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Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Ain’t No Muse

I’m finishing up a book right now that will be out in March ’10. Or it will be if I can figure out how to write the ending without throwing the laptop out the window. Yeah, it’s going that well.

This is the point where many authors start chatting about the muse. They blame her for any and all writing irregularities. She also gets credit for the good stuff. Me, well, I don’t believe in the muse. I just read a blog on this subject somewhere. If I could find it, I’d link to it because I agree with the author’s view. The idea of the muse is fun and all but it’s a romantic fantasty. She doesn’t exist. While we’re on this suject, the books don’t write themselves and the characters don’t write them either. It’s all me. It’s about writing on the days when I feel like doing anything else. It’s about writing, revision and then revising again. Good, bad and mistakes – all me. My imagination (or lack of it) drives the books. The characters are real to me because I created them but they’re not, you know, actually real.

Now, I wish the muse did exist because then I could smack the crap out of her for letting me take a wrong turn in this book about 30 pages ago. Alas, still me.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Have I Mentioned…

For the last few years fellow author Lori Foster has gathered a bunch of authors and written an anthology that benefits a specific charity. This year the books is TAILS OF LOVE. Next year’s book is GIFT OF LOVE (Berkley, June 2010). It will benefit the Conductive Learning Center. Lori asked me to take part and I’m thrilled to do so.

While at the RWA conference, some of the authors in the charity anthology got together for a photo. It’s a little blurry, but here it is:

We’re all still writing our novellas. Once I have a cover I’ll pass it on.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
Congrats To The Hubby

My hubby has been training for his first 10K race. He’s always been in great shape. Now he’s…superhuman. He ran the 10K on Saturday and rocked it.

Hubby (with a huge smile) before the race:

Hubby right after the race (the blue behind him is the beautiful Pacific Ocean):

Good job, honey!

Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Fab Contest

The fabulous fellow author Lauren Dane is giving away a copy of IT’S HOTTER IN HAWAII. Go to her website and check it out.

While there, take a look at the contest she’s having for her upcoming release, LAID BARE. The book isn’t out yet – comes out August 4th – but a friend who got her hands on an ARC and gave it an early read told me that LAID BARE is absolutely amazing. I have it pre-ordered. Now it’s your turn. Go order it. Go…

Friday, July 24th, 2009
We Love Good Press

People magazine gave the Smart Bitches a most fabulous shout out in this week’s issue (Robert Pattinson on the cover). Their book, BEYOND HEAVING BOSOMS, is in there, along with quotes from Sarah and Candy about a few of their favorite romance novels.

Well done, ladies.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
First Day At eHarlequin

I’m over at eHarlequin on the Intrigue Group Author blog today. Stop by and say hi.

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
A Photo For You

Brandy took this photo of me at the literacy signing at the RWA conference – thank you, Brandy!

I actually love the literacy singing. Yeah, it’s hot and crowded. But seeing a room filled with 500 authors and all those readers? Tis a beautiful thing.

Monday, July 20th, 2009
I’m Back!

I just got back from RWA’s national conference in DC. Had much fun and enjoyed seeing everyone. I roomed with fabulous fellow author Jill Shalvis. We only knew each other from online before we got there. Now I feel like I’ve known her for years. We had a great time. Of course, the hotel was overbooked and we ended up with a suite. Amazing how much easier it is to have a great time in a suite.

I’m crushed on a deadline at the moment, but I thought I’d fill you in on some of my book haul:

-Only book I bought at the literacy singing: RELENTLESS by Lauren Dane. I like Lauren’s online presence and thought she was just as cool in person. Everyone raves about her books, so I got a signed copy. Yay! In case you’re wondering, it looks like this:

Fifteen Families rule the Federated Universes—and Abbie Haws has spent her life battling the system. She’s always been too driven to pay much attention to love. But when she meets Roman Lyons, Head of House Lyons, who stands for everything she hates, Abbie’s attraction catches her off-guard…

Their world, Ravena, revolves around born leader Roman, who dreads meeting this defiant— if stunning—rabble-rouser. But sometimes headstrong personalities that collide in public become hot-and-heavy, guilty trysts in private.

-Book I’m most excited about from the goodie bag: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Kristan Higgins. Everyone loves this author, so I thought it was about time to give her a try.

-Book I grabbed from the goodie room: OUTCAST by Joan Johnston. Dear Author gave this a strong review. And did I mention how much I love this cover?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Conference Bound

There’s an article at Huffington Post today about RWA’s national conference. It officially starts tomorrow. I will be there as of this evening, ready to socialize and eat bad food. That’s what conferences are for, right?

If you’re at the conference, stop by and see me at Wednesday night’s literacy signing. I’ll have coverflats and a few ARCs of HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO and the anthology KISSING SANTA CLAUS to give away.

Sunday, July 12th, 2009
Booksigning Advice

I’ll head out to Washington D.C. in a few days to attend RWA’s national conference. One of the highlights is the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing – which is a fancy way of saying a huge-ass booksigning – on Wednesday night.* The room is packed with authors and readers. People buy tons of books and all of the proceeds go to charity. It’s your basic win-win situation.

Every time I think about booksignings I remember this Writer Dos and Don’ts entry Meg Cabot had on her online diary a few years ago. It just makes me smile. My favorite part is this:


If there is anything that burns me up more than an author who makes no effort to look nice for his or her readers, it’s authors who act all weird because they think people in the “creative arts” are “special.”

I am not talking about throwing on a tiara and a feather boa, either. I am talking about authors who pretend their books aren’t written by them, but by their characters. As in, “I didn’t want to kill off So-and-So, but Name of Main Character insisted on it! There was nothing I could do!”

I realize that some readers love hearing this kind of thing—that you, the author, are just a puppet whose strings are pulled by your characters. Because it makes it seem like the characters are real, and people want to believe characters they love are real.

But I fear that some authors say things like this so often, they are actually starting to believe it. I know this because authors are saying it to ME, in private conversations, with no readers present.

And I find myself going, “Uh-huh. Really? Your characters actually talk to you? That’s so interesting, because you know, I made my characters up, so they can’t talk to me, because they ARE NOT REAL.”

*The booksigning is open to the public, so if you’re in the DC area you should definitely head on over. The information is here.