Monday, December 27, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!! Exciting Indivisible announcement in my post today!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Annoncement and House Cleaning


So, the announcement portion of my post today...I'm participating in Coffee Time Romance's Book Brew with the Coffee Crew "Uniforms that Protect Us" Blog event on Monday Jan. 3rd! I'm super excited about this and being able to share some more of Indivisible with you all. I will be giving a few excerpts out, answering questions about the book (ones that I can anyway), and *fingers crossed* revealing my AMAZING cover! AND...the best part, I'm going to be doing two giveaways of signed copies of Indivisible from the blog event. You have to come and post a comment, and then I will randomly draw names from those who posted a comment or a question.

I hope that you all will come over next week and find out a little bit more about Charlie and Gideon, and maybe get a surprise or two! Here's the link to the Book Brew portion, but check out the whole site because they have great reviews, giveaways, tons of authors...the list just goes on and on.


On to housekeeping, literally. I hope that everyone had a great Christmas (if you celebrate - if not then hope you had a great weekend!). My house is buried somewhere under piles and piles of toys, but my kids are happy, and there is nothing better
than when your little one looks at you and says, "This was the best Christmas ever."

And as you can see...I will be busy for several days trying to corral all of this! So if you don't hear from me for a while, no need to worry, I'm sure that I will be able to dig my way out soon!

Oh, and Santa must read my blog, because I actually got something on my list! I know you are all hoping that it was Kellan in his undies to clean for me, but sadly that wasn't the one. I was really hoping for that one. Indivisible is with the final editor, and all the MAJOR hurddles have been overcome (hoping I don't jinx myself). Maybe next year I'll get number one on my list, but I'm so happy with what I did get!

I hope to see you all next week over at Coffee Time Romance!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I know that you are pretty busy right now, but I just realized that I didn't get my letter out to you this year (thank heaven for modern technology!)

I'm pretty sure that I'm on the "Nice List" this year. Yeah, there are a few incidents that could have me straddling that line, but really, when you line them all up, I believe that my good outweigh my bad...(You only know if I've BEEN good or bad, right? Not if I've had thoughts of being naughty- but the good kind of naughty...wink wink).

So, here is my list of what I would like for Christmas. I'm sure that you can handle them...

First, I would like a clean house. Just as a suggestion (and I will be happy no matter how it gets done, but this way would make me the most happy), could you just leave Kellan Lutz under the tree in his Calvins and a pair of rubber gloves? Because then I would be able to thoroughly enjoy supervising the cleaning. I think that he could be back to his life in a day or two... Though, I'll be honest, I might keep him around to help out before the in-laws come in a few weeks. I would take really good of him, I promise!

I would also like for my kids to behave. Now, I'm not asking for a miracle here. I don't want them to get along and actually listen to me ALL THE TIME. All I want is maybe for like 3 to 5 days that they act like they like each other and don't think that I'm completely incapable of knowing simple facts. Honestly, I have been threatening them with calling you for like 3 months already, but they don't seem to be all that worried because every year you still leave them what they asked for under the tree...you're kind of undermining my authority here, Santa, and I think you owe me this one. I know they seemed all cute and good when they sat on your lap, but trust me...I have worked hard to keep that illusion up in public!

Oh, and the thing that I want more than anything...could you finish up my editing of Indivisible? Between the cleaning I have to do, and trying to pry my kids off of each other over the next month (yes, we are year round school and they don't go back until Jan. 18th) because I've asked for my first two items every year for the past 7 years and got nothing - I can ony assume that you really do know when I've been good and bad - I'm having a hard time squeezing in actually working.

So, Santa, here is the choice...give me the first two, or the last one...your choice. And remember, I control the cookie baking in this house. That's all I'm going to say about that!

Sincerly,
JM

PS - I make a mean Snickers filled cookie just so you know!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Another Sneak Peek

Last week a few of you noticed that I spiffied up my blog. So, I thought that today would be a great day to explain the reason behind it.

My new book is due for release next month, and this theme sets off the idea behind the book perfectly! I have ALWAYS had a thing for a guy in uniform (hubs was in the Navy when I started dating him), and for the past 15 years I have lived in military communities. In fact it was talking to a friend who's husband was deployed for 6 months and I thought about what she was going through...and INDIVISIBLE was born.

Indivisible is the story of Gideon and Charlie Cooper, a young couple trying to survive when life around them is changing...daily. Over the next few weeks, I will be giving you some bits and pieces - and here is one of those little bits for you.

As soon as the door to their hotel room closed, Gideon’s hands had been all over Charlie—sliding up her thighs and under her skirt, slowly undoing each button of the blouse she was wearing. He stood back and admired her after removing each article of clothing. The look in his eyes was more than desire or want; he was in awe of Charlie.

“God, Charlie. I’ve never seen anything so perfect,” he’d cooed, his thumb stroking the sensitive skin under her ear. Charlie melted into him.

The pair never left the room that day, and Charlie hadn’t cared in the least. As night fell and the lights of Las Vegas began to shine, Gideon rolled over onto his side. Charlie blushed, feeling his gaze settling on her.

“Charlie,” his voice was quiet, reverent.

“Mmm?” She closed her eyes, reveling in the way her name fell from his lips.

“I need to ask you a question.”

“What, Gideon? You can ask anything.” As if it had its own objective, Charlie’s hand moved to run over his huge bicep, coming to rest on the intricate black tattoo of a trident etched there. Charlie loved the tattoo and had found herself tracing the lines of it over the last few hours as they had talked.

“You know I love my job, right? I told you that serving my country is the greatest thing I could ever think of doing with my life.”

Charlie nodded. On the drive, Gideon had told Charlie that after he’d graduated from college with a degree in mechanical engineering, he’d joined the Navy. He felt his skill could serve the country, and he wanted to have a real purpose in his life.

“Yeah, Gideon. It’s one of the things I adore about you.”

“There’s something I didn’t tell you about my job.” He paused, looking at her. Charlie smiled to encourage him to continue. “I’m not just in the Navy; I’m with a special operations unit. I’m a SEAL.”

“Oh. Okay. Well, at least the tattoo of a seal on your perfect tush makes sense now.” The meaning behind his confession and his need to tell her at that moment completely escaped Charlie.

“I’m a Navy SEAL, Charlie. Do you know what that means?”

Charlie realized apparently she didn’t because she obviously was supposed to react differently than she had.

As she shook her head, tears began to well at the corners of her eyes, and she wasn’t sure why. The only thing Charlie could think of was that he was trying to scare her off. She’d been stupid enough to think they had some connection. Suddenly she felt very foolish and very naked.

Charlie pulled the sheet up to cover her exposed body, and Gideon pulled his brow together in question. There was no way she was going to make this easy for him, and there was no way she was going to cry. At least, that was the plan.

With what she hoped was an aloof look, Charlie stared at Gideon, waiting. She could tell he was debating what, and how much, to tell her. To her surprise, he slid his arm around her waist, pulling her into him. It occurred to Charlie that the man didn’t want to look in her eyes as he told her whatever it was he was going to say.

“Charlie, my job is dangerous. I can be called out at any time to leave for extended periods. I go into war zones, and no one knows where I am. I go to places where people get shot at. It’s dangerous…all the time.”

“Ah.” So he was trying to scare her off. “Hey, listen, you don’t owe me anything.” Charlie tried to pull away from him, but he held on tight.

“Damn it, Charlie! I’m not telling you this to get rid of you.” He loosened his grip so he could pull back and look at her.

The tears had started to fall, against her stern demand that they not betray her, and Charlie wanted nothing more than to get out of that room.

Gideon moved a hand up to her chin and tilted her head back, looking into her eyes. He held Charlie there, not with his strength, but with something else she couldn’t put a name to.

“I’m telling you this because even though it’s insane and we just met, I know I want you in my life…”

Monday, December 6, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Christmas Books for Kids?

I just finished setting up the house for Christmas (though one of the blinkie reindeer in the front yard is listing...) and one of my favorite things is pulling out the kids' Christmas books. The box is SUPER heavy and I make my husband carry it up and down from the basement (I do all the other decorating, so he can carry the boxes!)

So tonight, we will put aside Pipi Longstocking (we read with our kids every night - I want them to love reading as much as I do) and start reading a Christmas book or two from now until the end of the year. It is my favorite time of the year!

I thought that today I would share with you some of my favorites in our library. I know that they are "kids" books, but trust me when I say I get as much joy out of these as my kids do!

First, let me say that we have stocked in our library all the staples like Frosty (which we sing the song at the end), The Grinch, Charlie Brown, Rudolph. The ones that I'm recommending are some of the more unusual books we have found.


1. Are You Grumpy Santa? by Gregg & Evan Spiridellis - This is by far my favorite of all our Christmas books and will get read at least every third night. Poor Santa just has one of those days where EVERYTHING is going wrong...unfortunately, it is the one day that Santa has things to do. My kids love the building up of everything from Santa stubbing his toe to Mrs. Claus putting him on a diet and I love the rhyme and ryhthm of the story and the beautiful illustrations. Everyone's favorite part is when Santa finally admits, "I'M A GRUMPY SANTA CLAUS!" We all yell it at the top of our lungs. (PS - I just looked on Amazon and they have another book called The Longest Christmas List Ever)


2. Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight by Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki - This one is so much fun as Santa needs help delivering presents, and tries all variety of animals to pull his sleigh. From tigers who try to eat him to dolphins who take him for a swim, Santa endures a lot of stress until he finds the perfect animal to pull his sliegh. Great illustarations and the image of things like snakes pulling the sliegh, have my kids giggling through the whole story. (PS - this one also has another follow up called Who Will Help Santa This Year)



3. How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky and S.D. Schindler - Another one I absolutely love as a parent. It answers all those questions kids have about how Santa can do things. Young Santa Claus is looking for a job, but each one doesn't work out. In his search for his perfect job, he cleans chimneys, delivers packages, takes care of reindeer at the zoo...you can see where this is going. A fun read that leaves my kids nodding their heads in understanding. (PS - Guess what!! This one also has another follow up called How Santa Lost His Job.)

Okay...this blog post is costing me money as add all of these books to my Christmas library!!


4. Olivia helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer - How can you go wrong with Olivia? And Olivia at Christmas is as much fun as you would expect from this percoscious little pig. My kids favorite part is actually after Santa comes and everyone opens their gifts...they get to say the word "maracas" and think that is the funniest word ever!



5. Finally, I'll share our Christmas Eve books. We first read a version of Clement C Moore's The Night Before Christmas and then we read about the The Christmas Story and the birt of Jesus. For us, that is the perfect way to end all the hype of the holiday and settle the kids in before everything quiet about the holiday goes flying out the window the next morning!

I have two new books (besides the three that I just ordered from Amazon!) that I plan to get this year; Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas and It's Christmas David! These are two staples in my house as I have a "Fancy Nancy" and a "David"...

And I almost forgot...If you are looking for some good grown-up or YA reads to give as gifts, Omnific Publishing is having a great sale! If you buy the print copy of a book to give as a gift, you get a free ebook of it (I would TOTALLY keep that one for myslef!!).

Monday, November 29, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Let's Play a Game!

Howdy!

Hope everyone had a great holiday (if you live in the US!)! I got to spend a total of 14 hours in a car with two 7 year olds and my husband while we drove to the in-law's for Thanksgiving.

I know what you are thinking...Wow! How lucky can one girl get? Normally I would scoff at that and roll my eyes, but not this time!

I have posted before about how much I love my Kindle...but after this trip I want to marry the thing and ensure that I won't have to be seperated from it ever! I have tried to read while in the car before, and I'll spare you the details of how that usually works out for me... With my Kindle, however, I didn't have the normal queasy feeling as I read. (I'm sure that there is some scientific reason for this, but I think it is because there is only one thing to focus on instead of two pages, and the Kindle is light enough that it isn't moving around constantly as I read- but I'm no scientist)

I was able to read for most of the trip, and because I converted some things that I'm working on to download on my Kindle, I was able to actually work while iCarly and SpongeBob played in the back seat and hubs complained about the other drivers. I was in my own little literary world and ignoring all of them!!

So, I thought that I would play a little game today in honor of my engagement to my Kindle. Let's play "What's on Your Kindle" (of course any ereader will do...Nook, Sony, iPad...). I'll start -

1. Tess of the d'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy - I read this YEARS ago when I was a junior in high school (my English teacher was a little unorthadox). I came across something in my freelance work that made me want to read it again. Oh! And this one was FREE!!

2. Crave: A Novel of the Fallen Angels by JR Ward - This is the second in the series (The first is Covet). I am a HUGE JR Ward fan, and while I do like these books - and the hero in this one Isaac is SOOOO my type - I'm still a BDB girl at heart and will count down the days until I can download Payne's book next year!

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - Hubs and I watched the movie of this a while back and I really liked it. My father in-law has read them all and lovd them, so I wanted to read them...I'm only 5% done with it and I downloaded it about 2 months ago. After seeing the movie, it's hard to get into all the tiny details laid out in the book. I still want to read it, and will force myself so I can move on to the next two books.

4/5. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Game Series) and Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Game Series) by Suzanne Collins - I know you are wondering...well what about Hunger Games?? I have that in hard copy. It sat on my bookshelf for over a year and then I heard everyone talking about it and read it. When I finished at 2 in the morning...no waiting for the bookstore to open - I immediately downloaded the second one! That's the beauty of the Kindle...(I did the same thing with Mockingjay, but we were at the waterpark)

6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - I'll admit I just downloaded this one because it was free and I thought if I was desperate one day that I might read it. I haven't yet.

7. Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Book by Charlaine Harris - This was the first book I bought for my Kindle. I loved it because it had just come out and was in hardback - I have the entire collection in paperback and these hardback releases are really messing with the aesthtic of my bookshelf. So I was able to buy and read it immediately, and then when it comes out in paperback I'll buy it and add it to my collection.

8. I have two word games that I downloaded and haven't had time to really play yet.

9. I have a "secret" file that is titled "MINE" - Okay, confession time here...this is where I keep my "grown up" booklets. Kindle has a host of free downloads, and there is some interesting erotica that you can find there. I have a few of those that I read...for research...yeah, that's it!

10. I have a file that is all Omnific books. I am a little biased I know, when it comes to Omnific, but I want to have them all in some form, and while I own most of them in hard copy, I have them on my Kindle too! I have titles from Boycotts & Barflies and With Good Behavior, to Three Daves and Seers of Light (which have both been reviewed on my blog!). I need to download a few more to keep up!! Looking forward to Whispers of Light and finding out how poor Christian gets along!

11. Finally I have various documents that I have converted to download on the Kindle so that I can work while I'm away from home.

SO...now it's your turn. Tell me what you have on your e-reader!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Sneaky Peeky

As promised - I had to bat my eyes and promise some favors - here is a little sneak peek at my new novel that will be coming out in the new year.

The story is about Gideon and Charlotte (but don't call her Charlotte...she only answers to Charlie) Cooper, a young couple celebrating their first anniversary. Gideon has news that is going to change both of their lives, and the lives of those around them, in so many ways...

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Charlie had been out with friends that Thursday night, celebrating making it through a particularly brutal week of classes. It was the beginning of her junior year at San Diego State University, where she was studying to be a teacher, and this year’s workload seemed to have doubled that of the previous two.

Charlie was only five feet five inches tall, but her confident personality made her seem so much bigger. Her long strawberry blond hair, sparkling green eyes, and full lips made her the envy of many women and an object of attraction for most men. Usually, Charlie spent the nights at clubs trying to keep all the pervs and their hands off of her, but when she saw the gorgeous muscled man across the bar, he didn’t look like he was mentally undressing her, he looked like he was…caressing her, with just his eyes. Charlie flashed a small smile before turning away. She hoped it would encourage him to come over because she’d never approach a man out at the clubs; she wasn’t going to meet her future husband partying in a bar.

The next time Charlie looked up to continue flirting with the blond-haired, dimple-cheeked god on the other side of the club, he’d disappeared. She glanced around trying to locate him and cursed herself for being so stubborn and cautious. Her heart broke just a little, and she didn’t even know the guy’s name. He was gone, and there was very little chance she’d ever find him again. It was San Diego for Christ’s sake—not only was there the entire SDSU student body, but University of California, San Diego, and University of San Diego, not to mention all the community colleges, and then throw in the military bases. Charlie was sure she’d never find him again.

“Hey.” A deep voice that sounded like sex came from over her shoulder. It was him.

Slowly turning around, Charlie tried not to let her nervousness show. “Hey.”

When he smiled at her, Charlie could’ve sworn her heart actually stopped beating for a fraction of a second. The dimples in his cheeks were mouthwatering, and she wanted to kiss them right then…so she did.

“Well, um, that was…nice.” He was still smiling. “I’m Gideon, by the way.”

Suddenly, he was kissing her. His kiss was deep and long, his tongue exploring every inch of Charlie’s mouth. She knew she should be fighting off this total stranger, but she just couldn’t bring herself to do it. Instead, she gave up and went with it, battling his tongue for dominance and tasting his wonderful flavors. He must have been drinking Jack and Coke, because Charlie could taste the sting of the whiskey and the sweetness of the soda.

“I’m Charlie, just so you know,” she managed to squeak out once they broke for air.

“Hi, Charlie. Nice to meet you.” Those dimples made an appearance again. This time Charlie was more bold and let her tongue slide out from between her lips to run over those small, perfect indentations. Behind her, Charlie’s friends gasped at her completely uncharacteristic aggressiveness, but she didn’t care. At that moment, she was more sure of Gideon than she’d ever been of anything in her life


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Just a tiny taste, but I'll have more over the next couple of months.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Life REALLY Happened...

Howdy!!

I don't really have a post today...SORRY!! I just wanted to make sure that you all knew I haven't forgotten about you.

I am knee deep in editing right now! On top of that, my son had a birthday party on Friday (next Sunday I will have two 7 year olds!!), then Saturday we had my daughter's basketball (she scored her first basket!!) and my son's wrestling tournament (he came in second!). THEN joy of joys on Saturday night my husband ended up taking the little man to the doctor at 9pm for STREP!! And then this morning that email bug that has been going around burrowed into my email and sent out emails to people in my address book! Fortunately it isn't one I use often, and I only had to warn a handful of people...

Oh, and top that off with some freelance work that I am doing, and well...life definitely happened for me over the last week, and I just didn't have time to put together a fabulous post today! HAHA!!

To make up for having to hear about my crazy life instead of something interesting, I'm going to check with my editors (waves to her favorite editor!!) and see if next week I can get a good little excerpt from my new book.

Happy Monday!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
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Passion Fish Out Takes

As promised...here are three out takes from my first published novel, Passion Fish. I wrote this book with my good friend Alison Oburia. Two peopl writing a book is a challenge!! What we found worked best for us was we each worked with characters that spoke to us.

While the main story of Passion Fish is Will and Eve's, I loved Gage and Skye! As we wrote, the two story lines emerged, and the work was easily divided. When it was time for publishing, however, we both had to cut some things out (otherwise the book would have been like 800 pages!)

So, here are three of my favorite scenes that we cut out of the published version...

WARNING...WARNING...WARNING...WARNING...WARNING...WARNING

There are some adult situations in the following out takes. But, it's all what I call "sweet smut" - none of the really bad words, and very vauge terms.

Out Take #1 – Beau’s Penance
This is a little look at Beau and Josie right before the dinner party at Thomas and Noelle's.

As they walked into her apartment, Beau knew Josie was still furious with him. It was almost four, and they would have to start getting ready for dinner at Thomas and Noelle’s soon, but he had an idea to put a smile back on Josie’s beautiful face. It was, after all, his fault she’d been in such a foul mood all day.

The previous night at Stratus, Beau had seen the sparkle in Josie’s eyes when Eve made mention of Gage and Skye having “pirate night.” She’d been trying to get him to “play” with her for ages, and it was the one thing Beau couldn’t do for her. His first mistake had been refusing her again last night.

Normally he complied with every request his personal angel made. But when he made love to Josie, it was one of the most deeply felt experiences he’d ever had, and he didn’t want to belittle the act by wearing costumes. He loved Josie, and when they were in bed together, he did everything to make sure she knew that. To Beau, dressing up would cheapen what the couple had, and he would never do that to her.
So, she’d already been pouting that morning, not used to Beau denying her anything, and then for mistake number two he’d sort of tricked her into spending the day at a rare coin show. He’d asked her if she wanted to go shopping with him. It wasn’t really a lie; he was shopping for new merchandise for his company. Beau hated being away from her, and even though he was sure she’d never want to spend a Saturday looking at coins, he was selfish and deceived her anyway.

Josie turned to Beau, and he could feel the anger and disappointment she was preparing to unleash on him. Quickly he decided to set his plan in motion before she killed him, or worse…left him.

“Josie, before you start what I know is a well-deserved tirade, can I ask one thing?”
She scowled.

That wasn’t a good sign. In fact, Beau was a little concerned that she hadn’t spoken in more than two hours. Other than a few grunts in his direction, she’d barely said a word once they’d arrived at the coin show. He hadn’t thought it was possible for her to remain silent for so long. And he was fearful of the explosion that was sure to be coming. His genius plan was to point it in another direction.

“Okay. If you don’t want to answer, will you just nod at least?” Beau bent down to look her right in the eyes, and she gave a slight nod. “I just need you to stay here for one minute. Please.”

She nodded and walked over to sit on the couch, the scowl still in place.

I will NEVER do anything to cause her to look like that again, Beau vowed as he went into her bedroom and closed the door behind him. Though they’d only been together a short time, they had no secrets, so he knew just where to find what he needed.

Beau stripped down, and the plan was underway.

“Josie, my love, I need your help.”

Beau stood, leaning against the bathroom door jamb in his best “sexy pose.” As Josie entered the bedroom, he tipped the cowboy hat back on his head. She stopped in her tracks and, for the first time all day, Beau saw the smile that lit up his world.

“Well, howdy, ma’am.” He did his best southern drawl for her.

It was no secret that ever since they’d first talked about his life and where he grew up, Josie had wanted to see Beau as a cowboy. It really was quite funny, because his hometown, Austin, Texas, was as far from a “cowboy town,” as it could get, but this is what she wanted. And since he’d vowed to never deny her again, Beau complied.

“Oh, Beau!” she squealed and threw herself into his arms.

Eagerly wrapping his arms around her tiny frame, Beau lifted Josie to meet his mouth. She always tasted so good. As he kissed her more deeply, her arms circled his neck and found their way into his hair. While his tongue explored her mouth, Beau carried her over to the bed. Only after setting Josie down did he allow their lips to separate.

“Now, little darlin’, I need you to sit right here for just one moment.”
Josie sat on the edge of the bed, her eyes dancing over Beau’s body. He could tell she was pleased with his apology.

Turning around to allow her the view of his naked rear peeking through the chapshe’d put on just for her, Beau flexed his muscles, causing each cheek to bounce in turn. Josie clapped wildly and wriggled excitedly on the edge of the bed. When he faced her again, he knew she’d forgiven him.

Josie leaned back on her elbows and scanned Beau’s nearly naked body. Only two pieces of suede covered his legs. Beau’s pleasure at her obvious approval was quickly evident, and he needed her to touch him. As he took a step toward her, she sat up and reached for him. Each time Beau felt her perfect hands holding him, it was intoxicating.

Her skilful caresses brought him right to the brink of ecstasy, but he wouldn’t allow himself to succumb to only what he wanted at that time.
Beau stepped back. While he was all but naked, she was still fully dressed—and that would never do.

Reaching out, he took her hand and gently pulled her into his arms. Gently, Beau lifted her blouse over her head, kissing her deeply when she was free from the offending article of clothing. He moved from her mouth down to the sensitive skin between her breasts as he allowed his hands to slide up her back and quickly release the clasp of her bra. He took one of her hardened peaks into his mouth as the thin fabric fell to the floor.

Beau heard her moan his name, and just the sound of her voice, husky with lust for him, almost brought him to climax.

Good Lord, this woman has the ultimate control over me. All of me.

Beau let his hands wander over Josie’s body, finally coming to rest at the waistband of her pants. He moved along her skin there and felt the muscles contract beneath his touch. Once he found the button and zipper, he let her pants pool at her feet. Picking her up and out of the pants, Beau placed her on the bed once again. His hands roamed Josie’s beautiful body, finally making their way to her lace panties. Slowly Beau lowered them, kneeling between her legs as he removed them completely.

Again Josie said Beau’s name, pleading with him to bring her the pleasure she desired. Keeping his promise never to disappoint her again, Beau slid his hands back up her legs, his tongue following. He left a trail of kisses along her inner thigh, causing her to gasp and fall back on the bed. When his tongue finally reached its destination, her hands flew to his hair and held him there. After bringing her to the edge of her own climax, he began to move back up her body.

“Beau,” Josie gasped. “Take those damn chaps off. They’re way too cumbersome. I promise never to ask you to wear them again.”

He quickly obeyed her command and rid himself of the ridiculous costume, pleased that he’d never have to be “cowboy Beau” again. As he moved back between her legs, she wrapped them around him and allowed him entry. Passion overtook the pair, and they began to move together, their perfect union coming to an end only when both were spent.

“I love you more than anything in this universe, Josie,” Beau whispered in her ear as he rolled over and pulled her to him.

“And I love you too, Beau.”

They laid together for what seemed like hours, and Beau would have been happy to there stay forever, but when he looked at the clock on the nightstand, he knew they had to get up and start getting ready to spend the evening with their friends.

“Josie, it’s five thirty.” Beau nibbled her ear and then continued. “I think we need to get going so we aren’t late for Noelle and Thomas’ dinner.”

“You’re right—let’s get in the shower.” With that, Beau’s angel hopped out of bed and danced into the bathroom.

It wasn’t until he heard the water running that he realized she’d said “let’s.”

Yee Haw! So what if we’re a little late?



Out Take #2 – Going Up
This one is actually mostly in the book, but there is a little bit at the end that got edited out. It was one of my favorite lines, but Gage and Skye were already the only ones getting any, so I decided to leave it out...but here it is;

“You have got to be kidding me, Will. The Cubs won’t even see the playoffs, let alone the series,” Skye called out.

That was it for Gage. A hot, smart, sexy woman who knows sports? Holy Crap! He’d hit the jackpot.

“Okay, everyone, we’re going to call it a night.” Gage had done his part and entertained their friends for a few hours, but the fact that Skye was into sports—he had to have her now.

Grabbing Skye’s hand, Gage slid her out of the booth. After saying goodnight to everyone, he steered her to the door. Gage knew he needed to get Skye somewhere private before he stopped caring who witnessed the things he was planning on doing to her.

Once in the car, with Skye, the responsible one, in the driver’s seat, Gage turned to her with a look of hunger and want—but also a question.

“So, you follow baseball?”

“Ummm…yeah. I told you that on our first date, remember? I’m a Giants fan? I was raised by my two older brothers. They liked their sports, and so I did by default.”

“I remember you said that, but I didn’t think you were actually a baseball fan.”

“Well, I am.” She sounded pissed. That was not at all what Gage had been going for.

He needed to save himself—quickly. He had to let her know what he thought about this little piece of new information she had just given him.

“Skye, I’m sorry. This isn’t coming out right. I just meant that…uhhh…damn!”

“What, Gage? Just spit it out, for God’s sake.”

“So?”

Skye still looked pretty icy, and Gage didn’t know how to put into words how badly he wanted her at that moment.

“It’s just that the fact that you like baseball…that is so hot, Skye.”

A huge smile broke across her lips as the car pulled into the garage. Gage was glad she was enjoying the situation, because his obvious enjoyment was making things difficult for him.

Skye parked the car in Gage’s space and got out, waiting for him at the back of the car. When he joined her, Skye’s eyes traveled down to the bulge that had once again appeared in Gage’s pants. A wicked smile played on her lips, and he knew he was in for a spectacular night.

The couple made their way to the elevator, neither talking at all.

Once in the elevator, which fortunately was empty, Skye turned to face Gage. She placed her hands on his chest and pushed him back against the wall. Gage didn’t think he was going to make it to the apartment, and the fact that Skye was taking control? All he could do was comply.

Gage rested his hands on her hips, his thumbs caressed the sliver of skin just above the waistband of her low-rise jeans. Skye slid her hands up into his hair, planting a brief kiss on his chest before working her way upward.

Skye stood on her tiptoes to reach Gage’s ear, and her body pressed against his. Gage held her tightly against him, trying to make sure she didn’t move against his hardness, which would cause him to completely lose it.

When Skye’s lips finally reached their destination, and Gage thought he couldn’t take anything more, she whispered in a low, sexy voice, “I’m an even bigger football fan.”

DING!

The elevator doors opened onto Gage’s floor. Skye removed herself from his embrace and turned to walk out. Before stepping off the elevator, she glanced over her shoulder.

“Are you coming?”

“Yeah, that’s the problem.”



Out Take #3 – Popping the Question
This is the full scene of Beau's proposal to Josie. In the book it was only a few lines where Josie described to the rest of the girls how he had done it - this is the proposal.

When Josie woke up to the sun shining into the room, she could tell Beau had something on his mind just from the faraway look in his eyes. He rolled over, pulling her into an embrace, and kissed her forehead.

“Hey, do you think I could steal you away from the girls today?” His breath on Josie’s temple sent instant heat through her body.

“Ummm…sure. Why?” It was Sunday, and Beau knew she had a standing date with Eve, Skye, and Noelle, but they would understand.

“I’d just like you all to myself today. I have some plans for us,” Beau said.
Josie narrowed her eyes. He was up to something.

She tried to call Eve, but when she couldn’t get a hold of her she phoned Skye to tell her she wasn’t going to make it to brunch. Expecting a lecture on responsibility and friendship, she was surprised when Skye just sighed and told her that was okay because she wasn’t feeling up to it anyway.

When she got off the phone, Josie turned to see Beau on his cell. He saw her and quickly made an effort to wrap up the call. That only made Josie even more curious.
“Who was that?” she asked, unable to help herself. When it came to Beau, she was very territorial.

“Just checking on something for later today.” His smile was radiant, and again Josie wondered what he was up to. It was usually so easy for her to predict what Beau would do in any given situation, but all week he’d been hiding something.

The pair spent the rest of the morning in bed with the newspaper and coffee. It was the perfect Sunday morning. He explained to Josie how his business was growing and said he was looking in to changing some things so he wouldn’t have to travel as much. Josie was really happy with that, but his restlessness was weighing in the back of her mind.

As the day passed, Beau became more and more anxious. It was something Josie had never seen, and she began to worry, which only fed his anxiety. Whatever he was planning was going to be big, and Josie wasn’t sure she was ready for it.
Around three o’clock, Beau started laying clothes out on the bed. Josie wandered into the room, and he looked up at her.

“Uhh, Beau? What are you doing, sweetheart?”

“Well, it’s time for us to go, and I thought you might wear this for our evening out.” He gestured to the stunning Camille Townsend black silk dress he had laid on the bed.

“Where are we going?” Josie’s interest was definitely piqued.

“Dinner.” That was Beau’s only reply, and by the set of his mouth, that was all he was going to say.

Once they were dressed, Josie headed toward the door, but the sound of rustling and the opening and closing of cupboards made her stop and turn around. She watched as Beau began to move around the apartment, gathering coats and a few blankets out of the linen closet.

Josie looked over at him, eyebrows raised, about to ask him what the hell he was doing now.

“We might need these later,” he offered before taking her hand to lead her out the door.

As they drove north out of the city, Josie couldn’t imagine where they were going. The fact that Beau was dressed in an incredible suit that made all six feet of his beautiful body even more perfect, and he had insisted she wear his favorite dress, had Josie even more on edge.

When he turned into the parking lot for Butterfly Beach, Josie couldn’t help but question Beau’s eveningwear suggestion. Her strappy heels definitely weren’t going to be good for walking the trails or hitting the beach.

Beau came around and opened the door for Josie. He reached out his hand for hers.
Josie hesitated.

“Do you trust me?” He held her eyes with his own.

“Of course I do.”

“Then come with me.”

Josie took his hand and allowed him to help her out of the car. Then Beau opened the back door and took the coats and blankets out. When an ocean breeze blew in and Josie shuddered, he laid her coat across her shoulders, leaning in and kissing her neck as he did. Josie’s whole body shuddered as his lips touched her skin, and her knees went a little weak. Fortunately, Beau had wrapped his arm around her. He carried the bundle in the other hand and guided her toward the beach.

Suddenly, in front of them was a beautiful white open tent with a small table and two chairs in the middle of it. The sides of the tent were pulled to the corners and secured with ornate golden ropes. An arrangement of what must have been three dozen roses sat in the middle of the table, and candles had been lit on either side of the flowers. There was also an ice bucket with a bottle of champagne chilling beside the table.

“Oh! Beau!” Josie’s hand flew to her mouth at the utter beauty of the setting.

Pulling Josie into the tent, Beau set the blankets on the sand. Stepping away, he pulled out one of the chairs.

“Why don’t you sit? Dinner is about to be served.” Beau glanced over Josie’s shoulder, and she turned to see a server, dressed to the nines in black tie and coat tails, carrying a silver tray across the sand.

The man set the tray down and the most wonderful smells filled the tent. Beau had asked for Josie’s favorite meal: veal parmigiana with four-cheese ravioli. The small side salad was crisp, and the wine was perfectly chilled. Josie wondered in amazement where they could be bringing the food from.

Conversation during the meal was free flowing, and Josie felt like her Beau was back. This had to have been what he was so secretive about, and her entire being flooded with relief. Josie gazed up into Beau’s face and saw his love for her shining in his eyes.

The sun was setting, and the reflection of the orange and pink sky on the glassy water lit up the tent. Beau rose from his chair and walked to Josie. He reached out and took her hand in his. Josie made the motion to get up, but he stopped her. Kissing her lightly on the lips, he sat her back down in the chair and sank to one knee.

Josie gasped.

“Josephine McInnis.” Beau took both of Josie’s hands in his. “You are everything I have ever wanted or needed to make my life perfection. There is nothing more I need to make me whole, and when you aren’t with me, I feel like a piece of me is missing. I ache when I am away from you.”

Tears began to form and push at the corners of Josie’s eyes.

“I love you with everything that I am. I don’t want to let one more sunset pass without knowing that you’ll be my wife and spend the rest of eternity with me.”
The tears began to escape and flowed freely down Josie’s cheeks. Beau removed one of his hands and slipped it into his pocket.

“Josie, will you marry me?”

When Josie looked down, Beau was holding the most exquisite antique diamond ring she’d ever seen between his thumb and index finger. He looked up at her, and Josie’s breath caught at the depth of emotion on his face.

“Yes. Of course I will. I love you, Beau Sanderson, and being your wife is the most precious thing I will ever do with my life.” With that, Josie launched herself from the chair into his arms, which he instantly wrapped around her as the pair tumbled on to the sand…

Now, after the night she’d spent with Beau, Josie was trying to motivate herself to get ready for work. She stopped brushing her teeth—for the third time this morning—as the flash from the ring she now wore on her left hand caught her eye in the mirror. Her engagement ring. Josie let out an audible sigh as Beau came up behind her, wrapping his arms around her waist and leaning in to nibble her ear. Her Beau. Her fiancĂ©.

Glancing back at the reflection in the mirror, Josie realized she’d been smiling since the moment Beau had proposed, and now she couldn’t wait to see her two best friends and share her wonderful news. Beau leaned down and kissed her neck, as he ran his hand over her bare stomach, sliding it down into the waistband of her panties.

Oh, hell, I’m going to be late for work today!


Well...there you go. Hope you liked them.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


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NaNoWriMo...are you in?

So, I was originally going to do my post today with a few out takes from Passion Fish...a REALLY good one, too!! But I was finishing up edits on my next book, and couldn't get to them this week (need to have my editor look at them so I don't embarass myself!) Next week I will have those, though because I finished my edits...a big round of applause please! I'm exhausted and don't know if I can even look at writing again??

Which brings me to my topic of the day...It's November 1st which means that at midnight National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) kicked in.

Now if you aren't familiar with this, let me explain. There is a great site (NaNoWriMo.com) that helps all the would-be writers get motivated and put those fabulous ideas on paper (well not paper, but you know what I mean). The idea behind this movement is that the hardest thing about starting that novel that you've had rattling around for years is the intimidation factor. Looking at that blank screen with the cursor mocking you...TERRIFYING!!! And then there is the whole concept of editing and making sure what you type is perfect.

NaNoWriMo takes away some of those factors. Because in reality, what you first put on paper is never what eventually makes it to the editor, let alone to print. So, this allows you to just type...whatever you have been playing out over and over in your head...just get it down!! Don't worry about grammar and punctuation (though I know there are some who couldn't just do that - me included...haha). The key is that no one will actually be reading what you type. I know! Great isn't it??

All you have to do is create your page at the website (NaNoWriMo.com) and then you work in Word (or whatever wordprocessing program you use). At the end of each day, or week or hour...you copy your work into a text box and your words are totaled. Here's the best part - no one sees the words. They are encrypted for the verifiers (so no one can steal that great idea from you) and no one can see anything but the information you want them to see and your word totals.

The goal is to get 50,000 words to paper in one month. Now I know that still sounds a little intimidating. But when you break it down, it isn't so bad; 12500 words a week, 1667 words a day, 70 words an hour. I can get 70 words an hour down! (of course if you actually require sleep or need to do other things in life like raise children, I would focus on the 1667 words a day...totally doable!)

If you get to 50,000 words in the month, you get to have bragging rights, get a nice banner to use wherever you hang on line, and have like half a novel written!! How great is that? But even if you don't get to 50,000 words (this will be my third year, and I have yet to come close) you will at least overcome the fear of putting your ideas on paper and maybe made a few new writing friends (they have great networking and even a few meet up for all night writing sessions - you can register your region to find people near you who are writing also!). I write over there under qjmom...find me and add me as a Writing Buddy!!

So if you haven't already, go register (it's only the first day!) and get writing!!

Now if I could only decide between my two stories battling in my head...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


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To Use "I" or "He" - Now That is the Question...

Before I start on my little blog topic today, I have to laugh about last week's post. I didn't think my comment about dating three guys with the same name would be a topic of conversation!! I had more comments for that post than I have for any other post since I started this. What I said was absolutely true. I dated a Charlie, Chuck and another Charlie (that his friends called Chief because he was Native American - it was the 80s people, not very PC I know!!). I married one of the Charlies...

Okay, now on to the topic at hand; Which type of voice to use when writing a story??

We'll start with First Person POV. Now I think that as a reader, this is one of the harder POVs to get into. I am one of those people who NEEDS to know what is going on. Only seeing the story in one person's point of view leaves me wanting more...what was that guy thinking when she told him that?? I NEED TO KNOW.

Really, I think that it is a character flaw, this need that I have. The irony of me not really liking First Person POV is that some of my recent favorite books were written that way. Not gonna lie here...I am a Twidork!! And to read four books told completely from a teenage, love sick girl I thought would NEVER be for me (well, 3 and a half books because Breaking Dawn had that bizarre Jacob POV in the middle). And then came The Hunger Games. Again First Person AND present tense (don't get me started on that!!).

I think that the reason that I fell into these books is because they were easy for me to identify with the main characters. Having been a teenage girl once in my life, I could understand them a little more. But what if Twilight had been Midnight Sun first?? Or what if The Hunger Game had been told from Peta's POV?? Would I have been able to immerse myself in the same way?? I just don't know.

I will just skip right over second person, because I'm not planning on a "Make Your Own Adventure" story or an instruction manual...though I would love to read a Black Dagger Brotherhood Make Your Own Adventure story!! I would totally pick going with Z down to the gym...turn to page 73!! Okay, sorry got distracted!! But just imagine the fun in that book!!

On to Third Person POV...now even if you choose to go with this one you'll have to make another choice. Is it Third Person Limited POV (meaning the POV changes from character to character but the reader only gets what is going on from one specific character) or do you want to go with Third Person Omniscient (one "narrator" telling the story so that you can know what everyone is thinking). Decisions...decisions...

Right now, I am in the editing stage of my next book and am dealing with this issue. When I wrote it, I choose Third Person Limited POV. I try to keep POV changes to a minimum because I know as a reader, watching the tennis match of competing POVs can get to be a little much. So, I have three main characters and the majority of the story is told with their POV. BUT...I also had 3 other POVs lightly sprinkled (I'm sure that my editor would disagree!! HAHA!) throughout the story. It was a major thing that my editor and I have been discussing.

Her suggestion was to maybe convert the whole thing over to omniscent, that way all those little pieces of information that the extra 3 characters' POV provided could still be included. AND I tried to work it that way...honestly! But here is the problem that I encountered...When I write, I hear the voices in my head telling me what they want to say, and by changing to omniscent I lost my characters' voices.

I was really struggling with this issue as I edited. While I agreed with my editor (and really I thought that I did a better job when I first wrote it...hahaha!) that it was too much, I didn't want to lose everyone. Then I started to read a new book by a very popular author and there were 7 POV changes in the first 5 chapters!! Now, I am nowhere near the writer that this author is, but seeing that gave me the confidence to make sure the things that I ABSOLUTELY want in the story are there. Don't worry...I don't have 7 different POV changes!!

After all this, I'm finding books that actually have switching First Person POVs (As mentioned earlier with Breaking Dawn) and some that actually have both First Person AND Third Person mixed in?? My head is spinning. As you can see, I have enough trouble trying to pick one!

Oh, and my new book that I'm working on...First Person!! HAHAHA!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Passion Fish Signing!

I'm making a special post today to let any of my followers who might live in the Florida, that my partner in crime, Alison Oburia, will be at the Florida Writers Association Conference in Lake Mary, FL, this weekend (Oct. 22-24).


Alison will have copies of Passion Fish with her for purchase, or if you already have your copy, she can just sign it for you.

Now, I realize that if Alison signs the book for you, then you only have half of the author's signature - it's like having them only sign their first name! So what I'm going to do is...if you get Alison to sign your copy of Passion Fish, email me at jessicamcquinn@yahoo.com with your name and address, and I will get a signed bookplate sticker in the mail to you to go with the other half of the author's signature.

So if you are in the Lake Mary area, stop by and say hi to Alison!

P.S. I will be announcing some signings for Passion Fish as well as my new book around the end of the year...so if you are in Utah, keep an eye out!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

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•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lost in the 80's

I had mentioned a while back that I was going to review some of my favorite books once a month. Last time I reviewed Jennifer DeLucy's Seers of Light, and this time we are going in a totally different direction with Nicki Elson's Three Daves.


Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that’s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy, and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing it... and having fun doing it, too. She didn’t want to become the campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience. Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. And with that realization, Jen decided to find “the one” and lose her virginity, although not necessarily in that order...

Being a child of the 80s, I absolutely got lost in this story. Nicki Elson transported me back to my high school days, and I had to go find some of the pictures of me with the big hair and the Izod with the collar flipped up!

Jen's journey to find who she is and what she wants out of life is something that we have all been through, and it was so easy to relate to her as a character. Her exploration of her own thoughts and feelings in everything from religion to music to sex are so genuine, that I couldn't help but feel a connection with her. Each of the men that she gets involved with help her to find that place in the world where she belongs and as a reader you are never sure who you want her to be with (okay maybe not David most of the time...but I TOTALLY would have choose him at one point in my life!!).

Nicki Elson's novel is so engaging and had me so involved that I read it in two days and ignored my family during that time (there is a pattern to my reading habits!). I loved her descriptive accounts of everything from the dance clubs of the era to the frat parties taking place in college. And the interaction of her characters is engaging and what make the story so enthralling.

So who would be your perfect match?? Are you Dave girl?? What about David?? Ohhh...or big D??

Me?? I would have gone with Big D, but probably fooled around with David a little on the side!! HAHA!! I have a thing for bad boys, what can I say??

Oh, and on a side note...I actually dated three different guys with the same name when I was in high school (all at different times...don't get me wrong!) and ended up marrying one of them! So this story works for me on so many levels!

Nicki's novel is available through Omnific Publishing in everything from Kindle to print copy (I have both!!) So put on your neon Flashdance sweatshirt and leggings and sit back and enjoy the 80's once again!

As an homage to Nicki's book, here are a few recent pictures that I found of myself in the 80's. Don't judge!! It was the 80's!! We all looked like this!



Monday, October 11, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Life Happened...

I missed another Monday. I was on vacation and without an internet connect for about a week! Thank God for the new Smart Phones, or I would have come back to 100s of emails!

This post is going to have nothing to do with my writing or books. While I was on vacation, I had two of those "Life Happened" moments that I talked about in my first post. So you get to hear a little bit about me today. Aren't you lucky!!

The first incident made me laugh out loud before I realized how old I am! I have recently found Facebook. Don't get me wrong, I was on Facebook before, and I do have a Jessica McQuinn page (which I really need to get going!!), I just had never been on very much. Then recently, I found a bunch of old high school friends, and now I am on there all the time.

While I was home visiting my mom, there was a big football game at my alma mater with a rival. Several of my friends were there, and watching the updates on Facebook kept me entertained all night long! It was like being in high school again.

And that's the problem and the impetus for the Life Happened moment. To me, all of these people are still 17/18 year old high school kids that I hung out with all those years ago. So, when I read about them being doctors and lawyers and parents, it seems so odd for me. When did we grow up?? How did life happen all of a sudden and we are all responsible (I use that word loosely) adults?

Things only got worse for me on the "When did life happen" front when I went to visit my cousin for a few days.

I grew up in a very small family. I have one younger brother and that is it. Even our extended family was not big as I have only four cousins - three boys and one girl. Being the only two girls in the family, my cousin who is 9 years older than me became more like sisters. I wanted to be her when I was little, and I still admire her immensely.

While I have two elementary school kids, my cousin has four in college and high school. The two oldest (girls) are a junior and freshman in college and the younger two (older girl and boy) are a senior and sophomore in high school. Now, everytime I see them I am amazed at how big they are. To me, like my high school friends, the girls are caught in a time warp in my head where they are all 3 years old.

This idea of them still being toddlers slapped me square in the face last week when I went to my Goddaughter's (the second oldest - freshman in college) sorority induction. How do they let a 3 year old into college, let alone into a sorority?? I was baffled!! When did she grow up?

I was the saddest I have ever been as I pulled away from my cousin's house that day. I had to face the fact that Life Happened, and everyone was grown up now! I looked at my kids in their booster seats, watching Space Chimps 2 and tried to remember that moment because I knew that one day I would have to stop seeing them as little kids and treat them as adults...I'm not ready for life to happen!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Vacation!

Soooo...I am actually on a vacation of sorts this week! (We are making the grandparent circut for the next two weeks) And in honor of my vacation, I am doing a special vacation blog today!

The best thing about this vacation is that unlike most years, I don't have a suitcase full of books with me. Normally, I have at least 3 or 4 books stuffed in a pocket of my suitcase somewhere. They always end up squished and bent by the end, because they are vying for space with the kids bathing suits and the stuffed animals that just couldn't be left behind all by themselves. It isn't that I have given up reading!! No, that would actually cause me to wither away and die! This year, I have a Kindle.

Now, my mother-in-law got a Kindle about 3 years ago when they first came out and would sing it's praises to me all the time because she knows that I like to read. My husband kept asking me if I wanted a Kindle for birthdays or Christmas. I was adamant that I didn't want one.

I am a book person. I have shelves and shelves of books. I read some books over and over again (I have re-read the Harry Potter books an emabarrassing number of times). I like the feel of a book in my hand, and the smell when you first crack it open. I like to hold it in my hand. Or I thought that I did.

At the beginning of the summer, I left a job that I had been doing for a while and the people who worked for me got together and bought me a Kindle. Now, I believe that I have established that I am a techtard, so holding what should be a book seemed a little intimidating.

I plugged it in to charge it, while reading over the half page of instructions (really? half a page?? I need more guidance than that!) and then started pushing buttons. I was fascinated.

The first book that I bought was Dead in the Family. Normally, I buy the new book from the series that I read on the day that they are released, but I hadn't had a chance to get to the bookstore yet. I was instantly in love!! Me, who swore up and down that I loved my books and couldn't imagine not actually holding one, was in love with this thin piece of metal.

Here are my reasons for loving my Kindle:

1. For whatever reason, publishers have started releasing books in hardback. Now, that would be fine, if I had been buying the hardbacks all along. I have both hardback and paperback in my Harry Potter and Twilight series. But, my Sookie books and BDB are all paperbacks, and buying that hardback really messes up the aesthetic of my bookshelf! And I'm too impatient to wait for the paperback to be released in who knows how many months! With my Kindle, I get it on the release day and can read it, then buy the paperback for my "collection" when it comes out.

2. Because there is no way that I could wait until the paperback came out (see above) to read, I would spend the $20+ on the hardback so I could read it. The Kindle version, while not as inexpensive as a paperback, is still cheaper than the hardback.

3.If I am at the park with my kids and finish reading a book, I can IMMEDIATELY download another one. The kids get to keep playing because I'm not bored out of my mind with nothing to do, and I get to read in relative peace - win/win!

And by the same reasoning, now, instead of having to leave things out when I pack so I can bring extra books, I have room in my suitcase for my bathing suit...not that that's a good thing in my book!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Raising a Novel

Yesterday was a tough day for me. I got my edits back on my next book.

This is new to me because Passion Fish was written as a collaboration, so the editing process was a little different and we had to hand the reins over to our editor, otherwise it would have taken years for Alison and I to come to an agreement over what color top Eve was wearing. We agreed on all the big things, but as you write a character, you picture them in your head. Okay, maybe that is just me, but when I'm writing, my characters are living breathing people who live in my head and whisper things to me to put on the paper. (Good thing I found writing as an outlet, because that just sounds NUTS!) So I just had a different picture in my head than Alison and we decided on those things we would let our editor decide. It worked out great, and she did a fabulous job.

But, by doing the editing this way, I never had that moment where I opened up my manuscript to find all of those bubbles off to the side questioning my ideas. So I was a bit shocked yesterday when I did open my new manuscript. There were A LOT of bubbles!! I wanted to cry for a minute. (I know that my editor reads this - I'm going somewhere here, darling!! Please keep reading!! I promise I redeem myself!!)

My wonderful husband saw the look on my face and asked what was wrong. I told him why I was on the verge of tears and his response was, "Well, that's her job, right?" Okay, now I'm pretty sure I just did a post last week about how supportive my husband is, but at that moment I wanted to delete it! He was absolutely right, of course, but I wanted him to be as hurt as I was.

I explained it to him this way; it's like when the teacher tells you that your child isn't doing well in school and gives you a list of things that you need to do to make them better. Your first reaction is a defensive one...someome just criticized my child! How dare they! Even if they were right, it is just the knee-jerk reaction that we have as a parent.

Here is the thing, though. That teacher just wants your kid to succeed! And, after a few minutes of being hurt and a little pissed off, you settle down and think about what they said and then get to work to make sure that your kid gets the education that they deserve and need.

Our books are like kids to us. We put a lot of work and love into them, and then to have someone tell you that you've done it wrong is a hard pill to swallow. It took me about a half hour of feeling sorry for myself while the comments that my editor had made were pinging around in my head for me to realize that some of the things that she said were absolutely right and I started to plot out the changes that I had to make.

So, to my editor, who like I said, I'm pretty sure is reading this. THANK YOU!! Because you have the guts to tell me your honest opinions, my book will be better for it! And in the end, I would rather have one person tell me these things that a couple thousand when the book comes out.

You're doing a great job at shaping the young novels of the future!!