Sunday, November 30, 2008

Oh, why not? It's the holidays!

You are a Ginger Bread House
You Are a Gingerbread House
A little spicy and a little sweet, anyone would like to be lost in the woods with you.

What Holiday Food Are You?

Bookplates

If you bought Cost of Freedom and would like a bookplate, send me an e-mail and I'll tell you how to get one.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

Today is the busiest shopping day of the year. One suggestion:

BUY BOOKS!

Books are the most versatile gift. They can be the main gift, used as wrapping accessory, or as stocking stuffers. They are meaningful, sentimental, humorous, or informative. Everything and anything you want can be found in one little building, or better yet, online. And, no batteries needed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. No craziness, no candy, just time spent with family. It doesn't get any better than that. The one thing missing this year will be Jared and Sam. :( shrug A phone call will have to suffice.

What are some things that have happened in the past year that you are thankful for?

For me:

We wondered if it would happen but in January, my son became engaged to a wonderful girl. Wedding news to follow.

She had my nerves on end, but my daughter managed to live in Mexico for an entire month and not end up attached to an I.V. drip. Don't ask. She came close.

Greg and I have managed to remodel in harmony. A collective sigh was felt throughout cyberspace.

And much to my eighth grade English teacher's surprise, I became a published author.

Monday, November 24, 2008

pre Thanksgiving

One more day of work and then a nice long five day weekend. Can I help it that Wed. is my normal day off?! I can't wait. My daughter will arrive sometime on Wed. and out the door we'll go. She isn't one to sit still for very long. A trait she inherited from her great-grandfather. I hope I can keep up. I did not inherit this trait. Being with her is definitely the "Rockin' Roller Coaster" of rides. I'll let you know if I survive.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Shopping

I did my Thanksgiving shopping today (with a list.) Now, I'm making a new list of all the things I forgot. At least I have a few more days.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Author's copy

I've received my author's copy of Cost of Freedom! How exciting. I flipped through the pages bringing about all the memories that went with each scene. What a journey this has been. I've learned a lot and made many wonderful friends. Please be sure to read the acks page and share a bit of my experience. Thank you, everyone!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Round 2

I have the second round of Bound by Honor edits from my editor. I gave it a quick look--nothing drastic. I would love to get this back to her before Thanksgiving week. She thinks this round should do it and then it's off to galleys. Very exciting. I'm looking forward to hearing what my release date will be.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

It's here!!!

Cost of Freedom is available in paperback at Amazon.com. I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Excerpt

I've posted an excerpt for Redcoats and Sleigh Bells on my message board. The anthology is scheduled for release Dec. 2009.

New read

Last night I started reading a new book and before I finished the first paragraph, I was hooked. I went back to the top of the page and reread a few sentences. Have you ever read a section of a book and wondered how you got to the end of the paragraph? It wasn't jarring or a struggle. I didn't have to make concessions or allowances in hopes the author would win me over at a later point in the story. No. The words floated me easily to the end of the thought. Needless to say, I settled into a comfortable position on the couch and thought, my, my, my, I am in for a good read. This is my first experience with Anne Perry but if the first few pages are any indication...ahhhhh.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Michael Crichton

Sadly, the writing world has lost a great author. Michael Crichton has passed away. His writing was introduced to me through my son, who told me I had to read Andromeda Strain, which my son still views as one of his top five favorites. When I procrastinated, he dragged me to see Timeline and then shoved his hardback copy in my hands and pointed to the couch. He was right. The man could tell a story. He will be missed.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rise and fall

I'm sure you know what it's like to read several books by an author that are fantastic and then come across one that doesn't match up. It's no big deal, it's actually expected. Let's face it, you can't be at the top of your game in every book. However, I think I've experienced the reverse. My first read of a particular author has fabulous. She soared to the top of my auto-buy list, but with each sequential read, she has slipped a notch and with this last book, sadly, she has fallen to my don't-buy list.

This was a really odd experience. I expected each book to be as good as the first. Oddly, these were not the author's debut books, nor her latest releases. In this last book, I kept hoping for the story to come together but it kept sputtering with weak attempts. I'm aware that this author changed genres. From what I have read of her work, I get the impression it was during these books that she gave her career change serious contemplation.

Oh well, off to find a new favorite.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Voting

I voted today! I don't know what I think about the early voting but since I waited for an hour and a half, I can only imagine what Tuesday will be like. So when you head to the polls on Tuesday, bring a book and a bottle of water. Then on Wednesday, celebrate that the political ads are over.