the Marvelous Misadventures of Mrs. t

See your scars as proof that you made it…not evidence that you almost didn’t.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Site!

Hey, guys! =) This will be my last post here. All new posts and info will be over at =) Hop over and check it out!
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Once Upon a Twilight!: Exclusive Cover & Excerpt Reveal: Playing with Fir...

Once Upon a Twilight!: Exclusive Cover & Excerpt Reveal: Playing with Fir...: Today we are thrilled to share the cover reveal for PLAYING WITH FIRE written by Christy Trujillo. This is Trujillo's first book ...
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Early New Year/2013 Muse Online Writers Conference

It’s 5:28 am and I’m supposed to be working on my WIP, which I am, I just have a little more to say to you right now than Lea does to Philip.

First, I need to tell you that I’m hosting a workshop at the 2013 Muse Online Writers Conference about the editing process. You should totally come and tell everyone you know to do the same! Registration is free, but you do have to be registered to participate in the forums. So, go get registered!

Okay, no, It’s not new year’s or anything, but I kinda feel like it is. We decided last night that we’re moving to this cute little (huge) house over in this quiet neighborhood closer to civilization. (See photo to the right) I have no idea if anyone reads these or keeps up with this, but if you do you probably know that around this time last year is when we lost our house. It affected me greatly. I never liked this house that we moved to, everyone was rushing me to pick something and this ended up being it. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy. Not here, not with my life, not with anything. Sometimes life, fate…whatever you want to call it, gives you a kick in the butt and you remember what you have and what you’d be nothing without. I’ve spent the last seven months fighting to keep my family together, in this house that now we all hate. So, no, it’s not new year’s but I feel like it is for us. A new house, a new start, a new chance at happy. It’s never too late to live happily ever after.

Again, I have no idea who follows this, but if you know about us losing our house, you probably also know that I found out in January I would be published in hard copy by Crescent Moon Press. Something they don’t tell you: IT TAKES FOREVER! I haven’t even seen my cover yet. Edits took months, just because it was a back and forth process and you can’t rush those things. During that time, you really start to doubt yourself. Is it even good enough? Do I want lots of people to read it because then they’ll review it and what if they hate it, of course they’ll hate it because it’s shit! So that’s a fun mantra to have running through your head all the time. Is there such a thing as a confident writer?

Well anywho, here we are October 2 and things are looking up. Hope your year has been better than mine and next year is even better for both of us.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

One Turtle at a Time

So a rabbit, a squirrel and a turtle are on the side of the road. Yes, I know this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but it’s really the sight my son and I came across the other morning. Since it’s summer (I believe I've already expressed my disdain for this time of year), my son stays with my mom some days. They live on a golf course and have all sorts of wildlife, so it’s not like this was a complete shock. It was odd though, especially since the squirrel almost ran in front of my car and then thought better of it but the turtle took a shaky step onto the road, just in time for me to veer around him. I'll have to stop on the way back, I thought as I drove but to my surprise, I didn’t. A car was pulled off to the side and a teenage boy was walking the turtle to the safety of the grass where it belonged. And I don't mean picking it up and traumatizing the poor thing. I mean walking very slowly behind it, encouraging it to not give up and making sure it got where it was going. The boy’s mother and I made eye contact as I passed by and I gave her the nod and a smile. I was hoping to convey ‘you've got a good kid there, lady’ with that smile and nod. I hope I did.

If you've held more than a five-minute conversation with me, you've likely heard me declare that I hate people. I do. We're wretched for the most part and a plague on this planet. I get so upset when I watch the news that I either cry or curse. Someone stealing from someone, killing someone, hurting someone, it’s a continuous cycle of disgusting behavior and I get more and more sickened by it the older I get…and then there’s this kid, saving the life of a turtle and his obviously late for work mom watching on with a smile.  I want to believe in us. I want to believe we can do better, be better. So I shall try to see the better side of things, one turtle at a time.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Savannah / Inspiration

You may be aware that I have my first book in print coming out in December. If you don’t, shame on you, but now you know. The book is called Playing With Fire and, for the most part, takes place in the city of Savannah, GA. I myself am in Jacksonville, FL so I’ve been to Savannah a time or two with my family and then more recently on Saint Patrick’s Day for my friend Izzy’s bachelorette party. I love the city, it’s like New York – but you know with trees and nice people…okay so, not much like New York except for the architecture and layout of buildings - everything is built upwards instead of outwards the way it is around here. There are also at least three levels to most places, which is cool considering our proximity to sea level. My husband took me there this past weekend for my bday and we went by all these spots from my book. Overall it was an awesome trip. Our hotel was awful; damn near $400 a night and no pool, horrible beds, bland surroundings and rowdy neighbors. I wouldn’t recommend The Bohemian Hotel to anyone. As for the rest of the trip, I thought I’d share some of the memories with you, along with some excerpts from the story that go with them. Hope you enjoy.

 Chippewa Square
There are about 38438974398 squares in Savannah. They all have a statue of someone but my absolute favorite is the one in Chippewa.

There’s a statue in Savannah of some general from a war the humans fought a few hundred years ago. It stands high atop a concrete podium, surrounded by miniature lions and tucked neatly in the center of a cobblestone courtyard. Large oak trees grow, their branches hanging low creating a canopy of shade around him.  If you sat on the statue long enough, every soul in the city would pass by. Some living, some lost, all wandering in the general direction of their ultimate destination but allowing distractions to veer them off course.

Vic’s On the River
Fabulous restaurant that I have yet to eat at. It’s very lovely though, don’t you think?

On River Street there’s a restaurant called Vic’s. When I was younger I would wander the city, watching normal people go about their lives. Anytime I would pass by Vic’s, I always stopped to peer inside the windows at the pristine linen tablecloths and napkins. And the floors of course, they had beautiful hardwood floors.

River Street
Pretty much the hub of the city, there are so many shops and places to eat you could spend days on end here and not experience everything. You can also see the port from here. My dad (entire family) is a member of the ILA local 1593 and I used to go with him to District meetings in Savannah when I was little.

We were quiet for a while as we watched a container boat full to the brim approach the docks in the distance. The Longshoremen called to each other, moving like a well-oiled machine to tie it off once it docked. I enjoyed watching them work together to dominate the enormous vessel. Humans could do anything if they put their minds to it, they just so rarely bothered putting their minds to anything other than war or obtaining wealth. Sometimes I wondered if the Rogues had the right idea all along and we were the ones grasping at slippery straws.

S.C.A.D. (Savannah College of Art and Design)
Just because I love it and am completely jealous of anyone who actually knows what they want to be when they grow up right after high school.

He (Philip) taught a class at SCAD – that’s the Savannah College of Art and Design in case you’re wondering- and would be doing so throughout the duration of the summer and hoped to go full time with them at the conclusion of his temporary contract.

Last, but most certainly NOT least,

Mellow Mushroom
Lea’s favorite restaurant with her favorite pizza. We ate there and I’ll be damned if our waitress didn’t have silver hair. I asked her if it was okay if I took a pic with her. =)

Tinsley waited in a restaurant two blocks away that served my favorite pizza ever in the history of ever. She’d already ordered and the white margarita delicacy sat in the center of the table, delicious steam wafting into the air. 

While this isn’t in the book, I might have to work it in to the follow up. The Davenport House Ghost Cat was mentioned to me on the tour we took the night before we left so I begged my husband to take me there on our way home. I swear to you on my father’s life, as we were coming back in the house from the garden I heard a cat meow. I ended up buying Cameron this little beanie baby looking thing with ‘Davenport Ghost Cat’ embroidered on the side. Look, you can see me taking the pic in the mirror! lol I’m a sucker for stuff like that.

If you haven’t been, I suggest you do so. They have all sorts of historical and ghost tours (May I recommend the ‘America’s Most Haunted City’ walking tour? Ask for Carey.) you can take. Perhaps one day someone will say, "And here is where one of Christy Trujillo’s first books found its inspiration." You never know, stranger things have happened. 
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

CMP's Summer Lovin' Blog Hop with prizes!!!

My fellow authors and I have combined to give you: 

CMP's Summer Lovin' Blog Hop

There is a link at the bottom of the post where you can click to win some pretty cool prizes including:

Grand Prize: A Kindle Paperwhite & some of our eBooks to read on it!

1st Prize: A $20 Amazon gift card, and a Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, more eBooks, bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, and more!

We are supposed to be writing about summer and why we love it, or how we fell in love during it. Yeah. So... I hate summer. My bday is June 18th, so I'm a summer baby. You'd think summer lovin' would be in my blood. It's not. I hate everything about it. I'm in good 'old Florida (AKA Hell) and all summer means is mowing the grass every week and being so sweaty after the walk from your car to the front door of your office building that you have to take deodorant with you and reapply before you get to your desk. For the record, I sweat in very unfortunate places for a girl. It's not pretty. 

The kids are out of school and 'camp' is one more expense you didn't have in the fall that you don't really need in the summer, but you can't leave the little crazies at home by themselves - dear, God! Do you remember what we did when our parents left us home by ourselves? Umm humm. So off to $150.00 a week camp they go to learn about dinosaurs or some other cool yet unimportant to their general development, kind of thing.

Winter - now there's a season I can really get behind. Cool, crisp air. All-day school. Christmas spirit. Fenway under the Christmas tree eating the bows! =)

Yes, give me winter and comfy sweaters over summer and skimpy shorts any day. For all of you summer lovin' fools; may your days be long, the sand be nice and warm and the water be perfectly cool. I'll see you in the fall! ;)

Leave a comment and click the link below to enter the Giveaway!  Good luck! 

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Shawna Romkey Author blog    
Constance Phillips, A Writer's Musings
Katie O'Sullivan    
Summer Lovin' - On Olympus...    
Kate's Blog    
Kary Rader    
Lindsey R. Loucks    
Summer Lovin', postcards, and maybe bookmarks    
Jody A Kessler Summer Lovin' Mountain Style    
Official Website of Maer Wilson    
Author Jean Murray ~ Wicked Romance Blog    
Summer Lovin' Heat    
Hildie McQueen's Author Site    
Loni Lynne's Blog Site    
Author Avery Olive Blog    
Wendy S. Russo    
Cindy Young-Turner    
Michelle Clay - The Darkside of Romance    
the Marvelous Misadventures of Mrs. t    
Shannon Eckrich
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Friday, June 14, 2013

New Hair

I cut my hair. I look older, which is fitting since I'll be older in a few days. 34. o.O Oh well. Anyway, hope you're having a nice weekend.

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