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Monday, September 30th, 2013 10:51 am
Going to try to make this a tradition. This is from Sesame Street's new season. It's rather emotionally packed for a skit aimed at preschoolers:

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013 11:52 am
If you follow my twitter, you'll have seen this earlier, but I just signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for my novel "Exiles" - the sequel to Angel 1089. I'm really excited about this book, because I worked so hard on it. I truly think it's one of the best things I've ever written...

I guess I'd better get to work on the third book, huh? :)
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Monday, September 9th, 2013 12:25 pm
Having a toddler has led me to discover how simply wonderful Sesame Street is. Many of the videos work on several levels.

Anyway, so this video is sweet and I think it's an important message for a hectic Monday Morning:

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 01:44 pm
Well, I'm kinda welcoming myself back. I'd decided at the beginning of summer to take a little break from writing. I spent the past few months reading anything I could get my hands on, which ended up including sci-fic, romance, literary fiction, and a lot of YA.

I think as a writer it's so important to read as much as possible. With my time so limited, I'd forgotten about that, and I think I suffered for it.

(If you want to see what I've been reading, please check out my goodreads page.)

So now that the school year has started back up again, I'm going to start writing again. I bought a new notebook (with an Avengers cover, of course) and I've broken a new pen out of its plastic house.

Time to write.
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Friday, May 24th, 2013 02:37 pm
The Division has been released! You can find it over at!

I'm really excited about this book. It's been a long time in the making. It took several rewrites, a lot of sweat and tears, and some hard work from my editors as well.

The Blurb:

Socket and Valor have been best friends—and part time superheroes—for years. When an invasion force threatens the Earth, they form a team of heroes to face the threat.

Closeted media darling Valor has no idea that Socket has been nursing a crush on him since their high school days. When a buffer, grittier version of Socket emerges from one of the alien portals, Valor discovers his own attraction, but his refusal to out himself gets in the way of his and Socket’s budding intimacy.

The alternate Socket has his own agenda, however. One that doesn't include attachments or a team of do-gooders getting in his way.

The Excerpt )
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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 12:47 pm
So much for my resolve to blog more frequently...

Anyway! In less than two weeks, The Division will be released from Musa Publishing! I'm excited about this book, and I hope you all enjoy it. It's about superheroes!

In other news - I'm almost done with the 2nd draft of what I've been tentatively calling "Exiles" which is the sequel to Angel 1089. I'm really happy with this draft, too. I hope to be able to submit it in the next month or so, depending on how busy things get.

And then I want to start on something new for the summer. I might put up a poll for my options. I have so many ideas, and little time to write them all...
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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 04:07 pm
Spring training starts today! Hard to believe when we're still expecting snow up here, but yep, down in sunny Florida it's baseball season!

I ended up pre-ordering Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton, because, of course it's about baseball. It has nothing to do with the half-naked man in a baseball uniform on the cover...

It did get me wondering, however, if anyone knew of any m/m romances involving baseball? Please point me in the right direction!
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Friday, January 11th, 2013 03:50 pm
Can I still say Happy New Year or has that time passed? Hopefully 2013 will be a good year, full of lots of blog posts from me:)

I just signed a contract with Musa Publishing for my superhero novel, "The Division." I'm really quite excited about this! More details as they arrive.
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Sunday, July 15th, 2012 09:20 pm
I'm currently working on the sequel to Angel 1089. It's still in first draft phase, so it'll be a long time before you guys see this. But I did want to share this little snippet. It's Hank and Ian's first kiss!

Behind the cut )
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 09:12 am
My short story: "The Librarian and the Porn Star" was released today by Torquere Press.


I'm posting a little snippet that takes place after the story. These characters are a whole lot of fun to write, and I hope you all like them as much as I do:)

Missing scene from  )
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Monday, January 9th, 2012 04:26 pm
My blog has moved to:

Just released:

A Corgi Named Kilowatt
Teddy Bear Christmas

Coming Soon:

- Love in the Time of Hurricanes - 2017

In Progress:

- two novellas
- 3rd Heaven Corp book - renamed to Angels Rising
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Monday, January 9th, 2012 04:22 pm
Is it still appropriate to be wishing a Happy New Year? Since this is my first post of 2012, I'll say it anyway - a very happy new year to all of you!

I wanted to give a brief update. In May of last year I had a baby. He's adorable, but he also takes up a lot of time. I'm only now starting to get my writing back on track. The good news is that I have a plan and some things in the mix.

What I'm working on:

- a short story out on submission. I'll post if it gets accepted.
- a novel in the final stages. Just waiting for a beta to give me some feedback before subbing it
- in the planning stages for revising Disconnect, a novel which takes place in the same world as Angel 1089
- after Disconnect I'm planning on returning to the sequel to Angel 1089

There, that should keep me busy for the next year or so:) It's good to be back!
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 07:20 pm
It's been very quiet around here, despite my resolve to blog more. The reason behind that is that in a few short weeks, we'll be having a baby:) So, my creativity has been a little taken up with that.

I do hope to keep writing, although probably at a much slower pace. I have lots of things in the works - revising Disconnect, the cyberpunk novella, which will probably be a novel by the time I'm done with it, as well as working on the next Heaven Corp book.

The good news is that the furniture managed to arrive before the baby (we cut the ordering kind of close) and we have plenty of diapers. Now just waiting for the little guy to get here.
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 03:08 pm
I gave a little publishing workshop to come creative writing students today. Inevitably the question always comes up - "Wait, you mean I don't have to pay to get my book published?"

I share with them that the only money I've "paid" to be published is the 42 cents to send a contract back in the mail - and that's before the publisher went to e-contracts. I do explain to them the reasons why people should self-publish, but I don't gloss over all the downsides as well.

My biggest concern is to keep these kids - and they are kids for the most part - from getting fleeced by some of the biggest publishing scammers out there. I also told them how awesome my editors are and how they help make me a better writer. I want them not to be so afraid of rejection that they go for the easier route.

Overall, I think it was a success, and more experience I get in this writing gig, the more I can share with them.
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 10:52 am
I'm a huge dog lover. Some of you have seen the picture of my dog I have over on my website. There has always been a dog in my life since I was a child.

So, I'm a little bit sensitive to dogs in media. Yes, I'm the one crying in the movie theater when something terrible happens to the dog. I've been known to cry at trailers of movies if a dog is in jeopardy.

When I created the dog character of Trixie in Angel 1089, I knew I had a challenge ahead of me. First, dogs, like supporting characters, are not furniture. They have personalities and minds of their own. Also, like writing children, dogs tend to be scene stealers. I had to balance the importance of Trixie in Kayla and Jeff's lives, and her importance to the story with the exuberance of a dog's personality.

Second, I knew I could not hurt Trixie. I almost wanted to include that in my warning - "No dogs have been harmed in the writing of this novel!" Those of you who've read Angel 1089 know that I make no such promises about any of my other characters.
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Sunday, October 24th, 2010 09:11 am
I've gotten some great comments in reviews about my characters, so I thought I'd talk about that for a bit.

A few years back my critique partner sent me a quote about how characters aren't furniture. It was her gentle way of pointing out that I had a character in my current work in progress that just served the plot by showing the main characters from place to place. The quote made me think and that character ended up with a personality and a story arc of his own, despite the limited screen time I'd planned for him.

Ever since then when I approach a supporting character, I like to imagine what the story would be like from their point of view. While the main characters are taking up much of the action, I picture the extras living their own lives. If challenged, I'd want to be able to go and write their story.

The great thing about working with novels is that you get the chance to develop these secondary characters. In Angel 1089, I was able to give readers a good view of Ronnie and Mattie, Hank and Ian. (And yes, I am in fact working on Hank and Ian's story, so this philosophy works.)

I didn't get the chance to really flesh out the supporting cast in Beyond Meridian. In novellas, you really have to keep the focus on the main couple and main story arc. I'm working on one right now, and the challenge is to keep the secondary characters from being more than furniture, despite the limited word count.

Good thing I'm always up for a challenge.
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 04:05 pm
Hey guys, I got some fantastic reviews for Angel 1089 that I wanted to share!

Rainbow Reviews - 4 out of 5 stars

I wasn't expecting to see Bridges as the author of a full-length science fiction novel, but she pulls it off beautifully. The technology seems believable in context, but never overwhelms the human heart in this story.

"Angel: 1089" is subtitled "Heaven Corp Book 1." I'll be looking forward to the rest of this series.

Literary Nymphs Reviews - 4.5 Nymphs

As far as the story and characters are concerned, both are strongly written and readers should know that this is not your usual angels and demon story, as both groups are made up of altered humans. The main characters, Jeff and Gabe, are drawn to each other. However, Jeff is reluctant to get involved with the angel and his reasons are very realistic. I was drawn the most to Gabe, who soon realizes that things are not always what they seem. Although the young angel is tossed into a situation he does not understand, he does hide from the new truths he is forced to accept. There are several interesting secondary characters that help move the story along and a few twists that help keep the story interesting. I am looking forward to more in this series and wonder just what the author has planned next.

Jessewave Reviews - 4.25 out of 5 stars

This book grabbed my attention when I first saw the cover and after reading the blurb I knew I had to give it a shot despite the fact that the genre is a bit out of my comfort zone. And I’m really glad I did. This story is interesting and kept me entertained from beginning to end.
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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 01:27 pm
I'm happy to announce the winners of Tuesday's contest! Yes, I said winners:) Since there were only two people who knew my favorite baseball team (For the record, it's the Philadelphia Phillies. And I'll get to see them play this weekend!) I'm going to give them each a free copy of Angel 1089.

Congrats [profile] caitymack and [profile] stevie_carroll!!!
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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 10:20 am
I was going to hold two contests - one on twitter for a copy of Beyond Meridian. But since twitter was apparently hacked today I'm going to hold off until it's safe to go back to!

But I will still hold this contest for a free copy of Angel 1089!

All you have to do is comment and guess what my favorite baseball team is. I'll give you a clue - I've mentioned it before, (so you'll find it perhaps on my webpage) and there's a hint in one of the character's names in Angel 1089.

I'll hold a random drawing out of all the people who get the answer right (on both Dreamwidth and LJ, so comment wherever you are most comfortable) and announce the winner on Thursday. So you have until Wednesday at 11:59pm to get your guess in:)
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Sunday, September 19th, 2010 03:04 pm
I had some bookmarks made up to celebrate Angel 1089 coming out on Tuesday, September 21, and Beyond Meridian coming out in print in the Men in Space Anthology (November).

I picked them up yesterday and they are absolutely gorgeous. I want to use one in the book I'm reading, but I don't want to mess it up!

You can request one and see samples at my web page

This kicks off "angel week"! Check back here for contests and more info as I celebrate release day on the 21st!