Sunday, November 30, 2008

Workshops for Romance Writers

I’m sorry to say I didn’t make my goal for NaNoWriMo – not even close. But my time was well spent and I’m not complaining. I took a great workshop and I learned a lot.


Online workshops are a great source of training for writers. They offer the convenience of setting up your own schedule in the comfort of your home. You don’t have to buy expensive books and all you need is internet access.

In my opinion a successful workshop is one where you get good critiques of your work. Nicole is a published writer who is generous with her wealth of experience and knowledge and encouraging with her advice and feedback.

Her workshops are so good; this was the third one I’ve taken. The other two were: WRITING HOT, DELICIOUS LOVE SCENES and TAKE YOUR WRITING TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

For those who write romance or are looking for a Christmas gift for someone who does, you can get more info on
Nicole North workshops at:

Monday, November 24, 2008

"A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women" now available on

"A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women" is now available on Amazon.
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Going through a divorce in never easy. Children, cheating and money can be at the center of a tug of war with partners who—in most cases—no longer love each other. It’s estimated that half of American women’s first marriages end in Divorce according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Additionally, wives file for approximately 2/3 of divorces (NCHS). With divorce proceedings, increased hostility between both parties and visitation rights for children, how can women cope?

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Sarah does it again.

25 Years at Camp Swampy was a big influence on my life and probably my writing so I've decided to keep the title of my blog. Besides I've just moved camp from one place to another. But the picture doesn't cut it anymore so it's time for a change.

With this replacement I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

And speaking of turkeys someone sent me this link -

Click on the Palin video at top of the list on left column to see what Sarah thinks is fun.
Beware - it's brutal.
This woman definitely has foot in mouth disease.

Friday, November 14, 2008

NaNoWriMo Revisited

It's discouraging to be so far behind on NaNoWriMo. I'm at that point where I just want to say the heck with it and give up.

But that's crazy. I knew I'd never get to 50,000 words, I just wanted to keep at it. It seems like something else always has to be done first. I should have more time since I gave up the day job but I don't. I'm working on my book reviews and taking 2 workshops and dealing with city paper work, yada, yada, yada.

But I will get back to that first draft just as soon as I finish this post. And I put up a widget that will display my word count. I will shame myself into continuing.

So cheer me on - please. And I’ll do my best to hang in there until the end.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Anyone who reads this blog knows I love all things paranormal especially vampires. I just can’t resist those sexy blood-sucking alphas.

Well last night I read a new book that’s coming out this month and it totally captivated me with a great storyline and unique characters.

“Seventh Circle,” is part of a series but can stand-alone. Like its predecessors it’s a dark paranormal romance with strong characters, action and romance with a bite.

It’s rare to find a romance that grabs you on the first page with both a great action sequence and an emotional storyline but this one did it for me.

This is the story of Lilith who’s spent her life hunting vampires and Lincoln, a powerful pure blood vampire. They must work together to unravel a mysterious contract between Lincoln’s Lord and the Devil, but will their mutual attraction be the death of them?

Highly recommended - This is a spine-tingling chapter in the “Vampires Realm” series. I’ll be looking for the earlier books and those to come.

Title: Seventh Circle
Author: F.E. Heaton
ISBN: 1-906023-63-x 978-1906023-62-1
Release date: November 16, 2008
Publisher: Alinar Publishing
Format: ebook
Genre: Paranormal romanceLength: 441 pages
Price: $4.99
Contains graphic violence, scenes of a sexual nature and bloodplay

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Just Reflecting

The NaNoWriMo site has been impossible to get to for several days. There must be umpteen people logging in. But I did get there today and updated my word count which is abysmally low - 1,135 - but I had other pressing things to take care of. I'm not making excuses but retiring is time consuming. The city requires all kinds of paperwork and then there's the cube to be cleaned out, etc. I do plan to make up for it. And really I never expected to reach 50,000 words. The whole idea is to train myself to write, write, write without looking back. I really need to get over this constant compulsion to edit ad infinitum. So far I think it's working.

I was sad to learn that Michael Crichton died Tuesday of cancer. I've read most of his books and I've been watching "ER" since its conception. I've always been a great fan. My dvd of "The Andromeda Strain" is sitting by the TV. Now that the election hoopla is over I can watch it.

Our new president elect, Barack Obama, gave an inspiring speech last night. It was great to see the enthusiasm for our country that has been missing for so long. I hope this will herald a new era for all Americans.