Alien Romance Coming Soon!

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So, I broke several of my personal records for daily word count this weekend, one right after the other, as I put the final finishing touches on the first draft of my latest alien romance. This one is certainly going to push some boundaries and is pulled from my own library of “weird” romances that I figured were too niche to ever publish, but I’ve gotten some requests to put it out there.

The story is something that I’ve played around with in different forms for several years, but the world-building has been in my head for much longer. I should mention that I have a fascination for entomology and arthropodology, although I’m as freaked out by little buggies as the next person. And big buggies? Better get the smelling salts! Still, insects behave in ways that are so alien to humans that I think they are a great place to draw inspiration for alien cultures.

While my initial creations all those years ago were not intended to be romance heroes (more like the antagonists in a space opera!), my shift from genres (or more like genre-blending) has given me a new appreciation for how romantic they could be in the right circumstances. (I should note, they are humanoid in form, but have some insectoid attributes. We’re not talking ant-rotica here. 😉 Some of you know exactly what I mean, lol.)

All in all, I’m very happy with how the first draft turned out, though I was frustrated at the start and had to rewrite the first twenty thousand words about three times before I was able to get what I wanted.

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Now, as the universe I created has been locked into canon with this story, I can see about a thousand other possibilities for more stories. It’s a good thing I have focus (hahahahahaha) or I’d never get anything done. 😉

Revisions on this manuscript will begin in about a week, and I’m not sure how long that will take, but I’m eager to get this book out there, so I will be working hard at it. I’ll post updates as it gets closer to release.

I’d like to see whether people are interested in this type of hero. We’ll see how this niche book does. I’d love to write more in this universe too, and I’ve got a ton of ideas, and a ton of different types of aliens to include. Even the ones that look almost human. ( zzzzzzzz 😉 )

Despite my enthusiasm for this new universe, I have not lost my enthusiasm for my Shadows in Sanctuary series, nor for my fantasy series, so if you’re interested in those, don’t worry! I still plan to release Uriale’s Redemption next summer (it’s already outlined and I’ve done some initial work on the first draft) as well as re-release The Princess’s Dragon in December of this year, and I will continue to put up chapters of Morbidon’s Bride every two weeks. You should see one this Friday (barring any unforeseen circumstances, of course).

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Still Scheduled for December 2017 Release!

It’s a crazy schedule! This is probably the first (and last!) time I’ll try and fit three WIPs into the same span of time, but whaddya gonna do? When inspiration strikes…

Let me know what you think about this upcoming book. Do you get the heebie jeebies just thinking about an insectoid alien hero, or are you curious what he’ll be like? Is this the kind of book you’d read, and would you like to see more heroes that break the molds for alien heroes?

In other news, you still have a chance to enter to win one of five signed, paperback copies of Lilith’s Fall! Don’t miss your opportunity! Your odds on winning are much better than mine for that lottery ticket my mother keeps insisting I buy. (Love you, Mom. 😀 )

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Lilith's Fall by Susan Trombley

Lilith’s Fall

by Susan Trombley

Giveaway ends September 01, 2017.

See the giveaway details
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Here’s a description for Lilith’s Fall:

Ranove might look like a demon, but when his captors put a curvy human female into his cell hoping he’ll kill her for their entertainment, all he wants to do is protect her from their abuse. Lilith’s ordinary and boring life has suddenly spiraled out of control and now she’s imprisoned with a demon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that Ranove is not the monster she believed him to be. That doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous, and her captors are about to find out just how dangerous he is when they try to take Lilith away from him. This futuristic alien romance is the beginning of the Shadows of Sanctuary series where a new couple finds happiness in each book.

 

Aaand Monday Rolls Around Again, Completely without Remorse, to Blindside Us

Ah, Monday, you little thorn in my side, you. Here you are again. So, I have a whole list of blog posts that I want to write and put up on my blog, but of course, if I could actually get to finishing anything on my list, I would be a superhuman being of awesomeness!

Instead, I logged 4500 words today on my latest work in progress—a science-fiction alien romance—so I didn’t get a whole lot done blog-wise.

Plus, there’s laundry. Sigh. There’s always laundry. 😦

So instead of some deep, insightful, meaningful, life-changing blog post…I’ll just remind you to sign up for my Goodreads Giveaway before it’s too late! 😉

Hey, you never know. It could be life-changing! You could win! The odds are pretty good. Much better than the lottery! 😉 I’ve got 5 copies to give away, so check it out.

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Lilith's Fall by Susan Trombley

Lilith’s Fall

by Susan Trombley

Giveaway ends September 01, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

Here’s a brief description of Lilith’s Fall:

Ranove might look like a demon, but when his captors put a curvy human female into his cell hoping he’ll kill her for their entertainment, all he wants to do is protect her from their abuse.

Lilith’s ordinary and boring life has suddenly spiraled out of control and now she’s imprisoned with a demon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that Ranove is not the monster she believed him to be. That doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous, and her captors are about to find out just how dangerous he is when they try to take Lilith away from him. This futuristic alien romance is the beginning of the Shadows of Sanctuary series where a new couple finds happiness in each book.

Win a Free Copy of Lilith’s Fall!

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Lilith's Fall by Susan Trombley

Lilith’s Fall

by Susan Trombley

Giveaway ends September 01, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Hey All! Don’t forget to click the link to enter my Goodreads Giveaway for one of five signed paperback copies of Lilith’s Fall! Your chance to enter ends on September first, so don’t miss the window to sign-up! The prize is a free copy, signed by yours truly and shipped directly to you!

Here’s a brief description of this futuristic science-fiction alien romance:

Ranove might look like a demon, but when his captors put a curvy human female into his cell hoping he’ll kill her for their entertainment, all he wants to do is protect her from their abuse.

Lilith’s ordinary and boring life has suddenly spiraled out of control and now she’s imprisoned with a demon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that Ranove is not the monster she believed him to be.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous, as her captors are about to find out when they try to take Lilith away from him.

This steamy futuristic romance is the beginning of the Shadows of Sanctuary series where a new couple finds happiness in each book.

Enter my Goodreads Giveaway for a Chance to Win a Signed Copy of Lilith’s Fall!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lilith's Fall by Susan Trombley

Lilith’s Fall

by Susan Trombley

Giveaway ends September 01, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

Free Book! Who could turn that down? But you have to win it to get it, so make sure you use the above link to sign up for the Giveaway, or head on over to Goodreads to enter the giveaway directly. I’m giving away 1 of 5 total available signed copies to each lucky winner, so make sure you enter between now and September 1st, 2017.

Here’s a brief description of Lilith’s Fall:

Ranove might look like a demon, but when his captors put a curvy human female into his cell hoping he’ll kill her for their entertainment, all he wants to do is protect her from their abuse.

Lilith’s ordinary and boring life has suddenly spiraled out of control and now she’s imprisoned with a demon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that Ranove is not the monster she believed him to be. That doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous, and her captors are about to find out just how dangerous he is when they try to take Lilith away from him.

This futuristic alien romance is the beginning of the Shadows of Sanctuary series where a new couple finds happiness in each book.

I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award!

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I’ve been nominated for not one, but two ( XD ) awards by the awesome ladies at Dust off Your MacHalo. You should go check them out! They post some thoughtful and entertaining book reviews and hilarious “Freaky Friday” posts that have me looking forward to the end of the week. Seriously, it makes my Friday! Although a word of warning: it’s not for the faint of heart. 😉

Thank you guys! You are so much fun to follow, and I always look forward to your posts. (And you love my tagline! I’m all breathless from the flattery. :D)

So, there will be two posts about the two different awards, but I’m going to do the second one first, because that’s just how I roll. (Backwards, apparently. Which would explain a lot about why I don’t roller skate or ride bicycles anymore—that chipmunk had it coming though.)

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Look at him watching me with those beady little eyes. He knows what he did!

(Tiny print note: no chipmunks were harmed in the making of this blog.)

Today’s post is for the Mystery Blogger Award, a wonderful community-building idea created by Okoto Enigma, and there are rules (noooooo!!!!!), but I have resisted my natural inclination to break them, and to help me do that, I’m posting them here:

Award Rules

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Nominate roughly 10-20 people for this award
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  8. Ask your nominees five questions.
  9. Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written

 

Okay, I guess I’m on number five of the rules. Three things about myself. Hmmm.

Well, I love parentheses way too much (I hate spelling the word, though…see! I can’t stop doing it!!!!). In fact, it’s starting to become an obsession really. My parenthesis keys are almost worn away. I can’t help it! Parenthetical commentary is how I think! (Don’t judge me! 😉 ) I blame my brain for always interjecting muttered side comments during a thought.20160624_142230

Okay, for the second thing about myself…

I love playing video games! I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before. Bethesda probably tops my list for developing my favorite current games, but I’ve been playing for a long time, so way back when Planescape: Torment and Revenant were out (two of my all-time favorites). Before that, I played almost nothing at all because most of the games were action platformers, and I am not that hand-eye coordinated. Plus, those kinds of games bored me, though I did try to beat Spyro (because dragon). Notice I said “try.” Oh yeah, there was a rage-quit involved.

Third thing about myself…

I’m working on getting my black belt in karate. I’m currently a green belt, and I’m loving it! I’ve always been a huge fan of martial arts. I swore to myself that someday I would take the initiative and start learning it myself. When my daughter expressed an interest, we signed her up, and every time I took her to the dojo, I told myself that I should sign up too. Yet, every time, I just sat and watched them do their thing.

Then she asked me to join the class with her. For a week or two I put her off, afraid to get out there in front of everyone as one of the oldest students and look like a fool tripping over my own feet. Finally, she stopped asking, but I could see the disappointment in her eyes whenever we dropped her off. I realized then that I had to force myself out of my comfort zone and do what I’ve always wanted to do without worrying about what others might think.

And now I’m doing very well at it, not just providing an example for my daughter, but also proving to myself what I’m capable of.

Okay, that was three things about me, but now I need to answer the questions my nominators (sounds ominous) asked. I can’t wait!

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If you could pick any character to die a long and horrible death, who would it be and how would you kill him/her?

Ah ha! See, this is why I play video games! Especially the ones that let you kill off non-playable characters (NPCs). In Skyrim, there are quite a few you just want to put an arrow or twenty into, but the one I’d like to kill over and over again (and do 😉 ) is the high-elf, Ondolemar. If you don’t know the game, then let me just say this guy is a class-A jerky pants. All I can say is kill it! Kill it with fire!

It’s zombie apocalypse time! The horde is coming for you and you have just enough time to grab one thing: your favorite book, a treasured memento, or a bag of your favorite candy/snacks. What do you choose and why?

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I love this question!!! I’ve been planning my bug-out bag forever for the zombie apocalypse…okay, just kidding…or am I? You’ll never know until the apocalypse hits. 😉

So what would be in my hypothetical bug out bag? Survival gear. Like Mike and Ike’s. Because everyone needs those sweet, sweet candies when the apocalypse shuts down the factories and zombie hordes crowd the super market making grocery shopping as difficult as a payday Friday.

I mean, I guess I could grab some thumb drives filled with family photos and my manuscripts, but then I might not have time to grab the box of Mike and Ike’s. Decisions, decisions. See, this is why you always pack in advance!

Who is your favorite book boyfriend (or girlfriend)?

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Wow, that’s a tough one! So many to choose from! I have to say that I’d choose one of my own characters simply because I wrote them to appeal to my tastes, making them my favorites. I have a hard time singling one out, though.

I was going to say that this would be easier if you asked who your favorite fictional boyfriend/girlfriend was because then I could use video game and movie characters as well, but I still wouldn’t be able to single anyone out, since I love so many. Sigh. I’m going to have to pass on a definitive answer here. I just can’t choose!

What happened in the most cringe worthy sex scene you’ve ever read?

Lots of apple-green sticky fluids. Pools of it, rivers of it gushing everywhere. (I read alien romance, so….) Yeah, not a bad book, but I’ll never rinse that image of Nickelodeon-like slime out of my head. I pity the poor maid or janitor, or whoever had to clean that mess up!

If you could go back in time and give your younger self any advice, what would it be?

Don’t procrastinate. Don’t wait until you feel certain you can do something. Just try it and keep trying until you get it right.

I wasted too much time waiting for the right moment instead of making it. I’d tell my past self not to hold off on living until she felt ready, because you never feel ready. There’s always the excuse of “I’ll feel more confident tomorrow. I’ll take that martial arts class tomorrow. I’ll write that manuscript tomorrow. I’ll post that blog tomorrow.” Follow your dreams today. If you fail, there’s always tomorrow.

 

Those questions were fun, and surprisingly more difficult to answer than I expected, but here’s another doozy for me to choose. I’m supposed to put a link to my favorite/best post that I’ve written. Ah! I can’t choose! So difficult!

Okay, okay, I won’t cop out this time.

I love complex, multi-dimensional villains! I love gritty, dark anti-heroes. So this post highlighted my struggle to write these characters as dark as I want them to be while still manage to appeal to my audience. I don’t know if it’s my favorite post of all time, but I think it’s definitely up there.

Too Villainous for Romance?

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Okay, I’m all out of order on the rules, but see, I did say that I don’t follow rules very well. Now, here’s my nominees. I want to preface this list by saying these aren’t all of the really great blogs I follow, but I had to put some kind of limit. So my nominees are:

Dirty Sci Fi Buddha

Lisa *My Everyday Life

Blissful Scribbles

Writers to Writers

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Live Your Dreams 24/7

V.C. Lancaster’s Blog

Deidra Alexander’s Blog

Douglas William Thurstan Smith

Shadyia Ascendant

Ah, the questions! Yes, how could I forget the five questions? Mwahahahaha…ahem. Okay, here they are:

  1. What is the wildest thing you’ve ever posted on the Internet for all the world to see?
  2. If you could be anything at all (horse, cat, dragon, triple mocha latte), what would you be and why?
  3. If you could have any type of superpower, what would it be and why? (I know everyone asks this question, but that’s because it’s a good question. These are important things people need to know. 😉 )
  4. If alien spaceships appeared in the sky one day, what would be your reaction to them?
  5. What is the most difficult challenge you’ve overcome in your life and how did you get through it?

 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it. Thank you again for the nomination, Dust off Your MacHalo. You guys rock!

I’ve still got the other nomination post to write, but it may not be next week. I have quite a few posts planned ahead of time (for once, I’m actually sort of organized!)

An Interview with a Villain

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Sometimes, when creating or developing characters, it’s both helpful and fun to “ask” them questions in an interview style and use the answers to further develop their personality and actions. You can get a good feel for a character in this way, not to mention have a set of answers that will be helpful to reference while writing their story.

So I had the bright idea (no pun intended) to “interview” my favorite villain, Uriale. Since he spent the last three books as the villain, his details were not as well fleshed out as my protagonists, Ranove, Balfor, and Gorzo. I figured a questionnaire was a great way to cement those details in preparation for turning the outline for his story into a fully fleshed novel. After all, Uriale is perhaps one of the most complex characters I’ve ever had to deal with, since he’s going to need to change from being truly reprehensible to being redeemable. I have no illusions about how difficult this will be. I’ve cut some of his content out of the three previous books, but I keep it around to remind me how truly ruthless and arrogant he is.

However, my “interview” didn’t go quite as planned. My characters tend to take on a life of their own, and Uriale was no different in this regard. He was also stubborn, and annoyed at the process, and let me know this in no uncertain terms. I had a difficult time getting information out of him, and in the end, didn’t come even close to completing the questionnaire, but I figured I’d share how far I managed to get. 😉

Interviewer: Can you tell me your full name, please?

Uriale: How is it that you don’t already know this? My name is known to all lesser creatures! Uriale Lightwing, Lord of Lords, Prince of the adurians.

I: I see. That’s… yes, I’ve heard some of those titles. Can you tell me what your name means?

U: I suppose it’s not surprising to learn of your complete ignorance of our language. My given name means “light of creation.” Lightwing is an ancient clan name. My heritage traces back to the origin of our species and the first adurian, Lightwing, sibling of Shadow-Wing—the first ancestor of the umbrose.

I: Ah, I didn’t realize that your people were related to the umbrose. Or is that just part of your mythos?

U: *scowling* You insult me, and my people. I do not take such offenses lightly.

I: *Laughs nervously* My apologies. I meant no offense. Let’s move on. Can you describe your physical details?

U: Do you not have eyes? Or are you so blinded by my glory that you can’t see my physical details for yourself?

I: *restrains a sigh* It’s part of the questionnaire. I was just hoping you could answer these questions for me. I can clearly see that you’re around seven feet tall and have long, platinum-blond hair and glowing eyes—

U: My eyes are golden. I’ve lost my glow. You should be able to see the color of them now, human. Why are you not paying attention?

I: *Unwilling to admit to avoiding eye contact* Ah, yes! Gold. I’ll just make a notation right here then. And how much do you weigh?

U: *Deep frown creases forehead* Better to ask the weight of my sword, lest you find it buried in your gut. Next question.

I: *Trying to conceal trembling hands by resting them in lap* Okay, um, what’s your birthday?

U: *A mildly interested expression replaces his frown* You humans measure age in years. I stopped doing that long ago. I’d say I was born around three millennia ago, give or take a century. My people don’t celebrate hatch dates. We celebrate rites of passage. The first passage into life—when we break from our shells—can take many days. I couldn’t tell you when that was for me. Very long ago. Those memories are gone. My earliest memory is my rite of passage into adulthood.

I: Oh, good, can you tell me about that?

U: No

I: O…kay. Moving on. Can you tell me your parent’s names?

U: I can. You would be better served to ask if I will.

I: *chokes back another frustrated sigh* Of course. Will you tell me your parent’s names?

U: *chuckles, clearly enjoying needling the interviewer* My father was called Garveel Lightwing. My mother was Anakel of the Four-Feather clan. They were murdered by the former umbrose prince and princess.

I: I-I’m sorry to hear that. That must have been terrible!

U: *shrugs* It was a long time ago.

I: Do you have any other family? Siblings? Grandparents?

U: I claim the lineage of Casiel Lightwing and Lailah of the Seven Feather clan. I am the only blessing of my parents just as my father was the only blessing of Casiel and Lailah. Many eggs never hatch. Many more are destroyed by the umbrose before their blessings are freed of their shells.

I: That’s horrible!

U: Destroying our nests is the only way they hoped to win the war before you humans got involved. It is a tactic our people use as well.

I: *Determined to change subject* You call your children “blessings?” I like it.

U: The adurians don’t need your approval, human.

I: Right. Of course, my mistake. Next question. Where were you born?

U: Does this really matter? I’ve told you my lineage. I claim ancestors from three mighty clans. It’s true that I wasn’t born on Mt. Nizdos as all my ancestors were before me. You can blame the umbrose for that! They destroyed our crèches on the sacred mountain. We’ve had to nest in our cities just like those savages!

I: *concerned by Uriale’s growing agitation* Oh, I’ve heard your cities are beautiful! Which one do you call home now?

U: *Levels an intent glare* You can’t be serious, human. Most of our cities have been invaded and destroyed by the umbrose. The ones my people are rebuilding under this new treaty are closed to me forever. I have been forsaken. I’ve lost my glow. I would be killed on sight by my own kind were they to see me like this.

I: *nervously rushing ahead in the questions* Do you have any medical problems or illnesses?

U: *Rises to his feet, scowling, his wings lifting and spreading to their full span* Do you mock me, soon-to-be-dead human?

I: *Puts hands up* No, no! I apologize! I was simply reading the questionnaire word-for-word! I didn’t think about that question before I asked it!

U: *Slowly folds his wings, silently glaring for a long moment before sinking back into his seat* Know this: I have been wounded in a way that should have killed me. Yet here I sit, answering your pointless questions. Consider the willpower it requires to defy my body’s insistence that it’s already dead. That is the kind of willpower that is currently saving your pitiful little life whenever you ask these insulting questions.

I: *Strongly debating running from the room, but also determined to finish* Of course, I appreciate your consideration, my lord. I’ll just carry on, shall I? *Glances at list of questions, quickly crosses off several* Do you have any distinguishing marks on your body? *winces at the stupidity of that question, given the expanse of bare chest visibly covered with tattoos*

U: You mean the ones that are quite obvious to you? My markings lay dark without my glow. They once meant something, and will mean something again once I get ahold of those human scientists who did this to me. I shall carve my new markings and dye them with their blood and tears once I have my revenge.

I: *swallows, checks list and crosses off more questions* Um… what religion are you?

U: *Narrows his eyes* The adurians follow the Father of Light, but I’ve recently lost interest in his guidance. Now that I can no longer hear his voice and that of my fallen brethren, I am free to find my own way. For now, vengeance has become my religion. I will worship at that altar until the sacrifice has been paid by the blood of those who have done this to me.

I: Um, okay. Are you married?

U: *Rises to his feet, brow lowered and snarl twisting his lips* I will never speak of my mate! Probe any further and you will die for the insult. This interview is over! My willpower is only so strong, and I’ve come to the end of my patience. *Storms out of office*

As you can see, Uriale isn’t going to make writing his story easy for me. Questionnaires appear to be out. I’ll have to find another way to delve into his character.

Anyway, I had some fun today with my character creation, and I hope you enjoyed this little session as well. It’s possible that some aspects of Uriale’s personality will change when I actually sit down to write his story, but I try to keep my characters true to their origin point, even when they make it difficult for me.

Let me know what you think, and feel free to add any questions you might like to ask Uriale. I’ll consider revisiting these character “interviews” with other characters as well. I think it’s a fun way to get a feel for a character’s … well, character. 😉

I’m Back!!!

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I personally like the dark clouds over Miami, but that’s just my thing. 😉

I’m back from my vacation and it’s so good to be home! Being away from my laptop (and phone! Gah!), was not as relaxing as I anticipated. Needless to say, my handwriting skills got a workout on this vacation. I don’t think I’ve ever used my little journal so much.

I had a good time, but there’s nothing like coming home to work on projects you love. I did get to spend some time editing the latest draft of The Princess’s Dragon in hardcopy, but of course, I wanted to make changes and essentially rewrite the beginning (once the sheer quantity of red ink threatened to fully obscure the page), but was unable to do so, which made revising it frustrating. I know, I know, who brings work on vacation? Well, I guess I do. 😉

The important thing I did on this vacation was to reconnect with my family. Sometimes that’s difficult to do when you are at home and surrounded by technology and chores and WIPs and anything else that can distract from just sitting outside and watching the clouds drift past with the people you love the most in the world.

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With school starting up soon and summer vacation winding to a close, I’ll have plenty of time to write, but far less time with my daughter, who is growing up into an amazing, intelligent, creative young woman. Every time I take a break in my hectic life and really take a good look at my child, I can’t believe I had a hand in making her. She is by far my greatest creation! But she’s also so much her own person that it’s hard to believe sometimes that she didn’t spring whole-cloth from a cabbage patch. 😉

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I know. It’s not a cabbage patch. 😉 But it is a pretty flower. 😀

I also got to spend my time on vacation really taking note of life’s little details. The smells on the breeze, the sounds of the wind rushing over the balcony or the waves lapping on the beach, the briny taste of saltwater splashing down my snorkel (well, I could have lived without that last one, honestly!)

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You can’t fault the views!

There was also the overwhelming feeling of floating in a choppy ocean with the ground far below my feet. I was small and insignificant, a mere dot in a sea of stunning blues that put the sky to shame. Colorful fish (the kind this land-locked girl only sees in aquariums and animated movies) teemed around my fins, wondering at this new type of clumsy fish. A sea turtle, free, wild, and absolutely fascinating up close, tugged at the sea grass just below the diving platform—no aquarium glass separating us. If I can get that picture off my underwater camera, I will share it. It was an unbelievable experience! We saw another sea turtle surface as we were sailing away from port, almost as if to say good bye—or perhaps good riddance—to us. 😉

As a writer, it’s important to me to not live in a sensory-sterilized environment. If all I experience with my five senses rarely changes from day-to-day (the same house, same city, same people, etc.) I run out of new details to write. I’m sure I could research how things taste and smell and feel, but it’s not the same as actually experiencing them in person. I love to add sensory details to my writing! Don’t be surprised if you see some beach scenes or ocean scenes in my new books. 😉

Well, I guess I’d better get back to work, though honestly, since I love what I do, I don’t really consider it work (except on those days when everything I write seems like garbage to me-but that’s a whole ‘nother blog).

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A rainbow, guiding us home…or to Circle K. Mind you, this rainbow came after we outran an actual tornado. It was a pretty scary experience!

I did want to add a head’s-up on an upcoming Goodreads Giveaway for my book, Lilith’s Fall. I will be giving away five signed paperback copies to lucky winners in the U.S. through Goodreads Giveaway program (This is my first foray into the giveaways, so please forgive me, international readers. I’ll be doing more research into shipping costs and the like so that I can hopefully expand future giveaways). The Giveaway starts on August 1, 2017 and runs until September 1,2017 when the winner will be randomly selected by Goodreads, so be sure to look for it if you have a Goodreads account, or consider signing up for Goodreads so you can enter these giveaways. I have plans for more giveaways for my other books. I have some of my fantasies that I am considering giveaways for as well. I will provide more details as we get closer to August, as well as (if I can figure it out 😉 ) include a sign-up button on this blog.

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Goodreads Giveaway of 5 signed paperback copies, starts August 1, 2017.

 

How was your summer? Did you have a vacation or a “staycation?” Or both? Or neither? Which did you prefer? I don’t relax much on vacations due to my anxiety so…I have to say that staycations are generally my preference, but it’s always good to force myself out of my rut. Whatever you did on your vacation, I hope you are having a great summer and that will carry on into the Fall. (which is admittedly still a ways away for us!)