Showing posts from February, 2010

Smelling the Roses

I'm not one to brag. Really, I'm not. But I can't help but ... beam... regarding the reviews rolling in for my April 1 release OUT OF EDEN. Even the two mixed reviews I've stumbled upon are good reviews in their own way.

Shhh. Don't tell anyone, but I had serious doubts that anyone aside from me was going to like this book. A book that tormented me in various stages. Seriously. I've been shaking in my boots. It's not just a matter of vanity--I swear!--it's a matter of pride. My goal is to entertain and provide escapism. If I accomplish that, even if only a little, I have succeeded!

Indulge me. Happy dance with me. Reviews on OUT OF EDENthus far...

"When Ciotta throws these two well-drawn characters together, sparks fly. A widower with a secret past who helps Kylie change the store into an upscale “shoppe,” a Philadelphia mob boss who needs to right an old score, and the escapades of Jack's cheating brother-in-law turn this campy romance into a wel…

Head Down, Head In The Clouds

Head down, concentrating on revisions (embellishments) for my September release INTO THE WILD. Meanwhile, I had some super news regarding my April release, OUT OF EDEN. I posted that news over at SIS today, but figure it's okay to steal from myself. Seems weird not to share the awesome news here, so.... like I said at SIS....

Head in the clouds....

I'll be the first one to advise any artist to take reviews of their work with a grain of salt. One person's opinion. Taste is subjective. However, even though I preach this and believe it, it's still hard not to feel the rush of a good review and the sting of the bad.

My method: Enjoy and celebrate the good reviews forever. Endure the sting of a bad review for a day then shrug it off.

You will never be every one's cup of tea. Even Nora Roberts, whose books appeal to millions of readers, including me, is not every one's cup of tea. I will remind myself of that the first time someone disses my upcoming release Out of Eden.…

A Thrill and A Smile

Friday I received a smile in the mail. Actually, it was a magazine that made me smile. A couple of months ago I was invited to write an article for Simply Books, a small but delicious magazine all about Harlequin books and authors. A magazine that goes to readers and booksellers. Since my upcoming release Out of Edenfeatures a dog, and many of the subscribers are animal lovers, I was asked if I could focus on a 'dog' angle. No problem!
Since the novel's featured dog, Shy, is based on my dog, Cheyenne, I wrote an article that centered on pet adoption and the special role Cheyenne has played in our household--with humans and other animals. Of course, I was thrilled to be included in the magazine, to have a chance to promo Out of Eden, but my two goofiest thrills were:
1) Seeing my name on the cover wedged between NY Bestselling authors Susan Wiggsand Debbie Macomber... (talk about surreal!)
2) Seeing Cheyenne's pic (along with me) big as life next to the article. I showed h…


Happy Valentine's Day!

My husband and I started celebrating a little early. We had dinner and wine
at one of our favorite restaurants. Tonight it's movie and champagne at home.
For me, the best part about Valentine's Day is spending quality time with your
loved one. Um, and maybe the chocolates my husband always 'surprises' me with.

What about you? Any special plans?


First of all... The synopsis I was writing, the one I mentioned yesterday, has come to a screeching halt. At least for a couple of weeks. Yesterday afternoon, my editor called with the revision notes for Into the Wild (my 9/10 release). The good news is I don't have to revise as much as embellish. Woo-hoo! Still, this requires creative thinking, energy, and time as I must write additional scenes/chapters so... don't expect to see me here for a bit.

Second.... It's my featured day at Sisters in Sync -- Creative Chaos. Please hop over and check out my post on The Published Juggler.

Until later..... Cheers!

New Worlds and Cool News

There's a story that I'm dying to write, but it involves worldbuilding and that's a bit intimidating. So, even though I have the concept and a few chapters, I've been avoiding writing a synopsis. Because . . . in order to write the synopsis I have to know the story beginning to end and I don't. It's that pesky affliction I have--Pansters Syndrome. Meaning I write by the seat of my pants, fly into the mist, leap and the net appears, etc.

Except then I remembered, I just completed a synopsis last week, a synopsis I ended up loving, and didn't know that story beginning to end. It revealed itself as I researched and wrote. That's pretty much how it always goes with me. So why let a little bit of worldbuilding (read: fear of the new and unknown) stand in the way of developing a fun project?

“It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”--E. L. Doctorow

So, I switched on my headlights…

SLAMMED (the good, bad, and inspiring)

Wow. First I got slammed by a computer virus (although that crisis is behind me) and then a blizzard (20" of snow!) and now less than a week later we're being slammed by another snow storm.

The good news is... we haven't lost power. Yet.

More good news... the county closed the library so I have an unexpected day off.

More good news.... starting tomorrow, due to President's Holidays and my normal weekend off, I now have six days off in a row. Yahoo!

I am using it to catch up on business, much of it related to my blog ventures. If you get a chance hop over to Animal Talesat Sisters in Syncand check out our new interest--Adopt-a-Pet!

Another goal is to catch up on posts over at Barking at Eden's Door. I (I mean Shy-the-Sensitive-Dog) has been meaning to introduce you to the cast of my (our) upcoming release OUT OF EDEN. She's (I'm) a little behind.

Since I'm sharing good news, hop over and congratulate my friend Stephanie Bond. Her Body Movers series (MIRA) ha…


Why I'm in a cranky mood.... My laptop got slammed by a horrible virus. Vicious! Haven't had access to my files in 4 days and it looks as though I'm going to lose most everything on my hard drive. I'll lose a lot of data pertaining to my professional life and many personal photos. Shame on the evil computer geek who created this malicious virus. Shame on me for not having everything backed up.

Why I'm glad I didn't pursue my dream to be a Hollywood actress... An insider's look at actors and auditions by the ever brilliant Emmy award winning writer, Ken Levine. Click herefor a dose of show biz reality.

Why I'm excited.... After month's of researching e-readers, I finally decided on the Kindle. It'll be here any day!

Why I'm nervous.... Reviews for OUT OF EDEN, my April release from HQN, should start rolling in a few weeks.

Why I'm jazzed . . . I have not one, but four different story ideas for the immediate future. If I'm lucky, I'll…