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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Think of Them as Something Friendly--Like a Firing Squad

That’s one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies. Jessica Lange, as Julie Nichols, says that to Dustin Hoffman’s “Dorothy Michaels” about the television cameras he’s facing for the first time in the movie Tootsie.

It also sums up my feelings about my upcoming book signing this evening.

So why am I doing it? Good question. I think because I was just so flattered to have been asked—and, quite frankly, it goes with the territory. Writers have to do this sort of thing. But it really does work against the basic nature of a writer. Think about it: in order to do what we do, there has to be a little bit of hermit in us. And there’s plenty of it in me! Like I told my CP’s at our critique meeting last night, I don’t like being put on display like that. People will be looking at me, talking to me. I don’t like people! LOL. Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind it so much if I were in a group book signing at a conference—people there would probably be romance readers and writers and if they happened across my table, hey great! But this is a coffee shop in a little suburb. People won’t be coming in specifically looking to buy a book. No, with the temperatures expected to be in the upper 80s today, they’ll be in search of a cool drink and a little R&R.

Sigh. The last time I was this nervous—dreaded being on display this much—I was in a white gown and veil.

And that turned out all right.

So maybe this will too.

I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know.

I will be signing books and trying to make intelligent small talk tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Starbucks Victor Cobblestone, 200 High Point Drive, in Victor, NY across from Eastview Mall in the old cobblestone house.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Pucker up!

Since kissing is so much a part of what we write about (let's face it, what could be more thrilling than that first kiss?), I thought this article was more than appropriate--and kind of fun.

Pucker up!

1. Two out of every three couples turn their heads to the right when they kiss.

2. A simple peck uses two muscles; a passionate kiss, on the other hand, uses all 34 muscles in your face. Now that's a rigorous workout!

3. Like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two lip impressions are alike.

4. Kissing is good for what ails you. Research shows that the act of smooching improves our skin, helps circulation, prevents tooth decay, and can even relieve headaches.

5. The average person spends 336 hours of his or her life kissing.

6. Ever wonder how an "X" came to represent a kiss? Starting in the Middle Ages, people who could not read used an X as a signature. They would kiss this mark as a sign of sincerity. Eventually, the X came to represent the kiss itself.

7. Talk about a rush! Kissing releases the same neurotransmitters in our brains as parachuting, bungee jumping, and running.

8. The average woman kisses 29 men before she gets married.

9. Men who kiss their partners before leaving for work average higher incomes than those who don't.

10. The longest kiss in movie history was between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in the 1941 film, You're in the Army Now. It lasted 3 minutes and 5 seconds. So if you've beaten that record, it's time to celebrate!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Win a Sony e-reader!


The Wild Rose Press wants you to have a SONY eReader!

All this summer (June 11 – August 31), every time you purchase a title by any of these sponsoring authors (see list below), you will be eligible to enter our drawing to win a SONY eReader. The drawing will be held on Tuesday evening, September 2, 2008 at our weekly chat (9:00 p.m. eastern). (You do not need to be present in the chat room to win).

When you purchase any title from these authors simply email your order number to: SONYREADER@thewildrosepress.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Make sure you have a current email address and/or include your contact information so we can find you if you win.

You may enter as many times this summer as you wish. If you purchase more than one title in the same order, feel free to send two emails and include the order twice. We will verify that you did indeed purchase more than one title.

The following are the sponsoring authors for this wonderful contest. Please look for their author information on our web site and enjoy some fabulous reads this summer from these participating authors:

Jules Bennett

Donna L. Bolk

Laurel Bradley

Rachel Brimble

Pam Champagne

Lynda Coker

Christine Columbus

Sandra Cormier

Amy Corwin

Sharon Cullen

Donna Dalton

K.M. Daughters

Debbie Doggett

CarolAnn Erhardt

Valerie Everhart

Cindy Green

Kathleen Grieve

Larry Hammersley

Stacy Dawn

Sharon Horton

Tara Haff

Anna Kathryn Lanier

Marly Mathews

Nicole McCaffrey --yers trooley! :o)

Devin McKee

Sandy Wichersham McWhorter

Donna Michaels

Stacey Joy Netzel

AnneMarie Novark

Cindy Spencer Pape

PL Parker

Katie Reus

Jane Richardson

Jennifer Robins

Donna Marie Rogers

Emma Sanders

Kathleen Scott

Robin Shope

Misty Simon

Carol A. Spradling

Debra St. John

Lily Stone

Browyn Storm

Beth Trissel

Leanne Tyler

Brenda Weaver

Nita Wick

Teri Wilson

For information about the Sony eReader click here

For questions on this contest, please contact LisaDawn MacDonald at lisadawn@thewildrosepress.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Martha K at Martha@thewildrosepress.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Rhonda Penders at rpenders@thewildrosepress.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please put the words SONY eReader contest question in your subject line.

Good luck!

*No purchase necessary to win the SONY eReader. If you do not purchase a title, you may enter the contest by mailing a post card to The Wild Rose Press, Sony eReader Contest, P.O. Box 708, Adams Basin, NY 14410. Please include your name, email and contact information. In addition, you must write down three titles from any of the participating authors. Postcard entrants will be added to the names of email entrants and a winning entry will be drawn on September 2, 2008.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Downright Scandalous!

Once again I'm blogging with my friends the Scandalous Victorians today. I talk a little bit about my upcoming TWRP release Northern Temptress and the brave people who inspired the story! Hope you'll stop by!


Monday, June 9, 2008

Interview with Regan Taylor

Well I did it. After spending the day being nauseous and nervous, I did it.

I talked to Regan Taylor of Talking Romance. And lo and behold, I had fun! Regan is a wonderful interviewer, she put me right at ease and cliché as it sounds, it felt like we were just two old friends enjoying a chat on the phone. Never mind the potential for thousands of others listening in, LOL. There were a couple of places where maybe I could have said more or where we both paused and maybe I giggled too much, but I felt good about it afterward.

Afterward of course, came the “shoulda coulda’s.” At one point Regan asked me about my guilty pleasures, what I read in my down time. I rattled off the list of authors on my keeper shelf: Maggie Osborne; Jodi Thomas; Linda Lael Miller; Johanna Lindsey; Pamela Morsi. Then we started chatting about e-publishing and e-readers and I meant to come back and name some of the TWRP authors and other e-pubbed authors I’ve come to enjoy (Paty Jager; Carol Spradling; Leanne Tyler; Ashley Ladd; Sarita Leone) But as conversations do, we veered onto something else and I missed my chance to promo some of my favorite authors you may not have heard of.

Then later we were talking about what I have in the works and I was so focused on my historical offerings I totally forgot to mention Sons of Summerville, the contemporary anthology I’m working on with three other TWRP authors.

But the bottom line: I had a great time and look forward to talking to Regan again soon. I’m also going to try and listen to her show more often, it’s at an odd time of day for me (Sunday afternoons at 5 pm EST) but once we get into summer vacation, that won’t be such a busy time of day.

Meanwhile, if you want to listen to me giggle and stumble over my tongue and probably sound pretty darn foolish overall, click here. Don’t mind the name, my friend Faith was kind enough to swap dates with me since my last interview didn’t work out.

Til next time!


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Busy Month!

I just looked at my calendar...and I’m exhausted already!! June is a really busy month for me and my author friends.

June 3 – fellow TWRP American Rose author Carol Spradling’s chat at Romance Book Junction. I began having internet issues shortly after getting into the chat room, and sadly, missed most of Carol’s talk.

June 6 – wedding anniversary. The dh and I received an anniversary card in the mail just yesterday from his aunt. It was lovely and said something to the effect of “Love brought you together, love keeps you together.” What a beautiful sentiment. However, I’m more inclined to say something like “Love brought us together. The prohibitive cost of a divorce attorney keeps us together.” *G* Okay, okay. I’m just joking. I love the guy. Just don’t tell him I said so, it’ll go to his head.

June 7 – this is the day we’re actually going out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. It’s also the RBJ chat date for fellow TWRP author and best bud extraordinaire Kat Henry Doran. I’m going to try to be home from dinner by 8 (the IL’s are watching the kids after all. Nuff said there. I’ll probably be eating dinner at 3 pm!) to help moderate her chat.

June 8 – the rescheduled date for my Blog Talk Radio interview with Regan Taylor. 5 pm EST.

June 11 – Fellow TWRP author, devoted CP and sister-of-my-heart Paty Jager’s --AKA Oregon Paty--RBJ chat.

June 12 – end of year picnic for my son’s preschool. This is our last year at this preschool and mom’s having a hard time letting go! I‘ve been sniffling since the first day of school.

June 18 – working at the oldest son’s school for “field day”, a day of outdoor games and activities. It will undoubtedly be 112 degrees that day. And there’s not much shade on the school grounds. Hopefully if I turn pink and pass out, someone will drag me to a shady spot.

June 25 – last day of school. And the end of mom’s days of freedom for another two months.

June 26 – booksigning at Starbucks in Victor, NY.

I don’t know about you, but that looks like a full month to me!

The Struggle is Real Week 8: When Life Hits Back

  It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post. Did anyone notice I was missing?   But I have good news/bad news.   The good news. I wr...