Sunday, December 2, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Dec 2: Almost An Outlaw


I am late getting this post up. Then again I'm late getting up period. That being said, I am including a snippet from Almost An Outlaw from Chapter 1 when Darcy finds out Austin is still alive and she's still attracted to him.

He strode over to the counter where she stood. Sensations she had long ago buried darted through her. He brought the scent of leather and forest to the shop that usually smelled of lavender and roses. Warmth spread through her body as he leaned against the counter. She pressed her hand against the front of her bodice, which suddenly felt too tight.

Years ago, the newspapers had dubbed him the White Comanche.

You can read more about Almost An Outlaw here: http://bit.ly/Rn5tdC

Thanks for stopping by!  Your comments are appreciated. And you can read snippets by other authors at www.sixsunday.com.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Finding Your Characters A Ride

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a writers meeting and ended up at a car show. When I saw it, I just had to go have a look at some of the cars that would suit my characters. One of my favorite things to do is research for my characters. Find cars they'd drive. Houses where they'd live. Clothes they'd wear. I love going to antique shops. The car show was my first and I really enjoyed. I saw some cars I'd love to have. I love muscle cars!  So does my character, Hot Rod Harris, who collects muscle cars. The red 68 Camaro would be his favorite! He's named her Cathy the Camaro



Here's a Chevy. 1957, I think. Darlene would like this one!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday November 25

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving holiday! This week I am posting a snippet from my novella, Almost An Outlaw. Darcy and Austin are talking about the kiss they shared years ago when they were teenagers.  Darcy had no idea Austin had never kissed a girl.

“You were the first girl I ever kissed.”
His words shocked her. “I’m the first girl you ever kissed?”
"I'd never had a sweetheart." He shrugged. "Most fathers didn't want someone like me near their daughters."

Almost an Outlaw is available on Amazon, Nook and the Carina Press website. Check out the links on the sidebar.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate your comments and I hope you have a great week. You can find other authors at www.sixsunday.com or #sixsunday.  Note: some snippets are not suitable for all ages.



Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Week!


Thanksgiving week is here! I hope it is a safe and happy week in your neighborhood. I am beginning to believe Black Friday may be a bigger event than Thanksgiving. I saw on TV where people were already camping out in front of stores.

I have to say there has never been any bargains (and I love clearance sales) that I would camp out for 4 days in advance of the sale.

Of course this is a great time for getting good buys and I've gotten a few lately. Over the past few weeks, I have been very busy getting things done around my house. I guess you could call it fall cleaning. Mostly, I've been working in the kitchen on the weekends. While I was at it, I decided to get new curtains.I bought a red valance for my kitchen window from Amazon. Never bought curtains online before but I couldn't find a solid red valance in the local stores.

The curtains from Nancy's Nook were great! They were the right color. A brick red and they were scalloped-hem, which was very nice and they were lined as well. I was surprised. Also, the price was great. Less than $20.

I really lucked up this past Sunday. I had been looking for a new microwave for months and I found a Kenmore microwave in red that I wanted. I waiting for a good deal on it and this weekend I got it for half price in a pre-Black Friday sale. I'm hoping to get it set up this weekend. Plus I got a blender for half-price.

I'd really love to find a great buy on a bread machine. So I'll be checking out Amazon. They have already started Black Friday week and the sales look great. If you like magazines, they've got subscriptions for $5 a year available.

Have you found any good deals lately?


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

The winner of the drawing for the gift card is Virginia Kelly!   
Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween night! 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Oct 28 & Gift Card Giveway!!

Welcome! This Sunday's snippet is from my short story, "The Yard Sale." It features the arrival of the town gossip, Theodora, who has some interesting info about Jennifer's ex-husband's girlfriend.

For the past six months, "The Yard Sale" has been on Amazon's Top 100 Best Seller list in Comedy and was recently included in their newsletter as a suggested buy. In celebration of this little milestone, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. Just leave a comment to be entered into the drawing on Halloween!

Here's the snippet:

It was one of those melt-in-your-mouth biscuits filled with country sausage that had come from Buddy’s favorite eating-place, Skinner’s Truck Stop and Restaurant, where bigger had been better since 1950 and cholesterol didn’t count.
As I finished my breakfast, a gleaming red Cadillac pulled up to the curb.
“Oh, crap,” snorted Gail. “It’s the Gossip Queen.”
Theodora Mae Trussler, who was my father’s third cousin, climbed out of the Cadillac. Twenty years ago, Theodora had been the third runner-up to Miss Mississippi and snagged herself a banker. 

Thanks for stopping by!!  I appreciate your comments. If you want to read snippets by other authors participating in Six Sentence Sunday, go to www.sixsunday.com or use #sixsunday on Twitter.  Note: Some snippets are for over-18 only. They will curl your hair or do other things....

To all the witches and goblins out there, Wednesday is THE DAY.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Journey

I'm sharing some of the photos I took today when a friend and I headed north on the Natchez Trace toward Nashville. The Natchez Trace is an old Indian trail that cut through the wilderness at the turn of the 1800's. It connected Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. Andrew Jackson used it when his army returned home from New Orleans in 1815.

Now, the Trace is a federal parkway. There are no electrical lines bordering the parkway and half the time you don't have cell service. Also there are no stores, restaurants or other commercial facilities along the Trace. No 18-wheelers either.











We picked the perfect day for a leisurely trip down this historical road. The weather was beautiful and the autumn colors awesome!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Oct 21 The Yard Sale


The fall is a great time for a yard sale. There were dozens of them this weekend, so I decided to post a snippet from my short story, The Yard Sale, available now on Amazon for 99 cents. This snippet featuring the main character, Jennifer, is a little bit on the serious side but, overall, "The Yard Sale" is a fun story with a happy ending. 

The men, who’d arrived in the F-150, bought an old computer desk, an armchair, and a chest of drawers. I made my first hundred dollars on that sale. As Early Birds continued to make purchases, I took in bills, gave back change, and I did each transaction with a big smile.

But, to be honest, this yard sale was the culmination of my shattered life.

Amid the possessions I had for sale were wedding gifts, vacation souvenirs, and birthday presents from Clint. The past seven years of my failed marriage surrounded me

Also, I'm posting the alternative cover for "The Yard Sale," which is a favorite of mine. If you would like to discover other authors, check out www.sixsunday.com . Some snippets may not suitable for all ages.


10 days to Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

From Country Living: Halloween Decorating Ideas

This one was my favorite!  Terrific set of ghosts made out of wedding belles, decorated with black construction paper and cheesecloth. Check out this link: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/best-halloween-crafts-ever#slide-18

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Oct 14 Almost An Outlaw



Darlene, Richie and Tommy Ray are taking a break this week. I decided to pick a few lines from my western romance novella, Almost An Outlaw, that features the hero, a former Missouri guerrilla captain during the Civil War, who has returned to Liberty in search of a stolen horse and he is reunited with his childhood sweetheart and her cousin, Jesse James. 


He rarely went to saloons nowadays. He didn’t like gambling, and there was always the chance some fool was going to call him out. He had done enough killing to last a lifetime. The great passions that had driven him during the war had faded. He was no longer the avenger who rode under a black flag. The fury and the hatred were gone, leaving him with nothing.

For more information about the story and buy clicks, click:  http://bit.ly/Rn5tdC

To find more authors and read their snippets, go to www.sixsunday.com  There is a wide variety available. Note: some snippets may not be suitable for all ages. 

Have a great Sunday!  To all the Walking Dead fans, tonight's the night!!!  Can't wait.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Doo Wah Diddy: The Magic of Music

I'm listening to Oldies on Pandora and they just played Doo Wah Diddy. That old song is fun and lively and guaranteed to lift your spirits. I think that is the great thing about music. It has such power over the emotions. It can make you smile or break your heart.

For me, listening to music is a part of life. I listen to music when I drive, when I clean house, when I write. Music is memories. Certain songs will bring back the past.  All of us have songs that we loved in our teen years, in our twenties and so on. There are even songs that we hope will be played at our funerals.

For writing, I love instrumental music, which forms something of a soundtrack for the story I'm writing at the time. Music always triggers my imagination so I usually turn the music on first. This is during the creative phase of the story. When I let the magic of the music help create the story. Many times, during the revision process, I don't have any music playing because I'm actually listening to the words now. I don't think I've ever written anything without music. It is an integral part of my process. Music is part of what transports me to the story world.

Even if I didn't write, I would still listen to music every chance I got. I would still sing and dance and celebrate that I live in a world where music fills the air. We are blessed!

So click below to listen to Manfred Mann and have some fun bopping around the room, singing doo wah diddy diddy dum did do...


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Oct 7

Happy Halloween Month!

I decided to do another snippet from a WIP featuring Darlene. She hopes a passing motorist would offer help getting her car started. She and Tommy Ray are walking down the deserted road into town for help when a weird guy in a rusty truck stops and warns them about what is ahead. 

      “This here ain’t the road to Tupelo.” He shifted gears in the old rattletrap. “It’s the road to hell."
         I stuck my middle finger in the air as he drove away, smoke rolling out of the truck's tailpipe.  "You need to take your bug-eyed, lunatic self to the insane asylum at Whitfield," I shouted.
         "Darlene, if this is the road to hell, maybe we best turn around," Tommy Ray said.

Hope everyone is having a great fall day! You can find more Six Sentence Sunday authors at www.sixsunday.com  (Some snippets are suitable for adults only.)  

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are appreciated!  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 9/30

Decided to use another snippet from my current WIP, "Haints in Hollywood." This one features Darlene and Richie again. They are on the road. Richie is driving, Tommy Ray is asleep on the passenger's side and Darlene is in the backseat of her '49 Dodge, feeling wired over her good fortune.

            I splayed my fingers over the money in the bottom of my purse and let out a whoop.
Richie glanced in the rear-view mirror. “You okay?”
            “I wish there was a roadhouse around here. I could tear up a dance floor right now.”
            “We ain’t stopping at no roadhouses cause every time me and Tommy Ray go to one of them places, we get our asses kicked.”

You can find more authors at www.sixsunday.com  (Note: some snippets may be suitable for adults only.) Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments!  Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Declaration of Independence For Writers

Last Friday, the fearless Joe Konrath posted his overall sales figures that include all his legacy published books and his ebooks. He writes about sale figures, profits and royalties. I've found he writes about things you never hear discussed at writer's meetings. As always, Joe is entertaining and informative. I'm not much of a blog reader nor blogger for that matter, but I never miss Joe's posts. You can check out his post on sales and royalties, plus his Declaration of Independence for Writers here: http://bit.ly/PlDxGV

"If you are thinking about signing an ebook-only deal with a publisher, crunch the numbers first."~Joe Konrath   

I wish I had known about Joe a few years ago. I have learned more from his blog than I have any other writing source period. And, that includes years of reading Writer's magazine, Writer's Digest, various books on writing, of being an RWA member as well as being part of other writers groups, attending writing meetings and conferences.

What I love about Joe (besides his sarcastic wit) is that he dishes out the truth, take it or leave it. He doesn't 'pretty-up' this business and there's no wading through BS.

"As authors, we're so damn needy we usually accept whatever we're offered. We're afraid that if we don't take the offer, we won't get published."~Joe Konrath, Post on Contract Negotiation.

How sad but true.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 9-23 Darlene is back!

Hey, I remembered to sign up this week and I'm posting a snippet from my WIP, Haints in Hollywood, which features Darlene, Richie and Tommy Ray from "Laid to Rest." In this story, they get stranded in a haunted house and Darlene has to tangle with some unfriendly spirits. The snippet is from the beginning where their car breaks down at night on a lonely road that leads to a Mississippi ghost town called Hollywood.

Darlene and Tommy Ray are going to walk into town and Richie is staying behind with car. Darlene lets him know about her guns

     “Oh, if you need it, there’s a sawed-off shotgun and a box of shells under the front seat."
            “You gotta a shotgun in the car?” Richie asked, his eyes wide like he'd never heard of such.
            “Sure I do. I also have a rifle in the trunk and a thirty-eight special in here.” I patted my red vinyl purse with affection. “I’m American.”

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are appreciated! You can check out other writers at www.sixsunday.com  (Note: some snippets are not suitable for children under 18.)
Have a great week!!    

Beautiful Day To Begin Autumn 2012

Today has been a beautiful day. I sat outside in the shade for a while this morning and did nothing but enjoy the breeze. Last Saturday I was in New Orleans, strolling around the French Quarters. It was a good trip, despite the oppressive heat. I was happy that I got to see the places I had on my research list. For me, it helped me visualize my story setting better. We did eat at some great restaurants. I fell in love with beignets and I am going to try to make some from the mix I bought. I may post about that experiment. I did get some pralines, too.  My heroine in Lady Silver loves pralines. She is not alone!  They are so good but very rich so I usually can only eat a little at a time.  I am going to include a few of my New Orleans photos with this post:
St. Louis Cathedral, Ursuline Convent, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, Mississippi River Walk, Napoleon House,
French Quarters, Chalmette Battlefield, Jackson Square Artists.








Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Going to New Orleans!

I have let blogging slide lately. Mainly because I've been doing a lot of writing. Got a new Darlene story going and I'm getting ready for a trip to New Orleans.

The trip to New Orleans precedes the release of my historical romance, Lady Silver, which is set in New Orleans.  I love stories set in New Orleans. There is something so mythical and romantic about the French Quarters, and it does lend itself to romance, adventure and history. To me, that is a great combination.

While I'm there I hope to take a paddle-wheel cruise to the site of the battle of New Orleans. In Lady Silver, the hero, Captain Jesse Cross, fights in that battle, so I am looking forward to walking where he would have walked.

I think that is the exciting thing about writing a story in a place where you can go and be where your characters could have been. This holds true for the French Market and Jackson Square, locations where scenes unfold in my book.

Do you love to go places where the characters you read about or write about might have been?

If all goes well, I'll be back Sunday night. I'm sure I'll be exhausted but ready to get back to writing.

I hope you have a great week!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Musings On Cleopatra by Veronica Scott


When “Cleopatra: The Exhibition” came to a museum near us recently, I had to go! Who could pass up an opportunity to see recovered artifacts from her long lost city of Alexandria, destroyed by earthquake and tsunami…to gaze on items she might have touched, worn, enjoyed?  Perhaps even to gaze upon her face…although we’ll never truly know what she looked like. For me, Elizabeth Taylor is the ultimate depiction of Cleopatra. If I were ever transported to the palace in Alexandria, 2000 years ago, I’d be very surprised to find that the fabled Queen was not in fact Ms. Taylor’s twin!

I have to say right up front that Cleopatra is too modern for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I’m just as fascinated by her as the rest of the world has been for 2000 years, but when I sit down to write fiction, her era doesn’t call to my Muse. It’s too Greco-Roman, not enough Egyptian. Last queen of Egypt, she came to power after the country had already enjoyed over 3000 years of civilization and was rapidly becoming just another Roman territory. She did her best to maintain Egypt’s independence and safeguard her people but ultimately Rome won out.

It’s the earlier times I like to set my paranormal stories in, when the old gods ruled, not the Romanized homogenized versions - Isis for example, who appears in my PRIESTESS OF THE NILE, set in 1550 BC. She had become very popular with the entire Roman civilization by Cleopatra’s time, taking over aspects of other goddesses such as Aphrodite (and their temples, followers and treasuries) but lost her uniquely Egyptian identity.

But getting back to the exhibit, there were gold coins, statues large and small, jewelry, weapons, household objects…

My  favorite items from the exhibit were a fabulous pair of earrings (no surprise there since I’m addicted to long, intricate earrings myself), an elaborate headdress/crown that she might have worn during a ceremony, or perhaps to greet her Roman guests…and a tiny little mirror – we’d call it a pocket mirror nowadays but I don’t imagine Cleopatra’s dresses had pockets. Perhaps she kept it in a pouch on her belt… Imprinted with the three Graces on the back, the mirror was just the perfect size for doing that one last, quick check of her malachite and kohl-rimmed eyes,  her red ocher rouged cheeks and berry glossed lips before sweeping out to stun Marc Antony with her beauty. “Like eyepaint is my desire. When I see you, it makes my eyes sparkle” goes a line from a very old Egyptian love poem. Somehow I’m sure Cleopatra was mistress of all those arts!

Toward the very end of the exhibit there was a statue of a woman the archaeologists speculate might have been her…a strong face, not especially beautiful (but I’m rapidly coming to believe the essence of Cleopatra’s beauty was her – the personality, wit and humor). As Cassius Dio, a Roman writer and historian who lived  150-235AD, tells us, "For she was a woman of surpassing beauty, and at that time, when she was in the prime of her youth, she was most striking; she also possessed a most charming voice and knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to everyone….”

But we’ll never know that for ourselves. The statue’s eyes gazed serenely above our heads, a woman lost in her thoughts, keeping her secrets as she has for the last 2000 years.

If you could meet one famous woman from history, would it be Cleopatra? Or is there someone else you’re fascinated by? I’ll give away one copy of PRIESTESS OF THE NILE to a randomly selected commenter!

(You can read more about my fascination with Ancient Egypt  and other topics on my blog at http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/ or you can find me on twitter @vscotttheauthor  ~ Many thanks to Patricia for having me as her guest today!)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Cover Art for Laid to Rest

My cover designer got some great feedback on Laid to Rest from The Book Designer.

Patty Wallace submitted Laid To Rest designed by Patty Wallace, MonkeyPAWCreative. “This was a very fun book cover I had the privilege to work on. The story is set in the 1950s and is the 2nd book in her Down Home Humor series. It needed to be quirky, fun & Southern just like the characters in the book. I designed the type to not only stand out but to have that nostalgic feel. I didn’t even mean to, but to me, the book actually feels like it’s from the 50s. I love it when that happens. Hope you like it too.”

Laid To Rest
TLC: FUN! Graphics work well with the art, nice movement throughout and appropriate for the genre.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 8-12 Almost An Outlaw


Today I'm celebrating the Hell On Wheels Season 2 premiere tonight and posting a Western clip. This is from my book, Almost an Outlaw. It is in the villain's POV as he is captured by the hero, and in outlaw lingo, going for a ride meant you'd wouldn't be coming back. ;)

“Turn around slowly,” the captain ordered and Wallace did as he was told. He looked past the short barrel of the shotgun into Cade’s deadly gray eyes, the color of the winter sky and just as cold. For the first time, apprehension crawled up Wallace’s spine. “You taking me to the sheriff?”

With an impassive shake of his head, Cade replied, “You’re going for a ride. Put your hands behind your back. 

Thanks for stopping by! You can find other writers at www.sixsunday.com. Some snippets are suitable for adults only. And check out Hell on Wheels tonight! You'll love the outlaw.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Next Big Thing Challenge


Kate Warren has tagged me to participate in The Next Big Thing blog challenge.  Here's how it works:

First: Answer the 10 questions below.
Then:  Spread the fun and tag 5 more awesome people to participate.
It's also nice to link back to the person

1.  What is the title of your  book / WIP?

“The Yard Sale”

2.    Where did the idea of this book come  from?

It came from all the yard sales that I have had as well as my mother and my cousin who loved yard sales. They have both passed away now but a lot of the remarks Gail makes were things I recall them saying. It was great fun writing it.

3. What genre would your book fall under?

Humorous Southern Short Story.  Is that a genre?  I don’t think so but that’s what the story is.

 4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

 Jennifer could be portrayed by Reece Witherspoon, who has the right look and accent. Susan Sarandon would make a perfect Gail. Buddy: maybe John Goodman. Gabriel: Jared P from Supernatural. Bucky Sue: Honey Boo Boo Child. Bwahahaa!

 5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Jennifer Riley hopes to finance her “fresh start in life” by having a yard sale.

 6. Is your book published or represented?

It’s for sale on Amazon and has been on the best seller list in comedy since its publication.  Don’t ask me how that happened ‘cause I don’t know.

7. How long did it take you to write  it?

I revised a shorter version and I guess it was about five to six weeks rewriting and polishing.

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?

None that I can think of.
  
 9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

Ben Wallace and Susan Hatler because they had both published fun, commercial short stories successfully on Amazon.

 10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

If you are looking for a short read that doesn’t take itself seriously, this is it.  And, it comes with a happy ending. None of that literary crap where you wonder what the hell when you get to the end. You know what I mean?

 The Five Awesome Fiction Authors I'm Tagging Include:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Goodbye Norma Jeane

By this time, 50 years ago, the news had been broadcast that Marilyn Monroe, age 36, had been found dead in her bedroom of an apparent overdose. Mystery still surrounds her death and many unanswered questions point toward murder. We will never know the truth about how her life ended sometime in the wee hours of the morning.  But, to those who may have been involved in her murder, it is some justice that the act helped immortalized her. JFK is not the only one with an eternal flame. Her iconic image has been more popular and long-lasting than any of her peers.

I used some of the basic facts of Marilyn's life to create my character, Darlene, in "Laid to Rest." She and Marilyn were both poor working girls, hoping to make a dream come true. Unlike Darlene, Marilyn was sexually-abused as a child. She was shifted from orphanages to foster homes. She admitted to being raped at age 9 by one foster family's landlord. Sexual abuse by adult males continued during her childhood. It was a hard life for a young girl but she never gave up on her dream. When she was old enough to get a job, she went to work, supporting herself while she took acting classes. Of course, it was no easy road for her. Sometimes, she didn't have enough money to eat so she resorted to having sex with men in exchange for a meal. Yet, she never gave up on her dream. She saw it through and, although her personal life was filled with misfortune, she became more than anyone, including herself, would have thought possible.

She became legend.
"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."~ Marilyn Monroe
   

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Made in the USA: Brands to Buy

Yesterday, I got an email about how many products, including food products, are now imported. The email was urging buyers to buy everyday products that are made in the USA. I started checking labels of products that I already have at home to share with you. If you are like me, when I'm shopping, I'm usually short on time and don't look at the label.

The products in the picture are all labeled Made in USA.

Citrus Magic: air freshener
Curel: my favorite hand lotion
Tresemme and John Freda: hair-styling products

 I am assuming all products by these brands are probably made in the USA. I was disappointed not to find a point of origin on several top brand products I have in the house. They read "distributed by" but not where they came from. I will feature them in a future post.

As I keep checking products around my house, I will continue to share brands so the next time you are shopping and need to pick up a product, you know ahead of time it was made in our country. Or, at least, so the label says. And, if you have some Made in USA brands you want to share, please leave a comment.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday July 29 The Baby Doctor

This week I decided to go romantic with a snippet from a contemporary romance I'm revising. This is the one that involves an abandoned baby, a doctor who hopes to gain custody of the baby and, of course, the baby's aunt who plans to raise him as her son. This is "first sight" for the hero, Aaron. The heroine is taking a drink from the water fountain at the hospital.

Disconcerted, he realized he had been staring at her as well as inhaling the sensual fragrance she wore. Amid the sterile medicinal scent of the hospital, she smelled like lush tropical flowers, beckoning him to escape. He moved quickly to the fountain to make it look as if that was why he had stopped in the first place. She walked away and disappeared into the ladies' room. 
            Suddenly, he was thirsty. He shoved down the button on the stainless steel cooler and cold water shot out the spout, splattering the lower half of his face.

Thanks for stopping by! Your comments are appreciated!  You can find other authors and read their snippets at www.sixsunday.com  Some snippets are suitable for adults only.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Winner of the Drawing for the Gift Card!

Thanks to all of you who stopped by Veronica Scott's blog to read Richie and Tommy Ray's interview!  I appreciated your comments and you are all winners!

The name drawn out of the hat was Renee Field!  Congrats!

Also, Renee has a wonderful website called Story Finds  where you can find information on all kinds of great e-books!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FREE July 24-26: "The Yard Sale"

It's fun! It's a short read you can enjoy while having lunch! It has some great reviews and for the next three days, "The Yard Sale" is the best bargain ever!  It's free!  


Great news!  As of Wednesday night, "The Yard Sale" was Number 1 on Amazon's Top 100 Free in Comedy and Number 10 on the Short Story list.  Yay!!!


Get your copy now.  http://amzn.to/Jmog8Z

Monday, July 23, 2012

Interview and Giveaway!

Today, my two funny guys from "Laid to Rest," Richie and Tommy Ray, are being interviewed on Veronica Scott's blog. It's memorable for sure!

Stop by and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card.


Click here:
http://bit.ly/MiDOJe

Hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: July 22: Laid to Rest


This Sunday I decided to go with a snippet featuring Richie and Tommy Ray from "Laid to Rest." Darlene has enlisted their help in sneaking the mayor's body home. Tomorrow, Richie and Tommy Ray are being interviewed on Veronica Scott's blog. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the guys. You might win a $10 Amazon gift card! I'll post the link in the morning.

Here's the snippet that starts out with Richie complaining to Darlene.

 “You never said nothing about putting clothes on a dead man. That’s a job for the undertaker and I ain’t no undertaker.”
            Curious, Tommy Ray edged closer to the bed. “We’ve done worse things.”
            “Not that I can recollect,” Richie responded as he gave the mayor’s body a fearful glance. “My pappy always said the dead don’t bring nothing but bad luck.”

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are welcomed. Also, check out other authors at www.sixsunday.com    

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Birthday, Babies!

Happy Birthday to Mason and Madeline, who turn 2 today!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Character Interview

My heroines from three different books are having a chat today on Taryn Kincaid's blog.  Let's just say bad girl Darlene is always good for a few laughs!  Check it out here:  http://bit.ly/LXjVfo

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday July 15


Switching gears today from humor to romance. This snippet is from  my current WIP, The Baby Left Behind, a contemporary romance featuring a doctor hero and the heroine, who is the aunt of an abandoned baby boy.


 Right now, this is how the book opens. That may change as I work on it. You know how that goes!

       He was nobody's baby.  A tiny infant down on his luck. He had come into this world too early.  Born amid chaos. 
      A late-afternoon collision on Interstate Forty involved two buses, filled with band students on a field trip, seven other vehicles, and an oil tanker.  Sixty-three victims created a disaster scenario for DeSoto Springs Medical Center.

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Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: July 8

Here's a little snippet from "The Yard Sale," a humorous Southern short story. A couple of elderly Early Birds are paying Jennifer for their purchases and doing a little snooping, too


They both wore the same hairstyle. Puffy white-blonde curls sprayed stiff. My mother, a beautician, had produced that same look twenty-five times a day on Fridays and Saturdays for over thirty years.


"Aren't you one of Diane Turner's girls?"


"Yes, ma'am. I'm the youngest."


"Are you the one whose husband ran off with the preacher's wife?"


Thanks for stopping by! "The Yard Sale" is celebrating 2 months on the Amazon Best Seller List in Comedy. You can buy a copy here:  http://amzn.to/Jmog8Z

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Celebrating July 4th with a Giveaway!

If you need a fun read for the Fourth of July, try "Laid to Rest." It is FREE today and tomorrow in celebration of Independence Day, which made it possible for Darlene and all the rest of us to follow our dreams.

Click here:  http://amzn.to/LLHoPy  on July 3 & 4 for a free Kindle download of the story!

Check out Darlene's interview on Ben Wallace's blog: http://bit.ly/P57SOb
You'll love her!

To read more about "Laid to Rest" and an excerpt, you can go to my webpage: www.patriciaannpreston.com


Have a fun and safe July 4th! 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: July 1

The heat is on here in the South and so I decided to go with a snippet from "Laid to Rest" where the heat is on Darlene as she finds Mayor Stroud has departed this life.

With my heart slamming against my ribs, I felt of his wrists. Nothing. I pressed my fingers to his neck and there was no pulse. The richest man in town was dead. 


Dead and gone as Granny Higginbotttom would say.


And, I was in a shit load of trouble. 


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Hope everyone is staying cool!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where My Stories Are Born

Every writer has a place to write. It's great to have a room to devote to writing and I am fortunate to have that. I turned one of the bedrooms into a writing room many years ago. I don't go online or do anything else in this room except for writing, research, outlining. I'm not in there now. I have a separate office for the online computer and business stuff. My writing room is the creative room and it does help to have a specific area, even if it is just a corner with an old computer, as your writing space. Your brain will tap into that. Your muse will know it is time to show up because we are now in the writing space.

This is especially good in the first draft phase. I often revise other places but for the first and second drafts, I am in my writing space. I do use an old computer. Up until a few months ago, I'd been using a computer I'd had for years and the video card went out. So, I had an old laptop that I now use as a CPU and it is working fine for now. I don't have any internet access on the writing computer. It would be too easy for me to stop and say I need to look some fact up. Next thing you know you are checking email or Facebook. Without internet access, I would have to stop and get up and go to another room, so I don't do that. I keep on writing, simply making note of what I need to check. That keeps my muse flowing. 

A couple of my favorite things are large bulletin board and an old blue recliner. My bulletin board isn't cluttered now but when I'm in the middle of a project, it will be filled with notes, outlines, maps, etc.  













I can't remember when I bought the blue recliner. It seems like I have had it forever. I love to sit in it, listen to music and scribble story notes. I wish I had a dollar for every scene I've outlined sitting in this chair! $$$$

 For me, this is simple room is one fun place to be!