Production Begins

August 31, 2006 at 11:52 am (Gab, Writing Business)

The Devil’s Possession goes to conference today – cover conference, that is – in NY. How exciting. Months to go before I see any sort of cover, but still, it’s thrilling to know TDP is being  discussed.

My editor’s assistant asked, if any, what other books were similar to A) my writing style or B) my subject matter. I don’t think I’ve been that stumped since college finals, and even then, I’d had time to study. You’d think I’d never read another book in my life! So what should have been a simple question had me calling and emailing others to find the answer to. And here’s what I came up with:

I do not write like anyone I’ve ever read. At first, this disconcerted me. Then, I realized how great that revelation is, because I don’t want to be or sound like anyone else. I want readers to know my writer’s voice and not confuse it with anyone else’s. There are a couple of authors who write elements of what I write – the dark alpha males of Kinley MacGregor, the settings of Julie Garwood. But wow! I had such a difficult time with that question.

So anyway, I anticipate major nose itching while TDP is being discussed in conference today. I’d love to be a fly on the wall….


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Problems Solved

August 30, 2006 at 3:14 pm (Gab)

Ok, so my “problems” have been resolved and a load is off my mind. Back to business. Back to reality. Full steam ahead!

I’m getting close to finishing rewrites on the tentatively titled Destiny’s Warrior. I forgot how much I enjoyed this story. It’s been fun delving into it again. I’m hoping to put an excerpt up on my website in a few months, or at the very least a blurb. Will let you know when it’s there.
Till then, be blessed and problem free!


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Funky State of Mind

August 27, 2006 at 7:07 pm (Gab)

That’s exactly where I’m at. There’s alot going on with me emotionally, physically, privately that it’s getting very hard to focus on any one thing in particular. (And if my editor or agent should ever read this, none of my issues will effect my writing or my creativity. Please skip to next post 🙂 )

I’m not going to delve into my problems here. This blog has been reserved for unimportant observation more than a journal about my life, and I want to keep it that way. But what I’m wondering is, when there’s a million things calling for your attention and your worry, how do you focus on any one in particular? How do you stay on track with your goals when bigger, more important issues are plaguing you minute for minute?

I could really use the answer.

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Cover art that kicks a$$

August 25, 2006 at 9:28 am (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

bif.jpgBaptism in Fire – Elizabeth Sinclair

Gotta be one of the best category covers I’ve seen in a loooong time.

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Shall We Dance – DVD

August 24, 2006 at 9:23 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

swd.jpgI watched this one a while back (probably way before I ever had a blog), but I watched it again last night. Mainly, one scene in particular was the reason I chose this dvd from the huge list of possible ways to spend my night. If you’ve seen the movie, you know which part, right? The escalator scene! The epitome of romance, that scene.

I love the new trend that seems to have popped up around dance in general. Not because I’m much of a dancer (it’s been a dozen years since anyone was willing to dance with me…I’m just sayin….) but dance is simply beautiful to watch. Especially ballroom, and especially when done between two people who are in a relationship off the dance floor. For example, in Shall We Dance, I actually liked the clumsy dance between John (RIchard Gere) and his wife (Susan Sarandon) than I did his partnership with the pro (J-Lo). Dance doesn’t have to be skilled to be beautiful or to feel wonderful. So long as both partners are enjoying the moment, I suppose.

 My other favorite scene of this movie is a line said by Susan Sarandon’s character. She’s hired a detective to figure out what her husband is up to, and when he asks her why people get married, her reply is maybe the most insightful, blantantly honest reason I may have ever heard.

 Basically, she says: We want a witness to our lives. When we get married, we’re making a promise to that person that YOU will witness their life, and because of that, their life won’t go unnoticed.

That’s what it all boils down to, right? Having someone who cares about the things in your life that no one else gives a shit about?

Rent/buy the movie. Watch with your spouse, even if he’s kicking and screaming. If for no other reason, make him listen to  that description of marriage. He’ll forget it two minutes later, but whatever. At least he heard from someone other than you 🙂

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Reality Bytes

August 23, 2006 at 8:34 am (Gab, Movie/Media Reviews)

Oh, I’m sooo bogged down by reality TV. I got the bug a few years ago when Survivor first aired the Africa Season. Ethan Zohn (the winner that year) was so loveable that I found myself glued to the TV every Thursday, just so I could will the cast not to vote him off. Now, however, my love for Survivor has become a sickness. Symptoms include watching pretty much every reality show on TV, regardless of content, cast, or scenario.bio_janelle.jpg

Here are my faves:

  1. Big Brother – My favorite Reality TV right now. Go Janelle! I was pissed when Kaysar left. He’s my favorite cast member ever, but Janelle’s a close second. I can’t stand blond jokes (usually made by goofy blondes, oddly enough) and refuse to apply the dumb blonde sterio type to myself. Janelle uses it to her advantage. She looks airy, fairy, but dayum! She’s a brilliant player! She has no allies left in the house, however, so I’m afraid she won’t be around much longer. If she does go home, my next favorite is the Evil Doctor Will, who I couldn’t stand at the start of the season. He’s grown on me, though, and I find myself compelled to watch 🙂
  2. Survivor – New season starting in September! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!
  3. Hogan Knows Best – No explanation for why I like this show. I just do. Probably the same reason I loved the Osbournes.
  4. The Biggest Loser – Motivation baby! The problem is, I watch too much TiVo to allow myself time to actually do what these shows motivate me to do. Hope a new season is near!
  5. Celebrity Fit Club – It’s just beautiful to see Kelly LeBrock struggling to lose 40 pounds. Sorry, but you know it’s true
  6. American Idol– Ok, confession, I can’t stand the bad auditions. I enjoy listening and watching the talented people, but the bad ones just annoy me. I don’t find them funny. I think they’re imbecile.
  7. Dancing with the Stars – New season starting soon! I was thrilled that Drew Lachey won last year. He was brilliant!
  8. So You Think You Can Dance – I didn’t watch the first season, but loved the second. Benjy was good, but I think Travis should have won. He was simply more talented. But then, Benjy’s personality was so goofy, it had to have appealed to every 6 and 7 year old girl out there.

I can’t believe I watch that much TV. I don’t watch much else, so I guess it’s ok that I indulge. Still, I’m amazed that I have had time to write 400 page books! Or wash myself, even 🙂

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Gena Showalter – Cover Art that Kicks A$$

August 22, 2006 at 8:33 pm (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

Wow! Sort of looks like Henymphkingcovercropped.jpglen Kirkman’s Destiny, but I love this blue!

Gena Showalter – The Nymph King

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Cover art that kicks a$$

August 17, 2006 at 4:33 pm (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

Ok, so I usually only do one great cover a week, but for some reason, I’m tripping all over them lately. It looks like

 I’m going to have to eat my words about not liking heroines on the cover (as I said during the last Heather Graham cover I posted) because here’s yet another heroine cover that grabbed me. What do you think?

It’s Dark Fire by Christine Feehan


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Heather Graham – Kiss of Darkness

August 16, 2006 at 9:40 am (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

11411844.jpgCover art that kiss a$$.

 I’m not usually a fan of heroine’s on the cover, but this one is beautiful

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Cover art that kicks a$$

August 11, 2006 at 10:22 am (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

Helen Kirkman: Destiny

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