Saturday, December 10, 2011

Slayer's Prey Revisions... DONE!




I finally finished revisions on Slayer's Prey today and sent it off to my editor. I can not wait to share Jake and Nyla's story with the world!

I can't recall if I've shared the cover yet so in case I haven't, here it is!

And now for the ritualistic clipping my fingernails down to the quick so I can type like a madwoman as I embark on creating new material! ;)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pearl Wedding CAke




This is what I was working on all week and the reason I haven't slept in two days. Despite all the trouble I had with it (fondant is EVIL!!!!) it turned out pretty good!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Giving Away A Book at Dakota Cassidy's Page!

I've known forever that Dakota Cassidy rocks. Just view a few of her tweets over on Twitter and you're instantly hooked! Read one of her books = Instant Fan!

So of course I follow her on Facebook too and was pleasantly surprised when she offered lowly barely heard of authors like me the opportunity to take over her Qestion Of The Day.

Today's my day! Head over there and answer for a chance to win a signed copy of Blood Curse!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/DakotaCassidyFanPage

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Grabbing That Dream


We all have a dream. Some go after it aggressively while some sit around and wait on it, hoping it'll just fall into their laps while they twiddle their thumbs, and then bitch when it doesn't happen.

I won't say I'm not guilty of bitching about how some people seem to strike gold on their first attempt, or how some people just luck into their dream because then I would be lying.

However, I don't let my little bouts of envy get me down. My dream is pretty simple. I don't have to be rich. I don't have to be known by every reader in the world. Oprah doesn't have to read my book.

I just want to make a living doing what I love : Creating. I'm a crafter, a designer, an artist, and a storyteller. I don't know which part of the brain is the artistic side, but that's the side that I have shifted into full gear at all times.

I wasn't made to work for people. I can do it, just like I can eat broccoli. It doesn't mean I'm going to be happy about it. I would love nothing more than to work late into the night writing stories featuring these characters that constantly rent space in my head and sleep all day knowing my bills are paid, and I never had to leave home to get the money to do that.

I twiddled my thumbs for years before I finally plastered my butt to a chair and actually wrote a book, which I had to do if this dream was to have a shot. I didn't have to wait terribly long before I got published, but I started on the small press route. Obviously, that doesn't equate to big paychecks.

I am doing what I love though. I got published, which is one of the biggest steps in this mission. I can't begin to count how many aspiring authors don't make it that far becuse they give up to soon and let their dream float away.

Mine started to float away this past year. I let outside stuff get me down and shut down my ability to focus. As a result, I haven't finished anything since May of 2010. Not acceptable.

Getting published was awesome, but I still have a ways to go before my dream is achieved. My dream won't be recognized until I get that first royalty check that's good enough for me to quit the day job and become the hermit I've always longed to be. So now I am going to write. Every. Single. Day.

I'm working on Blood Revelation Book #5 and it has been giving me all sorts of trouble but I'm grabbing this big nasty bear by the scruff and I'm making it my bitch. I have a dream, dammit, and I'm getting that dream!!!

I hope you get yours, too. No mercy !!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July




I hate fireworks and I'm not too crazy about barbecue, but I LOVE my country and thank God for allowing me to be born an American.

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

As with all holidays, remember our soldiers and all they give to protect us.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I Want To Be A Ghost Hunter!

I've been watching Ghost Adventures and it seems like a cool gig. You just go to haunted places and record your visit. I can do that. I've already been to Waverly Hills where I happened to have my hair pulled and I saw some ghost chick watching us. I also took this picture of like a zillion orbs out on the roof.




I'm brave enough. I laid down on a slab in the morgue for fifteen minutes. I've had a ton of ghostly encounters thanks to having lived in a few haunted places. Ghosts seem to like me, maybe even seek me out. I've done a few crazy psychic things so maybe that has something to do with it. I don't know.

I know, I know... there are a bunch of "ghost hunter" shows on TV already, but they're generally male ghost hunters. I think it's time for a group of women to have a ghost hunting show, and not sissy women who want to scream at every little thing, or women who just have to have their boobs popping out their shirts or always conveniently find a way to fit in a bikini shot, which seems to be the only way women get on TV (like the new chick on Ice Road Truckers. Chick is in Alaska ad manages a bikini shot. Seriously? Give me a break.) shows.

All I need is to visit these haunted places with a camcorder, a digital recorder, some flashlights, and an EMF thingamadoohicker. These guys do it:



So can I ! Who's with me? ;)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New David Cook Album!!!!!! Release Day!!!!!!

THIS LOUD MORNING, David Cook's new album was officially released today although I already got my copy in the mail yesterday. Because I pre-ordered, my name is in the packaging of the special acoustic cd! YAY!!!!! Oh, and I really don't need to say this,but ... THE NEW ALBUM IS AWESOME!!!!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Because She-Ra Frickin Rulez!!!!

Haha. Went to Target to grab the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows DVD and my gaze fell upon She-Ra Season 1 Volume 1. I was attacked by nostalgia and had to grab it. Yes, I'm 32 years old. Yes I'm a mother and I work in a law office and I write romance novels with some very grown-up themes... but dangnabbit, I had to have my She-Ra!!!!



I'm glad I gave in to the urge to revisit a favorite part of my childhood. I've been watching these episodes with my girls and it's nice to spend time with them watching a good, clean show.

Now, however, my youngest wants the action figures and castle and so on... If only I still had mine... ;)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kicked Writer's Block To The Curb!

I've struggled this past year with writing. It seemed I was always too tired or too stressed, then I wasted precious time trying to write a prequel to my Blood Revelation series when it just wasn't working. I found reason after reason to keep putting off actually sitting my butt in a chair and writing...

...but I kicked writer's block in the butt today! Inspired by a few articles about romance authors who write full-time and actually make a good living from it, I decided it was time to make the dream happen. I grabbed the laptop, locked myself in the bedroom away from all distractions and this is what happened:


Blood Revelation Book 5:



Now, for non-writers who don't know how good this is, let me put it like this: 1200 words in a day is good. Over 6000 = AWESOME!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Book Is Up for BOTW!!!!! Please Vote!

Second Chance Cowboy is up for BOTW and voting lasts through tomorrow. Please vote!


My book, Second Chance Cowboy, is up for Book of the Week. Please vote for me. Pretty, pretty please :) http://bit.ly/uZdXJ

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bid On An Awesome Imajinn Gift Basket & Support Great Cause!


This year I was able to get some Imajinn authors together and create a nice package to be auctioned off for the Brenda Novak's Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes 2011 !

It includes:

A brand-spankin new Kindle offered by our lovely editor, Linda Kichline, along with a certificate for 4 free e-books from the site.

1 signed print copy of Blood Curse by yours truly

1 signed print copy of Raphael by D.B. Reynolds & bookmarks

1 signed copy of No Fear by Allie Harrison

1 signed copy of The Vampire Julian and 1 signed copy of

The Vampire Jerome by Ann B. Morris

A journal, note pad, and signed print coy of The Hermitage by Sharon Sobel

If you've been wanting a Kindle and to try some books from this really great publisher, get those bids in. It's for a great cause!

Follow the following link

The auction goes live tonight!!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

"Crazy" The Voice

What an awesome combo: Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Ceelo Green, and Adam Levine.



Thursday, April 28, 2011

James Durbin - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

He's got my vote.





When he first came on it took me back to the week in Season 7 (AKA "Greatest Season Ever") when David Cook (AKA "My hubby") did "Hello". :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

David Cook - Cover of The Cars "Drive"

Oh, how I love this. Great song to listen to when you've lost a friend, which I guess I did this week. A friend I never wanted out of my life, but... well... if that person was really ever my friend to begin with I suppose it wouldn't have happened. Still... I haz a sad. :(


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dragon Cake


My 2nd dragon cake :) This one was done for one of my managers for his birthday. I asked what he liked and was told "Dragons" He loved it and had a lot of fun "slaying the dragon".
Have a happy, blessed Easter, everyone. :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

2011 Fool For Rmance WINNER!!!!

The winner of this year's Fool For Romance contest is.....

Kay VanArsdale !!! Kay ets a Kindle and a ton of other goodies from the participating authors!

Also, I threw in signed copies of Blood Curse for two more winners just bcuz I love surprises.

Full details are available on the Fool For Romance page at www.crystalrainlove.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Pic


I hate, hate, hate having my picture taken, mostly on account of the fact that I'm not photogenic at all but I had my pictures taken by Ty Lockhart and they were awesome, especially this one so I had to share!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Tattoo


I was so busy with all this contest stuff I forgot to show off my new tattoo on here. This is my second and last one, much bigger than the crying eye on my shoulderblade, but not as big as it looks. I don't know why it looks so big in pictures. I got this one with my kids' initials inside the cross to represent God holding and protecting them. The roses are supposed to be bleeding, representing that from the blood of Christ comes beauty & life (the roses) and great blessings (my children) BUT... my tattoo guy forgot to add the blood drops so I have to go back in and get that done. :)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Want That Free Kindle????

There's still plenty of opportunity to get in entries for the big grand prize package which includes the Kindle! http://www.crystalrainlove.com/foolforromance.htm

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The First Finalist For The 2011 FFR Contest Is.....

KAY VANARSDALE !!!

(Kay, can you set yourself up a Blogger profile so we can have a way to contact u if u win the grand prize or just include your email from now on when you post? U can email me at foolromance@aol.com if u need help how to set up a Blogger profile)

Today everyone should go to www.buffychristopher.com and comment on Buffy's blog to get in entries!!!!! Remember, a finalist is chosen each day to go into the pot for the grand prize and you can final more than once so everyone keep entering every day!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Win a KINDLE and more! 2011 FFR Contest!!!!

It's that time again! I have gathered together another slew of romance authors and we've put together an AWESOME prize package including a brand-spankin new KINDLE!!!!!

Full details are available at http://www.crystalrainlove.com/foolforromance.htm including a list of prizes including the Kindle, signed books, candles, gift cards, and more!

Today is the kick-off and the very first activity that will get you an entry is pretty simple: Just comment on my blog today. Any post, it doesn't matter. Just comment away and you are entered to win (if you comment under "Anonymous" I'm gonna have a heck of atime finding you if you're a winner though ;) )

Make sure to keep referencing the contest page (link I provided above) because every day through the end of the month there is another author to visit and another activity to do to get even more entries in to the contest!!!

Happy competing!!!!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2 Jobs, 3 Kids, 2 Dogs, 1 Hamster, 2 Birds & 7 Books/Novellas To Write....

I guess you could say I'm in for a challenging and very busy year. I just got hired for a second job, so now I don't have just a day job helping me keep my kids & animals in food and toiletries until this whole International Best-Seller thing happens (it's gonna happen, haters. It's gonna happen!!!!) but instead, I have two jobs. I will be putting in 60+ hours a week outside the house in order to make that almighty (and sometimes elusive) dollar.

And I still intend to write 7 books/novellas this year.


It's not going to be easy...at all. I'm going to miss my kids while I'm working so much, but the fact is we need money and until I get more books out there into the reading world I have to do what I have to do. It's going to be hard leaving one job and going right to another with no time with my kiddos in-between, but I plan on having very fun weekends with them. With the extra money I'll be bringing in we'll be able to do much more fun and exciting things together than we have been doing lately.

Of course, fitting in time for writing is another issue. I must share my weekends with my characters as they vie for my attention against the kiddos. With the extra money I may buy one of those Neo things(is that what they're called?) and write in-between jobs and on breaks/lunches.

If anything, this latest development will definitely give me the push I need to stay focused. Every time I want to sleep in and know I can't, every time I'm forced to cram all my favorite weeknight shows into one Saturday, every time I shed a tear missing something so simple as sitting down to dinner with my babies, I'm going to be that more motivated to finish a book and get it out there into the hands of agents and publishers.

This is going to be the most tiring year of my life, but it's all going to be worth it. :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome, 2011

Happy New Year's, everyone. It's officially 2011 where I'm at and for the first time in my life, I actually care about the year changing. I never really celebrated before. I've always been the type to hold on to things... like the past. I would dwell on all the bad things and let crappy stuff affect me.

I'm done.

Stepping into 2011, I am letting go of all toxic people and toxic things in my life. I am not going to dwell on mistakes I have made in the past or waste my time concerning myself with people who are not concerned with me. And I am not going to waste my time being angry with anyone over anything.

When people hurt you or do things to spite you and you keep thinking about it, wondering why, or caring about it you are giving them power over you. If they were worth your time and consideration they would have never hurt you to begin with.

I have a big year ahead of me with a goal to complete 7 books/novellas in 12 months. I will do it with a smile no matter what life throws my way because I am the only person who can make or break me, and no one is stealing my positivity this year. Ghosts from my past will stay in my past, locked away out of my mind.

Smile, everyone. It's a new year, a new day, and a new start on the rest of your life.