Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day!

This morning, I'm watching Home For the Holidays which stars Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's a hilarious take on dysfunctional families over the holidays, and it's become a tradition for me to watch it this time of year.

Later, I've got Christmas music to play while I make stuffed portobello mushrooms to take (along with some wine and dessert) to a friends' Thanksgiving celebration. I can't wait!

What are you doing? Any special holiday traditions?

Friday, November 21, 2008

"Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend polital and social boundaries." ~ Jimmy Carter

It's such a cool, sunny, beautiful day today that I've got the windows open. It's a little chilly though so I'm editing from within the cocoon of my comforter while drinking hot vanilla tea. Lately I've been in the midst of a reading festival. I thought I'd provide a few excerpts over the next few days in case some of the books I've enjoyed are ones that you might like, too...

From Kim Lenox's paranormal romantic suspense titled NIGHT FALLS DARKLY about an immortal who is hunting Jack the Ripper in 1887 London...

Without waiting for an answer, he shouldered his way through the crowd, drawing Elena behind, his thumb pressed against the underside of her wrist. Their heels sounded against the parquet. Feeling more ferocious with each passing moment, he took the printed card from her hand and released it to fall in a zigzag descent to the carpet. The members of the orchestra ogled them, their various instruments poised in hand.

I love the way Kim Lenox blends the genres, and her writing is wonderfully evocative.

But [Dean had] lost interest in food. "Don't you own anything pink?"
She looked down at her bike shorts and camouflage t-shirt. "What's wrong with this?"
"Nothing if you're planning to invade Cuba."
She shrugged. "I'm not into clothes."
"Now there's a surprise."

Hee hee. I love that scene and loved the book. It's from Susan Elizabeth Phillips' contemporary romance, NATURAL BORN CHARMER

Have a great Friday!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


"Life likes to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you, kid. Let's go.'" Maya Angelou

I hope you're having a great weekend! Wednesday night I went out for drinks with the girls and had the best time laughing about what lunatics people can be. Some of those stories weren't fit to print, but others I think I'm going to have to post later.

In other news, there were a bunch of e-mails last week. One of the documents that Penguin sent was the proposed back cover blurb for Book 2 in the Southern Witch Series, and when I looked at the top, I saw that BARELY BEWITCHED will come out September 2009. Holy Cow! It's perfect timing since it's right before Halloween, but I never expected it to be scheduled so fast since (a) Book 1 doesn't come out until February and (b) I haven't even turned in the first draft of Book 2 yet. (It's not even due until January.)

Anyway, I'm bewildered, but thrilled, and considering everything, I better get back to work!

Kissing the Suspect Release!

Chapter 1 Callie Melville was wanted by the law, but to put it that way made things sound worse than they were. She hoped. The rumors...