Sunday, August 30, 2015

Returning To Normal

Yesterday was my daughter's birthday! I made a cake. It didn't explode. Or implode. Always a good thing.


Which means summer is coming to an end and that means a return to normal. Yay! This is much needed because I no longer have any concept of time. I might also need a bit of a detox! This summer has been a blast, but it's time...



Time to get back to a regular routine, into the habit of making to-do lists, and putting the effort into getting some writing done.


For now, my romantic suspense BACKLASH, Book 1 in my Aspen Lake series, is on sale for 99 cents until September 3rd. EXPOSED, Book 2 in my Aspen Lake series, is available for pre-order and releases on September 11th.

What have you got planned for September?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cooking Competition TV - A New Show

I've been a big fan of cooking competition shows since the first season of Top Chef.  Over the years, I've probably watched them all - Top Chef, Next FoodNetwork Chef, MasterChef, MasterChef UK (one of my favs, btw), Hell's Kitchen (my least fav).

Tonight, I was surfing through the channels waiting for something to come on at 8pm and stumbled across a new (to me, anyway) show called Food Fighters.  What fun!

The premise is that one home chef battles 5 professional chefs for a chance at $100K.  The home chef picks their 5 best dishes and the professionals have to face the contestant one at a time to cook each of the dishes.  A 'dinner party' of 5 people judge the dishes.  If the home chef gets the most party votes, they win.  If they win the first four levels, they face off against the last pro for the 100K.  If they lose a round, and here's the part I like, they keep cooking, but the amount they could potentially win doesn't reach 100K.  Tonight's chef lost the third round and the last round, but he walked away with $35K and bragging rights.

All in all, it was pretty cool.  Plus, the dude from Man vs Food - Adam Richman - is the host.  I always like him on that other show, but I couldn't watch him eat all that stuff.  :shudder:  Man, has he lost a bunch of weight.  Good for him.

Too bad, next week is the season finale.  I so would've watched this show every Thursday, if I'd known. 

Do you watch cooking competitions?  Would you ever enter one?  Personally, I like to cook and my food is good, but not THAT good. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sticky! Messy! Go Away!

It's the start of love bug season here in Florida. Yuck!

Swarms of mating bugs that stick to the car and, if left there, eat through the paint.

Not pleasant.



So why am I talking about them?

Because I feel like I'm stuck in a cloud of ideas. They keep bouncing against me...like bugs hitting the windshield.

There are too many of them to keep up with.

I want to write them all, but there isn't enough time. So I try to brush them off, but they're sticking around.

It's gotten so bad that I've actually taken to writing the ideas down -- GASP!!!!
Not because I think I'll ever refer back to the list, but because I'm desperate to clear some space in my head.

(If the ideas were love bugs, some fabric softener would get rid of them.)

Tell me Killer Friends:  What do YOU do when you're overrun with ideas?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Great Things You Can Buy For Less Than a Buck!

It's sale time for Backlash, Book 1 in my Aspen Lake series! 

It's 99 cents

That's like less than a Dollar!

From August 21 to September 3rd.

Found at the usual places!

Including: Amazon .  Kobo .  Barnes and Noble  .  TWRP

Know what else you can buy for less than a dollar?

Fountain drinks at McDonalds are a $1 in the summer. So is coffee.

Some songs from iTunes!

Also apps!

Party beads from the Dollar Store (and obviously other things as it's called the Dollar Store. I very rarely go there.)

And my book! 


What he’s sworn to protect, she’s willing to sacrifice to save those she loves...

When dedicated teacher Lily Wheeler interrupts a vicious gang attack on one of her students, she vows it won’t happen again. But her rash interference puts her in the path of a cold-blooded killer and the constable tracking him — a man she has little reason to trust, but can never forget.

Constable Chase Porter returned to Aspen Lake to see justice done, not renew old acquaintances. But when he rescues the woman he once loved from a volatile situation, he realizes his feelings for Lily haven’t lessened over the years.


Now, the dangerous killer Chase has sworn to capture has Lily in his sights. Can Chase and Lilly learn to trust each other again before it’s too late — or will old insecurities jeopardize their future?

Excerpt:

“We have to work together, Chase.”

Right. Against one of the most vicious gangs in the country. He caught sight of her pretty pink toenails peeking out from under her blanket. Him and the pretty little small town teacher up against Raphael Tessier. Maybe the bad guys would die laughing.

He meant to back away. To leave. Before her clean scent began absorbing into his skin. But with Lily, things never quite worked out the way he planned. Good intention turned into forward movement. Until they were chest-to-chest and hip-to-hip.

“Chase, be reasonable.”

Reasonable? He could smell her. Her breasts pressed against his chest with every breath. He’d left reasonable so far behind he’d need a map to find it.

Then it was too late anyway. He needed to know if she tasted the same. Felt the same. And she was right there. In front of him. All he had to do was bend his head. Just a fraction of a movement and his self-imposed exile would end.

And he was only human.

So he tipped his head and put his mouth on hers. Ran the tip of his tongue over her bottom lip and got a yes to question number one.

His hands did a slow glide up her arms, over her shoulders to her face. He gently tilted her head and waited. Waited for the slight parting of her lips, the invitation to enter. When it came, it almost brought him to his knees.

He dove in like a man who’d been too long in the desert and she was his first taste of water in years. He needed his tongue in her mouth, tasting, savoring. He needed the warmth pulsing through his system to burn forever.

****

I hope I've enticed you to check out Backlash. Book 2, EXPOSED, release on September 11th. Do you take advantage of book sales? What are your best finds for a dollar?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Day Late and More Than a Few Weeds Short

Hey All.  My most profound apologies for not posting yesterday.  I totally lost track of what day it was.  Of course, this seems to be a regular thing and you should all feel free to jab me with a pointy stick. 

What I did do yesterday morning was pull weeds.  There's nothing so cathartic as going out into the property and attacking the noxious plants where they've encroached.  Bad day?  Kill weeds.  Frustrated?  Kill weeds.  Unsure of your place in the universe?  Kill weeds.  Need to think through a storyline or a plot hole or a bit of dialogue?  Kill weeds. 

Lord knows there's enough of them.  And if you pull them today, they'll be back in a couple weeks to help you sort through things all over again.

I don't even know what kinds of weeds they are.  I think some of them are nettles.  Some of them kind of look like clovers or shamrocks.  There are plantains (not the bananas - a different kind) and dandelions, of course, but for the most part, I'm clueless.  And I don't really care.  If I didn't plant it, it dies.  I even took out a small, unidentified tree because it had decided to grow somewhere it shouldn't have been and it was blocking out the sun my azaleas need to survive.  Buh-bye.

And now the iris bed and the azaleas are like 90% weed free (because I can't get everything) and they look like someone actually cares about living here. 

Of course, now I'm also feeling the effects of all that bending and kneeling and pulling in my thighs, butt, and back.  Woohoo.  Keep this up and I'll have buns of steel.  Still, there's nothing like the feeling of a job well done.  And the catharsis is good, too.

What do you do when you need to work through something?  Do you garden or do you have another strategy? 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Favorite Office Product?

It's Back To School time, which means it's time for me to binge-shop for office supplies.

Hey, if I'm going to indulge my addiction, I try to do it responsibly... or at least cheaply.

Yes, while I'm not proud of it, I AM addicted to office supplies.

I can never have enough spiral notebooks,

Or purple pens,



Or dry erase markers,


and calendars!



Tell me Killer Friends:
What about you?
Do you too have a love of office supplies?
What are your weaknesses?
Are you succumbing to the siren's call of the Back To School sales?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Seeking Inspiration: My Top Five Ways

Inspiration! That illusive eleven letter word. You'd think something with so many letters wouldn't be hard to find. But some days...

Some days you have to be inspired whether you want to be nor not. If writing is your job, your ambition, your calling, your whatever, you have to be able to sit down and get it done. Same goes for marketing and promoting your writing. Or yourself. And if you're like me some days that magic illudes you.

For those days when the inside of your head feels like either a dead weight or a sack of dandelion fluff.

Walk it off. Or if you're one of those crazy people who likes to run, do that. Or vacuum. Start the wash. Having my hands or feet busy often unlocks my brain. Or reduces my stress levels so I can think. I don't know, I just know it works.

Listen to music. Like really loud. This really works for me, especially when I stick in those earbuds and plug it directly into my brain. I don't know, some kind of flip switches. I don't hear anything else. Those voices in my head recede. Those ones telling me there are a hundred and one other things I should be doing.

Put pen to paper. Old fashioned I know. I also have a favourite type of pen - BIC Z4+. I fine-tipped marker. I love my pens. Don't get me started on notebooks. Or post-it-notes. Or how the world needs more colour-coding. And when it comes to organizing my promotion stuff, it's all done on paper, in a notebook or in a calendar. I remember the particulars better if I write them down. I tried using technology and it doesn't work for me.

Scrivener. Oh, how I adore Scrivener. Writing the first draft is agony for me. Agony, I tell you! Using a writing program, like Scrivener, allows me to write out of order, to see where I'm at, jot down notes in margins, keep track of the date in my fictional world, etc. You can colour-code scenes, it's bliss. I helps my brain cope.



Be a shutterbug. I LOVE taking pictures. Some day I'm going to take a photography class. That's on my wish list of things yet to be done by me. The process of creating a story without words. Of looking at the same thing you looked at yesterday but in a different way. Of trying to capture a moment in time. Something about the stillness of having to wait, the absolute concentration it takes, the focus reroutes my brain towards a more creative path.



So, that it. What ways do you seek inspiration? How do you stay inspired?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Release Day Approaches!

Hey Everyone!  First off, thanks for all your support this year.  Books one and two (Dying Embers and Accidental Death, respectively) have been doing pretty good for a debut, self-published author.  Now, it's time for my third book - Wish in One Hand.  It's a paranormal suspense with genies.

Here's the awesome cover:

And the back cover / marketing copy:



Careful what you wish for.


In hindsight, Jo Mayweather should've taken those words seriously back in her flapper-girl days.  Of course, being the gal she is, she probably would’ve made the not-so-clever wish that turned her into a genie anyway. Not that throwing wishes around doesn’t have its perks, but for the most part, life's been a pain in the tiny-hiney ever since.  


Especially once she made it her mission to rescue her fellow djinn from their Masters and those three little wishes. Running into a supernatural lowlife who delights in murdering the genies she's vowed to save doesn’t help.  


And some say immortality lasts forever.  What do they know?


Now, instead of freeing djinn-kind, Jo has a killer to neutralize.  If only she'd kept her mouth shut years ago, she might not be in this mess.  But she's got a job to do, despite some reject from a bad B-movie trying to ruin everything she's worked so hard for. 


Even if, this time her job might get her killed.  Or worse-enslaved again.


It's $3.99 and available for pre-order right now.  It will be released on Tuesday, so no worries about having to wait too long for it to show up on your Kindle.

If you're interested in reading a short snippet, jump on over to Outside the Box where I've posted the scene I used for my cover concept.  

I hope you enjoy reading Wish in One Hand as much as I enjoyed writing it.  And yes, there will be sequels - tentatively called In Deep Wish (Djinn 2) and Up Wish Creek (Djinn 3) and due to be published in 2016.  =o)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Six Frequently Asked Questions JB Lynn gets

QUESTION:   I prefer to read paper books. When will your books be available in print?

ANSWER:  At this point, I have no plans to put the Hitwoman or Matchmaker books into print at this point. (That's not to say I"ll never do it, but there aren't any plans in the works.)



QUESTION:  Will Zeke ever see Maggie again?

ANSWER:  Yes, Zeke will return to Maggie's world, but he's got an adventure or two on his own first. (Make sure you're signed up for my newsletter so you don't miss where to find him, because will be in a charity anthology.)



QUESTION: Will there be any more Matchmaker books?

ANSWER:  Yes, there will be at least one Matchmaker book published in 2016.



QUESTION: When will your books be available as audio books?

ANSWER:  I'd love to put my books out in audio form, but doing so is a very time-consuming and expensive process.  I can't do it yet, but hope to do it soon.



QUESTION: I've finished reading ******* when will the next book be out?

ANSWER: As soon as I can get it done! I promise I'm working on it!!!!



QUESTION:  I loved The First Victim. Any chance you'll be writing more romantic suspense?

ANSWER: Yes!!!! I'll be publishing a romantic suspense novel, UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT, before the end of the year. Again, sign up for my newsletter to find out when it'll be available.

Monday, August 10, 2015

What Do Books and Golf Have in Common? Nothing.

How is it the middle of August already? And who has the thingamajiggy that slows down time? I need it! Desperately.

Or maybe I just need to manage my time better?

I'm watching two butterflies forlick (do we use that word anymore?) outside my office window. Earlier I watched a robin bob for berries. I'm supposed to be writing blog posts and getting ahead of the game.

Focus, Karyn!

But it's hard because it's so sunny and beautiful outside.

Reduced to whining.

Like that time in golf.

Me: Did you see where my ball went? (This was like the gazillionth time I asked.)
My usually patient husband: It's. In. The. Tall. Grass.
Me (picture a four-year-old):  But I don't wanna to go in the tall grass and look for my balllllll.
My Husband: There's no whining in golf.
Me: Fine.  (So, not fine.)
My Husband (picture the worst slice ever): *&^% *&^  ^&$
Me: So there's no whining, but there's swearing.
My Husband: Not listening because he's busy apologizing to our daughter for his use of language.

Good times on the course. You know the good thing about golf? You're allowed to drink alcohol while you do it. That's my kind of sport.

Right. Blog posts.

Because I'm busy gearing up for the September 11th release of my next romantic suspense, EXPOSED, Book 2 in my Aspen Lake series. Book 1 BACKLASH goes on sale on August 21st. Things need to get done. The word needs to go out!






How are you staying busy this summer?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Are You a Real Writer?

Over the years, I've seen numerous blogs and memes and articles devoted to how to tell if you're a real writer.  Funny, I don't recall those same types of blogs and memes and articles for other professions.  You never see: 'Are you a REAL doctor?'  or 'Five ways to tell if you're a real postal carrier' or 'Things Real Grocers Do'.

No one doubts those professions.  Maybe it's because the things writers do are kind of mysterious and shadowy. Maybe it's because it's so damn hard to make a living being a writer.  Or maybe it's because we don't believe in ourselves enough and allow other people to define what it is to be REAL.

Maybe, like The Velveteen Rabbit it has to do with love.  :cue aww:

Personally, I think it's the self-doubt thing.  When I was a salesman, I never wondered whether I was a real salesman.  When I was a secretary, I never doubted whether I was a real secretary.  And if anyone had asked me if I was, or showed me a meme that would help me know for sure whether I was real, I would've laughed in their faces.  "Umm, see me here typing a letter, answering phones, collating stuff, etc.?  I think I know whether I'm a real secretary, thank you very much. Now piss off."

Psst.  Want to know a secret.  Lean in close.  The ways to tell if you're a real writer are:

1)  You write.
2)  You edit.
3)  You angst over your writing.
4)  You curse over the editing.
5)  You try to make your writing the best writing you can achieve.
6)  You try to get published and when all else fails, you publish yourself. Because...
7)  You would like to get paid to write eventually, someday, maybe*.
8)  When you can't write, you're thinking about writing.

Done that?  Well, then I guess you're probably a writer. I know I am.  I wouldn't presume to know about you to tell you for certain one way or the other.  You're the only one who can tell whether you're a real writer.  I would guess if you care enough to worry whether you are one, you probably are one.

Oh, and if any of the above 7 don't apply to you, but you still think you're a real writer, then you probably are a real writer.  Like I said, you're the only one who can tell for certain.  Your mom doesn't know.  Your siblings don't know.  Your teachers don't know.  Certainly someone on the internet who never met you, never sees how much you want this and how hard you work, or probably wouldn't read your stuff anyway doesn't know what is in your heart about this whole writing business.

Now, please note that I didn't put WRITES EVERY DAY.  Yeah, that's a lovely dream, but life intrudes.  And even after you're an O-fficial published writer, you may not write every day.  There's editing and marketing and other writerly tasks you may do every day, but writing ain't necessarily going to be one of them.  Lord knows, I would love to write every day, but I don't.  I do writerly stuff every day.  That's doesn't make a writer either, though.

Refer back to #1-8.

Any questions?  Now go.  Be a writer.  Be a reader.  Be a dentist or a bartender or a veterinarian - if those are your professions.  Just never let anyone try to tell you whether you're a REAL anything.  You make that decision. It's in your hands.  It always was.

*A note to add to my #7. All your books can be free, but I think a real writer still harbors the hope that someday someone will acknowledge their worth by scooting a little moolah their way.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday, Monday You're So Good To Me...

Monday, Monday lyrics don't apply to holiday Mondays! It's a day off in Canada. The sky is crystal clear and blue, blue, blue. And we have company staying with us, which is the excuse I'm using for being late, late, late.

Last night we watched the Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Friday night we had a treasure hunt and weiner roast.



Saturday we served a 100 Mile Dinner, with all the fixings coming from within a 100 miles - with a few tiny exceptions - served al fresco in our backyard.



My website Karyn Good as a new look and I love it! Go on over and check it out. Let me know what you think.

I have my sister and nephews visiting for a couple of weeks and she was gracious enough to share her favourite websites/blogs with us.

Hands Free Mama focuses on being a mindful parent.

...but was I happy? Wasn’t I supposed to be enjoying this time with my children? This increasingly uncomfortable feeling led me to re-think the question that had once given me a tremendous source of pride. “How DO I do it all?” It was difficult to acknowledge the heartbreaking answer that I could no longer ignore. Well, I miss out. And it got worse. I miss out on life. And since I was being totally honest with myself, I acknowledged the cold hard truth: I miss out on what REALLY matters in life.And here is the part that caused teardrops to dampen the front of my shirt just like it does in a rainstorm: What I miss, I won’t ever get back. How’s that for a wake up call?
The Jealous Curator is an art site.
...launched in February 2009, as a place for me to show artwork that “made me jealous”… in a bad, toxic, soul-crushing way. I was literally getting stopped in my tracks every time I saw work that I loved. It was awful. But now, over six years later, that “jealousy” has turned magically, wonderfully, and thankfully into inspiration… but it’s too late to change my logo ; ). In all seriousness though, I’ve realized that jealousy can actually be turned completely on it’s head, and used as fuel to get back into the studio. It can only stop you if you let it. That’s when the magic transformation from jealousy to inspiration starts to happen… thank goodness.

House Tweaking is all about having a fixer-upper and home decorating.

We fell in love with all things house and home. Then we did the unthinkable. We ditched our McMansion in exchange for a small, dilapidated 1950’s ranch complete with termite trails in the original shag carpeting. We’ve deemed it The Underdog. It’s not our dream house but, rather, the house in which to pursue our dreams. We believe that making a house a home is as much about what you do in it as what you do to it.

Do you have a favourite website or blog you'd like to share with us?