31 March 2009

The only good news

This weekend sucked. Just so you know. But one good thing happened...

My author copies for The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing arrived! They're awfully pretty, I must say. Now if only I had a list of all the friends who said they'd buy it when it comes out in print. LOL. Either way, I'm gonna start leaning on them all when 28 April--my official release day--arrives. :D

BTW, I do plan on doing a pre-release blog party. Not sure yet what I'll do or what I'll give away. But hopefully I'll come up with something fun. Check back later to find out!

27 March 2009

Friday Quizzage!

Your Name's Power is Perception

Your name's power is that it helps you be perceptive.
Your name conveys both wholeness and wisdom.

People who meet you can't help but think you are enlightened.
You try to live your life with flexibility and insight.

25 March 2009

I've been remiss

I have thus far failed to plug this year's Slash & Burn Blog round-robin. It's m/m (of course) contemporary romance. Check out round one here, and read on for more. So far I'm really digging it and looking forward to my next turn. :)

What's she reading this Wednesday?

In truth, I'm not reading any books right now. Scary, I know. But I have a good reason. I've been cast in "Proof" and I have a helluva lot of lines to learn.

Back to the grind.

11 March 2009

What's she reading this Wednesday?

In spite of the fact that it is Read an EBook Week, I'm not. I did recently read Kirsten Saell's third ebook, Bound by Steel, which I thoroughly enjoyed. If you like your fantasy hot and spicy, definitely check her out. This one follows Gil and Lianon from her first book, Crossing Swords, and the young woman, Kaela, whom they rescued from a particularly nasty situation. Seriously, if you haven't read her stuff, what in the world are you wating for?

What I am reading this Read an EBook Week, is Lauren Willig's The Deception of the Emerald Ring. It's her third in the world of historian and grad student Eloise Kelly as she researches florally themed British spies in 1803. While these books are all great fun, I'm a bit disappointed in the editing on this one. I'm really bad about repetitive word/phrase usage when I write, so it's one of those things that leaps out at me when I'm reading someone else's work. This book is loaded with them, I'm afraid. Thrice in three pages some one did something with "more vigor than strictly necessary" (or a close variation thereof); twice in two pages "certain parts of his anatomy" had their own ideas. Come on. Whoever is editing these needs to step it up and do the job right. I hate when editors/publishers get lazy just because an author is critically and/or financially successful. That doesn't mean the author doesn't still need a skilled support team. Anyway, I wouldn't tell you to skip this one just because of this problem. It's still a fun book--even if I did have to put it down and leave it for a couple of weeks in the beginning because I was so annoyed at the characters' behaviour. I got past that and have otherwise enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to reading the fourth one, The Tempation of the Night Jasmine, when it's released in paperback. I just hope someone bothered to edit it properly.

04 March 2009

National Grammar Day!

It's National Grammar Day and I'm celebrating! Today I am wearing one of my favourite t-shirts: Good grammar costs nothing! (I'd give you the direct link to buy your own, but www.glarkware.com is down at the moment.) So go out there today and rescue an abused apostrope or a pair or unnecessary quotation marks, stand-up for the semi-colon, and speak out for the supremacy of the serial comma!

Remember, folks, "I" is the subject, while "me" is the object. If I catch you using the former when you should use the latter today, I will strike you with my GrammarStickTM.