Friday, May 23, 2014

Big Hands, Big Feet, Big P%&*s?!?

Y'all know the old saying, "You can tell a lot from the size of a man's hands."

But is it true? Ya know, that you can look at a man's hands and get a good idea how big his southern salute is at its tallest...

But, is there any evidence correlating a man's hands and how big his snake is? Well, believe it or not, studies were conducted to answer this question. Yes, really, lots of research. Do you wish you'd been on the list of researchers? Guess what? They didn't find any evidence.

I wonder how they measured the units. Hard, flaccid, stretched? And is it possible to get an accurate reading? Wouldn't they have to take into consideration how turned on he is at the time of measurement?

I'll go out on a limb. I think when a woman is available and looking, she notices a man's hands and speculates about the goods. We correlate large, thick hands with a man who works hard. Makes sense, right? Men, and women, who work with their hands a lot have bigger hands.

So, if your scoping out men and using hands as a gauge, beware. It can't possibly be accurate.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Those pain-in-the-ass words...

Which vs. That.

If they are a pain in your behind, don't worry, they give lots of people grief. It's all tied up between restrictive and non-restrictive clauses.

A restrictive clause limits, or restricts, the scope of the noun it is referring to. For example...

The house that is painted white burnt down. (Restrictive Clause)

In this sentence, we are talking about the "white" house specifically. If we take out "that is painted white" the sentence loses important information. We no longer have any clue what house burnt down.

The house, which is painted white, burnt down. (Non-restrictive Clause)

In this sentence, "which is painted white" is added information that can be discarded and the sentence wouldn't be harmed. The clause isn't essential for the meaning.

Also, that isn't separated from the rest of the sentence with commas.

Which needs separated by commas showing parenthesis.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Writing Process Blog Hop

Thank you Leslie Lee Sanders for including me in the blog hop. Check out Leslie at the link below. are the questions I must answer...
1) What am I working on?
I'm on the last few words of Second Song Cowboy, Book 5 of the Second Chance Series. In this story fate takes an interesting twist for a couple who parted paths years before. April is a popular country singer and Dante is a cowboy with a bad-boy reputation. What will it take for each of them to change?Check out the series at Amazon: 

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like writing characters who are imperfect. Whether it's internal or external scars, a painful past, a bad reputation...they are different. I also enjoy writing second chance romance. Two people who have loved each other deeply, then lost that person, and finds them again. They must work out the baggage, learn to trust again. Trust is always difficult once you've been hurt, and it's interesting to weave a story where loved ones patch up the holes of a broken past.
3) Why do I write what I do?
 When I was thirteen, I read a Harlequin novel. I was hooked. I knew one day I'd write my own romance and now here I am.

4) How does your writing process work?
I'm a full-time writer, so once my wee ones head to school, I go into the writing cave and that's where I am for seven hours a day, give or take. During this time, I need complete silence. Any interruptions and my concentration is thrown off, taking forever to find the 'feel' of the moment. I usually set a goal at 5k words a day. Sometimes I'm heroic and manage 10k, but other times I'm certain my writing is s*$t and two words seems like an uphill battle.

Thank you again for sharing with me Leslie.

Here are my three picks...

May 14th...Tracey Jane Jackson

Amazon best selling author, Tracey Jane Jackson was born and raised in New Zealand. With an American father, Scottish grandmother, and Kiwi mother, it's no doubt she has a unique personality. After pursuing her American roots and disappearing into her time travel series, The Civil War Brides, she thought she'd explore the Scottish side of her family. Tracey says, "I have loved delving into the Cauld Ane's and all their abilities...I hope you do too." Tracey has been happily married and gooey in love with her husband for nineteen years. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their two sons.

May 15th...Em Petrova:  

Em Petrova
Em Petrova lives in Backwoods, Pennsylvania, where she raises 4 kids and a Labradoodle named Daisy Hasselhoff. Her heroes are hardworking heroes--in bed and out--and she is known for panty-scorching erotic romance.

I'd like to introduce you to some of my cowboys.