Friday, August 28, 2009
I gave away a copy of my book "The Ball's in Her Court" on Writing Fortress today. Go check it out to see who the winner was.
Oh, and I found a great new Yahoo group this week called "The Sweetest Romance." It's a group of readers and writers of 'sweet' books, which means books in which there are no intimate scenes. If the characters go beyond kissing, they do it off stage. Many of the authors there write romance, but not everyone, there are also authors of mystery, suspense, and other genres--and now i have a whole new stack of books added to my to-read list!
Back to editing for me!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The description on her Website follows:
It is a zany book set in Huntington Beach (aka Surf City), CA amidst the surfing culture. The family my heroines are investigating is Armenian (don't ask me why) and has many quirks and loveable characteristics, except, of course, for the murderer. Briggie, everyone's favorite grandmother, not only takes to the surf, but has several brushes with the law and a very surprising development in her life. Alex's love life, as usual, is anything but smooth, and undergoes serious convolutions. Meanwhile, she tries to find out why someone in this happy Armenian family tried to kill her and almost succeeded.
I recently spoke with GG, and she said anyone who buys the book online or in the store before September 17th can qualify for an Alex and Briggie gift package and a chance to win an autographed set of the entire series. To enter do the following: e-mail GG your name and address through above Website and tell her where you bought the book.
Sometime next month I'll be reviewing the book here on my blog
Monday, August 24, 2009
I did a little sculpting on the Dutch oven cake, but I wanted to play with it some more, so I decided to try making Smurfette's house. I tried doing a little figure sculpting to make some Smurfs to go with it, but decided I need A LOT more practice before I show those to anyone! This one I was trying out a couple of coconut cake recipes, trying to decide which I liked best, so it has layers of different cake on each tier. I learned so much from doing this cake, and got an idea how much work cake sculpting and decorating can take. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!
Now back to writing and editing so I have a chapter to take to critique this week! If you haven't entered to win my book, don't forget to head over to the Writing Fortress by Thursday night, midnight to enter (my post was Aug 14th). There are a few other books being given away by other authors this week as well, so enter to win those too!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I'm supposed to list seven things you don't know about me...Which took a bit of doing without revealing any of my deep, dark secrets. =)
1. My worst temp job ever was rolling burritos. Yep, 14 hours straight at a frozen burrito factory. I was told it would be at least eight hours, but could go longer if they still had supplies to keep going. I was so glad I packed extra food. And I didn't eat a frozen burrito again for years. Even now, nine years later, I shy away from them.
2. When I get into something new I tend to obsess. When we moved into our house I spent hundred of hours on gardening and landscaping boards to plan out our landscaping. When I first got chickens I thought I would be happy with half a dozen birds. I now have four geese, ten ducks (they are so cute when they hatch, I just couldn't help but keep a few), two turkeys, eight guineas, and, well, I'm not going to count the chickens, there's more than all the rest of the birds combined....but, hey, I did finally sell off the quail I hadn't intended to get in the first place, so apparently I do have some sense of moderation. My latest thing is cakes: new recipes, new designs and ideas. I really need to get off the Internet and back to editing...
3. One of my foster kids has a baby and another has one on the way. That sort of makes me a grandma. I know, I've aged pretty well, haven't I?
4. I ghost write for my parents' business blog--which means I get to talk about my cake projects in the third person, but hey, I never have to use the phone to quiz myself on how I managed to do each of the steps along the way.
5. I'm not-so-secretly counting down the days until I can apply to be a member of LDS Storymakers--which has been a goal for me since I went to the first conference over five years ago--11 days! Storymakers is a professional writer's guild, but you have to be published by a traditional publisher and you can't apply until the month before your book is in print.
6. One of my pet peeves is the fact that schools only seem to teach Shakespeare's tragedies and histories. Kids never get to read the comedies, and when they do, they think they are reading the only one. Why is it we can't teach teens that Shakespeare can be FUN? (I know, I'm a book geek. What can I say?"
7. The ASVAB test told me I should be a librarian. I thought that was the most boring, lackluster job ever at the time--I wanted to be a marine biologist (don't worry, I've totally changed my tune about librarians. They have a cool job--who wouldn't want to introduce people to new books?). I wanted something far more shiny and exciting. Of course, now I'm writing books, sitting behind a computer most of the time and sweating over every word. Doesn't that sound shiny and exciting when I put it that way? =) I have no regrets. I'm much happier where I am.
I'm nominating the following people:
Okay, I've got dozens of bloggers I could nominate, but I'm going to try and keep it down to seven--and hope they haven't already been nominated recently.
Now, here are the rules:
Good luck, ladies!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Shurtleff’s ground-breaking new novel, “Am I Not A Man: The Dred Scott Story” is now available for preorder at a reduced price.
An illiterate slave, Dred Scott trusted in an all-white, slave-owning jury to declare him free. But after briefly experiencing the glory of freedom and manhood, a new state Supreme Court ordered the cold steel of the shackles to be closed again around his wrists and ankles. Falling to his knees, Dred cried, "Ain't I a man?" Dred answered his own question by rising and taking his fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dred ultimately lost his epic battle when the Chief Justice declared that a black man was so inferior that he had "no rights a white man was bound to respect."
Dred died not knowing that his undying courage led directly to the election of President Abraham Lincoln and the emancipation proclamation.
Dred Scott's inspiring and compelling true story of adventure, courage, love, hatred, and friendship parallels the history of this nation from the long night of slavery to the narrow crack in the door that would ultimately lead to freedom and equality for all men.
You can order your sale-priced, signed and numbered limited edition copy of “Am I Not a Man” by visiting http://www.valorpublishinggroup.com before Labor Day. There are only 5,000 copies of this special edition being printed and once they’re gone, they’re gone … and the sale price ends on Labor Day. You can request that Mark personalize your inscription, and your book will be mailed to you before the stores even get their copies. For more information, visit http://www.valorpublishinggroup.com
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Julie again, Lisa Mangum (writer and an editor at Deseret Book), Sophie (an intern who works with Lisa--I'd love to put her last name on here if anyone can tell me what it is. I've forgotten), and BJ Rowley, who is a writer and also the third part of Valor Publishing. Somehow I missed getting a picture of J Scott Savage, who was sitting between me and BJ. Bummer. (This is where James would make a comment about how I have a picture of him, so why would I care about getting one of Jeff?)
It was a totally cool lunch and I look forward to getting to know all of these guys better over the next few years. Almost everyone sitting at the table was a member of LDS Storymakers. I've very stoked to join their ranks next month!
But, that wasn't everything. I also had a chance to speak with Utah State Attorney General Mark Shurtleff when he was signing fliers about the book he's publishing this fall with Valor, which I'll tell you more about later this week. I would post the picture I had taken with him, but Tristi hasn't gotten it to me yet.
Anyway, it was a great trip and I look forward to going again next year!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
It starts next Monday, August 10th and runs through September 18th. There will be reviews nearly every day with a number of author interviews besides. I'll be reviewing the book here on my blog this Wednesday. If you want to win a free autographed copy, post a comment on the daily reviews. You can comment on every review to increase your chances of winning. Joyce has also offered to provide three $10 gift certificates to lucky winners so they can buy a copy of her book on DeseretBook.com, BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com.
The Schedule is as follows:
Mormon Hermit Mom's Book Habit
Rachelle's Writing Spot
Cami's Books and
Of Writerly Things
Of Good Report
Boojoos and Aprilcots
Musings from an LDS Writing Mom
Queen of the Clan
Dreams of Quill and Ink
Tangeled Words and Dreams
Random-ish by Nichole and
Lu Ann's Book Review
Reading for Sanity
The Write Blocks
Why Not? Because I Said So! and
Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
I spent quite a while checking out the cake at the Pink Cake Box. They have some seriously gorgeous confections on there--I seriously doubt I'll ever be good enough to attempt many of them, never mind succeed. Still, many of the ideas can be adapted to a doable pattern for those of us who aren't cake artists.
From there I ended up following a link to Cake Wrecks. Yes, this blog really is exactly what it sounds like. They actually highlight cakes gone bad six days a week, and recently started posting pictures of great cakes on Sundays. I think I spent nearly three hours laughing at the horrible, sad examples (and I'm less than a quarter of the way through their archives). I think I've now seen every possible mix of Congratulations and Graduation--Congraduation being my favorite, of course. And I also saw four different spellings for 'daddy' on Father's Day cakes. Along with the correct spelling were dady, daday, and dadey.
You say that some poor little kid doesn't deserve to be made fun of after decorating their dad's cake? That would be true, if these sad, sad cakes didn't come from bakeries. That's right, folks. People paid good money for nearly every one of the wrecks on the blog. And that doesn't even begin to cover the frosting faux pas. Okay, so many of the pictures were taken in grocery store bakeries while they sat in the display case hoping for some insane person to buy them. Still, are you kidding me?
Anyway, if you like to look at pretty (and no so pretty) cakes, check out the links. The bloggers at Cake Wrecks have a book out now (or being released shortly?) with almost all new content.
For those of you who waded through to this point because you want to learn how to win some terrific books, check out Writing Fortress, the blog I contribute to, along with a bunch of other writers from my publishing house. We're giving away a bucketload of books throughout the month--you can even win one of my books The Ball's In Her Court (which won't be in print until October, but I promise to send you one of the first off the presses!). This collection of authors writes in nearly every genre and for every age (and they are awesome women).