WIP Blog Tour…Tagged by Nicki Elson!

I was tagged by the lovely Nicki Elson for the WIP Blog Tour.  And since it's been a bit since I last posted anything about my writing, I figured this was as a good time as any to let you guys know a bit about Fate's Awakening, my WIP.  Also, in case you don't know, WIP stands for "work in progress".  Yes, I still count FA as a WIP, because it's not published, and, in fact, is being critiqued mercilessly by Shelley Greene at this time.Anyway...The rules of the to:1)  Link back to the person who tagged you.  That would be Nicki Elson, so check out her blog here.Okay, so far so good.2)  Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first 3 chapters of a WIP.Here's the blurb I've tentatively settled on for Fate's Awakening.Jack Harris's reluctance to find The One has put his life in danger with the Fates. They send a young goddess to convince...
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Interview Time with Shelley N. Greene!

All right, you lovely people!  We have a special guest today--my critique partner, Shelley Greene, has published her first book, a kick-ass romantic suspense novel called The Fire Walkers! Yay! I can hear you guys being all excited. She's here because I tortured her with a little interview, so I hope you enjoy. Take it away, Shelley!  Hi, Sarah!Thank you so much for hosting me today! My debut novel THE FIRE WALKERS released July 1st and I’m thrilled to talk to readers about it.Blurb from THE FIRE WALKERS, Shelley N. Greene:Kelly Monroe is an idealistic good girl thrown into a bad situation.  A graduate student chasing her dreams of a PhD, one party invitation lands in her a jail cell with only vague memories of the night before, images of a tragic bonfire haunting her. Sentenced to perform community service at a horse rescue, Kelly’s life goes from bad to worse, all under the watch of an attractive, blue-eyed detective. Driven to...
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Summer Love Blog Tour!

Hey! Long time, no see, huh? I've been hard at work editing two manuscripts, readying a synopsis--a process that makes me even more face-punchy than usual--and working on a query for the same manuscript I'm synopsisizing.  It's totally a word because I'm a writer and I say so. Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that I'll be participating in Shelley Greene's Summer Love Blog Tour!  My post is a fun little interview I did with her.  It will show up on her blog: http://shelleyngreene.blogspot.co.uk/, and will be posted on or around Sunday, May 11th, so keep your eyes peeled.  My interview was about writing erotic romance and sci-fi romance. Hope you all check it out!xoxo Sarah...
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NaNoWriMo Insanity Part 3

Whew.That was one beastly month; so much so that it's taken me until now to make my third post about it.  It's about time I wrapped this thing up, so I'm going to do that while I sit here and get fat on pumpkin bread.  Don't judge me.I finished NaNoWriMo with over 52,000 words, and can consider myself a "winner." I won NaNo! :-)I even ordered a tee shirt which should be getting here soon. I'm going to rock that shirt in all my nerdy, writery glory at the gym. Woohoo! I think I got a lot more out of it than I thought I would (see my post NaNoWriMo Insanity Part 2), but I wouldn't necessarily do it again.  Because I was working on a re-write, I already had a lot of the word count done...it just needed some serious work.  If I did it with a completely new piece, I think my brain might explode.  But seriously, if I...
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Number 100! And a Treat!

Woot!  Despite my shitty blogging skills, I've officially passed my 100th post!  Sure, most of them have come from the two April A-Z blogfests I've done, but hey, they're entries. I hope you've been entertained and informed...at least that was my intention.Anyway, because it's such a nice round number, I thought I'd make a little announcement.  I've officially crossed into "novel" territory with my manuscript!  As I mentioned in one of my other posts from forever ago, a "novel" in the romance world is something that is 40,000 words or more, and I'm clocking about 41k at the moment.  Go, me!Brad Pitt is THRILLED for me.It won't be much longer than this; maybe I'll hit 45k, though I'm not likely to make it to the 50k mark, but hey, stranger things have happened.  The story is winding down, and I'm in the home stretch.  I've mostly been re-reading and editing as I go, as well as fleshing out scenes where...
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Almost time!

This weekend, the A-Z Challenge starts up again for April!  I have a super-busy month already planned with trying to ready a contest entry and taking my first trip to mainland Europe, but I'm looking forward to it. Also, I managed to convince the lovely Shelley Greene to participate, too!  It'll be her first time doing the A-Z Challenge, so give her a follow and make her feel welcome.  Her blog is http://shelleyngreene.blogspot.comIf you're interested in signing up too, here's the link! http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/xoxo Sarah...
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Three completely unrelated things…

I'm up on Networked Blogs now, so you can follow me through them.  There's a widget in the right side bar.  I'm not sure what took me so damn long to sign up, but there you have it. Also, a big "Happy Birthday" to my mother!  I wish I was there today to celebrate, but I know she'll have a lovely day regardless. Finally, my CP, Shelley Greene, has placed in the top 6 of a contest, and I'm so proud of her!  The final round of judging is coming up soon, and I know she'll impress. Okay, I lied...the title should be FOUR completely unrelated things.  I also want to wish all of my followers a very happy and prosperous new year! Until next year...literally...xoxo Sarah...
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Crazy life!

Hey!  More crazy to report. I'm officially moving as of this coming Tuesday, so that should (hopefully) explain my absence and general lack of sanity lately.  Seriously...the sanity and all coherent thought, as well as any remnants of my poor, beat-up muse, have been leaking out of my ears over the past month.  I can only hope that things return to normal in a month or two.I hope you'll stick with me, though I won't be groveling - I don't want to get my jeans dusty from all the kneeling, and all of my other pants are packed in our household goods. In other random news, I'm officially a member of the Maryland Romance Writers!  No, I've never lived in Maryland (and I'm not moving there), but my critique partner, Shelley Greene (seriously, go follow her blog), lives there, and introduced me to some of the other lovely ladies in the chapter at RWA 2011.  I knew then that I'd found a great...
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Ten lashes with a wet noodle?

Oops. It's been a while.  Again.Yep, I've been a bit of a blogging failure lately.  But I'm brushing myself off and continuing on.  Just a quick update: sadly, I misread the rules for the writing contest I was going to enter and was unable to make a submission.  But no matter!  I've found another one...and even better, both Shelley and I are entering!  As two different people of course, but the same contest, different categories.  Mine will likely be an excerpt from The Curse (see the "Novellas and Short Stories" tab for more info!), and Shelley's will be in the contemporary romance category. In case this one goes pear-shaped for unforeseen reason, I will be keeping this one on the down-low as well until all is said and done.  Suffice it to say, the deadline is October 1st, so I will be working my ass off on my entry from now until, hopefully, well before then.  Advance planning and all.  I'm greatly looking forward to reading...
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Parties and Cheesecake! Om nom nom… RWA Conference Pt. 4

Back to the conference! In between workshops and (possibly) breaking delicate body parts, there was everything else.  And this constituted a lot of socializing, eating, drinking, and dressing up.  Yeah.  It was awesome.  Let me clarify..."Partaaaay!"Being my first RWA nationals conference and Shelley's second, we wanted to check out a lot of what was offered.  And since neither of us are published (preferring the title "PREpublished" instead of "UNpublished" because of the more positive connotations), there were certain things that we naturally wouldn't get invited to, but might possibly attend in the future.  Example: one of the publishers held a black-and-white ball at the Waldorf Astoria.  Yeah, that place in the picture.  I'm still jealous, and it's been nearly a month.  If we published with that particular publisher, then we'd be invited.  The same goes for belonging to other chapters or specialty chapters of the RWA.  Example: the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal (FF&P) chapter held a party where the party-goers...
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