Showing posts from February, 2008

MIA and the Oscars

It feels as though I have abandoned blogosphere. I'm not visiting my favorite blogs daily, nor am I posting on a regular basis. My brain is full and focused on my deadline book. There aren't enough hours in the day and all that. I'm hoping this is temporary, because I really miss blogoshere and all the witty and delightful inhabitants.

Last night, I only watched an hour and a half of the Oscars. Two hours if you count 'red carpet arrivals'. And I only half-watched because I was trying to write.

Adore Jon Stewart, but otherwise the show was kind of boring anyway. Had a moment of insane envy when Kathrine Heigl announced--Why can't I look like that? And was bummed that I missed the performance of Marketa Irglova and her partner Glen Hansard. I recently saw ONCE and love, love, loved the music. Every. Single. Song. I own the soundtrack and it provides me with inspiration like you can't believe. So thrilled that these Indie writer/musicians won for Best Original …

A Week of Excerpts #2 -- JINXED

I'm posting excerpt of previous novels and pics from the past because I'm nose to the grindstone on a deadline and I don't have a spare creative thought in my body. But also because, personally, it's fun for me to reconnect with stories I love but haven't thought about in awhile. Since I posted about my first published co-authored book (Scandalous Spirits), I thought I'd now post about my first published solo book--JINXED. I still hear from readers about this book which strikes me as wonderful and funny because at one point a prospective agent refused to represent the story, saying readers would never identify with the poor-little-rich-girl heroine.

She was wrong. *g*

Luck is a State of Mind...

Born on Friday the 13th, hapless socialite Afia St. John is convinced she is jinxed. She’s lost two husbands, an inheritance, and can’t even keep a job serving pancakes. Hard-boiled private investigator Jake Leeds needs money, bad enough that he accepts a secret payment to…

Pics from the Past #1

This week (and maybe next) I'm posting excerpts from some of my previous novels, including those written with my friend and partner Cynthia Valero under the name CB Scott. I thought I'd mix it up by posting 'Pics from the Past' every other day or so. I mean, jeez, how many excerpts can you read. Plus it's not like I have a gazillion books. Still working on the first fifty. *g*
Since I posted an excerpt from Cyndi and my debut book yesterday, these pics seemed appropriate. Ah, memories.
Pic #1 -- Our first big booksigning. This was at a Romantic Times Convention. It was exciting and intimidating at the same time.

Cyndi and I co-wrote and directed several Mr. Romance Competitions for Romantic Times. This particular year, super cover models David Alan Johnson and Steve Sandalis co-hosted the show for us. They were fantastic! I called the show (stage and audio cues) from the sound board and Cyndi ran powerpoint and called video cues. No, I didn't wear an evening go…

A Week of Excerpts #1 -- Scandalous Spirits

Because she's on deadline and crunched for time, last week, Alison Kent, shared excerpts from some of her past novels. I haven't revisited some of my past tales in some time and that actually sounds like fun. Plus it's a way to introduce some of my other adventures. So for a kick, (and since I'm on deadline too) I'm borrowing Alison's idea. (Thank you, Alison!)

First up, SCANDALOUS SPIRITS. A paranormal romance written with my good friend (and an outstanding writer) Cynthia Valero under the name CB Scott. Scandalous Spiritswas a RWA Golden Heart Finalist and my (our) first published book. Published in 2002, this trade paperback is no longer in stores but it is available at Amazon.comand Barnes and -- Enjoy!


“I’m dying of boredom.”

“Keen trick, Izzy, considering you’ve been dead for the last seventy years.”
Cigarette holder poised between two slender fingers, Isadora Van Buren-Valentine-Mueller-Tadmucker-Carr slicked her bobbed hair behind one diamond…

The Sunday Ramble

Six days into my eight day writing marathon. I have been writing approximately 12-14 hours a day. Although I have been breaking to shower and eat and stretch. The stretching is important. After a few hours my legs and butt go numb. I've also been diligent about riding my exercise bike everyday. Two weeks ago, I could only survive five minutes. I know. How pitiful is that? But I've improved and last night I puffed and pedaled for twenty-one minutes! Wa-hoo!

As you know ( or at least you do now) I have given up coffee. This was huge lifestyle change with me. Instead I now drink tea. A cup of black tea in the morning, then I switch to decaffinated green or herbal. This morning I came across an interesting article on the benefits of drinking tea. Tea: The Elixir of Life Check it out!
This morning on Yahoo, there was a place to click to see celebrity couples in love. I present to you a picture of an ordinary couple in love. Now I'm off to write about an unsual couple in love.

I'll Have What She's Having

I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” -- WHEN HARRY MET SALLY(1989)

Romantic Comedy at it's best. Rent it. You’ll love it. I laughed. I cried. It was better than CATS. Seriously.

Happy Valentines Day!

The Writing Marathon

I'm in the midst of an eight day writing marathon. Morning to late night wth small breaks to shower and stretch. I can eat at my desk. Just chugged a cup of hot tea and an ice-cold Slim Fast. Did I mention I gave up coffee? Yes, me. The bean juice addict. It's been two weeks now and I'm still ticking. I went from six cups a day minimum to zip--cold turkey. Amazingly I didn't go through any kind of withdrawl.

Where was I?

Ah, yes, the writing marathon. I took some vaca days from work to make this eight-day stretch happen. I'm hoping to produce a mind numbing amount of pages in this period, so I won't be around here much. No TV. No phone chats. No Internet. Well, except to check email now and again.

Speaking of writing marathons, check out Ken Levine'stake on the suspended writer's strike. Viewers will be happy. Writers will be happy, but tired. I haven't watched TV in quite some time due to my hectic schedule, but I'm semi-aware of the shows ou…

Million Dollar Chest Hair

Seven million actually. That's if this reportis accurate. According to a few on-line news sources, legendary heartthrob, Tom Jones, has taken out a policy with Lloyd's of London, insuring his chest hair for almost seven mill.

What's up with that Pussy Cat? Wow. It's just so odd to me to insure a body part. Although I think a movie studio once insured hollywood star, Betty Grable's dishy legs for a whooper amount. Apparently, Liberace also insured a body part--his hands. And if this source is correct, J-Lo's--ahem-- bodacious bum is insured. So what? If it suddenly goes all flabby or if a dog takes bite out of her rear, she collects?


Back to Tom Jones, I have been a fan of his since I was a kid. The man is a dynamite performer and has a great set of pipes. I enjoy listening to him as much today as I did in his younger "It's Not Unusual" prime. Several years ago, I got the opportunity to meet him.

It was back when I was a full-time character actres…

Media. The Double-Edged Sword.

Tonight I did an over-the-phone interview with a reporter from a regional newspaper. I've done phone interviews before but it's been awhile. A long while. The reporter was a woman. Quite lovely. Smart and funny. The newspaper, CERISE, a premier newspaper for the women of South Jersey is the perfect venue for me and my books. A primo promo opp. I was prepared. She was experienced. No reason to be nervous.

Yeah, right.

You read/hear so much advice on what to say and not to say during an interview. So, unfortunately, I was a little self-conscious. Even though she was lovely.

Certain bullet points kept bombarding my brain.

Mention sales statistics regarding romantic fiction.

Mention RWA.

Mention your publishers. Your book titles.

Mention the Atlantic County Library system (my day gig employers) as they arranged the interview and, hey, they deserve some nifty PR.

Luckily this reporter never made me feel as though I had to defend romantic fiction. She seemed genuinely interested in my work,…

Cool Beans

I received notice from blogged.comthat this blog has been reviewed and rated and deemed excellent!

Um. Wow. Really?

"We evaluated your blog based on the following criteria: Frequency of Updates, Relevance of Content, Site Design, and Writing Style. After carefully reviewing each of these criteria, your site was given its 9.3 score. (out of 10!) Your blog is currently in the top ten in the Entertainment/Books & Literature category of"


Well, gee. Thank you! Seriously! Because I've been beating myself up rearding the infrequency of my posts. Not to mention they've lacked zing. In my opinion anyway. But hey, since if you're happy, I'm happy.


Cool beans!

So maybe the aforementioned 'lamp' can be my reward? *g*

Must. Have.

If you've read either or both of the first two books in The Chameleon Chronicles, you know Evie and Arch are movie fanatics. I'm currently nose-to-the-grindstone on book three and tonight in my research on 80s movies I came across this super cool piece of merchandise. I am soooo tempted. It's from one of my all-time favorite movies. My writing room is full of eclectic stuff. This would so fit in. You do know the movie, don't you?

What the Duck

One of the nice things about circulating in blog-o-sphere is discovering new-to-me talent. This morning I had an email from an artist who has been reading my blog. He mentioned that I might enjoy his most recent post. I certainly did. I also got a kick out of the previous one (for reasons you'll see.)

The artist is Aaron Johnson and you can view his work at What The Duck Comic Strips. He did, however, offer permission to post a couple of strips here. I can't get them to appear larger (techno-goober that I am) so please click to Aaron's site for a better look-see. He also has animated strips!

Thanks for starting my day off with a smile, Aaron!

Had My Cake And Ate it Too

As I mentioned this morning, today was the official release day for EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE. I've been so nutso busy that I sort of lost track of that fact until I was driving to work this morning. Then I realized, today is February 1. The day. A special day. Yet here I was heading into the library for a normal work day.

Le' sigh.
I put it out of my head and business went as usual until about 10:45am. My boss, branch director, Sue Wick, strolled in saying, "Special delivery!" Beth (the other Beth) and Denise gathered around and they all congratulated me on the release of EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE! The special delivery was a cake with the cover of ELE somehow painted on! It was from all of my co-workers at the Brigantine Library and I have to say I was extremely touched. My special day was now truly special. Thankfully we took pictures, because let me tell you we are all sweet lovers, so it's not like the cake was going to stay in tact for long!
I'm blessed to be workin…

Celebrating Evie

Today is the official release day for EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE! I have a special story and pictures to share later, but for now I just wanted to pop in to say... Yay!!!! Everybody Loves Evie is on shelves everywhere!