Not much and quite a lot

Short post today since all my blogging briliance (what there is of it) is posted over at the LadyScribes blog. I’m talking about traveling long distances for the RWA Convention in New York and if you have some essential travel tips be sure to post them.

What’s happened this week? Not much and quite a lot. LOL

After a dreadfully unproductive writing week I opened an old file on the weekend containing a short story idea. The story only had a few pages done. You know the situation – you’re in the middle of something else and get this great idea. You frantically scribble it down somewhere and then promptly forget all about it. The story idea, Wicked Mourning, has been collecting dust bunnies for about six months, yet in three short writing sessions I managed to punch out a great first draft. I’m kinda pleased with myself, and if the short story manages to get past my crit partners with too much revisions I might just get that one published in June. Of course, if I have a short story to publish then there’s the inevitable distraction (read playtime) of designing a book cover. It’s a tough life I have but so much fun. LOL

Unfortunately, that’s pretty much it for me. I’m still reading Death, The Vamp and his brother by Lexxie Couper and if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go finish it. The vamp just busted his brother having sex with Death. LOL

My husband is always sicker than I am

Actually, that’s his idea of today’s blog topic. He’s currently laying behind me, wallowing with a sore eye. Poor baby. LOL Men are always so much sicker than women.

But enough about the sick one, its been a heads down kind of week for me. Working solidly on Charity, critting some fantastic chapters from my critique partners, attended another riotous local writers meeting, and after much faffing, managed to upload Chills and Charity to Smashwords which will give me eventual distribution to Sony, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Diesel, Nook and Kobo. So happy both books managed to get through the Autoveta check without errors. Whew!

Oh, and I had the best fun on Sunday. The amazingly talented Suzie Grant asked me to design another cover for her upcoming hot and steamy release, For the Sake of Sin (coming soon to Amazon). What a way to spend a lazy Sunday. What do you think? Does this look like a historical western romance potentially filled with sin that you’d buy just for the cover?

Photoshop is fast becoming my favorite vice? It’s an amazing program. So much to do and learn with it. But making book covers is something I think going to pursue as a sideline business. Of course I’m going to have to clone myself to do it but it’s totally doable. LOL. More details to come.

What was the last book I read? Well, I’m currently reading Death, The Vampire and His Brother by Lexxie Couper.

When it comes down to love or duty, pick a side—and pray your heart survives.
Death exists for one purpose and one purpose only: to sever the life-threads of the living. She does her job with pride and an unwavering commitment. Nothing ruffles her. Until she encounters Patrick Watkins. The Australian lifeguard pushes all her buttons—and makes her tailbone itch like crazy. And when her tailbone itches, it means trouble is brewing. Big trouble.

Ven’s gut tells him that Death is taking aim at his kid brother. He should know—he died and was turned vampire while trying to prevent another failed murder-attempt eighteen years ago. Patrick is meant to do something important in the world, and Ven will do anything to keep him safe. Even take on Death herself. In more ways than one.

As far as Patrick’s concerned, the whole thing is a load of bull. But what if everything Death tells him turns out to be true? How is he expected to save mankind from the worst fate of all—the Apocalypse? Especially when all he can think about is how quickly he’s falling in love with the most feared Horseman of them all…

Verdict so far: Bloody funny and a damn hot read! Death or Fred as she prefers to be known is a brilliant character.

Coming up this week: lots more writing. I have Charity to finish and A Tale of Three Gentlemen to get back to as well. And I’m long overdue for some writerly feeback from my crit group so I might upload some chapters to see if I’m still making sense. Good feedback is so crucial for any author – you can read the same sentence multiple times and not see the obvious error with it until someone nice points it out. My crit group is utterly amazing, and I get to see them soon. The Romance Writers of America Conference in New York is just a four weeks away. Maybe I should think about what to pack? Yikes!

State of the nation

It’s always a good thing to take a minute to take stock of where you are in your work, and where you should be heading. At the moment, I’m working on edits for Charity – the final installment of the Distinguished Rogues trilogy that I released on Amazon at the beginning of May. Then I’ll dive back into the Wild Randall’s quartet, which starts with Leopold Randall (first seen in Charity) as he searches for his missing siblings.

I’m also writing a short story, A Tale of Three Gentlemen, a regency novelette of mayhem and debauchery that I’m hoping to release prior to Christmas (because you always need debauchery to get throught the silly season). The last project I need to work on is the Gargoyle Court series, my mad diversion into Paranormal Regency Romance and I hope to have enough progress by mid June to settle on potential release dates.

To help me fit all of that in I’ve trimmed the blogs I regularly subscribe to and reviewed the people I follow on Twitter. Next may be putting a few of my yahoo groups on digest or re-evalutating the time I spend there. There is only so much time in any day and I still need to carve out sections of time to devote to simply reading for pleasure.

Whew, just reading all that makes me tired. LOL. But I hope when the stories come out you will be entertained!

What was the last book I read? Laurel Bennett’s The Headmaster’s Fall

A virgin, a rake, Regency England… pleasure.
Our heroine finds herself in trouble and sent to the headmaster’s quarters. Punish her or pleasure her? It’s his choice to decide.

I’ll admit it – I was so totally sucked in by this fantasy that I forgot it was a fantasy. Lovely hot, hot, short story that pushed all my buttons. Another great read from Laurel.

I’m also blogging at: Shh, I’m Writing a Romance about Mondays. Yes, I know its Tuesday.

Can I borrow Thor?

Everyone needs a break from routine to recharge their batteries and step back from their work to plan for the future. Today was an infrequent day out for me, a break from my desk and the chance to feed my soul. Today was a movie day, and date day with my darling beloved.

First on the agenda: Something Borrowed. Can I just say at the outset that I loathe actress Kate Hudson. It’s pretty rare that I enjoy her performances and usually I wouldn’t waste the money on movie tickets to see her but the premise of Something Borrowed really got me in. Mousy best friend loves the bubbly girl’s future husband. I liked the best friend character, Rachel, the most and managed to ignore selfish Kate (oops Darcy). Although for a while there Rachel fell under the title of TSTL (too stupid to live). Eventually, dear Rachel got her act together, got brave to state her feelings and even when rejected, she kept her dignity. My kind of girl.

Out of the men, Dexter made me want to slap him stupid for not pursuing Rachel as he should. Seriously, a girl stands in the rain telling you she’s loved you all along and you go back inside without offering a towel. I almost lost it then and there. The best mate, Ethan (lead character name in my upcoming Gargoyle Court series), actually surprised me by admitting he loved Rachel too. Hubby, of course, claimed he’d seen that confession coming all along. So now I need to re-watch the movie to find what I missed. LOL

The biggest buzz of the day was seeing Thor. Is it bad to admit you’re suffering a heavy case of lust for the lead actor? Especially when you watched the movie sitting next to the love of your life? I’ve admitted before here that I loved Chris Hemsworth’s small part in the Star Trek reboot. Always has me reaching for a tissue when he gives his life for his wife and crew so they can get away. But my god that man had the bluest eyes imaginable. [drool] Thor surprised me in a good way. It would have been so easy to add a soundtrack and morph it into Flash Gordon. Who didn’t go home from seeing that movie without singing Flash, ah ha, savior of the universe at the top of their lungs with friends? LOL. And I did love how they set up the possibility of further movies to come after – just like they did with the Star trek reboot. I cannot wait to see more of Chris in future roles.

But until the next Thor installment comes out I’ll have to be content with my own imagination-raving beast that it is. Have a great week!