Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve

As the New Year approaches we all think about what we want to do to make the coming year better than the last. You know, those things called resolutions.

I don’t make those.

Why?


Well for one, I never stick to them. And two, I hate disappointing myself—I’m my worst critic. I have enough in my life to feel guilty over I don’t need one more thing added to the list. So for 2010 I know I’m going to TRY to adjust a few things.

Here is my list:

Work out a minimum of 3 days a week.


Just be happy or Don't sweat the small stuff
Stop smoking.
Send my books out (which also means finishing them).
Eat better—which means more veggies…blech (trust me I’m a carbivore)

Some of those things I’m going to try and accomplish scare the bajesus out of me, especially when I’m coming off of a dream where I gave up writing all together.

The thought doesn’t scare me as much as it should—which, scares me more.

It’s not that I don’t think my work is good, I do. Is it great…nope. And honestly that’s what bothers me. I’m a perfectionist, I feel as if I have to be the best I can be. Which in the scheme of writing can be completely detrimental to the craft, because in the scheme of things there is no right or wrong way to write—no way to BE perfect. This kills me and my O.C.D. So sometimes I think I might just be a “hobbyist” to writing, and others, it’s all I want. So as you can see this is my hardest goal for 2010.

All of these things come down to mind control, and I can tell you my mind is like Fort Knox, or a puppy with a squeaky toy. Once I make my mind up, it’s usually done. But if I decide to fight it—the same applies.

So what are you going to try to do to make 2010 better?


Oh and let me introduce you to a new member of the Kapkowski household: Maximus




XOXO
LKap
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

I'm Full, I'm Tired, and I'm Happy

I'm hoping each of you had a wonderful Christmas and the memories are sweet and long lasting.

Science Guy, Golfer Dude, and I had a great day. I started cooking at 6:00AM. Yes, you read that right, it was six in the morning. I'd cooked a ham the night before, but still needed to cook a pumpkin pie and Chocolate Delight before I started working on the Christmas dinner.

Now mind you there were only three of us eating, but really what's a holiday dinner without all the trimmings. Suffice it to say we have tons of leftovers. But the day was great. We chilled, okay so SG and GD chilled, but I had fun making the food and spending time with the family.

The rest of our family lives in different towns and states so calls were made through out the day. We watched Christmas movies and ate. A lot. Way too much.

Thank goodness we have a week between Christmas and New Years because honestly we all need the rest.

I've done a little shopping for sales on holiday items, but everywhere I went it was completely crazy so I finally gave up. I'll get it next year if I really need it. :0

Oh yeah and I owe a couple of people some books. Really sorry about that. I thought I'd mailed them and then found the boxes with my other boxes (will we ever be truly moved in). So I promise to get them out to you this weekend.

Friday we'll be talking about goals. How we did and making new ones for the new year. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on making goals and checking them out. Kinda like Santa, got check them twice. :)

Hugs,
Vicki

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas

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Just like L, I can't believe Christmas day is almost here. This wasn't the normal Christmas season in our household. Normally I'm out shopping the day after Turkey day. This year? Not so much. Normally I'm wrapping and shipping gifts to family and friends. This year? Not so much. Normally (are picking up on a theme here), I'm baking goodies for coworker and neighbors. This year? Not so much. I've still done a little baking and bought a few small things for the kids (grown kids), just not like normal (there's that word again).

For anyone who knows me, they know that I love to do all of the above. Yes, I even love shopping during the holidays. Finding that perfect gift, the one that I know he/she is just going to love is even better than getting gifts myself.

This year it's been a wee bit different. The economy finally hit Science Guy's company, we bought a house, he was in the hospital, and well...we bought a house.

At first I had a hard time with not going out and spending the money, buying so many gifts for everyone. I had to finally accept that this Christmas would be different. Now before you say bless her heart or girl, really give it a break, check this out - the funniest thing happened. There I was sitting on my porch watching the reindeer's head turn from side to side and the twinkling of the lit presents under the three spiral trees and I felt peace, joy, and yes, happiness.

Don't think that I'm not hoping next year to be back to normal, but for me this year is all about family and friends. Those who are here in person and those who are my cyber friends. Each of you are amazing and I'm blessed beyond measure to know you.

This year I've taken time to watch the lights, listen to holiday music, and to watch holiday movies with my family. I'm not stressed with getting to the mailbox in time or if I remembered the gift receipt in case they need to exchange something.

My wish for you and yours is a blessed holiday season, filled with all the wonderful of the spirit and joy shared among friends.

Merry Christmas,

~Vicki

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's the Hap..Happiest Time of the Year....

NOT!

Okay so Scrooge is in the house. This time of year makes me crazy. The running, shopping, volunteering, the wrapping of presents and decorating the house.

Whew...Are you as tired as I am by just reading all that. And that didn't include cleaning the house before and after all the guests come and leave.

I have a friend that makes me listen to Christmas music whenever I'm around her and I have to admit it does help--a little. But this year has seemed to fly by me and I can't catch my breath.

I think the Scrooginess has been exasperated this year because princess is no longer a child--hasn't been in some time. But this year feels like the end of an era. And that would totally explain why I'm feeling a bit meloncholy this year. I never gave much thought to what would happen when the girl child grew up and what it would do to the holidays. Now I know and don't care for it one bit.

On a positive note--I have friends in from Italy and have gotten to spend some time with them over the past week. And for Christmas dinner we have decided to do un-traditional for our family: Lasagne is the main course. I'm very excited about having family and friends around, because I am thankful everyday for having them in my life.


I'll be over on Sasha White's blog on Saturday the 19th - come see me!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Not Writing....

I haven’t been writing as much as I should.

Yeah, yeah…bad Laurie.

Honestly I’m in the middle of a major re-write overhaul and it is totally kicking my ass. I’ve found out that I’m one of those people who has written “The End” so many times on this one book that soon it’s going to be in a burn barrel in the back yard.

This book was my baby. I love the characters. I love the plot. But none of it is working the way I want it to. And quite honestly—it’s boring.

Okay, that’s not totally honest. It’s boring to me. How often do you read a book, at minimum 50 or more times? NONE! Even if it’s your favorite book in the whole wide world. Well that’s where I’m at. It was an exciting story a year ago, now…well….

I’ve been busy though, and some of the conversations have really helped me get the gears in my head to start moving again. When I’m helping an author read their story by chapter to make sure it’s moving and working through a few plot problems– that’s helping me look at my work differently. I also wrote a blog (more on that around Dec 19th) for another author friend who is going on Holiday and that got me thinking about stuff. So technically I’m working—just not on my stuff.

But progress comes in different forms that we all need to learn from. It could be as simple as reading a favorite author. Helping another author. Talking with friends over coffee. Laughing, and that idea spurs and idea (which is how the novella I just finished came about). So I take every moment I’m not writing and look around for clues on what’s next.

How about you? How do you get the creative mojo working for you?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pink Glove Dance

My sister sent this to me and I thought it was very cool. Here's a little background information on it that was in the email. I don't know the person, but she gets mad props IMHO for doing this and getting so many people in the hospital involved.

Our FRIEND'S daughter-in-law, Emily (MacInnes) Somers, created, directed and choreographed this in Portland , Oregon last week for her Medline glove division as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. This was all her idea to help promote their new pink gloves. I don't know how she got so many employees, doctors and patients to participate, but it started to really catch on and they all had a lot of fun doing it.
When the video gets 1 million hits, Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital, as well as offering free mammograms for the community. Please check it out. It's an easy and great way to donate to a wonderful cause, and who hasn't been touched by breast cancer?
Ann Somers

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Merry Christmas Yummy!! And Robin Kaye's Book Release Today

OMG, I almost forgot. Robin Kaye's book, Breakfast In Bed releases today!! So excited for this book. Check back this week as I'll have it on the blog.

Life is crazy right now and I promise to be back to normal blogging soon, but in the mean time I thought you might enjoy a little holiday cheer. :D




Hope this brought you a smile.

Hugs,
Vicki

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving....

Today we give thanks for all that is good in our lives.
So I thought it fitting to add mine.

I am thankful for a loving family who is happy and healthy.

I am thankful that I am still able to make ends meet in this economic crisis.

I am thankful for great friends, near and far.

I am thankful for everyday I'm able to open my eyes to a new day.

I am thankful for my pets.

I am thankful to everyone who has encouraged me in this writing career.

I am thankful for the love I have in my life.

I am just....thankful. Humbled by the life I've been given.

What is it you give thanks for?

One more...I'm thankful to all of you who stop by to read what I have to say, now I want to hear from you.

Hugs,
xoxox
LKap

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Time off Work....

So I am officially on vacation until the 30th, and right now I'm late posting. But what's so new about that...HA!

It's not because I slept in or played too hard the night before--I have been up since 6:30 and had 2 Dr. appt's and have finally gotten to sit down.

I will apologize now for any typo's because I'm writing this with dialated eyes and still can't see very well, but it seems I'm obcessed with being on the computer so here I am.

Now even though I have time off I have more doctor appointments within the next week and then there is Thanksgiving...whew. Guess that means the holiday season is now really in full swing.

My plans? Writing and really that's it.

Except tonight - I am a full geek and will be going to see Twilight and New Moon with Princess and her friends. I really am excited too!!!!
Okay well Princess is now home and we are going on a candy run. I'll let you know how awesome that is later.

Ciao for now Dolls
LKap

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wild Wild West - X-Posted From Group Blog







When I think about the Wild West my first thoughts are cowboys and Indians. Cowboys out on the range, gathering cattle, mending fences, and coming back home to the sound of the dinner bell ringing. Cute cowboys. Sexy cowboys. Cowboys with muscles and a strong face yet gentle hands when they were with their wives and children.


Then there are the Indians. The ones who trusted no white man and the ones who learned to trust the white man and live in peace. They lived on the land and believed we owe much to mother earth. Which is something I still believe in as well and probably we could learn a lot from their ways to increase our going green lives.


I remember visiting the Smokey Mountains and seeing the saloon, taking pictures with real live Indians, seeing a gun fight in the middle of the street, one complete with fake bullets, but as a kid they seemed real to me. I loved it and as a young girl wanted to live like a cowgirl.

The movies made me believe this was an amazing life. Times were simpler and people often came to one another’s aide to mend what needed to be mended to insure the Wild West life continued.

Ah, such a wonderful thought. That is until I think about the items they didn’t have. No indoor plumbing. That’s a big one for me (who remembers her grandmother’s farm having an outside shower and oh yes, an outhouse).

Traveling to visit a friend could take days or even a week. Rough terrain complete with robbers, Indians who wanted scalps, and oh my god, snakes. I so don’t do snakes (sorry, different post). Washing your clothes wasn’t the easiest thing in the world either. After they made the soap (most often lye soap), they had to beat them against a rock or if they were lucky they had a board to beat them against, and then hang them in the sun to dry, all nice and…stiff.

So for me, yes, I still love the movies and the books that make it seem so romantic, but in reality I’ll take my internet, air condition/heating, and buying soap any ole day.





Now writing about them? That’s, as they say, a horse of a different color. Nothing seems impossible and the heroine is more than happy to cook over an open flame, scrub the floors, and still manage to float down the stairs in a beautiful dress to greet her man. The hero never seems to smell bad regardless of how much labor he’s done without the help of Arrid extra dry, and even if he does, she doesn’t notice. Nope she’s running to meet him and the kiss as the sun is setting behind them heats the night to beyond belief.

Of course the stars lighting the night sky like a hundred thousand LED lights, while lightning bugs flitter around would make it beautiful. And really the scene in my head is so perfectly romantic.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the country, the wide open space, and seeing the sky without the aid of street lights. Traveling to town to buy groceries would be fine as long as I could get there within an hour or two and in an air conditioned truck. I would honestly trade my city life with that of more country if I could, but I’d still have the items we’ve come to love today.

What about you? Do you wish for the days of the cowboys or are you more of a citified person?
xoxoxo,
Vicki

Friday, November 13, 2009

Maya Angelou - An Amazing Person

Don't break the elastic!In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...'

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day.....like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back...

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back..

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn..

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

What about you? Are there things you'v learned along this journey we call life? Share with us, or simply tell us which one of Maya Angelou's made the biggest impression on you.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Hugs,
Vicki

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Editor's Don't Kill Your Dreams and Royalty Statement From and NY Best Seller

Hey guys, I had a fabulous time at our TARA retreat this past weekend with Amy Pierpont, Christina Dodd, and Connie Brockway. The spa where we held the retreat was amazing, the food, oh-my-god yummy, and spending time with everyone...priceless. I'll post more about it this week.

Today I want to leave you with a couple of links that I think every writer and reader should read. A very brave (and fabulous) author is sharing her royalty statement on a NY best selling book. Check it out

here and an editor talks about not being the one to crush your dreams here.

Check them out and come back and let us know your thoughts.

And my two winners from the box-o-books...yeah, so sorry, but I will get them in the mail this week.

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Thursday, November 5, 2009

To Whom It May Concern…

Hi, my name is Fiona. Yes, just Fiona, you know like Cher. Except there is one big difference: I’m a Princess of the Underworld of Light. I am also a secondary character in Reincarnate the Night, which is the book about Selena and Drakar’s love story, that my human friend is writing. Yes, the human friend I’ve made write this letter. I love my powers. ;-)

Anywhooo—my sister, Miranda, who BTW is also a Princess in the UoL, (and waaaay older than I am), is really busy fighting off the Red Greek Vampires in St. Petersburg, FL., with her uber sexy Guardians of the UoL, and trying to get Selena and Drakar back together, after keeping them apart for oh…I don’t know, like fifteen hundred years or something. Crazy, I know, but that’s the Gods for you. (Please don’t tell my parents I just said that, I’ll be in deep doo-doo)

So I’ve got some time on my hands, since I’m only eighteen hundred years old, and mum and dad don’t think I’m old enough to kill those nasty Reds, that like to paint the town in blood. But I’m ready, they just won’t listen. Plus, we have to get this whole Selena and Drakar thing figured out. And let me tell you, it’s a mess. If I had anything to do with it, this would all be over with by now.

You see Selena is a human…well, was human. Now she’s a fairy Guardian of the UoL with wings and fangs, the first ever. It’s so cool, I really want wings. But before that, when she really did have a human soul, my parents made a deal with Drakar, who was turned into a vampire by the Reds, then saved by my mum, who felt his pain while he was stuck in the UoD dying. Oh sorry, the Underworld of Darkness.

So back to that bargain Drakar made. Since he was going to live forever, my mum agreed to have his soul mate reincarnated seven times (she was dying anyway of a rare blood disorder) so he could try to convince her to be with him forever.


Yeah you know there was an ulterior motive right? Mum wasn’t so honest in why she was doing this deal. But he agreed, and now guess what? Yep, this is life seven (for him anyway). The end. Finato. And to top it all off, now that Selena can live forever she doesn’t so much like Drakar because he smells like rats to her. It's the Red blood in him from his change. I don't smell it anymore, but whatever.

It’s a mess I tell you, but I promise, it will all work out in the end. It will if I have anything to do about it, that is.

Why am I telling you all this. Well my human author friend says we have to find an agent or editor, and she “is looking at prospects”. So I thought, what the heck (can’t say the H. E. double tooth pick word, dad makes me put money in his swear jar. It is where we live after all). So I’m writing this letter because I hear these people are supposed to work with the human authors. And we have to start somewhere, right? I say, "let the interviewing of prospects begin," Than maybe I’ll get a life in the process and finally be listened to.


Tootles
Fiona




F: What? There is nothing wrong with this form of communication.
L: No, no Fiona it's fine.
F: Can I have wings now?
L: No you still can't have wings.
F: Can I at least change my family crest tattoo?
L: Fine change your tattoo, your mum will make you change it back anyway.......
L: Do you see what it's like in my head!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

PMAM Winner.....

Amy -
You are the winner of PMAM

CONGRATS!!!!!

Please send your snail mail address to me @ lauriekap at yahoo dot com

Information must reach me by Nov 6th to claim prize.

XOXO
LKap

Friday, October 30, 2009

Boo!! The Night of Tricks or Treats










Yesterday, L talked about not really liking this month so much anymore and I have to say I’m with her for the most part. I’m not a horror flick girl either. I saw the first Jason movie way back in the day and still it haunts me. Really, it does.

And Scream? Yeah, no way. I tried to watch it. After about 10 minutes I had to stop it. At the time I worked in a high school and the kids there told me the entire movie (once they stopped laughing at how scared it had made me), so I could go back and watch it. Nothing should scare me since I knew what was coming. Again, not so much. It was in the middle of the day and I was only about 20 minutes in when the scene where the parents come home to find the popcorn burning on the stove and the mother hears her daughter’s voice on the end of the phone. I won’t go any further, if you’ve seen the movie you know what happens and if not then you might be like me and not really need the visual in your head.








What I do like about Halloween is dressing up. Right now (I know it’s Friday, but we can dress up at work), I’m wearing a wicked shirt, black fingernails, black lipstick, lot’s of makeup, skull shoes, and a skull necklace. It’ not my best costume, but it’s fun. Here’s a pick of one of my favorites. Of course it’s pretty much just my face, but I loved the makeup.


The kids dressing up and trick or treating is always fun. Unfortunately it’s not quite the same as it was back in the day, but it’s still fun.

Here’s one of my favorite memories:

When I was a little girl one of the radio stations in my area always picked a house to be the spook house. No one knew where the house was other than the clues they’d give on the radio. The first person to actually identify the house as the spook house won a big prize.

Well, we were chosen when I was six. Instead of going out trick or treating that year I stayed at the house to help hand out fists full of candy to the people coming. The station provided us with the candy and of course the DJ’s were there as well. It was so cool. They had someone come and decorate the house to make it really spooky looking and even though I didn’t go out I had a blast.
Back then the adults went T&Ting as well, just to find the house and win. But it was different than today’s times. You didn’t worry if a bunch of adult came to your house dressed in costumes complete with mask.

And I got to be a fairy princess with my very own tiara. The flowing pink dress and ballet shoes were beautiful. Of course for those who know me, I had to be at the door and I wanted to be called Princess V. Heehee, yeah, my mom didn’t think so. I was and always will be Vicki, but I guess when you’re hyped up on loads of chocolate it’s okay.






So what about you? Any fun Halloween memories?

Hope everyone has a great weekend and finds many treats. And the pumpkin craving wouldn't be complete with out this one. :)



Bahhhahahha,
Vicki

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Interesting Realization…….. Oh and a Halloween Treat

So as I sit here and try to think of something other than my book to write that you might be interested in reading. I’ve realized that I really do not like October. Yes as a whole. And yes that includes Halloween.

How is that you ask?

Well even though I love paranormal. I loathe scary. Which if you watch any amount of cable network programming there is nothing but scare the pants off you movies. Can’t do it—I’m way to visual. Okay so I can’t read it either—again with the visual mind games that I do to myself.

I used to love the Halloween parties, the dressing up, the taking my daughter trick or treating. But now I stay at home—so no dress up, no parties, no trick or treating. You don't have to think it, I'll say it - yes, I'm quite boring these days
:-)

So since it’s so close to Halloween and most of us are too old to go out and get goodies – I’m bringing them to you. And how fitting is it that it's a paranormal romance and one of my favorite series out there.

It just so happens that a close friend of mine, Shayla Black, released book 3 of the Brethren series, Possess Me at Midnight, this week and to show my support I’m giving away her book in my bag o’ treats.

Here’s what you’ll win:

Read the exerpt:
here



Now here are the rules:
For your treat, I need a trick. Okay get your head out of the gutter (oh was it just me). Seriously, I want to know your favorite Brethren brother, and why (what is it that pulls you to that character).

Mine? Oh so hard to choose. Ice - which PMAM happens to be about (Yum-O), then there's Shock (good/bad, I don't know either, but boy can he do them both well). Then there's Duke - hummm...I seem to be indecisive.

Well since I can't make up my mind have fun learning about them on Shayla's site and let me know yours.

11/1 Contest is now closed!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Winner of the Surprise Box O’ Books is….Oh yeah, and a really cool contest

The winner for last week’s contest, who will win a surprise books of books (at least 4, maybe more), is….Liza!!! Email me your snail mail addy at vickilanewrites @yahoo.com. Please put in the subject line Blog Winner.

I’ll get the books out to you on Saturday. If I don’t hear from you by Friday, I’ll choose another winner.

Also, could Violet please contact me at the same email address above?
:) Sometimes, a second type of surprise is in order. Heehee, it is the month of treats, right.

There’s a really cool contest happening this Wednesday over on
Lori Brighton’s blog.

To enter you’ll leave your first chapter of your finished (or very close to finished) manuscript in the comments. After that 20 people will be chosen to continue on and they be sending their first pages. There’s more but you can find the rules (in case I’ve said anything incorrect) over on Lori’s
blog

And the ultimate winner will have their first 3 chapters read by Megan Records of Kensington Publishing! How freakin’ cook is that!!!

You must be unpublished in print form to enter, so epubs, get your stuff in this contest.

So, what are you waiting for? Go check it out and come back and let us know if you think you’re going to enter it?

Me? Ummm…yes. This is a great way to get in front of an editor.

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tessa Dare is Blogging and Giving Away A Book

I'll be back some time this weekend to choose the winner of our surprise book giveaway, but in the mean time, check this out.

Tessa Dare is over at the group blog I'm on and she's talking about lying...can you? Can you do with a poker face?

And, she's giving a copy of her latest book. You can click here and read the post, then leave a comment to win. Also, the comments left all week, including today still count towards the surprise giveaway.

Hugs,
Vicki

Monday, October 19, 2009

Surprise Book(s) Giveaway

Before I begin today's actual post, I'd like to say thank you for all of the well wishes and prayers for Science Guy. And for those who might not have known and wondered where I was all last week, well Science Guy gave us quite a scare last Friday. He ended being in the hospital for four days and after many test and x-rays they determined that he had a TIA (mini stroke).

He was very fortunate and this was a wake up call to take better care of his health. Now we're going for walk, and watching that dreaded salt in take and yes first child, he's quiting smoking. Or at least he's working very hard on it.

Okay, now for today's post. Since I've been extremely busy with SG and being back to work, I've decided to a contest this week for a box of books. There'll be no less than 4, but it could be up to 10. All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered.

Well, maybe that's not all you have to do. How about you tell L and I about something that's your favorite. It can be a seasonal thing, a back in the day the thing, a vacation thing...you get the picture.

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Is It Thursday Already....

As I sit here, I know it is. But I've been so busy and have barely accomplished anything that I can't believe it's almost the weekend yet again.

I've been fighting a migraine for the past week now, so it seems at times things stand still. Except when it's time to work on my book edits. Then time flies and nothing much gets accomplished.

Where does the time go?

And it's October - hello, when did that happen?

It's so hard to tell with the Florida heat what month it is, because we don't have the usual fall (which ironically is my favorite time of the year), we have hot, hotter and hottest months of the year. Not seasons.

So since I'm on the subject of time - tell me what is your favorite day of the week and your favorite time of year.

Mine: well I really like Friday's usually and of course as I said Fall is my favorite season.

Now it's your turn.


XOXOXO
LKAP

Monday, October 5, 2009

Uglies Series - Late But Loving It

Yep, I’m late to the party. Again. This time, I’m not even fashionably late. You know, like with the clean up crew who are sweeping up confetti and there’s nothing left to nibble on. Not even peanuts. Yeah, that’s where I am.

When Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, the first book in
the series came out, I didn’t think I wanted to read it. Do not throw things. It’s hard on the computer screen and even with an interface ring you won’t make it all the way to me.

I’d read all the raving reviews, but still, I just didn’t think this was a book for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love YA books, but this was a little SciFi and, well…I don’t know other than that. Very bogus excuse. I get it.

But, before you start feeling all sorry for me, (you were going to feel sorry for me, right?), don’t. I may be late, but guess what? I found out the party is still going on. In fact, from what I can tell, the party is still totally bubbly. (If you haven’t read the book, that makes no sense, I get it).

So there I was in Borders and not only where the books in plain sight, but they had great real estate in the bookstore. My hands trembled as I reached for the first book. Here I’d said I didn’t want to read them, but my fingers where itching to pick up the book.

Here’s what I read on the backcover for Uglies:

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.


Sitting next to it was Pretties and here’s the backcover blurb:




Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.
But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important.

Then a message from Tally's ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what's wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life -- because the authorities don't intend to let anyone with this information survive.


Yeah, I was hooked. Still, I only picked up the first two. You know, just in case. Silly me. So not a bubbly thing to do.

I read Uglies in four days. And Pretties? Two days. The books are amazing. You figured I’d say that much, I’m sure. His world building is fabulous and I totally feel I’m there. The characters are alive and although they don’t overshadow Tally, the main character, they’re still very much on the forefront and you care about them as well.

So what’s the problem? Hello, did you read the above? I only bought the first two. I even thought, somewhere around the middle of Pretties that it was okay. I love the books, but I don’t really have to read the third one, Specials. Yeah right.


I can't wait to open this book and find myself in the world of the Uglies, Pretties, Crims, Cutters, Smokes, N Smokes, and oh yeah, the Specials.

Here’s the thing, if you haven’t read them then you don’t totally understand, but the author has amazing hooks. Sure he ends each book, the major conflict of that particular plot is resolved, but it’s the last line. Always the last line that leads you hanging. Just enough that you can’t wait to open page one of the next book.

Yep, he’s real good. And he has a new book Leviathan releasing today.

So, what about you? Have you read them already? What did you think? If not, what’s your favorite YA book? Go ahead and recommend.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Out of Retrograde……

This is a very important statement to a lot of people, me included. I had no idea we were in retrograde in the beginning, but it was pretty obvious by the amount of jerks I was encountering. Now I can handle most jerks, most times but Mercury was in retrograde for almost the entire month of September – even I can’t take that much. Funny thing is – I can’t tell the difference if we’re in or out these days. And by the four (4) different horoscopes I found for myself it’s no wonder.

1) Your willingness to trust a friend or partner can land you in trouble today. It's not that anyone will purposefully mislead you or give you bad advice. It's just that everything might seem better than it is in reality. Accepting that your judgment might be slightly hampered now can be exactly what you need in order to regain a proper perspective.

2) Your friends will sustain you through a difficult time. You'd do the same for them. Expect some stress today -- but mostly coming from other people! Their moods are not in sync with yours, and they are likely to overreact to the smallest disagreements. Let them roil.

3) Your actions are spurred on today by a strong desire to bring more of the fantasy realm into your own reality, dear Leo. You may discover that there is an intense nagging for you to bring a sense of the obscure to the normal, everyday realm in order to illustrate to people that life is really just one big comedy act. Encourage others not to take it so seriously, and be creative in your approach to helping people lighten up.

4) Time for a state of the soul check.

How much stock do you take in horoscopes? Read everyday? Have to hear it on the radio every day? Could care less? Let me know.

Have a great day!
XOXOXO
LKAP

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday Ten - All About...Stuff, Just Stuff


Sorry I'm late posting today. The week is busy and it's only Tuesday. We have a new OVP starting this week, which means I'm setting her up, taking care of training, and making sure she's meeting the people she'll need to meet right off the bat.

So...in lieu of a regular post, how about a Tuesday Ten. Ten random things to share.

1. Reading a great book – you know, the one that you can’t put down even though it’s now 3:00AM and you’ve got to get ready for the day job in a few hours.

2. Before the rain – you walk outside and sniff the air. The sweat aroma of moisture tickles your senses as the clouds begin gathering from some distant place.

3. Watching the babies sleep – For me this is my dogs. After they’ve played, torn up the new toy we bought them and aggravated each other to no end. Now you watch as they curl up next to each other, the littlest ones head on the side of the other, sleeping without a care in the world.

4. Flowers on the dinning room table – the day jobs been rough, all you want is to go home and sulk. Then you walk into your house and there they are. Standing proud in your favorite vase. Greeting you with sunshine to your tired soul.

5. Surprises – You’re trying to figure out what to do with the mishmash of food you have left at the end of the week to make dinner. Standing with the freezer door open, you stare at the lone package of frozen chicken. The cool air washing over your face and still nothing comes to mind to cook. That’s when you hear his/her voice. “Honey, lets go out tonight.” The freezer door closes on its own accord and out the door you go. Fun!!!

6. The best scene in the book kind of writing – Your fingers fly across the keys, words hitting the screen so fast in front of you that you’re not truly sure if you’re doing it or some magical force is sending it through you. Gotta love those scenes. :)

7. The worst scene in the book kind of writing – You sit, stare at the blank page, and wait. Nothing. You knew the scene early in the day but didn’t have time to sit down. Now it’s become pulling words from your muse who’s decided she no longer likes this scene. (had to throw that one in since I had the best scene, they usually go hand in hand)

8. Birthdays – You either love them or hate them. Me, I love them. I figured out a long time ago that I couldn’t stop them. Besides the alternative is not so great. I celebrate them to the fullest. It may be simple or it may be huge but celebrate them nonetheless.

9. Spring cleaning – the time to throw away or give away the stuff you really don’t need. It’s also the time you revisit old memories as you open that box sitting in the back of the closest. The pictures you’ve not looked at in forever quickly take you back to the moment in time when they were taken. A part of your life frozen to remember with joy.

10. Sunrise, Sunsets, and Moonrises – Any of these works for me. The crisp morning air as the sun begins to peak its sleepy head, the late afternoon sun dipping off the horizon its warmth tucking away for the night, or the moon, bold and bright, shinning the way across the waters a beacon of light brighten the path for ships and giving the outer edges of the sea its nightglow for the rest of us.

There you have it. Ten things I like. What about you? Is there anything on the list above you like or how about something that's not there, but it's your favorite. And what about that picture? I love this artist work. It always makes me smile.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What Have You Bought Lately…

All These new releases so little time...but for these books I'll be making time.

Here is what I’m going to spend my weekly allowance on:
Revised: because my B.F.F. - V got me Lisa and J.R.'s book as a present - So I thank her again (publicly) because she knows my love of these authors and was a step a head of me and had to tell me she was getting them for me because she was afraid I would buy them before they got here. Don't you just love great friends.





Tempt Me at Twilight (Hathaways, Book 3)
This is Poppy's story and I love this family and am so glad that Ms. Kleypas is still writing them. I read everything she's written it makes no difference if it's historical or contemporary her voice is amazing and
I recommend her as a must read author.




This is a re-release for Ms. Kenyon as part of the Dark-Hunter Series, and only currently available in hardback. Now in saying that - I have the original paperback of this book but will be getting this as I've heard there has been some updates so I can't wait to see if I can spot them. This is an author that I have every paperback of all her books and almost all of them in hardback. So again a must read author if you like paranormal and Historicals which she writes under Kinley MacGregor. Now next week she will also be releasing a new series that of course I will be purchasing as well.




Okay, below is the back cover blurb for this book, because this is a new series for Ms. Ward, but as I've said a lot in this post - she is an author that I read every thing she writes. Yes, recommended yet again. And yes I have all of her books, which consist of contemporary romance, Paranormal-Urban Fantasy as well as Sihlouette's from Harlequin. This book sounds so yummy I can't wait to read it.

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.



The cool thing (for me anyway) is I've actually met all of theses authors at RWA Nationals. And let me tell you, these three authors turn me into total Fan-Girl! So even though I was there to learn and meet other authors, nothing but O.M.G. crossed my mind when I met these amazing women.

So there is my short list, which got even smaller (again, thanks to V)


If you haven't read them - give them a whirl - I swear you won't be disappointed.

Tell me - What books have you gotten lately?

Hugs,
LKAP






Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It’s Officially Autumn


Well technically autumn is official at 5:31 this evening, or so my weather person said.

Fall, the time of year when the leaves change colors, the temperatures eases off and being outside is a pleasant experience. No longer are you glistening every minute. (Doesn’t that sound so much better than sweating, which is what we do here in Florida no matter what anyone, tells you.)

I should stop here and be honest. We are still sweating…err, I mean glistening. Our temperatures are in the 90’s and it’s hot. Summer hot.

It’s only after the sun has set (around 8:00ish), that we begin to feel a slight breeze that doesn’t replicate an old time furnace, blowing across the front porch. It’s then that Science Guy and I talk about the changing of the leaves.


For me, it was always a family trip to the Smokey Mountains or anywhere up north (so Georgia is up north to me), where the leaves are changing from green to purple, orange, bright red, and brilliant yellow’s. For Science Guy it’s different. It’s more of a longing to see what he grew up seeing every year. You’d think growing up with it would make it not as beautiful, but nope, his family always made time to look at them.

The first year she-who-thought-she-was-born-with-a-tiara, went to college blew her away. In fact, I received this box from her, complete with a note on the outside that I couldn’t open it until we were on the phone with each other. Inside the box was an array of fall leaves. It was such a cool gift. :)

I know I’ve complained about the heat, talked about the beautiful leaves I used to go see growing up, and yeah, complained about the heat, but really I do love autumn. I love to decorate my house (inside and out). It gives me more of feeling of seasons even though ours are not very pronounced.

The fall colors are among my very favorites and truth be known, the weather will eventually cool off. The 90’s will be put to bed until next summer and we’ll beautiful days of high 70’s and nights of high 50’s to low 60’s. Writing outside will be a joy again and creativity flows a wee bit stronger with the changes.

And once again we’ll dream of colors, each more vibrant than the other. Memories complete with
childhood fun and grown up wishes.

What about where you live? Is the weather already making that change from blistering hot to comfortable? Or are you still waiting for the heat to melt away and the soft breeze of autumn to roll in?

Hugs,
Vicki

Monday, September 21, 2009

Laughing on Monday

It's Monday. Yep, I can hear your groans and that's why I'm giving you something that I hope will bring a smile to your face this morning. Or afternoon, or evening, depending on when you're reading. :)

My favorite is the last one, what's yours?









xoxoxo,
Vicki

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Moon Video

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810055802/video/15542134

I tried to put the video on the blog, but couldn't. So I've given you the link to go check it out and then come back. :)

OMG, I so can't wait for this movie!!! Is it possible to be both Team Edward and Team Jacob at the same time? Really, I love them both.

From the looks of the trailer, this is going to be even better than the first one.

So, how many of you are going to the opening show? I believe at midnight? I'm not sure when L and I are going (along with other Twilight junkies).

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What I Read for Fun.......

1st thing 1st……
Winner of my Anniversary book give away is: Natasha
Congrats!!!!!
Contact me at: Lauriekap@yahoo dot com
With full address of snail mail


Hummmm….I have no idea what to talk about.
I took a week (well 5 days) off writing and just read – it was amazing and I can’t tell you how much I miss reading. I think as authors sometimes we forget that we need to read for pleasure not to critique, not to edit, not to figure out where our characters are going. Just pure unadulterated pleasure.

So here is what I’ve read so far:


Into the Mist – Maya Banks
This I’d classify as a paranormal suspense with some hot sexy scenes. I read it in a day – I really loved it.

Bad Moon Rising – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark-Hunter book – need I say more. ;-)

I’ve been waiting for Fang and Amy’s book for so long that I was jonesing for this book. There was a lot of stuff I already knew, but know why it had to be there so... It didn't disappoint.

The Tycoon’s Secret Affair – Maya Banks
Silhouette Desire – I haven’t read a Desire in ages and this one is from Maya so…’nuff said.

Lover Avenged – J.R. Ward
Black Dagger Brotherhood book – ‘nuff said
I’m not finished with this one yet (its gynormous) It took me a bit to get into it, but now I’m hooked (again) I have found though that I don’t really care about the Lesser parts and find myself skimming to get back to the brothers and Rehv.

I’ve also read some work for friends so there was a little critiquing in there too – but I love that stuff.


So what have you been reading?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday Ten - Favorite TV Shows



1. America's Got Talent

2. American Idol

3. I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here (sort ashamed to admit that one)

4. TMZ

5. Corner Gas (WGN, Canadian show)

6. History Channel

7. DIY (Should be number one)

8. HGTV

9. Ruby and The Rockets

10. Shark (just watched it last night for the first time and loved it), so maybe I should add How It's Made. I love seeing how things are made. It must be my inner geek coming out.

We TIVO much of our programs, it makes it much easier to fast forward when it's boring and through commericals. And as you can see from the list, they're all pretty much easy watching.

What about you? What's some of your favorite shows on TV? Or do you watch TV? Do you watch them live or record them for later?

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Monday, September 14, 2009

Book Deals on HSN

HSN is having "Escape to Romance" starting today. This is the first set of books they’ll be showcasing. And this is the Erotica line. Within the line are three different genres as well as a sampler package where you’ll receive two of each genre.

This is the first in a series they will be doing. The price is great. Six books for $29.95 and right now you can get free shipping. How cool is that!

I’m not sure when the next series will begin, but those who love to read erotic, then this is a fabulous deal.

The books are from various authors and they’ve all come from Ravenous Romance. In case you haven’t heard of them before, Lori Perkins, literary agent is one of the founders.

Click here to check out the books. And if you’d like to check out Ravenous Romance then click here

Please be advised these are erotic and contain adult natured material.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Tomorrow I’ll be back doing the Tuesday Ten. :)

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Sunday, September 13, 2009

23 Blissful Years of Marriage

So today marks my 23rd Wedding Anniversary - I know I don't look old enough do I...HA!LOL :-)
Sorry couldn't help myself....

So as a quick one day give-away in honor of this day I'm giving away a copy of
Hidden Adgendas by Lora Leigh

You must comment today to this post Sept 13 to be entered - tomorrow is a new day :-)

Hope to hear from you Check back on my Thursday Ramble for the winner!!!

Hugs,
LKap

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rant Warning….

I know this is a little late and it’s done and over with, but frankly my temper hasn’t settled on the subject of the President’s back to school speech.

Before I start this rant, let me say that these are my views and mine alone.

So let’s get started, shall we….

When I was in school we didn’t have a choice if we got to watch the President’s back to school speech – we just did (and yes I did) it wasn’t an option. Since when do we have to sign permission slips to watch a Presidential address? Obviously that time is now.
WTF!!!!

My father would have MADE me watch it. He was a History teacher. And this was part of it. Something that maybe you won’t care about, but something you should be a part of. You can’t understand the future if we don’t understand our past. (Thanks Dad – that one stuck).

I could care less if you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Conservative or a fish in the nearest pond. It makes no difference if you’re black, white, or indigo. The main thing is that you respect other human beings. And quite honestly IMO, this was one of the biggest acts of disrespect from every walk of life: from housewives to other political figureheads. Because, whether you agree or not, Barack Obama is The President of The United States of America, and deserves the respect that office entails. As a nation we broadcast our views around the world that we didn't want our children to see the President speak. Again WTF!

We don’t have to agree with our bosses, we don’t have to have the same religion, the same political beliefs or even the same taste in food – but I’ll be damned if I don’t respect them in a professional manner that is entitled with their position. And trust me I don't agree a lot, but they still get my professional respect.

The same should apply to the President of the United States. He was elected, he is now the President, and IMO we need to give him the respect he deserves.

How can we teach our children to respect authority, when we have to sign permission slips to watch The President of the United States talk to our kids. I bet if Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods came to give a speech on the 1st day of school, no one would say a word. And if people kept their kids home (because it was their right to do so) did they let their kids watch MTV or 90210 - becasue those people have really earned our respect. NOT. But frankly those are the people our kids look up to - how sad is that, when you think about it.

And we wonder why a lot of the kids today have no respect for authority - which would be us as parents, bosses, elderly - anyone who has earned the right, like say the President.

I don’t typically talk politics or religion even with very close friends, but this set something off that I couldn’t shut down.

If you stayed with me – thanks for letting me rant. Again these are my opinions.

But know that I respect your opinions as well - but since there is someone sitting in the big white house on the hill - I have the right to delete any inappropriate comments - because it's still a free country as long as there is someone sitting in that big oval office. And for that I will respect the position!

Hugs
LKap

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It's Official - Summer's Over

Yep, summer is officially over. Not that you'd know it by the heat we're still having in sunny Florida. Yesterday Science Guy and I went to Tarpon Springs and although we went early in the morning it was hot. Sweaty hot.

I know that technically it's still summer since Summer Solstice began on June 21st and doesn't end until December 22 when Winter Solstice begins. But once the Labor Day holiday is over kids everywhere are back in school, which for most of us signals the end of summer.

It's the time to get our writing schedules back in place, breath a sigh of relief since little Johnny or Mary are no longer sitting around the house saying, "I'm bored." My kids are grown, but I remember the end of the summer vacation and how the last week was always utter boredom. They liked the school shopping, but once we returned home they had nothing to do and were ready for school to start.

If you're like me, you've let the schedule slide a little during the summer months. Blue skies and white fluffy clouds call out to you to be outside doing something. That and if you're working a day job when you get home it's still light outside and working in the flower bed or taking a walk just seems like the right thing to do. Before you know it, it's 9:00pm and you're fighting to make yourself hit the keyboards. Okay, maybe that's just me. :)

At any rate, now is the time that my schedule comes back. I still feel the slight urge to get outside when I get home for the day job, but the urge to write is stronger. My schedule will once again find it's way as a habit, one that fits like a comfortable pair of slippers. One that makes me feel good at the end of the day when I roll my shoulders, re-read what I've just written, and turn off the computer for the night.

Yep, summer's over for the most part and you know what? I don't mind, I'm ready for the hint of fall in the early morning breeze before the heat still takes over. I know I'm back on track and that's a good thing.

What about you? Does the end of summer bring you back into focus? The little ones back in school free up your writing time, or have you stayed on track all through the summer?

WW's and PD's,
Vicki

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day


Science Guy and I have worked around the house, visited our home away from home (Home Depot) several times, and just enjoyed the extra time off together.
We planted some flowers on one side of the front yard and next weekend we're going to do the other side. He doesn't think we need it so much since we have some great little boxwood hedges, but I'm the needs to be even on both sides kinda girl.
Today we're going to Tarpon Springs to a festival and then back home to finish the long weekend before the craziness of the work week starts.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend and is enjoying that extra day off from work.

If you're having to work today, then lots of hugs and wishes for an extra special night.
xoxoxo,
Vicki

Friday, September 4, 2009

Talisman’s…………

So as I sit here I realize I have a lot of items that surround where I work. They are my talisman’s of a sort.

My bestest bud, “V” got me this great fairy charm and a door for them to enter through. I have a dragon sitting watch on the door frame, she also got for me. I have a small statue, which I’ve had for years, of the “Guardian of Hopes and Dreams” – which is also one of my tattoos.

What does this all means to me?

These are the things I choose to have around me when I write. I don’t need a picture of my heroine, I know what she looks like (but I like the form she will be in). I don’t need a picture of a handsome man for my hero – again I know what he looks like too. But what I do need are the things that inspire me to go forward and do this grueling business. A reminder, that this is a dream and there is someone or something, helping me watch over it and keep me in line.


These are my Talisman’s….Do you have one, or two?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Staycation – WhooHoo

Today is my Friday and I’m counting the hours until 5:00PM. The day job, like so many others, is closed on Monday and I’m off tomorrow.

A four day staycation. I love it. Normally when I take a vacation from the day job, even a short one like this, it’s to go somewhere and do something. Never to just relax.

I’ve got plans…plans to do whatever I want.

Maybe I’ll relax by the pool with a cabana boy or two bringing me margaritas, yeah, not so much. The pool in our new house was filled in with dirt a few years before we bought it and Science Guy is the only cabana boy in this household.

No, my time off is going to be finishing the Florida room. Major yay!! Science Guy’s tools will no longer be on the dinning room table, but back in the garage where they belong. And the kitchen ceiling will be repainted.

After that, I have a weekend of writing and finishing Diana Peterfreund’s Rampant. (Fabulous book).

Science Guy is going to work in the backyard so maybe I’ll do a little of that with him, but all in all, I have four days of staying in our new home and finishing things up.

Labor Day we’ll (I mean he’ll) cook out and chill.

What about you? Do you take staycation’s? Are you like me and your vacations always involve going somewhere and staying busy the entire time?

Hugs,
Vicki

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

So you remember when we were doing the Thursday Thirteen? Well, I decided (much to my daughter’s request) to do a Tuesday Ten. Besides ten things must be easier to come up with than thirteen, right?

Tuesday Ten


Favorite Moments - In no particular order:

1. Walking in the front door of our new home with Science Guy. – It was surreal to look around and know this was our house after the countless houses we’d looked at.

2. Becoming pet parents to Meisha and Sassy. – I picked up Meisha the day before we picked up Sassy. They were both so tiny, just two pounds. They immediately became the closes of sisters, even though they’re not the same breed.

3. My mom’s 70th birthday weekend. – Spending time with family and friends was wonderful. Watching my mom and dad dancing along with aunts, uncles, and cousins (who we never see), was cool. My sister went above and beyond with this party. She did almost all the work and it rocked.

4. Typing ‘The End’ to a manuscript. – The relief, joy, fear, omg now it’s time to major edit, I’m sort of sick of this book, I did it again, and I really love this book, all rolled into one is amazing.

5. Going to Niagara Falls with Science Guy – We had a blast and it was beautiful. Freezing cold, but beautiful. And of course, sharing it with him is the best.

6. Painting pottery for outside plants – I haven’t done this in a couple of years, but plan to do some for our new home. I love to paint, love how relaxed it makes me, and how the time flies by.

7. Sitting in the backyard with Science Guy, the chairs leaned back, watching the night sky for shooting stars. – Talking is optional during these times. It’s an amazing thing to be able to be with someone when words aren’t necessary and yet you can talk about anything at the same time.

8. Having my son move in with us. – I know, some of you may be saying, What, are you crazy? No, I’m not. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time together for the past 6 years, so having him around now is great.

9. Watching sunsets or sunrises on the beach. – I love the sound of the water and colors of the sky as our part of the world slowly open its eyes, or snuggles in and closes them for the night. Also, I have to add here, taking beach walks with my sister whenever we go to visit.

10. Visiting with my daughter – She lives way too far away which makes the in person time usually once a year. But the week I go to visit is always packed with love, laughter, and a little arguing (I did raise her to be her own thinker, and she’s Italian on her dad’s side, and French and Irish on my side). Some of the best moments are when we start giggling for no apparent reason and can’t stop.


What about you? What are some of your favorite moments?

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Votes - Yours Are Needed

Science Guys brother has his motorcycle in a contest and he needs your vote. His is the first one, as #1.

Here's the picture


and you can click here to go to the site and vote. Yep, it's in Buffalo, NY.

Cycle Dude (yeah, wasn't sure what to call him), built this bike himself. He's been on the cover of a motorcycle magazine and is now in this contest. Besides, he's cool and when SG and I where visiting a few years ago he took us to this bike shop where the owner had wolves as pets. For real. One was pure white. It was all snowy outside and there she was. Beautiful.

So show him some love and please go vote.

Hugs,
Vicki

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Diana Peterfreund - A Must Read

Diana Peterfreund's book Rampant just release yesterday.

It's a story about killer unicorns. Whoa, hit the breaks, did she just say killer unicorns? No way. Unicorns are sweet gently creatures. Just ask Rainbow Bright. She'll tell you.

Yeah, think again. And not only are they killers, it takes a virgin to stop them. Okay people, you know there aren't tons of them around anymore.

This is the first in the new YA series from Diana and I can't wait to read it. But first I'd like to share a link to her blog for last Friday's blog post. It's amazing.

If you're an aspiring author or an author trying to sell that next book this post will be magic. If you're a reader (and we love our readers) her post will still be magic. You'll read, well...really go
read it for yourself.

I'll wait for you. It's that cool.

Are you back?

So, does that help? No matter what your goals are?

I'm sure you'll see more about this book in the next several weeks here on the blog, but for now, go out a buy it. You won't be sorry.


And thank you Diana for sharing your journey and your heart.

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Two More Weeks...

Actually if you don’t count today it’s thirteen days before my white clothes and most importantly, white shoes must retire to the back of the closet.

Yes, I live in the south and yes, people will wear white year round. Me? Not so much. I grew up with the, you-never-wear-white until Easter Sunday morning. You then wore white through the summer until Labor Day.

What am I wearing today? White Capri’s, red and white top, and white sandals.

This doesn’t mean that I’ll never break down, because the white pants can happen once in a while, they’re usually more of an eggshell white though.

Does this make me weird or old? I’m not sure. People don’t feel the same way about those types of “rules” anymore. So should I say, screw it, I’m wearing my cute white sandals and any other white outfit I want to? Maybe even wearing it a week or two after Labor Day?

Hmmm…probably not. I’d hear my mother in the back of my mind reminding she raised me better than that. I don’t know about you, but I not so fond of the mother guilt of any sort running a muck in my brain.

So, what about you? Do you wear white anytime of the year? Or are you like me and put it away once Labor Day passes? And really, who decided it was Labor Day as the end of the season anyway?

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Karin Tabke - Winners

We have two winners for Karin Tabke books from last week. WhooHoo!!

Cathy M - won
Master of Craving

Bonnie Jean - won Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa

Please email me at vickilanewrites@yahoo.com with your snail mail addys by Friday of this week. In the subject line, please put, "Winner Karin Tabke". If I don't hear from you by Friday a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks, hugs, and tons of love goes to Karin for making this a fabulous fun week. :)

This coming week will be ramblings and so forth. Plus you never know when a little contest will be thrown in.

xoxoxo,
Vicki and Laurie

Friday, August 21, 2009

Last Day With Karin Tabke

I hope you've had as much with Karin being here as we have. Today's the last day to ask those questions and enter into the contest.

Tomorrow the randomizer.org will choose two lucky winners.

Have a great Friday everyone!

xoxoxo,
Vicki

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kiss Me…..

Have you ever thought about how many types of kisses there are? I have, and written my share of them. But there are so many out there and everyone does them their own way.

Think of your 1st kiss – If I remember correctly it was two lips slamming together, teeth clashing, it hurt, and wasn’t pleasant at all. Okay, who knows, I might have been 9 or 10 – I have no idea. Regardless, we didn’t know what the hell we were doing. We just did it…‘cause.

Now think of that 1st kiss with someone you loved –Tentative lips brush together, the exhale of a sigh is released as the air begins to crack around you. The kiss deepens and electricity trails along your skin, encompassing your entire body. Heat flairs as your breaths mingle, and tender kiss-swollen lips trace your jaw to the sensitive curve of your neck....

Not it either….

There are so many ways to kiss and most of them never get talked about. Our hero’s are the perfect male species. They do not slobber, use too much tongue, are not like wet fish, have bad breath or even kiss with their eyes open.

They are perfect, with full plush lips, perfect for the pillow soft kiss that our heroine desires. They can even be a contradiction: his soft lips met hers, hard and urgent.

Okay so the lines are corny and really bad I’ll admit, but think about it…we’ve all had bad kisses. And since I’d never ask you to do something I wouldn’t, here's mine:

He went in for the kill, trying to be all suave (as suave as a 16 year old can be), first his head hit mine, then our noses collided, worse was when he came at me, mouth already open – to think I really thought he was a catch – the boy couldn’t kiss worth crap. Although I still believe 25 years later he was a hunk...LOL

Come on Share – we’re all friends here……

And remember by commenting you are entered in to win the contest this week!!! YAY!!!


XOXO
LKap

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Author Extraordinaire – Karin Tabke and Things You Want to Know

Have you been dying for today to get here? I know we have. Karin's in the house and she's answering our questions. So much fun!!!

Thank you, goils for having me as your guest this week!!

Vicki: How did you get started writing?

Karin: Weeeeellll, the ugly truth is, in high school I had a mad crush on rod stewart, and the only way I could have him to myself was to write our story. From that point on, the writing bug bit hard and has yet to let go.

Vicki: Okay, here’s where I’m going to ask a couple of writing as in craft related questions. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Karin: Panster. But before I begin a story I know the gmc’s of my protagonists and the bad guy.

Vicki: Do you write on a schedule as in everyday, morning or night, for a certain length of time, or when the muse is talking?

Karin: I’m a working writer, I can’t afford t wait for the muse to strike. When I sit down to write, I find that bitch, plop her ass on the keyboard and hold her at gunpoint until I say she can take a break. My best writing time is in the evening between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Vicki: During your first draft, are you more character driven or plot driven?

Karin: Character. My books are character driven to begin with so once I get them nailed the plot just comes.

Vicki: You’re not only an amazing writer, a wife, and mom (to 4), but also the CEO of your own company. How do you manage to do it all?

Karin: I have great support. I have a very competent office manger, my kids are grown (the youngest 19) and they leave me alone. Hubby gets it, and doesn’t bug me, unless he hasn’t seen me in a couple of days. :) the bottom line is, this is my job, and they get that.

Vicki: Can you tell us how you came up with the Blood Sword Legacy idea or was it originally a single book that turned into a series?

Karin: I had this guy named Rohan in my head. Finally, one day I just sat down and wrote about fifty pages. My voice just erupted on the page. It felt good. Right. I loved it. For shits and giggles I sent it to my agent. She loved it too. So did my editor. She bought two books. I knew the other knights needed their story told as well, and so the legend of the Blood Swords was born.

Vicki: What’s your favorite part of the job?

Karin: Getting to know my characters. I love my heroes. I love their passion, their bravery and their intelligence. They are the fuel to my flame. When I can’t wait to get back to them each day, I know I’m on the right track.

Vicki: With the release of Master of Craving, the third book in the Blood Sword Legacy, do have anything planned for the future of the series that you can share?

Karin: Book four, MASTER OF DECEPTION is Thorin’s story. The release date has been pushed back due to another series I have launching next year. Deets to come when I can talk about it. ;)

Vicki: Whose journey was harder to write, Stefan’s or Arian’s? Although with a hero like Stefan, he must have been hmmm…fun, interesting, and yep down right sexy to write. Heehee

Karin: Those two were pretty tricky. Stefan is the dark quiet one. He speaks only when he has something to say. He’s my still-waters-that-run-deep guy. He has a lot of feelings, a lot of bottled passion, and he is honorable, but not so honorable so as not to take what he wants by right of conquest and in the name of his king. It got a little hairy there straddling both sides of the fence. Especially since I have not, nor ever will, make excuses for my boys.

Vicki: Can you tell us a little about any upcoming releases?

Karin: I have a new romantic suspense series debuting next summer. The dirty dozen meets mission impossible. That’s about all I can say right now, except it is dark, edgy and there are no boundaries.

Vicki: Okay, now just a couple of silly fun questions. Strappy heels or flat sandals?

Karin: Heels!

Vicki: Hero’s you like to read? Sexy studs or Sexy and maybe a bit geeky?

Karin: Studs w/a razor sharp brain.

Vicki: What’s your favorite romance book of all time?

Karin: Wolf and the Dove

Vicki: Favorite word?

Karin: sonofabitch

Vicki: Least favorite word?

Karin: The girl c word

Vicki: Totally with you on that word. If you weren’t an author and could be anything you wanted to be, what would it be and why?

Karin: A rock star! Oh, if only I could sing!

Vicki: Any advice for those of us who are aspiring writers and parting words for our readers?

Karin: Screw the rules, and never lose sight of your dreams. Never.

Vicki: I love that answer! It has been such a blast having you here today.

Vicki, thank you for inviting me. You know I love you and Laurie!

We lurve you bunches too!!!

Okay everyone. It's your turn. Have a question we didn't ask? Now's the time. Make sure you questions responsibly and don't forget to let Karin know how much she ROCKS.

WW's and PD's,
Vicki