Picture Post!

Not much to report but I did a cleaning/nesting binge today and found some of my cool old stuff that I forgot!

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We finally hung art today! These are pieces by Ursula Vernon (the two hamster pictures) and Stephanie Pui Mun Law.

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^This is an jewelry box that I’ve had for a gabillion years and I FINALLY applied some elbow grease and cleaned it properly. It’s so shiny!

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Three generations of engagement rings. From left to right: my great-grandmother’s, my mother’s, and mine. :)

I did mention I got engaged a few weeks ago? ;)

Beth Matthews engagement ring

Halloween Costume 2014– #Boxtrolls

Ever since my fiancé and I saw The Boxtrolls puppets at an exhibit in Universal Studios we thought they were adorable. The movie is really fun and cute so we decided we’d be Boxtrolls for Halloween.

I decided to be Oil Can:

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To start, my fiance got two HUGE boxes from his work then proceeded to cut them down and make head and arm holes for us. My job was the box labels.

I free-handed both using the labels from the movie as reference.

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20141030_222900(My hands after doing all the drawing.)

Then I colored them in with what limited supplies we had (Sharpies and hi-liters. o_O) I was really pleased with how well they turned out despite the rush (I did both labels on Thursday and Friday) and the lack of proper art supplies.

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I attached the labels to the boxes with a few minutes to spare before I had to head out the door to the party we were going to.

20141031_143245My fiance also polished up an old oil can he had, and he made my gold funnel hat to complete the costume:

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It was a little hard to sit, of course. LOL. But I was really pleased with how everything turned out.

 

 

Bonus Pic: My nephew loved our boxes too!

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Banter for Two #NewAdultRomance #WeWriWa

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m posting an excerpt from my upcoming New Adult contemporary romance Love’s Last Call about a geeky bouncer and the hot waitress he’s sure is out of his league. This week I have a fun bit of banter between the two leads.

(Disclaimer: scene–including punctuation–has been slightly tweaked to fit in 8 sentences)

“So, why is the bar called ‘Jezebel’s’?” he asked.

She tilted her head sideways to consider the question as her car glided down the freeway off-ramp. “Well, she is the patron saint of false prophets and fallen women.” She passed a hand over her body to emphasize her revealing clothing, like a lovely assistant on a game show gesturing to all the Fabulous Prizes.

“You’re a fallen woman, then?”

“Oh, yeah, loooong time ago. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

“I don’t think she was a saint.”

Hope you enjoyed! :)

Love'sLastCallKindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, AllRomance
(ebook and print)

LOVE’S LAST CALL is currently available for a special $1.99 price.

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

The Story:

Lucy York is an aspiring mechanical engineer working as a shot girl serving watered-down drinks to drunken frat boys at Jezebel’s Bar & Lounge. The job isn’t so bad—it pays her bills, and she’s managed to make a surrogate family for herself at the bar. But now she’s ready to spread her wings and fly north to attend a university and, maybe, distance herself a little from the all-consuming social scene at Jezebel’s.

Then her boss hires a new bouncer, Norm, a literature dork who seems like everything a bouncer shouldn’t be: tall, gangly, sweet (and, you know, named Norman). But as she gets to know him, ol’ Norm turns out to be everything Lucy never knew she wanted and the best friend she’s ever had. He’s not a bad bouncer either.

One obstacle to their happily ever after: the owner has a strict no-dating rule for employees. If anyone at Jezebel’s finds out she’s dating a bouncer, Lucy will lose her job, her surrogate family, and the money she needs to go to college.

But, if she loses Norm, is she losing her best chance at happiness?

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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New Release: LOVE’S LAST CALL by Beth Matthews #newadult #romance #romcom

NEW RELEASE
Love’s Last Call (Ladies of Jezebel’s Book 1)
A light-hearted New Adult love story…
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(ebook and print)

Love’s Last Call is the first book in the Ladies of Jezebel’s series, A New Adult series set at a hot LA bar. The hero is a dorky bouncer and an aspiring SF/F author. The heroine is an engineering student by day and a cocktail waitress by night.

Readers say:
“This book was charming and funny, especially because the characters are so relatable. Love’s Last Call isn’t a ‘cheesy’ romance novel- it’s smart, fun, and worth the read. (Plus, pretty hard to beat the $1.99 Kindle price!)”

“Both main characters are multi-dimensional, as are many of the characters in the background, leaving the reader wanting to know more about the world of Jezebel’s….I’d definitely recommend this!”

THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Buy the book! (Obviously. ;D But if you do, please share that info on your social network! And review! Reviews are like gold for indie authors – thank you!)
  • TWO WAYS TO WIN (paperback or ebook):

1. Leave a comment here to win your choice of an ebook or paperback copy of LOVE’S LAST CALL with a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

2. Enter the Goodreads giveaway. There are 3 paperback copies up for grabs right now.

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

Couch

It’s kind of a silly, small adult milestone–but I bought my first couch this week and it came today and I LOVE IT!

I have already taken a nap on it. As has Fat Cat. Blonde Cat took one look at the giant monstrosity that had invaded his living room and promptly ran away to hide in the kitchen cabinets.

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The amount of throw pillows on this thing boggles my mind. Why would anyone ever need FIVE throw pillows for a couch of this size and depth? smh…

Let Your Geek Flag Fly: Old School SF (A Guest Post by Veronica Scott) #SFR #ScienceFiction

Today I invited award-winning SF and Paranormal Romance author Veronica Scott to take over the blog for the “Let Your Geek Flag Fly” feature where people blog about something “geeky” that’s been a formative influence on their life.

In addition to being an author, Veronica writes the “SciFi Encounters” column for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog.*

Take it away, Veronica…

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Thanks for inviting me to visit your blog and talk about my Geek Girl beginnings! One of my favorite genres to write in is science fiction romance (because I believe there needs to be romance in everything), so I thought I’d talk about the three things that gave me a very early love for SF and set me on my path as an author.

The first movie I ever remember seeing in its entirety would be the classic SF film Forbidden Planet. My dad was an engineer on the Saturn man-to-the-moon rocket program and naturally he loved science fiction. One Saturday, when the movie came on late night TV, he sat down to watch it. I kept him company and by the end credits I was totally hooked. At the age of about seven, I now knew you could have different planets, you could travel in space (and look hot doing it–well, 1950’s hot), there were robots, invisible monsters could menace you, there were ancient civilizations out there…but if you were smart and brave and never gave up, you could survive and blast off in your cool flying saucer to live Happily Ever After. As a kid with a very lively imagination, I was now totally and forever hooked on science fiction. Every-day, routine story telling had lost a lot of its appeal for me.

blog 2After this, I soon found out the local TV station played the old black and white Flash Gordon serials Monday through Friday as part of a teeth-gritting children’s show. In fact, I even wrote a letter to the TV station suggesting they get rid of the awful show host and just run the serial every day. My first act as a reviewer! I was enthralled with the peril, romance and adventures that Flash and Dale got to experience. I loved the blasters, the flyers, the rocket-ships, the clothes (which tells you a lot about my taste as a child). I keep a still photo from Flash Gordon in a frame beside my writing desk to remind me of my early love. Being a little kid, I didn’t recognize the sheer cheesiness of the cheap productions. I was too caught up in the nail-biting action.

So, by now I was well and truly launched into Science Fiction make believe. I had my dolls and my horses and all my other toys enacting complicated SF-type adventures. But it wasn’t quite enough.

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The real breakthrough for me as an author was when my dad handed me a novel by Andre Norton, which he thought I’d enjoy – Catseye. Enjoy was an understatement. Here were some of my favorite elements of the genre, with alien planets, ancient civilizations, and a new-to-me concept of telepathy. Plus, cats LOL. I devoured his library of Andre Norton novels and moved on to all the other classics on the shelves.

And now I was inspired by Ms. Norton to put pen to paper and write my own otherworldly stories. My latest book is Mission to Mahjundar, set on one of those far-off planets, in a future galaxy-spanning civilization, where a man and a woman face life-and-death situations and gradually fall in love over the course of their adventures. Yes, there are blasters! No cats, though, still working on getting felines into the mix…

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You can find Veronica Scott on the web at:

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*Full disclosure: Veronica Scott is my mom. :)

Book Meme

I was tagged by a friend on FB to pick list at least 10 works of literature (fiction/non-fiction) that have influenced me and stuck with me over the years. I tagged people on FB already but, if you feel so inclined to do this, please consider yourself tagged. :)

1. Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
My favorite book of all time. LOVE Cazaril.

2. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley.
This is the book that helped inspire The Beauty’s Beast–the book that’s currently making me all my royalties–so it definitely stuck with me! lol

3. All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
One of my fav books in one of my fav series. Oh, I cried!

4. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
My favorite contemp romance and probably the one I have reread the most over the years when I need a pick me up.

5. Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl
This is definitely another Influenced My Writing Pick. Dahl writes strong, sexually empowered heroines and she showed me I could write the kind of stuff I want to read.

6. Love Irresistibly by Julie James
More writerly inspiration. She’s crafted a really great straight contemp series without adding suspense elements. She’s doing exactly what I want to do. Also, she writes really fun banter.

7. The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
Really original fantasy world that owes nothing to medieval Europe for once! A great series and AMAZING world-building.

8. Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly
A really original historical mystery series set in New Orleans with a POC as protagonist. Love this series and I love the main character, Ben.

9. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
Yet another historical mystery series that I love! The books are sweet and simple, and the mysteries are usually easy to figure out. But the world-building in this is so warm, so wholesome and welcoming that they make wonderful comfort reads.

10. (last one!!!) Um…The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
Heyer has some problematic elements in her writing but she’s got such wonderful wit and characters. She’s one of my favorite authors and has been since I was a kid and my mom handed me an old paperback from the 60s. This is one of my favorites of Heyer’s and I reread it fairly often (and just skip right over the whole awful Goldwater scenes.)

And that’s me! What are the books that have stuck with you?

Weekend Writing Warriors: Making Up, Making Out #NewAdultRomance #WeWriWa

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m posting an excerpt from my upcoming New Adult contemporary romance Love’s Last Call about a geeky bouncer and the hot waitress he’s sure is out of his league. This week I have a fun bit of banter between the two leads right after they finish a fight.

(Disclaimer: scene–including punctuation–has been slightly tweaked to fit in 8 sentences)

“Truce?”

“Yes, please,” she murmured.

He trailed his lips down her jaw then lower to the sweet spot on her neck that made her breath hitch when he kissed there. Her fingers dug into his shoulders as he licked then nibbled lightly at the tender skin of her neck.

“We should get you into bed, too,” she said, her voice thready and uneven, “Way past your bedtime, isn’t it?”

“Will you tuck me in?”

“I’ll even help you put on your pajamas.”

“And I’ll make sure you don’t have any.”

Hope you enjoyed! :)

LOVE’S LAST CALL is currently available for a special $1.99 pre-order at Amazon, more retailers and formats coming in October:

You can 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:

Lucy York is an aspiring mechanical engineer working as a shot girl serving watered-down drinks to drunken frat boys at Jezebel’s Bar & Lounge. The job isn’t so bad—it pays her bills, and she’s managed to make a surrogate family for herself at the bar. But now she’s ready to spread her wings and fly north to attend a university and, maybe, distance herself a little from the all-consuming social scene at Jezebel’s.

Then her boss hires a new bouncer, Norm, a literature dork who seems like everything a bouncer shouldn’t be: tall, gangly, sweet (and, you know, named Norman). But as she gets to know him, ol’ Norm turns out to be everything Lucy never knew she wanted and the best friend she’s ever had. He’s not a bad bouncer either.

One obstacle to their happily ever after: the owner has a strict no-dating rule for employees. If anyone at Jezebel’s finds out she’s dating a bouncer, Lucy will lose her job, her surrogate family, and the money she needs to go to college.

But, if she loses Norm, is she losing her best chance at happiness?

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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Check-in Post: 9/6/14 Hi! *waves*

Sorry I’ve been absent from the blog but I’ve been busy with book stuff. Love’s Last Call, my light-hearted New Adult romance is available for pre-order at a special $1.99 price. The hero is a geeky bouncer and the heroine is a waittress/aspiring mechanical engineer. The book will be out October this year.

Writing: I know this will make some people sad, but The Beauty’s Beast sequel is on hold for now while I work out some plotting stuff. Right now I’m working on two novellas, one in the Stage Kiss series and a M/M standalone. I’d love to have one of them published by the end of the year. I’m still hoping to publish one more large project this year, but that’s probably overly ambitious based on my schedule.

Good Books:

I recently read a couple really good books I want to rec to you guys…

The Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal. I read these books all out of order (fifth book, then second book, then first, then third, then fourth) but I was still able to follow along and enjoy. I really love them. The main couple Jane and Vincent are adorable, and Kowal does a magnificent job channeling Jane Austen’s voice and world. She also had a great wry sense of humor, which is one of my weaknesses.

Lock In by John Scalzi. I’m a total Scalzi fangirl. This wasn’t my favorite but it’s still a very solid, enjoyable book. I can honestly see this being his breakout book to larger fame and fortune. People are calling him the next Michael Crichton, and I can see why. (In the way of he writes action SF combined with a very commercial, highly appealing readability.) One of the strengths in Lock In is the world-building and the examination of disability culture in a SF future. Really powerful book. (I strongly recommend reading the free prequel novella on Tor.com. “Unlocked“. It’s a good primer for the world and a really interested read in its own right.)

Movies:

Went to see Ghostbusters with the BF this week on the big screen, and it’s funny but all the Ghostbuster-y things I remembered actually happened in the sequel. I think I watched the sequel more as a kid because it was less scary to me.

I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy (saw it twice), but I didn’t enjoy the casual frat boy sexism. It didn’t need to be there and some of it was actually a character violation (Drax the I-don’t-do-metaphors calling Gamora a “whore”) which just made this otherwise well-constructed movie seem a little sloppy.

Nephew is trying to make me take him to see TMNT but I think I will send BF as my proxy. As a kid, I liked the old TMNT movies in the early 90s, and I loved the cartoon show (Donatello was my fav), but Michael Bay movies and I generally don’t get along. Also I find the turtle re-designs fall into the Uncanny Valley for me. They freak me out.

The next thing I’m excited to see is The Boxtrolls at the end of this month. BF wants to be Boxtrolls for Halloween. We are still negotiating…

Here’s The Boxtrolls trailer if you’re curious.

Happy Labor Day! Have a SALE!

My first book THE BEAUTY’S BEAST is on *SALE* this week for 99 cents.

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A cursed werewolf knight fights to reclaim his humanity and the brave lady he loves. Amazon bestseller for Historical Fantasy and Fantasy Romance.

*Amazon * Paperback * B&N * iTunes * KOBO * ARe *

I’m off now to get some sun and swimming in. U.S. peeps, what are you doing with your Labor Day? :)

 

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