Archive for August, 2010


Askin’ Around

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My curiosity continues…

What are your kids/grandkids reading right now?

What are YOU reading right now?

Oooh, two more…

3) What book are you looking forward to getting your hands on as soon as it releases?

4) Is there a series that’s disappeared from store shelves, yet you wish hadn’t?



Ready, Set…Twitch!

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Dream with me for a moment, will you?

Pretend you have that nose-twitching ability that Samantha had on Bewitched so long ago. And, with it,  you have the ability to make today exactly the way you want it…

1) What season would it be?
2) What would you be doing?
3) Where, exactly, would you be?
4) Who else would be there or would you opt to be alone?
5) What would you eat and from where?



A Trip Back in Time

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Today’s Bits & Pieces is designed to bring us back to our childhood. To that time when playing was, essentially, our work.

1) What was your favorite section in P.E. during the elementary school years?

2) When you had to play by yourself, what was your favorite things to do when you were little?

3) Tell us about a toy you had to have? Why? Did it live up to your expectations?

4) What section in P.E. did you despise most?

Looking forward to your answers!



Unexpected Moments

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Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I need to take today and tomorrow off, which means my cover-from-hell story will need to wait until next Thursday.

In the meantime, I’ll be back on Friday.



The Nuts and Bolts of Love

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As most of you know, I started reading–and fell in love with–Emily Giffin’s books this summer. I’ve talked about many of them here and today is no exception.

The final Giffin book I read (her next release can’t come soon enough for me) this summer was, Love The One You’re With. It was fun, poignant, and very well written. As always, I’ll give you the jacket copy and then ask a general question at the end–a question anyone can answer whether they’ve read the book or not. And today’s is a doozy…

First, the story stuff:

Ellen and Andy’s first year of marriage doesn’t just seem perfect, it is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she’s living is the one she’s meant to live. Love the One You’re With is a powerful story about one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life.

And now my question for all  of you:  **Do you believe love is a choice? Or does it just happen (and, thus go away)?

Deep, huh?



Self Pampering 101

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I went to see Eat, Pray, Love this weekend and enjoyed it very much. I hadn’t read the book, so it was all new to me.

The part that really spoke to me was about not losing yourself in other people or things. And after having done this in my own life, I’m all for finding yourself and taking care of yourself (all for it, though, doesn’t necessarily mean I’m good at actually following through–I’m working on that).

Without realizing I was doing it, I did two things for myself over the past few days. I had a pedicure (which has the added benefit of a foot massage–a good thing since cramping in my feet is one of my toughest M.S. symptoms at the moment) and I took myself to see Eat, Pray, Love. The pedicure, I did with my 11 year old (just watching her giggle her way through the foot rub was medicinal all on its own), the movie was just me, myself, and I.

And you know what? It felt good.

Have you done something special for yourself in the last few days? And if you could do something today (even something little) what would you do?



Did You Know?

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For today’s Bits & Pieces, I thought it might be fun to do a “Did You Know.”  I’ll give you five little known goofy facts about me, if you’ll do the same about you…


1) If it weren’t for the kids, I wouldn’t even own a television.

2) Despite (or, perhaps, because of) every force feeding tactic known to mankind during my childhood, I still don’t eat fruit/vegetables (except for spinach).

3) I’ve moved nine times and lived in eight different states.

4) My favorite movie is, A FEW GOOD MEN. My favorite pick-me-up movie is, HOUSE SITTER.

5) When I run, I prefer to run barefoot.

Your turn.



Tick, Tock

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Do you know that it took me five years to write my first book? Yep, five years.

Granted, that was in twenty minute increments here and there (with my youngest crawling around at my feet and my oldest distracting me from the computer with pleas to play Fisher Price Little People), but still, it took five years.

My second book, FORECAST of EVIL (the one I think would make a great movie), took eight months to write. My third, MARKED BY FATE, even less.

And now that I’m writing the Southern Sewing Circle Series (as Elizabeth Lynn Casey)? Well, let’s just say I put in some very long days to get a book done. There are several reasons for this: 1) I work well under pressure. 2) I write in two different genres now which means more books/more deadlines so I need to be disciplined. 3) Once you’re published, writing is no longer a luxury dictated by “when I have time.” You need to make the time…

~For writing.
~For marketing.
~For event planning.
~For plotting the next book.
~For pitching entirely new ideas.
~For copy edits on manuscripts getting ready to go to press.
~For corresponding with those amazing readers who take time to drop you a line.

And so it goes. With each and every book.

Writing is not for the faint of heart. Sure, it’s a great gig (it’s all I’ve ever wanted to be and I’ve worked hard to make it happen) but it’s work…in a lot of different areas all at the same time.

Any questions?


**Next Thursday I’ll be talking about cover art and a little known fact among most readers. And if that isn’t enticing enough, I’ll even toss in a little personal experience (read: cover from hell story) of my own.



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I’m back. I’m refreshed. And I looovvveee vacations!

To catch  you up to speed, I’ve been in Florida (for the annual RWA conference), the Berkshires, and Branson (snapping pictures along the way)…

  The annual RWA conference is a chance to get together with my fellow romance writing buddies and the editors at Harlequin. This particular picture was taken at a dinner Thursday evening for some Harlequin American writers and our editors (that’s me, third one in on the right).

In addition to the dinner, the Harlequin Publishing Group throws one heckuva party for its writers on Friday night. I’d show you one of those pictures except I was dancing so hard I’m not much more than a blur.

While in the Berkshires on vacation # 1, I went white water rafting for my very first time!!! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now I can say I’ve done it (and will make sure to say it again and again in the years to come).   That’s me in the back left, laughing like a nut!

Finally, it was on to Branson, Missouri (one of my favorite places). We went boating, we took in my favorite show family–the Haygoods, went to Silver Dollar City, and even spent some time in a wax museum (not Madame Tussauds, but still fun).  Here’s me with  two of my favorite actors…

 Here’s me, sharing a chocolate with Forrest Gump on the left…and drooling over Will Smith (an actor I find to be the perfect package–hunky, strong, and a genuinely nice family guy by all accounts) on the right. 

So there you go, a very short recap of a really great two weeks. The only picture I wish I could show you (but can’t because I was always the picture taker rather than the picture subject for some reason) was me on one of those little alpine sled tracks. Oh. My. Gosh. That was soooo much fun!!!  I squealed every single time I took off down the hill. Such fun!

Now, catch me up on all of you. Any fun vacations the past few weeks??



Gone Fishin’

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Okay, that might be a little bit of a stretch. I’ve not actually gone fishing, but I am on vacation–a much needed respite for the mind and body.

Which means my blogs will be spotty at best over the next two weeks.

To reward you for your patience, though, I’ll be announcing a contest when I return (full-time) on August 17th! 

See you soon!