Review: 50 Shades Darker

2 posts in one day! After not posting for a month or so…anyway…I’m on a roll!

So I just finished my review of 50 shades of Grey, and I thought while the material is still fresh in my mind, I’d write the review for the sequel as well. I finished 50 Shades Darker yesterday. (SPOILER WARNING!!! Again if you have not read & one day plan on reading this series, there be spoilers ahead! Beware! You’ve been warned!)

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4 out of 5 stars for 50 Shades Darker –

Though the plot for this book was still ‘Where, when, how, how long do we have sex?’, there were things, other than sex, going on! Whoohoo!  You get a mentally unstable ex submissive, who wants to kill someone with a gun though we’re not completely sure who. You get workplace sexual harassment and blackmail galore. You get insecure Ana and even more insecure and mentally disturbed Grey. You get even more foil condom unwrapping and Grey hiding them in unknown places. (Honestly, I’m unnerved by the amount of condoms his man uses, how he produces them from out of nowhere, & then vanish as if they never existed. Oh! I get it now! Grey is a multibillionaire magician!) You get more Olympic gymnast inner goddess, but this round she’s upped her game, not only is she a gymnast, but she’s also a nudist ballerina! (I think I like the inner goddess more than Ana sometimes.) You get art galleries, sailing, bars, house buying, a whole whopping 3 pages of Grey missing when his helicopter goes down, more snarky emails, a shitty marriage proposal, and a decent marriage proposal. You finally get to meet the woman who started it all…Mrs. Robinson. AND you learn Grey’s unrevealed, deep down, dirty, secret that he has never shared  with anyone…except his psychiatrist. (I’m so glad this man has a psychiatrist…he needs one.)

The soundtrack for this book has got to be awesome. Many songs and artists are mentioned throughout the book, but it’s the ones the author hints at that I like best. Such as, twice inspiration, or whatever, hits Anastasia ‘like a wrecking ball.’ All I could think about after that was Miley Cyrus swinging naked on her wrecking ball, then the song would get stuck in my head, then my husband would roll his eyes when I would belt it out through our house…and if you’ve read the 1st book, you know what eye rolling leads to…

Another example of Ms. James subliminal music messages? Ana is constantly calling Grey her ‘Fifty’. Well that pulled me right out of the story, because I thought Grey was a stone cold, savvy, designer suit wearing, business man…not a rapper.

So why 4 stars? I liked it better than the 1st book. The writing still isn’t quite up to par. (Do we really need to discuss the music all the time…most of that could have been edited out). It still made me giggle at times, so it did get some kind of reaction out of me. Ana irritates me still. Grey irritates me more so though.

Again, I’m not leaving the links, it’s a bestselling novel, search it on Amazon. You’ll find it.

Have you read the 50 Shades books? What did you think?

Review: 50 Shades of Grey

Yeah, I know, I’m super late on all the uproar surrounding 50 Shades. I honestly wasn’t planning on reading it at all until my sis-in-law, said she loved it, has read it twice, and wanted me to see the movie with her. So, even after all the horrible things I’d heard about it, I thought I’d give it a shot. How bad could it possibly be???

In passing yesterday, someone asked me what I thought of 50 Shades so far. (I’ve finished the 1st 2 books). Here is my review 50 Shades, book 1. (SPOILERS AHEAD, if you have not read and are considering reading this book, you’ve been warned).

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3 out of 5 stars for 50 Shades of Grey –

I’m going to ignore the terrible writing part, because we’ve all heard about it. There really was no plot to this book. It is all about sex…and Ana’s inner goddess that is apparently an Olympic gymnast…& her subconscious that constantly piers over her thick rimmed glasses to raise an are-you-serious brow at Ana’s mostly ridiculous reasons for wanting Mr. Grey. He’s hot, that’s about it. Never mind that he’s a control freak stalker wanting to beat you into submission. The thing that got me was that Ana’s a smart cookie. Anyone that smart would have been running for the hills as soon as Grey whipped out the NDA and the Sub contract. But once Ana’s cherry has been popped, she becomes this wanton sex goddess, who’s strangely fantastic at giving mouth massages in the bathtub.

There’s this electric all-consuming charge between them and when it ignites Ana’s panties go flying and Grey whips out the ever present foil condom package in his pocket. That should also be a red flag. THIS MAN CARRIES CONDOMS EVERYWHERE!!!! Seriously he must buy stock in them! And once used, where the hell does he dispose of them? There were times when he stuck a used one in his pocket!?!?! I sure the hell hope he threw it away. I would hate to be his housekeeper, be doing his laundry, and find a used condom in one of his pockets. Then again, his housekeeper in the book would probably just giggle, blush, flush, shake her head, and throw it away for him.

I was more intrigued by the supporting ensemble of characters than Ana and Christian. Cheers to Ana though for ditching Grey’s ass at the very end.

I gave it 3 stars because I actually finished it. Yeah, yeah, the writing, blah, blah, blah…it had me giggling a few times, mostly at their snarky emails back and forth, and a couple of one liners thrown in here and there. Would I read it again? Probably not, but it’s not a book that by the end I was ready to throw across the room or burn in the fireplace. So yeah, 3 stars.

I’m not posting links for this one, if you want it head over to Amazon and search for it. OR head to your local Walmart.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Haunt My Heart – Book Spotlight!

I met Lisa Medley, author of Haunt My Heart, a couple years ago at a local writer’s group. She is one hell of an awesome person AND an excellent author. I’m honored to spotlight her latest book. So here you go…

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Blurb:

A Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Excerpt from Haunt My Heart: After 150 years hexed to a ring, Tanner is reawakened.

Tanner woke screaming.

Anger, not fear, set him off. The question was what had awakened him in the first place? And after all this time. At least it had seemed like a long time. Being dead made it hard to keep track. He’d counted sunrises for months after he’d died, but even that became too taxing after a while. And when he’d finally been crushed into the ground and damned to the darkness, he’d lost all hope.

His life energy had begun to wane immediately upon his death and his semi-corporeal form—his ghost self—had dissipated a few days after his men removed his body from the battlefield. Not that it would have mattered anyway. No one could see him. He’d tried to make contact as the soldiers crossed by him: screaming, begging, anything to get their attention. To tell them he wasn’t dead. Not really. When he noticed the soldiers could also pass through him without so much as a shiver, he’d given up.

Despair filled him as he realized Sylvia had achieved exactly what she’d promised. He was a stupid man. Maybe he could have loved her. Maybe…

God, what a witch.

No. It would never have worked. He’d have been damned either way. At least he’d saved soldiers’ lives, his own good men, with his decision at Chatham. He’d done the right thing, even if it had cost his life.

He surveyed the room as best he could from his prison.

Clearly he’d traveled from the grounds where he’d lingered for…decades? He wished he knew. Pent-up frustration filled him. Tanner could see energy emanating from something, just out of his reach. A glow—the signature of a living soul. An entity he hadn’t seen for a very long time. The aura, bright and strong, almost reached his prison cell, but not quite.

So close.

Something had sparked him to life. But what?

He startled when a face appeared before him. A non-human face. The face of some creature filled the mirrored prism of his cell.

What fresh hell was this?

The next thing he knew he was falling, falling, falling. The clatter when he landed nearly deafened him. His stomach roiled as if he’d leaped from a great height.

“Bitly. Stop it.”

A voice? A female voice?

Sylvia? Could she still be in possession of him?

Dear God.

“Bad kitty.”

His stomach lurched again as he was returned to his previous perch; the view was exactly the same, except the face that stared into his for the briefest moment was different. A woman’s face.

A woman most assuredly not Sylvia.

Relief flooded him. Of course Sylvia was long dead.

Of course.

And she wouldn’t have followed him into the afterlife. She’d never loved him that much. Not enough to spend eternity with him. Only enough to damn his soul for it.

Haunt My Heart by Lisa Medley

Paranormal Romance: Ghost, Witchcraft, Hex and Sex.

Words 68K (272 pages)

eISBN-13:  978-0-9908856-0-3

BOOK LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Haunt-My-Heart-Lisa-Medley-ebook/dp/B00RR9OXPA/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

(After reading both the blurb & the excerpt, I totally want to read this! You know you want to buy it too. Don’t deny the urge! As a matter of fact, I’ll meet you over at Amazon and we can buy our copies together! WooHoo!!! Shopping buddies!! Let’s go!)

And don’t take my word on how absolutely awesome this chick is, read her bio:    

Lisa Medley BW2 Facebook Crop (2)Lisa Medley writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance about monsters in love, because monsters need love too. Look for Reap & Repent (Bk 1) and Reap & Redeem (Bk 2) of The Reaping Series, available now. A lover of beasties of all sorts, she has a farm full of them in her SW MO home including:  one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees and a guinea pig. Not so in love with the guinea pig. She can do ten pushups IN A ROW and may or may not have a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times. Just. In. Case.

Where to find her?

Website     Facebook     Twitter     Pinterest     Goodreads     Google+     Amazon Author Page

COVER REVEAL!!! The Heckmasters: EBAN

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Congrats Allison! Love the cover!

Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2)

Author: Allison Merritt

ISBN13: 978-1-61922-634-0

Length: 70k

Release date: April 7, 2015

If love can’t save them, there will be hell to pay.

Grateful for his mother’s human blood that cools the dark fire of his demon father, Eban Heckmaster has set up a medical practice in New Mexico territory. But there’s no hope of living a normal life until he rids himself of a seductive demon that’s been pursuing him.

Vanquishing it won’t be as simple as sharpening his demon-hunting sword. The clever creature is hiding inside his best friend’s head, and she has no idea of the havoc she’s been wreaking, especially with his body.

Beryl suspects Eban knows why she’s been waking up with no memory of where she’s been or what she’s done, but he’s not talking. But when she inevitably learns what he’s hiding—or rather, what’s hiding inside her—she wonders if her love for him is real, or an illusion created by the demon’s lust.

Eban is losing the battle to hold his rising desire in check. There may be only one way to extricate Beryl from the beast entangling her mind. Call upon his demon blood…and offer it as a sacrifice.

Warning: Contains a half-human, half-demon doctor who can heal anyone except himself, and a woman who’d blush if she could remember the sensuous torture she’s been inflicting on him. Could make you wonder if you should start listening to the voices in your head…

About the Author:

A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.

Social media links:

Blog – http://havenovelwilledit.blogspot.com

Facebook – http://facebook.com/allisonmwrites

Twitter – http://twitter.com/allison_merrit

G+ – http://gplus.to/allisonmerritt

Goodreads – http://goodreads.com/AllisonMWrites

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/allisonmwrites/

Read the first book in the series: Wystan (The Heckmasters)

Buy links:

Samhain – http://store.samhainpublishing.com/wystan-p-73651.html

Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00L501TJK

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wystan-allison-merritt/1119847207?ean=9781619222892

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Another One Bites the Dust

I found out yesterday morning that the publishing company that published City of the Gods: The Descendant is closing. If you’ve followed me since the beginning, you know this is not the first time this has happened. This is the 4th time since 2011. I’m beginning to think I have a black thumb of death for publishers, like I do with house plants (I just can’t keep those suckers alive!). Let me explain.

Each of these publishing companies were small, independent, brand-spanking-new companies. The best part about these companies? They are looking for authors, new or old. They want your work and will actually return your inquiry with a yes or no. Every time I queried a company like this I got an email saying they were interested in my work. When I queried an agent, I got rejection after rejection, probably because my query writing skills suck (as I’m sure my synopsis does as well). Summarizing a 400 page book down to two paragraphs is hard and stressful. It’s that simple.

Any hubblebubble, it was nice to get positive recognition back from someone about my work, from someone who could actually help me get my story out to an audience.

The first company I signed on with was a e-publishing company. I wasn’t thrilled about the fact that my book would only be available in ebook, but I thought to myself, ‘It’s a step in the right direction.’
I started working with an editor and received the cover within just a few weeks after signing the contract. Things were moving quick. About a month before my book was to be published the company closed. I had just finished the first round of edits and was about to send it back to my editor when I got the news that the company was closing. It broke my heart. I was so close to finally being a published author.

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Cover from 1st publishing company.

The second company I was signed with was the best company I’ve been with to date. I received an email from another author telling me about a new press that was opening and that my story would be perfect for them. I sent my query and the manuscript and a week later I signed on with Ruby Lioness Press. It was a great experience. My cover art was fan-freaking-tastic! I absolutely adored my editor (& still do). My fellow Lioness authors were awesomely supportive of each other. AND I actually got paid! There were a few hiccups along the way. My book released a few days later than anticipated and my promised author copies arrived about a month and a half late, but overall, looking back, it was a good experience. The company changed owners and about 2 months after that the company closed. Again, I was heartbroken.

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Cover from Ruby Lioness Press.

Shortly after Ruby Lioness closed, I signed on with Midnight Hour Publishing, another new small publishing house. I had high hopes for this one. Third times a charm, right? A new cover was created and not much editing needed to be done because it had already been published once before. While Midnight Hour was handling the release of The Descendant, I was working with my editor from Ruby Lioness, editing book 2, The Betrayal. I thought about self publishing the second book, but honestly had no idea where to begin. I was afraid I would muck something up, so after editing book 2, I contracted it with Midnight Hour as well. Big mistake! The owner pretty much fell off the face of the earth and when she did resurface, it was to say she had things under control and would be answering any questions or concerns the next day, or in a couple of days, or next week, whatever, you get my drift. Eventually no one was able to get ahold of her. I held out as long as I could, but nothing was getting done. I sent a letter to the owner explaining that she was in breach of contract (no royalties were ever paid to me) and that I simply wanted the rights back to my books so I could move on. She never answered, probably because she was in a legal battle with other authors. The company eventually closed. I was glad to be out of that mess.

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Cover from Midnight Hour Publishing.

In order to got out of the Midnight Hour catastrophe, I had to sign The Descendant on with another small new publishing company. Luckily the cover art was able to be transferred to the new company and editing and formatting were already done. It was published about 2 months after I signed on with them. That’s about the only thing that was done right. There was a lot of talk about growing the company and using services to get the books into book stores and such, but nothing ever came from these claims. I never received a statement of sales or any royalty payment for sales. Things slowly started to fall apart, authors started to leave the company, and I knew it was just a matter of time before the company crumbled, after going through this 3 times, you start to see the signs. I was smart enough to figure out how to self publish the second book and hired the cover designer who designed the current cover.

It sucks. It’s crazy. BUT I’m finally free to be able to give The Descendant the attention and recognition it deserves, being the 1st book in the City of the Gods trilogy, and being the 1st full length novel I wrote.

I’m giving up on the small, independent, brand-spanking-new publishing companies for a while.

Once the company has pulled The Descendant off Amazon, I will self publish it. It will take some time as I’m going to comb through the manuscript again and have my wonderful cover designer modify the cover. All of this will be done after I finish writing the 3rd and final book for this series.

I have many other stories outlined and ready to write, maybe one of those will snag an agents attention, or the attention of a bigger publishing house, if not, no worries, I’ll self publish those as well. I love writing. I love sharing my stories with my audience. I will continue to do so for many years to come.

I’m excited to explore these new opportunities, and hope to breathe new life into my writing career.

Sh*t On Me Please! I Like It!

Wow! I haven’t posted anything since June. Oops! My bad. I didn’t realize it had been that long.

Any hullabaloo, a sh*t storm of mediocre proportions has been circling the Fanatical World of Facebook over the past couple of days. Apparently a NYT bestselling author got a little pissy over answering pretty standard author questions and took to her Facebook author page to rant. This was her original rant:

“I am not your personal customer service hotline. Do not ask me the order of my series or when the book is coming out in your country or how to make your f*cking Kindle turn on. Google it. It will take you less time and turn up a much more reliable answer.”

Obviously, someone wasn’t having a great day. Turns out readers and other authors get kinda pissy when you post rude, not-really-thought-out, I’m-too-busy-for-you rants like the one above. The reactions came pouring in. Close to 400 of them. Some in favor of the author, some…not so much.

The author tried to clarify herself in another post, it was also less than eloquent. It also racked up another 300 replies, some of equal non-eloquence.

Since then (yesterday), both posts have been deleted from her page. Here is the post on her Author page today:

“I have deleted my posts because my publisher asked me to and they are very busy and do not have time to deal with the hysteria I apparently whipped up. But you puzzle me. Because I don’t think it’s rude or outrageous to remind people that I’m human and that I have a family and that I am not an automated customer service hotline who is here to service your needs. It saddens me that a public person drawing boundaries inspires such an outpouring of hate. I would much rather spend my time responding to thoughtful reader questions than boneheaded ones. Call me crazy. Anyone who knows me understands the lengths I will go to for my fans. And I’m sorry but if you’re asking me to list the order of my books you are wasting both of our time. Seriously. Think about it. I will not pretend to be someone I’m not. It doesn’t feel safe here anymore. And for that I am sorry. But I don’t apologize for a single word of my earlier posts. I have met some amazing excellent people on this page. I’ve enjoyed knowing you. Goodnight.”

To me, this post came off as “My publisher made me write is apology-non-apology post. You can all kiss my ass. I am who I am. Suck it.” I think the best damage control in her case would just be to leave it alone now. She didn’t understand why people were so upset. It’s not with what she said, but how she said it, whether she meant it that way or not. People’s outrage is just flying right over her head. Either she’s just shallow or not the brightest bulb in the box. She’s obviously not going to win over new readers with this attitude…or is she?

Her following yesterday was a little over 16,000 fans. As of right now, she’s at 17,000 fans and probably growing! How the hell did that happen?!?!?!

From what I gathered reading through the almost 400(again!) comments was that this is how she usually interacts with her following. They are used to it and they enjoy it.

There are so many questions I’ve been asking myself…Was this some publicity stunt on the authors part to gain attention, which honestly could have backfired horribly? Can I grow my readership and become a NYT bestselling author by hardcore ranting and raving to my readers? Have I been going about this marketing thing all wrong by being too available/open to my readers questions? Could I get away with this same strategy? Am I willing to try, possibly risking current & potential readers?

The list goes on…

Honestly, I couldn’t do what she did. I like engaging my readers. I like answering their questions. I like it when they ask questions. I like their enthusiasm. I also try to maintain a happy existence on all my social media fronts (regardless of the hardships going on around me), probably makes me one hell of a boring person, but to each their own. Good luck to the author above.

And to all 10 of my readers who have religiously stalked me on Facebook/Twitter (I’m stalking you back), bought all 2 of my full length novels (City of the Gods…urban fantasies…great books if you ask me), bought both short romances from Amazon (99 cents each, BTW), & the anthology I appeared in (Dark Light 3, pick up a copy, you won’t regret it)…YOU ROCK! (See, I could have tried being degrading but it’s just not who I am, instead I’ll just use some shameful self promoting…hey, it’s my blog, I’ll use it how I want).

Big Easy Blog Tour

Hello Everyone,

This is my week to appear on the Big Easy Blog Tour. This is a tour of blogs from participating authors. We talk about our writing process in the hope of helping other aspiring writers with our method or experience.

The one who talked me into participating is VJ Schultz. Thanks for the invite VJ =)

VJ Schultz wanted to write books ever since she could read them by herself. Her latest book is a collection of romance short stories, UNDERCOVER LOVE & OTHER TALES. She enjoys writing in multiple genres including mystery, romance, and fantasy. She and her husband live in Missouri with three spoiled inside cats, one less-spoiled outside cat, and one happy parakeet. When she isn’t writing or teaching writing, she takes photos, reads, and does Tai Chi.  A member of Sisters in Crime, VJ is also a founding member of Sleuths’ Ink, a mystery and suspense writing group.

Now I was supposed to have three more authors to send you onto for next week, but alas no one volunteered or gave in to my constant harassment, so this branch could end with me OR you could hop over to the other author’s blogs that VJ invited. That would be my suggestion. She snagged a couple of great authors to follow her up…besides me, of course😉

On With The Questions!

1.) What Am I Working On?

As some of you may know, I have 2 full length urban fantasy books out, City of the Gods: The Descendant and City of the Gods: The Betrayal. I’m currently working to promote the hell out of these books. I’m about halfway through writing the final book for the City of the Gods trilogy. I’m also working on my 1st kids book. It’s with the illustrator now. I’m hoping to have it out later this year. I also work on several short stories at once. My short stories are mostly romance. The two I have out right now are An Author’s Assistant and Lillian’s Christmas Surprise. Both short romances are priced at 99 cents…you know…just in case you want to check out my writing style…oh, and here is one of the covers…you know, just in case you were curious…

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2.) How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?

I wanted to write a paranormal romance because I LOVE reading that genre, but there are sooooooo many out there. I wanted to write something different as well, that’s when the idea for City of the Gods popped into my head.There are no vampires or werewolves in my books. There is an angel…and a witch…and a warlock…and there are immortals, but you will have to read the book to find out how they became immortal. There is some actual history in my story as well. It’s based on a real city in Mexico and the mystery surrounding its collapse. There is a dash of romance in my books, but it’s secondary to the plot. No one undresses to their birthday suit and gets busy with the hot, equally naked male in a pyramid…yep, I just lost about half my readers right there. Sorry =(

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3.) Why Do I Write What I Do?

Because I love it…because it’s fun! I get to make up all sorts of outlandish scenarios for my characters to try to deal with and survive, ones that real people would turn and run from, screaming at the top of their lungs, ‘KEEP HER AWAY FROM ME!!!! SHE’S CRAZY!!!!’ Never mind that I’m holding an axe (a fake one, of course…though if they are running they probably don’t know that…hmm), running after them, shouting, ‘Aw, come on! Just let me see if this weapon trick could really work! I promise it won’t hurt…much!’ Good thing I have a hubby who likes to help me act out the fight scenes or I’d be sitting in jail right now, not typing this trying to help aspiring writers everywhere.

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4.) How Does My Writing Process Work?

It starts with me dragging my a$$ out of bed every morning at 6 am to get ready for my day job. As I shower, put my makeup on, do my hair, & get the kids ready for the day I daydream about how nice it would be to be a rich and famous best selling author, so I could stay at home in my pj’s all day and just write…skip to about 3 in the afternoon when all my work at my day job is accomplished and I can finally focus on my writing. I reread what I wrote the day before, change things if they need to be changed, and start writing. Sometimes I’m lucky and remember my ideas from just before I fell asleep the night before, other times…I’m not. Sometimes I take notes and then make sure to lose them so I have absolutely no recollection of what I was planning on writing. I like to challenge myself like that. And sometimes it works to my advantage, other times…not so much. I’m a plotter and pantser, both work for me. I try to get at least an hour of writing in everyday. In that hour, I can write anywhere from 1 to 1,000 words.

So, in summation, this is what you should have learned from this post…

 #1. Write, then rewrite the book. #2. Edit, edit, edit (For the love of all that is holy, please hire someone to do it for you and take their advice!) #3. Write your query & synopsis (This is the worst part for many authors) #4. Submit to agents and publishing houses. #5. Get never ending form rejection letters from agents and publishing houses. (Unless you’re a lucky bastard who gets an agent on the 1st go round)(Nope, not jealous…envious, maybe…) #6. KEEP WRITING!!! #7. Repeat steps 1-6 until you snag the agent/publishing house of your dreams or decide to self publish. #8. Promote the shiznit out of your new release! Then start this process all over again. Did you get all that from this post. Of course you did.

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Who comes after me for the Big Easy Blog Tour? No one, but here are a couple of posts not to miss…

Tierney James at http://ptierneyjames.blogspot.com

Tierney has been in education for over thirty years. She currently teaches World Geography for a nearby college. Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney has traveled across the world. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Africa, she ties her unique experiences into other writing projects such as the action thriller novel, An Unlikely Hero. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town for many years, fuels the kind of characters she never tires of creating. By taking readers into the depths of the earth, Tierney hopes her next novel, The Rescued Heart, will show the courage and dangers of loving a hard rock miner. 
Besides teaching and writing, Tierney enjoys gardening, reading and offering writing workshops. Other pursuits involve learning Hebrew and research, which sometimes has led to becoming certified with various weapons. 
There’s never a dull moment in Tierney’s life. And that is just the way she likes it.

AND…

Brandy Nacole at www.brandynacole.blogspot.com

Gemini Brandy Nacole is a writer of urban fantasy books. She is the author of the Shadow World series and the Spiritual Discord series published by Ponahakeola Press. A reader from a young age, Brandy has always loved folklore and stories of beings that go bump in the night.
Brandy lives in Arkansas with her husband, three never stopping kids, two snooty cats, two very lazy bearded dragons, and one mellow turtle. She is a member of the Ozark Romance Authors in Springfield, Missouri. Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending her time outdoors wheeling, hiking, playing amateur photographer, and enjoying a good laugh.www.brandynacole.com

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Series Spotlight!

Christine James is an amazingly talented author. She recently put out a call asking for bloggers to help her promo her newest book, Final Redemption. It is the final installment in her Chosen Chronicles series.

I jumped at the chance. I read the 1st book in the series, Risen, which I really enjoyed. The reason I haven’t read the 2nd is because I’ve been trying to focus on my own writing. Obviously, since book 3, just released today I haven’t gotten the opportunity read it. Both book 2 and 3 are on my to-be-read list. 

On to the spotlight though…

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Witness the Beginning…

A single night at the annual town carnival will change Erin’s life forever.  The simple visit to a bizarre and mysterious fortune teller was supposed to be fun and harmless, but turned into something much worse. Scared to death by what the decrepit woman reveals, Erin quickly flees and quite literally collides with Angelo, a mysterious and captivating carnival worker. Later that night, he appears in her dreams but he’s not the only one visiting her slumber. Evil is lurking on the edge of the shadows and it’s coming for her.

Angelo is not what he seems, but then again no one ever is. Not even Erin.

Tragedy strikes, leaving Erin devastated and alone, forcing her with no other option to but to trust Angelo. Loyalties are tested and lines of friendship begin to blur as long hidden truths come to light. Fate begins to bear down upon them all. Everyone has secrets but when some turn out to be more than heart wrenching, Erin has to decide who she can trust.

Can Erin deal with the harsh past that Angelo has been hiding from her or will it prevent her from doing what she’s been chosen to do? 

 

The Chosen Chronicles: Bloodlines

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*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

 Witness the rise of a new evil.

Lucifer is back in hell and the world is safe. Blaze and Angie have rekindled their relationship. But if Angie is supposed to be happy, why is she so restless?

The playing fields have shifted. As the Chosen race the clock, their battle against evil is about to get much more personal. And the war is only beginning…”

 

The Chosen Chronicles: Final Redemption

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Witness the beginning. . . of the End.

The nephilim couldn’t be more fractured than what they are right now! They’ve lost loved ones and have been betrayed by the people closest to them.  Their friendships have been tested and one by one they have turned on each other. They still need the seventh member to complete the full Chosen circle. Blinded by anger and grief, they are unable to focus on the task at hand.

 The ultimate threat has arrived, Lilith, but she is not alone.  With her comes a more sinister force that has ever been seen. The end is finally here.

 

About the Author:

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Christine comes from southern Missouri and is a country girl through and through. In addition to writing, she loves to camp, fish and play in the mud.  As a stay at home mom of two boys, she appreciates the escape a good book can create and she strives to create that for others. She considers her boys her real angels and by becoming an author she wants to show them that their dreams can come true.

Her favorite actor is Johnny Depp, because who’s isn’t and her current television obsession The Walking Dead.

Her husband has been her cheerleader as she strives to achieve her writing goals; he’s helped pick her up and dusted her off when she went through rejections; he laughs with her, and more times than not he laughs AT her.  But more importantly he’s there to lend her a shoulder for her to cry on. He’s her rock but more importantly she considers him her best friend.

The thing Christine loves the most, outside of writing and her family, is making people laugh. People come and go from our lives, influencing and changing us in all kinds of ways.  Sometimes the influences are positive, but then again, some are negative.  If we use the negative as a tool for learning, we could very well change or even save someone’s life down the road.  She strives to be the type of person that touches someone’s life in a positive way, even if it is by writing a book. She believes that if only a quarter of the people in the world would loosen up and smile, it would be a better place.

 If she could share one message with the world, it would be that nothing is impossible and you should never stop following your dreams.

Ways to Stalk Contact Christine:

http://christinejames28.blogspot.com/

www.facebook.com/ChristineJameswrites

 twitter @christinejames2

 email. christinejames28@ymail.com

 http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2951405.Christine_James

 https://plus.google.com/u/0/114439050144880802739/posts

 https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113849123945250643044

Buy Link: 

http://www.amazon.com/Christine-James/e/B004W849D0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1402680176&sr=8-1

In conclusion…buy the books…read the books…review the books…stalk the author…demand more books…tell everyone about the awesomeness that is Christine James and The Chosen Chronicles and she will be forever in your debt😉

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Ha! Book Review #2 for this blog! Go me!

Any hubblebubble, Evelyn James contacted me over the weekend and asked me to review her short romance story. I was like, ‘Hell yeah! Love romance! Love short stories (because sometimes that is all I have time to read, and really short stories need just as much love as full length novels, right? Right!) *Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Crazy little thing called love

Blurb:

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a hysterical, romantic romp with a lot of spunk! Sparks fly when club promoter Marli Johnson’s late night antics bring her furious, but oh-so-good-looking neighbor to her door! Hot Shot, as she calls him, can’t stand her silly attitude and ridiculous shenanigans. That is until Hurricane Elyse hits, forcing Marli into Hot Shot’s living room for shelter. Will either of them survive the next few days? Who will come out alive? And who will come out in love?
The first novella in the Crazy Little Thing series, this hilarious romantic comedy is full of funny moments, romantic sizzle and moving heart-to-hearts scenes. The perfect answer to the chick lit reader who loves a dose of feel-good humor weaved into every sexy love story! Don’t miss this little delight of a romantic comedy!

My Thoughts:

This was a cute, fun, and sweet romance. Marli is a club promoter. Jared is a stock broker. Marli leads more of a wild lifestyle, Jared doesn’t. Both believe they know how the other thinks and lives. Marli’s apartment floods and Jared offers her shelter. The chemistry between them is hot, but both are scared of spark between them.

I loved the way this started. I was giggling up a storm. I really liked Mr. Hot Shot a.k.a. Jared. I was on the fence about Marli. I felt like she needed to grow up a bit more. She came off a bit childish.  There were a few kisses between the two, but that’s as far as the action went. With the kind of sexual energy between the two of them, you’d think they’d be at it all the time.

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars.

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KUZ792W/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

 

Review: Black Widow Society

I just realized, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a book review to this blog, which was kind of my plan from the beginning. Well, here it is. My first official book review post of this blog! Hope you enjoy.

I don’t get the chance to read much, maybe 10-15 minutes a day, if I’m lucky. Obviously it takes me awhile to get through a book, unless it grabs me by my unmentionables and drags me on a wild, and sometimes, much needed adventure. 

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About the Author:

CC Brown is the pseudonym adopted by the three authors: Schyrlet Cameron, Carolyn Craig, and Kathy Brown. The women live in the Ozarks with their families. Visit their website at http://www.ccbrownbooks.com.

Blurb:

The sacred relic of the undead . . . the Vampire Bible has fallen into the hands of a paranormal-artifact dealer. An eBay bid and an annual vacation lead Koleen O’Brien and her five friends to San Antonio to deliver the book to a wealthy Texan. They are clueless to the fact that a pack of blood-thirsty vampires are stalking them to reclaim the Bible. Immortals meet their match as they discover that these women aren’t typical mortals; they’re members of the Black Widow Society!

My Thoughts:

I bought this book at a local book fair back in February. The cover art is what drew me in, then I read the back cover and the description made me think it was going to be something right up my alley. I love paranormal and urban fantasy stories.

When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish it. The point of view flip flopped so much I wasn’t sure which character was saying or doing what. It seemed like all the characters were vying for face time at the same time. I’m not sure if that was intention on the authors part or not. Once I got to know the group of women being written about, it made me wonder if the chaos in the first part of the book was there on purpose. It still made it very difficult to get into the story. 

By the middle to the end of the book, the story started to pick up. I had me giggling at some of the antics the Black Widow Society were displaying. I like it when a book can make me laugh out loud.  The Black Widow Society seems like a bunch of fun loving women who know how to get into trouble and how to get out of it…mostly. The Watcher in the book had me intrigued. I wanted to learn much more about him. The baddies in my opinion weren’t bad enough if a bunch of women can kick their centuries old vampire butts. Overall it was a good book. I will definitely be picking up more books by this author. 

Rating: 3 1/2-4 stars out of 5.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Widow-Society-CC-Brown/dp/1483687384/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=