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Friday, August 31, 2012

Romancing the Hop Blog Hop






What is Romance?

ro·mance - a love affair. ardent emotional attachment between two people. a strong, sometimes short-lived attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for something.

Personally, I believe the dictionary term does not capture the magic of true romance. So what is romance really? Is it a feeling or an act between two people? Is in an art that lures a mate?  Is it the magic created by hearts that yearn to be together?

Hmmm. What do you think romance is? 

I believe romance is a multiple of many factors and is enhanced by how our senses are affected. A corn dog on a beach with your girlfriend is not romantic, but it could be with a dream man while walking barefoot in the sand as waves crash over your feet. A quarter in a gumball machine for a fake piece of jewelry isn't romantic unless said dream man puts the quarter in and reveals a faux diamond and proposes on the spot because he can't live without you. 

Romance is subjective and it is different for everyone. So, I want you to define romance in a comment below. I think everyone will be surprised to see how very unique and different we are when it comes to affairs of the heart.

Just as romance can be defined differently by different people, so too can writers of romance. I personally love cowboys with down to Earth values, whereas some other writer may write about corporate types with a penchant for the extravagant. The list can go on and on just as different individuals will define romance. 

The prizes for this blog hop are just wow, awesome! Not only do you have the chance to win prizes from each author or blogger on this hop, you also have the chance to win....

1st prize: A Kindle Fire or a Nook Tablet.
2nd prize: A $130 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
3rd prize: A large swag pack. 

 


The grand prizes will be awarded by the host of the event, Carrie Ann Ryan. All comments posted in all participant author sites or blog's are counted and entered for these above prizes! Yah! With there being over 100 participants, you have the opportunity to enter over 100 times for the grand prizes! Use the Linky List below to visit the other participants in this hop.

For my personal giveaway, simply define romance in a comment. I will randomly choose a winner at the end of the hop.  My winner will receive either a $25 Amazon gift card or a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!
 

Okay, get your brain in gear and leave a comment below along with your email address so we can reach you if you win! Be sure to get more entries by visiting the other participants as well! 


Happy Hopping!
 Hennessee

Monday, August 27, 2012

Blue Collar Monday

Good morning! It's another Monday....again. Gah, let's get rid of Mondays, so Happy Tuesday. Yeah, I know, we can't do that. So let's make the best of it shall we?

 Wow, he can tend my garden anytime!



Monday, August 20, 2012

Interview with Seleste de Laney

Recently I've had the great pleasure of interviewing Seleste DeLaney and let me tell you....this chick is awesome! I will be honest and say that I haven't read any of her books YET, but I will be picking up her newest release and many more as I have time. I'm an avid reader during the times I'm not trying to write, or be the domestic servant of my household. :)

Like I have mentioned before, I like to get inside of the heads of people I interview. I try to ask a variety of questions that allow their personality to shine through. Seleste didn't let me down :)

Let's dive in with one of my favorite questions, because hey, I want to know!

Hennessee: Seleste, are there any scenes in your books based on personal experiences?

Seleste: I’m kind of cracking up at this question. There are tiny pieces of scenes that are similar to experiences I’ve had, but complete scenes? Not a single one I can think of. Mainly because (other than that stalker issue I had in high school) I’ve never had a boyfriend almost kill me or an assassin hunting me or… 

Hennessee: Tell me when you started writing.

Seleste: I wrote a lot when I was younger. Then I “got serious about my future” and stopped—no time for fantasy worlds when you’re “serious about your future.” (Please tell me that came across in a nice, deep voice filled with authority. Anyway…) After spending many years being serious, I had an emergency c-section (both my and my son’s lives were at risk), and it made me realize that maybe serious wasn’t what I wanted to be if I could kick it any time. So I started writing again around 2002-ish. I “got serious about my writing” in 2007. I joined a writing group that year and got my ass handed to me by a brilliant writer (a few times). 

Hennessee: What kind of hero you most enjoy writing about?

Seleste: Hot ones. Can I use that as an answer? :P Honestly, I was never a girl who had a “type.” In Kiss of Death, there are two heroes (Max and Chad). Both are vampires, but they are so very different from each other. Max is strong, silent, warrior type whereas Chad is loud, cocky and spontaneous. I love them both. Basically, I like my stable of heroes to have variety. Sometimes you want a sleek Arabian, other times a big, burly Percheron. And sometimes you aim for the Thoroughbred. It all depends on how I want to ride that day ;-)

Hennessee: When you read, what do enjoy reading the most?

Seleste: I tend to go in fits where I’ll read a lot of one genre and then jump to something else (which I also like to do with my writing :P). I’ve been reading a lot of YA this summer as well as a decent helping of steampunk. At the moment though, I’m reading The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. Leaving the teeny-boppers behind for a while and diving into some BDSM. *happy sigh*

Hennessee: (I love these types of questions mainly because I'm always making a fool of myself)  Tell me about an embarrassing moment.

Seleste: Uh… there are so many to choose from—most of which I don’t want all over the internet LOL. Okay, one that was fairly public and recent happened at the Romantic Times Booklovers’ Convention in 2011. My roommate (Deanna Wadsworth—brilliant author, buy her stuff) and I had been imbibing a bit prior to one of the parties. Out on the dance floor, she decided she wanted to play air guitar… on my leg. Feeling silly enough to play along, I kicked my leg up and she started doing her best impression of Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future. Between her moving around and me on one leg in heels… I fell. And then we tried again. I think it was the third of fourth time when I finally called it quits. Of course there were a couple people (fine… one) who refused to let me live that down. At least as far as I know there was no video of it. (Please do not tell me if there is. This is one case where I prefer to live in ignorance.)

Hee, hee! I'm not the only prone a fit of silliness and hope no one remembers!

Hennessee: How do you deal with writer’s block?

Seleste: I don’t believe in writer’s block. As for how I deal when words won’t come readily, it depends. Sometimes I accept that the story just isn’t right. If it’s not part of a series or something I’m really emotionally committed to, I move on. If it is, I have a variety of methods. (Which translates to “long answer incoming.”)
- Plow through—aka the direct approach—sometimes it’s just a matter of fear holding me back. If that’s it, I need to just keep pushing.
- Booze—I know, I know it sounds cliché, but the second thing other than fear that paralyzes me as a writer is over-thinking. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and inhibits over-thinking.
- Talk it out—This is one reason critique partners and beta readers (aka people you trust who get your writing) are invaluable. Sometimes they can see things you’re too close to see—like the ladder that will let you climb out of the corner you’ve painted yourself into.
- Walk away for a bit—this can be done in a variety of ways…
               - Literally take a walk—get out, see something other than your book and characters for a bit, then attack fresh.
               - Write something else—I like to use flash fiction for this. Sometimes it’s a matter of writing something meaningless that’ll never see the light of day, and other times I’ll use a piece of flash to gain deeper understanding of a character.
               - Take a nap or a bath or… --like taking a walk, this will give your brain a rest—some of my best ideas have come while in the bath or shower.

Hennessee: What do you think makes a great bedroom scene?

Seleste: Emotion is the most important thing. Mechanics are great. Acrobatics are fun. But what really sells a scene for me is the emotional content because it shows so much more than just tab A in slot B (or C or D). Even a lack of emotion is telling since it shows a level of disconnect to the physical. Which means if a scene lacks emotional depth, it tells you something about the character—which might not be the author’s actual intent.

Hennessee: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

Seleste: Wow, this one’s hard. At the moment, Joss Whedon. He’s a brilliant story-teller for starters, a staunch feminist (which I adore about him), and considering the people he’s worked with, I’m sure he’s got some crazy-ass stories to tell. Plus, he might be able to arrange that dream-date for me (no, I’m not telling who with :P)

Hennessee: Tell me about the shittiest job you’ve ever had?

Seleste: Easy answer: kitchen at the dorm in college (crappy hours and crappy pay). Actual worst job (since unlike the college one, I had to have a job at this point): I worked as a lab tech in a materials testing facility. Sounds not awful, but my boss was (not to put too fine a point on it) a complete douchecanoe. He was very misogynistic and I’m still pretty sure the only reason he hired me was because he was told he needed a woman in the lab. Whenever I suggested something to help the lab run smoother (like standardized reports rather than everyone having to type up every stinking part of it for every test), he’d act like I was an idiot. I stuck it out for about a year and a half before the stress drove me out. Then I taught high school where my life was threatened by a student in the first week, and I was still less stressed than at the lab. 

Hennessee: When is your favorite time to write?

Seleste: At night after everyone else has gone to bed. Generally I like to turn out all the lights except a lamp right next to me (so I don’t knock over my water). The darkness hides all the other “should do” things around the house, and the quiet lets me sink into my own world.

Hennessee: If you could date any character from your books, who would it be and why?

Seleste: Date? Hmmmm. That is such a hard question because I like bits and pieces of all of them. I’d probably have to go with Remy just because he’d keep me on my toes. I’d have to work on getting him to shift his bi-mobile back to women though. 

Hennessee: Is there any of your strengths or weaknesses in your books you use to develop your characters?

Seleste:  All of them. :P Seriously, there are little tiny bits and pieces of me in all my characters (whether current me or past me or idealized me). For example, Max has this horribly tortured past that affects everything he does. My past is not that extreme, but when writing him, I tapped into the bad shit that had happened in my past that changed who I am. Chad is my public-front (that sounds horrid, but…)—I’m a horribly shy person which is something I hate about myself. In high school I started to force myself out of my shell—very much “fake it ‘til you make it”—and I adopt an air of confidence that I don’t always feel. Chad is that confident. I fake it, he lives it. I could keep going, but you get the idea. 

Hennessee: Tell me something odd about you?

Seleste: Something odd? I’m fairly certain I’m kind of odd in general. So, I went to my crit partner and BFF, Katee, for this one. She said, "You put an inordinate amount of importance on guys' hair." So...I guess that's my extreme oddity.

Hennessee: If your friends could describe you with one word, what would it be?

Seleste: Uh… how should I know? Depending on the friend, “bitch” might come up. But I asked one of my other besties, Dani, and she said, “Formidable.” I like that a lot better, so let’s go with that one, okay?

Hennessee: What do you say to people who believe romance books are porn for women?

Seleste: I smile, laugh, and tell them they should read more porn then. The word porn doesn’t bother me, nor does the idea that some women might find themselves sexually aroused by a well-written passage. I’ve watched porn. Most visual porn has no plot, no character development, ridiculous acting, and in general sucks ass. At least if I’m reading my porn (which has plot, character development, and very often doesn’t  suck), it shows I’m more intellectually stimulated than the people sitting there just watching.

Isn't that the best answer ever?!

Hennessee: Do you have an upcoming book you would like to tell me about?

Seleste: Yes! Kiss of Death (http://mundania.com/book.php?title=Kiss+of+Death) , the first novel in the Blood Kissed series releases on August 28, and I’m very excited about it. (You can add it on GoodReads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13574499-kiss-of-death) There are a couple prequel shorts that give some background about the relationship between Jocelyn, Max, and Chad, but Kiss of Death is where the world really opens up and the story of the Blood Kissed really begins. Here’s the blurb…
Too many years of killer vamps have triggered the curse of the Blood Kissed. They’ve awakened the bloodline that can alter their world, because her blood has the power to control them all—even make them destroy each other.
Jocelyn thought her troubles with vampires were over when she drove a stake through her boyfriend Max’s heart a year ago. Even though she’s engaged to Chad now, she’s never really forgotten him. Now Max is back, and Chad is taking her into the heart of the vamp community—and they’re the ones trying to keep her alive. The ones who love her and each seek to claim her for their own. Because once the elders know who she is, they’re all going to want her… or want her dead.


Isn't this a sweet cover? Whew, love it!

Hennessee: Do you have any advice for new writers?

Seleste: Read a lot. Write a lot. Try new things. Learn to accept criticism. Get a crit partner and beta readers, and trust them, but don’t pretend they’ll take the place of your editor. Keep writing, even when it gets hard, even when you’re sick, and even when you’re tired. Write every day so it becomes a part of you. And don’t be afraid to take chances.

Hennessee:  What’s your poison?

Seleste: Belladonna and… er that’s not what you meant, is it? ;-) I’m a vodka girl all the way. Right now I’m on a kick where I almost exclusively drink flavored vodka and either lemonade or cranberry (when I’m imbibing. I mean, I also drink water and way too much diet pop.)

Hennessee:  What is your favorite comfort food?

Seleste: Have you seen me? I have a lot of comfort foods. My favorite meal out is Culver’s. It’s this little burger joint and they make frozen custard. *dies* The one good thing is I’m perfectly satisfied with a kids’ meal there, so at least I don’t eat a ton of it all at once. 

Hennessee:  How can readers find out more about you?

Seleste: I’m all over the internet, including my website (http://selestedelaney.com/) and blog (http://selestedelaney.blogspot.com/) as well as a few group blogs I contribute to. The easiest way to find out more is to just ask though. I’m on Facebook and Twitter  on a pretty regular basis (less so this summer just because I’ve been so busy). Friend me (http://www.facebook.com/seleste.delaney), like me (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seleste-deLaney/111903172206874), or follow me (https://twitter.com/#!/SelestedeLaney), and then hit me with anything you’re willing to ask publicly. I answer most things ;-) 

Hennessee: Where can we find your books?




As well as at the websites of my individual publishers: Carina Press (http://ebooks.carinapress.com/82C1C789-FF6F-4D15-AFF8-A8170FC90FA9/10/13/en/SearchResults.htm?SearchID=10622239), 




Hennessee: Thank you so much Seleste for allowing me to interview you. I've enjoyed very much!

Seleste: Thanks so much for having me, and I hope you’ll all check out Kiss of Death when it releases on Tuesday the 28th!
 







Blue Collar Monday

It's Monday again and if you're like me, you're groaning and not wanting to start the day. Is it just me or do weekends seem shorter anymore? Well, let's stretch and pour a cup of coffee and get the day started right with a blue collar man.


I don't know what he's doing, but I'm glad he is!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

What's up with Hennessee Andrews

Yesterday I received my first book, Eight Seconds in print! I was excited and teary eyed while holding the book filled with my words, my thoughts, and my story.





To anyone out there not chasing their dreams, I'll tell you something my mother has repeated to me over and over again since I was a small girl.... "Can't never could do anything." I know I've heard that phrase cross her lips hundreds of times. She doesn't believe in the word "can't" and neither do I. Turn can't into I can and don't ever believe your dreams aren't possible. They simply depend on the effort  a person is willing to put in and how bad a person wants said dream to come true!

In other news, I have a story coming out in a multi-author anthology, 13 to be exact! Just Vamps will be available through Evernight Publishing in October! Yah! I'm very excited to be included :) Vampire lovers are sure to get their vamp fix with 13 original stories featuring our favorite creatures of the night. Mmm, I can't wait to read everyone's stories!




Happy Sunday! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for Blue Collar Monday! Also, I will be interviewing Seleste DeLaney on Tuesday, don't miss it!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Erotic Badlib Blog Hop and Giveaway Winner


Just a quick announcement, Julianne Keller won the $10 gift card by random drawing! I appreciate everyone for stopping by and I hope you had fun :)


Hennessee

Too Hot Thursday

Good morning and happy Thursday. I've been really behind lately and didn't get a Blue Collar Monday posted! What was I thinking? Now that school is back in session I hope to be a much better everything, blogger, host, interviewer, writer, mom....Did I miss anything? Oh, and wife. Structure even helps those like me that will swear they don't need it.

Let's celebrate the day by checking out some hot bodies sure to make you drool!






I have a pool but never witnessed anything like this emerging! WoW!







For some reason I really want to take a shower!







Great, now I'm thirsty!

 Enjoy the pics today!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Erotic Badlib Blog Hop and Giveaway


Welcome to the Erotic Blog Hop and Giveaway! From the time I was young I loved the original Madlibs. What better way to learn verbs, nouns, adjectives and the such while having fun at the same time.

Now we have Erotic Badlibs hosted by Lea Barrymire combined with a giveaway! Too fun!

Below I have posted a fill in the blank Erotic Badlib. All you have to do to enter is pick a paragraph, add your words and post in the comments to be entered to win a $10 gift card of your choice. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookstrand)

This is by far the most fun and easy way to win $10, courtesy of yours truly.


Badlibs Story 1

            Damian ____(verb)_____ across the ____(noun)_____. His ___(adjective)______  ___(noun)________ made Libby weak. His __(plural noun)____ bulged. His impressively ___(adjective)_____ ____(noun)________ made her ____(noun)______ swell. He was so ___(adjective)______   that he made her feel ___(adjective)______   in comparison. His ___(adjective)__ eyes ____(verb)_____  with ____(noun)______.

            “Get over here, Libby. I want to ___(verb)_____ your ___(noun)_____, and can’t stop myself from ___(verb)______ on your __(plural noun)______.” He __(verb) groaned_____  ____(adverb) loudly_____, making her __(noun)_______  ____(verb)______  ­­____(adverb)____.

            “Oh, Damian. Be __(noun)___ with me. I haven’t had __(adjective)____  ___(noun)_____ in so long.” Libby ____(verb)______ .  Her eyes slid closed and her head fell back.

            His __(noun)____ touched her ___(noun)___ and drew a __(noun)_____ from her lips. A calloused hand stroked her ___(noun)__ making her ___(adjective) ___  ______(noun)_____  ______(verb)____. With ____(number)___ fingers, he entered her ____(noun)__. She couldn’t stop the ____(noun)__ from escaping her ____(noun)___. 

            “Lay back, Libby. Let me ______(verb)____ your ____(noun)___. I want you hotter than ____(noun)___ before I ______(verb)____ my ___(noun)___ in your ____(noun)___.” He grinned ____(adverb)____

            She moaned, nodding. She ______(verb)____  her hips __(direction)___ and ______(verb)____  deep in her throat. “Anything you want, Damian. I want to feel your ___(adjective) ___  ______(noun)_____   so badly I can barely stand it.”

            A shiver skated down her______(noun)_____   at the feel of his ______(noun)_____    invading her. Sensations like a _______(weather-type)_____    moved through her. She could feel the building ______(noun)_____    start with a ______(verb)_____    in her ______(noun)_____. She looked up into his face. His ___(adjective)__  eyes ___(verb)______ with ___(noun)__. His ___(adjective)____ ___(noun)___ pressed deeply into her ___(noun)___. She could feel his ___(adjective)______  ___(noun)___. His increased speed caused her ___(noun)___  to ___(verb)______  against the bed. A sound, like a ___(animal)___   vibrated in her chest. She knew she was going to come. All she needed was his ___(noun)___   ___(verb)___   her ____(adverb)____.

            With a final ___(noun)___    she ___(verb)___    off into bliss. Her ___(plural noun)___    tensed, her ___(noun)___    tightened and her eyes closed on the feeling of his ___(noun)___    sinking ____(adverb)____ into her.
            

Okay, there it is! Pick your paragraph and fill it out below in a comment. The winning entry will be chosen randomly. Just have fun and be sure to stop by and check out the other authors on this hop!

- Entering this contest means you have read, understood, and agree with all rules and regulations stated.- Entrants must be 18 or older (or age of majority in your country) to enter and to win.- No purchase necessary.- Void where prohibited.- All stated rules are subject to change without notification or reason given.- Chances of winning vary widely based on the number of entries received.- Prize is as stated. No substitutions or exchanges.
- Contest host is not responsible to misrepresented/mistyped email addresses, spam filters, mailer daemons, and other internet wackiness that may crop up at the time of winner notification.


- Winners are final.- Contest Starts 00:01EST August 10th and Ends 12:59EST August 14th and open to International participants- Winners will be notified via email, twitter, or facebook no later than 12:00EST August 15th -Respond by date to collect prize is 14 days from notification date.


Please stop by and visit the other authors on this hop! 


Monday, August 6, 2012

Blue Collar Monday

Wow, another Monday....Is it just me or does Monday roll around too fast anymore? If you tell me it's because I'm getting older, I'm going to plug my ears and go, "La, la, la, I can't hear you!"

Let's grab our cups of coffee and give a toast to today's blue collar man. Firemen are ready to roll in seconds, working to save lives and property. I lift my cup and give them a big "Thank you!"





Ah, nice view!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Interview with author Anya Breton


   Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to get to know Anya Breton on Twitter and I knew right away she was the type of person I’d like to just hang out with. Anya possesses many qualities, but my favorite is her unique personality and how she uses it to create memorable stories. 

   I hadn’t read any of her work until recently when I picked up Y’s Punishment published by Siren Publishing. The term I use that I think describes it best is delicious. Her line in Randy’s Diner is by far the most imaginative story I’ve read in a very long time. Since I’m not good at telling someone about a story without spoiling, I’ll just say you have to read it and find out for yourselves!

   Coming soon, today, August 5th to be exact, is another story in the Randy’s Diner series, A’s Surrender. Since I’m curious about people and love to find out what makes them tick, I was thrilled when Anya agreed to do an interview with me. 

   Authors for me are all the same until I can get inside their devious minds and learn about them as people outside their writing. I ask odd questions that give me a glimpse into their lives. Tricky aren’t I? Let’s see what Anya had to say.

When you read, what kind of books do you enjoy reading the most?

Anya: Historical romance, Regency/Victorian/Edwardian. Most of the plots feature women clutching their virtue and males trying to plunder it. I love this sort of conflict.

All writers at some point and time get writer’s block. How do you deal with writer’s block?

Anya: I read someone else’s story, edit one of mine, or switch to writing something else. If it’s bad enough, I step away from all things writing and do a marathon of TV/movie watching instead.

Author’s tastes vary in the bedroom. I want to know, what do you think makes a great bedroom scene?

Anya: Two equally matched characters and plenty of conflict. It’s boring if one simply rolls over and lets the other run roughshod over them. 

I like to write late at night, because I’m most productive then. When is your favorite time to write?

Anya: Sundays. I don’t know what it is about Sunday but it’s always my most productive day to write.

Everyone has unusual quirks or hobbies. Tell me something odd about you?

Anya: I collect rubber chickens. My car’s interior is decorated with them. Everyone knows which vehicle is mine because of the chicken in the back window. My love of rubber chickens has something to do with my time as a clown…

See, I told you I liked to ask questions that give me a glimpse into a person’s personality. Anya didn’t disappoint. Note to self: Find out more later about her time as a clown.

If your friends could describe you with one word, what would it be?

Anya: Weird.

We all have different tastes, but what’s your poison?

Anya: These days its fancy chocolate (I like Lindt best) and Diet Code Red (I’ve recently begun drinking caffeinated beverages after 12+ years). But my tastes change every few months.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Anya: ALL of it. LOL, seriously, I can’t think of one type of food that gives me comfort above all else (Mmm, prime rib, pizza, Chinese…) . If it’s food, and I get to eat it, I’m comforted ;) Conversely, if there’s food, and I don’t get to eat it, I’m a sad panda :(

Most importantly, I want to know about her upcoming release so I ask. Do you have an upcoming book you would like to tell me about?

Anya: The second book in my Randy’s Diner Series is out on August 5th. A’s Surrender is a full-length novel (the last one was a novella), and this time the dominant is male.  Here’s the blurb
Graduate student Ashley Dixon needs $10,000 to bail her dad out of jail for allegedly robbing an ATM machine. Randy’s Diner—a place people go to receive “service with little more than a smile”—promises to be the perfect job to earn cash. If only Ashley can get over the scandalous things the waitstaff and customers do over an order of a burger and fries.
Divorcee Oliver Clarke is accustomed to dominating both in his professional life as CIO at a Fortune 1000 company and also in the BDSM scene. He knows he’s found his ideal submissive after one look at the wholesome little waitress inside his favorite diner. First Oliver must rein in his desire before he frightens away his new obsession.
Ashley is faced with a tough choice. Can she accept being Oliver’s slave for cash to free her dad or will she need more?
Note: these books can be read out of order.

Oooh, I’m in! I can’t wait for this book. How can readers find out more about you?

Anya: They can check out my blog at http://blog.anyabreton.com or they can stalk me on Twitter (@AnyaBreton) and/or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/anyabreton).

You have other works, where can we find your books? 

Anya: Mine are spread across vendors. The best place to find them all is here: http://blog.anyabreton.com/books

A big thanks to Anya for allowing me to rummage around in her head! Don’t miss A’s Surrender, I won’t! Also, be sure to check out Y’s Punishment. You won’t be disappointed!



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What's new with Hennessee Andrews

Well, a lot has been going on here in the Midwest. Sigh. It's hotter than a two peckered billy goat with triple digit temps daily and no rain in sight. My yard died a month ago, along with my plants and garden. So, I stay inside as much as I can.

The great part about being stuck inside is that I've accomplished quite a bit as far as writing goes. I've submitted two short stories and now I'm currently working on the 3rd in The Texas Senator's Sons series, which is long overdue. I just hope that this book, entitled Drake, turns out as wonderful as my first two.

After I finish writing about Drake, the bastard son of the Senator of Texas, Eugene Radcliff, I have plenty of material to keep me busy well into the fall. If you've looked at the sidebar of my blog and noticed my works in progress, you know I really need to get my butt in gear!

I'm really excited to move along. I had a dry spell for two months where I wasn't writing anything new. I was working on promoting my recently published books that came out in May and June. I've also been busy with my girls, their softball games, and all I have to say about that is....I'm glad the season is over!  It's just too damn hot to sit outside and too hot for kids to play the game.

The new school year is coming up and right now, I don't know how I feel. On one hand, I enjoy the kids being home. On the other, I'm ready for them to go back to school. I honestly believe they're getting bored. I could use a whole day to concentrate on writing instead of entertaining and refereeing. Girls are difficult and especially since they're only 18 months apart. Sigh....drama, drama.

Outside of the family life and back to writing, I'm so super excited about a manuscript I've been working on! Currently I've named it Plucked, as in plucked out of life unexpectedly. It is a paranormal romance with oodles of myth, mystery, and corruption. I can't tell you anymore, sorry. I will say that the hero in this book is....sinful. Yes, that is the perfect way to describe him. This book will be YA, I hope...I'm trying, but my naughty mind wants to make it erotic. Curses, I can't be good sometimes!

Outside of the two books I just mentioned, I have a paranormal romance, The Book of Generations that I'm up in the air over. As it stands, it is nearly 90,000 words. One beta reader says it's a perfect YA, cut out the erotic scenes, and another says they love it like it is. I'm still unsure, but I will say it needs an overhaul. This book is my baby, the big one, and I'm scared to death about going the wrong way with it. I'm leaning toward YA or what I've heard is the New Adult genre. What in the hell is that anyway? And who publishes it? For me personally, I feel if it contains sex then it's a 17+ book. This New Adult genre, hell, I just don't know! I just don't want to place it in the wrong category and fall flat on my face. Does that make any sense? I'm just too in love with this book and my characters to fail. Like I said, this is my big one with book two brewing.

That's the sum of what is going on here. I'm just another writer putting my heart down on paper, hoping to find readers who enjoy it.  Even if I didn't have readers I'd probably write anyway. My mind swirls with stories and my imagination knows no bounds. I absolutely require an outlet, or else I just might go crazy! Well, maybe not crazy, but I might not be as happy. :)