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WIP-IT Wednesday Camp NANO time!

Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revision, poetry, scripts, and short stories.” –from their website

I am taking this opportunity play along with Camp NANO, and the writer support I find there to power through the rest of the stripper shorts. This excerpt is “RAW” and unedited, cranked out just this month.

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The music changed dramatically from loud and booming, to tinkling and light. Christmas music filled the air, and Katie could hear the woman next to her singing along with the music.

The stage curtains slid open revealing a man half dressed in a Santa suit lounging on a throne. Two ripped men dressed as elves pushed the throne forward down stage. The audience squealed in excitement and delight.

The “Santa” lounged on the throne. It was elaborate, tall gilded, ornate, it was everything that a throne should be. The “Santa” was not. He defied anyone’s preconceived notion of what a Santa was. There was no body fat on the man, he was lean and muscular. His long limbs betrayed his extensive height. His long scarlet robe of velvet, lined in ermine fur, cascaded around his frame, open, displaying an impressive collection of chest and abdominal muscles. Matching red britches and knee high boots completed his costume. There wasn’t a gray or white hair anywhere on his head or face. Thick wavy ginger hair graced his head under a crown of holly leaves and berries, no stocking cap with a ball of fluff on the end for him. The smirk across his face denoted his withering scorn for the scene before him. He kicked lazily in time to the music.

Now that’s a bad-ass man who clearly drinks tea. Holy Crap! Katie covered her mouth in an excited silent scream as she realized she could leverage tonight’s show for her blog. She let out a particularly loud cat-call to celebrate that this evening had just become a tax write-off. It looked like the wishing tea really did work.

The elves slid the throne back and to the side. Katie recognized her morning ogle victim as one of the two elves. Katie’s jaw dropped open. She had thought he looked hot and cute wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Now, shirtless with an open vest, poofy pants, and curly-toed shoes, he made a ridiculous elf costume look sexy. Santa deigned to get off of the throne. He tossed his long velvet cloak back onto the throne, the elves flanked him.

Three sexually-intimidating, ripped, with more abs than should be legal, Christmas characters stood poised ready to thrill.

“That’s one elf that can be on my shelf anytime.”

©2017 Lulu M. Sylvian

Playing with names

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The naming of cats is a serious matter.

Cats are tough, characters are tricky. You have to encompass all that is that person into a few collection of letters.

Think about it. How does your name define you? You have had your entire life to create that definition for your collection of letters.

Typically my characters come with names. I am currently working on a collection of Holiday short stories for release in the fall. Sometimes the characters tell me their names, sometimes their names are a struggle.

In Bang a Drummer I knew the male was Lance. A friend laughed at me and told me that was appropriately phallic. I had NEVER made that connection before. I was having issues with the female lead, she wasn’t very forthcoming with her identity.

Since I am playing with some twists based on Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, same friend (who laughed about Lance) helped me with some derivatives on names. She was smart and informed me that Viola is a variation of Violet, and this led to the name Lettie. Something I had not thought of: she Googled variations of the name. My idea of twisting names is to take the character I’m using as inspiration and mash it up with something I know. Example: Sebastian, so I, of course, think of Sebastian Stan, and thus the character is now named Bucky.

In Calling Bird, my main male character is a rocker turned stripper. He’s a “classic” rocker boy, ripped-off sleeves, leather, studs, long hair. And, because I appreciate the glam of hair bands, he wears a little guy-liner. I wanted a name that ended in the ee sound: Nikki, Johny, Robbie, Ronnie, Tony, Billy. Came up with a brilliant name, started writing with it, my character liked it, settled into it like a comfortable denim jacket. Then the name started to rub funny, it got uncomfortable and itchy. Turns out it was the name of a medical specialist we saw when my kid was an infant. Scratch that one off the list. Ended up with Lonnie Rose. He had at least three names before settling on that one. The heroine, she was easy peasy. Waltzed right in, her name is Ava, she’s a nurse. It was like she just handed me her credentials, I knew all I needed to know immediately.

These are the couple names I have so far for ...currently untitled collection of stripper shorts around a holiday theme…(titles thats a whole ‘nother ball of sticky wax when it comes to names)

  • Lettie and Lance
  • Ava and Lonnie
  • Clary and Josh
  • Rose and Jimmy
  • Glori and Blaze
  • Iona and Derrick
  • Bethy and Seth
  • Amy and Jason
  • Kris and Tom

Looking for names? Check out these name sites:

http://www.babynames.net/

http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/medieval

http://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/

http://www.babynamesofireland.com/

Authors in Bloom “hop on in”

Welcome to this stop on the 6th Annual
Authors in Bloom blog hop!

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I’m an about-to-be self-published romance author.
I have a holiday collection of short stories scheduled for October and am working out the logistics for the release of Protective, the first in the Legatum series– a new wolf-shifter series.

I write steamy hot paranormal and contemporary romance. My heroes are always heroic, and my damsels are never in distress–they get themselves out usually.

I hope you take a few minutes to check out some of my other posts, and author interviews.


The blog hop participation list is at the end of this post


The giveaway participation info is at the end, after the recipe.


My gardening tip:

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Hire someone. I have a black thumb, if you want to kill a plant, give it to me. It’s not because I don’t like plants, I would love to be able to grow and cultivate plants, I’m just really bad at it.


My recipe:

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Rutabaga and Turkey Bacon Hash

This recipe is Paleo friendly, and gluten free. I have no idea if it would work with regular bacon since I am allergic to pork I’ve never tried. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work.

There is a lot of chopping involved, I make this in advance and heat it up on the stove (not a microwave). I like to serve this with poached eggs.

Ingredients:

ingredients

  • small 4” rutabaga
  • 1 large or two medium yellow onions
  • olive oil
  • package turkey bacon
  • 2 to 3 apples, that are good to cook with– I typically use Golden Delicious, Honeycrisps, or Gala because that’s what we typically have on the counter at home
  • Salt, pepper, garlic to taste (I use pre-minced garlic in oil, garlic powder would also work)

rutabaga

Peel and dice rutabaga- you want your dice sizes on the small side
(1/4 to 1/2 inch)

In a large pan, boil diced rutabaga in about an inch of water (or slightly more) until water is gone

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Dice the rest of the ingredients while rutabaga cooks- you want your dice sizes small (1/4inch)

When the water is all cooked off, turn burner temp to medium, drizzle about a tablespoon or 2 of olive oil over the rutabaga, and stir, making sure the oil gets onto the pan.

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Add the diced onions and the diced bacon.

Add salt, pepper, and garlic to taste.

Stir so ingredients don’t stick to pan.

Cook until onions are translucent and bacon is almost crispy.

Add apples last, turn heat down to simmer. Continue to cook until apples are soft, but not mushy.

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Giveaway fun!

This stop is part of the big giveaway promotion hosted by Dianne Venetta. The giveaway portion is open from March 27 until April 5.
I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift card (USD). Since this is delivered via email, it’s available internationally.

To enter, please follow me on one of these:

Remember to return to the blog hop main page and enter to win the big prize by April 7!!


Participating Blogs!

Character Interview: the Peens

The subjects of this interview more than slightly resemble human anatomy.

Images may be considered Not Safe for Work, or British School Children, or You
Since I don’t know how to make one of those Adult Content Warning things y
ou have to scroll down to get to the interview.

There are pictures!

You have been warned!

 

 


 

Peens, the Interview

Q. I’m sure everyone’s first thought upon meeting you is what is your origins story? Where did you come from and why?
A. The Peenvengers were created in a yarn factory when there was an
explosion of radioactive crochet hooks. So far the peens in our particular
Legion of Superpeens that have been given life are: Captain Ameripeen,
Ironpeen, Antpeen, Thor, and Hulk.

Q. Not all peens have superhero alter-egos. Tell us about some of your more mundane peen friends.
A. One of the very first peens to emerge from the yarn factory was Mr.
Pinky, followed soon thereafter by Rocky, whom we rescued from Justin
Beaver. Other everyday peens include Shaft, Erik the Peenk, Nick O Dick,
Percy, Mr. Perky, The Brain, Silver Fox, and so many others! I’m sure we’re forgetting some of our sweet peen friends. They all live with their human handlers in happiness and health. Some of them are finger peens, like Antpeen, useful for getting your point across and being a buddy.

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And, recently, more superhero peens have begun to emerge, such as Double Deadpeen and Wolverpeen. The radioactive crochet hooks aren’t finished yet. There are many peens to come, and you can actually order one from our handler at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyMeanKitty

Q. As a being of crochet, do you increase and decrease in stitches often, or
are you one of those what we see is what we get?
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A. While some of us are bendy, we do not change in size once we have been created. Our pattern is thus: we begin with the magical number of six, usually, and indulge in frequent increases until our faces burst into the world. Eyeballs are chosen with great care. After a severe decrease, we
increase again gradually, lengthening, expanding, and widening until we
reach the pinnacle of our peenness. Most of us, additionally, are created
with hard yet friendly stabilizers to buttress us in our adventures.

Q. Is it true that peens have fortune telling skills?

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A. When in a large enough group (a group of peens is a pentacular of peens, probably), crochet peens are INDEED gifted with the skill of foretelling the future, if our patterns can be interpreted by a sufficiently gifted reader. It is a bit like rolling the bones combined with tarot cards.
Q. What has been your most harrowing adventure yet?
A. Since only one of our adventures has been recorded so far, we’re going to have to go with that time we saved a poor innocent bystander from the wicked Justin Beaver. EVERYONE can join in that adventure in our new coloring pages created by Laura Medeiros.

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Q. Where can we follow the tales of your daring deeds?
A. For now, our adventures and bios are posted on our very own website:
www.crochetpeen.com. There is a neglected Tumblr that our human doesn’t ever update. We have attempted to coax her to be less lazy, but it’s not easy to coax people when you have no opposable thumbs or mouths.

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Q. Is life better for a peen with a hat?
A. Yes. which is why Hulk is sooooo inclined to steal Captain Ameripeen’s helmet.

Q. What are your secret party tricks?
A. There’s a secret party?? Why weren’t we invited!

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Q. What has been the most fulfilling moment in your life as a peen?
A. This interview, of course!

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The Peenvengers’ personal handler is author and crocheter Jody Wallace, who writes [hyterical] SF/F and contemporary romance. Ms. Wallace went to school a long time and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and all around pain in the butt. She resides in Tennessee with one husband, two children, one Grandma, seven cats, and a lot of junk. PS The Peens are not junk.
You should follow Jody (and the peens)

Website: http://www.jodywallace.com
Catsite: http://www.meankitty.com
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyMeanKitty
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jodywallace
FB Author: https://www.facebook.com/JodyWallaceAuthor
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jody-Wallace/e/B003XN186Q/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/realmeankitty/
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/jodywallace
Tumblr1: http://jodywallaceauthor.tumblr.com/
Tumblr2: http://crochetpeen.tumblr.com/

You too can get a copy of the Peens Vs Justin Beaver coloring book by signing up for Jody’s email newsletter at  http://www.jodywallace.com

WIP-IT Wednesday Book launch freak out

This is a little different WIP-it Wednesday cause you’re getting thought process not words.

Protective is going to come out!

It’s with the editor right now!

And for reals, and soon (I think), maybe Decemberish, maybe Juneish

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I have to schedule a date!

I have to figure out how to have a book launch!

I am running in circles freaking out, because even though I know what I’m supposed to be doing on an intellectual level, I actually have no clue what I’m getting myself into.

So…
I need a date
I need a teaser chapter from Driven to put in the back, cause once you read about Morgan and Honey you are going to want to read what’s up with Julia and Roman
I need to figure out this whole digital formatting thingus

I need to go make a serious to-do list, and start doing!

Happy nervous dance!

Personality Tests

3-question tibetan personality test
https://brightside.me/inspiration-psychology/this-three-question-tibetan-test-can-reveal-a-lot-about-who-you-really-are-216505/

 

I had Morgan, the hero of Protective, take this simple personality test.

He found it to be not too far off, until he reached the colors section.

His answers were for part one:

  • horse
  • tiger
  • cow
  • sheep
  • pig

He was a little surprised that career came in before love, but he was not surprised that family came first.

His answers for part two:

  • friend
  • furry
  • a rat
  • life
  • soothing

He does not equate Honey with being a cat at all. But yes coffee is life, and sex is life. He was good with that answer.

Part three he thought was full of shit. While he does love his sister Julia, he associates her with the color red, because she wears it a lot, not because she is the one person he loves with all his heart. He said that would be Honey.

Author Interview with Erica Henry

Erica has successfully self-published fiction under the name E.K. Henry, and adult coloring books as Erica Henry. Today she tells us about self-publishing both, and if socks and sandals are ever appropriate.

Tell us about your YA novel Freak.

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Freak is about a lower-class human named Juniper Rayne who lives in a world where vampires rule. No matter how hard she tries to fit in, she’s labeled a freak. When her dad signs the family up to take part in a reality television show, Juniper hopes that it’ll give her the edge she needs to shed her freak label. Unfortunately for Juniper, vampires aren’t that accepting. She decides to take control of her life and become a vampire hunter, instead of continuing to live in her own personal hell any longer. She will regain control or die trying.

Are you working on more YA novels? What can we expect to see from you next in fiction?

I actually don’t have any YA novels in the works right now, but that doesn’t mean that won’t change in the future. I took time off of YA because I contracted to write several romance novels under a secret pen name. Since those novels have been completed, I have written several middle-grade novels that are still trying to find a home. YA is where I got my start, and I am positive that I will find my way back to it.

You hit the adult coloring book market right as the trend took off. Do you follow market trends to be able to time participation, or did you hit the timing just right?

Adult coloring definitely has trends. I will say that I follow trends to a degree. For instance, I was actually one of the first to start putting out grayscale adult coloring books. I was seeing one book’s pages starting to pop-up in some of the Facebook groups I belong too and I fell in love. I decided right then that was going to become a big part of my coloring books. I started before it because a really popular type, and luckily others shared my love of grayscale coloring and it became a very popular trend.

You are quite creative, in that your published works include fiction and producing coloring books, what other create outlets do you pursue?

I also create art, and YouTube videos. My YouTube videos are normally art and coloring themed, but they are a big passion of mine. I love getting in front of the camera and teaching people from around the world because that is how I learned to create art. Some people find it interesting, but I never went to art school. I am completely self-taught and YouTube taught. I have spent so many hours experimenting with different techniques and mediums until I found what worked for me.

If you want to see some of my tutorials check out: www.youtube.com/ericahenrycolors and also my twitch channel that is still pretty new www.twitch.tv/ericahenrycolors.

Make sure to leave a comment because I love getting feedback.

What inspired you to start writing? What keeps you writing?

I have always written poems and short stories for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t seriously start writing until after my son was born. I was stuck in the house with a baby that had colic and a hernia, and I about when crazy. One day after having only a few hours of sleep and trying to function in my zombie state, I sat down at my computer and started typing, and I haven’t stopped since.

You’ve been involved in self-publishing for many years, how did you first decide on taking that route to publishing?

Freak was my third novel that I had written, but it was the first one that I felt was good enough to query agents with. When the rejections started rolling in, I was devastated. I started completely doubting myself and my talent. I was about ready to give up and I opened up an email from an agent that was not just the form rejections I had received. It was a rejection that was personalized and actually suggested I self-publish because the big six were not buying paranormal books anymore.

At first, I thought it was a crazy idea. Everyone else had rejected it, so it must not be good enough.

Well, six other emails came in from agents that pretty much said they loved the book but couldn’t sell it because publishers were moving from paranormal.

As each of the emails came in, my confidence was built back up little by little, and eventually, I decided to take the plunge and self-publish Freak.

What aspects of publishing YA and coloring books overlap?

This is a very interesting question. There are actually many aspects that have overlapped for me.

#1 – I had to become very familiar with formatting my document for the printer. For coloring books, there isn’t nearly as much formatting as there is for fiction, but my written portions had to be formatted.

#2 – Because I had self-published Freak, I had already researched print-on-demand companies that were available to use. This was a big timesaver for me. As soon as my first coloring book was complete, I knew that I would start off with publishing it through Createspace.

#3 – I was already used to creating websites, promotional activities, and advertising because I had previously published my fiction novel,

Have you learned something in one publishing field that you unexpectedly were able to carry over to the other?

Coloring books were a whole different beast when it came to preparing the files for print. The first time that I upload my coloring book, I had like 1,000,000,000,000,000 error messages. It was very frustrating and unexpected. I had to learn so much about preparing images for print because it was very differently than just printing words.

What’s probably the hardest part of being self-published?

The hardest part for me is time management. There are only so many hours in the day, and it is hard to decide what aspect of self-publishing I need to focus on. There are so many things that need to be done. There is creating the pages, editing the pages, creating books, coloring pictures from my books, connecting with colorists, making social media posts, and creating YouTube videos. There are certain parts that I enjoy more than others, but all have to be done.

What’s the most rewarding part of being published?

The most rewarding part for me is that I have complete control over what books I put out there. When I talk to colorists and they tell me what they want to see, I don’t have to get permission to create the book I just create it. It makes me so happy to have input from colorists and to be able to make something that is exactly what they want.

Your book gets picked up to be made into a movie, who is in your ideal cast?

Oh man. As long as Jennifer Lawrence played Juniper I could care less who else was picked. I am a huge fangirl of Jennifer Lawrence.

What’s your favorite color? What does that color mean to you?

Oh, I hate this question! There are sooooo many gorgeous colors out there that I can never pick. One day it will be a shade of purple, the next sky blue, and so on. But I will say that I tend to be drawn towards cool colors.

You’re at the movie theater, what are you going to see?

Anything scary or action packed. This girl is not that into Rom-Coms.

Do you load up with popcorn and candy?

I usually skip the candy but always go for popcorn with extra butter.

Are socks with sandals acceptable or not?

Socks are a must have. Unless I’m in flip flops, you will almost always see me in socks. Shoes on the other hand are very unacceptable.

Erica of Coffee and Coloring

You can find Erica online at:

www.coffeeandcoloring.com

www.facebook.com/coffeeandcoloring

www.facebook.com/artbyericah

www.youtube.com/ericahenrycolors

www.twitch.tv/ericahenrycolors 

Wip-It Wednesday: Celebrations

This is unedited RAW, straight from whatever project I happen to be typing away on.  I definitely have a goal in mind, and this (in some edited form) should see the light of day this time next year.

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X dragged behind her friends, This isn’t exactly what I meant when I said I wanted to celebrate Chrissmis.

“What you don’t want to see nude males in zero G?” Zora flopped her finger around mimicking humanoid -male genitalia in no gravity.

“But this is how we celebrate.” Yaz whined.“How is your Chrissmis different?” X looked up into her friend’s large eyes. Yaz blinked slowly waiting for an explanation.

“It’s an old earth celebration, where you get together with friends and family. It’s quiet, and there is a lot of food.” X explained.

“And they burn trees right?” Zora asked.

“I don’t exactly know, I think it’s just a log. I read about it once and it sounded like fun.”

“Logs are trees.” Zora muttered.

“You burn trees?” Yaz blinked in amazement

“No, we don’t burn trees. Besides, I seriously doubt they would let us do that here.” X looked up as Asteroid Station Fergus extended thousands of feet above them, until it anchored again to a second asteroid.

Artificial grav fields and manufactured atmosphere, no, large open flames would not be a good idea.

©2017 Lulu M Sylvian.

Teaser Tuesday Protective

Protective-paranormal Romance by Lulu M Sylvian lmsylvian.com

 

We haven’t officially met, have we, Honey?” Morgan’s voice, smooth and deep, felt almost like a caress. That made Honey a bit nervous. Obviously, he was not her type. Honey preferred prettier men with more refined features. Morgan wasn’t pretty. He had a strong square jaw with a cleft dimple in his chin that she could just make out under the bad shave job. With a distinct broad brow and wide cheekbones, he wasn’t bad looking, just not pretty. Rugged, Honey thought. He was more rugged than pretty. She didn’t know if she wanted that kind of attention from him. It also made her nervous because she felt like closing her eyes and leaning into the sound of his voice. After Bryce, she had no intention of falling for another guy anytime soon, regardless of how he made her feel.

No, we haven’t. I’m Honey Gould.” She stuck out her hand and braced herself for commentary on her name. She felt certain Morgan would have some asinine thing to say. Most people did. She certainly didn’t expect him capable of a witty pun. Inwardly, she flinched. She knew she was judging his intellect by his clothing and shave, and not for the first time. She had to stop that.

Morgan engulfed her hand in his large and warm one. Honey noticed the long tapered fingers were rough from use, but the skin on the back of his hand was smooth and his nails were clean and decently manicured. Those small personal grooming habits were the type of detail Honey always focused on. “Morgan Palatine.”

Morgan…” Finney grabbed the taller man by the elbow, “…I have some friends you have to meet.” As Finney steered Morgan back into the throng, Honey grinned. It was obvious Finney had a bit of a crush on him.As she watched the two men thread their way through the crowd, she realized Morgan hadn’t said anything about her name. Honey couldn’t remember the last time some guy who had been ogling her hadn’t. They all seemed to think they were original, and she would find it hysterical. She had heard them all, from being asked if she was sticky or was easy to spread, to being called Golden Grahams after the cereal. Morgan not commenting on her name was a notable relief.

 

©2016 Lulu M Sylvian Protective, book one Rhea Silvia Legacy