Monday, July 21, 2014

Attack of the Zombie Nouns

Writers are taught to utilize language wisely, to make sure that we don't use "passive voice" when we write.  However, there is one dangerous practice we rarely discuss.

Zombie nouns are made from a verb or an adjective, with the addition of a suffix like ity or tion or ism. A popular example is proliferation.  The proper term for this is a nominalization, but  I love the term zombie noun. Where do we find zombie nouns? They run rampant in academia, politics, the legal system, and other places of power.

What is the danger of using a zombie nous? According to Helen Sword, who did a Ted Talk about them, (see an amusing short vid here!) they are non-specific, they cannibalize active parts of speech, and they lead to a general pomposity (see what I did there?) in the written word.

As a doctoral student, I was flabbergasted, because my professors encourage zombie nouns. No, in fact, they insist on it. It is called developing an academic voice when writing. Yikes! That is something to think about. I have vowed to kill the zombie nouns in my creative writing manuscripts...

but I will be making a small army of them in my academic writing!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Doctor Who!

I am so excited about the return of Doctor Who on August 23rd. I've been obsessed with Who since 2011, so Matt is my first Doctor. It will be interesting to see how I deal with an older DW.  But I'm excited to give it a go....New Doctor and new Adventures.

Looking at the trailer, there are hints that it will be darker, which I'm itching to explore. It is hard to really dark dark story lines with Matt Smith, simply because he's so boyish and adorable. But some of the best episodes have involved darker themes (Mars, the episode about Demon's Run).

But we have to wait over a month! :(

However, there is a trailer you can watch here!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Duke

I've nearly written the first chapter of Duke's book and he is soooo much fun. Gritty, nasty, and just a bit of a jerk. I am having trouble getting into a military mindset, so I think I might be doing a little Special Forces research.

One thing I've run into is he is very closed off. So, you have to guess at his emotions. That has been a challenge so far and I'm really looking forward to it!



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sweet Perdition is out today!

Whoohoo! The Four Horsemen MC Series starts today. I'm so happy! I'm currently working editing book two and it should be read to go by the end of August or early September.

 The book as received four stars on Goodreads. Check out some of the reviews here!

Bookblurb:
Librarian Elizabeth Williams is drinking her cares away at Perdition, a notorious biker bar in her hometown of Hell, TX. She meets Ryker, a member of the Four Horsemen MC and they start a fun, sexual fling. Ryker finds himself falling for Elizabeth, but an outlaw has no business with a “good girl”. Hell, he’s not even sure he’d be worthy of one. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is being stalked by her ex and Carl’s behavior is becoming more and more erratic. Can Ryker protect Elizabeth without losing his heart?

Buy Links:


Smashwords 

All Romance 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble
And did I mention? The book is only .99 right now!



Monday, June 30, 2014

Ridiculously Excited

My sister is coming to town tomorrow. We plan on having margaritas and maybe some 'shine and tea and writing like two crazy girls. She is in charge of Shep's book and we have already decided what Pretty Boy looks like...and damn is he sexy. ;)
Exactly one year ago we sat together to plan the Four Horsemen Series. It is only fitting for her to be here when it launches. I have Hades (book two) written, but I want to add a few scenes. Including, a few groundwork scenes for upcoming novels. I'm currently planning Eddie Rollins book and her love interest is a very surprising member of the group.

Gah! I'm excited!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Teaser Tuesday Excerpt

To celebrate Teaser Tuesday, I thought I'd give you another excerpt from Sweet Perdition, which is coming out on July 3rd.
 
Check it our on Goodreads here


Ryker has a thing for hot librarians....

 


 

 “Breakfast is served!” Ryker threw open the double doors to the kitchen, neatly balancing two big plates in his hands. But he nearly flipped his lid when he saw Elizabeth talking to Shepherd.

“Don’t you have some place else to be?” he said to his brother. He thought he’d made it perfectly clear she was strictly a no bone. Shepherd flipped him off, then made his way out the door. Cowboy scooped up his coffee mug and followed Shep without so much a glance in his direction.

Good riddance.

Shit. He hadn’t expected anybody to hassle her while he’d been cooking or he wouldn’t have left her alone. Most of the guys were still sleeping off booze at this hour.

“Did he give you any shit?” he asked, setting a plate down in front of her.

“Nope. Actually, I found it to be an, uh, illuminating talk.”

 Yeah, I bet it was.

He sat down beside her. The room had gotten decidedly chilly since he left. Spending time at the club had its hazards. His family and friends had a way of blowing right past any boundaries you set, particularly Shepherd. As VP, the guy vetted all prospects and old ladies. He also had some serious sixth sense mojo when it came to reading people, which came in handy at times, but it could be irritating as hell when he put his nose smack dab in the center of your business.

She ignored him and tucked into her food.

He let her eat. Maybe getting some food in her would raise her blood sugar and put her in a better frame of mind?

He dug in, too. At least the breakfast tasted pretty damn good, even if he did say so himself. He’d made the eggs over easy, piping hot biscuits from scratch, and added a pile of home fries to their plates, along with several slices of bacon.

She took a couple of bites and seemed to perk up a bit. “I’ve always been a scone and iced coffee kind of a girl in the morning, but this is really good. And I’m starving.” She put a couple slices of bacon on her biscuit, making her own breakfast sandwich. “I only managed to choke down a bite or two of the dried out chicken at the wedding reception last night.”

He suddenly had trouble concentrating on his own plate, more interested in devouring her than the food. He’d had her last night and again this morning, but apparently, he still hadn’t gotten his fill of her and he knew why too. That ass would be his. And soon.

But in order to get some ass, he needed a plan.

 It’s not like she’d show up for another beer and a quick fuck in the back, hellion style, so if he wanted to keep having sex with her and he seriously did, he’d have to make his move.

“So are you seein’ anyone else?” He kept his tone real casual.

 She drained her coffee cup. “Not at the moment, no. And honestly? I don’t date much, not since Carl, er, Dipshit.”

“You two were together a while?

“Yes. I met him my first semester of grad school and dated him for a year.” She smiled faintly. “We lived in the same dorm and we used to hang out. You know how it goes. We had dinner together in the cafeteria, or we’d order pizza and binge watch series on Netflix or something. Sort of like we blew past dating and fell into a relationship.”

“Have you dated anyone else since?

 She shook her head. “I’m a little shy, kinda nerdy. In fact… growing up? Some of my best friends were books.” She bit her lip. “It’s probably why I became a librarian.”

That made his cock twitch. “Holy shit. I forgot to ask you what you do. You are seriously a librarian? You aren’t fucking with me?”

She made a face. “Yes, I’m really a librarian, MLS degree and all.”

“Hot damn.” He pictured her behind a desk, dressed all prim and proper; her hair bound up in a little bun, black-framed glasses perched on her nose. “Remind me later to have you dress up and ask me about my overdue books. “

Friday, June 20, 2014

Writing Heroes and Heroines

Attention all writers!

Have you read  The Complete Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes? I highly recommend it!  Basically, the authors go through television, film, and books to look for archetypes and found eight of each. You can check it out here!  You can also check out a couple of blog posts one of the authors made about the character archetypes here!

I highly recommend it and I'm using it for my new Four Horsemen MC Series. The first book, Sweet Perdition, utilizes the "The Charmer" male archetype paired with "The Librarian" female archetype and she is quite literally a librarian.

Let's break it down...Charmers are playboy types. They love women, wine, and song and aren't really interested in commitment. In Ryker's case (my Charmer) he is a biker and he certainly loves the ladies, his Fireball Whisky, and the only lady in his life is his Harley-Lucy.  An archetype is a way of building some basic components of your character and then you can fill in all of the interesting things about him...like character shorthand.

My Librarian is Elizabeth and she is just coming from her ex boyfriend's wedding. According to the authors, Librarians are smart but very prim and proper...until unleashed. Maybe by a Charmer?  Elizabeth's ex complained that she was frigid in bed and that's what made him seek out other women. Namely, Elizabeth's best friend. Yes, her ex is a tool! And ends up being all creepy and stalkery once he finds out what a real sexpot she can be....Elizabeth's reaction to Ryker is anything but cold.

For my next book in the series, Hot as Hades, I'm pairing a Crusader female archetype (think kick ass Buffy type) with a Best Friend/Lost Soul male archetype....yes, you can layer your archetypes for extra depth.

Anyway, hope you will check out the archetypes and give them a go!  I think they are very helpful.

You can check out Sweet Perdition on Goodreads here! You can check out the next book in the series, Hot as Hades on Goodreads here!