Thursday, June 28, 2012

Angels and Demons Blog Hop

Welcome to my post in the blog hop! At the bottom of the post lists the prizes :)

I usually don't like paranormal anything. I don't watch paranormal anything and the genre itself scares the crap out of me. The whole ghost subject freaks me out. I believe in spirits but if something odd happens in my home I go into total denial or we will be packing our stuff. I do have a fourteen year old daughter who has a darker personality than I do. She is a paranormal and horror buff. She also writes novels already. After she finished writing her first book at age twelve she decided that maybe we should write a book together.

We set out plotting Dreaming of Him. We agreed that we'd both write it but I'd do a lot of the romance in the book because the thought of romance made her want to gag.  After we plotted most of the book, I wrote the opening scene and had her read it. "Mom," she had said, "I love it, but you need to write the whole thing." She decided that her talents weren't as good as mine (she is wrong!) and couldn't write with me.

Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) was coming up and I figured that writing Dreaming of Him would be the perfect project to do in that month and an awesome gift for my daughter. I accomplished the task of writing the novella in one month (surprising since I know nothing of the genre!), edited it, and had a contract from my publisher shortly after.

Here is the opening scene of the book:

I stood by the lake’s edge and tossed a rock, trying to make it skip across the water as my
father had once taught me when I was a little girl. My lips twisted in a frown as the rock plopped
against the water and quickly sank. Obviously, rock skipping could be added to my list of

“Hey.” The sudden sound of a deep voice cutting through the silence should’ve startled
me, but it didn’t at all.

Curious, I turned toward the sound.

He stood there with a strand of dark hair falling down against his tanned forehead. He
brushed it back and smiled, revealing a brilliant set of teeth.

“Have we met before?” I asked, trying to place him from somewhere.

Instead of answering, he stepped next to me. “Let me show you how to do that.” He
picked up a rock and twisted his wrist just right, sending the rock skipping across the water.
Once the rock sank, he turned to me again. His dark eyes stared into mine as he slid his finger
down my cheek.


The blaring alarm pulled me from my dream, jerking me straight up in bed. The
obnoxious sound came from a little blue box sitting on my dresser, set far away from my bed to
force me up from the comfort. I groaned as the day’s reality set in. The manager of Rich Chick
expected me to be there for work in an hour. I hated not only the annoying beep-beep that ripped
me from my dream, but also knowing that I’d be behind a counter pretending to be someone
different. Then again, I hated most everything about my life. I glanced over to the bottle of
prescription pills on my dresser. Should I go another day pretending everything was fine without
taking the mood-altering drug people swore by? I shook my head at the notion. No more pills.
Not today. Not ever again.


Prize time! Win a copy of Dreaming of Him by leaving a comment on my blog. 
 Each blog will have it's own giveaway, PLUS we have TWO grand prizes. ONE Commenter from the blogs will win a KINDLE TOUCH
another Commenter will win a $60 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!



  1. Wonderful excerpt!

    If I have to pick between angels and demons I would go with demons, I like my men a bit dark ;)

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  3. That opening scene left me wanting more. The brilliant set of teeth comment was a little creepy to me and made me pause for whatever reason. It did give me a visual image to hang on to after I shook off that feeling of unease. I would definitely put the book in my cart.

  4. wow. good luck with that book! and thanks for participating in the hop!

  5. I'm Team Wicked Sexxxy!!! That means

  6. Great excerpt and so sweet of your daughter. I'm on the demon team.

    jlhmass at yahoo dot com

  7. Great excerpt, indeed. I'm adding this to my wish list.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  8. Awesome excerpt! Its so cool that you collaborated with your daughter.

    If I absolutely had to pick b/t angels and demons I'd go with demons, but I want both!

  9. DEMONS!!! I love the internal battle within ones self between love and the evil. What a great giveaway thanks :)

    Charity Costa

  10. Thanks for participating.

  11. I love both Angels & Demons.

  12. Angels, because I love the ones who don't know they're naughty yet!


  13. Demons are my first choice...but I would not trun an angel away.

  14. Great excerpt. I would love to read this book. As for my choice between angels and demons, I refuse to choose because I'm greedy and I want them both.


  15. Demons are my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  16. I love how this story came about, thanks for sharing that as for angels and demon's - demons :)


  17. Thanks for sharing!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  18. Sounds like a great one! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  19. I love a bad boy so I am a fan of demons myself!

  20. The naughtier the better! Team Demon for me! :)

  21. Love demons!

  22. It is Team Angel for me today. I feel the need to be wrapped up in soft feathers and held against a hot, hard body...MMMM!!!

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  23. love the Fallen Angel series by JR Ward Gale

  24. Fallen angel or bad boy demon? Both please!

  25. Love the demons!

    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  26. Love the demons.

  27. I love the demons! : )

    Tabatha Hansen

  28. I love both! Give me some nice mixed with my naughty for a good time!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  29. Nice excerpt :)

  30. I like bad boy angels

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  31. love them both!

    swgaddict72 at hotmail dot com

  32. Team Angels!


  33. I'm choosing angels! emily joy drake at gmail dot com

  34. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I would have to go for the demons
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  35. I enjoyed the excerpt. I added your book to my book wish list.

    I like both angels and demons, but if I had to choose I'd choose demons.


  36. Demons are the ultimate bad boys, and I have a major "thing" for bad boys, so I'm definitely Team Demon!

    Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  37. THanks for the opportunity to win! I am unable to choose between Angels and Demons and would like them both!!
    Lisa Hackney

  38. I enjoyed the excerpt. I love a good Demon story.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  39. I loved the excerpt and it was such a great story about you and your daughter. :)
    It is wonderful that she has a mom like you to encourage her in her writing.
    Thank you for the opportunity to read it.
    I am for Demons all the way! ;)
    trb0917 at

  40. I like them both, but I prefer demons, especially those with a bit of a soft side. I particularly like Al from Kim Harrison's Hallows series


  41. I really enjoyed the excerpt. I am a Demon girl.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  42. I think it is so awesome that you have such an incredibly daughter. Dreaming of Him sounds awesome and I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for participating in this fun hop and today, so as not to scare you ;) I will choose angels!

  43. Fallen Angels! Okay, maybe demons. I love bad boys! :D Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  44. Nice excerpt. I like demons.


  45. I love the cover and the excerpt! Sounds like the beginning of a great story!

    I love both demons and angels, but I'd go with angels if I had to pick!