Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Just a guest blog post...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Great Week So Far!

Hey guys! Let me tell you what all happened to me in the last two days.

I read Lovin' Leela by Nichelle Gregory 'cause I won a free e-copy in a raffle, and you know what, guys? This is pretty good. I want all my male friends to buy this book, read it, and take a few hints--that should give y'all some insight into the quality of the, uh, content.

But it's more than that, though. The story really speaks to me about trust and what it takes to open up to someone and build a relationship. I definitely recommend this book.

Took a trip to the art museum today, and it was splendid. Saw some lovely art, took some sub-par pictures with my phone, and I may be posting those later.

All in all, these last two days have done much to leave me inspired and invigorated. It's rare that I feel this pumped about life.

Well, until next time, a bientot, chickadees!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Feature Friday - Pirates

Even though I know it's no longer Friday in most parts of the world, let the pirating commence with book recommendations for pirate-related books.



Cursed to haunt dry land for three hundred years, forbidden to touch the ocean he loves, Nathaniel Quinn’s spirit lingers near the Logan Point Lighthouse until his sentence is served. All he wants is an end to the three hundred year curse so he can haunt the seas instead of the shores.
That’s all he wants, that is, until the day Miranda Kent buys the lighthouse with the intent to turn it into a bed and breakfast. She hopes the presence of a ghost will bring in the tourists, but Quinn has finally found a benefit to his time on land.
She can hear him. See him. Touch him. He may only have a short time remaining at the lighthouse, but at least now he can enjoy it like a sailor on shore leave.
But pleasure turns to impending pain as these doomed lovers discover they’re touching more than each other’s bodies. They’re touching each other’s hearts. The long-awaited end of Quinn’s shore curse might just mean a different kind of curse…
Because an eternity sailing the seas might also be an eternity separated from the woman he loves.



Sinclaire Daves, a young and awkward archeology professor, lives her life surrounded by books and research. Body issues and a recent breakup have left her confidence in pieces. But at night, everything changes as her dreams are filled with the adventures of the woman she wishes she was; a pirate captain who lived over 200 years ago.

Rebekah Bonny, daughter of the famous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack Rackam (who sailed under the Jolly Roger), wants nothing more than to escape her life of danger and disguise, to settle down and spend her life with the man she loves.

Across time, these two disparate women come together, and guide each other through mystery, man trouble, and mayhem, to find they aren't as dissimilar as they seem. Will Rebekah find her peace? Will Sinclaire find the love--and the pirate--she's been dreaming of?



Life on the high seas just became more complicated for Ethan Williams. He's a pirate with a conscience, and even though killing and plundering are his way of life, he's searching for much more--and he's tired of being alone.

Jacqueline Massey is connected with the American Navy. It's her job to trick men into revealing they are indeed pirates. The guilt she feels about sending them to their doom is equaled only by her longing to be loved. But Jacqueline has a secret--one that has intertwined her fate with Ethan's for longer than he's known.

Can Fate bring together a pirate and an angel during the season of miracles, or will a watery death by Davy Jones locker drown their love?


And if you're one of those people who reads to music, check out pirateFM:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

So apparently September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. In lieu of this, I'm going to bombard my readers with pirate-related things.

PIRATE JOKES. Here are some of my favorites.

This pirate walks into a bar with a big ship's wheel down his pants. The bartender says, "Excuse me, sir, but do you know you have a ship's wheel down the front of your pants?"
And the pirate says...
Aaargh, it's driving me nuts!!

A little kid dresses up as a pirate and goes trick or treating. He knocks on the door of a house and a man answers. "Oh, i can see you're dressed up as a pirate." the man says. "But where are your buccaneers?" So the kid says "On either side of my buckin' head!"

A pirate walks into a bar and the bartender says, "Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened, you look terrible!"
"What do you mean?" the pirate replies, "I'm fine."
The bartender says, "But what about that wooden leg? You didn't have that before."
"Well," says the pirate, "We were in a battle at sea and a cannon ball hit my leg but the surgeon fixed me up, and I'm fine, really."
"Yeah," says the bartender, "But what about that hook? Last time I saw you, you had both hands."
"Well," says the pirate, "We were in another battle and we boarded the enemy ship. I was in a sword fight and my hand was cut off but the surgeon fixed me up with this hook, and I feel great, really."
"Oh," says the bartender, "What about that eye patch? Last time you were in here you had both eyes."
"Well," says the pirate, "One day when we were at sea, some birds were flying over the ship. I looked up, and one of them crapped in my eye."
"So?" replied the bartender, "What happened? You couldn't have lost an eye just from some bird poop!"
"Well," says the pirate, "I really wasn't used to the hook yet."


Because come on, how else can you strike that perfect chord of cutesy and smack-you-upside-the-head-if-you-mess-with-me-BA??


Have you read any pirate-related books lately? If not, you really should. This one's one of my favorites, and the first pirate book I read. If you like twists and turns in a plot, you should definitely check it out.

If anyone's the author of a pirate romance or other type of story, do drop me a line! I'd love to do a feature on all things pirate sometime in the next few days, while we're all still in the spirit!

Until then, Excelsior!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

B&N Signing a Success!

Reeeeeally old pictures from the signing that took place at B&N on...I don't really remember. Some rainy Tuesday in September. (I wanna say the 7th.)

Me just sitting around. I wanted to find a strategic place to set up my table...being a literal person, I chose to sit next to the Stratego shelf.

A couple family friends come out to support me.

...There's one girl who won't be growing up on a steady diet of Cinderella and damsels-in-distress. High-octane fiction and extra jalepenos on that corndog, please and thanks!

Some reporters from down at...St. Mary's, I believe.

You just know one of these days I'm going to have a huge press scandal.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Angela Kay calls Peacebreakers "done tastefully"

Hey all! Peacebreakers received a 3 out of 4 rating from Angela Kay of Soap Box in My Mind!

Read the full review


And be sure to follow Angela's page for more great reviews and book suggestions!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Peacebreakers playlist...

Because you know that secretly, every writer builds a playlist in their head to fit their story.

These are in somewhat of a sequential order and this list may contain spoilers if you listen to the lyrics or even just read the title. Some of them are next to each other if they correspond to two events happening at the same time, so order's just there to keep it in a single-file list. On the other hand, a few of them have this back-and-forth thing going on, i.e. Animal is a direct response to The Pedestrian. Anyway, I'll just leave you to figure that out. (By the way, for those who don't know this, the Foxboro Hot Tubs is the same people as Green Day. It's like they decided they'd all go solo for a while...together. Or something.)

1. Across the Sky - Emilie Autumn
2. Don’t Let Me Get Me - Pink
3. Sugar Skulls - Envy on the Coast
4. Faint - Linkin Park
5. Stand Up - Garou
6. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace
7. When You’re Evil - Voltaire
8. Time To Bring The Pain - Krypteria
9. My Coco - Stellastarr*
10. Dead Is the New Alive - Emilie Autumn
11. Last Night on Earth - Green Day
12. Getting Away with Murder - Papa Roach
13. Whispers In the Dark - Skillet
14. Tourniquet - Evanescence
15. Kiss from a Rose - Seal
16. Over My Head - Sum 41
17. Burn It To the Ground - Nickelback
18. Castle Down - Emilie Autumn
19. The ’59 Sound - The Gaslight Anthem
20. Sweet Revenge - Krypteria
21. Can I Play with Madness - Iron Maiden
22. The Pedestrian - Foxboro Hot Tubs
23. Animal - Ke$ha
24. Somewhere In Between - Hawthorne Heights
25. Zombies Ate my Neighbors - Single File
26. Deadbeat Holiday - Green Day
27. Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Overmind's Note: Ultimate.

Hey everyone. The Overmind here for a quick chat. This has nothing to do with writing but every once in a while we nonfictional people need to address our own issues, eh?

So the topic on my mind today is love. Why? Because I was just editing a story to a random playlist on Youtube and Lindsay Lohan's Ultimate came on. You know, that song from Freaky Friday? Anyway, it's pretty catchy for a pop song and it has guitar, but bits of the chorus threw me a little:

'Cause I've been waiting all my life
For someone just like you...

Wait. Hold up. The narrator of this song is assumed to be...what? Eighteen? And she's been waiting all her life for a guy to come along and sweep her off her feet? At that age, should we really be waiting for anything? I don't know about you, but if I was in the middle of the best years of my life, I would party hard, seize opportunities, and go out and accomplish things. If a love affair came along, I'd take it, but by no means would I sit around waiting for someone to hand me completion on a silver platter.

I guess I just overreact to the little things I hear on the radio, but I thought maybe I'd put in my two cents.

On that note, I leave you with a song by La Roux whose lyrics are a much more accurate summary of my outlook:

Been there, done that, messed around
I'm having fun, don't put me down
I'll never let you sweep me off my feet.