Archive for July, 2011
The most important people to an author are their readers.
Then you’ll understand why—with every single comment I’ve received about Darkness & Light, every Tweet I’ve spotted by someone who’s reading my book, every remark that has been left on my Facebook page or in reviews—I’ve taken notice and … listened.
And what have I learned?
The ladies have a real (female) b***r for Ethan.
Maybe it’s his dark exotic looks. Maybe it’s the ripple of muscle that everyone knows is ever present. Maybe it’s his brute strength, or his (self-taught) wit, or that tunnel-vision-focus and steady control he has when a task is at hand …
Whatever the reason, the ladies seem to LOVE him.
So what is this all about then? you ask.
This … is my opportunity to give a little something back … to you.
This is your chance to ask Ethan Holloway anything you’d like.
Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the main fighter of the Holloway Pack, you can ask away … and I’ll make him suck it up and answer … because I can.
Questions can either be left in the comments section of this blog post, or they can be sent privately through the Contact Me form on my website. Either way, they will be included and answered and the results of the Q&A with Ethan Holloway will be posted exactly one week from today (3rd August).
So … whaddaya waiting for?
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In case you’re wondering, Judge Julie is ME. Ha!
Why? you ask.
Well, there is a challenge afoot and … well … someone needs to keep the participants in line.
When two of my writer friends, Jocelyn Adams and Aimee Laine, boldly and publicly challenged each other in a race to the finish line in writing their current NiP’s the fighting talk commenced between the deadly duo.
Of course, they asked me to participate, but thanks to the edits due Book #2 of the Holloway Pack Stories (and the fact I type at, like, half the speed they do), I politely declined …
BUT a judge was still needed.
So … as judge (chortle) I get to make up some rules.
1) The author canNOT write garbage. Each and every word must be relevant. No waffling (who d’you think you are? Me?)!
2) You must both post your current word count in the comments section of this blog post, as well as your intended/estimated goal.
3) You may each use whatever distraction techniques you deem necessary to give yourselves an advantage.
4) You may toss complains my way about your challenger’s stalling methods, but you may NOT ask me to step in and mediate on them. I fully intend to remain impartial.
5) Once you have written a bone fide conclusion to your novel, you will send the finished article to me via e-mail. I will check the word count, and I will also skim through to validate that you haven’t written garbage and that you have a worthy ending.
6) Whoever sends me their finished novel first AND has me declare it a worthy product will be announced the winner!
7) The winner will get to revel in their greatness in whatever way they choose.
8) The loser will be expected to a) write a blog post bowing to the brilliance of the winner, and b) send chocolate (weighing no less than 100grams) to the winner.
RIGHT … LET THE GAMES COMMENCE!
What a great motivational tool this could turn out to be, eh? What ideas have you come up with to spur your fingers into action?
I have a small list of favourite authors. One of them is most definitely the delightful Aimee Laine, especially after reading her debut novel: Little White Lies. Because of this, when I was given the opportunity to participate in Ms Laine’s blog tour I was mucho happy to oblige.
So … today on my blog, I have a guest that I’m very excited to introduce to you all. Straight from the debut novel by Aimee Laine: Little White Lies, I’d like to introduce y’all to Mr Wyatt Moreland.
Me: ::Swings in swivel chair to face him:: Hi. Why don’t you make yourself at home?
Wyatt: ::Leans back, crosses one ankle over his knee and rests an arm across the back of the couch::
Me: You mind answering a couple questions before we start?
Wyatt: Isn’t that why we’re here?
Me: ::Keeps straight face and refuses to bite:: Name?
Wyatt: I have one.
Me: ::Lips twitch:: Age?
Wyatt: Old enough.
Me: ::Giggles:: You married? ::Wink::
Me: You know I’m just testing you, right? Like they do with those lie detectors?
Me: Okay, seriously now. I have a few quick-fire questions. You sure you’re ready for ‘em?
Wyatt: After what I’ve been through? I’m ready for anything. ::Nods::
Me: What was the name of your first girlfriend?
Wyatt: ::Scratches head:: Um … Cheryl. I think. It was a long time ago.
Me: Name one item you never leave the house without?
Wyatt: ::Slaps his side, near his hip, so his palm thuds against an object:: Especially now, what with Charley’s … ::cough:: … change.
Me: What do you do for a living?
Wyatt: I’m a Field Agent for the FBI. ::Leans forward:: But if I told you everything, I’d have to kill you, so we’ll leave it at that. Good?
Me: Ha! You’re … not serious, right? ::Clears throat, mumbles: maybe he is:: Okay, just answer one more question on that, and I’ll let it drop. Why FBI? What made you choose that career path?
Wyatt: When you want to find someone, and it requires that you cross state, country or even continent lines, you gotta be a part of a big operation.
Me: Interesting. ::eyebrow quirks up:: Got any hobbies or hidden talents?
Wyatt: ::Smirk:: Those are best left between Charley and I. ::wink::
Me: Ha! ::Chortles:: What’s your greatest fear in life? ::Leans forward and drops voice to a conspiratorial whisper:: What are you most afraid of?
Wyatt: ::Leans forward as if to whisper:: Not having Charley in my life.
Me: ::Sits back up:: What irritates the p**s outta you? What truly gets your goat?
Wyatt: People who ask too many questions. ::Wink:: Actually, it’s people who aren’t genuine. Who think they should be something other than who they truly are.
Me: If you had to sum yourself up in one word, what would that one word be?
Wyatt: One word? Seriously? One? Damn. Um … adaptable?
Me: Blonde or brunette?
Wyatt: ::Smile:: Brunette.
Me: Teen Charley, or adult Charley—if you had to pick one, which would it be?
Wyatt: No contest there. Adult Charley.
Me: Talking of Charley, I’m surprised she’s let you wander off to the blog of some unknown female. ::Stares nervously about at all the people in the room because Charley could be any of them:: She lurking around here somewhere?
Wyatt: Only I’ll know the answer to that one. ::smile::
Me: Oooookay ::Shifty eyes:: Well, I think that’s a wrap. A huge thanks to Wyatt for joining me today.
If you would like to learn more about him, then I guess you’re just gonna have to read the book, peeps—check out Little White Lies.
When the government needs a body double for a covert operation, they hire shape-shifter Charley Randall. For two centuries, she’s played every part from foreign dignitary to office drone. The role she wants most, though, is one she’s denied herself three times already.
FBI Agent Wyatt Moreland believes Charley’s photographic memory is the key to his latest assignment. He’s oblivious to the true extent of her abilities, but he can’t deny the sense of déjà vu at their introduction.
Unlike Wyatt, Charley knows this isn’t their first meeting.
It’s their fourth.
The girl he vowed to love, sixteen years before, stands in front of him in her true form – one he’ll never recognize.
With each reconnection, Charley loves him more, though she realizes this is her last chance to explain. Only absolute truth can bring them happiness, but can Wyatt forgive her deceptions? Or will lies tear them apart forever?
Or to find out more about the author, visit Aimee Laine’s Blog.
I LOVE getting to share my news with you, and this is no exception.
A little while back I signed a contract for my short story, Marked, to it be included in an anthology. Into the Unknown is a compilation of shorts from three authors, and I couldn’t have chosen two better ladies to be showcased beside: Aimee Laine, author of paranormal romance Little White Lies; and Jocelyn Adams, author of the soon to be released The Glassman.
After weeks of preparation and edits … TODAY (yay!), I get to share the anthology cover and blurb!
So … ladies & gentlemen, I give you … Into the Unknown:
Today, I should have been blogging about my launch party.
However, due to a horrible incident, my plans had to be postponed.
Initially, I had a duel evening of celebrations planned. Thursday evening: a meal with some close friends. Friday evening: a buffet for a wider circle of friends and family.
On Thursday evening, just as I, Mr B and our two Mini-me’s arrived at the first night’s venue, Mr B received a phone call to let him know his brother had crashed his motorbike.
Yeah, it was as bad as it sounds.
In fact, it was a whole lot worse.
X-rays and CT scans showed my brother-in-law had fractured his femur, tibia, fibula, collar bone; he’d smashed his hip and pelvis; he’d cracked five ribs, which had resulted in a punctured/collapsed lung; and he had three vertebral fractures.
As you can imagine, Mr B pretty much failed to breathe on hearing the verdict, to the point I thought he was going into shock and I’d be calling an ambulance for him.
On Thursday, I sent my guests home, and made the calls to all who were coming on Friday to explain that the celebration had been called off. Obviously, due to the reason, everyone was very understanding.
But now, a few days have passed. We’ve visited my brother-in-law a couple times in hospital and he appears to be slowly improving. And I have finally found enough peace through all the white noise in my head to update my blog.
So … I thought I’d share what did happen last week that I wasn’t, at the time, emotionally in a position to share.
1) Cake! Yeah, we had cake. I ordered it for my Friday celebration. It was beautiful. And despite not getting the opportunity to show it off to everyone, it sure did taste delicious. Check it out!
Thank you so much for the great response.
The correct answers are:
1) No. of male members in the Holloway Pack:
7 – as the Holloway PACK is made up of more than just the three Holloway men. The Larsen’s are also members of the pack.
2) My two favourite quotes from the book:
“My name’s Sean, Jem. I’m Sean.” or “Welcome back, Jem.”
3) The name of my novella (sequel to Darkness & Light):
AND THE WINNER OF THE SIGNED PRINT COPY OF DARKNESS & LIGHT, WITH ALL 3 ANSWERS CORRECT IS:
And congratulations, also, to April Kirkland, WildAboutBones, & Ruth Steven, who have all won a signed bookmark.
I shall be contacting you all at some point today to arrange shipping.
Thanks again to all who participated. There were some great messages in the entrees, and you all made it a lot of fun.
The official launch date of Darkness & Light is upon us and the time has arrived to bestow my writing upon the world.
Let me just take a moment: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, I’m good again.
To celebrate (Yeee-haaaah!), I am giving away one signed print copy of Darkness & Light.
Three runner’s up will also receive a signed Darkness & Light bookmark each.
So … do you want to win a copy?
I can’t hear you!
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