Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Out Today: Shifting Snows

Look what's coming out at Resplendence today!

BLURB:

When photographer, Macy Lawson, climbs Mount Elbert to take pictures, she doesn’t expect to come face to face with a snow leopard, an animal that shouldn’t be roaming the Colorado Rockies, let alone the United States. The animal charges her, but Sorin Tavian appears out of nowhere to save her. He takes her home to escape a coming blizzard and introduces her to his partner, Danel and their friends Calin and Abel.

Soon, Macy discovers Sorin prefers to share his women with these men, and they all want her. Far from home and stranded in the wilderness, she decides to take the leap, live a fantasy and try out ménage.

But Sorin has a couple secrets he hasn’t shared. He didn’t save Macy from a snow leopard. He is the snow leopard. There’s a strong possibility Macy’s his mate, and if that’s true, home will be with him and Danel, not in some far off city where leopards can’t roam free.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - 11/13/2011

Happy Sunday!! It's Six Sentence time. Here are my six from Romero and Julian from Resplendence Publishing. It will be releasing November 16!! Without further ado, here they are:

“Pianist. Micah Julian. Kinda famous.” Micah smirked, loving Brian’s perplexed look. Brian liked him for being him, not for his fame. “I have a few albums…”

For more Sunday Six Sentences, go HERE!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Recap

Many of you might know that I blog at quite a few different places. If you don't see me here, I might very well be on one of my other blogs. But here's a recap of what I did when I wasn't here:

BLOG: Writer’s Evolution
If You Must Fail…

BLOG: Brynn’s Comfort and Joy
Day of Rest
The Struggle With Perfection
My Dog Has Fleas…
Recipe: Wok Lasagna
Accumulation
Daily Cleaning Routine

BLOG: Zed Force
Got The Cover

Thursday, November 10, 2011

And Then...She Got Healthy!

You know what's super cool??? I discovered that there's a place that will deliver organic produce right to my house. Right to my doorstep. It's fan-freaking-tastic! I got my first delivery this week and I'm really impressed and encouraged to eat healthy food -- after all, it's right there, waiting for me and I'm not going to waste it.

Here's the deal. The organics company chooses what they're going to send me in each batch. Do we hear variety anyone?? It keeps me from choosing the same old thing all the time, which is good. Of course, I can edit the delivery so if there's something I really, really don't want, I can substitute. For example, this week I was supposed to get a fennel bulb as part of the produce. What the heck do you do with that? I replaced it with carrots. Carrots, I know.

Anyhow, I love that I have a counter full of veggies and an overflowing bowl of fruit. Here's to helping my family eat healthy!

If you'd like more info on this place, they're located at: http://www.doortodoororganics.com/ They might deliver to your community too.

Have a great day!

~~Brynn

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Supernatural - Season 7 (so far)

Okay, so after the big deal I made about Supernatural last year, I'm behind giving y'all a post this year. I'm just going to come right out and say: Holy Freaking Cow!!!

I have to admit, I was worried, but wow! What a difference this year! I can't believe the change. This year is awesome. This is the Supernatural we've come to expect and it's great. So far, I've been really impressed with the direction things are going. The chemistry between the characters is there and the monsters they're fighting are reminiscent of season one without duplicating them.

I can't say much because I know I have readers who don't have the new season available to them yet, but guys! It will be worth the wait.

Well done, Supernatural crew, and PLEASE keep up the excellent work!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chance of Snow!! Shifting Snows!!

In less than one month, I'll have a new book out from a new publisher -- new to me anyway! Chance of Snow will release from MLR Press on December 2. Here's what it's all about:

When an unexpected snowstorm strands co-workers Brennan Myers and Rory Mills just before Christmas, they reveal secret desires they’ve each harbored—desires they can no longer resist. With a little spanking and a bit of bondage and a garland of gold tinsel, they explore each other, but when the cold light of day dawns, each wonders if this will be more than just a one-night affair. Will they both get what they most want for Christmas or will it be another holiday alone?

Happy holiday, right!? It was an awesome book to write and one that's been churning around inside me for a long time. I'm thrilled that I was able to finally write it. I'll share the cover as soon as I have it.

Then, the following week on December 7, I'll have Shifting Snows from Resplendence Publishing. The book is unrelated to Chance of Snow, the similar titles coincidental. Shifting Snows is book 12 in Resplendence's year-long Phases series. This one is a super-menage featuring Snow Leopards.

The cover is below:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - 11/6/2011

Happy Sunday! It's Six Sentence Sunday and here's my snippet of the week. It's from Orgasmatron, available at Resplendence Publishing.

“Prysm,” she told it…him…the, uh, bot.
“Prysm,” he repeated with an added growl to his voice. “Remove your clothes. Now.”
She blinked at Friday—her Friday bot, anyway.
“Now, Prysm,” he repeated, those life-like eyes probing hers.

Have a great week! For more Six Sentences, go HERE.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Updates

Hi everyone! It's that time of year when I've been doing all those health things. Eye appointments, dentists, doctors, immunizations, the big squish, etc. I feel as if I've been at one of the offices daily for a couple weeks, though I haven't quite. Anyhoo...making sure this author person is in the pink of health!

I'm also in the process of some home improvements. My new deck (and first) deck is being put in this week and the carpet in the "boys" bathroom is getting ripped out and replaced with tile later this month. And I need to ask... Who thought carpet in an entire bathroom was a good idea???

Beyond that, I've been busy writing. It feels as if it's been all male/male all the time at my house. It's just how the schedule fell. I'm finishing up the last one and I just completed edits on another. then I'm on to a glorious super menage! Hold your saddles! It's not Daly Way, but that one will be coming (cough cough) very soon!!

Mail-a-palooza update: mail will be going out this week. I need to get a few addresses first, so it's only one trip to the post office :-)

Have a great week!!
~~Brynn

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - 10/30/2011

It's 6 Sentence Sunday! Today's excerpt is from ALL IN by Brynn Paulin, a male/male short available at Resplendence Publishing.

“Hey, Asshole!”

Erik turned, already at the far end of the parking lot. A fist to his face took him by surprise, and he landed hard on the pavement. He stared up at the hurt face of the man he’d kissed.

The guy shook his head, the hurt turning to disdain. “Jerk,” he growled then turned away.


For more Six Sentences, go HERE!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Welcome to Mail-a-palooza

It’s a mail-a-palooza! Everyone who enters wins! I’m giving away: pens, bracelets, thumb cuffs, and/or other Brynn Paulin items. I also have 2 bags and 5 books to be given to a few people, as well. What you get will be random, but everyone gets something -- or a couple somethings. This ends 10/18/2011.

To enter, email Brynn Paulin at brynnpaulin@yahoo.com.

And now for the MALE-a-palooza:

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Special Message


Bronwyn couldn't come with me to Romanticon so I brought her back a special message from Angelo, her favorite Caveman :-)

Six Sentence Sunday - 10/2/2011

Good morning!! It's Six Sentence Sunday! Today, I have Six Sentences from Harvest's Pride, my lion shape-shifter menage from Resplendence Publishing.

How had she gotten trapped between them?

Kaz leaned against the door, and she backed away from the feral lust in his eyes. She slammed right into Myan’s chest. His arms locked around her before she could jolt away.

“Hush,” he murmured into her ear. “We know exactly who you are, Hanna Herst, and we know exactly what you’re looking for.”

For more Six Sentence Posts, go HERE.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No, Really, Not

So…before a rumor begins, I’m not switching over to writing male/male. I am still planning to write male/female romances. Lots of them. I just happen to have three male/male that fell together in my schedule—two for one publisher and one for another. Aside from those, sorry, there is at least one vagina in every book.

Did I shock you there (vagina, vagina, vagina)? Some people just get shocked by the word. That always surprises me. It’s rather clinical. It’s also a rather icky word. Seriously who said, “And we’ll call it…a vagina!” And the word-a-ticians applauded the brilliance of finding one of the most awful words on the planet for the girly part.

You know, it’s no wonder we find all kinds of euphemisms for it. We whip out the penis all over the place, but for the woman-junk there are all kinds of flowery and not so flowery terms that get slapped into place just so we can avoid the dreaded V word.

Purple prose was invented to swathe the girly part in bleeding plum-colored ink, hiding the true ugliness behind the moon grotto of passion. Only men are allowed to visit the moon grotto by the way, so ladies, back away. No lush gardens of pleasure for you. Because…I hate to break it to you, but your cats need to be draped in pretty words too.

Did you realize how sexist our language is?

And please…who first decided to call the penis a staff? Staff? Is it long enough to assist in walking? Or a pillar. Even at a very generous 9-10 inches, that is not a pillar. Perhaps an outgrowth like a budding stalagmite, but not a pillar.

But still…going back to the original word battle… Vagina vs Penis. Penis is a clear wiener in this cock fight. He struts around while the Vagina goes off to write monologues of angst. After all, she has all the abysmal words… VaJayJay (really????). Pussy (truly misguided). The “C” word (trying to keep it PG-13). Mound…

Mound? Like it’s a sacred burial place? Okay, fine. Yes, it is sacred burial grounds.

Recently, I heard it called Cat. As in: Just because you lost your virginity doesn't mean you can go around throwing your ' cat' at everyone. That was in Easy A. I have to say, I was amused. Finally, a good word. And you know what? The cat takes the cock in any fight. Hands down. (But let’s not get started on what the hands are doing)

Go forth and have fun with your hands and stuff... ;-)
~~Brynn

Monday, September 26, 2011

Let's Have WAFFLES!


Do you hear Donkey's voice whenever you hear "waffles"? I do. Every single time. And in the morning...we'll make WAFFLES!!!

That seems to be my writing theme this month. And in the morning...you will WAFFLE!!! It never seems to change. Maybe it's because there's so much going on. I don't know. But I've waffled.

Will I write the medieval?
Will I write one of the male/male books? Which one?
Will I work on the menage?

All of them are due around the same time so they all deserve attention. And there's more.

Will I roll out my new male/male name?
Will I change the heat level of what I write?
Will I keep doing menage and BDSM?
Will I stop doing them?
Would people care?

That's not "woe is me". That's career planning. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth my head goes. Clarity and direction aren't my strong suits right now. Even as far as:

Should I write in my office?
Should I write in the living room?
Should I go away and write?

Perhaps I should read a book. Have I done too little research? Or have I done the perfect amount?

Can you hear the primal scream that's slowly building in my throat?

Sometimes, I feel like I'm a lone boater in a circular ship, paddling madly in circles through a mire of mud. Waffling gets you nowhere fast. Waffling gets you nowhere slowly, even. It just gets you nowhere...

I get in these wafflely ways from time to time. It's usually when I have too much going on. When I do, there's only one thing that can be done. I have to step away, meditate and draw things out on paper. It's like they always teach you in school: break things down into steps.

Sometimes, when I do that--okay, really, ALWAYS when I do that--I'll end up doing the easiest project first. It might not be the most pressing thing, but it'll get done first because once it's done, it's off my plate. Then I'll knock off the next easiest thing, and so on.

Looking at my waffle-age list, you might wonder how I'd knock them off. Well, most of them I won't. They're not tasks; they're symptoms. When I waffle, I start second guessing everything. Strangely, the only thing that remains strong and un-second guessed is the writing itself--when I can wade through the mire to get to it.

It's all part of the writing life. I envy writers who know what they're going to do all the time. They have the exact determination and precision of a surgeon. No kidding, I really do admire that lot of people.

Now...would I trade my life for theirs? No. No way. I'm thankful for what I have...

Even if it means waffles every morning.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - 9/25/2011

Hey everyone! You might have seen Six Sentence Sunday around the writer web, and I've decided to join in. I learned about this from the lovely Lucy Felthouse, so check her out! To learn more about Six Sentence Sunday and find more participants, visit HERE!!

This snippet is from my book Dick Does Jane, book five in the Taboo Wishes series available at Resplendence Publishing. Here are my six sentences:

“You’re late,” he said evenly, his tone devoid of any hint of his feelings on the matter.

This would be a good time to be a little submissive.

Jane hung her head and took a deep breath. “I’m sorry, Sir.”

“Hmm,” he responded, and Jane almost groaned. It was going to be like this.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Remembering

Hey everyone! I'm over at Writer's Evolution today, Remembering...
~~Brynn

Friday, June 3, 2011

Supernatural - Seas 1 vs Seas 6

I'm over on Writer's Evolution today too, so when you're done here, check it out.

Yes, another Supernatural post. Hey, I need to do something to keep busy in off-season. I may even write some fan-fic this year. Perhaps something about season 6 never happening. But anyway... In an effort to do further analysis (and to procrastinate doing other things I really should be doing) I made another chart/list (click to enlarge).


To the naked eye, they look similar. Fans were promised more monsters and a year more like season one. True. There are almost the same number of monsters. What I found though in looking at this, is that I almost forgot many of the episodes because there was so much other stuff. They weren't focused on the monsters and hunting them.

In other seasons, if Lucy said: the one about Bloody Mary, I'd know exactly which one. Or if Summer said: the one about the Werewolf, I'd remember how I cried.

This year if you said, the one about the spiders, I'd be hard pressed to remember what you mean.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pros and Con List - Church Version

I sing at church regularly as one of the song leaders. We have an intern overseeing the groups this year. He shuffled up things and I ended up in a group I dislike. I had to take a serious look at whether or not to stay on. It’s that bad…believe me, you have to be involved to understand, but here’s my pros and cons list (click on list to see full size):

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

American Cheese

You want to know why the world doesn’t respect us? American cheese. Seriously, we’re dumb enough to not know that’s not real cheese. It’s not even remotely natural. Do not get me started on cheese loaf or cheese spread (also made by the same company that manufactures most American cheese, but I’m carefully not mentioning brand names).

I personally feel American cheese is vile. Agree or disagree if you will, but there you have it. Brynn’s opinion. Hey, it’s my blog. You can’t avoid it.

But here’s a cold cheesy fact:

American cheese and cockroaches will be the things to survive nuclear fallout. My anatomy teacher once had a slice of American cheese pinned to his bulletin board for an entire year. Nothing happened to it…and I have by good authority that it was more than a year old. Would it still be there, if I visited today?

It disturbs me that we’re allowing our kids to eat this stuff and think it’s real cheese. It’s not!!! Cheese is not spit out of a machine into thin, square-shaped molds.

Below is some REAL cheese:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Plants

EDIT: Guess what comes out tomorrow!!! www.dalyway.blogspot.com

I have two window boxes of pansies outside, three tomato plants and ten houseplants in front of the double living room window across from where I often sit and write. None are dead. I have to say, that’s a bloody miracle.

I have a black thumb—at least I did until recently. Every time I’ve gotten plants over the past twenty years or so, I’ve killed them. I’d try. I’d try really hard, but I’d kill them. Literally, it was “welcome to death row, muchacha.”

When I worked in student exchange, I did actually have a dieffenbachia that lived awhile but that was only because Bronwyn watered it when ever she came to visit. It was a gorgeous plant and it was the only thing that thrived in that office. When I left there, I brought it home with me.
It lasted a few years.

All other plants…RIP.

So you can see that it’s a miracle that these plants are alive—and thriving!—while I’m their sole caregiver. I swear, raising kids is easier than raising plants.

But somehow, I’ve managed to keep these alive for months—well, the inside ones anyway.
Maybe my black thumb is turning green again…

Friday, May 27, 2011

For Real???

My son and I had this giggle-worthy exchange last night...

A: Hey mom. Whatcha doin'? Are you going to sleep?
Me: No, I'm reading a book.
A comes closer and asks in shock: A paper book?!

Yes, a paper book. I actually buy quite a few eBooks from Harlequin but I still have a weakness for paper-bound Harlequin Presents. They're like like comfort food for my soul. While eBooks are storming the market (for which I'm thrilled), that moment, the bit of relaxation with paper in my hands, brought home that there will always be paper books, at least for a long time to come. Ereaders are awesome, but there are times that being able to hold a plain old-fashioned book just can't be beat.

Hey, I'm over at Writer's Evolution today discussing whether I'm in or out of the closet as a writer. Stop by!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Brynn Talks Back

I usually try not to be political (and not all of what I'm mentioning today, is political) but there are a few things I'm bringing up today that affect us all. Even though two are specifically Michigan and Kansas, they could affect you too.

So, in watching the news, I have a few things to say…

1. In local news, Michigan’s governor is planning, in bare terms, to take money from school, impose new taxes on retirees, and put more taxes on the poor.

I’ll save the foul language I have for this. My words for Governor Schneider… Take a step outside your mansion for a few weeks and get a whiff of real life. Michigan is a dying state (barely inches from death in fact) and you’re penalizing the people who can least afford it.

Furthermore, with people so poor, more souls than ever are purchasing lottery tickets. If that money is going to fund schools, why are you taking money away? Why are more programs than ever cut? Why can a kid have no hope of classes like shop, mechanical drawing, art and, in some cases, music? Why do kids have to pay to play sports—sports which are known to be factors in students having a well-rounded foundation and learning how to function well in grown-up life (as well as getting them out and away from video games and TV for a bit)???? So where is that money going?

2. Newt Gingrich… He bought $500,000 in jewels from Tiffany’s. As do many places, they gave him interest free financing.

He could afford it. He paid off his bills. News media, why are we making a state case over this?

Who cares!!!


If he can manage his money to be able to do that and still live in his budget, maybe he can do something about that revenue gobbling monster we call the deficit. Maybe you should stop attacking every viable presidential candidate that comes down the pike. Pretty soon, all we’ll have left is Cletus that Slack-jawed yokel—the only one who won’t care that you rake over his whole life.

Frankly, I’d be terrified to run for president. The Today Show would be airing my secret love letters to Joe C from 7th grade. Horrors! (NOTE: This isn’t a political endorsement)

3. Elizabeth Smart: You go girl!!! I'm so glad to see how she's healing and moving past this.

4. Arnold Schwarzenegger: The man had an affair. If my husband had an affair, it wouldn’t be newsworthy. It wouldn’t be fodder for the news for weeks. The world wouldn’t get every detail of three people’s very personal lives. And the world shouldn't be privy to it in nauseating minutia, no matter who the persons involved are. And today, though I was already disgusted, News Media, you've crossed the line. Harassing the teenage daughter of the mistress. Untenable.

Note: okay, it might be newsworthy if my husband had an affair, but not because of the affair if you get my meaning.

5. Attention ladies!!! Start carrying around your spare vaginas!!! You should be prepared for being raped.

The Kansas state legislature has voted to ban insurance companies from paying for abortions. Rep. Peter DeGraaf wants to ban it even those for pregnancies resulting from rape. Rep. Barbara Bollier called him on the issue. Shouldn’t women who’ve been raped have this option.

Rep. DeGraaf told her, “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life.” Bollier replied, ““And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?” To which DeGraaf responded, “I have a spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”

WTF. I. Have. No. Words.

Well, not any I can post here.

And I’ll leave you with that horrific view.

Discuss? Thoughts?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Supernatural Season Six - The Year of Missed Opportunities

Let me preface by saying three things.

1. I am a huge Supernatural fan. It’s always been my favorite show.

2. I have watched every episode of seasons 1-5 several times.

3. Do not read further if you haven’t watched season six. Unapologetic spoilers throughout.

What can I say? I was really excited for this season. I had complete faith that the remaining team could keep it great. They didn’t. They failed. We were promised more monsters; more a show like season one. It didn’t happen.

The first couple episodes lacked life. It wasn’t until Dean was kicked back to the road that it at least got back some decent music. Little very little. If I’d watched only the first episodes and didn’t know the series, I never would have watched any more of it. They were that lifeless.

Truly, it was as if the actors and directors were working with the writers’ first draft outline. It was never fleshed out. Let’s dissect:

Lisa, Ben and Dean: Use Lisa and Ben or kill them, okay? Seriously, it was okay at the beginning, although I wanted Lisa to fall off a cliff about fifteen minutes into the first show. But then it was as if the two were just randomly tossed in to give Dean some personal tension. It was so widespread it was nothing but an über-convenient plot device. C’mon writers. Dean was a complex character before this. Whatever layer you were trying to add should have been peeled away quickly like a sunburn. Instead, you muffled his personality with unnecessary detritus.

That said about the early episodes, let me just say, that the beginning of the season was far better than the rest of the season. It showed great promise in some of the episodes I’ll mention below. But back to the suck…

Sam: Really? Pick a storyline for him. I hate the phrase “hot mess” but dude! There’s no other way to describe this. He’s hot and the rest was a mess! And the mysterious he’s been back a year and he’s changed stuff. A little less ambiguity and a little more detail please. Also, Jared Padalecki is a capable actor. He was failed with his constantly shifting story this year. Pick a trauma and let him go with it. He should have gotten his soul back earlier or not gotten it back until the end. Though…let me say I breathed a sigh of relief when he got it back because OMG Sam without his soul trashed the core relationships that held the show together.

The Campbell family: This was a place where use them or kill them didn’t apply. This was one of the opportunities. They could have been an awesome addition to the show. Instead they were all jerks and ended up killed off. Giving them some likability would have at least made it better when they were killed. And you really liked jerkface Grandpa? Really? Looking back, it’s as if the writers thought “oh this is a good idea then realized it was a monumental mistake.” One episode then death would have been okay. As much as they were given…FAIL.

The Djinn: They have a vendetta. Opportunity missed.

The Changelings and the Changeling children: Interesting. Lots of options. Opportunity missed.

God’s weapons being stolen: right…this was cool. Then dropped. This would have been an excellent story to follow. But no…the purgatory thing. The writers didn’t think hell for the past two years was enough?

And Purgatory, since I brought it up: If you’re going to make a big deal about it, at least use it for God’s sake. This was perhaps the most monumental fail. Monsters being released? Not so much. It was more singular and temporary. And the obtaining of souls? We didn’t even get to see it. It was more, “Oh yeah, I’m back. Guess what? I tricked you and now I have the souls. You suck. I’m God. Ptttttttb.”

Crowley: I love him. I love his character and other than being occasionally annoying, I mostly thought he was one of the only redeeming factors this year. EXCEPT…the writers tried to make him all über-evil in places. That’s not the character he was in season five and not how he was portrayed for most of six. He’s a slimy worm and dryly funny. His evil is amusing. Yes, he tortures monsters, but even his reason for that isn’t as dark as all that. But again, the writers waffled all over the place with him. Mark Sheppard is awesome in his element if the writers will let him have it, unfortunately, they seem to like the game keep away.

The Twilight episode: This was one I loved. It was good.

The Dragons: could have been great. Missed opportunity. I liked some of the episode, but the premise and follow-through was a fail. But then, it ended with the lame opening purgatory stuff. That whole line washed out everything.

The Goddess of Truth: Good episode.

The werewolf/family dog episode: Actually, that was one of my favorites. I cried.

The UFO/Fairy episode: Meh. It had some good parts, but it wasn’t great.

The Unforgiven Episode: Round two of Meh. Could have been better.

The One with the Mannequins: Creepy! This one was good. Classic Supernatural. Classic awesome!

And that demon Meg: Can she just stay in Hell already? Please?

Appointment in Samarra (which I like to call Death Takes a Holiday): Was another classic Supernatural episode. Definitely good and I love the character of the female reaper in that show. I’ve always enjoyed her episodes.

The Unforgiven episode: I would have forgiven the writers had they skipped it. (apparently, I really didn’t like this one since I mentioned it twice — another failed idea)

The TV Show episode: One of the BEST episodes of the season. It was good. While I don’t want all the shows to be funny, more of this caliber would have been great.

The Fate episode with Ellen and Bobby as a couple: Pretty good. I liked it. It was sad too. It would have been stronger though if the shows would have had a bigger connection this year.

And that’s where it all went awry. I should have stopped watching for the season at that point, but you know how it is where you keep hoping it will get better, that it will return to its former glory? That’s why I kept at it. I kept hoping. I wasn’t gripped by the show, just by the hope.

The episode with the introduction on the Mother of All was a fail. By itself, it could have been okay, but it was part of the underdeveloped purgatory story line. It wasn’t given enough attention and everything was shoved into a small little package. When you have a small space, things can get left out. There’s just no room. To me, it seemed the writers decided to do a story arc too late in the season then didn’t have the room for development. I keep saying that, but development is a big deal for me. I was further irritated by the anticlimactic end of the Mother of All line. BIG HUGE BUILD UP, then snap! Done.

The Wild West: This episode relied heavily on one-liners. By that point, the season had spun so far out of control that the quips came off cheesy. I laughed, but I wouldn’t call the show particularly good. And the phoenix thread? Completely missed opportunity. This would have been a great monster to go against for something other than fighting the Mother of All. Perhaps the writers were hoping to resurrect a story out of the ashes? I think by that point, the story arc didn’t have the will to live — and the back to the future nod at the end? Really cheesy. Super triple, deluxe cheesy.

Let’s forget the Mommie Dearest episode. It was mostly forgettable. Oh yeah, the Mother of All offing happened here, I guess. It was lame. The entire point of the episode was handled in one line “Crowley’s alive.” Save me an hour, okay? Have a demon spout it while the boys are fighting real monsters.

And here’s where Castiel’s story line picked up. Look, I love Misha Collins. He’s great. Whoever allowed this drek for him? Not so much. Castiel’s character, which has developed so nicely over the past two seasons, was utterly and systematically destroyed. There is no other way to put it. Castiel’s character was sometimes the best character in past shows. This year, the writers… The only word I have is “destroyed”. They destroyed all the good that had been made there.

And Cas aligning with a demon? Who thought of that? A first year intern who hasn’t watched the rest of the shows?

Which brings me to the finale. Let me say, when someone yells “what the hell” at the TV when a show ends, you want it to be because they’ve been left at an earth shattering cliffhanger. You don’t want it to be because of the utter suckage of the past 2 hours. The season finale brought home with a missile point the whole of the disjointedness that over arched the entire season. First off… If you’re going to do a 2 hour finale, do one show, not two back to back. Second, you might want to think about continuity, believability and answering a few questions.

Ben and Lisa…glad to see them go. Sam fighting his memories? Could we buy a few clues? Really? The whole dream world thing was confusing, neglected and again, a missed opportunity. His showing up to try to save the day? Convenient don’t you think? It was a lot like the eagles flying in at the end of the Lord of the Rings movies. What the heck?

And for all the expression the characters had in that episode, they could have phoned in the performances. I’m being harsh. I don’t hold the actors responsible. It was the scripting and development that failed.

My opinion of the ending is, well, I already said it. What the hell.

Season Six, Supernatural F minus minus minus.

Friday, May 20, 2011

More Cygnets

I'm blogging at Writer's Evolution today, but I took some new pics of cygnets yesterday. It was a rainy, dreary day, but the pics are clear.



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Brynn Celebrates Her Anniversary

Or “Brynn proves she’s a wine lightweight”

Yeah…lightweight. This week was my nineteenth anniversary and my wonderful husband and I went out for a few hours to celebrate on Monday. When I say wonderful, I’m not being sarcastic. He really is (most days) and as I’ve mentioned, he’s definitely the more romantic of our pairing.

So Monday night rolled around and I got ready for out date—it was a great day. It was also when I managed to write 7000 words on my manuscript. It had rained for days but not Monday, so he mowed the lawn while I ran out to get food for the kids.

I love having teenagers—most of the time. Today was one of them. The man and I were able to go for our date without worry for babysitters or much carnage from unattended children. Once he was ready, off we went…

Olive Garden. It’s one of my favorite places. Our waiter was Tyler A. At least that was his name at the beginning of the evening. My husband was sure his name was Steve and I was sure it was Dylan. Okay, right, we suck. Anyway, he comes over with the red wine he’s trying to sell and asks if we’d like to try it. No, I tell him, but we’ll sample the Chateau Ste. Michelle Reisling.

I’d like to point out that a sample wasn’t really necessary. It’s my favorite wine. I KNOW what it tastes like. That’s beside the point.

Tyler liked us so we got half glass samples. And then my husband decided we’d order some. A whole bottle of some. Did you know that Olive Garden will put a lovely wine bucket on your table? It’s cool. And the waiter will also keep filling your glass.

It doesn’t take much for my inhibitions to wane. He asks as he opens the bottle “do we save corks?” And I replied. “I’m not sure if we do. I don’t. Do you?”

He didn’t get it. Anyway, we ordered. I got my favs: Chicken Marsala, Garlic mashed potatoes, bread sticks and zuppa tuscana. My husband ordered something he’d never tried because he’s more adventurous than I am. I like to stick with what I know.

Dinner was lovely. Lots of inconsequential talk. Discussion of the cruise we’d like to take next year. Tyler filling my wine glass.

I was done halfway through my dinner. And Tyler asked if we were full. I told him “we” were taking the rest home because “we” were having dessert.

I have priorities.

I had the black tie cake thingy. I don’t know the actual name but it was sooooooo good. My husband and I also finished the wine. Please note this was a prolonged dinner. We were taking our time. About then, my head was feeling kinda swimmy. Look, I got a drink at Logan’s the other day and could only do half before I handed it to my husband. Me and alcohol…not fast friends.

Soooooo, we chat, we talk, Tyler (an excellent waiter) put the bill way over on the other side of the table. Quite the stretch. My husband and I had had some discussion over Tyler’s name. It wasn’t that we weren’t looking. His name tag was dark green with black print. I know he was Tyler from the bill. At least he was when we got the bill. When I paid and wrote in the tip, I changed his name to TYLER A+.

He did a good job.

He told us when we were leaving to ask for him when we came back again. Miss Lack of Inhibition said, “We will. Is your name really Tyler A plus?”

Ooooooh… it goes on. Thankfully, my husband has a sense of humor. My skirt twisted all around me getting in the car. I wasn’t dexterous enough to fix it. When I came home, I tripped over my feet and fell on the couch. My husband, I would like to point out, did this on purpose. He thinks it’s funny when I get dumb.

I decided I wasn’t waiting for the kids to go to bed. After I got on my pajamas—inside out and almost caught in the ceiling fan—I fell into bed.

It was immediately evident that my nightgown didn’t fit. At least in my opinion. It was all twisty and stuff. I decided my husband was BRILLIANT because he suggested I just take it off. In hindsight, I think he was just tired.

I slept like a rock. And got up twenty minutes late.

And this my friends, this is why Brynn rarely drinks. However…guess what? I have a lovely bottle of the Chateau Ste Michelle on my shelf. On Friday, Bronwyn and I are going to get dumb during the Supernatural season finale. Bronwyn is a notable lightweight as well.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Daly Way Post

Hey everyone! I have a post today on my new Daly Way blog. You can find it here: http://dalyway.blogspot.com/

I will be posting several places over the coming months. Whenever I post on one of my series blogs, I'll put the link here too. This blog will be primarily for non-specific writing posts, overlap posts, and personal posts.

The sites are still in development, but there are also blogs for my other series: Taboo Wishes, Cruentus Dragons and Zed Force.

~~Brynn

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Fav Pics Since October

I'm a little bit of a shutterbug, and one of the things I love doing is taking pictures of my backyard. I have a special backyard...well look below and see:

These are in chronological order from when we moved in to today.



















Friday, May 13, 2011

Always - Severus Snape Tribute

Another video. This one is amazing. All Snape drawings. I love the song too. Off to Zune to look it up. Okay... last video for awhile. Promise. And news! My Dragon books and Taboo Wishes books will be in print anthologies in July!! ~~Brynn

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Snape Rulzzz

Yeah, I know... another video, but this one is so worth it. I love Snape. I think you'll enjoy this mash-up of Harry Potter clips. ~~Brynn

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Catching Up and Such…


Part 1: What has Brown Done For You?


Well…in my case, UPS hit my car and crunched up the front right quarter panel, headlight, grille and hood. Guh! 100% their fault too. The kicker? I just got the car fixed in the same place from a similar accident. Just. Fixed. In March. And because it’s ten years old and we don’t owe on it, we carry the lowest, legal insurance coverage. So the car was just fixed again. You should have seen the look on the guy’s face when we had to bring it back in. But hey, he’s adorable and has the cutest dreds… Not worth the price of the damage, but definitely a plus side.


Part 2: Schedule Overwhelmed


You might have noticed slower releases this year. I’ve pulled all my planned books from the schedules and am writing a little slower. My last “prescheduled” book will be out this month. I feel it’s important to produce quality books, not quantity books. I hope you understand. I’m finding I need more thinking time between books in order to develop them. I actually took nearly a month off between mid-January and mid-February just to refresh. Kinda like a sabbatical. My sabbatical included 5 seasons of Bones. Don’t judge.
But I feel really good about my upcoming work. I’m also able to put out some longer books now without getting an ulcer.


Part 3: What Was That Giant Thud?


It might have been me falling over, lol. Last night was the All Romance eBook Awards for 2010. I feel like The King’s Speech at the academy awards! I was given awards for the 2nd and 8th Bestselling Books for 2010. I was also the 2nd Bestselling Author of 2010. My bestie, Bronwyn Green had the 3rd and 7th bestselling books. How much better than that does it get. Oh wait! It does get better! My good friend Carol Lynne was the #1 bestselling author last year. It was like a group party. I’m thrilled to have 4 awards on my bookshelf now.


Part 4: Wanna See Some New Covers?