Well, Shelley Munro tagged me with a dirty meme, but I’ve decided not to do it. Here. *Grin* Next week ALL the Naughty and Spice girls will be answering the dirty little quiz at our hang out, so be sure to drop by!

Okay, so I’ve been a bad little blogger this week. Sorry. I’m busy sending many, many emails. There’re queries for my book, as well as invites to the Emerald City Writers Conference. (It’s kind of funny because you can get a form rejection letter for that, too!) And emails from chapter members and old chapter members. You know, for some reason, I thought being Vice Pres of my RWA chapter was more work than being President, but now that I’ve been in the position for about a month I realize I was delusional. Plus also this week I had minor surgery (my first time with stitches!), parent teacher conferences, and have been leaning how to create a brochure for my book for when it goes to print. So yeah, a little busy. Things should calm down soon.

But with all the work I’m doing for the ECWC conference, I have to say that Cherry Adair is again stunning me with how wonderful she is. And she’s not the only one. We have several authors in our chapter who are so very giving. And I love them all dearly! Anyway, we’re looking to have another great conference. :)

So I did get another great review a couple of days ago. This review was for my book Primal Attraction. Thank you, Angel, for the lovely review! Here’s a small part…

“PRIMAL ATTRACTION is an excellent title for this book because it describes it perfectly… The love scenes are numerous and entice the reader to keep turning the pages. Shelli Stevens is a talented author and readers will gobble up this book and look forward to her next endeavor.” 4.5 ribbons, Romance Junkies

All right, off to send more emails. I just wanted to check in. Oooh, been awhile since I had a hottie on my blog. Why don’t I leave you with one of my objects of lust. This guy makes my heart go pitter pat. Joaquin Phoenix. I think the movie that really sealed it was Signs.


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I’m at Naughty and Spice discussing purseonality. Come by and share yours if you get a second!

Favorite movie lines Sunday: I’m a big comedy fan in movies. I was raised with three brothers, and that’s what we tended to watch. The raunchy, offensive comedies. And I loved them. So today’s quote is from another of my favorite movies Old School.

Mitch Martin: True love is hard to find, sometimes you think you have true love and then you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out of your bathroom blindfolded like a goddamn magic show ready to double team your girlfriend…


On a big, happy, I’m still giddy note, I found out today that Dangerous Grounds received a Recommended Read from Fallen Angel Reviews! Thank you, Rachel, for the great review!!!


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“With suspense, humor and sex, Dangerous Grounds is an enthralling read, with enough depth of emotion, heat and tension to engross anyone…. With a voice and style all her own, Ms. Stevens has yet again proven her worth with Dangerous Grounds. If she’s not on your list of to buy authors, she should be, and Dangerous Grounds is the perfect book to start your collection with. Believe me, you’ll be collecting them.” 5 Angels Recommended Read, Rachel C, Fallen Angel Reviews

So I’ve started my new book, but only have a few paragraphs. I realized one chapter (17-20 pages) in two days might be pushing it when the kid is home all day! LOL. So, my new goal is to just get it started and feel good about it. Then I’ll take off. I’ve still got that feeling of landing in Oz though. Totally bizarre.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

I find myself in unfamiliar waters…and I wonder if I’m freaking out just a little. Here’s what happened. Friday morning I was making my drive to grammasit and a sudden thought hit me. Just a random, weird thought. The thought morphed into something else. And then again into something else. And suddenly…I had this plot for a book (almost a screenplay if I knew how to format one) running through my head. Now this hit HARD. Like really hard. Before I arrived at my aunt’s house I had various scenes flashing through my head for this potential story.

I told myself to slow down and thought back on Blake’s words. Something along the lines of… What’s your log line. If you don’t have a log line, you don’t know what your story is about. And so I thought, okay, good point. So I wrote a log line in my head. It was actually pretty obvious to me.

By the time I pulled into my aunt’s house, I flipped open my laptop and started typing. This doesn’t happen to me. I’m a pantser. And within an hour I had a polished log line and almost a page long break down of a blurb/mini synopsis. I then decided to test pitch it (like Blake suggests) because I was thinking anyone I pitched this to would give me a passive, sounds great response or something equally I forgot what you just said. But the first person I sent it to (Pat White, see yesterday’s post!) told me it was awesome and high concept. Told me I had to write it. I about fainted. Then thought, is it a fluke? Maybe only Pat liked it. I shot the pitch out to a few more people. I never got a tepid or vague encouragement. Everyone’s reaction was strong. With lots of Wows and phrases like break out novel.

So now I’m sitting here…the book still swirling in my head…and freaking out a bit. Because that’s not pressure or anything. *Grin* It’s like nothing I’ve ever written. It will be a challenge. And maybe that’s why I’m afraid. But as I said, I’m in new waters. I’m doing character profiles and a time line. Using an Excel doc. I don’t think I’ve ever plotted like this, oh, ever. I’ve done some minor plotting, but nothing to this extreme.

Part of me is like…forget you had this vision. Forget the notes you’ve taken all day. Just go back and write your usual stuff. Stay in your comfort zone. But I can’t. Even if this turns out to be the biggest piece of turd written (and hey, it’s possible) I need to at least try. Because that was one of my goals this year. Push myself. Step outside my comfort zone.

So, my goal for the weekend *gulp* is to write the first chapter. I will do it. Wish me luck! And please ask me Monday if I did it. :)

Please come visit Naughty and Spice where we have guest blogger Pat White an RT Top pick writer (writes for HQ Intrigue/Silhouette Nocturne/Dorchester) who’s discussing Sexy With Your Clothes On.

Fortune cookie Thursday: Good things come to those who wait. I admit it’s a wee bit overdone, but so darn applicable to my life. So I’ll take it!

What I’m listening to:When The Stars Go Blue, The Corrs & Bono

So guess what I just did…bought my plane ticket to Nationals!! I wasn’t going to do it this soon, was going to put it off. But when someone said they found a ticket for $198, I HAD to jump! That’s a great deal. But the really sucky hard I’ll-need-a-drink-or-some-Valium part is… I’ll be alone. I haven’t suckered a friend into flying with me and holding my hand. Yet. Because, I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a freaked out flier. Once I get on the plane for about twenty minutes I’m okay. I’m fine. I can fly anywhere anytime and not be afraid. But then my trip is over and another year goes by until the next Nationals, and by then I’ve built up the nervousness again. *Sigh*

And I registered for the conference on Monday when it first opened. And I heard they’re filling up, so if you haven’t booked you’d better think about it! I’m going to be there from Monday until Sunday. It’s my one and only vacation a year. Granted a business vacation, but a vacation all the same. Sleeping in and room service. At least one day. That’s my goal. *Grin*

Sorry to be so late blogging. I’ve had a chaotic couple of days. Apparently around when I sold my first book (about two years ago!) I let my health slip a bit. The excitement and all. Well I’m back on track–big time. Even more so than the last six months. I’m down 14lbs just by diet and exercise alone. So wish me luck! I want to keep losing and get healthy again!

So I’m realizing my four year old kid has her first movie obsession. Barbie and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I think she can quote almost every line in it, dance with them, and sing all songs–very well in key and rhythm, might I add! Which makes me proud since I’m musically inclined ;) And the movie does teach her some classical music, so I don’t mind it so much.

I’m just a few pages into Blake’s book and I’ve already learned some GREAT stuff. The scariest one being…have a log line before you write the screenplay/book. Really? Holy shnikey’s, why?! That stuff makes me pull my hair out. It never occurred to me to write it FIRST. I usually do it after. And I’m mostly a pantser. Or I write my synopsis as I go…does that make sense? But I’m going to try his way and his theories when I start my next book.

On a sad note, I’m so bummed about Heath Ledger. So bummed. I thought he was talented, sexy and very fresh in the Hollywood world. It’s very sad. So my sexy man pic today, is an actor (and a father :( ) who left us too soon.

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I’m blogging about men and what they wear at the gym. And what I think is sexy. I put a pretty hot picture up, too. You should check it out. ;)

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Favorite movie lines Sunday: So since I hung out with a screenwriter on Friday, and he mentioned another guy he critiques with wrote the movie Stripes (one of my faves!) I thought I’d use a quote from that movie today!

Recruiter: Now, are either of you homosexuals?

John Winger: You mean like flaming? Or part time?

Recruiter: Well, it’s a question we have to ask of all our new recruits.

Russell Ziskey: No, we’re not homosexual, but we are *willing to learn*.

John Winger: Yeah, would they send us someplace special?

Recruiter: I’ll just put that as a ‘no’.

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So Friday I had an amazing night. I not only had the opportunity to hear Blake Snyder (screenwriter I described above) talk to our chapter, I got to have dinner with him. Well, me and a couple other ladies :) But still. It was an extra hour or so to pick his brain. He’s very sweet and funny and his talk was fabulous–we really want to push for him to speak at Nationals. I mean he’s AMAZING.

save-the-cat.gif I swear to you, I don’t think I’ll ever write a book the same again. The next Word doc I open, I’ll have new plan of attack. I’m giving myself a week off or so, so I can finally read his book (I won a signed copy!!!) and then I’ll dig into my next project. The book to follow my Heiress book. Sebastian’s story, and Lordy do I have plans for him. *Grin*.

I’m so tired from spending the last three hours re-reading my book Taken and editing it. I think it’s about ready to sub. Wish me luck!

And now off to sleep…
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So I didn’t blog yesterday because I was exhausted! I passed out at 9 and woke up at 8. Too many late nights of finishing this book. And I did finish about 3pm yesterday! I’m thrilled. Now I’m just re-reading and editing before I submit it.

Let’s see, first my news…

1. I’m still at #2 at Samhain (really, I expect to get booted any day now)

2. I found out Dangerous Grounds will be featured in the Fall 2008 IPS Season Catalog

3. I got rear ended this morning (not such good news, but I’m okay and no real damage to the car)

4. My daughter gave her binkies away to my friend’s newborn (she only used them at night, but gahd it was embarrassing that she still even had one!!

5. Tonight I’m attending a two hour talk by Blake Synder on story structure as it relates to romance novels. He’s the author of “Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need.” (Totally excited for this!) He’s coming out to talk to our local chapter.



Now onto good news for two of my fellow Naughty and Spice girls. Ms. Lillian Feisty just made a super fabulous book deal that she’ll be sharing with the world shortly (or already has in some forums!) And Karen Erickson has her first book at Ellora’s Cave out today Garnet-Virgin Jewels.

Congrats to both of you gals!

Here’s a peek at Karen’s book, you should check it out! It’s guaranteed to get your blood flowing ;)


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Garnet – Virgin Jewels By Karen Erickson
The Virgin’s Blood necklace is legendary. Simple in appearance, it wields a sexual power only its true owners can experience.

Hannah doesn’t understand why the newest acquisition at her family’s jewelry store makes her ache so deliciously. When Colin visits the shop and tells the necklace’s erotic tale, Hannah’s further enflamed — for the necklace and the man.

Borrowing the necklace, she has mind-blowing sex with Colin, the power of the stones overwhelming. But for normally shy Hannah, the experience is bittersweet. Her alluring aggressiveness isn’t real — it’s the Virgin’s Blood Jewels. She can’t keep the necklace, and fears she’ll lose Colin without it. But Colin knows more about the jewels than he’s telling.


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