Showing posts from September, 2009

Kate Duffy -- One of a Kind

Yesterday, I learned a romance industry giant, a woman I called friend, passed away. Kate Duffy, Executive Editor at Kensington Publishing is no longer with us. I still can't believe it.

I'm not sure that I could write a fitting tribute, but other's have. I'll share posts that touched me most. Mary Stellaspoke my heart. Kate was a mutual friend of ours. Sarah Wendell'slovely tribute prompted over 100 comments, many of them showing just how beloved Kate was. Lastly Squawk Radio re-ran an interview with Kate and boy does her one-of-a-kind personality shine through.
If you google, I'm sure you'll find mention of Kate Duffy all over the net today. That's how revered she was by the romance industry. I cherish every moment I shared with her.
Just one of many great times. A dinner party with friends, hosted by Kate. She's the one next to me (2nd from your right) Cheers, Kate!

Shedding Pounds and Gaining Momentum

I need to lose some weight. When my stretchy pants and my too-baggy jeans don't fit quite right . . . when it takes effort to button the waistband . . . time to readjust my eating habits. I refuse to buy the next size up.

Re-adjusting my current eating habits means giving up my daily Peppermint Patty and Lipton Iced Tea. For weeks now that's been my mid-day treat. Now it has to be water and a piece of fruit.

It means giving up sausage, egg & cheese breakfast sandwiches and eating cereal or two hard boiled eggs and a glass of V8.

It means making recipes from my Weight Watcher cookbook instead of ordering Chinese Take-out. And if I do waver and order Chinese, instead of my favorite dishes I have to get the steamed chicken and veggie dish which wouldn't be so bad except it has NO FLAVOR!

It means making my own soup (a super duper low cal, no salt Weight Watcher's soup) from scratch instead of nuking my beloved Progresso soup.

All in all it means willpower plus extra time a…

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Seventeen years of wedded bliss to a truly amazing (and super funny) man.

2009 I love you, Steve!

Scary Times, Sound Advice

As you may or may not know, in addition to writing full time, I work at my local library. It's a fantastic, upbeat job. I'm surrounded by books, by people who love books. We talk about books all day. What could possibly be menacing about my job?

Yet yesterday, I had to sit through a workshop entitled 'Active Shooters'. All county employees are required to attend. This workshop was designed by our local law enforcement and homeland security agency, spurred by recent and not-so-long ago incidents where a nutball storms a school, mall, or workplace and randomly shoots down victims.

They also covered targeted shootings spurred by domestic violence. I could have done without having to listen to the actual 911 call where a cocktail waitress of a local casino called to say her ex had followed her from her workplace to her car--and then to hear her scream as he killed her with shotgun blasts. Nice.

That aside, the workshop was informative and useful, I guess, but disturbing. How…

Back in the Sadddle

It was a whirlwind summer and early fall. Full of good stuff, bad stuff, and crazy stuff. Stuff that kept me from blogging on a regular basis. But because of my new template (thanks, Barb!) and a rejuvenating trip to Wyoming (thanks, Barb!), I'm back in the saddle again.

That's my sister Barb (aka Elle J Rossi) on the left and me on the right. We recently indulged in a sisterly writer retreat/adventure. Wahoo!

But I digress. Where was I? Ah, yes.

What to expect given my 'new look'.
Not much. Seriously. I wouldn't want to lead you on. Life is hectic beyond manageable. So I'll post when I can. And be as interesting as I can. Man, that sounds a lame. But it's honest!

On my immediate plate: Writing an article on the photographer/illustrator team of Fortin and Sanders for the December issue of Romantic Times Magazine. Due, er, Wednesday.

Wrapping up my next HQN (Harlequin release) due November 15. Sounds far away. Trust me it isn't.

Also... I need to get my eyebrow…

A New Look

Aw, come on. You know me. Every now and then I need a make-over. I recently went for a new hairstyle and color and decided my blog could use a new look as well. My sister, Elle, helped me upload this new template and I love it! I'm hoping this will encourage me to blog more regularly, although I can always be found at Sisters In Sync.

Bear with me while I mess with my new digs. I need to re-load quite a few links to my Blog List and I'm messing with the layout of various widgets. This will take some time since I can't devote my full attention to this fun project. Time's ticking on the deadline book and I also have an article to write for the Decemmber issue of Romantic Times BOOKreviews. Oh, and I need to eat.

Where did I put that number to the Chinese Take-out place....

Spring Into Fall

Well, folks, it's September 1st which pretty much represents the end of the summer for me. It is not, however, the end of this blog hiatus. Here's the scoop.

I'm currently juggling proposals for two new stories, one a series, line edits and galleys for Out of Eden (coming spring from HQN) and the first draft of Into the Wild (coming fall 2010--HQN). That's a lot of wordspinning and it all has to be done by November. Time is limited to say the least. Although, I won't be here much, you can keep up with me via my Twitter Updates located in the left sidebar. You can also find me at Sisters In Sync -- Creative Chaos. In fact, I'd love it if you join me there. Everyday's a new adventure.

Until my next random post.... Happy reading!