Friday, September 30, 2011

I Am What I Am

If you know me, I can talk about anything with anyone without a blush or stutter. Sometimes though, if something happens out of the blue and I'm not intentionally talking about something rather risqué, I can actually blush.

Well, it happened the other day.  A fellow in my office was asking questions about my Nook.  So I showed him all you can flip through the different books and rearrange them by author, title and such. Again, if you know me, I read a little bit of everything to do with romance. I have an extensive list of erotica and several are S & M. Yes. I do have a wicked side.

Normally, it wouldn't embarrass me. I believe if you're ashamed of something, don't do it. Only thing is this fellow is a very nice guy who teaches Sunday school for goodness sakes. And like I said, he'd asked about my Nook out of the blue and I was showing him how it works and there are all the covers to my erotica zooming by. Think, bare butts arranged for spanking, bare chested men with handcuffs, lots of skin. My face a little warm, I told him, "You know me. Overlook the covers." And I continued to show him the different great features of the Nook.  LOL!

He just smiled.

Like, Popeye says, "I am what I am."

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Be Careful

Crazy, I know, considering some of the nutsy things I've written here. But people really need to be careful of what they write, especially on loops, bulletin boards, and blogs. If you never mention names or organizations or give too much details, a person will probably be okay. Otherwise, be careful. You never know who is reading it.  People have looong memories. 

That's my public safety announcement for the week.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Size Matters

LOL! I know what you're thinking, but that's not what I plan to write about. It's to do with a couple books I've read lately. Well at the least, two books I'm reading now. Yes. I'm too impatient to read one at a time.

Anyway, for some reason authors are describing their heroines as short and they're 5' 5" to 5' 7"!  Hello! The average height for a woman in the U.S. is 5' 4". So that's not short. Sure the males in some books are extremely tall but the heroes in the books are not more than 6' 3". Compared to his height, she is shorter, but she's not "short." Yes. There is a different.

Think about it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Funny Guys

As I've mentioned before on this blog, I listen to different comedy stations on XM most of the time. What is one thing every male comic have in common? They love fart and poop jokes.  ::shaking head::

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Busy Days Ahead

Tonight, I plan to write another post for the blog tour next month. So far, I've written two. The promotion company said to be sure to make each one unique, verbose, and entertaining. Well, I giving it my best shot. Considering I like to write short, this will be a most interesting experience for me. Then again, I do love talking about my books and the writing process overall. So I should feel in my element.

Keep your fingers crossed I do this right.

And, oh, yeah, be sure to follow the blogs on the dates from the post below (Sept. 16) or click on the blog tour banner above.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mish-Mash

Like most Saturdays, I went shopping for the odds and ends I need at home. It was a beautiful day. Blue skies. In the low 90s. Since I've lost so much weight, walking isn't a hardship and I don't wear out so quickly.  It's amazing how your out look can change when get in better health. I can't wait until next year. More pounds should be off and hopefully I'll be at my goal a few months before I leave for Anaheim (RWA conference) in July.  I even bought a blouse today a size smaller than normal. Wonderful.

The little town I live in, you would think I would come across people I know all the time. Nope. But everyone I passed smiled back. I believe everyone was ready for the slightly cooler weather and gorgeous day.

Yesterday, my youngest daughter (Y) brought over her boyfriend. He's such a cutie and so polite. Plus I found out he reads! You know what I mean. Of course, all of her boyfriends in the past could read words. I'm talking about he picks up books and reads them and enjoys doing it. He named off a few authors he likes. Of course, most of them I've never heard of as they're not romance authors, but I know my smile got bigger and bigger. Then Y said, "I think Mom is in love with you."  She's so funny. How could she tell?  LOL!

The next two weekends should be rather busy. Saturday my writers group is having a full day workshop, LAW AND ORDER FOR THE WRITER.   To see the line up, go to http://www.southernmagic.org/programs.html. You will be impressed. It's going to be fantastic.  Heather Leonard is awesome! http://magiccitywriting.blogspot.com/ She set up the whole thing.

Then the first weekend of October, I plan to drive to Atlanta to see several people at a book signing.  1) Sherrilyn Kenyon. I owe that lady so much.  Love her. 2) Her assistant, Kim. She's such a sweetheart. 3) Nicki Salcedo. The woman is marveleous! And my lovely chapter mates: Heather, Christine and Mary.

Hoping you're having a wonderful day.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Be Sure To Follow My Blog Tour

We're going to have fun!
I'll update this post with links and dates. 

OCT. 17 --Among The Muses

This information can also be found on my website.  http://www.carlaswafford.com/presskit.html

Special requested dates:
OCT. 16 -- Christine Glover's Blog - http://verandaview.blogspot.com/
OCT. 24 -- Patricia Prestion's Blog - http://patricia-preston.blogspot.com
OCT. 25 -- Christy Reece's blog http://christyreece.blogspot.com/
NOV. 11 -- Mary Freeman's Blog - http://blameitonthemuse.com/

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oh, Yes!

I enjoy sexy men from many areas of the world. Here are a few.





And I like my men deadly and funny too.




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What's Up With Bangs For Men?

Now I'm not talking about Justin Bieber's old haircut (bangs brushed to the side). It's the bangs on men over 30. The short bangs about an inch long. I've seen several men with that haircut and I want to shake them. You're not a kid anymore, and it looked awful then. I tried to find a picture on line, but I guess I need to go to Walmart and take a picture to give you an idea. I figure it's a redneck southern thang.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pacing Yourself

Instead of the planned contest article, I posted an updated old article on pacing.  Click here and check it out. The video is worth it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Authors4TheCure Donating Book Proceeds To Breast Cancer Research

Eleven authors have banded together to support breast cancer research with their writing. Authors4theCure, which includes award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors, as well as two breast cancer survivors, is donating proceeds from the sale of their paranormal anthology, Entangled, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
BCRF-funded research has helped save lives and improved the quality of care and rate of survival for tens of thousands of breast cancer patients in the past decade. Their research has revealed that the "cure" is a mosaic made up of as many approaches to diagnosing, treating, preventing and surviving as there are different types of breast cancer. The anthology is also a mosaic made up of many stories donated for this worthwhile cause.

Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal stories from authors Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, Michelle Miles, and Edie Ramer, plus a novella by Allison Brennan. Stacia Kane contributed the foreword and the book’s formatting and cover art were also donated to the project.

Entangled will release September 12, 2011, and will be available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other online retailers.

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Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from authors Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.

Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.

All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Stories include:

HALLOWEEN FROST by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep (author of the Mythos Academy, Elemental Assassin, and Bigtime series) — It's Halloween at Mythos Academy, but Gwen Frost and her friends are in for more tricks than treats when they run into a mythological monster intent on killing them.

THE FAT CAT by Edie Ramer (author of Cattitude, Galaxy Girls) — In a battle for the souls of seven women, a wizard has the god of war on his side; all the witch has is a fat, black cat.

MEDIUM RARE by Nancy Haddock (author of the Oldest City Vampire trilogy) —What’s spooking the spirits of St. Augustine? As the witching hour of Halloween approaches, ghost seer Colleen Cotton must team with a by-the-book paranormal investigator to locate the one ghost who can save the city’s specters. If she fails, her own great grandfather’s spirit may be lost forever.

SWEET DEMON by Misty Evans (author of the Witches Anonymous series) —When Chicago’s vampire king insists Kali Sweet join his empire, the vengeance demon must rely on her ex – the half-human, half-chaos demon who left her at the altar three hundred years ago – in order to escape the vamp’s clutches.

SIAN’S SOLUTION by Dale Meyer (author of the Psychic Visions series) — When a vampire discovers the human man she loves has been captured and hung in a blood farm, she goes against her own kind and risks everything to save him.

A BIT OF BITE by Cynthia Eden (author of NEVER CRY WOLF and ANGEL OF DARKNESS) — A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it's up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she'll either have to prove his innocence...or watch the whole town go up in flames.

SINFULLY SWEET by Michelle Miles (author of the Coffee House series) — When Chloe bakes a little magic into her pastries, she attracts the attention of Edward, the sexy half-demon, half-witch, who’s come to warn her those who murdered her sister are now after her.

A NIGHT OF FOREVER by Lori Brighton (author of A Night of Secrets and To Seduce an Earl) — Who is Aidan Callaghan? Mary Ellen James is intent on uncovering the truth about the mysterious man, but as she soon finds out, some things are best left buried in the past.

FEEL THE MAGIC by Liz Kreger (author of the Part of Tomorrow series) — Jenna Carmichael’s magical attempt to rectify Jessica Manfield’s birth identity takes an unexpected turn when the past comes back to haunt her.

BREAKING OUT by Michelle Diener (author of the Tudor-set historical suspense novel In A Treacherous Court) — Imprisoned in a secret facility, powerful telekinetic Kelli Barrack and two other 'special' inmates grab a chance to escape, only to confront their worst nightmares on the outside.

GHOSTLY JUSTICE, an all-new Seven Deadly Sins novella by New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan (author of the Seven Deadly Sins series) — Demon hunters Moira O’Donnell and Rafe Cooper are dragged into the dangerous world of nocturnal predators to find “Ghostly Justice” for a virgin sacrificed to an ancient blood demon.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What Kind of Accent Do You Have?

Over the years, people in other parts of U.S. have told me, "I like your accent." HA! I'm not the one with an accent. At least, in Alabama. LOL!  And Californians claim they don't have one. Yes. They do. Bless their hearts.  Ya'll need to check this out.  Click here.  

Monday, September 5, 2011

Are You Really Interested? Or Making Small Talk?

Every time a close friend or family member ask: "Have you gotten your book cover?" "Do you have a release date yet?" "What's your book about?" - I laugh and shake my head. It's not like they have to remember a pseudonym. Sure, I'm happy to tell people about my book, but I expect certain people to be interested enough to take a peek at my webpage or whatever every once in a while. I check up on my friends once a week by phone or email or their blog (if they have one) and I have the same 24 hrs and full time job (with overtime), plus a part time one as a writer. (YAY!)

Do I expect them to know everything? No. But when I mentioned the info is on my webpage and then I answer them, I don't expect them to get offended. If I'm not offended that they didn't take time to check out my webpage (blog or Facebook), why should they?

Do I worry the same people will see this post and get offended again? No. They won't read it, and most likely it's not the first time they asked a question that was answered here. LOL! If by chance they learned their lesson, they can always comment and fuss at me.

I just saying...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Little Teaser

My next to post at Romance Magicians is September 13, and I plan for it to be an article I've been thinking about writing for a few years now. Not sure how indepth it will be, but it will be about contests in general with a lot of references to the Linda Howard of Excellence. Considering, with some input from a committee (especially from a certain Kelley Zeringue), it was pretty much my baby for the last six years, I know everything about it leading up to last month. And starting last month (2012 contest), it is in good hands (Thanks, Heather!) that aren't mine.

For those who don't know me and you're wondering if I know my stuff, let me give you this information. Over seventeen years (various years, totaling eight, I didn't enter anything), I've entered 111 contests (averages 12 a year - I'm sure there are plenty who've entered more, but I'm a little picky), and seven of those were in the Golden Heart. That was with 15 different entries. Only 16 entries went to the finals (little over 14%) with 2 as honorable mentions in NJRW's Put Your Heart In A Book contest.  Of course, two of those finals were in the Maggies, one was in the Emily and three GOTCHAs.  I had only one win and that was in the GOTCHA. Thankfully at that time they allowed the editor to decide as I would've come in 3rd otherwise. This last time I finalled, they let the score decide. I would've never entered if I had known that.

Anyway, there's a little teaser. I have a lot more to say, but in the RM post no contests except the LH AoE will be named. No need to ruffle feathers.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

What I Learn From Funny People

If you've been reading my posts for a while or following me on Facebook, you know that I believe people who are laugh-out-loud funny are smart. Well, they are. Susan Elizabeth Phillip, Victoria Dahl, Will Farrell, and so many others.

When I got my car last year, I signed up for XM radio and have been enjoying the comedy stations. Some more than others as I like clean comedy. Strange considering I can cuss like a sailor and not think much about it. Plus I don't think nothing of using foul language in my books. All part of making the characters true to themselves. But when it comes to the comedians, I've found the cleaner ones are funnier.  Plus listening to the stations brought me out of a funk I had been in at the time.

Have you as a reader/writer really listened to a good comedian and broken down his/her story to see what makes it so funny? I've been doing that and found they are great storytellers. They use words to exaggerate the moment. They paint pictures of those moments in time and do such a good job that we laugh so hard we cry. Yep. You can learn a lot from funny people.

Here's a video of one of my favorite comedians, Jeanne Robertson. Enjoy. Be sure to have a tissue to wipe up the tears of laughter.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Avon Romance and iBooks

Avon Romance

I'm so excited about Avon books can now be found on iPad's iBooks. Too cool! Check on the link above to find out more.