There’s still time to enter Kay Kendall’s giveaway. Scroll down to Tuesday’s Post.
The Booklover’s Bench December contest is open for entries. Contest runs through the 18th. Enter to win.
I’ve still got some audio book coupons for What’s in a Name? I’d love a review in return, but it’s not required. You can listen to the first chapter at Sound Cloud if you’d like a preview. (And there’s a like button there, too.)
And, a special Thank You! to all my readers who have kept Dangerous Connections in the top 5 Action-Adventure Romances at Amazon. You’re the best! (I’d love reviews there, too).
My Friday Field trips are going to take a vacation for the holidays. If you have pictures to share for next year, let me know.
And, lastly, I’m opening up blog spots for 2014. Use the contact form if you’d like to be my guest. Still Tuesdays, and still a choice of articles or interviews. Readers as well as writers are welcome.
This year, Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving. I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday, no matter what you’re celebrating.
I’m thankful for each of you who takes the time to stop by my blog.
My gift to you is a new addition to The Cutting Room Floor section of my website. With the release of What’s in a Name? as an audio book, I’ve uploaded the original, first draft version of the first chapter. You can read it here.
I was in Myrtle Beach last week for the NINC (Novelists, Inc.) conference. Given the logistics of the hotel’s location and the way the conference kept us busy with workshops, I didn’t get out much. But I thought I’d share the very basic “what it was like” type photos. Nothing artsy, nothing fancy, just ‘where I went on my non-vacation.’
First, after checking in, I went up to my room to check it out and found one of my favorite hotel amenities in the closet.
The room was billed as one with an ocean view, so I checked that out, too.
Next, I decided that since this was my only free time, and the only time the weather was going to be warm, I’d walk along the beach.
Quick note: Today, Barnes & Noble is featuring Dangerous Connections in their Nook Firstprogram. Any word-spreading is appreciated.
And on to your regularly scheduled guest post. Today, I welcome Katya Armock to Terry’s Place. Katya is a paranormal romance author, whose latest release, To Growl or to Groan, released 10/18/13.
Tai chi, originally developed as a self-defense martial art, also offers multiple health benefits, both mental and physical. I began my interest in tai chi when I saw a person at the gym practicing a form. She worked silently, and the grace and presence she displayed had me intrigued.
There are many styles of tai chi, but the fundamentals are similar. I practice Yang style. All start with finding and maintaining one’s center of gravity. This balance is very grounding and powerful. Then one begins to learn various forms that take the body through a complete range of motion. This is the solo form of practice, which is all I have done. Partner practices incorporate “pushing hands” techniques that allow for self defense applications. (Maybe someday I’ll talk my husband into trying some of the partner forms.)
In addition to the movement and form, tai chi incorporates mindfulness and meditation techniques, often associated with qigong (chee-gong) practice (which is related to and in modern times often incorporated directly into tai chi training). This includes, similar to what one might find in a yoga practice, employment of breathing techniques, mantra, visualizations and focus on the flow of qi (life force energy) within the body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, tai chi carries the following benefits:
What I’m reading: Storm Front, by John Sandford; Waiting for You, by Kathryn Shay
I got back from the NINC conference late last night (at least I’m assuming that’s the case as I’m writing this before I leave to make sure you have a post to ready today), and wanted to continue my series on creating audio books with ACX. Last time, I gave you answers to questions I asked my narrators. Working on an audio book is a partnership, and as with any partnership, there’s a getting-acquainted process. I told you what it was like on my end, but what about on the narrator’s side. Kelley Hazen, who’s narrating my Pine Hills Police series did an extensive blog about her thoughts on working with me—and I felt it only fair to share them. Of course, there’s no point in copying what she had to say when it’s all there for you at the click of your mouse. So, please click and look at things from the other side of the microphone. And, she has a second installment you can find here.
And, I’ve got 2 print copies of Dangerous Connections that I’ll be giving away via Goodreads. If you enter, I hope you’ll also add the book to your Want to Read list.
What I’m reading: Celebrity in Death, by J.D. Robb
I’m going to be at Bouchercon in Albany starting tomorrow, but never fear, my blog will still be here, with all the usual features. I just won’t be able to remind you to check in, so please bookmark the site and put it on your ‘to do’ list for the week.
Back to my continuing saga of putting my Pine Hills Policeseries into audio books. If you want to catch up, you can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.
In summary, I uploaded audition scripts for the 4 books in my series. I was lucky that ACX attached a stipend to them, which meant they would give narrators up front money to record the books, so it wasn’t quite the gamble of a royalty share. Because of this, I had a wide variety of narrators, and was faced with rejecting all but one of them, since I wanted a single narrator for the series. I felt it only fair to let the ones who were clearly not suitable for the books know I wasn’t choosing them, so they could move on. I mean, what writer hasn’t sweated the interminable wait to hear from an agent? If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that it’s better to get an answer, be it the one you want to hear or not, than sit around wondering, afraid to make other commitments.
First, an official “Happy Anniversary” to the Hubster.
I’m over at Love, Lust & Laptops today. The tables have been turned, and I’m in the interview seat. Hope you’ll drop by and leave a comment. I’m at a Scrivener workshop all the way down the mountain today, but I’ll respond when I get back. Promise.
And .. last but not least: This weekend–through Monday, Saving Scott is 30% of at the Kobo store. Use coupon code Get30now at checkout.