Monthly Archives: April 2014

Eleven Reasons Why I Will Never be Nominated “MOTHER OF THE YEAR”

1) I’m currently snacking on my kids Easter chocolate while I write and when they get home from school and ask why the bag is light, I already have plans to deny that I had anything to do with it.

2) I don’t save every single project/assignment that comes through the door with their names written on it.

3) I gave my daughter a high-five for punching an older boy in the nose after he put his hands on her first.

4) Sometimes I laugh when they fall before I can ask if they’re alright.

5) I’m addicted to zombie movies and my kids have a tendency to sneak and watch bits and pieces of whatever I’m watching until they get caught and I send them to their rooms. They did this while I was indulging in a terrible Netflix B-movie the other day. When bedtime came, they were afraid of course, but knowing WHY they were afraid, I refused to let them sleep in my room. To me, that was an opportunity to teach them a lesson…..

6) My son used to do what we refer to in our household as the “Naked shut-eye” dance whenever he was nude. He’d take off his clothes for his bath and shimmy while saying “NAKED SHUT-EYE! NAKED SHUT-EYE!” (Don’t ask me what that means LOL). But yeah….I laughed instead of correcting him. Every time.

7) My six year-old is already a “mean girl”. While watching me put on my makeup the other day, she says to me, “Mommy! Don’t put too much of that black stuff on your eyes! Only clowns wear it like that!” Followed by, “Don’t put your glasses back on! Noooooooooo! They’re so last week!”

8) While at a new doctor’s office for our first visit, the doctor politely asks my son what his name is. My son’s response? “Boy”. This could’ve been from me repeating such phrases as: “Boy, stop running!” or “Boy, leave that candle alone!” on a fairly regular basis.

9) I hate parent-teacher conferences (but I go).

10) I’m trying to trick my oldest into continuing to believe in Santa Claus because her NOT believing anymore makes me feel old.

11) I slip and make crude “That’s what she said!” jokes in front of them more often than I care to admit.

One of these days in the very near future they’re gonna catch on and realize that I’m only human….just like them 🙂 None of us are perfect. We have to learn to laugh at the minor mistakes that we’re all bound to make as parents, grow with our children, and pray that they’re better at this than we are LOL!

~Raven

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Latest Release: Free Falling Book 2: “SECRETS”

Shout out to Lolah Lace, the fabulous author to whom I owe many thanks for inviting me to join this blog tour! She’s doing big things in the literary world, so check her out here!!!

1) What am I working on?
Currently, my main focus is having “EXPOSED”, book three of the Free Falling series, ready for its release June 1st, 2014. The series features an African-American female lead and Japanese-American hero. When I set out to write this saga, I felt this strong need to tell their story from the very beginning as opposed to recapping the fact that their love/attraction had been ongoing for years. So, instead of starting them off as adults and explaining their backstory – angst, drama, and everything in between – to readers, I went all the way back to where it began for them – their senior year of high school, which is the setting for book one, “GRAVITY”. Wanting to convey the extreme emotional connection between the two, I thought it best to let readers experience the whole ride for themselves. Book two moves them into a college setting, and book three features a more mature version of Sam and AJ as I conclude the series with them in their mid-twenties.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm…that’s a tough one. I can’t really say what I do differently, but I know that I focus on conveying the most authentic actions, reactions, and emotional responses for my characters as possible. I like to keep it real. We’ve all been in love, which means that we all know of the crazy (stupid) things that love can sometimes make us do. The characters that I write about fall victim to the same snares and pitfalls that await us in the real world. I try not to shy away from the grit that comes along with building a relationship or the vulnerability that can accompany falling head over heels in love; instead, I choose to embrace it all. I’m a sucker for any book that gets me feeling whatever the characters are feeling – anxiety, sadness, love, hate, fear, all of it – so I would have to say that my writing objective is always to make a reader FEEL what’s happening in the story as opposed to just reading it.
Another one of my writing characteristics is that I typically write about guys with regular gigs. AJ from the Free Falling series comes from money, but all in all, he’s still a regular guy, working a nine to five in book three. “RED SUN” features two Native American brothers who own a landscaping business together, living modestly in rural South Carolina. “ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB”, again, features regular men who aren’t rich by any stretch of the word. I’ve never been in love with a billionaire, so maybe I’m just writing what I know 🙂

3) Why do I write what I do?

I think I’m addicted to the chase. There’s nothing like that high you get from reading a book, watching and waiting for the guy to get the girl…or the other way around. I believe this is why most of my stories tend to have a love triangle in some form or fashion – the uncertainty…the loaded stares…the stolen moments. I love, love, LOVE when a book can evoke that feeling! So, when I’m not reading stories like this, I’m writing them.

4) How does your writing process work?

This all depends on how an idea presents itself to me. Sometimes all I get is a general plot that I’d like to further explore. Other times the story unfolds in my head from beginning to end before I can even get my laptop open. I’m also an avid outliner. Most of the time, I start with character outlines which provide physical and personality traits, background information, and their general role in the story. After that, I write a paragraph to summarize the overall plot, followed by a detailed chapter outline. This prevents me from painting myself into a corner when I’m writing because I have a clear idea of where the characters will end up by the final chapter.

Next authors up Monday, April 28th

La Kata Kling
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“They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, so what happens when the person’s eyes are unavailable to look into? You read their words.” – La Kata E.K.
Her Blog: http://poeticlyblessed.blogspot.com/

Victoria Smith
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Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes. She’s also co-founder of NA Alley, a group fiction blog dedicated toward the spread of the ‘new adult’ fiction category.
Her Blog: http://www.authorvictoriahsmith.com/

Lena Hampton
Lena
I am a lifelong Hoosier (please don’t ask me the origin of that word because no one really knows). Storytelling has always been such a part of my life that it’s hard for me to imagine that everyone didn’t tell themselves stories at bedtime instead of reading them. Someone to love is my second novel and will be available on April 26th. Jack and Diane was my first novel and is available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1mviQte) and Nook (http://bit.ly/1iXf6T3).
Her Blog: http://lenahampton.wordpress.com/

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