Saturday, August 26, 2006

"Always" reviewed by Romance at Heart

Romance at Heart Review for "Always" came out this week. You can read the entire review at this link, but here is a quote:

"Brought to you by Venus Press, "Always" is a short you will not want to miss if you are a paranormal romance fan. Stop by for a copy of Always today and indulge in the adventure."

Big Smile! What a nice thing to say. Thank you Rose from Romance at Heart!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Her Dangerous Promise, Still Homeless

This weekend I got a vibe. I thought it meant the agent was reading my Secrets of The Dark submission. Then on Monday, I got the vibe the reply was in the mail. I felt it was a big envelope, which meant a rejection, because they were returning the manuscript. I've been a bundle of nerves until today, when the big envelope arrived.

How's that for psychic?

Only the envelope was from Kensington, not the agent. Kensington passed on Her Dangerous Promise, but gave me a really nice personal note.

Here's what she said:

"Thanks very much for the look as HER DANGEROUS PROMISE, which I read with interest, although I'm sorry to say no. You have a very good sense of pace, an all-important quality in a thriller, but what this romantic suspense lacked was atmosphere and grit. It comes down to making the most of odd details, really -- and also picking the details that will send a shiver down the reader's spine. Okay, I'm talking movies now, but what I mean is this: the shower curtain in the shower scene in PSYCHO is only a piece of vinyl... but oh, does the viewer remember Anthony Perkin's side of it... and Janet Leigh's side... down to the drops on her face as she screams. Water? Tears?

Your story has a similiar quality to that horror classic but you pulled back once too often when you should have zoomed in. Good try, though. Pace is one of those things that's impossible to teach -- writers either have it or they don't. And you do, so you're off to a great start.

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That's a long and very nice note. It would have been nice if she asked for edits instead of rejecting it. Oh, well. It is still a good step forward from the form letter rejection.

So now I have to bundle the manuscript back up and figure out where to send it next.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Have a Comment?

I just figured out how to include comments on this blog. How amazing is that? So go ahead and comment away!

For the internet savvy, there is also a way to get this blog through a feed now. (Or so I'm told) Try and let me know if that works for you.



My Space Headaches

So I'm working up a MySpace page, because that is 'the thing to do' these days. And that website is making me nuts. You can barely customize it. The connection is slow even with DSL. It keeps logging me out. And I can't edit the blog entry I made, even though I've tried twenty times! Grrr! Anyway, if you are a MySpace denizen, please come by and 'friend' me! The address is .

I have also changed my website design a little bit, including adding a fancy/ sexy banner. Check it out at my home page. Sign up for my newsgroup if you have not yet and let me know what you think of the changes!

Change of Plans

I have just not been able to get into "Wolf Song" lately. I'm setting it aside for now. I'm too eager to get back to Dance to mess with anything else.

Even having said that, I am working on the edits for "Redemption". After reading it, I'm pleased to find that it will not require too much editing.

The characters of Dance have been on hold too long and I hope to be back to that story by the weekend.

Monday, August 21, 2006


I had five review request follow-ups so far. Some asking for more information and some asking for the reader copy. Yeah! That was fast.

Review Requests

Finally, I'm doing some of the promotional activities I should have been doing all along. I just submitted about 20 review requests to various romance and erotica review websites for "Always". Hopefully, I'll be able to report new reviews very soon. But now it is getting late and I'm getting sleepy, so I'm off to bed for now.

I hope tomorrow will be very productive writing-wise. "Wolf Song" is on the top of the to-do list list.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Kitten Complete

After several edits, "Kitten" is finally done. I've sent it off to some of my writer friends to get feedback. I hope to have it submitted in a week or so.

I am turning my focus to "Wolf Song" again. I hope to have that rough draft complete in the next week.

On a related note, I just bought the new 3 Days Grace cd with "Animal I Have Become" on it. I LOVE THAT SONG. I'm listening to it on 'loop' right now.