Archive for January, 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

I’d like to present: PHANTOM WARRIORS: ARCTOS

Don’t tell my dh, but I think I’m in love. 😉

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Phantom Warriors: Arctos and Other Updates

I’ve received a lot of emails lately asking about what I’m working on, so I’ve decided to give you my ‘loose’ writing schedule. As of today, this is the plan. I’m currently writing PHANTOM WARRIORS: ARCTOS. It’s going well and I think it’s going to turn out to be a pretty fun story. I suspect it’ll be about the same length as Phantom Warriors: Talon. If everything continues on smoothly, I will release it next month (i.e. FEB.).

Once I’m finished with Arctos, I’m going to return to the LORDS OF THE NIGHT world. I want to finish that trilogy out with JOSEPHINE’S SURRENDER. (She’s the madam from book one, GOTHIC PASSIONS and book two, ROSE’S RAPTURE. 🙂 I simply couldn’t resist sending her a hero that she’s convinced is the Devil himself. (At this point, I’m not altogether certain that he’s not. *ggg) So much fun.

I plan to follow Josephine’s story up with a contemporary werewolf tale called AIDAN’S MATE. It ties into a novel I wrote a LONG time ago that needs to be re-edited. Once it’s done, I’ll release it, too. But that will have to wait until I finish my final ‘scheduled’ book, PHANTOM WARRIORS: LINX.

Other than that, I’m just re-editing my first Young Adult title and planning the next.

You know self-publishing may be is a lot of work, but it’s nice to get back to writing for fun. Indie publishing has brought the joy of writing back to a lot of authors. I never knew what they were talking about when they told me that…until now.

I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it. In the meantime, check out some of my friends: Charlene Teglia, Sasha White, J.A. Templeton, P.T. Michelle, Bernard DeLeo, Lynn Viehl, Sylvia Day, and Tawny Stokes.

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Planning a Schedule…When There Are So Many Movies To See

For the last few days, along with writing, I’ve been trying to create a writing and editing schedule. I admit it’s been a bumpy road thus far. The current story, PHANTOM WARRIORS: ARCTOS is going well, but other stories are threatening to intrude and don’t even get me started on the edits I need to get done. As much as I loathe to admit it, I’m a VERY linear writer. I do ALL my writing work in a linear fashion. I’ve tried working other ways, but haven’t had any luck sticking with them. This of course is challenging when you truly need to switch between projects. I haven’t given up on a schedule yet. I mean it’s still January, right? Right? RIGHT?

Other than playing with my schedule and ordering new book covers, I’m making plans to see Underworld and Haywire this weekend. We have friends coming over on Saturday, but I still think we could squeeze a movie in beforehand. If not, we’ll just have to shoot for Friday afternoon/night and Sunday evening. I’m not picky as long as we get to go…and I get my word count in. And of course, there’s still The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to see. Have any of you seen it? If so, what did you think?

Monday, January 16th, 2012
Movies, Popcorn, and Wine

The theaters around me are starting to sell alcohol in the shows. I know this is quite common in San Francisco and London, but it’s new for our area. Anyway, that’s not important. Delicious maybe, but not important.

Dh and I have been trying to make up for lost time on the movie front. A lot of movies came out while we were away that we wanted to see, so it’s been a mad scramble to try to see them all. With that in mind, we went to see Mission Impossible and Sherlock Holmes first. I thought Mission Impossible was a fun movie, although I did miss the ‘thumbing their nose at the bad guy reveal’ at the end. They did a small one, but it was in no way as good as the usual Mission Impossible reveal. In fact, it was one of the few things I found lacking in the movie. I really like that point in all Mission Impossible shows/movies where the bad guy is shown that he’s been conned.

I thought this particular Sherlock Holmes was better than the first movie. Not perfect, but definitely better. No one can say that Downey and Law don’t have great chemistry. They should definitely do more movies together. For purists, the movie followed a chunk of the final showdown between Holmes and Moriarty. If you haven’t read the books and don’t know what I’m talking about, SHAME ON YOU! They are some of the best written stories in existence.

The next day we went to see The Adventures of Tin Tin. Being from the states, I didn’t grow up with the comic Tin Tin, but it was easy enough to follow. I actually quite enjoyed the story. It was kind of like watching an animated Indiana Jones, if he’d been played by a younger kid.

We wanted to see Young Adult with Charlize Theron, but it was pulled from the theater at the end of the week. Really bummed that we missed that one given that it was written by Diablo Cody. (i.e. Juno, etc.) She writes wicked dialogue. We’ll just have to catch it in rentals.

On Sunday, we went to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It was a truly superb movie. Gary Oldman shows was an incredible actor he is by being silent for like the first fifteen minutes of the movie and conveying volumes. As you can tell from the title, it is a spy movie, but not the loud, bombastic kind we’re used to in the states. This is a quiet movie. When there is violence, it’s truly shocking and painful. The whole movie is a study in characterization and it truly succeeds. It’s a thinking man’s spy film. I cannot recommend it enough.

We’re hoping to catch The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sometime this week. I have no idea what that movie is about, since I’m the last person on the planet who hasn’t read the book, but it looks cool.

I’m personally looking forward to seeing Haywire and Underworld this weekend. What can I say, I really love movies with kick-ass women. The fact that the chick in Haywire is a Thai kick boxer and Ultimate Fighter is just gravy. 🙂 *ggg

Are you looking forward to seeing any films? Have you seen any movies that have blown you away?

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Hello New Year!

I can’t say that I’m ready for 2012–not that the New Year gave me much choice in the matter, but you know what I mean. Time really does fly whether you’re having fun or not. *g

Not that I’m complaining. It’s just weird how it happens. 2011 turned out to be quite a learning experience. I started self-publishing my backlist at the very end of Jan/beginning of Feb. Like many other writers, I didn’t set the world on fire with my sales. I still haven’t, but my sales have gotten better month after month. Knock on wood that they continue to do so.

The marginal success has changed the way that I look at the book business. I haven’t counted N.Y. out at all, but it’ll take a lot more for me to sign my name on the dotted line these days and far better terms than I’ve ever been offered. It’s a simple matter of economics. If all goes well (or continues as it has been going), I will reach a point where it won’t be economically feasible for me to sign a book deal without some big money on the table. I’m not there yet, but I’m also not far off. If you don’t hit a book out of the park, which is extremely hard to do, then you have to write enough books to make up for a bestseller. Joe Konrath had that right. I’ve said before that I believe the magic number is twenty books. I still think that’s true, but they have to be the right kind of books. (The genre’s different for each writer.)

I had a great time in Europe and the UK over Christmas and New Year’s. I’d never been to Switzerland. It had been a dream of mine to see it since I was a little kid. It was more beautiful than I’d imagined. Truly breathtaking and the people were so nice. The German lessons from Berlitz helped tremendously–more so in Switzerland than they did in Germany. Weird, I know.

I saw Check Point Charlie and parts of the wall in Berlin. Very scary and beyond creepy. Never knew how close everything came to going kablooey. I’d never given Berlin much thought prior to going. Turns out it’s a pretty cool city. It’s vibrant and young. Lots of artists, new buildings and restaurants. I’d definitely like to spend more time there–even if I can’t understand a lot of the German being spoken. (They speak very fast German and have an odd accent.) I’m guessing it’s a bit like being from an eastern state versus being from the south. Whatever it is, it was the only place that tripped me up language wise. Fortunately, most everyone spoke English, too.

I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions this year. I’ve found they simply don’t work. What I have done is made myself promise to write more books. It’s a promise I intend to keep. 🙂

What promises have you made for the New Year? Have your plans changed since last year? If so, why?

Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year! I hope 2012 treats everyone kindly. May your health be vibrant, your work satisfying, and your home life loving.

Best wishes for the New Year,