Saturday, August 29, 2009

Goals, Goals, Goals

So I'm liking my mini-blogs. They've been very liberating, and I don't have to drone on about drone-able subjects. Since school has started, I'm even more goal-oriented. I'm hard at work on Any Wicked Thing and hope to have it finished by mid-October at the latest. 23,000 words to go.

Some months ago, the clever ladies at Risky Regencies sponsored a contest. One had to find a suitably vintage picture and caption it in the manner of LOLCats. I entered a bunch of them, and I won, but not with this particular illustration, although it is my favorite. It works very well for AWT. :) Check back here for my other entries in the upcoming weeks for your amusement.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Quote of the Day

“The velocity and volume on the Web are so great that nothing is forgotten and nothing is remembered. The Internet is like closing time at a blue-collar bar in Boston. Everyone’s drunk and ugly and they’re going to pass out in a few minutes.”~Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic

Present company excepted. :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Good Trip

Just watched Across the Universe. I knew all the words and sang along. What happened to all those idealists?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Buy This Book

Best. Book. Ever. You know I don't do book reviews---I'm way too lazy. But A Most Lamentable Comedy, a fabulous romp by Janet Mullany, will have you laughing over every page except the last, where you will have a lump in your throat and get a bit teary. I ordered it from the Book Depository UK, which has free shipping.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Any Wicked Thing

Kate Seaver, my Berkley Heat editor, approved the proposal for Book #2 , Any Wicked Thing! Sebastian and Freddie are so relieved, not to mention Margaret Rowe. Maggie's happy too!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Seeing the Light

The book should be a ball of light in one's hands.

This is what I got in a fortune cookie the other day. You might remember I have a thing about fortune cookie fortunes---I collect them on the bulletin board over my desk. I always wonder what message the universe is trying to send me. Good thing I love Chinese food, for I have a plethora of philosophical sayings to ponder.

Of course, I immediately related the fortune to the Berkley Heat book I'm working on now, which has not exactly been a ball of light, although it is nowhere near as dark as Tempting Eden. Any Wicked Thing does have balls, I'll grant you that. It is beyond being the sexiest book I've ever attempted. At some point I'll have to get the h/h out of bed, although they might object. They seem perfectly willing to wallow wantonly for weeks, LOL.

I have two more weeks before school starts up. Push will come to shove, as I have February and March deadlines for two novels, and April and July deadlines for two novellas, and, best of all, book releases in May and June! I predict (without the aid of any fortune cookies or crystal balls) that my blog time here will be somewhat reduced in the next few months. I'll still keep you in the know, however---I'll be posting the cover copy for TE soon, and tell you if anything else exciting is happening (Fabulous writer Elyssa Papa has signed with fabulous agent Kim Witherspoon! Yay, Ely!). I'll still write a couple of times a month for the Vixens. But right now, the light is flickering here at MRMR---my weekly posts may turn out of be semi-monthly, or maybe even monthly, if I can discipline myself to shut up. I should have my new websites up and running shortly, don't forget to check back for the info! See you in a little bit.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

MJP Winner

Just got back from a week under the desert sun. We had a wonderful vacation, made even better by receiving the cover copy for my June 2010 Berkley Heat release Tempting Eden. Talk about hot! I'll post it soon.
I was pretty good---brought the laptop and tried to write a little every day, but not by the pool. The 80s pop music mix was kind of a Regency castle-killer. Right now I am stuck in the middle of a food scene. Must have breakfast and finish it, LOL.
I was very inspired by all the suggestions for making a writer's life luscious. Thanks so much for the great ideas. Mary Jo Putney's Loving a Lost Lord goes to Irisheyes! E-mail your address to and I'll get your prizes out to you.
I have trouble writing with music/noise in the background. What about you?