Sam’s Creed is available through Barnes and Noble.com
June 12th, 2008
So I’m back
June 11th, 2008
From Lori Foster and Diane Castell’s Reader Author get together. I had the time of my life. As the name implies, this is strictly a social moment between readers and authors. This weekend is always the highlight of my year because I get to meet and mingle with readers/women in a totally casual environment. It’s like a big relaxed pajama party. (Though we’re all dressed ) Inexpensive, fun, and wonderful, the majority of authors that go go to hang with readers in a way that’s just not provided for in other venues. And the hotel is the best I’ve ever been to for treating guests like princesses. It’s going to be June 5-7 next year. Mark your calendar and plan on attending. You will have a weekend full of laughs, fun and will walk away with a feeling of “YES!”.
Thanks so much to Lori Foster and Diane Castell for making this happen for the last four years.
Sarah, who forgot to mention there are over 100 baskets raffled away and games, and other such goodness
Woohoo! Made a list goodness
June 10th, 2008
I’m not entirely sure what this means but since my editor sent me the information with the heading Good news, I’m happy dancing.
Running Wild which released last Tuesday was #4 on B&N trade romance list last week, #5 this week and #4 on Borders list this week.
Break out the champagne and launch the Alpha parade. We have reason to celebrate.
How I roll (Or this is how I work)
May 21st, 2008
So I often get questioned on how I work, what my office looks like, etc. The reality is I happily spend money on the technology that facilitates the writing process and keeps me out of an office environment. I hate to sit still and this holds when I’m writing. Besides, I talk really fast so the quickest way to get to the point where I can do what I love (edit) is to take advantage of the huge leaps forward in voice recognition software that have come about. I’ll be upfront, I LOVE VR. It is my BFF. My most adored innovation, right up there with my Kindle.
So here’s what my office looks like
Okay, actually more like this which enables me to d that.
A Macbook (yes I’m an apple user from way back ) and a revolabs wireless mike
Now, pretty much, just imagine whatever it is you do during the day and I’m pretty much doing the same thing just dictating while I do it. Cleaning, gardening, cooking… Mowing the lawn (I have a quiet reel mower and count it as part of my exercise regimin) really seems to inspire me, so I set my lap top on the screen porch, clip on the mike and mow away. As long s the muse holds up I can dictate 5k in about 45 minutes and it’s more accurate than my typing. (Which totally sucks for accuracy). I also have a dictation recorder that I use when I’m going to be more than 300 feet from my computer. (I also use this when I’m walking) It’s also handy for use when I’m vacuuming as the noise cancelation with the head set is strong and can block out the roar of the machine. Dictation is wonderful. I really suggest learning to adjust to dictation, especially if you’re one of those writers without a lot of time to write. As on average we talk 4 times faster than we type, productivity goes through the roof. And it really is easier than you think.
When it comes to editing I have a graphic tablet that works just like pen and paper and translates my writing into type. This saves the wear and tear on m hands from the small movements of the mouse. And it’s faster. About five times faster to inputing than using a mouse and cursor.
So there you have it, all my not so secret secrets. A need to move, an active mind, a solid dictation program and the technology to facilitate its use and my office is set up and ready to GO!
RUNNING WILD IS AVAILABLE
May 14th, 2008
Wohoo, the boys are loose!
29 days until RUNNING WILD!!
May 5th, 2008
Just realized we have less than a month to go!
Sarah, wondering where the time went
THE REV IS COMING!
April 24th, 2008
PROMISES REVEAL is up for pre-order at Amazon!
How hot is he?
He’s a man who survives by his wits and lives by his own code. Along the way he’s left a trail of broken hearts, broken bones, and quite a few broken laws. But when he gives his heart to the right woman, it comes with a promise he’ll never, ever break…
Dedicated artist Evie Washington doesn’t fancy herself the marrying kind. But the moment she admitted that her faceless portrait of a naked man was modeled on the devilishly handsome Reverend Swanson, the whole town assumed her innocence had been ruined. Now her family’s determined to save her reputation—even if it means taking away her hard-won freedom.
It’s Brad “Shadow” Swanson’s preacher status that’s a pose—to avoid the law . Now he’s been convicted of the one crime he didn’t commit. And if he doesn’t step up and marry Evie, he’ll have to admit his true identity and replace his collar with a noose. Of course, a life sentence in the spirited beauty’s bed wouldn’t exactly be torture—and it just might be the key to making an honest man out of him…
What is your dream…
April 22nd, 2008
house? Who is your dream agent? Those are two questions an aspiring author gets asked all the time. They were asked of me. Once by my agent, constantly by everyone else. My response to my agent was to the point. I don’t have a dream house, I have a dream deal. The simple truth is that no two authors have the same experience at the same house so wishing for a house doesn’t make much sense to me, but wishing for a scenario surrounding the purchase of a manuscript, that did. In my view, my first contracts were my foundation for the rest of my career. I wanted them strong and in accordance with how I saw my career going. Before deciding on a dream house, I always support understanding what’s important to you as an author before progressing to decisions.
Agents- I’m always so surprised by aspiring authors who fixate on an agent without having ever spoken to them. It’s all well and good that they’ve made ex deal for ex author, but that doesn’t correlate that they’ll be able to do the same for another’s manuscript. They’re not miracle workers or magicians. There’s a lot of variables that surround a manuscripts arrival on the market. There’s a lot of variables that surround an author/agent relationship. IMO, it’s best to explore them and discuss aspirations and concepts of a working relationship before mentally committing to an agency, because you are forming a relationship.
RIP our little mascot Lillian
April 6th, 2008
Our little mascot, Lillian, passed on. Brain cancer. The Alpha’s are heartbroken but consoled that she was rescued from a hellish situation and moved onto a good life and very much enjoyed her last years as a social butterfly.
The search for a new mascot is on. Weigh in with your choice: (A contribution monthly is made in the mobettes name) Feel free to visit Tabby’s Place (an exceptional no kill no cages sanctuary for last chance cats) and read through the profiles.
For the love of all that’s holy, I need vowels
April 3rd, 2008
I received an email message the other day. You all know how I love to chat and receive emails. And I always anwer emails. If you send me an email and don’t hear back, it’s because the internet must have messed with the communiqué. Anyway, I open it and I swear to God I have no idea what it said. There were no caps, no periods and the worst of all, no vowels!!!!!! Do you know how opening emails like that messes with a dyslexic’s head?
Anyway, I couldn’t read the message no matter how hard I tried. I felt badly but I had to email back and request vowels. Lots of vowels!!! Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s the fact that I’m a writer, but the text messaging format doesn’t work for me. I like capitals, punctuation, vowels, a clear exchange of pleasantries and idea without the need for decoder rings. I don’t have a formal bone in my body, but please. if you email me, please toss in a vowel or two.