Wednesday, June 20, 2012

When the Darkness Fall Blog Hop & Giveaway

My birthday falls on Friday, July 13th and to celebrate what many would find unlucky, I'm hosting a blog hop! No, I'm not at all superstitious, lucky me.

This blog hop will run from July 13th to July 21st.

All genres of romance authors, erotic romance authors and bloggers are welcome to join in. Readers, I hope you will come and join us on a very auspicious occasion and embrace the darkness.

Sign up below and read the rules below.

1. Sign up by July 12th using the Linky List.
2. Create your blog post and publish by 12:01am July, Friday 13th.
3. Choose your gift or gifts to giveaway. Books, jewelry, gift cards, etc. Use your imagination, but be sure to state whether your giveaway is open internationally, US/Canada or US only.
4. Let readers know how to enter your contest.
5. Include all participating blogs on your site with a link. (I guess we can get from Linky. Will keep everyone updated.
6. Include the blog hop logo above to your post.

Sign up!

Update:  Authors, I have this hop listed at Coffee Time Romance. It will also come out in their newsletter July10th! Other places this blog hop is listed is of course at Linky, Manic Readers, and Good Reads. If you have any questions, please contact me.

For my prize, I'm giving away this handmade charm bracelet from Etsy inspired by my favorite author Edgar Allan Poe. I'm also giving away a $25 Strandbucks gift card and my ebooks. Prize pack $63.

Sign up below! XOXO 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Eight Seconds is now at Amazon and B&N

It's Sunday, and usually it's my sleep in day. Sometimes I drag my butt out of bed and get something accomplished. Other days, I soak up the laziness, because it's the only day I have off. Six days a week is getting to be a real drag. Any work that is for someone else is a drag, and I'm sure most of you would agree.

Today was different though. Today I figured out that my very first book, Eight Seconds was released to Amazon and Barnes and Noble! That put a spring in my step and a little go get em' in my in attitude.

Eight Seconds is available through Bookstrand

Eight Seconds at Amazon

On to other news!

I have mentioned that I work 6 days a week, and that it's a drag on more than one occasion. That is all about to change, starting this week. My honey pie has given me the green light to put in my notice! Yes, I'm very excited, but also a little nervous, and no, it isn't because I'm getting fabulously rich as a writer. It is difficult to manage time with kids and activities, and I'm sure many can relate. For us, it is a nightmare at times. I did say I had a crummy job right? Lol.

My nerves are getting the better of me. It's hard to let go, no matter how much I hate it. Does that make any sense? My day job isn't making me fabulously rich either, so it should be an easy situation, right? I think I'm nervous about the fallout. One day I will disclose where I work, but not now. I will say that I work in an environment where when I walk away from others I need to check my back for knives. I have met a few good people, but not enough to encourage me to stay. It is also a dead end job for me with the situation the company is in.

I'm putting on my game face though. Tomorrow is the day I put in my notice. Now, I need to get busy writing great books! I need to make my own path, and find my own happiness. Where I am currently makes me very unhappy.

Cheers. Here's to me starting a new chapter in my life and to those of you that have already done so.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My take on Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

From the start, I was hooked, and I suppose the main reason is because it is written in first person. Yes, I like first person. Secondly, Ana immediately seems like someone I can relate to, which is an important task for any writer to attain, generally the quicker the better. That soon waned.

We move almost immediately to the interview where we meet Mr. Grey. He is the strong, silent type that keeps a woman guessing. His confidence is a big hit with me. I enjoy confident men, but not too cocky.

At this point, I've heard so many tales about this book, and seen so much in the media, I kept reading, waiting for all the debauchery and erotic scenes that I hoped would tickle my nether regions. By page 70, I was still waiting, thinking at any moment I may get my wish. Huh, they hadn't even kissed.

I'm still hooked in the story. Another page, then another. I'm captivated by Mr. Grey, wanting to get inside his head, and definitely wanting to know how hot the sex will be. Yep, I crave hot scenes that raise my pulse, but sigh, they seemed so far away.

As you can guess, I read on. I wanted to see the scenes that are so wicked. Then sex, thank god, finally. No bondage, no whips, just plain old fashion sex. Okay, it was good, well written, but I wouldn't rank in in the hot category. I was however impressed, because I don't recall reading any euphemisms for genitalia nor hardcore words either other than fuck. Me personally, give me the hardcore, I'm an adult. Have you ever heard the saying, "Don't go to a knife fight with a Nerf bat."? Are you catching my drift here?

I read on. All the contract stuff, honestly, I skipped over with a yawn. I suppose someone may have taken the time to read it all, but not me. I felt that it was a waste of my time. All I wanted was a great plot, believable characters and sizzling, smoking hot sex, not contract lingo. Sorry, bore.

I won't cover each section, because to be honest, I read it a week ago and now it's a big blur. A few points come to mind. So here's the highlights that stuck.

1. The scenes are tastefully written. For some that read very little, and ahem, are a little prude, you may get moist panties. I did not.
2. I thought the characters were developed well. Mr. Grey has me fascinated. Ana got on my nerves after a while with the lip biting and fidgety fingers. One minute she's strong, speaks her mind then cowers. WTF? Either she's tough and confident or she is not. Pick one please.
3. The hook and story overall is about why Mr. Grey is so fucked up or as Ana says, fifty shades of fucked up. Yes, I want to know why she can't touch his chest!
4. I'm intrigued to know how this story can stretch through two more books.
5. I hated the ending. I'm an HEA or a HFN kind of girl, but there has to be a hook to get you to buy the next one.
6. I'm not sure why this book has caught so much media attention, like the concepts are new, and no other authors have dared to write about such stuff. Pftt, whatever.
7. Apparently I'm too desensitized.

I am not, and I repeat, I am not a book reviewer. This is not a review. It is only my personal thoughts. Are we good here? :)