Life After? Blogs…

 

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It’s strange to think about how quickly the PC has advanced in such a short time.  I remember writing everything by hand, waiting for the mailman, reading paperback novels and visiting with my friends face-to-face.

We weren’t allowed to leave the house without a quarter in our pocket for a payphone, in case of an emergency.

I used to spend days and nights with my nose in a book, or frantically scribbling away in one of the thousands of notebooks still stored in a Rubbermaid container.  We had a Brother Word Processor once, it was like the next best thing to sliced bread, because you could switch out the ‘font’ wheels and save everything on a floppy disk.  Well, about 4 MB of data, anyway.

I own a typewriter. Still.

So what would I do, if there were no computers?

The same thing I did before there were computers.  I would live less vicariously, see my friends and family more often, get more fresh air. I’d really miss the humorous Meme’s and talking regularly with family in Wales with no International calling fees… Genealogy research would be a lot more difficult and spendy, I would definitely miss the ease that Ancestry and Family Search has provided with digitizing records.

Also, since my novels are only sold in eBook format, I’m not sure I’d be a published author anymore, so I may have to start from scratch… track down a literary agent and pay more of my royalties to a traditional print house.  That wouldn’t be very ideal, but it could happen, and that’s the point…

Things might be less convenient, but Life could and would still happen without computers, tablets, cellphones, etc.  It was happening 20 years ago without them and strangely, the world did not end because our BFF couldn’t get a hold of us to tell us about what she’d overhead that girl from Chem saying about the guy we were crushing on right away in a text, snapchat, KIK or Tweet.. she called my house phone and left a message on my answering machine to call her back ASAP – which was HOURS later – and we survived.  True story.

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Greedy Little Bastard

 

That’s what you’ve reduced me to

I’m gobbling up days, hoarding time

I’m closed off in my cave, Do Not Disturb

No calls, Caffeine Drip

I’m inching closer to the escape hatch

One critically constructed convergence at a time

You can’t keep me, but I’ve got you chained to the screen

It’s not you, and it sure in the hell ain’t me…

It’s that two-bit floozy I call my muse

The moment you’re revealed, she’s long gone

So, there will be no previews, no teasers, no seedy peep shows

You’ll sit there and gimme all you got

Until the binds of Avarice have come undone

And that fickle hussy’s on the run.

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Mind-Fracking

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Is it morphing or word-inventification?

Perhaps a year has passed since I responded to a Daily Prompt, but this one got me thinking.  The WP Guru’s want us to morph a common word into something new (in other words, add another slang word to the Urban Dictionary).  I get the process and as a writer, creating new slang can be so much fun, it’s downright distracting.  I’ve also seen it while reading the SciFi/Futuristic genres.  J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has characters that use “Frosty” or “Frosted” or “Iced” instead of plain ol’ “cool.”

While I was working at this place (yeah, that place) during a rare snowy winter for this area, I entered the building with red-tipped everything, my teeth chattering so hard that when my coworker asked the ridiculous question if it was cold outside, I couldn’t get the word “freezing” out of my mouth, so opted for “frigid.” It’s shorter.  In here lies the problem with creating new slang… my coworker just happened to be English and apparently, while not exclusively British slang, there is only one use for the word “frigid” in the UK.  She gasped at me like I’d shouted something not as politically correct as PENIS, then with red cheeks informed me that Frigid is a girl who’s like a cold fish in bed (yes, that kind of “in bed”).  That’s it, end of story, no exceptions.  I refrained from pointing out that we weren’t in the UK when I chattered the word through very frigid teeth and gums.

On top of potentially morphing a word that has already been reassigned various meanings in countless foreign lands, I personally enjoy the creative process of just making shit up – or at least using combos never heard before within my personal realm.  So, in answer (at long last) to today’s prompt: I nominate Mind-Fracking.  More likely word-inventification than morphing, unless you take into consideration that it morphs two words into one fabulous replacement for Gobsmacked, Mind-F*cked or Flabbergasted.

But which kind of Fracking, you ask?   Frack (Frak) as in the profanity replacement for F*ck made most famous in shows like Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5 & Eureka (Fargo’s fave) – don’t judge me, I’m totally that geeky girl – OR – Fracking, as in “hydraulic fracturing” used during oil drilling?

D) All of the above.  Either way works, because when you’re that über “MIND-FRACKED” it feels like your hamster wheel’s been pulverized by something that drills a hole first before releasing potentially dangerous, pressurized liquid into it.

Happy TGIF!

My Review ♥ Dying For A Living by: Kory M. Shrum!

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On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.

My Review

Originally posted on Goodreads May 7, 2015

Title: Dying For A Living
Series: Jesse Sullivan Series
Author: Kory M. Shrum
Genre: Paranormal/Futuristic/Mystery with some Romantic elements & a whole lot of Snark!
Rating: 4 ‘s

I was offered the chance to read this book for free by the wonderful author, herself, Kory M. Shrum, so the least I could do was give it a rave review!

I finished this book in less than 2 days, because I couldn’t put it down. It’s far too action-packed to ignore and like the main protagonist, I really wanted to know the answers. The entire concept of the storyline was new, which was intriguing enough, but the author went a step above and gave it raw edges of realism packed with a lot of humor.

Jesse Sullivan is the main protagonist, a Necronite (don’t call her a zombie) who has no brain-to-mouth filter, whatsoever! Often times, that made for some pretty hilarious dialogue. I loathe First Person POV, I just need to state that. It tends to keep the main character in a perpetual state of immaturity that aggravates me to no end, which is why I feel it should be reserved only for YA. That did prove true in some areas of this book. There were a few scenes that turned me off to the woman who’s head I was stuck inside of, and made me want to reach into the pages and smack some sense into her. The bright side, was that it seemed to be purposely done, rather than an unfortunate byproduct and I got to see some maturity taking hold as the story progressed. It also allowed me to discover things at the same time as Jesse, which is probably why that POV was chosen. It definitely kept the suspense level at an all-time high.

The love triangle between Jesse, Ally and Lane is captivating, as well, adding a nice balance to all of the action. It reminds me a little of Lost Girl, and how a heart really can be torn in two different directions while the emotions remain sincere, rather than forced or tainted. It will be interesting to see how that progresses in the rest of the series. The mystery surrounding Gabriel has truly got me hooked. The deliberate shroud of the unknown the author kept him in throughout the story, only allowing small glimpses, was very clever and effective bait.

All in all, the combination of a fresh, new kind of science fiction, familiar supernatural elements and blatant realism was very alluring. Add to that the blunt, descriptive dialogue that edged the genre of erotica without actually jumping the line makes pinning Dying For A Living down into any one category impossible. It’s an experience that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fast-paced action, a not-so-perfect heroine, a lot of snarky comebacks, a genuine cast of supporting characters and endless suspense that makes you want to rush out and buy the second book.

And I’d like to thank the author, Kory, for the opportunity to read it!

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Looking Forward

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I think that says it all, but don’t panic, I got this.

So it’s 2016 and rather than recapping all that didn’t happen last year, I’ve decided to focus solely on what is scheduled, or is at least a possibility of happening over the next 12 months… For starters: BOOKS!!!

I know, it’s been over a year since The Zen Lounge was published, but even though it doesn’t seem like I’ve been doing anything constructive, I really and truly have been writing like crazy.  Promise.

First up on the 2016 roster from my publisher is:

EUPHORIA  

Cannot wait for the cover reveal!!!  My very first strictly BDSM novel that features a full range of characters, covering POV’s from experienced Doms and subs, switches (called Neutrals), newbie subs and just a whole lot of wickedly sexy MF/MM/FF/FMF/Menage fun.  Oh and of course, there’s a plot in there somewhere…

Our possible 2016 appearances from my publisher are:

HEARTHSTONE ALPHA

As you can probably guess from the title, it’s a Paranormal Erotic Romance that has to do with – No, they are not werewolves, you watch your mouth.  They’re Ulfrinn, Odin’s wolves.  This is the first book in the series and also introduces plenty of other supernatural beings from Greek and Norse mythology – but don’t worry, it all takes place in modern times.  No time-travel whiplash here.

LITTLE QUEEN

Second book to the Ulfrinn series, but the last with the same two main protagonists.  Hey, the rest of the pack gets their chance in the cross-hairs spotlight, too, you know.

DARK DUPLICITY

Yes, the beginning of another Paranormal/Supernatural Erotic Romance series with some mild BDSM elements.  Unlike the Ulfrinn series, this one deals with notorious historical villains, literary legends and of course, my favorite: Fallen Angels, Demons and a parallel universe.  Just go with it, it’s fun.

In the meantime, I’m not only working on the next installments for those series, but I’m trying my hand at some Indie projects.  I’m hoping to get at least one of them out before 2017!  I’ll keep you posted.  Oh, and I’m completely bored with my blog design again, so that will most likely be changing again this year.

Also, look for many more book reviews from yours truly, I’ve been strictly posting them to Goodreads & Amazon, (don’t ask me why) so I’ll be bringing the old ones over and sharing new ones here, as well – and that leads me to my final message of the night…

A toast to all the awesomesauce readers for 2016: Here’s hoping your TBR list totally gets its ass spanked.  😉

My Review ♥ Reasonable Doubt by: Whitney Gracia Williams!

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Blurb

My cock has an appetite.

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar… (Although, that’s a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

At least it was , until “Alyssa”…

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades.

But then she came into my firm for an interview—a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed…

My Review

 

Title: Reasonable Doubt
Series: Reasonable Doubt Series
Author: Whitney Gracia Williams
Genre: Erotic Romance
Rating: 4.5 ‘s

This is a sizzling, spicy read. It’s fast-paced, dirty, hilarious and you won’t be able to put it down!

Andrew Hamilton is the biggest advocate of honesty. His life has already been completely ruined by lies once – and by commitment, which is why his sexual appetite can’t be slaked by the same woman more than once. Ever. The problem is that ALL of the women he’s meeting online are liars! They use fake pictures or lie about being okay with having a one-night-stand, leaving him completely frustrated and irritated when he meets them in person – and they’re nothing they claimed to be. What part of “Casual Sex. Nothing More. Nothing Less,” is so hard to understand? One Dinner. One Night. No Repeats. It’s always five-star, he doesn’t skimp on the luxury, but he doesn’t do pillow talk, either. There’s only one woman he can tolerate talking to and that’s Alyssa. For six months, they’ve done nothing but talk and now Andrew’s done. He wants more. He wants to meet her face to face and give her every wicked fantasy she’s been teasing him with all along.

Aubrey Everhart has a dream. She wants to be a Ballerina more than anything in the world, the only reason why she was pursuing a double-major in Law is to make her parents happy. Using her mom’s verification code to set up a fake profile on LawyerChat, Aubrey was just looking for help with her homework assignments. She’d never planned on forming a friendship with Thoreau that had blossomed over the past six months to the point where they were even having naughty phone sex late at night – but now he’s done talking. He’s determined to finally meet her face-to-face and he’s no longer taking her excuses or evasions for an answer. Two weeks. He’s giving her two weeks, but Aubrey already knows that it can’t happen. Thoreau hates liars more than anything on the planet and that’s all she’s been…

My heart went out to poor Andrew in this first book of the series, the guy just can’t seem to catch a break – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of hot, tantalizing sparks flying all over the pages! The witty banter between the two main characters was also a total blast to read. I’m holding my tongue (fingers) on my opinions until I can read the rest of the series, but so far I love it.

Warning: This book is a cliffhanger, but the other two books of the series are already available for purchase!

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