I was at a party last night at a friend's house...well it was a group of women and there was wine...that's a party right?
I had some books with me...the paperbacks and I sold a few.
The nice thing about a paperback is you hand it to the person and see their face as they flick through it, which is hard to do with an e-book. Also they want you to sign it, which is just plain fun! (I'm not such a natrural at that because frankly I have really bad hand-writing and at a party i find it hard to stop writing long enough to
8/29/2012 0 Comments
Do you remember the mixed tape? Go on, you must! If you don't you are probably aged under 30. Lucky you!!
Remember when you used to be in love with someone and they'd send you a mixed tape? Or you'd spend hours and hours making them one...such fun! It wasn't that long ago really...like the '90's. Technology has changed so much in a short time.
Remember when no one had a mobile phone? My husband had one of the very early ones for his job, it was hilariously big but we thought it was so fancy. He had a pager as well. The only place I see pagers now is on The Wire re-runs.
In one of my first jobs I spent an entire week sitting in a dark windowless room faxing...yes faxing...media releases to every media outlet in Australia. It was cutting edge technology at the time. (Though still a terrible way to spend a week of your life). Now the only faxes seem to be at the post office.
I'm working on a book that is set back in the early 90's and in the present which has me pondering the now and then of technology and how it affects how we dated or were courted then and of course how different it is now.
Some of the things that made it hard to get in touch with someone you were meeting for dinner or finding a long lost friend included no mobile phones, no e-mails, no google and of course no facebook. If some one moved from say Sydney to San Francisco you needed to know that before you could even hope to find them, via a phonebook from their new town (also a dying medium). You couldn't just pop their name into a search engine and hope for the best.
If someone said they'd call you back then you sat by the home phone and waited and waited and waited. You made family members get off the phone so the line was free..it was all very fraught...and of course your family more than likely had one phone between them whether there were ten of two of you. Now some people don't even have home phones and every kid over the age of ten seems to have a mobile.
It's interesting to look at how these changes have affected the dynamics of relationships both then and now. At least for me it is. I wonder about people I lost touch with, friends even, and would that have happened with facebook and mobile phones. Then again these days a clean break is probably much harder to make.
Now days people get dumped via text which seems dreadful, but really there's no good way to get dumped.(I wonder if anyone ever got dumped by fax? I hope not.) That didn't happen in the '80's or '90s.
This is a pretty rambling post but...here's a little tune that speaks to the topic of chan
The postman left me a little card today that said I had a parcel at the post office and when we stopped by to get it look what was there...
A box of lovely paperback copies of Mr Right and Other Mongrels.
How very exciting!
So now I need to announce the birthday quiz winner, to whom I will send a paperback (although if they're not in Australia it will come direct from Amazon).
The winner is...
Ok I chose the winner like this...there were 11 entries...I asked my daughter to pick a random number between 1 and 11...1 being the first comment and 11 being the last...
She chose 3...
So the winner is Linda Gauthier.
8/26/2012 4 Comments
Hunted for her ability to steal time, Bay North lives a life on the run. All she wants is to make the crime lord who slaughtered her family pay. But now he’s set the ultimate hunter on her trail and Bay will need all her skills to carry out her revenge and survive.
Ex-Navy SEAL Sean Archer saw his team killed by a time thief in Afghanistan and came back a broken man. He’s made a dark deal with a criminal to hunt down all time thieves and now Sean’s tracked the wily Bay North to Denver where he plans to rid the world of one more dangerous mutation.
But during a shootout, hunter and hunted find themselves depending on each other for survival. Joining forces to exact payback by stealing a priceless treasure, their reluctant alliance shatters both their defenses. Can Bay find the courage to trust? And can Sean convince a woman honed in revenge that she can have more than vengeance, blood and killing?
Read an excerpt
I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Anna Hackett at the Romance Writers' of Australia Conference last weekend. Check out Anna's blog to read an excerpt and take a look at Time Thief.
Operation Swift Mercy
The lovely Karlene Blakemore Mowle (also a member of the RWA) has just released her latest book, Operation Swift Mercy as well.
If you want to read more about Karlene then have a look at the Q&A I did with her in June.
I'd really quite like to be on that hammock right now. I would love to lie there with a good book (any suggestions will be taken on board) and a pretty cocktail with an umbrella on the side but sometimes that's just not how life rolls.
Instead it's a standard winter Sunday morning here in Sydney. I am home alone but I have writing to d for both my day job and on my books. Instead of a cocktail I'll have a coffee, it is after not quite 11am.
First here are my quiz answers....you can still enter until Monday.
1. Mountain or sea? Sea (not so many mountains available here.)
2. Ocean or lake? Ocean though I do very much like lakes.
3. Blue eyes or brown? Blue
4. Martini or daiquri? Daiquiri, though either is fine.
5. e-book or paperback? this one's tough, I still prefer paper...but I probably read more e-books.
6. Coffee or tea? Another tough one but I'd have to saycoffee
7. Chips or cake? Chips every time.
9. Red wine or white? Red
10. Dinner or dessert? Dinner
This week I have some author interviews coming up. I'm also hoping to preview an excerpt of Hearts Afire. The cover is not far off. Oh yes and I will be adding another chapter to my online interactive novel The Art of Romance which has been very neglected of late.
Today it is my birthday. I don't know what to say.
I thought I'd run a quiz and a little give away.
Into the comment box, the questions cut and paste.
Answer them by Monday, you have no time to waste.
And you could win a mug or a paperbcak book
So come and do my little quiz, please do take a look!
Ok cheesy poem over.
Answer the questions below and you could win a mug or a paperback.
Which do you prefer out of the following? There are no right or wrong answers.
1. Mountain or sea?
2. Ocean or lake?
3. Blue eyes or brown?
4. Martini or daiquri?
5. e-book or paperback?
6. Coffee or tea?
7. Chips or cake?
9. Red wine or white?
10. Dinner or dessert?
I'll put my own answers up later.
Today was the day to draw the winner of the paperback of Mr Right and Other Mongrels.
As you'll see below I used and extremely high-tech system. Rafflecopter eat your heart out.
First we put the entries in a hat!
Then my husband drew a name out...he didn't even know I was running a competition till his hand went in the hat mind you.
And the winner is....
Isabelle Frisch. I don't know Isabelle so that's exciting!! (Isabelle look out for an e-mail!)
Thanks to all who entered. I'll be doing more competitions soon.
One of the great things about going to a writing conference such as the Romance Writers of Australia Conference I attended on the weekend is that you get to go to some really wonderful workshops.
You have the opportunity to look at the craft of writing and how you structure your writing, your time and stories. A bit like choosing from a menu sometimes after you've chosen you reflect and wish you'd ordered the chicken and not the steak. At this conference for the first time ever I think, every workshop I went to was spot on for me and wheere I'm at right now. I did indeed order correctly! (If I could only apply the same strategy in choosing the right check-out at the supermarket my life would be almost perfect.)
So since Saturday when I went to my first workshop I've been thinking hard about books I've written and books that need editing and revisions and how I can apply all that I gleaned to my writing.
Somehow, despite there not being a workshop on this topic I decided one of my biggest issues is my Pollyanna complex. In real life I just honestly want everyone to be happy. It's not a platitude and it's not that I'm an especially optimistic person. In fact I think part of it is pure selfishness, other people's misery and sadness seeps into my life and makes me sad.
I hate conflict and avoid it at all costs. When tensions rise I try and smooth them over. If there are people in my life who upset me it's a rare thing that I will discuss it with them...it's just not my style. If you've met me, you probably know this about me already.
So what does that have to do with writing? Well when you write a story you need conflict. You need obstcales and secrets and drama and tragedy or it's not much of a story.
They all lived happily ever after is a pretty short novel...
Some people I know say characters who are too happy and too nice are unrealistic but in reality I know lots of happy, kind, well adjusted people who are funny and also have interesting stories to tell. In fact some of the least tortured people I know have the best stories because they embrace life and opportunity and take on challanges with enthusiasm. The truth is stranger than fiction, as they say.
Because I like my characters I find it painful to put them in painful situations. Some writers love this...I'm sure you could name many...but it goes against my nature, I suppose.
So now it's time to get over that in the name of writing. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem...I'll try to be less nice to my characters...
I know that title doesn't exactly rock but does rhyme...maybe that's as good as it gets some days.
On this beautiful Monday morning I want to let you know that the paperback of Mr Right and Other Mongrels is now available at Amazon and Createspace.
It's retailing for $14.99 plus postage.
I have ordered several copies that will be here next week. So if you're a local and want one directly from me, complete with my serial killer/bad handwriting signature then send me an e-mail or let me know when I see you.
If you haven't entered the competition to win a copy go here and do so.
I will be announcing the winner on Wednesday!!