Sunday, March 30, 2014

Status Update #2 - surgery journal

I had my knee replacement surgery on Thursday, the 27th. It went fabulously, and with my friends, church family and online friends praying, I had NO pain even after the drugs from the surgery wore off!

Here's a visual documentary of my past few days...

THURSDAY:


Okay, this is NOT me, but it's what I looked like after surgery (minus the handcuffs, LOL!)

FRIDAY:


By Friday afternoon, still no pain and no pain meds! I walked down to the Nurses' Station with the physical therapist. She called me a rock star and said most of her knee replacement patients only make it to the door of their room on the first day after surgery. Go me! 

SATURDAY:


I walked all the way to the hospital PT gym with the therapist and practiced going up and down the stairs a couple of times.

SATURDAY EVENING:



They released me to go home! Getting dressed was interesting...


 
This what the knee looked like yesterday before they unwrapped it.  

This is what it looks like today, only the whole thing is black and blue and all it has is a long vertical bandage!   

I'm resting, doing my leg exercises, reading and basically just chillin'. Tomorrow the physical therapist comes to the house to continue my PT.

Maybe I can get back to writing tomorrow, since TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME has to be to the editor in three weeks...




Once again, thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. They mean everything to me!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Author Spotlight - M J. Kane

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is help my fellow authors spread the word about their books. Today I have the pleasure of announcing a new release by my personal friend and colleague, M.J. Kane.



I met M.J. at a library function here in Atlanta several years ago, and we just hit it off. Since then we have attended writer seminars, workshops and events together, and she is now the leader of the writer's group I attend each month, the Wordsmiths of Clayton County.


About the Author:

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

You can find out what's going on with M.J. at any of these spots online:



About the Book:

Instead of planning her wedding, Kaitlyn Rodgers is facing motherhood alone, the pressures of a new job, and caring for her rebellious younger sister. What should have been the happiest time of her life turns into one stressful event after another.

After watching his father struggle to raise a family by himself, auto mechanic Antonio Rodriguez refuses to follow his father’s footstepseven if it means a lifetime of loneliness.

When Kaitlyn’s car breaks down, though, Antonio goes beyond auto repairs to take care of her needs. An unexpected friendship begins, allowing them a glimpse of happinessuntil the father of Kaitlyn’s child returns, ready to offer her marriage and a future. But at what cost?



Taking Care of Family…

Family can be the best thing that ever happened to us, or the biggest headache.  Regardless, family is something we can never run away from, no matter how hard we try.
For Kaitlyn Rodgers, having the perfect family is a dream. As the oldest of four kids, she watched her mother suffer from depression and dealt with a father who was dissatisfied with having daughters. She, and her youngest sister, Tiffany, were never ‘daddy’s little girls.’ Instead, he pushed her to work like a boy on the family farm. The work toughed her up, but the lack of love on his end and support from her mother made getting away from home her motivation to succeed. Along the way, she developed a love of acting and fashion. Kaitlyn earned a scholarship to UCLA, and fulfilled her dream to work in Hollywood. Becoming an actress was never her goal, though. Instead, she became a costume designer for a major television show.

Despite finding success in her profession, Kaitlyn is estranged from her parents. She keeps in touch with her siblings and adopts her best friends, Ebony and Yasmine, as her away-from-home-family. But, when she gets a call in the middle of the night from a distraught Tiffany who needs a place to stay, allowing her to move in gives them a second chance at growing their relationship. With any luck, she hopes to bridge the ten year age gap, and help her younger sister avoid making the same mistakes she did.

Excerpt:

    “Sit.” I nodded at the sofa.
Her hands went up. “Okay, fine, don’t share. Just remember, I’m not a kid anymore. I lost my virginity ages ago. We can talk about sex.” My baby sister flopped down.
Not a virgin…point taken.
I held my belly, eased down beside her, and focused on ignoring the headache behind my left eye. “First of all, my love life is none of your business. Second, don’t ever embarrass me again.”
“I embarrassed you?” She sucked her teeth and rolled her eyes. “Fine, whatever.”
“No, there is no ‘whatever’. You’re not here for a good time visit, Tiffy. You got kicked out. Why did you make him do that?”
She crossed her arms in the typical fashion of every angry teenager who felt life was unfair, even though they were the ones who screwed up. “It wasn’t my fault, you know how daddy is; I was born.”
I sighed. “And?”
“And…I was seein’ someone he didn’t like. I’m shocked he even paid attention.” Her eyes lowered.
So was I. Our father treated us as if we were children forced on him instead of his own flesh and blood. Our brothers, on the other hand, were his pride and joy.
“What’s this about momma’s car?”
Tiffany rolled her eyes again. “Momma let me borrow her car to go to Stephanie’s house. I ended up at Steve’s….on purpose.”
“What’s this about Steve bein’ twenty-eight?”
She shrugged. “I need a man who’s established to take care of me until I get on my feet. There are no guys my age like that. Well, there are, but they are full of crap. Older men know what they want. ” She huffed in exasperation when I cocked an eyebrow. “Look, he was wrapped around my little finger, okay. I went over to solidify the deal─”
“Sleep with him,” I amended.
“Yeah, whatever. The point is, everything was goin’ good until daddy showed up and threatened him with his shotgun.Needless to say, Steve ended it right there. Daddy and I fought about it,then he put me out.”
I stared in disbelief. “Daddy came with a shotgun?We’re talkin’ about the same Bailey Rodgers, Senior I grew up with, right?”
“Yep.” She kicked off her sandals, sat cross-legged on the couch. “Daddy was more interested in what was goin’ on with momma’s car. Since when did he give a rat’s ass what I did?”
My temples pounded, forcing me to squint. I applied pressure until the pain subsided.
“Are you alright?” Tiffany laid a hand on my arm.
“I’ll be fine. My blood pressure has been up for the last month. My doctor is dang near ready to put me on bed rest. I don’t have time for foolishness. I have no problem with you bein’ here, Tiffy, but there are gonna be some rules.”
Her eyes widened. “You’ve got to be shittin’ me.”
“Rule number one, no cursin’.”
“Ohcome on!”
“My baby is not gonna be raised around foul language. This is not Bailey Senior’s House, so leave the bad habit behind.”
“Like you don’t curse!”
I stared at her, unaffected by her accusation. “When I do it’s because I’m pissed. Besides, this is my house, my rules. If you don’t like it…” My silence filled in the blanks.
Another eye roll followed. If she didn’t watch it, they would end up on the floor instead of her head. “Okay, fine. What else?”
“Two, start lookin’ for a job. There are no free rides here.”
“No problem. I don’t like bein’ broke.”
“It’s not about bein’ broke, Tiffy. It’s about believin’ a man is gonna take care of you. Look at me,” I waved a hand around my apartment. “I had a man who swore he loved me, wanted to marry and take care of me. Bein’ pregnant changed everythin’. If I hadn’t been able to care for myself before this happened, I’d be screwed.”
Tiffany’s gaze went to my belly. “Can I touch it?”
I smiled. “Sure.”
Her eyes widened as my baby kicked. “That’s amazin’!”
I placed my hand over hers, moved it to the other side. “I think your niece or nephew is sayin’ hello. Feel that?” She nodded. “That’s an elbow or somethin’.”
After a few minutes, she pulled away. It was then I realized her eyes were watery. “Why did he leave you, Kaity?”
I studied my sister. How crazy was it to have siblings, but feel as if I were an only child? Since moving to L.A., I’d been adopted into Yasmine’s family just as Ebony had. My issues with my parents had nothing to do with my relationship with Tiffany, Bailey Jr., or Justin. While Yasmine and Ebony were my ‘sisters from another mother’, as Yasmine liked to say, Tiffany was flesh and blood.
We had a lot of time to make up for. It would be my goal to get to know her again. And let her know me.
The good and the bad.

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M.J. is giving away an ebook copy of Lonely Heart! Enter the Rafflecopter contest for your chance to win! Contest ends April 1st!
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Look for the The Butterfly Memoirs Series and the latest release, Lonely Heart!










Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Status Update

On Thursday, March 27th I am having surgery - a total knee replacement. 



Until then I'm hustling to get Till You Come Back to Me finished so I can spend the first couple of weeks of my recovery doing the final tweaks before it goes to my editor. 




Tomorrow I have author M.J. Kane talking about her new release, Lonely Heart, so make sure you stop back. 

That's it for now...



Friday, March 14, 2014

Fun Friday - Movies about Writers


Yesterday I ran across a movie on TCM I'd never seen before called Youngblood Hawke. It was made in 1964 (when I was just starting high school) and starred James Franciscus and Suzanne Pleshette. Since I was supposed to be writing, I threw in a DVD and hit record, so I haven't watched the whole movie yet.

This got me thinking (I know, bad idea) about all of the films there are about writers, so I did a Google search and discovered this extensive list. If you're looking for something to watch, you can probably get many of them from NetFlix or Amazon. If you want to read more on what each film is about, you can go to IMDB.com.

1. Barrets of Wimpole St. (1934)
2. It Happened One Night (1934)
3. His Girl Friday (1940)
4. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
5. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
6. Woman of the Year (1942)
7. Old Acquaintance (1943)
8. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
9. It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
10. The Lost Weekend (1945)
11. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
12. The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
13. I Remember Mama (1948)
14. Call Northside 777 (1948)
15. The Third Man (1949)
16. In a Lonely Place (1950)
17. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
18. Orpheus (1950)
19. Ace in the Hole (1951)
20. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
21. A Face In The Crowd (1957)
22. Some Came Running (1958)
23. Teacher’s Pet (1958)
24. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
25. La Dolce Vita (1960)
26. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
27. Through A Glass Darkly (1961)
28. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
29. Jules and Jim (1962)
30. 8 ½ (1963)
31. Youngblood Hawke (1964)
32. Color of Pomegranates (1968)
33. The Odd Couple (1968)
34. Man of La Mancha (1972)
35. Sleuth (1972)
36. The Way We Were (1973)
37. Front Page (1974, originally 1931)
38. All the Presidents Men (1976)
39. The Front (1976)
40. Julia (1977)
41. Superman (1978)
42. Stevie (1978)
43. My Brilliant Career (1979)
44. Heart Beat (1980)
45. Seems Like Old Times (1980)
46. The Shining (1980)
47. Somewhere in Time (1980)
48. Reds (1981)
49. Rich & Famous (1981)
50. Priest of Love (1981)
51. The World According to Garp (1982)
52. Deathtrap (1982)
53. Author! Author! (1982)
54. My Favorite Year (1982)
55. Missing (1982)
56. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
57. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
58. Cross Creek (1983)
59. American Dreamer (1984)
60. Romancing The Stone (1984)
61. Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
62. Just One of the Guys (1985)
63. Out of Africa (1985)
64. Mishima: A Life in 4 Chapters (1985)
65. Heartburn (1986)
66. Stand By Me (1986)
67. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
68. 84 Charing Cross Road (1986)
69. The Singing Detective (1986)
70. Throw Mama From the Train (1987)
71. Barfly (1987)
72. Waiting for the Moon (1987)
73. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
74. Best Seller (1987)
75. Rowing With the Wind (1988)
76. Funny Farm (1988)
77. The Accidental Tourist (1988)
78. Da (1988)
79. Her Alibi (1989)
80. My Left Foot (1989)
81. Beautiful Dreamers (1990)
82. An Angel at My Table (1990)
83. Henry and June (1990)
84. Misery (1990)
85. Closetland (1991)
86. Impromptu (1991)
87. Barton Fink (1991)
88. Naked Lunch (1991)
89. Hedd Wynn (1992)
90. The Player (1992)
91. Basic Instinct (1992)
92. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
93. The Pelican Brief (1993)
94. So I Married An Ax Murderer (1993)
95. The Dark Half (1993)
96. Shadowlands (1993)
97. Poetic Justice (1993)
98. The Paper (1994)
99. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
100. Paperback Romance (1994)
101. Tom & Viv (1994)
102. Little Women (1994)
103. Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
104. Mrs. Parker & The Vicious Circle (1994)
105. Delta of Venus (1995)
106. Total Eclipse (1995)
107. The Flower of My Secret (1995)
108. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
109. Carrington (1995)
110. Delores Claiborne (1995)
111. The Pillow Book (1996)
112. The Whole Wide World (1996)
113. Mother (1996)
114. Hamsun (1996)
115. The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996)
116. Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
117. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
118. Henry Fool (1997)
119. Wilde (1997)
120. Chasing Amy (1997)
121. One True Thing (1998)
122. Shakespeare In Love (1998)
123. A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (1998)
124. Eternity and a Day (1998)
125. Permanent Midnight (1998)
126. A Murder of Crows (1998)
127. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
128. Croupier (1998)
129. Slam (1998)
130. Les Enfants Du Siècle / The Children of the Century (1999)
131. Topsy Turvey (1999)
132. The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)
133. Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
134. Never Been Kissed (1999)
135. The Best Man (1999)
136. The End of the Affair (1999, originally 1955)
137. The Muse (1999)
138. True Crime (1999)
139. Bamboozled (2000)
140. Almost Famous (2000)
141. Before Night Falls (2000)
142. Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)
143. Nora (2000)
144. Pandaemonium (2000)
145. Wonder Boys (2000)
146. Finding Forrester (2000)
147. Quills (2000)
148. Isn’t She Great (2000)
149. Pinero (2001)
150. Iris (2001)
151. Moulin Rouge (2001)
152. The Shipping News (2001)
153. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
154. Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
155. Storytelling (2001)
156. Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
157. How to Kill your Neighbor’s Dog (2001)
158. Orange County (2002)
159. Possession (2002)
160. The Hours (2002)
161. Adaptation. (2002)
162. Blue Car (2002)
163. I Capture the Castle (2003)
164. Alex & Emma (2003)
165. Shattered Glass (2003)
166. American Splendor (2003)
167. As Good As It Gets (2003)
168. Sylvia (2003)
169. Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)
170. Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
171. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
172. The Swimming Pool (2003)
173. Veronica Guerin (2003)
174. The United States of Leland (2003)
175. Notre Musique (2004)
176. Before Sunset (2004)
177. Sideways (2004)
178. The Libertine (2004)
179. Finding Neverland (2004)
180. Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
181. Secret Window (2004)
182. The Door in the Floor (2004)
183. La Tigre E La Neve / Tiger and the Snow (2005)
184. The Dying Gaul (2005)
185. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
186. Capote (2005)
187. The Prize-winner of Defiance Ohio (2005)
188. Factotum (2005)
189. Winter Passing (2005)
190. The Night Listener (2006)
191. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
192. Scoop (2006)
193. The TV Set (2006)
194. The Hoax (2006)
195. Infamous (2006)
196. Half Light (2006)
197. Miss Potter (2006)
198. Ask the Dust (2006)
199. Running with Scissors (2006)
200. Love and other Disasters (2006)
201. A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
202. Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
203. Martian Child (2007)
204. Slipstream (2007)
205. Freedom Writers (2007)
206. Becoming Jane (2007)
207. A Mighty Heart (2007)
208. Dan in Real Life (2007)
209. Purple Violets (2007)
210. Moliere (2007)
211. In the Land of Women (2007)
212. Zodiac (2007)
213. Music and Lyrics (2007)
214. 1408 (2007)
215. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
216. Atonement (2007)
217. 27 Dresses (2007)
218. Roman De Gare (2007)
219. Angel (2007)
220. Resurrecting The Champ (2007)
221. Sleuth (2007)
222. The Kite Runner (2007)
223. Nim’s Island (2008)
224. Marley & Me (2008)
225. The Edge of Love (2008)
226. The Stoning of Soroya M. (2008)
227. Me and Orson Welles (2008)
228. Burn After Reading (2008)
229. Sex & The City: The Movie (2008)
230. Good (2008)
231. Funny People (2009)
232. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
233. Julie & Julia (2009)
234. Gentleman Broncos (2009)
235. Bright Star (2009)
236. The Answer Man (2009)
237. 2012 (2009)
238. Motherhood (2009)
239. Broken Embraces (2009)
240. The Soloist (2009)
241. World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
242. The Last Station (2009)
243. Cole (2009)
244. The Boys are Back (2009)
245. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
246. Spoken Word (2009)
247. Tetro (2009)
248. State of Play (2009)
249. Nine (2009)
250. The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
251. The Rum Diary (2010)
252. The Ghost Writer (2010)
253. Howl (2010)
254. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
255. Sex & The City 2 (2010)
256. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
257. A Closed Book (2010)
258. Peep World (2010)
259. Midnight in Paris (2011)
260. One Day (2011)
261. Limitless (2011)
262. Young Adult (2011)
263. The Help (2011)
264. Twixt (2011)
265. Anonymous (2011)
266. Ruby Sparks (2012)
267. The Words (2012)
268. Writers (2012)
269. Being Flynn (2012)
270. Stuck In Love (2012)
271. Sinister (2012)
272. On The Road (2012)
273. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
274. The Raven (2012)
275. The Master (2012)
276. The Best Bar In America (2013)
277. Before Midnight (2013)

- list from http://christinakatz.com/free/277-movies-about-writers-and-the-writing-life/


                                          

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Another request...




Can you help me boost my Amazon Author Central ranking? All you need to do is click Like  on my page, amzn.to/l2kjXQ . 

Smooches!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fellowship of Like Minds

Yesterday, I spent a few hours at my monthly writer's group meeting. I always look forward to the second Sunday of month, because this is the one time I get to spend some time with fellow scribes face to face.



There were only five of us present at the meeting, and one of the participants was a man who joined us for the first time. Our members are all at different stages in their writing/publishing journey. Three of us, M.J. Kane, C. Michelle (Mimi) Ramsey and myself are multi-published. Others are tweaking manuscripts for submission/self-publishing. Some are just starting their first book.

Our topic for discussion was character development. M.J., our fearless leader, had e-mailed us the character profile she uses to flesh out her characters before she starts a new story. We were to complete the form and bring it to the meeting. 

I use a similar form in my pre-writing process, but with a different set of questions. Each of us took a turn reading the details about our current main character. Hearing about the protagonists other writers have created is so interesting, but more importantly, I enjoyed just being in the company of people who understand my weirdness.

More often than not, I find myself talking to members of my family about my writing, which always puts me in the position of being the "odd man out." They tolerate my ramblings and usually give me that blank stare as though thinking, "That's nice. Can we talk about something else?"

It's hard not to share the thing you love to do most with those closest to you, but I realize they only listen to me to be nice. :)  It's a joy to share those things and have the people ro whom you're talking ask questions and give input.

Thank you Wordsmiths of Clayton County! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Please Vote for My Cover!

Hello friends, family, and supporters! I need your help! I have just entered my book into UBAWA’S Best Book Cover Contest. Please help me take home the prize by “liking” my photo after clicking on the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=603491576403213&set=a.603489279736776.1073741849.100002271297049&type=3&permPage=1


 I appreciate your support!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Author Spotlight - Phoenix Rayne

 
My feature author for today is Phoenix Rayne. Phoenix was born in the small community of Federal Way, Washington. Currently she resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a student as well as a writer. Phoenix has penned three novels with G-Street Chronicles. When not writing you can find her in a shoe store shopping or catching a good movie.
Her new release is entitled Wounded Love.

 

Synopsis
 
It appears that Cricket and Jyme have it all together now. They have a house, serenity, safety…a normal life. But something always seems to take Cricket back to her past…sometimes, her future requires it.
 
Excerpt:
 
The floor was crazy that night; there was a convention in town and it seemed like everybody was in the casino. All of the workers apparently knew what happened between Trey and me; everyone was hugging, squeezing, or smiling a sad smile in my direction. Even Misty, in the cash cage, looked like she had been crying for me. She had held me up at the cash cage talking about how she had a little house down in Florida. She told me that no one knew about it, not even her husband. She hugged me, and I looked away through the cage out at the floor. I was fighting back my tears.

As I did, I saw a man with a black blazer, denim jeans, and a hat. He reminded me so much of Jyme; his copper skin and his height. I squeezed my eyes shut, patted Misty on her back, and told her thanks. I felt like a charity case, and I hated that. I was on my second break for the night and I went back to the suite to freshen up my makeup.

After I finished with my makeup, I shut the front door to the suite and headed for the elevators. I saw two men at the end of the hall dressed in suits. They saw me and froze; I stopped and then I took one step back. They stared at me, and I was staring right back at them. I slid my key out of my purse slowly; one of them saw me and sprinted toward me. He took long quick strides. I unlocked the door and shut it quickly behind me; putting the latch on the door. I ran to my room and slid a chair under the knob so that it would not turn. I yanked the phone off the table and I called security.

 
 
You can get Wounded Love here:
 
And here's where you can find Phoenix online:
 





 

 





 
Here are the links to contact the Author

https://www.facebook.com/phoenixraynebooks
https://www.facebook.com/phoenix.rayne.186?fref=ts


Here is the link to buy the book: