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Blog Hop!!! 4/8

It’s time for the Blog Hop & Follow Friday again! I love this part of the week because  I’m meeting so many awesome bloggers, writers, readers *sigh*. So to all of you hopping with me I’m smiling widely like a doofus and waving frantically as always!!

Blog Hop is hosted over at Crazy-for-Books. Memes were created to help make the web smaller, and introduce us bloggers to one another. We can find sites and meet people and follow those we love! We increase our followers and we get some fun new sites to add to our dashboards too. Its a big win-win and I am thrilled to be taking part again this week.

So the question this week at Crazy for Books is: Will be up this afternoon- sorry for the delay!!

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Leave a comment and tell me if you follow! I always follow back!!!

Two Steppin & Fist Pumpin

When I began blogging last summer, I wanted a place to keep a record. I wanted to chronicle my life as a writer. There was a whole big world of writers out there I’d only scratched the surface of and I knew it was worthy of something formal, but I had no idea what blogging was going to do to my life.  10 months later, I’ve blogged every day and it was much more than a place to record something.I’ve met hundreds of fellow readers, writers, bloggers and friends. Without my blog, I wouldn’t have. I am over-attached to my blog because I credit it with this.

As you know, I recently crawled free from the slush and found two amazing publishers who love my titles as much as I do. Suddenly, I realized I have something to say. My words might be useful to someone out there. I’m not just writing in a diary and stuffing it under my pillow and hoping the cute boy in class will ask me to the spring formal. I’ve actually accomplished something AND made many unbelievably amazing  friends. It seemed like reason enough to celebrate. So, I changed my blog name. I am no longer Musing from the Slush Pile.

I found a writing style that fits me, found stories to convey it, and networked like crazy this year.Now, I am Musings as a Midwestern Writer. Oh-Em-Gee. I’m a WRITER. I like it.

I’ve written a few posts about author banding but I never could put my finger on what my brand could be. I wondered if happy was a brand because I am most definitely one of the happiest people I know. Then, it hit me. There’s a thread through every manuscript I’ve written. Regardless of genre or content, my stories take place where my heart is, in Ohio. Yeah, I heard a few chortles. We’re a fly over state. No one stops here. That’s okay with me. I am love Ohio. I am Ohio. I love the Midwest, the crazy erratic weather, the seasons, the fact that we have different accents depending on what county you’re in. I love the corn fields and the fact that I live on a half acre with houses all around but also to the north one block is a farm with a handful of cows out to pasture and about a block to my west is a horse breeder with an incredible stables where my kids walk in the summer to watch them in the fields. I have the best of everything here.

When people see the new title, Musings from a Midwestern Writer, I hope they see beyond the geographic reference. I didn’t choose it because I live here. I chose it because it sort of defines me. Neither city or country. I’m a fabulous blend of both. I know enough about each to know I like the middle ground. I like pumpkin patches, and hayrides and Christmas tree farms and fishing. I play horseshoes and cornhole and I’ve skinned a few knees doing skin-the-cats. But, when I need the newest Sephora summer shimmer lip gloss, I hop in the car and hit the mall for Starbucks and ogling over handbags and couture. I can two-step or I can fist pump. Depends on my mood. Whatever I do here, I always enjoy the scenery along the way.

Today wasn’t much of a tip in the writer life, but a change like this deserved a post all for itself. Hello new era of the writing life. I’m excited to see where you take me.

Writer Wednesday Welcomes Rhiannon Ellis!!

Today I’d like to welcome Rhiannon Ellis! She’s an amazing woman, wife, author and friend.  She is phenomenal. You can find her on twitter @rhiannon_ellis and blogging at Whispers by Rhiannon Ellis. She’s writes fabulous smexy romances and she’s here today Vlogging! I’ve never had a vlog on my blog! *claps wildly**whistles through teeth* Please welcome Rhiannon!!!

I’m so excited to be at Julie’s blog for a stop on my virtual book tour. Julie’s such a fun, sweet and supportive friend to have me, and I hope you all enjoy my writing antics today.
When I received my author copies of Bonded in Brazil, I decided to do something special to show it off. My plan had been to read an excerpt, but my son had other ideas.

Vlog Attempt Take 1

Vlog Attempt Take 2

Vlog Attempt Take 3

Okay, so things didn’t go as planned, but maybe this little misadventure was more entertaining than if I had gotten through reading an excerpt. I hope you enjoyed my vlog fail and will visit my website to read excerpts for Bonded in Brazil and Dark Wolf Protector yourself.

Giveaway: I’ll be giving away 2 e-copies of each new release–my paranormal romance novella, Dark Wolf Protector and my contemporary romance, Bonded in Brazil—at the end of my blog tour. All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is leave a comment here (or at any of my stops), and I’ll contact you if you win one of these sensual romances! Be sure to leave your email address. A complete list of my stops can be found at my blog.
BIB on Kindle
BIB paperback:

Dark Wolf Protector:


Rhiannon Ellis lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their two children. She is also the proud stepmom of a preteen. When Rhiannon isn’t writing, cleaning house or chasing her kids around, she can most often be found curled up with her e-reader, taking pleasure in one of the many genres she loves. She and her husband enjoy visiting casinos, are avid followers of politics, and are devoted fans of Wisconsin’s basketball team–the Milwaukee Bucks.

A Writer’s Life Is: An Adventure in Crazy

I had an emotion filled roller coaster ride to crazy town yesterday all in the name of my career. First, I woke up early and got busy writing cover copy for my novel Death by Chocolate. I was asked to send a short bio and a headshot, along with cover copy to kNight Romance Publishing who rocked my world last month with their offer to publish the Killer Confections Saga. Yippee! Everything went perfectly. I sent the information to the publisher and felt a thrill go through my little fingers. Then I popped over to my new author site to announce it was really happening. THRILL

But the site was down. Hosting F-to-the-A-to-the-I-to-the-LLLLLLLLL. I huffed a little, refreshed a bunch, checked my blog, my son’s blog, my hubsy’s site, our other stuff all worked. All were built on the same software, WordPress, using the same theme Athupula <– total misspell, but close. I called our hosting provider who typed in awkward silence over the phone for like 20 minutes only to say everything was fine on his end…must be me. Um. I called bull-pucky. Not me. It’s one page. There’s nothing there to go wrong. They maintained it was on my end. I maintained it was not. They said “Slog it to your admin.” I’m so serious. I said “I AM the admin.” There was some crickets and silence. I assumed it was a sexist thing. I couldn’t be the admin because I have interior plumbing. Maybe I was wrong. I said “If this was YOUR site that went “down” what would YOU do about it?” They said, do xyz” <– xyz was a paraphrase. They didn’t say do xyz. I hung up disgruntled, did what they said (which was silly because they knew when they said it it was to get me off the phone, but I had to do it so I could tell them I did it when I called back to point my finger some more ) and I complained to facebook, twitter, hubsy, and fumed the rest of the morning. I had a great treadmill day burning off my crotch-kicking energy.  RARRRRRR

I then got an email response from the publisher, kNight. She received my deets and was putting up my author page on their site! SQUEEE! She wanted to know if I knew my author website was down. EMBARRASSING.

I got another email while I was treadmilling my temper away. It came from the writers conference I’m attending in June. (I was fast enough to score a pitch apt for my YA mystery with the editor seeking to build the YA line at SourceBooks a couple months ago). The email said the former buyer for Borders books was now attending the conference as the newest editor with Bantam Dell. Wha? AND she was open to pitch appointments even to those who already had an appointment. I slid off the couch. I emailed frantically. I had to know…was she open to pitches on YA? or was she only taking romance pitches? I got an email almost immediately. I GOT THE APT! Now, I have TWO pitch appointments in one weekend! Not bad for my $50 conference ticket, yeah? SCORE.

Then, Hubsy came home. I unloaded a day’s worth of stories relating to my crazy writer life – none of which included me actually writing a single word that day- and because he is brillianter than any human I’ve ever met and gifted in all things IT, he made it better. He fixed my author website up all nice with a different theme and now it looks just like before only those hosting ding-a-lings should be able to manage to keep this one UP.


Yesterday was my favorite day in the life so far. It had everything. Mean visions of pounding web hosting bozos. I mean. Rrr. okay. I’ll let it go. Happy thoughts. I got my author page up at kNight Romance! I got a 2nd pitch appointment. I spoke on the phone with my agent lady and we are tickled over these two appointments. And hubsy fixed my website. Ahhhh. All is well. Today though, I shall WRITE!

IMM In My Mailbox & Mailbox Monday 4/3

This week I had another great set of books from the lovely local library!

Most of you know I’m a writer. Some of you know I’ve written a YA recently (I LOVE YA) and it is in the hands of my agent. We are going to shine it up and I am going to present my YA to the YA editor from SourceBooks in a couple months. As part of my preparation for this fantabulous opportunity, I am reading everything from 2010 and 2011 in the SourceBooks YA line. I need to know how my manuscript will fit in and how it might compliment their line, or at the very least know what she buys and will mine catch her eye? So, three of my books this week are from SourceBooks.

The first two are from the Beautiful Dead Series by Eden Maguire.

Beautiful Dead Book 1: Jonas

Not alive. Not dead. Somewhere in between lie the Beautiful Dead.

Something strange is happening at Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street-fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer, and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumors of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss.

Darina, Phoenix’s grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can’t escape her intense heartache or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echos inside her head…

And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina. He tells her that she must help Jonas—the first of the four to die—right the wrong linked to his death. Only with her help can Jonas finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

Beautiful Dead Book 2: Arizona

There’s been no sign of the Beautiful Dead for weeks. Darina achingly misses Phoenix all over again. Surely he will return to help solve the remaining mysteries. It’s been almost a year since Arizona drowned in Hartman Lake.

Suicide, it would seem. But something doesn’t add up…Drowning herself in the lake does not sound like strong, confident, Arizona: Ellerton high school’s high-maintenance drama queen.

Darina must help Arizona the way she helped Jonas. But invisible wings are beating, the Beautiful Dead are in danger, and time is running out…

Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green

In a world where nothing is certain, a little magic couldn’t hurt…right?

When Erin Channing’s favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived “outside the box.” But now Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future—or at least the key to getting dates…

Consider Your Fate to Be Sealed . . .

  • Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number.
  • There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see.
  • The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed.
  • One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Death isn’t what Eden expected. Where the hell is her release? Her quiet ending? Not that Eden remembers the details of her final hours, but one thing is for sure–becoming a sider, trapped between life and death, was definitely not part of the plan…

For Eden, nothing seems to be coming easy. There’s no way of telling  what will happen when her fingertips graze human skin. The power that builds inside her, Touch, strips away morals and logic.

Some people only feel a high; others are overcome by their darkest thoughts.

But honestly there’s not much time for her to worry about her effect on mere mortals. She’s got her own drama. Somehow, word’s gotten around that her Touch can kill her own kind. With desperate siders already camping out on her doorstep, the last thing Eden needs is the rumor to spread. Especially since it’s true…

A TOUCH MORTAL is the first of a planned trilogy.

In My Mailbox is a meme from the Story Siren designed to help book lovers unite, meet, greet and follow one another in our quests to find the next most awe inspiring, tear jerking, mesmerizing or just entertaining new tome.

Mailbox Monday is a meme hosted this month at Passages to the Past. This is one more incredible way to get to know one another, build your following and find great new sites to add to your dashboard.

What was in your mailbox this week?

Bloggers! Be sure to follow me if you like what you see. I always follow back!!  & I love making new bookish friends!

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