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I’m Happy to Announce…

I’ve not been blogging as I should and for that I apologize. It’s been crazy busy for me the past few months but I’ve got amazing news to share. If you’ve been following me at all you know what a journey the last twelve months have been: the struggle through rejections and the joys of a mentorship. Years of writing under my belt but a lack of serious craft work and knowledge about the industry held me back from realizing my ultimate goal of publication. Entire novels completed, weighing down my hard drive and my heart, but a burning desire to get my stories out so others could read what my characters had to say.

I’ve had to wade through an insanely busy life, limited time to dedicate to my writing and my own insecurities. I grabbed the bull by the horns in March of this year and went through a three-month mentorship with an amazing wordsmith, David Bridger. I finally decided that in order to be better and achieve success I had to work for it, get dirty with it, wallow in it until it was all I knew. And I’m so very excited to tell you that all the hard work has paid off.

If you’ve read any of my Six Sentence Sunday posts you are familiar with Retrieval. This novel is the third one I completed and it was the heaviest. David and I used this work for the Mentor Program on Romance Divas. I pared her (yes, I qualify my manuscripts–this one was a ‘she’–trust me) down, poured everything I was into her, took the good and made it better, and got rid of the rest. Sometimes it was easy. Sometimes it was hardest thing I think I’ve ever done. A definite labor of love, I had an amazing group of friends and family and an out of this world author standing behind me, cheering me on and alternately giving me what-for when I fell short.

And all that labor has produced a novel I’m proud of: Retrieval. So you’re maybe thinking, ‘Hey, that’s great. But what’s the news?’ and I won’t delay any longer in shouting it out…

See the banner at the top of this post? Yes–Liquid Silver Books. I am so freaking happy to announce that I have contracted with this amazing publisher for my debut novel, Retrieval. Finally, this story is going to float free of my hard drive and hopefully reach millions and millions of readers (too much? LOL) or at least hundreds and hundreds. I am going to be a published author. My initial goal is reached, but hold on…I’ve got so much more coming, there’s quite a few more stories on this hard drive and in my head. And I hope you take the ride for every single one with me.

Thank you to everyone who pushed me, prodded me and gave me encouragement. Griff, David, Linda, Sophia, Team Awesome, Donna, my three girls and everyone else who took time out for a newbie. Without you and your support, I’d still be mourning how heavy my damn laptop was. You all rock and I hope someday I get to return the favor, or at the very least, pay it forward.

And thank you to Liquid Silver Books for recognizing my heart and giving her a place to call home. Georgia Woods may have hung the sun and Jennifer Hassani followed her with the moon. You ladies kick arse, yes you do.

I’ll be posting more frequently, giving you some snippets and showing off all the things that are going to make this book kick ass. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll talk to you soon!

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Lucky 7 Challenge–Bring It On!

 

So, I’m minding my own business, going through my day–the EDJ is close to killing me, peeps. I’m nearly weeping and then I hear a little birdie (or in this case a little Sidney) whistle in my ear. Wanna know what she whistled/whispered?

A freaking challenge! That’s right. And I’ve accepted–so bring it on. The incomparable Sidney Bristol (http://sidneybristol.wordpress.com/ and please don’t ask me why I can’t do anything but post a word link–refer to my very first post and you’ll have the answer–just hover over the words and it will take you to her site–DO IT)  has challenged me to share seven lines from page seventy-seven of either a completed book or a wip.  So here’s my offering:

Sebastian ran a harried hand through his hair. “So now we have two other women who look like our objectives and we also have Peter Dempsey thrown in for good measure. And for your information, I already knew Bleak’s sister had been kidnapped and tortured by Dempsey. But the rest of this…when the fuck were you going to drop this in my lap? Never?”

Sebastian was right pissed and while he never demanded absolute fealty, part of his reason for asking the three men he’d ask to join him on this op was because of their unswerving loyalty to him in the past.

“I didn’t think it would have any bearing on this op, Seb,” Morrissey responded.

There you have it–I think it’s 7. I checked and re-checked and well, you know how that goes. A snippet and nothing more. Seven lines from page 77 of my completed novel, Retrieval. Now it’s time for me to hit a few other unsuspecting authors–at least seven of ’em. Wahahaha!

THE RULES

Post seven lines from a current work by doing these few things…

  • Got to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Got to Line 7
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences on your blog as they are (no cheating, please)
  • Tag 7 other authors to do the same

So I’m going to tag: (Oh, and I’m not apologizing–nuh uh, no way–Sid didn’t apologize to me so I’m not apologizing to you. Hugs!)

  • Sophia Parkwood
  • Carment DeSousa
  • Suzanna Medeiros
  • Tina Green
  • Lorraine Patton
  • Jillian Lark
  • And, of course, David Bridger

Six Sentence Sunday-Quatre (Part 4, Peeps)

I despaired that I would reach the weekend, but here I am and now every second that ticks away is one step closer to Monday. They’re never long enough–the weekends that is. It’s all good, though. I’m not gonna sweat it. I’ve the rest of the weekend to catch up on a workshop I’m taking–Angela James, Before You Hit Send. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, let me take a second to give you some advice: look it up. If I were more tech savvy, I’d post a link. Alas, I’m not but I can’t say enough about this workshop and the sheer amount of information I’ve gained this past two weeks. Angela James is the Executive Editor for Carina Press, Harlequin’s Digital First Press and she presents this workshop a few times a year. It’s chock full of editing/polishing tips and gives you insight into what editors are looking for in your manuscript. If you’re looking to be published–take this course. I feel like an infomercial but I’m a believer–pimping over 🙂

Other than that, I’m hoping to get in some writing, editing, etc . I need to visit with my characters a bit, get the low down on what’s been going on while I’ve been embroiled in nothing but work, work, work. There will come a time in the future when I make a gazillion dollars and am able to do nothing but spend it. For now, I work, yes I do and it takes up huge chunks of time that I could otherwise use to write. Hence, my characters feel a little negelected. I’m going to try to appease one of them with my #sss offering. {Here’s another moment where I could be tech savvy and post a link–yeah, you guys are quick–have no idea how to do that quite yet.} Just look up Six Sentence Sunday and join some truly amazing writers as they post six sentences from a current wip or published work.

Let me set this up:  Skylar has just seen Sebastian for the very first time in the cafeteria of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She’s tired but she sees him and BAM! Last week was the initial few sentences of that meet and this week is the continuation. I’ll quit yapping, here’s my offering this week:

Iron filing to his magnet, she was powerless to stop the forward momentum of her body. She bumped into others sending trays flying and people stumbling. Uncaring, she continued to move ahead. The scent of cedar wood and dark chocolate teased her. She licked her lips desperate for a taste. She’d become what she’d always feared: a creature of pure instinct.

I hope you all have an amazing week and I wish you much writing.

Six Sentence Sunday- la troisième partie

I took French in high school and loved it. The ‘la troisieme partie’ is just a bit of fun on my part. It means ‘part 3’ and is a nod to my third Six Sentence Sunday.

Last week, I introduced you to the villain of my paranormal/sci fi romance, Retrieval. He’s a man bloated with the need for power. His ultimate desire is to rule the world and he has the knowledge, money and lack of morals to make his dreams come true. He’s a nasty bloke, yes he is. I struggled this week with my next offering. Should it be more about my villain or should I introduce you to my hero/heroine?

I’m going to take the plunge and introduce you to Sebastian and Skylar. He’s a former spec ops soldier sent to find the villain’s errant daughter. She’s the errant daughter. These six represent the first time they’re in the same space. He’s found her–and her reaction is visceral.

So here it is: the next six for your reading delectation and my accountability 🙂

The cafeteria faded as her entire world narrowed down to him. Lightning rippled along her nerves. Muscles twitched under her skin. She stood and moved toward him. I have to get to him. His eyes widened as he straightened in his seat.

And there they are. I hope your week is amazing.

Six Sentence Sunday-Part Deux

Alrighty then–my second Six Sentence Sunday is here. Last week, there was some nervousness. This week, yeah, there’s still nervousness. But the ropes have loosened a little, so I’m all good. My armpits aren’t sweating this go-round. Could be the change in deodorant or it could just be that I’m not as apprehensive as I was last week. Too much? Hey, I’m in a sharing kind of mood tonight. Whatever the case, I’m here to deliver another six.

I debated on whether to continue with the WIP I’m currently working on with my Mentor. (I’ve probably mentioned the amazing David Bridger, but back off, peeps! He’s my Mentor and you can’t have him for a while yet.) I decided I’m going to switch it up a bit. I’m also working on another completed manuscript, doing edits, re-writes, etc. I’m using this manuscript in the workshop Angela James puts on, Before You Hit Send. It was recommended to me by ObiWanBridger. I’m passing it on to you. Amazing workshop–you should sign up next time she offers it.

As I was saying, this manuscript is completed. I’ve been plugging away at it for a while with my CP. It’s a paranormal sci/fi romance novel. To set the stage for you, it’s the early 1980’s. You have world powers struggling through the Cold War and then you have Dr. Dolan Smythe-Ward. He’s a world-renowned scientist lecturing to an auditorium filled with future geneticists about the work he does with his company, GenTech1. What kind of work, you ask? The creepy kind–muwahahahaha!

Without further ado–here it is: my next six (the very first six in the book) from the very first offering in my GenTech series, Retrieval. (*psst* did you get all that?)

“As far as some of my colleagues within the scientific community and their disingenuous comments about the adverse effects of gene splicing on the population, let me say they’re just that: untruths. None of you sitting in front of me today have been unfavorably affected by my work. I would go so far to say that none of you in this auditorium have sprouted wings, laid eggs, nor do you bark at the sound of a bell. Indeed, it’s my opinion that my fellow scientists, many my competitors within this growing market, have led you wrong. The work we do at GenTech1 is cutting edge and I’m proud of it. We’re looking in innovative new directions to help propel mankind to the next level.”

And there it is, my SixSentenceSunday offering. Thanks for taking a look-see. Happy reading this week!

Quick shout-out to Sidney Bristol–ummm, you rock 🙂

Six Sentence Sunday

Here it is folks! My first entry for Six Sentence Sunday. I’m a little bit nervous and whole lot excited. Nary a soul may read these–but I’m putting them out there. These six sentences come from one of my current WIPs. Gotta give a shout out to the amazing David Bridger–without his guidance these six sentences would be more like twenty. Oh, the meat was there, but he helped me chop it up into palatable bite-sized portions. He is the man as far as I’m concerned. I’m lucky to have him as my Mentor 🙂 This WIP is from the futuristic sci/fi installment of my GenTech1 Series–tentatively titled Hope for Me

 

Hope’s eyes watered as a defiant ray of sunlight sliced its way through the rain laden clouds above her. The lone ray illuminated the few remaining green shoots of grass trying to hide from winter’s searching grasp. Their brethren had long since died under early fall snows, but these tendrils clung to life bravely.

She wiped her eyes clear. “They should have been here two days ago. Do you think they got cold feet?”

Ta-Da! There she is–the first six of my current WIP. Whew! It’s done–I’m gonna go do a happy dance now for getting it out there. I’ll probably drink a Dr. Pepper and have a handful of M&M’s to celebrate.

Have an awesome day 🙂