Friday, December 23, 2005

New book trailer/flash movie up...

The new flash movie is up for WILLING on my website.  KD Productions have really outdone themselves this time and I think readers are going to love this trailer.  Have a look and let me know what you think!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Christmas Traditions...

We had an awesome weekend...wish you all could have been at some of the parties we went to.
Friday night, my sister hosted a caroling party (which she has been doing every year for over a decade) and a few dozen of us tramped her neighborhood serenading her neighbors with Christmas carols. Saturday was the annual family reunion on my dad's side...five generations of family show up to share our joy in Christmas together. We ate, we sang and little ones opened gifts. The family has been meeting the Saturday before Christmas for over 50 years and I've been going since my birth 37 years ago. It's an awesome heritage for my children.  A great family tradition.
Yesterday we went to church and the topic was on the Christmas spirit...the Holy Spirit...very cool.  Then, we spent some time Christmas shopping while it snowed (which is *not* a tradition around here, but we liked it all the same) and then had dinner with my mom, which was lovely, even though it meant driving both ways on sheets of ice.

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.
How about you?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The inspiration behind "The Greek's Christmas Baby"

I was discussing this with some readers on another board and thought it would be a great blog topic. So, here it is.

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 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

Some great news!

Just wanted to share that "The Greek's Christmas Baby" spent another week on Waldenbook's 10 Bestselling Series Romance list and Bookscan's 100 Top Selling Romances list. Woo hoo!

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

My December Releases...

Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0821777718
SURPRISE, SURPRISE...The last woman business consultant Marcus Danvers expects to find at Kline Electronics is Veronica Richards. He’s supposed to be rooting out a corporate spy, not rehashing an old love affair—with the woman who sold out the company they both used to work for and then took off without so much as a kiss goodbye. All the clues point to Ronnie as the firm’s newest mole, which means he'll have to spend time with the stubbornly reticent—and mouthwateringly sexy—woman he hasn't been able to forget, and uncover every last thing she has to hide...
FANCY SEEING YOU HERE...It’s just Ronnie’s luck. The one man she'd hoped never to see again is suddenly everywhere she looks—and taking up a starring role in her daydreams, too. Remembering the passion she and Marcus once shared certainly isn't going to help, though, not when she has so many secrets, and no explanation for the way she left him eighteen months ago—or at least not one he'll want to hear. The problem is, when Marcus is around all her good intentions go up in smoke...
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(Harlequin Presents® #2506)
After a head-on collision with another vehicle, Eden Kouros is overjoyed that her unborn baby has survived. But Aristide, her husband, has suffered a partial loss of memory. Eden's heart is torn in two. Aristide remembers almost everything—except that he has a wife. Yet perhaps Eden has been given a second chance to save her marriage, which was at breaking point before the accident: Aristide's body hasn't forgotten the desire they once shared...and she's still carrying their precious, tiny child....
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Something different...

Sometimes you are in the mood for a different kind of read.  If that's the case, then what about a highly erotic "Regency set romantica" e-book by a brand new author?  Kate Pearce's "Eden's Pleasure", available from Ellora's Cave, has all the elements of pure erotica fantasy for the romance reader.
Or you could try "Take Me" by Bella erotic romance about a plus size woman and the man of her fantasies.   In the seductive warmth of the Tuscan sun, Lily is about to unwrap her real self, and play a game of desire with the hot-blooded Travis. Will she be burned by an ecstasy that’s so all-consuming it has her seeing stars? Or will Travis open his heart to the sexy, exciting, and lasting love she has to offer?  This is a tradesize paperback put out by Pocket books.
If you're looking for sexy humor with a little suspense thrown in, then you should check out "Cherry On Top" by Kathleen Long.  Luke Chance is allergic to cherries—literally. He also avoids women with money, especially new money. But Cherry Harte is fun, different, and super-sexy. But is she on the lam? The woman’s hiding something, and he intends to find out what. Chance is a man on a mission…call it love.  This is a mass market paperback from Kensington.
So, there you have it...three wildly different stories in three different formats by three very different writers.  Don't ever say I don't go all out when I try to offer something different!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Well, it's done...

Yeah!  I'm very happy to have sent the book off to my editor.  I'm starting a new book on Monday (or rather doing revisions on a book I wrote a long time ago that Harlequin bought for the Modern Romance Extra - used to be Temptation - line).  I'm also over the moon because The Greek's Christmas Baby is on both Bookscan's 100 Top Selling Romances and Waldenbooks 10 Bestselling Series Romance list.  And Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It made it on Amazon's Top 10 New Releases list.  So, I'm just celebrating all over the place right now.