Thursday, December 31, 2009

Why David Cook Is The Greatest...

I have lost count how many times I hit the replay button. No one ( and I don't give a damn who you/they are) can mash up a song like this man and OWN it !!!





Damn, I wish I'd witnessed this live. Then again, I might have had to have been carried out on a stretcher so I'll just be happy getting the KOTN/Hotel California mash -ups during the concerts I went to.

2009... Kind Of a Toss-Up

So, 2009 screwed with me. There were some good things that happened, but also something really, really bad. I can't decide whether to say it was a great year or one of the worst of my life. Let's recap:

THE BAD THINGS:


1. Hello! I lost my job. After 10 years. Need I say more?

2. Forced to live off unemployment because I can't even get a callback from a job application. Apparently the fact that I've worked non-stop for the past 15 years and spent 10 of that at my last job means nothing at all.

3. First print book was supposed to be published this year, but it got pushed back. ) - :

4. Economy still sucks.

5. Way too many people dying young.

6. Cancer is still here.



THE GOOD THINGS:

1. Wrote Guardian Cowboy & subsequently signed contract with The Wild Rose Press to publish it, making me a member of the awesome group of authors who write the Wayback, Texas series.

2. Wrote Moonlit Watcher which was subsequently chosen as part of ARe's 28 Days of Heart campaign, fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine to publish something solely for charity.

3. Went to TWO David Cook concerts!!!

4. Hello! Adorable new neice born.


That's some pretty damn good stuff so overall... I guess I can't deem this as a bad year. Yes, I lost my job and yes, I'm starting to worry because I haven't had any job interviews but some pretty awesome stuff happened too.

As for 2010?

1. Blood Revelation Book One: Blood Curse will be published.

2. Guardian Cowboy will be published.

3. Moonlit Watcher will be published.

4. It's quite possible another Blood Revelation book will be published. I'm nearly done writing the fourth so they're there & they're contracted...

5. Whatever job I find (PLEASE let me find a job or hit the lottery!!!) will have to be better than the one I lost since there were honestly times I felt I was working for the devil.

I won't think of the bad things I fear... Gotta have faith!

To all, I hope you had a great 2009 or at least enough good things to make up for the bad, and I hope for an amazing 2010 for us all! May we actually get an end to war & unemployment, and what I pray for constantly: An end to cancer. Could this be the year? Hopefully.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Announcement: New Release Date !!!

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Guardian Cowboy has just been assigned a release date : February 24, 2010. Less than 2 months away. I am SO excited! I love this story, and can't wait to introduce Presley and Amber to the world!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

In The Writing Cave

I'm still here. I realize I haven't been very active on the blog this month, but as I don't really get a lot of comments I figure nobody really misses me ( - ;

I actually guest-blogged at Leah Braemel's blog and that just went up today:

http://leahbraemel.blogspot.com/2009/12/crystal-rain-love-knows-real-meaning-of.html

I did those two interviews as well so I have been around the 'net. That's about it as far as maintaining a web presence. I am going full throttle on this fourth installment of my Blood Revelation series.

My characters are giving me all sorts of nice surprises (the hero & heroine started out as one thing, now they are different types of beings altogether) and keeping me rolling right along. It's kind of nice when they take over and throw me curves. It keeps me engaged. I'm really enjoying this one, and I think readers will too when they finally get to it (probably 2011 or 2012 depending on the release schedule) because I'm dropping all sorts of clues for later installments.

I'm hoping to have this one all wrapped up by the end of the month so I can move along to something else. I still don't have a job but I'm putting in applications so who knows when my status will change? I want to get as much written during this "free time" as possible. I use quotations because anyone with kids understands that even unemployed, I don't have free time, especially during winter break, but you get the point.

So, anyway, I'm in the writing cave, people. I have stepped out a few times to read for my own enjoyment ( I totally recommend Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter, Sweet Inspiration by Penny Watson, Holiday Hell House by Christle Gray, and hell, anything by Linda Warren) but other than that and doing my child-raising thing, I'm tapping away at the keyboard.

If I don't get back on here to say it in the next few days...

Have a very merry, blessed Christmas with the ones you love!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kicking Vampire Butt

Just got through another battle scene. When I started out writing I used to get so anxious over writing any sort of fight scene. What words did I use? How did I keep the action going and still "show, don't tell"? How did I sprinkle in the dialogue without the fighting coming to a stand-still?

It's getting a bit easier now, as does anything you practice at. I don't get all nervous about it though it's not my favorite thing to write. I'll always love dialogue more than anything.

I added a new element during the writing of this scene. A new kind of were-creature. Yay! That's the beauty of writing. You never know what's going to spark a new idea and help you paint a more vivid, enthralling picture.

I've also finally discovered what my not-quite-human is and even created a word for her since I couldn't find anything online like her. That was pretty cool and I hope the idea is still kind of fresh by the time this story is released. It's the fourth installment of my Blood Revelation series so the absolute earliest it would come out would be 2011.

I know I've thought up things before in this series, wrote it all up, then turned on Supernatural later to see my "fresh" idea right there on the screen. LOL! We'll see if Supernatural beats me on this one or not.

So far I'm proud of myself this month for writing daily or doing a "double dose" if a day is missed. If I stay on track I will definitely complete this manuscript by month end as planned. I'm hoping to double up on the word count tomorrow so I can have the time off I need to make a birthday cake I received an order for. I hope I can hit goal.

Monday, December 7, 2009

New Interview Up at Romance Junkies!

And yet another interview is up. I'm trying to keep that promo ball rolling ( - ; This is the interview my brother helped me with by supplying how my family would describe me. Hmmm.... http://romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/interviewarticles/Crystal-Rain_Love.shtml

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December: New Interviews & Writing Challenge

Hey, peoples. November went way too quickly and now we are in the last month of the year. I feel the deadline for Blood Revelation Book 4 bearing down on me so I've committed myself to finishing that manuscript this month (even though I was really rolling along on Redemption...Sigh. Must put it aside for the moment).

I have a new interview up right now at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/WC/interviews.htm

Go over there, check it out, and if you have any ?'s I'm at their Yahoo group all day. Ask away.

I'll have another interview up at Romance Junkies pretty soon. I'm getting back into Promo Mode with the releases I have coming up in 2010. So far it's looking like this:

Blood Revelation Book One: Blood Curse January 2010
Moonlit Watcher February 2010
Guardian Cowboy ? 2010
Blood Revelation Book Two: Slayer's Prey ? 2010


Keep watch on the progress bar on the right. If you see me slacking off on Blood Revelation Book 4 be sure to give me a kick in the butt!