Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap Into Books--Blog Hop

Have a laugh on me!  Giveaway at the bottom, but first...Not to sound like a winter curmudgeon, but here are my Top Ten Reasons February is the Longest, Shortest Month:

10.  Even if the white stuff doesn't fall, I still have to bundle up like  everywhere I go.
9.    Award show season--like taxes and Christmas--rolls around once a year and the build-up is all consuming, ever-dragging, until finally it's all over in a blink and we can finally move on.
8.  If I were any more sluggish, I'd be moving backwards.
7.  The best offerings at the movie theaters are the tear-jerkers or the gratuitously gross.
6.  Please, sir, can I have some more...daylight, that is?  Winter blahs creep up due to third month of shorter days and stuck indoors.
5.  How much I spent at Christmas finally sinks in, and February becomes Nospenduary.
4.  No matter how much lotion my skin drinks in, it's still dry as a desert.
3.  Stuck inside means stuck with the people who push all your buttons, ALL THE TIME!.
2.  Between my carb-loading and lack of outside activity--I'm twice the woman I used to be, in the physical sense only.
1.  They come but once a year (thank goodness), but inevitably, I turn a year older every February and that's why it's the longest, shortest month.

Fun and GIVEAWAYS!  That's the name of the game for this blog hop.  Oh, and just to give you fair warning, there are LOTS of giveaways!
I am excited to participate by giving away a $10.00 gift card!
All you have to do is click on the READ MORE at the bottom of this post and enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below.  Oh, and once you're finished there, don't forget to hop HERE to find other fun giveaways.

Psst...a fellow author and Ass Cheek Angel (group blog) interviewed me recently.  If you have a minute, check it out HERE.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Six Sunday--Lost in New Falls

PhotobucketSix Sentence Sunday time again, and we're still in New Falls with screenwriter, Sara Delaney, and small-town sheriff, Quentin Taylor. Sara's laptop is still missing along with her ready-to-send screenplay-of-her-heart, and this week we finally get a glimpse inside Quentin's head.  He's thinking back to when Sara, her brother Reese, and he were younger and how things changed as they all matured, especially Sara.

Then she’d developed, and hell, despite himself, he’d noticed, and so had every other teenage male in their circle, but Reese made it clear she was off limits. No one was to look at her, matter alone touch her. Like a tempting test of his loyalty, she’d come to him, and he’d never wanted anything more in his life then or since, but Reese had been his friend when everyone else had shunned him on account of the scandal surrounding his parents. He knew what he had to do. He’d resisted, and that’d been the last he’d seen her.

Now she was back in New Falls, and although he’d been attracted to her before, now she was damn near irresistible.


Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday!

Happy Writing!

Cherie

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Six Sunday--Lost in New Falls

Six Sentence Sunday time again, and we're still in New Falls with screenwriter, Sara Delaney, and small-town sheriff, Quentin Taylor. Sara's laptop is still missing along with her ready-to-send screenplay-of-her-heart, and this week she has to break the bad news to her agent.


“Oh, Sara, please tell me you backed it up somewhere else.”
 
 “Of course I did. It’s saved on my USB drive too.”

“Thank goodness. So get yourself to an available computer station and let’s make this deal.”

 “Yeah, except the USB was still attached to the laptop when it was taken.”


Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday!

Happy Writing!

Cherie

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Night, Ladies' Night--The Vow



Anybody else excited to see Channing Tatum on the big screen?  Anyone excited about this story?  Anybody else wish they'd been the one to write this?  Alas, I'll just have to be satisfied with watching it on the big screen.

What movie, book, or story do you wish you'd written?

Happy Writing!
Cherie

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Six Sunday--Lost in New Falls

HAPPY SUPERBOWL! Break out the chips and dip and fire up the commercials because it's Superbowl Sunday.  It's also, Six Sentence Sunday, and we're still in New Falls with screenwriter, Sara Delaney, and small-town sheriff, Quentin Taylor.  Sara's laptop is still missing along with her ready-to-send screenplay-of-her-heart, and this week she says goodbye to the good sheriff to take a call from her agent.  Some mixed emotions surface.


“I have to take this.”

“Of course. If you need anything, here’s my number.” He left a card on her countertop and moved toward the door with a grace that belied his muscular frame.  She didn’t stop him, knew she wouldn't use his number, and felt confident it would be the last time she encountered him while here in New Falls.  Yet, rather than the relief she expected, a weird sense of loss hit her instead.
Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week.  Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday!

Happy Writing!

Cherie

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Welcome Wednesday, Welcomes Rachel Brimble!

Please welcome Rachel Brimble to the blog today.  It's always a great day around here when we have a visitor.  It certainly brightens up the place.

Rachel was generous enough to answer a few questions for me.  So, let's get to know her a little better.



Do you have a usual writing routine?

    I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom and now my kids are older (12 & 10), I have most of the day to myself through the week. I am at my laptop at 9am and work through to 2.30 pm (with a dog walk in between!), five days a week. Once the kids are home I am out and about most of the time before dinner, but still sneak back and forth to the laptop until around 7pm.

    Then it’s family time which often involves slumping in front of the TV, lol!

What aspect of writing comes easy to you?  What is difficult?


    I find dialogue and characterization the easiest – very early on in a draft I will hear the hero and heroine’s voice in my head. Once I know who they are, it’s like I am taking dictation when they are speaking.


    The difficult aspect for me is the plotting – keeping the characters apart through their internal motivations, that’s the hardest. Too often my characters just want to be together and will fight for their relationship far too soon!

What does it take to be a successful author in today’s publishing world?


    Tenacity! Anyone can succeed at anything. The trick is whether or not you are prepared to take the rejection, brush yourself off and try again. Writing is a craft, it can be learned BUT you have to be open to constructive criticism, accept that your first attempt isn’t going to be on the NY Bestseller list and that some readers/reviewers are going to hate what you get published.


    This is a business.

Who has helped you along the way?


    SO many people I don’t know where to start! My husband is my biggest support and believer, he’s always said I will make it and often makes a point of telling me I am his retirement fund ;)


    Professionally, every editor I have had (5 for 6 different books) has taught me a new aspect to the craft which has helped me improve. I am also a member of Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association (UK equivalent). The tips and skills I have picked up through meetings and conferences have also been invaluable.


    Most of all, I have learnt more than I ever thought from my agent and we have only been working together ten months. I am excited about the future!
Now for a little fun ;0)

Boxers or briefs on your man and why? Boxers – just plain sexier!
Dog, cat, or neither? Dog – my black Labrador is my third child and my shadow J
Favorite movie and why?
When A Man Loves A Woman – it has everything. Tears, laughter, personal growth and sacrifice. I wish I’d written it!

Favorite television shows?
Even though I am a Brit and lived in the UK all my life, my favorite shows are all US dramas – I love Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Big Love. On the crime side, I love Rizzoli & Isles – such great characters and chemistry.

Salty, sweet, or both? Hmm…bit of both I think. Depends on the mood ;)

By the way, I have to say, I LOVE that cover! Go-o-o-rgeous!
Rachel’s latest contemporary romance release is Getting It Right This Time, available from Lyrical Press.

Here’s the blurb:



She's back, but this time she’s a mother…intent on protecting her young.

Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her and her daughter.

A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though Mark lost the girl of his dreams to his best friend, he finds no hardship in being single. Or so he thought.

Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work. But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him, being anywhere near her daughter? Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?

Buy Link:

http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_25&products_id=296



Bio:

Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. She started writing short stories about eight years ago but once her children were at school, she embarked on her first novel. It was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had several books published with The Wild Rose Press, Eternal Press and Lyrical Press. She recently acquired a US agent with her second Victorian historical. A member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, Rachel hopes to have a further two novels, one contemporary and one Victorian published in 2012.

When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…

Links:

http://www.rachelbrimble.com/

http://rachelbrimble.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/#!/RachelBrimble

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Brimble/181873201887441