New release and other people's books

1.
The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance
is officially out in the US! Look for it in bookstores everywhere, and check out my contribution, Wolf at the Door. This is set in the same world as Wolf in Cheap Clothing and Wolf in Shining Armor, and unless I get a wild hair, that's probably the end of the series. I'll be focusing on the Neuri and Shadow Guardians for things furry.

2. I've gotten behind on blogging about Walk on the Wild Side, but Saskia Walker released Play for Today on the 15th. Saskia also has a story in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance, so you can check her out both places.

3. Fabulous UF author Rob Thurman was injured in a car accident and has been in ICU since. The best thing we can all do to support Rob is to buy her books, so if you've been thinking of picking up one of hers, now is a great time. 

4. In the Other People's Books theme, I picked up several books by Georgette Heyer, currently on sale for anywhere from. 99 to $1.99 via Sourcebooks. I tried one first and it turned out to be a gateway drug, leading to the purchase of several more.

5. And finally, Neal Stephenson has a new book coming in September which sounds like the best thing since Snow Crash. Really looking forward to it.

Got any book news to share? Anything you're looking forward to?

Genreality and Thai

I'm over at Genreality today talking about
productivity and preparation
. Because without preparation, there's little productivity. And without productivity, you don't find out you've sold Thai rights to Claimed by the Wolf. (Books that don't get written don't have sub rights sales, see.)

Woot.

People to read

1. Walk on the Wild Side's current release is from Anne Calhoun. You can read Fighting Fair and get a taste for her writing style. Which is why I love novelettes, novellas, and short stories. I've discovered many authors this way and I love that with ebooks, you can buy singly instead of a whole anthology.

2.
Dear Sugar
. If you're not already reading her, you should be. Thought-provoking, insightful, and she'll inspire you to write like a mother-fucker.

3. I want that coffee cup. Bad.

4. Letters to kids from Dr. Seuss, EB White, and many others on the importance of libraries. Well worth the time to read these.

5. A very thoughtful exploration of authorial character and how it impacts the reading experience from the Vacuous Minx. This sort of touches on one of my favorite books on writing, Walking on Water, and how L'Engle examines the fact that creative work is not necessarily a reflection of the creator's own limitations and faults. That great work comes from people who weren't and maybe that's the point of art. 

So there you go. Happy Monday. Read, be inspired, create something that might be bigger and better than you.

Five things for Friday

1. I can be had cheap! Several of my backlist titles are on sale for $1.49 at Amazon's Kindle store. Some are full-length novels, some are novellas, but the $1.49 price tag is not likely to last so if you've missed these titles, now's a great time to shop and save.

2. The Guild is back! Catch Season 5 here

3. Want to help your kids brush up their math skills before school starts? Try Khan Academy's fabulous and free tutorials. 

4. Considering homeschooling? 
Penelope Trunk
has some fascinating information to help sort out the pros and cons. Whether you try it or not, I think she's right about how the trend will affect the workplace in the near future.

5. Making Light has 50 Ways to Plot Your Novel.

I can blog once a week

It's been a week, surely I have something to say, right? Behold, your weekly post. With links. You're welcome.

1. Sasha and I are featured on today's Revolving Book. Because everybody on the planet has not read Rock & A Hard Place yet and that's tragic.

2. This morning I was reading The Bloggess. The husband saw the messages on the bananas, and not only was he as entranced as I was with the idea of banana writing, he immediately said, "We should do this with the messages from
THEY LIVE
. Like, 'obey'." And I said, "This is why we're married."

3. Our summer of Harry Potter reading with kids has led to unexpected results. Namely, Morgan is dealing with becoming a middle child by wearing a Slanket and
pretending to be a Dementor
. Until she was overcome with the need to nap. Apparently evil DOES sleep.


Where I've been and what I've been up to

Hello, world. I have not blogged for nearly 3 weeks to the day. At which point I checked into the hospital and got prepped for surgery and soon heard the doctor going on about my baby's giant head, and then I had an armful of wonderful I couldn't properly hug as I was numb due to said surgical proceedings. But it was a miraculous moment anyway.

After that, I took lotsandlotsandlots of drugs, because if I've learned anything in my colorful experience of complications followed by preterm and prolonged labor only to end in c-sections (three times; dear God I do not learn) it's that Drugs Are Our Friends and any drugs you are offered post-surgery (by qualified medical professionals) should be enthusiastically embraced. Because pain is stress and stress will slow down healing. This does not lead to any kind of coherence or brilliance but does encourage lots of sleeping, so after that I slept a lot.

Occasionally I was awake and taking pictures. Or reading books. Or doing other things like laundry and child care and attempting to cook and otherwise resume my responsibilities around here.

Last week, the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance released in the UK, and I woke up enough to hug my author copies but not actually read them. I need to do that, though, because the lineup of writers is awesome and short story anthologies always have an interesting mix of things I didn't even know I was missing.

And then I
derailed a working writer
by bringing up
this link
. Go ahead, click, be derailed. You're welcome.

Now I get to choose between working on business stuff, writing, or playing with baby feet until she wakes up for her next feeding. I'll be honest with you, I'm leaning towards baby feet. But I'll try to be adult and responsible and deal with accumulated business stuff.

5 Gold Crowns and a different kind of deadline

Hope everybody had a safe and fun 4th of July. I'm off to meet a different kind of deadline where the deliverable is a baby instead of a book. While I'm double-checking the contents of the hospital bag, I leave you with this 5 Gold Crown review for Men of Action plus a Sizzling review of Rock and a Hard Place! Looking forward to delivering more books after bringing this project to a successful conclusion.

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