Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Called Research

Sexiest scene in all movies. The man was sex on a stick in this movie. Enjoy.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Well, Hell!

I opened up my blog and then saw I had an email come in. So I switched over to my email to read where someone re-tweeted a tweet of mine. Then switched back to the blank page and couldn't remember what I was going to post. I hate it when that happens.

But thankfully as I was typing I remembered.

If  you have a blog on Blogger, do you trust the stats they provide? I'm beginning to believe that they will punch up the stats to make it look like you get more hits. Thus you'll stay with them. The reason I feel that way is that I keep up with stats two additional ways. By Sitemeter and by Google.  All three give me different numbers. Sure they probably all figure their stats differently, but the one that's nowhere near the other two is Blogger's.  And Blogger is owned by Google. At least, I believe they are. You would think theirs would be similar.


Plus whenever you see the location of the person looking at your blog, it can be incorrect. For examples, my buddy, JoAnn (Hi!), reads my blog from her desk at work (I'm sure she's on break/lunch at the time) and it shows New York and the company Time. I know that Time owns the company she works for and all of that is cool, but JoAnn works in Birmingham, AL USA. LOL!  And when I look at my blog from work (of course, only during lunch break), it looks like I'm in Englewood, CO. But I'm also in Birmingham, AL USA. Rather misleading, isn't it? That's because our companies' servers are located in those areas and not nearby.  Maybe that accounts for my fan (whoever you are!) who looks at my blog several times a day from Mountainview, CA. Someone said it might be a Googlebot (as that's the name of the server) just checking out my blog, but why would it look at a page nearly everyday, and not every once in awhile?  Nope. It's a person and maybe they'll read this and say hi and let me know who they are. Then again, they could be in another city and state and it only shows up as Mountainview, CA and they don't know it.  LOL!    I've included some snips of two of the stats for you to check out.

Another thing I was thinking about is how on Twitter I've gotten a lot more followers since I've been published (but still below 350) but the majority of those are writers. Everyone appears to be a writer nowadays. Not that I don't appreciate it and all writers are readers. Goodness, that's why they want to write. If they're not readers, well, that's just strange in my opinion. 

Well, enough of my rambling and it's time for me to get back to what I was doing. Writing on my book. I'm burning daylight.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Out of The Light Blue Sky

I had to run to the store for a few things and on the way back, BAM! no, I didn't have a wreck, but an couple ideas came to me about the book I'm writing. Love it when that happens. It always makes it so much better, fuller, richer. What's so funny is that I wasn't even thinking about the story at the time.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ask or Not

Unless you're a freaking genius and never had to ask a question (is anyone really that smart?), every person at one time or another has been made to feel dumb by someone who already knew the answer. Or at least thought they knew it. Sometimes we feel dumb only because the answer is so simple. I can't tell you how many times I've received an answer and went "DUH!"

But like I told my children as they were growing up, no one is born knowing. Now that's not saying a person who reads a book or go through a class or workshop without raising her/his hand can't learn something. For the person to even want to read a book or take a class or workshop, he/she had at least one question in the beginning. What is this book about? What will I learn? Sure, I'm digging a little deep, but you get the drift.

To be a well-rounded person, you need to be curious. Stephen Hawking is considered to be a smart gentleman. Some people will even say he's as close to a freaking genius as you can get. But the reason everyone knows this isn't because he knows everything, but because he's curious and he asks himself and other people questions. His talent is that each time he receives an answer he retains that information and then asks another question.

I guess the only time I get frustrated with people asking questions is when they ask the same one every time you turn around. Please write the answer down.

Or I've told them where all the information is and all they have to do is read the material. No. They want me to explain it to them (again). It shows they are not paying attention. Yet I truly don't mind answering questions if it because they read it and didn't understand.

For myself, I often will look for an answer for hours, refusing to ask a person. Because 1) I hate bothering people and 2) I don't want people to think I'm dumb. See. I have that problem too.

Of course, my stubbornness has helped me learn a lot about computers, writing and etc., but as I get older, I ask more questions. Time is precious to me and I no longer have that amount of time to learn a new program or software or method.

I hope I never talk to those who ask questions as if they are dumb, but I might worry on occasion about their reading skills.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

GIVEAWAY - BIG TIME!

In celebration of the release of CIRCLE OF DANGER!

Until June 5 (8 p.m. U.S. Central Time), if you sign up for my newsletter at my website, your name will be placed in a drawing to win one of the following. 

1) U.S. addresses only: Nook Simple Touch


2) International addresses only: Amazon US$50 gift card
Must be 18 or older to enter (because I write hot!). Those who have already signed up will be included in the drawings.

And don't forget CIRCLE OF DESIRE is still $1.99 at B&N, Amazon, Kobo, iBookstore and anywhere e-books are sold legally. If they are giving it away or selling it cheaper somewhere, they're stealing - don't forget. 

Better get it now, it will probably go back to $3.99 sometime in June.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fiction Can Be Funny

No. I'm not talking about romantic comedy. But the following video ... well, let's say I can imagine a lot of it is true. Beware: Don't play with small kids around or at work.  Enjoy!

Here's the link.  http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/amazon-mothers-day-ad/1400037  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Whole Lot of Gray

It started off cloudy and rainy this morning but turned out to be rather nice. A good Mother's Day.

As everyone says, being a mom is a hard job. When you stop and think about it, everything you say and do/to/for/with that child will be imprinted on his/her personality forever. (To make this simple, I will say she/her for the rest of the blog.) If she has any mental issues, she'll blame her parents. Even after she has children she may blame them but maybe, just maybe, she'll realize they are only being human. Besides even children aren't perfect.

I use to tell my kids that I tried to improve on what my parents did right or wrong and when they had children of their own, they can improve on the things I did, but they will make their own mistakes.

You know, I think being a writer has helped me understand a lot of what makes people do the things they do. And as a writer my mind has broaden enough to see all the possibilities and understand there are two or more sides to everything we know. Like how one witness to a crime will say the guy had a gray shirt on and another will say it's blue. One person will say he should be thrown in prison for stealing, while another say he was only trying to feed his family. One person will write him off as a loser, while another will want to give him a second chance.

So as the old saying goes, nothing is black or white. The world is a whole lot of gray.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hurry up! Whoa!

Have you ever felt that way? You rush, rush, rush and then something happens that cause you to go WHOA! It could be good or bad, only by the way you look at it. That happened yesterday. I'm behind on my daily word count.  So I was rushing along -- well, it took me four hours of messing around and staring at the screen before my brain kicked in, but anyway -- when I received a tweet that I wanted to answer. Then I decided to tweet one more time about Circle of Desire being only $1.99. Yes. It's easy for me to get off track. Since I wanted to set up a link to the Amazon page showing both of my books (includes Circle of Danger coming out June 5), I searched my name and then BAM! 

Whoa, Nelly!

I had three books showing and not just two. They already show Circle of Deception (yes, they're keeping the title) as releasing November 27!

Now for me to get back to writing and moving that story at a faster pace.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Whole Lot of More

This weekend was so much fun. For ten years I've attended the (HOD) Heart of Dixie's readers luncheon. In fact, Saturday they celebrated their fifteen year of hosting romance authors and their fans. This year's keynote speaker was Lori Leigh. But for the first time, I decided to stay the night before in the hotel next to the Von Braun Center and I'm so glad I did. It was so much fun.

I roomed with Lexi George (check out her funny "southern-fried paranormal romance") who is as funny as her books. Who doesn't like to laugh -- a lot?  And Christine Glover (who will be published with Mills & Boon before long) brought a bottle of champagne. We celebrated a lot of things, but one was my first year anniversary of gettting THE CALL from Avon. One year ago from May 4. Hard to believe it had gone by so fast.

Friday night, we met with several ladies and had dinner on a patio in a beautiful shopping center. There are several restaurants in the center, and all evening, teenagers walked by in their prom regalia. They were beautiful. So many bright colors and lots of bling. I had a blast talking with Janette Kenny whose agent is with the same agency as mine.

Then at the luncheon the next day, HOD set up a time for authors to bring their promo stuff and hand them out to the attendees.  It was a little chaotic and I felt funny standing there with my bookmarks and collector cards while readers raced toward Lori Leigh and Linda Howard. But a few took pity on me and stopped to ask what I wrote. I enjoyed it so much. I never feel comfortable talking about myself (I hated job interviews for that reason), but I could talk all day about my characters and their motivations. That was fun and their eyes didn't glaze over.

Afterwards, the luncheon began and Lori gave her speech and then the part a lot of the attendees truly love started. Each author brings a basket (or chest, box, bag, or in my case, vase-sized brandy glass) filled with goodies and their book(s) and they're given away as door prizes. A nice lady by the name of Bonnie, won mine.  The "brandy glass" was filled with chocolate Kisses, my book CIRCLE OF DESIRE, cell phone clutch with $10 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble or Amazon, skull & cross bones scarf, heart shaped picture frame, rhinestone necklace and earrings, a small scented candle, and a string of flashing heart shaped lights (plays music too).

I met so many strangers who were kind and so excited about the luncheon. Either as authors or readers. Each time I attend a function like this, I appreciate being published more and more. And that's a whole like of MORE.  LOL!