April 17, 2013

Midweek Mayhem: All The Things She Said...to a dragon ;) #amblogging #PlayListVid

 Working it out…
  • (NEW) I've been nominated for a Sunshine Award! here Thank you to Liza O'Connor for nominating me! Prepare yourselves, cos soon you'll learn even more random stuff about me :P
  • (Check it out!) Awesome interview with my lovely friend and editor Danielle Fine! (She may've been kidnapped by a Spartan. Just sayin'.) here
  • (NEW) The countdown is on for the RT Booklovers Convention! Come see me! I'll be signing Witch Way to Turn on Thursday at the EXPO! here I fly out to Kansas City, MO in ELEVEN days!!! OMG, can't believe it! Excited and nervous...it's my first RT! Sooo, erm, poppin' that cherry soon! You're welcome for that mental image :P
The Becoming Playlist!
Wanted to share some of the songs that inspired me as I wrote Becoming...the first is the theme song for the novel.

All The Things She Said by t.A.T.u (this is from like THE 90s, but it was the very first song that popped into my mind when Zoe and Taylor started telling me their story).


Hearing voices…
Cover art by Danielle Fine
  • My dark and gritty new adult urban fantasy with cursed dragon shifters, titled Becoming, is currently with my amazing editor!!! So excited to make this story sparkle and then pitch it at RT and RWA soon! Agents, you're gonna want this story...like super bad! Just sayin' ;D
  • Check out my stunning cover inspiration (right side above this paragraph) designed by the talented Danielle Fine!!! 
  • (Read fave sentences from chapter 4 here) Today I'm gonna share just a few sentences from chapter 5 that my editor loved :D The sentences don't have anything to do with each other.
(Aiden's POV) Now, his mortality clung to him like chains, weighing him down. Soon he would collapse.

(Aiden's POV) He scrubbed his hand over his face, feeling the stubble. He’d been so busy ruining his career, he hadn’t had a chance to shave.

(Zoe's POV about Aiden) ...hazel eyes so swirled with green a girl could get dizzy staring into them.

(Zoe's POV talking to Aiden) She rolled her eyes and returned the smile. Her shoulders relaxed and she didn’t feel quite so bad about the question. “Do organ donors come to the morgue?” Okay, so that sounded stupid. Like it was some kind of hangout and dead bodies just showed up.

“All the time. I make them pay a cover charge, though. Otherwise, it’s way too crowded.”

She laughed. Maybe he wasn’t such an ass after all. He at least got her sense of humor.

(Taylor's POV) And, at least for a few minutes, she would be close enough to the fire to burn away the chill.

Dragon update... Round one of the first 150 pages of Becoming edits are back with my fabulous editor! Currently a little over 6k words into the Becoming prequel (all from Taylor's POV)! It's going to be a novelette at about 7k words. 

Cover art by Danielle Fine
Waiting game...
  • On week #7 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.
  • Partial requests from two agents for Becoming! Squee!!! On week #2 with one awesome agent, and week #3 with the other awesome agent!! *fingers and toes crossed* 
  • Currently I am beta-reading for a fantastic friend and writer... Katheryn! Hooray for grim reapers!!
  • Finished reading Alice in Zombieland by ! 5 Star review coming!! Refreshing take on zombies! Highly recommend.
  • Looking for book recommendations and reviews for your 2013 TBR List? Check out The Perks of Being a Book Nerd

Bonus material... 
*Writers, looking for a talented editor? I highly recommend Danielle Fine. She's edited three manuscripts of mine and has taught me so much! I'm a stronger writer because of her guidance. Also, she designed my beautiful inspiration cover art for Becoming and Running From Shadows! Annnnd she created the book trailer for Witch Way to Turn! 
*For more information on Dani's editing services, cover design, book trailer creation and website design stop by her site >>>> here!

Random Alert! Alert. Alert. Alert...
Can anyone guess what fruit this??? Seriously, help! I can't remember :P All I remember is that I couldn't eat it cos it looked like an eyeball. That is all.

So, erm...this is one of the first pix I took when I got a smartphone three years ago :P Random Karen Factoid...I like to take pix of myself lookin' all serious cos they make me laugh when I go back and look at them. Ohh AND this was my very first Twitter profile pic.
This is the entryway when you walk in the front door of my house. I love the pic on the wall that spells BYNUM with different random objects. My BFF got that for me a few Christmases ago. And I have a series obsession with lights/lamps...so, erm, yeah :P

Hi, so, what the crap, Mom?? Gimme the dayum treat!! :P


  1. Well that covered a wide spectrum. Great snippets, lighting and your pup did get his treat? Right?

    He has that I'll pee in her shoes if she doesn't hurry up. LOL

    Great post.

    Bobbi Romans

    1. Thanks, Bobbi! Yup, Hump Day is my day to go all randomness :P lol

      He definitely got the treat! HE owns ME ;) lol

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ha, that's awesome. You always have so much going on. :) Congrats on the partial requests for Becoming.

    1. Thanks so much, Melissa! My entire body is crossed!! *tries to wait patiently* :P

  3. What fun randomness! I'll keep all body parts crossed for you. Tweeted.

  4. Kripes! Now I have that song stuck in my head! ;0P

  5. Karen, you are my spirit animal...err, dragon!:) What many would call "rambling" or "randomly jumping fronm topic to topic", I call "speaking my language"! :) I like the way your mind works and I am sure I'll love your books! (Got a huge TBR pile and zero dinero at the moment, but they are on the list) Great post! :)

    1. Awww, I <3 that!! I'm a spirit dragon!!!!! Us ramblers gotta stick together! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!

  6. Oh, and also, my chef husband said that fruit is called a leche, or leechee, not sure how to spell it...:)

    1. That is so cool you married a chef!! Soo...I totally went to culinary school, and guess how much I cook?? Erm, well, uh, like none! :P I taught my husband everything I knew and let him do his thang! ;)

  7. Loved this week's randomness! I too thought the fruit was a leechee--only thing I could think of that looked like an eyeball. LOL

    Congrats on the Becoming requests! You go, girl! And good luck at RT! You must tweet all about it! :)