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Doctor Who ??? love that guy

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I love, love love…. Doctor Who… and watching Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman travel through space and time has been my favorite pastime… now… if you haven’t watched the latest season, look away… there will be spoilers… with mild ranting and lots of raving… lol…

if you watched the specials and podcasts, then you were waiting for the big Clara death scene… but maybe like me you were holding your breath, waiting for the doctor to find a way to fix things, to find a way to keep Clara by his side… but OMG… dang it Doctor, you made me cry… Clara really did get killed off… and the Doctor went through mammoth grief… time-lord style… how do I deal with this… wellll….

I cross my fingers that there really will be a spin off with Clara and Me (Maisie Williams) will come to fruition … will Clara remain living in the moment between heartbeats, will she one day meet back up with the doctor, or will the show become a Clara hit run-away… Who the heck knows…

I swear, I think they killed or almost killed Clara at least three or four times… and each time, I would think, this is it… no more Clara… why, oh why… 😛 I think she is my favorite doctor companion… and can totally carry her own show… but still… I would love to see her back with the doctor one day… her character has changed almost as often as she has changed doctors… it has been wonderful to watch and I can’t wait for whatever comes next…

happy wordage, tracey

#EggcerptExchange – Tina Gayle

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Alrighty… I am welcoming Tina Gayle to the blog today, the lady behind this egg-tastic exchange…. she herded us all together to share and exchange blog posts… I especially liked her idea to add in character/author interviews… I chose to do two different character interviews, and send them out at random… so that each person I exchange with didn’t have the exact same post… after the exchange is over, I plan to post my interviews for anyone that missed out…

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for now, here is a peek at Tina’s romance novel… and yummy cover… 😛 enjoy

Marketing Exec’s Widow #99cent
Tina Gayle’s #EggcerptExchange

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author of heartwarming romance novels for romance readers.

Four women…
One fatal car wreck…
Everyone’s lives changed…

Marketing Exec’s Widow

Letting go and rebuilding a life comes at a price.

Having come to terms with losing her husband, Jennifer is ready to move on with her life, but she faces opposition from her friends, in-laws, and brother-in-law, who see himself as her future husband. None of them know of Jen’s marital problems and she is afraid of their reaction when they learn she has a date for Friday night?
Hagan Chaney is not anything like Craig. He tempts Jen into the future but is she willing to give love another chance after the heartache she faced the 1st time around.

Excerpt –

“God, you must think I’m awful.”

“Not even in the ballpark as to what I think about you. Because I know you would never have said yes to a night out with me if you’d been happy in your marriage.”

His words hit her like a fist to the face and her head snapped backward, striking the wooden partition between the booths. Wow, how could he have guessed the truth when so many people who knew her hadn’t?

She closed her eyes and searched for an answer. For so long, she’d kept her emotions bottled inside, not allowing anyone to see the loneliness or heartache her unhappy marriage had caused. What now? Lie, or admit the truth?

The vinyl cushion squeaked, and a hand touched her shoulder, pulling her from her stupor. Hagan slipped in beside her, his thigh bumped hers and his arm slid along the back of the seat. In the space of a few seconds, his large athletic body blocked her escape from the confining booth.

Nerves pulsed in an agitated rhythm. She couldn’t sit still, and opened her mouth to tell him to back off, but the thin lines of concern marring his brow killed the comment.

“Hey, there’s no reason to get upset.” He cupped a hand over her shoulder and drew her close. “I’m happy you said yes.”

Jolted by his sudden nearness, she exhaled, and then fought to draw air back into her lungs. His crisp, masculine scent acted like a seductive lure, and she had to fight the urge to bury her nose in the curve of his neck.

Read the 1st chapter of any of my books at www.tinagayle.net

Purchase Links

Marketing Exec’s Widow is available at Amazon,

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Tina’s Bio –
Tina Gayle loves writing and is currently working on finishing her Family Tree series, a contemporary paranormal suspense series.
When not writing, she enjoys spending time with my family and traveling around the country. She hasn’t hit every state, but she hopes to someday. You might also catch her on the golf course with her husband of 30 years.

Also, you can read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website or download an exclusive story “My Future Step Brother” and join her special friend’s list. All on her website http://www.tinagayle.net

Home – http://www.tinagayle.net
Blog – http://www.tinagayle.blogspot.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/AuthorTinaGayle
Goodread – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1641826.Tina_Gayle
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/tina.gayle

Character Questions – Pick 5 you want to use.

1. Nickname – Jen
2. Job – realtor
3. Level of schooling, or self-taught – some college
4. Birthdate – August 8
5. Birthplace – Omaha, NE
6. Currently residing in… Elkhorn, NE
7. Favorite type of pet – dog –
8. Favorite place to visit
9. Significant other – Craig but he was killed in a car wreck
10. Most important goal – to be independent
11. Worst fear or nightmare – spending my live alone
12. Favorite food – all
13. Wealthy, poor, or somewhere in between? wealthy now
14. Secret desire or fantasy – to have children15. What would you do if you won the lottery? I won the lottery when Craig died. I now have more money than I’ll ever need but sadly it hasn’t made me happier.

Thanks for hosting me on your blog,
Tina

#LittleThings – Join the Explosion

Little Things Blog Hop Use Me

Personally, I will be giving away an eBook copy of Shocking Finds, or for those that have already read Shocking Finds, you can choose to wait for an ARC copy of Southern Discoveries: Book Two – Finder’s Keepers and read before it comes out to buy…

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If you want to be on the blogger list, or maybe you have a read of your own to enter into this blog-fest, be sure to head to the following link to enter the fun… you have until March 11th to sign up… check out the 70+ list of blog sites already listed to participate, and join the explosion… just click the ‘click here’ button below…

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#EggcerptExchange – Michelle Abbott

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another excellent cover… another author for the exchange!!!

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the cover really is the first line when trying to promote a book… I know that I look for certain things *(hot guys, or strong women) before I ever check out the back of a book… if the cover sucks, I soooo am not wasting time one the blurb…

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Love the tattoos… yep, the great body has nothing to do with it, I swear… hehehe… okay… lets read a little about the author and the book… and don’t forget the Excerpt and Q&A character session….

Author Michelle Abbott writes new adult romance. She currently has four books published.

JEM

Two injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?

Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father’s fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.

She smiled.
She listened.
She cared.

She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.

Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he’ll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.

Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.

Eggcerpt from JEM

I pull back the duvet and try to make as few movements as possible as I crawl in beside her and let the warmth from her body and the duvet envelop me. Her red hair is splayed across my pillow. I reach out and stroke my fingers through the silken strands. My pillowcase isn’t getting washed again. It can smell of her forever so that whenever I lay my head on it, I can pretend she’s with me. Maybe it will be okay to move a little closer. I’m right on the edge of the mattress. If I fall out of bed I’ll wake her. I scoot closer to her, close my eyes and inhale. She smells of roses. Maybe I should get her some flowers. I picture myself holding a bunch of red roses and chuckle to myself. Nah, I’m not the suave type. Maybe I’ll get a rose tattoo to remind me of her scent.

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U65KU22

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00U65KU22

http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00U65KU22

Interview with Jem1.

Job?I work at an amusement arcade, fixing the machines when they go wrong, handing out change and that kind of thing. It pays my bills, it’s local and the hours suit me.

2. Currently residing in…?Hemsby in Norfolk. I’ve got a trailer right by the sea. There’s nothing like walking along the beach every morning. It keeps me calm.

3. Level of schooling, or self-taught?I had to quit school when I was small because my asshole of a father moved us all at the last minute after someone reported him to social services for child cruelty. He never enrolled me in another school. I taught myself all I need to know.

4. Favorite food?Don’t have one. I eat to live, I don’t live to eat.

5. Most important goal?To get Devon to remember me and love me again. To take care of her and show her that I never forgot her and never stopped loving her.

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Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in 3rd person.

She loves to write new adult romance about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl.

She’s an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits 🙂 She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral 🙂Website http://www.michelleabbott.com/Twitter https://twitter.com/michelleabbott4Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MichelleAbbottRomanceAuthorGoodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7034278.Michelle_Abbott

I hope you enjoyed your peek into Michelle Abbott… until next time, I will leave you with a little insanity… happy wordage…

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Skymann Family

a while back, I decided to try my hand at a contemporary romance… but then I got sidetracked with my Finder’s Keepers series, and all the possibilities that line of thinking opened up… So in OCD fashion I wrote until my eyes crossed, forgetting about my Skymann Family novel… it was finished and just waiting for those evil edits… this morning I decided to tackle the Skymann edits head on… muhahahaha

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I think I have a few more hours in me tonight, but so far, I am only 25 percent of the way through… but this is just the first go… I figure it will take another two to three weeks to get opinions and edits completely… if things go smoothly, I may be able to pull this off a little faster than that… I really do love my Skymann clan… they are some good ole’ boys, with a horrible past, but they have known how to take advantage of opportunity when it comes knockin’…

Four brother; Marcus – the oldest, Samuel – the youngest, and in the middle we have Jacob and Andrew – twins… I don’t know if you guys have ever had friends that seemed to be produced from some kind of mold, where all the siblings could have been produced as clones… I had this friend in high school and I swear that her older sister could have been her twin.. It was freaky… and I don’t mean the slight similarities you get from strong genes… I have heard all my life that my aunts and momma look just alike, but I can see a difference…

that wasn’t true with my friend… I walked into her house and saw a picture of her sister for the first time, and I stood there staring, trying to decide why my friend’s picture looked off… it wasn’t until she told me it wasn’t her that I found out I was looking at someone else… her older clone… yep… very weird…

but I liked the idea for a story… in the Skymann family, you have some cousins that similar in that way that strong genes will let you know that someone is related … but with the brothers, I used what I had seen in that picture of my friend’s older sister… clones… okay, not really clones, but they all four look enough alike for people that don’t know them personally to get confused…

that’s what happens in this first story… Andrew – one of the twins, screws up while trying to ask out Brigit… then she runs into Samuel, and he is too cocky for words, and aggravates the hell out of her because she thinks it is Andrew… then, to make matters even worse, she runs into a laid back Marcus… Poor Marcus… by then she has had enough… thankfully, Jacob finds a way to meddle in Andrew’s life, to find a way to convince Brigit to give him a shot… Andrew will finally get the girl, that’s if her stalker doesn’t get her first… muhahahaha

Hopefully, this will keep my mind occupied while I wait to hear what my publisher thinks about Southern Discoveries: Book Two – Finder’s Keepers… and yes, I think I have finally settled on a title…. Twin Findings just felt like it needed to be the title of book three or four… okay, back to the edits…

Anthology Update

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very excited… it is official… my published works now number 2 shorts/in anthologies and 1 full length novel… that is three stories from the Finder’s Keepers world… and Feb 13 I am off to a signing for anyone near the tri-state area… (ky/wv/oh) … all those from the local writer’s group will be sitting down for a signing at the South Shore Library… just follow rt23 and watch for the library building with the green roof… 😛

hopefully, after the signing I will have more information about buy links and a picture of the cover… I do know that my short story was a wee bit long, which caused my fellow writer (Cathy) to need to shorten it a little… she had to cut out some of the less important bits… still… it is an excellent way to learn more about Joffrey, a Sentinel… Joffrey has a bigger part in book two of the Finder’s Keepers series… Southern Discoveries (and yes, I hope I am done messing with my title… lol)

Using The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy To Build Tension In Your Novel

Source: Using The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy To Build Tension In Your Novel

I spotted this blog post the other day, and thought it would be helpful for a lot of writers that hear the words ‘now add some romance’ either from a publisher or critique group, and cringe…

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yep… intimate moments can be embarrassing for us to write, but readers love them… and you don’t just dive straight into the bedroom and call it romance… even erotica, the luster version of romance writing, calls for some build up… even if you like to keep you private moments behind literary closed doors, there can still be a slow build up of attraction… this blog post is an excellent cheat sheet, especially when you’re first getting started… but then I have been at this for a while, and I found myself double checking my romance progression… I hope the rest of you enjoy, and happy wordage, tracey

Phoenix tracks

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okay… I am laughing so hard, I’m afraid there may be tears in my eyes… lol… but this GIF (as funny as it is) is not the point of this post… sorry… I just can’t stop watching it…

I am actually posting to give a shout out to Yasmine Phoenix… about a year or so ago, she did a post with a handful of authors in various stages of their wordage lives… the hopeful, the multi-published, and those in between… and every once in a while she sends us some questions, a type of update… to see where we are in our writing journeys…

now, my memory is lacking on the best of days, but I am pretty sure that this is the third post that Yasmine has done on the topic… if you want to check out her post, just follow the link below….

Yasmine Phoenix’s Blog Post

I have done a little more than when I answered Yasmine’s questions, but you can still check out her other questions… both to me, and the others in the group

Free Friday

Since there are five Fridays this month, I thought I would do a writing Prompt… hmmm…

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lol… I love this

I found this gif on pinterest, but I actually had a dog that ran into his reflection once… he ran into the room and came flat face to flat face with the dog in the mirror that was propped up against the wall… I can’t remember why the mirror was off the wall… It is Spike’s reaction that I remember… lol…

unlike the little guy up at the top of the post, Spike freaked out… he screeched and fell over backward… but he kept doing it… we ended up leaving the mirror on the floor so we could watch the poor dog run back and forth like he was going out of his mind… lol…

Now… the writing prompt is to write a scene with either a child or animal, or hey… a visitor from another realm, one unused to reflective images with no other purpose than to show your reflection… how would your character react???

quick book update

Shocking Finds (A Finder’s Keepers novel) can be found in the following blog hop… three fantasy books up for grabs… just wanted to let everyone know… hop ends on 1-15-16 … head on over and enter to win… woo who… free books 😛

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what’s on your mantel

I have two book on my mantel… and soon there will be three… I have been told that the anthology written by the people from those in the local writing group will be published in Feb… Hopefully I will have more information for you after the meeting on Saturday…

To tell the truth, I had given up hope on this day ever coming… but that is mostly because I am an impatient gal…  😛 this idea was started back in 2014, then the RWA issue with the smaller groups like the one in this area disbanding… while the others in the group decided to start their own writing group, I stayed home and focused on online promotion and editing (and the ever present MS)

But now that Book two of the Finder’s Keepers series is getting closer, one edit at a time, I realized that the story I had submitted to the group needed to be told before Book Two, Twin Findings, came out… I mean… it isn’t a life or death issue, but the main characters from the story have a lot to say in Twin Findings…. Joffrey (the last Sentinel remaining Earth-side) and his lady love, Sophia Ann…

this could be Makayla

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this could sooo be Makayla LaPine… she only had a few lines in Shocking Finds: A Finder’s Keepers Novel, but she is making her mark in book two… Twin Findings…

this picture is definitely worth a thousand words when it comes to Makayla’s younger days… she tells us all about her younger days as she sits with Marin, going through the details of the day her twin went missing… poor Makayla… so young, so sad, and oh so strong… stronger than she should have had to be… our sexy southern bell has a few crack in the shield she presents the world, but the woman will always be sassy and strong when the end of the day comes out to play…

I can’t wait until you guys get to read this book… between the continuation of Marin’s story, and this peek into Makayla, this book is gonna rock… happy wordage everyone… tracey

still time for free reads

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there is still time to win free books and prizes from GWP for those of you that didn’t win the Christmas mystery box… head HERE to find out more… happy wordage…

Book Progress!!!

ahhhh…. Book Progress… everyone loves getting some book insite… Just check back here to see all the articles related to book progress…

Finder’s Keepers Series…

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I will do my best to give book updates ever first week of the month…

As of right now, Book Two in the Finder’s Keepers series is almost ready for beta readers… very exciting, but first I would like to have another look through… woo who … and I am vacillating between two titles.. Twin Finds or Doubled Findings… but that could all change… 😛

Check out Vivian Lane

Vivian Lane was kind enough to stop by and answer a few author interview questions for us… so sit back and learn a little more about Vivian… and get ready for Protector, out the first of the year…

1. Do you have a favorite book baby?
A future Agent Seven book that hasn’t been released, yet. Writing it got me through some tough times. When nothing else was coming to me, I could work on that.
2. Which series flows so much easier that you find yourself telling the voices that they must give the other series some air time?
Well, the first drafts of several Children of Ossiria stories have been written a long time and publishing them in 2016 is my priority.
3.Do you have any writing quirks that you are willing to share? (like I have a tendency to write long hand then move to the computer, just something that frees your mind to think and connect the dots)
I need quiet to write. The quiet hum of my computer or the AC is fine, but anything else is totally distracting, which means much of my writing has happened in the middle of the night. I’ve lived more vampire hours as a writer than not!
4. Do you enjoy creating anything other than your word babies?
I recently took up drawing/sketching. I post finished projects on Facebook. I’ve tried out most any craft over the years. I can crochet and cross stitch. I don’t have a sewing machine anymore, but I used to sew. I’ve painted simple projects in the past. Just about anything you can pick up from a Michael’s store, I’ve probably tried it. I like working with my hands.
5. Where does your love of supernatural/paranormal/fantasy come from? Or is it something that has always been with you?
Always, as far back as I can remember. Sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, all that stuff. My parents were geeks.
6. You have been drafted to compete in a triathlon, with the option to ask one of your characters to take your place. Which of them would step up, and who would run screaming? Which one would you ask first, and why?
Agent Seven, Della, would probably do it if I asked nicely. The vampires can’t because of that whole pesky sunlight issue. Carys, from PROTECTOR, would say no way. She’s not into marathon exercise.
7. What would you suggest to other writers when it comes to participating in a writing community? What are your hard and fast rules?
Communities all vary, so if you join up, observe for a while before jumping in. Helps prevent stepping on any toes. Follow the rules set by the group. Contribute help where you can.
8. Do you have any co-authors? Human or of the four legged variety?
No. And my cat isn’t allowed on my desk. Otherwise, my keyboard would’ve stopped working a long time ago!
9. How do you deal with writer’s doubt?
Talk (whine) to my closest peeps. Give myself a break. Know it’s normal and everyone has it. Distract myself with something fun. Someone with zero doubts is delusional. The best books of all time still get low reviews, so….
10. Late at night, you’re walking down an alley in the worst part of town. What villain, either yours or from someone else’s book, would you hate to run into?
Juliet from STRANGE ALLIES and Nicholae from SAVING CHARLOTTE. My vampire William before PROTECTOR. Any of the Red Court or Black Court vamps from The Dresden Files…..every villain from The Dresden Files, actually.

Book Spotlight:

Title – Protector (Children of Ossiria #1)

Author – Vivian Lane

Genre – Urban Fantasy

Book Blurb:

First in a new series!

Carys Taylor has her life perfectly under control. Equipped with a nice inheritance, she goes where she wants, when she wants, pursuing anything that interests her. So when her old professor asks her to come on a research trip for his thesis, she’s eager to tag along.

Until that ill-fated trip to the South American jungle changes her into a supernatural being. Now she’s sprouting claws and stronger and faster than any human being in existence. The reclusive tribe calls her their Protector – but from what? And why now? Why her?

Carys is pulled into a world she never knew existed. Is she up to the task?

Buy Links – Releasing Jan. 1, 2016. Apple | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Smashwords | Kobo

Author Biography:

Writer of supernatural badasses.

Vivian Lane is an American author.  Born a Gemini, her interests fall under a myriad of subjects including classical music, American and World History; fantasy books, TV shows, and movies; travel, marine biology, and fashion.

Social Media Links

Blog. Facebook. Twitter. Goodreads.

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Excerpt 1:

Carys, next time someone asks you to go with them to the middle of nowhere, say no.

My old professor asked me to come along on a trip to study native music. He was cataloging the songs of an obscure tribe. I had nothing more important to do, so I said sure. Got all the necessary shots and documents, and we made the long journey down.

Little did I know, it would be a life changing experience.

Our destination was a small village in the heart of the South American jungle. How he ever heard of them, I didn’t know. Took us three days by boat to get there. Our team consisted of the professor, our guide/interpreter, the professor’s assistant who was using this trip as info for his thesis, and me. As a music therapist, I used music to heal people’s souls, so I would be lending my expertise in the emotional resonance of the songs.

Approximately fifty people lived in the village, some of the nicest people I’d ever met, instantly welcoming and glad to share their musical history. My job was recording the performances with the handheld camera. They kept staring at me when they thought I wasn’t looking. At first, I attributed it to them never seeing a fair-skinned woman before, but the stares continued through the week.

That should have been my first clue.

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Excerpt 2:

A month later, it was my first day out doing something normal—shopping at the mall. Up to now, I’d avoided crowds, doing my grocery shopping when the stores were almost deserted. Walking to my car in the parking garage, my hands were full of bags, and a man walked behind me. At first, I didn’t think of hearing someone behind me, until his footsteps sped up to get close to me. He demanded my purse. I was willing to cooperate since I didn’t want to provoke him. Better my stuff than my life, right? That’s what the police tell you to do. So, I set down the bags, and the guy lunged for my purse.

I can’t tell you how I did what happened next.

Next thing I knew, I had the guy in a choke hold with claws pressed to his neck. Claws! The guy started freaking out, then, begging me not to hurt him. I tightened the hold until he blacked out, then called 911 on my cell phone. The police arrived, took my statement and the mugger, and I went home.

Shaking.

My fingernails turned into claws. That was NOT normal. Both hands? I stared at my left. Yep, both hands. Oh God.

And then the fight moves. What was that? This wasn’t The Matrix. I hadn’t been plugged into a machine for a kung fu download. Had I? What really happened in that village?

 

book spotlight on VL Locey’s site

Just another quick note… VL Locey was kind enough to share a sneak peek of the rough rough rough copy of Twin Findings, the second book in the Finder’s Keepers series… I want to thank her and all the other support I have found in the writing community, readers, and bloggers alike… you all rock… and if you haven’t seen the sneak peek yet, just head HERE to check it out…

and yes, I think I will be sticking with Twin Findings… 😛 Happy Wordage… Tracey

Rockin’ Book Reviews

I just wanted to share the wonderful interview Lu Ann over at RockinBookReviews.com did for me… she is having a giveaway for Shocking Finds… so head over HERE and check out the pictures and Q&A, followed by her Raffle-copter… This woman rocks peeps, and always has new book info on hand, and lots of giveaways to join in on…

happy wordage, Tracey

PS the giveaway ends on 1-8-2016… enjoy

R&R Karen Chance

Rants and Raves

Pritkin… soooo dreamy… I waited with barely contained impatience for Reap the Wind to be released… I reread the excerpt chapters, and stalked the internet for any tidbits that Karen Chance would drop…

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It was torture… lol… This book in the Cassie Palmer series ended up being too long (according to Chance) and that meant that she had to either edit out or find a break in the story that allowed her to turn one book into two… She decided to go with the two book option, but that meant that we were forced to wait for her to find that break, and then go back into editing mode…

Personally, I am glad that she went with the two book option… there is so much information and potential for future twists and turns packed into Reap the Wind… information that could have been benched and then forgotten… At least if I was in her shoes… I know that when I make chances, I always save the scenes that I cut out, but as I move forward my brain comes up with all these new ways to progress the story… it is really hard for me to find a way to fit those scenes that I loved back into the world I have created…

This isn’t exactly a bad thing, but there are possibilities in Reap the Wind that I, for one, would hate to see lost to the side lines… information about Pritkin, and how he could evolve… not just as Cassie’s friend, but also as a character… I also enjoyed seeing Cassie dropping into scenes already played out in the Dorina Basarab series… even though Cassie still doesn’t know about Dory, I can see the potential for future interaction between the two characters… and lets not forget Mircea…

Mircea’s character could go in so many ways… Chance could build a whole new series with him, she could continue as is and possible have a Pritkin vs Mircea triangle with Cassie being pulled between the two, she could go into a poly relationship type storyline… Hey… I am up for anything, especially if Pritkin gets lots of scene time… lol… did I mention that I love that character… And although Reap the Wind didn’t tie up the issues we have been waiting for answers to, it did wet my appetite for the next novel… Ride the Storm…. so now the wait continues… grrr… man do I hate waiting… how am I supposed to procrastinate my own editing if my favorite authors don’t publish stories faster… hehehe…

okay… enough of that for now… until next month, happy wordage everyone… hopefully I will be ranting and raving about the upcoming Sherlock movie next month… I spotting the poster for the upcoming release… two days only…

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Now this says Jan 1st but my theater said the 5th and 6th… I’m pretty sure… but I may have to miss the theater goodies, and instead watch just the show … I usually buy it on amazon video and watch it that way… I rarely get to go out to the movies with my MS hating the theater seats, but if you guys get out see the special, feel free to rant and rave for us… everyone should love Sherlock… muhahahaha… he is my favorite sociopath!!!

ranting and raving 4th Fridays!!!

GWP contest … Last Day

Omg… its the last day… time is running out to enter to win the Santa Box… it is fill to the brim and just waiting for one lucky winner to claim it… the winner will be announced on Dec 18th on the GWP newsletter… But how do you enter??? Easy… just go HERE and sign up to receive the Gone Writing Publishing Newsletter and you will be automatically entered to win… see, easy…

Hey… I promised you guys a surprise today… What could it be??? Well heck… its the answer to answer 15, plus an excerpt to my next novel… I will be finishing the next Finder’s Keepers Novel up this month, and presenting it to Mary at GWP … Can’t wait to see what she thinks, and you guys as well…

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And now you know my answer to question fifteen… I will be presenting Book Two of the Finder’s Keepers Series to Mary at GWP, because Mary and her GWP crew rock… I just love the Makayla scenes… her and her little pug too… she is a country twang sex pot… with attitude and secrets…

and now for the Excerpt… lets start off slow… here is chapter one… don’t for get to watch out for the hashtags #15DaysofGWPAuthors #GWPGiveaway so you can catch the other GWP authors and their answers for 15 Days with GWP Authors… and if you repost, please use the hashtags…

Finder’s Keepers Series, Book Two

Chapter One

 

The portal tossed Quaidin Lari in every direction until he felt like his head was spinning and his stomach was about to evict all of its contents in any manner possible; north or south, he was about to be sick. Colors flew by in shades of burnt green and browns so dark they might as have been considered black. He could have handled the depressing color scheme and the runaway rollercoaster ride but the shots of yellow and brightest white being flashed before his eyes was too much.

Squeezing his eyes shut, Quaidin prayed to Lac Mar that the ride would soon end. He was one of the Fianna, the mercenary troop, taking over the job of policing the Fae community for the missing Sentinels. Hurling his guts up and pray to the Fae Goddess Lac Mar wouldn’t look very reassuring to those depending on the Fianna for safety. Besides, he was in charge of persuasion for his squad. He had all the allure of his Incubus heritage, but no one looked at the deathly ill and thought, “I want to tell this man all my secrets.”

Just when he thought that Fate had decided to turn a simple portal jump into a lifetime of confusion and punishment, Quaidin stumbled across solid ground, immediately falling to his knees. He couldn’t see straight yet but knew that he wanted to go home to Out-realm. Every time he came Earth-side, the experience cemented how much he hated the place. “Please tell me I managed to land in a patch of soft, foul smelling Kentucky mud.”

No one answered. Still, Quaidin refused to open his eyes. His knees were firmly planted on solid ground, but his hands had managed to find something disgusting.

Sitting up, his ass propped up on his feet, he continued to deny the truth. Eyes tightly closed, he started flinging and flicking his hands to dislodge the substance clinging to his skin.

His squad mates all started screaming at once.

“Son of a-”

“Dammit, Quaidin.”

“You lousy-”

“Stop that you-”

Grinning like a devil, Quaidin opened his eyes. Looking around at Casfin, Vloran, Zander, and Yolland he cut them all off. “We can all wear this muck together.”

Casfin, one of the most laid back and composed Captains the Fianna mercenaries had ever seen, looked like he was on the verge of homicide. Stripping off his clothes without a word, Casfin stalked off to a nearby pond. One by one, the others decided to follow.

Vloran was last to add his clothes to the growing pile. It wasn’t that the man was slower. For a nearly eight foot mountain, he could move quick swiftly when he wanted to. When he wanted to, being the key phrase.

Quaidin pushed himself up from the ground as Vloran turned to leave. “What’s the big deal? A little dirt never hurt anyone.”

Vloran glared over his shoulder, and said, “I believe the people Earth-side call what you landed in a cow-patty.” Seeing the, no doubt, confused look on Quaidin’s face, Vloran turned away in disgust. “Cow shit, man. You landed in cow shit.”

More than ready to go home, Quaidin ripped off his clothes and threw them on the burnable heap of mission clothing. Moving for the water, he barked, “I hate this place.”

 

Quaidin eyed the large beast lazily munching on grass the grass growing alone the bank of the small pond. Floating in the middle of the water, he felt safe in glaring at the cow. He felt like he was suffocating in heat and honeysuckle. How could it be so hot? Summers on Earth-side wouldn’t begin for another week. They needed to find the new Fae Princess and slip back through a portal to Out-realm before the heat level reached the nineties, or Lac Mar forbid, the hundreds.

“Come on Quaidin. Our ride should be here any minute.” Casfin dropped Quaidin’s satchel on the bank and walked off.

The cow moved suspiciously toward his satchel, spurring Quaidin to swim with increasing strokes for the edge of the pond. Keeping one eye on the animal, he pulled his body onto the grass and started jerking his spare uniform out of his satchel. Unless he wanted to wear his uniform for the entirety of the mission, he needed to locate something a little more fashionable for the area.

Vloran moseyed over – the man was the definition of relaxed – and tossed him a canteen of water.

“Thanks man.” Quaidin took a long pull of the slightly warm water. “Is the portal shut down yet?”

The portal they had just to get to Earth-side was a rogue portal. Their squad was in charge of shutting the portal down, but instead of taking care of the matter while they were still in Out-realm they had used it to travel closer to the Princess and their goal. Casfin had decided that using the rogue portal would put them closer to the Princess and the Danshue that had created the portal in the first place.

The Danshue, or evil Fae, were growing in number and they all had it out for Princess de Platadreki. They needed to secure the Princess and eliminate all threats along the way.

“Yolland and Zander are taking care of it. The portal was hastily opened, but that just means that it will be harder to close. It looks like someone just ripped open a hole in reality. Some of the spells used to open it need to be reinforced so that the entire does not explode as they attempt to close the link.” Vloran crouched down, his arms planted on his knees. His eyes continually quartered the area, watching the trees, the field, the nearby gravel road, and even the sky.

Pants on and shoes laced up, Quaidin checked the ground for any surprises before flopping down beside Vloran. “Casfin could close it in no time.”

Plucking a piece of grass to roll between his fingers, Vloran looked back at Yolland and Zander. “Guess the Captain thinks they need the practice. Would have done it himself otherwise.”

Quaidin took another swallow of warm water, refusing to even unpack his shirt until the last minute. He pinched a few strands of his light brown hair between his fingers and pulled the wavy mass forward. Squinting his eyes, he tried to determine if the missing blonde streaks were covered in mystery pond scum or if they were just heavy with water. He was about to ask Vloran what he thought when a large SUV came into sight, slowly driving down the one lane road at the edge of the field. “Looks like our ride has arrived. Maybe you and Casfin can stick you heads out of the windows.”

It was no more than the truth. Vloran had to be nearing the eight foot mark, and their dear Captain looked to be slightly over the eight foot mark. Quaidin didn’t know a lot about Earth-side, always wishing to keep his visits short, but humans rarely made it to seven feet. They definitely didn’t make cars to accommodate small giants. It was a good thing that human and Norms – those Fae born without magic – were unable to see anything placed under a glamor. Otherwise, Vloran and Casfin would have started a riot. What with Vloran’s silver skin tone and the light blue dusting on Casfin’s otherwise pale skin, it was hard to mistake them for human.

“Come on funny guy. With the mood Casfin is in, he may just leave your ass if you make him wait.”

Giving Chase Excerpt

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Giving Chase

by Tracey Clark

My entry in this anthology is Giving Chase… a look at Savien Volt (A character that will drop by in book two of the Finder’s Keepers series)… here is an excerpt …

Savien Volt moved through the closely packed trees, checking for moss and berries, for tree sap and varying ivy plants. He was amazed at the number of potion ingredients to be found in the Kentucky area of Earth-side. Once he finished collecting ingredients from the trees and brush, he had a number of caves to explore for their limestone, bats, and other things that liked to dwell in dark, cool and damp places.

The cool breeze was a welcomed relief on his sweat soaked skin. Savien just needed a few more plants and then he could move into the cooler caves within in the Carter Cave systems to continue his ingredient hunt.

He could feel eyes watching him as he worked but refused to turn around. The man at his back would just have to wait for him to finish searching through the clover patches littering the ground.

If silence could crush the life from a person, Savien would have been in trouble. The power and feeling of anger coming from his visitor added enough weight to interrupt his train of thought. Glancing over his shoulder, he met Anton’s glare. “I already answered you, so why are you here?”

Antonius ‘Anton’ Slade moved slowly but with purpose as Savien turned back to his work. Moving around Savien’s kneeling form, he got down in the dirt and grass. Picking through the clover, Anton remained silent.

Savien worked to fill his potion’s satchel, but finally stopped. “I do not have time.” Still Anton said nothing, continuing to dig through the clover. “I mean it Anton. I have one week to collect all I need for the Queen. One week, and I still need to go through the caves. One week and I go back through the nearest portal. I need to get to work on the potions and spells that will help to promote a healthy birth. I plan to saturate the birthing chamber with positive energy, and I want at least a month to add to the –“

“Yes, yes. And you will. I will personally make sure that you have what you need. I will find your ingredients, while you find Trina Blue.”

“Look. I want to do more than prepare the birthing chamber. I need to –“

“Indeed.” Anton stood up and handed Savien the pile of clovers he had collected. Dusting off his pants and hands, Anton braced his legs apart and crossed his arms. “I am well aware of the protections you plan to place around the Castle. I promise that you will have more than enough ingredients by the time you need to leave for Out-realm. More than enough. Besides, the Queen has sent help and has already approved my request.”

“Fine. But screw this up and I will find a way to jinx even you.”

Giving a masculine chuckle, Anton walked off. “Jinx away, my friend. Just make sure you also bring Miss Blue back before you do.”

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