Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Meandering

It was much busier than I thought it would have been last week. I made great progress on Swing Vote, Safe Harbors #3, until I had to work through a glitch in the ebook formatting for Torn Canvas. At least it was an educational week.

I'm trying not to think too much about next week and the release of Torn Canvas, but I did submit the audition manuscript for the audiobook. That twists my stomach as much as the release of the book. lol
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I listened to the audiobook of SEALED with Love, the second book in the DiCarlo Brides series by Heather Tullis. Besides the wonderful characterization, I'm enjoying this series so much because the romance is being served with something else. In this case, there's been a mystery of some kind--and life threatening situations.

Interesting premise to the series:
When George DiCarlo’s two daughters walk into the reading of his will, they find a big surprise–they have four sisters they never knew about–all by different mothers. The will stipulates that they work together to get his latest hotel/resort up and running and that they share a home for the first year that it’s running–he’s determined that they will all get to be good friends.

If that’s not enough, he’s picked out the perfect man for each of them, ensuring that they’ll get in each other’s way. Obviously love is bound to ensue. The daughters and their intended grooms, however, are not so amenable to his plans and where possible, fight his continued interference in their lives–which he manages to do, even from the grave.

I'm reading the novella Honesty by Carrie Butler. This book bridges the second book in the Mark of Nexus series--Courage--with the third and yet to be released book--Loyalty. The first book is Strength.

I'll be honest (haha, no pun intended). I was not a fan of Cole, the main character when I first met him in Strength. Sorry, but he's one disturbed man. Like crazy. Dangerous. And everyone seemed to treat his outrageous behavior like it wasn't that big a deal. But it was!

By the end of Strength, I'd gotten a little more sympathy for the character and by the end of Courage, he'd become a guilty pleasure. He makes me laugh--and I shouldn't. In Honesty, besides getting to see things from his point of view--and the reasons he's so messed up and dangerous--he's changing. I like the direction his character is moving. I like Cole.

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I attended a writing conference specifically for indie authors. It was a wonderful event with some great and useful classes. I always love coming away from a conference with knowledge I can put to use immediately. And my hubby even attended with me. Now is he a great sport, or what?


Because of the conference I wasn't able to get to any movies this weekend. Hubby would like to see Godzilla, and we'd both like to see Edge of Tomorrow. I'm not sure we'll see Maleficent until it's in the dollar flicks.

How was your weekend?

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  1. Glad your husband was a good sport! Hope you catch both Godzilla and Edge of Tomorrow in the theaters - they are worth the price of the big screen!

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    1. Definitely going to check out EDGE OF TOMORROW sooner than later now that I've seen your review, Alex.

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  2. I'd love to go to more conferences. I find them helpful. I'd like to read Carrie's work.

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    1. I've really enjoyed her books, Medeia.

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  3. Honestly, that HONESTY cover is smokin' hot

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    1. Well, that's Cole for you, and he'd totally tell you he was smokin' hot. lol

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  4. Learning something worthwhile sure makes going worthwhile indeed

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    1. No one wants to waste their time, right Pat? Especially not busy writers. :D

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  5. I'm so glad to see your progress. I'm behind my goals. My weekend was spent clipping away at hair. The salon chain I work for had a 6.99 hair cut sale.

    I will probably blog about it later.

    Hugs and chocolate!
    Shelly

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    1. Oh, you're a case of carpal tunnel in the making Shelly. My daughter does hair, so I know all about that. *hugs*

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  6. Edge of Tomorrow was amazing, though writing conferences are always fun too. ;)

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    1. Now I'm anxious to see it! Maybe we can sneak away tomorrow.

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  7. Glad the conference was good. And sounds like you're organized for your book release. Excited for you! Hope you can relax and get to the movies with your husband.

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    1. Yeah. I think we need a break and I've only been back to the heavy writing grind for a week!

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  8. That sounds like a great conference! I need a good conference soon to recharge some batteries. :)

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    1. I love when I can attend a class that get my creative juices flowing.

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  9. Sounds like a good week and weekend all around!

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  10. Thanks for the shout-out, Donna! I'm really enjoying the direction Cole is going. Sometimes, I swear he takes over... LOL

    Oo, I love the audiobook process! Good luck with your auditions. :) I can't wait until you hear Cole's voice. It's not an exact match for the character, but the narrator has his cockiness down!

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    1. Taking over sounds just like Cole! lol

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  11. You are one busy woman! Lots of great things going on though! I've got to get caught up on Carrie's books. I LOVE her stuff. And it's always great to see a character grow!

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    1. It's my day job, Leigh! lol I could get a lot of stuff done if I didn't have bills to pay. :D

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  12. You sure have been busy. The conference sounds interesting. For movies, I thought 'Godzilla' was disappointing. 'Edge of Tomorrow' looks like it has possibilities.

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  13. Sounds like you had a great productive weekend and week. We did shifting to a new house...

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