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?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Decluttering

How much stuff do we really need? I look around my home and wonder how much I could get rid of without missing it. They say that if you haven't used or looked at a possession for 6 months - then it can go. Husband is out the door then! (Don't mean it, really) I have an attic of toys saved just in case my kids ever have kids - since neither of them are even married not going to be soon, jigsaws I have loved - will I ever do them again, ski gear ( well that would be OK but the four sets of old style skis and five assorted ski poles??) a trumpet (son never did get the hang of it) violin (I never got the hang of it - just as I mastered using all the strings I found you had to move your hand up and down the neck too) etc etc. In the house it's just as bad - DVDs , videos we'll never watch. Ornaments that mean nothing. Clothes that haven't been worn for years let alone 6 months. A room with a pile of daughter's possessions even though she hasn't lived at home for a long while. Ditto with son. Amps, guitar leads, girlie magazines (oops wasn't supposed to find those) and in the bathroom a million skin care and hair products - all part used and deserted. Everything could go, but for one thing. Well, it's more than one thing. My books. Hundreds of them. Ok, I admit it, thousands. I'm anal enough to have them sorted alphabetically and by genre - well upstairs at least. The romances are tucked away in an upstairs room, the thrillers and suspense and factual ones are downstairs. If I like a book, I can't part with it. I'm physically incapable of letting it go. Will I read it again? Possibly not but I have to keep it. If I get rid of all that other clutter, it will leave me more room for my books. Ooh, great idea. Now, what can I get rid of first?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What are you reading???

I've been to Borders again. The trip resulted in several books. Of course you all know I have the Diana Palmer book, with the great cover. "The Morcai Battalion." Turning into an interesting read.

Yes! Another Donna Kauffman book. "The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty." I don't need to tell you how much I like her work. I was extremely pleased to see it and had to add it to the pile. (near the top) Whoo Hoo.

I got a J.R. Ward book, "Lover Revealed." The edginess of these stories have really grown on me. The names as Flick mentioned, are a little off the wall, but I don't seem to notice anymore.

Yes, Lynn Kurland. Her books are sweet and great reads for down time. Her books would get a "G" rating in the movies. So if you're looking for smoking hot, down and dirty sex, these books are not for you. I like them, as sometimes its nice to read something just for a sweet love story, which all of her books are.

"Divine Evil." Nora Roberts. So far a very good book. I'm about half-way into this one. It's about the occult, murder and small towns. Enjoying this one, immensely. I've also got her book, "Blood Brothers."

Then there's Melanie Jackson, "Divine Night." I've read one of her others and though the switch to French in the text and back to English over and over was annoying, I liked the characters. She has compelling characters that are not necessarily nice people. I like that a lot. If you can tolerate the occasional shift in dialect, these are not half bad...

Then there are the books (required reading) for my black belt. Since I've got less than a year, I better get started with them. Not only am I required to read through them, I have to work through them and yes, share them. They are: "Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Cronic Pain." (I say just divorce his ass.) "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." Yeah, I've heard great stuff about this one. Perhaps this would be a good one for a woman that needs a little focus. And here's a big one "The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is The Key to High Preformance and Personal Renewal." Say that fast three times backwards. I dare you...

I'll let you know how they are. *Crosses heart* If I start quoting the Dali Lama and Tony Robbins, you know what happened. Peace.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Scouting Mission: The Outback Stars

Dawn, I haven't read this one but found it on Tor-Forge. It does sound your cup of tea, and you know me, always promoting debut novels. The author, Sandra McDonald, is a former Navy officer.

THE OUTBACK STARS by Sandra McDonald

Lieutenant Jodenny Scott is a hero. She has the medals and the scars to prove it. She's cooling her heels on Kookaburra, recovering from injuries sustained during the fiery loss of her last ship, the Yangtze, and she's bored -- so bored, in fact, that she takes a berth on the next ship out. That's a mistake.

The Aral Sea isn't anyone's idea of a get-well tour. Jodenny 's handed a division full of misfits, incompetents, and criminals. She's a squared-away officer. She thinks she can handle it all. She's wrong. Aral Sea isn't a happy ship. And it's about to get a lot unhappier.

As Aral Sea enters the Alcheringa -- the alien-constructed space warp that allows giant settler-ships to travel between worlds, away from all help or hope -- Jodenny comes face to face with something powerful enough to dwarf even the unknown force that destroyed her last ship and left her with missing memories and bloody nightmares. Lieutenant Jodenny Scott is about to be introduced to love. Author Sandra McDonald brings her personal knowledge of the military, and of the subtle interplay between men and women on deployment, to a stirring tale that mixes ancient Australian folklore with the colonization of the stars.

Link: http://www.tor-forge.com/theoutbackstars

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Terminator Fans Take Note

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles premiers tonight on FOX for a two-night run. I'll tune in to this one. Hope it's well made and fits the original story line. Different actors, of course. I think the actress who played River on Firefly is in it. Can't think of her name right now. Summer Glau?

Looks great. But we'll see. ::: puts on Show Me hat :::

Here's the link: http://www.fox.com/terminator/

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dream Wall

I've just come from Lisa Shearin's blog and had to post this. Lisa just had her first two book covers made into posters for her office wall. Here's a link, so you can take a peak: http://www.lisashearin.com/blog.cfm

What a great idea. Someday I hope I can do the same.

In the meantime, I have to settle for my Star Wars poster (All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from Star Wars), my '56 Thunderbird photos, and my famous quotes in their lucite frames.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Devil Inside

Okay, just finished a novel by Jenne Black called "The Devil Inside."

If you're religious, you might not like this. If you have an open mind, it's a great read.

Morgan Kingsley is an exorcist. A sexy, leather wearing exorcist with an attitude. Her job is to get demons out of people who have been illegally possessed. If she does, she saves a human life. If she doesn't the law executes the human and demon by burning them alive.

She's the best at what she does. She's gets the toughest cases, ones that others won't touch. When she gets called to Topeka Kansas to exoricse a demon from an 11 year old child, Morgan bites off more than she can chew. Just as she's sure the demon is going to transfer to her, and she'll be the one burned alive, something strange happens. The demon retreats. It retreats and chooses destruction instead of possession of Morgan.

From that point on, things get a bit hairy. Morgan has to call in her best friend, another Exorcist, to read her aura and prove she's not possessed. Val declares her demon free, and soon Morgan is free from jail.

But something is wrong. Morgan starts sleep walking and begins to wonder if her friend was wrong. Why wouldn't the demon jump? Why did it retreat? Morgan finds a note in her own handwriting upon waking. "The demon didn't take you, because you're already possessed."

In a world where being possessed means you'll eventually end up a vegetable or worse yet, burned alive for harboring an illegal demon, Morgan's got trouble, big trouble.

Soon Morgan finds herself framed for murder and running for her life. To make matters worse, a radical group has kidnapped her boyfriend and they are sending her tapes of the torture they're inflicting on him... All because of "The devil Inside"

This story smokes. Plenty of heat. Plenty of sex. Not for the faint of heart.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Damn!


There are book covers, then there are BOOK COVERS.

I just spent $25.00 without batting an eyelash. I know nothing about the author, nor did I care. When I'm done being in love with the art on the cover, I'll let you know what the story is like.
Okay, it caught my eye when I walked into the book store. I snatched it up and couldn't put it down. I'm really not this shallow, and I'm sure the story is great, she's a NY Times Bestseller, but this is a book I had to have because of the cover...

It's much more impressive in your hands and the back is just as beautiful.
When it comes to art, I'm a hard one to please. I know what I like and I know what I don't. I like, I like a lot. It's nice to see cover art where the artist wasn't afraid of faces and they have a fantastic imagination. I'm not crazy about purple, but wow, the entire cover is this dusky purple that just sucks you in. It stood out from everything else around it. I'm planning on reviewing this one, I'll let you know at the end of the week, what I think of the story.
The Book is by Diana Palmer, it's called "The Morcai Battalion" and I haven't got a clue who the artist is, but thumbs up my friend, your cover is awesome.

Writing for young adults.

My eight grade son's writing teacher has asked me to come to the class in February and share some Sci-Fi with the kids. I think it sounds like fun and I've been getting together a group of writers interested in having some of their material read to these teenagers. The input will be pretty good, I'm sure.

During the process of writing young adult, appropriate material, I have come to the conclusion that it is hard to write for kids.

My work tends to be a little dark. I use naughty words and yes, it's romance so I have sexual content. Writing something that doesn't include any of these things, has been a challenge. It's interesting to see how switching gears affects my writing.

If you haven't written Young Adult, give it a try. It really is a challenge, you can learn a lot from this exercise in restraint. Young Adult Writers, I salute you.