Thursday, April 10, 2014

My New Website!!

I want to direct you all over to my new website. Check it out. This is where everything that is happening in regards to my books and my writing can be found. From books to my blog it's there.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Writing Process... Blog Tour

I want to thank Julie L. York for inviting me to this blog tour. I met her last year in Vegas at the first RNC 2013 convention put on by Cover Model Jimmy Thomas. Julie has since been one of those friends that can answer a question if I don't know. Does my formatting and is the last editor to look my things over. She is awesome! What am I working on right now? Well I am working on this… No, seriously I have three projects going at the minute. I am happiest when working on a lot, it seems… One is the revision of my published book The Kings of Angkor: Army of a Thousand Elephants. It was published back in 2012 . Once the contract is null and void I plan on self publishing it with a new cover, and tighter insides. I was not happy with my experience with the publisher but that is hind sight. It is all good. Then there is Redemption at Midnight that is the Third in My Beloved Vampire Series. I have really loved working on this series! Book One is, One Thousand Years to Forever and then, I’ve been Waiting for you. The last project at the moment is a Prequel/ Novella and it comes from My Beloved Vampire with a vampire and a witch. Its title is The Witchling Grows Up. The vampire showed up at the end of Redemption at Midnight and begged for his own story and HEA. Since I am a panster.(will get into that more later) I know the general outline of my story but then allow my characters to tell their own story. He just kept appearing and how could I turn a handsome vampire down… The guy that I pictured when this vampire showed up was none other than John Antorino. I found out about him from an author friend and contacted him. At some point in the near future we will be working together on the cover for the sequel to The Witchling Grows Up. I can’t wait! How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre? Seriously I don’t know if I am any different aside from the fact with my vampires love a big family. I guess you would say I focus on family and the caring aspect. Bringing out a side of the vampire that isn’t shown. Yes, they love blood. Yes, they love sex. They are sexy creatures or even erotic. Mine have shown they can be very caring and compassionate but don’t mistake these guys and women for being cute and cuddly. They are creatures of the night and have needs, wants and desires. As they age they can control their needs better. They are when need be, killing machines or creatures. They can clear out a nest or cell of terrorist very quickly. Since I firmly believe there is more to this world than we see and hear about. I believe because of stories that have come down through the ages that there may just be creatures of the night out there. With every story there is a grain of truth. I just keep an open mind. Why Do I Write What I do? I love Romance. Life can be hard enough. Someone at the PO, a worker asked me (because he knows I am a author) I spend a lot of time at the PO… When was I going to write about every day stuff like the normal? Honestly I love to escape the everyday? I need that. I think everyone does to some degree. I love to write a romance where a big handsome guy comes and save the woman and possibly the world where the story takes place. I love paranormal, Vampires, ghost stories so I write what I love. I can’t read what I write though. I also love history and am doing research for a future project that will have (gasp) no paranormal, no time travel… It will take place during WII and The Greatest Generation. How Does My Writing Process Work? I am a panster like I mentioned before. I have an idea and I may stew on it for a while. The idea may have come from a family member like The Kings of Angkor. My son Brendan Moriarty asked me to write for him. He makes movies. At age 19 he made a full length feature film titled The Road to Freedom. It may come from a song or something I read about. I have an idea, depending on the idea it may need no research or it may take a great deal. With two of my future projects I am doing a great deal of research . I love books, I love research. I am a geek when it comes to that. I am quite happy with my nose in books and or at the library pouring over stacks of material. I also own my own research library with books on history, dress, different dictionaries… Below are a few photos of my work area. I was fortunate that my hubby saw a need for me to have my own desk so last year had a carpenter friend build me one that is about 12 foot long. When I am in the middle of a project I have rough draft copies that I work off of when editing. Also tons of books and or dictionaries and reference books at my finger tips. Once a week I organize all my post-it notes which I scribble notes to myself on. It may look like chaos but I know exactly where everything is located and can picture just where everything is. If someone comes to my desk and touches anything I know right away... So that is a little bit about this author and my writing process. Look me up on facebook at or on Amazon for my books Thanks for stopping by, say hello when you have a chance.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Well it's January 2nd, 2014. It's a very cold Thursday. The kids first day back to school from the Christmas break and they are getting out really early... So I dropped off one at middle school then got one to his new year at the alternative high school. YAY!!! He was excepted into the program. The same school his older brother and sister graduated from. Then get my youngest up the road to the bus stop. Thankfully we didn't have to wait long as temps, because of windchill were about
-8 degrees. Then I ran to the regular high school to make sure my son's paperwork was all up to date. This was just the beginning. While driving back I had to stop and take photos so I thought I would take photos of places that are in my first and second book from "My beloved Vampire Series". So if you have read the books you will recognize the spots. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

From Start to finish

When I started writing I never dreamed I would be as involved as I was with my books. With the publication of my first book The Kings of Angkor, it was basically write, edit and that was it. With One Thousand Years to Forever and now with the second one, I've Been Waiting for You, from conception, writing, editing sending to my editor, working on edits and then sending to my final editor and formatter... well you would think that is it. No, it's just the beginning. You have to get out there and push without (I hope) being obnoxious), Keep your name out there. Provide some freebies in hopes that you will make a connection that when your next book comes out, people will be more likely to purchase. This time last year I was working on OTYtF and had some contacts. This year I have a great deal more contacts and three books out. Am I on the NY Times Best Sellers List yet? No, but I am as an author trying to write really good books that people will enjoy... see me as a personable author who takes the time to say hi and hopefully that will help. I am after all writing for enjoyment and for my readers. I love to write and that's really important. So maybe someday I will have a book on the NY Times Best Sellers List. But first and foremost happy readers. So remember when you read a book from one of your favorite author, a lot of work goes into these books.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Home for the Holiday Blog Hop

Below you will find a link to the Home for the Holiday blog Hop that I will be participating in. Leave a comment along with your email and then hop onto the next one. I love to cook but what with writing and editing I don't have the time, unless I set aside a day. So the day before thanksgiving is making pie day. At least 6-8 just for our family. Then there is the homemade stuffing and cranberry sauce. Less is better for our family. Now when I lived in Cambodia someone always sent me herbs and spices to make homemade stuffing out of stale baguettes. Now that I live back in the states I have breadcrumbs handy. Turkey Stuffing 1 bag of stuffing mix (for Thanksgiving) 2-3 bags. Measurements will be for one bag. 1 box of chicken broth, 1 stick of butter, onions, mushrooms, celery. Saute veg. in butter till done according to taste. Add to stuffing mix then add chicken broth. I add a bit more or less or even water till I get it moist enough. Put in baking dish, cover with tin foil. Bake. So moist and not salty like boxed stuffing.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Working on a website and contest coming up !

Well I have finally bitten the proverbial bullet. Yesterday I started working on a website... My oldest daughter, one of three of my children who still live in Cambodia is doing up her own. She is going to have an online shop for children's clothes, made in Cambodia. Well looking at her's gave me the courage to finally try. At first I was like "OMG I can't figure this out!" Was pulling my hair and doing a whole lot of talking to the screen. After a few hours I was starting to get along just fine. This morning after some writing time I got back on the page. I have a few glitches here and there BUT I figured out some stuff that I couldn't yesterday. So I am happy. I kinda deleted something and have to work out that but again I am not too upset... yet. It amazes me that I am actually doing this. I would much rather be writing, so I do throughout the day. Then I get back to the web page and work things out, adjust this and that. Move things, figure things out and voila! It looks half way decent. I will keep at it till it looks great. Also I will be running a contest in conjunction with the release of "I've Been Waiting for You" on December 15th. There will be swag and a gift card to be given away. So until next time...

Sunday, November 10, 2013

My InD'tale Review for One Thousand Years to Forever

On Monday, late afternoon I went and peeked at the November issue of the magazine InD'tale. I was a bit timid about reviews, though I have received very good ones so far... but to get one from a magazine like InD'tale... Well I was saying to my self If I receive one of 3 stars that will make me happy, it will make me work that much harder. I dared not hope for a 4 star or higher... So slowly I turned the pages through the reviews till I arrived at Paranormal... Then I turned to page 73 and there was my book and next to the cover was a Crowned Heart and under the title is not three stars or four but FIVE stars! It received the Crowned Heart for Excellence also! It also earned itself 5 teakettles... Five Star Review With Crowned Heart for Excellence, InD'Tale Magazine Reviews Review for One Thousand Years to Forever
"The characters and the plot are woven beautifully! Moriarty did a wonderful job melding thousands of years of history with current day without missing a single beat. This novella is truly quite a gem!" ~Julie Caicco~ InD'Tale is a great magazine and gives the Indie and Self-Published Author such as myself a voice in the publishing world. Thank you goes to InD'Tale it's Editor TJ Mackay and to my reviewer Julie Caicco. Do I now sit back on the laurels I received? No, it gonna make me work that much harder to make my next books even better.