Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A blog chain and contest! Don't miss out!

Check this out!

Today is release day for the fabulous Jill Myles' debut GENTLEMEN PREFER SUCCUBI, and, if it's not completely obvious from the hunk of mantitty on the cover, it's a sexy supernatural tale full of adventure, humor, and...um...sex.

Jill will be stopping by Writes in the City on January 18 to talk to us about--wait for it--writing sex scenes. Of course. And just to entice you some more, there's a contest:

Jill's agent Holly Root of the Waxman Literary Agency is offering a personalized query critique to the winner. How awesome is that? To enter, just follow the blog chain and comment, starting today with Amy Bai's The Purple Patch. One entry per blog, please, and the winner will be chosen at random on the last day of the tour (January 27) when Jill will also be posting an interview with Holly.

So what are you waiting for? Get over to Amy's! And buy Jill's book!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Merry Merry

hospital and skiing
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Oh yes, bloggy friends. It's that time of year again. Time for the annual pilgrimage to Colorado where I will tumble down the bunny slopes once or twice before calling it a day. Can you feel my excitement? Those of you who have been around a while know how much I love to ski.

I'll be in and out for the next few weeks. Have a happy/merry/joyous whatever. See you 'round the intertoobs.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Drinking the Kool-Aid

My mother used to be terrified I'd one day join a cult.

Sounds ridiculous, but who could blame her, really? Back in the 70s the media fixated on Satan worshippers, Jonestown, and the Manson Family, not to mention all the teenagers high on Angel Dust hallucinating roaches crawling all over them. It probably seemed like weirdos would creep into your window at any moment and carry your kids away.

All that percolated in her brain throughout my childhood and heightened when I started wearing a lot of black and listening to the Dead Kennedys. Definite proof of my cult activities presented itself as a cassette tape on the passenger seat of my '68 Mustang:

What could all those symbols mean? Nothing good, god knows!

So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that she flipped out in front of all my friends at the public pool when she caught me sipping a Dr. Pepper and reading Dianetics in 9th grade. Remember those mysterious volcanic TV commercials about "discovering the answer to it all?" I just didn't want to miss out.

She should've sat down, slathered on sunscreen, and waited for me to lose interest--it only took about four pages or so. Bor-ing. Instead, she screamed DON'T YOU KNOW THAT'S A CULT? I FORBID YOU TO JOIN A CULT!

OMG. Time stopped. Some girls laughed. The cute boy who'd been checking me out abandoned his flirtation with Crazy Mother Cult Girl. I could never return to Fassnight Park Swimming Pool ever again.

And mom? Just so you know--no cult activities to this day. Although if I had to choose one, it would be the hare krishnas. They seem fun.

That was her deal: cult fear. I wonder what's going to be my phobia? 'Cause you know it'll be something once I have two teenage daughters to stress over. Any bets? Maybe I'll have nightmares about them starring in a reality show?

Has your mom ever embarrassed you?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blog facelift

Yes, she's had a little nip here, tuck there. Doesn't she just look so rested? Of course, she's having trouble smiling, what with all the Botox, but hey, anything for beauty.
I've also updated my These Blogs Rock section. Take a look.
Next, I think I'll have her lips done.


So, whaddya think? Too much?

Friday, December 4, 2009


I'm kind of belated with this, but wanted to congratulate some fellow writerly types on recent successes:

--Courtney Allison Moulton snagged a 3-book deal with Katherine Tegen / HarperCollins.

--Debra Schubert signed with Bernadette Baker-Baughman of Baker's Mark Literary Agency. You can read all about her journey here.

--Jill Myles has not one, but TWO books coming out in the upcoming weeks! She'll be making an appearance here on the blog soon talking about...what else? sex.

I'm sure I'm missing a few. Please comment if you know of anyone else!

Now I'm off to do some Christmas shopping. What mother of two girls would miss out on picking up one of babies to teach important life skills?:

Awww, isn't she adorable? But I have to say, she won't earn many tips with THAT outfit. Take it off! Woo!

Oh dear. I hope this is a hoax.