Music Monday – Halestorm: I Am The Fire

It’s no secret, or shouldn’t be that I love hard rock and heavy metal. I grew up in the 80’s when glam rock was all the rage. I will be honest and say that I thought I would grow out of it. I’m 45 years old. Shouldn’t I be listening to something milder? Not still wanting to bang my head? Maybe. I don’t know. But so far, I still love it. I still love the rawness, the screams, the hard beats that you can’t find in any other sort of music… It makes all your insides jump until your blood is pumping in a way that you didn’t know it could.

Halestorm is one of my favorites… And this song… This is one that I’ve needed lately.

“Am I brave enough
Am I strong enough
To follow the desire
That burns from within…”

You’ll hear more from them in weeks to come…

~lissa

Music Monday – Hallelujah

The last weeks, months, year have been especially awful in one regard or another. I don’t get political on my blog or on social media. I’ve pulled away from social media for the most part and don’t have plans to return to the drama and negativity anytime soon.

Given the state of things around this country I call home, yet fail to understand most of the time, and the state of the world we all live in, the only world we have, the following performance from the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver by K.d. Lang of the late Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, should serve as a reminder that we all need to come together, to love one another, to respect one another, and that when we do, it’s a beautiful thing.

~lissa

10K Weekends for Writers – November 3-6, 2016

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Last weekend was a huge bust for me. I didn’t even get half the word count I was aiming for. Strep hit it’s high point with me on Saturday afternoon and didn’t let up for me until Sunday evening. I’m still recovering. I haven’t slept more than 3 hours at a time in a week and a half. This is getting old, people!

I know some people are doing NaNoWriMo this month and if you are one of them, I wish you the very best of luck. I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo in several years because I never have anything new to start in November. I’m hoping, though, that one year I will.

10K Weekends for Writers is my own challenge that I open up to other authors to come and write and aim for a specific word count: 10,000 words in 4 days. Doesn’t sound like much. Really, it doesn’t. But amid all the goings on on weekends, it can be difficult. I have yet to hit the goal, but I keep trying and that’s at least half the battle. Unless I have strep and an ear infection, then I’m dead before I start.

The book I’m working on this weekend is a holiday book that I’m revising and adding new scenes to. By the time all is said and done, I should have added close to 10K, if not 15K. It’s called Christmas Wishes and I just love it.

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So, here’s what you do…

Sign up with the Linky below.

Leave a comment with your starting word count for the weekend and on Sunday evening, come back and leave a comment with your ending word count.

Invite your friends.

Use the hashtag #10kweekendsforwriters on social media.

Blog about it, share this post, etc…

And write…

That’s it. That’s all. It’s painless.

Wanna play?

~lissa

10K Weekends For Writers – October 27 – 30, 2016

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I have a book to finish. Down to the wire. A ton of words to write. And strep throat to go along with it. How fun will this be?

You should come join me. Either to lend support or suffer right along side. I’ll be happy with either!

This is for anyone who has words to write and likes to challenge themselves when kids and spouses and family and friends and housework and football and social obligations come calling, yet you still need words on the page! It’s a good way to get ready for NaNoWriMo next week, as well!

Just add your name to the Linky list below. Share the blog post so others can join. Leave a comment listing your starting word count and come back on Sunday night and leave your ending word count. I have yet to make it 10K in a weekend, but I’m always trying.

Don’t forget to use #10Kweekendsforwriters on social media!

Now… Get to writing!

~lissa

The Snarkology Halloween Hop 2016

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Welcome to this year’s Snarkology Halloween Hop! We have a ton of authors and bloggers this year and I’m so thrilled Melissa Snark put together such a fantastic and fun party for us all! I participated last year and it was a great time.

I’m going to admit, I’m not a big Halloween fan. I don’t write Halloween stories. I don’t decorate, save for a sign that says Boo. I don’t even buy the candy. I’m a scrooge on Halloween. But what I do like? What I do love? The lights. There are usually candy corn lights and purple and green and orange lights and I LOVE them! Also, candles. Ones that smell like candy corn. Or pumpkin scented everything. I love the scent. I won’t eat or drink it, but I could smell it all day and be so very happy. Purple twinkle lights and warm, pumpkin scented candles get me every time.

And being that Halloween is right in the middle of Fall, my absolute favorite time of year, I love writing books that are set in this season. It’s when I’m at my most happy, my most energetic, my most creative.

Two of my books that fall during this time period are paranormal. One is a werebear shifter, called Ink To Bear and it’s part of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds imprint. (Click on the covers to be taken to the book page for more information, buy links, and an excerpt)

InkToBearKindleWorlds-200Big, and built, Gus is one werebear most other shifters, and hybrids steer clear of; unless he’s got the ink out. Then, they line up for the chance to see him work and maybe, just maybe, get a little ink of their own. He’s made a name for himself as a traveling tattoo artist, but he’s a loner and his only rule is to never stay any place long enough to learn names.

But then, he sees her…

Bex is alone now. No family since her mother passed. Few people she would call friend. And she’s just sold the last remaining link to her childhood. None of it seems real and yet, it’s all too much reality for her. She wants to start her new life and she wants out of her small hometown.

Her way out comes in the form of a broad shouldered, tattooed biker, offering take her anywhere she wants to go, even if it means going over the infamous Tail of the Dragon mountain pass and through territory that isn’t always friendly to his kind.

She’s never been on a motorcycle. She’s never been this close to a shifter. She’s never done anything reckless. Can she trust him to keep her safe? More importantly, can she trust herself and her feelings when she climbs on and wraps herself around him?

And the second? A vampire paranormal M/M romance, I simply fell in love with while I was writing.

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Vampires exist, and travel through space and time. Immortal, beautiful creatures. Neither dead, nor living.

Dane has no memory of being human. He only remembers waking after being unwillingly turned. He is left with a parchment with one single line written upon it: his human birthday. For this one day a year, he can live and die as a human. He is ready. It is time. 126 years after becoming a vampire, he is ready to let go.

When he meets Jorge, with his dark good looks and brilliant blue eyes, Dane reconsiders his choice. Can he take back the life that was stolen from him by dying? Or can he make a life with a soulmate he never imagined having?

I’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon.com gift card if you’ll let me know what it is that you love most about your favorite season, whatever it is AND what Halloween candy you’re guilty of sneaking from the candy bowl or your kid’s bucket of treats. Leave your answers below in the comments!

You’re also welcome and encouraged to sign up for my newsletter and follow me on social media!

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Please follow along with the hop! There are over 70 participants. Tons of great giveaways. And likely a few authors and/or blogs that are new to you!

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And don’t forget to enter the hop-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of several gift cards! Winners will be chosen November 1st!

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