Tuesday, January 29, 2008

THE SPYMASTER'S LADY contest

Yes, another one! One more chance to win a copy of this book! Woohoo!! Go here to enter. And to make the contest even more appealing, Claire has offered a one of a kind book thong to sweeten the deal. If it is anything like the one I have...it's worth entering for the book thong alone. Yeah, her work is that gorgeous.

What? You're still here reading. Go. Enter the contest, you won't be sorry.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I made it

I know, I know. I'm late. I have a very good reason for it. I've been busy running to the post office.

1. Your genre(s)?

I started out with historical fiction and as an experiment tried historical romance. I'm waiting to see which one catches on.

2. How many books have you completed?

Four full length novels and a couple of short stories.

3. How many books are you working on now?

One and am nearing the last few pages.

4. Are you a linear or chunk writer?

Chunk. The other way is too frustrating for me.

5. The POV you're most partial to?

Third (trying to get it to Deep Third.)

6. The theme that keeps cropping up in your books?

No matter what happens in your life, friends and family are your center.

7. How many days a week do you write?

Seven.

8. What time of day do you get your best writing done?

I am trying to write at any time of day but find that I shut down around 9:00 pm. I write best in the morning. I knew I was a morning person for some reason.

9. Who are your mentors?

Hmm, that's hard. I try to learn from everyone but always find myself going to Jen saying, did you understand that? If so, explain.

10. Who are your favorite authors to read? (different from mentors)

I don't so much like certain authors as certain books. I have never read an author and have liked everything they have written. Some have come close. Diana Gabaldon, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Joanna Bourne, and Jennifer Hendren.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Something new

I am so excited. Have you ever heard someone say one short sentence and have it trigger an idea for an entire book? That just happened and the funny thing is, I won't even use the original sentence that started the process. As is becoming my habit, this new book is different from the previous ones. I can't wait to finish BBH. Fade is going on hold. This new book is up next.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The end is near.

I can tell that I am nearing the end of BBH. Generally around two-thirds finished, the basic concept for the next book pops up. I jot down all thoughts and tuck them away while I trudge on. The closer I get to the end of the current book, the more I think about the new one.

In September, the title and concept for FADE came to light. Not knowing if anything would come of it, I made a folder, stored the notes, and moved on. Last night, rusty cogs broke free, screeched into stiff and jarring movement, and coppery dust drifted to the floor. FADE is waking up. I added a little instructional oil to the hinges and stepped back. I can't wait to see what's in store.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Too good to pass up!

It doesn't come any better than this. Joanna Bourne has agreed to offer a signed copy of The Spymaster's Lady as a contest prize. Hey, it's worth entering for the book alone. I haven't heard one negative comment about this book.

I don't review many books and I rarely find a book/author that I can't stop talking about. When I met Jo at a writer's forum, I had no idea she was an author. For that matter, I was clueless at the depth of her talent. I'm still waiting for the pebble to hit the water at the bottom of the well. Jo quickly became a person I shadowed everywhere. Each nugget of information was stored away and reviewed. I was amazed at how willing she was to nurture fledgling writers. Don't get me wrong, other "forumites" were eager to help, too, but Jo went beyond a quick answer giving detail descriptions.

Although others are gushing Jo's praises, she would be quick to point out that she didn't do anything that hasn't been done before. Maybe so, but she certainly did it better than I could hope to do. And the good news is, she has a second book due out later this year.

So until her next book is available, go to JenniferHendren.blogspot.com and participate in this contest.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Jay

If you don't mind, I'm going to attach the first two weeks of January to the end of 2007 and begin 2008 mid-month. We received word this morning that my fil passed away at five am. He would not accept that he had cancer and refused treatment of any kind. So between the pneumonia (which is how they found the cancer), two heart attacks, and the five to six strokes, he had his way.

Thank you to everyone who shared in my grief these last few months. You've been great.

Monday, January 7, 2008

THE SPYMASTER'S LADY

I feel like the guy who had to work during SuperBowl Sunday but taped the game. I scan sites and blogs only to turn away before it's too late. I'm talking about Joanna Bourne's The Spymaster's Lady. Without hearing one comment, I know this is a great book. Knowing Jo from a writer's forum we belong to, it couldn't miss. This woman is TOP, TOP, TOP!!!

However, I can't read the book just yet, but don't think that I don't want to especially after what I read this weekend. Yikes! This weekend's read had one of those morbid, train wreck draws to it and no, that wasn't the plot.

Anyway, Jo, I'm hurrying as fast as I can go. The Spymaster's Lady is the first book on tbr list. Until then, everyone else, READ THIS BOOK, you won't be sorry.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Here I go again.

Okay, it's January. Queries are out the door. Wish me luck.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

I am not just Jennifer's mom, not that I mind. : )

I just had a quick conversation with my daughter and she said something that I thought was funny.

Never have I been a stereotypical mom. When other mom's were telling their children to be careful and not take chances, I was telling mine to test their limits and burn the candle on both ends. I never wanted them to wonder what could have been when the only thing that held them back was themselves. Also, it irritated me to see teenagers who acted like they were middle-aged. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't a 'no rules' mom, in fact, my family thought I was strict.

Anyway, my daughter asked a question and when I answered, she said, "Okay, that's your mom answer, what do you really think?"

It's nice when they can see me as their mom and a person.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Competing against myself, and I won!

For the past five days, I have placed myself on a self-imposed writing marathon. In spite of my husband being home for three of the five days and a forty-eight hour Twilight Zone marathon, I was able to keep my laptop humming. I tallied in at 9,043 words. This included two new scenes that made me tingle. I love it when that happens. I did this push because I had the time off and wanted to get a big jump on my deadline. This will give me a good head start. But now I go back to getting goose bumps when I reached 500 words at the end of the day. Seriously, I get just as excited about that number as the big ones. Really, I clap and everything. For me, I'm more for the tingles, but how do you track that with zokutou?

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Good news - bad news

The good news is, I have been making great progress on the word meter and have two new scenes as well. As soon as the word counter is active, I'll update my progress. And the really good news is...(okay, keep in mind how huge this is for me) I broke my old record. I wrote 2504 words today. Woo-hoo.

The bad news is, if you are a chunk writer, you can relate to this, I have many scenes that are in different stages of completion. I know where they need to go and if they need to stay, but I can't quite see them in full. My hope is to spend tomorrow tidying up my work from today. Maybe that will give me an idea for those disjointed bits and pieces.

THE WARRIOR by Kinley MacGregor

Although I am a newbie to Ms MacGregor's world of story telling, I am a die-hard fan of historical genres. Let's face it, put a Scotsman in a kilt and that alone will make me buy a book. Yeah, I'm that easy. But to be honest, I had a hard time placing this book as an historical due to the overuse of modern speech and cliches. When I realized this was going to be a staple throughout the book, I decided to concentrate on the plot and emotion of the story and allow myself to become absorbed in their world. The author did a fine job of telling me what I should see and feel, but I never drew those conclusions on my own. Okay, there is still a kilted Scot to drool over, but I couldn't find him. The reader is constantly told Lochlan is a Scot, but his speech and mannerism never demonstrated it. The ending completely baffled me.

If you are a fan of Ms MacGregor, this book is most likely a delicious addition to her collection of stories. If you have never read her work before, you might want to start with the first book of the series. This is definitely not a stand alone book.