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29 November 2016 @ 06:10 pm

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I’m late with this and it’s going to be short because I am less than 400 words from the 50,000 for National Novel Month!!!

Thanksgiving Break was lovely and lazy. Very lazy. I should have written more but I didn’t.

Okay, back to my writing. Laters, my lovelies!

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Valerie
21 November 2016 @ 03:47 pm

So behind on the words! I’m off for the rest of this week and my goal is actually to hopefully finish the novel before the weekend. Can I do it? We shall see!

maybe only slightly obsessed
my tumbler and watch speak to my, umm, regard for Sully…

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Valerie

I’m still mostly on pace for 50K for November and woefully behind on my self imposed goal of 60K for the month. My characters want to move faster than I want so I need to rein them in a little if I want to make the proper word count. I’m also at the point where I’m thinking, WHAT AM I WRITING?! Does it even make any sense? Am I giving my characters enough time to develop? Is there too much talking and not enough action? And lastly, why did I give myself limits on what I will do with the characters?

freshly cut bangs
freshly cut bangs

Got the bangs cut earlier today. I ADORE my stylist. She’s so sweet and she always does a great job. She even curled my hair just because. 🙂

We visited my grandfather’s grave for Veteran’s Day. I’m glad that we live close enough to visit him whenever we wish. It’s peaceful there and he has a nice spot.

I think I have election fatigue. Is that a thing? Part of me thinks it’s great that people are more aware and are sharing their opinion. The other part of me just wants people to be nice to each other, regardless of their political leanings. BE NICE, DAMN IT!!!

Sullivan Stapleton

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Valerie
09 November 2016 @ 06:24 am

I almost called this post “A Note of Despair” because this election season has been a drain on my soul and I wasn’t even watching that closely. I went to bed last night in bitterness and disappointment and fear. Yes, fear. I wondered about this country, my fellow citizens. How could they vote such a person as president? He fed on fears, racism, sexism and has shown no dignity or respect. Does he even have a plan in place? I don’t know. And I wondered if that opening he made into “telling it like it is” would mean decent people would give in to their baser instincts and forget their common decency.

So yes, I felt despair. I felt despair at the thought of good, Christian souls choosing a man who’s been heard saying horrible and demeaning things. Does their god really think so meanly? I don’t know. The Jesus I knew was one whose message was hope, humility, and kindness.

So I yes, I awoke in despair. Instead of writing my November novel, I’m taking the time to write this, editing it in my head as I go along. These are just my thoughts, my hopes.

I hope that after yesterday, after this all settles in, we remember to LOVE. To love our families, our friends, our neighbors, even our enemies. I hope we remember that inside we are all the same. I hope we as a nation can heal. I hope our LOVE can wash away all the hateful things that were said, that are still said, and that we can rebuild. I hope we fight with love in our hearts to defend our rights. I hope we remember that we are all human, that we live and we breath, that we all LOVE.

So even as the disappointment and bitterness and fear currently swirl inside of me, I hold on with near desperation to HOPE.

For those who are happy about last night’s result, I hope you spread that joy and happiness with LOVE and not sneer with pride. The truth of this country is that we can be different but we are still all Americans whatever our gender or race or orientation. We were always great if not also deeply flawed. Now let’s show the world what all of that really means. Let’s be the balance against what might come our way.

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Valerie

National Novel Writing Month is probably one of my favorite things and I’m doing it again this year. Yes, another romance novel, and yes, it stars a man who looks suspiciously like Sullivan Stapleton but what can you do? He’s a great muse! I’m mostly on pace if I just want to do the 50,000 words but I would like to try for 60,000 since a couple of years ago I was able to hit that mark. So wish me luck!

Sullivan Stapleton in Renegades
Sullivan Stapleton in RENEGADES

Oh, and the first trailer is online for Sullivan Stapleton’s movie RENEGADES (formerly THE LAKE). Looks like it’s a February release.

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All I’ve ever wanted was to be successful as a writer so when I was offered the opportunity to co-author a book with my idol, EA Mercer, I jumped at the chance. He’s beautiful and a literary genius, but something about him makes my stomach knot. And maybe it’s my overactive imagination making my hairs stand on end when he walks up behind me.
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Valerie

maybe I’m lost
drifting without you
believing I’m free
wandering without a path
maybe I’m lost
aching for yesterday
lying to myself
longing for the past
maybe I’m lost
dreaming of tomorrow
reaching for solace
drowning in solitude
maybe I’m lost
breaking my own heart
heading towards forever
waiting to be found

WRITING
You know that moment when you think you have things set and your mind just says NO? So that’s me right now with National Novel Writing Month. I had set parameters regarding my story and my characters seems to be fighting me on everything and I haven’t even started writing yet! Is the problem that the third character– the ex– wants more attention? Do I give it to him? I have layers of story in my head for him as well as the main male character but the main female character is seriously lacking. Should I concentrate on her a little bit, figure out her past? Wait, maybe that’s it. Who is she? Who are her family and friends? Usually I know all these things but right now, I don’t. I have a couple of days to figure it out because Tuesday starts the clock. Yikes!

Sullivan Stapleton
Sully, my muse this time around…

MOVIES
Ghostbusters – Got a free rental and we decided on the new Ghostbusters movie. I really enjoyed it! I thought it was fun and well done. I totally LOVED Kate McKinnon. She was a freakin’ HOOT! And anything that gives me a goofy Chris Hemsworth is fine by me. Also, nice dance moves. Rarr.

TELEVISION
Blindspot – I always love when the character Rich Dotcom makes an appearance on this show. He’s crazy and funny and spot on with some of his observations. Plus he makes the team twist and turn and do his bidding. You know, sometimes you just want to see that… Not sure about the current Kurt/Nas thing but I’m also not sold on the “Jeller” (Jane/Kurt) thing either. I like Kurt and Jane at odds even though it’s obvious that they care very deeply for one another. I love all the complications in all the characters’ lives. It makes for great storytelling.

LIFE AND LAST BABBLE
The new boss is busy busy and it’s been fun trying to keep his calendar updated and such. So far, so good! (Like I’d say otherwise, hello!) Truly though, work has been a good constant for me and though I’d not want to get to complacent, I’m glad for my work environment and for my co-workers… I LOVE this weather! The clouds have gathered more often and we actually had some rain this week. It’s been rather glorious! I like being able to wear my jackets and scarves (well, All Blacks jacket and All Blacks scarf). Oh, and it’s definitely boots weather which is just super fantastic. I love wearing my boots! I want more boots!… Had thought about going to see Tyler on Friday night but decided no because of the weather. If it wasn’t such a long drive, I probably would have said, hey, let’s go! I loved seeing the pictures and video bits though. Thank goodness for my friends who went! Now I wonder if he has any November dates or if we’re going to actually try to go to one of the Goldfield shows. Hmmm…

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Valerie
23 October 2016 @ 03:31 pm

I dare you to break
your resolve to silence
the pact you made
with your heart
I dare you to confess
the ambition that drives you
the whispers haunting
the dreams you won’t share
I dare you to fall
before I do
captured by the laughter
shining in my eyes

Sullivan Stapleton in Blindspot

As November looms ahead, my creativity has begun to crack. I suppose it’s a good thing to go through writer’s block now, before National Novel Writing Month as opposed to the thick of November when I’ll need words and more words!

TV
Westworld – This show has got me pretty hooked. I love the weirdness of it and I love how it’s confusing and intriguing. I can’t wait to see where it goes…

Blindspot – This past week’s episode was good! Kurt Weller seemed very Damien Scott for some reason. Maybe it was the whole hooking up thing? LOL It just reminded me a little of Strike Back and I didn’t mind it at all. I liked the way the two storylines paralleled each other in spots…

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Valerie
16 October 2016 @ 10:14 am

if I could stay
here with you
watch the stars
shine in our view
whisper dreams
into the night
drift to sleep
holding you tight
I’d count my blessings
one and true
grateful to savor
this time with you

Sullivan Stapleton on Blindspot
Sully on Blindspot

The last hours of fall break are upon us. Alas! I enjoyed the quieter moments at work and having time to go through old files and shred things from like 2009. (No, don’t ask me why I still had stuff from 2009.) I liked wearing jeans every day (but not the same jeans consecutively). I liked the lack of phone calls and emails and visits to my desk… The good thing is that my new boss starts on Monday! I’m so glad that we have someone permanent in that office…

TV
Blindspot – There are very few shows I will watch at its airing time. I have become accustomed to not watching commercials during scripted television (sports is a different story). But I endure the commercials for Blindspot. Why? I want to say that it’s more than Sullivan Stapleton but that would be a lie, wouldn’t it? I absolutely watch this show and endure the commercials for Sully. If he wasn’t on the show, I might still watch it but I wouldn’t sit through commercials for it. The show is really good and I most definitely recommend it. There’s action, mystery, and intricate relationships. This week’s ep was a great mix of action and story, showcasing different sides of Sully’s Kurt Weller character. He was all together infuriating, protective, loving, in charge, out of control– and that was just one episode! Sully makes Weller a compelling and complex character and he is the reason I keep watching the show…

MOVIES
The Siege of Jadotville – The hubby commented that the only time I want to watch such movies is when one of my fellas is in one. But hey, at least I’m watching such movies… Jamie Dornan stars in this one and if your only exposure to him is 50 Shades of Grey, I IMPLORE you to watch his other work (especially The Fall).

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

Jamie Dornan in THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE
It’s a good film, well shot and beautiful in its dusty starkness. I really enjoyed the performances by all the actors, especially Jamie Dornan and Jason O’Mara (both speaking their Irish accents). I would definitely recommend watching it. It’s on Netflix, so get to it!

DREAMS
I just had a dream last night that I was 1) hanging out with William Gregory Lee then 2) in a huge mall place with my cousin and I lost my purse somewhere, along with my phone. OH NO! Yeah, I don’t get it either but I had to comment on it because it’s totally still sticking to me…

WRITING
Pre-National Novel Writing Month – I’m at the part where I’m not even sure I want to do the story I’m prepping. How insane is that?! I think my fear is that I’m not sure if what I want to write will carry me to the 50K words. Is it enough? I don’t know! How do I address the ex? Do I start the story with the ex and the short romance or weave that part of the story through the main narrative? I like when stories just start but maybe this one needs a prologue to set up the action. And even though I’m attempting a “sweet” story, do the characters actually engage in intimate relations? So many questions! And I’m supposed to have the answers. At least I think I might have the occupations of the main characters set. Maybe. I actually love all this confusion because I know that when November starts, I’m just going to write it without thinking too much about it…

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Valerie
10 October 2016 @ 10:55 am

the whisper of the chill
fleeting for the moment
the longing for the cold
seemingly so out of reach
the silent plea for rest
willing to touch the darkness
can’t we fall just a little bit
linger somewhere in between
just enough to want again
the solace of warm light

Tyler"s guitar
Tyler’s guitar

Out here in my part of California, students attend school on a modified traditional schedule. This means that they have shorter summers but get two weeks off after every quarter– the usual winter break (December) along with fall break (October) and spring break (March). We are in the middle of fall break and as a twelve month employee, it’s easier to take time off during the breaks than not, so this time around I’m taking a long weekend in the middle. I started my weekend on Thursday and have been enjoying mostly lazy days. Love it!

I had of course planned my days off around Tyler’s G Bar schedule. We were going to go on Thursday but instead headed out on Friday. Tyler had been sick earlier in the week and was still not feeling well though I thought he sounded fine even if he didn’t think so.

with Tyler the other night
with Tyler Friday night/Saturday morning

As always, it was great to see him and talk with him. He shared some little cupcakes with us (soo good!). I showed him my guitar pick necklace and mentioned that I needed another one for the other side of it and he said he knew someone who could take care of that. Then he reached into his pocket and gave me another pick. Gosh, I adore him. He’s so sweet…

I was so glad my friends showed up towards the end of the night. It seemed liked ages since I’d seen them! We didn’t get to talk much but the few minutes we had were lovely.

Sullivan Stapleton in Blindspot
Sullivan Stapleton on Blindspot

WRITING
Pre-National Novel Writing Month – So I’ve utilized the twitter poll function a couple of times in regards to my upcoming NaNoWriMo story (Rebound). So far it’s come down to a “sweet” romance (or one in which the steamy bits are better left to the imagination) with the main fella played by Sullivan Stapleton and the ex’s name being Carter. I’m still trying to figure out how much the ex plays in the story. I think in the main fella’s mind, the ex is a huge part of the main lady’s life. I think the big challenge for me will be to make the story less steamy. I will have to rely on other means to express the attraction, I suppose. It’ll be fun to figure out.

The Arrangement – Finished! But it needs so much editing. I think I’ll let it sit for a while then come back to it and re-read it all the way through and see what needs to be added or deleted or revised. The story is over 60K words and I really loved the characters. Some of the motivation might seem weak though so I need to tighten up on that for sure. I had a great time writing it.

LIFE/LAST BABBLE

Squadiversary gift exchange
Jacob Davis Squad Anniversary Gift Exchange

I belong to an amazing group of fans brought together by our love for Jacob Davis. For our first anniversary as the JDSquad, a gift exchange was arranged. I received mine this week and how much do I love all of it? I LOVE IT ALL! Coasters and pictures of my main three (Sam Hunt, Tyler Rich, Jacob Davis), Texas stuff (so cute!), a headband that I’m so going to wear– all in an awesome box made just for me! I am so grateful to be part of such an awesome group for such a wonderful artist. I love how we’ve gotten to know each other in the group and a lot of them have met each other and Jacob. It’s such a wonderful and beautiful thing that we have. The power of music indeed…

Off the top – I wonder sometimes the audacity of people who make assumptions from their own suggestions. Just because you suggest it doesn’t mean it’s true. How many times does someone needs to say, no, it’s not going to happen before you believe it?… I feel like this election season is a test and we’re failing. Our lives, our country, our very humanity is worth more than the drivel and trash thrown out there. Politics is a dirty business to be sure but if you really care about this country, GO VOTE. Whatever your voice, USE IT. And that’s all I’m going to say about that… I miss my Holli dog so much. I get these throwbacks from various places I upload my photos and there’s usually a shot of Holli or Saffy in them. I miss Holli the most because she was the one who left us last and there isn’t another dog here to fill the void. I miss Holli and the way she greeted us at the door, the way she napped on my lap or sometimes beside me with her nose in my hair. I miss her big brown eyes and the way her paws slapped the floor when she walked. I miss just sitting with her…

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Valerie
02 October 2016 @ 09:22 pm

the something sweet of your lips
temptation or promise
either way points to bliss
the something warm of your embrace
forever or just for now
either way makes my heart race
the something soft in your whisper
the simple truth or honey lies
either way makes the world a blur
am I lost or merely losing
surrendering without a fight
am I found or floundering
using us as an anchor
because of the something in you

oh those snap filters

WORK – I’ve been covering the front desk at work because the regular receptionist is off. I find it interesting because when I was the front desk receptionist, I’m not sure that anyone got pulled from their desk to cover mine. Hmmm… Got pulled into a meeting that left me a bit discontented and I’ve been thinking way too much about it this weekend. UGH… So glad it’s now fall break even though I am working a lot of it. BUT I get to take time off so that’s awesome. 🙂 Also, my new boss starts when school is back in session!

BAD SERVICE – We went to Wing Stop the other night after not having it for probably close to a year. It took about an HOUR to get our food. WTF I think I lost count of the phoned in or online ordered people who walked in and walked out before we got our food. I know I don’t know when people ordered but I heard one of the workers tell a customer that the customer ordered 15 minutes ago and there would still be a wait. Yet that customer walked out with her food before we did. We were probably there at least thirty minutes after she left. So frustrating!

WRITING – Almost finished with “The Arrangement.” I need to just end it and start the whole editing process. 🙂

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I want them all to read my words. And they do. Every last blood-stained sentence, they’ve read and praised me for. They love the gore and violence, the realness. And I get a sense of power with it all because I know a secret: the victims in my books—they’re real and have all died on my table. And maybe that’s why the last book had such awful reviews. Murder is, after all, a dirty little thing. Some can stomach it. Others can’t. My answer to those reviews: find a woman to co-author with. To be the next pathetic character in my book. Pity she’s so pretty.

Miranda Cross

All I’ve ever wanted was to be successful as a writer so when I was offered the opportunity to co-author a book with my idol, EA Mercer, I jumped at the chance. He’s beautiful and a literary genius, but something about him makes my stomach knot. And maybe it’s my overactive imagination making my hairs stand on end when he walks up behind me.

After all, these wicked little words we’re typing are only fiction. They’re only fiction…

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About the Authors:

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Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

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BT Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he’s a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the military romance novel A Lover’s Lament and will be releasing his debut solo novel, Into the Nothing, on June 21st, 2016.

Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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Valerie
30 September 2016 @ 01:26 pm

My site was down so I’m trying this stealth thing again to make sure it’s working…

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Valerie
25 September 2016 @ 09:30 pm

me
wearing that guitar pick

WRITING
“The Arrangement” – I’m near the end of the story and for some reason I’m slowing down on it. Is it because I don’t want it to end? Maybe so. Not sure if I kept the tension in the story long enough. I suppose I’ll have to re-read it and see how it goes.

Pre-National Novel Writing Month – I think I might already know what my NaNoWriMo story is going to be. I’m in the prepping stage with that story. We shall see if it sticks by the time November rolls around…

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Valerie
20 September 2016 @ 03:10 pm

I’m trying out the steal publish for wordpress. Mostly how it works going to LJ. Does it go to LJ? Maybe. I can make it not post to my usual socials. So here we go…

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