Friday, February 27, 2009

Someone Flickr'd Me!

Every once in a while I'll google my name to see what pops up. Sometimes I find reviews of my books, which is always a nice surprise.

Tonight I found this:


Somebody used one of my poems on Flickr (Click on the title of this blog post to visit the page). I just kind of looked at it and blinked a few times. LOL! I'm not mad or anything. Credit for the poem was clearly given to me, so it's not like my poem was stolen or anything. It was just kind of neat to find that on there. Made me feel a little special-like.

So, Parc Cruz, whoever you are, thanks!

(Maybe that's where some of those folks visiting my website via googling my name are finding it.... Hmmm.... I just googled him, and he seems to be a big deal in digital photography. I can see why. He's got some beautiful shots.)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Some More David Cook Goodness....

OK< so I was off work yesterday and should have been writing, but someone posted a really cute video of David Cook on their blog... and somehow the rest of my day turned into a David Cook Youtube-a-thon. (Yes, I know. I need like a patch or something.)
Anything, figured I'd share some of the little gems I found:

The Panties Vid:

Um, there's also quite a few vids of David falling on stage while doing a cover of Hot For Teacher (By the way, he totally needs t release all these covers he's doing on a CD. He rocks!). I liked this vid of what he said afterward:

David Paraphrasing A Naughty Sign:

OK, so that should be enough for now. I'm sure I'll find plenty more later, but I really do need to write something now.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cute David Cook Vid

It kind of makes you wonder what else he can do with his... Never mind. I'm a bad, bad girl.

Freeze Your Balls Off For Charity!!!

OK, maybe that blog title was a little short on class, but it got your attention!!!

Would you put on some swim trunks in the frigid cold and take a dip to raise money for charity? Well, that's what my good friend's hubby does every February. Yup. Every February he jumps into the icy cold river to help raise money for Special Olympics. I figure if he's a good enough person to do that crazy stunt, I can at least donate. I just headed over to his donation page and it looks like he is falling short of his goal. ) - ;

If you can spare anything at all, can you please donate to this cause so he doesn't freeze his tenders off for less than his goal?

You can view his page & make a donation here. (Or just click on the title of this blog post)

SPREAD THE WORD, and help him (and the kids) out!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ten Inch Hero


Well, it's about time. Ten Inch Hero DVD's are now available at Blockbusters. I can't wait for them to become available to purchase.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

David Cook & Carrie Underwood Duet

They sounded pretty good together, but didn't David look uncomfortable? LOL! I think he's a lot more comfortable on his own with his band. Or maybe just with a guitar in his hands.

Anyway, this got me thinking.... Who else should David duet with?
Hmmm..... Kelly Clarkson? Pink? Who do you think would sound good with him? He's proven he can sing just about anything so there could be some interesting combinations.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

10 Pages, Baby!

Yesterday was not nearly as productive as I'd intended. Mr. Man stayed home from work and I just can't concentrate as deeply when he's hanging around. ( - ;
But today I sat at this computer and with sheer determination, typed out ten pages. I'm now finished with six chapters and am sitting at 46% of my goal.
I'm almost halfway to the finish line, and couldn't be happier.
I've thought ahead and have some great scenes planned that I can't wait to reach. One of the things slowing me down has been the fact I'm at a very dialogue-driven point right now. It always takes some time to muddle through those parts. Action scenes are always faster and easier to write. But I did good today, and if I can get some time tonight, I might be able to add to that page count.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Dark Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow


Imajinn Books recently had a sale so I seized the opportunity to buy up a bunch of books by authors I hadn't tried yet. Lilith Saintcrow is one of those authors. I figured I'd start with the first in her Watchers series, Dark Watcher.

I'm glad I did.

Theodora (Theo) Morgan is a witch of extremely high power. Somehow she's managed to stay one step ahead of the darkness trailing her and other Lightbringers.
However, her luck has just about ended so she has been assigned a Watcher.

Dante is assigned to watch over Theo and finds that she is his witch, the one witch who can ease his pain.

Seemingly opposite, she is all goodness and light, and he carries darkness inside of him--Literally.

This is the type of romance novel I enjoy. The characters are well developed to the point you would still be able to tell who was speaking, even if the tags were removed. The heroine & hero were well-suited for each other, not just thrown together for the sake of writing a book. The secondary characters were excellent, never stepping out of bounds or stealing the spotlight, just adding the right touches to paint a full picture and help progress the story along.

Dante was a perfect hero. Strong, dark and sexy with a heart of gold and just enough imperfection to make him "perfect".

Well done, Ms. Saintcrow. I have to get the rest of this series now. ( - ;

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cute...And Just In Time For Valentine's Day.


Meet "Heart" the ox. The male newborn sports a heart-shaped birthmark on his forehead. Here, Heart relaxes at a farm in Fujisawa, Japan, Sunday. Feb. 8.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rain's Been A Bad, Bad Girl )-:

So... 2008 was the year I succeeded in getting published. And about a week or so after hearing the magic words from one publisher, I got "the call" from another! (OK, so it wasn't an actual call, it was an email, but "the call" comes in many forms.) Two e-books have been published already by Sapphire Blue Publishing. The first in my series with Imajinn will be released in print 12/31/2009.
Have I reached "The Dream" yet? Nope. Not until I'm doing this full-time.
So I should be typing my fingers to the bone, putting out new material.
Here's my upcoming publishing schedule:
12/31/2009 - Blood Revelation Book 1 (Title TBD)
07/31/2010 - Blood Revelation Book 2 (Title TBD)
That's it. Not good, huh? I know. Like I said, I've been very, very bad. I went from working 30 hours a week at my day job to working 40 hours. Not just that, but it's in 10-hour day increments which absolutely drains me so on my off days, I just sleep and/or basically lay around like a talking lump of blah.
Well, I visited Jennifer Armintrout's blog and was very ashamed of myself. She wrote 20 pages a day for 5 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After having a baby not that long ago, I might add. And I can't even do half that? Oh, no. I have no excuse. I've just been a lazy ass.
I am now recruiting EVERYONE to harp on my ass daily if you don't see my progress meter over there on the right go up. I'm not a superheroine like Jennifer, so I'll take baby steps. I'll set a goal of 10 pages per off day and 5 pages per day I work.
And to make sure I stick to my challenge here, I'm posting my writing plan so you can crack that whip all you want if I stray off the path.
My Writing Plan:

Dec 08/ March 09 - Finish writing Blood Rev book #3

Apr 09- Finish writing LSAYD, a dark paranormal

May 09- Write the sequel to Moonlit Dream

June 09- Write RB (the cowboy story I'm aiming for TWRP's Wayback, Texas series)

July 09/ Nov 09- Write Blood Rev Book 4


I have a project for December, too, but I'd rather not be harped on during the Christmas season ( - ;

So there it is. My plan. Make my ass stick to it so I can get one step closer to being able to write full-time. We should all be living the dream, shouldn't we?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Great NCIS Scene

This was on a repeat episode tonight. It was so funny.

You gotta love Tony (even though McGee is my favorite guy on there).

Saturday, February 7, 2009

He Would Have Been...

He would have been 60 years old today.

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I would have baked him a white chocolate birthday cake. I would have decorated it in a U of K Wildcats theme, his favorite basketball team. Maybe the Wildcat mascot in 3D. Then again, he never tasted my banana chocolate marble cake. Maybe I'd make him that. Maybe I would have made him an "Old Geezer" cake.

I would have bought him a present. The usual : U of K something or another. I bought him a U of K leather jacket one year. It was gorgeous. I bought him a lot of U of K stuff over the years... Maybe this year I would have just "hidden" some money, maybe made him unwrap a whole roll of toilet paper or open several boxes until he reached the little bitty one containing his birthday money.

The kids would have given him a hand-made card created with love. He would smile from ear to ear while spoiling them rotten. And I'd take pictures of it all.

We would have told him we loved him...

But we can't do that anymore.

I'll spend his 60th birthday just wishing this day would hurry up and be done with. It's the second saddest day of the year for me now and has been for the past 4 years. Daddy didn't make it to 60. He'd barely made it to 56 before he was put in the hospital to waste away. Just under four years later, and I still burst out crying at any random time. You don't get over losing a man as wonderful as him. Ever.

Forever Daddy's Girl
Personalized Glitter Graphics

I won't bake and decorate a cake for him this year, or delight in finding him that perfect gift. I won't take the kids to visit the man who adored them so much...

I'll donate to Stand Up 2 Cancer, and pray for a cure so one day, no daughter has to hold her daddy's hand and hear him flatline after cancer has destroyed his body.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Oops, they did it again....

Dammit. I get these ideas for characters in books or plotlines... Then I turn on Supernatural, and Bam! They do it. I love Supernatural (Duh!) but it is kind of disheartening to think of something and then have something on the show be so similar.

Granted, I know there are hardly any ideas in paranormal romance that can be completely original. My vamps might be a little different than some other vamps you've found in other books & movies, but the whole vampire concept has been around for centuries.
Slayers. I have a slayer in my Blood Revelation series. It's kind of funny that after I wrote him, I said to myself: Oh my gosh, he's a lot like Dean Winchester. And wouldn't you know that this season they rose him from Hell and made all this insinuation he's some special "slayer". They didn't use that term, but what they elude to is close enough. It's his destiny to kill evil things... just like the slayer in my Blood Revelation series. But can't be mad at that. Slayers aren't exactly original. Ask Buffy. I like to think my version has a cool new spin on it, but still. Not entirely original.
Witches. They're in my book and they're on Supernatural, too.
Demons. I have demons in the book. The show has them. Lots of them. I think my demons are different, though. They're not black smoke creatures like on the show. Still, not an entirely original concept. I can't be mad at Supernatural for stealing and I can't be considered a thief of the concept either. It's too widely spread.
Shifters. Got those. So does Supernatural. I , however, have this really cool type of shifter who debuts in Book #2 that so far, Supernatural hasn't covered so I'm keeping my fingers crossed on that one.
And on to why I am doing this blog...
I'm currently working on Book #3 and I have this character in there that I thought was so awesomely unique. Not unique as in never been done, but unique as in not commonly found (like, say... vampires, demons and shifters). A siren.
You know who the Big Bad was on tonight's Supernatural?
A siren.
So... there's another character in this book I think is still uncommon. It's a vamp, but a specific kind of vamp that I have yet to see everywhere. I actually found it in a book about vampire lore and thought it was a cool concept, something I hadn't yet read in fiction or seen on television.
Here's to hoping Supernatural doesn't beat me to it. LOL! I sincerely hope that readers will come away from the books in this series thinking there's something fresh and unique about them. I try to go that route with all my paranormals.
At least I know who to market this series towards.
Hey, Supernatural fans: Buy my Blood Revelation series. The first one comes out December 31st. ( - ;
Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Supernatural Season 4 DVD Set Picture

How awesome is this?

American edition of the season 4 DVDs Pictures, Images and Photos

I think this pic might be a little warped though bcuz something is off with Jensen's eyes. Other than that, this design is killer!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

My Kids Say The Darnedest Things

I just thought I'd share some of the little gems I've collected over the years...

Oldest Daughter, age 10: "These cookies are too soft. It's kind of gross but wonderful at the same time."

My son at age 2: (Hands me the phone) Here, Mommy, make pizza!

Oldest Daughter, age 10: (Looks at my man, Jensen Ackles, on my Supernatural calendar) "He looks like my butt."

My son at age 7: "I don't like it when you come to school because all the boys think you're like, sexy and stuff. I don't like it."

My son at age 7: (After finding out we would not be attending his cousin's pool party) "Aw, man! I want to see the hot ladies!"

Oldest Daughter, at age 3-4: "Happy Honky Week!" (Hall-o-ween... I won't even tell you how she pronounced Santa Claus. It was downright vulgar.)

Youngest Daughter at age 5: (after just getting her immunizations and screaming her head off) "I died in there!"


Conversation with oldest daughter at age 4:

Daughter: Why are your boobies so little?
Me: I don't know. I guess I just got lucky.
Daughter: Grandma's aren't that little.
Me: They come in different sizes.
Daughter: Yeah, but yours are really little.
(Seriously, she is soooooo lucky I love her.)

Conversation with son at age 6
Me: Who's Autumn?
Son: One of my girlfriends.
Me: How many girlfriends do you have?
Son: Two or three.
Me: What are you doing with all these girlfriends?
Son: They think I'm cute.
Me: So? Why do you have to be their boyfriend?
Son: They chase me down.

As you can see, Youngest Daughter did not make it on this list much. She doesn't talk a whole lot, and when she does it's usually something along the lines of "You do it" or "Can I have a cookie?" She's still a barrel of laughs though. Just the looks she gives... She cracks people up.