Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Young Again by Maureen Sevilla

I know if you hate poetry, you'll hate this ... but I love this poem. It's wild, represents freedom and carefree youth ... and it's nostalgic.


Young Again

By Maureen Sevilla


Between dusk and dawn, we meet
In flowered fields, in forests green
On snowy mountain tops

With butterflies by day and fireflies by night

At the seesaw by the swings
In a small wooden boat
On a speedy Red Flyer

The wind whips beneath arms flying
Capped milk bottles, cold metal crates
And the climbing tree waits --

With perfectly spaced branches

Monday, September 28, 2009

Taking Action Against Breast Cancer on ABC Action News by Linda Hurtado

      Im assuming Linda would want you all to know about this so Im passing this on.

      ~~Eliza

      HI Ladies

      Starting Monday I will be kicking off a month long series called Taking Action Against Breast Cancer on ABC Action News at 5. October is breast cancer awareness month and as the health reporter I feel the need to remind women the importance of taking care of themselves. I also lost my mother to breast cancer. She never lived to meet my children. It still breaks my heart today. I hope you all will watch if you can. You can always catch my stories on
      www.abcactionnews.com/breastcancer

      There's a video story posted on the site tonight on my mother's journey.

      My other stories will start posting tomorrow. Including the story of a woman who had both healthy breasts, her uterus and both ovaries removed because she tested positive for the BCRA gene. Another woman had no insurance so she didn't get a mammogram for four years. By the time she felt the lump she had stage 2 breast cancer and no way to pay for a mastectomy. We followed her as she searched for a surgeon willing to save
      her life for free.

      Please share with me any ideas or other stories. As always I appreciate your feedback and your help by visiting the site.

      Hope everyone is well and if you haven't had your mammogram this year - go get one. For me. :-) If you can't afford one, email me off line and I'll share with you where you can get one, if you qualify, for free.

      Linda Hurtado

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thought For Today...

"You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses." Ziggy

Its kind of like love. . . Eliza J

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thought for the Day

Bad decisions often make good stories ...

Think about it. When I sort through all my bad decisions, Ill pick out one...

Oh, yes. I remember...I decided to rent an RV to see if it was a good way of taking a family vacation before we decided to buy one. Logical thinking. Sure. The transmission started breaking down 20  miles out of town. Did we turn around? No. We self diagnosed the problem and thought the RV had a governor to regulate the speed. Once we pooh-poohed that, we decided wed gotten bad gas. For the next week we proceeded to lose a gear every two days. Once we turned around, thank goodness we live in Florida which is south and downhill from Georgia (It really is downhill. You can coast from NC to GA to FL. We actually did it.)

After the trip, my solution to unreliable rentals was...buy an RV of our very own. Dont ask! I dont to this day know how I came up with that convoluted conclusion from the test run in the rental. Warped logic, I think.  Elizas family Griswold vacation  was only the first of many RV calamities. Remind me to tell you about Yellowstone or Miami or the second NC trip.

Now you confess. What bad decisions are you still telling stories about? Leave a comment.

~~~Eliza

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I'm Being Interviewed . . .

Good Morning!
THE LION, THE LEOPARD AND THE WOLF is receiving excellent reader reviews so far. If you read the book please let me know how you enjoyed my Enchanted Mountain story.

I'm being interviewed about my books and writing methods. You can read the whole thing at Faith V. Smith's Blog anytime you want.



I'd love it if you would leave a comment and let me know how you enjoyed it.



Please don't forget to vote in my latest poll. :-)


~~~Eliza

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

REVIEWS: reviewers vs readers

I was thinking and as some of you know that is always a little dangerous.

Suddenly I wondered why a reviewer's post with positive comments should matter more to me than those of a long-time reader. A long-time reader buys you no matter what...until the day you stop writing what she wants to read. SHe can be more critical. A reviewer may or may not also be that same loyal fan, but usually they're reading a wide variety of authors. It's their job, not necessarily their pleasure. I know. I know. It can be both. :-)

I am a reader. I'm thinking about Nora Roberts, not me today. One book disappoints. Even she has a bad day once in awhile. The book is on the NY Times best-seller list not because it's the best thing she ever wrote, not because it's better than some that aren't on that list, but because she has a history of writing for her readers and a branded name.

I'll trust a reader's review, and an author's name, more than the NY Times Reviewer or the list.

What do you think? Have I opened a can of worms? I told you it's dangerous for me to think.
~~~Eliza & Vote in the Poll please. Chests choices can be found on Sept10th Blog

Monday, September 14, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Four is Better than One - I Write Menage Amour



In honor of the day and the fires in California,

how about some real life sexy heroes?




In my fantasy world as long as their boots are clean, they can stash them under my bed anytime.




I may not even complain about a little soot if they're fanning the flames...


~~~Eliza


Don't forget to vote in the poll. I'm looking high and low to find really good examples of your favorite choices.


This one's for you and you know who you are. I'm not going to name names....

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I'm Twittering . . .

I've given in and joined Twitter. If I don't get any writing done . . . well I'll just have to tweet.

For those of you who care to follow, my ID is ElizaMWrites.

One more techie thing to conquer. I did find a great place on the web that I'm researching. Anyone know anything about SECOND LIFE? Looks like a virtual world where you can go and be anyone you want. I do that with my books, but this is 3-D.

My Publisher is News In San Diego

Lots of Love to go around? BIG LOVE in reverse is my kind of story. So read this and check their website.

Ménage Amour

Erotic publisher review: Siren Publishing: Ménage Amour imprint
September 3, 4:38 PM
San Diego Erotica and Romance Books Examiner

Acquanetta Ferguson

Siren Publishing has a very unique imprint of books, called
Ménage Amour,
that basically celebrates the love of many partners, either centered
on a woman (lucky girl!) with multiple male partners (m/f/m or m/m/f or
f/m/m/m, etc.) or on males loving each other (m/m/m or m/m/m/m, etc.)As
this is the only publisher of its kind (and I looked, so if there are
others forgive me) this makes them ahead of the game not only for
quality erotica, but for just being the first to give women what
they're craving for, as evidenced by (as of this review) the 103 titles
and
counting. The stories range from BDSM, sci-fi, fantasy, to contemporary, to an all cowboy ménage line! Only
having read a few of the stories so far, this small imprint is
definitely big on the idea of polyamorous relationships working and
really delivers some fantastic storylines from some great authors.
Check it out today!
http://www.examiner .com/x-5465- San-Diego- Erotica-and- Romance-Books- Examiner~ y2009m9d3- Erotic-publisher -review-Siren- Publishing- Ménage-Amour- imprint

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"The Lion, The Leopard and The Wolf" Is Available Today

Here's my heroine, Mackenzie, from The Lion, The Leopard and The Wolf in her shape-shifted form. Can you guess what kind of cat she is? Read the book, and you'll find out.

Noooo cheating. . . Tomorrow, I'll ask you to identify one of the heroes.

Oh, yes and by the way, if you've read it, would you please leave me a comment? I'd love to know how you enjoyed my little story.

~~Eliza

Sunday, August 30, 2009

MOMENTS OF SHEAR PANIC

      YOU’RE entitled to panic when . . .

·       You go to close your manuscript in Word and it asks you if you want to save any changes and you swear you didn’t make any.

·       You get up during the night, don’t turn on the light and step in something wet

·       Worse yet ... something scurries over your foot

·       Or you walk into a spider’s web large enough to be a curtain

·       Or you bump into someone and remember no ones home

    Now, here are some alcohol induced panic moments:

·       You roll over in bed and you don’t recognize the person beside you

·       You turn to the other side and there’s someone else laying there you don’t recognize

·       You walk outside and don’t have any idea where you are

·       It’s not the right season

·       Did you remember to put on underwear this morning?

Can you come up with any other panic moments? I bet you can!

Dont forget to order your copy of THE LION, THE LEOPARD AND THE WOLF. It will be available tomorrow from Siren-BookStrand Publishing

Have a Great Day

~~ Eliza~~

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hot Highland Fling # 1

Hot Highland Fling topped the best seller list of Books in a Series. Its # 2 for Rosette sales and # 7 in the all Scarlet sales. Heres the snapshot. Go to the buy site and read all the wonderful reviews. Im thrilled with the wonderful reception Ailsa and Colins story has received.

 1.     Hot Highland Fling     
 2.     Forbidden Island       
 3.     Made In Mexico [Destination... 
 4.     Thai'd Up      
 5.     Deep Down Under [Destination...
 6.     Sultry Saudi Nights [Destination...    
 7.     Double Deutsch [Destination... 
 8.     Paris Exposé   
 9.     Passion In Paris       
10.     Take Me Again, Sam [Destination...     

~Eliza~

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What Good Are Red Lights?

The only time I look forward to a red light is . . .

·       When I'm trying to finish a text or read my email

·        If Ive poked myself in the eye with my mascara wand

·       When I need to change the CD and the one I want is out of reach

·       When I ask myself, Did my cell phone just slide under the seat?

·        When the guy waiting at the corner is hotter than hell

·       When I dump my coffee all over the console

·       When I  dump my coffee all over me while Im looking at the hot guy waiting at the light

When do I want the light to stay green?

·       When the alarm went off five minutes after your appointment

·       When the guy at the corner is my ex

·       When the woman in the car next to me is the one dating my ex

·       When the woman in the car next to me is the ex of the guy Im dating

·       When the guy at the corner is someone I slept with and cant remember his name

Do you have any others? Sure you do!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thought For The Day

 "To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would limit the human spirit." Stephen Hawking

Ive taken the liberty of expanding Stephens thought.  . . . or to confine my imagination to the concrete, the known, reality instead of possibility, fact instead of fiction . . .  suffocates my spirit. ~~ Eliza

Today Im opening my mind and allowing my imagination free reign. Im releasing a couple of characters to allow them to act out their story. So far I have a prominent middle-aged woman, the head of a huge baking system, escaping the restrictions of her position on the Greek island of Santorini, a place some believe is the remains of the lost continent of Atlantis. There to fulfill her every fantasy, she meets a younger man capable of doing just that.

Theyre ready for some conflict, and Im just the right person to deliver it in the form of two other fabulous men joining the mix. Hee, hee, hee.  Lets see them get out of this in my next book, SULTRY SANTORINI SUNSET. (See a much shorter title as I promised my fans and a lot more men.)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

No Wednesday Rants - Positive Thought For The Day!


Yesterday went by without me posting a rant . . . not that there wasn't plenty to post about. After all, any time there's a new moon, negative vibes abound. Woo woo! On days like that it's best to brush the Rants away.


So let's move forward with a positive thought for today -- "There is no death in dying if you are remembered."


A friend of mine lost a dear friend, yesterday. I once found consolation in this poem, and although each person may interpret the message differently, I find it uplifting. I hope you do too.


By Anonymous


Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the scent on fragrant bloom;
The sunlight’s warmth at summer's noon.

Do not stand at my grave and sigh;
I am not there, I do not lie.

I am the light on ripened grain;
The gentle mist of autumn's rain.

When you wake in morn’s soft hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush...

Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, … I did not die.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Stop and take time to notice a miracle in your life today ~~~Eliza

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thought for the Day:

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway to the human spirit." Helen Keller

A woman who couldnt see or hear understood this concept when so many others do not. Theres no room in life for negative thoughts. Your mind believes what you tell it. Tell it whatever you want to believe and watch how fast you achieve it. ~~ Eliza March 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thought for Tomorrow

"All the resources we need are in our mind." Theodore Roosevelt

I have an early morning meeting and swear Im going to finish my revisions by tomorrow afternoon. I will not spend the day on the internet I will not spend the day on the internet I will not...

Hey, I have an idea, one of you pick a subject to entertain me when I get finished with the book. YES!

~~ Eliza J

The Emperor's New Clothes

Wednesday Rants:

Let me preface this with a disclaimer and ask you to keep an open mind. Disregard your opinions one way or the other about the woman in subject. This isn't about whether you do or do not like the woman who is our Secretary of State, but the circumstance from which I believed she triumphed. JMHO

I watched the incident when the reporter asked Hilary Clinton what Bill Clinton thought about an issue which was clearly a situation the Secretary of State should be answering. I actually loved Hilary's reaction... At first she appeared stunned, next she looked around as if the entire incident could be a joke (Was she on Punked or Candid Camera?), and then she stood up and attempted to clarify the insulting question (still disbelieving), finally Hillary stated she would not "CHANNEL" her husband's views on the subject.

"Channel" ... I'm going to use that word often from now on.

See as a writer, stuff like a single word wisely chosen excites the hell out of me. LOL LOL LOL

Hmm, I'm too easily entertained lately.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What Interests Men?

Judging by the contents of MAXIM magazine, heres what MEN value, and not necessarily in this order, but intuitively deciphered by the content:

1. SEX - Thin, scantily clad, pretty women (duh!)

2. Perfecting the One Night Stand

3. Food (DUH!)

4. Technology (Duh!)

5. ALCOHOL Various Vodkas, Beers, & Tequila (good choice)

6. Male performance enhancement information & drugs (I guess to handle #1 above, to prevent needing #2 or when drinking too much #5)

7. Very little fashion and some fragrance ( & the fashion statements are board shorts and bare naked chests the chests were okay)

8. Step by Step Instructions for producing the largest, most effective CANNON BALL splash (YES, really...)

9. Oh, and apparently they want to read about Steven Tyler instead of Liv Tyler (Whats that about?)

Its no wonder women observe men and shake their heads. I think its also the reason we find them so fascinating. Sometimes they really arent thinking about anything when you ask, and they respond, Uh, nothin.

Of course, we shouldnt judge men by the magazines they read. I wouldnt want to be judged by my magazine choices. (I’m pleading the fifth, but apparently I read MAXIM J) Would you?

    ~~Eliza

Friday, August 7, 2009

If You Hate Poetry - Don't Read This . . .

My friend wrote this sometime ago and today when I read it a paranormal element of reoccurring lives and loves struck me to the core. My romantic soul couldnt resist sharing with you today ~~ Eliza

The Promise

By Maureen Sevilla

She looks to the morning sun
Feeling warmth there
awaiting
Another lifetime abating

Time is relative

A life where shell possess

What should be hers by right
In another place, past sight

Hope is infinite

When tear laden eyes

Parting from youth yet alive
Turn hopeful thoughts aside

Pain is fluid

Aging souls, hope and patience

Her heart keeps beat with time
Constant signs align

Life is rich

Speaking empty words aloud
While deep within
the truth
Hides a secret mirth

Love waits


Full of hope grace faith
An eternity of endless promise.

Thought for the Day!

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein

Oh! Thats whats wrong! ~~ Eliza

Friday, July 31, 2009

Thought for the Day:

"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." George Bernard Shaw

I had to think about what that means for a moment before I came to my conclusions. Leave a comment and tell me what you thought.

Did it make you want to read poetry, or clean your glasses? J

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Technology Trap

Okay -- heres the newest upgrade in Wednesday Rants... My business computer has been running Windows XP Home Edition for years, and my business software likes it. The Windows operating system crashed this morning, and because of multiple other physical issues, I think its time to put the hardware out to pasture -- its not worth repairing because the fan died awhile back.

So I can buy a whole new computer for under $300 Thats good news, right? With a Vista operating system oops, theres the glitch.  My business software wont run on Vista without a disclaimer and my signed affidavit guaranteeing I wont sue the software company for breaking my new system in the event something goes wrong. This feels like a VIAGRA ad...You should seek medical attention if you go blind or if your erec.... lasts more than four hours. Sheesh!

 

What to do what to do ?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Provoking Thought For Today


"We can escape the prison of our own beliefs and enter the Palace of Possibilities when we allow ourselves to be astonished by everything." Gary Craig


Well, I loved this thought. I think it's why I had so many children. Don't tell them -- but the thing I loved the most was watching each child discover.


"Astonishment" -- I love the word and the concept. Think about the first time a butterfly lighted on you and you dared not breathe. Have you ever seen a double circular rainbow?
I have!
Astonishing!


Enter the Palace of Possibilities -- Graeme, my hero in "Gemini - The Power of The Light" is confronting that problem right now.


Think about your possibilites and if you want to share an astonishing moment, I'm breathless with expectation.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wednesday Rants on Tuesday Nights - ebook Pirates


Pirates, romantic souls, dashing lads, the heroes of the bodice ripper and an image I always held dear. I dreamed of sailing the high seas, basking on Caribean islands and avoiding the ghost ships. Today's pirates are stealing my book - teeny little thing that it is, my first born compilation of published words. And ... they've ruined my image of by-gone days when I thought of pirates in terms of adventure and intrigue - Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp.

Each day I struggle desperately to promote "Witch of Air and Fire" and each night I notice the pirate sites steal more copies. Please, it's only $3.99 and I need the sales numbers to qualify for PAN membership. Could you at least go out on GoodReads and give it a good review? Maybe some sweet soul will buy one.

Have we turned into a country of the morally corrupt? When attorneys teach classes on ethics or even that we have to take classes on ethics to get out of college is a sham. You do realize that many don't pass the class and even more cheat to get through it. ~~ Eliza

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Are Virtual Books Like Virtual Lovers . . . ?


MY ELECTRONIC BOOK COVERS are exquisite, like the heroes in my stories, but they are also . . . about as physically satisfying.

With all the hoopla about everything going green [Yes, I'm a big proponent of GREEN and a good friend to trees] . . . and E-Presses being the 'new frontier' in the publishing industry. [Okay I have to admit I'm also an instant gratification kind of girl - See it online - Like it - Buy it - Read it]
~~~
Therefore, I feel like a traitor wishing I could hold one of my books in my hands, touch it, feel the slick glossy finish beneath my fingers, smell the ink, fan the pages - and myself during the red hot sex scenes - AND . . . stick [I know what you're thinking] . . . it on the shelf . . . and admire it.
~~~
In my secret fantasies, I do exactly that and hold my beautiful covered tomes - well, not exactly tomes - in my hands, press them to my heaving bosom and wait to exhale.
~~~
The hell with the trees, we all need a tangible book occasionally, as well as a tangible lover. What say you?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thought for the Day

Eliza says: This thought for the day is so very applicable to so many who just sit and wait...

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ~~ Will Rogers

Comment from a reader on Rant

“This is a "hot topic" and worthy of your talent to display "outrage",  You are so good at it.  Basically this is true what the e-mail said.  Their reasoning for this is that they are not ordinary people to begin with and since many could have had lucrative and more successful careers doing something else.  Eliminating a congressional pension from the entices of the job might convince many talented candidates not to seek office, especially those who are not wealthy. HA!!!!

 

There is, however, talk about term limits that suggests that the next Congress will face considerable pressure  to cut their own perks and privileges, at least to some extent.  I bet any changes or reductions will be minuscule at best.

 

Members of Congress do pay into Social Security. This became effective as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they entered Congress.  They supposedly pay 6.2% and 1.3% into the Federal Employees Retirement Fund.  They have the option of paying into the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the option of not paying into any plan, which some of them do, or so they say.

 

 Nevertheless, it  is still obscenely generous for them to reap such benefits early since they can start collecting at the age of 50.  Of course, if one lives thirty or forty years the money is going to pile up and since they don’t pay into the system after they retire, our tax $$$$$$$ support them.  This is truly worthy of your "rant,"  I knew you wouldn't disappoint me!”                  

~~~ Thanks for clarifying. I thought  Id read somewhere that there had been changes, I didnt realize it went back that far. Apparently the original author of this piece, focused on the Congressmen who had been grandfathered in under the previous system. I agree, this is still a sore spot for me. The health care insurance they have should also be available to the general public if they choose. ~~~ Eliza, still ranting!