Sunday, May 24, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #120!

Hi, you lovely people! Happy Sunday! You know what to do now that you're here. Sit back, relax, grab a nice drink, and enjoy another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating! 

Le 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: 

Clearing her throat, she crossed her legs and turned to face the door again. Her conscience could be such a pain in the ass sometimes. How frigging long does it take to put a few quarters in a parking meter? Drumming her nails against the tabletop, she eyed the other patrons in the coffee shop, anyone and everyone but the man sitting at the table next to hers. 
            What had he meant by RL? Sometimes RL isn’t as good as fantasy. Sometimes...Ralph Lauren isn’t as good as fantasy?
            “Real life,” Mystery Man blurted.
            She swiveled toward him, amazed that he’d somehow read her mind and cracked the code at the same time. 
            “You were mumbling out loud,” he said, that ever-present smile in place.

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

Well, I'm in the midst of an absolutely fabulous weekend with my parents here in Ottawa. Today we're off to the Byward Market for pickles and sausages. Really. The edible kind. Get your minds out of the gutter. ;) It's a beautiful, sunshiny day, and we plan on soaking up as many rays as possible whilst enjoying the fruits of this fantastic city. Wishing all of you a wonderful week ahead! :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #119!

Happy Sunday, my dears! Welcome back to Crazytown! ;) I'll be sharing more from Adventures in Online Dating today, plus, I have some good news too! 

But 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, continuing from where we left off:

Against her better judgement she turned to him, opening herself up to further conversation. Mystery Man took a sip of his drink, his dark eyes locking on hers over the rim of his mug.
            “Is that a cappuccino?” Sydney asked, unable to bite back the moan that followed.
            He lowered his mug and nodded.
            “God, I would kill for one of those.”
            “I’d be happy to buy you one, but you’d have to keep the moaning to a minimum so your...friend doesn’t get the wrong idea.”
            “My date, you mean.”  
            “Sure.” 

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

So, ready for the good news? Online Mating, the spiced up, Charlie-centered version of this story just went live again on SilkWords with its third installment! And guess what? You get to vote on how the story ends! Charlie the clown needs your love! ;) 




Wishing all of you a wonderful week ahead, and thank you, as always, for your support! :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #118!

Greetings, friends and fellow writers! Happy Sunday! Ready for more Adventures in Online Dating? Okay, here goes!

Le 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. Joe just stepped outside to top up the money in his parking meter, or so he claimed.  

Maybe it was good he was checking the meter. It showed that he was responsible, frugal...or a broke online gamer who lived with his parents. Whatever the case, his absence gave her a golden opportunity to dump the remainder of her drink in the garbage. As she stood to do just that, the man at the table next to hers chuckled. 
            “I wondered how long it would take you to do that.”
            She smiled in response after disposing of the evidence, then returned to her seat.
            “Don’t worry,” he continued. “Your secret’s safe with me.” 

Ooh, now who is this mystery man? We'll find out more next week. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

Well, this has been a busy weekend for me. I drove back home to visit the fam to celebrate Mother's Day, Dad's birthday, and my baby nephew's first baby shower! Such excitement! Later today I'll hit the road and head back to Ottawa, but for now I'll soak up as much baby time as possible. He's the most beautiful, perfect little boy in the world, though I might be a touch biased. Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead! :)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #117!

Helloooooooo! Happy Sunday! I'm feelin' good and I'm lovin' the sunshine! Is it possible to get high off Vitamin D? 'Cause I think I might be! :P I'm gonna turn things over to Syd and Joe for more from Adventures in Online Dating!

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: 

Who cares if he thought she was hot? He was just a punk-ass teenager stuck in a Jean-Claude-Van-Damme-I’m-fine man’s body...and good Christ, she couldn’t help but stare when he flexed once more.
            “You workout?”
            Heat flooded her cheeks at being caught gawking at his muscles. “Well, not so much in a gym, although, I’ll admit I have this fantasy where I walk into a gym, and this gorgeous, muscle-bound man offers to be my personal trainer, and we fall madly in love....” she trailed off with a self-deprecating chuckle.
            “That’s just proof that RL isn’t always as good as fantasy,” he said as he slid from the booth and stood. “I’m not sure I put enough money in the meter outside. Be back in two secs.” 
            He was out the door before she could ask him what the hell RL stood for.

Ya think Joe'll be back? Stay tuned next week to find out! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

I tell you, this warm weather has been such a treat. I'm on my way to a meeting/workshop with the Ottawa Romance Writers of America today, but I hope to catch some more rays at some point today. Let's all hope the week ahead is full of plenty more sunshine, good times, and great news! See you all next week! :)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #116!

Hello there, all you beautiful people! Welcome to my blog! You ready for more from Adventures in Online Dating? Well, who am I to deny your wishes? Here goes!

Le 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: 
            “Hey, do you play video games?”
            “No, I play the piano.”
            “Huh?”  
            “Did you read my profile at all?”
            He polished off his drink and let loose a deep-throated chuckle. “Dude, nobody reads that shit. Your pics were hot, ‘nuff said.”
            A warm tingle of pleasure shot between her thighs and she hated herself for it. 

So, ya think Joe redeemed himself? Even a little? Not so much, eh? ;) Things are about to get a whole lot more interesting, my friends. Stay tuned! Oh, and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors too! 

I'd rather not talk about the snow we had a couple days ago. I'll focus instead on the fact that it's almost May--a month that will be filled with birthdays, baby showers, and hopefully lots of warm weather because we are SO overdue for that! Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead! :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #115!

Good morning, Warriors! So I take it most of you strongly dislike Joe. It's okay. I'm not attached to him either, which is why I'm going to fast-forward this scene a little bit. Maybe he'll redeem himself yet. ;) 

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, skipping ahead a bit. Joe's moved from talk of video games and 'ganking' people to the subject of tattoos...and video games: 


“Most of my tatts represent my favorite war games: Sniper Elite, Battlefield, Call of Duty, then there’s Wolfenstein, Medal of Honor....”
            He continued rattling off names of video games she’d never heard of. In times like these, of such sheer and utter boredom, she took a deep sigh and turned to Mozart. The upbeat chords of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik danced in her eardrums. When his lips stopped flapping, she put a pause on the classical tune and nodded her head, as though she were completely absorbed in the conversation.
            “Joe,” she murmured, “just out of curiosity, do you live with your parents?” 
            “Yeah, but I’m saving up, ya know? Like, I’m probably four tournament wins away from buying my own pad.”

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

Did anyone else find this past week was the week that never ended? Sheesh. It felt more like two or three weeks combined. That probably has more than a little bit to do with the fact that it was report card week, aka: Hell week for teachers. But they're finished now, and I can breathe a little easier, at least until the end of June. Wishing you all a wonderful, unstressed week ahead! :) 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #114!

Hello, my friends! Happy Sunday to you! I get the impression that most of you prefer Charlie the clown to Joe the online gamer. Well, give the guy a chance. ;) You may still hate him, but there will be other choices to make once we near the end of this scene. So without further ado, let's hop to it!

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: 

“Pretty much.” He laughed—an incredibly obnoxious laugh—and for the first time he took a drink from his own mug of death. “I play a lot of shooter games, but I don’t just gank everyone I see.”
            “Excuse me?”
            Another arrogant laugh and another flex of bicep.
            “Go around and kill,” he explained.
            She blinked. “You kill people?”
            “Thousands of ‘em.”

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

So last Sunday I met my new baby nephew for the first time. My friends, it was bliss. I held that tiny little guy in my arms for close to two hours, and I spent the entire time flipping back and forth between laughing and crying or doing both simultaneously. I might be slightly biased, but I've never seen a cuter baby in all my life. He's absolutely perfect and I am one seriously proud (and emotional) auntie. Wishing all of you a fantastic week ahead! :)