xakara: (Chocolate Cake)

Greetings, Kittens!

I ventured out for errands and came back home intent on using the last of my excess energy to bake a cinnamon swirl cake with lemon cream cheese frosting. I was all set and then it turned out that I didn't have enough powdered sugar to make the frosting, (yes, I make my own frosting because it's the only way I'll eat it), so the cake had to wait. It's been on my mind all night and as a result you get to visually indulge in yummy images of 13 Cakes.

Factoid: The term cupcake did not originally mean the miniature delights we think of now. It was used to distinguish the difference between a cake whose ingredients were measured out with measuring cups and one whose ingredients were measured out by weight. Most modern cakes are cupcakes. *grin*

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xakara: (DEL)

Greetings, Kittens!

I'm going to try this again as LJ ate the post last night. Let's see if Dreamwidth will be more cooperative and cross-post this whenever Livejournal is back up.

We're clearing out our stores of cds and I'm coming across things I haven't seen in forever. I'd forgotten just how many soundtracks we have and I thought I'd share thirteen of them with you since we went through all that work getting them organized.

I'm also at
Simply Sexy Stories today answering 13 Interview Questions. Stop on by comment for a chance to win a copy of Dawn's Early Light. In the meantime here are 13 Soundtracks.

Enjoy.


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1. Star Wars I, IV-VI

2. Dune

3. Spirited Away

4. Princess Mononoke

5. The Crow

6. Hackers

7. The Matrix

8. Triple X

9. Blade I-III

10. Queen of the Damned

11. Buffy Once More with Feeling

12. Grease

13. Camp


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xakara: (Default)
Greetings, Kittens!

There's a new Guardian's Circle novel debuting today and you know I just had to bring you the goods! Here are 13 Paragraphs of WORLD'S COLLIDE by Moondancer Drake.


Thursday Thirteen – Worlds Collide



(1) “Well, someone had a good time,” Maa Efi said, his eyes scanning the room. “Just the four?”

(2) “Yeah, just the four.” Rune watched as he moved into the room. His two college-aged sons appeared in the door next. “Did Akuma tell you we needed a transport, too?”

(3) “We’ll take him down,” the older of the brothers, Nathanial, said solemnly. Each was over six feet in height and had to duck his head to make it through the door. The broad shoulders and stocky build of all three men were attributes of their Samoan heritage.

(4) His brother, Kai, gave the women his signature boyish grin. “You ladies able to walk out of here on your own?”

(5) Both women nodded and stood, and Rune watched them eyeing the two muscular, dark-haired, young men with interest. It never ceased to amaze her how those boys could turn a young woman’s fears to lust with a dark brooding scowl or a charming smile. Maybe that was part of their power for keeping the secrets — distraction.

(6) Rune helped Nathanial and Kai get the humans to their van and lay the man on a pile of soft blankets in back. The man’s skin was cold and clammy. She checked his eyes and found the pupils dilated. “You need to get him to the hospital quickly. I can stay with your dad.”

(7) “No need. Dijony and Mary are on their way to help him clean up.” Kai grinned and pointed at a black SUV and motorcycle coming up the alley. “And here are the goddesses now.

(8) The two vehicles pulled to a stop next to the garage, and Rune stepped away from the back of the van. Kai moved to take the place Rune vacated and closed the double doors behind him with a click.

(9) “You’re a mess.” Mary got out of the driver’s side and tossed a plastic bag to Rune. “Thought you might need these.”

(10) Rune nodded her thanks and, as Dijony opened the back of Mary’s SUV, Rune climbed in. Rune stripped out of her bloody gear and changed into the blue jeans and t-shirt. “We’ve got civilians headed for the hospital. We covered?”

(11) “I already called Peter and Leo,” Mary called out from beyond the double steel doors of the SUV. “They’ll meet the guys at the hospital to deal with the paperwork.”

(12) Rune shoved her bloody clothes into the now empty plastic bag and tied it shut, then thrust it into her gym bag before climbing out of the van. With a goodbye wave to her friends and a cautious glance around to be certain the path was clear, Rune was once again headed home.

(13) Yeah, crashing a vamp party was a great way to spend an evening.


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Twitter Hashtag #T13

Update. I have a T13 at Rawiyas Blog, 13 Reasons to Read Dawn's Early Light
xakara: (Weeping Statue)
Greetings, Kittens!

I had a slight run-in over my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a few days ago, and I thought I'd learn from it and share a little bit here for those of you unfamiliar with it. I'm not in a mental space to discuss my feelings on it right now, but I thought I'd give you a short, to the point definition from the CDC and then 13 Symptoms of CFS. It's not an enjoyable subject, but learning new things itself should be enjoyable, so...

Enjoy.




(Yes, I chose a sleeping angel for my CFS post because smiling is better than the alternative.
My persistant symptoms are in bold, occassional symptoms in italics)


CDC Definition: Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Persons with CFS most often function at a substantially lower level of activity than they were capable of before the onset of illness. The cause or causes of CFS have not been identified and no specific diagnostic tests are available. Therefore, in order to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, a patient must satisfy two criteria:

Have severe chronic fatigue for at least six months or longer with other known medical conditions (whose manifestation includes fatigue) excluded by clinical diagnosis; and

Concurrently have four or more of the following symptoms:

1. Problems with sleep/unrefreshing sleep

2. Impaired memory or concentration

3. Persistent muscle Pain

4. Multi-joint pain without redness or swelling

5. Tender lymph nodes

6. Sore throat

7. Headache

8. Increased malaise (sickness or fatigue) following physical and mental exertion

Other symptoms associated but not used in diagnosis:

9. Irritable bowel

10. Depression or psychological disruptions (irritability, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks)

11. Chills and night sweats

12. Allergies or sensitivities to food, odors, chemicals, medications or noise

13. Dizziness, balance issues or fainting

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xakara: (Rainbow Face)
Greetings, Kittens!

Monday, July 4th was the release of my new book DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT (PsiCorps #2). I've shared excerpts in the past and it would have been quite logical to do so again today. There was also the option to give you 13 Reasons to buy DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT. But honestly, I've done four guest blogs and I have three more this month. I'm incredibly excited to have the new book out and to have something that expands the world and the relationships in the hands of readers, but I have no motivation to do a promo piece today. You all know me, if you've been intrigued and drawn in by the snippets I've posted, buy the book. Promo done. Now, back to that excitement. I've been smiling since Monday and that got me to thinking about how much I'd like to share you with you all 13 Smileys to brighten your days. So that's what I'm going to do!

Enjoy.
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P.S. Please remember to let me know who you are when you comment so I can make sure to visit your blog as well!
xakara: (DEL)
Greetings, Kittens!

Yesterday was my birthday and I'm still recovering, so it's only now at 6:30pm MT that I remembered, I didn't put anything up for you all. In the the birthday cake traditions of celebration, I'm sharing 13 Desserts, I may or may not have had yesterday and/or will continue to indulge in over the next week.

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xakara: (Weeping Statue)
Greetings, Kittens!

It's another lovely Thursday and I completely forgot that I hadn't done a T13 today. Of course, I completely forgot it was Thursday, which may have something to do with it. Right now I'm in the midst of a rather long and stressful period over which I have little control, but like those periods before, it will pass. While it's taking its time on that, I've still got deadlines so the last three days have steered all of the lucidity towards writing the third PsiCorps novel. The entire situation has my thoughts in a rather interesting, if chaotic pattern, come and take a look and you'll understand why I forgot it was Thursday.

Also, LJ friends, LJcuts are still not working for me, I apologize. I offer eye candy and a reminder of a weeklong giveaway. After you comment all of you should go to the beginning of the Sexy Summer Solstice BlogHop and click through to take in the free reads, register to win free ebooks and enter to win a Nook at the end.

Enjoy.

 


1. I NEED to finish this book by the July 5th deadline.  This gives the impression that the story is beating itself against the inside of my skull, refusing to be denied, for its time is now, ordained by the heavens opening up and etching the date in stone. Unfortunately, as cool as that would have been to behold, it's not at all the situation.

I need to finish it by July 5th because I started it with that deadline in mind and can't let go of it. That's it, just plain ole OCD, nothing else nifty about it. The publisher has July 5th as the cut off for a Christmas release, GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST (PsiCorps 1), came out last December, DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT (PsiCorps 2) will release July 4th I believe and if I finish PsiCorps 3 in time and it's up to par, it will bookend with another December release. I like the thought, that's all.

2. I need to finish this book by SEPTEMBER 5TH.  This is more accurate. Making this deadline with a kick-ass story would mean coming out around Valentine's Day, which would be beautiful and somewhat less stressful since I have an October release that I'll still be promoting and focused on come December.

3. I NEED to revise BLOODSPRITE and get it in immediately.  This feeling won't leave because I received a revision request and beta feedback that gave me a direction to go in. In fact, it's messing about with the revision that put me behind on PsiCorps 3 until thought cycle1 kicked back in.

4. It DOESN'T MATTER if I revise BLOODSPRITE.  Yeah, this is a bit of blah that had passed and now has swung back into full gear with hormonal assistance.

5. BLOODSPRITE is all that matters.  Remember the chaotic part of my thoughts, yeah, is that showing through yet? BloodSprite is the first novel in the Therian World series. It's the worldbuilding novel and the very first I wrote. As an urban fantasy, it's darker than the two paranormal romances in the same world SHIFTING PASSIONS and A WAY TO A DRAGON'S HEART. But I still very much see it as a lovestory. I'm eager to do the revision and get final yay/nay so that I can move forward. But if I revise BLOODSPRITE it will lead to jumping into BLOOD QUEEN and that bumps other things that need to get done. So as much as I want to go into the writing cave and come out with a shiny new version of it, it has to wait.

6. If BLOODSPRITE doesn't get contracted, there's no point in continuing to write.  That's kinda true.

7. Anything that frames the current narrative of my life in terms of ALL and NEVER or other indication of absolutes cannot be trusted--especially at this time of the month.  Well, yeah.

8. It doesn't matter if it can be trusted EVERYTHING rest on that one novel because ALL I've done has been to launch that world and I'll NEVER recover if I can't make it work.  If you've been paying attention, I don't need to say more here.

9. I've done MY BEST. Whatever happens, HAPPENS.  This is my default state, but I've only seen it briefly the last few weeks. If it wanders your way, send it back when you're done benefiting from it.

10. I should stop writing for a while.   Notice there's no emphasis. The thought doesn't come with one. It's not a woe-is-me thought, but a tired, unmotivated thought. One that presumes if I stopped writing, I'd get to rest. I didn't write for 18 months after the move to New Mexico. I don't remember it as a restful period.

11. I'm DONE writing PERIOD.  There's the melodrama, we missed you.

12. None of the back and forth matters if I can't find the Right Job, or a way to make money At Home.  Quite true. My only current option takes three buses to get there, and I still haven't heard back, so no way to know for sure if I have it. With commute, that's a 12 hour day, with sleep, that's 4hrs a day to both write and maintain a 15yr relationship. You all see the danger that sleep is in, right?

13. EVERYTHING WILL BE *ALRIGHT*.  Which it will. The key is to keep this at the beginning of the sentence rather than the end. "Everythng will be alright, whatever happens", vs. "I suck at this writing thing, BUT everything will be alright."


*Yes, I am well aware of the formal and proper use of All Right vs the common, but still frowned upon Alright. I just don't care Ms. McJudgeyPants!

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xakara: (Writing is love)
Greetings, Kittens!

I finished edits on one project, I'm under deadline for a second and under revision for a third. That's allowed a lot of television to stack up. So here are 13 Shows We Need To Clear Off The DVR.

Enjoy.

 

1. How Earth Changed History.  This is a great show on National Geograph that examines how the elements shaped the earth as we know it. I hate the title just as I hate "How Weather Changed History". Unless tornados can move back in time, it didn't change history, it merely shaped it.

2. Supernatural.  Okay, technically I have the entire season 6 on the DVR and I watched it all, but still, it's there and likes to be acknowledged.

3. Nikita.  I'm still torn on how I feel about Nikita, which is why it's still on the DVR. I love that a Woman of Color is heading a show in a kick-ass role and I have a major couple crush on Nikita and Michael/ Maggie Q and Shane West. That said, I'm not as invested as I wish I was.

4. Breakout Kings.  This one surprised me, but I really do like it. I've managed to miss announcement on whether or not it's coming back, so don't share.

5. Glee.  Yes, yes, I know, how did I miss this? The answer, skillfully. I was out of town and we just haven't gotten around to it. I need to be in a particular mood for Glee and I haven't been feeling it. By next Thursday, I'm sure it'll be seen.

6. Game of Thrones.  This is another mood based show. Considering the depth of the material they had to work with, this is an incredible adaptation. But having read the books and knowing what's coming, I just can't get myself to watch right now. The next time I'm feeling gritty and depressing, I'll marathon them and deal with the inevitable.

7. Teen Wolf.  Love this show! Stunned to do so, but love this one.

8. Sanctuary.  This was skipped because I prefer watching 2 to 3 at a time, so it works well when I'm under deadline to bank these.

9. In Plain Sight.  The partial inspiration for my PsiCorps Chronicles, I love the dynamic between Mary and Marshall and I can't wait to catch up on this soon.

10. White Collar.  Peter and Neal. Need I saw more? 

11. Covert Affairs. Auggie and Annie. Piper Perabo is so cute and Christopher Gorham is a longterm crush back to Jake2.0, put them together in a show with real chemistry and I'm a fan!

12. Flashpoint.  I don't even know how I found this Canadian gem, but I'm so thrilled I did. We just marathoned the last three or four of these and it was a beautiful thing. It's also, in part, responsible for my PsiCorps Chronicles. I just love close law enforcement relationships and happily took it to a whole new level in PsiCorps. Mmm....the thoughts. *grin*

13. The Rachel Maddow Show.  Yes, I watch a news show. In fact, the DVR regularly holds 4.5 hrs of news shows a day from GoodMorning America onward. I record them because I'm usually asleep or busy when they're on and then in the evening I fast-forward through the repetiton, catching the highlights important to me and watching how particular stories have developed over the course of the day.

So there you have it, 13 of the well more than 13 things camping on my DVR. This fall I think I might dedicate a month to television. Doing 13 at a pop, I think it would take at least four T13's to cover all the things I watch. *grin* I guess we'll see.

Happy Thursday!

~X

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xakara: (DEL)
 Greetings, Kittens!

Do you see my userpice and that hot and lovely cover in the corner? Well DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT (PsiCorps #2) is now in edits and meanwhile Untitled PsiCorps #3 is due in the not so very long, if I want a shot at a Christmas release. Luckily, the ever lovely Maddy Barone has come to be a balm of relief and gifted us with 13 Paragraphs of WOLF'S GLORY. Isn't she the sweetest!

Enjoy!

 

 1.     Shadow watched the woman riding beside him with wonder. At last, his wolf had chosen a mate for him. And what a mate. This was no thin scrap of a woman. No, his mate was tall and strong, with soft lush curves that he wanted to explore in great and loving detail. Her face was a soft oval with startlingly pale blue eyes and a soft, plump mouth that he wanted to taste again. He couldn’t stop looking at her hair. “Why is your hair pink?” he asked, fascinated.

 

2.     After one last kiss he stepped back. Good thing, too, thought Glory, because the kid was back, all big curious eyes and long black braids. Shadow took the bowl of stew and shooed the kid off. As she spooned warm stew into her mouth she looked around his tent. Spartan didn’t begin to describe it. Glory hated camping even more than she hated clothes shopping. Good thing she wouldn’t be here long. 

3.     “Excuse me.” This voice was different. Glory looked up and saw one of the plane-crash survivors politely raising a hand like a kid in school. Well, it made sense. She was still in the all-arms and gawky-legs stage of being a teenager. “Excuse me. What exactly do you mean by wolves within you? Is it symbolic?”

4.     Glory tried not to cry. She hated crying, especially in front of strangers. But everything hit her at once. Her parents were dead. She was stuck here, in this crazy world with werewolves. For God’s sake, werewolves? She wanted her own bed. Her own bathroom. She wanted her own life back.

5.     Glory waited for Sky to hand over the rolled-up bandage, but he was staring open-mouthed at Rose, inhaling deeply, bandage forgotten in one hand. Glory smirked a little. “Rose, have you met Sky yet? Rose, this is Sky, Shadow’s brother. Sky, meet Rose Turner from the plane.”

6.     Shadow flipped his waist length hair over his shoulder. “We have enough meat for a few
days. Others can hunt.” This time his kiss was a lot less comforting and a lot more sexy. Damn, he could kiss. His kiss could bring a dead woman back to life just so her toes could curl. It was the type of kiss to make a woman forget the hurt people around her, the blankets boiling in the pot behind her, and even
the fact that she was wearing torn, filthy clothes. She felt beautiful and desirable and reveled in it.

7.     He lifted his lips away and stared at her with eyes that shimmered wolf-gold in their black depths. “Are you giving me orders?” he asked with mild disbelief. “All right. But when I come back we’re going to finish this.” He gave her one more kiss and walked away, fading to his wolf form even as he untied the string of his breechcloth and let it drop. Glory had about a second to admire that muscled physique before it blurred into fur.

8.     Did werewolves give off extra-strong pheromones? Glory had read that modern Americans had showered and deodorized natural pheromones away. That couldn’t be the case with the Clan. They all smelled pretty natural, sometimes to the point of stinking. But Shadow didn’t smell bad to her. She inhaled his scent and felt a whisper of desire curl deep inside 

9.      “Yes,” Glory crooned at the dog. “Those two girls are Bad. Calling them bitches would be an insult to you, wouldn’t it? You’re a very smart little dog.” She made little kissing noises before she straightened back up. “Seriously,” she told Shadow. “Those two are a waste of time. The other one, Sherry … Some guy says she’s his mate, but she’s scared to death of him. And I know why.”

10. Carefully, slowly, Shadow released her. His eyes were almost frightening in their intensity. He turned with deliberate calm and walked with dignity around the fire back to his place. His face was smooth and cold, but his eyes shimmered across the fire at her. Glory swore she saw his wolf in those black eyes.

11. Before the sun was up Shadow forced himself out of bed. He was careful to smooth the blankets back into place around his mate so that she would stay warm. Did she love him? Once he had thought that just her acceptance of their mating would be enough. Now he knew acceptance alone would never satisfy him. He wanted her heart. Her love.

12. Quill put a hand on her shoulder and squeezed. His voice was hardly a whisper when he said, “It’s hard to not be able to have your mate at your side.”

13. A familiar scent in the crisp air made her inhale deeply, her heart flinging itself into her throat. “Shadow?” She thought she yelled, but it came out in a choked whisper audible only to wolf ears. She didn’t notice the way all the wolves stopped their play to watch her scramble to her knees and swing around. He was there, long hair drifting in the breeze over his naked body, gaze fixed on her. She devoured him with her eyes. He looked magnificent, all bare brown skin and taut muscle under what seemed like miles of black hair.


UPDATE: A commenter will win a copy of Sleeping With the Wolf (After the Crash Book 1) or if you already own it a copy of Wolf's Glory (After the Crash Book 2)!

BLURB:

Wolf's Glory After the Crash, Book 2

When goth-girl Glory Peterson’s plane crashes she walks to find help. What she finds are people living in teepees like it’s the Old West. Wolf’s Shadow knows Glory is his mate. Glory’s happy to take a roll in the hay with him while she’s waiting for transportation back to civilization, but when she finds out she’s gone fifty years into the future and Shadow is a bossy werewolf who thinks he owns her, her attitude changes fast. Shadow is used to giving orders that are obeyed. Glory hasn’t obeyed an order since kindergarten. When two strong-willed lovers clash, who will win?  

Wolf's Glory at Liquid Silver Books


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xakara: (Writing is love)
Greetings, Kittens!

I had an absolute blast at WisCon this last week! I hated missing last week's T13 due to travel, but all of the connections I made and wonderful discussions I had, more than made up for the break in my streak. I'll write all about it later today or tomorrow, I just got back home last night and I'm still in recovery mode. Fortunately, I have friends that will step in and cover the spread when I need them to; so today for Thursday Thirteen, I bring you returning guest
Kimberley Troutte with a look into Catch Me In Castile.

Enjoy.


 
Thanks for letting me drop by again, Xakara!
I love being here. Since June 1st is the anniversary of Catch Me in Castile, I brought 13 paragraphs. I get
a kick out of Samhain’s warnings, so I brought that too.
Here’s my 13 plus a warning.

Enjoy!
Warning: This book contains a woman willing to lose her mind for love, a hot Spaniard with hands
a girl could die for, deadly family curses, a ghost with memory disorder, and a really mad killer.
When she walked into the room, Santiago’s heart did a painful miss-beat against his breastplate, as if it stopped dead in his chest only to start again with her smile.

He’d been sitting on the edge of the sofa impatiently waiting for Maria’s friend to show herself. He wanted to speak with her alone, while Maria showered, to determine the woman’s mental state. She had acted so oddly at the airport. His sister had hinted at some sort of breakdown and he could not, in good conscience, leave a fragile female in this house. It was far too dangerous.

He had enough trouble taking care of his mother and shielding his sister from the darkness. How in the hell could he protect another woman? He couldn’t. He’d insist she move out.

But when he saw her…Sweet Mother, when he saw her all rational thought ended.

“Hello again.” Her voice was as smooth and promising as satin sheets.

His gaze traveled across her curves. She didn’t look fragile. No, she looked good enough to eat. She lifted an eyebrow, shooting him a look loaded with hunger. Need coursed through his own veins. Her smile produced a punch of heat to his groin.

Mierda, he was in trouble.

“Buenos tardes. Did you have a nice rest?” He asked.

“Yes, and, I um—” she moved closer, her cheeks flushed, “—need to apologize for earlier at the airport. I made a perfect ass of myself.”

She came around the couch to sit and he noted how perfect her ass was. His gut twisted. “No apologies necessary.”


He forced himself to study her clinically, searching for grounds to throw her out of the mansion. It didn’t take a Chief of Medicine to notice her pale skin and dark-rimmed eyes. “Are you feeling all right?”

Her crooked smile told him she knew she was being examined. “Well, doctor, I’ve had better years.” Her laughter was husky and rich. “But I’m determined to get a life. No time like the present, right?”

He was mesmerized by what sparked from her tired eyes. She was determined and more—she was courageous. Something horrible had happened to her. He could see she hadn’t slept well in days, maybe weeks, and yet she smiled. How had she accomplished that? He longed to dig deeper, to know her secrets.The muscles and nerves in his cheeks rarely turned upwards anymore. Laughter was a thing of the past.

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xakara: (Naughty White)
Greetings, Kittens!

I'm only now getting around to T13 today, for many good reasons; 13 of which I'm about to share. *Smile* Yes, last week's T13 now realized.

Enjoy.






1.  Sleep. I had some. It was brief, but lovely.

2. Sinus Issues. I went to sleep "early" because of the sinus headache that smacked me about last night. I'm still being haunted by its ghost, but I'm dealing well I believe.

3. Writing. Before the headache, I actually got work done on the next PsiCorps novel. I have no idea what's going on, but I'm enjoying finding out.

4. Glasses. I spent the bulk of the day, running out to get my new glasses and have an adjustment to my contacts. I haven't worn them in twenty years and my eyes are rebelling when it comes to close focus text reading. Yeah, you know, my job.

5. Connection. I abandoned my husband-like-person while working to make my deadline last week, so I spent most of my "well time" with him.

6. Television. After our adventures out, we settled down to clean out the clutter on the DVR and settle the season finales of our faves before they were spoiled.

7. Friends. When I got up this morning, I could have immediately done the T13, but I was busy catching up with folks I haven't talked to in way too long. They seemed happy? *smile*

8. Reading. A book, really, me, I had time to read. This is what having a huge break between deadlines feels like. I'm a fan.

9. Forums. I think I've caught up on all but two as of this afternoon.

10. Facebook.

11. Business. Got caught up in conversations on the business side of the writing that I hope will keep growing.

12. Shopping. More of which will need to be done in an hour or so, as well as Saturday and probably Monday.

13. Laundry. Which I'm still in the middle of, so I'll be right back.

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xakara: (Naughty Author)
 Greetings, Kittens!

This is a T13 that almost wasn't. I had two revisions due five days apart and I'm not fairing as well on the second one as I'd hoped to. I completely forgot it was Thursday and that I didn't have a T13 ready. I took my allergy meds and everything before I remembered. I'm so tired, I could cry. But I'm not surprised I forgot, I'm behind on several things and in that spirit, I figured listing those will work as good as anything. So here you are, 13 Things I Need to Catch Up On. 

Enjoy. 

1. Sleep. I haven't been to bed yet. 

2. Laundry. We live in a fourplex with a coin operated machine and I've run out of quarters. Due to the first one, I haven't been able to get to the bank for more, but I'll fix this tomorrow.

3. Writing. I've been caught up in revisions of completely manuscripts that I haven't started anything new.

4. Music. I've put in a good effort, but I'm well behind on my music collecting on YT. I haven't created a new playlist in ages.

5. Groceries. It's been too hot to turn on the stove and we've spent well more than I would have liked on ordering out. Combine the heat with the first one and I'm overdue for a trip to the store.

6. Workouts. I have actually worked out every day. The issue is the heat and waiting for the evaporative cooler, (or swamp cooler if you happened to be from the American Southwest and know the name) to be switched on by building management. Even with a fan directly on me, I've overheated so my workouts have been short. A cold front moved in so today was my best riding day in a week or so.

7. Television. My husband-like-person, says he goes into withdrawal when I'm this close to deadline because I don't want to watch anything and the hours we spend sharing shows just becomes a vast void for a week or so. The DVR is bursting now, I hope to knock a few shows off before either of us run into spoilers.

8. Socializing. I've been completely remiss in commenting on forums and such. If GoodReads didn't send email updates, I wouldn't even remember it was still there. I have gotten better with Twitter this last week. I haven't really had time for more than a 140 character break at a time, so it's been working!

9. Vidding. I taught myself how to make fanvids, as a way to avoid writing something I didn't want to work on because I was pouty, and I haven't gone back to polish my first project yet. I need to catch up on that asap before I forget everything I learned from the tutorials.

10. Journaling. This is a type of meditation for me that clears the cobwebs and get's everything flowing again. I've missed it a great deal.
11. Hooping. The ultimate moving meditation, I've used my hoops daily but it's been handhooping some 97%. It helps to work out the fatigue from typing, but it's not the waist hooping that really gets my endorphins flowing. I'll be thrilled when the swamp cooler is on and I can go back to walking in the room to hoop a few minutes at a time.

12. Email. Of everyone likely to see this, I still owe at least three of your emails and I swear you'll get them. I'm going to try one or two each day through the weekend as my break from work.

13. Rest. Not quite the same as sleep, I miss resting even more than I miss sleeping. I don't feel loose and relaxed because I haven't been able to to the things that keep me that way when things get stressful, like hooping, dancing and working out hard. Yeah, I'm really bitter about the whole swamp cooler thing.

14. 

Yeah, there is no 14, this is just a gratuitous Padalecki moment because he looks like one of my characters here. I'm going to blame it on the meds kicking in and hopefully helping to remedy 1 and hopefully 13. I may be able to do a handful of blogs before I'm essentially asleep on my feet. But even if it has to be this evening, I will get around to you all. Thanks in advance for stopping by!


Other Thursday 13ers.
 





xakara: (DEL)

Greetings, Kittens!

Social media has been on my mind a great deal lately and I'm doing my best to overcome my nature and master the finer points of it. I'll be honest, I forget Twitter is out there until someone reminds me and I was invited to Dreamwidth, but basically forgot about it as well. While figuring out a blog I could to concerning social media, I realized that I could actually list 13 Social Media Sites that I'm a part of, so mayhaps I'm not as bad as I thought.

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1. Livejournal. Always better to start with the obvious. I love the communities at LJ and the ability to keep up with the blogs of friends, but I admit, I'm not here as often as I wish. 

2. Beyond the Veil. This is a group blog with fellow paranormal authors from Samhain Publishing and other houses. We rotate with set days that brings us down to one blog a month, just my speed.

3. Facebook. I definitely spend most of my time here. Between status updates, notes, fan pages, discussions and games, it's one stop shopping.

4. Twitter. Once I open it, I follow along and all is well; but I have to remember to open it. FB makes Twitter a little redundant for me, but I understand how Twitter is truly a different animal and runs at a different speed. I'll get the hang of it eventually.

5. GoodReads. Love, love, love my GR groups. I can't wait until I have more time to spend there and more discussions to jump into. I'm looking forward to my new release going up there and starting a few giveaways and conversations.

6. Romance Divas. This is a site for writers and readers. It was closed for a time but has opened up for a limited opportunity in celebration of it's latest award, (101 Best Websites for Writers). I've learned so much there and all of the help has been priceless!

7. Liquid Silver Books. My publishers forum. I'm not as active on the public side of the forum as I should be. But I'm getting better and have plans for expanding my presence there now that both of my series will have a second book out and I can create threads about the worlds.

8. AfterEllen. This is a site for multi-media news concerning lesbian, bisexual and sexually fluid women. From shows to books to movies, it's everything of interests as far as representation and items of interest. I love the blogs and forums, and again, I don't spend nearly as much time there as I'd like.

9. YouTube. Perhaps the ultimate social media site, I'm here daily, primarily watching vids but also talking to vidders and learning the skill myself.

10. ARe Cafe. A newer installment from All Romance Ebooks, the format isn't a favorite, but at least I learned it quickly and I've enjoyed the conversations, so this is a win.

11. The Romance Studio. I'm still brand new here, but they're having a party from midnight to midnight of the 5th, so I'll get to try it out and see what it's all about.

12. The Romance Reviews. I learned about them when they reviewed GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST and I signed up, but honestly I haven't been back often, again, because of the format. But I figured that once I get ARe down, I can transfer those skills to TRR and see what happens.

13. GLBT Bookshelf. This is a wiki for writers of GLBT fiction. I don't remember how I found it, but I'm glad to have another page out there, especially one that caters to readers specifically looking for bisexual and sexually fluid fiction. It was easy to set up once I switched browsers and it allows for comments, so I'm looking forward to where it could go.

Other Thursday Thirteeners

xakara: (DEL)

Greetings, Kittens!

I'm still in the midst of revisions and thought I'd share 13 songs from my various writing playlists. I have about thirty different lists that I listen to, so to narrow down my choices we'll make this is the semi-retro edition and use older songs only.

Enjoy.
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1. Glycerine by Bush

2. Freshmen by The Verve Pipe

3. Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand by Primative Radio Gods

4. You Don't Know How It Feels by Tom Petty

5. Everybody Hurts by R.E.M

6. You and Me by Lifehouse

7. Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional

8. Unsent by Alanis Morrissette

9. When I'm Gone by Three Doors Down

10. Volcano by Damien Rice

11. We Don't Need Another Hero by Tina Turner

12. Hey There Delilah by The Plain White T's

13. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley



Other Thursday Thirteeners
xakara: (GoCP)

Greetings, Kittens!

Still working hard with the end of the month rushing towards me. My lovely friend and past guest Virginia Cavanaugh has stepped in to help me out and offered 13 Paragraphs from Deceptions of Night, her brand new paranormal romance release from Liquid Silver Books.

Enjoy.



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What a clusterfuck this turned out to be. Lex sat up a little straighter in the high backed chair and looked around the room from his place on the raised platform, his patience thin. The Order of Night for Area Four had been called into session to swear in the new shape-shifting senators, and Lex’s newly appointed place with the Triad dictated his presence here. The room offered quite a bit of space under normal circumstances, but with the raised awareness and irritation simmering just under the surface of everyone in the room, he felt confined.

Lex turned his gaze to his brother Kale, who sat at the vampires’ table. Kale should be the one sitting up here in this chair, but he’d been removed from the Triad as punishment for the senate shifters he’d killed. Lex had also taken one out, but no one would ever know about his presence with his brother that night. They also held his brother responsible for the death of a sorceress named Kierra, but she was still very much alive.

Down below him and his two counterparts were three tables arranged to form a triangle. Five senators from each race sat on their appointed side. The shape-shifters sat huddled together, their displeasure evident. Lex had to suppress the need to roll his eyes. The furballs could stay pissed for all he cared.

Lex didn’t want this appointment to the Triad. He only took it to please his father after Kale had been forced to step down. Lex had been content to handle family business and be a leader to his people. Everyone knew his social skills where the other races were concerned lacked at best.

Senator Colin stood up, puffing out his solid chest to make up for his lack in stature. “We are outraged to have to sit in the same room with the filth that took the lives of our people.”

Travis, one of the vampire senators, tipped his Stetson hat back marginally. “I would watch who you’re calling filth, fur ball, unless you want to be on the receiving end of a good ole’ fashioned ass kicking.”

Lex watched as Kale placed his hand on Travis’s shoulder. They didn’t need a brawl in the middle of the meeting room. Then again, it would provide some entertainment to an otherwise boring bitch session. Who knew, maybe someone would even be willing to place bets and he could carry away a little pocket change at that. A voice sounded to Lex’s left, and he turned his attention to the shape-shifter Triad member, Roland, who tilted his head slightly to look down his hawk-like nose at everyone in the room.

“The Triad is displeased with Kale’s continued presence...”

“Hold up, Wild Kingdom.” Lex rose to his feet. “You are displeased with Kale’s presence, but the Triad is not. So you need to think before you speak for all of us.”

“Who are you to speak to me in such a manner? You’re nothing but your father’s lackey, undeserving of the position you now hold,” Roland replied, with a curl of his lip.

Lex started toward Roland, ready to show him what kind of ass whooping a lackey could dish out, but Kale’s booming voice stopped him.

“Enough. I think this meeting should be adjourned. We’re clearly not going to get anywhere while everyone’s temper is unleashed.”


Lex found himself smiling at Kale’s pun. “I second that motion, unless...” Lex turned his head and stared at Roland, casting him a look full of intent if they stayed here any longer.

 


xakara: (GoCP)


Greetings, Kittens!

I'm under deadline with the clock ticking and just didn't have the brain-space left to craft a 13 today. Fortunately, I didn't have to, I pulled in the lovely Kimberley Troutte instead. I know you're in capable hands.

Enjoy.

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Xakara has graciously allowed me to play the Thursday Thirteen with you. I thought it would be easy.
I was wrong. It’s amazingly difficult to think of thirteen things that go together (unless we are talking
about doughnuts or cookies!). I stewed about this for a couple of days, wondering what in the world I
could share.

Then I thought about Sara, the main character in my book SOUL STEALER, who comes face-to-face with
Death and negotiates for more time. Sara clearly understands the value of her last few days on earth
and uses those precious minutes wisely.

So that got me thinking. Am I using my time wisely?

On a whole, I’d say yes. I love my life, my family, community and home. But I’m going to let you in on a
secret—there is one teensy little thing that is missing. Travel.

I love to travel, but after having kids and a day-job and bills and more day-jobs and more bills, it became
harder to pick up and go. Still, I want to go. Sometimes desperately. I crave the adventure of seeing new
places, meeting new faces, being awed by the world around me.

And suddenly I know which thirteen things I want to share…
Thirteen Places I Long to Visit

1) Greece. OMG, I’ve always wanted to see Athens. Who doesn’t? Those white buildings
overlooking the deep blue sea. Ancient history all around. The food!

2) Rome. Okay, a trip to both Greece and Rome would be amazing. A lifetime adventure. Dang, I
might be drooling a little over here.

3) France. Especially during the Tour de France. My hubby and I are big cycling fans, so I would
LOVE to follow the Tour cycling route.

4) Switzerland. Those gorgeous mountains and fresh air.
5) Ireland. Come on, can any place really be that green? I want to see for myself.

6) Australia. I have been to Sydney and would go back in a heartbeat. Great people, beaches,
amazing Barrier Reef.

7) New Zealand. I went when I was a girl. Such a beautiful place. Friendly, friendly people.

8) Hawaii. Snorkeling, surfing, exploring, volcanoes, coffee, warm gentle breezes scented arm air
scented by amazing flowers…What’s not to love?

9) Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. Always wanted to go there. The mountains,
the beauty, the wildness of it, the freedom. Just not in the Winter, or when it’s too hot.

10) Caribbean Islands. I’ve been to a few of them and would love to see more. Swimming,
snorkeling, warm water, great food….Wow, this list is really stirring up the travel lust.

11) New York. Always, wanted to see the Big Apple. Always. The city, food, Broadway? Where’s my
suitcase?

12) Canada. So close, but so far. I’ve seen pictures and know a few amazing Canadians. Would love
to go there. Maybe by train. Or ship!

13) Florida. The kids would love Disney World and the beaches. And those Florida Keys!
One day, hopefully soon, I want to see all thirteen places and more.

Kimberley Troutte has two books published by Samhain Publishing, SOUL STEALER and CATCH ME
IN CASTILE. She is a Southern California girl. She lives with her husband, two sons, one dog, and
three very large snakes. She’s been an accountant, substitute teacher, caterer, financial analyst for a
major defense contractor, real-estate broker, aerobics instructor, freelance writer and caregiver to
creatures the kids/hubby/dog drag in.

Visit her at: www.kimberleytroutte.com
 


xakara: (GoCP)
Greetings, Kittens!

I'm under a deadline, one I was about to set aside and then suddenly realized I still had a real shot at, so I shall be throwing myself into it the rest of the month. There have been quite a few career conversation this last week and as a result I've got writing on the brain right now. In that mindset, I thought I wouldn't stray too far and share with you 13 Works In Progress I want to see the light of day by the end of 2012 into 2013. Of course if that whole end of the world thing happens December 21st, 2012, well, all bets are off!

This list is everything from works that are several chapters in, to things that have a title and a paragraph. But either way I'm thinking about them and the fact they've endured means it's meant to be. So you here you are, 13 WIPs in Queue. 

Enjoy.


 


1. The Forgiven: A story about the third side in the angelic war. Earth-bound angels still in heaven's grace but unable to return there.  A love story wrapped around a prophecy about the coming civil war in hell. Think angels, witches/nephilim, demons and lot of lovely erotic moments. Book 1 of the Angelic Prophecies. 

2. The Clockwork Courtesan: A steampunk you all have been introduced to before that is now under revision for an open call.

3. PsiCorps Chronicles #3: Another Christmas release if I can swing it. For those of you who have read PsiCorps #1 (Ghost of Christmas Past) and/or beta read PsiCorps #2 (Dawn's Early Light), the as yet untitle PsiCorps #3 is Ajay's story. I can't wait.
 
4. BloodQueen: The sequel to BloodSprite, the worldbuilding novel of my Therian World, ( introduced in Shifting Passions). Also known as Book 2 of the Dante Chronicles.

5. The Fallen: The sequel to The Forgiven dealing with those angels who fell from grace. Angelic Prophecies # 2.

6. Blood Throne: Book 3 of the Dante Chronicles.

7. The Faithful: Those who fought for heaven. Angelic Prophecies #3

8. Ronin StillSkin: A modern, shifter-based retelling of the Rumplestiltskin fairytale as a menage between the girl, the king and the wish granting creature. The first version is complete, but it needs to be expanded, likely doubling the wordcount, so a WIP all the same. (A Therian World Novella)

9. Laughing Matters: BDSM Were-Hyenas. Marinate in that a bit. (A Therian World Novel/la)

10. A Kingdom Come: This is either a shifter historical or a futuristic shifter space opera. I can't decide. Either way Theora Knight is a royal guard who has to save the kidnapped Prince from a rival kingdom whose young king has had him taken and hidden away, (becase he's in love--naturally). Be it chainmail or nanite power suit, there will be a "knight in shining armor" reference. I'd be remiss otherwise. (A Therian World Novel/la) 

11. Safe As Houses: A widow, with the help of her husband's ghost, falls in love with the old friend who built their dream home and is now renovating the vacation home she's moved into permanently to be closer to the memories. Think, ghostly menage scenes! 

12. Safe As Houses: Yeah, it's a title showdown. This one is about a contractor that restores historical homes as his day job and investigates haunted houses with his partner as a side business. The two of them meet a medium on a case and begin to fall for her only to realize she actually be a ghost.

13. Safe As Houses: I don't actually have a third story vying for the title, but if I can come up with one, then each story will get it's own title and the series will be called Safe As Houses and all deal with love stories centered around restored or expanded homes.

Update: I have since come up with a third story for Safe As Houses, dealing with a real estate "flipper" who runs out of money on a project and has to do the renovations himself. As he opens the walls he starts to find pieces that tell him about a love affair that happened decades ago. Over the course of the renovation he's haunted by dreams and thoughts of the couple and quickly begins to fall in love with each through the letters and journals he finds. When the project is finished, the couple that comes to the open house is none other than the couple from the journals. Yay, Safe As Houses is a series!

Other Thursday Thirteeners


xakara: (GoCP)
Greetings, Kittens!

I wanted very much to bring you a Thursday Thirteen of spectacular proportions, but alas I got distracted. So instead I give you the 13 Things That Kept Me Doing Thursday Thirteen! *Grin*

Enjoy.



1. Cover Art: I had to fill out my cover art form for my next release as thoroughly as possible. It was nerve wracking trying to remember if I covered everything, which of course, I didn't. But I know it'll be a kick-ass cover anyway.

2. Research: I have a deadline May 1st that I picked up last minute and I had to do a bit of looking about to see if I have everything in place. I have yet to get to the productive writing portion of things, but I'm on it. I'll make it.

3. Netflix: The best and worst thing to enter this household in ages. I learned a great deal and refreshed myself on a great deal more so this was a general distraction that will yield specifics lower on the list.

4. Facebook: Need I say more?

5. Zombie Lane: Just in case I needed to say more. I hate zombies. I think they're the dumbest monster ever! The entire idea that an ambulatory meat sack is eating people because it's hungry when it's dead and can't be hungry due to lack of nerve impulses from the stomach to the brain...let's not get me started. My husband-like-person begged me to be his neighbor and that had led to playing and we'll leave it at that, for otherwise, I could rant for ages.

6. LiveJournal: It was having issues earlier and rather concerned me that a blog would not be possible, breaking my streak. But alas, all appears to be well.

7. GoodReads: I'm still working on jumping into discussions, but I swing by to check out the groups much more often than I should already and hence why I hesitate to dive in as much as I'd like. If you're on goodreads, friend me so I can see what you're writing. At some point here I'd like reading to be the thing that distracts me and I need new suggestions.

8. E! Online: I can't help it, I need my television spoilers and my mild celebrity gossip. I'm not into the who said what when with whom, I just want to know what projects are rumored in my faves' futures. I'm a cheerleader kind of fan rather than nosy one. And who can't get behind the trivial fun times of picking television's Ultimate Alpha Male? (Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester for the win!).

9. IM: I caught all sorts of people I usually miss and all because I should have been writing a Thursday Thirteen and in bed by now. But hey, it was a fun night.

10. Texting: Entirely different people that I talk to quite often but still, fun all the same.

11. Customer Service Fail: UPS delivered my package to the wrong address and instead of having the driver give explicit instructions on where he left it and why, right when I called, I had to go through Amazon and launch a formal investigation. Meanwhile, if the driver had just been directed back to the location, I could have my package right now. Instead who knows what's happened to it. Grr, grr, and again I say grr. This aggravates me not only because my stuff isn't here, but because I'm a kick-ass customer service representative and this would not be acceptable any place I worked. Sigh.

12. Errands: Because no matter how many you do, there's always more to be done.

13. The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED : This is one of the things I watched on Netflix but it gets its own line because I watched it twice. TED (Technology Entertainment Design) is an annual event where an eclectic group of brilliant minds exchange bold ideas for the future. I know this because that's a quote from the blurb.  *grin* It really is an inspiring gathering and one that you can watch for free on TED's site where they share ways for each of us to become the change we want to see.
 
I will visit you all after some much needed sleep! Night :)

~X

Other Thursday Thirteeners


xakara: (Blue Butterfly)


Greetings, Kittens! I'm rather headachey and haven't slept yet but I couldn't pass up keeping my consistancy and posting a T13 today. For personal reasons, I rather have babies on the brain right now and what better way to deal with that than sharing with all of you. :) I'll be honest, many of Anne Geddes shots disturb me a little bit, but I managed to find the 13 that didn't, (or did so the least). So here you are 13 Baby Pics ala Geddes.

Enjoy.

1.

More Babies Ahead... )

 


xakara: (GoCP)

Greetings, Kittens!

I wanted to go with something peppy and upbeat this week but all I feel is sleepy. As a long time insomniac this of course led to it's own Thursday Thirteen idea, so this week I bring you 13 Supplements that Help Sleep. Multitasking at its best. *wink*

Enjoy.

 
This T13 is not meant to treat, diagnose or cure any condition, please consult with your doctor on all supplements and otc medications. *smile*

1. Calcium: 1500-2000 mg daily divided into two to three 600mg doses with food.

2. Magnesium: 250 to 1000mg daily. Taken with calcium 45mins before bed in a 2:1 ration (500mg Calcium to 250mg Magnesium) will reduce leg cramps and provide a mild sedative affect.

3. Vitamin B6: 50-100mg to help prevent insomnia.

4. Vitamin B12: 25mg with 100mg of B5 can help reduce or prevent insomnia.

5. Inositol: 100mg taken at bedtime enhances REM sleep.

6. Chromium: 250-500 micro-grams can reduce bloodsugar issues that prevent sleep.

7. Tryptophan (L-Tryptophan): Converts to seratonin in the brain which enduces relaxation and sleep.

8. Phosphatidylserine: An anmino acid that reduces cortisol, a stress hormone that can prevent sleep at high levels.

9. 5-HTP: Taken with fruit or fruit juice before bed, this highly effective form of tryptophan will reduce the amount of time it takes to fall to sleep by increasing seratonin levels.

10. Melatonin: 1.5mg daily to start taken 2hrs or less before bedtime. You can increase the dosage if it doesn't work but should not exceed 5mg a day.

11. Niacin: 100mg at bedtime. This is best combined with 5HTP has it helps in the conversion of 5HTP to seratonin.

12. Valerian: Used in treatment of sleep disorders, anxiety and depression, valerian can often be found in sleep aids like Alteril and is thought safe in use cycles as long as 4 to 6 weeks at a time. Take as directed.

13. GABA: Gamma-aminobutyric acid occurs natural in the brain. Called the peace maker chemical it induces relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety and can increase focus. GABA doesn't make you sleep it relaxes the mind to allow you to sleep. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates naturally increase levels of GABA production in the brain.
 

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