February 26, 2009


I've been trying to figure out why my WIP keeps stalling. I know at least part of it is me not putting BIC, but I'm thinking maybe it might be because I just don't seem to have enough conflict going on. I mean, I know what should happen, but for some reason I can't get it down on paper. And it's driving me nuts that I keep finding reasons why this won't work or that won't work.

I started out with this awesome story idea with great conflict and wonderful characters, but when I write, none of that comes out. I could go back and trash the entire thing and start over but that terrifies me. I don't know what to do!!

February 25, 2009

“The Scroll Thief” by R. F. Long


ISBN: 978-1-60504-395-1

Length: Plus Novel

Price: 6.50

Publication Date: February 24, 2009

Cover art by Anne Cain

Love is the wiliest thief of all.

A Tale of Ithian

Malachy and his sister rely on his talents as a thief to survive the dangerous streets of Klathport, former capital of the once-great kingdom of Ithian. Stealing a few papers should have been a simple job. Instead, it nearly costs their lives and throws them into an improbable alliance with a shape-shifting official, a desert tribeswoman, and a healer of enchanting beauty.

Cerys is far more than a simple healer—and the roots of her mission go deeper into the past than anyone can know. She needs Malachy’s skills to recover a stolen scroll, one that can be used to rewrite history and, in the wrong hands, release the dark powers of the Demon Realm.

Her mission was supposed to atone for a dreadful, long-ago act. Instead, it unleashes a chain of events which sees them pursued through city and desert by the fearsome Dune Witch and a killer known only as His Lordship. Romance, tragedy, and adventure blend in a tale of a magical land on the brink of war, and five unlikely allies who, by putting their lives—and their hearts—on the line, have the opportunity to finally set things right.

But at a terrible cost.

Warning: Contains scenes of graphic violence and torture, captivating magic and beauty, two dashing heroes, three gutsy heroines, several love stories and a heartbreaking sacrifice.

Read An Excerpt Online

February 24, 2009

Sooo Tired

OMG! I can't keep my eyes open today. What on earth is the problem? I went to bed at my regular time and got up at my regular time. I don't remember waking up in between so what the heck is going on? *YAWN*

February 23, 2009

From the Call to the Bookstore

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Want to know what it takes to get from “the call” to the bookstore in New York publishing? Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with RITA award winning author Kristan Higgins, who can answer that question and many more! It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.

February 20, 2009

Furlough Day

Off work today and catching up on a few things that need doing. It's good to be off work but the part I don't like is the "no pay" part of it. Today's one of the furlough days the company is making everyone take. I've still got two more to go this quarter and according to the rumor mill I'll probably be required to take more every quarter till the end of the year. But I'm trying to make the most of it. I ran my errands this morning and this afternoon I'll be writing. That's not such a bad thing.

February 18, 2009


I read a great blog post this morning about Getting Focus. I never really thought of going home for a visit as a way to gain focus on my life, but as I look back that's definitely what happens. There are so many people back home who are glad to see me when I get there. And there is so much love in the air down there that you practically burst with it.

At the same time, it's like taking a trip in a time machine. Things have changed of course, but so many things haven't. The pace is still a slow walk. The people still wave when you drive past. When you enter the grocery store you're called by name. The big city doesn't offer those kinds of day to day personal touches and sometimes I find that I miss that most of all.

So, from now on I'm going to try to get back home as often as I possibly can. This once a year thing isn't going to cut it anymore.

February 17, 2009


I think I'm trying too hard. Writing used to be fun. I loved putting words to paper and telling the story the best way I knew how. But now I'm focusing too much on the "process" of writing and the "right" way to write the story. When I sit down to work on my WIP I can't seem to find the right words. Before I decided to "become" a writer I had no problems putting down exactly what I wanted to say. Now I can't seem to say anything at all. I want to go back to the way thing were. Help!!!

February 16, 2009

It's a Good Day

I just had lunch with my honey. His job doesn't allow for him to visit me at lunch so today was a total surprise. He's such a sweetheart. He kept telling me he loves me and that I looked beautiful. Finally I just had to ask what he was up to...LOL But of course he just wanted to do something nice for me today. Isn't love grand?!?!

February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Today is the day of love. Everyone is giving gifts and candy and flowers are being delivered to countless women across the country. And I just want to send a big I Love You to my husband. He's a wonderful man, a loving husband and a great stepfather for my kids. Happy Valentine's Day, Honey!!

February 12, 2009


Ok. I'm feeling a bit better today; not quite so grumpy. People are still getting on my nerves but I'm handling it better than the rest of the week.

As you know from a previous post everyone in our company has to take a full week off with no pay. Well, now there's a rumor that all hourly employees will have to take a full day off work with no pay every pay period until further notice. Hourly workers can't afford to take a day off with no pay. Now, I know salaried workers can't afford it either, but they're not being affected so that's neither here nor there.

Maybe the reason I'm so burned out at work is because I'm feeling less than appreciated here. I know the economy is down and things are looking bleak for everyone, but it's a pain in the butt when the MEDIA company you work for hides things and refuses to be honest with their employees until rumors make their way online and force them to open up. Then report in their news articles that other companies are cutting back & laying off but make no mention of their own issues.

Oops. There I go getting grumpy again.

February 11, 2009


I've been in such a foul mood the past few days. Every customer gets on my nerves; they either talk so slow I'm waiting 30 seconds between each character I type or they talk so fast I can't even hear what they're saying. Or they all seem to have no clue at all. My co-workers get on my nerves because they can't seem to recall the first thing about how to do their jobs and they call me to fix everything they can't seem to do right the first time. I'm blaming it on mother nature, but I'm afraid that might only be a small part of the problem. I really think I'm getting burnt out at work. I hate getting up in the morning to drive to work and sit at my desk and answer stupid phone calls from people who want to yell and complain about things I had no hand in. I've been doing this for 6 years and frankly I'm getting tired. Only I can't quit because we need both incomes and any other job I find wouldn't pay me half what I make in sales (when I actually make goal). Not to mention the 3 weeks vacation a year, sick & personal time. So, I guess I'll just keep plugging along and try to immerse myself in my writing when I'm feeling down.

February 10, 2009


Paige Jacobs lives the perfect life with her fiancĂ©, Ryan, but the memory—or fantasy—of a gorgeous boy with silver eyes consumes her. Her sister Aimee, the only one who knows the dangerous secrets of her past, refuses to talk about them.

Feeling very much alone and obsessing over haunting memories, Paige decides to write a book in hope of finally dispelling the ghosts of her past so she can move on. Every chapter she writes brings her closer to the boy she'd loved so much in her youth. Then one morning in a coffee shop, she encounters a man with silver eyes.

Has she crossed the line between fantasy and reality?

Available Now from Freya's Bower

February 09, 2009

Highland Rebel by Tess Mallory - Revised

I love Tess Mallory's books. She can always get me to sit up all night because I just can't put it down. I haven't read Highland Rogue yet because I couldn't find it at the bookstore the other day. I'm heading over to Borders this week and should have it finished by the weekend.

Edit: Tess also has a new book coming out March 3rd. You can pre-order here or pick it up at your local bookstore next month.

The Jealousy Plot – By Jolie Cain

For as long as she can remember, Callie has been in love with her next-door neighbor Trey, a firefighter on the Oceanside Fire Department, but he has never seen her as anything more than a good friend, a pal. Then for her birthday, Trey gives her something wonderful ... not the usual tire jack and mace spray. No, he gives her a beautiful antique locket, and Callie begins to dream that maybe he has changed the way he sees her. After all, when a guy gives a girl jewelry, it means something special--right? Only her friend Marianne Riley isn’t so sure. She thinks Trey needs to be nudged just a bit in the right direction. So she enlists the aid of her brother, one of Trey’s fellow firefighters, in a plot to make Trey jealous. But Ben Riley seems interested in more than simply helping Callie out. And he arouses feelings in Callie that Trey never has. While Trey has always made her feel safe and secure, Ben makes her feel wild and out of control. He pushes her and fulfills her darkest desires. Eventually Callie must decide ... which firefighter is the one that sets her heart on fire?

Captive Flame – Rhiannon Leith

As a djinn, a being formed of fire, Adara has spent centuries enslaved to the human Magi, passed from one to another, made to do their bidding. She yearns for freedom. She yearns for love.

When firefighter Peter O'Connor pulls her out of an inferno, he snatches her from her current Magus. This new master has no idea of what or how powerful she is, and the opportunity to break free finally becomes a real possibility. If only her body didn't react to him with such abandon. If only his touch didn't make her lose the will to do anything but be with him.

With the Magus closing in on them, and Peter's life in danger, Adara must choose between her desire and her dreams.

And with supernatural arson attacks sweeping the city, Peter must decide if a firefighter can ever really trust a fire?


February 07, 2009


I'm finally back to the future. I went home to Arkansas for a funeral this week and spent four days with no internet. I don't mean just dial up; no I mean there was no internet at all. My parents only recently got caller ID on their phone so there is no way they have a computer, let alone internet. Whew! There for a while I thought I'd go crazy. LOL

The service was nice and simple, just the way he wanted it. He'll be missed by not only his children but the rest of the family and his friends as well.

I remember how he loved to joke around with us all. He was a musician and his humor could always be found in his work. I will NEVER forget the song he used to sing to Aunt Debbie. It made her so mad sometimes but all us kids thought it was the funniest thing we'd ever heard. "Those Scaggy Baggy Drawers That Debbie Wore". She hated that song, but she loved Mike and always gave him a smile when he finished.

At the service they played a tape of him singing a beautiful gospel song; "Daddy Needs No Marker to Mark His Grave For Jesus Knows Where he Lays". He went to a Pentecost church and he knew where he would be in the end. When his time came he was glad to go meet the Father.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Mike. We'll See You Again Soon.

February 02, 2009


Another of my uncles passed away this morning and I'll be preparing soon to go back home to Arkansas for the funeral.

My grandparents had 14 kids, 13 boys and 1 girl (my mother). 2 died at birth, 1 in a fire, 1 drowned. That left me with 9 uncles; Leroy, Jack, Mike, Eugene, Clarence, Leonard, Henry, Bartley and Doyle. Uncle Leroy died before I was born of Polio. My grandfather passed away of a heart attach in 1991, my uncle Jack in January of 2000, my grandmother of breast, lung & brain cancer in February of 2000, my uncle Eugene of lung cancer last year. And now my uncle Mike today of lung, brain & stomach cancer. My uncle Bartley has been diagnosed with lung cancer and been given 3-6 months, maybe longer with treatment. That's not a good record for a single family, even a large one like mine.

I grew up with all my family almost side by side and we were close. I miss all my family who's passed before me and I'm grateful to still have so much left. So many people don't and that's just sad.