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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

{Guest Post} Computer Love Inc. II: Gestation by Kurt and Jessica Hansen

10 Things We Need in Order to Write
1) For Jess, it’s COFFEE!! (Hazlenut, please!) and for Kurt, it’s tea. Unless we’re writing at nighttime, in which case a Michelob Ultra or glass of Dornfelder works for Jess, and a mixed drink for Kurt. Give yourself permission to refer to these beverages as “story juice.”
2) An Idea. While this may sound simple, that’s not always the case. It’s the most crucial element of the story, and once you have it, you mustn’t look back. Don’t second-guess yourself. If you find the idea interesting, your reader probably will, too. Shaping, cultivating, and elaborating on that idea are all part of the writing process. Get it down - we sometimes refer to this as the “throw up” version. It may come out crappy, but it needs to come out. Editing can be done later.
3) Strong storytelling skills. We are already blessed with having a fisherman as a co-author, and, well, we’re sure you’ve heard about the kinds of tales that they tend to tell…
But in all seriousness, ask yourself this as you go along: are you feeling something while you’re telling your story? If not, your readers won’t feel anything, either. Robert Frost said: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” While your stories should be interesting in themselves, you must have the heart to back them up.
4) Editors, beta readers, and critical audience members. Hand the book to anyone and everyone who will read it and critique it for you. Be especially sure to give it to a person who’s provided constructive criticism or insight for you in the past: chances are, you’ll receive invaluable advice from this person. If your cousin Marge thinks you’re the best writer in the world and that you can do no wrong, your finished book will make a great gift for her, but she’ll be unlikely to provide critical feedback.
If you’re concerned about asking someone you know for feedback on your work, consider hiring beta readers through a site such as elance or guru. You can find candidates who have experience and credentials, and hire them for a fair price to critique, edit, and/or provide suggestions for your manuscript.
NEVER rely on your own self edits or the edits of a single additional person. There will always be a misspelled word, grammar error, or funky verbiage that you or one other person overlooks. After all, we’re humans, not Computer Love Companions.
5) A love of writing. Because, what’s the sense of doing it otherwise? If you’re writing simply to create the next NYT bestseller, stop what you’re doing right now. Writing can be painful at times, yes, but writers write because they absolutely have to - it’s in their blood. Don’t set out to write a full-length novel if you hated your writing courses in school. If you’ve never enjoyed writing, but want to give it another shot, experiment with short essays and use writing prompts. You may find that you enjoy it more when you’re not being forced to hit a specific page or word count. Writing for your own personal benefit should always be approached this way: you should enjoy doing it, and it should never feel forced. That’s when your best work will come out.
6) A support system, especially during the editing stages… During the editing processes for CL2, Jess told her boyfriend flat out, “You may not like me very much over the next few weeks.” Edits are stressful, frustrating, and overall, a writer’s worst nightmare. But they are a necessary part of the job.
Also, make sure that your loved ones and friends are aware that you may go missing while completing your novel. Whether you’re experiencing a creative streak that can’t be broken or have to take an evening to discuss marketing strategies, there are certain demands of writing that are very time consuming. Having a support system of understanding family members and loved ones is critical throughout these stages. We were blessed to have people that were not only patient, but incredibly encouraging as well.
7) Jake, our rescue pup. This misbehaving canine helps to provide much-needed distractions during hours of sitting behind a computer screen. Whether he’s barking for a treat, because he needs to go out, or just barking in general, it does help to have some sort of obligation other than writing to get you out of that desk chair every so often. Everyone experiences the feeling of “being on a roll” from time to time, but we try not to let our legs fall asleep beneath us. Jake helps to make sure this doesn’t happen.
8) A love for reading. If we hadn’t enjoyed other authors’ works, we’re pretty sure we’d have no clue how to craft a novel ourselves. Read anything and everything that inspires you. And, as Toni Morrison says, “If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
9) An ability to know your readers. Know that what one person considers to be “too much” detail may not be enough for another person. Likewise, you should try to appeal to all of the senses. You’ll have readers who are visual thinkers, along with others who think much differently. You want everyone who reads your book to be able to feel something, so take all personalities into consideration when writing.
10) Patience. This is something that Jess especially has learned. We truly live in a fast-paced society, in which instant gratification is the norm. You’ll seldom experience any instant “rewards” with writing, so it’s a matter of learning to love the process and having enough patience to cultivate the finished product.



Computer Love Inc. II: Gestation
Computer Love Inc. Series
Book II
Kurt and Jessica Hansen

Genre: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-0989068338
ASIN: B00O05VR6C

Number of pages: 215
Word Count: 46,095

Cover Artist: Steven J. Catizone

Book Description:

After the sudden deaths of two previous Computer Love Inc. CEOs, Marius takes control of the company. Embracing the talents of his godson, John, and his best friend, Zak, he hires the boys to oversee the Companion Services Division.

Marius refines his breakthrough technology, the Brain Machine Download, and as a result, creates his double, M2, as the prototype. Together, they ignite the future of
Computer Love Inc. by acquiring an elite team of scientists to expand the company’s technological boundaries. Meanwhile, Marius struggles with the government’s demands for a clandestine initiative - the Secret Service Companion.

Between the looming government presence and the overwhelming force behind his new team of inventors, can Marius survive the outcome of his own creations?

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Excerpt #1:
“So, Marius, I’m pleased, as I’m sure you must be, that the download between you and I went so well.”
The remark was sudden and bewildering.
“Yes, I am also pleased…” Marius paused. “What brings that up, M2? Is there something you feel we need to improve upon?”
“No, actually, I don’t think that at all. In fact, I think the process and aftermath have proven to be extremely fruitful, don’t you?”
“Well, yes… But then, what is it?”
“I just recalled an idea we had, that’s all,” M2 said.
“’We’ had an idea?”
“Well, as you know, to say that we think alike would be an understatement.” M2 paused and allowed Marius to have a laugh. “So obviously your knowledge of robotics resides not only within you, but within me as well. I know you’ve thought about it, the possibility to help the company pounce into the next generation. What if, say, we were to make a team of Companions, not unlike myself, created from experts in different fields? For example… We could use that famous technology instructor, the woman from Advance Propulsion Labs who’s won awards for all of those groundbreaking projects they’ve done recently, or even that metal-loving genius who combines materials recovered from asteroids with titanium and such. It would be a team of biorobotic and propulsion brilliance with unlimited potential!”

About the Authors:

Kurt and Jessica Hansen reside in northern New Jersey . Kurt has worked in the aerospace electronics industry for over three decades and enjoys the outdoors, writing, and composing music. Kurt is easily recognized with a guitar in his lap, a pencil in his mouth, and a piece of paper in front of him.

Jessica graduated from Montclair State University, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in English. Her favorite pastimes include reading, running and spending time with her family. She can usually be found with a book in one hand and a hazelnut coffee in the other.



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Freebie - Peppermint Kisses by Wynter O'Reilly


Peppermint Kisses
By Wynter O'Reilly
Adult
Jack is on his way to visit his Mother for Christmas when he goes off the road. Trapped in a ski cabin with two gorgeous vixens, there's more than one way to beat the cold. But when the girls up and disappear Jack's left with a lot of questions about his mysterious hostesses.

Warnings: this book contains threesomes, girl on girl action, and inappropriate uses of large candy canes

Available on Smashwords

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Freebie- No Good Deed by Jade Twilight


No Good Deed...
By Jade Twilight
Adult
Grace is about to spend another Christmas alone, when she bumps into a homeless guy on the street. Her act of charity leads to more than alleviating her loneliness and shows Grace that no good deed goes unrewarded.

Available on Smashwords

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Moving

I feel like I've been pushed into the deep end of a swimming pool, don't know how to swim, somehow got turned upside down and have no idea how to get out again. We're moving. Yup you read that right we're moving to my FIL basement apartment. It's really nice, I guess, but I haven't been down there in years personally so don't know. Why?
Why are we picking up everything we own, moving from the place we own to one we don't? Why are we doing this so suddenly? Trust me I had zilch warning. Why are we disrupting our children's lives? Moving from the only place they've ever lived? Moving from the place they were born in? Why are we turning are lives upside down two weeks before Christmas?
Because people are A-Holes. Apparently you can't just be nice and polite to people. You can't keep to yourself and have others do the same. The world has turned into a very f-d up place where you have to worry about your children's safety even when their in your home. Because you don't know who your neighbors really are.
So if you are waiting on reviews from me their probably going to be even later than I expected. It's going to take forever to get resettled. We have 11 years worth of stuff to move and figure out what we're going to do with once we get there. I don't know how long it will take to get internet and whatnot turned on. No my FIL doesn't have internet... heck he doesn't even have a land line. This is a nightmare...I'll let you know when I've come up for air.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

{Book Review} The Crochet Workbook by James Walters, Sylvia Cosh

The Crochet Workbook
by James Walters, Sylvia Cosh
Publisher: Dover Publications
Released: March 19th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult- Crafts, Crochet
How I got it: Received a copy from publisher

Take your craft to another level with this imaginative approach to crochet. More than just a manual on techniques or a pattern book, this guide shows how to transcend the use of traditional hooks, stitches, and yarns to produce truly innovative creations. A pioneering work in freeform crochet, the book is suitable for all ages and levels of expertise. It provides beginners with the chance to master basic stitches, and it offers advanced crocheters the opportunity to discover new ideas, colors, and designs.
More than 80 color photographs and 49 line drawings with captions illustrate everything from stitches to garment construction to finished products. A concluding section of practical information explains abbreviations and terms, and every chapter encourages the development of personal creativity and individual style.

Review: I found this to be an informative, if outdated reference. The practical information was great. While the freeform aspect is wonderful, to just go with the flow. I thought this was a wonderful book, but the pictures felt very eighties. The garments reminded me of things my aunt made is the late eighties and had around the house. Since the book was originally written back then, it's understandable but I wish they would have updated them. I also wish there had been a pattern for the hanging chair, because I totally loved this thing. Even if I'm not sure my ceilings would hold it.
The mind-mapping is an interesting idea for creating projects. I really liked all the reference material and how it was broken down. Learning how to create 3D projects, was really cool as I'd never though of crocheting three dimensional projects. This really isn't a beginner book, but more intermediate to expert. I liked it, but wish it'd had more actual patterns and better pictures.




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

{Book Review} Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies
by Marilyn Peake
Publisher:self
Released: September 16th 2014
Genre:Fiction- Adult: Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Zombie Fiction, Conspiracy Fiction, Horror.
How I got it: Received a copy from author

First book in a series.

Ebola, one of the most feared of the hemorrhagic diseases, has begun spreading across the borders of West African countries. The CDC and the World Health Organization have admitted they are losing control over the disease. Some hint at a possible worldwide pandemic. At exactly this point in time, Emma Johnson graduates from nursing school. She takes a job in an Ebola treatment camp inside Liberia, West Africa. The camp is state-of-the-art. It's run by the CDC and the World Health Organization, and protected by the U.S. military. Emma uncovers a secret about this facility: medical experimentation is being conducted along with treatment. Whether or not Emma can ever escape the camp, she's determined to get the story out. She has intimate knowledge of a biological horror being secretly unleashed upon the world.
Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies is the first book in a series. In the next book, the zombie virus will cross geographical boundaries and go increasingly out of control.

Review:  The scariest part of the book, is it could happen. Emma goes to Africa to volunteer her services as a nurse at the Ebola camps. The thing is, the camps aren't quite what they seem. With the recent Ebola outbreak, this book really kind of hits home.
The plot sucked me in, as it was well done and believable. This take on the pandemic angle was well done, and an interesting to see a zombie outbreak from start. I have to say this kept me on the edge of my seat, and made me want to wash my hands repeatedly. I felt the book played on our fears of sickness and how scientist play God. My only real complaint with the book was that the ending felt sudden. I enjoyed the book and I'm curious as to how the second one continues.


Monday, December 8, 2014

{Guest Post} Haunting You by Viola Estrella Playlist


When I’m in the midst of writing a story, inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. Music is probably at the top of the list.

I love listening to music almost as much as I love reading. Which makes sense. They both tell a story. And of course, the songs and books I’m drawn to have a bit of romance and passion—sometimes humor, sometimes quirkiness.

So it’s inevitable that music finds a way to intertwine with my writing. Each book I write has its own playlist—a compilation of songs that either are mentioned in the book or remind me of the story in some way.

Haunting You has an eclectic playlist. Because the hero, August Kline, used to be a member of a 80s tribute band, a few of my 80s titles made the list, as well as a few that simply reminded me of my characters and the story.

“Who Can It Be Now?” – Men at Work (My heroine, Rachel, loves to listen to 80s and 90s music, and she’s listening to this song at the beginning of the story. And since ghosts invade her apartment at any given time, this song is perfect for the vibe.)

“Let’s Go Crazy” – Prince (August Kline is listening to this song as he’s trying to deal with raising his teenage nephews while dealing with the task of taking care of his inherited home, which is mysteriously falling apart.)

“Trumpets” – Jason Derulo (Sexy song! Love it. And it goes well with how August feels each time he’s around Rachel.)

“Try” – Colbie Caillat (Rachel’s anxiety is a big issue in this book—something she must overcome in order to be happy. And this song fits perfectly with her journey.)

“Dancing in the Dark” – Bruce Springsteen (August plays this song on his piano for Rachel during a particular sexy moment in the story.)

“I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes (There’s a lot of crazy things happening with Rachel that August can’t figure out. Of course, this doesn’t stop him from wanting her.)

“You Might Think” – The Cars (Ditto with the above. Plus, August is humming this song at the beginning of a pivotal scene. Great song!)


Thank you!

Viola Estrella

Haunting You
Bewitching Women Series
Book 2
Viola Estrella

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: 10/25/2014

ISBN: 978-0-9856198-3-1
ASIN: B00OU1V41E

Number of pages: 302
Word Count: 85,500

Cover Artist: Estrella Cover Art

Book Description:

Rachel Spencer's life has been hijacked by the supernatural. Ghosts seeking help with their unfinished earthly business won't leave her alone. Her only hope for returning to normalcy and passing her next attempt at the bar exam is making a deal with one of the ghostly intruders. It should be simple--Ella keeps the other spirits away if Rachel agrees to help Ella's two teenage sons. No problem. Well, not until she meets the boys' guardian.

August Kline misses his old life. He never planned to raise two teenage hurricanes in an old house in small-town Indiana. But here he is, and he's determined to make the best of it...if he could only keep the house in order and not completely screw up his nephews.

Enter a gorgeous redhead who pops into August's world when life is at its grimmest. Rachel claims to be an old friend of Ella's and offers to help around the house. Sparks fly whenever they're together, and August is falling fast. Rachel keeps her distance, worrying her ghostly secrets will sabotage any chance of a relationship. But when danger appears and threatens the people she has grown to care about, she may have to face more than her own fears.

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