Monday, November 3, 2008

I JUST finished and sent in the galley for the print edition of Shadows of Evil. The release date is March 31, 2009, and you can pre-order over at Amazon. I'm so excited. E-books are great. They're environmentally friendly, they're convenient. But the idea of holding my book in my hands is an amazing thought. Look out for excited squeeing. The release date for Keepers of Legend is February 11, 2009. This novella is close to my heart because it has a dragon as a major character. Yes, I'm planning on writing more stories set in this dragon-friendly world.Shadows of Evil is available for the Kindle now. I'm still doing the Paul McKenna program, and I'm still losing weight. Don't know how much, but I'm officially down a size. It's amazing, folks!!Good luck to all of you doing NaNoWriMo! I'm not this year, and I wish I was. But I had the galley, and I have a revision to get done. Maybe next year.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

As a Halloween treat, I've posted a paranormal romance short story originally published in The Romance Place. It's over at The Otherworld Diner, if you'd like to take a look.

Don't eat too much candy!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free fiction!

To get you in the mood for Halloween, there's some free fiction over at The Otherworld Diner. My coworkers have written some amazing things. Oh, and I have a little piece over there too. Enjoy!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Checking In

I just wanted to check in and let everybody know that I'm okay. I'm dealing with some physical and emotional stuff right now, and I just need some time. I intend to share some of what is going on at a later time, I'm just not ready for that yet. I am continuing to write, and there will be more books soon.

My heart goes out to all those affected by the hurricanes and the aftermath. My hope is that the big ones are over.

I have posted on The Otherworld Diner on the subject of magic in everyday life. Enjoy.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Too Good To Be True

I’ll admit it, I’ve been holding back. I’ve been losing weight with a system that sounds too good to be true. I didn’t believe it either, so I wanted to make sure before I spread the news.

A few months ago, I happened upon a six-part television show called, I Can Make You Thin. The shows, and the program, were developed by British PhD Paul McKenna. There are four simple rules to his program: 1. When you’re hungry, eat. 2. Eat what you want to eat. 3. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite. 4. When you’re full, stop. Sounds too easy, right? And yet it works. Really. I didn’t believe it, but it’s true. I can’t tell you how much weight I’ve lost, our scale bit the dust two moves ago, but I do know my clothes fit better, and I see the difference when I look in the mirror. I’ll let you know how it’s going.

Over on the Otherworld Diner, my post The Otherworld Diner: A Prize Inside Every Snack!, dishes up a light serving of paragraphs in the middle of books by bestselling authors. If you want to check it out, go here. As always, while you’re there, feel free to look around. My coworkers always serve up thought provoking entrees and snacks.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Middle Age

Yesterday was my birthday and I was *cough* years old. I spent the day with family—including two of my grandchildren. Cool day, really.

Over at the Otherworld Diner, I’ve posted a piece on middles (of manuscripts, not people). Come on over and check it out. While you’re there, my coworkers’ posts are wonderful. If you’ve ever had a manuscript slow down after the initial excitement, then come on down for some great ideas.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Today Show—Again!

This weekend is the Romance Writers of America’s national conference, professional gathering of writers of romance to learn, network, and recharge.

The Today Show did a report. They interviewed Nora Roberts, who did a wonderful job of explaining that romance is about hope. Personally I was hoping they wouldn’t make romance look bad. As they showed scenes from San Francisco, where the conference is held this year, they only showed the literacy book signing (the only event open to the public). No mention was made that those books are donated and the proceeds used to support literacy programs. Actually, from the report, you’d get the impression that the entire conference was about fans gathering in droves to meet their favorite authors.

Then, when the camera goes back to the Today Show set, two female hosts were sitting on a couch. One of them said, “We should take up that career in our spare time.” I took that to be the usual “I could write one of those trashy things in a few hours” type comments. I don’t think I was wrong.

I dare her to try. Come on, lady, show us what you can do. It’s easy to write a romance novel. It only takes hundreds of hours of hard work, including planning, plotting, research, revision, more revision, and polishing. And then comes the rejections. Yeah, it’s easy. Hey, why don’t we take up being a Today Show host in our spare time? It can’t be hard to just sit there and talk. Right?

Meanwhile, over at the Otherworld Diner, I blogged about my muse. Her name is Quill, and she’s a...

Sorry, you’ll have to go see for yourself.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Terrific Thursday!

Okay, maybe not terrific, but I'm up, I have coffee, and I'm online with all my friends. That has to count for something.

As the weekend approaches, I think a lot of people consider what they've accomplished in the past week. My thoughts today have been that maybe I was too hard on myself in the last post. So what else is new. I guess as long as I'm making progress, I'm doing all right. (And hey, two blog posts in a week--yay for me!)

Today at the Otherworld Diner, I have a Thursday Thirteen up. I posted questions I think writers would like to ask their muses (or at least I would!) I had fun coming up with them. For example, "I’m in the shower. Why couldn’t you wait until I can write things down?" I have to say, I've asked that question more than once.

What would you like to ask your muse?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday, Monday :)

Good Monday, folks. I know the beginning of the work week is not known for being a pleasant day, but I hope there are some things in your life today that you can happy about.

As for me, I’m basically taking a class without a teacher. Sort of. Long story, but the punch line is that I needed Margie Lawson’s Empowering Character Emotions class, but she wasn’t teaching it anytime soon. So, I bought the lecture notes. She writes at the beginning of the notes that the class is intense, graduate class level type work. My thought process was that I’ve been writing for a long time. I’m intelligent. I’ll breeze right through this thing.


She wasn’t kidding. The class is intense! At the moment, I’m averaging two days per lecture. And I haven’t even finished all the assignments of those three lectures yet. Now part of that is because I had some dental work done toward the end of last week. (My face is still sore.) But the biggest reason is that the class involves complicated stuff that takes some serious thought and study. Especially when it comes to applying the principles to my own work.

The up side of the whole deal is that I’m very sure I’ll come out of this experience a better writer. My biggest regret is that I didn’t take a class from Margie before. She’s awesome! I heard she’s an amazing teacher, and she’s even better than I imagined. If you get a chance to take one of her classes or workshops, I definitely recommend it. Just be prepared to work. Hard.

It’s a challenge, but—like everything else in life—nothing worthwhile is easy.

Back to work.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Keepers of Legend

I am sooooo excited! I just got my cover for my paranormal romance novella, Keepers of Legend, coming soon from The Wild Rose Press. I think it's pretty. And I'm not prejudiced at all.

Seriously, the artist ( Nicola Martinez) caught the wonder of the discovery of the dragon. I can't believe how well she caught the feel of the story.

Jessica Knight and her teenage daughter are out for a hike in the Smoky Mountains when they run across a most amazing creature. As a scientist, Jessica can't believe what she's seeing is really a dragon, but it sure looks that way. But there are those who have their own agendas for the creature, including a certain army major that Jessica has a history with. Can she protect the greatest scientific find in history?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I posted my very first Thursday 13 over at the Otherworld Diner. I'd post one here, but doing the one was interesting enough.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day and not melting in the heat. Love the sunshine, but it's hot here in east Tennessee.

Stay cool y'all!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Party Time!

Tomorrow is party day, as AJ Hampton hosts the All Author Bash. This is a multi-author event, hosted on a discussion board, and it lasts all day. So, no matter what time zone you're in, no matter what your schedule is like, you can come on down! There'll be excerpts, discussions, games, prizes, polls, you name it and it'll probably be there. :)

Check it out, tomorrow!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Got Romance Novels?

First the whole males like Indy and females like Sex thing. And now MSNBC is dissing the romance genre. It looks like a regular old book promo. Not a big deal. But buried in the middle of an excerpt from Danielle Steel's new book, is a little blue box that says "Vote: Do you read romance novels?" Still not a big deal, except when you actually look at the options.

1. Yes, yes, yes! Bodice-rippers are my ultimate escape.
2. No way.
I don't touch those books.
3. Sometimes, while on vacation or at the beach.

Huh? I clicked #1, then commented. And I'm not alone. In spite of the antiquated--and insulting--wording, the first option is winning--though not by a lot. Adding the numbers of 1 &3 gives a more realistic picture, but really!

Feel free to go and click. Overwhelm the sexist idiots at NBC. Maybe they'll figure out that women are actually half of the world's population. That we read, watch news shows, and vote in polls. I know there are intelligent people at NBC--many of them women. Now if the powers that be would let them do their jobs.

Speaking of women, I posted today at the Otherworld Diner on the importance of the heroine in romance novels. While you're there, check out the great posts from my fellow employees. I'm always blown away by the fantastic writing, and the different takes on the same subject. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

This Weekend!

I'll be leaving early tomorrow for Ohio to attend Lori Foster's Reader Author Get Together. This will be my first event as a published author, and I'm very excited! If you're coming, I'd love to see you there! For more info, go here!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Battle of the Sexes?

On the Today Show Friday, there was a story about the two blockbuster movies out right now, Sex and the City and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So far, a pretty standard report. It was the angle they used that bothered me. The entire report was based on the idea that men would want to see Indiana Jones, and women would want to see Samantha Jones Huh?

I resent the assumption that women always prefer "chick flicks" and only go to action-adventure movies to please their man. I don’t believe for a minute that gender really plays that much of a part in movie selection. I had dinner with a close friend last week, and she was talking about her desire to move from writing romance to writing action-adventure for women. I hope she does (and I have a plan or two myself—see that evil grin?)

For months the anticipation for the new Indiana Jones movie has been everywhere. Many of the women I know have expressed excitement about seeing it, as well as the women on the groups/email loops I’m on (and I’m on quite a few). Women are excited about the movie. I haven’t heard one word from a woman saying that her husband or boyfriend dragged her to the theater. Not one!

I’m sure both movies will do quite well, they both have built-in audiences who have and will rush to the theatres. There is a large enough audience to ensure both make millions.

Personally, I’m looking forward to see a sexy man doing some very active archeology. But that’s just me.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

It's Alive!, anyway. My paranormal romance, Shadows of Evil, is now available from Samhain Publishing. You can go here to find out more.

Here's the blurb:

For Kia Wolfe, moving to an isolated mountaintop is an act of independence from her demanding family and ex-fiancé. She’s literally dreamed about the regal old house for years, and for the first time in her life she feels at home. She’s here to stay, even though the house’s history of violent deaths is enough to scare off most people.
Garrett McKnight, owner of the contracting firm Kia has hired to renovate her house, is wary of the new resident. Emotionally bruised and battered by a self-centered ex-wife, he can’t get around the fact that there’s something about Kia that both attracts him and sets him on edge. And when Kia dabbles in a bit of Wicca, accidentally unleashing a hidden evil, it’s tempting to walk away and leave her to her to her fate.
But he can’t. Not when four people have died in that house.
Warning, this title contains the following: a bit of explicit sex, a touch of graphic language, some graphic violence, and a scare or two.

Now I'm going to happy dance!!!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Every morning I wake up with a random song running through my head. Sometimes there’s something in the lyrics that reminds me of my life at the moment, or maybe the tune reflects my mood, or maybe I heard the tune late in the previous day. This morning was different. I woke up with a chant in my head: "My book comes out tomorrow!"

As excited as I am, I’m terrified as well. Not long after I woke up with the chant in my head—and a smile on my face—I drifted off again, only to have one of those short falling dreams. I woke up sure I was falling off the bed. And the floor seemed farther away than usual. Fear—it doesn’t take a dream expert to know that’s what I was feeling.

Then again, it seems the more anticipated and exciting something is, the more likely we’ll be scared. From childbirth to new jobs, we humans mix our emotions on a regular basis. And that interests me as a person—and as a writer.

If you’d like to find out more about the book, you can go here.
The members of my author group will be getting an excerpt seen nowhere else. Plus, tomorrow I’m going to be giving away a free copy of Shadows of Evil to someone in my Yahoo group.
If you’d like to get your name in the running, join me at my chat group.

Happy Memorial Day. May the memory of those who have fallen protecting our country be honored today, and every day.