Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Final #Writemotivation Update For July

Where did July go? Time seems to be going by faster than ever. With vacation and everything I did not quite get everything accomplished that I wanted to this month.

On a bright spot: I did get half of them done!

1. Finish writing Ragan's Song

 Not a lot of progress on this. Life just seems to be getting in the way lately (and a little thing called Pinterest!).

2.  Find four more authors or bloggers to guest host or donate prizes for the cover reveal party.

 I'm happy to report that I did meet this goal - this cover reveal Facebook party is going to be awesome!

Come join the fun! Saving Cassie/Ragan's Song Cover Reveal Party

3. Rewrite/revise last chapter of Saving Cassie.

As I reported last week this is Done! I have sent the revisions to my editor.

4.  Work with my editor on Saving Cassie.

Hopefully starting on this soon! I am at the mercy of my editor's schedule now.

 Checked off another goal as complete this week. Yay me!

Until next time...

L.A. Remenicky

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I Found A New Procrastination Tool!

This week I broke down and finally signed up on Pinterest. I can see this being a big time sucker - I will definitely have to limit my time on this. Pinning is WAY too easy and scrolling through pictures is much more fun than scrolling through my Facebook feed.

If you want to see what interests me, Pinterest is the place to do it.
Meanwhile, it's been slow going on Ragan's Song but I am making progress. Saving Cassie is off with my editor - I know she'll take good care of it. When we are done it will just shine!
I hope you have been enjoying the Friday 5 #RockingSummerRomance posts. I love being able to help out other authors. Having readers find our books is hard so every little bit helps.

Another thing that helps: "Likes" on our Amazon Author Page. If you haven't already please go and give mine a like: more likes = more exposure. As long as you have an Amazon account you can like my author page.

My Amazon Author Page
That's all I have time for tonight - Fairfield Corners is calling my name...
Until next time,
PS: Don't forget about the dual cover reveal party on August 9!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Gail Olmsted - Friday 5 #RockingSummerRomance

Welcome to another Friday 5! Today I'm spotlighting Gail Olmsted...

Favorite drink: Iced Coffee all year long- equally fond of Starbucks, Dunkin & McD's!
Favorite vacation spot: Split decision...Sedona, AZ and Dingle Bay, Ireland. Can't choose between them!! JEEP TOUR is based in Sedona and the sequel will be (someday) based in Ireland.
Pets: I am currently owned by three cats- a black & white tuxedo named Ricky, a grey tiger named Hope (aka The Grey Goddess) and a chunky calico named Chloe. They are great company especially if I am home alone trying to write!!
Music: I prefer rock and roll esp REM, The Eagles, The Beatles and The Stones. That's The Beatles & The Stones, not an either or!! My husband and daughter like country and my son favors EDM so I listen to it all!!
Favorite Car: I look at cars merely as a way to get from point A to point B but my first car was a baby blue Mustang, so I guess that would be my favorite!

First Novel: JEEP TOUR


A failed marriage and an out of the blue job loss propel Jackie Sullivan to seek refuge among the red rocks of Sedona, AZ.  But did she move cross country to chase a dream or a dreamy tour guide?

Jackie Sullivan had it all- a great job, a loving husband and a big house. But that’s all in the past. A chance encounter with a sexy tour guide gets her dreaming of a new life surrounded by the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. When she is denied tenure at the mediocre New England college where she has taught for nine years, she decides to live the dream and make the cross-country move. Jackie’s efforts to re-invent herself in the tight-knit desert community are complicated by a new business venture and mixed signals from an emotionally unavailable new lover. And in the case of her ex, absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder!  Fueled by an unflagging sense of humor and lots of caffeine, Jackie challenges herself to navigate a new course in her search for a happy life. 

Bio: Like my main character, I am a professor of marketing.  I have taught at the college level for eighteen years. I am a recipient of the Deliso Endowed Chair Award and was recently recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as one of “29 Who Shine”.  A hopeless romantic, I am married to the love of my life. I am mom to two young adults and enjoy reading, music and travel. 
Find Jeep Tour on Amazon thru her author page:
Gail's Amazon Author Page
TWITTER:   @gwolmsted 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22 #Writemotivation

Egads, has it been a week already? Last week was not a good week for working on my author gig. I slacked off and spent most of my week off from my "real" job in Maryland visiting with my sister and her family. One of my nephews had his 6th birthday while we were there - I was happy to be able to celebrate with him. He was also very proud that we all got to see him win the Junior Camper of the week award at day camp.

While in Maryland, went to check out Antietam. All I can say is wow! The history is amazing and I did get an idea for another novel in my Fairfield Corners series. So, I guess the trip was a good thing for the author gig.

The bridge is one of the battle sights at Antietam. The tree is known as The Witness Tree - it was a sapling when the battle took place.

Now, for the update...

1. Finish writing Ragan's Song

Didn't really have a chance to work on Ragan's Song last week. I think I have figured out how it will end so I should be getting some writing done this week.

2.  Find four more authors or bloggers to guest host or donate prizes for the cover reveal party.

No progress with this last week.

3. Rewrite/revise last chapter of Saving Cassie.

Done! I have sent the revisions to my editor.

4.  Work with my editor on Saving Cassie.

Hopefully starting on this soon! I am at the mercy of my editor's schedule now.

The wasn't a complete loss - I did get to check one goal as complete. Yay me!

Until next week...

L.A. Remenicky

Friday, July 18, 2014

Carmen Stefanescu - Friday 5 #RockingSummerRomance

Let's welcome Carmen Stefanescu to the Remenickywrites! Carmen lives and writes in Romania, the land of Dracula...

1.       What is your favorite drink?

Hot black coffee. No milk, no sugar.

2.       Where is your favorite vacation spot?

In front of the PC, playing computer games or under the shadow of a tree reading a book.

3.       Any pets? Tell us about them.

Several cats: Mimi, Fifi, Chipy, Blackie. No dog for the moment. Our faithful friend, Jack, a nine year old dear, died in December. We miss him so much. Perhaps we’ll take a new doggie soon.

4.       What kind of music do you listen to?

Pop, American country, Romanian Folklore and classical: Verdi and Vivaldi mostly.

5.       What is your favorite car?

I don’t have a driving license and no car. But. . .  If I had been offered one I’d  have liked a Ferrari. (Hope the manufacturer will come to pay for this advertisement. A wheel of the Ferrari, at least.)

   Thank you Lori for inviting me to your blog! It was fun. I really appreciate it.

Carmen's latest book:

                      Shadows of the Past

Publish date: 4th December 2012

Publisher: Wild Child Publishing

Genre: paranormal/light romance/light horror.

Anne's relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world--one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil's vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve's soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

Buy Link: Wild Child Publishing

Buy Link: Amazon

Buy Link: Barnes& Noble


Trailer: Shadows of the Past

About Carmen ~

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. 
She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Carmen's links:

Twitter  @Carmen_Books


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 15 #Writemotivation Update

Well, it seems like I just did my first update post but a whole week has gone by already. Focusing seems to be my issue this month so it's hard to really get anything accomplished.

1. Finish writing Ragan's Song

It is in the hands of my beta readers ~ Hopefully I will get some good feedback to tweak the story and be ready for editing.

2.  Find four more authors or bloggers to guest host or donate prizes for the cover reveal party.

My editor donated a gift card so I am down to three more for the month.

3. Rewrite/revise last chapter of Saving Cassie.

Not much progress here. The focus problem is making this difficult. I'll keep at it!

4.  Work with my editor on Saving Cassie.

Should be starting next week when I get back from vacation.

I love this, it's keeping me honest! I'm off to go do my walk for the day and finish packing...

See you all next week!

L.A. Remenicky

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Where Does The Time Go?

Why does time seem to go faster each year? I can't believe I went to my 30th high school reunion last night. Holy cow! It can't have been thirty years ago that I graduated, can it?

My husband and I walked in and I didn't recognize over half the people there. The problem is I remember them as they were at eighteen, not forty eight. There were some that seem to be perpetually young. Must be good genetics!

It was great to catch up with some old friends in person ~ Facebook is great but being face to face is much better. There were some that couldn't make it that I wish could have - I really want to catch up with them.

So, as I sit here and think about the years that have passed I wonder what experiences have shaped their lives? Births, deaths, jobs... all these things affect where our lives lead us. All those years and all those experiences...

Thankfully, my best friend in high school is still my best friend. We have shared so many moments and so many memories together.

Are you still close with any of your friends from school?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tina Gayle #RockingSummerRomance

I hope you are enjoying the #RockingSummerRomance posts!

Today, I'm highlighting Tina Gayle.

Sylvia Donovan is emotionally wounded from the unexpected death of her husband and still haunted by their last conversation: his request for a divorce and his confession of love for another woman.  Her husband gone, her only daughter off to college, Sylvia faces the challenges of learning to live alone and move on with her life.

Vince Wilshire, enchanted with Sylvia, is more than willing to do what it takes to capture the heart of the hurting and untrusting Sylvia.

Can he help her forget the past and make her believe in love again?

Excerpt for CFO’s Affair

             A knock sounded on the window beside her and she jumped. Her head swiveled around and she stared at the man looking at her through the window.

            Vince Wilshire's handsome face could make any woman melt with desire. With it so close to hers—the glass being the only thing separating them—a rush of adrenaline swept into her system. She leaned sideways in her seat and knocked her hand against the steering wheel. The horn beeped and she muttered, "Damn it, Knox, why did you..."

            The sound of his laughter sent anger flooding through her, the muscles in her arms tightening with the need to strike out. She lowered the phone and clicked the disconnect button in retaliation to his attempt to manipulate her.

            Vince opened the driver's side door and cold air rushed into the car. "Hey, beautiful, are you heading inside?"

            "What is this? Are you guys ganging up on me?" Sylvia ignored the man beside her and glanced in the rear view mirror, checking to make sure her tears hadn't caused any lasting effect.

            A warm hand landed on her shoulder and Vince toyed with her hair. "Not at all, I like the idea of entering the building with a gorgeous woman on my arm."

            "Right," she protested and stuffed her phone into her purse before turning to stare into his bedroom-brown eyes. The spark in their depths had her reevaluating her impression of the man. Yes, he had the face and body to rival every other Casanova in the world, but he also had a sense of humor. That alone sent a shiver of awareness through her.

            She fought the desire gathering in her stomach and waved her hand at him so he'd move out of the way, letting her exit the car. "Did Knox make you wait out here in the parking lot to make sure I would come inside?"

            Vince grinned and held her door open while she stepped onto the asphalt. His gaze fell to her legs.

            She stared at her new, high-heel, red pumps and silently prayed she wouldn't land face first in the dirt when she tried to walk across the pitted parking lot in them.

            A low whistled sounded beside her. "Man, are you ever hot."

            She ignored the comment and didn't turn until she heard the car door slamming closed. "And there's not a woman you've ever met you haven't wanted."


Want more?

Tina Gayle is currently working on two different series. The last book in the Executive Wives’ Club series will be coming out 2014.  This series combines elements of women fiction with the passion of romance.

The Family Tree series has two books out with Fallen Leaves release in April of 2014. A paranormal romantic suspense series, the books follow the keeper of the Winston manor and the trials she has to overcome to remain in the house of her ancestors.


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Ashley Ladd - Friday 5 #RockinSummerRomance/Friday 5

Welcome to Ashley Ladd! This post is part of #RockinSummerRomance - let's get started...

What is your favorite TV show?    Big Bang Theory
What is your favorite summer activity?    Swimming
What is your favorite summertime food?    Watermelon
Who is your favorite fictional romantic couple (movie/TV/book)?    Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy (and Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy)
Do you plan to do anything special this summer?  Go kayaking


Brooks and Rique desperately want to win a coveted chef’s job offered by an eccentric millionaire in paradise. Even more, Rique desperately wants to stay alive.
Brooks and Rique desperately want to win the head chef’s position offered by an eccentric millionaire Jonah Verleun on his beautiful, private but peculiar island that includes a zoo full of exotic animals, an amusement park and a monster shark tank beneath Jonah’s bedroom floor. While Brooks wants the job to escape his heartache and the lover who thwarted him, Rique is hiding from the mob, hoping to live long enough to pay them off with the prize winnings. Fierce competitors, they cook up a storm in a series of cooking challenges while trying to turn down the heat on their intense attraction. When a hurricane strikes the island, the storm Rique has been cooking up explodes, and no heart—or body—is safe.
They ran, hunched over, zigging and zagging as bullets flew around them. Rique damned himself for putting Brooks in this mess. He wondered if the mob held the others prisoner and that’s why they didn’t answer the door.
            He turned the first corner they came upon and then the next. He stopped dead and the air left his lungs. A moment later Brooks ran into his back almost knocking him over. He swayed dangerously but managed to stay upright and spread his arms wide to keep Brooks from stumbling forward.
He couldn’t believe his eyes. One of Jonah’s tigers lay in their path crouching low, baring his teeth, and eying them as if they were dinner.
            He tried to quell the jitters attacking his stomach so the animal wouldn’t smell his fear then whispered to Brooks through clenched teeth, “What do we do now? Freeze or run?”
            “Run. But where?” Brooks whispered back, a frown trembling on his lips.
            “To the closest protection.” He prayed their hunters had lost them, that they wouldn’t run back into a barrage of bullets. As Rique bunched his muscles to run, already feeling the animal’s fangs ripping into him, he noted how the tiger’s thick muscles corded in his shoulders, and how saliva ran down his snarling lips.
            “Dear God, we’re going to die.” Panic laced Brooks’ voice. “If we get out of here alive, let’s both turn down the job and move in together.”
            Swallowing hard, Rique couldn’t reply so he nodded. Besides, as much as he wanted to live with Brooks, he couldn’t do it as long as he was indebted to the mob. However, the point was moot. He couldn’t see a scenario in which one of them didn’t die in the next five minutes.
            Feeling responsible, Rique couldn’t let anything happen to Brooks as long as he was alive. He would take on the tiger giving Brooks time to reach safety. “On the count of three, run!”
As Rique whispered, “One,” hisses, then a blood-curdling growl wrenched the air. It was a different sound than the tiger was making. Then a crocodile bellowed and jumped out of the bushes and snatched the tiger by its belly. As it dragged the struggling creature back to the bushes, the tiger howled in surprise and pain. It clawed the air in vain as the reptile’s powerful jaws clamped tighter biting through flesh and bone.
Bio: Ashley Ladd
Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.
She's been told she has a wicked sense of humour and often incorporates humour and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.
You can find Ashley at:


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Playing Catch-Up #Writemotivation Update

So, here is my very first #Writemotivation update - and away we go...

I was actually doing pretty well up until yesterday when the dreaded computer issues hit my laptop. My profile went wonky and I was in a panic until I found all my pictures and word files. I do backup my book files so I wouldn't have lost everything. From now on I will backup every time I make changes...

On to the update:

1. Finish writing Ragan's Song

It's coming along slow and steady. The book needs to be ready for my editor by the end of August so that is still on schedule.

2.  Find four more authors or bloggers to guest host or donate prizes for the cover reveal party.

No new additions this week but I will keep at it.  If any authors out there want to help please contact me (hint, hint).

3. Rewrite/revise last chapter of Saving Cassie.

I should have this done and ready to go to my editor the beginning of next week. Hopefully, I will get this off my list quickly!

4.  Work with my editor on Saving Cassie.

This week my editor let me know that she will be available to start working on Saving Cassie next week. Saving Cassie will be so much better with my editor's touch.

All in all, not a bad week...

See you all next week!

L.A. Remenicky

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy 4th! #Rememberthesoldiers

As we watch fireworks and cook on the grill please remember those who gave their lives so that we could celebrate this holiday as a free country.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday weekend!

L.A. Remenicky