Me Around the Internet

Hi all,

Sorry for the promo blast on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING. I know a lot of you aren’t following the blog for that. I will try to get back to movie reviews and such in a few days. For now, though, I am doing quite a lot of gabbing at various other places on the internet and I thought some of you might want to check those out:

*I was one the New Releases featured on the USA Today (!) Happily Ever After blog.

*I had a Weekend Feature at the Fiction Vixen blog, complete with a new, never before seen excerpt from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING

*I was over at Paranormal Romantics talking about how I decided to handle Shakespeare’s fairies in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

In me-updates, I went to see a bunch of movies recently:

LOVED X-Men: Days of Future Past. It was so, so good and it deserves all the praise it is receiving. Had the usual shortage of female characters problem, but otherwise was very good. After the showing was finished I pretty much just wanted to watch it all over again from the beginning.

Edge of Tomorrow likewise lived up to it’s good reviews. BF and I found it very enjoyable and surprisingly funny. We both agreed we probably don’t need to own it, but if it was playing on TV at some point in the future I wouldn’t change the channel. My favorite part is when Tom Cruise dies. Oh wait…

I also watched A Few Good Men for the first time the other day. I had seen parts of it before, of course, but never all of it together. I might put together a longer post on this one at some point but, in brief, I thought it was very interesting contrasting young Tom Cruise in this with very much older Tom Cruise in EoT. He’s definitely much more contained now, more controlled. And, man, his eyebrows are SO MUCH BETTER NOW. lol.

I’m trying to get a workable writing schedule sorted out. I never appreciated before how difficult it is to juggle things when you have a significant other you wish to spend time with. Being a spinster cat lady was much better for my writing career I think. Fewer distractions. ;P

Weekend Writing Warriors: Jealousy Part 3

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m posting an excerpt from my contemporary romance A Midsummer Night’s Fling about a pair of ex-lovers who are forced to work together when they’re cast as Titania and Oberon in a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In this snippet our lovers are still fighting their attraction. Both have been flirting with other people, and neither one is too happy about it, yet they can’t resist bantering with each other. First part of the scene is here. Second part here.

Nicola wrapped her coat closer as the wind kicked up, damp with the smell of coming rain. “Max, why do I even talk to you?”

“Because I’m charming, funny, a great conversationalist, full of verve and keen insight, and because I am possessed of a certain sympathetic ear in times of need.”

“No, I think it’s because you’re so pretty.” She pinched his chin and jiggled his head a bit. “Whenever you start being a jack ass I tune out and admire the scenery.”

“You’re very shallow,” he said.

“Hm. Must be the company I keep.”

(Scene has been slightly tweaked to fit in 8 sentences)

Hope you enjoyed! :)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING is currently available in these locations with more retailers and formats coming soon:

Amazon * Paperback * Barnes & Noble * iTunes * ARe * KOBO

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here. You can also add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads.

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The Story:

After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again.

Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame.

But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max.

As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.

Hope you enjoyed the snippet above, and don’t forget to check out all the other 8 sentence excerpts this week.

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The Eldritch Horror of Online Dating

Before I hooked back up with my wonderful man I went through the horrid gauntlet of online dating. *shudder* One of the worst things I had to deal with was the dating site OKCupid. I had a sort of love/hate relationship with that site because on the one hand it was free and pretty much as soon as I put my profile up I would have a date lined up by the end of the week. On the other hand, I would get multitudes of badly misspelled, usually offensive and often inappropriate messages from prospective suitors.

But you know what annoyed me more than those? When I would message a guy and he would write back some variation of “Sorry, I’m not interested”.

I never understood that. Why? Why are you wasting your time and mine just to tell me you’re not interested? I’m a big girl, I’m not invested in this interaction at all. Trust me, if you never wrote me back I would figure out your lack of interest all on my own.

Maybe it’s a sign of my generation or something, maybe older generations feel it’s rude not to “close the loop”, not to reply back. But, trust me, the messages that pissed me off the most were the “Hi, thanks but no” messages. One guy wrote me back just to say, “Sorry, I’ve fallen in love with someone I met on the site so I’m taken.”

I deleted my profile for awhile after that one because I was so annoyed. I guess consider this a public service message, dudes who do online dating: If you’re not interested you don’t have to say anything. Promise. Most girls are smart and will figure it out when you never write them back. Really.

 

New Release: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING by Beth Matthews #romance #romcom

NEW RELEASE
A Midsummer Night’s Fling (Stage Kiss Book 1)
The course of true love–and a theater production–never do run smooth…
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A Midsummer Night’s Fling is the first book in the Stage Kiss series and features of pair of reunited lovers dealing with all the backstage madness that goes into putting on a play while they try to decide if they can make their relationship work this time around.

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Thank you so much for reading and helping me get this book out in the world!

Music Break: Beer and Bad Decisions

I was listening to the Today’s Country Radio Pandora station when the idea for this post came to me. Some of my favorite country songs fall under this category and, ironically, with their fast-paced beats, they’re pretty fun to drive to and sing-along. :)

(The embedding tool was being stupid when I wrote this, but you can listen to all the songs on the playlist here.)

First up:

“Beers Ago” — Toby Keith
This is kind of Toby Keith’s main genre: Beer and Bad Decisions. I like the bouncy beat on this and the idea of measuring time by beers consumed feels like a very Country thing to me.

“Beer Money” — Kip Moore
“You got the kiss that tastes like honey and I got a little beer money.”

And now, on the “bad decisions” side of things (because of the beer…):
“Small Town Saturday Night” — Hal Ketchum
An oldie but a goodie.

“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
Lambert’s kind of country’s #1 bad girl next door right now, and I love her stuff.

“What Was I Thinkin’” — Dierks Bentley
The guitar riff that opens this is pretty much irresistible. And I think this is my very favorite “Beer and Bad Decisions” country song.

Can you think of any songs I missed? :)

Weekend Writing Warriors: Jealousy Part 2

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m posting an excerpt from my contemporary romance A Midsummer Night’s Fling about a pair of ex-lovers who are forced to work together when they’re cast as Titania and Oberon in a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In this snippet our lovers are still fighting their attraction. Both have been flirting with other people, and neither one is too happy about it, yet they can’t resist bantering with each other. First part of the scene is here.

She swallowed. Her date had been throwing himself at her all night — in the most gentlemanly way possible–yet one word from Max had her all horny and bothered? Life is not fair.

Max jerked his chin toward the pub. “What were you doing with that guy?”

“Is that your business?”

“He’s my roommate; I’m concerned for his reputation. You’re probably a bad influence.”

I’ll be posting more from this scene next week so stay tuned! :)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING is currently available in these locations with more retailers and formats coming soon:

Amazon * Paperback * Barnes & Noble * ARe * KOBO

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here. You can also add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads.

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The Story:

After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again.

Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame.

But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max.

As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.

Hope you enjoyed the snippet above, and don’t forget to check out all the other 8 sentence excerpts this week.

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Favorite Actor Books

One of my favorite “tropes” in romance novels is the actor hero/heroine. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get this right. One of my biggest pet peeves is when the lead character is an actor but you never get to watch him act!

I can never get enough of actor books, though, which is probably why I’m writing the Stage Kiss Series, a whole series of nothing but actor heroes/heroines! The first book A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING came out this month, and tells the story of two reunited lovers trying to work out their issues amidst all the bedlam backstage at a theater company.

See, I like books where you see the character on set, working on their part, getting their costume fitted, on location, etc. All the nitty gritty behind the scenes stuff. (I’m also a sucker for DVD extras and commentary tracks, incidentally…)

One book that really gets the actor stuff right for me is BETWEEN THE LINES by Tammara Webber (the first book in her Between the Lines NA series). I love this book because we see the actors working on location, working on their scenes, auditioning. And the book is really sexy too.

To see the rest of my actor book recommendations, go here to the RR@H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk blog. I’m also offering an ecopy of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING to one lucky winner over there.

Giveaways Galore! Whee!

So, to celebrate my new release A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING, I’m doing a couple giveaways:

1. Giveaway the first: I am offering up one copy of ANY of my books. (Including my newest release, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING.) Winner will choose the book, and can also choose either a signed paperback OR a Kindle/Nook ebook.

How do you enter this one? Simple, just sign up for my newsletter then leave a comment on the Facebook post to let me know you’ve entered.
This giveaway closes Saturday, July 12th, at noon. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced Saturday on FB.
Already on my newsletter list? Great! Just post a comment here or on FB.
Or sign up here to enter this giveaway and receive special excerpts and info about upcoming releases:
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This giveaway is international. Please enter only once. Must be 18 years or older to participate.

2. Giveaway the 2nd: I’m offering up 3 paperback copies of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING on Goodreads. To enter just visit the Goodreads contest page.

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Music Break: Getting the Happy Ever After

Part One of this was a list of all the break up songs I used to keep me inspired while I was writing the first half of A Midsummer Night’s Fling where my reunited lovers, Max and Nicola, are fighting to stay apart.

Towards the end of writing the book, though, I realized I didn’t have any happy songs for them on the playlist. And I needed to rectify that before I finished writing the happily ever after. Here’s a few of the ones I chose:

“My Life Would Suck Without You”–Glee Cast
This song is very much: “We’re so screwed up but I don’t even care. I missed you. I’m glad you’re back.” Also, hard to top that beat on the chorus.

“Into the Open Air”–The Brave Soundtrack
This one is sort of a transition song, especially for the heroine as she moves from being angry at her ex to realizing how much she missed him…and how much she still wants him.

“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”–The Police
This song was the hero’s anthem for me. I feel like this song is just “I’m bouncing with happiness I’m so in love with you right now.” This song is that bubbly feeling you get in your stomach when you see that special person.

“I Only Want to Be With You”–Dusty Springfield
The heroine’s anthem at the end of the book.

“We Belong Together”–Toy Story 3 Soundtrack
Happy ending music! If this story were a film this would be the song they played over the end credits.


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The full playlist is available here if you want to check it out.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING is currently available in these locations with more retailers and formats coming soon:

Amazon * Paperback * ARe

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here. You can also add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Ah, Jealousy

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m posting an excerpt from my contemporary romance A Midsummer Night’s Fling about a pair of ex-lovers who are forced to work together when they’re cast as Titania and Oberon in a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this snippet our lovers are still fighting their attraction. Both have been flirting with other people, and neither one is too happy about it. Ah, jealousy…

Nicola glowered at the bar and said, “Huh.”

“What?” Max asked.

“I . . . I didn’t know my date had a thing for Judith.” I thought he had a thing for me. “Is it her breasts–she has great breasts.” I do not have great breasts, Nicola thought and sighed.

Max grinned, and the expression was oddly so much less irritating than it had been for the past few days. In fact, she was feeling distinctly warm, like a radiator ticking towards hot.

I’ll be posting more from this scene next week so stay tuned! :)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING is currently available in these locations with more retailers and formats coming soon:

Amazon * Paperback * ARe

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here. You can also add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads.

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The Story:

After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again.

Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame.

But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max.

As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.

Hope you enjoyed the snippet above, and don’t forget to check out all the other 8 sentence excerpts this week.

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I’ve started a mailing list for my New Releases. Want to be the first to hear about my new books when they come out? Sign up here.

I promise the only time I will message you will be when I have new books out.

 

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