Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Winter Nights Scavenger Hunt!

Thanks to everybody for hopping over this way! Down here in Florida, most of our winter nights aren't too bad, but there have been some doozies. My way to handle the unseasonable cold (hey, 20 degrees for Florida is pretty unseasonable, even for January) is to curl up with a blanket, the cats, and a really good book. Hopefully you find some while you're out on your search.

So here’s how the Scavenge works…
  • Below are the 5 items. Those photos are placed on 5 random blogs that have taken part in this event.
  • Click on the blogs listed below and see if one of the 5 images is in that blog’s post.
  • If you find an image, write down the name of the blog because you will need it for the grand prize.
  • Find all 5 items and go back to the Grand Prize giveaway rafflecopter (found here Gliterary Girl), enter the names of the blogs where the pictures were posted and get 10 extra entries.

  1. Cute White Puppy in a Cup
  2. Leaves with the word LOVE cut into them
  3. Dish of Colorful Candies
  4. A Pencil with a note that says "You Make My Heart Glow"
  5. Heart shaped pocket watch hanging in the trees.

Easy, right? And like I mentioned earlier, hopefully you'll find some amazing authors and books while you're out there.

Good luck and thanks so much for participating!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Roughly one year ago, the first book in the Winged series was released. This was something that was incredibly important to me--the very idea of this series had consumed me for so long I HAD to write it. There was no putting it off and once I started there was no turning back or slowing down. I was all in from jump.

And I have never regretted it. Not once.

The series took a lot of twists and turns. The love interest was one character, then another, then the first again, then both--which is something I really didn't anticipate but in hindsight, I can say I should have seen it coming. There was tragedy and war and heartbreak. I wrote about topics and subjects I would never have thought to write about, especially in what some might call a paranormal romance novel.

But again--I don't regret any of it.

This is also the first series I've done that will lead to a spin-off--two spin-offs, actually. And though I'm not a huge fan of spin-offs, I'm beyond excited about the next two chapters in the Winged world. The first group, Legacy, will be released May-August of this year. The second, tentatively titled Memory, will release June-August of next year.

Later this month, I'll be having an anniversary party of sorts, complete with prizes AND a special bonus scene featuring a few favorite characters. More on that as it develops.

This past year with Winged has been amazing. Here's to continuing the journey.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Year, New Blog

Before someone points out the obvious--yes, I know it's been a new year for like a month now. Whatever--better late than never.

This is my first post in a looooooonnnnnnngggggg time. In all fairness, I probably could have put a few more letters in that word and still not account for the time I've been wandering in the wilds. All I can say is 2013 was a VERY hectic year and while 2014 isn't shaping up to be any slower, I'm going to make more of an effort this year to get back to some of my roots--in this case, blogging.

You may have noticed the title of this blog has changed--don't worry, there will still be talk of food and urban fantasy and paranormal romance and all sorts of things. But rather than try and fancy it up, I'll be talking about things in the language of my people--aka, Southern folk.

This doesn't mean I'm going to suddenly start chewing tobacco (uh, gross) or swigging moonshine (geez, kill the liver in one gulp, why don't you) but rather that I'm going to acknowledge myself, my friends, and my family, view certain things differently based on the culture we've grown up in. As I've gotten older, it's easier for me to see the wrong in some things and the right in others and while I'm not going to get up on a soap box and preach about the glory of the South (and are soap boxes really all that sturdy? serious questions), I'm also not going to shy away from being proud of where I come from, even when people do stupid things.

And I live in Florida. We're practically the capitol of people doing stupid things.

So once or twice a week, be prepared for a view point full of snark, sass, and silliness, on anything and everything, all while keeping that wonderful Southern gentility you've heard so much about.

(In case you're unaware, "bless your heart" can have a variety of meanings, from genuine pity to the most polite "fuck you" ever issued--I'll leave it up to y'all to decide which meaning can be applied to each post)