Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Reads and Headed Toward Dragon*Con

I’m behind on my reading, but should get caught up somewhat since my daughter is doing all the driving to Atlanta (yay!). Should arrive sometime this afternoon (double yay!). Tomorrow I get my badge and programs and then the fun of Dragon*Con starts on Friday. Can't wait! Anyway, here’s what I read during the week:

cover to shadowlight by lynn viehl
Aug 25: “Shadowlight” by Lynn Viehl, a paranormal romance. Blurb from cover: With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone’s darkest secrets, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn’t know is that a biotech company called GenHance has discovered her talent, and intends to kill her and harvest her priceless DNA. When GenHance is poised to strike, Gaven Matthias is forced to take action. After months of tracking Jessa, he abducts her himself so he can protect her in his underground fortress. Matthias tries to explain what she is and how she can protect others like her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets she can’t read. She senses he’s hiding a terrible truth, and yet his touch ignites a passion she’s never known. As a monstrous assassin closes in and forces them on the run, Jessa will have to find another way to discover whether Matthias is her greatest ally…or her deadliest enemy. It was an interesting story, but way more description and characters than I could keep up with. Also, this states #1 in a series, but seems to include people (and events) from another series, so that confused me as well. I did like Jessa and Gavin (Matthias), but not so sure I'll read the rest of the series. It's not that it's a bad book, it's just not the kind I enjoy reading (way too much detail for my taste). I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.
 
By the way, I submitted BLIND TEMPTATION. So glad I have Dragon*Con to keep me distracted. That, and my next project--whenever I get around to working on it again! But that's because I'm distracted with Dragon*Con. Yep, vicious cycle, huh? And no, I'm not looking forward to the end of the convention. That would be CRAZY! J
 
I’d like to say I’ll continue posting while I’m at Dragon*Con, but I’ve said that before and never have. But hey, I’ve got a smart phone now. Anything is possible, right? Haha! J
 
So… What have you been watching on TV this summer? I watched the last season of True Blood (boo hoo!) and I’m still watching Extant (2 epidsodes behind). That’s an interesting show. I just hope it doesn’t do what Under the Dome did last year—decide NOT to end. Yeah, I’m not watching Under the Dome this year. Besides, that was NOTHING like the book (as if I thought it might).

Happy reading!

Stacy

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Monday Before Dragon*Con

Can’t believe it’s almost time to drive on down to Atlanta for Dragon*Con. This will be my fifth trip to the convention. And the first time I plan on getting my picture taken with a celebrity. I’m either getting more stupid or more brave. Haven’t figured it out just yet.

Why stupid? Because in the past I never would have paid to have my picture taken with anyone. Sure, this was a birthday present, but I was going to do it anyway (which made my friend’s present all the more easier for her to buy!). But hey, I’m not getting any younger, so why not have some fun? And yeah, I’m going to try my best to have fun getting my picture taken with Karl Urban!

Why brave? Because I’m not feeling all that nervous about it. In the past I’d be shaking already. I think being a writer has tons to do with that. Or maybe the amount of conventions I’ve attended. Let me just say, I never thought I’d get the nerve to do anything like this.

Last week I was planning on organizing my paperwork. I was able to clean up the guest room and the bookcases in there, but never made it to my desk. Doubt I do, too. I have a synopsis to polish (hoping to submit Blind Temptation before I leave on Wednesday), laundry to wash, and bags to pack. Oh yeah, snacks to buy, too. Gotta have food at Dragon*Con, since I tend to miss some meals there (because I’m usually standing in line for a panel).

So… Have you recently found yourself braver than you thought possible? Or maybe more stupid?

Have a great Monday!

Stacy

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pictures of My New Floor

Because I wasn't at the house when the family room was emptied, I didn't get any pictures of the room with the old carpet. Probably just as well. Who wants to see old, dirty carpet anyway?

But what do you do with all the furniture that was in the family room? Well, you stick it whereever it can fit. Most of it went into my dining room (a lovely mess, don't you think?).


And some larger pieces ended up in the kitchen. Yeah, I wasn't using the dishwasher or microwave for awhile (not that I was using it all that much anyway).


Here's what it looked like before the workers arrived. Kind of took me back 18 years, when we had the house built. It echoed! Kind of made me afraid that might happen when the flooring was put down. Hmmm...


Here's the family room after the quarter-inch plywood was put down. My husband didn't do this part when he laid the wood flooring for the living room and dining room. So I guess we won't be surprised if it ends up squeaking. So far, so good, though.


Here's the beginning of the flooring on top of the roofing felt (which we ALSO didn't put down on our previous project--were we slackers or what?).


Up close and personal.


All done! Ain't it pretty? Now we just have to put everything back. Ugh!


While not everything has been returned (not sure I want everything returned, I'm still going through the stuff!), putting the DVDs back was more work than I thought. It's all alphabetized, though! Oh, and the room does NOT echo. Whew!


Next up: getting the area rug for the room. We already ordered it -- 8x10 Steelers Logo! Figured why not? The room is full of Steelers stuff anyway (and it makes the hubby soooo happy).

We still have to replace the couch with two chairs, but I'm in no hurry to go shopping. My goal right now is Dragon*Con. Can't believe I'll be in Atlanta in less than a week. Squeee!!!

A dear author-friend of mine is having a giveaway and I thought I would share the details with you. I've read all her books and loved them all! Even the sweet romance ones (which are the ones she's giving away--so if you haven't read her, now's your chance to try and win her books!).

"Be An Angel" Day is coming this Friday (August 22nd) and in celebration of this day, Renee Vincent is hosting a giveaway at Romance Books 4 Us where she will donate $100 to St. Jude's Hospital AND give away an autographed set of her Jamett & Joseph series to one luck winner!
***Contest ends August 23rd***
 
See here for complete details and enter today: http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2014/08/be-angel-giveaway.html

So... Has summer finally decided to visit you? We're due for some 90-degree temps for the next several days. HEAT WAVE! Not looking forward to that. Better than snow, though. So I guess I won't complain TOO much! :)

Have a good weekend!
  
Stacy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Reads

The floor in our family room is in and really looks good. Should have pictures to post on Friday (once I get off my duff and download them to my computer!). But the job took longer than they expected (2 days instead of 1), so it put a crimp in my non-writing project. I did finish a book yesterday, though, so it wasn’t all bad.

I expect to do some book organizing upstairs today, after I run some errands and after I put the DVDs back in the bookcases in the family room. Hmmm… Maybe I won’t get to my organizing project upstairs today. We’ll see.

Here’s what I read during the week:

cover to disappearing nightly by laura resnick
Aug 13: “Disappearing Nightly” by Laura Resnick, a humorous paranormal mystery. Blurb from cover: “I’m not a heroine; I just play heroines. Also psychotics, orphans, vamps, hookers, and housewives…” Thus begins the first fantastical misadventure of Esther Diamond, a struggling actress who seems destined to attract supernatural mayhem. When bizarre magical disappearances disrupt performances in the Big Apple, Esther receives a mysterious warning not to go on with her off-Broadway show. Desperate to stay on stage rather than resort to waiting tables, Esther turns to her new BFF, Dr. Maximillian Zadok, a 350-year-old mage whose day job is protecting New York from Evil. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery without losing her job, Esther and Max team up with a conjuring cowboy, a banker with stage aspirations, and a flock of fearless drag queens. Also on the case is Detective Connor Lopez, a sexy cop who has a thing for Esther, but who fears that she and Max may be a bigger problem than the vanishing performers. Since the show must go on—and the astronomical rent must be paid—Esther, Max, and their friends pursue Evil to its lair in their fearless determination to find the missing performers and restore harmony to the city that never sleeps. This book wasn’t anything like I expected. I kind of expected a humorous paranormal romance (in which there really wasn’t any romance, just some attraction between Esther and Lopez), but got a humorous mystery instead. I’m not a lover of mysteries since they’re usually in first person (as this one was), but this story was pretty good and I was able to forget it was in first person (as I do with well written ones). If I were really into mysteries (or I had more time to read), I’d give the rest of the series a chance. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

cover of wolf tales vii by kate douglas
Aug 19: “Wolf Tales VII” by Kate Douglas, the seventh book in the Wolf Tales series, an erotic paranormal romance. Blurb from book: Powerfully sensual and potently erotic, the Chanku are an exotic race of shapeshifters. Their intent is never to harm, only to delight in one another’s sexual passion and pleasure. But someone or something is out to hurt them, and after attacks against all three packs across the country, all targeted at women and children, Anton Cheval calls the Chanku home to find out who is orchestrating these assaults—and to stop them. But as the Chanku come together to defend themselves, something even more unexpected happens. The combined sexual energy of so many libidinous shapeshifters creates an orgy of uncontrollable desire. Now Anton wonders if the Chanku’s powers of seduction have merely increased in the presence of som many of their own kind, or whether they have discovered an important and unexpected legacy from their mystical and mysterious past… It had been awhile since I read Book #6, but with practically everyone in this book, it helped remind me who was who (and who was with who). There were a couple of really good hot scenes, but nothing like I’ve read in past books. Probably because the newness had worn off between all these characters? Hmmm… Something to ponder. I do own the rest of this series, so I will eventually finish. Just not right away. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

So… If you had the funds to buy ANY car you wanted (and maintain), what would you buy? I used to have an answer ready for this question, but I’m so happy with my Xterra, that I’m not obsessing over any. It’s like the cars just aren’t interesting anymore. Do you believe that or am I just getting old?

Happy reading!

Stacy

 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blind Temptation is Finished! What’s Next?

Besides doing another read-through, I basically finished adding the “meat” to Blind Temptation. Five months, a new-ish ending (doesn’t that usually happen in revisions?), and 20,000 extra words later, I now have a novel at over 97,000 words! One I’m very happy with, too. I just hope my beta reader feels the same. J

So… what’s next? Well, eventually I’ll get to work on Ghostly Interlude, but before I delve into that, I have some projects in the house I need to work on.

Today the family room is getting its’ new flooring, so that will keep me occupied (watching the men work, that is). Then there’s the actual job of re-reading my novel, but I should be finished with that by tomorrow (I hope).

Then, after the flooring is all done, we’ll have to put the furniture BACK inside the family room. I kind of want that done as soon as possible. The place is a mess right now!

Next, I NEED to organize my bookcases. They’re in the guest room upstairs and the books are kind of just…everywhere. If anyone was to actually USE the guest room, well, it shouldn’t look the way it does. This week will be a good time get that all organized, since I’m between writing projects.

Also, I want to make sure those books are all logged into Goodreads as being READ. See… more organization. I love things I can use to help me stay organized. It’s just sometimes a pain to get started (keeping them up-to-date is so much easier for me).

I should probably also clean my “office.” This isn’t my writing space, but my bill-writing space. The filing cabinet is more than over-flowed with paid statements. Who knows how many years’ worth is in there? I need to pull out the oldest statement and take them downstairs (basement). Heck, I probably have stuff in the basement that can probably be shredded! I don’t do this activity very often, that’s for sure.

Once I get all that crap done, then I’ll be ready to write. Unless I cheat, and start early (I’ve been known to do that). Because I also have a short story I want to get ready as a freebie (if my daughter ever gets around to actually editing the thing!), and a novella that’s itching to be completed (most of the story will come from a book that will never see the light of day). Don’t know what I’ll start on next, but I’m sure I’ll start on something this week! How can I not? It’s writing related!

So… Which room in your house do you rarely use? For me, that would be the living room. Until this weekend, that is. So glad to have a back-up to the family room! J

Happy Monday!

Stacy