Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I'm Everywhere!!

No kidding. It's Par For The Course release day, so I'm a busy gal! Check me out at ::

Do you have your copy of Par For The Course yet?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Par For The Course by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Magazine columnist Jillian Welch has one assignment to show her readers the golf course is the news single’s bar, and show an old flame all the ways she’s changed. Unless she hasn’t changed at all…

Warning: Fore! This title contains explicit sex, and a love story hazardous to your hankie supply. Oh, and exploding toads.

by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Feeling Left Out??

Me too. I wish I was going to the RWA conference in San Francisco, for a lot of reasons. The workshops, meeting editors, catching up with friends from all over the world (OK, that's the coolest part), collecting free books, exploring San Francisco as an adult...

But, the baby will be much happier here at home. So, I'll be taking advantage of all the web activities for those of us not trekking to SF. Like ::

-How to Analyze the Books You Read-

Writers seeking to break into category, historical and single titleromances are always told to READ. Yet many of us have read for yearswithout cracking the code of what editors and publishers want.

In How to Analyze the Books You Read, author Susan Meier explains asimple process that can help you analyze books to uncover therequirements, passions and just plain quirks of a publisher and/orline, as well as the exceptions to the rules that can trip up even themost savvy analyst.

Here's the link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CataNetwork-Writers/

It all begins Monday - July 28.

??What have you found during your web surfing??

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday 13 : Men Are Like...

For all those men who say, Why buy a cow when you can get milk for free. Here's an update for you: Nowadays, 80% of women are against marriage, WHY? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage. Men are like....

1. Men are like Laxatives They irritate the crap out of you.
2 Men are like. Bananas . The older they get, the less firm they are.
3. Men are like Weather . Nothing can be done to change them.
4. Men are like Blenders You need One, but you're not quite sure why.
5. Men are like Chocolate Bars . Sweet, smooth, & they usually head right for your hips.
6. Men are like Commercials . You can't believe a word they say.
7. Men are like Department Stores .. Their clothes are always 1/2 off!
8. Men are like . Government Bonds ... They take sooooooooo long to mature.
9. Men are like . Mascara . They usually run at the first sign of emotion.
10. Men are like Popcorn . They satisfy you, but only for a little while.
11. Men are like Snowstorms . You never know when they're coming, how many inches you'll get or how long it will last.
12. Men are like Lava Lamps . Fun to look at, but not very bright.
13. Men are like Parking Spots All the good ones are taken, the rest are hardly worth the effort.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

6 Words

I read about this site in Writers Digests 101 Best Websites...here's my 6 word memoir.

And then my 6 word Green Life.

And my 6 word Momior.

You know...this site is a great time waster! Perfect procrastination.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Beach Party!

This Sunday, July 20th, WriterSpace is having their annual summer Beach Party! With over 100 authors and tons of giveaways, this is an event not to be missed! The list of authors is absolutely amazing: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Sylvia Day, Stella Cameron, Emma Holly, Francis Ray, Jayne Ann Krentz, Lori Foster, Shayla Black, Sasha White, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane and more!

Join us for an evening of chatting with your favorite authors and some awesome prizes!

The event is 8-11PM EST, and you must register at WriterSpace for a chance to win prizes, so visit now to join!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Uncle Sent Me This Laugh Today...

To The Powerful Women in my Life ---

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Another Online Conference...

Besides the Romance Divas Not Going To Conference Conference...there is the the Left Behind and Loving It Conference....A series of virtual workshops that some of us who won’t be attending the RWA National Conference put on for anyone and everyone who wants to take part. PBW has done it the last few years and each year more authors are inspired to join in.

Sasha White will be doing a virtual workshop on her blog titled VOICE: The Magic Behind the Words.

Learn...What is it that makes a story stand out? What Is Voice? What Is Style? Trusting Your Characters. Trusting Your Instincts Q & A period.

(There will be goodies to be won for those taking part. :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

$5 off at Borders

Shipping is free if you have it sent to your local store, or gratis on any purchase over $25...you know, in case there was something you've been meaning to pick up...

For $5 off use code BR41925 and be sure to get your copy of For Kicks!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Not Going To The RWA Conference?

The Romance Divas annual Not Going to Conference Conference will make you feel a bit less deprived! Amazing workshops, a star-studded guest list and awesome giveaways, all on the Diva forum! Don't miss it!

Here's a bit of a schedule update for the Q&As and Workshops...

Wednesday, July 30

Paula Guran, Editor, Juno Books
Q&A on Creating Kick a** Heroines

Laurie Rauch, Editor, Samhain Publishing
Workshop on What Happens After the Contract (aka Editors are People Too!)*

Thursday July 31

Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary
Q&A on Inspirational Romance Stories and the Inspy Market

Sandra Schwab, Historical Romance Author
Workshop on Historical Accuracy and Anachronisms

Friday, August 1

Yolanda Sfetsos, Author of Guarded by Stone
Q&A on Paranormal and Urban Fantasy World Building

Katie MacIver, KatieDidDesign
Workshop on Website Design and Color Selection

Saturday, August 2

Joey W. Hill, Erotica Author
Workshop on Plotting Erotica and Erotic Romance

Rhonda Stapleton, Editor and Author
Workshop on Style and Voice

Excited yet?

How about if I list some door prizes?

  • What Gwen said" mug donated by Gwen Hayes
  • 3-chapter critique of a YA by Simon Pulse author Rhonda Stapleton
  • 3-chapter critique of a YA, chick lit, or rom com by Golden Heart Finalist Amanda Brice
  • An ebook of your choice from Nell Dixon's backlist
  • An ebook of either Second Sight (paranormal romance) or Dragons' Choice (fantasy romance - dragon-shifters) from Debbie Mumford
  • Ten dollar Amazon gift certificate from Jodi Henley
  • Lush stuff from Seeley deBorne
  • e-book copy of Chasing Shadows from Erin Richards
  • Paperback copy of Iron Horse Rider OR Smiling Eyes from Adelle Laudan
  • Book thongs from Angeleque Ford
  • 3 chapter critique from Sela Carsen
  • winner's choice of ebook copy of "Not Quite Dead" or "Heart of the Sea" by Sela Carson
  • e-book copy of HEATWAVE by Eden Bradley
  • e-book copy of BREAKING SKYE by Eden Bradley
  • a box of goodies, trade and paperbacks, bath products candles, etc... All for a fun and relaxing home spa day treat. courtesy of The Midnight Moon Cafe
  • 1 download each of Natasha Moore's Samhain books, The Ride of Her LIfe and The Passion-Minded Professor
  • a copy of "Painted Soul" by Mary Quast
  • e-book copy of HER CINDERELLA COMPLEX by Jenna Bayley-Burke - Samhain
  • e-book copy of PAR FOR THE COURSE by Jenna Bayley-Burke - Samhain
  • e-book copy of FOUND by Jenna Bayley-Burke - Wild Rose Press
  • e-book copy of NIGHT OF INSPIRATION by Jenna Allen - Phaze
  • e-book copy of ON AGAIN by Jenna Allen - Phaze
  • $10 gc to Amazon from Kendal Corbitt
  • ebook Vampire Oracle: Harmony by MG Braden
Plus a lovely bar of wonderful Chagrin Valley hand made soap, Caramel Pralines jar candle, handmade jewelry, Tarot readings, a Lush box for European Divas/Dudes, a $10 fictionwise gc and much more!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tiptoeing Towards Nothing...

The boys want to do nothing this week. Um, too bad, you have karate, kiddos. But then next week...nothing. Wonderous for small boys with unlimited art supplies and a hose, scary for a mom who was hoping to get something done. I now see why so many of my author friends take the summer off from writing. My hatchlings aren't as small and maleable as they were before...

In other news, I ventured out to the local RWA meeting with the babe...and she fussed the whole time. I'll try again in September when I can be away from her for more than an hour at a time!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Finding The Right Editor and Online Dating...

They are the same thing, I tell you! I'm still mourning the loss of my Samhain editor (She moved on to bigger and better things and as her friend I cheer her decision, as her author I boo it. There's conflict for you!) I'm on eggshells with the new Mills & Boon editor, so I haven't cracked my new Samhain one just yet. One new relationship at a time...

But finding an editor you adore and dating are the same thing!

  • vague about exactly what they want so they won't miss out on someone spectacular
  • it takes forever to hear back...or does it just feel that way because you check your inbox more?
  • miscommunications abound
  • you never doubt yourself more than the five minutes after you've hit send
  • wondering if there is a better gig out there, or if you should just feel grateful for what you have
  • the hopeful feeling that makes your stomach wiggle
  • the full-body thrill that comes from someone who knows what you mean
  • you have to set your fear aside and just jump in. Yes, you could be rejected, laughed at, ignored...but you could also find complete acceptance and someone to buy you lunch!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Follow the bouncing ball...

I have so little time online these days. With the boys home from school for the summer and the new baby, it seems there is never a free minute. I find I'm making notes of what to do in my online time.

Today I finally too Michelle Styles' advice and filledo ut my Author Unbound page on Shelfari. If you ahve books listed there, you should too. It only takes a few minutes. To do this, add at least one of your books to your Shelfari page. Click on my profile, click on my authors, click on your name and follow the bouncing ball. There is a place to link your page to your shelfari page, making it easier for readers to find you, and for you to find the page later to add on a bio or welcome message or what have you.

Go on. Get it done...

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Thursday 13 : Fave RomCom Movies

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You

  2. 27 Dresses

  3. How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days

  4. Failure to Launch

  5. Two Weeks Notice

  6. Sweet Home Alabama

  7. Bridget Jones' Diary

  8. Clueless

  9. Emma

  10. Legally Blonde

  11. Overboard

  12. Serendipity

  13. The Prince and Me

And you would add...