Sunday, December 22, 2013

HELP ELF! Shopping Online is Overwhelming Me!

Warning - a little bitching going on here while I listen to Christmas carols and work hard to maintain the spirit of the season.

Okay...several years ago I stopped store shopping for Christmas and focused on online shopping so I could keep my holiday spirit intact. Between the people on the roads cutting me off and honking, the rudeness in the parking lots and the "me first" mentality in lines, it was safer for my emotional well being to stay home.

The clutter in the stores during the holidays puts my brain on overload. Now I know how my power-strip feels. Unfortunately, the clutter online has become worse! I have a few tips for the online stores:

1. If you have a brick and mortar location, the customer should be made aware of your inventory. I should be able to pick up or purchase at your store.

2. EBAY? The BID isn't over until after Christmas. Will I bother? Uh, NO! AMAZON you are great in some aspects and confusing in other ways. Prime membership? I never can tell when I'm doing a search for an item when I've left your inventory and moved to a private retailer's site. After I get ready to check out, I discover most of the stuff in my cart wasn't from Amazon and isn't eligible for free shipping. I like ordering from one location to save on the shipping. I'm buying an item not supporting FedEx or other shippers.

3. Online Retailers: If it's the week before Christmas, make sure you are available for questions and for last minute shipping. You know when Christmas is well in advance, but shoppers like me don't figure it out until days before it's ready to show up. You shouldn't need MORE time to pick and pull an item for shipping before the holidays. I'm not buying it from you if you can't get it to me before
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Christmas, and I probably won't need that dragon mug gift after Christmas.

4. My final suggestion comes from my husband, the perennial entrepreneur: The shipping companies should dress up their employees as Santa's elves and have them deliver Christmas day. Imagine that!  

Anyone else have suggestions to help build the economy, since people who have things to sell aren't going out of their way to make it available when we procrastinators need it most?

(You know this was meant a little tongue-in-cheek, right? My sincere apologies to those of you who are working through the holidays, and I know there are many of you. And seriously, I don't want some version of Will Ferrell showing up at the house in a brown truck and his green ELF costume. To our soldiers, police, nurses, servers, firefighters, and all the rest of you who are members of a family juggling the traditional dinner around a loved one's work schedule, Merry Christmas with good thoughts and blessings for the New Year.)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Warning - Tough Read Ahead: Disclaimers On Books

The second book in the Hearts of Darkness series is due to release December 28th. Conquer the Highland Beast is the book that segues Dylan Macgregor's life between Defeat the Darkness and Damned By Darkness. He didn't play a huge role in the first book, but this is about his life now and his past as he relates it to Max Hamilton the newly turned vampire he believes might be his descendant. As Max interviews the older vampire, some of the questions not answered in the first book are answered in this one, and I've probably created more questions you may not see answered until the next book comes out in March 2014.

Authors can probably verify the feeling of euphoria that comes over them when they are on the final read through their manuscripts (which by the way is probably the 20th time they've read the thing) and can still say with some measure of excitement, "Wow! This is a great story."

I did that today.

After reading some of the reviews for the previous books, I feel as though I should add disclaimers to each of my books. Because if you've read my M/F contemporary romances, these are nothing like them. If you've read my contemporary menages, these are nothing like those either. The first and most important disclaimer for this series is that they are romantic, but not romances. They are erotic but not erotica. I have an ensemble cast of characters in these stories and my characters are complicated. The plots are multifaceted and may have twists, and possibly unexpected or unpleasant situations. Some scenes could make you uncomfortable--actually they should make you uncomfortable. While I'm entertaining you with my story telling, I hope my stories challenge you to imagine a different world. If you immerse yourselves in the fantasy, and connect with the characters, you'll come to find shades of gray. Not every antagonist is all bad, not every protagonist is all good. My characters are composites molded by their environment and experiences. My heroes have feet of clay, my heroines make mistakes. Relationships are static and dynamic--they change as the plot unravels. And as any INDIE author will tell you, the story is the story.

The reason I write is because the story needs to be told--or that's what my characters tell me anyway.
~~~ Eliza

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Review for Defeat the Darkness by Eliza March

The Long and Short Reviews
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

"...Defeat the Darkness is not a lightweight read. It packs a punch in both plot and character dynamics. It’s not a book that is stuffed with fluff and sweetness – it’s tart, tantalizing and at times disturbing. It has a solid story line and a complicated romance to go with it which concludes with a fitting happy ever after for the trio. If you like your paranormal romances to have bite, sauce and vinegar, and surprises, then give Defeat the Darkness a whirl. There’s a lot to like."

To read the entire review, click here: L&S Reviews

To purchase Defeat the Darkness by Eliza March click here: Amazon

Coming soon from Eliza March...Conquer the Highland Beast the sequel in the Hearts of Darkness series. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Blast from the Past

I'm watching Katie Couric interview the writer, Diane English and the star, Candice Bergen along with the cast of Murphy Brown.The one person missing is Robert Pastorelli, the actor who played Eldon the painter, my all-time favorite. Although he passed away of a drug overdose, I'm glad they bothered to recognize his contribution to the program.

Strangely, at the time, I often felt like their writers were looking over my shoulder for script ideas. I had a painter named Frank who knew more about what was going on in  my home with the kids and nanny than I did. When I got home from work, he'd be perched on his ladder outside and fill me in on all the day's events before I walked through the front door.

What does this have to do with writing? ...everything. As the creator, Diane English said, she visualized the entire show, characters and main situation while in her car stuck in traffic. She walked straight inside her office and wrote the entire first script.

It's amazing how that happens sometimes. The muse whispers, you listen, and take notes. I think the muse is whispering all the time, but sometimes we don't listen carefully enough. Meditative moments or the few moments before I come fully awake  are my most creative times. I practice allowing those moments to flourish. When they come, I ask "what if? and then what?" before I assume I'm done imagining.

I'm going to enjoy revisiting these characters and situation on screen. Encore Classics is now showing commercial free episodes of the programs. Good to know!

  • Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from 
  • November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. 

  • First episodeNovember 14, 1988

  • Final episodeMay 18, 1998