Holiday

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The… what the hell day is it? Ugh. 13? When did I post last? #31DaysofHalloween

Published October 13, 2014 by The Author

I am trapped in freelance/NaNo Prep HEELLLL. Which is SO much better than any other kind of hell I could be trapped in. I’m in the middle of this gigantic freelance project, and really scrambling now to finish my character development for my NaNo novel, so I can get down to plotting! OMG!

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Oh, the foul wind of responsibility!

Anyhoo… LET’S SING!

On the Thirteenth Day of Samhain, My True Love Gave to Me:

Thirteen Bloodshot Eyes
Twelve Howling Ghouls
Eleven Chomping Skulls
Ten Roooooaaaaads to Salem!
Nine Looming Gargoyles
Eight Empty Graves
Seven Hungry Werewolves,
Six Unraveling Mummies.
Fiiiiiiive Screeching Bats!
Four Pumpkin Donuts,
Three Thirsty Vampires,
Two Shuffling Zombies,
And a Severed Head in a Bare Tree!

I’m afraid I didn’t have time to color every line today… for reasons I already whined about.  But I did procrastinate take a break today and create a little book cover for NaNo — like a soundtrack, it’s inspiring. Check it out:

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And yes, that is Tom Mison of Sleepy Hollow. He has such a sexy face, and while my hero is much more butch and large than Tom, there was something about that shot that really touched me. Love this little piece. And just for the record, yes, my heroine wears corsets, but she doesn’t wear top hats. As far as I know, I haven’t seen her in the bedroom yet, and considering her other kinks… anything is possible.

Well, I have to go finish some more work-work before I move off to getting some outlining done, so I’ll sign off for today. OH! NANO IS UP! Follow the link to see more about “All’s Fangs in Love and War!”31

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I’ve been a baaaaaad girl! And no, you don’t get to spank me! ;)

Published October 7, 2014 by The Author

But I’ve been so involved in other things (like writing) for the past few days, blogging has fallen by the wayside.

So let’s catch up!

FIRST, AS USUAL, THE SINGING!

On the Seventh Day of Samhain, My True Love Gave to Me

Seven Hungry Werewolves,
Six Unraveling Mummies.
Fiiiiiiive Screeching Bats!
Four Pumpkin Donuts,
Three Thirsty Vampires,
Two Shuffling Zombies,
And a Severed Head in a Bare Tree!

I recently stumbled on some new outlining theories, and I’m finding them interesting, but I wonder if any other writers out there use them, as they are rather complicated. They’re spreadsheets based on Larry Brooke’s Story Structure and Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat Beat Sheets.

There are two spreadsheets, both designed based on the above gents’ work, made by Jami Gold. One is a Master Story Planning Worksheet, and the other is the Story Planning for Pantsers Romance Beat Sheets If you poke around Jami’s site, you’ll find all kinds of materials to help you plot out your story and character arcs. Which… Looking at the former now, I think may be far too complicated for for the 50k version of my novel I’ll be writing for NaNo.

In which case, I need to try one of the simpler ones on her site if I’m going to go that way along with my usual Marshall Plan Action Sheets.

I think I spend too much time planning. But I can’t just write by the seat of my pants — I inevitably end up stumbling in the middle that way. The beginning and the end are fairly clear, but that mid-section needs to have meat! I need to put in some time on that tomorrow. Anyone familiar with these formats? How do you outline your writing?

Don’t Miss the New Year Stop on the IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS Blog Tour!

Published January 1, 2013 by The Author

Don’t miss the new stop on A. Sangrey Black’s IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS Blog Tour today: an interview with me… er, or rather, my kinky alter ego, but the answers aren’t necessarily different!

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Thank you so much to the amazing

Love in a Book

Don’t forget to register for the giveaway while you’re there! You could win the kinky toy kit, a gift certificate from All Romance Ebooks, or free copies of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS!

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I’m relaxing today, but I will stop by to see how everybody’s doing, and to answer any questions, or just be silly. Don’t miss it!

Welcome, 2013! Happy New Year!

Published January 1, 2013 by The Author

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May all your writing run smoothly.
May all the books you read have satisfying endings.
May you and those you love have all the blessings of the universe, all you need and all you dream.

Thank you for being so wonderful and supportive, for making me laugh, making me think, and most of all, for always inspiring me.

Happy New Year!
Heather

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Published December 31, 2012 by The Author

Don’t miss the new stop on A. Sangrey Black’s IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS Blog Tour today, it’s a special one: spending some time with the wild and wonderful characters!

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Adam, Calinda, and George William will sit down with Sangrey as guests at the wonderful

BOOKS AMOUR!

Don’t forget to register for the giveaway while you’re there! You could win the kinky toy kit, a gift certificate from All Romance Ebooks, or free copies of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS!

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I don’t usually do resolutions, and I’m not one to look back too closely at what’s gone by. But I do try to see if there are any lessons to be taken from the passing year, and consider them when setting goals for the next. Sounds like semantics, I know, but I find… it’s not the precise wording that matters, but that we keep growing, keep moving forward, however small the steps may be.

Sometimes my plans are bigger than my strength or my will. I may be manic and write down I WANNA GET AN AGENT AND GET A CONTRACT FOR A FIVE BOOK SERIES AND STILL BLOG AND WRITE EBOOKS AND DO FREELANCE WORK, AND I’M GOING TO LOSE FIFTY POUNDS, MEDIATE EVERY DAY, DO YOGA THREE DAYS A WEEK, etc. etc. But we all know those things can’t all be done. No matter how good our intentions, we are only human.

I didn’t meet all of my goals, but it’s been a wonderful, productive year nonetheless. I grew, I changed, I moved forward, and I had a great deal of fun all the way. I haven’t thought out my goals yet, so I can’t share them with you, but… know that I hope to publish a lot more in 2012, both as fun me and kinky me! And I wish you and yours all the happiness and joy of a new year!

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Batty Book Review! I DON’T: A CHRISTMAS WISH by Kari Gregg

Published December 27, 2012 by The Author

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ISBN: 9781481107051

Author: Kari Gregg

Series: N/A

Publisher: Kari Gregg

Category: Holiday, Contemporary M/M Romance

Main Characters: Owen/Seth

Author’s Website: http://www.KariGregg.com

Sales Links: Amazon| B&N | ARe |

Source: Personal purchased copy, ebook.

Rating: 4-full-moons 4 FULL MOONS

PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION:

At least he isn’t pregnant.

Seth Murphy campaigned for Maryland’s Question Six, wildly celebrating the Election Day victory for marriage equality. Divorce attorney and live-in boyfriend Owen, however, believes just as passionately that the gay community should focus on a plurality of equal rights protections instead of allocating so many resources and man-hours to one hot button issue.

Owen won’t marry Seth.

Relationship deteriorating, the couple visits the Murphy farm outside Brunswick for Christmas. Seth’s family never considered that Seth and Owen wouldn’t be first in line for a marriage license as soon as same-sex marriage passed. When they find out there won’t be a wedding, their season of miracles is invaded by pornographic gingerbread cookies, frowning church ladies, and a determined father with a tactical assault shotgun.

Neither Seth, Owen, nor their love may survive the family holiday circus to say, “I don’t.”

Heather’s Review:

I was surprised at how much I liked this book and loved the characters, considering there were two pretty hardcore pet peeves of mine involved: political romance and one partner whining about wanting to get married all the time.

Somehow, both worked in this story. Probably because of the characters and the sense of humor in Ms. Gregg’s writing. Seth and Owen are characters anyone can relate two, struggling with topics every couple deal with — only these questions have only recently become relevant for them in particular thanks to marriage equality finally becoming a reality in their home state. I felt for them… fighting for basic civil rights, and the gaining of them driving a sudden wedge in a previously strong couple. There was never a question before, because the question was moot. But now?

The family could get to be a little much at times, I mean jeesh, relax already! But they were also amusing and well-intentioned (heh, porno gingerbread). Of course there had to be one hardcore homophobe, but why nobody just tossed her and her annoying, hateful husband out on their asses is beyond me. But I digress.

The story is both heart-wrenching and funny, poignant and quirky, and it’s going on my “read it again next holiday” list for sure.

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OOOOO – Five Full Moons: OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK GO GET IT RIGHT NOW!
OOOO – Four Full Moons: I REALLY liked this. Well worth reading, and possibly re-reading!
OOO – Three Full Moons: Good! Worth a read.
OO – Two Full Moons: Not really to my taste, but not terrible.
O – One Full Moon: Has serious flaws that make it difficult to read and review fairly.

I also use half-moons as necessary. I should make it clear that I do review books on a number of levels, emotional and structural being the major ones. I might read a book with serious grammar and spelling flaws, but it could still win my heart due to characterization or story. Or a perfectly structured novel might leave me feeling nothing, and won’t get a great review. I DO always try to find something positive to say about a book, or I won’t say anything much at all. I DO NOT engage in mean-spirited snark, although I do give constructive criticism. As a writer, I can’t stand the former, and always appreciate the latter, even if it’s “negative.”

Hope this makes sense. Any questions, comments, or vague misgivings are welcome in the comments!

The Winner of THE CHRISTMAS WISHES BLOG HOP & THE CANDY CANE KINK GIVEAWAY HOP!

Published December 23, 2012 by The Author

The Winner of a copy of BETTER NOT CRY, my sweet and sexy Holiday story is:

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Congratulations, Sherry! I hope you enjoy the story and have a wonderful holiday!

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by to share stories about their favorite holidays during the hop, and extra special thanks to the sponsors, Book & Trailer Showcase, Coffee Beans and Love Scenes, and Full Moon Bites!

But wait, there’s MORE!

And the winner of the $10 All Romance Ebooks Gift Certificate for the CANDY CANE KINK GIVEAWAY HOP IS:

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Congratulations, ladies! I’ll do my best to get your prizes to you before Christmas, but it may be a few days afterward. Thank you so much for taking part in the hops, and enjoy your holidays!