Archive for October, 2009

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

This is the type of movie that throws everything at you. There is disgusting zombies. The kill shots are over the top when it comes to body fluids. Blood flows at every opportunity. It’s silly. Ridiculous. And I couldn’t stop giggling. Even after we left the theater I found myself laughing aloud. There’s just something thoroughly entertaining about the film and for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what it is. If you’re into zombie flicks, go see this film.

I know I’m not the only one with a sick sense of humor.

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The winner of the CRIMSON ARC contest is ASHLEY N! Please email with your address and I’ll send the book off on Monday. Congrats!!!

Friday, October 9th, 2009
Phoenix Rising

A long time ago I talked about how it felt like the group of writers I’d come up with were more like my graduating class than random strangers cast adrift on the sea of creativity. We all seemed to get published within a few years of each other. We acted as sounding boards, cheering squads, and avenging angels. Some of my ‘class’ have been fortunate enough to have released a ton of books and even make a few lists. Others have worked hard, but haven’t caught the same breaks. Whether that was due to skill, timing, the market, or all the above really doesn’t matter.

I thought that once we were published that would be the end of our ‘graduation’ ceremony. (Note: I didn’t say the hard work.) But that hasn’t been the case. Lately, I’ve looked around and seen most of my friends struggling. Some are trying to hold onto their book deals and their agents. Others haven’t been so fortunate.

The one thing they all seem to have in common is that they ALL are looking for a change. The writers that I know are re-evaluating their entire careers. Some are thinking about leaving publishing, while others are deciding to start for scratch. (ie new names, new genres, new outlooks) They are venturing out. Very few are doing this because of the changing marketplace. Oh sure, the market (or lack thereof) has influenced everyone in publishing. But it seems to be more than that with the writers I know. Everyone seems to be at a crossroads. And more than ever before, they are looking at each direction carefully. It was easy to take the first road you came to in the beginning. But we’re all wiser now. Most are taking the long view of things.

Like many of my fellow ‘graduates’, I never thought I’d wander away from romance. That particular genre was everything I loved about books and reading. But as I’ve journeyed down this very crooked road with its bevy of switch-backs, I’ve found myself questioning the path I chose. I have spoken to many writers and it was readily apparent that I was far from alone.

I think over the next year readers are going to see several of their favorite authors leave the safety of what they’ve built behind. With publishers tightening their belts, many of them have nothing to lose. And that’s not a bad thing.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
While We Wait For Friday

While we wait to see whose name is drawn on Friday, I want to tell you about another contest. This contest is taking place on Tracy Cooper Posey’s website and it’s a chance to win Julia Templeton’s latest HOT, HOT, HOT release, Sinjin. Go over to read her interview and an excerpt. If you leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win. 😀 I don’t know about you all, but I LOVE me some free books. Go! Now!

Monday, October 5th, 2009
Paris After Dark

I got a real cool review for my Paris After Dark story in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances 2. You can check it out HERE at the SciFiGuy site.

Also, I have ONE ARC of CRIMSON left and it’s looking for a good home. If you’re interested in winning an advance reader copy, then toss your name in the hat via the comments. Dh will draw a winner on Friday. Good luck!

Sunday, October 4th, 2009
Stargate Universe

Spoiler Alert:

Caught the premiere of Stargate Universe yesterday with Dh. It was definitely better than the other Stargate shows (and I was bummed to see Stargate Atlantis end). They had some really good shots, during the base was attack. (Kudos camera and special effects people.) Loved the ship being in less than pristine condition. I wasn’t surprised by the ‘death’ that occured. Saw that one coming. Did like that they added spice to the show. About time. Still not sure what Robert Carlyle is up to yet. I love me some Hamish, but there’s no doubt he has his own agenda and it doesn’t really include anyone else. I liked the ‘kid’ who got beamed up, even if he did turn a little whiney. That scene was funny.

I think the choice to make the show more gritty was a good one. It’s added layers to a show that already had good bones. I’ll definitely be tuning in next week to see what happens. Did you catch the premiere? If so, what did you think of it?

Friday, October 2nd, 2009
Romancing The Blog

I have a busy day today, so I’ll be in and out. Must mail off those ARC’s, read more of the UF WIP, and talk about anthologies over at Romancing the Blog. Drop by if you have the time.