Sunday, September 28, 2014

Where I'm At

Okay, I've decided to try to get back on the social media bandwagon in a limited way.  I can't do TOO much, if I do it eats away at my writing time, which there isn't enough of as is.  But I want to re-connect with fans--and frankly I feel like I've fallen down on the job about that for far too long.

Hell, sometimes I wonder if I even HAVE fans any more.  Seriously.  Sales are good (thank you).  But withouit going to conferences, or hearing back via email or social media, you lose track.

SO, I'm blogging again.  I've gotten the newsletters out.  And I will probably redesign and put back up the website.    I will FaceBook in a limited way, probably on one weekend day for a couple of hours.

We'll see if it works.

In the meantime, "HI" and "I'm back."


Saturday, September 27, 2014

It's been a rough year.

January 2nd I fell, dislocated both hips, and generally screwed up from the waist down.  Finally got that healed (YAY) and broke a major molar and wound up with oral surgery.

That's healing, and I'm HOPING that we're at the end of the illness/injury train for a while.

Just turned in the page proofs for THE EXILE.  The cover for it is AWESOME--SERIOUSLY GORGEOUS.  I'll upload it if I can manage.

AWESOME isn't it?

We're having a re-release of TOUCH OF EVIL too--October.  I'm SO EXCITED.  It's awesome.  And I was very happy when I did a re-read.  It's a better book than I remembered, and I got to tighten up the one or two little things that bugged me in the previous version.

SO, if you haven't gotten a chance to read it, DO.


I also got the map and the excerpt to the newsletter guru so it will go out today.

Now I need to go home, have some dinner, and finish the second pass on ALL YOUR WISHES, the next Celia Graves novel.

Then I can say I'm having a TRULY PRODUCTIVE day.

Best to you all.  


Sunday, September 29, 2013

ALAS . . . .

Complete system failure.

What is:  three words you don't want to hear about your computer.

Particularly when you have a book deadline and it's been going well.  And you have a novella you just started that was, also, going remarkably well.  And you have photos you took (although, fortunately, they were on the website, so not lost).

Didn't lose the whole book.  BUT lost one of the best fight scenes I've ever written (unless they can save the machine, which I am doubting).

Lost the start of the novella. 

YES I back up.  But I haven't for a couple of days--mostly because life was being particularly lifish, of which the system crash is yet another example.

I will not be going to Fencon AGAIN this year.  I have to get caught back up on the book and I have to spend the money on a new computer. (Assuming they don't replace it since it was under warranty.  And in the meantime, I am working on my ancient behemoth that I held onto even though it doesn't run very well any more.  [More limps along, walking with a cane actually.])

But it could have been worse.  MUCH worse.  SO, I will count my blessings and move on. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Once upon a time, a long time ago, I was a wannabe writer desperate to get published and hungry to have the tools to do the research I needed to do to make a great product (mysteries mostly back then, some fantasy too.) There was a series of books I lusted after called the "Howdunit" series from Writer's Digest.  I didn't believe in myself enough to convince myself back then to shell out the money I couldn't afford to buy them.  But OH I wanted those babies.

WELL, I am now a professional writer, a NOVELIST.  (WOOT!!)  I still have to do lots of research.  (Lot of it is help from friends.  Some on the internet.)  But you know what.  I still read books for research.  And a panel by a friend who is a #1 NYT author reminded me of those books.

I went online.  I FOUND THEM -- WOOT WOOT WOOT.  I ordered a bunch and am SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!

I know it's geeky.  I DON'T CARE!  I will have the tools I need to look up poisons, and crime scenes and common guns.  RIGHT IN MY LIBRARY!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Wrote the following e-mail to my mom to explain why I didn't call this weekend.

First -- 100+ degree heat and the power goes out for the whole city mid-afternoon on Saturday.  Also most cell service.  I had a quarter tank of gas which is not QUITE enough to get to another city in either direction.  With no a/c and no fans it was pretty miserable.
When it was still off Sunday morning I went down to the fire station to see if they had an ETA for when it would be back up.  He had no idea.  But he did have one bar of cell service.  So I tried my phone and WOO HOO!  I could call out.  Called a friend from a city a couple of towns over and asked if she could bring me 10 bags of ice and a can of gas if I paid for it all. (Fortunately I had money.)  She was glad to help.  Good thing I called early -- by the time she got to the store she got the last of the ice.  I wasn't the only one who had the idea.
MEANWHILE since it looked like I might have to go a full day without power I decided to fix the screens on my house.  So I got out my trusty tools and step stool and went to start with the bathroom window.  I had to trim back the tree limbs first, then I set up the stool and climbed up -- only to have the stool topple over with me on it.  OW.  REALLY OW.  FORTUNATELY I wasn't seriously hurt (twisted my ankle, a couple of bruises, wounded pride), went inside and iced the ankle.  Realized I wasn't wearing my glasses.  Went BACK outside with Tonya (who'd arrived by then with the ice) to look for said glasses wearing my prescription sunglasses. 
I had landed on my glasses. 
They were not destroyed, but were bent, and when I tried to straighten them -- they broke.
Tonya's husband said he thought he could fix them, so I sent them home with her to him.
Put ice in the fridge, the freezer, and around the house (and around my ankle) and things were cool enough to let me sleep.  (I really needed that nap.) 
Around 4:30 the power came back on.  Called Tonya.  Micah had fixed the glasses.  Checked the fridge.  Stuff in the fridge was pretty much ruined.  1/3 of the meat in the freezer thawed.  The rest stayed frozen solid.  If I cook it today I should be okay.
Went and filled up the vehicle with gas and went to get my glasses from Tonya so I'd be able to wear them at work.  (Working in sunglasses did not seem like a great idea.) Then went to the grocery store in the next town where they hadn't lost power to get all the groceries that had been ruined.
I finally got home late last night and fell into bed.
I never thought I'd hear myself saying this, but . . .
I'm fine.  (Sore, stiff, frustrated and aggravated at having spent a LOT of money I hadn't planned on, but) FINE.

Saturday, July 13, 2013



It was a wonderful trip with my friend Pam.  Went to Treasure Island, Florida where it was MUCH cooler than where I'm currently living.  It rained every day, but between showers I spent time shopping, on the beach, and eating at wonderful restaurants.  I also took lots of pictures, met with my (brilliant) agent to discuss my career, and did research that will appear in a future Celia Graves book that I am now writing.  I am rested, refreshed, and ready to rock.


This is a shot of Lucienne and I.  Typical for me, my hair is everywhere!  But HEY, note the pirate ship! lol

Sunday, May 05, 2013


1 - Turned in the Fae book.  Hope it is OK.  Fear it is terrible.  Will wait for edits and find out.
2 - Am taking a couple of days off before start the next Celia book during which I will clean house and visit me mum.
3 - Bought 2 copies (one for me, one for my son) of the published version of Neil Gaiman's MAKE GOOD ART speech.  It is SO worth it.
4 - Wrote an e-mail to Charlaine Harris because she deserves better treatment than she is getting. (IN MY NOT SO HUMBLE OPINION).
5 - Reading new stuff.  It's pretty good.
6 - Watched Iron Man 3 and loved it.