Have I Got A Girl For You

Today I am lucky enough to be a guest blogger on Long and Short Reviews to promote my books, and the topic is romance heroines.  Specifically, qualities that are desirable in a romance heroine these days.  I chose to focus more on inner qualities instead of, say, whether or not she’s the kind of girl that looks good running in slow motion on the beach whilst wearing little more than strategically placed dental floss.

The guest post is here, and I would love to hear your thoughts on what makes a gal for whom you can happily root–or who is a heroine who has always been a favorite of yours?

The piece also touches on the hard-hitting issues surrounding pet dander, so please feel free to weigh in on that, as well.  You think I’m kidding, don’t you?  Guess again.

And I Didn’t Even Curl Into The Fetal Position ONCE…

Whew.  This is a tale of survival, but not one involving fireworks and explosives despite the time of year (Happy 4th of July, by the way).  No, this is even more incredible.  I survived another run-in with…

…SOFTWARE.  [cue the screams of horror]

Yes, believe it or not, I actually attempted another foray into the world of modern technology of my own free will and made it through.  ‘Course, I have an awful headache now, and I feel a little nauseous, but, hey, at least I didn’t require a clean change of underwear when I was done.  I call that a win!

Today I learned about something on Facebook that’s a great tool for authors, and it’s called BookPulse.  It’s a way to add a tab on your author page that visitors can click on and then learn all about one of your books.  It looks very professional, and it has all sorts of little extras.  If you’d like to see it–and I hope you do!–my author page is here, and it has a little red About My Books” tab that will take you to my brand new baby:  a page dedicated to my first book, Coming Home.

Let me know what you think!

(And thanks, Erin, for walking me through it!  Couldn’t have done it without you.  Well, certainly not without curling up into the fetal position anyway…)       🙂

Help Me, I’m Meltiiinnnng…

I was so happy when summer finally rolled around.  Yay!  School’s out, I’ll have plenty of time to write, the world will be perfect and beautiful in every way…

Then the summer heat hit.

Bleh.

And suddenly I am way more sympathetic to the Wicked Witch of the West, because no one deserves to go out like that.

Are you melting, too?  We’ve got triple digit temperatures headed our way, and I’m whimpering as I type this.  I’d curl up in the fetal position, too, but it’s just too dang hot to do that.  Especially when one’s air-conditioning consists primarily of a ceiling fan and a squirt bottle.

As I spent the afternoon trying to get some writing done on my computer without shorting out any of its circuits by dripping sweat onto it, I couldn’t help but wonder why so many people seem to find sweat sexy.  You know…sweaty torsos or beads of perspiration dripping down someone’s skin.  Because right now I’m pretty sweaty myself, and all it puts me in the mood for is a big bucket of ice in which to stick my head.  Am I alone in this?  Surely not.

But then, there are lots of things that seem romantic in books or movies that just wouldn’t work for me in real life.  Like that famous scene in Ghost with the pottery wheel and the clay.  You know what I was thinking when I saw that?

Who’s going to clean that mess up, huh?

This is the way my mind works.  Hmm…maybe in my next romance book I could figure out a way to make Clorox wipes sexy.  Stay tuned for that one…

Outlander Adaptation

If you’re a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (and judging by the number of copies that have sold over the years, there’s a fairly good chance you are), you’ll be pleased to know that the books are going to be made into a series on the Starz network.

Now, maybe you already knew that, but since I don’t get out much, it was news to me.  Anyhoo…

If you like Scotland, romance, history, and you aren’t averse to a little time travel as part of a plot–and if you’d listen to a Scotsman read a telephone book aloud just to hear that lovely brogue–then this could be a series you’d enjoy.  Wonder how true they’ll stay to the books?

For more info, check out this link.

All Grown Up

I couldn’t resist adding a link to a new review site that has incorporated one of my book covers (Coming Home) into the banner at the bottom of its screen.  And…what a cool advertising opportunity por moi!

But, seriously, doesn’t it look pretty there?  All grown up and out in the real world…Sniff…I get sentimental about the most unexpected things.

See for yourself here, and take a look at Little Black Dress Reviews while you’re at it!

School’s Out! Let’s Celebrate

My kindergarteners are now all officially first graders, and they have the kindergarten diplomas to prove it.  Classrooms all over the place are packed up for the summer and are much quieter now than they ever were during the school year, that’s for sure.  And teachers like me are either dancing with joy in the streets or only just now waking up from three days straight of sleep.

It’s summer vacation!  To celebrate, I’m passing along a couple of YouTube videos that are worth a chuckle or two.  The first one has an obvious link to school; the second one doesn’t, but it’s cute, so I don’t care.  And neither has anything to do with my life as a writer–unless…

I’m a writer who also teaches → teachers work in schools → these videos make me giggle like a little schoolgirl.

There you have it!  Connection made.  This is even better than six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

(This is only the second time I’ve tried embedding videos in my posts, so here goes nothing…)

Second Book Is On The Way…

Crimson Romance has some preliminary info up on its site now about my second contemporary romance, The Bargain.  The cover art isn’t available yet, but it should be soon!  Plus I caught a glimpse of a standard blank cover listed for it on Goodreads, too…so I guess it’s really happening!  🙂

To see what Crimson has up already, or to check out more of its upcoming releases, click here and explore.

Fellow Crimson Author Ines Saint Shares The Spotlight

Ines Saint is a fellow Crimson Romance author who is spotlighting several more of us on her site this week.  Thanks, Ines!

It’s kind of a playful post, and if you’d like to see it, you can check it out here.  While you’re there, check out the rest of her site!

Dr. Seuss And Romance Don’t Mix

Some popular and widely accepted advice for writers is to not only write regularly but to read regularly too, to keep one’s creative juices recharged.

I think it’s very good advice, but I’ve had trouble putting it into practice lately.  Coming home from work, I find myself trying to squeeze in time to write on a work-in-progress, time to write blog posts, time to network with reviewers and other writers, time to do enough housework to prevent my house from being quarantined by the CDC…

So when to fit in reading for pleasure?

Maybe I can work it in around eating and sleeping.  So if I check my schedule, so far my best option looks like…

Hmm.  The slot between the hours of 2 and 3 AM.

Bummer.

(And my exercise program went out the window AGES ago, but in fairness, I think that’s got more to do with me having a strong aversion to physical exertion of any kind than with me having a full schedule.)

In the meantime, the only fiction I’ve been reading lately is the picture books that I read to my kindergarten class, and while I love Dr. Seuss, I’m afraid it’s having a detrimental effect on my writing.  Check out this recent excerpt and see if you agree:

As they gazed into each other’s eyes, Lianna couldn’t help but wonder…

Would he kiss her in the car?

Would they kiss under a star?

Would they, could they, make this work?

Or could he, would he, be a jerk?

Would she spend more sleepless nights

Drowning sorrows in chocolate bites;

Or would at last her dreams come true:

Washboard abs and nice pecs, too…

I fear Seuss is shining through.  And you do NOT want to see the scene I wrote after reading Mother Goose.  Trust me.

Excerpt From The Bargain

I was in the middle of proofreading my second manuscript, The Bargain, today and I thought, “Oh, hey–I could actually post an excerpt of this on my site now.”

So I did.  Or at least I think I did.  Sometimes I’m not sure if I link things properly with WordPress, so if you click on “The Bargain Excerpt” and instead of taking you to part of my book it takes you to pictures of shirtless male models, I have no idea how that happened.

Honest.

🙂