It’s Been a Long Time

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since my last post.  I guess I can say I’ve been up to a lot of things, though writing is only recently one of them.  Actually, writing took a back seat for a while, but I’m back in the saddle again.  It’s really hard to write when you have a two-year old underneath you all of the time.  🙂

Anyway, we finally got a new–used–van for traveling in comfort, though it’s not much comfort for me, since I’m the primary driver.  Baby girl can say a bunch of words now, one of them being the word “Damn”.  Honestly, I have no idea where she got it.  But what bugs me the most is that she might be saying the F-word, though I can’t quite make it out yet.  Oh, and we had a blast at the beach this past weekend, too.  Little Bit is still afraid of the waves that come crashing against the shore, but the sand?  Good lord.  That kid loves playing the sand and tracking it all back to our room.  Even today, she brings her beach toys to the car, thinking that we’re going to beach when we’re only going to the store.

As for my reading pleasure, I’m still trying to catch up on Lydia Dare books, though I have no idea which book I’m on right now, except for the one with the blue cover.  😆  Also, I broke down and finally got around to reading The Hunger Games and all I can say is Holy S*** that’s a good book!  Ten times better than Twilight.  Ten times more sensible than Twilight, too.  All I can say is I’m going to get my hands on a copy of Catching Fire.  Of course, the cheapskate that I am, I’ll either wait until paperback or do ebook.  I don’t buy hard-copies of anything.  So now that I want to let The Hunger Games simmer for a while before I move on to the next book, I’m going to start a new one called Blood Red Road.  Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending it to me, though I had a feeling the only reason why they sent it (with the Shapeshifter Romance blog reference) was because they thought I was the blog secretary or something.  Then again, they probably thought that my writing career wasn’t as import as the other bestselling bloggers, so therefore, I might have time to actually review a book.  Not!  Anyway, of all the books they had sent over the past year, this was the only one that somewhat intrigued me.  But before I forget, there is one book that I’ve been interested in getting called Starters by Lissa Price.  Unfortunately, it’ll be awhile because of that no-buy-hardcovers thing I have going on right now.  😉

So other than that and trying to carve out time for more writing, that’s what I’ve been up to.

Chow for now!

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Lady Jane’s Salon Recap

Well, I had just the most fantastic time this past Wednesday night.  😀  Yes, I’m talking about my reading at Lady Jane’s Salon.  The night started off with some food, which was delicious.  I had the chili at the Hibernian Restaurant and Pub, since I had a lousy ham sandwich before I left my house.  After some good conversation with 2/3 of the directors–Claudia Dain was sick–Get well, girl!–people started coming in around 7pm with their gently used romance books.  Seriously, I could’ve given them a couple storage boxes full.

My reading buddies for the night were the lovely Becky Moore (a.k.a. Dolly Dozier on my left) and Catherine Gayle (on my right).  Both women have books you NEED to check out.  I’m slowly getting into historical romance, and I swear every time I turn around, there’s something I need to read.  Catherine’ Twice a Rake was definitely it.  And though I’m not into straight contemporary stories to so much, I’ll be purchasing a copy of Becky’s Guardian Angel.

Anyway, just when I thought the night of fun, laughter, and good times couldn’t get better, it did.  You see, remember that write-up I did on Musa Publishing?  Well, I had no idea that Elspeth McClanahan from Musa would be in the audience and she liked my reading of Hazardous Environment I was so excited and surprised, but more important than that, I thanked her and the rest of the Musa staff for trying to do the right thing.  I even told Elspeth (a.k.a. Dominique Eastwick) that I had done a write-up on my blog about them and sent her the link to read it.  Of course, at the time, I didn’t have a dog in the AMP and Musa fight, but I know where I’m burying my bones and that’s in Musa’s corner.  🙂  They’re holding their own and that’s a good thing.  It was also refreshing to talk business with Elspeth because we both know that the publishing world is changing and authors are changing with it.  The hardest part of this business doesn’t change whether you’re with a publisher or indie.  Marketing and promo sucks and trying to stand out among the crowd is like hitting up against a brick wall.  But, I think I can speak for Elspeth by saying getting one good book in the hands of a one reader makes it all worth while.

Now, I’m off to start reading my copy of Shifting Hearts.  😉

By the way…I’ll be heading off to the next reading on February 29th where Lady Jane’s will be hosting Eboni McKenna, Mari Freeman, and Ava Stone.  I.  Can’t.  Wait.  😀