Archive for June, 2010

Friday, June 25th, 2010
Knight and Day

Went to see Knight and Day today. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I used to really like Tom Cruise. Not in a crush sort of way, but I always found him and his movies entertaining–at least until all bat shit behavior. After that, I had a hard time watching him. I could never separate the man from the character he was supposed to be playing. Without the suspension of disbelief, it was impossible to enjoy the films. That’s why I’m so surprised that I enjoyed Knight and Day.

A brief summary of the film. Tom plays a secret agent (ie James Bond level spy), who may or may not have betrayed his country. Cameron plays a mechanic, who is guided onto the wrong flight. Adventure and antics ensue. There is a lot of humor in this movie and tons of action. It’s not the type of film that will stick with you, but it’s definitely a summer popcorn flick and an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. I’m glad I gave it a chance. 🙂

Thursday, June 24th, 2010
Blood Lite 2

I got the copyedited/final layout version of Taste Like Chicken back for one final read-through. Didn’t find any typos–a first for me. YAY! I think this is probably the tightest story I’ve ever written and the most unusual. Mr. Anderson was also kind enough to forward me a tentative book cover. It hasn’t been approved yet. As soon as it is, I’ll post it. I have to say, I really love it. I think it’s striking. I’ve seen similar covers, but they’ve given this one a twist that I think is unique. Can’t wait to share it with you all.

Book releases are always exciting, but there’s just something about seeing a cover for the first time that makes the upcoming release go from fantasy to reality. I’m really excited about this anthology. It’s a lot of ‘firsts’ for me. It’s my first horror story, my first published ‘first person point of view’, and my first successful attempt to branch out of romance. The fact that I’m proud as hell of the story makes it extra special. 🙂

Saturday, June 19th, 2010
Random Thoughts

Today is my mom’s birthday. Although we cannot be together, she is in my thoughts. May all her wishes come true. Love you!!!

I know I’ve been extremely quiet. I’ve had a lot going on lately. Life things, not writing things. Some are good, some are inconvenient, but isn’t that the way life goes? I am rolling with the punches.

Went out shopping today. Dh and I are planning a big trip to Europe soon. (I’m back to hitting the French language class hard and getting the cameras ready so that I can add photos and video of book settings to my new website.) We decided it would be cool to cruise to Europe, instead of fly. The cruise holds four formal balls during the voyage. Needless to say, I didn’t have the clothes for it…or the shoes. It’s fun, but weird to shop for formal wear. Fortunately, it didn’t take long and several of the items were on sale. I think I’m set for every occasion now.

Like a lot of writers, I’ve been paying quite a bit of attention to the changing market. I do wonder if publishing is following the path of record companies. They seem to be, which is not good. A friend of mine was saying that it’s probably only a matter of time before the e-publishers go out of business. Some of New York will not be far behind, especially as they continue to out price the authors releasing their own work. I do think this opens up a lot of opportunities for writers. I know I’m not a well-known name, but I’m banking on my name being recognizable enough to bring in a decent influx of readers. We’ll see what happens when I put the ebooks up on Kindle. The current plan is to re-release the back inventory as I get the rights back. I’m also going to write a lot of tie-in novellas–some for the Dead World series, some for the Phantom Warriors, a follow up to Gothic Passions (which has been done for years), and maybe even a new Atlantean’s Quest story. That should keep readers coming back and get new ones interested in the old series’. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not J.A. Konrath, but he is an inspiration. 🙂

I’m also continuing to work on new projects that I’ll eventually submit to agents. Not in a hurry. If it happens this year, great. If not, oh well.

Monday, June 7th, 2010
And the Winners Are…

Fedora, OmNe, and MarnieColette!!! Congratulations!!! Throws confetti. Fedora and OmNe you’ve each won a copy of MAGIC BLEEDS by Ilona Andrews. MarnieColette you’ve won a copy of Dreamveil by Lynn Viehl. Please email me privately with your addresses.

Thank you to everyone who entered. 🙂

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
More Giveaways

While I was at the bookstore yesterday, I noticed that Lynn Viehl’s Dreamveil book was out. I couldn’t resist picking up a copy to add to my giveaway. So for those just joining me, I’m now giving away two copies of MAGIC BLEEDS by Ilona Andrews and one copy of DREAMVEIL by Lynn Viehl. It doesn’t get any better than that folks, so enter now. I will draw the winners on Monday June 7th. Good luck!