Random Acts of Writing

Random Acts of Writing

There is so much to say about writing randomly. I do it all the time. I have tons, and I mean tons of notebooks, sticky-notes, and well, paper. Some might even say I’m a bit crazy with all the things I write down. But today started off as any other day. I woke up, (I’m on vacation so score there) and I decided to sit down at my computer and get my writing on. *What you don’t know is that it’s really Tuesday night, and not Wednesday morning* which is when this post will go live. But that’s a different issue altogether right? Right.

I was talking about random acts of writing. Well, I’m taking a marketing class right now, and one of the things it talks about is planning a content schedule that will crush your goals. Do I want to crush my goals? Hells yeah! I have this template and it says publish twice, two weeks apart to get started, and then of course, build momentum from there. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this post is a random act of writing, and if you read this. KUDOS to you! I’m testing out my mad marketing skills and I’m wondering how many people have read this post? Laughed, or thought, “geesh, I just wasted x amount of time reading gobbly gook.

Thanks for reading my gobbly gook!

 

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Happy Release Day!

Happy Release Day!

Escape to Indulgences resort, where love and romance blooms. 

Eight USA Today and bestselling authors have come together to take you to Aragon Island, where you will join couples as they discover what romantic escapade the island has in store for them.

This collection includes…

MIDKNIGHT’S KISS by Victoria Zak & DL Roan. Will an unexpected fantasy ignite lasting love?

A pretend date for a wedding becomes all too real in YOURS FOR THE WEEKEND by Lana Williams.

UNDERTONES by Xyla Turner. A divorcee and wounded hero share a fantasy in paradise.

SUMMER IN PARADISE by J.D. Monroe. Two old high school friends get a second chance at love.

COWBOY IN PARADISE by Hildie McQueen. After losing the love of his life, a cowboy finds it again at Indulgences.

FRANKLIN’S HEART by Olivia Gaines. A marriage in trouble finds new life with an escape to paradise.

A GAME OF HEARTS Tigris Eden. Best friends travel to paradise for A Game of Hearts

A Game of Hearts 

Dumped by her boyfriend of three years just a few days before their anniversary and planned trip to an island paradise, a place where fantasies come true– a resort called Indulgences–Zoraida Lemes is forced to do a little soul searching, and what she discovers is not what she expected. Especially when her best friend from childhood, Mateo Vargas, expresses an interest in being more than just friends.

Now everything is up in the air. Including her friendship with Mateo.

One almost steamy night sets the two on a journey that Zoraida may or may not be ready for, but Mateo hopes she is as the two indulge their fantasy with a game of hearts.

When I first started working on this project. The only thing  I was sure of, was that Mateo and Zori were going to be friends first, before they became lovers. I talked to a good friend of mine who helped me pick out there names, and then I plotted the entire book. From beginning to end. Two friends who grew up next to each other, both wanting the same things, but at different times. When it comes time for one to stand up and make their move, well, you can only imagine what happens.

Normally when I write, I don’t have pictures to help me push through. My characters tell me what they look like, but Zori and Mateo insisted I had inspiration. It could be because this was my first official Latin couple. So I searched, I found my male, and my female, well lets just say she resembled Christina Milan, but I had to settle for a stand in, with some extra added imagination. Not saying that the picture was bad, just all wrong as far as attitude to match the body.

Zori                                                                                                                                       Mateo

 

 

 

 

Once I had my images, it became all about the two of them, dancing around one another before finally colliding. I really enjoyed writing their story, and I hope you do to! Remember, Escape to Paradise is only .99 cents but for a limited time! Below is the play list I listened to as I wrote their story.

30 Days away until you can Escape to Paradise!

30 Days away until you can Escape to Paradise!

We are 30 days out till the release of Escape to Paradise! Featuring 8 of your USA Today and bestselling authors! What do you all think of the cover? I think it’s pretty damn amazing! For those of you who have not had a chance to experience Indulgence, or you have and you want to gift a copy to your friends, now is the time! Right now you can grab your copy for just .99 cents! This is a pre-order sale!

Be sure to grab your copy! You don’t want to miss out on this special deal!  Escape to Paradise release May 16th!

Escape to Indulgences resort, where love and romance blooms. 

Eight USA Today and bestselling authors have come together to take you to Aragon Island, where you will join couples as they discover what romantic escapade the island has in store for them.

This collection includes…

MIDNIGHT’S KISS by Victoria Zak & DL Roan. Will an unexpected fantasy ignite lasting love?

A pretend date for a wedding becomes all too real in YOURS FOR THE WEEKEND by Lana Williams.

UNDERTONES by Xyla Turner. A divorcee and wounded hero share a fantasy in paradise.

SUMMER IN PARADISE by J.D. Monroe. Two old high school friends get a second chance at love.

COWBOY IN PARADISE by Hildie McQueen. After losing the love of his life, a cowboy finds it again at Indulgences.

FRANKLIN’S HEART by Olivia Gaines. A marriage in trouble finds new life with an escape to paradise.

A GAME OF HEARTS Tigris Eden. Best friends travel to paradise for A Game of Hearts

Music Musings

Music Musings

Today was an eye opener for me. I made some decisions and cemented things down.

Music soothes me. Clears my muddy brain and helps me to see things for what they really are.

I had this idea in my head that came to life as I listened to Ludovico Einaudi. I discovered him last night. And I never land on music, I was in the mood for some piano, and he was the answer to my wishes.

I gravitate towards pieces that touch me in multiple ways. I was brought to tears today as I listened to Night. It’s haunting and awe inspiring. I even plotted an entire story. *project* I love when that happens.

So I’ve been listening to him all day, loud and uncaring of who can hear it. Some would call me selfish, but I know my neighbors didn’t mind. None of them were home. LOL

It’s late now, the sound has been turned way down. I have my headphones on and I’m still reeling. I got lots done today, edits, and some pleasure reading. All under his sweet sounds. I feel better, and I know that my decisions made today were good ones. Today was a defining moment in time for me, and yes, it was his music.

That’s how powerful he is. I just wanted to share with everyone how amazing I think he is. My tastes are very eclectic as most know. But have you ever listened to an artist, and EVERY DAMN SONG was brilliant? I’ve only had the pleasure of a few artists doing that for me, and I’m happy to add Ludovico to the list!  I want to share him with you all, and I’d love to know your thoughts if you’re willing to share. If it touches you deep in a place that was a bit cloudy, and opens an expressive moment for you, then I call you my musicmate! Because that is what his music does for me. It reaches deep and tugs on my dark places exposing them to the light.

 

It’s a little after 4 a.m on a Wednesday…

I was going to lay in bed till my true alarm went off at 5am. But I couldn’t. My mind wouldn’t shut down and for some reason, I picked up my phone and started scrolling through FB Posts. Technology. That’s what it does to some of us. Keeps are heads bent and our eyes down. Not saying its a bad thing, but I’m not saying that its a good thing either. I’m saying it can be distracting. My entire theme for 2017, and yes I have a theme, was, balance with a smile. It’s been anything but. But I’m not going to complain. Okay, maybe a little. *Rant time* I want there to be more hours in the day. *Rant over* There’s a train passing by right now, and I’m thinking, is that why I’m up. I didn’t used to be the type of person to wake up at 4am every morning no matter what. So maybe it’s the trains fault.  Or maybe I’m up because I was worried about the sudden rash that appeared on my face last night (<—That’s probably what it really is).

But here I am awake, and happy to report the mysterious face rash has gone away. I am officially awake, and writing a blog post. Something I told myself I need to do more often. And not just about book stuff, but stuff happening around me. I want to keep this post positive, because there are just too many depressing or negative as fuck shit going on these days. I don’t have to post about it, there’s enough to go around to last a lifetime as far as I’m concerned.

This post won’t have any cute pictures either, because then that will take me forever to find, and I just want to sit and chill. While I blog of course.

What’s on the docket for everyone today? Me? I had my breakfast drink which included (I hope) all the essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, calcium, and protein. But who really knows what’s in that bottle of Carnation Breakfast Essentials? (Chocolate of course) LOL I’ll start getting ready for the day job, as an HR Advisor, slash payroll and benefits girl. Drive in Houston traffic, avoiding the toll roads, and jamming to my latest playlist, properly titled: Do the damn thang!

I’ll chat with my co-workers for a moment, and print out payroll reports and go through those, as its payday on Friday, plus we all got that annual increase, so I have to make sure that’s right. And check to make sure that to reorg is complete as well. (As we love to do a company reorg EVERY FREAKING SINGLE YEAR) <—Can you tell I love doing this. LOL I’ll laugh, I’ll whine, I’ll complain about all the stuff I can’t change at work, and then I’ll keep it pushing. Although, all of sales, and marketing are out in Paris going to what they call their yearly to-do to become ONE with the market while we admins and support staff stay back and throw a FUN In the SUN INSIDE office party. We’re going to wear *appropriate* beach attire, hook up the Xbox Live in the huge conference room on the big screen, eat burgers, and just well, goof off for a few hours.

What’s that’s all said and done, I’ll mosey on over back to my cubicle, make a list of things I plan to do… Do more HR Advisor work (by the way I have no clue what that even is anymore) and then I’ll leave promptly at 3 for my drive home. Check on my dad, who has congestive heart failure, but will probably live till his one-hundred and twenty, thanks to the nifty Lvad (left ventricle assist device). After all that is said and done (if he doesn’t have me running errands) I’ll take a me break. Sometimes that can last thirty minutes, or I wake up four hours later from a nap, my body forced me to have. Make dinner, or procrastinate and not make dinner, and tell the Mr. Sorry it’s PBJ night, to which he glares at me and explains he’s a man not a child. (I relent and cook anyway, sometimes). After all that is done, I say I’m going to work out and sometimes do, but as of late, usually don’t. I chat on FB, look for marketing tips (currently taking a course) and then I make notes on what I’m working on and try to write. There are good and bad days, but I’m finding out that the bad days aren’t really bad at all. They are more days I don’t focus my creativity. (At least that’s what I’m calling it.) Do you see why I need more hours in a day?

It’s almost time to get ready for work…. This post went on longer than I intended. But if you’re still here for the end. HEY YOU! HOW YOU DOIN! LOL All in all my life is hectic, filled with lost hours of time, and still I get to wake up and go to sleep smiling. That’s the point right? After all is said and done. Waking up and going to bed with a smile on your face. (Unless you’re not feeling well) I woke up thinking it’s 4am, and I have a rash on my face. Went to the bathroom to check it out and was relieved to see the bumps were gone! YAY! I got to read an amazing post this morning on FB in a group I’m a part of, and then I sat here and typed this out. Only to remember, dang it, what am I going to wear to the fun in the sun inside party today at the office?

See you later folks, best reason for this post? Don’t have one… But I feel good now that I did. CIAO Beautiful people!