Monday Music: Have to Get Away

mondaymusicbannerIt’s been a pretty long time since I had a real vacation. No author gigs, no holiday celebrations, no family obligations. Today and tomorrow, for two glorious days sandwiched in between RainbowCon and the Dreamspinner author workshop, I’ll be visiting with my cousins in Tampa, and I plan to spend most of it doing nothing. Considering their favorite pastimes are lounging by the pool or on the beach, that should be no problem whatsoever!

Butt Ninjas Now Available for Kindle and in Print!

I’m having a great time at RainbowCon but have slipped away to post that Butt Ninjas from Hell is now available for Kindle and in print! Here are those buy links:

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If you’ll be at Outlantacon, we’ll also have print copies available there. Other resellers (like AllRomance) are still to come.

Happy reading! :)

The Foodie Traveler, or How Not to Get Sick on the Road

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As you’re reading this, I’m in Tampa at RainbowCon, getting my author geek on and spending my downtime doing some writing but otherwise being as lazy as possible. After the convention ends, I’ll spend a few days visiting with cousins who live here, during which time I hope to be by the pool or on the beach, for the most part. And then I fly to Portland (by way of Detroit) for the Dreamspinner author workshop. I’ll be back home a week from Sunday.

 

I started doing regular travel for work of one sort or another 15 years ago, and one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that I can’t stomach it unless I’m very, very careful. Oh, I’m mostly fine with flying, which was something I didn’t learn until I was in my 30s, because we never had the money to fly anywhere when I was younger. My problem is a tendency toward occasional motion sickness, which can happen any time and with any kind of motion but has certain triggers. Riding in the back seat of a car, for example, is usually a bad idea. And eating heavy or greasy meals before travel is right out.

 

When I’m on the road, I do my best to follow the usual travel guidelines. I get plenty of rest, drink a lot of water (most of it bottled), and try to eat healthy meals. That last part is tough when you’re eating out most of the time, but I pay particular attention to what I eat on days when I’m traveling. I’m lucky that I don’t have any serious food restrictions, but light meals on travel days are a must, and I also carry something snacky with me. A bout of low blood sugar is never fun but ten times worse when you’re sitting in an airport. I also stock various medications for various digestive-related ailments in the mini pharmacy that always goes into my travel bag.

 

(I’m trying to avoid going into much detail here. There’s TMI, and then there’s T. M. I.)

 

One thing I still try to do when I travel is eat locally. I don’t want to go across the country and then eat food I can get around the corner. I avoid chains, unless they’re regional and don’t exist near me (I’ll be visiting Wawa while I’m in Tampa). I’m happy to visit tourist-attraction restaurants (I will have a VooDoo Doughnut in Portland) but like to find the places where locals eat. I’m cautious about foods I’ve never had before, and I stick close to my regular personal guidelines (nothing too spicy, for example), but I firmly believe food is a big part of the travel experience, so I stretch as much as I feel like I can. Not that this plan is foolproof, but then, nothing ever is. :)

 

So wish me smooth travels and safe eating, all, and I hope I’ll have foodie stories to share when I get back home!

Win a Copy of Butt Ninjas!

Head over to Stumbling Over Chaos today for a chance to win an ebook copy of the Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology!

Butt Ninjas Releases! (And Goes on Tour)

Today’s the day, folks! Wilde City Press presents… Butt Ninjas from Hell!

ButtNinjasFromHell_100dpi_cvrThey move like shadows through the night… when they aren’t tripping over the furniture. Porn stars, holy emissaries, demons, and even just plain humans—ninjas come in all forms and from all kinds of Hell in this erotically charged comedic Wilde City anthology. Whether it’s the world of second-rate television, fluttering ninja stars, obsessions over a bronzy-olive toned soldier, or magic backsides, your authorial guides will take you where few readers have ever dared to go… without protection.

Butt Ninjas from Hell: You’ll Never Hear Them Coming!

Featuring…

Clean Up on Aisle Me! by Shae Connor
Sheathing His Sword by JP Barnaby
Twink Ninja Tiger, Flaxen Buns Of Fury by Kage Alan
Twerk It by Ally Blue
Hell Is Where The Heart Is by Eden Winters
Ninja, Vanish! by Kiernan Kelly
The Soldier And The Vagabond by Jevocas Green
A Ninja Walks Into A Bar by T.C. Blue

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Also today starts our blog tour. Check us out as we visit these great sites:

April 16: Kimi-Chan Experience 
April 17: Joyfully Jay 
April 18: Bookwhores United 
April 19: The Novel Approach 
April 20: Rainbow Gold Reviews 
April 21: Sinfully Sexy 
April 22: Dawn’s Reading Nook 
April 23: Prism Book Alliance

There will be a Rafflecopter giveaway, so be sure to check in! :)

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I’m Going to RainbowCon…

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LisaT started a silly little game for those of us going to RainbowCon. I like silly little games, so here you go!

I’m going RainbowCon, and in my suitcase I’m bringing…

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Are they not the cutest little ninjas you’ve ever seen?? I’ll have a few to give away, and who knows what you might find inside? ;)

Random Squeefulness

A few things that have made me happy the past few days…

On Friday, USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog featured the Grand Adventures anthology and its authors.

Also on Friday, I finished the first rough draft of my novel Unfortunate Son. Hoping to have it in shape to submit in late May or early June.

I finally got to read Heidi Cullinan’s new release Tough Love, and it was worth every minute of the wait.

Only three more days until Butt Ninjas from Hell releases!

Friday Feedbag: I Get No Kick From Champagne…

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Okay, that title isn’t totally true. First of all, I’m talking drinks today, not food. And I do like champagne sometimes. In a mimosa or a bellini, for example. On its own, though? Meh. I’d prefer sparkling grape juice.

My tastes in alcohol are a little… strange, I suppose. (Much like me.) I don’t like beer at all. Something in the hops, I think, that I just have never had a taste for. Things made with beer, though? I’m all about that. Beer bread. Guinness stew. Chili with beer. Brats braised in beer. Same with wine. I’d much rather cook with wine than drink it. (That throws a big monkey wrench into the whole “only cook with a wine you’d drink” advice, but I do know better than to waste money on that crap labeled “cooking wine.” *shudders*)

When it comes to mixed drinks, my go-to choice is vodka cranberry with lime, because it’s something you can nearly always get, and it’s not bad even as a well drink. I’m good with margaritas of nearly any flavor (but not tequila shots), and I like most of the fruity-sweet drinks: daiquiris, Hurricanes, appletinis, things like that. But when I can get it, I like Fireball whisky, which is a very strong, sweet cinnamon flavor, or 3AM vodka, which is sweet and loaded with a lot of the same ingredients as energy drinks. Fireball and Coke, 3AM and Sprite. For shots: Jägermeister. No, really.

This post makes me sound like a lush, doesn’t it? (And a snooty one at that!) In truth, I don’t drink often, and I rarely have more than two drinks. That’s why I can afford to be picky. My alcohol budget for the year is maybe a couple hundred bucks, even counting weekends when my place is full of guests.

When I’m writing, my characters nearly always have drinking habits far different from mine. Most of them drink beer, for starters, and many prefer liquors or mixed drinks that I can’t stand. I’ve written two alcoholic characters (one unpublished), and a character in my current project is a complete teetotaler. But like me, and like most real people, most of my characters are social drinkers, even those who do occasionally overindulge.

Drinking habits are the kind of little character details that I love in a story. One of my all-time favorite books is Marie Sexton’s Strawberries for Dessert, in large part because I fell in love with Cole right along with Jonathan. Cole is a lover of good wine who has a weakness for cheap bottles of Arbor Mist, a fact that seems small but that actually tells you a lot about him. It’s a tidbit of perfection.

So I will leave you with some recommendations. If you haven’t tried Fireball or 3AM, do. And if you haven’t read Strawberries for Dessert, GO. NOW. READ. *taps toe impatiently* WHY AREN’T YOU READING YET??

More Adventures, and Some Ninjas

Prism Book Alliance has posted a lovely review of the Grand Adventures anthology. Thanks, all! Prism also has the final stop in the Grand Adventures blog tour today, with the story behind the anthology’s inception and its cover art.

Also, Amy Lane’s *Kermit flail* Monday includes Butt Ninjas from Hell this morning. Yay! Thanks, Amy! :)

More Grand Adventures!

GrandAdventures_FBbanner_DSPA two-fer today! I’m over at Sid Love’s (along with Amy Lane and Madison Parker) to talk about our contributions to the Grand Adventures anthology. And Rainbow Book Reviews has posted a lovely group review of the anthology and the individual stories.

Thanks, all! :)