Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hibernation time

I've got some pretty tight deadlines coming up, the biggest of which is March 1 for the first draft of Passion Bites, Luke's story. Please bear with me!

In return for your patience, here's a little tidbit...look for Passion Bites sometime this fall :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

3T Writing Tidbit

Don't lose potential readers in the first two pages!

This tidbit was inspired by story master Michael Hauge. Hook readers by creating empathy for the point-of-view character within the first two pages. There are a number of ways to do this but surprisingly, only one is actually to make the character likeable.

Think about all the characters you find intriguing. Dr. Gregory House. Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson. What makes each of these compelling? Why would you follow them, root for them? Distill that into a trait then choose a way to demonstrate that trait in the first 2 pages of your manuscript.

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, January 13, 2015

Last Year at This Time--What were YOU doing?

I can't even remember what I had to eat two days ago. Last night, okay. That was spaghetti as of this writing, with a glass of light beer (with a touch of lime juice we added).

So much fun on the Internet, but we don't always have time to see it. So I'm starting a 2nd Tuesday feature for things that deserve a repeat performance--Lust with a Laugh posts and other things that catch my eye.

Last year at this time we'd JUST started Lust With A Laugh. Roxy Mews is the genius behind our group, and she posted:

Roxy Mews: Spicy, Sexy, Fun

What is this place?

I was doing my top 10 blog hits countdown. But on January 1, I shared a bunch of fun comic links

January 1T Olio -- Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January 1T Olio

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Happy New Year to everyone!

Here's what 2015 has to offer so far.

Roxy Mews is my special guest at Magical Musings.

Some fun mashups at Lust with a Laugh, including Weird Al as Sir Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye.


February will see the stand-alone release of the updated  Masked Attraction. http://www.maryhughesbooks.com/PullOfTheMoon.htm#MaskedAttractionAnchor

March 3 Downbeat releases in print. http://www.maryhughesbooks.com/Downbeat.htm

March will see the release of a new Biting Love Short Bites, Thor's story. http://maryhughesbooks.com/WorkInProgress.htm

April 28 is the exciting release of Heart Mates, Pull of the Moon Book 1. http://www.maryhughesbooks.com/PullOfTheMoon.htm#HeartMatesAnchor

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Have a safe New Year's Eve!
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Warm wishes for a wonderful New Year.
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May your 2015 be amazing!
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Tomorrow—January 1—be sure to check out Roxy Mews's guest post at Magical Musings.

If you haven't read Twyla's New Years' Eve store, now's the time!

The Bite of Silence (Biting Love Book 3, a novella)
Spartans do it with discipline.

Times Square on New Year's Eve. A million partiers chanting the final seconds. This year, it's a countdown to death.


My name is Twyla Tafel and I've uncovered an insane plot to unleash berserk vampires on those unsuspecting revelers. I have to stop it, armed only with my great admin skills, my useless art degree—and Nikos, a severely hot vampire who I'd love to photograph as a Spartan king roaring his muscular challenge at the Persians.

But Nikos has issues, if you know what I mean. Roadblocks in his psyche that say stop when all I want is go-go-go. See "severely hot", above.

Although if I finally break through Nikos's reserve, I may get more than I bargained for. He's seriously big, seriously built, and more than just a tad dominant. Still, it's time to push my limits and find out who I really am, so I'm willing to try…I think. I'm sure. I'm mostly sure. Until he starts stalking me with those sable bedroom eyes and long, sharp fangs?!

Material Safety Warning: Contains 50% high-voltage sex by volume. 10g seriously hot Greek vampire, 4g curvy, competent heroine, 7g explosive action and gritty language. Made on equipment used to process snarky comments. Some light bondage may occur during handling.

**Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read; Best First Line Winner DRB 1st Chapters; Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews A True Gem

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Meow-ry Christmas? Warm Wishes for a Happy Holidays from me to you!

For your viewing pleasure, Cats vs. Christmas Trees.

And Simon's Cat.

Okay, one more. Last year's Simon's Cat.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dear Santa...

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Dear Santa,

How's Rudoph's cold? Get him the lotion tissues for that red nose...

Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, Santa's got a present for you!

Cherise Sinclair, Lorelei James, Shayla Black, Lexxie Couper and more share their "Dear Santa" letters--and tons of giveaways--at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews.

I'm giving away a Holiday Pack with ebooks Biting Holiday Honeymoons, Entranced box set, and Black Diamond Jinn--that’s a dozen stories. Just 3 more days.


**All Dear Santa letters here** http://www.guiltypleasuresbookreviews.com/category/dear-santa