Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Guest Blog with Katherine McIntyre

Highlighting Professions in Stories

    One of the things I love most about writing contemporary novels is the ability to explore different careers and jobs I’ve never worked before. While some folks work the nine to five so they can enjoy other aspects of their lives, other people tie their careers in with their identity. So when I began writing Captured Memories, I decided to write two characters with distinctive and demanding career paths, but of course a little offbeat like themselves.

    For the hero of the novel, Zane Parata, being a chef was only natural. The man’s an ex-con, so his career options are limited, and having worked at restaurants before, I’m familiar with how chefs operate in the back of house. I also loved the passion for cooking that cropped up with his character due to that connection.

    As for the heroine, Liv Morozov, she ended up being a photographer. I have several friends who are, and I love seeing the unique perspective and artistry that comes with the craft. Liv funnels all of that creativity into her work as well, creating two driven individuals, despite their personal demons.

    Choosing careers for the two of them wasn’t just a blind choice though. I went with professions that fit the characters best, and those elements should be considered whenever you’re creating backstories. For example, Liv had this sort of artsy, spunky vibe that would be hard to pop into a business suit and throw on regular hours, and Zane’s rough and tumble, tattooed exterior and jaded past seemed the perfect fit for the loudmouths back in the kitchen.

   There’s a myriad of professions out there, from lawyers to deep sea divers, and one of the wonderful parts of writing is the excitement of exploring them through your characters. So next time you pick up the pen and create a new character, make sure you don’t forget the importance of their career and how it can enhance or accent personality.

 Captured Memories
Cupid's Cafe Series #3
By Katherine McIntyre

An invitation to Cupid’s Café will change your life.

After the incident that caused Liv Morozov to drop out of college, years later she’s still trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She’s managed to carve out a career for herself as a photographer, but when it comes to guys? Her issues send them running for the hills, every damn time.

Zane Parata has declared himself off-limits for relationships. Between trying to maintain sobriety and the long hours he works as a chef, no one wants to deal with his brand of damage, and he wouldn’t want to burden them in the first place.

When Liv shows up at Cupid’s Café, she never expected to find Zane, her brother’s former best friend who had vanished one day and never returned. The sparks that surged when they were both teens rekindle stronger than ever, and all too fast, Liv and Zane entangle in each other’s lives, breaking their own rules. Except with both struggling with the demons from their past, the love that’s begun to grow is one lapse away from shattering the two of them beyond repair.

Excerpt #1:

The date started as bland and was speeding right along to abysmal.

    Liv sucked on her straw, taking in an extra hefty helping of her black-and-white milkshake, as if the creamy goodness could block out the absolute drivel coming out of this guy’s mouth. He hadn’t seemed like this much of a twat online, but hey, dating profiles lie. The overhead lights of the Denny’s blared down on her, and the rattle and chill of air conditioning blasting through this place made her skin prickle.

    “So you take photographs, right?” Kyle asked, his smarmy grin the sort kind she itched to punch off his face, and the Drakkar Noir he’d slathered on making her stomach churn. “What’s your real job?”

    Liv swigged so much milkshake it went straight to her head, but even brain freeze melted in the fury his question inspired. So far he checked off every item on her ‘Shit that Makes Liv Morozov Rage’ list. Acting like her career wasn’t a legitimate profession tended to top that, along with the territorial way he leaned forward, his hand inching across the laminate table as the minutes wore on.

    “Professional Emasculator. I’ve been told that’s why I’ve got such a problem keeping a man,” she drawled, batting her eyelashes innocently while the venom poured from her mouth. This had been a bad idea from the start, spurred on by the promise she made to Tessa to give the dating pool a fair try again. Common sense-wise, making connections she might be able to use for her quite-real job as a photographer didn’t hurt, and she figured she could slice through any assholes who came her way.
    Looked like right off the bat they lined up for the slaughter.

Excerpt #2:

This was a terrible plan.

    Liv applied cherry red lipstick in her rearview mirror with the precision of experience, her brand of war paint to give her confidence today. By some miracle, a hangover hadn’t chased her into Tuesday, after the amount of whisky they swilled last night. She had needed all the liquid courage possible following her miserable date with Kyle-the-douche and the way the thought of today sent her into freak-out mode.

    Still, she smoothed the surface of her navy blue cigarette pants and took a deep inhale. Her Converse might not be as stylish as a pair of pumps, but if she needed to move fast, she’d be able to bolt at a moment’s notice. She might feel safe sitting behind the wheel of her Subaru, but the idea of walking down Bardstown towards this café made her heart step in double time.

    She tugged her black leather jacket from the back seat, more a security blanket than any sort of needed warmth since the temperature would climb with the hours. Liv refused to go anywhere without it even though the jacket had accumulated more patches and holes than was worth keeping. Ten years later, and she had never been able to let him go—not completely. He and this jacket remained in her memories as a reminder of a better time, before college had happened and she turned into this jaded mess.

    Liv got out of the car.

    This time of day on a Saturday, Bardstown Street exploded into full swing with traffic flowing on both sides, engines revving and tires whirring. Crowds mobbed the sidewalks, mostly folks of the bespectacled hipster variety, with which she tended to blend in well. Even though the sun beat down on her with a fiery insistence, she slipped her leather jacket on and made her way towards Cupid’s Café.

Tweet: A visit to Cupid's Cafe will change your life. Join Liv and Zane in Captured Memories! #rockabilly #romance

Author Information:
Strong women. Strong words.

Katherine McIntyre is a feisty Irish chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women. Easily distracted by cats and sugar.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Subscription Box Reveal: Loot Crate & Geek Fuel

Loot Crate September Theme: Robotic
I enjoyed this box overall. But the Alien figure and t-shirt were
my favorite items. Below is closer look at the Alien item.

Geek Fuel September
This was my first Geek Fuel, pretty good box. Loved the pin.

You can subscribe here:
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Update: Social Media Links

The last few months I have been getting quite a few requests for LinkedIn.
Sorry, I'm not on LinkedIn.   Below are the links to my social media accounts.

Facebook Blog Page: https://www.facebook.com/Annas-Book-Blog-122673031148590/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annasbookblog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnasBookBlog
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/851151-anna
Google+: https://plus.google.com/112569469844329832031

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

What I'm Reading 10|4|17

What I'm Reading:

What I Just Finished Read:

What's Next:
Just started Voyager, so I'm not sure yet.

Monday, October 2, 2017

September Reading List

Gwendy's Button Box- Stephen King & Richard T. Chizmar [4/5]
Runaways Vol. 1: Pride & Joy- Brian K. Vaughn & Adrian Alphona [3/5]
The Unbelievable Gwenpool Vol. 1: Believe It- Hastings|Gurihiru|Beyruth|Bonvillain [4/5]
Dragonsworn- Sherrilyn Kenyon [4/5]
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Rise of Alpha Flight- Fazekas|Butters|Anka|Smith [3/5]
Generations: The Mighty Thor & The Unworthy Thor #1- Aaron|Asrar|Bellaire [4/5]
Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1- Thompsom|Raffaele|Digikore [4/5]
Midnight Crossroads- Charlaine Harris (re-read) [5/5]
Generations: Iron Man & Ironheart #1- Bendis|Rudy|Kudranski|Leon [4/5]
Star Wars: Captain Phasma #1- Thompson|Checchetto|Mossa [4/5]
Star Wars: Mace Windu #1- Owens|Cowan|Poggi [4/5]
Accidental Sire- Molly Harper [4/5]
Batman Anuual #1- Various Authors [4/5]
Star Wars Adventures #1- Scott|Charm|Sommariva|Parsons|Kirchoff [3/5]
Dying Breath- Heather Graham [3/5]
Star Trek: TNG- Mirror Broken: Origin of Data- Tipton|Tipton|Hood|Lewis [3/5]

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October Book Releases

Haunted Blade- J.C. Blade
How to Find a Duke in Ten Days- Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen & Carolyn Jewel
Strangers of the Night & Witch's Hunger- Megan Hart & Deborah LeBlanc
Wolf, Interrupted- Jillian Stone
Desert Wolf & Protector Wolf- Linda Thomas-Sundstrom & Linda O. Johnston
Her Guardian Shifter & Royal Enchantment- Karen Whiddon & Sharon Ashwood

Her Vampire Husband- Michele Hauf

Before the Devil Breaks You- Libba Bray
The Black Key- Amy Ewing (pbk)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slayer- Christopher Golden
Brimstone Prince- Barbara J. Hancock
The Witch's Quest- Michele Hauf
Echoes of Memory- A. R. Kahler
Star Wars: Ahsoka- E. K. Johnston
The Midnight Star- Marie Lu (pbk)
Drop Dead Gorgeous- Juliet Lyons
Jek/Hyde- Amy Ross
Grigori- Lauren Smith
Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas- Terry Spear
Black Widow: Red Vengeance- Margaret Stohl (pbk)
White Silence- Jodi Taylor
Mistress of Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy- Serena Valentino

Savage- Nicole Conway
Hulk: Planet Hulk Prose Novel- Greg Pak & Jose Ladronn

The Vampire Fate- Michelle Madow

Wild Rapture- Donna Grant

Midnight Unleashed- Lara Adrian
The Book of Swords- Anthology
Tool of War- Paolo Bacigalupi
The Knowing- Sharon Cameron
Marvel: The Tales of Asgard Trilogy- Keith R.A. DeCandido
A Long and Wild Hunt- Merrie Destefano
Turtles All the Way Down- John Green
Book of a Thousand Days- Shannon Hale
This Fond Madness- Melissa Marr
All The Crooked Saints- Maggie Stiefvater
The Sea Peoples- S. M. Stirling

Must Love Plague- Shelly Chalmers

Dragon Justice- Laura Anne Gilman
Forever Vampire- Michele Hauf
Spellbound with Sly- Shelley Munro

Of the Divine- Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Sleeper- Lexi Blake
Sun Warrior- P.C. Cast
Bayou Born- Hailey Edwards
Monster- Michael Grant
A Plague of Giants- Kevin Hearne
Duke of Desire- Elizabeth Hoyt
Last Chance- Gregg Hurwitz
Enhanced- Carrie Jones
Feversong- Karen Marie Moning
One Hunted, Twice Shy- Mandy M. Roth
Edgedancer- Brandon Sanderson
Messenger- Carol Lynch Williams

Under a Blood Moon- Delilah Devlin
The Book of Dust- Philip Pullman

Harry Potter: A History of Magic- British Library
Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic- British Library

The Glass Spare- Lauren DeStefano
Keep Me Close- Cynthia Eden
Dragonfly In Amber (25th Anniversary)- Diana Gabaldon
Hallow Be the Haunt- Heather Graham
The Beautiful Ones- Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Manchester Moll- Emma Hornby
Switchback- Melissa F. Olson

Coven of Mercy- Deborah Cooke

Savage of the Sea- Eliza Knight
Dark Illusions- D.D Miers

Sword Kissed- Alexis Kade

Breaking the Darkness- J.A. Miller

The Accidental Mermaid- Dakota Cassidy

Going Viral- Amy Alward
Piper- Jay Asher & Jessica Freeburg
Empress Of A Thousand Skies- Rhoda Belleza (pbk)
Revelation- Lauren Dane
The Scandalous Flirt- Olivia Drake
The Turn- Kim Harrison (pbk)
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave- Darynda Jones
The Dark Intercept- Julia Keller
The Empress- S.J. Kincaid
The Legends of Luke Skywalker- Ken Liu
Beasts Made of Night- Tochi Onyebuchi
The Scot's Bride- Paula Quinn
Tales of the Peculiar- Ransom Riggs (pbk)
The Scarecrow Queen- Melinda Salisbury
Otherworld- Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Hard Breaker- Christine Warren
The Sea King- C.L. Wilson
Lethal Lies- Rebecca Zanetti


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