Welcome. This blog was started three years ago by four aspiring writers who are now three published authors of novels and short stories (Barbara Elsborg, Dawn Jackson, Arlene Webb) and one multiple award-winning writer (Laurie Green). We blog to keep readers updated on our new releases or other random topics. We hope you enjoy your stay. :] Coffee?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Linnea Sinclair's Latest is Launched

Linnea Sinclair's THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES was released on November 27th. Her latest Sci-Fi Romance edges into the Alien Romance subgenre. This is the book that had a drastic cover art change--from red to blue--late in the game.

I was tickled to see the site even has a quote from my book review of the ARC that was posted on Toasted Scimitar.

Check out the site here: http://linneasinclair.com/DHZBCOVER.htm

The site features something a little different--THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES soundtrack. :)

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's Monday... Again.

Monday. Ah, lovely Monday. Can I go back to bed and sleep through it?
After a weekend of doing absolutely nothing productive, and I mean absolutely, the week had to go and start all over again. The nerve of it.

I've got lots to do. Just lacking the energy to do it. I need to Christmas shop. I promised myself this year, I wouldn't be that person in the stores on Christmas Eve, scrambling to finish my shopping. But why should I break tradition?

I have three paintings to do. One commissioned piece of some Min-Pins, that I have been procrastinating on. I have two rewrites to do, a house to clean, and I'd better get my butt to Black Belt Prep before my Sensei kicks me square in it.

You know how they say "s*%$ rolls down hill?" Well, it's so true. I had to take my oldest son to the eye doctor twice last week, and again this week on Thursday. It's been bothering me a bit. He's lost the vision in his left eye, and though I've been assured that the medicine they've given him should correct it, it hasn't changed. Worse yet, he has this corneal condition in both eyes and the blindness hit over a weekend. It's that fast. A scary thought that he might have the same thing go wrong with the other... With that on my mind and the stress from the holidays coming on, I just can't seem to focus.

And don't get me started on the rewrites... Argh. Chapter 1 from AG is killing me.
Anyway, I couldn't let you start the week without a Monday rant. Taking a deep breath and facing the day. Illegitimi NonCarborundum, baby!
Yeah, or something like that.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

It's Monday

Hey the weekend is over and it's time to get back to work in more ways than one. I've finished the rough of "An Alien's Guide to Abducting a Bride", did a little happy dance, and put it away for the weekend.

Yup, I took the weekend off from writing, and chatted online with my buddies. Checked out some Nano stories, and I have to tell you, some of the stuff they are cooking up is fantastic.
I read some books, took my kid to get new shoes and just kicked back and tried to clear the mind to work on my least favorite thing. The rewrite.

Speaking of books. I've got a copy of "The Ice People" in my hands. Thanks Laurie. I'm about a quarter of the way through it and was thinking, wow this was written in the 70's and the idea is just as fresh today as it was then. There are books you just sit back, read and enjoy. Then there are books that really make you think. This one makes you ponder the good and the dark side of human nature. I can understand why Laurie said this one really stuck with her...

Then of course, I have to mention that I read Susan Grant's book "Contact". Loved this story. I think her knowledge and love of flying really shines in this story. It adds realism and punch to Science Fiction Romance, that is often sadly lacking in many books I've read lately. This story didn't lack a bit. Loved it.

Then I'm half-way through Maggie Shayne's book "Eternal Love." A story that starts in the time of the Salem Witch trials and comes forward. It's a story about eternal love. The book is broken in two. The first half is a story about Raven, a witch and her love for a man she can't have. From the moment they meet, they can not stay apart. Fate separates them and brings them together, over and over... Ending in the death of her love, Duncan, who dies trying to save her when the residents of Sanctuary accuse her of witchcraft and throw her over a cliff.
300 years pass, and she sees him again, just as she remembers, but much to her dismay, he does not remember her. To makes matters worse, the man that tried to kill her twice, has also come back to Sanctuary, as the father of her love.
This has been a very engaging read. I'll keep you posted on the rest.

Read Sherriyln Kenyon's "Upon a Midnight Clear".
For me it seemed like a lot of the same thing she has written lately. I'd love to see something different, a story that doesn't follow the same plot line as her previous three. Sorry Sherrilyn. I love your writing, but I feel like the last three books I've read by you, have been the same thing. I want something else. Please.

Last but not least, I've been planning on telling you about Kathleen Nance's book "Phoenix Unrisen," but that will be for another day. I'd really like to take my time with this one. Lots of thoughts on this story...

Have a great start to your week, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

'Tis the Season

I know what everyone on my Christmas list is getting this year. Books! This is a great way to support the industry and promote reading. Books are also easy to wrap, pack and/or ship, and can fit any shopping budget. They don't break, spoil or require batteries. And what gift recipient doesn't appreciate a good book?

Get the word out. Buy books. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Another trip to Borders.

Three day weekend, Yahoo!
Lot's to do and very little motivation to do it. So I got out of the house for a bit and took a trip to my favorite bookstore, Borders.
I found a couple of books I simply couldn't live without. With a lighter spirit and pocketbook, I took my treasures home.
The first book is by a writer, who I've seen a lot of but haven't read. Eternal Love by Maggie Shayne. The cover on this one is beautiful and has an ethereal quality to it.
The next is a research book with lots of good stuff on autopsies and crime scene investigation. The author is Lee Lofland and the title is Police Procedure & Investigation. Written by a former police detective with lots of experience in major felony cases, this one has proved most interesting. A good book for your research shelf.
I happened to notice Karen Marie Moning's new book Blood Fever is on the shelves. In hardcover. Grrrr.
I normally don't have issues with hardcover if I really, really, really like the writer's work, like Jim Butcher. He never disappoints me and for a matter of fact, I wish I could get all of his books in hardcover, because I will read them more than once and I collect them.
Besides, it's that time of year, when I torture my teenagers by reading to them before school. Life moves so fast, and reading to them in the morning is my way of grabbing some of that time and making it matter. I make a big breakfast, and read a chapter to them. You get eye rolling and snippy comments, but eventually, even though they try to hide it, sparks of interest show in their eyes. They hate me for it now, but they will thank me later. We've read King Kong, The Hobbit, and 1776. Each book has given me time with my children without the television, without the computer or video games. It has given me time with them. If you haven't done this, I highly recommend it. Go ahead, torture your teenagers.
Hmmm got off track a bit. Back to hardcovers...
Karen let me down a bit on the last book, Dark Fever. It's the first book I've read of hers where she wrote in first person, and I really didn't care for it much. I like her third person style much better.
The rest of her books are quite yummy, but this last one felt very impersonal. So guess what? I'll wait for paperback. Sorry Karen, but my $22.00 is better spent on a nice research book about autopsies. Wonder if my kids might like that. Hmmmm

Monday, November 12, 2007

My heart aches...

So, my father called yesterday to tell me that my Grandparents would be having their 70th wedding Anniversary this June 29th. They are amazing. In their 90's, my Grandfather continues to get up at 3:00 in the morning, to feed cattle, and run a full sized ranch. He traded his horse and saddle in about 10 years ago, for a four wheel ATV that was easier to climb up on. Everything to keep his ranch and the only way of life he's ever known. My Grandmother still gardens and cans enough food to feed her family and all our extended families through a Nuclear Holocaust. She has a root cellar that is packed, and feeds the cowboys when they come out of the pastures for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She helps in the hayfields at the end of summer when temperatures can get to 110 degrees. Tough, but still as feminine and ladylike as a woman can be. This has been my families way of life for as long as I can remember. My father ranched, my grandfather, and his father's father before him. My Great, great, grandfather used to drive cattle down to Kansas City then hop the train home. He'd toss a colt revolver in his suitcase, one that still hangs over my grandfathers fireplace. I have an old photo of him, in Angora chaps and a ten gallon hat. My heritage. My Great-great Grandmother's name was Nellie Boone. Going back generations, you can trace our history to the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone. I guess you could say this way of life runs in our blood.
Why does my heart ache?
When I left to go into the Army, I left my home, my family, the only way of life I ever knew, behind. But I was okay with that, I knew there would always be a home to come home to.
During that conversation with my father, I discovered that my Grandparents have been approached about selling the ranch. And with rising taxes and age, it is turning into their only alternative. They could live out their lives comfortably, travel where they want when they want. But to be truthful, it is the ranch that has kept them alive. Not just alive, but living...
My heart aches for them, because the only way of life they understand, is disappearing...
My heart aches for the other ranchers and farmers, some who never finished school, but chose to be what their fathers were, chose to raise their families where kids can run free and be kids, and understand the meaning of a hard days work. My heart aches for the neighbor who is always there to lend a hand and was as close to family as your own brother. I hate to see this way of life disappear, slowly one ranch, one farm at a time, giving way to condos and industry. I hate to see the peace and beauty of a land unscarred by construction, stripped away to make room for factories, housing, highways, and vacation resorts.
Most of all, I hate to see my history for sale.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Double Dating with the Dead.

As promised I'll try to post a couple of reviews of books I mentioned. The first on my list is a book by Karen Kelley called Double Dating with the Dead.

Trent Sanders writes books. He writes books that disprove the supernatural and uncover scams. After a very public verbal attack on Selena James, a local phychic, who claims to talk to ghosts, Trent finds himself challenged to prove her wrong. Since ghosts don't exist, this should be easy. Right?

Not being one to back down from free publicity, Trent takes her up on her offer and finds himself staying in an Inn for two weeks, that as legend goes, is haunted. Trent has a plan, get in, get evidence that Ms James is a con, and write a book on her. Problem is, since he set eyes on her, there's only one thing he's thinking about and it isn't his writing.

Selena James isn't why sure why she showed up. After all, it was her mother who posted the challenge in the newspaper. If she fails to show Trent the error of his ways, it will mean her career.

From the moment she meets Trent, sparks are flying and the ghosts are acting up. One even pinches Trent on the rear and Selena finds herself getting the blame. To make matters worse, in a heated discussion with the very sexy Trent Sanders, Selena makes a bet. The stakes, a night in his bed if she can't prove the existence of ghosts.

This was a fun read. You feel the heat between the two characters from the moment they meet and it continues to escalate from there. You've got kooky families, cynical ghosts who would love nothing more than to hijack a host's body and participate in a little hanky-panky, and two people that couldn't be at more opposite views.

A shorter story, that is perfect for curling up with on a cold winter night.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

November...and You Can Hear a Pin Drop

Well, it's that time of year again. NaNoWriMo is in full swing, and many of my cross-critters are slaving away at their novel-in-a-month goals. Unless, of course, you're Merc, who is writing six (count 'em six!) novels in November.

I haven't participated in NaNo to date, and I'm undecided if I'll give it a shot in 2008. I tend to owe so many crits that I can't just take a month off to focus on cranking out a 50,000 word plus novel (that most likely wouldn't be in any shape to market for a year or more).

Flick and Dawn, you're not participating are you?

Friday, November 2, 2007

TGIF

I can't say I've ever been as happy to see Friday as I am today. This week was insane.

I've finished one of the books, "Double Dating With the Dead," that I planned to read last week and will be posting my thoughts tomorrow. I've added three stories to my TBR pile(Like it needs to be any bigger). I've added Susan Grant's "Contact," Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Upon a Midnight Clear," and "Lover Unbound," by J.R. Ward.

I've also just seen the RomVet's list of reads. I will be going through it and fattening up the ole TBR pile even more. Think of it as emergency snow storm supplies. Some good looking books on that list demanding my attention.
I'm a quarter of the way from finishing "Phonenix Unrisen." I have to say, I absolutely love this writer's style and I'm sure I'm going to love it to the end.

I've read a couple of Non-Sci Fi, Non-Fantasy, Romance stories that you need to add to your pile, if you're looking for reads.
For a Historical I've got "The Courtesan's Daughter," by Claudia Dain. I'll post a review of this jewel later. Or perhaps I should say it's a real pearl.
For a Contemporary, I've got "The Black Sheep and the Princess" by Donna Kauffman. She's one of my faves in the erotica market. I will also post a review of this book, though some of you may have already heard my thoughts on it. Keep your eye out for her novels, they sizzle.

For the rest of this weekend I have crits to catch up on for my peers (get them posted, I'll be on the prowl), and three chapters left to write on "An Alien's Guide to Abducting a Bride" to finish it. Yes, I said it, the rough will be finished in three chapters, er maybe four. Plus I've got Birthday shopping to do for the husband. Should be a busy weekend.
Have a Fantastic Friday. See you on the backside.