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Today is About Fun!

Today, I’m all over the place. Just one of those days when there’s a lot going on and the mind is jumping.

And speaking of jumping, life is all about “jumping” obstacles, especially in writing. Problem is, with a lot of writers the biggest ones are themselves. See me raising hand.

So, I say hold your chin up and jump. What are we afraid of really?

I’m lucky to have many friends who have made this leap successfully.

My good friend, Lyn Cash Lyn’s Licks & Laughs has a blog you should check out. She uses wonderful photos like the one above and has some incredibly insightful columns on being a writer. Look back over them if you get the time. She also, naughty girl, morphed myself and best bud, Christy, into one character in her new book, Star Struck from Liquid Silver Books. I’m making Christy read it first. (grin)

Speaking of afraid, I mentioned a little fear I had on Saturday while having lunch with friends and one admonished me– sweetly, of course, because even though she likes to act the tuff bitch, she really can be a sweetie. So, I’m jumping in with all her friends to promote her new book! I haven’t read it yet, but I’m REALLY looking forward to it. Her blog is here. Gena Showalter’s Weblog Don’t miss Beefcake Monday. In fact, I have one to share today…

Here’s her new book!

Jewel of Atlantis is shipping from Barnes and Noble.com and will start shipping from Amazon any day.

Enter a mythical world populated with vampires, dragons, demons and Nymphs. . . enter a world of dark seduction and powerful magic. . . enter Atlantis….All of Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy. Gray James, human agent of the ultra-secret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands – or destroy it. What he doesn’t know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone. But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind. . .

Part goddess, part prophet, Jewel is a pawn in Atlantis’s constant power struggles. She needs Gray’s help to win freedom and uncover the secrets of her mysterious origins. Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis. But need blossoms into passionate love as they fight demons, dragons, vampires – and a prophecy that says the bond between them could destroy them both.

Kelli at Kelli Blogs cracks me up. Just look at this!

This was done to torment our good friend, Betty Sanders. I laugh every time I see it. Kelli gives great movie reviews, shares favorite guilty pleasure movies and tortures her friends with Photshop. She has turned Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, PC Cast and myself into fembots. I’m the jaundiced one… but I WISH THAT WAS MY BODY!

And speaking of Betty Sanders… She’s my conversation buddy. We have the most wonderful, insightful conversations through email. She’s a lovely person who shares a lot in common with me… She has several blogs. One is a writer’s research dream. I’m serious, check it out. Betty Sanders. One has some EXCELLENT insights into the similarities of different religions. The Journey of a 1000 Miles And one is for goofing off with us. (grin) Dishin’ the Dirt with my Friends

Jill has a wicked sense of humor. Jill Monroe’s Blog I was reading her book, Never Naughty Enough, and nearly drowned in the bathtub laughing at this one scene… She has a new book coming out soon — check out the HOT cover on her blog. And her creepy Friday thing is getting very interesting…

Another good friend’s blog. Books, self-centered musings, and chocolatinis! Ammanda McCabe is intelligent, quietly witty and a wonderful writer. I especially love her old family photos on this blog. And I love our lunches with Kelli, though we are all three too freaking busy!

And I’m starting to get to know a new friend, Dana Pollard. Diary of an aspiring romance writer Her blog is fun– she updates fast and she, I’m learning… is a bundle of interesting contradictions. (grin) In fact, I’d like to apologize Dana for my comment on “you know who” last Saturday. The more I think about it, the more I’m remembering that the person who told me that was crabby herself. Here, this is for you.

Damn, it’s small. THE PICTURE, I MEAN! This was my absolute favorite photo in his 1996 calendar. You know, I did see a signed copy for sale somewhere on the net… Someone find me that picture again!

I have to go before I’m finished. My fourteen year old just called for me to come get her at school. Gotta go! Have fun exploring!


  1. January 23, 2006    


    I wanted to meet you too. In fact, I asked Dana to introduce me to you, but she just kept talking. (sorry, Dana, but it’s true!)Eventually, I forgot why I was standing next to her and wandered back to my seat. That happens to me a lot. I have an amazingly short attention span for a writer.

    I was excited to hear that you write horror. Did I hear that right? I’m new to romance, but I love horror. Some might call what I write a little bit horrific.

    Hope to meet you soon! Will you be there next month?

  2. January 23, 2006    

    I was out of it a little Saturday, so I missed you standing there. I’m sure Dana and I could have some stiff competition in the talking department. In fact, according to her blog, she’s only two years younger than me and something’s not right there. She looks WAY younger.

    And you and I could compete in the short attention span department. I’m beginning to think that’s a big personality trait of writers. It’s made driving for me a problem. I miss exits because I’m in plotting LaLa land.

    Yes, I write horror. I wrote six straight romances and in every one, scary elements popped up so I’ve decided to embrace my dark side and blend the two. Hope it works. I do have a horror short story out this month in Surreal. I’ll post the cover and where to find it as soon as it’s out. Think it’s running behind.

    Next month is a no for me, but I’ll be back in March. I have kid things that Saturday and I’ve heard Nancy B speak many times. She’s good if you haven’t seen her!

  3. January 23, 2006    

    Ok, I almost grabbed Rachel’s hand to walk her over to you Rinda. Seriously! hehe

    You know, I asked the hubby if he thought I was a “bundle of interesting contradictions” and he agreed. I asked if it was a good thing and he just smiled and walked away! hehehe

    No need to apologize about the comment on “you know who.” All is well in the world of, well THAT WORLD! hehe Apparently there is a bid on him to come over with roses to deliver a book, signed (of course), to your house!

  4. January 23, 2006    

    It’s SMALL!!!

    But the rest of him is so BIG !!!

  5. January 24, 2006    

    I’d hate to be responsible for anyone drowning.

    Okay, what scene?

    And tell me if you think it really happened or not ; )

  6. January 24, 2006    

    With you Jill, who knows… (grin)

    It was the Blue Boa in the airport of course! For some reason I kept picturing you doing that and well, that’s darned funny.

  7. January 24, 2006    

    Aw, shucks, Rinda. Thankee kindly for the kudos. 😉 I also love reading your blog, and the others you listed. It often is the difference between a day that is shitty and a day that ends up only crappy. 😉

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