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Good News Friday

Mar. 6th, 2009 | 10:31 am

A librarian in West Virginia emailed me and told me A Season of Eden is circulating well there. Awesome.

Then, a reader approached me on MySpace yesterday telling me how much she loved Falling for Romeo. Letters like that brighten my day! And I can't tell you how many readers have told me they've read Falling for Romeo over and over again. How flattering! That's what I do with MY favorite books!!

Enjoy the weekend!

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Pow-Wow this Tuesday

Feb. 27th, 2009 | 10:12 am

I've finished books one and two of my Heavenly series. I started book three, only to come to an abrupt halt. So, I went to work revising an older story into first person. That's working wonderfully, and I'm enjoying being back with old friends.

However, I feel the need to wrap up Zoe and Matthias and all things Heavenly and dark and dangerous.

I'm enlisting my crit group gals Tuesday night. We've done this before: gotten together with plenty of food and time on our hands, and hashed out plot ideas. It worked beautifully for Tiffany. I hope the same for me.

In the meantime, I need to outline PENITENCE ( book two ) for them so they know what's going on there and can intelligently offer ideas for book three.

Can't wait to see what we come up with.

Anybody else POW-WOW for ideas?

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Feb. 25th, 2009 | 11:07 am

The challenge of being indie pubbed is to figure out ways to get out there. I belong to YALSA ( Young Adult Library SA ), the most worthwhile loop I'm on, and am giving out ARC's to any library interested. I was thrilled at the response! Hundreds of librarians read my email:

I am pleased to offer ARC's of HEAVENLY, my upcoming YA novel to interested libraries. HEAVENLY is about a teenage girl who falls in love with her autistic sister's guardian angel.

When you pub independently, it's not about speed. It's about exposure, which can often be slow. I make enough off of my other titles Falling for Romeo, Magic Hands, Nailed and A Season of Eden ( under JM Warwick ) to fund whatever I need to do in the name of Grove Creek Publishing.

Each book I send out to librarians, I've offered as a donation to their YA shelf. I figure if 5, 10, 30 readers or more pick the book up, read it and enjoy it enough to buy their own copy, that multiplies into sales somewhere down the line.

I'm so excited about HEAVENLY. The story is a part of me in ways that none of my other stories have been so far, so I'm anxious to share it.

If you want to see HEAVENLY on your library shelf, msg me the name of your local library and I'll ship them a donated copy!

Then get back to me after you've read it.

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Blackberry 8900

Feb. 9th, 2009 | 02:21 pm



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Feb. 8th, 2009 | 02:08 pm

It's rain/snowing. That means drops too fat to be rain, but flakes not fat enough to be snow are falling outside my office window.


I've always liked gray days, though. Makes me ponder. Count blessings. Love being inside, cooking, baking, cleaning and - today - caring for a sick little boy.

Ahhh. Motherhood -- being at home -- no other joy compares.

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Jan. 29th, 2009 | 11:23 am

More proof the publishing industry is facing an inevitable overhaul:


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Jan. 25th, 2009 | 07:54 pm

And LAX does not mean Los Angeles International Airport -- not in my case, anyway. Honestly? I'm not motivated to blog. LOL. I'm lucky to write on ABSOLUTION.

The good news is I've got HEAVENLY ready to go. So, it's going. How soon? Very soon.

I've got a trusted friend reading through PENITENCE, after which I will make any changes she suggests and get that to my editor. ( note: PENITENCE has been through two crit groups)

As for ABSOLUTION, I need to pow-wow with my crit ladies before continuing.

On top of all of that, I have two very demanding church positions, a child entering a diagnosis program we hope will help and will cost zillions of dollars, and the usual: child with autism and recovering addict trying to get a job who plans on marrying the love of his life in December.

I need a vacation!

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New Year Blessings

Jan. 9th, 2009 | 01:24 pm
mood: jubilantjubilant

I count my blessings a lot these days. Aside from the most important: God, family and superb friends...good crit partners, a growing list of readers/friends and the stories in my head still waiting for me to give them life.

And how many writers get to see their work put on film? EDEN's halfway through shooting, and I'm anxious to see the finished product.

The Sundance Film festival is this month. Maybe next year I'll be there -- supporting A Season of Eden.

But that's for next year's blessings. :)

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Dec. 17th, 2008 | 02:13 pm
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
music: Annie Lennox

On August 21, my little 4 year old nephew was hit and killed by an unlicensed driver. I can't nutshell the experience, too many miracles have happened as a result. But today, my husband and I accompanied ( along with other friends and family ) my brother in law and sister in law to their final court appearance. The mother of the boy was sentenced today. ( she was held responsible for allowing her 14 year old son to drive her car ) Her sentence: 185 hours of community service and to pay restitution money ( yet to be determined - when medical bills, etc. come in ) My BIL and SIL repeated their feelings on that tragic day to the judge: that they did not want her to do any jail time and that they held no animosity.

Outrageous? Unbelievable?

The judge was nearly speechless and unable to cope with the forgiveness. It took him a good half hour before he could decide what to do. He kept saying he'd never seen forgiveness like this.

Through the tragedy, my BIL and SIL have embraced the boy's family and become very close.
"You're a part of our lives now," my sister in law said that first week after the accident.

Few eyes were dry in the courtroom. I watched the faces of the other prisoners dressed in orange striped shirts, awaiting their turn in front of the judge. Some were touched at the mercy they witnessed, others had traveled too far down the path of poor choices to see yet another miracle at work.

I've always believed in heaven. Life after this life has been a topic of fascination for me since I can remember, so I'm not at all surprised to find myself writing HEAVENLY, PENITENCE and Book 3.

Angels, life, life after death and the continuing nature of love is one of the threads of the books, the reality of those elements made more sure to me now that our family has been through Cooper's death.

My SIL doesn't know this yet, but I've dedicated Heavenly to Cooper. I've wrestled the devil trying to get the proof. It's coming next week, just in time, and I will place the copy in her hands. Of course this will do nothing to replace her precious son. The events of that day are irreversible.

But so are the miracles that have happened as a result. Those, I hope they hold close to their memories of Cooper.

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A Fool for Punishment?

Dec. 15th, 2008 | 10:37 am

Yes, that's me. I sent out another batch of queries last week. Sick, I know. I'm ILL IN THE HEAD!! Why do I do this to myself?!?!?!??! Have I not learned ANYTHING????

Apparently not.

9 queries.

3 requests for fulls so far.

I really shouldn't do this to myself before Christmas, knowing the pummeling my head will take as the R's trickle in.

Is anyone else out there a fool for punishment like me?

What do you think of the B&W version of the cover? I had it created in B&W and color. Most of those I asked, preferred the color version.

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