December Happy Holidays Contest
Congratulations to Cathy MacDonald, our November winner!
December 2007 prizes!
- PDF download of Jasmine Haynes’s More Than A Night
- From Leigh Wyndfield, a copy of TWO FOR THE MONEY!
- A print copy of Zodiac: EARTH, signed by Dee S. Knight!
- From Terri Schaefer, a $20 gift certificate to Amazon… “So you can buy what you didn’t get for Christmas!!”
- Autographed copy of Rachelle Chase’s Sex Lounge!
Here’s how the contest works!
When: It runs the first of the month through the 20th of the month. We’ll choose one winner on the 21st and make the notification. The next contest will then begin on the 1st.
How: To enter, simply go through each of our sites, find the answers to our monthly questions, then send an email with your answers to mailto://email@example.com The winner will be chosen at random from amongst the entries with the correct answers. We will contact you, ask for your snail mail address and you’ll get lots of presents!
Who: Jasmine Haynes/ Jennifer Skully, Dee S. Knight, TL Schaefer/ Keira Ramsay, Leigh Wyndfield, and special guest author, Rachelle Chase.
Newsletter: We’d love to keep you updated on our new releases so we will be adding you to our newsletter lists unless you specifically tell us not to in your email entry.
Restrictions: You MUST be 18 years or older to enter and US residents only.
December 2007 questions!
Jasmine Haynes/ Jennifer Skully/JB Skully
Question: In The Fortune Hunter Sneak Peek trailer, what does he “up the ante” to?
Question: Who is the heroine in TWO FOR THE MONEY?
Dee S. Knight
Question: In Resolutions, which season was my character named for?
TL Schaefer/ Keira Ramsay
Question: In View to a Kill (excerpt on Works in Progress), what is Sara’s dog’s name?
Question: In SIN CLUB, what two things has Nick Ralston resolved to give up?
So when I moved, I obviously packed up my library, and damned if I haven’t figured out why every new housekeeper we get gives us the eyeball… LOL.
As an aside for writers, the absolute MOST valuable two (at least in my sideline) are…On Combat and On Killing. I can’t recommend them enough, not only for writing, but for understanding those who choose to bear arms (whether they be cops or soldiers)
- On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
- On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
- The Big Book of Filth
- Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures and Forensic Techniques
- Deadly Doses: A Writer’s Guide to Poisoning
- Crime Classification Manual
- “I” The Creation of a Serial Killer
- Deadly Doses: A Writers Guide to Poisons
- Making Crime Pay
- The Wiccan Mysteries
- Causes of Death: A Writers Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine
- Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for mystery writers
- Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns and Goblins, an Encyclopedia
Well, as you saw from my conspicuous lack of a post on Tuesday, not much reading going on in the Schaefer household. It just seems crazed with the holidays and the pending leave I’ve got coming up for the holidays, so by the time I get home, I’m wiped. I basically cook dinner and plop down for MASH and Cops, then a bit of writing or answering e-mail. Wow, I’m definitely living la vida loca!!
In happy news, I’m up to 2,160 words on Breath of Heaven. I didn’t get as much done over the long weekend as I’d planned, simply because I wasn’t feeling so hot on Saturday, and that kinda blended over into Sunday. That puts me a smidge behind where I’d planned on being, but I also gave myself plenty of cushion time at the end of December. I’d much rather use that working on either Live and Let Die or Angels of Redemption. I also got Sea back from crit partner #2 (Skully) and she had some great suggestions I’m going to phase in over the week before I shoot it off to #3 (Leigh).
My critique partners and I set goals this last week, so I thought I’d share mine. Most of it is dependent on whether I sell View to a Kill to New York…
If I do: Live and Let Die and Die Another Day, along with a category length erotic book for Black Lace tentatively titled Omega Five
If I don’t: Angels of Redemption for Samhain, Omega Five, and Paragons of Virtue for Samhain
In non-writing news, we went to Enid Lights up the Plains on Friday night and it was fan-freakin’-tastic!! It started snowing just as we left the house to run some errands, so by the time we got downtown, it was really coming down. We’d reserved a table at one of our fave restaurants downtown (Panevino) and enjoyed an awesome glass of Chardonnay and ordered our tapas when the fireworks kicked off. They were quite simply gorgeous, against the backdrop of falling snow and background Christmas music. After a truly cool finale, we ventured back inside and enjoyed a leisurely dinner before heading home to our already-decorated house (August did most of it on Thursday while I cooked). All in all, it was an awesome way to finish up the Thanksgiving holiday, and start the Christmas season.
M/M Monday…Miss Congeniality (2000) I watched this one again over the weekend. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this movie, even through its semi-cheesy moments. Sandra Bullock has a real flair for comedy, something I guess we’re not really used to seeing from her. Never mind that Ben Bratt is some serious eye-candy in this flick and Michael Caine is hysterical as they flamboyantly gay contestant handler. Candace Bergen is a hoot as the tyrannical pageant manager, and William Shatner is…well, he’s William Shatner, and he plays his role with unabashed Shatnerness.
There are some laugh-out-loud moments, and a few “that’s too cheesy for words”, but for the most part, this is a feel-good movie that’s the equivalent of meringue cookies…light and fluffy, with no real damage done. If you’re looking for a chick flick that even your hubby will enjoy (mine did!), then definitely grab this for some mindless fun.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
- The unequivocal love of my husband
- The continued good health and love of my immediate family
- Knowing that my father isn’t feeling the pain anymore (Miss you, Daddy!)
- Our armed forces. Freedom really isn’t free, and you safeguard that each and every day
- The job that keeps me in clover, no matter how much I bitch about it
- The fact I can indulge in my passion, writing, and actually get paid for it!
- My critique partners…Jenn, Pat and Skully…I love you guys!
- Friends…y’all mean sooo much to me!
- The way I feel when I discover a new author
- Our new house!
- My muse, April (cat #1) and her arch nemesis, Max (cat #2)
- The bite of the fall air (it’s finally here!)
- The way everyone gets “nicer” during the holidays (tho that doesn’t really compute in Oklahoma…they’re nice ALL the time)
I kicked ass and took names this week! I finished Sea of Dreams and sent it off to crit partner #1 (Pat) on Sunday, after cranking out 7,000 words over the weekend. Now she can tell me whether I’ve been smoking crack *g*.
Then, on Monday, I dove into Breath of Heaven, since that world is so fresh in my mind. I got the first 500 words written, as well as my outline, and looking forward to getting more done over the long weekend.
On that note, happy day-before-Turkey Day, everyone! In the Schaefer household, it’s just August and I, so we got a smaller bird, and will be dining off of that for some time *g*. August is going to string the Christmas lights tomorrow as I get the bird and fixings into the oven, and then on Friday, instead of joining the shopping melee, we’ll be decorating the rest of the casa, then heading down to our annual tradition, Enid Lights Up the Plains. I’ll talk more about that on Saturday, after we go.
So what are y’all’s plans for the holiday?
Edit: So Pat already sent me her crit (yeah!). Guess I’ll be working on that this weekend in addition to Breath. I’m so happy I’m writing again!
Half wolf, half man, Aragon has abandoned his brethren to repay a dept of honor; he is sworn to kill a rogue Blood Hunter, though exacting revenge will doom him to a ghostly existence trapped between two worlds. But when a mortal woman unexpectedly calls him to her side, the heat of her soft flesh arouses a hunger in him that threatens to complicate his mission. Dr. Annette Batista, a dedicated healer, is determined to find her missing sister. With the amulet found at the site of her sister’s disappearance, she unwittingly summons a shadowy warrior. She wonders if she can trust this powerful male named Aragon, who claims he can vanquish her sister’s captor-the very monster he’s vowed to destroy. Or is Annette blinded by her shocking passion for the most alluring, mysterious man she’s ever seen?
A great addition to St Giles’ new paranormal series. This book takes us even deeper into the politics of the “other” side, showing us how Aragon has eschewed his birthright as a point of honor. The romance between Aragon and Annette is scorchingly hot. I liked the fact that Annette was a strong enough heroine to deal with all the complexities of world with quick reflexes and an even quicker mind. She’s a heroine I can get behind. And Aragon? In a word…yummy! If you like your paranormals hot, fast-paced and full of intrigue, you can’t go wrong with St Giles’ books!
This is actually more about the media in general than movies or music, so bear with me. This time of year I find myself getting crankier and crankier about the glut of holiday commercials I see even before Thanksgiving hits. For God’s sakes, our digital music stations on the tube are already playing seven (yes, seven) different selections of Christmas music. WTF? And don’t even get me started on the appalling, guilt-inducing jewelry commercials. Kay Jewelers springs to mind immediately. Yeah, I know their jingle by heart because I’ve heard it so often in the past few weeks, and I freakin’ despise them. If August EVER buys something from Kay, he will suffer serious consequences. LOL.
Garmin is another. They started playing their commercials right after Halloween. Halloween, I shit you not. I realize we’re a commercial society, really I do, but it never fails to piss me off. Yeah, I’m a serious consumer at Christmastime, but I’d really like to wait until AFTER Thanksgiving to start my consumerism, thank you very much.
So what makes you crazy at the holidays?