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On Writing: Something To Talk About

There are pros and cons to not blogging daily.

Pro: You alleviate the pressure of having to come up with something fresh and entertaining or educating on a daily basis.

Con: You get rusty.

I'm feeling rusty today on this one of my formal blog days. I don't have anymore pictures of pets to post. You met them all, Billie, Cheyenne, and Sadie. Although a friend did email pictures of three kittens they found abandoned, asking if we'd like one. Hard to say 'no' to a cute kitten (or any animal in need for that matter), but now's not a good time for us. I didn't feel too bad, because I just know my friend will find those kitties good homes. Gosh, they were cute.

Lots of times when people get stuck for something to say, they talk about the weather. It's really hot here. Sticky hot. Then again it is summer and this is New Jersey. Can't wear shorts to work at the library, although I'm not a big shorts person anyway, although I do like those new skinny bermuda…

On the Fly: Speaking of Animals

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I should be writing. I will be writing soon after I type this. It's Alison's fault for tipping me off to this fun site. By the way the artist who would paint my portraitis Andy Warhol. The reason given?

"You've got an interested edge that would be reflected in any portrait. You don't need any fancy paint techniques to stand out from the crowd!"

But then I saw this and had to know... What Animal was I in a Past Life?

I was.... A Cat! Well, not this cat. This cat is my cat, Sadie! But I hope I was as pretty and funny as her.

"You are an independent person who inspires others with your dreams. A calm protector, you will fight when you need to."

I love it! So what animal were you and why?

On The Fly: Speaking of Dogs...

Black lab drives owner's car into river.

Dibs on spinning this into a future scene. Ah, yes. Life is brimming with inspiration.

On Writing: The Muse Dogs

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I know. It’s Thursday, one of my official blog days, but I’ve got nothing. Juggling day job and dream job. Other people’s books and my books. Creativity and energy tapped. But at least I can share a picture of my muse dogs. Cheyenne and Billie. They have the run of the house yet every morning and night while I’m writing, Cheyenne curls up under my desk and Billie stretches out alongside my chair. For hours. Talk about devoted friends. I may be burnt but I’m blessed.

On Writing: Unexpected (but, good) News

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This afternoon I received an email from Keyren, my editor at HQN. Attached was this photo. She, unlike me, thought to bring her camera to the annual Harlequin party at BEA. Steve snapped this shot of us. One for the scrapbook! Mine anyway. Thanks, Keyren!

In that same email she shared some exciting news. EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE, the second book in Evie's adventures, has been pushed up on the production schedule. For all of the readers who wanted more of Arch and Evie now, the wait just got shorter! New official release date for EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE... February 2008!

And the Winners Are...

Thank you to everyone who chimed in on my last post.

Kelly already snagged a copy of ROMANCING THE WEST(Thank you, Kelly!)

Barb, how can I say 'no' to my sister... especially when she's ready to resort to blackmail? I'll mail you out a copy this week.

That leaves the five copies of ROMANCING THE WEST that I set aside as for the official giveaway. And the winners are... Danette, Crystalg, Robinl, Cheryl, and Roni!

Congratulations, ladies! Please email your snail mail address to beth@bethciotta.com Your copy of ROMANCING THE WEST is forthcoming. Enjoy the read and spread the word!

On Reading: Romancing the West

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Tonight someone asked me, “So when’s ROMANCING THE WESTcoming out?” There’s a short answer and a long answer. I take that back. There’s one complicated answer. I barely understand it myself so I’m not going to try to explain it. I’ll just say it’s a weird publishing glitch. Wait. Glitch isn’t the right word. Phenomenon? Yeah. I’ll go with that.

It has to do with an original release date of July 2007 and a delayed release of October 2007 because of a new distribution deal between Medallion Pressand IPG (Independent Publishing Group). It’s all good. Great news for Medallion and its authors because it means wider distribution. Read: You’ll more readily find Medallion Press books on the shelves of your favorite bookstores.

Basically, ROMANCING THE WEST was/is slated in a transitional period. The result: Stores who pre-ordered for the original release date are stocking RTW per the original release date. So RTW is in select stores now. Available through bn.com (Barnes and Noble) as of July 1.…

A Note from Borders Books & Music

New Jersey romance authors Beth Ciottaand Lois Winstonwill join our Romance Reading Group for a discussion and booksigning. Lois' new book is Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deceptionand Beth's new novel is All About Evie. Everyone is welcome to attend.

June 14, 2007
7:00 PM
Location: Borders Books and Music
Marlton
515 Route 73
SouthMarlton, NJ
Phone:856.985.5080

Open to the public, so if you're around. please stop by. I have my pink pen and bookmarks and a full tank of gas. Good to go!

Check back this weekend for news on ROMANCING THE WESTand a fun giveaway!

On the Fly -- BEA: The HQN Signing

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BEA (Book Expo America) was exciting for me for multiple reasons, but nothing jazzed my senses more than signing my books for enthusiastic readers. I was the only author slotted for my time in the Medallion Pressbooth so I had the luxury of feeling like a star. On Sunday, my third and final day of the tradeshow, I signed in the Harlequin booth alongside Geralyn Dawson, Heather Graham, and Dee Davis. Not only was I co-starring, but I couldn't help but feel like an bit player on stage with three leading ladies as they were all far more established and famous than I. Of course no one treated me like a bit player. I was treated like all of the other authors... wonderfully.

Harlequin publishes several category lines and multiple single-title programs so the booth was very large and always a hub of activity. This particular day was on the quiet side as the show was winding down, however, the moment we starting signing the crowds formed. They formed faster and longer for the other three a…

On the Fly -- Partying with Harlequin

I've written a lot of 'On the Fly' posts lately. 'On Reading' and 'On Writing' posts forthcoming. Fear not. I've also been posting more 'Random Days' than I intended, but it's all due to chiming in on BEA. I apologize about not having much industry information to share with fellow writers, but, rather than attend forums, I met with my agent and publishers, vsited with a few author friends, and tooled around a bit with my husband. I only have so much energy and that's where I directed it this time around.

Saturday evening, before the big Harlequin party, Steve and I met Alex Kavaand Amy Moore-Benson for drinks. Amy represents both Alex and I as well as several other authors--all quite talented I'm sure as Amy is very selective. Conversation was casual and fun. Steve and I both enjoyed meeting and chatting with Alex. She writes pyschological thrillers. Currently I'm reading A Necessary Evil. Creeeepy and intense. Let's just say …

Changes!

Hi all!

I lost Miss Zoot. The lovely lady who provided my previous blog template. I can't complain. The service was free. And I very much appreciated her lovely work. I'm not sure where her site went. I hope she's well.

So I spent the morning searching for a new look. Budget restrictions and all that, I searched for another free template but something that suited my style. I like this template very much. It took some trial and error as I'm now working in the new Beta Blogger program. Very different than what I'm used to. But now I think I've figured it out. Actually, it's pretty techno-goober friendly. Thank you Blogger and thanks to the folks at 'freeskins'.

Bear with me as I continue to update this new section. As you can see , I lost my blogroll, but at least I saved my archives!

**UPDATE: Posting links in the sidebar as time permits. Stayed tuned...

On the Fly--Delayed but Not Forgotten

Today is my husband's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEVE!

Unfortunately, he has to work all day and I'm emceeing a sweepstakes tonight. The plan is to celebrate tomorrow. Our idea of celebrating is eating breakfast out and then later that night, snuggling on the couch to watch a movie while enjoying a bottle of champagne. Heaven.

How do you like to celebrate your birthdays?

On the Fly--BEA ... Day 2

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Still sharing some of my BEA adentures, though I'll be (trying ) to keep my posts short as time is short. And you've got limited time as well , right? Seems like most everyone I know is crunched these days. I'm back to writing down every single thing I need to accomplish on a long TO DO list and then attacking and crossing off. Of the fifteen major things I listed two days ago, I've crossed of eleven! Of course I just added two more.

Where was I? Ah. BEA. Day two. Saturday. Um, honestly... at this point, it's a bit of a blur. But I know I was busy. I know there were crowds of people eeking their way down the crammed aisles. I know it was hot but not as hot as the day before and that the lines for the well-known authors were still long. I know I saw people walking around with a cool Harry Potter tote bag. I asked someone where they got it and they said the Scholastic booth. I zipped down lickety-split... and saw that there were no bags left. I remember the note of d…

On the Fly: BEA -- Dining with Medallion Press

Popping in to finish yesterday's tale. Showered, spiffed, and starving, Steve and I cabbed it over to Nino's Tuscany, a fabulous Italian restaurant where we were shown to a private room. Medallion Presschose to treat authors and staff as well as Matt Hurley from Publishers Weekly and Leslie Jones from Library Journalto an intimate dinner as opposed to a bells and whistles party. Lucky us!

We were all charmed by the delightful company, food, and wine. Helen and James Rosburg are famous (in my book) for hosting classy, fun affairs. This night was no exception. We ate, drank, chatted, and laughed for hours. It felt more like a family get-together than a business dinner. That's one of the things I adore about writing for Medallion Press. They are incredibly Author--make that People--friendly. Classy with a capital C. A heartfelt thank you to Helen, James and Adam for hosting such a wonderful affair.

I'll continue with my BEA adventures as time permits. Still ahead... a boff…

On the Fly: BEA... The First Day

Although BEA launched earlier in the week with special workshops and forums, the first day for me was Friday. I woke up with swollen eyes. Yup. The weekend I was to meet with my agent and several professionals with both of my publishing houses--not to mention the general masses--and my eyes were almost swollen shut. Figures.

I've been fighting my worst allergy season ever, but this was more like an allergic reaction, one I'm still battling a bit. Still not sure what's triggering it. At any rate, I took an allergy pill, drank lots of water, and wore my tinted prescription glasses all day, hoping I looked somewhat cool, and not aloof.Heh.

Steve and I arrived midday. If I rushed, I could make the last ten-minutes of my friend Heather Graham's autographing. As I mentioned yesterday it was brutally hot and crowded in the Javitz center, so imagine what I looked like after rushing... coupled with my swollen eyes. Er, yeah. I did, however, make it in time to see my friend. I int…

On the Fly--BEA....Hot, Hot, Hot

I'm baaaack.

And exhausted. BEA was a whirlwind. It was hot, crowded, and totally overwhelming. I had multiple commitments (meetings, booksignings, publishers dinners/parties) so it seemed like I was always had to be somewhere. Hence I was forever glancing at my watch and didn't stand in line to meet many authors because the lines were so loooooong. In the Publishers Weekly Daily it did mention that this was an extremely well attended (even more than usual) event. The Javitz convention center is massive and there were three stories teaming with publishers' booths. Wall-to-wall industry professionals. Publishers of children, YA, adult, fiction, non-fiction, erotic, art, travel, graphic (you name it) books. Hoardes of booksellers, librarians, and authors.

In additon to shoulder-to-shoulder crowds there was the heat factor. It was hot and humid in NYC this past weekend, and Friday the convention center's air conditioner was on the blink. There were pockets of cooler air eve…