Jun 08

RT, pitching, editing, sabotage?

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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.

 

Apr 14

Music Monday: Get Lucky by Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell)

I’m absolutely in love with this song. It’s so much fun to dance around the house or jam out in the car to.

Apr 07

Music Monday: Replay by Zendaya

I know this is a Disney star singing and dancing, but there’s just something so catchy about the chorus. I find myself singing it over and over. Possibly because my daughter is obsessed with this song, so we end up dancing around the living room together – yet another reason for me to like it. 8 year olds are too cool to hang out with their mothers now, apparently. But the minute I turn this song on, she runs into the room so we can sing together.

 

 

Apr 01

Come visit me at Secret Recipes!

Author Madison Sevier has started up a new spot on her blog called Secret Recipes, featuring the authors of Secret Cravings Publishing. We’re sharing our favorite recipes and a little about what makes them so special. I’ll be featured there every Sunday!

My first recipe – Jamaican meat pies

Stop by and say hello!

Mar 28

updates and memes and such

I wish I could say that I’ve been hard at work writing my next book, but sadly I’ve been working at the dayjob so much that I’m kind of afraid that I’m going to start living there soon.

But there is good news on the horizon! I just received edits back from the fabulous Deelylah at Electra Editorial Service for More Than That (book 1 in what I’m tentatively calling the Rockstar series) and I plan to pitch it not only to Entangled Publishing at RT, but to the Bradford Literary Agency as well when I hit up the Romantic Times convention in May.

The sound you’re hearing is my heart pounding in my chest. I’m so nervous! I’ve never pitched a book before, and yet here I am getting ready to pitch one to two very influential people in the publishing industry. I think I need to go chew my nails down to the quick.

I’m thinking of starting up a few weekly memes here on the blog so that I can try to put more content up and engage my audience more (do I sound like I know what I’m talking about?) I’ve been thinking about Music Monday, in which I post links to songs that inspire my writing or whatever happens to be stuck in my head at the moment. I’m also thinking about Tattoosday, where I post pictures of hot guys (and girls) with ink. And maybe I can try Feel Good Friday again. I don’t know. I didn’t remember to do it often when I was posting it over at MKR.

I guess I’d better schedule a few posts before I turn into a pumpkin. And maybe think about writing something, too. :)

 

Paige

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