Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Author Patry Francis is unable to launch a blog tour due to cancer treatments. So the blogosphere of writers and friends have decided to create a worldwide tour in a day for her.
From the LitPark blog: "Today, over 300 bloggers, including bestsellers, Emmy winners, movie makers, and publishing houses have come together to talk about THE LIAR'S DIARY by Patry Francis. Why? To give the book the attention it deserves on its release day while Patry takes the time she needs to heal from cancer."
They couldn’t be more different, but they form a friendship that will alter both their fates. When Ali Mather blows into town, breaking all the rules and breaking hearts (despite the fact that she is pushing forty), she also makes a mark on an unlikely family. Almost against her will, Jeanne Cross feels drawn to this strangely vibrant woman, a fascination that begins to infect Jeanne’s “perfect” husband as well as their teenaged son.
At the heart of the friendship between Ali and Jeanne are deep-seated emotional needs, vulnerabilities they have each been recording in their diaries. Ali also senses another kind of vulnerability; she believes someone has been entering her house when she is not at home—and not with the usual intentions. What this burglar wants is nothing less than a piece of Ali’s soul.
When a murderer strikes and Jeanne’s son is arrested, we learn that the key to the crime lies in the diaries of two very different women . . . but only one of them is telling the truth. A chilling tour of troubled minds, The Liar’s Diary signals the launch of an immensely talented new novelist who knows just how to keep her readers guessing.
You can buy The Liar's Diary HERE. What are you waiting for?? Don't forget to buy Sleeping with Ward Cleaver from Jenny Gardiner at the same time. Save on shipping you know!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Hi Kim! Thank YOU for having me! I love having a reason to appear on your awesome blog!
First off, who decided that the husband character is like Ward Cleaver – you, the author, or Claire the wife in the book?
That's a good question. At first I suppose I did, because I came up with the title before I had a story. So I had to create a Ward Cleaver-esque husband. It wasn't a huge stretch, as really he became a composite of so many "dud" husbands I've known/seen over the years (you know, the stories you hear over drinks with your girlfriends, etc.)
Often characters “tell” writers what do to. Which was it for you?
Once I started to develop the characters more, I think Claire drove the story. She was the one who kept coming up with things that had happened, she was the one who did occasionally put herself into a situation that only happened because she was letting her imagination get the better of her. I wanted her to be flawed but real and also sort of more flawed because she was stressed out with the way her life had unfolded. Not that her life was at all bad, but it just wasn't working right, too much energy was being wasted on her fighting the "system" as it was.
What’s it like writing the sexy scenes?
Oh, god. I am so not adept at that yet. Well, I tried to avoid overt scenes while working the emotion into it. I think this is a skill that comes with time and I am definitely still working on it. I have observed though that many of the "sexiest" books I've read aren't necessarily sexy because of what ultimately happens but because of the build-up to that. Now this story wasn't exactly that sort of story. In this case I was trying to help my protagonist find it again, so that was interesting. Hence why she had to start having really awful sex, the kind of sex you just don't want to think about. Like castor oil sex LOL.
Do you think of your first grade teacher reading your book?
No, more like my kids, my parents, my neighbors. I am a total weenie in that way--like I need to grow up and get over that fear! With my next book I've done it in a more comfortable way and actually gotten bolder, so I guess I am "maturing" with my sex scenes...
Your cover art is to die for – did you have any input? I’ve heard authors often have no say in cover art.
I didn't have any say in my cover but fortunately for me, Dorchester is known for having fun covers. It wasn't at all what I had envisioned for the cover but I love it--it's very fun, very campy, and every time I look at it I hear the theme song for I Dream of Jeannie...
What has your time on The Debutante Ball meant to you?
Wow, it's been such a fantastic thing for me. Kristy Kiernan brainstormed this great blog for a group of debut authors last year, and this year turned it over to a new group. I was so darned lucky to have been chosen as one of the authors. Not only did she pick an awesome group of authors, but we had this great ready-made blog with an established readership and wonderful reputation. We've been able to build on its success, and have been able to bring in some wonderful authors as guests, and are also opening it up for other debut authors as well. It really exemplifies the whole concept of paying it forward, something I so very much believe in. It's been a real added bonus that all of us "Debs" have gotten to be genuine friends, and have been there to help one another out with so many of the details of that year leading up to publication. I feel very very lucky, for all of this, really. I could not have imagined any of this even a year ago.
Thanks, Jenny! And, one more! Will there be a Sleeping with Mike Brady or Dr. Huxtable anytime soon?
Ha! Well, you may know, Kim, that I was weaned on TV of the 60's and 70's and I'm sorely tempted to do so...Never say never, that's for sure. Sleeping with Jed Clampett, maybe?! He he. Thanks again, Kim for having me on your blog! I really appreciate it!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
NAUGHTY PHOTO HERE
Check out this new blog from across the pond. Do I smell scones? Yummy!
What's that? You see stones? I beg your pardon? No. I'm talking about scones, lovely baked goods. Goodness, get your mind out of the gutterrrrrrrrrr.
Congrats on the new blog, Amanda!
Why did I change the post? Did my Mom call to scold me? Nope. Did I develop a conscience about showing balliculars on my blog? Nope. I'm part of a blog tour this week for a VERY fun book and I just thought it would be more fun to wonder what's under that link and then click it.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I read something interesting on Holly Kennedy's Blog. She's a successful writer. Check her out. She said the characters from her latest book The Silver Compass (which I ordered today) are fading from her mind as she writes her next book. Which got me to thinking of authors who write series, like Janet Evanovich, and the readers who have expectations from a writer and her books.
Am I rambling? Of course. Let me slurp down some coffee. There. So, Holly is able to walk away from her characters and move on to her next wonderful book - many authors write series where they keep their characters alive for years, decades even.
I hope to sell this winter/spring. Maybe I 'll get "Plum Lucky?"
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Really. Paris looks like she's just having fun. Pure fun. When you have kids, a job, bills to pay, get older do you ever really get to just have fun? When was the last time you let it all hang out? Me? Two years ago this past May. It hung out. Then it came flying out of my mouth, I admit. The fun went a taaaad too far! But hot darn it felt good to just let loose. Is everyone else's life all commitment and caretaking and responsibility and anxiety about the future? And (borrowing from my favorite movie "Parenthood") is your whole life "have to?" I miss fun. I do.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Autism Speaks seems to have accomplished the impossible, bringing together autism's "Jets and Sharks" (The "Curebies" and the "ND's") in a moment of agreement.
Here's another analogy for those of you who might not be familiar with 50 year old Broadway plays.... Think of observant Jews who keep kosher and observant Muslims who also do not eat pork. Two fairly disparate groups, yes? Autism Speaks is often considered a slab of ham wrapped in bacon smothered in sausage gravy by both groups.
Many within the autism world were astounded at the draconian measures Autism Speaks took against a young person on the autism spectrum for creating a parody website called "NT Speaks" that expressed her opinion of this powerful organization. ("NT" stands for Neurotypical, a description of someone who does not have autism or Asperger's.)
This young person has posted HERE that she was sued for last week for $90,000 for copyright infringement, lost revenue, and drawing away 1 million of the charity’s supporters. She also writes that Autism Speaks dropped the threat of a lawsuit when they learned her age HERE.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I feel sick. If this is what happens to a celebrity couple, imagine how the average "Joe" or worse, "Jose" gets treated?
Monday, January 14, 2008
From the New York Times: "A clinical trial of Zetia, a cholesterol-lowering drug prescribed to about 1 million people a week, failed to show that the drug has any medical benefits, Merck and Schering-Plough said on Monday."
You've seen the gorgeous ad campaign for Vytorin, which is Zetia and Zocor together. Heck, I can hear the tooty little song in my head right now, with the people who resemble food.
Read the full article from The Times HERE. You no longer have to pay for The Times online, but you might have to sign up.
How many of you are on this drug? Your parents? Grandparents? A million prescriptions a week and it does nothing? I expect medical doctors across the country to express their outrage at having duped their patients into thinking they were getting medical treatment. Come on, AMA. I'm waiting.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I just so happen to be on the board of Active Healing, the organization featured. I introduced John Fiske, the Dad in this video clip to Sarge Goodchild of Active Healing. And the rest is history.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wash it, spruce it, dead skin slough."
Men who've made us worry and think?
Spend some time and clean your dink.
I think THIS is the funniest product I've seen in a long time. After years of women being told on national TV "Your body is gross!" (FDS, deoderant tampons, feminine powders and more) men are now being told, "Get real! Your dangly bits smell like a subway stop on Sunday morning!"
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
Check your local PBS listings HERE. Let me know what you think of the movie in the comments section, won't you?
Friday, January 04, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Oil prices continue to climb. How are the elderly, those on fixed incomes, those making minumum wage or even $10 - $15 an hour supposed to fill their bellies, their fuel tanks and their cars and have enough money left over to buy anything else?
My God. Health insurance continues to crush families (our deductible went from $900 per family in 2007 to $6,000 in 2008. Yes, $6,000. But then the policy pays 100% instead of 80%. But you still have to spend $6,000 out of pocket to get there.) Education has become unattainable without going into substantial debt.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
I spent New Year's Eve in Palm Beach, Florida, hobnobbing with the super wealthy and the fabulously fit denizens of that fashionable 'burgh. I danced away the evening with Archie McNally while he solved a frightfully bold murder mystery in his inimitable style. His puce beret complemented his cerise silk jacket and I didn't even mind him smoking those English Ovals. Connie Garcia was not amused. I cared not.
(Hope you read Lawrence Sander's books or you're lost!)
I DID spent last night in Palm Beach though. I can prove it right HERE.