Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Great Writing Groove

When you're in a great writing groove the world around you just melts away. The husband disappears, the kids fade into the background (until someone comes tapping on your shoulder), and the ringing phone is a mere annoyance, like a buzzing fly.

When you're in a great writing groove, the words flow from your fingertips faster than you can remember punching them out on the keyboard. You write word after word, sentence and sentence, paragraph after paragraph, before you realize that you've written another 1,000 words. When you finally stop to take a breath from the frantic tapping and read back on what appeared on the screen, you are absolutely amazed that you wrote it. Did that really come from me? Is a question I often hear in my own head (and sometimes out loud) during these good writing grooves.

Your words may not be perfect, your structure may be poor, and your work may be covered with misspellings, but during a great writing groove nothing matters more than pouring the words from your mind. You can always go back to edit, but at this moment you are filled with euphoria over the fact that you just had one of the most exhilarating moments in your writing life.

Then, of course, the kids start screaming, the music in your head stops playing, the ringing phone catches your attention, and the husband starts asking what's for dinner. You've just enjoyed a fabulous moment and now it's time to join the world around you once again. Until next time anyway!

I hope that everyone is having a lovely day and that all the writers out there will experience their very own writing groove very soon! It doesn't happen every day (or even every week), but when it does you will definitely know what it is.

I love my great writing grooves!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Today is much better than yesterday.

Yesterday was a rough day, but thankfully the girls went to the in-laws' house for a while. The hubby & I got to go out for dinner all alone and then we got groceries without kids begging for crap. We went back to pick up the youngest and the older two spent the night with their grandparents.

Once home it was late enough for the youngest to go to bed and then there was nothing but peace and quiet the rest of the night. Too bad I couldn't sleep. After sleeping so well the night before (my drug induced coma), I slept pretty bad last night. I laid there for 2 hours and then when I finally got to sleep the youngest woke me up with wet bed. BLAH!

Ah well, shit happens I suppose.

Today the girls are outside playing in the pool. Maybe they will be tired when they come back inside. The youngest has already decided she's tired and is now watching cartoons in my bed. LOL!

Tim changed the oil in the van and put a new belt on it. So he says the van is now "officially" ready for our 6hr drive next Saturday. LOL! I can't wait! Only 7 more days. Woohoo!

Friday, June 27, 2008

It's finally Friday!

Gosh, this week just drug by sooooo slowly. I didn't think Friday would ever get here. Sheesh!

We have 8 days until we leave for vacation and everyone is getting so excited. We leave out on July 5th and return on the 12th. We'll be sunning it up on the beach of Tybee Island, GA. I can't wait. I need a break soooo badly. Apparently the kids do too because they are at each others' throats constantly this week.

I usuall run around to do my weekly errands on Fridays, but the kids were being soooo bad this morning that I refused to ake them to town with me. I went to my grandmother's to pick up some plants she had set out for me and then we went to the library. That's it. I brought them right back home and will not be going to town to get groceries, and such, until their daddy comes home from work. They gave me such a migraine yesterday with their bullshit that I'm just flat out refusing to do it today.

Last night I took some Tylenol PM and passed out by 11:30pm. I'm usually up until 1am when there's no school to get up early for. But with that migraine I needed extra sleep. I was literally drugged out by 11:30. I was walking sideways and wondered if that's what a drunk felt like (since I've never been more than tipsy before). LOL! But boy didI sleep good last night. I didn't even wake up when Tim left for work at 5am.

Then, of course, I was awakened by screams, squeals, and arguments at 7:30am. UGH! Hmmm, maybe I should look for a damn bootcamp or something. LOL!

Anyway, that's my Friday, thus far. I hope Tim gets off work early and one of the grandparents decides they'd like to be tormented by these children tonight. LOL

I hope you're having a better day!! Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #25

Thirteen Things I Should Be Doing Instead of Sitting Here

1. Writing
2. Sleeping
3. Cleaning
4. Getting the girls dressed for their dentist appt.
5. Washing clothes
6. Putting some Netflix dvds in the mailbox
7. Eating some breakfast
8. Not going insane from the constant bickering
9. Emptying the dishwasher
10. Answering the phone that won't stop ringing
11. Plugging my ears with music
12. Chatting with my friend, Mis
13. Lastly, I should be having sex. Too bad the DH is at work! LOL

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

That sucks!!

Well, last night I sat here and tapped outa nice medium sized entry. Then I hit the publish button and up popped a Blogger error and my post was GONE! As you can tell, I didn't even try to rewrite it. :-(

Don't worry, you just missed a little ranting about misbehaving children and a little happiness over getting a little work done (an article and almost another chapter done in the next book). I guess from now on I'll have to make sure to copy my entries BEFORE I hit the publish button. That way I can just go back and paste it right back in. LOL.

Today I have the children working. They wanted to be brats yesterday, so today is a work day for them. Right now they are cleaning up around the house outside and it's so peaceful in here. Of course they are probably just playing with the kittens we have out there, but I don't care as long as they stay out of my hair for a while. Ahhh the joys of living in the woods with no neighbors. LOL!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Werewolves, they can live a normal life, too!

Since I recently wrote an entry about my love of vampires, I thought it only fair to my beloved Fiona that I write on the topic of werewolves, as well.

While vampires are consider night creatures, and they aren't "suppose" to be out in the sunlight, werewolves can do whatever they like. They can live a normal day-to-day "human" life out in the real world. They can be bankers, bartenders, school teachers (don't eat my kids please, lol), or just about anything else they wanted to be. All they'd have to worry about is that full moon once a month.

There are many types of werewolves in the books and movies around the world. You have the ones who have human form until the full moon and then they turn into a simple, natural, shiny-coated wolf. You have the ones in human form and then turn into a grotesque, giant, snarling, drooling wolf-monster that is ten feet tall. Then you have the ones that are the same size as a human, but are covered in wolf hair with fangs and freaky yellow eyes (I consider this the Wolf-man).

In my books, my werewolves are the first kind--human form turning into a natural wolf. My werewolves can live a normal life in the real world. Then when the full moon rolls around they go out into the wild and do their "thing". Fiona was a normal person. She has her own troubles like anyone else--controlling family, guy troubles (including finding her ex in bed with HIS boyfriend), and pressures to marry. You could be standing next to her while in line at the bank.

I've been asked why I chose the combination of vampire and werewolf. Well, basically because I hadn't seen it done before. Usually it's vampire/human, vampire/vampire, werewolf/human, and werewolf/werewolf. Never before had I come across the combination of vampire and werewolf. It intrigued me, so I decided to explore the possibilities.

Of course my werewolf was ultimately turned into a new type of vampire, and her werewolf blood completely changed her vampire lover's life forever. That's what makes the story different. She isn't simply turned into just another vampire. Because of her werewolf physiology, things don't quite go the way they're planned with her change. Not to mention the pregnancy!

Fiona, even after her vampirism, is able to live a human-like life. In book 2, A Birth at Dawn, you find her out shopping for a wedding dress with her best friend. How much more "normal" can you get?

So, YES, in my characters' fictional world, a werewolf can live a normal life, too! She can have a human best friend, a vampire lover, a strange baby on the way, and have a doctor who is THE physician for the area's whole vampire community.

I love what I do! I love my characters! I love the stories that they tell. And I enjoy spending my time in their realities. Stop by and check out A Midnight Infatuation! You may just find a new set of vampire/werewolf rules that you never knew existed. :-)

Been married too long...

My husband made me laugh yesterday. Not that he doesn't make me laugh on a near daily basis, but yesterday was particularly funny.

We met when I was 16 and he was 17. We married 10 months later when we were both 17 (nine days before his 18th birthday). Here it is, over 14 years later, and we're now 31 & 32 years old. We have many more years ahead of us. Yet, yesterday he informs me that we've been married far too long.

I was about to leave to pick us up some dinner since no one wanted to cook and I remembered to tell him that I needed him to do something for me. As soon as the words came out of my mouth he said that he was just thinking of the same task. He snickered and said, "We've been married too long." Apparently we think alike these days. LOL!

I laughed so hard. It was funny because if he thinks 14 yrs has been too long, what in the world will he think when we're old and gray? LOL!! We are quickly coming up on the anniversary that will mark half our lives together. I was 17 when we married and we only need 3 more years to hit 17 yrs of marriage. It's crazy!

Anyway, I know that this is just rambling, but it was quite humorous yesterday and I thought I'd share. :-) Today he's at work and begging me through text messages to find an excuse for him to come home early. LOL! Poor guy hates working on Fridays (his "normal" shift is only Mon - Thurs).

Ok, you guys have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Wow, it's Thursday again. That means tomorrow is Friday! Yay! I love the weekend. I like having the hubby home for those two days. He can annoy me, but it's still nice having him home and at my beck & call for two days. ;-)

Thirteen Foods I Love

1. grilled chicken
2. grapes
3. peaches
4. bananas
5. yogurt (especially the WW kind)
6. chili (oh gosh, I love chili!)
7. Pizza
8. Sweet & Sour Chicken
9. ice cream
10. pasta (I don't care what kind, any pasta is good, lol)
11. a nice big salad
12. boiled shrimp (we will be eating a lot of this on vacation)
13. apples

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Ok I'm off. I need to go out to pay a power bill, send back some Netflix movies, and then come back home to swim in the pool with the girls. I know there's something else, but I can't think of it right now. I'm sure it'll hit me as soon as I'm back home. LOL.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Something I just loved!

So yesterday I was reading a newsletter that I receive regularly and there was a link to this YouTube video. It was soooo funny that I just have to share it on here. For all the writers out there who read my blog, you will totally appreciate the humor in this video! LOL!

I enjoyed this so much that I added the author's link to my blogroll on the right of fellow writers & authors. So check out his site if you get the chance. :-)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Vampires, why do we love them so?

I was asked in an earlier interview about my love of modern vampires in the stories that I write and that I read. The interviewer had mentioned that when she thinks of vampires the first thing that comes to minds are the type of vamps that Bram Stoker wrote about. I assured her that was not my type of vampire.

My main vampire Alex may be 150 years old, but he has learned to change with the times and is what I would consider a modern-day man. He sexy, muscular, smart with a touch of humor, and he is strong enough to take care of his woman if she needs him to. Alex is also a fantastic lover!

Many people look at vampirism as a dirty, disgusting, nasty problem to be solved. But in my fictional world of vampires, the exchange of blood is more sexual, energizing, personal, and creates a connection between two willing partners. The fact that these creatures of night--who could take anyone they wanted--have chosen you to be the person to sustain their life is nothing short of intoxicating.

When the modern-day vampires are the kinds of men that women dream of why shouldn't we love them? The blood exchange--especially during sex--is no difference than any other bodily fluid exchange during intimate moments. My vampires are the stuff that dreams are made of. Even the "bad guys" have a positive or two underneath their psychotic exteriors... of course that positive could just be their nice hair, but that's still a positive, right? *chuckle*

There are many different types of vampires in the world of books, tv, and movies. You have the ugly, old, decrepit ones who kill just to say they did. You have the hot, brooding, makes-me-tingle-all-over ones who wish they'd never lived to seen their first feed. You have the ones who kill everything in sight without thinking about the consequences. You have the ones who live off of sewer rats because they can't stand the thought of taking blood from a human. And many, many, many more types out there in the literary world. But in my opinion, about 85% of the vampires out there are the type that would make my blood boil over, while me heart races, and my words stammer as thoughts of intimacy course through my brain. Mmmmm, steamy!

This is why I write the stories that I write. This is why I choose to fall in love with the ideas of modern-day vampires. This is why Alexander Paul Jenkins is the vampire he is today!

If you are a lover of vampires, feel free to tell me why. I love to hear what others think when it comes to a passion of mine. :-)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful fathers out there. I hope that you are having a lovely day with you children.

My husband was awakened by his little lovies working diligently in the kitchen to create a perfect breakfast for him. They planned this days ago, so I just stood back and let them go at it. LOL! They made waffles, eggs, and bacon (I cooked the bacon). They were so proud of themselves when they put his plate all together and took it to him.

Then I let them present his gift to him. The other week he was complaining to me about needing some new pictures of the girls for work. Plus he didn't have a picture of me at all. So I ordered a 5x7 collage with pics of all of us in it. Then I bought a magnetic frame and VOILA! a nice Father's Day gift is born. :-) He liked it.

We went to have lunch with the in-laws and presented FIL with a collage picture of his own... only ths one didn't have me in it. LOL! Now we are home and DH is getting set to watch the Nascar race. I don't think he'll watch all of it though because he's talking about jumping in the pool. Which means that I'll get some nice quiet time while he and the girls are in the pool and out of my hair. I might actually get some writing done without interruption today. YAY!

Days like this make me miss my own dad. He passed away 5 yrs ago from Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). We always loved celebrating Father's Day with him.

Ok, I just wanted to post a Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. I hope that you're all having a great day!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A new interview

Wow, I almost posted every day this past week. Too bad Friday got so busy and distracted me enough to forget to post on here. Ah well, that happens I suppose.

Today I'd like to share a new interview with you. This one was a lot of fun to do and I enjoyed my time chatting with the interviewer. So stop by and check it out!

Welcome Christie Silvers on Chasing Dreams

On to a different topic... I will be running a new give-away after I come back from vacation next month. I haven't decided what the goodie will be yet, but I'm sure you'll like it if you win it. :-) Maybe I'll call it the "My Kids Are Going Back to School, So I'm Celebrating By Giving Something Away". LOL! They'll be going back to school the beginning of August, so that would be perfect timing.

Well, I better go. Happy Father's Day weekend to everyone who is celebrating this weekend! :-)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - Movies!

It's already Thursday? Where did the week go? I don't feel like I've gotten anything done this week, even though all the items on my To-Do list are marked off.

This week's Thursday Thirteen topic is............

Thirteen DVDs That I've Watched Recently:

1. The Other Boleyn Girl
2. Jumper
3. Season 1 of Dexter
4. Seasons 1-6 of Smallville
5. Season 1 of The Tudors
6. Revolver (this was a terrible movie)
7. The Water Horse (the girls loved it!)
8. The Reaping
9. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
10. The Golden Compass
11. The Mist
12. Dragon Wars
13. Saw IV

Ah well, sounds like the girls are fighting again. Looks like it's time for me to find them some more housework to do this morning. LOL! One of these days they'll learn, but in the meantime I'll have a clean house. LOL!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I have a new, fun, fan!

Of course, it's not like I don't have other fun fans, but this one has been in contact wth me for a few days. She's so much fun to chat with. I wish more people would email me like she does. It's so much fun to hear what others think about my work and to be able to share my rambling thoughts on my own books and characters with someone who is completely interested.

Anyway, she has added an entry about me on her own blog and I wanted to share it with all of my blog readers. That, and she said that I'm amazing AND talented. I feel my head getting bigger with each passing minute. LOL!!

Christie Silvers on Robin Renee Ray's blog

Look for another entry about lil ole me on her blog this coming Friday. She will be focusing on A Midnight Infatuation this week and then A Birth at Dawn next Friday.

Ok, I better get busy. The dog is whining to go out and the kids are whining for breakfast. I hope that everyone has a fantastic Hump Day!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Toddler Logic: 50 Things That Your Toddler Wants You to Know

Toddler Logic was my very first book. It was something fun and humorous that I came up with while watching my youngest daughter one day. I have discovered that Toddler Logic is a great gift idea for expectant parents, parents with toddlers, and even those of us who have already made it beyond those toddler years.
The toddler years are some of the most exciting, educational, emotional and exhausting years for you and your child. Toddlers are unique little creatures, in their own right, and they will demand your attention in one moment while pushing you away at other times.
When the struggles of raising a toddler start to get to you, sit back and enjoy this collection of thoughts (both humorous and informative) from one mother, who has been there, and her rumbustious toddler.
You will laugh, you may cry, but in the end you will realize that living with a toddler nipping at your heels isn't as bad as you thought.
Here's a little taste....
#4. It is required of all toddlers to climb up in the chair that you're sitting in and demand that you get out of THEIR spot.

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Midnight Infatuation & A Birth at Dawn

I thought I'd post about my two paranormal romance novels today. These books are my babies as well as my first series. In addition to this post, you may be interested in an interview I previously did titled, Christie Silvers Discusses A MidnightInfatuation by Cailin Yates.

A Midnight Infatuation is the first in the Alex & Fiona series.

Alexander is a 150 year old vampire with a lust for blood. But, the blood isn't all that he enjoys. He thoroughly delights in the act of taking blood from an unwilling victim. The ear-piercing screams are like music to his undead ears. That is, until he met HER!

Fiona is a 30 year old werewolf. She's just like any other modern-day woman that you would meet in the teller line at your local bank. She has to deal with her annoying family, numerous failed relationships--including one where she found her boyfriend in bed with HIS boyfriend--and pressure to marry from everyone around her.

Alex becomes instantly infatuated with the lovely Fiona and is very intrigued by the unusual scent that emanates from her. His infatuation becomes very useful when Fiona's pack decides to instigate their "Fight or Wed" law; which in turn leaves Fiona lying on a forest floor bleeding profusely. Alex is forced to do what vampires do... turn her! With Fiona's pack hot on their trail, what will become of this unusual pair? Will they be able to avoid Fiona's pack of vicious revenge-seeking werewolves? Will Fiona be able to look past Alex's undead demeanor?

You'll have to read A Midnight Infatuation to find out!

Up next you have the second book in this series, A Birth at Dawn. This book was my winner for the 2007 NaNoWriMo contest.

The big day is fast approaching. All of the arrangements have been made, the cake and flowers have been ordered and the invitations have been mailed. The only thing left to do is to find the perfect dress. But, once that's done, Fiona feels like someone is watching her. Who could it be? The wolf pack wouldn't dare try anything again.

Once the big day arrives, both she and Alex have the feeling that a terrible storm is coming... and fast! All they want to do is make it through their wedding day with no interruptions. Unfortunately, there is a familiar scent in the air during the ceremony. A scent that they both hoped they would not detect for a long while.

When Fiona's honeymoon is interrupted because of a vanishing groom with nothing but a broken lamp and a drop of blood left behind for clues, she must find out what has happened and rescue her beloved from an undesirable fate.

What will happen to Alex? Will Fiona get to him in time? And what about Isabella?

These two books are just the beginning for Alex & Fiona. I am currently working on book 3 in this series, titled A Twilight Abduction. This book is scheduled for release in October 2008. After that, life will take me where their stories lead. We'll have to wait and see.

You can find all of my books on my website (in autographed form), on, Barnes & Noble, etc. You can find numerous links on the left side of the blog here. :-) On my website, you can also find excerpts from both books and even the book trailers for each (they are like mini-commercials, but about books, lol).

Tomorrow I will discuss Toddler Logic: 50 Things That Your Toddler Wants You to Know.

Destructive relationships.....

Stop by the Less Than Traditional Moms blog that I write regularly to see what I have to say about those destructive relationships in your life. Let's just say, they aren't worth your time.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

It's been a nice weekend....

This weekend may have been a boring one, but it has been nice. Nothing to keep us super busy, nothing stressful, and the girls didn't even do too much fighting. *shock* It's been a nice weekend.

The hubby finally got my a/c in the van working. He's been working on it for two weeks and we thought it was fixed twice, only to find out that it wasn't. He ended up having to put a whole new compessor and everything on it.... $300! But now we have a/c again. Trust me, you don't wanna be without a/c in Georgia. And we do NOT want to go on vacation without a/c. LOL

The hubby was even spouting off crazy talk about us taking his little Honda car on vacation if he couldn't get the a/c fixed. I told him that would be INSANE. There are five of us and tons of things that we pack for a week away. That was just crazy talk. LOL

Speaking of packing... we are 27 days away from our trip. Which means that it's time for me to start making my master list of things to pack and take along with us. If it's not on the list, it gets forgotten. So I will start my list this week.... beach umbrella, chairs, beach toys, etc. It will be a long list and I always pack more than we ever need. But I figure it's better to have it in case we need it, rather than need it and not have it. LOL!

I hope that everyone hs had a stress-free weekend. See you next time!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Ah, it's Thursday again. The week is almost over already. Anyone got big plans for this weekend? We've had temps in the 90s all week and they are suppose to continue right into next week. Makes for great swimming pool weather. :-)

For today, the topic is.....

Thirteen Things I Plan To Do This Weekend

1. Swimming and lots of it.
2. Cooking out. Well, not actually something I'll be doing since Tim does the grilling for me.
3. Working in the yard.
4. Dealing with the kids, as usual.
5. Visiting the in-laws.
6. Waving bye to the big girls as they spend the night with my mom!
7. Drinking. Hmmm, relaxing!
8. Having fun with the hubby. Hmmm, also relaxing, but in a different sort of way.
9. Watching movies. YAY for Netflix!
10. Laundry, laundry, laundry... it never, ever, ever ends.
11. Making my To-Do list for next week. I make one every week.
12. Getting Father's Day gifts ready for the hubby and his dad.
13. Just living and being me.

We don't have anything special or spectacular planned for this weekend. It's just a normal weekend. We'll clean, eat, spend time together, and just BE. I know, I know, I'm boring. LOL! Just because I write about exciting battles, lust, romance, trials & tribulations doesn't mean that my life is riddled with them (except maybe the lust and romance parts). LOL!

Have a great weekend! Until next time...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

First full week...

So this is the first full week of all three kids being home for the summer. It hasn't been too awful bad. But then again, I contribute that to me putting them to work. LOL!

I've had them cleaning house, folding laundry, cleaning the dog crate, vacuuming, sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, etc. Monday they were so busy with chores that I didn't hear them argue a single time. WOW! So yesterday, as reward, I let the older two play in the pool for as long as they wanted (after I made them help clean it, lol). They stayed in the pool for about 4 hours before dragging their tired behinds in for a late lunch. They haven't even asked to go swimming today. LOL

Today I haven't asked them to do too much. They've watched cartoons, played on the computer, read some books, and just goofed off. That is until the older two started fighting over who's turn it was to play with the laptop (the old, one of course). So I popped the network card right out and walked away. Now no one can play on the internet. HA!

Now I hear the sound of an abandoned Spongebob playing on the tv in my room, while the younger two are outside the front door playing with our 1 month old litter of kittens (we have a cat-whore who gives a litter twice a year). The oldest is puffed up about the computer, so she's in her room reading a book. I don't care as long as I can enjoy this silence.

I have to say that with their annoying attitudes (at moments), I'm still enjoying sleeping late. Of course, by the time August rolls around I'll be begging for 6am wake-up calls just to get them back to school. LOL!

On to a different topic, I'm happy to say that my writer's block is slowly crumbling away into dust! I wrote TWO articles today. YAY! I was only going to write one this WEEK, but ended up with two today. Now I'll work on the two book chapters I have scheduled to write this week. Too bad it's already Wednesday... the days fly by quickly when you don't climb out of bed until 9am. ;-)

Well, I guess that's all for today. The younger two have come back inside and are now fighting over a toy. Sheesh! Check back tomorrow for my Thursday Thirteen, of which I still don't know the topic.

Have a great Hump Day!!