Thursday, April 24, 2008

New Reviews, New Contracts, and Whodunnits

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. ~Larry Lorenzoni

First things first, I have to say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DAUGHTER!!

She's nine today.

Nine!?!

How is that possible when I only had her last week??

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I received an email notifying me that "One Love For Liv" was reviewed by Romance Junkies. The reviewer, Dottie, gave it four ribbons and says in part:

ONE LOVE FOR LIV is an amusing romance of a socially prominent yet very naive woman who investigates her fiancé and ends up finding herself. The reader gets caught up in the story as Olivia discovers the freedom in making her own decisions, experiencing new things and finding that there really is only ONE LOVE FOR LIV. The witty dialogue, interesting characters and clever plot make this a delightful story.

So, yay! Another good review. PHEW.

For those of you who have read it (and if you haven't, why the heck not?? *G*), I'm planning to begin working on a sequel to Liv because, yanno, poor Geoff needs a HEA don't you think?

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I'm pleased to announce that I was (finally!) offered a contract from Samhain Publishing for "Kitchen Matches". YAY!!! My new editor, Deborah, said that she liked the changes I made and: It's a fun story and I'd love to work with you on this.

I'm so tickled, because I really do like this story.

Now, I just need to get something else DONE.

Speaking of which... re: "Return To Stiller Creek" comments from yesterday:

Dru, I like this story quite a bit. It was very different to write because I was dealing with not just a mystery, but a deeply wounded heroine and it's not a comedy. But, as always, I fell head over heels for my hero... I always seem to do that. I suppose if I don't love him, no one will, hmmm?? And, no, I haven't a clue where I'll submit it yet. Am still thinking about that one.

Diane, it's not that I don't know "whodunnit". I knew that from the beginning. I just forgot to put it in the book... so the READER doesn't know, no for certain. LOL... pesky little details.

As for the rest of you, I'm glad I could help make you laugh :-)

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My dog sets the bar high... she likes sticks, but not just ANY stick will do. Nope. She requires a small tree for her fetching pleasure. Just lookie what she found (click the pic to make it bigger if you'd like to see how much she's grown):



She trotted around the entire yard with this thing for a good twenty minutes. It was hysterical.

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Your Personality at 35,000 Says...



Deep down, you vastly prefer being with others to being alone. You love to engage people in conversation.

You don't spend much time thinking about your place in the world. You are who you are - and people can just deal with that!

Your gift is having good ears. You are naturally musical, and you pick up foreign languages easily.

You are inspired by what is possible. Real life is often too ordinary for you.

You are happy as long as you are given some personal space. It's important for you to have your own private life.



Um... no. I prefer being alone and I'm lousy with foreign languages. Otherwise, the rest is pretty close!

11 comments:

writingwrongs said...

Congrats on the contract for Kitchen Matches! That's wonderful!

Charity

anno said...

Congratulations on the contract!
And happy birthday to DD!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Sarita Leone said...

Big congrats on the sale! Woo hoo!!

Dru said...

Happy 9th Birthday to DD!! I hope she has a wonderful day.

Marianne, that is excellent news about the contract for "Kitchen Matches". You Go Girl!

When you sign a contract, do they tell you when the book have to be published?


Your Personality at 35,000 Says...

Deep down, you prefer spending time alone to spending time with others. You enjoy thinking more than talking.

You are good with your place in the world. You are confident and comfortable with who you are.

Your gift is having good ears. You are naturally musical, and you pick up foreign languages easily.

You are inspired by what is possible. Real life is often too ordinary for you.

It's very easy for you to feel happy. You can find peace with any situation.


It's pretty accurate.

Have a good Thursday.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! And congrats on the contract! What a big day for you all! Enjoy it :-)

Brandy said...

Happy 9th Birthday to DD! And Congratulations on Kitchen Matches! Woo-Hoo, sounds like a wonderful day!

Your Personality at 35,000 says: "Deep down, you prefer spending time alone to spending time with others. You enjoy thinking more than talking.

You are good with your place in the world. You are confident and comfortable with who you are.

Your gift is having a way with words. You know how to express yourself well.

You are inspired by almost anything. You don't have many mental blocks.

You are happy as long as you are given some personal space. It's important for you to have your own private life."
Hmmm, not sure about this, and I destest flying. *G*

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

Amy Addison said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DD!

And YAY on the sale. I actually sold my first two books ON 13's 5th birthday.

The picture of Dakota with the tree, uh, stick, is too, too funny.

Chris M. said...

Yay!! Celebrating with you again! Woo hoo!

Happy Birthday to DD! Who said they could grow up, dangit? I know how you feel... DS will be 9 in June.

OMGoodness... Dakota is huge! That stick is hilarious, did she wobble back and forth like she was on a ship trotting around with that thing?

Allie Boniface said...

Congrats on the contract - that's so thrilling!! What's the word count on Kitchen Matches?

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Congrats on Kitchen Matches! And C's b'day was the 23rd. It's a good week for b'days!

Maria Zannini said...

Happy birthday to your daughter!

And congrats on the contract and review. May there be many more!