Friday, January 30, 2015

Author Spotlight: Heidi Angell

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Author Heidi Angell
Heidi comes to us from the land of Google+. Well, that’s where I met her and drew her into my dark embrace. ~laughs maniacally~
She graces me with patience and answers my 10 lovely questions!
10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
My writing process is different for every book, lending to the telling of that specific story. That being said, I usually have at least a good outline in my mind before starting. to write the actual scenes. I am a very linear thinker and will than write from beginning to end, weaving the ideas in my head onto the page.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
I am a very eclectic reader, though I tend to gravitate to sci-fi and fantasy. I also enjoy anthropological and historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers. Really for me the genre is not as relevant as the individual story.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Exploration. Exploration of the human condition, new worlds, alternate realities and how those things affect the way people would react.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was a geek before geek was chic. I have a fascination with the weird and unique. I am an entertainment junkie who also loves hiking and spending time with my husband and two boys.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
I always struggle to find time! Balance is a huge struggle for me. If I had my way I would write morning noon and night, but there is so much more to being an author and I am still working to find the balances. My greatest strength (and weakness) is that when I sit down to write I get completely involved and the real world melts away.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
I am a “bulk” writer. I tried and tried to follow the advice of making time to write every day, but then the house didn’t get cleaned and dinner didn’t get made. As part of my effort for balance, I dedicate huge blocks on the weekend to writing and spend the “little time” during the week to marketing, promoting, editing and those things that don’t wholly absorb my focus and leave my crew wondering if I will ever come out of the woodwork to feed them!
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
hmm…. This is hard, because I love it all. I think that is why I have chosen to self-publish. I did hate submitting to agents and publishers so I stopped doing that. I guess my least favorite (and mind you, I do enjoy a lot of it) is marketing. The hardest thing is feeling like an attention seeker. I was never the type to want to draw attention to myself. Finding a creative way to market without feeling like I was just screaming “Pick me, pick me!!” has been an interesting challenge.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
Before I got married and had kids, I made an effort. In the last 12 years that has ended. Ironically, I do make my bed before going to bed each night.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Just one…. hmm… Ireland
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
All! Wait, being one or killing them?
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
This is a game we play in my house. When my boys were little and wouldn’t listen I would say. “If you did that in the Zombie Apocalypse, we would all be dead!” Some people thought that was messed up, but my kids had no clue what zombies were. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve been introduced to Scooby Doo’s Zombie Island, Zombie Munchkin, Max Brooks Zombie Survivor Guide, and recently Day-Z, now when I say it they think it is hysterical. They are constantly asking “what if this happened in a Zombie Apocalypse, what would you do?” They keep bugging me to watch Walking Dead, but I don’t think they are quite ready for that. But ready for the Zombie Apocalypse, you’d better believe it!
You can find Heidi’s works on Amazon! Just click the pics!
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Spotlight: Author Agust MacGregor

Spotlight: Author August MacGregor

August is a an author of one of my favorite genres…the erotic fiction. I’ve taken it upon myself to peek into his crafted world and I have to say, I love it.
He graciously sat down to answer my 10 silly questions, allowing us to see more into his life and process. He’s a good natured guy and, well, come on, he humored me…:D  . On with the show!
1. What is your writing process?
I plunk down at my laptop and write. I’m not an outliner, but a “pantser” — as I’ve read is the label for those who write by the seat of their pants. I have lots of projects in the works, so I try to focus on the one that I want to finish first. But sometimes, other stories pull me away. Usually, I have a story that I’m editing and another that I’m writing. Since I’m not wild about editing, this works better for me to break it up. But editing is certainly a big part of putting a story together, as I find lots of mistakes in my first drafts.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
Authors such as Stephen King and Donald E. Westlake. Their writing is really accessible — not dense and hard to understand. And they are great at crafting a story that pulls you along, making you want to find out what happens next.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
With blogging, it’s making connections. Having someone read my work and make a connection with it. Same with me reading someone else’s work and connecting with that. With writing, it’s the joy of telling a story. To me, writing is a rush, and it often clicks with me — where I fall into the story and have a wonderful time. That rush is also like a drug that I love getting back to. It’s an addiction. My goal is to make enough from my ebooks to quit my day job, so I can feed that writing addiction and produce more stories.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m just a guy who loves to read books and write stories. If you saw me walking on the sidewalk, I’d blend in with everyone else — there’s just nothing that remarkable about me. I’m an introvert, an observer of people, a lover of good conversation. I hold family and friends close to my heart and will bend over backwards for them.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
A strength is that I’m a hard worker. Early on (many years ago), I wrote when inspiration hit me — which was sporadic. I talked about loving writing more than I actually sat down and wrote. Then I learned from the advice of others that you need to write regularly. Make it a routine, like going to the gym. Now I write my butt off, and I’m writing more than I’ve ever done before. A weakness is keeping focused. I have so many ideas, that I tend to jump from one story or poem to another. I have many drafts in various stages of completion that I need to get back to and just finish the suckers.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Not really. I don’t light candles to the gods of writing, or anything like that. Might be a good thing for me to start doing, though — it might improve sales :)
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Marketing. I love writing, but trying to sell my stories feels cheap. When I tweet about a book, I feel like I’m saying, “Hey everybody, look at this! It’s really great! Promise!” And then tweeting many times a day. I’ve read on several authors’ blogs that this brings them sales, but it hasn’t done wonders for my sales. As cheap as it feels, I know the reality of self publishing is that you have to promote yourself. It’s a business, and not just crafting stories. If you don’t promote yourself, how are people going to discover your books? You certainly can’t just rely on luck and other people spreading the word about you. But a nice thing about social media is when you meet other indie authors out there. I’ve found a supportive community on Twitter — many people retweet my posts, and I retweet theirs.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
This is probably going to sound lame, but my wife makes our bed in the morning.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Islands in the South Pacific. Those beautiful beaches, lush plants, the gorgeous water. Ahhhh….
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Werewolves. They appeal to me because they speak of a wildness inside of us that probably only comes out when we’re drunk — or for some other reason we let our guard down.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Not at all prepared. I don’t own a gun. And I don’t think I’ll be able to bring down a lot of zombies with just my axe.
I am currently immersed in Augusts ‘Orpheus Rising‘ and am so not disappointed. If you are a fan of the erotic genre, this is an author you certainly want on your shelves! Click the pics to be taken directly to Amazon!
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Orpheus Rising: Erotic Stories of Hooking Up is a collection of six short stories that explore the hot moments when two people—strangers or friends—hook up to become lovers. These erotic stories cover a range of characters and settings.
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Bavarian Beauty. Simon Edwards has a fetish for dirndls (the traditional Bavarian dress) — and since he is only turned on by this specific dress, he endures many disappointing dates with non-dirndl wearing women as he seeks someone he clicks with. These disappointments lead him to fly to Munich during Oktoberfest to immerse himself in dirndl heaven. He then must ask himself how far he’s willing to go to deliver on someone else’s fantasy.
You can also follow August on his website and twitter @AugustMacGregor! GO! NOW!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Write, right?

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So its quite late in the afternoon for me to be up and out and about, but I was sitting at home (wallowing) and decided the best course of action was to get out of there. I wanted coffee, that I did make, because come one, coffee shop coffee is usually better.
So I packed up the lappy and here I am. Home away from home.
I've gotten things done, too! I accidentally deleted everything in my email! Go me!
Thankfully, my most important things were in separate folders.
I have the spotlights ready for tomorrow.
And now I am working on my story. Just an added chapter I thought of while wallowing. Its coming along nicely.
My only complaint is that the coffee shop is a little crowded today with rambunctious and noisy people. It would be different if they were having quiet conversation...but no, they are loud and shouting and...speaking a language I have no understanding of. Maybe its supposed to be yelled.
My coffee is good though. And I got myself a sandwich in case I feel peckish.
I will admit my nerves are shot and my mood is down. I feel a depression coming on. I'll work through it, however. I always do.
I was going to cook a nice dinner tonight, but I think I'll say bugger it and eat noodles...or this sandwich...lol. The spawn can feed herself.
I've been reading more erotica lately, which makes me really want to start editing and publishing my own works. But that can wait. I'd like to get Addisons story out of the way first. Sales aren't doing well at all. Non-existent nearly. But, I will still put out the second book, just for symmetry sake. I'm OCD like that.
Speaking of OCD...the blue of my shirt doesn't match the blue of my pants slightly. Its bugging me. I almost want to go home and change. But I keep telling myself its so slight, you can only tell marginally in the direct sunlight. But still...I KNOW!!!!

Pure Laziness

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Last night was way un-productive. I found myself on Netflix again. World War Z. I had to get a zombie fix.
And today, things just aren’t looking too bright. Even though I went to bed at a decent hour, I feel utterly run through. I got up, got dressed, gathered my things, went to the coffee shop…then went through the drive-thru, ordered and came home. I have no desire to do anything. I’m tired, and a little cranky.
So, I think I will sit here with fat-cat today. She needs some mommy time, I think.
This crazy weather we’re having may have me in my weird mood. I mean, its been getting into the 60s during the day, but at night its cold, dropping into the 20-30 degree range.
Hey, I know, I shouldn’t complain…but this is the South…anything under 65 degrees is just uncalled for.
There’s a reason I love living in the South, and that’s the mild winters. This one is mild, but a little screwy.
And I just cant get over how tired I am. I can not seem to wake up and perk up.
After reading someone elses blog regarding February’s NaBloPoMo, I think I’ve decided not to participate for the month. I’ve done it every month since November. I’ll still cross post anything I put here over to there, but I’m not going to work so hard to post every day. I’ve been stressing too much on that little subject, and you shouldn’t stress over something like making a daily blog post. I have a book that needs writing. My focus needs to go there.
Not that I wont bedazzle you all with my brilliance and blunders! Never fear!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Discouraged

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So, I a back, as you can see. Thank you all for your patience, and show of support.
Its good to be back, really.
My mood is in a funk, however. More irritation than anything.
I was on my way out this morning, and told ‘whats the hurry, you don’t have a job.’
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So, evidently to this person writing books isn’t a ‘job’.
I think I hate this person.
Anyway. I’m here in the safety of my coffee shop. Maybe its not a job, but I still have a book to write.
I am also considering a change of scenery, as in…a move. My daughter is grown and more than capable of taking care of herself. I am considering moving closer to either my older sister, or perhaps my parents, which would mean another country altogether.
I really hate leaving this area though. I’m comfortable here. My doctors are here. I know where to go when I need something. Its just…comfortable.
But maybe its time for a change. New place, new people. The familiar faces of family. I really hate the thought of leaving my daughter though, and she wouldn’t be able to just conveniently visit, especially if I moved to be closer to my parents. They live down in Guatemala. Moving to be closer to my older sister would just have me moving about 4 hours away, to Atlanta, Ga..  I really hate Atlanta, though. Its too big for me.
The other problem with moving to be close to my parents, is I don’t speak a lick of Spanish. I have a hard time just ordering at Taco Bell. :P
~sighs~
So, I am pretty discouraged with things right now. Very stressed. I hate being stressed. I cant focus on the things I need to when stressed. I’m easily distracted, and find myself sitting here with my mind wondering.
Blah.
Its time to get back on the ball, however. I have an inbox full of mail, a couple days worth of blog posts to read through, etc.. And then getting back to work on book two. But, seeing as it isnt a ‘job’, I guess I wont rush.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Out of Order...

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Yes, I know, I didn’t make a post. ~sighs~
I really enjoy posting at least once a day, I really do. But I got tied up in some other business yesterday and just didn’t get to it. I did check my mail a lot, just to be sure I didn’t miss anything mega-important. I haven’t even looked at my Facebook in the last 24 hours. Well, okay, I do that quite often. I despise Facebook. And Twatter, erm…Twitter…Tweeter…whatever…
I have a very good post on the way, however, thanks to some back and forth mailing between Patricia and myself. Its going to have to go on the back burner for now though.
Some pressing family matters have come up, and my daughters grandpa (not my dad) is in the poorest of health. They are not expecting him to last the week.
So there will be a trip to Montgomery today, and then again if anything further happens.
She is not close with her fathers father. He’s not the nicest person in the world. But he is her family. Its only right she pay respect.
So my head is getting an ‘out of order’ sign slapped on it just in case I go missing for a few days. Montgomery isn’t far from here at all, but who knows on how much time we’ll have to spend up there and how much time I’ll be able to sit at the lappy to compose anything.
The only thing I managed to accomplish today was making myself look decent. Meaning I touched up my hair. I really gotta get the kid to trim it for me. Ugh.
I hope you all enjoyed this weeks spotlights and are checking out my new friends! Remember, if you are interested in being in the spotlight, don’t hesitate to contact me!
~snugs you all~

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blogger Spotlight: Ray from The Unsimplelife!

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Ray – The Unsimplelife
Ray is in our spotlight this week! He is a fellow wordpress blogger and all around great guy to talk to. You can catch him on The Unsimplelife.
On with my torture of the man!!  :D
10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
I try not to have, or stick to any particular process. I find I get the best results when I let just write. I try to let the moment im in take the lead, when I am not thinking about it too much I read back over my work and it seems to have a much more organic feel. When I am writing something of some length, I do have a kind of timeline for main events and I try to write in between them, but I don’t plan the rest. If that makes sense at all.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
I read all sorts of things, fiction and non-fiction. My partner and I both love reading. Personally, I like RA Salvatore, John Marsden, George RR Martin. Right now I am reading The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. Otherwise, I love reading science / physics type books, must be the nerd in me. My partner is trying to get me to read some Tamora Pierce, but it isn’t really my thing to be honest.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
Hard question to answer really, I write for many reasons. I guess I started writing for myself a long time ago, I never really showed my writing to anyone. My wife got a hold of a notebook a few years ago without me knowing, and she enjoyed it. I guess since then my confidence has grown a bit, hence why I have a blog now too I guess. With both, I really enjoy seeing a reader engaged, positive or negative, it is just lovely to know you have made someone think.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Umm, I guess so. I am in my late twenties, I live in Australia. I spent most of my early adulthood travelling with no money and no direction. I now have a wife and a young boy (3yrs) and have settled down somewhat. I had a pretty crappy for years, I watched one of my friends get eaten alive, my mother died suddenly soon after with cancer, and am now just on the back end of that. Check the blog if you want to know more detail.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My strength, and my weakness, is my mood. I can go weeks, months even without writing so much as a word, but I get into moods when I just can’t stop myself. I have been trying to find / think of ways to balance this out a little and try to have a little more consistency to my work, open to suggestions if anyone has any!
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Not really… umm, I seem to find a pen to chew, even when I am typing. :)
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Getting the aesthetics of a blog / post right. I procrastinate a lot with that side of things… I never actually proof read, or edit any of my work as such, probably explains the weird dyslexic moments you may have come across.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I used to make my bed of a morning, then we had a kid.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Space, ever since I was little the universe has amazed me.
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Zombies, is this a real question?
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
There is actually a local group in my town that has a zombie apocalypse plan, and a location, supplies and everything ready. I am a member, bring it on! :)
I love the down to earth-ness of Ray, and his blog. First time parenting is tough! Please scoot on over to The Unsimplelife and check him out!

Author Spotlight: Courtney M Wendleton

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Courtney M Wendleton
I met the lovely Courtney through Google+ and she’s an awesome young woman. Bright, intelligent and fun. She supports her fellow authors and bloggers and just has a dynamite personality.
So, lets get the show on the road and see a little insight Zoe style…
10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
My writing process takes place at my Command Center. I have my laptop and speakers set up to watch a movie and use my tablet to actually do the writing. I have the movie going basically for background noise, and something to keep me focused on my writing. Instead of getting up and doing something when my mind begins to wander, I watch the movie for a few minutes and then I’m back to writing.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything on my Kindle. I have horror, sci-fi, Learning Language books, Romance, etc. Usually I read Harry Potter series and Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy once a year.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
My greatest joy of writing so far has been when I put my first book, Touchdown Interruption, for sale on Amazon. As for blogging, I have not had a stand out joy yet.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in Ocean View, Hawaii, Hawaii. I was born and raised in the northwest corner of Missouri. I love to read, write and play video games. With my small obsession to write, I have an even bigger obsession with names. I can sit for hours coming up with names for my characters and not know it. I also love to travel and have lived in four different states, including Alaska.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
A strength would be focus. My focus is sharp when I am in the groove and even if I lose focus it is only for a few minutes before I’m back at it. A weakness would be editing while writing. I can’t stand those little red and blue squiggly lines under words or phrases. They bug me to no end and are part of the reason I lose focus until they are made to disappear.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
I don’t think I have any strange writing habits, but my dragon Kevin (he’s from Pillow Pet land) might say I do. Everything I write goes through him.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Marketing. I enjoyed writing the book, and enjoy blogging but marketing is tedious in my opinion. A necessary evil to push through.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
There is no point in making a bed, it is just going to be messed up later. No one is going to see the bed, unless you go around showing your room to everyone. Plus I’m a “nester.” I burrow and get the pillows and blanket into just the right position for Kevin and me to write. Then fall asleep as I do most of my writing at night when others are asleep.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Ireland
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Vamwoldezoms. I love vampires, and demons but am just discovering the world of werewolves and zombies that I can’t choose.:)
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Unfortunately I’m not. I am out of shape, I have no preferred weapon of choice and I live on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Plus the island happens to be an active volcano…I’m screwed.
You can visit Courtneys website and take a gander or check out her Google+ page and Facebook!
You can find her books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, just click the pic! :D
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Thank you so much for this opportunity Courtney! :D

Jan 23 2015

darknight
No, seriously…it was.
It started raining around 7pm last night, and did not stop until 8 or 9am this morning. My wind chimes sung pretty songs all night long. It was cold though. Too cold to sit outside on the front porch to enjoy it all.
And in all my mopiness from yesterdays events, I didnt come home and cry as planned.
Instead…I GOT SUCKED INTO THE NETFLIX VORTEX OF DOOM!!!
Yes, I started watching American Horror Story from the first season onward. I really liked the first and second season. The third was okay, but I had conflicts with what I know of true voodoo and what they portrayed of it, Marie Laveau and Daphne. And I thought season four was just dreadful. Blah.
Anywho.
Spotlights…they will be late in getting posted today. Someone hasnt gotten back to me and I have to either post simply one spotlight, or do some re-arranging. And I warn you…I am feeling awful lazy today…so we will probably only see one spotlight.
I had a really great ‘sounding board’ session with my spawn last night over Book Two in my series. New ideas were brought to the table and tossed around. This was a good thing. As I revise my chapters, I will be making a point to add some of this new material we discussed.
My cold seems to be making a little bit of a come back. Not so much the coughing…but I’m liquifying again a little. I will be avoiding outside endeavors while this cold rainy time is settled over the lands.
By the way, with all the rain we got in just the past night…my driveway is like the ultimate mud bog for playing around in a truck with it kicked into 4-wheel drive. And other parts of my yard resemble a swamp. It looks like its not done raining just yet either. Its stopped for now, but its cold, and the sky does indeed look angry.
I feel very lethargic today. If I could cancel the Spotlight, I would, but I hate disappointing anyone.
So, it will get done, in just a bit.
I need coffee. I’m in the mood for coffee sweetened with sweetened condensed milk. LOVE that. No need to add cream or sugar. So yums!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cant tell whether its a good or bad day :(


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So I’ve been a good productive little nut job since my last post.
I admit, I cried a little. The things falling apart like they did hurt my feelings…I took it personally and still don’t know what to do with the gaming character. Her little black heart will be broken when I decide to pull her out of ‘lock-down’ mode.
But in the meantime, I’ve come to the coffee shop and gotten some work done on book two. There’s SO MUCH MORE WORK TO DO!!! GAH!!!
But, I’m enjoying it. Yanno, when you write, especially novels, you go over it again and again and again. So, I started at chapter one this morning. I remodeled a little, reworded, all those little fine tuning things. I’m pleased. After I post this, I’m moving on to chapter two to revisit it, hopefully revise and improve.
Last night…or the wee hours of this morning rather, I looked into one of my erotica novels that I haven’t looked at in ages. I smiled. A lot. I hope that when I publish my smut, those interested in the genre will enjoy it. I’ll give a little glimpse into the two separate series at a later date. Right now I want to focus on the follow up to The Road of Darkness.
I had myself a little personal size pizza and I have one of my favorite coffees here next to the lappy and despite being all bummed out about gaming affairs, I am happy with the day so far. Granted, I’ll probably go home and mope and cry some more. I’ll get over it eventually.
Oh, and my truck. My beautiful beloved beast has to go into the shop for the entire weekend. WAH! No coffee shop…unless I have my spawn drive me around. I hate asking her. >_<
My brakes are shot and my compressor went out. ~dies~ Oh, and I could use four new tires, but they are going to have to wait.
Still working on tomorrows Spotlights. One of my scheduled peeps hasn’t gotten back to me since my last email…so there may be a little shifting in the scheduling going on.
The offer to be in the spotlight for a week is still on for anyone who hasn’t emailed me. And if you have emailed me and I didn’t get back to you…I’m so sorry…email me again!!! When I got sick I sort of let my inbox fall into disarray. I feel so bad. >_<
zoeambler@zoeambler.com or zoe.ambler5@gmail.com


Oh…a little stab at my little heart as I sit here…a customer here at the coffee shop (I have headphones on, but I can still hear) is mocking my book. ~sighs~ He’s making comments about ‘twilight style’ and ‘teeny bopper’ vampire fiction. “I only like stuff like Trueblood…blah blah blah…” The Barista, Ashley, just told him “you haven’t even read the summary! This is a ‘grown up’ vampire book! It just doesn’t have porn…”
People are mean.This is why I don’t socialize more and try to be in my own little world. People can really suck sometimes.
At least my Baritas up here love me.
Yes. I’m going to go home and sulk and cry some more. I don’t cry often, maybe I need to do so and get it all out. That’s what normal girls do, right? lol.  :D

Jan 22 gaming Woe's


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So, the whole thing with my little gaming world.
It has all come crashing down. It looks as though I’ve lost my writing partner. My character is still in her ‘lock down’ mode, even though the penalty time is lifted. I can log into her cleanly now…but why bother.
My writing partner has ditched me, and my character, and now I have not a clue on what to do. I mean, first things first is for the characters to ‘divorce’ (yes, in the game you can union up your charries). After that, I would imagine RPing something on my own to give my character closure, I guess.
It all sucks, horribly.
She’s a great character. However, she, and me, aren’t well liked because we have a knack for calling people out on their bullshit. People take ‘Out of Character’ things and use them ‘In Character’.
So finding her a new partner is not likely to happen. (And then there’s that horrid female/male ratio aspect)
Man, this sucks. He was such a good writer, and we wrote well off one another.
BAH! ~shakes a fist~
I could always keep her in lock-down mode…I mean, she could stay there for ages, and I could create a new character…but no…I really don’t want to do that. That’s A LOT of work. Ranking back up again and such.
~head desks~
I haz a major sad today.
I need to surround myself in cats.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jan 21, 2015...after this mornings weirdness...


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So…I’ve recovered from this mornings bout of insane silliness. (you can catch that on zoeambler.com) I still lack an A string, so I cant be all musical.
I took a much needed nap, then got up and opened some word documents to stare at them a bit to see what they had to say to me.
I started working on one that I haven’t touched in, like…a year now. And was promptly told by spell-check that it didn’t have a clue as to what word I was grasping at.
THESAURUS.COM time!
I haven’t gotten any actual work done on the book I’m SUPPOSED to be working on. I seem to keep going back to older works and fleshing them out a little. Some could be posted here on the blog I imagine…they aren’t graphically smutty or anything. Just kind of long, and I don’t know if a blog post would do them justice.
My truck is in the shop, I’m stranded at home. I hate that to no end. I love to just be able to get up, toss my laptop in the truck any time the mood strikes and head to the coffee shop. Hopefully my truck will be fixed by next week.
I do more productive work at the coffee shop.
I’m trying to stay away from Netflix or I get sucked into that vortex.
So I am letting music guide me. Now that I cant practice my own, I have a killer playlist lined up.
I could always go back to bed. Everybody complains I don’t sleep enough. I feel like I might miss something. What? I have no clue…lol.
So, today’s accomplishments so far….ZIP! NADA! NUTTIN’! Not a thang…~head desks~

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jan 20, 2015 - back to the book


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Dakota Coffee Works, Enterprise, Alabama. Back to work for me. No, I don’t work there…I do my most productive working FROM there. No one bothers me, all the girls know what I drink, and the other regular customers all smile, ask how things are and we all live our merry lives.
This is where I like to work on my writing. I get a good bit done from home, but I seem more productive when I’m here at the coffee shop. More focused. I don’t know why that is. I enjoy it though.
So book two will finally get smoothed out, edited and I’ll decide which ending its going to be getting. I have three possibles. I love all three.
Initially book two was going to be the end of the saga. The end of the story.
Now, two of the newer endings I’ve come up with could 1. leave it open for a possible third, or 2. leave it open to be a full series.
I’m very torn on what to do. I was hoping feedback on book one The Road of Darkness would help me in my decision on which way to go, but I’ve only gotten two reviews on Amazon. No other feedback, so I don’t know if this is something people would want to see as more than just two books. BAH!!!
Then there is the erotica series. Two series actually, each series being between 3-5 books, depending on how I structure all I’ve written.
So, I guess I’ll focus on cleaning up what I have of book two for now. I plan on releasing it May or June of this year. I have everything for it already…ISBNs, cover art, etc..
My blog posts may become more sporadic. I like to do at least a post a day, but, well, yanno what I did yesterday? I slept all day. Really. Woke up to eat and take meds, then back off to sleep more. I really wasn’t feeling too great. The cold is still lingering, but what pained me the most yesterday was my back.
I’m feeling pretty good today though, and in the right mindset to get my tail back to work on my writing.
The weekly spotlight on other authors and bloggers will still be happening! I like it…it helps others, and that makes me feel good.
So, off to work I get now, dragging book two out!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Just of snippet of a thang

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This is just something I wrote as I was thinking of my gaming character and her feelings and actions at the time. I may write more on it…I dunno. It may never go anywhere but here. Anywho…enjoy. :)
She had confronted him after hearing not a word from him in so long. So much silence, yet they lived in the same home. So much silence, especially for two who were just married mere months ago.
He didn’t even seem concerned for her recent absence. She definitely noticed his. His constant coming and going.
She asked if he was having an affair. That question seemed to irritate him.
She asked what happened to the man who used to leave her flowers, notes, snarky and witty comments…
She asked if he even cared what she was going through since this new life had been bestowed upon her. The transition was hard. So hard.
Instead of concern, he seemed to turn things around. His own concerns, his own problems, his own darkness and dark thoughts.
There was no emotion for her. No concern of her well being. No affection.
No love.
He said he’d see her later that night. She shook her head as she started walking away. “No, you won’t…” She had said.
He didn’t follow. He didn’t seem concerned in the least.
He might have well just shoved a blade in her heart and gave it a twist for good measure.
True to her word, she didn’t return ‘home’ that night.
She roamed. She was used to the night. She was comfortable in the darkness.
She went to a small pub, finding it blessedly empty for the most part. There were a few surly looking patrons watching some form of sport on the television above the bar.
She went to the tables, finding one that was nice and secluded. A waitress made her way through the empty tables and chairs to take her order. Blue eyes scanned the elder woman. She was probably the barkeeps wife. This looked like a family run establishment. It was very calm and homey.
“A bottle of tequila. Gold. Lemons and salt.” She said to the waitress. The woman gave a nod. “Okay honey, coming right up…” was all she said as she made her way back to the bar to fetch the order.
The liquor, fruit and salt was delivered and paid for, as well as a hefty tip to ensure she was left alone for the remainder of the evening.
She poured her first shot, licking her hand and placing a sprinkle of salt there before licking it off, kicking back the shot, then cramming the lemon wedge in her mouth, biting and pulling the meaty citrus fruit from the rind. She squint her eyes and scrunched her nose. Wow…nice.
She thought back to their first meeting. Despite her instant physical attraction to him, the two were more likely to kill one another than actually work together. But they pushed past that initial disdain for one another and worked on.
They overcame great things together.
He gave her a night of utter bliss. She lingered on that memory for a moment. The passion, the heat. The way their bodies moved together in fluid motion in that delightful dance. The pulsing, the pounding and the writhing. The heated kisses and the swollen lips. Their tongues had graced one another as if they had known each other since the dawn of time. Fingers explored and brought forth immense pleasures.
She suddenly became aware that she was sitting there blushing, but smiling faintly as well. She sighed, pouring another shot, lining it up like the first and taking it in.
When their mission was complete and they found themselves with this strange unique bond with one another, he took her home with him. ‘Their’ home. ‘Their’ bed.
But nothing felt like ‘theirs’ to her. It was all his. And everything was on his whim, his desire, his time.
Then complications arose from an outside matter. It was such bad timing.
She seemed to be pushed off to the side as he dealt with his own personal things, without so much as a single concern with how she was faring and coming to terms with the trials she had just faced.
So here she was, in a bar, sitting in a darkened corner trying to get drunk. What purpose would that serve?
None.
She wasn’t going to be going back to ‘their’ home this night however. Thankfully she had plenty of ‘safe houses’ all over the world. She could go anywhere, really.
She didn’t want to give up on him. She didn’t want to give up on them.
He was the first man to make her feel this way. So torn up inside that she actually wanted to break down and cry. She hated it. At the moment she hated him.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Unhappiness in the RGP World

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There is lament and sadness and woe in my gaming world.
Being sick forced me to place my charries (characters) into ‘time out’. In one particular game, that means placing them on a lock-down mode that you cant pull the charries out of for like a minimum of seven days or you are penalized.
Anyway, in that game, which is currently my favorite, I am have gotten my main character in a relationship and its going tits up. Not the good way.
It makes me sad. A lot of work went into this character, her development and story, and the relationship she is in. (she’s married, sort of)
Now, the player of her partner skipped out a few months back for real life issues. He came back, never ‘time outing’ his character.
The problem is, he is still gaming, though not with me, and my character. They are supposed to be a team…husband and wife. We have a story-line in progress.
He seems to have abandoned it all. And me. He doesn’t speak to me at all anymore. No ‘hey, having some writers block..’ or anything. I’m used to people at least giving me excuses.
Nope.
He is certainly writing with someone. I brazenly asked him a few weeks ago if his character was having an affair on mine. Well, didn’t that just piss him off.
These RPGs I play are crucial to me. Its all part of my writing therapy and keeps me coming up with new ideas. He is disrupting things in a storyline. A very crucial part of a storyline.
I am thinking of dropping him. Meaning, when I am able to take the charrie out of ‘time out’, having her divorce him. I could easily role play it out, because I’m all about the writing. He knew this when he signed up to take me on as a RPG partner in this game.
I guess what hurts my feelings the most is that he’s doing something sketchy, not keeping me informed, just leaving me in the dark about everything and also turning the storyline upside down.
Yes, my feelings are hurt. My character is despairing and lamenting and well…she isn’t sane to begin with. She feels unloved, if he ever even loved her at all. Mind you, I have to think like her, and sometimes that isn’t as fun as you may think it sounds.
I really don’t know what to do.
I figured I’d think it over until ‘lock down’ mode releases the character and I can actively play her again. I am thinking the worst. And on an out of character level, it breaks my heart just as much as its probably breaking the characters heart, just in a different way.
I’m losing someone who I thought was a good friend.
Bah.
I’m whiny today.
Hey, I am not oozing and snotting as much! I got some QUALITY sleep last night…and late this morning! I am feeling so much better!
But that’s just physical. Inside I am really upset about my whole gaming life and world.
And when that happens, I am not a very productive person. I should be working on my other writing, but all my focus seems to be falling back to the gaming world.
What I need is a good committed gaming partner. I like my character to be in a relationship because yanno…smut writing…but I guess I am ‘needy’ in the fact that I have so much time, so much imagination and just the love of constant writing.
I used to have two gaming partners that were perfect. Our characters, their storyline, their interaction…they were the envy of the games. And these ‘relationships’ lasted for years. Real life circumstance brought them to an end, but wow…what a run…so many stories. Wars, fights, romance, bickering, comedy. They had it all. I would love to find that again in this particular game.
See, one of the downsides of this game, is that the female/male gaming ratio is severely out of whack. For every male, there are 6-7 females. So, basically, there are nearly no ‘available’ males, and the ones who aren’t homosexual or in a relationship, are taking full advantage of the females with …loose morals…throwing themselves at the males.
So finding a male and getting committed and forming a good partnership is like finding a needle in a haystack. Yanno, you also have to factor in the ‘writing compatibility’. Plenty of males may want to write with me, but come on…if you cant write more than a paragraph…don’t use punctuation and good common sense grammar, and can convey a story…well…NOPE. I loathe ‘one-liners’. They are usually the bane of any text based RPGers existence. And god modders, powerplayers and metaplayers.
~face desks~
So, I think I’ll sit here with the ‘grumpies’ today. Pout. Maybe even cry a little? I take my characters and their little lives to heart. You hear the phrase ‘its just a game’ all the time. But when you spend time developing, forming and fleshing out a character so truly unique, you take that characters little life to heart. That is your creation. Your baby. What pains it, pains you.
So, yes. I’m going to pout. Maybe write some ‘what if’ stories. Sometimes in doing that I create something that is workable if I am truly going to severe ties with someone.
Doing so makes me cry and snot though.
~sighs~

Friday, January 16, 2015

Spotlight - Blogger Patricia Appelquist

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Patricia Appelquist
I met Miss Patricia not long ago when I first started out on these social media endeavors to promote and market and all that fun stuff. I had joined a blogging site…Blogher. I had jump into their ‘NaBloPoMo’ with both feet. Patricia was my very first commenter and follower, and we’ve stalked one another since. She’s a wonderful, beautiful lady.
She graciously took me up on the 10 Questions offer. She’s a veteran blogger and writer. She hasnt run screaming from my inane ramblings and admissions as of yet. >_>
So, everyone, meet Patricia! You can catch her on http://www.patriciaappelquist.blogspot.com/
10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
Usually, I start at the end point I am trying to make and work my way back, like when I realized I lost 20lbs equals the amount a woman usually gains when pregnant hence the “oh baby” title(s)
2. What do you read for pleasure?
I am very fortunate to know a lot of good writers like my friend MK Devlin whom did Write Rock but for the most part I read Blogher Nablopomo posts because there is a lot of writers but its hard to figure out which ones to pay attention to.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
Looking back in the past posts and seeing the progress or regress in some cases. Writing is a creative outlet for me and another way to make sure I made my voice heard in a very busy and loud world
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in Silicon Valley otherwise what I consider to be Oz because this micro area is literally an juxtaposition of where America was and where America is going. I am often struck by odd conflicts of reality where I see people struggle to make ends meet while standing next to an dot-com-aire. I have made some choices in my life and I share those in my blog as reflections or lessons learned.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
Thank goodness for Spellcheck I keep trying to update my vocabulary but my spelling is pretty much a weakness because I remember how to spell some words with the British English spelling versus the 21st Century American English. I would consider it both my weakness and strength.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
I usually type up my posts in the early early am like if I am up at 4am I will type away. Before I was aware of scheduling posts I would take pains to actually type up a post at the exact time I would have one there was a lot of 5am and 9pm posts.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
I admit I am disappointed in myself after a lackluster NaBloPoMo run last November where I really struggled to meet the goals of the topic given. I had to remind myself I am only really writing for one person’s approval and that is tough because we all want someone else to validate the experiences.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
My bed isn’t made …unless I am dating someone and I want to impress them .
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before? I really want to go to New York City after that I am thinking Miami Florida .
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies? Vampire
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I am totally ready after I experimented with writing down what would actually happen in my blog a few years ago I have a pretty good Idea that I am ready though I would appreciate the slow zombies please …otherwise I will have to steal a car and then I have to find gas then I have to get more ammo and you know with fast zombies the ammo is going to be the first thing that goes so then its all machete and rocket launchers and well the Zombie Apocalypse will probably start here on the West Coast anyway …didn’t you read about the Garage Labs ? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/25/do-it-yourself-dna-amateu_n_153489.html
Patricia receives EXTRA EXTRA points for the HP post link…lol. ZOMGZ!!!
Thank you so much for being a guest Patricia! You rock!

Spotlight - Author Lisa Rayns

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Lisa Rayns
Author of Adult Suspense and Romance…with a Paranormal Twist!
Lisa was wonderful enough to humor me with my silly ’10 questions’. I feel humbled, as here I am, just a small time girl with a book to my name, and she’s written so many! I have met some really great people since kicking myself into public view! So, lets get down to the good stuff, shall we?
10 Questions, Zoe style…
Thank you so much for having me, Zoe!
1. What is your writing process?
My writing process is pretty simple. When a muse hits me for a story, I write down as much of it as I can. When that process finishes, I look at the story, the basic plot, and find ways to make it better. I plot out the story and get that written out. Then I go back to writing. At this stage, I mostly cringe when my characters don’t want to follow the wonderful plot I’ve created, but I let them be who they are and adjust as I go until finished.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like anything with a romantic storyline it. That could be anything from romantic suspense to sci-fi, comedy or horror.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is when someone leaves an amazing review. It’s like a confirmation that someone else shared my vision of the story. They get me, and the warm, fuzzy feeling is incredible.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in a small town, and I work full time. I have three beautiful boys at home, two dogs, and a Siamese cat. Spending time with my family is important to me, and it’s also a lot of fun because we all share a similar interest in the paranormal.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My strength is that I love to create stories. It’s my hobby, it’s my job, it’s my passion, so luckily I’ve never had to force myself to write. My weakness is finding more time.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Hmm. That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure if it’s strange or normal, but sometimes I abandon one story to work on another. No matter how badly I want my current one finished, I follow my muse.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
Marketing, for sure.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I’m laughing as I answer this. No, I don’t make my bed in the morning because I’m normally in it! I’ve been working nights at my “day” job, so my hours are a tad screwy.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
It’s hard to choose just one. I mean, hot guys with accents are awesome, but I think I’d like to visit a real castle with ancient stone walls. Hey, if it comes with hot guys with accents, that’s okay with me!
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Vampires. Always.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I think I’m pretty prepared. I’ve brushed up my skills on Left for Dead 2, and I have several swords in the house. I always have an awesome day after a zombie dream. I love them!
As mentioned before, Lisa has many books published. Her most recent is a finale in a series:
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Summary:
When Annabelle Cox is forced to return to her hometown of Medford, she is anxious to tell a certain vampire he’s had her heart for years. Malik Drake is sexy as hell and completely irresistible, but the bad boy is also engaged to marry her mother the moment her father dies.
Ignoring the complications, she’s determined to tell him how she feels in hopes of changing his plans for the future. But the closer she gets to him, the more powerful a hidden adversary becomes, and their sizzling attraction may not stand a chance in Hell.
Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Follow Lisa for news and things to come!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cross Promotion! Its still on!

Yes, even though I’m still in this weird liquifying state, I am still attempting to keep my ‘Spotlight’ feature running. I know many of you haven’t heard back from me yet with your questions and requests for your stuff, but I will get to it, I promise.
I did get a chance to do at least two more weeks worth of double headers though. GO ME!
Tomorrow we will see two new faces in the spotlight, highlighting their stuff!
Oh, and to those of you with manly bits, if you could be dolls and email me if still interested in participating, that would be lovely.
I’m trying to make this as painless as possible for everyone involved. So here’s how things will go.
I have a standard set of 10 Zoe-esque questions…a set for authors and a set for bloggers. I will spotlight both, because amazing talent comes in all forms.
If you email me, I’ll shoot you off a copy of the questions, and you fill them out and send me anything relevant. Book covers, websites, book buy links, etc.
All I ask is the same in return. I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine. I WARN YOU…I HAVE ROAMING HANDS!!! >_>
I think cross-promotion is great, even for bloggers. Everyone has their own fan-base, its good to introduce those fans to something they might otherwise not see.
So, my lovely ones, I will call to a close for this evening.
Please consider my offer. zoeambler@zoeambler.com or zoe.ambler5@gmail.com will work for contacting me!

Jan 15. Bublish


Bublish

I found Bublish when trying to market my book. I fell in love with it. I admit, I didn’t use it to the fullest potential, but today I sat in on a webinar thingy and learned a lot.

Bublish is going to be my new best friend, other than blogging, to promote.

Its simple to use, for both the author, and the reader.The general idea is that you upload your book, or even just chapters at a time if its ‘in progress’, and then you make ‘rough cut bubbles’…basically ‘excerpts’ to preview the chapter some for the readers. You can make them as long or short as you please. The dashboard allows you to directly tweet and FB that you published a rough cut bubble.
People interested can go and check it out. They can follow you. Retweet you, slap you on their FB.

In the coming weeks there are changes coming to the platform. A comment section, and a unique ‘follow’ setting. This ‘Follow’ setting will allow readers to follow that author and receive emails of the rough cut bubbles all fancy-like, and wont have to worry about missing out if it gets buried under all the other social media. It will also allow authors to connect one on one with readers, but allowing them to contact readers personally with email updates, promo’s, special sneak peaks, etc.

In the next month, I am adding more ‘The Road of Darkness’ bubbles, and I will start uploading and sharing bubbles for book two, The Path of Redemption.

You can find my Bublish Profile here: http://bublish.com/author/view/4318

Oh, I’ll still post book excerpts here, but for those wishing to be updated, without having to hunt, and like the idea of getting a fancy smancy email (when it gets implemented) sign on up…its frrreeeee. 

You can also find a whole slew of other authors you might be interested in as well!

Okay…Its med time!! WOOHOO!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wha....?

Yes, a cat with a snot-bubble. Its my ‘spirit animal’.

I get sick a go away for a little bit and everything goes to pot!!!!
WORDPRESS?!?! WHAT THE HELL!?!?!
People I absolutely adore are pretty much being forced off, or into silence. OM (aopinionatedman), known for his Harsh Reality, is getting slammed by WP.
And here, I CANT REBLOGGED! I cant reblog anyone. I wanted to reblog for a journal/magazine I support, calling for submissions…it wont even let me reblog something so harmless as that.
UGH!
I’m sending a bag of toxic snot to WordPress.
Gross, I know. But you haven’t seen the ‘swear like a drunken sailor’ side of me. Gross is a step up, trust me.
Also…SO MANY of you have left well wishes since I got sick, and I haven’t had time to go and comment on each of them….SO TO ALL OF YOU….THANK YOU!!! You touch me by stopping by, seeing how I’m doing here in Zoe-world.
This whole WP shenanigans though, its starting to tick me off. Of course, its due to 1. Someone was a whiner, or 2. Someone abused the system.
I am voting on the whiner. They are everywhere.
Okay, I had to get that out of my system. And wanted to thank those of you who have left ‘get well’ comments and stuff.
I’ll send you all tissues! NO! NOT USED! Well, unless you’re into that kinda thing…I’m not judging…>_>

Hospital gowns are still unflattering

I’m liquifying.
Yes, its true. Turning into some sort of gooey slime-like form.
I think its a zombie virus gone bad. I haven’t test the theory yet, but sometimes tonight someone is getting bitten. ITS FOR SCIENCE!!!
So I haven’t done a lot but wallow around. I did see the doctor and get some meds, because, probably to the rejoice of many, I have now lost my voice.
Have I mentioned the amounts of goo and snot? Its epic.
The meds make me tired, but when I lay down, I get hot and uncomfortable. I’m getting little real rest. I tried watching netflix, but can hardly make it through a single episode of anything.
Lets not talk about writing. Argh. Lets just say, this is the fourth draft of this post because my brain isn’t connected to my figures properly and I seem to be just making up words as I go a long.
I stopped with the Blogger U 101 thing. Really, its for the way beginner. It seems silly for me to do it unless they do something for someone more advanced.
HOWEVER…I noticed they are having ‘WordCamps’ all over the world. Pretty much WordPress Geek conventions.
And there is one in Atlanta Georgia in March.
Guess who is going?!
Anyone else in the area going?
I have family there, so I can always drive them insane if the ‘Wordcamp’ isn’t as fun as it sounds.
But, it sounds cool, and I’m always looking for reasons to go to a convention of some sort!
Well, off to take meds and shove tissues in my head.
Anyone wishing to test my zombie theory, let me know, I’m come bite you, slobber on you, possibly snot on you…and you can be a half-assed zombie like me! :D

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Disappearing… :(

I really hate to do it, but for health reasons I’m going to have to put things on hold and disappear for a few days.
This chest cold has gotten worse and worse, and the ear thing has gotten more painful along with it.
I need some down town, away from the PC, to just lounge in bed with some books, or better yet, force myself in to sleep.
I’m not doing anyone any good right now. I cant come up with decent posts, and in that, I would be failing the guests I have lined up.
So, for now, I am stepping away to rest and recuperate. I am even stepping away from my gaming, placing my characters in ‘time out’.
I hope you all are happy and healthy and I look forward to catching up with you all soon. Sorry for any inconveniences this might cause. :(

Monday, January 12, 2015

Blogging 101 and other thangs….

The assignments I’ve slacked off on:
Today’s assignment: create and publish your About page, and adapt it for a widget on your home page.
Today’s assignment: create and upload a simple header, background, or both. Already done? Try a custom widget.
Will I bother? Nupe. I think I’m doing fine enough on my own without this whole blogging U. Maybe if they threw in something I haven’t tried yet, sure. Or maybe a blogging 201. Eh, We’ll see.
So what have I been doing with my time you may wonder?
I had planned on talking to tons of people and interviewing them and stuff like that.
Nope.
I have been wallowing in bed. Snotting everywhere. Coughing everywhere. Sweating everywhere.
Snotting more. Lets not leave out that gooey little detail.
I DO feel better…I just feel like I’m melting. Through my nose.
I am getting some good rest though, which I suppose is a plus.
My appetite could be better though. Yanno, I tried to have some noodles today, I thought I was going to be sick! WASTE OF NOODLES!!! NNOO!!!!
So, I’m chilling at the moment, blowing my nose or sneezing every 5 minutes as I drink some coffee.
I just wanted to get at least one post in.
Hopefully I’ll be back on track tomorrow.
Cheers!
Oh, I’d high five you…but snot…yanno…Bleh…

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Men Wanted...erm..>_> .

Yes, you read that right. MEN WANTED. AUTHORS AND BLOGGERS. Since I started doing these author Spotlights, I have quite a few female authors and bloggers stepping up to the place.

I’d like to get some men in there! Come on…it will be fun!

Send me an email at zoeambler@zoeambler.com or zoe.amber5@gmail.com and I’ll send you 10 harmless little questions. Just let me know if your an author or a ‘powerblogger’. I hate that term, by the way. Blogger is just fine.

I’ll be Spotlighting two people every Friday and will keep them on a static page for a week, plus posting a regular blog post here, Blogher and my Blogspot. Tweeting and social networking, the whole nine.

Authors, after you fill out my questions, make sure you send me book links, covers, etc..

Bloggers, maybe choose one of your favorite blog posts for me to share.

Come on guys, put your big boy pants on!!  :D

XXOO

I've been Spotlighted!

Lovely fellow author Lisa Rayns has spotlighted me on her blog!


I’m so excited! Thank you so much Lisa! My own interview with this talented author will be coming shortly, so look out for it! :D

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author Spotlight: Anne Conley



Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She’s been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God’s four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.
Q&A, Zoe Style:
  1. What is your writing process? Typically, I think about a story for months before I outline it. Then is sits for a while, so I can work on other things. Then I go in and write the rough draft, and let it sit. When I revise, I read through and make notes on my manuscript, then let it sit, then go back and fix the notes and things I see. I do this several times before sending it out to beta readers for their notes, then I do it again before sending it to my editor. A full-length novel typically takes me about 9 months to go from outline to completion, using this process. And I usually have about four projects going at once.
  2. What do you read for pleasure? Anything romance. I used to read a lot of horror/thriller/suspense, but now it’s all about the romance. <3
  3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you? Getting feedback from readers is the best. It never fails to put a smile on my face, whether it’s a review, or a Facebook message. I love hearing what readers think.
  4. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m thirty-nine years old, have been married for fifteen years, have two kids, and live in rural East Texas. I used to teach high school, until I realized I wasn’t cut out for that. At all. So I stayed home with the kids for a while, but that was incredibly boring, as they were in school all day. So my husband encouraged me to write for public consumption.
  5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing? Strengths: I’m a quick writer. I can pump out stories like a machine, but most of them aren’t really relevant, or commercial. Weaknesses: Facebook. When I’m writing, I take constant fb breaks, and waste a lot of time.
  6. Do you have any strange writing habits? Not really… Unless you consider early morning writing strange, some people do.
  7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process? Time management. I can market myself and sell books, or I can write. Apparently, I can’t do both.
  8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point? No point whatsoever. I make it up when I’m expecting the in-laws, but that’s about it.
  9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before? Ireland
  10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies? Zombies
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I've ordered? On a scale of one to ten? Eight.
Books by Anne Conley (just click the pic!)
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Laid-Plans-Boys-Men-ebook/dp/B00RVYWFQA/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=WCP66RYXPAIV3DNY&creativeASIN=B00RVYWFQA

https://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Delight-Stories-Serendipity-3-ebook/dp/B00B6P911C/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=HCWUCFDKZULGWSBP&creativeASIN=B00B6P911C

https://www.amazon.com/Dream-On-Stories-Serendipity-2-ebook/dp/B00B5HEHT2/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=H4R3U5XIXRRRZIIQ&creativeASIN=B00B5HEHT2

https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Faith-Four-Winds-Book-ebook/dp/B00MWGZOMO/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=VXS7SB7RWLHV3INU&creativeASIN=B00MWGZOMO

https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Him-Stories-Serendipity-5-ebook/dp/B00FQPKDYW/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=PSFIMQFXD5CSKQGN&creativeASIN=B00FQPKDYW

https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Hope-Four-Winds-3-ebook/dp/B00ITU6Q60/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=3QWLFFDNG375K2D4&creativeASIN=B00ITU6Q60

https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Heaven-Four-Winds-1-ebook/dp/B00CH1PC1W/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=SMB4LEEPFRGSTWYM&creativeASIN=B00CH1PC1W

https://www.amazon.com/Gambling-Love-Stories-Serendipity-6-ebook/dp/B00HSV1JK4/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=BLI5XYWJP7QQJIXF&creativeASIN=B00HSV1JK4

https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Grace-Four-Winds-Conley-ebook/dp/B00GIWY9S8/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=G4UOGP6OFOXGGATH&creativeASIN=B00GIWY9S8

https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Mess-Stories-Serendipity-4-ebook/dp/B00DZPRMM6/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=C7GTW6IELHVBQ6ME&creativeASIN=B00DZPRMM6

https://www.amazon.com/My-Mistake-Stories-Serendipity-7-ebook/dp/B00JEHNRE6/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=7KTZLLQG6MU3XJ6J&creativeASIN=B00JEHNRE6

https://www.amazon.com/Neighborly-Complications-Stories-Serendipity-1-ebook/dp/B00B73TIBG/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=INUO6GIXMZZB72JK&creativeASIN=B00B73TIBG

https://www.amazon.com/Saving-Charlie-Stories-Serendipity-Book-ebook/dp/B00P8LRLH6/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=H5VHFVKLWEH4PXNI&creativeASIN=B00P8LRLH6

https://www.amazon.com/Wrecked-Stories-Serendipity-8-ebook/dp/B00KY656MC/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=theconcor-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=IG6SELKCS7MVOGUZ&creativeASIN=B00KY656MC

Thank you so much Anne for this opportunity! Happy writing!