Monday, July 30, 2012

Are You Left or Right Brained?

I visited Trish Jackson's blog: where she talked about plotters vs. pansters. Those of you who follow me know that I am a plotter and I use and Excel spreadsheet to plan my manuscript before I start writing. However, I do allow myself literary license in the creative process, and will change the outline several times to incorporate what "happens" when I dive into the story. I took the quiz below and discovered that though my left brain is dominant, I have a strong tendency to the right as well. Would love to hear your thoughts...are you predominantly left or right brained?

Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz
The higher of these two numbers below indicates which side of your brain has dominance in your life. Realising your right brain/left brain tendancy will help you interact with and to understand others.
Left Brain Dominance: 12(12)
Right Brain Dominance: 10(10)
Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz

Friday, July 27, 2012

Grin & Barret by Ruth Hartman - Five Stars on Amazon

Grin & Barrett

Remmie Grin is a self-sufficient dentist who has her life right where she wants it.

That is, until handsome, flirty Dr. Victor Barrett moves in next door. He constantly bugs her about selling her practice to him—but she’s not budging.

How can she convince him to leave her alone when all she really wants him to do is kiss her again?


Toni V. Sweeney 

A delightful book, even better than the others I've reviewed. In fact, I'd say this is Ruth's best so far! that committing myself enough? The dialogue between Victor and Remmie, from the first quip about her name to the last line is sharp and fast and full of wit. The scenes with Remmie's cats and felinophobe Victor are amusing, and the whole story moves at a pace which makes you want to keep reading without taking a breath between words

Tori L. Ridgewood 

My favourite scene was the impromptu date at the movies -- the hero's erstwhile attempts to gain the heroine's favour, and her feisty resistance, are nothing less than perfect. The back-and-forth banter reminds me of the courtship of Gilbert Blythe and Anne of Green Gables. Hartman has a direct line into my youthful daydreams about being an independent woman and falling in love

Sandra Cox 

In Grin and Barrett, when two dentists are after the same location sparks fly.This was a fun read filled with good old fashioned romance. 

Paranmormal Reader "Renee" 

Great Book, I loved it! If you like your loves stories with a lot of sass and humor. GET THIS BOOK!

Amazon link:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Join the Excitement!! Book Pushapalooza

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Overview of Dark Isle

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from Chaos?

As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn's future has never looked so grim, or so damn impossible.

Genre- Urban Fantasy
Overview of Enemy in Blue

 The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge.
What if the good guys weren't good?
What if a cop went rogue and killed an innocent man?
What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to cover it up?
Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to nail down his enemy in blue.
Will justice be served?
Genre- Thriller

Overview of Land of the Noonday Sun

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.

A man with a traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is once again in danger of losing everything he loves?
Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of This Time Forever

Delaney Brannigan and Blake Morrisson met at the Cedar Cove annual costume dance, known only to each other as the leopard and the cowboy--but, as Delaney soon discovers, the cowboy she'd thought had ridden off into the sunset never to tempt her again, is none other than the man she came from New York to find and discredit. Against her will, Delaney is drawn deeper and deeper into an overwhelming attraction to Blake--an attraction she can't give in to if she wants to keep the one thing she values more than anything else.
Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed have been radically enhanced.

Lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous, action-packed adventure. Soon they are forced to confront a maniacal villain willing to do anything - including murder - to reach his own ambitious goals.

Genre- YA/MG Superhero

Overview of Gray Justice

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim's father sees just two options: accept the judge's decision; or take on the entire British justice system. Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for, but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.

Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it's a rollercoaster ride with an ending you'll never forget!
Genre- Thriller

Overview of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00

"Their lives are in the hands of two 18-year-olds..."
A Prominent P.I. is gunned down - killed by a sniper - and it’s broadcasted on live TV.
Now, her daughter, along with her childhood pal, are thrust into a complex and riveting thriller forced to take on a secret club whose members call themselves The Privileged Ones.
Murder. Teen abductions and illegal underground parties.
They’re chased by men in ski-masks, nearly gunned down by members of a cartel, and the only way to bring down this criminal enterprise; is to crash a Mardi Gras bash and stop their private cruise ship from sailing off into the sunset.


Overview of Allegiance

Who do YOU pledge allegiance to?

After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history, lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him and his wife.

Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything to serve up revenge?

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Curbchek Reload

Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the streets as they were worked by Zach Fortier, a dangerously deranged cop. Welcome back to the inner city and the twisted mentality of Zach Fortier. Patrolling the streets, broken and mentally damaged from years of urban violence, Zach fights a losing battle to maintain a hold on reality. Join him in the passenger seat of a police cruiser for more of the darker and meaner side of life: The inner city. In Curbchek-Reload you get a front row seat to an attempted murder of a cop, suicide attempts, rapes, and DARK cop humor. Curbchek-Reload - Fasten your bullet proof vest and buckle your seatbelt, it is gonna be a wild ride!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Check Out Liz Fichera's New Book Trailer for HOOKED!

Awesome author, Liz Fichera, has a new young adult title coming out in January. See the preview book trailer for HOOKED. You'll need to pre-order the book, published by Harlequin Teen!

Find out more about Liz on her blog:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Seventh Line of Page Seventy of my WIP

I am taking up Blogger David List's challenge to post the seven lines following the seventh line on page seventy of my WIP, Roman Wall ~ Pict Will, a historical romance. 'Tis rough, me friends, but I've got the best job on the planet:

She snatched the bow and slung it over one shoulder and the quiver across the other. “Valeria told me ye wanted to keep it quiet.”
“Aye,” Seamus said. “No use stirring up a hornet’s nest.”
They crept up the stairs and Elspeth nearly stumbled over a soldier slumped across the path.
“I slit their throats, lest they sound the alarm.” Greum whispered.
Dark clouds hung low in the sky and blocked the moon. Elspeth could scarcely see. She used her ears to follow her kin. She nearly jumped out of her skin Greum grasped her shoulder and shoved a rope into her hands. “Climb. We’ll follow.”

Keep it going - Leave a post on my blog and link to your own 70th page, 7 lines following the 7th line!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Enter Writing Contests to Gain Recognition

Contest entries are a wonderful way to get feedback on your writing, and if you win, a perk is that you might get your work seen by an agent or editor.  Winners can also use the moniker “Award Winning Author.”

I am a member of the Romance Writers Group on LinkedIn and there was a forum about entering contests. Several responders stated that they did not want to enter contests for piracy or they just didn’t want someone unknown to see their work. My opinion on that is that you’ve got to get it out there, and get feedback from all kinds of people, because they’ll see things you are your inner circle will never see.

One objection was to sending work to an unknown entity. I agree that you need to research contests before you enter. The Romance Writers of America lists RWA chapter contests on their web site, and members can sign-up for an e-mail to be notified of contests, classes and conferences. Also, many conferences come with a writing contest. Some that I am aware of are:

San Francisco Writers Conference:
League of Utah Writers:
Crested Butte Writers:
Pacific Northwest Writers Association:
Romance Writers of America (for all RWA chapters):

I think contests are another way to hone your skills.  The feedback can be invaluable, and you might just get recognition as well.

~Write on Friends!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Stephany Evans, Literary Agent, A Class Act

Stephany Evans, President
Fine Print Literary Agency
 Most of the people who read my blog are writers, so I assume most of you have experienced the pain involved in sending out queries and receiving rejections or worse, nothing. I have been fastidious in my conviction to publish traditionally, and thus have put myself through the torment of querying more times than I care to mention.

In this blog, I would like to make note of one agent who seems to understand the author's side of querying. Stephany Evans is the President of Fine Print Literary Agency, and I have queried her three times (for three separate projects). Each time she has sent me a rejection, but has responded with a personally written note, which has left me feeling good about what I am trying to accomplish.

The last response I received was for a historical romance:

Dear Ms. Jarecki,
 Thank you for thinking of me with your query. Unfortunately, I'm afraid this is not a period that really speaks to me so I wouldn't be the right agent for this one. I've shared your note with a colleague, however; if she's interested, you'll hear from her directly. Best of luck and success to you.
Stephany Evans

When I read this, I thought...hmm...Here's the president of an agency who responded the same day that I sent my query with a nice personal note. I imagine she gets the same number of queries as every other agent out there, but Ms. Evans must be exceptional at time management. Her professionalism is an example to us all. Her bio on the Fine Print website is:

As long as I am on my soapbox, I do want to address my author friends. I believe there is a certain etiquette that authors should adhere to when querying agents. If you are fortunate enough to get a rejection do not click reply and send a nasty-gram. Even if you get a canned response, at least the agent or agency has sent you a response. 

Good luck to everyone who is now in the querying process and don't let it get you down. Try to balance your time with what you love -- writing!

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Masquerade Crew: What book sparked your love of reading?

The Masquerade Crew: What book sparked your love of reading?

Follow the link for the Book Beginnings Blog Event. Between July 9-20th, authors and review bloggers alike will be talking about the book that sparked a love of reading in them. Come join in the fun!
The blog event will take place at Natasha Larry Books.