Monthly Archives: October 2008

Writing joy…

My total for last weekend was a whopping 9.5K and I actually really liked all the words, to include two scary-hot love scenes.  It was kinda weird writing them while football was on and the hubby about three feet away, yelling at the TV *g*. 

 

Current word count stands at just over 22K.  I think figuring out who the baddie was helped *g*.  I had a vague idea of their identity, but as I wrote, it coalesced.  So basically what I’m gonna do is write straight through to the end, then go back and layer a bit more suspense in.  As a novella coming in at around 30K, I can’t make it overly complicated, especially since the sex is ultra-hot (if I do say so myself), and because this is an erotic romance, takes center stage.  Still, I just can’t write stories that are boink-fests…I’ve gotta have a plot in there, some element of danger, otherwise it just doesn’t work for me.

 

Starting on Sunday, I’m in Montgomery, Alabama for the week for day-job training, so I’ll pop on when I can, but I’m not sure what kind of internet access I’ll have.  If nothing else, I’ll get a ton of writing done!

TABT…Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

 

A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can’t resist… Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past. Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon’s wicked touch. Yet just when he earns Holly’s trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs — and claim his heart?

 

Another great, hot book by Cole.  Cadeon and Ashwin were wonderful together, but they were just as strong separately, which was really kind of cool.  In particular, I loved the scene at the bridge and the way Ashwin took care of Cadeon afterward, and the showdown with the bad guy.  In those scenes, Ashwin showed that she was a Valkyrie down to her core.  As I’ve said with Cole’s other books, I really recommend you read the previous books in the series, otherwise some of the surrounding character’s actions would be more mysterious than they need to be, such as the scenes with Mari, Bowen and Nix.  I cannot wait for Nix’s book…though I know we’ll have to wait for a bit, as Kiss of a Demon King, the next book in the series, is Rydstrom’s.

Movie/Music Monday…Superbad (2007)

Superbad (2007)  Um…the title of this flick describes it perfectly…it’s superbad.  And not in a good way.  It wasn’t as if I went into viewing this expecting a lot…and I didn’t get it.   I guess if you’re a 16-20 year old dude, or maybe a bunch of guys sitting around the tube drinking beer, this would be okay (tho hubby still gives it a resounding thumbs down), but not so much as something most women would enjoy, or at least not women I know. 

I’m very hard to offend, but from the very first scene that was pretty much the buzzword.  It wasn’t even that the needless vulgarity and juvenile banter about sex (through the WHOLE movie) bothered me…the flick was just stupid.  The only vaguely amusing parts involved Seth Rogan’s cop character, and those bits were only humorous because the rest of the movie was dumb.  Even my husband thought it was awful, and he loves Seth Rogan’s flicks.  Let me reiterate…HARD to offend.  For goodness sakes, one of my favorite movies of all time is BASEketball and one of my fave shows is Family Guy.  Do your own permutations from that.

Weekend word count, redux…

I “only” got 1500 words done today…significantly shy of what I wanted, but I had a bunch of stuff to take care of…honey-do’s, if you will.  Still, I’m really pleased with what I wrote, and we’ll see what happens when tomrrow rolls around…

Word count update…kicking ass and taking names…

I took Thursday and Friday of this week off because we’ve got a bigwig coming to the base and I didn’t want to get caught up in the folderol.  So this morning I finished up an editing job, had lunch with the hubster, and then sat down and wrote.  And wrote and wrote.  As I type this bad boy in right now, I’m at 3000 words, and Into the Fire is up to almost 16K.  Tomorrow I’d like to do 5K, and then at least 2.5K on Saturday and Sunday, which, theoretically, would put me at 26K, and damn close to the end of this novella, if not there completely.  Yeah for me!  Now let’s see if I can meet my own challenge!

**updated**  clicking the laptop closed with 5K under my belt for the night!!!

TABT…Tag, You’re It by Penny McCall

 

Alex Scott has been doing just fine on her own, studying mountain lions and living alone in a log cabin seventy-five miles from anywhere.  The last thing she needs is some cocky guy, even one with looks to die for, falling from the sky… All FBI Agent Tag Donovan wants is to find the mobster who killed his partner.  But when he finds himself pushed off a low-flying plane, only to land facedown in the snow in a hail of bullets, survival is the one thing on his mind.  Until he gets a good look at the beauty who drags him to safety.  Ignoring each other isn’t going to work when there’s no one else around—especially when Alex could be the key to solving Tag’s mystery.  And though Tag’s aching body wants nothing but bed rest, Alex’s smoky voice makes him think of more exciting uses for the bed.  And the table.  And—well, after all, he’s no snow angel…

 

This was a fun romp of a book, with well-drawn main characters and fun secondary folks.  The premise was interesting—a treasure hunt—and one that drew me in as I read.  Alex and Tag are wonderful together, both trying to make a life despite the roadblocks their pasts had thrown up.  One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Alex reveals that yes, she really is a beauty queen.  Never mind the fact she now lives in the hinterlands studying wildlife.  Tag’s response was priceless, and definitely made me smile.  If you’re looking for a book that’ll take you on a ride from the wild Colorado Rockies to Boston’s upper crust and make you laugh even as they dodge bullets, then pick this one up!

Movie/Music Monday…Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises (2007)  Wow.  What a fantastic freakin’ movie.  Seriously.  Violent as hell (just so you’re warned), but the acting was top-notch.  I’m not usually much of a Naomi Watts fan, but she was excellent in this, as was the supporting cast, especially Vincent Cassel as Kirill.  Viggo Mortensen, as Nikolai, was absolutely yummy as a Russian mob “chauffer”.  Yes, he’s yummy to look at in general, so that’s a perk, but he completely owned this role, and was definitely the star vehicle for the film.

 

As I watched, I was a bit put off by the graphic detail of the violence (two instances of throat cutting, one of which opens the movie), but when the shower scene came about, I understood why the filmmakers had been so visceral…it was to put us in that world, and to understand how brutal it really was.  If that scene had been rolled out without setting the viewer up for it, then it would have been unbelievable.  Having been prepared for it (sort of), it was a hold-your-breath sequence, where you wondered if Nikolai was going to live or die.

 

The plot itself was tight, with great exposition for future events.  While I figured out both what/who Mortensen’s character was reasonably early on, as well as the knife in the back (almost literally) he received, it in now way took away from my pleasure in saturating myself in this film.

 

If you’re looking for a movie that’s going to suck you in within the first few minutes and keep you there for the entire rest of the flick, then this is an excellent choice.  It’s totally deserving of the accolades received, but be warned, it is graphic, so having the kids around is a no-no.

Thirteen songs on my “Into the Fire” playlist

This book has been all about head-banging goodness, with my traditional favorites thrown in for good measure, because they put me in the writing mood.  Keep in mind I’m writing about firefighters and a serial arsonist, so they kinda make sense.

 

  1. Stupify, Disturbed
  2. Click, Click, Boom, Saliva
  3. Side of a Bullet, Nickelback
  4. Higher Ground, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. Deify, Disturbed
  6. So Cold, Breaking Benjamin
  7. Inside the Fire, Disturbed (yeah, I know, obvious choice, given the content)
  8. Bleed it Out, Linkin Park
  9. Selling the Drama, Live (one of my tried-and-true standard songs)
  10. Interstate Love Song, Stone Temple Pilots (same as above)
  11. Bodies, Drowning Pool
  12. All She Can See, Dishwalla (because it’s got a great bass beat)
  13. Hemorrhage (In My Hands), Fuel

Kicking ass and taking names…word count update

Kicked major bootie this weekend on the word count…got 4K written over Saturday and Sunday, and finished up with an additional 2K on Monday.  Since it was a holiday, I’m counting it as part of the weekend, dammit *g*.

 

This one book has been a bit different for me because I’m writing at a higher level of sensuality, what Liquid Silver alls “Molten”…  This is definitely pushing my heat level index *g*!! In order to make the h/h’s relationship plausible, I had to make them old lovers, otherwise the progression was just too fast for me, as a writer.  Which of course meant I had to scrap the beginning at least three times while I figured it out. Sigh.  While it’s certainly been an experience so far, I guess my critique partners will be the ones to tell me if I’m totally gonzo for even trying this!

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers — until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself. To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth’s brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own. Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?

 

Wow!  This one ranks up there as one of my favorite Kresley Cole books, and I’ve loved all of them.  This book, because of the fact Neomi is a ghost, is not as directly sensual as some of Cole’s other works, but the angst and development of the relationship more than makes up for it, and comes to a gorgeous conclusion.  Neomi and Conrad are an awesome couple, both tortured by ugly pasts, both struggling with an ugly present.  I wondered how Cole could possibly bring these two together, and even though I caught onto a hint given about mid-story, I still couldn’t see how she’d manage it.  But pull it off she did!  I recommend reading the rest of this series first, if for no other reason than to understand some of the secondary players, especially the delicious Nix!