Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's a bird, it;'s a plane, it's the start of a romantic suspense series...

"I growled low in my throat and narrowed my eyes."

From Facebook - SEP'S post specifically -

It’s International Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your Facebook status. Don’t mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.

Of course, I'm a rebel, so I'm going to tell you the title.

(Imagine drumroll)

WHISKEY REBELLION by Lilliana Hart.

Let me just say - really good book. Also, start of a series. 2 more are out and I haven't read them yet. Soon, very soon.

Whiskey Sour
Whiskey For Breakfast

Loving the witty-funny, slap-stick-funny, worst-luck-in-the-world, main character, Addison. And her sexy, infuriating love interest, cop, Nick. And her high school best friend, totally opposite to Addison, Kate.

Great voice. Compelling story.

You will laugh. I dare you to read this book without laughing.

What do you say - are you in the mood for someone new to read?

I was.






Sunday, September 22, 2013

Robena's book trailer and sale...

The third book in Robena Grant's Desert Heat series, Desert Exposure, is on sale from amazon for $2.99 from now until Oct 4.

Here is her book trailer:

 
 
 
Do book trailers help you buy books?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Core story

UPDATE; Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Misa Bourbon Ramirez is on sale at amazon for kindle today. I haven't reviewed it, but I have reviewed some of her other books. I read this one and really liked it. Fun read and now only 99 cents.

I started to try and follow JAK's advice and pin down my core story. Having worked on it a while I have come to the conclusion that I'm not ready for that yet. It's murky and covered in fog. I need to write it a few more times before the fog lifts and the murkiness clears.

Here is the rest of what she had to say about it, if you are interested:

"FIND YOUR CORE STORY. Yep, every author has one, regardless of the genre the writer chooses and regardless of what that author believes. Your Core Story has nothing to do with the fictional landscape -- historical, contemporary, paranormal --... or the genre you prefer. It has everything to do with the emotional conflicts that intrigue you. Those are the conflicts from which you will pull your power as a writer for the rest of your career so it pays to identify them early on. Trust me. In case you're stuck thinking you can only write historicals or vampires or contemporary settings or mysteries or suspense or paranormal or, fantasy or, yes, literary fiction, I urge you to step away from the computer and take another look. Your core story doesn't care what backdrop or genre you prefer -- your core story is all about the emotions and internal conflicts and the kinds of characters you like to put on stage -- these are the things that compel you to tell your story." Jayne Ann Krentz on facebook September 10, 2013.

This reminds me of another book - Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. In the story the antagonist is trying to plug the source for all stories and Haroun has to stop him. Haroun's father, Rashid, is a story teller.

""Haroun often thought of his father as a Juggler, because his stories were really lots of different tales juggled together, and Rashid kept them going in a sort of dizzy whirl, and never made a mistake.
"Where did all these stories come from? It seemed that all Rashid had to do was to part his lips in a plump red smile and out would pop some brand-new saga, complete with sorcery, love-interest, princesses, wicked uncles, fat aunts, mustachioed gangsters in yellow check pants, heroes, fights, and half a dozen catchy, hummable tunes. 'Everything comes from somewhere,' Haroun reasoned, 'so these stories can't simply come out of thin air...?'"
Salman Rushdie


It's an absolutely enchanting story and if you have an opportunity to listen to the version where Rushdie himself reads it, it's mesmerizing.

Now as to the obligatory question at the end - I'm going a completely different direction:

Do you follow your favorite writers on facebook or twitter?

I do. I like feeling connected to them.

Friday, September 13, 2013

2 great writers give 6 great writing tips

If you're friends with JAK* & SEP** on facebook you may be following their 3 writing secrets.

JAK's # 1:  "FIND YOUR CORE STORY" She has more to say and it really struck a cord in me. I will be exploring my core story and expanding on this topic.

SEP's # 1:   "YOU LEARN TO WRITE BY WRITING!"

JAK's # 2: "WHEN YOU SIT DOWN TO WRITE DON'T THINK ABOUT THE WHOLE BOOK THAT IS WAITING TO BE WRITTEN. FOCUS, INSTEAD, ON THE NEXT SCENE."

SEP's # 2:"Give yourself permission to put imperfection on the screen!"

JAK's # 3: "FIND YOUR OWN VOICE" and don't let anything diminish it.

SEP's # 3: "Everybody won't like everything you write. Some people won't like anything you write. Get over it!"

It all sounds like excellent advice and, of course, it comes from 2 prolific, successful writers whose books I love.

Going to explore these further. Especially JAK's # 1 which really spoke to me.

If you are a writer - does one of the above tips speak to you strongly? Which one? Why?


*I have sung the praises of Jayne Ann Krentz's books here, here, here, and here.

**I have sung the praises of Susan Elizabeth Phillip's books here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book deal

For all of you who haven't had a chance to check out Kristen Ashley's books - all 4 books of her Burg series are on sale at amazon for kindle today for $1.99 a piece.

For You
At Peace
Golden Trail
Games of the Heart

I just finished a reread of At Peace because I love it. I loved all these books and have read all of them more than once but At Peace was my favorite.

Read them in order or stand alone. Either way works.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

18 minutes with KA

I prefer text to videos on the computer but this felt like a gift to me.

Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Monday meditation and some salaciously fun news

I'm not much of a meditator but my sort-of, haven't-actually-seen-her-in-forever, friend, Kelli Love, who is a yoga instructor-enthusiast extraordinaire, put this on facebook and I loved it:

Monday meditation:

Press thumb into each finger~
I've got grit~
I've got wit~
I've got clout~...
I shake doubts~
Shake hands three times~
Repeat 11 times. Close eyes and listen.


Course, I didn't like what I heard but ya know...

Kelli Love tells me this meditation comes from the awesomely informative website; Grounded: Yoga/Laughter/Elevation
This is their tagline - Dedicated To Teaching our Kids and Teens How to Find the Wisdom Within
Don't you love that? I do.

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Now for the fun, salacious news:

Remember the book Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James? They're making a movie and guess who is playing Christian Grey?


That's right - Charlie Hunnam. Yum. And big sigh.

I haven't read the book. I considered it again after finding out about the Christian / Charlie thing. However, that kindle sample just doesn't do it for me.

The plot summary sounds good, though. Definitely gonna watch the movie. How can I go wrong? Even if the movie is no good - for a couple of hours I get to stare longingly at Charlie.