Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Never write while sleep deprived

**Yawns** forgive me if I ramble a bit today. I’m going on day three of having very little sleep. No, I have not been up all night writing. That would be nice.  I’ve had a few rough days and nights dealing with some personal issues. Enough said. Anywho…back to what I was talking about. Writing with very little sleep. Have you ever done it? Did you actually accomplish anything? Were you able to read it?
The reason I ask is that I have writing while on little sleep. And trust me, it was readable. But at the time, I had a great idea and it couldn’t wait. I had to write it now.

Since I couldn’t sleep, I sat in my living room, laptop ready and began to type like a mad woman. The ideas rolled out of me in a flow I’ve never felt before. I couldn’t type fast enough, my fingers flew across the keyboard like lightning.  As I wrote I told myself this was the one that was going to take me to the top. Three hours later I hade several chapters done and sleep was calling. I saved the document then staggered off to bed. Despite being dog tired, I was hyped up about the epic novel I had just started. For the first time in days, I slept like a baby.

I should have stayed asleep.
Excited, I woke, ran to my laptop even before having breakfast and opened the document. I stared at the screen, blinking as if that would change what I saw before me. Nope, nothing changed. It was still crap.  There wasn’t a single sentence in the five chapters that made sense. I kid you not. Picture yourself, eyes closed, typing away. Now open your eyes. How well did you do? Probably better than I did while sleep deprived. My sentences looked similar to this.

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Seriously! Yet in my mind, and in my sleep deprived vision I saw sentences of great writing. Paragraphs that were off the charts.
And do you think I could remember any of the idea when I Woke. Nope, not a trickle came to me. How is that possible? People do strange things while sleep deprived. I wrote the greatest crap story ever written. I’ve learned my lesson. If I’m too tired to think, or I’ve gone days with little sleep, I don’t write.
Anyone ever have an experience like mine? What did you do while sleep deprived?
Remember, all comments will be eligible to win a free ecopy of one of my books. So share your experience and you might win.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tues Tidbits with B.J. Scott

Welcome Romance Author Meggan Connors
Tell us what inspires you to write you novels.

As writers, we are often asked, "What inspires you?"
I usually come up with something—people watching, or a phrase I heard, or some show on television. And for each individual story, the answer is true. The Marker really was inspired by The World Series of Poker and a conversation I had with my husband. A story I just finished was actually inspired by a map of mineshafts in an old ghost town. So, I can give you specifics for each individual story.

But if we're talking in generalities, the short answer is, "I wish I knew." Because,honestly, if I knew precisely what it was about those two incidents that inspired two very different stories, I would do that all the time. Seriously. All the time. I'd never do anything but.
I would let the inspiration wash over me, and I would be the never-ending font of inspiration. That would be rad.

No more unruly muses. No more writer's block. No more agonizing over the right approach. After all, in my happy land of never-ending inspiration, you wouldn't have to worry about that. You'd be inspired all the time, and every story you wrote would be golden.

But here's the truth: inspiration is really all about luck and hard work. Sometimes a story will work out, and sometimes not. Sometimes, it really does feel like, in digging for your story, you've hit an enormous vein of inspiration, and everything you write is pure gold. Other times, it feels like everything you pull up is fool's gold—looks okay, but it's not real and it won't last. (More importantly, you won't get paid for it)

So I don't know where my inspiration comes from, and, when I start a story, I don't always know if I've hit gold or iron pyrite. I don't even know if I'll find something as worthless as fool's gold—maybe I'll start something and will just wind up dirty and in a deep hole. Hey, these things happen.

If any of you have the key to the fountain of inspiration, let me know. Because if you've got it, I can fire my fickle muse.

What about you?
What inspires you? And what makes you keep writing, even when it feels like your inspiration has dried up?

Time to get to know a little bit about this talented author.
If a book was going to be written about your life, what would it be called? Write a short 3 line blurb or pitch to sell me on your book.

Title: I Am the Honey Badger
I am unassuming and strangely cute. But don't you "honey" me. Mess with me, and will mess you up. I am the honey badger.
(Honestly, had a hard time coming up with a blurb, because the title really sells itself, doesn't it?)

Interesting title and blurb, Meggan.
Tell the readers what was the most embarassing, most romantic or funniest moment of your life?

I've got so many embarrassing moments. The one that comes to mind the fastest is this story:
I was on the shuttle at my university. I was wearing this super cute, ankle length skirt, a nice blouse, and the cutest set of boots I owned. I was going up to the med school, and at the previous stop, the football team got on the shuttle.

The shuttle was loud, as people talked and cheered the football players. It was still noisy when the shuttle came to a stop at the med school. I stood up to get off the shuttle, and the heel of my boot got caught in my skirt. So much for ankle length, right?
The damn thing hit the floor, and the shuttle went silent.

I mean, SILENT. Like, I could hear crickets chirping a mile away it was that quiet.

I stood there, paralyzed. I looked up, and everyone on the shuttle was staring out the window. The guy sitting next to me (who had a great view of my granny panties), was studying his hands like they were the most interesting things on Earth.

It felt like forever that I stayed like that, but it must have only been a matter of seconds. I bent down to pick up my skirt and pulled it on, and, squaring my shoulders, I marched off that shuttle like nothing had happened, while everyone on the shuttle carefully avoided eye contact.

I know, because I had my head up for probably the first time in my life.

In any case, I was the only person to get off at that particular stop, and, as the shuttle pulled away, I heard a snicker. A snicker that turned into a laugh that turned into a guffaw that turned into…. Well, you get the point.

I could still hear them when the shuttle stopped at the next stop.
I went inside and immediately told the story to the first person who would listen, and I laughed so hard my stomach cramped and tears rolled down my face. Because honestly, this stuff only happens to me.

That is a very embarrassing moment to be sure. Good thing you have a great sense of humor and could laugh it off. Bet you never wore those boots with that skirt again.

Describe yourself in five words: Using only verbs or adjectives.
Brave (80% of the time). Is 80% brave an adjective?

The animals you choose as your favorites or to surround yourself say a lot about who you are and how you think. What are your three favorite animals and why? If you don't like animals, that is okay too. Tell us why.

Favorite animals? Uh, well, here they are, in order.
1. Dogs. 2. Cats. 3. Honey badgers.
I think dogs and cats are obvious. I have pets and I like them. I like honey badgers because those dudes are badass, and I think that's funny. They're cute in an ugly kind of way. They're not that big. But they'll eat a cobra for breakfast. Oh, yeah, the honey badger has such a sweet name, but they're totally badass.

The choices you made are very interesting. Dog are pack animals, loyal and will go out of their way to please their master. Cats tend to keep to themselves and while they do enjoy being lavished with attention, it is on their own terms. The honey badger is a unique choice. Badgers are tenacious, and fiercely protective of their young and their territory. Not an animal you want to mess with if angry.

So we can conclude that while Meggan is a loving, loyal person who enjoys being with her pack, she also likes to have time to herself, enjoys being pampered, likes to have a say as to when and where she does things, and don’t ever mess with her, her family, or try to force her to do something that does not suit her at the moment.

If your hero and heroine were on the Newly Wed Game. How would they answer these questions?

Host: Tell us about the first time you made love. Where was it and was it
(a) Like hells afire
(b) A lesson in anatomy
(c) Like a children's game of show and tell

Nicholas: the first time we made love was at my late brother's house in San Francisco. And I'll have to go with (a) It was like hell's afire.

Lexie: He's right! I said a!

Host: The most annoying thing about my husband/hero is...

Lexie: He flirts with everyone. He'll flirt with the dog.

Nicholas: But you're my favorite person to flirt with.

Host : The most endearing thing about my wife/heroine is...

Nicholas: She's got the most beautiful spirit of anyone I've ever met. She's got a great sense of humor. And she tolerates me.

Host: Pick one.

Nicholas: Her humor. She's funny. Or at least she thinks she is.

Lexie: Awww, honey.

Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island what five things would you want with you?

1. Something to write with.
2. Something to write on (other than number 3. Though I would happily write there, too)
3. Viggo Mortensen (I mean, honestly)
4. A pina colada.
5. Antibiotics (I'll leave it to your imagination as to why I'd want that)

Thanks for being with us today Meggan. Good luck with your current book and future projects.

Thanks for having me!

Book Blurb
When her father loses her in a poker game, Lexie Markland is sent to work in the household of Nicholas Wetherby for one year to pay off the debt. Innocent, but not na├»ve, she is savvy enough to know she must maintain her distance from this man, who frustrates her with his relentless teasing but whose kisses bring her to her knees. Because although she may be just another conquest to him, it’s not just her heart in jeopardy should she succumb to Nicholas’ considerable charms.

Since his brother's death almost a year before, nothing has held Nicholas’ attention for long—not women, not booze, not even an excellent hand at cards. Nothing, that is, until he meets the woman he won in a drunken night of poker. Intrigued by his prize and her chilly reserve, he makes it his mission to crack Lexie’s cool demeanor. But even as passion explodes between them, the question remains: will Nicholas be able to take the ultimate risk...and gamble on love?

Author Bio:
Meggan makes her home in the Wild West with her lawman husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Sacramento Valley chapter. When she's not writing, she can be found playing with her kids, hiking in the mountains, or reading a book.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Out with the old, or remake it.

Have writers run out if ideas? It sure does seem so these days. Anyone who has paid attention to the movie releases in the past year will see that what was once old is becoming new again. Some really classic movies of the eighties have been redone and modernized. Footloose, Clash of the Titans, The Karate Kid, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Conan the Barbarian, and The Thing. To name a few. I saw most of the originals and loved them. Some of the remakes…not so much.

Nightmare on Elm Street. There is no other Freddy beside Robert England. Period. I don’t care how much you try to make a new actor look like Freddy, he doesn’t cut it. And changing up the storyline…what the hell. I LOVED the original. It scared the piss out of me and I couldn’t sleep for days.
Karate Kid. I loved Jaden Smith and I normally love Jackie Chan but he is no Mr. Miyagi and where was the classic, “Wax on, Wax off?”Classic.
And what’s even worse there is talk about remaking Top Gun, Dirty Dancing and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
First, how can they replace Tom Cruise? Seriously? There is no one who can compare to him or even match him in this movie. Dirty Dancing. Seriously. I’m not sure how Patrick Swayze would feel about the remake, but his wife is gun ho and gives her approval. Her approval or not, no one is better as the role of Johnny than Swayze. And if they don’t add the famous,” Nobody puts Baby in a corner” they’re doomed. And lastly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The remake is apparently going to have a whole new twist. The turtles are going to be aliens. I kid you not. WTF? Really?
When I told my kids that Karate Kid is a remake form an 80’s movie they were sure I’d lost my mind. Until I showed it to them. And yes, we went to see it. I enjoyed the movie, but I dearly missed Mr. Miyagi and of course, the wax on wax off part.
21 Jump Street, the TV series which launched Johnny Depp’s career is now a movie. I never saw the TV series, but I’ve heard that the movie is nothing like the series. It’s a comedy and it appears to be doing well in the theater.
I just don’t know why these movies are being remade. Have we run out of ideas that we need to take the old and remake it? As a writer I guess I can get some of it. An idea is taken from say…Beauty and the Beast and twisted to modernize it. But would it be okay for an author to rewrite a classic like Gone With the Wind? What about Pride And Prejudice? War and Peace? Gasp!
Still, despite being remakes, the theatersare full. Our kids haven’t seen the originals and that is what producers are going for. A whole new crowd to entertain. Just don’t touch the classics!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I need a hero!...or heroine ;)

Connor Fraser, a hero with all the qualities that make him great and yet he has his flaws that make him human.
Cailin MacMillan, not your typical subservient medieval woman. Filled with spirit and ready to challenge the men in her life every chance she gets.
Heroes and Heroines, what makes them great?
Strength and conviction in the face of adversity, compassion,resourcefulness, tenacity, the ability to inspire, to touch our hearts, and to make a reader stand up and cheer, are all qualities writers strive for in their heroines and heroes. The dictionary describes a heroine/hero as a distinguished woman/man of courage or ability, admired for her/his brave deeds and noble qualities. A man/woman emulated and revered for their achievements, heroic acts, and talent.
However, while their assets make them great, their faults make them human.

As writers, developing strong, unforgettable protagonists—characterswho drive a story as well as ones with whom a reader can identify—is both challenging and rewarding on many levels. Readers live vicariously though well developed leading ladies and men they admire. They are our portal to a world of fantasy, adventure and romance.
Strong primary characters are conjured in the fertile mind of an author, or can be based on a person who has made an impact on their lives. Sometimes, they are a combination of both. True
heroes and heroines come in many forms and from many walks of life. Be they a teacher or a mentor, a millionaire playboy or a down-home cowboy, a vampire or angel, a nurse or a mother, a warrior or a poet, each is unique and memorable in their own special way.
Where to you get your inspiration for hero and heroine?
What qualities are a must and what faults will you allow?
Do you have a real life hero who inspired you or your characters?
Don't forget a copy of my book Highland legacy will be given to one commenter during the month of March on Tues Tidbits with BJ Scott.
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Happy Spring and Happy writing!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Good and Bad of The Walking Dead

I was once told by an editor that I have a real talent for leaving the reader hanging at the end of my chapters. As a reader, I like to be left guessing and be excited to flip the page and see what comes next. It’s obvious that the hero or heroine won’t be killed, but still, the excitement of flipping the page and seeing how it all comes out is thrilling.  It’s my belief that if you want to draw the reader in, you need to keep them guessing and throw them the occasional curve ball.
I like my movies and TV shows the same way. But there are times when I’m so furious of the way the creators have taken a movie or show that I want to throw something at the screen.  I felt that way two weeks ago while watching The Walking Dead. First, I LOVE this show.
I’ve never been big into zombies. The whole eating of flesh just turned my stomach. But from the moment I saw the first advertisement for The Walking Dead, I was hooked. It was different from any zombie movie I’ve ever seen. It had a real plot. From the very first show I was hooked and I grew to love and hate each character.
There have been twists and turns like Rick surviving his near fatal gunshot wound to find himself surrounded by the walking dead, then finally finding his wife and son. Sophia going missing only to be found on a farm after weeks of being missing and discovering she is a walker. This is a little girl. And now she’s a zombie. It tore me up when they had to kill her.
When Carl, Ricks son is shot and is on the verge of dying I was on the edge of my seat. Would they kill him off too? Then Shane heading to the city for medical supplies with the guy who accidently shot Carl and shooting the guy to get the zombies off his back. Leaving him to die.  But when a zombie gets Dale and tears open his guts, I was screaming, NO NO NO, not Dale! I LOVED Dale.
And last nights episode kinda pissed me off.  Not that Shane was killed off. I didn’t much care for his character anyway. But it’s how they did it. Shane pulling a gun on his ex-partner Rick wasn’t a surprise. What Rick did, and subsequently his son Carl did was a move I wasn’t happy with at all.  Rick stabs Shane, as Shane is giving up his weapon. Rick just jams the knife into Shane’s guts and watches him die. But that’s not the worst. Carl shows up and is shocked at what he sees. Rick tries to tell him it’s not what it looks like only to have Carl pull a weapon on him. His ten (I think that’s his age) year old son, pulling a gun on him. Seriously? Shane then stands up, as a zombie and comes after Rick, though he has no idea. Carl fires his gun and kills Shane. But the way they make it seem is that Carl might kill his father.  In the background you see a crowd of zombies heading toward them. YIKES!!!
As a writer I like to keep the reader guessing. And yes, I have killed off loved characters. It’s a good ploy to keep the reader on the edge of their seats. Still, as much as I love it, I hate it all the same when it’s playing out right in front of me. But would it make me stop watching the show? Not! Still, I’ve read some groups on-line who are avid fans of the show swear they will never watch another episode of The Walking Dead now that Shane has been killed off.  I don’t know about anyone else, but if you love a show so much that you can’t wait to see the next episode, refuse to watch anymore because a character has been killed off is….harsh. But that’s just me. Am I alone? Anyone watch The Walking Dead. What do you think? Are you happy with the way the show is heading, or not?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tues Tidbits with BJ Scott

Good day!
And what a glorious one it is in Southwestern Ontario.
We have truly been blessed this year when it comes to weather. Supposed to top the 20 degrees celsius mark by week's end and sunny! Can't ask for anything more at this time in March!
Before I start my blog post today, I want to announce that in honor of my affiliation with That's what She Said. I will be giving away a copy of my book Highland Legacy to one commenter this month on any of the Tues Blog spots.

While this is not a new topic for some, it is one that can never be stressed enough.
After spending countless hours on your manuscript, the nail biting days and weeks waiting to see if it will be picked up by an editor or agent, your book deserves its best shot at being purchased by the reading public.
In e-books, especially a striking cover, a catchy title and a blurb that leave them wanting more is imperative.
A lot of authors do not have final say in their cover, but since it is your first shot at attracting a buyer, you should advocate for the best one you can. The cover should scream buy me and be genre appropriate. If you have a sexy Scottish Highlander on your cover, it better be a book about a sexy Scottish Highlander. Book covers that deceive will only discourage readers from buying any future books from an author.
Since readers can't physically pick up and ebook and hold it in their hands, they are drawn visually to an ebook. Bold, Clear graphics, theme/genre appropriate/ something that makes it stand out. Personally, I prefer to have the couple on the book or an indicator of what they might look like, but some have found success in a scene that lures the reader.
The title is also something that you need to put a lot of thought into. Again if your book says Highland better have a Highland theme. Short and to the point is best. Titles that go on forever are a red flag that the book might drag on as well. Tell the reader what you have written in a few well chosen words. This might be one of the hardest parts of writing a book, but if you chose a winning title, the book has a much better chance of selling.
Finally, but no less important is a good blurb. Once the reader is tempted by your cover and title, you need something to get them to buy the book. Too often an author tries to tell the entire story in a book blurb. Think about it. Why would someone buy a book if they already know what is going to happen.
Short, concise and and a hook to leave them wanting more is imperative. Three or four short sentences, giving the reader a taste of what to expect is all you need. Think of it as pitching to an editor. This is no different. The end result is the same. You want to show off your book, dazzle them with your words and leave them wanting more. You want them to buy your book.
If you have never written a three line pitch, there are many online workshops you can take and it is well worth the time and money spent.
COVER-TITLE-BLURB...make that your mantra and you will be well on your way to selling your book!
Happy writing and reading!

Monday, March 12, 2012

An inside look at Angela Scavone

Hello Angela and welcome to That’s What She Said. Why don’t we begin by having you tell the readers about yourself.

Thank you so much for having me!! Im a light-hearted people person, who likes to laugh at every chance I can get. When my three little dogs arent keeping me busy they are keeping my feet warm while Im writing.
I see you work for the Board of Education in Ottawa. It’s a lovely city.  How much of where you live and where you work goes into your books?
Not much actually, I use aspects of different people and places and use them in a fictional place.
Your Bio says you have three dogs. I’m an animal lover as well.  What type of dogs do you have, how long have you had them and what are their names?
I have three Pomeranians, yes three, and because of them I no longer need a door bell J. Chester is nine and the twins, Brady and Rusty, are three. I used to also have Bear and TJ but they passed away three years ago, six months apart, of heart issues, each one a day before their eighth birthdays. I waited a whole three weeks before finding Brady and Rusty and bringing the little fur balls home. I had sworn I would never get another dog but Chester was so sad and depressed his health started to decline and I was afraid we would lose him too, so of course I had to bring him home some more friends J
You’re an avid reader. What sort of books do you read? What are you reading right now?
I like all kinds of books, ones that make me think and especially laugh. Right now I’m in the middle of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, these books are hysterical and entertaining. 
Do you have anything on the go right now? If so, tell the readers about it.
My latest project is a story about a woman officer in the military whose sole job is to go overseas to pick up the bodies of military men and women.  The trips start to become dangerous and she is forced to have a partner go with her on the missions to pick up the bodies.  Much to her regret she is partnered with her ex husband.  There are funny parts to the story as well as parts that make you think about life and what’s really important. 
Where do your ideas come from? Dreams.  My dreams tend to play out like movies, very colorful and detailed. As long as I can remember them when I wake up, I will grab the notepad by my bed and start writing out some of the details before they are lost. I, also, have a little quirk in my dreams that I will dream of a place and then several days, weeks or even years later I will come upon that place in reality.  It really creeps some of my friends and family out, when we will travel somewhere we have never been before and I say “Oh I dreamt of this place” then I start describing the road and the kind of houses and buildings that we are going to see along the way, then we see all the things I’ve described.  I tend to use the places that I remember in my stories.

Let’s have some fun:
What is your favourite song? Wow! Great question! I love so many I couldn’t pick just one.
What was your favourite toy as a child?  Cabbage patch kids! They were my favourite! I had three of them!
What is your favourite food?  My favourite food I can eat is oatmeal (yes oatmeal J), favourite food I can’t eat (because of an intolerance to dairy) would have to be pizza (with cheese), lasagna, ice cream, cheese cake, Doritos, Philadelphia cream cheese dips, bagel with cream cheese…seriously I could go on J
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate… no wait vanilla…no chocolate…no vanilla…no…ok I can’t decide that.
Boxer or Briefs? Boxers
Favourite color? Red
If you were the lead singer in a rock band. What would the name of your band be? The Princess and the peas.
The readers are excited to hear about your story. Please share the blurb and excerpt from your latest release.

The blurb

 Fairytales don’t always work out the way you plan.

Jenn Taylor has been with her husband, Jack, since they were in college. They had a fairytale life plan. They were going to finish college, get married, and have three perfect children all two and a half years apart.

Before they knew it, the three perfect children become four not-so-perfect children. They find themselves so busy keeping a handle on work and children, they don’t have the time or energy to keep the spark of romance in their marriage.

Jenn complains to her friends, who suggest she should recreate some of the scenes from her much loved romance novels and surprise her husband.

All the while, she is trying to contend with three boys who do not know how to stay out of trouble and an environmentally and socially conscious daughter who is trying to become a vegan.

Is her marriage doomed to stay in a rut forever? Will she finally succeed in bringing the romance back? Or will she end up permanently injuring her husband with all the romantic scene mishaps?

Saturday May 28,  
Blog entry one
Oh my, last night so did NOT work!
Hi Guys, I know this isn’t how a blog is supposed to work, but since it’s only the three of you reading it, plus Momby the way, thanks for that JoleneI thought I would personalize it a bit more. So last night I set the scene, the candles, the wine, the fire. I had my sexy new black dress on, and I met him at the door when he arrived.
Jack came in the door and he seemed startled to see me standing there. I gave him a glass of wine, then took his briefcase and put it beside the staircase.
“What’s all this?” he asked, and I told him that the children were at my parents and we were going to have a romantic evening. He was completely onboard. We sat on the blanket on the floor, in front of the fire, drinking wine and talking about our day. It was very nice and very romantic, with the fire and all the candles going. I told him the lasagna was in the oven and that it would be ready whenever we were hungry. He said he was starving, so I jumped up to go get the plates of lasagna and salad and I knocked the red wine all over the blanket. He jumped up to use some napkins to clean it up, and he slipped on the blanket and fell on his back. I grabbed at the napkins in his hand to wipe up the spilt red wine before it leaked into the carpet. When the red wine was cleaned up, I went to the kitchen and brought out the lasagna and salad. We sat on the, now wet, blanket in front of the fire and ate dinner. We fed each other and drank wine together; really, we just enjoyed each other’s company.
After dinner, we were sitting there, gazing at the fire, and I was leaning against him and he had his arms around me. It was wonderful.
Suddenly he said, “Honey, I can’t take this heat anymore. Can we please douse the fire?”
“Oh, but it’s so beautiful,” I said, a little sad, and then I turned and looked at him.
He was seriously sweating. I mean pouring down his face, shirt soaked kind of sweating.
“Oh my God! Are you okay?” I asked, concerned.
“No, I’m super hot. I understand this is really beautiful and really nice, but Jen it’s ninety-five degrees outside and almost one hundred and twenty degrees in here. Can we please lose the fire?”
Jack then got up and put his hand out for me to grab to help me up. His hand was so sweaty that when I put my full weight on him to stand, my hand slipped out of his, and I fell forward, toward the coffee table. As you know, the coffee table is a perfect 48-inch by 48-inch square. Well, I had put about ten candles on the coffee table to ‘enhance the mood.’ When I fell, I hit about five of them, and they knocked into the other five. All ten candles hit the floor in different spots. We both dove to grab them all before the carpet caught fire and the house burned down. I dove to the right side of the table, and he went to the left. I blew out all the candles before I picked them up, and he put them out with his hand and threw them back on the table. When we had them all out and back on the table, we stared at the carpet, our newly-installed white carpet, and the ten little burn marks where all the candles had hit the floor.
“Oh, well,” Jack said with a hint of a smile around his lips. “The kids were going to ruin it anyway.” We both burst out laughing.
We doused the fire, the one in the fireplace, and then went to do the dishes in the kitchen. Jack and I cleaned up the kitchen together, which isn’t part of the scene in The Millionaire’s Mistress, but someone needed to clean it. We then went back to the living room and sat on the couch, this time with only one candle burning. We sat there talking about what we were going to do this weekendby the way, Mom, Jack is totally good for swimming and BBQ tonightand what was happening at his work. We sat in silence for a little while, my head on Jack’s shoulder, enjoying each other’s company. I kept thinking this was it, this is when The Millionaire’s Mistress scene is going to start. This was going to put Tuesday nights to shame. I raised my head up to give him a steamy kiss, to basically let him know ‘it was on,’ and he was asleep. Yes, you read that correctly. He was sleeping. S.l.e.e.p.i.n.g.
I smacked him on the top of the head.
“What did you do that for?” He woke up with a shocked expression on his face.
“Why are you sleeping?” I was on my feet by this point.
“Because I just worked a sixty-hour work week, and I’m exhausted. It’s after eleven. Do you know that?”
“Yes, I know that! I thought we were having a nice night, and we were going to make mad, passionate love, all night long, right here in the living room!”
Do you know what he said to me? Can you guys believe what he said to me?  He looked up at me, all confused, and said, “But it’s not Tuesday."

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

15 ways to have sex

Does having an active sex life help when writing romance?
I can’t speak for anyone else but myself, but I am hoping some of you will share your take on it. I’ve been married for 26 years and our sex life is anything but dull. People always ask how much of my personal life is in my books. I rarely ever tell them about the romantic or sexual aspect of my life, but there have been a few personal encounters that have made it to my books. I think having a wonderful partner helps me to write great sexual encounters between my characters. Having an active imagination helps too. I’m not saying everyone one of the sex scenes in my books are from personal experience. But I do think about how I feel when I’m with my hubby when I write.
As a writer of romance or erotic romance, you need to think outside the box and go beyond the touching and feeling in the bedroom. Sometimes even stepping outside your comfort zone. The readers want to experience something they may not necessarily try themselves, something they may fantasize about. Meeting your lover in a dark alley. Engaging in intercourse against a building wall while people walk past the alley. Being touched under the table at a busy restaurant. In a pool. Fondling in a hot tub with others right next to you. These sort of things draw in the reader. Some may have experienced it and know what the couple is feeling, and some may imagine themselves in that position and wondering what it would feel like.

Having explored some unusual places to engage in sex plays well for writing. Never did I think in a million years that anything my hubby and I did in or out of our bedroom would become a part in my book. Stranger things have happened. It seemed so much easier to explore our kinky sexual side when our children were younger. They were innocent and didn’t understand why mommy and daddy were both in the shower at one time. Or why we took “naps” in the middle of the day. How come mommy and daddy go for so many car rides at night or why mommy and daddy enjoy cleaning out the garage. But the older they get, the smarter they are.

Those quickies in the bathroom, or under the blanket lying out on the grass while watching the stars become evident to them. No more “naps” in the afternoon while the kids watch TV. Nope, we mention lying down and they snicker. Oy! Why the toilet is broken after we both come out of it is not so easily explained away. Doing it in interesting and often unusual places was fun when we were younger. It was a thrill to think we might get caught making out in a park at night. Not so thrilling to be caught by your grown children.

But we still manage to do things out of the norm and keep our sex life active. Anyone reading my books would know that. ;)

So I wonder. Are other writers using personal experience when it comes to love making in their books as well? I can’t be alone in this.

Now, I’m going to share some unusual and interesting places to have sex. Some come from experience, some don’t. I’m not embarrassed to say I’ve done some kinky stuff. Are you?
1: In the shower.
2: In the car
3: On the hood of a car
4: In a bedroom you share with someone else, doing it while they are asleep.
5: On a hill
6: On a pool table
7: In a pool
8: On top of a washer or dryer while its running.
9: In an airplane
10: In a hot tub
11: In the bathtub
12: In a treehouse
13: In a closet at a party
14: In a theatre
15: On the stairs
Your turn. Know of any interesting places to have sex? If you’re an author, do you write sex scenes from experience. One commenter will win a copy of the first book in my passion series. Discovery in Passion.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits with BJ Scott

First, I would like to thank Shiela for inviting me to join her blog family. I look forward to visiting each Tues and sharing my journey to publication, writing info, publishing tips, interesting interviews with fellow authors and having some fun with the visitors to this site.
If you have a question or even a topic you would like us to discuss, just email me at or contact Shiela and we will be happy to look into it for you.
Today, I will start by tell you a bit about myself and my journey to publication.
I am a Canadian author, born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, but now live with my wonderful husband, four dogs and a cat in a small town on the shore of Lake Erie. While I have a background in nursing and child and youth work, I have also worked in the museum field, doing costumed interpretations at a historical village, have run an 1800's bed and breakfast on a horse ranch and owned a pet supply store. Currently employed as a private child care worker and running a small home based business--heat pressed promo items and customized gifts, I always find time to write. Mind you, since my debut novel HIGHLAND LEGACY was published in Nov, the social media and promotions have taken up a huge chunk of my time.
Becoming a published author was my dream for a very long time. Inspired by C.S. Lewis as a child and the classics like Gone with the Wind, Jane Eyre and Little women, my love of reading grew and my desire to write prospered. In 2000, I joined my first online writing group. Full of excitement and enthusiasm, I posted my first manuscript and anxiously awaited the readers response. While the members were very nice and very helpful, my debut was not what I expected or hoped for. After one blunt and not so kind response, I realized that while I knew the basics, there was a lot more to learn about writing and pleasing the readers. Rather than letting that discourage me, I decided to take action.
I enrolled in creative writing classes, stepped up my reading of books in my genres to see what was popular and why. I took online workshops and delved into any writing manual I could find. My next attempt was met with a much brighter response, but I still wanted more of my self and my work. I took a brief hiatus from writing form 2003-2009, when real life, a new husband and other commitments were my main focus. But my love of reading and desire to someday be published was never far from my mind. In 2009, I dusted off my old wips...many in need of a rewrite and sat down to write some new manuscripts.
My heart lies in historical romance, primarily ones set in Scotland since aside from being born in Canada, my ancestry is Scottish, Irish and English. Give me anything historical or Scottish to read and I am in my glory.
While learning the ins and outs of the social media has proven to be a major undertaking, the results are very rewarding. It allows me to offer my book to a variety of people world wide, keeps my fans up to date on what's new and allows me to interact with those same fans on a more personal level.
My current book Highland Legacy, was picked up by Soul Mate Publishing in the summer of 2011. It started out well, but far exceeded my expectations when it made the Amazon best seller list for Historical Romance in Jan 2012 and remained there for 7 weeks.
My journey to publication was not without ups and downs, a lot of learning and even some moments of self-doubt--something I think every author must experience a some time. Fortunately, I am very persistent. I did not let rejection notices and lets not forget the very polite, "We love your book, but it does not fit our needs at this time. Please query us again at a future date."
I found myself asking...What exactly does that mean? Did they really like the book? Do they really want me to query them in future with another book? What was it about the book that you liked, but made it not suitable for your needs at this time? Unfortunately, they do not welcome the questions, nor do they have the time to answer them with the mound of manuscripts sitting on their desk/computer and thousands of aspiring authors waiting for the CALL. Any info even brief is helpful.
So you add another name to your list and move on. Those that do give you a little more insight, you put at the top of the list and make note of every word. Use that information to your advantage and forge ahead. But the most important thing to remember is that every day you write, every lesson you learn and every day you get one step closer to your dream. Write...write...write and never give up your dream.
I write primarily Scottish historical romances, Civil War, 1812 and 1800s Native American culture. I also write paranormal, romantic suspense and time travel. Currently working on a sequel to Highland Legacy, my other wips include a Civil War based time travel/paranormal, another Scottish historical and a few other projects tba.
Blurb: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?
Until next Tues, happy writing and have a great week!