I’m sure some of you know this feeling… siblings really suck at times. Why is it that when you’re dealing with a family members life coming to an end some people have to become self absorbed. As a writer I get absorbed in a lot of things don’t get me wrong, but this week I have come to realize that two of my siblings are very self absorbed. My father as you know is sick and won’t make it through the year, possibly not the month but I am hopeful and thankful for everyday I have with him. Two of my siblings have just been driving me nuts and as I’ve been trying to write the non-fiction piece Flyboy suggested I write they have been making it very difficult. Why you may ask because I’m trying to write down the stories that make my Dad smile and those two are in them and yet when they are doing stupid stuff or saying stupid stuff it makes it very difficult to write positive things about them. More times than not the more violent side of me wants to come out and write a killing scene on the paper, good thing writers can get away with writing those kinds of scenes, seriously being the baby of this side of the family I’d love to be the self absorbed one and acted the way my older siblings are acting but Flyboy, my stepmom, & stepbrother are all telling me to be a grown up, really I hate being a grown up. Maybe a killing scene would be a good thing. What do you guys think? Then I might be able to get back to work on critiquing like I need too and the non fiction.
I’m also in a workshop again this one’s on witchcraft in paranormal fiction, I think that’s what its call, anyway I’m liking it. I did get a new rejection this week so I’ll send out some more query letters. Maybe someone will bite before my Daddy passes. That would be an awesome send off for him. Cross you’re fingers.
Okay today we have a lot going on…
First thing family - Commissioning and Graduation are over. My baby brother has completed college and in October he will be making his way to his first base. I’m so proud of him. Like I said yesterday he was so cutie in his dress whites. So that’s the good family news. On the flip side my daddy was sounding better yesterday but its still not looking good. My flyboy is on his way home to fly up to see him with me and make sure I’m in place for when/if something happens. Cross those fingers please that all goes well.
Next on the list… I did get a rejection Thursday as we were headed down for graduation, it was a form letter that Legacy was not what the agent was going for. No biggie I just have to keep looking. I still have two other queries out and I’m working on my Author Bio to send out for another query that I want to send. So all is good. I’m positive I’ll have a bit sooner or later and with everything else going on I need all the positive energy going into the queries I can give them. So I’m thinking good thoughts and being the glass have full girl.
Last but not least its time for me to finally give you the review I’ve been telling I would give you for two weeks now. That’s right a its time for Chloe Neill’s Hard Bitten review. I know everyone has been hard on Chloe for her ending, honestly I liked it. I would have written it the same way. So I guess people aren’t going to like how I write. lol
Hard Bitten is the four installment in the Chicagoland Vampire Series, we take a slight turn in this book from the first three. I say this because in the first three Merit is learning to become a vamp. In book one she fights the fact that she’s a vamp and fights Ethan. In book two she’s coming to terms with the fact that she’s a vamp but she still doesn’t like it all that much. In book three she’s excepting the fact she’s a vamp and she’s learning all that she can as she has now fully become a vamp. She’s also excepting her role as Sentinel. However in all three books the storyline is mostly how Ethan and Merit work together to solve the issues at hand. Yes they have the help other other secondary characters that we love but it’s mostly Ethan and Merit.
This is where Hard Bitten is different Merit has to step into her role as Sentinel, and leave Ethan at home. We see more of the secondary character which I think makes this novel a little more true to what life would be like for Merit. We get to the heart of what Merit has to do. So far she has played guard, this time she had to put the house above everything else and protect what she told by Ethan to protect The House. She has to go against orders to do so even. Now I can’t get into detail and I’m not going to give spoilers because I never do on here so if you want to know more about that you have to read the book, but I really did enjoy it.
I will worn you the ending is sad, and it did make me cry and miss my Flyboy. So make sure you have a box of Kleenex with you when you read it. There are some other things that happen at the end that make you wonder what’s going to happen next and I have my ideas, from tidbits from other books, but they are my thoughts and you guys know how my wicked mind works. I mean I have haunted houses in my stores. So give it a read I think you’ll like it but don’t go in excepting it to be some grand book its a good read, it made me cry but it is different from the first three. So if you want what we had be for yes you won’t be happy things are changing they have too. Merit is showing herself when she’s stressed and how she acts when she’s with her friends not when she’s with Ethan. People are different with different people, some readers don’t like that so be prepared. I never go in excepting to have an awesome book anymore with any author that way I’m pretty much always happy unless its really bad.
Okay have a great weekend. Enjoy reading.
Big news. So Wednesday night in the middle of yoga I got an email from an agent requesting my proposal yes I did stop everything. So I really had to make sure Chapters 1 – 3 were in great shape and redo the synopsis. I turned everything in Friday morning when I was sure I had it as close to perfect as I could get it.
Thursday I did receive a rejection letter from the other agency that I’d sent my query into but considering one agency wanted the proposal I’m not in a bad place about it. So I’m like it they just don’t do my type of genre, no biggie.
Today because of all the stress trying to get the proposal done I got the hated migraine and it sucked so I was in pain and added to the I had my “IC” cramps. It was bound to happen but I didn’t like it. Thankfully after a lot (a shot and then a pill) of headache medication my migraine did go away but I wasn’t able to take pain meds for the cramps since I had the migraine. No mixing medication, at least I listen to the doctors. I hope you guys are having a better weekend that I am and I promise I won’t pass the pain around. I know migraines like to move from friend to friend and I’m not letting it. So have a good pain free weekend.
So today I had another rejection letter in my email. I’m okay with it Wednesdays was the one I was hoping not to get. I started working on Little Boy Blue. FlyBoy suggested I take a break from Legacy since I’ve been working on it for so long. He was right I’m to close to it and I really need readers to look it over to find the issues it has. I actually had four really good readers but life has taken them back form me so I’m without at the moment. I loved having their opinions though because they truly helped make the story better. Flyboy doesn’t think he can me critical enough because he’s my biggest fan and I can do know wrong, in my writing, so he feels to close. It’s a great that he feels that strong about my work but it doesn’t help when I’m trying to edit it and he can’t step away from it being my writing. But that’s why I love him.
I think I’m going to put my fears away and try and contact my favorite authors to see if one of them might feel up to becoming my mentor, cross your fingers.
Also I’ve put up Blood on WeBook.com to get some feed back. It’s a website or authors and readers, agents and publishers check it out for new authors, so I’m on it and hopefully someone will like what they see.
Today started off early. Flyboy came home at midnight so I had to pick him up and then I got to go back to sleep and wake up at a normal time – nine. So you can see my day started off rough, and at least I stayed in a good mood even though the first thing that popped up on my phone was an email from the agent I thought would be interested in Legacy. Even though they wanted more info yesterday, in the query, this morning was a no go so for the second time this week I received a rejection letter. I was a little bummed but with everything else going on that is just not something I’m going to dwell on. The editor is still looking at the first hundred pages and their are other agents out there. I work on a few things to get me back into the work mood – namely my ipod. Since it’s mishap I haven’t been editing, I like listening to music well I write and there hasn’t been music on the ipod. Yesterday and today I got most of the songs on there I’m working on the S’s. We have way too much music and trust me when I say you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff we have well some of you might since you’ve let me borrow it.
Anyway Flyboy got to have lunch with me before going back out on the road he’ll be home Friday afternoon now instead of Friday night and I went back to adding songs. Now let me tell you I needed to work the Paperback Dolls asked me for my bio, a picture and the synopsis of Legacy but my brain didn’t want to function. Now thankfully it is and I was able to send them the info. Finding a picture and writing my bio took longer then I though it would. Why is it when you need a good picture you can’t find one? Granted most of the time I’m behind the lens. And the bio let me tell you I don’t like talking about myself. I was having a hard time figuring out what to put in and what not to. Pain in the butt I tell you. It’s done and next week they will have it up if all goes right. Now me and the pet are going to bed.