My #Grandmother’s House { #Cherished #Blogfest}

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DSC_0370I’m at my first Writers Conference today (DFW Writers Conference), trying to run head-long into a dream I’ve had since I was small.

I wrote my first poem when I was six or eight. I could barely write; my penmanship was terrible. Through the years, my grandmother would always ask, “How’s the writing?”

She taught me to love reading, love the mountains, and she made me believe that I am able.

She loved daffodils. I love daffodils. She had them planted all over her property.

It won’t be long now. Her home – the place I loved – will be sold to someone new. I’m glad I had a chance to visit once more. So many lovely places live in my memories because of her home in that little valley. I’ll miss it. I cherish the place.

It’s not quite the same without her in it these days, so I cherish the memories.

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With a Twist by {Staci Hart}

Happy Release Day, Staci!

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Teaser (1)Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliéing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker — Lily’s long time crush — is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking twice.

Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted.

West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more.

That is, until they do. And that realization changes everything.

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The main characters, West and Lily, are best friends. Until one night, at the opera, West realizes he might want something more. But Lily is ecstatic that her life-long crush, Blane, is finally interested in her, and West is forced to watch from the sidelines. Until the oops… that brings a gleeful cheer from the reader.

Written in first person POV, alternating between West and Lily, each character shines through Hart’s signature fast paced style and skillful turn of phrase. With humor woven throughout, this New Adult tale is a fantastic read.

This novel features believable and unique characters, real emotions and real jobs, and gripping dialogue. The story line is not bogged down by descriptions, though Hart provides just enough information to bring each setting to life.

Maggie, Cooper, Patrick, and Rose are also introduced in this, Book One of the Bad Habits Series, with a hint of great stories to come.

Do I really have to wait until November for Book Two?

***Adult language and scenes***

About the Author

StaciStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Pep Talk from a Peacock Whisperer

You often say: “I am writing a book.”

You rarely say the rest:“I want to write words that influence, words that inspire, words that matter.”

You spend hours with imaginary friends instead of real ones. You imagine whole galaxies, supporting characters with back stories that are never told, and grow a little giddy when creating that multi-layered bad guy.

Is that you?

Yeah, it’s me, too.

Yet, sometimes, I feel lost on the path to a dream fading from my hope, overwhelmed by the practiced and polished voices that surround me, convinced that mine will never compare.

I’ve learned to repeat these three things to myself.

1)     Comparison murders the muse, and it kills your creativity. Don’t do it. Just don’t.Practice reading beautiful works without comparing. You are building your ability, and you are learning. Give yourself time… and a decent editor.

 

2)     The submission process is almost exactly that clichéd definition of insanity. Expect to hit send on a piece and hear nothing, or they respond, and it wasn’t with a resounding yes. Limit yourself to half a day of mourning. And, then, you get up, and do it all over again – and again, expecting a different result.

 

3)     Baby, submit it and forget it. Divorce that piece. Find a new love. ASAP. It is DEAD to you! Keep moving forward, keep working, and for the love of Hemingway, keep writing!!

The Glass Mermaid Cover Reveal for {Poppy Lawless}

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by Poppy Lawless

Release Date: 07/14/15

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I’m the last mermaid.

I’m back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me.

Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people. The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure. They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets: necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love them.

Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello.

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I’m dying.

It’s not a question, it’s a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one.

I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see her.

All life is fragile as glass.

What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

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Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?
Poppy Lawless is the author of the forthcoming series Love & Chocolate releasing in 2015 and The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained herbalist. Poppy’s new series blends the best of romance with a Practical Magic or contemporary Bewitched appeal.

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Interview with {J. M. Miller}: Part Two

Check out Part One here

J.M. Miller is releasing her Falling in Deep novella, Deep Breath, next Tuesday, June 16, 2015. I caught up with the author recently, and she agreed to answer a few questions. (:

diverWhat authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

There are so many, Indies and Trad pubbed alike. Stephen King, JK Rowling, Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, Fisher Amelie to name a few. I enjoy reading lots of genres, but I tend to stick to anything with a romantic element of some kind.

Favorite saying about writing:

Write like no one’s reading. -Unknown

Favorite writing music? Does it change from project to project? Favorite color?

This changes from project to project, but I’m a rock fan so a lot of my book playlists include a lot of my favorite bands.

Tell us about Deep Breath.

Deep Breath is about twenty-five year old Marissa Pruitt, who discovers a pendant and coordinates her marine archaeologist father had kept hidden for years. Needing more closure about his death, she decides to search for answers and winds up at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico staring into the eyes of a merman.

Do you have any advice for new writers (like me)?

Study up on the usual grammar hang-ups, and keep reading. I often have issues reading while I’m working on a project, but reading is essential. Also, find a critique partner, one who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth and give you ice cream after they’ve made you cry. 😉

Order the AWESOMENESS here.Deep Breath

Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.
It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet and salt water in her lungs.

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J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida.

When she isn’t distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal, with a little mystery or suspense thrown in for fun. Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Three Flashies from a Friday in June

It’s a Friday worth Flashin’.

Cleave Unto Her by Bokerah

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Be sure to enter your flash fiction in Splickety’s Lost at Sea contest, up to 1000 words, Deadline of July 10, 2015.

And the Cisco Writer’s Club Writing Contest! 6 categories and quadrupled prizes. Deadline July 31, 2015.

Interview with {J. M. Miller}: Part One

J.M. Miller is releasing her Falling in Deep novella, Deep Breath, next Tuesday, June 16, 2015. I caught up with the author recently, and she agreed to answer a few questions. (:

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Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

I’m a military spouse and I have one daughter. I live in Florida right now, but don’t plan to stay permanently. I have four novels that are Young Adult or New Adult Romance. Deep Breath is my first novella.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? What is the hardest thing about writing?

I started writing my first novel at the end of 2009. After querying a couple of projects, I finally decided to self-publish at the end of 2012. The hardest part of writing used to be research because it’s time consuming. Now, since I’m an Indie, I think the hardest part of writing is publishing. Writing is the easy part; everything that follows takes more work.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

Oh, wow. I think my male MC from The Line That Binds series is my favorite. He was my first attempt at writing first-person male and I had a lot of fun creating him.

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Music is a big one for me. I’m a lyric lover. If I’m stuck with whatever I’m working on, I’ll read, watch a movie, or listen to some music. It usually helps.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I’ve stuck with YA and Na categories so far, but with genre, I jump around—Coming of Age, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense.

Watch for Part Two of my interview with J.M. Miller on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

PreOrder the AWESOMENESS here.Deep Breath

Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.
It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet and salt water in her lungs.

picAbout the Author-

J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida.
When she isn’t distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal, with a little mystery or suspense thrown in for fun. Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.

Meet J.M. Miller
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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Cold Water Bridegroom by {B. Brumley}

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Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

Having grown up in San Francisco, Calder Brumen is drawn to the ocean, and he’s spent his life trying to capture the beauty of the Pacific on canvas. Over time, he has become obsessed with painting the image of a dark haired mermaid named Gaire, and Calder struggles to explain his devotion to these portraits to his best friend. When Calder finds sandy footprints leading to the edge of his bed, he suspects that the haunting siren is real.

Pursuing the truth, Calder is dragged into a murderous, underwater plot that could destroy them all. And he must choose – is the possibility of a lifetime with Gaire worth risking death for himself and everyone he loves?  

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What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

I included the Blue Men of Minch and 1830 Mermaid of Benbecula. Both are briefly mentioned in history, but they were great for my novella.

What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?

Anna Albergucci, A.R. Draeger, and I were brainstorming during a Write Day at the Albergucci estate. I joked that I might do something completely ridiculous this time…  My husband and I really like UFC champ Coner McGregor +  I like beards = Calder was born. To be different, I decided that Cold Water Bridegroom should mostly be written from Calder Brumen’s point of view.

Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

Calder Brumen: Gerard Butler (think: redheaded Leonidas that paints), Gaire: Ayelet Zurer or Alexis Knapp (but, man, Jenn Proske has the hair), Mike Love: Scott Evans (Captain America’s younger brother) or Brett Tucker, though they are both a bit tall for the role. Venora: To be honest, she’d be much harder to cast, but I bet Uma Thurman could pull it off. If Uma was busy that year, I’d choose Cate Blanchett. I still haven’t figured out the twins.

What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

I think the hardest part was making the characters believable, while crossing from water to land, or even into the mer-city – just how to make it all work, think of and answer all the questions.

Ursula or Ariel?

Ummm…. Can I pick King Triton? 😉

What else should we know about your novella?

Set in San Francisco, Calder is an moody artist looking for his forever. Somebody dies. (:

Bokerah Brumley is an award-winning freelance writer. In her spare time, Bokerah enjoys climbing trees, photographing peacocks, and writing flash fiction. Two novellas and one novel are planned for 2015. She lives with her husband, five kids, and three dogs in West Texas where she serves as the blue-haired publicity officer for the Cisco Writers Club.

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Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

“Hush, Calder,” she whispered.

Pulling the sheet from the floor, she slipped into the bed, covering them both. The feel of her against his side brought on another struggle to touch her, another groan of her name.

“You’re dreaming. Go back to sleep.”

The edges of the room twisted inward when Gaire’s fingers fluttered up his thigh. The scent of saltwater, coconuts and jasmine grew stronger, lulling him and clouding his mind. He struggled to reach out to her, but his limbs did not respond and then even his thoughts fell silent, swallowed by the warmth of her gentle lips on his.

She murmured something against his mouth, but he could no longer understand her words. He drifted in the confusion her nearness wrought.

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He glanced around the room through squinted eyes. Always wake up alone. The glaring sun streamed through the open sliding door. The white chiffon curtains fluttered in the wind, but there was no other movement in the room. When he propped himself up on his elbows, bits of sand jumped along the edge of the king-sized bed.

Real… she’s real, she’s always been real. 

He scrubbed his hand over his face. Does she come every night?

Small, sandy footprints led toward the bed from the balcony, but none led away. Flashes of softness, warmth, bright red lips calling his name, feathery kisses across his chest.

He felt a flush creep across his body.

Oh, good god… I think I’ve finally gone insane.

Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

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Recap of Monday in #MommyWriteLife (and why my #Periscope #Debut is delayed) AND a #CoverReveal

And HERE is what I received last week from Lori at Contagious Covers.  She’s awesome!

Yesterday, I intended to conduct my first broadcast on Periscope. Unfortunately, life happened at a spectacular speed, and the day ended – outlasting my mental capacity to be engaging.

At 7:30 AM, I took my oldest son to his first job, and with a terror I thought I had tamed, I realized I had no way to contact him. Normally, I yell from my desk, and he answers. No such Monday luck.

Enter: a Wal-mart purchased go phone. Once procured, it took a while to set up and rid the device of internet access. By the end, I felt worn out. (How did he get to be old enough for a summer job?)

Not to mention, my daughter (see her here) had some leftover birthday money. During the Wal-Mart trip, she bought a pink, Frozen microphone. Guess what it plays. Let it Go. All over the house. ALL. OVER. THE. HOUSE. She’s been belting it out, with a dramatic flare, for the past 24 hours. Her brothers are ecstatic. (Oh! The Sarcasm!)

Monday had newspaper articles to write, brainstorming to do, and I was able to pitch my SciFi WIP (work-in-progress) to a potential narrator. (He tentatively agreed – *happy dance.*)

This morning, I was notified that I will be shortlisted by Mash Stories for a bit of flash fiction. It’s a piece featuring one of my current SciFi WIP characters – makes for an awesome Tuesday!

I am working on creating a fiction proposal to pitch to publishers in July at the DFW Writers Conference. In honor of my WIP, and my Periscope debut later today, I’ve donned my Millennium Falcon t-shirt, and THIS is on repeat in a YouTube tab while I pound out the words on my young adult Space Opera.

Off to plan.written plan

~B

Happy Star Wars Day!

This is a few hours late, but I’m a mom.  Moms are always happy to arrive anywhere in one piece, fully dressed, and no one left behind.  Late is something we happily endure.

Happy Star Wars Day!

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I’m reading an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) from a new book coming May 26.  I’ve already pre-ordered it.  It’s called Scales. Pauline Creeden.  I’m hoping to do a review and interview with her later this month.

Check it out Scales: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella.  I love her work.

Until tomorrow,

~B