Category Archives: 2010

December 2010

Dear Friends & Readers:

The weather has drastically changed from hot to cold this month. I’ve had to bundle up and put on my winter boots, which I’m not complaining about since I’ve been waiting for winter to come for months now. The weather has made it easier to get into the holiday spirit. It also brings back fond memories of snow angels and hot cocoa…so, this year I’m happy I’m able to spend time with my family and dear friends. It’s a nice feeling and I know I’ll keep these new memories with me with me when I leave.

Wow, I still can’t believe November passed in such a blur! The good news is that I won NaNoWriMo…YES! Thus, proving to myself that I didn’t lose my mojo after all *smug smile*. However, next year I’m making it a personal mission to make up for the lack of writing this year. I’ve got so many ideas rolling in my head so I don’t have a choice but to write.

It’s been a roller coaster year, but as 2010 comes to an end, there’s many lessons I’ve learned in the process. When it comes down to it, I’m looking forward to a fresh start with a renewed energy that comes with setting and meeting my goals.

Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season and a Happy New Year full of love, happiness, and health!

Stay warm and be kind to one another…

November 2010

Dear Friends & Readers:

It’s sweet November and I’m looking forward to this time of year. The winter months carries with it a romantic feel that seems to warm the soul. I love bundling up, slipping into those comfy boots, and sipping Mocha Mint lattes while I read. But this winter is not a time for rest and relaxation…I’ve got a lot of writing to catch up on and a lot of submissions to send out in early 2011. Gosh, I can’t believe how fast 2010 has flown by–but it’s not over yet! This month I’ve decided to join NaNoWriMo. What the heck is it? It’s an annual November event in which that challenges all writers, amateur and professional, to complete an entire book of at least 50,000 words. There’s so many great things available to boost the morale and get you writing so visit their site to participate! NaNoWriMo has become such a huge success that people from all walks of life have joined in on the fun. This is my official first year (yes, NaNo virgin here) and I can say, it’s a great writing motivator! I’ve produced more in a few short days than I have in MONTHS. Seriously.

Now that the writing muse has returned, I’m feeling quite accomplished. I’m nearing the end of my big paranormal project…sniff…then I’m jumping right into writing the book for NaNo. I’ll be scarce this month but know that it’s only because I’m excited to get some new books out there for my readers.

This month, I’m also joining forces with awesome authors from my local chapter for a multi-author signing bonanza! Proceeds of the event will go to the local Adult Literacy League. It’s such a wonderful cause and I hope everyone in the Orlando area will show up at the Altamonte Mall on Saturday, November 6th. The first 100 folks will get an awesome gift bag of goodies. I’m looking forward to the event. For more details, you’ll see the links and details under the APPEARANCES portion of the sidebar.

Wishing you a productive, happy, and healthy holiday season filled with love, laughter, and passion! Stay safe.

Stay Sexy!

October 2010

Dear Friends & Readers:

I’ve been waiting for the leaves to change and the weather to cool down a bit.  Of course, the days are still hot as heck and there’s no sign of Autumn. It seems like the only thing that has been constant is how quickly the year has passed. I don’t want to even think about it….

This month really kicked off to an awesome start. I attended a wedding this first weekend in October and it reminded me of how much I love being a part of these events. The bride was beautiful, the setting was breathtaking, and the reception was so much fun. All the kids hit the dance floor with an energy I envied. I still dream about the bacon wrapped scallop appetizers and the succulent peppered beef tenderloin dinner with garlic and herb mashed potatoes…let’s not forget the abundance of wine and mixed drinks! My toes, feet, and back are still throbbing from all the dancing and running around but I can’t imagine having a nicer experience. I really should write a wedding scene in one of my books.

I know this month is a busy one for everyone including Halloween coming just around the corner. Another festive time of year before the series of holidays roll in…Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years–are you ready? Truthfully, I don’t want to think about how quickly 2011 will arrive so I’ll focus on the things I still need to do before the end of the year. Write. Write. Write. Hopefully you’ll have an exciting and productive month while I stay hidden in the cave.

One important thing: Don’t forget that this is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Please, ladies, go out and get your mammograms done! It won’t take long and you’ll be glad you did it.

Enjoy a safe and fun October!

September 2010

Dear Friends & Readers:

The summer has ended, the nieces and nephews are back in school and I’ve been stuck indoors writing. I’m not going to lie, this project is kicking my butt! It’s a strange relationship. I love this story and know it wants to be told. I love the hero/heroine and the world building. I love so many things about it…however, sometimes even when you love a project so much, it can be completely difficult to put down on paper. I suppose the hardest projects are the ones I’ll remember and love the most. Of course, from where I’m sitting right now, it doesn’t seem to be true but I know in my heart it’s true.

There’s so much going on this month which includes an extra candle on my cake. Yep, growing older and hopefully wiser…but that doesn’t stop me from feeling young at heart! I’m not big on celebrating my birthday so I’ll just play it by ear. I’ve got another busy month. Besides wrapping up on my manuscript and sending it off, I have to start right back up on a new one. Fortunately, this one is a lot shorter and is in my comfort zone. Contemporaries are so fun to write and it’s something I can relate to! Well, I’m hoping next month I can share the blurb for my secret project…I know you’re dying to know. It is very juicy…that’s all I’m saying.

Okay, back to the dreaded writing cave….

Celebrate with me!

August 2010

Dear Friends & Readers:

The Romance Writer’s of America’s (RWA) annual conference was a huge success thanks to the board members and their swift actions in moving the event to Orlando from Tennessee, due to flooding. I’m proud to say the Literacy Signing brought in over $65,000 for various literacy organizations locally. It is amazing the power of authors pulling together for an incredible cause!

This time around conference was low-key and gave me plenty of opportunity to network and contemplate my goals. Of course, things were chaotic and full of surprises but extremely memorable. I loved every crazy moment of it. Conference is the one time of year in which I get to connect with my fellow authors and friends. It’s a time to share experiences, receive advice, and get the kick in the pants an author needs when they’re going through a rough patch.

How many people have a chance to sit close enough to their favorite authors–ahem, Nora Roberts–and how many get to spend time with prolific authors whose book regularly line the shelves at every major bookstore? Not often…but at conference, I am lucky enough to share breakfast, lunch, dinner, or cocktails with these amazing women (and men). It’s totally awesome! Mostly, it’s inspiring on so many levels. These authors are so down-to-earth and a supportive bunch of strong and ambitious women. I love being surrounded by such empowered women so it’s not too hard to carry their strengths with me when the event ends. It’s a special time and I’m so glad I didn’t miss it this year! Now that it’s over, I’m a bit sad and missing my roommates. I’m also starting to prepare for 2011 in NYC! I know this venue will be absolutely amazing because it’s held in the very capital of publishing.

This month is going to be intense. I’m banished to the writing cave until my manuscript is completed and polished. I can only say that I hope when I return, I will emerge a better writer, possess a clearer perspective, and a stronger soul.

Until next month,