Monday, September 29, 2008

HIGHLAND KNIGHT by Cindy Miles

Amelia Landry has writer's block. In an attempt to meet her editor's deadline, she goes to Scotland for the summer. There she finds no distractions, no people, just a few fourteenth century ghosts. Ethan Munro and his warriors have been waiting a long time for someone who is capable of freeing them from their enchantment. Led by a friendly spirit, and trying to stay ahead of a malevolent one, Amelia tries to do just that.

I was in the mood for something light, fun, and quick to read. HIGHLAND KNIGHT was just that. All of the characters were likable. The plot was predictable but in this kind of story, who cares? Deep and immersing isn't why I read it. As I neared the end, I thought Ms Miles may have painted herself into a corner with the ending. Not at all. She brings about a thoroughly satisfying conclusion that left me feeling warm and fuzzy.

I'm glad to see this author has other books at the ready because when I'm in the mood for a light-hearted escape, I will reach for a book by this author.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I hate to do it.

I never thought I would become one of those people, ;) but it has to be done. Because I am jumping back and forth between three stories, there's no choice. I have to write an outline. Yikes! Did I just type that?! Each time I get on a roll with McKnight, my attention is needed elsewhere. When I come back, it takes days to get back into the groove. Not fun. I hope this doesn't suck the spontaneity and wild tangents out of it. Why do I feel like I'm being punished and forced into shackles?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Back again

My plate is finally clearing so it's back to McKnight. I hope I'm able to pick up where I left off. If I remember correctly, they were at a party and Isa had been confronted by the antagonist. She has learned disturbing things about Cole and has to make a decision. Disclosed facts about a former love are as comforting as learning Cole's part in the young man's death. If she plans to clear her name of murder charges, she will have to betray, not only Cole but herself. I'm anxious to get to the next quarter of the book.

Monday, September 22, 2008

THANK YOU

Thank you everyone for voting for COST OF FREEDOM over at The Long and Short Reviews. We didn't win, but we made a good showing. Don't forget, the print version is available the day after Thanksgiving.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

VOTE

Voting is open for Best Book here. Please stop by today or tomorrow and vote for COST OF FREEDOM.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Best Book Honor

Cost of Freedom has received a five book review from The Long and Short Reviews and is nominated for Best Book Honor. Tomorrow (Saturday) go to The Long and Short Reviews website and VOTE for Cost of Freedom.

BOUND BY HONOR edits

The edits for Bound by Honor are with my editor. I love the changes I included, and the ending...love it. Not at all what I initially planned, but so much better.

Friendship

A friend of mine sent this to me and I had to share.


Just the stone cold truth
of our great friendship.

1.When you are sad,
I will jump on the person
who made you sad
like a spider monkey
jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!

2. When you are blue,
I will try to dislodge
whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile,
I will know you are
plotting something
that I must be involved in.

4. When you're scared,
we will high tail it out of here.

5. When you are worried,
I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse
it could be until you
quit whining, ya big baby!!!!

6. When you are confused,
I will use little words.

7. When you are sick,
Stay away from me
until you are well again.
I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall,
I'll pick you up
and dust you off--
After I laugh my rear off!!

9. This is my oath...
I pledge it to the end.
'Why?' you may ask;
-- because you are my FRIEND!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Killing our darlings

Is there anything worse for an author than to look at sections of their work, highlight terrific material, then press delete? That's how I spent my morning. I know, I know. It will leave me with a better book and I will be glad for the changes, but...*sigh* There were some good lines, sections, and scenes in there, then poof. Gone forever. I'll take a break, come back, and start the healing process with fresh words. *sniffle*

Friday, September 5, 2008

Edits

I received the edits for Bound by Honor. I like the changes mentioned and think it will make for an even better book. So, *rolling up sleeves* everything is on hold until I finish. I'm so glad this isn't taking place during a holiday. :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008






I was nominated for this award by a great friend and talented author, Anita Davison

Part of the obligation of this award is, in turn, nominating a few sites that I admire and enjoy reading too, so mine are as follows

Allison Chase
Gwyn Cready
Diana Gabaldon
Heather Graham
Karen Kendall


These five ladies have great stuff on their blogs which range from personal insights as authors and editors and snippets they find worth passing on to others in this strange yet rewarding world we call writing! They have great websites too so all are worth a visit.

Now my nominees get to post this same award to their blog and nominate up to seven others. Please link back to me at my blog for nominating you. As Anita said on her nomination, I was honoured to receive this and hope you will be too.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

One more chance

Ugh. I am reading a book that is less interesting than watching a six year old walk down a dirt road dragging his feet. I really want to give up on it, but the reviews have been great. For that reason only, I'll keep going. I'll be back in a few days with a full review.