Friday, December 25, 2009

Winner of The Bloom Award

Today is Christmas Day and what a wonderful surprise for one writer this morning. Over at A Publisher's Life, Miriam has announced the winner of The Bloom Award. Congratulaions to Laurie Wallmark for her mystery Sisterly Mystery! Isn't that a "have to read" title? I can't wait until it hits the shelves so I can buy my copy. Go check it out!

UPDATE: Sadly this novel will not be published :(

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Again!

Just had to put this picture up. My sister crochets afghans and I used to make them a long time ago. I did the usual ones-popcorn stitch, ripple, and the rest of the basics. However, I never heard of crocheting plaid afghans. I thought it was something new and modern they were doing when she showed them to me. I was wrong. She told me she had been doing some online research and came across a pattern from 1947 and decided to give it a try. They came out great! I think I'm going to have to find my hooks and buy some yarn.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Monika Piatkiewicz

Monika Piatkiewicz is a children's book writer and illustrator. I was lucky enough to get to know this talented lady through a former critique group.

Monika emailed me that she is in the process of putting up a new website called: Come To Life With Books. I dropped by today and it's coming along great so I just had to mention it here today.

One of the things that excited me is the special section: Story-Telling for Children. I can't wait until the first story is up and running!

Good Luck, Monika!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I won!

I was checking out my favorite blogs for the first time since Thanksgiving and found out that I won a signed copy of Michael Grant's book Gone! What a surprise and thrill!

Thank you, Sheri Rosen, for this wonderful win and a great blog. For those of you who are unaware of her blog it is titled, The Worries and Triumphs of an Unpublished Author, and it is a Must Visit site!

Thanks, again, Sheri!

Vanity Press and Harlequin

Most writers are aware of the bombshell Harlequin dropped when they decided to begin a vanity press line called Harlequin Horizons. I just read the blog entry of Sisters in Crime about their position on this subject dated November 21. It is an excellent article written by Marcia Talley, President of Sisters in Crime.

Too bad that Harlequin has decided to do this sort of thing. They were the ones who brought romance novels out into the open with excellent writers who were proud to say they are members of the Harlequin family. The grumbling, brought about by fear for their own reputations being tarnished, is understandable. I hope that Harlequin finds another way to make more money other than taking advantage of the desperate newbie ripe for the picking.