Romance is in the Air – blog hop giveaway

Welcome to this pretty blog hop!
My giveaway is a digital copy of the recently released GREAT AND THE GOBLIN KING by the fantabulous Chloe Jacobs. This gem has been on my to-read list for months, so my winner and I just might be reading it at the same time! 
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…

AND….since I feel like celebrating Monday’s release of SPEAKING OF LOVE (the second book in my Perfect Kisses blissful e-series), I’m also throwing in an digital copy of book one PLAYING AT LOVE. Hooray! 
 
This is how you enter to win all the stuff….. a Rafflecopter giveaway


 

Hop away!

word of the manuscript

This is fun. Check it out…
Recently, as I was working on the second pass of edits for the forthcoming SPEAKING OF LOVE (book #2 in the Perfect Kisses series), about halfway through the manuscript, one of my eagle-eyed editors pointed out that I used the word “something” a bit excessively. Well, that wasn’t a huge shock, since every manuscript of mine she’s seen has at least one word or phrase that I overused. 
We’ll call it a crutch.
But….”something?” 
Who knew that could be so abused? (Except HERE, which is 100% acceptable.)
Before going back to make the changes, I did a search, and am utterly embarrassed to share the number of times that word was used.
I’ve just started writing book #3 in the series, and I’m so excited to find out which will be my magic go-to word this time! I seriously hope it’s fahrvergnügen. Or blerg. How completely awesome would that be?

word of the manuscript

This is fun. Check it out…
Recently, as I was working on the second pass of edits for the forthcoming SPEAKING OF LOVE (book #2 in the Perfect Kisses series), about halfway through the manuscript, one of my eagle-eyed editors pointed out that I used the word “something” a bit excessively. Well, that wasn’t a huge shock, since every manuscript of mine she’s seen has at least one word or phrase that I overused. 
We’ll call it a crutch.
But….”something?” 
Who knew that could be so abused? (Except HERE, which is 100% acceptable.)
Before going back to make the changes, I did a search, and am utterly embarrassed to share the number of times that word was used.
I’ve just started writing book #3 in the series, and I’m so excited to find out which will be my magic go-to word this time! I seriously hope it’s fahrvergnügen. Or blerg. How completely awesome would that be?

*slap*

A few weeks ago, I got the first pass of edits back for SPEAKING OF LOVE (the soon-to-be-released, second book in my Perfect Kisses series). It’s such a fun story; I’m so totally crazy in love with the characters and I can’t wait to send her out into the world.

Before that, however, I’d sent my rough draft to my critique partner. Who is fab and brill and dons a editing pen of fire and brimstone. She had kiiiiind of an issue with one of my characters, who had tendencies that my crit partner (ha-ha) did not care for. In fact, there were many comment bubbles that said things like: “I want to slap her.”

Fair enough.

As her notes on my manuscript progressed, instead of explaining what she didn’t like, she simply wrote “slap.” (I still crack up at the memory, even as I write this.) After some soul-searching and chocolates, I completely saw her point and set out to de-slap-ify my character, then sent the rewrite to my editor. Shew!

End of the story?
No.
Because it got me to thinking…

You know those annoying characters who keep making the wrong choices and every chapter you read gets more and more frustrating? Unfortunately, many of these characters are YA chicks. (Not her, her, her, or her and many others–I LOVE me some YA!) They whine, they pout, they stomp around and never listen to anybody.

Wouldn’t it be so great if–like with my crit partner–every time one of these annoying characters did something super-annoying, you could write “slap” in the margin, and the author was forced to take out the annoying slap-worthy action?

Let me just throw an example out there: When Bella Swan sneaks out on her new vampire friends because she thinks she has a better idea than the hot vampires who have been living in the vampire world for, like, 500 years…just call out “SLAP” and blammo, Bella is listening to Edward’s advice, ditching Jacob-the-manipulator, and washing her scraggly hair.

 Brilliant, no?

As soon as someone comes up with the software for this little gem, don’t worry, I’ll only claim intellectual property rights. We can split the royalties.

Dude, please close your mouth and run a brush through that hair.

*slap*

A few weeks ago, I got the first pass of edits back for SPEAKING OF LOVE (the soon-to-be-released, second book in my Perfect Kisses series). It’s such a fun story; I’m so totally crazy in love with the characters and I can’t wait to send her out into the world.

Before that, however, I’d sent my rough draft to my critique partner. Who is fab and brill and dons a editing pen of fire and brimstone. She had kiiiiind of an issue with one of my characters, who had tendencies that my crit partner (ha-ha) did not care for. In fact, there were many comment bubbles that said things like: “I want to slap her.”

Fair enough.

As her notes on my manuscript progressed, instead of explaining what she didn’t like, she simply wrote “slap.” (I still crack up at the memory, even as I write this.) After some soul-searching and chocolates, I completely saw her point and set out to de-slap-ify my character, then sent the rewrite to my editor. Shew!

End of the story?
No.
Because it got me to thinking…

You know those annoying characters who keep making the wrong choices and every chapter you read gets more and more frustrating? Unfortunately, many of these characters are YA chicks. (Not her, her, her, or her and many others–I LOVE me some YA!) They whine, they pout, they stomp around and never listen to anybody.

Wouldn’t it be so great if–like with my crit partner–every time one of these annoying characters did something super-annoying, you could write “slap” in the margin, and the author was forced to take out the annoying slap-worthy action?

Let me just throw an example out there: When Bella Swan sneaks out on her new vampire friends because she thinks she has a better idea than the hot vampires who have been living in the vampire world for, like, 500 years…just call out “SLAP” and blammo, Bella is listening to Edward’s advice, ditching Jacob-the-manipulator, and washing her scraggly hair.

 Brilliant, no?

As soon as someone comes up with the software for this little gem, don’t worry, I’ll only claim intellectual property rights. We can split the royalties.

Dude, please close your mouth and run a brush through that hair.

Music Monday

Happy Monday. And happy music.

As I’ve been working on my new story, I’ve also been doing my favorite non-writing activity: creating the playlist. I giggle inside every time I hear this song; it kicks off my Songs-Inspired-By SPEAKING OF LOVE “official soundtrack,” and is oh-so fitting.




And then I get all melancholy, because this little gem is on there too.



 

I can tell you’re all super-excited to read about my fun characters now, right? Weeeee!
 
Ah, well. Happy writing to me.

Music Monday

Happy Monday. And happy music.

As I’ve been working on my new story, I’ve also been doing my favorite non-writing activity: creating the playlist. I giggle inside every time I hear this song; it kicks off my Songs-Inspired-By SPEAKING OF LOVE “official soundtrack,” and is oh-so fitting.




And then I get all melancholy, because this little gem is on there too.



 

I can tell you’re all super-excited to read about my fun characters now, right? Weeeee!
 
Ah, well. Happy writing to me.