December 26, 2011
Remember in Top Gun when Maverick and Goose buzzed the Tower and that guy spilled his coffee?
Well, put down your coffee/tea/beverage of choice, ‘cuz I’m buzzing the blog tonight.
I actually wrote a post, had it all ready to go … on my laptop … which is back in my husband’s hospital room. The hospital with really crappy Wi-Fi and a firewall that won’t let me pick up my email or post to my own blog! Not Facebook either. I can post to Twitter, but that’s about it.
Anyway, I wrote the post, then promptly left the damn laptop back at the hospital when I made my daily dash home. Oh, yeah. I spent my holiday weekend in the hospital with my darling husband. Poor baby is sick. Right now, I’m just crossing my fingers (or I will when I stop typing) that we’ll be home for New Year’s. (please, please, please) ‘Cuz those sleep chairs just aren’t designed for six foot tall me.
Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day, no matter how you celebrated, and that you were with someone you love and are loved by.
December 20, 2011
A special Holiday Vampire Vignette to say “thank you” to all of my wonderful readers, who have made this year so very special.
December 19, 2011
And I still haven’t wrapped (i.e. bagged) my gifts. On the other hand, I have it on good authority that bagging (with appropriate tissue embellishments) is a completely acceptable form of wrapping. Which begs the question of why I haven’t done it yet.
You all will be happy to know, however, that the reason I haven’t yet bagged my gifts is because I’ve been writing like a fiend. So there. Good excuse, right?
Still, it’s nearly the official start of winter, and my blog isn’t the only place where it’s snowing. Google’s gotten into the holiday spirit, too. If you enter Let it Snow into a Google search bar, you’ll get so much snow you can’t see your search results. At which point, you can hit the defrost button and start all over again.
And holiday sales abound this last week of shopping. I personally avoid shopping malls, but I’ve seen the ads. My publisher ImaJinn Books is having a holiday sale, too. 25% off your entire order through 1 January–this applies only to orders directly through the ImaJinn website. They’re also having a contest on their Facebook page, giving away five (5) free books of your choice. Click the Free Books Holiday Contest (with the gold star.)
And Night Owl Reviews is throwing a web hunt with lots of cool prizes, including a Kindle, tons of books and gift certificates.
And I’m having a contest,too. It’s part of RomFan Reviews holiday blog hop. I posted a special blog hop entry HERE. The prize is any one of my books, winner’s choice, either Kindle or print format. All you have to do is comment, and be sure to leave your email address, in case you win. CONTEST CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 23.
And, in addition to writing like crazy this past week, I did a bunch of review/recommendations. I’ve read a lot of books in the past few weeks, but only a few I’d recommend, and I’ve listed those on my What I’m Reading Now page, as well as on GoodReads.
And finally, from the sublime to the ridiculous, I was searching for an e-mail I deleted by accident, paging through my deleted folder, and I came upon an e-mail from … Best-Penis. Huh. I don’t remember meeting him.
Okay, good reviews, best penises and holiday gift wrapping aside, I’m going back to work (i.e., writing.) Hanukkah begins this Tuesday at sunset, and (surprise!) I’ll see you all before then.
December 16, 2011
When Annette at RomFan Reviews asked me to write about a favorite holiday memory, my first thought was that I don’t really have any. Sure, we always celebrated Christmas when I was growing up. And, yeah, with six kids, a mom and a dad, and assorted animals, life in our house was hectic on the most routine of days, which Christmas certainly was not. But special memories?
I suppose I could talk about the Christmas when I was six and realized there was no such thing as Santa Claus. It wasn’t a particular shock to me. I was just standing there looking at the huge (in my eyes) tree and I knew. No Santa. But, hey, as along as I got the giant ballerina doll in her pink tutu, what did I care where it came from?
And then there’s the Christmas when I was fifteen, when I really wanted an archery set. Not some cheapo kids’ bow and arrow toy, but the real thing with metal tipped arrows and a bow with some serious draw. I thought for sure my parents had blown me off, but, no. At the last minute, my dad brought out this long box wrapped in candy cane striped paper, and I knew even without opening it what it was. I mean, really, what else could it be? But the best part of that memory is how I went on to win my high school’s all-school archery championship in the Spring. Apart from the obvious reason why that’s a good thing, there was a more subtle motivation at work. My older sister and her friends were all the girl jocks of the school. They took all the spots on the girls’ athletic teams and, let me tell you, they played for blood. So, I can’t tell you how pissed off they were when I beat all of them to win that championship. And the fact that I was the younger sister of one of their own just added salt to the wound. Sweet!
Ahem, okay, so back to the holiday spirit and all that. There was the midnight mass I went to with my sister and her fiancé (different sister) when I was twenty or so. I was already disillusioned with the church, but there’s something magical about a midnight mass with its pageantry and, especially, the choir. The sound of human voices raised in song is one of my very favorite things.
And then there’s all the wonderful holidays spent skiing with my darling husband. The sunshine (usually) and cold air as you zoom (more or less gracefully) down the slopes, stopping for lunch at a picnic table at base, thawing out at the end of the day with martinis and good food. And then waking up the next morning and doing it all over again.
Yes, lots of memories over the years, some lovely, some drunken, many filled with love. But all in all, I gotta say, it’s the archery set … and my subsequent victory over the jock girls that stands out. Yep. That’s the one! (heh, heh)
Happy Holidays, everyone! And may all your holiday memories be victorious, er, joyful!
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December 14, 2011
December 12, 2011
Well, truthfully, I’ve been doing more than shopping the last couple of weeks. I’ve been doing a lot of promo stuff, like guest blogs and interviews. And since I can’t turn off my brain, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and note taking about LUCAS and other upcoming projects, too.
BUT … my holiday shopping is officially o.v.e.r. Packages will go off in the mail on Tuesday (because today is the busiest shipping day of the year … did you know that?) I still have to wrap the local presents, or rather put them and a bunch of tissue in some gift bags, which are one of the greatest inventions of all time. I’m a terrible wrapper. Even my mom thought I was terrible and she had no patience for wrapping at all!
But I’m still back on the writing track as of this evening. Vignettes, novellas and sweet, sweet LUCAS (who’s not always so sweet…irritating male.)
That doesn’t mean the fun stuff stops, though.
I also have two guest spots coming later this week. This Wednesday, December 14th I’ll be doing an interview and live chat with Literal Addiction and Book Monster Reviews. The interview will be at both Literal Addiction’s Author’s Corner and Book Monster Reviews with a separate giveaway for each venue.
The live chat will also take place this Wednesday, December 14th, at 5:00 pm Pacific (8:00 pm Eastern.) The chat forum is HERE, below the fold. You should check in early to be sure your JAVA is up to date and to create a log-in, if necessary. Again, the CHAT log-in is below the fold.
Also, this week is RomFan Reviews’ Holiday Blog Hop. I’ll be guest posting there this Friday, December 16th, with another giveaway.
And I’ll be linking to all of these events and their giveaways on Facebook and Twitter as they unfold.
More wonderful reviews came in this week, too. DUNCAN’s release has introduced new readers to the series, so I’m getting reviews not just of DUNCAN, but of all the previous books, too. So nice!
SOPHIA was reviewed by
The Romance Reviews and named a Top Pick in addition to having already been nominated as Best PNR 2011.
And … my new laptop computer arrived this week! Squeeee! I wasn’t expecting it until the 21st, and I’ve been so busy that all I’ve done so far is plug it in. Sheesh.
So…despite the absence of thousands of words, it was a great week! And the coming week promises to be equally busy and equally fun, plus…some words, too.
I hope to see you all at my live chat on Wednesday, and I will see all of you back here next Sunday/Monday night!
December 5, 2011
Okay, first up, I want everyone to notice … it’s snowing in Blogland! More than anything that reminds me it’s really December! Must. Go. Shopping. Although, I’ve already made major progress on my gift list by shopping on-line, which frankly is my preferred shopping mode.
And since it’s December, I call your attention to this pretty, little badge, which says I am an official NaNoWriMo Winner once again! Yay! I crept past the 50K mark after midnight on the 29th, which means I had whole hours to spare. Sheesh. But I did it. Got lots and lots of Vampires stories told and made an excellent start on Lucas’s story, too. And, speaking of Lucas, I’m falling in love all over again. I’m so damn fickle.
And as for my latest love, Duncan the delicious premiered on the Fictionwise.com overall bestsellers list at #4 (and now he’s even better at #2 overall) ! And #1 in Dark Fantasy. Thank you to everyone who made that happen!
I’m also guest blogging at Bitten by Paranormal Romance today. There’s a hot excerpt, plus a giveaway, so drop by and say “hello.”
I’m guest blogging this Friday, December 9, too, at RomCon’s Paranormal Blog. Yet another giveaway going on there, so drop in and WIN!
And last, but definitely NOT least, my writing partner Michelle Muto’s wonderful book, DON’T FEAR THE REAPER has received great (and well deserved) reviews. And the book has now been chosen as Sizzling Reads Indie Limelight Choice for December. Stop by, take a look, then go buy the book, because it’s a terrific YA story of love, loss and redemption.
Hmm, looking around, I find that’s all I have to say this week. I’ve been in a post-NaNo coma for the last couple of days, but I finally emerged today and started getting things done!
Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you all next Sunday night, same time, same place.