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The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop

The amazing Debbie Robbins tagged me for this Blog Hop so here I am posting away secrets on my WIP.

And, guess what.  It’s a contemporary.

I’m frantically writing away as my New Jersey RWA group heads towards the finish line for Jerowrimo 2013 at the end of Feb.  So far, so good re: results!  However, this writing challenge I am working on book 2 of the fishermen characters.  These three brothers are getting into all kinds of trouble!

 

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Working title of my next book is Depth.  This is the story of Riley and his past that only Molly can help heal.

 

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Idea for the book came from the Deadliest Catch tv show and from reading a lot of contemporary stories out there.  While the perception of fishermen can be that they are “rough and tough” I thought I’d expose a softer side and a reality check for how dangerous this job really is.  The fishermen in my books live and breathe just like everyone else in their village but as it’s a small community they have wounds now that only these two new characters (the minister and his daughter Molly) can heal.

 

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Book is contemporary which is a slight deviant from my paranormal writing as Tara MacQueen.

 

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Actors… Riley would be Scott Anthony Smith (photo attached) and Molly would be Stevie Cooper (photo attached).  These are two actors I’ve worked with before and really see them in the role.

From Camden, Maine, USA I directed this actor at Maine Media Workshops

From Camden, Maine, USA I directed this actor at Maine Media Workshops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actress Stevie Cooper has been in a few of Charlie Mac Productions' works.

Actress Stevie Cooper has been in a few of Charlie Mac Productions’ works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One sentence synopsis (hate these)…  Riley’s fisherman future drowned with the death of his parents until Molly Gregan moved into town to shake it up.

 

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will be submitting to small press on this one.

 

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
November has 30 days, so 30 days part of Nanowrimo.  30 long days of wondering if I was going to make my deadline.  And now, as I go through some self editing I’m glad I did that challenge.  The book has brought my writing up a level.

 

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This story feels like Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Series with the brothers and the boatbuilding business.  I don’t claim to be Nora      Roberts but it feels like I was inspired by this even though I read it all in 2002.

 

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See #8.  Definitely the great Nora Roberts.  I like Debbie Macomber, too.  Oh, and Donna Alward.  Check out this website http://www.chocolatebox.com  for other great authors along with https://www.facebook.com/pages/Romance-Writers-of-Atlantic-Canada-RWAC/

 

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book also involves a community broken by the devastating loss of Riley’s parents and Molly’s father, a United Church Minister helps to bring it together.  Wounds don’t heal in silence.  This book involves pain and redemption not just by a woman helping to heal a broken man but also a village finding love again after loss.

 

 

Jerowrimo prep

In order to prep for any writing challenge it’s necessary to decide what kind of animal you are with writing.

Do you have an outline or are going to put one down on paper/bulletin board?  This could mean you’re a plotter.  You like to know how characters will develop throughout the chapters ahead of time or maybe you have an idea of the order of scenes you want to develop your character arc in…

If you don’t do any of that you may be a panster.  You just write.  Your characters are in your head knocking on your ears to get out.  Great.

Either method works and I sometimes use a combination of the two.  I did so much traveling last year that I would get dream like story ideas as I dozed away on the plane and immediately grab my iphone to write up a sentence or two of what I remembered.  These little gems are filed away in my “to do” file on my laptop and are festering in the back of my head for any writing challenge I undertake.

So.  I already have enough coffee lined up for the month of Feb.  I know when and where I need to visit family and friends.  I’m twitching to use the Twitter hashtag #1K1HR at will multiple times a day.

I also know exactly what I’m doing with Charlie Mac and my Beachbody business so I don’t feel like I can’t write each day.  I have a schedule all planned.

Time to get in the writing kitchen and put words on a blank page that I will call my own.

Own the words you say.

Own the words you say.

I’m not just coming into that sentence as a new writer but as someone who’s very aware of the words that I choose when I converse.

Getting into the Maritime Gift Show was billed as being a lucrative spot.  Their words influenced my decision.  That’s not going to happen again! Here’s the pic that shows how we were all lucky if we got 30 people in attendance at our booths.  Plus, Hall 2 (there were only 2) was on top of the ice rink.  Brrr!  For four days I was layered and double socked.

No one at the Gift Show day after day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Hearts on Fire event Feb 9th 2012 at The Halifax Club my tongue felt like it was choking my throat due to the nerves of how the event was going to go over.  I had other writers and guests tell me the same thing – they were watching what they said while having a great time mingling.  One of the topics was the upcoming Women Making Waves Conference happening at Mount Saint Vincent University which I missed last year but I’m going to it this year with author Julia Phillips Smith.   http://www.juliaphillipssmith.com

Here’s the people who made the Hearts on Fire Event happen:  (Watch for the RWAC writers on Live at Five Tuesday Feb 14 2012).

Trevor Romkey, Shawna Romkey, Caroline Ruyle, Shelley LeBlonc, The Halifax Club’s Edwinna.

http://www.dogwoodconsulting.com

Hearts on Fire Design by Caroline Ruyle

Had a great time at The Halifax Club!

Nanowrimo and other adventures!

As I hit my stride this Monday morning I realize I love writing. Don’t get me wrong – I’m just setting up my first critique partner and starting to submit short stories so my writing could be crap. But the act of brewing coffee after walking the dogs and then settling in front of the laptop to write with them at my feet is precious. I hope that no matter what happens with my writing as I pursue it as a career that I keep this enjoyment with me.
So I am loving Nanowrimo which is an organization that organizes a challenge – write a book/novel in a month. Their website is http://www.nanowrimo.org/

 

This challenge is supported by my writing group that is a part of Romance Writers of America. I’m using it to write a Fae story because I can’t get enough of the Sidhe Court. I just finished Yasmine Galenorn’s “Night Veil” and I’m impatiently waiting for the next one! I also loved the Mercedes Lackey series like Born to Run. And while I enjoy the tv series “Lost Girl” I am finding it harder to watch as I emphasize so much with the female lead that sometimes I just can’t watch what she goes through.
This past Sunday I missed out on my Romance Writers of American chapter meeting. I worked instead at the Trend and Fashion Expo http://www.trendandfashionexpo.com run by East Coast Dynamics http://eastcoastdynamics.com for Fifth Avenue Collection http://www.fifthavenuecollection.com/taram     I do love that job. And, as it was at the World Trade & Convention Centre the event had help setting up and tearing down so I wasn’t covered in sweat and changing into outfits like other events/festivals. I have to thank Brennan Handy and Devin Sherrington for helping me keep fitness in my life as all the cardio pays off at events like these where you’re packing and lifting boxes.
Hope you all had a great weekend and here’s hoping we get a light winter. LOL.

By the way on November 11th, 2011 Author Julia Phillips Smith will be releasing her debut novel “Saint Sanguinus.”  Check her out at http://www.juliaphillipssmith.com  and on November 10th, 2011 she’ll be chatting about her self publishing at DartNet After Hours held at Sweet Smiles Pastry Cafe in Dartmouth, N.S. on Portland Hills Drive.  http://dartnet.ca

 

Watches, Rings and Gold

Silver, colour and my draw for a 50.00 gift certificate

Author Terry Spear and review of “Seduced by the Wolf”

Just read Terry Spear’s “Seduced by the Wolf.”

ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-3753-9 Cdn price paperback $9.99 404 pages

Check out her site at http://terryspear.com/

There are numerous characters but the male lead is a Red Wolf Alpha Royal Werewolf called Leidolf Wildhaven and the female lead with Cassie Roux (who is also a Red Wolf).

Cassie, we find out, has been playing a dangerous game living among regular wolf packs and using her day job as a Wolf Biologist to help them out.  She doesn’t belong to a Werewolf Pack and almost upon meeting her Leidolf wants her as his mate and co-leader of the pack he won from a corrupt werewolf.  Leidolf has several challenges: security and stability in the pack challenged by various rogue wolves who are up to no good, a possible competition for Cassie’s interests from a male were parent looking to find a mother to his children, and Cassie herself.

Oh, Cassie.  She’s Alpha female but knows when to fold when Leidolf outwits her and gives her himself not just as leader of the pack but as a partner in life.  This is the turning point that Cassie is looking for in a mate.  She doesn’t just want to be a convenient fit she wants a partner.  However, to get there involves several complex sub-plots.  The Arc is Cassie and Leidolf cementing their relationship.  Cassie has been alone for so long and her attraction to Leidolf is so great that when she’s tranquilized by wolf hunters she dreams he’s Poseideon, God of the Seas after running into him in a lake scenario.  There’s a strong attraction that runs the plot and they meet their challenges together sometimes whether they acted as a unit or not.  Cassie does try to run out on him after he helps her recover but cannot deny her feelings for Leidolf and in the end there is happily ever after.

It’s a well written look at Werewolves and pack hierarchy.  Definitely worth a read and certainly intriguing enough to look up Terry Spear, write her an email and add her books to my list of what to read during a hurricane… BTW the hurricane is here but the authorities are calling it a tropical storm so we should be ok today – let’s see what it does overnight and what tomorrow brings.

  Little fact about Terry in her bio: she’s a retired lieutenant colonel  in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University and now resides in the heart of Texas.

Remember the lizard

I’ve done it!

I eat organic food.  I exercise according to Dr. Hewitt’s exercise prescription plan developed specifically for me.

I’m following the nutritional plan having bought a bunch of small appliances (steamer, blender etc.) and use them every 2nd day.

I have less stress in my life which is why I chose Fifth Avenue Collection as my current full time job.

I have time to finish my MBA with Walden University and read/write more than before.  I have a pitch before an Editor September 17th in Halifax through Romance Writers of America Atlantic Chapter.

Quality jewelry earned for free or received for half price!

SO, what’s the glitch in this program?  Why do I need to remember the lizard?

That’s right.  I said lizard.  See pic below.

I need to remember this guy as he’s one of my anchors from Canyon Ranch, the Wellness Spa I visited in July desperate for heat and sunshine I made the booking at the end of May.  I had no idea that the program would be all encompassing.  That change required work and that this daily work is draining me.  Only I can help myself.   Only I can make the decisions needed to effect change in my life.  It’s been so easy living in Dad’s house and letting my grief

overwhelm me in insidious ways.  To continue the change I now know I need to make this house my own.  I need to own up to my decisions about my life and take action.  No matter how tired I get I also need to remind myself that I have to replenish the energy I put out.  I need to remember the lizard and conserve my energy when needed so I have the energy to deal with the unknowns life can dish out.  Like the flood from Canadian Springs.  Didn’t see that one coming.  LOL.

Remember me? I'm not easy to photograph with a iPhone

Review of “Bought: The Penniless Lady” by Deborah Hale

At the last RWA chapter meeting I won the book “Bought: The Penniless Lady” by Deborah Hale.  ISBN – 13:978-0-373-29633-0

Find out more about this Canadian author at http://www.deborahhale.com/

I was thrilled!  Not only to win the book but to be able to offer a review on an author I enjoy on the page but to also do a review on someone I’ve met.

Hadrian Northmore is my kind of man.  He’s determined, bold and a completely unique character.  If you’re expecting a gentleman who only exists on intrigues and playing chess then don’t open this book.  Hadrian is a self-made man with a hero’s quest to make a better world for children and to win Lady Artemis Dearing’s heart.

Lady Artemis Dearing doesn’t know her own beauty and her first encounter with Hadrian is breathtaking simple.  They have an argument.  They storm away from each other.  This encounter makes Lady Artemis come up with a deadly plan to intertwine their futures together in a way I was not expecting.  Each chapter encourages me to turn the page to see what else these two characters are like.  They’re not your romantic stereotypes and the way they’re developed left me wishing for more when I had finished the book!

Their romance is full of chivalry and when they’re in a room together the tension pops off the page.

Can they find each other over their plan for a child’s future?  Pick up the book to find out!

“Bought: The Penniless Lady” by Deborah Hale is available at Amazon.ca for $6.99

Great read! Find it at Amazon.ca

Blog ready…

Just had a great workshop today by Julia Smith on how to blog, what to blog and how to find your blog community.

http://julia-mindovermatter.blogspot.com/

We are both members of RWA Atlantic Chapter.  I know both myself and my guest enjoyed the workshop.

Thursday night 6-9pm we have an event at the Argyle Fine Art Gallery on Barrington Street in Halifax, N.S. where authors and business professionals will meet to mingle with each other.  Fruit art by Fruitful Expressions will be there as well as catering by George & Lito’s Catering.  My company Charlie Mac Productions Inc. is working with Rich Graphics on this event and we’re hoping that the great community that is Halifax/Dartmouth/Bedford/Lower Sackville join in and say hi to each other.

RWA Atlantic Chapter really is the group where I can just relax and let my mind think of creative ideas for my writing.  The retreat I went to back in October was intense (I had to leave early) but unbelievably productive.  I got my character out of a deep pit and started the re-jig of my author website plus blog.  I never thought I would find such comradeship.

Also, yesterday I finished a 1.5 day Creative Business Retreat for the female solopreneur and I’m looking forward to working Jac McNeil into our lives more.

http://www.highlandcoaching.com/

Are you in?  Because I know I am.  I know where I am.

RWA and Bconnected meet Thursday Feb 10th at the Argyle Fine Art Gallery

Monsters vs Witches: Lana and Gareth

Introduction

Gareth turned in his seat as Lana came into the room.  He couldn’t get her scent out of his nose and she wore Kat Von D’s Sinner which was intoxicating with her body chemistry.  He could tell with his senses that she had just ran down the hallway as her breathing was erratic and her hair was a little out of place.  He let his gaze wander down her young body and he felt the wolf inside stir out of desire.  They’d had time to recover from their trial battle for school and now they had to listen to what the Head of the School was going to tell them.  Hopefully, they weren’t kicked out.  A werewolf kicked out could always return to his family’s pack and have a life.  A witch on the other hand would return in shame and disgrace as schooling was one step closer to their career whatever their focus was.  A witch kicked out of school was usually considered by families to only have a breeding focus and pump out children.  Gareth again let his gaze caress her body that had an hour before laid next to his, immobile not in fear but with the power of her working.  She was a true powerhouse and her potential was untapped.  However, her view of her own self-importance and subsequent ego left much to be desired.  If only she wouldn’t be such a snob he thought as she opened her mouth saying “I’m not sure why we are here!  I clearly won the battle” and she tossed her hair.

Back at it in 2010!

Due to a hiatus as my business took off and I only had spare time for my dogs and family I am back!

I’m conjuring up spells and stories for a short story publisher and ebook publisher.  I’ve been developing ideas for paranormal romance over the past year but lacked the comittment to sit down and write them out.

I’m afraid my RWA group may hate me but I’m going to self-publish my first book.  I just can’t find the time for anyone’s schedule besides my own.

Check out some great musicians:  Crissi Cochrane and Mike Bochoff on MySpace

http://www.myspace.com/crissicochrane

http://www.myspace.com/mikebochoffmusic

http://www.charliemacproductions.com for what I’ve been up to this past year besides a fantastic visual journey into New Zealand and Australia with some dubious people -ahhh! I love Contiki bus crowds. When they’re sober.

I’m also working on my MBA at Walden University in International Business.  Finished my first semester already and into the next one.

I’d like to thank Dane Sanders for telling me at a PhotoPLUS conference at the Jarvits Center last October that falling on my head is not only ok but sometimes required.  Check out his blog at http://blog.danesanders.com/

And Professor Ed McHugh – thank you so much for your continued support in our lives in motion on this planet.

Russel Cook and family – keep rockin’ it and asking me what my word count is.

xxoo Tara