speak softly to me

speak softly to me
let me hear your voice in my dreams
as you crawl under the covers tonight
let’s lose ourselves in starlight and moonbeams

speak softly to me
slip your strong arms around my waist
let me cradle my head on your shoulder
feel me melt in your protective embrace

speak softly to me
and tell me you’ll never let me go
hold me tight and breathe me in
whisper those lies i’ve come to know

Burn

it burns constantly
its embers aglow
searing through memories and concealing
the secrets you think nobody knows

but secrets have a way of revealing
the inner depths of your soul,
unnamed wants, silenced dreams
you think when fulfilled, can make you whole

and so it burns, this need
that threatens to consume you –
to unearth the real you long kept hidden away,
delaying the demons seeking their due

Burn — The Daily Post

Share Your World 2016 – Week 26

share-your-world2Hard to believe but I actually do these things and forget to post them. When I remember, it’s a week too late – even more – and so the posts just sit in draft mode. But I’m hoping to do it this week, which will probably be the first for 2016.

Yes, it has been so long because I took almost six months off wandering the halls of Facebook trying to be a romance author marketing her books (it was horrible, thank you for asking – I have to come to realize that I am primarily a blogger).

So, where was I? Oh, right, Share Your World, Week 26.

What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane flight?

It’s probably a tie between sitting in First Class on a flight to New York next to a retired violinist who worked with Isaac Stern, and years later, on another flight to New York, sitting in Coach next to a neurologist (“I’m a neurologist, not a urologist”) and talking about recent studies he was doing on the correlation of migraines and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ syndrome) among people who used to wear orthodontic braces when they were younger, and he was open to exploring the benefits of massage therapy on said migraines and TMJ syndrome.   Both of them made me wish the flight went longer than they did.

How many bones, if any, have you broken?

Knock on wood, none.

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? (guest can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know)

Neil Gaiman, the late Frank McCourt, and the very late Charlotte Brontë

Make a Currently List:

Reading: A cozy mystery ARC (advance reader copy) of Drop Dead Handsome by M.C. Scott.

Watching: Game of Thrones Season 6 finale

Listening: My 6-year old telling me a story he wrote

Eating: A cheese quesadilla

Needing: A publicist

Wanting: Chocolate

Missing: Someone who’s currently on vacation

Loving Ashe is Getting Some Love – 10K Reads!

So my #NaNoWriMo and #JustWriteIt effort, Loving Ashe, which is currently being serialized on Wattpad, is getting some love from Wattpad readers.  It just hit 10K reads today and I’m pretty happy!

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I don’t know what’s going to happen next.  At 54K words, I’m trying to get the story to wind down and get to the The End part by 11/30.

Because technically, that’s finishing a novel, right?  It’s just not reaching a word count?

Where One of My Stories Finally Gets the Spotlight!

Well, just Featured, really, on Wattpad.

Sorry, but just wanted to blow my own horn for a bit.  So I hope you don’t mind…

Starting today, Sept 16, Broken, my Lucas North/MI-5 story, is now a Featured Story on Wattpad. If you’ve been living under a rock and know nothing about Wattpad, it’s

“a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer.

Wattpad

Boasting 25 million members and growing, who read and post (and probably write) stories on mobile 85% of the time, it’s a force to be reckoned in this new digital age.  Hey, R.L. Stine of the Goosebumps series  is on there! 

When I first starting writing again, I used to post it on my Blogger blog (since deleted), and then moved it to a WordPress blog.  Then I discovered Wattpad.  I could catalog my own stories and at the same time read other stories on there.

One writer that I discovered there is Rowena Wiseman, who writes this wonderful book called Searching for Von Honningbergs that you can get from Screwpulp for $1 (yes!  A $1! and it’s really good!  Even her title is sooo cool).

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 8.52.45 PMOn Wattpad, I can gauge how people were responding to my stories, whether by their likes or votes (whatever the yellow star is called on the upper right hand of your Wattpad screen, or the bottom of your mobile screen), or their comments (which I’m sorry to say I never paid attention to the notifications when I started in 2012 because I never thought people were actually reading my stories to begin with), or when they added your story to their libraries.  Some readers are pretty vocal and very encouraging and many others I would like to think are just quiet and don’t comment or click like.  But every time a new reader clicks on a chapter, the Read ticker does a +1, so you can gauge just how many people are reading  your story.

286282030a435d999c54c393d1b582b8_zps5e08a1d5Broken – Lucas North/MI-5 Story is my AU version of Lucas North for Season 7 and beyond.  It started out as a short story (Chapters 1 & 2) and from there, I spent a few sleepless nights till I finally got up and said, Crap, let me just get it all out then…darn muses!

So I’ve been wordy enough as it is.  If you’d like to read some pretty cool fanfic with a lot of twists and turns and rollercoaster highs and lows (we are talking about Lucas North here after all), give BROKEN a try!  If you’ve already read it, thanks so very much!

And oh, yes, check out Wattpad, if you’ve got the time.  There are some amazing gems on there!