Where You'll Find Me

I'm currently running my blog over at WritersAfterDark.net. I'd love it if you stopped by and hang for a bit! I'll return the favor, promise!

Running two blogs gets a bit difficult, so bear with me while I figure things out. In the meantime, if I could interest you in industry news, writing tips, and poking some fun at writerly problems, you'll find me here:



Friday, May 31, 2013

Let's Celebrate!

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This week I'm celebrating:

1- I went to the casino over the weekend and got stopped at the entrance
for ID check! My ego was quite happy about that ;)
2- I had my hubby home from work for an extra day due to the long weekend.
(Though, I'm thrown off by the days and really really want to post this Friday hop tomorrow)
3- And finally, I invite you to celebrate my spanking new toy with me:

MacBook Pro
(Not for real though, don't touch it!)

What are you celebrating?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Get Healthy Blog Hop!


Thank you to the hosts: Stephen Tremp, L. Diane Wolfe, Michael Di Gesu & Alex J. Cavanaugh. They have teamed up for a Blog Hop that focuses on making 2013 a healthier year! 

I have always considered myself to be a big fitness buff. Oh yes. 
It doesn't mean that its true though. The very few people who know me IRL and are reading this are probably laughing. But let me say this: Just because there is no actual evidence that I've ever been a big fitness junkie doesn't mean I'm not. I mean in my mind I am, and that's that. I constantly think about working out. I constantly think about eating very healthy. And I constantly imagine myself in top notch shape. So I figure.... *I think* THEREFORE *I am*.... just not physically. And if there is no such thing as a honorary fitness buff then there should be.

Anyway...

Since I've had the big blessing of carrying twins, I've had to try my bestest to make it more than just honorary. Am I there yet? Nope. But I try by logging my nutrition, water consumption and workouts on My Fitness Pal daily..er.. when I remember to keep me accountable. I do different types of DVD workouts in combination with taking up jogging at the beginning of this year. My one goal I must meet is to jog at least 12 miles a week. Though, I will be honest and say I failed last week when the little people were sick. And you know what? That's OK. We all have a life to live and realistically speaking its impossible to have the same routine with no deviations now and again. The important thing is to keep going as soon as you have the chance. 

I'm quite short so it doesn't take much for me to look unfit-like and that really really sucks. I have to lose about 15 lbs which doesn't sound like a whole lot and easy peasy but the problem is those are the lbs that LOVE me to death and refuse to break up with me. And since I love love I've had a hard time breaking its heart. Eventually, I'll do it though. 

Actually, now that I said it on my blog I have to do it, right? Right! Now, let's see what I can actually accomplish.... I'll leave you with a few quotes that motivate me to keep trying:

A year from now you'll wish you would have started today.
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The hardest lift is you ass off the couch.
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If you change nothing, nothing will change.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tweets Tuesdays (17)

Resurrecting some Tweets from the past week:


The expert in anything was once a beginner...
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I'm exhilarated every time I get out of revision cave, but later I search for my 
awesomness & find that I *might* have kept the cave too dark o_0
~ ~ ~

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise:
attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
~ ~ ~

I'm as crazy as any other writerbut if you ask me,
sanity is overrated anyway :P
~ ~ ~

If you don't fight for what you want
at least have the decency to respect those who do.
~ Jose Marti

Friday, May 24, 2013

Celebrating the Small Things

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This week I'm celebrating:

1- That I did NOT get sick along with my kids and husband. #ThatWasClose
2- Fantastic helpful feedback from a beta.
3- An awesome drawing given to me by Brandon Ax. 
(Go follow him if you aren't already)

Backstory:
You know how we become all friendly online with people but we are not sure what level of psycho they might be... AND... might be scared to meet them in person? Well, we created a Psycho-Meter to check on those levels. The thing is... until our machine is done with the reading, we are left vulnerable.  So obviously its only natural to bring weapons along, just in case. Also, I request a bag of money in payment for my fantastic friendship, FYI.

This is us meeting for the first time:
(Apparently the cop thought this was suspicious activity o_0)


What are you celebrating?


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tweets Tuesday (16)

Tweets from the previous week:
 
You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step...
~ ~ ~
 
Just ran 5 miles. My legs are sore.
I'm probably dehydrated and all I want is coffee, can you say addict?
~ ~ ~
 
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle
of the night to write. ~ Saul Bellow
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I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it. 
~ Toni Morrison
 ~ ~ ~
 
Everyone in my house is sick, I just hope they feel better soon
and that I don't join them in their misery #iPray (Not an apple product)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Let's Celebrate the Small Things

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This week I'm celebrating:
1- Laughter.
I don't know about you but it always makes me feel good.
2- My broken laptop hasn't giving up on me yet.
3- Great author friends.
One of them, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne,
Sent me an autographed copy of her children's book:
Charlene the Star
 
Thank you Deanie!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tweets Tuesday (15)

Bringing past tweets back to life:
 
 
I will be posting telepathically today.
So if you think of something funny,  that was me.
~ ~ ~
 
Helpful advice: Don't fight with your writer spouse but if you must,
 make it memorable. Writers are always looking for material ;)
~ ~ ~
 
I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
~ ~ ~
 
Drink coffee. Do stupid things faster with more energy.
 That's what I'm up to. Happy Mother's Day ;)
~ ~ ~
 
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Giveaway & Cover Reveal: ONE by Mari Arden

ONE
by
Mary Arden


Blurb
 
Jules Hendricks has had a string of bad "firsts."
 Embarrassing first kiss. Traumatic first date. An obsessive first boyfriend she can't understand.
It's taken her years but she's finally able to leave her small town life behind for a new start as a freshmen at UW- Madison. For Jules this chance to be independent and rebuild her life is an opportunity she won't ever let anyone take from her again. She's determined to make something of herself without a man by her side, in front, behind or anywhere near her.
Reid "Pax" Paxton is the star quarterback for the UW Badgers. His brush with death makes him understand how precious life is, and how important it is to take life by the horns, unafraid. Jules knows he's dangerous for her. Dark hair. Smoldering eyes. Killer smile. That dimple. That body. Those arms. Pax is everything she's trying to run away from, but she can't help coming back for more. Slowly he begins to show a life together can be more than just a dream. It can be their reality. The truth about reality is it's not always sunshine and butterflies.
Sometimes it's a wasteland.
Sometimes secrets can't stay buried.
Sometimes your past will find a way to hunt you down.

Author Bio:

I'm Mari Arden (Mari rhymes with safari). Teacher by day, author by night. When I'm not living my double life I like to hike, take zumba classes, and try foods from all over the world. I write to soothe my soul and to, hopefully, entertain YOU. I write YA and NA including the YA series, "Fireborn". 

Adventurous? Come join my double life!
 
Find her here:

 Don't forget to enter the giveaway and spread the word
 
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*Bonus*
 
Here is a teaser excerpt:
 **Warning: the contents of this book are intended for readers 18+ and older due to explicit adult situations.      
 
 
             "Do I make you nervous?" His husky drawl drips like chocolate covering a ripe, round strawberry. Does he make me nervous? Does a simmering volcano make an ant nervous?
 
            I swallow. "Nervous? I'm not nervous," I babble, refusing to look at him. I'm in physical pain. What's that thing I do where I take in air, and then let it out? Oh yeah, breathing. I need to do that.
            Like right now.
            I make a strangled sound and inhale through my nostrils, taking in the smoky air like a ravenous puppy finding milk. Instantly I feel Pax's heat next to me. Soon I'll be immersed in it, wrapped in it.
            Wrapped around him.
            So does that make me nervous? Only a hundred kinds of nervous.
            "Time to begin!" Cade yells, as he jogs back to Pax and I, flashing his pearly whites. He pounds Pax on the back. "Don't drop the ball," he grins.
            "As if I ever do."
            Cade turns to me. I see the second he registers my cleavage is exposed to the world. His eyes appraise me slowly. He gives me an appreciative grin. "Well, hello there."
            "Hi," I reply. "Um, should we start now?" I don't mean to be rude, but I'm a second away from vomiting every cell inside me, and call me crazy, but I'd prefer not to start off my year known as the Vomiter.
            "Yes," Pax glares at Cade. "Let's start." He inserts himself between us, blocking Cade's view of me. His firm, half naked body is next to my face. Pax's musky cologne combined with a sweaty scent unique to him assails my nostrils until my senses are reeling out of control.
            Cade chuckles, looking amused. I want to glare at him. I don't find anything amusing about this. "Ready when you are."
            Pax turns to me, his emerald eyes dark pools in the sunlight. This close I see every glorious inch of him, from the tiny stubbles of black hair covering the lower part of his face to the rippling six pack decorating his stomach like a tattoo. I don't dare look any lower. My pulse skitters. I forget to breathe. Something hard and hot unfurls in my belly. Unable to tear my gaze from him I watch helpless as his mouth drifts closer, until he' so close his breath mingles with mine.
            "Ride me."
Excerpt copyright 2013 Mari Arden

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Awards, Awards, Awards... Part 2

The wonderful Deanie Humphrys-Dunnes has nominated me for two more awards,
 I thank you Darling! Go show her some love over at her blog, clicky here ;)

 
The Super Sweet Award
 
The Rules:
 
Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
*Answer five Super Sweet questions.
*Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post.
*Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
*Notify your nominees on their blog.  
 
My Super Sweet Questions:

1- What is your favorite dessert?
~ Spanish Flan
 
2- Cake or ice cream?
~ Ice cream... with cake?
 
3- When do you like desserts most?
~ On date nights
 
4- Would you choose cookies or cake?
~ Depends on my mood... love both.
 
5- Vanilla or chocolate?
 ~ A mix if I can, but if not, then chocolate!


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The Shine On Award
 
 
Here are the Rules:
*Display the award logo on your blog.
*Link back to the person who nominated you.
*State 7 things about yourself
*Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
*Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.
 
7 Things About Me:
 
1- I don't really know to swim. I know the mechanics of it, I can do it, say... like at a water park, but no laps for me. I'll drown. I don't want to drown.
2- Except for my husband and my mother, my writing world is unknown to people that know me in person.
3- I like making cupcakes. I also like eating them, which is why I don't make them often.
4- I jog a minimum of 12 miles a week. (darn cupcakes)
5- Drivers who make turns without using their blinkers give me instant road rage. Grrrr...
6- Nicki Minaj and I were co-workers years ago... #truestory
7- I don't like uneven numbers so I'm just going to say 8. Done. (I feel better now)

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My nominees:
I know you are all busy and some of you probably received one or both of these awards already. Feel free to choose one only if you want... but be warned that I wont like you as much as those who choose to accept both, just saying...  :D
(Yes, I'm kidding, relax!)
 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Time to Celebrate!

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This week I'm celebrating:

1- Coming out of the editing cave alive.
(This round, at least.)
2- Fantastic friends. Old and new ones. 
3- Google. Whatever I don't know, it teaches me.
4- I'm also celebrating the fact that my poor laptop is still alive.
Not only because it's been frustratingly freezing and shutting down constantly,
but also because I haven't shown any violence towards it.
Yet.

What are you celebrating?


Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Release: CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE by L.M. Augustine

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Debut YA Novel
by
L.M. Augustine
 
 
 
Teaser:
"We can be friends for now. But West Ryder, if you think this means I won't fight for you with every last breath I have, you're in for a hell of a surprise."
 
Blurb:
135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.
As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same 'I < 3  Sam Green' T-Shirt Harper promised she'd have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.
 
You can buy it here:


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Awards, Awards, Awards.... Part 1

 

I was given the "Very Inspiring Blogger Award" by the lovely C.M. Albert, thank you so much! Go check out her blog here.
 
Award Rules
 
1. Display logo in your blog to show you've been nominated!
2. Link back to your nominator.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
5. Notify your nominees.
7 Things About Myself
 
1- I'm a big Harry Potter fan. *LOVE*
2- People say I have a bubbly personality, but really? I'm shy.
3- I'm the youngest of three.
4- I would have a panic attack if my DVR was broken.
5- The only thing I ever want for my birthdays is to go to the movies. It helps that a lot of the big movies come out just in time for it, this year? It will be The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
6- Friends is one of my favorite TV shows.
7- I enjoy Twitter more than I thought I would.
 
 
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sunshine-award1
 
Thank you Deanie Humphrys-Dunne for the Sunshine Award, you are so sweet ;)
 
The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers.
The recipients of the Sunshine Award are “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.” The way the award works is this: thank the person who gave you the award, and link back to them. Then answer questions about yourself. Finally, select up to 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post, and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!
 
1- Favorite color?
 ~ Blue.
2- Favorite animals?
~ Puppies.
3- Favorite number?
~ Eight.
4- Favorite non-alcoholic drink?
~ Water. (For real!)
5- Favorite alcoholic drink?
~ Wine.
6- Facebook or Twitter?
 ~ Right now, Twitter.
7- My passion?
~ Writing.
8- Prefer getting or giving presents?
~ Giving.
9- Favorite city?
~ NY
10- Favorite TV shows?
~ Homeland, The Walking Dead, Elementary, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, etc...
 
***Nominees, use the same questions***
 
 
* * *
 
Thank you once again Deanie Humphrys-Dunne for this award!
 
Here are the rules:
Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award with notification sent to them of the great news. Display the award’s badge on your blog/website.
Resources:
What makes a good acceptance speech?
*Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way.
*Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling.
*Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives.


My Acceptance Speech:
 
I want to thank my Mom and my Dad for loving each other enough to make me, even if I was an "oops" baby. I want to thank my husband for putting up with my insane (but awesome) ways. I want to thank my kids for being in sync with their diaper-related activities so I do all the changing at once. And I want to thank myself for not changing who I am. What? Does that not count? Okay, I want to thank YOU then for making it this far if you are still reading... if you are not, I take it back.
 
 
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My Nominees
I'm going to do this a little different because I have three different awards here. I know everyone is busy so I'll leave you the option to choose one, two, or all three of these awards to post on your blog. I know I'll mention some who already received one of these but you have several to choose from, no excuses :D
 
11- C.M. Albert (Choose one of the bottom two or both)
12- Deanie Humprys-Dunne (The Very Inspirational Blogger Award)


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tweets Tuesday (14)

The resurrection of old tweets:
 
I'm not afraid of going slowly - I'm afraid of standing still.
~Abraham Lincoln
* * *
 
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
~ Stephen Hawking
* * *
 
My manuscript has thousands & thousands of words, that's great.
Now to make sure they are all in the correct order...#daunting #amediting
* * *
 
Okay, coffee in hand. Workout out of the way.
Kids in cribs about to nap. It's time: ready, set, edit!
#amwriting #amediting 
* * *
 
I'm going to succeed because I'm crazy enough to think I can.
 


Friday, May 3, 2013

Celebrate the Small Things

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This week I'm celebrating:
 
1- My 9th wedding anniversary.
2- Ahh shucks! 
I've been nominated for quite a few more awards.
3- I made it to 200 likes on Facebook.
4- The weather is finally warming up, woot!
 
What are you celebrating?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My 2nd and 3rd Liebster Award!

 
I've been given this award by Nancy LaRonda Johnson forever and a day ago... and also more recently by C.J. Sullivan. Thank you so much ladies! **Blushing**
 
Rules of the Liebster Blog Award:
- Tell 11 random things about yourself.
- Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
- Post 11 questions for those who will be nominated by you.
- Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
- Get in contact with those 11 bloggers in order to inform them that you nominated them.

11 Random Things About Me
(I'm cheating here and sharing the same ones from my first Liebster)

1.~ I am afraid of Spiders.
2. ~ I am a mother of twins.
3. ~ I am addicted to my kid's laughter.
4. ~ I don't like talking on the phone. Unless it's my husband, mother or important. Cell phones are for texting and browsing the Internet. The home phone is for Telemarketers, whom I hang up on after wishing them good luck with the next call. (true, I feel for them) (bonus fact!)
5. ~ I like writing under the influence of wine.
6. ~ I like editing under the influence of coffee or Red Bull.
7. ~ When I paint my nails, my toe nails must match. Always.
8. ~ I very rarely watch scary movies.
9. ~ I live in Cyber Space, NY.
10. ~ I am fluent in Spanish, because....
11.~ I am half Spanish and half West-Indian.
 
 
I'm about to answer 22 questions, either get your drink of choice or skip to the end to find out if you have been nominated, you've been warned ;)
 
 
My 11 questions from Nancy LaRonda Johnson: 
1. Does your name have a backstory? Were you named after someone, does it have a special meaning, etc.
~ Yes! My Mom found my name from a book she was reading when she was pregnant with me. And I fancy myself a writer, so coming from a book is fitting and cool :D
2. What’s the one thing you wish you could brag to everyone about?
~ That I once took care of a spider that was about to attack one of my babies. I did it all by myself and didn't even faint in the process. Kudos to me.
3. What’s your favorite word and why?
~ YES. It doesn't get more positive than that!
4. If you could eat as much of anything you wanted without stopping until you could pop whenever you wanted, what would it be?
~ Ice cream!
5. What’s the one thing you wish you could say to your spouse/parents/siblings/best friend but haven’t?
~ Well my parents and husband know... so not them. But my best friend and siblings: "I'm publishing a book by the end of the year, eeek!" (Yes, I would include the eek in the announcement)
6. If you could make someone in your family the MC in a book or story, who would it be and what type of character would they be?
~ My kids. In a kids story. They would use their super powers to help other little ones in need.
7. If you could be a #1 NY Times bestseller for the one book you’ve written and can ever write, or be a relatively unknown writer of many books, what would you choose and why?
~ This one is tough. I would of course love to hit the NY Times bestseller list, but ultimately I just want to share what's stuck in my head. There is a lot of stuff in there, so I guess it would be the relatively unknown writer of many books.
8. Who’s your favorite actor and in what movie?
~ I don't know! I like too many of them. I suppose RIGHT NOW, I can mention Hugh Jackman because I liked him in Les Miss... and I LOVE him as Wolverine, you know, for his abs claws. I even gave one of my characters the last name Logan in his honor.
9. If you could only have a TV or stereo system (and no other music playing device), which would you pick?
~ Hmm, TV... I would find a music channel and make it all work ;) {Its not a different device!}
10. Would you rather vacation somewhere hot or cold, and where would that be?
~ Somewhere hot for sure.  Hawaii again would be fantastic!
11. What’s your most controversial belief?
~ Well, I'm not sure who finds it controversial, but I believe everyone has the right to marry the person they love. I don't care who or what they are. I love my husband and can't imagine how crushing it would be if I wasn't allowed to marry him. What in the world is wrong with loving someone? It's love. That's all that matters.
Speaking of marriage... today is my 9th wedding anniversary, thought I'd throw that in there...
 
My 11 questions from C.J. Sullivan:
 
1. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
~ No idea. None of the ones I come up have many pros, being human is good enough for me.
2. Is there anything you collect? If so, what?
~ Umm, books, shoes & shot glasses from all of our vacations.

3. What is your overall goal for your blog?
~ Connect with other writers and (hopefully) with future readers. Also, to share what I've learned... when I learn it..

4. How do you feel in big crowds of people?
~ Okay, I guess. I'm really shy so better in a crowd where I can hide than with very few people where I'll have to create chit chat.

5. Cell phones - what's your opinion of them?
~ They are for texting and social media purposes. Calls are for emergency only. I NEED mine.

6. If you could decorate your home in any style, what would it be?
~ Modern contemporary.

7. Do you believe in Extra Terrestrials?
~ Yes. I am one. Do not try to do experiments on me, it will not end well for you.
Ok, I'm not really one. But I am crazy about astronomy and such, and I cannot imagine than in the whole universe we are the ONLY planet where life was created. Maybe not in our own Milky Way Galaxy but somewhere out there.. I think so...

8. If you could meet any mythological creature, what would it be and why?
~ Oooh maybe a Zombie so I can smash its brains! (Obviously I have Walking Dead withdrawals) but since I'm not sure it counts as a mythological creature (though it popped up on google search as one) I'll go with a sweet Angel so he/she can tell me how it all really works.

9. Would you rather stay busy or have a lot of free time? Why?
~ I just want a great combination of both so I can use all my free time to get busy writing.

10. If you had a chance to travel to the moon, would you do it?
~ Nope. I'm scared of heights... and that's waaayy up there.

11. What music album are you still frequently listening to now that you also listened to years ago?
~ The oldest that I can think of is Bob Marley's album. Been listening to him since I was a very young kid and his music still brings a smile to my face.
Their Questions:

1 ~ Does your name have a back story? What is it?
2 ~ Is there anything you collect? If so what?
3 ~ What's the one thing you wish you could brag about?
4 ~ What would be your dream vacation spot?
5 ~ Who is your biggest supporter?
6 ~ What is your biggest pet peeve?
7 ~ What books have most influenced your life?
8 ~  So you believe in Extra Terrestrials?
9 ~ If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one thing, what would it be?
10 ~ What is your most controversial belief?
11 ~ What music album are you still listening to now that you also listened to years ago?