Saturday, July 19, 2014

First Memories

How far back can you remember?  I have snapshots in my head. Images that were seen through my eyes but that contain no cohesive memories to go with them.

My first full-blown memory is one born from sheer panic.  I was four, or possibly still in my late threes. Quite simply, I fell into the toilet. As I was later told by family, we were visiting someone else's house. I went into the bathroom and sat on the toilet and my little butt fell right in, and I was stuck.  

That was probably the last time that my rear-end was small enough to manage such a feat! :) 

Anyway, I don't remember what the bathroom looked like, or what color paint was on the walls. I just remember that sensation of my legs being stuck and trying to scoot myself out of my predicament.

I believe once you turn four or so, the memories start flooding in. Often they are there, but don't emerge unless triggered by something. Smell is a big factor. To this day I can remember the way my great-grandmother's house smelled. No other house anywhere will ever have that distinct scent...and with that scent comes the rush of memories.

Last night I heard the song, MORE THAN A FEELING by Boston. Immediately I was morphed to Panama City Beach. I was probably around seven at the time. My mother must have been distracted because I somehow got onto the Bobsled ride all by myself. To this day I remember every sense about those few moments of sheer independence. I remember the music. It was so loud. I remember the mountains painted on the wood, flashing by every few seconds. I remember the wind, and I remember the tug of the ride pulling me back into my seat.  That's all I remember. I don't remember if I got yelled out afterwards, but I remember the rush.

What are some of your earliest, most vivid recollections?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What's Your Favorite Movie?

Okay. Everyone always asks that question.  But can you answer it without hesitation, or do you have to toss a few around before you come up with a decision?

Mine is definitely JAWS. Without a doubt. It will never be surpassed. I don't even hesitate when I pick my favorite scene from the movie.

Chief Brody has had a bad day. A really bad day. Hooper shows up with a bottle of wine. Note in this picture that there is still some iced tea left in Roy Scheider's glass.  In the scene, he proceeds to pour that bottle of wine into the same glass, mixing it with the iced tea and nearly filling it to the top.  He then offers his wife and Hooper a mere shot-full each in their respective wine glasses. The man has had a bad day. :)

Famous movie lines also come to mind. "You're gonna need a bigger boat," is right up there. There are others that I'm sure I'm missing. "Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?" "Luke, I am your father." (which actually was never said...) "Yo, Adrienne." "Frankly Scartlett, I don't give a damn." 

Any HOUSE fans out there?  When that show signed off, it always showed Bad Hat Harry Productions. This was actually a scene from JAWS with Chief Brody talking to one of Amity's fine citizens.

Okay, now the next popular movie question....which movie makes you cry the most?  Perhaps this one will surprise you. Again, without hesitation I will respond, A Walk To Remember.

Heck, I get dribbly-eyed just typing the name. Of course the whole movie is depressing, but the scene that gets me the most is when the son learns that his estranged father is paying for the health care facility for his dying girlfriend. At this point the boy is so despondent he is stripped of all pride. He shows up on his father's doorstep and just hugs him and starts crying.  And then father starts crying...and then I start crying. It's a mess.

Do you have any definitive movie favorites? Movies that you don't even have to think about when people ask you these questions?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Coffee or Tea?

It sounds like such a mundane question, and yet it is similar to asking someone if they like cats or dogs.

I am a coffee-lover. Okay, more than a coffee-lover. You might one day see me on an episode of INTERVENTION for coffee addiction.

With all respect to the tea-lovers of the world, I never received a fair introduction to the beverage. As a kid, I was always given hot tea when I was really sick.  As such, that is what I've come to associate tea with. Drinking hot tea is a sign that it's time to call in the priest!  

What are the glaring differences? They both contain caffeine. What makes an individual prefer one over the other? I'm certain upbringing is 90% of the factor. 

For as much as I have come to associate hot tea with being sick, I must also tip my hat to the beverage.  It does make me feel better in such a time of crisis. :)

How about or tea?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The BEYOND Series Bundle is here!

All three BEYOND books in one happy package! Available for a very limited time at just $0.99! Almost 700 pages of reading for only $0.99!

Did you ever wonder what it would be like if an alien spaceship took you from your backyard? 

Did you ever think that you would experience an adventure full of danger and romance in a distant galaxy? 

Aimee Patterson was about to start college in North Carolina, but then this happened... 

BEYOND - Aimee Patterson walked into the woods on the other side of the pond. She returned five years later with a tale she could never share. 

BEYOND: TWO SUNS - Alone in a desert world, Zak is now a damaged man. Reckless in his battle against the creatures that destroyed his family, he roams under the glare of the two suns, seeing phantoms--seeing Aimee. Five years had passed since Aimee Patterson left the man she loved. For five years she traveled the path of life, always waiting and looking to the stars, hoping that one day he would return for her. 

BEYOND: THREE PATHS - After spending years in space on an alien ship, Aimee Patterson is finally coming home. But this time she is not alone. Her lover Zak wants to meet her parents, and her friend Raja wants to experience life on Earth. Both get more than they ever bargained for. It was supposed to be an innocent trip to Earth.... now Aimee, Zak, and Raja are fugitives of the ultimate kind.

Join the BEYOND - Series Bundle Release Party for bestselling guest authors, prizes, and overall silliness!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What was your name again?

I am going back to tackle a manuscript that I've been away from for quite some time.  I started reading the last few paragraphs to get myself immersed back in the scene, and I'm thinking, "oh yeah, this is good..."

So I pick up with the heroine talking, and she says, "You look like a desperate man, Mr. —"

"Mr. ?"
"Mr. ummm ?"
"Mr. ehhhh?"
"Mr. — Dude, what was your name again?"

Okay, obviously I've been away from the book for some time. I can't remember the lead character's last name!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weighing In On Wind Chimes...

Do you like them or hate them?

I am one of those rare authors who doesn't like to listen to music when she's writing.  Music to me has the oh, shiny thing effect. What if I'm immersed deep in a murder scene and suddenly Midnight Train to Georgia pops on?  I'd have to jump up, wrap a scarf around my neck, grab my pen to use as a microphone...and go all diva for two minutes. Then I would sit back down to complete the crime scene.  No, that won't work.

So back to wind chimes.  The best sound for me to write to is rain. It soothes me. I find the sound of wind chimes haunting and very atmospheric.  But here's the thing, the wind chimes have to be on someone else's property. If they were hanging outside my window they would probably irritate the hell out of me and I'd have to wear earmuffs. But in the distance they provide just the right touch.

Can you see me walking up to a neighbor's door a few blocks away and saying, "Can you please hang these wind chimes up for me?" :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Hi all.  I have a #TuesdayTeaser excerpt from BEYOND to share with you!

What if you just woke up and found out you weren't in Kansas anymore? Well, okay, in this case Aimee wakes up to find she's not in North Carolina anymore.

“She’s coming out of it.” A woman’s voice intruded on Aimee’s bad dream. At least she hoped it was a bad dream. Maybe she’d hit her head and this was the voice of a pleasant nurse in the emergency room. Wouldn’t Carrie laugh at the dream?

Aimee’s eyes opened. A woman with long blonde hair and wide violet eyes was watching her. She looked exotic and beautiful, dressed in the same silver uniform Aimee had seen before—but this woman’s figure did the costume justice. Her expression was tender and sympathetic. She smiled down at Aimee and Aimee felt her eyes well up. All she wanted right now was to tell Carrie about the bad dream. 

“I want to go home,” she choked out.

The woman made a tsking sound and touched her arm.

“I know you do. It was a terrible mistake that has placed you here, but we cannot go back there yet.”

Aimee sat up. She was back on the bed, and knowing the windows were behind her, she fought the urge to turn around. If she didn’t look, then perhaps this was all a mistake. But she could no more ignore the windows than she could ignore the fact that a computer monitor hovered in midair alongside the woman, suspended just out of her reach.

A dream. A bad dream is all this was. She was no longer scared to look out the windows, because quite honestly, none of this was real. Aimee gave this dream woman and her ridiculous floating monitor a big smile as she hefted off the bed and started towards the Plexiglas wall. Her steps faltered, even in slumber. Earth’s glowing surface was no longer there. 

Recognizing that this was a dream, nonetheless, she ran up to the window and leaned her forehead against a surface that had no temperature. Stars now held proximity to her. Some were closer than others. Their pulsing rhythm took on a substance…mass. 

“It’s gone.” Aimee whispered, twisting her head in search of the familiar planet. 

Don’t panic. You’ll wake up soon.

“Yes,” The woman joined her at the window. 

Aimee cut a quick sideways glance at her and noticed that the bobbing computer had been left behind. Her dreams weren’t normally this imaginative. 

“We had to make a hasty departure,” the woman explained, her tone clipped, but kind. “We didn’t want to draw any unnecessary attention from your military.”

Playing along with the hallucination, Aimee asked, “Who are you?”

“I am Chara.” The woman smiled. “You are in shock. We have given you some serum to ease that. I should be able to answer any of your questions now.”

The impulse to laugh was there again and Aimee felt lightheaded. They’d drugged her. That was good. She couldn’t imagine how freaked out she would be if they hadn’t drugged her. Wait, drugs were bad. Her sluggish mind had trouble keeping up.

She leaned against the glass pane, or some clear substance that resembled glass. Whatever this transparent barrier was, it was the only thing to separate her from the black void of space. It felt as if she leaned far enough she could simply float away.

Was that another planet?