Archive for the ‘Authors’ Category

I have a Girl Crush on Nora Roberts

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Every time I hear Nora Roberts speak or read about something she’s done or said, I come away impressed.

Here’s a great interview with her at The Guardian. You should go read it if you haven’t.


Writer Pr0n

Monday, November 7th, 2011

This past weekend, historical romance author Joanna Bourne was in my part of the country. She drove nearly 2 hours to meet up with me and historical romance author Isobel Carr who lives about an hour from me so that we could have High Tea at the amazing Patisserie Angelica about 30 or so minutes north of me. I brought along my copy of History of Brooks’s because I knew I was in the company of people who would find a list of the members of Brooks’s fun to flip through.

We had wonderful food and great company and we talked all about books and writing and having stories in your head and we just had the greatest time. I’m so glad they both drove up here. The food was great, too. and really, just lovely.





Monday, July 4th, 2011

Cover of From A Name to a NumberFrom A Name to a Number by Alter Weiner

I read this book on the return plane trip from RWA in New York. English is not the author’s first language, and it shows. Don’t expect to read a literary tour de force. The story is powerful nonetheless. Do expect to be reminded that there are evils in the world that require our remembrance and our open acknowledgement that there are times we must give voice.


RWA update

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

As I write this, I’m still at the conference hotel since my flight doesn’t leave until later this afternoon.

I chatted with Grace Burrows, author of the awesome The Heir and The Soldier. She’s a really lovely woman and very, very smart and interesting.

I also met a gentleman from Amazon who gave a workshop about digital publishing. I missed his talk since I had a conflict, but now I have his email. SCORE. I have a feeling his head is spinning. Apple sent a representative from iBooks. She was very nice.

The donut party was a success:

Picture via @LauraCurtis

The RITAs were thrilling. I presented the Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance which was won by Trisza Ray. I kid you not, at the beginning of conference, we were in the same elevator and I saw her GH finalist ribbon and told her congratulations and that, hey, I was presenting a GH and maybe I’d present hers! And heck if I didn’t! She’s an ER doctor. Romance writers are smart, amazing, accomplished women.

When I get home, I’ll check my notes for more things I can blog about. There’s lots I can’t mention yet . . .


The RWA Experience . . .

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

OK, so here I am at RWA in New York. The energy is amazing. I’m seeing more male attendees than ever which is fantastic. The earlier date and the fact that the conference started a day before the usual day of the week keeps confusing me about where I am in the RWA conference timeline.

Rumors are flying, many having to do directly or indirectly with digital publishing. Like the one about two gentlemen panelist being overtly rude to each other. The details about the Penguin digital initiative are interesting – check out Dear Author for that. I talked to my Berkley editor about it today and it sounds very interesting; shorter length, open to new and different and can definitely support existing Berkley authors.

Readers are really excited about getting their hands on some of the old Loveswept backlist that Random House is bringing out with their digital line.

I attended Courtney Milan’s ad hoc workshop on self-publishing. It was really, really interesting and informative. Some people are stressing about the wrong things, though, and aren’t stressing about things I think are important. (Quick to publish vs. Quality to Publish).

Speaking of Courtney Milan, YAY on her novella Unlocked hitting the NYT!!! That’s a result that should resolve the Quick vs. Quality firmly in favor of Quality, which is what self-publishers should be stressing about.

Had very informative and productive meetings with my editors and I am very happy about that!

Now, I’m off to another meeting . . .


Help Zoe Archer Accessorize!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In case you missed it the first time, I did a poll recently and one of the questions was to help Zoe Archer decide what to wear to the RITAS (Romance Writers of America’s award for the best in Romance.)

Zoe is a finalist this year. check out the original poll.

Now that she knows what to wear, she needs to accessorize. Well. Carolyn to the rescue!

There’s a poll at the bottom of this post so don’t forget to vote. With no further ado, here are the choices. You can vote for up to 5. Zoe will thank you. I swear.


Disco Nail Ring(s). And if someone gets fresh? Very useful.
Here’s a close up of this awesome accessory:

Incongruence Rules

The Wizard Pipe. I’m going for the Greta Garbo Meets Gandalf look here. Zoe could totally rock that look. You KNOW she could.

Bling. With Wings.

Charcoal Demon’s Necklace

Dangly Bits

And then she could get TWO of these and wear them as earrings. Indeed, I think outside the box. AND I color coordinate. Notice how these would compliment the necklace.

Glamor All Over. And Under.

And then, instead of hose or something all classical, she gets wild with these. A little sassy could really take her look to the edge.
Agro glamor socks


But really, pair this with the disco nail rings and she’s a walking prism!

No. Brainer.

Jolly Roger Pirate BootsSeriously. Oh, come on. You know I’m right.

Not Strapless

Thermos Holder. Note the handy strap. Who doesn’t need this at a gala affair? A girl could get thirsty.

The Poll

You can pick up to 5 accessories. Go. Help An Author Out (HAAO)

What 5 items should Zoe wear to accessorize her RITA outfit?

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You Know What This Blog Needs?

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Another poll, that’s what. Here’s a BUNCH!



Which would you rather eat: Cookies or Potato Chips?

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Tesla Roadster

Which car would you rather drive?

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Paris, France

Istanbul, Turkey

Where would you rather travel?

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Strapless Pantsuit

Three Musketeers Pants


Which Outfit Should Zoe Archer Wear for the RITAs at RWA?

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Monday, February 28th, 2011 items (Sold by, LLC) :

1 The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingk…

Oh frabjous day! It’s shipping to me as you read. Heck, by the time you read this I may already have it. I will probably buy more copies of this book.


Oooh, A Sheikh — And a Request to You All

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Harlequin author Olivia Gates is Egyptian. I met her at RWA a few years back and she is the nicest person you’d ever want to meet. She had on a stunning gown, too, and I’ll tell you that she looked like a romance novel heroine. I have this vague recollection that she did not want her day job to be a matter of public knowledge, but she’s a brilliant woman with a job to match. It’s also a job (not a political one) that makes me worry about her safety during the unrest in Egypt.

As you can imagine, even if the Mubarak regime had not essentially cut off Egypt’s access to the internet, this is not the time for an Egyptian author to be promoting a book. All of Egypt has bigger issues to deal with right now. Gates has a book out right now, and I bought it a couple of days ago to support a fellow Romance author. I urge you to do the same. her website has various buy links.

To Tame a Sheikh

Some of you may know that I have only recently gotten my feet wet with category romance– thanks mostly to Harlequin’s free digital offerings. I’ve since bought a few but have found the experience a bit rocky at times. As with any genre there are writers who work for me and those who don’t. I confess I wasn’t at all sure about a Sheikh book.

But ohmygosh, I LOVED this book. Loved it loved it loved it and I’m going to get the rest of Gate’s books. At first, the hero is what you might call an Alpha-hole — everything bad about the alpha male but Gates subverts that in a way that utterly won me over. The writing is excellent and smart:

This was what the Prince of Darkness should look like. To seduce without trying, the enslave into eternity, to induce all sorts of unrepentant sins. To have a woman believe her soul was a trivial accessory.

Now that’s some serious charm.

Yes, he’s a total Alpha, but the hero of this book completely gets that his heroine is a smart woman. He defers to her area of expertise (she’s a physician) and he has no intention of limiting her professionally or in any way, other than his intention of securing her love. He’s perfect to the point of bordering on magical, but I ended up loving that. By the middle of the book, I was saying, oh, girl, just sleep with him now, because you know you’re going to and he’ll blow your mind.

So, go get this book. Support an author who isn’t in a position to do the promotion that more and more falls on the author rather than the publisher. And let me know what you think of it. Were you, too, won over by the Sheikh?


Go Over There –>!

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I’m giving away some books over at the Girlfriend’s Book Club. Find out what I have against Brussel’s sprouts, my favorite color and more in an insightful self-interview. Also, three silly questions for you. Go.