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This blog entry is dedicated to commentcat who cleverly coupled flattery with a guilt-trip to bring me back from self-imposed cyber-exile.


I haven’t forgotten my readers, I promise. In fact, I’m doing this for you. The truth is, I have no sense of balance. I’m working on it, but mostly you’ll find me diving head first into whatever project may be my current obsession, whether it be my latest WIP, a reader bulletin board, or planning my kid’s next birthday party. I do it to excess, and at the expense of all else. I apologize for the radio silence, and I’ll see what I can do to better that in ’08 … though I make no resolutions. {wry g}


So anyhoo, what have I been up to, then?


I finished a short story for an anthology that will appear this summer – more on that as it gets closer, and as I receive permission to do so.


I just received cover flats for THE TOUCH OF TWILIGHT, out in June of this year. That was two days ago and today the proof pages found their way onto my doorstep, so this thing is quickly becoming real. I can’t wait!


I’m also working on book4, and I’m sinking fast. This is why I can barely keep my head up, and also why I hardly try. I’m immersed, enjoying it, and don’t really want to do anything else. (See – I told you I was doing it for my readers!)


I’m also reading. I know there are many writers who can’t read while writing, but that would mean I never get to read. Sometimes it seems I’m a slow moving tortoise in a world of hares. I plod along doing my work everyday, and putting one foot in front of another is a lot less exciting than breathtaking sprints to the finish line (I know this, which is why I don’t blog everyday. How boring it would be to read, “Hit my word count goal again today. Yay.”).


As to what I’m reading. Well, that’s exciting.


First, Jocelynn Drake’s NIGHTWALKER, out next year. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this book and this author the closer it gets to its pub date, but it excited the hell out of me. Uber-dark, with a fantastic twist on vampires, I still don’t even know if I was officially asked to blurb this book. I just offered. It’s that good.


Also, for those of you who didn’t already know, I started out writing historicals. Basically, what that means, is I failed at it. But Joanna Bourne – known on the writer’s forum I’ve frequented for the past decade as Jo Bourne – has not. She has written a historical romance that blows anything I’ve read recently away. If you want to see romance, romantic tension, characterization, historical accuracy, and just damned good storytelling done right, then pick up THE SPYMASTER’S LADY. Stunning.


I also have the ARC of a manuscript I’m probably not supposed to possess, so I’m not going to name it (How’s that for an annoying taunt?) but it’s written by someone I consider a master storyteller, and I’m absolutely savoring it, soaking it in, and trying to figure out if I’ll ever be able to write that well. This, folks, is why I became a writer (and why I stubbornly refuse to give up reading).


I’ve also been hanging out here.

Don’t hate!

I was on my way to Trader Joe’s one day to pick up some basic staples, and emerged from this store forty-five minutes later with four pieces of cheesecake and a book by Theresa Schwegel (Great read: OFFICER DOWN). Folks, this is why I can’t be trusted to provide for my family. My kid needed milk and fruit and I came home with cheesecake and noir! (My husband – clearly used to me – just shook his head, rolled his eyes, and dug in. Oh, and sent me back to the store. Shit, that used up good reading time!)


But my, oh, my, isn’t this the most fabulous idea? I may start writing crime fiction just so I can find a place on their shelves…


So, CommentCat, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I really will try to update more often. I know it’s important, and I’m happy you gently nudged me. I also know that’s what authors are supposed to do, but you know. I was, like, writing. {G}







( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 12th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Yay, you did get to do the anthology. :)

No, you didn't say what it was. You just mentioned that you wanted to be involved.
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
More soon...

Did you get my card?

Also, _loved_ your short story in OnSpec.
Now would _love_ to see something of yours in print that's a bit lo-o-o-onger. {nudge, hint}
Jan. 12th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Haven't gotten a card yet, but I'll keep an eye out for it.

Thank you. *G*

Finished my personal MS second draft. Went to CPs. Going to start the work-for-hire draft in the next couple weeks. (I hope.)
Jan. 12th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
And what do we mere mortals have to do to get our mitts on a cover flat, may I ask? ;-)

Have a lovely day! :-)
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
I should do something bloodythirsty like a contest, huh?

(Also a good nudge! {G})

Okay, let me think of something for next week.
Jan. 13th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Fantastic idea!
Jan. 12th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Whew! I was actually beginning to worry. Thought the Tulpa may have gotten you! Keep writing.
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Were you worried? Geez. Sorry! As noted, I wasn't thinking. It happens. {g}
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Jan. 12th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: I am so glad
No, you're not!

What can I say? I'm distracted by Teh Shi-i-i-ny. {g}

Jan. 12th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Well, golly! Don't I feel all warm, glow-y and special! I don't think I have ever managed to guilt-trip anyone into writing a post. ha! Wonder if this would work in regards to getting an ARC of your book? *charming grin*

I am glad to hear that you have not been whisked off by faeries and forced to dance and cavort all day leaving no time for writing. You get back to that writing, young lady and produce us a beyond awesome 4th book! And I am at the edge of my seat in anticipation of the cover art for book three! How exciting!

Thanks for the post, truly, I appreciate the update! :)
Jan. 12th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, but yanno I wouldn't be able to be guilt-tripped into anything if I didn't know you were so _right_. Thanks again for the nudge.

Nice try on the ARC. {G}

I will have something going on once I rec. one, though. That's fun stuff.

And I truly will post cover art for the third as soon as I'm given approval. Don't want to get my hand slapped just because I'm over-enthusiastic, though.

Jan. 13th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE your icon. May I steal it?
Jan. 13th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Sure, go ahead. :) It's just a Jem image I found on the internet years ago. :)
Jan. 14th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, but I loved Jem and so few people remember her. I even find her fading from my mind... :(
Jan. 13th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
She lives! Just teasing. Thanks for the great quote again. If I have any say in the matter (which I doubt I do), your quote will be on/in the book dang it! I've got less than 7 months until the release and I'm already getting antsy. When I get under the 1-month mark, I think someone will need to drug me. Good luck with the edits. Mine just rolled in too.
Jan. 13th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Seven months is nuthin', babe. It's going to go faster than you imagine. One month is a blink, so no need for drugs.
The rest is just a wild ride. {G}

And you've nothing to worry about. You've written a great read! I can't wait to read more. (You know I'm only kissing @ss so I can get the second book early, right? {eg})

Jan. 13th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
There she is! I've been wondering about you but figured writing or real life was soaking you up*g*
Sooo, about that bulletin board...

And I concur, The Spymaster's Lady is da bomb!

Take care chica!

Jan. 13th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I can't wait! So glad that book 3 is coming out as I'm getting into the series. I was very sad last. On the way to the movies, I stopped at a Barnes and Noble with a friend who was returning a book and thought, Perfect! Now I can pick up those books I've been meaning to get for 2 weeks. Not perfect. they didn't even have a spot on the shelf. I was very sad. I'm going to a different bookstore today.

So, I have a question. Who edits your books? Is it your publisher, or do you have a separate editor?
Jan. 13th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
What a splendid idea!
Vicki books in two sections of the store -- wh00t!

Edited at 2008-01-13 06:19 pm (UTC)
Jan. 13th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! Cover art soon! I'm a new reader, just got the books last week and read them back to back. The loss of sleep was worth it. Thanks for the short review of Jocelyn Drake's book. I've been hearing mentions of it here and there, and I'm very curious and excited for it. I've marked down the date.

I wish I had a bookstore in my area that sold books and cheesecake. I love cheesecake. Maybe I can persuade someone to start a cheesecake and book club on campus.

Now, how best to get one of those cover flats? *scurries away to ponder*

Jan. 14th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Hey girl,

I was goofing off after some research and remembered to head over. I was very timely it seems. Good on you for keeping your 'head down and your feet moving' as Mike says, towards book 4. It is something I am attempting for 08. Mostly because I am growing tired of this project.

Second, I'm guessing you are recovered from your cold. Cheers to you.

Third, AN INDEPENDENT BOOK SELLER IN VEGAS???It's about time. OK, so it's not exactly IN Vegas, but close enough. Next time I'm out, I'll have to check it out.

Fourth, I hope you got the CD's ok and had a laugh. :)

Happy writing,


(third Vegas Girl from the right ;) )
Jan. 14th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
To This Post!
I can't wait for book 3! I'm on my second or third run through of the second book, because I have read the first book several times. I am going to start my countdown calendar!
Jan. 14th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
Got the books!
I started The Scent of Shadows last night, and I thought I'd read like 30 pages before going to bed, around 1130. Fast forward to 145 as I'm convincing myself that Chapter 9 is a good place to stop for th night because I HAVE to get at least 4hours of sleep for work! Then, all night, I had dreams about your book and it's characters. It's fantastic, and I'm not sure how I'll get any work done until I've finished reading it! LOL I really must say thank you to whatever happy accident led me to your webpage that day I found it.
Jan. 15th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to see you back, Vicki! And HOLY SHIT - Jo's book was absolutely incredible! I slurped that sucker down like it was a Yaeger Bomb! Loved it!

Take care!
Jan. 15th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Previous Post
I'm an idiot - used to Blogspot logging me in...

Tara Parker
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Previous Post
Tara - I was wondering who that was!

And Jo is _fantastic_.
Jan. 15th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Previous Post
Now I can go into bookstores and move two (okay, well three) books to the front! I've been shamelessly hawking yours and Jo's in every bookstore I go in. Fun stuff!

Tara Parker
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
thank you!
I'm a latecomer to the Zodiac series, just received the first book for Christmas. It's been a looong time since I've enjoyed a book this much. I found it to be a perfect blend of action, drama, romance and snarky humor. After seeing many of my former favorite authors turn to writing porn or self-analyzing poetic babble, finally, here are some characters that I care about. Heck, not only do I care about them, I wanna hang out with them! I can't wait for more!
Thank you Vicki!
Jan. 16th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you!
My, I'm always flattered and floored when someone tells me they've just found my work. I don't know why, but it's unexpected. Thank you for reading, and for liking it well enough to write and tell me so. I'll get a load of writing miles out of your message alone!
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