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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Reading, Writing and Reading Some More

So I've really been whittling down my TBR pile......(that's To Be Read). Every writer I know has a towering stack of books she buys to read as soon as she gets a chance. Books we've been waiting for. Books we've heard about. Books that have a 'buzz' of interest surrounding them.
But every once in awhile, I really jump into that stack. I write my pages in the morning, and then I'm reading. Reading everything. Mysteries, young adult, romances, horror, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy. You name it, I'll read it. I've even been known to read the backs of cereal boxes when there's nothing else readily available.
I'm making such serious headway that I'm going to have to go book shopping. SOON. Oh, there's a tragedy!! So what're you reading now??

Thursday, February 22, 2007


So in the last week or so, my editor told me that we'd gotten a couple of fabulous quotes for the cover of my June book, MORE THAN FIENDS
Two fabulously funny paranormal writers, Allie Mackay and Katie MacAlister both gave me wonderful quotes for this book! I'm very pleased that they both loved the book enough to make a statement about it.
And I'm really looking forward to seeing those quotes on this book's cover.
But I'm wondering, readers pay attention to the cover quotes? If it's from an author you read, would that be enough to sway you to buy a book by someone else?
Come on...feed my curiosity. Would a good cover quote get you to buy a book?

Monday, February 19, 2007

I HATE New Blogger!!

Okay, I've been trying for twenty minutes to make my new post come out looking right. Instead....the words trail down the side of the blog like the limp string of a kite.

Can I just say I hate new Blogger???

To Change or Not To Change

This picture is of a RUT. That's right. Ruts made by the covered wagons crossing the Oregon Trail bringing new settlers from the East all the way out to the Pacific Northwest and eventually, California. There were so many of these wagons, so heavily laden with every worldly possession the pioneers couldn't stand to leave behind, that the wagons actually dug through solid rock. Now those ruts stand in living testimony to the determination and sheer stubbornness of people looking for a better life.

I'm here to say, 'yay for ruts'. Nothing wrong with a good rut. It's comfy. It's familiar. It's easy. Change, is not. I don't like change. I'm not good with change. Hence my rambling sort of rant, here.

Blogger began giving me the 'opportunity' to 'upgrade' to their newer blog format months ago. Then last week, it was more of a threat. "Hello?? We're trying to make your life easier. Cooperate, lady!" I of course, being quite content in my Blogger rut, ignored them.

Today, the gloves came off. I signed on to post and Blogger informed me that I was going to change whether I wanted to or not! So here I am. Dealing with change. Grumbling because I couldn't upload a picture from my computer, but had to go find one on the web. (Uh-huh. Upgrades. I'm impressed.) Still, this is probably a good thing. If I was happy with change, I'd be spending too much time playing with my new Blogger.

Instead, I can go write my book!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Do You Doodle?????

Well, that title sounds almost naughty, doesn't it?

The point my local RWA meeting on Saturday, I found myself doodling again while the morning speakers were talking.

It has often been said by my nearest and dearest, that I have the "attention span of a gnat". Okay fine. I admit to a busy mind and imagination that insists on taking me away from a possibly boring situation.

But the doodling thing has been with me for ever. In school, the nuns were not amused. At work, the bank manager finally broke down and bought a tablet for me to keep by the phone in the hopes I'd leave the cover of his phone book alone. At meetings, I must have a blank sheet of paper and a couple of pens.

And I usually doodle trees. Can't say why and I do wonder if there's some psychological reason behind it. But mainly, I think my imagination refuses to be nailed in place when there are so many other avenues to explore!!

How about you? Are you a doodler???

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Premature Horn Tooting

I'm not very comfortable with tooting my own horn, so to speak.....but hey, it's almost Valentine's Day and this book cover DOES have a big ol' heart on it!

Besides, I'm reading the galleys now...that's the final manuscript and a writer's last chance to catch any mistakes--and I have to admit, this book is cracking me up. I keep reading different pages to my dh who now leaves the room when I shout, "Hey, listen to this!"

Can't seem to help it. Cassidy Burke, the heroine of MORE THAN FIENDS, which will be out in June, is just my kind of heroine. We would soooo be friends if I could figure out how to get her off the page and into real life. And I think it's because she's so much like ME! Oh, that sounds wrong, doesn't it???

Yep, authors (at least this one) can't seem to keep their own personalities out of their characters. And Cassidy--like me--is somewhat addicted to TV and often quotes her favorites. Probably too often, but I'm leaving 'em in... I'm really enjoying this book, despite the fact that while writing it, I groaned and obsessed and in general drove my friends nuts with all of my doubts.

But it turned out great. Who knew?

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Harry Grows Up

Thanks to Sandy for pointing out how Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) has grown up. Apparently he's going to be starring in a play in London--complete with nude scene and sex scene.

Gotta say, the six pack is pretty impressive, Daniel, but you'll always be Harry to me.....

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Shark or Jet?? You Decide......

So, this is my February release from Silhouette Nocturne. The title is NEVERMORE and I think it's a really good story. Loved the hero in this book. Santos was just too great. And the heroine, she's one of my favorites, too.

In fact, had a wonderful time writing this book. It's the cover that bothers me.

My first Nocturne, ETERNALLY, had a faboo cover that was just gorgeous. So I guess the rule of thumb is, God gives, God takes away.

Because, is it just me, or does the hero on the cover look like a dancer in a West Side Story road company??? And I know size doesn't matter, but still, doesn't that dagger look a little...small??

Ah well, on the whole, Silhouette gives me wonderful covers, so on this book, I'll just ask all of you to trust me on this when I say it's a terrific story, so go get a copy, okay? OKAY? Thanks......