2016, So Far

Thought I would come up for coffee and a touch-base blog post before I “disappear” again. Well, from blogging. I stop by¬†Facebook. Lots of things going on, but here are a few of them: I put IN THE MOONLIGHT aside for a bit until I’m ready to tackle it again. I changed my mind on an aspect part way through, so I need to do a bit more intense revising on it. #writerproblems Need a break from it first, though. In the mean time, I’ve been barreling ahead on a newer project, THE DEEPEST BLACK. I will be sharing the blurb and information in an upcoming post. Unless you’re on my Facebook, in which case you’ve already seen it. I wrote 32,500 words in one week and I’m preparing to wrap up the draft in the next few days, so that’s been keeping me a little busy ūüėČ I’m part of another boxed set. This one is called Happily Ever Alpha, and my inclusion is AXIOM, the Summoned prequel novella. There are twenty other novels and novellas in this set¬†and it’s 99 cents for a limited time. You may remember a discussion about SUMMONED. It had started when my friend, Natasha, and I had decided to each write a contemporary erotica. Within two pages, both of us had veered off into paranormal because we are equally terrible at following our own rules, apparently. We did keep the sexy scenes, though ūüėČ Anyway, Natasha has set her book on pre-order now. I would suggest checking it out. It’s amazing! Seriously, if you want to read a book that isn’t like anything else, this is the one. I got a new puppy! Her name is Mei Mei and she’s Elphaba’s little sister, hence the name. Mei is the runt of her litter, though, weighing in at just 1.11 lbs (the others are about 3 lbs). She needed a little extra love and care, but now she’s got a great appetite and adventurous personality. Hopefully, soon, she won’t be the size of a rodent anymore lol Upcoming Events: I should be revealing the cover for THE DEEPEST BLACK before March. THE DEEPEST BLACK should be available on Amazon by March, as well. The next books to write, in order, should be: IN THE MOONLIGHT, SUMMONED 3, and FLY INTO THE DARK. Natasha and I will be releasing our coauthor book, INHUMANE, by early summer, at the latest. The DARKNESS UNVEILED boxed set will be up for preorder by spring. I have a special project in the works with two amazing people. I can’t say more about it yet, but hopefully there will be solid news to announce by summer. There’s still a...

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Bunny-Eared Dog and Other Updates

It has been over a month since I did one of these personal updates things, primarily because I’ve been eyeball deep in trying to get caught up on where I left off before the Effexor Decimation. No? The Great Effexor Tribulation of 2015? I’m still working on a name for it. Anyway, one of those things entails hiring a PA so very soon my services account will start getting TIMELY responses from a lovely individual who is willing to wade into my madness. Yay! At least til I get my brain back on track. The Giveaway Ninja is chugging along pretty well. Having some conflict with Amazon, but we seem to have come to an agreeement. There’s still Big News on the horizon for Summoned, but I still can’t talk about it yet. I sowwy. Sowwy not sowwy. Good grief, I need more caffeine. The draft for Inhumane is complete, so now I just have to revise, edit, and package it to go. Natasha and I are planning for a Janurary release date. In The Moonlight finally broke the 50% mark. I became the world’s slowest writer the last few months (year) but it seems (knock on wood) to be picking up again. Elphie aka Chug Chug took a flying leap off the bed and tweaked her back, so she’s on meds and bed rest. Have you ever tried putting a 4 month old puppy on bed rest? Yeah, no. Luckily, she is pretty well crate trained. Anyway, as it turns out, she is part dachshund. She kept getting longer but not any taller, and the vet confirmed she is indeed likely part weiner dog. So Chug is now Chug-Weenie. My next mission is to rearrange the furniture to accomodate the fact I have a dog breed known for their fragile backs. Speaking of dogs, I found one. Well, he found me. After taking Elphaba to the vet, I came home to a tan little Corgi-thing sitting by the gate. Assumed it was the new neighbor’s dog so scooped it up to take it back to them when they got home. Turns out, it is not theirs. And no one seems to know whose it is. I spent several hours walking around asking people, knocking on doors, etc. Went home and posted his info online in several places, including some Facebook groups. By this point, it was LONG past meds & bed time and Elphie was back from the vet and tucked in, so I went to sleep…and woke up to: For some reason, because I asked my personal friends and family on my Facebook wall if they would be interested in taking him if his owner couldn’t be...

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Speaking of. . .

I have had the most outrageous technical issues which have made it difficult to get much done besides going batshit crazy. Since I was already there, the gremlins didn’t achieve anything, really, except being, well, outrageous.   By some stroke of luck and an abundance of coffee, I was able to tinker The Giveaway Ninja into existence. You can list your current giveaway(s) there for more exposure, and/or find giveaways to enter. Gift cards, Kindles, iPads, ebooks, all that fun stuff. Places you can find The Giveaway Ninja: Website¬†(and subscribe!) Twitter¬†(and follow!) Facebook¬†(and like!) Also, big thanks to Natasha Larry for offering to help process requests, and to¬†Kris Wagner for making our logo which generally entails a lot of me saying, “I need a thing with a thing, like another thing but not that thing and add some paranormally smoke so I can decide I don’t actually want paranormally smoke.” Also, if you could share this with your friends, that would be great.   Win gift cards, Kindles, books, and more! #giveaways Find the best giveaways in one spot! Promote your giveaway for free! Get the most out of you giveaways! Speaking of Natasha, the draft of Inhumane is at 25% of target word count. It’s okay. Be impressed. ūüėČ Speaking of books, I want to write a book called Asshat Cat. You have to admit, it has a nice ring to it. Speaking of books I’ve actually written, there is great news coming about the killer genie. But I’m not allowed to talk about it yet. Speaking of things about the killer genie I¬†can¬†talk about, it looks like there might be an audio version on the horizon. What say you? Speaking of horizons, it starts with H and so does Honey, which is a nifty¬†(oh, gosh, it’s that word again)¬†little plugin I’ve started using. It essentially finds discount codes even when you forget about. It just sits there quietly while you shop online then randomly pops up and tells you it can help you save money, and there’s no switching car insurance involved (unless you happened to be shopping for car insurance?). Anyway, you can get it for Chrome here. I don’t know how many websites it works on, but it has already been useful for me. Speaking of websites, I added some new social network icons to this blog, both the “follow me” kind and the “share this post” kind. Try ’em out. Do eet. Do eet. They’re pretty. Speaking of pretty, I’m pretty tired and it’s long past my nap time, so I’m out....

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The Word of The Day is Nifty. I Think.

Desert storms would make terrible boyfriends; there’s so much anticipation and then, just when it’s getting good, it’s over. There’s also a lot of dust, so I’m not sure that is a good sign either. Anyway, the highlights of the last four days (besides coffee, because I mean, that’s a given): I’ve divided The Giveaway Ninja into two parts. Or something. Anyway, the buy-in sponsorship isn’t available yet, but we’re putting the finishing touches on the directory where you can list your current giveaways. Books, electronics, gift cards, clothes, you name it–if you’re giving it away, you can share it with our 20k+ and growing followers easily and at no cost. Nifty, right? I thought so. If you want to be notified when it launches, you’ll want to sign up for the ROTD monthly newsletter:       And if you want to be notified about featured giveaways after it goes live (so you can enter to win), you will want to sign up for The Giveaway Ninja newsletter.   It’s basically an opportunity to find out when people (usually authors) want you to click buttons (usually looking at their Facebook page or such) to win a Kindle or iPad or $100 Amazon gift cards or. . .I mean, why wouldn’t you want to sign up for that?           The cowriting project with Natasha is going beautifully. I mean, as beautifully as a story about people doing awful things for no apparent reason can be. Which probably isn’t beautiful. But whatever. Anyway, the draft is over 10% complete. We even have a working pitch: The world is falling into depravity, and Addie is right in the middle of it. When the madness begins to infiltrate her own mind, she must find the source before she, too, becomes inhumane.   And this cute little girl:   I’ve also started putting together a subdomain of RainyoftheDark, called The Author Realm. Basically, it’ll have all the best-kept secrets of book promotion in it. The stuff I don’t even share on the blog. Deep, dark secrets. Terrible, terrible secrets. Wait, what was I talking about again? Ah, yes. The Author Realm. Anyway, I’ll launch it with a few nifty things, and then update it periodically with niftier things, until it’s the niftiest. And it’s free, so there’s that. But first! I have a lot of work to catch up on, because unlike The Giveaway Ninja and The Author Realm, house gnomes aren’t free....

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Fun With Memes

So, what has occurred in between the amazing wonder that is Effexor withdrawal and chasing after a puppy who thinks pieces of wire are delicious? (Where, exactly, does she even find this wire? I need to have a discussion with the house gnomes.) I’ve made enchiladas. A lot of enchiladas. I’m not much of a cook, but I can occasionally surprise myself in the kitchen‚ÄĒand not just in a way that causes this face: This one is tried and true. But before I go any further, let me say a few things. . . I grew up in the southwest and still live here. I know plenty about real Mexican food‚ÄĒnot only from generous Mexican friends and all the two-chair restaurants with broken drive-through speakers dotted across cities, but also places in Mexico where the only solid communication was ‚ÄúMm, good!‚ÄĚ Point being, I know these aren’t real honest-to-goodness enchiladas. Call them what you want. I call them dinner. And, as further demonstration of my lack of chef-skills. . .this isn’t a real recipe. It’s sort of a list of ingredients that you can do what you want with. Chicken (I cook it in a slow cooker with taco seasoning, or salsa verde, or really whatever sounds good and doesn’t require me to put on pants to go to the store), refried beans (again, do what you want), cream cheese (I warm it up first), chopped onions, chopped fresh jalapenos, and shredded cheddar cheese. Fill a flour tortilla (I know, the atrocities don’t end!) then place in a casserole dish with enchilada sauce (I like topping with salsa and cheddar cheese as well). Bake til hot and melty, eat, and take a nap. I worked on the cowriting project with Natasha, and then created the Facebook page for it. Click the banner below to check it out. I’m really excited for this book. I did some geeky back-end work on the music website my friend, Scott, runs. I didn’t do the design or anything, just beating WordPress into submission. Scott’s website can be found here. If you recall a conversation on Facebook about the Giveaway Ninja, I did some work on that. It’s still out in the atmosphere. But it will land. I think I even found someone to run it. If you want to win gift cards every month, sign up for my B&B Giveaways and Deals Newsletter: Last but not least, cranberry tea is awesome. This isn’t new. I just thought you should...

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2015 Blog Stats, So Far

Primarily due to health issues, I have not blogged as much this year as I normally have. I thought, instead of waiting until the end of the year to tally up stats, I would take a cringe-worthy peek at to see how the blog is going so far. Here’s some of the stats I found interesting: The first quarter Winner Takes All giveaway had a total of almost 13,250 views on this blog alone. That is not counting the views for participating bloggers who reposted. It resulted in 8,876 entries on the giveaway. You can get into the first quarter 2016 one here. This book cover had 9,450 views on this post alone. The Cecil the Lion post has had 1,157 views in 2 days. RainyoftheDark.com has had 42,596 unique visitors with 589,088 pages viewed so far this year. Last year we had over a million page views. This does not count robots, worms, etc. And no blog stats discussion can be complete without some of the gem search phrases. I’ll try to help those poor, misguided souls. jinn/genie sale Buy one, get one free? which kind of guys does vanessa morgan like? I. . .I don’t know. Alive ones? my name is intisar what is my future You are probably going to be...

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