Archive for September, 2008

Monday, September 29th, 2008
First Two Winners Are…

A friend came over for brunch so I roped her into picking two names out of a hat…literally. The first two RED ARC winners are:

Larena Wirum


Audrey Hooks

Congratulations ladies. Please drop me your address via the contact page.

The next chance to win an arc of RED will be on Oct. 6, 2008. So check back to see if you’ve won. Good luck!

If you’ve already thrown your name in the hat to win the RED ARC’s, you don’t have to enter again. I’ve kept all the names. They are the ones I’ll be drawing from next week (and the week after). Due to the overwhelming response, I’m not accepting any more entries–beyond the ones I’ve already received. Thanks again for participating. 🙂

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Contest Entries

First off, I’d like to thank Jeaniene Frost, Larissa Ione, Lynn Viehl, Shiloh Walker and Sylvia Day for posting an entry about my RED contest on their sites. Most folks were kind enough to tell me where they ‘came’ from when they entered. Ladies you’re the best. Thank you! 🙂 And if you haven’t picked up Jeaniene’s ‘Night Huntress’ books, Larissa’s ‘Demonica’ book, Lynn’s ‘Darkyn’ novels, Shiloh’s ‘Through the Veil’, and Sylvia’s historicals, what are you waiting for? Seriously, they’re great reads. (Just remember Bones is mine. *g*)

Anyway, the response to the giveaway was more than I anticipated. (Thank you!) Originally, the plan was to take names every week and draw two. I was going to dump the names after the drawing and gather new ones. I realized from the number of names that wouldn’t be possible, so I’ll (well not me literally, I’ll volunteer someone for the job) be drawing the winners from the names I’ve received. I will continue to take entries until Sunday evening, Sept. 28th. After that, the contest is closed. Please don’t send double entries. Dh does check ISP numbers. 🙂

The first set of winners will be drawn and posted on Monday, Sept. 29th. The next set will be posted on Oct. 6th. Followed by another drawing on Oct. 13th. That gives you six chances to win, since two names will be drawn each week. The contest is open to everyone, not just folks in the USA. Good Luck!

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
Red Review and Contest

Amie was nice enough to send me the Romantic Times Booklover’s Magazine review for RED. You’ll find it listed below. It’s rocking. I’m really happy with it and pleasantly surprised.

Also, I’m still taking names for this week’s contest. If you’d like to win an ARC (advanced reader copy) of RED, just mention so in the comments or go through my contact page. (The link is at the top of the page cleverly hidden under ‘contact’. 😉 *g*

The world as we know it has been destroyed in this post-apocalyptic thriller. The thirst for power never dies, but gutsy heroine Gina refuses to let that stop her. Summers does a good job laying out the backstory for her new world order, illustrating the dangerous times her protagonists live in. The first-person rantings from the deranged serial killer add a frightening layer to an already gritty thriller. Very good stuff, indeed! —Jill M. Smith

Did any of you watch Criminal Minds last night? What did you think? I liked it, but I did think it was a bit of a cheat given the season finale. I also watched Bones, Supernatural and Without a Trace. Supernatural has gone in an interesting direction. Didn’t see that one coming. 😯

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Contests, Television and Travel

It’s been an interesting few months. I’m realizing that in order to reach the next level of writing I may have to go back to ‘school’ so to speak. That may ultimately mean taking a break while I learn to write new things–and old things better. Right now I’m still in the thinking stage.

Loved NCIS last night. Still think Gibbs suspects. Can’t wait to see how it plays out over the season. Also, really looking forward to Criminal Minds tonight to see what happened.

We’ve booked the first leg of our trip, so we’re definitely headed to the UK and Germany for almost a month. I’m really looking forward to going over. It’s been WAY too long. (ie four years, since our last trip) I can’t believe we’ve let that much time pass. Cannot do that again. No wonder we have such itchy feet.

Now for the contest. I’m giving away two advanced reader copies (ie uncorrected proofs, so no complaining about typos and editing issues *g*) of RED. I will be giving away two copies each week for the next few weeks leading up to RED’s release. If you’d like a chance to win, either enter your name in my contact page (can’t miss the button at the top of the page) or leave a comment letting me know. Names do not carry over from week to week, so if you don’t win on Monday you’ll just have to re-enter. Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
Romantic Times Booklover’s Magazine

I haven’t received my copy yet, but it looks like RED received four stars and that the article about the book is in this month’s issue (Nov. 08) of Romantic Times Booklover’s Magazine. I must say I’m stoked to see it. Hopefully both will be entertaining. 🙂

I’m sore as all get go today. That Wii Fit timed boxing is a pretty good workout. I feel like someone kicked me in the ribs from all the twisting punches I threw. *ggg* Yay Wii!!! I did end up doing a weights workout today. Tomorrow I’ll be back on the Wii. As soon as the heat leaves and it actually starts behaving like it’s fall here, dh and I are going to start running. I’m determined to lose weight. I need to get new publicity shots taken and I want a new wardrobe. 😉

Still formulating ideas about the next few projects I’m going to work on. They’re s–l–o–w–l–y coming together. I do hope it speeds up soon. I’d like to get them to my agent.

Other than that, just looking forward to the premiere of NCIS tonight. Love that show. CSI Miami sucked arse yesterday. I really don’t know why I bother watching it anymore. Seriously. They cancel Moonlight and they keep that..? I don’t get it. Still haven’t managed to download the next two episodes of True Blood. Will do that this week. Since most of the shows return this week, what are you looking forward to seeing?

Sunday, September 21st, 2008
The Joy of Art

Dh bought me the Wii Fit and artwork for our anniversary. I’ve been wanting the Wii Fit for a long time, so I was thrilled. I can say without a doubt that it’s a ‘fun’ way to workout. I’ve done so twice in the last three days. If you hate working out, this machine/software is for you. 🙂

The art was a total surprise. When we were in Tokyo last year, we came upon an art exihibit that was about to open. Unfortunately, it was opening the week after we planned to leave. I was very bummed out because the ‘sample’ art struck such a cord with me. Anyway, he surprised me with three framed prints from the Ashes and Snow exhibit. If you ever get a chance to go see these displayed, do so. They take your breath away.

Saturday, September 20th, 2008
Industry Blogs—Should I Be Panicking?

I’ve been reading a lot of industry blogs and they run the gamut from there’s a massive publishing industry slow down to take any offer that comes your way. I do understand the slow down, since we’re in a recession. I’m not sure I get the panic of taking ‘any’ offer that comes your way. Yes, as writers we want to keep working and making money. We can’t do that if we’re not selling. But is the answer to accept anything? I don’t think so because I believe that by doing so we’d be thinking too short-term. Do you really want to get ‘stuck’ writing things you don’t want to write because that’s where the offers are coming from? Maybe you wouldn’t mind, but I do.

I have been giving this a lot of thought. My knee-jerk reaction is to snatch at anything, but once I moved past that initial thought, I realized the slow down might be giving me an opportunity. The opportunity to write several books in various genres at my own pace. I could have a small stockpile by the time the economy turns around. Will all the books find a home? Probably be not. There are trends and timing, but I’d be in a much better position as a writer. Besides, who doesn’t want to have several full manuscripts waiting in the wings?

So yes, I think you have to be aware of the market slow down, but I don’t believe that means you need to panic. Of course, if your sole income derives from writing, then you need to do whatever it takes to keep the roof over your head. If your economic future doesn’t rely on writing, then take this opportunity to work on your craft, write outside your comfort zone, and stockpile full manuscripts. It just might set you up for the future. 🙂