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, November 24, 2008

Sex and Shoes.

My first published story and I'm so excited.
December 1st looms ahead. The Sex and Shoes Anthology is due to be released. Please hop over to Ravenous Romance and get your copy.
You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Holiday Reminder...

Support your favorite writers.
Buy books as gifts.
This is a tough time for writers and the publishing industry. The down turn in the economy has resulted in layoffs, the closure of independent presses and fewer books being published or sold. If you're a writer or if you love to read, you can do your part by buying books as gifts this holiday season. Or anytime.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Falling for you - out today!!!!

Falling for you is now available from Loose Id!!!


Monday, November 17, 2008

More Buzz for Barbara

A new review of Barbara's Vampire Paranormal THE CONSOLATION PRIZE (Loose-Id) can be found here.

Congrats, Barbara, on another great review.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Three More Novels Coming By Barbara Elsborg

Well, it's official. Barbara is definitely on a major roll!

Ellora's Cave has just accepted three more of her novels to be e-published in the near future. All of us here at Take it to the Stars are very excited about Barbara being on a very fast track toward "Star-dom." Someday we'll all be able to say, "I knew her when..."

Congratulations, Barbara, for the...what?...fifth, six and seventh times? :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sex, lies and reviewers

Oh criticism. Can't live with it and can't live without it. I'm convinced that my natural state of - say no until it's proven you need to say yes - has led me to be the world's worst pessimist and a hardened critic. My mother spent her life criticising me in an attempt to make me better - a better swimmer, reader, piano player etc etc. The only lasting result has been to make me hyper - critical of myself and others. Somehow every job I ever had - apart from the selling of cyanide, involved me picking fault with others. I inspected businesses and then moved on to inspecting schools and wrote reports listing their faults - oh and the good bits too. So I'm used to giving criticism. I critique others work as honestly as I can and they critique mine. So I'm used to receiving criticism too.

Now I'm out in the wide world and strangers are offering opinions on my stories. I hear the cries - All subjective. One person's POV etc etc. I never read them - many proclaim. I couldn't not read a review of one of my books. The very typing of those words still sends a shiver of delight down my spine. I'm lucky. I finally heard yes from a publisher. Not in the sphere I wanted but it was still a yes. Now I live with the consequences. My babies have faults and it's my fault they do. I wanted them to be perfect and they're not. I still love them. But I'm going to keep trying to be a better and better writer and maybe one day I'll please everyone.

Ohh - a flying pig!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

How to deal with stress

Well for those who thought this was going to tell you how to deal with stress - sorry. I wish I had the answer. Maybe living on an isolated island - adequately supplied with food, water and books (and writing materials of course) would mean no stress. But wait - I couldn't go swimming - there might be sharks. If I stay on land - there might be maneating spiders and I want to be the only maneater around - assuming a decent hunk gets washed up. There would be no one to listen to my stories. No one to complain to. No son to pick up after. No daughter to console on the phone. Oh no, I'm stressed. I'm too expert at imagining problems to ever have a calm moment. Even stroking the dog is stressful - not my dog, he needs walking, feeding, playing with. Oh and that sad face - he always wants food and I have to say no. I've had my instructions.
Ohh I've had an epiphany - say NO. NO NO NO NO. I am not going to do your ironing, your washing, walk your dog, cook your meals, listen to you moan. I'm going to be selfish for the first time in my life and do what I want when I want.

Moment over. I'll just do the ironing and stick a brush up my backside to clean the kitchen floor while I'm at it.