Goodbye 2013…

Before I disappear for the day to celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of another, I wanted to take a moment to think (write) about 2013.

This year has flown past in the blink of an eye. I seriously have to make a list of the thing that have happened (in no particular order):

  1. I started writing a book! It was a bucket list item to even begin it, and once I started, I couldn’t stop. I loved every second of creating a place for Cass in my life, and for those who love her (and Drew).
  2. I published a book! Holy crap! I published a book!! After I finished writing, Being There, my husband kept insisting that I needed to publish. It was absolutely terrifying and exciting all at once. I have loved the messages on Facebook that I have received from readers who enjoyed it. Totally makes me smile. 🙂
  3. I got to go to Colorado! I have NEVER been before, and I got to make the trip with my husband, kids and my bestie and her family. I rode horses in the mountains….WTF!? It was too cool! The best part, definitely white water rafting, which was another bucket list item. And to our guide who made it his mission to drench me…told you you’d be in my book. Just saying’!
  4. The worst part of my year was just a couple of weeks ago when my little Dixie, my puppy of 13 years, died. I miss her so much. She was a staple in my life and I swear I still see her around my house when I’m writing, cleaning or especially late at night when it would just be me and her. She always waited up for me to go to bed and our family is a little smaller now.
  5. Got to see Mumford & Sons with my mom, sis, niece, best friend and my girls! The most AMAZING concert I have ever been to!!! I would totally go again in a heartbeat and I recommend everyone to go see them. I’m still on cloud nine when I think about it.
  6. I wrote another book. Yep, if you have followed this blog, this isn’t news to you. I am putting the finishing touches on the formatting and it is scheduled to release on January 9, 2014, which also happens to be my birthday! I’m pretty excited and scared and worried and everything else, all at once.
  7. Went tailgating. I realize this isn’t a big deal to most, but I have NEVER done this before and I did it…TWICE! Once for the Houston Texans game with my parents and my sister, the other with my hubby at the A&M v LSU game. Shocker….my team lost BOTH games, but whatever, it was fun and I’ve never done that before.
  8. I went to my first author signing. I’ve never done that either! I got to go and see Molly McAdams and Colleen Hoover, both of whom I love so much! Highlight, I got to meet R.S. Grey, who will be sharing a table with me for the Houston Author Signing in February. I love this girl…she is so cute and sweet, I’m so excited to spend the day with her again. (OMG…we’re signing, WTF!?!?)

These are just SOME of the things that came to mind. I have loved 2013, I’ll miss it, but I also have high expectations of 2014. You better deliver 😉 .

I hope everyone has a fun, safe and awesome New Years Eve.
😎 Don’t drink and drive 😉

We out…

All I Can Do Is Write About It…

Merry Christmas!!! (Yes, I realize it’s late 😉 )

You probably don’t know this about me, but those who know me well do….I’m ALWAYS late! Hence why it’s taken nearly two months (possibly longer) to get Drew’s Scene completed. For those who don’t know…I promised that when I hit 1700 likes on Facebook, I’d write one scene from Drew’s POV, from Being There. As you have figured out, I’m L-A-T-E

If you want to read a special scene by Drew, click on this image below:

Drew & Cass

Drew & Cass

In other news…

  • Mine to Lose is on track to release on January 9 (which happens to be my bday!)
  • Mine to Lose will be available on iTunes, B&N and Amazon!!
  • To celebrate the Mine to Lose release, Being There will be on sale this Thursday. (Being there is only available on Amazon)
  • There will be a blog tour for Mine to Lose, so if you would like to participate, email me
  • Be sure to Add Mine to Lose and Being There to your TBR on Goodreads (click either title to go to that page.)

I am going to try to post ONE MORE blog entry for 2013, so if you’re interested, check back tomorrow! Thanks so much for reading and hope you have a great day!!

😎 All I Can Do Is Write About It – Lynyrd Skynyrd – such a great song (acoustic version)

RELEASE: Redeeming the Amazon

The wonderful L.V. Lewis has a new book, just in time to redeem those gift cards you got for Christmas! Redeeming the Amazon is presented as part of The Den of Sin series.

Redeeming the Amazon

Redeeming the Amazon

Redeeming the Amazon Excerpt:

“What just happened? We were in a good place until all of a sudden, we weren’t.”

She shrugged like a gawky, inexperienced teen, afraid to go all the way with the boy she liked she wasn’t sure would still like her in the morning. He hated that the cancer had done this to her. Robbed her of her confidence.

“Karen, I would never hurt you.”

She smiled. He’d been going for intimacy, for sincerity, but apparently his heartfelt declaration struck her as funny.

“You know I won’t take advantage if you let me in,” he said, giving her a glimpse of his own vulnerability. This was as much about him as it was about her. Then he realized this statement was innuendo-laden as well, when her grin broadened.

“Exactly how do I know this?”

He would not let a moment of levity steal the inroads he was determined to make. “Because you know I’ve been where you are, even though on the surface it looks like I’ve dealt with and overcome all my issues with body image. Will you take a chance and go places with me intimately that you haven’t with anyone else?” He hoped like hell she could trust him. She hadn’t backed out when she found out he was her partner for the weekend, so there had to be something to her acceptance.

“How cunning. You knew the one thing—the only thing—that makes living inside our imperfections so difficult. I’m not surprised you get it.”

She smiled that same smile he saw in his fantasies. The one that says more than her words. She squinted, and laugh lines seemed to appear from nowhere. There was no guile or arrogance in it, just the tentative smile of a woman who was once very self-assured and was again trying it on for size.

It was that smile Paul had responded to first, before he’d discovered other interesting things as he’d continued to watch her. The way she walked with such grace, one might believe she was floating. The way she saw through bullshit as if she had a built in meter for it. Even his. The intensity with which she viewed life was even atypical, a study in contradictions for one who’d stared death in the face and made it back down.

“If we do this your way, I’ll have one rule.”

Desperation made him reckless. “Anything.”

“The lights must be off.”

“Except that…” He stood and paced. “Karen, we’re supposed to leave our inhibitions at the door.”

“Okay. Suppose I were to blindfold you instead?”

He stopped in his tracks and smiled involuntarily. “That sounds promising, but if we get any kinkier than that, we might have to change floors.”

“Let’s just get the mechanics down now, shall we?”

“That doesn’t sound particularly sexy.”

Her expression challenged him. “I’m going to make you rue that statement before this weekend is over.”

“Game on,” he said.



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My Puppy

Thirteen years ago, I begged my husband (then my fiancé) to buy me a puppy. We were going to be getting married in a few months and I told him a puppy would keep me from wanting kids right away. (LIE!) He loved me so much, and knew how badly I wanted a puppy, that he gave in. I was so excited when I went to this home and saw the cutest little puppy who came walking over toward me, at least as best she could. I fell in love with the white little fur ball and took her home then and there.

We named her Dixie, after the place where my husband and I had our first date.

This girl was my best friend, and she loved me. She made the drive from Texas to California and we adjusted together. Nothing was as hard as hearing her screams…yes, screams, when I would go to work. I was convinced she stopped as soon as I left, but just to be sure, I got a small tape recorder, you know, the tiny one that lasts 30 minutes? Well, she screamed the whole length of the tape. She was used to having me with her, and when I went away, she hated it.

That was my girl…she loved me.

When I got pregnant with my first, I would get on the floor and play with Dixie all the time, making up for the lack of attention she would get when the new baby came home. I remember talking out loud and telling her I didn’t think it was possible that I would love a baby more than her. I truly believed that, because I wasn’t a mom yet. Of course that wasn’t true, because I love my children so much more, but I still loved her and babied her.



Dixie was many things: Mean, because she didn’t like many kids / Stubborn, that dog would wait before doing anything, to see if you changed your mind / Playful, OMG, the dog would stand on her hind legs and wave her front paws to get your attention…and it worked every time / Sweet, my sweet girl would sit with me on the couch, or when she slept in my bed, she’d cuddle right behind my knees. She was a second mom to my girls, chasing them and entertaining them, until she got too old to care.

We made six moves together, went through two hurricanes, several plane rides, and countless other life changing events. She was my girl, everyone loved her because her energy and personality were adorable.

She turned 13 in September.

Last night, she died.

My heart hurts so much. My home is much quieter this morning that it has ever been. There’s no Dixie scratching at the door to go outside to potty. There’s no Dixie dragging her bowl around my kitchen floor for water. There’s no Dixie shadowing me around the house. She was going blind, but she went everywhere I went. Just yesterday morning, she got a spurt of energy and was being super cute. While I typed, she laid on the floor next to my desk, until I got up to do something else…then she followed. Her bed is empty now, and it makes me cry to look at it.

My sweet little puppy, friend Dixie, is gone and I know we’ll be okay. I loved that dog more than I have loved any other. Our other dog, Wickett, is very sad. She’s quiet and laying still…her tail isn’t wagging, but when she’s outside, she wails.

My husband buried her under an elm tree last night, and when I see it, I will think of my Dixie and the joy she brought to me and my family.

Dixie 9/19/00-12/17/13

Dixie 9/19/00-12/17/13

I love you Dixie-Do and I miss you so very much.

Blogger Spotlight – RMWTPC & BOMB

I’ve spotlighted some wonderful writers, and I have loved reading the answers they give to my questions. These ladies are supportive and funny and whatever other positive thing you can say about them.

However this week, I wanted to change it up a bit, so I asked questions two of my FAVORITE bloggers who have been so encouraging and kind. Lisa runs Reading My Way to Penned Con, and Jenn runs Back Off My Books, and both are seriously the most hysterical, fun, kind, crazy and lovely ladies. I love them so much…can’t even put into words how much! Below are their answers to my questions…and I encourage you to go like them on Facebook or follow their blogs!!


What made you want to start your own blog?

RMWTPC – When I made the decision to attend Penned Con, I thought it would be fun to chronicle my experience of preparing for and reading through the author list  in a 365 day kind of way.
BOMB – I just wrote this long wordy answer that was totally boring and I was like, “meh.”  The short of it all is I was frustrated that some of the books I loved were not getting as much book love on the current blogs out there.  Easiest solution I realized was to spread the love myself.  The result was starting my own book blog.  I never expected to make so many amazing friends from it and I have. What started as a hobby to spread my love for books turned into so much more.  It has given me back a sense of self if that makes sense.  I love that I took a hobby such as reading and turned it into not only something constructive but something that has connected me to amazing people.

What genre do you prefer reading the most? The least?

RMWTPC – I enjoy romantic comedy (my movie preferences run the same way) but can read most anything….except for stuff with lots of blood and guts.  No blood and guts for me thanks.
BOMB – It would appear that I am an anything Romance girl.  NA/YA, Contemporary, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Comedy, Urban Fantasy.  Just tack Romance in with it and I am there.  Granted I also love more than that but that is where I am knee deep right now, in the past the works of Dan Brown and Michael Crichton captivated me.

What are your thoughts about reviewing books? Do you find you hold back in reviews?

RMWTPC – When I started my blog, I decided I would not write reviews of what I had read for a couple of reasons.  #1 I was reading authors based upon their attending Penned Con so not all books would be something I would normally select to read and #2 I did not want angry authors waiting for me in St. Louis with baskets of rotten tomatoes.
BOMB – I do not hold back and can’t find it in me to do so.  If I finish a book and found issue with it I will tell it like that in my review.  I will post reviews less than a 3, if I finish it I tell it like it is.  Now granted, I believe in critiquing the work, not attacking the author.  So that said if I rate a book under a 3 you will know why and I will explain it as clear and concise as I can without taking shots at the author.  Things I will note and often will cause a review to be rated low include but not limited to: Continuity problems, believability of plot, editing issues.

Not everyone likes all books, so how do you handle it when you either, don’t like a book, or don’t finish it? Do you still review?

RMWTPC – Once again, not really reviewing the books I read but more providing a recap and interview questions.  I like to understand where the stories come from and this provides me an opportunity to get some additional backstory and share it with my blog followers.
BOMB – I abandon the book if I really can’t get into to.  Books are for enjoyment and escape; they shouldn’t feel like work for me.  If I abandon then I wont review because it isn’t fair, something might have happened that would have turned the review around but I never got to that point. If someone personally asks me I will tell them straight up I abandoned it and the reasons why.

Is there one story that has stuck with you over others?

RMWTPC – This blog journey has introduced me to so many wonderful authors and their stories.   The stories that stick with me most are those that draw out raw emotion either in the happy or sad variety.  So on that subject I can say that Lori Otto’s Emi Lost and Found series put me through the ugliest cry of my life, but the book was so well written, I could not help but love it.
BOMB – I have a list of them that stick with me! Sadly the list is getting so long and my memory so sucky that I know I forget them sometimes when people ask.  I am going to tell you though that the longest lasting story that hails from my childhood would be The Chronicles of Narnia.  I remember first reading that in middle school and can’t wait to share it with my children.

Can you name a character that you have read, that you feel you connect with?

RMWTPC – I think that maybe my emotional reactions to Emi from Emi Lost and Found by Lori Otto and Lacey in Destructive Silence probably hit home the most, but I also feel like Janie from Neanderthal Seeks Human is my kindred spirit.
BOMB – There is one character I read recently who I wish I could be more like, does that count? Ellen James from The Infamous Ellen James. I love strong female leads that know what they want and go for it, that exude intelligence and dependability and have a bit of the crazy in them.

What do you feel makes a great story?

RMWTPC – One that takes me somewhere I’ve never been in a way that makes me glad I am along for the ride.  Stories that make you think, aren’t predictable and have great character development.
BOMB – Great character development, strong plot, answers questions and attention to details.  If I get distracted over questions and details that pop up and remained unanswered or are not clarified it detracts from the story for me.  When all those line up then the foundation for a great story is made.  After that point it is the individuality of the story and the characters.

Who are your top 5 favorite authors?


BOMB’s Picks!

RMWTPC – Let me preface this by saying I am fascinated by African,  Asian and Middle Eastern culture so my go to authors are:
Amy Tan
Pearl S. Buck
Kheled Hosseini

Barbara Kingsolver
All the authors attending Penned Con…because they rock!
BOMB – I can’t pick just 5!! Lol.  Here are just a few of my favorite authors:

Have you been to any author signings? If not, do you plan to attend any?

RMWTPC – I went to my first author signing in Detroit in September.  I was able to meet Tara Sivec, Jasinda Wilder, Denise Grover Swank and Sandi Lynn who are all attending Penned Con.  I was also able to meet Jack Wilder, Jasinda’s husband.  I plan to attend the Cleveland Author event in April thanks to my lovely lickie friend Kimberly Stedronski and I cannot thank her enough for the tickets!  Then the Penned Con big event is in September where I am going to be fangirling you like crazy Ton!
BOMB – No, but I am going to Penned Con in St. Louis this September to meet some awesome authors and bloggers!  I am getting quite excited and hope I don’t chicken out when it comes to getting on the plane.

You have quite a few followers. What is the nicest compliment you have received?

RMWTPC -Honestly, I think the nicest compliments I receive are from the authors I have gotten to know through my blog.  They are extremely appreciative of any and all promotion they receive from bloggers and are generous to a fault.  I have done a few live interactive author events, and when other authors who attend approach me and ask if I can help them, well that is about a big a compliment as I could ask for.
BOMB – One of the winners of a giveaway I ran came back to tell me how much she enjoyed the book she won; then told me because of my recommendation of another book she started that series and was hooked and loved it. Knowing that my recommendation got someone to read a book and they loved it means the world.

What are you reading right now?

RMWTPC – I am reading two ARCs right now.  One is entitled Exquisite Betrayal by A.M. Hargrove and it is actually about a blogger and an author who fall in love.  The other that I am reading and cannot wait to get back to is Mine To Lose by this incredible author that I love dearly by the name of TK Rapp.  I call her Ton because I know people and am kind of a big thing.
BOMB – I just finished Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye and I freaking LOVED it!

With New Years around the corner, what books are on your top 5 for 2014?

RMWTPC – Lol, top 5, try top 70.  I have about 70 more authors to get through before Penned Con and need to get back on schedule if I am going to make my goal.
BOMB – Crap!  I can’t even think of what is coming with all that I have to finish reading now and the new releases this month. Okay I got to think about it a little and these are the books I am very excited to see released at least in the first part of the year:

Mine To Lose by T.K. Rapp
Famine by Monica Enderle Pierce
Fade In by M. Mabie
Scare Crow by Julie Hockley
Point of No Return by Tiffany A. Snow (Team KADE)
I know for a fact there are like 20 more that I am dying for too but again my mind and you said only 5.

If you could say anything to your readers, what would you say?

RMWTPC – Don’t restrict yourself to one genre or authors on the best seller list.  Through RMWTPC I have been introduced to genres and stories I would have never given a second look had it not been for this project. Authors like Kimberly Stedronsky and Eric R. Asher have opened my eyes to paranormal/urban fantasy.   Authors like you Ton, Lori Otto, Penny Reid and Daisy Prescott have shown me that there are gorgeous stories out there if you look for them.
BOMB – Thank you.  Thank you for following me, thank you for taking the time to read my recommendations and put your belief in my recommendations.  It means everything to me

Tuesday Teaser – Mine to Lose #5

Mine to Lose

Emogen's Goodbye

Emogen’s Goodbye

Today’s teaser is SUPER late….perhaps for the late crowd (my awesome, wonderful late-night soul mates)? Some may have seen when I posted this on Facebook earlier, but just in case. 😉

If you check back tomorrow, you might notice that posts are different. Well, there’s a reason, so stop by and meet two of my very favorite bloggers, and Thursday is the Mine to Lose COVER REVEAL!!! I’m so excited!!! So until tomorrow!