Thursday, April 30, 2015

Guest post on true love and Haunted...

Thanks to KD Grace who graciously invited me to guest blog on her site about my new release Haunted and the inspiration behind it...the love of my life.

Please pop over and check it out if you have some down time. Or some 'wasting time" time. ;)

XOXO
Sommer


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Do yourself a solid: read this book!

Drawn That Way (Bound)Drawn That Way by Bronwyn Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full disclosure, I was a beta reader for this book before it was published. My plan was to read about a chapter a day due to my schedule. That went right out the window the moment I started reading. I inhaled the entire thing in two days. Drawn That Way is hands down my favorite erotica book I've read this year. I had all the feels, thanks to the wonderful talent of Bronwyn Green. I adored the characters, I loved the plot line, and the writing was spectacular. And did I mention it's hot? Like hot, hot, hot. With all the exclamation points. Do yourself a favor and read it. You won't be disappointed. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Why Netflix Isn’t Cheap (and why Boom Chicka Pop should come with a warning label)





A lot of you witnessed my household’s fabulous entry into the modern day a while back when I fretted online about getting Netflix, a device, etc, etc. Long story short, despite my original plan of a Wii, I ended up discovering that I could get a Blu Ray DVD player (needed a new DVD player, anyway) with internet connection and Voila! I would have access to Netflix.

It was like magic.

Turned out, when boy child got everything set up and hooked up and turned on, we had other things as well. We had YouTube, we had Crackle, we had Amazon Instant Video.

Addictive.

Here’s the part where you say, but Netflix is super cheap. It really is!

And it is. But…it’s not.

See, here’s how it goes.

Girl child and I get addicted to Flashpoint.

We watch 5 seasons of Flashpoint on Netflix.

According to Amazon there are SIX seasons of Flashpoint. I order season six because…WE CANNOT WAIT. (Turns out there is no sixth season. When the released them on DVD they reshuffled the seasons to create 6 not 5 so yeah, pissed. But whatever.)

Due to my addiction to Flashpoint, I developed a Hulk sized crush on Hugh Dillon. So of course I had to watch The Killing alllllll the way to the end to see the season he was in. No biggie. It was on Netflix.

I also HAD to see Durham County. So (remember, thanks to my Netflix Flashpoint addiction) I bought S1 and S2 on DVD because it wasn’t on Netflix. Then I blew through that and no one (no one!) had S3. And how the fuck can you get 2/3 of the way through a dark story and not know the end?

So….I found it on Amazon Instant Video. And I bought it.

Let’s tally. My very cheap Netflix has now cost me: monthly fee, Flashpoint S6 (that I’d already seen), 2 seasons of Durham County on DVD and one on Instant video… O_o

Then I signed on for 30 days of Amazon Prime because…Veronica Mars. We binge watched three seasons in less than three weeks. That is impressive.

Alas, Veronica Mars was over, we were mourning, and we flitted around but couldn’t find anything that really did it for us (despite at the moment having Netflix AND Amazon Prime). To pass the time I binge watched (yes, I am somehow writing and running a household and keeping myself fed, dressed, and lucid during all this. Don’t ask me how) Hannibal S1 and S2

One day, girl child settles on The Originals on Netflix. She says, “Hmm…I’ve heard it’s good but…”

“But you, like me, said you’d never ever ever watch it? You’d rather eat broken glass?”

“Yeah.” She sighs.

“Fuck it. What have we got to lose?”

So we hit play on episode 1.

Three days and 22 episodes later (22!) we are done. Done. We are sad. We are a little frantic. Having some withdrawal issues.

Me: “Well, what season’s on TV now?”

Her: “Two.”

*looks on demand. Nope.*

*looks on CW app. They offer three full episodes, no more.*

*looks on Amazon Instant Video (of course it’s not part of my free Prime!) and there it is. 19 episodes. 3 more to come. At the modest price of 38 bucks and change.* Um…

“It’s 38 bucks. We’ll have to wait.”

“Yep,” she says. “I guess.”

*silence*

“But we can’t wait! The baby! The war! Oh my god.”

*girl child nodding through my panic*

“We can’t wait!”

She squirms. “I know!”

Later that night…

“You better tell me how much you love me.”

“I love you,” says girl child.

“Tell me again.”

“I love you. Why?”

“Because I just bought Season 2. We start tomorrow when you get home from school.”

“I love you!”

And this is why Netflix is not cheap.

XOXO
Sommer

p.s. This entire TV saga brought to you by Boom Chicka Pop. I started with Skinny Pop and Bronwyn Green professed her love of it also on FB. Then Heidi Champa chimed in and said that Book Chicka Pop’s Lightly Sweet was to die for. So I bought what I thought was Lightly Sweet. It was Kettle Corn. I ate the bag in two days. By myself. Then I bought Lightly Sweet. Two days. I seem to have a popcorn issue and the Boom Chicka Pop is by far the most tempting and hardest to put down for sweet, Skinny Pop for savory.
p.p.s. Shirt I must own thanks to my new Skreened addiction via Alison Tyler found here.

I blame Heidi Champa. And Bronwyn Green. And of course Netflix. And also Amazon Instant Video. And the gunman on the grassy knoll…




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Scary good..."


So yay! Despite trying to avoid reviews, these were brought to my attention. Haunted now has two 5 star reviews on Amazon.

"Creepy, abandoned amusement park? Check.
Ghost hellbent on revenge? Check.
Hot sex? Check.
Two deeply wounded people each trying to banish their own demons? Check and check.

Sommer Marsden's Haunted, is en eerie, gripping story that gave me goosebumps - more than once. It's also a story of healing and realizing that some things are worth taking a chance on. And love is one of those things. If you like a touch of the spooky with your romance, this book is definitely for you!
"~ 5 stars C. Allen-Riley

"Always love Sommer Marsden. This was a sexy healing slightly terrifying ride. Definitely worth the price of admission. Scary good."~ 5 stars Evelyn Adams

To those of you who've picked it up, Thank you, thank you, and a jar full of kisses.

XOXO
Sommer

Friday, April 17, 2015

Release Day! *boogie down*

Haunted is out today! I'm very excited. Not only did I fall in love with this story while writing it, but it's the last novella I wrote while Jim was still alive. I wrote the majority of it by his beside. For that reason it's especially beloved to me.

I won't ramble on. I'll just post the blurb and the buy links below. I hope you'll consider giving it a read and then telling me what you think.

XOXO
Sommer

Amazon
Excessica
*also available at most major vendors. I just haven't grabbed the links yet!

A paranormal erotic romance...

Two people lost and alone in life searching for answers…

Maddox visits abandoned sites to take photographs and figure out his future. He haunts the places that are monuments to the way he feels inside. Stark, empty, raw. And Olyvia searches for answers to her own painful loss by hunting ghosts. Trying to comfort herself by seeking proof of an afterlife.

One haunted amusement park with a dark history…

Maddox and Olyvia recognize kindred souls in one another. But a chance to fully explore their connection is a luxury they may not have. There’s a ghost stalking Screamland hell-bent on revenge. And it’s targeting them. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

All Aboard the Procrastination Train...


photo credit: 47727 Passes Cheeseman's Green via photopin (license)




If you’ve ever read an interview with yours truly, when they get to the part where they ask for advice for new writers, you’ll see this: Write. Write every day…

Or something similar.

Physician heal thyself!

Lately, I’ve been on the procrastination train. I’m trying to be patient with myself. I try to remember my entire world has shifted, rather quickly, and I need to give myself the understanding I would give another person in my position.

Easier said than done, my friend.

So, what have I been doing? Well, everything I shouldn’t, to be honest.

It sort of goes like this in my head.

I’m only half done this novel due in June. It never takes you this long. You should write…

But there’s a lot left. And only a little time. So, instead how about we…

Sew. Watch Netflix. Watch Prime Instant Video. (Seriously, technology is the devil. We inhaled the final two seasons of Veronica Mars in a week. A week!) Go somewhere with girl child (she’s been on break). Go somewhere else with girl child. Sew some more. Clean. Dance to Uptown Funk for the millionth time. Meditate and do yoga. See if I can get a selfie of myself I like. Sit and stare into space…

The list continues.

How avoiding work because there’s so much and so little time works as time management…I’m not sure. Actually, it doesn’t. But the project seemed so big in so short a time span I figured why not just hide! (That’s logical right?)

So, yesterday, I sat and I used my handy dandy new phone—yeah, as a calculator, *snort*--to figure it out. I have X amount of days and X amount of words. Once the hives from having to do math, even with technological assistance, passed I found that I have to write 647 words a day to get this sucker done on time. Usually, 647 words for me is just a warm up, an appetizer. Luckily, it also seems a reasonable number for me to commit to without freaking myself out.

I’ve already hit the goal for today. Thank goodness. I am not sure, barring the obvious, how my normal work pattern has shifted so quickly. Even when I was a full-time mom, full-time caregiver, full-time writer, full-time everything all at once, I managed to write almost every day. Now I have a lot more time on my hands and I can’t seem to tap into that normally, nearly manic, insane drive.
So, I’m going to be patient. And I’m going to put my head down and get my shit together. Because I must.

I guess in the next interview you’ll see this: “Write. Every day. Unless you can’t. Then take a break, blow of steam, work through your shit, and then disembark the procrastination train and get yourself back on track.”

Tada!

XOXO
Sommer
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sending Flowers to Alison Tyler...

In case you've missed it, Alison Tyler is on a #10000flowers mission. She's asking folks to send her shots of flowers for her blog and to share. To spread something nice and pretty around online.

I'm such a good friend (actually, I'm just quite obsessive when given a mission). Below are some of the flowers I've sent to AT. And believe it or not, I have another. When I wasn't looking, flowers began to spring up in my life. Inside, outside, and now thanks to Ms. Tyler...online!

Send her some flowers and brighten her day. And anyone else's who happens to get a glimpse of the pretty you've sent along.

p.s. Sorry so incommunicado. I've been writing and 'spring-breaking' with girl child. I'll probably be less inclined to silence when my mini-me has been returned to the classroom. (*sob!*)