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Food for thought. . .
"Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own." - Charles Scribner
TGIF! I love Fridays and I bet I'm not alone! I'm back in San Diego with Gabriel after our trip to Cabos with Isabella and Blake. We had so much fun there and I picked up a recipe from a local lady that is famous for making frijoles or beans.
Since we're having some friends over this evening for some cards (Shhhh....don't tell Gabriel, but I'm wicked at poker! He's so gonna lose ;)), I'm going to make this dish for everyone. I might change out the Pita bread for some totopos or Mexican corn chips. They are delicioso with any kind of dip!
Peruvian Bean Dip
Muchos besos y buen provecho, amigas!
¡FELIZ DIA DE INDEPENDENCIA! ¡VIVA MÉXICO!
It's almost fall, my favorite time of the year! And what better way to bring in the changing seasons than with a giveaway? Yep, It's time for the Fall Into Romance blog hop giveaway! Get your clicking finger ready, 'cuz it's time to get a heavy dose of romance and get your name in the pot for some fabulous giveaways coming your way via this hop hosted by www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com.
No rush though, this hop lasts from Sept. 19th- 22nd, so there's plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy what I've pulled together for you today. Plus, I've placed the list of all the participating authors and bloggers on the hop for easy reference.
Before we get started, here's the low down on the giveaways. Here on Bookin' It Reviews you'll find my own personal giveaway Raffelcopter for all the readers and then for the $75.00 Amazon GC GRAND PRIZE from the giveaway host, Jane Wakely, you'll find the second Raffelcopter just beneath mine.
Ready for some romance? Awesome!
For my portion of today's hop, I'm going to share a little steamy bit of romance from Tequila Sunset. Gabriel and Esmeralda's story takes place in Cabos so I thought it fitting as a farewell to the hot nights of summer. ;)
After you enjoy the excerpt, don't forget to enter the giveaways!
**Since the excerpt is of an adult nature, I have slipped it behind the read more break. Just click to open the excerpt and the giveaway!
Reading a good book is like taking a trip to another place or time. You get to meet new people, discover wonderful new things, and even find new friends you can visit over and over.
Here's a quote that sums it all up rather nicely.
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. ~Chinese Saying
I found this inspiration today fitting. There are days when you think that your dreams are just too far outside your reach. That it's not worth it anymore and it would be easier just to give up and let it all just sizzle out. I mean, who cares about your dreams anyway? They aren't important.
Let me tell you something, my lovelies, your dreams do matter. Don't give up on them, because if you don't fight for them, who will? YOU are the one that makes them important, the one who will make your dreams become your REALITY!
Could you imagine if Nora Roberts given up on her dream of writing where she would be right now? Not as the queen of romance that is for damn sure.
Or how about, Jane Austin for all my classic literary friends out there. Imagine if she let all her obstacles stand in the way of her writing? Kind of gives you a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach doesn't it.
I know it does for me.
When my demons rear their ugly heads telling me I should just stop now, that my dreams are too far out there or they're not worth fighting for, I step back and take a look around me. I look at what I have achieved, what I have built OUT OF NOTHING and then I remind myself that my dreams ARE WORTH my efforts, me tears, and certainly my happiness.
Here's a quote for you that can help pull all this into perspective. If you think it might help others, pin and share away!
Thanks for stopping in a while with me. When you hit a hard point in reaching your goals, what do you do to climb back out of the pit and move forward? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!
Everyone loved reading about the music behind the writing of Tequila Sunset I thought I'd share what inspired the writing of His By Sunrise.
Blake was an easy character for me to write. He's a man that operates by the book, looks at things in a black and white manner, and isn't afraid to tackle any obstacle that might stand in his way.
Except when it comes to Isabella. Bound by a promise to keep his hands off his best friend’s sister, Blake isn't sure of anything when it comes to her and that goes against every fiber of his being.
Ema on the other hand, is all about the romance. She comes from a Latin family that is big on showing their feelings, but when Blake refuses to acknowledge the sizzling connection the sparks to life every time the meet, she's forced to move on. She refuses to stand by and watch as Blake lives in his little black box, not letting any emotions show through to those that care for and love him.
Take a peak behind the scenes of His By Sunrise, a story of forbidden love, and the songs that helped me shape Blake and Bella's story.
Yesterday was my "day off" from writing. I take one day a week just so I can re-charge my batteries and not hit a wall creatively speaking.
Alas, a writer's mind is never still though. During the moments I was slaving to the apron, playing teacher to my four children or climbing Mt. St. Laundry I was thinking about my current work-in-progress (wip).
So, while I scrubbed some king of mystery liquid out of my son's socks I set about mentally planning the last three chapters of Sunrise for Three. All kind of wicked things were playing out in my head. It was a very zen moment of connection with my characters and I was all like...
...and life was good. I patted myself on the back with my soapy hands and continued on with the glamorous life of sock scrubbing.
Little bits of imagery and dialogue popped in here and there and in my minds eye I had a pretty good sense of what I wanted happen in the last show down between the heroes, heroine and the villain.
I took a few notes when needed, went about my day, and set the alarm for six a.m. to get cracking and get this puppy wrapped up. I was totally stocked!
In my dreams I was totally Jim Carey rocking at the keyboard.
Oh Yeah! Let me feel the power, baby!
Six o'clock rolled around, I climbed out of bed, cranked up the laptop and opened up my manuscript. I scanned over what I had written during my last writing session, put my fingers to the keyboard and then...nothing happened. My mind went blank. I moved the cursor over to start a new paragraph, took out my notes from yesterday and still nothing clicked.
My Jim Carey mojo had disappeared, stolen by some evil mojo killing fairy while I slept.
Remember how I blogged about every sentence being a struggle last week? Then yesterday I blogged about the word count coming a little easier this week? Yeah, my muse is laughing his arse off at me right now.
This morning I can actually say I watched seven o'clock roll over into eight. By that time the family was stirring and I knew I needed to get it together or I wouldn't have another shot until tonight. That stress, combined with my absent mojo, spelled disaster and I should have listened to my instincts to back off before my brain shut down permanently.
By nine this morning I had spent three hours starring at the clock and not writing. I was of the conclusion for the millionth time since I started this crazy journey, that writing is HARD WORK!
Then my husband said something to me. He said, "go get a cup of coffee, have some sunshine and then sit down and try again." So I did.
And you know what, it worked. After a few minutes I came back, took another look at what I wanted to write today and the words started to trickle in. Single words at first, followed by full sentences, then paragraphs. As of right now I have a thousand words under the belt with three thousand to go for my goal today.
But before I take another go at the word count I took another time out to write this post. I know there's a lot of other writer's out there that think if you can't write the minute you sit down it must mean your words suck. I am here to slay that myth for you right now. Sometimes your muse (or creative juices) just needs a boost. A moment to get into gear. If you try to force them, your subconscious mind will lash out and strike you down.
My husband was on the outside looking in, he saw that I needed to get out of my own head, get some perspective and come back later. I didn't realize that I was driving my own creativity into a black hole of sucktacularship (my crazy word of the day!).
I'm that person standing on the outside looking in for you.
Know that as long as you don't give up, you'll be fine. It's okay to walk away so that you can come back stronger. I'm here to help us remember that we all have awesomeness to share. ;)
And if you don't believe me, Dean has a two words for you...
Time to go grab your cup of coffee and get inspired!
"I'm a bookaholic on the road to recovery. Ha, not really. I'm on the road to the bookstore." ~Author Unknown
See y'all there! ;)
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