Thursday, December 18, 2014

Musical Distraction

I recently finished a round of revisions on my latest manuscript and sent it off (yay!), but along the way I made a little discovery. It's no secret that I write with music in my mind. Before starting a manuscript, I create a playlist - all kinds of music are involved. During the actual writing, no lyrics are allowed, but during edits or while I'm researching, the playlist is going. So, of course, during these revisions, there was much playing of the playlist.

No, I didn't get tired of it. The discovery that I made was that I can't have music videos mixed up with non-videos. In fact, it's probably best if no videos are used at all in the making of a playlist. Because then I feel obligated to watch the darn things and sometimes start them over. Darn videos anyway.

When I first started creating playlists, I'd burn them to CD - but no one makes CD players anymore, especially not the kind you can take along on walks with you. So I switched to using my iPod Nano a few years ago. Then, two years ago, my husband bought an iPod Touch for me for Valentine's Day. Open the heavens, the angels were singing on that day. A device I could use to Skype, text, play games *and* listen to music? Wow, color me impressed.

I have music, music videos, even movies on my iPod now, and before this round of revisions I'd never noticed that, in my playlists, the videos always distract me. Always. I hook it into my radio, a video comes on and whammo! Eyes are dragged to the iPod, not my computer. Take a walk and I find myself tripping over sidewalk cracks because if a video is playing I'm not watching where I'm going.

Not sure what this says about me, but no more videos in my playlists. Even if I have a buy a song twice to get a 'just' song and 'with video' song on my playlists.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#AuthorSpotlight: Sharon Cullen ~ Pleasing The Pirate

Hiya, readers! I'm really excited to welcome my friend, Sharon Cullen, back to the blog. Sharon's historical romance, Pleasing the Pirate, is only 99 cents for a limited time, and she's giving us a sneak peek into the book. Take it away, Sharon!

Pleasing the Pirate Blurb

From Sharon Cullen, author of the eBook sensation Loving the Earl, comes the tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.

With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan.

The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. And he’s not about to let a tiny, whiskey-eyed woman get in his way, even if she is pointing a gun at him. When Phin learns that Mairi’s brother is the very man he seeks, he’s more than willing to use the lass as bait. But as the moment of capture draws near, Phin is surprised by his feelings for the courageous beauty who has him considering risking his life—for someone besides himself.

Praise for Pleasing the Pirate

“A fast-paced, adventure-filled romance . . . with passion, engaging characters and a storyline that will capture the reader throughout. Well done, I loved it!”—My Book Addiction Reviews

“A sizzling, smart relationship that evolves beautifully to capture readers’ hearts as well as their imaginations . . . Cullen crafts an engaging romance that is as much a tribute to the past as it is a tale of two unlikely lovers.”—RT Book Reviews

Buy the Book: Amazon   Barnes and Noble   iBooks

About Sharon:

Sharon Cullen is the author of The Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl and Pleasing the Pirate. She’s also published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance.

Her other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.

If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.

Find Sharon Online: Website   Facebook   Twitter   Random House

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#3OnThursday - Favorite Holiday Flicks!

Hi, gang! I'm back with another 3 on Thursday after a LONG hiatus in which I wrote all the words. Some of them twice. :D

Because I've been in heaven binge-watching a lot of these movies over the past couple of weeks, I thought I'd make this a holiday movie edition and list 3 of my favorite holiday movies. Yes, there are more, but these three are special. At least for today.

1. Rudolph. And Santa Clause is Coming To Town. When I was little my mom would make hot cocoa and we would all sit down in the living room at 7pm on a Wednesday night and magic would happen. Rudolph and Hermie or the Klaus family would bring their stop-motion amazingness to life. We watched it every year until my brother and I were too cool. And then my younger siblings got to the right age and we started watching again's magic.

2. The Holiday. This is a new-ish holiday movie and the holiday parts are really lightly covered. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslett switch houses because each of them wants to have a holiday that isn't smothered in angst...really, neither wants to have a holiday at all, they just want to get away. And then, romance takes over. I just love it!

3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I love that Chevy Chase can't get his lights to work and I love that family you love-but-don't-love comes to visit and I really, really, really love it when they're trying to catch the squirrel that's terrorizing the tree. It's just fun!

Okay, I shared mine, join the fun! What movies are must-watchers during the holiday season?