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Movie Quotes Quiz

I really don’t have anything to talk about today. I’m really just kind of…here. I hate it when I get like this. It’s like all the creative, interesting things I usually talk about have fled between the time I put my head on the pillow last night and woke up this morning.

So instead of boring you all with a lackluster post, I’m going to challenge you all to a movie quote quiz. I’ll give you a list of quotes and the person who answers the most correctly, will win a book from my personal stash of unreads.

Here goes:

1. “All we are is dust in the wind, dude.”

2. “Why do they call him the Bullet-Dodger?”
    “Cause he…dodges bullets, Avi.”

3. “Ever fired your gun in the air and yelled, ‘Aaaaaaaah’?”

4. “We were in the nick of time. You were in great peril.” 
     “I don’t think I was.”
     “Yes, you were. You were in terrible peril.”
     “Look, let me go back in there and face the peril.”
     “No, it’s too perilous.”
     “Look, it’s my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can. ”

5. “Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this…and totally redeem yourself!”

6. “My Guatemalan-ness, my natural heat. You’re afraid I’m too primitive to be on the stage with your little estrogen rockettes, right?”

7. “Then you got to get sent to a slam, where they tell you you’ll never see daylight again. You dig up a doctor, and you pay him 20 menthol Kools to do a surgical shine job on your eyeballs.”

8. “Ask that little Latin boy in drag why he’s crying.”
    “Little Latin boy in drag, why are you crying?”

9. “It’s stuck, yes?”
    “Back off! You don’t know the components!”
    “Components. American components, Russian Components, ALL MADE IN TAIWAN!”

10. “‘Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…'”

I happen to love all 10 of these movies, if that gives you any hint! Good luck, and I hope some of these made you think!

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Book Winner

Well, it’s the start of another week. First, let me announce that Eden Glenn has won a free book! Eden send me an e-mail at danica.avet@gmail.com so I get your information and find out which book you’d like me to send to you.

This is what Eden came up with via Facebook:

Hero comes into the kitchen. heroine turns at some small sound he makes clenching a large wooden spoon in her fist. I can see the heroine gasp with eyes a big as a deer in a spot light, jaw dropping to see his buff unclad self standing in her kitchen.

Hero comments, “Noodle’s hot.”… See More

“Yeah, it is.” she answers him with a squeak, her eyes focused on the bath sheet held across his pelvis.

“No I mean, you’re boiling over.”

“Yeah, can’t help it.”

Hero cocks his head to the side one eyebrow raised in commentary to her distraction and points to the pot of pasta boiling over in the hearth.

This had me giggling madly.

So the Olympics are over. I’ll admit to being disappointed that the US couldn’t pull out the win over Canada. It was a great game, especially considering I’ve never watched hockey in my life. My nephews were talking about how they could be hockey players…which is funny because they’ve never strapped on ice skates in their lives. Ah me, to be young and full of insanity again!

Some of you may have read on Twitter that my internet access has been limited, so I won’t be able to follow everyone’s blogs like I usually do. This doesn’t mean I’ll be completely gone, but my time to read and comment will be limited. I’m hoping to find a way around that, but we’ll just have to see.

I’m not happy about this restriction, but it’s probably a blessing in disguise. When I have blogs and twitter at my fingertips, I tend to be easily distracted from my writing. The restrictions will probably mean that my WIP will get more attention, which is a good thing.

I’ve also learned about this autocrit program. Do any of you use it? It looks like a good program and I’d love to give it a try. Do you guys recommend it?

This week I’ll also be posting a book review of Karen Chance’s  Death’s Mistress. Karen Chance is a wonderful writer with a quirky sense of humor and I’m greatly looking forward to diving into this book. What books do you have that you’re looking forward to reading?

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Fantasy Man Friday

I can’t remember a week when I’ve looked forward to Friday as much as this week. Not that it was a terrible week or anything, but it’s the kick off to several weeks without a day off. Holiday season is great, but your mind gets used to those precious holidays from work and when none are forthcoming, it makes the weeks drag on.

For the most part, it was a great week. I got a lot of writing done on the new WIP. My hero is so obnoxious, I’d want to strangle him if I wasn’t half in love with him already. On the other hand, I’m exhausted. The Olympics keep me up later than I’m used to and my dog has taken to waking me up at 4 in the morning, so needless to say I’m not getting enough sleep. I look like the walking dead no matter how much concealer I use under my eyes. Meh.

So it’s Fantasy Man Friday. People, I have been spending hours and hours looking for the perfect men to bring you each week. It isn’t easy and I’ve seen more of some men that I’d ever care to, but it’s a small price to pay for the few men I do find to kick off your weekends.

In honor of my newest hero, Talon “Icarus” Katsaros, I’m going to show you how I see him. No, he doesn’t have wings, but the rest of him makes up for that, I think.

So Talon is a bit of a hedonist. He’s tormenting the hell out of my shy heroine and I’m loving every minute of it. I don’t think she’ll hold out much longer though, because LOOK at him! What am I saying? How can you not look at him? He’s gorgeous, oh my. I think a scene is necessary based on this picture.

Imagine this: she’s cooking for him (cause he hired her to), and he steps in to the kitchen looking like this. She’s been hurt badly in the past by men and doesn’t trust them, and she definitely doesn’t trust Talon. He loves to torment her. So what now? What does she do? What does he do?

I’d be interested to see what you all say and to make it fun, whoever comes up with the most outrageous scenario will win a book. Happy Friday everyone, and have a great weekend.

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Fantasy Man Friday

Good morning and Happy Friday to you all!

Before I get into today’s yumminess, let me announce the winner of the free book. Drum roll please…*crickets* Right. I don’t have the budget for that yet. Okay, so the winner of the free book is….Angie, Sayde, and bunnyb. Since I only had three comments and it’s Friday, I’m giving you each a book! E-mail me at danica.avet@gmail.com so I can get your information and find out which book y’all would like.

Now Fantasy Man Friday…I wish you guys could see the hunks I have saved to my external hard drive. I’m afraid if it were ever stolen, I’d be considered a major perv. There are a lot of half-naked men on it. It gets more and more difficult to choose just the right man for Fantasy Man Friday. There are so many gorgeous men out there just waiting to be seen.

So today, I’m going with my favorite kind of man…a dirty man. Literally dirty.

You may ask why I’m digging a picture of a dirty man so much. Well, I suppose it’s because I know sooner or later, he’s gonna have to take a shower. And I would so love washing his um, back. Yeah, his back. Besides, is there anything more touching than a man who appears defeated or tired? Don’t you just want to make him feel better? I do!

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Book Giveaway

I’m nearing the end of rewrites on my second manuscript. Whenever I get close to finishing a project, I immediately begin thinking of what’s coming next.

As of right now, I have two book ideas circling my head like vultures. I’m hoping ya’ll can give me a little help in choosing which one to work on.

So, let’s get to the fun part!

Book idea 1:

This story will involve an incubus and a witch. I have a very basic plot in mind. It would be book 4 of my Veil series. I’m very tempted to start plotting this story out and get to writing, but hesitate because what happens if the series doesn’t take off? The incubus I have in mind is very sexy (of course), and has appeared as a secondary character in 2 of my other manuscripts. The heroine will be a witch about to come into her power. I know how I want to open the book (very hot love scene), but don’t want to get too involved in case the other idea is better.

Book idea 2:

This story would be a complete change of pace for me. I was inspired by a song and came up with the idea of a new series. I want to rewrite Greek mythology by taking heroes/heroines and bringing them into modern times. They’ve all died in Greek mythology, but were brought back by the gods to learn how to be better people. The idea is to match them each up with a modern hero/heroine who’ll teach them this lesson. My first hero would be a rather infamous character (holding back the details for now), and I’m still sketching out the heroine for him. I really like this idea and I can almost picture the whole book.

As you can see, I have two ideas that I think are great, but I just don’t know which one to start on. The old series, or the new series? The incubus, or the fallen Greek hero? I’m hoping you all can help me choose. And in thanks, I’ll be choosing one lucky person to receive one of a choice of books.

So tell me, what do you think sounds more interesting?

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Going the Distance and Staying on Track

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The WIP is coming along swimmingly and I can almost see the end. Sure, I plotted this story from start to finish, but there have been deviations from the plot. I’m sure I’ll be upset when I go back and read what I’ve done, but overall, I’m pleased with the way it’s coming out.

However, now that the end is nearing, my mind is already burning gears to figure out my next project. I have, off the top of my head, at least eight stories waiting to be written. My problem is, which one to write next? I shouldn’t be thinking of this yet, I think, because I still have to clean up my 2nd MS and get to editing #3. But my mind doesn’t work that way.

Right now I’m torn between starting book 4 of the Veil series, and starting a new series. Veil #4 would be about a witch and an incubus. The incubus has appeared in the first two of my Veilerian books and I have a vague idea how I want to start the story. On the other hand, the next series I’m contemplating, has been scratching at me since November.

The second series would involve a whole new world, a whole new list of characters and problems. Instead of fighting a known evil, the heroes and heroines battle their own natures. I know who they are and what they want, I just haven’t found their counterparts yet.

Like I said, I shouldn’t be thinking about this just yet, right? I need to stay on track with the WIP, right? Well, I don’t know. Is it better to keep writing and edit when I can? Or should I just edit first? It’s a puzzle, one I think I’ll need help solving.

So that’s today’s question: What do you think I should do? Edit, revise, and clean? Or start something new to keep my creative juices flowing? If so, which one? The new series, or the old? Any advice is greatly appreciated, my friends, and to show that appreciation, I’ll be giving away a book to a random commenter!

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Rainy Day Blues

It is a miserable day here in South Louisiana. It started raining over an hour ago (not that I really know exactly when it started since I was taking my lunch hour power nap) and doesn’t look as though it intends to stop any time soon. Normally I love rainy days because it usually means it’ll be a little cooler while the sun is hidden, but on the other hand rainy days make me oh so sleepy.

It’s my own fault, of course. For about three years now I’ve been sleeping with a white noise machine that plays the sound of rain falling. It’s so soothing and it really does help me sleep better at night. Except now, like Pavlov’s dog, when I hear the rain beating against the roof, my eyes get heavy and I want to start snoring. I should clarify though, that when a hurricane is about to make landfall in my area and it’s raining, I don’t sleep a wink. There’s nothing comforting to me about knowing a catastrophic natural event is taking place. A lady I used to work with said she sleeps better during a hurricane. I just can’t do that.

What is it about the sound of rain that’s so relaxing? Is it the rhythm of the water hitting the shingles on the roof? The way the air turns cooler? Whatever it is, it always makes me want to curl up under a thick cover and hibernate. Gotta love the rain, except when  you’re at your desk and unable to sleep.

In other news, I’ve been writing steadily and managed to knock out 4,000 words on the current WIP. I think it’ll be complete by either Wednesday or Thursday. Yes! I brought 3 packs of different colored post-its to the office just in case I had time to try plotting out my next WIP.

I’ve joined NaNoWrMo this year and I have an idea in mind, two characters (though one won’t tell me her name), and a month to write out plot ideas. I’ve attempted the NaNoWriMo once before with dismal results. Being a pantster during a writing competition isn’t cool, so I’m going to try writing with a storyboard for the first time. I hope it works!

So is anyone else giving NaNoWriMo a go? What’s been your experience with the contest? Have you finished the goal?

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Contest Perhaps?

I’ve been trying to devise ways to get this blog out there, get some more readers (because I know everyone wants to read about my fabulous lifestyle). Having commented on several blogs, I found myself winning a book from the lovely ladies at http://southernsizzleromance.wordpress.com/ and it gave me the idea that perhaps I should do something similar.

Unfortunately, until I get published, the books folks can win will be from my own (enormous) collection of romance novels. If you’re interested in this type of contest, here are the rules:

There are none! Just comment on something I’ve blogged about. I’ll put all the names in a hat and randomly choose one winner a week and give them a choice of novels to be sent to them. Trust me, my bookcases will appreciate it. They’ve been recently cleaned out, but I have a nasty habit of buying and buying…well, you get the idea.

If you’re interested, comment and send your friends over to comment as well. We’ll have the drawings on Sundays and winners announced on Monday morning.

How does that sound?

On a different note…the ladies at SouthernSizzleRomance are trying to give me a heart attack with their pictures of sexy men taking showers. Shame on you! I think I need my heart checked at least once a day, so post more! haha I’ve decided I need to have something like this as well. It’ll be very difficult to search for pictures of hot men, but someone has to do it, right? So this is your chance to leave some great comments.

We’ve already got Gena Showalter’s Beefcake Mondays, Sapphire Phelan’s Hot Hunk Wednesdays, and SouthernSizzleRomance has Wednesday Eye Candy. I’ll take Fridays…here’s your first assignment for the contest! Come up with a proper name for a Friday hunk fest…should it be Frank and Beans Friday? (Okay, that was awful which is why YOU need to come up with the right name. Get to work!!

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