Sunday, July 24, 2005

Tales from the road, etc.

Well we are having a typical Lucy Monroe travel experience.  Driving out of our driveway, the garage door opener stops working.  It's been totally fine up to this moment, but suddenly goes kaput to begin our trip with a story to tell our friends.  We headed south to Crater Lake National Park and guess who were our fellow freeway guests?  That's right...a motor cycle gang complete with leather jackets with the skull and crossbones insignia and "choppers" specially designed to ride low and sound mean.  But hey, they were obviously nature lovers too.  The lake was absolutely gorgeous, as were all the lakes along the highway getting there.  The trip to the rim was hair raising for someone nervous about heights.  Yep, that would be me...telling the kids to be very quiet, "Daddy has to concentrate!" and telling Daddy to, "Pay attention!"  LOL  I'd love to say I'm kidding and I wasn't that bad, but I was.  My palms were sweaty and my heart was beating a mile a minute by the time we reached the lookout area we'd planned to stop at.
And just quick, for vampire lovers...there's a new series from Dorchester and it's being kicked off by Liz Maverick.  Her story, Crimson City sounds very intense and just a little scary.  I know that's the perfect combination for a lot of you, so I really wanted to share about it.  Read an excerpt here.
Well, we're back on the road today...going to see the California Redwoods...then it's Reno and RWA National.  I'll post if I get a chance!


Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Getting ready for National & another good book...

I can hardly believe it's July 19th already.  My dear friend and fellow Presents author, Maggie Cox, and her family are arriving today from England.  We'll be driving down to Reno at the end of the week to attend RWA National.  I'm very excited about the trip as I know just spending time with her will be lovely.  But I'm also looking forward to participating in some chats with my publishers.  I can't honestly say I attend many workshops, but my time is well used.  The most important element being catching up with old friends and making new ones.  I'm so looking forward to all of it!
And about the good book...anyone who knows me well knows I "discovered" MaryJanice Davidson last year and devoured her entire backlist.  I'm now a devoted fan and she's got a new book out.  Undead and Unappreciated is her first hardback and I'm really looking forward to seeing where she takes Betsy's story.  If you get a chance to read it, let me know what you think!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A terrific book by a popular author... all know that Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite authors, right?  So when she recommends a book, I want to read it.  Here's what she says about Julie Kenner's Carpe Demon:  "I loved CARPE DEMON! It was great fun; wonderfully clever... ninety-nine percent of the wives and moms in the country will identify with this heroine. I mean, like who hasn't had to battle demons between car-pools and play-dates?"  -- Jayne Ann Krentz
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

Chat tonight...

Just wanted to let you all know that I'll be chatting tonight (July 7th) at Writerspace at 8 p.m. EST.  I'm excited because we'll get to talk about READY and the rest of the trilogy and I just really love talking to readers.  (Like the blog didn't give me away...)

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy July 4th!!!

Wishing all my American readers a truly happy and fun filled July 4th as we celebrate the birth of our nation!
I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to read a book with characters that epitomize the personal strength and independence of spirit reflected in a generation of people willing to lose their lives to birth a nation.  So, I got to thinking about what books made me feel that way...what stories had heroes and/or heroines that really rocked and here are a few recent books I'd read that I felt that way about:
Master of the Moon by Angela Knight - Both Lyr and Dianna are amazingly strong characters who will and have sacrificed everything for their people.
Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Alexion and Danger spend their lives protecting just can't get more heroic than that.
Jamie by Lori Foster - Jamie and Faith are two extraordinary people who care so much about others that they pay a deep and heavy personal price.
I'd love to hear what your choices would be and why!