Writing Hangover

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen me mention something about cranking out 12k words this weekend. I haven’t done that in months. Mostly because I’ve been swamped by real life and the evil day job. I’ve been trying to sit down for weeks to pound out Primal Dance, the next book in the Cajun Heat series and last week I had every intention of working on that story.

But on Thursday night as I went to bed, I began to brainstorm a completely different story. A contemporary with not a single paranormal character in sight. Even better, it’s a menage a quatre. I know, are y’all shocked? I’ve written a menage before, but this one is really stepping out of my “comfort zone”. On top of that, each of the male characters are anti-heroes. Each and every single one is a bad boy.

And even better, the whole story is loosely based on a very popular book and musical. I’m not going to say which one it is because I’m still in the “with-this-seekrit-project-I-will-rule-the-world” phase of writing. You know, when you’re positive this story is going to be the one that has people storming the virtual book stores to get a copy of it. Heh. Or should I say Muhuhahahaha!?

Anyway, I’ve been working on this story for…three days? Since Friday at least, but Friday was mostly spent on research. My writing method is that I must have character names down and a title for my stories before I can work on the book. However, all I managed to get were the character names before they demanded I start writing. I still have no title for this story, but I’m actually okay with that. Weird, huh? But it didn’t matter because my muse has finally shown up. Y’all know how she is. She was out partying with hotties and forgot all about me, leaving me to flounder on my own. But she’s back now and she’s putting me through my paces, demanding I write, write, write. The last time this happened, I wrote a 80k story in 25 or 28 days. Something wild like that, edited and revised. Yeah. She really knows how to make me work and I wish she’d stop being such a hooker.

So for now, I’ve had to put Primal Dance on the side to concentrate on this contemporary. I’m sorry for my readers who are waiting on Coltrane and Kanda’s story. It’s coming, just a little later than I’d originally planned. Don’t worry though, it will happen. And if I’m lucky, I’ll have the final book in the series ready shortly after. (But I’m not lucky so…)

Oh and before I forget, today kicks off the start of another blog tour of Touched by Lightning. I’m giving away 2 sets of prizes (Order of Themis travel mugs, swag and gift cards). I have some guest posts and interviews as well as reviews mixed in there so be sure to check it out and enter to win!

March 3-7 Author Feature Guest blog
Kay Dee’s Place
March 3 Spotlight
Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path
March 3 Spotlight
Mila Ramos
March 4 Spotlight
Kristy Centeno
March 4 Spotlight
Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews
March 5 Interview
A Writer’s Mind-
March 6 Interview
Fierce Dolan, Words Without Limits
March 6 Spotlight
Books & Tales:
March 7 Interview
Butterfly-o-Meter Books
March 10 Spotlight
The Snarkology
March 10 review
Booklover Sue
March 11 Spotlight
Behind Closed Doors
March 11 Spotlight
Inner Goddess
March 11 spotlight
Author Karen Swart
March 12 Guest blog
TBQ’S Book Palace
March 12 Spotlight
All I Want and More
March 13 Spotlight and review
Crazy Four Books
March 13 spotlight
Eclipse Reviews
March 14 Guest blog
Erotica For All
March 17 Spotlight
Share my Destiny
March 17 review
Nicky Peacock Author

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 6

Well, it’s the last day of February which means it’s the last day of the Touched by Lightning playlist recap. I hope y’all have enjoyed peeking into a little of the world I threw myself in while writing this book. Despite all my warnings about the darkness of the story, I truly love this book. It’s one of my favorite books of all that I’ve written and I can only hope readers see the true meaning behind it.

Before I get to today’s song, I’d just like to remind y’all that I’m participating in two giveaways. One is The Romance Reviews Anniversary Party which begins tomorrow with Touched by Lightning being featured between the 1st and the 5th. There’s a question to answer to win prizes and I hope y’all participate!

Then, Monday starts two weeks of a new blog tour with Bewitching Book Tours. There are guest posts, interviews and reviews coming and I’m giving away 2 Order of Themis travel mugs, 2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards, and 2 sets of Danica Avet swag. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I hope to see some of y’all there! The schedule is posted below:

March 3-7 Author Feature Guest blog
Kay Dee’s Place
March 3 Spotlight
Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path
March 3 Spotlight
Mila Ramos
March 4 Spotlight
Kristy Centeno
March 4 Spotlight
Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews
March 5 Interview
A Writer’s Mind-
March 6 Interview
Fierce Dolan, Words Without Limits
March 6 Spotlight
Books & Tales:
March 7 Interview
Butterfly-o-Meter Books
March 10 Spotlight
The Snarkology
March 10 review
Booklover Sue
March 11 Spotlight
Behind Closed Doors
March 11 Spotlight
Inner Goddess
March 11 spotlight
Author Karen Swart
March 12 Guest blog
TBQ’S Book Palace
March 12 Spotlight
All I Want and More
March 13 Spotlight and review
Crazy Four Books
March 13 spotlight
Eclipse Reviews
March 14 Guest blog
Erotica For All
March 17 Spotlight
Share my Destiny
March 17 review
Nicky Peacock Author
And now for the last song of the playlist. Of course it isn’t really the last song. I have a few hundred more to go, but you know what I mean. Everything’s been so dark and gloomy on the blog, I figured I’d better end this theme with a something a little lighter.
If you haven’t read the book yet, you haven’t had the chance to meet Joe. Josephina Daly to be exact. She’s the Director of the Order of Themis and she’s…something. Six feet tall with a penchant for mile high heels, an obsession with fashion, a faithful Irish Wolfhound she named Mr. Dimples and more power than any of the characters I introduced in the rest of the story. She’s a powerhouse, but she’s also strangely sweet and funny and I loved her the instant Lea and I came up with her character. It was so much fun to write her little cameo appearances in the book that I know, just know I’m going to have to restrain myself from writing her story next. Oh yes, she’s getting a story y’all.
Anyway, Joe has a sick sense of humor. Well, maybe not sick so much as warped. She loves to torment her employees with “team building events” like pedicures and full body massages. She adores picking on the big, strong men under her command by having them play princess tea parties with underprivileged kids. She’s awesome LOL
One of the ways she lives to torment her employees is by having the worst elevator music you could possibly want to hear. I picked two songs for different scenes with my hero where he’s in the elevator. And the thing is, I don’t hate these songs. Back in the day, they were the most popular songs on the radio and maybe that’s what draws Joe to them. We all heard them so many times that they’ve almost become a joke. But I’m only going to play one of them. You’ll have to read the book to find out what the other song is ;)
So the final song on the Touched by Lightning playlist is Meatloaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”. I really loved this song back in the day. Classic Meatloaf with all the drama and because Joe is all about drama, it seems to fit her personality. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. I’ve had a lot of fun going over my writing process for this book.
Happy Friday y’all!

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 5

I really meant to blog Monday and Tuesday, but forgot. Things have been insane. I’m just glad I remembered to blog today!

I can thank Avenged Sevenfold for that. They’re coming to Lafayette in April and I want to go because I love their music, but they helped me blog today because thinking about them reminded me of this song which was one of the frequently played songs while I was writing Touched by Lightning.

But before I get to that, I just wanted to let y’all know that beginning March 1st, I’m taking part in the TRR (The Romance Reviews) Anniversary Party. That’s right, not only do I have another blog tour starting on the 3rd with prizes, but I’m also giving away an ebook copy of Touched by Lightning to the winner of my Q&A on TRR’s site. So I have two buttons for you to check out when the time is right. On Friday I’ll post the schedule for the blog tour which begins on Monday. Is that confusing enough? LOL

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So back to the song.

Again, I love Avenged Sevenfold. And not just because I’m crushing hard on several of the members. *cough* Their music works for me when I’m writing. I could probably list an easy half-dozen songs that I listen to while I’m working, but when I think back to certain moments in the book, I recall this song being one that stood out the most. My heroine has had to become tough due to her past. She’s afraid to trust, but in the end, she has to actually make herself vulnerable.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but this whole book is about second chances and working for your own happiness. It’s dark. I know I’ve said that before, but I’m not sure people realize just how dark it is. And I did that on purpose because without that darkness, that pain, how can you truly appreciate the beauty of the second chance Gyda’s been given? Ah well, I hope when readers are in the story they realize there’s a method to my madness.

Anyway, today’s song is Afterlife by Avenged Sevenfold. Enjoy!

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 4

Here it is, time for What’s Playing Wednesday again.

Touched by Lightning is out now through ARe, Amazon and Ellora’s Cave if you haven’t picked up your copy yet. We’re also only one day away from the end of the Superhero Scavenger Hunt, so if you haven’t entered to win, you’d better hurry!

I’ve made it no secret that Gyda and Brit’s story is one of painful pasts and strong emotions. For the most part, this book wrote itself with little input from me, but when I got to the end, to the big dark moment, I needed a little help. That’s where my music came into play. (Pun intended.)

As y’all probably know by now, I listen to music all the time. When I’m writing, when I’m sleeping, when I’m reading. It’s just a part of who I am and I’ve always been this way. I could probably blame it on my grandfather who’d fall asleep listening to his big band music, but I think it’s just one of my quirks. I must have music playing somewhere around me.

I have a big playlist I created for my regular work days and writing times. It’s a mix of reggae, metal, hip hop and a little dance music. It usually helps me in any situation when I’m writing because it’s such a broad mixture of songs. But when I got to that dark moment in Touched by Lightning I needed something a little more personal. So I created a playlist I called “Broody Songs”. Yes, broody because I wanted to sink into those dark feelings to give my characters more depth.

One of the songs on that list is one I’ve loved for years. I remember hearing it in the Natural Born Killers soundtrack, which I had to buy after watching the movie, and while it still conjures disturbing images of Mickey and Mallory Knox, it worked perfectly for writing a few scenes in Touched by Lightning. There’s something so haunting about this song, the vocals all whispery and soft, that it breaks my heart.

So today’s song is Cowboy Junkies’ “Sweet Jane”.

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Feeling the Pull

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was lazy this weekend and still flying high from my book release. The feeling of euphoria hasn’t subsided, but it’s a little more manageable now.

Lately I’ve been struggling with the need to get away. Not anywhere special, just somewhere that isn’t my house, isn’t a conference and isn’t work-related. Over the past four years, all the traveling I’ve done has been for conferences and while I’ve enjoyed them, I’m not able to completely relax. To just be me me, not the Danica me. I want to go somewhere and just waffle around if that’s what I feel like doing, or sight-see, or just sleep the entire time in a new environment.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of fun at conferences and hanging out with my writer friends, but sometimes I just want complete aloneness. You know, me, myself and I so we can get to know each other again. I think it’s important for everyone to do this once in a while since it helps you find your center again, clear your mind and rejuvenate you. It’s also selfish, but sometimes you have to be selfish, right? In my case, I really think a trip like that would help me clear my writer’s mind. I’m not experiencing a block, but I am feeling bogged down by my characters who all want their story written first.

So if I were to go somewhere for a long weekend, if I do decide to take off, where would I go? Somewhere laid back and soothing to the soul. Maybe some place like Savannah, Georgia, or a cabin in Tennessee. Maybe St. Augustine, Florida to poke around. Am I going? Eh, I don’t know. But I’d sure like to try sometime before summer.

How about y’all? Do you ever go on a vacation alone just to have some “me” time? If you could take a trip for that purpose, where would you go? I’ll be over here checking hotels and drive times ;)

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Touched by Lightning Scavenger Hunt

Tour long Giveaway: $25 GC to Amazon or B&N and an Order of Themis travel mug

Dates: 2/5/2014 thru 2/20/2014

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Bio: Danica Avet was born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana (that would be somewhere around Houma) where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing.

Danica is the lucky pet of a compulsively needy dog and two cats. The pitter-patter of little feet has been known to make her break out into a cold sweat.

Writing is how she gives the voices in her head a way out. When she isn’t writing, working or contemplating the complexities of the universe, she spends time gathering inspiration from her insane family, reads far more than any sane person would want to, and watches hot burly men chase an oblong ball all over a field.

WEBSITE:http://danicaavet.com

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EMAIL: danica.avet@gmail.com

Superhero Movie Quote Scavenger Hunt:

There are 15 (fifteen) stops for this Scavenger Hunt. Each stop contains a picture/button with a superhero movie quote on it. You can enter the movie title for each quote in the Rafflecopter for additional entries in the giveaway. Good luck!

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Blurb:

Book one in the Love’s Defenders series.

When empath Gyda St. Germaine is rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, she vows vengeance on her tormentors. Aided by two distinct personalities who bolster her powers, she becomes a vigilante, hungry for revenge. Her path of retribution tosses her into the arms of an Order of Themis Siphon and her world is turned upside down. Fighting her past takes a backseat to her all-consuming desire for the man whose honor and sense of justice go against everything she believes.

The moment electricity manipulator Brit Harper stumbled across a feral woman with a bloody knife, his life changed. Black and white becomes gray as the scales of justice tip. Fascinated by her strength and the darkness in her eyes, he vows to teach her the true meaning of justice and help her explore the passion sizzling between them. But when the evil haunting Gyda’s dreams returns in the flesh, he’ll have to choose between his beliefs and the woman he loves.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U22LHnllx8A&feature=youtu.be

Buy link~ Releases February 14th, 2014

Ellora’s Cave

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Teaser Excerpt:

A thrill of power, heady and addictive, heated her blood like hard liquor. Pushing up to one arm, she leaned over him and pulled the sheet down below his hips. And promptly lost her breath. Brit, naked and aroused first thing in the morning, was perhaps the sexiest thing she’d ever seen.

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Queentutt’s World of Escapism 2/12- Wed
Tattooed Book Review 2/14- Fri
Unearthly Musings 2/14- Fri
AReCafe 2/15- SAT
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For the Love of Bookends  2/19- Wed
Lusty Penguin Reviews 2/19- Wed
Sizzling Promo 2/20- Thur

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 3

Can y’all hear me counting down from wherever you are? Because it’s almost time for release day. It’s my favorite day ever. Right after nearly every day at RomantiCon, which I’ve registered for. Yay! Just need to call about a hotel room.

Okay, so I’m easily distracted today. Can you blame me? I love release days! They’re better than Christmas and scarier than Valentine’s Day for a single woman. All this pent-up excitement that your baby is going out to the big wide world and all this fear that your baby is going out to the big wide world mingles to make what can only be termed a hot mess.

I already know the drill. I’ll compulsively check my email. Check facebook. Check Amazon. Check Barnes and Noble. Check my email some more (no idea why I’ll do this since all the edits are done). Check the blogs hosting me on Release Day. Rinse and repeat. Normally with a release date like this, I’d go out to dinner with family to celebrate. Just my luck my release date is Valentine’s Day. Twice the reason to be nervous, excited and scared. Meh.

But that isn’t what today’s blog is about. Nope. Today it’s about the music that makes up Touched by Lightning. The last two songs were perfect to get my brain in that dark, gritty mood, but today’s song just screams my hero’s beliefs. When I wrote the original synopsis for this story, which I did before I even started the story, I had plans to make him a guy with a chip on his shoulder, someone who would resist his emotions, resist his soul mate.

Then I started writing and I realized Brit had dark things happen in his past, but he hasn’t let it shape him the way Gyda has. He’s strong, sweet and protective of Gyda in a way that makes me heart him so hard. It’s typical to fall for your own hero, isn’t it? Because I’d have Brit’s babies if I could. That’s normal, right?

Eh. So anyway, today’s song reflects his all-consuming love for Gyda. It doesn’t happen right away of course, but it’s close enough that this song instantly reminds me of them. It’s powerful, dark and yet so sweet it grabs my heart.

If you survived watching that video without crying, stop by Queen Tutt’s World of Escapism to check out this review of Touched by Lightning as well as another chance to enter the Superhero Scavenger Hunt!

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