April 22nd, 2015
I just wrote up a long post and it completely disappeared. No idea how or why. I was going to try to duplicate it, but to be honest, I have to get some real writing done. So I’ll give you a quick summary, you’ll notice a new Sumome pop up on my website to encourage visitors to sign up for my newsletter. (Thank you Tim Grahl for the heads up on this product and for helping me be a little less sucktastic when it comes to marketing my books.) I’ve made a change to my ENDLESS SUMMERS’NEWSLETTER, so that when you sign up you immediately receive a FREE READ in PDF of HEAT OF THE NIGHT. (You get other free reads following the initial one, but they come in the third Welcome Letter. 😉
Anyway, that’s all my news for now. On the reading front, I’m working my way through a Vanguards box set by Tina Folsom. So far I’m really enjoying it. (Confession time: I’ve already read Samson’s Lovely Mortal, but I decided to re-read it since it’s been a while. Up next will be Amaury’s Hellion (bk 2).
April 16th, 2015
I decided a while back to send ALL my books to a proofreader–even the ones that had been published by New York. It’s been a SLOW ongoing
expensive process, but I’m finally down to the last two books. It is disheartening to see how many mistakes she’s been able to find, especially in my professionally published books. I expect one or two, but each manuscript has been way more than that. Nothing that would ruin the reader’s enjoyment, but stuff that makes me cringe like someone scratched a chalkboard.
I’ve been uploading them. Well, most of them. There are still a few that I’m not sure I am going to republish. I think I need to read through them again and see how I feel about the books. If after re-reading them I still don’t think they’re representative of my work, then I’ll keep them unpublished. (And that includes one that was professionally published.)
Anyway, there’s a lot going on IRL right now, so I’ll probably continue to be fairly quiet. Just know that I am working on new stuff, while I wade through the old.
March 30th, 2015
I must be in a ‘MOOD’ when it comes to reading lately. For some reason over the last week, I haven’t been able to pick up any of the new books I’ve purchased. (Please don’t tell my DH. Shh!) Instead, I find myself reaching for old favorites. In the past week or so, I’ve re-read the Belong to the Night anthology, Midnight’s Master by Cynthia Eden (a favorite), and the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology. I’m currently re-reading Marked by the Vampire by Cynthia Eden. I’ve read it twice already and liked it so much that I bought it in paperback to keep along with my well-used e-copy. I’ll probably read Unchained by J. Lynn when I get finished–even though I’ve read it three times or maybe Burn For Me by Cynthia Eden (one of my all time favorite books of hers), which I’ve only read twice. Snerk! Anyone else in a reading rut?
March 21st, 2015
The day has finally arrived. (I was beginning to wonder if it would ever get here.;) PIT FIGHTERS: CAGE is officially available for preorder/released. (Some of the places have it up for preorder, while others have released it. Sigh) Anyway, the .99 price will be changed on Wednesday, so get it while you can.
KOBO, AMAZON, APPLE, B & N, and D2D (Coming Soon)
March 9th, 2015
Dh is reading through the manuscript one final time, then Cage will be off to my lovely proofreader. I do not have a release date yet. It honestly depends on when I get him back from everyone. But it will be out this month. I hope by next week. In the meantime, I’m working on learning Vellum so that I can convert my own manuscripts. It seems pretty straightforward. I’m practicing on my early Atlantean books since I just got them back from my proofreader. If I can get them figured out, then Cage should be pretty easy. (Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed.)
Next up will be the super secret project that I’m doing with some friends. If you’ve subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll soon know what I’m talking about. 😉 After I finish that project, then it’ll be onto Pit Fighters: Control. Can’t wait. Zeph is one naughty jaguar.
On the reading front, I’m currently re-reading the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology. I’ll probably re-read Belong to the Night anthology after that, then Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston. I think I’m doing pretty well with my reading challenge. Still a long way to go before I hit 55 for the year, but I’m trying.
February 27th, 2015
I heard the news today that Leonard Nimoy had died. I’ve always been a big fan of Spock. He was my favorite Star Trek character. Was lucky enough to see him at comicon. Because of that, I looked into the man behind the character. What I found was even more fascinating. He was poet, a singer, a fan of literature, and art of all kinds. His interest made him a Renaissance man in the true sense of the term. What surprised me though, was the depth of sadness I felt after hearing of his passing. I have spent the last few hours crying on and off. I realize that’s silly. I didn’t know the man personally. We weren’t friends. Yet, I feel like the world lost something important today–someone important. The character he played represented so much more than what was gleaned from the movies and television shows. In many ways, he represented the ideal future. He was what we hoped we’d be if given the chance to travel to the stars. I love that his last tweet was poetic and ended with Live Long and Prosper. I think that was rather fitting for the man and the iconic character he created through the writing of Gene Roddenberry. I’ll miss you, Mr. Nimoy. Goodbye Mr. Spock.
January 17th, 2015
I didn’t know a lot about Paddington bear, when I went to see the movie last night. It wasn’t part of my childhood. But my significant other is from Scotland and Paddington was a big part of his growing up. So I went into the movie with no clue what to expect. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The story was rich, heart-felt, and thoroughly entertaining. The most interesting thing was that the CGI was so good that after a few minutes you forgot you were watching a partially animated film. You just simply got swept away by the story. The way they gave a nod to the author in the movie was utterly charming. Sigh. We plan to go see it again. If you have kids, I cannot recommend this film enough. If you’re a kid at heart (like we are), GO! GO! GO! You will not be disappointed. Heads up to all the Whovians out there, the Doctor is in the film.