Step into The Hot Zone - Where love is worth any sacrifice
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 How bad.....

Go ahead...Let's see how bad you are. Thanks to Rose over on MySpace for this one *G*

If you go over 45, you're a bad influence. If you go under 10, chances are you live under a rock and have no life.
1. smoked
2. consumed alcohol
3. slept in the same bed with someone of the opposite sex
4. slept in the same bed with someone of the same sex
5. kissed someone of the same sex
6. had sex
7. had someone in your room other than family
8. watched porn
9. bought porn
10. done drugs
TOTAL: 8

1. taken painkillers
2. taken someone else's prescription medicine
3. lied to your parents
4. lied to a friend
5. snuck out of the house
6. done something illegal
7. cut yourself
8. hurt someone
9. wished someone to die
10. seen someone die
TOTAL: 8

1. missed curfew
2. stayed out all night
3. eaten a carton of ice cream by yourself
4. been to a therapist
5. been to rehab
6. dyed your hair
7. received a ticket
8. been in an accident
9. been to a club
10. been to a bar
T0TAL: 8

1. been to a wild party
2. seen the Mardi Gras
3. drank more than four beers in a night
4. had a spring break in Florida
5. sniffed anything
6. wore black nail polish
7. wore arm band
8. wore t-shirts with band names
9. listened to rap
10. own a 50 Cent CD
TOTAL: 6

1. dressed gothic
2. dressed prep
3. dressed punk
4. dressed grunge
5. stole something
6. been too drunk to remember anything
7. blacked out
8. fainted
9. had a crush on your neighbor
10. had someone sneak into your room
TOTAL: 7

1. snuck into someone else's room
2. had a crush on your best friend
3. been to a concert
4. dry-humped someone
5. been called a slut
6. called someone a slut
7. installed speakers in your car
8. broken a mirror
9. showered at someone of the opposites sex's house
10. brushed your teeth with someone else's toothbrush
TOTAL: 7

1. consider/considered Ludacris your favorite rapper
2. seen an R-rated movie in theater
3. cruised the mall
4. skipped school
5. had surgery
6. had an injury
7. gone to court
8. walked out of a restaraunt without paying
9. caught something on fire
10. lied about your age
TOTAL: 6

1. owned an
2. broke the law in the police's presence
3. cheated with someone
4. got in trouble with the police
5. talked to a stranger
6. hugged a stranger
7. kissed a stranger
8. rode in the car with a stranger
9. been harrassed
10. been verbally harrassed
TOTAL: 8

1. met face-to-face with someone you met online
2. stayed online for 12 hours straight
3. talked on the phone for more than 4 hours straight
4. watched TV for 12 hours straight
5. been to a fair
6. been called a bad influence
7. drink and drive
8. prank-called someone
9. laid on a couch with someone of the opposite sex
10. cheated on a test
total: 9

67.....does this mean lock up time??? *eg*

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Saturday, September 16, 2006 This week

Because of a week long book bash going on over at the Triskelion Publishing loops, I have been a little distracted and I haven't been faithful to my blog. I know a few of my friends are rolling their eyes because I have a track record of being lousy with blogging, but I have made a promise to be better. Let's hope I can keep it.

All week this week I've been participating in a 'book bash' where there has been a lot of promotion by Triskelion authors. Excerpts, contests, hot pics, the works have hit the loops and all of it will be culminating in the grand prize drawing for an ebook reader. This week long event has given not only me the chance to discover new authors to read and glimpses into coming releases of authors I'm already hooked on. I have to say I feel truly honored to be a part of this publishing family and this week has just concreted that fact.

Now, because of the book bash, I have gotten absolutely no writing done, however, I have been inspired to start working on a short prequel to my upcoming release at Triskelion called The Viper Queen. I never planned to tell the story leading up to this one, but there are 4 men in this book and they seem to have a story they're insisting I tell. It is going to be pure hell on me. Much as I love research, much as I love the time period, this will be a historical that goes into more depth than The Viper Queen and will have 4 stories not just one to weave together. I will get it done...eventually. Simon will probably never let it go if I don't.

I have dug out my Templars series and will be getting back to the first one after I do some major overhauling to the plotline. Adrian is the darling of the group, 36 and still so innocent in so many ways despite being surviving the horrors of Acre. This trilogy I have planned, kicking off with Adrian's story is the one thing I want to complete more than anything I have going. These three stories are babies I want to watch grow up and turn loose on the world. These three stir up a passion that I can't deny and hopefully soon will let spill out in my word doc. Stay tuned for updates.

At the fore of my writing endeavors however is a short story I have to complete for Midnight Showcases. A football freak getting a lesson in obsessing and finding the man of her dreams in the process. As a football freak, this one will be a blast to write. Michigan is playing Notre Dame today in the top billed college game of the week and as a Michigan fan, I will be parked on the couch in a few hours, cheering them on and more than likely doing a little bit of armchair quarterbacking too. All of this just turns into fodder for this story and will make it probably the easiest one I'll ever have to write. They say write what you know.....I can't wait to.

Now, it is time for me to wrap things up. I still have a household to maintain before I go into my vegetative state in front of the television. May your muses cheer loudly and proudly and inspire you to win at whatever you endeavor to accomplish.

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Monday, September 11, 2006 What's a girl to do?

Yesterday, I spent a good portion of 3 hours driving a friend of mine nuts trying to build up my new website. HTML codes, how do you put links in, attach them to banners, where did you get that?? - that sort of thing. God bless her, she has the patience of a redneck saint with me. That is, right up until the point where she cackles at my inadequacies and says "just lemme do it!"

I have been trying. A lot of this computer crap is stumble and bumble. I trip over solutions and pray I remember how the heck I did everything. I'm pushing 40 and I can understand why people older than me don't like changed. There are too many codes and downloads and questions galore. I'm not a fuddy duddy, I'm just frustrated. 12 year olds get this stuff better than me, but then again, when I learned how to do programming in the 7th grade, we had the monster sized desktops and those weird things called floppy disks which really were floppy.

One day, I shall stand up and break out in the old Virginia Slims advert slogan - "You've come a long way, baby!" I'll figure it out. Until then, I will go back and curse at my MS Word program that I keep trying to figure out how to format for manuscripts I plan on submitting one day.

And speaking of manuscripts. I finally got my latest one sent off to be edited. Just under the wire at 14K, this story took a bit of work to get my muse to cooperate with me. I personally think she likes Zeke too much and keeps him very distracted, but I got enough from him to make Tranice happy and me completely finished with his time in the spotlight. The story is called The Moses Man and will be out in November with Midnight Showcase's Spellfire Harvest of Heroes digest.

Writing for these digests has been a challenge. I tend to ramble when I write so keeping it to a minimum like I've had to has made me learn to use words more sparingly to capture the essence of each story. I have one more coming up in another digest for MS. This one will be gravy because I get to put myself in a romance plot. Football and and a fine looking cable guy.

Well, I am off to go back to working on the website. My muse hasn't a clue either, so we'll just drink our coffee, think happy thoughts and get through it together. Have a great Monday everyone!

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Thursday, September 07, 2006 And so it begins

I have to admit that blogging for me is never an easy thing. I tend to forget that I actually have a blog and it gets neglected. I am turning over a new leaf thanks to the periodic nagging of my friends to update my blogs. So here begins a new day, a new blog and another chance to redeem myself.

I have to say, finding this template was incredibly inspirational. It fit what my blog is hoping to reflect. I write romance. I write darker, more angsty characters and in my first release, In The Hot Zone, there is a scene where the main characters get hot and heavy in an alleyway. This template is perfection! If you'd like to check out more by the creator, here is the link - http://bloggertemplatesbycaz.blogspot.com/

I ask all of you to bear with me as I build up my page. I am a bit tech illiterate and will have to rely on the merciful assistance of my bloganista friends to update everything and get it where I would like it to be. Until then, may your muses be a constant nagging presence in your life and inspire you to dream of many happy things....

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