Monday, July 27, 2009


Mondays kinda suck, don't you think?

It's the first day of getting up early again. The first day having to figure out what uncomfortable business suit and pointy shoes to put on again. The first day--the day when you KNOW the whole work week is still in front of you.

I don't much like Mondays, but actually I don't hate them either. Monday is a return to my routine. Weekends get so crazy with all the running around that you can't find time for during the week. I like the way Mondays slow everything back to normal. On Mondays I go to work and spend the day there. I usually take a lunch break to do some writing. And when I get home my family is waiting for me with dinner. Afterwards there's really no time to do anything else except relax and get some more writing in. (I guess I could do some cleaning, but let's not be ridiculous)

Besides, what could be better than to wake up on a Monday that is the start of a short week?

As of Wednesday I'm on a bit of vacation, and I'll be away right through to next Tuesday. YAY!! Camping with the family in Algonquin Park. It's way beautiful.

As long as it doesn't rain.

By the way, drop over to visit me at Happy Endings Tuesday for my blog about...blogging. It's a mini intro to my marketing and promotional workshop.

And...through the magic of the internet, I will be posting a blog at the Vixens on Thursday about finishing my new short story, so come on by and check it out.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Best Book of the Week Poll

Okay everybody, it seems I need your help once again to nominate Dark Immortal for Best Book of the Week honour over at Long and Short of It: Whipped Cream Reviews.

I posted about the actual review earlier this week here and it was so wonderful. If you didn't get a chance to read it yet, please do.

I'd sure appreciate your support. The contest runs through Saturday and Sunday. Click on over here to vote.

Thanks and take care!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Long weekend anyone?

Oh, I know that technically the long weekend is next week (at least for Ontarians who will have the benefit of the "Civic Holiday"), but I took a vacation day today! Yay, no day job!

So what am I going to do?

Well, hubby made an appointment to take the car in to get the tires rotated. (I almost expired from exceitement.) Then we're going to go shopping. Actually, this should be fun. We'll be doing Ikea and all the outlet stores, and the amazing MEC! (If you don't know MEC and you're a die-hard outdoorsman(woman), check it out here)

I'm really hoping to have a serious shopping experience. Folks, we're talking a full day of pounding the pavement looking for deals. I'll need shoes, clothes, gadgets, and probably a break for ice cream!

What are your plans this weekend?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

High Concept Gone Wonky?

Come check us out over at the Vauxhall Vixens today, but make sure you bring your craziest high concept pitches!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dark Immortal Reviewed

I was very pleased to see a new review for Dark Immortal

Magnolia from Whipped Cream Reviews at The Long and Short of It gives Dark Immortal 4.5 Cherries and says:

The action is awesome; the sex is thrilling; and I just fell in love with the entire story!... I can’t say enough about this wonderful tale that ventures into a dark world unlike any I’ve ever read before. This is definitely worth putting down your current read for!

Thank you Magnolia!

Please click on over to read the complete review here

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lazy Sundays

This Sunday was a great day for relaxing about the house. Kiddo was up early, as usual, to watch his morning cartoons and hubby and I cuddled together all warm and cozy until about 8:00 (no extra sleeping in for me this weekend).

After breakfast, I hunkered down to do some writing (most of it in the area of plotting, so the actual wordcount was only about 1500 words), and then we went out to the mall for a while to run some errands. I did some more writing when we got home while hubby and kiddo played Ben 10 on the Wii. Click here if you're at all interested in knowing what Ben 10 is (you don't want to be less informed than a six year old, do you?)

Just before dinner, I got it into my head that I needed to make brownies. Of course, I put my question to the Twitterverse and received a couple of great recipes, but the best one by far was from writer pal Viv Arend. Since my first attempt flopped, I tried her recipe afterward, and the brownies were TO DIE FOR! Thanks Viv!

Despite the fact that I worked on my new WIP for the better part of the day and only got about 2000 words, I'm very excited about this little short story. I think it's totally rockin' and can't wait to share it!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


I'm off to the cottage today!

I don't know what the weather's going to be like. I had heard it might rain. But either way we're going. We have family visiting from Montreal and what better place to entertain them than the beach? Even if it does rain, we'll have lots of things to do. Movies. Music. Games. The cottage is one of those places designed just for fun.

What are your plans this weekend?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

GUEST AUTHOR: Kinsey Holley

I wrote Kiss and Kin on purpose, so to speak, specifically for the Samhain anthology.

I’ve been working on a full length story set in the same world, only in Colorado, not Houston. (It’s been over a year, and it’s not quite finished. Pieces of it have finalled in some contests, I’m almost there, but…yeah. You know how it goes). So when I saw the Shifting Dreams submission call, I thought – well, hey, I like this world I’ve built, and I’m frustrated with the big WIP, so I’ll write a short story.

But I’d never sat down to make up a story all at once. I can’t explain it, but I get the characters first, and maybe just a hint of a background, and then they start walking around and talking, and then I start to see a story. Character and dialogue are my two strengths, I think. It’s the plot that gives me fits. If only readers didn’t insist on interesting plots…

So then I had to come up with a story I could tell in thirty thousand words. I’m kind of verbose – I envy my writer friends who have to really work to make a story hit seventy-five thousand words. I mean, the big WIP stands at ninety-four thousand words and I’m not done. But anyway…

I had this idea about a nightclub, drug dealing wolves and a heroine who gets in trouble because she was dragged along by a friend. It took me a while to come up with a hero and a real plot. Then I thought about the very first story I tried to write, the one that got stalled at six thousand words because I started having visions of this dark, bearded werewolf in Colorado. So when it was time to come up with this short story, I didn’t want to use Nick Wargman, the hero of the stalled WIP, because I’m going to finish him one day (soon, I hope). I decided the hero would be one of Nick’s wolves. After that, Lark just sort of popped up on her own, and the whole cousins-but-not-cousins thing. (There was a conversation recently over at Smart Bitches Trashy Books about what kind of hero/heroine setup you’re a sucker for. I’m a sucker for the stories where either the hero’s been in love with the heroine for years, or vice versa, or they’ve been carrying a torch for each other and neither of them knows it.)

And of course, the hardest part was the plot. I drove my sister in law crazy as I tried to work out what the bad guys did and how it happened. And you read the story now, and it’s like – that’s it? That simple little plot took you forever to come up with? Yep. I can make people walk and talk and breathe, but I have a helluva time making them actually do anything interesting!

Kinsey Holley

Brotherly love? Oh hell no…

A Sexy Shifter story.

On the surface, court reporter Lark Manning looks like the luckiest girl in the world, blessed with great friends and a wonderful family. Underneath, she harbors a hopelessly unrequited love for the sexy werewolf everyone thinks of as her cousin. Taran rarely notices her except to condescend or lecture. He’s treated her the same way since she was eight years old, and there’s no reason to think he’ll ever change.

Taran Lloyd, a detective in the Houston Police Department’s Shifters Investigations Unit (SHIU), lives for those rare moments he gets to spend around Lark, torturing himself with what he can’t have. Kin only by marriage, she thinks of him as her big brother. He couldn’t bear her pity—or her disgust—if she learned he wants her for his mate.

When weres from a rival pack attack her, Lark screams out the first name that comes to mind—Taran. Only this sexy alpha can keep her safe until they find out who wants her dead, and why. But keeping her safe means keeping her close. And the closer they get, the harder it gets for these not-really-cousins to honor their commitment to keep their paws off.

Monday, July 13, 2009


(By Bev Sykes from Davis, CA, USA (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0
(], via Wikimedia Commons)

I'm NOT a morning person. I hate being up before 9:00 am and during the week I'm like a walking zombie at work before that time.

On weekends when normal people sleep in and relax the morning away, I'm usually still forced to get up at 7:00 am. Hubby and kiddo ARE morning people. Neither of them can stand to be in bed if the sun has begun to peek through the break in the curtains through the window.

First I'll hear kiddo moving around in his room. Sometimes he'll start to play with his toys in bed or read his book aloud to himself, but most of the time he'll jump up and I'll hear his door opening. He'll practically run to the bathroom because his six year old bladder can't hold on for a minute longer. At this point, I could still get back to sleep if kiddo were to go back to bed, but hubby starts shifting beside me, throwing an arm around me and coming in closer--almost like he wants to get his cuddle in before we are descended upon.

After finishing up in the bathroom, kiddo will come to our door and peek in. My eyes are closed, but I know he's wondering how "asleep" we are before he jumps on the bed and crawls between us. He gets in on the cuddling for a while before the chatter starts. Lots and lots of chatter. So much chatter, my poor zombie-ish brain can't handle it. And then hubby starts to talk. I love his low, rumbly voice but I do NOT care about breakfast. It's 7:00 am. I want to DREAM about breakfast!

Usually they'll both leave me in bed at that point, but I'm not allowed to go back to sleep. Within five minutes I get called down to join them for breakfast, an invitation that I just can't turn down :)

BUT yesterday was quite a different story. Yesterday I got to sleep in. A rare gift from my husband and son that I cherish. Hubby got up at 5:30 am (crazy!) and crept out of the house to go fishing, and when kiddo got up at 7:00 am he climbed up beside me for his morning hug and then said that I should go back to sleep, he was goign to pour his own cereal and watch cartoons.


I love my family

What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you lately?

By they way, I have an interesting interview up at Jody Wallace's blog--or at least, my kitty does. Check it out! :)

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Vixen Reading

I'm blogging today at the Vauxhall Vixens. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Um...not to me. Not yet.

But all this month author Leah Braemel is celebrating her birthday with new guests on her blog and today i'm up! Come on over!

Friday, July 03, 2009


One of my favourite movies because it's so funny!

Having long-studied theology, especially Catholic dogma, some might think that I would be offended by this particular movie. Well, in fact, I can't get enough of it. I think it's hilarious as a celebration of the nature of belief as well as a funny poke at the structure of the Catholic Church.

Enjoy the weekend clip and go rent Dogma

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Summer Reading List

I cleaned out my office space on the weekend. Stripped the wall-to-wall shelves bare of all books! before rearranging everything neatly. I'm surprised that the weight of all those books hasn't fallen through the floor yet. It looks very pretty now and still very full, even though I ended up putting 58 books in a pile to give to the local women's shelter and gave another bunch to my mother. But it means I have a little shuffle room on the shelves and it has me looking forward to getting in a few new reads this summer.

First on the list, a must read is going to be Nalini Singh's newest in the Psy/Changeling series, Branded by Fire.

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he’s a wolf, she’s a cat, and they’re both used to being on top.

But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man—before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire…

I've also just picked up Sherry Thomas' Not Quite a Husband and I'm looking forward to it. Honestly, the thing that convinced me about this book was the quirky book trailer that she made for it, which you can watch at YouTube here.

Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith's. A man as talented, handsome, and sought after by society as Leo Marsden couldn't possibly want to spend his entire life with a woman who rebelled against propriety by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years after their annulment and half a world away, does he track her down at her clinic in the remotest corner of India?

Leo has no reason to think Bryony could ever forgive him for the way he treated her, but he won't rest until he’s delivered an urgent message from her sister—and fulfilled his duty by escorting her safely back to England. But as they risk their lives for each other on the journey home, will the biggest danger be the treacherous war around them—or their rekindling passion?

Eloisa James' newest, this is the duchess book I've been waiting for! This Duchess of Mine.

Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors).

Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors.

But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home. Jemma laughs at Elijah’s cool eyes and icy heart—but to her secret shock, she doesn’t share his feelings. In fact, she wants the impossible: her husband’s heart at her feet.

But what manner of seduction will make a man fall desperately in love…with his own wife?

Lastly, but not in the least, is In The Blood, by Adrian Phoenix. This is the second of her Maker's Song series. I loved the first one, A Rush of Wings.


Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures, searching for the truth about his past. It is a quest as seductive as his kiss, as uncontrollable as his thirst, and as unforgiving as his determination to protect one mortal woman at any cost.


FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace now knows the extent of the Bureau corruption that surrounds her, but worries she is losing the battle. And when Dante and his band Inferno come to Seattle on tour, Heather can't help but be drawn back to the beautiful, dangerous nightkind. But what Heather and Dante don't know is that new enemies lurk in the shadows, closer than they think...and even deadlier than they fear.


Shadowy government forces have pledged to eliminate all loose ends from Project Bad Seed -- and Heather and Dante are at the top of the list. Elsewhere, the Fallen gather in Gehenna, intent on finding their long-awaited savior, the True Blood nightkind whom Lucien DeNoir would die to protect. And a damaged and desperate adversary, with powers as strange and perilous as Dante's own, plots to use Dante as a pawn in a violent scheme for revenge. But only one of these lethal forces holds the key to Dante's past -- a key that could finally unlock the secret of his birth and the truth of his existence...or destroy him completely.

There are also quite a few new ebooks that I'm looking forward to.

Check out

Inferno, by Bianca D'Arc

Somebody Killed His Editor, by Josh Lanyon

and Blood Vice, by Keith Melton