Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hi Everyone: Well, the year is winding down and I, for one, can't wait for 2010. 2009 (shudder) is not a year I will remember fondly. Am making progress on FORTUNE COMES CALLING. Steady progress, but nothing to brag about -- my usual pace. Sigh.
Finally checked out some reviews of previous books on Amazon.com. Wow! Glad I was wearing my big girl panties! Most of the posts were positive, but some... There are some people out there who REALLY don't like my books. Which begs the question -- why do they read them? And then go online and tear the book down? I'm all for freedom of speech, but if I was going to post a negative comment, I'd probably just write, "Not my cup of tea", or "I didn't like it" or "I didn't care for the subject matter". Just my opinion and thanks to our forefathers, I'm allowed to express it.
I have my own private list of authors I just don't like -- some very well known and, as a rule, that make the N.Y. Times Bestseller List. Not that they're not good or even excellent writers, but for whatever reason, they just don't float my boat.
I don't expect everyone to like every book I write and, as an avid reader myself, I know that even favorite authors have an 'off' book (which I know wasn't the plan). I'll generally forgive a so-so book, once or even twice, but if it happens thrice, then I just don't read that author anymore. What's your rule of thumb?
Since New Year's is bearing down on us, I'll close with, HAPPY NEW YEAR -- 2010 IS GONNA BE WONDERFUL! Ta, Shirlee

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Great news with which to end the year! Just signed a new two book contract with Kensington Publishing Corp for two more historical romances. Sent off the signed contracts yesterday so it looks like I'll be employed for a couple more years :-).
Progress continues to be slow with FORTUNE COMES CALLING. I'm telling myself it's because of the holidays. Hope so. All my best to all of you.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mo's Book Buzz

Hi Everyone: Experienced my first online chat on December 2, 2009. Was the guest author at Mo's Book Buzz. Lotta fun. Kept me on my toes, I can tell you! Mo hosts a chat with a guest author every Wednesday evening at 9:00 PM EST. If you want to get in on the fun, go to www.romrevtoday.com. Click on RRT Chat over on the left side of screen. Once the login screen loads just type your name and choose Mo's Book Buzz from the chat room menu. No password needed. Click on login and you will enter the room. It's so easy even I could do it :-).
Pecking away with FORTUNE COMES CALLING. Progress, but slow. This time of year it's hard to concentrate, but I keep at it. My best to all of you, Shirlee