Tuesday, October 24, 2006

October news

Sorry to say that the world conspired against my meager organizational skills and defeated them easily. There will be no newsletter for October. I am working on one that should come out in the beginning of November. The next news will include the newsletter member prizes for both months. Which means... lots of freebies. watch for it!

back to trying to put words together...
For more than 20 years of my life I listened to country music. For 8 more I listened to soft pop music. All of that was scattered with a diverse mix of songs from other categories that spoke to me at that point in my life.

Since I began writing... The soundtrack for my life has changed.

My muse has very different tastes from those styles of music which I thought I enjoyed. He (because it must be a he... Irritating a$$ that he is) insists I listen to Rock... Specifically, Alternative/ Grunge/ hardcore/ hard rock/ metal... I think you get the idea. My muse is a punk.

But don't get me wrong, I still love him and don't want him to run away from home.But I do notice that the words flow easier for my tough guys when they have their own music. Yes different characters prefer different artists... I have Dan who is fond of LIVE. I actually only like a couple of their songs, but he loves them and insisted I buy their music. (I did) And on the far side I have another fellow who loves SLAYER. Yes I know they are very, very different... But I know have both programmed into my iTunes.

Sometimes I include my character's preferences in the stories, sometimes it just doesn't come up. I noticed in a recent JR Ward novel that she brought up their rap music a couple times.I'm not sure how I feel about it. Do you prefer to have those extra details even if they don't come up in the story naturally? Do want to pick what you feel the character would listen to by what is shown of their personality? Or do you automatically play your own music over the course of the book?

who is not writing because the music died... or at least is with the computer at the computer dude (who I now worship for all his wisdom... but that's another story)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Cobblestone's Octoberfest!

Well, it's October. I'm not ready for it but it seems to be October anyhow. And with it comes one heck of a big perk - OCTOBERFEST!

Cobblestone Press is having a month celebration this October and planned for annually. Octoberfest is a celebration of paranormal leading up to a grand finale Halloween night. And that means readers are in for a fantastic line up of authors.

10/6/2006 - Storm Surge - Jennah Sharpe, This Spells Trouble - Shelli Stevens, Dragon's Mate - Emma Petersen

10/13/2006 - Gone with the Wolf - Loribelle Hunt, Wicked Temptation - Cora Zane, Wereplanets: In Ice- Crystal Jordan

10/20/2006 - Gunslingers and Ghostriders - A.L. Debran, The Taking of Dove - Marie Kulhane, Stacking the Deck - Sara Dennis

10/27/2006 -Portrait of Seduction - Madison Chase, Ralabos- Toni L. Meilleur, The Veil-H.A. Fowler

10/31/2006 - Raindrops Keep Falling on My Dead - Mia Romano, Haunted Dreams - Karen Erickson, Return To me - Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton, Season of Blood - L. Shannon, All Hallow's Thief - Jade James

Now, isn't that a great line up? Fantastic!