Monday, February 28, 2011

Mondo release roundup with an exciting contest

Wow, a whole slew of exciting new releases right now from my author faves & friends!! Okay, I'm listing them in alphabetical order, and I'm giving TWO of them away (two winners will get to pick one each). Franky, I don't know how I'd choose.
**Contest UPDATE 3/5/11 - Via the magic of, winners have been chosen and emailed...congrats to: as always ♥ Carol &  Rex Robot! Can't wait to see what you pick!
Never Again by Michelle Bardsley (Wizards of Nevermore #1)
I loved this tale of lost characters finding each other in a super-quirky kind of paranormal Mayberry. 

BlurbWelcome to Nevermore, Texas, population 503, where witches and wizards live side by side with humans, and where witch Lucy Rackmore is in trouble. Ever since her former lover snuffed out her magical abilities, everyone in town is looking to settle a score with her family. And Lucy's only hope for survival may be her ex-brother-in-law-whom her sister betrayed and nearly killed.

"4.5 Stars! Top Pick! "This edgy and sexy series provides more evidence of Bardsley's supreme storytelling chops!" ~ RT Book Reviews

Excerpt and more at Michele Bardsley's site

Accidentally Catty by Dakota Cassidy (The Accidental Series book #5)
Oh funny, fabulous, Dakota! I love the sound of this plot. Even the blurb is hilarious.

Blurb: Katie Woods never thought she'd be forty-one, divorced, and thrust back into the dating world. To start fresh, Katie uproots her veterinary practice to upstate New York-not exactly the hottest dating scene on the planet. But when an unconscious cougar appears at her clinic, Katie's newly single life gets a much needed jolt of the supernatural kind.

After Katie examines the cougar and leaves him caged overnight, she's shocked to find a big strapping specimen of young, hot man in its place. And when the scratch she got during the exam results in some unnatural side effects, Katie has more to deal with then her animal attraction to a much younger guy-she has to figure how to stop herself from becoming a cougar of the four-legged variety.

Taste Me by Tamara Hogan (Underbelly Chronicles, book #1)
My hometown pal smashes out of the gates with an amazing debut!

Blurb: Ever since their tempestuous fling years ago, incubus Lukas Sebastiani has known that siren Scarlett Fontaine was meant to be his. But when you're a sex demon with an insatiable desire, relationships are way more than complicated...

Rock star Scarlett Fontaine desperately needs a break after a grueling tour. But with murder and mayhem surrounding her band, and the one man she never thought to see again put to the task of protecting her, life is going to be anything but peaceful...

Every encounter between them creates more turmoil-and heat-until Scarlett pushes Lukas to the boiling point, and unleashes forces that go way beyond anything she can hope to control...

"Utterly, drugs, and rock 'n roll the paranormal way. Every tense moment is steamy, passionate foreplay heading toward a fiery resolution." ~Dark Divas Reviews  

"Wow! This hip, sensual tale about a supernatural rock scene sizzles with forbidden heat and danger. A full-blast start to an addictive new series!" ~Carolyn Crane

A Lot Like Love by Julie James 
I tell myself I will save this one for a rainy day, but who am I kidding? I will ravish and devour this thing the instant I get it.  

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.


As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more. . .

Hell to Pay by Jackie Kessler (Hell on Earth #4)
The final installment to a sexy, wild, and wonderful series! Hell's Belles (#1) was one of my first UF loves. So psyched for this wrap-up, and it's just $2.99 in a bold self-pubbing experiment.

Blurb: In this fourth and final Hell on Earth novel, everything changes.

After turning her back on Hell and becoming human, the former demon Jezebel - now the mortal dancer Jesse Harris - is ready to settle down with her true love, Paul Hamilton, and make with the Happily Ever After. But that's not in the cards. Jesse is accidentally wielding her former Hellish power - with devastating results. Another former succubus has targeted Paul. Someone is killing the dancers at Jesse's club. And the King of Hell is leading the world to the brink of Armageddon. All in all, it's not looking good for Jesse, or for anyone she loves. And there's going to be hell to pay.

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and probably lots of other places...$2.99!

Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead (Dark Swan #3)

Richelle is unstoppable these days. Not that I want to stop her, considering she is at her full powers of writerly awesomeness. 

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear. . .

Dead Waters by Anton Strout (Simon Canderous #4) 
Anton Strout with his fresh, fun take on urban fantasy in this series. I love the sound of this whodunnit installment.

Simon Canderous, of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, is used to fighting vampires and zombies. But the strange murder of a professor has everyone stumped. And it's making some people crazy. Literally.

“Simon Canderous is a reformed thief and a psychometrist. By turns despondent over his luck with the ladies (not always living) and his struggle with the hierarchy of his mysterious department (not always truthful), Simon’s life veers from crisis to crisis. Following Simon’s adventures is like being the pinball in an especially antic game, but it’s well worth the wear and tear.”
- Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series 
Check out Anton online here

Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells (Sabine Kane #3)
This whole New Orleans installment sounds excellent. And, who is this Guguhl character that everybody is wild about? I'm psyched to start this series, but for the 99% of the population that is already on it, here is the hotly awaited THREE! 

The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. Her sister has been kidnapped by her grandmother, the Dark Races are on the brink of war, and a mysterious order is manipulating everyone behind the scenes.

Working on information provided by an unlikely ally, Sabina and her trusty sidekicks–a sexy mage named Adam Lazarus and Giguhl, a Mischief demon–head to New Orleans to begin the hunt for her sister. Once there, they must contend with belligerent werewolves, magic-wielding vampires and–perhaps most frightening of all–humans.
But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past won’t be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about most, she must save herself from the ghosts of her past.

"From the opening page, the story hurtles along at full throttle. Yet it is not without its funny moments, like the evolution of "Team Awesome." A seriously wild ride! 4.5 Star Top Pick!" ~Romantic Times Book Reviews  


Anton Strout, Jackie Kessler and a ton of other awesome authors have stories in this.

Science fiction and fantasy readers have long shown an affinity for a good "bar story". Now some of today's most inventive scriveners have decided to tell their own tall tales-from an alewife's attempt to transfer the gods' curse to Gilgamesh, to Odin's decision to introduce Vikings to the Ur-Bar, from the Holy Roman Emperor's barroom bargain, to a demon hunter who may just have met his match in the ultimate magic bar, to a bouncer who discovers you should never let anyone in after hours in a world terrorized by zombies.

Those who Fight Monsters
Heads up: Jackie has a Jezebel story in this! I really like the cover, too. 

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives, is your one-stop-shop for Urban Fantasy’s finest anthology of the supernatural. 14 sleuths are gathered together for the first time in all-original tales of unusual cases which require services that go far beyond mere deduction!

Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them (featuring Jeanne Stein, Jackie Kessler, Sharon Shinn and others!)

How much am I looking forward to this? Oh so much. It comes out March 15th. 

Blurb: In Whedonistas, a host of award-winning female writers and fans come together to celebrate the works of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). 

By discussing the impact of Whedon's work, their involvement with his shows' fandoms and why they adore the worlds he's created, these essayists aim to misbehave in Whedon's rich, fantastical worlds. Essay topics include Sharon Shinn ("Samaria" series) and Emma Bull (Territory) elaborating on the perfection of Firefly, Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong Chronicles) revealing Buffy's influence on Anna Strong, and Nancy Holder (October Rain, The Watcher's Guide) relating on-the-set tales of Spike menacing her baby daughter while Riley made her hot chocolate.Other contributors include Seanan McGuire (October Daye series), Elizabeth Bear (Chill), Catherynne M. Valente (Palimpsest), Maria Lima (Blood Lines), Jackie Kessler (Black and White), Mariah Huehner (IDW Comics), Sarah Monette (Corambis), and Lyda Morehouse (AngeLINK Series). Also featured is an exclusive interview with television writer and producer Jane Espenson.

I'm going to pick two commenters on Saturday when I sit down to the computer. I will then email those commenters and they will each get to choose any one of these books to try. As you see, it will be a very complex operation. 

RULES: Just leave a comment (you don't have to choose which book you'd prefer in the comment - you can wait and decide when I email you!) But, do leave your email if I can't get it by clicking your name. Ideally you will leave a comment here on my blog, but since I only just added this bit of instruction, I'll round up GR and FB comments, too.

INTERNATIONAL entries are welcome...anywhere Book Depository ships.
That's all!

**Contest UPDATE 3/5/11 - Via the magic of, winners have been chosen and emailed...congrats to: as always ♥ Carol &  Rex Robot! Can't wait to see what you pick!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The mystery of the UF heroine’s missing and/or awful parents - a guest post at Stella Ex Libris!

I'm over at the fabulous  Stella Ex Libris blog
for her big blogoversary blowout, writing
about why UF heroines often lack families..&
giving away a signed book, too! 
Come say hi! 
I’m not making some big, original observation when I point out that urban fantasy heroines are often challenged in the family department. I myself killed off my heroine Justine’s mother, and her father lives in a heavily defended shack in the woods. (All the better to be prepared for that killer epidemic that's sure to come.) 

And her brother is a llama herder in Peru or something - I’d actually have to go back and check what I made him, that’s how important he is! 

Why is it so tempting for a writer to deprive an urban fantasy heroine (or hero) of a strong family? 

Image: The Mokros Family, a public domain file from wikimedia commons

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A spoilery post on whether the dad in Supernatural comes back. Chris! Don't look!

A little background: I have been watching  Supernatural with my pal Chris on and off this past year. And, even though we're only in the first season, I have been burning with curiosity on whether the dad comes back. 

I'm not a person who likes spoilers for books - EVER! -  but I really wanted to know if they'd ever find that dad, sort of the way I wanted to know if Star Trek Voyager would ever get home. So, I went on twitter, and NOBODY would tell me if the dad comes back. Curse you tweeps! LOL. So, I was left burning with curiosity about the dad.

Around that time, the folks at The Dog Ate my Blog, a fun pop culture blog, wrote to see if they could do a guest blog here, maybe I could suggest something...on politics, movies...or TV perhaps? 

In fact, I do discuss TV here; I used to do True Blood stuff before I decided I didn't like it, and of course, my beloved Star Trek. And, since they have such a fun way, and I thought, what could be more interesting  than a post about Supernatural! Maybe about the dad!

Okay, don't read this if you don't want to know! Thanks, Dog Ate my Blog, for this informative piece! You have fully and completely and utterly satisfied my curiosity.

Supernatural . . . Does Dad Come Back? 

SPECIAL TO THE THRILLIONTH PAGE FROM EDWARD STERN: Beloved CW fantasy thriller Supernatural kicked off its sixth season in September and is currently 11 episodes in to its planned 15-episode run. The show's producers originally planned for a five-season series, but due to the series' popularity in its fourth and fifth seasons was renewed by the network, to the delight of its fans, for at least one more season. 
Following the demon-hunting trials and travails of the Winchester brothers Sam and Dean, the fifth season ended with Michael and Lucifer subdued and some order brought back to heaven and hell after an entire 22-episode season spent trying to control demons and other Hellish creatures run amok.
Lost amidst the epic nature of recent story arcs in trying to stop the apocalypse and destroy the evil plans of the most evil creatures to rear their ugly heads in Supernatural's existence is the lack of an appearance by John Winchester, the brother Winchester's dearly departed father. Gone missing in the first season, much of that season's story arc revolves around Sam and Dean trying to find their demon-hunting father, who raised his boys to do the same. Killed in the second season's premier episode, he only returns once more as a spirit to give his sons some much needed help in the season's finale.
Over the next three seasons, the Winchester patriarch has been conspicuously absent. Much of that is due to the busy schedule of actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who had a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy and memorable spots in feature films including Watchmen and the forthcoming Red Dawn.
Still, serious fans of Supernatural still speculate over whether his spirit will make another appearance. It appeared the stage was set for the fifth season, with Heaven and Hell in complete chaos and angels and demons both fighting the brothers as they overcame their destiny to be the vessels for Michael and Lucifer. Not only with spirits of all kinds running amok and the boys experiencing intense personal crises in their fight to thwart the impending apocalypse, it seemed that their father's spirit would make an appearance to help them persevere in a crucial moment or to give them a much needed pep talk when their faith was at its lowest.
Sadly, no such appearance happened, and fans are left to hope for a brief cameo at the very least in the sixth season as it heads toward its conclusion. Whether that appearance will happen, unfortunately, seems doubtful. Much of the season's plot has focused on the retrieval of Sam's soul and the reappearance of the brothers' grandfather. 
In the most recent few episodes there was the perfect opportunity to bring back the father for a cameo, as Sam learns from the angel Balthazar that needs the blood of his father to cast a spell to keep his soul from coming back to his body. However, Sam decides to use Bobby as a surrogate since his own father passed on long ago.
Unfortunately, it seems that John Winchester will not be coming back to Supernatural. The real life actor's schedule keeps him from making appearances, and his character has been gone from the story for so long that it appears the film's producers have lost interest in bringing him back. Like his character, John Winchester is forced to remain a treasured spirit beloved by the show and its fans and nothing more.

Thanks, Edward, for this awesome post and for being so accomodating. This has been very enlightening and informative!  

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Random thoughts on how Megan Hart and Jill Sorenson create their awesomely realistic characters

In addition to being a great read with
 fabulously realistic characters,
this book contains my favorite-
ever angry sex scene!

Lately I have been thinking a lot about realistic characters in fiction, and about how much I enjoy that feeling when a writer’s depiction of character is so precise that it surprises and delights. And this got me thinking about a couple of my favorite writers, Jill Sorenson and Megan Hart.

I know they are working in different areas; Jill Sorenson writes Romantic Suspense and Megan Hart is all across the board, though most famous for her erotic novels. However, with both, in addition to penning compelling, thrilling books that I love (and both are excellent at writing sex scenes) I always have the sense that they are writing about genuine and very regular people as opposed to made up people, or people based on people in books, which is a trap even the most excellent authors can easily fall into. 

With both Sorenson and Hart, you feel like their characters could be out there living real lives, grumbling about their cable bills. I’ll see a woman or man on the street now and then and feel like there could be a Hart or Sorenson novel about this person.

The characters in this book felt really
unique, yet I could easily imagine
them in the real world. Both Hart and
Sorenson are masters of this. 
What makes a Hart or Sorenson character so achingly and wonderfully real? I have actually sat around thinking about this. 

One of the things I think is that I can look out at American society (both of these authors tend to set books in the US, which is, of course, where I live) and know where they fit in.  I know what cultural, educational, socio-economic, family, and class backgrounds these characters are coming from. I know roughly who they would have been in high school, and I know if I would have been friends with them or who they would have hung out with. I know whether they would shop at Target or Wal-mart or Anthropologie or what. Not that these authors supply every little bit of this information in a book, which would be a bore, but they supply enough that I can fill in the rest, the way I might with a real person.

I doubt Sorenson or Hart set out thinking about all this - I think they're both talented and good at observation, but of course I have to analyze it, and it does seem like the familiarity part comes from cultural, educational, socio-economic, family, and class touchstones. 

Delivers on sultry sexiness,
& the most awesome teen characters.
In addition to being situated in larger society with touchstones, their characters aren’t types. This may seem like a contradiction, but it’s not. Scratch the surface of anybody who appears to be “a type” and you always find a wholly unique individual, and both Hart and Sorenson really seem to get this in a cool writerly way. 

In other words, these writers create characters who are unique, yet familiar. It's really quite a neat feat. 

Another thing: both authors, who are white, have written non-white characters and (to me) seem to have taken the time and care to have thoughtfully integrated what that means into those characters’ worlds.  Megan Hart’s NAKED features Olivia, who has a white mother and a black father, and Jill Sorenson’s hero of SET THE DARK ON FIRE is half Native American. I think it can be tempting to put in diversity for diversity’s sake without taking the time to make those elements echo through a character’s core. Sorenson and Hart take that time.

One of the characterization tricks I abuse is to have a trusted secondary character deliver insights into a main character; it’s one of my favorite ways to guide a reader’s thoughts. However, I’ve seen both Hart and Sorenson do this great thing that goes a subtle step further where they have their main character uncomfortably aware of conclusions (true or false) other characters are drawing about them.

Sometimes this is my fave Hart book,
but sometimes it's Dirty or Broken.
I’m thinking of the opening of SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Sorenson where our heroine, Shay, has this rare partying night out for her birthday, and is unexpectedly called onto a special work assignment the next day, hung over and a bit disheveled. She’s painfully aware of the conclusions the new cop in town is drawing about her—in this case, he’s drawing wrong conclusions, but it was so great for her characterization.
Luke wasn’t an easy man to read, but the look on his face just now had been clear enough. It was the same expression she wore when she saw leftover chocolate cake in the refrigerator.
Disgusted with herself for wanting it.
Or, there is this great scene in SWITCH by Hart where the heroine Paige has moved into a fancy apartment complex (the most inexpensive unit in it, though) and it’s a big step up from where she grew up. There is this scene where she is highly aware of another woman in the lobby assessing the cost and brand of her clothes. That keen awareness was so powerful for me getting something essential about that character.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that both of these authors give their characters—especially their heroines—really robust and detailed family lives. Current family, past family. And the important thing is, those families feel real, and have flaws, quirks, and strengths, and could really exist in the world. Often, both the brokenness and the gifts of their families of origin contribute mightily to forming these realistic characters...just like real life people! 

Looking feverishly forward to
this one (late March)
On the subject of family, I don’t know if it’s because I don’t have kids, or because I haven’t been reading writers who do kids well, but I rarely find characters' kids and younger siblings fascinating in books, but wow, Sorenson’s teen secondary characters are so awesome! Not only with strong, good plotlines on their own, but they add to the world, to the central drama. She weaves them in so well.

I’m looking at what I’ve written here, and I think part of the reason I’m focusing on it so much is that, okay, I know that, while my characters are unique in their way, they tend to dwell inside the vacuum of the book, and not have the touchstones that make them both unique and familiar. I’m not being self critical, really, I mean, urban fantasy characters (and to some extent, paranormal romance characters) dwell in the hierarchy of a supernatural society as well as a human society, so, placing them in a precise way within a larger human society is not traditionally a priority, though there are exceptions. Vicki Pettersson’s Joanna Archer and even Sookie Stackhouse come to mind.

But I love how it feels to read about a real-seeming character, and so I guess I’m thinking about that this morning, and trying to learn something from it for future books.

More info: visit Jill Sorenson's site or Megan Hart's site

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Where does all my time go?? Mystery solved!

It's been so wonderful to be back in my home with my routine and our cats and the familiar smells of hot water radiator heat in an old house in winter. And my pillow, and a million other things. The night we got back it was -6 degrees here! But weirdly, when I walked to the grocery store, I didn't even feel cold, as though I still contained some warmth from my vacation. And now the temperature in Minnesota is climbing! It might hit 40 today! Yee ha!

This graph illustrates where all my time goes.
But things will be different from now on!
*shakes fist at self*
No more wasting time!!! 
Do you ever get to the end of a day and think, what the hell have I done? Where does my time go? I am not the most organized person. That used to work okay for me, because I would zone out on fiction, then zone out on a work project, and there weren't many other things to think about. But as I've grown older and progressed in my dual careers there are a lot more moving parts to everything, and I can fall into reacting to things instead of managing time. Or sometimes, I look at my list and I freeze up, like a deer in headlights, and I start doing things willy nilly, and randomly and frantically.

So I have been thinking a lot about time management lately. I have this sense I could be doing a lot better. Also, I was just on that vacation and now I'm feeling behind in things.

Isn't this such a fascinating post? What? Totally narcissistic? Anyway, there are a few little systems I used to use, that I dropped one by one, and I'm resolving now to take them up! Yes! Right now!

1. When I go to bed, make a schedule for myself the next day.
2. Pick one or two things beyond writing and work deadlines that I have to get done and really commit to them and schedule them in.
3. Use my egg timer widget to maintain a fiction writing blackout period where I can't check email or twitter or answer the phone, unless the phone call seems important.
4. Social media like twitter has to be a decision, not a default mode. I can't just go on twitter or whatever because I'm between things.
5. Be more organized about flagging things to do and tracking day job hours. Don't expect myself to just remember them.

There! Do you guys have time management tricks that work? Do tell! (Also, OMG! I'm already behind my shiny new schedule! This blog entry is taking 18 minutes over than my scheduled time for it. Oh nooooo!)

The League makes its own damn resolution! 
Have you noticed how awesome the League of Reluctant Adults Blog is lately? We have a new resolution there, too, about posting fun stuff every day. So, check it out!

Image: illustration of wide range of mathematical disciplines Author: Petr Glivický

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! 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hellooooo! and also, talking secrets at Katie Reus's place

Hey everybody!

The three of us in Mexico...before I got sick! Okay, this
pic could be taken anywhere, huh? 
I know I've been quiet around town...I'm in Mexico right now! Which was awesome until I got sick, but now I'm feeling better. *eyes coffee and rolls*  I was here with my mom and sister, and they are gone now, and Mr. Crane is traveling down to meet me. I have been nervously eyeing the weather--at home (all that snow! Will Mr. Crane's plane fly? will my mom and sister get back?) and here (so much rain in the forecast! can you tell I'm a worrier?) But this part of the trip is just us on our first non-family visiting vacation in years, so I want it to be perfect.

Ooh, and I'm reading THE IRON DUKE by Meljean Brook, which is definitely everything it's cracked up to be. I just finished Julie James' SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, which was fabulous vacay read that brought a smile to my face.

Come visit! We're talking secrets. 
Okay, and today I am visiting my pal Katie Reus's blog. She has a new release coming out entitled DANGEROUS SECRETS, and I'm blogging, in a slightly random and writerly way, about secrets, and also, giving away a copy of MIND GAMES! Come say hi!

There are a lot of fun secret and danger-oriented posts there all month. Plus, tons of giveaways - books, gift card, Nine West purse! Katie Reus knows how to throw a party!

Katie's blog.

I hope everybody is well, and happy, and I know a lot of you out there are snowed under. Well, I hope you have a good book. And pizza. Chocolate. Internet connectivity...