Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Years Eve

Just a quick Happy New Years Eve to all my blog world friends. I hope everyone has a wonderful, fun, and safe night.

See you all next year!!!

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Monday, December 29, 2008

Goals, Time to Step It Up A Notch

2009 is almost here and with the New Year brings new goals as well as reflections of last years goals. Time to think about what’s accomplished or what fork split the road when you least expected it to.

Last year I talked about what a goal is, you can click here if you’d like to read it. This year I’m thinking differently about goals. What do they do and how can making them affect the year ahead.

For me, goals are my roadmap, the direction I want to take with my writing career. Yes, I want an agent and to receive ‘The Call’ this year and I’m doing everything in my power to achieve that. But those aren’t really goals, since I can’t make them actually happen.

This year my goal is to finish two books. Plain and simple, right? Okay, not so much. In order to do that I need a plan. Write everyday, yes, every single day. Four months to write the first book and edit it, take a couple weeks break and then write the second book (same timeframe). Yep, stepping it up to two books, completed and edited. See, I'm figuring it's better to work like I'm already published with deadlines. Look out cp's, we're going to be busy. I have the best cp's in the world and they work just as hard.

We did this really cool thing at my TARA meeting this past year. We wrote on a post card three things we’d like to do and gave them to the wonderful June. Three months later those who participated, received the postcard in the mail. I was in a meeting and didn’t get to do it, but those that did raved or how cool it was to see what they’d done and how close they were to completing all three things.

So, if you’d like, email me three things you’d like to accomplish in the next three months, along with your address and I’ll send out the postcard to you.

Changing venues here:

More than likely you’ve listened to Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture. If not, then trust me its well worth the hour.

Here’s a small recap from his lecture.

When you’re doing poorly and no one is telling you, that’s a bad place to be. – Wow, if no one ever told us when something didn’t work in our writing, where would we be?

Experience is what you get, when you didn’t get what you wanted. – Think about this one. Maybe you didn’t final in ‘that’ contest, but you did gain experience whether it was thicker skin or learning how to make your work better.

Don’t bail: the best gold is at the bottom of the barrel of crap. – So how does, this relate? Never give up.

And two of my favorites:

Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want something. They’re not there to keep people who want it out, but to stop those don’t.

Be prepared: “Luck” is where preparation meets opportunity.

So what about you? Are you making goals for 09? Did your goals last year help you or did you forget to look back at them from time to time?

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays To You and Yours







May your holiday's be filled with joy of the season and your new year bring all your hopes and dreams.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Monday, December 22, 2008

Perfect Chemistry - Don't Miss This Book

Simone Elkeles book, Perfect Chemistry is a must read and comes out tomorrow.

Check out the video.



So, what did you think? I know this is one book, I can't wait to read.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week and wishing peace to you all.

Vicki

Monday, December 15, 2008

Contest Winner's and the Holiday's

First things first, the winners of the bookmarks are: Maura, Liza, and Laurie K. Please email me at vickilanewrites@yahoo.com with your snail mail addy and I'll get them out to you.

I don't know about you, but I love this time of year. Even on a rough day at the day job, riding home and seeing Christmas lights burning bright makes me smile. And yes, I play holiday much in the car as well. I love it, I'm like a kid.

The decorating and baking and shopping, (maybe not as much as normal this year, but still shopping) are part of the fun. The house will smell like homemade cookies and not just from the candle I lit last night. :) Or the pine smells from the Christmas tree spray. Science Guy and I have an artificial tree, so I have to burn candles and spray the room spray for the scent. Bath and Body has a great one.

And the holiday parties, big or small are always special. This past Saturday we had our TARA holiday party at the St Pete Yatch Club. Our room had a view of the water and the food was yummy. We all bring a gift. Something to do with the book we wrote or are writing and of course chocolate or wine or both. Because, as so many said on Saturday, 'That's what we do.' and then the fun begins. The first person picks a gift, the person who brought it tells what or how it represents her writing and then the second person steals that gift or picks another one from the table. And the fun goes on.

This year one of the girls made an incredible gift which was much fought after. She made a wreath (which lights), and all around it where the books of our TARA authors. Tiny little book covers of everyone's books. Amazing!

But, all this fun does lead to one little bity problem. Finding the time to work on my book. I'm squeezing in 20 minutes here and an hour there. I've got a few thousand words left to cut and then it's done and out the door. Whoo Hoo!!

How about you? Are you having a good holiday and are you able to find time to write or read?

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bookmark Contest

Sorry guys, I know I've been away for several days, but time has not been on my side. I'm still slashing words (almost through)to send out the request.

The day job is...well, I'm there and that's major important since we had the black Friday so many other companies have had.

This week I'm giving away three bookmarks. I know for sure one of them is not available in the states as of yet. Leave your comments this week to be entered.





Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Friday, December 5, 2008

And the Winner is...

The winner for this week’s contest is Bray!! WhooHoo. I know you’re going to love the book.

Email me at vickilanewrites@yahoo.com with your snail mail addy and I’ll get the book out to you.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and next week I’m giving away some more bookmarks. Some of these are not available in the States as of yet.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

ARC for Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Click here to enter a contest for an ARC of Carrie Ryan's debut book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

I'm not the one giving this away, but here's your chance to get it now. I know I'm dying to read it. :)



WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Monday, December 1, 2008

Julie Leto's Phantom's Touch Is Here!!



Julie Leto's second book in the Phantom series just released. WhooHoo!!! The cover is amazing.

Here's the blurb from Julie's website:
One more movie and Lauren Cole will be free of her role as an action heroine—and of her producer ex-husband...except that he still has her beloved antique sword. Nothing a little breaking and entering can’t fix, but nabbing the weapon unleashes a magic that reignites her love life and puts her in grave danger.

In 1747, Aiden Forsyth stormed a Gypsy village to save his sister, only to fall victim to a powerful spell that has held him captive for more than two centuries. Finally liberated by a sword-wielding beauty, Aiden learns that in the future, all the world’s a stage—and he cannot tell if this maiden’s affections are genuine or naught but an act. But she holds the key to his freedom, so he pledges to do whatever she asks.

Lauren has never needed a protector—until she’s forced to rely on the sexy warrior who has mysteriously appeared in her life. After all, it may be his age-old enemy who is trying to kill her...


And this is from Amazon:
Two centuries ago, Aiden Forsyth stormed a gypsy camp to save his sister, only to fall victim to a powerful spell. But now, when modern-day actress Lauren Cole grasps the hilt of an antique sword, she is shocked to see the ancient warrior materialize before her. Not only has she released Aiden from the curse that bound him, but she has put herself in the path of an incredible danger.

To read an excerpt, click here.

Leave your comments this week to be entered into the contest. Also don't forget to check out the auction for Jo Leigh.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Auction for Author Jo Leigh



Please read below and click on the link above to check out all the items up for bid. There's something for everyone, readers or writers.


Permission to forward

Author Jo Leigh lost her husband this year to cancer. Theirs was a story of reunited lovers worthy of a romance novel. The loss of her husband hit her hard, both emotionally and financially. (authors are self-employed, so often have no medical insurance.)

In an effort to raise money to help her pay off those medical debts, the romance community has once again banded together to support one of their own and an auction is being held. This is a wonderful way to purchase gifts for yourself or a loved one AND write it off on your taxes.

Please spread the word to any loops, forums, etc. that you might be on.


I'm putting the link on the sidebar as well in order to keep it up during the auction.

Vicki

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving






SG came through his surgery well. He's in some pain, but nothing as bad as yesterday, and tomorrow will be better still. :) Thus the reason I cooked our Thanksgiving this past Sunday.

And for those of us who are brave enough to hit the stores running tomorrow morning...have fun, don't let the crowds get to you, and remember Starbucks. Caffeine will help. :)

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm thankful to each and everyone of you who visit the blog, leave comments or just read it. To the wonderful friends I've made and to the ones yet to make, thank you.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bad Bad Vicki and The Winners

I realized this afternoon (Sunday), I'd forgotten to announce the winners for this week. So sorry about that.

I cooked Thanksgiving today instead of the upcoming actual Thanksgiving day. Science Guy has to have some surgery on Wednesday, so Thursday isn't going to be sit down and eat a huge meal day around our house. He's fine. Thought I should add that since I didn't want to scare any of you who know him. :)

Now for the winners:

For Elyssa Wilds debut book: violetcrush

For the bookmarks: (in no particular order)Bruce, crystalstorm, and Danielle

Please email me your snail mail addy at vickilanewrites@yahoo.com

For the bookmarks please tell me your first and second choice and I'll go by whoever emails first.

One of these bookmark sets isn't available here in the states yet and in the next couple of weeks I have a few more to giveaway which haven't been released in the states yet either.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Elissa Wilds – Between Light and Dark


Debut author, Elissa Wilds book Between Light and Dark has released. Woot!

She is a fellow TARA sister and I’m thrilled to be giving away a copy of it this week on the blog. That, and she is an amazing person.

Here’s the backcover blurb:

The strongest force on Earth can't be controlled. Not even by a powerful god or a talented witch!

THE YEARNING:
He says it was foretold, an inescapable way to bring them together. All Laurell Pittman knows is that ungovernable need surges through her body whenever Axiom is near. Who is this godlike stranger who appears out of nowhere to steal her away from home? She ought to be terrified; instead, his kiss awakens unimaginable feelings, sensations of invisible hands stroking her body, a longing she can't deny. If she believes his claim--and in his arms, how can she not?--she is destined to conceive a very special child...and he is the appointed father. As he fights off demons and patiently teaches her to use her own undiscovered powers, she finds her heart going out to this Balancer who is equally at home with good and evil, teetering on the edge of temptation, eternally caught ...

And click here for an excerpt.

Leave your comments on any of this week’s post to be entered into the contest. Also, don’t forget the bookmarks. I’m giving away three of them this week and in case you missed seeing them, check here.

WW’s and PD’s,
Vicki

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cool Toes, Fire, and Bookmark Giveaway

I had a great b-day week! Yep, it was a week long and fun. On Saturday my friends and I went shopping and then they took me to lunch. Afterwards, Laurie and I went for pedicures. Mine are red and black (think french and the black is where the white would be), with a tiny line of silver under the black. Laurie's? Her signature style.

Its cold in sunny Florida so Science Guy and I had a fire. I love this firepit, although it doesn't look so much like a pit.




Time for the contest of the week. :)

The booksmarks are from my sister's company and I love them. You don't have to ever bend pages, which I don't do anyway. The pics are on both the front and backside.

This is the first group of three with more to come in the next few weeks. Leave your comments all week and I'll choose three winners. Also, check back tomorrow when I'll put the book of the week contest up.





Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me

Yep, I'm celebrating my b-day. Actually in my household we celebrate all week, but still today's the actual day. I did go to the day job for part of the day, but I'm leaving early.

Saturday I'm with the girls, still celebrating, doing girl stuff (pedicures, shopping, lunch, shopping...heehee)

Hope everyone is having a great day!

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More Hours in My Day, Please

I'm a little behind this week and it's only Tuesday. Not a good thing. Right now, I'm in the process of cutting words from ATB. This is a good thing, but it takes time going through line by line to decide if something is needed or not. Does it really move the story along? Or if it doesn't move the story, is it still needed to give a sense of place, time, and little bits of info on the H/H?

So far I've cut 6000 words and I'm only in chapter 9. My plans are to cut around 6 - 8K more, but we'll see. :)

For me the process means printing out the manuscript and red lining the pages and then going to the computer to input (or cut), the words. I know it would be quicker to just do it online the screen once and for all.

Doesn't work for me. I get cut happy. Really, I do. I start out with little to nothing cut off the page and before you know, I'm marking huge sections. So I do it on paper to keep the logical person within me happy. When I'm sitting in front of the computer, I can then say, nope need to keep this part.

Many of the editors who used to ask for higher word counts are now lowering them, due to paper cost and the economy in general. Cutting is in order. For those who’ve read ATB, I’m not losing any of its story, but tightening the pacing. I love it.

The day job is crazy. One of my bosses is moving to NY (big sigh, cause he's great to work for), and Science Guy and I are trying to find a house. And I need to have the cutting process done, the manuscript re-read (get ready cp's), and ready to mail out to the GH hopefully next Monday. The deadline approaches.

How about you? What's your process for cutting down your manuscript? Are you on a deadline now?

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Friday, November 7, 2008

Romeo Romeo Winner, Irish Fun, But First....

Friday Pictures, Images and Photos

The winner of Robin Kaye's debut book, Romeo Romeo...



...is Liza!!! Email me at vickilanewrites @yahoo.com with your snail mail addy and I"ll get the book out to you. I'd love to know your thoughts once you've finished it. :)

Now for a little Irish Fun




You Are A Lime Tree



You are intelligent, hard working, and innately successful.

You try to change what you can in life - and you accept what you can't change.

Tough on the outside, you are actually soft and relenting.

Jealous at times, you are extremely loyal and giving to those you love.

You have many talents, but you don't have enough time to use them.



So, did you check yours? Tells us, we want to know.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

American History and The People Spoke

As you know, I don't post much in the political thoughts on this blog. But this morning I have to say, America ROCKS!

We have a new president, history has been made, and we've shown we believe in our country and the right to vote. That is why I say we rock.

Now this IMHO, but regardless of who you voted for, we now come together as Americans to stand behind our new president and to support him. No longer are red or blue, but we're now purple. At least for the next four years.

The amount of young voters impressed me beyond measure. They realized they have a voice and it meant something to them. I think that in itself speaks volumes.

We're back to the contest at hand this week. Robin Kaye's debut book, Romeo Romeo, is a book you don't want to miss reading.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Don't Vote??? by 5 More Friends uncensored

You may have seen this already, but it's worth the repeat. I don't normally put political things on my blog, not that I don't have my own opinions, because I do. But this is not the place I usually speak them.

However, this was too cool and important to me not to share. Regardless of who you're voting for, the important thing is that you VOTE. This is a major election all the way around and we have the right to include our vote, to say who we believe should be in office. IMVHO, no one should ever not exercise that right.





Don't forget to leave your comments for the Romeo Romeo giveaway.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Monday, November 3, 2008

Romeo Romeo Debut Book By Robin Kaye



Don't you love the cover!!

I first met Robin Kaye in July at the RWA National conference. After a couple of minutes I knew she was not only an amazing person. On her badge was the very coveted ‘First Sale’ ribbon and so I asked her about her book.

When she said, “Every woman wants a man who’s as good in the kitchen as he is in the bedroom,” I was hooked.

I am so excited to be giving away a copy of her debut book titled, Romeo Romeo this week. The reviews she’s received are outstanding.

Here’s the backcover blurb:

Rosalie Ronaldi doesn't have a domestic bone in her body...
All she cares about is her career, so she survives on take-out and dirty martinis, keeps her shoes under the dining room table, her bras on the shower curtain rod, and her clothes on the couch...

Nick Romeo is every woman's fantasy - tall, dark, handsome, rich, really good in bed, AND he loves to cook and clean...

He says he wants an independent woman, but when he meets Rosalie, all he wants to do is take care of her. Before too long, he's cleaned up her apartment, stocked her refrigerator, and adopted her dog...

So what's the problem? Just a little matter of mistaken identity, corporate theft, a hidden past in juvenile detention and one big nosy Italia
Doesn’t that sound fun and sexy???


And you can read the excerpt here

Leave you’re comments this week to be entered.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Jessica Andersen's Knight Keepers - We have a Winner



The winner of Jessica Andersen's Knight Keepers is minna. WhooHoo!! Please email me your snail mail addy at vickilanewrites @yahoo.com and I'll get the book out to you.
I know you're going to love it. :)

Hope everyone had a great Halloween and saved some chocolate for writing.

Check back on Monday. I've got an awesome debut author's book coming.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween



Many of us celebrate this holiday by taking the little ones trick-or-treating, giving out the candy to them from our own homes, or dressing up and going to Halloween parties.

But did you know this was a Celtic Festival many years ago, where people would, (and probably still do) set out a plate for their loved ones who've passed on in a way of remembering them. It was also a time for them to take stock in their supplies and yes, slaughter the animals needed for food in the winter. Just thought that was interesting.

So maybe this year as you're dressing up, taking the little ones, out, or getting ready to hand out your treats, take a few moments to remember with the happy times of those who've passed on.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. Check back tomorrow for this week's winner.



WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Check Out Diana's Cover for Rampant and Carrie's Website and Excerpt...Wow for Both

Check out Diana Peterfreund’s blog. She has the cover up for Rampant and OMG, it’s amazing!

The girl is beautiful, but it goes beyond that. It’s like she knows something and you really want to know what it is.

This is a cover that if I was browsing in the bookstore, (and I always do after I’ve pick up whatever I’ve went for), the cover alone would draw me in and I’d have to pick it up to read the back.

Okay, now you’ve check out Diana’s blog, go over and check out Carrie Ryan’s new website. And while you’re there, read an excerpt of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Amazing.

It’s not a long excerpt by any means and yet I was immediately drawn into her world.

These are two books I’m dying to read and can’t wait till they come out.

So, now you’ve check them out, what do you think?

WW’s and PD’s,
Vicki

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Which Austen Heroine Are You?

I found this on violetcrush’s blog and thought it was pretty cool. It comes from Strangegirl on her Emma Adaptations Pages.

I am Marianne Dashwood!


Take the Quiz here!



You are Marianne Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are impulsive, romantic, impatient, and perhaps a bit too brutally honest. You enjoy romantic poetry and novels, and play the pianoforte beautifully. To boot, your singing voice is captivating. You feel deeply, and love passionately.

Check it out and then come back and tell us which Austen Heroine you are.



Don’t forget this weeks contest is for Jessica Andersen’s, Knight Keepers. All comments all week go to the randomizer.

WW’s and PD’s,
Vicki

Monday, October 27, 2008

Golden Pen Contest and Knight Keeper's Giveaway

Before I do the contest for this week I must give props to the Golden Pen Network and their contest. In case you’re not sure who or what this is, they are a group of people who have all been Golden Heart winners, many of which are now published and alumni of the group.

They hold a contest each year called the Golden Pen and I can’t say enough good things about it. Although you don’t have to be entering the RWA Golden Heart to enter this contest, if you are it’s a fabulous thing to do. Think about it. Your entries are judged by former GH finalist. How cool is that.

Did I enter this year? Yep. Did I final? Nope. But I received amazing feedback from all my judges. There is one judge who went above and beyond and to that person I am here to say, WOW. The person opened my eyes to an area I needed to fix and to look for areas I could cut.

Did they like the story and my writing? Yep. What I did have (no more) was a few areas which could slow the pacing and I needed a stronger GMC for my heroine. She has an incredibly strong GMC after the moment where her world changes, but her GMC until that point wasn’t really strong enough. Now it is. :)

I would highly recommend this contest to anyone who truly wants feedback AND you’re ready to make those changes/cuts.

Now for this weeks contest:



Jessica Andersen’s Knight Keeper is an amazing story using the Mayan Calendar. Check out the blurb below.

As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the underworld. Or that she'd be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king who claims to recognize her from his visions...

Jaguar Strike wishes he hadn't made the mistake of reuniting his fellow warrior priests, or broken the law by saving their chosen human sacrifice. Now, he has no choice but to join forces with Leah and invoke dangerous magic in a death-defying race against the end of time.

To read and excerpt, click here

Leave your comments this week and on Friday the randomizer will choose a winner.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Check It Out

Over on Much Cheaper Than Therapy is a fabulous post by editors, Laura Kelly and Vicky Reed.

IMVHO, this is a must read for all writers, especially those of us who are aspiring to become published authors. Not only are they giving us ten of their top pet peeves, but they've provided examples of what their talking about.

Check it out and come back to leave a comment of your thoughts on the post.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Monday, October 20, 2008

Writing the Stand Alone Series

You’re writing a stand alone book and yet it’s a series. Sounds great, right? Well, it’s sort of this double edge sword thing. I’ve been using that word a lot lately, but with stand alone series, it’s true.

The first book is completed, shinning so bright, if it was a hotrod you’d seen yourself in it. And you’ve got it out there. People have requested it. Not quite to the point that it’s ‘your people call my people’ yet, but you feel it’s getting close.

You start the second book. Fingers tremble slightly as they pose over the keyboard. For the last month you’ve been dying to start this book. The first chapter flows and you smile. Of course it’s mostly POS, but not to worry, you’re writing forward and besides this is book two.

The screen is white, not a hint of black fills the page. You’ve now decided white is no longer one of your favorite colors. Shaking your head to clear out the proverbial cobwebs, you get another cup of coffee, grab a couple dove chocolates and head back to the laptop.

Maybe if you put on sunglasses it’ll stop the glare of what you are sure is now the brightest white on computer screen you’ve ever seen. And then it hits you. OMG, you’re going to need to plot this out. (Imagine hand slapping forehead here)

Two of your secondary characters from book one are the hero and heroine in book two. Shouldn’t be a problem, you’ve heard them in your head for months. They’ve been dying to get their story told.

Hero and Heroine decide to clam up. Oh yeah, they aren’t saying a word. You cajole them with promises of really listening to them and writing what they want you too. Nothing. What the heck is wrong with these two? Where have they gone? Don’t they know you’re ready now?

And that’s when you finally get it. You don’t know them at all. Sure you knew them in book one as secondary characters, but that’s all. You really didn’t care to much about their GMC’s and now all of sudden you think you can sit down and just spew it out.

You’ve got to plot, BUT more importantly you’ve got to LISTEN to them.

After pouring yourself a glass of wine, and taking the bottle with you, (hey this could be a long night), you settle down and begin. You talk about personal dreams, goals, and desires. Things no one else might know. During the course of the conversation you laugh and you cry and then you’re ready.

Electrical current charges through your fingers and mind, you’ve a real story to tell and it’s theirs. Not something left over from book one, but their lives, hopes, and dreams.
Book two, a stand alone series comes alive and you smile.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Her One Desire - Winner



I'm so excited to give away a copy of Kim's debut book! The winner is....the anticipation gathers...fingers are crossed, heck, maybe even toes...


Carol!!!! Email me your snail mail addy at vickilanewrite @yahoo.com and I'll send the book along.

A little housekeeping, I never heard from Karin who won Susan Grants, Moonstruck. If I don't hear from her by Tuesday of next week, the randomizer will choose another winner.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Awarded the I Love Your Blog - and Paying it Forward


You may have noticed the new award sporting on the side bar, (and above). Shaunesay nominated me for the award. How cool is that?

Now here are the rules. Come on, you knew there’d be rules. We’re writers for goodness sakes. We always have rules. We learn them and learn them well and then—we break them. Heehee.

Here are the rules for the award -

1) Add the logo of the award to your blog (Did that one quick. VBG)

2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (Yep, did that first thing in the post. Gotta give props where they’re due)

3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs (See below the rules for this one)

4) Add links to those blogs on your blog (Um, they’re already there)

5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs (This is part of the fun)

Below are seven great blogs. Some have been blogging for a while and some are new to the land of blog. Most of them are writers, but a few are bloggers who…well, read below and you’ll find out.

I hereby award the following blogs:

Hawk - her blog is relatively new and yet it’s one I check each week to see what goodies she’s sharing with us. Everything for ghost, to health to really cool cars. She’s currently posting once a week, getting her feet wet so to speak, but this is a must read blog. Check it out.

Karen Lingefelt - Her blog is glimpse into her life. Not always perfect, but always love abounds. Her words draw you into her world where you’ll laugh one minute and sigh with wonder the next.

Stephie Smith - Not only does she have a great blog, but for those who want to be in know for upcoming contest, this is the place to go.

Patricia - Her blog will keep you up to date on new releases and you’ll travel her writing journey along the way. Tips galore can be found here.

Alyssa Goodnight - Alyssa shares her writing life and the joys cooking, tending to her family and so much more.

Writers At Play - Published Authors, Unpublished but working hard towards their dream, an Editor, and friends, make up this blog. You’ll find writing tips, sexy guys, give a ways, interviews with other authors, agents, and editors. All in all this is a fabulous must read blog.

CL Wilson - Cheryl’s entire website is amazing. The graphics alone could you keep there for hours. You’ll find info on her upcoming signings, how she does her world building and all around great stuff.

Check them all out and then come back and leave your comments. Oh and don’t forget about Kimberly Killion’s book, Her One Desire. Your comments left on today’s post will go in the proverbial randomizer’s hat along with the others for Friday’s winner.



WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Monday, October 13, 2008

Yummy Historical - Kimberly Killion's Debut Book

I first met Kimberly Killion at RWA’s San Fran Nationals. She is not only an amazing writer, but a really cool person.

I’m so excited to be giving away a copy of her debut book, Her One Desire.

F O R H I S L O V E

Astride a stolen horse, encircled by the shackled arms of Broderick Maxwell, a Scottish spy escaping certain death in the Tower of London, Lizbeth Ives rides to the north, hidden by the merciful darkness. By stealth and by cunning, the daughter of the Lord High Executioner has undone her father’s cruel work, compelled to save the innocent man with her. There is no turning back—they are bound as one in his iron chains.

Consumed by mortal fear, driven by passion, they disappear into the night…
A single raven follows them. Is it an omen? Or only the first of those who would capture them? They must ride on. If captured, they will face death together. But if they reach Scotland, he will claim her for his own…forever.

Check out the excerpt.

Kimberly’s website is full of wonderful surprise for this book. Here you’ll find a glossary of terms and other interesting pieces of information. And check out the book trailer.

You know the drill, but just in case there’s someone new to the blog, leave your comment(s) here and any other post this week to be entered. On Friday, the randomizer, (I love this thing) will choose the winner.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Friday, October 10, 2008

IMPORTANT HEALTH ADVISE FOR WOMEN

This was sent via email to me and I'm thinking it just might fit most of us on a Friday.

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?



Do you suffer from shyness?



Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?



If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Chardonnay.



Chardonnay is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. Chardonnay can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything.



You will notice the benefits of Chardonnay almost immediately and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.



Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had.



Stop hiding and start living, with Chardonnay!



Chardonnay may not be right for everyone.. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Chardonnay. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.



Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, erotic lustfulness, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.



WARNINGS: -

· The consumption of Chardonnay may make you think you are whispering when you are not.



· The consumption of Chardonnay may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.



· The consumption of Chardonnay may cause you to think you can sing.



· The consumption of Chardonnay may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.



· The consumption of Chardonnay may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.



· The consumption of Chardonnay may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.



Now Just Imagine What You Could Achieve With a Good Dry Red!!!

Check back on Monday for a new contest...who will it be...hmmmm???

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lack of Sleep, Tons of Craft Poured in, New and Old Friends = Moonlight and Magnolias 2008 Conference

The conference brain is receding, my eyelids aren’t being forced open with the invisible toothpicks, and I’m working on AToD.

I had such a wonderful time at M&M. GRW, (Georgia Romance Writer’s) knows how to put on a conference. From the lineup of workshop speakers, the keynote speaker, the photographer, makeup artist, the amazing hotel staff, (thank your Reggie!!), editors and agents, and to reconnecting with friends from past conferences and internet land, to the never sleeping, it was so much fun.

Workshops are wonderful and I love them so don’t get me wrong, but sometimes just the networking alone is worth the cost of a conference.

I’m not talking about the hopeful ‘elevator pitch’ or the corner and editor / agent and ask if you can send your book, (side note: you so should NOT do that). But what I’m talking about it is sitting around, having a drink, (okay a couple, maybe more) and laughing and joking around.

Really, the editors, and agents, like it when you treat them like they’re real people. Not once did I ask someone for their card or ask if I could send them my manuscript. If the day comes that I submit to one of them, I’ll mention how much fun it was and hopefully they’ll remember I wasn’t one of the drive them crazy people.

Then again, I’m not the normal person, (just ask my cp’s), I don’t walk into a room scanning to find where they are. That’s not to say I won’t say hello if passing in the hall, just won’t overstep the boundaries.

Funny thing is more often than not, I end up spending time with them along with others and I think it’s because of the above.

My favorite workshops were, She said, She said, with Michelle Grajkowski and Anna DeStefano, Empowering Character Emotions, with Margie Lawson, and Write Well, Write Fast, with Stephanie Bond.

Anyway, the last night, the night of the Maggie Awards and dancing was unbelievable. Very much like RWA’s Rita’s / GH’s. Picture a big group of romance writer’s on the dance floor add in Jay (the makeup artist) and you have one heck of a fun time. Dancing in the circle…well, let’s just leave it at romance writer’s have moves.

Sleep is never really an option when you attend a conference, but it’s always the last night you return to your hotel room somewhere in the wee hours of the morning. By wee hours, I’m talking 4:00 AM or later. You know when you fall into bed the morning is not going to be your friend. But the night…yeah, the night, was full of friends (new and old), shared drinks, war stories, (we have ours, trust me, they’re just funny) and if you’re lucky, a great executive chef named Reggie.

I’m already planning next year’s trip.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,

Vicki, I’ll post pics later.

Monday, October 6, 2008

King of Sword and Sky Winner

Ack...it's way past this afternoon, but I'm finally back to announce the winner of last week's contest.

The randomizer has done its magic once again and the winner of CL Wilson's, King of Sword and Sky



is arkiern! Email me with your snail mail addy at vickilanewrites at yahoo.com and I'll get your book out to you.

And, this is a signed book. Cheryl was at M&M, speaking and signing her book and I had her sign it.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Quick Update

The conference was wonderful, sleep was...well, there wasn't much sleep, old friends and new friends were a blast to see.

I'll be back this afternoon to announce the winner of this past week's contest. :)

Need a bit more sleep now.

Vicki

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It's Conference Time - WhooHoo!!!

Quick reminder: Contest this week is for CL Wilson’s book King of Sword and Sky. I’m still drooling over the cover. Leave your comments all week on any post to be entered. Cheryl's going to be at the conference, so the winner will receive a signed book. How cool is that!



Tomorrow we leave for Atlanta, GA. Moonlight and Magnolia conference is finally here. Another three days of workshops, pitch appointments, and spending time with writers.

For most of us who are writers, this is a solitary journey. We are members of RWA, our local chapters, and / or online chapters. But the writing its self is something we do alone with the voices in our heads.

Sure, we send the written pages via email or hard copies to our cp’s and get their feedback, and share ours on their wip as well. We need this, we thrive on it, and we love it when our partners in crime get our story and know our characters so well, they can tell us, X wouldn’t do that or don’t you think Y would say this.

All of that is important and it’s what keeps us going when we have those days (or weeks) where we wonder why we thought we could do this. Yes, if you’re reading this and you’re not a writer, we all go through this, from the unpubbed on the brink of publishing to the multi pubbed who’s beginning the next book.

Of course, we continue on, because it’s in our blood. It’s who we are. This is why we get excited when there’s a conference happening. Imagine if you will a room full of people, all writing, and yet writing many different genres. Everything from Mr. Darcey’s take on life and romance to the future lands where anything can and will happen.

We laugh together about our journey, build each other up, and meet new friends, who become cheerleaders of sorts for each other. And we rubbed shoulders with the very agents and editors many of us hope to work with.

When I say rub shoulders, I’m not talking about walking up and immediately pitching to them. Nope, I’m talking about sitting around the bar (or wherever) and just plain ‘ole talking about kids, vacations, how we’re liking the conference and what was the last book we read that blew us away.

Brace yourself for this one…agents, editors, and even the big time published authors are human. I know, right. You’re thinking there’s no way everything in their lives doesn’t just flow perfect and so forth. When you find out many of them clean their own bathrooms and have to strongly encourage with their kids to get the homework done, buy groceries, and take their animals to the vet, you begin to realize we’re all the same. Different roads of the journey, yet the same.

So, I’m excited to go spend a few days with those who understand what I do and why I keep doing it. The laughter will be heard for miles, the excitement for someone who has a first sell will be celebrated (even if it’s the first time you’ve met the person) and the drinks will flow.

We’re driving to this one, four writer in one car, talking about our books, and plotting out the next ones. Yep, it’s going to be a great weekend.

What about you? Do you like to go to conferences? If you’re a reader, do you go to meet your favorite authors? If you’re a writer, is this the time you get to refill the well so to speak?

Remember to leave your comments to be entered into this week’s contest.

WW’s and PD’s,
Vicki

Monday, September 29, 2008

CL Wilson's King of Sword and Sky - It's Here



So you’ve waited, checked her blog daily for any tidbits you could find. Heck, more than likely you’ve re-read the first two books while you waited. Well guess what…the wait is over. Well, a few more hours and the wait will be over, but still…CL Wilson’s third book in the Tairen Soul series, King of Sword and Sky, officially hits the shelves today. Yippee!!! I’m very excited, can you tell. :)

Here’s a little blurb for you:

Returning to the Fading Lands with his Celierian truemate, Rain discovers a dissension among the most powerful members of his own council. As the Eld plot their next deadly strike, Ellysetta struggles to master her powerful magic and discover how to save the tairen, while Rain confronts open challenge to his rule and prepares to lead the Fey army to war.

And click here for an excerpt.

Now, leave your comments this week to be entered to win. And omg, isn't the cover to die for.

WW’s and PD’s,
Vicki

Friday, September 26, 2008

Moonstruck Winner or Two

Just in case you’re wondering how I choose the winners each week, I use a couple of methods. One is a number randomizer, which you can find on the Internet. Or there’s the write each name (names, depending on the amount of comments you leave for the week) and fold them into itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka…hold up, going in the wrong direction there, very small pieces of paper and have someone pull out the winning name.



Well, this week, I used the number randomizer and we have two winners. Yep, you read that right, two of them. The first winner was / is Angie Fox and from her comment she has read this book. But it’s the first book of Susan’s she’s read. So…email which book you’d like from her backlist and Amazon will have it on its way.

The second winner, the one who will receive Moonstruck is…the galaxy is rumbling with excitement over this one…Karin!!!

Both winners please email me at vickilanewrites @yahoo.com, your snail mail addy where you would like the books to be sent.

Huge thanks to everyone who stopped by this week and I hope to see you next week. Also, major props to those who put the link for the contest on their blogs. You guys Rock!

Have a great weekend everyone.

WW’s and PD’s,
Vicki

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Moonstruck by Susan Grant - Contest



The contest giveaway this week is Susan Grant’s book Moonstruck

I had the pleasure of meeting Susan this year at RWA Nationals. Okay, so we both got on the same elevator. I was on my down to the RWA check in area to drop off the proxy votes and Susan (I must confess, I didn’t recognize her) ask me if I knew where the place was. Yes, I tell her, in fact I’m on my way there now.

On our way down the escalator and then corridor we talked about San Fran and how this seemed like it would be a great conference. The conversation turned to writing (it always does when you’re with writers). I introduced myself and asked her what genre she wrote. She told me and then introduced herself but said I write under Susan Grant.

Yes, some of you have guessed what happened next. You see I’m not a star struck type of girl, but I love her books and here we where talking like, well…I don’t know, like we were in the same place with our writing. So not the case.

At that point I stopped dead in my tracks, stuck out my hand, and simply said, “It is a pleasure to meet you. Your books are amazing and your world building is great.” She smiled and told me thank you and I’d made her very hectic day better.

Imagine that. Me, the unpubbed had made her day better.

Now for the good stuff, what you’ve been reading this far to find out about. Here’s the backcover blurb:

PEACE IS FOR LITTLE GIRLS.

And Coalition starship admiral Brit Bandar is one tough woman. A mere intergalactic treaty could never get her to trust the Drakken Horde. There was too much bad blood between the Coalition and the Horde and, for intensely personal reasons, Brit wasn’t sure that she was through spilling it! But now a peaceful accord has made Finn Rorkken, a notorious Drakken rogue, second-in command on her starship – and through some grand cosmic irony – front and center in her thoughts…and her heart.

WARLEADER. PIRATE.

Either title sat easily on Finn’s battle-hardened shoulders. Though second-in-command to “Stone-Heart” Bandar? That would take some getting used to. Peace required as much sacrifice as war, so he’d comply even if his reaction to the gorgeous admiral fell decidedly outside protocol. But would he end up kissing or killing her if the galaxy’s tentative truce turned into all out war?


And for the click here for the excerpt.

If you’ve not read Susan Grant’s books, you’re in for a treat and you’ll be forever hooked. Her world building is terrific and from the beginning of page one to ending, you’re thrust deep within the story.

You know the drill and just in case there’s someone new to the blog who doesn’t, leave your comments all week to be entered into the drawing. On Friday afternoon, someone will be randomly drawn as the winner.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Monday, September 22, 2008

Last Week's Winner

Friday was a blur from the time I woke up, packed for the weekend, and left for work. I normally pack a couple of days early, or at least the night before. Anyway, I left work and met up with a couple of my TARA sisters to go to our writer's retreat.

I knew I hadn't announced the winner yet, but the hotel had wireless so no problem. Yeah, not so much. I could never get on the Internet. For some reason my laptop wouldn't find it. Said the signal was good, even great a few times, but then the dread no connect page.

So...last week's winner of The Undead Next Door is...Tetewa.

Please email me at vickilanewrites @yahoo.com with your snail mail addy and I'll get the book out to you this week (okay, probably this weekend) :D

Tomorrow I post the new contest for this week.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mom's B-day Weekend

My mom's birthday weekend was a blast. We left on Friday for the seven hour drive. Yep, seven hours of riding in the car. Normally we fly, but this time there was stuff to take for the party and my son was going with us, so it made sense to drive. Remind me to check that made sense next time. :)





Friday night started the weekend with a small group of family, around 26 of us, at my sister's home. Drinks, appetizers, and dinner, were prepared and served by a chef who came to her house. How cool is that. They even did the clean up afterwards.

video

Saturday morning, Science Guy and I met my daughter and son-in-law for breakfast and to watch the waves. Although Ike was down by Texas, the storm surge still churned on the beach in Destin. I tried to capture the waves and how high they were, but this doesn't really do it justice. The Whales Tail is right on the beach and it's one of my favorite places to go have breakfast when we visit my family. Shortly after that there was a lunch and drinks at the beach club. SG and I didn't do that one. We drove around and looked at the water, did a little shopping, and then worked on the wish bowl for Saturday night.



So far it had been a great and busy weekend, seeing family I haven't' seen in years and in general enjoying the town. Then Saturday night rolls around. We're dressed and ready to go. Downstairs I see some of the family staying at the hotel. They asked if we want to follow them, but no, we're not quite ready to go yet. I had to get something from the car and take it back upstairs before we could leave.

What should have taken us all of twenty minutes to find the place, ended up taking over an hour. It's not like I don't know Destin, but when I asked for directions, well...let's just say they weren't exactly correct.

The first hour, the one that we missed, was where the staff walked around with drinks and appetizers for everyone while they mingled. So it wasn't to bad. Of course SG and I ordered drinks as soon as we arrived. After the hour of driving up and down Hwy 98, the margarita was a welcoming calm to the frazzled nerves.









Dinner was yummy and my sister had these hilarious sunglasses for everyone to wear. Afterwards we danced and danced, okay and danced some more.



Sunday morning was relaxing outside on the balcony overlooking the bay and then packing it all up to head home. After a stop at my mom's to pick up my son and short visit, we loaded my son's stuff in the car and hit the road to make the drive home.

Remember the seven hour drive? Yeah, well not so much on the way home. I was driving, we were all talking and I took a wrong exit. We hadn't paid attention on the way up and didn't realize there were two exits for this small town that would take us back to 19. We're driving and the road is beautiful. The hills were a welcomed sight for about ten minutes. That's when I realized we were not on the right road. I know what you're thinking, turn around and go back. Not so easy since there wasn't a place to turn around and on each side of the road was rather swampy. Finally we found a place, turned around, and headed back to the interstate. The seven hour drive turned into ten. Again, that's why I fly.

All in all the weekend was wonderful. Yes, the drive was long, but seeing family and friends was great and the my mom had the best time, being the queen for the weekend. Okay, so she's always the queen in our family, but this was an extra special queen time for her.

How about you? Do you drive for vacations?

WW's and PD's, Vicki

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Contest Time - The Undead Next Door

The party this weekend was fabulous. I’ll post some pics and tell you a little more tomorrow. I know I said we’d start the weekly check in this week, but due to the craziness of last week, I’ll start them next Tuesday. So keep your word counts starting today to turn in next week.

A small bit of housekeeping, I still have not heard anything from the winner of the last contest. So, a new winner has been randomly chosen. And the person is….Hawk! Whoohoo, email me your snail mail addy and I’ll get the book out to you.

Okay now that’s done, let’s get on to new stuff.



This week’s contest is Kerrelyn Sparks book, The Undead Next Door.

Here’s the backcover blurb:

Three signs that something is very different with your new man:

1. He sleeps all day . . . which would be annoying except he's so attentive at night.
2. He's attacked by sword-wielding assailants, yet insists he can handle it on his own.
3. He never seems to age.

Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterious stranger. There's something not quite right about Jean-Luc, but still, she's never been with a man so charming, so attractive . . . so wonderful. Now if only a murderous villain wasn't after them, they might get their happily-ever-after.


You can go here for an excerpt.

As always leave your comments all week long to be entered to win.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Party Time is Almost Over

My mom's weekend b-day party is winding down. Last night was the big party, complete with the sit down dinner and dancing. I've got some great pics to post later. My sister bought everyone cool sunglasses. Science Guys were guitars.

We're heading home sometime today and although it's been great to see family I don't see often and friends I miss, it will be great to be home with our babies (the dogs).

Tomorrow begins the Monday check in and another contest will be up. Hope everyone has had a great weekend and for those in the path of Ike, my thoughts and prayers are still with you and your family.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering....

I'm shocked at how I remembered yesterday and yet this morning in all the rush to get ready for work and leave on time, I forgot.

And now I sit here and feel the heaviness of the events that happened seven years ago. Our lives will never be the same. Sure, for many of us, we go about things each day much the same as perhaps we did before 9/11. But for many others, we wake each day to loss and pain of the senselessness of it all.

I remember, like most everyone, where I was seven years ago. I worked at Wharton High School. It was a normal hectic high school morning like every other morning when you work with 9th - 12th graders.

My phone rang and my ex was crying. He asked me if I knew. I thought omg, his mom has passed away. She'd been very sick. But no, as horrible as that would have been, actually was when she did, this was way worse.

The next sound was my Principal screaming No. He quickly called us together. We needed a plan to allow parents to sign out or pick up their children. Yes, at that moment the kids who believe they're grown, where once again children to everyone, including themselves.

Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse the second plane struck and third plane went down, missing its target, but killing those brave people on board. Tears ran down our faces for people we didn't know and fear filled us as we each tried in vain to reach our own loved ones and friends who might be traveling by air.

Quiet descended on a normally loud group of 2300 students as our Principal spoke to them over the intercom. Anger from students who had no idea how to deal with this. After all they were American and this was the land of the free and the brave. This couldn't happen on our land. But it did.

Now seven years later, we no longer fly with the same ease, we no longer feel like it can never happen to us.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost loved ones and friends and to the those of us who did not lose an actual person, but lost a part of our own freedom. The words We Will Never Forget rings on.

Maybe you're like me, and this morning you didn't watch the news and it slipped your mind for a few hours, but in all honesty, We will Never Forget.

Thank you is not an adequate word to give those who serve our country, our home, and other countries to keep us safe. You're love of this country and the people who most you will never meet is amazing and I for one am humbled by you.

Thank you and God Bless America today and forever.

Working Through the Storm Day Job Style

I haven't heard from the winner of Roxanne's book, Now You Die, so please email me your snail mail addy. If I don't hear from you by Sunday I'll need to draw another name.

Some office humor for hurricane's and friend sent to me and I thought I'd share.


Office Procedures Concerning Storm and Office Closings

As we watch the progress of the storm, the following are the
firm's guidelines based upon the hurricane's intensity:

Hurricane Category #1
No excuse for being late. Leave earlier to give extra time to
avoid fallen trees and limbs.


Hurricane Category #2
Due to the horizontal rain, you may wear jeans.


Hurricane Category #3
Whereas most of the area will be flooded we suggest you
avoid wearing open toe sandals when coming to work. Canoes will be
provided to get to the building safely without getting wet.


Hurricane Category #4
More than likely there will be no electricity. Given that, we
will have manual typewriters available to all staff members. Please take
extra caution and wear water-proof make-up if Category 4 or above.


Hurricane Category #5
Velcro will be provided to keep you attached to your chairs when
the windows blow out. For those that survive, we will have chocolate
cake at 3:00 pm in the kitchen.

Although this was an on the job humor sent to me, I am praying for everyone who will be in the path of Ike for safety for you and your families.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Busy Times...

Tuesday, the second day of the work week and already it's been crazy. My mom's b-day party is this weekend, so much to plan and so little time to finish it in. Actually it's planned, but there is always the little things to do right up until the moment guest arrive. But as I said on my chapter loop, she's my mom and it's worth it all.

I'm finishing up another round of edits on ATB to send out a partial. Fingers crossed and all that jazz. :) Also, working on ML for the presents contest. Well, technically, what I needed for the contest is done and sent, but I'm working on the next part of it. And taking a workshop on paranormal, from none other than Angie Fox, who was on the blog for the book giveaway week before last. The funny thing is when I signed up for this workshop months ago, I didn't realize it was Angie who would be doing it.

Of course, there is still the day job. So all in all, I'm burning the midnight oil this week.

Next week I'll start the Tuesday check in's again for anyone who wants/needs that little extra push to meet their weekly word counts. For me the accountability is a good thing. And of course there'll be a new book to giveaway.

Check out my friend Hawk's blog. She's talking about real life hero's and doggies. Great pics too.

How about you? Is your week shaping up to be crazy busy?

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Funny and Our Winner

An interesting fact I forgot to share with you on Monday is, Roxanne St. Claire is a 2008 National Reader's Choice Award winner. And really, is it any wonder, once you read any of her books?

It's time to announce the winner of the third Bullet Catcher book, Now You Die. As always, a little cyber drum roll if you will...and the winner is...Marian!!! (picture her eyelashes fluttering as sparkles of confetti land on her upturn face)

Marian, email me with your snail addy at vickilanewrite @yahoo.com and I'll get your book out to you. Major congrats and come back and let's know how you love it. :)

Here's a little Friday funny...

Single ad printed in Atlanta Journal..



SINGLE FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.. Call (404) 875-6420 and ask for Daisy, I'll be waiting....




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………….Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society.

See you this afternoon,
Vicki

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - While You Wait



It’s been forever since I’ve done a Thursday Thirteen and this one seems to be appropriate for my life as of now. Although my oldest child is still waiting for one dedicated solely to her. This is not it.

Thirteen things to do while the queries are out there.

1. Write another book

2. Try not to freak out when you realize you forgot to change a word on page 29 and you know it’s wrong, and there is nothing you can do about it now.

3. Start your next book

4. Research your new world, cut out pictures of hot guys for your hero, and beautiful women for heroine. Paste them everywhere, especially the hot hero’s.

5. Call CP and tell her you know you’re going to die, because it’s been a few days and you haven’t heard anything yet.

6. If you’re a plotter, get those sticky notes written on the board for your new book, if you’re a pantser…hmmmm….then take some colored sticky’s and just put them on the board (yes, without words, but use colors for the H/H, black moment, sexual moments and so forth.)

7. Buy your favorite wine and watch an old movie – I mean really, what else is there in life. You’re writing must suck since it’s been what a week and still no word.

8. Wake up and smile. The character’s are beginning to take shape for the new book

9. Call your CP and tell her to get ready, you’re going to have stuff for her by the end of the week.

10. Bang head on desk as the next scene will not cooperate and you’re sure your relatively short writing career is over, turn slightly and give the disturb-me-and die look to anyone, including the dogs that enter your office.

11. Remember Nora’s famous words, “You can’t fix a blank page. Write something you can fix it later

12. Tell your DH you need more wine, chocolate, ice cream, and a weight watchers frozen meal for dinner. (you gotta counter act the calories somewhere)

13. Check your email for the hundredth time (okay maybe more) and then take a deep breath, flex your fingers, tell your muse you love her and you’re really ready and then let the words flow. Don’t worry about what’s out there, because this is new and you’ve come a long way since you wrote the first word on the manuscript that’s sitting out there waiting to be read.

What about you? Any of the above sound familiar? Leave your comments to be entered into this week’s contest.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Plot or Pants - Who Are You?


Quick reminder for anyone just tuning in: This week’s giveaway is Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire. Leave your comments to be entered into the contest. Also, if you have questions for Rocki, leaves those as well.


The subject of this post isn’t something new, in fact it’s something we writer’s discuss a lot. You read about it on blogs, take online classes to see if you can make it work for you, and feel super excited if your chapter is doing a workshop on it.

What could it be? To Plot or Not to Plot, yes, this is a life long question of most writer’s. And it’s one that may change as you pull, okay, brace your feet on the side of your muse, and pull the next part of the story from her for all you’re worth.

Maybe that’s a bit much, but what else do you call it when you’re sitting in front of the all that white space and there’s nothing? Or you’ve typed the last 250 words at least twenty different ways and still you can’t type the next line. Nothing.

So, what do you do? Well, someone can come to the door, or the phone can ring, the spaghetti sauce boil over, or…you can kill someone. Now the killing thing might not work if you’re writing comedy. Then again, that could be a new fresh voice mixed together.

Basically what I’m saying is it’s time for action, which is great if you’re a pantser, but not so easy if you’re a plotter. I mean really, you’ve spent what, days, weeks, maybe more, getting your plotting board ready to go. You smile, turn on the computer, and start. The words flowing with ease and why not, you’ve plotted it out.

And then it happens. You can’t make the scene work no matter how many times you rework it. But you love this scene, the hero is amazing, sweet, sexy, and you know the readers are going to love it. Except it isn’t working with that plot line you’ve created.

Now if you’re a pantser, you can find yourself in the same boat, but the difference is you’re not married to the plot you’ve already created. Why? Because you don’t have the book figured out. You’re just as surprised as your heroine, when the hero throws a rock at her window and begins serenading her, with a voice that is less than perfect. Or when the shy heroine becomes the bold seductress and meets the hero at dinner with a low cut, cling in all the right places, can’t wear any undergarments, showing a lot of leg, red dress.

It’s those times that the pantser will sit back from the computer and say, “Really, I didn’t know that.” Or something along those lines.

Why am I telling you all this? I, Vicki Lane, am a pantser. I love being one and even when the block comes, I can usually make my out of it without too much pressure. My characters take on a life of their own and its fun. Sure you have to rein them in once in a while. And of course, you will have a conversation (or two) with a secondary character to remind them, this isn’t their book.

Here’s the problem. I have to plot the book I’m working on now. Make that two books. Although Annie’s is more of an outline, still there are things that must happen. But it’s the smaller book, the 55k book, which I had to plot out completely. I thought it would make it easier, but not so much for me. Now, I’m sitting in front of the computer knowing what happens next, but I’ve got to get them to that point, keeping the plot in mind.

So, what about you? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you tried both? Which works better for you? Or do you flip back and forth, depending on the book?

Leave your comments to be entered into this week’s giveaway. Also, if you have a question for Rocki, leave them in the comment sections.

WW’s and PD’s,
Vicki

Monday, September 1, 2008

I'm Giving Away A Bullet Catcher! and OMG is he HOT

Hope everyone is having a fun weekend and for those who are anywhere near the hurricane, much prayers for you and your family for safety.



Now You Die is out! This is the third in the Bullet Catcher series by Roxanne St. Claire. I haven’t started reading this one yet, but it’s on the top of my TBR pile and well, I love her books. The hero’s are sexy and her books are the just-one-more-page, at the wee hours of the morning, books. Really, you don’t want to put them down. And yes, she writes the way we’ve all been taught, leave the scene and chapters with a hook.

But it’s more than that with Rocki’s books. From the first page you become immersed in the characters lives. You root for them, you laugh at an antic, and you can’t wait for the love scene. :)

If you haven’t read any of the Bullet Catcher’s (I’m not sure if there is anyone who hasn’t), then you’re in for a wonderful treat. Check out Jack Culver and then come back here.

He’s Hot! Now, that you’ve made it back, (I know, leaving his page was hard), here’s the blurb:

Former Bullet Catcher and lone wolf investigator Jack Culver is on a mission. Thirty years ago, an innocent woman was convicted of murder. Jack believes he's found the real killer -- but to take down one of the highest legal authorities in the land, he needs access. Serious access. Unfortunately, the one person he knows with that kind of power is his ex-boss and ex-lover, the woman who still haunts his dreams.

Bullet Catchers owner Lucy Sharpe realizes she's being used for her connections, and she intends to use Jack Culver right back. She's determined to see justice served, even if that means partnering with the man who once found his way past her iron shields. This time, she'll be strong enough to avoid Jack's persuasive touch.

But when passion flares, and they become the killer's target, Lucy and Jack don't just break some rules -- they shatter them. And that means risking everything: their jobs, their hearts...and their lives.


And of course it wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t give you the link for the excerpt. Again, you’ll need to tear yourself away and come back after you read it.

If you’re like the rest of us who love this series, then about now you’re dying to get your hands on this book and find out what happens with Jack and Lucy. I know, big surprises, huh. We thought it might be Dan and Lucy.

So, leave your comments on this and any other post this week to be entered into the contest.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,

Vicki

Saturday, August 30, 2008

And The Winner is....

Wow, can you believe the week is over. It’s been great having Angie Fox here to answer questions and visit with us. Thank you Angie!

It’s time to announce this week’s winner, so without further ado, okay, perhaps a little cyber drum roll…Shaunesay!!!

Shaunesay, please email me your snail mail addy at vickilanewrites at yahoo.com. In the subject put blog winner to keep it from going to the land of spam.

I hope everyone has a fun holiday weekend and come back next week for a new contest.

WW’s and PD’s,
Vicki

Friday, August 29, 2008

Stay Tuned For This Week's Winner...

It has been a blast having Angie Fox this week and giving away a copy of her book, The Accidental Demon Slayer.



If you haven't already done so, head over to her site and check out your Biker Witch Name. Mine is Rubber Neck Reba Fancy Pants :)

This afternoon I'll announce this week's winner for Angie's book. If you have any other questions you'd like to ask Angie make sure you get them in today and you'll be entered into the contest as well.


Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Accidental Demon Slayer Giveaway...



Hey All,
Just wanted to let you know Angie has offered to send an autographed cover flat and maybe some bookmarks for the winner. How cool is that!!!

She'll also stop by throughout the week to answer any questions, so keep them rolling.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Monday, August 25, 2008

Contest - The Accidental Demon Slayer (and last week's winner)

Okay, first things first. Last week's winner for Sleeping With Ward Cleaver is SB Jane, send me your snail mail addy at vickilanewrites at yahoo.com and I'll get it out to you.



Now, on to this week's contest. Angie Fox is an amazing paranormal author, who adds a funny twist. She also has a Biker Witch name generator on her site and mine is Hog Wild Harriet No Brakes. How fun is that?? :) Visit her site to find your own name, as well as to enter into a contest where your biker name may be in her next book.

Here's the backcover blurb:

It's never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl . . .

For Lizzie Brown, that's just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she's seen it all, Lizzie learns she's a demon slayer-and all hell is after her.

Of course, that's not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you've never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn't work, how dangerous could a little seduction be . . . ?

To read the first chapter click here

Love it, right!

Leave your comments through out the week to be entered and I'll post a winner on Friday. Yes, really on Friday this week.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki