Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Not a Christmas Song

You know how there are minor, insignificant things in the world that irritate the heck out of you--for no reason. Well, that's how I feel about the song "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. No, I don't dislike the song at all (that's reserved for "Frosty the Snowman"). It's just despite the number of versions and times it's played over the holidays, the song IS NOT a Christmas song. I don't care if the lyrics mention warm woolen mittens and packages tied up with string. Not a Christmas song in my world.

Okay, enough crankiness. So, what brought on this tiny rant from a inch high soapbox? Addictive Reads is having a holiday event. And during the event some of our authors are talking about our some of our favorite holiday things. Here are some of mine...

Holiday music. Like this. Now, this is Christmas music!

I love giving gifts--getting them, not so much.
Hallmark movies. Yep, I'll even watch them in July.
Watching the kids at school practice their Christmas program. I try to catch the dress rehearsal, since there's limited room during the performance.
Ooh shiny trees and decorations when someone else puts them up.
Fudge. Enough said.
Gatherings with friends and family.

There's more, many more favorite things about the Holidays, but we're only supposed to list a few. Do follow the links below to discover more favorites from Addictive Reads Authors. And here's the scoop on our event and giveaways.

Happy Holidays!

From December 12-31, 2014, we’re hosting a giveaway where you have the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 7 pre-loaded with over 30 of our novels, novellas, and short stories (an approx. retail value of $239). Click on the side banner for more information!

We’re also offering up $50, $20, and $15 gift cards as prizes. The winners will be able to choose to receive their gift cards from Amazon, iTunes, B&N, or Google Play. (Note: Winners for the gift cards will be selected from world wide entries. Unfortunately due to the cost of shipping overseas, the grand prize will be limited to U.S. entries only.)

Our authors have each posted about A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS on their individual blogs. We hope you’ll join us there and tell us about your favorite part of the holidays. You just might find even more prizes up for grabs at some of those sites! Follow the Links below.

And if you have a minute, leave a comment about some of your favorite things for this holiday season!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Doxies for 2015!

Every year I receive a dachshund calendar for my birthday from my brother. Today is that day! 

calendar is from brown trout
I use this calendar as part of my writing routine--recording words written, deadlines, events relating to books and writing, notes for current and future works, books I've read, oh, all kinds of stuff. In the past I've given myself stickers for celebrations--and I think that would be a grand thing to begin again this year.  Bonus for this year--the pages aren't coated and shiny, which should make it much easier to write in without smearing. I hate smeary writing...sometimes it's difficult enough to read what I've written without any extra blurring.'s a 16 month calendar that I can start using right now!

Okay, so for the rest of the year I'll have two doxie calendars on my desk. I can't miss any of the great photographs. Below is one that caught my eye as I thumbed through the new planner. So cuuuute! And look--there's lots of spaces for notes for each week as well.

So, how about you? Do you use a calendar or desk planner? Do you look for something different each year, or are you like me and stick with what works for you? (I've tried other calendars that I've loved to look at, but for using consistently to keep my writing more or less on track? It's got to be the dachshunds!)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Why Drag?" asks the Queen

You know those times when you wake up early, but basically refuse to get out of bed--because it's early? Then you lay there and the thoughts just meander in and out of your head? And you end up wondering, what the hell?

Yeah, it was one of those mornings. Here's only part of the internal riot.
Captain Kangaroo and Cinderelly...

 Sure, they go together. Back in the days of black and white Captain, he dressed as Cinderella and danced around with mops and brooms to the song from the Disney movie. Really. I remember loving it.

So this morning, I wondered if this television event colored my world view and led to my joy and adoration of drag queens.

Really? That's what the Sunday morning brain came up with?

Such is a peek into the mind of a writer. The Queen part? That has nothing to do with drag queens. A few special ladies have named me their queen, and so, queen I must be. :)

Now, I really should write a story about an Amazon. In space. With an attorney. And Ru Paul.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Digital Book Day--uh oh.

327 ebooks free for one day only.
And...everyone wants one, or two, or 327.
We broke the internet....
From CJ Lyons, our organizing wonder:
We're victims of our own success--too many folks trying to access the site at once. The webhost assures me that folks should get through, they might just need to check back once things calm down.

They gave me info on how to prevent this in the future, but there's nothing we can do now except carry on.

Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pug Puppies and Training Dragons

Every once and awhile, one must post cute kittens or puppies. Isn't it a law of the interwebs?

So, for your Wednesday enjoyment--the pug puppy version of How to Train Your Dragon.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

For Cheryl St. John...Let It Go!

Simply because she said, "What, no more versions of Let it Go?"

(I think Julie is my favorite.)

And yes, I've got more.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Addictive Summer Reads

One of the questions authors are always asked is where our ideas and inspirations come from. I know I've answered that here on starrwords before, but insights and ideas have been flowing well this summer. I have an over abundance, so I thought I'd share.

Rather than going on about new ideas (like how wonders can become lessons in a galaxies wide search for a mythical beast), how about some of the inspirations for my latest release--which just happens to be on sale during this Addictive Reads Summer Event. (See how smoothly I slipped that in?)

 Blue Keltic Moon is the first book in a new series, picking up the family saga about 20 years after the final book of the Double Keltic Triad. So, some of my inspiration was built in--because I knew the characters and what they needed to do. But people (human, fey, it doesn't matter) change in 20 years, so they surprised me at times. A lot of times.

That surprise led to new ideas and connections--because I thrive on making connections between stories, and series. That's probably why the world between worlds is so important to a number of my tales. A multitude of worlds and universes find connection there. The vast and differing landscapes are the home to more creatures than I've yet discovered. Who knows how many tales may find some spark of inspiration there. I certainly don't!

Music plays a huge part in both my creative and writing processes. Different types of music, or just one line of lyrics can spark a character's dreams, desires or actions. Part of the musical inspiration for this book came from Celtic bands--because it is a Keltic book, ya know. Music from India and Egypt for the hero. Probably the biggest influence was Mad World (Roland Orzabal)--the cover by Adam Lambert on American Idol. Hmm, that's an interesting combination.

Now for the fun stuff. Blue Keltic Moon is one of many great books on sale during the Addictive Reads Summer event! Follow the Linky below to visit other AR authors. You might even find some fun giveaways. Head to our event page (click on the banner above) to be entered in chances to win Amazon gift cards or Paypal cash! 

Click here to sign up for my newsletter: News from the starr! New subscribers earn 2 entries in my drawing for a summer fun stretchy bracelet--your choice of colors! Current subscribers, leave a note in the comments and let me know and you'll get one entry.

A little bit about Blue Keltic Moon  

Duty before love. As much as Breanna’s heart protested, Gowthaman would have to wait until she returned with the rescued Alfar-Sindhu prince.
Love before self. Following Breanna into the World Between Worlds, Gowthaman faces the pains of his past, risks his intellect, his sanity and his life. For her.
Destiny before all. In the time of the blue Keltic moon.

It’s been twenty years since Morghan, leader of the Alfar-Sindhu, became trapped in the desolate World Between Worlds and once again blue moons are aligning in a multitude of worlds.
Breanna has loved Gowthaman forever, but as one of the Faerie race, he continually claims their age difference is too great. Yet the soulfire shows he loves her as well. To help her family, she must set aside her emotions to lead a rescue mission to the World Between Worlds. She and her group will face the unknown and bring Morghan home.
Even devoting his life to the Fey library hasn’t saved Gowthaman from the agonies of his past, and the long moments he spent in the World Between Worlds. Now, the woman he loves stands ready to lead a rescue party into that cursed place, and only he holds the knowledge to take them there...and, with luck, safely return with the prince. The risk to his mind...doesn’t matter as long as he keeps Breanna from harm.
The World Between Worlds. Can a place filled with despair and loss also be a discovery of love and redemption? Perhaps... only under the blue Keltic moon.
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