Monday, April 20, 2015

Quick! Answer the Phone!

Keeping it short at the Tiki Hut for those of you doing A to Z. So since this is A to Z Day Q, here's a quick Q is for Quirky real-life incident.

My sister and I are a lot alike. I may have mentioned that here before. The other day she sent me an email. I'll just let you read it so you can see for yourself. She knows I'm sharing it with you.

My fortune cookie from lunch says “a romantic mystery will soon add interest to your life”. HUM

And get this: We’re sitting here eating lunch and I’m reading this article about the best and worse pickup lines in Houston. So, I’m texting one to M----. (This is her husband. I took out the letters and replaced with dashes.) It says, “Nice legs. What time do they open?”


Now remember I have a phone that I can barely operate. I’m texting (the pickup line to M----) and when I get to the end I’m looking for a question mark; heaven only knows what button I pushed, but at the end of open, the phone starts typing what the guy that is here fixing our copier is saying.

So this is what came out on my phone:
“Nice legs. What time do they open sometimes you have to push it all the way in if it’s cold


You can't make this stuff up.



In my website contest news, the Author of the Month for April is Texas author Helen Ginger. Helen is giving away a signed copy of ANGEL SOMETIMES, a USA Best Book Award winner. You can learn more about Helen and her books here on her blog and on her website: http://www.helenginger.com 

To enter, click the big WIN button at the top of my right sidebar. It takes you directly to the contest page on my website: www.carolkilgore.net/contest/

Read the rules, choose your answer to the question about the photo, fill out the entry form, and click Submit.

Winner will be drawn after 6 pm on April 30.
This month’s contest is open to U.S. residents only.



I'll see you back here on Monday, May 4!



Monday, April 6, 2015

The Naked Writer

No, not that kind of naked.
There are no naked images in this post :)

And not much of the bare-my-soul type of naked either.

More like the nitty-gritty of what's going on with me type of naked.

Since I'm blogging only twice a month now, I'm really feeling the need to stay connected with all of you. I'm also feeling the need to visit more on Facebook and Twitter, so those of you who friend or follow me there probably wonder why I'm there more when I've said I need more writing time.

It's because I can check in there in 1-2 minute bursts and see what's happening - something I can't do with a blog. Not only is it quicker, it's more immediate. But it's not as connecting as a blog visit.

You bloggers already know that!

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may see that I tweet all kinds of things, not just writing or book related. I tweet things that catch my eye as I read the news or do research. I tweet Texas and coastal and San Antonio things. Food things. Fun things. There's no rhyme or reason.

I receive more strange Facebook messages than I do strange tweets. But the other day I received a really odd tweet (I think I disabled the live links):

EU Headlines News @EUHeadlinesNews  7h7 hours ago
@carol_kilgore Rashmi Tailors visiting #SanAntonio @ 11-12-March- Set Appointment for Custom-Made Suits in your City bit.ly/RashmiTailor

What makes it so weird - besides the fact that I'm not a man? I don't follow EU Headlines News or Rashmi Tailors. Plus the date is one that has significance for me.

One of those strange things that keep life interesting. I think there could be a story in there someplace!

So since I've reduced my blogging schedule by half, I want to share with you the difference it's made in my written output.

In January and February, my daily output ranged between 300-800 words. 800 was a really good day and somewhat infrequent. I didn't manage to write every day because I would get behind in other things and have to play catch up. In those two months, I managed to write a little over 20,000 words.

I'm aiming for the three books in this trilogy to be between 65-70K each - a little shorter than my other books. Since I always add many more details on succeeding drafts and during the editing process, my first draft goal is 60K,

My word count at the end of my writing day on March 31 was 43K. That means I wrote a little more in one month with bi-weekly blogging than I wrote in two months with weekly blogging. I've more than doubled my output. I've gone from 33% to 77% complete. But I think the first draft will end up running a little longer than I planned.

I'm sharing all of this so you can see what a difference having this extra time has meant for me. The cost has been not getting to visit with all of you as much as I would like, but the return has been awesome.

I realize that I'm not quite up to NaNo speed or the output many of you produce on a regular basis, but I have to say it feels wonderful to have a real writing schedule. It's something I haven't enjoyed for a while, and I'm grateful to have it again.

In return, I really appreciate your visits when I'm here. Luv you guys!


In my website contest news, the Author of the Month for April is Texas author Helen Ginger. Helen is giving away a signed copy of ANGEL SOMETIMES, a USA Best Book Award winner. You can learn more about Helen and her books here on her blog and on her website: http://www.helenginger.com 

To enter, click the big WIN button at the top of my right sidebar. It takes you directly to the contest page on my website: www.carolkilgore.net/contest/

Read the rules, choose your answer to the question about the photo, fill out the entry form, and click Submit.

Winner will be drawn after 6 pm on April 30.
This month’s contest is open to U.S. residents only.


For those of you participating in A to Z, I know you're having fun. Keep going, don't give up!

I'll see you back here on Monday, April 20.
That will be A to Z letter Q:
The quirky queen was in a quandary over her quickie quota :)



Monday, March 16, 2015

OF BLOOD AND SORROW - Christine Rains

Lots going on Under the Tiki Hut this last part of March!

First, Christine Rains is stopping by as part of her Character Meet & Greet blog tour for her new urban fantasy OF BLOOD AND SORROW.

And I'm happy that the character she's chosen to introduce at the Tiki Hut is none other than Erin Driscol.




ERIN



“The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow.”
Edgar Allen Poe



Full name: Erinys Nekana Driscol
Age: 23
Job: funeral attendant at Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home
Hobbies: crossword puzzles, reading mysteries, watching way too many cop shows and reality television
Strength: compassion
Weakness: fear of her past

The Putzkammer family treats Erin like one of their own. Aleo and Bolona fuss over her while their sons act as overprotective brothers. Sometimes this can annoy Erin, but she loves them too much to tell them she can take care of herself. They even ensured Erin lives in the safest home in the state with an ancient and mysterious demon called “The Lady.”

Erin is a Sorrow Phage. She feeds off the grief of others. This makes her a valuable addition to a funeral home that caters to demons who could destroy the city with their misery.

When fledgling vampire Nicolas Reese wakes in the mortuary, Erin couldn't stop him from escaping. This is her responsibility. She has to fix this. So when he returns asking for help, she agrees and discovers what she knows about vampires isn't true. Plus, he's incredibly gorgeous. Let's blame that on his vampiric charms, though.

Favorite line from Erin: Dammit. I did like him.

Tidbit from the author: I originally wrote this novel in third person point of view, but Erin's voice was lost amongst all the other strong characters. When I started rewriting it in first person, she really began to shine. Now the story is truly hers.



Erin Driscol works the perfect job consoling fellow demons by feeding off their grief at Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home.

When fledgling vampire Nicolas Reese comes to Erin for help, she learns the truth behind the legends and hides him from his sire and the vampire hunters who seek him. But when the Putzkammers begin to die one by one, Erin is caught between her act of kindness and the need to save her adopted family. Only by facing her own personal demons can she stop the slaughter and still rescue Nicolas from his dark fate.

Add it to read on Goodreads.

You can purchase OF BLOOD AND SORROW here:
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Sorrow-Christine-Rains-ebook/dp/B00U89TEGY
B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/of-blood-and-sorrow-christine-rains/1121327176?ean=2940151255875
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/524192
Kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/of-blood-and-sorrow-2



About the author:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. Of Blood and Sorrow series is her first urban fantasy novel.

Please visit her website ( http://christinerains.net ) and
blog ( http://christinerains-writer.blogspot.com )


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Next, my website contest features Colby Marshall as the March Author of the Month. She's giving away a signed copy of COLOR BLIND along with a  messenger bag from another of her thrillers, DOUBLE VISION, to one lucky winner!

To enter, click the big WIN button at the top of my right sidebar. It takes you directly to the contest page on my website: www.carolkilgore.net/contest/

Read the rules, Choose the answer to the question about the photo, fill out the entry form, and click Submit.

Winner will be drawn after 6 pm Central Time on March 31.
Contest open to U.S. residents only.


In Other Book News

Jan Christensen has entered her latest Tina Shaw, professional organizer, mystery, CLUTTERED ATTIC SECRETS, into the Kindle Scout program. Here is the direct link:
Please zip over, read the first little bit. If you like what you read, click the Nominate Me button. All nominations happily appreciated.



See you back here on
Monday, April 6.
That's Day E for all you Enthusiastic A to Z-ers!




Monday, March 2, 2015

Inspired to Change It Up

At the end of January, Bish Denham bestowed upon me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you, Bish! I'm honored to be an inspiration - as long as I don't inspire you to do mean, evil things :)

Here's what I have to do. In the interest of time, I copied and pasted from Bish's blog:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
2. Display the award logo.
3. Nominate at least 15 other blogs (more or less) and provide
a link where they may be found.
4. Then, go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept (rules).
5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.
Three things that inspired me the most during the past few weeks:
1. Love.
2. Joy.
3. Wonder.
I see these things all around me. I see it in you. I'm most fortunate to have you all as my friends.

I'm not giving this award to anyone. It's yours to take. Post it in your sidebar and be inspired.


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It's the first Monday in March, so I'm also announcing the new contest on my website. Y'all remember Colby Marshall, right? She visited the Tiki Hut back in January, and you can read her post about having a hard time relaxing here. This month, Colby is the Author of the Month. She's giving away a signed copy of COLOR BLIND along with a  messenger bag from another of her thrillers, DOUBLE VISION, to one lucky winner!

To enter, click the big WIN button at the top of my right sidebar. It takes you directly to the contest page on my website. Read the rules, Choose the answer to the question about the photo, fill out the entry form, and click Submit.

Winner will be drawn after 6 pm Central Time on March 31.
Contest open to U.S. residents only.

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Do you remember way, way back at the beginning of January I told you I would be making some changes in my blogging activity? And they would begin in March?

Well, it's March, and it's time for those changes. Beginning with this post I will be blogging only on the first and third Mondays of each month for the foreseeable future. Or at least until I finish drafting all three books of the trilogy I'm working on. As I'm only about a third of the way through the first book, you can see I need more writing time.

I will still visit everyone who visits me. I'm also still interested in guest bloggers, only I'll fill those slots much more quickly. If you're interested in guest blogging at the Tiki Hut, please email me at tikihuttime AT gmail DOT com

See you here again on March 16!