Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Never judge a book by it's cover....

You know how I have been trying different authors since I joined the JMBB? Well, I have found some hits and sadly some misses too.

After listening to Kelli talk about this baseball series, I finally gave it a try. Just know that I have never ever seen a game or even know what all that mumbo jumbo means.

I loved it! It was funny, sad, romantic and steamy. I was surprised that I like it so much.

Squeeze play starts the series off with Risk (Richard) Kincaid and Jacy Grayson. They have know each other for years. Risk helps her get over heart breaks with her boyfriends.

There is also a secondary story with Zen Driscoll and Stevie (Stephanie) Cole. Both are baseball trivia pros. Stevie is in love with Aaron Grayson the hometown boy.

Plus add 3 more baseball players known as the bat pack. You have nudist named Psycho (Cody) McMillan, a ladies man Romeo (Jesse) Bellisaro and the boy next door Chase Tallan.

There is a golf scene that almost made me pee my pants because I was laughing so hard.

The second book in the series is Curveball. It takes up 5 years after Squeeze play left off. It takes the 3 men in the bat pack into a bit of romance and pairs them with just the right woman.

Kate Angell's third book should be out next year sometime and I have added it to my wish list. It seems to never end.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

A raffle to win a editor!

Hi ladies! I belong to Myspace and was given this bulletin from another author. I know there are couple of us who are writing or trying to write something and thought that not only could it help you but also help a fellow writer get back on her feet.

A fellow romance author, Dawn Thompson, has been laid up in the hospital for quite a while with illness and complications resulting from that illness. Needless to say, her hospital bills are astronomical. In order to help her out, the very generous Deborah Macgillivray has teamed up with some equally generous editors to raffle off some great opportunities for unpublished authors! Here are the basics from Deborah. Please visit her blog for all the juicy details! And good luck to those of you who enter!!! Now here's the good news from Deborah!

I am raffling off editors!!!

Listen up!!

Tired of submitting to slush piles and getting rejected before the editors even see it?

Want a chance to get your book before a print editor??? Want a guaranteed that the editor actually reads it? You don't ever get that request for a FULL manuscript??

Well here is your chance!!

Win a chance to have your completed or nearly completed manuscript read and receive a one page critique from Hilary Sares Kensington editor (Debut, Brava, Approdisia lines) YES!!!!

FIFTEEN people will win this amazing opportunity.

Yes, 15 people will have their full or nearly completed manuscripts read and will receive a one page critique from editor Hilary Sares.

How do you win this amazing chance??

RAFFLE -- $100 per entry. Enter as many times as you want. (All money is going to a worthy cause)

~~~~~~~~~ Rules: ~~~~~~~~~
You may enter as many times as you want at $100 a "ticket".The more times you enter, the better your chances are. Winners will be randomly selected from a drawing of names on December 21st, 2007.

~~~~~~~~ What do you get? ~~~~~~~~
15 people with completed or nearly completed manuscripts (Any genre!) will have their manuscript read by Hilary Sares. (Impress her and she could even want to buy you~~ if you are what she's looking for!)
All 15 will get a one page critique of their manuscript.But that is not all....RUNNERS up will get....2nd place Runners up.... (#16 and #17 winners)

Chris Keeslar Senior Editor, Dorchester Publishing (Leisure Books and Love Spell) ~~ will read and critique 100 pages ~~you get to put a proposal of 100 pages before Dorchester's editor, and receive 1 page critique.
Again, he will consider buying if you impress him! (Historical Romances, Magna, Contemporary, Paranormal)

Leah Hultenschmidt Editor for Dorchester Publishing(Leisure Books and Love Spell)~~ will read and critique a 100 pages ~! You get to put a proposal of 100 pages before Dorchester's editor, and receive 1 page critique. Again, she will consider buying if you impress her! (Historical Romances, Contemporary, Paranormal) 3rd place Runner up (#18, #19, #20 and #21 winners)

Leanne Burroughs Publisher/Editor of Highland Press, will read and critique 4 full manuscripts -the publisher/owner o fHighland Press will read and give each a 1 page critique. Again, she will consider buying. (Historical Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary,Mainstreams YA, Childrens)Trade size PRINT Books

Details....The raffle runs through midnight EST December 15, 2007.

The random drawing will be held on: December 21, 2007 so 21 people will have a very Merry Christmas!!! Winners will be notified by phone and email on that day.

All monies raised go to help author Dawn Thompson's hospital and medical bills. Dawn recently had a bad fall. She is a new writer so has to wait for nearly a year or more to start receiving her royalties. She doesn't have family to help her and has a lot of needs not being covered by her insurance. Money will go to help her pay for medicine not covered, and other needs arising from her recovery.

All drawings will be final. No Refunds. Any questions about the contest email Deborah Macgillivray Kensington, Dorchester, & Highland Press author writer@deborahmacgillivray.co.uk

To enter Name:
email address (Working email addy for you will be billed $100 through Paypal):
Pen name, if any:
Your full address:
Your Phone number:
The Title of your manuscript:
The genre of your manuscript:
Is your manuscript completed? Yes NO If no - expected completion date

Once your email application is received you will be sent a "ticket" bill through Paypal at $100.00 for each entry.You pay enter has many times as you want to increase your odds.

You will be helping a fellow writer get back on her feet after trauma, and you finally get that GUARANTEED chance to be read by some top print editors.

I got this message earlier today and wanted to let you all know. I don't know about you but I am going to try it. So if you do try it by either entering with the fee or this other one by Joy Nash, I wish you good luck. Then we can say we knew when.

Hey, could you post this around, too??

Dorchester author, Joy Nash, is running a raffle of her own, where someone can win a chance in my raffle. This helps those unable to afford the $100 ticket price and gives them a chance, too!!

Everybody, please let anyone interested in Deborah's editor raffle that to help the cause, I'm sponsoring a contest through Nov 30 - the prize is one $100 entry fee in Deborah's raffle to help Dawn Thompson. Details are on my blog at http://joynash.blogspot.com/

IMMORTALS: THE AWAKENING a USA Today Bestseller DEEP MAGIC: Druids of Avalon #2 January 2008
THE GRAIL KING: Druids of Avalon #1 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award

Friday, October 26, 2007

When authors write you back

Have you ever written your favorite author or even a new one that just made you say, "Wow"? I have and most of the time I get answers. It may not be right away but they do.
Most send emails that are written by them and not some automatic email that gets sent out. This makes even more special.

I have written and received answer back from are:

Deidre Martin

Jenna Peterson ~ She has even sent me a autographed book when she found out I was to have back surgery. She is a sweetheart and even answers those nagging writing questions of mine.

Toni Blake aka Lacey Alexander ~ She sent me a add on Myspace so I allowed it. She then emails me thank you afterwards. She is very nice too.

Christina Dodd ~ She is wonderful in person and through email. Love her!

Farrah Rochon ~ I have two autographed books of hers and I might add, a autographed t-shirt. *go buy her book, NOW!*

Kate Angell ~ I emailed her tonight and she wrote back to me within 5 minutes. She offered to send a book as well.

Victoria Dahl ~ I found her through Farrah and her Blog. She also answers her own emails and is just as sweet as they come.

JR Ward ~ She is too busy to answer hers but I met her in Dallas for the RWA this last July. She is so nice in person. She found out that I was having a friend wait in line for me because of my back. She came around the table and gave me, me a hug.

Deidre Knight

Michelle Rowen

Julie Anne Long

Kelly St John

Annette Blake

So go email your favorite or new author and let them know that you enjoyed that book. According to one author, they don't get much fan mail.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dee dee dee....

Here is a good question, is there one thing that you do that is completely normal to you but seems like you are a whack job to someone else?? I am talking really psycho? Well I do! lol Well, according to all my friends.

I have a thing about when I clean, (which in it's own is bizarre to my friends.) I have to have everything even. Do you know what I mean? It has to be a certain amount away from each other and equal. If I have 2 candles on one end of the table then I have to have 2 on the other side. They have to be same distance from each other too.

This equal thing follows me every where. When I go grocery shopping, I usually buy 2 of everything. 2 of this and 2 of that. I never noticed until a bagger asked me about it. Now that is all I ever think about when I am grocery shopping. It even works for clothes too. 2 shirts, 2 shorts, 2 pants etc.

I have even kept it equal for the kids too. I have what? 2~! I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. Yes I said cats. Don't ask me why because I do not know and it is a whole other story on it's own.
I honestly have no idea why I do this. I don't have OCD or anything like that. It is just something that I do all the time. Either at home or away.
So are you a whack job like me or are you a wanna be normal person?

Monday, October 22, 2007

When a man loves a woman

Since my Grandma has passed, my mother and I have taken turns in calling him. Yes it is checking on him and yes he over 80! So what. lol

Today he called me instead and we talked for a while. He was updating me on how it is going. He has been sorting through all of my Grandma's stuff. It keeps his mind off of things he said. He has come across a few interesting things too.

First of all he found a recruiting pamphlet from World War II that she had saved. He is going to donate it to the museum in DC. I think she wold enjoy that.

He also came across all the frequent flyer miles they had together. He donated some to the American Cancer Society and the other to Habitat. The reason he gave these up? He said he didn't have anyone to go with him any more.

He also told me about the pictures that he had come across from when they were dating and then got married. I have a copy of a few of them too. They looked so happy and so very much in love.

My Grandpa also took her old wedding ring to a jeweler. They sized it bigger so that he could wear it. He said that now they are still married. He started to get choked up and thought to myself, this is the man that always was a rock throughout my life, but he is also human.

This man had taken care of his sick wife through to the end. He lost sleep but what did he say after she passed? She was still beautiful.

This November will be, not would have been, will be their 60th wedding anniversary. Yesterday he told me that he wished she would have made it til then, but her pain was just too much.

Can you imagine a love that lasts that long? I just celebrated my 13th, how could I put up with mine for that long?? Just kidding. I guess this is what those romance novels talk about. Love at first sight and happily ever after. I hope to have half of that in this lifetime.

Grandma Anne

My Grandma had been disgnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. When she first told me, she kept telling me that it was ok and she had lived her life. I felt selfish that I didn't want to let her go. She had promised to see my son graduate from high school.

She went through chemo and was so optimistic about it. Sadly pancreatic cancer has no cure and is extremely painful.

She had been joking around telling me that she wanted a wig for when her hair fell out. She wanted it bright red. So then I promised her that when she needed it, I would cut my hair for her to make a wig. I said this not knowing that it takes up to 5 pony tails or more for a small wig.

I did keep my promise to her. I went and had 10 inches cut off of my hair and donated it to a charity that makes wigs for children with diseases that cause their hair to fall out. My Grandma loved children very much. I thought this way she could help through me in a way.

She lost her battle on September 9th, 2007. I think it is ironic that it was on Grandparents day. She was to celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary with my Grandpa in November.

Anne was a true lady. She was a Mother, a Grandmother and a Great Grandmother.

The best memories I have of her are from my childhood. I remember staying the night at Grandma's and Grandpa's. My cousin and I would be playing Barbies on the floor while they watched Lawrence Welk on TV.

I remember staying the night at Grandma's and Grandpa's. My cousin and I would share the twin beds in the front bedroom. Each time you moved, you could hear the plastic crinkle.

I remember watching Grandma doing those exercises with the ropes. I got scared at first until she told me what they were for. If I remember correctly, they didn't last long.

I remember sitting with her in her sewing room while we went through her buttons. To me they were just buttons made out of plastic or metal. To her they were memories of people, places and events from her life. I wish I would have known then so I could have listened more.

I remember the first time that Grandma met my husband. Once she found out that he had been an alter boy it was over. She loved him after that. I kept trying to figure out what was wrong with him since everyone liked him.

I remember the day I got married to my husband. It was a little tiny wedding chapel. Grandpa walked me down the aisle and Grandma in her green dress.

I remember the roast beef dinners with the specials carrots she would make. After everyone finished eating, Grandma and Grandpa had to argue about how the dishwasher was loaded. I find myself doing that same argument with my husband.

I remember the look on her face as she held my children for the first time. We sat in the her kitchen and I swear that my son smiled at her. Maybe it was because she called him her Valentine.

I remember how happy she was when she found out that my daughter was coming. She gave me the book about why girls are special. I have it in my daughters room and will read it to her when she is old enough to understand.
I remember how we both had to look out the window at each others houses before we could go to sleep. She told me that even after we moved she still did it. I had to admit that I did to. I think I always will and think of her. I miss the gate in the fence that you could pass through to each others yard. I loved living next door to them.

I remember the last time I saw her. We had finished packing the cars for our move to Florida. She had come over that morning to say good bye to all of us. She stood in the driveway while we drove off. That was one of the hardest things I have ever done.

I remember a lot of things about her. The most important thing I remember is that I love her and I will always miss her.

I will always miss you Grandma. Please watch my kids as they get older and nudge them in the right direction. I love you!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

How I became a Dreadnaught

Two years ago this December I found the Judith Mcnaught Discussion board. The reason? I had tried one of her books that my Grandma had given me a few years before. I had nothing else to read and by the the flap on the dust jacket I didn't really want to try it. I read it any way and fell in love with her writing.

Next thing I know, I am searching the web for more of her books. I found her personal web site and the rest is history. I know that a few of the ladies on the board found her the same way.

These ladies of from every state in the US and a few countries too. Each has her own personality and yet we all get along most of the time. We all have had a few differences but it always works it self in the end.

We get together a few times a year and have fun together discussing Judith's books or other authors that we just have to share. The last party we had was at the Dallas RWA. It was a incredible experience and I was overwhelmed by how easy it was to talk to them even though we had never met face to face. I hated to see the trip end.

The funny part is that before finding her board, I had stuck with my so called "safe" authors. I don't know about you but I like to stick with what I know and HATE change. After becoming friends with some of the ladies, I found myself trying new authors and actually enjoying them ALOT. Now I am trying new ones and telling the other ladies about them all the time. Some have been good and some not so good. The funny thing is that the authors I had stuck with for so long, I don't really read that much any more. How is that for weird?
Because of this board, I have found a great friend. Her name is Kelli and she is the biggest Princess Diva you could ever meet. I guess we compliment each other because looking at us and our personalities, you would think we would be such good friends. Our children and husbands even get along together.

I even found some great Yahoo friends. We don't chat as much any more but I know that if I need them, all I would have to do is ask. They know that they can do as well. So I guess what I am trying to say is that change can actually be good in a way. Sometimes you have to leave that comfort zone and just let go. Who knows, you might some great friends like I did.


So check it out and make some friends like I did. You wont regret it.

Friday, October 19, 2007

No HOT Water!

You wanted to know why I almost got electrocuted. This is the story as boring at it is. This is what I have to do to keep the excitement in my life so I keep waking up in the morning.

BTW, Tuesday sucked a*s. Not just sucked but sucked a*s. You wanna know why?? I will tell you why. I woke up at the crack of dawn that morning and the previous day. We are talking 5 freakin AM here. I finished my book that morning. When I was done I thought, "Hey, a shower would be good." HAHAHA I went and turned the water on and you know what happened? COLD WATER! NO HOT WATER! Why??? Because of the thunderstorms. It tripped the breaker without me knowing. So I am running back and forth between the garage and my bathroom. I check all the breakers and run back into the house to see if it fixed it. Did it? Hell no. To top it off, the breaker in the bathroom wouldn't work after that too. I finally called my husband and asked what happened and why there was no hot water. He asked about the water in my sons bathroom. No it isn't on, already checked that. Checked all the breakers and looked at the water heater. You can't do much in a freakin robe, that much I learned.

He comes home and checks all the breakers just like I did. He looks at the water heater and lifts the panel (which I didn't know it could do that either). Bastard! He presses a button a tada! A**hole! He goes to leave thinking he is all that until I tell him that the breaker in our bathroom doesn't work. Heeee heeee. Now what!? He fixes that too, the jerk. I spent over an hour trying to figure out how to do it myself.

I don't think there was any danger of electrocution but with my luck, you never know. If there is something to trip on, bump into or just hurt yourself on, I will find it.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Getting to know you.....

This is my very first Blog and hopefully I can remember to do this every day. I am not sure if my life is exciting enough but we shall try.

I am a Domestic Diva with two kids at home. The oldest is in his thirties. I think all the wives out there know exactly what I am talking about too. It hard to decide which is worse.

One is in school thank goodness so I only have the small one to deal with. He has ADHD and needs a little more attention. This year is the first year that he is comfortable at school. His grades are up and his teacher is great.

My youngest is the mini diva. Now that she is four, she doesn't think that she needs to take naps anymore. She doesn't realize that that is the time I get to read about those sexy alpha males. The really good ones are with fangs.

I have been addicted to books since I can remember. When I was in Jr High, I remember playing sick just so I could stay home and read. How boring is that?? No I didn't stay home sick for a boyfriend but a book. Now that I think about it, I guess I was a nerd.

I am not sure if I want to use this blog about being a stay at home mom. This is not very glamorous and most of the time I am cleaning someone or something. I want to talk about books too so I guess we will just see how it all goes.

See ya tomorrow. Well, unless the kids tie me up and tie my hands behind my back. No, it hasn't happened before and I don't know where you got that idea either. Sheeesh. lol