Happy Easter

I don’t know what it’s like where you are right now, but here it’s gray and raining.

Bleh.

Not exactly what one might hope for on Easter Sunday, especially if you got up early to drive to church services or were planning on doing any kind of Easter egg hunt with the kiddos.  Although perhaps raindrops falling on dyed eggs might make for an interesting tie-dye effect…

Hmm.  On the other hand, rain means I don’t have to go outside and do more yard work like the six hours worth I did yesterday.  And, of course, it’s good for all the plants, so rainy days do have their up-sides, don’t they?  Here’s my tribute to rain, spring flowers, and a Happy Easter:

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Have a very happy Easter!  Now I’m off to write…

Love & Allergens

Ahhhh, it’s spring and love is in the air.  Breathe in deeply–and then sneeze, because love isn’t the only thing in the air, is it?

But that’s okay, because the weather’s starting to get a little nicer and the temperature a little warmer, and while a young man’s thoughts may turn to love, mine tend to turn to spring planting.  I’m not the world’s most dedicated gardener; I  ignore the yard for months at a time and then grit my teeth and dive into several days’ worth of weeding and whatnot. Even so, when I see all the gorgeous blossoms in the plant nurseries, I tend to experience something kind of like blackouts during which I apparently buy out half the store and then return home with only a fuzzy recollection of how it all happened.  My husband should know better than to let me out of the house unattended.

So are you welcoming spring in with any planting plans of your own?  I read somewhere once–I want to say in Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul maybe?–about a man who planned a very romantic surprise for his wife by planting flower seeds in a special pattern so that when the flowers finally grew and bloomed, they spelled out something sweet and sappy like “I love you.”  Top that, Hallmark!

I think it would be great to try something like that.  Unfortunately, I don’t actually have much of a green thumb.  Half the things I plant either don’t sprout at all or try to sprout but then sort of wither away with a sad little gasp before they’re more than two inches high.  So if I tried to plant anything to spell a romantic message for my hubby, likely as not it would wind up having patches missing and look more like someone had blindfolded me at planting time, spun me around like in some sadistic gardener’s version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and sent me staggering sideways to scatter seeds.  Months later, my sweetie would scratch his head and wonder why I was proudly showing him what would appear to be a message in Sanskrit.

Still, it might be worth a try.  If things don’t bloom as expected, I guess I can always “edit” my garden.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to sneeze…

Second Book On The Way…

I’m thrilled to say that my publisher, Crimson Romance, has offered me a contract on a second manuscript I submitted to them.  Yahoo!  I’m so excited!  The working title is The Bargain, but I don’t know if it will keep that or not.  Too early to say.  Now if Barnes and Noble will just make my first book available online, I’ll be all set…  🙂

Book Review: The Rose Garden

I just finished reading The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley and found it to be a very enjoyable read.  (It’s got a gorgeous cover, too, and I know you’re not supposed to judge a book that way, but it’s just sooooo pretty!)  It’s a quiet sort of contemporary romance with a time travel twist, and it takes place in both modern Cornwall and Cornwall three hundred years ago.

The heroine, Eva Ward, travels from the states to a cottage in Cornwall to scatter her sister’s ashes in a place that was special to both of them.  She revisits childhood friendships and tries to heal from the loss of her sister, and in the process she stumbles onto a strange sort of overlap of two different times occurring in the same place.  It leads to an encounter with one Daniel Butler, a widower and smuggler from the early 18th century, and to a combination of romance and political intrigue.  Complicating things even further, Eva finds that she has no control over when she gets pulled forward or backward in time (don’t you just hate it when that happens?) and has to find a way to figure out where–and when–she truly belongs.

If you like a little bit of British history thrown in to your books and a dash of subtle romance, then I think you would enjoy The Rose Garden.  I’m definitely going to read more of this author’s work.

It’s Here!

 

ComingHomeCoverWell, it’s finally happened!  My very first book ever to be published has been, well, published.

It’s ready-to-buy now on Amazon and iTunes, and it should be ready any day now at the Barnes & Noble website, too.  I think I probably bought the first copy myself, and it was both weird and wonderful to read my own book on my Kindle.  I’m tingly all over!  Either I’m thrilled, or I’m coming down with something.

Now I have to sit back and bite my nails over whether or not any reviews get posted, and if they do, whether any–except maybe one from my mother (love you, Mom!)–turn out to be positive.  Sure would be a bummer if it turns out my writing makes people want to scratch their own eyes out or something rather than read another word of it, eh?  Ahem.  Perhaps I’m stressing too much about this…

Anyhow, it was very exciting to see my book listed on the web page for USA Today’s New Contemporary Romances.  If you scroll a little more than halfway down, there it is!

I have to say, I’m having a lot of fun today with all of this…  🙂

Book Giveaway

The Harlequin Junkie website has just posted a spotlight on ten Crimson Romance novels, including Coming Home, at this link, and it includes a book giveaway.  It looks like you can enter to win one of five two-book packages.  The offer expires in a couple more days, so if you’re interested, hurry on over and check it out.  Nothing better than free, right?

Have a good one!

The Book Pushers Interview

The Book Pushers website posted a question/answer format bit about me and Coming Home today, which I really appreciate.  Thanks Minnchica!  Here’s the link if you would like to check it out.  Feel free to leave feedback!

In the meantime, spring has sprung, and my vacation has started, so if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go collapse on the couch.  Have a good one!

Spotlight Opportunities

It’s almost time for my book, Coming Home, to make its official “debut.”  Pretty cool.  What’s also pretty cool is that tomorrow I’m supposed to be featured on The Book Pushers website in their Debut Author Feature.  I’ll post a link as soon as I confirm that it’s really and truly up and running and not just, say, some weird mix-up in which they’ve gotten me confused with Danielle Steel or someone like that.  You know, because Danielle and I get confused for each other all the time…

My publisher, Crimson Romance, also just emailed me to say that another website, Harlequin Junkies, is going to be spotlighting ten of the Crimson Romance titles, and mine is one of them.  Pretty cool again.  That post is supposed to be March 23rd.

Every little bit of marketing helps, right?  And speaking of marketing, if you read the book and you like it, I’d be grateful if you could post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.  If you don’t like it, then, um…never mind!

More Screenwriting Stuff

Another screenplay of mine, Heroes For Hire, has made it to the quarterfinals of the 2012 All Access Screenwriting Competition.  Yay!  It’s the first time this particular screenplay has placed in a competition, so I’m really happy, even if this is as high as it goes.  Heroes For Hire is sort of a fantasy/comedy/adventure story, so it’s a world away from The Bloodline.  Think something more like Galaxy Quest, which is a quirky comedy that I, for one, really enjoy.  If you’re at all a Trekkie and you’ve never seen that movie, you should go rent it.  It’s very cute.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  🙂

Experiment in Modern Technology…

One of the great things about working in elementary education is that I have an excuse to read children’s books.  There are a lot of great children’s books out there that have more than one layer to them, so both children and adults can appreciate them.  Some have wonderful humor, others have deeper messages that kids might not fully grasp but their parents may find very moving.  Some are just plain adorable.

Neil Gaiman is an author I really enjoy reading, and while he is probably best known for his fiction for adults, he has also written a few children’s books as well.  Sometimes they can be a little quirky (anybody see the film adaptation of Coraline?), but they’re always very original, and I’m a big fan.

Someone showed me a YouTube video a few years ago of one of Gaiman’s books, Instructions, being read aloud by the author.  It’s supposed to be a kind of guide for any traveler trapped in the land of faerie.  I’ve always thought it was really cool, so I’m going to try a little experiment with WordPress and modern technology and see if I can post that video here.  Yikes.  Me and modern technology.  I can feel my blood pressure rising on the spot.  Fingers crossed…

All right, time to publish this sucker and see if it works…