Monday, June 27, 2016

SHARING ME

DeeDee @TheDramaQueen has nominated me for the



What is a Liebster Award?

The Liebster Blog Award is an exciting opportunity to develop relationships with our fellow bloggers from different domains. This is a peer nominated award, which acts as a chain blog post. And is mainly intended to connect with new bloggers while building your email list.

Thank you, DeeDee



But who is DeeDee? She's a smart, unpredictable, eccentric, crazy, chick ranting / bitching about her  "effing" awesome / messed up life.. (This is taken straight from her blog – these are her words") But truly, DeeDee is a blogging friend with something to say and a she doesn't mince words. Her blog is fun and so is DeeDee!


She'd love for you to follow her?

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Here are the questions Dee Dee posted.


1.    What is the best thing that has happened to you?

I discovered my passion for writing. Last night I opened an old project and suddenly the story was just flowing. I love when that happens. It's like watching a movie only I can see. I write down exactly what's happening in my head while all around me regular life is going on too. I smile at my husband, converse with my son, and all the while, my fingers are typing a scene that's playing out in my head. It still amazes me.

2.    What is that one thing or incident in life that you regret?

I never should have left Alaska. I left to finish my education, and I achieved my goal, but I never made it back to the state I love. Met my husband. He's a hot weather person so we compromised and moved to Washington State. Hubby's promised me a trip to Alaska, and I'm holding him to it.

3.    If there is one person in this world, you could get to say Sorry, who would it be and why?

I'd love to know how my parents could disown me. I just wish I could understand it. I have two sons, and I can't imagine not having them in my life. They are the definition of love.

4.    What is your most searched word or phrase on Google?

Oh gosh, 'murder' of course. I'm always researching how, why, and who?

5.    Who is the last "Received call" on your mobile phone (Eg: carpenter, dad, a friend)?

My husband, he calls, and texts daily. "What's for dinner?" is my least favorite phrase.

6.    What is the wallpaper on your mobile phone (Eg. Nature, my family, my pet)?

I have a picture of my backyard. I love the different colors of green, especially after a long gray winter. And, yes, for all who aren't aware. I now have a cell phone - I just haven't figured out what the big deal is. Other than remembering to charge it - it's just like the land line. LOL Okay, so I couldn't text my husband what was cooking before. So yeah, it's cool!

7.    If ever, you get an all paid trip anywhere in this world, where would you go?

Oh, gosh. I want to go back to Alaska for sure, but I also want to see Paris, London, and Australia. Can we make all those stops in one trip?

8.    What is the worst pick-up line used on you?

A guy once told me we were 'both' so good looking our babies would have to be beautiful. He was a real nut case.

9.    What is Happiness for you?

Financial independence and doing the things I love the most writing and travel.

10.What advice would you give your teen self?

Be selfish. Think of yourself. All things work out in the end, and you aren't responsible for the mistakes of others so quit trying to fix the world!

11.If there were life after death, what would you want to be reborn as?

An award-winning author whose works changed the world, in a good way!

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Thanks, Dee Dee, this was a lot of fun!


The Liebster Blog Award rules are:
  • Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
  • Thank the person who nominated you that includes a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
  • Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
  • List these rules in your blog post.

My nominations for the Liebster Award:

     

Questions for some of my favorite bloggers are:

1.    What WIP are you working on now or tell us about another hobby you have?
2.    Do you find subjects for blogging difficult or overflowing?
3.    Your favorite fictional character, why? 
4.    Your favorite author, why?
5.    Your favorite genre, why? 
6.    Blog hops pro or con – productive or a waste of time?
7.    Biggest regret or the best decision you've ever made?
8.    What is the meaning of success to you?
9.    Do you write reviews for the books you read? Why or why not?
10.Biggest social media success or failure?
11.Please share a paragraph or two from your current WIP or your favorite quote.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. 
All the nominees are free to accept or reject this invite. 
Or you can participate in the following:

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Just for fun and in honor of Debbie and Guilie I'm participating in the TMI Blog hop. 
I hope you'll take the dare and join us!

This is me, from A to Z

A: Age
Old enough to know better but young enough not to care! I really hate that question. Looking at all these youngsters moving up the ranks I feel as old as dirt and counted out before even considered.

B: Biggest fear
That I didn't count. I've made sacrifices for the people in my life that has resulted in my being ostracized by my family. In other words, those sacrifices didn't count; they were turned into a negative instead of a positive something that is deeply hurtful.

C: Current time
5:11 PM – The Cooking channel and the Sugar Showdown. The competitors are competing to win $10,000 for making the best donuts.

D: Drink you last had
Iced Green Tea with honey!

E: Every day starts with
A bottle of water. Hydration makes the daily walk healthier!

F: Favorite Song
Anything Josh Groban sings. I love his album Closer, and the song When You Say You Love Me.

G: Ghosts, are they real?
Yes, and no. I believe some of us are haunted – not by evil but our own regrets, mistakes and sorrows.

H: Hometown
My adopted city of Anchorage, Alaska.

I: In love with
Learning. I still want to go back to school.

J: Jealous of?
People who can eat ANYTHING!

K: Killed someone?
All the time, but only in my stories. I've never felt that kind of emotion toward anyone in life.

L: Last time you cried?
Today, odd too, but I go for long periods without crying and then I wake up and the whole day is filled with tears. I guess you just have to get it out of your system. Orlando broke my heart.

M: Middle name
Renee. 

N: Number of siblings
Five (5) Three brothers, two sisters.

O: One wish
To summer in Alaska, and winter on the beach.

P: Person you last called?
Dental Surgeon to make my hubby an appointment to get his wisdom teeth pulled. Yep, you heard me right!

Q: Question you're always asked
How can someone as sweet as you write murder mysteries. (Insert maniacal laugh here)

R: Reason to smile
I'm so blessed!

S: Sounds that annoy you
I'm partially deaf. I woke up one morning with the hearing in my left ear completely gone. Doctors told me they be able to tell me why after my autopsy.
I constantly hear unusual sounds and can't decipher where they are coming from. It gets frustrating.

T: Time you woke up
6:00 AM. I love the early morning, but I also enjoy the quiet of the night so it varies all the time.

U: Underwear color
Such an odd question!
Pink. One of my favorite colors – I own a lot of pink.

V: Vacation destination
The beach, because I can afford it. But if money were no object it'd be Paris, London, Australia, New Zealand – the world.

W: Worst habit
Looking back. The past isn't a good place to dwell, but its horrors still haunt me.

X: X-Rays you've had
Recent was the teeth before a cleaning, and the right foot due to a double toe stubbing, I lost a toenail or rather the doctor cut if off something he started doing before he used numbing medication. I changed doctors.

Y: Your favorite food
This month, Shepherd's Pie, I managed to make a version that didn't make me sick. Comfort foods I can eat are a real treat.

Z: Zodiac sign
Aries.
Please join us!
The blog-fest is on through July 13th. 
Just add your name and post your answers.








Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Maiden of Time

Today Crystal Collier is here to discuss her latest release


and her Maiden of Time Series.

While Crystal is answering my questions here
I'm visiting her blog for




Welcome, Crystal!



*DISCLAIMER: Due to a sugar-prohibiting diet, Crystal may be slightly more obsessed with cookies than cheese. Beware flying crumbs.*

     1.   Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different, and your approach is unique?

Jane Eyre meets Supernatural. Do you like history? I love history. (If you feel differently, don’t let that turn you off.) I feel we have the most to learn from people who’ve come before us. We’re the same mortal creatures having the same mortal experiences, even if society’s rules change periodically. The Maiden of Time series (Moonless, Soulless, Timeless) is basically a modern story told in historical eras. It’s a genre mash up that many reviewers call completely unique. Take some history, mix in some fantasy, throw in a bit of horror, some romance, a touch of time travel, and voila! These are not your grandmother’s cookies. And I mean, who doesn’t want elegant dresses, secret societies, and the hint of something sinister below society’s pompous façade? It’s loaded.

     2.   How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

Time is a funny thing, don’t you think? (Especially time manipulation. *peeks at the time machine locked in the basement*) Some story ideas have been brewing for 20+ years (say hello to the Maiden of Time series!). Others see the light of day on a whim. (Or deadline.) Currently, there are 35 books waiting to be written/rewritten/finished, and a potential MG series that would add another 50 novels to the stack. I fully expect to kick the bucket before getting to all of them. But who knows? Fate might surprise us all. (*glances again at the time machine*) So how to pick which one to work on? It’s all about the love. If, as a writer, you love a story, the love shines through. You’ll do whatever it takes to get that shiny beauty into people’s hands. If you don’t love a story, you have no business writing it. Or rather, torturing yourself through it. (Trust me, I’ve done both.) Go eat cookies instead.

     3.   How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? Did you learn something unusual during your research that you can share here?

I like to research while I write. I’ll research/fact check between writing sentences and read articles/books on a subject in the evenings or mornings around writing. For the Moonless, I spent a solid 5 years becoming familiar with the late 1700’s. The hardest part about a time period isn’t necessarily the foods they eat or clothes they wear. It’s the attitudes. What subjects were taboo? What were the social norms and why? Which words hadn’t been invented? (*gasp*) One particular difficulty I stumbled across was (and this is ironic,) time. Before clocks, how did people measure the passage of hours, days, years? The truth: they used the position of the sun and seasons. (“Astronomy,” say what?!) Everything didn’t depend on ticking seconds. Life was slightly less regulated and little more laid back. (Yeah, I know we’re ALL wishing we could go back to that.) *hands out cookies*

     4.   What resources do you use? In general and for this book?

LIBRARY! Can I tell you how much I LOVE my library? (It’s half the reason I moved into this county.) For little known facts, I’m always turning to JSTOR or unique blog posts. A few of my stories are placed in specific cities, and I try to keep contacts in those locations so I can track down local consultants when the time comes. For writing improvement, I have a whole shelf of writing books that I periodically revisit to keep on track. Or I’ll attend online conferences.

     5.   What's the next step for you? Television, movies, a new genre? Tell us what the future holds - what can your fans expect?

Timeless (3rd book in the series) is slated to release this fall. Yay! It’s the stunning conclusion to the Maiden of Time series, and then I’m free! ...Of that series. I’ve got a contemporary thriller in the works and an urban fantasy vying for attention. (*gets out the boxing gloves* *and mop*) Don’t mind the noise over here. Hey, is that a box of cookies? *munches while ignoring the flying ink*




Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

Alexia’s nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.



Author bio: Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy, sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog, Facebook, Goodreads, or follow her on Twitter.


Readers which do you prefer cheese or cookies? 




Monday, June 20, 2016

YOU. I. US.

Annalisa Crawford is here to discuss her latest release. 
Don't you just love that cover?

you. i. us.



you. i. us. is a collection of vignettes, small scenes which hint at the story beneath.


Annalisa has taken that idea to another level, because she asked 15 bloggers to ask her one question each, creating small insights into her life and writing.

To that end: I asked Annalisa, 

What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?

Thanks for inviting me over, Yolanda.

There will be no names in this answer, because it’s a huge spoiler, but a great example. If you’ve read my books, you’ll know the story I’m referencing…

I killed a character. I loved him. He was a combination of two huge crushes I had when I was growing up, plus a little bit of extra awesome. I could see he was going to die from a mile off, and tried so hard to veer the story a different way.

I kept writing, hoping the story would come to a happy conclusion, but each time I was thwarted. I thought I’d finally done it, but another character snuck up and did the deed. And, so, yes I shed a tear or two as I wrote it, and as I read it a couple of years later too.

Incidentally, Omelette—a story from That Sadie Thing—is the story that has made the most readers cry.

    Thanks, Annalisa, I look forward to reading You. I. Us.




you. i. us.

In you. i. us., Annalisa Crawford captures everyday people during  poignant defining moments in their lives: An artist puts his heart into his latest sketch, an elderly couple endures scrutiny by a fellow diner, an ex-student attempts to make amends with a girl she bullied at school, a teenager holds vigil at his friend’s hospital bedside, long distance lovers promise complete devotion, a broken-hearted widow stares into the sea from the edge of a cliff where her husband died, a grieving son contacts the only person he can rely on in a moment of crisis, a group of middle-aged friends inspire each other to live remarkable lives.

Day after day, we make the same choices. But after reading you. i. us., you’ll ask yourself, “What if we didn’t?”

Publication date: June 10, 2016
Genre: Short Stories (Single Author)



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Annalisa Crawford lives in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of moorland and beaches to keep her inspired. She lives with her husband, two sons, a dog and a cat. Annalisa writes dark contemporary, character-driven stories. She has been winning competitions and publishing short stories in small press journals for many years, and is the author of Cat & The Dreamer and Our Beautiful Child.




Reader's is there a question you'd like to ask or be asked?

Pretend you've just met Annalisa, 
what would you like to know?


Monday, June 13, 2016

A COZY MYSTERY!

Today, I'm visiting Sylvia Ney @Writing in Wonderland and talking about Parallels: Felix Was Here and my story EVER-TON!

But here today please welcome
Nancy Lynn Jarvis,
author of the 

Nancy is here to give us some insight 
into her writing madness
&
to introduce her latest Regan McHenry Mystery

You can read my review HERE!



1.             Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different, and your approach is unique?

I recently saw a post on Facebook that read, “I am a writer. Anything you say or do may be used in a story.” That pretty much sums up how I get ideas and how I work. Take A Neighborly Killing, for example. I have a real neighbor who was the model for the dead neighbor in the story. I made some observations about him in real life and wove a story around him based on those observations. The ironic thing is that more and more of my made up story line is looking like it’s true. (Oh, gosh, I hope he doesn’t read this; if he does I’m in trouble.)

It’s not the first time I’ve made up things for use in books only to have them come true, either. I know writers do use what they see and hear that’s quite normal — but having something I made up become a headline in our local newspaper, well. I don’t think that is.

2.             How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? Did you learn something unusual during your research that you can share here?

It’s surprising how much research goes into something as straightforward as a current-day mystery. I don’t mind, though, because I love doing the research involved and always learn some new fact.  I knew bullets can be tied to a specific weapon, but because of A Neighborly Killing, I learned  that gunpowder residue can be as well.

3.             Do you use professionals to verify your facts, such as the police? Is there a good way to approach them? How valuable is their input? Or do you just wing it?

The real estate facts I use are easy since, after twenty five years as a Realtor, I’m an expert. For the rest of my research, I use a friend who is a private investigator and the internet. I’ve discovered a website where you can ask a question and police will respond, another where doctors will answer questions, and my favorite, a site where military personnel will offer opinions about the fastest and quietest way of dispatching someone while facing them or from behind. And then, there’s always Decomposition for Dummies which is like the whole series of ...for Dummies books but much more graphic.




4.             Does writing provide you a sufficient income to live on? If so, how long did it take before this happened? Is it your goal to be financially successful, or do you write and publish solely for the 'satisfaction of sharing your stories'?

What an interesting question. I could never “live” as in pay the mortgage, feed my family, and keep up with utilities and  gas for my SUV on what I make from selling books, but considering I never expected to make any money selling what I wrote, I’m doing very well! I guess my answer is it depends on my perspective. Let’s say I make enough money from book sales to do some fun things with it.

5.             What's the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour.

I don’t know if you’ll find it funny as I do or a sad commentary on people. I had a woman pick up one of my books, read the book-back teaser, and pronounce the book as sounding quite interesting. I thought I’d made a sale. Then she asked me what The New York Times Book Review said about the book. 

I remember a funny exchange on the TV show “Castle” where he was asked that same question and said the Book Review of New York loved his book and that he had paid a considerable amount of money for that high praise. I considered answering her similarly, but instead told her that my books flew considerably under The New York Times Book Review section radar. I suggested she should read the book and tell me what she thought of it.

Her response had me rolling on the floor. “I could never decide if I like a book or not from reading it. I depend on The New York Times to tell me if I like it or not,” she said.

6.              What's the next step for you? Television, movies, a new genre? Tell us what the future holds - what can your fans expect?

I’ve started writing a new series called Geezers With Tools about two retired men who start a handyman business. One of them is a recent widower who needs a diversion and the other is a self-styled player who hopes to meet single women thru the business. They’ll solve crimes in the course of doing fix-ups.

I also got a fantastic idea for another Regan McHenry Real Estate Mystery from a friend recently so there will be a book seven.


And, fingers crossed, The Death Contingency, the first in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series, has been optioned as has Mags and the AARP Gang, a stand-alone comedy I wrote about octogenarian bank robbers. I’m not holding my breath because optioned to produced to screened is a long and usually not completed journey, but you never know.


Waking up to gunshots and discovering the body of their neighbor just outside their bedroom door is bad enough, but when the Coroner rules the death a suicide, Realtors Regan McHenry and her husband Tom Kiley don’t believe it for a minute. Never mind what the physical evidence says; they heard their dead neighbor arguing with someone in the moments preceding his death.

What really happened has become more than just a mystery they’d like to solve because the circumstances of their dead neighbor’s past keep interfering with their present and putting them in danger.
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Nancy Lynn Jarvis finally acknowledged she was having too much fun writing to ever sell another house, so she let her license lapse in May of 2013, after her twenty-fifth anniversary in real estate. After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz at UCSC. She invites you to take a peek into the real estate world through the stories that form the backdrop of her Regan McHenry mysteries. Real estate details and ideas come from Nancy's own experiences.


What about you readers, ever use a real person as the 
antagonist or protagonist of your novel?
Would your profession work to create a cozy series?

Do you have a question for Nancy?