Tuesday, August 15, 2017

3T Writing Tidbit

My husband posts about creativity on Facebook. It's been helping me boost my own productivity in ways I'd never imagined.

Today (January 18, 2017) he posted one on how Isaac Asimov wrote the equivalent of a full-length novel every two weeks for 25 years (over 500, but over a lot longer period, lol). It's here: https://qz.com/886038/isaac-asimov-wrote-almost-500-books-in-his-lifetime-these-are-the-6-ways-he-did-it/

The whole article is worth reading, but what stood out was Asimov's take on the dreaded writer's block.
Frequently, when I am at work on a science-fiction novel, I find myself heartily sick of it and unable to write another word.
It's normal to get stuck. His solution? Set it aside.
I don’t stare at blank sheets of paper. [...] I simply [...] go on to any of the dozen other projects that are on tap. [...] By the time I’ve grown tired of these things, my mind has been able to do its proper work and fill up again. I return to my novel and find myself able to write easily once more.
I've done this before out of profound disgust for a project, and I practice interleaving projects to make them continuously fresh, but never have I walked consciously away from something. Going to give this one a try.

Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular order. Click here to see all 3T Tidbits.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2T Repeat Performance

In December 2016, the lovely Magical Musings crew decided it was time to close down their blogging shop. I had three wonderful years with them. I thought you might be interested in seeing those posts now.

photo credit: sean dreilinger via photopin cc
Do You Candy Crush? -- Favorites #6 eGames--Originally posted September 17, 2014

Let’s get to know each other!

In these first months as a Magical Musings blogger, I’m sharing my 10 favorite things and hope to hear about yours.

I'm more pinball generation than video game, but I have to admit, there's something about playing computer games that appeals to me. I started out with role-playing adventure games like Quest For Glory and Baldur's Gate, though lately it seems all I have time for is three minutes of Secret Society or Candy Crush.

I'm not sure why, but electronic games give me the same feelings as seeing a bristling Christmas tree loaded with shiny ornaments or a Halloween candy bag or a beautifully wrapped gift box.

Maybe it just comes down to art.

To me, there's a sense of wonder and joy that playing the best games brings. It's like reading a book where you get to control the story. Or like living in your very own movie. The improvement in graphics and sound quality has only increased the experience.

Even quick pattern-matching games like Candy Crush and Farmville, casual games meant to while away a few minutes in line or between appointments, make life sparkle a little more. What would we do while waiting otherwise? Something productive, maybe, but would being productive pop just a bit of joy into our lives?

When my children were growing up, we read books at bedtime, and my children still are readers as adults. Books are an important part of our lives. But we also played video games and I think it gave them an appreciation of and familiarity with modern electronics while still exercising their imaginations.

Maybe not. :) But I just bought Baldur's Gate for my tablet, and it still feels like Christmas trees and perfectly wrapped gifts.

What brings you a sense of wonder and joy?

My son recently pointed me at a site that has older games updated for current operating systems called GOG. Quest for Glory 1-5 is here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1T Status Update

Have you got your Biting Love fix yet? These prices won't be seen again.

The whole BITING LOVE series for under $1 each. Amazon | BN | EP

Here's what I'm up to:
  • Third round of edits for Night's Caress turned in.
  • Cover mockup for Night's Caress is tongue-rollingly lovely!
  • My sightreading is getting a real working (and upgrade) thanks to one-rehearsal weekly concerts with the American Legion Band this summer
  • I need a vacation. 
  • Because of hubby's job, we need to stay around his servers. Anybody got any good ideas for a sta-cation?
  • Night's Kiss 10K words and rising.
  • File made for Soul Mates (Pull of the Moon Book 3, or in the new numbering scheme, Book 5)
  • Haunted by Love is supposed to release today :) Contains Hunt Mates, Pull of the Moon prequel to Mind Mates, or in the new numbering scheme, Book 3.
  • I'll be a feature guest tomorrow at Delilah Devlin's blog! Come chat with me about the music you like.

Monday, July 31, 2017

SALE!! (I love a good sale, and this is great) plus LAST DAY for the Kindle giveaway. Check it out now!

It's here! THE sale event. A zillion paranormal romances for less than a slim buck each. Well, zillion might be a slight exaggeration. Many, many favorites, now at 99 cents. But click buy today, before they go up to the regular price of $3.99.

See more at ENTANGLED PUBLISHING.

Or see my titles at these vendors: Amazon | BN | EP
Steamy. Crazy. Exciting. If you like staunch, powerful heroes, this is the series for you. The whole BITING LOVE series for under $10. Hurry, this won't last. Amazon | BN | EP

He’s perfect…and he’s her number one suspect.
They mix like oil and water—or like nitro and glycerin.
Times Square. New Year’s Eve. This year, it’s a Countdown to Death.
Golden, deadly vampire meets a St.-Pauli-Girl-Next-Door.
Turns out, the real show happens when the curtain comes down…
Two women, two vampires…twice the fangy HEA.
He’s the master of the podium, but she’s the master of his heart.
Even the shadows fear him—how can any woman love him?
Even Dr. Frozen thaws when passions ignite.


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Kindle giveaway here. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Howl with Guest Emma Nichols--PLUS GIVEAWAY

The Howl Series
by Emma Nichols
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Raising the Phoenix
Book #1
Blurb:
The Alpha is the leader of the pack, a revered position, one that can't be inherited, only earned. For ten years my father groomed me to take over in the event something happened to him. I guess I never expected it to happen so soon. I thought I'd have more time. I thought I'd at least graduate from college first. Instead, life threw the Phoenix Pack a curveball. My father was murdered, and my mother died with him. Suddenly, I'm responsible for my twin sisters, and everyone else. I'm forced to make some tough decisions. And if everyone in the pack has their way, one of those decisions will involve finding my mate. They should've given me an easier task, like brokering world peace or curing cancer. After all, what male would ever volunteer for this, having a mate who's also his Alpha, leaving his pack to join hers, and giving up everything he has ever known?

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Cursing the Moon
Book #2

Blurb:
Savannah Silver has met her mate.

Her wolf has chosen, but the Alpha who can silence others with a look and command her pack with a word has been refused. While she waits for him to come to his senses, Savvy works to find her parents’ killers, rebuild the homestead and ensure Shelby’s future.

Quinn Holderman has met his match.

Being part wolf and part husky has always been a disadvantage. Becoming a rogue was his only hope for happiness. Then Quinn met Savvy. In his mind, his reasons for denying her made perfect sense. In reality, he has suffered every second they are apart.

He needed more time. She needed her mate. Together, they’re cursing the moon.

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Healing the Heart
Book #3

Blurb:
Sometimes love isn’t enough. Sometimes love can’t conquer all. Sometimes healing a heart takes time.

Quinn doesn’t have time. Instead, what he has is a looming deadline. The mating must take place by the full moon or not at all. He thought he had made up his mind. He thought he could live with his decision. Then Savvy disappeared.

Savvy is an all or nothing kind of girl. She needs a strong mate, a decisive mate, a loving and supportive mate. Unfortunately, Quinn refused to be that mate. Losing him was breaking her heart. Staying busy was her only coping mechanism. Ignoring her needs and focusing on the pack helped her find everything she ever needed.

Sometimes the threat of losing everything can change minds and hearts. Sometimes the promise of a better future and a determined mate can heal a heart in record time.

Available on Amazon!
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Author Bio:

What made her decide to be a romance author?
Simple.
How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?
Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn't believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life's cliche moments spicy.
Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.
Visit her website for updates: http://emmanicholsromance.com
Or better still, join her newsletter and never miss a release, sale, or giveaway: http://eepurl.com/0SiQn

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Don't miss out! 11 series 99 pennies & enter this Kindle giveaway

The whole Biting Love series for under $10. Ten more series for just 99 pennies each book. Seven prizes including a Kindle, Amazon gift card, and more.

Be sure to grab these amazing values before they go away! Giveaway open to July 31. Books on sale only till August 6. But the days are flying by so ACT NOW.

KINDLE & MORE GIVEAWAY

SERIES SALE (Amazon link to 1st book in series)
The Dark War by Angela Addams The Dark War Series
Cursed plus Wolf Slayer by Angela Addams The Order of the Wolf Series
Beaudry's Ghost by Carolan Ivey The Legends Series
Total Eclipse of the Heart by Crystal Jordan The In the Heat of the Night Series
The Legal Vampire's Golden Goddess by Heather Long The Tales of the Arcana Royale Series
Bite My Fire by Mary Hughes The Biting Love Series
Night of the Tiger by N.J. Walters The Hades' Carnival Series
Alexandra's Legacy by N.J. Walters The Legacy Series
Wolf at the Door by N.J. Walters The Salvation Series
A Touch of Magick by N.J. Walters The Spells, Secrets & Seductions Series
In the Dark by PG Forte The Children of Night Series

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Cover reveal plus GIVEAWAY!

~ Cover Reveal ~
Any Way You Spin it
By Monique McDonell

Blurb:
Sometimes you must accept that love doesn’t always show up at your convenience.
Minnie has made mistakes and lots of them. Fresh out of rehab and back in her home town her plan is simple; she needs to make amends to all the people she hurt, especially her children, and get her life back on track. She has no room in her life for men – it was because of men she got in this mess in the first place.
The minute former athlete and current bar owner, Mitch sees Minnie he knows she’s something special. Now all he needs to do is convince her and the whole town that their being together will not undo everything she’s working so hard to achieve.
With all the obstacles to her success can Mitch prove he’s not just one more thing in the way.
If you like long bike rides, picnics by the lake and truffle fries then Any Way You Spin It is for you.

Available on Amazon
Snippet #1
Mitch knew it was just a coincidence he’d run into Min. She was one of a handful of people he’d run into today. Moose had jogged past him at the park and invited him to dinner tomorrow night. He’d stopped to get gas and Dave the local policeman was at the other pump and when he’d gone into the diner half the town had been there. And he may have heard Mins name mentioned in whispers more than once. Patty had been holding court with her gaggle of minions. Running into the beautiful woman seated beside him improving the look of his truck exponentially was not destiny, even if it felt like it.
All she’d bought was a small block of cheese. Clearly, she was planning to do something with it.
“What’s the cheese for?’
“Meatballs and spaghetti.” His stomach, the betraying bastard groaned. “I gather you like meatballs.”
“I do. They’re a classic.”
“I’m going to have extra. I’ll drop some over.”
“You don’t need to do that.” His stomach rolled again.
“To say thanks for the bike, and the lift home.” Large raindrops were pelting the windshield now. “I’m pretty happy not to be walking in this.”
He looked over at her. She was looking at him with those baby blues so he couldn’t resist.  “Okay, but how about you eat it with me? It’s kind of sad for us each to be eating alone.”
“Okay. I’ll just come down the hall when I’m done.” The town wasn’t big so he pulled the truck up outside the building minutes later. He stopped under the portico so she could exit without getting wet.
He watched her go, her perfect pear-shaped butt heading in the door and up the stairs. He knew he shouldn’t be looking at that butt or wanting that woman but knowing didn’t stop it from being so.


Snippet #2
Did you get lost again, you live down the hall.”
“No, I brought you some fries.”
“You brought me fries?”
“Truffle fries actually. Sarah said you kind of moaned when she mentioned my truffle fries earlier.”
“She said I moaned about you?’
“About my fries. So, I brought them and myself to your door.”
“Well come on in then, although I don’t recall moaning.” She absolutely did, but he didn’t need to know that.
“Maybe you smiled. I’d rather make you moan than smile, but I’ll take either.”
“And I’ll take the fries.” She held out her hand so he could pass them over.
She lifted one from the bag and took a bite of the crunchy salty goodness and then she really did moan. “Okay mission accomplished, you made me moan, you can leave happy now.”


Author Bio:
I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women's fiction including chick lit and romance.
I have written all my life especially as a child when I loved to write short stories and poetry. At University I studied Creative Writing as part of my Communication degree. Afterwards I was busy working in public relations I didn't write for pleasure for quite a few years although I wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And I still do in my day-job!)

When I began to write again I noticed a trend - writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since.
I am the author of five stand alone novels including Mr. Right and Other Mongrels and Hearts Afire and the Upper Crust Series. Many of my novels focus on an Australian characters meeting and visiting US characters.
I have been a member of the writing group The Writer’s Dozen for ten years. Our anthology Better Than Chocolate raised over $10,000 for the charity Room to Read and helped build a library in South East Asia. I am also a member of the Romance Writers of Australia. In 2015 had a piece on writing chicklit featured in the successful Australian non-fiction book Copyfight.
I live on Sydney's Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter.
To learn more about my writing, my caffeine obsession and my upcoming books please visit  www.moniquemcdonell.com.au.


Social Media:
Website - http://moniquemcdonell.weebly.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor
Twitter - https://twitter.com/MoniqueMcDonell
Blog - http://moniquemcdonell.weebly.com/blog.html


GIVEAWAY
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