Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I absolutely love this time of year. Yes, the holidays are crazy, but they're special too. They remind us of the relationships that are most important. Thanksgiving, especially is a day when no matter what is happening in our lives, we are encouraged to find something to be grateful for. We have a tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner and that is to go around the room and pray out loud, thanking God for something - anything. I mean seriously? The kids have given thanks for beating their video games, snow reports and the television. It's not always funny...I mean every year I thank God for one more Thanksgiving with my mom, though doctors have given her only months to live several times. She always manages to bounce back, by God's grace. :) I'm also grateful for my kids, my husband, our life together and the years to come. I thank God for my writing, my readers, the friends I've made within the author community and that of the other industry professionals. I'm particularly grateful for editors that work with me and my creative spirit, not against it. I'm still grieving the loss of one of them and wondering what the future holds with that publisher. But I trust that whatever comes can and will be for my best in the long term. That's the thing about the stuff that's hard to be thankful for, you've got to remember that tomorrow could show the blessing, or next week, or next year...but don't give up looking for it!

Blessings and hugs,

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Working On Revisions

I got an unpleasant jolt when my editor asked for some pretty extensive revisions on my latest Harlequin Presents, a book I felt really good about. Which just goes to show that an author's perception of a book does not always match that of those who read it. This sort of struck me as I read another book by another author that I enjoyed overall, but mostly because I was willing to fill in the blanks. The author clearly knew her characters, their stories and their backstories, but she often left blanks in her development of all three, alluding to, but not fleshing out key nuances. I found that really interesting. Still, I enjoyed the book. I just thought how lucky she would be if she had my editor instead of her own. LOL much as I hate revisions, especially unexpected ones, I want every book to be the best it can be. And an editor with a good eye will notice when an author doesn't flesh out important elements to a story. (Which, yes, I've been guilty of myself. LOL)

One of my favorite authors who is so VERY good at making sure all story lines are explored and questions are answered or left for the next book in a way that leaves me panting for her next release is Christine Feehan. Who are your favorite authors for writing what we shall term "a complete book"?


Monday, November 02, 2009

Guest Blogger - Erin Nicholas!

One-night stands were a lot like apple pie as far as Jaden Monroe was concerned.

That’s the first line of my first release.

My. First. Release.

Finally! J

No Matter What will release on November 3, 2009. Which, interestingly, is tomorrow! J

Firsts. There’s nothing like them right? First kisses, first dates, first birthdays, first anniversaries, first steps, first place… monumental moments. So, I thought today maybe we’d talk about ‘firsts’.

Some of my favorites:

The first line to one of my favorite songs: “And now, the end is near, and I face the final curtain.” (My Way, Frank Sinatra).

The first word my daughter said: “Pretty”.

The first Christmas present from my son: an ornament with his picture in it from daycare.

The first time my husband told me he loved me: on the couch in that horrible house he shared with his three college buddies.

The first scene in my favorite movie: snow softly falling over a quiet little town decorated for Christmas and the sound of various people praying for the same man, George Bailey. (It’s A Wonderful Life).

And since we’re really all here about the books! J Here are the first lines in some of my favorite books:

“Once there was a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid.” (The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams)

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling).

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.” (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis)

And of course, the romances! Here are some of my favorite first lines:

“The man gave a whole new meaning to the words rise and shine.” (A Date With the Other Side, Erin McCarthy)

“Well, well, if it isn’t Miss Eastman. I’d recognize those tits anywhere.” (Hide and Seek, Cherry Adair)

“It wasn’t every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, not even in Dean Robillard’s larger-than-life world.” (Natural Born Charmer, Susan Elizabeth Phillips)

and, perhaps my favorite of all, “On the sixth of April, in the year 1812—precisely two days before her sixteenth birthday—Penelope Featherington fell in love.” (Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Julia Quinn).

Ah, firsts! They can be wonderful, can’t they?

I want to hear about some of your favorite firsts! And listen to this… anyone who comments (I mean anyone) before midnight with a favorite first in their life gets a sneak peek of No Matter What (fittingly, the full first chapter)!!

And don’t miss out on all the fun going on right now for this release! There is a contest running on my website until tomorrow! Over the past few months I’ve posted here and had some little contests. All of the people who have participated have been automatically entered into this release day contest equal to the number of times they’ve participated! So, those who have joined in every month since July have been entered four times already and can add their name one more time by commenting here today before midnight! The grand prize is a copy of the book, a bunch of Erin Nicholas goodies (pens, bookmarks and such) and a gift basket in honor of the late night snacks Adam and Jaden share in No Matter What: Amaretto Cocoa mix, Chai tea mix and biscotti!

Also, my author group, Nine Naughty Novelists, is up and going with our blog! We are planning lots of fun including regular posts from the nine of us, guest bloggers, excerpts on Thursdays, and a NNN party every month on the 9th!

We’re kicking things off big in the Samhain CafĂ© on November 9th with a scavenger hunt and more fun, so come check it out! (

Thanks for sharing this fun with me! I look forward to hearing about your special firsts and hope you’ll check No Matter What out tomorrow!