Monday, August 27, 2012

Recommend Monday!

Good Monday Everyone!

Wow, where did summer go? It's so hard to believe that it's almost gone. Schools have started back for many, Labor Day is coming up next week and soon Halloween decorations will be filling the aisles of stores. I am seriously concerned that no one but me seems to notice how fast things are moving. Maybe I'm living in some kind of time warp or is that mind-warp? LOL Hubby would probably agree with the warped mind part.

How was your week and weekend? See any great movies? Read any fabulous books? Do anything exciting and fun that you want to share? Tell us!

My week was super busy. My characters were practically screaming at me to get their words on paper. I'm not complaining though. Very happy they're talking to me!

This week is a major writing week for me. I've decided to try to finish CHANCES ARE by the end of this week. So, if things go well, I will write 150 pages and should have a full novella by September 3. Please wish me well! The sooner I can get it written, the sooner Angela and Jake will be on your e-readers!

BTW, if you're on GoodReads, a lovely lady and SWEET reader created a Last Chance Rescue group to chat about the books, upcoming stories and anything else LCR related. If you'd like to join, here's the link: Last Chance Rescue Goodreads Group

Thank you all so much for participating on Recommend Monday and please forgive my absence. I hope you understand and forgive me for not being able to answer and comment immediately on your posts. I promise you, it's for a good reason. I'm doing my best to get books out to you! Thanks so much for your patience.

Okay, that's it for me. Just a reminder to keep the people of the Gulf Coast--Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi--in your thoughts and prayers. So hoping Issac heads back out into the ocean and disappears forever.

Have a great week everyone. Now, tell us what we should be reading!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Recommend Monday

Good Monday Everyone!

Did you have a good week and a fun weekend? Do anything exciting? How about books? Did you read some great ones? I hope so. Over the last month, I think I've purchased at least half the books that's been recommended here. When I'm finally able to binge read, I'm going to have a blast.

Today is the first day of school for a lot of families. Do you remember how you felt those first days? Even decades later, I can remember a morass of emotions churning through me. Here's hoping that everyone, students, teachers and parents, have a fabulous first day!

MIDNIGHT LIES is coming along quite well. Samantha and Quinn had a very dark moment early in the book, are currently away from each other, but will soon be reunited. Well, not exactly reunited since there are some major issues to overcome. Have to say, once again, I am so in love with Quinn Braddock! Can't wait for you to meet him.

I took a break from CHANCES ARE for a few days to give Angela and Jake a chance to recover from a volatile scene. After checking in with them over the weekend, I think we're ready to resume. These two are smouldering! Staying undercover while dealing with these rampaging emotions won't be easy, especially considering the undercover role Angela has taken on. Expecting something explosive this week!

I have high hopes that my Ella Grace website will be up and running soon. Thanks to everyone who has clicked on to the site. Hopefully soon you'll see something besides a coming soon sign!

If you're on Facebook, be sure to check out my notes on the Last Chance Rescue page--Thoughts, observations and 'oh my gosh' moments of writing SECOND CHANCE. Feel free to ask questions of me or any of the characters. Hope you enjoy! Here's the link: SECOND CHANCE notes

No new recommends for me this week but as I mentioned above, I'm enjoying everyone's recommends and have been a busy buyer, if not reader. So recommend away! Can't wait to see what you've been reading.

Have a fabulous week everyone!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Want to win a signed LCR book?

Hey Everyone!

Just dropping in real quick to tell you if you'd like a chance to win a signed copy of one of my books, Riverina Romantics is giving away SWEET JUSTICE, SWEET REVENGE and SWEET REWARD. Enter for a chance to win one of the SWEET books!

Here's the link: Riverina Romantics

Good luck!

Recommend Monday

Good Monday All!

Hope you had a great weekend and you're ready to recommend some fabulous books. And maybe some movies too? Did anyone see the new Jason Bourne movie, Bourne Legacy? I'm hoping to see it some time this week. Love those movies.

Last week I had an emotional scene to write in MIDNIGHT LIES and put it off as long as possible. Whenever I have scenes like this (think the final confrontation between Eden and Jordan in RESCUE ME) I put it off and think and think and then think some more. I have to internalize and feel the pain before I can write it. LOL Yes, I'm weird. I finally wrote several pages on it but still have more to go. I hated hurting these characters but I already see their emotional reunion in my head and that definitely helps.

I briefly visited with Angela and Jake in CHANCES ARE last week and am so happy they're finally on the job in London. We're about to see some action!

No new recommends for me, however, I did purchase two books that were recommended here last week. Couldn't resist. You guys made them sound so good!

This week is going to be another busy one of traveling between Alabama and London. I'm hoping to get lots of progress done on both books. Would love to be through with the first draft of one of them by the end of this month. Which one that will be depends totally on which characters are talking to me. So if you're listening Angela, Jake, Quinn and Samantha. Get to talking!

BTW, if you love swag, Riverina Romantics is having a great contest to win lots of stuff from some of your favorite romantic suspense authors. Here's the link to enter: Riverina Romantics

That's it for me this week. Hope we all have a wonderful and productive week! Now tell us what we should be reading!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Recommend Monday

Good Monday All!

Hope you had a productive week and a fun-filled weekend. Are you watching the Olympics? They're addictive, aren't they? What are your favorite events? I love just about everything but the water polo--just way too much splashing around for me. (:

Things are zipping right along for MIDNIGHT LIES. I'm already so in love with my hero, Quinn Braddock, I can hardly believe it. I'm not sure I've ever fallen so hard this quickly for a hero. However, he's about to do something soon that's going to break my heart, so we may be on the outs for a while. But I foresee a time when all will be forgiven. Samantha Wilde, the heroine, is nothing like what I thought she would be but I am loving her. She and Quinn are going to have a wild(e) time!

In CHANCES ARE, Angela and Jake are headed to London. Last week they had an encounter that turned a cold, chilly Paris day into a sultry, hot summer's night. Whew! These two have fabulous chemistry! Now they just have to make sure they stay alive to enjoy their new relationship.

Last week, I asked a question on Facebook and wanted to make sure I asked you here. CHANCES ARE will be my first self-published endeavor and I want to get the cover just right. I've never had total control like this before and while it's exciting, it's also a little scary. I would really appreciate your input. What kind of cover would you like to see for CHANCES ARE? Hero only? Hero with or without his shirt? Half a face? The entire face? Hero and heroine? Action scene? Almost kissing scene? Are there any particular covers you absolutely love? Let me know what they are and thank you in advance for your help. This is going to be so much fun!

Though I'm focusing totally on writing right now, I recently ordered several books for my Kindle that I'm looking forward to reading. That one click buying is way too easy! Here they are:

A Night To Remember by Tessa Dare (This one won the Rita award! And it was only 99 cents. What a deal!)

Because You Are Mine by Beth Kerry (This is a serial romance that I think will have 2 - 3 chapters released every week for 6 weeks or so. Interesting concept!)

Avenging Angel by Tara Janzen (I love Tara's books! I think this is an older one she's republished and I believe it was a Rita winner, too.)

Deadly Offerings by Alexa Grace (Thought this one sounded intriguing and the price was great!)

Dark Cravings by Donna Grant (This is a novella and looks fabulous. I love Donna Grant!)

Castles by Julie Garwood (This is an older historical by one of my favorite historical romance authors.)

Silenced by Allison Brennan (I adore Allison's books and this one was a steal at 2.99!)

So, as you see, that one click buying is dangerous!

What about you? What great books have you read? What books are you looking forward to reading? And since I haven't asked this in a while, seen any good movies lately?

Can't wait to see what you're recommending. And don't forget to weigh in on the CHANCES ARE cover.

Have a fantabulous week everyone!