Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ooh look! Shiny!

As most of you probabky know, April is National Poetry month. I’ve always found this particularly fitting, being a poet and an April-birthday girl, as I usually increase my writing in this month. Not on purpose. Just because I’m more inspired? In my element? Heck if I know?!

So I’ve been mulling this idea around in my head for awhile: a poetry challenge for myself for this upcoming April. At first, I was going to commit myself to publishing at least three poems a week. Then this Sobriety Experiment came along, and kicked me in the ass, so I’m going to go with two a week. Maybe. If I’m lucky? If you don’t already know, I’m live-journalling my progress with the Sobriety Experiment here:

Apparently, sobriety is actually making me more creative and motivated?! Sobriety FTW!

Alas, I digress.

While I’m committing myself to two poems a week, I’d still like to post a minimum of three poems per week, so if your a poet or a poetry-dabbler, and you’d like your work featured as a guest on my site, let me know. Comment, email me, Twitter me, Facebook me, whatever…..let’s hook it up! And if you know of a poet that I am unaware of, bring it on! I love reading new (to me) authors, and truly enjoy the pimping. 🙂

Sharon, Jinx, Rach…I’m talking to you…….. 🙂

Or anyone else, really.

  Poetry is not an opinion expressed; it is a song that rises from a bleeding wound or a smiling mouth.” – Kahlil Gibran

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Pieces of Me




Picking apart

Pieces of Me




Procrastinate finding

Pieces of Me




Posing underneath

Pieces of Me




Picking up

Pieces of Me


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It’s all about the blood…

Here’s a blurb from Kept, the first novella in Blood Lust:

Kept was published November 2008.

As a cat therian (shifter), Greta’s blood is already sought after to enhance spells and potions, but due to a quirk of her birth, her blood is potent enough to kill for. When her tribe plans to sacrifice her, Greta must ally herself with Dayne, the dangerous local sorcerer, and the only person strong enough to protect her.

Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance.

Zoe’s goal as a writer: “I want to write a book that makes you almost pee your pants because you don’t want to put it down long enough to go to the bathroom. I want to write a book that you miss meals for. I want to write a book you miss bathing for. I want to grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page, where you crumble to the floor in a blissful heap, ask for a cigarette, and say: “Damn, was it good for you too,” then tell 300 of your closest friends about it on Twitter.”

Cover Design by Robin Ludwig

Well, it took me awhile to read this book, but it was well worth the wait! Forgive me, Zoe, I had a bunch of personal stuff going on, so I neglected finishing for a few days.

While I’d read about half of Kept about a year ago, the first novella in The Preternaturals Book One, I enjoyed actually being able to read all three novellas at once. (Kept, Claimed & Mated) I even bought this book in paperback, mostly due to my obsession with reading actual paper books, but also because I adore the cover art. This book is definitely a must-own!

I can’t wait to read the second book in The Preternaturals series, Save My Soul. I’m guessing Cain may play a larger role in the next book, and I can’t wait?! Without totally spoiling it for the rest of you who may not have read this yet, GO NOW!!! Check her website/Goodreads/Facebook…and buy the books! They’re moderately priced, and well worth it.

 I loved the way the characters flowed from one novella to the next, but still obviously being separate stories. And the sex scene?! OMIGOD! Simply lovely. And dirty. And oooh so much fun! On the back cover, Zoe even place “Heat Level” warnings for the faint of heart. 😉

If you’d like a sample, you can download a free copy Kept via Zoe’s website. Trust me, you will love it, and end up wanting the next two novellas. So, save your soul and some money, and just get Blood Lust in its collective form.

 Thank you, Zoe, for this great indie work, and all you do to support indie authors! You are truly an inspiration.


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Adults! Wake Up! It's Time to Dream… (via The Raven's Beak)

Lovely post by Corb on The Raven’s Beak. I just had to repost! Thanks, Corb! I think we ALL need to remember this.

Adults! Wake Up! It's Time to Dream... As I tweeted earlier…. I was thinking.  Yes, yes I know, it is a very dangerous thing to do.  Don't worry, I didn't burst any arteries. We adults are idiots and hypocrites.  We are mean spirited.  We are not nice.  We lie to each other.  We cheat.  We … Read More

via The Raven's Beak

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Zombies are the new Vampires

Hello! So, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, and since I had a truly twisted zombie dream last night, I’ve decided to tell you a bit about the novel which inspired my dreams. Seriously though, it was one of those dreams where you wake up, think “Wow…that was fucked up.”, and then fall back asleep to dream the fucked-up zombie dream again?! Ugh…weirdness times three. In my dream, however, I managed to rescue Killer and Betsy (my cats), and snapped the neck of a zombie-baby?!

And then I woke up. I’m assuming this was because my dream was going badly, as a crowd of folks watching TV all turned into zombie at once and advanced on me?! Ironic, isn’t it? But that’s another blog post altogether: the mind-killing machine known as television. 🙂

Pariah by Bob Fingerman – review

This novel was a pleasant surprise! I was wandering through the stacks at my local library, and stumbled upon this lovely find. I’ll admit, I was at first drawn by the cover art, as I usually am when I pick up an unknown (to me) author, and start reading the cover. As usual, the back was filled with glowing recommendations from fellow authors, newspaper, and the like. Normally, I simply ignore these, as I like to actually read the novel before forming an opinion, and move to the first paragraph. As every writer and reader knows, you HAVE to have a great (or at least good) hook, right in the beginning, or you’re apt to lose the reader due to boredom. Mr. Fingerman had me right away. I knew this was a “zombie novel”, what with the huge explosion of zombie-related EVERYTHING right now. Zombies are the new Vampires for 2011. Fist bumps all around! Don’t get me wrong, I love my vamps, and am reading two vamp books right now, but that’s another post. Alas, I digress.

I can’t say enough for the exquisite prose, as well as the character building. Immediately, the reader is drawn into the drama, thinking WTF is going on?  There’s a quick accidental death, and of course zombie gore galore! Mr. Fingerman does a great job of building the characters, and letting you know what kind of people you’re dealing with, while letting he reader make their own decisions about character.

The language Mr. Fingerman uses to describe the death and destruction of what we come to find is pretty much the entire world, is eloquent, morose, and yet hopeful. There is always that hope in the under-current of the novel, that keeps the reader waiting and wanting. There is a strong human, as well as humane, aspect in his writing, that literally makes the reader speed through this novel. I read it in two days?! Of course, I had to return it to the library, as someone else had it on hold, but I work well with deadlines…no pun intended. 😉

I highly recommend this novel, and I can’t wait to read more of Bob Fingerman’s work! You can find him on Goodreads here:

Now go! Read zombie fiction! And have a happy Friday!

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Heart of the Matter


There’s a fine line

between love and hate

and learning again

and wishful thinking

and memory

and fate

and time

and loves lost

and people filled with


I have always…

just always…

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