New releases, trying to find planner peace, and juggling the real side of writing.

Good Morning! Happy doughnut worry and be happy Monday.

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This week’s doughnut was brought to be a local bakery that is responsible for my yoga pants being tooooo tight. I mean look at those ….

And I’m stress eating because once again I’m struggling with my planner. I know right…when does this get easier??? I’m beginning to believe that finding planner peace is like finding a calorie free doughnut…. Or an unicorn.

So what’s wrong with my planner…it’s cute…it has room to write – well some room. I had to move to a second planner for my social media stuff. So the Happy Planner is basically a writer’s planner. Which is fine but then I have a small planner for my day to day life. So that’s ((3)) planners!!! Yes I have mad math skills – I don’t want to be the multi planner girl. Just. Don’t.

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I’ve played with trying to use my big Happy Planner for everything. But it get’s toooooo crowded. I over look things. All of which makes me eat more doughnuts. I’m thinking about getting a writing planner – a planner just for writers – and then using the big Happy planner for my day to day. And while the layout of the writer’s planner is different, I’m still not sure about the space….sigh… Now do you see why I have a plate of doughnuts????

The other major struggle that I need peace in is the admin side of writing. It’s crazy what a writer has to do besides write. It’s like if I wanted to cook dinner…1. Invent the recipe  2. Grow the ingredients 3. Prep the dish 4. Cook the dish 5. Do the dishes 6. Carry the dish to the table…

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This is just my social media planner…for both writers and my VA business…it’s crazy. Don’t. Do. It.

People only see the finished product… I someone how have to find a balance…to become one with all the parts of writing. Or in famous words of Star Wars…

 “I’m one with the Force. The Force is with me.” — Chirrut Îmwe

Now to the exciting part… I have a new release… a Halloween romance suspense… yup pretty awesome!

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Come back tomorrow for the hook and cover reveal 🙂

 

Halloween Scare & Giveaway

I love Halloween so I’m doing a giveaway for today, Friday, and Saturday. Leave me a comment or your scariest Halloween story and I’ll have the random monkey pick a winner for a $5 Amazon gift card.

 

Would you enter??? My scariest Halloween story takes place in a 'haunted' house

Would you enter??? My scariest Halloween story takes place in a ‘haunted’ house

When I was a teen, I went to a haunted house in a nearby town with some friends from my vocational class. On the way there, the guys kept telling Mary, the other girl with us, and me stories of how women had been abducted from the house – never to be seen again. So to be safe, we should stick real close to them (remember we are dealing fifteen/sixteen/seventeen year old hormones and thought patterns here). Mary and I shrugged the stories off and went into the haunted house by ourselves.

 The first room we enter is the ‘sinking floor’ room. They had a sand and foam mixture on the floor so with each step you felt like you sinking. During my teens years I wore clogs (besides boots they are my second go-to shoe to this day), and one of them ‘sank.’ I’m bent over trying to retrieve my shoe from the ‘sinking floor’ when I feel hands on my waist. Thinking it’s one of the guys I’m with, I reach back to shove his face away…it’s a hairy demon mask.

 A deep voice, that I don’t recognize, growls, “What’s your problem?”

 Instantly all the words the guys had said flood my brain. I scream (remember I’m 15 here) and try to break away. For some reason the worker holds on to me. A man with his two young children enter the ‘sinking floor’ room, I grab a hold of the stranger’s shirt and beg him to help me – crying. Not to let the demon man kidnap me – taking me to the depths of Hell.

The man ushered his kids through who were scared shitless. He turned to me and said you’re a great actress. I screamed pleading for his help again. He nodded and smiled. Now the demon man is laughing and one of the guys I was with returns. Demon man let me go and I leapt into the guys arms. The workers continued to torment me through the rest of the house

I went home missing a shoe, the guys picked on n me, Mary picked on me, and to this day it was the scariest haunted I’ve ever been to. Now people have told me that demon man probably thought I was trying to destroy the ‘sinking floor’ not realizing I had lost a clog and the workers had no idea what the guys I was with had told me and I silly teen girl that screamed at EVERYTHING.

So that was the Halloween I was the scared the most. I have a Halloween suspense romance novella ~ Knock Knock. And who doesn’t love a pirate especially on Halloween – Treasure Hunt.

A Halloween suspense romance

A Halloween suspense romance

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 

A female pirate for a Halloween read??

A female pirate for a Halloween read??

Hump Day Hook

WELCOME

WELCOME

Since the theme of this Hump Day Hook was ‘scary’ for Halloween, this hook comes from Treasure Hunt. After all what is Halloween without pirates???

Blurb:

A female pirate for a Halloween read??

A female pirate for a Halloween read??

DeLaney Black Heart is the captain of The Gypsy Princess, the most feared pirate ship on the Cannequ seas, until recently. Her long standing enemy, Falken Sands, is making good on his threat to ruin her. She is in desperate need of a large bounty to soothe her crew and reclaim her title.

Raven Kinsley is a treasure hunter. He offers DeLaney the chance to redeem herself. Only their history is stopping DeLaney from jumping on the offer. Raven abandoned her a year earlier and disappeared.

Left with no other choice, DeLaney agrees to Raven’s commission. They begin their journey to claim the lost treasure of Midas, but soon trouble surrounds them. Raven and DeLaney combine forces to battle gryphons, the possessed Falken Sands, and other creatures.

DeLaney tries to convince herself what she feels for Raven is born out of battle, not love. Raven knows he loves DeLaney, but until an old enemy is beaten, he can’t make his claim on her heart.

As secrets are revealed, they realize this is more than a mere treasure hunt. It’s a battle for their lives.

 Hook ~

 DeLaney Black Heart walked down the uneven wooden sidewalk, her blood boiling. She couldn’t believe her body was betraying her like this. The moment she had looked into the swirling brown pools of his eyes, DeLaney’s insides had turned to burning lava.

A thick bank of fog had rolled in from Ghost Whisper harbor. The dense gray mass carried the moans and wails of the lost souls of dead fishermen, sailors, and pirates that gave the cove its name. On nights such as these, only shadows walked the streets of Twist of Fate.

Thin, wispy fingers reached out for DeLaney, but she ignored them.

 

Treasure Hunt is available ~ here

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To continue to enjoy the other ‘scary’ Hump Day Hooks ~ here

13 Thursday

Since Halloween is next week, I thought I’d do 13 Thinks I love about Halloween.

  1. The reason I go so big on Halloween (besides it’s a guilt free pass to eat candy) is that it’s the last holiday before I start my hibernation. I hate the cold – no wait, I really really loathe the cold.
  2. The great movies. I’m not a big slasher movie fan but I love a good Halloween movie. Among my favorites – Hocus Pocus, Young Frankenstein, and Johnny Depps – Sleepy Hollow
  3. The fun treats to make! Like these green monster treats – super easy and cute (Here is the link http://www.ricekrispies.com/recipes/green-halloween-monster-treats)

    Isn't guy tooooo cute??? How can you not love a day that gives you this????

    Isn’t guy tooooo cute??? How can you not love a day that gives you this????

  4. Candy. Candy. Candy.
  5. A night of fun. It’s a great time out from life. Seeing the uber cute kids dressed up makes me smile.
  6. Halloween music. The Monster Mash, Witch Doctor, . How can you listen to these and not smile? Let’s not forget the Trans-Sylvania Orchestra’s Music of the Night – awesome
  7. The tons of ‘haunted’ activities. Love the local haunted corn maze and the trail of terror.
  8. I can black and orange fingernail polish with skeleton leggings and NOT be goth.
  9. I get to carve a pumpkin – this year it’s the headless horseman.
  10. I get to toast and eat the seeds from the pumpkin I carved.
  11. A day of crazy food. Worms (thin sliced hot dogs) on fingers (dough pretzels), troll snot and boogers (vanilla pudding with chocolate chips), Kitty litter cake, etc.
  12. Witch’s Brew Apple Cider – aka adult cider
  13. The last reason I love Halloween ~ it’s just plan fun!!!

 Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear some of your favorite things about Halloween

Hump Day Hook

WELCOME

WELCOME

This week is another hook from  my Halloween romance suspense Knock Knock

Blurb ~ 
New to Kanna, Florida, Lila Maxwell attends All Treats, a Halloween speed dating event in the hopes of meeting Prince Charming but instead one Halloween ghoul after another appears at her door until Cowboy Bill.

Jax Carlson has spent the last year focusing all of his attention on starting his own business. Hiring Lila Maxell over the Internet as his project manager was the completing task. Set to open for business in three days, Jax plans on spending a couple of days on his boat relaxing. However, his friend Erik has a different idea – a speed dating Halloween party. 

Jax has spent the night plotting the best revenge possible for Erik until Sally opens the door. The woman dressed in the pale lavender Harem costume ignites a fire that Jax thought was impossible without the aid of his formulated dating list. 

After a night of mind blowing sex, Lila sneaks out before they exchange real names believing it was no more than a one-night stand. 

When Lila reports to work she learns Cowboy Bill is actually Jax Carlson. She thinks keeping her hormones in check while convincing Jax that love doesn’t follow a formula is complication enough until she learns the participants of the All Treats speed dating event are being killed.

Hook ~ 

Knock Knock.... answer if you dare

Knock Knock…. answer if you dare

“A lover’s moon,” a woman’s voice came from Lia’s left.

Lila looked over at the woman dressed up like Snow White. Her black wig hung a little askew and her lips appeared swollen.

“Local legend says lovers would arrange to meet in the glades using the light of the moon to find their way. If he got lost on his way, then the love wasn’t real because the beams only light the path for those with the truest hearts.” Snow White lifted a bottle of pre-mixed strawberry daiquiri. “A night of true love.” She toasted the air.

“What about those who just stumble along the sidewalk and find your door?” Lila asked trying to convince herself that the woman had to have had a better selection of date applications than she.

Thanks for stopping by!

Knock Knock is available at http://www.amazon.com/Knock-ebook/dp/B00A4NPFKI

The rest of the great hooks can be found ~ http://humpdayhook.blogspot.co.uk/

Halloween give away

In celebration of a really great time of the year- Halloween AND my Halloween romance suspense – Knock Knock. I’m going to give away these two wine glasses and chocolate….

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BLURB ~

 

New to Kanna, Florida, Lila Maxwell attends All Treats, a Halloween speed dating event in the hopes of meeting Prince Charming but instead one Halloween ghoul after another appears at her door until Cowboy Bill.

Jax Carlson has spent the last year focusing all of his attention on starting his own business. Hiring Lila Maxell over the Internet as his project manager was the completing task. Set to open for business in three days, Jax plans on spending a couple of days on his boat relaxing. However, his friend Erik has a different idea – a speed dating Halloween party. 

Jax has spent the night plotting the best revenge possible for Erik until Sally opens the door. The woman dressed in the pale lavender Harem costume ignites a fire that Jax thought was impossible without the aid of his formulated dating list. 

After a night of mind blowing sex, Lila sneaks out before they exchange real names believing it was no more than a one-night stand. 

When Lila reports to work she learns Cowboy Bill is actually Jax Carlson. She thinks keeping her hormones in check while convincing Jax that love doesn’t follow a formula is complication enough until she learns the participants of the All Treats speed dating event are being killed.

Excerpt ~ 

My Halloween Romance Suspense...

Knock Knock… Answer if you dare

“A lover’s moon,” a woman’s voice came from her left.

Lila looked over at the woman dressed up like Snow White. Her black wig hung a little askew and her lips appeared swollen.

“Local legend says lovers would arrange to meet in the glades using the light of the moon to find their way. If he got lost on his way, then the love wasn’t real because the beams only light the path for those with the truest hearts.” Snow White lifted a bottle of pre-mixed strawberry daiquiri. “A night of true love.” She toasted the air.

“What about those who just stumble along the sidewalk and find your door?” Lila asked trying to convince herself that the woman had to have had a better selection of date applications than she.

Snow White shook her head and readjusted her neckline so the tops of both nipples showed. “No. The moon will only guide those who are meant to be together, even if their true love only last fifteen minutes.”

“Has Robin Hood been to your room yet?” Lila asked still a little more than uncomfortable with the set-up of this event. Turning, she eyed the three security guards dressed as the Keystone cops standing in the parking lot. Going into an empty motel room with a stranger sent nervous bumps racing along her arms, even if the Keystone cops were the size of moving mountains.

“No.”

“I think you may change your mind if he were to show up.” Lila stepped back inside and closed the door. “Or I’m the only sane one here.” She went to get her purse deciding she’d had enough of meeting future dates to last her a lifetime. “Becoming a crazy old lady who lives alone and collects stuffed animals isn’t really that bad,” she told herself. A sharp knock echoed through the room. “Damn it,” she growled.

How could she leave now? Dropping her purse back on the floor, she stomped across the room making the bells on her ankles and hips chime. She jerked the door open ready for yet another speed dating nightmare. Instead a cowboy from every girl’s dream stood there. Well over six feet tall, his dark eyes bore into her as if challenging her to speak. His sharp jaw line with a cleft chin, tight smile, and chiseled cheek bones added to the rugged cowboy good looks. She let her gaze wander over the plaid shirt pulled tight across his broad chest. Dropping her eyes lower, her smile grew. The chaps and worn jeans did an excellent job of highlighting his dick.

At least this one was eye candy.

“Welcome to my oasis,” she waved a hand and stepped back. “I’m a single girl harem waiting to make all your fantasies come true.” She’d been waiting all night to use that line. Instead of chuckle or even a smile he shoved his card at her and grumbled something that she took to be a hello. Glancing down at the card, she read his name.

“Glad to meet you cowboy Bill. I’m harem girl Sally.” She had no doubt Bill wasn’t his real first name so they both had been smart enough to lie when filling out their introduction card.

Again his response was a grumble. Looks to make your blood boil combined with a dreamy body, though he couldn’t talk. Sighing, she watched his ass as he crossed the room. She could deal with the lack of vocal skills.

The point and grunt caveman thing was doable when an ass looked like his in faded jeans. 

Knock Knock is available at  ~ http://www.amazon.com/Knock-ebook/dp/B00A4NPFKI

Hump Day Hook

WELCOME

WELCOME

This week my hump day hook is from Knock Knock my Halloween romance suspense…

Blurb ~

Knock Knock…. Answer if you dare.

New to Kanna, Florida, Lila Maxwell attends All Treats, a Halloween speed dating event in the hopes of meeting Prince Charming but instead one Halloween ghoul after another appears at her door until Cowboy Bill.

Jax Carlson has spent the last year focusing all of his attention on starting his own business. Hiring Lila Maxell over the Internet as his project manager was the completing task. Set to open for business in three days, Jax plans on spending a couple of days on his boat relaxing. However, his friend Erik has a different idea – a speed dating Halloween party.

Jax has spent the night plotting the best revenge possible for Erik until Sally opens the door. The woman dressed in the pale lavender Harem costume ignites a fire that Jax thought was impossible without the aid of his formulated dating list.

After a night of mind blowing sex, Lila sneaks out before they exchange real names believing it was no more than a one-night stand.

When Lila reports to work she learns Cowboy Bill is actually Jax Carlson. She thinks keeping her hormones in check while convincing Jax that love doesn’t follow a formula is complication enough until she learns the participants of the All Treats speed dating event are being killed.

Knock Knock.... answer if you dare

Knock Knock…. answer if you dare

Hump Day hook ~

Lila poured herself a glass of wine and started to put together the hamster cage. As she twisted plastic tubes together, she wondered what her new boss would be like. Walking into her bedroom, she froze mid-stride. On her bed was a knife coated with blood and small plastic number five. The glass slipped from her hand and fell to the floor spraying her foot and leg with red wine.

 

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Knock Knock is available at http://www.amazon.com/Knock-ebook/dp/B00A4NPFKI

For the rest of the Hump Day Hooks ~ http://humpdayhook.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Howloween Blog Hop

       Welcome….

   Glad you stopped by…..

Here is the blurb for Knock Knock my Halloween Romance Suspense from Pink Petal Publishing

Knock Knock…. Answer if you dare.              
New to Kanna, Florida, Lila Maxwell attends All Treats, a Halloween speed dating event in the hopes of meeting Prince Charming but instead one Halloween ghoul after another appears at her door until Cowboy Bill.
Jax Carlson has spent the last year focusing all of his attention on starting his own business. Hiring Lila Maxell over

My Halloween Romance Suspense…

the Internet as his project manager was the completing task. Set to open for business in three days, Jax plans on spending a couple of days on his boat relaxing.  However, his friend Erik has a different idea – a speed dating Halloween party. 
Jax has spent the night plotting the best revenge possible for Erik until Sally opens the door. The woman dressed in the pale lavender Harem costume ignites a fire that Jax thought was impossible without the aid of his formulated dating list. 
After a night of mind blowing sex, Lila sneaks out before they exchange real names believing it was no more than a one-night stand. 
When Lila reports to work she learns Cowboy Bill is actually Jax Carlson. She thinks keeping her hormones in check while convincing Jax that love doesn’t follow a formula is complication enough until she learns the participants of the All Treats speed dating event are being killed.

  Available now : http://pinkpetalbooks.com/Knock-Knock-by-Lyncee-Shillard.html  

Make sure to leave me a comment, I’ll be picking two names on the 30th for these wine glasses (which will be filled Halloween chocolate)…

Make sure to visit all the great blogs in the Howloween Blog Hop ~ http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/

Sunday Six

Since Halloween is Wednesday AND my new Halloween romance suspense was just released I have an “oh this is bad” for my six from Knock Knock…

Now available for Pink Petal Publishing

Lila poured herself a glass of wine and started to put together the hamster cage. As she twisted plastic tubes together, she wondered what her new boss would be like. Walking into her bedroom, she froze mid-stride. On her bed was a knife coated with blood and small plastic number five. The glass slipped from her hand and fell to the floor spraying her foot and leg with red wine.

The rest of the Sunday Six are here ~ http://www.sixsunday.com/

AND

The Howloween Blog Hop post is below…leave me a comment if you would like a chance to win one of the Halloween wine glasses.

Thanks for stopping by!

Two for Tuesday…

As I’ve mentioned I read ‘scary’ or ‘horror’ books for the month of October.  This is done for several reasons one is that it keeps me from falling into a ‘reading’ rut if I make myself try a different genre a couple of times a year another is it feeds my ‘little girl’ excitement of approaching events.

In Northern Michigan, October is sort of psycho in the weather department. Cold, warm, pretty colored trees, endless cloudy days, rain, lumpy rain, and snow so by spending the month preparing for a ‘fun’ holiday it keeps me from overeating and drinking too much wine or hard cider. At least once during the month, I spend an evening wrapped in my new fuzzy blanket, drinking hot cocoa, and watching Hocus Pocus and Sleepy Hollow

My Halloween romance suspense coming soon from Pink Petal Publishing

As a kick-off to the release of my Halloween novella, Knock Knock, I’m going to give away a copy of each of my two of my favorite Halloween movies – Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler (one movie per winner). 

Leave me a comment telling me about your favorite October activity, scary book or movie and I’ll randomly pick a winner. I’ll e-mail the winner’s on Wednesday for your addy’s.