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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 216

15 Minute Tweet TalesThe weather here the past few days has been absolutely gorgeous! Perfect blue skies. Perfect white puffy clouds. Perfect temperature that is neither too cold nor too hot. And it’s even right before the mosquitoes and no-see-ums descend with their voracious appetites. But instead of being outside enjoying this perfection, I’ve been holed up in front of my computer working on an entry for the James Patterson writing competition. I only have a week left, so my procrastinator’s adrenaline has finally kicked in. So I best get on with the 15 Minute Tweet Tales part of the post, so I can get back to writing.
 
ailuromancy - divination using cats' movements or jumps to predict future events (Greek). 
 
3/15 - She used ailuromancy to make romantic decisions until she realized her cat was giving bad signals to keep her a single, crazy cat lady.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 215

I spent five days this past week in the NC mountains on a writing retreat with my critique group the Sisukas: Kathleen Fox, Rebecca Petruck, and Kami Kinard. We had a great time, and got a lot accomplished. We critiqued two picture books and a YA novel, wrote a query, and brainstormed several new ideas. In addition to that, we ate a ton of yummy food, drank a lot of wine, and laughed up a storm. 
 
Sisukas at Mountain house
 
We took a break on Saturday to head into Blowing Rock to stretch our legs. We explored the area around the actual Blowing Rock, browsed in some cute shops, and had an incredible lunch of local food. We had an appetizer of eggplant frites that I’m still drooling over days later. 
 
Sisukas at Blowing Rock
 
It also snowed some of the time we were there. Enough to go out and make some smallish snowballs. If you’re a regular reader, you know how excited that made me
 
SNOW!
 
And now it’s time for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
15 Minute Tweet Taleswaldeinsamkeit - the feeling of being alone in the woods (peaceful, relaxed, at one with the universe), (German).
 
3/8 - She envies people who find peace walking in the woods. After last week she needs waldeinsamkeit, but every leaf rustle sets her on edge.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?
 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 214

I’m packing for a retreat with my critique group in the NC mountains, so no time to dawdle today. I can’t wait to see those ladies and drink wine and talk writing. There’s even supposed to be snow on Thursday, so I’m super duper excited!
 
So here’s this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
sillage - the degree to which a perfume’s fragrance lingers in the air when worn; literally wake, trail (French). 
 
3/1 - The sillage of her perfume follows him like an inescapable chain, even though it's been ten months since he buried her in the back yard. 
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 213

15 Minute Tweet TalesWhew, we’re already heading into the last week of February! 2016, where ya goin', man? Slow down and take it easy. There’s no rush to get where you’re going. Or maybe I just need to quit being a lazy bum and get crackin’ at meeting some of my goals! 
 
So on that note, I’m keeping it short and sweet this week, so it’s time for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word.
 
pochemuchka - a person who asks too many questions; an overly curious child (Russian).
 
2/23 - She knows a curious child is a good thing, but one more "why" from her pochemuchka and she's going to need the super-sized bottle of wine. 
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 210

15 Minute Tweet TalesAaaaaand now it’s warm again. Really warm. Yesterday’s high got up to 79, and it looks like we’re in for about the same today. Of course that makes me a happy camper, but the poor plants around here are so confused. And it will be cooling off again over the next week, although there are no more snowflakes in the forecast. 
 
And now it’s time for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:
 
scintilla - a minute amount; an iota or trace, a spark; a flash. 
 
2/2 - Plastic tarps and bleach made him confident he'd pulled off the perfect murder, but a scintilla of evidence brought the cops to his door.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 209

Saturday was an exciting day! First, at around 6am, snow started to fall in the Lowcountry. Now as I’ve stated many times, I hate the cold, but snow is different. It’s kind of magical. At least for someone like me who rarely gets to see it. I know there are many people right now who would disagree as they’re still trying to dig out from under the storm. 
 
But for me, it was thrilling to see the flakes coming down. I threw a coat over my pajamas and ran outside with my dogs. They pranced and danced right alongside me as I tried to catch flakes on my tongue. 
Dogs int the snow
It did end up sticking a bit, but it wasn’t enough to build even an ant-sized snowman. Just a thin layer of beautiful crystals. I know we always hear about every snowflake being unique, but I was surprised at how varied and intricate they were. Mother Nature truly is an artist. 
Snow
Snowflakes
 
Then later that afternoon, I attended the Wild Dunes Resort Author Event, with Mary Alice Monroe, Debbie Macomber, and Andie MacDowell as the guest speakers. Reading Partners (my favorite way to volunteer) was involved, since raising money for literacy was the goal of the event. They had their own table and invited me to attend, which was a wonderful surprise. Since they gave me two tickets and my mom is a fan of Andie MacDowell, I took her as my date.
Jocelyn and Joyce
The event was very cool - free wine and fancy food, and lots of people passionate about literacy. Mary Alice, Debbie, and Andie then spoke for an hour. Andie was part of the panel because she starred in the TV show The Cove based on Debbie's series, and she’s starring in a movie based on Mary Alice's The Beach House. All three women were extremely funny, and their stories about how they got their starts were very inspiring. 
Alice Monroe and Andie MacDowell
I succumbed to the fan-girliness of it all and bought books by Debbie and Mary Alice to have signed by all three of them. They were all very sweet about chatting for a bit, and my mom and Andie even talked about the fact that they both attended Winthrop University. Andie also had a little dog with her that she’d rescued a few weeks ago – the one that caused the airplane kerfuffle on Twitter. And I’m Team Andie about the whole thing – if she paid for first class, she should have either gotten it or been reimbursed, as I think anyone who had paid that much for a ticket would think, famous or not. Using the phrase ‘tourist class’ was maybe not the best idea, but I think it was poor word choice rather than being elitist. And she was just so sweet on Saturday that it’s hard to think badly about her.
Debbie Macomber, and Andie MacDowell
Anyway, lots of fun stuff on Saturday. And then today the temperature got up to 68, so I’m happy to be warm again.
 
And now for this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tales word:

15 Minute Tweet Tales

scripturient - having a desire or passion for writing; having a liking or itch for authorship.
 
Mary Alice and Debbie’s stories definitely showed they have scripturient longings. Listening to them talk about how they got started writing and the difficulties they’d overcome certainly lit a fire under me. And now for my tweet tale:
 
1/26 - Words murmur in her mind when trying to sleep, distract her while awake. The scripturient urge will drive her mad if she doesn't comply.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 208

15 Minute Tweet TalesLike much of the country, the weather here has taken a turn for the very cold. And as I whine about every time it gets chilly – I HATE THE COLD. Which makes this week’s 15 Minute Tweet Tale word especially appropriate.
 
friolero (or friolera for the feminine) - someone who is especially sensitive to cold weather and temperatures (Spanish).
 
Yep, I’ve always called myself cold natured or thin blooded, but now I’m going to call myself friolera. It has more flair, even if many people will have no idea what I’m talking about. And now here’s my tweet tale:
 
1/19 - I was always friolera, but your love kept me warm. You dumped me, now I sit closer to the fire. Closer. Closer. Until flames lick my skin.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 207 + Pitch Wars Books

Before I get to today's 15 Minute Tweet Tale word, I'm thrilled to present exciting book stuff for two of my awesome Pitch Wars peeps!

First up is the cover reveal for Hayley Stone's debut novel Machination, which will be published June 14th. Ta da!

Machinations Cover

Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival.

The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.
 
A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself.
 
Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.
 
Pre-order Machinations today!
 
 
And don’t forget to add it to your list on Goodreads!
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Hayley Stone
 
 
Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento.
 
Machinations is her debut novel, releasing June 14th, 2016 from Hydra/Random House.
 
 
Yay! Congrats, Hayley! Machinations sounds exciting, and I can't wait to read it!
 
 
Next up, today is the release day for Kelly Siskind's debut novel Chasing Crazy. Whoo hoo!
Chasing Crazy
 
Dear Mom & Dad, I dropped out of school. I'm going backpacking. Sorry. Love you both.
 
At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetimes' worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going-across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina's next mistake.
 
Once Sam's life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life.
 
Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn't just a fling. They're falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret-and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again.
 
Go read it now!
 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelly Siskind

 
A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she's not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She's also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
 
 
Congrats, Kelly! I'm so excited your big day is finally here. *runs off to download Chasing Crazy*
 
 
And now it’s time for the new version of 15 Minute Tweet Tales. In case you haven't read this post yet, I’m only doing one word/tweet tale a week now, and I’m tweeting it on Tuesday if you follow the #15tt hashtag.
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesThis week’s word is noceur - party animal; one who sleeps late or not at all; or one who stays out late to party (French). 
 
Hmmm ... I'm not sure if I qualify as a noceur or not. I definitely sleep late (or sometimes not at all), but it's because I'm reading, writing, or watching Netflix. I am in no way, shape, or form a party animal. Like at all. Anyway, here's my tweet tale for the week:
 
1/15 - When they met, they were both noceurs, reveling in their love from club to club. But soon she wanted more, which he didn't understand.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 206

15 Minute Tweet TalesI hope everyone’s 2016 is off to a great start! I was pretty lazy the first few days of the year (shocker!). I finally caught up on this season of Supernatural, since I’d let the episodes pile up on my DVR. Jensen Ackles is still a beautiful, beautiful man, which will keep me watching no matter how trite and boring the show gets. /shallow. 
 
I’ve also been researching new pitches for MTV articles. That’s always an interesting process because I have to do a lot of the research up front to make sure I can actually write an article about the topic, but then my pitch approval ratio is pretty low, so that means a lot of my research time is “wasted.” But it’s still cool to learn about different facets of the various things I research.
 
And now it’s time for the new version of 15 Minute Tweet Tales. In case you didn’t read this post, I’m only doing one word/tweet tale a week now, and I’m tweeting it on Tuesday if you follow the #15tt hashtag.
 
This week’s word is tsundoku – the continuous act of buying books but never reading them and letting them pile up in a room. 
 
I hate to admit it, but I have a pretty bad case of tsundoku. I buy books with such good intentions, but somehow the siren call of the boob tube is always so much louder. That’s actually part of my 2016 resolutions to finally make my way through some of these scary piles. Luckily my piles have never been an actual threat to my pets, like my tweet tale for the week:
 
1/5 - She adds a new book to a pile and watches in horror as it teeters and falls toward the cat. His quick reflexes save him from her tsundoku.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

New Tweet Tales for the New Year

15 Minute Tweet TalesHappy New Year!! I can’t believe it’s now 2016! I also can’t believe I’ve been doing 15 Minute Tweet Tales for four years now! It’s been a great way to keep me writing something every day, and I’ve met so many talented writers on Twitter who also play along on the #15tt hashtag.
 
But I’ve reached a point where it’s started to feel like a chore rather than a fun writing exercise, and I often feel like my tweet tales are just repeats of the same basic stories. Plus with my MTV job, it’s getting tougher to keep up with my novel writing, so I could use the time I spend on #15tt each day to work on my novel. I was tempted to completely drop #15tt when the new year started, but that made me too sad. 
 
Instead, I’m going to shift it from a once a day exercise to a once a week exercise. Since I usually do my #15tt blog posts on Tuesday, I’m now going to do my tweet tales prompt on Tuesday. And I’m going to mix it up a bit with the prompts. While I’ll still feature unusual words, I’m also going to include pictures and other things to prompt our tweet tales. 
 
I hope y’all will still play along! Join me on January 5th for the first #15tt prompt of the new year!