From My House To Yours

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Happy Thanksgiving Wishes

In my country we are celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, which falls on November 27, 2014 this year.
I’d like to take this time to wish everyone who celebrates, a very Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday weekend.

If you don’t celebrate this holiday, I’d still like to wish you a happy rest of the week and weekend.

Enjoy yourselves in whatever it is you are doing.
Either way, be safe.

Mary~

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Cover Reveal ~ Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight #1.5

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Nora, Destiny, and Tristan’s story isn’t over…

Tristan’s Destiny
Bonus Book 

Double Dutch Ranch Series:
Love at First Sight #1.5

A short novel

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Author Note: This story takes place directly after Cowboy Boss and his Destiny ends. Contains spoilers for those who have not read Cowboy Boss and his Destiny.

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On the day they met in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, rancher Tristan Carlson told Nora Trinity it was fate…

 He fell hard and fast…

In this follow-up, Tristan and his young daughter Destiny totally give their hearts away to the woman with ginger-red hair—the woman they both love. However, a dreadful memory comes back to haunt him when a near-tragic incident occurs, leaving him to believe he and his child will have to suffer all over again.

 She gave up trying to resist his sexy smile…

Nora’s chemistry mixes with his and that’s enough for her. The rancher and his little girl own her heart without even trying. Life with her new family is sweet. But due to an act of love, will the man she loves succumb to the forces of nature—at the time when she needs him the most?

 Together, all they see is a happy future filled with sunny days, but every day isn’t filled with sunshine. As Tristan and Nora embark on a new path filled with love and romance, their bond still needs to be strong enough to overcome obstacles. In this story, a man and his family vow to love without limits—to prevail—even though circumstances beyond their control attempt to prove them wrong.

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Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight Books

Cowboy Boss and his Destiny (Standalone)
Tristan’s Destiny (Late 2014)
Heartbreak’s Reward (Standalone)

Coming 2015
Dane’s Story Bk #3

More books will follow in this series.

 Thank you for reading.

NaNo-Who-Wha…Huh?

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Count Down:

November is more than half over. Isn’t that scary if you don’t want time to fly by so fast? Or, maybe you’re like me—still stuck in June. I believe I moved into September. Yes, that does sound better and doesn’t make me look quite like the hermit I am. Oh, not hermit…writer. Excuse me, I, er…um, meant writer. Don’t judge. ;-)

This finds us Wrimos more than half way through NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month)

Time for an Update:

Mary is ahead of the game. Remember back to the end of October when I wasn’t sure I wanted to do, or might not have time for, #NaNoWriMo 2014? I pulled it together but my second round of edits are due back, so that’ll take some time away. I like to stay ahead of the game (word count) if possible.

About my NaNo Manuscript:

Oh, boy. This story is taking me on a whole other path. No, not really… I wanted to see if you were paying attention. I plotted out most of the storyline, but still, I’m going down a path I had doubts about when plotting took place. It is taking me on a path where I don’t know the outcome. That doesn’t mean I don’t know the story ending. It means I don’t know the outcome of this particular scene.

To get a feel of my “what if” scenario, I wrote ahead to get an idea of how this scene should/ could play out. The scene leaves me with two choices.

Of course I’m not telling. Sorry, not trying to be rude. *Wink* You already know that, right? Okay.

At this point, I’ll say no more about said manuscript. I’ll show you my progress instead. I’ve had fun writing Book Three in the Double Dutch Ranch Series so far. The stats page shows my last update from Monday November 17th, 2014 with 888 words for that day. Cool number. I know my word count was not met for the day.

Note: Last year on November 1st, I started Heartbreak’s Reward, Bk #2. It was published in September 2014. (A standalone novel.) The Romance Reviews Top Pick.

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I’ll be back either later this week or next week with a cover reveal for my upcoming bonus book numbered 1.5 in the Double Dutch Ranch Series. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll see it sooner. Mailing List signup HERE.

A couple weeks ago Word Press informed me that my blog was seven years old. Happy Belated Birthday to my blog.

Have a great week.

My NaNoWriMo Experience Has Evolved

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel:

Here I go again–REBLOGGING a post. (Mine) This might be beneficial to those doing NaNoWriMo this year. As I read through this, I realized I’ve always been working on two books during NaNoWriMo. So, why should this year be any different? Yes, this means I’ve decided to participate in #NaNoWriMo2014. Onward… Have fun and enjoy the rest of October. If you’re participating, I’m sure you are plotting and planning. November 1st will be here soon. Remember, this post was written last year.
Ugh, November. I’m not looking forward to another winter in Michigan, but it’s better than the alternative of not being around to experience it. :-)

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Whew, I’ve been so busy. I won’t talk about what NaNoWriMo is because by now, if you’re interested, you already know.

Maybe you can learn some things from my NaNo Experience.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an expert in this. My three years and two days is a drop in the bucket compared to some. This is about how my NaNoWriMo experience has evolved in almost four years. I follow the rules (most) and I’ve learned a lot. But…my biggest rule breaker might be the one where I allow my inner-editor to sit on my shoulder. Heck, she can sit on my lap if she wants. I’ll share my M&M’s with her. After all, I’m used to sharing my chocolate with my stubborn little muse.

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  • Strikethroughs HEY YOU, yes you—do not delete that word. ← (The old me.)
  • Don’t Do not use contractions
  • Use plenty—I repeat, plenty…

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Is It Time Again? To NaNoWriMo or Not?

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Participant-2014-Web-Bannerquestion-mark a HUGE question to myself in 2014.

I’ve already added and anticipated a NaNo novel for 2014, but my decision is about 95% final. Consider my decision a BIG question mark.

National Novel Writing Month or better known as NaNoWriMo (NaNo)

From the NaNoWriMo About Page Click for more info including FAQ.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

My Page: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/maryjdressel

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To NaNo or not to NaNo? This is my question of the month. Editing one book while writing another book fills my agenda for the rest of this year. This doesn’t include NaNo. I take that back because NaNoWriMo has been on my mind more than I care to think about. Is my muse betraying me by nudging [forcing] me to be consumed with it right now?

IF, and this is a big “IF” I do NaNoWriMo this year, I might have to be a Rebel. Yes, this counts and NaNo recognizes it.

I’ve been known to color outside of the lines.

But, there are some who don’t agree with being a REBEL. If writing 50K words to a novel in thirty days like everyone else, I see no difference. Of course we can’t count anything already written. Some of my close author friends don’t agree with being a Rebel, although no one has called me a cheater, in so many words.

This will be my fifth NaNoWriMo. How do I pass up a “five year” milestone?

  • How about you? Will you be a NaNo participant this year? Have you ever participated?
  • Have you heard of NaNoWriMo?

I ask this because even my local librarian never heard of it until I mentioned it to him. Not that he planned on doing anything about it. In my writers’ mind, I thought it would QuestionMark2be a good idea to have a write-in there. Not so with him. He wanted to know how much it would cost them and basically, was the least bit interested in finding out. *Eye Roll*

In 2015, I plan on bringing another book into the Bull Rider Series and this book could be my NaNo project. The thing is, nothing is planned for this book, except in my head. (Well, a vague plan…um, maybe.)

On the other hand, I’m also writing the third book in the Double Dutch Ranch series, and readers are waiting for this book. See my dilemma?

Believe me—going into NaNo with no plans can suck. This coming from a pantster. A pantster who has learned to plot, if that makes sense.

In my own words:

  • Plotter=Your story is planned out from beginning to end.
  • Pantster=Sit down and write your little fingers to the bone by the seat of your pants. Better known as “just sit your butt down and write.”
  • Mary=A little bit of each. Maybe 89% plotter these days. In the past I was 87% pantster. The more writing I do, I’ve discovered the more I have to plot. I’ve published three full length books this year with one more planned. Yes, plotting has helped.

I’m anxious to hear if you’re a plotter or pantster.

Plotting and planning can happen to creative souls in general I’d think. I take photos of whatever I see unless I’m looking for something in particular. My son photographs foot races when he isn’t participating. He goes out days before to scope out the trail/route, etc., and plans out where he will take photos, at what shutter speed, lighting, and whatever else he comes up with for the perfect shot. He’s a plotter and doesn’t realize it. (I took this image while walking along a river trail. Someone painted this beneath an overpass. The photo wasn’t planned, but there it was waiting. Having my camera with me was planned.) I digress…

  • By the way, NaNoWriMo entails writing 50K words in thirty days, and boils done to 1,667 words a day. Some of my author friends write 5K a day or more.

Being a full tiWriter picme writer, making the word count won’t be a problem for me, but…as I said in the beginning, I’m working on two books now, and one is due out in December.

Now, if only my spell checker would agree to the way I spell NaNoWriMo and Pantster.

Stay tuned for the final decision…

Little Bit of Bad MFRW Book Hooks Wednesday

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Book Hooks ~ #MFRWHooks #MFRWAuthor Sensual #Western #Romance

Nora, Destiny, and Tristan’s story isn’t over. The following EXCERPT is from a “Bonus Book” I wrote as an addition to Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. Book #1.5 picks up right after Cowboy Boss ends. Coming late 2014.

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Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of theMFRW Authors Blog.

A cowboy Takes a Vacation! 

Excerpt

Picture this: Moonlight and a starry night sky.

She clenched her legs around his body when he lifted her. Waves bounced them around, so he had no choice but to release her before they fell over. “This didn’t go to plan.” Tristan pulled his zipper up. He tiptoed his fingers up her arms and slipped the straps of her dress off her shoulders. “One of us is getting naked in the Pacific.”

“Tristan!” she screeched. “There’s probably camera’s out here. Let’s get to that blanket before you get naked…”

“Not me.” Tristan released her only to have her float on her back away from him. “Get over here, woman. I can’t swim. See what happens when you take me out of the desert?” Grabbing a hold of her foot, he pulled her back.

Nora stood in water now up to her chest. “Are you kidding me? Wait, I know you can swim.”

“Yeah, I am, darlin’.” He hauled her into his arms. “I wasn’t only the star quarterback in high school. I was on the swim team, too. ”

“Well, listen to you, rancher.” Nora broke free, plowing through the waves back to shore. She dropped to the blanket and brought part of it around her.

Tristan dropped beside her, ripping off his wet shirt and tossing it aside. He caressed her cool skin, gradually pushing her dress above her thighs.

Nora captured his hands. “I’m so happy to be here with you. Fre-ee-ezing, but happy! We’re in the Pacific Ocean in February.”

 Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight

Some books in this series are standalone. The Carlson’s are a close-knit family and the characters will appear in each others books.

Books One and Two are available.

Cowboy Boss and his Destiny #1

Heartbreak’s Reward #2

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More books will follow in this series.

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New and Available ~ Heartbreak’s Reward is Released.

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You’ve seen my cover and read excerpts for months now. I started this book on November 1, 2013 and Jase Carlson has taken me on a ride I’ve enjoyed. Yes, Heartbreak’s Reward is released.

Thanks for standing by my side even though you’re probably tired of seeing my Jase and Brenna standing on a book cover in front of a “damn big mountain.” (Brenna’s words.)

HeartbreaksReward_LRGInstead of writing a post about my new release, I’ll send you right to the source–the book page. I have pages on both my website and here, so since you’re here… You can find links at the top of the page for all my books.

What’s Next On My Agenda?

Double Dutch Ranch Series:

  1. Book 1.5: Target date: November 2014.
  2. Book Three: Target date: Spring/Summer 2015.
  3. Book four, and possibly one more book planned in this series. Maybe the 5th one depends on who readers would like to see in number five. I already have an idea. The place in my brain where my muse lives is getting kind of crowded.

The Bull Rider Series:

Book #3 Christmas 2015

Whatever else comes up in between. There’s a dramatic romance/women’s fiction novel on the back burner begging to get finished.

For now, here’s the link again to the Heartbreak’s Reward page.

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Heartbreak’s Reward Deleted Scene Teaser

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It’s only days away until the release of Heartbreak’s Reward. I thought I’d come in with a teaser. You won’t find this in the book though. This is a deleted scene. My own heart bleeds for this heartbroken cowboy. If you’ve read Cowboy Boss, you know the details that led up to this. Otherwise, it’s self-explanatory. This is a standalone novel.

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Jase Carlson rolled in with the empty horse trailer at 2:30 a.m., unhooked it, and took a stroll through the barn. Before exiting, he patted his horse and gave him a cookie. He dragged himself into the house, tired and worn out, driving longer than he should have. Dropping into a chair at the table in the kitchen, he removed his dusty boots, grabbed a beer, and set it on the table in the living room.

He went in to kiss his kids goodnight, turned the knob, and slowly opened the door to Joey’s bedroom. “What the hell?” He flipped the light on and ran down the hall to Jaelle’s room. Everything was gone. “She took my kids!” He burst through his bedroom door. Rebecca’s closet was empty. He pulled open dresser drawers. Nothing.

Venturing through the rest of the house, the only things gone were the kid’s toy boxes and their bedroom furnishings, some items from the bathroom, and food from the cupboards. He opened the door to the back—her car sat there. “She didn’t take her damn car?” He stumbled back against the wall. What hell did they go through when she took them? What did she tell them?

Jase grabbed hold of his head with both hands. “Dammit!” He slammed his palms against the hallway 0013 smaller website textwall to hold up his quivering body, lowering his head and pushing in and out, torn to bits in an instant. Sonofabitch! No… He backed into the opposite wall and dropped to the floor, his face going into his hands. My angel’s gone. My boy…

After he quit shaking, he dialed his brother’s phone. “My kids are gone. She took them, Tristan.” And he hung up.

Text Copyright 2014 Mary J. Dressel

 

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Describe It To Me ~ MFRW Book Hooks ~ Heartbreak’s Reward Bk #2

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 Join me for another week of #MFRWHooks and another sneak peek at Heartbreak’s Reward Bk #2

 I admit it. I’m here to entice you. To interest you. To HOOK you.

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Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. 

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What is this book about? Oh, I’m so glad you asked…

Jase made his first appearance in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. He’s the oldest brother at the Double Dutch Ranch, and he has a story to tell.

  • Tagline: Sometimes a wrong turn takes you to the right place.  

Rancher Jase Carlson doesn’t understand the ache in the hollow of his chest, since his ex-wife ripped his heart out. She doesn’t follow the court rules where his children are concerned, making him even more pissed off. Harboring a bad attitude, he wishes he wasn’t a gentleman when he comes to the aid of a hot-headed, sexy blonde. He can’t allow her tight jeans and sweet smile to sway him, even after he’s coerced into spending time alone with her. If only he can remember that when he holds her in his arms.

Brenna Page has too many of her own issues to deal with at the moment. Not to mention being guardian to her rebellious sixteen-year-old sister, and both of them are living with painful memories. The last thing she needs is a grudge-filled cowboy interfering in her life, but his intense blue eyes and muscles-to-die-for, say something she’s never heard before.

  • Set-up: Brenna and Jase have a few extra minutes before her sister returns. 

Brenna nodded and went into the room ahead of him. This time his bed was made and the room was bright. Jase removed his boots and crawled into the middle of his bed, holding his arms open. She kicked her shoes off and lay beside him.

He pulled her close, tight up against his body and held her. She relaxed in his arms, yet, a part of her wanted to draw away. At least the shuddering was only on the inside. “You’re amazing, Jase…your touch, smell, everything about you. I can’t wait to know all about you.”

“Baby, you can’t wait? Come inside my body and see the torturous battle going on.”

“Mmm, I’ve fallen so hard for you.” She slipped her arm around his waist. “Please explain how this happened.”

“I wish I could.” He nuzzled his face against her hair. “Let me hold you and dream.”

Brenna whispered, “I want to be in your dream, doing things I’ve only imagined.”

“You’re in it. It’s all about you.” Jase lowered his voice. “It’s you and me making love in my dream. Join me for now in the dream world. See it in your mind’s eye first.”

She cuddled closer. “Describe it to me.”

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Huh? Reride? Flank Strap? What the Heck Does it All Mean?

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You will find these terms in my Bull Rider Series Books.

The most dangerous eight seconds in sports.

I don’t know who penned the words above, but when referring to bull riding, believe it.

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I’m defining these words according to how they are used in my books. Some may look like they’re spelled incorrectly, but they are correct according to PBR Style Guide.

PBR
Professional Bull Riders.

Eight Seconds
The rider must stay on the bull for eight seconds once the chute gate opens in order to get a score. The eight seconds is safest for the bull.

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A long, braided rope. The rider hooks one hand into a loop on the rope. He grips it and brings the end of the rope around his fingers and holds that tight.

Rosin
Like in bowling, you have a rosin bag you use on your hand to keep a good grip on the ball. Same with a bull rider. He needs to have a solid grip on the bull rope. You’ll see them running their hands up and down a rope as they’re on the bull in the chute, and this is what they’re doing.

Helmet
Imagine a hockey helmet. Some have face guards and some don’t. In my series, Caulder wears one because of his previous concussions.

 

Chaps
Protective gear for the rider. Velia kind of likes these.

 

 

Protective Vest / Safety Vest
A vest used to be made of Kevlar but now a thinner material is used. I asked my bull rider friend and he said they weigh around two to four pounds.

Glove
Thick leather to prevent rope burns. They only need one for their “riding hand.”

Tape
Caulder would sometimes tape his glove on at the wrist.

Reride
The rider gets another chance, on a different bull, if something happened on the original ride. If the rider calls for one, that doesn’t mean he’ll get it. If the judge calls it, the rider doesn’t have to take it.

Bucked off / buck off
The rider is thrown off the bull before his 8 seconds is over. No score for a buck off.

Hung up
When the rider is bucked off, or gets off on his own, sometimes his hand or the spur on his boot gets “hung up” in the rope and he is dragged alongside the bull.

Hooked
The bull gets you with a horn.

Slap
The rider touches the bull with his free hand, or even his head.

Buckle Bunny
Women who follow the bull riders, or sit in the stands hoping to be noticed— like a groupie. I don’t mean to offend anyone by using this label, but it’s a common term. Velia is mistaken for a buckle bunny a couple different times. In fact, I recently purchased: http://amzn.com/B00CS8X52C

Bullfighter

Caulder’s friend, Kenny, is a bullfighter. One of three men who protect the rider from the bull. Chances are, when a rider gets bucked off, or gets a score, when he gets off that bull, he’s trying to clear his mind and focus. He might not know where the bull is at the moment. A bullfighter will put his body between the rider and bull. They also compete in their own challenges.

Flank Strap
This goes around the rear of the bull and makes the bull buck because he wants it off.

Stock Contractor
These are the owners of the bulls. Caulder’s dad is a stock contractor. They also win titles.

Chute / Bucket Chute
This is the enclosed cage-like area where the rider gets on the bull. This is where you’ll see other riders helping him get his rope tight, and others are there to prevent him from being thrown against a rail if the bull bucks in the chute. They hold their arm in front of him. At times you’ll see them holding the back of his vest. The flank man/woman is also here adjusting the flank strap.

Ariat
A brand of cowboy boots and also a sponsor of the PBR (Caulder has given this brand of boot to his cousins, too.) He’s so sweet.

Back Pens
Where the bulls are kept while waiting their turn. Bulls chosen for reride bulls are also held there.

Buzzer
At 8 seconds, a buzzer or horn sounds to let the rider know his ride is over.

Hot Seat
The rider with the highest score sits here until the next high score beats him. They used to go out into the center enclosure and talk to the announcers.

World Champion
The rider with the most points at the end of the season. He’s given the gold buckle, and a whopping big check of $1 million bucks, plus a lot of other perks. Not to mention being called World Champion.

Gold buckle

A buckle made of gold is worth more than $10,000 dollars. This is Caulder’s goal. This is the PBR World Champion 2013. He’s holding the Gold Buckle.

World Finals Held in Las Vegas in October. (I deviated from the real PBR schedule to make the story my own, or I should say to make it Caulder and Velia’s.)

Series Buckle
The rider who has the highest weekend points for the weekend’s events receives a series buckle. They win other things from sponsors like Ariat cowboy boots.

Circuit
The bull riders travel a circuit from January to October with some breaks in between. In my book, the circuit went from February to November.

First Round / First Go
The first round up. If a rider doesn’t make his other rides, the only score he receives will be for the first round.

Second round/ second go
The second round or “go” is the second round of competition.

Opening Ceremonies

This video can show you better than I can tell you. The last rider out in first place, is the same rider in the video below.

Gate Man
The man who pulls the gate open when the rider is ready to go into the arena on the bull. Caulder’s friend, Stan, is a gate man in the books.

Nods / “Go”
The way the rider lets the gate man know he is ready to leave the chute.

Foul
Something happens during the ride. A slap to the bull is an example. The rider can’t touch the bull in any way with his free hand or body.

Good Draw
In the book, Caulder would be happy with the bull he’d be riding. The draw is done before the show.

Disqualified
Touching the bull during the eight seconds, the rope comes off, or the rope is released.

I’ll leave you with a video by Gary Allan singing “Get Off on the Pain.” The bull rider highlighted in this video, is my inspiration for the bull rider series.

Thanks for stopping by.

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