New Artwork Created

My brother-in-law dabbles in brewing beer. He’s come up with some pretty tasty concoctions. He commissioned my to make him a logo for his company name and two of the beers he’d created. I had a blast making them. Creating art, you see, is a good stress buster. My writing isn’t flowing? Time to whip out the Wacom tablet and go to town.

So fast forward to the weekend before Easter and my great niece’s birthday party. My brother-in-law said he was entering another contest. He told me about the bourbon barrel stout–my personal favorite that he brews–and a Belgian white (not my favorite). I coyly asked him if he needed any logos. He replies, “Now that you mention it…”

Thus, two logos were born. What to you think?

 

Alone No More by Terri Rochenski

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Today I have a special treat from Terri Rochenski. She’s got a lovely historical romance just released and, as I love to do, I’ve asked her to stop by and tell me the inspiration for Alone No More. Of course she countered with a question of her own so don’t hesitate in giving your thoughts in the comments section. Take it away, Terri!

Inspiration for my characters

For Alone No More I had no inspiration, no ‘ah ha!’ moment when the muse introduced me to a new voice in my head. This story came about for an indie pub’s anthology call for an ‘Unexpected Bumps’ theme.

All romance needs conflict, so I thought about why a pregnancy might not be wanted. Preferring historical romance, I also thought about when in history an unexpected pregnancy would prove difficult or taboo for a single woman. The characters for ANM were born from my ponderings, and secondary characters included for additional tension and conflict to make the HEA all the sweeter.

Not all characters come about by a story, though. Sometimes they make their presence known and tell ME their story. In my short, Beginning of Forever, which just released from Roane Publishing on the 16th of this month in the Winter’s Sweet Kiss anthology, my MC, Lillian Douglas was inspired by my sister-in-law’s true life story of heartache and learning to love again.

On occasion I’ll see a person on the streets or in a store and their face, countenance, or appearance strike me, and the muse runs away with my thoughts. I’ll come up with reasons of why they look that way, or what brought on the premature lines etched in their face.

Sometimes it’s even a place – scenery – in a picture or live that brings a character to life within my brain.

I don’t prefer any one way as long as a character speaks to me and engages my imagination with their story. That’s what it’s all about anyway when it comes down to it … is my story, my character interesting enough to hold others’ attentions.

How about you? Had any odd occurrences bring a character to life? People? Do voices even SPEAK to you, or am I a loony?

 Bio:

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

My Links:   Website Blog Facebook Twitter Goodreads

 

Genre: Romance / Historical

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

World Wide Release Date: December 18, 2013

Book Blurb: Dismissed from her job as a scullery maid and cast aside by her lover, pregnant Cara Morland has no choice but to return to her father’s farm. While lies of widowhood keep her from disgrace, Cara is faced with a local landowner’s unwanted attentions. Without the social status to do much more than avoid the vile man, she loses hope of ever finding happiness.

A friendship based on mutual loneliness blossoms between Cara and James Elliot, a young farm hand hired by her father. He offers his protection, and one shared kiss reveals his heart, but propriety and her feigned grieving period hinders what they both desire.

When Cara’s stalker learns the truth of her circumstances, he gives her an ultimatum—submit to his possession or he’ll ruin her second chance at love with James.

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My Journey Overseas

I got the honor of accompanying my parents on an overseas adventure on a Carnival cruise. We were on the Legend. Wow. Just wow. I had a great experience and, in a series of posts, I’m going to take you on the adventure with me. I took over 1000 pictures. Sadly, I can’t share them all with you but I do have a few I’ll be posting. :)

This is my attempt at putting a panoramic picture together. You take a series of shots and then 'stitch' them together. For some reason, one of the shots was more fogger than the others but there you go. I also color enhanced the photos to clear away some of the fogginess.

This is my attempt at putting a panoramic picture together. You take a series of shots and then ‘stitch’ them together. For some reason, one of the shots was more fogger than the others but there you go. I also color enhanced the photos to clear away some of the fogginess.

First comes the heinous part of the journey–flying on a plane. It’s not so much that I hate flying. It’s what the flight does to my sinuses. I’m very sensitive in that cavity and sometimes chewing gum doesn’t help. Luckily, I made out just fine. This was also the first international flight–that I remember. The last time I flew, I was maybe two years old coming back from living in Germany. My dad was in the Army. What do I remember of that flight? My dad handing me a barf bag, putting the seat back for me, and saying in his stern voice “Lay down, go to sleep.” So I did… so I joked to him on the flight over.

The flight is loooong. Over seven hours long. You can sleep (I did), watch movies (did that too), or anything else like twindle your thumbs. I’d say the worst part of the trip was being in the back of the plane. You see, you get a meal on the flight but if you’re in the back, you’re stuck with what they had left. That was ‘vegetarian’ pasta. There were no veggies in that dish because black olives do not count. Luckily, I planned ahead and brought these yummy (and protein-packed) meat sticks Ostrim. It calmed my jitters and blooming headache.

Remember the part about being prepared…it’s going to come up again.

International flights or flying in general are an experience. First, I went through the scanners everyone seems afraid of. I hope I blinded someone in seeing my big zaftig ass. ;) No big deal except you had to take off your shoes and I was wearing sandals. Yep, I got to run amuck bare foot for a bit. When you land in another country, you better have that passport handy. That was a joy for me as mine was brand new so my first stamp was in Heathrow. You go through customs and they can search your stuff if they want. Your best option is not to be a dick.

Now at Heathrow, we had to wait for our ride to the cruise ship. They took our luggage and we waited…and I used the free 45 minutes of internet to say hello to my friends. I sniggered every time I heard “Unattended bags will be destroyed.”

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The iconic red whale tail on every Carnival ship.

One thing I had been told by friends who had flown overseas is not to go to sleep when you go over. Napping on the flight is okay but you must acclimate yourself to the five hour difference. So I busied myself when I could and napped, for the most part, on the two hours ride to Dover. Goodness… is England made entirely of roundabouts? And the weather? Totally expected it… but I’m a lover of fog.

I boarded the ship, and took a stroll on the deck with camera in tow. I mean…. the White Cliffs of Dover! Unfortunately, the fog obscured them but I still got pictures along with the castle. Being giddy, I took a lot of silly snapshots but the best was yet to come. It was time to set sail!

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Cliffs of Dover. Quite a spectacular sight, even in foggy conditions.