Thursday, March 31, 2011

Totally HOT Thursdays

It's that time again! YUP, it is Totally HOT Thursday and I think today's choice is pretty HOT!

His name is David Robert Joseph Beckham. He was born May 2, 1975 in Leytonstone, London, England. He stands 6 foot even. He began his soccer career with Manchester United. in 1992 at the age of 17 and now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He plays right-midfield and center-midfield.

David is married to former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham and they have three sons and a daughter on the way.  You may visit David Beckham at his web site.




I love summer!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


"It's one thing to write about Happily Ever After, it's something entirely different to be living it. I am so lucky to be doing both!"

Sarah Hoss

Friday, March 25, 2011

Character Arcs

Many times I have seen people talk about character arcs but had never received a clear answer as to what it is. So, I went in search of  the answer myself. To be a successful writer, I need to know everything I can about everything there is to know.

CHARACTER ARC is the process of getting a character from one point to another. To over come what ever obstacle it is that stands in the way of their HEA. (HEA means Happily Ever After).

Let's say you have a hero. He has been betrayed numerous times by his family and his ex-fiance. That's point A. What needs to happen to him to get him to be able to move past the hurt and betrayal to be able to find love again? Most likely in the arms of the heroine. That would be point B.

He has to learn to trust again. To believe that love is worth fighting for and that even if there are some bumps in the road, it will all work out in the end. We want the hero to feel and believe that no matter the outcome, the heroine is worth fighting for. And if he has been hurt and betrayed that is a long road to travel down.

With that said, it doesn't mean that the heroine has nothing to do. She has to prove herself. She had to help him build that trust by being a trusting kind of person herself. She must betray the qualities that will make him feel as if he can't live without her. And we all know, that sometimes the heroine comes with baggage of her own.

If the heroine has no problems and her goal is to win him over, then her jobs is going to be a whole lot easier than if a heroine came with problems. She will have to overcome her own as she is trying to help the hero overcome his.

As I work on my characters in my book, I need to outline their struggles and find the best way for them to deal with them and be able to move on. No easy task to do, I assure you. Each book will have different problems and different solutions.

Here we go..........

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Interview with Author Nicole North

Today I’m interviewing Nicole North. I have read her books and taken a few of her classes. I am a huge fan and very exited to be interviewing her today. Her book, Laird of Darkness, is a historical paranormal erotic romance and was released on March 21.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

Thanks so much, Sarah, for allowing me to visit your blog!

Here is the blurb for Laird of Darkness: Half-Fae Laird Duncan MacDougall is cursed. His nights are haunted by Otherworld creatures sent to kill him. The only way to stop them is to possess the magic bow currently in the hands of his enemy half-brother, Kinnon MacClaren. In desperation, Duncan plans to take MacClaren's bride-to-be hostage and exchange her for the bow.

Lady Alana Forbes has never met her intended, but she hopes he is handsome-and a good lover, for Alana is no innocent virgin. On her way to Castle Claren, Alana and her escorts are intercepted, and she is kidnapped by a man with extraordinary abilities-and every attribute she longs for in a mate.

Duncan didn't expect the woman he thought of as a mere pawn would be so beautiful, and so arousing. Alana is drawn to him as well-but Duncan still needs the bow, and Alana is betrothed to another. How far will Alana go to save the life of the man she's come to love?

Laird of Darkness is based on an ancient Scottish legend or fairy tale… with a twist. The villain of the original fairy tale is actually the hero of my story.

Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in?
 I write mostly spicy Scottish paranormal which is what this story is. One thing that’s interesting is that it incorporates several subgenres—erotic romance, Scottish historical romance, paranormal romance, with suspenseful and humorous elements. I also write contemporary and straight Scottish historical romance (with no paranormal). Since I sometimes write time-travel, knowledge of all these subgenres is necessary.

When did you start writing toward publication?
 Longer ago than I care to admit. LOL But since writing was the career path I wanted and needed to take, I persisted. If you want it as badly as I did, then you never give up, no matter the number of rejections.

Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself?
 Yes, I finished about six or seven manuscripts before I sold. It’s a learning process and we have to deal with the unpredictable market. There are so many factors that go into a sale vs. a rejection. Is the writing good enough? Is the story high concept enough? Does it have a hook? Is your subgenre hot right now? Did publisher x just publish a story similar to this? Does this agent already represent an author who writes xyz? When we start out on this journey, we never know how long it will take to sell, or how long it will take to become successful. As writers, we have to continue to learn and grow and challenge ourselves.

Why have you become a published author?
 Persistence and determination. And because, like I mentioned, there wasn’t another career path that made me happy. Believe me, I tried a few.

Do you have any rejection stories to share?
 I have a lot but I don’t want to scare anyone. LOL The most memorable and baffling was from a big publisher who shall remain nameless. The editor loved my story and said it was a fantastic, strong story, but because I had already mentioned that I write in two other subgenres of romance (paranormal and contemporary), she didn’t feel I was committed to writing historical romance set in Scotland. (Um… excuse me, I would LIVE in historical Scotland if I could.) So you see, there is yet another factor we have no control over. Sometimes it isn’t enough to simply write a strong, publishable novel.

What is your writing routine like?
 I don’t really have a routine. When I write and how much depends on what else I have going on that month. I tend to try and block off my writing into months. If I’m writing the rough draft of a new story, my goal is to write about 2500 words per day. If I’m writing 2nd or 3rd draft then my word count would be lower and my goal might be to complete chapter 7 that day, or whatever. And then there are various other things I have to do like creating workshops and teaching them, doing edits required by my publishers, blogging and other promo.

What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?
The help I receive on promo would be from wonderful people like you who interview me and post my interviews or guest posts on their blogs. I do all sorts of online promo: blogging, interviews, asking for reviews, posting info on loops/groups, entering contests, holding contests, a newsletter, a website, social networking.

Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?
 Knowing that others enjoy reading my stories. While it might be true that I write for myself first, I also LOVE entertaining other people, making them laugh, or cry or fall in love. It’s a major thrill for me to hear from a reader who’s enjoyed my story.

Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?
 Yes, I’m a member of RWA, CHRW, HHRW, and FTHRW. They have all helped me in one way or another, with vital information about the publishing industry, contests, conferences, workshops, networking, friendships, opportunities to get in front of editors/agents, etc.

Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
 Don’t give up. If you want it bad, then go for it with all the strength and determination you can muster. Keep your eyes wide open. Keep learning. Remain flexible. Be honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid to try new things. It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down; what matters is how many times you get up. I know these things have been said many times, but this is because they’re true.

What’s next for you? I’m excited to have a paranormal, time-travel erotic romance novella called Scoundrel in a Kilt which will be released in July in Secrets Volume 30, a print anthology out from Red Sage. In that one, the hero is a selkie shape-shifter and the heroine is a modern day supermodel. Hmm… wonder how that could play out? LOL I hope readers find it to be a fun, hot story full of emotion and passion.

BOOK BLURB for current release.

Laird of Darkness: Half-Fae Laird Duncan MacDougall is cursed. His nights are haunted by Otherworld creatures sent to kill him. The only way to stop them is to possess the magic bow currently in the hands of his enemy half-brother, Kinnon MacClaren. In desperation, Duncan plans to take MacClaren's bride-to-be hostage and exchange her for the bow.

Lady Alana Forbes has never met her intended, but she hopes he is handsome-and a good lover, for Alana is no innocent virgin. On her way to Castle Claren, Alana and her escorts are intercepted, and she is kidnapped by a man with extraordinary abilities-and every attribute she longs for in a mate.

Duncan didn't expect the woman he thought of as a mere pawn would be so beautiful, and so arousing. Alana is drawn to him as well-but Duncan still needs the bow, and Alana is betrothed to another. How far will Alana go to save the life of the man she's come to love?

A little bit about the author.

Nicole North's erotic romance novellas have been described by reviewers as "exciting, high octane, captivating, scintillating, sinfully delicious and pure romance." Her stories contain "heart and heat, killer love scenes, magic and extraordinary characters." Her books include Laird of Darkness (Harlequin/Carina Press, March 2011); Beast in a Kilt (the second novella in the Kilted Shapeshifter series) in the anthology Secrets Volume 29, Indulge Your Fantasies (Red Sage, July 2010). Devil in a Kilt (the first story in the Kilted Shapeshifter series) in the anthology Secrets Volume 27 Untamed Pleasures, (Red Sage, July 2009). Kilted Lover (Red Sage, Nov. 2009.) Scoundrel in a Kilt (third in the kilted Shapeshifter series) in the anthology Secrets Volume 30, (Red Sage, July 2011.) Her works have finaled in over a dozen writing competitions and won several awards. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and three chapters. She teaches online workshops about various aspects of writing, including sexual tension and how to write great love scenes. Though she has a degree in psychology, writing romance is her first love. She and her husband live in the Southeastern US, but she wishes she lived in the Scottish Highlands at least half the year.

Excerpt (PG rated)

Laird of Darkness, Chapter One

’Twould be a night of much turmoil. Duncan MacDougall, chief of Clan MacDougall, crouched upon the rocky crag above Loch Searbh as violet-gray gloaming settled over Scotland. The cool, early summer wind, fragrant with flowers, gusted between the rugged granite mountains. He tugged the wool plaid closer about his shoulders. Even the kelpie tribe that dwelled beneath the loch’s murky, peat-tinged surface rumbled more violently than usual.

But a more pressing matter weighed on Duncan’s mind: plotting how he might acquire his enemy Kinnon MacClaren’s magical bow and quiver. If Duncan possessed the Dealanach, as the old druid had once said, he would no longer be doomed to lurk about the night alone. With that special bow, he would finally vanquish the vile Otherworld creatures that tortured him in his nightmares and sleep peacefully as all others did.

He stroked his fingers over the sore wound on his forearm, three deep scratches he’d received almost a week ago. Recently, the beasts had even found ways to invade his sleep during the daytime. These scratches and the bloody bite marks on his calf told him the attacks weren’t his imagination.

The thumping of hooves from the south drew his attention. With his enhanced Fae senses, he listened as the horses galloped closer over the rocky ground. Below him, near the ferry crossing, the riders dismounted. Duncan counted nine men and five women in the party, all perched upon fine horses. The dock held no boat at this late hour, the ferryman having already returned to his home on the other side of the loch.

After the horses drank, the men led them away from the water, closer to the shelter of the cliffside, out of the wind. All but one woman followed.

“Do not wander far, m’lady,” one of the men called out.

“Of course.” The lady’s voice was feminine and rich, but she wore a dull brown cloak complete with a cowl over her head. Though the bulky garment concealed most of her body, she appeared slender.

“Oh, is that…” She tugged her skirts off her shoes and trotted through the heather and gorse, just starting to bloom purple and yellow, and approached the loch’s edge. “Indeed.” A small dagger glinted as she removed it from a hidden pouch. Kneeling, she cut a plant out of the ground and sniffed it.

With his keen hearing, Duncan detected a thunderous din beneath the surface of the loch once again, too low for human ears. The lady was perilously close to the water’s edge. He stood, knowing what tragedy would befall her if he didn’t intervene.

Lady Alana Forbes knelt by Loch Searbh, overjoyed to have found such a large clump of marsh tea. She would dry it and use it to heal many skin afflictions. A dull roar reached her ears. Thunder? No storm clouds lurked overhead. The loch at twilight, surrounded by the rugged Highlands, was one of the most beautiful sights she had seen. A pink and violet sunset painted the sky to the west, the direction she would journey tomorrow to meet her future husband at Castle Claren.

She hoped Kinnon MacClaren was a handsome and kind man. And though she would never admit it to anyone but herself, she hoped he was a generous lover and skilled in the bedchamber. If the rumors about him were correct, the MacClaren chief was indeed handsome, with blue eyes and tawny hair.

Rising, she sniffed the balsamic aroma of the herb. Above all, her new husband must allow her to continue practicing the medicinal arts her beloved grandmother taught her. Gran had passed three years ago, and Alana was the only one to preserve her family’s herbal knowledge and ancient Soillse EĆ²las Leigheas healing spells.

She took one step toward her party’s camp when a fierce clamor exploded from the loch. She froze. Water gushed upward and a herd of white horses burst forth, headed straight toward her. What in Hades?

Something unseen slipped around her waist, snatching her into the air far above the ground. Strangely, the invisible band around her felt like a man’s strong arm. St. Bride preserve me! Nausea roiled through her. She screamed, flailing, cold chills covering her body

How can my readers buy your book?

Readers can go to the publisher’s home page at

You can find more information about me, Nicole North, and Laird of Darkness by

visiting my website, or

my blog at

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Totally HOT Thursdays

Okay, I am well aware that it isn't Thursday but I am interviewing an amazing author, Nicole North on Thursday and I didn't want this hunk, and he is certainly HOT, to compete with the guest author. Just too much greatness in one day.......

My HUNK for today is a man I watch on my soap at 1 p.m. everyday. I first saw him on Passions as Luis Fitzgerald and then got very excited when he switched over to Days Of Our Lives. As Raef Hernandez, he is the sexy cop who is married to Sami Brady. Don't know who he is yet?

He was born GALEN GERING on Feb. 13, 1971 in Los Angelas to French and Spanish hippie parents. He has one older sister. Galen has modeled along with working on T.V. and in movies.

Website: Galen Gering - actor
Facebook: Galen's page on facebook

Galen all wet...mmm yummy

What a man!

Galen in a towel...mmmm

Long hair or short, the man knocks my socks off!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Totally HOT Thursdays

In celebration of today, which is St. Patrick's Day, I thought the best man to chose for today's post would be a sexy Irishman.

He was born on May 31, 1976 in Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland. He has starred in many movies. Most noteably, Alexander, Odine, Phone booth, and Dare Devil.

Here he is ladies! May I introduce to you, Colin James Farrell. Enjoy.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Writing contest

Go to this site and enter this writing contest. 4 authors met at the blog, So many books, so little time, so here's mine, and began a story. They want you to write 3-5 sentences to continue it on. Winners will be picked and prizes given away.

Go, have fun! I did!

A History of Scotland - S02E04 - This Land is Our Land - Part 1/6

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Totally HOT Thursdays

When I was at my parent's house the other day, I realized she had a few new movies. After perusing through her selection, I saw one called "The Keeper of Time." The man on the front was gorgeous. After reading the back, I knew who I had to post for today. And here he is!

His name is Michael O'Hearn.

Born Patrick Michael O'Hearn on Jan. 26, 1969 in Seattle Washington. He is #8 out of 9 children. He stands 6'3".

Married to Midajah of World Championship Wrestling.

He has modeled, been on T.V. shows and in movies.

Michael began body building at the age of 7 and is a 4 time Mr. Universe winner. All pictures of Michael on this blog are from his website, Michael O'Hearn.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

When the Muse wants to be heard

I have mentioned before that I have written a historical romance novel with a time travel element. It is set in Scotland and stars Marlana Crawford and Alexander Macpherson.

What you don't know is that Alexander has a sister, Margaret, and two brothers, Hamish and James.

I had decided to make this a series and tell the stories of the brothers. Margaret is already married so I am not sure if she will have a story to tell or not. She hasn't asked me for one at this point.
The books will feature the siblings, as I believe that since they are family, they would be seen in each others lives. But their stories do not effect each other. They each stand alone.
I had already started James's story. I have been working on it, researching the things I need etc. But I will tell you that for some reason, Hamish seems to be pushy and is wanting his story told now. All of these ideas have invaded my mind the last two days, so I have set James back on his pedestal for now and am letting Hamish work his magic.
There isn't anything I can do about it. I have tried to write for James in the last two days, but find myself wandering to Hamish. We will see what happens. At some point, I imagine I will be working on two stories at once. The Macpherson men are stubborn and the last thing I would ever do is tell one no. LOL! That just gives them the incentive to try harder.
So, what do you do when your muse wants to be heard? You sit back, listen, and take notes!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Love's Coming
by Shaw Neilson

Quietly as rosebuds
Talk to thin air,
Love came so lightly
I knew not he was there.
Quietly as lovers
Creep at the middle noon,
Softly as players tremble
In the tears of a tune;

Quietly as lilies
Their faint vows declare,
Came the shy pilgrim:
I knew not he was there.

Quietly as tears fall
On a warm sin,
Softly as griefs call
In a violin;

Without hail or tempest,
Blue sword or flame,
Love came so lightly
I knew not that he came.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Read an E-book week

This week is Read an E-book week. At Smashwords, you can get many titles at an amazing discount ranging from 25% to 50% off the normal price. The dates for this sale is March 6-12,2011.

You can go to Smash Words to find books like these.

Mac Liam by Renee Vincent

Use code RAE25

Raeliksen by Renee Vincent

Use code RAE50

Friday, March 4, 2011

Another bump in the road

I have been wanting to post for a couple of days now, but waited until I got the results back form the writing contest I had entered so I could share that information with you.

I entered a contest called The Write Stuff and it was held by the Connecticut Chapter of RWA. Our results were supposed to come on March 1st, but something must have happened and we didn't get them until the 2nd.

I entered Highland Dreams. Well, it didn't final. Yah, I was sad for a bit. No one wants to hear news like that, but I got over it. If I am going to be a writer, I can not allow myself to sit and wallow in sadness. I have to get back up and start again.

Besides, just because I didn't final, didn't mean I did badly. It just means that someone did better. Who knows, maybe I was 2 points away from placing. I haven't received the comments back, so I don't know what anyone thinks. Of course, I am assuming I will get comments back. I hope so, it would be very helpful.

This is my dream. This is what I want to do and I will see it to the end. I have an agent who asked for the full manuscript. Fingers crossed that she likes it. That's the main goal; to get an agent to want to represent me and get published. Once that goal is achieved, then we set a new one. The final goal would be to be on the New York Times Best Seller list. But, even if hat doesn't happen, that's okay too. Just getting published would be a wonderful dream come true!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Totally HOT Thursdays

Well, it is that time again. Thursday has rolled around and it
is time to post the hot, sexy pictures we all dream of. I'll tell
ya a secret, if I keep up with this theme, my year is going to fly by as I look forward to Totally HOT Thursdays!

Today, I chose the world's TOP male supermodel, MARCUS SCHENKENBERG. Here are his stats:

Full name- Marcus Lodewijk Schenkenberg van Mierop
Height- 6'4" (he's a big boy)
Eyes- Brown
Hair- Brown
Born- Aug. 4, 1968 in Stockholm, Sweden
He has published a book titled, NEW RULES.