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Lucky Seven Meme

I’ve been tagged by the awesome Cindy Dwyer for the LUCKY 7 MEME—thank you, Cindy! Okay, I confess, I have no clue what a meme is, so I had to look it up.  Here’s the definition…always good to learn something new 🙂

  1. 1.    An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation.
  2. 2.    An image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.

Sounds FUN to me, so I’m playing along!  Here’s the rules…

1. Go to page 77 of my current work-in-progress

2. Find line 7

3. Copy and paste the next 7 lines (or sentences) into a blog post

4. Tag 7 other bloggers to do the same

The following is from my current WIP LOVE ON THE LINE.  I won’t include a scene set up and will just let you come to your own conclusion about the story, because who knows…I might end up changing something about goals and motivation before I submit this.  LOL 🙂

Her mind spun with all they’d done the last several days.  Zip lines, bicycling around the island, late dinners and laughter with the guys.  Gable had asked for several suggestions and opinions, even including her in on some of his ideas.  But when he’d considered her bicycle rental idea and also had taken her suggestion about enlarging the bar for Martinis and Bikinis, she’d been unable to contain her enthusiasm.  He in no way compared to Marcus.  Gable’s take charge attitude, mixed with his easy way, got things done.

As for where the money came from for all these changes—she had to trust him and her father. 

And now I can continue the fun by TAGGING 7other bloggers!  Love.  It.

Calisa Rhose ~ Pen of the Dreamer

Jennifer Lowery ~ Author

Mirriam Smyth

Sheri Fredrick

Zee Monodee ~ Author’s Corner

Romance Author Sara Walter Ellwood

Teresa blue ~ thingfinder

Now go for it ladies and have some fun of your own 🙂

And thanks for the TAG Cindy.

 

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Two Awesome Announcements!

MIRRIAM SMYTH

Come on down…you’re the lucky winner of a digital copy of Jerri Drennen’s HER MAN FLINT!

!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

(now the small print…I’ve emailed you, so if you don’t receive something in your inbox, please contact me)

Now for my 2nd announcement…and I’m tooting my own horn here, but I just wanted to share 🙂

Yesterday I was offered a contract from The Wild Rose Press for another story titled Two Timing the Boss.

I’ll keep you posted as things progress.  So far I’ve received and signed the contract, so the ball is rolling 🙂

If you want a short blurb of what the story is about, please feel free to check out my Books In Progress page 🙂

:)See you tomorrow for Friday Fun Facts:)

 

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Six Sentence Sunday 11/20/2011

Hi!  Please feel free to browse my blog and if you like what you see, sign up for email updates on the left or scroll down to follow through the networked blogs icon!  (Thanks to my lovely daughter for adding that) 🙂

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thanks for taking the time to visit.  I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my snippet.  Each week I will post another six from a work in progress or a finished manuscript.  All you have to do is read and enjoy.  That’s it!

Since starting Six Sentence Sunday I’ve been posting from Some Like it in Handcuffs which is being released on March 23, 2012 by The Wild Rose Press…but I’ve decided to put that story away until it’s closer to release date and will now post from my current wip, Some Like it on the Run, which features Derek Kennedy, brother to Sunny, the heroine from Some Like it in Handcuffs.  (whew, that was a confusing to say…lol)

Quick set up…Sunny has called her brother Derek to help one of her friends who’s in trouble and also just happens to be his one time girlfriend.  The girl that got away…

He pounded the steering with his fist as he rounded the last curve inside the parking ramp.  His heart thudded against his ribs as he spotted Sunny’s late night emergency.

Kelly Hartford stood leaning against her notice-me red car.  Her trademark blood red lipsticked mouth puckered and she blew a pink bubble which covered the lower half of her face.  Their gazes met and held over the curved edge of the billowy bubble.  Some things never changed, like Kelly’s love of bubble gum along with the tower high stilettos strapped to her feet, which caused her legs to stretch to the moon and then some.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY. Or join next week with six of your own. 🙂

Happy Reading!

 

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It’s All in My Head

Every writer has favorite parts when it comes to developing their story.  When starting a new story, one of mine is making out my character sketches.  Most of the time this starts early on as I come up with a story idea or plot, and the images of the characters will slowly develop before I actually sit down and write them out.

I have to admit that what the characters in my stories look like depends a lot on who they are inside.  More often than not I form a mental list of who they are.  Flaws, likes, dislikes, fears, careers, family, friends—making them real, 3D.  Giving them quirks…maybe they bite their fingernails when nervous, or slide a charm along the chain of their necklace.  Or they alphabetize their spices, color code their sock drawer, use a certain word when stressed.  I like to give them everyday quirks that we have in real life, maybe some a bit exaggerated, but in the long run this will make them stand out on the pages to the reader.

Why you ask?

Because my hope when I’m writing is to bring the words and the people on the pages to life.  And you can really only do that if your characters come across as real, believable.  For that to happen they have to be just like us, flaws and all.  In the long run, it’ll make it easier then for the reader to feel what my characters feel, see what they see, smell what they smell.  I want the reader to care—I want them to like the characters so much they’d claim them as a friend, or better yet, a member of the family—or in the case of the villain, hate them and dread when they appear in the scene, but at the same time look forward to it so that they can study them to learn why they are who they are.

Now that you know how I go about giving my characters a bit of personality, are you curious as to how I come up with their physical description?

I think each writer has their own way of going about this too.  Some just pick features out of thin air—pert nose, freckles, square jaw, scar above their left eye, tall, short, curvy…the list goes on.  For me it depends.  I might leaf through a magazine, surf the web or even flick through the channels on the television until someone jumps out at me.  Sometimes I use bits and pieces, other times the complete picture.  Then there are those times that my characters are there in my mind, but fuzzy.  As the story grows and develops, so does their picture.

For instance, when I started writing Some Like it in Handcuffs, my hero Judson and my heroine Sunny were shadowy figures in my mind.  The only thing I knew was that Sunny was blonde and Judson was gorgeous…lol.  As I wrote and the story, plot and conflicts developed from my quickie outline, the fuzzy spots of their physical descriptions filled in.  🙂  But when I started writing the sequel, Some Like it on the Run, I pictured Sunny’s brother Derek long before I began an outline or plotted the story.  To me Derek Kennedy has all the best features of Gerard Butler (((YUM))).  Now another one of Sunny’s brothers (who will get his own book too) is a clone to Johnny Depp…(((BIGGER YUM))).  See how I can work it to my advantage…hehehehe?

But that doesn’t always mean that what I have in my minds eye and what I use to describe my characters is what the reader will see when they’re reading.  But in regards to my hero, as long as they get the hunk-factor…I’m happy 🙂

It makes writing a bit more interesting and now that you know my secret, I bet it’ll make your reading all the more thought provoking.

What about you other writers out there?  How do you come up with your character descriptions?

 

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The Yogurt Dilemma

I hadn’t planned on posting a blog today, but I need your help—nothing critical—more of an opinion.

My plan for today was to devote myself to my writing.  I have 5 days off this week, but haven’t gotten much done in the way of my WIP.  I am working on the sequel for Some Like it in Handcuffs, titled Some Like it .com  (I have a few other projects in the works, but had started this story a couple of months back then put it away and recently decided to get moving on it again). 

So I’m polishing up my outline, making sure I can fill in plot holes and I hit a snag.  I already had this story plotted out, or so I thought, but I wanted to add something, which ended up changing more than I bargained for. 

Aw, such is life. 

Anyway, what do I do when I’m stumped?  I normally do housework, like dusting, laundry, vacuuming—oh my—but who wants to do that?  No me, not today. 

I also tend to cook when the weather cools down, it relaxes me and helps me think, but I already have dinner planned and in the oven.  How cool am I? 

So, I decide to have a snack and just kick back a moment and see if something jumps out at me.  I grab the new yogurt that I bought on my last trip to the grocery store.  You know the one, it’s been advertised like crazy on TV, everyone is raving about it where I work and I have several friends that have recommended it.  So, I had to buy some…right?

It’s Chobani, that Greek yogurt.  Have you tried it?  Well…YUM is all I can say.  I’m not a huge yogurt fan.  I like it from time to time, but I have to say this tops them all.  It’s like a creamy dessert, not yogurt.  If I’m being bad, I don’t want to know—I don’t even care.  lol

So, I bought the black cherry flavored one, just to try it and it’s the best.  Now I’m wondering if there are other flavors out there that are better or just as good. 

My question to you yogurt die-hards….if you could only buy one flavor of Chobani yogurt, what would it be?

Help out a starving—literally—artist and post your opinions so I can make an educated purchase the next time I’m in front of the yogurt case at the grocery store!

Have a great day!!!!

 
 
 
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