Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop! Join in!


Here’s how it works:

READERS:

Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!

AUTHORS:

Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Authors! The more you promote this hop, the more successful it will be. Tweet about it. Post a link on Facebook. Talk about it on your blogs. Let’s get the word out!

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Meet An Author Monday!

It’s Monday and that could only mean one thing around these blogging parts:

Yup. It’s Meet and Author Monday. Do you want to discover new authors and find new books to read? Do you want to be entered to win a free copy of Eve of Samhain by Lisa Sanchez? Of course you do. Join the hop, leave some comments, and meet some amazing new people.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my Prom story. And a picture! For now I’m diving back into edits. They’ll be finished today. Woohoo!

Here’s how the hop works:

READERS:

Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!

AUTHORS:

Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Meet an Author Monday!

Good morning!

Before we dive into the Monday blog hop, I have to tell you…I learned something yesterday.

I cannot write while reading others’ work. Period.

Stephen King, in his wildly popular writing handbook titled, On Writing says “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things about all others: read a lot and write a lot,” writes King. “Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. I take a book with me everywhere I go, and find there are all sorts of opportunities to dip in.”

I think he’s right. Of course he’s right. He’s The King. You must love to read. You must take in as many books in your genre as you can.

But my goal as a writer is to turn out 2-3 full-length paranormals a year. Each one takes me 4-5 months…which leaves a few months in between to plot and outline and synopsi the next. Where in there, is there time for reading?

You’d think I could read instead of watch TV. Or read while waiting to pick my kids up from school. I thought so too…

Until yesterday.

I’m reading Monica McCarty’s The Ranger. It’s a Scottish Historical and IT’S FANTASTIC. I’m in her world. I’m there. But when I tried to write the epilogue for my second full-length paranormal in the Crimson Bay Series, I ended up writing in Historical style–flouncy and beautiful and artistic–when I really needed to be rough and gritty and dark. I actually love the scene. I think it’s some of the best stuff I’ve written. But, sadly, it has to go.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

Can you read while writing? Does the style of the book you’re currently reading rub off on your own writing? I’d love to hear from other writers in the hop.

Here’s how it works:

READERS:

Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!

AUTHORS:

Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Dark Tide Rising Giveaway!

I’m giving away two signed copies of Dark Tide Rising! I’ll also be throwing in a few Dark Tide Rising bookmarks courtesy of Brenda Pandos.

Rules to enter:

~Contest open to US Residents only
~Be a Follower of my blog (All you’ve got to do is click Follow on the right sidebar and enter your email address. I’ll never spam you–promise.)
~Comment this post answering the following question:

In Dark Tide Rising, police sergeant Mark Thurgood is deathly afraid of the ocean. What are you deathly afraid of?

~Winner will be selected using Random.org
~Contest ends one month from today: February 24th at 9pm. Winner to be contacted via email then announced through a subsequent blog post.

Also, today’s Monday! Know what that means? It’s time to meet other authors and writers!

It’s Meet an Author Monday!

READERS:

Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!

AUTHORS:

Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Monday Blog Hop!

It’s Monday again…don’t know how that happened. I’ve been battling a sick household the last few weeks, putting final touches on Immortal, Beloved, and not sleeping well thanks to a strained shoulder that tweaked itself while I was doing P90X’s Kenpo video. Air boxing is not to be taken lightly, let me tell you.

Have you entered a certain giveaway to win a free signed copy of a certain romantic suspense novel titled Dark Tide Rising? No? Get to it. Giveaway ends February 24th. All you have to do is comment the contest post found labeled under “Pararomance Contests”.

On to the hop!


Here’s how it works:

READERS:

Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!

AUTHORS:

Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

My Writing Spot


As promised, today the authors participating in the Meet an Author Monday blog hop will be showing you their workspace.

For my writing time, I decided to nestle myself into a corner of our living room. I have a beautiful view of grape vineyards outside my window (though you wouldn’t know it from the blindingly beautiful glow in the picture). I always have a cup of coffee to my left. My current read (Lauren Kate’s Torment) to my right. And if you look closely you can barely see the edges of stacks of paper on the far left…those are the Golden Heart entries I’m supposed to judge by March 1st. I’m a tad behind…

But my writing space is just that…*MY* writing space. No clutter. No bills. No stress. Just an orchid, my coffee, and writing materials. That’s where I work best. (I totally just typed “That’s where I work beer.” Freud would have a field day with me right now!)

On to the hop! Here’s how it works:

READERS:

•Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!

AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Blog Hop!


Here’s how it works:

READERS:

•Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!

AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

*Side note: I’m on the last chapter of Immortal, Beloved and hope to push through the end today. My author copies of Dark Tide Rising should be arriving this week so I’ll be able to announce the contest to win a free signed copy within a few days. And I’m beyond thrilled that my munchkins are home from school today! That means I can write in my PJs! Woohoo! Happy Monday!

Blog Hop!

Happy Monday! Or, er, good morning and I hope your Monday is going better than mine is. Ever had one of those days where you know you have a gazillion things to do? You can’t possibly remember everything that’s going on, so you write it down…then lose your list? Twice? Ever had one of those days where you try to get really organized, planning your schedule the night before because there’s simply too much garbage going on for you to remember every last–and very important–detail on the actual day and then you sleep so hard you miss your alarm? Ever had one of those days when you want to hit the Do Over button and curl back in bed?

Yup. Today is that day for me. Tomorrow too.

I’m volunteering in a bunch of clasrooms this week for Halloween festivities. Oh, the glitter, the candy, the joy, the five extra pounds to cart around on my hips! *sigh* I’m hosting a party, and a game night at my house…on the same day…in two different places. Serious baking is about to commence. I’m getting a new stove–which I am over the moon about. It’s stainless and clean and purty and I’m going to love cooking on it. (You should see the pics tomorrow of the 1960’s avocado green dinosaur I’ve been cooking on for the last five years. The horror!) I’m already thinking about what I want its first meal to be…corned beef and cabbage? Homemade lasagna? Pot roast? See what I mean about being busy? The house is trashed, there’s laundry to be done, my fridge is empty, and I barely have time to rattle off this post.

So here I go. I’m off to battle the day…starting with another blog hop. Hope your Monday is restful, quiet, and stress-free.

Blog Hopping!

Brad Jaeger over at Aspiring Author is hosting a blog hop today in celebration of the First Novel That Moved You.

The novel that moved me the most was Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. I first read it as a senior in high school. I loved it then. I love it more now. It’s my go-to book. My absolute favorite. I don’t know why, but even though it’s a thriller and a murder mystery, it’s also one of the most sparking romances I’ve read. I usually don’t read books more than once. After the spontaneous magic is gone, the once riveting story line becomes a tad boring. The butterflies that fluttered in my stomach on the first read are usually silent and tired, having expected the gut-wrenching moments from the first page.

Rebecca breaks the mold. It’s the only book that gets me every time.

My stomach still somersaults when the new Mrs. Dewinter sees Manderley for the first time. I feel her anticipation, her worry about filling Rebecca’s shoes and being a good wife for the man she’s fallen for. I still get peeved to the point my fingers fly through the pages when batty old Mrs. Danvers tricks Mrs. Dewinter into putting on Rebecca’s dress for the costume party. I can smell the salt and sand of the beach house where Maxim stayed, waiting for Rebecca to arrive with her lover. I can feel the tension in the courtroom when the final verdict is announced and the DeWinters are finally free from Rebecca’s evil grip on their lives.

That’s how I know it touched me. I remember every little thing about the story. I know those characters like they’re my personal friends. Yet I’m still surprised by what happens. My heart still leaps at every turn.

Now head on over to Aspiring Author. Hop around other writers’ blogs and find out which books touched them.

And over at Cali Cheer Mom, her weekly feature is still running strong. I always find new and interesting bloggers to follow on the list! Head over and meet some new writers/authors!

Meet an Author Monday!

Here’s how it works:

READERS:
•Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!

AUTHORS:
•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.