Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Looks Like Christmas

Happy Tuesday All,

If you've been around Christmas shopping and all that, you've probably seen Christmas decorations up. I love seeing them--but then again, this is probably my favorite time of year. Texas isn't so hot, carols are in the air, hot drinks, warm blankets, good books, parties, family, the Christmas Church readings, all of it. I'm a big fan! 

I think the evergreen wreaths are so pretty. I don't know what it is, but when I see them hanging off of buildings it just makes me think the buildings are prettier.

This weekend I told my husband I wanted to put some lights up on the house. So, I think me and my son are going to help decorate this weekend--maybe even get the tree up!

So, do you decorate for Christmas? Are you started/finished/almost done Christmas shopping? What have you got going on?

Happy writing and hope your season is "Merry and bright"!

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thursday Everybody,

For those of you in the USA (and for those who aren't but who celebrate the holiday) I wish all of you a very happy, blessed, and safe Thanksgiving.

What's everyone's plans? We're getting together with my parents and some others. Dad does the majority of the cooking and baking and he's awesome at both. (My husband looks forward to the turkey and apple pie LOL).

Oh and tomorrow is Black Friday...so who's going to be out Christmas Shopping on Black Friday?

Have A Thankful Thursday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Following Up On Author Interviews

Happy Tuesday All,

Hope everyone enjoyed Ciara Gold's interview. If there's any author I interviewed that you wanted to read, check the margin of my blog and click on the one you want. I've interviewed:  Elizabeth Pina, Laura Childs, Christie Craig, MaryJanice Davidson & Anthony Alongi, Kim Lenox, Shanna Swendson and Ciara Gold.

I do have a published author scheduled for December (eek, gotta send that author the interview questions LOL).

If there's a particular author you want me to try and get an interview with, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Now, here's the follow up to the interviews:

Elizabeth Pina had a new E-book come out a few months ago, Cross My Heart her website has information on how to get your hands on that story.

Ciara Gold announced her new release coming in December in the interview I did with her.

Laura Childs has new books coming out at different times (so check her website for the information). (The cover for her "Tea Shop Mystery: Scones & Bones" is gorgeous by the way!)

MaryJanice Davidson recently had a new book come out: Me, Myself & Why.

CC Hunter (I'll let you guess which author that is that I interviewed) has a book coming in the Spring of 2011 called Born At Midnight and it looks good!

Kim Lenox had her third Shadow Guards book, Darker Than Night come out earlier this year and it was good. (Anybody who knows the character, Selene and really likes her will like this one!)

For more news on Shanna Swendson, check out her blog, Shanna's Journal.

I'm not sure if and when William Simon has another story coming out, but I can ask him the next time I talk to him. Otherwise, check out Perception in Suspense Magazine.

Maybe you'll get some ideas for Christmas presents :-)

Have A Tantalizing Tuesday!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Spotlight On Author: Ciara Gold

Happy Friday All,

I'm sorry I haven't been around much. I've been editing and writing and reading and family life...so it's been busy on my end.

However, I am happy to introduce to you a friend of mine, and commenter on this blog, Ciara Gold.

Ciara writes everything from Sci-Fi Fantasy Romance to Fantasy to Historical. She's got quite the imagination (loved the idea of dragons--don't know it is, but sometimes dragons fascinate me).

I've read one of her Sci-Fi Fantasy Romances called Celestial Dragon (which has dragons in it for all you dragon lovers).

Anyway, without further ado I give you...Ciara Gold!

Me: In Celestial Dragon you mixed Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance together, what made you decide to do that?

Ciara: Good question. Is "dunno" a valid answer? Seriously, I was pressed for time and after cutting my writing teeth on a historical western, I wanted to write something where I wasn't constrained by facts. While I did do some research, I wasn't bogged down in extensive research. With "Celestial Dragon", I could use my imagination to build the worlds, the societies, etc.

Me:  Most of your books are ebooks, what novels aside from Celestial Dragon will be available in regular print?

Ciara: The sequel to "Celestial Dragon", "A Noble Sacrifice" and a historical western, "Once Jilted" are available in regular print. The rest of my books are available in print as PODs.

Me:  For Fun: Since I know you're into art, who's a favorite artist of yours and why?

Ciara: I adore Salvador Dali's work. Surrealism speaks to my warped imagination and often inspires some of my scenery.

Me:  I read about how you ended up with Champagne Books. Could you tell us more about them?

Ciara: I signed on when they were brand new on a recommendation from a fellow writer. I must be happy as all my books are published through them. The owner, J. Ellen Smith, is professional in her dealings with all her authors, but she's also approachable. My edits are done in a timely manner and the cover art is some of the best I've seen. They're based out of Canada.

Me: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Ciara: Publishing is not for the faint of heart. It takes discipline, determination, dedication and vision. While waiting for acceptance of your submission, continue to hone your craft and familiarize yourself with the industry. Joining writer's organizations is highly suggested. The friendships and support from groups like RWA and Epic are worth their weight in gold.

Me: What part of the writing process do you most like?

Ciara: I love listening to my characters carry on conversations in my head. I also love layering stories, weaving in those subtle story lines that help pull it all together in the end. To me it's like a giant puzzle.

Me: For Fun: What's your favorite color?

Ciara:  Red-violet.

Me: What do you most enjoy writing? Your Historicals or the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance?

Ciara: That's a hard one to answer. I love writing best whatever I'm working on at the time. Right now, I just finished edits on a Victorian fantasy and I'm in love with the hero. But while working on "The Keeper of Moon Haven", I kept getting visions of a western, so .... might be working on another historical soon.

Me: When's your next release?

Ciara: "The Keeper of Moon Haven" releases this December and I'm very excited about this one. I'm already working on a sequel for it. And the cover by far is one of my favorites to date.

Me: Anything else you'd like to add?

Ciara:  Just a heartfelt thank you for allowing me to visit today. Thanks so much for wonderful questions and the opportunity to chat about my work. For any that are interested, I post all first chapters on my website so folks can "test drive" the book first. Come visit me at www.ciaragold.com

Thanks, Ciara! It was fun getting to know you better and I wish you the best with the release of The Keeper Of Moon Haven

Pretty isn't it? If you click on the picture it'll take you to a blurb about the book so you can learn more about Ciara's December release :-)

Have A Fairy-Tale Fantasy Friday!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

'Tis The Season

Happy Tuesday All,

Have I ever mentioned I love this time of year? I love the colder weather, I love family get togethers and all of that. I'm thrilled the Christmas Season is seeping in and that I finally started my Christmas Shopping...although, I'm behind.

You see, normally I start in October (I have several people to shop for and some are easier than others). I thought about talking to my husband and going ahead and getting some of it done in October, but other things kept demanding my attention.

So now, I've started.

I don't object to Christmas shopping because I enjoy picking out just the right thing for someone. My problem, like I suggested above, happens when someone is hard to shop for. But when I get a chance to be creative shopping can be fun.

Of course, I have to support my fellow authors. So, many of whom I shop for receive books. Fortunately I come from a family of readers, and pretty much the people I get books for are readers, too.

So in the spirit of supporting fellow authors, here's a list of some authors having releases soon (and in December).

Ciara Gold has one coming. (I believe an E-book: The Keeper Of Moon Haven")

Anna Kathyrn Lanier has one in December. (E-book: A Gift Beyond All Measure).

Laura Childs has one in December. (A Cackleberry Club Mystery novel titled Bedeviled Eggs)

Lesley Livingston's book (that I really want to read), Tempestuous is supposed to come out in December.

I'm sure there's several other authors with upcoming releases, so why shouldn't we be excited about this season?

By the way, if you're looking for a good read while waiting for a new release, I recommend Jane Heller's Some Nerve.

Enjoy the season and make sure you "drink a cup of cheer"!

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Happy Tuesday All,

Every now and again we all need that "pick-me-up". That little something that encourages us, strengthens us, inspires us and keeps us going.

The other day at Barnes And Noble Bookstore I found a magnet that says "Never, never, never give up!" and I put  that on my refrigerator. I'm thinking of taping sayings like that throughout my home to keep me going.

I mean there's plenty of things we can come up with to motivate us.

Like:  "If you don't write it, how will that story get out there?" I don't know who came up with that one, or if I just pulled that out of my imagination, but it works.

No matter what side of the profession you're on (whether writer, editor, agent, publisher, critique partner, etc.) we all need those things that gear us up and keep us moving.

So, today I'm keeping mind what I owe my characters and stories: my very best work and effort I can put in. I owe them my time, talent, and energy.

Best wishes, everyone!

Have A Thriving Tuesday!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Happy Thursday Everyone,

Ever gone through your manuscript after a critique to edit and found that somehow you either left out a word, put in a wrong word, or somehow didn't manage to spell the word right?

Two good things about this:

1.  You can take it out and fix the problem

2.  You just might have a hilarious outtake on your hands.

(This is one of the reasons why it's important to edit your work before querying/sending it to an agent and/or editor!)

One such thing happened to me awhile back.

I had someone critique a manuscript of mine and I was going through one of the chapters and I came to this line:

I take out my eyes.

The note by it from the person critiquing the story read something along these lines:  Neat trick. How she do that?

Oopsie! That was supposed to read: 

I take out my keys.

I don't know why it read "eyes" but I laughed over it.

The good news is, not only did I laugh, but I fixed it so the sentence read "keys" instead of "eyes". No, it was not my intention to have that character take out her eyes. I don't know anyone (except weird creepy characters, like the Fates in Greek mythology) who can do that.

If you know how to take out your eyes, please don't tell me. However, I think you can take out your keys without grossing me out.

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Writer's Triathlon

Happy Tuesday All,

Wow, it's really been awhile and I apologize. I'm still polishing, but getting closer to being done. Should be done soon (I hope).

Someone once told me that writing wasn't a sprint that it was a marathon.

I thought about that and decided that it was more than a marathon. It was a triathlon.

Now why do I say that? Because each stage of writing has its own events and a triathlon has 3 events and I can break down the basic outline for getting a book out into 3 events (this is a very simplistic breakdown, by the way):

Event One:  Writing/Brainstorming.  -- This is the idea and warm up...maybe it's a simple event or maybe it takes awhile.

Event Two:  Editing . Editing is its own event because there's many stages to it. I'm going to use swimming references:  Freestyle--your basic edits / Breaststroke -- more complicated, maybe a critique partner's comments or something to that effect / The Butterfly--the extra complicated, in-depth, polishing, and shaping up the story for that final event.

Event Three:  Querying and publishing. Technically these could be 2 separate events, but since this is a triathlon and generally--if you're blessed and lucky querying leads to publishing. This is where you write those query letters and send them off to agents and editors. This is where the whole contract signing, proofing and ARC-reading and finally publishing comes in.

You reach the Finish Line is when it's all completed and a person can actually buy your book off the shelf. (Of course this includes a whole different event--which is usually things like promotion and book tours and the like).

The bottom line? It takes time. It's not like you sit down and it's written and polished in 2 days. It's a process and you have to take that time so you put out your best work. After all, you wouldn't want to send out anything less than as best as you can possibly do. Which is why there's the process. It's designed to help writers put forth the best effort/writing they can.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Have A Tip-Top Tuesday!