Monday and Stuffed Turkey

So, another Monday and another week closer to both my deadline and Christmas. I need more coffee. Today’s update will be mostly short. There was a week and a weekend. Bye. Okay, okay. Not really. But it will be a quick rundown.

Sports: Yeah. My Cowboys lost. At least OU won. End of story.

Reading: Have you heard about Audible’s Romance subscription service? There’s a 30-day free trial and you get to listen to as many of the books they have in the “special” collection as you want. At the end of 30 days, the program will cost $6.95 for Audible subscribers and Kindle Unlimited members. Or listeners without a subscription can access the Audible Romance package for a $14.95 monthly fee. I’m doing the free trial. I’ll see when it comes time to renew. I’m currently doing a re-listen to the Chronicles of Elantra series by Michelle Sagawa. I have a few of them on Audible already. I can get the rest of them through the program so yay! I also tried a new to me author. I got about two chapters in and decided not to finish it. The author will get paid for what I listened to and I can return the book and not feel bad because if I’d paid for it and returned it? The author doesn’t get any royalty. So, it’s a way to try new authors and books, plus enjoy old favorites I normally get from the library.

TV: I’m binge watching both the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Mysteries and Movies channel because…’tis the season.

Writing: I’m doing some! I’m thissss close to The End on Tucker’s story. I’ve reworked the opening to the next Red Dirt book in my mind–it’s been bugging me so trust me, this is a good thing. I got hit with the ol’ light bulb moment for a Nightriders book (more about that in a sec) and I’m looking at my writing schedule for the rest of this year and 2018. Things shake out like this, but nothing is carved in stone. This is just sort of an outline and as y’all know, I’m a puzzler/pantser, not a plotter. So in no particular order except for #1 and 2…
1) Finish Tucker’s story and Cooper’s proposal by the end of the year.
2) A novella for Elle James’s Brotherhood Protectors Kindle World in April.
3) Wizard’s story, Nightriders.
4) Ariel’s story, Penumbra.
5) Cooper’s book and hopefully either Bridger or Boone’s.
6) A Hard Target book, not sure who the hero is.
7) A Christmas novella set in the Nightrider world, with Gunner as the hero. His heroine’s name is Harper. She’s older–a widow. It’ll be fun. And maybe a stuffed turkey.
Again, no guarantee, but that’s the plan.

Speaking of plans, what’s yours for this week? I’m not stuffing turkey. We’re doing sandwiches and pie, either here or somewhere else. Plans are in the air. Mainly, it’s getting this book finished, edited, and sent to New York. Have a great week!

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Friday Sinema: Roundtable Rivals

As you regular readers know, I’m a huge Lindsey Stirling fan. I think she’s incredibly talented and imaginative. She’s still in the running on Dancing With the Stars and about the only reason I’m still watching at this point. In the Halloween segment, she and partner Mark Ballast danced to her own composition, “Roundtable Rivals.” This is the original video she did of the song. Have fun!

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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Self-talk

It isn’t easy. Nothing ever is. The world crowds in demanding this and that, taking rather than giving. And it gets hard. So hard there times when hiding under the covers for the rest of the day seems like a smart thing to do. Times when dealing with the world is just too freaking hard. Times when the hard piles on so deep you wonder if you can breathe. Times when you look around and other people seem to keep finding the easy path and all you get are roadblocks. So, do you sit and wallow or do you square your shoulders and keep putting one foot in front of the other? Yeah, my dad didn’t raise me to be a quitter. So what if things are tight, if sales are down, if the world seems like it’s going to hell in a handbasket. (What does that even mean?!?!?) As long as I’m breathing, there’s a chance.

Almost no one ever says it will be easy.

Actually, most say it will be hard. Really, really hard.

What do you tell yourself, day after day, Silver?

Hubba, hubba –
The Universe
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Besides all the sweet talk, Silver?

Sweet talk? Naw. I wouldn’t know what to do with sweet. I need to kick my own ass from time to time. Today is one of those days. I now consider myself kicked. How’s your day going?

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Wendesday Words: Rough and Tough

It’s that time of the week again–#1lineWed and today’s theme is **ROUGH/TOUGH**. Those words totally describe Zoe Parker, the heroine in my current Red Dirt Royalty WIP. She’s perfect for Tucker Tate. 😀 This is a scene from Chapter 3 (unedited) where they’re driving down a highway in Tucker’s vintage T-bird. I hope you enjoy this introduction to Zoe.
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Tucker let Zoe drive as she seemed to have some clue as to their location. She didn’t pop the clutch when she shifted gears, instinctively braked before hitting the curves, then powered through them by accelerating. He slowly unclenched his hands where they gripped her duffel bag. The day was sunny, not too warm, and her not-quite-a-groom and definitely scary not a mother-in-law were way behind them. Besides, by not driving, he could study this runaway bride.

Zoe was pretty, though not in the beauty-queen sense. Her eyes, hidden now behind big sunglasses, were a deep chocolate brown. Her chin was too long, her mouth too wide but not full, and her nose tipped up on the end. Her long, dark brown hair fell in twisty—and hair-sprayed—curls down over her cleavage. There was just something wrong with him for thinking about her in any sort of sexual way, but he couldn’t help himself. She wasn’t the sort of woman he would normally be attracted to.

Her accent was thick enough—and country enough—he could cut it with a knife. He had a Harvard MBA and remembered all too acutely the disdain he’d received for his Okie accent. He’d worked hard to smooth out its rough edges. Zoe? Her language was colorful and brash, and whenever she opened her mouth, the lyrics to a country song spilled out. Maybe that was her fascination. Tucker continued to study her.

Long, supple fingers—and didn’t the idea of them gripping him like she had them wrapped around the steering wheel make him shift in his seat. They ended with short nails covered in chipped red polish. Her arms looked well-toned and he wondered what her figure was like before the pregnancy. He jerked his thoughts away from jumping down that rabbit hole.

She drove with a carefree abandon that still exhibited a determined focus. She was a gypsy, from what Tucker had gathered—a free spirit not ready to settle in one place. Except she’d decided to keep the child of a man she claimed was a one-night stand she didn’t wish to marry. Zoe was a paradox and his curiosity might just kill his cat. Good thing he didn’t own one.

“You’re staring.”

“Yup.”

“I need to pee.”

“Okay.”

She cut her eyes his direction. “I’ll be stoppin’ at the next place we come to. You can drive after that.”

“What about my car?”

“What about it?”

“You hotwired it.”

“Oh, yeah. I did now, didn’t I?” She flashed him a cheeky grin that quirked the corners of her mouth and his body answered accordingly. “Just as soon as I take care of my business, I’ll fix those wires back and your key will work as good as new.”

“Are you sure about that?”

She made a pfft sound before she laughed. And man did the sound of her laughter arrow straight into his core. He could listen to the pealing sounds for an entire day. “Honey, I learned how when I was ten so I could borrow the neighbor’s car without askin’. My daddy couldn’t drive so I’d take us down t’the local dive where I could play for my supper and his drinks. We had t’fix it proper when we brought it back so the neighbor’s wife didn’t get pissy ’bout us borrowin’ it in the first place. She was a right piece o’work. There were times ol’ Mr. Jeffers came with us just t’get away from her.”

This woman fascinated Tucker. And he worried about that, just a little. She was raw and uncouth. She said what she thought with no filters, and no matter how horrified he might be, he still found himself enjoying the entertainment she provided. In the back of his mind, though, resided that little voice of doubt. Was she telling a tall tale, or was this the truth of her life?
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You decide if Zoe’s telling the truth. In the meantime, feel free to share some rough or tough words of your own.

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Tuesday Treats: Crockpot Pumpkin Pie

I found this recipe somewhere and tucked it back to be posted when the leaves turned and the temps cooled and the scent of pumpkin pie spice fill the kitchen. I’m not a huge fan of crock-pot desserts but when I read the recipe thought this sounded pretty darn tasty and easy. Granted, I haven’t tried it–yet. Anyway, I dug it out for today and I might just give it a try between now and Thanksgiving just to see. I did find the recipe posted somewhere else and I posted the link below so you can check it out if interested.

Ingredients:
1 can (15 oz) canned pumpkin puree
8 (oz) evaporated milk
1/2 cup cream soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Bisquick, divided
2 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Whipped cream for garnish

Directions:
Combine pumpkin, milk, cream soda, vanilla, brown sugar, 1/3 of the Bisquick, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl. Pour into crockpot and top with 1/3 cup Bisquick mix. Place slices of butter on top, then cover with remaining Bisquick mixture. Cook on low for 6-7 hours, serve, and enjoy!

Believe it or not, this most likely is a favorite recipe made by Isabelle Fontaine, Rudek Tornjak’s heroine in ROGUE MOON. It’s still warm down in the bayous on Thanksgiving and being able to toss everything into a crock pot and let it cook all day? Certainly sounds like the Cajun way to me. And you can bet that Rudy gets all snarly and possessive when Izzy tells him he has to share with the rest of the Wolves. 😉

CLICK HERE to see the step-by-step with pictures. Be sure to let me know if you make it!

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Monday the 13th

You know, it seems like Monday the 13th should be far more unlucky than Friday the 13th because…Friday! Versus Monday! Anyway, it is once again Monday and time for me to talk about blah, blah, blah. I say that because it seems like I say the same thing every Monday. I’m writing this. I’m reading that. This team won or lost. I watching not much except the same ol’ same ol’. Blah. But y’all keep hanging around and I do try to post far more interesting things on other days of the week. So…my updates.

Let’s get to sports right off the bat. OSU beat Iowa State. This was not a gimme by a long shot. Iowa State surprised OU and took them down not long ago. OU has had to fight it’s way back to a position that might get them in the playoffs. OSU won’t get that far but each week they climb puts them in better position for a good bowl game. Both teams moved in the AP and Coaches Polls. We’ll have to wait until Tuesday to see the playoff standings. 😛

I finished off Joanne Wylde’s Reapers MC/Silver Bastards (and Devil’s Jacks) books. There are dangling threads I want sewn up and she didn’t tie them up in the one novella she’s written since REAPER’S FIRE, which released a year ago. SHADE’S LADY was pretty much a standalone as far as on-going series threads were involved. I haven’t found anywhere that she’s working on more Reaper books, or anything else at the moment. Color me with a sad face. 😦 I moved on to Erin Kellison’s Dragons of Bloodfire series. I caught them on Kindle sale PLUS on sale at Audible for $1.99 so I couldn’t resist. The books are short but she’s done some interesting world-building. I’ve read the first two in Kindle, though it’s been long enough I only sort of remember the story. Not sure where I’ll go from there. Maybe back to Michelle Sagawa’s Chronicles of Elantra series. I have some Audible credits I can spend. We’ll see what I’m in the mood for.

Writing is progressing well. I’m just over 30K words on the rewrite. Today is the first love scene. Fun times. Things will happen fast and furious after that. Zoe’s career takes off, she’s opening a concert for Deacon and the Sons of Nashville, and her narrow-between-the-eyes almost in-laws show back up to cause trouble. Not to mention what Tucker’s family gets up to. According to the NaNoWriMo stat page, if I keep up this pace, I’ll be finished with the first draft on November 20th. That would be awesome! It’d be more awesome if I could finish sooner.

On that note, I’m off to work. What about y’all? What did you do this weekend? Did your sport teams do well? What are you reading, writing, doing this week?

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Veteran’s Day 2017

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