Friday, August 30, 2013

workout motivation challenges

In December I'm going on vacation to San Diego. Got my tickets. Got my time off. Can't wait.

I decided I need to be in better shape because sometimes you have to make unexpected long, fast walks in airports. And I'll want to walk on the beaches. And in San Diego you park somewhere and then you walk a long way to your destination.

I set myself a routine. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday  I walk outside in the sunshine and heat. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I do a workout I designed to create the marvel of after burn in my body. Saturday (my long day at work) off.

For several weeks now I have managed to do at least 5 out of 6 of my scheduled workouts. Usually 6. On the weeks where I missed one it was the Friday one. Maybe because for some Thursday nights my insomnia is at it's worst for some reason.

Now this week I have REALLY STRUGGLED. Monday I never did make myself workout. Tuesday I did but it was really hard. Then Thursday I skipped, too.

This makes me so sad because I have had this really strong motivation and I feel it fading even though the desire to be more in shape for my trip is still there.

Today I did my workout soon after getting up.

I was in the mood for Neil Young so I put him on and let him get me through. And he did.

Thanks Neil.

Here is Harvest Moon one of my favorite Neil Young songs:

Do you workout? If so, what keeps you motivated? What do you do when you feel your motivation flagging?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New cinquain

Your perk
depends upon
white-washing all harsh truths
Why would you want to live a life
with no
From the journal 'Unconditional Positive Regard; I Think Not.' by fictional character Nora Taylor (formerly Hortense).

I have updated the Black Windows pinterest board and have been doing some work on the novel lately. Board is here.

What creative endeavor are you working on lately?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Elmore and JAK

August 20th, 2013 Elmore Leonard died at the age of 87. He wrote popular crime, suspense and western novels.

He wrote a book titled: Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing. It is a much loved book amongst writers. Personally, some of it I agree with, but, and I say this with great respect for him, some of it I don't.

According to Wikipedia - "Twenty-six of Leonard's novels and short stories have been adapted for the screen (19 as motion pictures and another seven as television programs)."

That is both wonderful for him and at the same time sad for the hundreds of successful women writing out there who have yet to see one of their books adapted for film or television.

One such woman who, IMHO,  deserves some screen time, is Jayne Ann Krentz, but we'll get to that in a minute.

Meanwhile, RIP Elmore Leonard. You will be missed and the shelves of bookstores and libraries will be a sadder place without new editions from you.

In other news - there is a wonderful interview with Jayne Ann Krentz circulating. It's titled Romance's Mystery Woman byline Bobbi Dumas over at Kirkus. It's really good.

If you are not familiar with JAK, I've reviewed her books, written as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle; here, here, here, here, and here.

She currently writes 3 books a year; a paranormal contemporary romance as Krentz, a paranormal historical romance as Amanda Quick and a futuristic romance as Castle.

This year she wrote 4 books and therefore next year we will have a bonus book to read; a contemporary romance that has no paranormal elements, titled River Road. It comes out in January of 2014.

Her last of this year will be Deception Cove, a Jayne Castle futuristic romance due out August 27th, 2013.

Although her books have interwoven characters and settings with JAK new readers can pick up any book anywhere and dig in, because they all stand alone very well.

Do you have a favorite Elmore Leonard book?

A favorite of Krentz in any of her names?

Who is the woman writer whose work you would most like to see adapted to the screen?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rock Chicks - are you ready for Revolution?

Cause it is OUT! And it is ggggoooooooodddd!!!!

There's some cheese. But it just shows us that Kristen Ashley does cheesy as well as she does everything else. Which is freaking fantastic; that's how well.

We knew Ally Nightingale was badass. Now we know Ally Nightingale is a BADASS.

We knew she was a Rock Chick. Now we know, she's her own, different from any of the others, version of ROCK CHICK.

We knew Ren was a sexy alpha male. Now we know Ren is his own, different from any of the others, version of SEXY ALPHA MALE.

We knew we wanted to know more about Darius. Now we do. And we LOVE him.

There's laugh out loud funny. There's actual crying sad. There's INSERT YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT HERE sweet.

There's the usual gratuitous sex; liberal dropping of curse words including the f-bomb and coffee.

It's Rock Chick fast-moving, blink and you missed something pace.

And the epilogue - oh my the epilogue.


I said




Get over it. Or better yet - get into it.

Because it left my soul settled about all my favorite characters.

And I'm not sad that Revolution is the last Rock Chick book.

I know I've got more Kristen Ashley coming.

More Chaos. More Colorado Mountain Man. More Fantasyland. More Unfinished Heroes. More the Burg.

More whatever Kristen Ashley gets up to.

And, it's all good, my sisters. All good.

What's all good for you these days?

PS the books in the Rock Chick series stand alone but I wouldn't start with Revolution. There are too many wonderful tie-ins to the other Rock Chick books and you'll miss good stuff if you start with Revolution. Start anywhere else but preferably start with the book that started it all; Rock Chick.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel O'Neal

It's no secret that I love Barbara Samuel O'Neal.

So it will come as no surprise that a while back when one of her older books went on sale as an ebook I snatched it up. I had not read it before.

Now I have. And I loved it.

In the Midnight Rain is the love story of Ellie Connor and Blue Reynard. It's so fabulous.

It's one of those books that is hard for me to move on from because I am so in love with the characters.

It's a novel that revolves around music - mostly the blues.

Here's a blues song that gets a mention or two:

Mannish Boy - this version by Muddy Waters

And here's a rock song with a very blues feel that gets a mention:

Red House by Jimi Hendrix.

Do you get captured by characters and find it hard to move on sometimes?

When I checked amazon the book was still 99 cents. Don't know how much longer it will be that price but now that I've read it - it's worth any price.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

More than one way to write a book

My mom used to yell at me for not washing the dishes right. For her, there was only one way to wash the dishes. I never got that. For me, there are probably as many ways to wash the dishes as there are people washing them. The only really essential thing about washing dishes is that they get clean.

Same thing about writing a book. I always thought that there were probably as many ways of writing books as there were of people writing them.

So what of all these people with 'rules' about writing books. Some of the people are successful authors. Others are people educated in the field of creative writing.

I know it bursts their bubbles because it takes things out of their control -- but I'm sure everyone reading this blogpost can think of a book they love that breaks all the so-called rules.

My current favorite obsession author just blew away another 'rule' that has been holding me back.

You know that 'rule' about finishing one book before you start another or else you're just being distracted, chasing something shiny - KRISTEN ASHLEY DOES NOT WRITE THAT WAY.

Consider this from her blogpost 10 Things You May Not Know About the Rock Chicks :

"3) While I was writing the Rock Chick Series, I would send my chapters to my friends Cat and Dena and my uncle Will. I was at the part in Reckoning when Mace and Stella are shot at on the stage. I’d just finished writing that chapter when both of them went down, sent it off to Cat, Dena and Will and I stopped to take a bath. In the bath, Sadie from Regret came to me, full-fledged, history and all that had happened to her.
I burst out crying, big, wet, slobbery tears and pulled myself from the bath. I toweled off, threw on some clothes and sat down at my computer as soon as I could, writing Sadie and Hector, and I was a woman obsessed.
See, when Eddie talks to Jet about his fears that her pathological shyness has to do with her maybe being raped, I knew that his brother would face that atrocity with his woman. So Sadie had been playing at the back of my head for three and a half books. In the bath, it was her time to come out but what happened to her, the life she lived was so awful, I was desperate to get her to her happily ever after.
I was in seventh heaven writing Sadie and Hector. But Cat, Dena and Will were not. They were back with Stella and Mace on the stage and had to wait ages for me to get back to them to let them know all was well. And it took longer than them waiting for just one book, for, I fear, I may have written some other books in the meantime too. I’m flighty that way."

WOW. So that would mean I could sit down to write whichever character was in my head at the time instead of having to decide on a wip and stick with it until it was done.

Sounds very doable to me.

Writers - do you write one book start to finish or work on more than one at a time?

Friday, August 9, 2013

2 good book deals happening right NOW

I have a blogpost I'm going to write but I want to get this up before it's too late for all my cyber reader friends to get the good deals.

Amazon's daily romance deal is Head Over Heals by Jill Shalvis.

I've never read one of her books but I've heard they are excellent and at 99cents for the Kindle version - this one seems like a good place to start.

On the other hand - I've read a lot, lot, lot, lot of Barbara Samuel O'Neals books and never been disappointed. Imagine my glee when finding that her book, In the Midnight Rain is on sale for 99cents 8/8-8/11 in e-reader form @ Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Audible.

I got them both.

I'm always thrilled to know that I have good books just waiting for me on my Kindle!

What's giving you  a thrill these days?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Worth Series

Mara Jacobs wrote a series of 3 books whose titles are all 'Worth the' (something).

In the first book, Worth the Weight, Lizzie has lost half her body weight. She heads back to her hometown with a plan to boost her confidence before starting a physical relationship with a coworker in her big city business.

Of course, it isn't that easy.

In the second book, Worth the Drive, Katie, Lizzie's friend, is in shock from the dismantling of her life when one of her college professor husband's students turns up pregnant with the baby Katie can't give him, or herself. She thinks a one-night stand with golf pro Dario Luna can make her forget for a night.

Or two.

In the third book, Worth the Fall, Alison, the third friend in the Lizzie, Katie, Alison trio, hooks up with the girls long-time, high school friend, Pete Ryan. Pete is a hockey pro who has just had a career ending accident. They share a dark secret which will remain a secret if they have their way.

Or not.

I enjoyed these books. They are meant to be light romances and they succeed very well at that.

And here's the thing - from now until 8/10/13 the e-reader boxed set of 3 books which is normally $6.99 is on sale for 99cents @ Amazon, B&N or Kobo. That's all 3 books for a total price of 99cents (and maybe tax).

Have you heard of any really good books on sale lately?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Three Wishes

I just read a book that I have been resisting for a while. It's a book with a genie in it. Yes, a genie, like a genie in a bottle who grants wishes.

I never would have considered reading it except it was written by my current author OBSESSION, Kristen Ashley.

This shouldn't surprise me but it did; the book is excellent.

The genie is not the love interest. He is a lovable, important character.

I wouldn't say that I want to read a bunch of books with genies but this one sure was good.

Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley.

What book have you read that turned out to be surprisingly good?