Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Woo hoo! Jane Millionaire is out and in the stores!!! I'm so excited. I feel...real!!! Right down to getting emails from strangers who've read Jane and loved it. WOW! That is such a wild feeling. To hear someone say how they sat up till 4 in the morning to finish reading Jane. Or that they started it and then couldn't put it down. :) Soooo cool and every writer's manna. :)
I had a fellow writer pal email me a picture of Jane Millionaire in a bookstore! Very cool.
& I had an awesome radio show that aired today on the Definitely Dana! radio talk show. Don't worry if you missed it, just tune in on Saturday December 3 at 10 PM. Go to www.healthylife.net and check out the Definitely Dana! show. Later in December the show will be archived and can be downloaded to listen to at any time. I really enjoyed doing the show and hope you'll enjoy listening to my interview with Dana.
I autographed 66 copies of Jane Millionaire today...how cool is that????
Okay, so I'm stuck on the word "cool" but touching my book, opening the cover and seeing the words I've written is just the wildest sensation. Kinda like living a dream...now if only Matthew would show up at my door, pull me into his arms, and...yes, I do write fiction for a living, and it's totally awesome!!!! :)
Sunday, November 27, 2005
And speaking of prize giveaways, tonight's winner is chekru2003. She/he wins an autographed copy of Sandy Blair's A Rogue in a Kilt. If you aren't a member of my readers group, be sure to join (see previous post on instructions how) so you can get in on the fun and be there for the cyber party we're throwing on Tuesday night to celebrate JANE MILLIONAIRE's release. Oh, and if someone could let please Matthew McConaughey know, I'm saving him a seat next to me at the party. Okay, so it's more of a settee in a dark corner...hey, it's my party, I can dream if I want to. ;)
Friday, November 25, 2005
& to announce my winners from the JaniceLynnReadersGroup at Yahoo. Bonnie Ferguson won an autographed copy of Anna DeStefano's The Unknown Daughter and Terri Garey won an autographed copy of Anne Mallory's Masquerading tihe Marquess. (If y'all haven't checked out Anne's cover, be sure too cause the guy is so dreamy. Makes me want to play dress up. ;)
Tomorrow night I'm giving away a copy of Mari Mancusi's Sk8ter Boy. SO if you're not a member of my readersgroup, be sure to join as it automatically enters you in my book a day give away. Join by sending an email to JaniceLynnReadersGroupemail@example.com
Thanks! & y'all have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
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www.NBC5.com/romance (Chicago) www.WNBC.com/romance (New York)
My pal Mary sent me this html in hopes I could figure out how to post...let's see if this works in case the ones above don't. (Yes, I admit I'm not that computer gifted).
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Anyway, I'd love it if you went to the site and commented. Well, just so long as you remember what I always tell my kids...if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. ;)
Tonight's winner of my readers group prize is Tawny Weber!!! Woo hoo!!!!!!
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
There is ONE week exactly until Jane Millionaire's release. One Week. Seven Days. 168 hours. 10,080 minutes. 604,800 seconds...or there abouts. ((So I cheated and used a calculator on those. No biggie cause we've already established that Janice's brain is MUSH))
Still, mindless or not, I wouldn't trade this feeling for nothing. Well, maybe for a night with Matthew at my mercy...make it a week of Matthew at my mercy and it's a deal. ;)
For anyone not on my JaniceLynnReadersgroup, be sure to join as I'm giving away a book a day & other cool prizes like a book tote from Happily Ever Authors. I've had a few requests for Vote for Jane Millionaire t-shirts, I may just have to have more made...
Monday, November 21, 2005
That's my blog for the day. Going after your dream. For as long as I can recall I dreamed of writing a book, selling a book, holding a book I wrote in my hands. Did I think I could do it? Yes & no. But I knew that if I didn't try, if I didn't do the work, & try my best, well, there was no chance at all that I'd ever have my dream.
That's what I want to give to each of you. Your dream. Visualize it. Imagine it. SEE it. Now, what do you have to do to reach that dream? To make it really happen? Are you willing to do those things? If not, what can you do to get motivated to do those things? Do you have the resources to do those things? If not, how can you acquire the resources? Is having your dream worth the sacrifices you'll have to make? Is sacrificing your dream something you'll someday regret?
For each of us, our dreams are different. Most of us have lots of dreams--I do. But I challenge each of you to pick one of your dreams, the one that burns within you, the somday I'll do this dream, the if I could do anything I wanted dream--that one, I want you to pick it and do the things in the above paragraph. Get the image clearly in your head--then I want you to go after that dream. Make you dream happen. If you don't, no one else will.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Okay, this week...it's thanksgiving on Thursday so that means I'm off work on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Woo hoo! It'll be nice to have some time with my family.
On the writing front, I'm working on the follow-up to JANE MILLIONAIRE and am 120 pages into the story now. I hope to hit page 200 by the end of next weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!
On my yahoogroup, Sheila M. is my winner for tonight. She won a Happily Ever Authors book bag! I'm giving away lots of great prizes ever day between now and November 29th on Jane's official release date, so if you're not a member of my group--it's time to join at JaniceLynnReadersGroupfirstname.lastname@example.org
y'all have a great night!
Friday, November 18, 2005
Okay, the lucky winner of Donna Birdsell's Falcon's Mistress is email@example.com . Woo hoo, Jennifer!!! Congrats! on your win. Y'all have a great night...I'm going to go roll around in bed with Jane...uhm, that kinda sounds bad, doesn't it???
If you're not part of my yahoo readers group, be sure to join so you're automatically entered in my contests! I'm giving away a prize a day now through November 29! Jane's official release date. Join at: JaniceLynnReadersGroupfirstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Anyway, I'm going to try to figure out how to move my stuff over here, so bear with me for a few days while I get this done. I am SOOOO computer challenged.
For those of you who don't know, be sure to join my readers group at JaniceLynnReadersGroupemail@example.com I'm giving away prizes daily while anticipating JANE MILLIONAIRE's release on November 29th. The contest is only open to those on my loop so the odds of winning are pretty darn good!
Have a great night!!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Ack! I recently discovered that somehow my link to join my readers group is no longer on my website. As anyone who knows me knows, I'm a computer idiot and freely admit to it. I've sent the updates to my webmistress, but wanted to get the information out there as to how you can join my readers group. I mean, I am giving away a prize a day until Jane Millionaire's release on November 29th (2 weeks to go!!!!!! Oh my!) and would love to see lots of you as winners!! You have to be a member of my yahoo group to be entered. I know, I know, not another yahoo group. Fortunately, this one is not one that will bog down your in box. Under most circumstances I only post once a month. With doing the contest, I am posting daily right now to announce the winners!
Yesterday's winner was Betty Hanawa! She won an autographed copy of Joy Nash's Cerltic Fire. Woo hoo!!
Tonight, I'm giving away an autographed copy of Tanya Michael's Not Quite As Advertised.
Tomorrow night is an autographed copy of Kathleen Long's Get Bunny Love. Have y'all read Kathleen's new one? Cherry on Top. It's an absolutely fabulous book!!!
Anyway, you get the idea! I'm giving away a lot of great prizes! & all you have to do to be entered in each day's contest is join at:
I'm hoping this link will work (Remember, I'm computer challenged), but if not, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org & I'll send you an invite.
Thanks! & happy reading!
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Anyway, there are eleven finalists this year, so make sure you head over to www.romantictimes.com and click on the American Title II link, so you can help make one of the lucky finalist's dream come true.
Friday, November 11, 2005
I actually did a radio segment a few years ago. It had nothing to do with romance or books though. Sunscreen, skin care, and skin cancer was my topic. I can't remember if the show was 15 minutes or 30. Either way, it was interesting and we even took calls for that one. Next week's is a pre-recording and the show will actually air on November 30 at 2 PM Central time.
If you've not checked out the Definitely Dana! radio talk show, you should head over to www.healthylife.com and check out her archives! You can pull up some awesome interviews. There's even one with Susan Elizabeth Phillips!!
I'll post more information closer to time for the show to air, but as I just got off the phone with Dana, I wanted to share what a wonderful show she does with you.
Oh, & if you're looking for a scrumptious Matthew picture, I posted one over at the writers at play blog.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Now that I have your attention...
Currently I'm in a chat at The Knight Agency's chat room. Nephele Tempest is answering questions. If you're a writer and interested in learning more about the industry straight from a fabulous agent, you really should read The Knight Agency blog and go to these chats. I always learn something!
I know I've whined (yeah, yeah, I know you can barely believe I whine) about the term HIGH CONCEPT in the past. It's such a buzz word about the industry and one that every time I think I get a handle on it, I realize I wasn't quite right. Perhaps the definition is fluid? I REALLY liked Nephele's definition:
She said "it's a term that's carried over from Hollywood and means an idea that's really angled toward being a potential blockbuster. As far as books go, these are generally ideas you can easily sum up in just a line or two, and that break out of the mold a bit."
I really like that as it's simple yet makes sense. Now if I could just pull off writing a HIGH CONCEPT book....well, Matthew McConaughey has totally inspired me so I'm off to write!
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
I also got a fab picture of me and Jennifer Echols that was taken at the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon this past weekend. Jennifer is represented by Nephele Tempest & I'm repped by Pamela Harty at The Knight Agency--which is a totally rocking agency.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Well, the fun has continued today. I've gotten tons of emails and had a jolly old time, although I've gotten NO writing done thus far tonight. Going to go correct that in a bit.
Work was also interesting as more and more people are seeing the article and asking me about it and my writing. Everyone keeps asking me how it feels to be rich and famous...SNORT. I'm still waiting on the rich and the famous part, but I'll be sure to keep everyone posted should either ever happen....of course, I'll be posting that message from Jamaica or somewhere exotic and warm.
That's one of the funny things about all this. Most everyone believes that if you sell a book and it's in Walmart or going to be in Walmart you must be rich. Sorry folks, that's just not so. Most of the published people I know are far, far from wealthy and most still have to work their day jobs. But the dream is there. The dream of hitting large and making lists and getting the big bucks. And what's life without dreams??
So keep dreaming and dream big!!!!!!!
Sunday, November 06, 2005
I drove home from Birmingham today. Listened to Sandra Brown's White Heat while I drove. Definitely made the drive more enjoyable and was a great listen. I have to admit that I've never read her that I recall, but I've heard so many other authors and readers talk about how fab she is that I've wanted to and when I saw the book on tape by her I thought it fate.
Jane Millionaire's Amazon numbers dropped the lowest I've known them to go. They were at 6,000 tonight. I suppose a lot of people think it's crazy to be excited about being 6,000 from the best, but I'm thrilled. Especially since this is the first time I've dropped below 10K that I know of. I try not to look at the numbers very often, but I had a wonderful feature in a magazine come out over the weekend and I've watched my numbers to see the impact. I think it was a success and I owe the author of the article a huge debt of gratitude. The article absolutely rocked. I loathe the pictures, but then, they're of me, so I suppose that only makes sense. But the article...well, she made me sound fab, so saying she's an incredible author is a huge understatement. THANK YOU, TRISH!!!
I had a lot of interesting emails from people who'd seen the article. Some just congratulating me. Some asking for advice as they are aspiring authors. Some from organizations and groups. I even had emails from patients and from parents of kids that go to school with my kids. I even had a few offers from people wanting to critique with me--which I find humorous as I remember a time when no one wanted to crit with me & I was once even dumped by a crit partner after she published because my writing wasn't of the same caliber as hers. I've declined them all, of course, as I have a great crit group at the writers playground, but I smiled at the offers.
All in all a great day. Now I'm off to snuggle with my hubby since I've missed him this weekend...not even a copy of Matthew McConnaughey's Stetson ad could waylay my missing hubby. Go figure.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
The luncheon was a huge success. The keynote speaker was Connie Brockway & she was absolutely fabulous. I really enjoyed listening to her talk.
Although it's still a few weeks prior to Jane being available, I got to autograph coverflats for those interested. There were several booksellers there and it was a fun day and a great lunch.
Fabulous authors such as Kathleen Long, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Linda Howard, Connie Brockway, Anna DeStefano, Kelley St. John, Debra Webb, Rhonda Nelson, and many many more were there. Yes, despite the huge to be read stacks I already have I did buy more books. And on that note, my pal Kathleen Long sold out of both Get Bunny Love and Cherry On Top at the booksigning!! How cool is that!!??!!
Friday, November 04, 2005
Today, I had a patient to tell me that he saw the magazine feature on me & Jane Millionaire & the American Title contest. His 17 yr old nephew pointed out the article to him and that it was me in it. It was a weird feel. Cool, yet different. I almost think people expect me to act differently because I have a book coming out and am recieving some media attention. I can't imagine ever being anything other than just myself--take me or leave me as I am cause what you see is what you get. Although, perhaps there are people who are hoping I'll change? Grow up, perhaps??? Nah, will never happen. I enjoy life and breathing in all it's many treasures--which to me are quite simple. Things like a child's giggle, a cloudless blue-blue sky, a rainbow, a lazy day spent in the sunshine, a kitten curled in my lap, well, you get the idea.
Y'all have fun and try to be good while I'm gone...yeah, yeah, I know. What's the fun in being good??? Well, in that case, I'll leave ya a picture to be bad with.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Tawny!!! I am so proud of you!!!! And can't wait to announce that you are a BLAZE author, which is sure to happen soon because you ROCK!!!