Friday, August 25, 2006

Another Day in the Life...

of your intrepid explorer...okay friendly author who likes to research.

I tried to blog yesterday, but couldn't get Blogger to cooperate with me. Not sure what the problem is, but I'm not having a lot of luck today either. So, I'm trying the email function for blog posts. :) Here's hoping it works.

For those of you who did not notice Melissa's announcement...READY & WILLING are both available as eBooks now! Yippee! I'm going to have to do some kind of special giveaway for that...stay tuned for details.

On to my travelogue...we've done Yaletown (which is no Soho, but I can see why so many actors take up residence in this area just bursting with character and creative flavor) and the Gaslight district (which is a mecca for panhandlers and I'm a pushover and well that could be a story in itself) and Stanley Park where we saw both dolphins and totem poles. Last night we had dinner at a restaurant on Burnaby Mountain (a lovely hill with a gorgeous view of the city and the sunset) and today I'm interviewing an actor for the inside scoop on the film industry.

He's the gent Lynette suggested and he's not only very kind and generous with his time, but an aspiring author. So, we should have lots to chat about. Want to have a look at his blog? Go to: Afterward, my family and I will be going to Lions Gate to take pictures from the outside again and get a better feel for the North Vancouver studio.

My son's discovered the techno music store and my daughter the retro clothing shop (there's a chain of them...) and my other daughter the water park. Yeah, that's going to be good for her chemically treated hair. LOL Hubby is trying to beat some mind challenge game on his PSP (um...yeah, we *are* on vacation) and I'm having a fabulous time all around.

On that note, what's something you do on vacation that people wouldn't normally think of doing?

I read and unless you're a's hard to understand that need on the beach in Puerto Rico, for instance. :)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Thank Heaven for Readers

Okay...I don't think it's any secret how much I love romance readers and especially *my* readers. Right? Well, I've got another reason for my directed adoration. :) Just got an email from a reader who suggested a Vancouver actor's blog for research and gave me contact info on him. THANK YOU, my dear Welsh friend! I don't know if anything will come of it, but just reading the blog is going to be useful for me. And I have emailed the actor and am hoping he will have a smidge of time to share with me. :)

Also, wanted to let you all know that yesterday's "stalking" picture taking exercise went extremely well and I have some very good visuals to go with the info I've gleaned and will continue to glean from other sources. Not only that, but the store clerk selling me a new printer for my daughter (yes, shopping at regular stores and all is part of the research, to get a feel for real life, not the tourist thing...) said he might be able to get a friend who does some work in the film industry to email me. I gave him my card...well a bookmark, but for an author that amounts to about the same thing. I'm getting set to email the girlfriend of a waiter who toured the inside of the studio lots. I might have to do a class on "skinning fish". ::very big grin::

Want some random observations? Seems like every apartment building and a good number of houses in Vancouver have terraces for outdoor living and there are tons and tons of convertible cars here. WAY more than you would see in Portland on any given day. Byciclists rarely wear helmets, but an older gentleman walking down the road has one on. Hmm... Don't see as many skateboarders downtown, but there are just as many people walking around with cell phones attached to their ears. While the traffic is pretty nice, parking is atrocious. Diversity is the word that comes to mind most though...of everything, people, architecture, business types, restaurants and even transportation types. It's wonderful and just a little wild. Love it!

Talk to you all later!

Oh,'s question...Where is the most interesting place you have ever been? Can be anything, doesn't have to be a city, but an event or an attraction or a bank building for that matter if it fascinated you.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

There's more than one way to skin a fish...

Does anyone else remember that saying from Julie Garwood's "Saving Grace"? The hero couldn't figure out why anyone would want to skin a fish, missing the point of the comment completely, or so we thought until the very end when he saves her. I love that book. :)

Anyway, my fish skinning is all about the film industry here in Vancouver. No one does tours, not the biggest to the smallest lots. No one wants to talk to me to answer a few least no one we've called. Which are official channels for the BC film industry and all the studios. Yeah, I'm stubborn. :) So, we're going "unnofficial routes". We'd already decided to do lot drive bys and take pictures through fences when one of the small production companies suggested doing just that. Even told us their lot was visible from the road. I can't remember their name right now, but they will for sure make it onto my "Current Projects" page when I get home. I love friendly people, even those under limitations due to liability insurance.

However, I will not be thwarted. I'm interviewing waiters, store clerks etc. asking what I want to know and coming up with some surprising alternatives. The dedication for this book is going to be interesting to say the least. :) My family are all used to being with me and barely blink an eye when I start interviewing perfect strangers, but my son thinks I should tip the waitstaff extra when they answer my questions. Which I happen to agree with, so all is good. LOL

I really do love Vancouver...the people, the diversity of culture, the fact that walking into a mall I hear no less than four languages in discussion around me. (Good thing I took so many years of so many different foreign languages in high school and university.) It's said that Vancouver is a mini-Hollywood, but no two towns could be more different. I haven't seen a single limo since I arrived (and anyone who has been to Hollywood knows that's so not the case down there). One cafe server said she thinks the city's film industry is just a whole lot more subtle and I'm buying that.

The different types of architecture are gorgeous...there are lots of trees downtown just like in my beloved Portland and the drivers actually use their signals. (We find this so rarely on our travels, I thought I had to mention it.) Love the earth friendly electric city buses and lightrail. Love the guy dressed in goth punk retro leather (who is at least 50) asking the conservative businessman for a light (I'm inside looking out through a window and safe from the smoke that kills me) and both of them smiling at each other and chatting just a short bit before the aging punker moves on.

Love that even in rush hour the traffic is nothing like Portland's twice a day madness and lightyears from LA's gridlock.

Wishing my Canadian friends were close enough to get together for coffee...but I will say my trip to Calgary last year left me hungry to return, so who knows? One day...

Right now, I've got to finish cleaning out my in-box before my laptop runs out of battery at the Internet cafe. :)

My question for you...when was the last time you had to come up with another way to skin the fish and did it work?

Hugs to all,

P.S. I have not forgotten the contest winners for last week, but I'll be drawing their names and the one for this week by Monday at the latest. :) (Prize 1 for last week is a CD with Denyse's books on it drawn from comments to her post. Prize 2 is a grab bag of books and chocolate from my prize shelves drawn from all the other comments from last week. The winner for this week will get another grab bag and some goody from Vancouver that my heroine Jillian would find particularly interesting. Remember she's ecclectic. :) The winner will be drawn from comments made on posts since Sunday.)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

1st Day On the Road

Well...we're finally here. :)  Edits in the car went great, the border was um...slow but weirdly no problem once we reached the guard house.  Vancouver is a gorgeous city and seems to have had a sprucing up since our last visit.  The hotel so far is lovely, though we just checked in, so more on that later.
I do not have Net access, so dh is running my laptop down to the nearby Internet Cafe to send this and my manuscript off.  Here's hoping it all works.  I'll hope to pop in at a Net Cafe again in the next day or two with stories to tell and a chance to respond to your comments.  Or at least I hope I'll have stories...I did say I was trying to get some good info on the inner workings of the Vancouver Film Industry, yeah?
Signing off now so dh can take off with the computer!
Hugs to all!


Just wanted to share that I finished the rough of my book last night and will do final edits on the drive north to Canada today. (Research trip.) Did I mention that my next book, a Brava (Jillian's story...remember her from THE REAL DEAL?) is going to be set around the Vancouver BC film industry? I'll be posting travelogues, so you might actually see more of me around here than the last couple of weeks while I've been working so desperately to get my book done. :)

Wanted to thank everyone again for all your support. It really made a huge difference for me and my mental attitude as I worked on this last book, which is over the top emotional by the way. LOL I wrote the black moment all in one sitting 'cuz I couldn't stand to stop.

But if I'm going to get out the door like planned, I'd best cut this short. I'll be checking in with you all later today or tomorrow morning!

Hugs and happy Sunday!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Catching Up... :)

Still not done with the book. It's not that the characters are giving me fits or anything, it's just taking longer and I'm spending almost no time online until I get it turned in. Hopefully the extra angst means it will be a stronger story, yeah?

Wanted to say a quick hi to Louisa Edwards! For those of you who don't know, she used to be my editor at Berkley. A fantastic, incredible editor. So wonderful that TAKE ME is dedicated to her. :) She's no longer editing, but she's writing now and if you knew her creativity like I do, you'd know what a marvelous thing that is for the rest of us. Looking forward to pimping her first book here for, it sold yet? :)

Also wanted to mention for those of you who haven't visited my website lately, but I've had FOUR books nominated in the CataNetwork Reviewers Choice Awards. Three HPs and one single title. I'm uber jazzed!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Meno-Paws by Guest Blogger Diana Duncan

My daughter had begged for a dog since she was five. It took ten years before I caved.

It was all a romance hero's fault.

A cat devotee, I couldn't understand my mom's adoration of her dogs. Dogs were messy, smelly, and let's not even discuss co-dependency issues. Been there, done that with toddlers - a decade later, still had mystery stains on the furniture. I didn't want the furry equivalent.

Then Officer Liam O'Rourke sauntered into my first 24 hour book with his K-9 partner, Murphy. I've done crazy things for research, (I once had a cop handcuff me in the back of his patrol car), but as I started writing Heat Of The Moment, my September Intimate Moments, little did I know how my life was about to change.

I met a real K-9 officer and his dog, and we began to email. As I read about K-9s, my heart wrenched at their incredible loyalty and selfless sacrifices. I perused hundreds of dog photos.

I called my mom. "Hell has frozen over at our house."

She knew instantly. "You got a puppy!"

Cyrus was to be my daughter's. She promised responsibly for feeding, walking and pottying. You know what's next. She lasted four nights, one more than I expected, before she came crying at 2:00 a.m. "I can't stand another sleepless night!" I snatched the opportunity for a "baby lecture" (she was fifteen...perfect timing).

Then I let little, whimpering Cyrus sleep in my bed. And he climbed into my heart.

I vowed not to get attached. But he had other ideas. He adopted me.

He's so smart, it's scary. He wakes up happy every day. He's always thrilled to see me, even if I've only been "gone" in the bathroom five minutes. He snuggles beside me as I write. When I'm upset, he comforts me.

My world would be a bleaker place without him.

Writing romances brought me a true love story of my own...with a fuzzy bundle of unconditional love.

See my baby's pictures at:

Are you a pet lover too?

Monday, August 14, 2006

Denyse Bridger has come by to play...

I'm still MIA due to book and family, but Denyse will be here to visit with you all today. :)



AUGUST 14th, 2006 – Marks not only marks the debut of Denyse Bridger with publisher Liquid Silver Books, (, but also the release of her first full-length erotic romance novel. This is the first of two new releases scheduled with Liquid Silver Books over the next 4-6 weeks.

SIMPLY THE BEST: (Contemporary Action/Adventure) In the most unlikely of places, Kaylee Masterson encounters the man who will be the inspiration for an erotic fantasy novel. Little does she know when she makes Max Richmonte the subject of her book that reality is going to prove even better than she could have imagined it. But, Max has a dark to his life, and when that secret world clashes, violently, with the happiness he’s found, the handsome commander is forced to face not only his past—but also the future he wants with Kaylee. A future filled with love, and endless nights of hot, mind-blowing passion...

Early in September, the first book of a new series will be available, THE DEVANE FILES Book One: OUT OF HELL: Inspector Michael Devane is given the job of investigating the bloody murder of a prominent theatre producer. Devane is a haunted man, driven by the dark demons of his past, the elusive Ripper, and a growing addiction to opium. His brilliance is unquestionable, but his methods are highly unorthodox. In Bradshaw’s widow, Michael finds a kindred spirit, but could she also be the murderer he’s looking for?

I hope you'll want to meet Inspector Devane and Max Richmonte, they're pretty amazing men. Excerpts are available on my website, as well as some pretty cool FREE stuff!! Also, Lucy will be making a draw today from the comments, and the winner she chooses will get a CD-ROM with 14 of my erotic romances.


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Guest blogs & MIA

The bad news is that we aren't going to have a guest blogger this week. The good news is that we'll have TWO next week. One on Monday and one on Wednesday! Denyse Bridger will be back on the 14th and one of my favorite people as well as writers, Diana Duncan will be coming by on the 16th.

As soon as I finish this book, I'm going to start contacting the authors you've all requested and see how many have time to do a guest stint. I'm happy to contact just about anyone, so please don't hesitate to add to the suggestions.

I'm pretty much MIA, I know you all know it's the writing. It's going well, but there's just a lot of it that needs doing between now and deadline. :) BUT I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes! It was a fabulous day and evening and I got really neat presents. I'll try to post a picture of the statue dh bought me to go on my "inspiration" shelves...they're on the hutch of the desk that faces me when I'm sitting in my "cockpit" (you can see a picture of that on my "Funstuff" page on my website).

So, now that you've seen my "cockpit" - what's your ideal work environment or hobbyist domain?

I used to dream of a stamping desk with tons of shelves and dwarers and lots of stuff where I could reach everything I needed to. Now my daughter is the big stamper and scrapbooker, but I'm very happy with my cockpit for my writing. Though...I could use a couple more shelves. LOL


Monday, August 07, 2006

Celebrating for lots of reasons...

First, lest you all think I forgot (which I did, but that's beside the point)...I drew from all the comments made to my blog between Sunday July 30th and Saturday August 5th for last week's prize winner (the signed copy of Come Up and See Me Sometime and the matching water bottle). Well, actually I had my dashingly attractive teenage nephew (the girls in high school are so going to love him come September) draw the winner and it is Chantal! So, hon, just email me with your mailing address and I'll get your prize out to you ASAP.

Second, today is my birthday and it's been absolutely lovely so far! Dh and the kids have been uber sweet and generous. AND I got an absolutely smashing gift in the form of acceptance for two inspirational novels I'd written before realizing my "calling" was to the sexy romance market. Tentative schedule for release by Samhain Press is 2007 (hopefully as both e-books and then later in print). I'm over the moon about this!

Third, I edited lots of pages yesterday and got seven more written. Not as many as I'd like, but definitely better than nothing.

Fourth, I'm SO celebrating the wonderful support and encouragement of readers and authors here on my blog.

All in all...I'm feeling VERY blessed right now!

Hugs to all!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

A very productive day!

I hope you all don't mind me sharing with you, but it helps a lot when I'm under so much pressure to come here and see the wonderful support and encouragement you all are so generous in doling out. Hope that doesn't make me selfish. But...I wrote 24 pages today and I'm VERY happy about that!!!

There was a time when 24 pages was a piece of cake, but the more I write, the more difficult it gets. I'm very hard on myself...want each new book to be better than the last and a lot more thinking goes into the words that make it to the paper now. Which makes me laugh when I hear people comment how a writer gets sloppier as she has more books published. I don't know any writers who aren't like me, fighting for every word to make it the best it can be.

Anyway, I's just that I have to keep up this pace pretty much until the book is done. So, I'm limiting myself to only going online twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. I'll be posting progress as I go and hopefully that will help keep me on target. :)

Know I'll be reading your comments at some point, just not throughout the day. They really bless me though, so thanks for sharing in this journey with me.

So, what do you do to help you meet a goal that is overhwhelming you?


Friday, August 04, 2006

Glimpses of Lora Leigh...

Lora's been sick, but rather than disappoint readers, she's allowed me to take a couple of "glimpses" of her off of her Forum to share with you. She'll be by to say, "Hey," today as well 'cuz even not feeling totally up to snuff, this lady is pure gold!

For the rest of her Breed fans (like me), her explanation of when and how these books are gonna be published: Berkley Sensation has purchased the rights to all unwritten Breeds. This is wolves, all felines, coyotes, the future winged Breeds and anything else that pops up. LOL This does not include the already published Breed books at Ellora's Cave. I accepted this deal so that the Breed books would not be seperated as the series continues, by publishers. Because of the continuim the Breeds must continue in line with the same publisher. Tanner's Scheme and Dawn's Awakening with fall in after Harmony's Way, and their stories will then be completed and will fit into the Wolf Breeds where Tanner and his mate were mentioned. For the rest of the explanation, click here.

Lora when her son went to 4-H Camp: I can't handle it. I haven't slept in two nights. Not since he left. I go to sleep and I have horrible dreams. What if somebody hurts my baby? What if he gets all that wild courage he has going at midnight and decides to sneak out of the cabin. They do that at camp. I know. I've heard about it. My cousins did it. What if he gets in the lake. What if a snake bites him or some crazed inhuman axe murder.... I'm gonna puke. To read the rest of this hysterically funny ramble click here.

Wanna see some cool pics of Lora at RWA National? There's a totally sweet one with hubby, I just love. Click here and here.

As a quick reminder, her Shadowed Legacy is now in print and available *signed* at Dreams by Night.

Wanna know what *I* did this morning when I should have been writin'? I dyed my hair! All that lovely gray is gone for my 39th birthday (in a couple of days) and I think that's only appropriate. LOL I usually have it professionally done with three different shades, but I don't have time to spend three hours getting gussied right now. But last summer I did pink, were they jazzy.

So, as a way for Lora to get to know you all, why don't you share the craziest thing you've done with your hair? Or maybe *want* to do, but haven't?

I want to bleach my hair and then dye it a really pretty purple (the almost black won't go purple without the bleaching). I'm thinking for my 40th.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

A good day for writing...

The kids are either away or at "Take Your Kid to Work Day" at dh's company. Which means I've got time to write *without interruption*. Imagine that in a household of teenagers!

Good news is that I got 14 pages and several hours of necessary research done yesterday. Not so good news was the realization that I actually had about 175 pages to write to finish the book, so I'm ahead but at the same place as yesterday. Does that make any sense??? LOL

And don't forget...tomorrow is our guest blog with Lora Leigh! Be there or be square! (And I don't want anyone reminding me that Hewey Lewis says it's "Hip to be Square"! LOL)

Speaking of guest bloggers, you got any preferences? I'm putting together a pretty fab schedule, but I'd love your input.

Hugs to all,

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

It's finally out!!!


Okay, so *I've* been looking forward to Kate's first romance release with as much excitement as she has! LOL But it's available now for order at Samhain. Go take a look. :)

Taking the Cake
by Kate Davies

Mollie Mason is sure her night can't get any worse. Stuck in an inflatable rubber cake, she overhears her fiancé slamming her to the entire guest list of his bachelor party-and then she catches him cheating! But discovering her high school crush has witnessed her humiliation is the icing on the cake.

Cade Gallagher has wanted Mollie for years. And when she asks him to help her prove to the world-and herself-that she's not just a good girl, he knows he'd be a fool to say no. But she wants a temporary fling. Will two weeks be enough time to convince her to take a chance on him-forever?

I think the cover is yum-delicious, but then I make no bones about the fact that I prefer a dark haired, dark eyed hero. Shocks me every time a blond or sandy-haired one pops into my head. LOL My dh is sensuality personified to me and has the tall, dark and sexy concept down pat. What type of guy rings your chimes? Do you have a favorite physical description for a hero? Is there someone you picture when reading about a certain type? If you have a link to a picture, share it, or just tell us who it is.