Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Madness Behind Pet Names

Pet names! Bah!

How often have you wracked your brain; tried your hardest to come up with a pet name for your sweetie (let's mark that one for later), only to be faced with having to call them by their name or--even worse--something like "pooper." Yeah, I've heard that one before. Gross.

Well, as a writer, I find it actually hard to come up with names that my characters can call one another. My run down list goes something like this:

Love
Babe
Baby

...And that's it. Wow. It's even shorter in print than it is in my head. Malcolm calls Catherine "Love" as a sign of affection. In turn, she just uses his name. But if the moment calls for something sweeter, she uses "Babe" or "Baby." That's just the A Cure series. What about The Death series?

Well, Martin doesn't ever really give a pet name to Katie. I suppose when she's dating John, he calls her "sweetness", but that's only once. Martin just shortens her nickname from Katie to "Kay", which sounds more or less like an acquiesce than a name for someone you care about.

My characters come up with their own lines, their own words and catchphrase, so they can deal with a shortage of "Honey," "Sweetness," and "Pumpernickel" (okay, that last one is made up).

Friday, June 15, 2012

Forgive me bloggers, for I have neglected....

Sorry about that. I know...it's been forever.

I've been pouring over QT forums for the projects I'm engaged in. At the moment, I've got six works in progress. Three of which are sequels to The Death of Me, and two of which are sequels to the A Cure Series.

I submitted the third in the A Cure series to my publisher last week because I was tired of waiting for agents to get back to me. Besides, I'm really engaged in my current sub. But the day after I submitted to them, I got a full request from an agent I would love to have. And guess what? Okay, no... No word yet. But this MS did pass the five-day test my other one didn't. And it also passed the six-day test the agent tends to be in line with. 

Anyway, doesn't matter to me either way. Either way it's going to get published.

Oh, and something else! Jeez, I almost forgot. 

I've been searching my name every day on Amazon to wait for the book to be available. Today, I saw it! Yay! 

Here are the links:

Print

Kindle

No B&N yet, but that'll come soon!

Oh, and they spelled my last name wrong on the Kindle edition. Working on fixing that with the Publisher. Rawr!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lame Ex-Boyfriends

Something interesting happened to me today, and I won't go into it to protect those involved. It wasn't terrible, sad, or even disturbing. It was actually rather nice. 

Anyway, a great idea from a fellow 238er inspired me to write a post about what kind of ex I would want to come back to me, a Malcolm Holmes or a Martin Krane. 

Now, Malcolm Holmes is mature; English. He knows how to inject humor into a conversation drenched in woe. And he never ends a sentence in a preposition if he can help it. Malcolm will do whatever he can to get what he wants, even if it means sacrificing something or someone else to get it. 

In the A Cure series, he has some great lines, some great love affairs, and an even greater sense of humanity. Without Malcolm, none of the books would have been possible. And watch what you say to the women he loves. One wrong move, and you'll get an earful. 

And I don't consider him arrogant or conceited at all. He just KNOWS he's that good with women. He just KNOWS he's a lover in the same vein as Valentino and Fabio. Malcolm doesn't ever like to have sex. Malcolm likes to "make love." He gives and teases at the same time. He can make women melt and freeze until they don't know whether they're coming or going. And because of that, you won't know you're saying yes to him until it's too late.

The only thing about Malcolm is that he can be stubborn and hard-headed. Sometimes, he doesn't know when to quit. And his spontaneity can sometimes land him in heaps of trouble.

Martin Krane, however... Martin Krane is in a nineteen-year-old body, but he's really 420 years old. So, Martin's got the wisdom of his age and the sense to know what he wants. Or so you'd think. 

Martin has had a lot of fleeting loves. But his real love is with his sister who died when he was nineteen. Since then, he has longed for a real relationship, but never had the heart to go down that road and be hurt. And he's the type of guy that would rather not try at all than try and fail. 

But Martin's also got a dark side (hee hee, "something, something Dark Side" John, you know what I'm talking about). Martin can get sulky, moody, grumpy. He has a habit of shrinking into himself and not talking about what's bothering him. You have to pry to get it out. And even after he tells you, there's no guarantee that he'll be back to his old self again. 

But Martin will do what he can to stand up for what he believes in. When he loves, he'll do whatever it takes to help the lucky girl he's fallen for. 

The only thing about Martin that seems off is his serious nature. I know that sounds weird, but when Martin gets serious, something's going down. 

So, I know which one I'd want to be my lame ex-boyfriend coming around for a second chance after I'd thought all was done. But, what about you?

Friday, June 1, 2012

An Interview with Malcolm and Catherine

I had the impromptu pleasure of witnessing an interview between Malcolm Holmes, Catherine of Cannary, and a fellow 238er, Humeira Kazmi yesterday. It’s just my luck that Malcolm and Catherine start arguing THE DAY BEFORE the release of their novel, A Cure for the Condition. Below is what I put up with on a daily basis...



Humeira: Heard so much about you—and belated happy birthday! Do you know Ami Urban?

Malcolm: Why, thank you! But of course, Miss Urban wrote my life story ;-)

Humeira: Ah! So you are a puppet in a woman’s hands... I like you already!

Malcolm: Ah, but you have that backwards, my dear. Women happen to be putty in MY hands ;-) Miss Urban thinks she wrote my story out of admiration for both Catherine Delaney and myself. What she doesn't yet know is that she's hopelessly in love with me (as most women tend to be).

Humeira: I like your confidence, Mal... Mind if I call you that?

(might I add here that Malcolm HATES being called “Mal." Of course, he adores Humeira, so...)

Malcolm: For you, my darling...anything ;-)

Catherine: Malcolm! You are impossible with those beastly manners! Do the world a favor and mature!

Amy Croall: See what you got yourself into, Humeira? I told you... Behave, you guys!!

Humeira: Awww! I think Mal is awesome! But, Cat...so tell me: what’s so cool about him? Why don’t you just ditch him ;)

Catherine: Oh, if only I could! My darling daughter won't allow me to rid myself of him! If only I'd had a son! Perhaps HE wouldn't have been swayed by Malcolm's incessant hormonal magnetism!

Malcolm: Oh, Love...you flatter me ;-)

Humeira: Ah! It’s a parent trap! Oh, Mal, that is awful to take advantage like that! If you like the daughter, you must be nice to the mother.

Amy Croall: *Facepalm*

Humeira: Uhm... Don’t tell me he’ll say, “Oh, but I AM nice to her!” :D

Malcolm: Too late, my dear ;-) I am nothing but pure gentleman to Miss Catherine, I can assure you.

Amy Croall: SO MANY WINKY FACES!

Humeira: I thought you’d say that! And, yeah, something twitchy in the eye, Malcolm?

Catherine: That is Malcolm! A gentleman?! A swamp rat has far more manners than you! I am certain that he is predestined to "wink" at unsuspecting women the rest of his life!

Malcolm: Why, Catherine, none of them are "unsuspecting." I'm certain Evelia would disagree.

Amy Croall: You just HAD to mention her, didn't you, Malcolm? Don't say I didn't warn you.

Humeira: Who is Evelia? Pray, enlighten us!

Amy Croall: No! Humeira! You don't know what you're asking!!!!

Malcolm: Ah, how can I describe Evelia Perez? As a summer's day? No, that is too common. Evelia is stunning, exotic, beautiful. The assistant to the Queen of Lataria. The woman turns the Spanish language into pure honey melting from her tongue. She is beauty incarnate.

Amy Croall: Crap.

Catherine: SHE'S A HARLOT, MALCOLM! She'd risk her life for one night with you! She is nothing but a black mark upon Queen Ena's reign! If I did not respect Her Majesty so much, I would stake my claim to have her REMOVED from this planet! And she's ghastly! She uses her feminine wiles to influence men! She is NOT good for you!

Malcolm: If I didn't know any better, Love, I'd say you're jealous.

Amy Croall: Mother of...

Catherine: JEALOUS! Envy does not suit a Queen such as myself, Malcolm Isaac Holmes! And if you do not begin to treat me as such, then I will have no other recourse but to toss you under Jackson's watch again! Is that something you desire? Is it?

Humeira: I’m compelled to agree with Mal, here. Cat, you CARE about him :)))

Malcolm: Oh, dear, I've struck a nerve. I may have to bow to Her Majesty gracefully. After all, she IS my reason for living...

Catherine: My goodness, my heart! Of course I care for Malcolm. But caring for Malcolm usually involves being burned by Malcolm, as you can see. He infuriates me! And, yes, I am his reason for living. And it would do you well not to forget it!

Humeira: Well, he must have a weakness that you can use to your advantage and make him behave? Sorry, Mal ;)

Catherine: Malcolm, "behave," and "weakness" do not belong in a sentence together!

Humeira: Tsk! But you’re the Queen!

Catherine: Hmph! God Himself cannot even control Malcolm!

Humeira: Perhaps that’s why he doesn’t believe in Him ;)

Catherine: I would assume so. The man has no qualms whatsoever. To love him is to give up your soul!

Malcolm: Still speaking of me ladies? I'm flattered. Really.

Humeira: Just wrapping up, Mal. You’re just in time for my last question. How would you define yourself? And how would you define each other? I have enough from Cat about you, Malcolm, so how about YOU define her?

Malcolm: I would say that I know what I want, but I'm not willing to sell myself to obtain it. If I can use other means, I certainly would. Oh, and I have NO weakness--excluding my fervent need of brandy every now and then. How would I describe Catherine? Well... She is so very easy to tease and easily upset, as you can plainly notice. However, I am pleased at how strong she is as a woman. Why, when she was still a Princess, she would hold back tears at the very sight of me! She has grown into a lovely young woman and a mature mother. Hats off to her.

Catherine: Oh, Malcolm...

Humeira: :D Okay, cheers all around! We have a happy ending...at least to my posts on the wall :P

Malcolm: Thank you, my dear.

Humeira: Thank you for your time, you two! Catherine and Malcolm... Lovely meeting you!

Please check out the publisher’s website to purchase A Cure for the Condition if you want to see where this tirade is headed. http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1005.