Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursdays are good days.

How can a Thursday be anything but a good day?  The worst of the week is over and the weekend starts tomorrow.  Thursdays have to be good days; they don't know how to be anything else!

Yesterday turned out to be one hectic day around here.  I had a lot to do to start with, and then life threw in more curve balls than I'm normally use to.  I survived though.  Looks like I'll be stuck in Tim's car longer than expected... indefinitely, as a matter of fact.  The van's going to cost more money than expected to fix and, well, I've put it up for sale.  Maybe someone else will be able to put the money into it, or part it out for a profit.  Either way, I suppose I'm van-less for good right now.

On the upside, I'm loving my new Kindle.  I didn't have as much time to play with it yesterday, but I did manage to finish going over the owners manual.  The operations are easy peasy, but I'm a thorough girl and like to read the owner's manual on things like this.  I have 6 or 7 books already on there and will be a happy reader all the time now.  :-)

We managed to get the youngest to her doctor's office yesterday for that last vaccination.  Remember how she swore she wasn't going to throw a hissy fit this time?  Remember how I knew better and was prepared for the worse?  Welllllllll....

She threw a hissy fit and we had to hold her down for that last shot in the leg.  LOL!  Poor thing.  At least this time she's not limping around claiming her leg is broke.  Taking the band-aid off today will be just as bad.

I must be off now.  I have three loads of laundry to do (just the kids' hamper), a shower to take, an older story to dig up, dust off, and submit to an anthology contest, and then other writing work to do.  We'll see just how much of that actually gets done before Tim decides he's bored and wants my attention.  *Slaps forehead*

Oh, before I go, here's a little poll for you. 

What's your favorite book format? 

All righty, that's it for today.  I'm off to work on next week's newsletter.  I have some exciting news to share with all of my subscribers, so if you're not already, now is definitely the time to subscribe.  :-)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday

Morning everyone!  I've decided that today will be one wonderful Wednesday.  Yesterday was a good day, but today will be wonderful.

I got my Kindle yesterday!  The UPS man decided to draw my day out and not show up until 5 p.m.  I was pacing the floors.  LOL.  Tim kept teasing me by saying, "He's not coming.  No Kindle for you!"  I'd just stick out my bottom lip and give him the pouty face. 

I had ordered a few books for the Kindle before it even arrived.  What?  I needed to have some on there the first time I turned it on.  Sheesh!  Can't a girl enjoy a new book on her new Kindle the moment she pulls it out of the cardboard box that she shredded like a wild animal trying to get at a raw slab of beef?  Is that so much to ask?  Geez.

Anyway, I'm loving it and can't wait to see how long it takes me to fill it up.  Yes, that'll be my goal... fill my Kindle up with as any books as possible in the shortest amount of time.  Oh, wait!  Maybe my goal should be to also read all of those books.  LOL! 

Today I need to run a few errands.  Then, this afternoon I have to take the 5yr old for that one little vaccination that the pediatrician's office was out of when the girls had their check-ups last month.  Here's hoping I won't have to hold her down this time (but knowing I'll have to anyway).

Okay, I'm off.  Tim's back from taking the older girls to school, and the youngest wants breakfast.  I have some e-book files to transfer from the laptop to my new "Precious".  I'll be having a wonderful Wednesday, and hope you will too.  :-)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Getting back to business.

Good morning everyone!  I was graced with three days of beautiful sunshine and warmer temps this past weekend.  That left me in a gloriously wonderful mood yesterday, which has flowed into today even though it rained all night and the sky is promising to be an ugly shade of gray.  Oh well, what can you do.  I'm just thankful for the hint of spring I was able to enjoy.

As most of you know, I spent all of last week on vacation with the family.  We had a blast the entire week!  We visited places we hadn't been before, did new things, tried new things and simply had a great vacation.  Aside from the plagiarism interruption, there were no disappointments during the trip.  The mountains were gorgeous with all the snow on them.  It was a lot of fun.

We got home Friday.  After throwing one of the six loads of laundry into the washer, we had to run right back out to do some end of the week errands (groceries, bills, etc.).  Saturday was filled with chores, cleaning, and then the kids went to spend the night with Tim's parents.  We took that chance to have our late Valentine's Day night.  Dinner out, drinks, shopping... Then much more once we returned home.  ;-)  It was a lovely night.

Now it's Monday and I must be getting back to business.

Tim just took the older girls to school and the youngest is waiting for me to make her some breakfast.  I have work to do, phone calls to make, paperwork from last year to dig up, novels to both query and work on, and numerous other chores to tend to.  Tim has to call the mechanic about my van as we haven't heard anything from him yet.  I was hoping to have it back by now.  No such luck I suppose.

Speaking of luck, I had a touch of it over the weekend.  I spent $7 on some lottery tickets and ended up making $23 back.  Now that's the kind of return I like.  I didn't wake up a millionaire, but at least I had some extra cash in my wallet.  :-)

Ooohhh, and I ordered my Kindle yesterday!!!  Woohoo!  It'll be here on Tuesday.  I'm so excited!  Now I can have the library I always wanted, without the constraints of bookshelf space.  Yay!  I can't wait for it to get here.

Okay, I must be going.  The youngest has tolerated my nonchalant attitude toward breakfast for as long as she's going to.  "Mommyyyyyyy, I'm hungry!"  LOL.  I guess my time's up.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Don't steal entries.

It has come to my attention that one of my blog entries has been stolen, copied and then pasted in its entirety on another blog.  Don't do this people.  It's stealing, copyright infringement and simply WRONG.  If you want to share my entries with your friends, or on your blog, please do so correctly.

Don't know the correct way?  Well, it's easy... Don't share the whole thing!  The best way is to simply link to my blog.  That's a great way to do it!  If you need to intrigue your readers, choose a small portion (no more than a paragraph or two) to post on your blog and then include my name and the entry link for people to follow and read the rest.

If you really MUST share my entire entry, ASK PERMISSION FIRST!  I don't turn down much, so more than likely you would get my permission.  But if I find that you've stolen my words without asking, well, let me just say that there is legal action to be taken when it comes to plagiarism.

My book excerpts are fine to share however you'd like, but the personal stuff at the beginning and end of my blog entries should not be included.

It's really not that difficult, and I'm hoping that the person who has committed this crime just doesn't know any better.  Just because it's a blog doesn't mean that you can take it.  The same rules apply with photography and artwork.  Just because it's online doesn't means it's free for you to use however you want without permission.

Now, I'll get back to my vacation.

Excerpt Day: A Twilight Abduction

Good morning ladies and gents.  Yep, I'm out of town this week, but that doesn't mean I can't take the time to share information about my books (like I'd ever stay somewhere that doesn't have Wi-Fi).  I think A Twilight Abduction was my most favorite of the Alex & Fiona stories.  Things came together just perfectly (IMO) for this extraordinary couple and their little one. 

Since Valentine's Day was two days ago, today's excerpt is all about love.

“It’ll be all right, my love,” I cajoled with a smile as bright as I could muster at the moment. I gently kissed his lips and ran my fingers through his hair. I wanted more from him than his self-pity. I’d missed my husband and selfishly wanted his focus all on me.

His eyes were a deep chasm of emotion. I lightly stroked his chest and any resistance he might have been feeling, instantly melted away. His hands slid to my face and pulled my mouth to his. His kiss was fierce, demanding, and passionate enough to take what it wanted.

I wasn’t about to put up a fight. I wanted everything and anything he could throw at me. I wanted someone focused on me–not my powers, my child, or my impending doom.

Passion rose between our souls. Everything around us faded away into the darkness. All I could see, feel, need was Alex. And nothing else mattered.

I slowly climbed on top of him. I straddled his lap while he continued to kiss me with as much longing and passion as I felt for him. His hands caressed the small of my back. Fingertips, as light as feathers slid under my shirt, moving slowly up my back, until they discovered the clasp of my bra. The clasp quickly gave way under his knowing fingertips.

My spine shivered as his fingers moved back down my back. They caught the bottom seam of my top and quickly pulled upward, exposing me to the man in charge. A deep sigh of pleasure escaped my lips as the shirt slid across the floor on the other side of the room, and we were left chest to chest.

His mouth soon abandoned mine in search of a more sensual location on my neck. It teased, licked, and nipped at just the right spot as my head fell back to allow more. I became lightheaded, digging my nails into his back to keep my balance. This is the kind of moment that people use to describe swooning. And boy was I swooning!

A moan escaped from Alex’s throat as I performed a bit of my own neck playing. My fangs made an appearance, as they begged and pleaded for me to take just a little. But it wasn’t time for that, just yet.

My nails scratched down his back and a groan of pleasure whispered in my ear. His hands slid down the back of my jeans and kneaded the rounded flesh. I could feel warmth spreading throughout my body with the core of it located south of the waistline.

Alex’s body writhed beneath me. The only thing holding us back from a full-blown explosion was the pair of denim jeans still in place. Urgency was building. The need to be as one was overtaking. The lust between us was controlling our actions.

Alex’s hands turned their attention to my bare breasts. His mouth swiftly joined in on the action. Teeth nipping, tongue wagging, mouth sucking; all pulling me further down into the depths of ecstasy.

If you're interested in picking up your own copy of A Twilight Abduction, stop by my website, Amazon, or any of your favorite bookstores.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Heading out of town.

Good morning everyone.  Happy Presidents Day!  Hopefully all of you are enjoying your day off, staying warm and just taking in a peaceful day.

Tim & I are taking the kids and heading up to Pigeon Forge, TN here in a little bit.  I spent yesterday washing laundry and packing everything.  This morning we're just packing the cooler with drinks, snacks, cold cuts, etc.  I take as much as I can when we're all going somewhere.  It makes for a cheaper trip when they can eat several meals from food we bring with us.

All the snow we've had over the weekend (and last night) altered our travel plans.  We were going to take the camper and stay in a campground, but now we're staying in a motel for the week.  It costs a bit more (blech), but at least if we get snowed in I won't mind so much.  :-)

I'll be taking the laptop with me to check e-mails, upload pictures, post to Facebook, and all that jazz when I have time.  So if you need to contact me, go right ahead.  It may take me a bit longer to respond, as I won't be online until late in the day and first thing in the morning. Nonetheless, you can contact me if need be.  :-)

Okay, I guess that's it.  Time to pack the laptop into it's pretty purple case and get ready to walk out the door.  Tim's giving me the "Come on," look.  LOL.  Don't forget that tomorrow is Excerpt Tuesday.  Tomorrow I'll focus on my last Fiona & Alex story...  A Twilight Abduction!

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow again? Really?

Why must Mother Nature torture me so?  Why is there all this white stuff covering the ground, vehicles, porch?  This is nonsense!  Ugh!

Here in north Georgia we somehow accomplished a snow accumulation of around 2-3 inches (just going by what's on my front porch).  I don't know why, but I do know that I don't like it one little bit.  "I have plans," she screams skyward.  "I don't want anymore winter!"

Yes, yes, I've mentioned that snow is pretty.  And yes, I was probably excited about that first snow of the season, weeks and weeks ago.  But now, I'm downright, utterly, extremely sick and tired of all this cold, mushy, dreary weather.  Not only that, but this new batch of snow is really putting a kink in our plans to go out of town next week.

If this mess isn't all out of here by tomorrow we'll have to cancel our reservations at the camp ground.  :-(

On the upside, before the snow started yesterday we waved good-bye to my van as it was hauled away by a tow truck and taken to the mechanic.  Yay!  I can't wait to get her back.  The only thing I'll miss from driving Tim's car around are his huge speakers.  I can listen to my music the way it was intended to be listened to... LOUD!  Oh well, I'll trade thumping speakers for space and comfort any day.  :-)

Today, well, I don't know what I'll be doing today.  I had planned to do some camper cleaning and packing, but there's still a lot of snow out there.  Burrrr!  I do know that we'll go out to pick the kids up from my mom's around noon.  I have some errands to run, but don't know if we'll get to them in this mess.  Overall, it's a day of whatever happens happens. 

A little update on Time For Death:  There is this literary agency that's been my top pick for a while now.  I've been putting of submitting a query to them for a while.  No one likes rejection, but that's part of a writer's life.  Nonetheless, I put off submitting because of the fear of being rejected by my to choice... kind of like college choices.  However, I finally broke down and submitted to them.  You can't find success by sitting back in fear or uncertainty.  If you don't try, you'll never have the chance to succeed.

So I queried my favorite agency, hit the send button on that e-mail, jumped off a cliff in hopes of hitting water instead of concrete.  I told Tim, "There's no taking it back now."  And now I wait... 

Like I told someone the other day, "In this game, you wait for them.  They don't cater to you.  You'll hear from them when they get good and ready for you to hear from them."  We writers must be patient and try our hardest to resist the temptation to obsess.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Okay, that's it this morning.  I suppose I should go do something.  Bah, humbug to winter!  Try to stay warm if you're dealing with this nastiness too. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday Thoughts #17: The sun is shining brightly!

There's something about the bright rays of sunlight shining through my diningroom window.  Bright, warm, relaxing, reassuring rays of light to make my day beautiful.  When the sun is out, I feel happier, lighter, more energetic, the world is more colorful and enjoyable.

After days of cloudiness, rain, cold, the sun is finally back for a visit.  I have no idea how long my dear friend will hang around, but I hope it's for a while.  I'd love to have days upon days of sunshine, but at this time of the year it's not going to happen.

My oldest daughter wrote a poem about spring the other day.  It was quite lovely and her words spoke the truth.  I miss warm weather.  I long for a Georgia spring and summer.  The warm, sunny days that I can spend outside, watching the kids play, listening to the birds sing, and working in the coziness of the hammock.  Awwww...  I miss warm weather.

Nonetheless, in the absence of warmer temperatures I can at least enjoy the sunshine that brightens my home and my mood!

Today I'm working on laundry, I have a stew in the Crock-Pot and will be jumping into work here in a few minutes.  Tim's messing with the van because it's time to take it to the mechanic.  Then he's going out to fiddle with the camper to make sure the brakes and tires are fine.  I'll have to start packing on Saturday. This afternoon the oldest has an awards ceremony we'll be attending.

Not too awful busy, but busy enough.  Just one more day of school and the kids will be out until Feb. 22nd for "Mid-Winter Break".  Hopefully everyone will have a good time camping next week, and we won't get snowed in up there.  LOL!  If it were just Tim and I, I'd happily get snowed in, but with all the kids there's no way I want to be snowed in for a full week in a camper.  LOL.

Well, the dryer is paging me to fold another load of laundry.  Guess I better get going.  Have a wonderful Thursday!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Not as busy as expected.

Good morning everyone! Time for another Wednesday around here. The week is going by at a fairly decent speed this week. Monday and Tuesday were very busy, and today was expected to be busy as well. Our oldest daughter was suppose to have a Quiz Bowl meet this evening, making it a late night, but she decided that she didn't want to go... So we're not.

I'm all for the kids having extracurricular activities, but I'm not about to force them into something they don't want to do. I don't think it's right, and I won't be one of those parents. I like them to try new things, see how they like them, and then decide if it's something they want to keep doing. She loves her Reading Bowl, but Quiz Bowl doesn't appear to be her forte. We'll see.

Anyway, today was expected to be a busy day, but now I don't have to worry about it. I've spent the morning filling out paperwork and chatting with Tim. We bought groceries yesterday, so I washed all the produce, grated block cheese, cut up veggies, put everything into easy-to-grab containers, and finally separated bulk ground beef and boneless, skinless chicken breasts for future meals. It makes for a much more organized refrigerator when everything is ready for use. It also makes meal preparations faster.

I do need to go pay the power bill when I pick the kids up from school and visit with my grandmother. Other than that, I have no other household chores to tend to. We've already planned to make tacos for dinner this evening, as well. A pretty organized day!

Now if I could understand why it's so darn difficult to find a few minutes of peace and quiet when I want to write. Thinking I'll plug my ears with the mp3 player and pretend that I can't hear questions like, "What are you doing?" "What are you working on?" "Can you hear me?" "Come look at this!" "Wow! Did you see that kill?" (<--- Tim playing his new BioShock 2 game) and numerous other inquiries.

Who am I kidding? It'll never work. The 5yr old will just walk right up, stand in front of me and wave her hands in my face until I pull the earbuds out and demand to know what exactly she wants. So much for having a househusband so I could work over the last 6 months. LOL!

On the upside, Tim has agree that I will be using some cash from our tax refund to top off my Amazon gift card savings and buy my Kindle! Yay! Happy Valentine's Day to me!! Ohhhhhh, AND he spoke with the mechanic yesterday and it looks like my van doesn't need a new motor, but a radiator and a slew of little things that need to be fixed. I *should* be getting my van back after we get back from our camping trip next week. I'm super excited about both items of business! :-)

I can't wait to see my books on my new Kindle. Sure, I have my own editions sitting on my bookshelf, and of course I have the computer files stored away on my flashdrive, but I'll also have them in my Kindle... just to have them and see how they look. LOL. :-)

Okay, I better go. The youngest is asking for lunch and my cinnamon-raisin bagel has already left my stomach, so I guess it's lunchtime. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Excerpt Day: A Birth at Dawn

Good morning everyone!  Welcome to Excerpt Tuesday.  Today I'm sharing a section of my second Alex & Fiona book, A Birth at Dawn.  What happens when a vampire turns a werewolf, and then they fall in love?  Well, obviously a wedding!

Here you go!


"You've got to be kidding me!"

Diane was beyond surprised when I told her what had happened those weeks after I left her a phone message telling her good-bye. I had planned that message to be the last that Diane would hear from me, because my pack had intended upon killing me that night—Thanksgiving night to be exact. Luckily, I had attracted quite an interesting admirer and he saved my life that night. He just so happened to be a vampire who had to turn me in order to save me.

"God Diane, would you stop saying that and help me pick out a damn dress? I only have two weeks before the wedding and I can't find anything that looks right with this belly all pooching out like it is."

It was Saturday, April 13th and we were in the Got a Dress? Wedding Boutique—which was, unfortunately, the closest place to buy a great wedding dress in such a short amount of time—and I was digging through rack after rack of multi-colored, overly poufy, and ridiculously priced wedding dresses. This store was a typical wedding boutique, with typical, obnoxious, and annoying salesgirls hovering around constantly asking if they can help me. All I wanted to do was find a damn dress and get this over with, but they wanted to "show" me this dress or that dress—all so obviously NOT my taste.

Alex and I had planned a lovely spring wedding, and while every last detail had been completed weeks ago, my wedding dress choice was still circling my head like a vulture waiting for me to die of dehydration. I only had two weeks left before our wedding day and Diane had promised to help me find the perfect dress. Unfortunately, we had been in this damn store for six hours today, and that doesn't count the four hours I was in here by myself yesterday, and the numerous times Alex had stopped in without me. I keep telling him that I have to choose the dress, but he knows how I hate this kind of stuff.

"I just can't believe it! I know that you've been retelling this tale of yours for the last few weeks, but it's just so amazing that I can't believe it."

Diane had been flabbergasted ever since the first time I told her about Alex and me. Well, actually she hadn't even known about Alex, much less about an Alex and me. She had only heard a cryptic phone message saying that I was going to die, and that I would miss her. So when I showed up on her doorstep—alive and pregnant—she was beyond shocked.

"You can believe that I'm a werewolf and you can still be my best friend from childhood, and yet you can't believe that Alex is a vampire, he turned me, and now I'm pregnant with his child?" I laughed while shaking my head in disbelief and she snickered at my statement.

"Well damn Fiona, when you say it like that...,” she scoffed. “It’s just a little unbelievable. First off, I never imagined that vampires were REAL. Then, you go and fall in love with one and proceed to get knocked up with his love child. How the hell can he get you pregnant to begin with? He's DEAD! Right?"

"You know that I've already explained that to you... about twenty times!" I could never get pissed with Diane, but my hormonal nerves were fried at this point and I looked up at her from the rack of dresses and gave her my patented Go to Hell look.

If you'd like to purchase your own copy of A Birth at Dawn, follow any of the links below, or visit your bookstore of choice.  :-)

Next week is A Twilight Abduction.

Monday, February 8, 2010

It's going to be a good week.

Time for another Monday.  I did not want to get up this morning.  My eyes seemed to be rejecting my contacts for the first 20 minutes. "Noooo, go back to sleep," they shouted.  As much as I would've enjoyed going back to bed, it is a school day and that wasn't a possibility.

So up I came, bounding through the house to share my unbridled joy of a new week with the kids.  I was greeted with grunts and groans, as well as a sentiment of, "I don't want to" from the teenager when told to wake up.  I did ultimately manage to wake everyone from their slumber and send Tim off with two of them for a day of education.

Just four more days of school and the kids will be out for mid-winter break next week.  Didn't they just go back from Christmas holidays?  Nonetheless, they will be out of school all next week, and we're planning a camping trip for that week.  Should be fun as long.  :-)

However, we're just beginning this week.  I have phone calls to make, errands to run, writing to do, attention to give, an Open House at the elementary school to attend, and the teenager has a Quiz Bowl meet on Wednesday.  It'll be a busy week, but I have a feeling that it will be a good one.  At least there aren't any doctor/dentist appointments. LOL.

Well, I better go.  The youngest is begging for breakfast and declaring that she'll just get the eggs down out of the fridge then.  Sheesh!  Such impatience.  I'm off to make toast and eggs.  Have a wonderful Monday, and don't forget about Excerpt Tuesday tomorrow.  It's time for A Birth at Dawn!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Is it finally Friday?

Good morning everyone!  It's finally Friday.  Woohoo!  I'm ready for the weekend. 

I totally missed yesterday's Thursday Thoughts.  We spent the day running errands.  Luckily, amongst all the running around, I was able to have a nice lunch with Tim and the youngest.  That always helps to break up a monotonous day.

Today will be spent doing laundry & trying to get some writing done.  We'll see if either gets accomplished.  Tim's ready to start packing for our camping trip, but we still have an entire week to get ready.  He doesn't understand the concept of packing at the appropriate time.  It's either too early or last minute for him.  One extreme or the other.  LOL!  He's quite happy for us to be away for an entire week.  :-)

Oh, he's also excited that Nascar racing is starting back up Saturday and that BioShock 2 is coming out next Tuesday.  We pre-ordered his copy the day after Christmas.  He's been trying to wait patiently for its release.  LOL.  Men and their toys...

Me, well I'm excited that I'm about halfway to my Kindle! I've been saving a little bit here, and a little bit there.  I'm using a points program called SwagBucks and cashing out for a $5 Amazon e-card about every week and a half.  I do a lot of internet searches for my articles, so why not make money doing it?  Many of you on my Facebook friends list have more than likely seen the messages when I get a point.  It's a lot of fun.  :-)

Anyway, I can't wait to get my Kindle.  I might just finish out what the cash I need when our tax refund arrives.  I'll play it off as my Valentine's Day gift.  LOL!

Well, I'm off.  Tim will be back from taking the girls to school in a few minutes and I think we're going out for breakfast.  I need to throw some laundry into the washer before that happens.  Have a wonderful Friday, and weekend ahead.  :-)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wanna Know Wednesday #52: The last one.

Happy Hump Day!  We're all just a little bit closer to the weekend today.  I certainly didn't want to crawl out of bed this morning, but once I did the day start smoothly.  Hopefully it'll keep going smoothly.

I finally got to file my income tax return on Monday.  I got Federal acceptance that night & state acceptance last night.  Now the countdown to my direct deposit begins.  I'd love to be able to just put it all into the savings account, but with the van repairs and paying off the oldest daughter's braces... well, that's just not gonna happen.  But hey, at least I'll have her monthly braces payment out of the way.  Woohoo!

Okay, it has been a year of Wanna Know Wednesdays and today's the very last one.  I had no idea what the topic would be about when I started the entry, but now that I'm working on it I've decided to make it.............

My Top 10 Hopes for 2010
  1. Tim finds a new job.
  2. My van gets fixed.
  3. The kids stay happy & healthy.
  4. A new book contract. *Fingers Crossed*
  5. New livingroom carpet.
  6. Time alone with my honey whenever possible.
  7. To lose 30 more lbs.
  8. Less stress and more fun.
  9. To fix my washed away driveway. Living on a hill isn't always a good thing.
  10. To get more writing done. At least one more Liz Baker novel.  :-)
So there.  You see a few of my yearly goals.  Some are easier done than others, but I'm still hoping for all of them.  Once spring hits, I'm planning to visit the flea markets and yard sales in search of a simple writing desk to refinish and put in my bedroom.  That way I can lock myself away to work.  Right now our only desk is in the diningroom and occupied by the desktop computer, printer, and all other computing accessories.

My bedroom has a master bathroom, so I'd only have to unlock the door to get eats & drinks.  LOL.  I already warned Tim about my future absence, too.

Speaking of writing work, here are my newest articles.  Since it's February, they are Valentine's Day topics.

All righty, it's time for me to get out of here.  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Excerpt Tuesday: A Midnight Infatuation.

Happy Tuesday!  It's a wet one here today.  Yesterday was cold, but sunny with blue skies.  Later in the day it warmed up enough to just need a light jacket instead of a big, bulky coat.  However, rain moved in last night, making for a dreary, muddy day today.  No blue skies today.

This entry is a bit later in the day than I usually post.  Right when I was getting ready to work on it my stupid internet went out.  I swear is goes out anytime the wind blows.  I had a technician tell me once that there was nothing they could do about it due to the location of our house.  I suppose I'm stuck with it since it's the only high speed cable internet around here.  Phooey!

Since today is excerpt day, I'll go ahead and jump into that.  I've compiled a few sections from numerous places in the book, instead of one big long one.  I think these kind of give you a taste of both Alex and Fiona.  In A Midnight Infatuation, both Alex and Fiona are the narrators.  You get a chapter (or two) from Alex and then a chapter (or two) from Fiona. 

Here we go!

Alex's thoughts when he first discovers Fiona.

  I was drooling just standing there and I knew in that moment that I had to find out everything about this creature. I needed to know who she was, what kind of person she was and if she would love me. Love me?! Am I going insane? I'm a vampire, damn it, and I don't need anyone to love me! I am Alexander the Vampire! Love be damned! Then I heard her complaining under her breath, because she couldn't get her car door to unlock, and all of my resistance just melted away. I had to have her. She had to be mine!

Fiona's thoughts on male werewolves.

  Unfortunately, in the life of a werewolf you are expected to marry and mate at a young age. By the age of twenty-three, the females are expected to be married off and have at least one cub to show their devotion and loyalty to the pack. I was never one for being forced into a loveless marriage, so I never married. I couldn't find a male werewolf who suited my taste in a man. Hell, I couldn’t find ANY male–human or werewolf–that suited my taste in men.

  All male Weres were chauvinistic cavemen. They think that their women are their property and you are only there to cook, clean and birth babies for the benefit of the pack. Some males will even make money arrangements to trade spouses with other males in order to increase the chances of offspring. It's all very disgusting and backwards in this day and time of HDTV and internet phone service.

Alex battling werewolves.

  Fiona was curled into a ball in the corner of the bedroom and I was being attacked from all sides. I managed to rip the throat out of one man, break the neck of another and then I was knocked down and they were all on top of me at once. I heard a few of my ribs breaking and I felt my neck snap in three places. I was being kicked and punched from all directions. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw two other men pick up Fiona and carry her out of the room.

Their first kiss.

  The kiss started out slow, but quickly soared in voracity until we were to the boiling point. Hands were roaming, tongues were wagging, and everything felt perfect. Alex was still supporting every last bit of my body weight and I was thankful for it.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Monday Morning

Good morning ladies and gents! It's that time of the week again... the start of a new one.  What will you accomplish this week? What plans do you consider do-able? Will you end the week feeling like you've made the best of it?  I hope we all reach our weekly goals and come out unscathed.  :-)

This is another busy week around my house.  Of course, when isn't it a busy one around here?  LOL.  The girls have their routine dental cleaning this afternoon.  I have writing to do, phone calls to make, and Tim has a job interview to go to!!  Woohoo!  Fingers crossed that things go well for him.

I'm also making plans (and reservations) for a camping trip that we'll be taking th week of February 15th.  The kids will be out of school that week, so we figured we'd go away.  Luckily, my kind of camping is in a heated RV with all the amenities of home--bathroom, heat, a/c, running water, tv, stove, fridge, and Wi-Fi!  I don't camp any other way.  ;-)  I'm a hotel kind of girl, so you can forget about getting me to sleep in a tent.  No way, no how!

It's non-stop around here, but I wouldn't know what to do with myself if it wasn't.  As a side note, I post a lot throughout the week on my Facebook page.  It holds more details about my day-to-day life than anywhere else on the web.  If you aren't already a friend, feel free to pop on over and send me a request.  :-)

Yesterday I spent some time and got the February issue of my newsletter ready and scheduled.  It'll go out on Wednesday.  For those who don't know, my newsletter goes out once a month, the first Wednesday of the month, and the subscriber list is ONLY used for that purpose. If you're interested in becoming a subscriber, stop by and sign up.  If you sign up before Wednesday you'll receive this month's newsletter.

Tomorrow I'll be starting Excerpt Tuesday.  Over the next three weeks I'll be sharing an excerpt from each of my Alex & Fiona books.  Here is the schedule:

Feb. 2, 2010: A Midnight Infatuation
Feb. 9, 2010: A Birth at Dawn
Feb. 16, 2010: A Twilight Abduction

I hope you'll stop by and check it out.  For those of you that have read my books, feel free to share what your favorite scene was from any of the books.  I like hearing from readers and love knowing what parts they liked the best.  :-)

Okay, I'm out for today.  Time to go throw some laundry in the dryer and start another washer load.  Have a lovely day and welcome to February!