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The Friday Five - Christmas Gifts for Writers under $30

Now on Friday!

I feel like because this is the last day of the month and Christmas is right around the corner that today would be a great time to explore five options for gifting this year. I really enjoyed helping you search for gifts last year. This Friday I'm focusing solely on gifts for the writer in your life (or yourself). You should know I'm not making any profit (or taking any bribes) to advertise these things.

Here we go:

1) Self stirring mug - This is a brilliant idea. It's going to save us writers a lot of time and hand motions, because we'd way rather get repetitive motion injuries from typing. And it's under $15. Bargain!

2) Nose pencil sharpener - For those of you still using pencils (I hate them, myself), or using colored ones for editing, how funny (or juvenile) is it to relive your childhood and stick a pencil up your nose? Well now it comes with an added bonus! Sharpening! Another great bargain at $5.

3) Are you the kind of person who writes stuf…

"Sugar & Spice" by Kristen Bearisto

Sugar & Spice

by Kristen Beairsto
Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Steamy
Length: 122 pages

Available at:
Amazon || B&N || Kobo

Sugar and spice makes everything nice, but mixing business and pleasure can come with a price . . .

Francis Stevens – Frankie to her friends – has declared herself permanently single after a couple of monumentally disastrous relationships. And she doesn’t mind at all. Between the international expansion of the lingerie catalog company she runs with her friends, labor strikes, and her regular work load, she has little time for love or a relationship.

But Royce Weston has other ideas. After his family accuses him of becoming a workaholic, a chance encounter with Frankie at a night club has his mind on things other than business. As luck would have it, Royce winds up the executive assigned to work with Frankie and her lingerie company when she partners with his family’s investment firm to fund her expansion.

Despite Frankie’s outw…

November Is My Enemy

I'm frazzled, angry, bewildered, at the end of my rope.

Which is bizarre, because I haven't really done anything this month. I have watched countless hours of television/movies, been all over the countryside, slept, ate, showered, made lots of grunting noises like I'm listening when I'm really not, and generally haven't done anything.

There have been changes at work. There have been so many "hey boss, this doesn't work" episodes in the few days I've actually been at work, that I almost forgot how to type because he was at my computer and I was staring at the wall with nothing to do.

I've actually only been at my desk 14 days out of this month thanks to holidays and long weekends. And like my day job, in my other life--my writing life--I don't seem to be getting anything done. Oh, I guess writing 2,000 words on Sunday night was something, but considering I hadn't written anything since November 17th and that was maybe 500 words, that…

The Friday Five - I'm Thankful For

Happy Turkey Day, kids!

Today, in honor of the consumption of turkey and too much bread, I'm bringing you the five things I'm most thankful for. Hint: They're all people. Be quiet, number 4 is as much a people to me as anyone is. He laughs, he cries, he . . . sometimes eats poop, but I don't love him any less.

I'm thankful for:

#1) My husband who isn't afraid to wear a stupid hat in public so I can take a photo and put it on this blog. Granted, that's not a hat, it's a goose decoy. We get along because we're both kah-razy. I don't think he reads the blog either, so maybe he's not truly aware that I'm post photos of him with his head up a goose's . . . erm, business.

#2) My mom who is my writing cheerleader and listens to me complain about all of it. Even though she thinks I should cut the sex scenes. Thanks for listening to me and lending a shoulder to cry on. We haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but who does?

#3) My brother. I don…

Author Interview - Lindsey Edwards

Morning y'all. Today I have Lindsey Edwards on the blog. I met Lindsey at an ORA writing conference a couple of years ago, so give her a big warm welcome and prepare to learn about her new release Twice Tempted!

What's your book/current WIP about?
Twice Tempted is the story of Suri and Ryan, a couple reunited at a renascence festival. Their attraction is undeniable, and while Ryan is determined to make Suri remember all that was good between them before he left, Suri isn't so sure she can trust that her knight errant won’t break her heart again when his armor comes off.

Care to share your favorite line(s)?
I have several, so this is a very tough question. What I have picked out is technically two lines, but it flows better this way:

“I said I was done with you,” Suri said, but Ryan heard the slight catch in her voice.
“I know what you said,” he replied, his face so close his breath stirred the few stray hairs that hadn’t quite made it into her ponytail. “But I’ve never been …

We now return to a semi-normal schedule

I'm back from exile. Or my mini-vacay. Or those four days where I managed one day of writing, a whole lot of eating, zero Christmas shopping, a lot of movie watching, and pretty much no actual important stuff.

I wanna do it again.

I was brilliant enough to schedule my mini-vacay right before Thanksgiving. Which means: I have T-Day, Black Friday, and the weekend to be lazy all over again. Smart, no?

Which means I'd better freakin' get on writing you a T-Day post that's doubling as your Friday Five post.

Okay, see you tomorrow for an author interview and Thursday for 5 Things I'm Thankful For. Even with lazy vacay, I have got this week planned out. Am I good, or am I good?

November 19, 2012

NOTE: If you're looking for cheerful and upbeat, you might want to skip today's post. This one is drenched in tears. Go hug your loved ones and be grateful you have them. 

The ones that love us never really leave us. - Sirius Black
Today is your 59th birthday. It seems impossible that we're separated by far more than years. There are days when I'm sure you're going to call me downstairs to watch a movie starring nasty aliens. Days when I expect to find you outside grilling, or digging in the garden. When I think I'll find you pouring coffee in the kitchen or petting the dogs. It can't be 9 years since I last heard your voice.

I'm swamped with memories that I'm sure just happened days ago. I was six years old, sitting on your lap and giggling as you rubbed your stubble-covered jaw against my cheek.

I'll never forget the time you'd done laundry and didn't want to fold socks so you told me we were going to play a game of who could fold faste…

When Approached By Zazzle, You Don't Just Walk Away

Hey guys, today we're trying something different. I was approached by these guys in a van about selling some merchandise that "fell off a truck" . . . Okay, no what really happened was I got an e-mail from Zazzle, where I sometimes look at stuff, particularly funny items, and they asked if I would mention a couple of things in a blog post.

This is what you get when I run out of ideas. Does it make me a sell-out? No! Because I'm providing you a service. You might like what they're selling. Personally, I don't understand the mustache thing, but I think it's funny. Which probably makes me an idiot since I don't understand it, but I do get Sasquatch, so there you go. As for the other shirt, it's my favorite when someone says that. Okay, no one has ever said that to me, but I can dream.

Squatch in These Woods T-Shirt
Browse another sasquatch t shirt

And on this model is the spectacularly fantastic Sasquatch t-shirt perfect for hiking in the woods, drivi…

Author Interview - Jodie Pierce

Morning kids. I have for you another fabulous Wednesday author interview. Meet Jodie Pierce, whose release Demise of the Vampire is ready to jump into your e-readers.

What's your book/current WIP about?
It is the final installment of my Vampire Queen trilogy called Demise of the Vampire Queen. It’s about the potential dethroning of the Vampire Queen.

Care to share your favorite line(s)?
Upon being taken into the Queen’s Kingdom, each student would be “marked” with a bite mark tattoo on the inside of the right bicep. It was as if the Queen herself, personally bit and put her mark on each and every one of them. It was a mark that could never be removed and could never be hidden from others. Even as an adult, the mark would still be present and label you as an outsider in any community you entered.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? 
I always knew there was a ‘cult following’ for the vampire thing but I never knew to what extent. I’m pleasantl…

SPW Word Search

Feeling lazy today, so guess what?! It's word search day! This one is for The Sky Pirate's Wife. Actually, it would have take me less time to write another rambling blog post than to construct a word search, but what the heck. This is way more fun. I have the key if you get lost and confused.
Here's the link for The Treasure Hunter's Lady word search in case you missed it. I may or may not have the key for this, I make no promises. You're kind of on your own for that one. Sorry.

Where I Just Do Some More Rambling: Weighing The Pros & Cons of Hibernation

I've been about useless this week, haven't I? Lots of stuff going on in the real world, not so much stuff going on in the one inside my head. Well, nothing writerly anyway. And I darn sure didn't get you a Friday Five. Eh, it's one of those days.

I've begun work on the book trailer for The Turncoat's Temptress, even if I haven't added the scenes to the MS that I told myself I would. I may have picked a date for its release, but I'm still thinking abut it, so I won't announce that just yet.

I added a couple thousand more words to the WIP and caught up on watching the CW's Arrow. Yes, thank you, I will enjoy staring at a tortured alpha hero. Give me more. You know, instead of working on my own.

Was skipping NaNo a mistake this year? Am I behind because I'm not pounding out the required 1667 per day? Meh. The whole point is, I know I can get out a full-fledged novel in two months if I want to. It's good to make myself sit down and focus on …

That Thing Where I Whine Because I Do That

I forgot to get you a post again today. It's okay if you want to throw things at me. Or maybe you're worn out from all the politicking and you didn't notice that I forgot. Never fear. I'm here now.

There's no big news on the writing front. I was unable to recover the MS I lost, but as it's my own stupid fault, there's no one to blame but me. Pick up the pieces and tie them together best as I remember, except better because I was seriously ashamed of the writing in that MS. I'm not joking, it was just bad. Bad as in, that really didn't deserve to see the light of day. Whether it was a total accident or my subconscious did it on purpose, the world is a better place for it.

It doesn't matter because even when I had that MS sitting in front of me, cursor blinking, waiting for a few more words . . . any words . . . I was already thinking, what if I changed this? So now I'm working harder on those changes and I'm glad for the ability to do it

Time Change & Idiocy

It's heeeerrrreeee. That pesky time change. I feel like I'm running late for work this morning because the sun is so bright. Lovely. Not that I minded getting up later, but it also means lunch will come later and by the time I get home, it'll be mostly dark. I'm fairly certain the time change is all about torturing us and making us crazier in the winter so pharmaceutical companies can sell more anti-crazy pills.

You know me, I hate November.

In other news, I was diligently (snort) working on my WIP--yeah, yeah I've been editing The Turncoat's Temptress too--the other day and I very stupidly deleted and/or updated changes that ate my MS. I know, you're thinking oh dear God, this is horrible! I know, I'm turning into quite the mind reader. Well, it's kind of horrible, yes, because I was stealing bits and pieces from that--ugh, do I have to say it?--70,000 word MS to rewrite it. Crap, seriously, I have to rewrite those sex scenes instead of copying and…

Book Feature - Jessica

Download it FREE from Amazon today! Blurb:
Wilbur was used to going to his college formals alone. He thought the Halloween Ball would be no different. He’s amazed when a beautiful girl in a Victorian costume displays an interest in him and even more amazed to find himself alone with her on one of the campus nature trails.

What Wilbur doesn’t realize is that another woman has her eye on him too. The White Lady returns every Halloween to take revenge on the men of the campus for her brutal murder. She has chosen Wilbur as her next victim.

**The first chapter of Laura DeLuca's new book, Morrigan (Release Date October 31, 2012), is also included with this short story**

Wilbur thought he was going to collapse when Jessica wrapped one arm around his waist. He could feel her fingers, soft as silk, touching the nape of his neck with her other hand, and it made his flesh tingle. She even went so far as to lay her head on his shoulder. Her hair brushed against his cheek and the fresh…