Sunday, March 30, 2008

Release of MULBERRY PARK

Not terribly long ago, I showed you all a sneak peek of the MULBERRY PARK cover.


This is a wonderful new release from one of my critique partners, Judy Duarte, and I think a bunch of you will love it because it's such a life-affirming book that emphasizes the need we all have to bond.

But instead of my rambling on, I think Judy's book trailer does a good job of setting the tone:



I really do believe that this book is something special, and I hope you check it out....

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Yes!

Just excited because I'm on the home stretch of putting this latest book to bed. There's always such a feeling of relief that descends on me at this point. I'm still polishing, but the hardest work is done.

Do you all have any rituals when you finish? I have a tiny one that marks THE END. I have a white board where I put stickies that denote my project schedule, and whenever I put a book in the mail, I tear off that stickie and move the rest of them up. It just feels good. :)

Next project? Well, I'll be watching movies, movies, movies and reading, reading, reading while taking a bit of a break (although I'll have a couple of galleys to go over). Then I'll be writing my next Blaze, and I'm pretty excited about it. It takes place in Japan and I hope it'll go under the "Lust in Translation" miniseries flash. I've done the proposal, and the chapters were fun!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

What's On The Tube?

If you were to look at my DVR queue, you would never know that there was a writer's strike. Sure, I've got a backlog because I've been at the computer so much, but being away from some of my regular programs has allowed me to pick up a couple of others. Here's what I've been tuning into:

NEW AMSTERDAM

Is anyone else watching this? I happen to love it, not only because the leading guy is hot (and if I ever learn to spell his name, it'll be a miracle), but because I kinda love the flashbacks that parallel the modern story. They go well with a series about a man who is immortal and who is trying to lift the curse by finding his soulmate. It puts a new spin in the investigative-cop formula, and and hero is refreshingly sharp witted and charming. (And hot--did I mention this?) I'm especially amused when the cop always mentions his "past life" experiences, and people are all freaked out and going, "What do you mean you were in New York in the 1800s?" He always answers them very directly, never lying, but nonetheless sounding so preposterous that everybody thinks he's just this massive bullcrapper. Nice angle.

MISS GUIDED

I adore this hilarious show. How can you not root for a former nerd girl who accepts a counseling job at her old high school so she can erase her old image? Too bad the "popular girl" who haunted her teen years is also a teacher there...and the wench is after the same cute teacher as our heroine. Go nerds!

As for oldies, I'm very much into AMERICAN IDOL. Jason Castro is my fave because he makes goofy faces, and that's good enough for me. Oh, and DANCING WITH THE STARS. I was a Yamaguchi fan years ago and I remain one now.

Also...LOST? Please get your butt back on the air with new episodes because you are killing me with your awesomeness.

Are you all into anything right now, or have you given up on the tube?

Friday, March 21, 2008

A Light at the End

A very frank post today.

Right now, I'm writing a book--the third in the Suds Club Special Edition minseries--about a heroine who discovers a lump in her breast. The story takes place in between the time a mammogram confirms the lump and her appointment to get a biopsy.

I'll be honest--this is a tough subject. There's a lot of fear contained in a situation like this, and facing it every day has been wearing on me, and I fully realize that this is only a fraction of what a real-life heroine would endure.

But when your job is to get inside the heads of these characters, you're going to worry for them and maybe even lose a little sleep because it's rough to put them through such a gauntlet. Luckily, the heroine is matched with a really great guy who brings out her strength, so in addition to him being a shining light for her, he's been one for me, too....

I'm nearing the end of the book, and as you all know, that's always a trying time anyway. You start worrying if everything has held together, you start anticipating your next project, and you just want to take a breath from this world in which you've been submerged.

But April will allow me some time to take a bigger breath. I'm really looking forward to seeing movies and reading the books that I've been longing to cuddle up with for months! Whoo!

Have a great weekend, you all!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cover for FIRST BLOOD!

Here's a sneak peak of the cover for the Berkley Sensation anthology I'll be appearing in come September. I'll have a Vampire Babylon-related novella about Sorin's twin vampire "daughters" (whom you met during a Master flashback in MIDNIGHT REIGN). You'll find out why they never returned to the Underground....



Purty!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Go, Speed Racer!

Have you guys seen this yet?



The fact that Speed was my first crush is well documented. Yes, I admit, it's weird, but I can't go back and change my little-girl emotions. Now, I don't know if Emile Hirsch is going to bring that big-blue-eyed, sweet squareness to Speed that I adored when I was but a lass, but I think I'm way more into Racer X this time around, anway. And Matthew Fox fits the bill quite nicely.

This is definitely a movie to see in a theater. Once again, the Wachowskis are going to affect the look of movies for the next decade, and even though the hyper-reality of this film makes me a little uncomfortable, it approximates anime to a T.

Oh, also? It has that darn monkey, and I love/hate that monkey.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

June Cover for THE SECOND-CHANCE GROOM


Sneak peek for my June Special Edition release!

THE SECOND-CHANCE GROOM is the follow up to this month's MOMMY AND THE MILLIONAIRE and book two in the Suds Club miniseries. It centers on Mei Webb and her firefighter husband Travis when he comes home after a separation. I like the sweetness of this image--very nice indeed. :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

MIDNIGHT REIGN, meet Midnight Reign

I was recently contacted by a member of a band from Hollywood named Midnight Reign, and we're going to trade books/CDs. I'd seen that the group has a video on YouTube, but I hadn't checked it out until this morning.

I love that they use the violin and cello, and even though the sound quality of this video is really fuzzy, I'm really interested in hearing much more. I'm posting the YouTube video to share with you all--synergy in action!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Come on over to Jeri Smith-Ready's excellent site so you can read the results of her interviewing me! She came up with really inventive, fun questions--one of my favorite interviews ever. And we're giving away a copy of TWICE BITTEN, which contains my first vampire book, THE HUNTRESS.

Click here to zap on over!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

TV Time

TV time!

But first off, a big congratulations goes out to Eleanor Frank for winning the “Little Blood Sucker” Giclee print in last month’s contest. Enjoy, Eleanor!

Now, I just watched the “season finale” of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, and I’m dying to comment. Did this series get awesome or what??? There are some programs that just build and build (like CHUCK, and I can’t wait until fall for those new episodes. Gimme more now!). TERMINATOR is one of these programs. When I saw the pilot, I thought it was pretty good. Further episodes were still good. Then Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green…what?) came on and things picked up like you wouldn’t believe. First of all, Green’s time-traveling freedom fighter is mysterious and surprisingly hot. I mean, he’s Kyle Reese’s brother, so what do you expect? But…Brian Austin Green? He’s always been 90210 David—the equivalent to that “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” video. Remember the kid who wore those goofy bright shirts and thought he could rap? Well, now he’s in camouflage and he’s meaner ‘an a poked bear. And he had a shower scene. (Whoosh, went the old image of 90210 David…and hello, Derek.) I’m crossing my fingers that this series will be renewed come fall, because they introduced some sweet questions: why didn’t the nemesis terminator kill Agent Ellison? And what happened to Cameron, everyone’s favorite lil’ terminator?!

And that scene where Derek took John to the park? I won’t give anything away but…sob.

Speaking of sob-a-licious scenes, please tell me you all are watching LOST. If not, you missed one of the most poignant moments to ever hit TV when Penny and Desmond shared an emotional phone call. The episode itself was definitely in the LOST top five—and that’s saying something—but that phone call? Oh, man. And, generally, with every passing week of season four, I feel like we’re tearing toward a conclusion, and I love it. (Theory time: So was that polar bear from season one some kind of guardian for a “primitive” sacrifice-based culture on the island—a culture that time-traveled to other places in other dimensions? And is Ben their leader? I’m so wonderfully confused.)
Sure, I’m bummed that HEROES won’t be back until the fall, but damn, there’s some great stuff on the tube right now….

Monday, March 03, 2008

Catching Up

Phew. Now that March 1 has passed, I can breathe a sigh of semi-relief. I finished a line edit for "Double the Bite" in the FIRST BLOOD anthology (release date: September, 2008), a line edit for BREAK OF DAWN, Vampire Babylon, Book Three (September, 2008), the manuscript for A DROP OF RED, Vampire Babylon, Book Four (April, 2009), and the polish for GOOD TO THE LAST BITE (Blaze, October, 2008--there was a recent release date switch from November).

This past weekend, I also had two booksignings. One at a Borders and one at B. Dalton. Being a deceptively shy person, I have to try really hard at signings to talk with people, even though I do enjoy it. It's just that I've never been particularly good at initiating conversation--once I'm in one, I'm usually fine. But when I get home from the events, I tend to collapse, LOL.

Now, at this point, after completing the deadlines and booksignings, I say I'm only semi-relieved because I've got a couple of other pressing deadlines that I need to contend with before the NINC conference in New York at the end of the month. I do believe I'll be working during that conference though, which is a shame, because it's New York! I'll be signing stock at bookstores there, too, as well as hopefully getting in a show and a dinner or two. And the NINC conference is always incredible--it's probably the most informative conference I attend on a yearly basis.

So here I go with March! Hope you've got a great month in store, too. :)