What kind of cookie are -you-?

You Are a Chocolate Chip Cookie

Traditional and conservative, most people find you comforting.
You’re friendly and easy to get to know. This makes you very popular – without even trying!

Huh, who knew?

Dang. Now I want cookies.

No. I’m almost to the halfway mark for the day. Must. Keep. Writing.
Visit me here or here, if you like. Have a good day, all. (Winner announced tomorrow!)

Friday quickie

First, there will be a

chat at 8pm central on August 30th

in the usual place. Be there or be an isosceles triangle.

I’ve created a

spoilers thread for Wanderlust on the forum

, so readers who want to talk about the book can do so without ruining anyone else’s day. You can find that here. You’ll have to register for the forum, and frankly, I get so much spam that if you’re not already approved, I’m not even looking at the registrations anymore unless I get an email telling me, “Heads up, I registered as (forumname) and I need approval.” So drop me an email after you register and I’ll get you hooked up with posting rights.

Finally, as you can see from the sidebar, I’ve finished first revisions on Doubleblind. I sent the book off to my agent and my beta reader. That’s right; it’s done!

And that’s all for Friday. Have a great weekend.

Like shaping air…

Jeri Smith-Ready is one smart cookie.

A while ago, something she said sparked an epiphany for me. She was talking about how first drafts give her trouble. She likened it to “shaping the air.”

To my mind, she’s right in that the first draft is the hardest part of the book. I had never thought about it because I’m not prone to such self-examination, but when I got to contemplating my method, I realized Jeri was spot on when she said it’s “like shaping air”. I realize she and I are probably in the minority, but we both prefer rewrites. Because the framework is already in place. When I revise, I’m just fixing what’s already there, not creating something out of nothing. That takes an incredible amount of mental energy (at least for me).

What’s your favorite part of the process?

A rolling stone gathers no moss…

And it doesn’t write much either.

This is just a brief note to let everyone know I’m home. I’ll be working hard to get Doubleblind wrapped up this week, so I still won’t be on the internets, but if you need me, send an email. I do have wireless on a regular basis now at least, and I’ll be in my email more. While I was traveling I wasn’t checking it more than once a day, and sometimes not even that often. I had some truly unforgettable experiences, but I’m a homebody at heart. I couldn’t be happier to be back.

What have you guys been up to?

Quick update: BBQ rendezvous

Still in Newark, waiting for my flight out of here. Trip so far is going well.

In a nutshell: 17-18 ladies showed up last night.

Sarah and Katie both stroked my Juicy pink velvet (bag). Christine and I sponetaneously burst into show tunes from Little Shop of Horrors, alarming Liz Maverick and Megan Frampton.

We ate bbq and drank pretty girlie drinks, which had a hella kick. Last night was totally awesome. I had the most fun, and I’m touched that so many people showed up. I think everyone had a blast. I gave away three arcs and some pens. Loved chatting with everyone. These womenz were all younger, cuter, thinner and sexier than I could have ever imagined. It was like Sex and the City times five, yo. (Or maybe that was colored by that big ass frozen apple martini I had before my ribs?) No, we were like the Goddesses of Flatbush last night. (Don’t correct me, dammit!)

Anyway, feel free to use this post to talk about your impressions of the meet.

What Kind of Music Are You?

Expect loads of quizzes. I’m in writing mode, so this is all you get of me for now.

You Are Reggae Music

You’re laid back, friendly, and even a bit of a bum at times.
For you, life is too short to spend your time angry at the world.
But while you don’t take life too seriously, you’re deeper than people realize.
You’re very reflective, and a few key topics (like social justice and love) are very important to you.

A quickie… for your pleasure

Not reviews, per se, but a review of my vacation books, a roller coaster ride of reading fun. I won’t go into detail, just my basic reactions.

I think you may be surprised by what I devoured in one short week. Ready? This’ll go fast. You sure you’re set? K, hang on tight, here we go!


By Bonnie Dee
The Warrior’s Gift Meh.

Moon Over Bourbon Street Fun. Gabriel Knight in book form. Recommend.

Home Bound Crazy-hot. And kinda wrong. But hot. Recommend.

Blackberry Pie Holy crap, was this hot. Too short. Wanted a whole damn book. So hot I got a sunburn. And so beautifully written it brought tears to my eyes. BUY THIS.

By Charlene Teglia
The Gripping Beast Good writing. Fun way to kill a few hours. Plus…VIKINGS. Minus points for weird title that made me think it had hentai in it.

By Lauren Dane
Giving Chase Fresh baked bread, wholesome. Great heroine. Minus points for making me fall in love with one brother, and then turning him into a dick. Kinda suffered from dual hero syndrome. But worth reading.

Taking Chase Great! But it wasn’t a keeper because Shane was such an ass in book 1 that I couldn’t forgive him too readily. If you read these back to back as I did you may have the same problem. Cassie’s issues were written beautifully. Warm chocolate chip cookies feeling from reading it and a happy sigh at the end. Even if I was still kinda mad at Shane.

Chased Not as powerful as book 2. Worth reading, though.

By Pepper Espinoza
Mad World Crap on a cracker, this is the shit. But dark, terrible, ugly, and dysfunctional. Hero is a corrupt cop just this side of insane vigilante and the heroine is a sociopathic hooker. KEEPER! Not for the faint of heart.

Rayne of Love Meh. Good idea, shaky execution. Writing was engaging, needed tighter editing.

New Frontier Hello, genuine frontier story. Outlaw, pioneer woman, Old West, hot sex? What could be better? I liked.

By Dee Tenorio
Betting Hearts Rocked me. SEP, look out. Fuckin’ loved this. Buy this one!


Still Waters
Tami Hoag
Tired, dated. Everybody smoked. The only interesting character, well, I won’t spoil you. But meh. Yawn.

Rob Thurman
Better than the first one. Didn’t make me sing out in awed delight like Patricia Briggs, but readable.

The Scent of Shadows
Vicki Pettersson

Private Arrangements
Sherry Thomas
A very pretty, artfully written historical romance. Clever. It was a sugar cookie, a Quinn, not a Kinsale. PS — haha! I have it and you don’t.

You Belong to Me
Patricia Sargeant
Good writing. Great hero. Romantic suspense, and I’m not prone to love those. But I enjoyed it.

Forever Odd
Dean Koontz
Love the characters, love his writing and sense of humor. Hated the plot/story. I won’t give up on Odd Thomas, but the first book was the best to date.

Got questions? You can ask in comments or email me. Feel free to disagree. As always, this is only my opinion, which doesn’t matter for shit.