Cold, Dead and Brooding

May 20, 2010 at 9:36 am (Guest Blogs, Writings) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

What’s on my iPod : Everybody by Autovaughn

My post is up today on Victoria Janssen’s blog. This week she is talking about vampires : why we love them and why we write them. In a word I love them, and right now, my favorite fictional vampire is Damon Salvatore.

Check out Victoria’s blog HERE.

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New Post Is Up

April 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm (The Craft) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I just posted on world building. Check it out HERE.


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Excerpt Monday is here

March 15, 2010 at 10:59 am (Excerpt Monday) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Once a month, a bunch of authors get together and post excerpts from published books, contracted work or works in progress, and link to each other. You don’t have to be published to participate–just a writer with an excerpt you’d like to share. For more info on how to participate, head over to the Excerpt Monday site! or click on the banner above.

Check out all the wonderful writers. I posted a little snipet from an adult paranormal I’ve been working on called FLIRTING WITH HEAVEN.

Don’t forget to come back on the first Monday of April for New Release Monday. See what’s coming out and enter to win a free basket of New Releases.

So, to kick it off, your hosts:

Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG13)
Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R)

Joining us this week:

Leslie Dicken, Historical (PG 13)
Victoria Dixon, Fantasy (PG 13)
Jeannie Lin, Contemporary romantic elements (PG 13)
Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)
Debbie Mumford, SFF (PG 13)

KB Alan, Erotic Paranormal Romance (R)
Stephanie Draven, Fantasy with romantic elements (R)
Cate Hart, Paranormal YA (R)
Jeanne St. James, Interracial Menage (R)
Ali Katz, Historical (R)
Danielle Yockman, Steampunk (R)

Sara Brookes, Contemporary Romance (NC 17)
Christa Paige, ContemporaryRomance (NC 17)
Mary Quast, Contemporary Romance (NC 17)

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Excerpt Monday is tomorrow

January 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm (Excerpt Monday) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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That’s right, check it out at or check out my site at

See ya tomorrow!!

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It’s Excerpt Monday!

December 14, 2009 at 11:10 am (Excerpt Monday, Writings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What’s on my iPod – Dummy by Portishead


It’s once again Excerpt Monday over at my website. Check it out here – Excerpt Monday December. Or you can head over to Mel and Bria’s site by clicking the lovely box below!

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A Little Rant

December 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm (Ramble On, Rants) (, , , , , , , , , )

What’s on my iPod : Beautiful Day by U2

Rarely do I rant about the writing and publishing world, but today, I had to get this off my chest. On Tuesday, I zipped over to Best Buy to get my copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Blue-ray. While I was at my favorite little shopping center, I decided to run into VERY BIG DISCOUNT BOOKSTORE (I’ll refrain from completely lambasting particular bookseller since I usually find no complaints with them). I was there to pick up debut author Lauren Kate’s paranormal YA, Fallen. I’ve been anticipating this book because the subject is fallen angels, and though it doesn’t sound like my plot, I’m itching to see what the competition is writing. Well, after foundering for about twenty minutes looking for the book that was scheduled to release that day, I went to the front to ask. And I did recieve GREAT customer service, but nobody could find the book. Their system said they had seven in stock. After another fifteen minutes, the general concensus was I could order the book on-line, but it just wasn’t available in the store. As a writer and a hopefully soon published one, I was angry for Lauren Kate. A snafu like this is horrible. How gut-wrenching to discover that your debut novel can’t be bothered to be placed on the shelf of a major retailer!

So, I decided that I would post a link to Amazon. There are other places you can get it (I hope). And check it out; it looks fascinating.


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Pinning down an angel part 2

December 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm (BROKEN, Writings) (, , , , , , , , , , )

What’s on my iPod : Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.

Continuing with last week’s post, I chained Sarah to the hot seat to force some answers out of her. It seems she is extrememly reluctant to sit still for any length of time and even more antsy answering questions about her self or her angel, Caleb. Too bad for her, good for us!

Cate : First easy question, favorite season and why?

Sarah : Fall because I love the change in colors of the trees and how the mornings and the evenings get colder. I’m from the South, and when I was little, we used to travel every autumn to the Appalachain Mountains to see the trees.

Cate : Nice, my favorite, too. What about favorite subject in school?

Sarah : Art, hands down. Even though my father doesn’t think it’s a worthy subject to pursue in college.

Cate : Do you like to draw or paint or designing on the computer?

Sarah : I like playing with art programs on my laptop, but what I really love is drawing – sketching.

Cate : Any particular subject?

Sarah : (blushing) hmmm, I gues that would be Caleb.

Cate : Any Titanic-esque sketches?

Sarah : huh? Oh, no,no, no,no. (blushing bright red)

Cate : So, what exactly attracted you to Caleb?

Sarah : Oh, I wasn’t attracted to him at first, more like repelled. But I guess, I started to see behind his poser attitude, and what I saw was a pretty remarkable guy.

Cate : So what was your reaction when you realized what Caleb was?

Sarah : I wanted to beat his head in – oh, strike that. I was really, really mad at him for not telling me the truth and then lying to keep it from me.

Cate : And then once he did tell you?

Sarah : Relieved that I wasn’t going crazy.

Cate : Last question. Caleb’s a musician, inspiring some pretty famous people and writing his own incredible songs. So your impression of his music?

Sarah : Wow, I’m not the best person to ask questions about music. I like all kinds. (deep breath and sigh) But his playing is moving and his singing, his voice – it’s incredible.

Cate : Awesome, thanks. Next time, I put Tristian on the wire.

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Pinning down an angel

November 26, 2009 at 11:55 am (BROKEN, Writings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


What’s on my iPod : (ironically) Iris by Goo Goo Dolls.

I’ve decided that I will keep this blog up and running as a place for my crazy brained ideas. A place where I actually commune with the Muse. My other blog I’ll reserve for more professional posts. That being said, I thought that I might sit down and have a one on one with my MC and Hero of BROKEN.

~~Disclaimer~~ This is just a fun exercise to get into deep character development and see what really makes my characters tick.

So, getting my characters to cooperate was a little harder than expected, but once I finally sat them down and strapped them to a chair, I got some intriguing answers.

First up in the hot seat is Caleb…..

Cate : So, tell me a little about yourself.

Caleb : (with a smirk) I’m an angel.

Cate : Uhm, besides the obvious. Why don’t we start with simple questions like what’s your favorite color?

Caleb : (the smirk widens) Black.

Cate : That explains alot. What’s your favorite food? (Why do I feel suddenly like I should just hand him a Slam Book?)

Caleb : French Fries. And anything that can be eaten with French Fries.

Cate : Have you ever had Tater Tots?

Caleb : No, what’s that?

Cate : You’ve never had Tater Tots? You’re missing out. But on to the next simple question, or let’s get a little more complex, shall we? Favorite musicain and why.

Caleb : I could say there are too many, but I have a feeling you won’t let me get away with that.

Cate : Nope.

Caleb : (deep sigh) The first musician that really struck me and drew me into his music was Mozart. I remember hiding in the eaves of the German opera house with Az, listening to The Magic Flute and thinking this guy has raw talent, a little off, but still amazingly talented. His music moved me, and that’s saying a lot.

Cate : wow, see how ease it is to open up. So, what about recent musicians?

Caleb : There really are too many to mention.

Cate : Nice try.

Caleb :  (another deep sigh) How far back am I going?

Cate : the past twenty years?

Caleb : Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Roger Waters, Madonna, and recently someone special turned me on to the Blues and Jonny Lang.

Cate : Really. So, why play the guitar? It seems like you’ve had years and years to choose any instrument you wanted? And why are you the lead singer?

Caleb :  (shifts uneasily in the seat) Az would say that I like to be in the spotlight – all the time. And that’s just not true, that’s Az’s fantasy. But ever since these fools banded with me, I guess I’ve just taken the lead. So, I guess it was natural that I front the band, and since most frontmen don’t play drums, I chose to play the guitar.

Cate : What about the others? Why did they band with you, oh so long ago?

Caleb : Now, you’re asking deep questions. The Fallen tend to find those not fallen in hopes of redemption. I’m not able to provided that for my brothers, but at least, I keep their noses clean until they are redeemed.

Cate : Now for a really deep and revealing question. What was it about Sarah that caught your attention, changed your ways, and made you break a gazillion rules just to be with her.

Caleb : (doubling over with laughter) I always break the rules. there’s nothing new with that one. This time I just chose to break some new ones. And Sarah ( a deep sigh) well, she didn’t put up with my crap, for one, and second, her soul makes the most beautiful music. When she sings, it’s even more beautiful.

Cate : All right, I’m going to let you off the hook now.

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It’s Excerpt Monday!

November 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm (Excerpt Monday, Writings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Once a month, a bunch of authors get together and post excerpts from published books, contracted work or works in progress, and link to each other. You don’t have to be published to participate–just an writer with an excerpt you’d like to share. For more info on how to participate, head over to the Excerpt Monday site! or click on the banner above.

Check it out at the above web address or you can go straight to my post HERE.

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Excerpt Monday 4

August 10, 2009 at 7:55 am (Excerpt Monday, Writings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Chapter 3

          “Are you in?”  Topher’s voice trembles with devious mirth.

        I sigh.  “So all I have to do is boost a car?”  Jillian and Topher both nod their heads enthusiastically.  I fold my arms across my chest.  “And what’s in it for me?”

        “Steal the car, and I know you’re with us.  No questions asked, no records revealed.”

        I narrow my eyes.  “That’s not very enticing.  Everyone at Pemberly has a record.  So who’s going to care what’s in mine?”

        “This, they might find interesting.”  He produces a photocopy of all too familiar medical records.  “Did I happen to mention that Clearwater Medical facility is even easier to gain access to?  Those head shrinks even put all their notes into MS Word and save it on their computers.”

        My jaw drops, and I try to snatch the page out of his hand.  “Give me that now!”  I screech.

        Jillian snatches the paper and hands it to me.  “I told you Blackmail.”

        “And what exactly does he hold over your head?”  I snap, ripping the paper into four squares.

        I waltz to the trash can and whip out a lighter, burning the offensive paper with it.  I give Topher the finger as the burning shreds float into the metal wastebasket.

        “Don’t worry, I have copies.”  He shrugs as he flips my desk chair around to sit in it backwards.  He folds his arms over the back and smirks.  “Jills here has a disorder.  She likes to steal.”

        I furrow my eye brows at Topher.  “That’s hardly anything to blackmail someone over.”

        “Should I tell her the rest Jills, or do you want to do the honors?”

        Jillian stares at the poster above my bed, a vampire and his lover.  I bet she’s willing the brooding, gorgeous vampire to leap from the poster and suck the blood right out of Topher, I know I am.

        When she doesn’t answer, Topher kicks her in the toe.  “Well, seems Jills here likes stealing a lot.  Her and her Madison Avenue buddies decided to ditch school one day and rob a bank with guns.”

        My mouth drops.  Jillian whirls on Topher and tackles him.  I have to pull them apart.

        “Hey, it’s lights out.  You’re going to have some one up here.  And Topher you’re not even suppose to be in the girls’ dormitory.”

        I’m furious with Topher for making Jillian feel so terrible.  I stand up and yank him by his scrawny collar.

        “Let’s go.”

        “You’re going to do it?”

        I shrug.  “Why not?  No one ever gets expelled from Pemberly.”



         Jillian and I crouch low in the student parking lot.  Topher, we hope, makes his way to Grave’s office to figure out the ISP address so he can hack into the computer from the safety of his own room.  A simple in and out.  The problem is, as they tell me, the watchdogs.  No matter what anyone does, somehow they are there, especially if it concerns the headmaster’s office.  This is what leads Topher to believe there is vital info on the Pets in that computer. 

         We have the hard job to steal a car and cause a distraction long enough for Topher to slip in unobserved.  His theory- I’m new so Graves will go easy on me the first time. 

         I can’t believe I’m seriously considering this foolish prank.  I guess my early morning pep talk just jumped out the window.

         “Which one?”  I ask, scanning the lot filled with Mercedes, Hummers, and BMWs.

         Jillian cranes her neck and then grabs my wrist.  “That one.”

        I raise an eyebrow, taking in the steel grey Thunderbird.  Nice choice, and one I’ve never attempted.  Cool, I can add it to my running list of cars I’ve done.

        “Whose is it?”

        She glances over her shoulder before she shrugs.  “No idea.”

        I twist my lips to the corner of my mouth with a wry smile.  “Let’s do this.”

        We crawl between cars, heading for the lone Thunderbird at the far end of the parking lot.  Luckily, the car is not under a street lamp.  I pull my tools out of the pocket of my hoodie; something I managed to slide in to my bags just in case.  I have the driver’s side door jimmied in seven seconds flat.  There’s no car alarm, which I find, well, alarming.  It must belong to a student then.  I pop the latch so that Jillian can climb into the passenger side.  Sliding upside down under the dashboard, I pull down the wires I need to hot wire the ignition.

        The engine purrs like a cat in heat, beautiful.  I sit back up, fondling the steering wheel.

        I look over at Jillian, who’s face turns pale white.  “So where are we off to?”

        “Wherever, town.  I don’t care.”  She swallows hard.

        I shrug and shift the Thunderbird into reverse.  I slowly pull down the parking lot row. 

        “I think you should attract attention. Peel out or something.”

        “I don’t want to get caught.”

         Jillian glances at me.  “Neither do I. But for this little stint to buy Topher the window he needs, we’re gonna have to attract attention.”

        “From who?  Whose car did I just hotwire?”  She gulps, and I see it.


        “Okay.  His name is Shane, and he’s one of them.”

        “One of them?  Christ, you mean one of those guard dogs or whatever.  Shit Jillian, not only are we going to be sitting in the headmaster’s office all day tomorrow, but now we are about to piss off some big bully guy.  That’s great.  See damnit, I trust and I fail!”

        “Just fucking go!”  She wiggles her foot over the console and slams it on the gas.

        The car doesn’t race forward because I have my foot on the breaks.  But the engine revs loud enough to echo across the serene and deathly quiet campus.    I try to push her foot off mine, only to succeed in swerving and barely missing a red Hummer in the last spot.   Free of the parking lot obstacles, we squeal out on to the main drive leading to the road. 

        “Jillian, get your damn foot off mine.”

        She laughs nervously as she curls into a ball on the far side of the car.  I don’t like the puke green pallor to her face.  I have a very bad feeling about this.  All I know is, Topher better get that ISP address and make it all worth the while.

        I hear the sound of wolves howling over the screech of the throttle.  Jillian slides even further down in her seat.  But the sound reverberates down my spine, curling around the core beneath my stomach.

        “What the hell was that?”  I turn to stare at Jillian.

        “Heaven, look out!”  She wails and thrust her arm out to brace against the dash.



And here’s a list of everyone participating!  Wow, we just keep growing. Please be aware of the ratings.  Some content is STEAMY!

So, to kick it off, your hosts:

Mel/Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R)
Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG)

Joining us this week:

AJ O’Donovan, Poetry (PG13)
Stephanie Draven, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)
Heather S.Ingemar, Dark Fantasy/Poetry (PG13)
Babette James, Fantasy Romance (PG 13)
Cynthia Justlin, Romantic Suspense (PG 13)
Kaige, Historical Romance (PG 13)
Julia Knight, Fantasy Romance (PG13)
Ansha Kotyk, Middle Grade Adventure (PG13)
Jeannie Lin, Historical Romance (PG 13)
RF Long, YA Paranormal (PG13)
Caitlynn Lowe, Epic Fantasy (PG13)
Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG  13)
Crista McHugh, Contemporary Erotic Romance (PG 13)
Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG)
Leigh Royals, Historical Romance (PG 13)
Megan S., Paranormal (PG13)
Dara Sorensen, Historical Paranormal (PG 13)
Bethanne Strasser, Historical Romance (PG13)

Melissa Aires, Futuristic Romance (R)
Jax Cassidy, Contemporary (R)
Christina DeLorenzo, Furturistic Sci-Fi (R)
Maya Doyle, Parnormal Romance (R)
Ginny Glass, Paranormal (R)
Amber Green, Romantic Suspense (R)
Cate Hart, Paranormal YA (R)
Kinsey W. Holley, Erotic Romance (R)
Ali Katz, Erotic Paranormal Romance (R)
Aislinn Kerry, Fantasy (R)
Inez Kelly, Fantasy Romance (R)
Cherrie Lynn, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R)
Mel/Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R)
Rebecca Savage, Romantic Suspense (R)
Fae Sutherland, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R)

Stephanie Adkins, Paranormal Erotic Romance (NC 17)
Evie Byrne, Erotic Historical Romance (NC17)
Ella Drake, Erotic Contemporary (NC17)
Dawn Montgomery, Erotic Paranormal Romance (NC17)
Lauren Murphy, Erotic Romance (NC 17)
Kim Knox, Erotic Paranormal Romance (NC17)
Kirsten Saell, Erotic Fantasy Romance (NC 17)
Jeanne St. James, Contemporary Romance (NC 17)

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