Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Wishes

Recently, I typed the lovely words "The End" on my first novel outside of the Bibliophile series, a romance filled with great characters and fun new situations. That is, indeed, something to be grateful for. I'll keep you posted on its progress.

My husband took the week off, so I am too. Our oldest son is coming home from college and our youngest gets Wednesday through Sunday off from school. We plan on spending time doing nothing, eating a huge Thanksgiving meal, probably playing some games as we are apt to do, and enjoying each others' company.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy, laughter, and love.





Monday, November 17, 2014

'Tis the Season





It's a chilly one in Chicagoland. The temperature was 12 when I woke up this morning. With yesterday's snow flurries, it almost feels like Christmas already. So I put my holiday digital short, "A Bibliophile Christmas," on sale for just 99¢ from now through January.

It's available at any of these fine online retailers.

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iTunes
Smashwords
Kobo







Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cover Reveal for Final Bibliophiles Book




Here is the cover for A Groovy Kind of Love, straight from the creative staff at Streetlight Graphics. What do you think?

I also have some news. After much consideration, I've decided this will be the last Bibliophiles book. I have several exciting ideas for stand-alone novels, as well as a brand-new character in a completely different genre whose tales are begging to be told. It feels like time to move on in these new directions.

The Bibliophiles will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you will agree that A Groovy Kind of Love is the perfect place to wrap things up.

Because of this decision, my production schedule has changed. I want the series to go out in style and not get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, so the official release date will be January 12, 2015. This way, you can cozy in with your favorite beverage and enjoy the story of Thaddeus and Spring as you recuperate from the holiday season.

A Groovy Kind of Love will be available for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords sometime in later this month. I'll let you all know when that goes up.





Monday, October 20, 2014

Let the Arts Soothe Your Weary Soul

“Ah, a brand new week filled with possibilities.”

At least, that’s what I wish would run through my head every morning. Unfortunately, it’s usually more like this:

“Holy crap, the alarm went off at five-twenty, and I’m decaffeinated, so there’s that.”


But not today.

October has been chockfull of activity.

My editor and I finished the first round of edits on A Groovy Kind of Love, and now we’re at the final proofing stage. The talented staff at Streetlight Graphics is busy designing the cover.

I’ve been working on LoveToReadEbooks.com, helping to shape the site and provide content, which has been a wonderful learning experience.

Today, I will edit my first book review for Windy City Reviews, a publication of the Chicago Writers’ Association (CWA). CWA offers local scribes fantastic programs, lectures, and workshops throughout the city.

October has been filled with celebrations (my birthday, our anniversary), watching my high school freshman play football, FaceTiming with my college junior, and preparing for the best holiday of the year—Halloween.

How could I possibly have time for anything else?

Then my husband and kids bought tickets for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST) production of King Lear, my all-time favorite of the Bard’s tragedies as a birthday present Saturday night. In college, I had written and performed a piece from Cordelia’s perspective set as she and her servants pack up her things and prepare for banishment.

Fresh and modern, CST’s Lear proved just as relevant in this day and age as in Shakespeare’s time. Interestingly enough, Shakespeare’s source material was believed to be from Celtic legend. The program states that the earliest known record of the story “appears in Geoffrey Monmouth’s medieval text Historia regium Britanniae (ca. 1136),” which covers two thousand years of British kings. Isn’t that fascinating?

Last night, a gentleman portrayed Edgar Allan Poe at Naper Settlement, a living history museum of early midwestern pioneers here in town. Being a Poe aficionado, I had to go. For those of you who have read Until My Soul Gets It Right, Naper Settlement is where the Bibliophiles attend All Hallow’s Eve, a nineteenth-century celebration of Halloween.

I’ve stubbornly squeezed in a few books over the last weeks—the significant American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, and Deborah Lawrenson’s intriguing The Sea Garden, which features World War II British spies, the French Resistance, and a puzzling mystery—knowing I'm not truly whole unless I'm reading. During the hour of downtime I had yesterday, I began NOS4A2, which grabbed me right from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what Joe Hill does with this modern vampire tale.

I thought the last thing I needed was more activity, but after this weekend, I have to say, I feel more grounded, relaxed, and inspired.

I hope you’ve had some time to enjoy fall’s splendor. My husband and I took a little trip to Morton Arboretum yesterday afternoon to enjoy nature’s bright yellows, burnt oranges, and crimson reds. I’ve lived in Chicagoland all of my life, but autumnal splendor never gets old. Each year, it’s like I’m seeing the trees for the first time. Such beauty. Such peace.

That is my wish for you today. As you mitigate the craziness of life, I hope you take some time to enjoy the beauty around you, whether it be from nature, a play, music, a painting, or a good book.

Let the arts soothe your soul.

Have a good week, my friends.




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Scary October Reads




Hello, everyone!

Today, I'm blogging about some of my favorite classic lit horror novels, as well as my October to-read list, at LoveToReadEbooks.com.

Click here




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Introducing LoveToReadEbooks.com


I have been asked to join the Author Council of LoveToReadEbooks.com, a new site that brings readers together to discuss all sorts of stories, from works-in-progress to published books. There are forums for every genre, plus general discussion areas, like in The Front Door, where we're talking about the new Fall TV season and movie adaptations of books.

Not only that, but there are fascinating blog articles to read. Today, mine is about Banned Books Week. Did you know that since 1990, the American Library Association has received 18,000 requests to ban certain novels from shelves across the United States? Stop by and see what books are on the list.

Here's the link.

http://lovetoreadebooks.com/how-many-banned-books-have-you-read/

My group, I (Heart) Holidays, will feature fun decorating tips, recipes, and, of course, favorite books and stories.

As you can see, I'm really excited about LoveToReadEbooks.com. Stop by and you'll know why.

Hope to see you there!


Monday, September 15, 2014

And the Official Title of Bibliophiles 3 Is…


I have emerged triumphant!

I've always wanted to say that. The reality is I have emerged with a completed manuscript that is on my editor's desk as I write this blog post.

Same difference, right?

It's been a crazy week, bibliophiles. My eldest started his junior year in college. His girlfriend from California came in over the weekend to visit and then to join him on their way back to school. My youngest, the football player, strained his quad muscle and on crutches for two weeks. And I made my deadline and put the finishing touches on Bibliophiles 3, which will be called (cue the trumpets)…

A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE.


More details to come.