Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Exclusive online workshop with NYT Bestseller Allison Brennan!

Permission to forward......

November 3-28, 2008
An EXCLUSIVE, one-time only, PASIC Event from New York Times Bestseller Allison Brennan


Instructor: Allison Brennan

Cost: $30.00 payable by PayPal

What happens after you receive THE CALL? You’re going to be published. . . then what? Join New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennanon a writer’s journey from The Call to Staying Published.

Part One: The Call to Publication

Learn what happens after you sell, who the players are from your agent to editor to publicist and more; what does everyone do in a publishing house and how do they impact your book and you career?

What should an author expect from their agent and their editor?
How do you query an agent after you receive The Call?
What are common contract clauses and what do they mean?
What are foreign rights? Subsidiary rights?
What happens in production?
What is expected from the author?
And much more . . . The nuts and bolts of what is required for every author after a sale.

Part Two: The Three Ps: Publication, Placement and Promotion

What do you HAVE to do before your book is released, what MIGHT you do,and what should you NOT do?

Pre-book buzz–what is it and how do you get it?
What is co-op and other publication terms? How are books distributed? What are wholesalers and what do they do?
How are bestseller lists determined?
What do sales numbers mean?
How do you read a royalty statement?
Velocity, word-of-mouth, reviews, interviews, fans, blogs, MySpace, and your space.
What will your publisher do, what MIGHT they do, what can YOU do?
Is promotion worth it?
Pros and cons of promotion–from authors, agents, editors, and publicists. That's just the beginning . . .

Part Three: The Career Author

What it means to be a career author and how to get there; roadblocks; and success. Blunt and to the point, you’ll never again say to an author, “I wish I were you.” Stories from authors who are successful, and those who are struggling.

What they’ve learned and why it’s never the same path for any author.
How to be a career author from the viewpoint of agents and editors.
How to rebuild your career.
Professional jealousy; career management; changing agents; changing houses; and everything in between.
the “day” job, and practical issues like managing deadlines, speaking engagements, and family.
Dos and don’ts of being active online–i.e. you’re now a public figure, what does it mean?
The rudest questions authors get and how to answer them without telling the person to go jump in a piranha infested river.
Questions and answers.
About the Presenter:

Allison Brennan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romantic thrillers. A three-time RITA(r) finalist, two-time Romantic Times "Reviewers Award" finalist (including a win for Best Suspense of 2006 for THE KILL), Allison is published in a dozen languages and in the UK. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, where she serves as President of PASIC (for published authors), as well as International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Northern California with her husband and five children and when she's not writing, she's playing video games or a myriad of kid sports and activities.

NOTE: Allison has developed this workshop exclusively for PASIC and this will be the only time it is offered, anywhere!!

Deadline to Register: October 31, 2008

Click here to register

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Throwback Thursday!

Back in the day I loved Expose. I think I know every single one of their songs by heart. My husband was, and still is a huge fan. Next month the two of us are joining a group of friends and are going to see them here in Orlando and I can't wait!

Please enjoy 'Seasons Change'.

Stay Sexy,


Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I'm making progress on my new book and am loving the way it is going. Last week I suffered from some mild angst because I had ideas swimming around in my head that refused to come out. Now I can't seem to keep my fingers off the keyboard.

And my hero? I am loving my first real 'Alpha Male'. Joshua is hot, sexy and comes with three brothers who will each have a story of their own. I have been grinning like a true idiot all day!

In other news, I have family coming to town this weekend. My sister, her fiancee and my aunt will be visiting me. This will be their first time coming to the new house that we moved into five months ago, and I can't wait to see them.

I've also been working out! Every morning I get up at 5:00 a.m and walk four miles with my neighbor. I'm not going to lie to is hard work. My rear end is killing me, but I feel so refreshed when I come home, I'm ready to take on my new book.

How have you been doing?

Stay sexy,


Saturday, September 20, 2008

I was so busy...

Trying to get my proposal together that I forgot to post my 'Throwback Thursday' video. I think you'll agree though that I've more than made up for my faux pas.

I was only thirteen when Quincy Jones put together one of the best collaborations in R&B history. Even at that young age, the voices of Al B. Sure, James Ingram, El Debarge and Barry White were enough to send me over the deep edge.

Please enjoy 'The Secret Garden'.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Right on target

"So if a deadline is looming, try to avoid small talk as much as is politely possible."

The above is a snippet from today's horoscope. I'm working on a new proposal and I seem to be finding all kinds of reasons not to keep my butt in the chair and write! I've probably talked to every member of my family at least twice today!

The characters, the plot and even the dialogue are swimming around in my head, but when I sit down everything goes quiet.

How do you work through those times when you find yourself unable to what you love the most?

Monday, September 15, 2008

I can see Russia from my house!

This is hilarious...I can't stop watching!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Shoes! every author dreams about what they'll do when they receive their first big NY advance. I know the right thing to do would be to save, marketing your dream costs money, but I'm human and at night when I close my eyes I see SHOES!

Not just any shoe mind you, but red-heeled divalicious CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINS.

I'll most likely do the right thing, but let me show you what I'm talking about.

It's all in the shoes when it comes to fashion. What are going to do with your first NY sale?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Throwback Thursday

I've always been a big fan of music. No matter what the genre, if it has a catchy tune, chances are you'll find me singing it.

When I was growing up in the eighties, my parents were listening to the tunes of the sixties and seventies. These throwbacks always bring a smile to my face, because they take me back to my childhood, to a time when I was ridiculously happy and carefree.

I'd like to start my new blog tradition with a song that I remember my parents dancing to, their cheeks pressed together as they held each other close and swayed to the rhythm. It is also the song that makes my husband and I fall into each other's arms as soon as the opening bars sound.

Please enjoy Mr. Bobby Caldwell as he sings What You Won't Do For Love.

Have a great day....

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kick A$$ Conference

Kick A$$ Characters By Authors Who Know How To Kick A$$

September 12-13 at Romance Divas

Bob Mayer
Lori Avocato
Maggie Price
Lindsay McKenna
Barry Eisler
Linnea Sinclair
Larissa Ione
Merline Lovelace
Want to know how to write authentic action, suspense, law enforcement, and military romance? Ask authors who know firsthand! Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with some of the hottest names in the genre. It will take place at the Romance Divas Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register by entering the site and clicking on Forum.

A Good Day For An Outing

Yesterday I did something I've been meaning to do for quite some time now. In the morning after I took DS to school, I packed up my laptop, notebooks and gel pens, then headed to the nearest Barney's for a caffeine induced writing fest.

It felt good to work in a place other than home for a change. Don't get me wrong, I love the comfort and solitude that being at home affords me, but it was a real treat to set up shop and write while sipping on a decadent cappuccino.

The change of scenery also helped me focus and I was more productive than I'd been in a long time. I really needed that boost because I have some work due to my agent ASAP.

Will I be returning to my new writing haunt any time in the near future? It depends on how I'm feeling. Should my creativity falter and I need a huge boost, I'll more than likely drive the five miles, take my headphones out and get writing. But until then, you'll find me at home working on my next Pièce de Résistance.

Totally off topic...I want to wish my friend Jax a Happy Happy Birthday! I wish for you closets full of red-heeled Diva Shoes and a year of ultimate joy.
All the best everyone,