Alpha~Beta…some crazy code? #writerlywednesday #awriterslife


There is so much more to writing than sitting down with pen and paper or computer. On Wednesday I will try to share some of the things I have learned by trial and error. We all have our own methods, some may like one thing while dislike another.  There is no one way of writing that is the right one. Since I just finished my current WIP which means work in progress, I will share my next step that is on to a Beta read, In my case, I send it o only one reader so I guess you would say she is my Alpha reader. What’s the difference?

An alpha reader or beta reader (also spelled alphareader / betareader, or shortened to alpha / beta), also pre-reader or critiquer, is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as …

Beta reader – Wikipedia

An Alpha reader is a person who gets your work as soon as you finish your rounds. In my case I write a rough draft, go over it running it through my ProWritingAid.   

I found a friend through my chatty chick writing group. She is my Alpha extraordinaire.  even though she makes tough calls, she and I understand each other. she never changes my voice no matter how deep the call. We pass the manuscript back and forth until we both are happy with the product.

Yes, sometimes I get teary at some of the cuts. Once we finish, the story is crisp, more polished and Ready for an editor.

What does an Alpha look for?

 Alpha versus Beta 

another great article between Alpha Beta and Arc readers Here 

of course, any glaring mistakes such as typos and stuff that stands out but the job is deeper. Their main job is loopholes things that don’t make sense, tense change and pacing. That’s just a tip of the iceberg. Having all this done ahead of time makes an editors job easier and makes for a more polished book.

It is important you have an Alpha you bond with because calls can be rough and you need to trust it’s not personal and for your best interest.  They have to be tough too and not let the author bully them too.  my Alpha Misty and I fit like lock and key. she knows when she will hae to hand me a tissue or calm me down.  She knows not to be offended if I like something so well I don’t want to make the change we discuss it and if I keep it she understands.  We have worked together for years now but this past year more seriously. We have one manuscript almost ready for me to either sub or hire an editor and this new project with a deadline of  Jan 31 just about ready to submit.

I don’t know what I would do without my Alpha. LOL Sounds like a wolf pack or something LOL

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Do you use an Alpha, or do Alpha reads?

Monday Munchies Stew on This #amblogging #food&love #awriterslife


Chuck roast.  Mine is 21/2 pounds. I only used half of the three of us.
4 medium potatoes peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cups baby carrots cut in half
1 large onion
Envelope of brown gravy mix
1 can beef broth half a can water
Garlic and onion powder
Beef better than bullion
Charbroil steakhouse seasoning
Worcester sauce
1/4 cup flour
2-3 tablespoon oil
Don’t skip the frying it adds color and makes the meat juicy and tender we don’t want Grey meat Add a yucky face
Cut and wash your potatoes. I like small bite-sized pieces.
Cut the carrots in half and layer on top. Try to keep them close in size to the potatoes.
cut up an onion. I leave this big so my daughter can easily pick hers out and give it to me. Now liberally salt and pepper this.
now add the beef broth, water gravy mix and Better than Bullion(one of my secret ingredients). The steak seasoning is another. Now they are not so secret.
season meat with all seasonings sprinkle about a quarter cup of flour and mix well. Heat a frying pan with the oil and brown.
You don’t want to skip this step. Browning the meat makes it have a more appealing color and seals in the juices for a tastier, juiciest meat. We don’t want a grey meat.

Taste your broth in the veggies you want it slightly salty but not a lot. Add the meat and mix well.  set and forget… I’m cooking mine on low for about 6 hours you can cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Seve with crackers or hot cornbread (as I am). You can add a salad or cooked greens as a side to round it out.

Another nice cool weather dish without a lot of fuss.  I love my crockpot year round, so much that I have three plus a small dip size. Maybe sometime this year I will show you a full crock pot meal. (marks calendar.)

Thursday we got our first taste of winter. It was 60 during the day then dropped during the night. It began sleeting and freezing rain with snow around one and most of the morning Friday. Friday night we got a touch more snow. Now heavy accumulation. but it’s in the 20’s and the roads are bad. Perfect weather for A bowl of soup. My Mom made this often when I was growing up and my dad still does.

This recipe is simple and can be made on the stove top in less than an hour.

It’s also very Versatile

Hamburger Vegetable soup.

1lb ground beef (I use 97-3 but any kind works just if you have fat after browning drain well.) Browned.

3 bags of frozen veggies of your choice( I used carrots, peas, and corn )

1 box of beef broth or stock

1 can of tomato soup or diced tomatoes or tomato sauce

Garlic powder, onion powder, pepper,

Better than Boullion vegetable and beef or choose one)

Put all ingredients in a stockpot bring to a boil simmer 10-15 minutes and serve.


What is your favorite soup or stew recipe?  Do you like crackers, cornbread or dinner rolls?

Back in the day #MFRWauthor #earliestmemory #amblogging

Welcome to the 2018  52-week MFRW blog challenge. this weeks topic is Our Earliest memory.

My earliest and fondest memories are of my Grandma and grandpa on my mom’s side. They were known simply as Grandma and Grandpa. occasionally called him grandpa Lebo. I spent as much time as I could with them on their farm. The house was set way back down a winding road. It was a tall white house with two stories. They had indoor plumbing but there was an outhouse on the premises. I thought it hilarious and even used it from time to time. I was so little Grandma had to hold me up. The also had a pump and grandma used it some too. I remember carrying pails of water to the chicken coops and pig pens. Grandpa or one of the uncles would take me out on the tractor. The uncles (three of them) were a bit mischievous and like tormenting me. I was like a little puppy and just kept going back for more.

I remember walks with Grandpa along the railroad track across the lane down to the Tressel. I hated the Tressel because once we walked across and one of the beagles fell through so I was always afraid we would fall or another dog would. I guess that was the worse memory.

I would spend the summer helping grandma can peaches, pears, and everything from the garden. This is where I get my love of gardening and canning foods. I’d sit on the counter and help or stand in a chair listening to grandma sing hymns. She always sang The Garden and it to this day soothes me.

I remember Grandpa putting me in a cart drawn by his horse tiger and we would go down the lane to one of the local stores. We would get a soda for a nickel and a bottle. I always got root beer or cream. I remember a paper doll book that you colored first then cut out. He would get that and scissors and colors for like 25 cents. I thought I was in heaven. We would get a puzzle and after dinner, Grandma and I would work on it.

One of my fondest memories was they had a big German shepherd called Duke. He was a guard dog and pretty mean. They always told me to stay away and during the day he was chained to a pole. Grandma had a large wash tub out near the pump that she let me “swim’ during the summer. mom told me the story of coming out and I had duke in the tub with me.  They were all scared to death he would hurt me but he wouldn’t let any of them near us. I told them It was ok after I finished his bath Id put him back up and that’s what I did. He let no one near him ut my Grandpa, my uncle and me.

One last story. Grandma had a big chicken coop and a large space penned in for them to roam. We always had chicken on Sunday. One day she asked if I wanted dumplings and I said yes. She made the best dumplings. She said we’d go get a hen and fryer. Off to the chicken pen we went. She grabbed a fryer and handed to me and got a hen. I was tickled we were having the chickens to dinner. SHe took the hen gave a snap and said to do the same to the fryer. I was terrified and tossed the chicken screaming run chickens run.  That day I learned that she meant FOR dinner, not TO dinner.

When I was 8 the farmer my grandpa farmed for sold his property so Grandma and Grandpa moved to Kennett from the country. I miss that farm a lot and have a few stories you will see it, some of these memories and more.

Lets go see what memories the other authors have to share!


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Why Blog? ~~Writerly Wednesday #awriterslife #amblogging

Why blog? That’s a big question. How many people really read what you write? Its hard to say. There are trackers but some of those just show visits, not acutual readers.  I get very few comments on mine. I became frustrated and last year with life coming at me full force, I quit blogging except Friday. I had entered the MRW52 week blog and didn’t want to be a quitter. I made it until December and started missing some days then. How do you know what blog to use, Weebly, blogger, WordPress, and many others? Blogger is very user-friendly. I used it as my first ever blog and did get comments and followers.  I used it like a journal posting each day. Blogging like that got me on my feet and pulled me through a hard time.


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This year I decided to revive my blog, three days a week. My most read blogs were Foodie Friday and Writerly Wednesday and Teaser Tuesday. I am going to move Foodie Friday to Monday as Munchie Monday (Thank you Misty for the cutest name ever) i will feature recipes and stories to go along with them.  I am keeping Writerly Wednesday with tips, interviews and other thing pertaining to writing. And Friday is the 52-week MFRWauthor writing challenge.  For now, I am only doing these three days a week with an occasional spotlight or guest appearance. If you would like to follow my books, see teasers, have games and other fun stuff join my facebook group Cat’s Romance-Aholics.

Blogging can be time-consuming. I was spending hours a day on the blog, emails etc and not getting any writing. I have learned much over the years. I chose WordPress as a website and to combine my blog into one place.

Should you blog? I think that is a personal decision. You can have a website with no blog, but I think people like to get to know an author. It makes reading books more enjoyable when you see bits and pieces of the person that wrote the book. I think it’s a good way to make friends.

Blogging takes a lot of work trying to decide what to post, finding photos or songs and trying to make it interesting. So if you read blogs take a moment to comment. We love to know what you think!

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What do you like seeing on blogs? what do you not like? I’d love to know!


The spotlight: Vic & Dan Coach’s Challenge VL Locey #sportromance


Before we get to the interview with Vic and Dan, I’d like to thank Cathy for being brave enough to have Victor over. Not everyone is willing to deal with his mouth, and for that I commend Cat highly. I did have a long talk with Mr. Kalinski before handing over the list of questions, and he promised to be nice. You can take that with a grain –or pound- of salt. Since Dan is riding shotgun I wager he’ll keep his husband in check.

Thank you so much for dropping by and I’ll now turn you over to Vic and Dan. *nervously chews fingernails*


Dan – “Okay, so we got like this huge list of questions. I’m going to just random pick ones.”

Vic- “Eenie-meenie works for me. It’s how I chose my date to the senior prom.”

Dan – “No, you did not.”

Vic – “Seriously, I did. There were two chicks vying for my attention. I kind of had my eye on this Skip dude on the baseball team, but he was straight, so I did an eenie-meenie between Diane and Sue.”

Dan – “Who won?”

Vic – “Rachel.”

Dan – “But I thought it was between Sue and Diane?”

Vic – *shrugs* – “The tiger never picked either of those two. Rachel was pushier, and easier.”

Dan- “Vic, man, stop with that stuff.”

Vic- “Oh, like no one out there knows a dude who went out with a girl in high school because she put out. Shit, give me a break. Back in those days, I’d have fucked anything breathing. And don’t say I’m still like that, babe. I’m totally into the monogamy now. I liked it so I put a ring on it.”

Dan – “Okay, so, since we already offended half the people reading this…”

Vic- “Might as well weed the weakest of the flock early.”

Dan – “I’m going to pick a few of the great questions Cathy sent us.”

Vic- “Cathy rocks. She loves me.”

Dan – “Uh-huh. Oh! This here’s a good one. What did you eat for breakfast and did you make it yourself.”

Vic- “I had Cream of Wheat because it’s colder than my therapist’s heart in Cayuga of late. Did I make it? Yes. Yes, I did.”

Dan – “Did you clean up after you slobbered Cream of Wheat all over the stove?”

Vic – “That wasn’t part of the question. I think you’re making shit up.”

Dan- “Scraping burnt on Cream of Wheat off the stove sucked.”

Vic- “I gave you a great blowjob for that display of domesticity.”

Dan – “Only after you made me tie an apron on.”

Vic – “Yeah, you in nothing but an apron turns me on. I’m getting half a hard-on just—”

Dan – “Okay, moving on. Do you put one sock on at a time, or one sock and one shoe?”

Vic – “Are these legitimate questions?”

Dan – “Yep, see.” *waves paper filled with questions under Vic’s nose*

Vic- “Huh. Okay. Well, I put one sock on at a time then my shoes. This sounds like something I’d hear in therapy. Like its some sort of demented test some headshrinker dreamed up to gauge how close a person is to committing assault with a winter squash upon an innocent bystander.”

Dan – “Oh this one is rich. Do you iron your clothes or do your own laundry? No, he does not do either. His fingers are too precious to touch an iron or washing machine knob.”

Vic – “I’m picking up some residual upset in your tone, my beloved.”

Dan – “Don’t never leave a mess on the stove like you did this morning. That sucked.”

Vic – “So did I, and damn well judging by how hard and fast you came while strangling that cute little green scrubber.”

Dan – “Yeah, well, don’t do it no more.”

Vic “I promise. So, anymore questions? Are we done?”

Dan – “No, not yet. Let me look them over. We know you’re married, we know you own your home, and we know you hire Lila’s boy to mow the grass. Oh, how about this one? Have you ever eaten a carrot right out of the ground?”

Vic – “They grow in the ground? We didn’t have much gardening or ground in Englewood, so I wasn’t aware.”

Dan – “Okay, now you know that about carrots. You watch them old Bugs Bunny cartoons all the time.”

Vic – “Well, they could have made that shit up. Them old cartoon dudes smoked a lot of the devil’s tobacco.”

Dan – “You’re in a mood.”

Vic – “Yeah I am. I told you I had like a five question patience limit and we’re already forty questions past that.”

Dan – “We did like four questions, maybe.”

Vic – “Feels like forty.”

Dan – “Just one more and then we’ll go home and watch South Park.”

Vic – “Cool. It’s the one where they kill Kenny.”

Dan – “They’re always killing Kenny. What’s your greatest fear?”

Vic – “Whoa. We jump from carrots and socks to greatest fear? What the fuck?”

Dan – “Soon as you answer it we’re out of here.”

Vic – “I’m not having fun now.”

Dan – “Vic, answer the question or we’ll be sitting here until you’re old and gray.”

Vic – *huffs and sighs and wriggles in his chair* “Losing you and Jack. There. The world knows. Can we go home now?”

Dan – “Hey, you know you ain’t never losing me. I love you like crazy.”

Vic – “Yeah, I know. Don’t mean I don’t fear doing something that slaughters that sainted patience of yours and you pack up and head north. Like the Cream of Wheat incident of 2018.”

Dan – “I don’t figure I’ll ever leave over Cream of Wheat. I’ll just bitch about it.”

Vic – “I like your bitching.”

Dan – “Must be, since you make me do it all the time.”

Vic – “Want to ditch this interview shit and go home? I’m thinking maybe I tie on the apron this time and you bend me over the dishwasher and smack my ass red with a spatula. Yeah, I see that gleam in them pretty blue eyes of yours. You’re all over that spatula spanking.”

Dan – “We got to quick say thanks to Cathy and tell the readers that Coach’s Challenge comes out tomorrow. Should we talk about the book a bit?”

Vic – “Nah. Let V.L. tack on the blurb and whatever links she wants and call it good.”

Dan- “Okay, I guess we can do that.” *tosses paper filled with questions into the air and jogs off to catch up with Vic*


Coach’s Challenge

Cayuga Cougars book 3

V.L. Locey

published by V. L. Locey Jan 10th

Blurb- Victor Kalinski and his husband, Dan Arou, are living the dream. Married for over a year now, the couple have settled into life in Cayuga surrounded by friends, family, and a team that’s poised to make another championship run. Each man is enjoying professional success as well as personal bliss. Who knew life in the suburbs with a spouse and a child could be so darn satisfying? Not Vic. K, that’s for sure.

The happy times are about to turn rough, though. The Cougars have picked up a new player, Sander March, a brash young center whose sass, skill, and attitude can rival Victor’s. When it’s revealed that this new player and Dan have history, tensions begin to rise between the newlyweds.

As Victor and Dan work on those issues, the one person Victor never thought he would meet arrives in the small New York hamlet and proceeds to flip everything in Vic’s life upside down. Can Victor and Dan’s marriage withstand what life is about to drop on it, or will the challenges be too much for them to handle?









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My Review 

Before you read this you do need to read the Point Shot Trilogy which is Dan and Victor’s story.
Coach’s Challenge brings us back to Vic and Dan after they’ve been happily married and fathers for nearly two years.
Everything is going great then Vic is thrown not one but two monkey wrenches into his life. one that shakes up his marriage the other he is brought face to face with the father that abandoned him. Hate isn’t a strong enough word for how Vic feels about his father and if you’ve read any of Victor’s stories you know how he deals with things and how he speaks his mind.
I am so glad we got another look into Vic and Dan’s lives and to see more of little Jack. The story lines are good, the book was page-turning, I didn’t want to put it down once I began. There is some serious scenes, hilarious ones and of course hot man-sex.
If you like hockey romance, the main character that is quite a butthead, cute kids and hot man-sex this is for you

 Meet V.L.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Dr. Who, Torchwood, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.


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Other Books by V.L. Locey

Gone Writing Publishing M/F Backlist Books and Upcoming Releases

Pink Pucks & Power Plays (To Love a Wildcat #1)

A Most Unlikely Countess (To Love a Wildcat #2)

O Captain! My Captain! (To Love a Wildcat #3)

Reality Check (To Love a Wildcat #4)

Language of Love (To Love a Wildcat #5)

Final Shifts (To Love a Wildcat #6)

Clean Sweep (Venom #1)

Twirly Girl (Venom #2)

Tape to Tape (Venom #3)

Angle Play (Venom #4)

Flow (Venom #5)

Roster Addition (A To Love a Wildcat novella)


Gone Writing Publishing LGBT Releases

Playmaker (An F/F Venom series novella)

Improper Fraction

Independent LGBTQ Releases

On Broadway (Part of the 2016-2017 Changing on the Fly M/M charity hockey anthology)

Holly & Hockey Boots (An M/M holiday hockey romance novella)

Point Shot Trilogy Boxed Set

Snap Shot—Cayuga Cougars #1

Changing Lines—Harrisburg Railers #1—Coauthored with RJ Scott

Open Net—Cayuga Cougars #2

First Season—Harrisburg Railers #2—Coauthored with RJ Scott

Rookie Moves (Part of the 2107/2018 Changing on the Fly M/M charity hockey anthology)

Deep Edge—Harrisburg Railers #3—Coauthored with RJ Scott



Coming 2/14/18… Poke Check – Harrisburg Railers #4 – Coauthored with RJ Scott

Coming 3/14/18…Blueline – Venom #6

Coming 4/18/18 – Life is a Stevie Wonder Song

Coming 5/15/18…Last Defense – Harrisburg Railers #5– Coauthored with RJ Scott

Coming 6/27/18…Overtime – Cayuga Cougars #4

Coming 8/8/18 – Lost in Indigo

Coming 10/24/18 – An Erie Collection

Coming 12/5/18… Holiday Novella – Railers &Eagles Crossover – Coauthored with RJ Scott





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