Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I actually got a jump on the holiday this year by going to Fargo’s St. Patrick’s day Parade.  0314151330

This is pre-parade as DH and I line up to get the best view.

I have to say St. Patrick’s is one of my favorite holidays. It’s right up there with Thanksgiving for me.

My mother makes one of two Irish meals:

Irish Stew

or

Corn Beef and Cabbage

I’m hoping for Irish Stew…as it is my favorite.   Its sort of a surprise until we show up for dinner.

Both meals are accompanied by Soda Bread and dessert usually consists of Chocolate Mint Cake and Irish Coffee (don’t bother holding the liquor).  :)

Being Irish, I suppose makes the day a better excuse for my family to get together, but really who needs one.   Here’s hoping you have Happy St. Patrick’s day, whatever you are doing. have-a-sexy-st-pattys-day-graphic

Until next time Be Naughty,

Tina

Drake’s Desire is a FREE READ on iTunes

Good News for i-Pod & i-Pad owners.

For the next three months Apple (iTunes) is running a 1st in series free promotion in their romance section and Liquid Silver Books was invited to submit our 1st in series titles for this event. 

My 1st in (Dealing with Dead) series book,Drake’s Desire, will be featured as one of the titles from 9-2 to 9-17 on the iTunes Store>Books>Free Books.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Drake’s Desire, feel free to pick up your free copy at iTunes.  You can read an excerpt from Drake’s Desire by clicking on the book over here.~>

Tina Holland

www.tinaholland.com

Happy New Year!

Maybe the title should say Happy New School Year! I heard the other day on the radio that many people treat September like a New Beginning.

They begin the resolution process anew. I’m no different, actually I would hazard to say I’ve made more resolutions in September than in January.

I’m sure this is, because for many years, I had children who went to school and this was the time of year, I had a schedule.

It was also a time of routine – A set time to get up and get out the door. Activities on certain days of the week, so like many parents I fell into a routine. And I loved it.

For all my live in the moment lifestyle I crave routine. I like to do the same things each weekday.

As a writer, during the school year I tended to be much more productive. The kids had homework and I had writing. When they were done, I was done. Now that they are gone, I miss that routine. :(

My children are off at University likely doing homework, why shouldn’t I write. They’ve been gone for over a year and I fell out of my routine. I’m sure there’s some sort of empty-nest thing there. :)

This School year I vow to fall back into routine, so I can plug away at the work my readers are craving, and generally be a more productive writer.

Maybe I’ll start hitting the gym again too…Nah…that can wait until January. :)

~Tina

Just Romance Me- Sizzling Summer Blog Post

Sizzling Summer


I can’t believe it’s already August. Seem’s like Summer has just flown by. It saddens me to see the School Supplies stocking department stores. :(

I’ve been working on a new novel set in a Steampunk World – which I’m totally loving.
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I’m also a huge fan of Kristen Callahan’s Darkest London Series, as well as Bec McMaster’s Steampunk London series and have found them to be great summer reading.

I tend to use Summer as my exploratory reading phase for both fiction and non-fiction.

So what wonderful stories have you found this summer?

Guest Blog: How I Got Here – Kristin Wallace’s Journey

KristinWallace_HeadshotI was about 25 when I had the great epiphany that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Specifically…novel writing. I don’t know why this notion didn’t occur to me earlier. I’d always been a voracious reader (which I blame entirely on my mother). I didn’t just play Barbie’s…those dolls endured soap opera-like sagas. I’d actually started writing stories as far back as high school. But I never connected that with an actual career. I didn’t major in something useful like English or Journalism in college. Instead, I was a theatre major.
After college I drifted for a long time, unsure what I wanted to do. Then this bolt of lightening struck and told me to be a writer. For the next few years I wrote and submitted….and I got absolutely nowhere. At the same time, I was still no closer to finding a career that would let me do important things…like buy food and pay rent. I needed something where I could write and be creative, but actually get paid.
So, I stumbled on another career that I’d never considered…advertising. Specifically, I wanted to be an advertising copywriter. So, I put the writing dream aside and went back to school for the next 2 years. Then I started working. At some point I started writing again. That’s when I had another “great epiphany”. One afternoon I was sitting at my computer working on an outline for a new book and I literally stopped with my hands on the keyboard –and said to myself. “You’ve been doing this writing thing for 10 years and it hasn’t gone away…that has to mean something.”
I knew I had to try again. I joined Romance Writers of America and my local chapter, Florida Romance Writers. I quickly discovered that I knew absolutely nothing about actual writing. I started to learn, though. One thing I learned is that the selling a book to an agent or editor starts with a pitch. You have to be able to describe your 300+ page book in one paragraph or less. Imagine my surprise when I realized that wrestling large, complicated subjects into a line and a paragraph of copy was exactly what I did every day for my day job. I also got into the game at a time when publishing was undergoing a radical change. Authors were doing more and more marketing for themselves. Then the advent of epublishers and self-publishing exploded. Both of those avenues are all about marketing, and I’d spent the last decade of my life learning all the skills I would need to sell…myself.
Of course, the awaited book contract still didn’t come right away. It took 6 more years and more “no’s” than I can count. But FINALLY…on May 10, 2013…I got a yes and sold my first book to Astraea Press.

AuThursday – Guy Ogan

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlease welcome Guy Ogan, a 70 year old retired military officer and retired psychologist who now writes about Guardian Vampires protecting humans and small animals from the evil type of vampires, human criminals, and dictatorial governments. So Guy, where are you from?
A: West Texas is where I currently reside, but I’ve lived all around the world.

Q: Tell us your latest news?
A: My third novel in my “Immortal Relations” series became available in print two weeks ago. I’m still waiting on the Kindle release.

Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
A: I believe they call it “flying by the seat of your paints” but I dream about my stories at night so I have it somewhat plotted out as to general storyline.

Q: What books have most influenced your life most?
A: I must have read the trilogy Lord of the Rings a hundred times, all of Tom Clancy’s works, Ann Rice’s “Servant of the Bones” and yes I’m a fan of the Twilight Stories (but I think the one Stephenie Meyer didn’t release, “Midnight Sun” was her best by far, you can “Google it” to read some of it).

Q: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A: I am a little shy and prefer to write my thoughts and ideas rather than saying them aloud. I wasn’t a writer in my public school days, but when I started running long distances in track and cross-country I wanted to express the joys of running so I started submitting my writing to “The Long Distance Log” and other running magazines (long before Runner’s World was even thought of). While I’m sure they weren’t the best writing, they were always published. When I became interested in cars I submitted photos and descriptions of events I attended to magazines like “Cruising Style.” I often had three or more articles in every issue. Of course in my jobs in the Air Force and later, working for the Texas Prison System as a Specialist and Psychologist I did a lot of technical writing and even wrote a book on assessment and treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder. I guess you could say writing has always been a part of my life – just not writing novels. Had it not been for finding the photograph that is on page two of my first novel, I probably wouldn’t have written my novels.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: I think all authors; especially Indie Authors (those who have their books published by what used to be called “vanity press”) will say the hardest part is getting the word out about our works. Without blogs such as this one few readers would ever hear of our books.

Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Yes, while a constructive review of your work can be helpful, “Don’t let the bastards get you down…write what you believe and pay no attention to the nay-sayers and critics…if they were so creative they’d be writing rather than trying to rip your stuff to shreds.”

Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
A: Below are the buy links; however, I love to write back and forth with readers and you can do that on my http://immortalrelations.blogspot.com and
I’m writervampire on Facebook or
E-Mail me at gog6692@msn.com (the fastest way).

“Immortal Relations” is at http://amzn.com/B006ZCBT6G

“Immortal Relations, Love and War” is at http://amzn.com/B00A4IEHL6

“Immortal Relations Coming Out” is at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1481822780 (this is the print version, the Kindle version should be out soon).

Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Guy’s latest work.