Friday, March 30, 2012
I rode that delicious high for about ten hours, until I got up the next morning and started to work on my next book. The first draft of Darkness Surrendered is already written, so all I need to do is revise it. Easy peasy, right? Well, not so much.
See, what I sat down to start editing it, it was sort of like a gigantic wet noodle slapping me in the face repeatedly. The problem is that the first draft of a new book can't hold a candle to the highly polished and honed final draft of a book. As I started to read the opening chapter, all my elation whooshed out of me and I thought, "Ye Gods, how am I EVER going to make this book as good as the one I just finished???"
I had a bit of a panic moment, and then I recalled feeling that exact same way when I started editing Darkness Seduced, after having finished up Darkness Awakened. And, I'd had the same feeling when I started editing Darkness Awakened, after having finished up Chill. (Is anyone seeing a pattern here?)
It made me remember that all great things and accomplishments don't start out great. At some point, every brilliant and amazing creation was in a raw, unfinished and apparently hopeless stage, no matter how good it turned out. So, it was a great reminder to be easy on myself whenever I'm starting a new project. They always turn out okay, no matter how tough the road seems at the start. So, yeah, the lesson of the day: allow yourself to start from scratch and to enjoy the process of seeing the brilliance emerge over time...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In fact, I’ve got four witches in my newest ebook release, "Touched by Magic."
Sparks fly, suspicions flare and a pair of mismatched lovers must discover whether their feelings are the result of sorcery–or the magic of true love.
The original cover...and one of those cover horror stories. The costumes are at least 100 years off, the hero and heroine don't look a thing like they're supposed to...and the necklace? There isn't one in the book!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I was sitting at my kids' swim lessons tonight and getting a few funny looks. I kind of expected it. See, I've been researching a bit for the next Accidental Demon Slayer book. Namely, wicca spells. So here I am, reading a spell book while the kids learn to back stroke. Ok, it was kind of fun.
And these books are really interesting. For example, did you know that if you have a pet dog or cat that likes to get out of the house and wander around, you can solve your problem by rubbing its paws with butter and chanting Roam no more. Yeah, I don't think it will work on Pirate, either. But it's good to know all the same.
Oh and here's a spell I might have to try: Running on Empty (for when your car is almost out of gas). For some reason, I always seem to wait until my car is on fumes before filling up. It was a habit that started in college and, well, has never ended. Back to the spell:
A piece of coal
3 small flat stones
A picture of a camel (I swear I'm not making this up)
A red velvet pouch
Draw the Raido, Eihwaz, and Pertho runes on the stones. Then hold them in your left hand along with the coal and concentrate on the image of a full tank of gas. Wrap the stones inside the picture of the camel, then seal everything in the red pouch and say three times:
My car knows how to make itself go
There are reserves from which it can pull
It doesn't matter what the meter reads
My gas tank is always full
Frankly, I worry that the bag and the camel and the coal will be a lot harder to hunt down than a Mobile on the Run station, but who knows? I may just have to try it and report back to you all. ...Or perhaps you'd be kind enough to wave as you pass me on the side of the road?
Monday, March 26, 2012
Less than 30 days until Coveted comes out! Wow, I can't believe it! Have you checked out an excerpt for Coveted yet? I've got a third Romance Trading card coming down the pipeline that I can't wait to reveal! If you're coming to the RT Convention in Chicago you'll get the first peek at them. :D
Will you be in the St. Louis area on the last weekend of April? My launch party for Coveted will be held at Rose's Bookhouse on April 28th from noon to 2pm. Stop on by if you can and say hi!
Coveted Series website! Check it out to get wallpapers, recipes from food mentioned in the book, and character bios. In a few days, the Coveted trailer will be unleashed as well.
Want to help me celebrate the countdown to the Coveted launch? For the next two weeks, I'll take entrants to the giveaway!
I got so much cool stuff for 4 lucky winners:
- Signed book from Jaci Burton, TAKING A SHOT, and three cover copies of the other covers. They are so hawt, they sizzle when I pick those things up! Heh heh!
- Signed book from Jade Lee, WEDDED IN SCANDAL, romance trading card, a card with a code to download the novella, ENGAGED IN WICKEDNESS, and a X-Large Bridal Favors t-shirt. (Let me tell you, folks at RT Convention in Chicago and this signing get first dibs on these, so if you get one you're so lucky.)
- Signed book from Alexandra Ivy, BOUND BY DARKNESS, with lots of swag: notepad, cover flat for FEAR THE DARKNESS, bookmark, and Must <3 Gargoyles door hanger (so cute)
- Signed book from Shannon Butcher, DYING WISH, with handmade book mark with charms (O_O), bookmarks, and I'll even toss in Beth Kery swag into that pot!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
With 29 entries, an extra prize was added to the pot, for a total of four winners!
There will be another contest with more prizes to celebrate the April 15 release of the second Order of the Blade book, so stop by for more chances to win! Here's a little peek at Darkness Seduced, coming April 15th:
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Like Shawntelle and her family, we’re having spring break now, too, and although my own kids are grown, I’m not getting off scot-free. Don’t ya know…Grandma’s is a lot more fun than daycare and since Grandma is retired and obviously not doing anything, let’s go there instead. At least that’s it from the perspective of three little boys—a couple of ten-year olds and an eight-year old. Needless to say, I’ve had “company” practically every day this week. (As I write this, they’re down in the family room arguing. If I hear blows being struck, I’ll have to go break up the fight!)
All joking aside, I really don’t mind having them at my house. They may eat constantly, argue a bit now and again, but most of the time they’re pretty well behaved. They do try and avoid, as what one of the ten-year olds calls it, “The Wrath of Grandma.” And for my part, I do try and think up fun things for them to do…like yesterday…taking a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. My oldest daughter and I (not stupid…no way was I taking those three boys by myself!) packed them up, loaded up the backpacks, and headed for the zoo. We had a great time.
But…I’ve got to admit I really have mixed feelings concerning zoos. Even though the animals are well cared for and, I’m sure, treated in a humane manner, I do find zoos a little sad. This particular zoo has done a lot to make each animal’s habitat similar to what they would experience in the wild, but there’s just something about seeing an animal that’s meant to roam free, confined. On the other hand, I think zoos play an important role in educating children about wild life and endangered species. If a kid has seen a Bengal tiger up close and personal, then hears that the habitat for those tigers is being destroyed, I think they have a better understanding about how important it is to protect our environment.
So there you go…are zoos a good thing or a bad thing? I honestly don’t know. There are three little boys who think they’re pretty cool, but how about you? For or against?
That’s all for this week—see you next Thursday.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Well, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a sucker for Victorian England. And that’s when "Twilight Secrets" is set. It’s all about a ravishing young singer trapped in the dank music halls of London and the handsome (of course!) British Army officer who captures her heart.
Wild and reckless love? You bet! There’s adventure, too, and scandal, and heart warming romance. There is also a big dose of mystery in the book. In fact, I’m proud to say that "Twilight Secrets" features my first (fictional, of course) murder.
This is the original cover from the long-ago paperback.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A few months ago, in a fit of energy, I signed up for this really neat race that's coming up. I think I may have written about it here. It's the Run for Your Lives 5K obstacle course. It's fun because you're out running through a park and it's extra neat because you're being chased by people dressed as zombies. You have to dodge and weave and hope they don't get all of the flags from your flag belt (lest you become one of the undead horde).
Now, as far as I'm concerned, there has been one minor complication with the whole, "run through the woods for miles" plan and that is that I don't know how to run. Oh sure, I could run if chased. But I've never been a track and field type. I've never jogged for fun and it took me two weeks to find my old running shoes (back of the closet, behind lots of old books that I had to fondle first).
Once I found the shoes, I was at a bit of a loss as to how to proceed. So I went to the library and found more books - on running this time (See? An improvement.) Only now, I'm learning all kinds of different techniques for what I'd at first believed was an uncomplicated activity. And, quite frankly, I'm all intimidated as to how to start running and when and how to breathe and I'm thinking I should have not tried to research and just started, oh I don't know - running.
So next week, when the kids are back in school, I'm going to start. It will not be pretty. In fact, it will probably be quite slow. In fact, if you have any tips, I'm all ears. At least the zombie hoard won't be here until August.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Well, I take that back. It's nice outside this time and the kiddos are outside enjoying the sunshine. They come in once in a while to wreck havoc and then they go back in. For some reason, they keep forgetting to shut the door to the house. If they ever manage to shut it I'll be surprised!
Even though I have several more days to entertain the kids, I've had a fun day so far. I learned that Coveted got a 4 1/2 stars review on RT Book Reviews! My first big review. (You need early access to see it before the release date.) I was pleased as punch to read it.
I'm also participating in the Romance at Random Luck of the Irish Blog hop over on my blog. Check out what I'm giving away. :)
It's only Monday, but the way I see it, there's plenty to do in St Louis and sprinklers are just as fun now as they were when I was a kid.
The silence is just as golden in my house.