Monday, August 18, 2014

Introducing the Stage Dive Rock Stars...

David - Lead Guitar
Mal - Drummer

Presenting the members of the rock group, Stage Dive:  David, Mal, Jimmy, & Ben - Sinfully sexy, badass, rock gods!  Work hard, Play harder!

David is the rock god of Stage Dive- long hair, tattoos, screaming guitar & a body sculptured to make women beg!  And they do...groupies line up for a chance to be with him after every show.    In Lick, we learn that moody David is also a sweetheart just looking for his chance at "normal".  He meets Evelyn, aspiring architect though she doesn't remember why.  She is sassy, spunky, a normal "not size 4" woman who goes to Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday & wakes up married to "the rock god" himself.  Not only does she not remember it, she wants out!  Can you imagine that?  David can't!   Hidden emotions & feelings, miscommunications, & interference by people with ulterior motives set them on a rocky course to love.  Awesome story!  4 Beautiful ♥♥♥♥'s

Mal is the drummer extraordinaire of Stage Dive - He is sinfully sexy, arrogant, funny, peacekeeper of the group, & in need of a real pretend girlfriend.  Why would this beautiful man need a "pretend girlfriend" when thousands of screaming groupies would die for a chance to be with him?  Read the book! :)   Mal hides behind a humongous ego & humor, hiding something that is tearing him apart.  Along comes Anne, giving him those "crazy eyes", and he likes that she only looks at him that way.  Jimmy surprises her by moving into her apartment & then - her heart.  Let the games begin!  Be sure to have some tissue & be prepared to laugh & cry while reading Play.  Loved it!  4 Beautiful ♥♥♥♥'s

Jimmy - Lead Singer

Ben - Book 2015
Jimmy is the gorgeous Lead singer of Stage Dive - He is a badass, no doubt about it.  Jimmy gets what Jimmy wants - booze, drugs, women - in an endless supply.  He is moody, scary, & a tortured soul in need of someone who will stand up to him & say NO!  Jimmy doesn't believe in real love...he knows there is no such thing as happy ever after in life.  After threats of being kicked out of the group, Jimmy goes through rehab and hires Lena as his assistant/babysitter.  Lena is a take no shit professional who refuses to fall for Jimmy's antics.  It's her job to help him stay clean while keeping things all business between them.  Big task!  Unrequited love is a bitch but Lena can't stop herself from falling under Jimmy's spell.  What ensues is a story of love, angst, denial, loss, & facing up to the consequences of your actions.  Lead is my favorite to date - filled with witty banter & sexy innuendos, as two people live together while keeping up the fa├žade of not being in love.  A must read!  4 Beautiful ♥♥♥♥'s
Ben is Bass guitarist of Stage Dive - I am so anxious to read his story, Deep, scheduled to be released in January, 2015.  Will Ben & Lizzy finally get together??  I promise to come back & update this page after reading his story!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Missing Reviews...

Hey Y'all! 

I've been a little slack on posting reviews in the last few weeks.  No, I haven't stopped reading & yes, the earth is still spinning...I've just been busy with some projects - a couple that I'll be sharing with you all soon and also with that unavoidable thing called RL!  It has a pesky way of messing with my reading & writing schedule.  I promise another review soon as I've read some fantastic books that are begging to be reviewed! :)

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Daily To-Do List...

It's time for another IWSG post...where did July go?  Last month, I talked about taking a little time to review your New Year's Resolutions and either adjust your goals or renew your plan to meet them.  This month, I'm looking at my "to-do" list...not the one filled with reminders of daily chores, but the one I keep posted on the bulletin board by my desk to remind me of the things that are really important -  the things that will help me get where I want and need to be in both my personal & professional life.

 To Do Daily:
  • Count my blessings - I am alive, healthy, loved, and able to pursue my dream of writing.  Who could ask for anything more?  There is so much to be thankful for.  I strive to count my blessings every day.

  • Practice kindness - Such an easy thing to do that means so much & yet an easy thing to forget on a daily basis.  A smile, a kind word, a thank you can go a long way  toward making someone's day better.  And it comes back to you ten-fold.  Think about the impression you leave with's important.

  • Let go of what I can't control - Oh man!  Now this one is a daily struggle for me.  I'm a girl who likes things in order & one who feels the need to "fix things" even when they are beyond my control.  Sound familiar?  Sometimes you just have to know when to let go...of things & people.  Negativity is a drains your creativity & messes with your head.  There will always be non-believers who tell you that you can't do it - be it writing & publishing your book or whatever you dream of doing.  You can't change their minds so don't let them mess with yours.  I have to pray daily for the wisdom to know when to let things go that I can't control and move on - to remember what's important and productive for me.  Learn from the negatives and if it doesn't work out, you can always "take another shot".

  • Listen to my heart - There are times that I find my head telling me one thing and my heart telling me another.  It's not always easy to figure out which one to follow.  My heart tells me I'm a writer - pursue it, write it, put it out there - at the same time,  negative thoughts creep into my head and say - you aren't good enough, you'll never finish your book, you'll never publish, no one cares, you're wasting your time.  I need this daily visual reminder that I should listen to my heart and pursue my dreams.  I am a writer. 

  • Be productive yet calm - I am a doer.  I expect to accomplish a long list of tasks every day.  When life interferes, as it often does, I have been known to freak out.  Yes, it's true - I can lose my cool.  Does it change anything?  No.  That's the bottom line... stressing out just makes me fall further behind thus generating more stress.  In writing, I get discouraged & freak out when it's not working, when the muse doesn't show up, when my plot isn't developing. When I'm calm, cool, & collected, I'm more productive and things eventually fall into place.  Patience is such a virtue - I pray for more of it everyday.  Calmness + Patience = Productivity

  • Just breathe - When life gets to be too much, just breathe.  The same thing applies to writing.  When my story is going nowhere, I have to stop and take a deep breath.  Step away, clear my head, and assess the situation.  Why has my writing stalled?  What isn't working?  What am I missing?  What do I need to change?  Often, all I need to do is take a break, clear my head, & breathe for it to start working again.

Do you have a daily "to-do" list that offers you inspiration?  I think we can all benefit from a daily reminder that life is good, we are important, and we can achieve our dreams & goals.  We are in control.  Don't stress the small stuff.  Don't worry about things you can't control.  Let it all go & breathe.  Remember:  You have the power to say how your story will end - both in your book and your life!

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