Sunday, January 27, 2013

Beautiful Strangers Sneak Peeks!

Sneak Peek #1


  Pulling my VW Jetta  next to Evans Harley I get out and practically run down the beaten dirt path to find him, I am in need of more and my fingers are starting to twitch and my palms are getting sweaty  just thinking about it. There was Evan leaning against a post near the edge of the water and he looks pissed, great he is going to give me a hard time, things have been tense between us lately he wants more than I can give. I can’t tell him where I’m working at now I don’t want him showing up and getting me fired like the last time. Evan knows were not together but that doesn't stop him from trying. Even pissed he looks good, and he was wearing the holey jeans I loved and a black tank showing off his tattoos and some real shit kicking riding boots. 
  Pushing his sunglasses from his milky brown eyes onto his shaved head he closed the gap between us, “You’re late Gracie. Sorry long night." I apologize. “Where you working these days? You know me Evan here and there a little of everywhere. Never give a guy a straight answer still I see” he huffs taking one last draw  from his cigarette before flicking it to the ground. “Can’t we skip the pleasantries and cut the shit, I have your money” I say biting my lower lip. “Do you have what I want or not?" I ask.  “Gracie you know I don’t want your money” he says hooking his fingers into the belt loops of my shorts jerking, my body into his.... 




Sneak Peek #2


     Let the games begin. I slowly made my way to the end of the stages catwalk and came to a stop in front of a group of six. One guy in particular stood out to me, it was like a magnet was pulling me closer to him. He is the most intriguing stranger. I lifted my right leg and poked the guy with piercing electric blue eyes in the chest with the heel of my stiletto, then I bent down and pulled him forward by his tie, it was a softer blue and with the black masquerade mask his eyes really did spark. I found my self almost reaching out to run my fingers through his messy black hair.......

                                Sneak Peek #3




   I tried to push my jealousy aside I was here for a job after all. Reining in my daggered glare I sat down on the porch swing picking at a donut when I felt the swing shift. “Hello Grace, as you know I’m Sadie” her sun kissed face plastered with a fake smile. “Nice to meet you” I lied trying my best to smile. When she was satisfied with the pictures that made us to appear like two girlfriends shooting the shit her demeanor changed.
    “You must be the new flavor of the month” she sneered tucking her blonde curls behind her ear. “And you must be the soured milk on the shelf” I snapped back. “Feisty aren't we” she clucked. “Well honey don’t look so smug Jackson and I go way back, he may play with you for now, but when we leave together for our tour in four weeks he will be all mine again. You’re not the first or last girl he’s liked and just like every other time once he is bored with you we will pick back up where we left off. Don’t look so shocked, I’m in no hurry to settle down yet, but Jackson knows when I am it will be just the two of us like before.” 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sneak a peek at my book Beautiful Strangers


Here is a sneak peek from my novel coming out Summer 2013





Sometimes I think that we know each other so completely and then I think back to all the lies and I wander if we ever really knew one another.”
    Evan grabs my left wrist and turns it over and traces his index finger over my infinity tattoo. “Grace, do you remember what I said to you when I ask you to get this put here? Yes, I remember, you told me that every time I saw this tattoo you wanted me to know that when you said forever, that you meant it.” I say drawing my wrist back and remembering that very moment. I had thought Evan was going to propose but what he did really surprised me.
    Evan knew how badly I had wanted to get a tattoo but I was scared. It was our one year anniversary. We were supposed to go out for a fancy dinner when he took me to a tattoo parlor instead. “Babe” he had said getting down on one knee “I don’t have a fancy ring and I think we are too young to get married, but I want to make a promise to you, that I will always love you no matter what. You will always hold my heart. So I picked out a tattoo for you. You don’t have to get it if you don’t want to.”  How could I say no, when I saw what he had decided on. It was a beautiful infinity symbol with a Celtic heart in the middle. He had said that each loop represented him and I and that the heart in the middle was our two hearts beating as one and that the knot in the middle of it all was holding us together. And that every time I looked at my wrist he wanted me to remember his promise and how much he loved me.
  When I think about moments like that how could I not love Evan? I know he has done me wrong on so many levels but I think we could have a happy life together. I want to believe that everything he has said is true, and that we really do know one another and that we aren't strangers after all. But on the other hand I have Jackson who draws me in like a magnet, but is it love or lust? I think Jackson cares for me but does he love me on the level that Evan does? 


Friday, January 25, 2013

Beautiful Strangers

 Here is the first look at my synopsis for the romance novel I am currently writing. Enjoy!

   When Grace went off to college to follow her dreams of becoming a writer, she didn't expect to fall in love. When  Evan Brown walked into her life he was almost too good to be true. What will happen once she finds out that may be exactly the case? Will she hold on to the love she never expected or will she let him go when she finds herself drawn to a handsome stranger. When she discovers hidden truths can she let go of her past and embrace her future?  Will she overcome her demons to give love a chance?  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Winters Day

 Here I sit on a perfect winters days looking out the back window trying to find inspiration. I watch the leaves dance in the wind and nothing. I watch the tress sway to their sad song and nothing. I watch the tall grass as it waves at me and nothing. I glance into the woods and see a lonely Cardinal pecking for worms and nothing. I sit, I stare and I ponder yet nothing comes. Then finally in all the silence it hits me, music. I have forgotten to turn my music on.  My greatest inspiration comes from music. Ah sweet music comes to my rescue. What inspires you?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Just Do It

  So I finally did it today, I announced the title of my book. Now I just have to be patient and see how it is received  Patience is not one of my better qualities. But I decided to just do it. At least I can't say I didn't try.  Maybe one day I will be a best seller and maybe not. But I have to give it a shot and see where the journey takes me. I am so thankful for my family and friends for all the support they are showing me. And I have to give a huge shout out to my partner in crime Morgan Jane, without her I think I would be completely lost. I am so grateful to have a friend doing this with me.
    It is so hard just putting yourself out there for the world to judge you, but that is part of life. And well here I am take me or leave me, but I am gonna do me.So to get back on track the title of my book (drum roll please) Beautiful Strangers. I will be back on later today and actually post some sneak peaks of my work. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Endings

   As I sit here contemplating on where I want to go with the romance novel I am currently working on I find myself wandering about happy endings. I want to write about real life situations, I want what I write to be believable. Real life isn't a fairy tale, and yet most of the romances out there today have the fairy tale ending. Don't get me wrong I don't want to torture my characters but more times than not there won't be a white knight rushing in to save the day, more times than not we have to save ourselves. So I ask would you rather have the fairy tale ending or would you rather read about  real life?  I am trying to balance a happy medium in between the two. Only time  and writing can and will tell I suppose.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Confusion

  So I am trying to keep up in the social media world. Is it really necessary to belong to so many sites to get yourself out there. My thoughts yes. But it is so confusing at times I can barely keep up.  Guess I can count Myspace out,I logged in recently and I think I heard crickets chirping. Anyways now you need Twitter,a blog,Facebook,Pinterest, multiple email accounts and a Goodreads list. Oh and lets not forget LinkedIn. It takes so much time just to check into all these sites, a person almost needs an assistant to run them all. So I here I am in a world of confusion, feeling like an idiot trying to link them to each other and so on. I consider myself pretty smart so I am figuring it out as I go.  I try to keep up with all the sites I am a member of,but always seem to neglect one or the other. So I ask how do you keep up among the chaos and confusion of all the different social sites?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A journey into the world of writing

   After  a recent conversation with a dear friend, I decided to take a leap into the world of writing.  After reading quite a few books and wandering how they got published, I decided hey I can do that when I discovered a lot of them were self published. I am learning everything first hand on my own for the most part about self-publishing.. I am currently writing my first romance novel. I am taking it day by day and seeing where this path leads.  I thought why not start a blog to keep track of my progress, so here I am. I have been writing over the past few weeks and have made it to chapter 15. I find it much easier to write when I listen to music, but some may prefer complete silence. After doing research on word counts and chapter lengths I have decided not to put these constrictions or deadlines upon myself. you will only drive yourself crazy trying to maintain a certain amount of words per chapter. 
   But I do however think is important to be consistent in your writing, to keep a general flow in transitioning from one chapter to the next I have learned that I the words come to me more easily when I stick to what I know as far as subject matter goes. I have also started an Author page on Facebook if you would like to see sneak peeks of my work you can see it  here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Glenna-Maynard/458646394183267?ref=hl . I may post some of my work here in the future as well. I am trying to break into the Facebook author world, and some writers are very receiving and others not so much. One thing I have learned is if you don't promote yourself then who will? I am currently researching cover art for my book and trying to write a synopsis. For me personally writing a good synopsis has been very challenging, I am afraid of revealing to much or too little. But how do you really define how much or how little to share. I think it depends on the type of reader you are are trying to reach. And I prefer to be surprised, always leave them wanting more you might say.