be coming soon.

But what I can say is that there’s going to be a helluva lot of work to be done. So, to get it all done there’s going to need to be some serious BICHOK’s action going on.

In the works: 3 shorts 15k each, 1 novella 32k, 2 category length 45-55k, oh and clearing out the rest of the manuscripts I’ve got started.

*falls into an exhausted heap*

So…my new motto is: #amwriting

Oh and: #amblogging

But definitely not: #amsleeping

LOL

REVIEW: Beast Behaving Badly, Shelly Laurenston

Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5)Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(4.5 stars)

The book started off a little rocky. There were just way too many characters going on. But that was partly my fault for going in on book 5. (Which I hardly ever do) I really liked the relationships between the prides and clans and the off-kilter hybrid relationships. Blayne, the main female character, was a complete nut, but she had me laughing out loud more than once. And to see how she slowly brought Bo out of his funk and too-scheduled life and into her fun and zaniness was well worth the read.

The underlying suspense part of the book brought a lot of characters in and proved to be a little on the holy-crap-i’m-having-trouble-following-it end for me. And that’s probably why I read this one a little slower than I usually do. There was a lot to assimilate, lots of couples to figure out, and lots of violence. None of it bothered me, but it did take a bit of re-reading to get everything straight.

The world-building was fun and the cast of characters makes me want to try other stories. Also the anti-hybrid issues are thought provoking and parallel what happens to anyone that’s from a mixed race heritage. I will say that the series has little love for the ‘full-humans’ and it very much is a shifter world in these books.

All in all, I truly enjoyed it.Looks like I’ll be trying a few more of Mz. Laurenston’s books in the future.

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Edits & Excerpt

*sigh*

I’ve been editing and rewriting a book from a year ago….pretty much all day today. It was for a pitch contest and unfortunately I wasn’t chosen, but part of me is happy about that. Only part of me. The other half is sad, of course. Everyone wants to be chosen for contests, but the story needs some work and I plan on giving it the time it needs to make it great.

So…here’s to the natural selection of editors. May they be excited about the revamped version of Distorted Views.

Brandon Mitchell

Logan Price

And a little excerpt because I’m rather proud of my days work.

 

He reached out, going slow when she froze. His finger traced the line of a tendril of hair and brushed his thumb over the little upturned point of her chin. “I’m a patient guy, Logan. Especially with something that feels worth it.”

 

She stepped forward, nerves and fear practically shoved her back, but she forced herself to rise up on her toes and kiss his cheek. His evening stubble felt as good as it did the other night.

 

She moved over a little to the corner of his mouth, watching his brown eyes deepen until the little gold flecks were nearly gone. He had the longest lashes, she thought distantly.

 

Would it be okay to try? To see if the dip at the center of his top lip was as soft as it looked?

 

He didn’t touch her, just sifted his fingers through the lock of hair that had come out of her clip. “Just a kiss is enough for me, Logan. I wouldn’t push for anything more.”

 

She just wanted to get it over with. She wanted to feel whole and normal again. Playing with the tail of his tie absently she tugged him down to her. The surprised grunt almost made her step back, but his lips softened and he smiled into the kiss. She tamped down the need to run and focused on his taste. She sighed into him, happy to learn that he was, in fact, all about the mouth.

 

The kiss was slow and soft. He reached up to her clip and let her hair fall down around her shoulders. He buried his hand into the heaviest part of it and tipped her up to him. She felt him holding back and part of her wanted him to let loose.

 

The other part of her was thankful. It was nice to be close to someone again.

 

Very nice.

FMF: Jensen Ackles

Intense green eyes–check!
Bold as brass grin–check!
Vulnerable with a side of hardcore–check!

Sounds like a Freak Me Friday candidate to me…

Meet Jensen Ackles of Supernatural fame. Sure he’s done a bunch of other things, but Dean Winchester has made an indelible mark on the world and Jensen’s IMDB notation. ;) He plays the character well with a side of vulnerability, kick ass monster killing skills, and a loyalty that can’t even be broken in death.

Supernatural is an awesome show and now, well into it’s seventh season and I never miss it.
Here’s a nice little taste of my boy in action.

And now for the pix. CLICK the big guy…

Click me for Pix

 

 

 

CRAFT BITES: Crit Partners

Crit partners are invaluable. I’ve been lucky enough to find a few new ones to help out. My main girl…poor Cari Quinn…has been inundated with edits and contracts. Yeah-that’s the end game, but man…she’s had a lot on her plate the last few months.

And of course she’s still in on the freak-show that is me and a Manuscript, but I have let a few more people into my circle.

It’s always been my fear to let someone rip into my work. Thankfully, I’ve been mostly lucky. And thanks to a request for a full on a novella I sub’d to Entangled…(*insert roaring crowd*) YAYYYYY…ahem…the quick hits read really worked out in my favor.

And that’s because of a few wonderful romance-landia natives. They picked out the problem children that I couldn’t see and made me think about a few other things in my MS. I want it to be the very best it can be before the editor takes a look at it.

How does anyone else feel about critique partners?

REVIEW: Unwrapped, Cari Quinn

UnwrappedUnwrapped by Cari Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I must admit, menage stories really need to draw me in to be successful. Add in my first m/m/f romance and I was a little nervous on the read. Thanks to Mz. Quinn I think I’ll even try a few others. She really captured the passion of a relationship that pushes preconceived boundaries and the aftermath of a relationship that will change your life forever.

When your blood is heated and all you’re thinking about is pleasure you don’t want to think about what’s going to happen when you leave the bedroom. The scenes between the three of them are amazingly hot. That’s trademark Quinn…but what they also do is make you think. Okay, so you might be fanning your face at the same time, but she doesn’t cut corners with the hard choices in a love scene. She will push your boundaries and make you fall in love with the characters just as hard as they do.

Some people may hide a threesome relationship, some may be open about it…but Mz. Quinn takes those steps outside of the bedroom too. And for the characters, sometimes they’re the stumbling kind. That’s why I love her books. She never takes the easy way out of any story.
Tris, Matt, and Caity are an amazing couple. Caity does the most growing in this story, imho. She has to push through family issues, sister troubles, and falling in love with two men and that’s just the start of her troubles.

For a beautiful read about sex, love and what happens next…look no further.

And if you’ve never read a m/m/f menage this will probably convert you. ;)

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REVIEW: Holly’s First Noel, Faye Robertson

Holly's First NoelHolly’s First Noel by Faye Robertson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*sigh*
That hit the spot this morning. Loved the sweet romance and the underlying heat between the Science teacher and Music teacher. They just suited each other down to the bone. *snicker* That too. Who knew tweed could cover up such a lovely and mercifully manly set of…well, everything?

I totally recommend if you want a *sigh* worthy read.

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YT: 30 Seconds to Mars – Hurricane (acoustic) MTV Unplugged

I’m officially OBSESSED with this version of the song.
MY GOD.
*THUNK*

Catching up

Mercy.

Nanovember was a bit nuts. I didn’t get all the way to 50k, but I did manage to finish up a novella–at least the first draft. I sub’d the first 5 pages and blurb to Entangled to see if they’re interested in seeing a full. If not, I’ll probably shop it around. I think it’s a strong piece about love and loss and hope for the future. This one is pretty near and dear to me thanks to the subject matter. I need to step away from it for a few days and see if I’m TOO close.

Sometimes you can’t see the old forest for the trees when you are close to a story. The urge to edit it right away is sitting there on my shoulder…but I’m trying to be smart about it.

Next novel on the docket…my original story idea for NaNo. LOL The Kiss Contract, which will be book 1 of the Kiss Kakes series that my CP and I are developing.

Right now? A little Christmas fun with some online people that started me on this lovely and long road to publication.

 

REVIEW: Sweet Inspiration, Penny Watson

Sweet Inspiration (Klaus Brothers, #1)Sweet Inspiration by Penny Watson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I enjoyed this. It was a little on the sugar-sweet end for me to get all the way to 4 stars. I think that’s just a matter of personal…well, taste to be completely honest.

The world Mz. Watson created was amazing. The elves and the history of Christmas was well done. Even the descriptions of the magic and the setting really filled me with a sense of wonder. I just wish it had been a bit more on the ‘show’ end, than telling us everything when it came to the couple.

Lucy swallowed the fantastical North Pole without blinking an eye. I get the seeing is believing thing, but I think if Mz. Watson had given us a little more of an OMG moment there instead of the dusting of confectionery sugar on everything, I would have forgiven the ultra sweet dialogue a little more.

The family aspect was another plus. Enough that I’m interested to see just how the series will move along. The writing was strong enough that I think I’ll give book #2 a try.

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YT: Rescue Me, Daughtry

Thanks, Daughtry—for helping me end my damn novella! This song has been playing non-stop for the last few days.

 

NaNo: Day 28

Insert nap.

Insert the END!

YAY! Novella finshed.

Original plan 23k…ending plan–um, 32k.

LOL Whoops. Evidently Tessa and Royal had more to say. Edits to follow, but I need a break from them for a few days to let all the crap settle. NaNo numbers at 38,393 for the month so far.

I’m hoping to supplement the remaining 12k that I owe with the short story I’m writing. We’ll see how it goes. ;)

NaNo: Day 25

It’s been a crazy month, but a really good writerly month in all honesty. I totally rocked the wordcount for a novella and am probably going to finish it up tonight.

I don’t think I’ll be making it to 50k, but I am happy with a finished novella for the month. More than I have been doing that’s for sure. And…of course…I totally figured out a spin off book from this one. Man, I just can’t write a single story. LOL

Tessa and Royal are a really good set of characters and Mercy and Alaric feel like they’re going to be just the same. Now to figure out just what I’m going to do next.

REVIEW: A Kiss at Midnight, Eloisa James

A Kiss at MidnightA Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow.

This was my first Eloisa James and I’ll tell you right now…it won’t be my last. What a lovely story. The characters are so rich and the dialogue had me rolling. Loved the snarky sense of humor between the Prince Gabriel and Kate. There were so many good things I can’t even begin to go through them all. I just sucked down the book like someone was going to take it away from me this morning.

The cast of characters was well rounded and no one had a fade to the background kind of voice. The Prince learned through the book about being a good leader and putting his family—crazy as they were–ahead of his happiness. So much so that he almost lost Kate in the process. The ending really suited the story and I liked that he found his own way around his problem instead of finding himself in a loveless marriage with a rich princess just because he thought that was his only option.

I’m anxious to read more from her Fairytale line.

Amazing job, Mz. James!

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Nano: Day 13

yeah, yeah…I know. It’s really the 14th. Sue me. I haven’t slept yet.

So…Nano has become more like get-this-short-outta-my-head time. So, who am I to complain. I rarely have a short that wants to tell its story to the little muse guy that lives in my brain. It’s usually a much more developed story that requires at least 50,000 words to get to the meat of things….if not more.

So, I’m taking the bull by the horns for this novella and writing it down.

NaNo: Day 8

Today’s WC: 2679

Not bad. Wrong story…but not bad. I had an idea for a short and it just wouldn’t shut up, so I’m going with it for now. See if I can finish it up by midweek. Going to work well into the night on this one I think.

WILL HOGE: When I Can Afford to Lose

*sigh*
What an AWESOME song.
Killer version.

REVIEW: Eve of Samhain, Lisa Sanchez

Eve of Samhain (Hanaford Park, #1)Eve of Samhain by Lisa Sanchez

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mz Sanchez is really good at yanking you into the story and riling you right up. The characters were strong and likeable with a side of sinful. I love that her insanely good looking Quinn had so many flaws. I loved that Ryann was so incredibly strong. I loved that she turned what could have been a cardboard cut out witch character and made her interesting. There was so much to love about this book. The mystery behind Quinn’s powers and curse was well thought out and used to extend the Sexual Tension until even I was ready to tear my clothes off in reaction. LOL

But, the only thing that didn’t work for me was that with all that buildup, the love scene was cut far too short and the HEA was just too…well, anticlimactic. I needed the extra fire works and intensity to go with all that I was denied through the story. That definitely kept it from being a 5 star review, imho.

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STING: I Burn For You (live)

This is the song that got me going tonight. Sensual Sting at his best. *sigh*

 

NaNo: Day 3

MUCH better today with words. I’m at 3536.

It’s not perfect, and it’s not ahead, but the words were flowing for the first time since I opened this particular story. Usually the beginning of the story is where I excel, but dang…this story has been a little off from the start.

But no more.

I’m getting to know Molly finally and Dillon is showing his uptight side that will be fun to tear down. ;)

Hiatus for the next few days for a mini-trip. Ill timed, but I’m going to take the time to decompress and get going again when I get back. I’m bringing the laptop with me to try and get some words in on the downtime. The people I’m hanging with aren’t quite the night owls I am.

REVIEW: Hold Me, Betsy Horvath

Hold MeHold Me by Betsy Horvath

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay…I need to own The Museum…which was Luc’s family home throughout the story. OMG
Just gorgeous. It was a freaking castle! For real!

Too amazing. I think that alone gave this book the 5th star. I was wavering. I hate to over use my 5 star ratings. But this is definitely a bump for setting. If they’d just used a regular safe house it might not have had the same punch. A very solid suspense story with a ton of character charged moments. I truly enjoyed this book.

Katie and Luc have killer chemistry and each of them come with their own baggage. How they mesh together from a carjacking to living together for her protection, to a history that neither of them could have fathomed…it really just all worked for me. I pounded 461 pages in a very short period of time because the book just drew me right in.

And hell, I cried through the end of it. I’m a sucker for the guy that doesn’t think he’s good enough. He had a rough life with foster homes and all the horrible things he’s done working for the government only compounds that I’m-No-Good-For-You thing that some heroes have. And in this instance it didn’t annoy me as much as it does in other books. A true testament to Mz. Horvath’s writing skills.

And the girl’s got skillz.

I don’t want to ruin the reading of this one for anyone but there’s intrigue, the bodyguard trope, a huge mutt of a dog named Spot, a freaking castle! (I know I mentioned it but…gah! Castle!!) a freakish killer, an even freakier relationship with the killer’s half sister (insert heebie jeebies), and a supporting cast that doesn’t instantly flag series…but probably will get their own books.

A really great romantic suspense, IMHO.

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REVIEW: The Next Always, Nora Roberts

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, #1)The Next Always by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*sigh*
I love the start of a new trilogy from laNora. Some people feel like they’re just a set up to the series, but somehow it just never is to me. I get to meet a whole slew of new people to fall in love with.

She does it to me EVERY single time.
It’s just disgusting. LOL

I look forward to it every year. This one does not disappoint in my eyes. The romance was a little sweeter, the children definitely put a different spin on things. And normally I’m not really a book-has-kids kind of reader, but I can get swept away. This book, and definitely this author, can do that to me. Beckett Montgomery…*sigh* Yeah—he’s the ultimate yum factor. (tho I will admit, Ryder has officially stolen the show for me. GOOD GOD. YUM! I love a grouchy guy for some reason. LOL)

He loves with everything and Clare has been on his radar since he was a kid. Even with the baggage of being a widow with 3 kids, Clare never makes you think of her that way. She’s strong and resilient. She’s had to take care of herself and her kids even when she was married. (He was in the military) And while she certainly loved her husband with her whole heart, she’s a different woman than the idealistic 19 year old that left with her young husband. This Clare was ready for love and the town she grew up in. She wants the roots and loves owning her own place thanks to her widows benefits.

Now as a Nora fan, I loved reading about Boonsboro–I know it’s a real place that is close to Nora’s heart both because Turn The Page and Inn Boonsboro are real places, and the way she describes them. I’m a sucker for a Nora setting and this book doesn’t disappoint.

At all.

This is heavy on the setting and the romance is definitely a force in the book, but the Inn is definitely a main character. So, know that going and I think this will be the book for you. The characters will win you over, I know it.

I cannot wait to see what happens with the next brother, Owen.

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NaNo: Day 2

Decent wordage. I managed to get 2k under my belt. I was looking for more, but I’m not going to make myself insane about it. I even managed to have the H/h in the same room within the first chapter! YAY

lol

Doesn’t happen to me very often. I tend to have to shave off a lot of the first chapter. WOOT! Onward and  upward to day 3

REVIEW: Hot Text, Cari Quinn

Hot TextHot Text by Cari Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hot for teacher takes on a whole new meaning in this book.

Take one editor, add a dash of paint, a bottle of cheap wine, a gorgeous studio and mix liberally with a preschool teacher trying to get a handle on sexting and you get Hot Text.

Divorce is hard on anyone, but when you’re living in a limbo of your own making and come face to face with all the wrongs of your past how can you mix falling in love into that equation? Jeff and Karyn ask themselves that same question and both come up with answers they’d rather not deal with. Not when they’ve finally found that one person that makes each of them feel alive.

Mz. Quinn always treats a short story with a touch of reality to even out all the off the charts sex she unerringly provides. Reality sucks and making those hard decisions isn’t easy for Karyn when she’s finding her way around a new start when she hasn’t even dealt with the end of her marriage.

Bravo, Mz. Quinn, for never letting your characters find the easy way out. It makes for a much more satisfying read.

Truly.

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REVIEW: Real Men Will, Victoria Dahl

Real Men Will (Donovan Brothers Brewery, #3)Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dammit, Mz. Dahl did it to me again. Eric was the most serious of all the siblings and that was very much a part of this story. Serious, overbearing at times, overwhelming, and spiraling out of control. He was my favorite of the brothers because he was the most damaged I think.

Everyone thought he was perfect, but the facade was cracking after too many years of trying to be perfect for everyone.

Beth had a lot of parallels in her story. But instead of perfection, she was trying to show that she could be a badgirl, when that wasn’t ever what she wanted to be.

I’ve loved all the books in this series for different reasons, but I think Eric and Jamie were the ones I identified with the most. They were the flipsides of a coin and the mistakes they made, the way they loved their family, and the way they eventually fell in love were powerful because they had to face so much.

Beth AND Eric had to figure out who they were through the course of this book. It was especially timely for me as I feel like I’m in a similar situation.

Bravo, Mz. Dahl, for creating a lovely world for me to get lost in for three months. That was a very satisfying end to the series.

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November = NaNo

Well…my blog will be all about my NaNo progress this month. If you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo, then you can head over here to take a look.

Essentially, a bunch of crazies–myself included–will be ass in chair hands on the keys for 30 days to finish a novel that must be at least 50k words. Sounds daunting doesn’t it? I’ve done it exactly once. LOL But that one book actually got published, so I’m hoping that the magic will return and get me another contract.

I’m excited about my novel. It’s going to be the first in a series with my bestie and CP, Cari Quinn. So we’ll probably be pissing and moaning in equal fervor. She’s working on a few different projects to make up her 50k. I’m going to stay with one.

The Kiss Contract is set in Salem, MA and stars Kiss Kakes, a bakery that sits on the main street of the charming and gorgeous town. I’ve visited Salem. it’s like a town inside a town. There’s this almost ageless part that feels like an old novel in between the bustling city structure that is typical New England. I hope to show some of those dichotomies in the story as I go.

Meet Dillon

And Molly

Here’s to 5000 words my first day. I gotta get ahead to enjoy my long weekend with my crazy Jovi/Foosball girls.
;)

Six Sentence Sunday: Kitchen Lurve pt3

A continuation of the kitchen antics from my peeps, Nate and Miranda. Coming soon from Ellora’s Cave’s Moderne line.

She pushed an errant curl away from her face and flattened her chest against his until he groaned. “Ignore my stomach,” she said against his mouth, nipping at his lower lip.

He thought about it for a second. He could reheat the food no problem, but when her stomach rumbled again, he sighed and let her slide down his body. “C’mon, let me feed you then we can take care of another hunger.”

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YT: Self Exams

Um…if this the way to do a self-exam, I’m on board with it.
Good goddamn.

Tweety Tuesday: Elizabeth S. Craig and Angela James

My twitter feed can feel a little bit out of control sometimes. I have a lot of awesome people that I follow, but to someone that can be closely related to ‘Dug’ from Disney’s Up…well, I can get distracted easily from my work by the constantly rotating feed from Twitter.

So, to combat that I’ll be dragging you into my Tweety World. LOL

One of my favorite people to follow is Elizabeth S. Craig… aka  http://twitter.com/#!/elizabethscraig

She’s an author as well, but the best part of her tweets are all her delicious writing links. Not all of them will apply to you, but she’s got a lot of great ideas and interesting posts in her armory.

Another great person to follow if you’re looking into epublishing, especially on the romance end, is Angela James.  http://twitter.com/#!/angelajames

She posts mostly Carina Press information, but she also has this AWESOME feature she’s been doing monthly called #editreport. She gives feedback about some of the manuscripts that have come in and why they are accepted or rejected. It’s a fascinating look into the editorial world for romance authors.  Oh, and she loves shoes and cooking/baking. LOL She’s a well rounded person to follow with lots of great info.

In my opinion it’s just as fun to follow someone who mixes business with pleasure in their tweet stream.

Who do you love to follow on the writing end?

Six Sentence Sunday: Kitchen Lurve pt2

More kitchen antics from my peeps, Nate and Miranda. Coming soon from Ellora’s Cave’s, Moderne line.

Pulling her off the counter, he groaned when she caught his mouth in a thorough kiss. Tongues slick with need, tangled and fought against the lust that was never far away. His nails dug into the small of her back. Ready to take her there against the countertop, he stilled at the roar from her stomach.

He couldn’t stop the laugh against her mouth. “Should I be offended that you’re hungrier for the food than me?”

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Freak Me Friday: Introducing Val

So…I’ve been looking around for a guy that would fit the bill for book 2 of my Hamptons Legacy series.

Percival Maitland has been strapped with a horrifying name that matches all the rich and privileged pieces that make up Southampton and Manhattan, NY.  Add in the responsibilities he takes upon himself as the eldest son in the family business and you have a man that is all work and no play. He takes his role very seriously–too seriously. So much so that he’s losing himself inside the corporate giant that is Maitland Enterprises.

David Gandy seems to have all the ‘looks’ that I’m striving to use in the book. A touch too serious sometimes, achingly beautiful, aloof, elegant in that way that only certain men can attain without looking girlish–this model/actor’s got it all. Not to mention the reality of Gandy is that the man has a killer accent to trip the ovaries into a free fall.

Not right, I tell ya.

LOL

He’s been the spokesperson for Dolce & Gabanna for years…and I totally see why. This man has a dozen tumblr’s devoted just to him. I trolled through them for your pleasure. Okay, so it was mine too. ;)

Enjoy the little gallery I put together…just click the picture and when the new page comes up hover your mouse over the pic and a gallery option will open.

Click me--C'mon...you know you wanna.

Craft Bites: NaNoWriMo is Coming…

So…it’s that time again. I love and hate NaNo. I love it because it got me my first pub’d book. I hate it because there’s a lot to live up to at this point. I haven’t successfully made it through a NaNo SINCE Nate and Miranda’s book…and that was back in 2008…I think.

Crap…yeah, that long ago.

Oh I’ve written other books, but I’m reeeally bad at FINISHING a MS. If I want a career…duh…then I have to learn how to finish a damn book and move onto the next one. I’m taking Candy Haven’s FastDraft course and it’s helping, but I still get in my own way. Thankfully I have such awesome people that help me keep on track–especially now. Between my awesome CP and my SWAG group, there’s more support in my life now than ever.

And there’s another project in the think tank with my CP, Cari Quinn. We’re going to give this a go, so we’ve got to work hard to fit this project in with all the other things we have going. Cari is especially busy with more than one flaming iron in the fire. The girl makes me look positively sluggish when it comes to career planning. Holy CRAP. LOL

So, book one is going to get vomited out during NaNo and we’ll see if we have a viable option for a series. Kiss Kakes–set in Salem, MA is going to be a joint venture between the two of us, 2 books each. And lucky me, I get book 1.

LOL

Here’s to getting Dillon’s story told.

*crosses buttercream frosted fingers*

 

YT: Let Me Go, Christian Kane


Yep, I’m a total Kaniac.
God, he’s pretty.

Princess Bride: You Killed My Father…

So…Princess Bride’s Anniversary just passed and ET Magazine managed to get most of the cast back together for a fun photo spread. That got me looking at the movie again.

In fact, my ex-bf and I loved this movie so much that he would randomly call me and do this schpiel on my answering machine or VM all the time.

It is one of my favorite scenes.

Stupid YT won’t let me embed it tho. Grrr. Click here: Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father…prepare to die.

And enjoy.

Tweety Tuesday – Mattisms

So, the more you come on my blog (I hope) the more you’ll see that there’s a definite obsession that happens when I fall in love with a musician. I swear, I must have been a groupie in a former life because they are ENDLESSLY fascinating to me.

One such guy is Matt Nathanson.

Now, his music is just…GAH. Seriously, I can’t get enough of him. His lyrics just send me into orbit, then I started hunting out bootlegs and the love grew deeper. I finally got to see him live and I’m totally smitten. He’s witty, talented, plays a damn 12string like it’s part of him…well at least his hip to jam ratio says it’s part of him. MERCY! He’s sexy as all get out because of one thing–he’s freaking hilarious.

Funny will always be sexy to me.

Follow his tweets and you will be chuckling almost daily.


mattnathanson
 matt nathanson

what kinda douche drinks from a water bottle w/his own name on it? #umthatwouldbeMEsay.ly/CzPPJn

this whole dark-at-7am thing can suck it.
if i tweet that i’m going to the gym, but do not actually go to the gym, that’s the same thing, right? #itisallaboutperception
“a perfect breakfast tea with burgundy depth and malt highlights. bold and robust with a bright golden cup” #preciousteadescriptions

seriously though, what is burgundy depth? #sexmove?

what has two thumbs and tour pranked the SHIT out of @train last night?? bit.ly/p6Sz35


“sleep or excercise?” is a question i deal with way too much in my life.

ah, denver airport… where football field distance meets cubicle-size gate square footage. #niceone

elbows mcghee next to me is gonna get punched.

i had a for real GIANT jammed next to me on that tiny plane. holy shit. i’d have tweeted sooner but it was like being buried alive in sand.

is it possible to die from horny? #askingforafriend

Seriously…that’s just a taste.
The boy totally amuses me on twitter.
Do you have anyone on twitter that you just follow for the joy of it?

SONG: Never the Same, by Uh Huh Her

So, I’ve been watching CW’s The Secret Circle and this song came up in the second episode, I think. I just loved it. Too bad it’s so hard to find for purchase. Grrr.
Thank God for YT.
The one thing I love about the CW shows is they have some damn good music.

Uh Huh Her – Never the Same

REVIEW: Bad Kitty, Cari Quinn


Bad Kitty
Bad Kitty by  Cari Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gulped this one down in one sitting–as I do all of Mz Quinn’s books–and ended the book with a sigh and a big ole smile. I’m not so much the joining sort when it comes to Halloween, but I do love reading about masquerade parties. And the who-am-I-really-sleeping-with trope is always fun in these situations.

I don’t want to give too much away since it’s such a short and hot tale, but Patrick and Nikki will make you fan your face and reach for a cold glass of punch more than once.

Sexy costumes galore, sinfully brawny blue-collar worker, a kitty costume that makes use of something OTHER than claws, and a much loved jar of caramel equals 60pages of awesome.

I sincerely hope she gives Easton his own book next Halloween.

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