Come over to the Facebook party ‘Christmas Romance 2015’ for games, prizes, and an excerpt of Finder’s Keepers Book Two… I will be dropping in at 8pm EST…
go HERE and enjoy!!!
Come over to the Facebook party ‘Christmas Romance 2015’ for games, prizes, and an excerpt of Finder’s Keepers Book Two… I will be dropping in at 8pm EST…
go HERE and enjoy!!!
Okay… What is my addiction… I mean must have Writing Snack??? That would have to be Diet Coke… and it has to come from a fountain… no can or bottled coke for this country gal!!! And I would have to say that Burger King has the best Fountain Diet Coke 😛 I have to have a large diet coke when I write, when I eat, when I wake up, when I …. heck … I need that stuff just to live… lol… I call the guy at my closest gas station my Coke Dealer… they have some better good product when I don’t feel like driving to Burger King or Wendy’s…
I need one of these in my bedroom!!!!
Now… head HERE and enter to get the Gone Writing Publishing Newsletter, and you will automatically be entered to win the Santa Box filled with Books by all of us at GWP…
and if you decide to repost this entry, use the hashtags #15DaysofGWPAuthors #GWPGiveaway to help us spread the word… Happy Wordage, Tracey
this one was a little hard to read, but Mary clued me in… Day four is all about my Writing Accessories… I wonder… do two pugs and a cat count???
Probably not… 😛 But my furry friends are always there as I hand write note, ideas, and story boards…
I like to sketch out rooms and outdoor areas so that I have a visual aid, and during the editing phase I always have my Emotions Thesaurus handy…
and that is my answer for day four of GWP 15 days of authors… 😛 now head HERE and sign up for the Gone Writing Publishing Newsletter, and you will be entered to win the Santa Box… filled with books from GWP authors…
If you decide to repost this, please use the hashtags #15DaysofGWPAuthors #GWPGiveaway to help spread the word… happy wordage, tracey
Let’s see what Mary has for us today… hmm… what is my all time favorite book??? I love Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but I also love to reread all of the Karen Chance books and the Patricia Briggs books… I don’t know that I can pick just one… I start from the beginning of Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken (same person-different series)’s books over and over… I just love the humor and romance…
If I have to pick just one it had to be one of the books form Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega series… Let’s go with Dead Heat
But dang it… i love her Mercy Thompson Series as well….. okay… let’s just go with this months favorite author, because my fav changes like a pregnant person’s cravings… and I can’t just mention my Alpha and Omega fav… it would be soooo unfair… I’m already leaving off a half dozen authors, and dozens of favorite books… and though Patricia Briggs keeps her lovin’ scenes behind closed doors, my smut obsessed mind just loves her… 😛 and here is my Mercy Thompson Pick… Night Broken
Okay… that’s if for my picks for now… don’t forget to sign up for the Gone Writing Publishing Newsletter HERE for a chance to win a Santa box filled with a book from each of us at GWP… winner will be announced Dec 18th… Happy Wordage, Tracey
PS… remember to use hashtags #15DaysofGWPAuthors #GWPGiveaway if you repost… spread the word 😛
Sooo what’s in store for Dec 3, day two of our contest… hmmm, let’s check
Okay… this is an easy one… one that I have droned on and on about… My first novel with GWP is Shocking Finds (A Finder’s Keepers Novel)…
I just love this cover… :p Amber Linn did an awesome job…
Now, go sign up for the GWP Newsletter HERE and be entered to win the Santa Box filled with a novel from each of us over at GWP… winner will be announced Dec 18th… Happy Wordage
PS… if you repost, please use the hashtags #15DaysofGWPAuthors #GWPGiveaway
This, the day Dec 2, I reveal to you one fact about myself that no one knows… hmmm… that’s a hard one… I am pretty open about all things ME!!! The good and the bad… I believe in airing it all, if asked… so maybe I should amend this… for me Day one will be ‘one fact no one knows because they forgot to ask’ lol… nope… it will have to be ‘one fact no one knows but my mother’ cause momma knows all :p
Now, that you know my dirty secret, go sign up for the Gone Writing Publishing Newsletter… HERE …. and you will be entered to win a Santa Box full of free books by all of us at GWP… winner will be announced Dec 18th … woo who… Happy Wordage
PS… if you repost this, please use the hashtags #15DaysofGWPAuthors #GWPGiveaway
Okay… here we go… follow this LINK and enter to win some fabulous book in the New Age genre…
Just leave a post/comment a the end of the page to enter… and then check out all the other contest set up for our holiday entertainment 😛
‘this is a giveaway and one (only one) lucky winner will win a set of GWP Author’s (unsigned) books that have been published in 2015. This includes, Jeri, Jane, Colbie, VL Locey, Nicola, Annalise, Tracey, and my books’ -Mary Smith
From Dec 2 – Dec 16 you can catch our answers to these daily questions… we will be posting to various social media sites with the hashtags #15DaysofGWPAuthors … & … #GWPGiveaway
Woo who… Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Yule time & Yalda, New Year beginnings, Kwanzaa, Hogmanay… and all the many others… Let’s celebrate the end of another year together. When you catch these posts, take a moment to stop and sign up for the GWP newsletter. Once you have signed up, you will be entered to win a Christmas Box full of free books.
Between Dec 2 and Dec 16 click the Newsletter Link and enter to win…
You will win a copy of my first novel Shocking Finds (A Finder’s Keepers Novel)
And here are the links to my fellow Authors so that you can check out what you have in store by signing up for the newsletter!!!
First we have our Publisher and the creator of all this Santa box yumminess
I’m not sure which books Mary will decide to add to her Christmas Box surprise, but they will all have been published in 2015… so hot and new… woo who… Next up, I will start listing my fellow authors, but in no real order… think I will just go by the order Mary wrote to us in the opening lines of this post… and here goes… Remember, these are not in any order, and the books pictured are not guaranteed to be picked to be placed in the Christmas Box…. I just liked the covers 😛
‘I live in a small town called Burton on Trent, Staffordshire in the middle of England. This lovely little town is famous for making beer, and I have called it home since I was born. My name is Jane and I write under the name of J A Heron.’ – J A Heron
‘Colbie Carter’s debut novella, Sold Into Salvation, released in November 2015. Having a passion for writing since her early teens, Colbie has been jotting down short stories and poems to free her active imagination’ – Colbie Carter
‘I am based in the UK, working full – time and writing is my escape from reality. I hope you all enjoy reading my books as much as I did writing them’ – Nicola C. Priest
‘Author of Contemporary and Military Romance.‘ – Annalise Blaze
And now I am off to my writer’s cave… starting tomorrow, don’t forget to sign up for the GWP newletter to win a free book from each of these amazing authors… Happy Wordage, Tracey
The guy running the site Opinionated Man seems to always be on the go… I don’t know how he gets it done, but the man is gifted at sharing his blogging love…. Opinionated and Truthful, and some fun reads… If you want to check out the spot he gave to me, my blog, and other goodies, go to HIS SITE HERE…
Anddd…. on October 6, I will be dropping by to spread some book love and Christmas (or your chosen holiday) fun HERE on Facebook… drop by now to play to win Santa Boxes filled with all kinds of goodies, esp the all important free books…
Go to Anna Durand‘s site to see her interview about Shocking finds… and check out her Paranormal collection…
I am closing in on the NaNoWriMo goal line… woo who… i hope to have all the edits and beta reads finish by January, and then polish Book Two of the Finder’s Keepers series for you guys…
it may seem like this is happening way to fast…
but the truth is that i finished about six rough drafts before i managed to get Shocking Finds published… now i am focused on freshening up each story and getting the hand written material on the computer to be fluffed up into a proper rough draft… lol…
don’t forget to comment on my Fall into Romance Blog Hop Post in order to enter for a chance to win a copy of Shocking Finds… Nov 22 is the last day to comment…. good luck everyone and happy wordage… now it is back to the Writer’s Cave for me… Tracey
okay… so, it was a little lie… I warned that I would be internet absent until NaNoWriMo ended, but I just had to let everyone know about the latest blog hop winner…
Claire Rheinheimer won a free copy of Shocking Finds by participating in Lu Ann Worley‘s blog hop….
Lu Ann was good enough to include my novel in some of her hops… and she is the queen of hops… so stop by and see if you can win her next contest… congrats Claire
Now I am off to finish working on the second Finder’s Keepers novel
One of my Gone Writing Publishing peeps was kind enough to drop by and chat with us… she also wants to introduce us to the steamy life of female pro hockey… oooo… I can’t wait … 😛 enjoy
Fighting the bumps in the writing road…
I’d like to thank Finders Keepers for hosting me today! I love visiting blogs and chatting with folks about my books and the writing process. Most generally, the writing road is a relatively smooth one for me. I don’t usually struggle with writer’s block too often. If anything, my problem is having so many ideas vying to be written at once. It’s like trying to separate the wheat from the chafe at times.
“Yes muse, this idea about a women’s pro hockey team is boffo! The one about the ninja chimpanzees who fight zombies while riding Harley’s may not be exactly what we’re hoping to write, but good effort!”
You always have to speak to your muse politely or they get tiffy and no author wants a tiffy muse.
Occasionally I’ll get slapped with a round of doubt and start comparing myself to other author’s. When I begin to do this, I try to stop myself as quickly as I can. I cannot be J.K. Rowling no matter how much I wish I were. I can only be V.L. Locey, the erotic hockey romance author. If I am writing the best hockey romances that I can, then I need to stop making comparisons. Generally the round of doubt will only last a short while, I’m a pretty upbeat person overall. Hearing from a reader that enjoyed your book is the best way to help pave over the potholes in the writing road!
What do you do to fight off a case of the self-doubts? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!
Skate hard and love deeply,
TITLE – Clean Sweep
SERIES – Venom Series
AUTHOR – V.L. Locey
GENRE – Erotic Hockey Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – Sept.26, 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 155 pages/57,500
PUBLISHER – Gone Writing Publishing
COVER ARTIST – Reverie Design
Fiery, flame-haired Jane Bratkowski is catapulted from a small college town to Philadelphia to become head coach of a new women’s hockey team, The Venom. It’s a life-changing opportunity, a dream come true until – in a cruel twist of fate that could turn into a nightmare – she comes face to face with her ex-husband Tore Ahlberg, the Wildcats’ head of European Scouting.
Suddenly, Jane’s faced with more challenges than she bargained for: Will she let him distract her — and derail her big chance to coach pro hockey? Can she build a team of relatively inexperienced, irrepressible young women into champions? Can she and Tore triumph over the gut-wrenching tragedy that ripped them apart — or will the shocking truth of their passionate past threaten to destroy them once again?
It was on the tip of my tongue to ask him how, or why, he remembered so much from our years of wedded bliss. Instead, I marched into the bathroom, Pomeranians in hand, then shut the door on him, his tie, and those damned recollections of a time best left in the past.
I washed my face then set to work on detangling. I accomplished this with snarling expletives aimed at long dead ancestors. The boys were restless. I laid down my hairbrush then snuck over to the door. I couldn`t hear my ex on the other side. I cracked the door just enough to peer through. Tore was standing at the sliding glass door. He still cut a fine figure from the back even though he was now in his early fifties. Wide shoulders, lean waist, long legs. The sun made his straw-colored blonde hair look like spun gold. It was time to stop, Jane. I had thought to ask him to walk the dogs but after that Rumpelstiltskin moment, perhaps a brisk walk would do me good. I closed the door quietly. Ten minutes later I stepped out, face freshly scrubbed, hair beaten into submission, and dogs in dire need.
“I have to get dressed,” I told Tore when he turned from the city to look at me.
“You want me to leave?” I nodded. “We were married, Jane. Unless you have done some alterations, there is nothing I have not seen before.”
I felt a slight flush rushing up behind the freckles on my cheeks. “There have been no alterations. Go wait on the patio. I mean it, Tore. Don`t give me that stupid look. Go.”
“Stupid look? I have a stupid look?” he asked, a definite twinkle in his eye. A sharp comment was resting on my tongue. I swallowed it back to be nice. It was only seven am. Even ex-husbands deserve a small kindness from time to time.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, two dogs, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and three Jersey steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
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I was so nervous to be volunteering at this years Rebels and Readers Event… soo many readers and authors running around and I didn’t have a clue what to do… I felt like a fish out of water… 😛 thankfully, the feeling of community and acceptance was just as strong there (face to face) as it is online… I even managed to come out of my shell a little.. as a life long lover of living in the shadows being forward usually gives me heartburn…
By volunteering, I got the chance to interact and do a test run of group interaction… now don’t laugh… there are a lot of people that think this type of attitude is silly, or just an act… But I was that girl that got the solo, but didn’t really want it… I loved to sing, but thinking about all those people staring at me … well, I threw up before every concert… lol… being at the Rebels and Readers Event was a lot like that… (No vomit this time) … one of the things I have started doing in order to push my limits is to immediately tell people that I’m shy, that I don’t know what I’m doing, that I’m afraid I will screw up… this help by letting others know that I am not bitchy or stuck up, I just don’t know what to say or do… they gave me a task to concentrate on, and once I started feeling comfortable, I allowed my inner jokester to come out (the one that usually only comes out to play when I’m around friends and family) the other thing I have been doing to help myself become more outgoing??? I hum or sing to myself whenever the action slows down and I don’t have a task to focus on… silly, but it works for me … singing in front of people used to instill horrible fear, even more than speaking… by using my voice in this small way, I keep myself from hiding in those welcoming shadows…
Check out the Rebels and Readers’s BLOG for all kinds of book goodies
The Event seemed to go really well… the authors voiced a lot of thanks to Amy and Tanya (Rebel and Readers Queens!!!) There were dozens of give-a-ways and raffle games… The crowd packed in from 10am-2pm on both Saturday and Sunday, enjoying all the free swag and numerous books to purchase… The above picture is from Sunday, which contain about half as many people… double the number of people you see in the picture and you still can’t imagine how packed it was… lol… walking through the room was a challenge but worth suffering the overwhelming body heat… Rock on Authors…
Why the heck am I wearing a sweater, you ask??? it was under 40 degrees outside and the air conditioning was on high in the event areas to combat the number of people enjoying all the lovely books… Casey L. Bond took pity on me as I shivered in my short sleeved shirt (early in the event before the crowd brought in the body head) She is a lovely person, not to mention a awesome author… you guys should definitely check out her books… And how cute it is that sweater… I loved it, and need one of my own… lol… The sweater promotes the lovely Cambria Herber’s Nerd Series… Another wonderful author… she has so many must read books, as well as information (on her blog/follow the link) for authors like me that feel like they are drowning in the Promotional aspect of being a writer…
I am glad I got to volunteer this year… It gave me a chance to watch the authors in actions and take notes on what I should do when I become one of their number… Shocking Finds will hopefully have a table to display itself next year… now I need to get cracking on finishing the next book… Seriously, the authors and readers were great… I can’t wait for next year…
Don’t for get the contest to win a free ebook copy of Shocking Finds (A Finder’s Keepers Novel) ends tomorrow at 10am… I thought the contest ended at noon, but sorry guys, it ends a little earlier than that… just go to CD Hersh’s Blog and leave a comment on Shocking Finds Friday Feature… Woo who…
Happy Wordage, Tracey
Just a quick update… NaNoWriMo and other writing musts have marked November at their territory… this means my fingers are cramping, my eyes are drooping, and my brain is screaming that it has been overbooked… lol… but it’s only one month Right? RIGHT! 😛
Anywho… I posted earlier this week that there would be a contest to win an ebook copy of Shocking Finds… and that contest will start tomorrow… go to CD Hersh’s Site for a chance to win… the link will go live at 1:30 AM EST tomorrow Nov 6…
We’ll collect the email addresses of commenters who post on your showcase weekend (Friday to the noon the following Monday) and send the winner’s name and email to you so you can contact them and arrange for the prize delivery.
Just Click HERE to read her post and enter to win!!!
alrighty… that’s it for now guys… i’m back at the word-mill for now… happy wordage, tracey clark
Contest, contest, contest…
Hit C.D. Hersh’s Blog on Nov 6, and leave a comment on her Shocking Finds Post to enter to win a copy of Shocking Finds (A Finder’s Keepers Novel) … woo who… the contest will run until noon the following Monday… Then a randomly picked commenter will be chosen.
Just add your comment about the blog and wait to see if you are the lucky winner… happy wordage everyone…
Check out … Source: A Thought for October and lets create some fire side tales….
A gory buildup for the holiday horror-fest… a prompt a day for October… you guys should check out this link, join in, and see what happens… hopefully I can work a few shorts in during October… maybe I can get you guys a look into Fae history… How did Kyland become a Battle Fae worthy of the Queen’s mission? What lead Anton to open Finder’s Keepers? for that matter… Why does Anton live Earth-side? Will these shorts become guest posts, or will they end up in a freebie column for all to enjoy?? Only time will tell!! This is the best way to celebrate my 35th birthday…
So many choices… the short story (The Hunt) about Marin’s journey to becoming a Finder looks to be coming out as a freebie (for a short time) I love giving gifts, so the best birthday gift I could think of was to offer this chance for you to see into Marin’s life… I don’t know how this will work, but I hope to have it all situated before the Oct 26th release of Shocking Finds…
CD Hersh, Nov 6th. I will be reminding everyone about this particular post closer to November.
CD will be posting buy links for Shocaking Finds, the blurb, and an edited excerpt – on Oct 7th – CD Hersh – but that is just a taste… Nov 6th she will collect all your comments, and one lucky contributor will WIN an Ebook copy of Shocking Finds (A Finder’s Keepers Novel)… Ebook versions are available at multiple site… see Finder’s Keepers Series for a list of buy links…
A free short (The Hunt) for a limited time, and a chance to WIN Shocking Finds … a paranormal reader feast just in time for All Hallows Eve… muhahahaha
Now for my last Pinterest Find … these coasters just scream haunted theme park.. The month of spooks and goblins is almost here… happy wordage everyone, Tracey
I know that a lot of people hate anything that reminds them of chain letters, so I will try to spice my 7 tidbits (all about me) up a little ( 😛 spoiler: there may be a cowboy picture or two) and keep the fun flowing as I pass this award along to the most recent commenters that have been helpful/engaging/or just plain awesome…..
Dragon’s Loyalty Award
First off, I want to send out some cyber to Jean over at http://jeanswriting.com/ for adding me to her list of 15 rocking bloggers. She always has a kind word or two for her fellow bloggers, as well as, writing tidbits and book reviews, so be sure to look her up. This award, in particular, is given to those who have commented and/or followed on your blog. So, if you find your name below, pass the thanks along to a blogger that you appreciate. Annnnddd here we go…
In my internet overload moment, I managed to tweet about Yasmine Phoenix’s blog, but forgot to slip in and update on my own blog… hmmm … anyone else seen the movie Multiplicity??? Right now I am seeing some definite benefits to doubling up on helping hands…
Since I’m on my own for now, I will do my best to catch up.. 😛 Starting with Ms. Phoenix’s blog… She asked a few more question, and we did our best to answer question pertaining to our writing style and inspirations. Writing is fun, crazy, doubt inducing, and addicting. Here is the link for those interested in listing to writer’s delve into their writing craze.
We all burn in different way, no matter our chosen artistic love. From the man that can see the beauty in a beaten down car from the 70’s – seeing it’s worth and potential, to the man that can take a simple dinner entry and make a display worthy of a king. From the woman knows that the weed infested barren land is waiting for someone with heart and ideas, to the woman that can take a few primary paints and turn a blank canvas into a visual world of escape. And the writer that create new worlds with jingles, shorts stories, or epic novels. Art and beauty burn in every corner of our world, if we stop long enough to see it.
For the month of April, I have decided to throw my hat into a few other competitions. So far I entered #nestpitch, one of the query contest being bandied about on twitter and the world wide web. Contest allow me to meet other authors, while improving my query needs. Nestpitch even held a #postitforward event that allowed us to work on our 35-word pitches.
I may be a little addicted to these contests. Although I have not won any agent attention with my endeavors, I have gained a lot of followers to my twitter account and my blog. I have meet many people that enjoy this crazy world of words. To round out my insanity, I decided to participate in Camp #NaNoWriMo and shoot for a 50k word goal. Insane is a mild explanation for this decision, especially since I will be adding new chapters – ones that need to be transcribed into my computer – while editing previous chapters. That is a lot of work that will leave little time for real life. But as I have been feel less than energetic of late, this project will allow my mind an avenue of release.
My fellow campers from last year will be fighting to reach their goal, and brainstorming with me every step of the way. Maybe we will meet a few new faces along the way… happy wordage everyone. Enjoy your chosen art, no matter where you find it.