Sunday, January 27, 2013
Recently, I wrote a post for my blog "Please tell me when did I become my mother!" The post was about the way men ask women out to date, and how I actually miss the good old fashioned telephone call or someone asking you out in person.
I decided to do a little poll of my own. I asked a few of the women of my own family what their preference would be for a man to ask them out on a first date.
Their choices: phone call, face-to-face, text, or email. I asked eight women: three of the women were fifty plus; three of the women were forty plus; and two women were under twenty-five.
As you could probably imagine, this broke down along generational lines. There were some exceptions based on the individual person's personal techy skills and love of gadgets, but basically fifty plus was against any requests that were not "personal," the forty plus group was a bit of a split: some okay with text requests, but no one was in favor of email requests, the twenty-five and under group wondered why anyone did anything other than text :-) They've even had people request dates through FB!
As a writer, I've written stories that involved online dating, and we've all seen movies with plots based on email. But, if it was you...what would you want?
You guys all know I'm a Hallmark Channel super fan! So, as we get closer and closer to Valentine's Day, I'm sure I'll think more and more about this question.
How would you like to be asked out on a date for Valentine's Day?
Friday, January 25, 2013
So that book languished on my computer (not really. It just sat there).
Then lo and behold, one of my publishers (The Wild Rose Press) announced they were expanding their submissions and maybe -- just maybe -- this book might fit with them.
Why go with a publisher instead of self-publish it? A couple of reasons. One is that I have several books I'll be self-publishing this year, so I don't really need this one in the queue. The other reason is that I think when I have a book out with a publisher, I get some good publicity not only for that book, but for my back list with the publisher. Since I have a lot of books with them, it makes sense for me to see if I can continue my relationship with them.
Keep your fingers crossed -- I have some editing to do and it's not a done deal that it will be accepted. But there may be life for that poor old manuscript after all!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Thank you to the coordinators, first round judges and final round judges.
PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/TIME TRAVEL – Liz Pelletier, Entangled
1st Place: Moon Borne by Heather Boey **Full requested from another
2nd Place (tie): The Ring by Jaclyn V. Di Bona
2nd Place (tie): Shift Happens: A Carus Novel by Jasmin McKenzie/JC
4th Place: Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch
5th Place (tie): Just Once in a Very Blue Moon by Dawn Wolzein/Dawn
5th Place (tie): Eavesdropper by Sarah Templeton/Cera Daniels
HISTORICAL - Erika Tsang, Avon Books
1st Place: The Parachutist by Dora Mekouar/Diana Quincy **Full request**
2nd Place: Dark Star by Callie Burdette/Callie Russell
3rd Place: Dagger's Destiny by Karen Woodward
4th Place (tie): The Wicked Earl of Westfield by Betty Trovarelli/Renee
4th Place (tie): Miss Chesley's Secret Night by Barbara
MAINSTREAM FICTION WITH ROMANTIC ELEMENTS - Katherine Pelz, Berkley
1st Place: Sunsets on Catfish Bar by Mary E. Strand
2nd Place: Synchrony's Call by Susan J. Bickford
3rd Place (tie): Close Knit by Beverly Diehl
3rd Place (tie): Seemingly Perfect by Mary E. Strand
5th Place: Rifles, Racquets, and Rabbit Holes by Robin Haseltine
LONG/SHORT CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE - Rachel Burkot, Love Inspired
1st Place (tie): When Sparrows Cry by Heidi Luchterhand **Full
1st Place (tie): Ms. Scrooge by Anita Calhoun **Full Requested**
1st Place (tie): Fugitive Heart by HiDee Ekstrom
4th Place: The Billionaire's Hypnotized Mistress by Greta MacEachern
5th Place: Love on the Menu by Joan Rhine
SINGLE TITLE - Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
1st Place: Love Waltzes In by Alanna Albertson
2nd Place: Jungle Blooms by Evelyn M. Timidaiski/Evie Morris
3rd Place: Hawaiian Heat: The Marriage Trap by Diane Garner
4th Place: Going All The Way by Heidi Ulrich/Megan Ryder
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE - Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
1st Place: Looking into Hell by Kristine Thompson **Full request**
2nd Place: Her Unreasonable Doubt by Anne-Marie Carroll **Partial
3rd Place: Waking Up In Hell by Kristine Thompson
4th Place: Guilty by Design by Mary E. Strand
5th Place: Mint Condition by Katina Drennan/Kat Drennan
Laura Barth, Harlequin Heartwarming
Tessa Woodward, HarperCollins/Avon
Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
1st Place: The Missing Time by Sandra J. Clarke **Full request (3
2nd Place: The Last Bachelor by Tina Radcliffe **Full request (3
3rd Place: Read My Lips by Kelle Z. Riley **First 100 pages requested
4th Place (tie): Tracked Through Time by Becky Lower
4th Place (tie): Alien Contact for Idiots by Edward Hoornaert
Sunday, January 20, 2013
- The main character gets what she wanted, only to find that it is not satisfying. Reese Witherspoon’s character in Legally Blonde wants her boyfriend back. She follows him to college, takes his courses, interns at his firm, bests him at ‘lawyer-ing.’ When he sees her as desirable again, she realizes he is not what she wants anymore. In the comedy House Bunny, the heroine is kicked out of the Playboy mansion on her birthday. She lands at a sorority house for misfits and teaches them how to succeed socially. In the process, she learns to value herself, so when “Hef” finally invites her back, she doesn’t want to go back. She doesn’t want her original Want anymore.
- The main character gets what he or she wants, only to have it destroy him. In Dangerous Liasons, John Malkovich’s character wins the bet with Glenn Close and seduces Michelle Phillip’s character. By doing this, though, he destroys the only woman who has ever truly loved him, and ends up dying, too.
- The main character can abandon his or her original Want and embrace a deeper Need. Like a childless woman who finally adopts, falls in love with her adopted baby, and then gets pregnant, a character can discover a better Want—or end up getting the Want after all. When Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman refuses to become Edward Lewis’ mistress, she abandons her original Want for financial security. She gains the self-esteem she’s needed all along, and then in a true HEA, gets the whole enchilada of man, love and security.
Friday, January 18, 2013
In a quick presentation, Barbara talked about her love for reading and her blog for Publishers Weekly. She has a team of readers who review books but are not allowed to write negative reviews. If they don't like a book, they pass it on to another reader with the understanding that your taste is not mine. What I don't like you may like. Now if no one like the book, then no review will be posted.
Barbara insisted that anything related to the book is the author's responsibility.
If the book cover is ugly, it's the author's fault even if the author never chose that book cover. A reader will never think of blaming the artist!
If the book contains typos, it's the author's fault even if last minute corrections by the editor introduced the typos. A reader will never think of blaming the editor!
If the price is too high, it's the author's fault even if the author has no say in the price decided upon by the publisher. A reader will never think of blaming the publisher!
The reader knows you, the author. He/She doesn't know your editor, artist, or publisher! So be ready to accept full responsibility for your book. By the same token, you will get full credit if your book is a bestseller.
A reader is usually loyal to the author she likes and will buy all her books, without looking at the price.
A reader will also stay with you, whether you are NY oublished or self-published, or change publisher.
On the other hand, when it comes to unknown authors, or authors who are not bestseller celebrities, you should have something to attract attention: book cover, blurb, price and great voice as revealed by a sample of the book or the first pages.
Keep these advice in mind when you publish your next book.
Blurb: A heartwarming holiday story set in South Florida.
Dedicated to her patients, the serious Dr. Madelyn Ramsay never had time for fun. An unexpected health problem jolts her into the realization that there’s more to life than just work. She longs to surrender to the magic of Christmas.
But can she handle the charming and secretive Dr. Nick Preston who carries his own package of disillusions? Can she allow two newborn twins to worm their way into her heart?
Stay tuned for VALENTINE BABIES, the next book in the Holidays Babies Series, that will be published next week.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Monday, January 14, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Eat Right. Just be mindful about what I eat. No more robo-eating, chowing down while I'm doing something else. I already have a daily habit of exercise, so now it's a matter of making good eating a daily habit.
Write Daily. I've been wickedly busy through the summer with legal crap, the Day Job, getting settled in a new home, and a million other things. I used to ALWAYS make time for writing, no matter what, but somehow I got out of that habit. Heck, I wrote 27 books while holding down a full-time job. Yes, I'm still working full-time, but I have even more time since I now telecommute and no longer that the grind of sitting in traffic. So no more excuses.I will write daily.
Daily Promo. I dislike doing blatant promotion, so I made a deal with myself: I would make one promo post (or blog entry or something) every day that's related to me as a writer. I would post to a Yahoo group, or on a blog, or on Facebook, or *somewhere* that relates to me as a writer. One a day.
Here we are, 10 days into the year, and I'm doing it. I'm sticking with all 3 goals. Writing daily has been a problem until I realized that the research I'm doing for the next book counts, too. It's all writing-related.
It's doable. Now it's just a matter of doing it.
Famous last words ....
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Writer’s block refers to not being able to think of where to go next in the plot. In the movies the blocked writer goes for long walks, meets with his agent and talks about the block. He does everything, but write because he is stymied by the next paragraph. I asked Mellanie Szereto, popular Siren author, what she did when she hit a difficult point in her story. Her response was that she’d work on a different story. At that time, she had almost eleven stories in progress. This worked out well because she signed a contract to produce eight stories.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
THE LEARNING CURVE OF A GOOD WRITER IS CONTINUAL.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
All wish you a Happy New Years for 2013!
Are you doing anything special for New Year's Day? I was going to go to a movie, but I got so far on Silence of the Wolf, I might just keep working on it. 82K, 8 to go!
Have you any New Year's Goals???
I wrote half of the blogs for the guest blog tour for A Howl for a Highlander before Christmas as the tour is earlier than usual!!! Instead of starting Feb 1 for a Feb 1 release, it's beginning Jan 21!Which means my first New Year's Goal is to write the remaining blogs!!! And finish writing Silence of the Wolf, start writing the next Highland wolf story and finish it, and the third jaguar story. I've also got to write my next Highland Medieval story as sales are phenomenal, and the next YA fantasy in The Dark Fae series! And I need to pitch another couple or 3 stories to Sourcebooks.
And that's just the beginning.
I'm going to my first RomCon, AAD and I'll be attending RWA Nationals....
Personally, I need to continue cleaning out stuff I don't need or use....I feel so great when I do that...but doing that is hard to do sometimes!!!! I have boxes of stuff in my barn. How much do you want to bet that if I just took them to Goodwill, I'd never miss them? I haven't opened them in 3 years! So it's time to clean out and I've really been working on it. It's almost like losing pounds, which is something else I need to do!!
Duncan MacNeill is a Highlander at heart with a mission—find gray wolf and former stockbroker, Silverman who has stolen the family fortune and is purported to be living in the Grand Cayman Islands. As a Highland wolf, Duncan rarely leaves his native homeland and taking a trip to an island paradise doesn’t appeal. But keeping the MacNeill’s ancestral castle depends on making Silverman pay. What Duncan doesn’t plan for is the American botanist who distracts him from his mission and makes him realize what an island paradise really means.Shelley Campbell is teaching botany at a Florida college, when she receives an email from an old girlfriend, who’s renting a villa on the island and wants her to come to stay with her. Figuring she can study the old growth forest while she's there, and lecture about it when she returns home, she has no idea the secrets she might uncover. When her girlfriend’s a no-show, a Highlander turns up instead, and she has a choice—share the villa, or send him away and pay full price for the accommodations—which on her teacher’s salary is stretching things pretty thin. Since he promises to be no trouble at all, she lets him stay. And that’s when the trouble really begins!Amazon
"Another fun and sexy read from Terry Spear! The Queen of shifter romance has done it again. Whether it be wolf or jaguar, this author is one of the best in her genre. Howl for a Highlander is the sizzling love story of sexy Scottish werewolf, Duncan MacNeill and his American she-wolf, Shelley Campbell.
Here is the schedule for A Countdown to Howl
1/21 Vampire Romance Books
1/22 Night Owl Reviews
1/23 Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee
1/24 Literal Addiction
1/25 Under the Covers
1/28 Book Lovin’ Mamas
1/29 Anna’s Book Blog
1/30 Urban Girl Reader
2/1 History Undressed
2/8 Book Lovers, Inc
2/13 Fresh Fiction
2/13 Star Crossed Romance
So are you ready for the New Years? And have lots of new stuff you want to do???
Happy New Years! May your year be all that you wish of it.
"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality!"