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Writer’s Retreat Weekend and Gena’s New Book!!

I am going with the Oklahoma Romance Writers to Quartz Mountain Lodge this weekend for a writer’s retreat.   I’m excited about both the retreat and the lodge—sounds like a fantastic spot for contemplation and fun.

We are spending the entire day tomorrow learning about worldbuilding and writing from Mel Odom .

The worldbuilding advice I could use. I figured out this week that the book keeps stalling because I don’t have the rules of my fictional world down. So part of my down time this weekend will be spent figuring that out.

As with the retreat every year, I’m bringing my homemade wine.  I’m taking Green Apple Riesling, Strawberry White Merlot, Peach Apricot Chardonnay, A Riesling that tastes more like a Chardonnay and a nice, wonderfully aged bottle of Pinot.  Think it’s enough? (g)
In the meantime, check out Gena’s new book, Playing With Fire! This is my favorite cover of hers yet and I don’t yet have my grubby little paws on my own copy.

Playing With Fire by Gena Showalter
Earth, Wind and Fire aren’t just a band anymore…

Used to be my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink, or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye!

It all started when this crazy scientist dropped something in my grande mocha latte. Of course I got wicked sick. Next morning I’m waking up with this total hottie bending over me.He tells me 1) his name’s Rome Masters, 2) he’s a government agent and 3) I can control the four elements with a thought.

He seems even less pleased by my (apparently irreversible) transformation that I am. . . because now he’s supposed to kill me. The only good news: I didn’t make this bed of trouble, but
Rome sure seems to want me to lie in it. With him.
Read an excerpt
Order your copy from Barnes and Noble or Amazon or Books A Million


  1. September 15, 2006    


    I wish I could go this weekend. My weekend company cancelled due to being sick, and now my allergies are giving me massive fits. Can’t breathe through my nose at all. Or taste much. But I’m certain I could have figured out a way to enjoy the wine. And the friends. And the fun. And the learning.

    Wah. Double freakin’ wah.

    And I like this wordpress blog. Very organized. (I’m a little slow to learning how to manage an account, or I’d be joining you already.)

  2. September 15, 2006    

    Can you bring a voice recorder?

  3. September 15, 2006    

    It’s not as easy to use as Blogger. I still haven’t mastered the image thing or changing font color, etc… but it always works, I can organize posts into categories for easy search later. (This is taking forever, btw.) and I like that I can leave things up on different pages and it’s easy to change them out. I’ll be posting new fiction there, etc.

    I do think it might be too gray, though. May work on that. I had a really cool template I’d found on line for wordpress but haven’t been able to figure it out so I stuck my eyeballs up there. heh heh

    I don’t have a voice recorder… I don’t know that I have time to find someone who does since we’re all heading out in about two hours. I’m sorry. Hope those allergies clear up!

  4. September 15, 2006    

    Peach Apricot Chardonnay? Mmmm… That sounds wonderful. Have fun at the retreat!

  5. September 16, 2006    

    Woo! Gena’s book sounds good!! I’ll have to remember to look for it. Or order it.

  6. September 17, 2006    

    I hope you had a great time at the retreat, Rinda 🙂

  7. September 18, 2006    

    The retreat sounds fantastic – hope you had a great time! Love the photos – miss you, and I’m JEALOUS that I still haven’t tasted your wine! *grin*

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