My Sexy Saturday: Alpha Wolf’s Voodoo

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This week is all about my sexy howl.  And you all know what we mean…don’t you?

It’s all about the shifters this week. Those sexy beings that howl in the night. Or in the day when necessary. Shifters are downright sexy and if you have one, we want to see them.

Those of you who know me probably didn’t think I had a wolf shifter story in the works. I do and I’m actually editing the first draft now. Of course, it is a historical romance shifter story, and guess what? It takes place on a steamer. Now it is starting to sound more like me, right? I thought so.

I had a hard time coming up with a title for this story. It is subject to change, but right now the tentative title is Alpha Wolf’s Voodoo and it is the first novella in the Bayou Pack series.

Here are seven sentences for your reading pleasure.

Violet was different. He could send her out to the parlor and spend time with a more eager woman, but the idea repulsed him. No other woman would do for today. Violet had him more stirred up than any woman he had ever been with. As his mother pointed out all the time, he could fill a whole pack with his past lovers. Those women filled his sexual need, but he remained empty and lonely.

He had gone to Marie Laveau for a reading because he no longer sought women to fill a night of pleasure; he wanted a woman he could wake up to every morning.

I encourage you to hop over to the My Sexy Saturday website and see the other author’s participating in this week’s howl worthy edition.

Ingredients for the Perfect Picnic?

It is summertime which means it is picnic season! Unfortunately, we currently have a wildfire burning near the valley so the smoke does not make an outdoor picnic too enjoyable right now. I hope you have better picnic conditions where you are.

So besides good weather what makes for the perfect picnic?

Hop over to Loralie Hall’s website to read the rest of picnic edition blog post. You can also enter my giveaway and learn more about Wild and Tender Care.

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My Sexy Saturday – Wild and Tender Care Excerpt #3

MSS_button 250x250It is Saturday again which means it is time for another excerpt. This will be my last excerpt from Wild and Tender Care for a while. The funny thing is they keep getting shorter and shorter.

This one is only 7 words!

Dr. Steere tells Miss Page:  “You’re the rose in this dusty town.”

I hope you enjoyed my excerpt. Yes, it was short and sweet. Now you have plenty of time to  to check out the other blogs participating in this week’s My Sexy Saturday hop.

Random Fact: Tabaco vs. Tobacco

Sometimes typos can teach you something!

I’m sure your probably know what tobacco is. I won’t go into that or how bad it is for your health. It was socially acceptable in the 1800s and many of my male characters smoke.

Do you know what Tabaco is?

I’ll give you a hint. It is geography related. It is a place.

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I didn’t even realize Tabaco was a word until Microsoft Word said so, and well you can’t go wrong with Microsoft, right? *cue the laughter*

It turns out that Tabaco is a city in the province of Albay in the Philippines. It is one of the three component cities of the province, along with Legazpi City and Ligao City.

According to the 2010 census Tabaco City has a population of 125,083 people.

There is your quick geography lesson today. Did you learn a random fact recently? Please feel free to share in the comments below. I love random facts!

Write Tip Wednesday: Making the Villain Human

Welcome to another installment of Write Tip Wednesday! Today I’m discussing villains.

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There is something to be said for insane people, but most villains are human and therefore have both negative and positive qualities. Something that can make a book better is if the reader can understand and relate to the villain.

I’m a big western fan. When I decide to waste time watching TV it will most likely be the western channel. Recently I watched The Jayhawkers staring Fess Parker. It is set before the Civil War and tells the story of Luke Darcy  who envisioned himself as a charismatic leader of a new independent Republic of Kansas. He is actually the villain in this story, and was very, very likable which made his fall at the end all the more gripping.

The hero in The Jayhawkers is played by Fess Parker. He made a deal to get paroled out of prison if he brought Luke Darcy in to stand trial and hang. The two men have quite a history. Luke Darcy actually stole away Fess Parker’s wife.

Okay enough rambling. Back to the lesson. One way to make the villain human is to actually write scenes in their point of view. What better way to explain their motivations, their hopes, fears, and dreams etc.

If you don’t want to write scenes from their pov then you still need to convey in your story that they are complex. All too often I read stories where the villains just don’t like the hero and are out to get them. Why? There has to be some history there. Is it an ongoing family feud? In a writing class I took several years ago the teacher said that if you have a really nasty villain have them do something nice when you first introduce them for the reader for example have the guy pet sit for his elderly neighbor’s cat while she is in the hospital. The main thing is just show that they are not 100% evil. Having a complex villain can really improve the story and sometimes it can even make the story.

Do you have any advice on what makes a villain human? Please feel free to share your thoughts on the subject!


Back to Blogging

I haven’t really blogged steady in a LONG TIME. I do realize this. I also realize that most of my recent blogs have been promo related. What can I say? Those are easy to throw together and they are fun for me, too. If you read my previous post you know that I haven’t written much since my grandma passed away. This includes blog posts. I haven’t felt too sociable or inspired.

I think back on my glory days of blogging when I was first getting started and I took on the challenge to blog every day for the entire year. I think that was in 2010 but I’d have to double check. I didn’t make the whole year but I made it at least six months. I shared everything from life observations to writing excerpts to bits of history I found interesting from my research. In order to write daily I just posted whatever came to my mind.

I’m not saying I want to  write daily again, but it is time that I open myself up and offer more on my blog. Look for a wider range and hopefully more frequent posts from me. This is a struggle, but I know it will have a rewarding payoff.  I’m an introvert, a very private person, but sharing more of my life will be a good experience for me even if no one cares to read and comment. It is kind of like keeping a dairy which I failed each time I tried growing up. We shall see how this goes!

Writing According to Emotions?

This blog post was inspired by a conversation I had with one of my writing buddies. Her last few stories have been darker than usual and it got me thinking about why. Do writers write according to their emotions? If a writer is sad or depressed do they write darker fiction than when they are happy? If a writer needs to write a scene from the villain’s pov or perhaps a death scene do they call upon the time when they had those emotions to get the tone just right?

I think it is different for every writer. Personally, I have a hard time writing anything when I am depressed. My Grandma passed away in March and I’m just now starting to get back into the habit of writing daily. It got to the point that I had made time to write but I just sat staring at the screen. My thoughts were elsewhere than on my stories.

I do have to be in the right mood to write certain scenes. If a scene is particularly dark I know that if I write it the right way it will leave me feeling empty and sad or even depressed. Sometimes I am not ready to ruin a perfectly good day by writing such a scene.

Also, now that I have gotten into writing romance I have to be ready to write a love scene. Many times I leave a note to myself that I need to go back and either add it in later or finish a partially written scene.

Well, those are my thoughts and experiences on the subject! I’d love to hear your thoughts.