Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I remember when I was younger during the Christmas holiday, my cousins and I would have a sleep over at my grandparents house. Those were the best Christmas Eves'. We would dance to The Jackson 5 "Dancing Machine", eat Christmas cookies, and laugh with snaggle toothed smiles all in hopes of catching a glimpse of Santa Claus.

What are some of your favorite Christmas memories? Were you bleary eyed from staying up all night as a kid waiting for Santa? Did you secretly break into the presents under the tree and then quickly lie and tell your parents it was a burglar that came through the window to look at Your Cabbage Patch baby?

What laughs did you share? Share a few memories with me so I can laugh tonight :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

So many great books out...

I can't seem to put my books down. I have been jumping from book to book. I know I have to get busy finishing E2:JS. Believe me I will, it's just that this is the time of year my favorite authors on my bookshelf seem to start cranking out their goodies for me, and I can't help but jump from book to book.

What are you reading now? Let me know if it "moves you". We might have the same favorite authors.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Good Morning America in San Antonio, Texas Today

Thank you so much Good Morning America for broadcasting live from our romantic Riverwalk. For those of you who are fans of Embellish, the San Antonio Riverwalk is one of the places the lovely Solis Burkes and the devastatingly handsome vampire Nacio Puente fell in love with each other.

Good Morning America was here this morning with Sam Champion reporting live. He was able to do the countdown for flipping the switch at our Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The entire Riverwalk was set aglow with thousands of miniature Christmas lights. It's one of my favorite places and one of many of our city's pride and joy.

If you missed the broadcast, well just read Embellish and the scenery will feed your mind as if you were there on the Riverwalk this morning. For those of you that caught the broadcast, just wait and see what the city looks like during Fiesta.

Monday, November 23, 2009

2010 AAMBC National Conference


The 2010 AAMBC National Event is gearing up for another awesome time. This year we headed off the national event in San Antonio and on June 12, 2010 we take it to the mid-west in Chicago, Illinois. This year we are sure to please with all new themes and featured authors and book signings. Authors such as Tina Brooks McKinney, Pamela Samuel Young, Earl Sewell, Gwynneth Foster, Terra Little , and Shawna Hill have been announced the featured authors for the 2010 conference. National Best Seller Naleighna Kai will be the Key Note Speaker and also signing her books. Also you will have the opportunity to meet twelve attending authors ranging from Christian, romance, street, and poetry.

The day will kick off with a welcoming break fast, and then the doors open for the largest book signing of the day. Following the attending authors signings the featured authors will be meeting in the reserved rooms for Chocolate Chats and Book Discussions. Also there will be awesome vendors and make over’s provided by Kreatvie Looks. Just added to the list of event is the book club meeting with the founder Tamika Newhouse.

Next year there will be all sorts of goodies and giveaways and the launching of the AAMBC T Shirts and Bags. The best part is AAMBC still plans to bring you a twist with showcasing more independent authors then most of the book festival today.

The day will continue on with the Book Lover’s Dinner and the Keynote Speaker will announce the winners of the 2010 AAMBC Literary Awards. Wait... the fun will finally end with two full hours of poetry for the soul hosted by one of Chicago Lands own.

To guarantee your spot for the national event you must send your deposit in by December 15th and final registration ends March 15, 2010. Authors there is a limited number of authors attending and we strongly encourage you to reserve your table to this anticipated celebration of black literature early on.

To receive more details please go to www.aambcnationalmeeting.com

Sunday, November 22, 2009

More about me and what I like

I've appreciated all of the feedback that I have received about Embellish. Really I have. The thing you will learn about me is that I approach writing in the same way I like to have a story narrated to me, and that is with characters and language that are genuine and sincere.

I was blessed to have known some of the greatest story narrators in my lifetime. Heck, they were my relatives. These narrators were so great at the art of storytelling, that you were either in need of an electric blanket for your rib cage from laughing so hard or you needed an entire box of tissue to dry your eyes.

Yes, many of us are able to write according to standard proper English, the way a dictionary says to, the way a thesaurus says to, or any other way that Writing Software might dictate to us. The thing about that is, we don't necessarily speak to each other that way nor do we have thought patterns in that manner, so isn't it hypocritical to judge all writing that way? I mean, if we all wrote according to the digital software that's available, the majority of the paranormal writing styles would appear the same. None of the stories would be fresh or unique.

3 B West is another project I've completed, and will be published next month. Again, I did not set out to write an APA styled story, but I solemnly promise to proofread and edit the text thoroughly. If I'd wanted a perfectly written dissertation, I would have accepted an invitation to pursue a Doctorate degree.

We're all prone to mistakes and goodness knows I'm prone to making mistakes everyday. My goal in mind will always be to entertain, thrill, and creep you out.

When I pick up a book from my favorite genre, I want it to carry me deep into the story. I want to know the characters so well that I can either consider them as neighbors, family members, or deadly enemies. Those are the books I like to keep on my shelf.

When I read a story, I critique it according to how deeply it made me explore my emotions. Did it make me cry? Was I angry? Did I laugh? Was I so scared I had to sleep with the lights on? Those of you that enjoyed Embellish, I plan to keep you either scared as heck, fighting mad, or at the drugstore purchasing boxes of tissue.

It's been said that if you don't write according to proper English, you will be considered untrustworthy, ignorant, or worse totally illiterate. I don't believe this to be true. What do you think?

Leave a few comments for me.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Am I the only cartoon fan left in the world besides small children?

Please tell me I'm not the only cartoon fan left in the world? I still love Scooby Doo and Shaggy (the original episodes from 1969), not the ones with Scrappy. He talks too much, and his shoulders don't look like they have enough room to hold his over-sized head.

What are some of your favorite cartoons?

Monday, October 26, 2009

What is the scariest movie you've ever seen?

The scariest movie of all time I believe is The Exorcist. I was paranoid for several nights, whew! It's truly a classic.

What do you think? What's your scariest horror movie you've ever seen?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Performed Thriller

I was able to perform Thriller five times this past week in a sorceress costume. This was too exciting! I think I paid my respects to the King of Pop very well. I did miss a step!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage all month long

We've had a huge Hispanic Celebration here in San Antonio, Texas this month. Now this is the nationwide Celebration, not to be confused with San Antonio's own Fiesta that is the annual celebration. It's great to share and learn from as many cultures as possible.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Just started on a new zombie story

Zombies are coming our way folks! I have just begun to pen a opening to a story about a whole heeping mess of the undead creepy crawlers.

I'll keep you posted on how it's going!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rain Boredom

It is pouring down here in San Antonio. I just came back from sloshing around out there in the dreary stuff. I've started writing a short story that is purely horror. Who knows, it might lead to who new series! It's a creepy crawler sort of book, something you would read to someone during a spectacular lightening storm.

Guess the rain prompted me to reach for my pen!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Just received a bag full of books!

Okay,

I have enough books to last me through the end of the year. I will be reading and writing Embellish II to keep me busy through the beginning of 2010. Lucky me, but hey I'm not complaining!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hey it's Friday!!!

Goodness I am SO GLAD it's Friday!!!!!! I plan to relax and let the rain wash away the weeks blues. I will be doing a little reading, a little writing, and a whole lot of relaxing. No cell phone for me this weekend, nooooo buddy!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Getting Closer to Halloween!

I am waiting for Halloween! I think the older I've gotten the more involved I gotten with wanting to dress up! Of course I will be the Vampiress of Ceremonies for an upcoming luncheon, but I will be totally vamped out...wig, fangs, nails, contacts and all...

Hollywood all the way!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Getting ready for the Book Signing next weekend

Hi Folks,

I'm getting ready for the next book signing. It will be a wonderful barbeque place called Chit Chat's. Yes, we Texans love our barbeque "Eat and Greets". If you're in Texas hope to meet you soon!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Met someone who reminded me of Childress Treemount

Okay,

I'm not crazy, but if I had the opportunity to write a movie script for Embellish, I promise you I just met someone who looked like Childress Treemount. She of course is the villainess in Embellish. I told a friend of mind and she laughed and said well you just might be on to something.

I think Rick Fox would be a great Nacio Puente, he's the vampire. Who knows maybe I'll meet Mr. Fox. If anyone knows him or knows how to contact him, let him know he would be great. He wouldn't even have to audition!!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Thank you so much for the posts! Nice meeting everyone

Hi Folks!!!

Thank you so much for all the nice posts and comments!!!! BIG HAND CLAPS FOR BRIDGET!!!! She's the true Diva!!!

I just finished trying on an absolutely gorgeous Halloween costume with a Wicked Black two foot vampire collar. I can't wait. I will be performing Michael Jackson's THRILLER on Oct. 30th at a luncheon! I ordered a Marie Antoinette wig to go with it. I will be Mistress of Ceremonies...so have to play the part.

Let me know what you think of Embellish. I wrote the end of Embellish II: Justice Served this past weekend...CLIFF HANGER!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Been extremely busy

Wow!!!!

I have been going non-stop. We've done a portion of Embellish as a play, we've had several book signings, and work work work. Maybe, just maybe I might get a nap this weekend.

I'm going to catch some zzz's

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Podcast interview

I had my Podcast interview recorded last week, and I really enjoyed it! I love doing character voice impressions and Sarah at WITS allowed me to do my impression of Dr. Kross Malveaux from my book Embellish.

Dr. Malveaux is the prison psychiatrist of the villainess Childress Treemount, and boy does he have his work cut out for him during the session with her.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Embellish the play excerpt

WOW is all I can say!

An excerpt of Embellish was taken and made into a stage play. It was awesome!! When it was time for Nacio to hit the stage, the ladies swooned. He literally rolled on to the set in a smoky fog bank that set the mood in the cozy little decades old theatre house. WOW you should have been there!!!

The next showing will be Sunday August 23, 2009 @ 6:30pm at the Josephine Street Dinner theatre. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Running around like a headless chicken

Hi Folks,

An excerpt of Embellish has been turned into a play, and today was one of many play practices. Today the stage director was giving me feedback on the narration of the book. She is extremely dramatic, and a perfectionist. I was exhausted after my efforts to meet her standards.

There will be two performances, one tomorrow and one next Sunday at the Josephine Street Dinner playhouse here in San Antonio. The stage director is expecting a pretty big turnout--we'll keep our fingers crossed.

Well, gotta run...straight to sleep that is. I'll post soon.

R. L.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Trudging away at Embellish II: Justice Served

Hi Folks,

Just taking a break from the keyboard. CSI is on, and I had to stop, and check it out. Keeps me inspired!

Well, I'll post to you later.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Embellish author R. L. Sloan says "Hello"

Good Evening, I'm R. L. Sloan!

I have recently published the paranormal vampire romance novel Embellish! I had a wonderful time writing this novel, and have already begun the second book in the series. I'll let you know a little something about Embellish:


As a young girl, Solis Burkes is raped at the hands of ruthless school bullies, an incident that haunts her into young adulthood. Then she meets Nacio, a strikingly handsome man who seems to know everything about her, including the painful past Solis hasn’t told anyone about. But what Solis doesn’t know is that Nacio has been with her every step of the way, protecting her ever since that fateful episode.

It’s a destiny he’s been working up to for the last 257 years.

Now, as Solis enters a dark world of vampires, voodoo, and passion, she’ll need all the protection she can get. Unbeknownst to her, those responsible for Solis’s rape have returned. Connected to the evil voodoo Priestess Auldicia, they’ll stop at nothing in their plans to spew violence and mayhem throughout the city. And an old family feud dating back centuries puts Solis first on their list of targets. But not if Solis can unravel the clues fast enough, and inflict her own brand of revenge...

Embellish mixes sexy romance with high-stakes paranormal intrigue for a keeps-you-guessing, fast-paced and savvy thriller, right up until the shocking finale.

I have quite a bit of feedback thus far on Nacio. Most of my female friends have said that their husbands and boyfriends have a few choice words for me, because their "women" are infatuated with Nacio, heeheeheeheeee. I really got a kick out of that. Most females that have read the book love to hate the villainess Childress Treemount.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it. I'll post to you soon. :)

R. L. Sloan