Thursday, November 29, 2007

ENCHANTING THE LADY by Kathryne Kennedy

Who said all romance books are the same? For those people who think they are, they should take a look at Kathryne Kennedy. Her books take on aspects from many genres, blending them together with creative imagination.

"The imagination of J.K. Rowling and the romance of Julie Garwood
all rolled up into one fabulous novel." Erin Grady, author of Whispers
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Friday, November 23, 2007

If only that were true.

Okay, I admit it. I borrowed this from Marianne. It was too funny not to share.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Word Count.

How does everyone determine word count? I have heard two rules of thumb. One is Word's word count. The other is to multiply 250 times the number of pages. I have heard that publishers use the 250 count. Is this to be used when the first page of each chapter starts at mid-page?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I've been tagged!

Got this from Jen this afternoon.

Four Things You May or May Not Know About Me (Glad the cutoff was four. This could get embarrassing.)

A) Four jobs I have had in my lifetime:
1. Substitute teacher.
2. Administrator.
3. Cashier.
4. Office manager.

B) Four movies I would watch over & over:
1. Kate and Leopold.
2. Eh, sorry, can't think of more.

C) 4 places I have lived:
1. New Smyrna Beach, FL.
2. Bainbridge, Ohio
3. Ormond Beach, FL.
4. There is no fourth

D) Four TV Shows that I watch:
1. Lost
2. Pushing Daisies
3. Dancing With the Stars
4. American Idol (only when Jen keeps talking about it)

E) Four places I have been:
1. Grandfather Mountain, NC
2. Washinton, DC
3. Boston, MA
4. Aspen, CO

F) Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
1. Jen
2. Jane
3. Jeanne
4. I need another "J"

G) Four of my favorite foods:
1. Mexican
2. Potatoes (I'm Irish, it's in the DNA.)
3. Chinese
4. Salad (gotta have something to balance the potatoes)

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Beech Mtn., NC
2. Ireland
3. Germany
4. England

I) Things I am looking forward to this and next year:
1. Getting an agent.
2. Seeing my book on a store shelf.
3. Spending time in the mountains.
4. Bliss.

Okay... I tag Jane, Nina, Precie, Jenny C.

Monday, November 12, 2007

SOME NERVE by Jane Heller

SOME NERVE is a contemporary novel featuring Ann Roth. Honesty and integrity are not the tools for a celebrity journalist, and nice is not what her editor is looking for. When told to get a story on the most reclusive personality since Howard Hughes, Ann pulls out every creative trick in her arsenal. It isn't enough. She must face her paralyzing fear of heights. Physically unable to do so, she goes back to her magazine empty-handed. Fired, she returns home defeated. Taking on local fanfare of hair salon openings and the like, Ann is given a second chance when the man who cost her her job is admitted to the local hospital. Geared up, she is determined to get her job and her reputation back.

With great minor characters and no sluggish areas, this book was very easy to get into. Ann had a great voice and personality that I found endearing. (I did find it jarring with the number of parentheses the author used.) I could feel the anxiety as Ann tried to overcome her fear, get the story, and prove herself. In the middle of the book, the story took a sharp turn, almost with a feeling of being a different book. Although we see growth and change in the character, the amount that was shown seemed out of place with the style of the story up to this point. There were a few believability issues that I struggled with, and I thought the ending was predictable.

Overall, I'm glad I read it.

Friday, November 9, 2007

What a kick!

I just completed my first interview. (g) This is surreal. As soon as I know the posting date, I'll let you know.

Edited to add: Feb. 13.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Getting reacquainted

While finding a resting spot, I looked over the unfinished books vying for my attention. Hmm, which direction do I want to go? I never was one who was comfortable leaving things half-done, so I decided to go back to Bound by Honor.

I love these characters, their time period, and their story. The thing is, I'm having a hard time getting a good hold on it. I don't know where to begin. Is that odd? I considered filling in missing chapters, nah, not comfortable with that. How about fluffing flat chapters? Uh-uh. I think I am going to start at chapter one. If it is completed, revise it then move on. Sounds like a plan.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


Coming in at a whopping 78,250 words, FOR MERCY'S SAKE is finished. I added over 11,000 words during revisions. I really like writing in this manner. I found it much easier to add than remove material.

In celebration, I went to B&N, wanting to see what was popular in this genre and to treat myself to a new book. As I went up and down the aisles, I kept thinking about something an agent mentioned in a rejection letter. Make sure to draw me in. I looked at several books, reading the backs, the beginning chapters, random sections. Sorry, I wasn't drawn in. Ready to give up, a lady with a hand shopping basket came into the aisle. I didn't know her from Adam, but I thought, eh, why not? She didn't stand a chance.

I stopped her before she got to the first shelf. "Who do you read?" I asked as bold as thunder. We were meant to meet. She looked at me as plain as anything and told me, "I read everyone." Jackpot!! She lifted her basket and said she fills one of these a month. She was there for her fresh supply. Naturally, I couldn't let her go now. I asked what period she liked. She said she preferred historicals, but she can't find many of those (stern glare to agents and publishing houses), so she is forced to also read contemps. She proceeded, at my urging, to tell me who she reads and what she likes about them.

Filling my arms with as many of her suggestions as I could carry, I waddled to a table. Armed with a large coke and an ultimate brownie, I dove in. I saw her points about each selection. Once again, out of a dozen books, only one had an opening that wowed me. I replaced each book to the shelf before the cafe asked me to leave for taking up so much table time.

I can't say that I came away knowing what is popular, but I do know what one avid reader is looking for, and I am definitely in the ballpark.