Friday, October 26, 2007

A Special Bulletin!

Rosemary, of Joyfully Reviewed says this:

A Lick and a Promise
had me scarcely able to sit upright in a chair; this story is hilarious with down-to-earth humor that I could relate to. Ann Wesley Hardin adds a new twist to mind-blowing sex. The characters and dialogue is so real, that I will never look at my neighbors in the same way again. A Lick and a Promise has a well-paced plot that leaves the entry open for the next episode. I look forward to it. I enjoyed this story very much.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Detour!




















Folks, I have some urgent personal business to attend to. Nothing bad, so don't worry! Just stuff that's gonna gobble up time and energy for the next few weeks.

I'll still be humpin' with the hussies on Wednesdays, but that's it for a bit. I'll miss you, but will see you later! Ya'll know I can't be quiet for long.

Sayonara for now!

Weekend Observations

So I went to a couple of parties this weekend. I've been getting out away from the computer, having fun, meeting new people and making some friends along the way. Here are a few things I learned that I wish I could teach people:

1) If you're an older, dweeby rich guy with no looks but tons of young babes who are after you for your money, when they text message you, tell them you're busy. Then be busy.

2) If you're a single, older woman trying to meet men, don't look all sad, subdued and poor me. No one wants to make you happy.

3) No matter how old you are or what you look like, if you're having fun on the dance floor, everyone--young and old--will want to dance with you.

4) You can pretty much tell right away who you'll want to be friends with, and most of that has to do with, er, friendliness. Is that concept, like, lost?

5) Mom was right. A smile truly is the only makeup anyone really needs.

6) Young people appreciate and even relish advice from older people as long as you acknowledge their POV and let them know you're on their side.

7) If you're a man, don't cut in on another man's game. Wait your turn.

8) Don't borrow someone's jacket, wear it to a bar, then forget about it.

9) A bride's presence, anywhere, brightens everyone's day.

10) So does a cute girl in a patent-leather cop outfit.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Hussy Bash!

Hey folks, the hussies are hosting an all day reader bash over in the Ellora's Cave chatroom! Read excerpts, join a scavenger hunt, win prizes or just hang with the hussies!

Come on down!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thirteen Things About Ann

Ah the Google game. Who can resist it? Especially when it brings so many innocent victims to my blog. Let's see what Ann's been up to lately according to Google (my comments are in paranthesises (or however you say it)):

1) Ann loves pee in her face (see number 3)

2) Ann loves you. Any questions? (see number 7)

3) Ann loves the educational aspect of being a postpartum doula (see number 1)

4) ANN LOVES HER BABY BUBBLY PUB BEER MAT (no explanation necessary)

5) Ann loves to bake, and she’ll bring you a special Birthday Cake with her face on it (See, I remembered. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FABDAME!!!)

6) Ann loves painting children; their rounded forms she finds very beautiful (although the last one wouldn't hold still)

7) Ann loves the sausage apparently (see number 2)

8) Ann sleeps until 10 am, rolls out of bed, watches cartoons and TV, fixes something to eat, plays on the computer, and naps all day (according to the children, anyway...)

9) Ann sleeps, paints her nails and mutters (Not true! I don't paint my nails.)

10) Ann sleeps through THIS too (what can I say)

11) Ann hates her self, her life and what she has become (see number 12)

12) Ann hates BIOLOGICAL women (see number 11)

13) Ann HATES weeds PS Ann is trying to take over the world with corn, so if you don't want to be under her rule, don't give her corn!! (this happens to be true, only they left out the part about the blueberries)

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mid-Day Thought

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Am I the only one who thinks the Amazon logo looks like a giant penis?

Just askin'

Mystery Man Strikes Again

In a recent script review/critique Mystery Man fingered what's been blocking me from progressing with my DoW book.

I was getting too bogged down in the complicated world building and plot to focus on the heart of the story. The hugeness of it all was choking me. But now that he's pointed it out in someone else's work, my focus is free to shift back to the simplicity of the character arc.

Go read his review!

Thanks, MM. What would I do without you?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Warning Ahoy!

It's gonna be a boring week here on the blog, although I might stop in to bitch and moan. The minute I say I'm taking a blogging vaca, I think up something to tell you.

But this book I'm starting, there's a reason I haven't written it yet. It's gonna be hard. Wah. Already it's sucking all my energy just thinking about and the only cure for that is to stop thinking about it, dive in and Just Do Eet.

So that'sa what I'ma gonna do.

l8r.

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Reason For "Never on Sunday"

This was my brain at eight o'clock last night.


This is my brain this morning.


Friends don't let friends drink on Sunday nights.

Join me tomorrow when I'll be sweatin' twice as hard with Sven because some people lured me into doom.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Easy Way Out

In his recent review of Jilly Cooper's Riders, Charlie Horse stirred up the tired old plot of Literaries vs Populars.

Since time immemorial, so-called intellectuals have crowed about pop fiction, or genre, books being anything from meaningless, simplistic fluff to dangerous brain suckers. Of course, their targets have mainly and loudly been romance novels, and their prime beef is that romance novels end happily.

Don't they realize how hard a happy ending is to achieve? People spend their whole lives trying to be happy. It ain't easy, my friend. Think about it.

You want easy?

Dying is easy. Yup. That's right. You can always die any time you want to, but you can't always be happy any time you want. I think killing your characters--either physically or emotionally--is a cop out. You're too lazy to help them achieve the most difficult, elusive thing of all. Or, maybe you don't know how. Maybe your brain doesn't work quite as well as you think.

So, before all you literary writers and critics peer down your noses at me and my cohorts, try taking the hard way for once in your life. Then get back to me, k?

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

70 Days of Sweat




I've never signed up for any of these massive, online writing challenges before, mostly because none of them ever suited my own personal production methods and I knew I'd never stick with it. But this one does!

Basically, it's a public commitment to write 750-1,000 words a day for 70 days. There are built in "days off" and you have to check in twice a week to account for yourself.

At the end you have a novel! Yay!

So, I'm in. Monday I'm starting the DoW trilogy! Just to add extra pressure on myself, I'll track my progress here on this blog too. Watch me sweat!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Holy Cow!

I just finished my book! Wheeeee. Just this very moment!

Why the delighted surprise?

Because I wrote this book in random scenes, something I've never, ever done before. Then I had to go back in to transition and flesh them out.

So, just a second ago I fleshed out the last sentence I needed to and voila! Completion snuck up on me. It's a weird feeling.

But besides that, I have other news. Last night another review of A Lick and A Promise hit my inbox. Check it out:
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Rating: 4 Enchantments

Dove Hansen has a mystery dream lover. He meets up with her every time she closes her eyes. But the 'encounters' lately have been leaving her on edge and wondering if she is crazy - not so good for her day job as a tutor to the world's most brilliant five year old.


Anthros is on a mission. Coming to Earth to save his planet and civilization as he knows it, he takes the name Mark Arianos. The oxygen-rich Earth air makes him appear to be a strung out junkie, so for further cover, he joins Dove's two slightly dotty aunts for 'rehabilitation'.


The attraction between Dove and Mark is instantaneous, but each has a reason for feeling it is wrong. Dove doesn't want to get involved with an addict who could break her heart, no matter how sexy she finds him. For Mark, sex on his planet is a huge no-no, and indulging in it could compromise his mission and get him killed.


So what are these two going to do? Keep meeting in Dove's dreams, of course. Only Dove doesn't know that the mystery dream lover is actually Mark. She is torn between the elusive 'dream man' and the flesh-and-blood one before her. Can she find a way to trust Mark, a former junkie? Or will her caution save her and the people close to her?


Being in rehabilitation has put Mark in the best position to complete his mission - not only is he near Dove, but he is also close to the gifted boy who can save his people. What happens to the mission as he starts to fall in love with Dove? Will he be able to betray her by stealing the child she tutors?


The second book in a series, A LICK AND A PROMISE has some wacky moments that will keep you chuckling, and enough romance to make you sigh wistfully. The growth that both characters go through during the book is fun to witness and the sex scenes…well let's just say, I enjoyed them and I think you will too. The storyline is original and well put together. If you are looking for a light-hearted, cute story, this book is a nice way to pass the time.

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Also, don't forget today is Humpin' Hussies Day! Stop in and hump with us!

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Writer At Work


Shhhh. Be vewwy, vewwy quiet...

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Scared Pinkless

On Friday I worked all day at the car dealership. Normally I'm the cashier/receptionist. But every once in a while I get to fill in for the courtesy driver -- someone who shuttles people back and forth from home or work while they get their cars serviced.

I love this job and have actually applied at another dealership for a regular position. It has to be the funnest job in the universe. You get to talk to people all day, see where they live, and learn new ways to get places. I'm getting an in-depth tour of the town I've lived in for 14 years, and seeing a side of it I didn't even know existed. Everyone in the dealership secretly covets this position.

Anyway, Friday was a slooooow day. I only shuttled one person first thing in the morning. So the rest of my day was spent hanging out, bothering my coworkers. However, as I've mentioned before, the region where I live is riddled with famous people. Alot of them come to my dealership.

So, on Friday I got to spend an hour or so in fascinating conversation with Pink's daddy!

Pink graduated from the same HS my daughter currently attends. She's a local girl made good and for many years her dad was her manager. He traveled all over the world with her on tour and finally retired when the gruelling schedule felled him with a heart attack. Yeah, it's that cruel. I believe it when you look at some of the play dates -- day one Indonesia, day two Upper Volta etc.

He told me lots of goss about Britney and K-fed (he knows them both pretty intimately) which I won't repeat here, as well as a few others. Although he talked alot about Pink, he also bragged extensively on his other children, all of whom are equally successful in their chosen fields.

But the most interesting part of the conversation was when he mentioned he had written a song way back during a year-long tour of duty in Vietnam. On her latest album, I'm Not Dead, Pink recorded that song with him. They sang it together.

At one point they performed it live in front of VH-1, MTV etc. and he said he was so frightened, his feet wouldn't work. The recording studio alone intimidated the crap out of him and he doubted his ability to go through with it.

"Was it more scary than fighting in Vietnam?" I asked.

He looked at me for a long moment. "Actually," he said. "It was."



What about you? Would you rather fight in a war, or perform on stage in front of bajillions of people? What scares the pink out of you?

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

A New Look!

After much cursing and hair tearing, I've managed to integrate this blog and MySpace with My website!

Praise me, stroke me! I'm all self taught and MySpace is a freakin' nightmare. PLUS I had to figure out how to make this blog look good in IE too!

What do you think?

It'd better be good...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Friday Feature Presentation--A Seek-N-Find

Okay, here's a puzzle for ya'll compliments of my pal, Bev.

During WWII, Lockheed camouflaged their Burbank airplane factory so it couldn't be seen from the air. Can you find it? Look closely....

Do ya see it?

No cheating!

Now leave your best guess in comments and then take a look to see where oh where has the airplane plant gone?

Pretty cool, huh?

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Thursday Thought

*still writing like a maniac*

Love this quote! It came in my horrorscope today.

"Ride your emotions like a death-defying roller coaster: with your hands held straight up!"

Wheeeeee. I'm ridin' baybee!

What's in your outlook?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Hump Day Hussy!



Meet me over at The Hussies Blog for the hump day releases!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Another Interview!

The wonderful ladies of The Romance Studio have consented to featuring me again! Can you believe it? I thought for sure after the last time...

Anyway. Check it out:


Ann Wesley Hardin

And the Earthlings thought their sexual activity carried health risks...
Inappropriate lust for a sexy recovering addict makes Dove Hansen wonder about her choices in men. Maybe she'll stick with her anonymous dream lover after all.

He might not exist but at least he's sober and their ethereal couplings leave her panting. Still, she's gonna lose it if she doesn't get some with a human.

Mark Arianos isn't a junkie. He's a fugitive alien strung out on Earth air. In his world, sex is a capital crime and his uncontrollable passion for Dove could turn lethal. So their out-of-body trysts keep insanity at bay while he fulfills a critical mission.

But the longer Mark dallies with Dove, the deeper their attachment grows. Soon he must choose between betraying her or risking his civilization, and his life, to give her more than a lick and a promise.

Reviews for A Lick and A Promise

Mrs. Giggles says: "...this story is too much fun for words..."

About Ann Wesley Hardin

Ann Wesley Hardin has had many incarnations. After spending seven years earning university and post-graduate degrees in Anthropology, Museum Studies and Earth Sciences, she worked as a bartender, a radio weather forecaster, an environmental groundwater consultant and, finally, a novelist.

A native New Yorker, she spent countless months traveling the world, and finally found a European style village in rural Pennsylvania, where she settled with her family.

Backlist

Layover
Coffee, Tea or Lea?
Miss Behavior
Out of This World

An Interview with Ann Wesley Hardin
By Holly Hewson Marketing Director for The Romance Studio

HH: Ann, welcome back to TRS BLUE. Please tell us all about your latest release, A Lick and a Promise.

AWH: Thank you for having me!

Oh let's see, A Lick and A Promise has dream sex, shower sex, sword fighting sex and spaceship sex, a topsy turvy plot, lots of laughs, and a psychic dog. How's that?

HH: So your hero is an alien attracted to your heroine under circumstances that could be devastating for him. Your heroine is a woman who knows him only as a man who haunts her dreams but she needs more. Where did you get this fascinating story idea?

AWH: I'd been wanting to do a story about an out-of-body relationship for a while. After brainstorming with my sister one night in Seattle, it occurred to me that many elements of this story had been laid out already in Out of This World -- the telepathy, out-of-body travel, the laws against unauthorized breeding, etc. -- and that one of the minor characters, namely Anthros (AKA Mark), would be the perfect hero for a sequel.

Additionally, Seattle has a neighborhood called Fremont, also known as "The Center of the Universe." How could I not use that? So the story evolved from a girl's weekend with my mom and sis.

HH: How did you approach world building for this project?

AWH: You know, I find the world we live in wacky enough, once you scratch the surface. So my world building consists mostly of simple excavation!

HH: What do you like best about your lead characters?

AWH: Anthros is honorable and loyal without being a lap dog. He's a well-balanced Alpha, and a firecracker in bed ;) Dove is scared off her rocker, but she walks into hell with her bucket of water anyway. She's an ordinary woman drawn into extraordinary circumstances, and she does what she feels is right no matter the outcome. I love her for that.

HH: What draws you to writing in worlds that you create?

AWH: Well, my degree is in Anthropology/Archeology, which is basically sitting in the dirt and uncovering treasure with toothbrushes and dental picks. So I guess it's that same personality quirk that draws me into a story -- gazing at the surface of your everyday, average human (or alien), wondering what's beneath, then going in for it.

HH: What are you working on now?

AWH: There are several projects going on right now -- a light-n-fluffy contemporary novella, the last book in the Out of This World trilogy, and an Urban Fantasy series.

HH: How disciplined are you as a writer?

AWH: Not as disciplined as I'd like to be, or let's say, in the way I wish I could be. My mind is slow to reveal the meat of a story. If I rush it, the book suffers. So I have to be patient and wait. It's frustrating and it's also a difficult thing to justify to my children when they see me sitting and staring all the time. "Yeah," they think. "She's working all right. I wish I got paid to stare."

HH: Where and when do you feel you do your best work?

AWH: At nap time! When I'm in that weird comatose state right before falling asleep, that's when my brain sort of unlocks and solves story riddles or gives me ideas.

That's one of the reasons I wanted to explore an out-of-body relationship. Not that I travel into the ether like Dove -- although I sure wish I could -- but because I have a sense of what it might be like and wanted to write about it.

HH: What do you do when you get stuck in a story?

AWH: Close the document and let it sit a while. This goes against alot of the popular advice out there these days -- the advice that basically says writers write every day and if you don't, maybe you're not a writer. Not true! Most of my writing is done in my head way before I ever sit down and actually peck it out. Often I'll write a chunk, wait a month, write another chunk, etc.

So, if you're an aspiring author fretting about not writing every day, don't. Do what's right for you.

HH: What can readers look forward to from you in the near future?

AWH: More wackiness, more laughs, and more sex!

Thank you for doing this interview!

HH: Thank you!


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Monday, October 01, 2007

Daily Inspy

'Cause I can't think of anything but The WIP, The Whole WIP, and Nuthin' But The WIP (Work In Progress for you newbies)

Michael Jordan:
I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and missed.

I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why... I succeed.

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Crazy!

Had a crazy busy weekend and it's only getting worse. Wah!

Over the next couple of weeks blogging will be spotty. I'm wrapping up a novella!

But I'll definitely be online for Humpin' Hussies this Wednesday, and I'll be building a new MySpace home for the hussies at: I Want To Be A Hussy!

It's 8 AM. Have you befriended a hussy today?

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