Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Alcohol isn't all bad and what's with that tin foil hat?

I thought I was going to blow a gasket last week.

I was so close to finishing my edits on One Good Catch I could almost taste it, but the amount of editor comments in those last pages had tripled.

I shouted for mercy! Called out, UNCLE! I even poured myself an adult beverage, which never ever happens. Never.



Finally. Late in the evening of MLK day, I actually finished the damn edits.

No small miracle.

Then I looked around my house. 

Ewwwww.

I'm trying to catch up on dishes and laundry. At least until the editor sends me the edits for Already Home.

Those will be more red than black, I'm sure.

I'm also working on my post for the OGC cover reveal on 2-13-2015 and just added OGC and AH to Goodreads.

It's getting a little more real, but I've been down this road before, so I guess I'll believe it when I see it.

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A discussion I had on FB recently...

I'm wondering if there's a clinical name for the syndrome I suffer.

It's not really an earworm, but more of a temporary music obsession.

A song will grab my attention, maybe I catch part of it or its in a commercial ad, something like that. And then I HAVE to know what it is.

Then I HAVE to listen to it. A lot.
Like all day.

Its always in my head when I'm not playing it until it gets to the point that I HAVE to listen to it again.

This lasts maybe 3 or 4 days and then I'm over it. I still like the song, but I have no need to play it again and again like an addict. -- It's just me, right?

So, the good news is, it's not just me!

The bad news, we apparently all suffer from this unnamed syndrome. :)

So much so, that Nancy S. Thompson sent me this pic...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#atozchallenge #roadtrip - Stormy's got some new BFF's!



 Hi!
It's ME!

Stormy the Weather Gnome!

Running with Scissors!




We're changing things up a bit so you don't get bored.

Don't worry, we're still on the road to nowhere, still can't drive 55, AND still running against the wind.


I have some new friends I've met on my journey to tell you about!

Lisa Buie-Collard

Lisa is an author and traveler! A student of life!

Her 2014 A to Z theme was: "For the Love of France"! So many really wonderful photographs and lots of great history about the country! You won't be disappointed.

   

J.L. Campbell - The Character Depot
Joy is also an author with a long list of titles to her name.

Her theme was A to Z Scenarios. Each day she posted a drawing and asked her readers to explain how they would handle the situation! Very fun and inventive way to keep your visitors engaged!



Sliding to my destination!


How is your road trip going?

The 2015 A to Z Challenge sign up list opens in two weeks! Are you ready for the sixth Challenge?

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Sarcasm, Snark & Sass Blogfest!

 
It's L.G. Keltner's [Writing Off The Edge] 3rd blogging anniversary blogfest!
 
Happy blogversary!
 
The Sarcasm, Snark & Sass Blogfest!

I'm a simple girl, and I love eCards, so it was easy for me to choose a few that crack me up to share with you all today.


SARCASM




SNARK







SASS






My personal favorite




Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 #IWSG - Insecure Writer's Support Group Introduction & Post!

Thanks to the known & unknown universe we have made it to 2015.

It's the first Wednesday of the first month of the year and you know what that means!



From the Ninja Founder himself...Alex J. Cavanaugh: "It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click HERE and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs."

Alex's awesome co-hosts today are Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!
 

They asked IWSG members to introduce themselves today. Here’s me:

My name is Heather. I'm a wife, mom, blogger, volunteer, and an author. I'm a member of IWSG and a co-host for the A to Z Challenge. I write romance and my 2nd book in the Maguire's Corner series, One Good Catch, will be out in March! The re-release of my 1st book, now called Already Home, will be out in April!


I'm steadily getting through my edits. Trying to pick up the pace now that I've hit January. Scary.

I just got back the first version of my cover for Already Home. It's really nice. Both covers have a similar look to them which my slight OCD brain appreciates. I just stared at them side by side yesterday.

I have to start planning stuff. Like cover reveals and the book releases and such. It's exciting and daunting all at once.

That sounds like a book title.

Exciting & Daunting

Hmm. That's cool.

Not as cool as BLOOD, BOOBS, & CARNAGE!

Now, that's a great title!

One day, Alex. One day I will write the feature film with that name and it will be awesome. Awe. Some. :)



How about you guys? Any insecurities you want to talk about? Any good news you want to share?

Monday, January 5, 2015

January. It's here. -- Release Day Blitz for The Angel Killer by Lisa Voisin!

Good morning.

Actually, it's been an interesting morning. Woke up late. Coffee pot acting up. Didn't pack milk money for the BOY. Dropping almost everything.

My son asked me if I picked up an unlucky penny!

I'm sure it will clear up soon. Right?

Happy January!

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Today is InkSpell Publishing Author Lisa Voisin's Release Day Blitz for The Angel Killer!

 

We are super excited to celebrate the release of Lisa Voisin's THE ANGEL KILLER, the second book in The Watcher Saga, with an awesome excerpt from the book and a giveaway!

And if you haven't yet heard about this exciting series, there's also some information on the first book, THE WATCHER, along with its book trailer, a bit further down in this post.

First up, here's some information about THE ANGEL KILLER.

THE ANGEL KILLER


Title & Series: THE ANGEL KILLER (The Watcher Saga #2)
Author: Lisa Voisin
Release date: January 5, 2015
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Pages: 286
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description

Now that she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever.

When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings.

After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.

About Lisa Voisin


A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.

Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and the leader of the Young Writer’s Club, a local writing group for teens in her home town. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local cafĂ©. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancĂ© and their two cats.


The Excerpt

I found Michael waiting on the stone path outside his basement suite. He greeted me with a brush of his lips, lacing his fingers through mine, and led me into a large back yard, bordered by evergreens. The center of the soft, moist grass featured a rocky pond, complete with a trickling stone fountain and two Adirondack chairs. Though the yard was well kept, leaves from a giant maple lay strewn about like reddish-brown confetti, glistening with raindrops in the late afternoon sun.

Michael tugged off his old, gray hoodie and slung it over one of the chairs. Underneath was the white tank top he normally wore flying. Goose bumps raced along the length of his bare arms. Turning to face me, he shook out his shoulders, the muscles rolling as he gave them a shrug.

“Ready?” he asked.

“For?”

“Combat training.” He stretched an arm across his chest and cracked his neck as though he were warming up. Was he expecting a workout?

“Combat training? Don’t you think that sounds a bit intense?” I swallowed. My voice sounded tight and high. “Violent, even?”

“What did you expect? Origami?” Stretching his other arm now, he cocked an eyebrow at me. “You wanted me to teach you, right?”

“No—yes.” I cleared my throat. “I mean no, I didn’t expect origami and yes, I want to learn.”

“Good.” He smiled. Was he enjoying my awkwardness? I tuned into his energy, attempting to get a feeling off him, but hit a wall. Was he blocking me? His expression became neutral too.

Above our heads, flyers hovered at the edges of the sigils that surrounded the yard, circling a constant threat, like giant vultures. I motioned to the sky. “Can’t they see us?”

“Not really. They can’t see or hear anything inside the protected space.” Changing the subject, he turned to me and winked. “Ready for your origami lesson? I thought we’d start with escapes.”

I folded my arms across my chest. The idea of fighting Michael felt like a joke—a David and Goliath joke. “Escapes?”

“Yeah. We’re gonna start with the basics. Teach you how to get out of that stranglehold the soldier demon had you in yesterday.” His feet shoulder-width apart, he motioned for me to come closer. “But we can’t do it if you’re all the way over there.”

I took a hesitant step toward him. Though I’d asked for this, the reality of it sounded painful. “Combat training,” I muttered disdainfully.

“I won’t hurt you.”

“I know,” I said, but I wasn’t so sure.

The Giveaway

The release day blast includes an awesome giveaway to ONE WINNER for a print copy of THE WATCHER (US/CA/UK) OR THE ANGEL KILLER (US/CA/UK) AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below...

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About The Watcher

Series: The Watcher Saga #1
Release date: March 4, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Pages: 556
Formats: Paperback, eBook

DESCRIPTION

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.
When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.
In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both? Ancient history is only the beginning.



The Trailer


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last post of 2014! #thingscanonlygetbetter

Hello, my friends.

Have I told you that I love you?

Have I mentioned how much I appreciate y'all coming back week after week after week?

Have I explained what all your support actually means to me?

No?

Well, I don't have time now either!

Instead, I'm going to wish us all a much better year than 2014.

Honestly, 2014 was so bipolar I barely made it through.

My ups and downs were so extreme I've got whiplash.

But, I do know that no matter how bad my year was, and it sucked big time, I'm a lucky woman. 
 
So, even though I know it could be worse, I'm using all my wishing power to make 2015 even better.

Who's with me?



Howard Jones
"Things Can Only Get Better"

We're not scared to lose it all
Security throw through the wall
Future dreams we have to realize
A thousand skeptic hands
Won't keep us from the things we plan
Unless we're clinging to the things we prize

And do you feel scared, I do
But I won't stop and falter
And if we threw it all away
Things can only get better

Whoa...repeatedly.

Treating today as though it was
The last, the final show
Get to sixty and feel no regret
It may take a little time
A lonely path, an uphill climb
Success or failure will not alter it

And do you feel scared, I do
And I won't stop and falter
And if we threw it all away
Things can only get better



I know the video is just awful, but great song.

And now, I leave 2014 with these final notes...

Love you.

Thank you.

Happy New Year

and

GO FSU!!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

DEJA VU Blogfest post! === One more time...




Today is DL Hammon's Deja Vu Blogfest Day!

From DL:
Today is the day where we re-post one of our blogs from 2014.  It can be your favorite, or one that you wrote during a busy time (A-Z Challenge, WRiTE CLUB, NaNoMo, etc.), or just one that you feel deserved more attention.  Whatever the reason, this is your chance for a do-over.  If you wish to see who else is participating in this awesome event...HERE is where the linky list is located.  It's not too late to sign up either. 


Funny that I chose a Friday post to post on a Friday, right?

Maybe that's just me!

I chose this post because I like to remind myself why I write about the people I do. Heroes and Heroines.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Late Friday post .. cause I don't own a watch.

So, where did this week go?

I have no idea.

I'm cheating by using a post that I was supposed to use somewhere else but never did so I get to use it here. 

I think.

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Five things that make up the perfect hero and the perfect heroine?

Well, that’s a completely subjective list!

Actually, in my opinion, many important traits will overlap in people.

Heroes and Heroines … will be beautiful.

To each other. 

They may never be seen as beautiful by others, but will see each other as beautiful inside and out.


Heroes and Heroines … should be funny. Period.

Humor will get people through just about any situation.


Heroes and Heroines … must be flawed. 

Fact.

Who wants to read about perfect people?


Heroes and Heroines … are huge pains in the asses. 

Truth.

They will find and bring out the very best and the very worst in each other.


Heroes and Heroines … will have love. 

Always.

People say you can’t have love without trust, loyalty and respect. 


I disagree. 

Love overlooks a lot of things. 

Love is always there. 

Everything else is earned.
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Thanks for joining me today! Have a great weekend!

2014 Christmas Tree - 1000 lights!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Finally getting things done. Blogfest reminder. Creepy Elf.

Hello my friends.

How are you?

Not too bad here.

A little tired, waiting for the coffee to kick in.

So, I took your advice and have continued my break from editing. Monday was grocery shopping and some cleaning. Tuesday was getting the tree from the porch into the house and stringing lights on the railings.

Today I'll put on lights on the tree and decorate it. Tomorrow I'll visit the parental units and help with their tree. Friday...rest.

So, the week hasn't been too bad at all. I'm certainly less stressed than while I was editing.

I'll get back to it soon enough.

Must. Finish.

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Don't forget that Friday is DL Hammon's Deja Vu Blogfest.

 
From DL:
On December 19th, anyone who decides to participate will re-post their favorite blog offering from earlier in the year, or one that you believe failed to receive the exposure it deserved.

It can't get much easier! You get to recycle an old post! Woo Hoo!

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Better go. 

Up Next: trimming of tree.

I'll leave you with these creepy Elf On A Shelf gone wrong pics.