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Let’s Blog Hop! Follow me! This way!

It’s Blog Hop time again! These Mondays are sneaking up fast…and I looove it because that means school is starting soon…and with school comes more time to write. So exciting!

On to the blog hopping!

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!


•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.

Can’t wait to meet some new authors, writers, friends. *grin

Oh, by the way, I’ll be buried to my ears in a new venture this week but will be back Wednesday or Thursday with loads of pictures and more writing. Can’t wait to share it with y’all. Have a great week!

It’s a dog eat dog world

I have good news and bad news. The good news is the Wi-Fi is better tonight for some reason. I can access twitter and facebook and all the other social media that’s been out of fingers reach the last few days. The bad news is my computer is still taking twenty minutes to load a picture onto blogger. What does that mean? That I can write…and I can post my favorite picture of the trip.

I’ve met tons of authors, agents, editors and have managed to sneak away with about 20 totally free (and autographed) books! Authors, Agents and Editors, Oh My!

As exciting as that all may seem, my favorite picture is one from the plane ride. Those SkyMall magazines are just too funny.

Take a look at what I mean:

Can you read the fine print? SkyMall is selling a Dog Dazer. You know, for when you’re being attacked by a savage beast of a dog and need to scare it away.

The ad reads that all you have to do is push a simple button and this mean, snarling dog will stop at least twenty feet from you. Look at this thing:

(It really does get funnier and funnier the more you look at it.)

I find a few problems with the ad. First, I’m pretty sure I’ll forget the Dog Dazer at home the one day I get attacked. Second, I’d probably fumble getting it out of my pocket and get bitten anyway.

Lastly, wouldn’t screaming work just as well? Or running away? Or climbing the nearest tree? How about screaming while running away and climbing the nearest tree? If you saw this hideously funny looking dog chasing after you wouldn’t you do the same?

And if you aren’t laughing at the dog yet, look into its eyes. It feels like the longer you stare at it, the funnier it gets. Try it. I’m seriously busting up right now.

Until tomorrow, when I can report on more adventures that don’t include dogs.

I *am* the law!

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

Ready for some answers to my enigmatic Top Ten Tuesday post?

7-Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

6-The Chief by Monica McCarty

2-Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy

They’re all great but I have to say The Chief was a pleasant surprise being my first Historical read and all. I didn’t know what to expect and was a little hesitant but it had me turning pages like they were on fire. Good stuff.

Also, my mom and I took Tank and Princess to a very cool Children’s Museum yesterday. There were all kinds of things for kids to play on: an ambulance, a firetruck, a public transit bus. My personal favorite was the police car. I had to fight kids off right and left for this picture. In fact, I think if you look closely you’ll see some hooligans scrambling in the caged back seat. Yeah, that’s how I roll. *grin

Hope you have a great weekend! And if you don’t, you might just be under arrest! Ha!

Losing my mind one micro at a time

Dear Microwave,

I know you’re old. I get it. You can stop groaning and grumbling as your cracked plate turns. You think I don’t know that you need a new door? Every time I try to open it, the sucker sticks and I have to pry it open with a butter knife. You think I like the jarring sound it makes as it snaps close, nearly severing off my fingers? And just how many screeching beeps do you think it takes to tell me the lasagna’s ready? Five? Really? I’m not deaf, fyi. I can hear your wheels churning. I know you’re plotting my demise by undercooking food, thereby giving me some twisted disease like lethal micronellacopia–I don’t care if it doesn’t exist Microknowitall, that’s not the point!–If I could rub two nickels together I wouldn’t waste them by replacing you with a newer model, oh no. I’d delicately place them right in your white belly and press High Defrost. Maybe then I’d thaw your cold heart and you’d start working right.

Until then I’m using the stove. Take that you 90’s dinosaur.

Heatedly yours,

My own Confession

Have you noticed something different about my blog? Yup. That’s right. I got a brand spankin’ new header, personalized just for me. I’ve been trying to figure out how those computer savvy folks do it for months now…and today I finally gave in and just asked for help.

Help came in the form of my wildly talented critique partner Lisa Sanchez. Her blog, Confessions of a California Cheer Mom, features snippets about her soon-to-be-published novel Eve of Samhain. Today she posted the first look at the cover art from her debut novel. You should sneak over there and take a peek. It’s got sex appeal to spare!

Seriously, I owe her a giant over-the-internet bear hug for the beautiful header. Lord knows my attempts were pixely (I don’t know if that’s a word, but today it is!) and pathetic failures.

I think I’ll get back to doing what I do best…tearing apart my synopsis and piecing it back together.

Oye, Friday

I go in for my second knee surgery Friday morning. I’ve officially re-torn my right inner meniscus. In the first surgery (back in 2001) the doctor tried to suture my tear back together. It appears the repair didn’t work. The flap that tore has now ripped off completely and is floating around my knee joint. Not fun.

So Friday my new doctor is going to shave down my meniscus (the only option I have left),and remove the floating piece. Needless to say I’ll be MIA around my blog for at least three days. Until I get off the pain meds I don’t think it’s safe for me to create a blog post. (You should hear the cooky things my imagination conjures up when I’m loopy. I’m such a ridiculous lightweight.)

And if you’re wondering why I haven’t posted the last two days…it’s because I’ve been writing like a madwoman! And I’m officially finished with manuscript #2! Hells to the yeah! Took exactly three months, endless amounts of coffee, one crashed computer (did I mention my computer crashed day before yesterday), and one massive 70 page writing mulligan.

Revisions here I come! *grin

Do the Write Thing for Nashville

Two posts in one day! Woo-hoo! A record! This was just too good a cause not to post.

Do the Write Thing for Nashville. Lend a hand to people in need and help your writing in the process. Can’t beat that.

Taken straight from their blog: “Items will be bundled into categories such as signed books, advance reader copies, critiques, etc., and we will sell “tickets.” We haven’t decided on ticket prices yet, but they will most likely range from $10 to $20.”

Sounds like a bargain! If you’re an aspiring author, or just want to help out those in need and learn something along the way, stop by and take a look!


Talk about throwing a wrench in my gears…

I think the iPhone’s are pretty cool even though I still don’t own one. The idea that your phone can be your calendar, your camera, your GPS, and your internet connection is freakin-awesome technology. I’d have one already if it wasn’t for my two year contract with Verizon (that’s up in October–woohoo!). I’ve heard good reviews on the Droid and Droid Eris but can’t come to grips with giving up my burgundy EnV2 that works just fine.

But now the iPad throws a whole new dimension to the problem. It’s currently priced at $499 and would perform all the functions of my laptop, but be small enough to fit in my purse! It’d still be able to keep my cheap-o, good-enough-for-me phone and do everything those iPhone people can do. And I bet if I did the math (which I’m not about to do…I’m an English person, people. Math and me don’t mix.), I bet the one time high price of $499 would be cheaper than the monthly internet connection for iPhones (which runs $30/month last time I checked) when you add up all the months of use. I dunno.

See what I mean? iPhone or iPad and regular cell phone? Ah, the dilemma.

What I really don’t get are people who have the iPhone but want the iPad too. I mean really? Who can afford two high-priced devices that are exactly the same except for one that has a bigger screen? Just in case you wanna…I don’t know, see something closer up? Like Jacob’s abs in Twilight or Jack Nicholson’s nose hair?

Oh, I could go a either way I suppose. For now I’ll just sit back with my EnV and envy people who have either one.

30 days of blah-blah-blah

To jog your memory, I went vegetarian for the month of March. I wanted to update daily, talk about my struggles, my victories…but I wanted to finish editing my work-in-progress more. I became so involved in the world I’m building I didn’t want to leave. So here’s how the month went:

I started strong. Two whole weeks of no sugar, no white flour, no meat of any kind for any reason. Week three I went out to Macaroni Grill and had a dish containing chicken. I tried to pick it out but decided it was too much trouble and ran with it.

Then I got a little weak around week 3. I figured my diet change was for meat only, right? Why was I adding in the no white flour thing for good measure? That was a little extreme. So I started eating white flour again…and heavily smothered garlic-butter bread. (Not the brightest move.) I went to the movies and had the first soda of the month around this time. Who could resist movie theatre popcorn and a big ole drink? Not this girl. But the soda tasted funny–like Dr. Pepper which I detest. I had 3 sips and put it aside. (And wasted like $5 bucks. Ugh.)

As March came to a close, I still hadn’t touched any other soda besides my few sips. I hadn’t eaten any other meat except the Macaroni Grill that one time…Oh! And clam chowder at the Santa Cruz wharf–twice–but those teeny-tiny bites of clam don’t count, do they? Don’t tell me they do, I don’t wanna hear it.

Overall, to be completely honest with myself, I failed. Miserably. I couldn’t last 30 days with no meat. If I were stronger I would’ve sent the dish back and asked for something else. I should’ve passed on the clam chowder (but it’s so darn good). I don’t think I can be too hard on myself, though. I skipped over a lot of logs I’d usually trip over. I passed up birthday cake three times, baby shower desserts, anniversary cake, tri-tip BBQ, rib BBQ, and Texas roadhouse. I think those things are a victory all their own now-a-days.

As for carryover into April…I’m not drinking soda anymore. I’ve lost 3 pounds this month from eliminating it and I feel better without it. I’m down to my skinny jeans again (Hooray!) I will be eating meat again, but not like I used to. It lugs me down, makes me feel heavy, and I want to be feeling the opposite. I wanna keep these skinny-jeans fitting right y’all! Yesterday excluded, I’ve learned some about portion control and what being full really feels like, and I’m excited to see where it goes from here!

Random blurb-e-blurbness

The eclipse trailer came out today. Did you know that? I bet you did. Just in case you haven’t seen it yet…

I feel a cold creeping in this morning. My throat aches so bad I can hardly swallow. Ugh! Everyone tells me I should drink a shot of whiskey when I feel a cold coming on. Sounds great except 1-I HATE the taste of whiskey and 2-I have to drive this morning and I’m an embarrassing lightweight. (I’m serious about the lightweight thing. I could have the bottle neck of a bud light and feel woozy–no joke.)

I have a post MRI visit with the orthopaedic surgeon next week. We know it’s torn yada-yada-yada, now I just have to go in, let him take my co-pay, then schedule surgery.

The good news of the day is I’m going to RWA National again this year! It’s the place to be if you’re a romance writer. It’s being held in Nashville, Tennessee over the summer. I can’t wait to take a few days to focus on learning the craft, listening to the greats talk about what makes them great, pitch my novel to editors and agents (and it will be complete by then! yay!), and make new writer friends! They are seriously the best kind to be had.

So that’s what’s on my mind wrapped up in a short blurb. Oh! And the writing’s still going smooth. I’m on page 118 and my hero and heroine are growing closer, then pulling apart, then growing closer, then pulling apart, then…well, you know.

It feels great to be the mastermind behind their struggles…Muah-ha-ha! Yeah, I’m evil. I know.