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Where’s the Love

It’s Valentine’s Day. To a single person, this means it’s just another day. Since I’m single, I had to actually look at the calendar to see that yes, it is Valentine’s Day. It’s also Monday. How romantic could that possibly be?

I’m wondering if Valentine’s Day should be moved to the Saturday or Sunday before the 14th, that way couples can spend an entire day together instead of having to wait until the working hours are over. I’m not bitter about the holiday, far from it. I like the idea of a day for lovers. I am a romance writer after all.

Luckily, I have no bad memories of past Valentine’s Days. All of my relationships have taken place between the spring and winter. Hm, how weird is that? I suppose it’s a good thing though. Otherwise, I might hold a grudge against the day.

As for my romantic views, I’ve mentioned many times before that I’m not a sappy romantic. Yes, I write romance and there are moments of high drama, but for the most part, I avoid the sticky sweetness some consider romance.

I love flowers, but I like to get them for an accomplishment instead of just a day you’re supposed to receive them. It’s almost an obligation for a lover to send flowers on Valentine’s Day. How is that special?I prefer to receive flowers when it’s something life-changing. Like release day, or a milestone birthday, or a publishing contract.

I adore chocolate, but I won’t wait until today to get them. Oh, hells no. There are times when a woman needs chocolate and waiting for one day out of the year to get them would be my idea of torture.

Jewelry is nice, but I don’t wear any except my tongue ring and my thumb ring. Those aren’t terribly romantic, places for jewelry. I did receive a heart-shaped locket necklace one year and I treasured it. Until the petals fell off the bloom. Now it sits in a jewelry box with all of the other things I don’t wear.

Sitting in front of¬†a fireplace would only make me want to throw things in it. I have a touch of the fire bug and I love to build fires (legally, of course). I’d be too easily mesmerized by the flames to pay attention to my lover. Unless he was Gerard Butler. Then I’d make him sit in front of the fireplace so I could see both him and the flames ūüėČ

Romance me with books, with intelligent conversation, laughter, and a nice meal. I don’t need all the trappings most consider necessary for this day of the year. They’re too quaint, too normal for my tastes.

What do you consider romantic? Are you a traditional romantic, or do you like something different?

Before I let you go, just a little reminder that tomorrow I’ll be over at Jillian Chantal’s blog¬†with an interview and giveaway. Then on Thursday, I’m over at Avril Ashton’s blog for another interivew and giveaway. These are the last two on the tour, so I hope you’ll stop by for a chance to win!

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Fantasy Man Friday

It’s been such a busy week! Between blog tours, writing, and making plans for the weekend, I feel like I haven’t had a chance to breathe. Um, well obviously I’ve managed to find the time since I’m still alive, but you know what I mean!

Before I get to the Fantasy Man, I’d like to announce the winners of this week’s giveaways. From Nikki Brandyberry’s blog, the following ladies had their numbers pulled: Cindy, LaTessa, and Peep!. Ladies, thank¬† you so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope you enjoy your prizes! From Rachel Firasek’s blog, the lucky winner is: Eva!

It was so much fun to read the comments everyone left and I was very honored to see familiar faces this week. Y’all are the best! That doesn’t mean it’s over though. No indeed! Next week, I have two more giveaways planned and hopefully I’ll see more of you there. On February 15, I’ll be over at Jillian Chantal’s¬†blog for another interview and giveaway. Then on February 17, I’ll be over at Avril Ashton’s¬†blog for yet another interview and giveaway. I hope to see you there!

Now for the item of business everyone’s been waiting for. Friday’s are my favorite day of the week without a doubt. I know, I know. It’s everyone’s favorite day, but for me it means more than just posting a sexy man on my blog. You see, the entire week before Fantasy Man Fridays, I spend time searching for the perfect Fantasy Man. Oh, yes…

*ten minutes later*

Sorry! So sorry, I got a little distracted by today’s Fantasy Man. I’ll show you why:

Ummmm…um…At first I thought he was holding some kind of…I don’t know, scarf or something, but I’m glad to see he isn’t. He isn’t as muscular as some of my regular Fantasy Men, but yeah, I don’t mind at all! That glistening skin, those cheekbones, the way his pants are barely hanging in there…Oh, yeah. Ahem.

Er…what was I going to say next? Um, I can’t remember. Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a safe weekend!

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Cajun French: Couillon

I simply had to use this word today. You see, I’ve been struggling with my Olympus book 2 since November. I began it for NaNo and wrote 54k words just to get through the month. But when I tried to continue with it, I had trouble. Things just were not clicking. If you remember, I wrote book 1 in a single month because I couldn’t stop writing. It’s like the book wrote itself. That is so not happening with book 2.

You see, I was being hardheaded. I wanted to keep one particular aspect of the story the same so I wrote and rewrote the beginning at least a dozen times, but never got any further than 200 pages. It just didn’t feel right. So yesterday I decided the only thing for me to do was to drop my original plot idea and embrace another. I ended up writing 4k yesterday.

Now what does this have to do with this crazy word I’ve mentioned in the title of this post? Well, couillon (pronounced: koo-yon), means imbecile, fool, crazy person, or funny person. It can also be used as an adjective that would mean foolish, crazy, or funny.

When I decided to rewrite this entire book, I thought to myself, “I’m a couillon! Who rewrites an entire story when they have so much already written?!” Then later when I thought about my original idea, I thought, “Mais, that was a couillon idea! This one is so much better!”

You see why I had to share this with you today? Couillon is one of those words that I use in reference to myself. I tend to lean more towards the “crazy” part of the definition though. *cough*

Do you think you’ll be able to use this word? Several of you seem to have taken these Cajun French words as your own, which I love. Can you see yourself using couillon in the near future?

This is a shirt actually on sale at Cafepress! I must get one! LOL

By the way! Yup, you got it. I’m being interviewed again. And having a giveaway. Again. (I love Forrest Gump.) This time I’m over at Rachel Firasek’s¬†blog. I hope you’ll stop by and join the fun!

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What’s Playing Wednesday

It’s time for another What’s Playing Wednesday! Yes! I know you’re excited. It’s when I let Danica’s Magical Musical Player pick the topic of the post.

This morning, my MP3 player was apparently feeling a little melancholy. It chose a broken-hearted song. I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of sappy love songs (or sappy anything really), but this particular song is just so…I don’t know, powerful.

What’s especially funny, is that today over at Four Foxes, One Hound I’m talking about my favorite romance movie. Again, I’m just not into the sappy, so you should check it out if only to see what’s my favorite romance movie!

Now for the song. My family members heavily influenced my musical tastes growing up. I’ve mentioned before how every morning I’d wake up to hear my sister rocking out (and making the house shake) to Iron Maiden, Molly Hatchet, Judas Priest, and Quiet Riot. She was quite the little head-banger, but there were some bands she played that spun out some terrific ballads. Today’s band is one I used to listen to with her (because I had no choice).

The band is called Vandenberg. They were a Dutch hair band in the early 80’s. I’m sure I heard more music by them because my sister liked them, but this song stood out for me. It’s just so heart-felt and yes, it sometimes makes me feel blue. The song is called Burning Heart. I was 5 or 6 when the song came out, but I remembered it when I decided I needed more music on my MP3 player.

Can’t you just picture riding around in a T-top Camaro with this song blaring from your speakers? LOL Ah, the 80’s.

Don’t forget, there’s still a chance to win an e-copy of my book or a mask over at Nikki Brandyberry’s blog. And tomorrow I’ll be over at the awesome Rachel Firasek’s blog for another interview and giveaway!

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Things You Can’t Forget

I’m not talking about memorable moments. I mean things that would be bad if you forgot them.

For instance, things were so crazy during December what with the book contracts and agent news, not to mention Christmas plans, I completely forgot to pay my cell phone bill. I could’ve sworn I paid it because this is something I’m quite anal about. My mind constantly flips through what has to be paid, when it has to be paid, and how much has to be paid. It wasn’t until the middle of January that I realized my brain had short circuited on me. I got a call from my service provider explaining that I hadn’t paid my bill.

Ha! I thought. There is no way I forgot! I had this person on the phone and I started looking through my bank statement…to see that I hadn’t paid them. I felt like an ass. Meh. So of course, I paid my bill. Now I’m even worse than I was before about my bills.

Another thing that could be bad if it’s forgotten is bed placement. I mentioned yesterday that I moved into my new room. The new room is not shaped the same way as my old room and my bed is in a completely different spot. Before, my bed was on the wall across from the door. This meant when I got up, I just staggered out of bed and walked straight out of the room.

This morning, I had a bit of a problem. When I get out of bed now, I have to walk the length of the bed to leave the room. Half asleep and thinking it was time to get up to work out (which I didn’t do because it was too cold), I opened my eyes and stared at the closet in confusion. What was it doing in front of my face? Then I remembered I wasn’t in my old room. It would have been much worse if I’d have just hopped out of bed and taken off. I might’ve knocked myself clean out, although that would’ve given me a few more¬†hours of sleep.

What are some things that you’ve forgotten that you shouldn’t have? To keep my brother out of trouble with his wife and the rest of the family, I had to sit him down and give him everyone’s birth dates and anniversary dates so he wouldn’t forget. It isn’t my fault he put the wrong information in his phone’s calendar.

Stop over at Four Foxes, One Hound¬†this week as the Foxes and Hound talk about their favorite romance movies/stories. Also, comments are still open on Nikki Brandyberry’s blog for a chance to win a copy of my book and one of two masks! And on Thursday, February 10, I’ll be over at Rachel Firasek’s blog for an interview and another giveaway!

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The Bookcase and Winner

Happy Monday everyone! I hope y’all had a great weekend. I wish I could say I did, but I worked my butt off this weekend.

Before I get into that, I’d like to announce the winner from Saturday’s guest blog over at Falyn Donaldson’s¬†blog. After throwing numbers in random.org’s lovely little er, number picker thingy, the winner of a spiffy mask is none other than Jillian Chantal! I swear it was completely random! Jillian, just drop me an e-mail with your address and I’ll ship your mask to you.

Now for the weekend. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I painted my room. I might’ve forgotten to mention that I had to move into the room next. I know I’ve told y’all about the insane number of books I own, right? Well, I came to the realization that I have way too many books. I finally moved into my new bedroom…which meant my books had to come with me. Before I did any of that though, I had to put together a brand new bookcase…you know, for all of those books!

So I woke up at 5 on Saturday morning (my body just can’t sleep later than that anymore). I had my coffee and finished reading Jaci Burton’s The Perfect Play, which was a perfect book to read for Superbowl weekend. Then I got started on the bookcase. By myself. Well, not completely alone. Mia and Cookie supervised. Have you ever put one of these things together alone? Yeah, this is my 4th bookcase, so I’ve had plenty of practice. Except why don’t they put the shelves in order of how they go into the case? Shelf A was at the top, Shelf B was at the bottom and Shelf G was in the middle. I didn’t realize there was a problem with it until I realized yeah, there is a difference between Shelf B and G. *mumble* Had to take it apart and do it all over again.

Once I got the bare frame up, I took a little break because my back was killing me. I stepped outside for a smoke and when I came back inside, this is what I saw:

I have a lot of pictures on Facebook with Cookie sitting in boxes. She loves boxes, so I shouldn’t have been surprised to find her sitting in the bookcase frame. She was inspecting my work, no doubt. And she wasn’t happy with me when I put the back on the bookcase. Silly kitty.

So after the bookcase was put together, it went into the bedroom, then¬†I moved the rest of the furniture in. That only took about two hours…but then came the real work: putting my books in the bookcases in an orderly manner. Up until now, I’ve just thrown books on the shelves, shoving them into tight spots because they wouldn’t all fit. To get everything in the bookcases and make it look nice, I had to discard¬†some books. I think I must’ve put about a hundred on the side to give away, but that still left me with about six hundred books. I’m not complaining though! I wouldn’t get rid of those if someone paid me to.

So now my room is all finished and I’m happy. I can now find my books with relative ease since I separated them by genre, then author. My next project will be to put them order of publication, but that’s not a main concern right now.

Have you noticed I haven’t mentioned anything about the rest of the room? It’s all about the books, but I’m a nerd, so that’s okay!

Oh, before I let you go about your day, I just wanted to remind you that I’m being interviewed over at Nikki Brandyberry’s blog. I’ll be giving away two masks and a digital copy of my book, Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose. I hope you stop by!

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Fantasy Man Friday

Yay, it’s Friday! What a week it’s been! My first round of guest blogs happened this week with the lucky winners being Daisy Harris and KAK. Tomorrow I’ll be stopping by Falyn Donaldson’s blog with an excerpt, and yes, you guessed it! I’ll be giving away another prize! Monday I’ll be stopping by Nikki Brandyberry’s blog for an interview and yes, another giveaway!

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle Release Day with grace. To my surprise, I didn’t experience projectile vomit or fainting spells. If anything, I was too excited to feel anything physical. I’m so happy that things have gone smoothly (okay, and I’m a little shocked), lol.

We also had the inaugural week of posts on my group blog, Four Foxes, One Hound. We talked about what romance means to us and I can honestly say I’m part of a wonderful group! They’re so clever and funny that I know you’ll enjoy reading what we come up with next! Tomorrow the marvelous Monica Kaye has graciously agreed to join us as a guest Fox. Be sure to stop by to find out what romance means to her.

Now I know you’re all here for Fantasy Man Friday. It’s why I’m here as well. You know how much I love looking at gorgeous men (it isn’t like I’ve made a secret of it!). But because this week was so full of excitement, I wondered if I should post a tame, somewhat conservative man…

Then I thought, “Nah, I’m not conservative!”. Hubba, hubba. If you didn’t know, this is Daniel Conn. I posted a picture of him a couple of years ago. This gorgeous man is an Australian rugby player. I seem to have a thing for those Aussie rugby players. I think he’s one of three or four I’ve posted. But can you blame me? He’s simply gorgeous! Now if we could just pry that football out of his hands…

Happy Friday everyone!

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Cajun French: The Streak

Today is the day after Release Day. I’m afraid I dreamed all night about book sales and Cajun French. All night long. The two have nothing in common, of course, but that’s what my dreams were about.

Before I get to the Cajun French lesson for today, I’m happy to announce the winner of yesterday’s guest blog prize! KAK!! You lucky girl you, you’re soon to be the proud owner of a mask. I’m afraid I didn’t take a picture of it, but trust me, it’s purty! If you send me an e-mail at danica.avet@gmail.com, I can get all your pertinent information to send it to you!

Now on to the Cajun French lesson. I know, The Streak, right? Well funnily enough, earlier this week I was flipping through the radio stations when I heard this song playing. Except it wasn’t the one I’d heard. I grew up loving The Streak¬†by Ray Stevens, so you know I had to pause to listen to this song. It was a Cajun French version! I knew instantly that this had to be my Cajun French lesson this week.

I’m going to play both versions for you just to help you remember the words so you can follow along better with the Cajun French version.

Ready?

Ray Stevens’ version:

Poor Ethel. I used to laugh and laugh at this song no matter how many times I listened to it. I still giggle at it, so I suppose my childish humor hasn’t gone away completely.

Now for the Cajun French version by Monsieur Belton Richard (That would be pronounced Ree-shard with a stress on the Ree):

Okay, the video isn’t the best, but the song. Mais! I can’t help but laugh. I love the original, but you have to admit, it sounds completely different in Cajun French. I’m so glad Belton Richard changed Ethel’s name to Clothidle. Clothidle! *laughs and laughs*

Um, sorry. Er, so what do you think? That’s Cajun French. It sounds very fast, doesn’t it? From what I’ve heard from people who live around here but weren’t born here, we speak very fast. I don’t think we do, but I wouldn’t notice, would I? Hm. I’ll have to take notice from now on.

Oh! Before I let you go about your day wondering if you’re ever going to get this particular earworm out of your head, I’d just like to remind you that I’ll be over at Falyn Donaldson’s¬†blog on Saturday¬†with an excerpt from Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose. Also, don’t forget that my group blog has opened this week with our views on romance at Four Foxes, One Hound. We’ll also have guest fox, Monica Kaye, by on Saturday!

Clothidle! *laughs*

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Special What’s Playing Wednesday

Well, it’s finally here. Release Day! That’s right, folks. Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose is now out through Siren Publishing.

I’m actually a lot calmer than I thought I would be. Of course, that might have more to do with me waking up at 4 this morning to work out and forcefully calm myself. I’m sending my little book into the wild with the hopes it isn’t maimed.

There’s a lot going on today besides it being my Release Day (sorry, but I simply have to write it like that…it looks more important and official that way, doesn’t it?). I’m blogging over at the group blog, Four Foxes, One Hound¬†about my thoughts on romance. I’m also going to be over at Southern Sizzle Romance for Wetsday and I’ll be giving away another prize, so check it out.

And now for What’s Playing Wednesday. Unfortunately, Danica’s Magical Music Player didn’t have quite the right song for today. I toyed with the notion of posting Kool & The Gang’s Celebration, but it didn’t seem quite right either. I had to delve deep into my mind for the perfect song to express my happiness for today and then I remembered one of my favorite cartoons.

Yes, when I was in high school and college, my sister (who is 8 years older), my brother-in-law (who’s 10 years older), and I would wake up bright and early to catch The Ren¬†& Stimpy Show. Is it any wonder I had to choose the Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Song? I think it suits my mood perfectly!

So here you go:

I’m so glad to have had you wonderful folks with me during this struggle to publication. I couldn’t have done it without you and your encouraging comments through the last couple of years.

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Nerves and Winners

These two things aren’t really connected, but I’ll start with the winner first. On Saturday, Southern Sizzle Romance was kind enough to let me guest blog for their Badurday¬†post. I had a lot of fun and everyone came up with some great villains. I can’t believe I left Gary Oldman¬†out! Gah!

Anyway, so I hit up random.org and let it pick a number and the winner was none other than Daisy Harris! This is what she won:

The flowered thing on the left side is a table runner, not feathers although that would have been awesome!

The idea behind the masks for Book 1 was to give a¬† unique twist to the tattoo Ruby ends up having on her face. I let my relatives have creative license with the painting and this was one my mom did. It’s very nice and I hope Daisy enjoys it! I have several more masks (all unique) to give out, so be sure to follow along the tour!

Now to the nervousness. Tomorrow is release day. Yeah, just thinking that ties my stomach in knots. There’s so much I have to do tomorrow, I might not even have time to be nervous, but today I can feel my body going into a tailspin. I’ll be fine. Logically, I know I’ll be perfectly fine, but my body does its own thing when I’m nervous.

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll be posting here as usual for What’s Playing Wednesday, but I’ll also be blogging over at my new group blog, Four Foxes, One Hound¬†about what I think romance is. Daisy kicked the week off with her hilarious post and today is Jillian Chantal. It won’t be easy following these two, but I’ll try my best!

I’ll also be back over at Southern Sizzle Romance for Wetsday¬†guest blog. Romancemama was so sweet to invite me back to talk about wet men. I’m so going to have fun with that post! Smexy, wet men? Hello! I’m there! I hope you check it out because I’ll once again be giving away a mask in honor of Ruby’s debut.

In the meantime, I’ll just sit in my corner, rocking as I wait for the bad day to be over.

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