What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

I’m going to be reading three books this week…

First up, I have an ARC by my friend Kelly Mooney to read. It’s entitled ‘Affliction’ and promises to be as good as her others. I can’t wait. I’m honored that she sent me a copy.

Next, I’ll be diving into Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea’s “Little Black Book.”

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You can get your copy on Amazon.

And I’m continuing to read “Grammar Girl.” I’d like to eventually get her whole collection.

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You can get your copy for only $.99 on Amazon.

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve started a new novel. I’m only at 13,000 words, so I still have a long way to go, but I’m making progress. I haven’t worked on it much the last couple of weeks because I’ve been busy, but I’ll get there. That’s what I love about writing. I write when I have time or when the mood strikes me, and if not it’s okay.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

I’ve been working on making “NOWHERE” and “SUMMER LOVE” available in print. I’m so excited to be able to hold my books in my hand I have goosebumps. Thanks to my formatter I discovered a cool website for fonts. I’ve been choosing the ones I like. It reminds me of picking paint colors for for a room.

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

A lot of tears were shed this past week…we said “Hasta pronto” to an amazing girl from Spain who spent the last 10 months living with our family and attending school here in the US. We had so much fun and our lives are richer due to the experience. We will miss you!

We will miss you!

P.S. She’ll be thrilled to know she made it into one of my posts. She is one of my biggest fans!

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

I just finished 2 books…

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I loved both of these books. They were unique and I appreciated that they didn’t read like other books I’ve read recently. The writing was great and the characters were refreshing. I read the prequel first and then the second book. The series was hot, steamy, sexy, and filled with true love. My kind of books.

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve started a new novel. I’m only at 10,000 words, so I still have a long way to go.I haven’t worked on it much the last couple of weeks because the end of the school year is a busy time, but here’s a quick teaser I posted the other day when I was tagged on Facebook.

He held the car door open for me and I rolled my eyes. I had to make sure Walt understood where we stood, which was nowhere. “I can open my own car door.”
“I know.”
I sighed deeply. “Just because you open car doors for me doesn’t mean anything.”
“I know.”
His arrogant, superior, know-it-all attitude got under my skin. “You’re an insufferable human being.”
“I know.”
I slid into the passenger seat. Walt’s eyes never left me. I wanted to slap him and kiss him all at the same time.
“Tell me how you really feel. Just make sure you tell me in Spanish, because you know how I love that.”
I opened my mouth and sure enough I closed it right before a litany of vulgar Spanish words slipped out.
Walt closed the door and I heard his laughter as he made his way around to the driver’s side. “Luciana, don’t be embarrassed. You know I love it when you talk in your native tongue to me.”
I huffed and sat against the leather seat. I closed my eyes and took several deep breaths. He couldn’t know where my imagination went when I heard him say the word tongue. I shouldn’t even be having these thoughts about Walt. It was absurd.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Authors, Readers, and bloggers. I couldn’t exist without you! Please leave me a comment–I’d love to hear from you!

Also stop on by and like my Facebook page. I’m going to have a giveaway as soon as I reach 500 likes and I’m getting close.

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

School is out and today is the first official day of summer vacation. Making a list of all the fun things I want to do with my kids before it’s over, because summer goes by way too fast. And I am not ready to have one in high school next year!

What’s Up Wednsday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. WHAT I’M READING…

I am reading “Playing Patience” for the second time. I really loved this book the first time I read it, so I decided to read it again. I love the main characters Zeke and Patience. The story has a terrific beginning and the same intense feelings carry throughout. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d recommend it to anyone who loves YA Romance.

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2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’m working on a contemporary romance I started during the summer. Taking a break for a few months from the story has given me fresh eyes.Now all I need to do is sit down and finish it. I’m hoping to have it completed in time for summer reading.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Real students. My Spanish 4 students.

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4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

My friend Lee Rowland over at PearTreeSpace has redone my cover for Summer Love. I loved my original cover, but I wanted a more contemporary look for the new year. Once again Lee did an amazing job, accomplishing exactly what I’d envisioned.

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Happy New Year

Greetings followers! I want to wish you all a happy new year! May all of your wishes and dreams come true in 2014.

2013 was filled with revelations and I’m sure 2014 will be too. The most important thing I learned last year is to believe in myself. In June I asked for the rights to my book “Nowhere” back from Muse It Up publishing and self published it instead. Finally, my writing career took off. I love being my own boss. I am completely in control of all decisions and have the final say in everey aspect. I am the only one who I can blame for my successes and failures. That being said, this year I learned how to ask for help when needed and trust the “experts.” Jennifer Sommersby was my editor for “Summer Love” and she offered me valuable insights into my writing. She helped me flush out my characters and bring them to life on the page. Thank you Jenn. I would also like to thank Lee Rowland for her artistic talent in creating a beautiful new cover for “Nowhere.” Lee can be found at Pear Tree Space.

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I hope 2014 brings not only revelations but inspirations as well. I am currently working on a contemporary romance novel that I’m excited to finish. Once it’s complete I am jumping into Senior Year book #2 – “Falling Into You” set to be released in August 2014.

Please check back with me throughout the year to see how 2014 turns out.

Tuesday’s Top Ten

Now that Memorial Day has passed, summer has begun. I love summer. It means no schedules, lots of sunshine, and savory homegrown foods.

Here is my Top Ten List of Things to do this Summer.
(In no particular order)

1- Publish “Summer Love”

2- Continue writing “Fall Into You”

3- Read lots and lots of books

4- Take family bike rides along the Erie Canal

5- Post on this blog

6- Finish organizing the basement and closets

7 – Make homemade ice cream

8 – Host lots of cookouts

9 – Enjoy family and friends

10 – Sell lots of books!