Are You Plugged In?

ipod listeningI am an audiophile to the Nth degree, literally owning hundreds of audiobooks.

In the morning, I listen to books while I walk from my bedroom to the kitchen to make my breakfast, then down to my office and wait for my computer to boot up. You’d be amazed at how much of the book you can listen to in that ten minutes.

Since we live twenty minutes outside of town, I shove in earbuds even before I don sunglasses and head to the garage. I can finish half a book while running errands. Until you’ve tried it, you have no idea what it’s like to listen to a hot, steamy sex scene while shopping at Walmart. You get the strangest looks when you burst out giggling in front of the meat coolers at the Kroger.

earbudsMy family thinks I’m crazy but I love to mow the lawn. It’s not because I like to drive the big honking zero turn radius mower, it’s because I have 3 ½ hours of uninterrupted listening. Yes, it takes that long to mow approximately 4 acres, even with the 52 inch cutting deck.

Macho Marine gets upset with me because I’m always plugged into a story. He’ll be calling me from somewhere else in the house and I won’t hear him. Oh, well. My book boyfriend is so much more romantic than he is. I guess that’s why romance novels are categorized as fiction.

Tell me your craziest listening experience in the comments below. Or tell me who you’re listening to. 

Last night I downloaded the new J. D. Robb novel Secrets in Death and Susan Stoker’s Protecting Dakota. I just finished Elle James’s Bride Protector and Delirious by M.S. Force.

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A Total Eclipse of the Sun

eclipse Diamond Ring

As I watched the full eclipse on Monday, I remembered the importance of an eclipse in the first book I ever wrote.

ladyhawke-pic.jpgMy heroine took her code name from the original French version of a fifteenth century story which was made into a movie in 1985. Have you ever heard of Ladyhawke? It had a great cast including Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick. A full eclipse of the sun played a key role in the story, a.k.a. the black moment. Pun intended.

Unrelenting Love 150 dpiIn Unrelenting Love, Katlin Callahan takes the code name, Lady Hawk, not from the movie but from the original French version of the story which she was forced to read in high school.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the title for this blog.

Ladyhawke pic2But to briefly explain the ancient story, Captain Navarre and Lady Isabeau had fallen in love, but the Bishop wanted her too. When the two lovers escaped, he placed a curse on them. From sunrise to sunset Navarre was a man and Isabeau was a hawk. From sunset to sunrise, she became a woman and he shifted into a wolf.

Sidebar – I guess we can thank the French for the original shifters.

Only during a full eclipse of the sun could Captain Navarre and Lady Isabeau face the Bishop together in their human form and break the curse. Then they could have their happily ever after.

Want to know more about the movie?

Click here to watch the movie trailer #1.

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If you’re interested in reading Unrelenting Love, click here or on the cover above.

I want to thank my friend Janice Maynard (Click HERE to check out her books, especially her new Scots series) and her husband Charles for the wonderful picture of the eclipse taken a few miles from my home. This shot is called the diamond ring, taken just as the moon begins to reveal the sun once again.

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Changing Things Up

Cancun Series website sm bannerWhen I completed my first romance novel and was ready to start pitching to publishers, I knew I had to build a brand which included graphics that looked the same across all forms of social media. Since my first book was based in Columbia and my second in Mexico, I decided a global look would be appropriate. My initial website banner was a map of the world, like my blog banner above.

Black Swan website sm bannerThree years later, and ten more books, my brand needs a face lift.

I have started with my website. I looked at dozens of websites by some of the most successful authors in the industry before selecting the elements I wanted to include in mine.

I invite you to check out my website and tell me what you think. Please be honest. Is it easy to maneuver? Is it intuitive?

Guardian Elite Series website sm bannerThere are twenty pages on this website and nearly 100 links, so I’m positive I’ve missed at least one, probably several. The first person to find a messed up link, or one that doesn’t take you to the right place, will receive a prize! Be sure to post the page and the link in the comments below so I know what needs to be fixed – and who gets a prize. 🙂

Several may win because there’s one prize for each missed link. (Hoping this doesn’t get embarrassing!) 

CLICK HERE to check out my website

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Celebrating the Holiday with a Bang

flag-firework

Wishing all of you a happy – and safe – Fourth of July

Here in Tennessee, fireworks are legal. That’s why Macho Marine and I took a detour on our way home from the shooting range on Sunday to the fireworks store.

We’ve learned over the years… bigger is better. We went straight for the mortars and got a two-for-one deal. We have 48 “Big Ones” ready to launch after dark next Tuesday.

purple fountain fireworksIt just wouldn’t be the 4th of July without firecrackers, which happened to be on sale for two-for-one. We now have plenty! Our granddaughter loves the fountains so we picked up one with a lot of purple just for her. Guess what! We got them two-for-one, so we bought a fountain in orange and white for Favorite Daughter and Favorite Son-in-Law, both University of Tennessee graduates.

fourth-of-july-sparklers-f84d5ccd96ccc34fWe’re so excited that our whole family will be together starting this Friday for holiday. Of course we will cook out, eat way too much food, consume lots of adult beverages, throw hatchets, shoot guns, and paddle the river.

What are your plans for the Fourth of July?

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Essential Research

 

Joanna Palani

Joanna Palani Claims 100+ ISIS Kills

Authors are often asked where they get their ideas. In the case of Snow SEAL, the idea came from a news post I saw on the Internet. Whether it’s believable or not, it triggered my imagination.

 

Although I often write about the conflict in the Middle East, I was quickly made aware of the fact I knew little about Syria. I spent hours learning about the wars that have torn apart that country for hundreds of years.

 

YPG women

The British 60 Minutes did a special on these women

I also discovered the real women who fight that battle daily. Now, you all know how much I absolutely love kick ass heroines. These are women who fight every day with the weapons of war so they are not forced to abide by radical rules and fundamentalist interpretations. They truly fight for their freedom.

 

Cold weather training 1My research also took me into military winter training. SEALs train a lot! Part of that training includes learning survival skills in the snow and below freezing weather. Not only is the camouflage different, but weapons react differently.

Big Sky Mtns

The lifts go all the way to the top of the mountain. 

It’s been several years since I skied at Big Sky, Montana, but after thoroughly researching the area, I believe I would like to return someday. It is an absolutely gorgeous area of the United States.

Avalanche

Click on the picture for avalanche video and life-saving airbag

I grew up skiing; waterskiing during the summer on the lake, snow skiing all winter, and even cross country skiing, but I never went backcountry skiing. This created a minor problem, solved by more research. It also led to the study of avalanches. When I saw this video, I knew I had to include this technology in Snow SEAL.

 

Snow SEAL72dpiI hope I have given you a glimpse of my writing process.

I also hope I have teased you enough to want to read the first chapter of Snow seal. Click on the cover to read immediately. 

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