Archive for November, 2007

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox

I’m at Romancing the Blog today.

Monday, November 12th, 2007
Judging a Book By Its Cover

Used to be that when you went to the bookstore you could tell what was between the covers of a book by looking at the artwork. Life was easier then. 😉 *g* That all changed when erotic romance made its debut on the ‘regular’ romance shelves. Suddenly all the covers became risque…even the books without love scenes. Personally, I think that’s false advertising, but no one asked me. 😉 I admit that I picked up a couple of books that ended up in my ‘never read again’ pile. Why? Because they ‘advertised’ one thing with the cover and delivered something entirely different. As a reader, I don’t like to be misled. Period. I know what I like and I expect to get that if a blurb (and cover) imply a specific type of story. Don’t bait and switch me.

Now I know that authors have little to NO control over their cover art. I even heard grumblings from some authors about being upset over their risque covers because they didn’t think the photos conveyed the ‘feel’ of their stories. I guess not, if you’ve written a sweet romance and ended up with a half-naked woman in a corset on your cover. I realize that publishing houses snatched up the spicy covers because that’s what was selling, but someone should’ve really given it a ‘long-term’ look before following through. In the end, the publishers might have been hurt a little, but the authors were the ones taking the major hits. It got to the point where I read the beginnings of the books that I picked up, then thumbed through them until I found a love scene, THEN checked the end to make sure the hero or heroine hadn’t been killed off. How sad is that?

Now that the wave of erotic romances has started to die down, the book covers seem to be returning to normal. Thank goodness! I still skim every book, if it’s a new author to me, but I’ve relaxed a little. How about you? Are you vigilant when it comes to checking out books before you buy them? Or do you judge a book by its cover (and blurb)?

Sunday, November 11th, 2007
Here and There

Sorry I’ve been rather silent over the last week or so. Unfortunately, it’s not going to get any better. We have three weeks and a couple of days before the big move. In between that time, we’ll be doing Thanksgiving with family. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging or anything else for that matter. I’ve pretty much given up on working on the book until after we’ve moved in. They are weeks that I can’t afford to waste, but there’s just too much happening to focus on writing. Sigh.

I can’t believe how fast X-mas is closing in. Am I the only one freaking out about it?

Friday, November 9th, 2007
And the Winner IS…

RAINE!!! YAY! Drop me an email with your address and I’ll get Halfway to the Grave to you. 🙂

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Because I have ‘packer’s brain’ and don’t have much to say, I decided to hold another contest. I went out today and bought Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost because I love it. I love it so much that I’m going to give someone a chance to win my copy. I’ll have dh pick a winner on Friday. Good luck!!! 🙂

Just added: Jeaniene just made the NYT Bestseller’s list with this book. Told you all that it was good. 😉

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
Still Shredding

The Salvation Army has came and went. It’s nine something and I’m still shredding documents. How’s your day? LOL!

Monday, November 5th, 2007
It’s Official…I own too much sh*t

After spending the past two days packing, I have to say that I’ve finally reached the saturation point. I cannot believe how much crap I own. It’s crazy. I have just about every workbook that I’ve ever received…strike that…I do have EVERY workbook that I ever received at a conference. I’d ‘planned’ to go through them once I got home from the various conferences. I managed to skim them all. Read a few pages, but other than that, they’ve sat in my office closet gathering MASSIVE amounts of dust. Did I mention the mountain of magazines I found? That whole out of sight, out of mind thing is true. Sigh.

Today, I plan to tackle the rest of the bookcases in the hall. It shouldn’t take me too long. I still have the bookcases in my office. (They hold my reference books.) Actually, thinking about it, the books have been the easiest thing to pack. It’s everything else that’s tough. But I don’t want to talk about packing anymore. It’s boring and not very much fun. 😛

I’ve decided to name a few of my favorite authors by category. Yes, I’m stretching for something to talk about. While I’m at it, if anyone has an idea for what I should write over the next couple of weeks throw it out there. I need all the help that I can get right now. 🙂

So back to the authors…I’ll start with my favorite paranormal romance writers: Lora Leigh (truly love her Breed series), Christine Warren (she writes some of the best characters), Angela Knight (love her vampires), Lynn Viehl (dark and atmospheric) and Jeaniene Frost (super urban fantasy romances (Bones sigh)).

Favorite historical authors: Lisa Kleypas (enchanting), Stephanie Laurens (comfortable), Christina Dodd (charming), Julia Templeton (scorching) and Sylvia Day (smoking).

Favorite contemporary authors: Michele Albert (consistently strong), Beth Ciotta (so endearingly funny), Jill Shalvis (terrific romances), Cherry Adair (enjoy her special ops) and Erin McCarthy (always entertaining).

Favorite urban fantasy authors: Patricia Briggs (Love her Mercy series), Rob Thurman (Love her characters’ attitudes), Laurell K. Hamilton (the old stuff rocks), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty can do no wrong) and Charlaine Harris (consistently terrific). This was actually the hardest category for me because I have so many favorites.

The final category is misc. because I wasn’t quite sure where to put these authors: Stuart Woods (entertaining mysteries), Matt Reilly (mind popcorn), James Rollins (action/adventure), Douglas Preston (fun monsters) and Dean Koontz (great intrigue).

Now it’s your turn. Who are your top three favorites?