Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IWSG: Writing and Summer Porchin’ at the Lake – Windshield or Bug?

Lazy, summer days lounging on cushy, wicker furniture, watching boats skim across the lake and sipping iced tea . . . sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Enjoying the lifestyle of our Golden Years, right? Well, let me burst that bubble right away, folks. If you’re a writer who is multi-tasking-challenged, as I am, some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug. That’s the way my life has been since Spring while my hubby and I do a lot of backin’ and forthin’ from our original homestead to our summer get-away an hour’s drive north. We’ve been doing this for thirty years, but when we were working full time and only went there for the weekend, I could easily plan for the Friday after work through Sunday afternoon holiday meals, clothes, etc. with no problem. Now that we’ve got more time than money, we’re free to stay as long as we want – which throws me off any sort of schedule I try to make and that leads to chaos when planning what clothes to pack, what meals to plan, which dental and medical appointments to keep (an hour plus drive back into town), keeping up with family events, trying to fit in a critique session once in a while with my fab crit partners and - oh yeah, drying out the rain damage for the second time in my office (which is now located in the dining room). Finishing my second contracted cozy mystery has become a challenge x2. Those are the ‟bug” times, know what I mean?

When we finally arrive up north, unload the SUV, unpack my laptop, etc. and way more other stuff than I needed to bring, we eventually find our way to the comfort of our porch. Time magically slows down and I realize we’ve finally become the ‟windshield.” Meals are never on schedule and that’s okay. We eat when we’re hungry. Early morning hours are blessedly quiet and writing time is once again productive as long as there’s coffee. Later in the day, friends stop by to gather on the porch with us and our lives are instantly enriched by their presence and friendship. Funny how things have a way of working out. My worrying over schedules and such was for nothing. I’ve got my windshield.

Such is my schedule as I’m working on the second book of my Joyful Noise mystery series. Blessed with Internet connection, I can holler for help from my awesome band of sistah crit partners, knowing they’ve got my back. I’ve learned to write in-transit, so to speak, and make the most of each valuable nugget of time. I can write on the porch or inside the cottage, either way I am the windshield, not the bug. And that’s a good thing. I like to think of my porch as my windshield. I’m only the bug while traveling. And what about the office water damage, you ask? Well, that, too, will be repaired by competent experts. They’re windshields of another kind. Do you use windshields when life threatens to make you the bug?

Bringing in the Thieves - Book #1 of the Joyful Noise Mysteries, is scheduled for a November 2014 release from Bell Bridge Books. There’s no cover yet, but here’s a little something to peak your interest:

A fun, warm, small-town cozy mystery set in the world of choirs, glee clubs, and the gentle shenanigans of a close-knit church community.

There’s a sour note in the choir at the Faith Community Church in Ruby Springs, Texas. Somebody drowned the choir director in the baptistery. No one much liked haughty Poppy Rose deHaven Fremont, least of all Frankie Lou McMasters, who grew up being bullied by her. But Frankie Lou didn’t kill Poppy, even though it looks suspicious since they fought at a deacon’s meeting right before Frankie Lou found Poppy’s body.

Now it’s up to Frankie Lou—a preacher’s kid who fell from grace— and her devoted band of misfit teenage singers—the Joyful Noise—to prove her innocence and figure out who wanted Poppy dead, and why. Along the way Frankie Lou will catch the eye of sexy Joe Camp, a wrongly convicted ex-con with a golden voice.

ALL THAT MATTERS and HILL COUNTRY MAN, my contemporary romances-available now as e-books and in print on Amazon and B&N under Loralee Lillibridge.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop - Week 3!

Hi Y'All and Happy Friday - We're into the third week of the Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop! This week the hop is co-hosted with author MJ Schiller. Please #FF me on Twitter with @LLillibridge. Today I'll be sharing some crispy Southern Fried Chicken and a little bit about Nancy Gideon's {writing as Dana Ransom} LOVE'S OWN REWARD - Please #FF Nancy at @NancyGideon!

1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into
1 cup all-purpose flour
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon paprika
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

1. Season chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and paprika. Roll in flour.
2. Add 1/2 to 3/4 inch oil to a large, heavy skillet. Heat to approximately 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Place chicken pieces in hot oil. Cover, and fry until golden, turning once, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

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File Size: 451 KB
Print Length: 317 pages
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books 

Her act of courage destroys everything . . . 

Charlene “Charley” Carter risked her life to rescue a child from a burning car. Suddenly, the quiet research assistant becomes a media darling—and a half-million dollars richer, thanks to the boy’s grateful grandparents. But big money brings big moochers and bigger betrayals. Charley retreats, wounded and suspicious about the motives of even those dearest to her.

He doesn’t trust that she’s for real . . .

Jess McMasters exposes frauds for a living, and if it means using his charms as well as his tough skills as a journalist, no problem. What’s Charlene Carter trying to gain by refusing to be interviewed by the press? Is she angling for more money—or is she hiding secrets that prove she’s nobody’s hero?

Jess goes undercover to get close to her, but the closer he gets, the less he understands. Except this: the cost for his deception could be his own heart.

Readers will find themselves mesmerized by these magical characters who symbolize hope and redemption. 4+ – Romantic Times
With over 55 sales since her first publication in 1987, Portage, Michigan author Nancy Gideon's writing encompasses romance genres from historicals and regencies to contemporary suspense and the paranormal.

Under her own name, she's a bestseller for Silhouette Romantic Suspense, has written an award-winning vampire romance series, and has an eight book shape-shifter series with Pocket Books. Also listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), she collaborated on Indie horror films In the Woods and Savage with screenwriting and ADR script credits, and even played a small role.

Writing historical romance as Dana Ransom, she's a "Career Achievement for Historical Adventure" and "K.I.S.S." award winner with books published in Romanian, Italian, Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, German, Icelandic and Chinese.
As Rosalyn West, she's a HOLT Medallion winner with nominations for "Best North American Historical Romance" and "Best Historical Book in a Series."

A prolific writer, Gideon attributes her creative output, which once peaked at seven novels in one year, to her love of history and a gift for storytelling. She also credits the discipline learned through a background in journalism and OCD. The due date for her third book and her second son were on the same day . . . and both were early! When on deadline, she turns on the laptop between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. to get a chapter in before work.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop - Week 2!

Hi Y'All and Happy Friday - We're into the second week of the Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop! This week the hop is co-hosted with author MJ Schiller. Please #FF me on Twitter with @LLillibridge. Today I'll be sharing my recipe for Mama's No Cook Banana Pudding and a little bit about my book ALL THAT MATTERS!


Copied from her own recipe card in her own words


Sauce: 1 cup sugar 2 eggs
2 TBLS flour 2 tsp. butter

Mix together, beat well, add 2 c. boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook until thick, being careful not to burn. Flavor with vanilla, lemon or p’apple extract.(lemon is my favorite)

Line 8x8 dish with a layer of vanilla wafers, then a layer of bananas slices. Pour 1/2 of sauce over layer. Repeat with wafers and bananas again and pour rest of sauce over. Be sure all the bananas are covered with sauce so they don’t turn dark.

Chill well and serve.

All the money in the world won’t bring you happiness if the strings attached are pulled so tight you can’t breathe. FAITH MORGAN couldn’t breathe. Controlled all her life by a dominating father whose wealth influenced his actions and prejudices, Faith spent her teen years defying every rule Lionel Morgan made.

BUDDY LEE WALKER is Boyd Walker’s son and mad as hell about it. He hasn’t been anybody’s boy since his mama died when he was six. When his no-account daddy went to prison for a bungled bank robbery and armed assault, sixteen-year-old Buddy Lee shouted “Hallelujah!” and set about working hard to overcome his reputation as Boyd’s boy.

The first time Buddy Lee took the blame for one of Faith’s escapades to save her from her daddy’s wrath, she knew she had a friend forever. Buddy Lee knew he’d have alligators snapping at his heels from that night on, but he didn’t care. Being Faith’s friend was the only good thing going on in his life right then. The worst thing was falling in love with her.

Buddy Lee Walker loves his Mustang - the 1965 red one, that is! He's no cowboy, but he's a Texan with a heart as big as the Lone Star State. Keep that in mind as you read about the favor Faith Morgan asks of him. The one that messes with his emotions and challenges his honor...and his heart.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop!

Hi Y'All and Happy Friday - This is my first Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop! Please #FF me on Twitter with @LLillibridge. Today I'll be sharing my recipe for Texas Frito Pie and a little bit about my book HILL COUNTRY MAN!

serves 4 hungry or 8 not so hungry

Preheat oven to 350ºF

3 cups Fritos corn chips
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2-1/2 cups chili (your favorite—homemade or canned. I use the kind without beans)

Spread 2 cups of Fritos in 8x8inch baking dish. Sprinkle half the onion and half the cheese over Fritos. Pour the chili over the onion and cheese. Sprinkle the remaining Fritos, onion and cheese over the chili.

Bake 15 or 20 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Serve hot. 

Life Is Full Of Choices. The Right Ones Are Never Easy. 

Divorced after discovering her husband’s affairs had been going on for years, Maggie Oliver returns to Shade Tree, Texas, hoping the peaceful Hill Country ranch life will restore her self-esteem and help tame her rebellious fifteen-year-old daughter. When a fire destroys her home and ex-rodeo star Sam Banner, now a local police officer, races back into her life, she vows to steer clear of Sam’s brand of trouble. 

The seductive Texas charm of her ex’s best man has always been a threat to her heart . . . a heart that could be broken again by the secret he’s kept for years. How can Maggie trust herself to make the right choice this time? Sometimes, all it takes is a leap of faith and the love of a HILL COUNTRY MAN. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

South Beach by Angeline M. Bishop #Giveaway #Spotlight

In South Beach, Laila Sheridan, a successful fashionista who attracts male interest with an effortless strut of her stiletto heels, has ended a rocky relationship with Malcolm Khalid, a captivating lothario with a passion for shirking adult responsibilities. She believes partying in glamorous South Beach with her former college roommates is the prescription for getting her swagger back.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Secret Love by Christine Warner - Release Day Blast

Genre: Sweet Nostalgic Novella
Length: 69 Pages
The Sweet Fifties Series {Book 1}
Release Date: June 9, 2014 

Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.