Sunday, February 27, 2011

Writer's Block Got You Down?

Hey, I got a couple of tips for all those writers out there!


One or the other or both is good for Writer's Block. Both help me to relax and then get in the mood to write. Try it!

Death By Nymph - Update - Spill

Still awaiting on that rejection letter.
What? Rejection?
Yeah. Didn't you hear? It is always best to expect "rejection" than to count your chickens before they hatch.
What the...? What does chickens have to do with this?
Uh, it is an expression. It means don't think you are going to be published right away. Instead imagine being rejected!
That is a load of crock!
No, it is not. For if you expect rejection, if and when you do get rejected, it won't hurt as bad. That and you can move on, write some more, and eventually get that book published or a book published.
You still make no sense woman!
Dearest Alexander, you are a character of my mind and people are going to think me crazy if you keep popping up like that. Now then... DON'T YOU GLARE AT ME WOLF BOY!
Aha! Got your attention creator. Now when are you going to finish MY story?
I swear Alexander, I can't get nothing done with you around. *grumbles* Fine, your story is going to be after I post this. If I get to post this at all. Specially with all your interruptions.
Fine, I shall leave you alone. After you vow to finish my story!
*more grumbling* Fine, I will. I vow it okay! Now leave!

Sorry you guys had to witness that. Seems like Alexander is getting pushy. He wants his story written. ;___; I am a slave I tell you. A slave! All he wants is me to write and write and write.... *boohoo*

Any way, my post is about Death By Nymph. I am not even sure it will be published by traditional means. If not by traditional means (i.e. publisher), then I will go Indie. That also means I need to get a cover and stuff for the book. *sighs* It is good thing I come complete with multi tricks. I can do cover art (when I have the muse) and do web layouts! No, I am not going offer my services. After all, I don't have a business license. I would need one to do stuff like that.

Well, any way, I do have a cover in the works. Just in case a rejection letter hops into my e-mail account and says Hello! That way I can hop onto places like GoodReads, Smashwords, etc. and see if I can't do this the hard way. Yes, Indie publishing is HARD. Get the memo.

Any way... I think that is it dear readers.

Happy words everyone!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Help With N.Y. Slang? - Slang Website

Slang Website <- Click the link to view website.

I found this website because I mainly do the research portion of this book series I am writing with Winter Yuy. Though, I must admit she needs to do research as well. Only one person doing the research is bad Joo-Joo. Seeing as it might not give me time to write. Any way, reason for the posting of said website is because one of our characters is from New York. I have never been there and I don't always have time to find YouTube videos to watch. Considering dial-up is the bane of my existence and doesn't allow you to do much.

So, for those of you who are from New York or know people from there... I need some good slang terms. You see, this character we are writing is/was.. a thug? I think that is the word best to describe him. He is hard and harsh. Grew up fast, etc. Everything you would expect from someone who has "street smarts". However, I know nothing of New York and the slang spoken there.


If some words are not that polite or shouldn't be posted on Blogger, you do have the option of sending me an e-mail. Just request my address when you comment below.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

This Cook is Retiring...

Today has been sort of a bad day. There have been a few spurts of good things happen, but not much to actually cover the crap that has gone on today. *sighs* You are probably wondering what has me upset or what has caused this day to be "bad". Well, a lot of stuff contributed today, but what broke the camel's back is this:

Austin is my fiancee and I love him. I really do. Yet, he has been on male PMS for well over a month now. I have been trying to ignore it and I am trying to just forget his being an asshole. However, this afternoon and tonight just rubbed me raw. It is getting late and my grandmother and I are hungry. So, I contemplate making this bake chicken stuff I made.

I call it the chicken roast. Cause it is similar to a pork roast you do in the oven. With potatoes, onions, celery, and carrots. Very tasty dish. But, we have no chicken, celery and/or carrots. So, I asked Austin to go get the items needed. I was watching my niece at the time and my grandmother's back is bad. Which means I must stay at the house to make sure my niece is well taken care of.

Any way, Austin keeps on balking about going out to get the items and I finally suggest like hamburger steaks. He likes make open face hamburger steaks. Finally, he goes out to get hamburger meat and comes home.

Later he tells me he wanted burgers. *face palm* I am at my wits end. No matter what I do here lately it is not enough. So, now I am off to bed and this cook is officially retired.

Voice Actors + Kami Con = Awesome!

I actually had the pleasure and honor of speaking with this voice actor on Saturday. I didn't talk much, because I was tired and my old self kicked in. Shy and ADD as hell. However, my fiancee, my friend Exhiled Angel, and Winter Yuy talked up a storm with this great man! Seriously, if you EVER get the chance to meet him outside the autograph table and he is not in a hurry, do so! He is awesome guys. Really he is.

Kyle Hebert is very laid back and has a great sense of humor. Probably one of the coolest guys you will ever meet.

Any who, my fiends and I went to Kami-Con in T-town Alabama and had a blast. Unfortunately due to stomach problems (dieing rear and other things) I was not able to attend Sunday. However, I am sure my friends enjoyed themselves and probably cussing because we didn't go. Let me say this, I wanted to, but unless someone wanted a new paint job, it was best I stayed home.

There was quite a bit to do there. From autographs to panels where the voice actors talked to a huge crowd about certain subjects. Also, Johnny Yong Bosch was there. So was his band Eyeshine! It was a great weekend event and for anyone who has never went to a Convention like this... you are missing a LOT!

Any way, here is some links to the voice actors I have mentioned in my post:

Kyle Hebert's Website
Wiki about Kyle Hebert
Wiki about J.Y. Bosch
Eyeshine - JYB's band

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Paranormal Books I think Are Awesome

Sin Undone is one of the few books I will have to say that I love. My fiancee and I read a lot of the same books and I am glad we do. Gives us plenty to talk about and do together! Any way, any of Larissa Ione's books are good. So, I couldn't really pick an absolute favorite, but Sin Undone is a top fave of mine!

Now then, a couple of books I would like to mention:

Dreams of a Dark Warrior
Demon from the Dark

Both are great books and I would suggest getting these together as a pair. Or else you may not know what is going on in Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

So, I hope these books will entertain you, leave you breathless, and wanting more.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Death By Nymph Updates

For those of you who are wondering about that short story, I have a few people Beta Reading it. Sadly, it is far from finished. I think here in the next month or two, I will send it off. I am hoping for sooner, but given real time constraints, it will be later rather than sooner.

However, the edits are coming along smoothly. This is probably my favorite short story I have written to date. Some of my later stuff is just to... horrid to even contemplate.

Any way... that is news on DBN!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Book Stuff

This author is very good and I love just about anything she puts out. I have not read this book, yet, but the cover caught my eye. Once I saw it was Ione, I had to let you guys know about this one. So, pick up and let me know how it is!

I am all the time on the look out for interesting books and this one did catch my attention. It is another one I haven't read yet, but it sounds so tantalizing and sexy!

Want something dirty, hot, and just downright raunchy? Well, this book covers it all and I think people will be both shocked and pleased with this book.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Guest Post: Laura Kreitzer on Phantom Universe & Human Trafficking

I read over this post and I must say... I do have a voice. I believe strongly everyone has one, but not many choose to use it. I, however, choose to use it! For, if I help just one soul, then I feel like I have done more than just sitting around waiting for the world to "wake up". So, please read the post about this author's book and what she has to say about Human Trafficking.

Thank you.

Hello Literary-Folk!

My name is Laura Kreitzer, and I’m the author of the Timeless Series and the Summer Chronicles. This week I would like to alert everyone on a colossal crisis that’s gone unnoticed in the world: human trafficking. That’s why I’ve asked hundreds of blogs to be involved with spreading the word on this issue that’s become close to my heart.

As an author, and someone whose life is put in the spotlight, I keep most people at a distance. Only a handful of my friends know the whole me and the events from my past. But this week I’d like to share with you a part of myself that the outside world doesn’t see (and a part of me I don’t like to share). I was emotionally abused for five years by someone I thought loved me, my mind beaten into submission. Though the turmoil I went through doesn’t penetrate as deep as someone forced into slavery on the worldwide market for human trafficking, I can sadly relate in some ways: imprisoned, my life dictated down to what I wore, ate, where I went, whom I spoke to, where I worked, when I slept, bending to his every whim. He did not sway, even when I cried through some of the more traumatic things he had me do. I was a slave in my own home. In my desperation for freedom, I held out a gun and asked him to just end my suffering. I was desperate.

I can’t even imagine how many women (and men) in the world are in a similar situation. What’s even worse, I had it mild compared to the children that are sold for labor or sex. Surprisingly, the good ol’ U.S.A. is reported to be the host to two million slaves. Did you know this? Because I certainly did not; not until I was preparing to write my newest novel: Phantom Universe. The main character, Summer Waverly, was stolen as a child and sold as a slave to the captain of a modern-day pirate ship. From a loved child who only knew “time-out” as punishment, to being whipped into silence was something I knew nothing about. So I researched deeply into human trafficking and the psychological effects of torture of various types that one would endure in these circumstances. I felt shaken at my findings and knew I had to tell Summer’s story. (Read a sneak peek here.)

A storm began to brew in my mind; transforming, morphing, twisting, and expanding into this massive, black cloud. I had to bring this tragic atrocity to the forefront. My own emotional experiences, mixed with the research I did on human trafficking, made me feel an intense connection with Summer, and to all women who’ve been through this kind of brutality. The cloud ruptured and rained all over my computer one day. It took one month to write Phantom Universe, the first in the Summer Chronicles. I was so consumed by the story that I wrote nearly nonstop, only breaking for necessary tasks like eating, showering, and occasionally—very occasionally—sleeping.

Though the book I’ve written would be classified as Science Fiction, or as I’d like to call it, Dystopian, the emotions and psychological aspects are not Science Fiction—they're real. Reviewers have said many amazing things about Summer, this character who is so real in my mind and who I cried along with as the words poured from my soul onto my screen.
“I admired Summer's strength and ability to adapt,” says CiCi’s Theories. “I felt tied to her emotions,” Jennifer Murgia, author or Angel Star admits. And Tahlia Newland, author of Lethal Inheritance, remarks, “Summer is strong and smart in mind [. . .]”
Through her overwhelmingly horrendous past, Summer goes on more than just a physical journey in Phantom Universe, she goes on a psychological one as well; growing beyond her mute state to persevere and survive in a new world beyond the whip she’s so frightened of.

Now that the release date is here, I’m excited and terrified to share this story with everyone. I’m emotionally tied in every way to the words I’ve written, because they’re more than words. More than just a story on a page. Beyond the fictional aspects, there’s a real issue that needs to be addressed: human trafficking must be stopped. We shouldn’t sit idly by while this continues to plague us. Our world’s children—our nation’s children—are being affected. It’s time we take action!

Earlier this month Phantom Universe hit Barnes and Noble’s top 100 Best Selling list. I’ve decided to donate 10% of my sales from Phantom Universe, until the end of February, to the DNA Foundation.
“DNA hopes to help abolish modern day slavery, deter perpetrators, and free the many innocent and exploited victims. We are committed to forcing sex slavery out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

Freedom is a basic human right and slavery is one of the greatest threats to that freedom. No one has the right to enslave another person.”

—From DNA Foundation’s Website
I ask that you spread the word to everyone you know. Look around on the DNA Foundation website and find a way to get involved in ending human trafficking. Take action today. Everyone has a voice—you have a voice. Will you have the courage to use it?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I Finally Finished my Novella!

Holy crackers batman! I just finished my novella and I am excited. However, I am so nervous about sending it off to eHarlequin. My stomach is churning so much I may throw up. I guess it is just me being jittery. Maybe you all can give this writer some advice?

Should I: A] Go Indie or B] Go submit it to eHarlequin?

Please leave your comments below!

Thanks and happy words!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tips on Erotic Words

I came across this not to long ago and I wanted to share it with all of you. Specially those who have a heard time coming up with those "steamy" words all Romance writers seem to know and love.

Erotic Thesaurus

Now then, there is some words not listed for some words and vice versa. However, it is a good tool to use when needing that word to describe something "hot" or "carnal". Specially if you don't want to use a normal thesaurus. Of course there is other links at the top that could be of help.

Any way, happy words everyone!

P.S. - My Novella is coming along well. Not much longer until Done Day! Soon, I must decide whether to go through a publisher or do it Indie style.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Some Books To Ponder

Just a few books that caught my eye today.

The Start of a New Steamy Scene?

Grigore looked at her with a heated look. It would seem Alec put her in one of his button down shirts at some point and she had not noticed yet how much skin she was showing. The shirt wasn’t buttoned all the way up and gaped open. Revealing a lot of soft, pale skin. His cock was pushing against his shorts achingly and he knew she had to see the damn the thing. There was no way she could miss it. Specially since he wasn’t wearing boxers under the shorts.

Alisa was about to march over to the man when the next she knew he was standing right in front of her. She tried not to jump from shock and quickly looked up into his whiskey colored eyes. There was so much heat and desire in their depths that she momentarily forgot how to breathe.

Chapter 9

Grigore reached out and ran his fingertips lightly down the column of her neck. He felt the erratic beat of her heart under the pads of his fingers as he moved on down to the collar of the shirt. There he softly ran his fingertips across her exposed flesh before looking into her expressive blue eyes.

Alisa felt her pulse quicken at his soft caresses and forgot what she was so angry about. The look in his eyes said it all. He wanted her and he wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Another scene from Death By Nymph. A Paranormal Romance Novella that is almost done! I am so excited! Simply because this will be a first short story I have finished.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Fellow Writer: Winter Yuy


She is one of my best friends and fellow writer. She is working on her own book series and I can hardly wait until she has it done! I think you all will be pleased with how she writes her stories and the tales she spins. Even though her current series isn't labeled "romance", it does have some romantic elements. This series will probably be something that just about anyone would read. Regardless of what your favorite genre is.

Also, I think we may collaborate and actually write a Romance novel together. This is up in the air right now. Considering all the projects I got going on at the moment. Shoot... I need to be working on my Novella and AKTB! Any way...

Loves, hugs, and happy words everyone!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Well, these caught my eye

It doesn't tell you at first glance, but guys this is a Man on Man love kind of book! I have not read books like this (yet) and I can't really tell you if it is good or not, but hey... if you want to feel extra naughty... why not?

This one really sounds interesting. Who does love a saucy witch and hot dreamy guy?

Sounds very interesting. Not sure I would pay that price, but hey, for those of you who would.. might be worth it.

Wow, I was up late last night...

It has been a very long time since I stayed up that late! However, I do have random batches of not being able to go to sleep. Which is killer on my brain. Specially when my fiancee wakes me up and the expects me to get up for the rest of the day. I assure you, there is a special place for him. Called the couch!

Yes, I am a tad grumpy. Who wouldn't be? Any way, I need to write some today. I feel the tingles of my Muse and she is about to sing a whole orchestra. So, I need to focus and catch what she is doing today.

After all, I got 6 Novellas to finish, and 2 major novels. At some point I need to get my ass in gear and write!

Happy words everyone!

This, dear readers, is why...

This is why I do not do much art. Not because I am horrible at it, but because it causes my left shoulder to burn in a painful way. Why I decided to write I don't know. It also causes the burning sensation, but at least can stop, look at what I wrote, and then go back. Where if I am doing art... I must start and stop in one go. Else, I will never get it done. So, now I am dealing with an aching/burning shoulder blade.

Probably due to some weird nerve/muscle damage, but whatever. Doesn't stop me from doing what I want to do. ^-^ Any way, I just felt like showing this off. Don't know why... just did. OH, TCD is not my initials. Just an abbreviated form of a nickname I go by on the internet. XD

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Some Revision in Process

Today I got up and looked at my Novella manuscript. At 6767 (out of 10k-15k words), I knew I had to cut some stuff out. Since their romance isn't going as fast as it needs to. *sighs* That is the only thing about short stories. You will have to cut, cut some more, and cut a little bit more. Just to make sure it flows and meets the word requirements.

Now I have to go through the entire story and cut out what is not needed. Blah. Can you say boring? However, it needs to be done! Or else I may miss my window of opportunity. Well, back to writing!

Happy words everyone!

Another Small Preview!

I have been puttering away at this Novella and decided to share another preview. I am almost done with it! Just a few more thousand words and I can polish this sucker up! Here is hoping for a new published author in the coming months. -_^

Grigore tore at the demon and then rid the world of its' existence. He still felt the need to destroy something, but for now he was satisfied. Dropping to his knees, he gently put a hand under her head to lift her lightly up and into his arms. He cradled her there and felt his heart ache in a funny way.

“Hold on little one. My coeur,” He said before softly kissing her silky brow.

Grigore held her in one arm before digging around his pocket for his cell phone. Intending to call his brother and ask him for assistance. However, he belated realized he left the damn thing at their new home on the east side of Cambridge City. Which was in the high-class, suburban side of the city.

He looked over at her bike and saw the condition it was in. No way would that make it to his home. Much less back to the bar where he met her. That left him with very slim options.

“I guess coeur we will have to walk. However, I shall be gentle. No worries little one,” He said soothingly to her.

He knew that she did not hear him and maybe that was a good thing. The woman obviously looked like she took care of herself and probably would not appreciate such soft words. However, he could not help himself. The more he was around her, the more he wanted her to look at him with deep, tender emotions.

Which was utterly insane. Considering they just met a few hours ago. Yet, he couldn’t stop what his instincts were telling him. Which was simply that this woman was important to him and to his future. Sighing softly, he got to his feet with Lisa in his arms and gave one last glance at her bike.