Random thoughts on our impending doom and everyday life, courtesy of a Romance Writer who occasionally feels the need to talk like a Sailor.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors... Lick

Welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors with eight from LICK, my contemporary NA out 1st July. Here’s ze blurb….

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hang-over to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man beside her, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, as the Mrs to rock and roll’s favourite son, life is never going to be the same.

We’re continuing straight on from last week. Here’s the link if you’d like a catch-up. Our hero honey offered her asprin and busted her ogling his hot bod. Now, weeks like this, it's hard not to play around to try and give you more. But I'm sticking to the rules. Eight straight off the page. Bear with me, we'll get there in the end!

Big city lights from the night before or some such.
     My gaze darted to his face and he gave me a sly, knowing smile. Wonderful. “Yes. Please.”

     He grabbed a battered black leather jacket off the floor, the one I’d apparently been using as a pillow. Thank God I hadn’t puked on it. Clearly, this beautiful half naked man had seen me in all my glory, hurling multiple times. I could have drowned in the shame.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sharing the love ... no, not in that way. Put your pants back on.

Today, I thought we should pay homage to some of the things that have enriched our lives lately and made us smile. It's all part of the talk up what you love philosophy that I'm embracing. And while I do very much appreciate my family and home on a daily basis, let's concentrate on the stuff that we can share here. My babies are great when they're not eating my last piece of cake, projectile vomiting, or doing other stuff kids do that makes them unlikely to be welcomed by anyone other than their father and I. And I tend not to share my husband. You'd probably just get him dirty and then I'd have to wash him in antiseptic and he gets soooo cranky when I do that. It is just not worth the carry on. Sorry. I don't know what his problem is. 

So, the everyday stuff that has rocked our world of late. Some fantastic Aussie Authors have been on the blog recently, including Kylie Griffin, Ros Baxter, Sandra Antonelli, Mel Teshco and Cari Silverwood. I'm going to chuck some new recommendations your way, book and other wise, and then, in the comments, you throw some back at me. Let's share what we love. In a hygenic manner, of course

Books. Mmm. Paper or digital, I adore them all. "Reapers Property" by Joanne Wylde is about one woman's entrance into the world of motor bike clubs. Fantastic, awe inspiring worldbuilding. "Darkhouse" by Karina Halle breathes new life into paranormal romance and I think it's currently free. Go get it. "Painted Faces" by L H Cosway has a hero who is a cabaret performing drag queen. You will love him. Trust me. "Addicted" by Charlotte Stein was not only hysterically funny but her heroine was heartbreakingly human in her foibles. Loved it. Right now, I'm reading "Resisting Her" by Kendall Ryan. She writes fab contemporary romance with HAWT males. Check her out. Then I'm moving onto "Grease Monkey Jive" by Ainsley Paton. She's gotten some great reviews for this and apparently the male POV is mighty. Very much looking forward to it. I've also been told I need to read John Green so I'm going to do that.


Coffee. Always.

Music. Putting together a playlist for different books is more than just a costly and convoluted form of procrastination to yet again delay getting the words down. Mostly. Lately, I’ve been listening to “Xavier” by Australian Singer/Songwriter Melody Pool, "Love Interruption" by Jack White, and “Still” by English Indie band Daughter.

Blogs. There are lots of great ones out there. Here are a couple of posts I've read recently that come to mind. If you’re a writer and you’re not following Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds then feel free to smack yourself about the head with a wet fish.  Here’s one on ‘How Story Rebels Against Expectation’. Wonkomance is a group of Romance Writers talking shop and other stuff. Here’s the ‘Field Guide to Heroes of North America’ by Cara McKenna. Kate Cuthbert from Harlequin Escape wrote a good post on 'Rejected? This might be why...' And here's the important 'Want to be paid to blog about books?' post from Momentum. Applications close on the 25th so hurry!

Movie and TV wise, I’m waiting for Ripper Street to be delivered. In the meantime we’ve been watching Game of Thrones. I don’t believe there’s anyone out there who hasn’t been watching it. Not really. Warm Bodies was good fun for the whole family but Silver Linings Playbook is still easily my fave movie so far this year. 13 Assassins was a very cool and violent samurai film, available on DVD etc.

Alrighty then, come at me with your recommendations. Let’s share the love.