Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Time for a laugh

Those that know me know that I love animals. I have six cats who often entertain me to no end. It’s interesting to watch them run around, chasing each other.  Often they will bounce up in the air with no effort what so ever.  I have one cat that plays fetch and one that plays volleyball. I kid you not. You toss a tiny ball at her and she will bat it back at you.  She will also jump sometimes three feet in the air to cat a ball when thrown up. She is a riot!

I love watching those animal videos on-line or on TV. It’s incredible to see a dog say “I Love You” Or a cat jumping up and opening a door on its own. Squirrels snatching a bag of chips from unsuspecting picnickers.  It always cracks me up. Well, this morning I’m watching CNN and see a video of a bear twirling a stick. Not just twirling, this bear has some awesome movies that would put some baton twirlers to shame. It’s so hilarious and incredible to watch. The bear is in a Japanese zoo and apparently loves sticks.  
Watching this video made me smile and laugh so I thought why not share my joy with all of you on this day, the middle of the week when the weekend looks so far away. And why should I just share one video, why not more. I love making people smile. J
So here you go. Hope it brightens your day! J








And to end it all. My Cat Misty playing volleyball with my hubby. :)
video

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My weekend with demons and Satan

Well, today is Saturday and what am I doing? Sitting at home feeling like crap. Just found out I have swollen and infected lymph nodes. Trust me, it is not fun. On antibiotics and pain meds.  So hubby is out most of today. He’s in a curling bonspiel all weekend and won’t be home until late tonight. So that leaves me to do plenty of work on my latest demon book. This one is giving me grief. It was originally 130,000 words and needed to be cut down. Not a problem, there’s stuff I and remove that won’t disrupt the story-line. Yet still…there’s more I need to take out. I’ve found my longer works don’t do as well as some of my shorts. So now I need to cut more out of the book to bring it down to at least 70,000. Oy!
So the story is about the son of Aurora and Scott Monroe from Offer the Demon. Mick Monroe is a kick ass rock star with killer looks and knows how to use them. He sleeps with plenty of women and has been known to lose his temper now and then.  Probably natural given he is the son of Satan. Well…sort of.  Like every bad boy, he thinks he can have who ever he pleases whenever he pleases. So when he sets his sights on Officer Lacy Harris he’s determined to get her into bed. He is in for a big surprise because she is as headstrong as he is and puts him in his place.  But when Mick meets her son, he discovers something inside of him he never knew existed.  
Satan is a determined animal who has the upper hand when it comes to Mick and when Mick refuses to do as he says, Satan gets nasty.  He kills Mick. Shocked? I hope so. So of course you know it will have a happy ending, but getting there is no picnic. There’s a confrontation with Satan with dire repercussions and no one in Mick’s family is safe.
So now you have an idea of what the story is like.  And now I need to get back to cutting out several words. Oy!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Interview with B.J. Scott

Today on That's What She Said I have a wonderful author willing to do an interview for me.
Hello B.J.  And welcome to That’s What She Said. Why don’t we begin by having you tell the readers about yourself.

With a passion for historical romance, history in general, and anything Celtic, B.J. always has an exciting work in progress. Each story offers a blend of romance, adventure, suspense, and, where appropriate, a dab of comic relief. Carefully researched historical facts are woven into each manuscript, providing a backdrop from which steamy romance, gripping plots, and vivid characters—dashing alpha heroes and resourceful, beguiling heroines you can’t help but admire—spring to life. A member of RWA, World Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Savvy Authors, B.J. also writes contemporary, paranormal, time travel, and romantic suspense.
C.S. Lewis first captivated B. J.’s imagination in the fourth grade, and her desire to write sprang from there. Following a career in nursing and child and youth work, B.J. married her knight-in-shining-armor, and he whisked her away to his castle by the sea. In reality, they share their century-old home in a small Canadian town on the shore of Lake Erie with three dogs and a cat. When she is not working at her childcare job, on her small business, or writing, you will find her reading, camping, or antique hunting.

 I must say it is a thrill to interview a fellow Canadian.  I see you have a stunning background of relatives who have come from Scotland, Ireland and England. How much of that background do you put into your stories?I have always been fascinated with anything related to my ancestry and Scottish historicals are one of my favorite books to write. Highland Legacy actually has the town my grandmother was born in Kirkintillock in one of the chapters and make use of the Scott clan for part of it as well. Because my stories are historical, I have to rely on research to make sure the facts are as accurate as possible.
You’re a lucky woman to have your very own knight in shining armour. How much of your husband is the heroes you create.  He likes to tell people that hero is based on him and that he posed for the cover, but so far has not gotten anyone to buy it lol. For me a hero is strong, compassionate, of good morals fiber, romantic, and humorous. To be honest, my husband has all these qualities and more.
You’re bio says that you worked in the nursing field. Do you ever write your profession into your stories? When I write contemporary, and there is a medical emergency, it comes in very handy. I am planning to write a romantic suspense that takes place in a hospital so will utilize my nursing experience then. Even in historicals it comes in handy, but herbal medicines and old cures are used and I must be careful not to use modern terms.
What made you want to write historical romance?I have a passion for history, especially anything Scottish or Celtic so writing a Scottish historical seemed a logical choice. My favorite books to read are in the genre as well.

 Share with our readers how you did the research for your novel: Research comes from a variety of places, but for historicals it primarily comes from library and online information sites. A historical romance must have accurate information for the time period, but the historical facts cannot be more important than the romance. Romance drives the story and the historical facts, events serves to set the scene and helps to transport the reader back in time.
 Do you have anything in the works right now? If so, would you mind giving us all a glimpse into your creation? Yes. I am currently working on a sequel to Highland Legacy. This was always my intention, but since the book came out in Nov 2011, I have had many requests for a sequel involving the hero's brother and the healer in Highland Legacy.  I am also working on another Scottish historical, A civil war based time travel/paranormal and a historical novella. These are all at various stages, but hope to have the sequel finished and available to the public by summer of 2012.
Let’s have some fun:
What is your favourite song? Have several and picking one was impossible
What was your favourite toy as a child? A farm that I got for Christmas when I was nine.
What is your favourite food? Chicken parmesan
Chocolate or Vanilla? Depends:  like chocolate cake, but prefer vanilla ice cream
Boxer or Briefs? Boxers
Favourite color? Yellow

If you were the lead singer in a rock band. What would the name of your band be?
Right now with, the incredible amount of work it takes to promote my book,  trying to find time to write my next novels, working full time and running a small home based business...not to mention being a wife and mom to four dogs and a cat...  Dazed and Confused would be a fitting name ;)

And lastly. Tell us a joke.
A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.


"Oh my," said the writer. "Let me see heaven now."


A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.


"Wait a minute," said the writer. "This is just as bad as hell!"


"Oh no, it's not," replied an unseen voice. "Here, your work gets published."


The readers are excited to hear about your story. Please share the blurb and excerpt from your latest release.
Faced with an abhorrent betrothal, Cailin Macmillan flees her father’s castle and quickly learns that a woman traveling alone in Medieval Scotland is an easy target for ruthless English soldiers. When Highland patriot Connor Fraser comes to her aid, his steadfast dedication to king and country is challenged by his overwhelming desire to protect Cailin—even if he must marry her to do so.
Accused of murdering one of her attackers and determined to rely on her own resourcefulness, Cailin dresses as a lad, intent on seeking refuge at the camp of Robert the Bruce. Can she elude an enemy from her past—a vindictive English lord bent on her utter demise—or will she fall prey to his carnal intent and be executed for a crime she did not commit?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hello, I'm a vampire. How may I help you?

Have you ever thought about what the world would be like if paranormal was reality? I’m talking Vampires, demons, werewolves, shapeshifter, and zombies, just to name a few. And what if these creatures lived amongst us like normal average everyday Joes and Joans.  Your next door neighbour is a shifter and you invite him over for coffee all the time. You’re standing in the grocery line and the cashier is a demon. The late night security guard was a vampire.  A Blood and raw meat store would be as common as a convenience store. A place where zombies could go and have all the brains they want with no consequences.

Now, of course these creatures couldn’t take whatever they want, suck blood from humans or chase their victims down on a full moon. There would be consequences. Jail for the paranormal.  Naturally there would have to be more officers out on parole while there’s a full moon.

Call me weird, but I think about it all the time.  There are times I’ll see a person at the mall and think just how much they look like a vampire. You know what I’m talking about. That guy with the dark hair, pale skin, dark eyes. Or the chick standing beside you in the elevator talking to her companion and you notice how pointy her teeth are.  What about that guy who has so much hair on his body it’s hard to tell if there really is flesh beneath it.  How about the guy in the cubical next to you. You know the one. He’s got his head down, his hair is frazzled, and he’s mumbling to himself. Zombie. Yeah, see, you know what I mean.  What a different world it would be.

Now you’re probably thinking, “Wait, Shiela. If this were reality, then the vampires, werewolves and demon race would become extinct without them recruiting.” Yes, I’ve thought about that. So here is my take on it. Just like we have blood donor clinics, there could be a Volunteer Your Life program.  Here a dying person could go in and surrender their humanity to a vampire, a demon or a shifter. Werewolves of course procreate so therefore their race would still carry on.  But picture it. Someone has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But wait, their still young and have so much life left in them. Why not commit yourself to becoming a vampire, demon or shifter. Of course, the individuals would have to fill out a lengthy form, sign a consent form and so forth. And let’s say there is a law put in place where these creatures can only create a limited amount. That way we wouldn’t be overrun by vamps demons and shifters.

See, I’ve thought way too much about this. But wait, that’s not all. I actually wrote about this very thing. In my novel, Consuming the Darkness, Jacobs Cove is exactly that. A paranormal friendly city. They are governed by laws and those that break the rules do time in prison just like average humans.  Do you think you could live in a world were what we fear the most walk amongst us? You know my opinion. Now tell me yours. Leave a comment and you could win an ecopy of Consuming the Darkness.

Here’s a look at the story.

Consuming the Darkness: Bk 6 in the Darkness series.

He needs your heart to live.

In Jacob’s Cove, where death is as common as apple pie, a serial murderer is a first. Lieutenant Sienna Storm, the town’s newly minted homicide detective, is eager to prove she’s up to the job of tracking down the demon who rips out his victims’ still-beating hearts. Even if it means using her innate ability to connect with him through his blood.

Detective Nathan Powers lost his partner to the aptly named Heartless Killer, and the trail of bodies leads him straight to Jacob’s Cove. However, this is no typical small town. It’s a strange world populated with bloodthirsty demons and run by a vampire. Still, the leggy blonde Sienna is a pleasant distraction. Until he discovers she’s after the same killer—and she’s not sharing.

Minds clash as the hunt intensifies, but the more they run into each other, the harder it is to stay apart. Together they discover not only clues, but a searing need that rises higher by the day.

That need may be their downfall when Nathan becomes the killer’s next target, and Sienna must risk everything to get him back.

Excerpt:

“Behind you! Get down.”
The gun came up in his hand, aimed at her head. She felt the presence of the vampire as he jumped out from behind the dumpster. As she spun around to take him down, the gun fired, hitting the vamp in the right shoulder. He jerked back, screeching like a banshee.
“What the hell are you doing?” she yelled at the man with the gun as she ran to the vamp. “Daisy, stay!” Daisy sat as she’d been instructed while Sienna knelt down beside the screaming vamp. She pressed her knee to the vamp’s bleeding shoulder to ensure that he wouldn’t move. “You are under arrest for breaking the laws of human and vampire and will be detained in the local jail while awaiting trial.”
“You’re a cop?” the guy behind her responded.
“Yeah, I’m a cop. Oh, stop your screaming already,” she yelled at the vamp, then flipped him onto his belly and pulled his arms to his back, pinning them in one hand while she searched for her handcuffs. “Damn it, why don’t I have my cuffs on me. Wanna tell me why you were about to attack me?”
“I wasn’t…honest…I was only…out for a walk. Yeah, I was walking. I’m going to sue the cops for harassment. I was minding my own. Fuck, my shoulder is killing me. Police brutality!”
“Shut the hell up. No one gives a damn.”
“Here.”
Sienna glanced up to see a set of shiny silver handcuffs dangling down before her. Glancing up, she took a moment to survey the gentleman and noticed he wasn’t bad on the eyes. His dark brown hair was messed up but somehow looked natural. And wow! The guy had a hell of a body. Broad shoulders, wide chest, and narrow waist. His face was pretty decent to look at, even with that thin line of hair over his upper lip that ran down the sides of his mouth to cover his chin. He had nice eyes, dark, round, with long lashes. “I’d prefer a regulation set rather than your bondage toys.”
“These are regulation. I’m a detective. Nathan Powers,” he introduced in a deep, throaty voice that sounded as if he’d had one too many cigarettes.
The vamp squirming beneath her, she took the cuffs. Before slapping them on the vamp’s wrists she made sure they were regulation. Flipping him onto his back, Sienna pinned him with her knee as she had before. “Don’t try anything stupid.”
“Bitch!” the vamp spat.
“What the hell’s with the yellow contacts and fake fangs?”
Sienna glanced over her shoulder as she responded to the detective. “What? You’ve never seen a vampire before?”
“A what?”
“A vampire.”
“I heard you. I thought I’d seen it all, but I guess not. Now we’ve got junkies playing vampire,” The detective chuckled with a shake of his head.
One look at the guy told her he was serious. “Oh jeez, he’s a virgin.” She rolled her eyes. “I told you to shut up.” She yanked the screaming vamp to his feet. “This is a vampire, not a fake, the real deal and if you plan on being in Jacob’s Cove for any amount of time you might want to be on the lookout for them. Some of them refuse to abide by the new laws. Isn’t that right, screamer?”
“Seriously though, he’s a vampire like the blood-sucking kind?”
“Don’t know any other kind.”
“Shouldn’t you like…you know, jam a wooden stake through his heart? I can’t believe I just said that.” He laughed boldly.
Was he for real?
She didn’t care for the sarcasm in his voice. “Neither can I. We prefer to rehabilitate them rather than turning them to dust.” Holding the vamp in one hand, she pulled her cell phone out with the other and dialed the station. “Lieutenant Storm here. I have a rogue vamp I need brought in.”
“I wasn’t doing anything, you stupid bitch.”
She clamped onto the squirming vamp a little tighter as she gave her location. She slipped her phone back into her shirt pocket when she was through and gave the vamp a hard shove against the dumpster. “Right, you were only skulking in the dark because you needed a smoke, right?”
“It’s a free world last time I looked.”
“Sure, except when you’re attempting to drink someone dry. Save it for the judge; I’m done listening.”
“You can’t prove anything. I’m innocent.”
“Do you know what I am?” she asked as she leaned in real close. “I’m a Tejakkan which means I have precog abilities. I saw you moments before you jumped out and I saw just what you’d planned to do so save your ‘I’m innocent’ act for someone who gives a damn.”
“Bitch!”
“That’s right and remember it.”
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Action Heroes. Where have they gone?









Have you heard the news? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have undergone surgery . Not only do these two act together and share a business, but now they’re having surgery in the same hospital at the same time. Remember when these two were the top billboard action heroes?

The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger terrified viewers with his robotic ways and killer instinct. “I’ll Be Back!”
 Stallone with his tough voice and boxing gloves taking out his opponents with gusto and a solid right cross. ADRIAN!!

Schwarzenegger, 64, explained, "After all the action, stunts & physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, it was time for a little tune up on my shoulder. Look who was coincidentally waiting in line behind me for his shoulder surgery. Now we're ready for another round of great times and action when we shoot The Tomb."

These two are set to act together in not one, but two movies coming out in the next year. The Expendables 2 and The Tomb. Though they say that neither will be doing their own stunts I makes me wonder how the editors are going to manage deleting the walkers. **Snicker**
Its really sad to see these two action heroes growing old. And what is the worst. It makes me feel old. I was in my twenties when Rocky came out and nearly thirty when Terminator was released. How can it be true that these two great heroes are so old

What action heroes do we have these days? Hmmm…Matt Damon’s Jason Borne, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible. Those are the ones that come to mind…well, ones that have stuck around in sequels. But what action heroes are there now for our children to remember and grow with? Robert Downey Jr. (Yummy) Sherlock Holmes for one.

They say Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow is an action hero though I’m not sure of that. Are the true action heroes gone? Is it the end of a great legend? God I hope not. Action heroes are damn sexy. Sure they get the hell beaten out of them and their faces are bloody an bruised, but still…babes. There is something about a man who can throw a punch that is a turn on. Blood and all.
Sigh…As Bonnie Tyler once sang
Where have all good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where’s the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds

Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream of what I need.
I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight
Sigh, those were the good old days.

Can you think of some recent action heroes?
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