Monday, November 26, 2012

Texas Autumn Foliage

I love the way leaves turn such beautiful colors when we actually experience the season of autumn in Texas. (Many years, it just goes straight from summer to winter with little or no in-between.) Here are a few pictures I've taken from the city and the country, in attempt to capture part of the fiery array of fall foliage we've been lucky enough to have this year.





































Saturday, November 24, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Vengeful Bounty

Today I'm posting as part of Six Sentence Sunday, and the book this snippet comes from is my sci-fi action/adventure tale Vengeful Bounty. By the way, this weekend marks the novel's one-year anniversary! 





I published this ebook with Untreed Reads and opted to use the pseudonym Jillian Kidd. (I've toyed around with some different pen names before finally settling on my real name's initials: C.J. Sullivan.) VB was really fun to write. It's one of the few things I've written from a first-person POV. In this story, Mina Maxwell, redheaded bounty hunter extraordinaire, narrates her journey to gain "Global Status" so she can hunt the bad guys all over the world. During her tale, she kicks some serious butt, battles with some inner-demons, and dares to let herself love again after being heartbroken by a fellow bounty hunter. 

In this six sentences from the book, she and her bounty hunting baby brother, Colt, have just arrived at a club, where they're going to nab one of the bounties on the wanted list. Enjoy!

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"I checked my cleavage for the mini laser gun I’d secured—still in place. I wish I had been able to carry an old-fashioned bullet-firing pistol as well, but the outfit wouldn't allow it. I liked to keep one as a backup in case the laser gun runs out of energy—the batteries in those things were cheap crap. You had to keep them on the charger all night for them to be worth anything the next day.

Colt stepped out and checked his appearance for flaws in the rear-view mirror and intensely arched his eyebrows and narrowed his eyes like he was some sort of supermodel getting ready for the catwalk. Brothers, aren’t they a joy?"



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To read some reviews of Vengeful Bounty on Amazon click -->here<--.

To read a longer excerpt at the Untreed Reads Store, click -->here<--.

Happy birthday, Mina!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Woven"


At my dear ol' dad's request, here is the link to a piece of flash fiction I wrote a couple of years ago that got published by the online literary magazine The Molotov Cocktail. It's a super short story symbolizing the nature of greed, and it's titled "Woven." Click -->here<-- if you'd like to read it.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks again for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Car Intruders at Fossil Rim

Last year, my husband and I took a drive through Fossil Rim, which is basically an area filled with wild-life that you can look at and feed. You're not supposed to touch them, but sometimes they make it a little difficult not to... One deer in particular was quite the amorous soul. My Honda still sports scratches from his antlers, but that's okay. It gives my car character!


Here's Mr. Lover Boy closing in on my husband.




Drew couldn't get away!
You can't see me in the back seat, but I was rolling.




I finally tried to distract the deer.
Look at him scraping the side of my car to leave a lasting mark!
What a sweetie!




Mr. Zebra got jealous and had to see what was up.
This was not taken with a fish-eye lens by the way.




*Sniff, sniff, nibble nibble* Hondas taste good!



Say "Cheese"!



Click -->here<-- to check out Fossil Rim for yourselves!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Solar Eclipse

There will be a solar eclipse today, but unless you live in Australia, you probably won't be able to see it. Here's a simulation of what's going to happen:






In ancient history, eclipses were like these magical, feared occurrences, usually brought on by God or the gods, and they served as a sign for startling change. They were bad omens, thought by many to be a sun-devouring demon or dragon.

This eclipse makes me think of the 2006 movie Apocalypto. It's an amazing film--if you don't have a weak stomach, that is. (It appeals to my adventurous, tomboy side...that and I think Rudy Youngblood is a gorgeous guy. *Ahem*)





Monday, November 12, 2012

Unplug



If you're like me, you like to work hard. If you're a writer (or any kind of artist), you like to devote a ton of time and energy to your craft to the point that it almost borders on obsession. Also, if you're like me, you may work a day job, too, so that leaves you with very little YOU time.

Often I reach a point where I feel totally drained. I've given all of my energy to my day job or my writing. I spend countless hours on the Internet trying to respond to emails and Tweets and Facebook posts in a polite, timely manner. And I reach the point of getting burned out.

I have found that the best thing to do when you reach this burnout stage is to Unplug. If you have a day off from your day job, you don't have to spend every waking minute on your hobby. It's GOOD to get away from it all, to unplug your laptop, to (gasp!) turn off your cell phone! Just leave it behind for a little while--it'll be there when you get back; I promise.

Get out in nature, if you can. Take a walk. Or if that's impossible, go to a quiet room in your house where there's a window. Open the curtains and let the daylight in. Sit and let your mind drift away from all the things it feels chained to, and soon you might get an idea of just the thing you need to do to make you feel refreshed. Go with your instincts--unless they're saying to plug in and get back online. Don't do that. Rewind back to a time when we didn't have all this technological distraction. What did you do for fun back then? How did you feed your creativity? How did you nourish your soul?

That's what I'm doing today. I'm writing this post, and then I'm turning it all off. I'm going to clean house, maybe decorate a little, possibly go to the library. I'm going to paint my toenails and read a book and cuddle with my little weenie dog.

Don't worry, I'll be back, and probably sooner than I think. But bottom line is this: unplugging, even just for 30 minutes, is sometimes necessary. So when you feel stressed out, try having some YOU time, too!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Wings of the Divided






This Sunday I'm going to share six sentences from my novel Wings of the Divided. In this scene, little Fallen angel Kiazmo is musing on his deadly comrade Laphelle, about how powerful he is and why so many of the other angels (light and dark) fear him. Enjoy!









"While many of the angels of darkness had their weaknesses, be it sex or drugs or bloodlust or any other perverted addiction, Laphelle was slave to nothing. And he never lost a fight. The reason he was not a member of the Elite was not just because angels of First Rank were forbidden to rise to higher status. Rumor had it that Lucifer especially didn't trust him. There must have been something in the way Laphelle carried himself during the parades after winning battle after battle on all those distant worlds. Something in the way he refused the pleas of women begging to bed him during those victory celebrations, something in the way his eyes searched for more than just dark victory that made even the Devil himself uneasy."


Wings of the Divided is now available.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Costumes 2012!

I was a woodland fairy, or the season of Fall embodied. Take your pick! 

(Tutu and some accessories by Chummy Mummy)


And here's Drew with this last-minute concoction! 

(Mustache by yours truly)


Ready for a night of fun!!





Kaiser got into the Halloweenie spirit, too! What a scary shark!




...Even though he wasn't that jazzed about his costume...





Hope everyone enjoyed Halloween 2012!