Sunday, September 24, 2006

You may recall that I won third place in the Lories competition for best Single Title, and this is the banner they sent me for posting at my blog.

So here it is. I know 3rd isn't as spectacular as 1st place, but when I remind myself that I won out of my category (historical) and was competing against some really fine books, I feel better about it.

Friday, September 22, 2006

More Reviews

I must have done something right this week, 'cause this is the second review I've come across:

All About Romance gives Smuggler's Bride a "B": "The story is full of gentle humour and affection... with a number of secondary characters that play their part well....To slip into some context-appropriate jargon, Smuggler’s Bride is a darned good yarn."-- Kate Cuthbert

Read the full review here:

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

4 Stars for Captain Sinister's Lady
In honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, here's a snippet of a new review of Captain Sinister's Lady:

Historical Romance Club Reviews
4 Stars--"A Must Read"

"Captain Sinister’s Lady is a wonderful, fast read with an endearing couple who want nothing more than to find a “safe harbor” in each other’s arms while braving the most dangerous adventures and villains that have graced the pages of a novel since Jewel of the Nile."

To read the full review, go here.
Have you hugged a pirate today?

It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day and I'm taking my cue from Jean Lafitte, who according to his biographers was eloquent, funny, charming and bright. Winston Grooms in his excellent Patriotic Fire--Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte at the Battle of New Orleans, offers this example: Lafitte was visiting various plantations, whose owners hosted him while he was avoiding Louisiana Gov. Claiborne, who'd issued a warrant for Lafitte's arrest. While visiting at Elmwood, a carriage pulled up with another guest--Gov. Claiborne's lovely wife:

"The horrified mistress of the manor sent away all of her servants except for one who was 'told to address Monsieur Lafitte as Monsieur Clement'. Lafitte was much amused by this ruse and entered into it 'with all his ease and natural grace.' Throughout the afternoon and evening Mrs. Claiborne was charmed and coquettish, never realizing that the man she was flirting with and her husband each had a price on the other's head. When she returned to New Orleans, she 'was extravagant in her praise of the most remarkable man she'd ever met.'"

As I said, that's my kind of pirate!

Monday, September 18, 2006

I got a fan email today. I loooooooove getting fan emails. They just make me want to do a Snoopy dance all over the office and scare the dog.

I hope this never changes, and I don't become one of those highly successful, rich, jaded authors who forgets the little people...

OK, I'll take the highly successful and rich part, but I promise never to become jaded about it. Honest. Keep buying the books, and keep those cards and letters coming, folks.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Aaarh! It's that time again!

Tuesday, Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If you feel unprepared, here's a video to help teach you in easy lessons how to convince your friends you're one salty scoundrel.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I've entered Captain Sinister's Lady and Pirate's Price in the historical romance category for the 2007 Eppies. The Eppies are awarded by EPIC, the professional organization for ebook writers, editors and publishers.

I didn't enter Pirate's Price when it was first published, and since a new edition came out this year from Amber Quill, I could enter it for the 2007 awards.

The competition for these awards is tough, but winning would be sweet. I'll update this as we get into the finals.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Worldcon was great fun and I spent time with friends old and new. I believe my two panels went well, based on the audience response and the feedback afterwards.

Guilty Pleasures was enhanced by the last minute addition of NESFA megafan and editor Priscilla Olson, who admitted to being a Yankees fan in Red Sox territory, and if that's not a guilty pleasure, I don't know what is! Eric Hoffman talked about his love of cheesy monster flicks, and Fiona Avery added to the mix as we kept a lively discussion going over what does or doesn't constitute guilty pleasures in fandom and in general society. I was quoted in the con newsletter the next day for opining that celebrity slash isn't as squicky as it sounds 'cause it's not about real people, just celebrities.

Our Paranormal Romance panel generated discussion about inroads being made in sf by readers and writers who value a good relationship at the core of the story, and whether the "happily ever after" ending is necessary for it to be a paranormal romance. I tried not to act like a total fangirl with Sharon Shinn, but she is one of my favorite fantasy authors and it was hard to hold back. Nancy Holder said the Bombshell line of stories has been dropped, but her trilogy has been picked up by another line so she's in good shape for getting her stories out. And Paula Guran of Dark Echo unveiled some amazing promotional materials for upcoming releases, showing that the publishers are listening to the readers who want more emotional involvement with their characters. Barbara Hambly seemed a little lost at first over her involvement with this particular panel, but by the end everyone was fully involved in the discussions.

I worked hard at L.A. con IV in Program Ops and during the Hugo Ceremony as a Hugo holder, and as usual enjoyed the con more because of my involvement in the process. I won't be going to Nippon, but I'm looking forward to Boskone this year in February, and Denvention in 2008.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Florida Politics

Rod Smith ran a great race but didn't make it in the Florida primary. However, there were articles in today's paper saying he was a person to watch in Florida politics.

A reporter from the Gainesville Sun was at the Smith party Tuesday night and I was quoted in the paper talking about why we were part of the "Rod Squad". If he runs again, I would definitely support him.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I entered copies of Pirate's Price and Captain Sinister's Lady in the 2007 Eppies competition today. The Eppies are for best ebook, and are giving out by EPIC, the organization for ebook writers. Since both books came out in the Amber Quill Press edition this year, both qualify for the contest.

Smuggler's Bride placed 3rd in the RWA Lories earlier this year, and it's always an added bonus to be able to add "award winning author" after your name.[g]

Monday, September 04, 2006

Translation tales
My German translator says she's started working on Captain Sinister's Lady and added this lovely aside: "I'm having tons of fun with it. And enjoying the bliss of translating something I don't have to rewrite in my head before turning it into another language."

Worldcon report later....