Tuesday, September 18, 2018

AN OZARKS CHRISTMAS - Cover Reveal!


I am so proud of this cover. Jaycee from Sweet 'N Spicy Designs did an amazing job! If you are looking for a cover artist, I highly recommend her. She is Affordable, Fast, Detailed.

I also can't say enough about my mentor, Sharon Holmes of Paperback-Press. She helped me get through my first upload to Kindle and KOPD. Okay, she did more than help last Friday. I was so hung over from lack of sleep trying to make sure everything was ready when I got to her place. She is NOT a small publisher.  She is a 'service provider'. That means she will help you with whatever stages of publication you might need for a fee. I know several authors working with her on both new and back-list projects. She is the most patient woman.  LOL

As some of you may know, AN OZARKS CHRISTMAS began as Ozark Angel, eons ago. Inspired by the Garth Brooks song, That Ol Wind, I knew there was a story. Here's a cover of the song by Richard Monaei:


I won't give all the details here because I want to save some secrets for the blogs I'll be visiting over the next two months. Here is the original mock of the back cover:


Note: the print is much more clear on the actual copy. 
I am just waiting on the results of my proof reader then I'm ready to hit the 'Publish' button. When I do, I hope to set Pre-Orders for October 1 then full launch on October 12th.

If you have any questions, have a blog and you'd like to host me, or just want to say hello, please leave your comment below or use the contact form on my side bar.

Happy Reading!
~Angela





Monday, September 17, 2018

ALMOST READY TO ROCK AND ROLL!

Okay, that might seem strange coming from someone who loves/ lives/ breathes traditional country/ bluegrass music, but like Donny and Marie - I'm a little bit Country and a little bit Rock n Roll.
I'm not sure why but I've always liked this tune from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. I became a fan after seeing her on Happy Days. LOL


On Friday, with help (LOTS of help) from Sharon Holmes from Paperback-Press, I got AN OZARKS CHRISTMAS uploaded to Kindle and KPD. I just need to get the proof copy back from a reader then I can hit publish!  I am so excited - and exhausted. This has been a really long few weeks ... and while the end is in sight, I still have tons of work to do. 

I will be doing the cover reveal TOMORROW! I hope you'll come back for that. I'll also have the cover across the board on several Social Media platforms. Links will be below on tomorrow's post.

My projects for this week are
A) detail the house for company and get fall decor up. I am SOOOO READY for fall.
B) get the notes compiled and the beginnings of the workbook pages completed. 

I am speaking at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs AR October 13th (conference runs the 11-13)The workbook is a companion book that I'll have available for sale.

Company will begin arriving on the 28th. Some will leave on October 1 and the rest on October 7th or 8th.  A long stretch of when I will get very little accomplished. There are still the giveaways for the book to put together. I have all of the components, just lots of cutting and gluing in my future.

Today, I'm detailing the kitchen and doing laundry. Going to be a long day! 

How do you fit your writing time in amongst LIFE duties? Have tips to share? I'd love to hear them!
Creative Blessings
~Angela

Friday, September 14, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Cream Filled Donut!



Okay.. who doesn't like donuts. I love Bavarian Cream Filled. Chocolate just makes them even yummier!

What's your favorite donut?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

WRITER TIP THURSDAY - June Faver



Here is my sage advice to all writers:
To become a better writer you must WRITE!

Over 8 years ago, I was in a miserable job wherein I drove an hour each way in Houston traffic and worked 4-10 hour days.  When I got to my 3 day weekend, I was a zombie and it took at least a day to recover and even find the place in the current story where I had left off the previous weekend. My solution was to try to write a mere 100 words when I got home after work, just to try and stay in the story. The result is that I am now on day 3,113 of daily writing. My goal for the past few years has been to write at least 1,000 words per day. If you want to be a writer, you must write. 

GIVEAWAY!   GIVEAWAY!   GIVEAWAY! 

Here is your opportunity to win your very own copy of Do Or Die Cowboy!
Over the next 3 days, you have the opportunity to win just by leaving a comment below. You MUST leave a comment to be entered. 

June is giving not one but THREE copies away. So I'm going give you the chance to win EVERY day. On Friday I will draw a name from Today, one from Tomorrow and one from Thursday. So make sure you come back every day and leave a comment. You can only win once, so if you your name is drawn for Today, then I'll draw another name for Wednesday/ Thursday.

BEST NEWS!   BEST NEWS!    BEST NEWS!   

If you are in the United States, you win a PRINT COPY!  International comments will be eligible for an eBook copy. So EVERYONE has the opportunity to WIN!
Once you've read Do Or Die Cowboy, you can keep up with June Faver on the following Social Media sights:

WEBSITE    FACEBOOK    TWITTER    PINTEREST    GOODREADS

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WEDNESDAY REVIEW - Do Or Die Cowboy + Giveaway

Okay, normally I would post a review of the book by our Spotlight Author but today I have something a bit different. A Character Interview.

DO OR DIE COWBOY hero, Tyler Garrett, has been kind enough to answer a few questions. Feel free to drool a bit when you look into his eyes. He's getting used to the attention.



Thank you for joining me today, Tyler.  Let’s get started.


Regarding the simple pleasures of life, what are some of the little things that make your day better? Spending time with the woman I love, and her daughter. Singing and playing my guitar for them and just making them smile. We like to go for a ride around the ranch. Seeing everything through Gracie’s eyes  is like seeing it for the first time. 

Who was your biggest supporter growing up?
My mom was the one who encouraged me to sing. We sang gospel songs in church, and she entered me in talent contests. My dad thought I had talent, but he just never saw me doing anything except ranching.

What are some of the events in your life that have made you who you are?
Growing up on the ranch was always positive. My brothers and I learned the value of hard work and to respect the land. Music has always been in my heart, so when my mom encouraged me to enter talent contests, I did my best to make her proud of me.

What risks are worth taking?
There are risks you can back away from and risks you have to take. If someone I love is at risk, I would always step up. No matter what.

What’s the first thing you noticed about Leah when you saw her?
First of all, I noticed how beautiful she was, and also how scared she looked. Her big brown eyes reminded me of a frightened fawn.

You and Big Jim had problems but home is home. What is special about the place you grew up?
My dad was a lot easier to get along with when mom was alive. After she passed, it was as though he realized how fragile life is, and he wanted to squeeze the most out of every day. I know it was his intention to gather as much land as possible because he has three sons to leave it to. He wants to ensure that each of us has a good life, and for him, that means life on the Garrett ranch.

They say children and animals have an innate ability to recognize the good in a person. What do you think Gracie saw in you that made her feel safe?
After everything Gracie and Leah had been through, I’m so glad Gracie was able to accept me as a positive person in her life and that she had nothing to fear from me. She knows I would lay down my life for her.

What is it about music that speaks to you?
Everything. I’ve always heard music in my head. It surprised me that no one else could hear it.

Leah had a rough patch in her life. What drew you to wanting to protect her?
She looked so frightened. Of course, she’s  beautiful but something just reached right into my heart. She was wound so tight I had to do whatever I could to keep her and Gracie safe.

What would be a perfect first date?
In our town, going to the Eagle’s Hall on a Friday night, is a lot of fun. They have a live band on weekends, so a lot of townspeople turn out to have a beer and take a turn around the dance floor.

Life seems to be on its own time table. Do you believe in fate?
Of course. Too many things in my life have just fallen into place. It had to be fate, that I met Leah when I was on my way to Dallas. We could so easily have missed each other.

What was the most influential turning point in your life?
Meeting Leah and Gracie. I thought my singing career was the most important thing in my life, but I was wrong.

What is the one thing you want to do differently from your parents?
For my mom and dad, the whole world was right on our ranch and in the nearby small town of Langston, Texas.  I’ve been on tour and I want to see more of the world, and take Leah with me.

What is your favorite season or holiday? And do the two coincide?
My favorite season is the fall. I love when it cools off and the leaves turn colors. I love all the holidays that bring my family together. The Garretts are a tight clan, but the holidays are a celebration of family.

Describe yourself in 3 words
Luckiest man alive.

If you could do one thing to surprise Leah, what do you think it would be?
I think she deserves a real honeymoon. I’d love to surprise her with a cruise or vacation to some tropical island where we can just relax and be with each other.

Author, June Faver, has introduced us to an incredible family in the Garretts. I look forward to introducing you to his brothers in the future. In the mean time, you can pick up your copy on 



GIVEAWAY!   GIVEAWAY!   GIVEAWAY! 

Here is your opportunity to win your very own copy of Do Or Die Cowboy!
Over the next 3 days, you have the opportunity to win just by leaving a comment below. You MUST leave a comment to be entered. 

June is giving not one but THREE copies away. So I'm going give you the chance to win EVERY day. On Friday I will draw a name from Today, one from Tomorrow and one from Thursday. So make sure you come back every day and leave a comment. You can only win once, so if you your name is drawn for Today, then I'll draw another name for Wednesday/ Thursday.

BEST NEWS!   BEST NEWS!    BEST NEWS!   

If you are in the United States, you win a PRINT COPY!  International comments will be eligible for an eBook copy. So EVERYONE has the opportunity to WIN!
Once you've read Do Or Die Cowboy, you can keep up with June Faver on the following Social Media sights:

WEBSITE    FACEBOOK    TWITTER    PINTEREST    GOODREADS





Tuesday, September 11, 2018

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - June Faver + Giveaway!


I first 'met' June Faver on line almost twelve years ago through Candace Havens' yahoo group. We were in a sprint group together. Since then we have become good friends. She was kind enough to offer me a place to sleep during one of my trips to Texas.

June is a superb writer, having Indie-published multiple books before signing with Source Books. Her Dark Horse series is an amazing collection. You'll want them all, trust me! Be sure to read all the way through to learn more about the goodies June is offering today.

So let me introduce you to June Faver

BIO:
June/J.D. Faver loves Texas, from the Gulf coast to the panhandle. Her novels embrace the heart and soul of the state and the larger-than-life Texans who romp across her pages. A former teacher and healthcare professional, she lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country.

Thank you for joining me today in The Writers’ Studio. Let’s get started!

Here are my Top 5:

I’ve always asked ‘where do you get your ideas’. So, where do you get yours?
I have no idea where the seed of a story idea comes from, but once I become obsessed with it, I sometimes even dream the story. I’ve had to jump out of bed to make notes before. Generally, the current book is always working in my brain. As I get to know the characters better, they reveal their personalities, strengths and weaknesses and idiosyncrasies. 

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
I wish I could tell you that I have some kind of formula for writing, but that’s not the case.  I’m never at a loss for story ideas. I do have a bulging file of WIPs (Works in Progress). Some will never be finished, while burst forth into fruition. Once I got a story idea from a news story about border immigration and another time someone said the phrase, “throw-away babies” and I totally freaked out, but it sparked a story.

Which of your heroines most represent you, or the ‘you’ you’d like to be? Why?
I think I’m most like Chloe Solis in my South Padre Island series> Bad Medicine is the first. She always leads with her heart. She is fiercely loyal and shares many of my human frailties.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
I love to write and would be writing even if my words never got published, but the most thrilling part of writing is when someone reads and ‘gets it’. It’s the ultimate validation.

Self-care seems to be a trend these days. What do you do to pamper yourself?
My days start with a simple ritual of greeting the new day. I have Minx, a precious small rescue dog (Rat Terrier/Chihuahua) and we go out early to perform our ritual. Hers involves patrolling her domain to make sure there are no squirrels or deer around. Yes, she will fiercely chase deer from our part of the woods. After she ensures that we are safe, she comes to lie beside me on the porch, her ears perked up and alert for danger. My part of the ritual involves sitting in my big wicker chair, breathing, admiring the colors of the sky and listening to the incredible bird songs, and most of all...finding my center. Just being thankful. I water the growing things and make sure both bird baths are filled. Yes, it’s a year round thing. Love to sit out in the rain. Minx, not so much... 

June's Top 3:

How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer?
My second grade teacher, Sister Anastasia, let me write, cast, direct, and act in the 3-Act Plays I wrote. She gave me a box of colored chalk so I could draw the sets on the 3 blackboards. She was my patron saint and gave a portal for those stories to come tumbling out. Yes, I was 7 years old. 

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
LOTS!!! It just creeps in. I find myself writing in things that have happened to me or someone I know...and I sometimes write a character with mannerisms I’ve observed in others. No one is exempt.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to travel?
Anywhere with a white sand beach, gentle offshore breezes and lots of seafood and fresh produce. Oh, and a sail boat. Heavenly.

Thanks for letting us get to know you a bit. Now let's talk about the book! I have been in love with this series from the beginning


BLURB:
Putting it all on the line for love...
Cowboy musician Tyler Garrett has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to put aside his rough-and-tumble rancher's lifestyle and realize his dream. He's on the road to Dallas to record a demo when that dream gets kicked sideways by a beautiful woman on the run.
Leah Benson will do whatever it takes to keep her daughter safe. But when her dangerous past catches up with her, she needs a hero—and luckily for her, Tyler Garrett was born and bred for the role.
Dark Horse Cowboys Series:
Do or Die Cowboy (Book 1)

EXCEPRT:

The dog began to lap noisily. Leah knelt down beside him to run her hand over the silky fur. “Good boy” she whispered and rose from her crouch. When she turned, she ran smack into a brick wall. A warm muscled brick wall with arms. She stifled a scream as she pushed off the wall and was gathered into a rough embrace.

“Easy, Leah.”

“Oh, Ty! You scared me.” Swallowing hard, she braced her hands against his powerful bare chest. The sensation sent her heart into a flutter. Longing surged through her. Longing for what, she wasn’t quite certain, but longing nonetheless.

“Sorry,” he murmured, his voice deep and raspy. “I thought Lucky was getting into something.” He held her firmly against his warm torso.

She swallowed again. “N—No, I’m sorry I woke you.” Gazing up, she couldn’t read his expression in the darkness.

He expelled a breath, staring down at her moon-washed face. “You are just too pretty for my own good.” 


Released August 28th, you will find your copy of DO OR DIE COWBOY on Amazon

Want to find out more about forthcoming books in the Dark Horse series? Check out June's Project Page

GIVEAWAY!   GIVEAWAY!   GIVEAWAY! 

Here is your opportunity to win your very own copy of Do Or Die Cowboy!
Over the next 3 days, you have the opportunity to win just by leaving a comment below. You MUST leave a comment to be entered. 

June is giving not one but THREE copies away. So I'm going give you the chance to win EVERY day. On Friday I will draw a name from Today, one from Tomorrow and one from Thursday. So make sure you come back every day and leave a comment. You can only win once, so if you your name is drawn for Today, then I'll draw another name for Wednesday/ Thursday.

BEST NEWS!   BEST NEWS!    BEST NEWS!   

If you are in the United States, you win a PRINT COPY!  International comments will be eligible for an eBook copy. So EVERYONE has the opportunity to WIN!
Once you've read Do Or Die Cowboy, you can keep up with June Faver on the following Social Media sights:








Friday, September 7, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Buy A Book Day!


Books open up doors to anywhere you want to go.

Two questions today:

1) What book have you read that has taken you to a place you will always remember as if you were there? Share with us so we can visit, too!

2) Where would you most like to visit in real life?

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 3, 2018

MONDAY MUSINGS - The End is in Sight!










Happy Labor Day, everyone!
I hope you had a safe and blessed holiday weekend. Today 's the last day to kick up your heels. Please remember EVERYONE that makes your day a little better because of their job.


I am almost there!

Every chapter of An Ozarks Christmas has been polished to the best of my ability. I was amazed after doing revisions the second time, how many little things I found this past week in a 'final' read-through. Will be interesting to see what my beta readers catch.

I found the missing 13th Chapter and discovered that with the changes I've made, I'll need to do some alterations and fleshing out. So that's what I spent all of yesterday working on. Hopefully, by the time you read this I will be a day away from sending to betas.

I took some time on Saturday to go shopping for Scrapbook paper. I've found the cutest little booklets that I can make to hold my giveaway as well as provide the book info and my social media links. While I don't need them just yet, the book has to come first, I did want to take advantage of the 50% off The Paper Studio paper line at Hobby Lobby. They have some great papers and I'm going to need A LOT just to have gifts for my beta readers as well as the conference in October. Some are a Christmas themed while others are just a drool-worthy vintage background. I will show you those as we get closer to release.

Tomorrow I'm ordering book marks as well as the components for those giveaways. Later this week, I'll get my new business cards printed and continue the process of getting the workbook pages configured for my talk about Choosing Your Top 3 Social Media Platforms. I need to start promoting that so that maybe we'll get some last minute signups for the conference. We always have room for more!

Happy Reading!

Friday, August 31, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Memoirs

Today is We Love Memoirs Day.


From Dictionary.com, the definition of a memoir is:

noun
  1. record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personalobservation.
  2. Usually memoirs.
    1. an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography.
    2. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.
  3. biography or biographical sketch.

Memoirs are written scrapbooks. While a photo may be worth a thousand words, no one can tell your story better than you. What would you tell generations to come?


Friday, August 24, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Knife Day


There are all kinds of knives. Each serves a specific purpose. But there's one thing all knives will do..
according to Doug Marcadai...


There are different methods of construction for the various types of knives. Want to know some of the techniques? Binge watch seasons of Forged In Fire on The History Channel or YouTube


Friday, August 17, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Black Cat Appreciation

I so got this!

Meet my Spirit kitty. He is a 7th generation panther. He adopted me almost 13 years ago.


When Bob is home, he has to curl up in the crook of Bob's arm during coffee in the morning for a nap. We've never allowed animals on the table/ counters. But Bob started this when Spirit was only 8 weeks old.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

WRITING TIP THURSDAY - Kayelle Allen



One of my favorite tips is how to increase the emotional aspect of a story. Instead of adding words that tell us how a character feels, layer aspects of emotion into the setting. Readers will pick up on the emotion created by the setting and assume what the character feels. For example, in the opening of my book Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, it's obvious how he feels, based on his perception of the setting.

Would this incessant nightmare of darkness never end? The steaming, lightless rainforest stank of alien spores and enough flowers to choke the dead. Let the rescue party inhale, but this cloying scent left a sickening taste in his mouth. 

WOW!  Going back through my manuscript again :-) Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Kayelle Allen + Freebie!

Today we are shining the spotlight on Kayelle Allen.


Let's get to know Kayelle. Thanks for joining me today!

BIO:
Kayelle Allen did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground, thankfully) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home.
She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18 and to this day, it's hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories.

From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things.
No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She's been married so long she's tenured.

Here's my FIVE:

I' always asked 'where do you get your ideas'. So, where do you get yours?
I can't keep them from coming. I have a vivid imagination. My problem is limiting them!

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
I can get everything all at once, but usually it's the characters. Once I know their names, they bloom fully born. It's weird, but that's how I write.

Which of your heroines most represent you, or the 'you' you'd like to be? Why?
Mehfawni Ruh from For Women Only. She's wise, intelligent, loving, sweet, and compassionate. She's also a kick-ass warrior who doesn't deal well with fools.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Evoking a response in the reader. If I can make the reader feel an emotion that the character feels, I have done my job. I tell that character's story as faithfully as possible.

What's the most romantic thing a guy can do (or has done) for you?
My husband spent months looking for a teddy bear that resembled one I'd had as a child. The bear had been lost in a fire when I was fifteen. For him to go to so much trouble -- literally scouring the city -- to find that bear, meant the world to me. It brought back so many wonderful memories. Is it any wonder I call my hubby Bear?

Here's the THREE additional Kayelle chose:

How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer?
Always. Since I could hold a crayon. My first written word was cat, and I told my mother that now I could write a story about cats. Is it any wonder one of my scifi creatures is a race of catlike humanoids? I think not.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
Pick up At the Mercy of Her Pleasure. It's a sweet romance with adult concepts. It introduces the Tarthian Empire and all its important citizens. Besides, it's a fun read and will make you laugh out loud. It also pulls your heart-strings and makes you sad. At the Mercy has a very wonderful happy ending with a huge twist. One reviewer said she recommended reading it twice because going back, you find hints throughout the story that you missed on the first read. I'm very proud of this book.

What is your writing routine once you start a book?
I write early in the morning. Now and then, a particular scene keeps me up at night. For the most part, though, I'm an early riser. I am at my best right after I roll out of bed. It's not unusual to find me up at four in the morning when I'm on a roll with a story. I submit chapters to my critique group, edit based on their feedback.

For the Bringer of Chaos series, I've used a story editor as well. Although she thinks of herself as more of a "story shaper" -- Patricia Cook is fabulous at helping me keep on track with the plot and make sure all my ducks are in a row. She will catch inconsistencies and places where I can tighten the plot and layer in emotion or action. I've come to depend on her advice and am very happy she is part of my critique group.

When I've finished the first draft, I send it to a few beta readers. My friends Jean P and Barbara B have been reading for me for many years now. Once I get their feedback, I make other changes and send it off to my final editor, Barb Caffrey. It takes me about four months to complete a book from start to finish. I then allow two months for edits. It's important to let a story sit and settle before deciding it's final. There are all sorts of things you forget to do or add or say. That settle time allows me to go back and make changes if needed.

Let's talk about your book, FORGED IN FIRE


BLURB:

Blurb
When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that's the problem. He's not.
Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped inside their pods and it's up to Pietas to free them. He can't release one at a time. It's all or nothing. He's facing over five hundred thousand hungry, thirsty, homeless immortals who will call on him for rescue and he has no way to answer.
It's not all bad. The beautiful telepathic warrior he's loved for lifetimes is at his side. He's bonded with a sentient panther. He hates humans but the one dumped on this planet with him has become a trusted friend.
Before Pietas can build shelter, figure out how to grow food, or set up a government, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he's fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father.
Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever...

Excerpt

In this scene from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, the immortal king must accept yet another delay in reaching his destination, one he's tried to find for months. His lover, the telepath and warrior, Joss, hasn't been much help.

Giving in to her request for time, Pietas indicated the route Joss wanted to take. "Let's go your way."
"Thank you for listening to me." She took Pietas by the hand, reached up, and dragged a fingertip down the cleft in his chin. "This world is stunning. I hate that so much of it will be spoiled by our being here."
"Why? Has my mother released environmental impact studies?"
"No, she--" The look Joss sent his way resembled pity. "You'll see. Not far now."
"You've been saying 'not far' for hours. Did I not teach you to mark trails?"
"I'm sorry, Pietas. It won't happen again."
Oh, but it would. She wouldn't mean for it to happen, but it would. He'd tried for centuries to teach her how to find her way, to no avail. He kissed her cheek and drew her into his arms, savoring her warmth.
"Joss." He placed his mouth near her ear. "You couldn't find your way out of a round room with one door."
She jerked up her head and looked at him, eyes wide.
"And I adore you for it."


I've only recently begun reading more Sci-Fi - I'm looking forward to adding this to my list. 

Kayelle has brought a surprise for everyone today. You receive a FREE download of an Adult Coloring Book - Original art based on the characters in Kayelle Allen's books! Click Below:


You can purchase your copy of FORGED IN FIRE through the following links:


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Monday, August 13, 2018

WRITING RETREAT RECAP

Good morning, friends.

Wow, what a week!
I left last Monday to spend five days in Eureka Springs AR. Eureka Springs is where the Planned to Perfection series is set. An Ozarks Christmas releases October 11th so I've been busy trying to get the revisions in order so I can get a copy out to beta readers no later than this coming Friday. Ack!!!
They say time flies when you're having fun. I have to say that while this was a working trip, I always enjoy any time I can get in the quaint Victorian tourist town.

One of the icon places is the Crescent Hotel:

  

The Crescent Hotel has housed many things over its lifetime. According to encounters (my own included) and TAPS, some residents never leave. From that upper deck, outside the Sky Bar, you can see the Christ of the Ozarks, over at The Passion Play:


After stopping in Springfield MO for lunch and a quick meet-up with my sister, her daughter and SO, I headed for Cassville MO. There I stopped to see my bestie Rose Sartin. She just had her first book released last fall. I featured her HERE. I wanted to make arrangements to have lunch when I came back through on Friday.


By the time I reached the Inn of the Ozarks Monday afternoon, I was too tired to do much of anything except unpack/ set up and call it a day. I zoned out to Ninja Warrior qualifiers in Indianapolis.

Tuesday, I put my BIC -HOK until time to dress for dinner. I have a scene in An Ozarks Christmas where Brendan and Stephanie have a little adult time to iron out some things. Brendan knew he needed someplace Stephanie couldn't just get up and walk away. She'd have to face some things. So I thought this the perfect setting.


We took the lunch train last summer with the girls but this was the first for dinner. A beautiful setting on a vintage rail dining car:


Table for 1 please:


Menu consisted of:
     Tomato Basil Soup:

     Garden Salad

     Entree (I chose the Prime Rib)
with Rice Pilaf and Steamed Vegetables in Hollandaise Sauce

     Dinner Rolls (scrumptious!)
I ate one then saved the other three to eat with my soup on Wednesday
Went great with the Chicken Dumpling from Myrtie Mae's

     Baked Alaska... in the form of:

Jessica pushing the Baked Alaska Engine
Periodically she would stop for photographs then toot the whistle and move on.



An enjoyable evening. I chose to sit alone so I could be aware of how voices carried throughout the train and make copious notes without being rude to a dinner partner. I did chat briefly with a lovely couple across the isle then met up with them again on Thursday at the buffet at Myrtie Mae's 

I didn't do anything Wednesday except work. Thursday I did walk up to the Crescent and had a drink in the Sky Bar. I brought 12 bbq wings back to my room for dinner. 

Friday morning I loaded up and headed back to Springfield. Made that stop in Cassville for Rose to tell me all about her week at the RWA conference in Denver and a quick stop at my sister's to check out her garden. 
Dinner with Skiz at Mikado's Chinese/ Seafood Buffet.
Spent the night in Springfield then attended the Sleuth's Ink meeting on Saturday.  Bob drove in Saturday morning to go to the gun show then met me afterwards. We did dinner at Mikado's then came home. 

I am so happy to be at my own desk, doing my own thing, with my hubby near by. I still have revisions work to do but I got a lot accomplished on my alone time. 

I highly recommend time away from everyday house stuff to really get yourself into your  novel when it comes to revisions. Even if you can only be gone a night or two, take it! You'll be happier with the end result.

Now I need a vacation :-D







Friday, August 10, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Skyscraper Appreciation Day

One of my bucket list items is to stand at Top of the Rock and see the NY city skyline from a 360* viewpoint.


What skyscraper would you most like to see?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA

Hello everyone!

I'm enjoying a fabulous week in Eureka Springs Arkansas at the Inn of the Ozarks. This hotel is the only one I'll stay. The rooms are always clean, the staff amazing to work with. Great food at their restaurant, Myrtie May's....

I could go on, but I brought you here today to introduce you to a special little friend. Her name is Minx. She owns my author buddy, June Faver. June will be dropping by September 4, 5 and 6th to show off her first traditional-published release, Do or Die Cowboy.  Man, wait til you meet Tyler Garret. Y'all are going to fall in head over cowboy boots for this one.

Okay, back to Minx. June's neighbor took this video of her little dog and June didn't have any way to view it so asked if I would help her out.

June says: This is Minx, my Rat Terrier/Chihuahua rescue girl. She's been my constant companion for 9 years. I didn't even know I needed a dog until I brought this little sweetie home.
Emoji

June, this one's for you!





Friday, August 3, 2018

PHOTO FRIDAY - Watermelon Crawl

Watermelon is always a good treat on a hot summer day. Whether you eat the traditional slice or have some form of smoothie/ drink, the flood of memories that can accompany that flavor are endless.



If you add a bit of libation to that smoothie, you may be doing this:




Tuesday, July 31, 2018

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Pam Labud + giveaway

Pam Labud and I have been friends for years. We've shared a hotel room at RT and been in contact almost daily almost twelve years ago. I am always honored to go through her manuscripts. She is an engaging writer as you'll see from her newest release- THE IMMORTAL WIFE - part of the Nocturne Falls Universe series

We're happy you stopped by TheWritersStudio. Pam is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky person leaving a comment. Winner will be drawn on Friday August 3rd!


Let's meet Pam:


Bio

An avid reader since childhood, Pamela Labud had dreamed of being a novelist.  At age 13 she begged her parents for a typewriter for Christmas and started creating romantic stories of her own.  Now, many years later she’s realized her dream, and become a multi-published author.  In 2005, her first novel was a double finalist in the RWA’s prestigious RITA contest.  She has since published many books in print, ebook and audio books.  In January 2017, she released her first Contemporary Paranormal book, which is set in Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls Universe—Reaping the Immortal is available in ebook, print and audio.  The Immortal Takes A Wife is her second book in the Nocturne Falls Universe.


Writing in the genre of Regency, Fantasy, Time Travel, Contemporary, Medical and Historical Western romance (the last one under the pen name of Leigh Curtis)

These days Pamela has a full life as a romance author and high school C.N.A. teacher, having previously worked full time as a registered nurse for 35 years.  She and her husband have raised two talented daughters and now manage a busy house with six dogs, a mini-pig, a Guinea pig, 3 Cockatiels, 5 Lovebirds and a Conure Parrot. 

In addition to reading romance novels obsessively, Pamela enjoys visiting the beach and local theme parks.  When she’s not doing that, she spends her down time watching crime shows on TV, old movies, and anime.   

Here's my FIVE questions for Pam:

I’m always asked ‘where do you get your ideas’. So, where do you get yours?
That’s a hard one, because ideas can literally come from anywhere.  Usually, though, it’s all about people.  People in your life for sure, but also what you hear about others.  And, moreover, people with problems.  You think, if that were me, I’d do this…

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
For me, it’s always the characters.  Sometimes, it’s a matter of what if they did this or that.  Or, how would I handle that situation…It’s all about personality and asking ‘what if’ questions.

Which of your heroines most represent you, or the ‘you’ you’d like to be? Why?
I think to some extent, all of them do.  But, years ago I wrote a book, Grave Danger, a post apocalyptic love story—it was in first person, and that heroine is my true, snarky, sappy self.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Closing your eyes and discovering your story.  It takes me places that I have no idea I’d want to visit and poses problems that I’ve no idea how to solve.  That’s the fun of it.

What’s the most romantic thing a guy can do (or has done) for you?
My husband does romantic things for me every day.  Like, loading the dishwasher or helping me care for all our animals.  He’s been 100 percent behind my writing and basically doing whatever I want career wise.  He’s dependable, a hard worker, and lets me watch Law and Order and CSI shows over and over, and never complains.

Here's Pam's THREE:

How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer?
I have wanted to be a writer since about age 13.  I lived in a small, small town and with only 3 TV channels, there wasn’t very much child’s programming, let alone a young teen. I fell into books at an early age then, then later would make up pretend stories about all the books and TV shows I loved.  (So many Star Trek fan fics!)  I’d written poetry and Sci-fi and when I was 30 years old, a friend at work gave me her copy of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander to read, and I was forever hooked on romance. 

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with
       and why?
I would recommend Spirit Away, which is my first mass market published romance novel, a Regency set ghost story.  The hero of that book stole my heart and I love him to this day.   (Hmmm, his name is William—just like my real life hero!)

Favorite TV show 
My favorite show of all time is Firefly.  I loved Sci-fi growing up as a kid and though I totally missed the first run, when I watched it 10 years later it became my favorite of all time!

Great answers! Now, let's talk about the book:


Blurb

Heartsick about her on again, off again boyfriend, Werewolf, Fiona O’Malley is struggling to make the hardest decision of her life—if she should break up with him once and for all.  Though she knows he loves her, is sweet, funny and kind, he’s just not the sort of guy you can depend upon, especially in the romance department. 

Immortal Matthew “Matty” Hyland is crazy in love with Fiona. He’d do anything to make her happy. Though he tries repeatedly to be there for her, things just keep getting in his way.  Broken promises and no show’s for their dates keep happening. He knows Fiona is about at the end of her patience and is on the verge of cutting him loose forever.

Just as he’s about to pop the question, things go from seriously bad to crazy worse. Captured by a bounty hunter, the couple is pursued by an evil gangster bondsman and mysterious Druids.  Fiona is giving her all to help him, all the while not knowing if their love can survive in all the turmoil they’re facing in addition to the issues they’ve had in the past.  Matty is desperate to make it up to her and prove he can change so they can be together forever.  One thing is certain, magic, adventure and true love ensues when The Immortal Takes A Wife!

Excerpt

Leaning back on the sofa, Matty closed his eyes.  He remembered his first days here, how he’d gotten into trouble with the local police, and had ducked into a small boutique and right into the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. 

“Excuse you,” she said, her voice a low, sexy brogue.  “You need to watch yourself.”
He was so enthralled by her presence that he almost missed the fact that already, her wolfish veil had begun to fall.  Thick, crimson hair, eyes the color of brimstone and a face that was both inviting and dangerous.

“I apologize.”

“You should,” she snapped.  “Clumsy oaf.”

She started to turn away, but he slid around to stand in front of her.  “How about I make it up to you?  A cup of coffee, perhaps?  Or, something a little stronger.  You know, coffee, tea or… me?”
He wriggled his eyebrows at her and caught just the hint of a grin tugging at her beautiful mouth.

“Really?  First, you almost knock me down and then you hit on me?”

“I’m not a man who likes to take the long road.”

“Obviously.”  She shook her head.  “You’re cute and all, but I’ve just come off of a bad relationship, and I’m not looking to hook up.”

“Right.  Coffee it is, then.”

She gaped at him.  “You’re really too much.”

“Aren’t I?  So, come on.  What do you say?  You and I, a latte, caramel, whatever you prefer?”

Howlers , and I’m in the mood for a margarita.”





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