Feb 22

An Austin Author Affair

aaeGreat news! I’ve been added to the line up of authors appearing at the Austin Author Affair in Austin, Texas May 22-24, 2015 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel!

Want to join in on the fun? Click on the banner above to be taken to the site. Or drive up to the hotel on May 23rd for the free signing! The address is 9721 Arboretum Boulevard  Austin  Texas  78759  USA. There’s an after party with karaoke and an open bar (it’s $50 to get in) and will be ah-may-zing.

Want to know who else is coming?

AJ Llewellyn
Alathia Morgan
Alisa Mullen
Alyssa Breck
Amy Lee Burgess
Andrew Grey
Arden Aoide
BA Tortuga
Brenna Zinn
Bronwyn Green
Carmen Falcone
Carrie Clevenger
C. L. Ching
Crymsyn Hart
Dalton Diaz
Dan Wills
Deanna Roy
Diana Castilleja / Diana DeRicci
GA Hauser
G.L. Ross
J.L. McCoy
Jackie Smith
Jean Murray
Jenny Trout
Jessica Jarman
JoLynne Valerie
Julia Talbot
Julie Morgan
Kage Alan
Kara Ashley DeyKellee Gilmore
Kirsten Osbourne
Linda Mooney
Louisa Bacio
Lynn Lorenz / Theodora Lane
Lyra Parish
Marianne Morea
Marjorie Brody
Milly Taiden
Mina Khan
Missy Jane
Nicky Jayne
Paige Prince
Sarah Rodriguez Pratt
Sharon Bayliss
Sidney Bristol
Sierra Cartwright
Stella Price
Susan H. Roddy / Siobhan Kinkade
Susan McGregor
Suzan Butler / S. M. Butler
Sydney Aaliyah
T. Lynne Tolles
Theresa Hissong
Venessa Kimball

Sounds like an amazing time, doesn’t it? So what are you waiting for?? Register today!

 

Feb 12

Writer’s block, procrastination, annoyed ranting

I’m on deadline. I’ve been on deadline forever. I’m trying my best to write as many words as possible to get this beast finished, but between working my butt off at the dayjob and being so physically exhausted by the time that I get home that all I can do is sit on the couch or lie in my bed and be a lump or a vegetable or some other unattractive thing that doesn’t move, and remodeling the living room and Monkey’s room and redoing my office and the guest room… I have writer’s block. I sat down tonight with my laptop and a blinking cursor that’s doing it’s best to mock me to tears. And it may very well succeed, because I haven’t written a single word tonight. Not “a” “an” “the” ‘and” or anything resembling words. And it makes me angry and depressed and that really doesn’t help with writer’s block at all.

So, I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy. My crit partner, Elise Hepner, finally found the awesomeness that is Grey’s not too long ago so we started watching the series together. She’s way further into it than I am now, so I’m just barely getting to the end of season two where Izzie cuts Denny’s LVAD wire. And the first time I watched it, Izzie’s speech moved me to tears. But now? It makes me want to beat her with a fucking stick. Seriously, how fucking SELFISH can one person get? “What about me?”

He was doing fine on the LVAD. He was doing more than fine. He was up and walking, trying to take the damn stairs so he could go home and wait on a donor heart. So yeah, he was waiting and he’d possibly have to wait two more years for another donor heart to come, but he was still doing fine. The LVAD was working. There was no damned reason for her to cut that wire. AT ALL.

And while I’m ranting about fictional characters, why did she CUT the wire? She could’ve given him a medication or witheld a medication or pulled a wire and made it look like he accidentally pulled it. Yeah, seeing her actually take the scissors to the wire and cut is far more dramatic, and it’s the way I would’ve written it had I been writing the scene – but as a medical professional, it pisses me the hell off to see something like that happen on screen.

Nov 02

It’s NaNoWriMo time!

I’ve got so much on my plate that I almost decided not to do NaNo this year. But that just gives me yet another excuse not to write. So, I’m doing it. Who needs sleep, anyway?

Just kidding. Sort of.

I’ve got four projects currently bouncing around in my brain that I had to figure out which to work on (I loathe writing blurbs, so these are probably all really crappy):

That was Then, This is Now - Ten years ago, Jennifer Kelsey met the man of her dreams in the gas chamber during Navy boot camp. He was funny, smart, sexy as hell, patriotic – It was like she had no other choice but to fall head over heels for him.

Cole Jones seemed like the All-American good boy, but things are never all they appear to be. He joined the Navy as the ultimate act of rebellion against his Marine father and left the girl he was supposed to marry. Meeting Jennifer wasn’t supposed to happen, but sometimes fate steps in and throws a monkey wrench into all your carefully laid plans.

They shared a year of friendship that bloomed into an intense passion that neither would ever forget. But Cole’s past, and the Navy itself, drove them 1,000 miles apart, creating a rift that neither thought could ever be bridged.

When Jennifer got out of the Navy, she never expected to hear from Cole again. But one fateful night brings a message to her inbox. Hi, stranger.

Does time really heal all wounds?

Holding On & Letting Go - Hope Chambers met David Ramirez six years ago when she served him the cure for his hangover at the diner she worked at. After a whirlwind romance, she thought she’d found the one she was meant to be with forever – until the wrong person answers his hotel phone when he’s out of town on business.

Six years later, Hope is a single mother struggling to make ends meet as she gets her bookstore off the ground. She never expects to see the man who broke her heart again, much less find him standing at her door in the middle of the night.

Now that they’ve found each other again, they must overcome the obstacles which drove them apart to begin with, all the while navigating the murky waters of co-parenting when you’re no longer a couple. Will they be able to let go of their past hurts and move on with their lives? Or will they continue to hold onto the anger until there’s nothing left?

Just One Taste – Elliott Sanders is working his way through college at The Knife, the trendiest restaurant in town with dreams of one day becoming the Executive Chef in his very own kitchen. Unfortunately, the rules dictate that he stays out on the floor with the customers and far away from the appliances – and the hot chef who runs the show.

Jackson Lange runs his kitchen with an iron fist and he likes it that way. No one steps out of line, no one gets hurt. That all changes when Jackson steps in to save Elliott from an evening with the restaurant’s manager – he can’t help but break the rules just this once.

But just one taste is never enough, and Jackson finds himself coming back for more. So, why does Elliott keep pushing him away?

<Untitled Hot Doctor Story> – Carleigh Michaels is on the fast track to becoming the youngest radiology supervisor in her hospital’s history. She’s focused on her job, her patients, and her family. She doesn’t have time for a relationship, nor does she want one. So, when she meets the handsome Dr. Carlos Martinez in one of the elevators between patients, she thinks nothing of it… until he makes it a point to run into her again.

Soon, they’re meeting for coffee, taking breaks together, and “accidentally” bumping into each other in the on-call room. But Calleigh’s department policy states that dating doctors is a big no-no. Will she choose the career she’s always dreamed about, or risk it all for a chance with the hot doctor?

Sep 28

New freebie available

I’m still working on the edits for More Than That. I realize that my last post was in June and I damn well should’ve been done with it by now, but once I started the new job I ended up being so exhausted all the time that I just don’t have the time or the energy to write.

I’ve also been battling some pretty severe depression. I’ve never made it a secret that I suffer from Bipolar Disorder. It’s not easy to stay level when you’re battling little sleep and all the stressors of every day life, even with medication. Usually, I can either talk to my doc and have my meds adjusted or start working out and the endorphins will bring me back to happy, sunshine-y Paige.

Except I don’t have the time to go to the VA and I’m too achy to work out. My day job is extremely physical and my body is falling apart. My feet, ankles, knees, hip, and shoulder are killing me on a daily basis.

So, why am I posting a freebie now? Well, for one, it’s a vignette that I wrote a while ago and had plans to expand into a longer story someday. But honestly, I really like it this way. I may revisit it one day, but for now it’ll be posted as a freebie here on the site.

Paige

Jun 08

RT, pitching, editing, sabotage?

rt

I got the chance to attend the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans last month, and it was the most amazing time of my life. I spent almost an entire week getting to know other authors, readers, bloggers, editors, and publishers. I felt like I was at home among “my people.” It was truly a whirlwhind for me, and I “selfie’d” my way through the whole thing. You can see all the pictures I took on my Facebook profile. I’m pretty sure it’s set for public viewing if we’re not friends already.

While I was there, I had the opportunity to pitch to agent and editors/publishers. I pitched More Than That to Samhain, Entangled, Random House, and to the Bradford Agency. They all asked to see my MS, which was more than I could’ve ever imagined and I’m ecstatic… But when I got home, I decided to go through it “one more time” just to see if I needed to add anything else or take anything out. I’m a little bit of a perfectionist, and I know of at least one thing I wanted to add before I sent it in.

I got home on May 18th. It’s now June 8th (4:00am is technically tomorrow even though I haven’t been to sleep yet). And I’ve been editing ever since I got back from RT. Granted, I haven’t edited every day, nor have I edited in big chunks. I started a new job on May 19th at a large hospital in Houston’s Medical Center. I’m an xray tech, and the job is pretty physically demanding, so by the time I get home, I’m exhausted.

Still, I’m starting to wonder if I’m sabotaging myself. It’s been almost a month since I pitched and I haven’t sent anything in. I still have to work on my query letter and my synopsis. I’ve never written either before and I’m TERRIFIED.

Wish me luck. And if you see me online, ask me if I’m done editing, for the love of Pete!

May 05

Music Monday: Treasure by Bruno Mars

I’m a huuuuuuge fan of Bruno Mars. I obsessively love him, and have no problem admitting that in public. Treasure is one of those catchy, awesome songs that makes me want to dance my booty off and sing as loud as I can. It also helps that I loved the 80s and this song is extremely reminiscent of 80s style music.

 

 

Apr 30

Paige’s Amateur Chef Corner: Slow Cooker Potato & Leek Soup

I love to eat. My waistline is pretty indicative of that. But cooking is something that I love to do when I’m stressed out. Focusing on each ingredient, every step, gives me something to think about other than whatever is bothering me. Baking is especially my favorite thing to do when I’m stressed because it’s so precise you have to do everything just right or whatever you’re making won’t turn out properly. Cooking can be tweaked to suit your tastes, but if you add the incorrect amount of sugar or substitute salt instead, it comes out tasting pretty funky.

I’m guest posting on a fellow author’s blog on Sundays – featuring my favorite recipes, and you can find the link on the sidebar. But I’m also going to be posting recipes here occasionally. Cooking is a part of me, and this blog is not only to share my book news but also pieces of my real life with you all.

Slow Cooker Leek & Potato Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 00 minute

Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 large leeks, washed, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 carrots, washed and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 cups vegetable broth, or enough to cover the vegetables
  • croutons and fresh parsley for garnish
  • heavy cream (optional)

Instructions

  • Place the leeks, potatoes, carrots, celery, and garlic in the slow cooker pot.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add in the vegetable broth, just to cover the vegetables.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, or LOW for 6 hours.
  • Puree the soup with either an immersion blender, or a food processor. If using the food processor, puree the soup in batches; DO NOT pour the whole soup into the food processor all at once.
  • Taste for salt and pepper.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls.
  • Add croutons and parsley.
  • Drizzle some heavy cream on top right before serving. (optional)

 

Apr 29

Free Kindle books!

I love reading. Books are my true passion in life. So when I find freebies on Amazon, I can’t help but One Click my way to a hugely full bookshelf. There’s no way I’ll ever finish my TBR pile, but I’m totally okay with that. As long as I have something on deck to read, I’ll always have an escape route from reality. And that’s more than I could ever ask for.

Apr 28

Music Monday: Feelin’ You by Jesse McCartney

My girl MamaMia and I follow each other on Spotify, so I get to stalk her musically whenever I want to. *cackles manically* Oh wait, that’s what you’re supposed to do when you follow someone on Spotify. Suddenly I feel much less evil cool. So, I noticed that she was listening to Jesse McCartney one day, and that took me back to the days I watched All My Children (he used to play Adam Chandler Jr) and in my Navy days when my roommate and I would rock out to Leavin’. But MamaMia showed me another JM album, and I’m pretty much in love with it. Guilty Pleasure? Absolutely.

 

 

Apr 21

Music Monday: Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert rocks my socks off anyway, but there’s something about this song that makes me want to just crank the radio up and sing at the top of my lungs.

 

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