Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Smuggler's Bride places in the Lories Contest!

Smuggler's Bride, my newly re-released historical, placed third in the single title category in the 2006 From the Heart Romance Writers Lories Best Published Contest.

In Smuggler's Bride, Julia Cooper has a secret that could cost her her life. She's really Lady Julia Anne Sanders Delerue, and she's investigating who's using Delerue-Sanders Shipping to smuggle contraband into frontier Florida. But when her disguise as a cleaning woman at her uncle's tavern gets her kidnapped and taken deep into the pine woods, she has to think fast to stay alive--while asking herself, who would kidnap a cleaning woman?

Rand Washburn has a secret that could cost Julia Cooper her life. When two pea-brains dump an Englishwoman at his farm while he's recovering from yellow fever, he has to figure out how to get rid of her before she finds out he's sitting on top of the biggest smuggling operation ever seen in Territorial Florida.

Julia's following in the footsteps of her parents, who put an end to the career of a notorious brigand in Pirate's Price. If she ever wants to make it home to England in one piece, she's going to have to think fast to keep Washburn and his cronies from burying her deep in the back woods, even if it means marrying that handsome scoundrel at gunpoint. Can Rand convince Julia that she's destined to be the smuggler's bride, or is he going to have to make sure she's not able to tell anyone--ever--about what he's up to along the Florida coast?

While I like all of my books, she said modestly, Smuggler's Bride is a particular favorite because I got to use so much Cracker lore and history in writing it. Half the fun was going to places like Dudley Farm, the Florida Folk Festival and the Cracker Museum to do research.

It's gratifying to see that others enjoyed it as well.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

On the air, again!

I'll be making two public appearances in June: On June 9, 1-2 p.m. EDT, I'll be the guest on "Conner Calling", a phone in radio show on WUFT/WJUF FM public radio covering all of North Florida. This will be my third appearance on Hank's show, and I'll be discussing Captain Sinister's Lady and researching Florida pirates. Go to hear the show online

I'll also be speaking to the Alachua County (Florida) Friends of the Library on June 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bookhouse on North Main Street. The FOL talk will focus on Florida pirates and using the public library for researching historicals.

Finally, while I'm not scheduled to speak, I'll be attending the Florida Bar Convention in Boca Raton on June 21-23, and the FAIFA convention in Clearwater on June 25-27, as a spouse/guest. As always though, I'll have books available if any of you lawyer or insurance professionals will be there and want to get a signed copy.

I'll also be on the program at Worldcon in Anaheim, California, in August. More on that as the event draws near. Have a great and productive summer!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Now Playing At Amazon

Today Amazon posted the print edition of Smuggler's Bride, so all three books are once again not only back in print, but widely available.

Yes, this is shameless self promotion, but people have been asking when they'd be available at Amazon, so I'm just giving the people what they want. Do be aware that there's still an old edition of Pirate's Price being offered for $20.00. Don't buy it--you can get the new edition for under $10 at Amazon.

And as always, I appreciate your support, and I encourage you to write and let me know how you liked my novels.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Back from Boston

I was off for a few days attending my son's graduation from university, where he got his bachelor's degree in Politics magna cum laude, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and received departmental honors for his thesis.

Honestly, neither his father nor I know where he gets it from.

But I can say that it was one of the happiest days of my life, watching my son finish his schooling and prepare to join the adult world. With a job, no less!

I didn't take my laptop with me, which was good 'cause I didn't have time to do any writing. I did take some Smuggler's Bride and Captain Sinister's Lady bookmarks, and as usual my dear husband was my best salesman. When I get on a plane, I tend to put in my earplugs, pull on an eyeshade and zone out until the end of the flight. He likes to meet everyone around him and chat them up. Since we usually fly seated separately (we both like aisle seats), this gives us both an opportunity to fly the way we like, and he was good about plugging the new novels.

Now I'm back at home and the two boys are driving down I-95, at this moment somewhere outside of Baltimore. The doggy is glad to be home from puppy camp where she was boarded, and is following me all around the house, not letting me out of her sight. She'll settle down after a few hours, but she needs that "mom" time to make sure everything is OK.

So all is good in the world, and I can get back to work on the new novel and hoping for some more reviews of Captain Sinister's Lady.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I received word today that Smuggler's Bride is back in print, so once again all of my books can be purchased in ebook or in paper.


Smuggler's Bride is going to be the greatest challenge to my German translator, I believe. So much of the dialogue is set in the Cracker backwoods that it's going to take a delicate hand to strike a balance between dialect and a good translation, but I have faith it can be done.

In the meantime, you can now purchase paper copies of Pirate's Price, its sequel, Smuggler's Bride, and the newest release, Captain Sinister's Lady from Amber Quill Press or through your favorite bookdealer.

Friday, May 12, 2006

And now, a recommendation:

I luuuuuurve Evil Editor, whose subheading is "Why You Don't Get Published". I want to have his babies.

No, not really. I don't want to have anybody's babies now that my nest is empty, but you get the idea.

The point is, Evil Editor is funny, but there's more than humor at his site. Sure, Evil Editor is saving us from bad novels and that's a valuable public service. Evil Editor is also a nice enough person that he re-writes the godawful queries that make us howl, showing Constant Reader how it ought to be done.

And that's value added in the blogging world. Lots of people snark their way through bad synopses and worse query letters, but Evil Editor offers real advice.

If you're serious about wanting to get published, check out Evil Editor's blog.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

OK, the turning into an evil robot part is kinda cool:

Your Deadly Sins
Wrath: 60%
Lust: 40%
Envy: 0%
Gluttony: 0%
Greed: 0%
Pride: 0%
Sloth: 0%
Chance You'll Go to Hell: 14%
You will die, but first you will turn into an evil robot.

Monday, May 08, 2006

When I go more than a week without writing something in my blog I start to panic, thinking that I'm not fulfilling my end of this non-existent contract, the one in the blogging world that says "What I have to say is important, and I need to write about my life every day!"

Well, sometimes it just isn't that important. Let's see--in the last week my younger boy came home from college, which is nice, and shared with me today that he got a 3.54 GPA this past semester which is also nice, even if he got it by dropping one of his classes a month ago so he could concentrate on those classes where he was doing well, and we'll have to eat the tuition on that one, but hey, he got an A in Philosophy and an A in Literature because he could devote more time to those classes, so it's OK, isn't it?

Or so the story went that I heard.

The older son graduates in two weeks, and that will also be special. Having him employed next year will be even more special, but we'll see how that goes.

In the meantime, I continue to work on my WIP (Work in Progress) and hope for the best.