Friday, October 30, 2015

Why I'm Going as Wonder Woman this Halloween

When my kids asked me what my favorite Halloween costume was when I was their age, I knew the answer right away - Wonder Woman. I can still recall the white box containing the costume, a plastic mask that affixed to my head with a single piece of rubber band-like elastic and a plastic tunic-like bodice. Sure the condensation from inside the mask was partially suffocating, but it didn't hamper my enthusiasm. I felt epic ... or well, really "cool" or "rad" since "epic" wasn't part of early 80's terminology. Regardless, that Wonder Woman costume went down as a win in my personal history of trick-or-treating.

Now that I have a daughter about the same age I was back on that particular 1980-something Halloween, it's time to bring it once again as we're both going as the famed superhero - kid sized version for my daughter and a modest t-shirt style for me. (Much to the disappointment of my husband who was rooting for me to buy the sexy get-up to which I said, "Um, no.")

Why Wonder Woman? You ask.

1. She's a badass woman, not girl - WOMAN.
 That's right. Supergirl and Batgirl, grow up. Ha! This Halloween I could use a badass attitude, especially with it landing on a Saturday. There'll be no rest for this Wonder Wo-mom: 10 a.m. soccer game - Bam! Three sets of Halloween costumes on three kiddos - Wham! Halloween party - Pow! Trick-or-treating - Kablam! Everyone on a sugar high and not ever going to bed - Wa-zoom! (For further proof of her badass-ness, Wonder Woman ranked #42 on this bizarre list created by Mtv News - check it out here.)

2. She spins and her outfit, hair and make-up are done. Those of you a bit younger than me may not be familiar with the Wonder Woman tv show of the late 70's starring Lynda Carter, so here's a clip below of the iconic spin  Amaze-balls, right?!? Of all the super powers out there, this one ranks first on my super ability wish list. Think of the time I'd save. I may actually get somewhere early and look presentable when I get there.

3. She has a Lasso of Truth. How could I use such a powerful tool? Hmm. Let me imagine: "Who tracked mud all over the house?" or better, "Who ate all the Halloween candy and left the wrappers in a pile on the couch?" Cue my family members either ignoring me or running away. I reach for my lasso. "You can't get away from me." I encircle a potential offender of household cleanliness. Confession time. Wonder Wo-mom lays down the law. Cue the background soundbite:
Wonder Wo-mom!

How about you? Have a favorite Halloween costume? Share it!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

It's My Birthday and I Want to ...

Give you a FREE book!!! 
(click anywhere you see "free" for a link to the Kindle Store)

You get a free e-book! 
You get a free e-book!

Not what you were expecting me to say? 
Well, that's not the only thing I want to do today (picture me eating lots of cake, drinking lots of wine, spinning with my arms open in the fall foliage, ripping wrapping paper and tossing it over my shoulder ... you know typical birthday behavior). Ahem. Anyway, you have to admit a free book is a marvelous place to start the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of my birth!

The best part?
The free-athon goes all weekend!

If you read it and loved it, please share it! 
review would be like a gift!!!

Thank you to all my readers :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Naming a Heroine, Guest Post by Jadie Jones


What's in a name? For most authors, naming a character goes far beyond what sounds nice. Today, author Jadie Jones, author of the Moonlit Trilogy, shares her thoughts on the process she used to discover the perfect name for her main character. 

Naming a Heroine: How Tanzy Hightower came to be

by Jadie Jones

In the first draft of “Moonlit,” my main character’s name was Erin Whitaker. It didn’t feel right, but I convinced myself it felt right enough because later in the story, Erin would learn she was once Erinnere, a soul marked with purpose to return a thousand years in the future.

Erinnere came from the German phrase: Ich erinnere mich, which translates to: I remember. “Erin” regaining her memory of her first life will change the future of two worlds, so it seemed very fitting. But I couldn’t picture “Erin.” The name sat on her like a khaki colored t-shirt. For a name pointing to “memory,” it was completely forgettable.

As I studied the first draft, trying to figure out what to call my heroine, I realized it wasn’t just her name that was falling flat. I had way more holes in Erin than I did substance. Who was not-Erin? I turned my mind away from the manuscript – a fantasy/time-traveling/adventure/romance hot mess, and focused on the character who was to carry the story across two worlds.

To get to know not-Erin better, I mentally put my would-be heroine into everyday situations and imagined what should would do. What would she do if someone was rude at the grocery store? If someone tried to steal her purse? Did she even carry a purse? What kind of driver was she? What is her favorite color? What kind of music does she listen to? Does she play an instrument? Where would she shop for clothes? Would she give money to a beggar? What is her worst memory? Her best? Would she help an old woman cross the street? Where does she feel safest? Where does she feel most stressed?

As not-Erin became more 3D, I knew more of who she was, but I still needed a name. Something unusual, edgy, feminine, and with a touch of culture. Instead of searching for sounds, however, I searched for meaning. I searched for names with “eternal” in their origins, and landed on Tansy, a Greek name meaning “eternal life.” I loved the sound of it, but the spelling seemed too soft, so I switched the “s” for a “z” and had “Tanzy.” And it fit like a pair of perfectly broken-in jeans.

For her last name, I knew I wanted a hint of alliteration, and I wanted it to be at least three syllables for flow. Also, since Tanzy is unusual, I wanted her last name to point to her simple side, something straightforward, but also with nobility in the meaning, as Tanzy would become the most important human in history, and would be presented with an opportunity to sit on an eternal throne. Thus, Tanzy Hightower was born.

Once I knew what to call her, she became fully alive on the page. Her parents’ names quickly followed – Hope and Travis Hightower, and once they gained permanent names, their characters became easier to identify as well. As these three became more defined, the plot development finally took off.

As for Tanzy, she feels as real and solid as you and me. She’s been a voice in my head for six years now. I am sad to part ways with her, as she has seen me through the beginning of my career and taught me so much. I will take these lessons with me as I meet new not-Erins.

I will always remember her.

Thank you to WOW - WOMEN ON WRITING for providing this stop on Jadie Jones blog tour. For more information on this tour, click here.

About Moonlit Triology by Jadie Jones:
Moonlit is the story of eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can't be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.

When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn't. But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?

Tanzy's journey continues in Windswept, the second installment of the Moonlit Trilogy when Tanzy is the key in an ancient prophecy pivotal to the existence of all beings, both Seen and Unseen. Unseen who have waited a millennium for her birth are relentless in their efforts to see the prophecy fulfilled--whether for good or evil, depending on which side of the conflict one stands. Others have sworn an oath to end Tanzy's existence, permanently.

Already, Tanzy's body has been compromised by her enemies, her veins now home to the blood of a wild horse whose instincts are becoming impossible to control. While Tanzy's Unseen enemies work to draw her out of a remote safe house, her friends beg her to stay in hiding. Tanzy is torn, wanting to reunite with Lucas, who has loved her since her first incarnation, yet unsure whether fulfilling the ancient prophecy will protect those she loves or destroy them.

In Wildwood, the third book of the Moonlit Trilogy, Tanzy's journey races toward a final battle within the Unseen.

Tanzy Hightower has crossed the veil and entered the Unseen world to fulfill the destiny she has at last embraced, to either seal or destroy the veil between the Seen and Unseen worlds. She is the only mortal in a land teeming with creatures who want her dead. To stay alive long enough to stop Asher, the most powerful of the Unseen, Tanzy accepts his marriage proposal and seeks refuge inside his palace.

On the Seen side of the veil, Tanzy's allies are fragmented and lost, without leadership. They must gather forces and train an army of candidates to defend their world against unfathomable predators poised to strike should the veil holding them at bay dissolve.

While Tanzy has accepted her own inevitable death in fulfilling her destiny, her closest friends refuse to stop searching for the impossible: a way to save Tanzy's life.

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Publication Date: April 16, 2013/July 8, 2014/September 22, 2015

Paperback: 310 pages/289 pages/312 Pages (also available as ebook)

About the Author:

Jadie Jones wrote her first book in seventh grade, filling one hundred and four pages of a black and white Mead notebook. Back then she lived for two things: horses and R.L. Stine books. Fast forward nearly twenty years, and she still work with horses. Its amazing how much changes... and how much stays the same.

​The dream of publishing a novel has hitch-hiked with Jadie down every other path she‘s taken (and there have been many). Waitress, farm manager, road manager, bank teller, speech writer, retail, and more. But that need to bring pen to paper refused to quiet. Finally, in 2009, she sat down, pulled out a brand new notebook, and once again let the pictures in my head become words on paper.

​Confession time: Jadie Jones is a pen name created to honor two fantastic women who didn't get the chance to live out their professional dreams. First, Jadie’s grandmother - a mother of four during post World War II America, who wanted to be a journalist so bad that even now when she talks about it, her blue eyes mist and she lifts her chin in silent speculation. And second, a dear friend's mother who left this world entirely too soon. To Judy Dawn and Shirley Jones, Jadie Jones is for you. It's been a pleasure getting to know her.

​Author's Websites:

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Friday, October 2, 2015

5 Leaf Turning, Page Turning Reads for Fall 2015

 There's nothing like a good story with a little suspense to keep you entranced during this season of pumpkin spiced everything, falling leaves and eerily cool temps! My five top picks for Fall 2015 will have you turning pages faster than the leaves can change color.  

First up is a new release by bestselling suspense author Karin Slaughter. This one promises to keep you on the edge of your seat with dangerous family secrets.

Here's the link!
Second on the list is a story of twists and psychological suspense. Imagine beating death only to be told you were saved to help an unknown stranger. 

Here's the link!
The third spot goes to Leaving George by Diane M Dickson. From the book description, it seems it's not so easy to leave George. For main character, Pauline, leaving her husband of twenty years took careful planning. But, I'd be willing to bet he finds her and the reunion doesn't go well.

Here's the link!
For my fourth pick, I discovered a story that will make you finish the line, "When it's too good to be true ..." Picture a perfect setting that's a little too perfect. The Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner seems like the type of read that'll keep you guessing. 

Here's the link!
Finally, fifth on the list goes to a book I read and LOVED! The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is magical, captivating and even romantic. 

Here's the link!
Bonus! If you liked these picks, you'll love Secrets, Lies and Apple Pies! Family secrets and suspense make it one sweet read.

Here's the link!

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