No. I’m not dead, but my brain might have gone on hiatus.

You know how sometimes life gets in the way of everything else? Then before you even realize what happened, months have gone by as you’ve muddled through the minutia that clutters up day-to-day life.

Don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean…I’m talking about the boring crap that everyone has to deal with, just so they can actually live.

…Laundry (quite possibly my worst enemy), work (the kind that actually pays the bills), housekeeping (Four children and three dogs, need I elaborate?), school activities (with my children, which is most often pretty fun, but time-consuming nevertheless), marriage/relationship (this I don’t mind, if you know what I mean…*wink,wink*), family time (always a good time of course, my little monkeys freaking rock)…

Well anyway, you get the point. That’s a lot of crap. Every. Day.

I’m not whining, don’t get me wrong, and I’m not here to excuse my prolonged absence. I’m actually here because I feel guilty as hell that I’ve pushed back the release date for the sequel to Control for so damn long! You see, I’ve finished the book with the exception of the final few chapters, but I’m stuck and it’s driving me slap-ass crazy. I know what I want to happen, but for some reason, I can’t get the words out. I just stare at the screen like a fucktarded mess.

So, I had this great idea *insert optimistic grin* to upload the book on Wattpad so that I can go ahead and share it with you guys!! Good plan, right? Yep, I thought so! 

But wait!! Before you click on the link, I need something from y’all. Not much, just a comment or a vote here and there, to let me know I’m on the right track, and hopefully kick my ass over the block my sad little mind has created. Maybe I’m just a needy little bitch who needs a few encouraging words, I don’t know, but I’m not too scared to beg. ;P

Now that is out of the way, you may click on the link and read to your little heart’s content!!

Control Book cover

Just in case you haven’t read it already, here is the link to Control, the first book in the Soul of Voodoo series:
 
 
 
Finally, click the kick ass cover image to read Power, Book Two in the Soul of Voodoo series! 

The Liebster Award

         Two of my favorite bloggers, Caroline Barker and Tina Williams , from areadersreviewblog , have honored me with a nomination for The Liebster Award. I have to admit that when I clicked on the link from my email, I did the biggest fangirl squeal ever. I’m easily excitable, what can I say?

My understanding of The Liebster Award is that it is a way to give a virtual ‘heads up‘ to the blogging community about new or unknown blogs that are worth viewing.  It is an enormous compliment to have been nominated for this award, and I cannot thank Caroline and Tina enough.  This is such a wonderful networking tool for bloggers, and I am very pleased to be a part of it.

Here’s the thing with The Liebster Award, there are rules.  (I hate rules, but I do know when to shut-up and follow them.)

So, in order to accept the award, the following rules must be followed:

  • I must give eleven facts about myself.
  • I must answer eleven questions provided by the blogger who nominated me.
  • I must nominate eleven fellow bloggers, with fewer than 200 followers.
  • I must provide my nominees with eleven new questions.

Part One: Eleven Useless, Yet Amusing Facts:

  1. I couldn’t care less about television or movies, but I could not live without music. The playlist that I am currently obsessed with, includes music by: Panic! At  the Disco, Nelly, The Gourds, Beastie Boys, Passenger, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Tool, Phosphorescent, Pendulum, Rise Against, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Breaking Benjamin, Janis Joplin, and I’m tired of typing but there are many, many more.
  2. I once tried to convince my husband that a vodka martini contains the same amount of alcohol as a typical beer. Somewhere around the fourth martini, it turned into a bet. I lost, and I also puked…a lot.
  3. I have a completely irrational fear of ticks, and although I am generally laid back about things, I  can guarantee that I absolutely will spaz out and break into hives if I see a tick. My jackhole hubby thinks it’s funny, but I still love him.
  4. I love all Looney Tunes, but I think that Daffy Duck is by far the best character. My favorite is the one where Daffy Duck is supposed to be Robin Hood and my second favorite is when Daffy and Bugs Bunny burrow into the cave full of gold, jewels, and the genie in a lamp. So. Freaking. Funny.
  5. Although I curse like a sailor in my writing, the worst words I have ever said in from of my children is ‘damn‘.
  6. Beginning with kindergarten  and counting all the way through graduate school, I spent over twenty years on an education that I have no professional interest in pursuing.
  7. I was once offered a job as a cage dancer at a club in Mexico…I was eighteen, it was during our ‘Senior Trip’ after graduating from high school. Damn, I should have taken the job!
  8.  When I was a sophomore in high school, my Dad went to Fort Lauderdale, FL. on a business trip, which wasn’t really unusual. However, this trip was scheduled shortly before the Sadie Hawkins Dance at school. Sadie Hawkins Dances, for those who aren’t familiar, have a particular set of traditions. First of all, the girl is responsible for asking the guy out and paying for the date. Secondly, the couple wears matching shirts, which the girl provides.  So, I asked my Dad to pick up matching tee-shirts from some place really cool while he was in Fort Lauderdale. He brought me shirts from a local restaurant that would soon become very famous. Any guesses? Well, my date and I proudly (yet unknowingly) sported tee-shirts from the original Hooter’s.  Thanks Dad.
  9. I have always wanted to dye my hair green.
  10. I had some really beautiful Christmas cards printed up, with a wonderful portrait of my children on them, and I forgot to mail them. I’ve decided to send them out in July, just to screw with my family and friends.
  11. I hate rules.

Part Two: Eleven Questions from A Readers Review Blog:

1.  What inspired you to begin a blog?

Initially, I started this blog as a way of self-promoting, which I absolutely abhor. Self-gratification, okay. Self-publication, sure. Self-promotion, yeesh.  Anyway, in an effort to help some fellow writers, I started a feature to promote indie authors and their works. It’s funny, I hate self promoting, but for some reason, I love to promote others.

2.  What is your favourite book genre?

It really depends on my mood. I love Urban Fantasy, but sometimes I want more sexual tension and romance, so I will read Paranormal Romance. Though I have to admit, I have gotten of tired of the typical male characters in Paranormal Romances, so I recently started reading some Contemporary Romance.

3.  Where is your favourite place in the world?

An uncrowded bar on a beach in the Caribbean. Yes, that is freakishly specific.

4.  If you could be an animal, which animal would you be?

What the hell? Oh wait, I know…a manta ray.

5.  Which animal scares you the most?

Any kind of shark

6.  Which musical instrument would you love to play?

Violin

7.  Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?

Harry Potter, no freaking question.

8.  Who is your most favourite author?

That is really tough, damn you. Well, I guess I’ll go with Anne Rice.

9.  What is  your favourite meal?

Tabbouleh

10.  If you could be a tv/film comedy character of your choice, who would you be?

Chevy Chase back when he was all coked up.

11.  If you were to write a book, which genre would best describe it?

Well, that’s easy enough. Paranormal Romantic Comedy, *wink,wink*

Part Three: My Eleven Nominees:

Okay, some of you people have no clue who I am and are probably wondering why I have nominated you for this award. Don’t freak out on me, I’m not internet stalking you or anything. In all honesty, I just wanted to make sure that I found some very worthy blogs, so I got in touch with my (sometimes) inner nerd and did a bit of research.

  1. Irving’s Journey
  2. New in NOLA
  3. Just Sotia
  4. Donna Hawk
  5. This Morning I Woke Up Dead
  6. Philly Book Blog
  7. Kbooklover
  8. singlewritermomrants
  9. Inspiration to Epilogue
  10. Divas Book Blog
  11. Deb Deb Reviews

Part Four: Eleven Questions for My Nominees:

  1. If you had to pick one song to be your personal theme song, what would it be?
  2. If you could pick one person to beat the crap out of, who would you choose and why?
  3. If you could give one person a non-sexual hug, who would it be and why?
  4. If you could create the perfect ice cream sundae, what ice cream and toppings would you use?
  5. What is the funniest movie you have ever seen?
  6. If you were a character from the Outsiders, who would you be and why?
  7. Do you prefer to pull the toilet paper from over the roll or under the roll?
  8. What is the last book that you read and what was your opinion, in one word?
  9. How do you take your coffee or tea?
  10. Boxers or briefs?
  11. What is the best vacation/holiday that you have ever taken?

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Thanks again to areadersreviewblog for the nomination and I hope those of you who I’ve nominated will participate and enjoy this as much as I have!

Beautiful Blogger Award!!

I am so very proud to have been nominated for a Beautiful Blogger Award by fellow author, Sotia Lazu!  She is seriously one of the coolest people that I have had the pleasure to meet, she is a phenomenal writer, and she has been a tremendous help to me in my writing. Do yourselves a favor and check out her blog HERE…you will not be disappointed! 

The Rules:

  1. Copy and place the Beautiful Blogger Award in your post.
  2. Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 7 fellow Bloggers, tell them by posting a comment on their Blog*.

Seven Things About Me:

  1. I am the youngest of three and the only girl. As children, my middle brother would wake me up at 6 a.m. every summer day, physically drag me outside, and make me attend ‘baseball practice’. I had to call him, Coach, and if I performed poorly, he would make me run laps. I actually miss our ‘practices’, but I would never tell him that.
  2. I love beer and I am very specific about what time of year that I will drink certain types. For instance, I drink only Mexican beer such as Negro Modelo, Dos Equis, and Sol during the summer. In autumn, I am all about Newcastle, Abita Pecan, Abita Harvest, Harp, and Bass Lager. Winter is for stouts such as Mackeson and of course, Guinness. Lastly, during the spring months, I like Blue Moon, and in the latter months, I drink as much Abita Strawberry as I can get my hands on. Oh, and I vehemently dislike Abita Purple Haze.
  3. Some of my favorite memories are from Mardi Gras in New Orleans. During undergrad, we would drive or fly down from school in Charlotte, North Carolina, in a huge group. When I moved back home after undergrad, the group that came down dwindled to only three people, my three best guy-friends (Jason, Alex, and Brian) and me. The first time my husband (who was my friend at the time) ever met the guys, was at Mardi Gras…
  4. My husband and I met in graduate school and became friends immediately. As poor graduate students, we decided to get an apartment together in order to save money. I knew that my Catholic family would not approve of me living with a man, even though we weren’t romantically involved, so I told them that he was gay. Ironically, we started dating after Mardi Gras, but I forgot to tell my parents that he was not gay. Soooo, for the first couple of months into our relationship, my entire family thought he was gay.
  5. I was a bitch in high school and I remember the majority of those years with regret.
  6. I attended Catholic School from age five through age twenty-two.
  7. I have four sweet, caring, and frighteningly brilliant children who are my muses and models during most of my photography projects.
Kieran, age 8

Kieran, Age 8

Mitchell, Age 4

Mitchell, Age 4

Charles, Age 2

Charles, Age 2

Annalise, Age 6

Annalise, Age 6

The Sexy Seven Nominees (in no particular order):

~*~Click on the name to link to their site.~*~

  1. Celeste Carrara
  2. Donna Hawk
  3. Jennifer Howard
  4. DelSheree Gladden
  5. Cathy Vickers
  6. Karen-Anne Stewart
  7. Sharon Stevenson

My Pithy Epiphany

People Suck Ass…

I was going to indulge in a psycho rant, but then I started typing and I thought, eh, fuck it.

So, yeah, I changed my mind about that whole ranting thing, but since I’m here I might as well do something, right? Soooooo, I decided to share a quote that makes me laugh and consequently keeps me from psycho ranting. That, my friends, is some serious circular logic that I just threw at you.

Actually, this might come off as being kind of arrogant, since it’s my own quote. Hmmmm…oh well, again I say, fuck it. ‘Cause that’s just the kind of classy gal I am. 😉

Now, I’m all nervous, like I’ve built it up too much…it’s not like I’ve discovered an at-home method of cold fusion technology using an empty two-liter bottle and a used Slurpee machine. That – would be impressive. This, however, is just a tiny excerpt from a phone conversation between James and Cecelia that makes me laugh.

EXCERPT:

“Did you do-him-dirty, Celie,” he asked quietly. He sounded so serious that my thoughts began to tumble wildly as I searched for a logical explanation for what had happened. I should have known he was faking, I mean, it was James after all. “You are really making up for lost time, aren’t you? For three years you lived like a nun, and then suddenly your vagina is getting more play than a Taylor Swift album at the junior high dance.”

“Oh my God James, how can you say that? Taylor Swift is way more popular than my vagina,” I said with mock sincerity. A smug smile was plastered on my face as I listened to James howl with laughter.

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Author’s Note: The previous excerpt is written solely with the intent to entertain the reader, it is in no way indicative of my thoughts about, or feelings toward Taylor Swift, junior high dances, or anyone’s vagina. It is merely a mildly humorous anecdote that pokes fun at pop culture…and vaginas.

Slacker Alert!!

I’m not really a slacker, I am really a dedicated author who is bustin’ my boo-ta-ta to finish the second book in the Soul of Voodoo Series!

You know, I don’t want to build up any crazy expectations or anything, but I will say this: I’m getting some goooooooooood feedback from my beta readers! 

Author’s Note: the number of extra letters in a word increases in direct proportion to the amount of emphasis one should place on the word in question.

Okay, so here’s my dilemma…I want to give you guys another excerpt from the book, but if I were to go in sequential order, the next excerpt would be rather steamy *wink, wink*, *nudge, nudge*.

Not that this is exactly a family oriented site or anything. I have the tendency to curse and occasionally, I may post half-naked pictures of deliciously lovely men, speaking of which…

Holy Gerard Butler!

Consider it a little lagniappe for being a loyal follower on my lovely blog! You’re welcome.

So anyway, what’s a gal to do? What type of excerpt do you guys want, or do you not want an excerpt at all? Maybe you want more half-naked pictures of Gerard Butler?!  Eh, who am I kidding, if you didn’t want more half-naked pictures of Gerard Butler, I would denounce you as fans and followers! Sorry, but I feel that strongly about the man…

Alright, I’m getting back to work now but y’all feel free to share your preferences with me. After all, I aim to please!!

Lastly: I have several indie authors lined up for the Q&A feature and will be squeezing them in as quickly as possible so keep an eye out for some great new books for your summer reading list!!