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Lucky Leprechaun Hop! March 17th-22nd


Hosted by I’m a reader Not a Writer & Books Complete Me

Up for grabs today: a sweet romantic read that will make you swoon and smile. The debut novella (eBook only) launching the new line of Honey Creek Books. Bloom is available in PDF, Kindle, epub, and all standard digital formats. The winner will receive it via email on March 23rd!

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Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey

In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…

Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one.  Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.

If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.

*Bloom is book one in my new Seeds of Love series.  I’ll be planting those seeds all year.

 

About Julie:

I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you’ll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.

 

 

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My Cheeky Angel by Mimi Barbour

(1st book in the Angels with Attitudes series)

Annie is naïve and love-starved, she’ll soon to be celebrating her big 3-0. Something needs to be done! Celi, her ‘down-to-earth’ guardian angel appears to help kick-start Annie’s big change—her looks, her job, her whole life. By taking a managerial position with a sophisticated shoe manufacturer, Annie becomes embroiled with her new associates and hooked on the power of big business. Unfortunately, her exhaustion from overwork forces her to ignore old friends, and her lapse places someone she cares about in terrible danger.

Tyler, a Social Worker and a woman-hater previously hurt in two relationships, only wants Annie in his life as a good buddy. Oh yeah! And to help with his mixed-up street kids. Perversely, once her life alters, he misses her like hell.  In one sweet night of loving everything changes. But, due to an overabundance of nightcaps, she doesn’t remember the night he can’t forget.

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My Cheeky Angel Excerpt:

Every time he closed his eyes, a strange image of Annie in trouble took on such realistic tendencies it seemed surreal. Sick of his own company, Tyler decided a walk would do him a world of good, clear his head, and help to get his mind off his tomboy gone rogue.

Once the idea appeared, it became a fixation. No choice, no dragging his feet, he had to get out of his apartment. Either he needed hallucination treatments or a curt, gravelly female had taken up residence in his brain and urged him to hurry and get his butt moving.

The elevator, not ever on his floor, awaited him with the door open and no one else inside. He shivered. Strange and stranger! The ride down lasted only seconds. When it slowly opened, a nightmare unfolded. One look at his Annie clinging to her evening’s escort and his rage superseded common sense. Without thought, he ripped her from the scumbag’s groping fingers and shoved the conceited-looking, puffed-up character against the wall. All Tyler’s six feet two inches of anger intimidated. He watched the coward evaluate, then shrink back.

Within seconds the smooth prick spoke. “Anna had a bit too much to drink. I was seeing her safely home.”

“Not a problem. I’ll take her up,” he growled. By this time, Tyler had a supportive arm around the wobbly woman. He looked down at her. “Say bye-bye to your date…Anna.” His spitting out her newly chosen name would have set worry bells ringing, if she’d been in her normal state of mind. Blitzed out of her head, she just jiggled her fingers and said, “Bye-bye, date.”

With everything happening so fast, Tyler knew Annie hadn’t had a chance to fully appreciate the change in her situation. One minute she was leaning drunkenly against the slimy character whose hands were all over her body, while her unfocused eyes gazed at him adoringly. The next minute, Tyler had taken over.

As the elevator doors closed, leaving Sergio shrugging off his disappointment, a fuming Tyler lifted Annie into his arms.

At ease, Annie wrapped her arms around him, snuggled her face into his neck, and then sighed. His familiar expensive cologne, one of her gifts that he regularly used, seemed to soothe her. “I love how you smell.”

His anger fled the moment he became aware that she sniffed at him like a small kitten. His legs almost buckled when he felt the tip of her tongue lick him, and then press a tiny kiss over the wet spot.

The groan started deep, frustration forcing it out, chasing away his righteous snit. At her door, he lowered her to her unsteady feet, but she refused to unwind her arms from around his neck. They clung, her body glued to his.

 

 

Meet the Spontaneous Smiley Lady: Ruth Kaiser :D

The Spontaneous Smiley Lady drops by to talk about OPTIMISM.

A SMILEY BOOK OF COLORS, RANDOM HOUSE www.tinyurl.com/3c2qyd6

I should start right off by admitting I don’t belong here. An author’s blog aimed at other writers?! How did mom, artist and teacher sneak in the back door and end up here? Oh, yeah I accidentally wrote a kids’ book. Who’d of thought that I’d be published by the likes of Random House? I snuck in the back door of a world about which I had no knowledge. Nobody noticed I was an imposter, a novice posing as an author, so I sure didn’t mention it.

BACK DOOR SMILEY

I have had a life filled with good outcomes from taking the chance of sneaking in the back door. It’s amazing just how far chutzpah can take you. Example? I never gave acting a thought, until I day in my 40s the opportunity to sneak in the back door presented itself. I promised to stand in the back and NO I didn’t want to wear a body mike. I never let on that I was a newby. Without experience or known talent, I spent the next 5 years doing show after show, singing dancing and yes, wearing a body mike.

I simply believe optimism helps you take on the large and scary hurtles. The Optimist thinks the outcome will likely go in the direction they hope, but also knows that if things turn out differently, no big deal. The Optimist uses the “data” from one flop to attack what’s next.

Remember doing science experiments in school? Remember how the teacher cheered you on regardless of the outcome? You know, the pep talk about how what failed this time is simply data to help you design the next experiment.

What if life was one experiment after another? Wouldn’t it be great to allow yourself to accept that the screw ups we all make are valuable data for next time. But, isn’t that actually accurate? Life is an experiment. We surely learn as much from things going wrong as we do from their going well. “There is no failure, only feedback.” (author unknown)

MORE SCIENCE LAB EQUIPMENT SMILEY

Since life is an experiment, as a good scientist you’ve got to evaluate the screw ups. No head in the sand behavior if you’re the scientist. Look at the data and make changes. Modify what you do next time, using what you learned this time.

And here’s the coolest thing of all: Give yourself permission to be more experimental. Be a little daring. In personal relationships, what if you experimented with being vulnerable. Be the one to take the first step. Be the one to say, “I’m sorry” or “I love you” first. I bet you’ll be amazed at how OK it really is.

Might this idea help you to call that friend you’ve been meaning to call? Could experimenting help you to reach out a hand in affection, a gentle touch, in the middle of an argument? How about experiment by not criticizing a behavior that’s driving you nuts. The data might come back that your criticizing hasn’t been helping the behavior diminish.

REACH OUT A HAND SMILEY

I love this idea. I was never good at science when I was in school. But these kinds of experiments hold my interest because they have the pay off of a better life. I’m going to be a diligent scientist.

Smile. Be happy, and experimental.

Ruth

Next time you and your child need a giggle break or an all important reminder that life is really, really great, check out A Smiley Book of Colors (Random House 2012, www.tinyurl.com/3c2qyd6). It’s a beautiful children’s book of optimism, where every pages smiles back at you.

Mom, preschool teacher and blogger, Ruth Kaiser reminds us in her whimsical rhyming text, that happiness is a choice! The poem is accompanied by photos of Smiley Faces found in everyday objects.

Pediatrician and author Dr. Alan Greene had this to say when he finally got his hands on a copy:

“I knew it was going to be good, but this so much more than good!

This is incredible!!”

Learn more about The Spontaneous Smiley Project:

 

 

 

 

 

Musings Welcomes Margay Roberge!

Make Your MC A Mix-Tape

No one Wants Pancake People

Recently there’s been a lot of buzz from agents and editors about problem characters. They’re getting some great story pitches, only to discover the hero and/or heroine are pancakes. Flat characters pull a reader from a story faster than a Coach sale pulls me from…well anywhere.

But how do we inflate those pancakes? PopEye blew in his finger. That has nothing to do with inflating characters, but I like the imagery.

I’m going to write a couple posts on getting to know your characters. I think it’s a fun exercise and lots of writers ask how they can go about it. The process will be different for everyone, but here’s one idea.

Make a playlist:

No matter who we are, music has touched our lives. Knowing what your main character has in their playlist, tells you a lot about them. Are they a classical enthusiast? A country boy at heart? A rocker? A punk? DO they love House music? Old school rap?

How diverse is the list? What does that tell you about them? If much of the music is from a generation ahead of their time, what does that reflect? Who introduced them to those songs?

How about this? Does an otherwise straight-laced, uptight, CPA have a closet filled with classic hairband music? How did he get from 80’s rocker to a suit? None of us are only what we see on the surface. Your characters shouldn’t be either. We have a rich history of life experiences that shaped who we became.

Knowing what your characters listen to will help you as a writer build a backstory. The backstory doesn’t need included into the story at hand, but it will help you tell it. Learning more about who they are will guide you as you write their story. You’ll learn about their motivations. Music rounds people, influences people, inspires people. Your characters are the same.

While you’re at it, have you considered a ‘theme song’ for your work? Something you can play before you begin each day or to get you through a difficult scene? Adding music can be a great asset in writing. Don’t limit your creativity, shove it open wide.

So, tell me…what’s your MC listening to?

 

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