Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blog Tour--Book Savvy Babe

We're nearing the end of the tour, and what a ride it's been. As if things hadn't been crazy enough, over at Book Savvy Babe, Jude is in the hotseat for once. Want to see how she handles the pressure? Hop over to find out.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blog Tour--Just Another Book Addict

So, tell me who you love to hate. Really. Just let it out.

And when you're done, hop over to Just Another Book Addict and we'll have a little talk about the villain.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Blog Tour--Workaday Reads

Ah, Monday! Not happy about it, but it's here, and we must deal.

And what better way to deal than talking about sex. Stop by Workaday Reads and have a little sit down with me about the art of sex.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Blog Tour--Supernatural Bookworm

So--I don't know what happened to like three of my posts. The computer gods win again. Darn them.

Either way, we're still moving along, and today I'm over at Supernatural Bookworm, talking about romance. Fun, right? Right. Come take a look!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blog Tour--Journey with Books

Whew! We've reached the halfway point in our journey, so it's fitting that today's stop is at Journey with Books. Stop by and read about Jude and Theo's first flirtation!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blog Tour--The Phantom Paragrapher

Ever wondered how a kiss is like chocolate? Today over at The Phantom Paragrapher, not only do I tell you, but you get a sampling of a dark chocolate kiss. Join us!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Blog Tour--The Bookish Snob

Back in the hotseat! Today Belinda over at The Bookish Snob is raking me over the coals. Come see what nuggets she teased out of me!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blog Tour--We Fancy Books

Today, I'm blogging at We Fancy Books about what makes characters intriguing--or not. Stop by and see what's up!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Blog Tour--Readergirls

We are trucking right along! Today I'm over at Readergirls, with an excerpt from Ch. 2 of Shades of Gray. Stop by and see just what Jude has gotten herself into!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Blog Tour--Hesperia Loves Books

Today, I'm in the interview hotseat over at Hesperia Loves Books. Stop by and see what she managed to pry out of me!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blog Tour--The Wormhole

Our stop today? The Wormhole, where I'm talking about why we're so fascinated with vampires. Join us!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blog Tour--All Things Books

The tour kicks off today! Let the confetti rain! Ok, stop now, there's a mess everywhere.

Today, I'm at All Things Books, with an excerpt from Hole in the Wall, an exclusive Jude Magdalyn short. Swing by!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

So, I'm going to cheat today. A little.

Today is the official re-release of Shades of Gray. Woohoo! I'm doing backflips, but only mentally. To celebrate, here's the opening lines.

The moment I sat at the head of the table and took a good, long look at the three people making up the private party, I knew taking this job was a mistake. They looked like nice, normal, sane people. I’d learned many years ago when people look that normal, they usually aren’t, not by a long shot.

And, for a double dose of Lois-y goodness (yes, I went there), here's a few lines from my WIP, Taken.

I leaned in, watched beads of sweat pop up on his forehead as I twisted my fist. My native Kentucky twang came out when I spoke. “I’ll put that down to being young, dumb and full of cum, so I won’t do anything other than make your balls ache in the worst way possible. But the man over in the corner, he’d like nothing more than to peel the skin off your face before he pulls your tongue clean out your throat and strangles you with it. So when I stand up, you’re going to apologize. And then you’re gonna leave.”

Tomorrow kicks off the blog tour for Shades of Gray, so stop by to see where I'll be, and don't forget to enter for your chance to win a copy of both Shades of Gray and New Moon Rising.

Happy reading! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Media Monday--True Blood "Spellbound"

Oh, what a tangled web Alan Ball has managed to weave. Not sure if I'm annoyed with that, or in awe.

Who didn't get at least a few minutes of air time last night? I guess it was bound to happen, with the convergence of story lines that True Blood is famous for, but this was an episode where you were likely to run into anybody and his brother's second cousin. The only person missing was Crystal, and I don't think she's really gone. Just slightly inconvenienced.

First things first: the shower scene. I've seen other people commenting on the let down they felt, and well... I agree. Come on, AB! This was a huge, monumental moment in the series. We let you slide with the love making in the bayou, because it was pretty damn beautiful and magical, and you followed it up with the sex-athon through the house, but this?!? Really? Really?!?

Second, Jessica. Straight up, one of my favorite characters. Kudos for not killing her off, because I may have been tempted to stop watching the series. And now on to her troubles--Christ. Really? I would never have pictured Hoyt to be the total asshole he was. Absolute, total, flaming asshole. Talk about mean and cruel and hurtful. And there she was, trying to do the right thing. For me, this completely clears her of the earlier glamour use. Asshole. Total asshole.

But speaking of doing the right thing, Jason. Sweet, adorable, not entirely there Jason. We all know that boy is so oversexed it's a wonder he doesn't use that particular body part as a divining rod. And yet, he did not jump the hot girl coming to him for comfort, because he knew it would seriously affect his relationship with his best friend. Great job, Jason. You win the not-a-total-asshole award.

In first place for "wow, you're an absolutely hateful bitch who should completely understand that annihilation of a race is not the way to solve problems--and you're bat-shit crazy" is nobody's favorite victim, Tara. If AB wanted to create someone that the majority of people would dislike, he did a bang-up job there. I want to like her, I do. She's doing her best to bounce back from some horrific life moments. But she just keeps making bad decisions. Over. And over. And over.

Other high spots in the episode:
Maxine Fortenberry. The real and the fake. She's always a hoot, because I know so many older women like this. They honestly can't help it, which is annoying in real life, but hilarious on camera.
Bill as King. Say what you will, but he makes an excellent politician. Sneaky, underhanded, but with just the right amount of sincerity.
Lafayette and the ghost: Creepy. I want to know what the hell is going on, and I want to know, damn it!

And of course, Sam Merlotte. No real reason. He's just hot. Ridiculously hot.

What are your thoughts on last night's episode?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Food Friday!

This will be the shortest Friday post ever. I've pulled a close/open, got my butt handed to me this morning, and have dealt with not happy people a good portion of the morning. So I'm going to leave you all with one thought.

Liquid eggs, are, in fact, REAL EGGS. We're not trying to fool you. I promise.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Random Thursday--Blog Tour Schedule!

As promised, here's the schedule for my upcoming blog tour. There are chances to win a copy of Shades of Gray at every stop, with 50 e-copies of both Shades of Gray and New Moon Rising up for grabs at the final stop - which would be here. For the entirety of the tour, I won't be posting here. I repeat, I will not be posting here. I will, however, be doing linkbacks to whichever stop I'm at, so if you're following me, you can just click away.

Aug 17 – All Things Books – Book Excerpt
Aug 18 –TheWormhole--Guest Post (Vampire Fascination)
Aug 19 - Hesperia Loves Books - Interview
Aug 20 – Readergirls – Book excerpt
Aug 21 – We Fancy Books – Guest Post (The Female Lead)
Aug 22 – The Bookish Snog--Interview
Aug 23 – The Phantom Paragrapher – Book Excerpt
Aug 24 – Journey With Books – Book Excerpt
Aug 25 – Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories – Guest Post (Alpha vs Beta vs Omega Men)
Aug 26 – eReading On The Cheap – Book Excerpt

Aug 27 – A Chick Who Reads – Book excerpt
Aug 28 – Supernatural Bookworm – Guest Post (Romance and the Supernatural)

Aug 29 – Workaday Reads – Guest Post (The Art of Sex)

Aug 30 – Just Another Book Addict – Guest Post (The Villain)
Aug 31 - Book Savvy Babe – Interview
Sept 1 - Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews – Book Excerpt
Sept 2  – Author L.M Pruitt FINAL STOP-- Post and Book Excerpt

I hope to see you at most, if not all, of the upcoming stops!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Writing Wednesday--Too Many Pots in the Kitchen?

Alas, this will be a super short blog - because I'm tired and I need a nap before doing the other things I must do before I can go have grown up play time. And wow, that entire thing sounded like it should be coming from a five year old.

Whenever you're cooking, whatever it is you happen to be cooking, there comes a point where you look at your stove and your counters and you think to yourself: "Self, what the hell is going on here? Why on earth do I have so many pots and pans and thingamajiggers?"

Sometimes, writing is like that. I'm currently in the upload/prep phase for the release of Shades of Gray, as well as doing stuff for the blog tour kicking off next week. There's two pots. I'm also editing Shades of Desire, in an effort to have it out by Halloween. Add another pot. I'm also doing my best to squeeze in time on my WIP, Taken, since I love the story and the characters and they're very loud. Add another pot. But then last night, my super secret may very well be my magnum opus started whispering to me last night. Add another pot.

Clearly, I have a lot of pots. So how do I decide which I need to front burner and which I need to back burner? And which needs to marinate a little more?

I'd like to say there's a method, but I'd be lying. With the two WIPs, it's pretty much whichever I'm going to get words on at the time. The things for SoG have to be done, so they're on constant front burner. SoD edits get done once or twice a week, as many chapters as possible, until my eyes start to cross. Hopefully by next week SoG will level out and I can devote more time to the other three, but I'm not counting those chickens until they hatch.

In other words, is it possible I have too many pots in the kitchen? Yes. Is there anything I can do about it but pray for a bigger stove and a sous chef? No. Until I can actually afford a sous chef (aka, personal assistant) I'll be manning the stove solo.

Good thing I come from a restaurant background.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

Whew! I honestly didn't know if I was going to get this up for you--today was like a Monday, but worse - first the car wouldn't start, work was slow, then found out had to replace the car battery, then came home to do uploads which I suck at apparently. And after this, I still need to work on stuff for the upcoming blog tour (more on that on Thursday). I'd like to say I'll get some editing and writing done, but I try to save lying for major occasions, like saving the world.

Speaking of saving the world, I just finished the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. Yes, I'm late. I read the first book a few months ago, and just couldn't get into the series. But I happened to be at the library last Thursday and they had the other four books and so I said, "Why not?" Thank God I did. I'm not sure if I'll buy the series, because as much as I loved it Mac did get on my nerves, but with Borders going out of business, I may get them on the cheap.

And speaking of the library, I also picked up the first three books in the Iron Fey series. (Thanks, Bookish Snob!) I actually plan to start reading as I'm getting into bed, so this teaser is way beyond random for me.

"Human?" The girl cocked her head the other way. I caught a glimpse of pink gills under her chin. "My sisters told me stories of humans. They said they sometimes sing to them to lure them underwater." She grinned, showing off her sharp needle-teeth. "I've been practicing. Want to hear?"
 So, clearly, I have no idea what's going on. But it sounds downright interesting.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Media Monday--Old Is New Again

Hopefully, you're actually paying attention, and you noticed the new title for Monday--Media Monday. I could, potentially, rattle on and on about music, but after a while it would get more than a little boring. By switching to media at large, it opens up movies and television as topic options. Which works well, since I'm not feeling musically inclined this morning, but I am in a movie mood.

Somehow, and don't ask me how since I actually don't know, my sister's four kids have been entrusted to me this morning. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but I planned on doing a lot of work, and four kids all under the age of ten do not exactly do "be quiet" for more than a few seconds. On top of which, I also don't have a lot of kid-friendly food, so they really don't do "be quiet". And yet, I have both the time and the brain function to write this blog. How, you might ask?

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

They've never seen this movie before. Ever. I'm torn between smacking my sister upside the head and thanking her, since the kids are enthralled with it. Granted, some of the humor goes right over their head, but for the most part they're cool. I felt the same way around 20 years ago when I first saw RH: MiT. I didn't get some of the humor, but I got the Robin Hood story, funny parts like ears being thrown, people falling off horses, those kinds of things.

And now that they've seen the movie, they'll remember it. Maybe not the exact name, but the funny parts. And chances are, in two or three decades, they'll be desperate and need something to distract the kids and will remember the movie their aunt showed them one day when they were driving her up the wall. And they'll either put in a DVD or a Blu-Ray or whatever new fangleled bit they're using and breathe a sigh of relief when the kids are entertained.

And so, everything old becomes new again, given enough time--and enough crazy kids in one room.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Food Friday!

You know, until I started talking about food, I never realized how much we manage to say through food without actually saying anything. Yes, I'm aware the sentence doesn't make the best of sense, but just give this a few minutes. There's a nine out of ten chance I'll get where I'm trying to, even though I'm lacking a map.

When you hear Jell-o, what do you think? Me, I'm automatically transported to Ghostbusters 2, and the conversation about hating Jell-o, which I thoroughly agree with. It's just so... wiggly. Gives me the heebie jeebies. And it's also a firm reminder of elementary school lunches, which are tolerable at best and disgusting at worst, or at least that was the case back in the day.

I've rhapsodized about potato salad previously, so you're aware of my love for the dish. If you've been reading (which I hope you have), you'll also know that no version, at least to me, is quite as good as my mama's potato salad. When I'm eating it, I'm reminded both how much she loves me and how much I love her and how lucky I am in that relationship.

Fresh biscuits spread with a mixture of peanut butter and cane syrup will always, until the day I die, remind me of my grandfather and after dinner snacks on his knee. Grilled cheese? The first thing my grandmother ever taught me to cook, something I experimented with dozens of times, while she shook her head and asked me what on earth I was eating.

Ice cream? My friend Sam, who always gets Oreo, while I vary depending on the season and my mood. Ketchup? My friend Fili, who puts it on EVERYTHING. We've shared some moments, both hysterical and harrowing, and I won't ever look at either food without having some memory tug at me.

Which brings me back to the point I attempted to ellucidate above, before the trip down culinary lane. We, humans, we're messy, what with all our emotions and our links and our memories. I think if we had to spell out every emotion, live every memory repeatedly, we'd all go insane. So someone or something gave us the ability to link our emotions, our memories, with everyday things--like food.

You know if you come through the door and your mom or spouse or significant other has your favorite meal on the table that they were thinking of you, that they cared. And when you sit down and eat and relax and enjoy, they know they were appreciated, that their gift didn't go unnoticed. At the end of a long day, you can hold an entire conversation without ever saying a word.

Kind of makes you ponder your next food choice a little, doesn't it?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Random Thursday!

Random thoughts running through my head:

Headlights: Is it really so impossible to make headlights that don't burn out? I mean, we have light bulbs that will last for years now--why can't we do the same thing with headlights? I ask, because it's super annoying having to replace them, especially when they cost a helluva lot more than just your regular light bulb.

Box Rentals: Are they great, or are they the devil in disguise? It's easy to forget that every dollar adds up, and even easier to forget that they add up quite a bit faster when you have multiple dollar-spenders floating around. Don't get me wrong, I love having the option--I don't love paying extra for "hot titles", or having a super limited selection, or a super early return time. But it's still better than NetFlix, at least for me.

Lack of Sleep: This ties into yesterday's post about books/movies that put images in your head and stay there. Considering this, it's probably not the best of ideas to reread Feed and Deadline. And yet, I'm seriously considering doing it. I'm already hardly sleeping due to Mark Reads and his reviews--what's a few more days without a solid sleep routine?

That, my friends, is all for the moment. Now, it's back to the grindstone--wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Writing Wednesday!

This didn't post earlier because I actually needed time to mull things over in my head and get a coherent picture. And because I was tired, but that might have been due in part to the mulling.

Yesterday I recommended a site, Mark Reads, after going through his entire series of reviews on Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. One of the reasons I was beyond excited about this is because while I loved the books, recommend them without pause, and will go see the movie on release day--I can't read them again. I honest to God can't. I read the series in 2 days and had disturbing dreams verging on nightmares for, oh, a week or so. Having read the reviews, I was reminded why I love the series--but I've also been blessed with those disturbing dreams again.

I had a similar experience a few months ago after reading Feed and Deadline by Mira Grant. I've never been one for post-apocyloptic novels, especially when you throw in zombies. And yet Grant's books sucked me in--I was actually a little annoyed that it was my birthday weekend and so I couldn't just hole up and devour them. When I came to the last sentence in Deadline, I literally--and I do mean literally--had chills and goosebumps all over me. The final book in the triology comes out May 2012 and I can't wait. At the same time, I could barely sleep for three or four days, and when I did, I did not have pretty dreams.

Now, before someone gets the idea that I'm just a total scaredy-cat, let me take this moment to say I'm a horror movie fan. Love them, whether they're good or bad or even awful. Does this mean I don't jump or I laugh at them? Not by any means. But nine movies out of ten do not affect me after I watch them. The two to three which have--The Blair Witch Project (1 &2) and Paranormal Activity--really did their job. I woke up in the middle of the night after watching Paranormal Activity, absolutely terrified, and had to call my mom before I could go back to sleep.

Grant and Collins, writing for different audiences, with different premises on the end/beginning of the world, heck, with totally different writing styles, managed to achieve the same effect on me. How?

In the same way the movies listed above did. They took the most basic of human emotions--love, fear, hatred--and blew them up. Blew them out of the water. I will never forget any of those books or movies because they made me feel to such an extreme as to be absolutely haunting.

If, just once, I have someone say the same thing about anything I've written, I'll know I've done an amazing job.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

First, let me remind you to go and purchase Cold Vengeance, which came out today. I will be doing the same when I get off work, and I believe it will be full of awesomeness.

Second, in lieu of a teaser, I'm going to direct you to one of the best review/snark sites I've come across. Mark Reads is, like the book I plan to read, full of awesomeness. To further explain, I just read every review he wrote of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. I'm reminded why I loved the series and why I cannot read it again. Sitting in a restaurant, surrounding by people, tears streaming down my face--and that's just from the review.

Mark also reads other things, such as Twilight, Harry Potter, etc. The reviews are on a chapter by chapter basis, and posted on a regular basis. Whether you're new to a series, or just looking to be reminded (such as myself), it's a great site.

Mark Reads

And now--off to buy/read Cold Vengeance!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Music Monday!

Monday--also known as laundry day, hence the lateness of this post. And the fact I'm thinking about changing the day to Media Monday, so I have more options to explore. Decision later this week.

No grand statements this week, simply what's spinning on my iPod. Which this week is:

Adele--Turning Tables
Beyonce--Best Thing I Never Had
Taylor Swift--Fearless
Travis Tritt--Anymore
Shinedown--If You Only Knew
and finally....Melissa Ethridge--Come To My Window

The last one more so because I read a great line about someone being Melissa Ethridge-d when someone did, in fact, come to their window than any other reason.

Happy Monday!