November 21, 2012

My Midweek Mayhem, Excellent News, #WIP Snippet and Random Picture Goodness! #amblogging

Working it out…  
  • (Announced on my Six Sentence Sunday post) Running From Shadows has finaled in another contest!!! This makes THREE total so far!! Squee!!! Reveal Your Inner Vixen! (Maryland Romance Writers chapter of RWA)!!!!! They said: "Your impressive entry was deemed one of the most seductive, compelling and well written by our first round judges."  
  • Monday I found out that Running From Shadows didn't make it into the 3rd Annual Baker's Dozen Agent Pitch Contest...but never fear, I press onward!
  • Upcoming Pitch contests I'm entering in December...check them out! #PitchMas and #PitchWars
Hearing voices…
  • Am doing setting description edits for Running From Shadows. Gotta make my demon-slaying unicorn story sparkle and shine even more than it already does!! Am on page 230 of 281...
  • Currently going gangbuster on my dark and gritty work-in-progress (a new adult urban fantasy with cursed dragon shifters and is unlike anything I've ever written)! Crossed over 40k words today! 
  • Read last week's snippet here :)   
  • Here's an unedited teaser for you (One of the two heroine's POV--Taylor, the "blonde goddess," is kind of like a female Dexter)... 
       His stare lingered on the bit of exposed flesh her gesture caused since her coat was unbuttoned. “What seems to be the trouble?” He rubbed his hands together, blowing on them.
      She walked to his side, trying to keep his eye contact. She pictured the raging beast inside of her. Mentally clipped it wings and docked its tail. Anything to keep it from exploding out of her in public. Even the monsters who didn’t care what life they took, still kept the secret. They had to. The knights would always hunt them. Claim their flesh. Live, forever.
      “I just don’t know.” She batted her eyelashes as bile crept up her throat and coated the inside of her mouth. “Tried to start the engine and it wouldn’t turn over. Do you mind taking a look under my hood?” She licked her top lip and watched his eyes as the last part of her question finally clicked in his mind.
      “I can look at anything you need checked.” His words tasted of saccharine in her mind. She’d turn his phrase…in due time.
      She forced a schoolgirl giggle and followed him to the front of the car. He lifted the hood and checked a couple of valves followed by fluid levels. “Everything seems to be fine. It may’ve gotten too cold.” He unhooked the latch and tucked it to the side of the engine before dropping the hood closed. “Try cranking it again.”
      “Sure.” She did a slow spin on her heel, knowing he would check out her ass. “Like what you see?” She glided her hands over the smooth, red paint of her car.
      “Hell yeah, I do.” Opening the door for her, he leaned closer, a domineering stance between door and car.
      Taylor let her legs spread further apart than needed to settle into the cold leather of the driver’s seat. He wouldn’t see anything since she wore black stockings, but he most definitely got the message. She turned the key in the ignition and the BMW purred to life.
      “Seems to be working now.”
      “Thank you.” Looking up at him, she added, “Uh, I don’t even know your name.” Not that it mattered.
      “Kyle.” He leaned even closer, until his breath washed over her one onion wave at a time. “Anything else I can do for you?”
      Swallowing back her repulsion, she pretended to fiddle with the seat belt. “So, I don’t normally do this, but… Well, I feel like there may be something, you know, between us, and…”
      “Yeah, go on.”
      “I live about ten minutes from here. Why don’t you come over to my place? I can thank you properly.” She bit her lip. The beast inside of her could taste his excitement.
      Prey hooked.

Waiting game
Cover Art by Danielle Fine
  • On week #24 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.*continues to keep fingers and toes crossed and keeps querying*
  • On week #16 of waiting to hear back from the editor I pitched to at the RWA conference in July. *also continues to keep all possible body parts crossed*
  • Currently I am beta-reading for an awesome friend and writer... Katheryn!
  • Currently reading Winter Fairy by Lola Karns!! Check it out here
  • I'm a judge in the Finish The Damn Book Contest. Excited to participate! One read! One to go! (This is my local RWA Chapter's contest.) Check out my awesome Chesapeake Romance Writers' Chapter here.
Bonus material...
*Tune back in for SSS on Sunday for more steamy goodness from Running From Shadows! Pax and Greta are FINALLY in his cabin... And Pax is oh-so sexy and distracting :) Bwahaha

*Would love to get more Likes for my author page! Click here... Thanks! 

*Add Witch Way to Turn to your to-be-read list here

*Watch the awesome Witch Way to Turn book trailer here!!

*Beautiful cover art for Running From Shadows and Witch Way to Turn book trailer by Danielle Fine... Check her website for more cover art, editing and book trailer services.

Random Alert! Random. Alert. Alert. Alert...

So Saturday, the hubby and I went out for an all-you-can-eat sushi lunch. Omigosh, by the third plate, I thought I was gonna die! That didn't stop me cos what you don't eat you have to pay extra for! Oh! Oh! I tried something new! See the brown pod looking thing on the right side? Bean curd nigiri. Delicious! Could've had like four of just those.

Rusty pup and I watching The Big Bang Theory. Love that show! And, yes, those are teal and purple striped pajama pants! haha Awesome, right?

Tada! Randomness at its best! LOL Okay, so, most people probably don't take pictures of toilets, but let's face it... I'm a bit odd. :P Anywho, this was at a restroom in the Chicago airport. It took me, like, FIVE minutes just to figure out what was going on. For those of you who have never seen a toilet quite like this, you wave your hand in front of the middle sensor and the plastic cover rotates around. Being the germaphobe that I am, I waved my hand about three times before I was satisfied.


  1. Great post, Chica! Your excerpt is certainly not what you usually write! Can't wait for you to finish! Where's that restaurant? I need to take my hubby there! And loved the random pic of toilet. I've seen them before. LOL You are pretty out there. :)

    1. Thanks girl! This WIP is soooo different from my norm! Omigosh, I love it!!! Can not wait for peeps to read it!! :D Ooo, the sushi place is's in Yorktown... I'll have to ask the hubby cos I don't remember the name. lol Ohh and the toilet was so strange that I just had to take a pic. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Great post!Fun as always.

  3. Go to a Taiwan park and you'll find incredibly weird toilets.
    I love that excerpt from your book.
    Just between us, how many clones do you have. Because I can't do half what you are doing. And I never ever work on more than one book at once. My memory is so dodgy, I'll call the characters by the wrong name. So you, are now promoted to my short list of Amazing and possibly inhuman fantastic, do it all, authors.

    I've asked to be clone, but all the mad scientist I've approached say they'd rather just blow the world up than make a clone of me.
    Great blog.

    1. Thank you so much, Liza, for your kind words! I adore this book! :) LOL, I so wish I had clones!! How great would that be?? I think you are doing wonderfully with your Saving Casey release! Go you!!

  4. Editor Liza says the last sentence above should read
    I've asked to be CLONED, but all the mad scientists ...

    Funny Liza refuses to read the silliness she writes.