Friday, November 30, 2012

Fabulous Friday!

There's a spot in the living room of my 100 year old cape cod that allows me to watch the moon rise on a clear night. Our oak tree obstructs the view, but with the leaves all fallen you get to see this.


It's really pretty at night. :)

Have a great weekend!

~Tatum

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday's Balancing Act!

My grandmother's favorite quote has been bouncing around in my head the last few days. She used to say, "A moment on the lips, forever on the hips." Oh, boy does that quote have a different meaning to a romance writer! ;)

Today, I'm working on my second book in my Hard Hits series. I've just submitted book one to the publisher for consideration. :o)

Have a great day!

~Tatum

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Temptation Tuesday!

I write or work on book ideas every day. I wake up thinking about characters. I go to sleep thinking about them. They whisper in my ear as I go through my day. I try to figure out how to make my stories better and how to make them more interesting. I was tempted this morning to take a week off. What would I do? Laundry? Housework? Shopping? Call friends? I do that as I work.

Today, I think I'll go where the voices go. That sounds like fun for today. Take a week off? No way. I'd rather be writing.

Have a great Tuesday!

~Tatum

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday's Daydreams!

Today, my head is in the clouds. I'm opening up a WIP I started two months ago. I'm going to read through things before I get started on it again. This is book two of my Enslaved & Enticed series. Each book follows a cursed object that makes the holder of the object murderous.

Until this one sees the light of day, enjoy book one, Stolen Moment [Enslaved & Enticed].

~Tatum

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday's Farm Report!

We had family over yesterday for our second Thanksgiving. Of course, we had bad movie night too. We watched the Skeleton Key. I am terrified of scary movies, but this one wasn't too bad. I had a few moments of hiding my eyes and leaving the room, but overall I really liked Kate Hudson in the moive. :)

I finished up edits on TJ's story yesterday. I'm submitting it to the publisher today. Wish me luck!

~Tatum

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fabulous Friday!

I promised pics of my trip last weekend. So, here you go! Today, I'm holding the fort down while I wait for FedX to arrive with my youngest son's Christmas gift. :) If you're looking for something to read, High Heat is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Ash Cave, Hocking Hills

Me in the cave.

I love the contrast of me in the dark and the sun in the cave. :)

Me and the guys at the Nature Center yesterday. It was so pretty out. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for all the love and support from my readers! I am humbled and thankful that you would take a chance on a newbie like me. I am also thankful for my publisher and editor who entertain all my questions and took a chance on me. I'm thankful too for all the writers, agents, teachers, editors, and friends I asked for advice along the way. That's a really long list and you know who you are!

Happy Thanksgiving! May you be surrounded by love, friendship, and happiness today!

~Tatum

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday's Word of the Day!

Thankful...

I am so thankful for my family. Despite my three children having a chronic illness, all three are stable right now. I am thankful for that. I'm thankful too for my father's sense of humor that he passed on to me. I miss him so much, but I hear his laughter when I'm laughing. I'm so thankful for my hubby who supports me when he knows I'd rather bang my head against my desk. I'm also thankful for great friends I've made over this past year. I'm thankful for all the little moments I have every day to spend with my children, my friends, and all my family.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

~Tatum

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Temptation Tuesday!

I have two deadlines to make by the end of the year. Of course, they are self imposed. I have to give myself a deadline when working or I'll take forever to finish a novel. I'm easily distracted when working. I work best under the pressure of a deadline. So, I'm tempted to procrastinate but I'd rather be working.

Have a great Tuesday!

~Tatum

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday's Daydreams!

I'm back. Our weekend away was just what we needed to recharge. We got to the cabin just in time to see a meteor shower. We're slowly getting back to normal life. It's was nice to slow down and get to know my hubby all over again. It was nice to be unplugged too. I let my mind go and the story ideas started to whisper. It was so quiet, I actually heard them and listened!

Have a great Monday!

~Tatum

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fabulous Friday!

I am unplugging! My hubby and I are getting away. It's been almost two years since we've gotten away on our own. We're going rocking climbing and hiking. I'll have lots of pictures to post when we get back! Have a great weekend!

~Tatum

Thursday's Balancing Act!

I balance my writing life with my home life and my friendships. I've always had great support of my work from "friends" until recently. I've never had so many negative comments about a book people have not bothered to read. Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and ignorance do not make good arguments for hurt feelings. Unfortunately, for some they do, and I understand that some things can't be fixed. You can't change someone else's beliefs and that's not my job.

I will never apologize for my success or for the fact that I love to write M/F and M/M fiction. My work is a safe place for people of all genders and sexual orientations who love to read to get away.

"Well-behaved women seldom make history."~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

~Tatum

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday's Word of the Day!

Want...

My characters want each other, but the timing is off. It's the wrong time and both are afraid to make a move. So, right now they're both staring at each other. My hero is in nothing but a towel. What to do?

~Tatum

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday's Daydreams & Tuesday's WIP Nightmares!

My WIP is too dark. I'm cutting out a plot line that isn't necessary to the story. I got the cringe from the hubby yesterday when I told him about what I was working on. His reaction was classic. "You've been working on that this entire time?"

So, it needs some editing today. I'll be cutting words out of my story and dropping them onto the floor. I hope they won't find their way back into this story. I'm not sure if I can blame my muse for this one. I thought it was a good idea when I wrote this particualr plot line in. Live and learn, eh?

Have a great Tuesday! I'm going to the salon to my hair cut and then I'm back to work!

~Tatum

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday's Farm Report

I'm submitting TJ's story this week to the publisher. I'm super excited to be finishing it up!

Have a great Sunday!

~Tatum

Sinfully Sweet Saturday!

I love chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven. My boys have food allergies, so I always make cookies from scratch.

Here is their favorite cookie recipe I make.

Chocolate Chip Cookies.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup veg. shortening.
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
2 & 1/2 cups flour
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bake 375 for 10 mins. Enjoy!

Have a great Saturday!

~Tatum

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fabulous Friday!

I am so happy it's Friday! Today, I'm working on TJ's story. He's starting to get cold feet. Who can blame him? He's afraid to love. He's been hurt too many times. I hope you have a great weekend!

~Tatum

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday's Balancing Act!

I tucked myself back in with my little one this morning. He wasn't feeling his best when he woke up. This week has been really busy with things I never imagined I'd have to deal with when Monday rolled around. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I am so thankful for my husband and boys. They are my rock and my soft place to fall when times are hard. I write for them.

Have a great Thursday!

~Tatum

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday's Word of the Day!

Love...

I write about love. I'm not perfect and neither are my characters. I'm flawed just as much as they are. My characters work to overcome their imperfections, but at the end of the day they are who they are. I write to tell their story. I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it.

~Tatum

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Temptation Tuesday!

I voted today. The line at the poll was way short. Now, I'm home again and have a few minutes before I have to run to pick up the boys from school.

I'm working on TJ today. :D

Have a great week!

~Tatum

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday's Daydreams!

The time change has messed up my sleeping schedule. I was up until 1:30 this morning writing, watching bad T.V. and playing around on the Internet. For fun, I timed how many words I type a minute and then figured out how many I would type an hour if I typed non-stop. Now, if I can only get my brain to speed up with how fast I type. I'm going to have to work on that :D

Have a great Monday!

~Tatum

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday's Farm Report!

I've been unplugged for the last two days. Friday, we had the rehearsal and dinner for my cousin's wedding. Saturday, we had the wedding and reception. It was a really busy two days. Between the wedding and reception on Saturday, I went out with my cousin Laine. We went shopping and had fun catching up. The reception was a formal sit down dinner of ribs, chicken, and pork chops. I had the ribs and chicken. It was really good. My oldest, E-man, was involved in the wedding as a server. He did a great job! I'm so happy for life to get back to business as usual! Here are some pics from the big day!

I'm working on TJ today. He's sulking because I've neglected him for the last two days!

Have a great Sunday!

~Tatum


The church.


My cousin and new hubby!


The wedding!


The cake!


E-Man. :o)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday's Balancing Act!

I have a really busy weekend coming up. My cousin is getting married and my son will be in the wedding. I'll post pictures on Sunday. Now, I'm getting back to writing! TJ is really coming together. Have a great Thursday!

~Tatum