Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Weapons of destruction

I've seen lots of terrible weapons used in video games, in movies, read about them in books.  For instance, there was the glave in this one movie...it was a three bladed round knife the hero used to kill off some ogre or something.  There are the laser swords in Star Wars.  Poisons, gases, bullets, garrottes, fire, numerous horrendous cannons and missiles.

Okay, they're all pretty awful and deadly when used correctly.  But I thought of a super weapon for someone to use in my new story, Dancin' in the Dark.

A toilet seat.

Try to get your mind around that, folks!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Back in the real world

As usual, after a conference, I'm charged up and rarin' to write.  I have to send out ms. of In Deep, my paranormal fantasy about Loch Ness, to three people.  Those I spoke to about it were wonderfully kind and enthusiastic.  So, wish me luck!

I had post cards of Dancin' in the Dark made up and, in an inspired act, stapled small bags of Swedish Fish candy to the back.  Put these on the goodie table on a seashore type tray and found that they were gone in about an hour!  If the people who took the postcards buy the book, I'll be delighted!  If they only enjoy the candy, well, okay, but they should still try out the book! 

The Liberty States Fiction Writers conference was truly a fun learning experience.  When it comes time to sign up again next year, I will post here to let everyone know.  If you love to write and love to read and want to get better at writing, have an opportunity to meet face to face with editors and agents and just have fun in an atmosphere geared to writing and publishing, join us!  It is well worth the trip to New Jersey just for the day!

Thank you to all who made it possible.  Special hugs to Caridad, Rayna, Gail, Shelley, Carolyn, MJ, Jon Gibbs, Michele, Penny, Linda, Cris...you know how you are, you're all beautiful!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meet me!

The Liberty States Fiction Writers conference is this Saturday at the Renaissance hotel in Woodbridge, NJ on Rt. 1.  There is a free, open to the public book fair from 5:30-7:00, full of your favorite authors.

I'll be there, not signing this year as it is difficult to sign a book that exists in cyberspace, but I intend to be signing next year.

Stop by if you get a chance and seek me out...just ask anybody where I am.  I'll be looking for you!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Attention all you Spring Breakers!

I guess I'm feeling like I should do something to honor my daughter's dead fish today.  It was a good fish, lasted three years and it was quite pretty.  Near broke her heart to flush it.

And I know it is Spring Break!  With all the free time you're going to have over the next two weeks or month or so, why not download a copy of Dancin' in the Dark?  For a limited time, I'm offering it at the special low price of $2.99, just so you can enjoy reading Carly's story while on the beach or other warm place.  I've found that if you use the FREE READING APP at the top of the book page, you don't have to have a Kindle to read the book.  It can go directly to your computer, iPad, phone or other electronic device.

Just stop by here:


Remind me to tell you what happened with Tyler Hetherington sometime.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The benefits of living in New Jersey

Not only do we have lots of wonderful diners in New Jersey, we also have this thing called "the shore".
Smack up against the Atlantic, we have this great shoreline that is nearly 100% sandy beaches.  In the summer, they're jam packed with people, sloshing about in the waves, riding their surfboards and belly boards, tanning themselves golden brown like biscuits and cooling off in the green waters.

Sometimes, it is just the idea of the shore that makes me happy.  When I was in my teens, I actually used to use Coppertone suntan lotion as a moisturizer.  I'd go to sleep smelling as if I were ready to put down my towel and loll in the sunshine.

Jersey guys know about the wonders of the shore, too.  I used to find some very handsome guys on the boardwalk at either Seaside Heights or Point Pleasant.  Wildwood was too far for us to drive back then, and there were all those tolls, but it has a great boardwalk too.  People from Philly tended to go there, while people from north and central Jersey did Seaside and the Point.  (As pointed out by Stephanie Plum in one of her misadventures, yes, that was how the shore points were divided.)

It's beautiful, even in winter when the ocean is grey and the waves seem to pound the beaches harshly, taking it out on the sand because nobody is playing on it.  Maybe the ocean is lonesome, can't wait for summer.  I will never know.

I will say that some of the most fabulous times of my life were spent "down the shore".  That's a Jerseyism.  Nobody else in the world says that that way.

I'm proud to be from New Jersey.
I'm thankful to friends who led me there this weekend.  I learned so much.  But I hope I contributed something worthwhile, too.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Two blogs, another one of mine, visual aids

I've been so lucky the past couple of weeks to be hosted on two different blogs, writing about writing and Carly's story in Dancin' in the Dark. It isn't always easy coming up with different things to say...oh, no, wait.  I do it all the time.  What isn't easy is finding a good, safe direction for all these words building up pin my brain. 
Check out Joanna Aislinn's blog today:  www.joannaaislinn.wordpress.com

Then go to Rosemary Battista's blog at:  http://rosemarydibattista.com/blog/  Where I share a recipe for Dead Guy's cookies.

Then, just today, I posted something in response to what I didn't bother saying in the previous blogs...about my own personal trials.  http://peachette48.livejournal.com