Monday, April 26, 2010

Four weeks and RT

I'm leaving tomorrow for the Romantic Times convention in Columbus Ohio. I can't wait to get there and see my fans, my writer friends and on Friday night, a special reunion with my college room-mates. I am so excited to see Shelley, Lana, Nancy and Sue. Its been 20 years since we've seen each other.

I'm not signing on Saturday but I will be visible. I'll be talking about writing kick-ass heroines with Ann Aguirre, about Genre Jumping with Alyssa Day, will be loud and proud with Linnea Sinclair and Jade Lee at the Intergalactic Bar and Grill and playing some Bad Boy Bingo with Alyssa Day and Toni McGee Causey.

Hoping I can dance (if my foot doesn't give me trouble) at the awesome parties every night. I'll also be passing out Blinky Unicorns at the Intergalactic Bar and Grill.

Just for fun I'm flashing my lovely cover again, because its only four weeks until release day. Plus I'm going to be snatching up the new releases of my favorite authors. Find me at the book signing to see who they are.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

RT Convention or Online Mini-Con

from Emily Bryan . . .

Hi Everybody,

I'm going to be at the Romantic Times Convention all next week. Leaving this afternoon for Columbus to work with the Aspiring Writers program on Monday and Tuesday. It's always fun! Who else will be in Columbus? I hope to see you there.

If you're not going to RT, I've arranged a little online mini-conference for you on my blog with giveaways, craft workshops and some exciting news. Here's the schedule for :

Monday--Barbara Monajem and her SUNRISE IN THE GARDEN OF LOVE AND EVIL. Leave a comment for a chance to win!

Tuesday--Romance Legend Connie Mason and her first new title in two years LORD OF DEVIL ISLE! Leave a comment for a chance to win!

Wednesday--My Husband Married A Hooker, Part 1--I'm giving the Reader's Digest version of my writing hooks workshop.--Leave a comment for a chance to win!

Thursday--Red Pencil Thursday all the way from Cyprus. One of my regular commenters shares her WIP for a public scrubbing.

Friday--A New Direction for my Career--I've got some thrilling and terrifying news to share and hope you'll drop by.

I may not be able to comment through the week. You never know what the internet connection will be like when you travel, but I'll catch up with all the comments and questions when I return home on May 2nd.

Have a great week and
Happy Reading and Writing,
STROKE OF GENIUS, coming May 25th!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Count Down to Release Day

I've got a book coming out in five weeks. Ack! Its crunch time! What do I do? Do I flash the beautiful cover again? Do I mention the release date one more time?


Should I tell you to go to my website and sign up for my newsletter?

How about giveaways and prizes?

How about I give you a blurb?

An Elusive Huntress She appeared out of nowhere, clad in form fitting leathers and looking as magical as the mysterious woods she roamed. With flashing emerald eyes, she taunted the intruder, daring him to come deeper into her enchanted realm.

An Arranged Marriage Rhys De Remy owed his life to her father, just as he owed unswering obedience to his king. If he took the heiress of Abugrgate to wife, he could clear the debts of the tormented boy he had been as well as the battle-hardened warrior he'd become. But it was Eliane herself who called out to the man in him, whose fierce pride cast a spell on him, whose silken bed promised a...Breath of Heaven

Should I post exerpts? Links to reviews (while I nervously wait for them to come in) Tell me readers, what do you want to see? What builds up your anticipation for a new book and makes you rush out to the store on release day to pick it up? As an author, I'd love to know what puts a book on your TBR pile (To Be Read) Let the Chatelaines know what works for you and we'll to our best to make it happen when we have a new release.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mixing Business with Pleasure

from Emily Bryan . . .

Today, after I finish my pagecount for the current WIP, I'll load up the car, stop by the bank for a quick infusion of cash and go steal the DH away from work early. (It's ok. He went on a trip to Chicago this week and worked an uber-long day. They got their pound of flesh already this week.) And we want to beat the traffic out of Boston.

You see, we're running away with each other.

I'm speaking for the Maine RWA on Saturday in Brunswick, so we decided to find a little B&B and make a weekend of it. We found a charming place on the coast with a little cupola on the roof that offers a 360 degree view.

Even though the weather is expected to be rainy and cold, I doubt we'll notice. They tell me it rained the day of our wedding. I had to see the pictures before I believed them. Those sorts of things don't matter as long as we're together. We're both committed to keeping the romance alive.

Have you done anything romantic with your sweetie lately?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

mean amazon reviews...even God isn't immune!

All authors, myself included, have stressed over a less-than-flattering review. But hey, it seems not even the authors on the Great Books reading list are immune to one-star amazon reviews.

My husband forwarded me an alternatively amusing and horrifying article about mean Amazon reviews, posted on earlier this month. Here's a sample of what some Amazon reviewers have to say about...

The Grapes of Wrath: "trite, contrived"

To Kill a Mockingbird: "more degrading than a harlequin romance" (say WHAT???)

Jane Eyre (one of my all-time faves): "the entire book is written in pointless metaphors"

Charlotte's Web: "I felt no feelings toward any of the characters."
(this reviewer obviously has no qualms eating bacon)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: "This book is 3 words over and over again: MY LIFE IS BAD." (apparently, this reviewer isn't so good at math)

Where the Wild Things Are: "[the kid] talks back to his mother. Save your money."

1984: "DO NOT READ ANY GEORGE ORWELL. Your [sic] just wasting your time. "

Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl: "very very very very very very very very very very very boring. If you have to read this book, shoot yourself first." (This book had me in tears as a teenager. Can you even imagine being as heartless as this reviewer?)

and, last but definitely not least...even the Almighty is not immune...

The BIBLE: "Boring...harder to get into than Lord of the Rings. James Patterson could do better." (I'm picturing God and JRR Tolkien sharing a chuckle over this one.)

For full texts of the reviews above, see the original article at

See ya!


Thursday, April 8, 2010


from Emily Bryan
It's time for another online critique group. Today on my blog, I'm hosting Donna Labbe, a pre-published thriller writer. We're been having a great time with RED PENCIL THURSDAY. Please come add your sharp eye and writing expertise to the mix!

Happy Writing,
STROKE OF GENIUS, coming May 25th
What kind of Genius are YOU? Take the Quiz!

Cindy Holby

Gerri Russell

Joy Nash

Bonnie Vanak

Emily Bryan

C.L. Wilson

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