Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
I’ve met many people I would define as hero in my life. Not one of them would call themselves a hero.
But I will. And I’m going to tell you about one of them today. Her name is Michele Cwiertny.
I meant Michele years ago when I was co-president of the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America. From the start, I knew there was nothing average about her. She’s intelligent, witty and talented. Trust me, she will be published one day. Michele can come across as quiet. She is often listening instead of talking.
She is also bitingly funny. She has gotten me in trouble more than once with a softly whispered comment that made me burst out in inappropriate laughter-with tears running down my face. While Michele sits there looking innocent.
But while that makes her super cool to hang out with, and a good friend, that’s not what makes her a hero.
A couple years ago, Michele’s brother-in-law, Matt, developed a rare form of lymphoma that was induced by an extremely rare auto-immune disorder. This happened when Matt was in his early twenties. For over two years, this young man has valiantly fought to get well. Matt has done chemo, radiation, endless tests and treatments and a bone marrow transplant. After the transplant, it began to look as if Matt had won.
Then the lymphoma returned.
Through all this, Michele has often put her writing (her dream) and personal life on hold to throw herself into learning everything she can about the disease, treatments, the endless red tape-all of it. Not only that, she’s gotten deeply involved in fundraisers, rounding up volunteers to donate blood, platelets, and worked with the family and church to organize a bone marrow registry drive. Whatever she could do, Michel has done it. I am very quickly summoning up two years of work, two years of refusing to ever give up hope, two years of doing anything she could to help not just Matt, but anyone suffering from these terrible blood cancers.
And now, while Matt is fighting his battle once more, Michele and the family are getting ready to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” in August. Michele and the family walked last year in honor of Matt, raising money to help fight all blood cancers. And they are doing it again this year. If you’d like to see more about it, or consider a donation, please go to Michele’s “Let’s Wipe Out Blood Cancer’s Page.”
Michele defines hero to me. She is fighting for her brother-in-law, whom she loves. She refuses to give up, and she won’t let him give up. That’s amazing enough. But what brings her to hero status? She cares enough to try to find better treatments and a real cure for all people, and she’s taking action, like participating in the “Light the Night Walk.” Michele is a woman making a difference in our world.
So Michele is my hero today. Who is yours?
Monday, July 20th, 2009
Saturday it was 111 degrees in my town! Where do I lodge a protest? Although it sure makes nice pool weather as long as you don’t try to walk on the cement. We also rented the movie NEW IN TOWN. We should have known. We had seen previews for the movie and looked for it in the theaters–it never showed up. Must have gone straight to DVD. Why? Boring! At least that’s my opinion. So boring, that while the movie was on, I discovered ants in my kitchen and I was actually grateful for the break in the monotony of the movie. Cleaning up ants was more entertaining than the movie. Seriously, BORING.
I hate ants by the way. right now I can almost hear them regrouping, strategies, planning more evil to spring on me.
One of my bright spots in my weekend was reading Nalini Singh’s ANGEL’S BLOOD. I love that book! It was different, sexy and fast paced. Really cool. I don’t recommend it if it’s going to bother you that she really twisted Angel Mythology. But if you’re willing to do with her world building, then read it!
Reading this book, though, got my thinking about building up reader expectations. Of course every reader is different. But for me, the sexual tension was very hot. So hot, that I found the sex scene (which is a payoff scene) a bit less than I was expecting. In other words, I didn’t think the payoff matched the build up. NOW this didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the book, it’s just something that’s sticking in my mind. I read other books with no full on sex scenes and don’t even notice. But in this book, I noticed. I’m curious, do you guys ever feel that way? There’s a build up that doesn’t quite pay off for you personally?
I still highly recommend ANGEL’S BLOOD!! It is hot.
How was your weekend? And for those of you that went the RWA conference, how was it???
Friday, July 17th, 2009
No really, they are signs. Real signs.
Yeah but what about witches?
I’ll be careful who I let onto my broom!
Absolutely no desire to go on that property.
A town? A person? A political statement?
It’s hard for me to pick my favorite but I think it’s this one because it was probably an accident
What’s your favorite? Have a great weekend, witches!
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
I have a craving. I’d show up pictures but the Internet is NOT cooperating. So you’ll have to use your imagination. I want either:
1) Dairy Queen Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cone
2) McDonalds Chocolate Sunday
3) Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty
I think I want all three right now. And Maybe a chocolate buttermilk donut too. Not that I’m feeling any book stress…
What about you? Do you have cravings?
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Don’t blame me if the title doesn’t make sense–it’s over a 100 degrees here, the plot lines in my book have turned into live wires and there’s not enough Appletinis!
Book covers fasincate me. I’m not visual, and my involement in the cover art process is to give them an outline of the characters, conflict and important pieces of the story. The magic the art department created for my books, along with editorial and sales input amazes me! I love my covers.
But I don’t love ALL covers. Take this one:
I’ll never forget the first time I saw that TITLE! I couldn’t believe it. I heard about it from a copy editor. But the book is in an erotic line of books, so I though, “Huh, okay.” Then they came out with this cover:
BIG? ASS? Where????? That’s all I’m saying. I could starve, working our from dawn to dusk and my butt would still never look like that. And yes, I’m jealous if you must know. I haven’t read the book.
Here’s one I bought for cover alone. i just liked the back and the tattoo. I did read this one!
And while looking around, I came across this one–now I want to read it! The combination of the title, THE SPY WHO WANTS ME, with an opened shirt over washboard abs…who can I resist!
So to recap, a tiny, doll like butt called BIG SPANKABLE ASSES doesn’t work for me. Hot men? Heck yeah!
What about you?
Monday, July 13th, 2009
Looking for a job? I saw this ad
Wookey Hole, famous for its beautiful limestone caves, is home to a family theme park. The company that manages the park wants to hire someone to play a witch and is willing to pay them £50,000 ($81,000) a year to cackle at visitors, teach courses in magic, and (here’s the catch) live in the caves.
The things I find on the Internet! Not sure I like the cackle stereotyping. Don’t they know that witches are smart, beautiful and powerful women? Sigh.
On Friday, I had to run into Wal Mart. i promised myself I would JUST buy the light bulbs I needed. I came out the WRONG light bulbs and a book. SPELL OF THE HIGHLANDER by Karen Marie Moning. I thought the title was familiar, so I looked at the copyright, it was 2009. Cool I bought it.
Sigh…I’ve already read it. The was a second copyright that I didn’t see. I am, however, reading it again!
Sunday, I met my sister at Barnes and Nobles. I told myself, don’t buy any books. I have a deadline, yada, yada, yada. I walked out with two books, (Jim Butcher and Nalini Singh). But seriously, how can you do into a bookstore and not buy books?
And on on the wrong light bulbs? My husband shook his head, laughed, then took them back and got the right ones.
How was your weekend?
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Okay, yeah, I know. Publishing can be a little mind bending.
But SOUL MAGIC’s release date has been “updated.”
It will be released October 27th 2009 which makes it a November Release.
Anyone else confused? LOL! Seriously, my editor, her assistant and all the folks over at Ballantine (Random House) work very hard, and I appreciate everything they do! This was MY fault. I believe this was the correct release date all along and *I* got the wrong information. I should have double checked. I’m sorry for any confusion!
Right now, I’m stirring up a spell to try and make this release date stick!