Thursday, January 29, 2009



FABULOUS FREE READS

Today's the day! Harlequin's year-long celebration of its 60th anniversary kicks off today when HarlequinCelebrates goes live! Here, you can download 16 free ebooks in many different reader formats, pdf, ereader, mobipocket, etc. Some of my own personal favorite authors are represented here, Merline Lovelace, B.J. Daniels, and many more. 

I'm thrilled to have my 2006 Silhouette Special Edition DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT included among these great titles. I loved this book and I'm thrilled to share it with a wider audience. The book won Romantic Times magazine's Reviewers' Choice Award for best Silhouette Special Edition 2006 and was also given the RIO Award of Excellence for best short contemporary of 2006. Here's to a wonderful birthday celebration and another year of fantastic stories.

Monday, January 26, 2009


I am in love with textures. While I was trying to redesign my website, I stumbled onto lots of fabulous creative commons textures at flickr. I really loved this one so I put my favorite saying on it and created some desktop wallpaper. It's a great reminder to me of why I write.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

 DEADLINE ANGST

I've got a deadline in three weeks so my life is insane right now. I wake up panicking, I go to sleep panicking and I spend most of the day wishing I could somehow figure out a way to squeeze out four or five more hours of work time.

I found this quote today (yes, I should have been working. I know, already!). I thought it was particularly appropriate:

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. -- George Orwell, "Why I Write" 1947

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


JUST IN CASE YOU NEEDED A SMILE ...

Don't you wish you were five again?! This is a picture from this summer. For several days, my kiddo decided to break out one of his Halloween costumes (he couldn't decide the year before whether to be an astronaut or a cowboy, so he wore the space suit with a cowboy hat and went as a Space Cowboy). I don't know where the strainer and the spoon idea came from -- or the clown glasses. But it makes me smile every time I see it. I so wish I could capture that joy and delight, both in my stories and in my own life.

Monday, January 12, 2009

HERE'S TO 2009

I don't know about the rest of you, but I was happy to put 2008 to bed this year. Seems like it was a rough one all the way around, full of angst and uncertainty and heartache.

On the other hand, I'm really excited for 20o9. I love putting up a new calendar in my kitchen and seeing all those blank squares of possibilities! I know there will likely be troubles along the way but I'm hoping the joys in store will outweigh the hard times for all of us!

Here are a few things I'm excited about for the coming year

1) Sticking with my New Year's resolution and regaining all those good lifestyle habits I was working on last year. I fell off the healthy bandwagon for a couple months over the holidays but I'm excited to be back on track now!

2) All the great books that are scheduled to be released! My shelves are overflowing already with my TBR piles, but like John Steinbeck said, "I guess there are never enough books!"

3) Great family times. I want to focus more on my kids and less on my stress. As the January snows pile up here, I'm thinking of planting a garden in the spring and enjoying summer evenings on the patio and camping trips and walks through the neighborhood.

4) All the great books inside me waiting to come out. Stories and characters are crowding through my head all the time and I can't wait to continue the eternal quest to get them right on paper  (it never happens that they turn out like I want, but, hey, you have to dream!).

5) My book releases! I've got books coming out for sure in May and December. I haven't checked with my editor, but I'm pretty sure there will be another one squeezed in there between them. I also will have one of my favorite titles, DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT, released as a free eBook this year by Harlequin as part of a huge promotion to celebrate the company's 60 years of publishing great books. The book will be part of the http://www.harlequincelebrates.com website, which goes live on Jan. 29.

What are you most anticipating in the coming year? I'd love to know!