Shiny Things week of February 8th

BF2917BC-9592-4674-B0DD-4FDA8F7D4A11So what’s distracting me this week?

1. Conference! On Tuesday, I preserved through Romance Writers of America’s perpetually overwhelmed servers to register for the National Conference which is in NYC this year!

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2. Even though it’s like my twentieth year of going to the conference, I always meet new people, and learn something new (or something I knew, but forgot.) This year, I may not be flying to conference though because we may be moving.😳

Moving should be easy at my age, but with life up in the air, I’m pretty overhwelmed.

3. Still, after a few days of panicking, I got back to work and am currently am on Chapter Twenty-Five of revsions to Her Sexy Beast (The Chimera Chronicles 6) I can’t believe I’m finishing up the sixth book in the series! I only have one more brother to go.

Here’s a snippet from today. Remember it’s a work in progress and will be edited.

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He glanced at Thalia. The look in her eyes told him she could also hear the intruders. Neither one of them flinched when the heavy knock came, but Thalia’s eyes flared red, revealing her tension and he felt his dragon surge again. Clearly, it gained power from his emotions. He breathed deeply, trying to stay calm.

Thalia sighed. “I’m going to drop the barriers and open the door. Can you stay human?”

He nodded, hoping it wasn’t a lie. >>

Coming May 2019 from Soul Mate Publishing!

4. Meanwhile, I looked around at everybody’s shiny, pretty FB covers and logos and decided to get to work on some of my own. Below, is my new banner. Unfortunately, when I downloaded it to my FB page it looks all dark and murky. Nothing like technology to make you feel like an idiot. 1E139F76-CA19-4F68-B7D3-84442AC3D68D

5. Puppies! It’s Basenji puppy season. That means a trip to my breeder’s house to play with the babies. Puppy breath! Little pink feet! Ears that can’t decide whether to stand up straight or flop over. Snuggles and licks and nips and hair pulling. Basenji puppies are too cute!

What shiny things are distracting you this week?

Shiny Things 1/1/2015

I helped my daughter make this model of the Taj in 2014. Hours and hours of work
I helped my daughter make this model of the Taj in 2014. Hours and hours of work

Shiny Things January 1st 2015

Things interesting me this week:

The old year.
New Year’s is always a time for reflection. Shortly after the start of 2014, I got the shingles. I still have some neuropathy (pain in the nerves) from that, so I suggest everyone get the shingles shot. They’ll tell you it’s uncommon for under fifties to get shingles. They’ll tell you insurance won’t pay, but they’ll also tell you it’s not so bad for under fifties, and I can’t list the number of opiates they would have let me take that did zero for the shooting, stabbing pain in the nerves affected. Nor can I count the sleepless nights resulting. I would gladly pay for the expensive shot to get those six months of my life back.

Ok, end of public service announcement.

Good things last year, I got a book out despite my illness. Yay! This book was particularly close to my heart because I got to revisit characters from BLOOD AND KISSES and IN LIKE A LION and it was inspired by my addiction to all things ghostly (though, I’m a skeptic).
Shows like A Haunting and Ghost Adventures are ripe with stories that light the fires of my imagination. ENTITY MINE was inspired by an episode of A Haunting in which a woman kept dreaming about a photograph of a dead soldier who used to live in her house. When haunting activity began, she felt he protected her from a malevolent spirit also in the house.

My daughter graduated from sixth grade and started seventh. My son passed his OAA’s despite us sweating it and moved on to the fourth grade.

Both my children got their black belts in Taekwondo.

I attended the Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s retreat and RWA 2014 National Conference. I can’t say enough how other writers continue to support and nourish my career. Hugs to you all! Especially, Debby Gilbert, publisher and owner of Soul Mate publishing who is a good friend and a fabulous editor.

My husband started trail running in 2014, so I have some fond memories of cabins and lodges we stayed at, with and without dogs.

Things I’m looking forward to in 2015:

I have a book coming out soon! I’m in edits for a YA Fantasy (draft title HALFLING)

I’m also working on Bk 3 of THE CHIMERA CHRONICLES in which we meet Connor, third youngest of the Mara brothers. He and his twin, ex-rangers, and ex-cons through undeserved circumstances, are blackmailed into a bank robbery. Those who know Supernatural will recognize the inspiration for this installment.:-)

RWA National is in NYC this year. Two of my favorite things together!

What events shaped your 2014? What are you looking forward to in the new year?

Shiny Things week of July 20th

Shiny things week of July 20
The things that consume me this week.
1. Teen Wolf. I love this show. The characters are great (and oh, so pretty). The conflicts are engrossing and episodes are full of moments of awesome. Thank God for summer seasons!

2. San Antonio. I’m heading to Texas to attend the Romance Writers of America National Conference. I will be signing copies of my new book ENTITY MINE at the Literacy signing, which is open to the public. Here’s the deets from the RWA website:

***At the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, hundreds of romance authors meet with and sign books for fans, with the proceeds from book sales going to literacy organizations. Since 1990, RWA has raised more than $825,000 to fight illiteracy.

The 2014 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing will be on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in the 3rd floor ballroom.

This year, proceeds from the Literacy Autographing will benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Texas, Restore Education, and Each One Teach One San Antonio.

Spread the word about the Literacy Autographing!

Share the event on Facebook
Tweet about it (#RWA14)
Reply “yes” to the event on Goodreads
Questions may be e-mailed to literacy@rwa.org.***

If you’re in San Antonio, stop by the signing and see me. We can talk books, Teen Wolf or Supernatural, dogs or whatever. I usually have chocolate to share!

What’s distracting you this week?

Hello Atlanta!

In a few short days, I will (hopefully) have wrapped up my chapter’s contest, finished packing my son for Taekwondo camp, made sure my daughter has what she needs for her big dance performance months in the making, and be winging my way (metaphorically as I must use a plane, unlike my characters*g*) to Atlanta for the Romance Writers of America’s yearly national convention.
The highlight of my time there (well, one of them) will be the Literacy Signing. My books are now all in print, but compared to the ebook copies, they are pretty expensive, and I am not well known, so I will have to keep my expectations of lines stretching around corners for sometime in the future. For now, I will hope I can meet scads of fellow lovers of the paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy. And that friends (both virtual and physical) will stop by and say hello.

So here’s me, formally inviting you to meet me in Atlanta!

(I will try to remember the chocolate this year)

See you soon!

Karin

And then there’s (RWA) reality…

Here I am at RWA national and I just pitched.  I have to confess, I was quite nervous before I pitched, despite my own advice from my earlier post*g*.  But thanks to Angie Fox at the fabulous FF&P party (where Nebula winner Catherine Asaro sang!)  I had finally boiled down the pitch to two sentences and then of course, he led me to tell more.  I’m happy to say I got a request for a full!   Yay!  Now I can relax and enjoy Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tonight.  Can you tell I’m already excited?  I am going to workshops, too.  Don’t worry.  *g*  Who needs sleep? 

 

If you’ve never been to the National, take the plunge.  This is the place to be for crazy writers and readers, too!  (You should see the bag of free books I got from the booksignings.)

What is the craziest or most fun thing you’ve ever done or saw at a national?