Monthly Archives: May 2011
In honor’s of Memorial Day, I’m doing a giveaway here.
And, for your viewing pleasure:
Because it’s too cute to resist : )
Who needs to be served???
Mmm, dark chocolate.
Too HOT to handle.
Tired after a long day. Bet he’d wake up for a HUGE thank you, LOL.
And again, Thank You, to all the soldiers * men and women* who have laid down everything they had to give ~ including their lives ~ for our freedom. And also, thank you to all the sexy men who have served not only our country, but the camera, LOL
Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day
I hope your Memorial Day and the weekend has been awesome
Just a reminder to check out my post about keeping those who’ve served in our minds and hearts. Plus, I’m calling this time of year my Blogversary, so you can win some neat stuff, including a free e-book. Check it out.
I got a great review (my first) for Dragos 4: Inflamed by The Romance Studio: 4 stars. “I love the way Kallyn brought them all back together for an all out magic war at the end. The characters are strong and determined, and while the magic flares up all around them, there is no coincidence to what they can do or not do. Kallyn has clearly defined their strengths and limitations throughout the series. That definition makes for a very honest magical read. Very well done. Summer is coming, so heat up your world with the Dragos family of fire-breathing dragons.” Read in Full here.
And, All Romance E-Books is giving a 50% e-book rebate sale this whole weekend. If you buy an ebook, like, say, one of mine, you’ll get 50% of the price back Books for free, WOOT! Who can beat that?
In deference to the holiday, I’ll be doing a post later about sexy and yummy men in uniform.
I remember doing a Thank you post last year. Which means I’ve been blogging for a year now.
So first, and most importantly, I want to thank everyone we’ll be remembering this Monday. Memorial Day is a great event. I have family who’ve served. Gladly and with all their heart.
My uncle (married to my favorite Aunt) ended up being deployed just a few months after their marriage. It was a tough time for my Aunt. Even though I was still pretty much a kid, I remember how much she hurt. They talked on the phone and sent letters as often as they could, but it was still a difficult, worrisome time. Yet they loved each other, and their love stayed strong even through the year of separation.
When my uncle came back, they continued on with their lives. Today, after hardships and other trials, they still love each other very much. They have a family now, and I’m so proud of them for pushing through the tough times.
In fact, they are one of the couples I think about while writing… At least, the non-spicy parts, LOL. They let their love conquer all adversity, from deployment to biological factors when trying to start a family. In recent years, with the depression, they’ve faced layoffs and foreclosure, yet their marriage is still as strong today as it was when they said those magic words, “I do”.
They are my example that no matter what, love really can last.
And my Uncle is my example when I think of everything our military gives up in order to keep us free.
So Thank you to those wonderful men and women who put their own lives on hold to protect us.
Thank you to all who give their lives for me and everyone who calls themselves an American.
Whether you believe in war or not, Thank you to all who go out and sacrifice so the rest of us don’t have to.
Politics have nothing to do with Memorial Day. Only thanks does.
And now, for the giveaway.
For everyone who responds to this email by Monday night at 11:59pm (PST) I will enter for a GRAND PRIZE drawing of your choice of one of my Dragos e-books.
I will also enter 3 people to win a complete set of Dragos Romance Trading Cards.
So tell me, why are you thankful for our veterans? Who do you remember the most on these days, and what does it mean to you?
(And remember to leave me a way to contact you for your prize, LOL)
As I’m doing all this long, hard work (LOL) of searching for hot hunks to share on the blog, I realized something.
I like wet men.
Hugh Jackman sexiness.
I love this man ~ and Wolverine ROCKS!!!
The winners have been contacted. James Marsden my lovelies : )
The first three people who send an email to me: AmberKallyn (at) gmail (dot) com with the correct answer will receive a full set of Dragos #RomanceTradingCards
Give me his name
I will add his name here after I get the 3 winners. Good luck,
Have fun ~
Happy, happy, Friday the 13th. It’s my favorite day ever.
Probably because my favorite number is 13, and I love the alternatives to superstitions.
I had a black cat once. We got him from the pound. Not only was he the smartest cat I’ve ever known, but he was a straw stealer. If you set a cup down with a straw, 2 seconds later the straw was gone. And his favorite pasttime was fetching thrown straws. Man, I sure loved him. Unfortunately, he ran away during one of the many moves my mother forced upon me during my childhood. I sure hope he found a good home.
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And the bad news.
So, somewhere in the past few weeks, I lost one of them. The other day, I checked the calendar, sure I had 3 weeks to finish up my 7 classes and all my finals.
Then, somehow, I see I only have 2 weeks.
I don’t know where that other week went, but the last few days — and the next couple — I’m kicking my own ass and getting down to the business of homework.
We’re talking all day. Yes.
7 hours while the kids are at school, and back to it in the evenings.
Damn it. Where did the time go??
I’ll *hopefully* be back to my regular program next week. Hopefully. Crap. Can my classes be over and my finals be done yet?
Just to let ya’ll know, if you’re waiting for a set of Dragos romance trading cards, the 4th book’s cards came in : )
I’ll be packaging them up and mailing them out in the next few days. Yeah!
Dragos 4: Inflamed comes out in just a couple of weeks on May 20th.
And, I’ve ordered my fourth set of trading cards, so all the winners and everyone who’s emailed me about them ~ they should come in just a week or two and then I’ll be mailing the sets out.
Doesn’t Isabelle look so sexy? My succubus rocks. And, she’s about to find that sometimes, a demon can have a happily ever after
Dialogue tags come in many forms:
He/she said angrily
He/she whispered – shouted – screamed – mumbled
‘Said’ is one of those words that readers don’t even really see. A good rule of thumb is when in doubt, go with simple.
Some people also use the reverse, rather than ‘she said’, authors will write ‘said she’. This reverse is becoming less common and sounds, or ‘reads’ unusual to many readers.
Rather than writing “I didn’t know,” she said, an author can use movements.
“But,” she ran her hands through her hair, “what about Joe?”
She ran her hands through her hair. “But what about Joe?”
“But what about Joe?” She ran her hands through her hair.
Movement tags not only act as attributes (letting the reader know who’s doing the speaking), but also convey character emotion and act as ‘Beats’.
Which is more interesting to read: (Gets into Show Don’t Tell)
“You wouldn’t dare,” she said angrily.
“You wouldn’t dare.” She slammed her fist on the table, making the fine china and silverware rattle.
Sometimes, you want the reader to stop at certain points emphasizing different words or to draw out suspense.
“There was just so much…” Sally took a deep, shaky breath. “So much blood.”
Breaking up dialogue can also control pace:
“Will you marry me,” Tom asked, bending down on one knee.
Sally’s eyes burned as tears welled. “Tom,” she whispered. “I…”
Sally took a deep breath. “Yes. Yes, I will.”
“Then?” Tom asked.
“Well, then I…” Sally shook her head. “Then I decided I had to do it.”
“You did it?”
“Yes. I took his old shotgun and raced outside.”
“And the dog?”
“That mean ol’ mangy mutt never knew what hit him.”
Back in the 60’s, a comic book artist wrote about a boy named Tom Swift, and his many adventures. The author commonly used adverbs as dialogue tags.
“Yes, Joe,” Tom said happily.
“The sun’s too hot,” Tom complained hotly.
“Well, that makes me mad,” Tom said angrily.
Tom ran and ran. “I’m tired,” Tom said with exhaustion.
Now, adverbs and adjectives are not the enemy, but they can distract from the dialogue itself. They can also become a bit silly.
It’s always better to use ‘said’ than a string of -ly words.