Saturday, December 29, 2012
Ok, so we gabbed more than Spiderman'ed across the wall, but it was fun, got the heart rate up a couple times and logged a few more calluses.
And as anticipated, there was eye candy. Nice eye candy. I've got to write about a climber one of these times. And mountain biker, kayaker, cowboy, skier, hunky scientist, carpenter (hello tool belt), CSIS agent (WIP), oh probably more archaeologists, helicopter pilots . . .
Monday, December 10, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Claiming Love is available at Amazon.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Don't Mess with Texas by Christie Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book came at the perfect time. You know when life starts amping up and everything is revving too high and you say to yourself for the love of god woman, STOP, and that sane voice in your head says just go read a book? And ta-da, a Christie Craig book is on your to-read pile and all is well. I love her characters, stories and punch lines, and this one delivered. Thank you Christie Craig!
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Running. My new writer's guide. Movement lets go of what we no longer need and unlocks what we do. Happy running, reading and writing.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book gently, but effectively, takes your hand and leads you down a whole new way of life; trusting your body, trusting yourself, and invites you to move.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
When You Dare by Lori Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I totally picked this book by the cover . . . and loved it! Great mix of suspense, danger, romance and sexy sexy sexy. Fantastic characters, too. I'm a character kid and Lori Foster did not disappoint. Keep the great stories, and covers, coming!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
The panels I attended were top-rate, the fellow conference goers wonderful, the organizers incredible, and the overall feel was that of charged excitement, community and open knowledge sharing.
I had the wonderful pleasure to be on two panels this year and many thanks to those who attended. I had a great time as a panelist for Beyond the Bedroom - There's More to Romance than Sex with fellow ARWA members Jude Wilner, Billie Milholland and Sharon Wildwind. Romance in stories is so much more than sex and we got to gab about it. Check out my article Writing Sexual Tension, Heightening Your Readers' Satisfaction for more of my thoughts on this oh-so-fun and ridiculously important (ok, so it is important to me) topic.
I was delighted at the opportunity to panel with the three gentlemen Dave Duncan, Dave Gross and Tim Reynolds in Humour in Fiction. These guys were awesome and welcomed an adventure romance writer to their fold. Humour is vital in life and an integral part of the stories I love. Cheers guys, sign me up again for next year!
It was a great weekend. Thank you.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
My critique group took a brief life-pause break, but we are back in gear and I am ecstatic! Whoo hoo!!
I've written before about how important it has been for me to have a writing community and I want share again.
Having a safe, supportive, knowledgeable community of writers to play with, learn from, and grow with is such an incredible resource and straight-up a good time.
My critique group inspires me, dramatically, to up my writing game every time, to push my writing and my discipline to new heights and then top it. I love deadlines. With the group, I have deadlines. It also keeps me in a writing head space.
To my critique group, thank you.
Monday, June 25, 2012
My sincere gratitude for my laptop. I can write in the comfort of my backyard, with a beer, and pay homage to the sun while I'm at it. Calgary summers are great, just not as long as other places I've hung my hat.
Speaking of hats and Calgary, the 100th Calgary Stampede is just around the corner. Talk about people watching and character data collection. . . and Spruce Meadow's North American tournament is next week and the Canadian Track and Field Olympic Trials is this week in town.
Dang I love Summer!!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
So I don't normally have a scotch before 11am. . . I don't usually have a scotch in the daylight, but hey, it was a day of celebration. It was a lovely party, met some new friends, hung out with some old ones, wore a dress and heels, and celebrated our writing community.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Dierks Bentley was in Calgary last night!! Dang that dude gives a good show!! I had an absolute blast. Thanks Dierks, for coming to Calgary and I so have to put a concert scene in the next book.
Have a good tour!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I know I've talked about it before, but I'm going to chat about it again. The power of having a supportive writing community is incredible. It doesn't have to be super organized, although that is nice.
I recently did the proverbial coffee with a writer friend and that hour and a half or so completely spiked my focus and attention. It breathed fresh air into my writing practice.
The following week my critique group and I had our bi-weekly meeting. We met at a new place (more fresh energy) and I thought it was a good meeting but after reflecting and processing I realized it was a frickin' amazing turning point for me and the story I am working on.
The choice is yours who you include in your writers' circle. Remember trust and relevance to you.
And of course remember to have fun. That's why you are writing in the first place, right?
Monday, January 16, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Welcome 2012! I've been thinking about goals lately. What can I say, the new year is inspiring. What writing goals do I have? Hmm. Good question. That bland I-want-to-write-more is just that, bland. Give yourself a real goal. You're worth it. Jump in. Take on the writer inside and let her out.
I'm going to look my time management in the face and rock it.