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Promo Items…

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

I asked this the other day and thought I would also ask here too.

I’ve figuring out some promo items I want to get. So much pretty things and It’s hard to narrow it down. So I decided to ask for your help.

What are your favorite types of swag or promo items?

Weekly Wrap-Up – Let the relaxing begin…

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

I’m having a great time relaxing. I’m taking January off from writing anything new. :)

I’ve edited 1 of upcoming releases. I’m also doing some promo prep for the print release of Hurricane on January 14. I also have some cover art for my other upcoming releases that I will share soon.

I’ve also had some minor updates done on my website. They were more behind the scenes sort of things.

We’ll that is all I have been up to.

Surreality of Snow

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Earlier this month I talked about snow stillness on my own blog. With all the snow we’ve been getting some days it is a winter wonderland (well before the mush when everyone has been through it). Since I leave so early for my day job I get that snow stillness when it is fresh and coats the area in a white beauty that is creates a surrealness. Being out that early it feels like I am the only person in the world.

Being that it was my world since there was no one around at least briefly I walked reworking a scene in a book I’m writing. It involves lots of snow and a sense of urgency. The feel of the snow around me got me into the mindset of what the characters would be feeling. Alone with that feeling for being followed yet it is too snowy for you to be sure. Then a face comes out of the snow shocking you. Is it salvation or danger? Whew. My heart was racing as I walked. It all playing out in my thoughts as I walked.

I was looking behind my shoulder too. LOL. Even sped up a little to get away. This is what I was going for that sense of fear, pulse pounding and wanting to know. With the snow it helped me get into it. Get a taste of how it would feel. This I think will make the story read more real. The snow we had played a big part in my story. Setting the atmosphere for me. Hmmm… maybe I’ll need to give it an acknowledgement for it.

When it all Clicks

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

There is no better feeling than when a story is flowing and everything is gelling together. All the elements you strive are meeting a synchronicity that makes all your hair stand on edge. Make you sit at the edge of your seat in anticipation of what happens next. Your heart is racing and pulse pounding right along with the characters you are writing.

It is such a rush when this happens. Your fingers fly across the keys as the words flow faster than you can type them. When you can’t stop to eat. When you try to sleep and the story follows you into your dreams. You’re living it. The story is laid out like a movie playing.

This is the stage I am at right now. I’m working on the second book of my Blackstone Haven series. The first in the series Power of Attraction will be released at Total E Bound on January 31. I’m racing toward the end of book 2 in the series and it is all going along fast and furious. The chemistry is right and the story has thrown some surprises at me but I worked with them. Then the thrill deep in my bones started and I know that the end is near. I love it when it all clicks.

Immersed in research

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

I love the whole process of writing. One of my fav’s is the research. Doing research takes me back to my college days when I did all those long papers with bibliography and footnotes. LOL.

So I’ve been immersed in researching some info on a book that I’m getting ready to write. Getting all my information lined up so I can delve in and get to writing it when I have it set on my writing calendar. Yep that old trusty writing calendar is going to keep me on track this year. Lots of writing to do. Once I am done with my current WIP I will be using all that interesting research. My thoughts are already racing.

Now back to researching.

Vacation and One More Step

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Today is the first day of my vacation from my day job. I’m having a staycation… well more like a writecation. All in all I plan to have a great vacation doing what I love. Have a few things I am working on. Also working on my writing plans for next year. I have a few things in my various series I want to make sure get done. I also left some space in my calendar next year for any projects that may come up.

A little over a week ago as I was cleaning out my files I found something I had written years ago. My original “Writing Career Plan”. On this Plan I found one of my goals that I realized I had already achieved. A few days ago I mentioned vaguely about something I missed and sending in paperwork. Well now I can tell you what it is about. I’ve belonged to the writing organization – RWA – Romance Writer’s of America for a lot of years. My mom was alive and she was there when I found out about it, joined, then joined chapters, started interacting with other writers, and served as an officer of my chapter. I remember the feelings of finding others like me. My Mom sat with me as I made my “Writing Career Plan”. We went over it closely together. While she was alive I checked off many of those goals I had set.

Since that original I’ve written other Plans that keep changing and evolving. I’ve always worked towards my writing career goals but with all that has been going on these last few years – my Mom passing, my own illnesses and life – I lost track of the original Plan. The one I wrote with my Mom. When I found it an over a week ago it brought up lots of feelings and memories. I reviewed the Original Writing Career Plan and checked off a few of the goals I had meet. The one I mentioned in a previous post and above hadn’t registered at all with all that had been going on. I had achieved it many times over but I have missed it for years. This weekend I checked off another goal from that original plan.

I am now a RWA PAN member. There was lots of emotions I experienced when I got the confirmation I was now PAN. The most prominent was tears. Tears remembering when I made that list with my Mom. My mom who was my biggest supporter. It was from her and my big sis I got my love of reading. She used to listen when I made up my own fairytales and made sure I always had money to buy books. My Mom is who read my first book I wrote for possible publication. She was blunt about it. She liked it but it needed more. LOL. I remember her sitting and listening to all my ideas then telling me to stop talking about it and go write it. I remember waking her at two in the morning with my screaming that I finished my first book. Those blunt words of more that I took as a challenge and did more. I rewrote the book doubling the word count then gave it to her to read again. Her liking it and asking about the other characters. Then going onto my next book. She was there for the beginning stages of my career. For those milestones.

RWA PAN is another check off in my Original Writing Career Plan. (grin) One more step in my writing career path. I have one more goal on my Original Writing Career Plan I haven’t checked yet but I know it will come. It is one of the goals that I also have on my current Writing Career Plan.

I have many plans I still have to achieve and keep adding more as my writing career evolves. With each I know my Mom is there smiling down on me. Sometimes I even imagine her giving her blunt thoughts on the step I am planning to take.

I have lots more to do and achieve. Thank to all of you who have been with me for this continued journey. There is much more to come.

Notebooks galore

Friday, October 8th, 2010

As I mentioned yesterday I have many notebooks filled with stories. I usually use them to jot notes, scenes and sometimes write whole books in them. Earlier this year when I was offline I used notebooks to get stories written down. Lots and lots of stories. Now I have to put the stories into the computer. Oy. Lots and lots to type. Of course after mentioning them yesterday I had to start reading them. You know what as I read what I wrote I was drawn into the stories and can’t wait to get them in computer then edit through them to get them ready.

Tomorrow is another day

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Been working on a story and I’m done with it for the night. Feels good to be back into it again. (grin) Have a few books that I need to get done before the end of the year. Some are already written and in my pile of notebooks that I need to get in computer. (eyeing the notebooks) Will have to put head down and get it done.

Also have some news I will be sharing as soon as I get everything finalized. (wink)

Back in the groove

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

I’ve been offline for a few months dealing with some personal things. It’s been a hectic time but I made it through. I didn’t get to go to the 2010 RT Booklovers Convention in April 2010 as I had planned to. Things came up which made me have to cancel the trip.

While I was gone I had time to read lots of great books on my TBR – to be read – shelf that I’ve been meaning to get to. I’ve been reading, sitting in my fav reading spot and working through something’s. Now that things are better I’m getting back into the groove of things. Writing is going well.

For Crenshaw Caféhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/crenshawcafe my chat group I have something special planned coming soon. This will be exclusively for the Crenshaw Café chat group members. You don’t want to miss out. Not giving details yet but believe me it is going to be sizzling. If you are not a member join the group here Crenshaw Caféhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/crenshawcafe.

The June 2010 issue of my newsletter went out on June 7, 2010.

Updated my website. The Online Reads updated to reflect the exclusive to Crenshaw Café stories currently posted to chat group.

What has everyone been up to? Are you looking forward to summer as much as I am?

I’m so ready for all the fun summer will bring.

Drawn in by a box

Monday, August 24th, 2009

This summer I have been and am spending a lot of time off-line. Taking a summer break and spending time with my family. At first it was hard staying away from my computer but as time went by it has gotten better. Heck even the days I go on comp I don’t spend as much time on it. It has been a house full of family. We laugh, chat and have a blast. Also I have been spending time with a box that has drawn me in. No I’m not kidding I’ve been drawn in by a box. LOL.

I’ve also used my break to organize my paper files. I’m usually good at keeping thing organized and figured I wouldn’t have that much to do. It was going well when I discovered a box of papers I didn’t remember seeing before. When I opened the box I was shocked to discover notebooks filled with writings. I tend to write out concepts for stories in notebooks for future use. In the box was a treasure trove. It had some of the first drafts of a few of my already published books. Scenes, characters and so that didn’t make it into the final draft of the stories were in the notebooks. I even found some stories that I had started in the notebook but never completed.

As I sat going through the box I was drawn into stories I had written so long ago. My mind raced with characters, places and worlds. I spent hours browsing and enjoying. After I finished reading I finally got around to completing my organizing. I took out the notebooks of the uncompleted stories from the box. Then I put in some more notebooks with my completed books. I made sure to label the box so I know what it is. The notebooks with uncompleted stories are sitting on top of my file cabinet so I can work on them. Organizing has led me to finding stories that I didn’t realized I had.

It all started with a summer break which led me to a box. A box that drew me in. Who would ever imagine a box would have such treasures. This break for summer has reaped me much benefits. Time for myself and with family. And now stories to create. All in all this summer has brought me a much needed escape.