Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Question Wednesday - Rebecca Shea

We are back with another installment of this ONE QUESTION gig and I am thrilled to have the very talented, very sweet Rebecca Shea joining us with her answer to today's question!

I read Rebecca's debut novel, UNBREAKABLE when it first came out last summer and was blown away!
I immediately facebooked her to tell her how much I loved it and she has become an author I know I can turn to with questions about this publishing gig...and I do turn to her...often! :)
And she's nothing but sweet and ready  to answer my questions so, of course, she's one of my top picks for this feature on my blog!

Rebecca's question is:

What was the most memorable devious thing you ever did with your high school/college girlfriends?

Rebecca –
This is hard because I have so many memories, but not really many that were devious. I’m a pretty fair and honest person…so being devious isn’t in my nature.

Me –
I was thrilled Rebecca answered this way because it shows the type of character she has and I love that. She was sweet back  then and still is one of the sweetest authors I know.

So, of course that means two things… 1- I will take her slot and give you two memorable deviosities (yes, I know that’s not a word but look at it!! It really should be!) and 2 – the fact that I have enough of these to fill my next novel will prove to all those people in HS who called me “goody-two-shoes” that I may have only have one foot in those shoes!

It would either be the time in HS we stole the letters off a movie sign, herring and eggs, threw gum in someone’s hair just as the photographer snapped the Varsity Club pic. And then there was the time in college when one of my sorority sisters and I said we were sick and couldn’t make it to our Sunday night chapter meeting but… we drove with a bunch of fraternity guys from PSU to Pitt to go to a Henry Rollins/Jane’s Addiction concert.

So, thanks Rebecca for making this “good-two-shoes” look like a felon!
See, I told y'all she was sweet!


Monday, April 14, 2014

The Author-Mom Chronicles #3 - Editing

I can't begin to describe the frustration of SPRING BREAK and an EDITING deadline.
So, I'm not going to try.
I'll just say...
The Author-Mom Chronicles will be post-poned today.
Now, back to frantic Simultaneous kid-AND-word Wrangling!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Question Wednesday with Nancy S. Thompson

Once again, it's time to ask one of our favorite authors a random question to get to know her a little more. Maybe it's voyeuristic but it's always fun to take a peek into the non-author part of an author's life. I think sometimes people picture us writing all day (which we do) but I'm just assuming they don't think about us doing the grocery shopping, fighting with our kids, scooping poop in the backyard.

So, just for fun, once a week we will peek into the other parts of an author's life just to, let's face it, be nosey.

This week's question was a fun one and a no-brainer for me to answer, so I threw it out to my sweet author friend, Nancy S. Thompson. Nancy's debut novel The Mistaken is a brilliant Vigilante Justice Crime novel, that I have to say, calls to me from my Kindle on a daily basis. The Mistaken is on my list of books to read when I ship Above the Noise off to the editor next week.

So, I'm proud to introduce you all to my friend, NANCY S. THOMPSON!

The question I gave Nancy was,

What is your current non-food addiction? And if there was a support group for this addiction what would its acronym be?

And her answer...

"Oh God, I'd definitely have to say social media. Maybe it could be called SMAC: Social Media Addicts Collective."  

And I'm sure you'd have a full house if you ever organize this group, Nancy! You'll have to buy a truck load of cookies and juice. 

As you know, I love to play these kinds of games so I will always answer the same question I ask my authors. This way they can rest assured I'd never ask them something I wouldn't answer myself.

If I could answer with a food, my answer would be cheese. I'm a failed vegan because I can never stay away from it for longer than a month or so.
My support group for my cheese addiction would be FAT: Fromage Aficionado in Training.

But, since I specifically said NON-FOOD then my official answer to this question would be...

"Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm an Eddie Vedder a-holic!"

And the acronym for my support group would most definitely be AWFAMTRSM
pronounced aw-fam'-tur-sim
Authors Who Fantasize About Meeting Their Rock Star Muse

And there ya have it.
Tell us your non-food addiction and support group acronym in the comments below! Also, feel free to leave a question you'd like to see answered and authors you'd like to see featured.


Monday, April 7, 2014

The Author-Mom Chronicles #2

Today I'm actually NOT trying to procrastinate! I have three days to finish ABOVE THE NOISE so I have time to run my own edits before sending it out to my editor so I've got a ton to do.

This was the first year I did NOT tell my husband I was pregnant on April Fool's Day. He believes me every single year so I thought I'd give him a break this time. However, one of my friends who pranks her husband on a semi-regular basis needed proof to play the pregnancy trick on her husband. So, she begged and pleaded and finally got a nurse at her doctor's office to dig out a positive pee test so she would have "proof."  I really think she deserves an award or something! That was brilliant and kudos to her nurse!

Gracie's character would want you to know that April is NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH so in support, I will be posting awareness facts on facebook periodically but here are some statistics to wake us all up!

I wrote 10,374 words on Saturday which is the most I've ever written in one sitting. My kids roll their eyes because they know that since Mom is a writer, they get no sympathy when they complain about having to write "ten whole pages!" <-- a="" added="" been="" byte="" could="" have="" i="" if="" it="" p="" quote="" sound="" teenage="" that="" the="" to="" typical="" whining="" would="">
Last week, my healthy goals were amazing until Thursday...I kinda fell off the wagon and we won't even talk about the weekend. But, I'm focusing on how well I did for those THREE DAYS! :)

I could keep writing and blah blah blah-ing but I really need to write so


I'm serious, it really is a registered holiday!

I hate to go... you know I could talk here all day but Calon is calling me to finish his story and, in all honesty, I really am excited to get to the's SUCH AN AMAZING ENDING!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great day, lovelies.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

One Question Wednesday with Jasinda Wilder

This is the VERY FIRST installment of ONE QUESTION WEDNESDAY where I track down our favorite authors and ask them one random question - completely unrelated to writing. I also answer the question PRIOR to receipt of their response and then I invite you to do the same in the comments below!

Here goes:
Our VERY FIRST Author for OQW is the beautiful and talented JASINDA WILDER
(insert mad flailing here) I just finished her EVER TRILOGY and Holy Toledo did those books have me all wound up. If you haven't read this series, you must. Just AH.MAY.ZING and possibly the reason I will have to pull a few all-nighters to meet my own deadlines...I just couldn't pull myself away, no matter how loudly my own characters were yelling for me.


If you could choose one TV series character, past or present, to be for the next month, what character would you choose and why?

Jasinda's Answer:

I’d probably choose to be Sookie, from True Blood. It would have to be the Sookie from the seasons where she’s with Eric, though. I always thought Sookie was a badass character, dealing with a shitload of problems one after another. She never whined about it, though, she just dealt with it and kept going. And I really liked that she was never shy about her sexuality, taking what she wanted without apology. That’s hot, to me. Powerful women are a thing of beauty. And Eric….mmmmm. Yummy. I was Team Eric from the first book, and I’ve read the entire series except the very last one. Eric is a perfect alpha male, to me. So yeah, I’d be Sookie, because Eric. 

My Answer:
I would choose Peyton Sawyer from One Tree Hill. Peyton and I have a lot in common as far as the passion for art and music. However it took me until I was forty-something to realize what art and music did for me emotionally and therapeutically. Peyton’s in high school and she’s got that piece all figured out.
I would want her bedroom! Floor to ceiling albums, an old school record player and walls showcasing her artwork inspired by everyday highs and lows.
And, since I’d be in high school and not 43 and married, I’d DEFINITELY want her boyfriend. Lucas Scott is so effing dreamy!

I love the "yummy" & "effing dreamy" as a common thread here!

Okay, now it's your turn. What would your answer be to this ONE QUESTION?

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Author-Mom Chronicles #1

Like I need one more distraction to add to my life. But here it is... said distraction.

I am going to start a regularly occurring "column" here on my author blog called, The Author-Mom Chronicles. Mostly because I just need to have things in writing to process them and writing in a journal takes too much time.

*And also because I thought it might be a welcome distraction for other authors, regardless of where they are on this writer journey, who just want to see that they're not the only ones pulling their hair out during the day when no one is home to see it...or some of you might do it with an audience like I do.

So, here's the VERY FIRST installment of The Author-Mom Chronicles...enjoy!
(dammit, I wish I didn't have to go back and fix so many typos)

Today starts a few new additions to my work day/work week.
I am going to start adding exercise to my daily routine. I've done this off and on and been at a variety of levels of go-get-em but over the last 6 or 7 years I have lost all interest in doing anything active. I chase my youngest, I'm up at 6:30 playing hockey, basketball, catch, soccer in my driveway most mornings but as far as doing exercise for MOI, that hasn't happened in a long time.

Typically, after I get my kiddos all off to school, I have three of those kinds of people (ages 16, 15, 8), I sit down on the couch and do some social media stuff...I wish I could say that it is connected to the marketing of my "brand" but it is is mindless surfing for the sole purpose of looking into the lives of over 4,000 people on my facebook friends lists. Then I move onto Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest to waste more time. I justify doing this as my "down time" after what is typically a chaotic morning with an 8 year old who has been my biggest challenge in life...well, probably not, but he's a challenge.

So, I added MyFitnessPal to my many apps on my iPhone and today I started a diet...something else I haven't done in years. Mostly because I'm vegetarian, sometimes more vegan and mostly gluten free when I feel like it and I take meds for anxiety and depression which has a weight loss side effect. But, apparently eating 1/2 a bag of peanut M&Ms, a grilled cheese (on my non-vegan days), a bag of chips and a whole lot of diet pepsi sort of counteracts that weight loss thing. Shit.

I have my first BIG signing June 7th in Philadelphia and I wanna be HOT. Yeah, it's shallow but I have always had body image issues...I won't bore you with the deep-seeded issues that come from career dieter parents but I'm one of those girls who always hates the way she looks in pictures. Except at the height of my fight with Bulimia...then I loved the way I looked...for the most part. But that eating disorder thing takes way more energy than I was willing to put out for a long period of time so it was simply a years worth of dabbling with the evil ED (eating disorder).

So, today I started a new friendship with MyFitnessPal and I guess it's worth a shot at convincing myself to put it all out there in the name of accountability.
(I say "So..." a lot)

Instead of getting the kids on their buses and then chilling on the couch as though I deserve some "veg" time, I'm going to lace up my sneakers and take the dog for a walk. I might mix it up a bit on rainy days with some cool strength training ideas I find on Pinterest (which I will search for during another one of my well-deserved veg moments time specifically carved out for returning phone calls & emails, making appointments, etc.

So, there you go. (I said "So," again)
I'm far from perfect at this anal schedule thing but I have a husband who should have a degree in Anal Retentive Behavior...he clips his nails every Monday...I kid you not. We've been married for 20 years and every Monday I can expect the clip-clip sound coming from the bathroom as he gets himself ready for work. But, the man has never overdrawn a bank account, forgotten an appointment, gained excess weight, stopped exercising, or lost his marbles. I've spent the last 20 years being jealous of all he can do and keep in his mind at one time...I figure it's time for me to try this gig.

Kids on bus
Walk dog/exersize
Blog abt my life as an Author-Mom
Write novels
Kids off bus
Remember all the appointments I forgot to make, things I didn't pick up from the grocery store, people I never called/emailed back, tickets I didn't buy, permissions slips I forgot to sign
Be Mom Taxi
Make dinner
Fall into bed with my perfectly anal husband

Yep, sounds about right.
Now, stop your yapping and let me get off here...I have a novel to write!
(disclaimer: these posts will never be proofread)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Above the Noise is on Goodreads

Alright, peeps! You can now head over to GOODREADS and put Calon on your TBR shelf!!

The In Too Deep series is very close to my heart. Not only is it because I, myself, was also in an emotionally abusive relationship like Gracie but it's my debut series!

I hope you'll enjoy all the hype that is coming your way for Above the 3 of the In Too Deep series. I'm pretty excited!

So, here's the synopsis of Calon & Becki's story that only took me 900 years to perfect...and I'll probably still change it around from time to time.

But first, a picture...

“What’s here…” Calon patted his chest, “Becki, what’s here is bigger than anything I’ve ever felt. And it’s clear to me now that finding Gracie was proof there is something bigger than me orchestrating my steps so you would cross my path.”

Becki Mowry’s journalism expertise keeps her busy as she spends her waking hours filling a calendar with gigs and public appearances for up and coming band, Alternate Tragedy. Radio interviews and TV spots result in sold out concerts and rowdy groupies hot for her lead singer boyfriend, Calon Ridge. But, as fame would have it, their time in the limelight also brings ulterior motives and false accusations. The rug is pulled out from under the band when they must make a decision they never dreamed they’d be faced with.

In this third book of the In Too Deep series, Becki and Calon struggle to find balance as they navigate their intense relationship while living amid the rock world’s nocturnal chaos. When life’s unexpected obstacles come out of nowhere, they focus on finding their own private solace Above the Noise.

Add Calon to your TBR shelf! You won't be sorry. This is one rock star you won't forget anytime soon.