A-Z Day Three – C

Today’s word is Chicanery…



The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose.

My love of words seeped into my vocabulary when I was young. This was one of them. It was yet another reason teenagers in my school bullied me, but I refused to stop my word collection.

Do you love the feel of words in you mouth? The way your tongue has to tangle itself up in certain ways to perform the manoeuvers necessary for the magic spell of the words to work?

Chicanery. Try it. Taste it. The kids got into chicanery again.

Female                                                                     Male
Cade – a precocious young woman                         Calian- a warrior of life
Canisa -one who is very much loved                      Chance -having good fortune
Ciara – a dark beauty                                               Cheveyo – A spirit warrior
Coty- from the riverbank                                        Cillian – one who suffers strife
Colwyn – from the river                                          Conall- resembling a wolf

A Day – Always

Okay, on the A-Z challenge here goes my entry!

Thanks first and foremost Arlee Bird for the A-Z challenge!

So my entries will be simple (I hope). For today…Always.

First is my favourite movie quotation involving the word ‘always’.

   Free write: Always. A word that should never be bandied about as often as it is. She looked up at the steamy window. The rain had soaked her through to the bone, but she hadn’t felt anything since she’d seen the two of them, hand in hand. They’d giggled. She’d felt her heart shatter. He’d said he’d always love her. But always had just ended.

Character Names:
Female                                                               Male
Anemone – Breath                                             Adair – Noble spear
Althea – Truth                                                   Akos – Falcon
Aren – Eagle ruler                                             Ajax – of the earth
Asuka – tomorrow                                            Argus
Azra – Pure                                                       Asher – blessed

Would you rather…

Here’s a quickie post, the rules are simple. If you answer this post on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so I can check yours out too! Or just answer in the comments section
Would you rather… Thor
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a Ryan Reynolds supporter if for no other reason than he is a wonderful Canadian export. But the God of THUNDER? Really? Is there any comparison to be had here?
Well, Thor’s a bit of a stick in the mud sometimes, and the Green Lantern can manifest things with just his thoughts…his dirty, dirty thoughts. Okay, there are merits of both. So…can I have both?
Who would you choose?

I owe you guys…

I am feeling a bit burned out. I know, I shouldn’t given the fact that I work from home most days, but I do. So blogging falls by the wayside. But I feel like I should be finding something for you guys to smile. So here’s one for you. Would you rather…

Captain Mal or do you prefer….

Richard Castle?

The Next Big Blog Thing

I was tagged by Michelle Helliwell, a good friend of mine in the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. Thanks so much!

1) What is the working title of your next book?
My working title is Galway Girl: A Firefly Club novella

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Are you ready for this? Glow-in-the-dark bracelets. I’m a teacher in my day job and I have a prize box. In the box was a bunch of these bracelets and I thought to myself ‘what if they gave these bracelets to you as you entered a club, but it was to identify certain types’.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Sci-fi romance.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t actually cast like that, but someone who would look like Wynn would be tall, muscular blonde. Maybe someone like…him and Leo would look something like him and Shea would look like her.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A shut-in computer geek gets talked into a girl’s night out at the new Firefly club, but will she be able to handle it when two of the club’s hottest patrons set their sights on her?

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Umm, hoping for my publisher to pick it up.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
One month.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Mandy Roth and Marie Harte have a couple of stories that are in the same genre.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Again, the Glow-in-the-dark bracelets. And I was interested in exploring a trio of characters who have to face their fears and choose to be happy.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s the first of a planned trilogy, each of the three friends gets their own story and the world is one that I’ve been working on for a while.

This was fun, Michelle, thanks for including me! And I’m officially tagging my friend Jennie Marsland ! Tune in to her blog next week! Here’s her bio…

Jennie Marsland is a teacher, a painter, a musician and, for most of her life, a writer. She fell in love with words at a very early age and the affair has been life-long. She enjoys writing songs and poetry as well as fiction.
Jennie is a history buff as well as an unashamed romantic. Glimpses of the past spark her imagination, and she believes in happily ever after. She has published three historical romances: McShannon’s Chance (2009), McShannon’s Heart (2010), and Shattered (2011). Her fourth novel, Deliverance, will be released in late March, 2013. A resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia for the last thirty years, Jennie lives with her husband Everett and their outrageously spoiled Duck-Tolling Retrievers, Chance and Echo.
And links:

Would You Rather…

Here’s a quickie post, the rules are simple. If you answer this post on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so I can check yours out too! Or just answer in the comments section.
Would you Rather…
Date Batman   or     Green Arrow?
Hmmm. Let’s consider. Both are rich. Both are in the best shape of their lives. Both are work-a-holics. They have cool technical toys. They have their tragic lost loves (depending on whether you follow the comic or the movies, Batman does have ladies in his life). They are consumate liars…wait a minute.
I love the bad boy image, don’t get me wrong. And I did say date. You can have lots of fun just dating. Visions of being swept away by each of these guys, taken to Paris for coffee and whipped away to Italy for pizza (okay, so I’m a girl with simple tastes, sue me).
So I’m not in it for the long haul, who’s the better fun? I’m gonna go for Oliver Queen (movie version) for three reasons.
1. The man knows how to have FUN! For real!
2. He has waaaaay less baggage.
3. He’s the best chance for a second date (I’d want two or three stories to tell, for anyone that runs around in leather pants).
So how about you? 

Belated Would you rather…

Here’s a quickie post, the rules are simple. If you answer this post on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so I can check yours out too! Or just answer in the comments section.
Would you rather…
Date Han Solo         or       Luke Skywalker?
Oh dear lordy, how do I explain this? Luke Skywalker was my first crush. It’s true, I loved his blue eyes, his heroic stance and even the whiny debate of his call-to-adventure. Not to mention he was a kick-ass pilot and a wounded soul. I was a sucker for a wounded soul when I was younger. By the time Jedi rolled around, he was my I-T it dreamboat guy. Plus…the guy could move things with his mind. Hello?
Then I passed fifth grade.
And entered the world of Han Solo. Also wounded, but sardonic, sarcastic, and sexy as hell. He knew it too. Experience a plus, knew how to handle a weapon, had a sidekick and always had that little gleam in the corner of his eye. He eventually did the right thing, not because it was his duty or he wanted the money or glory, but because it was the right thing. He knew his name was never going to be up in lights and that suited him just fine. I STILL find that sexy as hell. A hero who just does what needs to be done (Jack Bauer anyone?) and sometimes finds himself on the wrong side of the law (Captain Malcom Reynolds, Mr. I-Aim-To-Misbehave himself!).
So I guess, Han Solo since I’ve ‘grown up’. What about you?

Whatever Works Wednesdays

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and your writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain
The man has a point. I find myself loving the words ‘usually, almost, as if, just about, at least’ far too much in the first draft of things. But that’s okay. It’s a first draft. It’s supposed to be frenzied and messy. I’m discovering the story that’s there under the surface. But I need to grow a spine in my second draft. He doesn’t ‘almost’ reach out for her arm, he grabs it. They don’t ‘usually meet’, they meet. They do, or do not, characters shouldn’t try all the time in your manuscript. They make mistakes and we wince or yell at them or throw the book across the room. At least Readers should have strong reactions to your books, if they are good books.

Whatever Works Wednesdays

Ahh, was there ever a more noble device invented than the slow cooker? Here’s one of my favs to toss in before heading out to work.
Easy Beef Stroganoff
1 pound of cubed stew beef (thawed)
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg of Onion Soup mix
egg noodles
Put meat, mushroom soup and onion soup mix in the slow cooker before you leave for work in the am on low (8-9 hours cook time). When you’re ready for dinner, boil the noodles, put on plate and pour stroganoff over them. Voila!

Monday’s Mad Minute

Here’s a quickie post, the rules are simple. If you answer this post on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so I can check yours out too! Or just answer in the comments section.
Would you rather…
Be rich but have a poor boyfriend/girlfriend
 be poor with a rich boyfriend/girlfriend
Hmmm, interesting. I’d rather be the one with the money I guess. That way, I’d know that the bills would be paid no matter if he leaves me or stays, if he loves me or not. I’d love to be ‘taken care’ of for a while, don’t get me wrong, but I just couldn’t depend on my significant other all the time for things. That would grate on my nerves. And if I’m not contributing to the relationship fiscally, I get edgy anyways. Too independant I guess. What about you?