Monday, March 22, 2010

If you missed me on "Conner Calling" this past Friday you can still listen to the show, online, here. I love the Internet!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The DA BWAHA is still going on and people are voting, well, passionately for their favorite romance books and authors. I'm no longer in the brackets, but you can still play along and win acclaim and prizes.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

No Pink Plume for Me

Ah well. Like my Gators, I was eliminated early on. I won't be winning the coveted pink plume in the DA BWAHA, but I can say "Wait 'til next year!"

And the radio show went very well. We had quite a few callers on "Conner Calling" and I think we could easily have gone another hour. It was great fun, and I look forward to returning on a future show.

Friday, March 19, 2010


The Bride & the Buccaneer is in this morning's round of the DA BWAHA! My Gators didn't make it, but maybe my book will if you vote for me! Voting in this round closes at noon EDT.

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Radio Daze Reminder!

Listen for me at 1 p.m. EDT on "Conner Calling" on Friday, and you can catch the show on streaming audio here.

It's WUFT/WJUF's phone-in/email-in talk show about books and authors. The North Florida NPR station reaches from Lake City down to nearly the middle of the state, so you can hear me live or on your computer. We'll be talking about The Bride and the Buccaneer, ebooks, Florida history and more, so tune in!


Voting is now open in the DA BWAHA tournament and it's going to be moving fast. Follow the link and record your votes, and help my pirates trounce those bad boy billionaires and rakish Regency types!

Monday, March 15, 2010


"64 books. 1 champion. Get your game on."

It's time for the March Madness of the DA BWAHA. As one wag said it so well, the annual competition is "where romance fans stomp all over their favorite authors' hearts to get to the finish line and a shiny new iPad!"

You can sign-in and fill your brackets until Wednesday, and then the voting and elimination begins. The Bride and the Buccaneer is in the Historicals category and I'm flummoxed to have been chosen given the array of talent alongside my book. Nonetheless, I would appreciate your stomping all over those other authors' hearts and voting for me.

Want to buy some of the books in the tournament? Go to All Romance DA BWAHA store for the ebooks, or follow the Amazon link at the tourney site for the paper editions.

Read great books! Win wonderful prizes! Does it get any better than that?

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I attended a Foundation meeting yesterday and heard some great things about awards our library is winning, ones we're nominated for, and perhaps most importantly, the work we're doing at the county jail. We believe our public library may be the only one in the nation with a full branch of the library housed in the jail. It has much of the material you'd find at any library branch, with a few differences. For example, all the books are paperbacks so they cannot be used as weapons. Only the librarians have internet access on the branch computers, though the patrons can use CDs such as the Florida Statutes to do research.

But here's the surprising part. The sheriff's office pays half of the expense to maintain the library, and has for years through administrations of sherriffs both Republican and Democrat. I've known all the sherriffs in the 30 years since the jail library opened, and none of those men and women were bleeding-heart liberals coddling criminals. Far from it. But they knew that inmates who earn GEDs through library programs have a lower recidivism rate. The studies bear this out and offering GED classes is an important part of what the library can do.

In addition, the library staff worked with inmates last year to help them make recordings of them (the inmates) reading story books. These recordings were sent to the inmates' children at Christmastime. There are book clubs at the jail, though I wasn't surprised to find they're more popular with the female than the male inmates.

There are other library systems that have services to county inmate populations, but we have not found another branch library such as ours that's open four days a week as part of the jail complex. Our Jail Service branch has grown much larger over the 30+ years it's been open, wins awards and is still going strong. It is a credit to the people who believe in the power of public libraries as a necessary component of a thriving community, and I'm proud of the ACLD staff who continually come up with new and innovative methods to work with a challenging and underserved population.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Radio Daze!

I'm going to be on "Conner Calling", WUFT/WJUF's phone-in/email-in talk show about books and authors. It's our North Florida NPR station, with a signal reaching from Lake City down to nearly the middle of the state. Listen for me on Friday, March 19 at 1 p.m. ET, and you can catch the show on streaming audio here.

Monday, March 01, 2010

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Another Blast from the Past

Found this link to a Boskone 45 panel, asking "Will 2008 Be the Year When Ebooks Make It?"
We were only off by a year. Based on record sales, I would have to say that 2009 was when ebooks "made it".

"The Neverending Panel" and Boskone 47

I like Dani Kollin's title "Darlene Marshall Talks About Sex!" but I was afraid the spambots would shoot it down. Here's a link to the Kollin Brothers' interview with me at Boskone, from their site, "Where the Conversations Continue".