Monday, November 28, 2011

Top Ten Best Things About Being a Writer


Gravity has ceased working around here because I am walking on air.

Into the Fire got a fantastic 4 1/2 star review at Night Owl Reviews.

The reviewer said, "there are a few tantalizing scenes that are as steamy as the food cooking in the kitchen. A quick easy read, but beware of feeling hungry afterwords!"

You can read the whole review HERE.

Also, if you'll hang around just a little longer, I've created a new top ten list for you to enjoy.  Hope it gives you a giggle or two.

Here are the top ten best things about being a writer:


10.Yeah, that villain I killed in a most heinous way might be you. Did you tick me off recently?

9. I'm on vacation every time I jump into the setting of my current story.

8. All the wild and crazy monthly writer meetings that get sooo out of hand.

7. The cool writer decoder ring I got through the mail when I hit 5000 friends on Facebook (maybe I dreamt this).

6. I get to be an office supply whore because now they're necessities.

5. The best part of my work attire are the house slippers and pj's.

4. People other than my mother and I have read my writing (some even liked it).

3. Fiction writer is just a nice way to say I'm full of it but know how to make it sound good.

2. I get to selfishly indulge in all my own interests and call it research for a book.

1. Now all those voices in my head are characters--not proof of insanity.

So, there you are--the top ten best things about being a writer.  Did I miss any?  Leave any I missed in the comments.

And just in case you missed the other amazing reviews of Into the Fire...

Sizzling Hot Book Reviews said "Into the Fire gives us a wonderful concept, great conflict and adoring characters. Don’t miss Into the Fire when you are looking for a new book." For the entire review, go here: http://tinyurl.com/3zgagc4

Got Erotic Romance said "Into the Fire is a fast and fun read. Is it getting hot in here? This kitchen is on fire!" For the entire review, go here: http://tinyurl.com/4y2ntz2

Happy Writing!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Lost in New Falls

In last week's post, Sara Delaney exemplified every writer's worst nightmare--she'd lost all her written work.  We pick up as a deputy asks if she's noticed anything else missing.


She unfolded her hands from her mouth and nodded. She cleared her throat and bit her lip. It was a little embarrassing. “An alarm clock, a pillow, and…uh, well, whoever it was, cleared out my underwear drawer.”

 "You had valuables hidden there?”

If only.


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Happy Writing!

Cherie
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Top Ten Things Not Overheard on Black Friday

Oh yes, it's that time of year again.  First, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Hope your holiday is oh, so delicious.  Second, my top ten list is timely.  If you've never experienced a Friday with the shopping masses, you don't know what you're missing.  There are deals to be found, right?  Well, I've only ever been once, but I can assure you that these are ten things you'll never hear while shopping on Black Friday.  Hope you enjoy!

10.  No, go ahead of me in line.  I don't mind.
9.    We're only going to two stores--three tops.
8.    I'm confused.  It's midnight...are we shopping late or early?
7.    I sure hope I spend enough money to recover the economy.
6.    Ooooh, Jingle Bells, Wal-mart smells, granny got a gun...
5.    Who really needs a 48-inch, plazma, HD TV for $200 dollars?  Really?
4.    Boy, wonder why the mall's so crowded?
3.    I'll just be in here a minute.
2.    I'll never see a deal like this again!
1.    I'll take a Gerard Butler in a size 10 *wink*

There you go.  Top Ten Things Not Overheard on Black Friday.  For a little more information about myths of Black Friday, check out the following Fox News clip.

Black Friday Myths

Happy Writing!

Cherie
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Lost in New Falls

Thank you so much to all the sixers who continue to pop in, read, and comment each week.  It is a great way to go into Monday.  Here are six from my current wip--Lost in New Falls.  It's un-edited for the most part, but the opening is a nightmare for any writer and especially for Sara Delaney, the heroine of this story:


Over…so over.  Her life was over.  Her career was over.  As the sheriff’s deputies tromped around the little cabin her grandfather left her several years ago, they catalogued her missing items, but all Sara Delaney could focus on was the one major electronic that was everything to her—her laptop.  She wasn’t sure how she’d managed to swallow a barbell, but it felt like one was lodged in her chest.  Her laptop was gone, along with her all she’d written over the years.


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Happy Writing,

Cherie

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Top Ten Sites This Week

Usually, I work out a few giggles with a humorous top ten list, but this week, I thought I'd do something a little different.  Here are ten sites that I've visited recently and would recommend to others.  If you have a moment, check them out for some good information.

1.    www.kmart.com     You can do layaway on line.  Cool way to cover some Christmas items without leaving home until it's time to pick up your items.
2.    http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/     Kristin Lamb's writerly advice with an emphasis on social media.
3.    http://favstar.fm/     Supposed to give you the best tweets (the ones that are RT'd the most)
4.    http://www.youtube.com/user/LauraZigman     Cute and funny YouTube videos by Laura Zigman
5.    http://www.xtranormal.com/     Make fun movies to upload to YouTube.  They say, "If you can type, you can make a movie."
6.    http://www.xtranormal.com/     Some Twitter advice from chick-lit author, Jennifer Weiner
7.    http://www.jennycrusie.com/for-writers/essays/     Essays from Jennifer Crusie about writing, publishing, and other topics.
8.    http://www.craftingfiction.com/2010/02/kat-oreilly-on-writing-romance.html  Kat O'Reilly weighs in on writing romance
9.    http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/    One source for descriptive writing ideas.
10.  http://lydiakang.blogspot.com/    Need some medical info?  Check out Medical Mondays on this blog.

There you go.  A short list of references for various needs.  Any interesting sites I missed?

Happy Writing!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Six Sunday--Into the Fire

I've been away for a couple weeks, but I'm back to share six sentences from Into the Fire, my short story with The Wild Rose Press.  Here is a romantic moment after the reality show competition has wrapped.  Hope you enjoy.

     Her gaze hit his, and the pit of his stomach twisted as the heat melted him like butter on a hot roll.

     "I can’t promise anything, Luke. You’ve given me every reason not to trust you, but after what you made me feel in the pantry, I know I want at least one more night with you.”

     “I’ll take that.” He leaned forward and reached a hand under her ponytail to cup the back of her neck and pull her toward him as he lowered his lips to meet hers. The minute their mouths touched, he was in heaven.

 
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Cherie
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Please Welcome Elke Feuer

I'm so excited to welcome fellow Angel Elke Feuer to the blog today.  One of the original Angels who met at RWA10, she is often the first one to congratulate or promote, and I, for one, couldn't appreciate knowing her more.

She agreed to answer a few questions and let us know about her current project.

Tell us a little about your writing routine...

I write at least two hours every day during the week and two-four hours on the weekends. I get to work early in the morning, so I write in the evening after my son goes to bed. On the weekends it’s at my favorite coffee shop.


Mmmm...coffee.  Add a little chocolate, and you got a perfect writing environment.  What inspires you?

I’d have to say fellow writers. Their enthusiasm, support and encouragement of each other and of course their success. They’re real people and if they can have success then maybe I can too.


With a story like your current project, there's no doubt you can have success.  Let's take a look at the blurb...

             
For the Love of Jazz

To launch her restoration architecture company, Josie Fagan must convince Patrick Pullman she’s the only one who can restore his unique 1940s bungalow. She gets more than she bargains for when a condition of the contract is that she stays at the house with him, and what Patrick Pullman wants, Patrick Pullman gets…

She feels an immediate connection not only to Patrick and his house, but to the previous tenants, Patrick’s uncle and his lover, Lola, who disappeared fifty years ago. Is the attraction between Patrick and Josie real, are Lola and William still acting out their unfinished lives or is the house just haunted?

Patrick Pullman doesn’t believe in ghosts or that his house is haunted, but when he starts having visions of Lola; maybe Josie isn’t crazy after all. Will they find out the truth before she disappears too?


Oooh, this sounds like such a great story, but I digress.

Where in the world would you want to visit (all in the name of research, of course) and why?

At the top of my list is Chicago where my current story is based. But I’d love to visit Petra, Florence, Peru and China. You can’t help but think stories are there waiting to be discovered and told.


Do your characters reveal themselves before or during your draft and how?

Sometimes they reveal themselves before the story starts through a dream or a glimpse of someone in the store or coffee shop. Other times they don’t reveal themselves until the story begins to unfold and at that point I have to interrogate them. J
Isn't that the truth?  What works one time, doesn't always work the next. 

What was your first writing piece and where is it now?

It was the story of a woman whose ship is captured by a Pirate and they fall in love despite their differences in background. I was twelve at the time and wrote it on the typewriter my parents gave me for my birthday. Unfortunately it disappeared when I was editing it at school.


Can you share an excerpt from your current work?


Excerpt

“I want you stay at the house during the renovations and not take on any other jobs until mine is done.”  

“What?” He couldn’t be serious. She searched his face. He was. “Why do I need to stay at the house?”

“I need this project finished in ten months and that will mean having you close to discuss design and restoration changes. Living at the house is the best option and also eliminates the risk of theft.” He leaned back in his chair. “Room and board is free. You don’t want to waste money your business needs, do you?”

Damn, he knew about her finances and was going to play hard ball. She had no intention of letting him use it against her or backing down. She was the best candidate and they both knew it. If she wasn’t he would have hired another company. “I want a flattering personal reference,” she countered.

A cocky grin curved his lips. “Then I want guarantees.”

She held his gaze.

“You’ll get your reference if you meet my ten month deadline, if I’m satisfied with the quality of the work, and if the job comes within budget.” He moved his chair back into the upright position.

“That will not include changes you make to my original estimate or if you select inferior products,” she added quickly. 

His smile broadened and his boyish dimple winked at her. 

Was he enjoying this?

Damn him, he was! 

She didn’t like it one bit. He was taking away the control she wanted, needed to have. The excitement she felt when he agreed to hire her vanished. The masculine atmosphere that had floated in the air like cheap cologne when she arrived squeezed around her to uncomfortable. 

“Do we have a deal?” His confident tone implied he knew the answer.

Thanks Cherie for being a wonderful host and supporter.  

Aaah, my pleasure, sweetie.  Thanks for being my guest today.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Weekend Dirty Dozen for Into the Fire

Shyann and Luke are two professional chefs going head-to-head on a televised cooking competition.  This kitchen is too hot for TV.  We pick up where we left off last week.  (See last week's dirty dozen here)
And though they say revenge is best served cold, their relationship hadn’t been on ice long enough to chill her anger yet.
       She’d managed to avoid him most of the evening as she went through hair and makeup, but the earlier rehearsal was another story. It had been pure torture, being forced to endure his presence, walking through the opening face-off, and prepping their cooking stations within inches of each other. It was bad enough that he looked better than she trying to dismiss him from her thoughts, she reached for her chef’s jacket and began to wrap herself in her white cotton armor for the upcoming battle. She needed to win today, hands down. When she’d quit her job at the restaurant, thanks to Luke, she’d begun working on something she’d never imagined. A win on this show would launch her tiny event planning company into an actual business, and she liked the idea of being an independent business owner, never having to rely on the chefs above her to make or break her career. Never having someone you trust break your heart.
        “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.

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