Help Shiloh Walker Help The Cyclone Victims

May 10, 2008 by

As per Let’s Gab:

From Shiloh Walker:

I’ve got an auction up on ebay to help raise money for the cyclone victims and I’m trying to get the word out.

Right now, it involves a couple of ARCs, several books, but more have added, and a GC to Barnes and Noble.

It’s up on ebay thru missionfish-the charity I chose was SAVE THE CHILDREN since they already have people in the country and have had some success getting much needed supplies. And they have an excellent rep for putting their money where their mouth is- 90% of all monies received go to their programs, which is beyond excellent for a charity.

I know some people feel not doing anything might be best considering the actions of the junta and hold off waiting until that situation changes, but I don’t think letting people suffer is a viable option either if there are ways of getting help in.

From Save the Children’s 5/9 update

Westport, Conn. (May 9, 2008) — The death toll in Myanmar continues to rise as a result of Cyclone Nargis and hardships for hundreds of thousands of survivors left in its wake are increasing. With 500 staff on the ground, Save the Children has reached 72,000 people, 24,000 of whom are estimated to be children, through the distribution of food, water purification tablets, plastic sheeting for shelter and other needed supplies

And this is part of the reason why I chose them-they already have people inside the country and they seem to be a trusted by those within the country, making it easier to get help in.

So far, the auction includes:

Recently donated but not yet listed items include books from Patrica Sargeant, Ann Jacobs, Charlene Teglia, Kate Angell & a gift card from the Brown Literary Agency for Barnes & Noble.
Recently added items include:

And more

Anybody interested in bidding on the auction, it can be found here

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Authors interested in donating can contact me shilohwalker at gmail.com

Writing went well…

May 8, 2008 by

again yesterday. Things are flowing smoothly. Steadily making progress. Not as fast as Gabe and Felicity would like, but they’ll have to deal because I have a day job. LOL 🙂

Snippet from last night’s writing:

“Looks more upscale than the other two.”
“By a long way. Wait until you see the inside. Large, three bars, two levels, huge dance floor, and on a Friday night they’d have been packed in there tighter than sardines.”
“Hmmm,” was all he said.
“This place is what I like to call a ‘meat market’.”
“A good place to pick up a companion for the night.”
“Right again. You catch on quick, Gabe.”
“Well, I do have a Ph.D.”
Felicity rolled her eyes. “Whatever. Let’s go see if we can catch a break.”

Writing…

May 7, 2008 by

Gabe and Felicity are appeased–slightly–for the moment. I stayed up past 11:30 writing and am paying for this today. The good news is I’m over 10K on this story now. Woot! More good news is they’re finally going to get a lead in the next scene, albeit a small one.

Snippet:

And at that moment Gabe figured out two more pieces of the puzzle that was Felicity Harper. The first was that she genuinely cared for the victims and their families which was refreshing. He’d seen many a cop shut out their emotions completely, never really seeing the victim but rather just a case to be solved.

The second was much more telling. He learned that the expression Felicity wore as she’d turned to face him was one of pure determination. In that moment he knew Detective Felicity Harper wouldn’t give up until the son of a bitch was behind bars.

Character Issues

May 5, 2008 by

Dear Gabe and Felicity,

I know that you want your story to be told. I get that. Really. But I’m trying to read right now!  Reading helps me keep my creativity fresh and flowing.  Reading gives me inspiration.  So all your poking and prodding in the deepest recesses of my mind?  You can stop that. Now. Let me read for a little while.  Unless you want your story told in the worst possible way?  While I’m feeling stressed and tired?  No?  I didn’t think so.

Your story will be told.  I promise you.  Not only because you want it told, but because I want to tell it.  So, take a chill pill and let me get some inspiration and freshness from doing a little bit of reading. I will write the next scene which is Felicity’s in a little while.  I promise.  And then, yes Gabe, it will be your turn again.  Demanding Dr. Hottie.  PFFT.

Thank you both for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Marissa – The Author

Babble…

May 4, 2008 by

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Boy, is my story taking over my head! I was reading and I couldn’t get into the story because mine kept bumping in. Gabe kept annoying me, telling me what was going to happen next. So, I put the book down and got the laptop and wrote it out. Over 700 words later, I’m still not done because even though Gabe got to say his piece, Felicity did not and she wants her turn. She’s a tough one that Felicity. Insisting on having her turn before I stop writing. PFFT! Fine then… back to iit I go. We’re going to be heading off to bars, showing a picture of the vic, and hopefully finding a lead.

What’s going on in your world?

Wish I could say it was because of writing…

April 30, 2008 by

…that I’ve been so scarce. Nope, unfortunately it’s not. It’s hormones, hormones, and more hormones.

I’ve finished 7 months of this pregnancy, and I was SO productive during the second trimester! I worked pretty much every day at getting SOME wordage in, in the midst of editing and work deadlines, and did pretty well.

Now, not so much. My hormones have TAKEN CONTROL! I had no desire to do anything but plop myself in front of the TV and cry for about a month. Didn’t want to write, or edit, or pretty much do anything at all!

I’m working on getting myself back to somewhat of a normal schedule, as I have books due for editing, which I HAVE to do. I can feel the excitement about my own book creeping back in, so I hope in the near future I’ll have the time and energy to write again.

So, I haven’t been to the blog much, because I haven’t had much to say. *shrug* But I am still here, I am still alive, despite how it may have seemed! 😛

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It’s Only Tuesday…

April 29, 2008 by

And already I’m tired. YAWN. It’s going to be a LOOOOONG week, me thinks.

How bout you out there? What’s happening in your world?

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Edits and Rewrites DONE!

April 27, 2008 by

I finished the edits and rewrites for When Petals Fall and now it’s off to Laura. Hopefully she won’t find anything more to fix (cringe) because I want this to be the last time I have to deal with this story for a while… well, unless an editor snaps it up and gives me a contract. Then I’ll happily redo whatever they would like. Heh.

But for now, I’m back to writing about Felicity and Gabe and the serial killer they’re after. I figure with my 56 hour work weeks, I need to set a goal. I set my word count goal to 500 words a day no matter what. No excuses. And if I go over, great! I tend to average 700-1200 when I’m striving for 500 words, so that’s all good. With my goal and factoring in the rewrites, etc., I wrote 2K+. So that’s good for me. Wheeee!

Unedited snippet that my gal pal Jennifer B liked…

“What else?”
“Well, it all ran along those lines. His parting shot was something like, ‘Don’t come to me when Harper fucks up, and everyone here knows the stupid bitch will fuck up sooner or later.”
“What, no accusations of me fucking the Captain?”
“Uh, yeah, there was that.”
She nodded again. “His usual schpiel. Did you know, doc, that I’m fucking the Captain and blowing the Chief?”
Gabe grinned at her sarcasm. “No, I didn’t know that. I guess anything I need to tell them, I can count on you to relay during pillow talk?”
“Oh, you bet. But truthfully, we don’t do much talking.”

Contest Finalist and New Releases!

April 26, 2008 by

HUGE congrats to Denise Agnew who finaled in the Passionate Plume Contest! Go Denise! The book she finaled with was Male Call, the first book in her Hot Zone series available from Samhain. I read it and I LOVED it. Woot!

Her sexy letters are his only lifeline in his dangerous world…

Successful computer software engineer Eve Carmichael melts under yet another hotter than hot letter written by Reserve army soldier Sean O’Callahan. Yet Eve can’t take the thought of his life in danger overseas, and she resolves to get a sex life—and a life period. That means forgetting Sean before anything bad can happen to him. To celebrate her thirty-fifth birthday, Eve plans a trip to Male Call, a male review club. Still, she worries about Sean. She hasn’t received a letter from him in too many weeks. And oh, how she longs for those flirtatious, hot letters.

Sean finds Eve’s letters to be the only lifeline in his increasingly chaotic world. As their feelings grow hot and heavy, he can’t wait to return home and kindle that pure firepower.

When Eve receives a letter from Sean saying he’s been wounded, her fears are realized. But fate and a little mischievous planning by her friends will serve up the greatest surprise of all.

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You can buy it here.

Other books in the series. Aren’t these some HOT covers? Wow!

You can buy them here, here, and the next one here– on sale May 20!

Here’s a new release from more Bradford Bunchers!

Behind closed doors, the real games begin…

Winning it big.

That’s the name of the game at Las Vegas’s Liege Hotel and Casino, where the hottest fantasies hinge on a roll of the dice…and the tantalizing knowledge that anything could happen before sunrise.

Cocktail waitress Carinna wants a man to tie her up, not tie her down. Little does she know that her most willing partner yet has something else planned for this fiery Latina bombshell.

Dahlia is a burlesque dancer with a brain for business and a bod for sin. Her latest admirer may be a sweet-talking Casanova, but despite what he thinks she’s not giving anything away free.

Meanwhile, Amy has the perfect plan to rob the Liege Casino blind…until the intimidating owner catches her red-handed. Now she knows she’s going to pay… with both pleasure and pain.

Professional shill Cassidy is ready to experience a breathless rendezvous with her “friend with benefits.” But when he proposes five delicious nights of sexy blackjack, the stakes have never been so high.

Can be purchased here or here.

And last, but certainly not least is Cynthia Eden’s new release! Woot!

In her sexy and suspenseful new novel, Cynthia Eden introduces readers to a seductive world where powerful night creatures ignite dark, dangerous hungers…

Dr. Emily Drake’s patients tend to be a little unusual. Instead of the typical therapist’s caseload of midlife crises and mother fixations, Emily treats vampires with blood phobias and sex-demons looking for meaningful relationships. But her gift for recognizing and healing the Other—those creatures of the night that most humans don’t even know exist—requires a few house rules. First: Never trust a shifter. Especially not one like Detective Colin Gyth whose gold-flecked eyes and predatory air make Emily realize how much she’s been longing to lose control…

Colin can’t believe the doctor he’s been assigned to work with on the Night Butcher murder investigation is the one person who could expose his true identity as a wolf shifter. Smart, sexy, and stubborn as hell, Emily brings out the alpha male in Colin, unleashing a wild, heady desire that takes them both over the edge.

But in the shadows, the Night Butcher waits…eager to spill Emily’s blood and taste her terror. And he’ll use any means to destroy her, including the one person she has grown to trust…

You can buy it here or here.

You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me, American Idol, and Friends?

April 26, 2008 by

What IS with the weather? Someone needs to bitch slap Mother Nature back to reality because I certainly think this cold-hot-cold thing sucks the big one. Seriously. I want the nice warm weather we were having back. It was in the 60s and glorious! Then it shot up to the 70s and got humid (blech) and we got major thunderstorms last night. This morning? FREEZING. Totally windy and cold. Le sigh. I don’t know what’s going on out there, but to me it’s weirdness.

What’s going on in your world?

Is there anyone else out there who thinks that David Cook from American Idol is totally awesome? I love him almost as much as my Daughtry… and that’s saying A LOT. I have to say I was rather perturbed when Carly got the boot this week. I mean, seriously. Jason just sucks. Yes, I said it and I know Amie will disagree as she digs him which is fine. But to me, he sucks and his type of singing is not American Idol material. I really thought he should have been the one to leave this week, but nope. All the little girlies voted for him and thus, he stays. Gah! Me no likie. He should have at least been in the bottom three. Why Syesha was there is beyond me. I thought she was the second best of the night… of course David Cook was first. heh.

Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?

I’m a little sad that someone who I thought was a good friend of mine no longer talks to me like she used to. See, she got her contract, so she’s now NY published and hanging with the big dogs and I’m back here, left behind. It’s sad, but I guess inevitable. I even told one of my other friends that I figured this would happen… and it did. Sadness.

Has this ever happened to you?

I hope you have a great Saturday!!!