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Character Profile - Abel Courte

Discussion for today: a character profile. By and far, my favorite male character that I've written yet. He's funny, smart and above all, relentless when it comes to getting what he wants. From tracking down mythological jewels to chasing the woman he loves, Abel Courte is the cowboy with kick, the hunk with a heart, the man with a plan that goes sadly awry in The Treasure Hunter's Lady.

Behind the character:
Name: Abel Courte
Age: Mid to upper 20's
Gender: Obviously male
Occupation: Biologist

If Abel were one actor this is who he would be (get out your gene-splicing tools, folks): A Lucas Black (let's tone down that 'Bama accent just a hair)/Eric Close (without extensions)/young Tom Selleck (only with less chest-fur, because to be honest, that freaks me out a little bit) kind of guy. I'm not picky. No, I'm really not. Okay, I am.

Abel's name comes from: the Bible. I'm a huge fan of Biblical names. I have used others such as Jonah and Jacob. I li…

It's My Cheesecake Fantasy

I can do all things if I suspect I might get cheesecake out of it.

Seems we've come to another Monday. Well, okay, I guess if we have to. No, I can tolerate it because it's pay day. That means cheesecake in my future. It's only one more Monday until The Treasure Hunter's Lady comes out. I'm sure you all have your calenders marked. I spent this weekend reading it again. That's it, I'm done. No more. Make the madness stop.

I uploaded the .epub file to my e-reader. It looks fantastic. I said so to my husband, who sort of rolled his eyes. I've learned a lot about file conversions this last week. I am happy to share this knowledge, should anyone desire it. I cheerfully accept payment in cheesecake.

I intended to share with you an excerpt of THL, but I went and left my computer at home, so I guess you'll have to wait until later. Gee. May I, instead, offer you a thought about the novel? I thought you'd like that.

At the first of the novel, Abel is co…

The Friday Five - Five Great Lines from The Treasure Hunter's Lady

Well, we're officially less than two weeks away from the release of The Treasure Hunter's Lady (Feb. 10), so it's time to start talking about it more often. Yeah, you're probably gonna get a sick of it as I am, but I hope not. So here are five lines from the Treasure Hunter's Lady for your Friday.

#1) A singular thought pushed its way to the front of her mind. Trampled in the street of a bloody city by an over-glorified pony instead of sacrificed to native gods in the jungle. If she survived, Papa would expect her to go to the party anyway. Life wasn't fair. Not at all.

#2) She arched an eyebrow at him. “Do you have a plan to confront it?”
"As a matter of fact, I do. You're sitting on two grosses of dynamite."
Romy leapt up, scattering the papers. "Two grosses? Do you intend to blow up Bismarck?"

#3) The inquisitive part of her wanted to see him, touch him, savor him. And the feminine side she’d hidden from the world for so long quivered with…


Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spires who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt
Pull up a seat. I'm just reflecting on the things that brought me to where I am right now.
Per the count down box on your left, we're 15 days away from the release of The Treasure Hunter's Lady. And I'm more than a little nervous. I couldn't be more nervous if you asked me to sing the national anthem naked in front of a huge crowd.
I started writing THL in April of 2009 while working on a historical romance. It was whim, brought on by re-watching The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. I told my husband I'd like to write a story like that some day. "Like what?" he asked. "With Sean Connery?" 
Well, okay, who doesn't want a character like Sean Connery in their story? But…

Monday Morning Mayhem

Well, not really. I just like the word mayhem. It's sinister, but sort of goofy at the same time.

I banned myself from editing/revising The Treasure Hunter's Lady at the end of the week. Too much work and no play makes me bug poop crazy. Right, like I don't ever play. You know I've been busy with things though, so I took the weekend off. I read a couple of books I downloaded to my e-reader, went to a baby shower, ate cake that was supremely excellent and generally ignored my computer. It was nice.

Reading allows me to not think so many days until The Treasure Hunter's Lady comes out. Which I do constantly. I think, I need to do this, this, this and this. It's like a little record playing in my head. I still have one area that needs a little bit of work, but I think I've smoothed the major kinks while at the same time, I'm freaking out about all the little typos I may have missed.

I keep telling myself the next one will be easier. Kind of like having bab…

The Friday Five - Fantasy Movies That Inspire Me

This Friday seems to have taken its time rolling around, huh? That's because it was a short week with MLK Jr. Day and somehow instead of seeming short, it feels like someone actually added an extra day in there somewhere.

And another thing? Will winter ever end? I feel like I'm going crazy for want of a little warmth. I can't really remember what it's like to walk out of the house with a t-shirt on. My legs have gone this frighteningly pale color that reminds me of corpses. That is... when I actually see my legs which amounts to maybe once a day. I suppose I shouldn't complain too much because I've only had one snow day. The February snows are lurking, prepared to laugh an evil laugh and mess with me. Just like last year.

Anyway, back to TFF. Today we're talking about five fantasy movies that shaped the way I write. In no particular order. And go!

#1) Alice in Wonderland (2010)- I assumed I would hate this movie because the previews for it looked insane. I…

I've Been So Busy, I Haven't Had Time to Write

And that is a darn pity. I'm so caught up in final edits and revisions, I'm going nuts. Wanting something to be perfect isn't a crime, but when it's stealing attention away from other things, it is. Earlier in the month when we had our mega write-in/critique at ORA, I didn't do much writing. Instead, I worked out some kinks on The Treasure Hunter's Lady.

I admittedly have not worked on The Sky Pirate's Wife as much as I should have. I really should have finished the first draft by now. I've spent the last week working on guest blogs, which has taken up some time as well. It's tough, coming up with good topics and trying to sound intelligent.

When I sat down last night with the intention of working on SPW. I got out a paragraph I hated. I'll have to go back and rework that one. I'm lacking in action and it's not carrying the story. I had a great (great is my most favorite adjective ever, my crit partners probably want to strangle me when I…

My Great Photo Shoot Adventure

I knew it would just make y'all's day to see pictures of me, so this is my gift to you.

Sunday I met up with my mom to finally get my author photo done. My mom is hella good with a camera. Unfortunately, she let her battery go dead on her expensive one. We played with my brother's camera phone. There are some very interesting shots from it. With a little Photoscaping, there are some decent pics here.

It's exhausting, looking beautiful. You know, standing around, striking a pose. I hate smiling with my mouth open, I look like a gigantic dork. The shirt I picked out to wear was from this awesome resale store called The Clothes Mentor. It was a good brand and my writer's group buddy, Leann told me I had to wear something blue because it shows confidence. It brings out my eyes too, so that worked out really well. The necklace is one my grandma had and I got after she died. My husband said, "Why don't you ever wear any jewelry I buy for you?" Hello, honey…

The Friday Five - The Reasons I'm Exhausted

It snowed yesterday and Allison don't do no snow. After that little spinning/wreck-y thing last year in my car, I'm jumpy about driving on snow. It might be different if I had four-wheel drive, but I doubt it. I'm a wiener, I know.

So I stayed home while my husband went to plow snow for the state.

Reason #1) I got up at a little after 8:00 am and sat in my chair with a few potty breaks and a lunch break and pet-the-dogs and check-on-the-snow breaks. Sat there until 9:00 pm. I'm gonna get a blood clot or something.

Reason #2) I poured over the last few chapters of THL that I hadn't gotten through on my reading, went over a beta read and corrected those little errors that my brain and eyeballs refuse to acknowledge anymore because I've read the MS so many times.

Reason #3) There are only so many positions you can take up in a chair. An arm chair. I don't use a desk. Around 6:00 pm, my legs were screaming "If you ever want to walk again, you'll get up…

Why I Didn't Love One Day

It was bound to happen--I'd stumble on a movie I for sure didn't like. It happens to be One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. I read on the Redbox description that it was the "most romantic movie of the year". Compared to what? Seriously, I think Tucker and Dale vs. Evil had a more romantic feel.

I'm going to break the rule and spoil the move for you right now. So if you don't want to know the supposed climax of the movie, you might skip this paragraph. Anne's character Emma gets hit by a bus in the opening scenes. It's been my experience in movies that women riding bicycles die. So stop riding bicycles in romantic movies if you want to live a long and healthy life with your soul mate. I mean, what was the point of foreshadowing her death like that? It felt pointless to me. I didn't dislike the movie because she died, I disliked it because of the way the "romance" unfolded.

If you skipped that paragraph, let me start by tell…

The Friday Five - Reasons Why I'm A Good Writer

Last night before I went to bed, I cut 7,500 words from my novel. From my novel that I fully intended to self-publish on February 10th. This wasn't an impulse, it wasn't a moment of hysteria (although I'm prone), but I suspect it had something to do with Shoulder Devil and Evil Internal Editor.

Evil Internal Editor tells me I can't do this. That I'm crazy for trying. That it's only a month and four days until February 10th and I might as well go to bed and stay there for the rest of my life. 
I really hate you, EIE.
So I'm going to look very carefully at the 7,500 words I cut and I'm going to revise, revise, revise. But I'm not the crappy writer those little internal voices say I am. This is something I really want. *Deep breath* What's the goal, Allison?
To sell 10 copies. 
How many friends do you have?
At least enough to sell 10 copies (some of you might have to buy twice. Just sayin'. Have I told you lately that I love you guys?)
So, for…

New Year, Old Times

Hi everyone!
As part of Carrie Ann Ryan's New Year's blog hop, today we're discussing New Year's memories. And giving away fabulous prizes including an $80 gift card to Amazon and a Kindle Fire (insert colllective 'oooooo' here).
If you leave a comment for me, you can win your very own copy of One Day In D.C. More about that in a minute.
When I was a kid, we always had big family get-togethers on all the major holidays. So I have several New Year's memories, but the one that stands out most to me is 1999. You know, pre-Y2K. I was 16 years old and for whatever reason, my parents (read: my mom convinced my dad) to let me have a slumber party with two of my closest friends. In our house, alone. My parents and my older brother went to stay at the motel where my mom worked and left three teenage girls at home by themselves.
I'm not saying this was a bad idea, because it's not like the porn channels weren't blocked and there wasn't any liquor …

You'll Want to be Here Tomorrow

I don't have anything important to say today except that I know you'll want to be here tomorrow because I'm taking part in a New Year's Eve memory bloghop. There are prizes including an $80 Amazon gift card and a Kindle Fire. No joke. All you have to do is leave comments on the participants' blogs to be entered. You don't want to miss all the fun memories too.

So be sure to be here tomorrow and I'll have the linky list posted. There are 64 other blogs besides mine, so you'll want to hop around and meet all the other fabulous authors as well.

Good luck!