Today we have Honoria Ravena visiting and sharing with us her writing ritual! Everyone give her a warm welcome.
I have a very specific writing ritual. I usually write at night, after dinner. I work better in the darkness. Lol, a paranormal writer who writes during the night. Imagine that. It also might have something to do with all those times I was up all night finishing papers in high school. I also always wrote at night after my parents went to bed.
I like to drink tea when I write. I don't know why, because I am definitely a coffee drinker, but coffee seems to get me to wired to work. Tea seems to soothe me, and allow me to focus.
I burn candles and incense when I write. I don't burn the incense a lot because my mother hates the smell, but I always have at least one candle going.
I also always have music going. My muse used to be very picky about what I could listen to. It had to be a female voice. Since then she's loosened up a bit and I can listen to just about anything, as long as she approves. I usually don't know what she approves of until I listen for a while, get no work done and go "No, that's not right." and change the music. And I do have my trusted stand bys I go to when she's being picky. Niyaz is a favorite, and the soundtrack to Queen of the Damned. And of course some of my characters have their own favorites.
Also, I prefer to write at my desk. Lately I haven't because my computer chair is too uncomfortable. I've been writing in bed, which is plenty comfortable, but annoying.
I don't have to do all this stuff to write, but the words seem to come easier if I do. But I've found that if I feel like writing, nothing will stop me.
What about you? Do you have a writing ritual?
Now, I'd like to share some blurbs with you. I hope you enjoy them!
Fear of Darkness Blurb:
Vahe Patten is a Watcher in the King’s guard. The vampire king, that is. As a Watcher, Vahe executes vampires who break the only major vampire law: keep the secret. When Dylan Andrew starts leaving his murder victims for the human authorities to find, something must be done. While in Haven, Vahe enters the dreams of a woman plagued with nightmares of her past. When he sees Dylan flirting with her in a bar, he knows she’ll be his next victim.
Natalya Woods just wants to avoid her ex-husband. The small town of Haven, Maine seems perfect until she’s attacked in the street by, literally, the man of her dreams.
Buy it here!
Hunted by his people, the shapeshifter, Jayden, sheds his human skin after escaping his execution. 200 years later he’s still on the run. When he’s attacked in the remote woods in Wyoming, the last thing he expects is to be saved by a human woman.
When Maura finds a rough looking group of men hunting a tiger in her forest, she doesn’t hesitate to pull a gun on them and release the animal. What she doesn’t expect is for that frightening cat to change into a gorgeous, surly man with a tortured past.
But when his people threaten her life, will he save her, or leave her to the wolves?
Buy it here!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
A friend asked me to pass this along. This guy is really awesome so please consider it:
The romance community has long had a reputation for being loving, generous, and supportive of charity, so I hope you'll all take a moment to read this, and to make a small donation that will help benefit children, this is about the KIDS HELP LINE - an organization that helps kids in need by giving them a safe and accessible place to turn to when they're in trouble. One of Canada's best musicians has not only opened his kind and giving heart to this cause, he's opening up his home - on CHRISTMAS DAY - and giving a special benefit performance from his own living room... Time is getting short, but if you can spare a few dollars, you will not only make a difference, you will receive a very great gift back in this special show.... The details are here, and I really hope you'll consider doing this, and spreading the word to as many people as you possibly can between now and Christmas Day....
Thanks so much, and here are the details and the links, and the whole idea from Mr. Dusk himself:
On December 25th at 4PM (EST), Matt is giving you the unique opportunity to watch an intimate online performance of your favourite Christmas carols and songs from his albums. All proceeds will be going directly to Kids Help Phone. To be a part of this special event, visit www.kidshelpphone.ca/mattdusk to donate and help make a difference in the lives of these kids today.
December 25th at 4PM (EST)
Canadian and Juno Award Nominee Matt Dusk is a singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and fervent jazz-pop musicologist blessed with the perfect name ... for his spirit truly comes out as night approaches and concert audiences await.
In the spirit of giving, Matt Dusk is asking you to make these Twelve Days of Christmas special by donating to Kids Help Phone. In return, he will be giving you an intimate online performance!
On December 25th at 4PM (EST) Matt will be singing a collection of Christmas carols and songs from his albums to those who make a donation. The best part is you have the chance to be the musical director of his show by voting for the songs he performs!
To be a part of this special event, please DONATE NOW.
Upon receipt of your donation, a special link will be sent to you with:
* an insider’s view of the venue
* a voting feature (you choose the songs!)
* exclusive access to the video of his intimate performance
* ongoing access to the video at any time after 4PM on December 25th.
What better way to spend the Holidays with your family and friends than by enjoying the smooth sounds of Matt Dusk, all for a great cause! Don’t miss out on this special event. Your donations help Kids Help Phone provide the immediate help and hope that our kids need and deserve.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Since the year is coming to a close and I'm hoping for an even bigger year next year, I decided to start the year off with a bang and have a month full of guest bloggers. So far I've had great response and almost the whole month is full. Here's a peek at who will be here so far:
January 1 - I'll kick off the bash
January 2 - Delilah K. Stephans
January 3 - Natasha Bennett
January 4 - Colleen Love
January 5 - Jane Beckenham
January 6 - Denyse Bridger
January 7 - Pamela Hearon
January 8 - Brigit Aine
January 9 - Mark Terence Chapman
January 10 - Eve Summers
January 11 - Sandra Sookoo
January 12 - Franny Armstrong
January 13 - Peg Herring
January 14 - Cat Grant
January 15 - Ellie Moonwater
January 16 - Angel Martinez
January 17 - Rebecca Rose
January 18 - Pamela Tyner
January 19 - Annie Nicholas
January 20 - Cindy Jacks
January 21 - Aline de Chevigny
January 22 - Isabel Roman
January 23 - Jordana Ryan
January 24 - Brianna Roarke/Brynna Curry
January 25 - Angela Kay Austin
January 26 - Crystal Andros, tentative
January 27 - Micah Parrish
January 28 - Roseanne Dowell
January 29 - Kat Holmes
January 30 - Jane Toombs
January 31 - Aubrey Leatherwood
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I have the pleasure of hosting Ms. Knobova as part of her virtual tour. Below you'll find a little bit about her and her novel, Tales for Delicious Girls
Price: $22.70 Paperback: 180 pages Publisher: BK Publishing (September 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0578033399 ISBN-13: 978-0578033396 Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
Tales for Delicious Girls has received perfect 5-star ratings from women all over the world!
"Tales for Delicious Girls" offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. "Tales for Delicious Girls" deals with wishes, desires and dreams - as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. However, "Tales for Delicious Girls" is not simply a humorous book. In addition to entertaining the readers, the tales will inspire women to think about their own life and relationships, see themselves through different eyes and realize that they are their own best friend, the pillar of their own life, and the only person they can always count on. "Tales for Delicious Girls" encourages women to love, respect and appreciate themselves, to live the life they have always wanted, and become aware of their true uniqueness and deliciousness. This book will make you cry till there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you're delicious - the most delicious girl in the world.
Portion of Author Autobahn Review:
We all have different experiences, but every "delicious girl" will see a bit of herself in Barbora's book. She doesn't feel sorry for herself; she uses her past as a springboard to the future. Tales for Delicious Girls is filled with cautionary true-stories. Is Barbora trying to use her experiences as a warning to every other girl? To prevent her from making the same mistakes she did? Of course, that would be ideal! But when it comes down to it, what the author is trying to remind every woman is to listen to that small voice inside and act upon it when it says, "Dump this loser!" She wants every woman to remember that no matter our choices, we can make better ones tomorrow.
Barbora Knobova is an author who writes about women and for women. A relationship coach and a "Delicious Girl", she is always on women's side and dedicates herself to helping women find their path to self-love and happiness. Barbora believes that every woman deserves to be loved, appreciated and respected, and her books speak to women of all ages, providing them with support and encouragement. Barbora's motto is: I believe in myself. In us. And in you. Because we all are Delicious. Visit Barbora's website http://www.barboraknobova.com for free e-courses, e-books and relationship advice.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
By NaNoWriMo!! But, I beat it up and came back. ^.^ Seriously, I made my stab at NaNo this year and to my surprise I did it. I've got a little more actual writing to do for it too but once that is done, I'm going to let it stew for the month of December. I crammed alot of threads into this tapestry and its a mess but I'll pick out the ones I don't want and make something from it next year.
In other news! December really crept up on me with being so engrossed with NaNo so I almost forgot to mention my December 3rd release from Red Rose Publishing.
“I had everything under control, Sebastian.”
He took a step towards her, she retreated but he followed. “But you didn't really want to be, did you Lily?”
“What are you talking about?” Lily swallowed around the sudden lump in her throat, watching his eyes travel to her throat. The way he was looking at her made heat collect in her belly.
“You don't want to be in control,” he replied, his voice a low seductive growl.
“Yes I do,” she protested weakly.
“No, you don't. You want to let go, to hand someone else the reins.”
“I can take care of myself.” Lily straightened her shoulders, trying to ignore her body that longed to throw itself at this man's feet.
“Of course you can,” Sebastian conceded, “But you want someone to take care of you. I know why you weren't happy with Philip,” he said.
“Oh?” For every step she took away from him, he took one forward. Her heels touched the wall at the same time her hip hit the counter. She had backed herself into a corner and he placed his hands on the wall on either side of her head, trapping her. Her breath was coming in quick gasps now. She couldn't look at him. She kept her eyes on his shoulder but that turned out to be a bad idea as she noticed now that the black turtle neck hugged his form in a sinful way. “And why is that?” she somehow managed to ask
Sebastian bent his head, catching her gaze with his own. “You want a man who won't let you control him.”
“And you could?” she countered, her cheeks flushing.
She held her breath, thinking he was going to kiss her again but he took a step back. “Come, we're leaving.” His tone left no room for debate and she really didn't feel any desire to refuse the command. Still it was her brother's party and she always stayed here to spend Christmas morning with him and Kate.
“I said, come.”