Monday, March 17, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The lovely Cristal Ryder offered me the next slotted Monday after her on the My Writing Process - Blog Hop.  Many thanks, my dear!

Here goes...

1) What am I working on?
      Let's see, lately I've been working on mapping out exactly what the backs of my eyelids look like,  ignoring my Muse's snide comments about my inability to choose just one story to work on and determined to prove to her my way of fleshing out the top three stories she's presented me really does work best.
     I've aced the first one, 'cause let's be honest, who doesn't like to map the backs of their eyelids?  Most of us like it so much we work extra hard to find perfection.
     The second task is harder as Mz. Muse is really good at digging into my psyche and rooting around for all of the most painful things she can find.  I almost envy those authors with nice helpful Muses, but then I remind myself that I would probably run roughshod over a nice muse.  I definitely need a hard-ass on my case. 
     The third task I'm doing pretty well with.  Between promo and school work, I've been jotting down info on three different story ideas.  I'm giving myself about a month to lay down everything I have in my head related to each of these stories:
          1) The third story in my Northwood Jags series, The Release.
          2) The second story in my erotica shorts series.
          3) And a total surprise to me, a story I would self-pub from a world grown in my group blog      Shapeshifter Seductions, Reetha and Rafe's story.

When I've reached the end of my month, I'll be choosing the story I have the most info on and letting Mz. Muse have her way with it and me.  I haven't told her that, of course, she would take advantage.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
     Wow, that's a tough question.  I think all works out there differ because of the authors voice.  I mean, I have a book about shape shifters...do they go through a change?  Yes.  Is is a magical change or a physical one?  Definately physical...bloody and painful.  Mz. Muse is not just mean to me, but mean to the characters as well.  :D

     One difference I think is location, location, location.  Mz. Muse and I have placed our big cats not in the warm southern jungles, but in the cold north woods of Minnesota.  Not your typical home for a jaguar.

3) Why do I write what I do?
     Because Mz. Muse makes me!  LOL  Okay, not exactly true.  Mz. Muse does play a role in why I write what I do.  She whispers in my inner ear, nudges at my gray matter and lets the voices in my head come to the forefront to play.  Most of those characters tend to be supernatural in some way...I do love the idea of a paranormal world.  So much so Mz. Muse and I like to make our own.

4) How does your writing process work?
     There's suppose to be a process?  Oh, you mean how does it go from my head to the paper.  Well, I'm a slow writer and a partial plotter, so I guess it all starts with that voice in my head that says...what if?  Mz. Muse adores music so most of the time the what if comes from hearing a certain song.  Right now, we're brewing a story that started from the song Hollywood Nights by Bob Seger.  MM heard it and asked me...

"What if a shapeshifting wolf got tired of the big city nights and diamonds & thrills?"

From there we go back and forth on the characters, plot and location while jotting down flash scenes and dialog.  Somewhere along the way everything is pulled together and the editing (and the bulk of the rewriting) begins.

Thanks for taking a moment to read about My Writing Process.  Next week check out Shay MacLean and Solara Gordon on March 24th and see how they take their wonderful stories from start to finish.

Shay MacLean has been writing in one format or another most of her life finally settling into the erotic romance genre due to the urging of her wicked muse, Lucien and equally naughty characters.

Solara lives in the Metro DC area creating her next fascinating alternative lifestyles romance thanks to a vivid imagination. 

Have a great week, ya'll!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Let the Boogie Begin!

My bags are packed, the iPod is filled with my favorite driving tunes and I'm ready to shred on hubby's guitar!  It's a blog tour baby and I'm heading out...in my PJ's and fuzzy slippers, now isn't that just a kick in the ass!

There will be excerpts a plenty and don't forget to drop your name into the Rafflecopter (there's one up above) for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card.  Your first stop is over at Cristal Ryder's beauty of a website, http://www.cristalryder.com/blog/  While you're there, check out some of the outstanding reads she has to offer.  :)

You can also find me over at http://candlelightbookpromotions.blogspot.com/  If you're looking to hit the road yourself, try one of their tours on for size.

See ya on the road!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!




May love find you and keep you warm, safe and contented.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine Surprises


Come on over to Shapeshifter Seductions 2/10/14 to 2/16/14 and join us for some Valentine's Flashes!  Tell us about your best or worst V-day surprise and be entered into a daily drawing for a book give-a-way.

See you there!


Friday, January 31, 2014

What a Week!

What a wonderful day!  It's a happy Friday indeed for this author.

Why? 

Well, let me tell you.  It's been a busy week here on the Minnesota tundra.  Monday and Tuesday were cold enough that school was closed and Darling Diva had extra guitar time.  Lucky for her dad and I she's still loving the quiet accoustic.  It's only a matter of time though before she decides life is all about shredding on her dad's electric, then I'll need a good pair of headphones in order to write! 

Happily, she went back to school on Wednesday.

School for her dad and I has also started again and we are busy.  On the upside, it's all online so the cold didn't bother us at all.  :)

But, what has me smiling the biggest of all is that on Monday, my recent story, The Submission, was released!  I've been busy promoting like crazy with more to come.  For me promoting is all trial and error, but ya gotta try, right.

And this morning I was thrilled to find my release included on the USA Today, Happy Ever After blog.  :)

Yep, it's been a good day!  Hope yours has been as well.



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Coming Soon...

Now this is the way to wake up!  My newest release, The Submission, is now up for pre-sale at the LSbooks site and for an added delight, it's offered at 20% off!  What a deal. :)

So today I'm posting a short excerpt...Enjoy!

Blurb:

Two is better than one. Most would agree with that statement, but not full-blooded shifter LeAnn Turone. To accept her need for multiple partners means facing a lifetime in a one-sided triad. She’s better off denying her heritage even if that means walking away from two of the most delectable alpha males she’s ever met.

Rick Taylor and Trent Warren each think they’ve found their mate in LeAnn, but a midnight meeting deep in the woods proves them wrong. Not only do they both long to connect to the sexy, but skittish female, they also find themselves attracted to one another.

Each member of this triad must free themselves from the fear of the future and submit to the greater power of love. 


Excerpt:

“Hell and damnation.” The pain in Trent’s head made him wonder when a fleet of tiny jackhammers decided to rearrange his neural passages for shits and giggles.

“A-are you okay?”

So she hadn’t left as he’d thought. Her voice was soft and whispery; different from what he’d expected, yet it still oozed strength and moxie to boot. If not for the flickering stars obscuring his vision, and the inability to stand while keeping his stomach where it belonged, he’d paddle her ass for causing him distress.

“How do you think I am after taking a chair to the back of the head?” he groused from his laid-out position on the floor.

Trent spied her feet moving closer to the front door. He needed to rein in his anger and belligerence if he hoped to keep his newly found mate close. She’d suffered a horrifying attack—growling at her would just send her running, but what had stopped her from laying waste to the idiot attacking her. Her shape-shifter strength far exceeded that of some human male.

 “Fine—good-bye.”

“NO, wait…” Trent lifted his head sooner than advisable. Stars throbbed in his vision, and his lunch almost succeeded in its bid for freedom. “Fuck!”

She paled, more than he’d thought possible for someone with such fair skin. Her eyes were wide with fear as tiny cries escaped from closed lips. So lovely and all his, but the knowledge of anyone, including himself, hurting her infuriated him.

“What’s your name, beautiful?” Trent asked when he was finally able to move from his hands and knees to his ass.

She shook her head with the slightest of movements, facing him but keeping her back to the door.

“What shall I call you then…mate?”

“Not that! I have no intention of mating with anyone.”

“Funny how fate and Mother Nature take that choice away from us all…”

“Doesn’t matter…”

“Really?” Trent rubbed his thumb and forefinger around the pressure points between his eyes and above his nose. “Why are you still here, beautiful? Morbid curiosity? Want to see if you were strong enough to kill me?”

“Of course not. Omygosh, don’t die! Did I hurt you worse than you’re letting on? Should—should I call an ambulance?”

“I’m not dying, mate, not quite.”

“Well, good,” she hedged. “I’ll just go and let you recover.”

Yet she still didn’t leave. She’d drawn her face into a question, one he’d bet would be left unasked.

“So no name…Can you at least tell me what you have against mating?”

“Because something is wrong with me.”

“Are you sick?” His growl made her move farther back from him, nearer to the door. He’d finally found the one thing he’d begun to think wasn’t available to him, and she claimed to have something wrong. Fuck, don’t let her be sick.

 “No, I-I’ve chosen not to follow through with an act that will destroy someone— because of love.”

“Cryptic much?” What happened in her past to cause this young and beautiful woman to treat such a fine word with vile disregard?

“Never mind—doesn’t matter…You won’t come after me, right?”

“Tell me, mate, did you like good old Rob’s brand of play?”

“You—you, ass.” She turned and swung the door open before looking back at him. “Don’t follow me!”

Trent berated himself as she escaped into the night. What sort of idiot would ask her something so shitty? His lame excuse—the near braining she’d given him.

Yeah right, he wouldn’t pursue her. She was his mate. He’d track her to the ends of time—that is, when he could get his feet under him and remove the stinking human she’d kept him from killing. 



Friday, January 10, 2014

2013 Reading List...


Yay!  I made my goal this year of 175 books...I actually went over it.  :)  So are there any books on my list that you also read...any you loved, hated?  Are there any not on my list you suggest I add for 2014?  This happy reader would love to know!

  

178. Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy
177. Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis
176. Ours to Love by Shayla Black
175. The Sheikh's Prize by Lynne Graham
174. Ginger Snap by Shoshanna Evers
173. A Dark Kiss of Rapture by Sylvia Day
172. The Heat is On by Jill Shalvis
171. Wicked and Dangerous by Shayla Black and Rhyannon Byrd
170. Dancing by Laurell K. Hamilton
169. Caught by Two Doms by Holly Roberts
168. Drawn Together by Lauren Dane
167. Unbreakable by Stephanie Tyler
166. The Way Home by Cindy Gerard
165. Be With Me by Maya Banks
164. Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh
163. Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks
162. The London Deception by Addison Fox
161 Bad Boy Dom by Holly S. Roberts
160. Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
159. Dark Desire by Christine Feehan
158. Entwined with You by Sylvia Day
157. Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devlyn
156. Ice Cold by Cherry Adair
155. Always on my Mind by Jill Shalvis
154. It had to be you by Jill Shalvis
153. Pros and Cons by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg          
152. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
151. Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan
150. Mine to Hold by Shayla Black
149. For the Love of Magic by Janet Chapman
148. Sweet Surrender by Maya Banks
147. Possession by J.R. Ward
146. Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
145. Burn by Maya Banks
144. Cake by Lauren Dane
143. Fatal Strike by Shannon McKenna
142. Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
141. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
140. Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean   
139. The Paris Assignment by Addison Fox
138. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
137. Belong to Me by Shayla Black
136. The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter
135. Stolen by Allison Brennan
134. In Bed with a Highlander, by Maya Banks
133. Bared to Him by Red Garnier
132. Just in Time by Addison Fox
131. He' the One by Linda Lael Miller, Kate Angell, Jill Shalvis, Lucy Monroe, Cat Johnson
130. Forged in Steele by Maya Banks
129. Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel by Samantha Grace
128. Surrender to Me by Shayla Black
127. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm
126. Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
125. Enthralled by Lora Leigh, Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook, Lucy Monroe
124. Two Doms for Angel by Holly S. Roberts
123. Under Fire by Cathrine Mann
122. Insatiable by Lauren Dane
121. Domination in Pink by Holly S. Roberts
120. Hot Zone by Cathrine Mann
119. Touched By A Dom by Holly S. Roberts
118. Cover Me by Cathrine Mann
117. Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
116. The Duke's Night of Sin by Kathryn Caskie
115. Fever by Maya Banks
114. Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton, Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy & Jessica Clare
113. One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton
112. Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
111. Softly at Sunrise by Maya Banks
110. Shades of Gray by Maya Banks
109. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
108. Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon
107. Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks
106. Whispers in the Dark by Maya Banks
105. The Most Wicked of Sins by Kathryn Caskie
104.  Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
103.  Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
102.  Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing A Lord by Sarah Maclean
101. One Good Earl Deserves A Lover by Sarah Maclean
100. Come Fly With Me by Addison Fox
99. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah Maclean
98. Wicked Sexy by R.G. Alexander
97. When a Scot Loves a Lady by Katharine Ashe
96. Scene of the Crime: Deadman's Bluff by Carla Cassidy
95. Kept by Him by Red Garnier
94. Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane
93. Bound by Him by Red Garnier
92. Her Midnight Stardust Cowboys by Savanna Kougar
91. A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean
90. Piercing a Dom's Heart by Holly S. Roberts
89. Bare It All by Lori Foster
88. Leopard's Prey by Christine Feehan
87. Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter
86. Destiny by Carly Phillips
85. One Dom at a Time by Holly S. Roberts
84. Hidden Away by Maya Banks
83. Surrender by Stephanie Tyler
82. Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie
81. Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane
80. Taken by Him by Red Garnier
79. A Hunger so Wild by Sylvia Day
78. Loving Two Doms by Holly S. Roberts
77. The Cattleman's Special Delivery by Barbara Hannay
76. Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann
75. Rush by Maya Banks
74. Binding Krista by Jory Strong
73. Spin Devil by Red Garnier
72. Shoot to Thrill by Nina Bruhns
71. Controlled Instincts by Christin Lovell
70. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
69. Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter
68. Magic in the Wind by Christine Feehan
67. Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick
66. Deadly Promises by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, Cindy Gerard & Laura Griffin
65. No Place to Run by Maya Banks
64. A Bride Unveiled by Jillian Hunter
63. The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
62. No Strings Attached by Kate Angell
61. A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day
60. Hot in Handcuffs antho Shayla Black, Sylvia Day, Shiloh Walker
59. Claimed by Him by Red Garnier
58. White Hot by Nina Bruhns
57. Mine for Tonight by J.S. Scott
56. Baby It's Cold Outside by Addison Fox
55. Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton
54. Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
53. Laid Open by Lauren Dane
52. Red Heat by Nina Bruhns
51. Rees by Allyson James
50. Nautier and Wilder by Lora Leigh and Jaci Burton
49. Lush by Lauren Dane
48. Killing Time by Cindy Gerard
47. Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh
46. Relentless by Cherry Adair
45. Night with a Dom by Casea Major
44. Slayer for Hire by P.E. Cunningham
43. Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard
42. With No Remorse by Cindy Gerard
41. Tart by Lauren Dane
40. Never Enough by Lauren Dane
39. The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman
38. Inside Out by Lauren Dane
37. The Canuck Werewolf by Marisa Chenery
36. Risk No Secrets by Cindy Gerard
35. Reckless by Allison Brennan
34. Coming Undone by Lauren Dane
33. Feel the Heat by Cindy Gerard
32. Killing Justice by Allison Brennan
31. Sharing Hailey by Samantha Ann King
30. Whisper No Lies by Cindy Gerard
29. Laid Bare by Lauren Dane
28. Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard
27. The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter
26. River's Edge by Gem Sivad
25. Murder in the River City by Allison Brennan
24. The Busy Writer's One Hour Plot by Marq McAlister
23. Mission Menage by Cynthia Sax
22. Steele by Sherri L. King
21. Ember's Kiss by Deborah Cooke
20. Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz
19. Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard
18. To Sin with a Stranger by Kathryn Caskie
17. Scarlet Woman by Shelley Munro
16. Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz
15. Passion Next Door by Cara Carnes
14. One Wrong Move by Shannon McKenna
13. A Duke's Temptation by Jillian Hunter
12. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
11. Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich
10. Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl
9. Baby, Hold On by Stephanie Bond
8. Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich
7. Body Movers by Stephanie Bond
6. On Moonrise: Possessed\Haunted by P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter
5. Courting Carolina by Janet Chapman
4. What Chris Wants by Lori Foster
3. Crazy for Love by Victoria Dahl
2. Stalked by Allison Brennan
1. Charmed by His Love by Janet Chapman

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside...



You've got that right!  It's darn frigid in my area.  If I could I'd stay buried beneath the covers...new alpaca socks on my feet, with my computer for writing and my Kindle Fire to keep me warm.

Alas, Darling Diva does need to go to school, not that she wants to, and I'm the school bus.

So to stoke the fire for this blog hop I thought...graphics, designed to bring the heat.  Sit back, enjoy and keep warm!





Thanks for stopping by!

Serena Shay