Archive for February, 2013

I’m very excited to be rolling out my brand-new author photos today! For me, getting a picture taken is always stressful–and I bet it is for almost everyone!  I mean, even supermodels probably worry about bad hair days or whether they overindulged on the champagne and caviar last night… 🙂

And then there’s the picking of the perfect image!  The obsessive poring over the various shots, trying to decide which one makes me seem….Image

Well, that’s where things get confusing.  What exactly are readers looking for, when they look at author photos?  What do they hope to see?  Do they want to see intelligence?  Professionalism?  Humor?  Warmth?  Glitzy glamor?  (Oh, I hope it’s not glamor…:) )

Or…in the end, do readers really care about the author photos at all?  Is this more an exercise in personal vanity than anything else?

To be perfectly honest, I don’t pay much attention to author photos.  I don’t spend much time exploring the personal lives of writers–even my favorite ones.  Maybe especially my favorite ones! 

When I truly adore a book, I want to forget about the author entirely.  I want the characters to live and breathe independently–as if they were born, not written.  I don’t want to be thinking…oh, Margaret Mitchell decided to have Scarlett make a dress out of the drapes because Mitchell once had a cousin who did that.  I want to think…of course Scarlett made a dress out of the drapes, because that’s what fearless, think-outside-the-box survivors like my pal Scarlett always do!  🙂

What about you?  Do you like to glimpse the puppet master?  Does it spoil Oz for you to think about the little guy behind the curtain manipulating the great Wizard?  Or does glimpsing the real person behind the pages add a new, richer dimension to your appreciation of a book? Image

What, in the end, do you look for in an author photo?  Because if you want glitz, I have a rhinestone tiara and a pink boa I could dig out for the next one! 🙂 I hope you’ll give me your insights–and I’ll choose one poster to win a copy of WILD FOR THE SHERIFF, as thanks!



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As Stephen King famously said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 

How’s that for the official stamp of approval? 🙂  You can see how little respect he’d have for me if I ignored him!

So, though I have a deadline coming up, and it’s better not to even talk about the state of the laundry room, I really think I need to read today.  😉

I have shelves overflowing with books I haven’t read yet, and books I long to reread.  I have a wishlist at Amazon so long it’s embarrassing.  And the library could build a new wing on my late fees.  And yet, like a true addict, I’m still always on the hunt for something new and exciting.

I’m assuming that, since you’re reading a writer’s blog, you’re pretty much the same!

So when I stop by to say hi here each mid-week, I’ll be talking about what I’m reading right now–and how I’m liking it.  I hope you’ll swing by whenever you can and let me know what you’re reading, too!

Here’s this week’s tally:

Just started: 

Roundhouse, by Louise Erdrich.  So many people have recommended this to me that I finally broke down and got it.  Can’t wait to see if it catches me…

Still chewing away at:

Drood, by Dan Simmons.  This Victorian-era tale about Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens is beautifully written, slow-paced (which fits those authors perfectly and doesn’t bother me one bit), but I keep postponing it.  Maybe that’s because it’s a bit dark, and I’m craving something lighter and easier these days?

Just finished:

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.  Wow!  If you like mysteries, and you’re one of the few people who have been resisting this one, let me add my name to the chorus!  This is a fun, weird, twisty book.  It’s a bit dark, too, actually, but not quite as heavy as the Simmons.  Those of you who have read it, I’d love to hear what you think about the ending.  I’m dying to know if my reaction was as weird as my daughter seemed to think! 😉

The Gettysburg Vampire, by Susan Blexrud.  From my Kindle, this Civil War-time-travel romance by my writer buddy Susan was a real treat.  If you like historical romance–and, of course, sexy vampires–I think you’ll love this one.  Very emotional (I love a strong hero dealing with lots of emotional baggage, and Malcolm has that times ten).  Plus, Susan really knows her time and place!  She layers her writing with so much atmosphere you can smell the steam in the air as the ghost train thunders by.

Calling my name from the shelf: 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloane.  Actually, I have this on Audible, and it’s up next for my walking amusement.  I hear great things!

Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen.  A friend loaned me this one after I finished The Girl Who Chased the Moon.  Gosh, she gets great covers, doesn’t she?  I don’t know why I didn’t discover this lovely writer sooner! 

window with booksOkay…that’s my list!  Now I hope you’ll share, too!  What am I missing?  I love all genres–and even nonfiction!  Do you have any undiscovered (or long-resisted) nuggets of gold to add to my basket?





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critique photos 1923 cropped for kWhen I saw how long it had been since I posted, I was horrified! I keep up with people on Facebook fairly well, but I’m awful about making sure I post things here!

So, belatedly, I am making a new year’s resolution! I’ll stop by twice a week. Once, either Friday or Saturday, I’ll just be here to chat about whatever’s happening. On Wednesdays, I’ll stop in to mention what I’m reading right now…and I hope you’ll share your great finds, too! If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for a great new read!wild for the sheriff cover 235

I’m working on the third book of the Sisters of Bell River series right now–Penny’s book. She’s the youngest of the three sisters, and I’m having such a terrific time with her. She’s lived a very isolated, quiet life, and she’s ready to break out of her cell with a heck of a yell, to paraphrase the old limerick my parents used to quote! 🙂 Letting a heroine find her true self after years of repressing all genuine emotion–that’s sooo much fun! I hope it is as much fun to read!

The first sister, Rowena, has her story out right now. WILD FOR THE SHERIFF is a February Superromance, and I hope you’ll give it a try! In fact, anyone who posts here today will be entered to win a free copy! Just my way of saying thanks for still stopping by after all these months of silence!

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