Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday Reads and Dragon*Con!

BITE ME is no longer in my hands. I have sent it out and now I must wait. At least I have something fun to do while I’m waiting. Because…

I’m on my way to Dragon*Con. Whoopee!!

You don’t know how happy I am to be able to go to this convention knowing I finished my project. It’s like a real vacation now!! And since my daughter is doing all the driving, I might just get some extra reading done. Didn’t get much last week, that’s for sure. Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Aug 25: “Blood Entangled” by Amber Belldene. This is a paranormal romance, the second in a series. Blurb from Goodreads: Kos Mara’s orderly life is in shambles—he must distribute Blood Vine to a population of ailing vampires, but Hunters block him at every turn. To make matters worse, each night he watches over a temptingly beautiful woman sleeping in his bed. He is convinced love cannot last a vampire-long lifetime and an entanglement will only cause them grief, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away. From a long line of blood servants, Lena Isaakson is destined to serve a vampire, but a string of humiliating rejections thwarts her pleasure. When Kos shows her kindness, she hopes he will claim her. Instead he proves himself a coward in the face of love and sends her to serve another. Will the dark seduction of a rakish new vampire finally bring Lena the pleasure she desires or deliver her into the hands of Hunters who want to destroy everything the Maras family has worked for? This is one hot and sexy book and I’m really enjoying this series. It does include men on men and girl on girl action, so if that’s not your “cup of tea,” you might want to steer clear. I found it done tastefully, though and didn’t have a problem with it (but then I tend to enjoy erotica, also!). I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.

Internet will be spotty for me (I hope to connect at least once a day while in Atlanta, since I refuse to pay for the connection in the room). And I always have intentions of blogging on Friday and Monday while there, but I won’t promise anything. At least you’ll know WHY.

I won’t leave you with a question because I won’t be able to chat as usual. But hey, comments are always welcome, just don’t expect a response any time soon. Haha!

Happy reading!


Stacy

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

My Steelers Weekend

First off: How’s 96,530 words? That’s my word count for BITE ME before I start reading it today (and making sure I didn’t screw anything up). That means I’ve got 3,470 words to play around with. That means if my editor likes what I did with my character…well, I just can’t get my hopes up too much. Not yet, anyway. Let’s just say I’m stoked I did it!

I had a wonderful weekend in Pittsburgh. Warm, but not too warm. Not at all humid, either (yay). We arrived in time for lunch and walked up to Peppi’s (which is almost a requirement anytime we visit the city now!). While we were walking there, some idiot was talking on his phone when he leaned over and screamed at my husband. My husband, being who he is, yelled and raised his arm in such a manner that he knocked the phone out of the guy’s hands, in which it then fell apart upon impact. Needless to say, the man was angry and we got a lot of f’in’ this and even the N word (really??). No, he wasn’t black (and of course, neither are we). My husband said that maybe the guy would think twice before being an a$$ the next time. I told my husband I hoped he’d think twice also!! I’m just glad the guy didn’t chase us down the street!!

After Peppi’s we walked on over to the Rivers Casino. Last year my husband joined their club thinking we’d earn points for something good (not realizing they expire after six months - oh well). We did get a lot of free money promotions we couldn’t use. Ah, but this time they gave us $20 which we COULD use. Now, we couldn’t just cash in the money and say thanks, we had to spend it on gambling. So after spending the first $10, I made $9.60, which I gave to my husband (after he lost $10 of our own money-which he used while we figured out how to get our promotion money!). I then spend the next $10 and made $13.45, after which I went and got my own card (since we figure we’ll get double the promotions). So, with my new card, I played the $13.45 and stopped when I reached $24. So basically, we spent $10 and made $14 (but bet a total of $151 including the promotion, our own money, and winnings). I know, we’re lame gamblers. But we had fun! J

Anyway, here are some of the pictures we took at the game.

Taken on our return walk from Peppi's. Heinz Field is on
the left (but you can't really see it here).

This fountain wasn't working at Point State Park
when we visited last year.

We're here!!!

This is the Steeline Team (percussion band). They play
during the game, too.

I ordered seats 5 (bottom of picture) and 6 (where my
husband is standing). The map showed them together.
Apparently they aren't! How ridiculous! I'm glad I didn't
order 4 seats! We moved after half-time to two seats that
sat together.


Our seats might not have been together
but we weren't that far from the field (Row K).

Pregame scene. Notice the ketchup bottles on the scoreboard.

Whenever the Steelers are in the red zone, the ketchup
bottles lower and make it look like they're filling in the
screen with ketchup! I thought it was cool.

Had to get a picture of Troy Polamalu (#43). He moves
around so much, I had to wait until AFTER the play! :)
I won't bore you with more football game pictures, but I could! We have enough of them.
 
I do have to say, I felt relatively safe at the game. The guys with the guns were on the field and not in the stands (I can deal with that). But that bag policy is whacked out. I had a small camera bag, no bigger than my hand. The signs all say I'm allowed a clutch (about the size of my hand). While I was able to take it in, I was told the bag is not really allowed. It was smaller than a clutch! Give me a break!
 
We certainly got our money's worth. Game went into overtime. Unfortunately, the Chiefs won. Bugger! Overall, it was a fun experience and now we can say we've been to a game at Heinz Field.

So, what'd you do this weekend?

Stacy

Friday, August 23, 2013

I'm So High I Could Fly to Pittsburgh!

I am energized.

Who knew cutting words would make me this way? Ah, but once I finally dipped under the 100K barrier (can I get a big YAY?), and still had three-quarters of my changes to implement, my spirits soared.

Happy happy, joy joy!

Another reason for my exuberance? I’ve exercised every day this week (including a thirteen-mile bike ride) and tomorrow night I’ll be in Pittsburgh enjoying a preseason game. Steeler country, here I come!

It’s been a great week and the weekend looks to be better (even the weather is cooperating). I’ll be away from the internet all day Saturday and most of Sunday since I’m actually leaving my computer at home. And no smart phone, either. I know, shocker, huh? However will I cope? Well, I’m hoping I’ll be too busy to miss it all. I’ll still carry a book or two to read, though. Hey, can’t give up everything!

So, did you watch all of True Blood this season? Did the second to the last episode make you cry, too?

Have a great weekend!

Stacy

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday Reads and BITE ME News

Decisions, decisions. I had to make a big one where BITE ME is concerned. Keep a character or cut her? Well, I thought cut until I got to her important scene. Couldn’t do it. Not if I wanted the scene to make sense (and I couldn’t cut the scene without scrapping the rest of the book - yeah, that wasn’t happening). So the character lives, but in a different capacity. Good news for the character and hopefully good news for my word count. I’ll find out later this week if it works. You know, once I implement the changes.

Even with all that decision making, I still managed to get some books read. Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Aug 14: “Mistress of the Stone” by Maria Zannini. This is a paranormal romance. Blurb on back: Luisa Tavares has a list of sins the length of the Antilles, but there’s no time to repent for them now. When a pockmarked Frenchman hands her Papa’s ring--still attached to his severed finger--she orders the Coral back to the Caribbean, despite her father’s earlier warning never to return. It’s Luisa’s luckless fate that the only man who can help her is a blasted Ingl├ęs pirate hunter who’s more dead than alive and locked in a curse he doesn’t want lifted. Worse, his feral sensuality sparks a hunger she can’t ignore. Xander Daltry hadn’t planned on kidnapping this wild woman--or succumbing to his uncontrollable desire for her. But he needs Luisa and the moonstone she wears around her neck to rescind a witch’s spell. His sister, long dead, and others like her have been cursed to remain in the mortal plan for eternity. Only the stone can set them free. The only way to convince the reluctant pirate queen to help him is to withhold one small bit of the truth. For if she learns who really betrayed her father, the longing in her fiery eyes could easily turn to murderous wrath… The blurb only hints at paranormal, but the book is full of it and I loved it! It was also full of action and love, and man, that just did it for me. I was a happy reader when I finished this book and I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.

Aug 17: “Fifth Grave Past the Light” by Darynda Jones. This is the fifth book in the Charley Davidson series, an urban fantasy (I think). Blurb on book: Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinare. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason. When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target, Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’s help. Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay. Darynda Jones says she has fun writing these books and it shows. I certainly have fun reading them. As soon as I start, I’m instantly transformed into Charley’s world and don’t want to put the book down (which accounted for me going to bed close to midnight with crossed eyes!). If you love paranormal with a hot & sexy character (Reyes) and enjoy humor in your stories, grab all five books and start reading. You won’t regret it! I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.

I think I’ll spend today watching the last three episodes of “True Blood.” After all that decision making, I think I deserve it! What kind of rewards do you give yourself for a job well done?

Happy reading!

 

Stacy

 

Monday, August 19, 2013

NFL's Enhanced Public Safety Policy?

The last NFL game I attended was back in 1992. Maybe 1993. We moved to Ohio in 1991, so it’s hard to remember exactly when, but we hadn’t been living here long, that much I do remember. We went down to Cincinnati to watch the Bengals play.

Now, we’d been to Riverfront Stadium for several Reds games, but those games had elderly-type ushers, not armed security guards. It kind of spooked us in to going again.

Still, we’ve always wanted to attend a game at Heinz Field to watch the Steelers play and when the opportunity arose, we jumped all over it (Happy Father’s Day to my hubby). So, was I surprised at the e-mail I received in the mail last month (in preparation to attending this Saturday’s game)? Not really. This is what it said:

The NFL’s enhanced public safety policy affects the type and size of bags that are permitted into the stadium – not the items that you normally need to bring to a game.

Every fan may use the following specified bags to carry items into the stadium:

  • One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” OR
  • A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) AND
  • In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, fans may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap

Please note: An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

To find the NFL’s policy please visit http://www.nfl.com/allclear and refer to your team’s specific stadium policy for complete safety information.

I feel like I’m going back to work at Stern’s (a now defunct department store I worked at for a short period of time while we were stationed at Ft. Monmouth, NJ (1980s)--which I though was located in the Neptune Mall, but I can’t find the mall on a map, so it’s possible it went bye-bye. Talk about a blast from the past reminder!). I couldn’t take a purse inside the store, not unless it was clear plastic. Nice to feel like a criminal before I’d done any kind of crime!

Anyway…I find it sad that the NFL has to have these policies (not to mention those armed security guards). That people can’t just go to the games to have a good time. You’d think with the price of the tickets, they wouldn’t need to worry about this kind of crap.

I have a feeling this may be the LAST NFL game we attend. I’d much rather go to baseball and hockey games. At least there I don’t feel like a criminal (or in fear for my life!).

Have you ever checked out a map of a place you used to live at? I like to see how much I remember or how much has changed. Or are you one of those strange people I’ve met who have never lived anywhere but one city? If so, what is that like?

 

Stacy

 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Who Knew Biking Would be so Complicated…Or Costly?

We bought two bikes. Not the most expensive ones, but not the cheapest, either. We love our bikes. But transporting them to and from the bike paths was getting to be a pain. I was afraid we would end up damaging one or both of them.

My husband said we should get a hitch installed on my Xterra so we can put on a bike rack. Okay. I shopped around. U-haul was the cheapest (half the price of Nissan!). We got the works, because--as my husband said--we might want to actually tow a trailer some day. Okay, whatever. I spent three hours at U-haul while it was being installed.

Next came the bike rack. We had bought one at Walmart, but when my husband attached it to the hitch, it wobbled. A lot. Back it went. He searched Amazon and found one specifically made for our size hitch, and it promised to be wobble-free.

That came in the mail Wednesday. He promptly took off early from work, assembled it and it worked. Wobble-free. Problem is: it attaches with a nut and bolt. Not too easy to take on and off, but easy enough for someone to steal. Hmmm… Now he’s looking at finding a locking bolt. Yes, they’re out there. And for our model of rack.

Who knew two bikes would cost us so much money, time, and effort? Ah, but let me tell you, it sure is a lot easier to tote those bikes now!

We rode 11 miles on Wednesday (yep, my butt was feeling it). I hope we get out on Sunday (since I’ll be at a writers meeting on Saturday). Looks to be a great weekend--weather-wise.

So…have you spent an unexpected amount of money on something lately? Care to share?

Have a good weekend! Go biking!!

Stacy

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday Reads

A week of proofreading still didn’t interfere with my reading for pleasure, especially since I can read in the car! Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Aug 7: “Take it Off! (The Naked Truth About Male Strippers) by Taylor Cole & Justin Whitfield. This is a non-fiction book. Blurb from Goodreads: Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in a male strip club? Are those guys gay? How do they stay so ripped? Do they stuff their trunks? How did they get into such a business? How much money do they make? Do they have wild sex every night? This book takes you backstage and into the lives of two successful male strippers over a span of twenty years in the business. From their rookie days to their wild sexcapades and practical jokes, Take It Off! is a laugh-filled, action-packed joyride. I’ll admit it: The movie “Magic Mike” inspired me to read this book (and it didn’t hurt when I read about this on another blog). It was an interesting book, but written as little snippets of stories, most of it not surprising seeing as what business it is and all (yes, they have sex and they have it often!). I did learn a new exercise trick that I will make an attempt at. Overall it was a fun read. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

Aug 9: “Tempting the Billionaire” by Jessica Lemmon. This is a contemporary romance. Blurb from Goodreads: Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job. After her husband walks out on her, she's determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirting. No kissing. Definitely no falling in love... Shane August is all business, all the time. He's a self-made man who's poured his heart and soul into his company, and he'd never allow himself to get involved with an employee. Then he hires sweet, sexy Crickitt-and he can't keep his mind or his hands off her. But no matter how much he wants Crickitt, Shane fears that painful secrets from his past will always come between them. With fate working against them, can these two lonely hearts learn that sometimes mixing business with pleasure is the perfect merger? I liked the story and loved the romance. It was a fun read and I breezed through it. But (I always seem to have one of those, don’t I?) there came a time in the story where I wanted to smack the characters upside the head. Are all contemporary romances like that? I’m beginning to think they are. Despite that fact, this one is better than most contemporaries I’ve read and I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. 

I now go back into my writing cave while thinking about how to revise Bite Me. Reading might be light this week! Hope it isn’t for you.

So, have you seen “Elysium” yet? Think I should bother?

Happy reading!

Stacy

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ruby Falls -Yay! Pictures!

I don't know what Blogger's problem was, and I was still having problems, but apparently if I just kept selecting pictures, they started taking, so I selected ALL my pictures first, then filled them in. Whatever works, huh? Anyway, here are the pictures I was going to show you in yesterday's post! Better late than never, huh?

Remember, if you click on the photo, it should enlarge (notice, I said SHOULD).

That wavy rock is actually quite thin and
hanging from the ceiling.

This is up on the ceiling -- lots of tiny stalagtites.
 

They label some of the formations - apparently this one
looks like a fish. Can you see it?


This is to show how low the ceiling is, and this was one
of the high spots!

Ruby Falls!
The light is artificial, of course!


The falls end up in a 5' pool. This shot made me think:
"Beam me up, Scotty!"


This is the back of the opening, where the falls
had carved it all. I think they just liked
using blue light!

If you can see through the haze/fog, you'll see
Chattanooga (I think). That is the Tennessee River.

Another shot from Lookout Mountain.
Overall, we walked about a mile to and from the falls. So what do you think? Lame or cool?


Stacy

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ruby Falls - I Would Have Posted Pictures, But...

I don’t know about you, but I’ve driven up and down I-75 numerous times. As far north as Detroit and all the way down to Miami. And every time we approached Chattanooga, we’d see the signs for Ruby Falls, Rock City, and Lookout Mountain. Frankly, they’re hard to miss!

This trip we finally decided to stop and see Ruby Falls. I always thought it was called that because the water was red or something, when it was named for the wife of the man who discovered it.

So, what is Ruby Falls? Basically, it’s this huge waterfall inside a cave. And I didn’t know that, either! See, I learned so much from this trip. I had planned on posting lots of pictures, but Blogger is acting strange and I was only able to post one (bummer!!), and it's not very impressive. 

Cheese!

I hope I can get the pictures posted later, because I certainly don't know what's going on! Have I reached my allotment? Do I have one? Curious minds...

I enjoyed my time in Alpharetta, although I got nearly no writing done. Proofreading took up most of the time (wish I had read it aloud the first time through, then I might not have to go through it a second time--live and learn!). I did get some writing done, though. I fiddled with a short story that took over my brain one evening (sometimes you can’t ignore the voices!). Don’t know if anything will ever come of it, or if I’ll ever finish it, but I had fun writing it.

On Saturday I got some GOOD news! My editor liked Bite Me! She offered suggestions on how I can reduce my word count. Yay!

What does this mean? Basically, it’s a “revise and resubmit” and I can live with that. Heck, it’s what I HOPED for! Now I have purpose behind my chopping!

So…You ever have troubles posting pictures on your blog?

 

Stacy

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Where's Stacy?

I'm not on line today! Checking out of hotel and then headed home (eventually). Expect to get home late tonight, so probably won't be on line ALLLLLL day! Gee, how will I cope? I'm sure when I get home, I'll have gobs of e-mails to read, too. Oh well...

If you're bored (haha!) you can always check out WRiTE CLUB. Monday started the second half of the first round and it's not too late to sign up and vote!! If you're a writer, sometimes it helps to see other raw work--it sure helped me find my errors. And my work will be featured, just won't say whether it has or not (since that's against the rules). I'll let you know if I win my bout, though (after the first round is finished, that is).

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope to have some pictures posted on Monday of my "vacation."


Stacy

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday Reads

Feel like I’ve been doing a lot of reading, and it’s not counting toward my book total. Proofreading isn’t all that easy, you know? But I’ve gotten through one read of My Sunny Vampire and hopefully my daughter gets through it, too. I should probably read it out loud and may do that next.

But besides my galley, here’s what I finished reading this week:

Jul 24: “The Collected” by Brett Battles. This is the seventh (I think) book in the Jonathan Quinn series, a suspense/thriller. Blurb on back: A cleaner’s tasks are simple: get rid of the body so that it will never be found, and make the scene of the kill look like nothing happened. Rule Number One: Don’t get caught. With Jonathan Quinn’s career in question, his apprentice Nate has successfully taken on the roll of full-fledged cleaner, using Quinn’s name to keep the business working seamlessly in case his boss decides to return. But Nate’s latest job is not what it seems, and he finds himself on the wrong side of a trap. With Nate suddenly missing, Quinn and his partner Orlando set out to find him, and learn the reasons for Nate’s disappearance are more atrocious than they anticipated. First off, yes I loved this story. It had lots of suspense and characters I really care about. BUT (and it’s a big one), I hated the ending! It left one HUGE cliffhanger, and I despise those. If it were anyone else, I probably wouldn’t even bother reading any more, but it’s Brett, and I love his books. I can still grumble, though (and I AM). There is a good thing to all this: the next book is out already. Problem? I don’t own it yet. Argh! Even with the ass-kicking ending (notice, that’s different than a kick-ass ending), I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.

Aug 6: “New Order Apocalypse” by R. Mac Wheeler. I’m not sure what kind of genre this book is; probably close to horror (without paranormal monsters). Blurb from Goodreads: The remnants of society rot. The privileged get a five-hundred calorie meal pack every day. The dead are dumped in landfills, or left where they fall. Thirty-three years after extremists released the engineered virus, the Centers for Disease Control is the last governing body. The transition from finding a cure to administering what is left, never set well with anyone. The resentment may drive the rumors of conspiracy. But too many CDC administrators survive, and any focus of finding a cure appears abandoned. Jason Kates believes he’s searching for a way to feed the starving that remain in the Eastern cities, but his assignment to cross the lawless lands to reach the American heartland may be a pretense to get him killed. He's an outsider to the CDC hierarchy, and there are dangerous secrets to be kept. Clueless to what he's facing, and suicidal, Jason partners with a road-wise girl who tries to carjack him. He needs the value of her harsh experiences. She needs the nutrition bars he carries. Their sarcasm-laced relationship grows as they careen through evermore dangerous obstacles. They discover little more than empty prairie until they stumble upon the proof of conspiracy, which propels Jason into a far more challenging role. I really enjoyed this book. The setting kind of placed me in Stephen King's "The Stand" thirty years later. I would have loved the book if certain relations weren’t skimmed over (especially since all Jason ever thinks about is having sex!), but hey, that’s me! The ending did bog down a little (or my mind just had trouble following); otherwise, it kept me entertained and clicking the next page! I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

I walked 3.5 miles on Monday and 4.6 miles on Tuesday and my feet are feeling it. This is why I usually rotate my exercise routine. We’ll see if I can even WALK today (I think I have a blister--my husband says he broke me. He might not be far off.).

Happy reading!

Stacy

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

I'm in Georgia!

I know why the Devil went down to Georgia. It was hot! Haha! It is on the warm side here, in Alpharetta, but could be worse (I’ve seen worse). Why am I in Georgia? Because my husband is attending a class and I’ve tagged along to keep him company (the benefits (??) of being unemployed). I have the whole week to write without distractions.

Oh, but do I? My editor sent the galley to My Sunny Vampire (it’s kind of cool to think I have a galley, really!) to proofread for any errors. So, looks like some of my writing time here is going to be spent reading, that’s if I don’t decide to take a walk down to the Cheesecake Factory (so tempting…so tempting). Okay, maybe there are MORE distractions here than at home. Oh well…

I learned something about my bike on Friday. My butt doesn’t like sitting for 12.7 miles. My legs didn’t seem to mind, though (thanks to the gym). I do plan on getting some exercise while here (I made sure to bring my log book because sometimes I think when I don’t take it, I slack off using my memory as an excuse!). There is also a walking path nearby my husband wants to walk after class each day (as long as it’s not raining, that is). I’ll let you know how I do. Must keep moving if I want to lose any weight (because, yeah, cutting back on food isn’t working so well).

My daughter’s Footy team lost their game on Saturday, L BUT she managed to score a point! J That is a FIRST for her (since she normally plays defense). YAY!

The game was supposed to be live-streamed (or whatever) through YouTube, but I guess they were having difficulties and it never came through. I watched this black screen for awhile, which had a note for me to “Stay tuned. Event starting soon.” Then it switched to “Event is over. Thanks for watching.” Guess they thought they WERE showing it. Ooops.

If I drank wine, I’d toast to a productive week, but I don’t drink the stuff (yuck). I’ll just stick to my Diet Dr. Pepper w/Cherry instead. So here’s to a productive week!!

What are your plans this first week of August? Anything exciting? Any trips? Or is it the same-old, same-old?

 

Stacy

 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tooting My Own Horn!

I got my official tag and blurb for “My Sunny Vampire,” so of course, I want to share it with you all! And, of course, I MUST also include my cover, because what’s a blurb without that, right???

After centuries alone in darkness, how far will a vampire go for Sunshine?

Jack VanAllen has spent his long life following the rules and, as a member of the Vampire Committee, he also enforces them. So, when he awakens in an alley next to an illegally-turned vampire who resembles his late wife, he must prove his innocence or suffer the punishment: death. The problem? He doesn’t remember a thing.

Sunshine Petersen’s life as a vampire isn’t getting off to a great start. She’s got no control over her powers, can’t find a job, and sexy Jack is being stand-offish. The only thing she’d like more than catching the creep who turned her is getting Jack into the closest bed. But, could Jack be the one who turned her?

When he and Sunny team up to find the culprit, Jack discovers feelings he hasn’t had in years. But once Sunny finds out he’s keeping a major secret, she disappears. Unfortunately, the man who turned her still has plans…

CONTENT WARNING: Some graphic violence, sensual sex scenes, and a vampire who’s finally found his ‘sun’

Ain’t that the coolest thing? Every time I see I’m a step closer to publication, my smile grows bigger. Guess I’ll be grinning like a loon by January!!

I sent off BITE ME to my editor. Got it down to 102,100 words. Now I just have to cross my fingers and hope she loves it as well as spot where I can chop another 2100 words! That’s not too much to wish for, is it?

My daughter heads for Edmonton, Canada today. She’s part of the United States Australian Football League’s Liberty team (click HERE and you’ll see her name listed -- hint: last name is same as mine!!). They are playing against Canada in the 49th Parallel Cup. She was very excited to be chosen and I hope she has a great time there. If it weren’t so far away, I’d probably be there to watch. We’ll see her playing in the Nationals in San Antonio this October anyway.

So…You got anything to toot? J

 

Stacy