Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Over the River and Through the Woods

Or more accurately.... Up the parkway and over the bridge. 

Because of our jobs, my husband and I or at least one of us has always had to work on Thanksgiving. That's not to say that we don't fix a Thanksgiving meal, but it's always just the two of us. This year we're both off for not only Thanksgiving, but the day after! Hence we're treating ourselves and driving up to my in-laws. This involves driving through parts of NYC. The traffic will no doubt be horrendous, but it will be worth it.

This past year, I've truly learned how very short life is and how we must make special effort to spend time with those we love. I wish I had even more time off so I could whisk to Indiana to see my mom and sisters. Maybe next year. This year, I'm fortunate enough to spend a bit of time with my Mom and Dad C and my brother and sister in-law. And Steve. Oh, and Cheyenne and Nia! The doggies are coming with us, too. A full house, great food, and a fun time. Yay!

This Thanksgiving, I'm counting my blessings more than ever. I'm grateful for my loving family and friends and my good health. I am blessed.

What about you? What are your plans? What are you grateful for?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Look, New Formats, Old Favorites!

Here's some exciting news from Medallion Press! The Friends and Lovers trilogy that I love so much will be available for the first time in Kindle, Nook, and other e-formats in 2011. PLUS they'll have new covers! I can't wait to see what the awesome MP art department comes up with.

Here's the official announcement...

"In an effort to bring our readers new experiences and ways to enjoy their favorite Medallion books, we will be giving a few of our past releases a face-lift and rereleasing them next year.

Readers can look for a repackaging of Beth Ciotta’s award-winning Friends and Lovers trilogy available only in e-book format. These rereleases will feature new covers to enhance Ciotta’s already hilarious stories of romance and adventure. Look for Jinxed, Charmed, and Seduced to be available in late 2011. Be sure to get your copy of the original book before they are all gone!"

I'm hoping the new look and e-formats will hook and thrill readers... old and new. I love these stories and am eager to share them with fans of romantic fiction. Click here to see the cool banners featuring these three faves.  Thanks for booster Medallion!

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Trip to Scotland - Part 1

Don't worry. I'm not going to give you a play by play of my October birthday trip to Scotland, but I am going to share some pics over the next few days via a fun slide show. First up: Edinburgh Castle.... silent movie style!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Where's Beth Now?

I'm not as famous a Waldo, but I do feel the need to have a poster featuring 'me' lost amidst a zillion pictures resembling my chaotic life. My sister, Elle, creates some pretty awesome mock covers. When she's tackled her Nano (National Novel Writing Month) goal, maybe I'll ask her to make me one. Until then, imagine me in Waldo's place.

I haven't posted here for an embarrassingly long time. Apologies to all who check in. Without dwelling in details, I suffered the loss of my brother, Bobby, last month. He battled cancer for over a year. Battled valiantly and lost. As you can imagine this was, and remains, crushing. I did manage to stay in touch with friends on Facebook throughout most of these past months and I thank all those who reached out with emails and cards. On my long list of things to 'catch up on' it's some more personal thank yous. Bear with me.

On to something happier, last I also celebrated a big birthday. Steve had planed a very special birthday holiday for me and, wanting to create some happy memories, we followed through with the trip. I'm so glad. It was a healing, inspiring and romantic time. Four days in Edinburgh, Scotland, three in London, England. Posted lots of pics on my FB account. Will try to create a slide show for this blog, but until then here's a couple of fave pics. Edinburgh Castle--after dark!

Since returning, I've been crazy busy at the library, plus catching up on bazillion 'life' things that have fallen through the cracks. I've also been hard at work on two new book proposals. Did I mention I'm inspired? One proposal is geared toward those who love my quirky romantic comedies. Lots of potential sexy fun here. The other explores my fascination with ghosts and otherwordly creatures, Edinburgh, Scotland . . . and young love. Remember when I mentioned above that my sister creates mock covers for fun? She created this one for me for inspiration. 

 Oh... Bailey Caine is the name I've chosen to write under to set apart my slightly darker YAs from my adult rom-coms. This is a new direction and exciting direction for me and I have no sales or releases to announce.... yet. I've only just begun. However, I feel so strongly about this new avenue that I've decided to share my new passion with the universe. See it, believe it, be it!

Meanwhile, I recently learned about this new review at Coffee Time Romance for INTO THE WILD. " ... an adventurous read with humor, passion, romance, and a hunky adventurer..."  Read more here.  I also wrote a blog feature for RT BOOKreviews on unique heroines. Click here to read From Quirky to Kick-butt

More news regarding my books and future projects coming soon. I'll try to post more frequently here, but I also encourage you to join me on Facebook where I interact almost daily. It's a fabulous way to keep up with friends, family, and reading buds. Otherwise, my heads down--imagination soaring, fingers flying!