Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's All In The Way You Look At It!

Writing is such a strange profession. A writer gets paid to make up stories or to retell old ones with a twist.
I know several writers have used the Little Red Riding Hood theme to great effect--Little Red and the Wolf by Anison Paige and The Howl and the Pussycat by Ann Cory spring to mind.
And, of course, there is the wolf shapeshifter theme where the wolf can be bad, but he can also be very, very good too. *g* Tall, dark and sexy.
I've been writing a lot of wolves this year and my next werewolf book is Isaiah's Haven, which is releasing on August 3rd from Samhain Publishing. I almost have book 3 ready to submit.
Fortunately, my heroine doesn't have a red hood or a bazooka, but she can kick some butt when needed.
Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday, Monday!

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This is what last week felt like...moving as fast as I could, but getting nowhere. Hopefully, I'll make more progress this week. You know what they say...slow and steady wins the race.

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

How to spend a Saturday

1. Wake up at about half past six with the sun shining through the window. Blink in disbelief that it's actually the sun.
2. Go out to breakfast with hubby.
3. Hit Walmart and end up buying nothing...which should be impossible.
4. Drive around looking for yard sales in search of cool treasures.
5. Stop at the bookstore on the way home.
6. Have a healthy lunch followed by a large chocolate chip cookie.
7. Answer emails and check Yahoo groups.
8. Clean bedroom window.
9. Blog.
10. Clean office and kitchen windows.
11. Go for walk or have a nap...whichever fits at the moment.
12. Figure out what to have for supper.
13. Watch a movie.

So far I'm up to #9. We'll see how I do with 10 thru 13. *g*

Have a great Saturday!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stuff, stuff and more stuff

It's been hard to get any new writing done the past seven weeks or so. No, not hard, downright impossible. lol

Is it writer's block? Nope. It's me being busy with other aspects of writing. Being a published author is more than just sitting at the computer every day putting new words down on paper.
There are edits and rewrites and blurbs and promotion. And that's where I've been the past few weeks. Seems like just when I get ready to work on a new project something else pops up.

Some writers can juggle multiple projects at once. I can't. If I'm doing edits for a book, I'll put my head down and take the two or three days of nonstop work to get them done. If I'm rewriting a book, then I don't stop until it's finished. Not that I'm complaining. Having all this other stuff to do simply means I'm a working writer. :-)

I'm hoping to take the next six weeks or so and work on a new project. I need to get back to the actual writing. It's what makes this job the most fun one in the world.


I've got a contest up and running on my website. Just click on the contests page for details on how you can enter to win a download copy of my upcoming Ellora's Cave release, Lassoing Lara.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice

Today marks the first "official" day of summer--The Summer Solstice. It's the longest day of the year so use it wisely...have some fun!

Hubby and I went out this morning to welcome in the day. After breakfast at a local cafe, we drove to the ocean. The fog was rolling in over the water and the fog horn from a nearby lighthouse was wailing a warning in the distance. The seagulls were swooping and soaring, riding the wind currents.

Just at the exact moment of the Solstice (7:28 EDT) the sun broke through the clouds and fog. It was simply breathtaking. We sat there for a while and watched the fog roll out and back in again, a dance of the elements. Mother Nature put on quite the show this morning. The perfect way to start the day. I just wish we'd remembered to bring the camera.

I hope you have a wonderful Summer Solstice and a fantastice summer!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to everyone celebrating today!

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Flashback Friday--Discovering Dani

Discovering Dani is actually the first book I ever wrote. It took me almost a decade to get it published, but it will always be a very special book for me. It's the first book in the Jamesville series, which got progressively steamier as the series went on. *g*


Book 1 of Jamesville

Dani O’Rourke has had the responsibility of raising her two brothers, Patrick and Shamus, since the death of their parents. As sole owner and operator of O’Rourke Cleaning Services, she is no stranger too hard work, but she is a beginner when it comes to men.

Burke is a very rich and successful businessman whose brush with death has made him question his priorities. He’s traveled to Jamesville for peace and quiet while he plans the rest of his life.

Their lives collide when Burke accuses her of breaking into his cabin to steal from him. Their attraction to each other is immediate, and after a series of misunderstandings he finds himself caught up in the lives of Dani and her brothers.

But can this gentle, giving woman get a man as hard and cynical as Burke to believe in the power of love? Or will Burke leave town without ever discovering the wonders of life with Dani?

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Cover!!!!!

Check out the amazing cover for Isaiah's Haven. This is the second book in my "Legacy" series and will be releasing from Samhain Publishing on August 3rd!


For a werewolf, the pack is everything, but Isaiah Striker has always felt like an outsider. The only thing he cares about is his family, which is how he finds himself in the crowded city of Chicago doing a favor for his brother. What should be a fast job quickly turns into a life-changing event.

Meredith Cross has held her small pack together through sheer guts and determination. After years of running, she and her adult children now operate Haven, an eclectic nightclub. When Isaiah Striker walks into Haven, she is drawn to him immediately. But he is a werewolf, a threat to her small pack, which includes four half-breeds. Most wolves won’t accept half-breeds and she won’t risk her pack for anyone.

Their lives become more entwined as the sexual attraction between Isaiah and Meredith spirals out of control. When paranormal bounty hunters and purist werewolves threaten her pack, both she and Isaiah must overcome the constraints of their pasts if they hope to survive and have a future together.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Fun!

Hubby and I woke up this morning to SUNSHINE flowing through the window. I wasn't quite certain what it was we were seeing at first because we've seen so little of it this spring. We decided to go out for breakfast and followed it up by a brisk 40 minute walk around the pond. Invigorating!

We both decided to take the day off. (Or as much as we can take the day off. lol) Hubby is currently on his netbook and I've checked all my mail, my yahoo groups, Facebook and now I'm blogging. I guess writers never truly take time off. Even over breakfast we were talking about upcoming projects and what we're working on.

We're going to the early movie today. I love the fact that the local theatre has movies starting just after lunch. It's always less crowded and cheaper than going at night. We're going to see the A Team. I remember watching the television series and this updated version looks like it will be a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Have a wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Contest Reminder!

To celebrate the upcoming release of my Ellora's Cave Quickie, Lassoing Lara, I'm holding a contest. Go to my website and click on my "contests" page for details on how you can enter for a chance to win.

Monday, June 07, 2010

5 Blue Ribbons for Seeking Charlotte

Romance Junkies has given Seeking Charlotte a 5 Blue Ribbon Review. Here's a snippet of what reviewer, Contessa, had to say:

"SEEKING CHARLOTTE grabbed me from the start and would not let me go until the climax ending. Between the scorching hot love scenes and the thrilling suspenseful twister, I was totally and completely captivated. My heart was pumping non-stop as I eagerly turned the pages one after another to discover just how the storyline would unfold...This is one story that you will not want to miss!"

You can read the entire review at Romance Junkies.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Sleepy Sunday!

Actually, it's been a sleepy weekend. I honestly haven't done much of anything.

Hubby and I went to see a movie on Friday. We took in Prince of Persia. Honestly, I had no expectations at all when we went in. But I have to say it was a decent popcorn movie. It's nonstop action with a bit of a story. Lots of chase scenes and great scenery. :-)

Yesterday we went out for breakfast, ran some errands and basically hung out together. We watched a baseball game, took a walk and watched a few episodes from Season 2 of Big Bang Theory. Love that show.

Today is much the same as yesterday. It rained this morning, but is clearing away. We might go out for a walk later. Have to see.

It's nice to have a weekend like this now and then. No expectations. Nothing that HAS to be done. Relaxing, reading, watching movies and hanging out. Life is good!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Summer Fun!

It might not quite feel like summer here today, but I'm talking about Summer Fun over at The Romance Studio Blog today. Drop by and check it out!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New Contest and Edits!

To celebrate the upcoming release of my Ellora's Cave Quickie, Lassoing Lara, I'm holding a contest. Go to my website and click on my "contests" page for details on how you can enter for a chance to win.

I'm also in the edits cave working on edits for my next Legacy book, due out in August. I'm hoping to be finished by Friday. *fingers crossed*

Have a wonderful Tuesday!