Thursday, February 26, 2009

We're Inching Closer


I can see so many Finish Lines, it's like a sea of checkered flags! The first is for my WIP, currently called Ends...With Benefits (but it will definitely need a new title before I start shopping it around. Stay tuned. I smell a contest!) I know exactly how it's going to end, I'm thisclose to reaching The End, and I have to slow myself down so I don't rush The End.

And on the ELIRWA front, our fledgling little writing organization jumped another hurdle this afternoon when we heard from RWA that our paperwork has been received and provisional status approved. We can now start our incorporation procedures with New York State in the hopes of becoming a full-fledged chapter as soon as the bureaucrats rubber stamp our forms!

A lot of people may look at us suspiciously and say, "You got a chapter up and running that fast? Come on. You must have been planning this for a looooong time."

The answer? "Nope. We're just that good."

We work well together. We don't allow ego to get in the way. We each have our strengths and we run with them, regardless of "who's in charge". And that enthusiasm has even carried over to our newer members who are eager to provide input into creating the best chapter of RWA in the Long Island area.

In other news: the girl has narrowed down the college search to a select few institutions. Just a few more campus tours and we'll have our winner. (Though they're all too far from home for me. I'm going to miss seeing my little girl every morning, every evening... sniff!)

Yes, those finish lines are looking very appealing. But then the question becomes, "What will you do when you have all that extra time on your hands?"

The answer? "Write the next book of course!"

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The Romance Genre But Were Afraid to Ask

This coming Saturday, the ELIRWA is thrilled to announce the incomparable Bertrice Small will be presenting The History of Romance at the Riverhead Free Library from 11:15 am to 1 pm. Believe me, this is a lady who knows of what she speaks. Bertrice was one of the original Avon ladies and has consistently been published in the romance genre for more than three decades now.

Interested? Sure. Why wouldn't you be? This is a truly unique opportunity to spend time with a legend of the industry. I hope you'll make plans to attend!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Guess What Day It Is...



I don't know about you, but I'm normally not a superstitious person (I got married on the 13th with 13 people in my bridal party--and so far it's been 22 years of wedded bliss.) But enough math for one morning...

Today The Girl woke up late and has stormed around the house, scrambling to get ready for school, slamming doors and shouting how she hates her life. (Well, really, can you blame her? It's not only Friday the 13th, it's the day before Valentine's Day and now she won't look cute for all the boys.)

Dh left the house on time and even caught his train. But then he called home to ask if he forgot his Blackberry. (He did.)

So far, The Boy and I are keeping a very low profile. If I had the opportunity, I might call in "unlucky" today.

Superstitious or not, whatever you do, "Let's be careful out there!"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hey, kids! Guess what?


I sold my first historical to The Wild Rose Press! Well...let me rephrase that. Katherine Brandon (my alter ego) sold her first historical to The Wild Rose Press!

Kismet's Angel will always be near and dear to my heart because it was the first full manuscript I ever wrote. Oh, believe me. The story's gone through hundreds of incarnations since those early days when it was 800 pages long and the H/h didn't even meet until 150 pages in. Over the last ten years, I've polished and honed and cut that poor baby until only the main characters and the basic plot points remained the same. Sort of like a set of "Before" and "After" photos for a plastic surgery ad. It also happens to be Book I of my (ahem!...Katherine's) Kismet series, which currently consists of three completed manuscripts.

Stay tuned for details on such exciting news as release date, website launch, and the fate of the rest of the Kismet family.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Long Live the ELIRWA!

The ELIRWA had its official initial meeting yesterday and what a great day! The location was perfect, our meeting room had plenty of space and a full kitchen. There were bagels and coffee, lots of hugs and kisses, plenty of laughs, and tons of helpful information for those in attendance. We welcomed a lot of prospective new members and I'm very excited about the ideas and enthusiasm that surrounded us all.

Ladies, it was a pleasure meeting you and I hope you'll be attending the February meeting on the 21st at the same location when the lovely, talented goddess of romance, Bertrice Small will be presenting The History of Romance. If you couldn't make our January get-together, it's not too late to plan for February. You don't want to miss the opportunity to hear the Divine One speak about a topic so dear to her heart!