My most favorite reading place as a child was under the dining room table. My parents bought a ninety-year-old house when I was eight, just after my father left the military. It was the fixer-upper of which they had always dreamed. One thing about living on the southeastern coast of the US, the summers are hot and humid. In a ninety-year-old fixer-upper there is no central air. Window units in those days were large and expensive. We couldn’t afford to put them in every room in the house. We had one for the downstairs that cooled the living and dining rooms and two upstairs for my parents’ bedroom and my father’s computer room.
My brother and I slept in the living and dining rooms for the summers. My brother got the room with the television. I got the one directly under the air conditioner. As an asthmatic, I loved the chilled air, and the noise drowned out the television so I could read.
When hurricane season hit I still slept and read under the dining room table. I have fond memories of reading a fantasy adventure story with rain lashing against the taped windows, the storm providing excellent sound effects for my imagination.
To this day, I look forward to snuggling up with a book during a storm. These days I’m just as likely to be writing as I am reading, and I’m content to work at the table rather than under it.
We are likely to lose power in the next day or so. The talking weather-heads say that the power outages could last for days. If that’s the case, I expect to make substantial progress on the sequel to Creatures of the Moon, though my children and husband may go through gadget withdrawal.
May all of you weather the storms in your lives, be they actual or metaphorical, and come out the other side whole.
Recently, I had the opportunity to submit my meatloaf recipe for the All Romance eBooks’ new promotional cookbook, Passionate Cooks: Recipes from Today’s Hottest Romance Authors. Of course, I jumped at the chance. I was notified of my recipe’s acceptance a short time later.
Since then, I’ve had the great pleasure to review some of the other selected recipes and I have to say, they all look incredibly yummy. Over 150 recipes from some amazing authors. And the book is free.
Now here is where I need your help. I’ve been asked to submit a picture of my meatloaf. Last night I followed my recipe to the letter and the loaf came out perfect. Instead of serving it from the pan as I’ve done on so many occasions, I moved it to a platter and took picture after picture. I need to decide which picture looks the best. I will be creating a poll later today so everyone can help me choose. Check my new Passionate Cooks page later to vote.
Last night, for a few hours, Creatures of the Moon disappeared from Amazon.com.
The issue appears to be resolved. Though, I have to say, I was more than a little worried. Thankfully, everything seems to be sorted out now.
I hope everyone enjoys the last holiday of summer, and can spend at least part of this American Labor Day relaxing with family and friends.
Today, weeks after a lovely interview over the phone, an article about Creatures of the Moon is in the Scranton Sunday Times. It’s a small column on the bottom left corner of the front of the Lifestyle section.
Once again I did a happy dance in public. “It’s in the paper!” I call out while grabbing a stack of papers and wiggling. Of course everyone in the place is now looking at me so I have to explain. I deposit my papers on the counter and hold up the lifestyle section for everyone to see. “My paranormal romance was published and the interview for it is in the paper.”
A fellow clapped. A couple people others looked at the page. And the cashier called me famous.
I’m not, of course, but it was still so very cool of her to say.
It’s exciting. I just hope that the people who will read Creatures of the Moon will enjoy it and tell their friends.
For those of you who’ve come to the site to learn more about my book, welcome.
We just got back from a vacation for the main purpose of visiting family. Our family lives at the beach, so naturally we spent a full day at the oceanfront. We got lots of sun and had our fill of salt water and sand.
A little promotion, a lot of hanging with family, and tons of jotting story ideas onto slips of paper makes for a fantastic time.
One thing I belatedly realized was there were quite a lot of people reading on the beach and I didn’t have near enough bookmarks.
The lesson is always bring bookmarks to the beach to pass out to readers. Not only do you get the word out about your book, but you get to embarrass your teenage children in the process. . Win-win.
Have a great day!
What’s a party without games and favors. So here’s a free little game for you to enjoy today.
Creatures of the Moon word search
Creatures of the Moon is now available for purchase!
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In days of old, ten years ago, authors would hold release parties. My understanding of these parties is that their purpose was to network with reviewers and readers as well as celebrate.
I don’t personally know any reviewers. However, in this new day of the internet every reader has the opportunity to be the reviewer. So today is a virtual party for all of you, the presant day book reviewers.
I’ll be back throughout the day to answer questions and serve up some tidbits.
Tonight, I’m going to give you a little background on the characters in Creatures of the Moon. From my perspective as the writer.
To be honest, when I first began writing I didn’t think much about developing character histories. I figured they will act the way I tell them, because I say so. Well that’s good if I’m the only one reading, but when you expect others to read your work and understand your characters then the readers need the characters history.
I wanted Lydia to have a difficult time adjusting to her circumstances. At least until there is no longer anything she can do about it. Then she needed to accept it and know the value of ‘deal with it and move on.’ So, I made her a foster child. No family. No real ties. Able to deal when faced with intolerable situations.
Ryan, on the other hand, needed to be the rock. The stable one in the face of the chaos. So, he gets the loving family. He knows value of family having your back.
This is one of the ways they clash. Just one of the obstacles they face.
Richer character histories make for richer character development and conflict.
The Creatures of the Moon trailer is on youtube! Check it out. It has volume so listen as you watch.
Yesterday, was our official day eight of our countdown, but we had several power outages. So, today you get two posts. First the promised second excerpt from Creatures of the Moon.
Gunshots rang through the woods just ahead. He burst from the trees and leapt onto the hairy back of the staggering beast. Ryan sank his fangs into its flesh and yanked its head back.
Blood spurted and claws reached around in an attempt to dislodge him. They pierced the skin of his neck. Suddenly, it flipped him onto the ground. The beast leapt atop him.
Ryan stabbed his claws into the beast’s abdomen just as teeth closed on his throat. Instead of a crushing bite, the Bestial Butcher threw his head back in a howl of pain.
Using this opportunity, Ryan pushed his way to a standing position and slashed at the Butcher’s neck. Blood gushed from the wound. The beast grabbed its throat with one clawed hand and made to slash at Ryan with the other. Then at the last-minute, it ran into the woods.
Ryan roared in frustration and started after it. However, a frightened moan behind him caught his attention.
Lydia lay on the ground, her gun in the grass next to her. Her eyelids fluttered. Puncture wounds on her shoulder glistened in the firelight. Ryan cursed. The beast had bitten her.
Tonight she would start her transformation. Ryan shook his head and knelt by her blood-covered body. In that moment, he knew he would have to get closer to her than he’d ever hoped.