Bowls of Coffee. I live for bowls of coffee. And I’m not talking about the kind of coffee that can peal paint from the walls or clog a drain. I’m talking dessert bowls of coffee.
My writing career would move at a slower pace without my 24 oz. soup bowl of Hazelnut coffee with flavored creamer and enough artificial sweetener to make it taste like syrup. It relaxes me. Sends my senses into a calm state where words flow from my fingers as fast as I can think of them.
I write down stories I see played out in my mind. I see a movie in my head and take detailed notes that become short stories and books. I recently saw an interview with Anne Rice where she said the same thing. We all cast our stories with Hollywood stars, especially if we see the hero or heroine as ourselves. It’s fun!
It didn’t take any coffee for me to cast “Your Biggest Fan.” It’s a psychological thriller about a woman whose childhood obsession with a singer from a boy band comes roaring back when she experiences a tremendous loss later in life.
Mary is our Heroine and I see her as: Jessica Alba.
Ada: College friend, roommate, and BFF? Fun loving, gorgeous and carefree? Cameron Diaz. Every woman needs a stunning friend who laughs at farts.
Devin: The obsession? Well, I did base this story to start on the frenzy around the Backstreet Boys – so he is: Howie Dorough. Although I did make his character taller and the lead singer. 😉
Mary’s Husband: Dean is sweet, strong, grounded, and plays guitar. Josh Lucas. Loved him in Sweet Home Alabama. Hell, I grew up in Alabama and I’d marry him. Tomorrow if he’s free.
Sara: Her childhood friend is named for fellow author and awesome friend, Sara Brookes.
If you’ve read the book and have ideas of your own, please feel free to share them. I’m giving away a signed ecopy of the novella for one commenter!
This novella was reviewed by Nayuleska and posted today. Check it out at: http://nayusreadingcorner.blogspot.com/
Your Biggest Fan released July 15, 2011. You can find the novella here: http://www.graylinfox.com/published-fiction/your-biggest-fan-2/ on my site and see where it’s available.
Thanks to Lissa Matthews for hosting my obsession with Coffee and thanks to everyone who has read Your Biggest Fan for taking the time. I truly appreciate it.
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Hey y’all! I’m a little late and I totally blame the pinched nerve in my neck and the fact I haven’t until just in the last few minutes been able to lift my left arm. DH had to put some muscle relaxer cream on my neck and shoulder and I’ve had to take an anti-inflammatory. Hopefully it’ll ease up soon and I’ll be able to get down to the business of synopsis writing…Joy!
Now though, on to the winner of the Keurig! I appreciate all the entries and I used my buddy, my pal Random.org to pick the winner.
Her name is Elisabeth!
Congratulations, Elisabeth! I’ll be contacting you soon to arrange shipping and delivery.
Thank you to all who participated in my birthday giveaways, who wished me a happy birthday, who stick with me through thick and thin. You’re awesome.
When I started this week with blog posts and presents to giveaway, I didn’t know what to expect in the way of responses, but y’all have blown me away with them. I have laughed, I have spewed the elixir of like that is coffee, I have cried. Some of the very sweetest and most heartfelt comments have been left by you guys for me, for other authors, for those in your lives… So, thank you.
Now, onto today’s present. You will have a week to get your responses in. A week to tell people about it. A week to plot and plan on how to get rid of your competition. I will pick the recipient Saturday morning, March 3rd at 10am EST.
Of course, you’re wondering what it is, right? I know. But, I did tell you at the beginning of the week what the big gift was, remember? No? Hmmm… very naughty of you.
Yep. A Keurig. I am giving away the Keurig B60 Special Edition. It has the option of 3 cup sizes. It has a 48oz water reservoir and depending on how much coffee or tea or hot cocoa you drink in a day… It has a pretty blue display where you can set water temp, time to come on, time to go off, etc… This is the model I have and I love it.
Even if you don’t drink coffee, as I said, you can use the hot water for tea or cocoa. There are K cups for both of those or you can just dispense the hot water into a cup and go about it that way.
I am a coffee whore. This is no surprise to my regular readers. I drink it nearly every day. I have multiple gadgets and paraphernalia and coffee brewing apparatuses. I enjoy it and honestly, I haven’t even been drinking coffee 10 years yet. I think I’m only 7 years into it and less than 5 years into regular non-froufrou coffee. Y’all know I still love my lattes and won’t ever give them up, though they are a once in a while thing and not an everyday indulgence. I drink it when I’m writing and I like having a cup of something, either coffee or cocoa when I’m reading. There’s just something cozy and nice about it…
And a Keurig makes it fast! So, I wanted to share that with you by giving you one.
What do you have to do? Well, yesterday I asked you to tell me what author you’d most like to meet. Today, I want to know who in your life, in the world, in your fantasies, you’d like to share a cup of coffee/tea/cocoa with. Give me one person, past, present, future…famous, or not…family or friend…author or blogger, etc… that you’d most like to sit down with and talk.
I haven’t asked any of you to follow my blog, sign up for my newsletter, join my Facebook page… If you’d like to do so, I’d love it. More readers for me… But these are not required. Should you choose to do one of them, over on the sidebar —–> is where you’ll find all the information you need.
So, who’s ready? Remember, you until 9:59am EST, Saturday, March 3rd to get your comments in. I usually ask you to leave your email address so I can contact you, however concerns have been raised and are definitely valid. Sometimes an email address will come across in my email from the commenter, sometimes one won’t. If you win and I have your email address then I will contact you. If you win and I don’t have your email address, then it will be up to you to contact me within 3 days of the winners being posted. You can contact me at Lissa AT LissaMatthews DOT com (email@example.com).
All winners from all giveaways here on my blog this week will be posted here and will be contacted or will need to contact me.
Here are the links… Giveaway #1, Giveaway #2 & #3, Giveaway #4…
Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask…
1. Tell everyone three random things about yourself:
-My home office is full of bright colors…pinks, purples, greens, blues, yellows and I keep a pink tinsel tree up all year.
-I love hats.
-I have a flute playing angel collection on my fireplace mantle.
2. Is this your first readathon?
3. Do you have any specific goals for today? (# of books or pages to read?)
No. But it would be nice to whittle down the TBR List.
4. Do you have any specific snacks, drinks, or books planned?
Coffee, popcorn, apples and caramel, lasagna soup, and Virgil’s Microbrew Root Beer.
5. What hours do you plan on reading during?
10:30AM to 10:30PM East Coast Time.
We haven’t talked about coffee in ages. Yes, I know this is MY fault, but y’all could help out once in a while and prompt me. You know, I’m not adverse to a good spanking or flogging or… I mean, hop on my Twitter, or Facebook, my email, or hell even here on the blog somewhere and say ‘Hey Lissa! Why no coffee talk lately?’ Or some such similar conversation starter… I’ll respond. Promise.
So, I’m still in love with the Keurig. In. Love. I didn’t take it on vacation with me to the mountains, because my mom was here taking care of all my animals and she’s in love with the Keurig as well and though I had to be pried away from it with a crowbar, I did manage to leave it here for her to enjoy. I took my trusty French press to the cabin with me and was perfectly fine happy and content with it. I still love that incredibly strong, silky coffee it gives me…
My current favorite Keurig flavors are the Kona blend (I want someone to put 100% Kona in a K-cup. Well, other than me, that is. But it’s not a hassle really and I don’t mind. Just sayin’…) and Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee. OH. MY. GOD! I don’t even have to drink this one. I just punch the hole in the top and sniff it all day. It’s really sweet. It’s very caramel smelling. It’s a medium roast and I tend toward the darker roasts, but… damn, it is good. I will often brew a cup of Kona and brew a lighter/medium coffee in the same cup… It works for me!
I have also found Organic Valley French Vanilla Half and Half. Add this to one cup of the Kona blend and Ahhhhh… Yum! It’s sweet and it’s the only thing I need to add… I can only find it in one store here in Charlotte, and that’s at Earth Fare, but it is well worth it.
Then, there’s the normal coffee. You know, the kind you buy in the bag from the store or the coffee shop. And yes, I do still do this too, cause, well… It’s coffee and I can. But, a friend of mine told me I needed…NEEDED…to try Kaladi Bros. Coffee. They’re based in Alaska. Who knew? Okay, those in the Pacific Northwest obviously knew, but over here on the East Coast? Yeah, I’d never heard of them. I looked through their available coffees, found there was nowhere over here in my corner of the country that I could find it, and had to resort to asking him for a recommendation. He said I should try Trieste Cafe…
The description says “A symphony in the mouth. Great as a straight espresso blend, or perfect for brewing.” I nodded, added it to my virtual cart, and now it’s on it’s way from Alaska to North Carolina. I can’t wait!
As I was sitting here writing this post, I decided it was time for us to have a giveaway. I mean, I have a new story out and you know? There’s not one mention of coffee in it. Anywhere. Not that I remember anyway.
But, I haven’t given away a book in a long time. I haven’t give away coffee in a long time either. And sooooooooooooo… Let’s do both!
Leave a comment.
Tell me what your favorite Keurig flavor is and I need the specific name (Tully’s Kona blend, Gloria Jeans Butter Toffee, Coffee People whatever…). Even if you use yours for tea or cocoa, leave a comment telling me that and your flavor choice.
If you do not have a Keurig, tell me what coffee, tea, or cocoa you usually buy. Brand. Flavor, Etc…
And then there’s the story, Masked. I’ll pick three readers to receive a free eBook copy.
Bobby tells himself the mask he’s been wearing all month is just part of the Halloween theme of Abyss, the alternative lifestyle club he frequents. But it’s not the truth. He’s in lust. He’s in the closet. And, he’s ready to come out. The only problem is, the man he’s interested in is a friend. A straight friend.
Thor knows he’s being watched. What he can’t figure out is why? Every weekend, the man in the black mask has been watching as Thor has flogged, paddled, and whipped submissive after submissive at his play station at Abyss. The man’s heated and unwavering gaze arouses Thor’s curiosity. Is the man a stalker? A jealous dominant or boyfriend? Thor isn’t sure, but decides it’s time to find out.
As he approaches, something in the eyes of the masked man strikes Thor as familiar, but before he can question further, the man reveals exactly what he wants. A spanking. Bare-handed. In private. From Thor.
Secret identities and hidden desires unfold between a seemingly straight Dominant and the submissive harboring a deep, long-held onto lust in Masked.
(This is a male/male erotic spanking story… if you do not wish to be considered for a copy because you don’t like male/male or spanking or both or whatever, please say so in the comments when you leave your coffee, tea, or cocoa preference. It is certainly not my intent to offend any of my readers or visitors.)
Coffee will be given to two readers. Masked will be given to three. And everyone is eligible for both! Any questions?
I’ll give y’all until…Friday at 6pm EST. At 7pm I’ll start emailing winners! Oh and yes please, please, PLEASE make sure to leave your email address when you comment!
Have an awesome day!