Monday, February 7, 2011


Well, my glorious Mexican vacay with Mr. Crane continues. We are in the funkiest little hotel, like 6 blocks from the beach, and it is super sunny and dazzlingly pretty every day. Right now we are sitting outside having coffee and rolls. It's sort of amazing how quickly I forgot about home, and all the snow. It doesn't seem real, yet I know that snow exists. It's like another dimension. Maybe I am just starting to block it out.

I have been tearing through books. I read Something About You by Julie James, and I'm reading The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook as well as Naked by Megan Hart. I started Lord Perfect, but I might be off my historicals tear. Which is kind of amazing. I thought I'd never be off that phase - there were a couple months when it was all I wanted to read. I was reading Naked on the beach in this beach picture, and the cover is pretty racy, and I felt weird about it for a while, but I got over it. Another day there was a woman reading a book with a cover ripped off of it. Nosy me had to get a look at what it was - something by Debbie Macomber, I think.

Mr. Crane, aka King Coconut, found a place where they will
chop apart a raw coconut and let you drink the juice and eat the
meat of it. I'm not sure if carne de coconut is the correct
term here. Does anybody know?  
Actually, I lied, we are not in the funkiest hotel. There is this super weird hotel down the alley from us that I am going to investigate later. It apprears that every light bulb in the place is red, and mannequins are everywhere. In the lobby, there seem to be mannequins in cages. I sort of wish we were staying there, though Mr. Crane does not concur. I will get pictures later. One weird thing also: there is this disco/electronica/trance music being played really loud on the beach almost everywhere, often by DJs. I sort of felt neutral about it at first, and slightly like dancing when I leave my book to swim, but after a couple hours, it starts driving both of us insane! So, yesterday, we found a part of the beach that has no music, so that was way more peaceful.

I was worried about the weather - the forecasts kept calling for rain, but it has been brilliantly sunny every day. The sun is so strong, it's just like, screw you to all the rain and clouds, which scatter off.

Mango pineapple juice. With a side of geeky photo please! 
I had hoped to get some work done my regular life, the idea of a rare empty day where I don't have to do client work not being spent on a novel, story or some related thing would have been unthinkable as poking my own eye out, but my concentration is on vacation. I suppose that is healthy.

Mammoth book edits
However, I got my edits back from my story for Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance (out in late September). I am very excited for this story! It's unrelated to the Disillusionists world, and kind of more humorous. Or at least, I feel that it is. This anthology is going to be awesome. Stacia Kane, Jennifer Estep, Sharon Shinn and a number of other authors I admire are in it.

AAD interview series...
I'm over at Livre De Amour (Books of Love), a new-to-me blog that looks really fun. Blogger Grace is doing this whole series of interviews with people who are attending Authors After Dark. Come say hi! 


Anonymous said...

I'm very jealous of your glorious Mexican vacay (as I comment from work). But I'm sure it's well deserved and I thank you for sharing. I read The Iron Duke not that long ago and thought it was great. One of the few books that actually live up to all the hype.

Stephanie G
Paranormal Haven

tori aka ggs_closet said...

OooO it look like you and Mr. Crane are enjoying yourselves. It's done nothing but rain here so maybe it'll stay here till you leave. :) No need to thank me. Anything for a friend. lol

Lori said...

Super jealous! Looks like you guys are having a fabulous time! All tanned and relaxed. Enjoy :)

Carolyn Crane said...

Steph: So true! I have held off finishing it because I want so badly to make it last.

Tori: THAT'S where the rain went! Yes, you are a true friend indeed.

Carolyn Crane said...

Lori: Thanks! Yes, possibly too relaxed.

Christine said...

ohmygosh, how lucky are you right now?! The sun on your face, sand between your toes, ice cold fruity drinks on hand and (reading) Naked on the beach! Woohooo! Life is good. :)

Penelope said...

Hola! Looks like you are enjoying a wonderful trip! The Iron Duke is a great vacation read....really fun and different and sexy.

Happy Reading and Sunning and Funning,

KB/KT Grant said...


When I went to Hawaii over the summer, I became addicted to dried coconut. Yum.

Looks like you're having so much fun and have some nice color :)

Jackie (Literary Escapism) said...

As I'm sitting here freezing with my 2 feet of snow, I am instantly jealous of your Mexican Vacay. *grin* What part of Mexico are you guys chilling in? Because if you have the chance to hit up Guadalajara, I totally recommend it. I love El Historico Centro and Tlaquepaque is equally fabulous.

Tumperkin said...

Aww! You look so happy together - big smiles and mirrored body language

Don't work. Enjoy.

Chris said...

Oh, Mr Crane needs to apply some more sunblock...

You look like you're having a great time!! I will be muttering dire things about you tomorrow morning when I go out into the -15F weather to see if my car starts.

Carolyn Crane said...

Christine: Yes, I feel really lucky. Naked is an awesome beach read, too.

Penelope: Thanks! And, I've been thinking a lot about you as I notice beards totally coming back in.

KB: Thanks! Trying to avoid it, but how can you here?

Jackie: We're near Cancun. Pretty far down!

Tump: yes, I think that's good advice.

Chris: Tell me it's not so ! Not -15!! Will it be 45 by Wednesday, though? Please?

Chris said...

A high of +5F, low of -9F on Wednesday. But hey, it'll be 28F on Friday.

kylie said...

You and Mr. Crane look so relaxed, tanned and happy! Sun, surf and yummy drinks will do that...*sniff* we're expecting another shot of snow in a couple of days.

Renee said...

Awesome pics!

LOVED The Iron Duke. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :-)

Have a great time in Mexico. Store up all of that great sunshine in your bones for your return to MN.

Tracy said...

Oh you look like you're having so much fun! Continue having a great time and keep reading! lol