June 27, 2013

tonight's clc: celebrity cameos

Photo by www.anna-OM-line.com

After news broke about Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against a French publishing in regards to a book that mentioned her a time or 20 (read more about it here), I've given a lot of consideration to what writing celebrities into books looks like.

Aside from the potential ethical dilemma or threat of lawsuit (Really ScarJo? You for serious have time for that) I want to know if other authors have used celebs in their books and why. I also want to hear about other examples of singers, actors, reality stars and more featured in literature.

So, tonight, in my second time as a host of Chick Lit Chat on Twitter, I'll lead a discussion on this topic.

Be there at 7 p.m. CDT using #chicklitchat. See you then.

As a little inspiration, and quite frankly for your viewing pleasure, enjoy "Celebrity" performed by 'NSYNC and starring the love of my life J.C. Chasez.


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June 24, 2013

running on empty

My precious. My sweet, delicious, probably clogging my
arteries as we speak precious.
I've been pretty MIA from the blog and social media world lately, and I wanted to pop in for a quick update.

The past few weeks have been super busy at work, and I am also trying to sneak in some time editing book number one, which I'm still hoping to publish later this year. As a result, I'm tired. So tired that even the thought of sitting down to read a book or jot down a blog post exhausts me. The only reason I finally got around to it, today, is because I've bribed myself with the prospect of a cinnamon crunch scone if I was productive. (Seriously, Panera, if you had to come up with something this delicious and addictive, couldn't you have made it with fewer calories?)

Like I said, I'm tired. And crabby. Probably because I'm tired and I have a lot to do. I find myself tired from the moment I wake up until I go to bed. And aside from getting through a couple of seasons of "Mad Men" on Netflix and removing most instances of the phrase "did not" or "didn't" in my book (there were entirely too many -- I had no idea I overused those), I don't have a lot to show for the month.

That led me to wonder, what do other people do to get more energy and stay motivated? I often hear people preach the value of eating healthy and exercising, and I can agree it helps. But at the same time, the lack of energy makes it nearly impossible for me to put on my tennis shoes let alone get to the gym. And eating healthier would mean a trip to the grocery store followed by cooking rather than stopping by for a quick sandwich or snack at a restaurant.

Do I just have to get over these aversions? Probably. But at the same time, maybe I need to cut myself some slack and take a nap. And maybe I should slow down on the cinnamon scones.

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June 20, 2013

interview with the author of 'tear stained beaches'

Blogger's Note: Today, we welcome Courtney Giardina to the blog to talk about her writing career and her book, Tear Stained Beaches. 

Change the Word: Favorite part about being a writer?
Courtney Giardina: The amazing people I’ve met along the way. I am part of a few author groups on Facebook and the support, guidance and advice I receive from those in it has been invaluable. I’ve also come across other writers and editors on Twitter who I keep in contact with regularly. They are always willing to lend a hand wherever I need. This is such a supportive industry, I’m proud to be a part of it.

CTW: Do you have another novel currently in the works?
CG: I do! I’m currently about 20,000 words in. I’m not sure how far into it that means I am since my characters keep challenging me to go in all sorts of directions with the storyline. I guess we shall see how it turns out!

CTW: If you could have anyone play Haylie Julian in a made for TV movie, who would it be any why?
CG: I think Haylie is a mix of a lot of different emotions throughout the story. I would need someone who knows how to be emotional, angry, sentimental and strong. That is why I think Sophia Bush, who played Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill would be perfect!

CTW: Favorite scene in Tear Stained Beaches?
CG: Hmmm, there are quite a few I love because they are powerful. I’d have to say though the scene in Tear Stained Beaches that I really love is the coffee shop scene. I can’t help but laugh at every time I read it. I don’t want to give too much detail and spoil the fun for those who haven’t read it yet, but it’s hilarious. A very light hearted moment in the book where you get to see the real personalities of Haylie and Chase.

CTW: How do you defeat writers block?
CG: Honestly, I walk away. Sometimes for a week or two. It isn’t going to do me any good to sit in front of my computer typing nothing. I just get frustrated. So I close it up and leave it for a bit. The time in between I think a little about where the story is and where I want it to go and usually something comes to mind on how to continue. Then I sit back down and begin to write again.

CTW: Tell us something we’d be surprised to know about you.
CG: When I was 7 years old, I wanted to grow up to be a pirate. Not sure what it is about pirates, but I love them. Thank goodness for Pirates of the Caribbean and all its sequels.

CTW: If you could meet with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
CG: My friends will laugh at this question, mostly because they already know the answer. I would have to say Michael Phelps. I just adore him. He has always been someone I’ve looked up to and I think that what he has accomplished in life, especially in time his back was against the wall, motivates me to keep pushing through the hard times and go after my dreams.

CTW: Do you like to listen to music when you write? Do you feel it makes you more productive?
CG: I don’t like total silence. It’s kind of eerie and I feel almost distracting. However, when the music is on it’s usually at a very quiet whisper. Just enough to add a little noise, but not enough to distract from what I intend to be doing.

CTW: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
CG: I’ve always wanted to go to the Atlantis in the Bahamas. I love the look of it, the outdoor waterslides and the aquariums. Someday I will get there!

CTW: Anything you’d like to say to your readers out there?
CG: Just a big thank you. You will never know how truly appreciative I am for your continued support. For reading Tear Stained Beaches, sharing it with your friends and also letting me know your thoughts on it. Your kind words have meant everything to me and continue to inspire me to keep writing.

About Tear Stained BeachesHaylie Julian wants nothing more than to put her crumbling marriage back together. Chase used to be a fun-loving, light hearted husband who had lately become an overworked attorney obsessed with climbing the corporate ladder. It isn’t long before Haylie starts waking up next to a man she barely knows. His secretive phone calls and late nights at the office leave her feeling alone and afraid of what he might be hiding. Ignoring his continuous pleas to just leave well enough alone, she continues to dig for answers and discovers a heartbreaking truth.

Struggling with what she has just learned, Haylie sets off to a quaint little North Carolina beach town to decide if her marriage can survive. It isn’t long after she arrives that her world is once again turned upside down as Chase’s secret stares her right in the face. Tear Stained Beaches explores what happens when a marriage isn’t the happily-ever-after you thought it was. Can trust be rebuilt? Can a wife forgive the ultimate betrayal?

About the AuthorCourtney Giardina has always had a creative streak and a wild imagination. She has been fascinated by writing and the entertainment industry since she was a kid. Courtney grew up dancing, cheerleading and playing piano before she turned to writing as her creative outlet. She won an award for her writing in elementary school and wrote countless poems, songs and short stories.

Courtney was born and raised just outside of Rochester, N.Y. In 2012, she moved to Charlotte, N.C., and has been focusing on finally doing all the things she said she would do “someday.” After making a New Year’s Resolution in 2012 to write her first novel, Courtney completed Tear Stained Beaches after nine months of long nights and wearing out the delete button on her keyboard.

For more information on Courtney Giardina and to find out where to buy Tear Stained Beaches head over to www.courtneygiardina.com.

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June 17, 2013

interview with the author of 'unfinished business'

Blogger's Note: Today, I'm thrilled to welcome my fellow Chick Lit Goddess Carolyn Ridder Aspenson to the blog for this interview. She's promoting her debut novel, Unfinished Business.


Change the Word: What surprised you most writing your new book?
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson: The fact that I actually finished it.  Well, at first it was that. I started the book two years ago and stopped because it was such an emotional experience for me. Once the book was done, I was shocked that people...people I don't know, who don't have to be nice because they're related to me or I'm married to him or they're my friends, actually liked it.  I'm still pretty shocked about that, actually.

CTW: What's one characteristic you have in common with your MC?
CRA: Rut-roh. I have to pick one? Here's the thing, the main, main character (not the secondary main character who actually steals the book from the main character) is based on me. I'm not bragging or anything, the main character has some serious issues. Plus, she's thinner, taller, a better parent, friend, wife, etc. than me but in general, she's me. I didn't write the book because I wanted to write about myself. I may be slightly vain but my ego isn't that big. (most of the time!) I wrote the book to honor my mother, because after she died, I felt the need to let her voice live on. To do that, 'I' needed to be in the book, too. But each character is a much exaggerated, sometimes better version of the people I know...my kids, my husband, my mother, my brothers. Hopefully none of them will sue me.

CTW: What was the biggest challenge you faced writing this story? How'd you overcome it?
CRA: For me, the biggest challenge in writing this book was to give life to the character of Fran, modeled after my mother, in a way that honored my mom yet showed her fun quirks. I didn't want to be disrespectful. I wanted the people who read the book to fall in love with her character and so far, they have. I'm so glad I was able to bring to live all of the things about my mom that drove me crazy but I adored at that same time.

CTW: What advice would you give other writers getting their start?
CRA: I have a few suggestions, based on my experience. Most importantly, MARKET the living heck out of your book BEFORE you publish it. I'm playing catch up and it leaves little time for eating, showering or sleeping.

Secondly, the most important thing I learned before that was even though other writers have great advice and there are many books about writing, I had to do it my way. I tried other people's ways and it frustrated me. Eventually I figured out I didn't have to do it the way others did and that just because their way worked for them, didn't mean it would for me. When I write, I free write. I have a basic story in my head and I just start typing. Things that happen in my book may be because of something I read the day I wrote the scene, or because of a conversation I had the day I wrote it. I am not an outliner, which surprised me because in general I'm anal-retentive and a big planner.

CTW: What is your favorite book of all time?
CRA: I know I should say something like The Kite Runner or one of the classics but I can't. I am such a book snob and it's embarrassing. I read only a few genres. Chick lit, mysteries and suspense. I have tried a few of Oprah's choices along with major best sellers and have either given up or slept through them. If I were asked to write a book report about some of the books others love, I'd get a big fat F.

To actually pick a favorite is so hard. I have a few favorite writers...my most favorite being the late Robert B. Parker, who wrote the fabulous Spenser series of which the TV show, Spenser For Hire was based on. I love the way he can get such a bang out of so few words. Then there is Harlan Coben who I adore, as well as Robert Crais.  See a trend here? I love men. I admit it. I do think, if I were to pick my most favorite chick lit book of all time, it would be the first Bridget Jones book. I know there have been many others since that was written but it was the book that really brought me to the chick lit genre. Don't shoot me but I've never read Sophia Kinsella. Does that make me a horrible person?

CTW: What are three books on your to-read list?
CRA: Right now I have a Kindle app full of books from Indie authors. I'm currently in pause mode. I'm leaving for a long vacation soon and plan to read while I'm there. I hate not reading now but I have been catching up on the TV show Justified on Amazon Prime and I admit, watching Timothy Olyphant isn't hard work.

On my list I've got Between Boyfriends by Sarka-Jonae Miller, Pickin' Tomatoes by J.W. Bull and Ghost in Trouble by Carolyn Hart.

CTW: What literary character do you have a crush on?
CRA: Do I have to pick just one? I can't. I have three. Spenser from the Spenser series by the late Robert Parker, Myron Bolitar from the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben and Elvis Cole from the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais. I admit I enjoy reading about hot guys who love strong women. Reminds me of my husband. :)

CTW: What literary character do you want to be your best friend?
CRA: Can the guys be my friends? I know it's not easy for men and women to really be friends but since they're not real, is it okay? Other than them, I'd have to say Abby Cooper from the Psychic Eye Series by Victoria Laurie. She's fun and spunky. I like that.

CTW: What's up next for you and your writing career?
CRA: I'm still doing my freelance gig here in the Atlanta suburbs, writing a monthly fitness column for a magazine and newsy articles for five separate newspapers. I also write for a website, www.allmywriters.com, where I do a little gig about a few different soap operas. I'm also currently working on my second book in the Angela Panther series. I'm cautiously optimistic it will be out in December of January.

About the Book
When Angela's mother Fran dies and comes back as a ghost, Angela's ordinary life turns into a carnival show, starring both Angela and her nosy, dead mother.

It seems Fran's got some unfinished business on earth and she's determined to get it done, no matter what.

When Fran returned, she reignited her daughter's long suppressed psychic gift, one she neglected to mention to Angela, and now Angela sees ghosts everywhere.

And they won't leave her alone.

Fran can't help but stick her transparent nose where it doesn't belong, making Angela's life even crazier. 

Now Angela has to find a way to keep her old life in tact and help the dead with their unfinished business, all while trying to keep her dead mother out of trouble.

And it's a lot for one woman to handle.

About the Author
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is the author of Unfinished Business, An Angela Panther Novel.

A native of Indiana, Carolyn spent a good portion of her youth and adult life in the northwest Chicago suburbs, where she dabbled in the health and fitness industry until finally landing a full time career in insurance.  Not liking the cold, gray winters of Chicagoland, Carolyn moved to a bright and sunny suburb outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She started her professional journalism career in Cumming, Georgia, where she continues to work as a freelance writer for various media outlets.

A life long fitness enthusiast, Carolyn writes a monthly column for Northside Woman, an Appen News monthly magazine.

Carolyn enjoys reading and reads mostly mysteries and chick lit.  She loves to read Harlan Coben, Robert Crais and the late Robert Parker, whom she feels was the ‘most incredible writer ever’.

Married since 1998 to her ‘hottie hubby’, she is the mother of three children, two very old, very high maintenance dogs and a cat who firmly believes she's a dog.

Connect with Carolyn
www.carolynridderaspenson.com
www.facebook.com/unfinishedbusiness
Twitter: @awritingwoman
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17854252-unfinished-business-anangela-panther-novel

Buy the Books
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Unfinished-Business-Angela-PantherNovel/dp/1484817702/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370876442&sr=8-1&keywords=carolyn+ridder+aspenson
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unfinished-business-anangela-panther-novel-carolyn-ridder-aspenson/1115193426?ean=2940016492544

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June 13, 2013

change in course

As my writing career moves to its next step, I am faced with a dilemma. Do I continue to actively review books or spend that time and energy writing?

After great consideration, and plenty of flip-flopping, I have decided to end my run as an official book reviewer.

I have  several books I have already agreed to review, and I hope to fulfill those commitments in the upcoming months. But after that, I will stop reviews as an official part of my blog in July.

I take pride in the reviews I have written. I endeavor to be fair to the author and readers. I try to read the books and write the reviews in a timely manner. At present my writing and 9-5 job require most of my energy. Because of that fact, I can no longer commit to completing reviews in a quality way.

I began reviewing books at my college newspaper, because they needed someone to do it and I loved reading. After graduating and starting this blog, I continued the tradition for the same reason. I needed content and I loved books.

I wrote reviews for the stories I read, never dreaming that people would ask me to review their books. I consider myself lucky to have received such a warm response to my reviews. I discovered many new authors and stories I might not have found on my own. I've made many friends I cherish throughout this process. I am truly blessed.

I will continue to spotlight fellow authors and share information about their latest releases. I'll also continue to post reviews for the books I read on Goodreads. I may even occasionally post my thoughts in a book or series here on the blog if a story moves me greatly.

I sincerely appreciate the many authors who have shared their stories with me during the past few years. Your words added entertainment and intrigue to my life, and I will forever value them.

Thank you for following me on this part of my literary journey. I hope you will continue to find value in my blog and the future posts to come.

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June 11, 2013

interview with the author of 'meeting miss mollie'

Blogger's Note: After reviewing Di Jones' second novel yesterday (read it here), I'm pleased to welcome the author to the blog, today, for an interview as part of her Chick Lit Plus blog tour.

Change the Word: What is one trait you share with the main character in this book?
Di Jones: The main character in this book is Annabelle, the Agony Aunt, and this character is not a lot like me, so this question is quite hard to answer. Mmm…I guess if I have to come up with one thing, it’s that I eat too much and don’t exercise enough, although by the end of the book, Annabelle is improving in that sphere. I guess I need to take a leaf out of her book.

CTW: How to you get yourself ready to write?
DJ: In the first few years, these are the things I’d do to get ready for writing:
  • Phone my friends
  • Watch some TV
  • Surf the Internet
  • Take the dogs for a walk
  • Read a book
  • Think about writing
Of course, all of this meant that my getting ready for writing took so much time I didn’t actually get much writing done. This is what I do these days:
  • Turn on the computer
  • Write
This approach is far more productive!

CTW: What's one self-editing tip you can share with aspiring authors?
DJ: The best advice I was ever given myself about self-editing is to start a spreadsheet of all the things you know you should look for in editing. Then when you get to the editing stage, refer to the spreadsheet and do everything you’ve recorded in it. This makes your editing more systematic, but can also make it a very long process. The thing to remember about editing is that it’s like putting stones through a tumbler – you’ll come out with something beautiful if you persist long enough.

CTW: Do you have any must-have snacks/comforts when you write? If so what are they?
DJ: No, and I couldn’t even let myself contemplate having snacks when I’m writing. Just reading your question makes me think about chocolate, and the tragedy that I don’t have any in the house. Seriously, now and again I do have some chocolate when I write, but sadly I’m addicted to the stuff and can’t eat it properly with my fingers on the keyboard. The only thing I do when I write is get up from my chair now and again and have a huge drink of water. I’ve just read that all back and I sound so... boring...

CTW: If you were to write an autobiography of your life, what would be your title and why?
DJ: Living Many Li(v)es: The Exaggerated Adventures of an Ordinary Person. This probably sounds a strange title, but it’s a good one for me. I’ve lived in England, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S., and I’ve done a variety of jobs, so I feel as if I’ve lived a whole lot of lives all bundled up in one. And of course, one of the qualities of a storyteller is the ability to exaggerate.

CTW: If you could trade places with any person for a day, who would it be and why?
DJ: I’d love to trade places with a talented and famous writer, to see what it feels like to be at the top of your game, and to absorb their work practices and mindset. My choices would be either Jodi Picoult, Jill Mansell, or Janet Evanovich.

CTW: Who is your favorite character in fiction?
DJ: My favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and my favorite character is Lucy, from those books. Lucy is the young girl who discovers Narnia when she’d hiding in a wardrobe in the book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I love that Lucy is the one that discovers Narnia, the friendships she makes there, and the way we see her grow and mature during the series.

CTW: Who is your favorite literary leading man?
DJ: Definitely has to be Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. He’s the archetypical romantic hero, cold and aloof, but underneath that exterior he has high morals, and is kind and has high integrity. My favorite film depiction of Darcy is by Colin Firth, who played Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary.  Helen Fielding, who wrote this book, admitted that it was based on Pride and Prejudice.

CTW: What's one little secret about yourself you can share with us?
DJ: I’d love to give you an honest answer to this question, but here’s the problem.  If I did, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

CTW: Anything else you’d like to share?
DJ: I’m working on a new novel, which is called Taking the Lead: Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker.  Here’s a short blurb:
Tessa Taylor leaves her home in Washington DC to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. But Tinseltown is tough, and the road to stardom isn’t as straightforward as she hopes it will be. Tessa has to compromise to make ends meet as she pursues the dream, and work is hard to come by in Hollywood. She tries one job after another, and they all end in disaster. Until one day she finds the perfect job – and the perfect group of new friends.
I’m hoping this novel will be finished a bit later this year, but progress has been slow recently, as I’ve been moving house. Have you heard that moving house is in the top ten list of stressful situations? Believe me, it’s true...

**Everyone who leaves a comment here will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of  Meeting Miss Mollie before  June 24 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

About the Author
I was born in Liverpool, England to parents who had a strong sense of adventure and moved many times.  I’ve lived in Canada, the United States, England and New Zealand.  I’ve worked in a variety of jobs ranging from envelope stuffer to bakery assistant, librarian to trade development executive, but none of my jobs were as much fun as the one that allowed me to write and get paid for it.  That was a few years ago, and each year it’s become more and more apparent what I want to do is write full time, a dream that first occurred to me at seventeen.

I write chick lit – light hearted and humorous stories for and about women who value their families, their friendships, their careers, their independence, who have a sense of adventure, and who live and love with passion.

Like my characters, I love my family and friends, beautiful shoes, anything sparkly, the ‘occasional’ drink, parties, and a good belly laugh.  I’m addicted to shopping, chocolate, bubble bath and anything else that smells nice, and the sort of tv programmes you’d never publicly admit to watching.

I live in a lovingly renovated home overlooking Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour, with my trusted friends Bronson Boxer and Dolce Dane.  They keep me fit and exercised, scare the burglars away, sit loyally by my side throughout my late night writing sessions, and hang on my every word when I read final drafts aloud.  They truly are my biggest fans, and I theirs!

I love my life, but not so much that there’s not room to live a load of other lives, through the hearts and minds of my characters, all of whom I adore, and some of whom I’m fortunate enough to call friend.

Connect with Di
http://www.dijoneswrites.com

Buy the Book
http://www.amazon.com/Transplanting-Holly-Oakwood-ebook/dp/B008AFPGII/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1
http://www.amazon.com/Meeting-Miss-Mollie-ebook/dp/B00BA8T03O/ref=pd_sim_b_1

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June 10, 2013

book review: meeting miss mollie

After creating a stellar and witty story with Transplanting Holly Oakwood, Di Jones repeats chick lit success in her sophomore novel Meeting Miss Mollie.

Here's the scoop on this book:
She’s the Agony Aunt who has it all. Except for one small problem – her life is a disaster.

Annabelle is a hard nosed writer with a good marriage, a nice flat, a thriving career at Adorn magazine and a busy social life. She has only one ambition – to be the best known Agony Aunt in the UK.

When her world is turned upside down by her husband’s infidelity she strikes out on her own and goes flatting with a jet setting businessman. But things in her new house aren’t quite what they seem and her problems mount.

Through her ups and downs, Annabelle forges a relationship with the strangest of friends and discovers the best things in life are those she always avoided.
Fast-paced and super cute, this was a quick and fun read that is great for an afternoon lounging by the pool or (in my case) to curl up with on a rainy day. As someone who found the chick lit genre with Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones and stuck with it because of Sophie Kinsella, it's great to find another author who does a good job of capturing the Brit Chick Lit sub category.

While Annabelle's life takes twists and turns I (fortunately) haven't had to deal with, she was a sympathetic character who I wanted to cheer for and know more about.

I loved Annabelle's job -- being an advice columnist for a publication. As someone who grew up reading "Dear Abby" and "Ann Landers" every Sunday, I enjoyed getting a peak into the life of the person who gives the advice. When her world falls apart, this adds another layer of development that is delightful.

In addition to Annabelle, this book also sheds light on the lives of other characters. In particular, I enjoyed the chapters devoted to Miss Mollie herself.

A great new voice in Chick Lit, I look forward to reading more of Di's work in the future. And, I'm looking forward to having her on the blog again, tomorrow.

Rating: 4 of 5

**Everyone who leaves a comment here will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of  Meeting Miss Mollie before  June 24 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

About the Author
I was born in Liverpool, England to parents who had a strong sense of adventure and moved many times.  I’ve lived in Canada, the United States, England and New Zealand.  I’ve worked in a variety of jobs ranging from envelope stuffer to bakery assistant, librarian to trade development executive, but none of my jobs were as much fun as the one that allowed me to write and get paid for it.  That was a few years ago, and each year it’s become more and more apparent what I want to do is write full time, a dream that first occurred to me at seventeen.

I write chick lit – light hearted and humorous stories for and about women who value their families, their friendships, their careers, their independence, who have a sense of adventure, and who live and love with passion.

Like my characters, I love my family and friends, beautiful shoes, anything sparkly, the ‘occasional’ drink, parties, and a good belly laugh.  I’m addicted to shopping, chocolate, bubble bath and anything else that smells nice, and the sort of tv programmes you’d never publicly admit to watching.

I live in a lovingly renovated home overlooking Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour, with my trusted friends Bronson Boxer and Dolce Dane.  They keep me fit and exercised, scare the burglars away, sit loyally by my side throughout my late night writing sessions, and hang on my every word when I read final drafts aloud.  They truly are my biggest fans, and I theirs!

I love my life, but not so much that there’s not room to live a load of other lives, through the hearts and minds of my characters, all of whom I adore, and some of whom I’m fortunate enough to call friend.

Connect with Di
http://www.dijoneswrites.com

Buy the Book
http://www.amazon.com/Transplanting-Holly-Oakwood-ebook/dp/B008AFPGII/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1
http://www.amazon.com/Meeting-Miss-Mollie-ebook/dp/B00BA8T03O/ref=pd_sim_b_1

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June 5, 2013

saw it on the vine

I've been tinkering around with Vine this week. For those of you who don't know, Vine is a mobile app for creating short -- like max of 7 seconds short -- video clips. Wikipedia explains it pretty well in this article.

As for how it works, here's a sample video:


What do you think? I have ideas for how I can use this as a promotional tool, but what other value do you think this can add?

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June 2, 2013

rescue

I now understand how a person can be weak in the knees with fear.

This morning, I was changing laundry when a small furry object jumped at the basement window. I may or may not have screamed. After having two mice in our house a year and a half ago, I'm still squeamish.

While catching my breath I realized not one but two baby bunnies had fallen into our window sill. We need to put new window covers on, and several times my sister and I have expressed our concern that baby bunnies or some other creature would fall in.

Once I realized our fears had come true, I had to think fast. Not knowing what else to do, I called my mom, who was walking into church. Appreciating my concern, she quickly helped me hash out a plan.

I located two shoeboxes of varying sizes (in case one was too big or too small) and a pair of work gloves. I also threw on a hoodie and jeans to cover up as much skin as possible. Even though I wanted to save them, they wouldn't know that. And much as I wanted to help, I also didn't want to go to the ER for a rabies shot.

Outside, I checked on the victims. The tiny fur balls were huddled together in the leaves (we really need to clean out those sills). Shaking. Through my fear, the need to get them out was stronger.

Teeth chattering and arms tense the whole time I fished each of them out with a shoebox. It wasn't as fast as I'd hoped. The wild animals clearly knew their best hope for survival was to bury themselves under the leaves and play dead when facing a larger predator.

Once both were hopping away, I covered up the sill and went inside. I'd just removed my gloves when I noticed my knees knocking together. I barely made it to a chair before I collapsed.

I caught my breath and had a thought. Not only had I saved those bunnies, but I'd experienced a phrase we writers like to use when illustrating a characters fear.

Even with the happy ending, and my realization, I hope I never have to do that again. And maybe I should go buy those window sill covers.