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? :)

 

Weekend Writing Warriors: Brotherly Love

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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. This week is a bit of a change and features a fight between the hero, Max, and his brother, Peter, who is less than thrilled that Max and Nicola might get back together.

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

“You’re not going to get together with Nicola again,” Peter declared, “You’re not.”

What is with everybody? “I’m not,” Max said, getting annoyed.

“She drove you crazy–you screwed up your film career because of her.”

Max clenched his jaw, reining in all the retorts he could make to that fucking spectacular piece of spin from his brother. Peter wasn’t totally out of line but, “You didn’t exactly help my film career either, asshole.”

Peter sighed, “See? It’s already starting, seeing Nicola has you dredging up all that old shit.”

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 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:

She can’t forget him…
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.

He’s never stopped loving her…
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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Let Your Geek Flag Fly: Jurassic Park

(This is a new feature I thought I’d start where I blog about something “geeky” that’s been a formative influence on my life. I’m also planning to bring guests in to write about their geeky favorites too. Won’t that be fun? See last week’s post about Ghostbusters from my friend Sam.)

blog 1When I was a kid (about nine or so) Jurassic Park was released in movie theaters, and all the boys at my elementary school went nuts. And I, the lone girl, became one of the most rabid dinosaur freaks of them all.

I actually read Jurassic Park the book first before I saw the movie. Unfortunately, my mom thought the film was too violent/intense for me to see when it was first released. (Yet she took me to see the R-rated Speed at around the same time. SMH, Mom.)

A few months later, though, the movie had a special one-day re-release, and my mom finally, finally took me to see the movie that had utterly claimed my heart and imagination. I was deeply steeped in dinosaurs at that point, obsessed with them. And, when I sat in that theater and watched the brachiosaurs walk out of the trees for the first time, I actually cried. (I cried again in the theater last year when the film was re-released and I took my nephew to see it. Some things never change.)

blog 5So beautiful…

From the book to the movie to the toys I had everything Jurassic Park related. I even had Jurassic Park pogs. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was one of my earliest feminist battles. From the time in Toys R Us where a little boy indignantly informed me that I could not buy the Jurassic Park land cruiser because that was a “boy toy”, to having to prove my Dinosaur Credentials over and over again with the boys at my school–boys kept trying to take dinosaurs away from me, to deny that I as a girl had any right to enjoy them. And to that bit of creeping patriarchy my nine year old self firmly said, “Hell no.” (Good job, 9yo Self!)

For the next three years or so I was certain I would become a paleontologist when I grew up. That ambition eroded eventually, but my love of dinosaurs, as fostered by Jurassic Park, remained. And it would resurface on occasion, like when I fight with my 11yo nephew about whether brontosaurus existed. (Brontosaurus is not a real dinosaur species! Do not spread this ignorance!!!)

blog 3But it was fairly recently when I got the idea for my first screenplay that I dove back headfirst into one of my first geeky obsessions. While doing research for the story, I reconnected with some old favorite dinosaurs like Carnotaurus and discovered some new ones like Hesperonychus and Therizonosaurus.

And, most precious of all, I also re-discovered the pure joy and wonder I felt for these creatures as a girl, especially when I went to the LA Natural History museum and saw some of my old favorites for the first time “in the flesh.” (In the without flesh maybe? O_o)

IMG_5458(That’s me and a velociraptor skeleton. They’re rather smaller than they were in the movie you’ll notice. ;P)

Thanks to Jurassic Park, I’ve been obsessed with dinosaurs for over twenty years now. I can truly say I don’t know quite who I’d be if I’d never become a dinosaur geek.

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Hey, kids, please go vote in the Sex Scene Championship 2014 if you feel the inclination. I’m up today against Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons. May the Best Nookie win!

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Ow?

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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.

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

As he kissed her, Max groaned into her mouth and pushed his body close to hers, backing her against the doorframe–backing her up hard enough that her head knocked into the doorframe.

He broke away–“Shit, I’m sorry.”

“Ow?” Nicola said, rubbing her sore spot as she shot him a laughing glance, “Boy, this really is like old times.”

“Ah, intermissions,” he grinned, “The one time I could kiss you as much as I wanted.”

“Until you inevitably knocked me into a wall.”

He tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, murmuring, “I never meant to bang you into that wall backstage.”

“Old habits ha. Is this a kiss or a concussion?”

“Both?” he said and leaned toward her…

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 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:

She can’t forget him…
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.

He’s never stopped loving her…
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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Let Your Geek Flag Fly: Ghostbusters w/ GUUURLS (A Guest Post by Sam Midwood)

This is a new feature I thought I’d start where I blog about something “geeky” that’s been a formative influence on my life. I’m also planning to bring guests in to write about their geeky favorites too. Won’t that be fun? :D

Today I invited my friend Sam to take over the blog to kick off the new “Let Your Geek Flag Fly” feature. I’ve known Sam for a couple years now after we took a writing class together. He’s a cool guy, smart, talented, and he once let me lecture him about the Bechdel Test and Pacific Rim for 45 minutes while we were trapped in a car together. So he can’t be all bad. ;P

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“OK, SO… HE’S A GIRL.” In case you’ve been living under a gravestone this past week, there’s a rumor floating around that the next Ghostbusters film will feature… an ALL FEMALE CAST. That’s right, boys and ghouls; Chicks with proton sticks! “It’s Miller time!”

*high fives the internet*

My first reaction to the news, being the slime-hard fan that I am, was, “Noooooo!” But, my second reaction, after I’d calmed down and had myself a Twinkie, was, “Wait. Why the hell not?!” This might be just what the franchise needs – “total protonic reversal.”

Bill Murray has little to no interest in returning to the franchise, Harold Ramis has sadly passed away, Rick Moranis hasn’t acted since 1997, and Ivan Reitman has left the project for good. So… where do we go from here?

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Some folks are calling this idea of an all-female cast a marketing gimmick, which, this being Hollywood, may very well be true. But, Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and potential director of the next Ghostbusters film, takes issue with the word “gimmick”. Feig tweets, “Interesting how making a movie with men in the lead roles is normal but making a movie with women in the lead roles is a ‘gimmick.’ #its2014”

blog 3C’mon, Paul. Isn’t that oversimplifying things? Isn’t that like saying, “Interesting how making a Sex and the City movie with women is normal but making a Sex and the City movie with men is a gimmick.’” I mean, wouldn’t that be a gimmick? At the very least, couldn’t you see how people might perceive it as such? Let’s say it’s not a gimmick. Let’s say the idea actually comes from some pure deeply artistic intention. Isn’t a Sex and the City movie with an all-male cast going to turn heads? Wouldn’t you want it to turn heads? What are we talking about here, Paul?

blog 4Wait, let’s take it further. Let’s cast my great-aunt Mary as Batman. Or, better yet, let’s cast Zach Galifianakis as Wonder Woman. “Interesting how casting Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman is normal but casting Zack Galifianakis as Wonder Woman is a “gimmick.’ #its2014people”

The issue here isn’t gender or social equality. The issue here is tone. The issue here is precedence. The precedent here is that the Ghostbusters have always been Billy Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson — four dudes who bust their humps day-in and day-out trudging through the streets of NY, with slime in their shoes and nuclear accelerators on their backs, hoping to catch a ghost or two just so they can earn enough money to have a beer at the end of the day, maybe a little lo-mein, and a shit-ton of cigarettes.

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Now, imagine that same scene, but, with women.

I’m exaggerating here to make a point, and the point is this: if the rumor is true, then this is a huge change. Dramatically, tonally, it’s a huge change. Fans are going to be thrown for a bit of a loop. And this should be acknowledged and not swept under some snarky politically correct rug. It’s condescending and it does a disservice to what could potentially be a wonderful film. A simple, “Yeah, we know it’s different, but we think it could be great” would suffice.

More and more, I am all for this idea of an all-girl team. Hell, I even think Feig is a great choice for director. Can we have Sigourney Weaver on the team? Maybe she’s their boss. How about Kristen Wig? She’d be a stellar Ghostbuster. Yeah, OK. Let’s do this thing. Seriously…

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If you liked what Sam had to say, he’s running a Kickstarter right now to fund his own ghost-busting comicbook, THE PROJECTIONIST. (I’m a backer.) I’ve read early drafts of the story and it’s really damn good. Trust me, the boy can write. You can check out the Kickstarter HERE.

Weekend Writing Warriors: More kissing! ;P

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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. Everybody enjoyed the kiss so much last time I thought I’d put another up. ;)

Skin remembered skin. And her mouth opened against his with the ease of tender familiarity. She didn’t really know him anymore, but her body remembered every inch of his, every touch, every breath they breathed together, every feeling.

His mouth was soft and warm as his tongue swept into her mouth. Heat pooled between her thighs, a greedy, selfish want for all he could give her.

Don’t start this again. But she wanted to give in, to let go, to lose herself to him. I don’t care, I don’t care…

(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 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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Me! On a Horse!

This past weekend I went to visit some of my very favorite people in NorCal. Among them my good buddy @Danismi, as well as some of my friends from the Viable Paradise workshop who let me crash at their gorgeous home with their delightful menagerie of pets. (Including ponies! More on the ponies later…)

I went to school in NorCal and I hadn’t managed to make it back since. (Let me tell you, I did NOT miss the six hour drive from SoCal…) So when I got off BART for the first time and walked toward that “University of California” sign it felt like coming home. Which is odd, because going back to SoCal felt like coming home too.

I think if you live somewhere and you really love it just takes a chip off your heart and you never quite get it back. I miss Berkeley, but I’m still happy living in SoCal.

But, anyway, I promised ponies! Saturday night, my friend threw me (literally) on top of one of her ponies and let me take a ride. Apparently I have a very good natural seat and it was super fun. I am looking for my next ride very much.

Pictures!

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Weekend Writing Warriors: An Inconvenient Kiss

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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.

He kissed her.

No tentative kiss this time, his mouth pressed hard against hers. She slid her fingers along the chord of his neck into the softness of his hair. Opening for him, her arousal blossomed and shattered like a rose until the tingling heat was everywhere, until her veins seemed to flow with it. Yes.

Max groaned low in his throat, and deepened the kiss. His tongue swept into her mouth, and he nipped playfully at her lower lip, ravaging her mouth, tasting her.

(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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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

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