Friday, April 24, 2015

Booze, Boys & Books with S.A. McAuley

Hmmm, there tends to be a theme when Sam and I get together to work, but honestly we really do get work done...sometimes.
And just to prove it here is the blurb for our upcoming novel Ruin Porn!

There is underlying beauty in destruction….

Miah Thade, Finn Reese, and Ritchie Meyer are Resonator, an indie rock band with an edge—best friends turned rock stars, known as the Detroit 3. When Evin Rene appears in their life none of them can deny he belongs with Rez.

They may have named their first album Ruin Porn because people get off on seeing how Detroit went from deeply loved to thoroughly forsaken, but they’re determined to prove that blight isn’t the entire story and blight isn’t always ugly.

Ritchie, Miah, Finn, and Evin take Resonator to a level no one anticipates. But no prosperity comes without sacrifice, and no secret stays hidden without a trail of lies. As Rez’s fame grows, so does the intensity between two of its members…as well as their potential for destruction.

Evin and Finn are about to discover the underlying beauty in their ruin porn.

Coming this summer to Dreamspinner Press

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rival Within voted Best Historical of 2014!

Thank you to Dawn Roberto, Love Romance Cafe and those who voted for me. I am truly honored Rival Within was voted Best Historical of 2014!

Rival Within
Officer Thomas Webber made a vow of marriage to his wife, a vow to his God to resist temptation, and a vow to uphold the law. But when Tom is forced to shelter a dark-haired stranger from the tornado raging over the county, long suppressed desires are brought to the surface and he is powerless to resist.

Ben Parker has hidden his true nature his whole life. The laws in 1952 are very clear, and to expose himself would mean rotting in jail, shunned or worse, a possible death sentence. Unable to find a job, he turned to crime. Seven years later, he’s still angry and tired of hiding who he really is from the world. After meeting Thomas, Ben can envision himself settling down for the first time. The only problem is, he’s already forced Thomas to break the law and become his alibi. And then there’s the little obstacle of Tom’s wife, family, and commitment to the town of Ramer.

Ben knows what he wants, but in order to get it, Tom will have to turn his back on society and the vows he’s made if they are to find the happiness they deserve.

Check it out HERE

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Commonly confused words: the pronoun edition

This post was originally going in a different direction requested by Shae Connor, but I apparently missed the left turn at Albuquerque… (bonus points for the reference)

As you can imagine, confused words is a topic that can and will span several posts, so I will take them in groups. It’s also a topic that I know has been done by many people, but you never know when a change in perspective while finally make it sink in for someone. In any case, today’s loose grouping is pronouns.

Before we get started, though, do you know the difference between a homonym and a homophone? Homonyms are two or more words that sound and are generally spelled alike, but have different meanings. Homophones, on the other hand, only sound alike. They do not have to be spelled the same. So a homonym is a homophone, but a homophone is not necessarily a homonym. (Thank you, Merriam-Webster.)

Anyway… you don’t need to know what they are called in order to use them correctly. And besides, we will quickly move past homophones and on to words that are often mixed up regardless of reason.

But we have to start somewhere and that place is pronouns because they come up frequently and this way I can pretend I tried to listen to Shae. I’ll even start with a really easy pair.

I : the first-person pronoun used by the speaker or writer
eye : the part of the human body responsible for sight
(My husband helpfully pointed out that these are both palindromes as well. I pointed out that palindrome doesn’t have a homophone that I am aware of.)

hour : 60 minutes
our : possessive adjective, belonging to us

you : the second-person pronoun, the person being addressed
ewe : a female sheep
yew : a type of tree
(Okay, so maybe these aren’t so much on the “commonly” confused and more on just the “pronoun” part. I’m having fun finding words right now.)

your : possessive adjective, belonging to you
you’re : a contraction for you are
yore : times long since past

it’s : a contraction for it is
its : possessive adjective, belonging to it
(This one’s always tricky because it doesn’t follow the rules. Possessive adjectives are one of the few places the possessive *doesn’t* take an apostrophe. Don’t you just love English?)

there : not here
their : possessive adjective, belonging to them
they’re : contraction for they are

there’s : contraction for there is
theirs : possessive pronoun, belonging to them

who’s : contraction for who is
whose : possessive adjective, belonging to who
(Another tricky one that does not take an apostrophe in the possessive version.)

Bonus tip:

my : used as an adjective (That is my dog.)
mine : used as a standalone pronoun (That dog is mine.)

This example of my and mine are what are known as possessive adjectives versus possessive pronouns (well, technically possessive adjectives are also pronouns, but they are relative pronouns versus absolute pronouns). Possessive adjectives are the versions of the words that go in front of a noun to show possession. Possessive pronouns are words that stand alone when showing possession.

The possessive adjectives pronouns are:
  • my
  • your
  • his
  • her
  • its
  • our
  • their
  • whose
These always modify a noun.

The absolute possessive pronouns are:
  • mine
  • yours
  • his
  • hers
  • its
  • ours
  • theirs
These can stand on their own. Not sure? Try them in the dog sentences above. No possessive pronoun, adjective or absolute, ever takes an apostrophe.

Sorry, Shae. I guess we will get to predicate pronouns next week. Or the week after that. Or… well, you know.

Happy writing, everyone. See you next week.

Erika Orrick wanted to be a writer when she grew up, but detoured into computers when she realized she actually wanted to eat. Financial stability established, she eased her way back into storytelling by fixing other people’s words and discovered she had a knack. An admitted geek, she is constantly distracted from resuming her quest to be a writer by all the shiny. Luckily, since she hasn’t yet grown up, no one can say she hasn’t met her goal. She has tried (and failed) to escape Texas twice and in fact now lives on the north side of Houston, less than 100 miles from where she started.Erika invites folks to contact her at

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Talk To Me Tuesday - Reading Nooks

Many old Victorian homes have great attic spaces. However, with the odd shaped walls they really can't be used as a bedroom or entertaining room. I have discovered, thanks to Pinterest, they would make great reading nooks!!!  I've seen people try and create small closets along those short walls, but this is brilliant!

Here's a few more brilliant reading nook ideas. Could you see yourself curling up with a great book in one of these settings?






Monday, April 20, 2015

Back to the Grind - Red Eye

For those of you who are having a hard time getting up this Monday Morning, try a red eye. It's very strong and may just be the kick you need.
  • 1 ounce espresso
  • 1 cup hot coffee

For those who may have a little more time to enjoy this Monday morning, may I suggest Nutella blended coffee, I mean because what more do I need to say than Nutella!

Nutella  Blended Coffee Drink

1 cup milk (soy, rice, whole, etc)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee
4 tsps Nutella 1 tbls sugar
1 cup ice
garnish: whipped cream, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder
Add all ingredients in the blender, except the garnishes.  Blend until smooth.  Finish by swirling a little chocolate syrup in your cup, pour in your drink, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. 
(Via A Night Owl)