Friday, March 28, 2014


Did I make you laugh? Good.
Now, if that's not dedication to the SCBWI Eastern PA chapter, I don't know what is.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday Rambles: An Open Letter to Mother Nature

Dear Mother Nature,
Me again. I see you're still with Jack Frost. Last week, I praised you for trying to make your relationship with Jack work. I even encouraged you to take a break someplace warm, maybe even get a mani/pedi. You didn't take my subtle hint, so now, I'm left with no choice but tell you the truth about JACK FROST.

Newsflash, Jack is cheating on you. He's been seen up and down the East coast. I heard he's also hit the Midwest, the Deep South, AND the West Coast, blowing his blizzards and icy winds up women's skirts and through men's toupees, and my Canadian friends told me he's been there too.

Back in December, I caught him sitting on Santa's lap. They were having a right jolly chuckle about something. Did you get that Diamond engagement ring you were hoping for? I didn't think so.

Remember when he disappeared December 24 and he didn't show up until days later with confetti and silly string spilling out of his pockets? Did you get your New Year's kiss? I didn't think so.

Just the other night, I caught him with the tooth fairy in an empty room without any teeth.

And I shouldn't even mention that Abominable is awfully cheery this winter. In fact, you might call him downright Jolly.

He even blew in MY ear yesterday. So take this opportunity to kick his lying, cheating ass out to the curb. You deserve palm trees and warm ocean breezes. You deserve to go someplace you can drink 3 Pina Coladas with tiny umbrellas and no one will judge you. I sure won't.

Wishing you hot sand and unlimited cocktails,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

And Then He Teaser: My NA Dark Thriller by Kim Briggs

And Then He


I blame the second glass of wine or maybe the third. The third was a bad idea, but it’s too late for regret. The end is almost here and I welcome it.


     The first sip hits the cold hard pit in my stomach like a shot of heat lightning. The second wraps its arms around the knot in a loving embrace. By the third, a warm fuzziness travels from my chest down my limbs to my fingertips and toes. I close my eyes in a state of bliss, savoring the quiet before the inevitable storm that I must face without my boyfriend or my best friend by my side. 


“Uh-huh,” I nod, as I open my eyes to the dark brown irises of the bartender. The color reminds me of my favorite chocolate bar, savory and irresistible.

He lifts up a bottle from under the bar. The cork makes a loud ‘pop.’ Like one of Pavlov’s dogs, my mouth waters. Then I catch a glimpse of a rigorous patch of dark chest hair just below his Adam’s apple that I find rather alarming, but all concern disappears the moment Merlot splashes against the sides of my glass. “Reunion?” He asks.

I take another ten out of my wallet and put it up on the dark mahogany bar. “Yep, my fifth.”

He pushes the money back over to me. “On the house,” he says and reaches across the bar to offer me his large, but slightly damp hand. An occupational hazard, I’m sure. “Isaac.”


 “Well, Tiffany, you’re welcome to come back and visit me all night.”

“Tempting offer,” I reply. The first glass of wine always makes the shyness go away. By the second, I’m on my way to downright boldness. Innocent flirting with the hunky bartender is just what I need to make me feel like I deserve to be at my reunion, to make me believe that I am more than I actually am—a washed up waitress at a two-bit diner in a dead-end town. “Two friends cancelled and my best friend Carrie had her flight delayed.” I hold up my glass, “I might need another one of these to get me through.”

“I’ve got just the thing for you,” Isaac says. He takes a large green bottle off the shelf behind him and pulls two shot glasses out from underneath the bar. After filling each with amber gold liquid, he pushes one towards me, “to liquid courage.”
“To liquid courage,” I say and smack my shot glass against his before putting it up to my lips. The alcohol burns my throat on the way down, leaving exposed nerve endings in its wake.


Write on,


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HOT TOPICS: Love at First Bite by Kim Briggs

In 1987, the Lost Boys Vampires bit me. My love for the blood suckers was tempered only by my lust for Jason Patrick and his profound desire to stay human. 
Then Interview with The Vampire came along in 1994. The movie only added to my Vampire LOVE. Tom Cruise (albeit a creepy and startling blonde version of my Top Gun stud) and Brad Pitt, need I say more? Actually I do, AND Antonio Banderas all played dark, haunted, twisted vampires.  

Anne Rice's published Interview with The Vampire in 1976. I drool over it whenever I go to Barnes and Noble because the cover is so darn cool. Seriously, look at it.
The Vampire Chronicles: Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and The Queen of the Damned (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)You know you want one, admit it.
Through all my movie watching and book reading, I've discovered that there are no set rules for Vampires.
The Lost Boy Vampires sleep in a cave and hang upside down by their claws. Garlic doesn't bother them, but Holy Water sure burns the heck out of their skin, and a wood stake to the heart means certain death. Daylight weakens newborns and burns old ones. No mention of gifts, but the Lost vamps can fly. If you kill the Original vamp or the creator Vamp, the rest will die. A person turns vamp if he drinks the Original vamps blood. Good news, a Lost Vamp cannot enter your house if he's not invited.
The Interview Vampires prefer coffins to caves. Dawn triggers a deep, trance-like sleep. Sunlight burns newborns, but older vampires can tolerate it for short periods of time. Wood stakes and bullets wound them, but their body repairs themselves. Prolonged sunlight or fire is the only way to kill an Interview vampire. Interview vamps may possess a magical gift, say of sight or premonition, but gifts are few and far between. They cannot turn into bats, but ancient vamps can fly.
And so enters Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Stephenie created a new generation of vampire lovers. Sunlight doesn't burn Twilight Vamps, but they chose not to go into the sunlight when people are around because their skin sparkles like diamonds. (Diamonds are a girl's best friend you know, especially if vamps look like Edward) Many Twilight vamps possess a gift: mind reading, premonition, the ability to calm a crowd, shock people...All kinds of cool stuff. Wood stakes, bullets, even the removal of body parts doesn't kill a Twilight vamp. Decapitation and a toasty bonfire ensures that a Twilight vamp won't come back from the dead. Bad news, a Twilight vamp can enter your house whenever he or she wants to, and sometimes they just want to mess with you and steal your clothes or watch you sleep, because they don't sleep, EVER.  
I've read a variety of other vampire stories. Most recently, A Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest. Derek, the king of the Shade, with the help of a powerful witch, creates a safe haven for his coven of Vampires. The Shade stays in perpetual moonlight. (See where the title comes from) Sunlight burns a Shade Vamp, and a wood stake to the heart means certain death. Shade Vamps fight other covens of vampires and stay away from the Vampire Hunters, unless of course they need blood. Then cover your neck.
BLOOD. I haven't mentioned blood. All of the vampires crave blood, particularly human blood. The Cullen Twilight Vamps survive on animal blood. That's why they have gold/tan eyes. Most of the other Twilight vamps drink human blood, so they're eyes are red. If you ever meet a Twilight vamp, you now know if you should cover your neck or not.

The rest of the lot drink human blood when their appetite demands it. Some drink every day, others every few days, and a small number can survive for much longer periods of time, but it never turns out well for the human if she cuts a wrist...
How does one become a Vampire?
  • In Lost Boys, you drink the blood of the Original/Creator vampire and Voila, you discover you're thirsty for blood and the sunlight burns your eyes.
  • In most cases, vampires turn humans into vampires through a bite, typically to the neck and the transformation is painful.
  • In Vampire Diaries, a human drinks some vampire blood, then the vampire twists the human's neck and Ta-dah, instant vampire.
J.R. Ward does something unique in her Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. Her vamps stay out of the sunlight, but they aren't 'turned' liked most vampires. Black Dagger vamps come from an established bloodline of vampires. Most to-be vampires don't have a clue they are destined to become a vamp until they start to change in their 20s. They can't stop it, they can't prevent it, and they might not survive the transformation. Black Dagger vamps can enter your house whenever you want. The real villains are the soulless creepy hunters. They make my skin crawl. Yuck.  

Black Dagger vamps need BLOOD, but they don't need to feed as often as most vampires and they don't feed on Human Blood. These vamps find a vamp mate and they feed on each other. Very cool especially if your mate looks like one of these guys.

 And in case you didn't know, ALL Vampires are GORGEOUS, and filthy, stinking RICH.
Brad Pitt’s vampire is more popular than Robert Pattinson’s, new poll reveals
  Pattinson Verse Pitt
Hmm, what do you think?
 Who are your favorite vampires and why?
Write on,