Saturday, March 26, 2011

From the Kougar's Writing Den...

Saturday nighttime yowls, my Springtime Kitten beauties... the Kougaress woke up to big fat wet snowflakes drifting down... and, yes, there is a thin blanket of the white stuff on the tame prairie.

Oh, my darling Felines, more shake, rattle and rolling *not the good kind* is likely to occur. Watch out. Keep your tails safe. This Big Cat loves ya!

Big Cat by-the-numbers ~

12:12 am... 1:11 am... 2:22 am... 3:33 am... 1:11 pm... 5:55 pm... 10:10 pm... Could be major SPACE NEWS on the horizon... most likely some tiny itsy bitsy tidbit of truth, or a spectacular attempt at a cover up... ???

Authoress news and mews ~

From the Kougar’s Writing Den ~ Kandy Apple and Her Hellhounds

~Six Sentence* progress on the final read through before submission...

Kandace tilted her face and flirtatiously flashed her gaze. “Are you and Zin as polished as you are beastly?”

His gaze ignited. The fiery lava in the depths of Zol’s eyes looked all too real. She would have stepped back, but Zin had already approached and stood behind her.

Feeling hypnotized, she whispered, “Why do I feel like a piece of raw steak?”


Midnight Visitations and Visions
by Solara

White swirls of clouds danced before him. Edges of bone white lace filtered through his mind and settled along his peripheral vision. A cat like purr followed by a yowl brushed his ear. Light, diffused by the cloudy smoke rings surrounding him, pierced the perimeter of his magic circle. Only one who knew him dared to come this close and seek entrance.

Romance in the Rain
by Gem Sivad

So glad you decided to take a stroll through early spring with me...
New beginnings, the wildly orchestrated outpouring of exotic color, tantalizing scents, wet heat, raging storms, the courtship of mating animals...

***NOT Good News about Dorchester Publishing***

Here's a post from former Leisure author Brian Keene, about how Dorchester (the parent company) is screwing him, and a bunch of other authors over their various rights:


Dorchester has several imprints in horror, romance, westerns & mystery/thrillers.

What princes they are!

Best Lindsay

Lindsay Townsend, historical romance. ~
or follow me at Twitter: @lindsayromantic
NOTE from the Kougar ~

WOW! Is this Big Cat author ever glad Dorchester didn't want her book, and that it didn't win the American Title IV contest!!! At least, MURDER BY HAIR SPRAY IN GARDENIA, NEW ATLANTIS is epubbed and print pubbed, and selling. And, as an author, the Kougar is happy with her book. She just wishes she had time to write Book II.

The Kougar would advise Dorchester authors who have books with them that are not for sale currently, and are jammed up in the huge legal mess maneuverings happening... to simply say SCREW YOU!!! Epub and print pub through Smashwords or some such Indie route. Hell, Dorchester doesn't have a way or the means to sue you all. Maybe, simply retitle your precious book. Maybe, make a few edit or revision changes. Or, change your author name. AND GO FOR IT!!!

Don’t let Dorchester, or their creditors, keep you and your books hostage. Or your readers.

From ~

Mercury Retrograde Is Coming!

From romance to ruts to retrogrades, the planets are aligning to end March with a whirlwind of emotions!

The activity begins on March 26 as sensual Venus couples with dreamy Neptune. You couldn't ask for a better alignment for a special date night! Later that same evening, Venus ends its current affair in Aquarius to sneak off and spend a month in poetic Pisces.

This pair of transits could create the kind of love usually saved for storybooks. Try to keep your feet on the ground, though -- illusion will run rampant, and you won't want to be hurt once reality regains control.

You'll especially want to be grounded on March 28, when the Sun squares off with Pluto and Jupiter moves to oppose Saturn. If you've felt stuck in a rut recently, that's because Pluto and the Sun have been building up some sticky energies. These transits can work in your favor, but not without some hard work and persistence on your part. Meanwhile, expansive Jupiter and restrictive Saturn can make it seem impossible to strike a balance, so you'll need some fancy footwork to act responsibly while going to extremes.

Finally, March 30 brings us Mercury retrograde, which lasts until April 23; you can expect the usual communication and technology-related problems during this time. Remaining patient with Mercury retrograde in on-the-go Aries will be challenging, but nothing that a few deep breaths can't fix.



On March 26, 1859, at a small, homemade observatory in the French countryside, Dr. Edmond Modeste Lescarbault observed a tenth planet, beyond Mercury, traveling across the sun. The doctor first noticed a dot in the upper left-hand edge of the sun. After leaving to attend a patient, he returned hours later and continued following and documenting the dot's slow descent. His evidence convinced the esteemed astronomer Joseph Le Verrier of the existence of this tenth planet: the planet Vulcan. Its gravitational pull explained Mercury's moving closer to the sun by forty-three inches every 100 years. In 1878, professional astronomer James Watson in Wyoming and Dr. Lewis Swift in Colorado, both observed an eclipse of the sun. Each independently reported seeing a celestial object that did not appear in any of the professional charts. Dr. Swift said, "[T]o my mind, without any doubt, it is the long-sought Vulcan. I have never made a more valid observation nor one more free from doubt." Unfortunately, in spite of Lescarbault's sighting and hundreds of other sightings over the years, Vulcan has never been proven to exist.

Reprinted with permission from Weiser Books, "Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible, and the Ignored" by Juanita Rose Violini is available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher.

The most powerful weapon is the human soul on fire. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

~ May the March winds blow prosperity and good luck your way!


And, May you live the dreams of your heart, not in interesting times...

Writing Den kisses from the Kougar...


Serena Shay said...

Talk about disheartening. The mess at Dorchester is maddening. Those poor authors...

Yes, thank goodness your story is not among that sinking ship. (How odd to think of it like that)

Savanna Kougar said...

It is disheartening. I so feel for the authors. I just hope they take the proverbial bull by the horns, and do what it takes to get their books to the readers.

Yeah, talk about a down-the-road silver lining. I am grateful NOT to be in that mess. And not to lose MURDER BY HAIR SPRAY... it is a book of my heart and soul.