Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yay for Amazon!

Tomorrow is the "official" release date for my newest book, A Twilight Abduction. Well, I just found out today that Amazon now has it available on their site! YAY!

It has seemed like a long time since I started this book. All books take a while, but with this being the last of Alex & Fiona (for a while at least), I really wanted to get it out there into the world.

Now it is!! Woohoo!

I also noticed that the second edition of A Midnight Infatuation has made its way through the Amazon system and is now available for purchase. All on the same day! Makes me happy. :-)

Keep in mind that if you're new to my series, there will be a huge book sale on the entire series during the month of November on You'll be able to get all three books for one low price. And just in time for holiday shopping!

Also, next week my monthly newsletter will go out (1st Wednesday of every month), so if you aren't already signed up to receive it, now would be the perfect time to do so. There's a link at the top of this page to do just that. :-)

Tomorrow is Halloween, and the start of my busy time of year. All of the Halloween costumes are set out and ready to be put through their paces tomorrow night. The 3yr old has just enough excitement that everyon can feel it. The oldest is thrilled that she's going to be a vampire bride (wonder where she got that? LOL). Even the middle one is ready to show off her black and orange tutu that I made for her.

Then come Saturday, I'll become consumed with the new book I'll be writing. NaNoWriMo will begin and I'll be busy cranking out 50,000 words in one month. I'm excited about the new story. It's all new characters, all new places, and all new situations to get your heart pumping. The new main character is named Lizabeth Baker and she's ready for action... and maybe even some lovin'!

Okay, that's it for today. I hope that you all have a fun and safe Halloween. Look for some pics of the kids in the next couple of days. They'll be happy to show off their Halloween bests. :-)


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's almost Halloween!

I've been enjoying these last few days as I know they will be the last peaceful ones for a while. Halloween starts the busiest time of year for me. One holiday or birthday right after the next. Christmas shopping that needs to be finished (though I'm almost half-way finished. YAY!).

Even with all of the challenges lying in wait for me, I do like Halloween. Well, let me rephrase that and say that I love the sights, sounds, costumes, and overall "feel" of Halloween. However, I do not enjoy taking the girls trick-or-treating. I don't like being out in large crowds, in the dark, with three little girls.

The girls get so overexcited that they run at 200% and I'm being pulled along behind them, wishing I was warm at home.

Some years Halloween still has warm weather. You'll be sweating and wishing it was cooler. Then other years it's so cold that you have to put clothes under the costumes and coats over them. It appears that this year is going to be a cold year (I woke up to 28 degrees this morning). Did I mention that I don't like cold weather?

I do enjoy dressing the girls up in their costumes, painting faces, and pretending that they scare me. Some years I dress up and some years I don't bother. This is a "don't bother" year. Here's last year's costume though.

I thought about dressing up this year, but I'm not interested in being cold or having to cover up a nice costume with a jacket. Maybe next year.

Luckily, once Halloween is over I can lose myself in the world of NaNoWriMo. I'm so ready to get the new book underway and occupy my free time with it. My new main character, Lizabeth, is waiting not-so-patiently for me to show her some attention. LOL!

So, if you don't hear from me, just know that I'm probably barricaded in my bedroom with nothing but a bottle of water and the laptop. LOL

Have a great day and I hope you're warmer than I am. :-)


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday, Sunday, What a Dud-Day!

Today has been such a BLAH day. I woke up late this morning, even though Tim knew I wanted to leave the house at 10am (I woke up at 10 til 10). The girls had spent the night with my mom last night, so it was quiet in the house.

After we picked them up, it was nothing but fussing and fighting between the three of them. This is nothing unusual, however they're always worse when they come home from the grandparents' houses. They stay up too late an spend too much time together, and it makes it worse on me the next day.

We then had to suffer through a couple of hours at the in-laws' house for a visit & lunch. They smoke, so I always come home with a headache and our clothes reek. Once I got home it just got louder.

Soooo, I'm in a pissy mood today.

My sister called and wanted to come over... that was 6 hours ago and I haven't seen or heard from her since.

On the plus side, I bought a new bedding set yesterday. It's gorgeous! I ordered some egyptian cotton sheets to go with it. They should be here in a few days.

We're going to be doing a complete re-model of our bedroom as it hasn't had one in about 6 or 7 years. I've picked out paint and will be looking for curtains and decor over the next week. It will all be quite lovely and elegant once it's finished. Now I just wish I could afford a new dresser to go with it. LOL!

On another note: NaNoWriMo starts in only 6 days! I'm looking forward to submerging myself into my new book. It's definitely time.

Have a great evening and I hope your Sunday was better than mine.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Nothing spectacular. It's just Thursday.

Yep, that's it, just Thursday. There's nothing special or exciting going on around here today. I'm feeling a little blah this morning, so I haven't really done much.

I watched the movie called, "The Strangers" and it was very good. A lot of suspense and a little mystery, all rolled up in a puddle of blood. LOL!

Then I loaded my middle daughter's new mp3 player with music. It's one of her Christmas presents, so I wanted to mak sure it works and plays (it does) before putting it in the closet where it will stay hidden until Thanksgiving. We always put our Christmas tree up on Thanksgiving evening and put the gifts under it to wait until the big day.

Gosh, I can't even believe that it's nearly time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have a shopping list a mile long, and the kids keep adding to it each day. I'm hoping to be finished by Thanksgiving though. After that, they'll be outta luck. LOL.

Well, I better get going. I need to start putting things into the crock-pot for our beef stew dinner tonight. Lots of chopping and slicing need to be done before I can turn it on. But at least the house will smell yummy and I won't have to clean up a whole slew of dishes this evening!

Have a great day!


Monday, October 20, 2008

It's almost up.

I've been keeping a close eye on the progression of A Twilight Abduction into the online bookselling systems. The book now has it's own page, though there's no information or price, and it says that the book has "limited availability." Shouldn't be much longer now! Woohoo! Seems like the Halloween release is still right on schedule!

Gosh, I just can't believe how quickly this year has rushed by. It will be November next weekend. Just crazy!

Speaking of November. Some of you may have noticed the new, blue NaNoWriMo banner over there ------>

Yep, I'll be doing the contest again this year. That banner is *suppose* to keep updated word counts for me. I say suppose, because I've never used it and have no idea how well it works. Nevertheless, keep an eye on it come November 1st to see if I'm making the grade or falling behind. Last year I finished nearly a week early; I'm hoping to do the same this year.

My NaNo book will be something completely different. Alex & Fiona are taking a break and my new friend Lizbeth May Baker will be taking over. I'm looking forward to learning all about her and writing down her adventures with a new bloodsucking fiend. ;-)

Alrighty, I'm off. The hubby is almost home and dinner is nearly done in the Crock-Pot. I need to wrangle the children into the house for some washing up and get them settled to eat dinner. I hope you havea fabulous week!


Friday, October 17, 2008

Let the weekend begin!

Woohoo! It's finally Friday. This has been one long, dragging week for me. You'd think that I'd enjoy it because as soon as Halloween hits, my life will move into uproaring, crazy busy mode. LOL!

As a little notice: The website will be down for about an hour on October 24th, sometime between the hours of 1am - 7am EST. Thought I'd throw that out there so no one wonders what's up. Since it'll be in the middle of the night, hopefully no one will notice. :-)

Okay, back to my schedule. Today has been cold, rainy, and dreary. I don't mind it for a day or two, but more than three days will start to get to me. So fingers crossed that it's only for a few days and Monday will bring the sun back into focus.

I don't have any plans for the weekend. The oldest thinks that it's boring to stay home all weekend, but we'll see what she says when she's in her 30's and a weekend home is appealing. LOL.

Today marks 2 weeks until Halloween, and the day that A Twilight Abduction officially releases. I'm very excited! The pre-orders have been wonderful and I hope that the orders after the release will be just as great, and more so!

Then on November 1st, the big book sale will start on my website. Buyers will be able to purchase all three of the Alex & Fiona books for one low price.

November 1st also marks the start of NaNoWriMo... National Novel Writing Month. I'll be participating in the NaNo contest again this year (50K words in 30days). Hopefully I'll win again like last year. :-)

November 19th is the day I'll be guest blogging on's blog, Coffee Thoughts.

Then throw in Thanksgiving Day! I'll be cooking and hosting the family Thanksgiving meal again this year, so that'll be a busy day with absolutely no writing time on the agenda. LOL

And all of that is just for November. December is almost as busy, and it leads right into January!

Now that I've rambled your eyes off with my insanity, I'll let you escape gracefully. Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Is it the weekend yet?

Blah! I can't believe it's only Thursday. Isn't it the weekend yet? I went to bed early last night and still woke up feeling like I could sleep for a week. Usually my morning workout will remedy that, but not today.

On the upside, I did get some housecleaning done and watched a Netflix movie that's been sitting on top of my tv since last week. I'm usually much quicker with the movies, but the new Indiana Jones movie came Tuesday, so we watched it. Then new tv shows came on, and well, this movie got pushed aside. LOL!

My middle daughter would like me to announce that she (and her whole class) was in our local newspaper. She was so excited to see her picture in there, especially since my oldest has been in it so many times during her school years. Nevertheless, she was in the paper because her class has a recycling program going where they want to recycle 10,000 plastic bottles before the end of the school year. They've already done 2,000 bottles and have only been in school for 2 months. Needless to say, they are very excited.

On to a different subject now. Moday I received my poster for the new book cover of A Midnight Infatuation. I aways order a mini-poster for myself to hang up in the house. They make me happy and are great conversational pieces when company comes over. LOL. Anyway, my current order came Monday, but I just got around to opening it today. All I can say is WOW! The cover is beautiful online, but the actual book, and now the poster, are far beyond stunning. Makes me appreciate the artist and designer even more!

Okay, before I end this or today, a little reminder that starting November 1st there will be a sale on buying all three of the Alex & Fiona books together. This sale will only be available on my website, and only during the month of November (just in time for holiday shopping).

If you're ever curious about upcoming events that I may have planned, feel free to check the Events Calendar on my site.

Have a fantastic day!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Good morning!

Even though today is Tuesday, it's the start of a new week for me. The big girls went back to school today and the house is as it should be.

My youngest ended up with a strange fever right after lunchtime yesterday. She was sick the rest of the day. This morning, the fever's gone. I have no idea what that was all about, but I'm glad it's done now.

Yesterday morning I had to go out and buy a new printer. My 5 yr old $30 HP printer went kaput last week. It was giving me errors left and right and wouldn't print anything... it wouldn't even attempt to print. So, I had to break down and buy a new one.

I've been wanting an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, so I took this opportunity to get one. I ended up with a very nice HP one (since the last one lasted 5yrs, I might as well go with a HP again, lol). It was very easy to set up, though the software install too freakin' forever. It prints beautifully and scans just as well. I was set up and ready for printing in about 20 mins... for the desktop computer that it was hooked to anyway.

I took me the rest of the day to get it to work with my network so that my laptop could use it too! UGH! Ridiculous! It was literally half an hour from the start of dinner when I finally got it to work properly. I've never had such problems with something as simple as a printer. Craziness I tell ya!

Anyway, it's all done now and I'm back in business. I had so many receipts sitting in my email program that needed to be printed out for filing. Now those are cleared out and I'm happy again.

Okay, I better get to work. I have more character development and story outline work to tend to before I start my next book soon. I'll be doing NaNoWriMo again this year, so the actual book writing will have to wait until November 1st. Until then, I'll just spend as much time as possible getting to know my leading character. She's quite the sassy one already!

Have a great day!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

I'm home

Yep, we finally made it back from the race in Charlotte. The hubby and I had a great time all alone for two days. Grown-up time is something I miss having on a regular basis.

The weather was just pefect. The temps were comfortable and the sun was shining. The 6 hr drive is a pain (in the behind, lol), but we survived.

I'll update more tomorrow. Right now I'm tired and getting ready to settle back and watch True Blood. If anyone needs me, just email. :-)


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Anything you wanna see?

Okay, while the kids are currently playing quietly together, I thought I'd pop on here real quick to ask....

Is there anything that you'd like to see added to my website? I think there's something lacking/missing, but I can't seem to figure out exactly what that component is.

If you've been with me for a while, you know that my website and blog are always a work-in-progress. I love changing, adding, moving things around whenever the mood hits. I'm always changing something.

So? Take a peek and tell me if there's something else you'd like to see on there. All suggestions will be considered. :-)

Okay, I better go before the kids catch me on here and decide to start fighting again. LOL! Hav a good day!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

It hasn't been a busy day.

After yesterday's flurry of activity, today was as far from that as possible. I woke up to rain, clouds, wind, and cool temps. It was the kind of day that's made for laying in bed all day.

I wasted the day by watching "The Happening," chatting online, playing on Plurk, and teaching the 3yr old how to use a computer mouse. You can read about her internet gaming meltdown here.

The big girls are now out of school until next Tuesday. I have no idea why. Luckily the in-laws decided to take the two older girls for the night (after confirming with me that they were indeed out of school tomorrow). So now it's pretty quiet... if the 3 yr old would stop begging for dinner when it's nowhere near dinner time.

I did manage to read several more chapters in "Undead and Unworthy" by MaryJanice Davidson. She's one of my favorites. I should be done with this book by Friday and then no more reading while I get started on the writing of my next book.

I don't know if I'll be able to post again until next week. I have a frantically busy few days coming up and with the kids being home... well, lets just say, think happy thoughts for my sanity over the next five days. LOL! Thank goodness Tim & I will be out of town Saturday!

Until next time...


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

It's been a busy day.

Today was a busy day around here. My older two girls only have three days of school this week, so I'm trying to cram all of my week's worth of work into just three days. Plus the hubby and I will be out of town over the weekend, so that's two less days for me to work.

Nevertheless, I was extremely busy this morning with advertising, blogging, more advertising, setting up event invitations for my "guest appearance" on Coffee Thoughts next month, and all that jazz. Before I knew it, it was time to go pick up the big girls at school. *Shock*

The day just flew by with a WHOOSH.

After I got the kids home from school, I spent half and hour on my hair. It needed a refreshing of red coloring before I go away in a few days. This red doesn't come naturally I'm afraid. LOL! I've been a redhead for a year now, after being a blonde for more than a decade, and I still love this color. Since my hair is naturally dark, and the red is dark, it takes much longer for me to start seeing my roots through the color. Meaning that I don't have to color as often as I did with the blonde. Either way, I love this color.

I did manage to make more notes for my next book. I try not to be too "planning" when I start a new book. I like to let the characters evolve on their own (as if I have a choice, lol). But when something strikes my fancy, I have to make a note about it for later inclusion somewhere in the story.

Okay, enough rambling for today. I have to get dinner started. Well, I have BBQ chicken in the crock-pot, but I need to start the side dishes.

Have a great evening!


Monday, October 6, 2008

Back to work!

Well, my two week "vacation" between books is now over. It's time for me to get back to work and start on the next one. For the next couple of weeks, I'll be working on character development and trying to organize my thoughts, writing snippets, ideas, etc. all into a more manageable jumble. I have to get everything in order before I can sit down and start writing the actual book. I need to "get to know" my main character, her life, her friends, her job, her likes and dislikes, before I can write her story.

Since this isn't an Alex & Fiona story, it's like meeting a complete stranger. You have to go slowly, feel out who they are and what they think about. You can't rush the feeling of knowing someone forever. It has to come slowly, carefully, until you're so "tight" with them that it seems like they've been your best friend all your life. You have to build a relationship with your characters in order for them to feel comfortable enough to tell you their story.

Sound insane? Probably is! LOL!

On a side note: The hubby and I will be out of town this coming weekend. We are heading up to Charlotte, NC for a Nascar race. We'll be leaving early, early Saturday morning and coming back Sunday evening. The kids are staying the weekend with my mom. YAY!

I don't care for the races, but it's so much fun being away from home without the kids. LOL! I'll be guaranteed some fun times with the hubby. ;-)

If you're interested in my take on this race... from our trip last year... check out my article, 10 Things to Expect at a Nascar Race in Charlotte, NC. Ignore any misprints or wrong words, as I think I wrote it the very next day, and was so exhausted I didn't notice how badly it was written. LOL! Nevertheless, it's a good read if you've never been, or even if you have been. :-)

Okay, that's it for today. I'm off to make some lunch and spend some time with the 3 yr old. Spongebob has been entertaining her while mommy works, so now it's my turn! :-)

Have a great week!


Friday, October 3, 2008

A Special Announcement!

As many of you may know, I used a different cover designer on the last two books of my Alex & Fiona series than I did on the first one. I've never really "liked" the cover to A Midnight Infatuation... much less loved it like the last two.

Sooooo, I've been working with the artist and cover designer of the last two to come up with a brand spanking new cover for a re-release of A Midnight Infatuation!!! It will take a few weeks for the new cover to trickle its way down through the book-selling systems and start showing up on bookstore sites, but the cover will be available immediately on my site. And it will be the one you get if you order all three during my sale in November.

So, here it is! The drawing was by the same artist as the other two and the design is from the same cover designer. It really makes this a "set."

I think it's fantastic! Now the three can be the set I intended them to be! I'm very excited about it and hope that my fans will be as well.

Now, not only is A Twilight Abduction scheduled for release on Halloween, but I'm hoping that the new version of A Midnight Infatuation will have made its way through the system by then as well. It's all very exciting, and if it weren't for the migraine I'm battling, I'd probably be jumping up and down with joy. LOL!

Like I said, this copy will be available through my website almost immediately (think next week or so), but I will announce when it finally makes its way into the Amazon system for those of you who prefer shopping with them. :-)

And lastly, I'd like to add a special thank you to my favorite cover designer Mis and our favorite artist Zindy. You're both spectacular!!! Lots of love.

Well, that's it from me today. I'm fighting off a migraine and I still need to go run my Friday errands (though I'm running later than usual). I hope you all have a fabulous Friday. :-)


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Brrrrr, it's cold here!

I woke up this morning to a brisk 43 degrees here in north Georgia. Normally it's still pretty warm in the beginning of October; not this year! Yesterday only rose to a high of 70 and it was o wind that I felt cold al day long. This morning I haven't even bothered to open the windows in th house because I was freezing without doing so.

Usually by Halloween we are finally in jeans. Well, this year we've been in jeans for the last week, or so. Right now I'm sitting here in sweats, fuzzy slippers, and a jacket! I refuse to turn on the heat though. We are in Georgia, after all! LOL!

Okay, that's enough talking about the weather, lol.

Last night I got some exciting news. Turns out that I will be a guest blogger on the blog on November 19th! I'm very excited about it, as this will be my first time as a guest blogger. I have no idea what I'll talk about, or even what people would like for me to talk about. But, I will be giving away one of my books to a lucky winner on that day!

I'll post a reminder as the day gets closer. :-)

If you're not familiar with CoffeeTimeRomance, then you should definitely pop on over and check them out. I have lots of fun over there, and even have my own authors section in their forum. Stop by and say Hi if you have time. :-)

Christie's Forum on CTR

Okay, that's it for today. Tomorrow I plan to release an announcement that's been a while in the making. I'm very excited about it and hope that all of my readers will be too!

Until then...

Have a great Thursday!!


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I was awarded!

I was surprisingly awarded today by ~C~, with this...

Awwww! Thanks! :-D

Since there are always rules to these things....

-Only five people allowed
-Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog
-One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world
-You must link back to whoever gave you the award

So since I think that I have met all the rules I feel that I should pass this award on to :

1. Stef at My Love Knot
2. Kaylene at Five Times Blessed
3. Cailin Marie at My Pretty Face
4. Mis at Lil Mama's Laundry Day Chronicles
5. Robin Renee at Chasing Dreams

Ok, now that that's out of the way, I was without internet half the day today! Even after an hour on the cell phone (I have Vonage) with tech support, they couldn't figure it out. Finally the lady gives up and sets me up with a housecall tomorrow morning. How the heck am I suppose to go without internet until tomorrow morning???

So I scramble the 3yr old and decided that we'd just run to the closest Wi-Fi hotspot so I could check my hundreds of emails that would be piled up on top of each other after hours of not checking them. Of course the closest hotspot to me is the local Krystal's resturant.

I decided one last time to reboot everything for the 100th time this morning before heading out. Low and behold the internet was now back on. YAY! I still had to take the 3yr old out for lunch because she didn't understand that mommy only wanted to go out because she wanted to get online. LOL!

Anyway, I'm back now. Oh, and the tech support housecall for tomorrow has been cancelled. Who wants to bet that the tech guy shows up tomorrow anyway?? LOL!

Lastly, the contest winners for my "Hooray They're Out of My Hair" giveaway have been announced on my website (and in the newsletter that went out this morning). Thanks to all who entered, and don't worry if you didn't win as there will be many more giveaways in the future!

Happy October everyone!