Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rain, How Do I Love Thee?

Join me today over at Romance for the Rest of Us, Torquere Press's blog.  I am sharing a few thoughts on summer, rain, and gardening.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Open the Seal Blog Book Tour - Day Two - Bestseller!

Wow.  Thank you, Dear Readers, for making SEALED BY FIRE a bestseller on All Romance eBooks its fourth day out!  We're grateful to you all for your support and plan to continue writing the best stories that we can.

On today's second day of our blog tour, I wanted to share a funny story with you about the writing of this book. See, it goes like this:

Rachel: "Um, Noony? You have Nash's eyes this color in Chapter Two."

Me:  "Yeah..."

Rachel: "But they're not."

Me.  ~blink~  "But..."

Rachel:  "They're a specific color, you know."

Me. "Yes, dear, I know that."

Rachel:  "Then how come in Chapter Seven they're this other color?"

Me:  ~blink again~  "Because magic?" ~big grin~

Rachel: "And Jordan drives a Bronco."

Me:  "Oh."  ~thinks~  "Maybe we need a list."

Rachel:  "Yes!"

See, Rachel is the list-maker of the two of us.  I'm the right-brained, non-sequential of us.  This makes us a really strong team because our skills complement each other.  But occasionally I'm reminded why lists are useful.  Like, say, with eye color or our characters' cars.

What skills are you glad your best friend has, so that it keeps you on track?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Release Day - Launching the Open the Seal Blog Book Tour!

I am so excited!  Today is the release day for Sealed by Fire, our first novel with LooseId LLC.  The cover art is phenomenal, as you can see, and we're stoked to be part of the LooseId author community.  Some of the biggest names in romantic fiction work with them and we're thrilled to count ourselves among that number.

Here are five things to be excited about for today's release day:

  1. The book is out!  (You HAD to see that one comin', I mean, come on.)
  2. The book is... Just kidding.  But the fact that we see our names on the cover and that it's available on the LooseId website still gives me chills.  So aside from the fact it's available for purchase, just the simple fact that it's there is shiver-worthy - "we wrote that!"
  3. Every book is a team effort.  Our editor Jana, the cover artist Valerie Tibbs, and the whole team at LooseId made this a reality - thank you!
  4. We streamlined the character list from the original manuscript, which makes this book a lot tighter AND gives us more characters for whom to write sequels.  (Yes, that is a blatant plug - grin.)
  5. The book is out!  Check it out on the LooseId website and enjoy!
What exciting news do you have this month?  I'd love to know; please share with me in the comments.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The SFR Brigade Annual Blog Hop!

I'm so tickled to have been invited to participate with the annual SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop! There are some amazing authors that participate; I know you'll enjoy yourself during the hop.

In keeping with the theme, here's a little snippet from the Noon and Wilder release with Torquere Press, Emerald Fire. Also, in celebration of Pride month this month, Torquere is offering 20% off everything in the store - just enter the code PRIDE at checkout!

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Quill looked up and pointed. "See?"

Teeka followed his gaze and stared, lips parted. More stars than he'd seen anywhere, save in bookvids, blanketed the darkening sky. He couldn't see individual constellations yet, not with the starglow from Minah, but it wouldn't be long. He found the Boar's Tail and tried to follow it to the body but couldn't find the shoulder.

Sudden warmth on his hand startled him and he looked down to find Quill's fingers, holding him from spilling his plate all over the rugs.

He flushed. "I'm sorry."

Quill pulled the plate out of his hands. "Lie back."

Teeka nestled his head against a pillow, and stared up at the sky. Quill moved around, tidying, and Teeka knew he should help but couldn't tear his attention away. The Hunter stilled after several more minutes of straightening up and stretched out next to him, shoulders touching.

"There's the Boar's Tail, but I can't find his shoulder," Teeka said, pointing.

Quill's long finger directed his eyes to the left. "There. So, so, and so."

"And the Maiden?"

"There. And beyond it, do you see the Sandcat?"

"What about Great Hunter?"

"He isn't risen yet."

Teeka smirked at the double entendre and Quill flashed him a quizzical look. They both burst out laughing as color flamed into Quill's cheeks.

They stayed there for the better part of an hour, pointing out the constellations as they grew in luminance. Once, a star shot across the sky, traveling fast. Teeka waited for more but no others appeared.

"I have dessert," he roused himself to say. "I hardly want to leave."

Quill rolled up on his elbow to look down at him. "Come. We have a fortnight to watch the starshow."

Teeka gazed up at him, Minah's setting glow silvering his cheek and making his gray eyes seem luminous. He reached up with a trembling hand and brushed the scars on Quill's face. Quill gasped and caught his hand, and kissed his fingers.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A To Z Challenge: Reflections and Tue Cent Twosday

It's May. How did April go by so fast? And yet, it didn't: it went by fully.  It wasn't so much the velocity as the content. Here's what I mean; my ten things list of what I learned from the April 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge:

  1. Challenges stretch you. They push you to do better.
  2. I adore participating with others. As much as writing is a solitary activity, I'm a group-oriented thinker and this suited my approach to writing, and life, perfectly.
  3. Daily discipline leads to changed habits.
  4. Sustainable growth is preferable to sudden expansion, because the latter is followed by the inevitable contraction.
  5. There are some damned fine bloggers out there.
  6. Optimism takes work.
  7. You've got to give to get.  Social media is less about the media and more about the social.
  8. One blogger complained that it was too much work, she didn't really gain new friends, and that her sales didn't improve. I think this misses the point. To me, the Challenge is about the collective outpouring of effort focused around a common, shared, goal - to see if we can write 26 posts in a row and witness each other's birthing pains. It's not about "gimme," it's about "let's." Together, we are stronger: but together begins with me, reaching out of myself and visiting other places, other blogs, even other countries.
  9. Cultural sensitivity is key when blogging.  I've met folks from India, New Zealand, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East...  The world is a big place, but the internet builds bridges.
  10. I am so grateful to the unsung heroes that did the early work of the internet, from 1969 and its beginnings as ARPANET/DARPANET, to the development of the Network Information Centers at places like Stanford Research Institute, to CERN and the World Wide Web. We stand on the shoulders of giants, my friends, and we are the better for it. When I feel down about the state of the economy or world peace, the internet quite literally reminds me that life will find a way. We humans are communicative creatures and the internet brings me hope that we will stumble on a way to find peace with each other, a common understanding and respect. Yes, even with lolcats.
What did you learn from participating in the Challenge, either as a reader or also as a participating blogger?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thursday 13 - 13 January Images

It's snowing.  My husband is not amused.  :)

Boria napping in our new living room.  We had to get rid of the beanbag chair, but the cat loved it.

Here comes the train.  It's snowy and they don't put salt down on the platform, but sand.  Yes, it's slippery.

This is a path that leaves the corner of my usual lunch park.  Where does it go?

This is the viaduct.  I love the cave-like hold under the train. Gorgeous.

Waiting for the bus to the Purple Line to go downtown.

Moon over train. Or, wait... is that a glare on the camera?

Cloud ceiling under the plane.

Peeking over the seats at the people ahead of me on the plane.  I am NOT creepy.  Just curious.

Red Rock Canyon.  Actually, I think this is a canyon south of it.




Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A to Z Challenge, Day 26: Z Is For Zen

Image © 2014, A. Catherine Noon, All Rights Reserved
Zen Koan

Chao-Chu fell down in the snow

and yelled, "Help me up! Help me up!"

A Zen Monk came and laid down beside him.

Chao-Chu got up and went away.

Thank you for visiting and traveling with me during the April A-Z Blogging Challenge.  I've enjoyed making new blogging friends and collecting new followers.  It's readers like you that make writing such a pleasure.  I appreciate your support!

Happy blogging!