Monday, August 30, 2010


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.

Reading Again

Okay, SOOOOO I missed last weeks update, but I have a really good excuse and someone to blame even. I was caught up in a book and couldn't actually pull myself away to update...kind of ironic isn't it??

I LOVE to read. I have always loved to read. From the time that I was young, I always wanted to read and would read whatever I could. Nothing has change, except now I two kids, a husband, a rambunctious dog, a house, and a few jobs. When do I squeeze in reading, I tend to become consumed with it (in fact I had to pull myself away from Chasing Fire to actually do a few things...). So you know that if I've read a book, then it is good - otherwise I end up giving up and going back to my duties.

So, I thought that I would start a little "feature" on the last Monday of the month and I will review what I'm reading (or have just read, or have loved!). NOW, I am going to be a little biased, and start with some of my favorite books by fellow Omnific authors. I have had the good fortune to read all but 2 of the 11 current titles that Omnific offers.

First up, Jennifer DeLucy's Seers of Light



Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things—disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures—cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.

This is the book that had me so wrapped up that I missed posting last week! I just couldn't put it down (until I heard that cry of, "MOM!" anyway!).

Knowing Jen personally, I had put off reading this for a while. I am such a picky reader, and there is very little paranormal that I really get into (Dark Hunter and BDB not withstanding...) so I was worried what I would say to her if I didn't like it. I need not have worried about it AT ALL. I should have known that Jen would put to paper her entire heart, and it is beautiful!

The Lily character is so smart and witty and someone I could see myself in. She has that feeling that while she is living her life, and it is an okay life, there is something missing. I think that we have all had that feeling? Of course I found my "something missing" in writing instead of Sentients!

Then you have Christian and William. Ahhhh...what can I say that doesn't give away too much?? Nothing! I'm sorry, but these two you are going to have to experience for yourself. Anything that I say about these two would give away so much, and the way that Jen has crafted this story, it would be such an injustice to do that.

The story that Jen has woven for these people is funny, witty, heart felt, and heartbreaking. This is one that will go right up on my bookshelf and one that I will read again (because I know that there are things that I missed in my eagerness to find out what happened next.).

One last thing that I will tell you is that when I finished Seers, I emailed Jen and these were my exact words:

I just finished Seers. You made me cry, dammit!

But, she also made me laugh and sigh in equal measure. I truly loved this story.

Monday, August 16, 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.

Inspiration?

This past weekend I took a little mini vacation from my job. As much as any mom can take a vacation, anyway. Every year I try to go away for a long weekend and find myself again. I get to be me instead of Q and J's mom, or the Mrs., or my husband's wife. As a stay-at-home-mom, I find that rarely in a day do people call my by my first name? So these weekends I get to be just ME.

However, it isn't like you can actually take a vacation from being a mom. You are always thinking about what the kids are doing. Did they get to school on time? Did they go to school in plaid and paisley? What did Q's hair look like? What about their homework? And J has a birthday party to go to...But for the most part I try to put that to the back of my mind and enjoy the small amount of time I have to be myself.

So, as I headed to the desert with three of my best girlfriends, I was in the mindset that I was off the clock and ready to just be. Unfortunately, I still have this pesky other job of being an author now, and THAT never shuts down!!

During the six hour drive to the spa, we talked about EVERYTHING that you can think of from jobs to kids, from husbands to sex...and everytime a new subject came up, a new story idea popped into my head! I couldn't stop it.

I tried to push those things to the back of my mind to hang out with all the family stuff, but they didn't get along, and eventually were running around in my head. So, my nice realxing weekend turned into a notebook full of story ideas. I'm thinking my next book will be about 4 women in a car for six hours because I have never laughed so hard in my life!

The funny thing is that I have always had this problem of finding a story in most situations or conversations, only now I have an outlet for it, so that even though I'm on vacation I'm still working! But I love every minute of it and realize how lucky I am that I have a way to still be myself in this world using my crazy life that never turns off as inspiration!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Next Best Seller

I have a confession to make...I LOVE LOVE LOVE reality TV.

The thing is that I like the reality TV that requires the people to have some sort of skill; Project Runway, Top Chef, American Idol... (Okay I will admit to my one guitly pleasure of America's Next Top Model).

I don't think that I watch "regular" TV shows anymore? My TiVo is chock a block full with all of these shows that I watch late at night after everyone else is in bed. (My husband has a limited amount of patience, and making him watch Cupcake Wars might be a little beyond his "in sickness" vow.)

Watching these talented people who have sacrificed so much to do what they dream about is amazing to me. I have wondered while I watched, if I would have the strength to do that for something that I felt in my heart I was always meant to do. In fact, as I would watch, I would wish that I actually had some creative talent. I was jealous.

I have been writing for years and years. From the time that I could actually put a sentence together, I have been making up stories. I can remember being a little girl and making up fairy princess stories (with me as the fairy princess, of course) in my head as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep. As I got older, those stories didn't stop, they just changed.

In high school I loved when we would get a chance to do a creative writing assingment and I could share something that I had written in a little notebook hidden away from everyone. I wasn't brave enough to share my writing with anyone, but if it was an assignment...well that was a different matter.

Even as life went on, I kept writing in one of those hidden away notebooks, never thinking that what I was doing was a creative process. It took me until I was almost 40, with a family and house to take care of to realize that I was one of those creative people I had been watching for the past few years. I was lucky!

Now, here is the point that I'm getting at (I'm a writer...so I have to take the long way!!)...I think that we need a new reality show - The Next Best Seller!

It would be done chapter by chapter and when the judges lose interest the contestant would be eliminated. They could use the catch phrase, "Stop the presses...you're books been rejected."

Wouldn't it be great to see the creative process of writing get the same kind of attention that other forms of media get? Maybe some young writer out there would realize that they were talented and creative before they had too much to give up to chase a dream.

Okay, I guess it wouldn't be as exciting as seeing a fabulous dress come down the runway, or a beautiful plate of food get served, but I would totally watch it.

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.

Monday, August 2, 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.

Occupation?

My kids recently went back to school (both are now in school all day, and honestly I feel a little like I'm forgetting something when 11:30 rolls around) and I have been filling out mountains of paperwork. How do people with 5 kids do that without getting writer's cramp? I only have two, and it took me a few hours to get it done.

Anyway...as I was filling out all this paperwork, I was kind of on autopilot; name, address, phone, father's occupation, mother's occupation....HOLD UP!! Now my kids are still young - they are in first and second grade this year - but counting preschool, I have been filling these forms out for a few years. The answer to that particular question has ALWAYS been "stay-at-home-mom." But what now?

Do I consider myself an author? I mean I wrote a book that is actually for sale? In fact my second book is with the editor now...does that make me an author?




Is there a certain number of books or sales of books that you hit before you can consider yourself an author?

I have an office set up that is just mine, with a desk, a printer, shelves of my collectibles, (oh and signed picture of Kellan Lutz in his undies on the wall for inspiration!). It is a place that I can go and write...all by myself. Does that make me an author?

Somedays I feel like I'm an author. A few months ago, hubs and I were going to Las Vegas for our 20th anniversary (we went for our 1st all those years ago, too!) and were in the airport talking about writing, and Passion Fish. A woman leaned over and asked if I was an author...I stuttered, but eventually said yes. Then the man sitting on the other side of me asked what the book was called, and a minute later pulled it up on his Kindle. THAT day, I definitely felt like an author!

Then there are other days where I am doing laundry, driving carpool, cleaning bathrooms, breaking up fights over who can sing a song...oh wait! That was just this morning! On days like this, if someone were to ask if I was an author...I would probably say no.

I'll confess that I couldn't bring myself to put "author" down under "mother's occupation" this year. Maybe next year...