Va-squeeze and the Chooie Woo

Odd title, huh?   Yeah such has been my week but it did end good.  As always twas filled with much laughter and my friends helped me out on that.  I have some pretty awesome ones at that.

In between my day job and nights of kids/home and working on ALL ACCESS I’ve been going over REMEMBRANCE (once again).   I wanted to do some house cleaning on it as there’s still a few cobwebs there.  Now my story, REMEMBRANCE, holds a wonderful character named Vaz, or rather his full name is, Michael Vasquez, and he’s ummm…he’s quite the stand out character.   This week I heard a cute story by my coworker about something her young son Anthony said.  He happened to see a name on an envelope and the person’s last name was Vasquez, only he said it as Va-squeeze.   This tickled my funny bone so much that I knew it needed to be included in REMEMBRANCE.  I hunted through the story to find just the right spot that I can work that reference in, and I do believe I found it.  Va-squeeze indeed.

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Big shout out to: Anthony Carvino for his cuteness and misspeak.

I love music (who doesn’t) and a good friend of mine went to see a Lou Reed tribute show the other night.  Well we were online in chat discussing some new music I came across and she began telling me about the show she saw.  Somehow we ended up discussing people and how they dress.   This is a smidgeon of our online chat:

HER:   You wanna know who is bad ass? This woman who sang the song, VICIOUS by Lou Reed. Holy Shizz, she belted it out and had a good edge factor going too.  But she was awesome and very properly dressed,  not slutty, just rocker cool.

ME:   Yeah.  That is bad ass.  I love it when they are a “rocker chick” chic not “show your yaya and hoochies and call it a manufacturer defect” chic.

HER:  You crack me up – who ha’s, yaya’s, hoochies, and chooie woos … love that woman humor!

ME:    LOL    chooie woos?   I LOVE IT   A character in the story must somehow say chooie woos.

I know exactly where chooie woos will be inserted in ALL ACCESS too.  Have the scene outlined as well.   I love odd-ball words and this is definitely one of them.  Now that I think of it. I may have to put the word shizz in there too.  Hmm.  I kind of like that one.

So there you have it.  Va-Squeeze and the Chooie Woo + Shizz.

Have you come across some oddball words that made you laugh when you heard them but now you find yourself using them?    Share them with me.

C’mon you know you wanna.


It’s time for a resolution…



I know I’m late on the well wishes (sigh) but better late than never I always say.   I have a perfectly good reason but it’s moot now.   All is good.  I’m on and I’m blogging.  woot woot

And I have a question.  resolution

Do people still make resolutions?

I mean, this is when one usually makes them, right?

People usually ask me what my resolutions are but I’ve begun noticing this trend, especially now that I’m getting a tad (yes I said a tad) older..nobody asks me anymore.

Perhaps it’s because I used to do resolutions but stopped when I realized that come January 3rd or 4th I was already breaking what I proclaimed I wouldn’t.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have willpower, I did.   I had determination…grit.  The want.  The need.  I lacked motivation and needed inspiration to keep going.

That’s when I hit upon lifethis novel idea to not make it a New Year resolution.   I quit smoking on an icky cold March day four years ago.   I just picked a day, marked the calendar, and prepared.   Yes, it was rough, those first few days were awful.  But I knew it would be.  I did the research.  I warned everyone (to stay far away) and every day it got a little easier.  I learned not to beat myself up for sliding backwards.  It happens but you move forward and before you know it you’ve attained the goal.  Smoking was a big hurdle but I did it.

This year I’ve made no resolutions.  I just want to enjoy life with all its ups and down.

What I have made are intentions.  This is the year I plan to release two books, YES TWO.   If I’m good and my beta readers don’t red ink me too much maybe, just maybe, GASP a third.   Good things are coming.   2014 is a magical year and well, I believe in magic.

Now, I suppose if I had to make one resolution it would be: less web time.


So tell me…Did YOU make a resolution?  What was it?  C’mon you can tell me, I won’t laugh.  Well, I might giggle but it will be more of snerk kind of thing.  Unless…well we’ll cross that bridge.

Bring it on 2014…Bring it on!

Crimson and Clover

Ok so earlier tonight I posted a book review up over at Bluebird Reviews (read the whole article here:, a web-based music review site.  I know I know.  It’s a music review site I get it.  But Juli Page Morgan’s books are not your average romance stories.  In fact none of her books are your typical everyday romance novels.   All three books:  Crimson and Clover, Athena’s Daughter, and Song Without Words are all part of her Romance that Rocks series and that makes them unique.

I picked Crimson and Clover not because it was a finalist in Book Junkie’s Reader’s Choice Awards (it was), or even because Amazon chose the book to be part of its Kindle Big Deal promotion for December, I did it because I know the author, Juli Page Morgan; a fellow lover of Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, French onion dip, a coffee lover, and who is a fantastic friend.  Juli and I schlepped around Memphis, TN seeing all the musical sites and I know first-hand how much she loves music and its history.

Crimson and Clover is a story entrenched in the late 60’s early 70’s.  You can (almost) smell the weed, feel the flower power, and free love coming from within the pages.  Jay and Katie’s fire and passion never let up throughout the story, they are a couple you root for.  Ms. Morgan researches and strives to be historically correct in all her stories and weaves her knowledge of music and bands right into every page.  Her characters leap out of the book and you become enthralled with them.  Whether you’re male or female Crimson and Clover has it all and then some.

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                             by: Juli Page Morgan

Under Katie Scott’s flower child exterior beats the heart of June Cleaver.  Though she digs her bellbottoms and love beads, she longs for the idyllic family life she was denied as a child.

Laughed out of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury after the Summer of Love for believing rock ‘n roll and white picket fences can coexist she decides to try her luck in the bohemian neighborhood of Ladbroke Grove in London.

When she discovers her new friend Adam is starting a band with Jay Carey, she’s ecstatic.  She’d admired the British guitar god from afar for years, and when she and Jay finally meet the attraction between them is instantaneous.

But life with a rock ‘n roll star doesn’t lend itself well to white picket fences.  And when Katie Jay the secret she’s carried for two years it may end the dream before it begins.


Juli’s thrilled that Crimson and Clover has been received so well by readers.  Since February, Juli’s published two more stories from her Romances that Rock catalog:  Athena’s Daughter set in 1975 Memphis, and Song Without Words primarily set in a radio station in New Orleans in 1982. (Gee, wonder where she got that idea? Find out in the full article over at ) In both books, Juli strives to keep the realism that touched so many of her readers in Crimson and Clover. And best of all they’re full of the music that we all love.

Juli’s working on her next book, Sister Golden Hair, set in present day and it’s the first story that doesn’t have a rock guitarist as the hero. This time around he’s a lead singer and you’ll get to meet him March 2014.

All of Juli’s Romances that Rock are available in eBook and paperback at your favorite online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Tower Books and more.   And right now through December 22nd, Crimson and Clover is AMAZON’s big steal deal at .99 cents.  Purchase it for yourself, your friends, wives, girlfriends, husbands, etc.   Jay and Katie sizzle; you need to read their rockin story.   Show Juli Page Morgan a Whole Lotta Love and purchase this book.

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AUTHOR BIO:juli behind the mic

Juli Page Morgan is a former rock ‘n roll radio announcer who had the great luck to meet and interview lots of bands over the years. During those interviews she heard lots of interesting stories, but it was when the microphone was turned off and they were just hanging out that she heard – and saw – the really juicy stuff! Incorporating these revelations in her books (with names and locations changed to protect the innocent, and often the not-so-innocent!) lets her remember those wonderful people that briefly rocked through her life, and to take her readers on a hard rocking journey full of love, music and happy endings while giving a “backstage peek” at some of the things that really happened.  Her Romances that Rock™ include Crimson and Clover, Athena’s Daughter, and Song Without Words.

Juli lives in Arkansas with her husband. When she’s not writing, she’s recording voiceovers for television commercials, remodeling her old house, and trying to convince her husband the world won’t come to an end if the television is turned off.  She also listens to a lot of music at maximum volume and exceeds the speed limit when she drives.  Juli’s an unapologetic lover of rock ‘n roll, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and French onion dip, not necessarily in that order.

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I have arrived…

On Facebook that is.   I’m not sure why it took me so long to create an author page but I’ve gone and done it.  I am determined to get my stories, REMEMBRANCE and ALL ACCESS out there to the public and I need a page (no, not that PAGE…though I wish…sigh) to help me get my information out there to my public.

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I’m also going to be posting here every week.  I’d like to say every day but I know me and my crazy life.   Let’s go with once a week and if I do more, well we can call it a banner week.  🙂

I can’t wait for everyone to read my stories.  I’ll be posting tidbits, music pieces, trivia from my stories over on my Facebook page.  Will probably do some contests too.  So come check it out.  Invite your friends.   Let’s rock-it-write over on my new site.

Thank you in advance for stopping by.

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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Christina or Rachel


Author Bio:

Rachel Rueben went to school to become an administrative assistant but instead, wound up an author.  In her defense, she tried freelance writing, virtual assisting, and blogging to pay the bills, but creating worlds was her one and only passion.

This past summer, Rachel entered the sacred order of authorhood with the release of her first novel “Hag” which made it to #10 on the Amazon’s Women’s and Girl’s Literature list.

To find out what Rachel is up to you can check out her new site at:

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Rachel:

1. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite chapter was chapter 8 because it was the part where my heroine has to accept her new life as a vampire.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

I would say Mark Twain he was simple and honest in his work.  He taught without preaching down to the reader.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

I have no clue, I would like to believe my work is a culmination of all the books I’ve read.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

I learned to not force things and definitely not to chase trends.

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Yes, I generally write in the morning and  afternoon.  I also make sure all my chores and errands are done before I begin.   I don’t want any excuses .

6.  Tell me about your muse?

My muse is a funny little creature that likes to wake me up in the middle of the night with the darndest stories.  And when I’m wide awake she loses the ability to speak.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

My book was an abandoned work, a starter novel if you will.  So the hard part was picking up the pieces and reworking the project.

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yeah, this takes time as with any other career, you need to learn, practice and even explore.  Also, the business aspect is just as important as the artistic part.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I would love to work with Apollonia, she was probably one of the most outrageous characters I’ve ever dreamed up.  I would like to go into her past and see what made her what she is in Eternal Bond.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment? 

The toughest criticism was when someone called me an amateur which I was at the time, but what surprised me most was that it came from another author.  Needless to say, I was disappointed that someone felt the need to do that.

The best compliment was when someone said they loved my book so much that they wanted to give it to their daughter.

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I interviewed with each one these amazing authors.

Check out their blogs to learn more about me.


Dellani Oakes:

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Ruth Davis Hays:

Juli Morgan:

Karen Vaughan:

Karina Gioertz:


The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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Hey wait…that’s me! 

That means I am on tour!

Today I am guesting (hopping) on the other WRITE STARS blogs.   Check me out and my interviews (each will be different) on their blogs below:

Dellani Oakes:

Kristen Duvall:

Ruth Davis Hays:

Juli Morgan:

Karen Vaughan:

Karina Gioertz:

Rachel Rueben:

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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Author Bio:

Although Karina Gioertz has been writing for most of her life, it never quite registered with her as something out of the ordinary or worth pursuing, because it was so closely connected to who she was. It wasn’t until she became a stay at home mom and finally took the time to write an entire book from beginning to end, that she understood what all of those ideas she had been jotting down all those years were really for. Since then, she has written several books, including Country Girls, Lucky In Love and Blood Bound.

While writing and motherhood have become her main focus over the years, she also enjoys many other creative activities such as painting and photography. Most sunny days she can be found in her courtyard working feverishly at painting and refurbishing old furniture…that is, of course, only if it wasn’t a suitable day to spend at the beach. 😉

Karina resides in sunny Florida with her family and two dogs.

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Karina:

1. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

Hm…that’s a tough one…well, chapter 16 – The Art Of Possibilities was fun (see excerpt below)! That was when I first heard about whistling pots and nuntius parchment, both of which are pretty cool.

2. What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

Most recently, Judy Schachner has been fun to read. Now, keep in mind, most of the reading I do these days is with my 5 year old, but you can’t find better bedtime entertainment than Skippyjon Jones. I mean, really, a Siamese cat that thinks it’s a Chihuahua?! That’s nothing if not brilliant!

3. Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

Honestly, I haven’t a clue. Some reviewers have compared my writing to Fanny Flagg and Kristan Higgins…but they were two completely different books.

4. Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

Are we talking ‘personal growth’ learning or ‘I was researching the layout of a prison cell’ learning? ‘Cause I’ve learned plenty either way

5. What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

It seems to be evolving lately. When I first started, I had several steps I followed, starting with notes before moving on to writing out the story in primarily dialogue and then going in and really fleshing out the story. Recently I’ve figured out that I’m ready to skip step number two and go straight from notes into writing the book.

6. Tell me about your muse? Life is my muse.

She’s an endless source of entertainment, ranging from drama to comedy and sometimes both at the same time. She never lets me down…although she often gives me more material than I have time to write about…

7. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was telling that negative voice of self-doubt to shut up and go away. It creeps up from time to time, mostly when I’m pushing myself to write things that might be a little out of my comfort zone.

8. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep on top of that negative voice. Don’t let it get too loud or you might start to listen to it and that would be a shame. There’s quote, “Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.” -Holley Gerth I think it’s probably the best advice any writer could follow.

9. Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I definitely think I’ll be working with the Wilson Girls again…and the McCarthy boys have been hounding me to make a comeback as well…but right now I’m going for round number two with Lucky and the guys and, of course, everyone from The Final Descendants will be back again for book 2 of the series.

10. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

I think it’s really hard when a reader totally misses the mark on what you were trying to say with your writing. Obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but sometimes I read a review and I think – what book were you reading?? It doesn’t even have to be a bad review for that to happen, but it makes me wonder if I’m not articulating things as clearly as I would like. But then, when someone says that they completely related to my characters, that’s the best! When I’ve succeeded in making my fictional characters so real that people can connect with them and come to care about them, that’s pretty awesome!

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Check back tomorrow as the FABULOUS BLOG HOP stops here again with another WRITE STAR to be premiered…. Author RACHEL RUEBEN