Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
At this very moment, I am on top of the Wing Slayer Hunters! The electronic versions are all done, final files uploaded! The print version are getting final tweaks and things are moving along.
Finally! I’m so happy.
Now if I can just NOT think about Primal Magic (Eli and Savi’s book) until I write this current contemporary, I would be golden.
Okay enough of that, let’s talk Wednesday Worthy! This guy dropped by for a little chat and volunteered to be our candidate.
So what do you think? Is he worthy?
Monday, September 21st, 2015
It was a good weekend here! First up, Bailey and his Dragonfly. When gets a new toy, he LOVES it.
He played with it the whole weekend. Here he’s giving my “Please Eyes” because he wants to play tug of war.
I play with him.
Bailey wins! Bailey always wins
This has pretty much become Bailey’s chair in my office. He hangs out there when I’m working.
In other news, did you all see that Jackie Collin’s passed away? I met her when I was co-president of Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and she came to speak for our group. It was such a great experience. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but she was lovely and kind. She had a wicked case of stage fright before before going on stage. I know this because our program director was out in the car (limo) with her, helping her settle down. Then my co-president and I went out to greet her, and Jackie told us exactly how nervous she was, and asked if we’d walk with her to the stage. We did, and she was grateful.
Then she went up the four steps to the stage and boom, it was like a switch flipped and she was calm and AWESOME.
After that, she stayed and signed every book, and spoke to every single person who was excited to meet her.
I don’t know anything more about her than my one experience, but I was so very impressed with her.
So how was your weekend?
Friday, September 18th, 2015
It’s a happy day for us because Bailey is here! I’ll take pictures this weekend. When we went to pick him up last night, Bailey was like:
It was hilarious. He adores Middle Son and Girlfriend, and when they come to pick him up, he’ll be wild with excitement and won’t leave their sides. But he was thrilled to go with us last night. The funny thing was when Middle Son first got Bailey, the dog was devastated when he left him here, and would stand on the couch and stare out the window for hours. It was heartbreaking to see. But now Bailey’s totally at home here and plays or hangs out totally relaxed.
I’m also happy to be working on my new project when I can. But I’m not going to talk about that too much yet And this weekend, I need to work on a re-edit of Forbidden Magic. I had my copy editor take a pass at that novella since it was the first book I self published and I think it could be cleaner. (Yes, I’m a little nuts like that but no one is surprised, right??)
So that’s my happy today. What is making you happy?
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
I’m putting a little thought into this blog–how do you guys feel about Wednesday Worthy? Do you want me to continue or move onto something else? The options are:
1) Like, I stop by for a fun to brighten my day.
2)Meh, don’t really care. Or
3) Bores me, move on.
I buy most of the images so I’m wondering if I should continue. Plus the selection, and my time spent searching for them, is limited.
Okay, now lets talk about abs. Not my abs, LOL! But hunky abs that probably only exist in touched up photos. Here are your three choices:
Candidate #1 Wall Guy
Candidate #2 Strip Tease Guy
Candidate #3 Dramatic Background Guy
So which guy has the most worthy? And don’t forget to tell me your vote on Wednesday Worthy!
Monday, September 14th, 2015
How does life keep getting busier? And no matter how much I do, there’s so much more to be done. Anyone else feel that way?
Wizard and I went to CPA Boy and Special K’s house, and we met Max the Maltipoo. He’s such a sweet little pup even though he had to put up with the cone of shame. Max was neutered on last Friday, so the cone stays on until they are sure he’s healed enough. But he’s doing great, recovering very quickly. Cookie and Corky were there too so we had plenty of dogs to play with! Once again I didn’t take pictures I always plan on it, but once I’m there, we’re too busy talking and playing with the dogs to stop and grab my phone.
This next weekend, we get to have Bailey Dog. Middle son and his girlfriend are going on a trip, so Bailey’s coming over to hang out with us. We are both looking forward to that. All these dogs are getting to Wizard — one day he’s going to want one…or two
Moving onto book news: For all the Bloggers/Reviewers who have an account at Netgalley, Blood Magic is available by request. Here’s the link.
And all the books, Blood Magic, Soul Magic, Night Magic and Sinful Magic have been uploaded for pre-order. Sinful Magic may not be showing yet at iTunes and Nook, but it will soon. Now I’m getting the print versions ready and working (slowly!) on the new book (not a Wing Slayer Hunter book).
How was your weekend?
Friday, September 11th, 2015
I’m feeling a little sentimental here If you haven’t heard, Her Temporary Hero hit the USA Today List this week at #108
Debuted: September 10 2015
Former beauty queen Becky Holmes and her baby are on the run and wealthy Logan Knight can help; second in series
It’s pretty awesome especially since Her Temporary Hero has been out for over a year. Once, hitting a list only happened during the first week or two of release, then the book was dead. But now, if all the stars line up–and it’s a combination of having the right book, pure luck and a ton of strategy — then it can happen.
I’m thrilled! It’s my first time on the list. But you know what really surprised me? The second I found out Her Temporary Hero hit the list, my one huge regret was that my mom wasn’t here to see this. My mom was a very realistic woman who fully understood life can be unfair and we have to work damn just to survive. But she believed in me and my dream from the moment I told her I wanted to write a book. She would give me money for my birthday so I could buy research books. Wizard and I had three kids and lived on a very tight budget, but Mom would do things like that. (FYI, so did Wizard. He’d set aside money we couldn’t afford so I could pay writing expenses or go to a class.)
Back to my mom — unfortunately, was very sick by the time I first sold. In fact, when the editor called to offer me my first contract, I missed the call because I was in the emergency room with my mom. But that didn’t stop her from telling everyone — doctors, nurses, x-ray technicians, and in one case–the paramedics I’d called after she passed out, that her daughter was a published author. Even at the very end when I sat at the foot of her bed as she struggled to breathe, she asked me if I was ready to handle success. She believed in me that much.
Sadly, she passed away before my first book came out so she never got to hold it in her hands.
So when I got the email that I’d hit the list, all I could think of was I wanted to tell Mom that her belief in me was validated. But last night I woke up at 3am and realized something. My mom left me with a tremendous gift that lives on — she believed. Sometimes all we need is someone to believe in us.
And that’s what I wanted to share with all of you. I believe in YOU. It won’t be easy, my friends. But if we believe in each other, we can do this! Keep building our dreams one step, and one day, at a time.
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
I’m done with the blurbs for the first four Wing Slayer Hunter books! Soul Magic, Night Magic and Sinful Magic are at the formatter! Once we have the pre-order links, we then add those (and any corrections), then re-upload them and then HOPE the retailers send out the right file. But the biggest chunk of my work is done! I’m happy about that!
But did I make the right decision spending a significant amount of time and $$ re-releasing these and continuing the series? There is no way to know for sure. I took a chance, and a rather huge risk. We shall see. I will let you know in about by Thanksgiving. This is the series I just couldn’t let go.
Now for a bit of good news. I got an email last night that I made Entangled’s top ten list…twice. HER TEMPORARY HERO is #1 and THE BABY BARGAIN is #5. That made me very happy! So totally unexpected for those two books to take off during Entangled’s 99¢ sale! These days, even older books have a burst of new life. So cool!
And now for Wednesday Worthy. This guy is a rerun, but he makes me think of a vacation at the beach and right now, I would love to be on a beach vacation where it’s cool at night and I can hear the waves.
So what do you think — is he vacation worthy?