Sunday, September 16, 2012

Kindle or book?




 Kindle or book?  I will always need both. Will you?

     I’ve always been an avid reader. I was never without a book and would read whenever I could. I even have a library of books on CD for long car trips. I love the smell of a book store and the feel of the paper on my fingers as I turned each page. Then I got my kindle and my book shelves got dusty and I had no reason to stop at our local bookstores, or so I thought.
    E-readers are amazing. They hold hundreds of books, magazines and newspapers. They fit in your purse and you can buy a new book with just one click. So what's the downfall?  I can’t think of any, can you?  With today’s technology you can turn anything into an e-reader. Your PC, Smartphone, iPod and so on, so what keeps the bookstores thriving?
     I know you’re saying to yourself, not everyone has an e-reader. Not everyone likes today’s technology, and you’re right. But there is another very important reason why the book stores will remain open for me…water.
    My two favorite things to do cannot be done together unless I have a paperback, and sometimes that can be a disaster. I love to go to the beach and take long hot baths and my kindle does not like sand or a hot steamy bathroom. So I will always need a book I can hold on to. How about you? What is your reason to keep your library growing?


 Rescued from the Dark, Set to be released end of 2012
Published through Black Opal Books

BLURB:
What if you woke up from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there? Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of their love.

Undercover Agent,Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost.In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.
Lynda Kaye Frazier
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Writing is my passion, Reading is my Love.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012







Hi all, Char Chaffin here, thrilled to be spending time with Lynda Frazier! You know, when I read her blog’s title, I couldn’t help thinking it fit my latest release, Unsafe Haven, to a tee:

“Romance with Suspense, Secrets and Sizzling Sunsets.”

In a tiny little nutshell, that’s my book! How completely apropos. My heroine, Kendall, is on the run from an abusive man, changes her identity, and hides in remote Southwest Alaska, hoping to start a new life. There are the ‘secrets.’ She meets Denn, Chief of Police in the village of Staamat, where she finally settles. Of course, there’s the ‘Romance.’ As they build a tentative yet passionate relationship, the question remains as to how safe Kendall really is, especially when her presence in Denn’s life stirs up some damaging local jealousy and the sociopath in her past is just a single phone call away . . . And there’s the ‘Suspense.’ As for ‘Sizzling Sunsets,’ it’s summer in Alaska, which means the sunsets sure can sizzle at one in the morning when the bed is warm and the lovers are more than willing to heat up the sheets.

Based on such amazing coincidences, I can only conclude that Lynda and I were destined to find each other during my blog tour. ::wink::

I used to live in Alaska, and I always wanted to set a story there. Unsafe Haven is a book straight from my heart and fueled by everything I love about the Last Frontier. Don’t get me wrong, life in Alaska isn’t always easy. The winters are killers in every sense of the word. Even for seasoned Alaskans who love the snow, winter is a tough, challenging season. The days are dark and often depressing, with the sun breaking over the horizon and hanging very low in the frigid sky for just a few hours before it dips back, out of sight for another day. The shortest day of the year is of course short everywhere, but when you’re in Fairbanks (Interior Alaska) and it’s thirty below and dark at two PM and you can’t see five feet in front of your face because of ice fog, “short” takes on a life of its own!

But late at night when the sky was at its very blackest, I could bundle up in many layers, step outside and look toward the sky. I could watch the Northern Lights dance and plunge and twirl in an ever-changing, endlessly fascinating neon show. That was when I’d say to myself, “Why would I ever want to be anywhere else?”

Well, as I said, the winters were a killer and my husband and I did move away, several years ago. Now we’re plotting to return, if only for a few months out of the year. Whether those months hit in the winter or the summer, I think makes very little difference anymore. Each season carries its own unique appeal. And the old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” is all too true. 

Unsafe Haven takes place in the late spring, as the longer days warm up the tundra and flowers burst into color everywhere. There’s so much beauty in an Alaska summer, it hurts the heart to experience it. We’ve all had that feeling, of being surrounded by something that tugs at our hearts until the sweetness is almost a physical pain. That’s what summer in Alaska is all about. I debated whether or not to send Kendall running north in the bleak winter or the hopeful summer, and chose warmth over ice. Somehow, putting my heroine through the wringer when her innate paranoia and panic is being lulled by warmth and regenerating life was really appealing. I’m kind of rotten that way. ::grin::

Unsafe Haven is a book I hope will fuel the imagination and make its readers want to visit Alaska and see it for themselves. And for folks like me, who used to live there and no longer do, I hope it will make them smile as they read it, maybe even recall a ‘sizzling sunset’ of their own.




Here’s the book blurb:

For Kendall Martin, a small, remote village in Southwest Alaska seems like a good place to start over. On the run from an abusive relationship, she leaves everything familiar behind and begins a new life as owner of a small souvenir and sportsman trading post in picturesque Staamat.

Denn Nulo knows everyone in town: he’s the Chief of Police in Staamat. He’s lived there all his life, except for his college years, spent in Anchorage. Originally planning on practicing criminal law and living in Anchorage permanently, Denn is forced to change his plans when he receives word that his widowed mother has passed away, leaving his young sister, Luna, alone. Denn comes back to Staamat to care for Luna.

When Kendall meets Denn, she begins to believe there are truly good men in the world. Denn is everything she wants: strong, loving, dedicated to family, protective. . .and patient. There is instant attraction between them, but Kendall is leery of men, and Denn craves a serious relationship that includes marriage and children. Their courtship is a conflicting mix of hesitancy and passion, with Luna, desperately needing a mother figure in her life, cheering them on.

As Kendall learns how to trust again and her romance with Denn grows more intense, a local woman who’s had her eye on Denn for years releases a torrent of damaging jealousy. . .and the nightmare from Kendall’s past discovers where she’s hidden herself.


Want to watch the book trailer? Go here:  http://youtu.be/ZJieck3U17Y

And here’s where you can find me!


On Facebook and Twitter: 
SMP Authors’ Blog: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5337737.Char_Chaffin

GIVEAWAY:  I’m giving a copy of Unsafe Haven to one lucky commenter! Just make sure you leave your email address in your comment so I can find you later!

Thanks very much, Lynda, for hosting me today! I had a lot of fun. Have a wonderful week, everyone, and Happy Reading!



 Char Chaffin started reading romance, science fiction and horror at a very young age. Her love of books is directly responsible for her overflowing bookcases, and the bounty stored on her Kindle threatens to eclipse her entire paper collection. Char currently writes mainstream and contemporary romance filled with family, rich characters and engaging plots. For her, it all comes back to the love.

Char began her writing odyssey as a poet, crafting Victorian-style poetry, then went on to writing short stories. She found her niche when she began writing longer and longer short stories, until she wrote her first novel. It might never see the light of day, but writing it taught her a lot. Over the years she worked a variety of jobs, from farm hand to costume designer to fiscal accountant, before deciding a writing career was her true focus.

In addition to writing, Char is also an editor for Soul Mate Publishing.

A native New Yorker, Char lives Upstate on a sixty-acre farm with husband Don, rat terrier Daisy Mae and two barn cats who constantly slack off on the job of keeping the barn free of varmints. The Chaffin extended family is scattered all over the United States and Alaska.

When she’s not pounding away at her keyboard or burying her nose in books and Kindle, she tends a huge vegetable garden and helps Don maintain their farm. 








Thursday, September 6, 2012

What robs you of your time to write.


My intentions to stay on track are great or that’s what I like to tell myself. Time management is a balance. A precise schedule that holds everything together. But there are days when no matter what I did nothing worked out and these days would run into weeks. I had to find out what was robbing me of my time so I made a list.
What took up time in my day.
Work, eating, cleaning, feeding animals, laundry, e-mail, blogs and sleep. By the time I got home, cleaned up, ate and worked on e-mails I was exhausted. In my head I had hours during the day to write. Why wasn’t it working out in my real life?

I found an article and it talked about writing out a time log. Spend a few days and jot down everything you do.  It worked out great and showed me how I was wasting so much time.  So I decided to share.

Preparing and writing your time log

You don't need to keep writing a time log permanently. It is sufficient to do it for 3-7 days.  When you write a time log, make sure you don't miss even the minor activities. Don't let your time wasters hide there. Take a sheet of paper and divide it into columns listed below.
  • Time
  • Activities
  • Scheduled
  • Interrupted
  • Urgent
  • People (involved)
Then continue with activities you would normally do that day. On the way, update your time log. Do it either every time you switch to a new activity or at some short time intervals, like 10-20 minutes. Add entries to your "Time" and "Activities" column, and try to put marks like "Yes" or "No" in the "Scheduled", "Interrupted", and "Urgent" columns. Where relevant, make short notes on what people you spend time with too.
 When you have your time log written, you can move to the most important part, the analysis. Review your records and try to get answers to the following questions.
  • What percentage of your time is spent in each of the different areas of your life? How is it divided between Work, Business, Family, Recreational, writing?
  • What percentage of your activities are important?
  • Are urgent?
  • What people you spend more time with?
  • What percentage of your activities go as planned?
  • What are main interruptions?
Then think of possible adjustments and action steps. For example:
  • Are there any activities you can cut back on?
  • Is there anything you can delegate or simplify?
  • Can you save time by grouping related tasks, like shopping?
Once you see everything you do on paper it will amaze you on how you can add a little more time to your writing.
My time is better spent now on getting my book ready for its release.
 Rescued from the Dark, Set to be released end of 2012

Published through Black Opal Books

BLURB:
What if you woke up from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there? Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of their love.

Undercover Agent,Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost.In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.

Lynda Kaye Frazier
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Twitter- lynda_kaye
Writing is my passion, Reading is my Love.