Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hot New Cover!

I received the cover for Hidden Force!
The ebook will be out on November 16th! Woo hoo!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Adventures in Critterland

Okay... Some of you may know that I'm a sucker for a stray. Do you think I'd deliberately go out and get three dogs and seven cats?

This morning, I stumbled into the kitchen to get coffee only to realize I hadn't set the pot up last night. (Whoever invented coffee pots with timers is a saint in my book.) The reason I didn't set up the coffee was simple. I was out of water. No, I didn't forget to pay my bill. I refuse to consume the tap water where I live. I prefer my water clear; not brown. I drink, cook and make coffee only with bottled water.

So anyway, the water was in the car. I'd forgotten to bring it in yesterday. It's dark out--5:30 AM--and my neighbors are not early risers. Instead of actually putting on something decent, I wander out to the car in my nightgown. Not that I wear sexy bedclothes but if I bend over in that particular gown, we'd have a full moon early!

As I'm getting water out of the car, I hear a weird sound coming from down the driveway. I see Tom Tom, my yellow cat, and he's either chewing something or he's injured his mouth. It's dark, remember? I snuck up on him, grabbed him and took him near the carport light. Since I didn't have my reading glasses on, I couldn't make out what was wrong! I wasn't taking him in the house and I definitely wasn't touching the bloody mass around his mouth without a napkin or paper towel.

I put him down and ran in the house. Mistake. You know the old saying, "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me"? Tom Tom is a firm believer in it... He wasn't letting me near him.

So picture this, if you will... An overweight middle aged woman in flip flops and a too short night shirt running around in the pre-dawn darkness with a flashlight and a handful of napkins, yelling at a stubborn pain in the ass cat. After the chase led through the yard half a dozen times and around the car until I was dizzy, I went back in the house and got the big ammunition. That's right, ladies and gents, a can of cat food.

One pop of the top and the little shit in question bounded into the house, plopped the bloodied remains of what I can only assume was a mouse in the middle of the floor and pounced on the canned cat food.You see, Tom Tom is also known as Toothless Tom. It would have taken days for him to gnaw that mouse down to something he could swallow. The cat food is much easier to eat.

Now why I didn't think of that twenty minutes earlier... Well, I blame it on a lack of coffee.

Tonight, the coffee pot will be set up on the timer.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Time flies...

The days are getting away from me! Only a week left of October! I have no idea how that happened. Is it an age thing? Seems to me that the older I get, the faster the days pass me by. As if forty was some magical mark for time to speed up...

Or maybe I'm so busy I can't keep track of the time? That's probably more like it! *cackle*

I just finished helping the wonderful and talented Layla Chase facilitate a self-editing class so this week was covered up! I'd get home from the day job, barely manage to eat then jump on editing assignments. By the time I finished, it was bed time for me!

My doctor is trying out all kinds of new drugs on me. *cackle* That makes me sound like a guinea pig! I'm trying to quit smoking so he started me on Chantix. He also, for the sake of public safety, put me back on hormones. Can we say menopause is a bitch, boys and girls? The hormones kicked in to relieve the night sweats and hot flashes just about the time the Chantix threw in the nausea, sleeplessness and nightmares. Nightmares! Really bad ones. Blood, guts, gore, dying people--some close to me--waking up in the kind of terror that makes you cower under the covers afraid to even reach for the light!

So the Chantix went in the garbage after two weeks. Kept the hormones though. *hugs Premphase* Then Doc called and wanted to see me for a blood pressure check and to "talk" about my cholesterol. Never good when you are called in by the doctor like an unruly child to the principal!

When I went the first time, my blood pressure was a little high but my hip, which I have chronic trouble with, was hurting something fierce. Nurse said my BP was probably high because of the pain. Doc disagreed when I went back and the BP was still a little high. The cholesterol, on the other hand, was slightly...astronomical?

So now, I'm on Caduet--which covers cholesterol and BP--plus the hormones, plus Wellbutrin for the smoking issue, plus Naproxen for my joint pains. I guess I need to breakdown and get one of those pill boxes with the days of the week etched on the lids of each little compartment. My mother has one of those. So does my grandmother.

Hmmm... Maybe it is an age thing.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Long Time No Blog!

Long time no blog! Things have been hectic with the day job as well as the writing. Lots of good things with the writing!

First, the sequel to Thirty Days, Forever, sold to Liquid Silver and is in editing. My wonderful editor on Thirty Days will be working her magic on this novella as well. We’re shooting for a December release date. Sentimental date because it’s the anniversary of the release of my first published work--Thirty Days.

I have two novellas to finish before the end of October. For those of you who read The Rememdiu, I’m working on a short novella recounting the story of Serena and Zaki. I’ll briefly revisit Roger and his team as well as Lorcan and Kevin.

The other novella is for Ellora’s Cave’s Older Woman/Younger Man series. It’ll be my second strictly m/f story. Hopefully, EC will like the story! The first was for Kensington Aphrodisia’s Damned, Dangerous & Delicious anthology but I still don’t have a release date for it.

November is going to be an interesting month. I’m doing NaNo again! National Novel Writing Month starts November 1st. I haven’t decided what I want to write yet. I’ll be brainstorming in October.

I also have two releases in November! Hidden Force, a m/m novella at Ellora’s Cave comes out the 16th. Then on the 21st, Double Deutsch, a short story with The Wild Rose Press, releases. Double Deutsch is a slight departure for me. It is a ménage story but there’s no male/male contact. restocked my print book, The Cost of Eternity, as of Thursday! Woo hoo! It’s been flirting with the Erotica bestseller list since then. It reached #76 yesterday but it also made the Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost bestseller list, topping out at #87.