Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sexy Men - Woot!

Bob - Trying to look sexy - Honestly, it's far better when he's not trying!

So what makes a man sexy? I had a conversation about sexy nerds with one of my critique partners and realized this is a great topic for a blog post. My husband is incredibly sexy - but why? He's kind of short, and has a bald spot, of course you'd never put that into a romance novel unless you were writing humor. He's even kind of a nerd - a pharmacist, likes to fish and look up stocks on the computer, and he wears funky tights and a helmet when he rides his bicycle. So what makes Bob sexy?

  1. He's got a nice smile.
  2. When he looks at me, his eyes focus on me like I'm the most interesting woman in the world...and those beautiful green eyes are shuttered with striking black eyelashes.
  3. He's physically fit-with powerful thighs.
  4. He's a pretty good dancer, a great golfer and an overall athlete - yep athletic types are always sexy.
  5. He grooms himself well - doesn't let the "furry" Polish heritage (or hairitage) take over, keeping things eyebrows and nose hairs from taking over his face.
  6. Most of all he's a lot of fun. He makes me laugh, and helps me to abandon my own self consciousness.
  7. He looks awesome in a white t-shirt and sunglasses...but that picture is the old fashioned type actually printed on photo paper :-(
Of course I'll leave the really good stuff to your imagination, but my point is sexy is different for everyone, and for me, my ideal was a whole lot different when I found #2 than the first one.

Now Bob's being himself, silly, fun and SEXY!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fabulously Fun Blog Hop!

I have been tagged by Leigh Covington in a fun tagging game that's going around the blogosphere. I'm super happy to participate! Below are my questions from Leigh:

. 1.    What is your dream vacation?
A two-week cruise on the Mediterranean...with time to write.
2.      Are you spontaneous or do you like to plan ahead?
I am a planner, but will take full advantage of a fun spontaneous situation every time!
3.      Tell us one thing you want to do but don’t dare to do.
That’s a hard one, but honestly? I’d like to call a couple agents who requested materials and subsequently rejected them. In a very professional way, I’d like to ask what made them reject so that I can make the right changes.
4.      What’s your biggest phobia?
Oh boy. I’m terribly afraid of heights, especially when I don’t have control, like flying or riding up a mountain in a car.
5.      If you were stranded on a desert island – what 3 things would you want with you (not including laptop, or family).
Without my laptop, I think I’d die! I guess I’d need notebooks, plenty of food (especially Cheetos), and my dog.
6.      Name three blessings in your life.
Family, freedom, imagination
7.      What was your nickname in High School?
I don’t think I had one, but I was voted most talented…does that count?
8.      If you could meet the President of the United States, what would you say to him?
Spreading the wealth is akin to communism.
9.      If you could be any literary character for a day, who would you be?
Definitely Jane Austin – she’s my hero!
10.  What is your favorite quote?
Non carborundum illegitmi!
11.  In the color code personality test, what color are you?
I’m a winter – but I LOVE summer!

I’m tagging:

Same questions if you'd like to participate:

1.      What is your dream vacation?
2.      Are you spontaneous or do you like to plan ahead?
3.      Tell us one thing you want to do but don’t dare to do.
4.      What’s your biggest phobia?
5.      If you were stranded on a desert island – what 3 things would you want with you (not including laptop, or family).
6.      Name three blessings in your life.
7.      What was your nickname in High School?
8.      If you could meet the President of the United States, what would you say to him?
9.      If you could be any literary character for a day, who would you be?
10.  What is your favorite quote?

Anyone else who'd like to join in, please do - it's fun for all!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I hope I'm not too late to participate in the -

"Is It Getting HOT in Here? Valentine's Day Blog Hop!"

Well - Here's a scene from my MS, Chihuahua Momma - Rebecca & Matt's first kiss:
Making her decision, in her black sequined evening gown, as if she were the Queen of England, Jacqueline strolled to the judge’s desk to sign the judge’s book.
The stewards, carrying a silver trophy the size of a punch bowl, followed her back into the ring. Rebecca’s nails drove into her palms trying to clutch the lead tighter. Her Chihuahua, Bruno, stood majestically, sensing the importance of the moment.
“The winner is, Lee’s Darling Bruno!”
The crowd erupted in an ear splitting roar. Rebecca heard herself emit a high pitched cry of happiness as she scooped up Bruno, and in an effervescent whirl of excitement, accepted her prize. Blinded by a multitude of flashing cameras and overwhelmed with handshakes and voices repeating congratulations, she caught her breath and uttered, “Thank you, thank you so much, oh praise God, I can’t believe it. Thank you.”
Matt and Amanda were there hugging her, Rebecca’s heart leaping, chest heaving. Matt, smiling from ear to ear, leaned forward and planted a gentle, lingering kiss on her lips.
Time slowed.
Yes – he kissed her on the lips. She wanted this moment to last forever. Tickled by the butterflies swarming in her tummy, she felt like she was floating like a feather on a summer’s breeze. Rebecca looked at Matt’s eyes and saw unabashed happiness and something else. Was it adoration? Oh it was so nice, she reached for more, but she felt herself being pulled away, pulled away from that breathtaking face that invited her in.
As if fingers snapped, Rebecca found herself back in the moment. A reporter tugged on her arm asking her to grant an interview. Ushered to the cameras, she relayed the story of her wonderful dog, Bruno, and the journey that led her to Best in Show at the Philadelphia Kennel Club.  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

New e-Book By Awesome Author Kim Arbor!


Trina Brath and her teenage daughters, Jill and Phoebe, lead happy and privileged lives as the wife and daughters of successful five-term California Congressman Dan Brath. But all that changes when Dan, 52, is suspected of having an affair with Lesley Chisholm, a nineteen-year-old Washington DC intern who has gone missing. Soon Dan Brath is being accused in the harsh media spotlight of not only sleeping with Lesley Chisholm, but responsible for her disappearance.
Despite Trina’s standing by her husband and insisting he is not a murderer—yet keeping the secret that he has cheated on her many times before—the incessant media scrutiny puts a strain on the family, causing their lives to go into a tailspin.

Eight months later, when Lesley mysteriously returns home safe and sound, Dan Brath’s career is over, and his family is in tatters.

The scandal that rocked the Brath family continues to take its toll. Amid media reports of new political sexploits almost every week, it’s a handy reference point for a gossip-hungry public. Besides her trust issues with men, Jill self-medicates with food. Phoebe leads a self-destructive life, having been estranged from the family for years. And Trina, who continues to blame Lesley Chisholm for the family’s financial and career misfortunes, maintains a codependent relationship with her husband.

To make matters worse, Lesley Chisholm is breaking her silence with a tell-all memoir—a book Trina is trying to stop—which is sure to make Dan Brath’s wife and daughters relive the trauma all over again. Will Jill, Trina and Phoebe be able to cope, heal their wounds and move on with their lives?

Told from the viewpoints of the three women, His Wife and Daughters is a moving story of how one family attempts to survive the ultimate betrayal.

Read the first chapter on Kim's blog:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sit Down and Write!

A few weeks ago, my writer's group discussed all the things they do instead of write. Some of the things they came up with were pretty funny. Do you find yourself doing any of these?

  1. Worry.
  2. Sit and think about what I should be doing.
  3. Figure I'm too boring.
  4. Look in the toy section at Wal-Mart
  5. Run downstairs and then forget why you went down there.
  6. Start multiple tasks without completing one.
  7. Read something useless
  8. Chat on the phone.
  9. Sleep.
  10. Take a long shower.
  11. Go shopping.
  12. Catch up on social media and end up spending an eternity there.

I'm guilty of #1 and #12. I worry that I might not be paying enough attention to my family, house, dogs, etc., and I get onto social media and end up laughing at everyone's antics.

One thing that helps me to focus is each morning I sit down and make a list and timeline of my day. If I say I'm going to write for four hours, that will include time for outlining so that I don't fly into oblivion writing by the seat of my pants. What makes you procrastinate?

Write on friends!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Writing Romance - Rules?

I recently finished a romantic suspense and shipped it off to my content editor. When I got it back she said that she felt a big flaw was that the protagonist doesn't meet the hero until page 60. Hmm. One of the things that I tried to show in the beginning was that the protagonist is a virgin and there are a number of men falling all over themselves to get to her - I want the reader to form their opinion on who she should choose. For the first 60 pages, the story runs with two parallel tales of the hero and the protagonist, while the reader gets to know them. When they meet, the reader is really hoping that they do meet because, by this time, the reader realizes that they would be great together. My critique partner also agrees with my plan.

HOWEVER! All you romance writers out there - I'd like your opinion. Is there a little more literary license to be creative when you're writing in a romantic sub-genre like suspense?