Jennifer Lyon
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Wednesday Worthy

Revisions for THE COWBOY MARINE have taken over my brain. Totally. So Wizard called me yesterday to tell me something, and then he said, “How’d grocery shopping go?”

“I made a mess off it. Bought the wrong things, spilled a bottle of cleaner on the right things. Totally screwed it up.”

He’s starts laughing. “Got something on your mind, Witch?”

“It’s not funny.” How can he laugh at me?  ”You’ll be lucky if I can manage to pull dinner together at this point.”

“Did you buy me beer?”

“Yes.”

“Then it’s funny.”

I give up.  Wizard’s a nutjob who lives to torment me. Today I’m going to take a break and have lunch with Biker Witch (my sister) then revise, revise, revise!

Here’s our guy for today.

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I have cowboys on my mind, and this was the best I could find to buy at iStock yesterday. What do you think?

Monday, February 10th, 2014
Weekend Roundup

I’ve mentioned that Wizard and I have talked about downsizing to a one story house.  We really are just talking but this weekend we looked at another housing track. Liked the house, but the location wasn’t for us.  So I tell him, “You know, I still like that house up on the hill.”

He stopped what he was doing and said “You know, I’ve been thinking the same thing.”

So this is a one story, totally affordable and the back yard ends at the very top of a hill overlooking the entire town. It’s freaking gorgeous, and not something I’d expect to find in our modest town.  However Wizard and I have serious concerns about fire, wild life and SNAKES. I’m terrified of snakes.

But by Sunday morning I’m still thinking of the house and location. So I lure Wizard out to breakfast and then we stop by and look at the location of this house. Still breathtaking…

Later that afternoon we’re talking to our brother-in-law who lives in a home on a hill similar to that one, but in a different town.  After telling him about this house, and he’s like,  ”Don’t let a snake scare you.” Then he proceeds to tell us this story of a long snake that got into their house when they were having a party. Many screams later, the police and fire department arrived (my niece called, she’s not a snake fan either). They caught the snake, bagged it and HANDED THE BAGGED SNAKE to my brother-in-law because they don’t transport snakes.

My brother-in-law takes the bag just as the snake pops his head out.

Right in that moment, just hearing the story I nearly had a heart attack. Long story short, my brother-in-law returned the snake to the forest behind them and I’ve decided I love my current house and never want to move.

How was your weekend?

Friday, February 7th, 2014
Happy Friday!

Time to break out the appltinis and rock the weekend!  Although I do have a book to write…one that has taken for-freaking-ever to get rolling.  I’m making progress in feeling and hearing the story which is a great sign. So naturally, yesterday afternoon I got revisions for THE COWBOY MARINE. Which means I’ll have to set aside this book to work on those  :-(

But the good news is the editor loves THE COWBOY MARINE and said the book is in good shape. Actually she said quite a lot about what she loved in the book and I’m so happy about that. Like…appletini happy :-) And after reading over the revision suggestions, I agree with her so we’re on the same page there too. Now I just have to roll up my sleeve, dive in and get to work.

What are your weekend plans?

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Wednesday Worthy VOICE Edition

I’m adjusting to the new computer pretty quickly and very happy.  If I could get my characters to behave as well as the new computer, things would be awesome!

Now lets change things up a bit. Instead of a picture of a hunk, I’m going to give you the link to a super hunky voice. Laura Wright has just released FIRST INK (book one in the Wicked Ink Chronicles) in audio. Ryan Hudson and Holly Fielding are the narrators. But today we’re focusing on Ryan because he’s narrating my book THE PROPOSITION. If you’d like to listen to Ryan’s amazing voice, click here and then below the cover of FIRST INK click on “sample” and you can hear that sexy voice.

Now if you’d rather have hunk pictures, then how about this:

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Let me know what you think!

 

 

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Weekend Roundup

Success!! We got the new computer/monitor/printer up and running! It’s such a relief, and I’m very happy. On top of that, we made a dent (only a dent!) in cleaning out some closets and re-organizing. The old computer is now up and running upstairs in a spare bedroom, all I need in there is a chair, side table and reading light and that room will be exactly what I want–a backup office and work space. I already have the chair picked out, just haven’t bought it yet.

Oh and while I was downloading some things we needed on the new computer–I picked up a malware. That gave me a bad moment, but I was able to find it and uninstall it, do some cleaning and it’s gone.  It’s ridiculous how pervasive that crap is. My anti-virus software is up and running now–it wasn’t at the time which was my mistake for sure.

All in all it was a productive weekend although I didn’t get much writing done. But with all the other stuff out of the way, I feel much better about this book.

Changing the subject, BLB (youngest son) dropped by Sunday morning unexpectedly.  That’s not all that unusual and of course, we’re thrilled to see him anytime.  What’s interesting is that he timed it to EXACTLY when I was cooking breakfast, so he scored homemade breakfast of bacon and pancakes. How do kids do develop that incredible timing?

After breakfast BLB was helping Wizard with something on the new printer and I pulled up pictures of chocolate candy cakes and asked BLB if he wanted this cake for his birthday that’s coming up in a few weeks:

Chocolate candy cake

So BLB and I are discussing this cake (he wants it!) and Wizard turns to the two of us. “Really Witch? Is this the time to talk about cake?”

BLB and I both answered, “There’s always time for cake.”

Wizard knew when he was beat and left us to make the important decisions involved his birthday cake (he’s insisting I also put M&Ms inside the cake while I’m picturing the Sugar Police and the Trans Fat Task Force teaming up to raid our home–BLB assures me that this won’t happen). Anyway once BLB and I agreed, he went back to helping Wizard.

And last thing for the day, I only caught a few minutes of The Kitten Bowl and The Puppy Bowl, but what I saw was so cute! I ignored the Super Bowl to do a little work but Wizard watched it.

How was your weekend?

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Happy Friday!

It’s the weekend again and the end of January! Time is flying as usual.  I have a few things to tell you all.

1) The new computer came yesterday afternoon. I hope we have time to set it up this weekend but both Wizard and I are in a time crunch so we’ll see. But it’s here! Can you tell I’m excited?

2) I have a release month for the second book in the Once A Marine series! It’s July 2014 so it’s coming soon! I’m thrilled about that. The working title is The Cowboy Marine–that may change.  Now that I have a little distance, I like that book.

3) My narrator for THE PROPOSITION (and I’ll probably hire him for all three books) is Ryan Harding. He’s starting an FB page here. Ryan is a pen name–under his other name he’s has professional credentials as an actor and narrator. I’ve heard the first chapter and really happy with his work. He has an amazing voice!

So this weekend is Superbowl, right? Wizard’s been mumbling about it, that’s how I know :-) I have to work, what are you plans this weekend?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Wednesday Worthy

I think my new computer will be here sometime today, or maybe tomorrow. The monitor already came and I’m getting excited!

Now before we go onto Hunk stuff,  I had this dream recently.   I was trying to build a house, and I’d decided it should be stone or brick.  So I went to one of those huge yards and everywhere I looked there was a different brick or stone.  I had hundreds of choices.

How hard could it be?

At first, I was super stoked. I was going to build an awesome house!  Right away, I found this gorgeous river rock–so pretty! And I thought, this is it! So I started to build my house…

But after the first layer or two, the stones wouldn’t stack right. One would tumble down, and I’d have to go fix it. Then another would fall and by the end of the day I was in tears.

The next morning I tore the whole thing down. River rock was a dumb idea so I started looking again and found bricks that were the perfect color! Excited I began again…

So you see where this is going right? Day after day I’m desperately trying brick after brick,  stone after stone to build this house.  And man, I am starting to hate this house, I mean loathe it. I want to give up, go get in my car and drive away to find an apartment for rent.  Only some unseen force holds me in that yard, compels me to keep trying.

Until one day, it all starts to come together.  And I fall madly, deeply in love.  Sadly,  I woke up before my house was built. In the dream I was still racing around the brick/stone yard, sweaty and desperately, trying to build my house.

Which we all know that building that house in my dream is a metaphor (or maybe an allergory ) for writing my book :-)

The moral of this story is that I’d really suck at building houses so I’ll leave that to the professionals.  But I’m not giving up writing books because as much as I hate my process, I love it when the story starts to click and the characters come alive.

I just wish it happened faster!

Now for a picture–this is one of those images that makes me want to write a book. This guy has a story:Male dark angel

Do you think he’s worthy of his own story?

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