Nov
25
2007
Susan Wiggs did it…

Okay, I filled out the questionnaire.  I think I did it wrong the first time, so I had to go back.  It’s so totally wrong when I, of all people, get a rich party house.  I should have clicked “overclocked” and not “hobnobbed” and on the second pass, I had an epiphany.

When it says “rolled a 20” it might not mean a “critical”. But I’m not sure.  I didn’t click it this time.  I got a better house.  I would * LOVE * a griffon tower and a unicorn named Shadowhooves, so I think I finally found the right house. 

Except, it keeps trying to give me a chocolatessan!  I like some chocolate, occassionally, but a chocolatessan?  eww.  I’d rather have a delicatessan.  I am a sandwich frieak.  LOL

Here is the info.  :)

Your home is a 

Magic Coder’s Castle

      

      

Your kitchen is manned by a team of Keebler Drow Elves. There’s a Chocolatessen, which is rapidly becoming your favorite room of the house. Having one is also becoming a trend among your wealthy neighbors. Your master bedroom is decorated to look like the treetop village of the Galadhrim. Your study has every fantasy novel ever written, including multiple editions of the Silmarillion and advance copies of Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. One of your garages houses your Hummer, and others contain your H2, and H3… with room for an H4, if they ever invent one. 

Your home also includes a roost for griffons. You’ve never actually seen a griffon, but you keep the roost ready anyway. Your guests enjoy your home theater with hi-def plasma screen TV, and the thrones you watch it from. Outside is the moat that protects your home from goblin invaders and extended family.

And, you have a pet — a unicorn named “Shadowhooves”.

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:      

Build YOUR Dream Home!
      
Nov
19
2007
Flight 93 Memorial Honors Terrorists?

Seriously?  Why am I just now hearing about this?  Holy cow.  It should be all over the news, not just on the internet.  I find this disgusting.  Here are two articles and the Flight 93 Memorial Website.  What do you think?

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58562

http://www.levitt.com/newsletters/2007-10.pdf   Go to page 3

http://www.nps.gov/flni/historyculture/memorialdesign.htm 

And the book that is strangely not available, though it was released on 9/11/07, Crescent of Betrayal:

http://www.amazon.com/Crescent-Betrayal-Dishonoring-Heroes-Flight/dp/097467012X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195542630&sr=8-1

 

Oct
24
2007
First Review of Betrayed!

I just found this and am so incredibly excited!  Stacy Cooper, thank you so much!  :)

http://www.paranormalromancewriters.com/review.cfm?reviewID=7441 

Book Review

Ratings
Overall: 9
Sensuality: 8

Realism: 10 

Official Review This is an Official Review by a Paranormal Romance Writer Official Reviewer

Review for Betrayed
Author: Jamie Leigh Hansen
Date of Review: 10/20/07
Reviewed by: Stacy Cooper

Reviewer Comments: Kalyss is content with what she’s done with her life after a brutal attack by her husband four years ago nearly left her dead. She has learned to defend herself, has helped others get away from abuse and opened a business. Everything points towards her having a quiet, peaceful life until two men enter her life bringing death and pain.

Kalyss will soon see her past and future collide. It will be up to her whether to heal or run away from the pain of the past. For not only is her future in danger, but that of all she loves and has loved, too.

Dreux has lived over nine hundred years as a statue. He has watched Kalyss die nine times, each time unable to save her. This time is different though. This time Kalyss has managed to return him to his human form and it is up to him to protect her from his brother, the man intent on killing her.

Betrayed by Jamie Leigh Hansen is the first book in a new series of good versus evil. There are dark and light angels at work in this book, both seeking redemption. There is pure love and forgiveness, as well as revenge, all vying for supremacy in Betrayed.

The action is intense. The emotions are raw. The use of flashbacks is excellent. They serve a purpose and are strategically placed to avoid confusion. The flashbacks are even explained as a piece of one of the characters.

I enjoyed this book and will be looking for the next installment from Ms. Hansen. Her writing style and plot lines are extremely engaging and I want more of them. There are many characters deserving of their own books and I’m sure that Ms. Hansen has the perfect stories line up.

Oct
3
2007
Come join me at Fresh Fiction…

Today I am blogging at Fresh Fiction about the dream that launched Betrayed.  :)  Come join me!

http://freshfiction.com/blog/

Oct
1
2007
Writing…

Some days writing is so rewarding and fun. Those are days when you wake up and have an epiphany about what to do next. Then you consider it more in depth and realize that all along you’ve had the seeds of this epiphany scattered throughout the work.  It’s moments like this when you think, hey!  I really haven’t been wasting time.

Which is such a hard thought to deal with. Who likes to waste time? To do work that isn’t a part of the final, finished product? And then, someone can work for years, writing pages and pages and thinking for ages, but unless that finished book, that story, is all laid out for someone to read straight through, how do you know they’re really doing anything?  It’s not like a pizza where anyone can watch as it’s slowly assembled, cooked and served. Books take time if they’re to be any good.

My dh and I discussed this again last night.  When he looks over, I am playing Sims 2 or Sudoku, highlighting in my “yellow book” or just watching TV.  Well, what I told him is “Never accuse a writer of not writing or they’ll prove you wrong”.

Which in our case, means, I’m stuck on a scene, go read the whole chapter so we can talk about it.

He hates that.  LOL  :)  He doesn’t like to read partial stories.  But it at least proves I have some of it down.  LOL

Well, for the record, my “yellow book” was Dwight V. Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer.  Now, I’ve tried to read this book 3 times over the years.  The first time I couldn’t keep at it because it was so info-dense I couldn’t grasp it well.  Later, I waited until it was due back at the library to peek at it again.  But, in July, my wonderful dh bought me a copy. Knowing I would keep it forever, (I mean, after having it recommended hundreds of times over ten years, I figured that out.) I took a highlighter to it.  Turns out, that really helps to digest bits at a time.

So, 5, 10, 20 minutes at a time, I worked my way through it and finished it last night.  And as I was reading, I was thinking and having epiphanies and enjoying everything he says in it.  And throughout that, I could only wonder, why was it so hard to go through the first time?  Probably:

1. It was a library book, so I couldn’t mark it or keep it long.

2. I didn’t mark it, so I was trying to swallow too big of chunks in one sitting.

3. I have since grown as a writer.  Yay me!

So, my “yellow book” was a writing book.  And Sudoku is good for seeing patterns. And TV is good for character arcs and Sims 2 is excellent for visualizing.

And all these things-that-don’t-look-like-working were the best exercises I could be doing for this morning’s epiphany to pop through.  :) 

It’s a good day.

Sep
25
2007
Newsletter Story fixed!

Somehow, I had unpublished the page.  However, I have now re-published it.  :)  So, if anyone would like to read about Kalyss’ first death, please visit  http://jamieleighhansen.com/index.php?id=11  And don’t forget to come here and talk about it!  :)

Sep
14
2007
3 months & 18 days!

I recently looked at my www.myspace.com/jamieleighhansen profile and saw the count down timer to the release date for Betrayed.  3 months and 18 days now.  :)  I am so excited.  It’s getting closer and closer.  I sent out a newsletter announcing the date and held a contest. The winner will recieve one full-cover ARC of Betrayed.  I’d like to congratulate Amelia Richards of www.singletitles.com for her winning entry two minutes after the newsletter went out.  :)  Talk about a fast response!

Aug
17
2007
Raintree: Haunted

I apologize, it’s Linda Winstead Jones, not Winstadt-Jones. I don’t know why it was stuck in my head that way.  All I can say, so far, is the woman writes one hell of a good story.  :)

Aug
16
2007
I have read…

some of the most amazing books lately.  I am really enjoying myself.  lol  Let’s see,

The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell, by Sabrina Jeffries, very emotional and intense.

The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt, the hero calls the heroine “my lady” through the whole book and the clash of proper and improper provides the most thrilling, passionate story.  I can’t wait for The Serpent Prince.

Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks, with a “sensitive” detective and a werewolf prince.This is a great urban fantasy series.  My dh found Mortal Danger for me last night and I can’t wait to dive in.

Raintree: Inferno by Linda Howard. Wow.  I love anything by Linda Howard, really.  I loved this one so much I can’t wait to start the next, which dh found last night. Raintree: Haunted by Linda Winstadt-Jones.  Just reading the exerpt at the back of Inferno lit my imagination as the hero sees ghosts and is visited by his soon-to-be daughter.

Now, here are just 3, almost five. I know I’ve read more. I’ve really enjoyed Cathy Maxwell, Katie MacAlister, and more.  However I must admit, in two of the books I’ve read, not necessarily ones I’ve mentioned, the hero in one and the heroine in the other either retched or outright vomited. Then, within a page or two, without a scene break, toothbrush or water or food or anything, they kissed. Deep, tongue-sucking, their breath is so sweet, kisses.

Not many things pull me out of a story.  In fact, I’m sure I’ve skipped this same faux pas quite a few times in the past, but I can’t anymore. I think it’s one of those things writers need to look for. No sudden three-hand scenes (which i recently found in Betrayed and quickly fixed) and no deep kisses after bouts of nausea, retching or vomiting.  Eeewww.

 Sad that this needs to be said. But also kind of funny.  :)

 

Aug
14
2007
Rare or common?

I’m trying to figure out why rare things happen to me with mind-boggling frequency. That’s me, today. Boggled.