Sunday, May 29, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday

Running a little late today, but here is an excerpt from my soon-to-be published Into the Fire.    Hope you enjoy:
Her liquid brown eyes blazed up at him, and even as a small voice in the back of his brain screamed he didn’t have time for this, he couldn’t seem to pull away. She looked so damn soft and vulnerable, and all he wanted to do was step out of the way of her win, give it all to her because she deserved it. But first, he wanted to kiss her, a long, hot, turn-their-knees-to-jelly kiss.
He took one look at her lips and was lost to them. He lowered his head slowly, giving her the chance to pull away if she wanted to. Their lips met tentatively at first, then melted together like butter and sugar in a hot saucepan.

For those new to Six Sentence Sunday, it's simple:

1) pick a project – a current Work in Progress, contracted work or even something readers can buy if you’re published

2) pick six sentences

3) post 'em on Sunday

Want to participate or read more participants' snippets? See the site for information on how to do just that: http://sixsunday.blogspot.com


Happy Writing!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Some Sweet Blog Love

                Well, the lovely and talented Laura Kaye was nice enough to nominate me for the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award.  Thank you, Laura, for thinking of me.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Laura Kaye, she recently released the book Forever Freed ,which I personally can't wait to get my hands on.  To find out a little more about this book and author, go to her website and/or her blog .
What an awesome award to come my way since my current WIP, Who's the Cake Boss is all about delicious desserts in the form of cakes, and of course, I have a notorious sweet tooth.

The rules of this award are simple:

1. Thank and Link To the Person who Nominated You (Done and done.)  Much love your way Laura Kaye.

2. Share Seven Random Facts About Yourself (*chews fingernails nervously*)

3. Pass the Award on to 10 deserving blog buddies (No sweat.  I know several deserving divas)

4. Contact those buddies to let them know (Oooh, I'm so excited.)
 
Seven Random Facts About Me:
 
1. I'm the oldest of six children.
2. I'm an Aquarius, so I am always the odd-bird (er...duck...water sign and all).
3. I hate to drive and would gladly hire a chauffeur if I had the money.
4. I spend way too much time watching reality TV (serious guilty pleasure).
5. I have the uncanny ability to not worry about things that are out of my control (it's a blessing and a curse).
6. My role model growing up was Cher, mostly because of her independence, not necessarily because of the boy toys, although that was an added perk.
7. My I-pod playlist is so random, people would surely think I have a dissociative identity disorder (it used to be called multiple personalities, and I don't).
 
So, there you go--seven very random facts about me.
 
Passing on The Irresistible Sweetness to:
 
 
 
Thank you again, Laura, and I wish you much success with your release.
 
Happy Writing!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wow Me Wednesday

Although I am still anxiously awaiting my cover (Now!  Now!  Now!), my editor sent the final, FINAL format, called a galley.  This is the absolute last chance to make any changes to the book, but that means I'm one step closer to a published story.

So, that's my good news.  What's your good news?  Post something in the comments, if you get a chance.

Happy Writing!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Who's The Cake Boss

Although previously I've posted excerpts from my short story soon-to-be released by TWRP, Into the Fire, this week, I'm posting from my current WIP, Who's the Cake Boss.  Hope you like.

Set up:  Lindsey used to work with Evan as an apprentice baker, but he let her go after a month because she had a tendency to make a mess of things.  Truth--Evan thought she was too good for him, and Lindsey's attraction to Evan made her nervous.  Now they are competing against each other on a televised cake competition, but Lindsey says something that jars Evan's memory about the time he overheard her telling a fellow employee she'd never had an orgasm.  Without further ado:

Every time he worked with her from that point on, images of teaching her--but most definitely not about cakes--kept distracting him.  Instead, he wanted to show her just how good sex could be, with the right person--with him.

But he hadn't made a move except to push her away--far away.  He'd fired her.  He hadn't wanted to be the one to corrupt her.  She deserved better.

For those new to Six Sentence Sunday, it's simple:

1) pick a project – a current Work in Progress, contracted work or even something readers can buy if you’re published

2) pick six sentences

3) post 'em on Sunday

Want to participate or read more participants' snippets? See the site for information on how to do just that: http://sixsunday.blogspot.com


Happy Writing!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wow Me Wednesday

Great Things Going On:

Sent my copy edits for Into the Fire back to editor, and she said I'd see my cover soon.

11 days left until my summer is mine.

Hubby fixed our dinner tonight.

Son learned how to use the vacuum.

What's your good news?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Make It Like You Mean It--Nice Spiced Hali-but

If you've been working on your gluteus maximus, hopefully you get a compliment like this dish--

Nice Spiced Hali-but

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 16-ounce can diced tomotoes, drained
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
6 halibut fillets or other lean white fish, about 1 inch thick

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a skillet, saute' onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until onion is soft.  Reduce heat.  Stir in remaining ingredients, except fish.  Simmer uncovered over low heat five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place fish in an ungreased 11 x 7-inch pan (or there abouts).  Spoon mixture over fish.  Bake uncovered 25-30 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Happy writing!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Into the Fire

     Her heart one-two punched, and she cursed that he could still make her want him. His gaze fell to her lips, and she held her breath. She hoped he didn’t try to kiss her and prove just how much she wasn’t over him yet.

     She could tell by his intense look he was thinking of doing just that, but before he could lean in and make her a liar, the door opened quickly and a mousy, brown-haired female tech with a headphone wrapped around her head and a wide-eyed, tight-skinned grimace marring her face barged into the room and waved her hand toward herself like her head was on fire. “Mr. Tracy, Ms. Devere, we’re ready for you. We have to move to the studio kitchen, like, five minutes ago.”


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For those new to Six Sentence Sunday, it's simple:

1) pick a project – a current Work in Progress, contracted work or even something readers can buy if you’re published

2) pick six sentences

3) post 'em on Sunday

Want to participate? See the site for information on how to do just that: http://sixsunday.blogspot.com

Happy Writing!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Night, Ladies' Night

 
 Don't look at this so long without blinking your eyes get "Thor."  Tee hee.

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wow Me Wednesday

Okay, these are laugh-out-loud funny.  Just to set up, if you go to www.worldoflongmire.com, you'll find renamed romances based on the cover pictures of old.  Soooo funny.  The following is a www.YouTube.com slideshow, and it is hilarious.  Check it out:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Make It Like You Mean It Monday

In the spirit of my soon-to-be-published short story, Into the Fire, I'll be posting some romantic recipes.  My protagonists are professional chefs, going head-to-head on a televised cooking competition.

I'll try to keep the recipes quick and simple.

Here's the first:  Wrap Me Up In Your Love Turkey Wraps

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons Cheddar cheese, shredded (low-fat if you're watching the waist line)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 block cream cheese (low-fat, same reason as before)
6 flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups cooked turkey breast, diced
1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves

Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl; stir well.  Spread 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over each tortilla.  Top each with 1/4 cup turkey, 1/4 cup spinach.  Roll up and serve.

Serve with raw vegetables and dip.

Happy Writing!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday

Happy Mother's Day!

     “What has you so distracted, darling?”
     She startled and cursed herself for reacting to his deep timbre. Chills ran down her spine at the thought of him at her back. Steeling her body, she turned to face him and sucked in a breath at the sight of his gorgeous face up close, with its perfect angles and wake-and-run stubble.
     Mentally shaking herself, she put on her best I-don’t-give-a-damn look. “I’m not distracted, Luke, just preparing to hand you your ass on a platter."

If you like what you read, please follow me here, on twitter, and facebook.

For those new to Six Sentence Sunday, it's simple:

1) pick a project – a current Work in Progress, contracted work or even something readers can buy if you’re published

2) pick six sentences

3) post 'em on Sunday

Want to participate? See the site for information on how to do just that: http://sixsunday.blogspot.com

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wow Me Wednesday

Some funnies to make you smile:

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
Tom Clancy

I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
William Faulkner

I handed in a script last year and the studio didn't change one word. The word they didn't change was on page 87.
Steve Martin

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

"Oh my," said the writer. "Let me see heaven now."

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

"Wait a minute," said the writer. "This is just as bad as hell!"

"Oh no, it's not," replied an unseen voice. "Here, your work gets published."


Happy Writing!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Don't Quote Me On That

Okay.  Something went haywire.  I posted once, but now it seems to have gotten up and walked away from the screen.  Let's try this again.

While working on my current WIP, I've been developing my characters in a new way.  Believe me, every little bit helps flesh out characters and make them as real as I possibly can, so when I was reading a Lori Wilde book and came to a passage where she used a quote to describe a character, I sat up and paid attention.  Something clicked, and I thought to myself that using a quote to begin to define my character wouldn't be such a bad thing to do.  I don't necessarily need to write it into the book, just use it to characterize.

Then I thought about an author I admire greatly--Kresley Cole--and how she begins her books with quotes from her hero and heroine.  These quotes get to the heart of the character's thoughts, actions, motivations, and just the basics of who he or she is.  It's a great way to introduce the characters and give some insight into their personalities from the start.

Truth is though, I don't have time to really research a "perfect" quote, but in a short search I found one that I could hear my hero say: 

"Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong."

It is a quote by Robert Anton Wilson, a science fiction author, and it is a small insight into the hero of my current WIP. 

Any quotes you're familiar with that describe your characters?

Happy Writing!