Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Favorite Quote

From Leverage:

"Do you know why Justice wears a blindfold? It's so you won't see that Justice is asleep."

Man, I love that show...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Releases at Samhain

Well, I'm still dealing with the tax stuff today, but there's a bright spot.

New Release Day! Take a look at what's available from Samhain:

New This Week

Monday, February 23, 2009

Tax Time... Ugh




You know, I thought I was more organized. I had my medical, W-2's, 1099's, etc., all neatly in a file on my desk. Everything else was all over the place, but my tax stuff? Totally accessible. I like to file as early as possible, so I usually start mid-February just to make sure I have all of the documents I could possibly need.

I was wrong.

My husband, bless his heart, reminded me that I needed to pull up all the documents for my business. You know, my writer stuff? Flyers and bookmarks and business cards and ebook purchases? That stuff.

Gah. I have the one doc, the official doc that says I got paid and how much, but now I have to hunt up receipts for things. Receipts that, like little tiny lost butterflies, have landed on the sticky fly paper trap of my desk and died, little crinkled wings fluttering, because I don't USE my regular desk anymore, I use a computer cart and a laptop. And everyone knows the one flat surface in the house that doesn't get used is the one flat surface that doesn't stay empty for long.

Sob.

Why oh why didn't I file things? It's going to take me the rest of the day to collect all that stuff, scan it in, zip it and send it off. Luckily I'm not doing the taxes this year, so that will essentially end my involvment, but still. Ugh.

The one bright, shiny thing? The picture up there? That's not MY desk. Someone out there is worse off than me. But honestly? Not by much.

So it's off to tax land, meaning Mr. Mage and his Heart's Desire will have to wait until tomorrow for the rest of their story. The good news is that the rough draft is almost complete. I think it's pretty good, but we'll see what my betas have to say once its been through the Meat Grinder. After that I have to fix Bunny's little red wagon, and then? Possibly book 3 of True Destiny or book 2 of The Gray Court (which has been whispering to me fairly loudly. Sidhe, vampire and leprechaun, oh my.)

Isn't it always when the muse whispers loudest that you have to ignore it? Oh well, as Scarlett said, tomorrow is another day. Hopefully it will be filled with fewer paper cuts and cuss words.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Interviews, Chats, and Winners, Oh My

First off, today is going to be completely crazy, let me tell you. I have three (THREE) blogs I'm in today. The first: Novel Thoughts, where I discuss the inspiration behind Very Much Alive (and I'm giving away a free copy to a lucky poster!). The second: I Do Not Want To Wait I Want The Book Now, where they interviewed me and you find out which of my characters I'd switch lives with. And then there's the Samhellion Blog where I discuss how I need a map, a compass and a hunky guide to lead me through the minefield known as continuity.

And it's only 9:30 in the morning. Whee!

As far as the chat goes, tonight, TA Chase and I will be at the Samhain Cafe discussing our upcoming releases, High Line and Very Much Alive. If you aren't a member of that group yet and enjoy Samhain's releases, you should join. It's a fun group, and I'm there almost every day.

And now for the winner of the ARC of Very Much Alive:

MIZZ TUTS!

Enjoy your book!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Coffee Time Romance Chat

It's February 12th, which means tonight I'll be chatting live at Coffee Time Romance!

The chat starts at 9 p.m. EST, so if you have a little time and would like to talk about my upcoming release or ask me about my latest hair experiment, stop on by! Just click on "Chat Room". If you need to install or update your Java, Coffee Time has the links right there on the page; if not, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Click Here!" Let the Java script run, enter a user name, and click connect.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Annapolis, Maryland Borders Signing



Guess where I'm going to be tomorrow? The Annapolis, MD Borders for a book signing from 2 to 5 p.m. with some of the DC Area Storytellers!

Join me, D. Renee Bagby, Stephanie Burke, Monica Burns, Margaret L. Carter and Melissa Schroeder for books, gifts and fun for all.


1115 Annapolis Mall
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410.571.0923

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Romance Novel TV Interview and Contest

Romance Novel TV has an interview with me!

Dana Marie Bell - Worships at the Shrine of Ms. Clairol and other things you didn’t know

There's a chance to win Cat of a Different Color if you haven't already picked it up. And I'll be checking in there all day, so if you have a question or comment for me stop by!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Allert Shirts

Yes, I know, I don't usually get up on my soap box. But I have two nephews with food allergies, and something like Allert Shirts seems to me like a good idea.

"ALLERT SHIRTS CAN HELP TO EASE PARENTS SOCIAL ANXIETY,BY ALERTING OTHERS TO THEIR CHILD'S SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS.

"WE HAVE TWO BOYS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES AND AT FIRST GOING TO BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND OTHER SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS WAS VERY STRESSFUL.

"PEOPLE WERE ALWAYS OFFERING THE KIDS FOOD AND BAKED GOODS THAT WERE DANGEROUS TO THEIR HEALTH. ONE DAY, I SAID TO MY MOTHER, "IT WOULD BE GREAT IF ICOULD PUT A SIGN ON THEM LIKE THEY HAVE AT THE ZOO."

"THAT IS WHAT INSPIRED OUR FIRST DESIGN AND CHARACTERS."

Allert Shirts doesn't just sell shirts, they sell basball caps, blue and pink stick-on name tags and silicone bracelets, all with warnings about food allergies, all appropriate for children. So if you have a child or know someone who has a child who has had the same problem as the proprietor of Allert Shirts, take a look and see what they've got to offer.

P.S.: In the original font on their site it doesn't look like "shouting". Unfortunately copy/paste translated it into all caps, and frankly I'm too lazy (and the kids are screaming too loudly for dinner) for me to fix it, so feel free to blame me.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Releases and An Interview

TRS Blue has me as one of their featured authors! I answer questions about VeryMuch Alive, the True Destiny series, and whether or not Editr Kitteh really is an evil ice-cream stealing cat.


New This Week

Monday, February 2, 2009

I Have Lost My Damn Mind

Yes, you read that right. What was I thinking?!?

February 2nd
Live chat at Romance Junkies

February 5th

Romance Novel TV interview

February 7th

Annapolis, Maryland Borders signing with the DC Area Storytellers

February 9th

Samhain Cafe Meet and Greet with Logan and Kir

February 12th
Live chat at Coffee Time Romance

February 16th
Guest blog at Novel Thoughts
Guest blog at I Do Not Want To Wait I Want The Book Now
Blog at the Samhellion Blog
Samhain Cafe chat with T.A. Chase

February 17th

Very Much Alive releases


Bunny who?

Favorite Quotes

"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability." Ron White

"So let me get this straight. You want me to kill the little guys, kill the big guys, crowd control those I can't, buff the team, debuff the boss, keep myself alive, AND keep you alive, all while waving a stick and dressed in a towel?" - Anonymous Role Playing Gamer

"I think that statue over there is a statement on modern life. The statement is, "Well, shit." - Varric, Dragon Age II

"Why is it all claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, but hey. Bunnies." - Joker, Mass Effect

"Last night, I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?" - Dilbert


"Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success." - Annie Oakley

"It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly." - Flemeth, aka The Witch of the Wilds, Dragon Age 2

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'” - George Carlin

"I hear there's a wild bridge tournament down the street. And you know Bridge. It's a lot like sex. If you don't have a great partner, you'd better have a good hand." Barry Weiss, Storage Wars

"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery From Avalon"

"I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

“If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.” - Henry Ford