Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors #94!

Hello, friends! Welcome back to another exciting weekend of the warriors who write! I'm still sharing bits and pieces from Adventures in Online Dating, and Sydney is still on her date with Charlie, the clown. I have a feeling Mr. Clown is gonna make a few new fans in the next couple weeks. ;)

Here's the blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt, skipping ahead a bit: 

“I so badly wanted this to work because I just...I really like you. You’re the first woman whose profile really spoke to me and—”
            “I’m afraid of clowns,” she blurted.
            Her admission brought his tangent to an abrupt halt. “What?”
            “Clowns...they scare the crap out of me.”
            Instead of reacting in hurt or anger, the man laughed—the belly-shaking, tear-forming kind of laughter. ‘Why didn’t you just say so?” he sputtered out. 

Well, he makes a good point. lol. Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

Sooooo. How about that snow? Ya know, we haven't been hit too hard with the white stuff yet in Ottawa, but it's very early in the season yet. We've got another four months to go. But on the bright side...it's almost Christmas! See, we Canucks are already thinking Yuletide 'cause our Thanksgiving happened back in October. But for all the Yankees out there who'll be celebrating next week, I wish you all an incredibly happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for all of you, for the friendships we've made, the smiles, and the unfailing support. :x

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors #93!

Greetings, clown lovers, haters, and in-betweeners! Happy Sunday to you! I'll share a couple more excerpts from Sydney's date with Charlie before we move on to the next 'choice'. But first, a little business....

Here's the blurb for Adventures in Online Dating: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt, continuing from where we left off: 
“Here we are!” Charlie said as he plopped into his chair again, armed with their drinks.
            “Gah!” The enthusiasm over everything--another creepy clown characteristic. She dove for the monster-sized coffee cup and downed a quarter of it in one gulp.
            “Wow,” he said, "you really like your coffee.”
            “Uh-huh, coffee good.”
            He laughed again--not so much a maniacal laugh, but certainly a boisterous one. “So I read in your profile that you play the piano in an orchestra, and you offer lessons too. I can play the guitar, but it’s just something I picked up for my act because the kids love that stuff....”

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

So today is a special someone's birthday. I think you all know her by Maggie Wells. So this is just an extra little birthday wish from me to you, Ms. Wells. Hope your day is as fabulous as you are! xoxo <3 Wishing the rest of you a fantastic week ahead! :)


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors #92!

Hi there, my friendly neighbourhood writers and readers! Happy Sunday to you! I'm sharing another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating. Sydney has just officially met Charlie the clown. Too bad she's terrified of clowns. 

Here's the blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt, continuing from where we left off:
“Oh, where are my manners? What can I get you to drink?”
            “Coffee...in a vat.”
            Charlie laughed, but when she didn’t offer so much as a hint of sarcasm, he hopped to his feet and promised to order the largest size they had. 
            When he was out of sight, she exhaled all the air she’d been holding in. She was petrified of clowns--the freakish grins, the maniacal laughter, the make-up, the shoes. Why were their shoes so damn big? What the hell were they hiding in there? Human body parts, no doubt, because all clowns were serial killers.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

Well, after months of waiting, I finally got an MRI on my knee this week. I've never had an MRI before, but I'd been led to believe it was a rather unpleasant experience. My experience, however, was quite the opposite. Why? First, because it occurred in a Children's Hospital, so as soon as I walked in the door, there were games and toys and splashes of colour everywhere. Second, because I got to wear a gown and pants AND keep my socks on. I'm not a big fan of being barefoot and my socks are fabulous anyway. And third, because the MRI technician lady asked if I'd like to watch an episode of Friends while the procedure was taking place. Um...yeah! I had no idea that was even possible! The wonders of technology. So I put on some headphones and then these super-cool goggles that had a screen inside them! A screen! Inside goggles! Mind = blown. The only hardship was trying to keep from giggle-squirming so she could get some good pictures of my knee. I wouldn't mind doing it all over again, but let's all hope that I never have to. Wishing you all a fantastic week ahead!! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors #91!

Well, hello there, you beautiful people! Happy Sunday to you! I'm back with another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating! For those who've been following along, Sydney's about to meet Charlie, one of her matches, for the very first time. The guy who claims in his profile to be a children's entertainer. But clearly that can take on multiple meanings.

Here's the blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt:

The clown took three hurried strides and swept her into his arms in a way-too-friendly greeting. “It’s so nice to finally meet you!”
            “Whoa.” She closed her eyes as the shudders ran through her. It’s okay...it’s over...just don’t look at his face.
            “I’m sorry I’m a bit late. I was just at a birthday party and it ran overtime and the traffic was crazy! I hope I didn't keep you waiting too long.”
            She just kept staring at her hands which were shaking on her lap. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

So...dating. It's the worst. But it's the only cure for the whole singleness thing, barring a mail-order groom. In my attempts to find Mr. Right, I've dabbled in the world of online dating, tiptoed my way through Tinder, and just last weekend I tried speed dating for the very first time. I would describe the experience as exhausting, entertaining, and enlightening. In that order. I learned three valuable lessons that night: 1. The cutest boys hover around the food table. 2. Pumpkins are NOT a good conversation starter. 3. I'm a sexy beast. Follow-up to the last lesson: Over 70% of the men I dated for 8 whole minutes wished to see me again, and I received a certificate stating as such...which I might have laminated and hung on my wall. :D Wishing you all a fantastically fun and fabulous week ahead!! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors #90!

Hey! Hi! Hello! Welcome back to another exciting week of reading, writing, and warrior-ing! Based on the votes from last week, Charlie was the top choice. For those who were hoping to see Sydney's date with Joe, worry not. You will eventually! I'm not going to show you every part of the Charlie date--just the highlights. So you ready? Let's go! 

First, here's the blurb for Adventures in Online Dating: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt! To give you a little set-up, Sydney's seated at the coffee shop waiting for Charlie to arrive. She's talking to a super-cute barista named Sam when the man of the hour makes his appearance....

The obnoxious sound of a horn blared through the room, interrupting all conversation. She peered around Sam and saw a terrifying flash of red. “Oh help,” she whispered.
            There were only two kinds of horn-toting harassers: handsy French horn players and clowns. The red nose on the latest offender confirmed he was the latter.
            Another honk of the damned horn. Closer this time. Her hands clenched into fists. When she dared to take another peek, the clown spotted her. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

Well, it's most definitely been a news-worthy week here in Ottawa. I'm sure most of you have heard about the craziness that happened in our capital city. I was working on Wednesday at a school about 8 kilometres from the Parliament buildings and experienced my first lockdown. It was a very tense four hours. I'm extremely thankful that all our students remained safe and unharmed, but my heart goes out to Nathan Cirillo and his family. This country has been shaken but we haven't been broken. We're stronger now, more determined than ever to fight for our freedom to live in a world without terror and senseless violence. May we all enjoy a safe and peaceful week ahead. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Online Mating, coming soon!

Okay, folks! Here it is, the big unveiling....




Isn't it perfect? Isn't it beautiful? *pets cover* The Online Mating adventure starts in December, so stay tuned! 

In the meantime, here's a blurb to further entice you: 

Tired of men who are all talk with no follow-through, Sydney Montrose grabs life by the balls and joins an online mating site. Sexcapades.com matches members based on sexual compatibility. On her first sexcapade, Sydney is charmed by the colorful character who meets her in her favorite coffee shop, but a mystery man at the table next to theirs catches her eye and tempts her sexual appetite.

One man promises a night filled with fun, laughter, and sexploration. The other, an evening of passion and submission. Which one will she choose?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors #89!

Hiiiiiii! How are you? Good? You look good. Very happy you could join me again today for another round of the WWW! I'm gonna share another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating. You ready for it? Okay!

First, here's the blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D


And here's an excerpt, skipping ahead just a tiny bit: 

So when does Joe wanna hook up?”
            Sydney bit her lip. “Actually, he suggested a Tuesday date as well...at the same coffee shop....”
            “Oh, Syd, my dear Syd.” A smile spread from one corner of her mouth to the other. “I have never been more proud of you, you two-timing date tramp.”
            Sydney laughed. “I feel terrible. I’ll have to cancel on one of them because there’s no way I can handle two dates in one night.”
            “Well, we’ve got G.I. Joe and Wigglin’ Charlie...who’s it gonna be?” 

Time for you guys to make a choice! Do you want to read about her date with Joe or her date with Charlie? Let me know in your comment! Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

Just spent the most wonderful time yesterday with the Ottawa Romance Writers of America for a workshop on good plotting and sexing led by Molly O'Keefe...who I happen to have a slight girl crush on now. She's so fun, funny, and a fountain of information. The woman gives great hug too. It's always nice when big league author folk are super-awesome people too. Makes it all the more easy to click that 'buy now' button. :) Wishing all of you a fantastic week ahead!