Thursday, December 23, 2010

From me to you

Wishing you a very...


Hope you have...




and a very....


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Little Helpers

It's fun having kids for Christmas, they keep the excitement level so high LOL.

On the downside, they get to be real smart and finding places to hide things or having to wait until you are 100% sure they are fully, down-to-the-mat, won't twitch sleeping so you can wrap presents is getting more and more difficult. Those tricky little elves!



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Friday, December 17, 2010


Santa's Elves
How could he do this to her two days before Christmas! Ginny just found out the love of her life—and co-elf—is leaving her for another woman. Santa Holloran’s been busy matchmaking around town, but this is one holiday heart even he might not be able to fix.
Christmas in Noelle...where love and laughter are always at the top of Santa's list!
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Cinderella Christmas

Contemporary Holiday
Novella
Rating: Sweet/Sensual

Christmas in Noelle...where love and laughter are always at the top of Santa's list!


A Cinderella Christmas

Her mother's ridiculous idea to gift her with 'a man' for Christmas is driving Angie Bellini insane! Every bachelor and his brother in Noelle are asking her to save them a dance at the upcoming wedding of Santa Claus Holloran's daughter. What's a girl to do to keep her sanity and thwart a scheming mother? Date the one man in town her mother despises, of course.

Wes O'Connor doesn't like the plan Angie has coerced him into for two reasons: 1) He's still paying for the last time those big brown eyes made him do something stupid and 2) He doesn't want to 'pretend' to date the beautiful baker, he wants the fairytale to turn into a real happily-ever-after.

Their ending may not be so happy, though, when they discover they aren't the only players in their little game of make-believe.

Available now from The Wild Rose Press

REVIEWS:

5 Hearts from the Romance Studio!!
Ms. Stacy Dawn has written a great book which was a quick read that was mesmerizing. The emotionally charged ending was completely unexpected. The other characters were so entertaining that at times it was laugh-out-loud funny.
I highly recommend this book. This is not my first Stacy Dawn book and I hope it will not be my last. This is a terrific read from start to finish. You will be thrilled to read it. It's bound to be a best-seller.
~Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio

4.5 Ribbions from Romance Junkies!!
A hilariously funny read, I absolutely adore Stacy Dawn’s A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS. Meet Angie and Wes who have to resort to extreme measures to get one up on Angie’s mother – Vita. Things go from make-believe to the real thing, but no one admits to this until hearts are broken and halos are tarnished. A CINDERLLA CHRISTMAS is a really sweet read that will have you hunting down the other books about the love life of people in this small town who believe it or not have a real life Santa Claus, who loves his sweets. http://romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/contemporary/A_Cinderella_Christmas.shtml

A Cinderella Christmas was the perfect fit for a fun, romantic holiday read.
I love Stacy Dawn's Christmas in Noelle series, and reading a new story in the series is becoming one of my favorite holiday traditons.
~Kathy Adrico, Kathy's Review Corner

I felt warm and fuzzy as I read this story of reverse psychology gone every which way it could. A sweet story to warm up a winter day.
~Reviewed by Hibiscus, The Long and Short of It

I have enjoyed a number of the different tales centered on this town by the talented Ms. Dawn of The Wild Rose Press and A Cinderella Christmas in no different. You will want a plate of cookies, a glass of something festive and a nice cozy area to read this story, if not you will be off looking for cinnamon buns, and hot dairy farmer's buns to go with them. I completely enjoyed A Cinderella Christmas and think you will aslo enjoy this fast-paced festive story.
~Tanya, Joyfully Reviewed



EXCERPT:

“But I don’t want to date you...I mean...” Wes shifted in his seat, clenching and unclenching the steering wheel. How had everything gotten turned around? Sure, at the bakery, after seeing those beautiful brown eyes flare from friendly to frustrated to hopeful all in a span of fifteen minutes, he knew he wanted to know her a little better, again. Maybe pick up where his youthful mishap had detoured them.

But this was not how he pictured getting the date. He glanced sideways at her cute little nose scrunched in contemplation—of him. Wes gulped and darted his gaze back to the road.

The zip-zup-zip of her playing with the zipper on her jacket etched into the sudden silence.
“A-are you dating someone?” she finally ventured.

“No, but—”

“Engaged?”

“No, but—”

“Married?”

No,” he bellowed over her rapid interrogation. Geez, let a guy get a word in edgewise here.

Instead, she twisted around, leg back up on the seat again as comfortable as if she’d ridden in the truck a thousand times before. “Then what is it? Is it me? You find me ugly, repulsive?”

“No, Angie, come on!”

In truth, her position grazed her knee against his hip, sending currents of awareness straight to his chest. Repulsive? Not even close.

He focused his attention on the mid-morning street, counting the huge snowflakes to cool himself down. How had a simple delivery job become so complicated? He now realized why his father handled this end of the business. Ian O’Connor was a people-person while Wes preferred the uncomplicated company of the farm.

Slender hands latched onto his upper arm, effectively melting the snowflake theory.
“Please. I need help and you’re all I’ve got at the moment.”

With tight lips, he tried to focus on the road, but his gaze kept flicking back to her hands clenching his arm.

“For old time’s sake, Wes. Please.”

He made the mistake of glimpsing the dark eyes, big and round and rivaling any kicked-puppy-dog-look he’d ever seen. His jaw ticked tight, and he felt himself caving.

Be strong this time, Wes.

The hands around his arm pulled in small, pleading tugs while her lips quirked in a mischievous tilt. “I’ll bake you a special batch of chocolate chip cookies...” she coerced. “Three batches...better, a dozen!”

No use—the minute she batted those lashes, he was a dead-man-driving. The only choice left was to chuckle and shake his head in defeat. “Dad likes them too. Make it a dozen and you got yourself a deal.”

“Oh thanks, Wes,” she squealed. “You’re a real pal.”

His smile twitched to a wince at her euphoric outburst. Being her ‘pal’ was least on his list at the moment. They’d picked up right where they left off in high school—big brown eyes messing with his good sense. And, judging by this morning’s events at the bakery, he wasn’t finished paying for the first time.






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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas on Parole

Contemporary Holiday Romance
Novella
Rating: Sweet/Sensual

Christmas in Noelle...where love and laughter are always at the top of Santa's list!


Christmas on Parole

Welcome back to Noelle, Alberta, home of the infamous Reindeer Games, Santa Claus Holloran, and a fifteen foot Rudolph monument welcoming you to town—that was, before Deke Halls ran his semi into it. Even though it was an accident, thanks to the beautiful but annoying judge, instead of heading to Bermuda for a holiday vacation, he's spending Christmas on parole.

Laney McGovern wasn't about to let the good-for-nothing trucker get away with reckless driving and decapitating the town's historical monument. She'd divorced his arrogant type before—all good old boy smiles but selfish as the Grinch. Sentencing him to community service with each of the six founding families seemed like a just punishment, but when the eccentric townsfolk begin to embrace the handsome cowboy, this judge slowly discovers not all offenders of the heart are the same. Only problem is, she doesn't know if she wants to deck the Halls or shove him under the mistletoe.

REVIEWS:


FIVE BOOKS FROM THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT REVIEWS!
Christmas on Parole is the prefect Christmas romance, sweet, light hearted, and sexy. This is Stacy Dawn's second books set in Noelle, Alberta. I smiled all the way through Christmas on Parole and laughed often - it was a real Christmas treat.

5 HEARTS FROM THE ROMANCE STUDIO!
This is a great fast-paced book guaranteed to be hard to put down. Ms. Stacy Dawn has written a book which absolutely mesmerized me. I loved this book and highly recommend it to everyone. It's a great read, holiday or not.
~Reviewer: Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio

There isn't anything about Christmas on Parole not to like. The premise is laugh-out-loud funny, the characters are endearing and the dialogue is perfect for the situation. I completely enjoyed this Stacy Dawn tale and plan to read more from this author in the future. Here sense of iteming is super. Her characters seem to say the perfect thing at exactly the right moment. There were more times than I can remember when I giggled while reading this. I enjoyed wondering if Deke and Laney would get together. Nothing about Christmas on Parole disappointed me. It was entertaining all the way through.
~Reviewed by: Marlene, Fallen Angel Reviews

FROM ROMANCE JUNKIES: There's a sense of wonder, hope and good will amongst the characters and really could you not love a story with a character known as Santa Claus? Stacey Dawn brings this holiday oriented town to life and instills a sense of holiday spirit - even for a grinch like me! CHRISTMAS ON PAROLE is a delightfully fun read full of situations that will have readers smiling as they read through the pages to see whether Deke and Laney to cave into their feelings for each other or not.
If after reading this story you want to spend some more time with the citizens of Noelle, Alberta, then be sure to check out Ms. Dawn's REINDEER GAMES.

Christmas on Parole is another Stacy Dawn masterpiece. The characters are endearing and sexy, and god help me I think I'm in love with Santa.
~Johanna Melaragno, author



EXCERPT :

Before she realized her legs had moved, Laney stood behind him. She gave a quick wave up to Santa Claus Holloran then folded her arms and leaned a shoulder against the back of the sleigh. "Little tall for one of Santa's elves, aren't you?"

She'd meant it as a joke but as soon as Deke's eyes landed on her, his smile disappeared.

"Judge." He nodded crisply. "Checking up on me already?"

Her hackles rose of their own accord. She tried to play nice but, obviously, he didn't want to. "That is my job," she said, digging a booted toe into the snow.

"Don't worry, I'll do mine then get out of your hair." Deke lifted another child up on Santa's lap.

His smile flickered on for the children and off for her like broken Christmas tree lights.
"Good, make sure you do."

Laney shoved off and stormed around the sleigh towards her jeep. Men! Who needed them any way? They were nothing but a pain in the ass.

The tingles creeping up from the firm hand clamped around her arm made the owner unmistakable. She had half a mind to turn around and deck him for his audacity.

"I'm sorry."

The apologetic expression beneath a lowered Stetson dissolved the angry words leaving only puzzlement on her tongue. "What?"

"Look, I'm sorry about just now." Deke's free hand gestured towards the sleigh. "I've had an unusual twenty-four hours and, well, I guess I put all the blame on you. No excuse, I know but I am sorry. This is not how I want you to see me."

Laney yanked her arm back to cross tightly over her chest with the other. "Oh? And just how is it you want me to see you, Mr. Halls?"

He didn't have to speak, his smile said it all.


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Reindeer Games

Contemporary Holiday Romance
Short Story
Rating: Sweet/Sensual

Christmas in Noelle...where love and laughter are always at the top of Santa's list!






Reindeer Games


The annual Reindeer Games between the Holloran and the Nickles families is legendary in their little town of Noelle, Alberta. This year, however, the competition gets kicked up a notch when Jess Holloran discovers winning the games may just mean losing her heart.








REVIEWS:

FROM THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT REVIEWS--4 1/2 BOOKS!!
Need a break from all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season? Only a few minutes to spare? Reindeer Games is the ideal escape. Short, sweet and light hearted, it will have the reader smiling and ready to take on the shopping crowds. My suggestion for Christmas fatigue - warm up a cup of tea and take 15 minutes to enjoy Stacy Dawn's Reindeer Games.
~Reviewed by Magnolia

I just finished reindeer games and I loved it. Very feel good, holiday tale.
Awesome job
signed,
RG-a new fan :}

Hey I just finished Reindeer Games and adored it! Great, sweet Christmas romance!!
-Shelli Stevens

I just finished reading Reindeer Games! Great little read! Bravo, girl
-Toni Sue

A beautiful look at how we can overlook love in the most familiar face. Great read from a great writer!
~ Toni Nichols

Sweet, funny, and heartwarming, just like Christmas should be.
~ Emma Sanders

EXCERPT:

I finally turned to address my adversary. "So, have you come to find out what I have in store for you this year when you lose?"

"Now look who's getting ahead of themselves." Sea-green eyes sparkled in amusement as he shouldered off the graying wood to come inside. "Same rules?"

"Loser has to do it, no question, no argument." Not that we really needed the clarification, the confirmations were more a part of the ritual. I tapped a gloved finger on my chin. "Hmmm. I haven't put you in a dress yet."

After the 'treetop' incident where Brent fell and broke his arm when we were nine, the Loser Deed no longer included daring feats. Fun humiliation, however, was completely within the rules. After what he put me through last year, I was aiming high on the humiliation meter.

In mock seriousness, I studied him from the top of his black Stetson to the snow-covered tip of his boots. "I kinda liked that little number your sister wore the other night at the high school's Christmas Dance. You know, I think pink could really be your color."

I laughed at the growl from low in his throat.

"Then again, I heard they still needed a Mrs. Claus for the children's party tomorrow. Maybe I'll call up Mrs. Willobee and tell her I have a volunteer who has no choice but to do it."

I squealed as two thick arms shot out and grabbed me around the waist.

"Maybe this year I'll ask you for a kiss. That's something you haven't done yet."

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like...

....Christmas!!!

Today, the snow is staying on the ground.


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

YIPPEEE!!! 20 is a GREAT number!!

As I mentioned, I started Weight Watchers in September and last night.....


Yep, I am sooooo thrilled. Okay, yes with the weight but almost more so because now I've earned my iPod! That was my motivation over the last couple months and now I get to go get one....the newest iPod Touch with all the cool stuff that goes along with the music LOL.

Yippeeeee!!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I hate working out


That is my biggest issue. I went back to weight watchers at the beginning of September and am doing very well. But I know if I want to get some more defined progress then I need to actually start some sort of workout or exercise routine....blech!!

And I always have other work to do by the time I get home from the day job, I then have to do the work-from-home jobs--and I'm not talking about home jobs like laundry etc LOL. So basically I go from one computer away from home to the home computer.

Anyway, everyone has the same sob stories, I know. But one thing I like about the WW meetings is that they seem to hit on just what I need when I need it. Last one was about metabolism and moving more.

Not that I haven't been, but I get bored quick thinking about all the other stuff I have to do. But one thing I have been able to keep up on is what I call driveway walking. We have a long driveway, over 80 paces door to end so 160 round trip. So, I've been going out fifteen minutes earlier to wait for the bus and doing the driveway walkabout. After last meeting, however, I've thought myself clever because NOW, I call it the driveway workout. I walk down and then on the way back up, I add some toning whether bicep curls or leg lifts or arm raises--whatever hits my fancy for the way up. I even grab the hockey stick and hold it in various ways during the toning exercises to help out.

It sounds simple and a little geeky but since I live out in the country no one sees me. I have the music going from a little mp3 player and I actually feel like I am putting some effort into a workout.

Best of all, I don't have to 'plan' out time for a specific workout because I have to wait for the school bus five days a week anyway.

So, now I deem myself the inventor of the Driveway Workout. Hey......I see a DVD in my future (not LOL)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'm going overseas today!!!

My first time overseas....well, as close as I'll get for awhile LOL as I'm blogging with Rachel Brimble today!

Please come join me talk about my paranormal story, Shadows of Moonlight and how my Class of '85 story might actually count as a Halloween story.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Been in the revision cave for the past week--not pretty LOL--and not much progress.

I found that I'm more of a routine person than I thought. You see, my laptop had been out of commission getting a new fan put in (gotta love techi friends LOL) Not a problem I figured because we have the desktop plus I have a little netbook.

Still, the process just seemed to go so slooooooooowwwwww. I couldn't 'get into' the revisions like I needed to and couldn't figure out why. I was excited how the story was turning out--lots of stuff to add but the overall I knew would work but sentence by sentence was just....off.

Then I realized that I wasn't working on my laptop like normal. Something about the different laptop keyboard and that sort of 'in your face' screen really helps me get into the story I guess. That or I was just procrastinating, using it as an excuse not to delve into the hard stuff until I got it back LOL. I vote for the first because it sounds more 'artsy' LOL.

Either way, I now have my baby back and already have gotten more work done in the last two days--um, but of course it's everybody elses writing LOL.

If I can get through the pile on my desk this week, hopefully I can get back to my own stuff by next week!

Wish me luck!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Romances don't have commercials.

I had an epiphany last week but hadn't had time to write down my thoughts until now, though it's been at the forefront of them ever since.

Watching Castle last Monday night, there was a very small dedication at the end to Stephen J. Cannell. He died. That alone cause me great sadness.

You may not understand if you don't know who he is or ever saw any of his shows. But, I grew up on all his T.V. shows....The Rockford Files, A-Team, Riptide, Stingray, Hardcastle & McCormack, Hunter...the list goes on and on. I enjoy Castle because it had the same elements as those--handsome hero, funny, serious, romantic, adventurous etc. And he had even done a guest appearance as himself with other mystery writers on the show--a poker game of course LOL.


The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Stephen J. Cannell was a HUGE influence on my writing career. Perhaps even the catalyst to my being a writer....and I never knew until last Monday.

You see, I didn't actually start reading much until my twenties when I worked at a place that had a lot of down time between customers. I grabbed a few books off the retail rack and then followed with Harlequins etc. I guess just because by then I enjoyed reading and then the more I found other romance writers, like osmosis, I just figured I wrote romance because I read it like the other authors did....

But turns out, that wasn't true, because I was writing action romance LONG before I ever picked up my first romance book. I remember in my early teens, the first story I ever wrote was on a big black, old fashioned typewriter about a pair of detectives and the woman who came to them for help, about kidnapping and intrigue and amnesia LOL...okay, I never said it was good writing...but all were enhancements of the T.V. shows that I enjoyed. Even the ending of those shows had this little clip of Stephen J. Cannell typing on an old typewriter, and I thought that was cool--hence when I found one in the basement, I dug it out. I was just trying to learn from a mentor I didn't even realize was a mentor.

Now I understand why my stories run like movies in my head, why I am so focused on getting the details of physical placement, facial expression, punch lines etc, just right. Why one of my most favorite reviews was for my Wayback story, One Starlit Night, when the reviewer said, "I felt like I was watching a movie, the details, descriptions and facts were so vivid and real." That one sentence made me so proud, like I hit the bullseye of what I wanted to accomplish for my readers.

I also now understand a lot more about my writing and writing process. Why my first drafts read more like screen plays and why I have to then fight with the second draft to transition them to a more comprehensive, readable story format. And why I never let even my critique partners read the first or second draft, because they were such an odd jumble that only seemed to make sense to me.

Most important though, I discovered WHY it bothers me so much that I can't get what I see in my head on paper the same way--paper isn't film LOL. And of why I have issues transitioning from action to action, those times when other details need to be explained or those down times that stories need to get from one place to another.....because Romances don't have commercials. Nope, LOL, not a one. No commercials, no montages etc....that would make the transitions so much easier LOL. I'm just glad the final results always work!

So, in short, my recent, historic epiphany is that I never started writing because I enjoyed romance, I started writing because I enjoyed clever screen writing and bigger than life heroes--handsome men who whisked me away once a week on episodic adventures.

And to be honest, I'm still not sure how I feel about this epiphany. In one light, it explains so much, I sort of feel....together now. Does that make sense? Like I finally understand who I am as a writer, which I never really did before, always thinking myself a bit on the outside and loose cannon.

On the other hand, though, it still saddens me, because just when I discovered this new and exciting insight...my distant mentor is gone.

Just another example of how strangers can affect your life in funny little ways, and how you don't know how important or influential a person is to you until they are gone.

So, my epiphany is also my small tribute to an amazing writer: Stephen J. Cannell...

Friday, October 15, 2010

You won't want to hear this....

....but I'm in a Christmassy mood. Yep, I've got the tunes running through my head and screech with my sister when the word is mentioned.

Some stores now have Christmas items out and some are soooo cuuuuuutte!

But that's not the main reason. The main reason is because I'm working on the next story in my Noelle, Alberta series: Christmas in Noelle....where love and laughter are always at the top of Santa's list.

This is such a fun town to come back to. I'm on the second draft of the fifth story and I have to keep reminding myself to add in details like snow, christmas carols and even a jacket or two--that's the only thing about writing 'off season', you don't want the story to sound like it's in the tropics (unless of course it is a Christmas in the Tropics type story LOL)


But the more I work on it, the more I'm seeing red and green all around and in a merry mood. Yes, it helps that it is a romantic comedy. So, here I am, happy happy happy even though the scene I'm currently working on isn't working the way it should...and I have A LOT more to add than I initially thought.

Note to self: stop rushing through a first draft and adding cryptic notes that I can't figure out on the second go round. (What's worse is when I come to one of my notes that say, "Yuck, fix that.")

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pop on over!

I'm blogging with the cool Liz Arnold and she's got some great questions on board!

Pop over and visit with us!!

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wow, what a great discussion on critique partners below! Thanks to all who participated and I hope those looking will get some good hints, cautions and enlightenment.

So, I'm sitting here sucking back a small handful of Wonka Nerds (one of my favorite vices) and totally putting off what needs to be done--the second draft of my next Noelle story. I guess I should start thinking of a blurb for it soon, just to give you an idea of the next event to happen in the eccentric town....a BIG but very little event at the same time *wink*

On the homefront....we discovered that our children can't float.


No, we didn't throw them in the lake and wait LOL, we enrolled them in swimming lessons. I guess they inherited their mother's heavy backend though LOL. It's quite an interesting experience watching a lesson. They love the water and have fun (which is the whole reason for the lessons for safety) but...well, they just don't float LOL. I think a few family lessons are in order to practice the basics.




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Monday, October 4, 2010

Critique Partners

The best advice I can give to newer writers--other than to keep writing and keep studying--is to find a couple GOOD critique partners.

By GOOD, I don't mean multi-published authors or english professors, no I mean as in a GOOD FIT.

I like to think of finding a good critique partner as that of finding a good husband. Some are lucky and they meet their future prince early while others have to go through quite a few dates and relationships to find Mr. Right.

When I first started looking for a critique partner, I met up on an eharlequin loop with a couple. They were very nice and we talked and exchanged chapters etc, but something just wasn't right. Part of it was because we wrote very different genres and had very different styles. Now, this isn't necessarily an issue, but we also just didn't click. She didn't take kind but honest critisism well and relashed back for one thing. Chock it up to equalling a really bad date LOL.

This being another point--not that I did, I honestly was kind and encouraging, but you couldn't even mention a plot hole without an argument--not pretty. Yes, I was discouraged but knew I needed someone because no one in my family nor group of friends or community wrote...I was all alone. So, I persisted.


I think I went on about seven 'dates' before I found a small group of ladies who, even though we live all around the world, have become great friends who I can count on when I need them. Who are honest but encouraging and make me laugh all the time....even when the R's roll in--and they still do, not as often thank goodness, but they still do. To have others to help you through those times and to celebrate when a contract comes in is truly priceless!

And here's some tips for the type of critique partner you want to find and you want to be: You want a kind but HONEST critique partner, not to mention you want to be honest and KIND. Don't start pointing out every little comma, every missed modifier and horrible plot hole. You need to really listen, first to what they are looking for--if it is a final read proofing before submission then sure, help them with that modifier. But if it's their first draft and they are looking for overall or general comments, then start by giving them those. And second, find ways to point out the parts that stand out to you without being painful. It doesn't help them or yourself if you are praising what you know has holes, yet, at the same time, it does no one any good to be too brutal about it either. Take a paragraph or few pages and give examples, give praise but be honest, and especially let them know you are there for them whether to work things out, brainstorm, reread and reread again. Critique partners are there for support, a second set of eyes, and hopefully a lifelong friend with the same interest in writing as yourself.

So don't get discouraged, go on a few dates and feel them out. Like finding a husband, if you are lucky, you WILL eventually find the right person to help make your dreams come true!

A couple of us did meet on the eharlequin boards and joined our small band to two others. Eharl is a good site as well as a number of others like The Wild Rose Press and Romance Divas as two that come to the tip of my tongue at the moment.

For those with critique partners...how many 'dates' did you go on before you found them, and what keeps you working together? Any other advice for those looking?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Congratulations to....

...the winners of my Celebration Contest:

Kat1
Tonya C.
Marion G.
Susan L.
Knicole
Janinne G.

Each of them won a party loot bag full of author stuff from myself and my collegues plus a special little gift in there too!

Check out the contest link on this side to enter this month's contest.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

LAST DAY!!

Today's the last day to enter my Celebration contest!!!

You can find all the details here:

http://stacydawn.blogspot.com/2010/09/its-party-time.html

I'll be picking winners to announce tommorrow!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh no....here it comes....

Fall...winter....those cold seasons that seem to last twice as long as spring and summer.

The weekend and last night were, well, just plain cold. The kind of cold where my thoughts turn to the woodstove. I've one of those husbands who thinks the furnace shouldn't come on until the 1st of November and get shut off the 1st of March.

Um, honey, we live in Canada....ain't gonna happen and never has LOL. But, to appease him, I do try to wait as long as I can--usually mid October if the weather cooperates....but it isn't.

I have a hunch this will be the weekend I vaccum out all the vents and prep for that furnace to roar to life and blessed heat!

A little giddy warmth did come, however, from the latest review for Corvette Confessions--5 HEARTS from the Romance Studio!! You can read it here:
http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/corvetteconfessionsdawn.htm

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Party Time!


Yep, got a lot going on today....starting with the children's bowling league meaning I had to get up early anyway on my Birthday.

Just wanted to make sure you get a chance to share in the 'loot' with me! Scroll down two below and find out all the info so you can have a chance to party with me today!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Playing Hookey

I was a 'good girl' in school, I regretfully admit. I paid attention in class, did my homework, got good grades and never thought to miss a day unless I was really sick etc etc etc. Pathetic I know. I can say I was trying to please my parents or all sorts of things but more than likely, I was just a shy overachiever.

Looking back now, the one thing I regret is not taking the occasional day to play hookey. It wouldn't have affected my grades or my social status (actually, it might have helped that because I had none LOL) and it wouldn't have put me in a public detention centre either....but I never did and if I took any day off for an appointment or something other than illness, I always felt guilty.

Yes, maybe I have a nice job now and am proud of an escalating writing career but still, all my memories of school are of a few close friends, tests, projects and homework...very few 'fun' moments or memories to tell my children.

So now, as a mother, I get a tiny do-over and have the opportunity to let my children have the occasion 'just for fun' day off. Take today for instance, they get to play hookey to go into an afternoon Blue Jays baseball game in Toronto with their dad (yes, do take note that I am here at work on my meger lunch break telling you this while all my boys are having fun LOL).

Point being, they won't remember what they did in class today (they hardly remember the day of when I ask anyway) but they will have the memory to tell their own children that "yeah, we used to get to go with my dad to the Blue Jays games on a school day and had so much fun," and maybe they'll even make it a tradition with their own kids.

Don't get me wrong, though, I'm still a mom. These days only happen on the condition that they do well in school of course. Luckily, we've been blessed with smart, sociable, sporty, and might I add cute, children (though how the heck they got that from our genes, we'll never know LOL).

Did you play hookey or let your kids??

And while you're here playing a little hookey from whatever you are supposed to be doing LOL, don't forget to read the post below and enter my contest for some great 'loot!'

Monday, September 20, 2010

It's Party Time!!

I've got so much to celebrate this September that I'm bursting at the seems!

a) I celebrated my 12th anniversary on September 12th (LOL I just realized that matched)

b) my new story, Corvette Confessions, just released at the Wild Rose Press and is getting GREAT reviews

c) I totally revamped my website and blogs last weekend and love the outcome. Check out http://www.stacydawn.com/ and tell me what you think!

AND

d) it's my BIRTHDAY on the 25th of September!


Soooooo, to celebrate all the great stuff going on in my life, I've got 6...thats SIX over-stuffed party loot bags to give away filled to the brim with author loot from my author friends and myself....and each one will have a special gift inside!

All you have to do is go to my website, http://www.stacydawn.com/, and find the three party dancing hamsters. When you find them in their party hats, email me at contests @ stacydawn.com (no spaces) with the page of my website you found them on and, on September 30th, I'll be picking the six lucky readers to send the loot bags to!


Come on then, what are you waiting for.....come celebrate with me!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Driving with Pink Fuzzy Slippers on!

It's my turn as part of the Class of '85 reunion authors to blog at the Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers today!

Please (yes, I'm not opposed to begging) come over and visit today and let me know if there was one boy in your high school past that might have been the one that got away!

http://www.pinkfuzzyslipperwriters.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Reviews are RACING in!

I am so extatic at the wonderful reviews that have been coming in this last week for my Class of '85 story, Corvette Confessions...

4 Tea Cups from Happily Ever After Reviews!

"Ms. Dawn's characters are delightful and well grounded as the story unfolds in the front seat of the corvette, which is as much a character and personality in it's own right. I loved the description of the memories being kept in the box, which is gradually prised open as the conversation moves over the last twenty-five years. Written in the first person from AJ's pov, we still get as much emotion from Greg from his actions and expressions, as we do from AJ. A quick read, it is a powerful a story as some longer ones."

~Happily Every After Reviews
http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-corvette-confessions-by-stacy.html


"The class of '85 series can add another gem to the homecoming queen's crown, Corvette Confessions is a witty, whimsical, fun read."
~Donna Bolk, an Amazon.com review
http://www.amazon.com/Corvette-Confessions-Class-85-ebook/dp/B0042AMI86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC&s=digital-text&qid=1284319608&sr=8-1


"Corvette Confessions is part of the Class of ’85 Reunion Series. This story really brought home the feelings associated with never acting on a feeling and regretting it, but given a second chance you can rectify it. A very real story."
~Emily, Single Titles
http://singletitles.com/?p=4829

Monday, September 13, 2010

Come join the fun!

As you can see, I've been doing a bit of renovation--see the blog before this and you'll see the mess I made of my own computer but I think my blog and website turned out pretty good. I was aiming for that leisurely feel of romance. You can check out my matching website at www.stacydawn.com !
And....

The lovely ladies at the Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers Blog are hosting the Class of '85 authors this month. I'll be up later in the week but would love to see you come out and join the party and other authors and see what wonderful crop of stories this series is producing!



http://www.pinkfuzzyslipperwriters.blogspot.com/

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Well....crap!

I should know better, I really should. But with all the cleaning out and purging I've been doing lately, I figured I'd add my computer to the list.

Well, after sorting and backing up all my files, switching things around so we no longer have three different log in pages (one for family, one for me and one for work) and thinking I was being so smart to sort ALL the files first, putting them on flash drive and then changing the computer around....I forgot about the 'on computer' stuff...namely my iTunes.

Yep, somehow, I totally wiped out my iTunes except for what was on my little ishuffle. Worse, I'd been using the iTunes regularly as a background radio since my husband swiped my radio from my office. And I was rather liking the system too.

Crap.

Now I'm hoping that I have most of it on my little shuffle but it doesn't hold much (and Santa Claus has yet to bring me an iPod to story more LOL) Not that this is a humongous loss in the comparative world of iPod users who have 1000, 2000 or more songs, mostly downloaded. Nope, my meeger file only had 250 songs and maybe 30 of those were bought and downloaded. I should even be able to recover half of that thirty when I sinc my shuffle back on (or so I hope)--so that is at least the silver lining.

But still, that's not only money wasted but good songs down the drain of the cyber world.

Crap.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's Here!!

I am so excited about my new release that is now up in the Wild Rose Press bookstore!

Not only that, it already have a 5 DIAMOND REVIEW from Gemstone Reviews!! "Stacy Dawn weaves a great story." "I enjoyed this book and would definately recommend it to all."

You can read the review out here: http://www.gemstonereviews.com/site_page.aspx?pageid=43

Thenead into the drive-through window at WRP and check out my story here: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/corvette-confessions-p-4210.html?zenid=a4210e9eb48bc2ea4a37127583a440bf

Class of '85 Series

Have you ever been in the right place at the wrong time?

Dumped at the senior spring dance, AJ, who’d always been more into softball and shop class than cheerleading and pep squad, escaped the crowd to mope in the Corvette on loan to the class for the semester. When Greg Roberts unexpectedly joined her, his attempts to cheer her worked—too well. She might have even confessed her love that night if Greg’s longtime girlfriend hadn’t come looking for him.

Twenty-five hard years later, forced to come to the reunion by her best friend, AJ escapes back to her favorite class, only to find the exact Corvette—a little worn and faded—sitting right where she’d left it. Fond memories turn into reality when Greg shows up at her driver’s side window again—and déjà vu takes on a whole new meaning.

And keep your eye on my blog! I've got some special things coming up this month!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

RELEASE DATE!!!!

Not only did I just get a gorgeous cover, I also now have a release date for my Class of '85 Reunion story: Watch for Corvette Confessions coming to The Wild Rose Press on September 8th!!




Corvette Confessions

Have you ever been in the right place at the wrong time?

Dumped at the senior spring dance, AJ, who’d always been more into softball and shop class than cheerleading and pep squad, escaped the crowd to mope in the Corvette on loan to the class for the semester. When Greg Roberts unexpectedly joined her, his attempts to cheer her worked—too well. She might have even confessed her love that night if Greg’s longtime girlfriend hadn’t come looking for him.

Twenty-five hard years later, forced to come to the reunion by her best friend, AJ escapes back to her favorite class, only to find the exact Corvette—a little worn and faded—sitting right where she’d left it. Fond memories turn into reality when Greg shows up at her driver’s side window again—and déjà vu takes on a whole new meaning.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Yippie Skippie!!!!!!!!

I am super excited to announce that I received a contract for my Class of '85 short story Corvette Confessions!!!



I absolutely can't wait to find out what the cover looks like. You fill out a sheet with details about the story and characters but you never really know what the artist will evolve that into a cover so it's like Christmas present sitting under the tree for a week that you take in every angle and contemplate with excitement but you just don't know until you unwrap it!

Oh, and the names in my story have changed slightly since I gave you the blurb a few weeks ago. Just before I submitted it, I did a final read through of the series details from the loop and found out that someone had already been contracted with a story with a character named Deny--who was a druggie LOL. So I figured I'd be safe and change her name LOLOL.

You'll all be one of the first to get updates of a cover and release date!! Coming soon to a blog near you!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Whoa

Crap...I thought I was doing better at blogging regularly until I just see now that I've missed a couple weeks again. Where does all the time go?

Okay, don't answer that because I could give you a list but that would take me most of the night to write it LOL. Top is baseball for the boys and work (which has yet to get easier but man, can I fake it good LOL)

The good news is that I have finished a story! It's been over eighteen months since I've completed anything which only proves that life got far too in the way. Writing is a release for me and I never knew how pent up I was until I started forcing myself to the laptop at least a few times a week. I need that feeling of accomplishment to help tone down the other harried areas of my life that make me feel...less.

Anyway, the story is the twenty-fifth class reunion I mentioned earlier. Man, I LOVED the eighties!!! School--not so much LOL. It was okay but I can't say any wonderous event happened that would make me want to go back LOL. Not like in my story....how's that for a follow through teaser LOL.

The story is hitting the cyberspace road as we speak, off to my wonderful critique partners.

Oh crap, about to tell you the premise of the new story, I realized that I have yet to write a blurb for it, which I will need for the submission letter. I love blurbs, synopsis I can live without LOL. Okay, give me a minute and let me see what I can come up with--I'll be right back!

Okay, back LOL. It still needs work, but it will give you a good gist:


Have you ever been in the right place at the wrong time?

Dumped at the senior spring dance, Deni, who’d always been more into softball and shop class than cheerleading and pep squad, escapes the crowd to mope in the Corvette on loan to the class for the semester. Unexpected, her classmate Greg Roberts comes in and joins her. His attempts to cheer her work, and Deni might have even fallen in love that night if not for Greg’s longtime girlfriend coming to look for him.

Twenty-five hard years later, forced to come to the reunion by her best friend, Deni escapes back to her favorite class, only to find the exact Corvette—a little worn and faded—sitting right where she’d left it. Fond memories turn into reality when Greg shows up once again at her driver’s side window—and déjà vu takes on a whole new meaning.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Is Real romance dead?

The past three years have not been good for a number of our friends--well, I guess that depends on which one you ask LOL.

I think we are now up to four couples whose marriages have ended in the last three years. And I'm not talking the under five year percentage either. I'm talking the over 15 and close to twenty years married percentage.

And we never saw any of them coming.

To be fair, we don't live close to any but have been in constant contact and/or the occasional visits so no, we don't know the day to day grind they went through, but still no mention during weekly telephone calls or anything. The last one just happened this weekend (hence the blog).

I know things like this usually have a 'build' for quite awhile--that's the part we don't see but still, it makes you worried. Is Real romance still alive or does it fade out and fizzle as life progresses? Do we marry with the blind thought that yeah, I'd like to make babies with this guy for awhile or sure, she'll do for now??

We're going on our 12th year of marriage and I'll tell you right now, if my husband came up to me and said it was over, I would be totally blindsided. We're not perfect, but still, we seem to work things out and accept each other for who we are etc etc etc. We have similiar thoughts and theories on raising our children, family etc and those haven't changed (although I think this baseball season is might affect that LOL as both boys are on house league and aiming for the rep league too, meaning most night this summer will be on a ball field)

I'm not overly worried at the moment though, not when my husband comes up to me in the kitchen, turns me around, stares me straight in the eye and says, "I love you. No, I mean I really love you," and gives me a big bear hug just before announcing the demise of the most recent friends' marriage.

I feel bad for them, I do, but I can't help being thankful that romance, at least in my home is still very much alive!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Old Movies and New ways of thinking

I saw a movie on TV when I was young, it was a 1950's or 1960's movie--sort of the Doris Day era. I don't remember the title but it was a romance (of course LOL) The gist was that this woman complained about her dates or finding the right man so her mother gave her a book--A How to Train Your Dog book--and suggested if she thought about men in the same way as training a dog, they would be 'lapping' at her feet. And it worked like a charm...until the boyfriend found out about the book and started a little 'training' of his own.

Needless to say, it was a hilarious movie and has stuck with me even ions later. And over the years, I found that the concept can be usefull sometimes, not necessarily the dog training (although, truth, that works too LOL) but mostly the looking at something that is driving you crazy from a total left field perspective.

For me right now, it's more of a three ring circus.

So I took that theory and went with it today. Instead of letting things control me, trying to perform acrobatics, climb through hoops and keep my balance on the tightrope, I hopped off, and started playing ringmaster. I smiled (ie previous post LOL) and kept things focused and moving in one direction--in one ring so to speak--before I let the light shine on the next ring.

And it worked--for the most part. I'm not saying I'll play ringmaster every day but for today, I came home without that shoulder-clenching stressful frustration. Without thinking of what I missed or didn't know, and instead with what I caught and what I was able to discover on my own--and the whole time making it look like I was in control LOLOLOLOL. But isn't that the secret to life right there--fake it to the best of your abilities!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

STRESSED!!!

Okay, that sums up the new day job, let's talk about something else, okay?

I'm already about half-way through my first draft of the Class of '85 story I'm writing. Tentatively titled Corvette Confessions. It's fun because things are still popping up about the era--take this moment for instance.

Our family loves music and we were just watching the top ten countdown on Much Music. What do they advertise for the next show--the Daily Show is having an all '80's day. Yep, the debate from my previous blog lives on--coincidence or the universe's amusement.

Not that I'm talking about the first subject again but I did read an article yesterday that in times of stress if you smile whether you want to or not, the endorfins in your brain or whatever chemical mystery the article talked about would alleviate the stress automatically. I'm not saying it works, but let's just say I was smiling A LOT today for no reason whatsoever.

So, everyone....keep smiling!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flashback!

Sometimes I wonder if the universe really sends signs or if we are just more in tune to our environment at certain times.

Take this past week for instance. I've started working on a story for my publisher's series Class of '85. Well, I was the class of '88 so the time frame works for me. It's a fun story intermixed during an '80 dance at a reunion.

I've heard and/or seen more things from the '80's this past week than I have in AGES! I'm talking movies on TV, music on the radio and music stations I've watched for weeks on end without one Madonna video LOL. Yet, all of a sudden, there they are.

Is it the universe a) telling me that, yes, it is time to write this particular story and b) keeping me 'in the atmosphere' or is it simply my mind is so focused on that time period that I'm noticing it more?

I guess the answer lies with your choice of logic. Are you an open minded person or does logic run your life?

Of course, I'm a Libra so my scales of logic vs metaphisical imagination are always toppling one way or the other.

For now though, I like the thought that the universe is giving me the high five sign.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Primping

First, I haven't walked off the job yet so that's a plus. In reality, I'm learning a lot the hard way so when the easy stuff actually comes, I'll wonder why it's such a breeze LOL. Truthfully, I'm enjoying it, I only wish (as most everyone in offices) that I had more time to focus on one file at a time at this point so I can learn what's needed for the next instance rather than three or four very different things at once.

I've also discovered another thing this week--dressing up every day is a pain LOL.

Don't get me wrong, before the husband and kids, I worked full time in a field that I had to dress up daily for too. The only thing I can think of is back then, I was also dressing up for potential dates LOL--you know, to catch the eye of this or that hunky guy who passes by every day. Hmmm, now that I think about it, I eventually caught him too LOL.

But, after years of wearing clothes yanked from the dryer and that washed easily because of spit up, spills and grimy hands--not to mention working at a job that was just down the staircase and only needed a warm pair of trackpants and sweater as a uniform--its a challenge and time consuming to curl my hair and put on make-up EVERY day LOL, and this is just the first week. I know it sounds whiny but I was literally standing in front of the mirror this morning wondering what to do with my unrully mass that was sooooo not cooperating. Then, with barely five minutes before the school bus, was tossing my arms into a blouse and hunting for shoes.

What's the word I'm looking for? Oh yeah, time-management. Guess I have to work on that one again LOL.
[I wonder if there is an LOL sign addition for hysterical laughter...maybe HLOL or <:{} ]

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Job or Boiling Oil...tough choice

I think I now better understand the term 'baptism by fire.'

Nothing like showing up on your first day at a new job to a MAJOR MESS left by the former employee.

Needless to say, stress levels were WAY over the roof. Thankfully, the women in the other office were very understanding and a GREAT BIG help.

So, summary of first day--I didn't quit on the spot and made it home to tell you all about it:

Me - 1
Fear - 0

That's gotta count as a good day somehow LOL.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm sixteen again

And no, unfortunately it's not my birthday LOL.

Today is the last day of my current job and I start a new one next week. I feel like I'm sixteen and walking into my very first job. Back then it was a Kmart cashier, this time it's an administrative assistant to a lawyer--yikes!

Why is anything new as scary as it is exciting? It's a good job, the hours let me put the kids on the schoolbus and get home just before they get off, and obviously the pay is better LOL...

...But I feel a little out of my element. Don't you sometimes wish you can bypass that awkward phase of a new job--learning the routine, not stepping on your own toes let alone someone else's etc, that all the things you need to know could be miraculously implanted in your head. Hmmm, that's probably not as far off as we thing. Then again, for YEARS my author friends and I have been trying to figure out the prototype to take the story in our heads and, SHAZAM, there it is perfectly on the paper ready to submit. Yeah, still working on that one too LOL

So I'm nervous and scared and I know I will fret about it all weekend because that's what I do. My friend reminds me that I wouldn't have gotten the job if I wasn't capable and able to handle it and that I'm a pretty darn smart chick--so why can't we think of ourselves that way?

Hmmm, maybe that will be my mantra next week--You're a pretty darn smart chick. I like it!

Feel free to borrow it if you're having any of those 'sixteen' moments again too.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

I like that our community gets involved.

My son's grade one class will be going 'on an adventure' with a high school class to plant trees today.

Our small office--including the lawyer--goes every year for a couple hours to the town hall to get garbage bags, recycle bags and gloves and then we go clean up around the Ganny (The Ganaraska River) that runs through downtown. It's such a pretty place to work there with old building and architecture and so it irks me more that people litter there. And just for a fun note, the town runs a race down the river every year to commemorate a flood that happened in 1980--the raced is called Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny. Yep, it's hilarious because along with kayaks and canoes, there is a race for those who create their own water crafts. They dress up in costumes or goofy things and try to float on anything from cardboard to tires to old doors even LOL.


Oh, and if you want to see just how pretty the downtown where I work (which is so quaint and old fashion) is, just watch Happy Town on ABC coming at the end of the month. This new thriller/drama series was shot up here for the town scenes and the clips look sooooo cool! I even was stopped coming out of the parking lot because they were doing a scene in the park and on the street in front of the town hall. I was sooooo neat!! I'm gonna have to write a story about that someday LOL.


Oops, okay, focusing again, Earth Day. Everyone should do something to help!


Monday, April 19, 2010

Why is cold tea...

....not the same as ice tea?

I've been working for a couple hours and upon taking a sip of my tea, realized that it must have been a while in between sips LOL.

All my boys got back home safe and extremely happy from the Blue Jays game yesterday. Okay, maybe not extremely as their team lost BUT, they did have someone toss them up a couple batting practice balls to keep not to mention picked up their yearly media guide with all the statistics on the players etc. Now, you need to understand, this is something scouting and media use for their jobs so there aren't a lot of pictures and the numbers and details are numerous and small type--not something normal kids would look twice at let alone a lot of adults, yet this has been going on for YEARS (and they are only 7 and 8 years old now LOL) and my children literally learned to read, print, and math reading these and sports cards. So, when I say I fully believe in the theory that if you give them something they are interested in they will learn better and faster, I've got two tawny haired pieces of proof.

As for me, the day was lazy yet productive....so I consider that a very good day on both counts LOL

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Take Me out to the Ballgame!

Baseball season has started and my husband has taken the boys to their first game of the season today. Guess you could call it a guy day LOL. And it's a big adventure because they got to go in the truck instead of the family car, they get to ride the GO Train into Toronto and hang out at the Rogers Centre watching batting practice etc before they grab a dog and chips for lunch and settle in to watch the game with dad.

Best part, my husband didn't tell them until the very last minute. It was great.

Once or twice over the course of the season, I head down to the game with them but for the most part, the four or five times they go is just the guys.

Which isn't such a bad thing for mom either. It's rare that I get a day totally to myself and last night my husband even suggested I do the hot bath thing too--yes, he's great LOL.

So since today is a 'me' day, I plan to do a little shopping and then some writing out on the back porch in the sunshine and have just an all around relaxing day.

Hope you're having a great weekend too!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'm that kind of mom

Yep, I'm officially that kind of mom. The kind that welcomes my boys' friends over after school, makes them some cookies and juice, then watch them head outside and play baseball in the backyard.

I totally had anxiety of sending my children to school and on a big school bus alone because I had always lived in a city and walked the short distance no matter where we lived. The kids, of course, didn't care, heck, they love every minute of it. But they had something I didn't...a small rural school and continuous friends.

I was trying to figure out what word to use there and 'continuous' was the only one that sort of fit. You see, we moved a lot. I think I went to seven different public school before staying in one highschool for the four years straight. Nothing ominous like hiding from the mob in the witness protection program LOL, just dad moved for his job a number of times across province or across country and/or mom got the itch for a new house so we made friends, but then had to leave them behind--and at that young age, they are hard to keep long distance. Don't get me wrong, I had a great childhood, I just didn't have those lifelong friends that you literally grow up with from day one in school.

Now my boys do and it just fills my heart every time I think of it. I love on the odd days I pick them up from school and their friends smile and say hi or joke around with me. And my husband and I don't plan to go anywhere. We bought this, our first home, with the full thinking that it would last us a very long time.

This was the very first time my son had come up to us and mentioned that he and his friend were wanting to get together after school or on the weekend to play baseball. I asked him to get their telephone number, called up the other mom and we happily arranged it....so here I am, watching them all out the window in the big side yard, goofing off, hitting balls, laughing and having fun.

Just the way childhood should be.

Yep, I'm gonna like being this kind of mom.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

BICHOKing Today

Yep, gotta get some serious work done and since I've moved the other computer to the better side of the desk, lets hope it works. I'm still working on my next Noelle Christmas story and it's turning out longer than planned--which in this case isn't a problem as it gives me more time to delve into Holly's lack of Christmas cheer. The hero, Rev, knows where she's coming from but isn't sure he can bring her around--don't worry, the eccentric town is helping LOL.

Length of story is an interesting thing--for me, usually the characters decide when the story ends. I've often planned it but then they surprise me and things change, shorter/longer sometimes I never know until the end. Attempting to try my hand at catagory again will be different as I will have to make sure the word count fits the line but that the story also fits the length. The first draft is always fun to find out how much more I have to play with or how much I need to tighten up.

Oh and update...my youngest and his team placed fifth in their bowling tournament this weekend!

Friday, April 9, 2010

All Clean!

I'm hoping to get some writing and other work done this weekend. At the same time, I kept looking at my office thinking my desk needed a major overhall, a cleaning out so I have some space to move the mouse instead of just shoving things an inch to the side. I figured that I'd come home after the boys' bowling tomorrow and tidy it all up first to 'cleanse' my area for good thoughts LOL--but I also knew that it would dig into my work time to do it-->hmmm, a good excuse for procrastination, ya think?

Well, doing a last check of emails before I shut down ended with me cleaning out my inboxes. As I shut down to go make supper, I looked at my desk and thought why not do the cleaning tonight because I usually take Friday nights as a free night.

So, that's what I did. I moved things around, put things away, filed and re-organized. I also shifted the desktop over to the brighter, good corner of the desk because, on dial-up, the laptop works much better. This way, the laptop is now in the farther darker corner of the table at which I also left the uncomfortable chair, whereas the good chair is in front of the other computer....do you see where I'm going with this? Yep--I set up the non-internet computer in a better spot so I start using it more to work on and thus, hopefully, better avoid the distraction of checking emails or finding easy reasons to procrastinate.

I think the theory is good, but I'll let you know if it actually works LOL.

It's Friday? Already?

That's a good thing right? Of course, it's also almost the middle of April already. How is it that January goes so slow and then all of a sudden it's April? I'm sure I'll be saying this again for September too LOL.

I revisited some old friends yesterday at eharlequin. I'm thinking of giving catagory a go again, hoping that all I've learned over the last number of years will make my stories stand out. Of course, first I need to do some planning, like which line, what story etc etc etc. I've a couple in mind so we'll see what happens. I'm going to take it slow though. I've a project or two to finish up first but I thought I'd get my feet wet on the forums again to gain some good info and support. At least that's the plan.

The plan for the weekend is simpler...bowling for the kids--regular league on Saturday and then my youngest has another tournament but only about an hour away this time.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Where's my Stickies??

Okay, I admit, my brain isn't as focused as it used to be--between the kids, school outings, writing, appointments, dinner, two jobs, family, friends, housework, writing....sometimes I forget things--okay, more often than not I forget things LOL.

But is it right for my husband to thoroughly enjoy and abuse this little quirk?
Case in point, I was out one evening recently doing some grocery shopping on my own (a very unusual thing as we normally do it as a family but this particular week was wild) I slipped into the little shop next to the grocery store for fun and ended up finding this really cool sticky note pack. Little pads and about ten different coloured arrow ones all in a nice compact black case--sorry, wiping the drool from my stationary-junky chin. And it was on sale!! Well, without anyone there to restrain me, of course I bought it LOL.

So, I get home and, because it was sooooo cool, decided to show my husband rather than him finding it on my desk and asking me questions a month later, which is what usually happens. I left the pack with him while I went to unload groceries and get supper ready.

Five days later, I'm lying in bed at 2 am and it occurrs to me, "hey, didn't I buy a pack of sticky notes?" Yes, I did say five days later, and yes, 2 am in the morning. {Now you understand the sensibly insane moniker :)}

That morning--at a more reasonable hour--I asked my husband where he put the sticky notes that I had bought. Well, he gets this little grin on his face that instantly sets the alarms ringing. Then has the gall to actually try to bluff it off with a "don't know what you're talking about."

Yeah, riiiight.

As his smile grows, his glance drifts to the boys who are also trying a little too hard to look busy all of a sudden. So, I go for the weakest link and ask my youngest son about them. I have to give him credit, he lasted longer than I thought he would LOL.

Once the giggles stopped and I could actually hear what they were saying, turns out, my hubby figured if I didn't see them, I'd forget about them [which, I hate to admit is usually true--like vegetables in the fridge, if they are tucked into the appropriate draw and not out in plain site on a shelf, I totally forget I have them until they are shrivelled oozing brown things.] Turns out, 'they all thought it would be funny to hid them until Mother's Day and then give them to me as a gift--because the stickies were indeed, very cool and would make make a perfect gift for me--even though I was the one that bought them.

Ha.
Ha.
Ha.

Yeah, that one will haunt me for the rest of my life I'm sure. Knowing my husband, he won't let the opportunity to pass to find amusement in reminding me, often--probably on sticky notes.





Monday, April 5, 2010

Hopping Along

Sorry, couldn't resist as we're at the end of a busy Easter Weekend and everyone is staring at a beautiful early spring with the weather we've been having at least.

My sportsaholics are excited because today is the first day of Baseball season and, not only is their Toronto Blue Jays team is playing, but it's a holiday from school so they will get to watch the game.

As for me, I got more of the new bathroom worked on and have taken my DYI tendancy to plan out a new shelving unit for the laundryroom--now I just have to wait until the next payday for another field trip to Home Depot LOL.

On the writing front, I've pushed past the block on the next Noelle story (I dunno, maybe it was the sunshine LOL) and am working avidly on it to get it done. I've got so much lined up waiting to be written that it's nice to finally get a move on with this one so I can do so. I'm not good at the initial writing of more than one at a time although I have before and will if deadlines start crunching in. If they are in different stages like initial draft and final drafts, that's not so bad.

Other than that, I'm planning to head out into the sunshine later with my little laptop and see how much more progress I can make in both writing and my work.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Field Trip!

That's what I call anything (other than going to the outside job) that gets me out of the house and home office for a little while.

Today is exciting because the destination is HOME DEPOT! Who says only men can grunt when excited to go there.

We put in a bathroom upstairs and it's been basically a frame with a toilet and sink since September. Over the past month, we've painted and put up this tilish panelling and today I get to go get the materials for shelves and a little cabinet that I'll be making for it (to hide all the pipes etc)

Now, you know by now of my sportsaholic boys (yes, that includes the biggest one) so I somehow got suckered into making this a 'sports' bathroom as it's upstairs where the 'sportsroom' is. Don't get any fantasies of grandeur though, we live in an old farm house with a very small upstairs--all with small rooms and slanted roofs. The 'sportsroom' basically squishes all my husbands memorabilia on the walls and a chair, futon and 19" Tv. If we ever win the millions, boy does he have plans LOLOLOL.

As for the bathroom, it had to be blue and white for most of their teams are such. I'll paint a few logos on the walls, hang some hockey cards up etc and they'll all be thrilled. Meanwhile, I'm just happy because no longer do I have to treck all the way downstairs in the middle of the night in the FREEZING winters LOL.

I'll post pictures of the themed rooms when we're done.

So, I'm off to be DYI lady today!! (because sometimes it's just easier to do it yourself than wait for your husband to get around to it LOL)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Weekend Getaway for Parents

Remember when your relationship/marriage was younger and you actually took occasional weekend getaways with your partner--long walks, candelight dinners and some special 'couple' time LOL.

Now, our weekend getaways (which are very few and far between) involve bowling or baseball tournaments, McDonalds and long walks to keep the other child busy while the first is playing their sport.

I am proud to say that my youngest son made the provincials with his partner in the PeeWee division of bowling. Since it was also his birthday weekend (and my husband was unable to get Toronto Maple Leaf tickets like he'd hoped {but to which our bank account is thankful}) and it was a bit of a distance away, we decided to get a hotel room overnight. We lucked out with a good deal and a pool! Right there made the whole weekend for the family LOL--yes, we're very simple people LOL. The beds, however were about four feet off the ground. Being a little on the shorter side myself, the boys and I had to jump for it every time we wanted to get on. My husband was the only who simple had to climb. I put chairs on either side of the boys' bed because I was afraid they'd break something if they happened to accidently hoof the other out of bed during the night as they're not used to sharing a bed.

My youngest came out #15 out of 16 teams but he had fun--and we had a great family weekend and that's all that counts anyway, right!

And since it was Earth Hour and the lights were out, then you can sort of count that as stealing a bit of a romantic setting for the parents too.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Finding Me

It's hard, you know--finding things like a new spring purse or new blog template that is 'you.'

I wanted something fresh, a little funky-artsy yet homey and inviting enough for readers to come back too. I kinda like this one but who knows, it may change over the course of the day or the week as I procrastinate every once in a while on what needs to be done to surf the web LOL.

As for the purse, I did find that last night. Something that can handle all my junk but is funky, bright and reflects Spring--which is good because the sight outside my home-office window today doesn't. BUT let me tell you one thing, never go purse shopping with three males. Yes, silly me looked while with the family shopping for rainboots and mud-pants for the boys--big mistake. I'm surprised they didn't just whither away right there on the spot LOL. I'm not a overly girlie girl so I don't do a lot in the makeup/perfume section, jewelry, clothes etc but I do seasonally like a new purse especially in the spring. They just don't get it.

Is there something you love but is best to go shopping for without the peanut gallery?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Time

Time
is going by
so much faster than I...

Our family loves Nickleback and that just seemed an appropriate line for me lately. No matter how much I try to get done, even on the days when I can sit down at the end of the night feeling that I did accomplish something, within days, time has bypassed me again and the piles grow--piles of laundry, pile of dishes, pile of manuscripts, pile of notes for other manuscipts etc. All to the point that I feel guilty if I take a little time out for myself--the whole time I think I should be doing something else, trying to get caught up or, if lucky, ahead of schedule (rarely).

Still, I welcome the days like today where I actually get some things completed to a point where I feel content and get to sit and wait impatiently for my boys to get home from school, to hear about their day and spend some good quality time with them...because, especially where children are concerned, Time moves VERY fast and pretty soon ol' mom won't be so important when afterschool sports, friends and...eye roll...girls come along LOL.

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Digs

I've been a baaaaaaddddd blogger haven't I?

Well, procrastinating on the things that have kept me away from blogging regularly found me looking at my site going hmmmmmm, maybe needs a little renovation to spike things up a bit.

So, what do you think? Maybe I'll get back to this desk more often now LOL

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine's Day Comes Early!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Nominated!!






ONE STARLIT NIGHT



When Elizabeth O'Leary meets up with the cowboy she's been avoiding for over two years, she doesn't know whether to trust her heart or her head. One tells her Grey Wulfsen just might be The One, the other tells her it doesn’t matter because he'll never forgive her when he finds out what she took away with her on that one starlit night.

Available now from The Wild Rose Press!!


REVIEWS:

From Mistress Bella Reviews:

I enjoyed all three of these stories. I love anthologies and the way they all tie together somehow, but tell a story all there own. The authors all did a great job with keeping a common theme. Under a Rodeo Moon was such a touching story. I loved the characters so much in this story. I was really happy with the ending that they got. After the Rodeo was another great read. I loved the overall plot with this story. But my favorite was One Starlight Night. I just felt so involved with this story. I felt like I was watching a movie, the details, descriptions and facts were so vivid and real. And ladies…and some men…who doesn’t love a cowboy? If you do, than this is an anthology you must check out.
http://mistressbellareviews.blogspot.com/2009/07/finding-their-way-back-wayback-texas.html?zx=4b2a9528d6747e68


5 Ribbons from Romance Junkies!!

Stacy Dawn really pulls at the reader's heartstrings with One Starlit Night. Elizabeth and Grey seem to be perfect for each other but fear, misunderstanding and misconceptions could potentially destroy any hope they have for a future together. Ms. Dawn does a brilliant job of bringing her characters to life so that they feel like long lost friends.