It takes a Village of Writers by Roxanna Haley

I’ve had the pleasure recently of working with a great group of authors and publishing the fifth anthology in the Bowman’s Inn series. Five times, we have met deadlines, sweated through the editing and rewriting, and done our best to get these great stories noticed by readers. The task was fun, but not easy. Continue reading

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Pulled Apart

By E.D. Vaughn

 

Romances take the readers on a journey of love. With endless possibilities, the genre captures my heart every time I read and write. Ok, if anyone has read my stuff, I have a thing for all those furry creatures that go bump in the night. The pull of true mates and the ultimate love is too great. Continue reading

Warm and Fuzzy, reboot

Can never be too sure!

 So, you just found out your boyfriend’s a werewolf. Relax and take a deep breath, everything’s going to be fine. There will just be a few… quirks you’ll have to live with.  Not like any of us don’t have our moments.

All those old legends, superstitions, and myths had to come from somewhere, right? This means you’re not actually going crazy. I’m hoping as you read this post some of the fears will be soothed, because let’s face it, Alpha males don’t go away easily (especially if they have it in their mind you’re theirs).

Maybe I should first start with congratulation, you survived. Yay! Well, that look of horror your giving me would never go over well.  What guy, after opening up about something important, wouldn’t be hurt.  I’m not saying he’d kill you, geesh, dramatic much? The initial shock and the glance at the closest exit should have clued you into your new reality: Your boy can read you! Don’t all women want a guy in tune with our moods and can step in?

Look at this development as a good thing. Turn that frown up side down.  You passed the first test, because more than likely he would have chased you down if you tried for that door. Silly werewolf guys and their need to tackle prey running away.  You’re not dealing with a dog here that would rather run after bones or cars or something. This instinct is far greater, along the lines of stalk and consume. I’m getting entirely too off track…

Should I mention my qualifications? I’ve worked with animals of various kinds for thirty some years; either, finding them along the way on my own or through the Veterinary Clinic where we treated dogs, cats, horses, cows, and the local zoo. There’s nothing quite like having a panther stare you down to show how insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things. But again I’m veering slightly sideways since we’re talking werewolves. (were-panthers are an entirely different species though if you like purring and have a constant supply of raw meat…) I also write a lot of paranormal stories. This life experience translates into furry creatures that go bump in the night, often times more than once. ;}

Yes, lucky you! This guy of yours has to be pretty great if he’s showing off his furry side; normally they’re not allowed to do this for just anyone. I mean there’s a reason you were drawn to him to begin with- the muscles (and I’m sure they are pretty) or possibly the dark and brooding vibe. The whole bad-boy, Alpha Male mojo? I don’t blame you, who could resist!?!

Once you’re past the physical prowess, something had you stare at the phone for days on end waiting to hear his deep, rumbling voice. That spark of awareness from when he touched your hand the first time and pulled you closer. His ability to shred clothing quickly? If any of these pertain, then life could only get better. Werewolves have a tendency to be very hands on and possessive. He might say ‘mine’ a lot too. Who doesn’t want a cute pet name?

Don’t worry; you’ll get a few hours to yourself once a month -during the full moon. (There are several myths and superstitions that are easy to look up and find that’ll explain in more detail so I won’t go into that now) They may be a bit more intense during this time because of the wolf-needing out. Run and play, sounds fun. The whole supernatural community revers the moon though, but only the werewolf has to shift forms during this time. Isn’t that cool! So, remember he might be a tad bit of a Mr. Grumpypants, but it’s not like we don’t have our moments during the month ladies. But don’t fear, there are a few apps out there to help track the moon. Just make sure your Fluffy stays inside. Better safe than sorry since that would be an awkward conversation the day after.

There have been rumors going around about vitamin combinations that help were-creatures not shift. I’m only mentioning this because werewolves might be a tad bit more irritable when avoiding the call of the moon. The vitamin option would be needed though for those that have to work. It’s not like a hunky cop, firefighter, or strapping military dude can just call in with an excuse of needing to run naked under the moon. *sigh* Sorry, had to take a break for a moment and …

Speaking of gainful employment, werewolves have a great work ethic. Once they sink their teeth into something, doesn’t take long for them to devour it. Maybe their assertive approach to life, or that they like to work with their strong, capable hands, comes in handy. Haha, made a funny!

Werewolves are generally pretty social creatures and generally belong to a pack.    Each wolf within has a position in the hierarchy. The occasional “Lone Wolf” survives on their own though. Can you believe your luck of finding a guy that belongs to a gang. From what I’ve heard, these packs, they’re a great support system and alibi. Bonus!

And, if you ever get lost, the wolf heightened sense of smell and hearing would come in handy. This extra ability makes them great trackers. Your guy will be able to find you anywhere.

All I’m saying is to be proud. This werewolf chose you. Give those furry ears a stroke and let him run on the moon. He’ll come home to you as soon as he’s chases the last critter away. Who wouldn’t want to be Team Jacob or Alcide? Sign me up for some of that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoot! I had a name a moment ago… by E.D. Vaughn

“Momma, I can’t find anything to drink. Can you make some tea?”

That would be where my thoughts get stopped in their tracks.  I adore my TeenRex beyond belief, but lately I cringe when I hear her voice. Have you ever had one of those days that as soon as your butt hits the cushion the questions start? Continue reading

All the Pretty Pictures

By E.D. Vaughn

I’ve lived the ‘enough is enough already’ for far too long. It’s one of those things that never seems to goes away once it knocks on the door. I totally want to wrap it up with concertina wire and leave it elsewhere, but the neighbors might complain.

For days like this, were I’d rather bang my head on the wall, I find I need to escape.  Even if it’s only for a few hours. Mostly I head out on the Jeep-Jeep with the top down and the Hobbit riding shotgun.
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We head out to trail hike or sporting for miles in four-wheel drive.  Looking pretty much like the picture. The ride there lets the wind whip around me, and hopefully blows all the blah of previous days away. It’s highly recommended! 🙂

(And this photo reminds me to get a few shots the next time I’m out.  Note to self:  remember phone and camera!)

Then there are days I can’t make it out to the wilderness for one reason or another. As I sit on the computer in an attempt to be creative and write, I realize I spend more time doing other things than actually writing. Huh, that got me thinking.

Is distraction really a bad thing?

 

I don’t think it is. I’ve been able to research … a lot. What sounds good to the main character to prepare for dinner and have that awkward conversation? What clothes work for a specific time or style? What to do with the curly, messy hair of that feisty main character? What’s that road off Main Street? Answer to most of this… look on Pinterest or Google/Bing/whatever search engine one might like. You’ll find the answers and probably more.

How should part A work with part B, C, or D? Is there an E or F? That might be another search somewhere else.

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How is this not helpful??

(Most photos used in this Blog are from Pinterest, so thank you all who post!) Actually this site is where I came across one of my favorite photographers. (And if any of you have been on my Facebook page, it’s plastered everywhere.) Kill way too much time lost in abs, which helps in those steamy parts of the story.

Chains… mmmmm, gives me a few ideas.

Now what was I saying? Oh yes, since I’m an organized freak, I try to make sure all my photographs are labeled so I can find what I need quickly. Granted I have way too many folders, but that’s ok. I’m able to go back and pull things up when editing to refresh my mind.  Or I dive into a folder to find that specific something that is missing.  Sometimes I have the pictures along side my document to keep a feeling going on some of the early drafts. (I’m a photographer so pictures are a medium for me, and surround my life.)

*Sigh* Yep, just looked up/over and lost train of thought.

While trying to remember, I can make my publisher happy and post some cover art to the most amazing Romance anthology EVER.

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Not that I’m bias or anything, or try to work it into conversations daily.

Book three is coming soon!!!!

Alright, now that those pretty pictures are posted, I can try to find my trail of thoughts.  Seems to be way harder lately than should be… Distraction and Pictures!

A writing site I lurk around (Scribophile) has been the best blessing for my writing.  There are many groups within that help bounce ideas around, or give encouraging words.  It’s very user friendly too.  One, if not many of the groups, use photos for prompts. A fun exercise to get the creative juices flowing! *Cough* *Cough* IDEA!!!  It’s amazing how one picture can have so many interpretations. I’m constantly blown away reading the various posts while I resist the urge to go back and delete mine.

The gist to all this rambling is to not feel bad about research (of all kinds). Pictures, besides being nice to look at (glances above, yep, pretty!!) can be helpful. So go out there are look stuff up! Do the research and don’t feel bad about it.

AND, may your stories be better for it.

Um…

By E.D. Vaughn

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Writing poses many challenges, and I love every second of it. Honest… even the bad days of growling at the computer non-stop. I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. I’ve realized we all go through an ebb and flow with writing and I’ve accepted this… more or less. And there are times I want to scream (and often do freaking out the poor Corgi in the process).

The latest problem: How do you get into your character’s mindset? Continue reading

Get to Know E.D. Vaughn

Through Scribophile, I not only found a way to procrastinate and not write, I also found a lot of wonderful writer friends who are supportive and creative. They make inspiration happen. I may have to start another blog and showcase each of them to give you an idea of how wonderful a community these writers are. E.D. Vaughn was scheduled to blog today, but I thought I would tell you about her talents instead. Here’s her author’s bio: Continue reading