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Still Here

Things are looking a little dusty here on the blog. Hm. I suppose I should fix that, huh?

Sooo….

Yeah, not really much to report. I’ve been saving my writing for these band nerds. O.M.G. the drama! They all have some defining moment in their lives that they want to share with me and the world. Damn kids. But you know, I don’t mind it. Not really. It’s fun to sink into their brains and help them work out their problems, find love, all that good stuff.

Book Three in the Band Nerd series is coming out in less than two weeks and I’ll admit to being a little nervous. The characters weren’t easy on my self-confidence. But it happens that sometimes. The main character in Touched by Lightning wasn’t easy on me either. She had a rough past and so did Jolene Pickering, the heroine for Crash. Levi “Crash” Cracchiolo didn’t help either. Meh.

But it’s done. That’s the good thing.

I sent a newsletter out with a list of books I’m hoping to work on. Which I’m finding is never a good thing for me to do. I’m not a writer who sticks to a plan obviously. I was going to write Rien’s book next. Anders’ brother is just hanging out there being bad and I wanted him to be struck by the love bug. But that isn’t happening. No, Jason “Princess” Simoneaux shoved Rien out of the way and told me he wanted his book written. Then Cuba “Cube” Moody piped up with his story… You see where I’m going with this? The characters drive the stories. I just write what they tell me to.

So that’s what’s going on in the world of Danica. I’m merely a medium for my characters. But I haven’t forgotten about all the other books and characters who are waiting for their stories. I do have plans to finish the sci-fi serial. I also have my post-apocalyptic book poking at the edges of my mind, plus Jack Frost’s story for the Reindeer Games series.

Looks like 2017 is going to be a busy year and that’s a good thing.

In the meantime…

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Breaking Free

There’s so much going on right now. Book ideas flying out at me from all sides, family drama, work, things to look forward to and things I’m dreading that sometimes I feel as though I’m being buried alive. No, this post isn’t all depressing and “poor me”. I’m actually okay with all the chaos that’s become my life. Apparently I’m the kind of person who thrives on pressure even as it gives me panic attacks.

I’m not entirely sure what this post is about to be honest. I started to go into my DJ spiel talking about the song I’m going to play when I began listening to it. Tool is one of my favorite bands of all time. I’ve loved their music since I was 16 and it never gets old. In fact, I find that as I get older, their songs mature with me giving me a different perspective and meaning. I used to love it just because it was kick ass and melodic and heavy. As I aged, I dug deeper into the lyrics and the meaning behind them and discovered a whole new reason to love them. I know, that makes me sound shallow, that I just liked them because they were different from the usual and heavy, but aren’t all teenagers about the surface anyway? Most of them at least.

But there’s a line in today’s song that just reaches out to me and it has been for several weeks. I don’t talk much about my very personal life because I try to keep everything on the light side, but without darkness there would be no light. Almost a  year ago, my dad went into the hospital to have a tumor removed from his stomach. While he was recovering from surgery, he had a heart attack that landed him in CCU for fourteen days. We nearly lost him and then it was discovered he has stage 4 stomach cancer. Without getting into all the details, he isn’t taking any kind of chemo or other treatment. He’s doing okay for now, but we all know it isn’t going to last. It’s been a roller coaster my sister and I have been trying to cram as much time with him as we can.

So when I’m listening to this song and hear the line, “We are eternal, all this pain is an illusion”, it reminds me to live in the now, to accept everything as it comes and remember that this isn’t the end. All the stress of real life, writing life, family life, work, etc., all of it means nothing if I can’t appreciate the good that comes from all of it, to understand that the physical isn’t all we are. Yes, even my dad’s illness. The good is that it’s helped to brush aside a lot of negative things that have been stewing for a while, it’s brought me and my sister closer and us both closer to him. I think one of the hardest things for us all is to remember that each difficulty in life brings us one step closer to being the people we were born to be. Does that make sense?

Enough of all this rambling. I love Tool. I love this song. Hope you can appreciate it as much as I do!

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Hey Stranger

Um, so it feels like forever since I blogged. For some reason, I just can’t seem to come up with anything interesting to write about in terms of me.

Are y’all still here? If so, thank you so much! How’s life been treating y’all?

You know how things just sort of go crazy. You have a set plan in place, a goal in mind that you’re bound and determined to follow and then BLAM! fate throws you a curveball? That’s what it’s been like for me. After the release of Touched by Lightning, I’ve been dodging curveball after curveball. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been ogling sexy men over on Facebook because y’all know that’ll happen no matter what.

But for about three months my creative energy was gone. Oh I tried to write, tried to pretend I was going to have a story finished by April and another finished in May. I even had a spreadsheet with all of my ideas and schedules planned out. Then real life intruded, bold and brash, bullying my muse. Between the EDJ and family crises, my muse was whimpering like a whipped puppy.

Things aren’t better, but they aren’t worse either. I’m starting to finally (slowly) get a handle on things. None of those things that’ve been holding me back have gone away. If anything, they’ve gone from schoolyard bullies to massive giants stomping all over everything, but my muse is fighting back. She wants to write stories with happy endings (and not just of the sexual kind heh). She wants to exert a little control over something even if it’s an imaginary world.

So saying that, I’ve just finished a short story for an upcoming box set called Brought to His Knees. I’m going into this awesome undertaking with ten other authors: A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richard, Sabrina York, Sayde Grace, Jennifer Kacey, Felice Fox, Cynthia d’Alba, Tina Donahue and Lynne Silver. I have to say, it’s pretty amazing what eleven determined authors can accomplish and I really think this box set will have something for everyone’s tastes. My contribution to this set is the next story in my Southern Sin series. Don’t worry, we’ll be having a huge book cover reveal and prizes and… you know what? How about y’all follow our Facebook page to find out what’s going on next? We’re having takeovers, giveaways, you name it and we have it 😉

Brought To His Knees

And starting soon, possibly even today (shocker!) I plan to start a series that’s been driving me insane for the last two months. Maybe it has to do with all of the stress that’s built up since January, but I’m going dark and grim with this new series. Oh don’t worry, I still plan to write my shifters in the Cajun Heat series and stories in my Grand Terre world, but a writer’s got to write where the muse allows her, right? 😉

I’m going to try a lot harder to blog more often, but I’m not promising anything because when I do… 😉

So how about y’all? How has everyone been?

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Meh is for Monday

I’m sure everyone is having that Meh feeling today. Not just because it’s Monday, but also because it’s the first Monday after the time change. Ugh, time changes. I hates them, precious. Why can’t they just leave well enough alone already? We’re nearing summer which means the days will be longer anyway, but no, they have to go and mess with our clocks too. I do not like leaving my house at dark to drive to work, y’all. Makes me feel like an overachiever.

*sniff*

But since I’m pretty sure everyone and their mother is complaining about the time change, I’ll leave it be.

I know I made a vow somewhere about blogging regularly. I really did mean to. Life just gets in the way and honestly, I don’t think y’all want to hear about my boring life, right? I mean, the most exciting thing to happen to me is my 2-year-old nephew claiming I’m the reason he’s cute. Which is totally true. *snort*

Oh, or how about I’ve been so enamored of my current characters that the minute my head hits the pillow I’m bombarded by scenes I want to write with them? They follow me into sleep and wake up with me, yet when I sit down to write, they won’t talk to me. That isn’t exactly true. I do write because they talk to me but I have to end up removing scenes because I only have 25k words to put their story together. If I went with their pace, we’d be looking at a 100k book. That actually might come later for another book in that series, but for now they need to buckle down, fall in love and get busy. Y’know?

What else? *think* Nothing else really. I’m just struggling to find enough time in the day to handle the evil day job, the writing, family time and sleep. Although that last part isn’t so hard to accomplish. It’s the getting up again in the morning that does it LOL

Anyway, how is everyone else? Ready for Spring to arrive or what?

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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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