Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Reading Update and Starting Over

It’s never a good feeling to start over. At least, not for me.

I realized I messed up something in Ghostly Protector when the ending was happening too soon and I hadn’t even really gotten started on the romance! Luckily my friends gave me some suggestions, but it still comes down to starting over. It’s not like I haven’t done that before. In fact, that’s what I did with the last ghost book, Ghostly Interlude.

Oh hell. Am I doomed to do that with all the books in this series? Gosh, I hope not!! Not fun. Not fun at all!

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #48

Dates read: October 30-November 12
Title: Demons Will Be Demons
Year of publication: 2018
Author: AE Jones
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series:  The Realm Book 1
# of Pages: 223
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: When hotel inspector, Tallulah Thompson, is called in along with her pug, Franny, to investigate renovation delays, she meets an extremely annoyed and dapper turn-of-the-century innkeeper. The only problem is he’s in limbo, neither dead nor alive, and Tallulah and the pug are the first to see him in a hundred years. Cursed by a medicine woman, “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Lucius” Stewart is stuck between worlds until he finds his true love and gives her his heart. When he first sees Tallulah, he doesn’t know what he’s feeling. Yet, her stunning beauty, and feisty attitude pull him in. With the fate of Hotel LaBelle on the line, Tallulah with the help of a powerful medicine woman turns Lucius back into a flesh and blood man. She and Lucius team up to save the hotel, but Tallulah can't help but wonder if he will ever let go of his past love and learn to love again. Misha Sokolov is one frustrated demon. While his professional life with the Bureau of Supernatural Relations is rewarding, his personal life is woefully lacking. His teammates Kyle and Jean Luc have found their mates (with his help, he might add). Was it too much to ask for his happy ever after?
    When Misha finally meets an amazing demon female who could be THE ONE, Fate conspires against him. With the escalating tensions between the earth and realm demons, and his newest case involving supernatural seven-year-old twins, he’s too busy for romance.
    Callie, a human female, can’t seem to convince her half-demon sons that using their powers in front of humans is a bad thing. The more time Misha spends with her, the more he realizes she’s keeping secrets. When these secrets jeopardize both her and her sons, Misha will stop at nothing to keep them safe.. Because instead of conspiring against him, Fate may have put a spunky, green-eyed woman and her incorrigible sons in his path for a reason.
My thoughts: This was cute and I enjoyed reading it. It’s a spinoff of another one of her series, but I wasn’t confused or anything, so a nice way to become introduced to this author. Although I purchased this series from the author when I met her a couple of months ago, I’m really glad I liked her writing and will have no problems reading the other two next.

So … when you discover you’ve messed up, are you gung ho in fixing it or do you get depressed looking at all the work laying ahead? I wish I was gung ho, but I will fix my story. After I’ve had time to sulk about it. The snow on the ground ain’t helping my mood any, either.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, November 11, 2019

Biting the Curse Is a Finalist!!


First off, Happy Veterans Day. If you served, thank you for your service. And if you’re like me, take advantage of a free meal somewhere. There are lots of restaurants treating veterans today. I plan on visiting a couple. Why not, right?

Last week I got some WONDERFUL news! My book, Biting the Curse, was a finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers International Digital Awards contest. I got a badge! Ain’t that cool?












A great review AND a finalist. I’m feeling really good about this book. Don’t know if I’ll enter it in as many contests as I did Ghostly Interlude, but I will definitely enter it in the Ritas (Romance Writers of America’s contest). Not that these contest actually help sell books. At least, not that I’ve been told. I guess I just feel the need to be recognized since I suck at advertising!


I’m hoping now that I’ve sent my next release, Finding the Perfect Mate, off to my beta reader I’ll be able to write more on the next ghost book. Of course, I think I screwed up somewhere. Good thing I meet with my plotting group tonight. I really need the help!!

I plan on revealing the cover to Finding the Perfect Mate in my next newsletter. Also plan on giving away some neat Buffy and Supernatural cards I picked up at Dragon Con last year. If that interests you, then sign up for my newsletter. The link is on the sidebar of this blog and at my website http://stacymckitrick.com.

So … Do you think awards help books? How about movies? I have to admit, I never planned on watching Rocky until it won the Oscar for Best Picture. And then it turned out I loved the movie. Go figure!

Happy Monday! And Happy Veterans Day!

Stacy

Friday, November 1, 2019

Vacation Pictures, Part II

Oh my! Yesterday was quite a Halloween. We went from 50s and rain to 30s and flurries. And the wind was brutal! I’m surprised we had as many trick-or-treaters that we did. Still way more than we ever got at our last residence on a good weather night!

I was still hoping for more, though (and would have gotten them if the weather cooperated), so yeah, I have lots of candy leftover.

But was October one crazy month or what? Started out breaking records in the 90s and ended on flurries. And I thought March was bad!

Good time to post pictures of Florida, right? To think the warm weather wasn’t all that long ago.


Can you see that little creature on the walkway? That's a gecko. There were bunches of them around the hotel we were staying at in Key West. Maybe he was waiting for the shuttle. :)

On this visit to Key West, we toured Ernest Hemmingway's house. His house was the first one to have a built-in pool. Not by his choice, though. That would be his ex-wife's.

Hemmingway's favorite bar was Sloppy Joe's (not the one that's there now). When it closed down, he decided to take one of the urinals and use it here as a fountain.

This is where Hemmingway did a lot of his writing. I could easily write in there, too. It was a very nice space.

One of the many six-toed cats roaming on the premises. They allow each female one litter before having them fixed. You can tell they are all well taken care of.

Chickens and roosters like to roam Key West, too. This one managed to sneak into the restaurant. The wait staff ran after it, squirting it with water to get it to leave!

I finally had a chance to wear my swimsuit (no, I don't have a picture of me in it) and make it to the beach. The water was so warm! We only spent about an hour out there (didn't want to get sunburned, and didn't!), but it was a wonderful hour.

One of the few houses I saw decorated for Halloween. They went a little crazy, didn't they?

After our stay in Key West, we headed up to Sarasota/Bradenton to watch Daughter play Footy in the the US Australian Football League Nationals. Her team won their last game and came in fifth place. In case you're wondering about the scoring, her team had 4 goals (6 points each) + 6 behinds (1 point each) = 30 points. The other team only had 3 behinds.

We've been to Sarasota before but had never visited the beach. We were told we needed to see the Siesta Key Beach. That it is considered the #1 beach in the U.S. So we made it out there just after sunset. Wow, were we impressed! The beach is HUGE!

And the sand! It was the softest sand I'd ever felt. Powder soft!

I would have liked to have seen the sun set, but this was pretty, too!

Oh, and while the sun set, the moon was rising. It was an absolutely lovely night. I hope Nationals are held there again. I'll make a point of going back to this beach during the day! In my swimsuit, even!


So … Can you believe it’s November already? I miss summer.

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Reading Update and Happy Halloween!

Tomorrow is Halloween. Kids are trick-or-treating in the neighborhood here, then. The weather looks to be a bit wet. It was wet last year, too. Hopefully it won’t keep too many kids away. I’ve got a lot of candy to hand out!!

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #47

Dates read: October 11-29
Title: Sorcerer’s Spin
Year of publication: 2016
Author: Anise Rae
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series:  Mayflower Mages #3
# of Pages: 329
Paper or plastic: Nook
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Goodreads: When hotel inspector, Tallulah Thompson, is called in along with her pug, Franny, to investigate renovation delays, she meets an extremely annoyed and dapper turn-of-the-century innkeeper. The only problem is he’s in limbo, neither dead nor alive, and Tallulah and the pug are the first to see him in a hundred years. Cursed by a medicine woman, “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Lucius” Stewart is stuck between worlds until he finds his true love and gives her his heart. When he first sees Tallulah, he doesn’t know what he’s feeling. Yet, her stunning beauty, and feisty attitude pull him in. With the fate of Hotel LaBelle on the line, Tallulah with the help of a powerful medicine woman turns Lucius back into a flesh and blood man. She and Lucius team up to save the hotel, but Tallulah can't help but wonder if he will ever let go of his past love and learn to love again. The spectacles perched on sorceress Mara Rand’s nose declare her imperfect.
    Mage society prizes perfection.
    Though Mara bucks that expectation, it’s the mission of her company, Blue Light Mills, to help other mages who want to hide their deficiencies. She spins threads and weaves clothes embedded with spells that conceal their weaknesses. Her most powerful creation, a dress spun with the silk of the fairy spider, lands her in the dungeon, accused of harboring the ancient fairy spinning wheel prophesied to unravel the Republic. When a search of her factory proves fruitless, she’s tasked with a new mission: find the spinning wheel or die.
    As she travels on her quest, she is guarded by Gregor Whitman, an ex-army captain with powers and secrets of his own…ones that could shatter the tentative trust they build between them and send Mara to the gallows of a fairy’s prophecy.
My thoughts: Don’t let my lengthy read-time fool you. I enjoyed this book; I just lacked time to read it! I was going to add Book 4 to my B&N wish list, but sadly, it’s only on Kindle Unlimited (and I don’t do Kindles). I guess I should consider myself lucky I bought this when I did, because this book is no longer available on Nook, either. But if you’re a Kindle person and you like witches and fantasy, this is a very enjoyable book (series, too!). Full of action and adventure and romance. Can’t forget the romance!

So … Does your neighborhood celebrate Halloween on Halloween? Do you stay home and hand out candy? I’m just glad Hubby is home to help again this year. Last year we sat in the garage. I’m guessing we’ll be doing that again this year.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, October 28, 2019

Vacation Pictures, Part I

Lookee there! I finally downloaded the pictures from my phone to my laptop (or would that be uploaded? I always get those mixed up).

And I realize I have so many pictures, I'm breaking them up in hopefully two parts. Today's pictures are from our cruise to Grand Turk and Bermuda.

So here we go!
 Hubby at Grand Turk. The water is really pretty!

Grand Turk isn't all lovely, though. A lot of it looks like this.

Even their lighthouse looks all rusted!

One thing you can find a lot of on Grand Turk: Donkeys. They aren't exactly friendly, either.

When we arrived at Bermuda, we were met with a beautiful rainbow! We ended up docking behind that ship.

See? I made it to Bermuda!

Some wall paintings. I really loved the color all over the island.


I was hoping to see one of those pink sand beaches. Apparently you only see the pink sand if you go into the water. I wasn't dressed to go wading, so I just took a picture of where you can find the pink sand (I did buy a small bottle of it, though).

Bermuda is kind of long and skinny, almost shaped like a comma. You can see our ship across the water.

The area where the boat was docked is an old fort. The buildings are really neat.



We had some issues with the cold water in our room (we didn't have any). Customer service gifted us with a bottle of wine. I did drink some. I still haven't found a wine I like.

On the Carnival Magic, they have this BBQ joint outside. It had some really good pulled pork! If you ever go on a Carnival ship and see one of these, you must try them. We had lunch there a couple of times. Good food!!

Since we're Platinum members (meaning we have more than 75 days (I think) of cruising), they put on a party for us and Diamond members (200 cruise days, I think). Free booze! Hubby discovered he likes Sex on the Beach (the orangey drink). I enjoyed the blue margarita.

If I haven't finished reading the book I'm currently reading, I'll post Part II on Wednesday. Otherwise, I'll try and remember to do it Friday.

We've been waiting for the Alaskan cruises to show up for 2021 (because our friends want to go there then) and Hubby's dream cruise (well, one of them), also popped up for 2021. It's a journey cruise from Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale, via the Panama Canal (it also stops in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Columbia), 17 days in September-October 2021. It really depends on when our friends want to go to Alaska. I'm steering them toward late May 2021 (it's cheaper, but yeah, a little colder) so we have a break between cruises.

But right now I'm concentrating on our next cruise in December to Hawaii!! 14 days! I'm really looking forward to that one. We sail out of San Diego, so we're arriving a few days early to go up to Santa Barbara to visit my mother. A must whenever I'm in the state.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Stacy