Archive for December, 2009

Pop In, Pop Out

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Of my blog, that is.

Two quick things.

  1. I received an unexpected (unsolicited) “manuscript submission opportunity,” shall we say, so I’ll be scarce around the blog until mid-January. Keep checking back, but if I’m only posting once or twice a week, you’ll know why.
  2. Mystery author Wendy Roberts is my first guest blogger of 2010. Wendy’s blogging next Wednesday, January 6th, and is giving away not only her December 2009 release, DEAD AND KICKING, but also the first in her Ghost Dusters series, THE REMAINS OF THE DEAD. Her promo post is going up Tuesday, January 5th. This is just a heads-up so you know when to come back.


Green Christmas

Monday, December 28th, 2009

We had a green Christmas for the first time I can remember. We’ve nearly had a green Christmas at least twice before. I distinctly remember one year back when I was around ten, or eight, or twelve (hey, it was a long time ago, the memory’s rusty) when it didn’t snow until Christmas day. And then it snowed dump trucks on us! I was so happy. Of course, I didn’t have to drive in it.

Same thing happened about a decade ago. No snow until my brother and sisters had to brave the roads for Christmas dinner at my house. Then—kablooey. Tons of snow.

I know other areas of North America are getting pummeled with the chilly white stuff as I type. Is your part of the continent white or green?

Oh, before I forget, congratulations to Lisa G., who won the Super Secret Santa Give-Away on Nobody Writes It Better! My romantic comedy, BORROWING ALEX, was included in the give-away. I’ll get the book in the mail to you this week.

Thanks to everyone who entered. I hear we had a good turn-out, which means we’ll hopefully hold another give-away next year.

Christmas Fun with the ‘007s

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I’m blogging at Nobody Writes It Better today…about cats and Christmas trees. I even wrote a Christmas cat poem! Hop on over to read it.

Today’s the last day of the Super Secret Santa Give-Away over at Nobody Writes It Better as well. Click here to learn how to enter. Barbara Wallace is drawing the winner’s name later today, and Gail Fuller will announce the winner on the NWIB blog tomorrow.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

All Wrapped Up and No Place to Go

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Caught this on agent Kristin Nelson’s blog. I have a number of big, difficult-to-wrap Christmas presents to give out this year, so this video brought a smile to my face. Enjoy!

NWIB Super Secret Santa Give-Away

Friday, December 18th, 2009

My group blog, Nobody Writes It Better, is holding The Super Secret Santa Give-Away from now until Christmas Eve, with the winner announced on Christmas Day. Several authors are participating, with some of us donating copies of our books and some of us donating gifts. Each author will mail her book/gift to the winner independently, so every time you visit your mailbox, you might find another present therein. Sounds like fun, no? For my part, I’m donating a copy of BORROWING ALEX.

Visit The Super Secret Santa Give-Away for details on how to enter. (Note: comments to this post, while appreciated, do not enter you in the contest. Visit the blog and follow the directions there).

RITA Under the Wire

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I’m releasing a big, long sigh……of relief!

Yesterday I received my books from Penny’s publisher for this year’s RITA contest (if you’re interested in knowing what I entered, just, um, scroll down). (I’m so mysterious). I think this is the latest I’ve received the books. I consider myself very lucky that Penny’s publisher supplies my RITA copies. The volumes release in mid-December, which makes it tough to meet the January 4th receipt deadline because I can’t GET copies in Canada until AFTER the deadline. So, thank you, Red Sage.

But I was worried I wouldn’t make the deadline. Now, thanks to Express Post (which cost a pretty penny, let me tell you), I believe I will. I’ve been biting my fingernails over the RITA books making it to the RWA office in time for weeks now, so I’m very content. But it was a frantic process. Basically, I went to the post office with my “pick up your parcel” notice in hand, grabbed a massive bubble-wrap envelope off the wall, paid, then went to the car, opened the box, transferred the RITA books from the box to the envelope, and returned to the P.O. to mail off the package. I barely had time to admire the books!

At any rate, mission accomplished. Author anxiety appeased. Of course I won’t be really appeased until I can track the package and know it made it. But I’m halfway there. For me, that’s a boon.

Turkin Soup

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I have reached that point in the pre-Christmas season where I feel like I’m going nuts. Too much to do! Not enough time!

The good news is that Eldest Son made it home yesterday without incident. His flight was delayed, but not for several hours like it was last year. I made homemade turkin soup last night with my mom’s Thanksgiving carcass, which I’ve had in the deep freeze. E.S. loves turkin soup. That’s soup made from turkey bones, whatever turkey meat falls off the bones while you’re making the broth, then, if you don’t have enough meat, you add cooked chicken breast. Turkey + Chicken = Turkin Soup. And I make a mean turkin soup, if I do say so myself.

We’ll have it again after Christmas, too. With a new dead turkey body. Um, carcass.

Anyway, I’ll still be hanging around the blog (although not every day), because I have some stuff coming up that I don’t want you to miss. I might not post tomorrow (but then again I might…), but drop by Friday, because my group blog, Nobody Writes It Better, is holding a contest from Dec. 18th – Dec. 24th and I’ll announce all the details here when I know them. Which will be sometime on Friday.

I’m also blogging at Nobody Writes It Better on Christmas Eve! Don’t ask me how I get these dates when I’m one of the two blog schedulers. Let’s just say I don’t believe in fiddling with my dates at the expense of another member’s. Because I am jolly! That’s why.

I have no idea what I’ll blog about. Rudolph seems a fair bet, but you’ll have to wait until Dec. 24th to find out why.

Is anyone else getting caught up in crazy Christmas preparations?

Buy Penny’s Latest!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Secrets-28Secrets Volume 28: SENSUAL CRAVINGS, which includes Penny’s third erotic romance novella, is now shipping from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Borders, and Red Sage. You know what this means, right? Lucky Americans can order Secrets 28 in time for Christmas! (If they’re quick).

Canadians can pre-order from Canadian Amazon for delivery in 2-3 weeks, alas, alack, amiss. But, hey, we can still order!

Here’s a blurb of the four novellas contained within Secrets 28:

When Lady Gertrude Fitzpatrick tries to bargain with a fierce pirate for escape across the water to her childhood home, she unwittingly becomes the possession of Merciless MacGowan, a fierce privateer on the run from Cromwell’s army. Ewan MacGowan has been betrayed and mistakenly exacts revenge on this proud noblewoman. He may have stolen the lady’s innocence, but buried beneath her plain exterior lies a hidden treasure he never thought to find: the true woman of his heart.

Serena Hewitt has given up on love. Her experience has taught her there’s no such thing as ‘Mister Right’, but when she interviews for a potential partner she’s not prepared for her overpowering sexual attraction to Nicholas Wade, a fun-loving bachelor with bad-boy good looks and a determination to prove her wrong. But Nick’s hiding a secret that might just do the opposite. Can two people afraid of love risk exposing their hearts one last time?

Damien Storm is a Varti—a psychic who can connect to one special person to communicate with telepathically. For three years he’s tried in vain to get his Vartek partner, Jade, to acknowledge their link, but fear has made her keep him at a distance, even as he’s bared his heart and soul to her in order to gain her trust. He will do anything to know the sweetness of her body and mind in closer proximity, but first he must save her from the forces of the government who wish to see all Varti destroyed.

TV co-hosts Callie Hutchins and Marc Shaw fake an on-air romance to top November sweeps, but before long the battle of the sexes burns up the sheets and the ratings. Callie thinks Marc is a womanizer who should help her snag her dream job…on the other side of the country. As the month progresses, however, she realizes Marc isn’t the handsome playboy he portrays on their show—he’s funny, kind, and too sexy for words, damn it. So…can she give him up when November ends?

What are you waiting for? Penny needs chocolate chip cookies! She’s not allowed to buy any until she sells some books!

Box ‘O Books Winner!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Thank you to everyone who entered my 2009 BOX ‘O BOOKS HOLIDAY GIVE-AWAY. Between entries in the comment trail, Facebook, and emailed entries, I had 28 names this year and numbered them as they reached me. Random draw announced #20 as the winner—Karen from the comment trail. Congratulations, Karen! You’ve won the box of contemporary romances plus a copy of my romantic comedy, HEAD OVER HEELS. Please look for an email from me in your in-box, and I’ll send the books off to you early next week.

If you didn’t win and would like to learn more about my books, please visit my website pages for HEAD OVER HEELS and BORROWING ALEX. E-Books are available from Amber Quill Press, and trade paperbacks and Kindle editions are available from Amazon. I also have a Buy from Author page for Canadians (Canadian Amazon doesn’t carry the books, but you may order from American Amazon or from myself) or if someone wants an autographed copy.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all! If my TBR pile gets out of control again in 2010, I’ll hold another Box ‘O Books contest next December.

‘Tis the Season to Paint the Bathroom, Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-FLOP

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The “flop” is me falling down from exhaustion.

Sure, it’s a small bathroom, but did I really need to paint it now? So what if “paint the bathroom” has been on my to-do list for two years? So what if all the towel bars kept falling off the walls? So what if My Liege and I were replacing the towel rods in the kids’ bathroom, so figured now would be a good time to replace the aging rods in our bathroom, too? So what if M.L. didn’t see the point in painting the bathroom just because we were replacing the rods? I saw the point, and isn’t that what matters?

So what if I painted the room the exact same color as it was before? You know what? (So what?) It looks great! But I’m glad the job is done. (So what!)

I think I felt the need to paint the bathroom in the hectic weeks preceding Christmas, because I find it hard to write between Christmas shopping and planning for Eldest Son coming home, picking out the tree, trying not to strangle myself at the thought of hosting Christmas dinner two years in a row (usually, I’m an every-other-year sort of girl), writing the Christmas letter, buying the cards, remembering I forgot to the buy stamps, etc. etc.  So I might as well spruce up the house.

Anyone else have this affliction?

Sure, I have a TON of “must paints” on the to-do list for 2010. That’ll teach me for ONLY painting the bathroom. But that’s life.

This year I’m sending out Christmas letters with our cards as has been my habit for most of the years of my marriage. Every once in a while, I skip a year. I skipped last year, so I felt duty bound not to skip this year. That would mean, gasp, skipping two years in a row. In this day and age of email, do you still send out cards and/or Christmas letters? My Liege has suggested a time or two that I should email the letter instead of snail-mailing it. But I figure Canada Post can use the business. And as much as I love receiving emailed Christmas letters and cards, I admit I love receiving the paper versions more. It feels more Christmasey to arrange the cards on the piano and/or the fireplace mantel.

When I was a kid, my mom would let me and my brother and sister have the Christmas cards after New Year’s Day. We’d cut them up and make collages and stuff—after a rigorous selection process of deciding who got which cards. We’d start “claiming” cards as they came in the mail. But if your name wasn’t drawn first, you might be out of luck. We’d choose the cards turn by turn, then get into the creative stuff. It was a blast.

There, a tip to keep your children occupied over the holidays. Don’t say I never did anything for you. 😉

By the way, this is the last day to enter my 2009 BOX ‘O BOOKS HOLIDAY GIVE-AWAY. For details, click here.