Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What's going on?

I wanted to give a quick update about upcoming appearances, events and new books!

On May 8th, I will be the first hostess for the ChickLit Party celebrating International Chick Lit Month. I am so VERY excited about this one! I don't know about you all, but I am in love with all things British right now. I just finished up two of Lucy Robinson's book, read another by Emma Garcia, and read the entire Sunlounger Anthology (resulting in a massive and super painful sunburn because I read on the boat. OUCH). 

Anyhow, I loved them all! If you are a lover of chicklit or women's fiction, please join me for the event. It kicks off at 9 am CST and continues for about 12 hours. Each hour the hostess will pass the baton to some other new awesome author. 

My debut novel is released and out on Amazon, awaiting your perusal. The sequel is being polished up and will hopefully be out within the next 6 months.

I am also in the query process (shudder) with a romantic comedy. I know you aren't supposed to get attached to your books, but I fell in love with Katie and Will's story. I hope that soon this one will be brought to life. I received a request for a partial and I've sent a few full manuscripts out. Cross your fingers for me!

And...I'm writing a twist on the classic Fairytales called The Hunt for Snow. Imagine if Snow White was a gun-toting bad ass and half in love, half in lust with the Huntsman...who isn't all that great of a guy. Well, he would be if the evil queen wasn't controlling him and causing him to think murderous thoughts towards the lovely Snow. This one has been entered into the American Idol writing contest at the upcoming Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. I hope to finish that one before school is out. Summer is brutal to write in because I have three kiddos all vying for my attention. It's not an environment conducive to creative thought!

Speaking of the convention...I will be signing books on May 17th at the Giant Book Fair in New Orleans. We'll be at the Canal Street Marriott. Look for the giant brunette tripping over her heels or accidentally getting tangled up in her jewelry. I'm afraid I'm much cooler on paper. 

So far, folks, it's been an amazing year. I've already finished two books and hope to get a couple more out before the year's end. Considering it took about a year to write my first one, I think I'm making pretty good progress! 


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sequel Snippet!

Hermes has taken over my sequel and, I have to admit, he is SMOKING HOT! I wanted to share a fun snippet with everyone from the as of yet untitled sequel to Out of Practice Aphrodite. Abby is in another tangled web, but all of her friends and some news ones are back in this one because the stakes couldn't be any higher. 

In a short moment of levity, Abby suggests a game of magical paint ball to keep them from killing each other out of sheer frustration. This snippet is from Chapter 17. 

During the game, Hermes manages to find Abby in the woods. 

I hope you enjoy! This is an unedited piece and is subject to change. All errors are my own. 

Thwack! My head spun around. Thwack! Thwack! Bright blue paint hit me square in the chest splattering up to my face and hair.
“Aaaagh!”  I screamed, looking around for the culprit. Blonde hair peeked around the edge of the house. “Hermes, I’m going to kill you!”
A deep chuckle rang out. “You’d be breaking your own rules, now wouldn’t you?” He stepped out, his gun raised at eye level.
“Don’t shoot,” I whimpered.
His look of concern almost made me smile. He walked quickly towards me. “Did I hurt you? I am so-“
Thwack thwack! I laughed maniacally at the site of yellow paint running down his face as I fired and took off running. His roar of rage only increased my giggling as my legs pumped as fast as they could. Yes, I could have disappeared, but where was the fun in that?
I looked back and wished I hadn’t. Hermes was gaining on me, a lunatic smile spread across his face.
“Shit,” I murmured and snorted with laughter because sometime in the first few minutes after the game started, he had streaked mud across his face and shoulders. With the addition of the yellow paint, he looked like an angry bumble bee.
“I’m coming for you, my pretty. And when I get you I’m going to sully you and make you scream.” Hermes was normally light on his feet, but now he crashed through the woods like an angry bear.
I screamed with laughter and kept running. “You’re getting old if you can’t catch up with me!” I spied a large log right in my path and jumped over it gracefully, praying Hermes wouldn’t see it.
From the loud crash and shouted curse words, he didn’t. I slowed down and turned to look at him. He struggled to extricate himself from the log, and when he finally stood up, the look on his face had me shouting again with laughter. Twigs and leaves stuck out all over his head. The paint had smeared into his hair, matting the curls flat onto his head. I grinned and waved.
His lips twitched. “You are going to pay for this.”
I kept grinning, watching him for any sudden movements. “Don’t be a sore loser,” I said. “You can’t always win.”
Hermes raised an eyebrow and called for his Caduceus. Crap. I felt my eyes widen, saw that wide monkey grin spread across his face again and I got the hell out of dodge. Magic burst into the air as Hermes’ curse words filled the air.
“Your mama should wash your mouth out with soap,” I screamed just as I disappeared.


Monday, April 7, 2014

What's going on!

Good morning!

I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend. I have been recovering over the past week and a half from neck surgery. Crazy stuff, but I'm happy to say I'm finally feeling much better.

So, what's going on?

My blog tour ended on Friday. Would I do one again? Probably not. But I will say I formed a couple of relationships with some awesome bloggers, so that was a good thing. I will, however, do an only review "tour." I should have one of those coming up soon.

I'm advertising with sporadic luck. So far static ads haven't served me well. Emails blasts have.

I hope to eventually have more than two people on my newsletter so I can start sending those out. From what I've read, newsletters are a fantastic way to get the word out about what you're working on. But, considering one of the two people on my list is my webmaster, I'm going to focus my time on other endeavors right now. Like...writing!!

Ha. Exactly.

Current projects include a chick-lit novel I have out on submission. Wish me luck on that one. And, I have a twist on the traditional fairytales being written over on Wattpad. Find me under the handle chandlermaid and read for free!

Hope everyone has a great week! I'll post again sometime this week.