Okay, so I don’t know if you noticed this picture over in the right hand column:

But this guy is making me nervous. He’s supposed to. But still.

A couple of weeks ago I committed to writing 70,000 words in 70 days. Not editing (which has started for the Tilling Passions series… yay), but brand new words on the page. Big commitment. But then again I needed something to kick me out of obsessing over promoting my book and back into writing. I’ve got three stories rolling around in my head and I haven’t chosen one to put down on paper.

This is bad.

The challenge started on Saturday, March 1 and I have yet to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard as the case may be). Which means I’m already 2,000 words behind. Well, that’s gotta stop. *cracks knuckles*.

Today, I plan to not only to meet today’s word count, but make up a portion of those missing words.

If I can figure out how to do it, I’m going to put a little word count meter under the picture so you can see how far I am with my goal.

For me “Sweating with Sven” is a good thing. I am highly competitive. There are probably around 100 other people who have committed to this same challenge (this is the third round of Sweating with Sven) and I would like to be one of those that  can strut up on stage and collect my trophy for completing the challenge in 67 more days.

Okay, so there’s no stage and no trophy, but this visual works for me. I’m just saying…

What does 70,000 words translate into? 2 1/2 novellas; one novella and a full novel; or a longer novel. That’s a lot of words.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this challenge or would like to sign up click HERE. It’s not too late. There are no monitors with whips (a gal can dream), but there are lots of cheerleaders.

So, you may not be a writer, but when you know you have something you’ve got to do… is there something special that motivates you? Some special treat you allow yourself when your task is complete? Or are you the type to just plunge in and get it done?

CONTEST!

So, with this odd, once in a four year day I thought I’d do something special. I’m launching my first ever contest! Yay for me! Yay for you!

I’m not giving away a certificate or a basket or a box of chocolates (though that sounds yummy).

I’m taking YOUR NAME!

That’s right.

Would you like to see your name in print? I’m offering one lucky reader just that opportunity. The winner, chosen at random from qualifying entries will have their name used in one of my upcoming “Nina Pierce” titles.

Below are five questions from my debut novel The Healer’s Garden. To be entered simply answer the questions and email them to me at ninaATninapierceDOTcom. Please do not post answers here on  my blog. All such responses will be deleted and will not be entered into the contest.

The contest will run from Friday, February 29 to Saturday, May 31, 2008. The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 1st, 2008. The author reserves the right (along with my editor) to choose the character and book where the contest winner’s name will appear. The winner will receive a free download of the book where their name appears, when it becomes available.

Here are the questions:

1) Jahara has the power to heal, how does that power flow out of her?

2) What happened to the medical director of the Garden of Serenity, Gabriella Bresilee, that has made her so bitter toward men?

3) Why is Xylice Kilyl so important to Brenimyn?

4) What happened to Lukiam that made Jahara defy government policy?

5) What crime is Brenimyn accused of that could result in his death?

Thanks for participating.

Click HERE to purchase a copy of The Healer’s Garden from Liquid Silver Books.

And since I never had the opportunity to post the book trailer for The Healer’s Garden (yeah, yeah, yeah… it’s true, I couldn’t figure it out! LOL!) Anyway, here it is.

Okay, so it’s snowing again in Maine. UGH! The world around me is cancelled. Well, except for the university where Baby Girl goes to school. What, are college kids so smart they can maneuver safely through blizzards that most sane people wouldn’t navigate? Oy Vay!

With this snow fall we should reach 13+ feet (4 meters) of snow. At the beginning of January we were having the 8th snowiest winter since records were being kept. Now, I think we’re only a foot from the record. The residents of my town are laughing and saying “bring it on”. Little Boy Blue has missed so much school he’ll be going until the end of June. (And he starts school mid-August… another blog for another time.) Poor thing will have no summer to speak of.

Since we’re on the verge of beating our all-time snowfall record I thought I would take this cold, winter day to share some interesting records I found through google.

1) HIGHEST TIGHTROPE WALK: Frenchman Michael Menin walked a 3,150 metre-high tightrope in 1989. (I can’t walk a straight line from the computer to the coffee pot…)

2) LONGEST ATTACK OF HICCUPS: Charles Osborne of the USA – 1922 to 1990. (Excuse me?)

3) FASTEST TALKER: In 1995, Canadian Sean Shannon recited Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, 260 words, in 23.8secs. (I’m pretty sure I could give him a run for his money!)

4) MOST FEET SNIFFED: In a 15-year career, Madeline Albrecht sniffed 5,600 feet while working for footcare experts Dr Scholl in the USA. (That job stinks!)

5) MOST WATCHES EATEN: Kim Seung Do from Seoul, South Korea, ate five in 1hr 34mins in 1998. (Time to eat?)

6) LONGEST JOKE-TELLING MARATHON: In 1992, Mike Heeman of the USA cracked 12,682 in 24hrs. (That’s not even funny.)

7) MOST PEOPLE CRAMMED INTO A SMART CAR: 13 girls in Munich, Germany, in 1999. (Sneaking into the drive-in?)

8 LONGEST TIME WITH A NAIL IN THE HEAD: Robin Hanshaw of Stoke Poges, Bucks, had a one-inch rusty nail stuck between his ear and eye for 22 years. (Not tonight honey… I have a headache.)

9) MOST LIGHTNING STRIKES SURVIVED: Roy C Sullivan from Virginia, USA, was struck for the seventh time in 1977. (“Sent jolts of current to my fingers and toes” takes on new meaning.)

10) TALLEST LIVING WOMAN: Sandy Allen of the USA, at 7ft 7ins. (But even she would be buried under the snow in my back yard!)

So with those silly records and another being broken out my window… I’m off to do something productive with the rest of my day. Hope yours is peaceful and a happy one to put in the record books!
 

I’m very excited about my erotic series, Tilling Passions, contracted with Liquid Silver Books.

Here’s the blurb:

Three sisters. Three hot love stories. One family crisis.Julie, Deirdre, and Meghan Tilling are all lusting for love. Each one has a unique story to tell in this three novella erotic suspense series, Tilling Passions. Will their quests for happiness bring answers about their father’s mysterious illness or will they all loose their hearts and the one man they admire most in the world?

In Blind Love oldest sister and uptight CPA, Julie, is trying to break the stronghold her family has on her while solving the mysterious death of her best friend from high school. Her search for answers finds her flirting on the fringes of internet pornography. When she meets Demon Jones (aka Damon Corey), the infamous shock jock, he opens a new world of sexual pleasure and ignites a flame of passion within her. But will their personal secrets unravel the tenuous threads of their relationship? Can Damon expose his inner soul without pushing Julie away or will his enigmatic Demon Jones persona become Julie’s sexual undoing and reveal him as the missing piece that solves the puzzling questions surrounding her friend’s death?

In Love’s Bounty, youngest sister and landscaper Deirdre, unknowingly has a one-night fling with an undercover DEA agent and finds herself entangled in a sting operation. When the DEA comes to believe Deirdre is working for the drug czar, will they discover their error in time to save her? Love’s Bounty unravels the mystery of the torrid relationship between a cop bent on proving himself and a woman struggling with her sexuality and the subsequent discovery of drug running up the Maine coast.

Loving Arrangements finds middle sister and florist, Meghan, questioning her fiancé’s commitment to their engagement. Peter’s odd behavior and sudden interest in BDSM has Meghan digging for deeper motives. Is her sister right in assuming his out-of-town trips have more to do with extra-curricular activities rather than work commitments? When Meghan’s cat is found dead and several accidents threaten her life, could the strange woman claiming to be a classmate of her fiancé’s have something more sinister in mind than reconnecting with Peter?

 

The book trailer is below. It took me forever to figure out how to load it on to this blog! LOL!  Hope you enjoy it.  

So, I’m not twiddling my thumbs, but kinda…

Yesterday I typed “the end” on Meghan’s story. I didn’t do my snoopy dancing or even feel a sense of relief.

I felt lost.

Granted, it’s only the first draft and still needs to go to my critique partners and be tightened before actually going to the publisher, but in all reality–I’m done. And not only done with Meghan’s story, but with the whole series.

Huh.

You have to understand, these three women and their lovers have been occupying my thoughts for the better part of six months. Oh, I haven’t been writing their stories that long, but I’ve been living their lives that long. And now, they’re all happy… or as happy as couples can be when they’ve committed their lives… their happy-ever-after will have good days and bad days, joys and tears, but for the most part they’re walking off into the sunset and out of my life.

Oh, come on, I’m not that weird! You’ve experienced it too. Remember that book you read and you got to the last page, but closing the cover didn’t keep you from thinking about the characters. They had crawled under your skin and you actually cared what happened to them and wondered what their futures would hold.

Good writing does that for you. It doesn’t carry you along the plot, it rolls you up and brings you into the story. Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t think my writing has quite reached that level, but I’m aiming for it.

What I do know is that my writing process has done that. My characters are people to me who have feelings and reactions and speech patterns. If I didn’t crawl into their heads I couldn’t put their stories on the page. Of course I’m wrapped up in them while I’m at the computer, but I wake in the night wondering what trouble I can get them into, think about them while I’m cooking dinner or throwing in a load of laundry.. and don’t even get me started about showering. I have no idea what running water has to do with my creativity, but the most wonderful ideas come to me as I’m washing my hair. I have very clean hair. (TMI–sorry!) The point is, I haven’t figured out how to turn these people off. They invade all aspects of my life.

Now, I understand why writers have more than one project going. Then you always have another friend to turn to when someone gets their happy ending and doesn’t need you anymore.

So today I’m walking around kind of lost. I’m thinking about my next story… and doing the taxes. Ick! It’s funny when I come up out of my writing my real life is right there waiting for me!

So, tell me about the last time you got swept away.

This is sooo not happening! Oh, but it is! Life in northern Maine is cancelled… AGAIN! The white stuff just keeps coming and coming and coming. It’s unbelievable!

As of yesterday we’ve had 9 feet of snow this winter. That’s 8 feet MORE than this time last year. Look up at your ceiling. Chances are it’s only 8 or 9 feet high. THAT’S how much snow we’ve had and another foot is expected today!!!

Granted, not all of it is on the ground. We did have a January thaw that melted a couple feet. But really… my driveway literally has a four foot wall of snow around it. The snowmobiles are covered under the foot we had the other day and I have to throw the snow UP to get it off my back steps.

Come on! I want to see this…

NOT this…

Is that really too much to ask? I just don’t think so.

Please don’t tell me to suck it up because it’s only February and there’s still lots of winter left… because another 2 months of this and we may just be buried until NEXT winter.

Oh, well, at least Peter and Meghan continue to scorch the pages of my manuscript. At least I have them to keep me warm! 

So stop me if you’ve heard this one…

The sun glistened like diamonds on the new snow. Whisps of white filtered across the otherwise flawless canvas of the sky. And DH says, “You ready to go for a ride?” 

What? You’ve heard this before?

LOL! Oh, no, sometimes I do stoopid things (okay I do a lot of stoopid things), but I’m not brain dead. I did not get on a snowmobile this weekend! The man and I went on a road trip in a very safe car to Little Boy Blue’s basketball tournament.

It was a fun day and the boys’ drive and determination to win each game made me think of my own journey to publication.

In this tournament you played until you lost, then you were out. What impressed me was how these young men, even when they were behind kept pushing for the win. The second game for Little Boy Blue’s team was nerve wracking. They had several hours to stew over how they were outmatched.

But from the opening whistle they came out playing hard. The game was separated by a point or two through three periods, each team sharing the lead at different times throughout. But our home team fell apart at the beginning of the fourth period. The opposition scored several unanswered baskets until the team was 8 points behind with two minutes to go.

But did they give up? Nope. The coach rearranged the players and they stepped up their game, pulled it together and brought the score within 5 with a minute to go. Another basket and now they’re a 3 point shot away from a tie. But the opposition has the ball. With everything they have, they press the offense and steal the ball with 2 seconds left on the clock. They manage to tip it to one of their shooters and he goes up for the 3 pointer. A beautiful arcing shot that hangs in the air as the final buzzer sounds. Breathless, the crowd comes to their feet as the ball bounces around the rim, but doesn’t go in.

They lost. A hard fought game, but a bummer none the less.

So why do I mention this?

Writing and especially publication is a difficult journey to take. The decision to sit down and write a novel is one that takes years for some people to complete. Others, like me, fall into it.

It can seem so daunting to take the nugget of an idea and turn it into a complete story with twists and turns and characters that keep the reader turning the pages, but you persevere. Then you enter several contests and the judges have less than stellar comments about your novel. The score isn’t in your favor.

Back to the drawing board. Shuffle the players and send them out there again. You final in a contest, but receive your fourth rejection in a month.

It is so easy to give up and let the “other” team win. After all, they’re ahead and you feel the time slipping away. It would be less painful to slide those manuscripts under the couch and let them collect dust.

But how bad do you want it? Because as long as there’s time on the clock… you have a chance to achieve your dream. Keep pressing, keep believing… keep writing.

I’m proof that determination and perseverance helps you reach your dreams. One book published, two more under contract, but is the game over? Nope. I still want to hold one of my babies in my hands. I still want to have a booksigning. I still want to have a best seller.

I’m still in the tournament, playing hard to win. How about you?

So… it’s official! I’ve been hinting for several weeks that I had something in the works and yesterday it became official! Liquid Silver officially contracted Julie and Deirdre’s stories, the first two novellas in my Tilling Passions series!

W00t! W00t!

Now, Meghan is sooo jealous and begging me to finish her story so she can join the party over at LSB! It’ll be awhile before I’m in edits, but until then, here’s a little tease to tell you about the series…

Three sisters. Three hot love stories. One family crisis.

Julie, Deirdre and Meghan Tilling are all lusting for love. Each one has a unique story to tell in this three novella erotic suspense series, Tilling Passions. Will their quests for happiness bring answers about their father’s mysterious illness or will they loose their hearts and the one man they admire most in the world?

So there you have it. I’m so excited! I’ll be celebrating this weekend (but not on the snowmobile!) and then putting my nose to the grindstone to finish Meghan’s story.

(Thanks and credit to Charles Schultz website for my  celebration image!)

It is our right to complain and I exercise that right freely. I also realize for everything wrong in my life there is someone who has it so much worse. But my little rant yesterday about the snow in Maine seems so petty in light of the tornadoes that ripped through the south and tore homes and lives apart in a matter of minutes.

I just couldn’t let this day go by without letting people know my heart and prayers go out to the families affected by the horrible winter tornadoes.

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