Yay! It's December!One of the signs that it is the holiday season. The other is seeing Hans Gruber falling off the Nakatomi building in Die Hard but I digress. I'm giving away a super cute Vampire Snowman Ornament on Rafflecopter.
Here's the link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9054fb0b1/
And here is a pic of the ornament:
The giveaway runs from today until 12/7 so go on and enter!
Happy December! Since my black friday sale went so well, I've decided that I will be giving away Life in Moonlight for free on New Year's Eve for 24 hours from 00:00 to 24:00 EST because y'all are such awesome readers! Well it's also to get you excited about the re-release of Blood of New Beginnings: The Primigenio Tales Book 2 on January 7th.I'll have it available for pre-order January 1st. Here's the cover for that one...
I seem to enjoy love triangles based on my covers! And here's the blurb for Blood of New Beginnings:
After ancient vampire Eamon Rutherford slaughters a group of hunters who were sent to destroy him by Bernard Townsend, he realizes that it was more than a random assassination attempt; a blood war has been declared.
When Rutherford and his human lover, Amelie, travel to London, they uncover a sinister plot by Townsend to control the vampire Shadow Government and dominate the human race. Worse is in store, however, as Townsend engages his long-secret offspring, SS General Reinhard Heydrich, to assist in his plan.
With his own life and the fate of the human race hanging in the balance, Rutherford must somehow defeat Townsend’s deadly plan and prevent Heydrich from taking Amelie for his own.
Does Eamon have the strength to stop both Heydrich and Townsend before it’s too late? Or will their plan prove to be beyond him.
“Wow! What an interesting twist on the whole vampire world. It is obvious the author spent a great deal of time and attention to historical details, which made the story that much more fascinating.”—Carol Van Atta, Author of The Werewolves of the West Series.
On our very first date back in November of 2011, my husband and I took the train to NYC to see the play Seminar with Alan Rickman. We did other things like see sites, went to a bar and bought drinks for sailors because it was fleet week and fell in love. But after the love thing, the highlight was Alan Rickman. He was brilliant on stage. When he walked on stage, I felt like someone took my breath away. He was just as mesmerizing as he was in films but this time he was only about 30 feet away. I had the most ridiculous smile on my face.
After the show, we waited with the crowd with the rest of the fan girls and he walked out. I shoved up to the front so I could see him up close and get an autograph. When he got to me, I was speechless. I could only smile shyly and say thanks. I stepped away and then totally fangirled on my future husband.
I know I look like a crazy woman but I couldn't help myself! It was really him. I saw him! I heard his voice up close, soft and kind. And just got to take in his presence. I'll never forget that. And now that he has passed, it means even more that I got to see him.
Now when I see his films, it's sort of bittersweet. He is so missed in the acting world.
It's getting to be that time again and I am way behind as usual. We just finished Thanksgiving and now we are marching toward Christmas. I have no idea when I am going to get everything done. I am currently working on Death Hunter, the third book in my series, getting my career in real estate started(which is not easy after coming from being a nurse for 20 years), still allowing my surgical foot heal and trying to pack our house to move. Some how I have to fit Christmas in. I love the Christmas season, don't get me wrong. I love the lights and the smells and hearing how excited kids get about Santa. As I have gotten older, it's less about gifts for me. We buy for our daughter but not for each other. Pretty much it's Christmas all year for us adults. And we try and buy for a few families that are not able to provide Christmas for their family. Those are the gifts I enjoy buying the most because I know they will mean the most. Anyway, some how I will get all, or as close to all, of it done and all will end well. It has to. Christmas is the time for miracles!
I'm looking/ wishing for reviewers for my novel. It can be on your blog, Amazon or Goodreads. Good or bad, I'll take 'em!
If you want a blog post along with it, I can give you a character interview or an excerpt. If you are interested, reach out to me and I will get you a copy in your preferred format. I do ask that you are legitimate. If I give you a copy, please be honorable and a) leave a review as PROMISED and b)don't pirate it. Book pirates suck!
I wish that was how I did it. I often fantasize about what would happen if I won $150 million. Then I come back to the world of work and budgets. So since I can't "charge it" I have been working on my 3rd book in my series and doing ok. I'm just trying to get that first draft down and then I can cut and move and rewrite. To me the hardest thing is the first draft. Probably because I am a pantser. BIG TIME. My husband is a detailed outliner so when it comes time to write, he just goes through his note cards and voila! First draft. All I know about my books when I write are the characters, the opening and the end. That whole middle thing is what gets me.I mean I kinda have a rough idea of what will happen but that's it. My characters have no respect for the process and I can't tell you how many times I have ripped out LARGE sections of the manuscript with a indescribable sound from me. For this book I might have to start writing done plot lines and conflicts because sometimes I'll think of really awesome things and then my restless brain forgets it. So I'll have to become a semi-outliner. Which feels to me like trying to ride a unicycle: scary, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. But the book needs it so I guess I'll climb up on that unicycle!
Yay! It's my second favorite holiday today! I love Halloween and we kind of celebrate it all year. At least my husband does. You should see his office where he writes. It's like a giant homage to the horror genre. It's one of the things I love about him. Also, it's our wedding anniversary! We were married on Halloween. Yes, on purpose! So there you go! I hope you have a spooky, safe,candy-filled, and fun Halloween. Watch out for ghosts and vampires. Unless the vampire is one of mine or Eric Northman.
Right now I am desperately looking for beta readers for the second book in my The Primigenio Tales series called Blood of New Beginnings!!! If you are interested, let me know and if you are truly into being a beta, I will shoot you a copy! Share this with someone you might know who wants to be a beta reader!
There is my nod to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. OH MY GOD. I have been listening to them since I was in high school. Almost thirty years ago. WTH? Hail to Armwood High! But I digress.
I am giving away 5 free Kindle editions of Life in Moonlight!! YAY! Please enter here by cutting and pasting( the click link is giving me trouble) https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/23190ceda257319e/?ref_=tsm_4_fb_h_o_li_r#ln-fo
So these days I am only mobile by this thing pictured above. Unfortunately mine isn't pink. I'm on this for about 10 more days because of a repair surgery they did on my left foot and ankle. I've been on one of these before back in 2013 but I apparently have gotten worse in manipulating it. I have the bruised toes, run-over things and bumped walls to prove it. My daughter loves it though and can build up some steam on it going up and down our halls. So that's good.
While recovering I have gotten caught up on my to be read pile, my binge watching pile and have gotten plenty of sleep. But no writing.
I hope to do a bunch of writing on the third book in my series and have been doing a ton of research but right now, my characters aren't talking to me. Writing the first two felt super easy to get the first draft because the characters never shut up. I mean it didn't matter where I was or what I was doing either. Now when I have free time, they are silent, which sucks.I'll be patient with them. I might even try making it my NaNoWriMo project. Blood of New Beginnings was one. I cranked out 50,000 words easily. Maybe it will work for this one.
So my husband and I recently got back from our trip to Germany and Poland and it was a typical Beightol Baker trip overseas. Some one got sick and ended up under a foreign country's medical care. It just isn't a trip without that happening. Even on our honeymoon in Germany I ended up in a Berlin ER.
Our trips are always...adventurous.
The trip over was okay. We had to fly economy so there was that. We try to fly business class but this time it didn't happen. Which was fine because we stayed at the absolutely AMAZING Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin.
The Adlon was almost the best part of the trip. I've been to Berlin before but never like this. Anyway, we had a great time in Berlin. Visited some historical sites that we had never seen. I'd say they were sites that very few visit. LOL. And some that everyone should visit, like the German resistance memorial. It was great minus the anxiety attack I had at the train station over how high up it was.I have a crippling fear of heights and I very nearly freaked out and shut down because the station was 4 floors high AND WIDE OPEN INSIDE but I didn't. After a few days, we headed to Krakow Poland. Now we had never been to Poland before but we should have known that it wouldn't go as planned when the GPS in the car wouldn't recognize Krakow but instead Crakow. Also, just so you know, Poland really doesn't have any highways. So the GPS routed us down every goat path, back road and twisty, windy road they could. SO whatever should have been like a 4 hour trip per Google Maps, was an 8 hour trek. At least we got to see some BEAUTIFUL countryside and castles along the way. Ok, so we get to Crakow at like midnight (we expected the trip to end around 9) and we had only been able to find Mc Donalds to eat. We don't speak Polish and the Poles don't speak English except in the big city so Mickey D's had a picture menu and we knew what stuff was.
Anyway, so my husband Scott when we get to the hotel starts feeling bad. He looks rough but I figured it was it was fatigue from driving. By the next morning he looks dead. Or right before dead. He's running a fever, having GI issues(big time) and can hardly move. We are supposed to go on a six hour tour of Auschwitz in a few hours but I didn't think that was happening. I went and got breakfast and he slept, expecting some miraculous cure in a nap. When I came back, I had to take him to the ER. Only in Poland there is no ER. Well there is but not like we know. So we take a cab to the hospital and they send us to some doctor to evaluate him to see if he needs an ER. It reminded me of a doctor's office south of the border. Trust me, it was nothing like I have ever worked in or been to. Anyway, the poor doctor evaluated Scott and gave him the choice about going to the ER. I had seen enough and opted to do a fluid challenge for Scott using bottled water. Never have I ever wished for Gatorade so much and I am bringing Gatorade powder with us next time. And the doctor gave him some prescriptions, which we waited in line for 30 minutes at the drug store and got his 4 prescriptions that he left in the cab back to the hotel. So no Auschwitz and we are off to our next location, Warsaw. Of course it took twice as long to get there and we had to order room service when we finally ate. However we did discover a new soup that we are in love with, Zurek, which is a sour rye soup. It looks like this.
The next day we got in the car(groan) and went to the Treblinka concentration camp memorial. This was a very moving experience and I felt a lot of random spirits.(I'm sensitive to spirits. I always have been so it makes traveling interesting. I felt several people at the resistance memorial and Plotzensee Prison) I felt someone who was shot in the head, someone who was shot in the chest and a few people I got the sensation of being suffocated and not being able to breathe. This was an extermination camp so it figures. After visiting here and paying our respects, we headed to Wolf's Lair in the north.
Traveling along I noticed the road signs in Poland are more entertaining than America or anywhere. This was my favorite.
I never figured out what it meant. Did mean people danced in front of cars or were there ongoing games of Deathrace 2000? But we made it to Wolf's Lair where our accomodations were...spartan. There was no heat(it was in the 40s) and the blankets we had were so thin they were probably left over from the war. Which would make sense because we were staying in former German soldier's barracks. Yes, we take those kinds of trips. But the plus side was we were right on the the old bunker headquarters. We walked among the ruins and stopped at the sight of the attempted assassination site of Hitler.
Meanwhile through all of this, Scott is sick and I am cranky because I have been missing meals because he doesn't want to eat. But we both have brave faces on and haven't killed each other. After leaving the Wolf's Lair, we headed back to Berlin. I have never been so happy to be back in Germany!! After a long day of driving we arrive at our hotel for the last night. I'll just say it was no Hotel Adlon but it was better than the barracks we slept in the previous night. However there was no dinner for me to eat and we didn't eat lunch. So I was ticked. But it worked out because we got an upgrade on our return trip home to business. The next morning in the business class lounge I ate like two breakfasts and drank a gallon of orange juice. And while I was happy to be going home to our daughter, I was sad to be leaving Germany again. But I know I'll be back. You can take the girl out of Germany but not the Germany out of her!
Well, I am re releasing the novels in my paranormal romance series, The Primigenio Tales. BUT these stories have undergone some changes. They have been...re VAMPED! LOL. That's so funny to me. Anyway, yes. I recently got the rights back from their original publisher and they have been re edited, revised, re titled, and re covered! I'm very happy about this :) Blood Betrayal, the first book in the series is now Life in Moonlight and Blood Beginnings is now Blood of New Beginnings. In celebration I'm doing a Goodreads giveaway so if you haven't read it, enter!(see earlier post) I'm working on the third book tentatively titled Death Hunter and I hope to have it finished by the end of December.