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October 3, 2013

The sequel focuses on Lady MacLaoch's love, the Minory swordsman. [image via] I've been a major proponent for finishing a book even if you're not sure what in the hell you're writing about half the time. And for the most part I still believe in this philosophy, especially for new writers who have yet to finish a manuscript. It's the thrill of finishing (even a shitty first draft - as Anne Lamott would say) that propels new writers to have it reviewed then actually pursue editing it. At least that's what did it for me. But not any more.

The sequel to Legend stalled, mostly because I had morning sickness for the past three months, but it was also because I didn't want to just plow on as the manuscript was. The front is a tangled mess and I think (now that I've printed it out and have pen in hand to analyze it) I've started three storylines in the first 180 pages. Which is exactly what I had done with Legend I until my editing staff got hold of the manuscript. They've effectively made me aware that I love to start stories, and will do so uninhibited within the same story over and over again like a retriever playing fetch - DO IT AGAIN!!! YAAAAYYYYY!!! The only problem is that it creates so many red herrings with in the book that by the end you're not sure which storyline is being summated.

Now, this week we've printed out the manuscript and am flushing the storyline forward. We're moving romantic moments farther back (sorry ladies!! :0D) and developing stronger characters. We've got two fresh faces in this sequel adding to the lead characters, they're neither good nor bad but they'd been relegated to just drama fillers in the background. So as my Pink Pen of Doom moves across these 180 pages we're slashing and burning, refining and defining so that the ending becomes clear. This is the exciting part, where the end is just a fragment of ideas now, but as the refining begins it takes on form, molds itself out of the current clay words into solid earth shaking pieces. It's gonna be good.

In this sequel (as some of you know) we dive into Lady MacLaoch's love, a Norseman by the name Minory. He's Cole's lineage and as we learn in the first book he dies a gruesome death by his own sword. The man wielding the final blow is the clan chief of the MacLaoch's, his love's father. The Minory's sword plays a large part in this novel, because much like the ring in Legend I it's saturated with bloodline energy. But unlike the first novel there are victims to the sword's power in this novel, and like the first there's an ending that will require the reader to wear a seatbelt. :0)

As I finalize these edits to the first 180 pages I'll be getting an initial blurb up here - so stay tuned!!!

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Published on October 03, 2013 10:56 • 38 views

September 30, 2013

Kyleakin, located on the eastern coast of the Isle of Skye. [via]
Welcome to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch Monday post! Peruse the selection of blog topics below to learn a little more about the novel, its characters, whisk(e)y and the beautiful Isle of Skye. I'll be adding new material to this page regularly so be sure to check back often. Sláinte!

Blurb: The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, II. Posted here is a super short blurb from the sequel. The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, II. Posted here is the first chapter to the sequel. Kilts and Men. 'Nuff said. ;0) Rowan MacLaoch . This post is appropriately named: Rowan the Cursed. In this post we dive a little deeper into this dark Scot's past.  Nicole (Cole) Baker . In this post we touch on the Baker family, peaches and a steamy deleted scene. :0) Whisk(e)y and the Talisker 25 year . Scenic Tour of Skye .Castles of Scotland. In this guest post for Tina Gayle (caution: takes you off this page) I dive into a mini tour of Scotland's castles, from the ruined to the renovated. 

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Published on September 30, 2013 09:05 • 49 views

September 27, 2013

Just a quick introduction before I let Tina take it away. Tina Gayle, fellow author and co-sponsor of the Halloween Scavenger Hunt with NOR, specializes in a sub-genre of romance that I currently find fascinating. Currently, I'm several months pregnant with my first child and am seeing the world a touch differently than I did just a handful of months prior. My belly is getting larger, I breath heavier and when I sit down to work I sit down with characters who aren't pregnant. That is why Tina Gayle's series of pregnancy romance books intrigued me. I may not feel sexy right now, but that doesn't mean I can't indulge in a romantic fantasy and what better fantasy than that of a woman who's pregnant too?

Without further ado, here's author Tina Gayle with her blog post called Love Those Babies.

One of the most popular sub-genres of romance happens to be stories written about women with children or women who are pregnant.

Why?Yes, but why put it in a romance?
The natural progression of a loving relationship is to create a new life. That is not to say that people who don’t want kids aren’t in a loving relationship.
In my first book, “Pregnancy Plan,” my heroine wants children. Yet, she isn’t married and not involved with anyone. She is will to go to any extremes to conceive a child.
I believe other women know this pain. When I was single, I wanted a child too. I gave myself a deadline of thirty. If I hadn’t met someone and gotten married, I planned to look into other options for bringing my child into the world.
In my case, I was married and had two children by the time I was thirty.  However, women who want a child have a choice. They can have a child on their own and raise it themselves.
A romance novel is as much about the relationship with a man as it is about the challenges that face women. In my book “Baby Decision,” my heroine has to choose between having a baby and college. While in “Summer’s Growth,” my heroine is just trying to find where she belongs. In some ways, every romance also addresses women issues. It connects women readers to the story and creates a deep story in which to enjoy.
For this reason, I believe babies in romance novel draws the reader into the story and create a great read.Thanks Becky for inviting me to your blog today.Tina Gayle
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Published on September 27, 2013 01:00 • 71 views

September 26, 2013

I've decided it's time to let the unicorn out of the bag. Mainly because this Friday (tomorrow) we're having Tina Gayle on the blog and she's going to be talking about her pregnancy romance books and why that sub-genre in romance is so popular. That coupled with my nausea pronouncements on my other blog, folks be wonderin'.

What does all this mean?

I'm pregnant. Thirteen weeks (aka 3 months) to be exacting. Yup, pregnant. Certified by both doctors and by morning sickness.

The hubby and I's little unicorn. Below is it's first ultrasound picture. Adorable, no?? The other great thing? The due date for our little horned ungulate is April 1st. Yes, April Fools Day. Jackpot!

 Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where Tina Gayle (fellow Halloween scavenger hunt sponsor) shares a bit about her romantic series of pregnancy books. Fun!
Cheers! B
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Published on September 26, 2013 09:23 • 17 views

September 18, 2013

Nope you're not seeing double, it's a new feature!
We've added a cool new little feature to the contact us page for all those book bloggers out there wanting a Becky B. book to review. Now, it's super simple to request a Becky B. original! Fill out the form and voila! So easy it makes pie look hard. ;0)

Cheers and happy requesting!

PS - Aaaaand because it's a brand-spanking new form, please let me know if you think it could use a lil' somethin' extra!
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Published on September 18, 2013 15:59 • 29 views

September 16, 2013

Rain! YAY!!The weather is finally changing here in Portland. We'd weathered under 90 degree days since May through to just last week, and as an adapted Northwesterner I have to shout: I'm so glad you come back rain!!! So glad indeed! :0)

Now that fall is satisfactorily started outside my window I think it's time we announce another web hunt!! The Halloween web hunt that is!! As you can tell I'm totally addicted to these - they offer FREE chances to read about books, discover new books, WIN books and from my sponsor basket win a $100 AMAZON GIFTCARD!!! WOOOOOT!!!

Head on over to Night Owl Reviews Halloween Web Hunt page here and sign-up then start scavenging!! :0D Go, go, GO YAAAAYYYYYY!!

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Published on September 16, 2013 09:30 • 44 views

September 9, 2013

Beautiful ruins of Dunnottar Castle in Scotland.
Welcome to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch Monday post! Peruse the selection of blog topics below to learn a little more about the novel, its characters, whisk(e)y and the beautiful Isle of Skye. I'll be adding new material to this page regularly so be sure to check back often. Sláinte!

Blurb: The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, II. Posted here is a super short blurb from the sequel. The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, II. Posted here is the first chapter to the sequel. Kilts and Men. 'Nuff said. ;0) Rowan MacLaoch . This post is appropriately named: Rowan the Cursed. In this post we dive a little deeper into this dark Scot's past.  Nicole (Cole) Baker . In this post we touch on the Baker family, peaches and a steamy deleted scene. :0) Whisk(e)y and the Talisker 25 year . Scenic Tour of Skye .

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Published on September 09, 2013 02:00 • 50 views

August 29, 2013

I've been watching too much TV lately, with all those car commercials and Labor Day sales going on all I could think of to call our massive giveaway this weekend was 'blowout', because it's gonna be a big one!

Forged is taking the lead for the giveaway weekend starting today going through Sunday then joining it is The Legend of Lady MacLaoch on Friday and going through Monday.

Fun part? Forged has a new cover (!) and as an ebook, it's officially a second edition (!!) - we made some minor conversation updates and a few changes to the dialog between Nate and Eva here and there. I know some folks wanted it longer, but save for three or four words hither and tither it's the same length. However, there is a big change coming - the ebook will be carried by Kobo starting Tuesday (!!!) and in the coming weeks the NOOK. So tell your friends their sexy reading options are about to improve!! 

 Today through Sunday (8/29/13 - 9/01/13) Forged ebook is free via Amazon

Friday through Monday (8/30/13-9/02/13) The Legend of Lady MacLaoch ebook is free via Amazon:

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Published on August 29, 2013 15:41 • 44 views

August 26, 2013

Today we have a very special interview, it's with book blogger and co-indie author Jennifer Garcia. Ms. Garcia is the author of the just released, My Mr. Manny. Please welcome Jennifer Garcia!

“Hello and welcome Ms. Garcia!” Becky says patting the plush leather chair next to her, beside the fire. “Please come, have a seat. Tea?” she says passing her a cup without waiting for her response.

Garcia, a savvy Italian woman, long dark hair and stunning features, takes a seat and the proffered cup, “I’d love some, thank you.”  

“Let’s get started here shall we? In an interview you gave awhile back, I read that you spent some considerable time at sea, on your father’s boat, is that right?"

Yes, that’s correct.

Can you tell us about that experience?

Of course, I think one of my first memories with my father is fishing off the back of his very first boat, Ms. Forbes, in Boston. I was just a baby and because we spent so much time together, he always took me with him to hang out on his boat. As I got older and he moved to California, he actually spent many years living on a different boat he bought in Northern California. I remember slaving (I was a kid, any work was slaving) over the boat, sanding, lacquering, and scrubbing. I hated it then, because I wanted to just play not work, but now as an adult, I appreciate the experience and time spent with my dad. And play we did. He would take me and some friends to Catalina for weekend trips and give me free rein over our thirteen foot Boston whaler. I love all of the adventures we had on that boat, The Moonraker, the experiences, and the time we spent together.

How did that time spent with your father at sea shape your writing?

I think it gave me experiences many may not have. Not just with boating but all of the work we did. I mean, I can sand and paint a small fiberglass boat. I can sand and lacquer teak. I also have the memories of spending time with my dad and those experiences have shaped the person I am now.

Fast forward to current times, you are not only a successful author but also a successful business-woman in the Scrap/Recycling Industry. I’ll tell you a little about myself here, I spent six years in the industrial stormwater field and have walked recycling yards and rubbed shoulders of big wigs at ISRI events. The recycling industry is a male dominated field, but one that you are a successful entrepreneurial business-woman in. Do you find that your male characters are easy or harder to create because of your experience? Why?

Oh, wow. I had no idea, Becky. So, you pretty much know my industry well. We also belong to ISRI.This is a great question, though. I’m a pretty tough person. I am honest and speak my mind and find that I have always worked in male dominated industries. I ran demolition crews alone at the age of sixteen, I worked for a major airline managing up to seven hundred employees at one time, most men and older men to make it worse. So, I have experience dealing with men and their prejudices.

I find that I understand a man well, because I believe that I think like a man. I don’t have many mental womanly qualities except for romance. I relate to men more than I do women. That could be a flaw or a strength depending how you look at it. So, for those reasons I think I can get into the head of a man pretty easily, which is ironic because I mostly write from a female’s point of view.

Your latest novel, My Mr. Manny, is a love story about a single mother who’s trying to overcome the hardships of life. After her divorce, she hires a male nanny, a turn of fate that blossoms into love. As you know, scrap recycling yards, are a hustling bustling place with front loaders, scales and other large and moving machinery. Did any of your work experiences from your business, or other more disreputable sites (think dark and lawless...), seep into My Mr. Manny? If not in this novel, do you foresee any of your others having scenarios right out of your daily grind, per se?

God, you’re good at this. You make me think long and hard and reach deep inside. I absolutely despise crooked business people and there are a lot in my industry. But honestly, if I didn’t take over for my father, I would have never chosen the recycling industry at all. I have the experience and am good at what I do, but I could do it in any industry, to tell you the truth. But to answer your question, no. I don’t think so. Perhaps, one day I will plan  and place some of my experiences in this industry in a book.

Lastly as we wrap things up, My Mr. Manny is your third novel? Can you tell us a bit more about what we can expect from the story and/or it’s characters?

It’s actually my first novel. I have a novella coming out a month prior to that. My intention with My Mr. Manny while writing it was to share some of my experiences moving from Boston during high school and leaving behind my big Italian family to move with my father. I play that through my main character, Mia. While she’s grasping for some part of her past to bring into her present, she bumps into an old friend from the neighborhood. She marries him but doesn’t realize until it’s too late that she did so for all the wrong reasons. She’s alone with her daughter, the love of her life, the one person that she lives for and keeps her going. But her daughter, Lucia, is growing and needs a bit more care, so Mia needs help. Here comes the Manny (male nanny). Starting with a very awkward first meeting and an instant attraction, he becomes a live in. I hope everyone will be able to see how important family is to Mia, how important her daughter is, and how much she learns about herself, which opens her to accept real love.

And, for our readers, where can they purchase your latest release?

My first book, a novella, In My Mother’s Footsteps by Forbes Arnone releases July 2nd. My first novel, My Mr. Manny by Jennifer Garcia will release August 26th. They will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. I’ll keep updated information on my blog.

Jennifer, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us today! 

Becky, it’s been a pleasure being here with you. I admire you so much and love your happy attitude. It’s contagious and admirable. You challenged me with these questions and surprised me with your experience. Thank you so much for participating in this tour. You’re one in a million. ;)

Please take the time today to put Ms. Garcia's novel, My Mr. Manny on your to-read list, or better yet support this budding author by purchasing a copy today. Click on a store link below to be taken to the book's purchase page.

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To learn more about Jennifer Garcia, visit her online at:
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Published on August 26, 2013 11:19 • 58 views

August 5, 2013

Once a year Chelsea Cain and I get together and help sponsor our favorite editing firm's (Indigo Editing and Publication) annual Sledgehammer Writing Contest. This year is no different! (Do you like how I make it sound like Chelsea Cain and I are BFFs?? Really tho, we've never met, but I hear she writes real good [as in NYT Bestseller] and showed up at last Sledgehammer with a severed head. No joke on the severed head...)

This year Indigo is at it again helping writers all over Portland (and now the WORLD!) break out of their writer's block. Here's the 411:
36 Hours
6 Prompts
1 Short Story
$1,000s in Prizes
August 17-18, 2013
Nothing shatters writer’s block like a tight deadline and some good-natured competition. Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest attracts professional authors and sometimes-writers alike from far and wide.
Portland contestants will meet all at one location at noon on Saturday, August 17, where the Sledgehammer staff will give the first writing prompt and a clue. With that clue, you’ll embark on a scavenger hunt around Portland to collect a total of six writing prompts. Contestants in other locations will convene on the website [Sledgehammer Writing Contest] at noon on Saturday and will embark on a similar but online-based scavenger hunt for prompts. You must incorporate all six writing prompts into the original story you’ll write and turn in by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
To make the contest even more fun, you can compete either as a team or individually. Gather up some friends to create your own A-Team, or hole yourself up in a twenty-four-hour cafe to tap in to your own genius. There will be six categories in which you can potentially win a prize package—Team, Individual, Youth, Readers’ Choice, Judges’ Choice and, new this year, Out-of-Towners. Prize packages are already worth more than $20,000!
All winners will be announced the week of September 30. Winners are invited to read at various venues throughout the year. Learn more or to sign-up click here.
Win Good Shit, like autographed paperbacks of my books!! Sign-up today!! Sledgehammer Writing Contest

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Published on August 05, 2013 16:28 • 45 views