Monday, June 24, 2013

Disney, La Nouba, and Oberon

We're back from Disney World, and guess how things went?
The kids are slumped at their keyboards, Dusty is wearing his wrist brace and puttering around the house with a confused expression, while I?

Was trying to enjoy Enbrel Monday, aka Nap Day, when a certain orange fuzzy creature of pure evil decided he'd missed me so much he had to turn me into a human pretzel while I slept, thus waking me up because my head was on my pillow while my feet were trying to crawl up my butt.

But I have to say, we had a blast. I rode Harry Potter for the first time, and got to revisit some old favorites like Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Soarin'. The only bad part was we had rain almost every single day. For the most part, it rained in the afternoon into evening, and didn't impact our plans too much. I mean, it was a major pain, and I was soaked through more than once, requiring a rest day at the parks and again once I got home, but the last day?

The last day was our one day at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, where Harry Potter is. So of course it started to rain before noon.

And it rained.

And rained.

And rained.

Which meant my kids, who love water rides, moped the entire dreary, wet way out of the park that night, because even though they got on Harry Potter, and Despicable Me, and The Simpsons, they did not get to go on the water ride.

One of the best parts of the trip was going to see La Nouba for the first time. Oh. My. GOD. It was so good! The little girls with the funny cup thingies on ropes (you had to be there), and the clowns with the boxes, and the trampoline artists...

I can't decide which part I liked best, so I'm going to go with all of it. If you ever have the chance to see it, do it. You won't be disappointed.

I also learned some stuff I didn't know before, which was cool. For instance, at Animal Kingdom, we learned that tigers are the only large cats that mate for life. We also learned that there is actually a vegetable out there that M wants to eat.

So guess who's got to learn how to make zucchini and mushroom stir-fry over white rice with ginger sauce? 

All in all, we had a blast, despite the rain and my son turning into a pod person. (And if you don't get that reference, gods, I feel old.) But it's good to be back home. I have characters whispering in my ears, and if I don't start writing soon, Oberon might get testy. So I start work on Siren's Song tomorrow, and will turn in The Wizard King by the end of the week. One of the best things to come out of the trip was some inspiration for Siren's Song. We ate lunch at Mythos, a restaurant in Universal, and the interior gave me some pretty good ideas for how Cassie's palace might look once they get there.

And for everyone who wants to know, the third point of view in Siren's Song will be Raven's. So guess whose book is after Oberon's?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Winner and Release Day: THRONE OF OAK

And the winner of the ARC of Throne of Oak is...

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-42689-561-6
Release Date: June 10, 2013

His past could end their future.

Vampire Dragos Ibanescu, Mayor of Maggie's Grove, is about to lose his mind. His mate, the dryad queen Mina Chainey, refuses to have anything to do with him after her ordeal at the hands of an evil witch. If he doesn't mate with her soon, he may lose control of the beast within him—a force far more dangerous than anyone in town knows…

Mina's nightmares of her time with the witch haunt her. The Queen of the Forest can't muster the strength needed to fight her terror. Unable to leave the Throne, she vows she will not accept Dragos until she can stand at his side as an equal. But the nightmares are only growing in strength, and soon she realizes that there's more to her pain than simple fear.

Dark forces are converging on Maggie's Grove, and a horde of hunters stalk supernaturals from the shadows. Only by uniting in body and mind will Mina and Dragos find the strength to defend their home.


Enjoy your book, Lori!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June? It's JUNE?

Where the hell did the rest of the year go? Tell me I'm not the only one thinking, "Crap, the little stinkers are out of school in one week!"

So much for afternoon nookie. Hmph.

Anyways, June is going to be GAH! BUSYBUSYBUSY! because I'm doing Lori Foster's Reader & Author Get-Together followed by Disney with my family.

I leave tomorrow for RAGT on a road trip with Stephanie Burke and Joy of Joyfully Reviewed, where we will have much fun laughing at each other.

Yup. It's Road Trip 2.0! Unfortunately, this version is minus the PJ, as she had commitments she couldn't get out of.

We miss you already, PJ.

So if you're looking for me in Ohio, I'll be in the lobby, or at the bar, or the Carina Press game Saturday night, or the book singing Saturday morning, or in the Samhain boardroom... at some point. I'm still going over my schedule and making sure all my little duckies are quacking like they should be. I'm also giving away a prize at the raffle, with a Nook tablet in it, as well as print copies of Bear Necessities and Cynful.

And yes, I will have posters.

I get back home, and two days later I head to the House of Mouse with my family.

(Yes, I'm crazy. You doubted that?)

Please forgive me if I don't answer any emails during this month. Things are going to be crazy insane. I have a release June 10th (Throne of Oak), plus the con, plus family vacation, and when I get back R and I both have doctor's appointments.

I am so totally sleeping during July.

I'm going to do my best to get a blog post up when Throne releases, and when I get back from Disney. Until then... have a great start to your summer, and I'll see you at Lori's!

P.S.: I'm hoping to send The Wizard King to my betas before I get back from Lori's. If I can, I'm going to try and send it out today.

Favorite Quotes

"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability." Ron White

"So let me get this straight. You want me to kill the little guys, kill the big guys, crowd control those I can't, buff the team, debuff the boss, keep myself alive, AND keep you alive, all while waving a stick and dressed in a towel?" - Anonymous Role Playing Gamer

"I think that statue over there is a statement on modern life. The statement is, "Well, shit." - Varric, Dragon Age II

"Why is it all claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, but hey. Bunnies." - Joker, Mass Effect

"Last night, I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?" - Dilbert

"Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success." - Annie Oakley

"It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly." - Flemeth, aka The Witch of the Wilds, Dragon Age 2

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'” - George Carlin

"I hear there's a wild bridge tournament down the street. And you know Bridge. It's a lot like sex. If you don't have a great partner, you'd better have a good hand." Barry Weiss, Storage Wars

"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery From Avalon"

"I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

“If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.” - Henry Ford