Are we still here?

Well, today is the Mayan Apocalypse. I haven’t put a lot of stock in that idea, ever, but I know some people have. I’m encouraged by the fact that Australia is still there and it’s tomorrow already. Surely that counts for something, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

But if today is not the last day, and you still need to buy Christmas presents, I have a website specifically for the billionaire in your life. At The Billionaire Shop, you can buy such things as a private island, a yacht, a million dollar watch, jets, and pricey New York views.

I have quite a few billionaires in my life, but fortunately they are all my creations. They should be giving me gifts, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ My latest billionaire will be hitting store shelves in a little over a week. Sheikh Malik Al Dhakir is sexy as hell–and a bit uncertain when it comes to expressing his feelings. In fact, he’s downright tongue-tied. You can read more about Sheikh Malik here.

I hope your weekend is lovely, and your Christmas preparations are going smoothly! Happy Holidays!

Lemonade Award Winner!

It’s amazing how forgetful I can be sometimes! A couple of weeks ago or so, the lovely writers over at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales gave me a blog award. And I promptly forgot to post it! So, without further ado, here it is:

The Lemonade Award

This is for sites that show great attitude and/or gratitude! Rules for the award:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

And then they were nice enough to include THIS blog along with the likes of Paperback Writer and Murder She Writes. Wow, I am definitely honored!

So, I will nominate, in no particular order:

1. Lucy King

2. The Writing Playground

3. The Soapbox Queens

4. C.J. Redwine

5. Romance Writers on the Journey

6. Courtney Milan

7. Romance Bandits

8. Wet Noodle Posse

9. Tess Gerritsen

10. The Family Letter (not a writer, but a friend with a great attitude)

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Tomorrow, I’m blogging at I Heart Presents about my one year anniversary of the winning Instant Seduction call! And Saturday I’ll be blogging at the Romance Magicians site where I will begin to blog approximately every two weeks or so for the next few months. Hey, it gets lonely here all alone!

And please go check out the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog. My friend Carol Burnside is a member, and I’ll be a Guest Chef at the end of July right before my book comes out. It’s a great blog!

Thursday Link-O-Rama

How about useful, interesting, or fun links for today’s topic? I can be quite behind the times, so I just found some of these things. Leave a link in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

1. TinyURL.com — shorten long links in email. Also, these never expire (so they say). How often have you pasted a long link into an email only to have it arrive broken on the other end? Or how many times have you received broken links and then have to do all sorts of weird copy+paste stuff to open the page? This useful thing prevents those kinds of problems.

2. Photo Stamps — want to turn the cute kid into a stamp? How about Fido or Fluffy? Go to this site and you’ll soon be on your way to having personalized stamps.

3. Cure Writer’s Block. A site with nifty links and some fun stuff.

4. Thank you notes. Seriously, this link tells you how to write them — and it was kind of interesting!

5. 50 Great Widgets for your blog.

6. Audible.com. Download and listen to books. Useful if you’re traveling. There is a fee, but often you can sign up for a limited amount of time and get a free book or get half-price books as incentive. Cancel at any time. Great for those long flights coming up to San Francisco….

7. The Goth-O-Matic Poetry Generator. Okay, maybe not useful, but fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ Want to be dark and tortured and write poetry? Here’s my effort, complete with brooding statue:

Night Ritual

Around, all around, the sinister creatures gather.
My dread grows as the angry hand of Heaven falls against my naked soul.
It slays me, and darkly my
essence drips
to the cold, uncaring tombstones.
In abject fear I cry out
while oblivion laughs cruelly.
Now alone, my cry of mercy falls upon uncaring eyes.

This is my doom

Writerly links I like

Okay, I’m done with the Cassie Edwards thing. See the previous post. There’s plenty of talking going on about it, and I am horrified she’s alleged to have stolen passages from a Pulitzer prize-winning book, but I’m not about to attack her personally. She messed up, she should apologize, but why she did it and why she thinks it’s defensible, I’m not about to try and figure out.

Instead, how about some links? My CP always gives fantastic links to timely writer stuff, but I’m just going to trot out some I’ve come across lately that I enjoy. How about layering? Here’s a blog post from Gena Showalter, detailing how she first writes a scene and then how she fleshes it out. I learn a lot from these kinds of examples, so I appreciated this a lot.

Julie Leto also has a fantastic article about layering on her website that I love to read.

Here’s a post about pace from debut author Jordan Dane. She also has a great one about writing a synopsis and one on the 9-act structure. Surf the site.

Something we talked about at my HOD meeting this weekend: Show Me the Money.

An important link for all the contest judges can be found here. I’m judging a couple of contests now, and I refer back to this from time to time. I don’t want to hurt a writer’s feelings, but I want to tell them if I think something should be worked on some more.

If you’re writing romantic suspense, check out The Lab. Awesome site.

Any links you’d like to share? Any you refer back to time and again?