May 22, 2014
Here is something fun and apropos for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and for Throwback Thursday. When I was in fifth grade, we moved from Ft. Benning to Ft. MacPherson (yes, I, like my hubby– who made me an Army wife, am an Army brat). On my first day of my new school in Atlanta (the first school I ever attended where the majority of kids had civilian parents, and I was terrified), I met a WONDERFUL girl who embraced me like a sister.
Over the years, we have shared laughs and tears, and a whole lotta love and friendship. Some of you have met her at conventions and signings, and many more of you have heard me speaking about my friend “Nurse” Kim. When we were kids, Kim was one of my first critique partners, i.e. I cornered her at school and forced her to read my stuff and tell me it was good :D
While she was more interested in becoming a nurse, I was off battling aliens and demons. But she was always a fierce reader. In fact, below is a photo from a high school play where I was the lead and Kim came to see me (I think we’re 15, maybe 16 in this). In the photo, she playfully has her nose stuck in a book, LOL. Vintage Kim! Rebecca (who also has been to many events with me over the years, and who is the godmother of babies) is the other girl in the photo.
After many years of journey, Ms. Kim has finally started her own writing career! I couldn’t be more thrilled!!! She is so incredibly awesome and talented. Her first love is the same as mine (not really surprising since we grew up together)– Historicals!! Her great love is the Western period (she ADORES her cowboys) and she’s now started her own blog, Kim Turner Writes http://kimturnerwrites.blogspot.com/ I’m so proud of her and happy for her that I had to share (Kim, don’t kill me— or you’ll have to raise my rowdy boys, LOL).
So if you get a chance, stop by and see what she’s up to. Hugs to everyone!! And Kim, stop reading this– get to writing, I want more pages!!!! Ha! Payback, finally!!
February 14, 2014
Sumi or Simi
Having that moment while editing Born of Fury when I realize Sumi's name is WAY too close to Simi's. How many times did I mistype the poor woman's name? Though the characters are nothing alike, my poor fingers just naturally type Simi :D Oh well, chalk it up to all the times I've typed Dark-Hutner.
October 29, 2013
2 Days To Halloween And Counting…
No list of my favorite Halloween things would be complete without horror movies. For those who don’t know, my mother raised me on them and they are my comfort genre. What always fascinated me though was that my mother would never actually watch them. She’d cover her eyes and then ask me to tell her what was happening. So as a result, I’m immune to most “scares” but that doesn’t stop me from trying them out. That being said, trying to pick a favorite is like trying to choose a fave child.
My newest addition is a recent find. Now I admit, it’s not for most people. It is B-A-D, but in a wickedly fun and campy way. Dead Before Dawn http://deadbeforedawnthemovie.com/
The Cabin In The Woods https://www.facebook.com/TheCabininTheWoods
Undead or Alive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vHU_38NET8
Drag Me to Hell
Nightmare on Elm Street
From Dusk Till Dawn
Fright Night (the latest one)
and of course, Army of Darkness
October 28, 2013
3 Days To Halloween And Counting…
Next on my list of favorite Halloween tie-ins has to be my friend Tish’s store, Goddess and the Moon. I’ve been a frequent visitor there since I discovered it back in its Berry Hill days right after I moved to Nashville. It has all kinds of fun finds and best of all, it has Tish! Those who’ve been to many of my events have probably met her. She’s the wonderful lady who reads tarot cards and palms at many functions. She was also kind enough to help staff some of the Dark-Hunters at the Acheron launch. The world is definitely a better place with sweethearts like Tish in it. She’s also done a paranormal investigation with me :) If you’re ever in Nashville, I would encourage you to stop by for a cup of tea and a unique shopping experience. You can also find many of her offerings online and she will even do readings by phone, and don’t forget to check out the books she’s written! http://www.goddessandthemoon.com/store.html
October 27, 2013
5 Days to Halloween and Counting…
Another seasonal (or year round for that matter) favorite is Erzulie’s in New Orleans. At the corner of Royal and St. Ann, it is a place not to be missed should you find yourself in the Crescent City. Specializing in authentic voodoo, you can find all manner of goodies as well as ancient Hindu and Egyptian oils. All natural soaps and perfumes made with the finest ingredients. And you can even find some Dark-Hunter inspired items (for those who don’t know, Erzulie’s is the shop Tiyana’s is modeled on) and it appears in several books including: Seize the Night, Inferno and Illusion. And right now, they have them on sale for the season! What better place to visit during Halloween? You can also shop there online, year round, no matter where you live.