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My publisher just let me know that my book: My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters is up for “sizzling read of the month”. SWEEEEEEEEET!

So if you’d like to vote for me (and for Ima/Talon/Keetah, Carson, and Matt) head on over to Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

Oh and for those of you who’ve been asking, I’m doing research on book 2 as we speak!

Thanks everyone! ((HUGS))

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Welcome again to YAFF Muse: blog rounds. The ladies of YA Fiction Fanatics have come together for YAFF Muse. To have a little fun, explore different styles of writing and to give you some kick-butt shorts to read. Enjoy!

 

Photo Credit Clarita from Morguefile.com

 

My heels clicked on the sidewalk as I ducked into an alcove outside the antique shop. Please don’t let Kelly notice, I’ve left. If I had to hear about Rafe or Pierre or Beau or any other French guy, I’d scream.

Paris was supposed to be this epic adventure for me. Touring the Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame, not to mention all the museums I’d wanted to visit.  Then Aunt Silvia decided to invite my cousin Kelly along. So instead of visiting historic places I’d dreamt of since I was like ten, I spent every waking moment chasing college guys with accents. Not that I didn’t find the guys hot, but I so wasn’t here for that.

The bell above the door jingled as I entered, the scent of old books and wood overwhelmed me. Shelves filled with china glassware, crystal, jewelry, and trinkets reached to the ceilings. Centuries’ old furniture lined the walls, while garments hung from hangers swaying like ghosts from the past.

“Beautiful,” I whispered, running my hand over a carved cherry jewelry box, with pearl insets. My body thrummed as if I’d come home.

Wooden planks creaked beneath my footsteps and I made my way further into the shop, away from the windows. The light dimmed, casting shadows across the floor at my feet. A cool draft snaked down the neck of my coat and I pulled my collar tighter.

I scanned the shelves, when a snow globe caught my eye. Curious, I picked it up. It was heavier than I imagined, the base made of white oak, a glass sphere on top. Inside was a tiny version of Paris, the Eiffel Tower distorted in the center.

My fingers brushed against a tiny key like knob at the bottom. I wound it up and music tinkled eerily from it.

“Hello, can I help you?” a masculine voice said from behind me.

I fumbled with the souvenir, almost dropping it. “No. I’m just looking.”

My gaze shifted to a pair of mahogany eyes, nearly hidden beneath floppy dark bangs. My breath caught in my throat. As a chiseled face gave way to a perfect smile.

He chuckled. “For a moment, I thought you might be hiding from someone. The way you dashed in here.”

Heat fluttered across my chin and I knew without even looking, my face was a lovely shade of strawberry. “It’s a long story.”

“I’m Antoine, the owner of the shop.”

“Kyra.”

His smile widened. “An American. You must be here on vacation.”

I laughed. “That’s debatable. I’ve done very little sightseeing.”

“And why’s that?”

Without hesitating, I gave him the abridged version of Kelly. It’s like I had no off button.

When I finished, Antoine patted my hand. “Don’t worry, by day’s end, I promise, you’ll see the city of love. Up close and personal.”

Just then the door burst open and Kelly rushed in. “There you are. Shit, I’ve been looking everywhere for you. Pierre invited us to this party tonight. I told him we’d be there. And get this, he’s totally gonna hook you up with one of his friends.”

“Sorry, Kyra has plans.” Antoine stepped between us.

She stared at me. “Don’t ruin this for me. Please. Pierre’s friend is expecting the ‘blonde with big tits’.”

Sometimes I totally hated her. Why did she have to embarrass me in front of Antoine? Besides, I didn’t want to spend the night being fondled by some overeager jerk.

“I’m not going. You’ve dragged me around every day this week. Tonight, is for me.” I crossed my arms at my chest.

“Fine. Then I’m calling Aunt Silvia.” She slid her cell from her pocket, her long chestnut hair falling in her face.

Antoine leaned closer to me, his breath warm on my cheek. “All you have to do is make a wish and I’ll take care of everything.”

My pulse soared, thundering in my ears like battle drums. If only it was that easy.

But it is.  A voice sounded in my head.

“I wish she’d just disappear,” I said.

Swirling fog snaked up through the floorboards. Antiques rattled on the shelves as if an earthquake rumbled the earth’s core. The lights flickered until the room was drenched in darkness.

Kelly screamed and I reached for my cousin, but grasped nothing but air.

“Kelly?” My voice wavered. What happened?

“Shhh…just hold still.” Antoine grabbed hold of my waist, nestling me against him.

Then all went quiet. Moments later the lights came back on. She was gone.

“Oh God. Where is she?” My eyes widened as I spun to face Antoine.

“Don’t worry, she’s safe.” He took the snow globe from me and pointed inside.

Holy crap. There, standing next to the distorted backdrop was a tiny Kelly. She waved frantically.

“How did you do that?” I glanced at Antoine.

He laughed. “Magic. So, what do you say? Want to see Paris?”

I stared that the souvenir once more and smiled, giving it a firm shake. “Absolutely.”

Thanks for coming by. Please be sure to drop by my fellow YAFFers blogs and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Traci Kenworth

Vanessa Barger

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And here it is, Monday. AHHHHH! Is February seriously almost over with? LOL—I haven’t gotten nearly the things I wanted accomplished done this month. I started TP (which is a good thing) and my research for My Dad’s book 2 is underway. Although, I have to admit, the research is only making me want to return to Ireland (sigh).

That being said, my hubby keeps telling me that if I want to buy some vacation property (that we’ve been eyeballing for the last year or so), I’ll have to forego any big trips (sniffle). So we’ll see.

I should be getting galleys for TFGF pretty soon (squeee). So can’t wait. It’s almost go time for The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex. Once I get the “approved” blurb, I’ll get it posted. I have a version of it, but I’m not sure if there will be any changes to it.

I signed more bookmarks over the weekend to send down to Spring Fling (in Chicago) along with some book cover trading cards.  So now, I have 2 packages I need to mail. Must. Get. To. Post. Office.

The kidlets have been keeping me busy (ahh). Erin and Barrett are both 1st chairs for their instruments (woot-woot). And in the next month or so, Chase will be picking out what he wants to play in middle school. So fun! Not to mention, only a couple more weeks before spring soccer gets underway, which reminds me, my son needs new cleats.

And as always, still waiting to hear back on some things (see, and here you thought you’d get out of hearing that from me this time). Smiles.

Hope everyone has a great Monday (or at least try to).

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Have you ever had one of those weeks where you just can’t wait for it to be over? OMG, that was THIS week for me. Sigh.

We lost our 10 year old German Shepherd on the 13th (R.I.P REX). My hubby called me at work to let me know he passed away. The day before Valentine’s Day, guys–sniffle. We’d gotten Rex when our youngest son, Chase, was a baby. So he grew up with the kids.

So sad.

My other son had to have a bad spot cut/removed from his face on Weds. It went well and you can barely see where it’d been. The doctor did a great job. So that was good.

Work has been insane (day job). Hopefully won’t have to deal with any more angry people (LOL). Ahhhh…

On the writing front: I’ve started working on a new story (yay). After a few months of no writing at all, it’s so nice to dive into things. I’m hoping to start working on chapter 2 pretty soon, although, I’m expecting edits any day now on TFGF. Which, I believe will be releasing in March (HOLY CRAP–so excited).

I’m also waiting to hear back on some things. LOL–I know, I seem to say that every time I blog. But hey, it really should be any day now that I get some news, right? Here’s hoping.

I got my bookmarks in the mail for TFGF this week. I signed over 500 of them to send down to RT (with my publisher) along with over 500 Bookcover Trading Cards. I’m also going to be giving some away on my blog in the next month or so. So definitely keep an eye on info for that.

I have to try to set up some blog tours/interviews for TFGF (which I love to do–LOL). It’s fun meeting people and chatting.

Loved TVD and Secret Circle last night. I’m mad that they’re going on hiatus until March though (grrrr). Don’t they know that I won’t have anything to do on Thursday?

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I have Monday off of work for President’s Day, so that’s FREAKING AWESOME.

 

 

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Will you look at that? It’s FRIDAY! SWEEEEEET Friday. As you can tell, I’m ready for the weekend. Been a crazy busy week (aren’t they always—LOL).

This weekend basketball season is finishing up for my daughter. She’s had an AWESOME season. Last game they beat one of the hardest teams in the league and she had 16 points and several steals. Also this week, my youngest had to get glasses (gets that from his dad—hehehe). And the three youngest all made honor roll at school (oh yeah).

On the writing front, all is quiet. Actually, next week I’ll be diving into my next two stories. One is a YA Fantasy, which I will call TP (I promise that’s NOT short for toilet paper—snickers) and the other is a YA Paranormal Romance (book 2 to My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator). I’m VERY eager to get back to it. I haven’t written anything in FOREVER. My creative mind is bursting.

I finished reading Passion by Lauren Kate. It was pretty good. Liked seeing the different versions of Daniel/Luce through history. Can’t wait to read the last book. I’m actually reading my own book: My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters right now to get myself back into the storyline/characters to write the 2nd one. It’s kind of strange reading the paperback (LOL).

Oh, and I ordered trading cards/bookmarks for The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella complex. I already got the trading cards in and they turned out really nice. I got the bookmarks designed and I think they’re so cute. So can’t wait to unleash them on the world (stay tuned because in the next couple of months I’ll be giving away some loot).

OMG, did you guys see The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle last night? TVD was AWESOME. I can’t really talk about it yet because some of my friends haven’t watched the episode yet and told me not to tell them what happened (hehehe). But I will say Mr. Damon Salvatore (Ian) looks mighty fine in a tux. I have to watch The Secret Circle tonight as I was designing bookmarks with my sister last night and had to DVR it. But the previews looked SO good.

Now, I’m in count down mode for The Hunger Games Movie. I’m SO VERY FREAKING EXCITED for it.

And I have to give a HUGE shout out to my crit partner Vanessa who landed herself a literary agent this last week! So proud of her!!!

I hope everyone has a GREAT WEEKEND! I plan to watch basketball, catch up on tv shows and just chill. Plus it’ll be snowy and I don’t want to go anywhere (hehehe).

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