Monday, January 16, 2017

#WWoW! Author's Craft: Hyphenate Modifiers #AmEditing #AmWriting

Tighten Your Copy Yourself
Hyphenate modifiers.

Whenever you modify a noun with more than one word, you need a hyphen. Modifiers precede the noun and describe it in further detail.

You need to use a hyphen if you’re writing about a part-time waitress.
But you don’t need a hyphen if she's working part time.

Don't hyphenate modifiers that end in “ly.” These are okay on their own... so save it.
Your newly hired waitress doesn’t need that hyphen.

Friday, January 13, 2017

#QueenOfMyKingdom Survival Guide for Families of #Writers (#MFRWauthor 52-week Challenge)

My Family's Survival Guide
I asked my boys what it's like having a mom that's an author. There was discussion about the secret of writing with a pen name, which they were thankful for since I write about sex! Did I mention I have three teenage sons? And the very idea of me writing about sex makes them blush - even when I remind them its romance, not just sex!

When we moved on to talking about day-to-day life, they were more insightful than I expected. They knew my routine! Noodle, my 13yo, says everything is normal when I stop working at three o'clock (that's when they get home from school) but when I don't come down from my office right away, that usually means a scene isn't going so good. Had I said that to him before? He shakes his head. Hopper, my 17yo, explains they know because those are my quiet nights when I'm "all up in my head." Those are the nights they leave me alone and sometimes they find me back at my computer after dinner time. Hmm... that is something to think about.

Peanut, my 18yo, brings up deadlines. He's not so keen on the frozen dinners I make ahead of time and keep in the freezer for those crunch times when I'm trying to finish a manuscript. When Peanut is home (he's away at college now), we use the same method we've used since I first began writing... if my door is closed, writing can't be disturbed. An open door means I can stop whatever I'm working on if they need me. I'm careful to leave the door open as much as possible.

So survival (at least for my family) boils down to these tenants... secrecy, quiet, food and routine.

Friday, January 6, 2017

I Joined a 52-Week Blog Challenge... You Can Too! #MFRWauthor

A Few Of My Favorite Things
I surround myself with my favorite things. I can look around my home and every piece of art or any decorative piece has a meaning. I can sit in my home and remember where each piece came from, and it evokes a memory. It's what I love most about my home.

One of my favorites is two framed paper flags made by my oldest sons. On September 11, 2001, they were with a babysitter since I still worked a 9-5 job. The sitter helped them make flags with construction paper. The stripes are terribly uneven, the stars don't have five points and there may even be some jelly on a corner of one flag. But they are so precious to me because it reminds me my children were safe.

Another of my favorites is a set of framed Disney pins. Yes, I'm a pin trader! My family loves Disney World. One year, my sons gifted me with this ultra collector's edition Disney pin set. Now, I love it because I love the pins but, more importantly, is that they thought of something so meaningful on their own. It reminds me my children are thoughtful.

Another of my favorites is my bible. I have others but the bible I received as a teen is highlighted, bookmarked and notated. I thumbed through it so often, it's comfortable and lies open when I read it. Although I don't spend as much time with it as I once did, it reminds me that my faith is strong. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Have You Been Naughty or Nice? Tell Us on the #MistletoeHop! Read, Engage, #Win!

Merry Mistletoe Hop!
Sometimes being naughty is so much more fun than being nice... as long as you know when to let your naughty out, and when to hide it away. Wouldn't you agree? I'd like to say I've been naughty but there's this inner good girl that lives inside me holding me back from the edge of naughty. Damn her!

Whether you've been naughty or nice, you can still WIN two AUDIOBOOKS (my prize). In the comments, just tell me which it is for you... NAUGHTY or NICE... and leave your email.

The first two books in my contemporary romance series are now available on audiobook, read by the talented narrator Kim Parks.

Coming Home, Porter Brothers Book One
Rachel Porter, a romance writer, has told her three sons tales of finding their true soul mate since they were just boys. She lives with the belief that there is but one match for every person. Now as men, they have yet to discover their soul mates. That is, until they come home…

Ryan Porter, Rachel’s oldest son, needs a change from his busy city lifestyle. After five years of living in New York and establishing his own real estate firm, something is still missing. When a family tragedy brings Ryan back to his family’s rural home, he meets Tyra. She just might be the catalyst for the change he needs, redirecting the course of his life. But first he must accept his relationship with his parents and embrace Tyra’s secrets.

Never Coming Home, Porter Brothers Novella
I have a story to tell, a story I promised never to tell. Hell, it isn't even one I wanted to live through. I just can't keep it inside anymore... now that they're both gone. I have to tell My Story.

Rachel Porter tells her sons about the love of her life, about their father and about their life together. This novella tells the story of the beginning of the Porter family through the Vietnam War, too many losses and a new beginning. It's a tale her sons won't forget, and one that could change them for all time.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Keep Warm and #WIN #Kindle FIRE with Decadent Decem-brrr Reads #MFRWauthor #BlogHop


I spend as much time as possible during the cold winter snuggled up in my reading chair with as many books as possible. Writing a holiday book has always been a dream of mine. When I wrote HOLIDAY GEM as part of my Seven Sin Sisters series, I focused on the Solstice since that was the winter holiday the witches and vampires celebrated but mirrored the activities much like a human Christmas.

Christmas traditions span the entire month for us -well, five weeks actually- from Thanksgiving to New Years. Our traditions are so much a part of our family, we don't even question whether we will do them... a night of traditional Christmas movies, a drive to see Christmas lights along with a stop for cocoa, cutting our own Christmas tree, caroling at the senior community, baking cookies and so much more.

Share your favorite tradition and be entered in a drawing for a free copy of HOLIDAY GEM, along with the first two books in the series. That's a total of three books for FREE!
Holiday Gem 
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy, one originating back from the time of the Italian Wars in the 1500s. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal Valendite Breeds and secure their place in history.
Gemma has spent her adult life consumed with researching the Valendite Breed history, constantly greedy for knowledge about their race. Until she meets Seamus and she's no longer able to hide in her world of books and theory. Now is her time to live.
Seamus has found his gem and he wants nothing more than to treasure her. But his best friend is missing and he needs to locate him. Torn between his mate and his brother-in-arms, Seamus may be forced to choose one over the other. Will he sacrifice a lifelong friendship for the love of his life?
Also be sure to enter to WIN the grand prize -a Kindle Fire- by using the rafflecopter link.
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