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[17 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ] Special Guests

August 25th.  That’s D-day at my desk.  It’s when my first independently published book, The Rock Star’s Sheriff, will be available on Kindle and Smash Words and in print — fingers crossed, knock on wood, creek don’t rise, etc. etc.  That’s just the beginning of this roller coaster ride.  Five short stories will follow in September and October.  Check my website for more details.
When I made this decision, I had some idea what I was getting into, but as with any new endeavor, there …

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[20 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ] Special Guests

As a writer, I know that inspiration comes from many sources.  It can be the lyrics to a sad song, a stunning picture or a vivid dream.  Some of these ideas come to fruition and some of them lack enough depth to make a truly good story and are discarded.   Sometimes we write half a story before we realize the idea is dead.  But when we are truly inspired, the idea blooms and grows and evolves becoming an inspiration of its own.
Recently I did some research on William Hogarth.  You get extra points …

from Silver James

[12 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ] Special Guests

I’m slow getting started this morning. Not until my second cup of coffee did I remember today is my blog day. YIKES! Definitely having one of those mornings.
RWA Nationals occurred…last week? Okay, like a week and a half ago. I flew home on Sunday, July 3. The flight was…less than stellar. And now, suddenly, another week has slipped by and I can’t tell you why. Okay. Yes, I can. Despite all the projects in various stages littering my desk, hard drive, the Cloud, my imagination, and Iffy’s scissors, I dove …

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[15 Jun 2011 | 7 Comments | ] Special Guests

Summer and writing make my brain cramp. 
I have a theory about why.  If you were educated in the United States, June comes around and for twelve years or sixteen years or more depending on your education level, summer implied vacation.  Ten weeks unfettered by book learning and tests with time to sleep in, watch the stars, read tons, and generally be a slug.  After college, even while working, Summer implied sun tanning with a good book, barbecue and hanging with friends.  Serious projects were for fall when the enthusiasm for …

from Silver James

[14 Jun 2011 | 5 Comments | ] Special Guests

Two weeks from now, at exactly this time, I’ll be in the air approaching…New Jersey? I’m headed to RWA Nationals and this year, I fully intend on enjoying myself. Why? I don’t have to pitch. Not once. (Yay for having an agent!) Should I mention that I suck at pitching? Yeah, pretty much. Last year, I decided the editor felt so sorry for me she requested a partial just to keep me from a full-blown panic attack. Well…I wasn’t that far gone. Mostly. There is a story there. I had …

from pattianncolt

[18 May 2011 | 5 Comments | ] Special Guests

I’m blog hopping these days, reading and reading more, trying to sort out the way of the future.  I read a quote recently from J.A. Konrath’s blog.  He was talking about what works in promoting ebooks and number five was this: 
” Practice makes Perfect:  I’m currently reading a book that was recommended to me by my buddy Henry Perez, called Outliers: The Story of Success. It mentions the 10,000 Hour Rule. In short, no one becomes an expert at something without having invested 10,000 hours in it.”  Outliers:  The Story …

from Silver James

[8 Mar 2011 | 4 Comments | ] Special Guests

If I’ve jumped in on someone’s day, my bad! I’ve gotten old since last month and my brain decided to take a vacation. Jeannie, jump in here and remind me if I’m the first Tuesday (oops my really bad as this isn’t!) or the second Tuesday, in which case, I’m a little late but good to go. So anyway, along with being another year older, almost moved into new office space and being completely discombobulated, now I’m going to talk about arithmetic? Ha! Nope. I’m not talking about math today. …

from Jeannie Ruesch

[27 Dec 2010 | 4 Comments | ] RomancingTheTv

This Christmas, my son got a pretty darn good selection of toys, including a terrific train set that he loves.   In the few days past Christmas, however, I’ve noticed that one other of his new acquisitions, the v.Tech Ereader, is getting a lot of his attention as well.   I consider it a win if they get equal billing.
Especially after viewing this video:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv4Hpz-GI3g[/youtube]
(in case the link doesn’t work, click here.)
Yes, his outrage was amusing, but as a writer and a parent, I cringed at the idea that a child would …

from Jeannie Ruesch

[21 Dec 2010 | 5 Comments | ] RomancingTheTv

We finally did it! The move has happened and we’re now settled (well, on our way to being settled) in our new home. My commute home this evening was a mere ten minutes (versus the two-hour commute I’ve been dealing with on most nights).  It was bliss. Wonderful. And tonight, we were able to decorate our Christmas tree.
Our old house had a cute, little Charlie Brown tree that my hubby got for my son – so he would have a tree.  And tonight, we got to decorate the “big” tree.  …

from Silver James

[2 Nov 2010 | 7 Comments | ] Special Guests

When the Universe speaks, do you listen?
A very long time ago–well at least a few years now–I stumbled across what seemed like a rather cool idea and I signed up for it. Each day Monday through Friday, I receive email “affirmations” from “The Universe”…which is really this guy/guru type out of Orlando but hey…every once in awhile, I glean a pearl of wisdom. And one should never consciously piss off the Universe, right? Right!
Well, this little gem dropped into my in-box yesterday:
Starting something, Silver, is the best way to finish …

from Jeannie Ruesch

[25 Oct 2010 | 4 Comments | ] RomancingTheTv

You may have wondered why I disappeared for a few weeks, and I can assure you that you’re not the only ones.   A few weeks ago, I was offered a new job– it’s a tremendous opportunity, working for a company I have already come to adore and with people who I’m happy to see every day.  It’s been wonderful.
It’s also thrown a huge monkey wrench into the plans I’d made for the last months of this year. Everything I thought we’d be doing was thrown out the window, since …

from Linda Epstein

[22 Oct 2010 | 8 Comments | ] Special Guests

Stacey Joy Netzel is the brave soul who won the opportunity to have her query letter critiqued.  (Take a deep breath, Stacey, you wrote a good letter and I’m not totally mean.) I’m going to let you know all the things Stacey did right, the things that piqued my interest (and which would have me request to see her work) and then point out the couple of places that either didn’t work or just bugged me. Sound good? Ok, let’s go…
The Query Letter
Dear Linda,
I’d like to submit my novel LOST …

from Jeannie Ruesch

[27 Sep 2010 | 5 Comments | ] RomancingTheTv

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book about rape. Yet, it’s being called “soft pornography” by a man named Dr. Wesley Scroggins, who has called for this book to be banned.
There are many eloquent posts on this topic (Veronica Roth, Myra McIntyre, and Laurie Halse Anderson among them) . CJ Redwine’s moving, incredibly brave piece moved me to write this. If she can write about what she went through, I can certainly speak about what I went through.   I do this that in hopes that maybe if we all …

from Jeannie Ruesch

[17 Sep 2010 | 3 Comments | ] Blog News

We have two winners to announce today.
Blogmania winner
Congratulations to Adriane Coros for winning the Happy Endings Books Blogmania Giveaway.
And because we love happy endings, we asked Adriane what her favorite one was and she said:
The Cinderella story (also re-told in movies and books under various disguises) is a favorite.  Not so much because of the Prince, but because the neglected, abused, dismissed “little guy” comes out on top in the end – at last recognized for their kindness/beauty/talent/intelligence/wit/etc   
Thanks to everyone who participated on Blogmania – …

from Jeannie Ruesch

[15 Sep 2010 | 564 Comments | ] Blog News

Updated: Thanks for all who participated! The Blogmania giveaway is closed and a winner will be announced by end of day Friday.  Thanks!
Welcome to our Blogmania giveaway!  Today starts the craziness that is Blogmania — almost 170 blogs giving away THOUSANDS of dollars worth of prizes. For Two Days Only –September 15th and 16th, blog hop to your heart’s content and enter everything you want. It’s easy to hop along the blog.  There is a master list at the bottom of this post, and each blog is assigned a number.
Here …