Monday, November 10, 2014

I'm back! Well...sort of.

It has been a while since my last post, but I'm still here...

I don't think anyone who knows me would say that I'm shy yet a few years ago when I began my writing to be published journey I was...shy.  Back then, I was simply not ready to share my writing material with the world.

It wasn't until 2009 when my daughter introduced me to blogging that things 'clicked'. Not only did blogging give me a much needed boost, but it also open a whole new world of writing possibilities. I was hooked.

Since my early writing days much has transpired. I have served as president of a local writers club, written columns, articles, and newsletters and most importantly, I have published a book --now three. In addition, I've also developed a solid social media presence and invite you to visit my site and read my personal blog, I think if you visit often you'll be pleasantly surprised at all interesting tidbits about writing life.

I will blog on this site occasionally, but my weekly blogs will be done from my personal site. If you're so inclined, please follow me on Twitter and/or like me on FB

In closing, thank you to my 61 subscribers, you kept me blogging and writing!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Top Five Favorite Authors

I believe most of us writers understand this concept: a good reader makes a good writer. So, what does this mean, really? Well, it means that we writers need to fully immerse ourselves in reading the writings of others, quality writings at that. And this does not mean reading only material in the genre in which you focus, but across multiple genres. Realize that there's absolutely nothing wrong with reading a lot in just one topic, however, you will stifle your growth as a writer if you fail to read beyond a single subject.

Now I’d like to share with you five well-known authors* and the way in which each has helped me define my own style of writing. See below in alphabetical order:

Sandra Brown – romance/suspense
Ms. Brown blends suspense with an element of contemporary romance. I enjoy reading Ms. Brown’s books because the stories are well-plotted and they offer just the right amount of tension. I also enjoy Ms. Brown’s ability to skillfully weave the romantic element in her stories.

Patricia Cornwell – suspense/tension
Ms. Cornwell writes predominantly murder mystery books, whodunit type of material. Ms. Cornwell’s background in forensics makes the autopsy scenes come alive on the page, the level of detail is phenomenal and the reader is engrossed in the moment, we can sense, almost smell the morgue, the embalming fluids. As a CSI: Las Vegas aficionado it’s really no surprise that I enjoy Ms. Cornwell’s work.

Rachel Gibson – romance/tension
Ms. Gibson writes sensual romance with a tinge of eroticism (right up my alley!) and her characters are strong and ‘real’, and by real I mean flawed; her heroes are not all sensitive-guy meets Viking-god meets white-in-shining-armor type of guy. I enjoy reading Ms. Gibson’s books because the stories are sexy, provocative, and emotionally satisfying.

Sandra Hill – romance/humor
Ms. Hill writes contemporary romance with a blend of drama and humor. Some of Ms. Hill’s work is downright goofy at times, but it makes for a quick pleasant read. I enjoy reading Ms. Hill’s books because her characters are likable and the stories highly entertaining.

Iris Johansen – mystery/tension
Ms. Johansen is a master as weaving great sexual tension with elements of mystery. The women portrayed in Ms. Johansen’s books are often strong to the point of obnoxiousness. Nevertheless, I enjoy reading Ms. Johansen’s books because the stories are suspenseful and the level of sexual tension is outstanding. The characters flirt, disagree, flight, flirt, argue; all foreplay, of course until the moment they surrender to their urges and copulate. Awe-some :)

*Material written after 2005.

So there it is folks, my top five! Do you know what you particularly like about your favorite authors?

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