Thursday, December 29, 2011

Friday Flash Fiction

Hello Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to FFF, the Friday Flash Fiction series. Where my friends and I have one photo prompt and write exactly 100 words to describe what we see.  I grew up on a farm, so, all sorts of stories came to my mind this week, but, the rule is share only one and just 100 words.  Peek inside the thought I chose for this week ;)

Should I go easy on this city boy? Ruthie debated throwing the match intentionally to save his overinflated ego.
Don’t you dare, sis. The words reverberated in her brain. Startled, she briefly looked toward her brother holding his camera, taping the match. Video proof that even this black belt visiting their ranch couldn’t bring her down.
We can read each other’s minds? She marveled telepathically toward her brother.
He smiled as he replied in kind. Yes, we can- Imagine everything we will do with these powers. Now, take this chump out, we have animals to feed and supper to cook. 
The End....or is it?

Please visit my fellow author's pages for their take on this saucy photo.  Some of the other interpretations may be much hotter, so, be ready for anything and enjoy. :)
Katie Harper: http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com/
Yvonne Nicolas: http://yvonnenicolas.wordpress.com/
Eden Connor: http://edenconnorwrites.blogspot.com/
AuroraRose Andromeda: http://rollingmuseintheroses.blogspot.com
ER Pierce http://www.erpierce.com
Sara York: http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Sherri Hayes: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
Lee Brazil: http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com
Sharita Lira as BL: http://blrawiyaerotica.blogspot.com
Patricia Logan: http://naughtypassions.blogspot.com
Bonni Sansom: http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Cassandre Dayne: http://cassandredayne.wordpress.com/
Benjamin Russell: http://www.incubuschronicles.blogspot.com/
Gemma Parkes:http://gemmaparkes.blogspot.com/
Cyril J. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill: http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Luna Ella Aldora: http://moonkissedromantica.blogspot.com/
Davee Jones: http://finless.blogspot.com/
Naomi Shaw: http://midnightfantasieswithnaomishaw.blogspot.com/
Jean Joachim: http://joachimbooks.blogspot.com
Jade Baiser: http://jadebaiser.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Friday Flash Fiction


Merry Christmas! 
Hello Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to FFF, the Friday Flash Fiction series. Where my friends and I have one photo prompt and write exactly 100 words to describe what we see.   The beauty of the couple surrounded by the snow put me in a seriously romantic mood. Enjoy my interpretation.

As she saw him coming toward the vestibule, she rushed outside without her cloak.  She did not feel the cold against her skin, only the warmth of his arms around her and his lips pressing deliciously into her own.  The snow fell magically on their sweet reunion, setting the perfect stage for their first embrace in almost two years.
As he held her closely, it reminded him how much he missed her sweet breath against his face.  He vowed never to leave her again; the riches weren’t worth the misery living without her. He only hoped she felt the same.
Please now take the opportunity to visit my friends' pages and their interpretations.  Caution--Some of the other pages are hotter and the images included definitely for adult eyes only. 

Bonni Sansom: http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Lee Brazil: http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/
Sherri Hayes: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
ER Pierce http://www.erpierce.com
Yvonne Nicolas http://yvonnenicolas.wordpress.com/
Eden Connor: http://edenconnorwrites.blogspot.com/
Benjamin Russell: http://www.incubuschronicles.blogspot.com/
AuroraRose Andromeda: http://rollingmuseintheroses.blogspot.com
Sara York: http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Cyril J. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill: http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Havan Fellows: http://havanshawthaven.blogspot.com/
Naomi Shaw: http://midnightfantasieswithnaomishaw.blogspot.com/
Gemma Parkes: http://gemmaparkes.blogspot.com/
Cassandre Dayne: http://cassandredayne.wordpress.com/
Katie Harper http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com/
Luna Ella Aldora: http://moonkissedromantica.blogspot.com
Davee Jones: http://finless.blogspot.com/
Sancre Darling: http://sancredarling.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Does Your Opinion Matter? Why, Yes! It does.

Hello Fellow Fathomers

Today in The Locker I address the sometimes sensitive topic of book reviews.  One heavily heated banter exchange today on Facebook revolved around how and when someone should express their opinions about a book.  I realize as an author, if I have signed a publishing contract, I believe that book is worthwhile of anyone’s time.  However, as a logical human, I must also believe not everyone shares my tastes, visions, or opinions.  (Yes, I admitted to not always being right-and did so in writing.)

I believe a few things must be considered before you put ink or electronic signature to your voice:
·         Is this a genre you typically enjoy reading?  If you do not enjoy Steampunk, chances are you will not give the book a fair chance at entertaining you. If you decide to venture into a new genre to challenge your senses, think about your opinion before you put it out there.  Could a bad opinion be simply because you gave it a shot and truly do not enjoy the genre?  Or, on the other hand, could a glowing opinion be due to the fact you enjoy the author and would always give a positive review, no matter what?  In either instance, it is not as helpful to someone deciding to read the book or not.
·         Are you simply giving star rating without an explanation?   In a typical one to five star rating, maybe three stars is self-explanatory.  However, an explanation of any rating not middle of the road would be more helpful to a future reader.  Did you like it because the grammar and spelling errors were non-existent, or was it the reverse?  Was the story line imaginative and captivating?  Were the protagonists boring and lackluster? Inquiring minds want to know!
·         Great chances exist that any reader taking the time to peruse the reviews are really debating to take the plunge to read the book or not.  Much like, are you willing to spend your money on a movie ticket- movie trailer, reviews, friends’ opinions, etc sight unseen?  The specific opinions offered by a reviewer would be helpful for the buyer and assist to tip the scales in one direction or the other.
·         Fortunately, most of us have enthusiastic fans (mostly friends and family) willing to give us five stars all the time.  However, the opinion is biased.  Therefore, it is helpful for the reviewer to give a brief description of his or her relationship to the author, i.e. “I write this review as someone personally or not personally vested to the author.” 
·         On the flip side, unfortunately, some of us have people itching to discredit our work simply because of who we are or maybe the genre we write under.  Is that really helpful to a future reader?  No, it is not. Again, personal bias has no place in an honest review-whether positive or negative.
I recently began reading eBooks, (welcome to the 21st Century, Mrs. Davee Jones) and out of the few I have read, two had substantial grammatical and spelling errors.  Is the proofing team to blame here? One had such head and scene hopping, I had great difficulty identifying who was doing what.   I keep trying to go back and finish, but I just cannot do it yet, because the issues perpetuate throughout the book, making any understanding of the author’s story very difficult.  Is that the fault of the editor or the author, or maybe both?  In any event, we, the authors, will be held accountable for the quality or lack thereof for a book penned under our names. 
·         Are eBooks more susceptible to errors?
o   Is the massive volume of books released lending to less proofing?
o   Is the program or reader downloading the pages incorrectly?
o   Are shorter stories less satisfying to readers?
The first two issues are more with the publisher, not the author.  Therefore, it is very helpful to discern the reason for a negative review to accurately describe where the problem exists.  This could assist the publishing house in correcting errors for future publications.
Third, shorter stories are the rage these days.  In a world of time constraints, people who love to read sometimes find themselves with less time to indulge in their favorite hobby.  Flash fiction, novellas, or even blogs firmly established their value to give even the busiest person the opportunity to finish a specific reading in the limited amount of time they have to devote to it.  If you like Gone With the Wind, then, make sure to check the word count before you make the purchase.  It is not the author’s fault if you want to give a negative review simply based on length. 


I did not cover every worldly example in this simple blog.  My point is this- if you are angry at the world and someone tinkled in your post toasties, think twice before you throw an author under the bus because you are having a bad day. If you truly did not enjoy reading something, please explain why. Likewise, if my 11-year-old daughter can find glaring problems or cannot follow the storyline, please do not falsely sugarcoat a review just to be kind to someone. We, as authors, use the reviews to help us grow, improve, and create quality for our reading audience-YOU.  Please help us in our endeavor.



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

To Genre or Not to Genre...What is the Answer?

Hello Fellow Fathomers!  Today in The Locker I discuss the issue of “genre”.  Many of my new friends have specific genres they adhere to in their books.  When I began this career as author, I thought I only had one basis to draw creativity from.  I now find I have several, much like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates-I never know what I’m gonna get…from my muse that is.

Although for purposes of marketing and sales, it may be best for me to trend down one realm, I just have too many thoughts going on in my mind to stay on one path.  Like the classic indigo child, AKA-A.D.D. for any clinicians out there, I stroll along my beautiful garden path, watching the butterflies, writing a grocery list, stringing fishing line, while riding rollercoasters.  My mind is a beautiful, eccentric place; you join me on occasion when you stumble into The Locker.   Each book I create comes from the recesses in my mind clamoring more loudly than the others at that particular moment.  




People, I’m a hippie, for goodness sake, it’s free love in my world and all ideas have equal merit.



I realize I stick to a few general areas: romance, suspense, drama, and YA.  The intensity of the book depends on the experiences of my characters and many times I won’t know that until I am smack in the middle of telling “their” story.  However, my editor will make sure the heat level describes prominently the content so as not to offend a reader expecting a sweet, cupcake romance, not a bruise inflicting sexual romp described in painstaking detail. 
The YA influences in some of my stories because, frankly, I want to share part of my writing life with my kids.  I have all these wonderful opportunities occurring in my corner and they are a very important part of my world, sometimes inspiring a new creative idea.  I want to have something they can read as well, not just the disclaimer, “You gotta be 18 for this dear daughter”. 



(See, she is just as crazy as I profess to be...Hippie in training...I gotta show her the way somehow and if she couldn't read anything I write, it would hurt.  Really.)
Just like the weather, I sometimes change from book to book.  So, if you aren’t enjoying what’s published first, just wait a few months, the next creative product might be right up your alley.  Rest assured, I’ll be shouting from the rooftops with each publication, so, you will always know what to expect.
Until next time…get a book and keep reading!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

FFF--This Corset is Cutting Me in Half!

Hello Fellow Fathomers!  Welcome to FFF, the Flash Fiction Friday series.  Where my friends and I have one photo prompt and write exactly 100 words to describe what we see.  Please settle back, enjoy the lovely woman in this photo and soak in my interpretation.  This picture was a bit more difficult for me this week.  She looks aloof, bored, self-centered, pensive, stiff, wow, so many things.  But, I finally came up with something. If you are feeling saucy, write you own interpretation in comments, I would LOVE to read your take on this one! 



Is it really worth the money? As I sit here under the photographer’s careful lighting, I consider my growling stomach and daydream about pizza.  The corset cutting into my waist and abdomen reminds me there is not enough room in my life for food and money. I made that choice a long time ago. I almost hated it now. How long had it been since I held piping-hot, gooey slices of Heaven in my hands?  Tonight I will do just that--after I purchase the syrup of ipecac I will drink as soon as I finish my sinful, forbidden supper. 



Now that you have my take of this ethereal, clinically ill woman, please take a moment to visit my friends for their interpretations as well!  Maybe it won't be as morbid????? 

Lisa Worrall: http://lworrall.blogspot.com
Bonni Sansom http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Benjamin Russell http://www.incubuschronicles.blogspot.com/
Lee Brazil http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/
Erika Pierce http://www.erpierce.com
Yvonne Nicolas http://yvonnenicolas.wordpress.com/
Gemma Parkes: http://gemmaparkes.blogspot.com/
Sara York: http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Cyril J. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill: http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Muffalicious: http://MuffyWilson.blogspot.com
Lani Rhea: http://lanirhea.blogspot.com
Lindsey Gray: http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com
Cassandre Dayne http://cassandredayne.wordpress.com/
Sherri Hayes: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
Katie Harper: http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com/
Havan Fellows: http://havanshawthaven.blogspot.com
Davee Jones: http://finless.blogspot.com/





Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Don't Call Me a Cougar!


Happy Tuesday Depth Explorers!  Today we have the special privilege of talking with Cassie Stewart, the female protagonist in my upcoming book.  Cassie Stewart’s story will be revealed in the upcoming release, “On Ellicott Street”.  Cassie lived her life blandly until she met Eli.
 What she wants you to know about dating a younger man and why she refuses to be stereotyped. 
Hi Cassie, your story is about to hit the world in February 2012, are you nervous?
  • Yes, a bit nervous, not every girl wants their love story told for the world to critique.  However, I wanted my fellow women to know that living life to the fullest is about taking risks.  I know I’m certainly not the first person to say that. 
What kind of risks do you mean?
  • I re-invented my life script at almost fifty years of age. 
That is daunting, congratulations!  How did you find the strength to be successful?
  • Although I love Eli deeply, I must admit he was not the strength, he was only the catalyst.  I had to reach deep inside and pull my innermost dreams to the surface.  I refused to accept a mundane life and took a chance I could experience something more.  I mean, I got so tired of living in black and white- I needed vibrant colors to fully live. 
What kinds of changes did you make?
  • I researched continuing education and found inexpensive courses in writing, cooking, current events, etc.  You name it, you can find something to spark your brain cells.  I contacted my public library for free seminars ranging from crafts to local volunteer opportunities.  I even stepped way outside my comfort zone and attended a free rock-climbing workshop at a local outdoor sports and adventure store.  I even took those silly online personality surveys and started playing more board games with my son, Joshua.  It's all about embracing ourselves and having fun, you know? Stagnancy leads to depression and I was knee deep in a sad mire before I chose to make changes.
Is it ever enough?  I mean, the older we get, the harder it is.
  • What do you mean? 
Well, for example, let’s face it, women have insecurities that men refuse to consider.
  • I see what you mean, my graying hair, wrinkles, and have I yet contacted a plastic surgeon?
Yes, that is exactly what I mean, sorry if it’s a bold question.
  • Hey, I’m here to help, so, bring on the nitty gritty.  Yes, there are many times I look in the mirror and criticize every line, crevice, cellulite patch, gray hair, and wonder, how can anyone find me attractive.  Then, I look at my watch and realize I have somewhere to go and stop wasting time berating myself for the natural process of life.  I will never be as perky as I was in my twenties and yes, I should have cared for myself a bit more.  But, I could waste my days longing for something I’ll never be, or I can take everything I have to offer and embrace my existence.  People who love me surround me every day.  And, even if Eli was not in my life, my children make the world not only bearable, but, the most important reason for living life out loud.  What example would I be setting for my children if I felt sorry for myself all day?  Not a good one, I’ll promise you.  Anytime the pity party seems to take over, I imagine my own children picking themselves apart and it breaks my heart to think they would ever believe they were not good enough because of their physical gifts, or what they feel is a lack thereof. 
You seem to focus on your children?
  • You bet I do!  My children are the root of my happiness.  I saw those kiddos from helpless infants to independent young folks and every day they continue to amaze me.  Pride is an understatement of how I feel about them.  So, again, when I settle in life and choose to be lazy, how am I showing them how to live?  I can either be the woman who changes my own tire and gets back on the road of life or sits and waits hours on roadside assistance.  I do not sit very well.  I always want my children to strive and move toward the best, if I show them otherwise, I’ve failed them miserably.
Okay, I have to ask, are you secure in your relationship with Eli?
  • I’m as secure as a human ever is when they give their heart away.  Eli shows me daily how he cherishes me, and I choose to believe he is sincere.  We communicate daily and our relationship is the best romantic experience I’ve ever had because Eli made me a priority.  When I was single, one of my favorite quotes became, “you will never become a priority if you remain an option”.  If you think about it, that quote encompasses every aspect of our life, not just love. 
Thank you very much for speaking with me so candidly in our interview today.  I know you are a busy woman, so, I’ll leave you alone for now.  However, would you mind visiting with us again? 
  • Certainly!  This girl likes to share her pearls of wisdom with the world.  Just make sure to contact me ahead of time, my calendar for living remains full, or else I would have very few pearls to share. ;) 
Yes, I know Cassie is a fictional character.  But, she very much lives in my mind, as well as the minds of many of my best girlfriends.  I hope you reach inside and find your inner Cassie, you will be forever changed in positive ways that will always make you smile.  Guys, simply tweak the pronouns and Cassie becomes an "Eli" and you can also make this useful for you as well.  ;)  However, never fear, Eli will be joining us soon in The Locker for the male perspective.
Thank you for joining me today in The Locker.  Please look forward to the release of "On Ellicott Street" in February. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

FFF--December 2, 2011

Hello Explorers, Today is the happiest day of the week for me- Friday!  To add to the excitement, my friends and I present to you, the Friday Flash Fiction.  100 words based on the intriguing photo below:

My interpretation of this saucy picture is as follows:
Her sweaty palms indicate nervous anticipation as she plays the role of voyeur from just outside the door.  She has never seen a sexier scene and still wonders if they will welcome her unashamedly to their intimate domain, or will their movements stiffen in trepidation?   She holds her camera tightly to her chest and inhales deeply the scent of lavender wafting through the small openings of the door.   
She knocks softly before quietly entering the boudoir.  They only briefly acknowledge her presence before he returns to stroking his lover’s hair again.  “Just pretend I am not even here.” She whispers.

Now, that you have indulged your senses with my rendition, please take a moment to comment your thoughts, or even share you own version.  Please then visit my friends for their interpretations as well!  Happy Weekend!
Lisa Worrall: http://lworrall.blogspot.com
Bonni Sansom: http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Yvonne Nicolas: http://yvonnenicolas.wordpress.com/
Sara York : http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Cyril J. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill: http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Erika Pierce http://www.erpierce.com
Luna Ella Aldora http://lunaellaldora.blogspot.com
Patricia Logan http://naughtypassions.blogspot.com
Lee Brazil http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/
Sherri Hayes: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
Davee Jones: http://finless.blogspot.com/
Benjamin Russell http://www.incubuschronicles.blogspot.com/
Lindsey Gray: http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com
The Muffster: http://muffywilson.blogspot.com
Havan Fellows: http://havanshawthaven.blogspot.com