Monday, January 23, 2017

"Just....One.....More....."

Apologies; I thought I'd preposted this. Apparently it was languishing in 'draft' format all weekend!

I can trace my binge-watching habits back to 2007, when I discovered reruns of the show ER on TNT.  They played two episodes back-to-back, and since we didn’t have a DVR back then, I had two blank VHS cassettes that I switched out every other day, since the show ran from 10am-noon, right in the middle of my busy schedule.  To make matters worse, since I was recording that show, whomever was in the living room was stuck watching it, since you couldn’t change the channel.  This infuriated my spouse when he was laid off for the winter!

Once ER was over (and we got a 2nd TV!), I moved onto Beverly Hills 90210, then Happy Days, The Waltons, Charmed, and Law and Order.  

My kids made the mistake of introducing me to NetFlix in 2013, and I discovered Star Trek DS9, so I would hole up in the bedroom for 2-3 hours at a time.  I then found Frazier, Coach (NF took it off before I could finish the series...boo hiss!), and Once Upon A Time.  But then what?

My kids were die hard Game of Thrones watchers, and my son owned seasons 1-5.  My daughter and I decided to begin watching one boring Saturday, and I was hooked.  Thankfully, Season 6 was available at Christmas, so while I was still on Season 3, my son watched SE6.  He passed it onto his sister, and after I finished SE5, it was my turn.  I finally finished it this past week, and am now looking forward to next summer, when we can all resume the series.

Over Christmas break, PBS ran Downtown Abbey from start to finish, and I caught most of season 2.  So once I’m able to get my hands on the DVDs, I’ll be found in front of my computer, happily buried in the lives of 1920s England!

Or, I might unwrap those DVDs of Laverne and Shirley….What’s Happening….Bob Newhart....did I mention I miss my 70s sitcoms?  I also still need seasons 3-5 of Mary Tyler Moore.  Then move on to Hill Street Blues….

Wait….Kenzie, you DO plan to WRITE this year????

Never fear; I know how to budget my time, and limit my DVD viewing, no matter how tempting it is to pop in the next disc!

Especially when the dogs need out...the cat needs fed….or the family interrupts!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Misunderstood.....

I've discovered something in my relatively short career....my computer has magic powers.

Bear with me; I'm serious here.  For those of us who grew up with landlines, or had children while those landlines existed, it's the same concept.  The kids would be happily playing or watching TV (or better yet, be outside for hours!) and then the phone would ring, or I'd decide to make a call.  Within seconds, both (or now, all 3) kids would be demanding my full attention.

Remember those days?

I took up needlepoint this summer and discovered I could work on a project, alone in my room, in solitude.  Peace and Quiet.  Wow.....but beware the comforting, deceiving lull of the thought I could so work this into the next scene....I went into the deserted kitchen and opened the laptop....I kid you not, the moment I opened my document, I heard Those Words:

Mo-om!  Can you come here for a moment?

Kenze, I'm heading out to the store.  If you want anything special, make me a list or get your shoes on.

Grandma, can you get me some kool-aid?

Or my favorite one....

I need something from the back porch....(my chair blocks the entrance).

Sigh.  See how it's magical?  I open it up and somewhere a beacon goes off that says Mom Is NOT Paying Attention To You.....Disturb Her Now or Suffer The Consequences!

Yes, once upon a time, I would get so wrapped up in my writing, I
-Didn't pick the kids up from school (they rode the bus....horrible, I know!)
-Didn't check their homework (the fact they did it at all shows I'd done something right in my parenting skills!)
-Didn't fix dinner (I've managed to raise kids who knew how to cook; this was when they were 10 and 8, before their baby brother appeared)
-Didn't acknowledge the spouse arriving home from work (he saw I was writing and decided to let genius burn...smart man!)
-Didn't EAT my dinner (kids fixed me a plate and put it in the microwave....good kids!)
-Didn't even tuck my kids in for bed (they DID come kiss me goodnight; I told them '5 more minutes').

So yeah, I get why now everyone panics; but that also happened 14 YEARS ago!  Since getting the majority of the stories out of my head, I've managed to only have a marathon writing stint like the one described above only a handful of times, and twice those took place during NaNoWriMo.

I've mellowed out, especially since my publishers folded and I'm no longer under a deadline for the last book or two in my Chosen series.  In fact, the last time I wrote pretty much non-stop?  June 2015, when I had 30 short days to finish SaLie's story and send it to my editor.  I was convinced it was full of crap.....but she told me I'd sucked her into the story and her editor's hat had fallen off!

Since then, LIFE has intervened, plus we've moved to a new house, and I've been too busy to write.  Instead of setting a 1500/day word count for myself, I'm down to 500, since my granddaughter only goes to school in the afternoon, which is my 'prime' writing time.  Maybe next year when she heads off to all-day kindergarten, I'll crank out more?

Especially once I stop binge-watching Game of Thrones and Downtown Abbey.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

"Raindrops On Roses...."

If you're not familiar with the song, today's topic is 'A Few Of My Favorite Things'.


First and foremost is my computer.  I don't have a handy picture of my laptop, so this one will have to suffice!  I also love my Kindle Fire, since I can tuck it in my purse and access Facebook, play Solitaire, or read:)  LOVE having access to over 100 books with the press of a button, and they can go with me everywhere!  If an EM pulse ever hit, and wiped out my electronics, I'll be the one sobbing in a corner....



What's this?  No, it's not my favorite book; it's the fact I love a story which practically writes itself, which is what Class Reunion did, once I got started.  The words flowed, day and night; I often dreamed about my characters, and would wake up every morning, eager to fire up the computer.  I think the last one that did that was Kira, #4 in The Chosen series, which should be published this year.  I just sent it off to the editor, btw....;)


Meeting fellow authors and networking:  This is me with Desiree Holt, at RT Chicago, 2012.  Nothing like a fangirl moment when your idol exclaims, "Kenzie!  I'm so happy to finally meet you!"  I love being around creative people and 'talking shop'.  Ideas being exchanged, the comradarie of being around people who understand what you mean when the voices in your head won't shut up....and no, that's not meant in a padded-cell kind of way!





Hanging with friends:  This was taken at a mini-HS reunion (where my hair actually looked GOOD, lol!)  This includes karaoke, though I can't seem to scratch up a picture of me singing.



Being around a BFF:  There's a saying that true friends can pick up where they left off, even if they've not seen each other in years.  That's BC and I; we now only see each other every 5 years, but from the way we talk to each other, you'd swear we just had lunch the day before!



Colorado (or vacations in general!):  The fact I was last there with my entire family (with the exception of my BIL) was just an added bonus.  We were there for a week and explored, ate dinner together every night, and shared happy memories.

Music:  Ever since I got my 1st record player at age 4, I've loved music.  Dad built my 'big' record player (so I could play both LPs and 45s!) when I was nine or ten....I got my 1st portable radio at age 13....my walkman at 15.....my 1st compact stereo with radio, 8-track, record player, and cassette player at 19.....my 1st CD player at 28.  Now I'm a fan of YouTube and Pandora.  I listen to just about everything except rap or Gregorian Chant.  For instance, I had my Pandora set to Classic Rock in Nov, then switched to Trans-Siberian Orchestra for Christmas.....the other day, I had it set on Luke Bryan.  Since I live in a house where country is the genre of choice, I've gotten used to it.  But when I'm alone in the truck, I'll switch it to either Classic Rock, Classic Rewind, or even the 70's, 80s, or 90's station.  Love having satellite radio!

So tell me.....what are a few of YOUR favorite things?

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Joining in the Fun!

I'm joining in the MFRW Blog Challenge, so start looking for weekly posts:)

I'll begin this week, so start looking for the link on my FB page:)

Happy New Year!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Psst....Wanna Meet An Alien?



Welcome to the Bad Boy Blog Hop!  To read about more bad boys, go here:)

It is with some trepidation that I introduce General DuKah of the Xaxonian Command, now in charge of the Xaxonian side of the Tri-Xa Space Station.

If you've ever watched Star Trek, DS9, here's whom he loosely resembles:


My dear Kenzie, if I may....I am much better looking that him!  Yes, I can see why you'd post a picture of....him.  We both wear black, but I most certainly do NOT have those...those...things around my face.

Apologies, DuKah.  I was only trying to give the readers a visual.

They get quite an eyeful, as it were, in some of the scenes you wrote when I'm with my darling Secondary.

So how did you, of all people, get involved with someone from a neighboring planet?

(sighs)  Must we go through this again?  Her brother was her planet's ambassador, and for whatever reason, LoGar brought her with him.  I liked what I saw; most of the TriJupian females are timid, spineless creatures, but SaLie was different.  I sensed a longing in her, something that went way beyond simple adventure.  (taps his chin)  You know, I suspect that under that prim hairstyle and conservative clothing beats the heart of caged tiger. Am I right?

We're not here to talk about me.  I want to the readers to understand you a little better-

Ah, come on, Kenzie....I've observed you at the bar, singing that delightfully saucy song and rubbing up against-

DUKAH!  Remember, you have SaLie!

(holds up hands)  I'm not insinuating anything.  Come back to the station with me and take your pick of the clientele at Ple'Suh.  I'll set you up with your own band, and you can let that tiger out to play.  What do you say?

I think this conversation's over.  I'm a married woman and the thought of space travel makes me queasy.

Pity. I think my second-in-command would enjoy a show.

Ahem.  Book #3 of The Chosen, Best of Both Worlds, released last week in kindle format, and as soon as I figure out the cover issues, the print version should follow soon.


Blurb:
No stranger to controversy, SaLie SiLah is offered a position on the newly opened Tri-Xa space station. Expecting to further her relationship with the father of her child, SaLie learns she will be working closely with her childhood sweetheart. Will her eyes be opened to the fact love has been within her reach this entire time?

Dr. JeTil PaHej thought SaLie was his Chosen when they were seniors at the Academy, but he hadn’t counted on her infatuation with the Xaxonian commander of the new space station. When he learns SaLie will be joining him on the medical team, he forms an unlikely alliance with DuKah, in order to win his woman back. Will the ploy work, or will the deception turn her against both men?

Excerpt:
"I have a surprise for you. Remember my special room, in which you, JeWal, and I shared so much pleasure the last two years?”

SaLie felt his cock twitch and clenched her muscles, sucking in her breath when a spasm hit, reliving the pleasure she’d last felt, sandwiched between the two men. “Oh yes.  But they have detained JeWal. There are speculations of mistreatment of other women.” She kissed DuKah’s neck. “I admit, being Joined to him was not pleasant. I much prefer our alone times, or with you both, instead of being with him.”

DuKah exhaled. “Yes, I made an error in judgment, extending our leave on your planet last year. Did you know your brother had a surveillance team on him? During your confinement, he was not so gentle while taking his pleasure with females of his liking.”

SaLie gritted her teeth. “He does not have much patience with anything.” Looking up at him, she traced one of his flat nipples with her nail. “Have you found someone else willing to play with us?”

He cupped her chin with his free hand and smiled. “Indeed I have, but that’s not the surprise. I have opened a rather exclusive club on the Xaxonian side of the station. No one is allowed in without a membership, and the clients are carefully screened, especially other species. Members can bring guests, but we ask everyone to sign a confidentiality clause.” DuKah’s hand caressed her jaw, then dropped down to play with the nipple of her left breast. “I miss seeing these swollen from the clamps. Tomorrow, I will take you to the club and indulge ourselves.” 

Best of Both Worlds is available at Amazon 

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Best of Both Worlds is LIVE!!!

Update:
If you've watched any of my FB pages the last week, then you know one of my publishers, SCP, closed its doors Aug 31st.  I was shocked; then angry, since #3 of The Chosen was supposed to be published on Sept 9th!  I already had to proof copy and was gearing up for The Promotional Tour.  How could this have happened?  Eventually, I did calm down and decided to self-pubb BOBW, since it was already to go.  My cover artist redid my covers first (thank you Dawne!), and I proceeded to investigate Create Space and Kindle Direct Publishing.  I finally managed to upload BOBW to KDP on Sunday, and had to make one minor adjustment yesterday.  The changes went Live today!  I should have Heart's Last Chance and NiKoh's Chosen up by next week:)  But in the meantime, here's a sneak peek at SaLie, the oldest daughter of the SiLah siblings.



Blurb:
No stranger to controversy, SaLie SiLah is offered a position on the newly opened Tri-Xa space station. Expecting to further her relationship with the father of her child, SaLie learns she will be working closely with her childhood sweetheart. Will her eyes be opened to the fact love has been within her reach this entire time? 

Dr. JeTil PaHej thought SaLie was his Chosen when they were seniors at the Academy, but he hadn’t counted on her infatuation with the Xaxonian commander of the new space station. When he learns SaLie will be joining him on the medical team, he forms an unlikely alliance with DuKah, in order to win his woman back. Will the ploy work, or will the deception turn her against both men? 

Excerpt:
“Now that I’ve given you a son, when will you make me Primary?” SaLie held her breath.

“Now SaLie, you know I prefer my solitary existence.” His chiding tone filled her with disappointment. “A Xaxonian military leader has no place in his life for a Primary mate.”

“I respectfully disagree.” SaLie took a firm hold on her courage. “As Secondary, I share your bed several nights a week, I listen to your troubles, and I accompany you on special occasions. Not to mention giving birth to your son. Isn’t that what a Primary mate does?”

DuKah shifted, pulling away from her to sit up. SaLie raised herself up her elbow.

“We’ve been through this.” His tone held a warning note. “A Primary is unnecessary with someone of my status. If I were to elevate you to Primary, you would have to return to Xaxa and be involved with the running of my household and raising our son. Forgive me, but you’ve made it clear you’d rather be at my side.” He flung back the covers and stood beside the bed. “Is that what you want?”

“Isn’t there a way around that? Elevate me to Primary, but let me stay here, working on the station, sleeping in your bed, loving you every night with my body…” SaLie got up on her knees and reached for his cock, feeling it come to life in her palm. “Your mother is already running your household.”


“Stop.” At his harsh tone, SaLie pulled her hand away and sat back on her heels, looking at him. “I will say this one time, and one time only. I will never elevate you to Primary. I am content with you as Secondary, no more. If you cannot accept this, I will have no choice but to inform your leader of your decision to return home. Understand?” He laid a finger over her lips. “Yes, I love you. Yes, I enjoy what we have together.” His hands went to her breasts and squeezed. “Stand up.”

Best of Both Worlds is now available on Kindle..

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Haz New Cover Art!!!!



Book #3 of The Chosen, arriving next month:)

Blurb:
No stranger to controversy, SaLie SiLah is offered a position on the newly opened Tri-Xa space station. Expecting to further her relationship with the father of her child, SaLie learns she will be working closely with her childhood sweetheart. Will her eyes be opened to the fact love has been within her reach this entire time?
Dr. JeTil PaHej thought SaLie was his Chosen when they were seniors at the Academy, but he hadn’t counted on her infatuation with the Xaxonian commander of the new space station. When he learns SaLie will be joining him on the medical team, he forms an unlikely alliance with DuKah, in order to win his woman back. Will the ploy work, or will the deception turn her against both men?

Excerpt:
“Your quarters will be adjacent to the Infirmary, as is the rest of the medical staff. Right now, the only injuries have been minor, but Dr. PaHej is eager to assemble a full team—”
“Wait a minute.” SaLie felt the turbo lift descend. “Did you say Dr. PaHej? I thought I’d be working with Dr. TaRon.”
“You will. Dr. TaRon is the senior medical officer, but since you’re here as a Pharmacological Expert, you will report to Dr. PaHej, in order to assist with assembling the medicines.” A look of concern crossed OkVei’s face. “Weren’t you told?”
“It’s all right. As long as he stays out of my way and lets me do my work, I’m sure we’ll get along fine.” SaLie inwardly seethed. “I thought he retired last year. He drove me crazy my first year at the Academy.”
“Oh no, Aunt SaLie. Our Dr. PaHej is his nephew, JeTil PaHej.” The turbo lift stopped and the doors swished open.
JeTil PaHej? Oh dear gods…this was getting worse by the minute. SaLie followed OkVei down the corridor, then stopped him when they turned the corner. “I had no idea JeTil PaHej had entered the medical profession.” She closed her eyes and leaned against the wall. “In what capacity will I have to work with him?”
“I-I don’t know, Aunt SaLie.” OkVei’s voice held a note of alarm. “Do you know him?”
Did she know him? Images of JeTil filled her brain. The way his dark blue hair curled at his ears. The strain of his shirt against his muscles as they lifted weights. The look in his eyes the night he’d kissed her for the first time. The weight of his body close to hers—
SaLie cleared her throat and shook her head to get rid of the images seared into her brain. “You could say that. We were classmates at the Academy."




Yes, I've been busy this summer!  I submitted a short story to the Washington Authors Group (Washington, In) and it was accepted.  Titled 'Murder In Meeting Room Three', it is a YA murder-mystery.  Here's a short excerpt.

“Kim said your story on Google Docs wasn’t quite finished. Will you have it ready by next week?  She also said-”
            “I said the plot looked a bit weak.  Maybe we should schedule you for the next one?”
            Tara sat up straight and took a deep breath.  “I have it finished in longhand and will post it to the site tomorrow.  It says that at the bottom, Kim.”
            Kim giggled.  “Oh, I thought that was what your character said.  My bad.”
            Tara flinched.  Of all the slang terms lately, ‘my bad’ was the one she couldn’t stand.
            “Meeting adjourned then.  See you all next week.  Tara, the purpose of putting our work on Google Docs is so everyone can read them in time for the meetings.  If you don’t have your work up, then how can we critique it?”
            “I do my best work in study hall, and last week my computer lit teacher refused to let me copy my stuff on the site.  I just haven’t gotten around to it.  I promise I’ll have it up tonight.”
            “See that you do.”  With a flounce, Rita started for the door.
            All at once, an alarm sounded and the lights went out.  Tara, who had just stood up, felt for the chair and sat back down among the screams.  The girls called to each other, finding their ways back to the table or pulling out their cell phones to illuminate their way.
            “Where’s Rita?”  Kim’s frantic voice rose in pitch.  “I can’t find her.”
            “I can’t open the door,” came another voice.  “It must be tied into the alarm system.”
            The lights flickered back on, and Tara stood up to stuff her notebook back into her backpack.
            Kim screamed.  “Rita!”
            Tara turned with the others.  Rita’s body lay prone in front of the door, blood seeping from her ear.

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