Obsession

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Call me crazy, but I am slightly–okay totally–obsessed with the back of a man’s neck. Abs are nice. Of course, a great smile and kind, sultry eyes make my heart skip a beat. But that small strip of skin from a man’s collar to his hair line–if it’s nice–drives me crazy! Any crazy places you obsess over…beyond the obvious?

Selfie Love

 

Our phones and social media accounts are full of selfies taken with our special someone.  This trend has grown tremendously over the last decade. Check out this classic selfie!  How awesome is that? Let me see your favorite couple’s selfie. Drop them in the comments!

The Kiss That Never Was

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The kiss that never was is the one you played over and over in your head. It’s the one that was so close to your lips but never actually happened. Do you have a kiss that got away? Was it all for the best or does it haunt you like a friendly ghost?

Absentee Blogger. Present Novelist.

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Life is a balancing act. Sometimes, you’re on the high wire with a marble wobbling precariously under the balls of your feet. Others, you’re the picture of elegance, the stack of books sitting primly on your head as you waltz through a maze.

Most of the time, I’m somewhere in between. Maybe a waitress with five tables, plates stacked on my tray, hustling back and forth, remembering orders, making people smile…until I mess this guys two eggs over-easy with the lady down the way’s egg-white omelet.

Lately, my blog has been the eggs. Oooops! But hey, I’m rocking’ my five other tables!

House cleaned, laundry done? Check. Kids fed, played with, loved, happy? Check. Hubs fed, played with, loved, happy? Check. Dogs fed, played with, loved, happy? Check. Novel in progress collecting a fabulous daily word count? CHECK!

So, I’m writing and taking care of my family. What have you been up to?

Power of a Writer

Last month, I, along with my Diamond State Romance Author Ladies, had the privilege of sharing a meal and conversation with Sylvia Day. Of course, I puzzled over what to wear. What to say. What questions to ask. Aside from being an International and New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels, she is President of the Romance Writers of America and a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. Awesome, right?

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Sylvia did not disappoint. With my attention so enthralled in the wealth of knowledge flowing from her mouth, my meal got cold and only half eaten. I love to eat. Portabella burger with sweet potato fries. My mouth waters thinking of it. However, the message I gleaned from listening to Sylvia answer questions filled me more than the burger ever could.

Here are her wise words in a nutshell:

Educate yourself. Write the best you possibly can. Make it a point to know what is happening in the publishing industry. The relationship between writer and publisher should be MUTUALLY beneficial. In contract negotiations, ask for what you believe your work deserves. Most importantly, think about how this contract will affect your next contract and your career. Be willing to say, “No.”

Writers mold words to form worlds. With these words and in these worlds we evoke the full spectrum of emotion. Words and emotions are powerful. Ergo, writers can wield great power.

So, write well. Use your power for good. Believe in your worth!

A million thanks, Sylvia Day, for taking the time to eat and talk with me and my wild writer friends! You fit right in!

Quiet and Busy

Yes, my blog has been quiet lately. But I promise I’ve been busy.

If you haven’t already, check out my posts at the Diamond State Romance Authors’ Blog. In Summer Reading our authors shared their recent reads and Outside Your Bubble we discussed the need for empathy in writing. I’ll be blogging at DSRA again October 8th about Strength (which segues nicely into my next topic).

I answered a short story call for submissions for Hot He-Men, the everyday heros who could boil the blood in our veins with a sultry gaze, with the story of Special Response Team leader, Donovan Wolfe’s lust for the Detroit PD’s lead crisis negotiator, Paige Cline. It’s super hot and will hit the editor’s e-mail inbox today! Fingers, toes, arms, legs and eyes crossed for its sizzling reception.

I finally worked up the guts to submit For All to See, my baby, also known as novel 1 to it’s first writing contest, Launching A Star. Finalist will be notified by November 12th. So, once again…fingers, toes, arms, legs and eyes crossed. The bright side to this contest is regardless of the outcome (finalist, winner, loser) I’ll receive critique/feedback on my manuscript from industry professionals, an editor and agent.

I arranged some family time, on a quick trip to Mississippi. 🙂

I’ve also been working on editing For All to See, beta reading for the Wild at Heart Anthology Volume 1 (My short story, Fierce Wild will be featured in WAH Volume 2.), keeping up with my three year old, working on a nursery for the gymnast in my belly, cooking, cleaning, working out, entertaining our now THREE dogs and squeezing in some QT with my honey. I’ve even read a little in the midst of it all: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward, Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown and Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain.

Suddenly, I’m feeling tired. Nap? Yes, please!

What fun, crazy, overwhelming, wonderful things have you done this summer?