Best Reads of 2014...

(Links to my reviews)
Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by: R.L. Mathewson
Lick (Stage Dive, #1) by: Kylie Scott

Link to 2013 favorite Reads

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Book Reviews
One of my greatest joys is the time I spend reading. And I could go into all the reasons I love to read but in the end the only thing you need to know is I LOVE to read.
And with that in mind I love to let people know about what I am reading and if it is worth their time or not.
Please take a look at my reviews and know that reviews are subject to the reviewer. So take them or leave them here they are.
Great book, loved it. Would highly recommend it.
Good book.
This was a good book. I didn't have anything glaringly bad with it, nor did I see anything that really stood out. I liked it.
I didn't really enjoy it.
Bad, wouldn't recommend this book.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

My iPhone or My WoBee??


My iPhone or My Wobee

Otherwise known as “If you can pry if from my cold dead Fingers…”


  Do you have something like that? Something you feel you can’t live without? Something you are pretty sure you want to be buried with?
  It’s not that my life is in my iPhone, most of it is. But not all. I’m slightly old school I still have a daily planner, okay two. One for my blogging and one for work and one for my personal life stuff okay that makes three, and then I still try to put stuff in my iPhone calendar. But that’s because I have so many things I need to keep track of. And then I don’t miss anything, how can I have so many places to keep track.
  I have appointment, and notes, and ideas, to-do lists, that my iPhone just isn’t enough to hold everything. Keep in mind I am a little bit of a tech junkie I have my iPhone, two okay three calendars a Galaxy tablet, two laptops two To-do lists every day and multiple folders and notepads of ideas and lord only knows what else floating around my organized chaos that I call a traveling desk that I take with me every day and everywhere I go.
  But then I carry around my beautiful and wonderful iPhone, it holds my music and the pictures. And the special things that just mean home warmth and love and kindness to me.
  People I love contact me on my iPhone.
  When the world is too much, when I need to get lost?, I turn to my Wobee, I turn to my iPhone and plug in and tune out the world.
  I have a spectacular Wonder-Woman case because she is ummm WONDERFUL. I wanted to grow up and be Wonder-Woman when I was a child. And on my good days I like to think I am shades of the great and wonderful woman…(okay I said on my good days, and I said shades…let’s not judge to harshly).

We all need a Wobee, we all had one as children, what is your modern day Wobee? 



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Bestselling bottle of Champagne…



A while ago I bought a bottle of champagne and put it up on the wall. If you walk into my house you would walk past it and not think anything of it. It looks like any other bottle of champagne in a wall hanging. But to me it’s different.
It’s my bottle… my special ‘bestseller’ bottle of champagne when I hit the ‘list’ the unheard of list. The almost unspoken of ‘list. The almost ‘list that should not be named’ list. But I am telling you know, it’s that list the bestseller list. When I hit that list, this special bottle is coming off the wall and I am breaking that bitch open. It’s my bottle, and I can’t wait to do it, I walk by that bottle every day and when I see I have a secret smile because I know. It’s my secret bestseller bottle, and one day, one day… It doesn't have to be soon (please let it be in the next five years).
That bottle has my name on it, and I will break it open and drink it. Okay not the whole thing myself, I’ll share it with my loved ones (maybe).

Do all authors have something like this? Do you have some secret thing you will do when you reach a milestone in your writing career? Let me know what it is? 



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sex Ed and the Modern Day Romance Writer


Sex Ed and the Modern Day Romance Writer


  Knowing the human body before you write about it is paramount. Trust me you need to stay current on your education even when writing love stories.
  It doesn’t matter if you don’t write erotica, or explicit sex scenes understanding the working parts can mean the difference between how a man holds a woman in a loving embrace to a choke hold.
  Even if you write sweet romance understanding the fundamentals of a heated look and how it will make someone feel in a biological way instead of a physical. Making your writing JUMP off the page, make your readers feel it, believe it, fundamentally understand it.
  Confession Time…In a former life I sold adult toys and products. Doing this; I was taught and learned more about the human body and sex then any one person ever needed to know. But in doing so I learned and changed and boosted my sexual writing to a different level.
  My characters, and readers benefited immensely, I don’t write erotica (and not because I can’t haha), because I knew exactly what was going on with everything not only below the waist but above the waist as in the mind as well.
  The human body is an amazing thing ladies and gentleman and staying current and learning something new about the human body every single year will keep your writing fresh and modern plus it will bring your readers coming back for more.







  How do you keep your sex scenes current and fresh? Leave a comment below.







(Christie teaches Sex Ed and the Modern Day Romance Writer at conferences and writers workshops it’s a funny and interactive workshop, if you’re interested please contact her.) 





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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Don't Plot It, Don't Pants It, Just Write What Feels Good


Don’t Plot It, Don’t Pants It, Just Write What Feels Good

  I can’t count how many writing classes I’ve taken on plotting. On character development, and the
  And I’ve been told in writing groups I need to plot. How much easier my writing process would be if I plotted everything out. But I was a tried and true pantsier. And those plotters looked down their nose at me in disdain.
  However, after taking an over a year and a half to write my last novel with my muse coming and going on me like a bipolar crack whore on a river that flowed either way given the time of day and the phase of the moon. I struggled with mental health issues, personal addictions, and demons make writing a HEA (happy ever after) seem impossible.
  And I realized I wasn’t really a pantsier either.
  The only time I could write was when I felt good. And even then it was a struggle. My characters where gun shy hiding in the recesses of my mind wondering what horrible catastrophe I might dream up for them now. Questioning ‘Would I truly allow them their HEA?’
  Today’s author can throw out ALL the old ‘rules’. As Indie authors pave new roads forward we can also pave new roads with our writing style. Don’t feel bad if you don’t ‘plot’ or if you’re a ‘pantsier’ or if you’re like me and you don’t write an hour a day, you don’t track your word counts or do character development.
  Nor do I necessary follow my character’s I write for my heart, and I write what makes me feel good.
  How does your writing style differ from the norm? Let me know below?

Let’s change the world one word at a time!!




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Monday, July 14, 2014

Life Lessons 1 What I Learned By


Reading A Bridge To Terabithia by: Katherine Paterson



 

Life Lessons… What I Learned From Reading: A Bridge To Terabithia by: Katherine Paterson


 Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.  That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.


 

This book is one of my very all-time favorites. I love it, I think it is amazing! A classic that is incomparable, and the best part?!?! I loved it when it came out, and yes I just aged myself and I’m alright with that fact.
 So what did I learn from reading A Bridge to Terabithia?
  1. It’s okay to have an imagination, no it’s mandatory!
  2. There are no limits to that imagination.
  3. Having a boy as your best friend? It’s okay, no it’s totally cool!
  4. Sometimes you don’t get a happy ending.
  5. You’re never too young to learn that life can really hurt.
  6. Last but not least… Moving on and putting the pieces back together after debilitating grief isn’t exclusive to adults.
 Life lessons learned in elementary school wow…
 Did you learn something from reading a book that has stayed with you for your entire life? Share below?

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