What’s Up Wednesday (#3)

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with our blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime or Erin’s blog.

What I’m Reading

I’m still not through with ORIGIN. It’s fallen by the wayside in favor of beta reading a fabulous manuscript by my friend Tori. I love her story. Her characters, the world, the journey – all of it is so rich and vivid. There are big things in store for her. I can tell.

What I’m Writing

To be honest, I haven’t done much on the writing front (unless you count rewriting my resume). I’m making a feeble attempt at a query letter, but even that is falling short for me. I’m not sure if I need a recharge or what, but it’s frustrating. I hate having this feeling about writing. I know we all have our peaks and valleys, and now I must travel through the valley and climb to the peak once again.

What Inspires Me Right Now

Right now, the warmer weather is really refreshing. I wish I had my patio table done so I could sit outside and write. I love the warmth, the fresh breeze, and the springtime temps we’ve had. I know summer is pretty unrelenting here in Texas, so I plan to enjoy spring as much as I can.

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I haven’t been up to much else lately. Soccer season is drawing to a close, and I’m thankful for that. Our roof is being replaced tomorrow. Kiddo also has a field trip tomorrow and I have the honor of being one of the chaperones. It should be a fun time.

Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. 🙂

Ciao kittens!


What’s Up Wednesday (#2)

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime or Erin’s blog.

What I’m Reading

Still working on Origin. I had to take a break from it to read The King by J.R. Ward. 

*sighs and swoons* 

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the world of the BDB, and The King did not disappoint. Confession: I skipped Tohr/Autumn and Blay/Quinn books but I couldn’t resist returning to Wrath and Beth. Love them.

What I’m Writing

I’m still editing HACKED. So here’s a giggle for you…

I thought I would love editing. Here was my opportunity to clean things up and make everything pretty. I could add the details and the nuances. It was going to be AH-MAY-ZING!

Yeah…not so much. 

This is me.

And this.

And this.

Okay, maybe not so much with the blood and flying eyeballs, but you get the point.

Still, we must soldier on.

What Inspires Me Right Now

I’m not sure if it’s inspiration or motivation, but I’m attending DFWCon in 25 days. I’m pitching my novel to an agent. I need to get it into some semblance of “ready.” 

I’ve also been really inspired by the music of this great new band I found, of Verona. I’m absolutely in LURVE with this artist. Their music has a haunting quality that sticks with you. 

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I’ve been up to a LOT in the past week! Friday brought a much needed gathering with wonderful friends. I’m truly blessed to have such amazing people in my life. 

Backing up a bit, Thursday brought Spring: Texas Style. We had one heck of a storm, complete with tornado warnings. While the tornado decided to stay north of us, we did get a hail storm. Yay, spring!

Here’s some pics of the final product. Go Mother Nature! (<— more sarcasm)

hail stones
hail on back patio

So what are you up to? Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Ciao kittens!

What’s Up Wednesday (#1)

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime or Erin’s blog.

What I’m Reading

Right now, I’m reading Origin by Jessica Khoury. This book has been on my TBR pile for a while, and I’m glad I’m finally getting around to it. Jessica has such an amazing writing voice, and this idea is so fun, it’s easy to see why this book was published and optioned for a movie! I’ll be excited to see this one on the big screen. 

Reading is a luxury that I’m only getting to at night, mainly because writing has taken priority. This leads me to…

What I’m Writing

Earlier this month, I finished my first draft of my first novel. 

I was so excited to finally see the the end of what was both a labor of love and the bane of my existence for about a year and a half. So now, HACKED is in the first round of revisions. Initial feedback from my betas showed the story has a lot of promise, but like most first drafts, there are many holes to be patched and filled. It’s a tad overwhelming, but I’m looking forward to revising the story and making it stronger than before.

What Inspires Me Right Now

There’s so much that inspires me, but right now I’ll have to go with my discovery of the “Beat Sheet” from Save the Cat! Throughout my writing process, I knew there were “things” inherently wrong with my draft. The pacing was a really big issue for me and truth be told, I wasn’t sure how to fix it. I’d tried so many methods of plotting but none of them worked for me. Until now. I revisited my story with a beat sheet, trying to navigate the beat to find the pacing. And voila! The gaps became apparent and I revisited to see what needed to be cut. Needless to say, I was quite inspired to start right back into editing and I’m even more in love with my story than I was before. 

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I’ve discovered the joys of navigating first loves with my 6-year old son. Though it’s been a while since we’ve had “girlfriend drama,” my son and I had the following conversation on Monday on the way home from his after-school program. (NOTE: For the friends who have seen this on Facebook, I apologize for the repeat.)

Kiddo: Girlfriend and “other kid” were not being nice to me today. She hurt my feelings.
Me: Okay. What happened?
Kiddo: We broke up.
Me: You broke up? What happened?
Kiddo: Well, I thought she loved “other kid.” And she didn’t love me. And she was talking to “other kid.”
Me: Did you break up with her or did she break up with you?
Kiddo: Well, I broke up with her. Then she broke up with me.
Me: … Okay.
Kiddo: Yeah. I have drama.
Me: You have drama?
Kiddo: Yes. I have some of the drama. And do you know what? When she was with me, she didn’t even want to be with me.
Me: Who told you that?
Kiddo: My friend. He told me.
Me: He said that?
Kiddo: Yeah, he said “You have all the drama. You need to take a day off and just don’t worry about girls for a little bit. You need be by yourself for a while.”
Me: …
Kiddo: And he said, “Yeah, you can’t invite girls to your house all the time. And if you don’t be by yourself for a while, girls can be loud, and yell, and be noisy, and break stuff. And they might even mess up your house. They might even mess up your TV by breaking it.”
Me: … (I really have no words at this point because I’m laughing and almost in tears)
Kiddo: So yeah, that’s what happened.
Me: So you and girlfriend are broken up?
Kiddo: Nah. We fixed it. We’re together now.

*facepalm* I think I’m in trouble when he gets older. 

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Ciao kittens!

My Very First Giveaway!!! Woot! Win signed copies of DOOMED and THE FARM!

Tonight, I went to a book signing/discussion for Tracy Deebs and Emily McKay.  If you haven’t read their books yet, then you are missing out cause they totally rock the socks of some killer YA.  *grins*

Now to the goodies.  For my first giveaway on my blog, I have signed copies of DOOMED and THE FARM up for grabs. Here’s a mini-blurb on both books:

From Goodreads:

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

From Goodreads:

Pandora’s an average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring photos of her as a child. Curious, Pandora enters the site, unwittingly unleashing a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there’s no Internet. No cell phones. No traffic lights, hospitals or law enforcement. Only Pandora’s Box, a virtual-reality game created by Pandora’s father, remains up and running. Together with her neighbors, gorgeous stepbrothers Eli and Theo, Pandora must follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father—and rescue the world.  

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Writing, Reading and the Elusive Relaxation

Well, Turkey Day has passed and Christmas is upon us!  This is definitely my favorite time of the year.  I’ve got my tree up, my stockings hanging, and my letter to Santa has been stamped and put in the mail.

Writing has been keeping me busy this past month as I furiously scribble down my first YA novel.  I’d have to say that if you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, or if you’ve started but find it slow-going, then definitely sign up for NaNoWriMo.  Heck – you can even challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in one month.  It’s no easy feat – especially if you have a lot of other stuff going on in life.  So I’m just under 16,000 words away from hitting my goal for NaNo and I really think I can do it.  The end is in sight.  And it’s a relief.  But it also shows me that I need to keep writing because this book is a hoss and it’s not even halfway done yet.  Of course it’s all messy full of gaping plot holes, typos galore, and complete disconnects – but there are some shiny sparkly moments in there too.  🙂  Once I wrap it up and give it a once over, I’ll start sharing tiny snippets. 

So in between all this fantabulous writing I got going on, I’m reading one of my Waiting on Wednesday picks.  It’s The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams and so far it’s pretty good.  If you like fae urban fantasy, I definitely recommend it, but you need to read The Shadow Reader first. 

So with all this going on, relaxation is elusive.  Or at least it has been for the month of November.  But I have a nice little vacation coming up in December.  And this weekend, the hubs and I are going to a fabulous Christmas party filled with casino games, drinks and fun times.  That will be relaxing – I hope. 🙂

So, what are you reading, writing or doing to relax?

Ciao kittens!

It’s Been BUSY!

Well, I must say that things have been VERY busy here on my end, which is both good and bad. Good, because I’m making progress on my NaNoWriMo manuscript, I’m getting out there and rubbing elbows with some awesome people, and I’m having a lot of fun doing all that.  Bad, because I haven’t been able to blog as regularly as I like.  But lots of exciting things are on the horizon.

First, this past weekend I was at Readers & Ritas, an event hosted by Fresh Fiction, that allows readers to connect with some of their favorite authors while discovering some new ones.  I had a blast hanging out with so many people.  Most notably Victoria Scott (no relation, but her book The Collector comes out in March 2013), Rachel Harris (her book My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is out now – buy it!), Tracy Deebs (author of the Tempest series and her new novel DOOMED – love it!), and Lynsie Buchanan (up and coming author of The Healers).  Additionally, if you like historicals, I got to hang out with Eloisa James, Sarah MacClean, Sara Ramsey, Jade Lee…so many wonderful authors.  And next year is going to be even better – Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, and Shannon K. Butcher!  Wow!  It really was an awesome experience and I look forward to more events where I can hang out with some great authors and learn more about my favorites.

I’ve also been hard at work on my NaNoWriMo project.  It is my first novel and is the first book in a trilogy (ambitious, I know).  The name of the first book is called Kinetic and it’s a YA futuristic, sci-fi thriller.  Since this is my first book, I’m really hoping that I can translate all these amazing images in my head to the page because I really, really love it and it’s such a blast to write.  Hopefully one day, I’ll see my name next to all these great authors that I love on the bookshelves at Barnes & Noble.  One can only wish!

Finally, the holidays are upon us so I can only imagine what a busy time it is for everyone.  Next week I get to cook my second Thanksgiving turkey (pray for me) and spend some time with family, and of course write and hopefully read.  I hope to get back to blogging as well, sharing my most anticipated book picks and reviews of what I’ve read. 

If I don’t tell you later, here it is now – HAPPY TURKEY DAY!  Hope that you have a wonderful day filled with love and blessings galore.  Happy reading!

"Waiting on" Wednesday – The Madman’s Daughter

Hello and happy hump day kittens!

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event that was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine (an awesome blog that all book lovers should follow), that spotlights upcoming releases that we just can’t wait to get into our grubby little book-loving hands.

This week’s “Waiting on” Wednesday selection is:

The Madman’s Daughter

by Megan Shepherd
Publication Date:  January 29, 2013
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

From Goodreads:

London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true. 

Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Horror, madness and gore – sounds like a great Halloween-themed pick to me.  *grins*  I know this book won’t be released until January, but I cannot wait to read it.  I’ve read the tales of Dr. Moreau’s horrific experiments and I’m definitely looking forward to this fresh take on that story.  

What are you waiting for?