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Sunday, September 25, 2011


I joined the FALLING INTO BOOKS BLOG HOP.It is hosted by the fantastic Michelle over at Oh, For the Love of Books! http://www.flickspicks1.blogspot.com

The Last chance to sign-up if anyone is interested in joining. I might be doing some critiques! So head on over!

Friday, September 23, 2011


Okay, everyone...there's a new blogfest in town for the month of October. And we all know how I loves a good blogfest! So, join with me. Here's the deets:

A. What is the Rule of Three?

The "rule of three" is a principle in writing that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things. The reader/audience of this form of text is also more likely to consume information if it is written in groups of threes. A series of three is often used to create a progression in which the tension is created, then built up, built up even more, and finally released. –Wikipedia

B. How does the Rule of Three work in this blogfest?
The Rule of Three is a month-long fiction blogfest, where we’ve created a ‘world’,the town of Renaissance, and challenged you to create a story within it. The story will feature 3 characters of your creation, who will be showcased on your blog on 3 different Wednesdays, following the Rule of Three. The 4th Wednesday, we’ll have the culminating scene.

C. What is the Shared World of Rule of Three?
Renaissance is an outpost town in the middle of nowhere, but many routes pass through or beside it. The desert is encroaching on one side (to the West), a once-lush forest lies to the East and South. A large river runs through the forest, but it is not close to the town. Mountains are to the North, far, far away, and when you look towards them you don't know if they are an illusion or real. Closer by are the smaller hill chains that fed the mining, creating caverns and passages underground.
The town has had a number of identities throughout its history: A trading post; a mining town; a ghost town until it was rediscovered; a thriving community; the scene of a number of great battles; the scene of one great tragedy (that led to its Ghost Town standing); a town of great joys and celebrations, and so much more.
At this point in time, there is a general population of 333. A mixture of a community. It boasts families that have lived there for generations upon generations, but they are in the minority, and are not in positions of power. There are traders who have come back here, at the end of their many travails, to settle in. The new families and power-players have taken this as a last refuge for themselves, hoping to rebuild lives torn apart on the way here.

Everyone has a secret. Welcome to Renaissance. Enjoy your stay.

D. Writing Guidelines for the Rule of Three Blogfest:
  1. 1. Your overall story can be in any genre, time period, or style you choose.
  2. You must have three characters (Rule of Three), but the relation between them is up to you.
  3. Every Wednesday or Thursday (48-hour window), post a narrative fiction: story, poem, song lyric, play, monologue, soliloquy-- any style you choose to work in.
  4. Each Friday you will be given a choice of writing prompts that will escalate the inner happenings of your story. Please choose one or more, and state the chosen prompt at the beginning of your post.
  5. Choose one of your characters to showcase that given week as the main protagonist for that posting. Of course, you can weave in your other characters as you see fit, but the main action/conflict or point of view should be the showcased character of the week.
  6. In the fourth week, give us your tour de force, a culmination of the story that will make us weep, weak at the knees, jump for joy, whatever...and know a writer’s job was done well.
  7. Upper limit for each post is 500 words. A little higher is okay, but not more, please.
There are prizes, so go sign up here!  You have until October 3rd.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Most of you know, I'm a huge Twilight Fan. So, in honor of Bella's birthday (which is today), I thought I would share the latest trailer for Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, part 1. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Happy Saturday!  I spent the whole day reading another remarkable book by Kody Keplinger called SHUT OUT.  It was amazing!  Here's the book trailer:

Novel Description: Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.

Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.

My Review:
Kody has the ability to create characters that resonate with so many teens, and some adults who remember what it's like to be a teen.  Yes, the premise for this novel is so charming and funny, but what I loved most about it were the lessons that the characters learned along the way.  Lessons like it's okay for teens to talk about sex, if a guy breaks up with you because he can't get laid, then he doesn't deserve you.

In my opinion, adults are so wrapped up with the basics of sex when they talk to their children, they skip past the emotional issues surrounding have sex as teens.  This novel addresses that issue.  I loved that Kody had characters that not only were afraid to have sex, but she had characters who were unsure if they even liked it or liked it too much.  It was a well-rounded novel. 

Everyone should read this book!  It was light-hearted in some places, and heavy in others.  It made me think, feel, and laugh out loud.  It will definitely go into my Must-Read-Every-Year book stack along with another Keplinger classic, THE DUFF!

My Rating:

Thursday, September 8, 2011


It's time for the first challenge in the Third Writer's Platform Campaign!  YAY! Here's the challenge:

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)

For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!

So, here's mine.  If you like it, vote for me here.  I'm #346   ! Just click the "like" button.

The door swung open, knocking into the wall with a thwack. Owen gazed at the horrid scene before him, eventually squeezing his eyes closed to block out the image.  But even behind his eyelids, he couldn’t erase the blood splatters from his memory. 

“Oh Bethany,” he murmured.  He took a few steps forward, not wanting to get too close. Peering at the bed, he could see she at least put up a fight. Light bruising dotted her knuckles, and her fingers appeared stiff with rigor mortis. “I hope you clawed his eyes out.”

The metallic smell of blood rose to his nose and his muscles tensed.  He couldn’t stay here much longer. It was too tempting.  He felt the tip of his fangs grazing his bottom lip.
A plan began to formulate in his mind. One act of revenge. Lucas would pay for his disobedience. Bethany was strictly off limits.  He knew this and still slaughtered her for a meal. It would definitely  be his last.

Owen dialed 9-1-1 and left the receiver in the dead girl’s hand.  One final time, he pressed his lips to hers, and said goodbye to the girl he loved as the door swung shut.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Campainer's Introduction!

Hello all!  I'm so excited to be a part of the Third Writer's Platform Campaign! There was a little glitch on my part with the groups, but I'm registered and will be added to group  # 6 or #12 and #34 (Paranormal Romance).  I can't wait to to all of the blogs and say hello.  So, for all of you who may be new to my blog, here are some things about me:

The Basics:

1. I write YA paranormal romance. I'm unpublished and unrepresented, as of today.
2. I've written two manuscripts so far.  Tweaking those and starting a third.
3. I teach Fourth Grade.
4. I'm married to my childhood sweetheart, but we have no children.
5. I have two dogs, Schubert and Potter.
6. I'm a military wife, so I've lived in 5 different states (SC, CA, TX, HI, and AL)
7. I'm also a singer and a ventriloquist.

The Quirks:

1. I love to drink soy sauce (or shoyu as they call it in Hawaii) straight from the bottle.
2. I'm lactose intolerant, but LOVE LOVE LOVE Ice Cream.
3. I've read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 58 times (I read it with my class every year.)
4. I collect movie props and signed movie scripts.
5. I sleep in parking lots to meet famous people. (26 celebrities in my lifetime. My favorite: Robert Pattinson)
6. I could sing karaoke everyday! And generally do!
7. I'm deathly allergic to peaches and smoke.

My blog:

1. Mostly writers type stuff.
2. Book giveaways
3. What I've learned in conferences, workshops, or webinars.
4. WIP exerpts
5.  Blogfests.

Well, did you learn a little about me?  I hope so!