Two for Tuesday

Today in celebration of my new release ~ Kick Start part of the Hot Rods Hot Bods anthology (check out co-author D.R. Slaten’s website ~ http://www.drslaten.com) I’m going to share two things about Dezmond and Jada and what inspired me…

Dezmond ~ (Modeled loosely after my brother-in-law and nephew who both motocross race)
2 of his favorites
1) Movies – the original three Star Wars
Favorite Yoda quote ~ When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmmm? (Says this to his mechanic when his ribs are being examined)
2) Music – Sammy Hagar’s –Boy’s Night Out. As a side note he loves Sammy Hagar in general because of his customized Mustang and his Beach Bar Rum

– 2 things he likes the most about Jada
1) Her confidence on a bike. He loves to watch her perform stunts
2) Umm… everything about her body {after all it’s a HOT HOT romance :P}

Jada ~
– 2 of her favorites
1) Hockey – the Pittsburg Penguins.
2) Her favorite cartoon is Scooby Doo.

– 2 things she likes the most about Dez
1) His tattoo – It’s of a dragon. The tail and back claws on his back and it wraps around his shoulder so the head and front claws are on his chest.
2) The fact he respects her work and views her as an equal on a bike.

Some of the pictures I used as “inspiration”
Gabe

Hunter

Hunter & Jada
And that’s a sneak peak of Jada and Dez and what inspired Kick-Start. It’s available at…http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/hot-rods-hot-bods/

Writer’s Wednesday

I’m going to continued with 1000 Character Writing Prompts, Villains, heroes, and hams for scripts, stories, and more by Bryan Cohen for the month of February.

This weeks writing prompt – number 26 (I used the month and date to pick) – is developing a hero. Here’s the prompt in a nutshell ~ He’s a wanted thief BUT has a heart of silver which the heroine soon discovers. While he claims to want the buried treasure, she learns he really desires to see the boorish warlord pay for his crimes. So how did the heroine and hero team up? Why is he a thief?

He's considered an outlaw... there is a price on his head... aren't as they seem

He’s considered an outlaw… there is a price on his head… things aren’t as they seem

Where I had to really ponder last weeks, this weeks instantly had my mind whirling with possibilities. After I turned them over I decided this was my ‘favorite.’  This would be for a historical…

Jonathon is a wanted thief because he’s stealing back his family heirlooms that the warlord stole when he was six.  He’s not a Robin Hood where he gives away what he steals but he only takes what is rightfully his. Until he sees the heroine. Abbey is the latest in the warlord’s captured lovers there is something about her that pulls at him. He rescues her before the warlord can rape her. Being that it’s a historical, he can’t just say goodbye, he needs to find a save place for her. He’s torn between retrieving the last and most significant of his family heirlooms and leaving with Abbey. He also isn’t sure where to take her.

I’d love to hear your spin on this good hearted thief.

Teaser Tuesday

I’ve been tagged several times on facebook to do the 77-7-7 from my novel.  This is from my upcoming paranormal suspense romance, Tide of Love, that will be released next month and because it was x-rated with language I’m posting it here.

She's a mermaid who wants to experience every emotion known to humans. He doesn't believe in letting emotions get in the way

She’s a mermaid who wants to experience every emotion known to humans. He doesn’t believe in letting emotions get in the way

 

“I was disappointed the human changed his mind in the park.” A smile of pure evil curled his lips. “Your screams of ecstasy gave me a hard-on.” He ground his crotch against her hip. “I would have liked to watch him fuck you. See your face and hear cries of pleasure as you crested the peak. I can hardly wait to introduce you to the pleasures of pain.”

 

 

If anyone else would like to share thier 77-7-7, leave me a comment and I’ll tag you on facebook.  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Writer Wednesday – Getting to Know my Heroine

In keeping with my promise to ‘strength’ my writing muscles, I have started doing some writing exercises.  In prep for my the next romance suspense I plan on working on, I picked a prompt from 1,000 Character Writing Prompts chefs and cooks selection. My heroine is a pastry chef.

I selected 193 which isn’t really much of a stretch. Cayla Rogin, my heroine, is pastry chef like the prompt, but she doesn’t work in a vegan bakery. Cayla runs her own bakery business. The prompt has her growing up in foster families as did my heroine – it’s in one of these homes she meets the hero. While this doesn’t seem like much of a ‘stretch’,  I still decided the prompt – ‘what would the members of her family think of accomplishments?’ would be character building since I tend to gloss over my character’s. Picking a few events. So what did I learn about Cayla from this???

My newest heroine I'm meeting

My newest heroine I’m meeting

  • 1) I had to establish her bio-parents. Was it a single mother? Did she go back and forth between bio home and foster placement. Was she taken due to abuse, addictions, or negligent? This I would have done without the prompt.
  • 2) How many foster placements she had (I would have never answered this unless it came up while writing).
  • 3) Who she remained in contact with and why – this added a nice subplot twist
  • 4) I flushed out her motive for becoming a pastry chef
  • 5) Did any of her foster parents use her service? No, but I have supplying birthday cakes to one home she stayed at. This would have never developed without this prompt.

I found this prompt much more use than the 3 page character sheets I’ve tried in the past.

Do you use writing prompts? If so as ‘warm-ups’ or to break writer’s block?  What are some prompt books you’ve found useful.

 

Yummy Thursday…

Treyvon makes this for Rae and Brody after a ‘little hot summer fun’

Eggplant Marinara Flatbread from Spike part of the Boys of Summer Anthology

  • 4 tablespoons (about) olive oil, divided
  • 6 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick eggplant rounds (3 to 4 inches in diameter; from 1 large)
  • 1 loaf ciabatta or pain rustique, cut horizontally in half, trimmed to 9-inch length
  • 1 1/4 cups purchased fresh marinara sauce
  • 2 ounces soft fresh goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil plus 6 whole leaves (for garnish)
  • 1 cup coarsely grated mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle eggplant with salt and pepper. Place in skillet. Cover. Cook until tender, turning, 10 minutes. Transfer to plate. Brush cut side of bottom half of bread with rest of oil. Cook in skillet, cut side down, until golden, 1 minute.

Place bread, cut side up, on baking sheet. Spread with 3/4 cup sauce. Crumble goat cheese over; sprinkle with chopped basil. Top with eggplant. Mound mozzarella on eggplant; spoon remaining sauce over.

Bake bread until topping is hot and crust is crisp, about 12 minutes. Cut into 6 pieces. Garnish with basil leaves

Now Available!!!

Two for Tuesday

Today’s Two For are in honor of the record breaking heat we’ve been having here…

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale by Christine Warren (A novel of The Others)

This ‘tidbit’ made me smile…it came at the end of a ‘very steamy’ scene. I thought it was a wonderful ending. A lot of time I find the humor at the end of sex scenes flat and out of place. You’ve just been on a roller coaster of intense and to crack a joke…. But this I liked.

“He covered her like a duvet and generated more heat than an electric blanket without the pesky need to plug him in. Just call her an environmental crusader, cutting down on power consumption one bout of hot, sticky sex at a time.”

Bounty by Krystal Brookes from Dangerous Men: Dangerous Places

I liked the twist of this ‘first’ meeting (not actually their first but it is for this novella). It’s not often you find the hero dressing the heroine 😉

Gemma was struggling to get into the t-shirt as she could barely move her shoulder. Rob came over and took the light cotton shirt from her.

“Put your bad arm in first.” He showed her then helped her get the t-shirt over her head and her other arm into the garment. “Now that you feel respectable, get back into bed, and I’ll bring you some soup and bread.”

 

Sunday Six

This Sunday Six is from Taking a Risk, part of the Dangerous Men/Dangerous Places. 

Sometimes in life you need to Take A Risk

During the last set of stretchs, she realized Nick hadn’t said anything in the long minutes it took her to complete the repetitions. She glanced over her shoulder and saw him sitting on the kayak staring at her. “Is there a problem?”

He jumped up and cleared his throat. “No, I’m just—”

“Checking out my ass,” she interjected before he could finish.

 

Thanks for stopping by ~ make sure to check out the rest of the Sunday Six at http://sixsunday.com/

Sunday Six…

It’s been awhile since I’ve done the Sunday Six… Glad you stopped by. These are from my newest release, The Cabin ~ Toria and Neal from Secret Cravings Publishing.

The 1st in a series from Secret Cravings Publishing

A hot tub complete with bubbles, flames dancing in the fireplace, candles flickering as a storm raged outside. A sexual fantasy for anyone with a pulse. Add in a sexy as hell nude redhead and he would have thought he’d walked into his own idea of heaven. Of course for the fantasy to work, the redhead shouldn’t be pissed off.

Flashing what he hoped she would consider a sheepish smile with boyish charm, he asked, “Umm, how about a redo on the introductions?”

“Go to hell,” she spat, tying the robe’s belt into a tight knot.

Check out the rest of the Sunday Six at http://www.sixsunday.com/. Also make sure to stop back during the 20 thru 24 as I’m part of the Hot Summer Nights blog hop – plenty of swag to give away.

Transformation ~ Step 1

As I make the change from a pantser to a plotter, I thought I would share some of the things I like and some I’m not so thrilled with.  Since I’m always a ‘the glass is half full creeping to full’ or ‘your side of the fence may look greener but that’s only because it’s paint concrete. Mine is grass and with a little water it will be green’ sort of girl, I’m starting with a like.

A calendar ~ yup high tech stuff here.  I picked up this 18 month planner at my local Target store on clearance for $6.00. I’ll be able to use it for several of my novellas since none of the ones I have in my writing queue are over a year and they aren’t year sensitive.

 

My first step towards becoming a plotter

I’m sure Goggle Calendar or some other form of electric calendar would work as well and maybe better for you. The thing to remember as with actually writing – it’s a personal presence.

 

 

 

How I use the calendar ~

 

It happened when?

On the monthly pages, I write my timeline (outline of events). I keep these to short description. For the suspense/romance I’m plotting and will be using as an example through this Wednesday series, I included pre-story events.  Zak (hero) is having a problem with an old girlfriend being crazy so I wrote down the dates of the incidents that occurred before he arrived at the B&B. They are mentioned so I wanted to make sure I had a timeline and this also kept me from having everything occur on a Tuesday. 

 

 The daily pages for the months (2 ½ for this one) that my WIP actually occurs I use as brief chapter summaries. For example, June is when the WIP begins. My hero and heroine meet June 4th but the first event doesn’t occur until the 14th.  What happens in those 10 days and in what chapters?

So the daily pages looks something like this ~

Shoot I forgot this week had a Thursday 🙂

June 4th

Chap 1 & 2 – Zak arrives at the B&B and confronts Paul – Tessa’s soon to be ex-boyfriend.

June 5th

Chap 3 – Tessa goes to visit her friend, Callie to plan the September harvest gala to be held at the B&B

I have found this VERY helpful. It’s my timeline at a glance. If I need to ‘refresh’ my memory on what Tessa made for lunch the day Zak arrived I’d refer to my notes but if I’m having a conversation with Zak and Tessa about the time Zak’s old girlfriend doctored his drink with sleeping pills, I just flip through the calendar. Or if I have a day where ‘nothing’ of interest happens then I know I need a bridge something like…

It rained all day Wednesday, so they spent the day lounging on the screened in porch reading and talking. Tessa couldn’t remember a time she felt so at peach with someone.

But this morning looking at the dead flowers littering her walk away…

So have any of you found interesting ways to keep your timelines? If so please share.

My favorite lines.

My young adult

 

 

 

I love to twitter and today it’s writer Wednesday so…

 

 

Here are some of favorite lines from yesterday’s recommended books….

 

…then she felt down to the calf of her left leg, opened the pocket there, and took out the bottle of Visine. Thank you, boring Saturday nights with the Internet. She held the tiny bottle to Zak. “Use this.” Hush, by Cherry Adair.

Now I like this because it makes the heroine smart and strong.  She’s being held by guerilla soldiers in the jungle with a guy she only planned on having a one night stand with.  I would not be remembering what I read on the Internet and truth be told I never read anything that will save my life if I’m held by guerilla soldiers.

She had to protect her daughter. Larissa Monroe knew her life was coming to an end. Love Beyond Sanity, by Rebecca Royce.

This is actually from the excerpt on Rebecca’s website.  I wanted to share something in different but I just loved this.  As a mother, I instantly identified with Larissa.  Above all things I need to protect my kids. Every writer knows they need to create characters the reader relates to.  And these two simple sentences did that for me.

Jason’s lips traveled over her skin, a worship of her flesh that continued even during her hesitation. Intimate Whispers, by Dee Carney.

For this one I had to offer something hot because well because it’s HOT!!!!  And I love this description of a kiss.  It brought the simple act to a new level.  I was there…I wanted to be there….I wanted to drag my hubby over to the computer and say – here.  This is what I want. 

And of course, how could NOT share something of mind 😉 from The Hollow King my young adult.

“Humans are fragile and we have very sensitive egos.” Crenshaw wiggled in Cyloc’s grip.

“I don’t know what that means.” Cyloc replied and tightened his hold on Crenshaw’s ankle. “You are the first human I have encountered.”

“My luck,” Crenshaw whispered. “What are the chances of you putting me down and allowing me to walk?”

“No. You will escape.”

Crenshaw scanned his surroundings. Nothing. Flat parched clay as far as the eye could see in all directions. “Where would I go?”

“Small rodents always find a place to hide.”

“We have to work something out. Dangling over your shoulder by one ankle isn’t the best way to transport me. All the blood is rushing to my head and my left leg is now two inches longer than the right. I’m going to pass out.”

            Then once Cyloc releases him….

“You haven’t taken a step and already you complain.” Cyloc shook his head. “I do not see why so many people seek you.”

Crenshaw is one of my favorite hero’s. He struggles —-with everything.  But being carried through the land of dead by ghoul would be embarrassing to even the most self-assured hero 😉

So what are some your favorit lines and why?