Back Cover Copy

October 30, 2006 at 5:08 pm (Gab, Publishing)

I rec’d my back cover copy for Devil’s Possession today!!!!!!

She was a woman called to leadOrdinarily, women do not become
Highland chieftains.  But Faith Maitland is no ordinary woman-until a violent encounter in the forest crushes her courage and leaves her pregnant.  And now, because no clan will accept a sullied woman, she must find a sire for her bastard…
 He was a man they called a witchWhen Faith names Draven the Devil as the father of her child, she thinks she is blaming a dead man.  Instead, her accusation halts his execution for witchery.  When he is released from the stake to the Maitlands’ custody, Faith realizes that she has affianced herself to a silent man with frightening powers… 

Theirs was a devil’s bargainDraven has no reason to relish his escape, having long since wearied of the fear and hate that has been his lot.  Yet he finds himself unable to renounce Faith and expose her to the same shame.  Fascinated by her beauty and strength, Draven is drawn to Faith even as she is warmed by his tenderness.  But their growing trust will be tested by the threat of true evil… 

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Along Came a Spider – DVD

October 29, 2006 at 8:04 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

along.jpgStarring Monica Potter and Morgan Freeman – Action/Thriller

Based on the novel by James Patterson

Again, this isn’t a new one for me, but I recently watched it again and thought I’d blog about it. I love Morgan Freeman. He’s a master at the art of performing.

The scoop: Freeman plays Alex Cross who’s called in when the child of a prominent family is kidnapped from her private school. With a ticking time bomb on his heels, he must play the kidnapper’s game and follow the twists and turns of this plot.

Overall, it’s a good movie. Not one of the better Patterson adaptations in my opinion, but good. I loved Kiss the Girls, so perhaps I’m biased. I’m not a big fan of Monica Potter, either, so that might have something to do with it. I much preferred Freeman’s role as the alcoholic lawyer in High Crimes with Ashley Judd. He’s much more interesting with flaws.

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DVD- V FOR VENDETTA

October 26, 2006 at 11:04 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

v.jpgOn Tuesday, V for Vendetta arrived in my mailbox from Netflix. Guess it slipped into my queue instead of my husband’s by accident. Lucky guy, not only will he get a movie from his queue this week, but managed to sneak one from mine, too. Because I most certainly would never request V for Vendetta. Aside from the fact that I love Natalie Portman, I’m not much for action movies that have nothing but parallel comparisons to make with today and yesterday’s political issues.

The movie was ok. The masked avenger possibly the only masked avenger I’ve ever seen who’s costume made him look slightly retarded and definitely goofy, rather than heroic and sexy. Yeah, I know he was deformed under that mask, but come on. He looks like the Joker from Batman, and the Joker was not sexy.

 Despite ALLLL that, I still managed to enjoy the movie much to my chagrin and my husband’s bemusement. If nothing else, it held my interest.

Recommendation? Eh, do what you want. You will anyway.

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Come Visit Me

October 24, 2006 at 9:23 am (Gab)

I’m chatting over at Between the Covers today. Come by and say hi!showletter.gif

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The Process

October 13, 2006 at 9:41 am (Publishing)

I received an email a few days ago from an aspiring author who asked how my plotting process works. Since my first book hasn’t even been released yet, I feel compelled to answer (hey, it was almost like getting a fan letter).

The truth is, most writers classify themselves as either a plotter or a pantser (meaning, they write by the seat of their pants). I, however, am a plantser. This means that, while I’m writing freely whatever comes to mind, my subconscious is busily plotting away before, during, and after the book is complete. I start a book with a general scenario in mind – for Devil’s Possession, I started writing about a man being prepared to burn at the stake and a woman who mistakenly thinks he’s already dead and therefore, professes him to be the father of her child. That’s it.  From there, I either keep writing until I figure out the why’s and how’s and who’s, or else I take it to my wonderful critique group, the Plot Queens, and we brainstorm possibilities. By this, I don’t mean we plot the whole book. We might try, but I guarantee the suggestions won’t stick. They are priceless when it comes to giving me scene ideas, however, and those scenes then become sign posts for where the story needs to go. Two or three key scenes plotted, and the rest is by the seat of my pants. (I don’t care what states I have to drive through to get to California, so long as I arrive there in a timely fashion.)

Meanwhile, my subconscious, tricky little bugger, is already dropping in things of great importance that I don’t realize exist until the first draft is done and I go back for a first read. Things like theme and motifs and red herrings. I never understood how this worked until a brilliant author by the name of Catherine Spangler gave a workshop on The Subconscious Writer, which gave me so much insight and confidence into my own way of working. Even when I’m not thinking about my story, my subconscious is, which is amazingly true. That explains why the story is just there, waiting to write itself some days, even when I sit down with no idea where I’m going.

The plotting part of my process comes into play once the first draft is done. Time to read the book, start to finish, and pull out my trusted charts. I keep one for secondary characters, plot threads, chapter questions, character descriptions, location, setting, time, point-of-view. I’m a bit anal at this point. Time to shut down the right side of my brain and work from the left. This is where I spot a motiff (fire & faith in Devil’s Possession) that might occur in one or two places and try to thread it throughout the book. This is where I notice I have two Bruce’s in the book, or that my hero isn’t getting quite enough scenes in his point of view. It’s where the heroine’s eyes changed color in chapter 6, or a plot idea dropped in chapter 7.

It’s never a science. I believe that no part of the writing process is COMPLETELY left brained. There’s still that little creative muse on your shoulder telling you to add scenes, or “what if this happened instead.” But still, that’s part of the editing process. Cutting. Adding. Gluing it all together. It’s the part I’m in now, with my second book, and let me tell you, I’m on much friendlier terms with my right brain than my left. Convoluted plots are simply the worst!

But this is MY process. Talk to another writer and you’ll find another way to do things. We’re a creative bunch. There’s no factory line to make a book. And even when a writer claims to be one way or another, I guarantee that, at some point in her career, she’ll take a left turn (or a right) and her process will be a little different.

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Come join me!

October 9, 2006 at 8:34 am (Gab)

 I’m posting at Between the Covers today. Come say hi!

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Best Seller Lists

October 6, 2006 at 4:16 pm (Gab)

This week on the NY Times –

Representing romance and women’s fiction in the Top 15:

Hardcover:
#4 Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
#6 The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner
#8 The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
#9 Dark Celebration by Christine Feehan
#14 Ricochet by Sandra Brown

Paperback:
#1 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
#3 Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts
#4 6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber
#7 Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
#8 To Distraction by Stephanie Laurens
#11 Chill Factor by Sandra Brown
#12 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
#13 My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

ON THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER LIST:

#2 The Memory Keeper’s Daugter by Kim Edwards
#6 Dream Makers by Nora Roberts
#8 Toxic Bachelors by Danielle Steele
#10 Sweet Revenge by Fern Michaels
#11 Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts

#12 Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught

WAY TO GO LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fall Line Up

October 5, 2006 at 10:27 am (Gab, Movie/Media Reviews)

leaves.gifOohh how I love Fall. It’s always been my favorite season, mostly because of the colors. Odd, because orange is my least favorite color in the world, but it looks so beautiful on the trees that it’s forgiveable.

But why else do I love Fall? For the new T.V. season, of course. I don’t watch T.V. at night, so I’d be lost without my TiVo. Here’s what’s been collecting on my “list”.

Survivor’s back – Yay! Though I have to admit to not being impressed so far. Reality TV is only fun is there’s someone to root for, or someone to really really hate – neither of which I’ve found on this season’s Survivor yet.

The Bachelor is back – haven’t watched it. WIll I? Likely, yeah. I always do even though I think it’s the worst show on T.V. It’s like a train wreck. You really don’t want to watch but you can’t turn away.

‘Til Death – Great new show with Robert from Everybody Loves Raymond (can’t think of this name at the moment). It compares and contrasts a couple who have been married for twenty years with their neighbors – a couple who has been married for a couple of weeks. The show is hilarious.

Jericho – So far I’ve only seen the first episode (the other’s are waiting for me on TiVo), but it was pretty good. The hubby is hooked on it, so I have a feeling I’ll be watching.

Lost – It started last night – haven’t watched it yet, but I certainly hope it’s better than last season. We need to get season 1’s momentum back people! What happened to the polar bear????????????

Celebrity Duets – Can I just say…thank GOD that show is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know I’m forgetting something here…. will probably see me posting more on this addiction tomorrow.

Heather

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The Family Stone – DVD

October 3, 2006 at 9:02 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

fs.jpgThis isn’t exactly a “new” movie, but maybe a year or so old. It felt wierd watching a Christmas movie in the heat of October here in Florida, but it was cute. There were some great comic moments, as well as some highly unbelievable ones. The “guy” switch at the end didn’t feel natural – everyone was too okay with it if you ask me. With such a great line up of stars (Diane Keaton, Craig T Nelson, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes) there were many opportunities for emotional whallops — I found none. Mainly because you only got to know the characters on a superficial level. But still, it’s worth a watch.

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