"Gabrielle Holly spins her stories in a way that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster you'll never forget!"
~Paranormal Romance Junkies

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dream a Little Dream

Dream analysis is a hobby of mine. I believe that dreams are the data-dump of the day’s events. In sleep we shut down our rigid mental force fields and all the information we took in while awake rushes through unfiltered. Seemingly disjointed images and actions and snippets of conversation swirl around before forming a weird, colorful conga line that plays out on the movie screen of our subconscious. I love replaying these odd little films and trying to decipher what the director (namely, me) was trying to convey.
I’m currently focused on wrapping up my sixth book and the frenetic creative atmosphere by day has made for some particularly vivid dreams by night. The other night I dreamed about stray dogs and driving blind. In my dream, I was rushing to an appointment – feeling unprepared and worried about being late. I said goodbye to my real-life dogs – Maggie & Riley – then made my way to the car.  On the front porch was a sweet yellow mutt. He was wet and I somehow knew that he was cold and hungry. I brought him inside, dried him off and gave him something to eat. I was rewarded with unconditional doggie love. When I tried to leave again, a second stray dog – this time a spotted hound - showed up on my doorstep. I gave him the same hospitable treatment and received the same gratitude in return. Dream-Maggie and Dream-Riley graciously welcomed the new family members without so much as a WOOF! When I was finally able to leave my new menagerie, it was in a convertible with the top down. It was nighttime and I couldn’t get the headlights to work, but I still chose to drive on by the light of the moon and stars.
My initial assessment of my overnight movie was that it was a cautionary tale about my current Work In Progress. I thought my subconscious must be warning me to stop letting in stray ideas and focus on the road ahead. The stray dogs represented unwelcomed plot changes – interlopers that kept trying to insinuate themselves into my established story structure. Driving without headlights represented my lack of a clear vision for the book.
I’ve since amended my analysis. I realized that in the dream, the strays were friendly and loving and easily merged into the existing pack. And, though I drove without headlights, the moon and stars lit the way. Because I was driving with the top down, I was treated to a cool breeze. Maybe the dream wasn’t about the importance of rigid focus at all. Perhaps my subconscious was telling me that unexpected ideas can improve a predictable storyline and that being open to seeing things in a different light will make the journey more magical.
There is, of course, no definitive answer to the meaning of that – or any – dream. The value in dream analysis is simply as an exercise to open yourself up to possibilities that by day are cloaked in common sense.
Sweet Dreams Darlings!
xoxo ~Gabrielle

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Untangling My Web

It’s been cold and rainy here in the Midwest. My suburban property is a veritable forest and the wind has stripped the leaves from the trees. The raking has been put on hold until everything dries out. Good thing too. I’ve been plugging away at a number of indoor projects while I wait.
On Tuesday I completed the first draft on my sixth book and hope to have it edited and submitted by Halloween. It’s incubating at the moment. I need to let it marinate for a few days before I dive into edits. In the meantime, I decided to give my website a little facelift. The first incarnation of http://www.gabrielleholly.com/ was very… pink – a little too Pepto Bismol for my liking.
I started playing around with some photos I’d taken before the leaves fell. I have a show-stopping sugar maple in my backyard that turns a gorgeous blaze orange every fall. The original photos were pretty, but I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I ditched the color. Picassa’s free editing software made the whole process ridiculously simple. A couple of clicks and I had some stunning black-and-whites. The top banner on my webpages features a close-up of some of the branches and the background of my blog is a wider shot from beneath the tree’s canopy.
Once I had my images, I whipped up some navigation buttons (using PowerPoint of all things) then laid out my pages with another nifty bit of free software called NVu KompoZer. It helps to know a bit of HTML code to make it sing, but it’s nothing like the drudgery of old-fashioned web-building.
With pages now uploaded and broken links mended, I can’t think of a single thing to keep me from doing what I’m supposed to be doing… writing. Starting tomorrow morning, I’m going to hunker down and massage my Work in Progress into a novel. Alas, there is no software – free or otherwise – that will magically get me from first draft to completed manuscript. I can’t point-and-click away knotted character motivations and loose plot threads. I’ll have to plunge in and start weaving by hand.
While I’m wrestling this book into submission (that’s a pun for my editor friends), I hope you’ll take a stroll around my new site and, if you’re so inclined, drop me an email to let me know what you think.
Happy Surfing, Darlings!
xoxo ~Gabrielle

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mr. Fix It gets Four Stars!

Thanks to Fuchsia and all the Darlings over at Long and Short Reviews - Erotic Romance (Formerly Whipped Cream Reviews) for the lovely write-up on Mr. Fix It!

Here's a snippet:

... This was a very good story, the author portrayed a not so perfect woman among cosmetically perfect ones and still showed how love can look past the surface. Not everyone is perfect but everyone deserves a chance at love, and Bill wanted Deena. Suzanne was the bitch you knew you would hate, especially with her snide remarks, and scheming ways. She couldn't stand that Bill only had eyes for Deena, especially when he had someone as perfect as her in front of him. Mr. Fix-It is an enjoyable read and if you do pick up a copy I hope that you will enjoy it as much as this reader did.

Read the full review and see what else they're up to over at Long and Short Reviews.

If you haven't read Mr. Fix It yet, pick up a copy and find out what all the fuss is about.

Wish Upon A Star, Darlings!

xoxo ~Gabrielle

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Focus Pocus

Hello Darlings,

It's turned colder and the trees are almost bare. I'm spending much less time writing outdoors, but the atmosphere is perfect for writing paranormal erotic romance. I LOVE this time of year! 

Over the past few weeks I've been so laser-focused on completing my sixth book that I've neglected checking in here. I hope to have my current work in progress wrapped up and submitted by Halloween, which means my blog posts will be few & far between 'til the end of the month. In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter @gabrielle_holly  so we can at least keep in touch 140 characters at a time!

I just got word that Solder of Love - Book 1 in the Ghost Encounters Series is Now Available for Pre-Order at a 15% discount! I'm really excited about this series. Soldier of Love comes out December 3rd from Total-e-Bound. Book 2 in the series will follow in March 2013. 

Stay focused, Darlings!

xoxo ~Gabrielle