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I've been sharing from my WIP The Tree of Life. Last time, Rio, in shapeshifter Black Jaguar form, was spying on the Vargas clan when a VIP arrived. Just as a gorgeous female emerged from the back of an SUV, his attention was grabbed quite literally from inside his head. She told him to stay put, and it wasn't a request...
He froze. Then, he pushed back. Harder. You don’t own me, witch, he said, and now he was inside her head, reading her thoughts, feeling her shock, her moment of fear. But then he realized her anger and her intention! He used his own anger and panic and released himself from her command to stay.
Turning, this time Rio bolted, running as fast as any savage creature had ever escaped from a trap.
An explosion erupted, as the jolt of energy that flew from the woman’s hands struck the root where a moment before he had stood.
I hope you enjoyed Elizabeth's snippet this week as much as I enjoyed posting it for her. That's one angry VIP! I'm glad Rio was able to get away! I hope she doesn't catch him! Be sure to check out the other great Weekend Writing Warriors and fabulous #SnippetSunday authors! I can hardly wait to see what that crazy Effing cat is up to this week. He cracks me up! See you next week everyone. Thanks for stopping by--Hudson, signing off so I can go chase some tweetie birdies!
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JULY 6 QUESTION: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
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Wow, today's question really hit me. As an editor I spend a lot of time saying things about a lot of people's writing, and I often wonder if writers know just how difficult and often lonely it can be on the other side of the red pen.
As an author, and fellow critique partner who tries to openly discuss observations, I know how it feels to have your favorite scene, phrase or description cut or ignored.
What is the best thing anyone has ever said to me? I wish I had written that! of course. That's why I try to note it in a manuscript margin, no matter how busy I am, from time to time. A simple, "Well said, great scene, love that!, nice!" goes so far toward building back up the writing confidence of an author whose manuscript has been redlined or marked up with a dozen notations of revisions to be made.
How do I know? I'm an author, and as an editor I'm probably even more insecure as an author wondering if people critique me with unfair (however secret) overinflated expectations. As an author I sometimes need to have a sloppy, rough draft with brainstormed freewriting and choppy ideas.
I wear a lot of hats. Sometimes they get baggy and slip a bit, from being changed too often. But the more I wear them, the more comfortable they are, and the more they become an integral part of my eclectic personality...
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Sign up below with your name, blog and email and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday 07/02/16 and 9:00 AM on Sunday 07/03/16. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.
I've been sharing from my WIP, The Tree of Life. Rio, in shapeshifter form, has been spying on the Vargas clan. A VIP has just arrived, and he is busy observing the frantic activity surrounding that arrival, when...
Who are you?
His attention flew back to her face. She was staring straight at him, and she saw him. She was inside his head, with him. Don’t let her know your name, he schooled himself. She was there with him. With the other him. Rio lifted his paw to flee.
It wasn't a request.
I hope you enjoyed this week's snippet. Please visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors and fabulous #SnippetSunday authors to discover some great new reads!!
I had a great time posting Elizabeth's blog for her. That sure is one big kitty! Also, on my first day as VP of Social Media, I have been sprucing up her website. I don't think she's changed it since she first moved to AZ, before I was even born! No wonder she needs my help! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
I don't know about other authors, but I only have so many fingers (not counting my thumbs or toes, and sometimes I wish I could type with those too)! SO much social media and so little time. I also have a lot of other authors I want to help out. Then there are the manuscripts I edit and critique. Oh, and I have a husband, a family, friends, other activities and hobbies to fit into my days. Let's not forget daily routines and chores. When does one actually write? Fortunately, I do have some help. First there's this hunky hero-worthy guy...
Yes, my twinkle-toes, Irish-Scotsman, Sam Elliot look-a-like husband, has women fawning over him! Fortunately one's his sister and the other's his cousin. All kidding aside, Kenton is a fantastic chef, a chiropractic massage therapist who saved my running knees (despite what 2 surgeons said!), is a kind-hearted and loving husband and the best cheerleader a writer could ever hope for. But he’s busy too, is just learning about social media, and is so happy that we have our faithful friend and companion to help us out.
Hudson! Tell me those aren't the cutest big brown eyes you've ever seen? This little guy helps us make good choices so we can "live naturally" and stay healthy. He follows me around the house and "helps" me do just about everything. No one EVER beats him to the door when the mailman arrives! He LOVES getting the mail. He LOVES whenever the birds chirp out their little tweets! Not one ever misses his avid attention. So it made perfect sense to assign him to Social Media VP!
Hudson is not a complete stranger to celebrity. He is being featured in author Charmaine Gordon's upcoming book about rescue and service doggies, but he has never been this much of a celebrity before!
He assured me that he is still thrilled with the new position (and secretly thinking it was about time he got recognition for all his hard work and attention to every detail). His favorite perk was a trip to his doggie day spa for hair, nails, and teeth. He said he especially loves Jess's purple hair. He think's it's a pretty shade and thinks she's hip (though this opinion may also be influenced by her special treats).
After so much excitement, Hudson decides he needs to get some sleep in order to be rested for his important new job (and it's a secret, but the monsoon thunder sometimes scares him). Announcing HUDSON, Author Elizabeth Alsobrooks' new Social Media VP!
Romance Trading Cards?
What? Romance Trading Cards? Now, you say? Yes, now. I know there are some of you rolling your eyes, or shaking your heads, thinking that RTC's have gone the way of bookmarks and paperbacks, but that's not really true. There are still quite a few authors who offer them. There are still a lot of book graphic artists who create them. Besides, I have a lot of my own reasons for making this decision, and I'm happy to share them with you.
First, since I'm pulling my writing career out of moth balls after some pretty horrendous personal trauma (which included the death of a spouse), I needed something besides business cards to toss onto library and bookstore reading tables, to leave my signature in goodie & grab bags or raffle baskets, and to slip into the cover of a gift book or card. They're handy, pretty, and informative. They've fairly inexpensive and still professional and unique and give added "Book Bling" to just about anything!
Secondly, I saw on someone's website that they were giving 1/2 the proceeds from the sale of their cards to Cancer Research, and the rest was going to offset the cost of postage and printing. Since I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was a senior in high school I instantly fell in love with this idea. I too want to do this fundraiser!
Thirdly, as many of my blog followers know I read tarot and have for several decades. We have often done character readings to help fellow writers with plot development. I am in the process of creating a tarot deck from my Illuminati series characters! I felt creating some RTC's was a good place to start!
Lastly, at my art therapy class (an art gallery where I regularly attend painting classes) the other artists all "trade" art trading cards, the same 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" size as most RTC's. I paint for recreation and relaxation, not because it's a vocational calling. Creating "art" trading cards is not something that really interests me... RTC's is something I would find much more useful. I decided I needed to pay back the kind artists for their art card gifts by creating a card of my own.
I did contact 3 different graphic artists, but when I didn't hear back from any of them in a timely manner, and they were going to charge me an arm and a leg anyway, I figured I might as well get artsy myself. So I did! Now, what do you think of the ones I have created for The first book in the series, The Book of Life? I think they have some sparkle and shine, in keeping with their "illuminati" tradition. I have ordered a set, so will have to wait and see how they look in person and figure out how much they will cost in bulk so I can set up my fundraiser page, but I am pretty happy about them. Now I need to complete the series and work on my tarot deck. Reactions? Impressions? Suggestions? (Keep in mine that I am not a graphic design artist, but I am learning!)
I almost forgot! Only a few more hours to sign up for my rafflecopter (below) prizes and the great games/prizes at The Romance Review's Sizzling Summer Party (See my sidebar for link)!
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Sign up below with your name, blog and email and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday 06/25/16 and 9:00 AM on Sunday 06/26/16. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts
I've been sharing from my current WIP, Book 2 of my Illuminati series, The Tree of Life. Rio, in shapeshifter form is about to leave the ancient ruins, where he has been spying on the Vargas family, when...
Rio scented half-a-dozen humans in the area, sentries, guarding the perimeter. Within minutes the men who had carried the gurney returned with it. They put it back in their truck and returned to the jungle. He now knew why they had found only one sick tribesman, but how many had there been?
The black jaguar jumped from the tree and slipped into the jungle. Just then, several vehicles approached. Curious, he turned back, sheltered in the buttress roots of a tree.
Three SUV’s arrived and parked near the ruin. The area was again flooded with light. Doors flew open from every direction, and chaotic organization erupted in the form of a little Arabian man who was instantly barking orders at the men who came rushing out of the ruin to carry supplies and apparently do his every bidding of preparation, for it was immediately clear that a VIP had arrived.
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Elizabeth Alsobrooks's books on Goodreads
Illuminati - The Book of Life
ratings: 12 (avg rating 4.33)
Illuminati: The Book of Life
ratings: 5 (avg rating 4.80)
The Keeper's Secret: Tell-Tale Publishing's Annual Horror Anthology
ratings: 2 (avg rating 5.00)
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