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THE COWBOY PLAN  is up on Samhain’s coming soon page!

WOOHOO!

No cover yet. I will post that as soon as I get it.

blurb:

Big girls don’t cry over a spilled chocolate milkshake—they run like crazy.

Alex Barrett’s all too “real life” sentence is almost over. She’s spent years being a parent to her siblings—and her flaky mother. What was her reward, other than an empty bed? Nothing. And now that she’s almost free, nothing’s exactly what she plans to do. Except have fun.

One minute she’s one of thousands of panting female fans at hotter-than-hot Drew Hartford’s concert. The next, she’s all wet—and so is he. Okay, so it’s only because she dumped a milkshake all over him.

Drew’s meteoric rise to the top of the country charts is fueled by the swooning women who throw themselves at his feet. Alex? She’s different. When their icy paths cross, she doesn’t throw her panties, she beats a hasty retreat. There’s only one way to keep this intriguing lady around long enough to charm her out of those panties: offer her a job she can’t refuse.

Drew may be every female’s definition of a fantasy man, but a paycheck and a roll in the hay do not a relationship make. Besides, Alex is tired of living 24/7 for someone else. Even a someone who’s offering her dreams of happily ever after…

Warning: Hot and heavy loving; stuff country songs are made of.

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So…. the other day I said I had news I wanted to share. I wanted to wait to tell my ‘Buds in person (which I did/am doing–not sure if the timestamp on this thing is accurate). And I was waiting on paperwork–which I completed Tuesday, April 7th.

I sold another book . . . . WOOHOO!!

The Cowboy Plan

The story is about a Country and Western Singer (Drew Hartford) and a Pet Photographer (Alex Barrett).  I am working on the blurb for my editor and will post that as soon as it’s ready.

I am excited about this story–not that I am not always excited about my books–every book I write I think I have a little crush on the hero. As it should be. Why would you want to read about him if I don’t have a little crush on him, right?!?!?

The E-format of  THE COWBOY PLAN will be out in August ’09–I will pass along the specificdates as I get them. And just a reminder: TRADING FACES will be out in print this summer. SECOND CHANCES will be out in print around Christmas ’09.

More info to follow ASAP!

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Book Question

This may seem like an odd question, but it has been plaguing me for a while now. My friend told me a about a book 3 or 4 years ago.  As I remember it: (according to the book–not debating any kind of philosophies here) there is a thin veil between the living and the dead and regular folks can’t see “the other side”, but one woman had the layers of the veil pulled back and can see into both sides–which was not neccessarily a good thing. I believe it was a traumatic event that may have caused this.

 

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My friend does not even remember having this conversation so she is of no help (but I still adore her).

I am not sure if this is fiction or non-fiction, but I would like to read it because two books I have in my TBW (To Be Written) queue could/do cross this path.

Does this sound familiar? Similar to something?

 

huh

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Do you Nano?

No, it’s not some freaky fetish or weird fruit diet. Nano or NanoWrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The title implies what it is. For the month of November you push yourself to sit at the computer and write a novel; get the words down until you get 5oK. Simple as that.

Don’t edit. Don’t revise. Just write.

I have participated every year since 2004. Some years I have completed the 50K word count and some I have faded away about a week into it. I can’t say that I have sold either of the ones I completed, but I did get a rough draft done, completed; it only needs to be tweaked. Where as before all I had was a blank page. And twice, the writing in such a fast paced time-frame got me “in the mood” to write and I finished something else that I did eventually sell. So it helps and works!

It’s not difficult if you pace yourself right. It’s roughly 1800 words a day, which works out to about 7 or 8 pages. That’s not that bad. Half a chapter, a scene or two. When you break it down that way, you can easily crank out a scene or two. I have even had days where I have written 25-30 pages so it is totally doable.

And the best part, it doesn’t have to be perfect it only has to be done. There is a famous (in the romance world) quote, “You can’t edit a blank page.”  So think of November as getting those pages down and then in December edit ’til your hearts content!

                             

Join those of us up to the challenge and NANO!

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tell me…

With blogs, websites, MySpace, Facebook–you name it–everyone is out on the web with all their “stuff” hanging out. Good bad and REALLY ugly. If an author says something, even on a supposedly closed group-loop, it can and will get out there. Things they probably meant but didn’t intend for the world to see. And I have seen some heinous stuff, trust me on this.

My question is, do you care? Does it make a difference? Would you stop buying your fave author’s books if you learned that Author X beats her children? In light of all the politics going on now, would you drop your auto-buy because they support the other party? Or push aside the book all are raving about because she curses like a sailor and chain smokes (not that there is anything wrong with that)?

But bye-bye author, no more. Just because of them–you don’t care for them as human beings–not their writing.

I know I tend to over-think things so maybe I am putting too much stock into this. As a writer as well as a reader, I think my perspective is skewed a little anyway.  But I have been turned off completely by things I have “overheard” other authors say or do. (however, let me say I have also seen some nasty things that doesn’t seem to swerve their career one whit)

But I wanna know what YOU think.

(and mostly the Poll is a new feature and I wanted to play with it–cause y’know if you can’t play with your own poll……) 😆

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I go to my page at Samhain’s website every day–several times in fact–hoping my newest book will be up… and it is!

note: if you are related to me in any way shape or form… I didn’t write the book-blurb   8)

“Second Chances” by Denise Belinda McDonald    

Samhain Publishing, Coming Soon

Samhain Publishing, Coming Soon

Genre:

ISBN: 1-60504-359-1
Length: Novel
Price: 5.50
Publication Date: January 13, 2009
Cover art by : Coming Soon

Be careful what you ask for. It might come with spurs—and baggage.

The Paintbrush series

After catching her boyfriend with his pants around his knees while a walking, talking cliché takes “dictation”, Suzanne Walters quits her job, quits her man, quits Texas and moves to Wyoming to find the woman she used to be. Unfortunately, her first five minutes in Paintbrush finds her facing down the town bully in the local diner—and running smack into the one thing she’s not looking for: a wet dream in cowboy boots, Jacob Bowman.

Jacob excels at two things—flying under the radar, and saving his pennies in hopes of running his own ranch someday. He can’t stop thinking about the fantasy in tight Wranglers who nearly mowed him down exiting the diner. The curvy, vivacious spitfire makes his mouth go dry. She’s got her eye on him, as well, but her determination to prove her independence is just as strong as the sexual pull between them.

Life’s knocks have given them both strong hearts, and even stronger wills. As danger looms, that stubborn pride could cost their one chance to discover if there’s something more between them than great sex.

Will they swallow their pride, or will they lose it all?

Warning: Cowboys and horses and bullies OH MY! Sweet, sweet loving and a little rowdy behavior.

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Meme

Meme from Amie :  Copy the list below. Mark in bold the movie titles for which you read the book. Italicize what you’ve watched. Tag 5 people to perpetuate the meme. (I’m not taggin, but feel free to play along anyway.)

1. Jurassic Park I read part of it–does that count?
2. War of the Worlds
3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
4. I, Robot
5. Contact
6. Congo
7. Cocoon
8. The Stepford Wives  . . . watched some of the original when I was a kid
9. The Time Machine
10. Starship Troopers
11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
12. K-PAX
13. 2010
14. The Running Man
15. Sphere
16. The Mothman Prophecies
17. Dreamcatcher
18. Blade Runner  . . . am I the ONLY person never to have seen this?
19. Dune
20. The Island of Dr. Moreau
21. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
22. The Iron Giant (The Iron Man)
23. Battlefield Earth
24. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
25. Fire in the Sky
26. Altered States
27. Timeline
28. The Postman
29. Freejack (Immortality, Inc.)
30. Solaris
31. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
32. The Thing
33. The Thirteenth Floor
34. Lifeforce
35. Deadly Friend
36. The Puppet Masters
37. 1984
38. A Scanner Darkly
39. Creator
40. Monkey Shines
41. Solo (Weapon)
42. The Handmaid’s Tale
43. Communion
44. Carnosaur
45. From Beyond
46. Nightflyers
47. Watchers
48. Body Snatchers

I have probably seen more of those, just don’t recognize the title.

I have seen MOST of the Stephen King made to movies (even the ones I didn’t realize was his at first–like Green Mile or Shawshank Redemption, Yeah I live in a bubble at times). Guess I need to get reading!

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