Monday, January 26, 2009

1st Review!!


Stacy Dawn’s Karaoke Cowgirl brings to you a tale of accepting yourself for who you are. I really enjoyed this short story, it was well written, the characters likeable and the plot interesting. For me it had an underling message of be who you are and not what you think others want you to be.
~Reviewed by Sandie, WRDF Review
http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/01/25/wrdf-review-of-karaoke-cowgirl-by-stacy-dawn.aspx




Karaoke Cowgirl

How far would you go to attract the man of your dreams?
Ally Standish re-invents herself every Saturday night to sing for her cowboy. But when they come face to face in the light of a normal day—and he discovers the real Ally—will he let her sing him more love songs or will the music die for good.

Available now from The Wild Rose Press

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Release!




Karaoke Cowgirl

How far would you go to attract the man of your dreams?
Ally Standish re-invents herself every Saturday night to sing for her cowboy. But when they come face to face in the light of a normal day—and he discovers the real Ally—will he let her sing him more love songs or will the music die for good.

Available Now from The Wild Rose Press







EXCERPT:

Ally pulled Nick closer, hiding her face against his neck for fear she’d blubber all over him. Classy? Not by half!

Further proof jumped out before her eyes as one of her fake nails dislodged and tangled in the thick waves at the nape of his neck. “Oh no!

Nick pulled back slightly at her quick intake of breath. She held his neck tighter, moving the small distance with him so her nail wouldn’t snap right off.

“Alexandra? What’s wrong?”

Her full name on his lips paused her panic for a moment. No one ever called her that anymore. She’d only given Nick the name because she thought it matched her fancy false persona much better than plain old Ally—not to mention she loved the way he said her name with a breathy reverence.

“N-nothing,” she finally stuttered, shaking off his magic spell. Using another finger to slide the broken nail back in place, she made a fist to hold it there. “I just realized...uh...how thirsty I am. Yes, I’m so very thirsty.”

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Slow but steady



Well, look who's laughing now--him. Can you believe it? My husband actually slipped that little sucker right in and look who is on the internet on the new computer :)

Now, unfortunately, I discovered the difference between a laptop and a desktop...that being the even slower speed of dial-up. But beggers can't be choosers and I figure this way I get the best of both. If I want to IM, I'll dial-up the laptop but if I just need to do cursory checks of email or research information than this baby works just fine. Yay!

Monday, January 12, 2009

What the...?

Is it seriously me? Am I that far in the stone-ages or just that far in the country.

You see, we bought an inexpensive computer this weekend, nothing fancy, just one that will work and can be used by the whole family vs my laptop which I've horded for the last couple years for fear someone would crash it and lose all my work (I do keep extensive backups but I'm paranoid LOL) So this will be a good back-up and dependable computer for me and also one the whole family can use.

But it doesn't come with a telephone modem?? What? Seriously. Of course, we didn't find this out until we had it all set up and was trying to hook up to the internet through our dial-up. It has a telephone hook-up in the back and wants to get to the internet but it took me a bit to figure out that the error was because of no dial-tone. So I put in every variation of modem, set up dial-up etc into the computer, looked at tons of dialogue boxes I had no idea what they said, and still couldn't get it to work figuring the computer's internal modem just didn't work--we'd bought a broken computer.

Then my husband read the box. Modem: None.

Yeah, we're real brainers in this family LOL

So we called around and found two types. One that you open your hardrive and install, and the other an external one with a USB. Since the internal one was A LOT cheaper (since we just spent all the money on the actual no-modem computer) my husband bravely said that he could install the little computer board into the harddrive no problem.

Stay tuned to see if I stopped laughing long enough to let him do it. Even these guys know more about computers than he does.



Does your computer have a built in modem, are you lucky enough to be wireless or did you have to do an install too?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Coming Soon!

I am so excited about this story! It's the first in a new short series I'm writing....Singing their hearts out at the Lonesome Star Karaoke Bar

The amazing Nicola Martinez did the cover...she rocks!!





Karaoke Cowgirl

How far would you go to attract the man of your dreams?
Ally Standish re-invents herself every Saturday night to sing for her cowboy. But when they come face to face in the light of a normal day—and he discovers the real Ally—will he let her sing him more love songs or will the music die for good.

Coming January 21st, 2009 from The Wild Rose Press

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fluidity

I want to be a mermaid. I think I've always wanted to be a mermaid. The water makes them look so majestic and graceful (two things I am not LOL).

The fluidity of a mermaid swimming is amazing...just look at the detail of the tail fin above. It's what I want for my writing and what is the hardest part to break through for me. I want my words to be perfect and fluid from the get-go....but more often than not, that doesn't happen. Writing is a process...get the words down on paper, add to them, fill them, evolve them, detail them and finally proof them. Oh, it all works out in the end, the process works no doubt but the thing all new writers--and a lot of us who've been at it awhile need to remember is that it doesn't come out perfect the first time, it's not supposed to. For me, at least, the words may be put on paper but it's those second, third and even fourth drafts of chosing the right actions, the right atmosphere, the right words that really make those words into a fluid story.

So remember--trust the process, it might be slow but slow and steady wins the race....and makes a simple story into a majestically fluid tale that will let your readers fall into it and take it with them far after the last word is read.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Getting back in the Saddle

Okay, this is it, enough celebrating and putting things off. I've got a few novellas to do and one major novel that I would like to see a first draft finished for for this year. I've also decided that it is quite daunting to think of them all in one lump sum so I'm breaking it down into monthly increments.


That means that this is Cowboy month. Not only because I have a cowboy novella to finish up but also because my newest short story (which happens to be the first of a brand new series) debuts this month as well. Yay!! Keep an eye out for more on Karaoke Cowgirl coming to the Wild Rose Press on January 21st! Stay tuned for more details!

So, how do you survive your To-Do list? Do you go full force on your resolutions and list or do you break them down into more managable piles? What's your tips for staying organized and focused?

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

So, this is the time of year we make resolutions.....and in about two weeks, I will have broken at least 90% of them LOL.

What to do when you know that, with all good intentions, what you hope to accomplish gets defeated in the first month. Not make them, that's what I say.

Instead, I will simply try this year to do a bit better and give a bit more time where it's needed. That way, every little accomplishment will be a boast to the pride and hopefully start a trend of more.

How about you? What do you have planned for this new year?