Saturday, May 31, 2008

How To Waste Four Hours

Google Blogger Beta Templates. *snicker* It was like shopping for new shoes. I liked quite a few, but they didn't all fit. So I moved on and on... Four later, I found this. I don't know how long I'll keep it--sort of like my current hair color--but it's fun for now. Now I just have to update with all of my book covers and such. In the meantime, enjoy this slideshow of some recent Romantic Times Convention memories.

(Actually, uploading this slide show was a mistake as I tinkered. But what the hey.)


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Yes!

THUNK!!

That is the sound of my head hitting the desk. This morning I finished and turned in EVIE EVER AFTER. As hard as this book was to write, I'm happy to say that I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

I'm taking the next few days to catch up on 'life' before plunging in to a new story.

Mostly, I'm going to breathe.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Embrace and Conquer!

Today I'm over at Babes in Bookland talking about 'Writer's Neurosis'. Uh, not that I'm insecure or anything. *g*

Friday, May 23, 2008

A Weekend with The Girls


The weather finally turned warm and sunny.... just in time for the holiday weekend. I'd hoped to see the new Indiana Jones movie (I love Indiana!), but that will have to wait.
I'll be spending the weekend with my own fictional hero(s) writing the last few chapters of EVIE EVER AFTER. I'm pumped and in the zone, so it's a good thing! As soon as I type the end, I'm going to treat myself to a shopping trip and a movie. Then I'm going to settle in on the couch with my girls, Sadie, Cheyenne, and Billie and lose myself in a great book. I'm in the mood for a romantic action adventure. Any recommendations?

What about you? What are you doing this weekend?

A Special Reminder

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Just a reminder that there are only a few days left to place your bids at Brenda Novak's 4th Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research . You can support the wonderful cause by bidding on items such as exotic trips, laptop computers, gift baskets, signed books, and critiques by publishing professionals. Here are specific links to things I donated.
Otherwise there are lots of other fabulous things to bid on... Like items from Nora Roberts, Laurel K. Hamilton, Kate Duffy from Kensington, Chris Keelser from Dorchester, AND from my very own and splendiferous editor, Keyren Gerlach (representing HQN and LUNA) an evaluation of a proposal!!!
In the meantime, wishing you a fabulous holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Catch-up Ramble

Apologies for not checking in sooner, gang. I have a lot of balls in the air. I am not an expert juggler, so I tend to drop a few here and there. I recently answered several interview questions for an upcoming June Author feature at Love Western Romances. One of the questions asked if I had any tips for time management. Ha! In essence my answer was, my way is not the right way. Because the way I get it all done is by not having a life (read: gave up TV, hobbies, and all social activities) I seriously do not recommend this approach. I hope to amend my ways soon. Working on the how.

Tonight I have an over-the-phone chat scheduled with my HQN editor's book club. They're reading ALL ABOUT EVIE and she thought it would be fun if they could ask me questions about the book. Since I can't be there in person, we're going to try it over the phone. This will be a first for me. I'm looking forward to it though. A chance to chat about Evie, Arch, and Milo? You bet, I'm in!

Things at the day job have been a bit intense as we're gearing up to learn an entire new computer program for the library system. It's complicated, but I know I'll get it. My brain hurts a little and I find myself grumbling, what was wrong with the old way, even though I know the new way is much more efficient. What can I say? When it involves technology, I am not a fan of change.

I am THIS close to finishing the deadline book. Yes, the same deadline book I've been talking about for months. Don't ask. But I'm ALMOST there. And it's going to be great. No, it is. Really.(Ah, the power of positive thinking!)

I got my hair colored the other night. This month's flavor: Mahogany.


I have a new book coming out in July! THE FALL OF ROME is the third tale in my Wild West Adventure series. It was a bear to write but I love how it came out. I recently received my first review and I'm thrilled to announce it's a good one! "Ms. Ciotta brings her characters to life with perfect pitch dialogue and emotional realism while keeping the action fast-paced and the humor flowing!" Five Spurs! -- Carol, reviewer for Love Western Romances

Click here to read an excerpt.

There's also something brewing for June, which, holy smokes, is just around the corner. Due to popular demand my debut contemporary book, JINXED, is going back to print. It's been out of print for almost a year, but we heard from so many readers (thank you!) who were eager to get their hands on a new copy that Medallion Press took action. New copies should be available as early as June 1st. JINXED is an award winning book and the first in my 'friends and lovers' trilogy. Click here to read an excerpt.


Meanwhile I'm hearing from more and more readers who've just finished EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE and are anxious to know when they can get their hands on Evie's next adventure. EVIE EVER AFTER is slated for Spring 2009. I know it seems a long way off, but it'll be here before we know it. I hope to have the cover to share with you soon. I saw a preliminary mock up and it was sexy and magical! Can't wait to see the finished product. Meanwhile I'll be working on a brand new contemporary. Not at liberty to talk about it just now, but I'll fill you in as soon as I can. I know. Such a tease. But exciting things are in the future!

I won't be posting for the next few days. My head will be deep in the deadline book. Almost. There. Have a fantastic holiday weekend. Any special plans? A picnic? A movie? A reading marathon? Be safe and have fun!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Babes, Puppy and Chicks

Tomorrow I'll update you on where I've been, what I've been doing, and where I am.

Today, I'm at Babes in Bookland talking about 'redemption'. Character redemption, that is.


Before you hop over to read my post at BIB, check out this puppy and his chicks! (give it a sec to kick in) It gets funnier as it goes. I'm still smiling!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Stormy, but Productive Day

We're having one heck of a coastal storm. The window panes rattled so hard last night, it made it tough to sleep. The wind is still blowing--hard. The rain started this morning and has yet to stop.

The planters and patio furniture are strewn willy-nilly around my backyard. About an hour ago, the rain gutter on the back of the house came down, well, half way down. It's pretty mangled. Steve's going to be trhilled to see that when he gets home from work.

The phone just rang. I screened as usual. It was a public warning for our little island. Coastal flooding forthcoming. Move all vehicles to higher ground. Uh, oh. I pulled on a slicker and hurried outside to make sure my car was in the slightly elevated driveway and not the street where it had gotten flooded two years prior. It was. Thank you, Steve!

Currently, I'm sitting on the sofa typing away at the deadline book. My two dogs, who hate storms, are curled on either side of me. Wind blowing. Rain pouring. If nothing else, it's a great writing day.

What's going on in your neck of the woods?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Too Many Books, Too Little Time


I'm at Babes in Bookland today. Hop over and see what the Babes are reading!
Also, as it applies.... HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Cherished Memories


Today, I worked hard at the library. Today, I worked hard on my WIP. Today, I put together a slideshow of just a few special memories from past Romantic Times Conventions. On MySpace I imported great music by Lisa Loeb to accompany this slideshow, but I can't figure out how to do that here. Darn. So please CLICK HERE to go to 'Beth's' MySpace. Click play on the music and scroll down to view a few cherished memories from RT conventions! Call me nostalgic.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Make Me Smile

I sailed through most of my life sporting rose-colored glasses. I rarely watched the news or read the newspapers. It's not that I didn't want to be aware of current events, it's that for the most part media focused on the bad stuff in life. Stuff I didn't want to know about.

Unfortunately, as much as I love my job at the library, it behooves me to be somewhat savvy about what's going on in the world. So every morning, I now surf CNN. I'm often appalled by the headlines alone. Many of the stories are horrifying. I really don't want to know that mankind is capable of such atrocities. Lately, I've been feeling a little depressed. I blame the news. The 'bad' news that is. So I'm slipping on my rose-colored glasses for the next few days. I'm adopting Monty Python's "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" as my theme song. I'm asking you to help me adopt a merrier attitude.

Share some good news with me. Something about you. Your professional life. Your family life. Or something uplifting about someone you know. As Chicago sang... Make Me Smile!

Meanwhile, for your listening pleasure.. my new theme song!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

A New Playground

I'm thrilled to announce I've been invited to join a fantabulous group blog with some stunningly talented authors and nice ladies to boot! There's a cool banner featuring all of our names, but for some reason Blogger won't let me upload this morning. Maybe later...

From here on, every Sunday you can find me at Babes in Bookland where we chime in on a weekly topic. My premiere post is an introduction of sorts, including an edited essay. But next week it's on to the featured topics! Please hop over and check out my new playground!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bid on Me!

Okay. Not on me specifically. But my services.

Hmm. Let me rephrase.

Visit Brenda Novak's 4th Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research where you can bid on amazing items such as exotic trips, laptop computers, gift baskets, signed books, lunches with famous publishing folk, critiques by famous publishing folk and folk like me who dream of being famous. Heh. Seriously. You have to check the auction. No. Go one better. Place a bid at the auction. It's for great cause!

You don't have to bid on me, but I'd be giddy as a school girl if you did. Here are specific links to things I donated.

For Readers: Collection of autographed books including, JINXED, CHARMED, SEDUCED, ALL ABOUT EVIE, EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE.... and become a character in my next novel!

For Writers: Critique of a proposal (synopsis & first three chapters)

For Movie Lovers: A gift basket overflowing with items donated by myself and writer, Olga Grun (Mostly Olga!) Amazon Gift Certificate, DVDS, Books, Popcorn.... and lots more!

Otherwise there are lots of other fabulous things to bid on... Like stuff from Nora Roberts, Laurel K. Hamilton, Kate Duffy from Kensington, Chris Keelser from Dorchester, AND from my very own and splendiferous editor, Keyren Gerlach (representing HQN and LUNA) an evaluation of a proposal!!!

Go, go, go!

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Win Stuff!

I'm at Petticoats and Pistols today. Hop over and win some cool stuff! My post is right after Tanya Hanson's. She's blogging and giving away stuff, too. So it's a double whammy!