Monday, July 28, 2008

My First Review for A Little Slice of Heaven

And it's a beauty! Five angels from Fallen Angel Reviews! For those who like the Cliff's Notes version, Rachel C. said "Gina Ardito has a great style; the way she mixes humor throughout this story had me laughing out loud."

How cool is that?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Proper Way to Brainstorm

I know, I've been lax about blogging this week. I've just been incredibly busy in my day to day life. Writing is going great. Every time I come to the end of a chapter, I worry that I won't have enough fodder to take this story to the next segment. But then Gertrude whispers some incredible idea, and whammo! We're off and writing again.

Case in point: Two nights ago I felt supremely stuck on the details of Chapter Five. Without going into too much detail (because I want this book to be a surprise) I needed my H/h to be involved in some kind of investigation that would lead the heroine to be more successful at a solution than the hero, but would also instigate a big argument between them. I sat at the dining room table with the fam that night and asked them to brainstorm with me. They tossed around a few cliched suggestions, which I turned down. And then all of a sudden, the idea burst with such clarity, I nearly jumped out of my chair and ran to the computer for a little Google action. When I shared the scenario with the fam, The Boy looked at me and said, "How'd you get that from what we suggested?" I told him it wasn't so much what they said, but the fact that their discussion got my mind moving into directions I hadn't explored. And that's when brainstorming really works to its best advantage.

And now...I'm off to do some more writing (what else?) I really, firmly believe this book will be outrageous, different, and well-received when it's done. How's that for uber-confidence?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I'm Being Interviewed

Be sure to stop by the RWU blog tomorrow, July 23, to learn more about me and my writing!

And don't forget: There's still some time left to Help a Redhead Out!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Announcing the Help a Redhead Out Contest!



Yesterday, the hubster laid down the law. "We're going to the beach." Now, in case you're not familiar with my distaste of this hell on earth, take a good look at my photo in the upper right corner there. ---->


I'm a redhead with blue eyes and fair skin. I burn under a 60-watt bulb. I've always secretly envied those women who can go to the beach and look more gorgeous leaving than they did when they got there. When I leave the beach after a day in the sun, I look like I've spent thirty days on some deserted island with none of the comforts of home. My baby fine hair whips in the wind until it's a snarled Medusa-like nest around my head. (If I add a hat I get the added benefit of a flat top. And tying it back is like trying to tie down a rabid wolverine with a strip of dental floss.) My skin turns pink and/or blotchy with freckles. I break out from the clogged pores caused by the massive amounts of sunscreen I've applied. And the sun drains me to the point I usually fall asleep in the car on the way home.


The dh, who is of Greek and Italian descent, worships sun, sand, and everything shore-related. As do his children, thanks to the magic of DNA. But it's only mid-July and I've already used up my patience with spending time at the beach (and I have a beach week vacation to "look forward to" in August.) So...yeah. I made a face at the suggestion of spending yesterday in my own private version of Dante's Inner Circle.

Hubster came up with a compromise. If I agreed to the beach trip, we'd go out to dinner when we got home. And not just a quickie chicken sandwich at our local bistro-style chain restaurant, either. A place with ambience and charm, where I could sit and enjoy the furnishings as well as the food. Deal!

Well...Hubster and The Boy had such a fabulous time riding waves, playing ball, and soaking up UV rays that we didn't leave the beach until 5:30. We had to pick up The Girl at work by 6 and there was no way we could do the one hour trip in 30 minutes. So, by the time we packed up, left the parking lot, zipped to The Girl's place of employment and reached Home Sweet Home, it was after 7. And I barely had the energy to shower, much less dress, slap on a face, and go out for a nice dinner. Nor did I feel like cooking. So my Saturday night consisted of Chinese takeout and the movie, 300.

Yippee.

Help me out, readers! Who's got a fabulous recipe for a summer dinner that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes--satisfying and delicious--without using the bbq grill or oven? Send me your recipes by August 1st. Post them here in comments or email me at the Contest link on the right. I'll choose my favorites and award three winners each a free copy of my latest e-release, A Little Slice of Heaven.

Help a poor redhead out!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Teach Your Children Well

So I'm in my local Wal-Mart recently, checking out the latest line of nail polish. Beside me is a young girl of about thirteen, with two women: I'm guessing her mother and her grandmother. One by one, this chick is picking up nail polishes, opening the bottles, and swiping the brush across her fingernail to check the color. She shows each color to the two grown women, they nod or shake their heads to give their opinion, and on she moves to the next bottle in the line.

Umm...is it just me or is that disgusting?

Well, anyone who knows me can tell you I'm not about to walk by something like that with my eyes averted. So I poke my head into the discussion and remark, "You know, that's not very sanitary?"
The girl looks at me with that prevalent teenage attitude emanating like August sunshine. "Huh?" she says, showing me her powerful grasp on the English language.
"How do you know someone else--someone with a nail fungus--didn't try that polish on before you did?" I suggest.
All three women look at me with a mixture of shock and disgust.
I, of course, reach for the color I want--hermetically sealed!--and stroll away.

I'm sure I was the topic of conversation all the way home.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Congratulations, Staci!

She was the lucky winner of a free copy of A Little Slice of Heaven for participating over at the Deadly Vixens blog.

Stay tuned for more fun and games. In fact, I think I may be cooking up a contest to be held right here for another free copy.

Until then, enjoy, Staci! Wishing you love and laughter.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Dive Right In...The Water's Fine



Okay, I know I said I'd take a break. But apparently, Gertrude the Muse from Hell has other plans for me. So I've already written the first five pages of my new WIP (work in progress). Vacation? What's that?



I'm a firm believer in "striking while the iron is hot" or in my case, writing while Gertrude cooperates. We're not always in such synch, so when she and I both want to write the same thing, I hit the keyboard with energy and excitement. So we started the process yesterday without a break.



And guess what? I like what we started! I'm extremely happy with the opening and plan to complete Chapter One (in first draft) today.



Working Title of this latest masterpiece: Ends...With Benefits.

And as all those news anchors say, "Stay tuned for more information as this story develops. "

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Finito!

Do you hear the cheering in the streets? That's because I just completed the revisions to the final manuscript requested from the LIRW Luncheon! And I discovered something while working on updating and improving this particular manuscript. I firmly believe this book is the legendary Book of My Heart. Even knowing the entire storyline, I found myself cheering my hero and heroine, weeping openly at the Black Moment, and sighing with pleasure at their HEA.

No...I'm not telling which book it is. You'll have to wait and see if any of the editors or agents have the same reaction!

Meantime, I'll take a few days off to recharge the batteries before I start my next story. Stay tuned for details as they develop. You might be surprised at what I have fermenting in my brain right now!