Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Last Chance to Enlist!

It's Time for Basics Bootcamp


Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 (from Eastern Long Island) present their June 2010 Online Workshop.

Cost: $10 D&D members, $25 all others. Payable in US funds only.

June 1 through June 28:

Deciding to write is the easy part. But without the proper training, a new recruit can soon find him/herself in the weeds.

“Ten-hut! Fall in, cadets, for Basics Bootcamp!”

Over four weeks, we’ll strengthen your writing skills so you can safely maneuver the obstacle course of romance writing. Master the rules and hone your writing chops so your story can be all that it can be.

Week I will focus on the strategies of GMC, POV, and characterization.

In Week II, we’ll flex your grammar, spelling, and punctuation muscles.

By Week III, we’ll commence plotting, research, and backstory.

Finally in Week IV, you’ll be tough enough to show off your new writing guns. Each registrant will have the opportunity to receive an in-depth personalized critique of one writing submission (maximum: 15 page length with standard formatting.)

Enlist now!

About the Presenter: Gina Ardito is multi-published in hardcover, paperback, and electronic formats. She has more than ten years experience in writing, mentoring, and critiquing. Known by some associates as the “contest judge slut,” Gina has judged the RITAs, the Golden Heart, and too many local RWA chapter contests to list. A co-founder of Dunes & Dreams RWA, she currently serves as chapter President and General Whip-Wielder. For additional information and helpful how-to articles for writers, visit Gina’s website:

DATE: June 1 – June 28

Registration deadline is May 31st.

PLACE: Dunes & Dreams RWA FORUM (Not a Yahoo loop)

Registrants will receive a login password to the workshop forum several days before the workshop begins to allow ample time to become familiar with the forum or to notify the coordinators if you have trouble logging in.

COST: $10 Dunes & Dreams RWA Members/ $25 all others (US funds only – Paypal or checks)

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: No registration fees will be refunded. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut off date. Payments received after the cut-off date can be applied to a future workshop of the Applicant's' choosing.
If a workshop is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as instructor inability to teach class, registration fees will be applied to a future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

Hope to see you in class!

Registration form and more information:

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Monday, May 24, 2010

It's a Trifecta!

That's right, kids. Three (count 'em...THREE!) Kismet books in one year. Book III in the saga, Kismet's Salvation, has a release date of October 15, 2010 with The Wild Rose Press. Want a sneak peek? twisted my arm. First, the cover, which I've already shown you:

Now the blurb:

Oh, how her naïveté amused him! “Do you know how much passage to Hong Kong costs?”

“No.” She stared at her feet, and then lifted her head, gaze steady on his face. “But I’m certain we could come to an agreement on a fair price.”

“Does your papa know where you are, little mouse?” Calling her little mouse seemed accurate enough for such a meek and brown creature. Why, in height, she barely reached his chest.

“I hardly see how that matters. I’m not a child.”

“Really?” He studied her more closely. Pale face, tiny stature, gray eyes. Definitely a mouse. And a youthful mouse at that. “You don’t look much older than one score.”

“Well, I am.”

“Are you married, madam?”

A rosy blush crept into her cheeks and lent some color to her bland features. “No.”

“Then you are your father’s responsibility until you wed. No doubt, he’ll deal with you far better than I.”

"Deal with me?”

She stamped her paw—or rather, her foot—but the effort only amused him more.

"No one deals with me, sir. I’m no man’s responsibility. I take care of myself, thank you.”

“Very well, then. Go home.” He waved a hand at her. “Shoo! Scurry back to your little hole where Mama and Papa Mouse are no doubt sick with worry over your disappearance.”

“I will go to Hong Kong, Captain.” The vow, spoken softly, held more impact than if she’d shouted the words.

Friday, May 21, 2010

How Did I Miss This?

I'm currently away on a quickie trip. This afternoon, I slipped back into my hotel room to change my clothes and grab a cup of coffee. Because I can't bear a quiet room ever, I popped the television on for a little background noise. And what do I see? An ad for the new series on TNT: Rizzoli and Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

No way!!! Have I been living under a rock lately? How did I miss hearing about this until now? I absolutely love Tess Gerritsen's gutsy Boston police woman and her Queen of the Dead Medical Examiner! Eat those books up the minute they hit the store.

Now I'll be able to indulge my appetite once a week? Be still, my heart. This is almost as good as winning Lotto.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Available Now: Kismet's Angel by Katherine Brandon

It's been a long wait. I first wrote this story in 1998 and she clocked in at 800+ pages when I finally typed The End. Now, I know most wise people will tell you that your first manuscript should be hidden under your bed, never to see the light of day.

But I'm not wise.

And I truly loved this story of Antoinetta and Darian, of Kismet (the goddess of fate), and the exotic details of Masulipatnam and New Orleans in the early 19th century.

Over the next ten years, I wrote a dozen other manuscripts. And with each manuscript I wrote, I learned something new about myself and my writing. Then, I would turn my new knowledge loose on this baby. As my writing grew, I cut more than 400 pages of extraneous information, heightened the tension, deepened my POV, clarified my characters' GMC. Always, the characters and the story remained whole.

Now, after all those years, all those revised versions, and all that ink and paper I went through, the world gets to see the result. Kismet's Angel, Book I of my Kismet series, is a true labor of love. And I couldn't be prouder. I hope you'll pick up your copy of Kismet's Angel in paperback or e-format. And I hope you'll enjoy the story as much as I loved writing it.

You can buy your copy here. And thanks!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Countdown to the Vineyard Signing

Books? Check!
Promo items? Check!
Autographed by the Author stickers? Check!
Lock box for cash? Check!
Stands to display books? Check!
Banner? Check!
Special signing pens? Check!
Giant check? Check!

Looks like I'm ready for Saturday's big event at Pindar Vineyards. Are you coming? Don't forget.

Three hours: 12-3 pm
Twelve authors: Gina Ardito, Donna Barnes, Terry Brody, Debora Dennis, Thea Devine, Candace Gold, Marilyn Levinson, Barbara Metzger, Marianne Petit, Margaret Reyes Dempsey, Bertrice Small, and Eleanor Sullo

Need more reasons to take the drive?
1. A portion of all the sales will go to benefit Literacy Suffolk, a non-profit literacy program dedicated to teaching Long Islanders to read and write.
2. It's Mothers Day weekend. Bring Mom and make a day of it.
3. Wine, romance, and chocolate. A trifecta of girliness.

So come join us! We'll save a few books for you.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, ToriKat!

We interrupt this week's Monday Pop Quiz for a special announcement:

My baby girl turns 19 today.

And I couldn't be prouder of her. I know big things will happen to her in her life. She's everything I could ask for in a daughter: compassionate, fun, smart, witty, artistic, and just plain gorgeous. (Yeah, I know. I'm biased.)

Happy birthday T-kat! May this year be filled with love and smiles!

And because she said it was okay, a few photos to mark the occasion:

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Art of Body Language

I've pretty much enslaved myself to Dunes & Dreams RWA for June. I'll be hosting an online workshop on Basics Bootcamp, assisting newbie writers in a mentor-style setting for the month. But I'm also presenting the June workshop on Body Language. This required me to become somewhat of a body language expert. I'm still immersing myself in all the information, but I have to admit to a fascination with what I've discovered.

For example, did you know that shaking the head for "no" is a trait developed from our infancy? And even blind people do it? Know why? Because as infants, when we've had enough to eat, we turn our heads away from our mothers' breasts, turning side to side to guessed it. "No."

Want to learn more? Feel free to stop in to our June workshop. Details can be found at the Dunes & Dreams website. Or...if it goes well (and you're the patient sort), maybe I'll be presenting this workshop at RWA National in NY next year!

Meanwhile, don't forget! Next Saturday, May 8 is the Literacy Signing at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic from 12-3 pm. Please, please, please!!! Come show your support for our authors. Coffee's optional.