Monday, August 30, 2010

I'm in Melbourne, doing a bit of sightseeing before Aussiecon4.  I love this city!  Not only is there great public transit, but I could spend years exploring all the little arcades and side streets filled with all kinds of intriguing shops and restaurants.  It's unusual to find a Central Business District as vibrant and bustling as this one. 

The weather's also been cooperating.  Some cool and wet days, but most of them have been cool and partly sunny, and I can live with that. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Traveling through Australia, having an amazing time.  Limited internet opportunities, which, quite frankly, I don't regret at all.[g]  I'll post more when Worldcon (Aussiecon 4) starts.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My Aussiecon 4 Schedule:

Girl meets boy meets dragon: Romance in fantasy
Fantasy and romance have always seemed natural bedfellows. What can
romance bring to the fantasy story, and what do fantasy elements
provide to the romance? What are the challenges of writing a story
that combines both genres - neither of which seem to get the critical
respect that they deserve? Is there a common element between the two
genres that makes their combination work so effectively?
Tracey O’Hara, Darlene Marshall, Fiona McIntosh, Nicole R. Murphy
Saturday 1000 Room 219

Monster mash-ups
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Sense and Sensibility and
Sea-Monsters. Little Vampire Women. Jane Slayre—it’s open season on
the classics as well as the undead. Just what is going on here and
where did it all start?
Scott Edelman, Darlene Marshall, Chuck McKenzie, Faye Ringel, Damien White
Saturday 1500 Room 207

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I was at a review site today updating my info, and realized they were showing OOP editions of my books from my last publisher. Those novels have since been re-released by Amber Quill Press, but have the same covers.  If any readers search for my books and come up empty, please let me know.  All four of my published novels--Pirate's Price, Smuggler's Bride, Captain Sinister's Lady and The Bride and the Buccaneer are very much in print and available in paper and ebook editions.



Thanks for your interest!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bartholomew Roberts with his ship and captured...Image via Wikipedia
Wow, what a great shower!  I had ideas, plot points and dialog for [working title] The Hot Pirate's Secret Baby popping out all over the place!


Clearly, I need to wash up more often.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I'm often asked which of my books is my favorite.  Naturally, that's like asking me which of my sons I love the best (I prefer not to say, to keep them on their toes).

I love each of my books for different reasons, but I always have mixed feelings about a book as I'm finishing writing it.  Is it good enough?  Pretty enough? Will the editors love it?  I once heard a writer say that sending off your manuscript is like shoving your baby in the mailbox.


If you're going to be a serious writer, you have to be able to listen to people say, "I'm sorry, but this baby's so ugly you'd have to tie a pork chop 'round his neck to get a hound to play with him."  Then if they're the helpful people you need to listen to--your beta readers, critique partners and your agent and editor--they'll help you pretty up your baby so you can hear other people "Ooooh!" and "Aaaah!" over him too.



It's a business, I keep telling myself, not a lovefest.  And so, I return to a manuscript that's been sitting on my hard drive for a year while I wrote Castaway Dreams.   I'm going to give it a good, hard look and see if I can pretty it up some before I shove this baby in the mailbox.



More on this as it develops.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I checked the other day on Kindle editions of my books in the UK, and was pleased to see them all available.  It seems like each week we're moving faster into the 21st century of publishing.  I don't know where it will end, if it ever does, but having more people able to easily  access my books around the world is a good thing for readers, and for me.
I love to get fan email from far away.  Knowing someone in Brazil or Germany is reading my books is exciting, and something that wouldn't have likely happened just a decade ago.  We live in fascinating times.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

EPIC Awards now open


EPIC™ is currently open for eBook entries for their 2011 eBook Awards
Competition until August 15, 2010. If you have works that meets this year’s
criteria, I encourage you to enter! You can check out the current
Competition Guidelines at:
http://www.epicauthors.com/ebookawardrules2011.html.

Monday, August 02, 2010


The Bride and the Buccaneer wins Beacon Award!

The Beacon is awarded by FCRW, the First Coast Romance Writers. I won in the historicals category.

This Monday is off to a good start.