Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rachel's Birthday Gift to YOU *WINNERS ANNOUNCED*

Hi everyone! Well, today's my birthday and in honor of that great day, I am going to give a copy of my e-book Litha Dreams to two lucky commenters on this blog! Spread the word and let's see how many people swing by for the party! Winners announced here in the comments section on Thursday May 28 at 6PM Eastern Time.

This past year was filled with fun, work, rekindling old friendships, making new friendships, meeting incredible authors and spending time with the people I love. I accomplished half the things on my to-do list. This trip around the sun has its own set of goals and if you follow this blog, you will be reading about each attempt and success as they happen.

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing a little bit of my birthday with me! I am indulging in some much needed sleep and then spending the day reading and socializing. What is YOUR favorite way to spend your birthday?

Remember....birthdays are good for us. The more we have the longer we live!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Memorial Day and Remembering Our Veterans

Hi everyone!

This upcoming weekend is a long weekend for most of us in the USA as we celebrate Memorial Day. I am a whole-hearted supporter of our nation's Armed Forces and the causes/charities that help our veterans.

I wanted to share with you the information that my close friend, Robert Fortes, wrote in his blog last year about Memorial Day. Bobby is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a retired US Army Sergeant. I am so proud of him and his service to our country and that he is my friend.
He is also a good writer, in my humble opinion. Here is what Bobby would like all Americans to consider as Memorial Day weekend is upon us (taken from his MySpace blog,with permission)

Memorial Day. Originally know as "Decoration Day". It is the most unique of all holidays because it is a military holiday. It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nations service while serving in our military.
A lot of Americans have forgotten the true meaning of this great day. At cemeteries all over our country, veterans graves are ignored and neglected. Some people think that the day is for remembering any and all dead, not just those who have died in service to our country.Some people will treat this as just another day. A day off with pay. A reason to get drunk and stupid. A reason to go buy the latest thing on sale at the mall. Many people will have cookouts today spending time with their families. But a lot of people could just care less about today and it's meaning.
Regardless of your feelings on the war on terror, regardless of your political affiliation, everyone needs to remember that men and women in the past have died and that men and women are still dying to this day in some god forsaken land to provide us with the freedom and security that we all take for granted each and every day of our lives.As has happened in the past and still happens today, somewhere out there, is a young man with a rifle in his hands. He is sweating under the strain of carrying pounds of gear and ammunition. He hasn't showered in days, perhaps weeks. He can't remember the last time he had a hot meal. He has a young, beautiful wife that sends him letters smelling of her perfume. Enclosed in each letter, are pictures of his beautiful newborn baby girl, that he has never held. He wonders if she is doing okay and that they are not struggling to get the bills paid. He is far from home and family but he is not alone.
He is with his other family. His brothers in arms.
This family stares death in the face, every minute of every day. Sure, they would all love to be home with their loved ones, doing others things where they are not getting shot at on a daily basis. They know that at any moment, they could lose their life in service to their country. But they keep doing their job. Day in and day out. How many people do you know would be able to do that?
How many people now and in the past have heard a knock on the door and opened it only to find two men in military dress uniforms standing there. One is a Chaplain and the other is a Casualty Assistance Officer. They have the sad duty to inform someone that their loved one has been killed in the line of duty. Imagine what they are going through, having just been told that their son, daughter, husband, or wife, has just been killed in combat. Memorial Day has a special place in the hearts and minds of these people.
In December 2002 the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed which asks that at 3:00 p.m. local time for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps". This is a step in the right direction to help re-educate people as to what this day really means and the price that has been paid for it.

Good words and thoughts from a veteran, no?
PLEASE take a moment to think of the men and women who died to protect the freedoms that we are blessed to have as Americans.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I will be back with a new blog next week!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm Taking Advice From The Gambler

Hi everyone.

I am sure we have all heard Kenny Rogers' song 'The Gambler". The lyrics to "know when to walk away and know when to run" is the advice I am referring to in my title. I have tried...really really tried to make my relationship with a Book In Progress work and *sigh* it's just not happening. I am (temporarily) walking away from my sequel for at least the next month.

I am going through some idea/plot issues. I have had my struggles with this story and I think it best to let it rest for a bit. And my summer schedule is turning out to be quite packed so there is less time for writing. I am not giving up on it, but I do need to focus on writing a story that comes easier for me. So with that being said....

I am concentrating on my Valentine novella. It's a contemporary so perhaps that is why it is feeling more real to me and the characters have been more interesting to me. In any case, I am enjoying the writing and not doing this:Bang head against wall Pictures, Images and Photos (LOL)

I have also recently gotten in touch with a friend who leads climbs on Mt. Washington and conducts spiritual nature walks/kayaking trips. He is a Reiki Master as well. He has suggested that he might be able to help me clear my mind which may assist me with my creative endeavors. I am open to try this! At the very least, it will be a new experience and I will get to see an old friend. Has anyone tried the nature immersion to jump start the creative juices?

I finished Twilight. I resisted reading this series for so long. I really enjoyed it! I am waiting a day before starting New Moon. I think the 'pro' to waiting to read the series is that I can read all of the books in a row in a month or so.

I am considering adding a weekly book review blog here to showcase the books I have won from various authors during the past year. I have been able to sample so many different genres and great new authors and would love to plug them. Comments or opinions on this idea? Please leave a comment.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

AHA! Sequel Problem Solved, Books Into Movies, Friends

Hi everyone!

Today I went to the Rhode Island Romance Writer's meeting. The meeting was great. Our speaker today was Hannah Howell, who is a prolific author with 40 published titles. Her topic was "The Magic of Words" and she provided us all with a list of resources and examples of how the right words will convey the mood and tone of a scene without having to tell the reader what is happening.

I was also given some great advice from one of the members of the group. I admit to struggling a bit with the sequel that I am working on and because of one little thing that Ruth had to say, I feel a weight lifted off of my shoulders! I was writing from the wrong person's point of view. From a small ten minute chat, new life was breathed into this little book. So, thank you RUTH!

I went out with my two friends from high school on Thursday. All three of us had read and enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" series so we decided to go to the little discount theater and watch the movie version of "Confessions of a Shopaholic". The movie wasn't bad, but so much stuff had been changed from the book. I have to say, I enjoyed the book much more than the movie.

I am currently reading "Twilight". As usual, it took a while for me to succomb to popular pressure and read this. I am liking the book so far. With that being said, I am unsure I will watch the movie. Harry Potter has been the only book series made into movies that I have felt really capture the books to a great degree.

And so, being out with my friends the other night, I got to thinking about the variety of people that I know and love in my life. This is a little "shout out" section for people who mean a lot to me. I have been blessed in my adult life to have strong friendships with people from across the world. There's Steve in Michigan, who along with his family reached out to me during a bad time and helped organize a trip; Steve in Vegas who was ready to fly out to RI to help me take care of a problem that needed correcting; Bobby who is so damned awesome I can't even put it into words; Gig from Southie who makes me laugh to no end; Kimberly, My Bestie from the Westie (Western MA that is!) who is a true soul sister; Ed, hairdresser, stylist and psychologist to me. It would take me forever to compile the list, but I am feeling incredibly blessed and grateful today, so I wanted to write about that!

And that is all Rachel wrote for tonight, folks! I am going to be going over the MS for my sequel tonight and working on changing stuff around with my new-found solution!