Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day

I could not let this Memorial Day pass without pausing to recognize our brave men and women in the U.S. military. While none of my immediate family currently serves, that does not diminish my gratitude or my pride for those on the frontlines and their support and supply chains. In fact, if anything, it means even more to me to know that complete strangers are thousands of miles away from home, putting their lives on hold--and on the line--each and every day, because they love our country and want to ensure our future safety. Their sacrifice is profound, their courage immeasurable. And each time one of them falls, a heart back home breaks.

I wish everyone serving overseas could come home safe, and come home soon. Until then, I keep them close in my heart and hope for peace.

Freedom isn't free. And giving back means more than just sporting a yellow ribbon on your car. Here are my favorite ways to make a difference:

BooksforSoldiers.com (please volunteer; more help is always needed!)
HeroBracelets.org
Crocheted/knitted lapghans for wounded vets

Wishing everyone in the U.S. a peaceful Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

More fan mail for the hubby . . .

One of my favorite bloggers, PBW, gave favorable mention today for WriteWay, my husband's fabulous software product for novelists. PBW did, in fact, *gush* over it. See for yourself!

PLA Boston wants me!

It's confirmed -- I will be a panelist (along with NYT best-seller Suzanne Brockmann and a handful of others) at the Public Library Association's Annual Conference in Boston next Spring!

Our program will be called "What's Love Got To Do With It?" and at the moment, I have no definitive answer! Good thing I have another 10 months or so to ponder the question. Many thanks to my buddy John C. at the Scottsdale AZ Public Library for inviting me to take part!

More on this later in the year . . .

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

This just in . . .

It's almost a book! My editor sent me the jpg cover for HEART OF THE DOVE, my December 2005 release from Ballantine. Isn't it pretty?!!


Heart of The Dove Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Weekend

It's a rainy weekend, and I am using bad weather as a great excuse to take care of a few things around the house. Besides, John is in NY visiting his daughter in the hospital, so there's no one to care if I listen to Joss Stone and Green Day's CDs on the stereo all day long. That's one thing John and I do not see eye-to-eye on: music. He loves do-wop and the 60s, while my tastes span from the mid-70s forward. And if that's all we can't agree on . . . well, lucky us.

Thanks to a recent discussion at The Romance Book Club, I ran across a new author's website today: Mary Beth Bass. Her debut novel is called FOLLOW ME, and I gather it's along the lines of "Somewhere In Time" -- one of my favorite movies. (In fact, John and I chose its theme song, "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" as our first dance song at our wedding. It's a beautiful piece of music, very romantic.) Anyway, I hadn't heard of Mary Beth's book, but her website bio made me smile, and prompted me to place my order for FOLLOW ME this morning.

In other news, the May/June issue of ROMANCING THE MIDDLE AGES just went out. It features an article on the Knights Templar, by my friend Mary Reed McCall (whose new book, BEYOND TEMPTATION is out now), an interview with debut medieval romance author Jessica Trapp (whose first title, MASTER OF PLEASURE, is also on sale now), as well as the usual list of new medieval romance releases. If you're not a subscriber to this free newsletter, you can sign up right here!

Thanks for reading.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Damn you, Blogger!!

Sigh. Moments ago, I wrote a nice long catch-up post about an epiphany I had while working on my proposal for HEART OF THE DRAGON (it involved Darth Vader), an update on John's daughter's most recent post-leukemia health scare, and sundry other things. When I went to publish my entry, Blogger ATE IT!

I don't have the patience to retype the whole thing over again, so instead I'm posting some fresh links to the sidebar, including one for my website message board, a favorite procrastination hang-out of mine. Come say hello!

Meanwhile, happy Friday!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Proposal progress!

Well, the mindmapping exercise ended in frustration and a trash bin full of crumpled paper. I simply cannot draw to save my life, and if I can't make a pretty mindmap, I don't want to make one at all. Harumph. So I'm back to brainstorming with notebook paper and a cheery sky blue marker and doing just fine, thankyouverymuch. I've got my first three chapters of HEART OF THE DRAGON all mapped out in detail, and today I will draft a complete synopsis of the story. I can't wait to start writing the book! :)