Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday Reads

Still not getting much writing done, but now I think it’s because I made a wrong turn along the way. Ah, but Blind Temptation is just about ready for my formatter (who happens to be my husband). Might actually make a March publishing date after all! Anyway, here’s what I read this week:

Bed of Roses by Gemma Brocato
Mar 19: “Bed of Roses” by Gemma Brocato, book 4 in the Five Senses series, a contemporary romance at 244 pages long. Blurb from Goodreads: With the right amount of nurturing, love will bloom. This close to Valentine’s Day Malin Eckert’s flower shop is entering their busiest season. As if the added work isn’t enough, her father’s drinking has spiraled out of control and Mal discovers she’s been named guardian of a fifteen-year-old sibling she never knew about. To make matters worse, Mal’s crushing on a customer, a serial dater who drops by the shop with alarming regularity to send flowers to other women. Gunnar Sims never had the best luck with women, a fact that doesn’t stop his growing attraction to his florist. His new business is losing money and he should be concentrating on that, but instead finds Mal an enticing distraction. In spite of her best intentions to keep Gunnar firmly in the friend zone, Mal finds herself falling for the classically handsome gym owner. As her affection for Gunnar and her sister, Gabriella, grows, Mal’s heart hangs in the balance when it appears both could be taken away from her. Gunnar is definitely one dream man! I think I fell in love with him a little, too. Okay, maybe I fell in love with the fantasy (I’m not giving up my sweetie!). Now, if this story had a hint of danger (like her previous ones did), it would have been perfect (I guess I’m basically a thrill junkie, huh?). I received this book free from the author for an honest review (even though she KNOWS how I review), but I also agreed because, frankly, I didn’t want to wait until her book came out on April 7th! Haha! Yeah, I’m a fan of this series and recommend this book (and all the others in this series) to anyone who loves reading romance.

So… What are you reading? Anything good? I hope so because I'd hate to think you were reading something bad!

Happy reading!

Stacy

Monday, March 23, 2015

I’m in a Funk Now, But You Can Find Me At These Events Later

Doctor visit went fine. I just have a cold. The annoying-doesn’t-want-to-leave kind of cold. But I was given lots of drugs, of which I’m using most (one makes my stomach upset and whacks out my nerves, so I just stay away from that one. Who needs a decongestant that doesn’t make you sleepy anyway?).

Still operating at a bit of a funk, though. Hoping that doesn’t still equate to no writing. I haven’t written since last Monday and would really, REALLY like to get back to my project. Of course, I’m expecting my edits back today, too (my daughter promised!). I think I’ll be fine to get to work on those. I’m motivated to finish Blind Temptation. And not just because I want to get it published.

See… I plan on attending a few conventions and would LOVE to have the paperback there to sell and sign. And that can only happen if I get it finished in time!!!

What conventions will I be at? I’m so glad you asked!

May 12-17: Romantic Times (RT) Book Lovers Convention (https://www.rtconvention.com/). It’s held in Dallas this year and I hadn’t PLANNED on going, but my friend wanted to experience RT and I couldn’t say no, especially when she said she didn’t mind driving. I just learned last week that I’ll be giving away copies of Ghostly Liaison at the Kensington book signing event (yay!!). Last year I didn’t have any physical books to give away, so I kind of sat and watched the crowd. This year I decided to participate in the FANtastic Day party (since authors were asked if they wished to be included). I don’t have much swag to give, but hopefully I don’t need much (I’ve got my buttons, a few totes, and plenty of postcards!).

May 29-30: Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference (http://www.neorwa.com/conference-2/). In case you couldn’t tell, it’s held in Cleveland (okay, technically Strongsville) and is being run by the Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America. I was actually e-mailed and asked if I wanted to be part of the book signing for this event. Shocked the heck out of me (they probably just knew me from the Columbus chapter, but still…). I could have just gone up for the book signing on Saturday, but decided to attend the whole convention because it looked fun.

June 4-7: Reader Author Get Together (RAGT)  (http://readerauthorgettogether.com/). This is held in West Chester, Ohio (by Lori Foster) on the same weekend every year and is limited to 500 participants, of which only 100 are authors. I was very happy to have gotten registered as an author before it filled up (because that happened about fifteen minutes after it opened).

If you’re in the area for ANY of these, the book signings are open to the public. Hopefully by then I won’t still be coughing! J

So… Anyone watching March Madness? Got a favorite team? I was really hoping Dayton would have made it to the Sweet 16, but they didn’t. Oh well… Guess I'll just have to root for West Virginia. Go Mountaineers!

Stacy

Friday, March 20, 2015

Temporarily Out of Order

I don’t know what it is I caught, but man, it’s kicking my butt and making me Miserable (yes, with a capital M). So much so, that I finally broke down and made a doctor appointment (which is set for this morning).

I was kind of hoping once I made the appointment I would instantly feel better. Didn’t happen. Bummer.

Anyway, until I feel like joining the land of the living, I’m leaving up the Out of Order sign and I’ll be back once the thought of walking around doesn’t make me sick. I could live in my bed right now and not care.

Hope you’re feeling better than I am. I don’t wish this on anyone.

Stacy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Reads

I believe my old cold has morphed into a new one. That just doesn’t seem fair, you know? Well, while my cold has kept me too miserable to write, it hasn’t stopped me from reading (especially a book I’d been anticipating). Here’s what I read this week:

Dying Embers by B.E. Sanderson
Mar 11: “Dying Embers” by B.E. Sanderson, a suspense with romantic elements at 372 pages long. Blurb from book: Emma Sweet is tired of being a good girl. When she catches her husband cheating, she hits on the perfect plan to pay back all the men who ever broke her heart. Revenge isn’t as simple as seducing her old lovers and tossing a match, but watching them burn is deliciously satisfying. The one time in her life Agent Jace Douglas wasn’t a good girl, she lost her family. Now she would rather run far and fast when it comes to fire. Too bad for her, she can’t walk away from a case where fire is the killer’s signature. Jace needs to face her fears and catch this murderer before the flames of her past—and the smoldering heat she feels for Detective Ben Yancy—reduce her life, her career and her self-control to ash. Emma was one sick chick. Made an interesting villain, that’s for sure. Probably why I enjoyed this book so much (not that the main characters were bad!).

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
Mar 16: “Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line” by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham, a mystery at 324 pages long. Blurb from book: Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case. Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined. If you loved the television series, if you loved the movie, then you’ll love this book, just like I did. It starts off where the movie ended and lots of other stuff are still left hanging, so I checked...yep, book 2 is out there. . It’s a mystery, all in Veronica’s point of view, but it’s in third person, which made me extremely happy! I'll definitely be getting the next book. When, though, is anyone's guess!

Becoming His Master by M.Q. Barber
Mar 17: “Becoming His Master” by M.Q. Barber, the 4th in the Neighborly Affection series, an erotic romance at 173 words long. Blurb from Goodreads: From rescue to romance… Teach a wounded submissive the value of his service. The task ought to be an easy one for an experienced dominant like Henry Webb. But novice Jay Kress challenges his teacher like no other. Still bearing the bruises of an encounter outside the bounds of safe consensual play, Jay is desperate to submit to the man who saved him—and shamed by his desires. Henry recognizes the dangers of a relationship built on hero worship. He’ll teach Jay how to stay safe, that’s all. He won’t take advantage of the younger man’s trust. He won’t share his fantasies about his dark-haired, athletic student. He’ll never claim this submissive for his own... I had been anticipating this book ever since M.Q. mentioned it, mainly because I wondered at Henry’s and Jay’s beginnings, which some of it was shared in “Healing the Wounds.” Well, my anticipation was thoroughly satisfied and I devoured this book in one day. I can easily see me re-reading the whole series. I may make it a reward if I reach my goal of 90 books this year. Heck, I'll probably do it even if I don't.

So… How do you feel about pre-ordering a book only to find the price is reduced once the release day arrives? I’ve been burned twice, now, so I won’t bother pre-ordering anymore. No matter HOW badly I want the book (I won't place the blame on the author in these cases--no, this was totally on the publishers). I can tell you, it won’t be a practice I employ. If anything, my self-published book will be cheaper FIRST, for those people who have been anticipating it. It’s the least I could do for my readers. Right?

Happy reading!

Stacy

Monday, March 16, 2015

When All Else Fails--Musical Monday

Yeah, I'm dry. My brain, that is.

The retreat/workshop was great, but I'm feeling a bit overloaded with information. I get that way after some conventions, too. Hopefully it will lead to more writing today. That's if my coughing doesn't give me a headache (yeah, that bugger is still sticking around).

Anyway, nothing worthy of a blog post happened, but I hate to leave you high and dry. I heard this song on Alt Nation (Sirius-XM channel 36) and really like the sound. Makes me want to dance (and I'm always up for that). So, please enjoy "My Type" by Saint Motel and let me know what you think (and not particularly the video, because I think that is kind of strange).


Happy Monday!

Stacy