Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Care and Feeding of a Work Station

I sit before my computer in my otherwise neat, orderly house and stare at my desk, which looks like a hurricane hit it. I have all the tools for organization - a standing stacker filled with neatly labeled file folders (with the help of an electronic labeling machine), an in box and a desk with three drawers and one cabinet. Yet papers, envelopes, index cards, sticky note pads, pens, nail files, a stapler, a tape dispenser and a return address stamper cover the surface. And it's not like I don't clean my desk - I do - at least twice a week. But in a matter of minutes I can set off a clutter bomb worthy of my kids' bedrooms!

So here's my question to you, dear reader: How do you keep your work area from becoming a mess? Do you have a system? A secret plan of attack? Or are you like me, a frustrated clutter bug in your work space?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Book Signings

This Saturday, January 26th, I'll be signing books at the Borders at 880 W. SR 436 in Altamonte Spring, Florida at 1 - 3 pm along with authors Nancy J. Cohen, Catherine Kean, Aleka Nakis, Terry Odell and Louise Gouge.
Here are 8 things I love about participating in book signings:
1. The customers. I love talking to readers about what they like to read and answering questions about the book I am signing.
2. Being in a book store. What's not to love?
3. Chatting with my fellow authors. We get way too little time to socialize normally.
4. People watching. It's so interesting, overhearing conversations and just watching.
5. Seeing members of my RWA chapter who come in with friends and relatives or alone to su-port us - they're amazing!
6. Free coffee drinks from the cafe;-)
7. Giving away the little goody bags I make for every signing.
8. SELLING BOOKS - yeah - the reason I'm there.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Write a Review and Win!

I just found out I am a semi-finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest. You can read the first chapter of my entry at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011ZCARY. From there, you can download the chapter for FREE.
If you are an Amazon member (or wish to join - also FREE) and you write a review, you could win some awesome prizes:
The three customers who provide the most high quality reviews will be qualified to win one of three customer prizes, including an Amazon kindle reader!!! - a $400 value, $2000 in Amazon gift card value, and an HP photo printer. Learn more atwww.amazon.com/abna.

So, I would be sooooo grateful if you would read the passage and write a review. Awesome prizes await!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

New Release and A New World

Today is the digital release date of Compromising Positions and I'm really excited. Not only is this a really funny book, but it's my first book that is also available for Kindle - wahoo! This next generation ebook reader seems to be taking the world by storm. Now I don't have a Kindle, but I hear sooooo many folks are buying them. This is great news to ebook authors since all Kindle books are available on Amazon - one of the largest book retailers in the world.

So, what will happen now? I wonder if my sales will jump through the roof. Yeah, right. What have I been smoking? But I am hoping to see higher than normal sales than for my other, pre-Kindle ebook releases.

What about you? Do you have a Kindle? Planning to get one?

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Problem With Writing Erotica

This is the very HOT cover for my next short story - an erotic vignette about two people trapped in an elevator when the power goes out. It's quite steamy and explicit. So here's my problem: Do I offer a copy to my family? Do I tell my more conservative friends about it? Or do I only promote it among those I know are okay reading explicit materials?
Sure - I could have written it under a pseudonym, but my first two erotic stories, Desert of Desire and Kissing Cousins were released under my name, so why bother now? Would it behoove me to change that mid-stream?
Personally, I know many people who write erotic romance and I don't think any less of them. Only with family and close friends, it's like revealing something that should remain unknown, almost like opening your own bedroom door.
What do you think? Are you comfortable with reading love scenes written by someone close to you, or is that just too much information?