Monday, February 28, 2011

Releasing a new book makes me nervous!

I’m coming right out and saying it!


When my Marketing Director told me about some of the things she’d done with Indivisible, I thought that I would be sick. And now, a month after Indivisible came out, I’m starting to see reviews on Goodreads and see that it’s being read by reviewers…DUN DUN DUN!

I am constantly worried about these things.


One of the things that had my stomach turning and my ears ringing was that my book was sent to Marliss Melton, an author who writes a Navy SEAL series (which is on order right now). All I could think was – “What if I totally screwed something very Navy SEAL up?”

Then last week, I got an email that made me smile and cry at the same time.

"McQuinn launches readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotion. I laughed, cried, got goose bumps. If you enjoy Navy SEAL romance, you will love this one-of-a-kind novel of passion and commitment."

Then she said, “job well done.” I was so excited to hear from someone who writes in the same genre that I do that I had done things right!

This has made me so happy, that I’m starting to settle down and be okay about the reviews. And in the end, my mom told me that she loves it, so between those two things I think that I’ll make it through!

Next week I want to talk about who you picture when you read?? I have my ideas, but I'm curious who you see! Think about it!

On to the Blog Hop!!



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


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, February 21, 2011

Never Say Never...

Today’s post is going to be a “Life Happened” moment. I’ve been having a hard time lately watching my kids get bigger and more mature. Don’t get me wrong…I want my kids to grow up and I do love to see them change, but it just seems to be happening so fast. It‘s small things that make my heart hurt like when my daughter does her own hair for school (I of course make sure she tells EVERYONE that she did it!) or my son doesn’t want me to help him with his homework. Even though my kids are still young, some days I get a glimpse of the future, and I’m not ready to give up being their mom.


So, last weekend I took my kids to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. I have an eight year old girl and a seven year old boy. Now, you would expect that my daughter would have been donning her Bieber gear and begging me to take her to see this…but no. It was actually my son who was the one asking me for two days when we could go see it.

Let me explain a little something – my son has ALWAYS liked the girls. When he was around 18 months old, my moms group had a Miss Georgia contestant, whose platform was early reading, come to a meeting and read a book to the kids. She was adorable; long blond hair, cute little figure. She was wearing a suit with nylons and everything. While she was reading the book, my son stood next to her and rubbed her leg the whole time (even when I kept pulling him away). Then at 2 years old, he faked drowning to get a cute 17 year old life guard to come help him. I know he was faking because I was standing two feet from him and when I realized what he was doing, told him to stand up…and he did.

That being said, my son loves Justin Bieber! He listens on his MP3 player and then sings and does the moves for me, he wears the hood up on his sweatshirt all the time now, and tries to give me a little pouty brooding look. For Valentine’s Day he gave out Justin Bieber cards, and when one boy tried to make fun of him, he said, “Whose Valentime (my kids think that it is “time” instead of “tine” and I think it’s too cute and don’t correct them) did she like the best?” My son, in a nutshell wants to be Justin Bieber for the girls!!

I was dreading doing this…and I mean offering them other things to not to have to go see this movie. Going into the movie, my thought was , “Really? The life story of a 16 year old…” I will admit that I am not well versed on The Biebs, but I couldn’t imagine that spending and hour and a half watching the life and times of a successful 16 year old would be a fun time. I was WRONG!!
This movie was absolutely amazing. Now, don’t get me wrong…I don’t quite suffer from Bieber Fever (he’s not even 17 and I think even his dad would be too young for me!!), but the sheer talent of this kid is astounding. And watching his story and how he was discovered is like this generation’s version of the Lana Turner at the soda fountain story.

There were a few times that I actually teared up while watching. There was one point towards the end of the movie when Justin wasn’t feeling good and he had to cancel a show. He really felt bad about that and wanted to argue, but his “people” (and I use that lightly, because they really are people who take care of him and more like a family) took the decision out of his hands. Then when his mom showed up in the next city, he went right to her and hugged her. As a mom…I cried. I know how when my kids are sick all they want to do is curl up with me, and I can’t imagine what it’s like for him trying to be a grown-up, but still needing to be that kid.

While watching the movie, both my kids were silent and still…that NEVER happens. My kids are seasoned movie goers (that is probably the one thing I miss most about my before kids life – just going to the movies whenever I wanted, so now we go to pretty much every kid’s movie that comes out. I saw Alpha & Omega in the theatres!), but they are kids so they do what kids do when sitting in one place for two hours – they squirm. Not during this one. They were glued. My son, who normally is a “line repeater” (you know that person who keeps repeating lines they liked from the movie??) didn’t say a word. This had me a little bit worried. I worried that after watching THOUSANDS of girls screaming that he would question his own liking of Justin Bieber. But no, he is still a fan – but I’m not allowed to mention it in public.


This makes me sad. I see it as another sign that he’s not going to be my little man for much longer because he’s starting to worry about what people might think or say about him. I love my daring, wild little boy, and I know one day soon he won’t tell me he loves me as he gets out of the car for school in the morning, and he won’t run and jump into my arms when I show up to volunteer in his class. But, after seeing Never Say Never, I have hope that he will still need me on some days. If the biggest pop star in the world still needs his mom then surely my silly son will too!

In the end, I think that I was impressed with how once he wanted something he went for it. He wasn’t pushed into it by his parents the decision was all his. I like to think that my kids will have a little of that, and that no matter what people tell them they keep going. I hope that they don’t wait until they are in their 40s to decide to pursue what they want and love in life, like I did. I know that I will be there for them and help and encourage them with whatever they decide to do!

Meet an Author Monday


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


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, February 14, 2011

Who do You Love?


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Between school, work, and extra circular activities there isn’t a whole lot of time in my house for Valentine’s Day. We celebrated this past weekend instead, taking the kids to Build a Bear and lunch – then I bought a new pair of tennis shoes for my Valentine’s present…romantic, huh? So, I’ve decided that I will start my own Valentine’s tradition.

My thought was that once the kids have gone to school, I would find my secret stash of chocolate, and my favorite book. But then I thought if I tried to read a whole book I would be very pruney when I got out of the tub. So maybe I should just make a little pile of the ones with my favorite couples and just read all the good parts? Brilliant idea if I do say so myself!
Now, what scenes and couples? That is probably as hard as picking my favorite book. Here are my top five couples. (And I stayed away from the classics for this one, because I wanted escape!!)

1. Zsadist and Bella from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I make no secret of the fact that I am a Z girl to the core. There is something about that completely damaged man that just draws me in. And the tats, and piercings, and the shaved head, and his sheer size (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)…I would trade hubs in in a heartbeat for Zsadist! Normally this would make me automatically dislike his mate (in my head I live in Bookworld, where I’m thin and young and available to all the gorgeous heroes – and a few villains too.), but I actually really like Bella too. I like that she is smart and strong and doesn’t take any crap from Z.
And ironically enough, Z happens to be the STAR of one of my mostest favorite smexy scenes! Z’s “discovery” of himself and allowing himself to enjoy touching himself for the first time when Bella catches him…and she tells him to keep going! GAH!!! I’ve never wanted to be a fictional character more in my entire life!


2. Edward and Bella from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. I know, I know, but Edward an Bella made me remember that feeling of falling in love. I’ve been married for 21 years, and some days it’s nice to remember why I fell in love with my husband and those days back when it was all new. Twilight did that for me. I will say, though, and if you saw my inspiration, you’ll know this is true…I’m not team Edward OR team Jacob – I’m TEAM EMMETT!!
Unlike most, my favorite kinda sexy scene from Twilight is not the “leg hitch” in Eclipse (though that one is nice). The one that takes my breath away every time – and that they left out of the movie – is when Edward is trying to get Bella to run with him before the baseball game in Twilight. When he pins her against the Jeep and is trying to “erase her memory”. Yeah, that one to me is soooo sexy! Picturing him running his nose along her pulse point, and Bella’s reaction to it? Get’s the heart racing!


3. Vane and Bride from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series. Now, I do like the Dark Hunters, but there is something about Kenyon’s Weres that I really, really love. Vane and Bride are my favorite because I love that Bride is a bigger girl and even better that Vane loves her like that. I think that unless you are supermodel thin, we all have self conscious body issues, and so relating to Bride is easy. All she wants is to be thin and accepted, and she can’t understand why Vane – drop dead gorgeous – would want to be with her. Which brings me to my favorite Vane and Bride moment. It isn’t really a smexy moment, more a sweet moment. I love when Vane tells Bride what he is and what he can do and she asks what kind of magic he can do. When he says anything, she asks if he can make her thin. Vane’s response? “Sure. But why would I want to.” Now, come on ladies! Who wouldn’t want you’re man to say that to you?


4. Qhuinn and Blay from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I don’t normally choose to read same sex relationships, but there is just something that I really love about these two. I don’t know if it is because they have always been friends and that is now turning into more. Or if it is because I have an image of Qhuinn in my head and the idea that he would love Blay the way that Blay loves him is totally incongruous to that image (and I’m a sucker for juxtapositioning!). I just don’t know. The only thing that I know is that I loved when these two had their first kiss after the fight with the Lessers and Qhuinn told Blay that is all they would ever have, while he imagined much, much, more because he loves Blay too much and he knows he would hurt him.


5. Finally, Stephanie Plum and Ranger OR Morelli from Janet Evanovich’s number series. If I’m forced to choose, I’m a cupcake girl. BUT…at this point in the series I just want Stephanie to get some and I don’t care if it is with Ranger or Morelli! In the end, I believe that she can’t end up with anyone else besides Morelli, but while they are on a “break” she needs to be all over Ranger and enjoy him for a while!! I can’t pinpoint my favorite smexy scene in the series, but I remember the first time I realized that Stephanie and Ranger were “busy” and I had to go back and re-read the part because I was cruising along and then all of a sudden Ranger’s head popped out from under the sheets! WELL HELLO!! Funny and sexy is one of my favorite combinations!!

I’ll be in the tub for a few hours catching up on my favorite couples and looking for new ones!

Hope everyone enjoys their Valentine’s Day today no matter how you celebrate it!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

What's in a Name?


I have been working on a new story the past couple of weeks, and realized that one of my favorite parts is getting to name my characters. I love to scour the baby name sites and find the exact right name for the character that I’m building. It gives me a chance to explore all of those names that I had to give up when I only had two kids.Because let’s be honest, that is one of the funnest parts of being pregnant when you make your list of names and your significant other tells you about the girl in school who was easy with this name, or the guy who used to torture him with that name, until you have that one perfect name. Well, with writing, I get to find all of those names that never would have passed muster with my husband and they are my new babies.


My new SWAT guys have manly names like Brody and Dane, because really it’s hard to write about Roger and Bob caressing a woman’s thigh.
I mean if you know someone named Roger or Bob, that’s what you picture. And what if Bob is your boss at work who is balding and has bad breath? But the chances are a little less that you know Brody or Dane, so when you read about them trailing a tongue into the valley of his woman’s breasts…you see what I mean?

When I was writing Indivisible, I went looking for the perfect name for my protective Navy SEAL. I went letter by letter on a baby name site, discarding Aaron (mountain) and Brendon (Prince) and a host of others until I came across the perfect name for my hero…Gideon. The meaning of Gideon is MIGHTY WARRIOR! How could I go wrong with that? He is smart, and a warrior and fierce when it comes to protecting his country and his family (I swooned a little there).

So now I had Gideon, but who could be enough for him? I needed a woman who was feminine, but strong. This was a harder job than getting to Gideon. This had to be a name that could be moaned at the height of passion and yelled at the height of anger. She is a character that had so many sides to her that I needed a name that would reflect that…no easy feat. Again, I went to the baby name site and waded through all the Lindsays (uncertain) and Baileys (bailiff), and while they are great names, they didn’t quite fit for my character. Then I found it…Charlotte but she likes to be called Charlie. Charlie means little and womanly, and then when you shorten it, you get the feeling of her strength (and I had wanted to name my daughter Charlie – not Charlotte, just Charlie – after her father, but he wouldn’t let me).

So, as I work my new boys, I am having fun in these early stages building their characters through their names. Though my husband gets nervous every time he sees me with the baby name site open, he glances at our two kids who are only 10 months apart, and asks in a shaky voice, “You’re writing a new character, right?”

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And now, before we get to the Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop, I wanted to first thank all of you who have started Indivisible and sent along encouraging words. And also remind you that there are still a few of the pretties left for those ordering print copies!

Also, I want to remind you of the Lookin' for Love Blog Hunt being sponsored by Omnific Publishing. Just find the hidden heart on my blog! (Now, I was told that mine was hard to find...so I will give you a hint: It is definitely in a post that may be a little older and involve some LOVE!)

And finally, I wanted to let you all know that for the month of February, Omnific Publishing is running a great sale for their ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY - buy a print book and get an ebook for free! (Just click on the pretty banner above!)

On to the Blog Hop!!



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


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.