Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sony Reader / Happy New Year

I got myself the Sony Reader after Christmas, and I gotta say I love it. I can take books anywhere and read whichever one I choose. It's thin, lightweight, adjustable for font size, and can also store photos (black and white) and audiobooks. It can also convert file formats and allow you to enter the book's title, author, etc. I recommend Calibre for that, since the program doesn't have the glitches that Sony's bundled software seems to have, at least for the PRS-505 model.

The technology isn't there yet to display photos in color, but I bet it's not far off. Just my mini-brag today about how cool this little critter is. Check one out if you get the chance!

On a side note, have a safe, happy and prosperous New Year 2009! I hope you have all made your writing resolutions!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

You Can't Just Turn It Off, Y'Know ....

Had dinner with the family tonight, and Hubby and I were doing that thing parents do when they don't want their young child to know what they are talking about: spell it out.

"Our son asked Santa for a D-U-M-P T-R-U-C-K, you know, Papa," I say. Our two-year-old son continues to smear spaghetti on his face in the process of shoveling it into his mouth, oblivious.

Hubby responds with a smug smile. "What're you going to do when he learns to S-P-L-L?"

"You mean, S-P-E-L-L?" I ask sweetly.

Hubby scowls. "Man, I hate living with an editor."

(Oh, sure. But when you need a paper proofread ...) *grin*

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Now THAT'S Emotion!

Dude, I think I might be in love with Edward Norton.

Hubby and I watched "The Incredible Hulk" last night--the new version, with Norton as Bruce Banner, and though I'd heard it was good, I hadn't watched it yet. Now I'm sorry I waited so long.

If you want to see a good actor express emotion onscreen, you NEED to see this movie. I don't even care if you're not a comic book fan. You don't need to be to appreciate this movie. There are several moments in this movie where Edward simply yanks your heart out and squeezes, just by the look on his face. My personal favorite is the one where he hides behind the Dumpster. Watch the movie, you'll see. No romance writer will be able to resist him after that, even if Edward isn't your usual cup of tea.

I always liked him as an actor, but after this, he shot right up my personal chart. This is a guy who knows how to fill a performance with emotion. Go. Watch. Enjoy. Have some popcorn. And if you are a comics fan, check out the cool cameo with Stan Lee. :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Just taking a moment today to wish you all a very Happy Holiday. I got what I wanted for Christmas--a book contract and a gorgeous book cover to go with it! I hope you get your every wish this year, and that your holidays are safe and enjoyable.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Speedin' Like A Freight Train

Wow. When I get busy, it seems to happen all at once. Between working on my second novel in the Elemental Series, working with my editor on revisions for the first one, editing the several manuscripts for other authors that have made their way onto my desk, and getting some family time in there too, I feel like I need to clone myself. That's not even getting into the day job.

I hope you have a little more free time than me! Definitely pause to enjoy the season and share a cup of egg nog with your loved ones. It's not the presents that matter--it's the traditions. :)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

New Header!

With the release of my first book cover for EARTH, I have created a new header for my website and blog! What do you think?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

EARTH Cover Released!

When it rains good news, it pours! The cover of my first novel, EARTH, was released by The Wild Rose Press today. It's everything I hoped and more! The cover artists at TWRP really listened to my requests, ideas, and visions for this book. Here it is!

As yet, it's too soon to have a release date, but I will update you here as I receive information. Stay tuned for more details!