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Fantasy Man Friday

I’m writing this on Monday, so I have no idea what circumstances are like on Friday. I just know I can’t leave y’all hanging. Y’ll need Fantasy Man Fridays as much as I do!

So without going into a big, drawn out post, I’ll just give him to you.

Hubba, hubba…muscled and wearing a kilt. Could a woman ask for anything more? Well, maybe the answer to the age-old question, “What’s he wearing beneath his kilt?” He looks like a guy who doesn’t wear anything under it. What do you think?

Happy Friday y’all. I hope everyone has a safe weekend. For my U.S. friends, have fun this Labor Day weekend!

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Saber Inspiration #5

Well, I’m hunkered down waiting for Isaac to do what it needs to, but I haven’t forgotten about What’s Playing Wednesday.

Today marks the last day of the Saber Inspiration themed Wednesdays. I’ve had a lot of fun playing songs that either influenced me, or reminded me of the band. From AC/DC to Avenged Sevenfold, the guys of Saber are a mishmash of some of my favorite bands and I love sharing their music with you.

Primal Design book two in the Cajun Heat series comes out September 19th which means next month’s theme will be dedicated to songs that remind me of my characters, their situation or their jobs. It’ll be a wide range of songs, so I hope you’ll join me for that.

Back to today. This song is one of my current favorites. Any time I hear it, I sing along (badly) and rock out. It’s slow and kind of mellow at first, but toward the end, it picks up until it’s galloping to the final chord. It’s excellent and I hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

Today is Avenged Sevenfold’s Buried Alive. I could totally see these guys as my band, Saber.

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Preparations

As I’m sure most of you know, Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac is bearing down on the Gulf Coast. The way things are looking, it’s actually headed in my direction. Chances are I won’t be around much this week due to the weather. Luckily, I can write posts ahead of time and schedule them for the dates I want so you’ll still be able to check out What’s Playing Wednesday and Fantasy Man Friday. So don’t think I’ve forgotten about y’all!

We’re not overly worried about Isaac. Sure, we bought our hurricane supplies and will finish preparing the house for strong winds, but I feel pretty confident we’ll get through it with hardly any problems. Of course now that I’ve said that, things will probably go to hell. Oh I know we’re going to lose electricity. That’s a given and I’d be surprised if we didn’t. We checked out the generator this weekend, bought extra gas and batteries for flashlights. I think we’re ready.

The ones not ready are my pets. My old cat, who stays outside all the time (on her porch) will have to come inside and because she hates fat cat, she’ll have to stay in one of the bathrooms until things blow over. I can hear her moaning and groaning now. Bad weather makes her nervous under normal circumstances, add in being locked in a tiny room and she’ll be fit to be tied. The other two animals will probably want to sit at the door. I hope they won’t taunt her, but they act like toddlers, so…yeah, I envision a lot of noise during our lockdown.

For my friends on the Gulf Coast, I hope y’all are safe and ready for the storm coming. For those of you outside the danger area, please keep us all in your prayers.

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Fantasy Man Friday

Woot, woot, it’s Friday. When I pried my eyes open this morning, it took me a few minutes to realize the weekend is about to start. That was enough to get me moving because I’m ready to get this week over with.

It hasn’t been awful, mind you. The blog tour for Primal Song has been going wonderfully and it’s still going on. Last night I did my first internet radio interview. I don’t think I embarrassed myself. Of course I haven’t listened to it, so maybe I did. Maybe I was breathing heavily or something, or you could hear my stomach gurgling. I don’t know. I’m kind of scared to find out, LOL. Today though, I’m over at the fabulous Queen Tutt’s World of Escapism with another interview and a giveaway. If you’re looking to hedge your chances of winning, be sure to check out the entire list of stops to make sure you’re entered in all the giveaways that are still going on. And there are a lot.

I haven’t written at all this week. Okay, that’s a blatant lie. I have written. And promptly deleted everything I put down on paper. It’s this part of the writing process that drives me insane. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it’s usually because I’m trying to start the story in the wrong place. Last night while I was waiting to start my interview, I played Angry Birds and brainstormed and I think I’ve finally figured out where to start the book. Cross your fingers because I need to get this story written and submitted soon. I’m aiming for subbing it to my fabu editor by the middle or end of September.

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The Fantasy Man. Over at the interview today, Ronda asked the readers who their favorite band is and what kind of shifter they’d be. I think that’s a great question. So let’s try to guess what kind of shifter today’s Fantasy Man would be…

I’m thinking wolf. It’s almost like he’s begging for me to scratch his belly. Among other things, heh. Ahem. What do y’all think? Do his slumberous eyes make you think “lion”? Do his muscles make you think “bear”? While y’all decide, I’ll be putting on my meat pants ’cause this guy looks like a carnivore.

Happy Friday!

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On the Air Tonight

Not in the air, although that’s a fantastic song.

It’s a busy day for me over in Danica Land. Today I’m at Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews with a giveaway to win a digital copy of Primal Song and a swag pack. Be sure to enter for a chance to win!

You can also tune in tonight as I chat with Elaine Raco Chase over at the Author’s Corner. It’ll be my first internet radio interview and I’m nervous as all hell, but hopefully I won’t babble too much or drawl to the point of being unintelligible. I believe they take callers during the show, so check it! Head over to www.trianglevarietyradio.com – click on blog talk radio at 8PM EASTERN time….podcasts are available after the show!

Now if I can just figure out how to get my whiny dog and fat cat to leave me alone enough to talk without a lot of background noise…

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Saber Inspiration #4

We’re nearing the end of our Saber inspiration month of What’s Playing Wednesdays. I’ve had a lot of fun finding the songs that inspired me for Ram’s band. They’re tough shifters with an edgy sound, but that isn’t necessarily who they are.

Someone asked me how I managed to make Ram both bad ass, dominant and sensitive. Well, just because a person is tough and hardcore doesn’t mean they can’t have a softer side. We all display many different personality traits. I like to believe that most people are balanced. Not all rough, not all soft, but a mixture of both.

Ram is perhaps one of my favorite heroes because although he’s this lion shifter with major sex appeal, he has a softer side, especially when it comes to Daisy. This is proven when she asks him to sing his favorite song. If you’ve been following this month’s What’s Playing Wednesdays, you’ll have realized the type of music Saber plays is hard, fast and all about good times. So it came as a surprise to me (I know, I’m the writer, but he shocked me) when Ram started singing Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds.

And that’s today’s song. I happen to love this song as well, so I wasn’t very upset he chose this instead of something more in line with Saber’s usual sound. I think it might appeal to Ram’s songwriter side, the sensitive musician who likes the message the song sends and not his lion who might like the idea of hunting down three little birds.

But I’ll let y’all decide.

 Oh! And don’t forget I still have a blog tour going on this month with chances to win prizes. You can find the schedule here. And you can also hear me on The Author’s Corner, Thursday Nite  with host, Elaine Raco Chase.  Call in and chat – head to www.trianglevarietyradio.com – click on blog talk radio at 8PM EASTERN time….podcasts are available after the show!

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Awesome Stuff

 So I found out some interesting things over the weekend. First was that the second book in my Cajun Heat series, Primal Design, will come out September 19 with Ellora’s Cave. I was a little shocked when the date came through, but I’m so not complaining. As I’ve told Grace, my editor, I’m an instant gratification girl. I still don’t have a cover yet, although I’m sure that’s soon to arrive.

Secondly, I was being nosy about myself and googled my name. That’s when I stumbled across this post on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. It isn’t a review and it isn’t anything huge, but to me it was one of those OMG moments. My book was mentioned on USA Today…no matter how distantly. I think I grinned all weekend.

Then last night, I got the okay for my very first ever internet radio interview. You can hear me on The Author’s Corner, Thursday Nite  with host, Elaine Raco Chase.  Call in and chat – head to www.trianglevarietyradio.com – click on blog talk radio at 8PM EASTERN time….podcasts are available after the show! I’ll be on at 8:40 EST, so I hope some of y’all tune in. Y’all can tell me how awful I sound on Friday.

What a weekend! I hope everyone else had some great news over the weekend. Oh! And today I’m over at House Millar with an interview and exerpt for Primal Song. Ram and Daisy’s blog tour is well underway!

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Fantasy Man Friday

Another week has ended and I’m sure we’re all breathing a sigh of relief strong enough to rival a hurricane.

I had a good week. Good because I got the edits back on Primal Design (Cajun Heat 2) and they weren’t as awful as I thought they’d be. That’s one of my biggest worries when I get the “dreaded” edits in my email. How bad is it going to be? Will I want to curl into a ball and cry for Mama because they’re awful? Turns out they were good. A few plot problems here and there, a few spots that needed clarification, oh and a here/hear issue that made me want to slap myself.

It’s easy to do. I think. I get caught up in the scene and my fingers will fly over the keyboard. And apparently I can’t spell when that happens. What made me want to slap myself though is that I didn’t catch the problem during my editing and revising stage before sending it to my editor. It was one of those head slap moments that will ensure I never do it again.

But today’s Friday and it’s the start of my blog tour blitz. I’m over at Close Encounters with the Night Kind with a book review. This is a massive tour and there’ll be several goodies up for grabs. From backlist books to Primal Song swag, it’ll be an almost nonstop party. I hope y’all will stop over to learn more about Ram and Daisy and the world of the Cajun Heat series!

And now for the very special part of Fridays. The Fantasy Man (echo of manmanmanman).

Hello, rock star! I don’t know if he’s a rock star, but he looks it, doesn’t he? The tattoos, the hard body and he’s teasing us with it all. If only he’d just drop the damn pants! *goes back for several more looks* Yummy…pardon me while I wipe away the drool.

*several minutes later* Oops. I was mesmerized by his abs…among other things. Heh.

Happy Friday! Have a safe and fun weekend!

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Saber Inspiration #3

We’re in the third week of our Saber theme. I’ve taken part in so many interviews and answered so many questions in preparation of Primal Song’s blog tour, I feel even closer to the characters in my story than I did when I was writing it.

The town of Maison Rouge, Louisiana is a close-knit community and one I easily identify with. When I watched the video for today’s song, at first I was leery about posting it. I don’t condone stealing and stuff. In fact, it pisses me off like nothing else. However, there are some clips in the video, especially the scenes with the band, that reminded me of my wilder college days. Not that we did anything truly nuts. Unless you call roaming the streets on a golf cart at three in the morning, or tossing old Christmas trees on our bonfire nuts.

It was the bonfire in the video that made me think of those days. It was all about just hanging out with my friends, drinking, talking, feeding the fire, and discussing our future. We weren’t into blatantly breaking any laws. Okay, so there was that one time we were shooting fireworks after midnight, but it’s the country!

When I came up with the band, Saber, I thought about the kind of music they’d play. I knew it would be hard rock and decided they’d be more of a down to earth band, one who plays songs people can connect with. Songs about the everyday struggle in life. Hellyeah kind of has that vibe to them. They have that new Southern rock thing going on that I love so much. I like to think of it as a modern version of Lynard Skynard or .38 Special. This song is called “Hell of a Time”.

Remember, I do not condone the activity taking place in this video. Heh

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They’re Over

I’m not an athletic person, but I love to watch sports. The Olympics, Summer and Winter, are like Heaven for me. I’ve spent the last two weeks glued to the television as much as possible, watching as many events as I could and now they’re over.

*sniff* I’m sad, although I will say London put on one hell of a closing ceremony. I loved it. Of course, they played some of my favorite songs. If I cried while John Lennon’s “Imagine” was playing, that’s because I’m a sap. I sang along with Russell Brand and the Kaiser Chiefs who did a great remake of “Pinball Wizard”. I jammed out with George Michael and did a little sofa techno dancing when Fat Boy Slim popped up.

But it was this moment that I think I enjoyed the most:

I love Monty Python and was thinking right before this performance, “Why aren’t they doing anything by the guys? They’re as British as they come!” and then Eric Idle falls out of the cannon with “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. I was whistling and singing along. My cat didn’t appreciate it at all.

I can’t remember enjoying an Olympics as much as I did this one. From our amazing athletes to the inspirational stories of these hard-working Olympians, I’ve never appreciated a summer games more. And no, I didn’t spend the entire time ogling the male athletes. I did actually watch the events.

Did you watch the games or were you inconvenienced by them? What was your favorite story?

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