Friday, December 24, 2010

Five on Friday- Christmas Eve

1. It's almost Christmas Day. I'd ask myself how that happens but it's kind of obvious.  Days+Nights=Time passage.

2.  Our house will be full tomorrow and that's a good thing. Gather your family and friends and  hug them hard.  The cleaning is all worth it. 

3.  I love the holidays, I do, but I am also kind of excited about them being over so I can get to work on All That Jaz. Plus I want to empty the house of all the treats that I can't stop eating.  I am the Scrooge.

4. My page proofs for I'm Not Her are almost done. Now I just have to figure out how to transfer them to the PDF files.

5.  See how I go back to the writing even when I'm trying to think Christmas thoughts. Enough of all of that!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tell the Truth Tuesday

I've seen other people posting truths on Tuesday, so thought I would copy them follow along and join in.  Okay. Here goes...

1. I can't stop eating the Christmas Bark that I made for "the family". It is a yummy conncoction made of milk chocolate, white chocolate and crushed candy canes.  I am trying to convince myself it has no calories because it is Christmas.

2. I really hate talking on the phone. I'd rather email someone than call them. It is a sickness.

3. I wish that I'd been born with the cleanliness/organized gene. But I have not been.  I need advance warning for visitors.

4.  I do not carry a purse. I put all my necessary ID and plastic cards in my coat pocket and hope for the best. I replace my bank card at least 3 times a year.

5. The other day our dog went outside and ate snow because she had no water in her dish.

6. I love top forty music. I play it really loudly in my car. I sing.

7.  Sometimes I like to go to movies by myself. To escape from the world.

8. The fact that some of these confessions make me sound like an unsociable creepy person kind of worries me. But not that much.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sisters Saturday with Cheryl Renee Herbsman

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to go the the national SCWBI conference in LA and lucky enough to meet Cheryl Renee Herbsman. She's gorgeous in person, both in spirit and well, just to look at. 

I loved her debut BREATHING. It's a lush romantic tale that takes you away on a magical journey! If you  haven't read it yet, you must add it to your list!

 So, Cheryl. Where do you fit into the birth order in your family?

Cheryl:  I'm the middle of five kids, but the oldest girl. My sister comes after me in the order. We have two older brothers and one younger brother.

Wow. I didn't know you had so many siblings. And to be in the middle. Hmm. What is it they say about the middle child?? Hee hee. I tease. So, what is the age difference between you and your sister?

Cheryl:  We are three and a half years apart.

That's about the same as me and my sister. A lot when you're kids, but nothing when you're adults, right? So what is the best part about having your sister?

Cheryl: When we were kids it was always having a willing playmate. Now it's the love and understanding we have for each other, the acceptance that we're very different from each other and that's okay.

I totally get that. It's amazing how different we can be from our sisters, but we still share the most basic understandings of each other because of shared experiences and well, growing up together! What's the most challenging thing about being sisters?

Cheryl:  I can't really think of any challenges we face now. When we were younger I think the fact that we were so different from each other was challenging, made it harder for us to relate to each other. But now I think we value each other's differences and enjoy them.

Nice. Sounds like you and your sister have evolved your relationship to a great example of sisterhood. What are your roles in the family?

Cheryl: I was the serious, sensitive, rule follower. She was always the outrageous free spirit.

Cool. I mean the free spirit part. I admire that quality so much in other people. Daring to take on the world! What is your fave childhood memory of your sister?

Cheryl: When we were young, playing imaginary games, she was always open to all kinds of ideas, never judged them. It created an environment for play in which I felt free to dream up all sorts of craziness :)

Does your sister know secrets about you? Can you share one? How about one of her secrets?

Cheryl: Dude, what kind of sister would I be if I shared her secrets!

An excellent one! We need some gossip on this blog. Darn sisters who won't sell each other out. ;) Okay, next question, what is something you never tell your sister, but you should?

Cheryl:  That I admire her.

Awww. That's sweet. I feel the same way about my sister. She's pretty amazing at people stuff. Okay, last question, how does your sister feel about having an “author sister?”

Cheryl:  I think she thinks it's pretty cool, but it doesn't really change anything.

No. It really doesn't. But I think it's kind of a cool thing to share with the world, don't you?? 
Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Page Proofs


Page proofs are in. This is my last look at and chance to proofread I'm Not Her before ARC's come out!

Going in.

Back to real life soon!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Secret And Not So Secret Stuff

You know how sometimes writer's have an inability to write and it's called writer's block? Well I kind of have that, only it's blogger block. But wait --there is a reason.

The brain works in strange ways and my brain is wired to be weird.  It's an occupational hazard.  Here's what is happening to cause my block. The Weight of Bones is getting a new name and a new cover!

I tried to hold out saying anything until I got the new cover, I really did but. I. Can't. Do. It. Anymore.
I wanted to wait until the cover and title on Goodreads and other places got switched, but I am weak.

And so...the new name of Weight of Bones is....(insert major drumroll here please)...  I'M NOT HER. And  I LOVE this new name for the book and I can't WAIT to see the new cover. But well. I'm waiting.  And did I ever mention my patience problem??

So I  have the new title, but the new cover isn't done yet. And while I've been waiting, I've been....well. Unable to write. Or blog. Because my silly brain, when it goes into wait mode, well, it won't work properly. . And now I have blabbed. New name, new name, new name!!!! And I hope it chases away that blocked blogging thing!

Stay tuned for the new cover reveal. In the meantime....I'm imagining what it might look like (and really have no idea) and hoping the team at Sourcebooks does as amazing a job with I'M NOT HER and they did with Weight of Bones!!

And while yes, I did love the title, Weight of Bones and I wanted to marry my cover, the truth is my publisher thought they didn't properly convey the tone of the book. And publishers are usually right about things like that.  :)  And so my book will go out into the world called, I'M NOT HER.  And I think it does convey the tone of the book. An emotional story about two sisters discovering who THEY are. Not who the world wants them to be. 

There will be lots to be done once the name and cover are officially revealed. Goodreads! ARC tours to schedule! Nails to chew! Blog tours! Bookmarks! Book Trailer!

And Blogging!

I hope to be back to it soon!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Insert Moans and Groans Here

Ugh. Like everyone else in the world, I hate getting sick. But I am deep in the mode and thus the neglectful blog writing. I shall return to my regular life and update Thinking on Thursday and Sisters Saturday this week.

You may return to your life and I shall join you soon!