Friday, August 24, 2012

Hot H.A.M. in a Kilt, Baby!

PhotobucketMany thanks to Auntee's Reviews of Victoria Dahl's Bad Boys Do on GoodReads, whose male protagonist wears a kilt to work in a brewpub. This photo  definitely fits the description of Jamie Donovan. It's enough to get me to liking beer, ale or anything associated with a brewpub. Pour me another mate, I looooovvve kilts!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Year of the Dragon - It's Here!

Year of the Dragon                                                                                         
A Geek Grrl s’ Tale of Overdue Romance
by Alexis Thacker

The last three years have been a bad-life hack for Geek-girl entrepreneur Rachel Seychelles. She's suffered through miscarriage, a broken marriage, betrayal by her best friend, and to top it all off her ex-husband is orchestrating her ouster from the successful web apps company that she built. Left insecure, vulnerable and untrusting, Rachel is faced with rebooting her entire life.

Her personal Escape key comes in the form of a science fiction con in New Mexico; which Rachel flees to before making one last attempt to slay the merger dragon, rescue her employees, and her fragile sanity.

There she is reintroduced to passion and fire in the arms of a familiar stranger, Ian Redfield – unbeknownst to her the now tremendously transformed man she deserted fourteen years earlier. His spark reignites in her the creativity and fight needed to save the business. However, Ian cannot forgive her youthful abandonment and conceals secrets that could either shatter or save her. Has she found a knight to aid in her battle, or instead a much deadlier dragon?

Click here to Read the sample pages now.
Available on ebook August 23rd, 2012 and paperback in October.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

This Week's HAM Sandwich Filler

H.A.M. - the other white meat.

Greek. Today, Tomorrow, AlwaysTheo Theodoridis

How about another one for good luck?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

I love it when good things happen to people, even to those I've never met or have no connection whatsoever. Today I'm stoked because another self-published author made good. As in, got her novel(s) picked up by a major publisher.

Colleen Hoover's self published books - 'Slammed' and 'Point of Retreat' are now being published by Atria (Simon & Schuster). Congratulations! Another great success story built on killer Kindle/ebook sales (and great stories, of course). She's celebrating by giving away signed copies and a Kindle Fire.

While I'm not the fannish type, I can't believe how swept up I became with her stories. The inclusion of lyrics by the Avett Brothers at the beginning of each chapter of 'Slammed' pulled me in because of my love of music and introduced me to a band that I wasn't familiar with, but now can't stop listening to (gotta love a banjo with a cello).

Anyways . . . I enjoyed the books. I only downloaded them this past Monday and only because I was doing research on best selling self published books. I never intended to enjoy my work so much. Why not, you say? Well . . . because . . . the truth is . . . that I hate poetry. Yep. Slam or otherwise.

Until this week. Perhaps my mind wasn't open enough or I was just being my usual cynical self believing that any fool could write some crazy, over-personalized words and recite them with a mediocre sing-song rhythm, then proclaim themselves ' a poet'.

Don't let this get out - I was wrong.

Okay, enough of that. As I was saying, I enjoyed the books. Wished they were around when I was a teen, but the thought that a teenager today will appreciate the stories of making a way past death with life.

Before I lose it again, many happy returns to you Colleen Hoover. You were one slick piece of research. Professional editing will only make it slicker. I look forward to . . .  more.

Colleen Hoover
Point of Retreat
The  Avett Brothers Band

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Guess I Never Appreciated Ray Bradbury As I Should Have . . .

Jangsara is an extremely talented amateur makeup artist that gives great DIY tutorials  on her website that can make you ready for any Con.  I can't wait to try out the Spiderman eye look she demonstrated last month. 

Geekologie and Fashionably Geek have nice displays of her Avenger Characters Eye Makeup, but go to her site for even more looks like Poison Ivy,  Urban Graffiti, Sad Geisha, even Barbie.