Saturday, April 19, 2014

Earth Day is April 22!

Earth Day is just a few days away. Please see below a handful of things everyone can do to make the planet a greener world:

1. Swap light bulbs
2. Plant a tree
3. Curb junk mail
4. Drive the speed limit
5. Carry your own water bottle

Here's a link to for other good ideas: http://www.earthday.org/takeaction/campaigns.html

Until next time friends!
Maria

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Blog Tour: My Writing Process

I want to say thank you to my friend Leslie Jones for inviting me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. Leslie Jones writes military romantic suspense, please take a moment to check out her Blog Hop post here.

About my writing, well I knew at a very early age that I wanted to be a writer. What’s even more interesting is that I knew at the age of ten that I’d be a romance writer. Consequently, I wrote my first short love story at the age of eleven and I’ve continued to write ever since. Now, onto a few more interesting tidbits about Maria Cox—

What am I working on?
Right now, I’m in between projects. My latest novelette, Jungle Fever was released through Secret Cravings Publishing on 2/5 and my novella Captive (V.2) is in the hands of the beta readers. Currently, I’m finishing a first draft of a ghostwriting assignment.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work differs from others in my genre in that the characters in my stories are witty and down to earth people. I also believe that my work is different because the individuals portrayed in my novellas are diverse.

Why do I write what I do?
I write romance because I enjoy writing about complex human relationships and how men and women triumph over challenges to be together, and yes I am a sucker for a happy ending.

How does your writing process work?
When I began writing I was what other writers would call a pantser; I still have pantser tendencies, but my writing process has evolved. Today, I’m much more structured and I make it a point to write outlines and character profiles for each short story I write.

Next week: I’m honored to introduce you to 3 amazing authors. Their “My Writing Process” blog posts will be published on March 31st.

Claudia Burgoa: Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs, two Beagles that believe they’re human, and a Bichon that thinks she's a Beagle. While managing life Claudia works as a CFO at a small IT Company. Claudia is a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter, and a good story. Blog: http://www.claudiayburgoa.com/blog

Lisa Heartman: Lisa has a BA and MBA in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. Although business is her first love, writing has become her passion. She loves the creative possibilities and escape it provides from a sometimes hectic everyday life. Lisa writes contemporary romance novels. She is finishing up her first book and looks forward to getting it into the hands of her readers. In addition to writing, Lisa enjoys movies, music, reading, anything dark chocolate or coffee related, and hobbies like jewelry making and sewing. Blog: http://www.lisaheartman.com/lisas-blog.html

Tara Majuta: Tara is a rare Arizona native. She recently moved to Phoenix in July 2012. A University of Phoenix graduate, Tara enjoys learning both academically and on her own. She primarily writes murder mystery and dark romance books that take place all over the country. A daydreamer at heart, Tara plans to find a way to turn dreaming and storytelling into a career. Tara enjoys books of all kinds, music, and art. Blog: http://taramajutabooks.com/blog/

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou - Int'l Women's Day!


http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Phenomenal-Woman-by-Maya-Angelou

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
—Maya Angelou