Thursday, August 30, 2012

My first vlog!

I've debated for a while now about doing a blog. They are getting more and more popular, and they are pretty fun to watch. I put it off because I'm a little camera shy (unless I'm in a costume lol) and I really didn't know what to say that I felt was worth watching. So, I have some questions from readers that I addressed here. I hope you find this at least a little entertaining! lol (And I love the face youtube froze it at...haha. I don't know how to fix that lovely expression...I assumed it would show me at the very beginning. Even I don't know what I'm saying there.)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

One more chapter...

I have one more chapter to go in Reaper! I want to stay up and get it done tonight, but I'm really, really tired. I feel like my writing gets crappy when I'm tired. Plus I misspell really simple words lol. I'm excited to get it done so I can get it out there for you guys to read and because I can get back to TCT. Orissa is still on my mind and I have a feeling she won't leave me alone until her story has been told.

I started my LAST semester of nursing school this week! Woo-hoo!!!! I just want to be done! I have mental health nursing, so it will be interesting at least. I actually miss working in psych. I worked at a 'behavioral health facility' for youths a while back. It was residential, where the kids were stay for months up to a year or so. Some of the kids were awesome, and taught me just as much as I taught them. I'm excited to be able to get back into the psych world this semester, even if it's only for one day a week.

I have a million other projects right now too. I'm trying to read Ever Shade, which is really good. It's so nice to find a book with a strong female that isn't in love with vampires lol. I don't have much time to read, but once I finish Reaper, I'm gonna take some time off to get caught up on my TBR list :) I started a stock model account on (link) Photomanipulation is such an amazing thing!

I've been considering doing weekly (or bi-weekly) vlogs. Idk if anyone would be interested in watching them lol, and honestly, the idea of getting in front of a camera makes me nervous! What do you think? Should I do it??

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bewitching Book Tour Sched

For the month of September, Contagious is going on a book blog tour through Bewitching Book Tours. Here is the schedule: 

September 3 
Fang-tastic Books

September 4
Book Nerd Revealed

September 5 
The Aussie Zombie – 

September 7 

September 12
Mama Knows Books 

September 12 
Literature lovers labrynith 

September 14 (My birthday! ;) )

September 16 
Captivated Reading

September 18 
Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews 

September 19 
Books & Other Spells 

September 19 
Mila Ramos, Paranormal & Contemporary Romance 

September 21

September 25
The Full Fang

September 25 
Fictional Candy

September 26 
Nette's Bookshelf Reviews

September 27 
Amy's Book World 

September 29 

October 1 
The Speculative Salon

October 1 
Tory Michaels’ World 

Make sure you stop at the blogs along the way! There will be interviews, guest posts, character interviews, info about the current and upcoming books, and giveaways!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Contagious Cast

I'm sure every author has a clear vision of what their characters look like. I know I do when I write and also when I read. Sometimes I think up a character and they look like somebody that I've never seen before, but I usually can find an actor to put a face to. It's just more fun that way :)

So, here are my picks of who would represent the cast of Contagious based on how I imagined the characters.

Alexandra Daddario ad Orissa Penwell

Emmy Rossum as Raeya Kingsley

Gerard Butler as Dr. Padraic Sheehan

This cute little girl as Zoe. I don't know the actress' name

Zendaya Coleman as Lisa

Ashley Rickards as Sonja

Dylan O'brien as Jason

Channing Tatum as Hayden Underwood

Mehcad Brooks as Ivan Brewster

Zac Effron as Brock Callias

Rupert Grint as Rider

Ryan Kwanten as Wade

Jared Gilmore- Parker
Sophie Turner as Olivia 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Who are you?

I saw another author post about this a few days ago and it got me thinking (uh oh...). In my 3 series, I have a broad range of main characters but they all have one thing in common and that is they are tough. It's my own personal pet peeve about leading ladies, so I think it is very safe to say that all of my MCs will be tough, strong, independent women (if they happen to be women of course). I am NOT a fan of the whiny, can't-live-without-my-boyfriend (who you just met-that's not love!) type girls.

Whenever I end up having kids, I want them to grow up knowing that having a boy/girlfriend doesn't define you. Your actions define you, not whoever you're going out with. And I'm not knocking love or relationships or anything. I'm very happily married and my husband is my best friend and the love of my life. But there is more to me than who I am married to. That is my main point.

Like usual, I'm drifting away from my main topic here...I've been asked this question many, many times. People are always curious to know out of all of my characters, which one is based off of me?

The answer: none of them.

Unfortunately, the last time I checked I was not a powerful witch, a mermaid, or a badass zombie-hunter. I love my life and everyone in it, no one would want to read a book if I was the MC. It would be rather boring and a big chunk of it would involve me sitting in front of a computer, typing and wasting time on FB. Oh, last night I did stay up till 12:30 sewing a tavern wench costume! And today I went to the dentist...see my point? characters have traces of who I am in them, which is something I have a hard time separating since I am writing...if that makes sense.

The character I am least like would definitely be Orissa. She was fun to write because of that. I'm no saint when I talk, but I don't drop the f-bomb as much as Riss does. I feel guilty about pretty much everything, very unlike Riss. I'd consider myself shy and I'm not a fan of crowds. Plus I hate being the center of attention. Orissa has qualities that I do (like being loyal to her friends) and I hope that I'd be able to fight off zombies if I'm every faced with them :) The most illegal thing I've ever done was trespass while ghost hunting. I don't like getting in trouble and I definitely don't wish to be a 'bad girl' and want recognition from it.

Even if I can relate to a character, they are still not based off of me. I like my leading ladies to have dark hair, but I don't imagine them looking like me. At all. I just prefer brunette over blonde. I've been asked that one before too!

Now, there are some other characters that are either named after or inspired by friends. Laney, from the GL series, is based off of my friend, A, who is hilarious and awesome and is just a great character. But she isn't A, she's just similar to her. Another friend helped develop Raeya's character.

I would never actually base a character off of someone, because I'm sure at some point, that character might do something the based person might not like. And then there would be a problem, and I don't like problems.

I think a lot of stories are inspired by true events (movies too) in the writer's life. There have been many times in my life that something funny/scary/sad has happened and I thought "this would make a good scene/plot/book/whatever". But from there I would most likely make it more interesting or dramatic.

I do like naming characters after real people. To me, it's like a 'thank you, you're a good friend' thing and a way to show it. Plus its fun for me and the person to be able to say they 'are a character' in my book. But be warned...if you piss me off, I'll write you in my next novel as a gummy ;)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lori, this is for you :)

It's no secret that I love ferrets. I have five (yikes!) and I would gladly take in more. Before I'm labeled a hoarder, I should say that all but one of my ferrets are rescues. I bought my first ferret back in 2007, when I worked at a pet store. I had never really had any ferret experiences and I thought they were just the cutest little things. After doing a ton of research (I'm big on learning about animals BEFORE you get's called being responsible) I bought Romeo for a bday present for myself.

A few months later, our local animal shelter got a call that someone moved and left 8 ferrets behind. I wanted a buddy for Romeo, so I got Elvis. A few months after that, Spike became part of the ferret family. He was taken away from his mother before he was weaned. By the time I got him, I doubted his survival. I had to hand feed him multiple times a day for a month, but he made it!

Then, this past November, someone dumped two ferrets off in front of a pet store. And that is how Peeta and Petunia came to live with us! :) I'm very lucky to have a 'ferret room' in my barn (it has wood floors, is heated and air conditioned) that enables me to easily have multiple ferrets. I really hope that someday I have the means to open a ferret shelter. 

If you've read Unbound, you know that Anora has a ferret named Romeo. In Deathly Contagious, Dr. Cara's ferret, Petunia makes an appearance. Here are some pictures of my little fuzzies. They look dirty (Peeta especially!) because they were playing outside before their photo shoot. Ferrets love to dig and tunnel.



Petunia, Elvis, & Peeta


Romeo, Petunia, & Peeta


Romeo, again

Spike and Peeta

The 'family photo' didn't work...Elvis kept walking away