#AmWriting, #RescueCat, and Mini Movie Reviews

Didn’t hit my word count goal on the WIP last week – but both of my sons were here for the weekend and that takes priority over everything else.  The upside is the new character who announced himself over a week ago is talking a lot, so I’m hoping to double my word count goal for this week.

If you remember about a month ago, my oldest son rescued a kitten he named Sora.  This weekend he brought her for a visit.  She has the sweetest face and disposition, a purr you can hear across the room, and is full of kitten energy.  Despite these admirable characteristics, our five-year-old cat, Bond, was not amused.  On Friday, they were under constant supervision, as Bond glared at us accusingly.  Saturday, he watched her more than anything, but at least he was out of the dominance and intimidation mode.  By Sunday, he followed her around as she scampered from room to room, and then pretty much ignored her, resigned to his fate.  I don’t think Sora slept the whole weekend.  Wish I had that kind of energy.

We watched a couple of movies last week, but I can’t recommend either of them.  Unsane started out promising, but then had so many plot holes, it resembled Swiss cheese.  I Feel Pretty had a wonderful overall message, but contradicted itself throughout the movie.  The good news is that Avengers: Infinity War is available to buy tomorrow!  And that totally makes up for the two that wasted my time last week.

Have a productive week!

 

 

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#Giveaway, #BadMoonRising, and @YASBookCon

Last week was an obstacle course of problems – it felt like one of these ‘Whack A Mole’ games.  I’d solve one, then two more would pop up, so I didn’t get as much done on the WIP as I’d hoped.  But then on Saturday night while watching a movie, a character introduced himself to me quite suddenly, and informed me he’d be a part of this WIP.  I have a feeling he may take the plot in directions I hadn’t counted on.  We’ll see where it goes.

If you’d like to win a signed copy of The Gemini Connection, YA Books Central Instagram is hosting a giveaway.  Didn’t they do an outstanding job on the pic?  Wish I had that creativity.  Click here to enter!

I still have openings for Bad Moon Rising in October.  If you’re a horror, thriller, or paranormal author, click here for more information.

I’m thrilled to be included in YAS Book Con in October right here in Bowling Green!  I’ll totally be fangirling over some of the other attending authors, and predict a staggering increase in my TBR.

Have a great week!

 

 

#AmWriting, #BadMoonRising, and #MissionImpossible

Last week was a busy one with the blog tour, but I managed to add about 3K words to the WIP – finally!  Already the story is taking some directions I hadn’t exactly planned, but sometimes you just need to follow the characters and let them tell you their story.  I even got a couple of ideas for a title – with my first book, I didn’t come up with a title until two minutes before sending it to my publisher.

I’ll be posting signups for Bad Moon Rising this week.  In case you’re not familiar with this feature, throughout the month of October, each day I feature a horror/thriller/paranormal author to include a short interview and information about their book.  Spots tend to fill up fast, so reserve yours ASAP!

We saw Mission:  Impossible – Fallout yesterday, and it was definitely worth it.  Breathtaking action scenes, surprising twists (those masks will throw you every time), unbelievable stunts.  Five of us went, and it was a thumbs up from everyone.  The only thing that annoyed me was a part in the trailer wasn’t actually in the movie – but I won’t spoil it by telling you.

Speaking of movies, did anyone see the new Aquaman trailer?  I’m more of a Marvel fan, but you’ll find me in the audience of this flick come December.

 

#RescueCat, #BlogTour, and #Equalizer2

Welcome the newest member of our family!  Meet Sora, my oldest son’s new rescue cat – isn’t she just a sweetie?  She’s a little over 3 months old, full of kitten energy, and enjoys sneaking up on and tackling unsuspecting stuffed mice.  I can’t wait to meet her in person, but I wonder how our own cat, Bond, will react when Sora visits for the occasional weekend.  I’ll keep you updated.

I begin a blog tour this week, and appear on three sites today.  I’m not sure what time the posts will be up, but will update the links as they come available.

https://readsandreels.com/
https://thebookwormdrinketh.com/
https://audiokilledthebookmark.com/

This past weekend, I finally spent time with the WIP and got some words on the paper.  These characters have been patient long enough, and the plan is to have a somewhat polished draft by the writer’s retreat I’m attending in October.  I’m setting goals for myself, so you guys hold me accountable.

We saw The Equalizer 2 this past weekend.  Nothing really deep or thought-provoking, of course, but some awesome action scenes, and I’m always a Denzel Washington fan.  I’m really looking forward to Mission: Impossible – Fallout this coming weekend – Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 94%.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Moving, #BookRelease, and #FantasticBeasts

This past weekend was busy – I attended a book festival in Lexington, KY and we moved my oldest son into a new apartment.  The book festival didn’t go so well – very few attendees, and I only sold a few books.  But I did have the opportunity to see a friend who’d moved to Lexington a few years ago – she made a special trip to the book fest just to purchase a signed copy, and that means a lot.

Moving my son out of his college apartment was an experience – one I hope to soon forget.  This isn’t an actual picture, but sadly, it’s a pretty good likeness of his bedroom.  I think we can all agree that girls are generally more attentive to personal hygiene and maintain a certain standard of cleanliness.  But guys?  They probably never notice the smell in their apartments – but moms never forget it.  You could burn candles and spray air freshener 24/7, and I don’t think it would have put a dent in the odor.  He promised me he’d do better in his new ‘adult’ apartment – I’m not holding my breath on that one.  But trust me,  I held it while I packed!

Last week I attended a book release for local author David Bell at the library here in Bowling Green.  He’s written several thrillers, and Somebody’s Daughter is his latest.  Always a pleasure to hear him speak – an outstanding sense of humor, and keeps the audience laughing.

Is anyone else as excited as I am over the trailer for Fantastic Beasts:  The Crimes of Grindelwald?  I actually squealed when I saw it in the theater – hubby pretended he didn’t know me.  I’ve heard that Jude Law does an incredible job as a younger Dumbledore – and kudos to him for taking on such a formidable challenge.  Potter fans could love him or crucify him – but I hope it’s the former.

Have a great week!

Music Tour, #Yellowstone, and #BookSale

Can someone tell me what happened to the month of June?  Here we are in July, and I was sure I’d have at least a rough draft of my new WIP – not even close.

My youngest son is currently on his second music tour of Europe this summer.  Over the next two weeks, they’ll be playing at venues in London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Venice, and Germany.  He’s having the summer of a lifetime!  If you’d like a sample of his music, he’s created a YouTube channel here – watch if you have a few moments.

Hubby and I started watching the new Kevin Costner series, Yellowstone, on the Paramount Network.  One of his sons is played by Wes Bentley, who did fantastic work on a couple of seasons of American Horror Story (one of my fav shows).  Here’s the description:  John Dutton tries to protect his ranch, the largest in the United States, from land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park.  We’ve seen the first two episode, and so far, it’s a thumbs up from both of us.

Throughout the month of July, I have several promos going on with The Gemini Connection – to celebrate, the eBook price has been reduced to $4.99 on Amazon!

Hope everyone has a happy fourth of July!

Our Trip to #NewYorkCity!

I’m behind on emails, replies to blog comments, visiting other blogs, Facebook, Twitter – you name it.  This post was also tossed together pretty quickly because I had to buy groceries and do laundry to get youngest son ready to leave today for his second European tour.  But I digress.

As I mentioned on Friday, all of it was for a good reason – we took a long weekend trip to NYC!  I  hadn’t been in over 20 years, and was so excited to return.  The primary reason for going this time was the youngest son.  He’s a music major, and I kid you not, he fell in love with Phantom of the Opera music and the movie when he was in kindergarten.  When he asked to watch it at the age of 5, I explained it wasn’t a Scooby-Doo-type of phantom.  He rolled his eyes and replied he already knew that (I’m telling you, this kid was born an old soul).  Guess we should have known even then his path would lead toward music.

Anyway – on with the activities and pictures.  Youngest son had absolutely no interest in doing the regular touristy things.  As a foodie, he researched food tours and chose a fantastic one – No Passport Required, by In Food We Trust.  We sampled authentic flavors from Turkey, India, Japan, Israel, Cuba, and Italy.  I realized I’d found my purpose in life upon my first bite of chocolate babka – flaky, delicious heaven laced with chocolate.  Our fabulous tour guide was Angelis Nannos, wearing the hat in the pic above.  He was such fun, and his knowledge of food and its history was quite impressive.  We made a new friend that day.

Mostly at hubby’s urging we went to the top of Rockefeller Center – the pic of the Empire State Building above was taken from there.  Our hotel was perfectly situated in Times Square, where we walked to the Book of Mormon show on Thursday night.  With our room being on the 46th floor, do I really need to tell you how beautiful the view was at night?

On Saturday, foodie son wanted to visit Little Italy and Chinatown, where we drooled over all the fresh seafood, produce, and Italian delis.  Lunch was at an Italian bistro – I’m convinced I was Italian in a previous life.  We then traveled to Central Park, and if you hear about some crazy tourist family having a standoff in the middle of a subway station arguing about how to get to their destination – yeah, that was us.

Saturday night was pretty touristy.  Dinner was at Sardi’s – and we were soooo lucky to get in with no reservation – then on to Phantom of the Opera, where we had fantastic seats.  I’d already seen it on Broadway twice, but seeing it with my son was priceless.  He said it was the first time music gave him chills.  During intermission, he was able to go up to the stage and see the orchestra below – to a music major, this was a rare treat.  He was fascinated by all the instruments and equipment packed into such a small space.

It was a rushed, busy, fun-filled weekend, but we were thrilled to experience NYC again through my son’s eyes before he leaves today for three weeks – to visit Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Lichtenstein, and France on a music tour.  This kid’s having one hell of a summer!