Monthly Archives: November 2010

My Favorite Childhood Movie

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I loved this movie as a little kid. Back in the days before VCRs, we could only see these Disney films at the theater. When I was 16, the movie came back to the theater and my friend and I searched high and low for a kid to take with us as we were too cool at 16 to go to a kid movie without pretending we had to take a kid!

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Thanksgiving

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I hope everyone had a nice holiday and if you ventured out on Black Friday, that you didn’t get trampled to death. I went to a couple of places- un-mall like.  Found some wonderful holiday spirit and some not so wonderful spirit as well. The woman that checked me out at Barnes and Noble was quite nice.  The one that checked out my mother was a royal witch. Considered reporting her to the manager, but decided against it due to the effort it would take. When we left the store, it was pouring rain. An unknown man offered to escort us to the car with his big umbrella. Big grin for him!

Then, of course, the parking lot people. Geez- the battle for spaces can be intense! People stealing spaces, making faces, flipping off other folks and other various gestures.  I noticed the mall parking lot as we cruised by was insanely packed. They were parked on the grass, the curbs, etc. It was crazy. 

My son is home from college for the weekend and it’s been fun hanging with him.  Luckily, he gets out of classes pretty soon and will be home in less than 3 weeks again.  

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

New Anthology I’m In

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It’s a Valentines Day anthology. My story is called The House on the Bay.  It’s a spooky story and I’m proud of it. It has an element of romance and an element of spookiness.  Not quite sure of a release day as yet. Will post when it releases.

Here’s the cover. I like it a lot. 

Solo Honeymoon

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Just wanted to share this:

Cover blurb: 

Emma Chauncey finds her fiancé naked with one of her bridesmaids on top of him three days before her wedding. Burned by the experience, she takes a friend on her honeymoon. They travel to an Italian villa where Emma plans to nurse her broken heart.

Wealthy, titled, and handsome women’s shoe designer Dario de Luca is also at the villa. In disguise as a dance instructor, he’s determined to find a woman to love him for himself, not his wealth and title. Sparks fly between Emma and Dario, until she learns his true identity. Hurt that another man has lied to her, and distrusting her own judgment, she flees. Dario follows her to New York. But Emma’s former fiancé is back with an agenda of his own. Can Dario convince Emma he’s the man for her even though he lied about his identity? Can he convince her she deserves true love?

This book is available for preorder here: http://www.bookstrand.com/solo-honeymoon

Arabella Stokes

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Arabella is a friend of mine.  We were in Books a Million today for a NaNoWriMo lunch time write in. There were only four of us there from the group. We all made some progress and as Arabella packed her bag to go back to her office, she checked her email on her phone and she started waving her phone in my face and hyperventilating.  Then she tossed me the phone and jumped up and started darting about the cafe area of the store and saying “oh my God, oh my God.”  By the time she could get the words out, I had read the email – she got a contract with Champagne Books for her Regency romance novel entitled Proof of Love. This is her first completed novel and she is so excited. I’m proud of her and proud that we were able to pry her off the ceiling for her to go back to work. We did a group hug and attracted a lot of attention in the store.   It was fun.

I couldn’t let her leave BAM without reminding her that she had about half of the second book in the series written and she better get on that.  LOL!

Rocky Racoon

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There is an old Beatle’s song called Rocky Racoon– sung by McCartney. The whole song is a riot but one line in particular cracks me up every time I hear it. Being a writer that has had to change the name of a character in mid stream, I can totally relate to the line Macca wrote “Her name was Magil and she called herself Lil, but everyone knew her as Nancy.”  That is just such an awesome line.

My recent WIP has a heroine named Joanna. Her brother calls her Jo. Her name didn’t start out as Joanna and she fought  me for every word.  She started out as Capri with a nickname of Cappy. Once she let me know her real name, I was able to move on with a better flow to the story.

So, here’s my line with apologies to Macca’s line: “Her name was Joanna and she called herself Jo, but her writer knew her as Capri.”  It doesn’t fit the tune as well as the original line, but you get my point, right? Gotta go with the flow sometimes and name them what they need to be called.

Yeah, the song isn't about a real raccoon, but what the heck

Valentine’s

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Yeah, I know it’s early to talk about Valentine’s Day but I got notified on Saturday night, Nov. 13 that my short story entitled The House on the Bay will be in a Valentine’s Day anthology to be released by Whortleberry Press.  It’s a ghost story.

The tentative release day is January 1, 2011.  I’ll update as I know more.