May 22, 2013

Midweek Mayhem: Even dragons get paranoid...keeping the smoke alive! #PlayListVid #DragonsFTW #Excerpt

Working it out…
  • (NEW) Witch Way to Turn won FIRST place in the Winter Rose Contest!!! (Yellow Rose Texas RWA Chapter for the YA category.)
  • (NEW) Monday was an Author Spotlight with the lovely Juliana Haygert and her New Adult paranormal romance Destiny Gift! (On sale for 99 cent!) Check the post and deets here!
  • (NEW) Entered Breena Cross from Witch Way to Turn into #CharacterBattle coming in July!! Deets to enter your kick-ass heroine or hero here!
  • (NEW) I'm doing it again! Booked my agent pitch session at the Romance Writers of America conference coming up in July!! 
The Becoming Playlist!
Wanted to share some of the songs that inspired me as I wrote Becoming...this song is on the list cos Taylor and Zoe are each others wonderwall :) 
Wonderwall by Oasis

Hearing voices…
Cover art by Danielle Fine
  • My dark and gritty new adult urban fantasy with cursed dragon shifters, titled Becoming, is completely edited!!!!! And I'll be pitching it at RWA in July if I don't have an agent before then...but cross your fingers and toes and eyes and, erm, anything you can cross cos it's with FOUR awesome agents right now!!! :D
  • Check out my stunning cover inspiration (right side above this paragraph) designed by the talented Danielle Fine!!!
  • Twitter pitch: After a transplant gives Zoe a dragon shifter’s heart, she learns that her online boyfriend is her donor and...a girl.

Today's excerpt immediately follows Zoe and Taylor's first kiss (Zoe's POV) shows the epitome of Zoe's self-doubt and paranoia. She doesn't see how wonderful she is, but Taylor does :)

Read last week's kiss scene here! 

Zoe wanted to be closer, moaned her frustration with the hateful armrest keeping them apart. Her body ached for more. Kissing Taylor made Zoe’s skin prickle with unknown desires.

She worked her fingers along the back of Taylor’s neck, trying clumsily to imitate Taylor’s gentle caresses. Too soon, Taylor backed away, and Zoe’s lips were on fire again. The sweet relief of the goddess’s kiss had been ripped away, leaving her burning with shame. She’d been too aggressive. Too forward. Too stupid. What had she been thinking, wrapping her hands around Taylor like that? She’d had no idea what she was doing. All she’d known was she didn’t want it to stop. But it had. Once again, she’d screwed things up.

She pulled her hands away from Taylor, but the goddess grabbed them in hers and squeezed gently. Taylor’s expression grew serious, and Zoe felt the urge to run.

Oh God, here it comes. The Talk.

Over before it had begun. Taylor had probably thought if things went any further she’d have to look at Zoe’s scar. Of course that was it. No one would ever want to be with her…not like that. She was a freak. A scarred, smoke-breathing, scale-flashing freak of nature.

Why had she let herself get attached? Why had she thought someone could love her? She should’ve known better.

Zoe’s heart squashed all the fireflies in its path as it fell to her feet. 

Dragon update... The prequel for Becoming is finished, and I'm almost done with my edits on it. Next step is sending it off to my editor! Now, for exciting news... It's been a tough decision, but the prequel FINALLY has a title! Are you ready?? <insert drum roll here> The title for the prequel is: Longing!!!
 Gotta a dragon!  

Cover art by Danielle Fine
Waiting game...
  • On week #12 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.
  • Requests for Becoming! Squee!!! On week #6 with one awesome agent (partial), and week #2 with the three other awesome agents (full)!! *fingers and toes crossed* 

Bonus material... 
*Writers, looking for a talented editor? I highly recommend Danielle Fine. She's edited four 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...
Entered Breena in this battle! Follow the action on Twitter here. 

My boss brought this back from a meeting on Tuesday. This isn't a stress's a stress fishy! I named him Flounder. He is mine, and I love him. My bunny paperweight is quite jealous. It's all the scandal at my desk :P
A coworker's 40th b-day was on Tuesday...these were the decorations ;)
The background on my phone
Pic from this past weekend when I was chillin' with my bff... I'd just taken a sip of coffee and it burnt my lip!! Ouchy!
One of the food tables at the City Manager's retirement banquet last week. Side note: The city didn't pay for this. Gotta cover my bases :P


  1. Congratulations on the request for Becoming.

  2. HA! Stress fishy vs. bunny paperweight. Too funny. Another great excerpt! :D

    1. teehee They both want my attention, but I can only love one at a time :P Thank you!! :D

  3. Congrats on win and best of luck on pitch session.

  4. Fantastic excerpt! And I went back and read the kiss too. Awesome! Good luck on the agents--fingers crossed for you! And see you Thursday! Squeeeee!