Thursday, November 27, 2008

Just wanted to say

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Many varied things

I'm alive. I still have a brain. I'm ready for Thanksgiving!

And *cues drum roll*, most of the writing part is done on my new story, I Heart NY: Body Shots. I still need to do a quick read through and get it off to my editor. It topped off at 48 K! I'm really getting bad at estimating word count. I'm really happy with my chararcters!

I had an over 5 K day on Monday. Which is rare for me. I tend to write a small amount each day and not binge write. *G* it was a good day Monday.

My total so far for Sven is 30928, which I'm very happy with.

I did manage to blog at Book Worm Bags on a simple thing you can for promotion.

May the muses have progress

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Coming up for air

The Never Ending story

Uh why yes the target was 35 K when I last posted... The end is in sight!



Monday, November 17, 2008

Don't worry about me...I've just...

Multi-styled Text Generator at

It's due by Dec 1 so I'm on a mission to finish. It was originally going to be 30 K. Umm it grew!



Sunday, November 16, 2008

My weekends

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Comedians I enjoy
1. Bill Cosby--the king. Chocolate Cake and the Dentist are two faves.
2. Larry Miller--the 5 stages of Drinking
3. George Lopez
4. Bill Engvall
5. Jeff Foxworthy
6. Larry the Cable Guy
7. Jeff Dunhan (with his puppets)
8. Gabriel Iglesias
9. Kate Clinton
10. Bill Harley
11. Mary Ellen Hooper
12. John Pinette
13. Bob Newhart
PS I blogged at Book Worm Bags with more advice on the great agent search

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day


Monday, November 10, 2008

Mish Mash

LOL typed the title and said, "That sounds disgusting." But it's sort of a jumping subjects blog today.

I blogged at Ladies of the Club on the Hero's Journey.

My participation in the 2008 Holiday Book Celebration is live at Writers Vineyard! If you click my name on the calendar, you're taken to a feature on the Six Curses of Christmas. There are a lot of great features on other holiday books by other authors as well. Hey, I'm already getting into the spirit. *G*

I was so so so sad to hear about Michael Crichton passing away. I was a huge fan. Read a lot of his books. I'll never forget when a friend read Jurassic Park and said, "OMG you have to read this." He said it was a book that he didn't think he'd like. As I'm a dinosaur geek, of course I read it and loved it. I bought The Lost World in hardback LOL. So was very serious about that series. I also loved the first few seasons of ER, a show that Crichton created.

My sympthy and thoughts go out to his family. He's a talent that will be missed.

I have a lot of news *blinks*. I'm going to be sharing with my newsletter group soon, and then will be posting here. Stay tuned!

I'm participating in 70 Days of Sweat, which begins today!

May the muses have holidays

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Tired but inspired

I spent the whole day at a joint conference with the VRW and the CRW. With the phenomeal Deb Dixon. Yes, The Goals Motivation and Conflict Deb Dixon. I think there's only a few writers who haven't heard of her and that book. Learned a lot. I'm still procussing all of it.

I have a lot to do, including a deadline that's...*gasp* in only a couple of weeks. So if I'm scarce, I'm hopefully writing my fingers to the bone. I've already heard my editor's whip *Grins*.

May the muses have inspiration

PS I found someone to talk to and had a great lunch and afternoon! We talked about meeting in Williamsburg at some point in the future.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Interview with Jeff Rivera

1. Tell us about Forever My Lady, your first book.

Forever My Lady began as a screenplay actually. Mechele, I wanted it to become a movie more than anything but I found that Hollywood just wasn't getting it at all so I decided to out of frustration turn it into a novel. I didn't want more rejection so at first I set out to self-publish. The story is about someone who you might imagine to be a street thug but you get to know him as a human being who loves and feels passionately about a girl more than anything in the world. Even when he ends up in prison boot camp their bond doesn't fade. He promises her he'll turn his life around and marry her but when he's released he discovers she plans on marrying someone else.

2. Forever My Lady went from being independently published to being published by Warner Books/Grand Central. Which sounds like a fascinating subject to me. Can you tell us more about that move?

Yes, I enjoyed the whole self-publishing process. I wouldn't mind doing it again and in fact Mechele, I wouldn't mind bouncing back and forth from self-publishing to traditional publishing. I built an audience online that lead to Grand Central becoming interested and they gave me a shot at being published when others had slammed their doors in my face. I'm eternally grateful for that.

3. What's up next for you?

I'm writing a book for young adults now and I'm always writing about some element of love. I like being in love. It feels good, just have to find the right one for me. (Someone that will put up with me, most likely)

4. What is your favorite part about the writing process?

I love the preparation, outline and planning phase of it. The vision of where the story will be and I love hearing what readers think about the book once it's done.

5. Was landing an agent difficult?

For me Mechele, landing an agent has never been difficult but finding the right one, that's what's been the challenge. You need that balance of someone who's got the clout, believes in your work and can handle the basics of returning calls and emails in a timely manner.

6. Where can we get Forever My Lady?

You can get Forever My Lady wherever books are sold as well as and too.


Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen books in my TBR pile or that I recently read

1. Big Stone Gap Adriana Trigiani--Just read

2. I'm Watching you by Mary Burton--reading

3. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain-Read

4. Dark Hunger by Sara Reinke--TBR (what on earth am I waiting for? *blinks*)

5. Snow Blind by Lori G. Armstrong--TBR (ditto what I said above)

6. Storm Front by Jim Butcher--Read

7. Death Angel by Linda Howard--Read

8. Blue Smoke and Murder by Elizabeth Lowell--Read (and highly recommend!)

9. The Secret Sister by Elizabeth Lowell--Read (pretty good)

10. Family Business, With This Ring, Reality Check, Striking a Chord, Never Wink at a Worried Woman, She's Turning Into One of Them!, Teaching... is a Learning Experience, Senior's Discount, Home Sweat Home by Lynn Johnston--Read (the For Better or For Worse collection is nearly caught up *Grins*)

11. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon--TBR (OMG what am I waiting for?)

12. Die for Me by Karen Rose--TBR

13. Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh--TBR


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I posted over at the Romance Studio Faery Court forums

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Excercise your rights


Saturday, November 01, 2008


Today, I went and hung out with Treva Harte, her daughter, and Bobby Michaels (author of the Jock Dorm and Veterans series) *squeee*). I had met Treva before (a few times) and enjoyed the revisit. And I really enjoyed meeting Bobby. We did the Veterans series together and I've rather enjoyed his stories that I've read. We had lunch down near where I went to college, so was neat to see how much and how little things change.

*cough* a partial reason behind our lunch will be revealed soon *G*.

I guest blogged at JC Wilder's World on Getting it right. Thanks JC for letting me take over.

I blogged Tuesday at Book Worm Bags on another agent search tip.

I posted at Georgia's Crossroads Cafe on the many different hats I wear

May the muses have all kinds of things to talk about and more news to share


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