Monday, July 26, 2010

Bits of nonsense

Not a whole lot going on right now on the writing front with regard to Desperate Choices. It has "gone to production."

I got my new business cards in today. They look pretty cool. The front has my contact information such as my name, e-mail address, and phone number. Plus the back is done in golden yellow with the name of the book (Desperate Choices) and and my release date (September 27, 2010).

I still can't believe after so long that all my efforts are finally paying off.

I was also asked to write an article for my local RWA chapter newsletter, which should be in the September issue.

I'm also working on a new story, which is what I was doing right before coming over to write this blog entry.

I really, really, really wish I was going to RWA Nationals in Orlando this week. Almost everybody I know is going. I couldn't get the time off work (and really couldn't justify the expense--but that's another story). Of course, this was the year after my first sale and I got invites to all the major Harlequin/Carina events. . . and I can't go!!!

Next year, though, I'm so planning to go. It will be in New York, so I've started saving already, because as we all know, New York is rather expensive. I don't care; I'll find a way to make it happen.

Okay, going back to work on the story now. Till next time. . .


Thursday, July 8, 2010


Well, I’ve done it again. I keep meaning to post to the blog and time just slips away and before you know it, days have passed.

I did get a sneak preview of my cover for Desperate Choices and all I can say is “AWESOME”. The artists doing the covers for Carina Press have been doing a tremendous job. I don’t think I’ve seen a cover yet from them that hasn’t been terrific.

I’ll post the cover here on the blog and on my web site as soon as I get the final version from Carina.

In the meantime, all the edits (so far) have been turned in. The back cover copy has been done. Now I need to start lining up blog interviews, and promotional opportunities for Desperate Choices. Plus when it gets closer to release time (September 27, 2010 in case I haven’t shouted it from the rooftops loud enough for everybody to know), I’ll need to start getting reviewers lined up, too. Reviews—now that’s a scary thought.

I will be doing a blog interview on Vicki Batman's blog on 08/10/2010. I'll post more details before then with the link.

On the diet front, I have been a bad girl. Way too much celebrating the last few weeks. Everybody wanted to go out to dinner or lunch to celebrate the contract on the book. So the diet pretty much went out the window. Hopefully I’m back on track again now that all the partying is done (at least for the moment), and can get back to eating healthier again.

The good thing is that I’ve been able to at least maintain my weight loss. I've fluctuated a couple of pounds up and then back down but I haven’t put the weight back on. (For those who don’t know, I had to make a major lifestyle change 2 years ago—in the last 2 years I have lost 135 pounds.) Changing the way you eat is a daily struggle to make the right choices, and get back into the mind set of knowing that it has to be done. I’m trying, though. And I’ll keep trying every day until I reach my goal. It won’t stop there, though, as I’ll have to keep at this for the rest of my life in order to maintain what I’ve accomplished. I never want to be 350 pounds again—and I won’t.

Tonight its back to work on the current work-in-progress (romantic suspense).

Until next time, happy reading and happy writing.