Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Major Angry Rant! Grrr!


WHY? Will someone please explain to me WHY, after you leave a publisher, they feel that they don't have to pay you for the books you sold while you were with them?

And the sad thing is...

...a little rain or dew, or heavy wind and foot traffic, and they're gone forever. :(




Sunday, September 28, 2008

"An intergalactic romance that will keep you up all night reading!"


And the PNR Reviewer "Top Pick" for September, 2008!


Master Hunter and StarLight have worked together for over 2 years. They know more about each other than they know about themselves. Brought together by the Handfast monthly lottery, these two Guardians of their planet are sworn to stay together until a child is conceived or to the end of one year; whichever happens first. Little do they know this is part of a plot to destroy the Guardians and all they stand for.

Assisting each other in saving other planets, battling the Ombirta ships and finding time to make love is the least of their worries. The plot to destroy the Guardians, along with the entire planet is coming closer and closer to Master Hunter and StarLight.

This book was wonderful! The characters were well developed and each of their personalities came through as a main part of the story. The plot was planned out perfectly to keep the reader's attention and the addition of characters along the way was a pleasant surprise. Well worth the time to read - which won't be too long, as you won't be able to put it down!

~ Nancy Eriksen, ParaNormalRomance

Still More Chalk Art - Enjoy!





Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

You Want It? I GOT IT!



I religiously follow Emily Veinglory at the EREC blog on a daily basis. Imagine my surprise when she posted this yesterday.

"One thing I know I would like to see is more romance books about a couple being together and staying together, not just 'getting' together. "

Hey, Emily! Try one of my novels!

What will you get in my books?

* A story that will suck you in.

* Characters you will become attached to.

* Passionate romance.

* Hot, sensual sex scenes all based on the love between the hero and heroine.

* Plot twists that will take you by surprise.

* Plenty of angst, heartbreak, but a DEFINITE Happily Ever After.

Hey...what have you got to lose? :D

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

10 Terrific Tips for Testing Your Toes

(Originally posted last year on the Whiskey Creek Press Torrid blog. At the time I didn't have my own blog, and I liked what I'd written too much to lose it. So here they are again! If you missed it the first time, enjoy!)

WARNING: SLIGHTLY BAWDY!

1. Adjust the soft fur on your lover’s chest.
2. Lightly scratch his inner thighs with those pearly-pink toenails.
3. Give his own feet a little one-on-one attention.
4. Massage his scalp.
5. Use his wide back like a kitten uses her paws to search for milk.
6. See how far you can raise his hands above his head.
7. Butter his buttocks.
8. Can he kiss all ten little piggies?
9. Big toe, male nipple. ‘Nuff said.


And finally,

10. Prop It Up!!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Sixties


This is the one of the best presentations of the sixties that I have ever seen online. It is very well done. Just click on the link and sit back and enjoy the memories. Great photos and facts.

the Sixties

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Technology For Country Folks

Teehee! A teacher friend sent me this. I thought it was too cute not to share. If you click on the image, you'll get a larger version that's easier to read.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Business Card vs Pen - Getting the Most Bang For Your Buck



I belong to a neat little marketing email loop. Every so often the question comes up "Should I invest in business cards? Or would I get more bang for my buck distributing pens?"

Okay. I've been used both, and here's what I've found out (by accident, and by asking around.)

* Business cards get lost or thrown away.
* One reader said that if she saw a book she wanted to get, she'd write the title on the back of the author's card.
* One reader confessed she collected authors' business cards like her mother collects Hummel figurines.

* Pens work great if they don't clog or leak.
* Pens get USED. A used pen is another chance to advertise.
* All-in-one pens are best, as opposed to pens with removeable caps.
* Get black ink. Most businesses prefer important documents filled out in black ink.
* If a pen gets left behind, someone else will pick it up and use it.
* Pens that write on that slick cashier paper are worth their weight in gold.
* One can never have too many pens.
* If you get pens in different colors, people tend to fight over a particular color (i.e. "I want the blue one!")
* GREAT marketing tip: At book signings, have the reader pick out a pen you then sign the book with, and hand them the pen as a keepsake.

Please drop your opinion whether you use one or both to promote your books. :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

How Come...


How come when a main character dies on a TV show or in a movie, they always croak with their eyes wide open (usually after they've delivered a goodbye soliloquy), which then requires the hero/ine to reach out and manually shut the eyelids?


Creeps me out.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

WOOT! HEARTFAST IS HERE!


The Whiskey Creek Press Torrid Website is Up And Running!

HeartFast
An erotic sci-fi romance
by Linda Mooney
Author’s website:
www.LindaMooney.com
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
Buy Link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=340
Size: 102.5K (super novel)
Heat rating: sensuous/explicit
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACNvsDw9nFc

Am I Weird?

Hubby walked into the bedroom last night and saw me sitting in bed, reading, as I liked to do while I’m waiting for the Tylenol PM to kick in. But he couldn’t resist a jab at me when he saw I was reading one of my own books.

"Don’t you already know how it’s going to end?"


Please tell me I’m not the only person who does this. Please assure me that there are other authors out there who read their own books, not to see how many places they can find where they wish they could re-edit (I know some people who do that), but just for the pure and simple pleasure of reading a story they love, and that they loved writing.

I’ve had people tease me about it. Sometimes their comments sting. Am I being egotistical when I pack one of my print editions to take with me on a trip?

Seriously, I don’t think so. When I go back to read something I wrote two, three, or more years ago, I remember how good it felt to be involved in the characters and their story. The book is almost like Linus’s favorite blanket—it’s comforting, and it’ll always be there for me when I need it, even if it goes out of print.

And, yes, I do know how it ends. Which might lead to a sequel, come to think of it.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

And The Winners Are...!

Congratulations to the following people!

Grand Prize Winner of a PDF copy of my newest book HEARTFAST, plus a Second E-book Of Their Choice: Lover of Books (who posted on "It's a Three-Way!)

Second Prize Winner of a PDF copy of HEARTFAST: Deb/Debby (who posted on "Ugh. Ike."

Third Prize Winner gets a PDF copy of any one of my books, their choice: Stephanie (who posted on "Update on Ike")

Please email me at Linda@LindaMooney.com and claim your prize!

And thanks to all who entered!

Stay Tuned! There's More to Come!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Damn Hacker!

Okay, everyone! Whiskey Creek Press Torrid has held off releasing their Sept. 15th new releases because a hacker got into the system, and they're in the process of clearing everything before re-uploading.

But the books WILL GO UP SOON! So keep checking back!

HEARTFAST is Now Available, and at 10% Off!

They were the Guardians, sixteen special men and women with incredible powers who had sworn their lives to the protection of their galaxy, while upholding the laws of their world.

It was a world that, eons ago, had suffered a devastating plague that had rendered more than half its population unable to reproduce. As a result, in order to assure the survival of their species, the HandFast law was enacted. Every month, twenty couples were drawn by lottery. Couples whose sole purpose would then be procreation, the continuation of the species. For the length of one year, two complete strangers would follow the edicts of the HandFast, until the woman conceived. Once that was accomplished, the couple was no longer bound to each other, and they could go their separate ways while the child was given to a couple unable to bear children.It was a cold and impersonal law, but it worked.

However, the Guardians were exempt from having their names drawn in the lottery. The very nature of their jobs, risking their lives day in and day out to protect their galaxy, precluded any thought of bearing children. Which was why, when StarLight and Master Hunter heard their names called out to be HandFasted, their neat, orderly lives were turned upside-down. Gone was the comfortable companionship they'd known. Gone was the brother-sister working relationship and the friendship. Now they would be forced into an intimacy neither had wanted, nor expected.

Neither would they be prepared for the overwhelming passion they would find in each other's bodies, as well as in their hearts. And things would only get more complicated and dangerous. Because their names had been deliberately placed on the lottery, and the drawing had not been a fluke. Instead, it was the first step in destroying their world and every Guardian living.

Read an excerpt here.

See the video here.

See the reviews here.

Purchase your copy here.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

COMING TOMORROW!!!!

HEARTFAST will be released tomorrow at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid!

Don't miss out on this super-sized novel premiering tomorrow, Sept. 15th!

If you like super heroes with super powers, intergalactic warfare, and sensuous, erotic romance, you can't miss this first book of a two-part series!

Also, don't forget to enter my contest! THREE people will win e-books! All you have to do is post on my blog. Winners will be announced on Release Day!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saturday Morning Without Ike

If you look in the lower left-hand side of this graphic, you'll see Victoria. We got swiped by some winds and rain, but as we were on the "clean" side, not much else. Not as bad as the people in and around Galveston or Houston got it.

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!

150 Things To Do In Your Lifetime


(Pre-posted in case of power outage.)
This was sent to me, and I found it quite interesting. I've colored the items I've already done, but I can see I need to get my butt in gear.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game - The Texans
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states.
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip - Maine (2x) and Vermont, planning on Mass. soon!
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach - Honolulu!
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror.
96. Raised children - 2 sons
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane - a glider
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone - tore apart my leg at the knee (does that count?)
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone’s life

Friday, September 12, 2008

5:00 p.m. update on Hurricane Ike

* Ike has curved upward, and is now expected to make landfall near Galveston.
* Strong Category 2
* We're on its "clean" west side.
* Already clouded over here in Victoria. Strong gusts. Rains should start any time now.
* We're boarded up, and all loose items secured.

Bring it on, Ike.