Friday, December 23, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Today, I'm catching up on email and then I'm going to supervise Christmas cards and gift wrapping. I say supervise because the teens do most of the work to save my wrist joints. :)
I love the ongoing traditions this time of year, but I'm just as enamored of trying new things and seeing what doors may open to bless others in new ways.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I wrote "The Greek's Christmas Baby" after my mom had a stroke. She woke up and had forgotten her family...her kids mostly. But she remembered her husband in this vague way and he is obsessive compulsive (not very nice on a lot of occasions - can be very emotionally abusive). My sisters and I were so hurt and it took weeks for Mom to start remembering us. During that time, I came up with this story idea. What would happen if a husband woke up having forgotten only his wife?
I think a lot of my own pain is in that story and I loved both Eden and Aristide because in their own ways, they were fighting the good fight. They just got confused sometimes about who the enemy was.
I remember sitting in the chair by my mom's hospital bed (I spent *a lot* of time at the hospital because I'm the only daughter who works at home, so I worked there and just hung out with her a lot) and taking tons of notes on her condition. At one point she asked what I was doing and I told her I was taking notes for a book. She gave me this look, a conspiratorial one - for a brief flash, she remembered that about me, not that I was her daughter but that *everything* was fodder for my books. She smiled and winked and I blinked back tears. A few hours later she remembered out of the blue that she had six children. She still didn't recognize us, but she remembered that she'd had us. It was a good moment.
The funny thing was, the doctors couldn't understand the amnesia at first. They said the part of her brain affected by the stroke should not have impacted her memory. It was only after a second MRI that they saw how massive the stroke really had been. But you see...so many of the themes in that book played out in my mom's hospital room and later. And now I'm getting all emotional thinking about it. It's good to have her remembering us...not a gift we're ever likely to take for granted.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
And my dear friend, Kate Davies, just sold her first book (two of them, actually) to Samhain Publishing!!! Both stories are knockouts and I can't wait to see them in print. To find out more info, visit her blog. I'm so excited for her!!!!
Friday, December 09, 2005
Mass Market Paperback
(Harlequin Presents® #2506)
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
(Red Sage, July 2005)
Monday, November 21, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.
Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.
Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
First and foremost, I would like to thank Lucy for her kindness and generosity by allowing me a voice here in her blog. What a wonderful woman you are, Lucy, to share your readers with me!
Let me introduce myself, my name is Gerri Russell, and I'm an American Title II finalist for my book, THE WARRIOR TRAINER. I am thrilled to be one of the eleven finalists all competing for the ultimate prize of a publishing contract with Dorchester Publishing. And while all eleven of us would like to win, only one of us can. And your vote determines who that will be. To cast your vote in the first round of competition for the Best First Line, visit www.romantictimes.com between Nov. 14 and Nov. 27.
I am so pleased that Dorchester selected THE WARRIOR TRAINER as part of the competition. This book is very special to me. Not only was it the winner of the Romance Writers of America 2002 Golden Heart in the Short Historical category, it was written during the time that my mother struggled with her own battle over breast cancer. The heroine, Scotia, came to represent to me all the women out there in the world who struggle with issues everyday, and must find reserves they did not know they had in order to better their circumstances. The character of Scotia in my book is based on a true historical person. She was the first female trainer of warriors in Scotland and the reason the country is named what it is.
Another interesting facet of Scotia's life is that she brought with her to Scotland a stone of great importance, The Destiny Stone or as it became referred to in later days, The Stone of Scone. This stone is a historic national treasure to all of Great Britain and is featured prominently in the story. And that's what I like to do--to weave history with strong yet vulnerable characters and create stories that will (hopefully) linger in your heart as they do in mine.
During the American Title II contest I will be blogging on my website as Scotia. If you'd like to learn more about her, or read an excerpt of THE WARRIOR TRAINER, come check us out at www.gerrirussell.net.
American Title II Finalist for THE WARRIOR TRAINER
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
In the indominitable words of Nero Wolf, "Phooey!" I don't buy it. If I know that an artist, be they a writer, painter, actor or musician is a person I cannot respect or like (and I'm honest enough to admit my reasons wouldn't be everyone's), I make no bones about not buying or appreciating that person's art. There's just too much good art out there by people I do admire and like...or don't know enough about to feel one way or the other about. :)
Great artists who are mean people should probably keep their mean side under wraps or stay out of the public eye, don't you think? It only makes sense to me, but if they are going to hang out there with some big ugly wart on their chin, then they need to just live with the fact that fans are going to notice. Especially this fan. :)
I have never been able (or wanted) to separate the artist from the art. In my early twenties, I refused to buy a painting by a woman who had left her husband and children (one of whom was my little sister's best friend) to run off with her teenage lover. Everyone touted the painting as phenom investment, including my artist mother. Me, I didn't want to invest in someone's career that could be that callous to her children. Did the painting go up in price? You bet. Do I regret not making the purchase? Um...no. Her art took off, but her children didn't thrive after her rejection nearly as well. I don't read books by authors who have been unkind to people I care about or who criticize my favorite genre romance either.
Life is too short to waste it on the mean people. So, I don't. How about you? Do you sit firmly in my mom's camp...the art is separate from the artist, or mine...if the artist isn't worth my time, neither is his or her art...or somewhere in between? I won't be offended if you disagree with me. I adore my mom to pieces and she does. :)
Monday, November 14, 2005
Thank you for inviting me to be a guest on your blog ! This is truly one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me, having the opportunity to introduce myself to your readers all over the world, and sharing my good news!
My name is Debra Parmley, and I'm an American Title II Finalist for my western historical romance, DESPERATE JOURNEY. I'm thrilled to be one of eleven finalists competing for the prize. This is the dream of a lifetime. I hope you will share my journey by visiting www.debraparmley.com.
Today is the official start of the contest put on by Dorchester Publishing and Romantic Times Bookclub magazine. It's run along the lines of the TV show American Idol but in this contest the winner receives a first publishing contract! The vote in the first round, for best first line, visit www.romantictimes.com Nov. 14 -27. With your vote I can achieve my dream!!!!
American Title II Finalist for DESPERATE JOURNEY
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
So hes got a plan to give them both what they want each other.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS Ever since her baby girl, Ashanti, was stolen from the hospital shortly after her birth, Cai McIntyre has been on a mission to find herand to rescue other missing children. Now a new lead has opened up, but before Cai can reclaim her child, a suspicious accident leaves her with amnesia and at the mercy of a handsome military man.
AND FINDING A FUTURE Matthew St. Clair and his nine-year-old daughter Melana are preparing for a category 4 hurricane when a beautiful stranger literally crashes into their lives. Matthew takes on the responsibility of nursing Cai to health as best he can and in the process discovers that she is in grave danger. But who is after her? And what will happen if Cai and Matthew give in to the smoldering attraction between them?
Donna at Cataromance gave it five stars and called it "a beautifully moving story that you will long remember and want to tell all your friends and family about."
It's a November book, but is available in a lot of bookstores and for online ordering now.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Welcome to Brokenoggin Falls, where the housewives are not only desperate, they're Witches! (And one of them might be a Harpy) The spells cast by moonlight frequently go awry. And there are times when toads and Chihuahuas seem abundant as black flies in the summer, the dragons are a little touchy, the Forest Trolls are in danger of extinction from teeny-boppers, the Gryphons need help conceiving and...the scientist are crunchy and good with ketchup...
All proceeds from the sales of this book will go to the International Red Cross.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Angela Knight's first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. But her mother was enthralled, and Angela was hooked.
In the years that followed, Angela managed to figure out a way to make a living -- more or less -- at what she loved best: writing. After a short career as a comic book writer, she became a newspaper reporter, covering everything from school board meetings to murders. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name. For more of Angelas interesting bio, click here.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
(HQN Books, September 2005)
He’ll make you burn…
He’ll make you burn…
He is a Dragon, a rare breed of warriors able to transform into the legendary creature at will. Though the mighty warlord breathes fear into the minds of his enemies and fire into the blood of his women, no one has ever stirred his heart -- until he encounters Grace Carlyle of modern day Earth. He burns to possess this proud, alluring beauty . . . but he has sworn to kill her.
Journey to the mythical world of Atlantis, where the gods’ hid their greatest mistakes – the vampires, demons, dragons, and other creatures of legend – and experience white-hot passion, exciting adventure, and a love that defies the boundaries of time and magic.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Garden of Eden featured in ELLORA'S CAVEMEN: LEGENDARY TAILS II by Jaci Burton (Ellora's Cave, June 2005)
Dr. Eden Mason has spent the past hundred years orbiting the Earth in stasis. Since a nuclear war destroyed everything, she and the other inhabitants of the space pods are the only survivors of the global meltdown. One special passenger has joined them-Adam-an alien sent to recreate what was once a thriving, beautiful planet. But Adam needs Eden to fulfill his goal, in a way she never expected.
Adam has loved Eden since he first came to Earth, but her father refused to allow him to meet her. Instead, the brilliant scientist kept Adam secluded while they engineered a way to save some of Earth's inhabitants before the inevitable destruction. Now Adam can touch Eden, taste her, love her like he's always wanted to, at the same time fulfilling his duty to revitalize the planet.
His love for her is energizing and Eden begins to hope that life on new Earth will be a lush garden of sensual pleasures. But Adam's not telling her everything that will happen, and his secret may end up destroying them both.
Read an excerpt.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
We're leaving for New Zealand on Monday morning and I wanted to post about a terrific book by an author I hold in super high esteem before I go. (I'll try to post from NZ, but know I'll be able to in Australia...so keep checking this space!)
BEYOND CONTROL by Rebecca York
BEYOND CONTROL, by Rebecca York, tells the story of telepaths who discover and develop their powers only when they sexually link with another of their kind.
Jordan Walker and Lindsay Fleming meet at a Washington, D. C., cocktail party. When they touch, they experience an electric moment of psychic awareness. As they explore the unique bond forming between them, they discover that the more intimate their contact, the more their psychic powers develop.
Rebecca York says that, "Publishers wouldnt touch a story with this unique blend of suspense and sensuality 15 years ago. But the characters and the plot wouldnt let me go, so I held onto them until the time was right."
ABOUT REBECCA YORK
Ever since she can remember, Ruth Glick has loved making up stories full of adventure, romance and suspense. As a child she corralled her friends into adventure games or acted out romantic suspense stories with a cast of dolls. But she never assumed she could be an author, because she couldn't spell. Her life changed, however, with the invention of the word processor and spelling checker--and the help of her husband, Norman Glick, who spots spelling errors from fifty paces away. Writing as Rebecca York, she has authored or co-authored over 45 romantic suspense novels, many for Harlequin Intrigue's very popular
WOW! This was certainly one very hot, steamy, mind boggling and exciting suspense thriller. . . an absolutely riveting tale of suspense . . . with well-developed characters, stunning sensuality and some clever twists. A truly dynamite read! --Romance Designs
BEYOND CONTROL . . . plays out on two interwoven levels. The storyline is action-packed from the opening sequence at Maple Creek and never slows down until the lead couple learns what happened there. The tale also contains a delightful romance between Jordan and Lindsay that starts off with A Strangers in the Night encounter . . . and plays out on physical and paranormal planes. .. . a strong suspense-laden romantic tale. --Harriet Klausner
Four plus, Top Pick --RT Book club
Monday, August 01, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
If that isn't enough to make you want to read the book...check out the back cover blurb below!
Carpools. Crabgrass. Creatures from the depths of hell. Suburbia has its problems too...
Lots of women put their careers aside once the kids come along. Kate Connor, for instance, hasn't hunted a demon in ages...
That must be why she missed the one wandering through the pet food aisle of the San Diablo Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, he managed to catch her attention an hour later-when he crashed into the Connor house, intent on killing her.
Now Kate has to clean up the mess in her kitchen, dispose of a dead demon, and pull together a dinner party that will get her husband elected to County Attorney-all without arousing her family's suspicion. Worse yet, it seems the dead demon didn't come alone. He was accompanied by a High Demon named Goramesh who, for some unknown reason, intends to kill off the entire population of San Diablo.
It's time for Kate Connor to go back to work.
Now, honestly...doesn't that sound too fun for words?
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Monday, July 04, 2005
Thursday, June 30, 2005
And if you haven't read it yet, I sure hope you enjoy it too! Okay, now...are you sitting down for this?!! I'm so excited, I keep bouncing out of my chair, but maybe that's just me. :) Only I've got what I think is a huge treat for my readers. Two hugely talented ladies have put together a flash presentation for READY's debut and you can watch it here.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
No matter how tight my deadlines, when a new Sherrilyn Kenyon book comes out, I've got to read it. I picked up Sins of the Night at the bookstore (she's one of the few authors I will make a trip to a bricks and mortar store for, rather than wait for an online delivery...her and Lori Foster) and devoured it as soon as I got home. It was incredible! I laughed a little, cried more than I want to admit and put it down with that wonderful feeling you get from reading a really GREAT book permeating my entire being. If you are a fan of paranormal, or just plain love an emotional romance...you've got to read this book.
If you already love Sherrilyn Kenyon, then you've got to try C. J. Barry. She's another master at writing powerful characters with attitude and a world builder extraordinaire. Her latest, Unmasked, has an intriguing sense of underlying themes and a wonderfully layered plot.
Here's the back cover copy...tell me if you don't thin it sounds totally delish...To the merchants he plunders, he's the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone. To sector law enforcement, he's a wanted pirate. To the slaves he rescues, he's the savior, laghato. To one determined female, Qaade Deter is serious trouble. Torrie Masters had heard of the legendary raider, but she'd never expected to encounter him. Nor would she have expected that beneath his black mask lurked an enticing man destined to challenge her in ways she couldn't shoot her way out of. But a great threat has emerged-one that's left no choice but for them to join forces. Entrusted with the fate of thousands, Torrie has discovered Qaade's impossible dream. Only she has the power to help him. Only she has the power to see him UNMASKED.
I love reading romance, but paranormal is a fairly new genre for me. I hadn't read anything in it except Jayne Anne Krentz's futuristics (written as Jayne Castle) until last year...but then I discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon, Angela Knight and MaryJanice Davidson. I've been busy trying other new authors in the genre since...and writing my own werewolf stories (the first of which will be out in January).
Life is so much richer for the books I read. I hope you all feel the same way!
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
I think there is...I think that romance is quintessentially about the human condition. There is nothing more relevant to human experience than to explore the impact of love on the lives of our characters. Still...as there has always been in romance, there is room to delve into new areas, to explore alternate themes and to breathe life into characters that experience something bigger than lust and more real than paper cutouts of hearts and flowers.
I think you'll find that in Gena Showalter's "Awaken Me Darkly" - a paranormal romance with a kick-butt heroine. The back cover says it better than I could: The closer she gets to the hero, the more she learns about her own heart, her human needs and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed. That's what I'm talking about...stories that dig deeper, explore something different and maybe touch us in a way that we haven't been touched before.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Here's the back cover blurb:
Once upon a time there lived an outspoken fashion editor named Kat, who certainly was not your typical damsel in distress. But when a gypsy curse sent her back in time to the days of King Arthur, she found she'd need every ounce of her 21st century wits (and pop culture references) to navigate the legend. After all, surviving a magical plot, an evil prince, and a case of mistaken identity--all without changing history or scuffing your Manolos--takes some doing!
Luckily, she's got her very own knight in shining armor, Lancelot du Lac, on her side. The honorable-to-a-fault and devastatingly handsome champion insists on helping her out, even though she's not quite sure she wants him to. After all, shouldn't he be off romancing Queen Guenevere or something? Will Kat manage to stay out of trouble long enough to get back to her beloved cafi lattes, cosmopolitans and cashmere? And what will Lancelot's forbidden love mean for the kingdom of Camelot?
If you want to read the excerpt too, go to: http://www.mariannemancusi.com/Excerpt.html