Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Florida Creativity Weekend + An Announcement

Recap:

 I survived my first Florida Creativity Weekend!

 One of the best things about this conference was the diversity of the attendees...the youngest participant I spoke with is 13, the oldest was probably nearing 80. Everyone brought a different perspective and different energy to the weekend.

There weren't too many "artists" there, but a lot of teachers, business consultants, and non-profit developers.

 I say I survived it because the first day consisted of six or seven hours with of improvisational acting work. Basically it was non-stop exercises and Whose Line Is It Anyway games.

 I wasn't sure I could handle that since it's wayyyy outside my comfort zone. I'd actually made the deal with myself that if I tried it and hated it (or puked, fainted or died) I could leave during the lunch break.

 I didn't leave and I actually enjoyed myself. AND I learned some interesting things about myself along the way. Win-Win-Win!

 Talk about working your creative muscles. My brain was sore afterward!

 My favorite session on the second day, Nurturing Creativity, was led by Ismet Mamnoon. She's an amazing woman Check out her Ted talk HERE.

 And my favorite session on the last day was my own. ((wink wink)) I spoke about tips and tricks to silence your inner critic. So much fun and lots of interesting questions and comments.

 All in all, an interesting conference!

  Announcement:

 CATNAPPED! Matchmaker Mystery 3 will be released on Monday, March 30th!


Cats have nine lives.
People don’t.

When cyber-sleuth Pete Hanlon goes to the gym, he has no idea he’ll reconnect with the red-hot woman he shared a single, memorable dance with at his brother’s wedding.

Coolly confident ex-cop Alyssa Montgomery agreed to help out a friend, but soon discovers she must deliver the ransom for a stolen cat. Worse, she needs Pete Hanlon’s help to save the kitty and solve a potentially deadly mystery.

Can the two work out their differences in time to figure out what’s really going on before something terrible happens?

Or will they miss out on their one chance at love?

Tell me Killer Friends: What did YOU do this weekend?



Monday, March 23, 2015

Facebook Parties and Selling Stuff

While I'm writing this blog post, I'm attendng a jewelry party on Facebook. In the old days you used to have to go to someone's house to attend these kinds of parties. Remember Pampered Chef? Let's not talk about the paper, ink pads, and stamps taking up space in my office closet from the Stamping Up parties I attended. I'm still using candles and tealights I bought 5 years ago at a candle party. How about cleaning supplies from Norwex? Clothing - don't remember the name. Tupperware? Mary Kay? I've attended them all.

Perhaps I have will-spend-money-on-anything tattooed on my forehead?

Update: I didn't buy anything!

Now I feel mean.

What is wrong with me?

Although, the party is open for another twenty-four hours I could still cave and buy something. And make my friend happy. You'd think at my age I'd be able to say no to buying something I don't want and not feel guilty. But, no.

Sigh.

This is why you want to invite me to these kind of parties.



How about you? What home parties have you attended? Hosted? I know there are lots of author events happening on Facebook?What is the last one, if any, you've attended? Did you have fun? Win a prize? Is it less pressure? More pressure?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Morning

A minute ago I looked at Hubs and said, "It's Friday.  Isn't it?"  To which he replied, "Yep" and I remembered that I had a post to post here at Killer Chicks.

It really does all blur together when you aren't working for anyone but yourself.  One day smears into another and before you know it, you have deadlines approaching and appointments you need to get to and commitments you almost forgot about. 

Most things now make it onto the calendar and into the date book.  Yesterday looks like this:

:redacted: out of office
Pay bills
Landscaping
bank

All those things got done and remembered, etc.  Today I have a note that my new bookmarks are due, but since those arrived yesterday afternoon, the day is pretty clear.  Too bad I didn't write a note to write a post. 

I have the calendar - a plain-jane, dates only no pictures thing - hanging on the wall above my desk, so I can't miss it.  My date book is sitting on the desk above my keyboard, so I can't miss that either.  But if I don't write things down on either one, and I trust to my untrustworthy memory, I'm pretty screwed.  The problem is when I have a recurring thing I need to do, and I write it down on every day I need to do it, it becomes meaningless.  My eyes see 'write a post' on every Friday, and they learn to ignore it.  It's always there, why look at it? 

For the record, I tried using Outlook - and the appointment function which would plaster a warning on my monitor when I had something I had to do.  And I always forget to open the damn program - thereby negating its ability to warn me of approaching appointments.  :eyeroll: 

Anyway, I am getting better at keeping track of the things I need to do on the days I need to do them.  I just need to find a better way to remind myself exactly what day it is. 

Today is Friday.  And it's morning.

And I need more coffee.

What about you?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Five paranormals to sink your teeth into

Former Killer Chick, Jennifer Colgan is part of a new boxed set available on Amazon!


A box set deal - Five authors, five books - $0.99

Get your copy at




First Taste ~ Five Paranormal Romances you can sink your teeth into...

Scorching hot romance immersed in paranormal worlds where normal is anything
but, and danger lurks in every darkened corner. From fire breathing dragons to
trolls bent on destruction, from vampires to demons and the hunters who chase
them, this five author bundle will get your heart racing and leave you yearning
for more.

Anthology includes: Sexy Vampires, Monster Hunters and Huntresses, Alpha Males,
Dragons, Creatures that will make your toes curl, Demons, Fated Mates,
Shapeshifters, Wielders of Magic, and much more.

So, are you ready for your First Taste?


Elianne Adams takes us to a world of
dragon shifters in her steamy fantasy romance:
 
Call of the Dragon




On
the brink of extinction, the people of Avalore are desperate to find their long
lost queen. When Drake finally finds her, all he has to do is keep Rhia safe,
and bring her home. But can he keep from doing what his dragon demands - claim
her as his mate? Heat level: 4

Jennifer Colgan shows us the
darkest side of the undead life in her sizzling vampire tale:

Living La Vida Muerta

Elena
Talbot betrayed her sister for a chance at immortality. Now, ensconced in the
dark world of Chicago's undead, she clings to vampire investigator Lucas Vitale
- the person who helped her find herself and her sanity after the gut
wrenching, soul-stealing transformation from human to vampire. When her quest
for fulfillment brings her too close to his long-hidden secret, he casts her
out - and only after she's gone does he realize there's no point in living 'the
dead life' without her. Heat level: 3

Rinelle Grey enthralls us with
her magical fantasy adventure:

Twin Curse

Bound
by magic, united by love. Her bond to her sister tied her to another man, but
that couldn't stop them falling in love. Heat level: 3

Kenzi Kreel introduces us to
her Infernal Fates series in her dark paranormal romance:

One True Thing

Samantha
thought Lincoln, the love of her life, was dead--but now he's back and at her
door, telling her stories about demons and hunters, shadows and secret wars.
Lincoln knows he shouldn't have revealed himself to Samantha, but there's a
target on her back, and he'll do whatever it takes to protect her from the
coming darkness. Heat level: 3

and LilyMarie gives us a glimpse of the Forbidden in book one of her monster hunter
series:

Forbidden Bond

Kat
Riley, former monster hunter, is not enjoying her retirement. She just walked
into the middle of a feud between Council vampires and a sexy, charming
half-blood vampire. The attraction is immediate - and she wants nothing to do
with him. Michael Blakely is running - from his past, from what he is, from
vampires who want him dead. Or worse. When he runs straight into Kat, he
expects his end. Instead, she protects him, and is drawn into a battle she has
no business being part of. Desire pulls them to each other, but when her world
is turned upside down, can she trust the one man whose past might destroy them
both? Heat level: 4

Heat levels:
1 ~ sweet: closed door
2 ~ hot: heavy kissing, some heavy petting and sexy touching, out of the room
sex
3 ~ steamy: sex scenes, but more romantic
4 ~ scorching: explicit sex scenes


Friday, March 13, 2015

A Little Snippet

Good morning, Killer Friends.  Sorry I'm late, but this time change really has me screwed up.  Anyway, my lateness is your gain because, since I can't think of anything scintillating to talk about, I'm going to give you a little snippet of Dying Embers.



“What do you want, Emma? What can I do for you?”
“Just one thing, and then I’ll be gone. I need you to trace this call. I need you to come and find me. So I…” The line went silent for a split second. In the background, Jace thought she could hear a muffled grunting. “So I can get help. Come and find me, Agent Douglas. Will you help me?”
“Of course I will.” She scribbled a note for Ben to start tracing the call, but he already had Dallas on the job. “We know what Fleming did to you. Let me bring you in and you can explain everything—”
More laughter drifted over the receiver, now tinged with hysteria. “What Fleming did to me? You have no idea what he did, but if you think you do, maybe I picked the wrong person to rely on. If you really believe what I think you believe, you’re as stereotypically stupid as good old Barney Fife.” Emma’s voice grew cold and hard. “Now do the world a favor and stop thinking. I’m leaving my cell phone on so you can find me. I won’t be talking to you any more, though. I have something I need to do before you get here.”
As promised, the line remained open, but no more words issued from the connection. In the distance, Jace heard the sound of tires over gravel—a man shouting for help—and then silence.
Until she heard the one sound she would never forget, no matter how hard she tried. The sound of flames licking hungrily, and the sound of screaming as the flames ate their prey alive.


I hope you enjoyed that little snippet.  If you haven't already gotten a copy of Dying Embers, it's available for Kindle, and in print through Amazon, B&N, Createspace, etc. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Something's still missing

Arrrrrrgggghhhhh!

I've worked hard on Catnapped: Matchmaker Mystery 3.

My editor worked hard on it.

I worked hard to implement  the changes my editor suggested.

And yet

AND YET

It still feels like there's something missing.

I just can't put my finger in on what it is.

WHAT IS IT????

It's certainly not missing any characters. Not only do we meet a couple of new characters in this third book in the series, but there are a lot of people who show up from other books. A LOT. (And it was sooo much fun weaving them in.)

It's driving me nuts.

I've tried all of my usual tricks like walking, driving, showering, and vacuuming. (Seriously, when I'm stuck I make a point of doing mindless tasks...usually it helps, but not today.)

Arrrrrgggghhhh!

On a significantly less frustrating note.  I received my paperback copy of DYING EMBERS by B.E. Sanderson this week. As one reviewer said, "Sparks fly and people die".


Tell me Killer Friends: What's frustrating for you this week? And what's making you happy?

Monday, March 9, 2015

5 Reasons To Love March!

This is the month I start to feel like spring might actually happen. It’s also the birth month of Albert Einstein, Wyatt Earp, and Johann Sebastian Bach.  We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and beware the Ides of March.



5 Reasons I Happy To Welcome In March!

  1. NCAA March Madness College Basketball, which I enjoy watching even though I’m not typically a sports person.
  2. International Women’s Day (March 8) – This year’s theme is Make It Happen.
  3. Deep (A Stage Dive Novel) by Kylie Scott releases.
  4. The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and my winter hibernation is almost over.
  5. But the best reason for enjoying this March is the fact I’m on holidays and spending some time in wonderful San Diego, California. A first for me.


What’s your favourite thing about March?