Monday, May 23, 2011

Act Now and Make A Difference!


I hopped over to Brenda Novak's Auction and realized that there are only eight days left before bidding closes! In case you're unaware--every year NYT Bestselling author Brenda Novak hosts an amazing and wondrous on-line auction in order to benefit diabetes research. Be sure to visit and browse the fantastic donations by authors, editors, agents, readers, and more!

Please check my upper right sidebar for the direct links to some items donated by me and also by me and my friend Olga. However, once there, be sure to browse all the categories and bid, bid, bid! Not only do you stand a chance of securing a fantastically wonderful item or service, but you're also helping a wonderful cause. Please spread the word. Every dollar makes a difference!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Cupcake Craft

My husband, tech wiz that he is, figured out whatever was wrong with my smart phone and finally I was able to email myself, attaching pics of the craft I attended last Wednesday night.

As most of you know, in addition to writing, I also work at my local library. One of the fun things we do for the community is to host occasional child and adult crafts. I've never attended a craft class since they're always on a Wednesday night and I'm usually home working hard on a manuscript. However this month's craft featured cupcakes! Making a cupcake stand and decorating a cupcake with fondant. Considering I'm writing a new series called--THE CUPCAKE CLUB--I couldn't resist joining in!

Our branch manager (and good friend), Beth B (who's an amazing baker) made the cupcakes and the fondant from scratch. Our task was to create our stands and to decorate our cupcake. I'm not very 'crafty' nor have I ever decorated a cupcake, especially with fondant. Behold my fun evening in this slide show!

I'm so glad I got out and attended this event. Even though I'm not particularly talented with crafts or decorating cupcakes (you should have seen some of the other ladies creations!) I had a blast trying. I also very much enjoyed the kinship with friends and library patrons. What abut you? Are you 'crafty'? Do you ever attend local craft/art workshops?

**If the slide show isn't working, just click your 'refresh' button. It's acting a little wonky. Sorry!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cupcake Decorating 101. Sort of.

So here's my story and I'm sticking to it because I swear it's true.

I attended the adult craft program (presented by my local library) tonight just as I said I would. They have adult craft nights every month, but I've never attended because I'm always cramped for time, and writing at night. However, tonight the theme was 'CUPCAKES'.  Since my new series with St. Martin's Press is entitled THE CUPCAKE CLUB, how could I not participate?

So I went. I participated. I took several pictures with my smart phone--documentation of the craftt beginning to end. I emailed those photos from the phone to myself... only they haven't shown up yet.


So I can't share them yet.


Stay tuned. I could simply write about the awesome event, but the pictures add so much color.

Story (with pics) coming soon (I hope). 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

News Flash!

Just learned from one of my publishers that the price of two of my earlier novels (written with Cynthia Valero under the penname CB Scott) have been lowered to a more competitive price on Amazon. Just 2.99 Kindle lovers!  Woot! 

One of the books is KINDRED SPIRITS--the ghost romance sequel to SCANDALOUS SPIRITS. The other is KNIGHT OF MY DREAMS--a reincarnation romance that bounces between contemporary and medieval times. An emotional read infused with a bit of humor and a lot of mystery.

Click on the links and read the blurbs, see if either or both spark your interest. Great, affordable, romantic reads!     

That concludes the promotional portion of this post. *g*

Tomorrow night I'm attending a craft class at the library. We're making cupcake holders and decorating a cupcake. I'll try not to embarrass myself. Photos to come! 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Speaking of Social Networks...

Yesterday I shared a link to a post talking about authors utilizing blogs and social networks... such as Facebook. Today I'm passing on a link regarding Facebook's policy on running 'contests'... something a lot of authors do. Something I've done in the past. 

Apparently Facebook has updated and intensified their rules regarding running/announcing contests. Not targeted directly at authors, but it certainly affects us. Breaking the rules could result in FB deleting your page/profile! Author Ashley March broke down what this means for us on her blog. If you're an author and maintaining a presence at FB, be sure to check this out.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Flex Those Muscles, Hone That Craft!

Today I stumbled across two posts of major interest to me as a writer. So much so that I want to share the links with you. For writers and for those simply interested in the writing process, here goes!

The first post addresses a question I've asked myself a few times over the last year or so.  "Do you really need an author blog if you're on Facebook or Twitter?" I'm active on both of these social networks, though I confess I favor Facebook. In fact I post and interact there quite a bit. It's also where I keep up with friends, family, and fave authors. I see far more action on my FB page then on this blog, so I have wondered... are blogs passe? Reading Judy Dunn's post regarding this matter, I now have a whole new perspective. I highly recommend this read, fellow writers. You'll find this educational post at Writer Unboxed.               

The next post was actually an article. One of several amazing and informative articles on Michael Hauge's  newly renovated website--Story Mastery. For those who don't know, Michael Hauge is is a story and script consultant, author and lecturer who works with writers and filmmakers on their screenplays, novels, movies and television projects. His resume/bio is incredibly impressive and I had the pleasure of attending one of his two-hour workshops last month at at the RT Conference in LA. I was thrilled to see he'll be lecturing at RWA in NYC as well. I plan on attending both lectures. Educational and inspiring to say the very least.  He now has a new website that features several helpful elements, including extensive 'how-to' articles. Not to be missed.! I'll link specifically to an article pertaining to the workshop I attended--Screenplay structure and how you can appy it to writing novels. Click here to read and learn, but be sure to skim the other articles as well. 

Just one of the many exciting things about being a writer is stretching your wings, moving outside your comfort zone, challenging yourself, and forever honing your craft. Enjoy the links!    

Monday, May 9, 2011

GVD Steamblog Alert

Happy Monday, all! Wanted to let you know that there's a new post up on my GVD Steamblog. If you're curious about my steampunk series or just wondering what the devil steampunk is... this one's for you! Click here to read.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Adventures and Vintage Reads!

Happy Saturday everyone!  In spite of a difficult week, I find myself in semi-bright spirits today. I think it helps that the sun is shining like crazy (we've had months of cold, dismal grey) and the temps are actually in the mid 60s.  Heavenly!

This morning I had two emails asking when my next book is coming out. I realized suddenly that it's been awhile since I've talked about my publishing schedule here. I've also been lax about sending updates to my newsletter subscribers. (Apologies!) Those two things immediately shot to the top of my 'To Do' list.

So here's the scoop regarding my upcoming books. Though I won't have any new releases in 2011, there are at least six new adventures coming in my/your future.

*I recently signed with St. Martins Press to write a new contemporary romance series--The Cupcake Club. Launch date 2012. I'll be sharing specific updates and fun features on that series on this blog from now until whenever! Check back often or subscribe for notices of when I post.  

*I recently signed with NAL to write a new steampunk romance series--The  Glorious Victorious Darcys. Launch date 2012. I'll be sharing specific updates and fun features on that series on the GVD Steamblog, a blog specifically designed for The Darcys and fans of everything steampunk. Hop over and subscribe for notices of when I post... or check in from time to time.

I apologize for what probably feels like eons for a new read from me, but I thank you for hanging in and promise it'll be worth the wait.  Meanwhile, if you're interested and perhaps haven't read all my previous books, check out my backlist via my website. Excerpts and reviews are available there as well as buy links.

Good News!

Although some of my previous books are out of print, and others very hard to find in print, almost all of my backlist is now available in digital (e-book) format. Just search my name at Kindle or Nook or any one of several e-book stores.

More Good News!

Three paranormal romances that I wrote along with friend and awesome author CynthiaValero--under the name CB Scott--are now available on Kindle. Click here and check out my spooky, fun side!

If I don't post as frequently as you'd like, please know it's because I'm hard at work on those upcoming books. I tend to pop in quite a bit at Facebook so if you're not linked to me there, please send a request!

That's it for now. Any specific questions? About anything? I'm all ears! Ask away!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

GVD Steamblog Alert

For anyone interesting in learning more about my upcoming steampunk romance series--THE GLORIOUS VICTORIOUS DARCYS, I created the GVD Steamblog where I feature character profiles, GVD music and (coming soon) gizmos and gadgets utilized in the Darcys world. Today a short post and a cool pic of a steampunk computer along with a link that shows how it was made! Click here for a looksee!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011!

Hello all!

As you can see it looks a little different here. I'm in the process of overhauling this blog in celebration of my two new upcoming series: THE CUPCAKE CLUB and... THE GLORIOUS VICTORIOUS DARCYS. Two very different series calling for exclusive blogs, but as you can see from the tabs up top, you can easily navigate back and forth. Please bear with me as I slowly make all my changes. Eventually I'll have a spanking new website that will feature both series. Until then this is how best to get the scoop.

More soon!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Make a Difference!


I have a lot on my mind and several things I'd like to blog about, but I've earmarked today to spread some special news. Every year NYT Bestselling author Brenda Novak hosts an amazing and wondrous on-line auction in order to benefit diabetes research. Rather than me blathering here, it's best if you hop over directly to the auction. You'll be stunned by all the fantastic donations by authors of my genres, editors, agents, readers, and more. STUNNED!

Please check my upper right sidebar for the direct links to some items donated by me and also by me and my friend Olga. However, once there, be sure to browse all the categories and bid, bid, bid! Not only do you stand a chance of winning a fantastically wonderful item or service, but you're also helping a wonderful cause. Oh, and please do help to spread the word. Every dollar makes a difference.

Blessing to all!