September 9th, 2011

New cover!

Yesterday I got a beautiful cover for Winter's Kiss, an anthology containing The Ex Games by moi and The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka, in stores January 3. A lot of readers have said, and I agree, that the new anthology covers for the old Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies are gorgeous, and this one is no exception!

In other news, I received the revision notes for The One That I Want, my brand new Simon Pulse Romantic Comedy coming out as an e-book on December 20. And hey, now that I look, there is a description of it on Amazon!

Gemma and Addison are high school juniors, best friends, and majorettes in the marching band. Max and Carter are best friends too, and they’re starters for the football team. When Max and Carter start flirting with Gemma and Addison after football practice, the girls can’t believe their luck. But which guy wants which girl? Gemma is into Max, so she’s secretly crushed when he asks out Addison—but then Carter asks her out (making for a double date). Better to spend any time with Max than not at all, right? When it starts to seem that Max may have deeper feelings for her, Gemma must decide who is more important: her best friend or her crush?

I have to say that I am really thrilled with the way this book turned out--you are going to like Max, I think--and my new editor was very sweet about her critique. I'm looking forward to diving into that project next week.

In the meantime, I'm about to register for a special Southern Magic session. If you're a writer and you live around Birmingham, you should definitely take advantage of the programs offered by the local chapter of Romance Writers of America. On September 24, they're hosting an all-day workshop called "Law and Order for the Writer." This will be so helpful if you ever write crimes or cops, but you have to pay for this one, and you get a discount if you pre-register by September 16. Details here.

On October 22, we're back to our usual free meetings. This time it's a NaNoWriMo bootcamp and I am one of the speakers on the panel because I was in a NaNoWriMo-like haze on deadline last month when they asked me and I was too frazzled to think of an excuse not to. Come by and I will tell you how I won a few years ago. I am planning to do NaNoWriMo again this year because it was such a terrific experience. I have planned to do it for several years running but my publisher sent me revisions that came first. This year may be no different. But I *hope* that I will have a clear writing month, and if I do, I will blog about my progress here every day, as I did that first year.

Last but not least, don't forget to register for the Southern Magic Readers' Luncheon on November 5. I am the welcome speaker for our fabulous keynote speaker, my critique partner, all the way from the Rocky Mountains, victoria_dahl! Details here. See you there!