How do they do that?
Sorry folks that I missed last week. Had a small catastrophe strike, but I hope we're moving past it now. So the latest for this week? I've joined the most awesome Crit group. Not only have they helped me with a story, they've helped restore a little of that "I know what I'm doing" feeling. Have really not been feeling that lately. I'm not sure if the story I have them reading will ever see the light of day. I'm not in that part of brain right now, so it makes it hard to focus on the revision suggestions.
So what have I been doing if I'm not "in"? I've been reading. Like a LOT. LOL I've read , (Runaway Cowboy. I know it's hard to see at that size), , and . That's been my reading diet the last few days. Really all over the board, I know. I'm trying to make some kind of a dent in the TBR pile behind me. I counted. I also have 80+ books on the PDA to read. Yeah, I'm not short on reading material.
I do want to tell you to watch this blog and my announcement list, and anywhere I hang out in the near future. Why? Because I've got a contest coming to help celebrate my first print release!!! I can't wait to get this one out of the gate. It's so close I can taste it... Okay, maybe not. I don't guess print paper really tastes all that good. But I'm super excited!
So I guess that's about it for this week, in my head. It's a little dusty in here anymore. Should really do something about the dust bunnies, but they keep me company. LOL
See, I have a dilemma. I have two books that I want to finish out of a pile of about six that I could finish. One is a fantasy, a full length, lush fantasy romance. Dragon guadians, planes (worlds, not the flying kind), sarcastic unicorns. The list could go on.
Then I have my *In a deep male voice-over affect* AGENT BOOK. Yeah, the one I've only been working on for the last two years. A shifter story that is intricate, and likely only the first to a strong series if I can ever get it done, and done well. It could be my ticket to an agent, and a NY publisher. Could be because even though I feel good about the book and the premise, I'm still realistic.
The thing is, there's a cover I wantwantwant for the fantasy. It's gorgeous. I want it. I mean I WANT IT! And he has to be done by October if I plan to get it. It is a work of art, simply stunning.
But then there's the agent book.
But then there's the fantasy.
They both have qualities to say which one should be first. Let's not even toss the edits I have into the barrel, but I guess in all fairness, we must. I have three books in different stages of edits right now. So they're distracting me. And the books I want to write are distracting me from the editing I need to do.
So I'm waffling. And I don't even get to play in the syrup. :(
What would you guys like to see? A fantasy romance with a sexy dragon guardian, or a shifter paranormal with certain twists that are NOT the norm?
I had to bite the bullet and use an online calendar. I don't keep any program open enough for one to be really effective, except for Google. My schedule has been and will be nuts for the next several weeks. I'm participating in two Scavenger Hunts (TwoLipsReviews and Forbidden Publications) at the end of the month, and I'm going to do two anniversary parties, (Tease Publishing and Brenda Williamson) and then I have my regular chat schedule. Want to catch up with me? Check out the appearances page on my website. I keep that up to date. Stop laughing! I do! LOL
The good news of the week is the booking I've been postponing until I had confirmation of my book being on schedule is now set. THE ETERNAL KISS will be available as of September 15th, and I'll be doing a signing for this debut book here in San Marcos. I'll also be running a contest at the beginning of the month to help celebrate this release. The best thing to do is watch here for the announcement.
If you want the insider information, you can also join my newsletter http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dianacastilleja This is a newsletter and announcement loop only. No spam, no Kielbasa either. ;) Yum... Kielbasa. Had that for dinner. :)
One more tidbit of good news... Tease Publishing has showed interest in a few more of my stories, but because of my current schedule with them, they will not be seen out again until 2010. I know. I'm sad about it too! So it's a bittersweet report. But that does mean that I will have a full roster with them for 2009. Like I said, bittersweet.
So that's the scoop for this week. Catch ya' soon!
On the run for crimes he didn’t commit, Coast Guard Petty Officer Matthew Sands comes home to Dutch Harbor to find the truth. Signing on to a crab fishing boat was supposed to hide him until he could clear his name; instead he finds even more trouble, in the form of one Kelly Shannon.
Kelly is looking for her own answers. She’s on the hunt for a killer who robbed her of the first, and only, man she’s ever loved. What she finds on The Athena is more questions than answers - and Matthew Sands.
With the passion between them as wild as the terrain, can Kelly and Matt work together to uncover a ruthless killer? Or will the murderer find them first?
On the edge of the storm, survival is far from guaranteed.
Vampire Oracle: Harmony by M.G. Braden
Content: Erotic Romance This title contains explicit language and graphic sex
It used to be, the family sat around to listen to the shows on the radio done LIVE. Then it was TV, then board games and card games... Now?
The Wii has struck.
Yep, we have one now. And surprisingly, I've played more on it since Saturday then I've played any video game in memory. I'm looking into getting the FIT, and I know the boy wants a driving game. He bought the wheel without even having a game for it yet. It was his allowance, his choice. Cart before the horse, I know, but it's what he wanted.
It's quite fun actually. The games take some getting used to, and the motion of it is NOT like anything else out there. There's a Mii, a cyber character you can create to be 'yourself' on the game as you go along. But I guess if it gives us a chance to do something as a family, if we're having fun, teaching the boy to be a good loser, because yeah, he's six, he loses a LOT, then... I guess it was worth the money.